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Irish Bestsellers 21st May 2022

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Welcome back to this week’s charts! Not tons of movement really – Walliams and Oseman are still near the top of the Top 20 with The World’s Worst Pets and Heartstopper: Vol 1 in 3rd and 4th position respectively.

This week’s featured book is by bestseller Louise O’Neill. Idol came into the charts on release last week and is now top of the charts. Here’s the blurb:

‘Darkly delicious’ ELIZABETH DAY

‘Fresh, glamorous, surprising’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Compulsive, brilliant’ ABIGAIL DEAN

‘Utterly gripping and unsettling’ LUCY FOLEY

‘An absolute page turner; addictive’ CECILIA AHERN



‘Follow your heart and speak your truth.’

For Samantha Miller’s young fans – her ‘girls’ – she’s everything they want to be. She’s an oracle, telling them how to live their lives, how to be happy, how to find and honour their ‘truth’. 

And her career is booming: she’s just hit three million followers, her new book Chaste has gone straight to the top of the bestseller lists and she’s appearing at sell-out events. 

Determined to speak her truth and bare all to her adoring fans, she’s written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager, with her female best friend, Lisa. She’s never told a soul but now she’s telling the world. The essay goes viral.

But then – years since they last spoke – Lisa gets in touch to say that she doesn’t remember it that way at all. Her memory of that night is far darker. It’s Sam’s word against Lisa’s – so who gets to tell the story? Whose ‘truth’ is really a lie? 

‘You put yourself on that pedestal, Samantha. You only have yourself to blame.’

Riveting, compulsive and bold, IDOL interrogates our relationship with our heroes and explores the world of online influencers, asking how well we can ever really know those whose carefully curated profiles we follow online. And it asks us to consider how two memories of the same event can differ, and how effortlessly we choose which stories to believe. 

‘Unflinching, clever and completely riveting’ FABULOUS

‘An absolute must for your book club, with so many issues up for discussion’ PRIMA

‘A compelling, clever and beautifully crafted thriller’ OBSERVER

‘A smart, addictive page-turner’ STYLIST

And now here are 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 21st May 2022
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1IdolO’Neill, LouiseTransworld Grp2,487
2Last to Disappear,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp1,123
3World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp1,028
4Heartstopper Volume 1Oseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp917
5It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp710
6Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber Grp650
7What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp645
8Heartstopper Volume 4Oseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp612
9Again, RachelKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp590
10Heartstopper Volume 2Oseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp580
11Ruth & PenPine, EmiliePenguin Grp561
12Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp560
13Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp532
14Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp531
15Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp526
16Heartstopper Volume 3Oseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp516
17Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp411
18PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Group402
19Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieTransworld Grp392
20ManifestNafousi, RoxiePenguin Grp377
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 21st May 2022
Mass Market Fiction
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd710
2Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber650
3Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd560
4Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc532
5Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair531
6Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 381
7Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd348
8Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books343
9VerityHoover, ColleenSphere326
10Book LoversHenry, EmilyPenguin Books Ltd 311
Original Fiction
1IdolO’Neill, LouiseBantam Press2,487
2Last to Disappear,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc1,123
3What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review645
4Again, RachelKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph590
5Ruth & PenPine, EmilieHamish Hamilton561
6Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieDoubleday392
7Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers344
8Belladonna Maze,TheCrowley, SinéadHead of Zeus285
9Dream Town:Aloysius Archer seriesBaldacci, DavidMacmillan278
10Snag List,TheWhite, SophieHachette Books Ireland193
Paperback Non Fiction
1PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Books402
2Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island337
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd327
4Freezing OrderBrowder, BillSimon & Schuster Ltd293
5What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut:The FLAT GUT Diet PlanRyan, Barbara & McGowan, ElaineSheldon Press284
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books283
7Putin’s People:How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the WestBelton, CatherineWilliam Collins272
8Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph195
9Yeah, But Where Are You Really From?:A story of overcoming the oddsPenrose, MargueriteSandycove186
10Ranger 22 – The No. 1 Bestseller:Lessons from the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books175
Hardback Non Fiction
1ManifestNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph377
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press367
3Gardening TogetherGavin, Diarmuid & Smyth, PaulGill Books313
4Joyrider:How gratitude can help you get the life you really wantScanlon, AngelaVermilion239
5Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph150
6Dainty Dress Diaries:50 Beautiful Home-Crafting Projects to Awaken YouCarton, CatherineO’Brien Press Ltd128
7Let’s Talk:About Relationships, Sex and IntimacySadlier, RichieGill Books96
8We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus95
9Feel Good Food:Over 100 Healthy Family RecipesWicks, JoeHQ88
10Atlas of the HeartBrown, BrenéVermilion86
1World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,028
2Heartstopper Volume 1Oseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books917
3Heartstopper Volume 4Oseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books612
4Heartstopper Volume 2Oseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books580
5Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.526
6Heartstopper Volume 3Oseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books516
7Nick and Charlie:A Heartstopper novellaOseman, AliceHarperCollins305
8SolitaireOseman, AliceHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks289
9Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to IrelandLadybird255
10LovelessOseman, AliceHarperCollins212
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