We would like to congratulate former student Zoe Sugg, who is pictured on the front cover of The Daily Telegraph, after her first novel became the highest first-week selling book since records began.
She has also been voted one of the UK’s most powerful people in the media, coming 90th behind the likes of Larry Page (Google) Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Tim Cook (Apple), according to The Guardian.
Zoella, a YouTube blogger who is followed by millions online, has become the fastest selling debut novelist since records began.
Girl Online, the story of a teenage blogger and her relationship with an American musician, sold 78,109 copies last week, more than JK Rowling, Dan Brown or EL James achieved with their first books. It is the highest first-week sale since Nielson BookScan began compiling data in 1998, according to The Bookseller.
Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, was given a two-book deal with Penguin Random House earlier this year after the publisher’s chief executive, Tom Waldon, consulted his 13-year-old god-daughter. The video blogger, 24, who sang on the latest Band Aid single, grew up in Lacock, Wiltshire, where she attended The Corsham School, and lives in Brighton. She said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has bought a copy of Girl Online. This year has been so exciting and this for sure is the icing on the cake.”
Article reproduced from The Telegraph by Anita Singh.