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Even the combined sales of this week's top three fiction titles (and that includes Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett's latest instalment in his Discworld chronicle, straight in at number one) can't rival Delia's ever-increasing weekly sales: 25,542 at the last count and doubtless still rising. Meanwhile, Sebastian Faulks's appearance on prime-time TV describing his first encounter with the chateau that forms the backdrop to Charlotte Gray has sent him five places up the fiction list.

Compiled from the data supplied on sales over seven days ending 8 November 1998. Bookwatch Ltd, 1998

Compiled by Bookwatch on sales over seven days ending 25 October 1998. Bookwatch Ltd, 1998

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (-) Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett (Doubleday) 16,439 pounds 16.99

2 (2) Amsterdam Ian McEwan (Cape) 3,575 pounds 14.99

3 (8) Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson) 3,010 pounds 16.99

4 (4) The Path of Daggers Robert Jordan (Orbit) 2,935 pounds 17.99

5 (6) Rainbow Six Tom Clancy (M Joseph) 2,828 pounds 16.99

6 (10) Field of 13 Dick Francis (M Joseph) 2,787 pounds 6.99

7 (7) Tara Road Maeve Binchy (Orion) 2,766 pounds 16.99

8 (9) Archangel Robert Harris (Hutchinson) 2,606 pounds 16.99

9 (1) Point of Origin Patricia D Cornwell (Little, Brown) 2,563 pounds 16.99

10 (3) Net Force Tom Clancy (Headline) 2,168 pounds 6.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (1) Delia's How to Cook Delia Smith (BBC) 25,542 pounds 16.99

2 (-) Notes From a BIg Country Bill Bryson (Doubleday) 7,889 pounds 16.99

3 (2) The Life of Birds David Attenborough (BBC) 7,044 pounds 18.99

4 (4) The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 4,232 pounds 1.99

5 (3) Men Are From Mars... John Gray (Thorsons) 3,953 pounds 9.99

6 (5) Little Book of Feng Shui Lillian Too (Element) 3,630 pounds 1.99

7 (7) Real Food Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate) 3,499 pounds 18.99

8 (9) Losing My Virginity Richard Branson (Virgin) 3,365 pounds 20

9 (8) Addicted Tony Adams & Ian Ridley (CollinsWillow) 2,670 pounds 16.99

10 (6) The Guv'nor Lenny McLean (Blake) 2,481 pounds 14.99

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