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Irish Bestsellers Christmas 2019

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Article by Writing IE Admin © 28 December 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists ).

It’s brilliant to see book sales peak at Christmas, with a wide range of titles in the top 20. Predicatably, it’s a sports biography that’s in the number one slot, a recurring theme in Ireland – let’s hope those who recieved it may be tempted into a bookshop later in the year to discover what more is available!

Joe Schmidt was born in the Far North of New Zealand in 1965, the third of eight children of a district nurse and a postmaster. As a young man, he played on the wing for Manawatu in the National Provincial Championship, and worked as a schoolteacher, administrator and coach at schools around the North Island – and, for a year and a half, in Co. Westmeath.

After making a name for himself as an innovative schools rugby coach, he worked as an assistant coach with Bay of Plenty, the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby, and Clermont-Auvergne. In 2010 he became head coach of Leinster, where he won two Heineken Cups in three seasons. As Ireland coach from 2013 to 2019, he achieved unprecedented success, including three Six Nations championships in six seasons, and was World Rugby Coach of the Year in 2018.

The blurb tells us that rugby obsessives and amateur coaches will revel in the insight that Schmidt offers into his training methods, tactics and preparation. It’s a book ‘full of insight, emotion and considered analysis’ (Irish Daily Mail) and ‘An insight into the fascinating personality of the man who has been the single most influential figure in Irish rugby over the last decade’ (Irish Times). With sales at 9000 copies it’s definitley a win for Penguin Ireland!

For anyone looking for inspiration and something to spend those book tokens on, here is the rest of the Irish top 20 for Christmas 2019…

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 21st December 2019
ICM
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 9,000
2 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 8,056
3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Kinney, Jeff Puffin 6,465
4 Guinness World Records 2020:The Bestselling Annual Book of Records Guinness World Records 5,986
5 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 4,713
6 Cilka’s Journey:The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,971
7 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 3,509
8 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 3,449
9 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 3,412
10 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Books 3,289
11 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24):Jack Reacher Child, Lee Bantam Press 3,228
12 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 3,097
13 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas:Festive hospital diaries from the Kay, Adam Picador 2,971
14 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 2,847
15 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 2,562
16 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 2,550
17 Donal’s Super Food in Minutes:Easy Recipes. 30 Minutes or Less. Good f Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton 2,513
18 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 2,503
19 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Ebury Press 2,331
20 My Crazy World:The Autobiography Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 2,196

And the top ten in each category looks like this:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 21st December 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The:the heart-breaking and unforgettable intern Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 2,145
2 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 1,893
3 Importance of Being Aisling,The:Country Roads, Take Her Home McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,454
4 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,407
5 Hunting Party,The:Get Ready for the Most Gripping New Crime Thriller o Foley, Lucy HarperCollins Publishers 1,364
6 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,139
7 Olive Kitteridge Strout, Elizabeth Simon & Schuster Ltd 994
8 Librarian of Auschwitz,The:The heart-breaking Sunday Times bestseller Iturbe, Antonio Ebury Press 914
9 When All is Said:The Number One Irish bestselling phenomenon Griffin, Anne Sceptre 695
10 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 674
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 4,713
2 Cilka’s Journey:The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,971
3 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 3,509
4 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 3,449
5 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Books 3,289
6 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24):Jack Reacher Child, Lee Bantam Press 3,228
7 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 2,550
8 Shadowplay O’Connor, Joseph Harvill Secker 1,812
9 Night Fire,The:The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller Connelly, Michael Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 1,669
10 Testaments,The:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 1,626
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 3,097
2 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 2,847
3 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 2,503
4 Great GAA Rivalries:Unforgettable Showdowns Scally, John Black & White Publishing 2,096
5 Murder of Mr Moonlight,The:How sexual obsession, greed and arrogance l Fegan, Catherine Penguin Ireland 1,996
6 It Has to be Said D’Arcy, Brian Sliabh Ban Productions 1,879
7 Ordnance Survey Ireland Puzzle Book,The Ireland, Ordnance Survey Hachette Books Ireland 1,860
8 Chest Pain:A man, a stent and a camper van Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 1,844
9 This is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Kay, Adam Picador 1,736
10 Growing Up with Ireland:A Century of Memories from Our Oldest and Wise Cox, Valerie Hachette Books Ireland 1,703
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 9,000
2 Guinness World Records 2020:The Bestselling Annual Book of Records Guinness World Records 5,986
3 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas:Festive hospital diaries from the Kay, Adam Picador 2,971
4 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 2,562
5 Donal’s Super Food in Minutes:Easy Recipes. 30 Minutes or Less Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton 2,513
6 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Ebury Press 2,331
7 My Crazy World:The Autobiography Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 2,196
8 Dear Johnnies McMahon & O’Brien Gill Books 2,006
9 Veg:Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone as seen on Channel 4 Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 1,832
10 Camouflage:My Story Larkin, Eoin Reach Sport 1,678
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 8,056
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 6,465
3 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 3,412
4 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Books 2,188
5 Dinky Donkey (PB),The Smith, Craig Scholastic 1,588
6 How Will Santa Find Us O’Brien, Shane & Rogers, Stephen Gill Books 1,483
7 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,307
8 Gordon’s Game Howard, Paul & D’Arcy, Gordon Penguin Ireland 1,276
9 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 1,225
10 Beano Annual:2020 D.C. Thomson & Co., 1,185