Amazon Charts: Mantel's reign continues as Kay boomerangs back

Amazon Charts: Mantel's reign continues as Kay boomerangs back

Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light (Fourth Estate) has held the Amazon Charts' Most-Sold: Fiction number one, as Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt (Picador) bounces back up into the Most-Sold: Non-Fiction top spot. Mantel's third Cromwell title, which held the UK Official Top 50 number one through Nielsen BookScan last week, also soared up the Most-Read: Fiction chart, hitting second place. With the Harry Potter books usually dominant in places one through seven, this indicates how many self-isolators have taken the opportunity to crack into Mantel's 900-page doorstopper—no other title has broken into the top five since L J Ross' Ryan's Christmas, over the last week of December 2019.

Following a week that saw a wave of support for the hardworking NHS employees at the front-line of the coronavirus crises, including Thursday's hashtag #clapfortheNHS, Kay's junior doctor memoir This is Going to Hurt thundered back to the top of the Most-Sold: Non-Fiction chart, while also breaking into the Most-Read: Non-Fiction top three—which, like the fiction chart, has been dominated by Michelle Obama's Becoming (Penguin), Bill Bryson's The Body (Transworld) and Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens (Vintage) for several consecutive weeks. 

Elsewhere in Most-Sold: Non-Fiction, Mrs Hinch's The Little Book of Lists (Michael Joseph) held second place, the week ahead of its release on 2nd April, and Daisy Upton's Five Minute Mum (Penguin), which topped the Nielsen BookScan Paperback Non-Fiction chart last week, soared nine places up the Amazon ranking to claim third. Michelle Obama's chart stalwart Becoming also jumped 12 places to hit fourth place.