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Irish Bestsellers 1st August 2020

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Colum McCann
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It’s always wonderful to see an Irish writer on an awards list – whether it’s a long list or a short list, and Colum McCann’s longlisting for the prestigious Booker Prize for Apeirogon is fabulous news! Already chosen as a book for 2020 by The Sunday Times, The Oberver, The Guardian, i Paper , The Financial Times, The New Statesman, The Irish Times , BBC.Com, and Waterstones among others it’s been described by Michael Cummingham as ‘Nothing like any book you’ve ever read’.

Apeirogon is the novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief. Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another – yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami’s license plate is yellow. Bassam’s license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half. Both men have lost their daughters. Rami’s thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn’t had time to eat yet.

The men become the best of friends.

In this epic novel – named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times. Pick up your copy from your local independent bookshop!

Here are the top 20 bestsellers, data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 1st August 2020.

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,500
2Too Much and Never Enough:How My Family Created the World’s Most DangeTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd1,200
3World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,135
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,120
5Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them?,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,023
6Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador1,016
7Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone,The:Over 200 Delicious Recipes Flynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland772
8Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 766
9American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press744
10Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber655
11Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber612
12Apeirogon:Longlisted for the 2020 Booker PrizeMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC559
13Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom,ABoyne, JohnDoubleday550
14Silent Patient,The:The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion 524
15SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins480
16End of Her,TheLapena, ShariBantam Press476
17Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers474
18Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press462
19Below the Big Blue Sky:From the bestselling author of The Last Days ofMcPartlin, AnnaBonnier Zaffre395
20Jump:One Girl’s Search for MeaningMoyles, DaniellaGill Books385

And the top 10 in each catergory:

 TitleAuthorImprintTotal Volume
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,500
2Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 766
3Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber655
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber612
5Silent Patient,The:The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion524
6Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press462
7Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group338
8Night Boat to TangierBarry, KevinCanongate Books287
9Giver of Stars,The:Fall in love with the enchanting Sunday Times bestsMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 275
10GirlO’Brien, EdnaFaber & Faber216
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintTotal Volume
1Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them?,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,023
2Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador1,016
3American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press744
4Apeirogon:Longlisted for the 2020 Booker PrizeMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC559
5Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom,ABoyne, JohnDoubleday550
6End of Her,TheLapena, ShariBantam Press476
7Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers474
8Below the Big Blue Sky:From the bestselling author of The Last Days ofMcPartlin, AnnaBonnier Zaffre395
9Our Little Cruelties:A new psychological suspense from the No.1 bestseNugent, LizPenguin Ireland378
10Silent Wife,The:The Will Trent SeriesSlaughter, KarinHarperCollins Publishers377
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Jump:One Girl’s Search for MeaningMoyles, DaniellaGill Books385
2Russian Affair,The:The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the GreaWalsh, DavidSimon & Schuster Ltd366
3Love In, Love Out:A Compassionate Approach to Parenting Your Anxious CCoyne, Dr MalieThorsons293
4Power of Now,The:(20th Anniversary Edition):The Power of NowTolle, EckhartHodder Paperback244
5Body,The:A Guide for OccupantsBryson, BillBlack Swan244
6Atomic Habits:The life-changing million copy bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books236
7Three WomenTaddeo, LisaBloomsbury Publishing PLC227
8Emotional Healing:How To Put Yourself Back Together AgainBarry, HarryOrion Spring223
9Good Vibes, Good Life:How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your GreatKing, VexHay House UK Ltd221
1012 Rules for Life:An Antidote to ChaosPeterson, Jordan B.Penguin Books Ltd 218
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Too Much and Never Enough:How My Family Created the World’s Most DangeTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd1,200
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,120
3Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone,The:Over 200 Delicious Recipes Flynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland772
4Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books339
5Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:The debut book from Florence GivenGiven, FlorenceCassell314
6What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan294
7Skincare:The Ultimate No-Nonsense GuideHirons, CarolineHQ235
8What Mummy Makes:Cook just once for you and your babyWilson, RebeccaDK222
9Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd171
10Deliciously Ella Quick & Easy:Plant-based DeliciousnessWoodward, Ella MillsYellow Kite169
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,135
2SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins480
3Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid:Rowley Jefferson’s JournalKinney, JeffPuffin292
4For Whom the Ball Rolls:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic284
5Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel),The:The Hunger GCollins, SuzanneScholastic236
6World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins206
7Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.203
8Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC203
9Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC184
10Mirabelle Gets up to MischiefMuncaster, HarrietOxford University Press184

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