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Irish Bestsellers 6th March 2021

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What a cracking week for Irish book sales – some amazing new releases, including the brand-new, highly-anticipated latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara and the Sun, in at no. 2 in the Original Fiction Top Ten and no. 12 in the Top 20.

The big story this week is an annual phenomenon that usually begins taking over the charts a few weeks in advance but this year, presumably due to Covid and the closure of booksellers, the beast that is World Book Day has snuck up on us unawares and hit the charts in a major way. Eleven of the Top 20 are World Book Day titles, and of course every single one of the Children’s Top 10. It’s a great time of year when you see titles right down to no. 17 showing sales over a thousand in a week.

This week’s featured book actually beat Kazuo Ishiguro to that top spot in the Original Fiction chart. Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan came out two days before these charts were compiled and already clocked almost 1500 sales. Here’s the blurb:

*A NEW STATESMANOBSERVERIRISH TIMESi AND STYLIST BOOK OF 2021*

**NO.1 IRISH BESTSELLER**

‘Please believe the hype … a seriously exciting writer’ Sunday Times
‘Such brilliant writing about female desire… honest and visceral’ Marian Keyes

Discover this bitingly honest, darkly funny debut novel about a toxic relationship and secret female desire, from an emerging star of Irish literature. 

Love was the final consolation, would set ablaze the fields of my life in one go, leaving nothing behind.I thought of it as a force which would clean me and by its presence make me worthy of it. There was no religion in my life after early childhood, and a great faith in love was what I had cultivated instead. Oh, don’t laugh at me for this, for being a woman who says this to you. I hear myself speak.

Even now, even after all that took place between us, I can still feel how moved I am by him. Ciaran was that downy, darkening blond of a baby just leaving its infancy. He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. None of it mattered in the end; what he looked like, who he was, the things he would do to me. To make a beautiful man love and live with me had seemed – obviously, intuitively – the entire point of life. My need was greater than reality, stronger than the truth, more savage than either of us would eventually bear. How could it be true that a woman like me could need a man’s love to feel like a person, to feel that I was worthy of life? And what would happen when I finally wore him down and took it?

‘The millennial author everyone should be watching right now’ Daily Telegraph
‘A dark, intense account of an obsessive love affair. It’s great on the elation of falling in love and then its flip side, the anxiety, fixation and self-doubt. A really fine debut’ David Nicholls
‘As disarmingly relatable as it is moving’ Stylist

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 March 2021
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyRandom House Grp4,397
2Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021Coelho, JosephAndersen Press Grp2,202
3Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyBonnier Books UK Publishing Gr1,942
4There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPenguin Grp1,888
5Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,662
6Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDorling Kindersley Grp1,490
7Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPenguin Grp1,461
8Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Grp1,448
9Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganRandom House Grp1,321
10Football School 20 Fantastic Football Stories:World Book Day 2021Bellos, Alex & Lyttleton, BenWalker Grp1,255
11What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021,TheDonaldson, JuliaPan Macmillan Grp1,253
12Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber Grp1,228
13Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp1,139
14As the Smoke ClearsHolohan, ZoeGill Group1,129
15Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Grp1,128
16Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Grp1,089
17River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaHachette Children’s Grp1,051
18Apocalypse Kings:Skulduggery PleasantLandy, DerekHarperCollins Grp977
19Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp952
20Planet Omar: Operation Kind:World Book Day 2021Mian, ZanibHachette Children’s Grp921
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 6th March 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,139
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,047
3Grown UpsKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 952
4American DirtCummins, JeanineTinder Press817
5Our Little CrueltiesNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 368
6LaterKing, StephenHard Case Crime287
7Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books283
8Heart’s Invisible Furies,TheBoyne, JohnBlack Swan274
9Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books256
10Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers254
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape1,321
2Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber1,228
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking820
4Sanatorium,ThePearse, SarahBantam Press481
5Find You FirstBarclay, LinwoodHQ432
6Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan404
7Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group379
8Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books374
9Good Father,ATalbot, CatherinePenguin Ireland364
10Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere337
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1As the Smoke ClearsHolohan, ZoeGill Books1,129
2Corpsing:My Body and Other Horror ShowsWhite, SophieTramp Press906
3Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd677
4Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co534
5How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books514
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books414
7Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland363
8Above WaterKearney, TrishHachette Books Ireland340
9Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays299
10BecomingObama, MichellePenguin Books Ltd 296
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyEbury Press4,397
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,662
3Beyond Order:12 More Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Allen Lane755
4Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co653
5No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring636
6Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird477
7Women Don’t Owe You PrettyGiven, FlorenceCassell408
8Daly Dish,The:100 Masso Slimming Meals for EverydayDaly, Gina & Daly, KarolGill Books347
9Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press282
10Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books256
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021Coelho, JosephAndersen Press2,202
2Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyTemplar Publishing1,942
3There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPuffin1,888
4Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDK Children1,490
5Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPuffin1,461
6Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Ltd1,448
7Football School 20 Fantastic Football Stories:World Book Day 2021Bellos, Alex & Lyttleton, BenWalker Books Ltd1,255
8What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021,TheDonaldson, JuliaMacmillan Children’s Books1,253
9Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books1,128
10River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaOrion Children’s Books1,051
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