Weekly E-Ranking: The Tattooist proves indelible in the top spot

Weekly E-Ranking: The Tattooist proves indelible in the top spot

Heather Morris' debut The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Zaffre) has racked up a seventh non-consecutive week in the Weekly E-Ranking number one spot. What a year this title has had—released in January, the hardback's sales bobbed along consistently throughout the spring and summer, growing to 98,334 copies (plus a further 47,982 units for the trade paperback) and finally swiping the Original Fiction number one in July. Meanwhile, the e-book went toe-to-toe with 2018's blockbuster Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins), scoring second place to the Nibbies Book of the Year a record 10 times. However, its paperback release on Super Thursday saw it graduate from plucky upstart to runaway bestseller, with over 300,000 copies sold to date and eleven weeks at Mass-Market Fiction number one—and the e-book bounced back up into the Weekly E-Ranking top spot, with this its third consecutive week in pole position.

Cassandra Clare's Queen of Air and Darkness (S&S) was the highest new entry in second place, matching the author's record high position. This is fantasy YA author Clare's fourth appearance in the Weekly E-Ranking in total, with Queen of Air and Darkness' predecessor in the Dark Artifices trilogy Lord of Shadows also scoring second place in May 2017.

In the same week the hardback edition of Michelle Obama's Becoming (Viking) leapt 57% in volume—an increase of 35,000 copies—the e-book edition jumped up the E-Ranking, to third place. No doubt Obama's visit to London and her famously sold-out Southbank Centre event—which saw 47,000 people fail to get tickets—boosted her sales. Though the title is the print Christmas number one, and will find itself under a lot of Christmas trees next Tuesday, e-bookbuyers are clearly choosing to self-gift the former First Lady's memoir and consequently made it the bestselling non-fiction title in the Weekly E-Ranking, beating even four-week e-book number one Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt (Picador).

While festive-themed fiction performed solidly, with Milly Johnson's The Mother of All Christmases in 10th and Veronica Henry's Christmas at the Beach Hut in 17th, the chart was chockablock with titles whose doorstopper-sized hardback editions may prove unwieldly for the average commuter. Becoming, Queen of Air and Darkness, C J Sansom's Tombland (in ninth) and Robert Galbraith's Lethal White (in 11th), come in at a combined 2,860 pages. Savvy e-reader owners saved themselves a fair amount of bag space and back pain by opting for the digital edition.  

1 S The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris Zaffre 9781785763663 £4.99
2 N Queen of Air and Darkness Cassandra Clare Simon & Schuster 9781471116728 £7.99
3 U Becoming Michelle Obama Viking 9780241334157 £11.99
4 D Past Tense Lee Child Transworld 9781473542303 £9.99
5 D THIS IS GOING TO HURT Adam Kay Picador 9781509858644 £8.99
6 U Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman HarperCollins 9780008172138 3.99
7 N Of Blood and Bone Nora Roberts Little, Brown 9780349414997 £9.99
8 U The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton Raven 9781408889572 £5.03
9 D Tombland C J Sansom Mantle 9781447284529 £16.99
10 U The Mother of All Christmases Milly Johnson Simon & Schuster 9781471161926 £3.99
11 D Lethal White Galbraith, Robert Little, Brown 9780751572841 £9.99
12 S Heads You Win Jeffrey Archer Pan Macmillan 9781509851270 £16.99
13 D Mythos Stephen Fry Michael Joseph 9781405934169 £4.99
14 U Lies Sleeping Ben Aaronovitch Orion 9781473207844 £9.99
15 N And So It Begins Rachel Abbott Headline 9781472254924 £4.99
16 U In a House of Lies Ian Rankin Orion 9781409176916 £9.99
17 U Christmas at the Beach Hut: The heartwarming holiday read you need for Christmas 2018 Veronica Henry Orion 9781409166665 £4.99
18 U The Fallen David Baldacci Pan Macmillan 9781509874309 £7.99
19 D Dark Sacred Night: The Brand New Bosch and Ballard Thriller (Harry Bosch Series Book 21) Michael Connelly Orion 9781409182757 £9.99
20 U The Rebel's Revenge Scott Mariani Avon 9780008235932 £3.99

Week ending 8th December 2018. Key: N = New, U = Up, S = Same, D = Down. Titles with a selling price below £2 are excluded, as are titles priced £4.50 or below with any print versions priced above £17.99. Participating publishers: PRH UK, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster, Bonnier Zaffre & Canongate.