Books: Bestsellers

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Our national obsessions are fairly predictable; football has ousted the other pretenders to the title of being the UK's national sport and this is regularly reflected in the sport list, although not in world rankings. Perhaps all budding Peles are too busy reading to attend training sessions.

Then there's Delia, and her cookbooks. Acclaimed on the dustjacket of her latest, How to Coo: Book Two, as `the Mrs Beeton of our times', Delia certainly matches her for organisation and clarity - instilling confidence in the most inexperienced of cooks. However, Delia is decidedly more prolific than Mrs B - who only wrote two books before dying at 28. Had she lived longer, we might have known about the cranberry a little earlier. Compiled on sales over seven days ending 11 December Bookwatch Ltd & Whitaker BookTrack 1999

SPORT

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson (Hodder) 13,360 pounds 18.99

2 White Cap and Bails Dickie Bird (Hodder) 9,243 pounds 18.99

3 Match Football Annual '99 ed Chris Hunt( Hayden) 7,664 pounds 5.99

4 Manchester Utd Annual 2000 ed Clive Dickinson (Man Utd) 5,532 pounds 6.25

5 United: football diaries (Parragon) 4,253 pounds 0.99

6 King of the World David Remnick (Picador) 3,347 pounds 14.99

7 Addicted Tony Adams & Ian Ridley (CollinsWillow) 2,909 pounds 5.99

8 Manchester Utd: superteams (Mustard) 2,854 pounds 1.99

9 A Matter of Opinion Alan Hansen (Partridge Press) 2,536 pounds 16.99

10 Liverpool: football diaries (Parragon) 1.974 pounds 0.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 How to Cook Book Two Delia Smith (BBC) 110,425 pounds 16.99

2 Who Wants to be a Millionaire: quiz book (Boxtree) 46,726 pounds 5..99

3 Guinness World Records (Guinness) 43,147 pounds 18

4 The Beano Book 2000 (D C Thomson) 24,374 pounds 5.99

5 New British Classics Gary Rhodes (BBC) 20,138 pounds 20

6 How to Cook Book One Delia Smith (BBC) 16,890 pounds 16.99

7 Managing My Life Alex Ferguson (Hodder) 13,360 pounds 18.99

8 If Only Geri Halliwell (Bantam) 12,456 pounds 16.99

9 Walking with Dinosaurs Tim Haines (BBC) 11,445 pounds 19.99

10 'Tis Frank McCourt (Flamingo) 11,134 pounds 16.99

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY PRICE

SALES

1 The Edge of Reason Helen Fielding (Picador) 37,597 pounds 12.99

2 Adrian Mole... Sue Townsend (M Joseph) 20,408 pounds 14.99

3 Harry Potter and... J K Rowling (Bloomsbury) 16.327 pounds 10.99

4 The Fifth Elephant Terry Pratchett (Doubleday) 12,614 pounds 16.99

5 Crisis Four Andy McNab (Bantam) 9,935 pounds 16.99

6 Power Plays: shadow... Tom Clancy (Penguin) 8,274 pounds 5.99

7 Last Chance Saloon Marian Keyes (M Joseph) 6,915 pounds 9.99

8 Second Wind Dick Francis (M Joseph) 6,761 pounds 16.99

9 Hannibal Thomas Harris (Heinemann) 6,427 pounds 16.99

10 Black Notice Patricia Cornwell (Little, Brown) 5,718 pounds 16.99

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