Jamie takes third Christmas number one

Jamie takes third Christmas number one

<p>Jamie Oliver has landed the coveted Christmas Number One spot after his latest cookbook, <em>Jamie&#39;s 30-Minute Meals </em>(Michael Joseph), sold 149,640 copies in just seven days. </p><p>It is the third time that the TV chef has scored a Christmas number one&mdash;<em>Happy Days with the Naked Chef</em> topped the charts in 2001 and<em> Jamie&#39;s Italy </em>in 2005. On average, &pound;215 was spent on 15 copies of <em>Jamie&#39;s 30-Minute Meals</em> every minute last week, according to Nielsen BookScan data. </p><p>It brings life sales of the cookbook to 1,024,186 copies&mdash;a new BookScan record for a hardback non-fiction book, despite the fact it has been on sale for less than three months.</p><p>Waterstone&#39;s spokesman Jon Howells commented: &quot;Jamie is always big at Christmas, but this book has been something else&mdash;we sold more of it by the end of November than we did of last year&#39;s <em>Jamie&#39;s America</em> (Penguin) by the New Year. . .</p><p>&quot;No matter what the weather, tens of thousands of copies of Jamie&#39;s new book will be sold this week. The internet can&#39;t deliver now, but Waterstone&#39;s high street shops have plenty of copies.&quot; &nbsp;</p><p>However, it is worth noting that Bookscan figures date back only as far as 1998: sales of cookery queen Delia Smith&#39;s 1995 hardback Winter Collection, for example, are estimated to stand at around two million copies according to publishers, Ebury. <br /><br />After<em> Jamie&#39;s 30-Minute Meals</em>, the next most popular purchase at UK booksellers last week was surprise Christmas hit, <em>A Simples Life</em> (Ebury)&mdash;the fictional memoir by TV advertising meerkat Aleksandr Orlov. The &pound;9.99 hardback sold 70,990 copies, taking &pound;410,000 through the tills last week. The latest edition of <em>Guinness World Records </em>(Guinness), which sold 57,505 copies last week, takes third position in this week&#39;s Official UK Top 50.<br /><br />In non-fiction celeb-memoir terms, Lord Sugar&#39;s <em>What You See is What You Get</em> (Macmillan) was the bestselling celeb-mem of the week with hardback sales of 53,689 copies in seven days. Meanwhile, sales of England rugby legend Brian Moore&#39;s <em>Beware of the Dog </em>were up 381% week-on-week thanks to publisher Simon &amp; Schuster&#39;s mass-market edition hitting shelves in the wake of its recent William Hill Sports Book of the Year win.<br /><br />The bestselling hardback novel of the week was comedian Dawn French&#39;s d&eacute;but, <em>A Tiny Bit Marvellous </em>(Michael Joseph). Sales of the book jumped 49% week-on-week helped by the author&#39;s interview on BBC One&#39;s &quot;The Graham Norton Show&quot; on Friday. The bestselling mass-market novel of the week was Galaxy Book of the Year winner David Nicholls&#39; <em>One Day</em> (Hodder)&mdash;sales of which were up 80% week-on-week to 48,373 copies sold.<br /><br />In the children&#39;s sector, the <em>Beano Annual</em> (D C Thomson) proved to be the bestselling book of the week, selling 25,639 copies&mdash;some 9,790 copies more than the next most popular purchase, Jeff Kinney&#39;s <em>Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth </em>(Puffin). </p>