Books: Bestsellers

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J M Coetzee's Disgrace, boosted by winning the Booker Prize, continues to scale the top 10. Can the Gingers' publicity machine effect a similar filip to sales of Geri Halliwell's autobiography? Its sales are perfectly respectable, but increased by a mere 43 copies in the week before the publicist's dream romance hit the red-top headlines. Terry Pratchett is the highest new entry in the fiction list. Never knock a loyal fan-base.

Compiled on sales over seven days ending 6 Nov

Bookwatch Ltd & Whitaker BookTrack 1999

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Harry Potter and... J K Rowling (Bloomsbury) 15,630 pounds 10.99

2 The Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett (Doubleday) 15,117 pounds 16.99

3 Adrian Mole Sue Townsend (M Joseph) 9.905 pounds 14.99

4 Last Chance Saloon Marian Keyes (M Joseph) 5,520 pounds 9.99

5 Crisis Four Andy McNab (Bantam) 4,424 pounds 16.99

6 Disgrace J M Coetzee (Secker) 3,180 pounds 14.99

7 Irresistible Forces Danielle Steel (Bantam) 3,058 pounds 16.99

8 Second Wind Dick Francis (M Joseph) 2,698 pounds 16.99

9 Inconceivable Ben Elton (Bantam) 2,589 pounds 15.99

10 Black Notice Patricia Cornwell (Little, Brown) 2,468 pounds 16.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Guinness World Records 2000 (Guinness) 21,398 pounds 18

2 Beano Book 2000 (D C Thomson) 10,225 pounds 5.99

3 If Only Geri Halliwell (Bantam) 6,793 pounds 16.99

4 Walking with Dinosaurs Tim Haines (BBC) 6,716 pounds 19.99

5 How to Cook: book 1 Delia Smith (BBC) 4,785 pounds 16.99

6 'Tis: a memoir Frank McCourt (Flamingo 4,238 pounds 17.99

7 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson (Hodder) 4,089 pounds 18.99

8 The Friendship Book Francis Gay (DC Thomson) 3,701 pounds 4.99

9 White Cap and Bails Dickie Bird (Hodder) 3,431 pounds 18.99

10 Hemingway's Travels Michael Palin (Weidenfeld) 3,176 pounds 20

BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 If Only Geri Halliwell (Bantam) 6,793 pounds 16.99

2 Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt (Flamingo) 6,126 pounds 7.99

3 'Tis: a memoir Frank McCourt (Flamingo) 4,238 pounds 17.99

4 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson (Hodder) 4,089 pounds 18.99

5 John Major John Major (HarperCollins) 2,836 pounds 25

6 Georgiana Amanda Foreman (Flamingo) 1,495 pounds 8.99

7 Addicted Tony Adams & Ian Ridley (CollinsWillow) 1,337 pounds 6.99

8 Strange Places John Simpson (Pan) 1,269 pounds 6.99

9 Alistair Cooke Nick Clarke (Weidenfeld) 1,231 pounds 20

10 Daniel O'Donnell D O'Donnell & E Rowley (Virgin) 1,208 pounds 14.99

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