Top Dog in the United Kingdom
Sunday, July 30, 2006
As I mentioned in earlier entries, Marley & Me was released in Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, and I spent a week in London and Dublin promoting it (and doing my part to keep Guinness in the black). In its first week out, Marley jumped to #1 on the bestseller lists in Ireland and hunkered in at #4 in Great Britain. The next week it rose to #2 in Britain and stayed there in Week 3, too. This past week, Lisa Highton, my very kind and attentive publisher at Hodder & Stoughton, sent me flowers and a note with the subject line: "Marley & Me Triumphs." "Our beloved dog is at Number One and we love him more than ever," Lisa wrote. And I couldn't disagree...I love him more than ever, too.
So this past week was a good one for the old dog.... the #1 hardcover nonfiction book in America (New York Times and Publisher's Weekly), Ireland and the United Kingdom.
I had been holding my breath about the overseas market, not sure how the famously petcentric English would take to my story about a couple of hapless dog owners and their very flawed pooch. The strong sales there are telling me that there is something universal in the human-canine bond, something that transcends culture and geography and nationality. And that there is common ground in how we humans can't always control our pets but love them just the same.
The Brits gave us the British Invasion in the '60s. Marley's paying them back 40 years later with the Slobber Invasion. Guess we Yanks got the better end of that deal!
posted by John Grogan at 5:33 PM