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Irish Bestsellers 5th August 2017

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 12 August 2017 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

J. K. Rowling is back in the Top 10 Children’s chart as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out in paperback, announces its Broadway opening next year and releases a new run of tickets in London, although even the Boy Who Lived isn’t magical enough to shift The World’s Worst Children 2 from the no. 1 spot. We’ve got a couple of interesting books in the Children’s Top 10, actually, with Kid Normal from radio presenters Greg James and Christ Smith still in the charts almost a month after release, and a recent release from author Karen McManus, One of Us Is Lying, newly arrived in the Top 10.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena has been out for several weeks but has enjoyed a real surge recently, currently sitting in the coveted no. 1 position not just in Mass Market Fiction but in the Top 20 Bestseller list. It’s actually a pretty good week for women writers overall, as 13 of the Top 20 are by female authors, including Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly which isn’t out on paperback until October but still sitting high in the Top 20.

This week’s featured book is the only new release of this month to make it into the charts so far; Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty has had some amazing reviews from names such as Colm Tóibín and Anne Enright and it should continue to do well. Here’s some more info:

Midwinter Break is a work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy, about coming to terms – to an honest reckoning – with love and the loss of love, with memory and pain. Full of scenes that are rendered with exquisite accuracy and care, allowing the most detailed physical descriptions to be placed against the possibility of a rich spiritual life, this is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers.’ Colm Tóibín

Sixteen years on from his last novel, Bernard MacLaverty reminds us why he is regarded as one of the greatest living Irish writers. A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. A holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing and generally to take stock of what remains of their lives. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar – but over the course of the four days we discover the deep uncertainties which exist between them.

Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories which have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are – and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

Bernard MacLaverty is a master storyteller, and Midwinter Break is the essential MacLaverty novel: accurate, compassionate observation, effortlessly elegant writing and a tender, intimate, heart-rending story – but it is also a profound examination of human love and how we live together, a chamber piece of real resonance and power. Forty years on from his first book, Bernard MacLaverty has written his masterpiece.

On to the charts, beginning of course 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 5th August 2017
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Couple Next Door,The Lapena, Shari Transworld Grp 1,026
2 Good Daughter,The:The Best Thriller You Will Read in 2017 Slaughter, Karin HarperCollins Grp 930
3 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Random House Grp 872
4 Secrets of a Happy Marriage Kelly, Cathy Orion Grp 864
5 I Found My Tribe Fitzmaurice, Ruth Random House Grp 758
6 Whistler,The:The Number One Bestseller Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Grp 698
7 World’s Worst Children 2,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 678
8 Holding Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 653
9 Dry,The Harper, Jane Little, Brown Book Grp 619
10 Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety Foran, Caroline Hachette Books Ireland Grp 572
11 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two:The Official Pla Rowling, J. K. & Tiffany, John & Thorne, Little, Brown Book Grp 567
12 Into the Water:The Number One Bestseller Hawkins, Paula Transworld Grp 552
13 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail HarperCollins Grp 524
14 Late Show,The Connelly, Michael Orion Grp 484
15 My Not So Perfect Life:A Novel Kinsella, Sophie Transworld Grp 427
16 Woman in the Wood,The Pearse, Lesley Penguin Grp 424
17 Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah Random House Grp 398
18 Hillbilly Elegy:A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J. D. HarperCollins Grp 392
19 When Breath Becomes Air Kalanithi, Paul Random House Grp 383
20 Big Little Lies:Now an HBO limited series# Moriarty, Liane Penguin Grp 382
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 5th August 2017
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Couple Next Door,The Lapena, Shari Corgi Books 1,026
2 Handmaid’s Tale,The# Atwood, Margaret Vintage Classics 872
3 Secrets of a Happy Marriage Kelly, Cathy Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 864
4 Whistler,The:The Number One Bestseller Grisham, John Hodder Paperback 698
5 Holding Norton, Graham Hodder Paperback 653
6 Dry,The Harper, Jane Abacus 619
7 My Not So Perfect Life:A Novel Kinsella, Sophie Black Swan 427
8 Big Little Lies:Now an HBO limited series# Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books 382
9 Small Great Things:’To Kill a Mockingbird for the 21st Century’ Picoult, Jodi Hodder Paperback 381
10 Truly Madly Guilty Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books 362
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Good Daughter,The:The Best Thriller You Will Read in 2017 Slaughter, Karin HarperCollins Publishers 930
2 Into the Water:The Number One Bestseller Hawkins, Paula Doubleday 552
3 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail HarperCollins Publishers 524
4 Late Show,The Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 484
5 Woman in the Wood,The Pearse, Lesley Penguin Books 424
6 What Happened That Night O’Flanagan, Sheila Headline Review 321
7 Camino Island Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 314
8 Midwinter Break MacLaverty, Bernard Jonathan Cape 258
9 Duchess,The Steel, Danielle Macmillan 256
10 Girl Before,The:The addictive global bestseller Delaney, J. P. Quercus Publishing Plc 237
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 I Found My Tribe Fitzmaurice, Ruth Chatto & Windus 758
2 Sapiens:A Brief History of Humankind Harari, Yuval Noah Vintage 398
3 Hillbilly Elegy:A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J. D. William Collins 392
4 When Breath Becomes Air Kalanithi, Paul Vintage 383
5 Prisoners of Geography:Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to K Marshall, Tim Elliott & Thompson 302
6 Cartel,The Breen, Stephen & Conlon, Owen Penguin Ireland 291
7 Battle,The O’Connell, Paul Penguin Books 259
8 Dunkirk:The History Behind the Major Motion Picture Levine, Joshua William Collins 218
9 In Sight of Yellow Mountain:A Year in the Irish Countryside Judge, Philip Gill Books 198
10 Milk and Honey Kaur, Rupi Andrews McMeel Publishing 190
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Owning it: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety Foran, Caroline Hachette Books Ireland 572
2 Pocket History of Ireland,A McCullough, Joseph Gill & Macmillan 185
3 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Favilli, Elena & Cavallo, Francesca Particular Books 157
4 Cooking for Family and Friends:100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together Wicks, Joe Bluebird 123
5 Secret,The Byrne, Rhonda Simon & Schuster Ltd 108
6 Make Your Bed:Small things that can change your life… and maybe the McRaven, Admiral William H. Michael Joseph 106
7 Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down,The:How to be Calm in a Bus Sunim, Haemin Penguin Life 95
8 Pocket Irish Wit & Wisdom Gill & Macmillan 94
9 Happy Pear,The:Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life Flynn, David & Flynn, Stephen Penguin Ireland 89
10 Pocket History of the 1916 Rising,A Gill & Macmillan 86
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 World’s Worst Children 2,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 678
2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two:The Official Pla Rowling, J. K. & Tiffany, John & Thorne, Sphere 567
3 Wonder Palacio, R. J. Corgi Childrens 289
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 281
5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling, J. K. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 269
6 Thirteen Reasons Why:(TV Tie-in)# Asher, Jay Penguin Books 264
7 Kid Normal James, Greg & Smith, Chris Bloomsbury Childrens 260
8 One Of Us Is Lying McManus, Karen Penguin Books 255
9 Grandpa’s Great Escape Walliams, David HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 196
10 Resurrection:Skulduggery Pleasant Landy, Derek HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 194
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