Charts eh? We love 'em.
What's going to be the Xmas Number 1 (not the Cheeky Girls, that's for sure)?
What's the Nations Favourite Sitcom
Who's your least favourite Top Gear Presenter?
and of course
What are the bestselling books this Xmas?
So far we have
Tales of Beedle the Bard (less than half price)
Dear Fatty. (58% off at Amazon!)
Jamie's Ministry of Food (free with every tin of Sainsbury's baked beans)
and so on...
It'd be interesting to know what would really be the bestselling books if publishers and supermarkets etc didn't treat our lovely books like poo poo (if you'll pardon the expression). I completely understand that this is a competitive market, and blah de blah, and this is purely speculation. But here's my guess at what would probably be the top 10 paperback and hardback books if they were sold at full price.
1. Dreams From My Father - Barack somebody or other.
2. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
3. The Audacity of Hope by somebody Obama
4. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
5. The Suspicions of Mr Wicher by Kate Summerscale
6. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
7. Little History of the World by Gombrich
8. Reluctant Fundamentalist
9. Harry Hill's Whopping Big Joke Book
10. The Book Thief by someone beginning with Z
1. Beedle the Bard (no brainer- we sold out on the first day. Ooops)
2. Guinness Book of Records
3. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (it won the booker prize you know)
4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (he's a cleverclogs and he wrote that other popular book)
5. Anthaem by Neal Stephenson (I don't care how much it costs I lvoe it)
6. The Doctor Who Annual. (Inevitably)
7. Otolenghi Cookbook (wot, no Nigella?)
8. QI Advanced Banter. Probably
9. That Mighty Boosh book I reckon
10. Terry Pratchett thing called Nation
This in no way matches our bestsellers (when I say 'in no way', I'm clearly exaggerating), we have lots more oldies and kid's stuff in our list. The Boy Who Kicked Pigs for example, and Brian Wildsmith's Favourite Fables. But I suspect these wouldn't make it in there.
Do you agree or think i'm talking a big pile of dung. Who knows...