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Irish Bestsellers 25th April 2020

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Welcome to this week’s charts, in our all-new, sparkly redesigned writing.ie! Have a click around the various sections, we’re very proud of our new look.

Ahem..back to this week’s bestsellers. We continue without Nielsen bookseller data, so we can’t give you the figures; this week’s top spot has been nabbed by Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing. This has been a fairly constant presence in the charts one way or another since its publication way back in December, but it’s proven to be a firm favourite with readers and critics and is now rewarded with that coveted no. 1.

Elsewhere, things continue very much as normal. David Walliams takes the top five slots in the Children’s Top 10 along with no. 9; Pinch of Nom and Mrs Hinch are dominating the Hardback Non-Fiction (good to see everyone is eating healthily and keeping things clean during lockdown!) and Normal People by Sally Rooney is having a bit of a come-back, no doubt helped along by the screen adaption airing this week.

This week’s featured book is one of the most recent releases in this week’s bestsellers, taking both no. 4 and no. 7 in the Top 10 Original Fiction and no. 13 in the Top 20. Exciting Times is the debut novel of author Naoise Dolan and has some amazing reviews from big names like Hilary Mantel and Nathan Filer. Here’s the blurb:

‘Droll, shrewd and unafraid – a winning debut’ Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall
‘Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny’ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall
Witty, compelling and with a razor-sharp social commentary. I guzzled it’ Pandora Sykes
Read if you like Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath’ Sunday Times
More than lives up to the hype … Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers lives’ Irish Times
One of the observer‘s 10 best debut novelists of 2020
Naoise Dolan explodes onto the scene with Exciting Times, a slyly humorous and scorchingly smart modern love story about three cynics in Hong Kong

When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents’ money, it’s called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she’s not sure what to call it, but it involves:

– a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;
– Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;
– Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;
– money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.

Exciting times ensue.

And here are the charts, looking very swanky! The Top 20, followed as always by the Top 10 in each category.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25th April 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher Group
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp
2SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp
3Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber Grp
4Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Group
5Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Grp
6Silent Patient,TheeMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp
7American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp
8Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists
Penguin Grp
9This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPan Macmillan Grp
10Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp
11Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp
12Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyBonnier Books UK Publishing Grp
13Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseOrion Grp
14SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp
15Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineHoneyman, GailHarperCollins Grp
16Midnight Gang,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp
17Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp
18Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Grp
19Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp
20Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25th April 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair
2Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber
3Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
4Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press
5Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineHoneyman, GailHarper
6Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group
7Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 
8Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers
9Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber
10Blue MoonChild, LeeBantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Original Fiction

1Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Ireland
2American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press
3Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers
4Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson
5Fifty-FiftyCavanagh, SteveOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
6Grown UpsKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph
7Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson
8Hungry Road,TheConlon-McKenna, MaritaTransworld Ireland
9If It BleedsKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton
10Mirror and the Light,TheMantel, HilaryFourth Estate
Paperback Non Fiction

1This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPicador
2Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd
3Eat Up, Raise Your GameDavey, DanielGill Books
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books
5EducatedWestover, TaraWindmill Books
6Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays
7Burn After WritingJones, SharonTarcherperigee
8Lost ConnectionsHari, JohannBloomsbury Publishing PLC
9How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books
10SapiensHarari, Yuval NoahVintage
Hardback Non Fiction

1Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books
2Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists
Michael Joseph
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press
4Pinch of NomFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird
5Pinch of Nom Everyday LightFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird
6Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd
7Gaff GoddessBarra, Laura deTransworld Ireland
8Mrs Hinch: The Activity Journal
Michael Joseph
9What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan
10Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,TheManson, MarkHarperOne

1SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins
2SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins
3Midnight Gang,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
4Beast of Buckingham Palace,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins
5Ice Monster,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins
6Giraffes Can’t DanceAndreae, GilesOrchard Books
7Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (Book 13)Kinney, JeffPuffin
9Awful AuntieWalliams, DavidHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
10Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete CollectionRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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