Author writes his way into publishing history

An author has realised his childhood dream by coming top of both the fiction and non-fiction best-seller lists at the same time.

Conn Iggulden, 36, has echoed the success of the Dangerous Book for Boys, which encourages mischievous games like conkers, with his new fantasy tale Wolf of the Plains.

Both books now top the charts of their respective categories, achieving an accolade the author said he could only imagine in his dreams.

He told the Daily Mail: “I have been writing a book a year practically since I was 13, but of course most were knocked back. I have written poems and short stories for as long as I can remember.”

“I am absolutely thrilled. This is the kind of thing I used to dream about as a child.”

It is understood that it is the first time in the history of UK publishing that an author has topped the charts for both fiction and non-fiction.

Reflecting on the Dangerous Book for Boys, a type of manual to complete Just-William-type tasks, Mr Iggulden said: ““In this age of video games and mobile phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree-houses and stories of incredible courage.”

The book, which is said to have sold over 520,000 copies, was composed with Mr Iggulden’s brother Hal.

Although clearly aimed at lads and dads, the book does include a mention of the fairer sex.

“Treat girls with respect,” it advises. “Remember that they are as nervous around you as you are around them, if you can imagine such a thing.

“They think and act rather differently to you, but without them, life would be one long rugby locker room.”


19th January 2007

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