Michelle Obama’s memoirs Becoming tops Christmas book chart
Michelle Obama’s memoirs Becoming tops Christmas book chart, pipping David Walliams’ children’s book Ice Monster to second place
- Former US first lady’s book sold 91,882 with overall value of sales £1.36million
- Walliams, in second place in chart, sold 80,413 copies of The Ice Monster
- In third place was Veggie Lean In 15, a cookbook by fitness guru Joe Wicks
He had been set to top the Christmas chart for the third year running with yet another hit children’s book.
But this year David Walliams had competition in the shape of Michelle Obama, whose memoir Becoming has just pipped The Ice Monster to number one.
The former US first lady’s book sold 91,882 between December 9 and December 15, the week used to compile the festive chart, figures from Nielsen BookScan showed.
The former US first lady’s book Becoming (pictured) sold 91,882 between December 9 and December 15, the week used to compile the festive chart, figures from Nielsen BookScan showed
The overall value of the sales of Becoming was £1.36million, Nielsen said.
Walliams, in second place, sold 80,413 copies of The Ice Monster, totalling £547,200.
The TV star and author had topped the UK festive chart in 2016 and 2017 with The Midnight Gang and Bad Dad respectively.
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In third place was Veggie Lean In 15, a cookbook by fitness guru Joe Wicks, who is best known as ‘the body coach’. Despite only being released on December 13, it shifted 51,316 copies, totalling £431,800.
Andre Breedt, of Nielsen Book Research International, said they usually see a ‘sizeable increase’ in book sales over the Christmas period and 2018 was ‘no exception’.
David Walliams, in second place, sold 80,413 copies of The Ice Monster, totalling £547,200
He added: ‘The four-week Christmas period accounts for approximately 15 per cent of annual book sales – over double the figure of an average four-week period.’
Mr Breedt had previously said the fact three such different works were contenders to top the chart showed a broad ‘mixture of trends’ in the UK.
Other books in the top ten include Guinness World Records 2019, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book.
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