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Irish Bestsellers 2nd January 2021

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Happy new year, as we bring you the first charts of 2021! Numbers have dropped sharply, a probable combination of post-Christmas and a new lockdown. Do continue to use your local bookshop – find out who has online services and/or click and collect options, so we can all support our booksellers!

Too early yet of course for any 2021 releases; our top spot this week is claimed by Charlie Mackesy’s enduringly beloved The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse which we’d guess has made some lovely presents for people this year, and perhaps has brightened an uncertain new year for others. If you’re in need of a diary, you could try the Paperback Non-Fiction chart, where we have the Oh My God, What A Complete Diary 2021 by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen or The Irish Get Up and Go Diary 2021; at nos. 7 and 10 respectively. Beyond this, the biggest trend this week is the usual January self-improvement drive: Pinch of Nom Quick and Easy by Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson is at no. 2 (and it’s well worth it. Try the honey and chilli pork loin…), Rhonda Byrne, author of the bestselling The Secret, is back with The Greatest Secret, a November release that’s currently at no. 10 in Hardback Non-Fiction, and finally the Happy Pear duo, David and Stephen Flynn, are back with this week’s featured book. The Happy Health Plan at no. 18 (and no. 5 in Paperback Non-Fiction). Here’s the blurb:

From the Sunday Times bestselling authors, The Happy Pear

‘My go-to for incredible vegan recipes’ Joe Wicks

Want to improve your health, lose weight or gain more energy? A plant-based diet might be the answer you’re looking for.

The Happy Health Plan brings you 90 brand new, mouth-watering recipes and four bespoke meals straight from the Happy Pear kitchen. The recipes have been specially designed with medical experts to look after your heart, give you glowing skin, calm your gut and help you lose weight, without counting a single calorie. 

Cooking with more plants means that every meal is full of fibre, high in vitamins and low in saturated fat, which means they boost your energy, reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller for longer. 

Including lots of classic dishes, from a creamy carbonara to a katsu curry, a fluffy pancake stack and even a berry crumble, this book will help you to look after your whole body health, inside and out, with tastier food than ever before. 

‘Awesome plans that show how plant-based food can transform your health’ BOSH!

And now, this week’s 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 2nd January 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,596
2Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KatePan Macmillan Grp1,384
3Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp1,200
4Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp1,037
5Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Group961
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp767
7Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp627
8Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp622
9Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneIrish Academic Press Grp608
10SnowBanville, JohnFaber Grp606
11Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp593
12Promised Land,AObama, BarackPenguin Grp575
13After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp551
14Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp527
15Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland Grp525
16Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp524
17Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp502
18Happy Health Plan,TheFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Grp473
19Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp468
20Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp460
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 2nd January 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair627
2Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers448
3Bridgerton: The Duke and IQuinn, JuliaPiatkus Books272
4Family Gift,TheKelly, CathyOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )244
5Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )230
6Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 216
7Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers178
8Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press155
9Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber151
10Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber151
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books1,037
2SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber606
3After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun551
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking527
5Law of Innocence,TheConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )441
6Sentinel,TheChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press436
7Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking417
8Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland395
9Shuggie BainStuart, DouglasPicador379
10It’s That Time of YearMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland330
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland1,200
2Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books622
3Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland593
4Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland525
5Happy Health Plan,TheFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Life473
6Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd468
7Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2021McLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books443
8Think Like a Monk:The Secret of How to Harness the Power of PositivityShetty, JayThorsons417
9Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin408
10Irish Get Up and Go Diary 2021,TheGet Up and Go Publications386
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,596
2Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird1,384
3Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books961
4Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press608
5Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking575
6Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co524
7Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books443
8Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell443
9Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books426
10Greatest Secret,TheByrne, RhondaThorsons415
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep EndKinney, JeffPuffin767
2Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.460
3Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins457
4Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.302
5Ickabog,TheRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young Readers281
6Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC213
7Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin162
8Dog Man 8: Fetch-22Pilkey, DavScholastic162
9Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC153
10Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM152
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