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Irish Bestsellers 3rd October 2020

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the art of the glimpse
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While Mary McAleese’s memoir, Here’s the Story, continues to dominate the charts, there’s a brand new entry, making a splash not far behind. Graham Norton, whose last book A Keeper stuck around the charts for a very long time in various editions, is back with Home Stretch, a powerful new novel (with a gorgeous, vintage-esque cover) that’s gone straight to no. 2 in the Top 20. Other new, real-life releases include Rory’s Story by Rory O’Connor and Dermot Crowe at no. 6, and Beyond the Tape: The Life and Many Deaths of a State Pathologist by Marie Cassidy, at no. 8. There’s also what promises to be a really lovely book that’s gone on my own wishlist, What is Beautiful in the Sky: A book about endings and beginnings by Michael Harding.

This week’s featured book is a real treasure trove for any short story enthusiasts. The Art of the Glimpse (another fantastic, evocative title!) is at no. 10 in Original Fiction and hopefully will stick around for a while. Here’s the blurb:

An anthology of the very best Irish short stories, selected by Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations.

There have been many anthologies of the short story as it developed in Ireland, but never a collection like this.

The Art of the Glimpse is a radical revision of the canon of the Irish story, uniting classic works with neglected writers and marginalised voices – women, LGBT writers, Traveller folk-tales, neglected 19th-century authors and the first wave of ‘new Irish’ writers from all over the world now making a life in Ireland. Sinéad Gleeson brings together stories that range from the most sublime realism to the downright bizarre and transgressive, some from established literary figures and some that have not yet been published in book form.

The collection draws on a tremendous spectrum of experience: the story of a prank come good by Bram Stoker; Sally Rooney on the love languages of the new generation; Donal Ryan on the pains of ageing; Edna O’Brien on the things we betray for love; James Joyce on a young woman torn between the familiar burdens and oppression of her home and the dangerous lure of romance and escape; and the internal monologue of a woman in a coma by Marian Keyes. Here too are vivid and less familiar stories by Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Oein De Bharduin, Blindboy Boatclub and Melatu Uche Okorie.

Sinead Gleeson’s anthology is a marvellous representation of a rich literary tradition renewing itself in the 21st century.

Contributing authors include:

Samuel Beckett, Sally Rooney, Melatu Uche Okirie, William Trevor, Marian Keyes, Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Claire-Louise Bennett, Sheridan Le Fanu, Danielle McLaughlin, Máirtín Ó Cathain, Frances Molloy, Blindboy Boatclub, Elizabeth Bowen, Frank O’Connor, Chiamaka Emyi-Amadi, John McGahern, Anne Enright, Mike McCormack, Maeve Brennan, Oein de Bhairduin, Eimear McBride, Seán Ó’Faoláin, Cathy Sweeney.

And now the charts, starting with the Top 20 and wrapping up with the Top 10 in each category.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 3rd October 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Grp3,211
2Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp3,105
3Champagne FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp2,779
4This Is Me
Penguin Grp2,622
5Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp1,717
6Rory’s StoryO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Group1,707
7Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Group1,664
8Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp1,400
9Tell Me the Truth About LossFitzpatrick, NiamhGill Group1,327
10Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,060
11After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp1,026
12Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp971
13Light That Never Goes Out,AShanley, KeelinGill Group915
14Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp899
15Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp882
16OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Grp800
17BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Grp777
18What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland Grp737
19Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness Publisher Group734
20Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp725
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 3rd October 2020
Mass Market Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair725
2Of Mice and Men:Penguin Modern ClassicsSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 610
3Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 345
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers331
5Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion246
6RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador238
7Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press229
8Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber219
9Boy from the Woods,TheCoben, HarlanArrow Books218
10Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage Classics198
Original Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books3,105
2Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking1,717
3After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,026
4Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland882
5BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland777
6Kingdom,TheNesbo, JoHarvill Secker708
7Troubled BloodGalbraith, RobertSphere598
8V2Harris, RobertHutchinson495
9Glorious Guinness Girls,TheHourican, EmilyHachette Books Ireland461
10Art of the Glimpse,The
Head of Zeus460
Paperback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Champagne FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland2,779
2Rory’s StoryO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books1,707
3Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland1,400
4Tell Me the Truth About LossFitzpatrick, NiamhGill Books1,327
5OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid IdeaFreyne, PatrickPenguin Ireland800
6Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays623
7Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland466
8Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press449
9Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books383
10Think Like a Monk:The Secret of How to Harness the Power of PositivityShetty, JayThorsons342
Hardback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Here’s the StoryMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland3,211
2This Is Me
Michael Joseph2,622
3Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books1,664
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,060
5Light That Never Goes Out,AShanley, KeelinGill Books915
6Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co899
7What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland737
8Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records734
97 Ways:Easy Ideas for Every Day of the WeekOliver, JamieMichael Joseph462
10Homekeeper’s Diary 2021,TheBrennan, FrancisGill Books437
Childrens




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.971
2Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,458
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin436
4Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books418
5World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins355
6Dead Zoo,TheDonnelly, PeterGill Books289
7Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press286
8Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 277
9Dandy Annual,The:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,253
10Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM242
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