Guinness tops charts in another weak week

Guinness tops charts in another weak week

The latest edition of fact compendium Guinness World Records was the bestselling book in another slow week for the book trade.

Sales of Guinness World Records 2012 rose 26% week-on-week, to 27,360 copies sold, but overall book sales fell 1.4% to £32.1m, and were down 12% (£4.4m) on the same week last year.

Josephine Cox's Midnight (Harper) climbs four places week-on-week into second position in the Official UK Top 50, while last week's number one, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (Little, Brown), falls two places to third position overall.

P D James narrowly beat Anthony Horowitz in a 21st century battle between 19th century novels. James’ Pride and Prejudice murder mystery, Death Comes to Pemberley (Faber), sold 9,560 copies in its first week on bookshop shelves, just 236 copies more than Horowitz’ Sherlock Holmes thriller, House of Silk (Orion).

The two titles both début in this week's Official UK Top 50, and take positions four and five in this week's Original Fiction chart behind John Grisham's The Litigators (Hodder), Terry Pratchett's Snuff (Doubleday) and Martina Cole's The Faithless (Headline). The latter finally makes it to number one in the chart thanks to a 15,974 sale in its third week on bookshop shelves.

Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook, Jamie's Great Britain (Michael Joseph), enjoyed a 41% sales boost week-on-week, to 15,122 copies sold. It climbs eight places in the Official UK Top 50 to seventh position, and two places to third position in this week's Top 20 Hardback Non-fiction chart. But its sales are struggling in comparison to Oliver's previous hardback cookbooks. Sales are down 75% on last year's mega-seller 30-minute Meals, and down 10% on 2009's Jamie's America.

David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins) remains the bestselling children’s book in the UK, although Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance (Doubleday) is all but certain to top the children's bestseller lists this time next week. Sales of annuals, meanwhile, are continuing to climb in the run-up to Christmas. Sales were up 30% week-on-week last week, with the Beano, Moshi Monsters, Peppa Pig, Disney Princess, Jacqueline Wilson and LEGO all taking at least £25,000 through the tills.