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Irish Bestsellers 7th November 2020

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Children’s books are in the spotlight in this week’s charts. The big news there is that, with impeccable Christmas timing, a new David Walliams book has hit the shelves and manages to nab two spots in the Children’s Top 10: Code Name Bananas is in at nos. 2 and 3 in that category, and nos. 2 and 11 in the overall Top 20. Significantly, not at no. 1 in either chart, which must be a first! Topping Walliams in the Children’s Top 10 is another big seller, Jeff Kinney with book fifteen (yes!) in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: The Deep End. The Children’s Top 10 also has some new names, with Darragh McCullough at no. 9 with The Great Irish Farm Book; Break the Mould: How to Take Your Place in the World by Sinéad Burke at no. 4; and The Chill Skill by Niall Breslin at no. 7 – perhaps a book we could all do with reading these days!

Our featured book this week is at no. 3 in the Top 20. A Page From My Life by Ray D’Arcy looks like a fabulous book, to cheer us all up and share our stories in these troubled times. Here’s the blurb:

‘We asked listeners to be honest, creative, funny, engaging and evocative in their writing … to try to make us laugh, cry and think. We never imagined we would get the quantity and quality of entries that we did for A Page from My Life.’ – Ray D’Arcy

In the midst of the Covid crisis, the Ray D’Arcy Show invited RTÉ Radio 1 listeners to send in ‘A Page from My Life’: 500 words on a memorable event, or a story simply worth sharing. The response was overwhelming. Ray and his team were inundated with over 2,500 entries, from authors of all ages and all walks of life.

And what those entries created was an extraordinary picture of Irish life in microcosm. Funny and heart-breaking, poignant and surprising, they told a series of unforgettable stories … moments that changed everything, and where life itself seemed to hang in the balance. Quiet reflections on the meaning of love and loss. Hilarious tales of everyday mishaps, chance encounters, and feats of pure imagination. It was a timely reminder of the experiences and values that unite us, even as circumstances contrived to keep us apart.

Introduced by the Ray D’Arcy Show judges – bestselling authors Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart), Emilie Pine (Notes to Self), Emer McLysaght (the Aisling series) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) – A Page From My Life gathers 150 of these stories to form an exhilarating and moving testament to the wonder of everyday life.

And now this week’s charts:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 7th November 2020

TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPenguin Grp2,762
2Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp2,663
3Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listen
HarperCollins Grp2,249
4Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland Grp1,676
5Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp1,554
6Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness Publisher Group1,518
7Old Ireland in ColourJohn Breslin & Buckley, Sarah-AnneOther Publisher Groups1,283
8Home StretchNorton, GrahamHodder & Stoughton Grp1,242
9How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelOrion Grp1,233
10Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewTransworld Grp1,012
11Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins Grp931
12Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Grp911
13Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAtlantic Books Grp843
14Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp831
15Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp654
16Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the WorldBurke, SinéadHachette Children’s Grp635
17Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson Grp624
18SnowBanville, JohnFaber Grp619
19Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Group608
20Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Group551
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 7th November 2020
Mass Market Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair831
2Family Gift,TheKelly, CathyOrion (an Imprint of The Orion356
3Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 302
4Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers300
5Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion293
6Little Fires EverywhereNg, CelesteLittle, Brown Book Group253
7MilkmanBurns, AnnaFaber & Faber243
8Beekeeper of Aleppo,TheLefteri, ChristyManilla Press178
9Fifty-Fifty Cavanagh, SteveOrion (an Imprint of The Orion173
10Girl, Woman, OtherEvaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 168
Original Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books1,242
2Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press1,012
3Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking654
4SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber619
5LoveDoyle, RoddyJonathan Cape458
6Time for Mercy,AGrisham, JohnHodder & Stoughton401
7After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun338
8BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland330
9Searcher,TheFrench, TanaViking286
10Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking284
Paperback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland1,676
2How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze1,233
3Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish FootballTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland911
4Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin843
5Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books551
6Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2021McLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books396
7Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays380
8In Bed with the BlueshirtsRoss, ShaneAtlantic Books336
9With Hope in Your Heart:The Seán Cox StoryCox, Martina & Keogh, SusanGill Books333
10Atomic Habits:The life-changing million copy bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books333
Hardback Non Fiction




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listen
HarperCollins2,249
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,554
3Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records1,518
4Old Ireland in ColourJohn Breslin & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press1,283
5Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books608
6What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland530
7That Place We Call Home:A journey through the place names of IrelandCreedon, JohnGill Books522
8FuelO’Brien, SeanPenguin Ireland500
9C’mere and I Tell Ya:The 2 Johnnies Guide to Irish LifeMcMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, JohnnySandycove494
10Twilight Together:Portraits of Ireland at HomeMedjber, RuthDoubleday Ireland489
Childrens




TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin2,762
2Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins2,663
3Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins931
4Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the WorldBurke, SinéadWren & Rook635
5Beano Annual:2021
D.C. Thomson & Co.,624
6Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.475
7Chill Skill,TheBreslin, NiallGill Books467
8Official Liverpool FC Annual 2021,ThePlatt, MarkGrange Communications386
9Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books385
10Is There Anybody Out There?O Briain, DaraScholastic334
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