Grisham tops chart in strong week for Hodder

Grisham tops chart in strong week for Hodder

John Grisham's The Racketeer (Hodder) was comfortably the bestselling book in the UK last week, scoring the American novelist his latest Official UK Top 50 number one.

Grisham has now spent 23 weeks at the top of the Official UK Top 50 in the 21st century. Only three writers have spent longer at the summit since the turn of the millennium: Dan Brown (69 weeks), Jamie Oliver (52) and J K Rowling (34).

The mass-market edition of the legal thriller sold 29,748 copies at UK book retail outlets last week—9,427 more than the next bestselling book of the week, James Patterson and David Ellis' Guilty Wives (Arrow).

It is both Grisham and his publisher Hodder's first Official UK Top 50 number one since his The Abduction, the second book in his "kid lawyer" Theodore Boone series for young adults, topped the chart in March last year.

It proved a strong week for Hodder with the publisher enjoying three number ones across The Bookseller's four main fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists this week.

The Racketeer tops this week's Mass-market fiction chart, with Hodder stablemates Miranda Hart and James Bowen topping this week's Paperback and Hardback Non-fiction bestseller lists. Hart's Is It Just Me? sold 7,589 copies in the UK last week, with Bowen's The World According to Bob enjoying a sale of 7,698 copies in its first full week on shelves. It is Bowen's first ever number one as his previous book, A Street Cat Named Bob, missed out on top spot despite selling an impressive 65,000 copies in hardback.

Hodder's achievement is rare. Only three other publishers have managed to top at least three of The Bookseller's four main fiction and non-fiction charts over the past 10 years: HarperCollins, Cornerstone and Penguin. The latter was the publisher to achieve the feat most recently—in February 2011 when Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Monster Bake Sale, his 30-Minute Meals and Marian Keyes' The Brightest Star in the Sky all scored number ones in the same week.

Original Fiction was the only chart the publisher missed out on, with Dan Brown's Inferno (Bantam Press) continuing its reign at the summit of the bestseller list. It remains to be seen whether his consecutive-week run will continue for a 10th week next week. If copies of The Cuckoo's Calling (Little, Brown) by "Robert Galbraith" arrive into bookshops in time, Brown is almost certain to succumb to the J K Rowling-penned crime thriller.

According to Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market data, the nation's most talked about book sold just 43 copies in the week ending Saturday 13th July—the day before the Sunday Times outed Rowling in its sensational exposé.

In total, the value of the printed book market fell 5.5% week on week last week, to £21.6m. The market continues to suffer in comparison to a Fifty Shades-boosted 2012 with the value of the market down 29.2%, or £8.9m. In total, a massive £5.4m was spent on the erotic works of E L James in the comparative week last year—30 times the value of the most valuable writer to booksellers in the UK last week, Julia Donaldson (£185,000).