Jane Green reigns supreme, as trade turns in fifth best week

<p>Jane Green&#39;s 11th novel,<em> Girl Friday </em>(Penguin), is this week&#39;s new number one, having benefited from a plethora of half-price offers on the high street.</p><p>According to Nielsen BookScan data, &pound;25.5m was spent at UK book retail outlets during the seven days to 8th May period, down 1.3% week-on-week and down 3.6% on the same week last year when the film tie-in edition of Dan Brown&#39;s <em>Angels and Demons</em> (Corgi) topped the weekly charts with a 37,600 seven-day sale. But this was actually the best week since the end of March, and the fifth best week so far in 2010. </p><p>The mass-market publication sold 30,186 copies in its first full week in UK bookshops, allowing Green to top the charts for the first time since the summer of 2008 when <em>Second Chance</em> achieved the feat. The mass-market edition of Green&#39;s previous novel, <em>The Beach House</em>, did not reach any higher than fourth position in the Official UK Top 50 last year. <em>Girl Friday</em> is the first Penguin paperback to top the charts since March 2009.</p><p>Stieg Larsson&#39;s <em>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets&#39; Nest</em> (Quercus), which sold 30,046 copies last week, falls one place to second position overall while Carlos Ruiz Zaf&oacute;n&#39;s <em>The Shadow of the Wind</em> prequel, <em>The Angel&#39;s Game</em> (Phoenix), climbs seven places into third position overall&mdash;thanks in part to a spot in W H Smith&#39;s &quot;&pound;2.99 if you buy the Times&quot; link-save promotion. Ex-FBI agent Noah Boyd&#39;s <em>The Bricklayer </em>(Harper) is this week&#39;s highest new entry in 28th place.</p><p>Both Jodi Picoult&#39;s <em>House Rules</em> (Hodder) and Jamie Oliver&#39;s <em>Jamie Does...</em> (Michael Joseph) stay atop their respective Original Fiction and Hardback non-fiction charts, while mother and daughter duo Kristin and PC Cast&#39;s <em>Burned</em> (Atom), the seventh instalment in their vampiric <em>House of Night </em>series, holds top spot in the children&#39;s chart week on week. </p><p>In paperback non-fiction, Edith Cotterill&#39;s memoir of her time as a district nurse in the 1950s, <em>Nurse on Call</em> (Ebury), is the new number one.</p><p>On a rolling 12-month basis, spending on books in the UK over the past 52 weeks is down 3% on the previous 52-week period, to &pound;1.72bn.</p>