Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! steals away with the top spot

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! steals away with the top spot

David Walliams and Tony Ross' Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! (HarperCollins) has soared into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, selling 76,410 copies in its first week on sale.

This was 44% up on summertime release Megamonster's launch week, back in June, but 17% down on autumn 2020 title Code Name Bananas (all published by HarperCollins).

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! predecessor Gangsta Granny has sold a total of just under 1.9 million copies to date (across all editions), notching up 21 consecutive weeks in the Children's number one spot across 2013, and launched Walliams from comedian-turned-author into kids' book phenomenon. Though the title never reached the overall number one spot itself, every Walliams title since has.  

Guinness World Records 2022 (GWR) leapt into second place in the Top 50, re-claiming the Hardback Non-Fiction number one from Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat (Penguin Michael Joseph). The classic stocking filler improved 18% in volume week on week, to 25,009 copies sold.

The five-week reign of Tim Marshall's The Power of Geography (Elliott & Thompson) in the Paperback Non-Fiction number one slot was brought to an end by Gary Vaynerchuk's Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients for Necessary for Business Success (HarperCollins). The non-fungible token (NFT) investor's business guide sold 10,942 copies through Nielsen BookScan last week, to swipe the Paperback Non-Fiction pole and 18th place in the Top 50. Vaynerchuk offered a free NFT to his Instagram and You Tube followers who bought 12 or more copies of his book and has claimed to have sold a million copies worldwide. 

Richard Osman once again held both the fiction top spots, with The Man Who Died Twice (Viking) notching up an eighth week in the Original Fiction number one and its predecessor, The Thursday Murder Club (Viking), scoring its 25th atop Mass Market Fiction. In the latter chart, Jenny Colgan's Christmas at the Island Hotel (Sphere) was the sole new entry, becoming one of eight festive fiction titles in the top 20.

Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins Children's) boomeranged back into the Children's and YA Fiction chart in seventh place, more than doubling in volume week on week as its sequel launched. The previous week's overall number one, Mark and Roxanne Hoyle's Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa's Little Helper (Puffin) held the Pre-School top spot for a second week.

Print market volume jumped 4.8% week on week to 5.2 million books sold, with value increasing 3.4% to £45.4m.

Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! (HarperCollins) also rocketed 10 places to top the Amazon Charts' Most-Sold: Fiction ranking.