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100 top bestsellers

I got the list from the Guardian. I've only read 20 of them and seven of those are Harry Potter. This covers about 90% of  books sold in the UK since 1998.


1. Da Vinci Code,The - Brown, Dan

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone# - Rowling, J. K.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets# - Rowling, J. K.

4. Angels and Demons# - Brown, Dan

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling, J. K.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince:Children's Edition - Rowling, J. K.

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling, J. K.

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban# - Rowling, J. K.

9. Twilight# - Meyer, Stephenie

10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling, J. K.

11. Deception Point# - Brown, Dan

12. New Moon# - Meyer, Stephenie

13. Lovely Bones,The# - Sebold, Alice

14. Digital Fortress# - Brown, Dan

15. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,The# - Haddon, Mark

16. Eclipse# - Meyer, Stephenie

17. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,The:Millennium Trilogy# - Larsson, Stieg

18. Kite Runner,The# - Hosseini, Khaled

19. Time Traveler's Wife,The - Niffenegger, Audrey

20. World According to Clarkson,The - Clarkson, Jeremy

21. Atonement# - McEwan, Ian

22. Lost Symbol,The - Brown, Dan

23. Short History of Nearly Everything,A - Bryson, Bill

24. Breaking Dawn - Meyer, Stephenie

25. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling, J. K.

26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling, J. K.

27. Girl Who Played With Fire,The:Millennium Trilogy# - Larsson, Stieg

28. Child Called It,A - Pelzer, Dave

29. No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency,The:No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S. - McCall Smith, Alexander

30. You are What You Eat:The Plan That Will Change Your Life - McKeith, Gillian

31. Man and Boy - Parsons, Tony

32. Birdsong - Faulks, Sebastian

33. Labyrinth - Mosse, Kate

34. Island,The - Hislop, Victoria

35. Life of Pi - Martel, Yann

36. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution:The No-hunger, Luxurious Weight Loss P - Atkins, Robert C.

37. Tales of Beedle the Bard,The - Rowling, J. K.

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - De Bernieres, Louis

39. Delia's How to Cook:(Bk.1)  - Smith, Delia

40. Gruffalo,The# - Donaldson, Julia

41. Eats, Shoots and Leaves:The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - Truss, Lynne

42. Northern Lights:His Dark Materials S. - Pullman, Philip

43. Interpretation of Murder,The - Rubenfeld, Jed

44. Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest,The:Millennium Trilogy - Larsson, Stieg

45. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason - Fielding, Helen

46. Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian,A - Lewycka, Marina

47. Alchemist,The:A Fable About Following Your Dream - Coelho, Paulo

48. Notes from a Small Island - Bryson, Bill

49. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,The# - Boyne, John

50. Stupid White Men:...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Natio - Moore, Michael

51. Jamie's 30-minute Meals - Oliver, Jamie

52. Broker,The - Grisham, John

53. Bridget Jones's Diary:A Novel - Fielding, Helen

54. Very Hungry Caterpillar,The:The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Carle, Eric

55. Thousand Splendid Suns,A - Hosseini, Khaled

56. Sound of Laughter,The - Kay, Peter

57. Jamie's Italy - Oliver, Jamie

58. Small Island# - Levy, Andrea

59. Memory Keeper's Daughter,The - Edwards, Kim

60. Billy Connolly - Stephenson, Pamela

61. House at Riverton,The - Morton, Kate

62. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix# - Rowling, J. K.

63. Nigella Express - Lawson, Nigella

64. Memoirs of a Geisha - Golden, Arthur

65. Delia's How to Cook:(Bk.2)  - Smith, Delia

66. Subtle Knife,The:His Dark Materials S. - Pullman, Philip

67. Jamie's Ministry of Food:Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours - Oliver, Jamie

68. Guinness World Records 2009:2009 -

69. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?:And 114 Other Questions -

70. Jamie at Home:Cook Your Way to the Good Life - Oliver, Jamie

71. White Teeth - Smith, Zadie

72. Devil Wears Prada,The - Weisberger, Lauren

73. At My Mother's Knee ...:and Other Low Joints - O'Grady, Paul

74. No Time for Goodbye - Barclay, Linwood

75. "Times" Su Doku,The:The Utterly Addictive Number-placing Puzzle:(Bk. 1 -

76. Chocolat - Harris, Joanne

77. Return of the Naked Chef,The - Oliver, Jamie

78. Angela's Ashes:A Memoir of a Childhood - McCourt, Frank

79. Schott's Original Miscellany - Schott, Ben

80. Dreams from My Father:A Story of Race and Inheritance - Obama, Barack

81. Dangerous Book for Boys,The - Iggulden, Conn & Iggulden, Hal

82. To Kill a Mockingbird# - Lee, Harper

83. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince - Rowling, J. K.

