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Irish Bestsellers 27th March 2021

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While the World Book Day 2021 titles continue to hog a few of the spots in the Top 20, this week’s news is a big splash in the Children’s charts as Dave Pilkey’s newest instalment in the bizarrely popular Dog Man series hits the shelves. Dog Man 10: Mothering Heights is not only no. 1 in the Children’s Top 10, but no. 1 in the Top 20 overall, with almost three thousand sales in a few days.

Elsewhere, there’s a new book from bestseller Harlan Coben, with The Win going straight to no. 6 in the Top 20 and no. 1 in Original Fiction; close on Coben’s heels is the new Paperback Non-Fiction no. 1, The Best Catholics in the World by Derek Scally – this could be interesting reading this Easter weekend!

There’s also a fair amount of comfort-reading, it looks like, with old favourites The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy still at no. 3 in the Top 20, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, released going on eighteen months ago, at no. 8. And the self-improvement vibe is still strong, with How to Be Good With Money by Eoin McGee at no. 12 and Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King at no. 17 – this one has made frequent appearances in the Top 20 since it was published in 2018.

This week’s featured book is another shout out for the fabulous Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan. Here’s the blurb:


‘Please believe the hype … a seriously exciting writer’ Sunday Times
‘Such brilliant writing about female desire… honest and visceral’ Marian Keyes
Discover this bitingly honest, darkly funny debut novel about a toxic relationship and secret female desire, from an emerging star of Irish literature. 

Love was the final consolation, would set ablaze the fields of my life in one go, leaving nothing behind.I thought of it as a force which would clean me and by its presence make me worthy of it. There was no religion in my life after early childhood, and a great faith in love was what I had cultivated instead. Oh, don’t laugh at me for this, for being a woman who says this to you. I hear myself speak.

Even now, even after all that took place between us, I can still feel how moved I am by him. Ciaran was that downy, darkening blond of a baby just leaving its infancy. He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. None of it mattered in the end; what he looked like, who he was, the things he would do to me. To make a beautiful man love and live with me had seemed – obviously, intuitively – the entire point of life. My need was greater than reality, stronger than the truth, more savage than either of us would eventually bear. How could it be true that a woman like me could need a man’s love to feel like a person, to feel that I was worthy of life? And what would happen when I finally wore him down and took it?

‘The millennial author everyone should be watching right now’ Daily Telegraph
‘A dark, intense account of an obsessive love affair. It’s great on the elation of falling in love and then its flip side, the anxiety, fixation and self-doubt. A really fine debut’ David Nicholls
‘As disarmingly relatable as it is moving’ Stylist

And now this week’s charts. Have a lovely Easter weekend!

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 27th March 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp2,867
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp1,596
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,251
4Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPenguin Grp1,109
5Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Grp1,083
6WinCoben, HarlanRandom House Grp1,006
7Best Catholics in the World,TheScally, DerekPenguin Grp955
8Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp881
9Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDorling Kindersley Grp780
10Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPenguin Grp749
11There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPenguin Grp726
12How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Group716
13Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber Grp670
14River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaHachette Children’s Grp640
15Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Grp626
16Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp615
17Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp614
18Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyBonnier Books UK Publishing Gr597
19American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp570
20What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021Donaldson, JuliaPan Macmillan Grp564
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 27th March 2021
Mass Market Fiction
1Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,569
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair881
3American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press570
4Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 531
5Women Who Ran Away,The:And the secrets that followed them . . .O’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review390
6Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson279
7Sentinel,The (Jack Reacher 25)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewCorgi Books234
8The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books234
9RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador226
10ApeirogonMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC223
Original Fiction
1WinCoben, HarlanCentury1,006
2Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber670
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking615
4Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape433
5Trust MeLogan, T.M.Bonnier Zaffre332
6Sanatorium,ThePearse, SarahBantam Press327
7Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group279
8Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan278
9Push,TheAudrain, AshleyMichael Joseph272
10Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books210
Paperback Non Fiction
1Best Catholics in the World,TheScally, DerekSandycove955
2How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books716
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd588
4As the Smoke ClearsHolohan, ZoeGill Books493
5Beating Brain Fog:Your 30-Day Plan to Think Faster, Sharper, BetterBrennan, Dr SabinaOrion Spring379
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books360
7Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co359
8BecomingObama, MichellePenguin Books Ltd 334
9Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland306
10What Matters Now:A Memoir of Hope and Finding a Way Through the DarkO’Callaghan, GarethHachette Books Ireland304
Hardback Non Fiction
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,251
2No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring424
3Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co417
4Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyEbury Press351
5Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell348
6Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird301
7Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books261
8Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press198
9Beyond Order:12 More Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Allen Lane187
10Greatest Secret,TheByrne, RhondaThorsons169
1Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.2,867
2Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPuffin1,109
3Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Ltd1,083
4Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDK Children780
5Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPuffin749
6There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPuffin726
7River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaOrion Children’s Books640
8Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books626
9Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyTemplar Publishing597
10What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021,TheDonaldson, JuliaMacmillan Children’s Books564
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