Meyer outsells competitor Cornwell five to one

Stephenie Meyer&#39;s Twilight novella, <em>The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner</em> (Atom), sold 136,995 copies in its first full week at UK bookshops, taking &pound;778,400 through the tills, an incredible achievement for a book that has been free to view online at www.breetanner.com since 7th June. <br /><br />Bar J K Rowling, it is the strongest ever weekly sale from a children&#39;s/young adult author since TCM records began in 2001. It outsold the second bestselling book of the week, Patricia Cornwell&#39;s <em>Scarpetta Factor</em> (Sphere) by more than five copies to one, and accounted for 3.6% of all book sales last week.<br /><br />Stieg Larsson&#39;s <em>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets&#39; Nest</em> (Quercus) holds third position in The Official UK Top 50 week-on-week while James Patterson&#39;s 16th Alex Cross thriller, <em>I, Alex Cross </em>(Arrow), debuts in fourth position as this week&#39;s highest new entry. The top 10 also welcomes the mass-market editions of two of the bestselling hardback fiction titles of 2009: Maeve Binchy&#39;s <em>The Return Journey </em>(Orion) and Terry Pratchett&#39;s <em>Unseen Academicals</em> (Corgi), which sold a massive 256,000 copies in its hardcover format.<br /><br />Charline Harris&#39; 10th &quot;True Blood&quot;/Sookie Stackhouse vampire thriller, <em>Dead in the Family </em>(Gollancz), joins the Top 50 in fifth position having sold a massive 22,717 copies in just three days. It tops this week&#39;s Original Fiction chart, earning the US author her first ever UK number one. The book sold a tremendous 199,700 copies in just six days upon release in the US last month, and its 22,717 UK sale is a remarkable uplift on the sales of Harris&#39; previous book in the series, Dead and Gone, which sold just 630 copies in its first week in UK bookshops. <br /><br />And it is somewhat remarkable considering her <em>The Poisonwood Bible</em> (Faber) has sold almost 300,000 copies since records began in 1998, but Barbara Kingsolver enters the Official UK Top 50 for the very first time this week. Sales of her <em>The Lacuna</em> (Faber), rocketed 95% week-on-week following its Orange Prize win, to 8,021 copies sold&sbquo; strong enough for 30th position overall.<br /><br />In non-fiction, Bill Bryson&#39;s <em>At Home </em>(Doubleday) stays top of the hardback charts ahead of Peter Andre&#39;s <em>My World</em> (Michael Joseph), which debuts in second position, while controversial comedian&nbsp; Frankie Boyle&#39;s <em>My Shit Life So Far </em>(Harper) debuts in pole position in the paperback list. Ant and Dec&#39;s<em> Ooh! What a Lovely Pair</em> (Penguin), which sold 310,000 copies in hardback over Christmas last year, debuts in ninth place.<br /><br />The World Cup has certainly had an impact in one area of the market: sport books. The <em>2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Official Book</em> (Carlton), <em>The Sun Guide to the 2010 World Cup </em>(HarperSport) and the <em>Match! World Cup! </em>(Boxtree) all sold more than 1,500 copies last week, while sales of Spain striker Fernando Torres&#39; <em>El Nino</em> (HarperSport) jumped 3% week on week. Sales of BBC commentator John Motson&#39;s <em>Motty</em> (Virgin) jumped 2% week on week while sales of Steven Gerrard&#39;s <em>My Autobiography</em> (Bantam) jumped 4%.<br /><br />There were also strong sales for John Blake&#39;s &quot;World Cup Heroes&quot; titles, driven by huge discounting at W H Smith. <em>Steven Gerrard</em> proved the most popular with sales of 915 copies last week at 88% off its &pound;6.99 r.r.p. <br /><br />Just shy of &pound;27.3m was spent at UK book retail outlets during the seven days to 12th June, up 2.3% week on week and up 0.5% on the same week last year. It is third week in a row that the market has been ahead of the previous year, the first time this has occurred since May last year.