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Irish Bestsellers 15th August 2020

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The biggest news in the charts this week is, of course, the return of the Twilight series with Stephanie Meyer’s new book, Midnight Sun. Predictably, this big hitter has gone straight to the top of the Top 20 as well as the Children’s Top 10, and has another edition in no. 17 of the Top 20 and no. 5 of the Children’s bestsellers, with over 2000 sales between the two editions. This also gives the Children’s bestseller list a little more variety than usual; besides Meyer, we also have the latest Murder Most Unladylike book from Robin Stevens at no. 3, and only two David Walliams books in there!

The end of July has seen a substantial number of new releases following lockdown caution, and new titles are appearing across the board in all of the Category charts. Notable stars include John Boyne with A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, Jojo Moyes with The Bringer of Stars, and Shari Lapena’s The End of Her.

The most exciting book news for us here at writing.ie, though, is the stellar performances of not one but two of our favourite authors who have been with us since the beginning! Catherine Ryan Howard’s latest book, The Nothing Man, has gone straight to no. 1 in Original Fiction; and our featured book this week is Hazel Gaynor’s The Bird in the Bamboo Cage which has received amazing reviews. Here’s the blurb:

War imprisoned them. Friendship set them free.

‘Moving and authentic’ Dinah Jefferies
‘Vivid, heart-rending and so, so beautiful ’ Jenny Ashcroft
‘Deeply moving. Be prepared — have handkerchiefs on standby at the end’ Antonia Senior, The Times

‘Beautiful … warm, loveable characters who had me rooting for them all the way’ Tracy Rees
‘An absolute treat’ Liz Nugent

China, 1941. With Japan’s declaration of war on the Allies, Elspeth Kent’s future changes forever. When soldiers take control of the missionary school where she teaches, comfortable security is replaced by rationing, uncertainty and fear.

Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School. Now the enemy, separated indefinitely from anxious parents, the children must turn to their teachers – to Miss Kent and her new Girl Guide patrol especially – for help. But worse is to come when the pupils and teachers are sent to a distant internment camp. Unimaginable hardship, impossible choices and danger lie ahead.

Inspired by true events, this is the unforgettable story of the life-changing bonds formed between a young girl and her teacher, in a remote corner of a terrible war.

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 15th August 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieLittle, Brown Book Grp1,623
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,439
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPenguin Grp1,389
4Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,152
5Nothing Man,TheHoward, Catherine RyanAtlantic Books Grp1,047
6Death Sets SailStevens, RobinPenguin Grp793
7World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp750
8Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHarperCollins Grp689
9American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp680
10Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp609
11Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Grp586
12Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPan Macmillan Grp525
13Women Who Ran Away,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp522
14Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHarperCollins Grp506
15Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for EveryoneFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Grp468
16Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber Grp459
17Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieLittle, Brown Book Grp444
18Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber Grp443
19Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp419
20After the FireSpain, JoQuercus Grp396
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 15th August 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,152
2Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 609
3Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber459
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber443
5Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion419
6Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press361
7Giver of Stars,TheMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 272
8Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group255
9This Is HappinessWilliams, NiallBloomsbury Publishing PLC239
10Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers205
Original Fiction

1Nothing Man,TheHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus1,047
2American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press680
3Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador525
4Women Who Ran Away,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review522
5After the FireSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc396
6ApeirogonMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC386
7Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers352
8Bird in the Bamboo Cage,TheGaynor, HazelHarperCollins Publishers345
9End of Her,TheLapena, ShariBantam Press334
10Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom,ABoyne, JohnDoubleday330
Paperback Non Fiction

1Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHQ689
2Jump:One Girl’s Search for MeaningMoyles, DaniellaGill Books318
3Body,The:A Guide for OccupantsBryson, BillBlack Swan254
4Power of Now,The:(20th Anniversary Edition)Tolle, EckhartHodder Paperback241
5Fast 800,TheMosley, Dr MichaelShort Books239
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books235
7Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd234
8Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays204
9Russian Affair,TheWalsh, DavidSimon & Schuster Ltd198
10Three WomenTaddeo, LisaBloomsbury Publishing PLC192
Hardback Non Fiction

1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,439
2Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd586
3Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHQ506
4Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for EveryoneFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland468
5Bee’s Knees,The:Ireland’s Love of Bees from the Celts to ConnemaraMorrissey, JamesCurrach Press260
6What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan241
7Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell232
8Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books199
9Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd168
10What Mummy MakesWilson, RebeccaDK127

1Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM1,623
2Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin1,389
3Death Sets Sail:A Murder Most Unladylike MysteryStevens, RobinPuffin793
4World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins750
5Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM444
6SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins350
7Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesCollins, SuzanneScholastic253
8Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid:Rowley Jefferson’s JournalKinney, JeffPuffin253
9For Whom the Ball Rolls:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic238
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin179
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