Walker Books announced that the Where’s Wally? range of books have now sold an incredible 50 million copies worldwide.
I think it no coincidence that the phenomenal success of Where’s Wally? has accompanied the formative years of Generation Y. Generation Y are fashion conscious, single and lost, just like Wally.
Since first publication in 1987, Where’s Wally? has become an international phenomenon, with the books being sold in over 30 countries and 25 languages, including Egyptian, Korean and Hebrew. Such is Wally’s celebrity status that he has appeared in the primetime American TV showsFrasier, The Simpsons and Friends, as well as on the 1000th anniversary cover of Rolling Stone magazine, where he appeared as a cultural icon of the last 40 years.
And Wally shows no sign of slowing down.
On a yacht just off St Tropez sipping champagne with a bikini clad beauty on his knee.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.