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Irish Bestsellers 12th September 2020

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ghost in the throat

Welcome back to this week’s charts, where we’re still seeing the shake-up effect of last week’s slew of new releases. It’s a good sign for book sales, too, with over half of the Top 20 scoring over a thousand sales in a week. Hopefully that will continue to increase as we begin Christmas-shopping – assuming Christmas isn’t cancelled this year!

Top of this week’s charts is the beautiful The Gift by Auschwitz survivor Dr Edith Eger. Her lessons on how to face suffering will hopefully help a good few people in these turbulent times. On a lighter note, there’s also success for Richard Osman, as The Thursday Murder Club is not only at no. 5 in the Top 20, but has two entries in the Original Fiction Top 10, at nos. 3 and 7; this looks set to be a highly popular new series, so we’d recommend everyone gets ahead now!

The Children’s chart is probably the most shaken-up it’s been in a long time; presumably an after-effect of returning to school, we have ten different authors, which is highly unusual even at World Book Day time, including a few classics such as The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, and the Once series by Morris Gleitzman: Once/Now/Then/After. A newer book of note here is Jacqui Hurley’s Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen, which is a good candidate for any small bookworm’s Christmas list!

This week’s featured book is the prose debut of bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat. This beautiful book is at no. 5 in Paperback Non-Fiction and no. 18 in the Top 20. Here’s the blurb:

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi, Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, as ‘the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.’ In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with its parallels with her own life, and sets out to track down the rest of the story. A Ghost in the Throat is a devastating and timeless tale about one woman freeing her voice by reaching into the past and finding another’s.

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 12th September 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp2,311
2BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Grp2,102
3Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp2,067
4After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp1,837
5Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp1,772
6Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,679
7Hill,TheBrogan, BernardOther Publisher Groups1,249
8Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Group1,240
9Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp1,203
10Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books Grp1,135
11Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Grp1,132
12Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber Grp1,098
13Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp996
14Guarded Life,AMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland Grp734
15Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp707
167 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamiePenguin Grp627
17Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonRandom House Grp551
18Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannOther Publisher Groups528
19Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyRandom House Grp515
20Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Grp500
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 12th September 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 1,132
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair996
3Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 447
4Triail,AnGhrada, Mairead NiAn Gum410
5RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador404
6Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage404
7To Kill A MockingbirdLee, HarperArrow Books365
8Never Let Me GoIshiguro, KazuoFaber and Faber302
9Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion280
10Spinning Heart,TheRyan, DonalBlack Swan272
Original Fiction

1BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,102
2After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,837
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking1,772
4Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,203
5Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton707
6Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyCentury515
7Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking413
8American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press392
9HamnetO’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press317
10Women Who Ran Away,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review316
Paperback Non Fiction

1Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books1,135
2Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays1,098
3Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland734
4Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonVermilion551
5Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press528
6Choice,TheEger, EdithRider & Co376
7More Than a WomanMoran, CaitlinEbury Press334
8Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books293
9Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd262
10Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHQ243
Hardback Non Fiction

1Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co2,311
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,679
3Hill,TheBrogan, BernardReach Sport1,249
4Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books1,240
57 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamieMichael Joseph627
6Ottolenghi FLAVOUROttolenghi, Yotam & Belfrage, IxtaEbury Press413
7Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd403
8Think Like a MonkShetty, JayThorsons400
9Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell334
10Diary of a Young NaturalistMcAnulty, DaraLittle Toller Books305

1Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.2,067
2Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 500
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin494
4Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press474
5Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM468
6World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins373
7Stone ColdSwindells, RobertPenguin Books Ltd 289
8Once:Once/Now/Then/AfterGleitzman, MorrisPuffin279
9Friendship Fairies Go to School,TheKennedy, LucyGill Books272
10TrashMulligan, AndyDefinitions268
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