Stephen Fry debuts at top of the bestseller list with The Fry Chronciles
22 Sep 2010
The follow-up memoir to Moab is My Washpot sells 37,000 copies
Stephen Fry's much-anticipated second memoir, The Fry Chronicles
(Michael Joseph), has débuted straight in at number one in the
Fry's follow-up to 1997's Moab is My Washpot (Hutchinson), sold 37,325
copies at UK booksellers last week, over 8,000 more than the next most
popular title-Lee Child's 61 Hours (Bantam).
Fry's sale, achieved in just five days, is one of the strongest
opening week sales from a celebrity memoir since records began - and
is almost twice the figure the bestselling celebrity memoir of all
time, comedian Peter Kay's Saturday Night Peter, sold in its first
week in UK bookshops.
The Fry Chronicles charts the actor, director, presenter and author's
rise to superstardom.
Like its predecessor, the "dazzling" memoir has been hailed as a
"courageously frank, honest and poignant" read, detailing some of
Fry's most turbulent and least well known years.
Elsewhere in the charts, Tony Blair's A Journey (Hutchinson) falls two
places to third position week-on-week with a seven-day sale of 25,869
Total UK sales of the former Prime Minister's autobiography currently
stand at 184,000 copies across all editions, having taken £2.45m
through the tills.
By Tim Jackson