Fast Diet tops chart for third week

Fast Diet tops chart for third week

Mimi Spencer and Michael Mosley's intermittent fasting guide, The Fast Diet (Short Books), was the UK's bestselling book for a third consecutive week last week. Sales of the weight-loss guide, which encourages dieters to adhere to a low-calorie regime two days per week, fell slightly week on week, but it retains top spot in the Official UK Top 50 by a comfortable margin.

According to Nielsen BookScan data, the paperback title sold 32,596 copies at UK booksellers in the seven days to 9th February—more than twice as many copies of the next bestselling book of the week, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro's Private: No. 1 Suspect (Arrow, 15,785 copies sold).

Susan Lewis' No Child of Mine (Arrow) and Joanna Trollope's The Soldier's Wife (Black Swan) take positions three and four in the Top 50 with sales of 15,545 and 15,506 respectively. Sales of the two novels were helped by spots in Tesco's "book of the week" promotion.

New entries into the Official UK Top 50 include: screenwriter and TV producer Matthew "M R" Hall's The Flight (Pan), which was also a member of the Tesco promotion last week; William Dalrymple's account of the first Afghan-Anglo war, Return of a King (Bloomsbury); and Lucy Robinson's second novel A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger (Penguin).

In a relatively calm week in the trade, sales of books slipped slightly week on week—by 3.1% to £23.8m—and were down just 1.8% on the same week last year.