Thursday Murder Club hits charts top spot for a second week

Thursday Murder Club hits charts top spot for a second week

Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club (Viking) has renewed its membership to the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a second week, selling 34,485 copies in its first full week on sale. The "Pointless" presenter's debut, which sold a hefty 14,273 copies more than Jamie Oliver's second-placed 7 Ways (Michael Joseph), also scored a second week as the Original Fiction number one. In just under a fortnight, The Thursday Murder Club has shifted a whisker under 80,000 copies.

Following the previous week's books bonanza as mini-Super Thursday hit, last week was even stronger at 3.9 million books sold for £33.7m. Retailer The Works was added to Nielsen BookScan's roster last week, which will have also helped boost the print market—particularly volume, which rose 6% week on week. 

Jay Shetty's Think Like a Monk (Thorsons) was the highest new entry in the Top 50, selling 19,083 copies to swipe third place overall and the runner up spot in Hardback Non-Fiction. 7 Ways boomeranged back into the Hardback Non-Fiction number one, displacing the previous week's top spot holders Chris and Rosie Ramsey's Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed (Michael Joseph).

Lucy Foley's The Guest List (HarperCollins) leapfrogged Margaret Atwood's The Testaments (Vintage) to return to the Mass Market Fiction number one, while Harlan Coben's The Boy in the Woods (Arrow) leapt to second place.

Glennon Doyle's Adele-endorsed Untamed (Vermillion) said goodbye to the Paperback Non-Fiction top spot, as Dr Clare Bailey's The Fast 800 Recipe Book (Short) spiked back up to the top of the chart.

After a five-week run, Stephenie Meyer's day in the (Midnight) sun was over—J B Priestley's An Inspector Calls (Heinemann) claimed the Children's number one. Despite its long-term presence on both the GCSE set text list and the Children's Non-Fiction chart, this was the first time the title has scored the overall kids' top spot.