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Kinsella retains crown amid flat week for book sales
02.02.10 | Philip Stone
Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl (Black Swan) has retained its position at the summit of The Official UK Top 50 in a flat week for the trade. Madeleine Wickham's ninth novel written under her Kinsella pseudonym sold 42,141 copies at UK book retailers last week, almost twice as many copies as the second most purchased title, Karen Rose's Don't Tell (Headline).
Rose's 21,202 weekly sale represents a new UK personal best for the US author. The film tie-in edition of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones climbs into third position overall, with an 18,962 sale. Sales of Sebold's début novel now total 1,687,000 copies across all editions. It was the sixth bestselling adult novel of the noughties.
Belinda Bauer's Blacklands (Corgi), the second book to go under Channel Four's "The TV Book Club" spotlight, suffered a slight dip in sales week on week, by 4% to 5,207 copies sold. However, sales of Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts (Virago), which was discussed by the celebrity panel on Sunday, enjoyed a 10% sales boost to 8,314 copies sold.
The Official Highway Code is this week's highest new entry, joining the chart in 39th position, ahead of a débuting S J Bolton's Awakening—the Lancashire-born author's second novel. Her first, Sacrifice, has sold 25,000 copies across all editions.
In total, £28.2m was spent at UK bookshops last week, according to Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market data. The figure is up 0.3% on the previous week but down 5.4% on the same week last year.