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Irish Bestsellers 31st October 2020

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Welcome back to another week in the charts. We may not be able to compare to the excitement of the real world this week – as this article is being written, the outcome of the US Presidential Election is still unconfirmed – so you can think of us as the calm in the storm!

There are a few interesting things to note: the number one this week is well-timed for Christmas, Jeff Kinney’s latest Wimpy Kid title, The Deep End. Over in the UK, the no. 1 is Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse and while this beautiful book isn’t no. 1 here, it’s still popular, holding onto no. 5 in the top 20.

This week’s featured book is an old favourite. Anna Burns’ Milkman has just won the Dublin Literary Award and is back to no. 2 in Mass Market Fiction. Here’s the blurb:

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2019

‘Blazing.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Outstanding.’ New Statesman

‘A triumph.’ Guardian

‘Utterly compelling.’ Irish Times

‘The best Booker winner in years.’ Metro

In an unnamed city, where to be interesting is dangerous, an eighteen-year-old woman has attracted the unwanted and unavoidable attention of a powerful and frightening older man, ‘Milkman’. In this community, where suggestions quickly become fact, where gossip and hearsay can lead to terrible consequences, what can she do to stop a rumour once it has started? Milkman is persistent, the word is spreading, and she is no longer in control . . .

And now the charts:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 31st October 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp3,262
2Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy
HarperCollins Grp2,910
3C’mere and I Tell Ya:The 2 Johnnies Guide to Irish LifeMcMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, JohnnyOther Publisher Groups2,080
4Old Ireland in ColourJohn Breslin & Buckley, Sarah-AnneOther Publisher Groups1,525
5Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,476
6Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness Publisher Group1,427
7Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp1,425
8Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp1,296
9Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp1,205
10No Hiding:My AutobiographyKearney, RobOther Publisher Groups1,052
11Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,016
12FuelO’Brien, SeanPenguin Grp879
13Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAtlantic Books Grp810
14Sentinel,TheChild, Lee & Child, AndrewTransworld Grp777
15Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Group753
16Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the WorldBurke, SinéadHachette Children’s Grp714
17SnowBanville, JohnFaber Grp662
18Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp646
19With Hope in Your Heart:The Seán Cox StoryCox, Martina & Keogh, SusanGill Group624
20How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelOrion Grp621
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 31st October 2020
Mass Market Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,016
2MilkmanBurns, AnnaFaber & Faber411
3Family Gift,TheKelly, CathyOrion (an Imprint of The Orion338
4Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group300
5Fifty-FiftyCavanagh, SteveOrion (an Imprint of The Orion257
6Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion248
7Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers237
8Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press206
9Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 199
10Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber169
Original Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books1,425
2Sentinel,TheChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press777
3SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber662
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking646
5LoveDoyle, RoddyJonathan Cape479
6Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking404
7After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun403
8BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland375
9Time for Mercy,AGrisham, JohnHodder & Stoughton339
10It’s That Time of YearMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland277
Paperback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland1,296
2Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland1,205
3Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin810
4With Hope in Your Heart:The Seán Cox StoryCox, Martina & Keogh, SusanGill Books624
5How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze621
6GreenlightsMcConaughey, MatthewHeadline Book Publishing468
7Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books451
8In Bed with the BlueshirtsRoss, ShaneAtlantic Books422
9Liturgical Calendar For Ireland 2021
Veritas Publications394
10OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Ireland393
Hardback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy
HarperCollins2,910
2C’mere and I Tell Ya:The 2 Johnnies Guide to Irish LifeMcMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, JohnnySandycove2,080
3Old Ireland in ColourJohn Breslin & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press1,525
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,476
5Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records1,427
6No Hiding:My AutobiographyKearney, RobReach Sport1,052
7FuelO’Brien, SeanPenguin Ireland879
8Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books753
9Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland591
10My Life in Red and White:My AutobiographyWenger, ArseneWeidenfeld & Nicolson581
Childrens




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin3,262
2Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the WorldBurke, SinéadWren & Rook714
3Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.528
4Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,488
5Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books417
6Kay’s AnatomyKay, AdamPuffin408
7Chill Skill,TheBreslin, NiallGill Books389
8Is There Anybody Out There?O Briain, DaraScholastic290
9Gordon’s Game: Blue ThunderHoward, Paul & D’Arcy, GordonPenguin Ireland252
10130-Storey Treehouse,The:The Treehouse SeriesGriffiths, AndyMacmillan Children’s Books248
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