Mary Berry scores her first UK Top 50 number one

Mary Berry scores her first UK Top 50 number one

Mary Berry has achieved her first UK Top 50 number one with Mary Berry Cooks (BBC), three weeks after it debuted on the chart.

Berry would have achieved overall top seller success two weeks ago but was held off the top spot by World Book Day titles dominating the top 10. Following a 20% dip in sales the previous week, Berry's sales rebounded and were up 36%. A total of 24, 929 copies registered through BookScan last week- the best sales week for the tie-in to the phenomenally successful BBC series so far. There are 13 titles associated with Berry that appear in the TCM 5,000 this week, including the paperback edition of the food writer's autobiography, Recipe for Life (Penguin, 1,829 copies) and the new edition of Cook Up a Feast (DK, 977 copies), growing 13% and 2% in volume respectively. In total, the writer's TCM 5,000 value to booksellers was £321,000 last week.

Berry's chart success denied James Patterson (writing with David Ellis) his second Top 50 number one this year, with Mistress (Arrow) climbing seven places to number two with 23,673 copies sold. Sales increased 33% week on week and Patterson has actually replaced himself in that spot as the thriller writer's World Book Day title, Middle School: How I got Lost in London (Arrow Young, 14,167 copies) falls to number four. Patterson did hold on to the number one spot in the Mass Market paperback Fiction chart however.

Three WBD titles fell out of the top 10 last week, making way for the mass market edition of Danielle Steel's Until the End of Time (Corgi), which rose 17 places to number five with 12,979 copies sold, a 50% volume increase week on week and taking number two in the Fiction Mass Market chart. Patricia Scanlan's With All My Love (Simon & Schuster) climbed 23 places to number nine and is also joined by Kate Atkinson, re-entering the top 10 at number eight (up from 15) with Life After Life (Black Swan). The former number one has received another promotional boost courtesy of The Times' Book Club, which selected the Costa award winning novel as their March title. Life After Life sold 4% fewer copies week on week but 11,059 copies were enough to secure the eighth spot.

Jeffrey Archer remains at number one in the Original Fiction chart for the second week with Be Careful What you Wish For (Macmillan). Sales dropped 33% but the latest instalment of the Clifton Chronicles comfortably outsold James Patterson (writing with Maxine Paetro) in second place with Unlucky 13 (Century, 6,238 copies).

Titles and authors traditionally associated with book retailer's Mother's Day promotions asserted themselves in both Fiction charts. Inside the Original Fiction top ten, Jojo Moyes at six and Katie Fforde at nine were joined this week by climbers Lesley Pearse, at number 10 with Survivor (Michael Joseph, 1,526 copies), Erica James, at eight with The Summer at the Lake (Orion, 1,661 copies) and Josephine Cox climbing 11 places to number seven with The Runaway Woman (HarperCollins, 1,690 copies). All three authors enjoyed sales increases of above 21%. Danielle Steel's latest hardback Power Play (Bantam) also saw a sales increase of 8%, retaining her number three position. Alan Titchmarsh also climbed into the top five with Bring Me Home (Hodder) selling 2,378 copies. Kirsty Wark's debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (Two Roads) was the only new entry on the chart at number 20 selling 749 copies. In the Mass market Fiction chart, Fern Britton debuts at 17 with another Mother's Day choice, The Holiday Home (Harper) selling 6,174 copies. Britton's most recent mass market paperback, Hidden Treasures has sold over 33,000 copies through BookScan. Inside the top ten, Jenny Colgan's The Little Beach Street Bakery (Sphere, 10,108 copies) and Dilly Court's A Loving Family (Arrow, 9,987 copies) climbed to numbers six and seven respectively. Both authors enjoyed sales increases week on week above 23%.

In Non-Fiction, Sainsbury's continues its charts success with their exclusive Cake Recipe Collection (Seven Publishing Group). The Collection debuts at number two behind Mary Berry with 3,881 copies sold at full price. The retailer has already enjoyed significant volume sales with previous entries including the Non-fiction chart topping Roast Recipe Collection, which has sold 30,844 copies to date.

WBD continued to dominate the Children's charts. Sales fell 48% week on week for the ten titles with the two young adult titles, The Boy in the Smoke (Hot Key Books, 6,758 copies) and The Audition (Hodder Children's, 6,233 copies) falling outside the top twenty as sales wind down for another year. David Melling's Hello Hugless Douglas (Hodder Children's) remained at number one in the Pre-School chart and overall number one of the World Book Day titles with 15,258 sales.

Overall, the physical book market was down 0.5% week on week with 2.9m book sales registering through BookScan. Year on year the physical book market was down 5% in value.