McKenna and Dukan lead New You pack

<p>Books by Paul McKenna and Dr Pierre Dukan are among the bestsellers in 2011 New Year, New You promotions,&shy; while resolution-makers have also been spending &shy;tens of thousands of pounds on Rosemary Conley and Richard Templar titles.</p><p>Having changed lives in seven days, as well as making people rich, thin, sleep, quit smoking and get instant confidence, McKenna&rsquo;s latest self-help tome, <em>I Can Make You Happy</em> (Bantam Press), sold 6,019 copies in three days last week and tops the list of the bestselling books within the self-help/fitness sector. </p><p>Dukan&rsquo;s high-protein, low-fat <em>The Dukan Diet</em> (Hodder) was the next most popular New Year, New You purchase at UK booksellers last week, with a sale of 5,083 copies across all editions. A new, expanded edition of Templar&rsquo;s 2005-published <em>Rules of Life</em> (Prentice Hall) also proved popular.</p><p>According to Nielsen BookScan data, &pound;642,000 was spent on self-help/fitness titles charting within its Top 5,000 bestseller list last week. That was up 9% (&pound;53,000) week-on-week. McKenna (&pound;76,000) was the biggest revenue-driver, while four other authors all enjoyed sales above the &pound;10,000 mark: Dukan (&pound;33,000), Templar (&pound;29,000), Conley and Allen Carr (both &pound;13,000). A new edition of Conley&rsquo;s <em>Amazing Inch Loss Plan</em> (Arrow) sold 2,415 &shy;copies last week, while Carr&rsquo;s <em>Easy Way to Stop Smoking</em> (Penguin) and <em>Stop Smoking Now</em> (Arcturus) combined to take &pound;8,300 through the tills.</p><p>A Waterstone&rsquo;s spokesman said it was experiencing strong sales of the McKenna and Dukan titles. He said: &ldquo;Outside this area, books looking at making the most of one&rsquo;s life&mdash;I Can Make You Happy, Don&rsquo;t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, The Rules of Life&mdash;books that perhaps people turn to to increase their happiness in whatever they are doing now rather than ones that might show the way to radical changes in life.&rdquo;</p><p>However, despite the fact that there were big week-on-week boosts for the likes of &shy;McKenna&rsquo;s <em>I Can Make You Thin</em> (Bantam, up 255%), Carolyn Humphries&rsquo; <em>Pocket Calorie Counter</em> (Foulsham, up 225%) and Tom Rath&rsquo;s career developer,<em> StrengthsFinder 2.0</em> (Gallup, up 170%), spending was down 3% (&pound;21,000) on the comparative snow-hit week last year, when McKenna&rsquo;s <em>I Can Make You Thin</em>, TV star Gino D&rsquo;Acampo&rsquo;s <em>The I Diet</em> (Kyle Cathie), and Anna Richardson&rsquo;s <em>Body Blitz Diet </em>(Weidenfeld) topped the charts.</p><p>January is a key month in the self-help/fitness calendar, with approximately 20% of the sector&rsquo;s annual sales coming in this month alone.</p>