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David Nicholls' One Day tops 2011 bestseller list

3rd January 2012

The bestselling book of 2011 was David Nicholls' One Day, which comfortably beat Jamie Oliver's 30-Minute Meals into second place.

According to Nielsen BookScan data, One Day sold 935,000 copies throughout the year across all formats, despite originally being published in 2009, with 30-Minute Meals selling 484,000 units.

The boost in sales of Nicholls' book was driven largely by a popular film version starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, with a big screen adaptation also helping Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help to claim fifth place in the 2011 bestseller chart.

Dawn French's debut novel A Tiny Bit Marvellous was the fourth biggest selling title of 2011, with 413,000 copies sold, while Emma Donoghue's acclaimed Room was the only other title to break the 400,000 barrier, with 402,000 sold throughout the year.

Perennial bestseller John Grisham once again made the top ten, with his 23rd novel The Confession claiming eighth place, while Guinness World Records 2012 ensured there was another spot in the bestseller list for the annual compendium.

The top ten was rounded off by the late Stieg Larsson's enormously popular Millennium trilogy, with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest and The Girl who Played with Fire claiming seventh, ninth and tenth place, respectively.

When the total sales value of each title is taken into consideration, the top ten takes on a slightly different appearance, as 30-Minute Meals tops the list with GBP 6.617 million in sales.

One Day is in second place with GBP 5.157 million, while Guinness World Records 2012 makes the top three after sales of the title generated GBP 3.613 million.

Jamie Oliver has two titles in the top four, with his Christmas number one Jamie's Great Britain generating GBP 3.012 million in 2011, despite only being on sale for the final three months of the year.

Meanwhile, Kate McCann's Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her was the fifth biggest selling book of the year by sales value, despite only being the 18th bestselling title by volume.

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