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Irish Bestsellers 15th December 2018.

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 22 December 2018 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Well, that’s almost it for another year – we’re almost at the end of 2018 so this is your last chance to rush out and buy Christmas books for everyone on your list! David Walliams has done particularly well out of the season of giving, with The Ice Monster giving him almost 10,000 combined sales this week alone.

The Top 20 has pretty much something for everyone this week. Children’s books are obviously a big highlight with Walliams, the Wimpy Kid, and The Wonky Donkey all doing very well; fiction sees hits such as Man Booker winner Anna Burns still in the top 5 with Milkman and the unsinkable Heather Morris maintaining her constant presence in 2018’s Top 20 with The Tattooist of Auschwitz. We have some comedy in there from Ross O’Carroll-Kelly with Dancing with the Tsars making a return to the Top 20, and the annual Waterford Whispers News is in at no. 12.

There’s only one recent release to be spotted, though – our old favourite, Joe Wicks. Back with another healthy eating book right before all of the selection boxes are even unwrapped, he’s gone straight into no. 9 of the Paperback Non-Fiction chart with Veggie Lean in 15 but it’s a sure bet he’ll shoot up as the New Year kicks in.

This week’s featured book has been out a couple of months but has done very well in the charts; currently at no. 9 in the Top 20 with nearly three thousand sales, it’s the story of hurling star Davy Fitzgerald in his autobiography At All Costs. Here’s more information:

Davy Fitzgerald is one of hurling’s defining personalities. A two-time All-Ireland winner as a player and once as a manager, he has spent the past decade consolidating a reputation as one of the most innovative and dynamic coaches in the game, first with Waterford, then with his native Clare and, most recently, with Wexford.

For Davy, however, exacting in his standards and possessed of an unshakeable will to succeed, victory has always come at a cost. His playing and managerial honours, though formidable, are matched by a roll call of public controversies and private challenges every bit as lengthy and varied.

In this, a raw and forthright account of his time in management, Fitzgerald returns to the moments that have defined his career to date – the tactics and gambles, the breakthroughs and regrets, the friendships and fallings out – all the while measuring his judgement and the toll his single-minded pursuit of excellence has taken on his health and those closest to him.

Packed with insights and anecdotes from his time on the sidelines, At All Costs is a riveting account of a career spent walking the fine line that separates commitment from obsession, and a must read for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to compete – and succeed – at the highest level.

And now onto 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 15th December 2018
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 8,095
2 Becoming Obama, Michelle Penguin Grp 6,843
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 4,900
4 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber Grp 4,244
5 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 4,170
6 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 3,981
7 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness Publisher Group 3,823
8 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 3,515
9 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Group 2,878
10 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 2,601
11 Past Tense Child, Lee Transworld Grp 2,470
12 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Group 2,160
13 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Group 2,095
14 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic Ltd. Grp 2,092
15 Time to Talk Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Group 1,961
16 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 1,927
17 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Group 1,821
18 Roar Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Grp 1,634
19 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 1,629
20 Thanks, Penneys Loftus, Valerie Mercier Press Grp 1,596

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 15th December 2018
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 4,244
2 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,981
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 2,601
4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 1,505
5 Mythos Fry, Stephen Penguin Books Ltd 952
6 Skin Deep Nugent, Liz Penguin Books Ltd 865
7 One Day in December Silver, Josie Penguin Books Ltd 737
8 Thirteen Cavanagh, Steve Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 607
9 Conversations with Friends Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 490
10 Uncommon Type Hanks, Tom Arrow Books 484
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 4,170
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 3,515
3 Past Tense Child, Lee Bantam Press 2,470
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,927
5 Roar Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 1,634
6 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 1,629
7 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1,023
8 Heads You Win Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 888
9 Dark Sacred Night Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 865
10 Heroes Fry, Stephen Michael Joseph 835
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 2,160
2 Listening to the Animals Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 1,436
3 Little Flower – St Therese of Lisieux,The Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 1,200
4 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 1,154
5 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 1,140
6 Heroic Failure:Brexit and the Politics of Pain O’Toole, Fintan Head of Zeus 1,053
7 Tiger Woods Benedict, Jeff & Keteyian, Armen Simon & Schuster Ltd 1,052
8 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 1,052
9 Veggie Lean in 15 Wicks, Joe Bluebird 947
10 100 Great GAA Moments Scally, John Black & White Publishing 778
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 6,843
2 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 3,823
3 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 2,878
4 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 2,095
5 Time to Talk Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 1,961
6 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 1,821
7 Thanks, Penneys Loftus, Valerie The Mercier Press Ltd 1,596
8 Brief Answers to the Big Questions Hawking, Stephen John Murray Publishers, Ltd. 1,393
9 Skin Nerd,The Rock, Jennifer Hachette Books Ireland 1,385
10 Donal’s Meals in Minutes Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1,346
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 8,095
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 4,900
3 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 2,092
4 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,523
5 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Books Ltd 1,482
6 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic 1,376
7 Blazing a Trail:Irish Women Who Changed the World Webb, Sarah O’Brien Press Ltd 1,128
8 Great Irish Weather Book,The Donnelly, Joanna Gill Books 1,060
9 Beano Annual 2019:2019 D.C. Thomson & Co., 973
10 Accidental Adventures of Onion O’Brien,The:The Great Ape Escape Byrne, Jason Gill Books 938
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