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Irish Bestsellers 23rd May 2020

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This week in the charts we’re still not seeing tons of movement; the old favourites mentioned last week are still there, and Normal People by Sally Rooney is still at the top of the charts. David Walliams is a strong feature this week, appearing at nos. 10 and 20 in the Top and nos. 2 and 3 in the Children’s Top 10 with his latest book, Slime.

Notably, self-help is very much dominant in both Non-Fiction charts. Whilst The Arms Crisis of 1970 by Michael Heney might be in no. 1 for Paperback Non-Fiction, the rest of that Top 10 and much of the Hardback bestsellers aim to help with various personal issues, whether that’s healthy food (Wean in 15 by Joe Wicks, or The Daly Dish by Gina and Karol Daly), the power of positive mindset (The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, or Atomic Habits by James Clear). Perhaps it’s a bit surprising that there aren’t more how-to hobby books, after this period of lockdown? At least it’s good to see everyone will be eating well and masters of productivity!

This week’s featured book is this week’s big news: the new book from Suzanne Collins, revisiting the world of the Hunger Games with the prequel, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Unsurprisingly, it’s right at the top of the Children’s Top 10 and at no. 5 in the Top 20. Here’s the blurb:

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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 23rd May 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber Grp3,254
2Wean in 15Wicks, JoePan Macmillan Grp2,245
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,463
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber Grp1,459
5Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesCollins, SuzanneScholastic Ltd. Grp1,457
6Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,239
7Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Group1,186
8Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp819
9Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Grp813
10SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp614
11Arms Crisis of 1970,TheHeney, MichaelHead of Zeus Grp570
12American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp478
13Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp457
14This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPan Macmillan Grp447
15Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists
Penguin Grp401
16Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp382
17Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp371
18BecomingObama, MichellePenguin Grp367
19Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyBonnier Books UK Publishing Gr343
20SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp323
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 23rd May 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber3,254
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,463
3Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber1,459
4Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion819
5Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 371
6Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press343
7Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group312
8Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineHoneyman, GailHarper198
9Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers196
10Family Upstairs,TheJewell, LisaArrow Books177
Original Fiction

1Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Ireland813
2American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press478
3Grown UpsKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph382
4Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson296
5Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers277
6Fifty-FiftyCavanagh, SteveOrion (an Imprint of The Orion182
7HamnetO’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press174
8American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press173
9Rules for Perfect MurdersSwanson, PeterFaber & Faber167
10Camino WindsGrisham, JohnHodder & Stoughton163
Paperback Non Fiction

1Arms Crisis of 1970,TheHeney, MichaelHead of Zeus570
2Good Vibes, Good Life King, VexHay House UK Ltd457
3This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPicador447
4Power of Now,The:(20th Anniversary Edition)Tolle, EckhartHodder Paperback253
5EducatedWestover, TaraWindmill Books203
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books199
7Lost ConnectionsHari, JohannBloomsbury Publishing PLC179
8Eat Up, Raise Your GameDavey, DanielGill Books166
9Everything I Know About LoveAlderton, DollyPenguin Books Ltd 156
10How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books145
Hardback Non Fiction

1Wean in 15Wicks, JoeBluebird2,245
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,239
3Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books1,186
4Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists
Michael Joseph401
5BecomingObama, MichelleViking367
6What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan259
7Pinch of NomFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird239
8Gaff GoddessBarra, Laura deTransworld Ireland201
9Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd172
10Pinch of Nom Everyday LightFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird168

1Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesCollins, SuzanneScholastic1,457
2SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins614
3SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins323
4Giraffes Can’t DanceAndreae, GilesOrchard Books168
5Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC159
6Ice Monster,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins152
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin150
8Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC147
9Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC139
10Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC138
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