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Will our first lockdown best-sellers be another hit this time round?

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Another year, another Covid-19 lockdown for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The first lockdown – last spring – spurred many of us to seek out new hobbies, and sales on soared as DIYers and hobbyists learnt new skills or completed essential repairs on cars and motorcycles while garages were closed.

But it was information on chicken keeping that proved most popular at Haynes during the first half of 2020, with sales of its Chicken Manual up by 1,600%.

Will its sale success be repeated for lockdown 3? We'll let you know as soon as it ends, but a discount of 25% (also available on most of our Practical Lifestyle manuals) puts it in good stead.

Click below for a video preview of the Chicken Manual

Second to chickens in the lockdown 1 chart was Haynes’ famous Bike Book, whose sales were boosted by the Government’s announcement that cycling and cycle repairs were to be encouraged. Also riding high was the Haynes Bike Repair Guide app, which hit the #1 spot in the App Store’s Sports category.

Also featuring in the top 10 were four van manuals in online and print formats, with busy owners finally finding time to complete some running repairs. Sales of motorcycle manuals also increased sharply, and two of Haynes’ popular Triumph manuals were the best-selling examples.

Outside of the top 10, but also proving popular among locked-down Britons were the Shed Manual, the Road Trip Manual (for forward planners) and Car Hacks – a manual that is full of “make-do-and-carry-on” fixes for car owners who may not usually work on their vehicles.

The top 10 sellers on during lockdown 1

  1. Chicken Manual
  2. Bike Book (7th edition)
  3. Star Wars YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Manual
  4. Triumph Bonneville T100, T120, Bobber, Thruxton, Street Twin, Cup & Scrambler (2016-19) Haynes Repair Manual
  5. Ford Transit Diesel (2006-13) Haynes Online Repair Manual
  6. Volkswagen T5 Transporter (2003-15) Haynes Repair Manual
  7. Volkswagen T5 Transporter (2003-15) Haynes Online Repair Manual
  8. Triumph 1050 Sprint ST, Speed Triple & Tiger (2005-14)
  9. Vauxhall Vivaro & Renault Trafic Diesel (2001-14) Haynes Repair Manual
  10. Vauxhall Insignia Petrol & Diesel (2008-12)


Jeremy Yates-Round, Managing Director Haynes Consumer commented last spring: “We expect interest in our manuals to continue to rise as people start to seek ways to become more self-sufficient or learn something new at home through our lifestyle manuals.

"This could be anything from taking up how to knitcook, keep chickens, play guitar or code, through to making plans for the home and garden, or even fixing up bicycles to make them roadworthy.  We also have a very popular book for women and their families to understand more about the menopause.”  

Jeremy added: “We are also seeing more people seeking professional and trusted advice on how to repair and maintain their cars and motorcycles, as people start to tinker with their vehicles while at home.”