Irish Bestsellers 1st June 2024 | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists
somebody knows

This week we’re giving a shout out to bestselling author Michelle McDonagh whose books are always super popular and who is back this week with her latest novel, Somebody Knows. It’s landed straight into the charts at no. 4 in the Top 20, hot on the heels of Marian Keyes! Everyone at is particularly thrilled to see Michelle’s success continuing as she is one of four authors published this year who are members of’s online mentoring and coaching group, Writers Ink (
Offering support, literary and mindset coaching, it is the only online writing group that has regular and direct literary agent involvement, with literary agent Simon Trewin a key part of the mentoring team.

Here’s the blurb for Somebody Knows:

‘An absolute triumph’ Andrea Mara

‘Hard to put down’ Liz Nugent

Home truths come at a heavy price …


As her adoptive mother lays dying, journalist Cara Joyce overhears a shocking piece of information about her origins. It connects her to a tragic death – that of Lucia Casey, a young woman whose body was found buried in a Connemara bog nearly thirty years ago.

To this day, Lucia’s disappearance and murder remains unsolved.

Cara’s quest to find out the truth reunites her with the powerful Casey family. But as her obsession begins to take over her life, she finds herself increasingly at odds with those around her.

Who is behind Lucia’s death and what are they hiding? And what will Cara risk in the present to solve the mysteries of the past?

Somebody Knows is a page-turning story of dangerous secrets and the lengths people will go to keep them.

And now this week’s charts with the Top 20 followed by the Top 10.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 01 June 2024

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Long IslandTóibín, ColmPan Macmillan Grp6,247
2Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp1,013
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp929
4Somebody KnowsMcDonagh, MichelleHachette Books Ireland Grp796
5Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp758
6Think TwiceCoben, HarlanRandom House Grp723
7Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Grp685
8Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp683
9Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications Grp658
10PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Grp594
11The Instruments of Darkness:A Charlie Parker ThrillerConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp543
12You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Grp502
13YellowfaceKuang, Rebecca FHarperCollins Grp497
14AstrochimpWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp464
15Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books Grp427
16MouthingMackey, OrlaPenguin Grp427
17No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaTransworld Grp419
18You Like It DarkerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton Grp415
19EarthBoyne, JohnTransworld Grp390
20Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp389
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 01 June 2024
Mass Market Fiction

1Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Books Ltd 685
2Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications658
3YellowfaceKuang, Rebecca FThe Borough Press497
4No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaPenguin (Transworld)419
5Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber389
6It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd379
7Last Devil To Die,The:The Thursday Murder Club 4Osman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 317
8Court of Thorns and Roses,AMaas, Sarah J.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC276
9Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 274
10Covenant of Water,TheVerghese, AbrahamGrove Press258
Original Fiction

1Long IslandTóibín, ColmPicador6,247
2Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,013
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph929
4Somebody KnowsMcDonagh, MichelleHachette Books Ireland796
5Think TwiceCoben, HarlanCentury723
6Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc683
7The Instruments of Darkness:A Charlie Parker ThrillerConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton543
8You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Ltd502
9MouthingMackey, OrlaHamish Hamilton427
10You Like It DarkerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton415
Paperback Non Fiction

1PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Books Ltd 594
2Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books427
3Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books262
4From Tip to Top:The journey of a lifetime from Chile to AlaskaMurtagh, PeterGill Books164
6Things No One Taught Us About LoveKing, VexBluebird146
5Walled In By Hate: Kevin O’Higgins, His Friends and EnemiesMathews, ArthurMerrion Press143
7Ultra-Processed People:Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop?Tulleken, Chris vanPenguin (Cornerstone)133
8Diary of a CEO,The:The 33 Laws of Business and LifeBartlett, StevenEbury Edge132
9Land Is All That Matters:The Struggle That Shaped Irish HistoryDungan, MylesAPOLLO128
10Myth of Normal,The:Illness, health & healing in a toxic cultureMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion120
Hardback Non Fiction

1Sprout & Co Saladology:Fresh Ideas for Delicious SaladsKirwan, TheoMitchell Beazley310
2Great Irish Bucket List,The
Gill Books215
3Hike Life,The:My 50 Favourite Hikes in IrelandPurcell, RozannaBlack & White Publishing171
4Twelve Sheep:Life lessons from a lambing seasonConnell, JohnAtlantic Books127
5So GoodEnglish, EmilySeven Dials106
6High Seas,The:Ambition, Power and Greed on the Unclaimed OceanHeffernan, OliveProfile Books99
7Bored of Lunch Healthy Air Fryer: 30 Minute MealsAnthony, NathanEbury Press94
8Compendium of Irish Pints,A:The Culture, Customs and CraicDunworth, AliNine Bean Rows Books92
9Heart:An Owner’s GuideBarrett, Dr PaddyDK90
10Pocket History of Ireland,AMcCullough, JosephGill & Macmillan90

1Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.758
2AstrochimpWalliams, DavidHarperCollins464
3Looshkin: Honk If You See It!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books295
4Bunny vs Monkey: Bunny Bonanza!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books224
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer (Book 18)Kinney, JeffPuffin218
6Reappearance of Rachel Price,TheJackson, HollyElectric Monkey217
7Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea Pilkey, DavScholastic208
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin205
9Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC186
10Dog Man:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic173

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