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Irish Bestsellers 14th May 2022

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belladonna maze

Welcome back to another week in the charts, and we have a new no. 1! Knocking both the phenomenal Heartstopper series (Alice Oseman) and David Walliams’ The World’s Worst Pets off the top spot is a brand new book from Louise O’Neill, Idol. We also have a new entry from Jo Spain, with The Last To Disappear hitting the charts at no. 11 and no. 5 in Original Fiction. Over in the Top 10 charts, we have a few new entries that didn’t quite hit the Top 20 this week but perhaps they’ll climb their way up: Mass Market Fiction sees the arrival of Book Lovers by Emily Henry and the paperback release of Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice; slipping into the Paperback Non-Fiction Top 10 is Yeah, But Where Are You Really From? A Story of Overcoming the Odds by Marguerite Penrose; and finally in Hardback Non-Fiction we have Dainty Dress Diaries by Catherine Carton at no. 4 and Joyrider: How Gratitude Can Help You Get the Life You Really Want by Angela Scanlon at no. 2, just losing out to the long-term favourite The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.

This week’s featured book is yet another brand new arrival (we really are spoiled this week!). Sinead Crowley returns to the charts with her new novel The Belladonna Maze which has gone into the Original Fiction Top 10 at no. 8, and we expect further success to come! Here’s the blurb:

From bestselling crime novelist and renowned Irish TV journalist Sinéad Crowley, gripping dual timelines entwine in this heart-stopping story of old secrets and forbidden passion. 

An old house can hold many secrets. Hollowpark in the west of Ireland certainly does. At the heart of the gardens is an intricate maze, named after a deadly poison, Belladonna. If you know the way through, it’s magical, a hiding place and playground like no other. If you don’t, it’s a place of fear and sinister riddles, where a young girl once went missing and was never seen again.

Grace comes to Hollowpark as a nanny for young Skye FitzMahon. Soon the mysterious past of Hollowpark has seduced her. Who is the woman she sometimes glimpses in an upstairs window? Or the apparition who keeps showing up unexpectedly, pleading, ‘Find me’. And how can she fight her growing attraction to Skye’s father?

Praise for Sinéad Crowley: 
The Belladonna Maze is spine tinglingly magnificent! Hugely atmospheric and completely engrossing it pulls you in and holds you captive until the very last word. Utterly unputdownable!’ Steph Broadribb 
‘Beautifully written, and deftly plotted… So compelling that the pages almost turned themselves. A terrific novel’ Liz Nugent 
‘Compelling, clever and deeply romantic, the plot has more twists and turns than the maze itself… A welcome return to fiction by one of Ireland’s most accomplished crime writers… A joy to read’ Jane Casey 
‘Prepare to lose yourself in The Belladonna Maze, a sweeping saga that embraces mystery, history and romance. If you’re still missing Maeve Binchy, this one’s for you’ Erin Kelly 
‘Atmospheric, creepy, utterly engrossing and as twisty-turny as the maze itself’ Tammy Cohen

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 14th May 2022
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1IdolO’Neill, LouiseTransworld Grp1,673
2Heartstopper Volume OneOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp1,323
3World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp1,189
4Heartstopper Volume ThreeOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp851
5What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp845
6Heartstopper Volume TwoOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp780
7Heartstopper Volume FourOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp669
8It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp627
9Ruth & PenPine, EmiliePenguin Grp613
10Again, RachelKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp574
11Last to Disappear,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp553
12Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp553
13Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp547
14Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp522
15PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Group511
16Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber Grp467
17Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island Grp447
18Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp437
19Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp403
20Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp389
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 14th May 2022
Mass Market Fiction
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd627
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd553
3Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc522
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber467
5Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair437
6Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd314
7Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books312
8VerityHoover, ColleenSphere304
9Book LoversHenry, EmilyPenguin Books Ltd 292
10Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 286
Original Fiction
1IdolO’Neill, LouiseBantam Press1,673
2What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review845
3Ruth & PenPine, EmilieHamish Hamilton613
4Again, RachelKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph574
5Last to Disappear,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc553
6Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers403
7Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieDoubleday376
8Belladonna Maze,TheCrowley, SinéadHead of Zeus283
9Dream Town:Aloysius Archer seriesBaldacci, DavidMacmillan237
10None of This Is SeriousPrasifka, CatherineCanongate Books234
Paperback Non Fiction
1PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Books511
2Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island447
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd372
4Freezing OrderBrowder, BillSimon & Schuster Ltd344
5What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut:The FLAT GUT Diet PlanRyan, Barbara & McGowan, ElaineSheldon Press325
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books290
7Bessborough:Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage.Finnerty, DeirdreHachette Books Ireland241
8Putin’s People:How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the WestBelton, CatherineWilliam Collins234
9Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays230
10Yeah, But Where Are You Really From?:A story of overcoming the oddsPenrose, MargueriteSandycove225
Hardback Non Fiction
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press389
2Joyrider:How gratitude can help you get the life you really wantScanlon, AngelaVermilion361
3ManifestNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph345
4Dainty Dress DiariesCarton, CatherineO’Brien Press Ltd298
5Stream of Everything,TheConnell, JohnGill Books207
6Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph168
7Lili’s Family FavouritesForberg, LiliO’Brien Press Ltd165
8Let’s Talk:About Relationships, Sex and IntimacySadlier, RichieGill Books113
9We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus106
10Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books90
1Heartstopper Volume OneOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books1,323
2World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,189
3Heartstopper Volume ThreeOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books851
4Heartstopper Volume TwoOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books780
5Heartstopper Volume Four:Oseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books669
6Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.547
7Nick and Charlie:A Heartstopper novellaOseman, AliceHarperCollins326
8SolitaireOseman, AliceHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks250
9Radio SilenceOseman, AliceHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks209
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)Kinney, JeffPuffin203
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