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Thursday, 3 January, 2002, 13:06 GMT
Potter books reclaim top spots
Harry Potter novels are back on top
Harry Potter novels are back on top
The Harry Potter books have reclaimed their position as the top sellers in the UK, according to new sales figures.

The young wizard was beaten to the Christmas number one spot by TV chef Jamie Oliver's latest cook book.

However data from Whitaker BookTrack shows JK Rowling's creation ending 2001 in the top three spots.

Jamie Oliver slips to number four
Jamie Oliver slips to number four

After 156 weeks on sale, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets, the second book of magical adventures, is back at number one.

A film of the second Potter book is currently in production and is due for release later in the year.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban moves up to number two, with the latest in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at number three.

Oliver's Happy Days with the Naked Chef slips to number four after 17 weeks on release, just beating JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

Big seller

A celebratory edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone moves up four places to number six, two ahead of the original book which is still going strong after more than 230 weeks on the chart.

The novel - released four years ago - was the UK's biggest-selling book of 2001.

It sold more than one million copies last year - 200,000 more than The Goblet of Fire, which was in second place.

The film of the book is predicted to break the $300m (207m) mark in the US alone this week.

This week's top 10 is rounded off by Delia Smith's How To Cook: Book Three at seven, with John Grisham's Painted House at nine and Billy Connolly's biography, down from two to 10.

The BookTrack list is based on data of weekly book sales from about 6,000 British outlets and internet retailers.

See also:

23 Dec 01 | TV and Radio
Oliver puts Naked Chef 'to bed'
18 Dec 01 | Film
Diary star joins Potter sequel
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