Irish Bestsellers 11th May 2024 | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists
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This week we’re celebrating the fabulous Marian Keyes once more as her latest book, My Favourite Mistake, soars to the top of the charts.

Elsewhere, the Hardback Non-Fiction chart looks interesting. There is a definite push towards healthy summer eating, with Dublin restaurateur Theo Kirwan’s book Sprout & Co Saladology coming in at a very healthy no. 2 and no. 6 in the overall Top 20. From the sublime to the ridiculous, though, with A Compendium of Irish Pints: The Culture, Customs and Craic by Ali Dunworth at no. 9!

But back to our featured book: here’s the blurb for My Favourite Mistake:


‘Keyes is a powerhouse’ The Sunday Times

‘What heaven . . . wish it could go on forever’ Nigella Lawson

‘Unbelievable . . . so much talent’ Chris Evans

Anna has just lost her taste for the Big Apple…

She has a life to envy. An apartment in New York. A well-meaning (too well-meaning?) partner. And a high-flying job in beauty PR. Who wouldn’t want all that?
Anna, it turns out.

Trading a minor midlife crisis for a major life event, she switches the skyscrapers of Manhattan for the tiny Irish town of Maumtully (population 1,217), helping old friends Brigit and Colm set up a luxury coastal retreat.

Tougher than it sounds. Newflash: the locals hate the idea. So much so, there have been threats – and violence.

Anna, however, worked in the beauty industry. There’s no ugliness she hasn’t seen. No wrinkle she can’t smooth over.

There’s just one fly in the ointment – old flame Joey Armstrong.

He’s going to be her wingman.
Never mind their chequered history. Never mind what might have been.

Because no matter how far you go, your mistakes will still be waiting for you . . .

‘Much to love . . . eye-wateringly comical ‘Observer

‘Warmhearted and deftly plotted page-turner. A celebration of kindness: that of family and friends’ Sunday Telegraph

‘You are all in for a treat. My Favourite Mistake is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking, with a very satisfying mystery at the heart of it too’ Elly Griffiths

‘Explodes with joyful humanity on every page’ Sara Pascoe

‘A great, big mystery romance that will make you laugh on every page. A marvel’ Catherine Newman

‘We love Marian for her humour, relatable style and wisdom – all of which are present here. A big-hearted read full of big feelings’ Woman & Home

‘Furiously funny and stealthily profound. There’s so much depth, but reading it made me feel happier and lighter than I have in ages – it’s sexy, smart, wise, touching and fun’ Daisy Buchanan

‘A great read from this much-loved author’ Prima

Praise for Marian Keyes

‘Delightfully funny’ Daily Telegraph

‘Funny, tender, completely absorbing!’ Graham Norton

‘An entertaining, growingly poignant contemporary tale’ Sunday Times

‘Funny, heartbreaking, achingly real’ Jane Fallon

‘Beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking and always wise – a proper treat’ Daily Mail

Readers are loving My Favourite Mistake

‘This book is hilarious, relatable, sexy and moving by turn and I inhaled it within a day. Fabulous’ ***** Reader Review

‘I was absolutely overjoyed to be able to read and review this book and I left abandoned housework, children and much more behind as I indulged myself with this book. I literally did not want to put it down at all’ ***** Reader Review

‘OMG it’s good to have these lovely characters back!’ ***** Reader Review

‘The most magical of storytellers has done it again, the world would be a far sadder place without Marian Keyes’ ***** Reader Review

‘it was engaging, funny, sad and everything in between with that wonderful familiarity certain book characters just have – brilliant’ ***** Reader Review

Marian Keyes, Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, April 2024 (UK)
Marian Keyes, Number 1 bestseller, Republic of Ireland and Number 1 bestseller, South Africa [Nielsen Bookscan, April 2024]

