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The Bestseller Charts Analysis


The Official UK Top 50 Barker shows bite with record sales tally


Title £39.2m  TCM value


WEEK ON WEEK +12.9%


Pat Barker’s print


resurgence continues as The Women of Troy tops Original Fiction, while Richard Osman remains at the top of the overall lis


all list


Tom Tivnan @tomtivnan


‘‘S


ing, O Muse, of the sales of Achilles” may be the apt mis-quote of 2021’s Hot Homer Summer, as the mini- cotage industry of retellings of The Iliad has been one of the key trends. Last week, Pat Barker’s second Trojan War rework batled to the top of the Original Fiction charts in its launch week, with the hardback earning the 1995 Booker winner a best ever weekly sales total—in any format—in her nearly 40-year career. The just over 6,000 copies The Women of Troy shiſted through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market ended the two- week run of Stephen King’s Billy Summers at the Original Fiction summit. Barker’s previous weekly personal best was a smidgeon


36 3rd September 2021


1 The Thursday Murder Club 2 Book of Two Ways 3 The Night Hawks 4 Jane’s Patisserie 5 The Midnight Library 6 Three Women Disappear 7 One August Night 8 It Ends With Us


Author; Illustrator Imprint


Richard Osman Penguin Jodi Picoult Hodder Elly Griffiths Jane Dunn Matt Haig


J Patterson & S Serafin Arrow Victoria Hislop Colleen Hoover


9 The Evening and the Morning Ken Follett 10 The Coffinmaker’s Garden 11 Win


12 Megamonster 14 Too Many Reasons to Live


16 Midnight Sun 17 The Night Gate


Stuart MacBride Harlan Coben


D Walliams; T Ross


13 Preparing for the... Menopause Dr Louise Newson Rob Burrow


15 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn... Taylor Jenkins Reid Stephenie Meyer Peter May Pat Barker Lucy Clarke


18 The Women of Troy 19 The Castaways 20 A Time for Mercy


21 Where the Crawdads Sing 22 The Boy, the Mole, the Fox... 23 They Both Die at the End 24 Journey of the Pharaohs 25 The Lost Hours


26 Nine Perfect Strangers Hamnet Daylight


27  28 


29 Shuggie Bain 30 Troy


31 Cinderella Sister 32 Grown Ups


33 Love Your Life 34 Deadly Cross 35 Ghosts


36 Troubled Blood 37 Trust Me


38 Unholy Murder


40 And it was Beautiful 41 The Vanishing Half V2


42 


43 The Song of Achilles 1979


44  45 Judas Horse


46 The Official Highway Code 47 The Appeal 48 Billy Summers


49 A Home in the Sun 50 The Comfort Book


John Grisham Delia Owens


Charlie Mackesy Adam Silvera


C Cussler & G Brown Susan Lewis


Liane Moriarty Maggie O’Farrell David Baldacci Douglas Stuart Stephen Fry Dilly Court


Marian Keyes Sophie Kinsella James Patterson Dolly Alderton Robert Galbraith T M Logan


Lynda La Plante


Brit Bennett Robert Harris Madeline Miller Val McDermid Lynda La Plante -


Janice Hallett Stephen King Sue Moorcroft Matt Haig


Quercus Ebury


Canongate Headline


HarperCollins Arrow


HarperCollins Penguin Life Macmillan


riverrun ISBN


0241988268 1473692435 1787477841 1529109429 1786892737


Simon & Schuster 1471156267 Pan


TCM total 400,921 20,492 24,805 75,463


307,198


1447278801 0008208349 1787462991 0008487591 0241504642 1529073249


Simon & Schuster 1982147662 Atom


0349003641 1784295080


Hamish Hamilton 0241427231 HarperCollins Hodder Corsair Ebury


S&S Children’s Penguin


HarperCollins Penguin Tinder Pan


Picador Penguin Arrow


Penguin


Black Swan Arrow


Penguin Sphere Zaffre Zaffre


39 There’s a Unicorn in Your Book T Fletcher; G Abbott Puffin Phil Hay


Seven Dials Dialogue Arrow


Bloomsbury Little, Brown Zaffre TSO


Viper


Hodder Avon


Canongate


0008340919 1529342369 1472154668 1529105100 1471166204 1405941037 0008286972 1405951517 1472223821 1509874606 1529019292 1405944465 0099538851 1405918787 1784163587 1787461895 0241988688 0751579956 1838772949 1785765421


82,807 54,231 44,506 14,893 40,632


Volume 14,260 13,205 12,428 11,555 10,755


1787461918 17,146 10,414 1472278449


239,634 7,768


16,874 61,890 11,173 35,712 6,201


40,437 79,131


440,358


1,211,905 143,463 8,515


27,616 6,894


223,132 49,314


175,926 30,485


136,576 117,947 63,181 39,585 30,391 88,492 19,432 6,797


0241466605 23,121 1841885162 0349701479 1787460980 1408891384 0751583090 1785769825 0115533426 1788165303 1529365726 0008430436 1786898296


4,343


108,879 54,851 99,359 8,009


39,396


960,117 67,333 32,324 5,768


65,255


Week ending 28th August 2021. Key New Up Same Down Unless otherwise stated, charts use data from Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market, representing print book sales through around 6,500 retailers. Any title discounted by more than 74.5% is ineligible for inclusion.


9,098 8,588 8,293 8,264 8,086 8,035 7,768 7,430 7,387 6,632 6,185 6,060 6,022 5,897 5,424 5,301 5,284 5,204 5,163 4,759 4,755 4,519 4,512 4,508 4,465 4,352 4,252 4,073 4,046 4,007 4,001 3,955 3,907 3,887 3,880 3,868 3,853 3,770 3,631 3,624 3,593 3,585 3,575 3,529


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