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Irish Bestsellers 11th September 2021

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The whole world is talking about an Irish author this week – Sally Rooney’s third book Beautiful World, Where Are You has shot to No 1 in the Irish print charts, the UK eBook chart and the UK print chart, selling over 12,000 copies here, 40,000 in the UK in print, and over 11,000 in digital (given the difference in population, that’s a wondeful vote from home – every Irish household will have this book!) We are utterly thrilled for her – when shops are opening early on publication day, it’s a sign something special is happening!

Waterstones said Beautiful World, Where Are You, which follow’s Rooney’s phenomenal Conversations With Friends and Normal People, was its bestselling fiction hardback of the year to date after only one week on sale.

In Beautiful World, Where Are You , Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young – but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They worry about sex and friendship and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

If you haven’t already grabbed your copy, you can order online here.

‘A tour de force. The dialogue never falters, and the prose burns up the page.’
GUARDIAN

‘Rooney’s strongest writing thus far . . . There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance.’
FINANCIAL TIMES

‘The book moved me to tears more than once . . . Rooney’s best novel.’
THE TIMES

Here’s this weeks overall top 20 bestselling books in Ireland:

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber12,632
256 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus1,225
3FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Publishers1,098
4Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books903
5Of Mice and Men:Penguin Modern ClassicsSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 902
6Normal SheepleO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove892
7Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster735
8It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd734
9Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays732
10Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair596
11Slow Fire Burning,AHawkins, PaulaDoubleday587
12Gas ManBlack, ColinHarperCollins568
13Midnight Library,The:The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Haig, MattCanongate Books564
14Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 537
15Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press536
16Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books502
17Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?:the bestselling memoirO’Reilly, SeamasFleet466
18Snow CountryFaulks, SebastianHutchinson460
19Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber456
20Outsiders,The:The OriginalsHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 451

And here are the top 10 in each category:

Mass Market Fiction
IndexTitleAuthorImprintSales
1Of Mice and Men:Penguin Modern ClassicsSteinbeck, Mr JohnPenguin Books Ltd 902
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,TheReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster735
3It Ends With Us:Tiktok made me buy it! Hoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd734
4Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair596
5Midnight Library,The:The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Haig, MattCanongate Books564
6Thursday Murder Club,The:Osman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 537
7Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber456
8To Kill A MockingbirdLee, HarperArrow Books420
9Normal People:One million copies soldRooney, SallyFaber & Faber393
10RoomDonoghue, EmmaPicador377
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber12,632
256 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus1,225
3FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Publishers1,098
4Normal SheepleO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove892
5Slow Fire Burning,A:The addictive new Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Hawkins, PaulaDoubleday587
6Snow CountryFaulks, SebastianHutchinson460
7Echo Chamber,TheBoyne, JohnDoubleday377
8Devil’s Advocate,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller Cavanagh, SteveOrion (an Imprint of The Orion335
9Not a Happy Family:the instant Sunday Times bestsellerLapena, ShariBantam Press309
10All Her FaultMara, AndreaBantam Press299
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books903
2Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays732
3Gas ManBlack, ColinHarperCollins568
4Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?:the bestselling memoirO’Reilly, SeamasFleet466
5Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books362
6Gift,The:A survivor’s journey to freedomEger, EdithRider & Co322
7Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland302
8Book of St. Brigid,TheKeane, Colm & O’Hagan, UnaCapel Island276
9Awaken Your Power Within:Let Go of Fear. Discover Your Infinite PotentialHussey, GerryHachette Books Ireland253
10Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd240
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press536
2Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books502
3Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press434
4Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records273
5Together:Memorable Meals Made EasyOliver, JamieMichael Joseph223
6Hear Me OutHarding, SarahEbury Press196
7Jane’s Patisserie:Deliciously customisable cakes, bakes and treats. Dunn, JaneEbury Press185
8In Hinde Sight:Postcards from Ireland PastKelly, PaulGill Books151
9Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books143
10The Letters of John McGahern Faber & Faber138
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Outsiders,The:The OriginalsHinton, S EPenguin Books Ltd 451
2MegamonsterWalliams, DavidHarperCollins377
3They Both Die at the EndSilvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo360
4Once:Once/Now/Then/AfterGleitzman, MorrisPuffin323
5Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection,TheDonaldson, JuliaMacmillan Children’s Books267
6Girls Play Too Book 2:More Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press263
7Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to Ireland:Peppa Pig Ladybird261
8One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 223
9Dog Man 10: Mothering HeightsPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.222
10Stone Cold:The OriginalsSwindells, RobertPenguin Books Ltd 203
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