Tennis stars’ autobiographies dominate the top of the fastest movers chart this week with Australian Open 2012 finalist Rafael Nadal’s memoir, Rafa: My Story (Rafael Nadal & John Carlin, Hachette), at the top of the chart, followed by four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi’s Open (HarperCollins). The film tie-in edition of The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Penguin) has moved up the bestsellers chart from fifth place last week to third place this week, overtaking Believing the Lie (Elizabeth George, Hachette), now in fourth. Steady at the top of the bestsellers chart are Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin), followed byPrivate Games (James Patterson, Century). Lauren Kate’s Fallen in Love (Doubleday) is seventh on the top ten bestsellers chart and first on the highest new entries chart this week–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Detective Alex Cross is on the scene of his biggest case. The President’s son and daughter have been kidnapped from their school and a deadly contagion in the water supply threatens to cripple Washington. Kill Alex Cross (Arrow) is James Patterson’s 18th book in the Alex Cross series, and it is at number one on the highest new entries chart. Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) is back at number one on the bestsellers chart and fastest mover chart. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin) has moved to second place on the bestseller chart and is followed by Darren Lockyer (Darren Lockyer & Dan Koch, Random House), One Day (David Nicholls, Hachette) and Flash and Bones (Kathy Reichs, William Heinemann)–Weekly Book Newsletter.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin) is a story told from the perspective of two African-American maids, Aibileen and Minny, who look after a white family in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, and a 23-year-old white woman, Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelen. After returning from college, Skeeter finds out that the maid who raised her as a child, Constantine, has disappeared. The story shows how Jackson revolves around ‘the help’ and reveals the racism faced by the maids on a daily basis. The film adaptation of the novel is currently screening at cinemas. The Help is in first place on the bestseller charts. Pierre Dukan’s The Dukan Diet (Hachette) is in second place, returning to the bestseller charts after a number one place in July. Last week’s number one Flash and Bones (Kathy Reichs, William Heinemann) is in third place, followed by another film tie-in edition One Day (David Nicholls, Hachette). New York to Dallas (J D Robb, Hachette) is at the top of the highest new entries chart. The Dukan Diet is also at the top of this week’s fastest movers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Bloodlines (Rachael Meade, Razorbill) is the first book in the ‘Bloodlines’ teen vampire romance series, a spin-off of Penguin’s ‘Vampire Academy’ series. The protagonist is a girl called Sydney, who has magical blood and must protect Jill Dragomir–the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir–by posing as her roommate in a boarding school in California. Bloodlines is first on both the bestsellers chart and highest new entries chart. Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) remains in second place on the bestsellers chart, followed by Now You See Her (James Patterson, Century) in third. Based on the Australian crime television series, Underbelly: Razor (Larry Writer, Macmillan) is fourth on the bestsellers chart and second on the fastest movers chart. The film-tie-in edition of The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Penguin) is at the top of the fastest movers chart and is at fifth place on the bestsellers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Now You See Her (James Patterson, Century) tops the bestsellers chart for the second week running, again followed by Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) in second place and 4 Ingredients Kids (Kim McCosker & Rachael Bermingham, 4 Ingredients) in third. 4 Ingredients Kids is first place on the fastest movers chart and, with the film adaptation hitting Australian screens soon, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help (Penguin) is sitting in second place. Before the Poison (Peter Robinson, Hachette), a novel about a recently widowed musician who gets drawn into the story of a murder that occurred in his house 60 years ago, is top of the highest new entries chart—Weekly Book Newsletter.