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Irish Bestsellers 19th December 2020

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The charts always seem a little strange at this time of year as they are a week in arrears, but Christmas sales were healthy despite the restrictations and the Irish Christmas No 1 is a wonderful book that we featured previously – Old Ireland in Colour. We’re thrilled to see sales so healthy for this beautiful book published by Irish publisher, Merrion Press. It’s a must have for every Irish household wherever you are in the world.

This week we’re featuring a glorious book for children (and a few adults may benefit from it!) published by Gill Books: Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science: A Scientist’s Guide to the Biggest Challenges Facing Our Species Today – a book not just for Christmas, but one that’s relevant all year. Voted the Ireland AM Popular Non Fiction Book of the Year at this years An Post Irish Book Awards, it’s fascinating and thought-provoking, and packed full of wisdom.

Professor Luke O’Neill, one of the leading voices of authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, grapples with life’s biggest questions and tells us what science has to say about them: Do we have control over our lives? Can we escape working in bullshit jobs? Must we vaccinate our children? Are men and women’s brains different? Will we destroy the planet? Covering topics from global pandemics to gender, addiction to euthanasia, Luke’s trademark easy wit and clever pop-culture references deconstruct the science to make complex questions accessible. Arriving at science’s definitive answers to some of the most controversial topics human beings have to grapple with, Never Mind the B#ll*ocks is a celebration of science and hard facts in a time of fake news and sometimes unhelpful groupthink.

Order your copy online here from Eason, or call your local bookstore for a copy.

Here’s the top 20, with data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 19th December 2020:

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press9,036
2Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland7,385
3Home Stretch:THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISHNorton, GrahamCoronet Books5,883
4Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins5,772
5Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science:A scientist’s guide to theO’Neill, LukeGill Books5,489
6Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland5,276
7Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking4,995
8Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press4,762
9Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardViking4,189
#Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records3,929
#Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin3,898
#SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,909
#Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,714
#That Place We Call Home:A journey through the place names of IrelandCreedon, JohnGill Books2,642
#Waterford Whispers News 2020Williamson, ColmGill Books2,606
#Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,569
#Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listen HarperCollins2,462
#Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25):Jack ReacherChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,456
#Ickabog,The:A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whoRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young 2,452
#BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,366

And here are the top 10 in each category:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,938
2Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers1,103
3Agent Running in the FieldCarré, John lePenguin Books Ltd 824
4Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 746
5Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press656
6Family Gift,The:A heartwarming comfort read for Autumn 2020 from the #Kelly, CathyOrion 639
7Silent Patient,The:The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion 435
8Giver of Stars,The:Fall in love with the enchanting 2020 Sunday Times Moyes, JojoPenguin Books Ltd 425
9Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber399
10Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber390
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home Stretch:THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISHNorton, GrahamCoronet Books5,883
2Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardViking4,189
3SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,909
4Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25):Jack ReacherChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,456
5BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,366
6Strange Flowers:The Number One BestsellerRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,964
7After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,700
8HamnetO’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press1,694
9Law of Innocence,The:The Brand New Lincoln Lawyer Thriller:Mickey HallConnelly, MichaelOrion 1,654
10It’s That Time of Year:A heartwarming festive read from the Number OneMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland1,560
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland7,385
2Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland5,276
3Waterford Whispers News 2020Williamson, ColmGill Books2,606
4How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze2,365
5Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press2,325
6Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin2,150
7Life on Our Planet,A:My Witness Statement and a Vision for the FutureAttenborough, DavidEbury Press1,331
8Happy Health Plan,The:Simple and tasty plant-based food to nourish youFlynn, David & Flynn, StephenPenguin Life1,289
9Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books1,284
10Standing in Gaps:A MemoirO’Rourke, SeamusBig Guerilla Press1,228
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press9,036
2Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science: A Scientist’s Guide to the Biggest Challenges Facing Our Species TodayO’Neill, LukeGill Books5,489
3Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking4,995
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press4,762
5Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records3,929
6Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,714
7That Place We Call Home:A journey through the place names of IrelandCreedon, JohnGill Books2,642
8Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,569
9Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listen HarperCollins2,462
10Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals:Simple recipes for easy everyday eatingMaguire, NevenGill Books2,169
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins5,772
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin3,898
3Ickabog,The:A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whoRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books2,452
4Cat Kid Comic Club: the new blockbusting bestseller from the creator oPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,823
5Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the World – WINNER OF THE ANBurke, SinéadWren & Rook1,413
6Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books1,173
7Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,153
8Girls Play Too:Inspiring Stories of Irish SportswomenHurley, JacquiMerrion Press947
9Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins912
10Beano Annual:2021 D.C. Thomson & Co.,894
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