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Irish Bestsellers 18th September 2021

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Welcome back to another week in the charts as Autumn begins to make its presence felt! Speaking of Autumn, the tell-tale signs that we’re back at school are in the bestseller charts once again this week, as Of Mice and Men is at no. 12 in the Top 20; a drop on last week’s fifth place – perhaps these are the stragglers with those booklists? 😉

Sally Rooney continues to dominate the charts. As well as holding no. 1 and no. 8 in the Top 20 with Beautiful World, Where Are You? (isn’t that a great title?!), Rooney is also at nos. 7 and 8 in the Mass Market Fiction Top 10 with Conversations With Friends and Normal People, respectively. Another big name hitting the charts this week is Richard Osman, whose follow up to The Thursday Murder Club (spotted at no. 14 in last week’s charts), The Man Who Died Twice, is in at no. 2. Not even close to catching Rooney, who has over 6500 sales in a week, it’s nevertheless an enviable splash after just a couple of days of sales!

This week’s featured book is from one of our favourite authors, Sinéad Moriarty, whose novels always hit the bestseller lists. Moriarty has branched out with her first children’s book, The New Girl, which went straight into the Children’s Top 10 on release and is still at no. 8. And because it’s almost October, we’d recommend stashing this away as a (whisper it) Christmas gift for your teenage bookworms! Here’s the blurb:

At school, Ruby is the odd one out. Although Denise and Clara are her friends, they are each other’s best friend and she is the ‘other’ friend. So when new girl Safa, a refugee who has just arrived in Ireland from Syria, joins the class, she is put sitting beside Ruby. Safa and Ruby realise that their lives are very different. But as they get to know each other they soon discover that they have more in common than they might think.

A timely and heart-warming story of friendship from one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers.

A story about friendship, hope and courage … I loved it and couldn’t put it down!’ Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo

And now this week’s Top 20, followed by the Top 10 in each category:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 18th September 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber Grp6,597
2Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp2,917
3Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Grp1,844
4Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Group989
5FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Grp914
6Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneIrish Academic Press Grp892
756 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanAtlantic Books Grp874
8Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber Grp774
9Normal SheepleO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Grp762
10It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp687
11Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp687
12Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Grp644
13Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness Publisher Group636
14Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp627
15Apples Never FallMoriarty, LianePenguin Grp587
16Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp580
17Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp568
18Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber Grp564
19Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp561
20BelongingCorless, CatherineHachette Books Ireland Grp522
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 18th September 2021
Mass Market Fiction
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd687
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster687
3Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 644
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 627
5Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair580
6Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books568
7Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber448
8Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber420
9Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC361
10DuneHerbert, FrankHodder Paperback360
Original Fiction
1Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber6,597
2Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardViking2,917
3FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Publishers914
456 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus874
5Normal SheepleO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove762
6Apples Never FallMoriarty, LianeMichael Joseph587
7Slow Fire Burning,AHawkins, PaulaDoubleday425
8Dinner Party:A TragedyGilmartin, SarahONE376
9Snow CountryFaulks, SebastianHutchinson357
10Echo Chamber,TheBoyne, JohnDoubleday330
Paperback Non Fiction
1Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Life1,844
2Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books989
3Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays564
4BelongingCorless, CatherineHachette Books Ireland522
5Gas ManBlack, ColinHarperCollins508
6Book of St. Brigid,TheKeane, Colm & O’Hagan, UnaCapel Island501
7Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?O’Reilly, SeamasFleet493
8Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland319
9Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books299
10Awaken Your Power WithinHussey, GerryHachette Books Ireland289
Hardback Non Fiction
1Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press892
2Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records636
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press561
4Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books424
5Learn to Cook With Neven:Easy 4-Step Recipes to Help You Get it Right Maguire, NevenGill Books359
6Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic CookbookWeissman, JoshuaAlpha318
7Together:Memorable Meals Made EasyOliver, JamieMichael Joseph242
8Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press221
9Coastal Atlas of Ireland,TheCork University Press203
10Albert Reynolds:Risktaker for PeaceLenihan, ConorMerrion Press175
1They Both Die at the EndSilvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo407
2Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to IrelandLadybird391
3MegamonsterWalliams, DavidHarperCollins342
4Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 306
5Once:Once/Now/Then/AfterGleitzman, MorrisPuffin270
6Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.247
7Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC224
8New Girl,TheMoriarty, SinéadGill Books219
9One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 208
10Ireland: The People, The Places, The StoriesPierce, Rachel & O Briain, DaraScholastic192

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