Madonna fails to outdo Rowling
September 24, 2003 at 7:37 PM ET
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Madonna's first novel, The English Roses, has failed to upstage JK Rowling in sheer numbers - while Rowling's latest work induced an instance of buying frenzy in Britain and abroad, Madonna's novel has had the same effect, but on a lesser scale. Despite the book's simultaneous release in over 100 nations, Madonna has not yet managed to usurp the Potter author's position as queen of children's fiction.
The English Roses has sold 8,270 copies in its first week and made it to number 17 in the country's book chart, according to data company NIELSEN BOOKSCAN.
The figures made it the second-best selling kids's book of the week - HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, published in June (03), sold 8,490.
The Potter book sold a staggering 1.7 million copies in Britain on it first day through bookshops and the internet.