Fifty Shades of Grey tops bestseller list for a 15th week


Sales of E L James' Fifty Shades series slumped for a third consecutive week last week, but they nonetheless continue to dominate the bestseller charts by a considerable margin.

In total, £3.2m was spent on 732,700 copies of the erotic novels—down 25% week on week—with total print sales now standing at 7,777,000 copies in the UK alone.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow) was, for a 15th consecutive week, the bestselling book in the UK scoring sales of 271,741 copies (down 34% week on week). Sequel Fifty Shades Darker sold 242,234 copies (down 20% on the previous week), with the final book in the series, Fifty Shades Freed, shifting 215,151 copies (down 18%). The Boxed Set edition of the three novels, meanwhile, sold 3,570 copies last week - down 40% from its 5,945 copies the previous week.

With total sales of 3,516,400 copies, Fifty Shades of Grey has now surpassed Dan Brown's Angels and Demons (Corgi) and J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (Bloomsbury) in the list of the bestselling novels since official printed book sales records began.

Sylvia Day's Bared to You saw its sales increase 22% week on week to 57,861 copies sold - a 2012 record for publisher Penguin. It takes fourth position in this week's Official UK Top 50 ahead of John Grisham's The Litigators (Hodder).

James Patterson and David Ellis's Guilty Wives (Century) was once again the bestselling hardback novel in the UK, scoring sales of 3,786 copies in the seven days to 28th July. It means publisher Cornerstone has now topped both the Original Fiction and Mass-market Fiction charts for four consecutive weeks - a feat last achieved in May 2006 by Random House stablemate Transworld.

Despite a 9% fall in sales week on week, the hardback edition of Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies (Fourth Estate) climbs three places in the Original Fiction chart, to second position overall. It was comfortably the bestseller among the 12 novels on the 2012 Man Booker longlist, announced last week. Across all print editions, the book sold 2,956 copies - four times the sales of the next most popular longlisted title, Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday). The latter, one of the bestselling début novels of the year, sold 748 copies at bookshops last week, enjoying an 82% week on week boost following its nomination. Just one other longlisted novel, Michael Frayn's Skios (Faber) sold more than 500 copies last week. Its sales jumped 38% week on week, to 722 copies sold.

With three of the longlisted titles yet to be released, sales of the remaining nine totalled 5,300 copies - meaning Fifty Shades of Grey outsold the entire longlist by approximately 50 copies to one last week.

Gok Wan's Gok Cooks Chinese and Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow were once again the bestselling hardback and paperback non-fiction books in the UK last week. Their publishers Penguin have now topped the hardback and paperback non-fiction charts simultaneously for four consecutive weeks. The last publisher to achieve that feat was Transworld in June last year.

In the week leading up the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, a number of sports titles enjoyed solid sales, with titles such as Tom Daley's My Story (Michael Joseph); London 2012 Olympic Games: The Official Book (Carlton); London 2012 Olympic Games: The Official Programme (Haymarket); and Daisy Meadows' Olympia the Games Fairy (Orchard) all taking more than £10,000 through bookshop tills. Seven of Carlton Books's official London 2012 titles sold more than 1,000 copies in volume terms last week, enjoying an average weekly sales boost of 30%.

The memoir of Olympian and Tour de France victor Bradley Wiggins also enjoyed big uplift last week. In Pursuit of Glory (Orion) sold 1,067 copies - a three-fold increase on its sales the previous week.

However spending at UK bookshops slumped 11.5% (£3.3m) week on week last week as temperatures across the UK soared. According to Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market data, £25.5m was spent on printed books in the seven days to 28th July - down 9% (£2.5m) on the same week last year. According to Nielsen BookScan data, sales within the non-fiction sector were particularly poor in comparison to last year, with just one book managing a sale of more than 5,000 copies - in comparison to eight in the same week last year.