HARRY POTTER’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC
PUBLISHER Bloomsbury is pinning its hopes on new releases such as an illustrated Harry Potter book and a healthy lifestyle offering from chef Tom Kerridge to boost sales this Christmas.
Half-year profits fell 19pc to £1.3m in the six months to August 31 after a 5pc slide in revenues to £71.3m.
But Bloomsbury has ten titles it claims are recent, current or potential best-sellers.
These include an illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling and Jim Kay (pictured inset) as well as Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge’s new title in December, called Lose Weight And Get Fit.
The boy wizard’s books show no sign of waning – the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the eighth best-selling children’s book of the year to date, 22 years after it was published.