Irish Bestsellers 4th February 2023

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Whisper it, but Spring is around the corner… and the self-help books that dominated the Top 20 chart in January are being sidelined by fiction this week. Not totally, of course – this week’s no. 1 crown goes to Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book by Nathan Anthony which has been looking good since its release and now gets its moment in the sun. In terms of fiction, though, Mrs Hinch fans will be delighted with the news that she is back in the charts too, with Welcome to Hinch Farm: The Adventures of Ron, Len and Hen at no. 16. And Jojo Moyes is back with us, with a brand new book Someone Else’s Shoes coming straight into the charts at no. 8, and no. 4 in Original Fiction.

This week’s featured book is one of the few Non-Fiction in the Top 20, and looks like a cracking read for feisty Irish women and all those who love them. Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women by Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick has arrived with a bang, at no. 10 in the Top 20 and right there at no. 1 for Paperback Non-Fiction, beating back the titan Atomic Habits. Here’s the blurb:

The Number 1 Bestseller

‘A captivating account of lives previously ignored’ Sunday Independent


Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was not a good place to be a woman. Among the wave of emigrants from Ireland to North America were many, many young women who travelled on their own, hoping for a better life. Some lived lives of quiet industry and piety. Others quickly found themselves in trouble – bad trouble, and on an astonishing scale.

Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, creators of the celebrated ‘Bad Bridget’ podcast, have unearthed a world in which Irish women actually outnumbered Irish men in prison, in which you could get locked up for ‘stubbornness’, and in which a serial killer called Lizzie Halliday was described by the New York Times as ‘the worst woman on earth’. They reveal the social forces that bred this mayhem and dysfunction, through stories that are brilliantly strange, sometimes funny, and often moving. From sex workers and thieves to kidnappers and killers, these Bridgets are young women who have gone from the frying pan of their impoverished homeland to the fire of vast North American cities.

Bad Bridget is a masterpiece of social history and true crime, showing us a fascinating and previously unexplored world.
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‘I just loved it!’ Ryan Tubridy

‘Fascinating’ Irish Times

And now this week’s bestsellers, 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 4th February 2023
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker BookAnthony, NathanRandom House Grp3,891
2My Father’s HouseO’Connor, JosephRandom House Grp2,851
3It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp1,597
4SpareHarry, PrinceTransworld Grp1,423
5Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp947
6It Starts with UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp896
7Heart BonesHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp723
8Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoPenguin Grp666
9Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp613
10Bad Bridget:Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant WomenFarrell, Elaine & McCormick, LeannePenguin Grp587
11Bunny vs Monkey: Multiverse Mix-up!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books Grp567
12VerityHoover, ColleenLittle, Brown Book Grp559
13Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp536
14FosterKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp530
15Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp477
16Welcome to Hinch Farm:The Adventures of Ron, Len and HenHinch, MrsPenguin Grp452
17Exiles:Aaron FalkHarper, JanePan Macmillan Grp446
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp398
19Guinness World Records 2023Records, Guinness WorldGuinness Publisher Group394
20Mystery of Four,TheBlake, SamAtlantic Books Grp355
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 4th February 2023
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd1,597
2Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber947
3Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd613
4VerityHoover, ColleenSphere559
5FosterKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber530
6Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd477
7Daisy Jones and The SixJenkins Reid, TaylorArrow Books317
8Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair292
9Final OfferAsher, LaurenPiatkus Books285
10November 9Hoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd248
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1My Father’s HouseO’Connor, JosephHarvill Secker2,851
2It Starts with UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd896
3Heart BonesHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd723
4Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoMichael Joseph666
5Exiles:Aaron FalkHarper, JaneMacmillan446
6Mystery of Four,TheBlake, SamCorvus355
7Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieDoubleday286
8Silent Voices:Detective Lottie Parker, Book 9Gibney, PatriciaSphere265
9Forever HomeNorton, GrahamCoronet Books261
10No Plan BChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press240
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Bad Bridget:Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant WomenFarrell, Elaine & McCormick, LeanneSandycove587
2Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books536
3Woman in Defence,AMolloy, KarinaHachette Books Ireland349
4Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd295
5Freedom From AnxietyMcKenna, PaulWelbeck228
6We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanAPOLLO219
7EducatedWestover, TaraWindmill Books197
88 Rules of Love:How to Find it, Keep it, and Let it GoShetty, JayThorsons174
9Myth of Normal,The:Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic CultureMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion164
10Age ProofKenny, Professor Rose AnneLagom164
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker BookAnthony, NathanEbury Press3,891
2SpareHarry, PrinceBantam Books (Transworld Publi1,423
3Guinness World Records 2023Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records394
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press298
5Manifest: Dive DeeperNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph279
6What’s For Dinner?:Fuss-Free Family Food in 30 MinutesRossi, SarahHarperCollins Publishers253
7ManifestNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph247
8Irish Folklore Treasury,An:A selection of old stories, ways and wisdomCreedon, JohnGill Books219
98 Rules of Love:How to Find it, Keep it, and Let it GoShetty, JayThorsons218
10Creative Act,The:A Way of BeingRubin, RickCanongate Books155
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Bunny vs Monkey: Multiverse Mix-up!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books567
2Welcome to Hinch Farm:The Adventures of Ron, Len and HenHinch, MrsPuffin452
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin398
4Last Hours: Chain of Thorns,The:The Last HoursClare, CassandraWalker Books Ltd306
5Cat Kid Comic Club 4Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.274
6Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,AJackson, HollyElectric Monkey247
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)Kinney, JeffPuffin234
8Girl in PiecesGlasgow, KathleenOneworld Publications229
9Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC172
10SPACEBOYWalliams, DavidHarperCollins166

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