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Irish Bestsellers 19th September 2020

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It’s a decent week for books, even if the rest of the world looks like it’s going downhill! There’s a nice bit of movement in tjhe Children’s chart, for example, with only one David Walliams (The World’s Worst Parents) and an excellent book from Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give, sneaking in there – well worth reading, too.

Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club is doing (deservedly) well, getting into the Top 20 at no. 3 and the Top 10 Original Fiction at both no. 1 and no. 9, whilst the new Robert Galbraith, which has just landed, nabs nos. 9 and 19 in the Top 20; is the controversy around J. K. Rowling having an effect on sales? Another notable release from a big hitter is Robert Harris’ new book V2, which is in at no. 16.

This week’s featured book is the simply irresistably-named Ok, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea by Patrick Feyne, the Irish Times‘ writer’s first book. This has gone straight on to my wishlist, promising to be a fun, thoughtful read – and living up to that promise, if the reviews are to be believed. Here’s the blurb:

‘Funny, smart, soulful and sometimes devastating, this book shows life in all its shades. It made me laugh and cry.’ Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self

‘Hilariously, painfully, Freynefully brilliant’ Joseph O’Connor

Patrick Freyne has tried a lot of stupid ideas in his life. Now, in his scintillating debut, he is here to tell you about them: like the time (aged 5) he opened a gate and let a horse out of its field, just to see what would happen; or the time (aged 19) he jumped out of a plane for charity, even though he didn’t much care about the charity and was sure he’d end up dead; or the time (aged old enough to know better) he used a magazine as a funnel for fuel when the petrol cap on his band’s van broke.

He has also learned a few things: about the power of group song; about the beauty of physically caring for another human being; about childlessness; about losing friends far too young. Life as seen through the eyes of Patrick Freyne is stranger, funnier and a lot more interesting than life as we generally know it. Like David Sedaris or Nora Ephron, he creates an environment all his own – fundamentally comic, sometimes moving, always deeply humane. OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea is a joyous reading experience from an instantly essential new writer.

‘Patrick Freyne is a comic genius’ Marian Keyes
‘Clever, lovely and great, great fun’ Roddy Doyle
‘Patrick Freyne has a distinct and enviable gift for story-telling, guiding the reader into the tardis of his brilliant brain; from music and families to society and loss. Full of humour and tenderness, this book is an absolute JOYSinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations
Patrick Freyne is a writer of rare humour, depth, and humanity. These essays are a delight’ Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine

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 19th September 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp4,645
2Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland Grp1,809
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp1,635
4Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp1,364
5BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Grp1,260
6Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,192
7Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp1,179
8After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp1,141
9Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertLittle, Brown Book Grp1,127
10Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp1,041
11Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Group948
12Hill,The:My AutobiographyBrogan, BernardOther Publisher Groups922
13Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Grp893
14Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp855
15RageWoodward, BobSimon & Schuster Grp789
16V2Harris, RobertRandom House Grp770
17Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books Grp752
18OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Grp720
19Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertLittle, Brown Book Grp627
20Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber Grp490
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 19th September 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 893
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair855
3Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 415
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers362
5RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador307
6Testaments,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage307
7Triail,AnGhrada, Mairead NiAn Gum306
8To Kill A MockingbirdLee, HarperArrow Books282
9Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion251
10Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press242
Original Fiction

1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking1,635
2BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland1,260
3After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,141
4Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertSphere1,127
5Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,041
6V2Harris, RobertHutchinson770
7Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertSphere627
8Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton487
9Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking449
10Kingdom,TheNesbo, JoHarvill Secker443
Paperback Non Fiction

1Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland4,645
2Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland1,809
3Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books752
4OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Ireland720
5Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays490
6Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press417
7Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonVermilion310
8To Love a DogInglis, TomPenguin Ireland307
9More Than a WomanMoran, CaitlinEbury Press276
10EclipsedBrogan, Patricia BurkeWordsonthestreet268
Hardback Non Fiction

1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,192
2Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co1,179
3Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books948
4Hill,The:My AutobiographyBrogan, BernardReach Sport922
5RageWoodward, BobSimon & Schuster Ltd789
67 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamieMichael Joseph462
7Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd403
8Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records280
9Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell277
10Ottolenghi FLAVOUROttolenghi, Yotam & Belfrage, IxtaEbury Press269

1Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,364
2Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin438
3Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 425
4Once:Once/Now/Then/AfterGleitzman, MorrisPuffin374
5Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press345
6Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM319
7World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins318
8Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,243
9Friendship Fairies Go to School,TheKennedy, LucyGill Books233
10Hate U Give,TheThomas, AngieWalker Books Ltd224
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