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Irish Bestsellers 19th October 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 26 October 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

This week the Top 20 is all about the sequels: there’s the three Aisling novels at nos. 2, 18 and 20, of course (Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling, The Importance of Being Aisling, and Oh My God What A Complete Aisling The Novel); Heather Morris, the hugely successful author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is still high up at no. 3 with Cilka’s Journey; Cecilia Ahern follows close behind with Postscript, the sequel to PS I Love You, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, is at no. 6, and topping off the lot at no. 1 is Mrs Hinch, whose follow up to Hinch Yourself Happy is proving very popular. Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal has gone straight to the top just two days after release, although it’s likely to drop a few places as we get closer to Christmas and everyone’s favourite authors are bringing out perfectly-timed gift ideas. The dominance of sequels is an interesting trend though, and seems to be reflected across wider media with film sequels and remakes also proving popular, perhaps as part of a deeper-rooted shared nostalgia?

This week’s featured book is definitely not a sequel, though, and it’s certainly not looking back with any rose-tinted spectacles. Children of the Troubles, by Joe Duffy and Freya McClements, is currently at no. 9 in the Hardback Non-Fiction and only narrowly missed out on a spot in the Top 20. It’s uncertain if it’s the right time of year to make a real splash among popular gift options (such as Elton John’s biography Me, which knocked David Cameron off the top spot over in the UK but only just, for now, pipped in at no. 19) but this story of children killed in the Northern Ireland conflict deserves to stay in the charts for a long time and, perhaps now more than ever, should be widely read. Here’s some more information:

“The bullets didn’t just travel in distance, they travelled in time. Some of those bullets never stop travelling.” Jack Kennedy, father of James Kennedy

On 15th August 1969, nine-year-old Patrick Rooney became the first child killed as a result of the ‘Troubles’ – one of 186 children who would die in the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Fifty years on, these young lives are honoured in a memorable book that spans a singular era.

From the teenage striker who scored two goals in a Belfast schools cup final, to the aspiring architect who promised to build his mother a house, to the five-year-old girl who wrote in her copy book on the day she died, ‘I am a good girl. I talk to God’, Children of the Troubles recounts the previously untold story of Northern Ireland’s lost children — and those who died in the Republic, the UK and as far afield as West Germany — and the lives that might have been.

Based on original interviews with almost one hundred families, as well as extensive archival research, this unique book includes many children who have never been publicly acknowledged as victims of the Troubles, and draws a compelling social and cultural picture of the era.

Much loved, deeply mourned, and never forgotten, Children of the Troubles is both an acknowledgement of and a tribute to young lives lost.

And now the charts, with 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 19th October 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal Penguin Grp 2,769
2 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Group 1,340
3 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Grp 1,258
4 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Grp 761
5 Chest Pain Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland Grp 756
6 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 674
7 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 649
8 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Grp 619
9 Ordinary Woman and Other Poems I Love,The Watkins, Kathleen Gill Group 616
10 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Kay, Adam Pan Macmillan Grp 611
11 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness Publisher Group 598
12 Veg Oliver, Jamie Penguin Grp 567
13 All In Heaslip, Jamie & Cooper, Matt Gill Group 563
14 My Wife is Married to a Feckin’ Eejit O’Shea, Bernard Gill Group 562
15 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion Grp 507
16 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Grp 502
17 Overcoming Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland Grp 490
18 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 487
19 Me John, Elton Pan Macmillan Grp 481
20 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 478

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 19th October 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 619
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 487
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 478
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 447
5 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Vintage 425
6 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 401
7 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder Paperback 270
8 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books Ltd 269
9 Cruel Acts Casey, Jane HarperCollins Publishers 268
10 Beauchamp Hall Steel, Danielle Pan Books 259
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 1,340
2 Cilka’s Journey Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 1,258
3 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 761
4 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 674
5 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 649
6 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) 507
7 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 464
8 Nothing Ventured Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 344
9 Akin Donoghue, Emma Picador 344
10 Giver of Stars,The Moyes, Jojo Michael Joseph 341
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Chest Pain Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 756
2 My Wife is Married to a Feckin’ Eejit O’Shea, Bernard Gill Books 562
3 Overcoming Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 490
4 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 462
5 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 438
6 Village of Bernadette Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 433
7 Making of a Detective,The Marry, Pat Penguin Ireland 427
8 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Books 360
9 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Books Ltd 360
10 Thatcher’s Spy Carlin, Willie Merrion Press 280
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal Michael Joseph 2,769
2 Ordinary Woman and Other Poems I Love,The Watkins, Kathleen Gill Books 616
3 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas Kay, Adam Picador 611
4 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness World Records 598
5 Veg Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 567
6 All In Heaslip, Jamie & Cooper, Matt Gill Books 563
7 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 502
8 Me John, Elton Macmillan 481
9 Children of the Troubles Duffy, Joe & McClements, Freya Hachette Books Ireland 431
10 Pippa Guide,The Ormond, Pippa O’Connor Penguin Ireland 397
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 456
2 Friendship Fairies,The Kennedy, Lucy Gill Books 446
3 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 444
4 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Books 339
5 Beano Annual:2020 D.C. Thomson & Co., 332
6 Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.) Pichon, Liz Scholastic 322
7 Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Pullman, Philip Penguin and David Fickling Books 321
8 Gordon’s Game Howard, Paul & D’Arcy, Gordon Penguin Ireland 301
9 Family Fun Unplugged Cosgrove, Peter Penguin Ireland 252
10 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:Illustrated Edition Rowling, J.K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 223
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