Thatcher, Le Carré and TV stars help book sales rebound

Thatcher, Le Carré and TV stars help book sales rebound

Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl has returned to the summit of the Official UK Top 50 after a week's hiatus following what proved to be a more prosperous week for booksellers than last.

Helped by a number of big new releases by the likes of John le Carré, Harlan Coben, Sophie Kinsella, "Great British Bake Off" winners John Whaite and Jo Wheatley, "The Only Way is Essex" stars Kirk Norcross and Gemma Collins and biographies of Lady Thatcher by Charles Moore and Robin Harris, spending on printed books in the UK last week jumped 4.8% (£1.0m) week on week, to £21m.

According to an analysis of Nielsen BookScan TCM Top 5,000 data, sales of hardback books surged 8% week on week, with rises of 22% and 6% in the hardback fiction and hardback non-fiction sectors respectively.

Le Carré's A Delicate Truth (Viking) was the bestselling hardback novel in the UK last week, with sales of 8,444 copies in its first week on release. It takes the Dorset-born novelist to the summit of The Bookseller's Original Fiction chart for the first time since 2006. New books by Harlan Coben (Six Years, Orion) and Sophie Kinsella (Wedding Night, Bantam Press) début in second and third place in the list with sales of 5,204 and 4,475 copies respectively.

Paul Hollywood's Bread (Bloomsbury) tops a Hardback Non-fiction chart that welcomes two titles by "Great British Bake Off" winners (Jo Wheatley and John Whaite), two memoirs by "The Only Way is Essex" stars (Kirk Norcross and Gemma Collins), and two biographies of Margaret Thatcher (by Charles Moore and Robin Harris).

Helped by its spot as a BBC Radio Four Book of the Week and a serialisation in the Daily Telegraph, the first volume of Moore's authorised biography of Lady Thatcher, Not for Turning (Allen Lane) [pictured], was second only to A Delicate Truth as the most valuable book to booksellers in sales revenue terms last week, taking £112,000 through bookshop tills. It takes second position in this week's Hardback Non-fiction chart and 24th position in the Official UK Top 50 with an opening-week sale of 5,325 copies.

Flynn's Gone Girl (Phoenix), which has now sold 277,000 copies across all print editions, re-claims pole position in the Mass-market Fiction bestseller list for a seventh week in total. The novel has achieved a rare feat in re-claiming top spot in the chart four times having vacated it on four occasions. Just two other novels have achieved this feat over the past 10 years: Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (Corgi) and Jed Rubenfeld's The
Interpretation of Murder
(Headline Review).

New entries into this week's Official UK Top 50 include the mass-market edition of Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number (Black Swan), which was the second bestselling book of the week with sales of 15,445 copies, and two recipe book spin-offs from intermittent fasting bestsellers: Mimi Spencer and Sarah Schenker's The Fast Diet Recipe Book (Short Books) and Michelle Harvie and Tony Howell's The 2-Day Diet Cookbook (Vermilion).



Photo from launch of Charles Moore's Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Not for Turning by David Levenson