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Irish Bestsellers 10th October 2020

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We have another rash of new releases this week, with some great titles in the bestseller charts including Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science by Luke O’Neill, a great book looking at the challenges faced by the world today and in at no. 4; the authors of the ever-popular Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling series are back with Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2021, branching out into the Paperback Non-Fiction top 10; and also in the Paperback Non-Fiction chart is the warm and wonderful David Attenbrough with his personal testimony on the climate change emergency, A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future at no. 9.

We can also see the usual effect of Christmas creeping closer; in the Children’s Top 10 we have both the Beano and the Dandy with their 2021 annuals, and across the board, sales figures are rising with the top thirteen titles now clocking over a thousand sales.

This week’s featured book was mentioned briefly last week, but Dr. Marie Cassidy’s memoir Beyond the Tape: The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist has had a cracking week, climbing to no. 2 in the Top 20. Here’s the blurb:

In 1997, Dr Marie Cassidy arrived in Dublin from Glasgow. There to discuss a possible deputy state pathologist post with Professor John Harbison, instead she was whisked by police escort to a Grangegorman murder scene. There was no turning back.

She became Ireland’s State Pathologist from 2004 until 2018, her image synonymous with breaking news of high-profile cases – a trusted figure in turbulent times.

Here, with the scalpel-like precision and calm authority of her trade, Marie shares her remarkable personal journey from working-class Scotland into the world of forensic pathology, describing in candid detail the intricate processes central to solving modern crime.

She recounts her work following the tragic deaths of Rachel O’Reilly, Siobhan Kearney, Robert Holohan, Tom O’Gorman and others – along with the Stardust exhumations and lesser known cases from her long career – outlining the subtle methods by which pathology and the justice system meet.

Beyond the Tape is a unique behind-the-scenes journey into the mysteries of unexplained and sudden death – by turns poignant, stark and deeply compelling.

And now this week’s charts, with the Top 20 followed by the Top 10 in each category.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 10th October 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp4,704
2Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp4,138
3Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp2,720
4Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Group2,571
5Light That Never Goes Out,AShanley, KeelinGill Group2,138
6Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Grp2,025
7Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness Publisher Group1,807
8Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp1,773
9This Is Me
Penguin Grp1,611
10Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,333
11Tell Me the Truth About LossFitzpatrick, NiamhGill Group1,143
12Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp1,042
13What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland Grp1,006
14After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp923
15Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp904
16Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp892
17SnowBanville, JohnFaber Grp846
18Neven Maguire’s Midweek MealsMaguire, NevenGill Group783
19Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp773
20Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Group766
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 10th October 2020
Mass Market Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair892
2Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 497
3Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 417
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers357
5RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador300
6Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion274
7Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press251
8To Kill A MockingbirdLee, HarperArrow Books229
9Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage Classics208
10Giver of Stars,TheMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 205
Original Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books4,704
2Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking1,773
3After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun923
4SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber846
5Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland773
6BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland737
7Kingdom,TheNesbo, JoHarvill Secker636
8Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertSphere563
9It’s That Time of YearMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland471
10V2Harris, RobertHutchinson467
Paperback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland4,138
2Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland2,720
3Tell Me the Truth About LossFitzpatrick, NiamhGill Books1,143
4Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books766
5Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2021McLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books731
6Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland597
7OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Ireland580
8Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays527
9Life on Our Planet,A:My Witness Statement and a Vision for the FutureAttenborough, DavidEbury Press480
10Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books429
Hardback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books2,571
2Light That Never Goes Out,AShanley, KeelinGill Books2,138
3Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,025
4Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records1,807
5This Is Me
Michael Joseph1,611
6Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,333
7What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland1,006
8Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co904
9Neven Maguire’s Midweek MealsMaguire, NevenGill Books783
10Homekeeper’s Diary 2021,TheBrennan, FrancisGill Books664
Childrens




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,042
2Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,681
3Is There Anybody Out There?O Briain, DaraScholastic572
4Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books553
5World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins511
6Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin465
7Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo Book 5),TheRiordan, RickPuffin438
8Dandy Annual,The:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,429
9Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press390
10Dead Zoo,TheDonnelly, PeterGill Books346
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