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Irish Bestsellers 30th January 2021

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There’s a little bit of movement in the Top 20 this week, with new releases Stardust Baby by Lisa Lawlor at no. 7 (and no. 2 in Paperback Non-Fiction), The Dark Room by Sam Blake up to no. 12 in the Top 20 and no. 2 in Original Fiction, beating Graham Norton back down into 4th place, as well as last week’s featured book, Life Sentences by Billy O’Callaghan which is now at no. 13 in the Top 20 and no. 3 in Original Fiction.

We also have three new entries into the Top 10 Original Fiction, with The Survivors by Jane Harper at no. 5, Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney at no. 9, and A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion at no. 10. At the moment, though, non-fiction is still dominant in the Top 20 (new year’s resolutions, anyone?) so these great novels narrowly miss out on those Top 20 spots. However, one novel making a mark is the second in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, up to no. 2 in Mass Market Fiction. Following on from the storming success of the Netflix adaptation of book one, are readers preparing themselves for a possible new series?

This week’s featured book is Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent, at no. 7 in the Mass Market Fiction chart. Here’s the blurb:

‘Liz Nugent is a force to be reckoned with‘ Lisa Jewell
‘Liz Nugent has a gift for filling us with a terrible fascination for truly horrible people’ Val McDermid
MAGNIFICENT. Her best yet, and that’s really saying something’ Marian Keyes

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.

But which brother killed him?


Dark, beautiful, devastating – pure genius‘ Lucy Foley
‘What a terrific storyteller Liz Nugent is! Brilliantly structured, fluently told, rich in unsettling incident and pulsing with dark, tumultuous energy … her best book yet’ Irish Times
‘Creepy, compelling and totally addictive’ Erin Kelly
‘An uncanny ability to get under the skin of characters … nobody is a mere cliché in Nugent’s clear, propulsive writing’ Sunday Times
Dramatic and compelling … a whodunit and a Greek tragedy all in one … absolutely riveting’ Irish Independent
‘A masterful interrogation of a family’s undoing … and a ruthless examination of the pieces left behind’ Business Post
‘Wonderful … characters so well drawn it’s hair-raising. Keeps you gripped to the very last line’ Joe Duffy
‘A dark jewel of a novel – finely observed, swift and exciting AJ Finn

And now this week’s charts!

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 30th January 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,992
2How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Group1,225
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp954
4Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KatePan Macmillan Grp920
5Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp918
6Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp857
7Stardust BabyLawlor, LisaMirror Books Grp805
8Bridgerton: The Duke and IQuinn, JuliaLittle, Brown Book Grp651
9Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp610
10Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp571
11Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Group563
12Dark Room,TheBlake, SamAtlantic Books Grp522
13Life SentencesO’Callaghan, BillyRandom House Grp516
14Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp512
15Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp500
16Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp453
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp422
18Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp411
19After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp404
20Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceOctopus Publishing Grp393
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 30th January 2021
Mass Market Fiction
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair954
2Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books651
3Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion500
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers411
5Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books334
6Family Gift,TheKelly, CathyOrion (an Imprint of The Orion265
7Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 260
8Hungry Road,TheConlon-McKenna, MaritaTransworld Ireland210
9Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers191
10Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber186
Original Fiction
1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking857
2Dark Room,TheBlake, SamCorvus522
3Life SentencesO’Callaghan, BillyJonathan Cape516
4Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books512
5Survivors,TheHarper, JaneLittle,Brown411
6After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun404
7SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber263
8Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland260
9Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere224
10Crooked Tree,AMannion, UnaFaber & Faber217
Paperback Non Fiction
1How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books1,225
2Stardust BabyLawlor, LisaMirror Books805
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd768
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books571
5Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland453
6Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co360
7Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press304
8OvercomingPhelan, VickyHachette Books Ireland242
930 Day Kick Start PlanWicks, JoeBluebird234
10Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland225
Hardback Non Fiction
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,992
2Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird920
3Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books563
4Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell393
5Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co385
6Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books377
7Naked:Ten Truths To Change Your LifeForan, CarolineHachette Books Ireland348
8Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books347
9Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press334
10Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd310
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins610
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin422
3Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.304
4Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.271
5We Were LiarsLockhart, E.Hot Key Books241
6Beast of Buckingham Palace,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins224
7Ickabog,TheRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young 216
8Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J.K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC191
9One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 156
10World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins150
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