Updated: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:00:09 GMT | By MSN Money editors
The biggest money-spinning authors

Another proud achievement for the nation as Brits dominate the list. But who is number one?



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Industry trade magazine The Bookseller has revealed the authors that have generated the most revenue through book sales in the UK, with Brits making up an impressive 36 of the top 50.

It truly is a feat to be proud of (even if Katie Price and Jeremy Clarkson somehow make the cut - clearly more Brits are reading their books than we realised).

Click on to see the 15 biggest money-spinning authors overall.

The figures are based on total value of books sales in the UK since 1998 (when such data was first compiled). They are not based on the authors' wealth.

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11/09/2012 12:22
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Took me less than a minute to find an image of Richard Parsons through MSN's Search Engine.  

How about exerting a little effort for your readers?

 

11/09/2012 13:21
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JK Rowling's number one. I approve of this.
11/09/2012 15:29
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Yet another reason to be proud to be British. One would expect the nation that gave birth to Shakespeare Dickens Jane Austen and the Brontes (to name but a few) to lead in literature.

As an avid reader I rejoice that we still produce quality writing. I must name my personal favourites:-

J.K.Rowling for the intrically plotted tour-de-force of the Harry Potter series, where every detail and character are part of an intricately woven tapestry  that only reveals the whole picture in the last book.

Terry Pratchett, for the delightful humour, cleverly screwball slant on our world as seen through the eyes of Inventor of Discworld and numerous other books. Lastly Dan Brown for his intense research

clothed in a mantle of a "rattling good yarn" pacy, and with unexpected twists.

12/09/2012 15:00
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in my life i have put down two books without finishing them, War and peace and a harry potter, book.

war and peace simply because i could not get into the story. HPotter because it was such (insert word). after 32 pages I had no idea what was going on and I am an avid fantasy reader, from terry prachett to Michael Moorcock....Big hats off to Miss  Rowlings and shes hot as well, but the books were just not my cup of tea. I have evne made myself watch the first couple of films. But there just didnt seem to be a plot or any idea what was going on. But then again what do i know..... 

11/09/2012 14:04
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I tried to stay awake during the penultimate Harry Potter film but it just wasn't possible. The end of the saga is still sat on the floor in front of the TV!
11/09/2012 16:32
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I'm proud, and shall remain so, not to have read one single Harry Potter book, or seen one single Potter film.

 

I'm an avid reader but I do draw the line at the above mentioned and also  Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

 Only my opinion, as valid as anyone elses,  so don't have a go at me ! :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/09/2012 13:12
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aside from Bill Bryson this list is complete trash, and why is it so impressive that Brits buy British books - isn't that the obvious thing to do. None of us can be bothered with reading in a foreign language, Americans are illiterate (Bill aside of course) and Ausies cant understand the concept. Great work whoever bothered with this.
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