Terry Pratchett has held the Official Top 50 number one for a second week, as The Shepherd’s Crown (Doubleday Children’s) sold 27,386 copies, worth £318,576, through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
The book also took the Children’s top spot—Pratchett’s 40th week atop that chart since BookScan records began—despite a 48% drop in volume on its first week’s sales. This represents one of the highest weekly sales for a Children’s number one this year, beaten only by its own previous week’s sale of 52,846 units and Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter’s The Dinosaur That Pooped a Lot (Red Fox), released as a £1 World Book Day Title, which shifted 52,656 and 33,333 copies for its first and second week at number one in March.
The final Discworld novel also sold a robust 8,000 copies more than Jeffrey Archer’s Mightier Than the Sword (Pan) which came second place in the chart, shifting 18,991 units, just 500 fewer than the previous week.
Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Superfood (Michael Joseph) and David Lagercrantz’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web (MacLehose) swapped places in the top five, as the chef’s guide to healthy eating rose into third place and took the Hardback Non-Fiction spot for a second week. It sold 17,512 copies, a 16% rise on its debut week in the chart. Last week The Bookseller reported that the TV chef has become only the second author to exceed sales of £150m since accurate records began.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web dropped into fourth place, despite selling 15,730 copies, 181 more than its debut week. However, the trade paperback edition rose 54 places to enter the top 50 in 46th place, selling 4,048 copies. This is despite its average selling price of £13.06 coming in higher than the hardback’s £10.19. Stieg Larsson took the Mass Market Fiction number one a total of nine times with the original Millennium trilogy.
Another trade paperback or “airport” edition in the top 50 is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday, 4,281), which has sold 61,147 copies to date. The hardback of the title has consistently featured in the top 10 since its release in January.
The highest new entry on the overall chart was the paperback of Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread (Vintage), which sold 6,756 copies to take 15th place. The Booker Prize longlist nominee has shifted over 12,000 copies in hardback to date.
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom (Batsford) took the Paperback Non-Fiction number one for a 14th non-consecutive week, selling 11,996 copies and making £60,419 to claim fifth place in the overall top 50. The adult colouring book is now closing in on the same amount of Paperback Non-Fiction number ones achieved by Alfie Deyes’ The Pointless Book (Blink), which hit the top spot 16 times between September 2014 and January 2015.
The upcoming release of the Ronald and Reginald Kray biopic “Legend”, which stars Tom Hardy as both brothers, has seen the twins’ memoir Our Story (Pan), originally published in 1988, enter the Paperback Non-Fiction chart in 10th place, selling 3,290 copies. The book the film is based on, John Pearson’s The Profession of Violence (William Collins), rises into the top 50 for the first time, shifting 3,999 copies to take 48th place.
Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came To Tea (Harper Collins Children’s) celebrated its 500th week in the TCM Top 5,000, selling 2,262 copies to take 108th place. The classic picture book has sold 1,196,108 copies across all editions since TCM records began in 1998, making over £6.3m for UK booksellers.
Overall, the weekly total value of the TCM was £26.5m, a 3.8% rise on last week and a 4.5% increase on the same week in 2014.