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Irish Bestsellers 9th April 2022

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Marian Keyes’ Again, Rachel! has been knocked off the number one spot this week by a book that’s still on pre-order! Journey’s End: The Truth About Heaven and Hell by Colm Keane isn’t scheduled for release until the end of the month but has clearly hit a chord with Irish readers, clocking over 1200 sales this week.

In other new releases hitting the Top 20 this week, we have None of This is Serious by Catherine Prasifka, at no. 12 and no. 6 in Original Fiction; Let’s Talk about Relationships, Sex and Intimacy by Richie Sadlier at no. 18 and no. 2 in Hardback Non-Fiction; and this week’s featured book, Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce which is in the charts this week at no. 10 and no. 5 in Mass Market Fiction. Here’s the blurb:

*One Dublin One Book choice for 2022*

*Shortlisted for an Irish Book Award 2021*

When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life.

As their family grows, they ricochet from European city to city, making fast friends amongst the greatest artists and writers of their age as well as their wives, and are brought high and low by Jim’s ferocious ambition. But time and time again, Nora is torn between their intense and unwavering desire for each other and the constant anxiety of living hand-to-mouth, often made worse by Jim’s compulsion for company and attention. So, while Jim writes and drinks his way to literary acclaim, Nora provides unflinching support and inspiration, sometimes at the expense of her own happiness, and especially at that of their children, Giorgio and Lucia. Eventually, together, they achieve some longed-for security and stability, but it is hard-won and imperfect to the end.

In sensuous, resonant prose, Nuala O’Connor has conjured the definitive portrait of this strong, passionate and loyal Irishwoman. Nora is a tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

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 9th April 2022
TitleAuthorPublisher GroupSales
1Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island Grp1,255
2Again, RachelKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp1,081
3It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp758
4Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Grp653
5Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp592
6Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp569
7Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieTransworld Grp538
8Seven SteeplesBaume, SaraOther Publisher Groups510
9Putin’s People:How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the WestBelton, CatherineHarperCollins Grp475
10NORA:A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James JoyceO’Connor, NualaNew Island Books Group472
11Rachel’s HolidayKeyes, MarianPenguin Grp430
12None of This Is SeriousPrasifka, CatherineCanongate Grp408
13Vitality Mark,TheRowe, MarkGill Group404
14Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp390
15Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Grp380
16ManifestNafousi, RoxiePenguin Grp376
17Interview,ThePerdue, GillPenguin Grp346
18Let’s Talk:About Relationships, Sex and IntimacySadlier, RichieGill Group343
19VerityHoover, ColleenLittle, Brown Book Grp342
20Unspoken:A Father’s Wartime Escape. A Son’s Family DiscoveredMcGrath, TomGill Group339
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 9th April 2022
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd758
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd592
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair569
4Rachel’s HolidayKeyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 430
5Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd390
6VerityHoover, ColleenSphere342
7Bridgerton: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons Book 2)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books328
8Three Weddings and a ProposalO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review281
9Klara and the SunIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber268
10Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books263
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Again, RachelKeyes, MarianMichael Joseph1,081
2Paris Apartment,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers653
3Lessons in ChemistryGarmus, BonnieDoubleday538
4Seven SteeplesBaume, SaraTramp Press510
5NORA:A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James JoyceO’Connor, NualaNew Island Books472
6None of This Is SeriousPrasifka, CatherineCanongate Books408
7Interview,ThePerdue, GillSandycove346
8Match,TheCoben, HarlanCentury319
9French BraidTyler, AnneChatto & Windus315
10Maid,TheProse, NitaHarperCollins Publishers297
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Journey’s End:The Truth about Heaven and HellKeane, ColmCapel Island1,255
2Putin’s People:How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the WestBelton, CatherineWilliam Collins475
3Vitality Mark,TheRowe, MarkGill Books404
4Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books380
5Unspoken:A Father’s Wartime Escape. A Son’s Family DiscoveredMcGrath, TomGill Books339
6How to Make Your Money Work:Decide what you want, plan to get thereMcGee, EoinGill Books292
7Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd230
8This Woman’s Work:Essays on MusicVariousWhite Rabbit195
9Age ProofKenny, Professor Rose AnneBlink Publishing192
10I Am Amy Dunne:A Very Private Tragedy, A Very Public CaseDunne, Amy & O’Donnell, OrlaGill Books179
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1ManifestNafousi, RoxieMichael Joseph376
2Let’s Talk:About Relationships, Sex and IntimacySadlier, RichieGill Books343
3Build Your Own:Use what you have to create what you needGardner, HarrisonGill Books252
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press243
5Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?Smith, Dr JulieMichael Joseph189
6We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus148
7Burning the Big HouseDooley, TerenceYale University Press127
8Pocket Michael Collins,TheGill Books111
9Atlas of the HeartBrown, BrenéVermilion110
10Feel Good Food:Over 100 Healthy Family RecipesWicks, JoeHQ99
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16)Kinney, JeffPuffin305
2Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to IrelandLadybird294
3Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic266
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin259
5One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 201
6Cat Kid Comic Club: PerspectivesPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.194
7Bunny vs Monkey and the Supersonic Aye-ayeSmart, JamieDavid Fickling Books192
8Adventures of Dog Man 2: Unleashed,ThePilkey, DavScholastic190
9Heartstopper Volume OneOseman, AliceHodder Children’s Books188
10Five Little Easter BunniesMumford, MarthaBloomsbury Childrens Books188

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