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Irish Bestsellers 14th August 2021

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This week John Boyne has stormed into No 1 with his critically acclaimed, hilarious satirical novel, The Echo Chamber, which draws on Boyne’s own experiences with social media and is very much a book for our times. Here’s the blurb:

What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds – and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.

The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a ‘national treasure’ (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.

Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.

Powered by John Boyne’s characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satirical helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.

As the Irish Times said:

Bestowing the name of Cleverley on the family was a big risk for a writer, because satire has to be very clever to work. Fortunately, Boyne has the sharp eye required to spear the prevailing culture right between the eyes. He never loses control even when the plot veers into theatrics towards the end, and the improbable denouement is nothing if not true to the genre. 

This is satire in the vein of Evelyn Waugh’s early novels, transposed to the internet age. The Echo Chamber is extremely funny, piercingly observed and very cleverly executed. Bravo.

Kathleen MacMahon The Irish Times

Order your copy here!

This week’s overall top 20 looks like this:

1Echo Chamber,TheBoyne, JohnDoubleday1,474
2Devil’s Advocate,TheCavanagh, SteveOrion 1,110
3Billy Summers:The No. One BestsellerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton814
4MegamonsterWalliams, DavidHarperCollins800
5Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books796
6Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: the bestselling memoirO’Reilly, SeamasFleet671
7About UsMoriarty, SinéadSandycove631
8Jane’s Patisserie: Deliciously customisable cakes, bakes and treatsDunn, JaneEbury Press627
9Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 604
10Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,The: A NovelReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster590
11Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair583
12They Both Die at the End: TikTok made me buy it! Silvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo549
13Once Upon a Crime:A Murder Most Unladylike CollectionStevens, RobinPuffin547
14Not a Happy Family:the instant Sunday Times bestseller, Lapena, ShariBantam Press535
15Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press510
16Songbirds:The heartbreaking follow-up to the million copy bestseller, Lefteri, ChristyManilla Press474
17Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland472
18Nameless Ones,The:A Charlie Parker Thriller.  Connolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton431
19Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc416
20It Ends With Us:Tiktok made me buy it! Hoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd414

And the top 10 in each category looks like this:

Mass Market Fiction
1Midnight Library,The: The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Haig, MattCanongate Books796
2Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 604
3Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,The:A NovelReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster590
4Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair583
5It Ends With Us:Tiktok made me buy it!Hoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd414
6Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC370
7Home StretchNorton, GrahamCoronet Books344
8Hamnet:WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION O’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press295
9Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020Keyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 289
10Shuggie Bain:Winner of the Booker Prize 2020Stuart, DouglasPicador258
Original Fiction
1Echo Chamber,TheBoyne, JohnDoubleday1,474
2Devil’s Advocate,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller Cavanagh, SteveOrion 1,110
3Billy Summers:The No. One BestsellerKing, StephenHodder & Stoughton814
4About UsMoriarty, SinéadSandycove631
5Not a Happy Family:the instant Sunday Times bestsellerLapena, ShariBantam Press535
6SongbirdsLefteri, ChristyManilla Press474
7Nameless Ones,The:A Charlie Parker Thriller. Connolly, JohnHodder & Stoughton431
8Perfect Lie,TheSpain, JoQuercus Publishing Plc416
9All Her FaultMara, AndreaBantam Press391
10Three Weddings and a ProposalO’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review350
Paperback Non Fiction
1Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?:the bestselling memoirO’Reilly, SeamasFleet574
2Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland472
3Awaken Your Power Within:Let Go of Fear.Hussey, GerryHachette Books Ireland401
4Mind Full:Unwreck your head, De-stress your lifeWhelan, DermotGill Books342
5Murder at RoaringwaterFoster, NickMirror Books338
6Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books298
7Landslide:The Final Days of the Trump PresidencyWolff, MichaelLittle,Brown295
8Comfort Book,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books281
9Good Vibes, Good Life:How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your GreatKing, VexHay House UK Ltd276
10Surrounded by Idiots:The Four Types of Human Behaviour Erikson, ThomasVermilion219
Hardback Non Fiction
1Jane’s Patisserie:Deliciously customisable cakes, bakes and treatsDunn, JaneEbury Press627
2Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press510
3RememberingsO’Connor, SinéadSandycove264
4Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press154
5Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books150
6Pursuit of Kindness,The:An Evolutionary History of Human NatureToland, ÉamonnLiberties Press141
7Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:The debut book from Florence GivenGiven, FlorenceCassell138
8Secret,TheByrne, RhondaSimon & Schuster Ltd127
9Meal Prep King Plan,The:Save time. Lose weight. Eat the meals you loveKing, Meal PrepMichael Joseph125
10Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?:the bestselling memoirO’Reilly, SeamasFleet97
1MegamonsterWalliams, DavidHarperCollins800
2They Both Die at the End:TikTok made me buy it! Silvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo549
3Once Upon a Crime:A Murder Most Unladylike CollectionStevens, RobinPuffin547
4As Good As Dead:A Good Girl’s Guide to MurderJackson, HollyFarshore404
5Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes to Ireland:Peppa Pig Ladybird404
6Dog Man 10: Mothering Heights Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.387
7Dog Man 9: Grime and PunishmentPilkey, DavScholastic337
8Summer I Robbed A Bank,TheO’Doherty, DavidPuffin309
9One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 307
10Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPuffin292
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