Books: Bestsellers

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The Delia phenomenon continues. She's sold 10,000 more copies this week than last. But this is partly due to the Christmas boost to non-fiction sales. Sales of Notes From a Big Country and Blackadder: the whole damn dynasty have almost doubled, while David Attenborough's have tripled. After returning for one week, Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters has been supplanted by Sarah Kennedy's Terrible Twos. The top three fiction titles remain unchanged, selling approximately 1,000 copies extra each. Charlotte Gray and Point of Origin merely swop places, also selling an extra thousand-odd. The lower half of the list shows more activity - new novels from Kathy Lette and Tom Wolfe and the return of Robert Harris's Archangel.

Compiled from data supplied by bookshops on sales over seven days to 22 November 1998 Bookwatch Ltd, 1998

ORIGINAL FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (1) Carpe Jugulum Terry Pratchett (Doubleday) 13,427 pounds 16.99

2 (7) Tara Road Maeve Binchy (Orion) 4,115 pounds 16.99

3 (6) Field of 13 Dick Francis (M Joseph) 3,713 pounds 6.99

4 (5) Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson) 3,531 pounds 16.99

5 (4) Point of Origin Patricia D Cornwell (Little, Brown) 3,463 pounds 16.99

6 (-) Archangel Robert Harris (Hutchinson) 3,167 pounds 16.99

7 (7) Amsterdam Ian McEwan (Cape) 2,903 pounds 14.99

8 (-) Altar Ego Kathy Lette (Picador) 2,452 pounds 12.99

9 (-) A Man in Full Tom Wolfe (Cape) 2,262 pounds 20.00

10 (6) Rainbow Six Tom Clancy (M Joseph) 1,972 pounds 16.99

ORIGINAL NON-FICTION

TITLE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEEKLY SALES PRICE

1 (1) Delia's How to Cook Delia Smith (BBC) 36,686 pounds 16.99

2 (2) Notes From a Big Country Bill Bryson (Doubleday) 16,645 pounds 16.99

3 (7) The Life of Birds David Attenborough (BBC) 10,584 pounds 18.99

4 (-) Blackadder Richard Curtis et al (M Joseph) 5,670 pounds 15.99

5 (3) The Little Book of Calm Paul Wilson (Penguin) 5,035 pounds 1.99

6 (-) Real Food Nigel Slater (4th Estate) 4,426 pounds 18.99

7 (6) Little Book of Feng Shui Lillian Too (Element) 4,398 pounds 1.99

8 (9) Addicted Tony Adams (CollinsWillow) 4,300 pounds 16.99

9 (5) Men Are From Mars... John Gray (Thorsons) 4,100 pounds 9.99

10 (-) Terrible Twos 2 Sarah Kennedy (BBC) 4,026 pounds 4.99

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