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Irish Bestsellers 28th December 2019

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Article by Writing IE Admin © 4 January 2020 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists · News for Writers ).

The last chart of 2019! Sales still strong over the holiday period, with the fabulous Aislings standing out in both original fiction and mass market fiction – we cannot wait for the film!

Our featured book this week is Where the Crawdads Sing, the a 2018 novel by Delia Owens that has topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 20 non-consecutive weeks. The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine – the first describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952–1969. The second  follows the murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. The book was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club in September 2018 and for Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of 2018. By December 2019, the book has sold over 4.5 million copies, and it has sold more print copies in 2019 than any other adult title, fiction or non-fiction. It was also No. 1 for 2019 on Amazon.com’s list of Most Sold Books in fiction.

This debut novel has an interesting trajectory – publishing in August 2018 its Reese Witherspoon adoption landed it in The New York Times chart at No 9 in September, but rather than drop, it slowly climbed the charts to reach No 1 in the January – a real sign of the power of word of mouth. And it’s still selling….

Here’s how the Irish top 20 looked at the close of 2019.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 28th December 2019
ICM
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 6,747
2 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 4,616
3 Guinness World Records 2020:The Bestselling Annual Book of Records Guinness World Records 3,986
4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 3,797
5 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 3,644
6 Cilka’s Journey:The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,341
7 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Books 2,879
8 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 2,698
9 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 2,651
10 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24):Jack Reacher Child, Lee Bantam Press 2,627
11 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 2,104
12 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion 2,059
13 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 1,943
14 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas:Festive hospital diaries from the Kay, Adam Picador 1,930
15 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 1,793
16 My Crazy World:The Autobiography Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 1,786
17 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 1,736
18 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The:the heart-breaking and unforgettable intern Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 1,661
19 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 1,578
20 Murder of Mr Moonlight,The:How sexual obsession, greed and arrogance l Fegan, Catherine Penguin Ireland 1,521

 

And the top ten in each category look like this:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 28th December 2019
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The:the heart-breaking and unforgettable intern Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 1,661
2 Where the Crawdads Sing Owens, Delia Corsair 1,578
3 Hunting Party,The:Get Ready for the Most Gripping New Crime Thriller o Foley, Lucy HarperCollins Publishers 1,447
4 Importance of Being Aisling,The:Country Roads, Take Her Home McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,249
5 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 1,088
6 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,018
7 Librarian of Auschwitz,The:The heart-breaking Sunday Times bestseller Iturbe, Antonio Ebury Press 651
8 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 603
9 Keeper,A:The Sunday Times Bestseller Norton, Graham Coronet Books 588
10 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 559
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling Breen, Sarah & McLysaght, Emer Gill Books 3,644
2 Cilka’s Journey:The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,341
3 Boulevard Wren and other Stories Boatclub, Blindboy Gill Books 2,879
4 Schmidt Happens O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 2,698
5 Postscript Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 2,651
6 Blue Moon:(Jack Reacher 24):Jack Reacher Child, Lee Bantam Press 2,627
7 Family Gift,The Kelly, Cathy Orion 2,059
8 Testaments,The:WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019 Atwood, Margaret Chatto & Windus 1,470
9 Night Fire,The:The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller Connelly, Michael Orion 1,335
10 Guardians,The:The explosive new thriller from international bestseller Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton 1,216
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Overcoming:A Memoir Phelan, Vicky Hachette Books Ireland 2,104
2 Waterford Whispers News 2019 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 1,793
3 Murder of Mr Moonlight,The:How sexual obsession, greed and arrogance l Fegan, Catherine Penguin Ireland 1,521
4 Body,The:A Guide for Occupants Bryson, Bill Doubleday 1,516
5 Chest Pain:A man, a stent and a camper van Harding, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 1,510
6 This is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Kay, Adam Picador 1,430
7 Ordnance Survey Ireland Puzzle Book,The Ireland, Ordnance Survey Hachette Books Ireland 1,297
8 It Has to be Said D’Arcy, Brian Sliabh Ban Productions 1,242
9 Great GAA Rivalries:Unforgettable Showdowns Scally, John Black & White Publishing 1,199
10 Eat Up, Raise Your Game:100 easy, nutritious recipes to help you perfo Davey, Daniel Gill Books 1,054
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ordinary Joe Schmidt, Joe Penguin Ireland 6,747
2 Guinness World Records 2020:The Bestselling Annual Book of Records Guinness World Records 3,986
3 Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas:Festive hospital diaries from the Kay, Adam Picador 1,930
4 My Crazy World:The Autobiography Dignam, Christy Simon & Schuster Ltd 1,786
5 Recovering Sadlier, Richie Gill Books 1,736
6 Donal’s Super Food in Minutes:Easy Recipes. 30 Minutes or Less. Good f Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton 1,401
7 Dear Johnnies McMahon, Johnny & O’Brien, Johnny Gill Books 1,376
8 Veg:Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone as seen on Channel 4’s Meat-Fr Oliver, Jamie Michael Joseph 1,295
9 Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,The Mackesy, Charlie Ebury Press 1,116
10 Me:Elton John Official Autobiography John, Elton Macmillan 1,113
Childrens
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Beast of Buckingham Palace,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 4,616
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 3,797
3 Dog Man: Fetch-22:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 1,943
4 Great Irish Science Book,The O’Neill, Luke Gill Books 1,420
5 Dinky Donkey (PB),The Smith, Craig Scholastic 1,004
6 World’s Worst Teachers,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 753
7 Gordon’s Game Howard, Paul & D’Arcy, Gordon Penguin Ireland 716
8 Dog Man 7: For Whom the Ball Rolls Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 710
9 Disney Frozen Annual 2020 Egmont Books 632
10 Official Gaelic Games Annual 2020,The Gill Books 598