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Irish Bestsellers 7th May 2022

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perfect lie

Things return to normal this week as David Walliams’ World’s Worst Pets nab the no. 1 this week from bestseller Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series. This series is still doing phenomenally well though, and means that two women between them (the other being Holly Jackson with A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder) take 7 of the Children’s Top 10 – the remaining three places being taken by Walliams, Dav Pilkey (with Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel) and Derek Landy with Until The End, the fifteenth and final instalment of Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series.

This week’s featured book is The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain which has gone into the Top 10 in Mass Market Fiction at no. 7, and Jo had some exciting news to share this week:

Two days until the new book hits shelves! And I have some lovely news in the run up. Firstly, The Perfect Lie, released in paperback last week, has gone straight into the paperback bestseller charts! And secondly, in quite big news (!) I’m delighted to announce I’m collaborating with the legendary producers Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio to bring the Tom Reynolds series to screen. No dates yet and TV things can take a long, long, long time but I know so many of you here are big Tom fans and I’m sorry there are no more Tom books imminent but I hope you can see him on screen soon! In the meantime, please do buy The Last To Disappear if you see it because I think you’re all going to love Agatha and the chilling Lapland location 🙂

Here’s the blurb:

‘Superbly written, cinematic and pacey’ Steve Cavanagh

‘Will keep you guessing and guessing’ Cara Hunter

‘Another twisty and intense thriller from the great Jo Spain’ Adrian McKinty


He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect.

But it was all built on the perfect lie.


‘A jewel of a thriller’ Heat

‘This will have you absolutely gripped’ Prima

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 7th May 2022
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp1,598
2Heartstopper Volume OneOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp1,452
3What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Grp1,090
4Heartstopper Volume TwoOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp931
5PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Group882
6Vitality Mark,TheRowe, MarkGill Group791
7Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic Ltd. Grp711
8Heartstopper Volume ThreeOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp693
9It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp659
10Ruth & PenPine, EmiliePenguin Grp613
11Heartstopper Volume FourOseman, AliceHachette Children’s Grp576
12Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island Grp550
13Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp547
14Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieTransworld Grp535
15Again, RachelKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp512
16ManifestNafousi, RoxiePenguin Grp509
17Freezing OrderBrowder, BillSimon & Schuster Grp476
18Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp417
19SolitaireOseman, AliceHarperCollins Grp417
20Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp399
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 7th May 2022
Mass Market Fiction
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd659
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd547
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair417
4Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber342
5Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd342
6VerityHoover, ColleenSphere300
7Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc249
8Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber244
9Paper Palace,TheHeller, Miranda CowleyPenguin Books Ltd 238
10Rachel’s HolidayKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 235
Original Fiction
1What Eden Did NextO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review1,090
2Ruth & PenPine, EmilieHamish Hamilton613
3Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieDoubleday535
4Again, RachelKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph512
5Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers399
6None of This Is SeriousPrasifka, CatherineCanongate Books299
7Glass HousesMurphy, MelanieHachette Books Ireland293
8Young MungoStuart, DouglasPicador286
9Dream Town:Aloysius Archer seriesBaldacci, DavidMacmillan270
10Snag List,TheWhite, SophieHachette Books Ireland267
Paperback Non Fiction
1PandemoniumHorgan Jones, Jack & O’Connell, HughGill Books882
2Vitality Mark,TheRowe, MarkGill Books791
3Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island550
4Freezing OrderBrowder, BillSimon & Schuster Ltd448
5Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd373
6Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books339
7Bessborough:Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage.Finnerty, DeirdreHachette Books Ireland300
8Putin’s People:How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the WestBelton, CatherineWilliam Collins277
9What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut:The FLAT GUT Diet PlanRyan, Barbara & McGowan, ElaineSheldon Press272
10Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph201
Hardback Non Fiction
1ManifestNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph509
2Lili’s Family FavouritesForberg, LiliO’Brien Press Ltd233
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press217
4Let’s Talk:About Relationships, Sex and IntimacySadlier, RichieGill Books188
5Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph177
6Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books165
7Irish Difference,TheTobin, FergalAtlantic Books110
8War on the West,The:How to Prevail in the Age of UnreasonMurray, DouglasHarperCollins Publishers94
9We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus88
10I Wish I Knew:Poems to Soothe Your Soul & Strengthen Your SpiritAshworth, DonnaBlack & White Publishing85
1World’s Worst Pets,TheWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,598
2Heartstopper Volume OneOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books1,452
3Heartstopper Volume TwoOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books931
4Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose: A Graphic Novel (Cat Kid Comic Club #3Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.711
5Heartstopper Volume ThreeOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books693
6Heartstopper Volume FourOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books576
7SolitaireOseman, AliceHarperCollinsChildren’sBooks417
8Nick and Charlie:A Heartstopper novellaOseman, AliceHarperCollins360
9Until the End:Skulduggery PleasantLandy, DerekHarperCollins349
10Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,AJackson, HollyElectric Monkey229

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