Irish Bestsellers 25th May 2024 | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists
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This week all we can talk about is Colm Tóibín. His long-awaited sequel to Brooklyn, which was made into a hit movie with Saoirse Ronan heading an all-star cast, has finally hit the shelves with not so much a splash as a flood. In two days, Long Island racked up almost 6,000 sales which is absolutely massive; it’s had rave reviews and even made Oprah’s Book Club list.

Here’s the blurb:

‘Heartbreak, wistfulness, cracking dialogue . . . This is Tóibín at his best’ – The Times
‘A masterful novel full of longing and regret . . . Intensely moving and yet full of restraint’ – Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain


Long Island is Colm Tóibín’s masterpiece: an exquisite, exhilarating novel that asks whether it is possible to truly return to the past and renew the great love that seemed gone forever. The sequel to Colm Tóibín’s prize-winning, bestselling novel Brooklyn.

A man with an Irish accent knocks on Eilis Fiorello’s door on Long Island and in that moment everything changes. Eilis and Tony have built a secure, happy life here since leaving Brooklyn – perhaps a little stifled by the in-laws so close, but twenty years married and with two children looking towards a good future.

And yet this stranger will reveal something that will make Eilis question the life she has created. For the first time in years she suddenly feels very far from home and the revelation will see her turn towards Ireland once again. Back to her mother. Back to the town and the people she had chosen to leave behind. Did she make the wrong choice marrying Tony all those years ago? Is it too late now to take a different path?

And now this week’s charts with the Top 20, headed of course by Long Island, followed by the Top 10 in each category.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25 May 2024

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Long Island:The long-awaited sequel to BrooklynTóibín, ColmPan Macmillan Grp5,956
2Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp1,143
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp1,107
4Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications Grp758
5Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Grp697
6Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp673
7Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp665
8You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Grp646
9The Instruments of DarknessConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp638
10PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Grp594
11Sprout & Co Saladology:Fresh Ideas for Delicious SaladsKirwan, TheoOctopus Publishing Grp551
12Think TwiceCoben, HarlanRandom House Grp535
13It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp451
14You Like It DarkerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton Grp429
15YellowfaceKuang, Rebecca FHarperCollins Grp416
16Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp401
17No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaTransworld Grp399
18Table For TwoTowles, AmorRandom House Grp378
19Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books Grp376
20EarthBoyne, JohnTransworld Grp370
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25 May 2024
Mass Market Fiction

1Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications758
2Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Books Ltd 697
3It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd451
4YellowfaceKuang, Rebecca FThe Borough Press416
5Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber401
6No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaPenguin (Transworld)399
7Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 312
8Covenant of Water,TheVerghese, AbrahamGrove Press306
9Last Devil To Die,The:The Thursday Murder Club 4Osman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 306
10That They May Face the Rising SunMcGahern, JohnFaber and Faber281
Original Fiction

1Long IslandTóibín, ColmPicador5,956
2Honeymoon Affair,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,143
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph1,107
4Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc665
5You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Ltd646
6The Instruments of DarknessConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton638
7Think TwiceCoben, HarlanCentury535
8You Like It DarkerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton429
9Table For TwoTowles, AmorHutchinson Heinemann378
10EarthBoyne, JohnDoubleday370
Paperback Non Fiction

1PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Books Ltd 594
2Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books376
3From Tip to Top:The journey of a lifetime from Chile to AlaskaMurtagh, PeterGill Books224
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books213
6Ultra-Processed People:Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop?Tulleken, Chris vanPenguin (Cornerstone)168
5Surrounded by Idiots:The Four Types of Human BehaviourErikson, ThomasVermilion150
7Madhouse:The naked truth about my chaotic childhood, losing my mind and finding a place to call homeGallagher, PJPenguin Books Ltd 145
8Myth of Normal,The:Illness, health & healing in a toxic cultureMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion128
9Killing Thatcher:The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the CrownCarroll, RoryMUDLARK126
10Diary of a CEO,The:The 33 Laws of Business and LifeBartlett, StevenEbury Edge124
Hardback Non Fiction

1Sprout & Co Saladology:Fresh Ideas for Delicious SaladsKirwan, TheoMitchell Beazley551
2Great Irish Bucket List,The
Gill Books193
3So GoodEnglish, EmilySeven Dials165
4Hike Life,The:My 50 Favourite Hikes in IrelandPurcell, RozannaBlack & White Publishing161
5100 PoemsHeaney, SeamusFaber & Faber159
6Twelve Sheep:Life lessons from a lambing seasonConnell, JohnAtlantic Books155
7Compendium of Irish Pints,A:The Culture, Customs and CraicDunworth, AliNine Bean Rows Books134
8Garden Against Time,TheLaing, OliviaPicador131
9Lucky:Learning to live againThompson, LouiseEbury Spotlight119
10Pocket History of Ireland,AMcCullough, JosephGill & Macmillan107

1Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.673
2Looshkin: Honk If You See It!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books238
3Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea (PB)Pilkey, DavScholastic203
4AstrochimpWalliams, DavidHarperCollins202
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer (Book 18)Kinney, JeffPuffin191
6Bunny vs Monkey: Bunny Bonanza!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books176
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin161
8Agents of S.U.I.T.: From Badger to WorseGreen, John Patrick & Hastings, ChristopherMacmillan Children’s Books158
9Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day ShamblesForde, LeonaGill Books150
10My Big Rainbow Book of Colouring
Igloo Books149

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