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Jamie Oliver tops festive bestseller chart again

21st December 2011

The latest cookbook from Jamie Oliver has topped the Christmas bestseller list, with over 59,000 copies of Jamie's Great Britain sold in the UK last week.

It means the Essex chef has now topped the seasonal charts four times in the last ten years, with his latest book edging out Guinness World Records 2012 for the coveted number one spot in 2011.

Jamie's Great Britain has sold 319,217 copies in total and 59,156 over the last seven days, according to Nielsen BookScan data, which showed that Guinness World Records 2012 has sold 55,392 in the same period.

The festive top ten includes a number of titles that had been hotly tipped to lead this year's Christmas bestsellers, with Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Jeff Kinney's latest instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Cabin Fever, proving popular with UK readers.

A surprise inclusion in the festive list is Where's The Meerkat? by Paul Moran, loosely inspired by the Where's Wally? books, which was the third bestselling book in the UK last week.

The book's rapid rise up the bestseller charts has been attributed to the growing popularity of meerkats, mainly thanks to a series of car insurance advertisements.

It finished in third, one place ahead of Lorraine Pascale's Home Cooking Made Easy, which is one of three cookery books in the top ten, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg Every Day! also making the list.

Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, boosted by an acclaimed film adaptation released in the autumn, was the fifth bestselling book in the UK last week.

Two TV tie-ins completed the top ten, with Frozen Planet, which accompanies the BBC series, and The World of Downton Abbey both experiencing a rise in sales in the run-up to Christmas.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall also topped the non-fiction bestseller list at Foyles, with Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending the most popular fiction title.

A full list of the bestselling books can be found here.

© W&G Foyle Ltd
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