S J Watson top of the charts for a fourth week

S J Watson top of the charts for a fourth week

Thanks to a sale of 21,732 copies last week, the mass-market edition of S J Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (Black Swan), retains pole position atop the Official UK Top 50 for a fourth consecutive week. It becomes the first Transworld publication to achieve the feat since Dan Brown (with The Lost Symbol), in July/August 2010.

Watson’s début novel has now sold 98,519 copies across all print editions in the UK this year, outselling the next bestselling début novel, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Quercus), by two copies to one.

Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home (Hodder) climbs two places to second position in the Official UK Top 50, while the film tie-in edition of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse (Egmont) takes third position. Once again, War Horse was technically the bestselling book in the UK last week, scoring sales of 29,078 copies across seven different editions. The film tie-in edition proved the most popular, selling 17,272 copies.

Thanks to a spot in W H Smith's half-price "book of the week" promotion, James Patterson and Mark Pearson's Private London (Arrow) climbs five places into fourth position in the Official UK Top 50, with the TV tie-in edition of Jennifer Worth's nursing memoir, Call the Midwife (Phoenix) climbing two places into fifth.

Andrew Miller's Pure (Sceptre) is the highest new entry in this week's Official UK Top 50 thanks to its Costa Book of the Year win last week. Sales soared 230% week-on-week, to 9,567 copies sold across all print editions.

Other new entries into the Official UK Top 50 include Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ (Penguin). First published in 1982, this special 30th anniversary edition of the novel sold 4,896 copies last week, helped by a spot in W H Smith's "£2.99 with the Times" link-save promotion.

Thanks to its BBC adaptation, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong returns to the bestseller charts for the first time in more than eight years. Across all print editions, it sold 11,584 copies last week. It is its highest weekly sale since December 2003 when it sold more than 15,000 copies in seven days helped by its high ranking in the BBC’s “Big Read”.
The BBC tie-in edition of Birdsong débuts in 12th place in the Official UK Top 50 and in ninth place in this week's Mass-market Fiction chart,

In total, £24.4m was spent at UK booksellers in the seven days to 28th January, up 2.6% (£0.6m) week on week but down 10.6% (£2.9m) on the same week last year.