Irish Bestsellers 4th May 2024 | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists
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It’s a cracking week in the charts, with a ton of new books. As well as this week’s featured book, The Instruments of Darkness by John Connolly, we’ve got Twelve Sheep by John Connell (don’t mix them up!), stories from a Co. Longford sheep farm, at no. 2 in the Hardback Non-Fiction; the story of the hunt for the killer of a Garda with Murder at Lordship: Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s Killer, by Pat Marry & Robin Schiller at no. 1 in Paperback Non-Fiction and no. 8 in the Top 20; and Dublin-turned-California cardiologist, Dr Paddy Barrett, is at no. 1 in Hardback Non-Fiction with Heart: An Owner’s Guide.

Back to our featured book of this week, where investigator Charlie Parker is back in The Instruments of Darkness, hitting the charts at no. 2 in both the Top 20 and the Top 10 Original Fiction. Here’s the blurb:

‘John Connolly is the creator of a unique blend of thriller and horror who receives rave reviews every time’ Sunday Telegraph

A Child Missing. A Mother Accused. Charlie Parker Is Their Only Hope.

In Maine, Colleen Clark stands accused of the worst crime a mother can commit: the abduction and possible murder of her child. Everyone – ambitious politicians in an election season, hardened police, ordinary folk – has an opinion on the case, and most believe she is guilty.

But most is not all. Defending Colleen is the lawyer Moxie Castin, and working alongside him is the private investigator Charlie Parker, who senses the tale has another twist, one involving a husband too eager to accept his wife’s guilt, a disgraced psychic seeking redemption, and an old crooked house deep in the Maine woods, a house that should never have been built.

A house, and what dwells beneath.

‘Dark and dangerous … but where there is also kindness, loyalty, love. Ultimately, it’s a story of hope’ IRISH EXAMINER

And now this week’s charts 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 04 May 2024
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Grp2,094
2The Instruments of Darkness:A Charlie Parker ThrillerConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp1,732
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp1,545
4Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp1,036
5EarthBoyne, JohnTransworld Grp809
6Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Grp722
7You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Grp710
8Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books Grp634
9Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber Grp624
10King of SlothHuang, AnaLittle, Brown Book Grp609
11Heart:An Owner’s GuideBarrett, Dr PaddyDorling Kindersley Grp550
12Funny StoryHenry, EmilyPenguin Grp547
13PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Grp534
14Lighthouse Secret,TheHarrington, CarmelHarperCollins Grp487
15No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaTransworld Grp463
16Stranger in the Family,A:Maeve KerriganCasey, JaneHarperCollins Grp435
17Looshkin: Honk If You See It!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books Grp431
18Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications Grp409
19Strange Sally DiamondNugent, LizPenguin Grp373
20Calamity of Souls,ABaldacci, DavidPan Macmillan Grp356
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 04 May 2024
Mass Market Fiction
1Bee Sting,TheMurray, PaulPenguin Books Ltd 722
2Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber624
3King of SlothHuang, AnaPiatkus Books609
4No One Saw a ThingMara, AndreaPenguin (Transworld)463
5Prophet SongLynch, PaulOneworld Publications409
6Strange Sally DiamondNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 373
7Covenant of Water,TheVerghese, AbrahamGrove Press340
8Someone Else’s ShoesMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 302
9That They May Face the Rising SunMcGahern, JohnFaber and Faber272
10Spirit LevelCraven, RichyBonnier Books265
Original Fiction
1Trial,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc2,094
2The Instruments of Darkness:A Charlie Parker ThrillerConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton1,732
3My Favourite MistakeKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph1,545
4EarthBoyne, JohnDoubleday809
5You Are HereNicholls, DavidHodder & Stoughton Ltd710
6Funny StoryHenry, EmilyViking547
7Lighthouse Secret,TheHarrington, CarmelHarperCollins487
8Stranger in the Family,A:Maeve KerriganCasey, JaneHemlock Press435
9Calamity of Souls,ABaldacci, DavidMacmillan356
10Women,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan337
Paperback Non Fiction
1Murder at Lordship:Inside the Hunt for a Detective’s KillerMarry, Pat & Schiller, RobinAtlantic Books634
2PoorO’Sullivan, KatrionaPenguin Books Ltd 534
3From Tip to TopMurtagh, PeterGill Books323
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books235
6Spike IslandCrotty, JohnMerrion Press214
5Ultra-Processed People:Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop?Tulleken, Chris vanPenguin (Cornerstone)213
7Myth of Normal,The:Illness, health & healing in a toxic cultureMaté, Gabor & Maté, DanielVermilion200
8Trading Game,The:A ConfessionStevenson, GaryAllen Lane160
9Surrounded by Idiots:The Four Types of Human BehaviourErikson, ThomasVermilion157
10Peace Comes Dropping Slow:My Life in the TroublesBradley, DenisMerrion Press149
Hardback Non Fiction
1Heart:An Owner’s GuideBarrett, Dr PaddyDK550
2Twelve Sheep:Life lessons from a lambing seasonConnell, JohnAtlantic Books227
3Bored of Lunch Healthy Air Fryer: 30 Minute MealsAnthony, NathanEbury Press187
4Hike Life,The:My 50 Favourite Hikes in IrelandPurcell, RozannaBlack & White Publishing174
5You’re Not the Problem:The Impact of Narcissism and Emotional Abuse and How to HealMcKenna, Katie & Villiers, HelenYellow Kite136
6Pocket History of Ireland,AMcCullough, JosephGill & Macmillan109
7Ceoltóirí Chualann:The Band that Changed the Course of Irish MusicÓ Riada, PeadarThe Mercier Press Ltd106
8Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press104
9Whole Catch:(Volume 10) :Blasta Books seriesMoore, AishlingBlasta Books92
10Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Air Fryer BookAnthony, NathanEbury Press91
1Dog Man 12: The Scarlet ShedderPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1036
2Looshkin: Honk If You See It!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books431
3Mind Full of Murder,A:Skulduggery PleasantLandy, DerekHarperCollins320
4Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day ShamblesForde, LeonaGill Books296
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer (Book 18)Kinney, JeffPuffin245
6Reappearance of Rachel Price,TheJackson, HollyElectric Monkey234
7Dog Man 11: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea (PB)Pilkey, DavScholastic222
8Bunny vs Monkey: Bunny Bonanza!Smart, JamieDavid Fickling Books210
9Agents of S.U.I.T.: From Badger to WorseGreen, John Patrick & Hastings, ChristopMacmillan Children’s Books202
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (Book 17)Kinney, JeffPuffin189

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