Record sales for 'most wanted' Le Carr

<p>In yet another poor week for the market, John le Carr&eacute; has stolen the headlines from Michael Jackson thanks to a record-breaking weekly sale. By contrast with a dearth of Jackson titles available in shops, there was little charts impact following the pop star&#39;s sudden death on 25th June, with only J Randy Taraborrelli&#39;s Macmillan-published biography registering an impact.<br /><br />Le Carr&eacute;&#39;s <em>A Most Wanted Man </em>(Hodder) sold 35,829 copies through Nielsen BookScan&#39;s Total Consumer Market last week, up 9,715 (37.2%) on his previous personal best of 26,114&mdash;set by T<em>he Constant Gardener</em> back in December 2005. Taraborrelli&#39;s <em>Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness</em> (Pan) rose 9,612 places up the charts thanks to a seven-day sale of 1,673 copies.&nbsp; It made it to 193 in the chart.<br /><br />But as the sun came out across the UK, book sales suffered. According to BookScan data, &pound;26.4m was spent at UK book retailers last week, up 0.8% week on week, but down a drastic 11.5% on the same week last year, when Richard and Judy Summer Reads Linwood Barclay&#39;s <em>No Time for Goodbye </em>(Orion) and Sadie Jones&#39; <em>The Outcast</em> (Vintage) topped the Official UK Top 50 with sales of 53,937 and 33,844 respectively.<br /><br />This week&#39;s highest new entry belongs to Stephenie Meyer. The mass-market edition of her adult novel, <em>The Host</em> (Sphere), sold 19,605 copies through the TCM, strong enough for sixth position overall. In non-fiction, Antony Beevor&#39;s<em> D-Da</em>y (Viking) continues to top the hardback bestseller list whilst Christmas hit Dawn French&#39;s <em>Dear Fatty</em> (Arrow) tops the paperback list.</p>