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07.04.09 | Philip Stone
Jade Goody's Jade: Fighting to the End has climbed to the summit of the bestseller lists. With a sale of 33,912 copies through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market last week, it becomes John Blake's first Official UK Number One since Katie Price's Being Jordan achieved the feat almost five years ago.
Goody's re-titled memoir fought off strong competition from high-charting new entries. Wilbur Smith's Assegai (Macmillan), the fifth book in his third sequence of Courtney thrillers, joins the list in second position, having clocked up 26,051 unit sales last week. Meanwhile, Lee Child's 12th Jack Reacher thriller, Nothing to Lose (Bantam), joins in fourth, one place behind Marian Keyes' This Charming Man (Penguin).
During the seven days to 4th April, £29m was spent through BookScan's TCM, down 0.7% week-on-week but up slightly (0.3%) on the same week last year.
In Original Fiction, Assegai takes top spot from James Patterson's 8th Confession, while the trade paperback editions of P D James' The Private Patient (Faber), Maeve Binchy's Heart and Soul (Orion) and Donna Leon's About Face (Macmillan) all début in the top 10. Jack Higgins' A Darker Place (HarperCollins) and Lisa Jewell's The Truth About Melody Brown (Century) also join the chart for the first time, in 12th and 13th place respectively.
In Mass-market Fiction, This Charming Man climbs back into top spot after a week's hiatus while Nothing to Lose débuts in third position. Moshin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Penguin) leads another five new entries in the bottom half of the chart.
In Heatseeker Fiction, Tom Knox' The Genesis Secret (HarperCollins) holds pole position for a second week, with Linda Grants' The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago) joining the list in second position.
The Hardback Non-fiction chart welcomes six new entries this week, led by Rowland White's Phoenix Squadron (Bantam Press). The follow-up to the bestselling Vulcan 607 charts one place ahead of former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, Bret Hart's memoir, The Hitman (Ebury). Narrowly missing out on the Top 20, the latest edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack sold 816 copies last week, but it should have sold zero. Numerous retailes broke the strict embargo, listed as 6th April on The Bookseller Association's online Embargo Title List.
In Paperback Non-fiction, Jade: Fighting to the End holds top spot for a second week while Australian self-published smash hit, 4 Ingredients, by Kim McCokser and Rachael Bermingham, débuts in 12th place.
Meanwhile, in children's, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight titles lock out the top four positions for Atom. This week's only new entry, The Pokémon Spring Activity Annual (Pedigree) makes its début in 20th position.