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Irish Bestsellers 12th December 2020

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It’s been a good week for books as we prepare for Christmas – remember to shop local if you can and that EVERYONE this year should have a book under the tree!

This week we’re delighted to feature the An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year, A Ghost in the Throat, by Doireann Ni Ghriofa. This is a beautiful book plucked off the slushpile at Tramp Press by two of the brightest, most brilliant women in UK and Irish publishing, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet and essayist. A Ghost in the Throat, finds the eighteenth-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill haunting the life of a contemporary young mother, prompting her to turn detective. Doireann is also author of six critically-acclaimed books of poetry, each a deepening exploration of birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Awards for her writing include a Lannan Literary Fellowship (USA), the Ostana Prize (Italy), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University), the Hartnett Poetry Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among others…

When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries.

I am eleven, a dark-haired child given to staring out window … Her voice makes it 1773, a fine day in May, and puts English soldiers crouching in ambush; I add ditch-water to drench their knees. Their muskets point towards a young man who is falling from his saddle in slow, slow motion. A woman hurries in and kneels over him, her voice rising in an antique formula of breath and syllable the teacher calls a caoineadh, a keen to lament the dead.’

A true original, this stunning prose debut by Doireann Ní Ghríofa weaves two stories together. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem that reaches across the centuries to another poet. In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy in her own life. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with finding out the rest of the story.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa has sculpted a fluid hybrid of essay and autofiction to explore the ways in which a life can be changed in response to the discovery of another’s – in this case, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi as ‘the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.’

A devastating and timeless tale about finding your voice by freeing another’s. Pick up you copy online here at Dubray Books, or call your local bookshop!

Here’s the overall top 20, data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 12th December 2020

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press7,002
2Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins6,568
3Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books5,185
4Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking5,076
5Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the ScienceO’Neill, LukeGill Books4,903
6Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland4,771
7Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press4,442
8Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland4,356
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15)Kinney, JeffPuffin4,302
10Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking4,180
11Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records4,138
12SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,575
13Light That Never Goes Out,A: A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,538
14Ickabog,TheRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young Readers2,413
15Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listeners HarperCollins2,358
16Here’s the Story: A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,247
17Sentinel,The: (Jack Reacher 25)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,076
18Ghost In The Throat, ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press2,072
19How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze2,020
20Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair2,016

And the top 10 in each category are:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair2,016
2Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers1,040
3Family Gift,The:A heartwarming comfort read for Autumn 2020 from the #Kelly, CathyOrion 634
4Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 591
5Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press491
6Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )420
7MilkmanBurns, AnnaFaber & Faber348
8Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber340
9Giver of Stars,TheMoyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 338
10Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers298
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books5,185
2Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking4,180
3SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,575
4Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25)Child, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,076
5BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,012
6Strange Flowers: The Number One BestsellerRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,806
7Law of Innocence,The: The Brand New Lincoln Lawyer Thriller: Mickey HallConnelly, MichaelOrion 1,542
8After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,350
9Time for Mercy,A: John Grisham’s latest no. 1 bestseller – the perfect Grisham, JohnHodder & Stoughton1,252
10Shuggie Bain:Winner of the Booker Prize 2020Stuart, DouglasPicador1,160
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland4,771
2Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland4,356
3Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press2,072
4How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze2,020
5Waterford Whispers News 2020Williamson, ColmGill Books1,944
6Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin1,682
7Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books1,154
8Life on Our Planet,A:My Witness Statement and a Vision for the FutureAttenborough, DavidEbury Press1,134
9Get Up and Go Diary for Busy Woman 2021,The Get Up and Go Publications976
10Happy Health Plan,The:Simple and tasty plant-based food to nourish youFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Life970
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press7,002
2Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking5,076
3Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science:A scientist’s guide to theO’Neill, LukeGill Books4,903
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press4,442
5Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records4,138
6Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,538
7Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listeners HarperCollins2,358
8Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,247
9Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird1,934
10What is Beautiful in the Sky:A book about endings and beginningsHarding, MichaelHachette Books Ireland1,702
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins6,568
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin4,302
3Ickabog,The:A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whoRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young Readers2,413
4Cat Kid Comic Club: the new blockbusting bestseller from the creator oPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.2,000
5Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins1,497
6Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books1,459
7Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the World – WINNER OF THE ANBurke, SinéadWren & Rook1,367
8Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,109
9Beano Annual:2021 D.C. Thomson & Co.,1,028
10Is There Anybody Out There?O Briain, DaraScholastic878

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