A Promised Land digs in, with PRH reporting 100,000 second week sales

A Promised Land digs in, with PRH reporting 100,000 second week sales

Barack Obama's A Promised Land (Viking) has secured a second week in the UK Official Top 50 number one spot. 

Though Nielsen BookScan is still unable to provide volume or value data while English bookshops are under lockdown, the former US president's memoir covering his time in office notched up a second week as both the overall number one and the Hardback Non-Fiction top spot. Penguin Random House reported that Obama's memoir sold over 100,000 across all editions in the UK and Ireland in its first full week on sale, with hardback sales from retailers "in excess of 65,000 copies" and 35,703 sales across its digital editions. In Ireland the hardback edition sold 4,251 copies ICM, said PRH. The latest figures follow the 147,500 total reported by PRH last week.

Meanwhile Joe Wicks' 30-Day Kick Start Plan (Bluebird) debuted in fifth place, swiping the Paperback Non-Fiction number one. This is the Instagram personal trainer-turned-national treasure's 69th week in the category chart top spot. During Lockdown 1.0, his child-feeding guide Wean in 15 swiped the Hardback Non-Fiction top spot.

Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain (Picador) thundered into sixth place in the Top 50, rising to second—below only Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club (Penguin)—in the Original Fiction chart, in the first full week of sales following its Booker Prize win. Ernest Cline's Ready Player Two (Century) debuted in third place in the Original Fiction top 20, with Philippa Gregory's Dark Tides (S&S) entering the chart in fifth.

Wicks was the only new category number one—David Walliams and Tony Ross' Code Name Bananas (HarperCollins) held the Children's number one for a fourth week, Peter James' Find Them Dead (Pan) notched up another week to add to its streak in the Mass Market Fiction number one and The Thursday Murder Club booked in the Original Fiction top spot for a seventh time since its publication in September.