David Walliams made £7 million from sales of his children’s books in the past year, making him one of the UK’s best-selling children’s authors.
The comedian’s latest book Awful Auntie sold more than half a million copies alone, becoming the biggest children’s book of the UK in 2014.
Together his children’s books, which also included Gangsta Granny, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy, had a retail value of £7,060,788.
His popular titles saw him take four places in the top 50 bestsellers across all genres in the 12-month period, according to new figures published in trade magazine The Bookseller.
Books highlights of 2015
Books highlights of 2015
1/6 God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - 23 April
A new book by this American Nobel Laureate is always going to be an event, and this one has excitement building around it already: it is the story of the way in which the legacy of childhood trauma can shape, and damage, adult life.
2/6 The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - 3 March
Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is being billed by his publishers as urgent, relevant, troubling and mysterious, and its central characters are called Axl and Beatrice. We’ll have to wait to find out more
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3/6 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - 12 March
The idea for Jon Ronson’s latest offering was sparked by his online identity theft in 2012. Ronson confronted the imposters and began a probing inquiry into public shaming on social media. It looks funny and seriously hard-hitting.
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4/6 Mr & Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance by Daisy Hay - 8 January
A biography of a fascinating couple, gleaned from letters found in the Bodleian Library archives. He was one of the foremost politicians of the Victorian age, she the daughter of a sailor on her second marriage. Their passionate letters through courtship and marriage will surely make fascinating reading.
5/6 The Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems - 20 January
A diary written by a Guantanamo detainee, this book promises to be a powerful and unsettling read. Mauritian-born Slahi has been imprisoned for 12 years and has yet to be charged for any crimes.
6/6 Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig - 5 March
A rumination on depression, Matt Haig’s book takes the novelist into personal territory while keeping an eye on the bigger picture: “In the Western world suicide is the leading cause of death among men under the age of 35.” Joanna Lumley calls it a “small masterpiece”.
His sales were further buoyed by BBC adaptations of his books including The Boy In The Dress, which was shown over Christmas.
Over all Awful Auntie was the second biggest-selling title of the year with 553,921 copies, valued at £3,281,996 according to data compiled by Nielsen Bookscan.
The year's biggest book was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green which shifted more than 871,000 copies.
The late Lynda Bellingham's autobiography, There's Something I've Been Dying To Tell You became the second biggest hardback non-fiction title of 2014 after selling 330,625, putting it behind the latest edition of the Guinness World Records.
With additional reporting from the Press Association.