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Irish Bestsellers 20th November 2021

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It’s a fairly quiet week this week, particularly for fiction – that is, unless you’re a child, in which case you’re probably beating down the door of your local bookstore to grab this Christmas’ David Walliams. For 2021, Walliams has brought out a sequel to the popular Gangsta Granny, with Gangsta Granny Strikes Again! hitting the top spot at over three and a half thousand sales. Another two children’s books nab the next two places, with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney and A Hug For You by David King at nos. 2 and 3 respectively.

One book not quite making the Top 20 this week is Gary Vaynerchuck’s Twelve and a Half, the business advice book which promised an NFT (non-fungible token) to people who pre-ordered twelve copies of his book. This is definitely one way of making the 21st Century system work in your favour – although it’s a controversial approach! It’s something to keep on eye on over the coming years though, as alternative currencies and cryptocurrencies change the way we understand buying and selling even something as simple as a book.

This week’s featured book is another beautiful children’s book which has been in the charts since its release so it’s only right to give it an extra shout-out! Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature by Manchán Magan and illustrated by Steve Doogan is currently at no. 4 in the Children’s Top 10 and no. 10 in the Top 20. Here’s the blurb:

‘In Irish there are so many great rain words and magic words and highly specific natural words (such as the material put on the hooves of donkeys to stop them slipping in ice), or words to communicate with animals, or evocative plant words, or the gorgeous words for different amounts of light in the sky, or words that hint at different ways of seeing colour, or twilight words … ’

Manchán Magan is fascinated by words, particularly Irish words, with all of their complex meanings and associations and their connections to the natural world. Having enjoyed huge success with his bestselling book Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manchán now brings his infectious wonder and enthusiasm for the Irish language to a younger audience, offering delightful translations and explanations of animal, bird, fish, insect and nature words.

When you see the world through Irish, you see the world differently. Get ready to share the magic with this delightful book for readers of all ages.

And now 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 November 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!Walliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp3,669
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp3,056
3Hug For You,AKing, DavidPenguin Grp2,934
4Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness Publisher Group2,273
5Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Group1,734
6Keith Earls: Fight or Flight:My LifeEarls, KeithOther Publisher Groups1,636
7Windswept & Interesting:My AutobiographyConnolly, BillyJohn Murray Press Group1,285
8Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneIrish Academic Press Grp1,246
9Better Off Dead:(Jack Reacher 26)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewTransworld Grp1,152
10Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for NatureMagan, ManchánGill Group1,062
11Beano Annual 2022D.C. Thomson Grp984
12Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp954
13Colour of Ireland,The:County by County 1860-1960Cross, RobBonnier Books UK Publishing Gr908
14Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Grp899
15Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber Grp896
16Dark Hours,TheConnelly, MichaelOrion Grp872
17Christmas Pig,TheRowling, J. K.Hachette Children’s Grp861
18It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp853
19Love in a Time of War:My Years with Robert FiskMarlowe, LaraHead of Zeus Grp851
20Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp835
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 20th November 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd853
2DuneHerbert, FrankHodder Paperback668
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 630
4Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster575
5Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books419
6SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber382
7Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair361
8Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC286
9Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber232
10Baby It’s Cold OutsideBell, EmilyPenguin Books Ltd 212
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books1,734
2Better Off Dead:(Jack Reacher 26)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press1,152
3Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardViking954
4Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber896
5Dark Hours,TheConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion872
6Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber835
7Over My Dead BodyArcher, JeffreyHarperCollins Publishers686
8Pawnbroker’s Reward,TheO’Rourke, DeclanGill Books633
9April in SpainBanville, JohnFaber & Faber625
10Three SistersMorris, HeatherBonnier Zaffre584
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Windswept & Interesting:My AutobiographyConnolly, BillyTwo Roads1,176
2Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Life899
3Twelve and a HalfVaynerchuk, GaryHarperCollins829
4State of Emergency,A:The Story of Ireland’s Covid CrisisChambers, RichardHarperCollins796
5Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books712
6Gilligan:The Mob Boss Who Changed the Face of Organized CrimeWilliams, PaulAtlantic Books576
7Waterford Whispers News 2021Williamson, ColmGill Books437
8Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2022Veritas Publications437
9Boy Who Never Came HomeMcMenamy, EmmaMirror Books428
10Life in Trauma,A:Memoirs of an Emergency PhysicianLuke, ChrisGill Books402
11Brain Hacks:Everyday Mind Magic for Creating the Life You WantBarry, KeithGill Books375
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records2,273
2Keith Earls: Fight or Flight:My LifeEarls, KeithReach Sport1,636
3Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press1,246
4Colour of Ireland,The:County by County 1860-1960Cross, RobBlack & White Publishing908
5Love in a Time of War:My Years with Robert FiskMarlowe, LaraHead of Zeus851
6A Cloud Where the Birds Rise:A book about love and belongingHarding, Michael & Stack, JacobHachette Books Ireland802
7Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press780
8Storyteller,The:Tales of Life and MusicGrohl, DaveSimon & Schuster Ltd735
9Presidents’ Letters,The:An Unexpected History of IrelandNew Island Books723
10Everyday Cook:Vibrant Recipes, Simple Methods, Delicious DishesSkehan, DonalHodder & Stoughton585
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!Walliams, DavidHarperCollins3,669
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)Kinney, JeffPuffin3,056
3Hug For You,A:The heart-warming story of Adam King’s Virtual HugKing, DavidSandycove2,934
4Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for NatureMagan, ManchánGill Books1,062
5Beano Annual 2022D.C. Thomson & Co.,984
6Christmas Pig,TheRowling, J. K.Little, Brown Books for Young 861
7Official Liverpool FC Annual 2022,TheLiverpool FCGrange Communications724
8Dandy Annual 2022,TheD.C. Thomson & Co.,658
9Noni and the Great Chawwwklit MysteryWhelan, DermotGill Books525
10Official Manchester United Annual 2022,TheBartram, SteveGrange Communications494
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