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Irish Bestsellers 12th October 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 19 October 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

This week, we have some great-looking books in the Original Fiction charts to look at. As well as the obvious top-of-the-charts stars mentioned last week—Heather Morris, with Cilka’s Journey, and Cecilia Ahern, with Postscript—we can also see Emer McLysaght and Sarah still going strong with their third Aisling outing, Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling at the top of the Original Fiction Top Ten. There are also international treats from Ann Patchett with The Dutch House and Jojo Moyes whose newest book The Giver of Stars looks set to be another endearing classic. Margaret Atwood is still, of course, in the charts following her joint Booker win with The Testaments and Emma Donoghue, whose debut Room has been followed by another hit in the shape of The Wonder and who will be hoping to replicate her success with her newest book, Akin. Amongst these amazing women writers, we’ve also got a new book from Jeffrey Archer, Nothing Ventured, which is at no. 5 in this chart and no. 13 in the Top 20.

This week’s featured book is a fascinating look through the career of a garda detective as he rose through the ranks and the key cases he worked on. The Making of a Detective: A Garda’s Story of Investigating Some of Ireland’s Most Notorious Crimes is currently at no. 5 in Paperback Non-Fiction as well as hitting the Top 20, a great achievement. Here’s a bit more information:

When he retired in 2018 Pat Marry had been instrumental in solving dozens of serious crimes, including many murders.

But as a newly qualified garda in 1985, Marry had no idea how to become a detective. He soon realised he would have to learn on the job – put himself forward and show that he had what it took.

Taking initiative, following up hunches (even far-fetched ones), obsessing about details, trying new investigative techniques, thinking laterally – these were essential. In addition, you had to be a bit of a psychologist.

The Making of a Detective follows Pat Marry’s path from rookie to Detective Inspector through the stories of key cases he worked on and investigations he led.

It includes high profile cases like Rachel Calally’s murder by her husband Joe O’Reilly. But there are also stories that have faded from public memory, such as the 1995 murder of Marilyn Rynn, which involved the first use of DNA evidence to solve a crime in Ireland. Or the 2001 murder of Mary Gough, a case solved mainly by scrutinizing her husband’s internet use – then a new investigative tool.

The Making of a Detective is a unique and gripping insight into the work of a dedicated garda operating at the very top of his profession.

‘An absolutely fascinating book … Really interesting stories and insights’ Sean O’Rourke, RTÉ Radio 1

And now the 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 October 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Group 1,877
2 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 1,643
3 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Grp 992
4 Chest Pain Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland Grp 726
5 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 707
6 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Group 700
7 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 676
8 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Grp 671
9 Overcoming Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland Grp 670
10 Village of Bernadette Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island Grp 663
11 Pippa Guide,The Ormond, Pippa O’Connor Penguin Grp 656
12 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Group 646
13 Nothing Ventured Archer, Jeffrey Pan Macmillan Grp 640
14 Veg Oliver, Jamie Penguin Grp 598
15 Giver of Stars,The Moyes, Jojo Penguin Grp 565
16 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 560
17 Making of a Detective,The Marry, Pat Penguin Grp 560
18 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Grp 552
19 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness Publisher Group 541
20 Secret Commonwealth, The Pullman, Philip Penguin Grp 535

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 12th October 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 676
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 500
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 492
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 487
5 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Vintage 439
6 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 428
7 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books Ltd 325
8 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder Paperback 287
9 Of Mice and Men# Steinbeck, John Penguin Books Ltd 266
10 Wych Elm,The French, Tana Penguin Books Ltd 250
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 1,877
2 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 1,643
3 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 992
4 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 707
5 Nothing Ventured Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 640
6 Giver of Stars,The Moyes, Jojo Michael Joseph 565
7 Testaments,The: Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 560
8 Akin Donoghue, Emma Picador 431
9 Dutch House,The Patchett, Ann Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 408
10 Three Little Truths Shortall, Eithne Corvus 387
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Chest Pain Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 726
2 Overcoming Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 670
3 Village of Bernadette Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 663
4 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Books 646
5 Making of a Detective,The Marry, Pat Penguin Ireland 560
6 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Books Ltd 552
7 Body,The Bryson, Bill Doubleday 495
8 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 460
9 Thatcher’s Spy Carlin, Willie Merrion Press 328
10 Growing Up with Ireland Cox, Valerie Hachette Books Ireland 289
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 700
2 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 671
3 Pippa Guide,The Ormond, Pippa O’Connor Penguin Ireland 656
4 Veg Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 598
5 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness World Records 541
6 As Time Goes By Taylor, Alice O’Brien Press Ltd 245
7 Body,The Bryson, Bill Doubleday 243
8 Friendship Fairies,The Kennedy, Lucy Gill Books 243
9 Personals,The O’Connell, Brian HarperCollins Publishers 240
10 Mrs. Cowan’s Boy Cowan, Rory Gill Books 234
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Secret Commonwealth,The Pullman, Philip Penguin and David Fickling Boo 535
2 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 519
3 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 483
4 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Books 422
5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:Illustrated Edition Rowling, J.K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 419
6 Secret Commonwealth,The Pullman, Philip Penguin and David Fickling Boo 303
7 Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.) Pichon, Liz Scholastic 303
8 Beano Annual:2020 D.C. Thomson & Co., 288
9 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 237
10 Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo Book 4),The Riordan, Rick Puffin 232
# Combined Editions