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Irish Bestsellers 14 December 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 21 December 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

It’s the final chart release before Christmas, and what a year for book sales! This is always a high point for sales, but it’s great to see the top three books all well over five thousand sales in a week, and nothing in the Top 20 is below a thousand sales.

Bucking the tradition of new releases just before Christmas not generally making it into the charts, the new Pinch of Nom book is at no. 8 in the Top 20: Pinch of Nom Everday Light has some delicious-looking recipes in, all low-calorie. Well worth checking out if you’re anticipating the need to retrench a little after all that seasonal indulgence!

This week’s featured book would make a special gift for any nostalgic older relatives, curious younger relatives, or general history buffs. Valerie Cox’s collection of stories, Growing Up With Ireland, is at no. 10 in the Paperback Non-Fiction, only narrowly missing out on that Top 20 spot. Here’s the blurb:

‘An incredible portal to our past’ The Sunday Times

On 7 January 1922, Ireland became a free state. Born into that era of turbulence and hope were the twenty-six women and men whose stories and memories of a lifetime are captured by cherished Irish journalist Valerie Cox.

From recollections of the big snow of 1932, to Éamon de Valera speaking to crowds in a rural town square, to the dawning of electricity, these evocative pieces reflect both a simpler time and a tougher one, where childhood was short and the world of work beckoned from an early age.

In living memory are tales of ‘rambling houses’ – where each night neighbours would walk over the fields to sit around the fire, drink tea and tell stories – raising a family in an earlier era, the scourge of TB, hiding out in Santry Woods when the Black and Tans raided, and pride in a father who was interned in Frongach after the
Easter Rising. Also explored are thoughts on the good and bad of how life has transformed over a century.

Growing Up With Ireland is a compelling portrait of an Ireland in some ways warmly familiar, and in others changed beyond recognition, from those who were there at the beginning.

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 14th December 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 5,857
2 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Grp 5,793
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 5,407
4 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness Publisher Group 4,402
5 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Group 2,866
6 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic Ltd. Grp 2,537
7 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 2,258
8 Pinch of Nom Everyday Light Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Pan Macmillan Grp 2,239
9 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 2,055
10 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Kay, Adam Pan Macmillan Grp 2,043
11 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24) Child, Lee Transworld Grp 1,995
12 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Group 1,899
13 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Grp 1,728
14 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland Grp 1,675
15 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 1,670
16 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Group 1,669
17 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Group 1,652
18 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Group 1,627
19 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Random House Grp 1,438
20 Dear Johnnies McMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, Johnny Gill Group 1,418

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 14th December 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 1,338
2 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 883
3 Hunting Party,The Foley, Lucy HarperCollins Publishers 870
4 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 858
5 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 845
6 Christmas Party,The Swan, Karen Pan Books 815
7 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 728
8 Olive Kitteridge Strout, Elizabeth Simon & Schuster Ltd 645
9 When All is Said Griffin, Anne Sceptre 506
10 Librarian of Auschwitz,The Iturbe, Antonio Ebury Press 494
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 2,866
2 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 2,258
3 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 2,055
4 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24) Child, Lee Bantam Press 1,995
5 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 1,728
6 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Books 1,652
7 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 1,414
8 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 961
9 Night Fire,The Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 914
10 Guardians,The Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton 866
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 1,675
2 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 1,627
3 It Has to be Said D’Arcy, Brian Sliabh Ban Productions 1,415
4 Murder of Mr Moonlight,The Fegan, Catherine Penguin Ireland 1,123
5 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 1,113
6 Great GAA Rivalries Scally, John Black & White Publishing 1,110
7 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 1,096
8 Ordnance Survey Ireland Puzzle Book,The Ireland, Ordnance Survey Hachette Books Ireland 1,093
9 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Books 1,082
10 Growing Up with Ireland Cox, Valerie Hachette Books Ireland 939
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 5,793
2 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness World Records 4,402
3 Pinch of Nom Everyday Light Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Bluebird 2,239
4 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Kay, Adam Picador 2,043
5 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 1,669
6 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Ebury Press 1,438
7 Dear Johnnies McMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, Johnny Gill Books 1,418
8 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 1,354
9 Donal’s Super Food in Minutes Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton 1,335
10 Veg Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 1,236
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 5,857
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 5,407
3 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 2,537
4 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Books 1,899
5 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,670
6 Beano Annual:2020 D.C. Thomson & Co., 1,327
7 Dinky Donkey (PB),The Smith, Craig Scholastic 1,129
8 Gordon’s Game Howard, Paul & D’Arcy, Gordon Penguin Ireland 1,015
9 How Will Santa Find Us O’Brien, Shane & Rogers, Stephen Gill Books 885
10 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 859
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