One of the benefits of lockdown has been falling back in love with reading.
Lots of us have been making the most of the extra time we've had on our hands by getting lost in new novels, revisiting old favourites, sharing recommended reads with friends on video calls and finally working our way through that pile of books that's been gathering dust on our bedside tables.
Now, Amazon has revealed exactly what the nation has been reading over the past few months by totting up sales of physical books and ebook downloads between 23rd March 2020 and 11th May 2020 to come up with a top 10.
The biggest selling book of the period might not surprise you because it's the debut novel that inspired lockdown's biggest TV hit: Normal People by Irish author Sally Rooney. In fact, British bibliophiles have been favouring reads by female authors, with four of the top five books all written by women.
Readers have also been exploring themes that have touched us during lockdown, including learning more about the day-to-day experiences of frontline NHS workers through Adam Kay's brilliant memoir This is Going to Hurt – which is back in the top 10 again – and finding comfort in the pages of Charlie Mackesy's beautifully illustrated tale of compassion, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
Just in time to inspire our weekend plans, here's the top 10 books we've been buying in isolation, according to Amazon:
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