With six weeks at the top of the official Top 50 chart John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin) has now spent more weeks at number one than any other book in 2014.
Green joins Alex Ferguson as the only author to spend six weeks or more at the top of the chart with one edition of the same book since the start of 2013. Dan Brown also join this list, but only by combining hardback and paperback editions of Inferno (Corgi, nine weeks) and J.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy (Sphere) has spent 6 weeks at the top but with three weeks for the hardback in 2012 and three for the mass market paperback in 2013. Sales for the two editions of The Fault…fell by a softer than expected 9% week on week, having fallen 15% the previous week.
It has taken five weeks for Helen Fielding's latest outing for the hapless heroine Bridget Jones to cross the 100,000 barrier. Mad About the Boy (Vintage) is a non-mover at four this week and is one of 18 fiction paperbacks to have crossed the six-digit threshold since the start of the year compared to 21 for the same period last year. Volume sales of the top 20 fiction paperbacks are up 1.5% however, courtesy of Green's sales (539,029 combined copies for the standard and film editions of The Fault…) compensating for the 434,873 copies of Gone Girl (Phoenix) shifted through the TCM in the first 29 weeks of 2013.
Robust performances by Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (Black Swan 253,300 copies) and Lee Child's Never Go Back (Bantam, 180,060 copies) also compensate for Rachel Joyce's Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Black Swan, 248,716 copies) and Lee Child's Wanted Man (Bantam, 171,825 copies) during the period last year. Joyce and Donna Tartt should also join the 100,000+ club over the next seven days with their latest paperbacks as Perfect (Black Swan, 99,474 copies) and The Goldfinch (Abacus, 96,320 copies) approach the milestone with Martina Cole's Revenge (Headline) and John Le Carre's A Delicate Truth (Penguin) following shortly after.
There were two new entries inside the overall Top 10. Lesley Pearse is this week's highest new entry with the mass market paperback of Survivor (Penguin) debuting at number five and selling 13,767 copies. The hardback, released just in February, debuted at number one in the Original Fiction chart in the run-up to Valentine's Day and has sold just under 21,000 copies.
James Patterson bags another top ten best seller with the second instalment in his Honeymoon thriller series. Second Honeymoon (Arrow), co-written with Howard Roughan debuts at seven with 12,696 copies. The thriller, featuring FBI Agent John O'Hara, is the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's Honeymoon (Headline), which has sold 300,854 physical copies across editions since 2005. Second Honeymoon is Patterson's 19th release (26th across multiple physical formats and various editions) so far this year giving the author an average of about four releases a month. Combined volume sales of these titles are in excess of 734,300 copies with a value of £3.2m to booksellers increasing to £4.2m if sales of the author's backlist sold this year are included.
There was a busy hardback Fiction schedule last week and six new titles debut in the Original Fiction Top 20 including new chart topper The Book of Life (Headline). This third and final instalment of Deborah E Harkness' All Souls Trilogy sold 6,474 copies, one of just five hardbacks to sell more than 6,000 copies at number one in a single week so far this year.
Karin Slaughter debuts at number two with a standalone novel, Cop Town (Century) shifting 4,074 copies.
In Non-fiction, Mary Berry usurps Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the Hardback chart with a surprise return to the top for Mary Berry Cooks (BBC) selling another 4,654 copies for a 12th non-consecutive week at number one. Berry also replaced herself as the author with the bestselling cookery title as Cook Now, Eat Later (Headline) slips to three.
In Non-Fiction Paperback, Bill Bryson remains at number one with One Summer (Black Swan) enjoying a seventh week at the top.
Overall, 3.2m book sales registered through BookScan last week for a combined value of £22.9m, up 1.3% on the same week last year.
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