Patterson top in another Random week

Random House had another stellar week, there was a record for Wilbur Smith and a Father's Day push led to double digit week on week rise in value and volume sales for the trade.

RH did not repeat its unprecedented octet of the previous week—number ones on eight of the nine Bookseller charts—but it came pretty close, with five number ones.

The publisher again held on to the overall Top 50 and Mass Market Top 20 spot, yet previous chart-topper John Grisham's The Confession was replaced by his Arrow stablemate James Patterson's Cross Fire, which shifted 34,476 copies last week. It is the 14th time Patterson has topped the overall chart since BookScan records began in 1998.

RH subsidiary Transworld had three number ones, once again with Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight (Corgi) for Children's Fiction and Bill Bryson's At Home (Black Swan) in Paperback Non-Fiction, while Bear Grylls' Mud, Sweat & Tears for Transworld's Channel 4 imprint knocked Kate McCann's Madeleine off the top of Hardback Non-Fiction after five consecutive weeks at number one.   

Pan Mac holds the other major number one: Wilbur Smith's Those in Peril for Original Fiction. Smith returns to number one following heavy Father's Day promotions and a huge marketing push by Pan Mac after a span of nine weeks—the greatest gap between number ones for the same book in the same format since records began. The previous record was four weeks between top spots for Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage) in 2004.

Father's Day promotions pushed spending through bookshops up a healthy 13% over the previous week to £28.8m, and up 11.6% by volume with just under four million units shifted. The value total is 1.7% down and volume 1.5% down on the same week last year.