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Eyewitness The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley: The Inside Story of a Publishing Phenomenon by Christopher Davis

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8 – Sex in the Connaught

If ever the staff wondered if it was worth their while to be embedded in such major projects for such a length of time, their diligence was rewarded soon after publication. Just as four of our first seven titles had given us a platform to grow, now this new clutch of home reference found its niche. By the early 1980s we had chalked up four more global bestsellers that would calcify into pillars of the backlist: The Good Housekeeping Encyclopedia of Needlecraft sold over 500,000 copies, The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook more than a million, Success with Houseplants more than two million, and The AMA Family Medical Guide, thanks to it being selected by Reader’s Digest USA for a mailing, sold twice as many again. ...

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