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Irish Bestsellers 27th February 2021

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Welcome to another week in the charts, and another week with The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy riding high at the top of the Top 20. If you take a look at the Top 10 in each category, though, you will see a couple of new entries – perhaps one of these will give Mackesy a run for his money!

In Original Fiction, Sarah Pearse brings us an atmospheric thriller in an isolated location in the Swiss Alps, in The Sanatorium, new in at no. 6. And if you’re more interested in non-fiction, check out Stuff Happens! by Emma Gleeson for advice on clearing your head and your clutter – straight into the Hardback Non-Fiction chart at no. 5. Finally, for young boys is Dr Ranj Singh’s excellent How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing! The No-Worries Guide for Boys which is currently at no. 7 in the Children’s but hopefully will continue to gain momentum.

Our featured book this week is also a newbie, from a much-beloved author. Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library has come straight into the charts at no. 2 in the Top 20 and no. 1 in Mass Market Fiction. Here’s the blurb:


‘BEAUTIFUL’ Jodi Picoult, ‘UPLIFTING’ i‘BRILLIANT’ Daily Mail, ‘AMAZING’ Joanna Cannon, ‘ABSORBING’ New York Times, ‘THOUGHT-PROVOKING’ Independent

Nora’s life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?

And now 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 27th February 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,525
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp997
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp908
4Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp880
5Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRandom House Grp856
6Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp815
7Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp780
8Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp769
9Above WaterKearney, TrishHachette Books Ireland Grp688
10American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp626
11Self-Love Habit,TheBrennan, FionaGill Group577
12Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp505
13Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceOctopus Publishing Grp485
14Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KatePan Macmillan Grp483
15How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Group461
16Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHarperCollins Grp456
17Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp414
18Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinPan Macmillan Grp410
19Whole New Plan for Living,ALucey, JimHachette Books Ireland Grp406
20Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Grp397
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 27th February 2021
Mass Market Fiction
1Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books910
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair908
3Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 780
4American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press626
5Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 397
6Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books366
7Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage Classics287
8Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion279
9Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books275
10Fair WarningConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion268
Original Fiction
1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking769
2Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHQ456
3Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan410
4Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books386
5Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere372
6Sanatorium,ThePearse, SarahBantam Press366
7Girl ADean, AbigailHarperCollins Publishers362
8Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group335
9Survivors,TheHarper, JaneLittle,Brown297
10Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape276
Paperback Non Fiction
1Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co856
2Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd762
3Above WaterKearney, TrishHachette Books Ireland688
4Self-Love Habit,TheBrennan, FionaGill Books577
5Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books505
6How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books461
7Whole New Plan for Living,ALucey, JimHachette Books Ireland406
8Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays357
9Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland281
10Dark BlueCarthy, ShaneO’Brien Press Ltd252
Hardback Non Fiction
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,525
2Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co880
3Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell485
4Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird483
5Stuff Happens!Gleeson, EmmaPenguin Ireland340
6How to Avoid a Climate DisasterGates, BillAllen Lane284
7Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press261
8Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books205
9Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books199
10How to Make Anything Gluten FreeExcell, BeckyQuadrille Publishing195
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins414
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin373
3We Were LiarsLockhart, E.Hot Key Books270
4FingWalliams, DavidHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks248
5Tom Gates 18: Ten Tremendous TalesPichon, LizScholastic242
6Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.239
7How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing!:The No-Worries Guide for BoysSingh, Dr RanjWren & Rook232
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin231
9FingWalliams, DavidHarperCollins218
10Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.214
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