Hairy Bikers break 2013 non-fiction record

Hairy Bikers break 2013 non-fiction record

Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King's new weight-loss tome, The Hairy Dieters: Eat for Life (Weidenfeld), has become the fastest-selling non-fiction book of the year.

The £14.99 paperback publication sold 21,368 copies in its first week on bookshop shelves, beating previous record holders Michelle Harvie and Tony Howell's The 2-Day Diet (Vermilion), by more than 6,000 copies.

The Hairy Dieters: Eat for Life storms straight to the summit of the Official UK Top 50, relegating J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy (Sphere), which sold 21,108 copies in the UK last week, into second position.

Tess Gerritsen's Last to Die (Bantam Books) falls one place to third position week on week, with the mass-market edition of Lesley Pearse's Forgive Me (Penguin) débuting in fourth place with an opening-week sale of 15,757 copies. John Grisham's The Racketeer (Hodder) completes the top five.

Other new entries into the Official UK Top 50 this week include Ben Elton's Two Brothers (Black Swan), Kathy Reichs' Bones are Forever (Arrow) and Peter May's The Chessmen (Quercus) - the final book in his Lewis trilogy. The first book in the series, The Black House, has sold 150,000 copies to date helped by its inclusion in Richard and Judy’s Autumn 2011 Book Club.

For a fourth consecutive week, J K Rowling occupies pole position in both The Bookseller's Original Fiction chart and Mass-market Fiction chart, with The Cuckoo's Calling (Little, Brown) and A Casual Vacancy (Sphere) respectively. New entries in the Original Fiction list include Peter Robinson's new DCI banks thriller, Children of the Revolution (Hodder & Stoughton), James Patterson and David Ellis' standalone thriller Mistress (Century), Chris Carter's new Robert Hunter thriller One by One (Simon & Schuster) and Kathy Reichs' new Tempe Brennan thriller, Bones of the Lost (Heinemann).

As one BBC cookbook falls from the summit of The Bookseller's Hardback Non-fiction chart, another replaces it. Linda Collister’s latest “Great British Bake Off" spin-off Everyday (BBC), was the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in the UK last week, usurping Rick Stein’s India (BBC) at the top of the chart.

For a 23rd consecutive week, David Walliams' Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins) tops The Bookseller's Children's bestseller list - equalling a record set in 2009 by Stephenie Meyer's New Moon (Atom). The book has sold 148,000 copies thus far in 2013—second only to Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, The Third Wheel (Puffin), as the bestselling children's book of the year.

In total, £23.3m was spent on printed books in the UK last week, down 1.3% (£0.3m) week on week and down 4.5% (£1.1m) on the same week last year—a week when E L James' Fifty Shades novels took £1.5m through the tills alone and eight of the top 10 bestselling books in the UK were works of erotica. If E L James' distorting influence is removed from the data, underlying printed book sales were up 1.5%, or £0.3m, year on year.