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Nigella, Rachel give our book stores food for thought

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 13/12/2007

Nigella Lawson is in line to have one of the best selling books in Northern Ireland this Christmas
Nigella Lawson is in line to have one of the best selling books in Northern Ireland this Christmas

Ulster readers are set to be cooking the books during the festive season as popular chefs are topping the Christmas best seller lists.

Traditional annual stocking fillers including the Guinness Book of Records 2008 are still proving to be top choices amongst Belfast book lovers.

But according to Watersones and Easons it is Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson and Rachel's Food for Living by Rachel Allen that are so far leading the top 10 in the run up to Christmas in the province.

Angela McGrath, manager at Waterstones, Fountain Street Belfast, said the domestic goddess' new book has been a big hit with the public.

"Nigella's book seems to be popular ever since it hit the shelves," she said.

"It has proved to be the choice for gifts with both men and women.

"It has been number one in our list for quite a while now and I can't really see that changing before Christmas."

Meanwhile Rachel Allen hit the top spot with Easons book chart.

Other books proving to be a hit this Christmas and appearing on both Waterstones and Eason's top 10 lists are The Gathering by Anne Enright, My Booky Wook by comedian Russell Brand.

While Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's book Don't Stop Me Now also features in both lists.

However local authors are also making an impact on the Waterstone's top 10.

Strangford by Alain Le Garsmeur and Ian Hill and Asking For Trouble by Belfast author Patricia Craig are selling well to the Christmas customers, according to Ms McGrath.

"Local authors are also doing very well," she said.

"It is great to see local books so popular as well.

"We sell an awful lot of local books and what is quite amazing is that they are up there with the big names.

"It is one thing that we do push, as people just seem to love those local books.

"They have always proved to be a great hit with readers."

Meanwhile on the online charts, Nigella Express has also hit the number one position on

Ms McGrath added: "I can't see this list changing, customers have been very consistent with particular books.

"I think Nigella is going to be the book, and has been since the moment it came in.

"I think it is probably on every other woman's Christmas list."

"For children Doctor Who and The Golden Compass are really proving to be popular.

"Anything that has been on television, children seem to want to be reading the books, which is great."

Ms McGrath said trade has been increasingling busy in the run up to Christmas.

"The book is definitely back in terms of presents," she said.

"There is so much choice in a book and a hardback can make a great present for anyone."

Waterstones top 10

1. Nigella Express Nigella Lawson

2. The Gathering Anne Enright

3. Strangford Alain Le Garsmeur and Ian Hill

4. Guinness Book of Records 2008

5. My Booky Wook Russell Brand.

6. Don't Stop Me Now Jeremy Clarkson

7. Asking For Trouble by Patricia Craig

8. Long Way Down Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

9. Snakehead Anthony Horowitz

10. Book of the Dead Patricia Cornwell

Belfast Telegraph

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