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Thursday, 25 April, 2002, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Movie hype helps Hornby
Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby has struck a chord with male readers
Nick Hornby continues to hold the summit of the book charts with his fourth work, How to be Good.

The story of a woman doctor from Hornby's native north London stays at number one after ten weeks in the charts, compiled by Whitaker Booktrack.

Hornby also has the third spot after About a Boy rocketed six places prior to its release as a movie on Friday.

Starring Hugh Grant, it is about an affluent, dissolute man who refuses to grow up and form meaningful relationships.

Sunny fiction

Booktrack compiles its figures from monitoring sales at about 6,000 book shops, department stores and supermarkets as well as via mail order and the internet.

Away from Hornby's sunny fiction is Dave Pelzer's horrifying three-part autobiography.

Pelzer's accounts of childhood abuse in California at the hands of a sadistic mother and an indifferent father were all strong sellers, but this week showed some signs of waning.

The third instalment, A Man named Dave, fell one place to number four, as the first part, Child Called It, fell to number 14.

Pelzer's second book, Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family, hopped up one place to number 15.

Country romance

One of this week's biggest risers was Sue Grafton's geriatric murder-mystery P is for Peril, which rose 28 places to 11.

Another big climber was Audrey Howard's Annie's Girl, a country romance which skipped 38 places up the list to claim 13th place.

1st to Die, James Patterson's fictional account of a female murder detective in San Francisco, held firm in second place, having slipped there from the top spot last week.

Catherine Cookson, who died in 1998, drops to number six from four with her posthumously published tale of a mysterious female wanderer, The Silent Lady.

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