Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You duology has sold over a million copies across all editions, as sequel After You (Penguin) spent a third week running as the Official UK Top 50 number one. According to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, the title sold 36,740 copies for £151,330. The original 2012 edition of Me Before You (Michael Joseph) and the 2016 film tie-in edition sold an extra 25,169 copies between them.
The success of Me Before You has transformed Moyes’ career; the print sales volume she has generated since her 2012 move to Penguin and Me Before You's release is 531% greater than her total for the decade before that. After You’s three weeks in the top spot is a personal best for the author, and is tied with Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) as the longest-running fiction number one of the year so far.
Hawkins' psychological thriller was in second place last week, now only 24,027 copies away from the half a million milestone in mass market. The paperback, unlike most actual trains, has demonstrated the same reliability the hardback had in 2015—when it racked up a record 29 weeks as Original Fiction number one. Its sales last week were only 64 copies down on the week before, and since the start of June its weekly volume has declined by fewer than 1,500 units.
Michael Joseph's strategy of bringing out two Jamie Oliver titles this year is paying early dividends. Oliver’s Super Food Family Classics shot straight into the Hardback Non-Fiction number one spot, with 9,031 copies sold, an incredible 134th time for Oliver at the top of that chart. Despite being out earlier than Oliver’s usual pre-Christmas stomping ground, Super Food Family Classics had a better first week than autumn 2014’s Jamie’s Comfort Food (Michael Joseph), posting an increase of 7.8% in volume. Last year’s Everyday Super Food (Michael Joseph) has sold 431,097 copies and was the most valuable title of 2015, bringing in £5.4m to date. Oliver's second 2016 title, Jamie's Christmas, will be released on 20th October.
While both paperback number ones—After You and Joe Wicks' Lean in 15: The Shape Plan (Bluebird)—held on from the week before, the Original Fiction number one was swiped from Jessie Burton's The Muse (Picador) by Carrie Hope Fletcher's On the Other Side (Sphere), which shifted 7,036 copies. This is only the second week a YouTuber has taken the Original Fiction top spot—after Joe Sugg's graphic novel Username Evie (Hodder & Stoughton) crested the top 20 in October 2015.
George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues (HarperVoyager), the complete box set of all five A Song of Ice and Fire titles so far, made a surprise bounce up the chart into 30th place. Following an Amazon Prime Day deal, which offered it for £22, the collection had its best week ever, shifting 5,450 copies and jumping 1,461% in volume on the week before. Despite the one-day 66% discount on the r.r.p of £65, the box set’s average selling price came in at a healthier £42.36—which indicates the boost in sales continued even after the deal had finished.