Sales hit 2010 high as Jamie reigns supreme (again)

Sales hit 2010 high as Jamie reigns supreme (again)

<p>Spending at UK booksellers was up 4% week-on-week last week, to &pound;37.9m&mdash;the strongest seven days since Christmas week last year. This was up 1% on the same period last year, the second consecutive week of year-on-year growth, the first time since the beginning of September this has happened. </p><p>But in a week when Jamie Oliver&#39;s Jamie&#39;s <em>30-minute Meals</em> (Michael Joseph) sold another 85,628 copies, the biggest high-profile release of the week, George W Bush&#39;s <em>Decision Points</em> (Virgin), sold just 4,300 copies across all editions (3,736 in hardback; 564 in trade paperback) in its first week in UK bookshops, and fails to chart in<em> The Bookseller&#39;s</em> bestseller lists. Its opening-week sale is around one fifth of the 21,069 first-week figure posted by his predecessor Bill Clinton&#39;s <em>My Life</em> (Hutchinson) in 2004.<em> Decision Points</em> was the 77th bestselling hardbook book of the week and falls short, in volume sales terms,&nbsp; of titles such as <em>Hannah Montana Annua</em>l (Egmont) and Ben Collins&#39; (a.k.a. The Stig) <em>The Man in the White Suit</em> (HarperCollins).<br /><br />Despite a 5% drop in sales week-on-week, <em>Jamie&#39;s 30-minute Meals</em> comfortably holds top spot for a sixth week having outsold <em>Guinness World Records</em> (sales of which were up 26% week-on-week ) by more than two copies to one. Jeff Kinney&#39;s fifth Diary of a Wimpy Kid instalment, <em>The Ugly Truth </em>(Puffin) d&eacute;buts in third having sold an impressive 30,312 copies in its first week on sale. It smashes the US author&#39;s previous weekly sales personal best of 8,257 set by previous instalment <em>Dog Days </em>in December last year.<br /><br />Michael McIntyre&#39;s <em>Life and Laughing</em> (Michael Joseph) supplants Keith Richards&#39; <em>Life</em> (Weidenfeld) as the bestselling celebrity memoir of the week. The hardback editions of the memoirs sold 24,479 copies and 21,541 copies respectively and take fourth and fifth positions in the Official UK Top 50.<br /><br />Along with <em>The Ugly Truth</em>, new entries into the Official UK Top 50 include Katie Flynn&#39;s festive <em>A Mistletoe Kiss</em> (Arrow) and Stephen King&#39;s latest short-story collection, <em>Full Dark, No Stars </em>(Hodder). The latter d&eacute;buts in second position in this week&#39;s Original Fiction chart which is once again topped by Martina Cole&#39;s <em>The Family</em> (Headline) following a week&#39;s hiatus. Other new entries in the Original Fiction chart include Simon Scarrow&#39;s <em>The Legion</em> (Headline), James Patterson&#39;s 17th Alex Cross thriller, <em>Cross Fire</em> (Century) and Clive and Dirk Cussler&#39;s 21st Dirk Pitt adventure, <em>Crescent Dawn</em> (Michael Joseph).<br /><br />Titles that enjoyed big week-on-week sales boosts include Karl Pilkington&#39;s <em>An Idiot Abroad </em>(Canongate), sales of which were up 81% week-on-week as the Sky1 series on which it is based came to and end, and Pierre Dukan&#39;s <em>The Dukan Diet</em> (Hodder). Sales of the latter were up 107% week-on-week after it was revealed that Prince William&#39;s future mother-in-law, Carole Middleton, was on it&mdash;according to the<em> Daily Mail</em>, she lost four pounds in four days.</p>