Hairy Bikers knock Jamie off top spot

Hairy Bikers knock Jamie off top spot

The Hairy Bikers have toppled fellow celebrity chef Jamie Oliver from the summit of the official bestseller lists, returning to the top of the Official UK Top 50 for the first time since September.

Sales of the pair's weight-loss tome, The Hairy Dieters (Weidenfeld), more than trebled week on week, to 36,981 copies—more than double the sales of the next bestselling book of the week, Oliver's Jamie's 15-minute Meals (Michael Joseph). It is the second time in the past six months the hirsute duo have ended a bestselling powerhouse's chart-topping run. They famously ousted E L James from the top of the chart in September last year, ending the erotic novelist's 22-week stint at the summit.

The mass-market edition of Jo Nesbø's Phantom (Vintage) débuts in third position in this week's Official UK Top 50 courtesy of a 15,905 opening-week sale. It was one of 23 new entries in this week's list, of which eight are members of the latest Richard and Judy Book Club. In total, mass-market editions of the 10 members of the Spring 2013 club sold 59,400 copies, taking £312,400 through bookshop tills.

A plethora of titles benefitting from bookshop "New Year, New You" promotions enter the paperback non-fiction bestseller lists this week, including four titles from Simon &  Schuster's Weight Watchers Mini series; Paul McKenna's new book The Hypnotic Gastric Band (Bantam Press); Rosemary Conley's The FAB Diet (Arrow); and Spencer and Mosley's The Fast Diet (Short). The latter sold 10,488 copies in the UK last week and débuts in second position in the Paperback Non-fiction chart and in ninth place in the
Official UK Top 50.

In total, £23m was spent on printed books at UK booksellers in the seven days to 5th January—down just £47,000, or 0.2%, on the comparative week last year. Interestingly, sales through Nielsen BookScan's General Retail Market panel of booksellers, which includes branches of Waterstones, W H Smith, general independent bookshops and is therefore a good indicator of high-street bookshop performance, reported sales were up almost 8% year on year.

Comparatively, sales at non-GRM book retailers, which includes the likes of  Amazon.co.uk, were down 9% year on year—a sign, perhaps, that book-buyers are shunning the online behemoth following tax avoidance revelations.