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Irish Bestsellers 5th September 2020

Writing.ie | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists

This week sees an avalanche of new books in the charts, as COVID19 postponements finally hit the shelves. Across the water, Richard Osman’s new novel The Thursday Murder Club has gone straight to no. 1, but while Osman’s book has done well here (at no. 5 in the Original Fiction chart), we prefer more homegrown hits, as the Irish no. 1 is the irrepressible Ross O’Carroll Kelly with Braywatch – this week’s featured book, more to come…

Other new releases of note include: Louise O’Neill’s After the Silence, at no. 2; the really beautiful Thirty-two Words For Field: Lost Words of the Irish Landscape by Manchán Magan at no. 7; A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa at no. 13; and Brian Friel’s Philadephia, Here I Come hits the charts at no. 10, as we return to school and Leaving Cert studies.

If food is your thing, then try the Hardback Non-Fiction chart; along with long-term entries Jamie Oliver’s 7 Ways and the Flynn twins’ The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking For Everyone, we also have the new release from the Pinch of Nom team, Pinch of Nom Food Planner: Everyday Light and Yotam Ottolenghi with Ottolenghi FLAVOUR.

Also in Hardback Non-Fiction is the widely-acclaimed book from Holocaust survivor Edith Eger, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, whilst at the other end of the scale TV duo Ant and Dec’s book Once Upon A Tyne is at no. 9.

Finally, the Children’s Top 10 has had a good shake up this week, too: as well as Pilkey’s new Dog Man book, Grime and Punishment going to no. 1 in Children’s and no. 3 overall, we have NINE different authors – almost unheard of for these charts!

This week’s featured book, as mentioned above, is the hysterically funny Ross O’Carroll Kelly who is back just in time for ultra-organised people to start their Christmas shopping (yes, I mentioned the C-word). Here’s the blurb:


‘If I’ve learned one thing,’ the late, great Father Fehily used to say, ‘it’s that life, families and rugby balls don’t always behave the way you want them to!’

Looking at my life, I’d have to say, the dude wasn’t wrong.

My old man had been caught rigging a General Election. My old dear was about to become a seventy-year-old mother of six. And Honor was walking around in a yellow rain mac, telling everyone that the end of the world was coming.

It was enough to drive a man to the brink.

The only simple thing in my life was my new job as the Head Coach of Presentation College Bray – which is saying something given that I had to try to turn a collection of jokers, chokers and forty-a-day smokers into a team capable of winning the school’s first Leinster Schools Senior Cup in nearly ninety years.

And while Father Fehily would have been spinning in his grave, I soon found myself falling in love – with the town I loathed so well.

Praise for the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series:
‘Ross is a national institution … wicked humour and sharp observationIrish Times
One of the funniest writers in the landIrish Independent
Extraordinarily accurate and outstandingly funnySunday Business Post

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 5th September 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Grp3,030
2After the SilenceO’Neill, LouiseQuercus Grp1,989
3Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp1,961
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,670
5Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRandom House Grp1,636
6Strange FlowersRyan, DonalTransworld Grp1,576
7Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Group1,084
8Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton Grp1,079
9Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp992
10Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber Grp951
11Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonRandom House Grp714
12Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books Grp707
13Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannOther Publisher Groups678
14Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieLittle, Brown Book Grp670
15Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp641
167 WaysOliver, JamiePenguin Grp628
17Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPenguin Grp616
18Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyRandom House Grp566
19Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiOther Publisher Groups497
20Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp495
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 5th September 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair992
2Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 495
3Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 470
4Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion361
5Triail,AnGhrada, Mairead NiAn Gum345
6Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber341
7Handmaid’s Tale,TheAtwood, MargaretVintage321
8Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber314
9Never Let Me GoIshiguro, KazuoFaber and Faber309
10Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press296
Original Fiction

1BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland3,030
2After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,989
3Strange FlowersRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,576
4Dirty South,TheConnolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton1,079
5Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking641
6Moonflower MurdersHorowitz, AnthonyCentury566
7American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press459
8Lying Life of Adults,TheFerrante, ElenaEuropa Editions UK379
9Pull of the Stars,TheDonoghue, EmmaPicador368
10Women Who Ran Away,TheO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review351
Paperback Non Fiction

1Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays951
2Untamed:Stop pleasing, start livingDoyle, GlennonVermilion714
3Witness,TheTallant, NicolaMirror Books707
4Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press678
5Finding Freedom:Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal FamilyScobie, Omid & Durand, CarolynHQ315
6Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co311
7Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd269
8EclipsedBrogan, Patricia BurkeWordsonthestreet239
9Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books234
10Power of Now,The:(20th Anniversary Edition)Tolle, EckhartHodder Paperback228
Hardback Non Fiction

1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,670
2Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co1,636
3Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books1,084
47 WaysOliver, JamieMichael Joseph628
5Too Much and Never EnoughTrump, Mary L.Simon & Schuster Ltd326
6The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for EveryoneFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Ireland317
7Ottolenghi FLAVOUROttolenghi, Yotam & Belfrage, IxtaEbury Press307
8Pinch of Nom Food Planner: Everyday LightFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, Catherine Bluebird286
9Once Upon A Tyne:Our story celebrating 30 years together on tellyMcPartlin, Anthony & Donnelly, DeclanSphere246
10Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell232

1Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,961
2Midnight SunMeyer, StephenieATOM670
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly AdventureKinney, JeffPuffin616
4Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press497
5World’s Worst Parents,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins469
7SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins288
8Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 288
9Death Sets SailStevens, RobinPuffin246
10TrashMulligan, AndyDefinitions226
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