Books: Bestsellers

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No change in the top three of the fiction and non-fiction lists this week. Sales overall are down, suggesting holiday reading has already been stockpiled. However, the imminent solar eclipse promps the only new entries this week: Total Eclipse of the Sun and the RGO Guide to the Total Eclipse. Oh, there's also The Little Book of Kids' Talk making its first appearance, but I'm trying to ignore the existence of books in this pesky genre. Compiled on sales over seven days to 24 July. Bookwatch Ltd, 1999

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Driving Over Lemons Chris Stewart (Sort of Books) 3,568 pounds 6.99

2 Men are from Mars John Gray (Thorsons) 2,401 pounds 8.99

3 Stars Wars: visual dictionary David W Reynolds (DK) 2,253 pounds 12.99

4 The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver (M Joseph) 2,089 pounds 18.99

5 Star Wars: making ... Laurent Bouzereau (Ebury) 1,386 pounds 14.99

6 Ainsley's Big Cook Out Ainsley Harriott (BBC) 1,378 pounds 14.99

7 Total Eclipse of the Sun Pam Hine (Yarner Press) 1,247 pounds 2.95

8 RGO Guide to the Eclipse Steve Bell (RGO) 1,121 pounds 5.99

9 Ground Force Watergarden Charlie Dimmock (BBC) 1,056 pounds 9.99

10 Little Book of Kids' Talk Nanette Newman (Ebury) 944 pounds 1.99

BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Georgiana Amanda Foreman (Flamingo) 3,816 pounds 8.99

2 The Surgeon of Crowthorne Simon Winchester (Penguin) 2,659 pounds 5.99

3 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt (Flamingo) 1,847 pounds 7.99

4 Losing My Virginity Richard Branson (Virgin) 1,596 pounds 9.99

5 Once in a House on Fire Angela Ashworth (Picador) 1,339 pounds 6.99

6 Falling Leaves Adeline Yen Mah (Penguin) 1,270 pounds 6.99

7 Aristocrats Stella Tillyard (Vintage) 1,247 pounds 8.99

8 Precious Lives Margaret Forster (Vintage) 972 pounds 7.99

9 The Informer Sean O'Callaghan (Corgi) 935 pounds 6.99

10 Rogue Trader Nick Leeson (Warner) 900 pounds 5.99

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Harry Potter and... J K Rowling (Bloomsbury) 24,927 pounds 10.99

2 Mr Maybe Jane Green (Penguin) 9,792 pounds 6.99

3 Hannibal Thomas Harris (Heinemann) 8,595 pounds 16.99

4 Hot Property Zoe Barnes (Piatkus) 5,280 pounds 5.99

5 City Woman Patricia Scanlan (Bantam) 3,367 pounds 5.99

6 Ralph's Party Lisa Jewell (Penguin) 3,298 pounds 5.99

7 Star Wars Episode ... Terry Brooks (Century) 2,171 pounds 15.99

8 LA Connections 4 Jackie Collins (Pan) 1,944 pounds 2.50

9 The Men in Her Life Imogen Parker (Corgi) 1,610 pounds 5.99

10 Net Force T Clancy & S Piecenik (Headline) 1,497 pounds 5.99

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