David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running - For Reading Addicts

David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running

David Walliams has broken quite a few records this year, and is celebrating quite the year in writing and has now become only the second ever author (the other being Jamie Oliver) to top the Christmas Book Charts in the UK for the second Christmas running.

That’s right, Bad Dad by David Walliams takes the top spot in the book charts for Christmas week, beating Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to take the top spot. Walliams Bad Dad has been a favourite with children, topping the Amazon wish list for children’s books, and selling more than 60,000 copies to date.

Last year it was Walliams The Midnight Gang in the Christmas number 1 spot, making quite the accolade for the author to have two consecutive Christmas number 1s. It’s been quite the magical year for the comedian turned children’s author. Walliams has twice broken his own opening week record this year, had the biggest selling week for a lone World Book Day title since the event began, seen three of his books crash through the 100 million copies sold mark and scored his 100th children’s number one.

Walliams is now one of the best known children’s authors of all time, but is less well known outside the UK. His Dahlesque tales are loved by school aged children, girls and boys and it seems the comedian has finally found his niche as a successful children’s author.

It’s common for both children’s books and cookery books to top the children’s chart, and Walliams beat Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to the top spot. In number 3 is Darker by E. L James, beating the Guinness World Records (a popular Christmas gift) in number 5. Another children’s book completes the top 5 with Jeff Kinney’s The Getaway, the latest from the Wimpy Kid series. Completing the top 10 in the final five spots are Origin by Dan Brown, Blue Planet II, La Belle Suavage, the latest in the Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman, the biography of David Jason, Only Fools and Stories, and Lee Child’s The Midnight Line.

Are you hoping for any of these titles in your stocking this Christmas?

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