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Irish Bestsellers 28th September 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 5 October 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Welcome to another week of the Irish Bestsellers! While the UK goes nuts for Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments and David Cameron’s Off the Record, the Irish charts continue prove that we like our home-grown talent. Four out of the top five are Irish authors, with Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght continuing to pull ahead with Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling. Cecilia Ahern isn’t far behind, though, as Postscript: The sequel to P.S. I Love You narrows the gap between first and second dramatically. It’s not a total washout for the former British PM though – Cameron does make an appearance in the Irish charts, coming in at no. 8 in Hardback Non-Fiction, just ahead of Outgrowing God by Richard Dawkins, and Return to Sender by Paul Kelly, all three books coming out on almost the same day.

This week’s featured book is the haunting Girl by Edna O’Brien. Girl has only been out a couple of weeks, and while it may have narrowly missed out on being in the overall Top 20 this week, it’s likely to be around for a good long time. Here’s the blurb:

The Sunday Times bestseller: Girl is the new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls (dramatised on BBC Radio 4 in August 2019).

Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a community of men governed by a brutal code of violence. Barely more than a girl herself, she must soon learn how to survive as a woman with a child of her own. Just as the world around her seems entirely consumed by madness, bound for hell, she is offered an escape of sorts – but only into another landscape of trials and terrors amidst the unforgiving wilds of northeastern Nigeria, through the forest and beyond; a place where her traumas are met with the blinkered judgement of a society in denial.

How do we love in a world that has lost its moorings? How can we comprehend the barbarism of our enemies, and learn forgiveness for atrocities committed in the name of ideology? Edna O’Brien’s new novel pierces to the heart of these questions: and the result is her masterpiece.

And now the Top 20, with the Top 10 in each category to wrap things up.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 28th September 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Group 3,269
2 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Grp 2,881
3 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland Grp 1,826
4 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 1,077
5 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 1,061
6 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Group 922
7 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Grp 773
8 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Grp 758
9 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 753
10 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 639
11 Second Sleep,The Harris, Robert Random House Grp 623
12 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 577
13 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness Publisher Group 524
14 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 514
15 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 505
16 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic Ltd. Grp 490
17 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 468
18 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Pan Macmillan Grp 465
19 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 441
20 Institute,The King, Stephen Hodder & Stoughton Grp 440

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 28th September 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 753
2 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 639
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 577
4 Handmaid’s Tale,The Atwood, Margaret Vintage 505
5 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 468
6 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 441
7 Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John Penguin Books Ltd 345
8 Lies Lies Lies Parks, Adele HQ 330
9 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books Ltd 286
10 Wych Elm,The French, Tana Penguin Books Ltd 285
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 3,269
2 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 2,881
3 Testaments,The Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 1,077
4 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 1,061
5 Second Sleep,The Harris, Robert Hutchinson 623
6 Institute,The King, Stephen Hodder & Stoughton 440
7 Girl O’Brien, Edna Faber & Faber 399
8 Beekeeper of Aleppo,The Lefteri, Christy Zaffre Publishing 399
9 Nothing Ventured Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 383
10 Night Boat to Tangier Barry, Kevin Canongate Books 323
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 1,826
2 Eat Up, Raise Your Game Davey, Daniel Gill Books 922
3 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Thunberg, Greta Penguin Books Ltd 758
4 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 465
5 Chest Pain Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 395
6 Education of an Idealist,The Power, Samantha William Collins 333
7 Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz,The Dronfield, Jeremy Penguin Books Ltd 315
8 101 Reasons Why Cork is Better than Dublin Fitzpatrick, Pat The Mercier Press Ltd 307
9 Village of Bernadette Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 284
10 Gotta Get Theroux This Theroux, Louis Macmillan 241
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 My Crazy World Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 773
2 Guinness World Records 2020 Guinness World Records 524
3 Veg Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 437
4 Donal’s Super Food in Minutes Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton 328
5 One Pot Feeds All Allen, Darina Kyle Books 288
6 Pinch of Nom Featherstone, Kay & Allinson, Kate Bluebird 257
7 Clever Batch White, Susan Jane Gill Books 223
8 For the Record Cameron, David William Collins 183
9 Outgrowing God Dawkins, Richard Bantam Press 172
10 Return to Sender Kelly, Paul Gill Books 163
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 514
2 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 490
3 Beano Annual D.C. Thomson & Co., 231
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 228
5 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 222
6 Outsiders,The Hinton, S. E. Penguin Books Ltd 214
7 Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo Book 4),The Riordan, Rick Puffin 210
8 Fing Walliams, David HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 169
9 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Kinney, Jeff Puffin 166
10 Lily at Lissadell Curtin, Judi O’Brien Press Ltd 164
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