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Irish Bestsellers 1st January 2022

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Our featured book this week is a real success story! Over the last year or so, everyone in the book business has rapidly become acquainted with the #BookTok phenomenon, which has seen backlist books shoot into the bestseller lists. As Publishers Weekly says ‘In August 2016, Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us was published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. By the end of its first month on the market, the novel had sold about 21,000 copies [in the US] at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The publicity was good—a nine-stop national book tour, blurbs from bestselling authors—and the book hit bestseller lists in its first week on salebut sales flatlined after that initial month. For several years, weekly sales rarely broke triple digits. Then something changed….”

In November 2020 there was a bump in sales that grew and grew, such that It Ends With Us became the book of the summer. Adopted by TikTok influencers using the #BookTok hashtag, which has racked up a combined 18 billion views, PW explains, “Once a book like It Ends with Us is recommended by influencers, TikTok’s algorithm ensures that it pops up on users’ feeds without them even searching for it. As of this writing, videos with the hashtag #ItEndsWithUs have a combined 73 million views.”

It’s VERY exciting to see backlist books leaping into the public eye, even more so for Colleen Hoover, who self-published her debut novel, Slammed, back in 2012. Here’s the blurb for It Ends With Us:

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST.  Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

And here’s the overall top 20

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 1st January 2022

1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd1,081
2Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber905
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot Kinney, JeffPuffin819
4Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books754
5Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Life622
6Pinch of Nom Comfort Food:100 Slimming, Satisfying RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird603
7Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!Walliams, DavidHarperCollins576
8Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber571
9Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd546
10Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardViking536
11Slimming Eats:Healthy, delicious recipes – 100+ under 500 caloriesWightman, SiobhanYellow Kite506
12Cat Kid Comic Club 2Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.471
13Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 471
14Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books464
15Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC435
16We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus433
17Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press429
18HaugheyMurphy, GaryGill Books415
19Three SistersMorris, HeatherBonnier Zaffre409
20Apples Never FallMoriarty, LianeMichael Joseph406

And the top 10 in each category:

Mass Market Fiction   
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1It Ends With UsHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd1,081
2Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor JenkinsSimon & Schuster Ltd546
3Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardPenguin Books Ltd 471
4Song of Achilles,TheMiller, MadelineBloomsbury Publishing PLC435
5Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books374
6Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber355
7DuneHerbert, FrankHodder Paperback317
8Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair315
9Ugly LoveHoover, ColleenSimon & Schuster Ltd269
10Searcher,The:French, TanaPenguin Books Ltd 213
     
Original Fiction   
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Beautiful World, Where Are YouRooney, SallyFaber & Faber905
2Aisling and the CityMcLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books754
3Small Things Like TheseKeegan, ClaireFaber & Faber571
4Man Who Died Twice,TheOsman, RichardViking536
5Three SistersMorris, HeatherBonnier Zaffre409
6Apples Never Fall:The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Nine Moriarty, LianeMichael Joseph406
7April in SpainBanville, JohnFaber & Faber340
856 DaysHoward, Catherine RyanCorvus325
9FrecklesAhern, CeceliaHarperCollins Publishers320
10The Guinness Girls:  A Hint of ScandalHourican, EmilyHachette Books Ireland316
     
Paperback Non Fiction   
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Your One Wild and Precious LifeGaffney, MaureenPenguin Life622
2Atomic HabitsClear, JamesRandom House Business Books464
3Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2022McLysaght, Emer & Breen, SarahGill Books368
4Good Vibes, Good LifeKing, VexHay House UK Ltd367
5Awaken Your Power Within:Let Go of Fear.Hussey, GerryHachette Books Ireland276
6State of Emergency,A:The Story of Ireland’s Covid CrisisChambers, RichardHarperCollinsIreland276
7Ranger 22:Lessons From the FrontGoggins, RayGill Books272
8BelongingCorless, CatherineHachette Books Ireland206
9Waterford Whispers News 2021Williamson, ColmGill Books200
10Brain Hacks:Everyday Mind Magic for Creating the Life You WantBarry, KeithGill Books198
     
Hardback Non Fiction   
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Pinch of Nom Comfort Food:100 Slimming, Satisfying RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird603
2Slimming Eats:Healthy, delicious recipes – 100+ under 500 caloriesWightman, SiobhanYellow Kite506
3We Don’t Know Ourselves:A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958O’Toole, FintanHead of Zeus433
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press429
5HaugheyMurphy, GaryGill Books415
6Old Ireland in Colour 2Breslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press370
7Guinness World Records 2022Records, Guinness WorldGuinness World Records336
8A Cloud Where the Birds Rise:A book about love and belongingHarding, Michael & Stack, JacobHachette Books Ireland306
9Everyday Cook:Vibrant Recipes, Simple Methods, Delicious DishesSkehan, DonalHodder & Stoughton297
10Between Two Hells:The Irish Civil WarFerriter, DiarmaidProfile Books295
     
Childrens   
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot (Book 16):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin819
2Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!Walliams, DavidHarperCollins576
3Cat Kid Comic Club 2:Cat Kid Comic ClubPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.471
4They Both Die at the End:TikTok made me buy it! The international No.1Silvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo394
5You’ll Be the Death of MeMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 348
6One Of Us Is LyingMcManus, Karen M.Penguin Books Ltd 317
7Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,A:A Good Girl’s Guide to MurderJackson, HollyElectric Monkey244
8Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for NatureMagan, ManchánGill Books234
9Beano Annual 2022 D.C. Thomson & Co.,221
10Christmas Pig,TheRowling, J. K.Little, Brown Books for Young 194
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