84. Summons,The - Grisham, John

85. Lost Symbol,The - Brown, Dan

86. Catcher in the Rye,The - Salinger, J.D.

87. I Can Make You Thin - McKenna, Paul

88. Happy Days with the Naked Chef - Oliver, Jamie

89. Brick Lane - Ali, Monica

90. Anybody Out There? - Keyes, Marian

91. Undomestic Goddess,The - Kinsella, Sophie

92. Book Thief,The# - Zusak, Markus

93. I Know You Got Soul - Clarkson, Jeremy

94. Sharon Osbourne Extreme:My Autobiography - Osbourne, Sharon

95. Guinness World Records 2010 -

96. Amber Spyglass,The:His Dark Materials S. - Pullman, Philip

97. Can You Keep a Secret? - Kinsella, Sophie

98. Down Under - Bryson, Bill

99. Spot of Bother,A - Haddon, Mark

100. Dear Fatty - French, Dawn


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Jan. 4th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
From that list I see that my bestseller will concern a teenage wizard who takes up cookery to overcome his miserable upbringing by vampires, only to have to go on the run from the Catholic Church with his autistic hacker girlfriend. Or something. :)
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
That list has a duplicate on it; The Lost Symbol is on it twice...
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
How ironic.

On further inspection, it's because the hardback and softback editions from Bantam and Corgi. The hardback is the higher entry selling 1,370,347 worth 13,052,345.93. The paperback only sold 672,950 for £2,854,411.91.

Edited at 2011-01-04 03:50 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thankfully I read neither of them ;)
Jan. 4th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Surprised to see Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird in the top 100. They seemed the only non-current entries. What's that all about?

(And what do the hash marks represent?)
Jan. 4th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Set books for GCSE?
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe so, but it seems a bit odd if they have two American books set but no British ones.
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
A swift Google suggests that the AQA set texts for GCSE for 2011 are:

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird
  2. Of Mice And Men
  3. Lord of the Flies
  4. A Kestrel for a Knave
  5. Catcher in the Rye
  6. I'm The King Of The Castle (Susan Hill)
  7. Green Days By The River (Michael Anthony)
  8. Heroes (Robert Cormier)
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
OK, then it seems a bit oddd that they buy (two of) the American books but not the British ones :-)

And don't tell me it's because their parents already had copies of those :-)
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Looking at that list, I think the only ones we _do_ have copies of are TKAM and CITR (it's just possible there's a copy of A Kestrel For A Knave kicking around somewhere).
Jan. 6th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Of Mice and Men and Lord of the Flies still?? Hasn't anyone written any books since I did my O levels?
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
For me they are also the only ones on the list I've read.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
As well as being a GCSE text, Catcher in the Rye has been a bookseller favourite at Waterstone's (and I'm sure other bookshops) for years and is frequently in staff recommends displays. Also, Salinger died last year which boosted sales.

There was quite a lot of coverage of To Kill a Mockingbird because it celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

I reckon the hashtags refer to books with multiple editions (e.g. film tie-in jacket and original)
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
28 for me, partly a leftover from my time in bookgroup.
I'm surprised you didn't finish the Northern Lights trilogy?
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
It was a bit too kiddy for me with a fair few Dei ex Machina.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Didn't get past the first one either. Just couldn't get into The Subtle Knife for some reason.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
15 for me, 7 of them Potter!
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
To Kill a Mockingbird quotes
I’m not surprised to see `To Kill a Mockingbird’ on your list. It’s one the most-read books all over the world. The story of Atticus Finch and his children in the small fictional town of Maycomb in the Deep South during the years before the Civil Rights Movement is as fascinating today as it was when it first came out 51 years ago. Set against the canvass of racial discrimination, the story very subtly comments on the right for equality, compassion and understanding. Atticus is our protagonist who towers above all the others with his integrity and courage to act according to his conscience. Some of the advice he gives to his children have become famous To Kill a Mockingbird quotes that teach us a lot about life and relationships. Shmoop’s take on this novel was quite refreshing and I got to know a lot of tidbits about the novel, too. Did you know that it is the only novel written by its author, Harper Lee? A single literary work of art, and that too, a masterpiece! Wow!
Mar. 4th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: To Kill a Mockingbird quotes
It's more of a surprise because this is a UK list and whilst the book is in English, it's not really writing to the British experience. Was you response automatically generated as an advert for Shmoop? If so it's quite an interesting way to do it.
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