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Irish Bestsellers 12th November 2022

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It’s another week in the charts, another week closer to Christmas, and the Children’s Top 10 in particular is reflecting this with now four annuals for 2023: The Beano and Liverpool FC of course have been regulars for a couple of weeks, and they’re now joined by their respective rivals, The Dandy (at no. 9) and Manchester United (at no. 10). Tension!

Elsewhere in the charts Children’s continues to do well with the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde at no. 1 in the Top 20 and Space Boy by David Walliams at no. 8.

The Top 20 sales aren’t yet at their usual November high but it’s great to see book sales topping two thousand. This week’s featured book is at no. 3: Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story – Bono’s autobiography. Here’s the blurb:

‘A brilliant, very funny, very revealing autobiography-through-music. Maybe the best book ever written about being a rockstar’ CAITLIN MORAN
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Bono  artist, activist and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2  has written his autobiography: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.

‘When I started to write this book I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. The people, places, and possibilities in my life. Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. Growing up in Ireland in the seventies with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress … With a fair amount of fun along the way.’  Bono

As one of the music world’s most iconic artists and the cofounder of organizations ONE and (RED), Bono’s career has been written about extensively. But in Surrender, Bono’s autobiography, he picks up the pen, writing for the first time about his remarkable life and those he has shared it with. In his unique voice, Bono takes us from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was 14, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands, to his more than 20 years of activism dedicated to the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty. Writing with candour, self-reflection, and humour, Bono opens the aperture on his life – and the family, friends and faith that have sustained, challenged and shaped him.

Surrender’s subtitle, “40 Songs, One Story,” is a nod to the book’s 40 chapters, which are each named after a U2 song. Bono has also created 40 original drawings for Surrender which will appear throughout the book.

And here are 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 12th November 2022
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp2,434
2It Starts with UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp2,056
3Surrender:Bono Autobiography: 40 Songs, One StoryRandom House Grp2,037
4It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp1,557
5Forever HomeNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp1,473
6Guinness World Records 2023Records, Guinness WorldGuinness Publisher Group1,405
7No Plan BChild, Lee & Child, AndrewTransworld Grp1,082
8SPACEBOYWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp932
9Irish Folklore Treasury,An:A selection of old stories, ways and wisdomCreedon, JohnGill Group818
10Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible ThingPerry, MatthewHeadline Grp807
11All on the Line:A memoir of hurling and commitmentMaher, PadraicHachette Books Ireland Grp751
12All the Things Left Unsaid:Confessions of Love and RegretHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland Grp697
13Listen to the Land SpeakMagan, ManchánGill Group677
14Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp666
15Desert StarConnelly, MichaelOrion Grp646
16KellieHarrington, Kellie & Doyle, RoddyPenguin Grp614
17Beano Annual 2023D.C. Thomson Grp585
18Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp577
19Mary Lou McDonald:A Republican RiddleRoss, ShaneAtlantic Books Grp549
20Bullet That Missed,The:(The Thursday Murder Club 3)Osman, RichardPenguin Grp534
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 12th November 2022
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd1,557
2Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber666
3Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd577
4VerityHoover, ColleenSphere521
5Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 433
6November 9Hoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd371
7Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd355
8Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair315
9FosterKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber275
10Thursday Murder Club,The:(The Thursday Murder Club 1)Osman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 225
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Starts with UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd2,056
2Forever HomeNorton, GrahamCoronet Books1,473
3No Plan BChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press1,082
4Desert StarConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion646
5Bullet That Missed,The:(The Thursday Murder Club 3)Osman, RichardViking534
6All The Broken PlacesBoyne, JohnDoubleday530
7Once Upon a Time in . . . DonnybrookO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove410
8Next in LineArcher, JeffreyHarperCollins Publishers367
9Queen of Dirt Island,TheRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland348
10Sh!te Before Christmas,TheTerry, SerenaHarperCollins Publishers339
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible ThingPerry, MatthewHeadline Book Publishing807
2All on the Line:A memoir of hurling and commitmentMaher, PadraicHachette Books Ireland751
3All the Things Left Unsaid:Confessions of Love and RegretHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland697
4Mary Lou McDonald:A Republican RiddleRoss, ShaneAtlantic Books549
5Beyond Supervet: How Animals Make Us The Best We Can BeFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze441
6Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2023Veritas Publications389
7Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books332
8Myth of Normal,The:Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic CultureMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion304
9Madness,The:A Memoir of War, Fear and PtsdKeane, FergalWilliam Collins266
10Irish Get Up & Go Diary 2023,TheForrestal, EileenGet Up and Go Publications263
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Surrender:Bono Autobiography: 40 Songs, One StoryHutchinson Heinemann2,037
2Guinness World Records 2023Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records1,405
3Irish Folklore Treasury,An:A selection of old stories, ways and wisdomCreedon, JohnGill Books818
4Listen to the Land SpeakMagan, ManchánGill Books677
5KellieHarrington, Kellie & Doyle, RoddySandycove614
6Time and TideBird, Charlie & Burke, RayHarperCollinsIreland528
7Irish Civil War in Colour,TheBarry, Michael B. & O’Byrne, JohnGill Books379
8Every Day is a Fresh Beginning:Meaningful Poems for LifeGarrihy, AoibhínBonnier Books371
9Never Better:My Life in Our TimesGorman, TommieAtlantic Books358
10Eat Up – The Next LevelDavey, DanielGill Books340
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin2,434
2SPACEBOYWalliams, DavidHarperCollins932
3Beano Annual 2023D.C. Thomson & Co.,585
4Official Liverpool FC Annual,The:2023Grange Communications518
5What Make us Human:A Scientist’s Guide to our Amazing ExistenceO’Neill, LukeGill Books486
6Day I Got Trapped In My Brain,TheHuberman, AmyScholastic486
7Great Irish History Book,TheDungan, MylesGill Books448
8Bunny vs Monkey: Machine MayhemSmart, JamieDavid Fickling Books371
9Dandy Annual 2023,The,D.C. Thomson & Co.,361
10Official Manchester United Annual,The:2023Grange Communications349
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