UK Bestsellers

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

UK Bestsellers 19 NOV 2017

GENERAL Hardbacks

  1. Only Fools and Stories by David Jason (Century £20) Actor looks back on some of the best-loved characters of his career
  2. Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake (Century £20) Astronaut’s guide to life in space, based on his six months in orbit
  3. Paul O’Grady’s Country Life by Paul O’Grady (Bantam Press £20) Humorous glimpse into O’Grady’s life in the country with his animals
  4. Blue Planet II by James Honeyborne & Mark Brownlow (BBC £25) A view of the oceanic world; accompanies the BBC series
  5. Jenson Button: Life to the Limit by Jenson Button (Blink £20) British racing driver lifts the lid on his 17 years in Formula One
  6. The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber £9.99) Author sheds light on the intelligence of cows
  7. Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Profile £7.99) British classicist examines how history has treated powerful women
  8. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster £11.99) The American politician’s thoughts and feelings after the presidential election
  9. How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey (HarperCollins £20) Memoir from the British engineer on his 35-year career in Formula One
  10. My Life, Our Times by Gordon Brown (Bodley Head £25) Autobiography from the former prime minister and chancellor

Recovery by Russell Brand (Bluebird £20) British comedian and actor reveals how he broke away from addictions

Secrets for the Mad by dodie (Ebury £16.99) Musician’s memoir about growing up, mental health and life lessons

How to Be Champion by Sarah Millican (Trapeze £20) Comedian confronts life’s challenges in her autobiography

What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson (HarperCollins £20) The rollercoaster life of Iron Maiden’s front man

Brave New World by Guillem Balague (Orion £20) Account of Mauricio Pochettino’s time at Tottenham Hotspur

Me. You. A Diary by Dawn French (M Joseph £20) Actor and comedian’s diary entries covering age and life through the months and seasons

This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (Picador £14.99) Comic and former junior doctor’s account of life on the NHS front line

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis (Bodley Head £14.99) The economy and how it shapes our lives

Thinking Out Loud by Rio Ferdinand (Hodder £20) Footballer’s memoir recounts the death of his wife

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan (HarperCollins £20) Companion book to the TV series

How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb (Canongate £10.39) Comedian on the expectations boys and men have thrust upon them

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (Allen Lane £20) Professor examines the mystery of sleep and why it matters


GENERAL paperbacks

  1. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage £5.49) A history of humankind and our cognitive development
  2. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage £5.49) An examination of our future and the challenges we face
  3. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (Elliott & Thompson £6.99) Ten maps that tell you all you need to know about geopolitics
  4. The Best of Matt 2017 by Matt Pritchett (Orion £7.99) A look at the past year through the eyes of the award-winning cartoonist
  5. Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett (Profile £9.99) The latest collection of the author’s diaries, from 2005 to 2015
  6. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMeel £9.99) Poetry and prose about love, loss, pain and survival
  7. Cruel to Be Kind by Cathy Glass (Harper Element £4.99) The story of a six-year-old foster child with a troubled past
  8. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Simon & Schuster £12.99) A second collection of poetry, about love in all its forms
  9. Giles The Collection 2018 (Hamlyn £8.99) Cartoons on the quirks and foibles of British holidays
  10. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (Wm Collins £5.99) Explores the complex life, death and regeneration of trees and forests

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (Penguin £9.99) How two psychologists reshaped the way we see the world

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Ebury £8.99) Memoir from the BBC presenter tackling life, death, love and nature

The Universe Next Door (J Murray £8.99) A journey with New Scientist through parallel worlds and possible futures

How to Stop Brexit by Nick Clegg (Bodley Head £8.99) Former deputy prime minister explains how Brexit can be reversed

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster £5.99) Memoir by one of the world’s biggest musicians

The Marches by Rory Stewart (Vintage £9.99) Author crosses the borderlands between England and Scotland

Please, Let Me Go by Caitlin Spencer (John Blake £5.99) The true story of a teenage girl’s life in the hands of sex traffickers

Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu (History Press £9.99) The story of the Queen’s closest confidant, now a film

Who Will Love Me Now? By Maggie Hartley (Trapeze £7.99) The story of a young girl desperate for a home to call her own

SAS: Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre (Viking £4.99) Authorised wartime history of Britain’s celebrated military organisation


