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Irish Bestsellers 1st December 2018

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 8 December 2018 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Welcome back to another week of Bestsellers! Two immediate indicators that we’re getting serious about Christmas now (apart from the advent calendars and copious quantities of tinsel everywhere) are the sales figures and the appearance of The Guinness World Records, not only in the Top 10 but the Top FIVE. Bearing in mind that this has been appearing in the charts since late September, its sharp rise to the top can only mean one thing – the shopping is in earnest now. As far as sales figures go, they are pretty healthy, with the bottom of the Top 20 clocking in at over 900 sales this week and some books that are usually guaranteed Top 20 entries are knocked out – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which was no. 1 or 2 for weeks, is now missing out on the Top 20 despite what would usually be a healthy sales figure of over 700.

However, a look back at the equivalent weekend for the last two years does show a distinct downward trend. Last year, the top 19 books were all selling over 1000 copies; this year it’s only the top 17, and that’s only just. You’re up to no. 14 before it goes over 1100. Looking again at no. 1, this year, David Walliams’ The Ice Monster, is at 4407; last year, Bad Dad (Walliams again) was at nearly 6500 and in 2016 The Battle by Paul O’Connell took top spot with almost 6k sales (Walliams had to put up with second place that year, with The Midnight Gang racking in just short of 5500). This weekend is a fascinating snapshot of the market, and the coming year should prove very interesting; it’s anyone’s guess as to whether next year’s equivalent weekend will be up or down.

And in entirely unrelated news, this week’s featured book is getting political. Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain is a very recent release and almost immediately straight into the charts, at no. 4 in Paperback Non-Fiction (although almost any other time of year, it would be straight into the overall Top 20). As with pretty much any Brexit-related book, it will likely be out of date before this post goes live, but it looks like a fascinating look at the Brexit débâcle from this side of the water. Here’s the blurb:

‘There will not be much political writing in this or any other year that is carried off with such style’ The Times.

In exploring the answers to the question: ‘why did Britain vote leave?’, Fintan O’Toole finds himself discovering how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; how a country that once had colonies is redefining itself as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of prawn-flavoured crisps, and their role in the rise of Boris Johnson; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name.

He also discusses the fatal attraction of heroic failure, once a self-deprecating cult in a hugely successful empire that could well afford the occasional disaster: the Charge of the Light Brigade, or Franklin lost in the Arctic. Now failure is no longer heroic – it is just failure, and its terrible costs will be paid by the most vulnerable of Brexit’s supporters, and by those who may suffer the consequences of a hard border in Ireland and the breakdown of a fragile peace.

And now enough rambling, and on to this week’s charts, starting with the Top 20 overall and wrapping up (with a big, shiny bow) the Top 10 in each category:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 1st December 2018
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 4,407
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 3,918
3 Becoming Obama, Michelle Penguin Grp 3,444
4 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber Grp 3,339
5 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness Publisher Group 2,675
6 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 2,369
7 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 2,285
8 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 1,798
9 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic Ltd. Grp 1,621
10 Past Tense Child, Lee Transworld Grp 1,552
11 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 1,407
12 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 1,319
13 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Group 1,166
14 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Grp 1,157
15 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Rowling, J.K. Little, Brown Book Grp 1,084
16 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 1,079
17 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Group 1,010
18 Time to Talk Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Group 910
19 Brief Answers to the Big Questions:the final book from Stephen Hawking Hawking, Stephen Hodder & Stoughton Grp 905
20 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic Ltd. Grp 905

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 1st December 2018
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 3,339
2 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 2,285
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,407
4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 732
5 Skin Deep Nugent, Liz Penguin Books Ltd 700
6 Mythos:The Greek Myths Retold Fry, Stephen Penguin Books Ltd 527
7 One Day in December Silver, Josie Penguin Books Ltd 502
8 Uncommon Type Hanks, Tom Arrow Books 330
9 Heart of Winter,The Hannigan, Emma Hachette Books Ireland 300
10 Conversations with Friends Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 263
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 2,369
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,798
3 Past Tense Child, Lee Bantam Press 1,552
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,079
5 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 903
6 Fire and Blood Martin, George R. R. HarperCollins 892
7 Heroes Fry, Stephen Michael Joseph 667
8 Roar Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 650
9 Dark Sacred Night Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 567
10 Heads You Win Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 482
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Little Flower – St Therese of Lisieux,The Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 787
2 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 740
3 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 691
4 Heroic Failure:Brexit and the Politics of Pain O’Toole, Fintan Head of Zeus 634
5 George Best: A Memoir Parkinson, Michael Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 623
6 Listening to the Animals Fitzpatrick, Professor Noel Trapeze 598
7 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 539
8 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 460
9 Sapiens Harari, Yuval Noah Vintage 428
10 Educated Westover, Tara Windmill Books 383
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 3,444
2 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 2,675
3 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 1,166
4 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 1,010
5 Time to Talk Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 910
6 Brief Answers to the Big Questions Hawking, Stephen John Murray Publishers, Ltd. 905
7 Skin Nerd,The Rock, Jennifer Hachette Books Ireland 816
8 Donal’s Meals in Minutes Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 808
9 Lighthouses of Ireland O’Reilly, Roger The Collins Press 681
10 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 674
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 4,407
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 3,918
3 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 1,621
4 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,319
5 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Books Ltd 1,157
6 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Rowling, J.K. Little,Brown 1,084
7 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic 905
8 Beano Annual 2019 D.C. Thomson & Co., 861
9 Magic Moment,The Breslin, Niall Gill Books 755
10 Happy Christmas, Pigin! Watkins, Kathleen Gill Books 734
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