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This summer there will be no escape. Star Wars is back. The Phantom Menace looks set to dominate all forms of entertainment with the book of the film, Lucas's illustrated screenplay and DK's definitive guide to galactic craft cruising straight into the top 10. And the film's not released until 16 July! Elsewhere, sisterly solidarity rules, with Jackie and Joan Collins both in the charts but not in competition on the same turf. Not many beauty secrets, however, in Roy Shaw's Pretty Boy, the latest alarming proof of the bare-knuckle boxing boom - in print, if not in the illicit ring.

Compiled on sales over seven days ending 9 May 1999

Bookwatch Ltd, 1999

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER PRICE WEEKLY SALES

1 (1) Score! Jilly Cooper (Bantam Press) pounds 16.99 9,737

2 (-) Star Wars: Phantom Menace Terry Brooks (Century) pounds 15.99 6,181

3 (-) Net Force: hidden agendas Tom Clancy & Steve Piecenik (Headline) pounds 5.99 3,116

4 (5) Monsoon Wilbur Smith (Macmillan) pounds 17.99 2,305

5 (9) Single White E-m@il Jessica Adams (Black Swan) pounds 6.99 2,180

6 (-) The Right Thing Judy Astley (Penguin) pounds 6.99 2,111

7 (3) One Summer at Deer's Leap Elizabeth Elgin (HarperCollins) pounds 5.99 2,002

8 (8) Others James Herbert (Macmillan) pounds 16.99 1,844

9 (4) Come Together Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees (Arrow) pounds 5.99 1,772

10 (6) LA Connections 2: obsession Jackie Collins (Pan) pounds 2.50 1,722

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER PRICE WEEKLY SALES

1(1) The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver (M Joseph) pounds 18.99 6,902

2(3) Men Are From Mars... John Gray (Thorsons) pounds 8.99 3,527

3(-) Star Wars: illustrated screenplay George Lucas (Ebury) pounds 9.99 1,897

4(4) Ground Force Weekend Alan Titchmarsh (BBC) pounds 9.99 1,851

5(-) Star Wars: cross sections David West Reynolds (Dorling Kindersley) pounds 12.99 1,820

6(8) Little Book of Feng Shui Lillian Too (Element) pounds 1.99 1,413

7(6) Pretty Boy Roy Shaw (Blake) pounds 14.99 1,285

8(5) How to Get What You Want John Gray (Vermilion) pounds 9.99 1,189

9(8) The Little Book of Wrong Shui Rohan Candappa (Ebury) pounds 1.99 1,111

10(-) My Friends' Secrets Joan Collins (Deutsch) pounds 15.99 1,069

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