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Irish Bestsellers 8th December 2018

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 15 December 2018 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Sales have picked up again this week, with now all of the Top 20 clocking in over a thousand sales. We’re still slightly down on last year’s equivalent charts, particularly at the top end, but it’s much more promising. We can also see the Christmas Effect in the titles making a Top 20 appearance: along with the inevitable David Walliams (The Ice Monster) we also have the Guinness World Records 2019, right up at no. 5, and children’s books such as The Wonky Donkey (Craig Smith, no. 12) and The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything (Ryan Tubridy, no.18). There are no notable new releases; everyone now is just focused on getting to the Christmas finish line!

This week’s featured book is one we’ve mentioned in passing, but it’s such a huge deal that it just had to be featured! Michelle Obama, former US First Lady, brought her memoir Becoming out earlier in November and it’s been a big hit, as you might expect. Here’s the info:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

‘A genuine page-turner, full of intimacies and reflections‘ Evening Standard

‘A polished pearl of a memoir’ New York Times

‘A rich, entertaining and candid memoir. And overall Obama’s a fun person to sit alongside as she tells you the story of her life . . . it is as beautifully written as any piece of fiction’ i

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

‘Offers new insights into her upbringing on the south side of Chicago and the highs and lows of life with Barack Obama. . . a refreshing level of honesty about what politics really did to her. I have read Barack Obama’s two books so far, and this is like inserting a missing piece of reality into the narrative of his dizzying journey’ Guardian

‘I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter . . . this was not the Obama I thought I knew. She was more’ Independent

‘An inspirational memoir that also rings true’ Daily Telegraph

And now, this week’s charts, with the Top 20 overall followed by the Top 10 in each category:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 8th December 2018
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 6,499
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 4,672
3 Becoming Obama, Michelle Penguin Grp 4,457
4 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 3,245
5 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness Publisher Group 3,183
6 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber Grp 3,087
7 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Hodder & Stoughton Grp 2,699
8 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 2,513
9 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Group 1,859
10 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Group 1,729
11 Past Tense Child, Lee Transworld Grp 1,669
12 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic Ltd. Grp 1,575
13 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 1,476
14 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber Grp 1,449
15 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Group 1,430
16 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Group 1,426
17 Time to Talk Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Group 1,372
18 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Grp 1,263
19 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Grp 1,191
20 Brief Answers to the Big Questions:the final book from Stephen Hawking Hawking, Stephen Hodder & Stoughton Grp 1,182

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 8th December 2018
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,245
2 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 3,087
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,729
4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 1,097
5 Christmas Voyage,The Purcell, Deirdre Hachette Books Ireland 745
6 Skin Deep Nugent, Liz Penguin Books Ltd 737
7 Mythos:The Greek Myths Retold Fry, Stephen Penguin Books Ltd 633
8 One Day in December Silver, Josie Penguin Books Ltd 594
9 Uncommon Type Hanks, Tom Arrow Books 373
10 Thirteen Cavanagh, Steve Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 366
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 2,699
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 2,513
3 Past Tense Child, Lee Bantam Press 1,669
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,449
5 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 1,191
6 Roar Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 819
7 Heroes:Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures Fry, Stephen Michael Joseph 741
8 Fire and Blood Martin, George R. R. HarperCollins 704
9 Dark Sacred Night Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 655
10 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 590
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 1,430
2 Listening to the Animals Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 1,059
3 Little Flower – St Therese of Lisieux,The Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 945
4 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 919
5 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 826
6 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 822
7 Heroic Failure O’Toole, Fintan Head of Zeus 811
8 George Best: A Memoir Parkinson, Michael Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 569
9 Educated Westover, Tara Windmill Books 538
10 People Like Me Ruane, Lynn Gill Books 496
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 4,457
2 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 3,183
3 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 1,859
4 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 1,426
5 Time to Talk:Stories from the heart of Ireland Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 1,372
6 Brief Answers to the Big Questions Hawking, Stephen John Murray Publishers, Ltd. 1,182
7 Donal’s Meals in Minutes Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1,107
8 Skin Nerd,The Rock, Jennifer Hachette Books Ireland 1,011
9 Thanks, Penneys Loftus, Valerie The Mercier Press Ltd 905
10 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 865
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 6,499
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 4,672
3 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 1,575
4 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,476
5 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Books Ltd 1,263
6 Blazing a Trail Webb, Sarah O’Brien Press Ltd 1,099
7 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic 1,082
8 Beano Annual 2019 D.C. Thomson & Co., 1,052
9 Great Irish Weather Book,The Donnelly, Joanna Gill Books 914
10 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Rowling, J. K. Little,Brown 894
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