Steig stays put for third week

<p>The mass-market edition of Stieg Larsson&#39;s <em>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets&#39; Nest </em>(Quercus) proved once again the bestselling book at UK book retailers, with sales of 42,747 copies last week according to Nielsen BookScan data. </p><p>The B-format paperback edition of Martina Cole&#39;s <em>Hard Girls </em>(Headline), her 16th thriller which sold more than 250,000 copies in hardback, d&eacute;buts in second position in The Official UK Top 50 with a three-day sale of 24,483 copies. Larsson&#39;s <em>The Girl Who Played with Fire</em> (Quercus) takes third position having sold 20,825 copies last week. Once again, sales of <em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em> (Quercus) were split between its original mass-market edition (14,423 copies sold&mdash;ninth position) and the new film tie-in version (12,518&mdash;11th place).<br /><br />Jamie Oliver&#39;s latest cookbook, inspired by his short-haul long-weekend getaways <em>Jamie Does</em> (Michael Joseph), sold 20,629 copies in its first three days on sale last week. The &pound;26 tome took &pound;234,400 through UK book retailer tills, at an average selling price of &pound;11.36 and takes fourth position in the chart ahead of Jeffery Deaver&#39;s second Kathryn Dance thriller, <em>Roadside Crosses</em> (Hodder).<br /><br />New entries to the Top 50 include Philippa Gregory&#39;s <em>The White Queen</em> (Pocket), which sold 75,000 copies in hardback, Karin Slaughter&#39;s <em>Genesis </em>(Arrow), Sadie Jones&#39; <em>Small Wars </em>(Vintage) and Harlan Coben&#39;s standalone thriller, <em>Caught</em> (Orion). The latter sold 6,374 copies in its three days on sale last week and settles for second position in this week&#39;s Original Fiction chart behind Philip Pullman&#39;s <em>The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ</em> (Canongate). <br /><br />In non-fiction, the latest (147th) edition of the <em>Wisden Cricketers&#39; Almanack</em> d&eacute;buts in the hardback chart behind <em>Jamie Does</em>, while Jo Brand&#39;s <em>Look Back in Hunger</em> (Headline) is the new number one in paperback non-fiction. <br /><br />In the children&#39;s sector, Stephenie Meyer and L J Smith continue to dominate the chart, with the latter&#39;s sixth Vampire Diary, <em>The Return: Shadow Souls</em> (Atom), joining the Children&#39;s Top 20 in seventh place.<br /><br />Despite the release of titles from some of the biggest brands in British publishing (Jamie, Cole, Gregory, Slaughter, Coben), sales remain poor in comparison to last year. According to BookScan point-of-sale data from its panel of more than 8,000 UK book retail outlets, &pound;24.7m was spent on books last week, up 0.6% week on week but down 5.6% on the same week last year when Victoria Hislop&#39;s <em>The Return</em> (Headline) topped the charts and four Meyer titles and two by the late Jade Goody all sold more than 19,000 copies at UK book retailers.<br /> </p>