Weekly E-Book Ranking: Textual healing sees Kay top pile

Weekly E-Book Ranking: Textual healing sees Kay top pile

This is going to heal: after 30 weeks in the Weekly E-Book Ranking, Adam Kay’s junior doctor memoir This is Going to Hurt has finally hit the number one spot.

It is the second non-fiction title to bag the e-book crown in 2018, after the year kicked off with Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury in pole position. It is also only the fourth non-fiction title to crest the Weekly E-Ranking in its long, illustrious history (i.e., since May 2016). Saroo Brierley’s Lion was the first (in March 2017), aided by a fervent Oscars buzz around its film adaptation, and Cathy Glass’ foster-carer memoir Nobody’s Son ascended just a week later. The previous non-fiction ranking- toppers fall in the narrative, stranger-than-fiction category, perhaps with an edge of social justice too—be it a child lost on the streets of Calcutta or lost within the UK’s social care system... or what the President’s McDonald’s order is. Kay’s book follows suit, tying up funny stories of removing various “implements” from places they shouldn’t be with a call-to-arms to save the NHS.

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine slipped to second, and was denied the chance to claim The Girl on the Train’s all-time record for weekly ranking number ones. However, as regular readers of the Data pages know, the Honeyman never truly ends. The Nibbies Book of the Year has returned to the top spot, after being toppled from it, five times. Kerry Barnes’ Deceit was the highest new entry (11th), joining fellow gangland thriller authors Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers as an e-book bestseller, and charting just above another new entry, e-book chart veteran Lucinda Riley’s The Love Letter.

Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions also made its début in the ranking, following its W H Smith Thumping Good Read Award win and inclusion in the Zoë Ball Book Club. Though new Richard & Judy Book Club titles flooded the print charts, the e-book top 20 saw a return of the print promotion’s greatest hits: Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Erin Kelly’s He Said/She Said and Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things all climbed.

1 U This is Going to Hurt Adam Kay Picador 9781509858644 £8.99
2 D Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman HarperCollins 9780008172138 £3.99
3 D The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris Zaffre 9781785763663 £3.99
4 U Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng Little, Brown 9781408709702 £3.99
5 U Origin Dan Brown Transworld 9781473543348 £4.99
6 U The President is Missing President Bill Clinton & James Patterson Cornerstone 9781473553460 £4.99
7 U The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Vintage 9781446485477 £5.99
8 S The Break Marian Keyes Michael Joseph 9781405918770 £4.99
9 U This Could Change Everything Jill Mansell Headline 9781472208965 £3.99
10 U Surprise Me Sophie Kinsella Transworld 9781473510623 £4.99
11 N Deceit Kerry Barnes HQ Digital 9780008314606 £2.99
12 N The Love Letter Lucinda Riley Macmillan 9781509825035 £7.99
13 U The Midnight Line Lee Child Transworld 9781473542297 £4.99
14 N The Silent Companions Laura Purcell Raven 9781408888117 £5.03
15 U Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari Vintage 9781448190690 £5.99
16 U The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan Hodder & Stoughton 9781473635494 £4.99
17 U Why Mummy Drinks Gill Sims HarperCollins 9780008237509 £4.99
18 U He Said/She Said Erin Kelly Hodder & Stoughton 9781444797176 £2.99
19 S The Temptation of Gracie Santa Montefiore Simon & Schuster 9781471169601 5.99
20 D Watching You Lisa Jewell Cornerstone 9781473538344 £7.99

Week ending 4th August 2018. Titles with a selling price below £2 are excluded, as are titles priced £4.50 or below with any print versions priced above £17.99. Participating publishers: PRH UK, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster, Bonnier Zaffre & Canongate.