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Irish Bestsellers 25th July 2020

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Some significant titles have jumped into the charts, not least Mary Trump’s description of the Trump household. But we’re focusing on an incredibly timely book, Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars this week. From the author of The Wonder and Room comes an historical tale that will resonate with us all…

It’s Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars , Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss.

While the world around us becomes all the more incredible, historical fiction feels like a solid rock – in bookshops now, The Pull of the Stars is described as ‘Stunning’ by Emily St. John Mandel, and ‘Timely, exquisite and unputdownable’ by Rachel Joyce.

With data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25th July 2020, the top twenty looks like this:

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Too Much and Never Enough:How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous ManTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd1,854
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,413
3World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,315
4Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them?,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,153
5Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone,The:Over 200 Delicious Recipes Flynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland1,027
6Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador986
7Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press834
8American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press715
9Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 654
10Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber576
11Silent Patient,The:The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion555
12Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber532
13SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins507
14Silent Wife,The:The Will Trent SeriesSlaughter, KarinHarperCollins Publishers491
15Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers455
16Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press434
17Jump:One Girl’s Search for MeaningMoyles, DaniellaGill Books408
18Our Little Cruelties:A new psychological suspense from the No.1 bestseNugent, LizPenguin Ireland398
19End of Her,TheLapena, ShariBantam Press390
20Rodham:The Sunday Times BestsellerSittenfeld, CurtisDoubleday353

And here is the top ten in each category:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,413
2Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 654
3Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber576
4Silent Patient,The:The Richard and Judy bookclub pick and Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion 555
5Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber532
6Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press434
7Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group347
8Night Boat to TangierBarry, KevinCanongate Books326
9Nickel Boys,The:Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020Whitehead, ColsonFleet277
10Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers227
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Women Who Ran Away: Will their secrets follow them?,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,153
2Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador986
3American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press715
4Silent Wife,The:The Will Trent SeriesSlaughter, KarinHarperCollins Publishers491
5Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers455
6Our Little Cruelties:A new psychological suspense from the No.1 bestseNugent, LizPenguin Ireland398
7End of Her,TheLapena, ShariBantam Press390
8Rodham:The Sunday Times BestsellerSittenfeld, CurtisDoubleday353
9Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 BestsellerKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph330
10Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom,ABoyne, JohnDoubleday267
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Jump:One Girl’s Search for MeaningMoyles, DaniellaGill Books408
2Love In, Love Out:A Compassionate Approach to Parenting Your Anxious CCoyne, Dr MalieThorsons302
3Emotional Healing:How To Put Yourself Back Together AgainBarry, HarryOrion Spring300
4Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About RaceEddo-Lodge, ReniBloomsbury Publishing PLC234
5Cocoon With A View,ATaylor, AliceO’Brien Press Ltd225
6How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books200
7Russian Affair,The:The True Story of the Couple who Uncovered the GreaWalsh, DavidSimon & Schuster Ltd197
8Body,The:A Guide for OccupantsBryson, BillBlack Swan190
9Arms Crisis of 1970,The:The Plot that Never WasHeney, MichaelHead of Zeus187
1012 Rules for Life:An Antidote to ChaosPeterson, Jordan B.Penguin Books Ltd 185
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Too Much and Never Enough:How My Family Created the World’s Most DangeTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd1,854
2Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone,The:Over 200 Delicious Recipes Flynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland1,027
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press834
4What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan296
5Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books270
6Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:The debut book from Florence GivenGiven, FlorenceCassell238
7Skincare:The Ultimate No-Nonsense GuideHirons, CarolineHQ231
8What Mummy Makes:Cook just once for you and your babyWilson, RebeccaDK206
9Room Where It Happened,The:A White House MemoirBolton, JohnSimon & Schuster199
10Deliciously Ella Quick & Easy:Plant-based DeliciousnessWoodward, Ella MillsYellow Kite184
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,315
2SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins507
3Child’s First Bible,ATaylor, Kenneth N.Dorling Kindersley Publishers 300
4Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)Collins, SuzanneScholastic286
5Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid:Rowley Jefferson’s JournalKinney, JeffPuffin264
6World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins217
7Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.201
8For Whom the Ball Rolls:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic180
9Dog Man 4: Dog Man and Cat Kid:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic175
10Dog Man:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic170

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