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Irish Bestsellers 13th March 2021

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This week our featured book is an incredible story that has shot straight into the No 1 slot: As the Smoke Clears: The Inspirational True Story of Surviving Greece’s Deadly Wildfires, Overcoming Devastating Loss, and Discovering a Path to Renewal by Zoe Holohan.

On 23 July 2018, in the seaside town of Mati in Greece, Zoe Holohan and her husband of four days were enjoying the beginning of their honeymoon. Then disaster struck. Unprecedented wildfires swept through the area, killing 102 people.

Zoe and Brian fled their villa, chased by the flames, running for their lives. Ultimately Zoe was one of the few survivors from the area, having been miraculously rescued from the boot of a burning car just seconds from death. She suffered severe burns all over her face and body, and her beloved husband Brian lost his life before her eyes.  

In this remarkable story Zoe reveals the emotional journey of grappling with the loss of her true love and partner, as well as her own incredible fight for survival, learning how to walk, talk and use her limbs again, and a future facing PTSD and a heavily scarred body. As the Smoke Clears is a deeply personal journey through a life-altering year which, at its heart, teaches us to seek hope, happiness, and sometimes even humour in the most tragic of circumstances, and to find comfort in the enduring kindness of our fellow human beings.   

Order your copy from Eason online here.

Here is the overall Irish Top 20 from data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 13th March 2021

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1As the Smoke Clears:The inspirational true story of surviving Greece’s WildfiresHolohan, ZoeGill Books1,703
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,619
3Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020Keyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 1,326
4There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPuffin1,315
5Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,299
6Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,280
7Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyTemplar Publishing1,145
8Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardViking1,030
9Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyEbury Press1,012
10Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Ltd981
11No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring955
12Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books928
13Klara and the Sun:’A masterpiece.’ Sunday TimesIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber916
14Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape915
15Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021:Luna Loves…Coelho, JosephAndersen Press899
16American Dirt:The Richard and Judy Book Club pickCummins, JeanineTinder Press893
17Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPuffin884
18Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDK Children876
19River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaOrion Children’s Books864
20What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021,TheDonaldson, JuliaMacmillan Children’s Books840

And the top 10 bestsellers in each category are:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020Keyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 1,326
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,299
3Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,280
4American Dirt:The Richard and Judy Book Club pickCummins, JeanineTinder Press893
5Women Who Ran Away,The:And the secrets that followed them . . .O’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review664
6Liberation of Brigid Dunne,TheScanlan, PatriciaSimon & Schuster Ltd439
7Our Little Cruelties:A new psychological suspense from the No.1 bestseNugent, LizPenguin Books Ltd 427
8Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1)Quinn, JuliaPiatkus Books335
9Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers322
10Silent Patient,TheMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion315
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprint 
1Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking1,030
2Klara and the Sun:’A masterpiece.’ Sunday TimesIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber916
3Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape915
4Push,The:Mother. Daughter. Angel. Monster? Audrain, AshleyMichael Joseph715
5Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan698
6Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group631
7Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books540
8Sanatorium,The:The spine-tingling Reese Witherspoon Book Club PickPearse, SarahBantam Press497
9Broken SoulsGibney, PatriciaSphere404
10Girl ADean, AbigailHarperCollins Publishers383
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprint 
1As the Smoke Clears:The inspirational true storyHolohan, ZoeGill Books1,703
2Becoming:The Sunday Times Number One BestsellerObama, MichellePenguin Books Ltd 744
3Beating Brain Fog:Your 30-Day Plan to Think Faster, Sharper, BetterBrennan, Dr SabinaOrion Spring740
4Good Vibes, Good Life:How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your GreatKing, VexHay House UK Ltd636
5How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books543
6Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland487
7Philadelphia, Here I ComeFriel, BrianFaber And Faber Plays434
8Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co421
9Corpsing:My Body and Other Horror ShowsWhite, SophieTramp Press398
10Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books394
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprint 
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,619
2Tap to Tidy:Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy WorldSolomon, StaceyEbury Press1,012
3No One Can Change Your Life Except For YouWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring955
4Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co662
5Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird477
6Stuff Happens!:Manage your clutter, clear your head & discover what’s Gleeson, EmmaPenguin Ireland422
7Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:The debut book from Florence GivenGiven, FlorenceCassell410
8Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press388
9Beyond Order:12 More Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Allen Lane377
10Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books285
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprint 
1There’s a Wolf in Your Book: World Book Day 2021Fletcher, TomPuffin1,315
2Gigantosaurus: Dino SpotDuddle, JonnyTemplar Publishing1,145
3Lily and the Lissadell Ghost:World Book Day 2021Curtin, JudiO’Brien Press Ltd981
4Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books928
5Luna Loves World Book Day:World Book Day 2021:Luna Loves…Coelho, JosephAndersen Press899
6Little Badman and the Radioactive Samosa:World Book Day 2021Arshad, Humza & White, HenryPuffin884
7Protect the Planet!:World Book Day 2021French, JessDK Children876
8River Whale,The:World Book Day 2021Brahmachari, SitaOrion Children’s Books864
9What the Ladybird Heard Play: World Book Day 2021,TheDonaldson, JuliaMacmillan Children’s Books840
10Football School 20 Fantastic Football Stories:World Book Day 2021:FootBellos, Alex & Lyttleton, BenWalker Books Ltd826
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