Jamie Oliver has topped Amazon UK’s print chart this year in a list dominated by celebrity-authored healthy eating titles. Meanwhile, psychological thrillers by female authors have continued to reign supreme in the 2017 e-book chart, but debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things by author Ruth Hogan came in first position.
Nine out of the internet retailer’s top 10 bestselling e-books of this year were written by women, according to the e-commerce giant's Trends Report.
TV chefs and healthy eating experts reigned supreme in the print bestsellers list meanwhile, accounting for seven of the top 10 titles. Oliver’s 5 Ingredients (Penguin) claimed the number one spot followed by Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens (Jonathan Cape). Television doctor Michael Mosley and Joe Wicks both managed two titles each in the print list while David Walliams was the only fiction writer to feature in the Top 10.
Mosley’s The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet came in at number seven, while The Clever Guts Diet (both Short Books) was the eighth bestselling book of the year. Wicks’ Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan (Bluebird) ranked third place while Cooking for Family and Friends (Bluebird) managed sixth. Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet (Absolute Press) appears at number four and Mary Berry Everyday (BBC Books) squeezes into 10th place. Walliams’ The World’s Worst Children (HarperCollins) is the only fiction to feature in the top 10 print chart with two narrative non-fiction titles also appearing. Kickstarter success story, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books), is the second children's title to feature along with Walliams, scoring fifth place, days after being crowned Blackwell’s Book of the Year.
Despite healthy eating titles “dominating” the bestsellers’ list, an Amazon spokesperson said that “history maintained a strong presence this year with Brits wanting to learn more about our ancestral origins in Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, and looking to share the stories of inspirational women with the younger generation in Elena Favilli’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”.
Amazon’s bestselling e-books on the other hand were dominated by titles with “shocking twists”, missing people and assertive female narrators. Hogan’s feel-good novel, The Keeper of Lost Things (Two Roads), came top of the bestselling 10 while Hodder & Stoughton also managed another title on the list at number four with He Said/ She said by Erin Kelly and Bookouture was in fifth place with thriller The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney.
Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend (Pan Macmillan) snuck into second place while Bonnier Publishing UK featured twice on the list: at number three with Lies by T M Logan and Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear, published by its Bonnier Zaffre imprint. Sheila O’Flanagan’s The Missing Wife (Headline) came in sixth followed by Sarah A Denzil’s self-published Silent Child. The Silent Wife (Bookouture) by Kerry Fisher also ranked in the top 10, along with Friend Request by Laura Marshall (Little, Brown).
An Amazon spokesperson said: “From shocking twists to missing people our top e-books for 2017 were dominated by intricate psychological mysteries led by strong female protagonists.”
In the summer trends report released in July, Wicks managed three spots in the print list while Denzil’s Silent Child had topped the e-books chart.