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Irish Bestsellers 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 14 September 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Welcome to another week in the charts! Ross O’Carroll Kelly continues to storm ahead at the top with Schmidt Happens, clocking almost 3500 sales this week and leaving Sally Rooney’s Normal People way back in second place with just under 1000. We also have the first signs of Christmas – forget Advent calendars, the countdown to the festivities really begins in September with the release of the new Guinness World Records 2020. For now this perennial pleaser is just at no. 6 in the Hardback Fiction chart with 181 sales – that’s 181 people who are really organised for Christmas!

This week’s featured book, though, is actually not in the chart, but we couldn’t not feature it this week! Margaret Atwood’s highly-anticipated, Booker-shortlisted, follow-up to The Handmaid’s TaleThe Testaments was released this week across the globe, with the midnight launch in Waterstones Piccadilly featuring an appearance from Atwood and a great deal of fanfare and  a parade of women in the now iconic costumes. Here’s the blurb:

** SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE **

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

‘Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.’ Margaret Atwood

‘The literary event of the year.’ Guardian

‘A savage and beautiful novel, and it speaks to us today, all around the world, with particular conviction and power… The bar is set particularly high for Atwood and she soars over it’ Peter Florence, Booker Prize Chair of Judges, Guardian

And now on to the 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 7th September 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 3,422
2 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 944
3 Veg Oliver, Jamie Penguin Grp 871
4 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 751
5 Of Mice and Men# Steinbeck, John Penguin Grp 704
6 Birthday Party,The Meaney, Roisin Hachette Books Ireland Grp 625
7 Second Sleep,The Harris, Robert Random House Grp 616
8 For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic Ltd. Grp 603
9 Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz,The Dronfield, Jeremy Penguin Grp 598
10 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Pan Macmillan Grp 588
11 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 587
12 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 552
13 Rewind Howard, Catherine Ryan Atlantic Books Grp 551
14 Beekeeper of Aleppo,The Lefteri, Christy Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 547
15 To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper Random House Grp 525
16 Filter This White, Sophie Hachette Books Ireland Grp 524
17 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Grp 505
18 Live While You Can Coote, Fr. Tony Hachette Books Ireland Grp 471
19 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Grp 469
20 An Triail Ghrada, Mairead Ni Other Publisher Groups 466

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 7th September 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 944
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 751
3 Of Mice and Men# Steinbeck, John Penguin Books Ltd 704
4 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 587
5 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 552
6 To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper Arrow Books 525
7 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books Ltd 505
8 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder Paperback 469
9 An Triail Ghrada, Mairead Ni An Gum 466
10 Handmaid’s Tale,The Atwood, Margaret Vintage 417
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 3,422
2 Birthday Party,The Meaney, Roisin Hachette Books Ireland 625
3 Second Sleep,The Harris, Robert Hutchinson 616
4 Rewind Howard, Catherine Ryan Corvus 551
5 Beekeeper of Aleppo,The Lefteri, Christy Zaffre Publishing 547
6 Filter This White, Sophie Hachette Books Ireland 524
7 Night Boat to Tangier Barry, Kevin Canongate Books 435
8 Her Husband’s Mistake O’Flanagan, Sheila Headline Review 393
9 Summer Villa,The Hill, Melissa HQ 372
10 Nothing Ventured Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 360
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz,The Dronfield, Jeremy Penguin Books Ltd 598
2 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 588
3 Playboy of the Western World,The Synge, J. M. The Mercier Press Ltd 397
4 Philadelphia, Here I Come Friel, Brian Faber And Faber Plays 371
5 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Books Ltd 362
6 Educated Westover, Tara Windmill Books 293
7 12 Rules for Life Peterson, Jordan B. Penguin Books Ltd 257
8 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Harari, Yuval Noah Vintage 242
9 Murder of Dr Muldoon,The Boyle, Ken & Desmond, Tim The Mercier Press Ltd 237
10 Doll’s House”,”A Ibsen, Henrik Methuen Drama 224
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Veg Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 871
2 Live While You Can Coote, Fr. Tony Hachette Books Ireland 471
3 Pinch of Nom Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Bluebird 364
4 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 204
5 What I Know for Sure Winfrey, Oprah Macmillan 189
6 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness World Records 181
7 Secret,The Byrne, Rhonda Simon & Schuster Ltd 145
8 Mindfulness Hasson, Gill Pavilion Books 131
9 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 113
10 Pocket History of Ireland,A McCullough, Joseph Gill & Macmillan 109
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 603
2 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 449
3 Outsiders,The:The Originals Hinton, S. E. Penguin Books Ltd 442
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 245
5 Once Gleitzman, Morris Puffin 235
6 Trash# Mulligan, Andy Definitions 233
7 Stone Cold Swindells, Robert Penguin Books Ltd 212
8 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 202
9 Girl, Missing McKenzie, Sophie Simon & Schuster Childrens Boo 191
10 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Kinney, Jeff Puffin 161
# Combined Editions