FICTION hardbacks


  1. The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam Press £20) A ring found in a pawn shop will lead Jack Reacher down a criminal trail
  2. Origin by Dan Brown (Bantam Press £20) A Harvard professor’s quest to unearth a truth that will shake the world
  3. Mythos by Stephen Fry (M Joseph £20) Presenter and actor retells the greatest Greek myths and legends
  4. Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims (HarperCollins £12.99) Humorous diary, written from an exhausted mum’s point of view
  5. Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan £12.99) A collection of 14 fast-paced short stories
  6. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Hodder £20) Students aim to expose a hedge fund operator involved in a law-school scam
  7. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (Orion £19.99) Harry Bosch returns to investigate a double murder and a cold case
  8. The People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson (Century £20) A detective finds himself charged with cold-blooded murder
  9. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks (Heinemann £16.99) Seventeen short stories from the Oscar-winning actor
  10. Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins £20) Conflict and betrayal entangle a struggling young Elizabethan actor

Joe Weller Explores: Haunted Hotel by Joe Weller (Headline £18.99) YouTube star explores the horrors of a haunted hotel

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost (Macmillan £16.99) Sequel bridging the 25-year gap between series two and three

Damaged by Martina Cole (Headline £20) DCI Kate Burrows must stop a serial killer before other innocent girls die

Munich by Robert Harris (Hutchinson £20) Thriller set around the 1938 Munich conference

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett (Macmillan £20) A battle for freedom and tolerance awaits in the third Kingsbridge novel

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King (Hodder £20) A sleeping sickness hits a small town, affecting all the women except one

Fairytale by Danielle Steel (Macmillan £18.99) A woman returns home to manage her family’s winery and chateau

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (Viking £9.99) A retired intelligence officer is summoned to London to answer for his past

The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith & Tom Harper (HarperCollins £9.99) Francis Courtney’s journey of intrigue and family betrayal

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (Picador £20) A story of sexuality, art and family secrets beginning in wartime

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (MacLehose £8.99) A girl seeks truth in the continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series

The Break by Marian Keyes (M Joseph £9.99) Will a couple be the same after a six-month break from their marriage?


FICTION paperbacks

  1. The Fix by David Baldacci (Pan £7.99) A unique special agent uncovers a plot that will shake the world
  2. The Mistletoe Seller by Dilly Court (Harper £7.99) Can a young woman survive on the streets of Covent Garden?
  3. Need You Dead by Peter James (Pan £7.99) Detective Roy Grace faces his most mysterious and sinister case
  4. The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan (Pan £7.99) A story of love, loss and mysteries set on a remote Scottish island
  5. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay (Orion £7.99) A small town wants revenge on a family with a dark secret
  6. The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft (Avon £7.99) Can an interior decorator give a village the community café it dreams of?
  7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Harper £8.99) Poirot must identify a murderer before there’s another death
  8. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (Penguin £7.99) Collection of short stories from the author of Me Before You and After You
  9. A Christmas Candle by Katie Flynn (Arrow £6.99) A young woman’s battle to find love in her wartime home
  10. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Corgi £4.99) A six-month-old baby vanishes during a neighbours’ dinner party


The Swallow and the Hummingbird by Santa Montefiore (Simon & Schuster £7.99) Destiny and romance in Devon and Argentina

Cross the Line by James Patterson (Arrow £7.99) Alex Cross hunts a ruthless killer who takes the law into his own hands

Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain (Simon & Schuster £7.99) Will Anna get her happy-ever-after at Wynthorpe Hall?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Vintage £7.99) Detective Harry Hole is confronted by a terrifying killer when the snow falls

It by Stephen King (Hodder £5.99) Something lurking in the drains takes the shape of nightmares

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner (Headline £7.99) Retired FBI profilers adopt a child whose brother is a suspected murderer

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Harper £4.99) Love triangle involving a single mother, a married man and his troubled wife

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope (Pan £7.99) A city high-flyer finds her old friendships change after losing her job

Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly (Orion £7.99) Can a gathering help a family deal with love, loss and disappointment?

The Mistress by Danielle Steel (Corgi £7.99) A woman is torn between an artist and a dangerous Russian billionaire



  1. 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver (M Joseph £26) More than 130 speedy recipes using five ingredients


  1. Guinness World Records 2018 (Guinness World Records £20) Annual compendium of record-breaking feats


  1. At My Table by Nigella Lawson (Chatto £26) Achievable, comforting and delicious recipes


  1. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2018 by Robert Leroy Ripley (Random House £20) Extraordinary facts, photos and stories


  1. Dynamo: The Book of Secrets by Dynamo (Blink £16.99) An illustrated beginner’s guide to modern magic







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