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Irish Bestsellers 9th October 2021

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This week in the charts we’re delighted to see writing.ie’s favourite, Catherine Ryan Howard, back in the charts with her book 56 Days at no. 20 and at no. 8 in the Top 10 Original Fiction! We also have movement right at the top of the charts, with Sally Rooney and Beautiful World, Where Are You? once more taking the lead from Richard Osman and The Man Who Died Twice. Neither of these big hitters is no. 1, though – that goes to the Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen with the latest in the Aisling series, Aisling and the City, with well over seven thousand sales! Music fans will also appreciate The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music from the one and only Dave Grohl – only just out, it’s gone straight into the Top 20 at no. 5.

This week’s featured book is a new novel from Emily Hourican: The Guinness Girls: A Hint of Scandal has gone to no. 17 in the Top 20 and no. 7 in Original Fiction. Here’s the blurb:

‘Glorious! Glamorous, feisty women living through shifting times. Wonderful escapism’ TRACY REES

From the top ten bestselling author of 
The Glorious Guinness Girlsa stunning new novel of secrets, scandals and passions which follows the three enigmatic Guinness sisters, set in Ireland and London in the fascinating 1930s.  

‘An utterly captivating insight into these fascinating women and the times they lived in … it’s an absolute page-turner’ Irish Independent  

‘Fans of Downton Abbey will adore this, and it would be surprising if the book weren’t made into a luscious mini-series’ The Sunday Times onThe Glorious Guinness Girls

It’s the dawn of the 1930s and the three privileged Guinness sisters, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh, settle into becoming wives and mothers: Aileen in Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Maureen in Clandeboye in Northern Ireland, and Oonagh in Rutland Place in London.

But while Britain becomes increasingly politically polarised, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh discover conflict within their own marriages. 

Oonagh’s dream of romantic love is countered by her husband’s lies; the intense nature of Maureen’s marriage means passion, but also rows; while Aileen begins to discover that, for her, being married offers far less than she had expected.

Meanwhile, Kathleen, a housemaid from their childhood home in Glenmaroon, travels between the three sisters, helping, listening, watching – even as her own life brings her into conflict with the clash between fascism and communism.

As affairs are uncovered and secrets exposed, the three women begin to realise that their guiled upbringing could not have prepared them for the realities of married life, nor for the scandals that seem to follow them around.

Praise for The Glorious Guinness Girls:

‘If, like me, you have binge-watched Bridgerton then this book is bound to be your cup of tea’ Scribbles by Kat

‘A captivating and page-turning novel about a fascinating family. Fantastic’ Sinéad Moriarty

The Glorious Guinness Girls has already been compared, and rightly so, to Downton Abbey. The two share a delicious comfort-blanket quality, only in the book’s case, you do not need to wait until Sunday evenings before availing of its escapist properties. The story combines the intimacy of a family drama, set against the most opulent of backdrops, with sweeping historical themes. The tragic fragility of so many of the Guinness Girls’ set – that ability to burn bright, but burn fast, is perfectly captured here’ Irish Independent

‘A must for all Downton Abbey fans, The Glorious Guinness Girls is a gorgeous book, a captivating tale about a young girl caught up in the lifestyle of a family that continues to fascinate – the Guinness Family. A joy to read’ Swirl and Thread

And now this week’s charts…

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 9th October 2021
1Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Group7,351
2Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber Grp2,071
3Man Who Died Twice,The:The Thursday Murder ClubOsman, RichardPenguin Grp1,934
4Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Grp1,619
5Storyteller,The:Tales of Life and MusicGrohl, DaveSimon & Schuster Grp1,172
6We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus Grp875
7Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness Publisher Group852
8Clash of the ClansTallant, NicolaMirror Books Grp847
9Magician,TheTóibín, ColmPenguin Grp832
10Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Grp826
11Apples Never FallMoriarty, LianePenguin Grp788
12Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Group781
13Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneIrish Academic Press Grp697
14April in SpainBanville, JohnFaber Grp676
15It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Grp569
16Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieRandom House Grp546
17The Guinness Girls:  A Hint of ScandalHourican, EmilyHachette Books Ireland Grp529
18Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Grp490
19Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaLittle, Brown Book Grp489
2056 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanAtlantic Books Grp478
Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 9th October 2021
Mass Market Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 826
2It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd569
3Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster490
4Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair489
5Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books456
6Of Mice and MenSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 374
7DuneHerbert, FrankHodder Paperback295
8Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber290
9Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC266
10Survivors,TheHarper, JaneAbacus245
Original Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books7,351
2Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber2,071
3Man Who Died Twice,The:The Thursday Murder ClubOsman, RichardViking1,934
4Magician,TheTóibín, ColmViking832
5Apples Never FallMoriarty, LianeMichael Joseph788
6April in SpainBanville, JohnFaber & Faber676
7The Guinness Girls:  A Hint of ScandalHourican, EmilyHachette Books Ireland529
856 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus478
9FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Publishers454
10Normal SheepleO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove440
Paperback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Life1,619
2Clash of the ClansTallant, NicolaMirror Books847
3Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books781
4BelongingCorless, CatherineHachette Books Ireland414
5High Hopes:Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to LiveGarrigan, SteveHachette Books Ireland408
6Book of St. Brigid,TheKeane, Colm & O’Hagan, UnaCapel Island354
7Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays329
8Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books316
9Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd288
10Gas ManBlack, ColinHarperCollins277
Hardback Non Fiction
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Storyteller,The:Tales of Life and MusicGrohl, DaveSimon & Schuster Ltd1,172
2We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus875
3Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records852
4Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press697
5Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press546
6When Dreams Come TrueDavison, RosannaGill Books447
7Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books375
8Comrades:A Lifetime of FriendshipsBoland, RositaDoubleday Ireland325
9PerilWoodward, Bob & Costa, RobertSimon & Schuster Ltd278
10Openhearted:Eighty Years of Love, Loss, Laughter and Letting GoIngle, AnnSandycove277
Childrens
TitleAuthorImprintSales
1MegamonsterWalliams, DavidHarperCollins348
2They Both Die at the EndSilvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo340
3Outsiders,TheHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 286
4Friendship Fairies Go to Camp,TheKennedy, LucyGill Books264
5Kay’s Marvellous MedicineKay, AdamPuffin256
6Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.247
7One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 241
8Burpee Bears,TheWicks, JoeHarperCollins241
9Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to Ireland:Peppa PigLadybird231
10Ireland: The People, The Places, The StoriesPierce, Rachel & O Briain, DaraScholastic219
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