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Irish Bestsellers 6th June 2020

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Don't Touch My Hair Emma Dabiiri BLM
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The book chart scene still isn’t back to normal this week, as although many of the Top 20 are 2020 publications, there are still lots of older, favourite books making the grade as people seek familiarity, comfort and enlightenment. As well as, of course, the best ways to eat during quarantine without gaining too much weight (The Daly Dish, Trisha’s Transformation and both Pinch of Nom cookbooks, I’m looking at you). There’s a substantial difference in the two Fiction charts, too. While the Mass Market Top 10 shows clear signs of comfort reading—Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and nothing from this year—the Original Fiction chart is much more up to date, with all 10 entries being 2020 releases.

This week’s featured book is also a 2020 release, and a good one to see right now, in the current climate. Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri is in the Paperback Non-Fiction chart at no. 10 and hopefully we’ll see it around for a good long while. Here’s the blurb:

‘Groundbreaking . . . a scintillating, intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of our hair, as it pertains to race, gender, social codes, tradition, culture, cosmology, maths, politics, philosophy and history’ Bernardine Evaristo

From women’s solidarity and friendship to forgotten African scholars and the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian’s braids, the scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology, from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles, alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom, Don’t Touch My Hair proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.


And now the 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 6th June 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber Grp1,804
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,593
3Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber Grp1,325
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,213
5Trisha’s TransformationLewis, TrishaGill Group1,055
6Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion Grp761
7SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp739
8American DirtCummins, JeanineHeadline Grp622
9Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesCollins, SuzanneScholastic Ltd. Grp610
10Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Grp579
11Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Group531
12Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Grp524
13Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Grp492
14Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyBonnier Books UK Publishing Grp410
15JumpMoyles, DaniellaGill Group373
16Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseOrion Grp356
17Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp355
18Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp331
19Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House Grp308
20This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPan Macmillan Grp282
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 6th June 2020
Mass Market Fiction

1Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber1,804
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,593
3Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber1,325
4Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )761
5Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 579
6Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group492
7Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press410
8Flatshare,TheO’Leary, BethQuercus Publishing Plc222
9Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers217
10Family Upstairs,TheJewell, LisaArrow Books214
Original Fiction

1American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press622
2Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Ireland524
3Exciting TimesDolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson356
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers355
5Grown UpsKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph331
6HamnetO’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press229
7Restaurant,TheMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland181
8Cutting Place,TheCasey, JaneHarperCollins Publishers178
9Hungry Road,TheConlon-McKenna, MaritaTransworld Ireland143
10Rules for Perfect MurdersSwanson, PeterFaber & Faber140
Paperback Non Fiction

1Trisha’s TransformationLewis, TrishaGill Books1,055
2JumpMoyles, DaniellaGill Books373
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd308
4This is Going to HurtKay, AdamPicador282
5How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books263
6EducatedWestover, TaraWindmill Books212
7Arms Crisis of 1970,TheHeney, MichaelHead of Zeus208
8Power of Now,TheTolle, EckhartHodder Paperback206
9Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books177
10Don’t Touch My HairDabiri, EmmaPenguin Books Ltd 174
Hardback Non Fiction

1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,213
2Daly Dish,TheDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books531
3Wean in 15Wicks, JoeBluebird270
4BecomingObama, MichelleViking241
5Pinch of NomFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird201
6Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists
Michael Joseph196
7Gaff GoddessBarra, Laura deTransworld Ireland186
8Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd153
9What I Know for SureWinfrey, OprahMacmillan150
10Pinch of Nom Everyday LightFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird119

1SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins739
2Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesCollins, SuzanneScholastic610
3SlimeWalliams, DavidHarperCollins179
4Dog Man: Fetch-22Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.141
5Ice Monster,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins123
6Midnight Gang,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks121
7Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J. K.Bloomsbury Publishing PLC120
8Grandpa’s Great EscapeWalliams, DavidHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks119
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14)Kinney, JeffPuffin116
10Giraffes Can’t DanceAndreae, GilesOrchard Books116
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