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Irish Bestsellers 20 March 2021

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This week sees the Top 20 still dominated by those World Book Day titles, with Jeff Kinney’s spin off from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid heading the pack, at no. 3 with Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories. In total, World Book Day titles claim eight of those twenty spots and all of the Top 10 Children’s bestsellers.

Other notable entries in the Top 20 include the new Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun, called ‘a masterpiece’ by The Sunday Times, in twice at nos. 4 and 19; a couple of new non-fiction titles at no. 13—Beating Brain Fog: Your 30 Day Plan to Think Sharper, Faster, Better by Dr Sabrina Brennan (sign me up)—and at no. 14 As the Smoke Clears by Zoe Holohan.

This week’s featured book just peeped in at the Top 20 in no. 20 but doing fantastically in the Hardback Non-Fiction at no. 2, behind The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. No One Can Change Your Life Except You by Laura Whitmore has some rave reviews; here’s the blurb:

‘Funny, positive and life-affirming, Laura is like a PT for your self-confidence.’ SARA PASCOE
‘Clear-headed advice and relatable honesty.’ MATT HAIG
‘My favourite kind of book – like a glass of wine with your smart, funny friend.’ KATHERINE RYAN

‘When I was a kid the first album I owned was by Wilson Phillips. I remember the lyric from the song Hold On, ‘No one can change your life except for you’. It’s how I’ve chosen to live my life. There is a freedom when you take back control. Stop waiting for someone to save you and do it yourself. I recognise everyone has different levels of struggle but no one just hands you a chance. We don’t have to wait for Prince Charming to rescue us, or wait for the opportunity to come to us. We can be our own heroes. We can create our own dreams.’

Laura Whitmore knows lucky breaks come to those who are ready to step into their own power, even when they’re feeling nervous as hell about it. In No One Can Change Your Life Except For You, she shares her experiences of overcoming heartbreak, body image worries, self-doubt and insecurity.

Laura has learned that optimism, self-belief and learning to accept yourself, will bring you more than anyone else can ever give you. And she shows how her own struggles can help you through yours.

Frank, heartfelt, inspirational and funny, this is a book to remind you that the hero you are looking for is YOU.

And now here are 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 20th March 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,299
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp1,163
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPenguin Grp1,129
4Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber Grp1,085
5River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaHachette Children’s Grp915
6Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp768
7Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDorling Kindersley Grp677
8Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyBonnier Books UK Publishing Gr642
9Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Grp636
10There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPenguin Grp633
11WinCoben, HarlanRandom House Grp627
12Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Grp622
13Beating Brain Fog:Your 30-Day Plan to Think Faster, Sharper, BetterBrennan, Dr SabinaOrion Grp604
14As the Smoke ClearsHolohan, ZoeGill Group551
15Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021Coelho, JosephAndersen Press Grp542
16Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPenguin Grp539
17Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganRandom House Grp521
18Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp498
19Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber Grp493
20No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Grp492
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 20th March 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,163
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair768
3Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 489
4American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press447
5Women Who Ran Away,The:And the secrets that followed them . . .O’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review317
6Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson244
7Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 221
8Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage Classics220
9Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion214
10The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books213
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber1,085
2WinCoben, HarlanCentury627
3Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape521
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking498
5Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan339
6Sanatorium,ThePearse, SarahBantam Press313
7Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group257
8Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books238
9Good Father,ATalbot, CatherinePenguin Ireland216
10Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere193
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beating Brain Fog:Your 30-Day Plan to Think Faster, Sharper, BetterBrennan, Dr SabinaOrion Spring604
2As the Smoke ClearsHolohan, ZoeGill Books551
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd435
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books334
5BecomingObama, MichellePenguin Books Ltd 329
6How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books311
7Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland299
8Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays281
9Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co274
10Best Catholics in the World,TheScally, DerekSandycove266
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,299
2No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring492
3Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyEbury Press369
4Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co365
5Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell326
6Beyond Order:12 More Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Allen Lane297
7Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird274
8Hear Me OutHarding, SarahEbury Press263
9Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press223
10Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books174
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPuffin1,129
2River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaOrion Children’s Books915
3Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDK Children677
4Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyTemplar Publishing642
5Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books636
6There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPuffin633
7Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Ltd622
8Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021:Luna Loves…Coelho, JosephAndersen Press542
9Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPuffin539
10Football School 20 Fantastic Football Stories:World Book Day 2021:FootBellos, Alex & Lyttleton, BenWalker Books Ltd487
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