Sylvia Day's Entwined with You (Penguin), the third instalment in her bestselling Crossfire erotica series, has become one of the fastest-selling paperback novels since official sales records began.
The mass-market publication sold 79,629 copies in its first week on bookshop shelves—the biggest weekly sale from a paperback novel since the previous novel in the series, Reflected in You (Penguin), sold 89,748 copies in its opening week in October last year. Over the past 10 years, just two other paperback novels for an adult readership have sold more copies in the first week on sale: Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Corgi) and Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Quercus).
Day storms straight into pole position in this week's Official UK Top 50, bringing the reign of Dan Brown's Inferno (Bantam Press) at number one to a close at three weeks. The latter falls one place to second position with a sale of 36,409 copies, while Transworld stablemate Lee Child's A Wanted Man (Bantam Books) falls to third place with a 23,511 sale.
Entwined with You is one of 16 new entries in this week's Official UK Top 50. Others include the mass-market editions of Ian Rankin's Rebus thriller, Standing in Another Man's Grave (Orion), Bernard Cornwell's 1356 (Harper), and Clive and Dirk Cussler's Poseidon's Arrow (Penguin).
Peter James' new Roy Grace novel, Dead Man's Time (Macmillan), débuts in 10th place in the Official UK Top 50. The novel was second only to Inferno as the bestselling hardback novel in the UK last week. It sold 9,646 copies in the week ending 8th June - up 8% on the first-week sale of the previous book in the series, Not Dead Yet.
Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee's Swim, Bike, Run (Viking) was the bestselling hardback non-fiction book of the week, recording sales of 2,614 copies in its first week on sale. They are the first Olympians to top the Hardback Non-fiction chart since Tom Daley in August last year.
Miranda Hart's Is it Just Me? (Hodder) proved the bestselling paperback non-fiction book of the week. The book sold 8,335 copies in its opening week on bookshop shelves, bringing to an end the incredible 19-week reign of Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer's The Fast Diet (Short) at the summit of the Paperback Non-fiction list.
Other new books that début in The Bookseller's bestseller lists this week include cookbooks by Mary Berry (Cookery Course, DK) and Rick Stein (India, BBC); light-hearted cricket tomes by David Lloyd (The Ashes According to Bumble, HarperSport) and Phil Tufnell (Tuffers' Alternative Guide to the Ashes, Headline); Cathy Cassidy's new Chocolate Box Girl novel, Coco Caramel (Puffin); Francesca Simon's latest Horrid Henry adventure, Horrid Henry's Nightmare (Orion); and Stephen King's hardboiled crime caper, Joyland (Titan).
Despite a number of enticing new releases hitting the shelves last week, many of which were published with Father's Day in mind, the total value of the printed book market slipped very slightly week on week - by just £4,500, or 0.02%, to £21.4m. The value of the market was down 7.8% (£1.8m) on the same week last year, with a significant decline in children's book sales caused by schools breaking for the half-term break in the comparative week in 2012.