Pearse scores first ever number one

Pearse scores first ever number one

<p>English novelist Lesley Pearse has scored her first ever number one, having smashed her previous weekly sales personal best by more than 12,000 copies. </p><p>The mass-market edition of <em>Stolen</em>, her 18th novel, sold 38,244 copies in its first full week on sale, some 12,189 copies more than her previous personal best of 26,055&mdash;set by<em> Hope </em>(both Penguin) in January 2007.<br /><br />Linwood Barclay&#39;s <em>Fear the Worst </em>(Orion), which enjoyed a 123% week-on-week sales boost courtesy of a half-price book-of-the-week spot at Waterstone&#39;s and WHSmith&#39;s &quot;&pound;2.99 if you buy the Times&quot; offer, takes second position in the chart while Audrey Niffenegger&#39;s <em>Her Fearful Symmetry </em>(Vintage) falls one place to third position overall.<br /><br /><a href="../news/123682-mandselons-third-man-challenges-political-memoir-records.html" target="_blank">Peter Mandelson&#39;s controversial memoir, <em>The Third Man</em> (HarperPress), is this week&#39;s highest new entry in 17th position. The hardback book sold 14,960 copies in three days, making it one of the fastest-selling political memoirs of all time. <em>The Third Man</em> comfortably takes top spot in this week&#39;s hardback non-fiction Top 20, knocking Bill Bryson&#39;s <em>At Home</em> (Doubleday) off the pole position after a seven-week stint. </a><br /><br />The political memoir is one of just six new entries in the Official UK Top 50 this week, which includes Christopher Ransom&#39;s second novel, <em>The Haunting of James Hastings</em> (Sphere). His first thriller, <em>The Birthing House</em> (Sphere), sold an impressive 157,000 copies last year thanks to solid supermarket support. </p><p>Also new in the top 50 this week is the mass-market edition of Peter Kay&#39;s <em>Saturday Night Peter</em> (Arrow). The book was second bestselling hardback celebrity memoir of 2009, although its sales were down almost 70% on the 778,345 copies Kay&#39;s first memoir, <em>The Sound of Laughter </em>(Century), sold in the run up to Christmas in 2006.<br /><br />Re-entering the Top 50, thanks largely to a spot in Waterstone&#39;s popular till-point link-save deal is Hans Fallada&#39;s<em> Alone in Berlin</em> (Penguin), one of the biggest surprise hits of the year. Also a member of the same till-point deal was Fiona Watt&#39;s <em>1,000 Summer Stickers </em>(Usborne) which, as a consequence, enjoyed a 233% week-on-week sales boost.<br /><br />In total, just shy of &pound;29.9m was spent at UK bookshops last week, up 4% week-on-week but down marginally (0.5%) on the same week last year when Maeve Binchy&#39;s <em>Heart and Soul </em>(Orion) took top spot with a 41,172 weekly sale.</p>