Amazon Charts: Ross racks up a fiction double

Amazon Charts: Ross racks up a fiction double

After making its debut a week ago in second place, L J Ross' Penshaw has now leapfrogged Rachel Abbott's And So It Begins (Wildfire) to claim the Amazon Charts Most-Sold Fiction number one. The self-published author's 13th DCI Ryan title also held the Most-Read Fiction chart number one for a second week, becoming the fastest-read book in the chart in both Kindle and Audible formats.

Susan Lewis' One Minute Later (HarperCollins) also climbed, pushing And So It Begins into third place in Most-Sold, the same week it jumped into the Nielsen BookScan TCM top 10. A Richard and Judy Book Club title, One Minute Later was joined in the Fiction Most-Sold top 20 by fellow pick T M Logan's The Holiday (Zaffre).

As the television adaptation's third series came to an end, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage) made its debut in the Most-Sold Fiction top 20. However, the 34-year-old title was a whippersnapper compared to Raymond Chandler's The Lady in the Lake and Other Novels (Penguin), published in 1943, which entered the chart in 11th place following a brief spell at 99p for its e-book edition.

George R R Martin's A Game of Thrones (HarperCollins) featured in the Most-Read Fiction chart for a third week running, with more listeners in audio than readers in digital. After the HBO television adaptation came to an end in May, the first title in the five-book (and counting) A Song of Ice and Fire series topped both The Bookseller weekly e-book chart and the Audible monthly ranking. At nearly 34 hours long, perhaps downloaders of the Audible edition are still working their way through it.

Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt (Picador) held the Most-Sold Non-Fiction chart number one, with Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson's Pinch of Nom (Bluebird)—currently far and away the bestselling book of the year through BookScan—rose to second place. Its readers took the least amount of time to review the title after buying, with the title earning a 4.8 star rating averaged from 6,635 reviews.

Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion (Transworld) was the highest-charting new entry in Most-Sold Non-Fiction in fourth place, racking up more Audible listeners than Kindle readers.

There was not a single new entry in Most-Read Non-Fiction, with Michelle Obama's Becoming (Penguin) reigning for a third week running. However, both Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k (Harper) and Lisa Taddeo's Three Women (Bloomsbury) climbed. The asterisk seems to be the new buzzword for book titles, with Sarah Knight's Calm the F***k Down (Quercus) entering the Most-Sold Non-Fiction chart in 20th place, and Gill Sims' more coy Why Mummy Doesn't Give a ****! (HarperCollins) topping the Original Fiction chart through the TCM for the same week.