Osman's Thursday Murder Club is the Christmas Number One

Osman's Thursday Murder Club is the Christmas Number One

Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club (Penguin) is the Christmas number one with 134,514 copies sold, becoming the first debut fiction title to hit the festive top spot. It has racked up the biggest volume for a Christmas number one since Jamie Oliver's 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) in December 2010. 

The cosy crime novel leapfrogged last week's number one, Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson's Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy (Bluebird), to claim its fourth week in the overall number one slot. It also racked up its sixth consecutive week in the Original Fiction number one and 10th overall. It is the first fiction title to swipe the festive top spot since Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Bantam) in 2009.

Print books sold 9.6 million units for £90m last week, a 0.4% jump in volume and a 1.4% boost in value against the same week last year.

Barack Obama's A Promised Land (Viking) charted in the Hardback Non-Fiction number one and second overall, with 66,531 copies sold. Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse (Ebury) cantered back into the Hardback Non-Fiction top three. The recently-released limited edition of the Mackesy title, featuring a new rainbow illustration, rose to 22nd place in the Top 50, scoring 13th in the category chart. The combined sales from both Mackesy ISBNs would put the 2019 Waterstones Book of the Year on 67,626 units, inching above A Promised Land for the title's second consecutive Christmas Hardback Non-Fiction number one.

David Walliams and Tony Ross' Code Name Bananas (HarperCollins) moved into the Children's top spot once again, notching up the author-illustrator duo's 32nd week in the category chart number one this year, and the title's seventh kids' number one on the trot.

Adele Parks' Just My Luck (HQ) rose into the Mass Market Fiction number one, defeating Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing (Corsair). John le Carré's Agent Running in the Field (Penguin) bounced 133% in volume week on week, following the announcement of the author's death, to claim ninth place in the chart.