• www.inkwellwriters.ie

Irish Bestsellers 26th December 2020

Writing.ie | Magazine | Irish Bestseller Lists | News for Writers
old ireland in colour
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

As we face into a new lockdown, bookshops are still open for click and collect and online ordering – books got us through the last lockdown, so support local business and order as close to home as you can!

The Christmas No 1 for 2020 was the beautiful Old Ireland in Colour, the perfect book to distract you from 2020. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book Of The Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020, it is another stunning hardback title from Merrion Press, who earlier in the year brought you Psychiatrist in the Chair: The Official Biography of Anthony Clare

Old Ireland in Colour brings to life the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of these stunning images of all walks of Irish life throughout nineteenth and twentieth century. From the chaos of the Civil War to the simple beauty of the islands; from legendary revolutionaries to modest fisherfolk, every image has been exquisitely transformed and every page bursting with life. Using a combination of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology and his own historical research, John Breslin has meticulously colourised these pictures with breath-taking attention to detail and authenticity. With over 250 photographs from all four provinces, and accompanied by fascinating captions by historian Sarah-Anne Buckley, Old Ireland in Colour breathes new life into the scenes we thought we knew, and brings our ancestors back to life before our eyes.

Covering The Irish Revolution, Society and Culture, Women and Children, The Irish Abroad, and Scenic Ireland it has been complied by NUI Galway academics Professor John Breslin who has written over 200 publications and co-authored two books. He is co-founder of boards.ie, adverts.ie, and the PorterShed; and Sarah-Anne Buckley who is a lecturer in History and President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She has published two monographs, four edited volumes and numerous articles, and is co-founder of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class and Senior Research Fellow in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

Pick up your copy direct from Merrion Press here – it makes the perfect gift!

Here is the Irish top 20 in all categories from data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 26th December 2020:

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press8,390
2Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland6,861
3Home Stretch:THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISHNorton, GrahamCoronet Books6,299
4Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland5,741
5Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science:A scientist’s guide to theO’Neill, LukeGill Books5,195
6Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking4,678
7Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins4,515
8Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press3,979
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin3,324
10Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records2,903
11Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardViking2,861
12SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,795
13Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,747
14Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,533
15Waterford Whispers News 2020Williamson, ColmGill Books2,515
16Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals:Simple recipes for easy everyday eatingMaguire, NevenGill Books2,436
17BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,423
18Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin2,377
19Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25):Jack ReacherChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,329
20How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze2,303

The top 10 in each category looks like this:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair1,942
2Guest List,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers970
3Family Gift,The:A heartwarming comfort read for Autumn 2020 from the #Kelly, CathyOrion (an Imprint of The Orion679
4Girl, Woman, Other:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019Evaristo, BernardinePenguin Books Ltd 579
5MilkmanBurns, AnnaFaber & Faber460
6Conversations with FriendsRooney, SallyFaber & Faber455
7Hunting Party,TheFoley, LucyHarperCollins Publishers445
8Beekeeper of Aleppo,The:The Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard & JudyLefteri, ChristyManilla Press444
9Normal PeopleRooney, SallyFaber & Faber431
10Silent Patient,The:The record-breaking, multimillion copy Sunday TimesMichaelides, AlexOrion (an Imprint of The Orion373
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Home Stretch:THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISHNorton, GrahamCoronet Books6,299
2Thursday Murder Club,The:The Record-Breaking Sunday Times Number One BOsman, RichardViking2,861
3SnowBanville, JohnFaber & Faber2,795
4BraywatchO’Carroll-Kelly, RossPenguin Ireland2,423
5Sentinel,The:(Jack Reacher 25):Jack ReacherChild, Lee & Child, AndrewBantam Press2,329
6After the SilenceO’Neill, Louiseriverrun1,934
7Law of Innocence,The:The Brand New Lincoln Lawyer Thriller:Mickey HallConnelly, MichaelOrion (an Imprint of The Orion1,768
8It’s That Time of Year:A heartwarming festive read from the Number OneMeaney, RoisinHachette Books Ireland1,663
9Strange Flowers:The Number One BestsellerRyan, DonalDoubleday Ireland1,656
10LoveDoyle, RoddyJonathan Cape1,552
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Champagne Football:John Delaney and the Betrayal of Irish Football: ThTighe, Mark & Rowan, PaulPenguin Ireland6,861
2Beyond the Tape:The Life and Many Deaths of a State PathologistCassidy, MarieHachette Books Ireland5,741
3Waterford Whispers News 2020Williamson, ColmGill Books2,515
4Monk,The:The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang BossWilliams, PaulAllen & Unwin2,377
5How Animals Saved My Life: Being the SupervetFitzpatrick, Professor NoelTrapeze2,303
6Life on Our Planet,A:My Witness Statement and a Vision for the FutureAttenborough, DavidEbury Press1,609
7Rory’s Story:My Unexpected Journey to Self BeliefO’Connor, Rory & Crowe, DermotGill Books1,495
8Ghost In The Throat,ANi Ghriofa, DoireannTramp Press1,290
9Guarded Life,A:My story of the dark side of An Garda SíochánaMoynihan, MajellaHachette Books Ireland1,263
10Bloodied Field,The:Croke Park. Sunday 21 November 1920Foley, MichaelO’Brien Press Ltd1,019
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press8,390
2Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science:A scientist’s guide to theO’Neill, LukeGill Books5,195
3Promised Land,AObama, BarackViking4,678
4Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press3,979
5Guinness World Records 2021Guinness World RecordsGuinness World Records2,903
6Here’s the Story:A MemoirMcAleese, MaryPenguin Ireland2,747
7Light That Never Goes Out,A:A MemoirShanley, KeelinGill Books2,533
8Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals:Simple recipes for easy everyday eatingMaguire, NevenGill Books2,436
9Page from My Life,A:A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listen HarperCollins2,107
10Thirty-Two Words for Field:Lost Words of the Irish LandscapeMagan, ManchánGill Books1,816
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins4,515
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin3,324
3Ickabog,The:A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whoRowling, J.K.Little, Brown Books for Young 1,883
4Cat Kid Comic Club: the new blockbusting bestseller from the creator oPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,387
5Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,119
6Great Irish Farm Book,TheMcCullough, DarraghGill Books742
7Break the Mould:How to Take Your Place in the World – WINNER OF THE ANBurke, SinéadWren & Rook739
8Story of Croke Park,TheÓ Muircheartaigh, MicheálO’Brien Press Ltd726
9Is There Anybody Out There?O Briain, DaraScholastic721
10Beano Annual:2021 D.C. Thomson & Co.,699
  • The Dark Room by Sam Blake
  • allianceindependentauthors.org

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get all of the latest from writing.ie delivered directly to your inbox.

Featured books

  • None Stood Taller by Peter Turnham
  • Freewheeling to Love by Máire O' Leary. A contemporary romance set in Co. Kerry
  • The Needle and the Damage Done is the story of a boy from a small Irish village who became an adventurer, multi-award-winning do
  • More adventures in 'Billy's Search for the Unspell Spell' the sequel out now!