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Irish Bestsellers 9th March 2019

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Article by Rebecca Brown © 16 March 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

Well that’s more like it! World Book Day 2019 has been and gone and well and truly hit the bestseller list. All 13 of this year’s titles have made the Top 20, and the Children’s Top 10 doesn’t have a single title on it that didn’t make over 1500 sales this week. Usually, the Top 10 in each category will have titles on that didn’t make the Top 20, it’s rare to see this reversed! We can also see a #WBD2019 title grabbing the no. 1 spot, with an astounding almost 6900 sales. It helps that this particular title is a spin-off from the perennially popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend—and there will always be critics of such popular, mass-market titles. Whatever your thoughts on the choices for World Book Day, though, it cannot be denied that it’s a great boost for children’s reading and writing for children. Just look at the sales figures! The 13 World Book Day titles in the Top 20 total a massive 35000+ sales this week; add in David Walliams with Fing, and we’re looking at over 37500 book sales, just for children, in one week.

This week’s featured book is of course one of those World Book Day titles. Sam Hannigan’s Rock Star Granny is by Wicklow author Alan Nolan. Here’s the blurb:

It’s all gone crackers! Animal lover Samantha Hannigan lives in Clobberstown with her granny, Nanny Gigg, her brother, Bruno, and more furry and feathered friends than you can swing a cat at. Nanny Gigg wins tickets to a concert by her favourite band, The Roaming Scones, and asks Sam and her best friend Ajay along. But little do they know that Bruno has zapped Nanny Gigg’s new budgie, Sindy, with one of their granddad’s crackpot inventions: the ENORMA-GRO 3000! Ajay sets off on a wild budgie chase across Dublin, but can he catch Sindy before she wrecks the gaff? Can Sam foil a plot to steal the Scones’ precious gold guitar? And will Nanny Gigg get to spread her wings and rock out? A tale of pets, buds and rock `n’ roll from Alan Nolan, author and illustrator of Fintan’s Fifteen, Conor’s Caveman and Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week

And now the charts, with the Top 20 and the Top 10 in each category:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 9th March 2019
ICM
Title Author Publisher Group Sales
1 Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend: World Book Day 2019 Kinney, Jeff Penguin Grp 6,850
2 LEGO Minifigure Mayhem (World Book Day 2019) Davies, Beth & Murray, Helen Dorling Kindersley Grp 5,650
3 Gift of Friends,The Hannigan, Emma Hachette Books Ireland Grp 4,212
4 Cruella and Cadpig – World Book Day 2019, Bently, Peter Egmont Books Grp 2,731
5 Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo:World Book Day 2019 Riordan, Rick Penguin Grp 2,597
6 Sam Hannigan’s Rock Star Granny:World Book Day 2019 Nolan, Alan O’Brien Press Grp 2,589
7 Ten Little Bookworms:World Book Day 2019 Brownlow, Mike Hachette Children’s Grp 2,533
8 Fing Walliams, David HarperCollins Grp 2,513
9 Great Rocket Robbery: World Book Day 2019 Cottrell Boyce, Frank Pan Macmillan Grp 2,431
10 Everdark: World Book Day 2019 Elphinstone, Abi Simon & Schuster Grp 2,086
11 Snap:World Book Day 2019 Lawrence, Patrice Hachette Children’s Grp 1,828
12 Claude Best in Show:World Book Day 2019 Smith, Alex T. Hachette Children’s Grp 1,757
13 Nought Forever:World Book Day 2019 Blackman, Malorie Penguin Grp 1,639
14 When All is Said Griffin, Anne Hodder & Stoughton Grp 1,292
15 Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale: World Book Day 2019 Child, Lauren HarperCollins Grp 1,267
16 Bad Mermaids Meet the Witches:World Book Day 2019 Pounder, Sibeal Bloomsbury Grp 1,093
17 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Bonnier Books UK Publishing Gr 992
18 WE Summit Together Other Publisher Groups 682
19 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Other Publisher Groups 549
20 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber Grp 546

 

 

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 9th March 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 992
2 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 546
3 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 453
4 Woman in the Window,The Finn, A. J. HarperCollins Publishers 409
5 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 395
6 Ladder to the Sky,A Boyne, John Black Swan 395
7 Great Gatsby,The Fitzgerald, F. Scott Wordsworth Editions 380
8 Nine Perfect Strangers Moriarty, Liane Penguin Books Ltd 333
9 Woman in the Woods,The Connolly, John Hodder Paperback 296
10 Thirteen Cavanagh, Steve Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 283
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Gift of Friends,The Hannigan, Emma Hachette Books Ireland 4,212
2 When All is Said Griffin, Anne Sceptre 1,292
3 Wych Elm,The French, Tana Viking 503
4 Hunting Party,The Foley, Lucy HarperCollins Publishers 437
5 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 366
6 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 306
7 Charlie Savage Doyle, Roddy Jonathan Cape 263
8 Narrow Land,The Hickey, Christine Dwyer Atlantic Books 249
9 Dirty Little Secrets Spain, Jo Quercus Publishing Plc 235
10 Country Girls Trilogy,The# O’Brien, Edna Faber & Faber 222
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 WE Summit Together Success In Doing Publications 682
2 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 549
3 Positive Habit,The Brennan, Fiona Gill Books 487
4 This is Going to Hurt Kay, Adam Picador 486
5 Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz,The Dronfield, Jeremy Michael Joseph 374
6 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 355
7 Educated Westover, Tara Windmill Books 327
8 Everything I Know About Love Alderton, Dolly Penguin Books Ltd 262
9 Sapiens Harari, Yuval Noah Vintage 254
10 100 Days to a Younger Brain Brennan, Dr Sabina Orion Spring 217
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 437
2 Border,The Ferriter, Diarmaid Profile Books 327
3 Twisteddoodles – The Newborn Identity Boyle, Maria Transworld Ireland 291
4 Secret,The Byrne, Rhonda Simon & Schuster Ltd 199
5 Baby Friendly Family Cookbook,The Aileen Cox Blundell Gill Books 187
6 Atlas of the Irish Revolution Cork University Press 168
7 12 Rules for Life Peterson, Jordan B. Allen Lane 137
8 What I Know for Sure Winfrey, Oprah Macmillan 118
9 Seven Signs of Life Abbey, Aoife Vintage 101
10 Pocket History of Ireland,A McCullough, Joseph Gill & Macmillan 95
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend: World Book Day 2019 Kinney, Jeff Puffin 6,850
2 LEGO Minifigure Mayhem (World Book Day 2019) Davies, Beth & Murray, Helen DK Children 5,650
3 Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella and Cadpig – World Book Day 2019, Bently, Peter Egmont Books 2,731
4 Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo:World Book Day 2019 Riordan, Rick Puffin 2,597
5 Sam Hannigan’s Rock Star Granny:World Book Day book 2019 Nolan, Alan O’Brien Press Ltd 2,589
6 Ten Little Bookworms:World Book Day 2019 Brownlow, Mike Orchard Books 2,533
7 Fing Walliams, David HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks 2,513
8 Great Rocket Robbery: World Book Day 2019 Cottrell Boyce, Frank Macmillan Children’s Books 2,431
9 Everdark: World Book Day 2019 Elphinstone, Abi Simon & Schuster Childrens Boo 2,086
10 Snap:World Book Day 2019 Lawrence, Patrice Hodder Children’s Books 1,828
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