David Walliams has joined Harry Potter writer JK Rowling in the £100million league of top-earning British children’s authors.
The 48-year-old comedian, whose latest book The Beast of Buckingham Palace was published yesterday, is estimated to have made more than £17million last year alone.
His bestseller is Gangsta Granny, which spent 21 consecutive weeks as the children’s No1 in 2013 and has sold 1.35 million copies in paperback alone. Others include 2016 hit The Midnight Gang, 2017’s Bad Dad, and last year’s The Ice Monster.
He said earlier this month that he writes “one novel a year, a novella a year, a book of short stories a year, and a picture book a year”.
He told BritishTheatre.com: “As soon as I finish one, I know I’ve got to start the next one.”
Other kids’ authors in the £100million club include The Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson and Tracy Beaker author Jaqueline Wilson.