Kinney tops charts again in tough week

Kinney tops charts again in tough week

Jeff Kinney's new Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, The Third Wheel (Puffin), has proved the bestselling book in the UK for a second week. The hardback children's novel sold 62,024 copies at UK booksellers in a tough week for the trade. Despite total sales of printed books jumping 8.2% (£2.8m) week on week, sales were down 9.3% (£3.8m) year on year, to £37.2m.

In recent years, spending on printed books over the comparative two weeks has increased 16% week on week, suggesting the very bad weather experienced across the UK recently may have been a factor, as shoppers delayed trips to the high street. According to Nielsen BookScan General Retail Market data, which offers a good indicator of high street bookshop performance, sales were down 10.2% year on year and up only 6% on the previous week. Sales rose 13% over the comparative two weeks last year.

Behind the Wimpy Kid, Jamie Oliver's new cookbook, 15-minute Meals (Michael Joseph), was the second bestselling book of the week, selling 54,278 copies at UK bookshops, while the latest edition of Guinness World Records (Guinness) proved the third bestselling title with sales of 41,735 copies.

New entries into this week's Official UK Top 50 include: Sylvia Day's erotically-charged novel Seven Years to Sin (Penguin); James Patterson's new Alex Cross thriller Merry Christmas Alex Cross (Century); the film-tie edition of Lee Child's One Shot (Bantam Press); and the first ever Angry Birds Annual (Pedigree).

Ian Rankin’s Rebus thriller, Standing in Another Man’s Grave (Orion), holds top spot in the Original Fiction for a third week. It is publisher Orion’s longest unbroken stint atop the bestseller chart in more than 10 years. Despite a 27% drop in sales week-on-week, Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You (Penguin) returns to pole position in this week’s Top 20 Mass-market Fiction bestseller list. Its drop in sales was shallower than last week’s chart-topper, Michael Connelly’s The Drop, which suffered a 42% decline.

Hilary Boyd’s “Gran lit” novel, Thursdays in the Park (Quercus), one of the bestselling -ebooks in the UK of late thanks to its 20p selling price on, climbs to pole position in this week's Heatseekers chart — a ranking of the bestselling novels by authors yet to crack the Official UK Top 50.

Re-entries are the order of the day in this week’s non-fiction bestseller lists which show very little movement week on week. Both number ones, Jamie Oliver and James Bowen (with A Street Cat Named Bob), comfortably retain their chart-topping positions week on week.

Helped by well-attended signings at up and down the UK, Keith Lemon’s Being Keith (Orion) enjoyed a 20% surge in sales week-on-week. There were also big boosts for Cheryl Cole’s Cheryl: My Story (up 35%), the latest Match! Annual (up 23%) and Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food (up 40%).