Books: Best-sellers

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The entry of Sebastian Faulks into the fiction list heralds an autumn market that looks set to be a battle of literary heavyweights and blockbusters. New novels by Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Ben Okri, Joanna Traynor, Justin Cartwright, Pat Barker, Robert Harris, Martin Amis, Michael Dibdin, Ruth Rendell, Ben Elton, Tom Clancy and Dick Francis will all be jostling for our attention over the next month or two. With so much competition it is hardly surprising that some publishers are releasing books ahead of their publication date: Charlotte Gray was officially published last Thursday but was in the shops a couple of weeks ago.

Compiled by Bookwatch from sales over seven days ending 30 August.

Copyright Bookwatch Ltd, 1998

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (1) Filth Irvine Welsh (Cape) 11,583 pounds 9.99

2 (2) Jemima J Jane Green (Penguin) 9,617 5.99

3 (3) Love Song Charlotte Bingham (Bantam) 8,553 5.99

4 (-) Rainbow Six Tom Clancy (M Joseph) 7,858 16.99

5 (4) Bag of Bones Stephen King (Hodder) 6,646 16.99

6 (-) Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson) 5,646 16.99

7 (8) The Trials of Tiffany Trott Isabel Wolff (HarperCollins) 4,062 6.99

8 (-) Tara Road Maeve Binchy (Orion) 2,645 16.99

9(10) Perfect Strangers Marian Keyes (Penguin) 2,183 5.99

10 (7) Hitched Zoe Barnes (Piatkus) 2,122 5.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1(2) My 1998 World Cup Story Glenn Hoddle (Deutsch) 6,125 pounds 17.99

2(3) The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 5,632 1.99

3(1) Men are From Mars, Women

are from Venus John Gray (Thorsons) 4,985 9.99

4(5) The Guv'nor Lenny McLean (Blake) 3,084 16.99

5(4) The Calendar David Ewing Duncan (Fourth Estate) 2,773 12.99

6(8) Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes (Bantam) 2,404 5.99

7(7) The Little Book of Stress Rohan Candappa (Ebury) 2,224 1.99

8(-) 60 Ways to Feel Amazing Linda Field (Element) 2,184 1.99

9(10)The Little Book of Dreams Joan Hanger (Penguin) 1,864 1.99

10(-) Round Ireland With a Fridge Tony Hawks (Ebury) 1,642 9.99

HOUSEHOLD

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 The River Cafe Cookbook 2 Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers (Ebury) 599 pounds 15.00

2 New Complete Baby and

Toddler Meal Planner Annabel Karmel (Ebury) 534 10.99

3 Miller's Antiques Price

Guide 1999 Judith Miller (Miller's) 518 22.50

4 Meals in Minutes Ainsley Harriott (BBC) 465 14.99

5 Conception, Pregnancy

and Birth Miriam Stoppard (Dorling Kindersley) 444 16.99

6 Complete Cookery Course Delia Smith (BBC) 442 9.99

7 Handy Andy's Weekend

Workbook Andy Kane and Chris Short (BBC) 387 14.99

8 Summer Collection Delia Smith (BBC) 331 14.99

9 Complete Illustrated Guide to

Feng Shui Lillian Too (Element) 323 19.99

10 Practical Feng Shui Simon Brown (Ward Lock) 286 12.99

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