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 11 May 2024

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp1,137
2Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp1,097
3So Good:Food you want to eat, designed by a nutritionistEnglish, EmilyOrion Grp1,070
4The Instruments of DarknessConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp1,011
5Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp911
6Sprout & Co Saladology:Fresh Ideas for Delicious SaladsKirwan, TheoOctopus Publishing Grp863
7Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp854
8Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Grp825
9Reality CheckNotaro, VickiPenguin Grp750
10Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books Grp658
11Washing Windows IV:Irish Women Write Poetry
Other Publisher Groups575
12You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Grp557
13EarthBoyne, JohnTransworld Grp530
14Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications Grp529
15Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp528
16PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Grp495
17No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaTransworld Grp403
18Funny StoryHenry, EmilyPenguin Grp401
19Stranger in the Family,ACasey, JaneHarperCollins Grp399
20Lighthouse Secret,TheHarrington, CarmelHarperCollins Grp374
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 11 May 2024
Mass Market Fiction

1Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Books Ltd 825
2Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications529
3Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber528
4No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaPenguin (Transworld)403
5Strange Sally DiamondNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 306
6Last Devil To Die,The:The Thursday Murder Club 4Osman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 300
7King of SlothHuang, AnaPiatkus Books296
8That They May Face the Rising SunMcGahern, JohnFaber and Faber275
9Covenant of Water,TheVerghese, AbrahamGrove Press265
10Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 264
Original Fiction

1My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph1,137
2Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc1,097
3The Instruments of DarknessConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton1,011
4Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review911
5Reality CheckNotaro, VickiSandycove750
6You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Ltd557
7EarthBoyne, JohnDoubleday530
8Funny StoryHenry, EmilyViking401
9Stranger in the Family,ACasey, JaneHemlock Press399
10Lighthouse Secret,TheHarrington, CarmelHarperCollins374
Paperback Non Fiction

1Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books658
2Washing Windows IV:Irish Women Write Poetry
Arlen House575
3PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Books Ltd 495
4Myth of Normal,TheMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion292
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books220
5From Tip to Top:The journey of a lifetime from Chile to AlaskaMurtagh, PeterGill Books214
7Upgrade Your Brain:Unlock Your Life’s Full PotentialHolford, PatrickThorsons181
8MadhouseGallagher, PJPenguin Books Ltd 130
9Spike Island:The Rebels, Residents & Crafty Criminals of Ireland’s Historic IslandCrotty, JohnMerrion Press128
10Trading Game,The:A ConfessionStevenson, GaryAllen Lane121
Hardback Non Fiction

1So Good:Food you want to eat, designed by a nutritionistEnglish, EmilySeven Dials1,070
2Sprout & Co Saladology:Fresh Ideas for Delicious SaladsKirwan, TheoMitchell Beazley863
3Heart:An Owner’s GuideBarrett, Dr PaddyDK271
4Heart & HomeCarton, CatherineO’Brien Press Ltd174
5Twelve Sheep:Life lessons from a lambing seasonConnell, JohnAtlantic Books174
6Great Irish Bucket List,The
Gill Books165
7Hike Life,The:My 50 Favourite Hikes in IrelandPurcell, RozannaBlack & White Publishing157
8Bored of Lunch Healthy Air Fryer: 30 Minute MealsAnthony, NathanEbury Press128
9Compendium of Irish Pints,A:The Culture, Customs and CraicDunworth, AliNine Bean Rows Books103
10Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press98

1Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.854
2Looshkin: Honk If You See It!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books367
3Reappearance of Rachel Price,TheJackson, HollyElectric Monkey243
4Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day ShamblesForde, LeonaGill Books227
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer (Book 18)Kinney, JeffPuffin208
6Bunny vs Monkey: Bunny Bonanza!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books202
7Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea Pilkey, DavScholastic196
8Agents of S.U.I.T.: From Badger to WorseGreen, John Patrick & Hastings, ChristopMacmillan Children’s Books181
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin161
10PowerlessRoberts, LaurenSimon & Schuster Ltd154

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