Cookery titles suffer in battle for best-selling books for Christmas

Celebrity memoirs by Alex Ferguson, David Jason, Harry Redknapp and Katie Price are among those in the race for a top slot in the Christmas book best-seller lists – leaving cookery titles trailing in their wake.

‘My Autobiography’ by former Scottish football manager Alex Ferguson snatched the top spot from TV cook Jamie Oliver last week and is still in pole position.

Meanwhile Jamie Oliver’s ‘Save With Jamie’ title, which tied in with his Channel 4 TV series ‘Jamie’s Money Saving Meals,’ has dropped to eighth place.

Only two other cookery books make an appearance in The Mail On Sunday’s list of the nation’s top 10 bestselling non-fiction hardback books.

‘The Great British Bake Off: Everyday’ by Linda Collister, which contains 100 recipes and includes forewords by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, is at number six, while ‘Eat – The Little Book Of Fast Food’ by Nigel Slater, is in ninth position.

This book chart is compiled by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates from over 6,500 outlets representing over 90% of retail book purchases in UK. It appeared in the November 10 issue of ‘The Mail On Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ magazine.

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