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Irish Bestsellers 2nd September 2017

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 9 September 2017 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Yes, it’s September. Before we can throw ourselves into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, though, we have to throw ourselves into a return to school and mundane things like Leaving Cert booklists… With that in mind, it’s no surprise to find an array of classics in the charts this week. In the Top 20 we have Of Mice and Men at no. 4, To Kill A Mockingbird at no. 7, and An Triail by Mairead Ni Ghrada at no. 14. The Great Gatsby brings up the rear, at no. 18, and you can spot a couple more in the Top 10 charts as well.

Last week’s featured book, Roddy Doyle’s Smile, has found its way to the top spot, and although Jamie Oliver has made into our charts as well as the UK’s, his 5 Ingredients is still just at no. 3 and lagging quite a way behind The Couple Next Door.

For this week’s featured book, we’ll stick with the school theme, but we’re a long way from home with Jane Mitchell’s book Chalkline. This book has been endorsed by Amnesty International for contributing to a better understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them. Here’s a bit more about it:

The moving story of a Kashmiri boy soldier, from a prize-winning Irish author.

It’s an ordinary morning at nine-year-old Rafiq’s school in rural Kashmir when the silence of dawn prayers is ripped apart by gunfire. Soldiers of the Kashmir Freedom Fighters have raided the village in search of new recruits – they scrawl a line in chalk across the schoolroom wall, and any boy whose height reaches the line will be taken to fight. Rafiq is tall for his age – the first boy to cross the chalkline into a life of brutality and terrorism. This is the story of Rafiq’s transformation from child to boy soldier, as he is indoctrinated into the cause of fanatical belief. But his family have not forgotten him; when he can no longer recognize himself, they remember the boy he was, and reach out a hand of redemption as he spirals towards a final act of atrocity.

And on to the charts, as always starting with the Top 20:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 2nd September 2017
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Smile Doyle, Roddy Random House Grp 1,594
2 Couple Next Door,The Lapena, Shari Transworld Grp 1,087
3 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food Oliver, Jamie Penguin Grp 687
4 Of Mice and Men# Steinbeck, John Penguin Grp 597
5 Foster Keegan, Claire Faber Grp 584
6 Whistler,The:The Number One Bestseller Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Grp 568
7 To Kill A Mockingbird# Lee, Harper Random House Grp 517
8 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 507
9 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail HarperCollins Grp 505
10 Wonder Palacio, R. J. Random House Childrens Books G 497
11 Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety Foran, Caroline Hachette Books Ireland Grp 445
12 Good Daughter,The:The Best Thriller You Will Read in 2017 Slaughter, Karin HarperCollins Grp 430
13 I Found My Tribe Fitzmaurice, Ruth Random House Grp 429
14 An Triail Ghrada, Mairead Ni Other Publisher Groups 426
15 Game of Thrones,A:A Song of Ice and Fire# Martin, George R. R. HarperCollins Grp 423
16 To Kill the President:The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year Bourne, Sam HarperCollins Grp 417
17 Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah Random House Grp 405
18 Great Gatsby,The:Wordsworth Classics Fitzgerald, F. Scott Wordsworth Grp 383
19 Dry,The Harper, Jane Little, Brown Book Grp 371
20 Midwinter Break MacLaverty, Bernard Random House Grp 358

And the Top 10 in each category:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 2nd September 2017
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Couple Next Door,The Lapena, Shari Corgi Books 1,087
2 Of Mice and Men# Steinbeck, John Penguin Books 597
3 Foster Keegan, Claire Faber and Faber 584
4 Whistler,The:The Number One Bestseller Grisham, John Hodder Paperback 568
5 To Kill A Mockingbird# Lee, Harper Arrow Books 517
6 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Vintage Classics 507
7 An Triail Ghrada, Mairead Ni An Gum 426
8 To Kill the President:The Most Explosive Thriller of the Year Bourne, Sam Harper 417
9 Great Gatsby,The:Wordsworth Classics Fitzgerald, F. Scott Wordsworth Editions 383
10 Dry,The Harper, Jane Abacus 371
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Smile Doyle, Roddy Jonathan Cape 1,594
2 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail HarperCollins Publishers 505
3 Good Daughter,The:The Best Thriller You Will Read in 2017 Slaughter, Karin HarperCollins Publishers 430
4 Game of Thrones,A:A Song of Ice and Fire# Martin, George R. R. HarperVoyager 423
5 Midwinter Break MacLaverty, Bernard Jonathan Cape 358
6 Into the Water:The Number One Bestseller Hawkins, Paula Doubleday 306
7 It:film tie-in edition of Stephen King’s IT King, Stephen Hodder Paperback 290
8 Last Tudor,The Gregory, Philippa Simon & Schuster Ltd 272
9 Late Show,The Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 245
10 he:A Novel Connolly, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 188
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 I Found My Tribe Fitzmaurice, Ruth Chatto & Windus 429
2 Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah Vintage 405
3 Plough and the Stars,The O’Casey, Sean Faber And Faber Plays 325
4 When Breath Becomes Air Kalanithi, Paul Vintage 273
5 All My Sons:Penguin Modern Classics Miller, Arthur Penguin Classics 272
6 Prisoners of Geography:Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to K Marshall, Tim Elliott & Thompson 266
7 Hillbilly Elegy:A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J. D. William Collins 245
8 Cartel,The Breen, Stephen & Conlon, Owen Penguin Ireland 224
9 Bully-Proof Kids:Practical tools to help your child to grow up confide O’Malley, Stella Gill Books 198
10 Fully Functioning Human (Almost):Living in an Online/Offline World Murphy, Melanie Hachette Books Ireland 181
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 687
2 Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety Foran, Caroline Hachette Books Ireland 445
3 Secret,The Byrne, Rhonda Simon & Schuster Ltd 205
4 Pocket History of Ireland,A McCullough, Joseph Gill & Macmillan 203
5 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Favilli, Elena & Cavallo, Francesca Particular Books 142
6 Irish History:From Prehistoric Times to the Present Day Mac Annaidh,Seamus Parragon Book Service Ltd 86
7 Make Your Bed:Small things that can change your life… and maybe the McRaven, Admiral William H. Michael Joseph 75
8 Hotel Front Office Management 5E Bardi, James A. John Wiley & Sons 71
9 Pocket Irish Pub Cookbook,The:Over 110 Delicious Recipes Gill & Macmillan 69
10 Happy Pear,The:Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life Flynn, David & Flynn, Stephen Penguin Ireland 68
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Wonder Palacio, R. J. Corgi Childrens 497
2 World’s Worst Children 2,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 308
3 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two:The Official Pla Rowling, J. K. & Tiffany, John & Thorne, Sphere 299
4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 198
5 Private Peaceful Morpurgo, Michael HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 189
6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 186
7 Trash:Film Tie-in Mulligan, Andy Definitions 177
8 Outsiders,The:The Originals Hinton, S. E. Penguin Books 170
9 Chalkline Mitchell, Jane Walker Books Ltd 160
10 Adventures of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties,The:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 152
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