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Irish Bestsellers 15th February 2020

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 22 February 2020 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

This week’s charts see Marian Keyes continue her reign at the top with Grown-Ups, and we’re starting to see more and more new releases making their way into the Top 20, with eight of this week’s Top 20 being 2020 releases. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris) is still making an appearance, though, almost two years since its release, still the most popular of the recent raft of books based on personal stories from Auschwitz. It’s also a great week for kids’ books, with the Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney) and Dog Man (Dave Pilkey) making appearances in the Top 20, along with David Walliams with The Beast of Buckingham Palace; Pilkey is also dominating the Children’s Top 10, with more places than any other author.

Our featured book this week is the newest kid on the block, having only just been released two days before these charts were compiled. Anne Enright’s newest book, Actress, has gone straight to no. 6 in the Top 20 and no. 4 in Original Fiction (a great sign for fiction, that). Here’s the blurb:

From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter’s search to understand her mother’s hidden truths.

This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O’Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London’s West End. Katherine’s life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine’s past, or the world’s damage. As Norah uncovers her mother’s secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

Actress is about a daughter’s search for the truth: the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

**A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2020**

And now on to 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 February 2020
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Grown Ups Keyes, Marian Penguin Grp 2,818
2 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Little, Brown Book Grp 946
3 Hungry Road,The Conlon-McKenna, Marita Transworld Grp 840
4 American Dirt Cummins, Jeanine Headline Grp 830
5 Gaff Goddess Barra, Laura de Transworld Grp 824
6 Actress Enright, Anne Random House Grp 677
7 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Random House Grp 512
8 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Group 427
9 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 385
10 Dog Man: Fetch-22 Pilkey, Dav Scholastic Ltd. Grp 374
11 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 373
12 Knife:(Harry Hole 12) Nesbo, Jo Random House Grp 365
13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (Book 13) Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 358
14 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 345
15 Silent Patient,The Michaelides, Alex Orion Grp 341
16 This is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Kay, Adam Pan Macmillan Grp 334
17 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 333
18 Pinch of Nom Everyday Light Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Pan Macmillan Grp 325
19 Volunteer,The Fairweather, Jack Random House Grp 298
20 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 292

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 15th February 2020
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 946
2 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 385
3 Knife:(Harry Hole 12) Nesbo, Jo Vintage 365
4 Silent Patient,The Michaelides, Alex Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 341
5 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 292
6 Hunting Party,The Foley, Lucy HarperCollins Publishers 282
7 Secret Guests,The Black, Benjamin Penguin Books Ltd 277
8 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 263
9 Seven Letters Moriarty, Sinead Penguin Books Ltd 223
10 Big Sky Atkinson, Kate Black Swan 218
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Grown Ups Keyes, Marian Michael Joseph 2,818
2 Hungry Road,The Conlon-McKenna, Marita Transworld Ireland 840
3 American Dirt Cummins, Jeanine Tinder Press 830
4 Actress Enright, Anne Jonathan Cape 677
5 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 333
6 Keep Your Eyes on Me Blake, Sam Corvus 281
7 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24) Child, Lee Bantam Press 232
8 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 230
9 Tell Nobody Gibney, Patricia Sphere 213
10 Strange Hotel McBride, Eimear Faber & Faber 205
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Books 427
2 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 334
3 Volunteer,The Fairweather, Jack W.H.Allen 298
4 Running From the Shadows Hickey, Stephanie Hachette Books Ireland 262
5 Just One More Question Tubridy, Niall Penguin Books Ltd 242
6 Philadelphia, Here I Come Friel, Brian Faber And Faber Plays 238
7 Deep Work Newport, Cal Piatkus Books 213
8 Not a Diet Book Smith, James HarperCollins Publishers 191
9 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 164
10 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 159
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Gaff Goddess Barra, Laura de Transworld Ireland 824
2 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Ebury Press 512
3 Pinch of Nom Everyday Light Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Bluebird 325
4 Pinch of Nom Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Bluebird 255
5 No Fuss Vegan Purcell, Roz Penguin Ireland 191
6 Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal Michael Joseph 131
7 Secret,The Byrne, Rhonda Simon & Schuster Ltd 127
8 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 124
9 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Kay, Adam Picador 90
10 What I Know for Sure Winfrey, Oprah Macmillan 86
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Dog Man: Fetch-22 Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 374
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 373
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (Book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 358
4 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 345
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 227
6 Dinky Donkey (PB),The Smith, Craig Scholastic 206
7 Dog Man:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic 200
8 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 197
9 Dog Man 6: Brawl of the Wild Pilkey, Dav Scholastic 189
10 Adventures of Dog Man 2: Unleashed,The Pilkey, Dav Scholastic 187
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