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Irish Bestsellers 13th February 2021

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There’s a little bit of changeover in the charts today; not at the top, where the number one spot is still securely held by Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, with nearly a thousand sales between this and no. 2: How to be Good With Money by Eoin McKee. Otherwise, though, we’ve got the new Mass Market edition of Grown Ups by the fabulous Marian Keyes; a new one from Linwood Barclay, Find You First; and Dark Blue: The Despair Behind the Glory – My Journey Back From The Edge by Shane Carthy at no. 11.

Elsewhere in the charts, we have a fair few blasts from the past. At no. 15, Atomic Habits by James Clear is perhaps inspiring us to keep going with those new year resolutions as we begin to look forward to spring; The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne is at no. 14, and is one of those books that just seems to keep popping up even after nearly four years; over in the Mass Market Top 10, romance fans are enjoying the second Bridgerton novel by Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is rumoured to be in line for adaptation following the huge success of its predecessor, The Duke and I (currently at no. 4 and no. 16 in the Top 20).

This week’s featured book is a new release from Una Mannion, A Crooked Tree, which has had rave reviews (and a fabulous, simply striking cover). Here’s the blurb:

My mother made a snap decision. 
How could we know it would change us forever?

‘Brimming with curiosity and wonder.’ Irish Times
‘Lushly atmospheric.’ Daily Mail
‘Thoroughly gripping.’ Lucy Caldwell
‘Brilliant.’ Sara Baume

Rage. That’s the feeling engulfing the car as Ellen’s mother swerves over to the hard-shoulder and orders her daughter out onto the roadside. Ignoring the protests of her other children, she accelerates away, leaving Ellen standing on the gravel verge in her school pinafore and knee socks as the light fades.

What would you do as you watch your little sister getting smaller in the rear view window? How far would you be willing to go to help her? The Gallagher children are going to find out. This moment is the beginning of a summer that will change everything.

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 13th February 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,943
2How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Group1,002
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp996
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp961
5Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp880
6Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHarperCollins Grp820
7Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KatePan Macmillan Grp724
8Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp707
9Burn After WritingJones, SharonOther Publisher Groups636
10Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp606
11Dark Blue:The Despair Behind the Glory – My Journey Back from the EdgeCarthy, ShaneO’Brien Press Grp589
12Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp585
13Girl ADean, AbigailHarperCollins Grp554
14Heart’s Invisible Furies,TheBoyne, JohnTransworld Grp534
15Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp524
16Bridgerton: The Duke and IQuinn, JuliaLittle, Brown Book Grp499
17Crooked Tree,AMannion, UnaFaber Grp483
18Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp479
19Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaLittle, Brown Book Grp468
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp460
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 13th February 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair996
2Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 853
3Heart’s Invisible Furies,TheBoyne, JohnBlack Swan534
4Bridgerton: The Duke and IQuinn, JuliaPiatkus Books499
5Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion479
6Thousand Moons,ABarry, SebastianFaber & Faber380
7Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers372
8Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 338
9Fair WarningConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion337
10Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved MeQuinn, JuliaPiatkus Books323
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking961
2Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHQ820
3Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books606
4Girl ADean, AbigailHarperCollins Publishers554
5Crooked Tree,AMannion, UnaFaber & Faber483
6Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere468
7Survivors,TheHarper, JaneLittle,Brown436
8Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan401
9Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group353
10Dark Room,TheBlake, SamCorvus314
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books1,002
2Burn After WritingJones, SharonTarcherperigee636
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd619
4Dark Blue:The Despair Behind the Glory – My Journey Back from the EdgeCarthy, ShaneO’Brien Press Ltd589
5Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books524
6Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland364
7Stardust BabyLawlor, LisaMirror Books359
8Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland247
9Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co243
10Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press228
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,943
2Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird724
3Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell429
4Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books404
5Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press397
6Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books362
7Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books331
8Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co320
9Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd257
10Naked:Ten Truths To Change Your LifeForan, CarolineHachette Books Ireland234
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins585
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin460
3Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.297
4Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.270
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin238
6Ickabog,TheRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young 233
7They Both Die at the EndSilvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo225
8Beast of Buckingham Palace,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins192
9We Were LiarsLockhart, E.Hot Key Books187
10Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic170
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