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Jamie Oliver tops Christmas book chart

image captionJamie Oliver has topped the Christmas book chart four times now

TV chef Jamie Oliver has claimed the number one spot on the Christmas book chart for the second year running.

Jamie's Great Britain sold 59,156 copies in the week ending 17 December, according to figures released by Nielsen BookScan.

Oliver took the top slot in 2010 with Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, which went on to become the year's best-seller.

This year, Guinness World Records 2012 was in second place, followed by children's book Where's The Meerkat?

Jamie's Great Britain was released in September and has shifted a total of 319,217 copies since then - but last year's cookbook sold more than 1.1 million copies.

Oliver, who became known as The Naked Chef, topped the book chart in 2005 with Jamie's Italy and in 2001 with Happy Days With The Naked Chef.

At number four in the Christmas countdown was TV chef Lorraine Pascale's Home Cooking Made Easy, while Kathryn Stockett's civil rights novel The Help took fifth place.

The book, which was adapted into a successful film this year, is the only adult fiction in the top 10.

In sixth place was the biography of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, with children's book Diary Of A Wimpy Kid at number seven.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg Every Day! is the third cookbook in the chart, taking eighth place, with TV tie-ins Frozen Planet and The World of Downton Abbey rounding off the top 10.

More than 200 hardbacks were published in September on the day that the book trade traditionally dubs Super Thursday.

Among them were several memoirs written by comics, such as James Corden, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Lee Evans, all of which failed to reach the festive top 10.

The falling interest in celebrity autobiographies bucks the trend established between 2001 and 2008, when sales in the genre trebled, thanks to the likes of Katie Price, Chris Evans, Cheryl Cole, Stephen Fry and Paul O'Grady.

However, Nielsen said Lee Evans's The Life Of Lee was the best-selling celebrity autobiography of the festive season.

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