Hairy Bikers retain charts top spot

Hairy Bikers retain charts top spot

The second low-calorie cookbook from Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King, The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life (Weidenfeld), has retained pole position in the official book charts.

The £14.99 paperback original proved the bestselling book in the UK for a second consecutive week, selling 22,322 copies in the seven-day period ending 24th August, Nielsen BookScan data reveals.

The mass-market edition of Lesley Pearse's Forgive Me (Penguin) was the bestselling novel of the week, selling 20,013 copies. It climbs two places into second position in the Official UK Top 50, with Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan thriller, Bones are Forever (Arrow), climbing four places into third spot.

Philippa Gregory's fifth Cousins' War novel, The White Princess (Simon & Schuster), was the bestselling hardback novel in the UK. It sold 5,869 copies, relegating J K Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling (Little, Brown) into second position in this week's Original Fiction chart after a five-week run at number one. Sales of The White Princess are up an impressive 29% on the previous book in the series, The Kingmaker's Daughter.

New entries into the Original Fiction chart include Anthony Riches' sixth Empire novel, The Eagle's Vengeance (Hodder & Stoughton), and 21-year-old Samantha Shannon's début novel, The Bone Season (Bloomsbury).

Three BBC titles occupy the top three positions in this week's Top 20 Hardback Non-fiction chart: Linda Collister's The Great British Bake Off: Everyday; Rick Stein's India; and Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh's The Incredible Spice Men. Combined, the three titles sold 12,700 copies, taking £143,000 through bookshop tills.

The reign of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins) at the summit of the Top 20 Children's chart is over. After a five-month run at number one, the paperback book has been usurped by Dr Miranda MacQuitty's Kids Only guide to the Natural History Museum. With a sale of 5,635 copies, it was the bestselling single-edition book for children in the UK last week although, with a combined sale of 6,259 copies across two different editions, Cassandra Clare's City of Bones (Walker) was the bestselling children's title across all print editions. Sales of the book, and its sequels, have soared in the UK thanks to the adaptation of the first book in Clare's six-strong Mortal Instruments series hitting UK cinemas earlier this month.

In total, £22.6m was spent on printed books in the UK in the seven-day period ending 24th August—down 3% week on week and down 10.3% on the comparative week last year when E L James' Fifty Shades Freed claimed top spot with a 89,748 sale.