Breaking Dawn takes top spot after just three days

Breaking Dawn takes top spot after just three days

<p>The long-awaited mass-market edition of Stephenie Meyer&#39;s <em>Breaking Dawn</em> (Atom) sold 48,673 copies in just three days, and tops this week&#39;s Official UK Top 50&mdash;just over two years after the hardback edition first hit the shelves. <br /><br />It is the sixth time Meyer has topped the Official UK Top 50 in 2010. The mass-market edition of book three in the Twilight series, <em>Eclipse</em>, was number one for the first two weeks of the year, while her Twilight novella, <em>The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner</em>, held the crown for three consecutive weeks in June.<br /><br />Dan Brown&#39;s <em>The Lost Symbol</em> (Corgi) falls one place to second position overall, while James Patterson and Maxine Paetro&#39;s <em>Swimsuit</em> (Arrow) falls one place to third.<br /><br />Publisher Simon and Schuster has scored double number-ones this week. A half-price &quot;deal of the week&quot; spot at W H Smith helped Philippa Gregory&#39;s second The Cousins&#39; War novel,<em> The Red Queen</em>, take top spot in Original Fiction, while Rhonda Byrne&#39;s <em>The Power</em>, the sequel to publishing phenomenon <em>The Secret</em>, takes top spot in hardback non-fiction.<br /><br />Kerr MacRae, executive director of Simon &amp; Schuster said: &quot;Rhonda has defied the market yet again and produced a book that appeals across the spectrum and delivers very healthy sales in what is traditionally a slow, pre-Christmas period&quot;.<br /><br />Byrne&#39;s <em>The Secret</em> takes second position in the hardback non-fiction list, while <em>The Red Queen</em>&#39;s 15,744 sale is Gregory&#39;s strongest ever in hardback&mdash;up 3,235 copies on her previous personal best set by the first book in the same series, <em>The White Queen</em>, exactly a year ago.<br /><br />Also new in the Original Fiction charts this week are: Kate Atkinson&#39;s fourth PI Jackson Brodie thriller, <em>Started Early, Took My Dog</em> (Doubleday), Mark Billingham&#39;s ninth Tom Thorne thriller, <em>From the Dead</em> (Little, Brown) and Frederick Forsyth&#39;s first book in four years, <em>The Cobra</em> (Bantam).<br /><br />New entries in the mass-market fiction Top 20 include Erica James&#39; <em>The Queen of New Beginnings</em> (Orion), last week&#39;s half price &quot;book of the week&quot; at W H Smith, and Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesb&oslash;&#39;s seventh thriller in his Harry Hole series, <em>The Snowman</em> (Vintage), a till-point &quot;link-save&quot; deal at Waterstone&#39;s.<br /><br />Nesb&oslash; is currently being marketed as &quot;the next Stieg Larsson&quot;, according to the quote from the <em>Independent </em>being used on<em> The Snowman</em>&#39;s poster campaign, despite the fact that Nesb&oslash;&#39;s first Harry Hole novel, <em>Flaggermusmannen</em> (<em>The Bat Man</em>), was published eight years before Larsson&#39;s first novel, <em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em> (<em>M&auml;n som hatar kvinnor</em>). <br /><br />According to Nielsen BookScan data, &pound;28.2m was spent at UK book retail outlets during the seven days to 21st August, down 3.2% week on week and down 0.4% on the same week last year when Audrey Niffenegger&#39;s T<em>he Time Traveler&#39;s Wife </em>(Vintage) topped the charts with a silver screen-boosted 29,591 sale.<br /><br /> </p>