Jul 7, 2022by Kiera O’Brien
The rankings posted their best on Sunday as Dilly Court spent a second week in the official UK Top 50. Courts The Sunday Child (HarperCollins) sold 16,233 copies in its first full week on shelves, a blistering week for the Adult Fiction category. Adult fiction titles swept the top 12 bestsellers, with 1.2 million pounds moved last week in total, a 13.6% increase from the same week in 2021. The value, at £8.8 million, increased even more. watering 19.9%.
Fiction has yet to see the pandemic book bubble burst, while the TikTok boom has helped boost romance and fantasy sales. The latter has mostly seen a rush for hardbacks, helping to drive the value to its dizzying new height. Even against a particularly healthy period for Fiction in 2021, Spring 2022 moved over £1m extra and brought in another £15m.
Additionally, a Nielsen report earlier this spring found that e-book sales had fallen to their lowest level since 2012 last year. While the digital market has taken the largest share of print fiction sales in recent years, this resurgence may also represent the return of former Kindle owners to paperbacks.
The Sunday Child led an identical top four as the previous week, with Richard Osman’s The man who died twice (Penguin), by Colleen Hoover It ends with us (S&S) and Bella Mackie how to kill your family (The Borough Press) holding company. Osman’s cozy crime sequel has now officially topped its predecessor’s year-to-date paperback sales, after a six-week run at the top spot, and is fast approaching the quarter-million mark. copies sold. Still, TikTok’s darling novel Hoover is still by far the best-selling book of the year.
by Sophie Kinsella The party breaker (Penguin) nabbed fifth place in the Top 50 and Top 20 for Mainstream Fiction, while Jane Corry We all have our secrets (Penguin) and Clare Mackintosh Hostage (Sphere) debuted.
of the Reverend Richard Coles Murder before the evening song (W&N) had their prayers answered with a fourth week in the Original Fiction pole, as Bonnie Garmus’ Chemistry class (Doubleday) and Karin Slaughter Girl, forgotten (HarperCollins) traded places in the top three. Victoria Aveyard Blade breaker (Orion) was the highest new entry, in fourth place.