Walliams still in top spot, as print sales surge continues

Walliams still in top spot, as print sales surge continues

In a week when print once again maintained sky-high sales, posting a 16% rise in value against the same week in 2019, and a 14.3% jump in volume, David Walliams and Tony Ross' The World's Worst Parents (HarperCollins) racked up a second week as the UK Official Top 50 number one.

The latest in The World's Worst... series held on to the top spot, selling 49,129 copies through Nielsen BookScan's TCM, as new entries flocked into the chart. Ella Mills Woodward's plant-based cookbook Deliciously Ella: Quick and Easy (Yellow Kite) debuted in second place, closely followed by Dear NHS (Orion), a collection of stories about the health service edited by Adam Kay, which sold 20,447 copies to claim third.

Peter James' Find Them Dead (Macmillan) soared straight to the top of the Original Fiction chart, selling 11,035 copies in its first week on sale. S J Parris' Execution (HarperCollins), Santa Montefiore's Here and Now (S&S) and Curtis Sittenfeld's Rodham (Doubleday) also debuted in the chart. 

Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin) claimed the Mass Market Fiction number one for a fifth week in total, as Robert Harris' The Second Sleep (Arrow) became the highest new entry in the top 20.

Nibbies winner Lisa Taddeo's Three Women (Bloomsbury) was the highest new entry in Paperback Non-Fiction, scoring third place below Bloomsbury stablemate Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Akala's Natives (Two Roads). 

Rob Biddulph's Draw with Rob (HarperCollins) chalked up its first number one in the Pre-School chart, as Kes Gray and Jim Field's Oi Puppies! (Hodder Children's) debuted in third place. Alice Oseman's Loveless (HarperCollins) was the sole new entry in the Children's and YA Fiction top 20.

A total of 3.7 million books were sold for £32.1m. Since bookshops began reopening in the week ending 20th June, the print market has earned £126.2m through Nielsen BookScan, up 19% on the same four weeks in 2019. The market posted a 30% rise year on year the week shops opened in England (on 15th June). Welsh bookshops opened the following week (22nd June), boosting the market's value by 9.4% year on year, and Scotland's shops on 29th June—bumping the market 15% in value week on week, and 21% in value against the same week in 2019.