TWiC #51: Week Ending 18th December

<p><img alt="" align="left" width="100" height="129" src="/sites/default/files/userfiles/jo.jpg" />So there you have it.<b> Jamie Oliver </b>is the Christmas number one. An incredible achievement. Albeit a little clich&eacute; given he's done it twice before. But now he's done it for a third time - one better than Ms <b>Delia Smith</b> and one better then whoever it that &quot;writes&quot; (&quot;compiles&quot; perhaps?) <i><b>Guinness World Records</b></i>. <br />
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Last week, then, his<i><b> Jamie's 30-minute Meals </b></i>sold 149,000-odd copies, bringing it's life sales to 1.1m, which makes it officially the bestselling hardback non-fiction book since records began. And it ain't even been on sale for three months yet :O</p>
<p>However, a word on the ol' &quot;since records began&quot; bit. Records began only as recently as 1998 and, well, a lot of hardback books were published before 1998. Like<i><b> The Bible</b></i>, for one, which no doubt has sold more copies in the UK than <i><b>Jamie's 30-minute Meals </b></i>since copies started rolling off&nbsp;that Caxton fellow's&nbsp;printing press in the late 15th century. And someone else with Godly traits, <b>Delia Smith</b>, whose <b><i>Winter Collectio</i></b><i><b>n</b></i> (first published in 1995) has sold 2m copies and counting (according to Ebury, her publishers). Still, technicalities aside, <i><b>Jamie's 30-minute Meals</b></i>' 1.1m life sales clocked up in under three months is an impressive achievement - a record breaking one, regardless.<img alt="" align="right" width="100" height="139" src="/sites/default/files/userfiles/9780563521822.jpg" /><br />
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The Surprise Christmas Hit of the Year, the meerkat's<i><b> A Simples Life </b></i>was the next most popular purchase at UK booksellers last week, which presumables means a lot of peoples will be getting copies of famous meerkat book in Christmas stocking. And presumables a lot of peoples will be return precious meerkat memoir to bookshops all down and up the Uniteds Kingdom after Christmas time for exchanging&nbsp;with&nbsp;proper book instead. Just take book to man behind till, ask to exchanged for Marcel Proust, get Proust book. Simples!<br />
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Which got me thinking, what is the most returned book in the UK? And I'm not counting libraries, here, I mean returned to bookshops in exchange for something else. Perhaps something like <b>Franzen</b>'s&nbsp;<i><b>Freedom</b></i>, or <b>Frey</b>'s<i><b>&nbsp;A Million Little Pieces</b></i> or<i><b> How Opal Mehta... </b></i>for reasons that&nbsp;the texts&nbsp;contained printing errors/was full of sh*t/was full of plagiarism. Or perhaps it isa massive-selling Chrimbo book like a <i><b>Guinness World Records </b></i>or a<b> Peter Kay</b>? Or Perhaps it is an <i><b>A-Z of London </b></i>bought by peeps who only need to use it once.</p>
<p><img alt="" align="left" width="100" height="153" src="/sites/default/files/userfiles/n116333.jpg" />Or perhaps it is<b> Lilian Harry</b>'s <i><b>PS, I Love You </b></i>- returned by folk who were looking for <b>Cecelia Ahern</b>'s book of the same name? Or perhaps it is<i><b> The Da Vinci Code </b></i>as lots of peeps have already read it about five years ago so please, please stop giving me copies for Christmas or my birthday or maybe I haven't read it at all and I'll buy a copy to see what all the fuss is about and when I get back home I discover oh I already had a copy of <i><b>The Da Vinci Code</b></i> on the shelf after all and I must have read it already and oh yeah I do remember reading it as it was the story of that <b>Tom Hanks </b>chap running around cathedrals and symbols and whatnot and something to do with <b>Mary</b>.</p>