Lee Child takes Official UK Top 50 top spot

Lee Child takes Official UK Top 50 top spot

Lee Child's new Jack Reacher thriller, Never Go Back (Bantam Press), was the bestselling printed book in the UK last week.

Never Go Back beat new titles by Jamie Oliver, Jeffrey Archer and pop superstars One Direction to the top of the official book charts.

Nielsen BookScan data reveals Never Go Back sold 25,403 copies in its first week on bookshop shelves—up 5% on the previous book in the series, A Wanted Man. Its sale was second only to Transworld stablemate Dan Brown's Inferno (Bantam Press) as the biggest weekly sale from a hardback novel in 2013.

One Direction take second place in the Official UK Top 50 with their latest title, 1D: Where We Are (HarperCollins). The £18.99 hardback, which charts the highs and lows of the band over the past 18 months, sold 23,899 copies at UK book retail outlets.

The mass-market edition of Jeffrey Archer's third Clifton Chronicle, Best Kept Secret (Pan), débuts in third place with a sale of 18,226 copies, while last week's chart toppers the Hairy Dieters falling three places into fourth spot. J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy (Sphere) completes the top five.

Jamie Oliver, who is attempting to score his fourth Christmas number one in a row this year, has to settle for sixth place in the Official UK Top 50. His new cookbook, Save with Jamie (Michael Joseph), sold 14,615 copies in its first week on sale. Oliver's new TV series, "Jamie's Money Saving Meals" hit screens yesterday (Monday 2nd September).

Six of the eight members of the latest Richard and Judy Book Club earn spots in this week's Top 50, led by Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave (Tinder Press). The novel sold 9,689 copies in its first week on sale, and was the bestselling book of the week at independent bookshops. In total, the eight members of the club sold 46,000 copies at UK booksellers, taking just over £200,000 through bookshop tills.

In total, £23.4m was spent on printed books at UK booksellers last week—up 3.5% on the previous week but down 7.3% on the same week last year when E L James' Fifty Shades Freed (Arrow) proved the number one UK bestseller with a sale of 67,225 copies.