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War Horse tops UK book charts for second consecutive week

30th January 2012

Michael Morpurgo's War Horse has retained the top spot in the UK bestseller charts for a second week, some 30 years after it was first published, thanks to the success of Steven Spielberg's new film adaptation of the novel.

The acclaimed big screen version has been a big hit with critics and audiences alike and was nominated for six Academy Awards when the annual list of Oscar contenders was released last week.

Publisher Egmont Press revealed that Michael Morpurgo's novel has sold more copies in the last two weeks than it did in the 25 years following its publication.

Interest in the book initially rose after the acclaimed stage adaptation debuted at the Olivier Theatre in October 2007, before spiking when Spielberg's version premiered in cinemas, though Egmont managing director Cally Poplak said there was never a danger of War Horse being taken out of print.

'It's wonderful to see this incredible story in the hands of so many readers, film fans and theatregoers. A great story has universal appeal and War Horse is receiving the success it always deserved,' she added.

War Horse now has the distinction of topping sales charts across three mediums - film, literature and theatre - with the film's success boosting interest in the already popular stage version at the National Theatre.

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