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Irish Bestsellers 29th August 2020

Writing.ie | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists
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Not a huge amount of movement in the charts this week; the recent slew of releases is still doing well in the charts as well as favourites such as The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri and Conversations with Friends and Normal People, both by Sally Rooney and both high in the Mass Market Fiction chart. We also have a nod to the new school year, as John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men re-appears in the charts!

One notable new entry is in the Children’s chart, where Eoin McLaughlin’s book While We Can’t Hug is being read to children across both Ireland and the UK to help them understand a little of these unusual times.

This week’s featured book is from one of Ireland’s favourite authors at the moment. Donal Ryan’s new book Strange Flowers hit the shelves recently along with the charts, and this week is at nos. 1 and 6 of the Original Fiction Top 10, as well top of the Top 20. Here’s the blurb:

‘Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving’ David Nicholls

‘A triumph … the best novel I’ve read so far this year’ Joseph O’Connor


In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home and disappears.

Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns. What – and who – she brings with her will change the course of her family’s life forever.

Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.


‘Here is love as a weapon and a balm … A gorgeously wrought book’ Guardian

Outstanding … Tender and beautifully writtenIndependent

All the beauty and sorrow of life can be found in these pages’ Kathleen MacMahon

Exquisite … Beautiful‘ Anne Griffin, author of When All Is Said

‘Ryan gathers together the fragments of broken lives and makes us something new and beautiful from them’ Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

And now this week’s charts:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 29th August 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp1,922
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,719
3Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp1,360
4Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPenguin Grp1,173
5Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,162
67 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamiePenguin Grp1,031
7Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieLittle, Brown Book Grp855
8Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyRandom House Grp831
9Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonRandom House Grp740
10World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp618
11Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPan Macmillan Grp574
12Finding FreedomScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHarperCollins Grp548
13Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp538
14American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp516
15Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRandom House Grp508
16Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber Grp507
17Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp498
18Death Sets SailStevens, RobinPenguin Grp466
19Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp440
20Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Grp408
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 29th August 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,162
2Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 538
3Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion440
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber393
5Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber356
6Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 341
7Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press325
8This Is HappinessWilliams, NiallBloomsbury Publishing PLC263
9Triail,AnGhrada, Mairead NiAn Gum255
10Giver of Stars,TheMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 250
Original Fiction

1Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,922
2Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton1,360
3Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyCentury831
4Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador574
5American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press516
6Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday498
7Women Who Ran Away,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review398
8Nothing Man,TheHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus355
9Bird in the Bamboo Cage,TheGaynor, HazelHarperCollins Publishers309
10ApeirogonMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC281
Paperback Non Fiction

1Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonVermilion740
2Finding FreedomScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHQ548
3Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co508
4Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays507
5Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press332
6Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd310
7Power of Now,TheTolle, EckhartHodder Paperback272
8Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books270
9JumpMoyles, DaniellaGill Books237
1012 Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Penguin Books Ltd 185
Hardback Non Fiction

1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,719
27 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamieMichael Joseph1,031
3Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd408
4Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for EveryoneFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland397
5Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell248
6What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan238
7Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books171
8Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd155
9Pinch of NomFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, Catherine Bluebird135
10100 PoemsHeaney, SeamusFaber & Faber123

1Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin1,173
2Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM855
3World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins618
4Death Sets SailStevens, RobinPuffin466
5SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins397
6While We Can’t Hug:A Hedgehog and Tortoise StoryMcLaughlin, EoinFaber & Faber362
7Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid:Rowley Jefferson’s JournalKinney, JeffPuffin300
8Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 258
9For Whom the Ball Rolls:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic236
10Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC224
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