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Irish Bestsellers 3rd April 2021

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This week’s featured book is one we can all learn a lesson from – Gareth O’Callaghan is one of Irish radio’s most popular and familiar voices. In 2018, after receiving a life-changing diagnosis, he retired from fulltime work and gave up the career in radio that he had loved for decades. In What Matters Now: A Memoir of Hope and Finding a Way Through the Dark, a deeply personal memoir, he tells his story of love and hope.

From the moments after his doctor uttered the words Multiple System Atrophy — a neurological disease that is both progressive and incurable, and ultimately carries a fatal prognosis — to how, drawing on inner reserves and determination, he pulled himself from the darkness to come to terms with a new way of living. With his trademark empathy, insight and honesty, he looks at how, no matter what the circumstances, we can choose how we live and that every life must be lived to the fullest. “For me, this is not a choice. It’s all I want, namely a full and loving life that I strive to choose every day over everything else – considering that maybe the big odds are heavily stacked against that. But I don’t care what the odds might be; I’ll keep defying them for as long as I can keep fighting and living.”

Gareth O’Callaghan is at No. 13, but likely to climb. Here’s the overall Top 20 (data supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 3rd April 2021):

 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Dog Man 10: Mothering Heights Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,735
2Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,476
3Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,367
4RO’CK of Ages:From boom days to Zoom daysO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove1,270
5Dead or Alive:Skulduggery PleasantLandy, DerekHarperCollins1,179
6Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPuffin998
7Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair745
8Klara and the Sun:Sunday Times No. One BestsellerIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber724
9Hitmen,The:The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for HireBreen, Stephen & Conlon, OwenSandycove688
10Win: New from the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series Coben, HarlanCentury643
11American Dirt:The Richard and Judy Book Club pickCummins, JeanineTinder Press584
12Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking519
13What Matters Now:A Memoir of Hope and Finding a Way Through the DarkO’Callaghan, GarethHachette Books Ireland499
14Good Vibes, Good Life:How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your GreatKing, VexHay House UK Ltd487
15Best Catholics in the World,The:The Irish, the Church and the End of aScally, DerekSandycove460
16Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020Keyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 440
17How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books426
18Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books414
19Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins413
20Hamnet:WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020O’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press406

And the Top 10 bestsellers in each category look like this:

Mass Market Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Midnight Library,TheHaig, MattCanongate Books1,476
2Where the Crawdads SingOwens, DeliaCorsair745
3American Dirt:The Richard and Judy Book Club pickCummins, JeanineTinder Press584
4Grown Ups:The Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller 2020Keyes, MarianPenguin Books Ltd 440
5Hamnet:WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020O’Farrell, MaggieTinder Press406
6LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAULHession, RonanBluemoose Books402
7Women Who Ran Away,The:And the secrets that followed them . . .O’Flanagan, SheilaHeadline Review329
8Exciting Times:Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021Dolan, NaoiseWeidenfeld & Nicolson327
9Bridgerton: The Duke and I (Bridgertons Book 1):The Sunday Times bestsellerQuinn, JuliaPiatkus Books248
10Apeirogon:Longlisted for the 2020 Booker PrizeMcCann, ColumBloomsbury Publishing PLC247
Original Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1RO’CK of Ages:From boom days to Zoom daysO’Carroll-Kelly, RossSandycove1,270
2Klara and the Sun:Sunday Times Number One BestsellerIshiguro, KazuoFaber & Faber724
3Win:New from the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series Coben, HarlanCentury643
4Thursday Murder Club,TheOsman, RichardViking519
5Turn a Blind Eye:William Warwick NovelsArcher, JeffreyMacmillan363
6Trust Me:Your next big thriller obsession Logan, T.M.Bonnier Zaffre332
7Acts of DesperationNolan, MeganJonathan Cape330
8Godmothers,TheMcInerney, MonicaWelbeck Publishing Group320
9Sanatorium,The:The spine-tingling Reese Witherspoon Book Club PickPearse, SarahBantam Press284
10Four Winds,TheHannah, KristinMacmillan259
Paperback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Hitmen,The:The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for HireBreen, Stephen & Conlon, OwenSandycove688
2What Matters Now:A Memoir of Hope and Finding a Way Through the DarkO’Callaghan, GarethHachette Books Ireland499
3Best Catholics in the World,The:The Irish, the Church and the End of aScally, DerekSandycove460
4Good Vibes, Good Life:How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your GreatKing, VexHay House UK Ltd456
5How to Be Good With MoneyMcGee, EoinGill Books426
6Atomic Habits:the life-changing million-copy #1 bestsellerClear, JamesRandom House Business Books414
7What White People Can Do Next:From Allyship to CoalitionDabiri, EmmaPenguin Books Ltd 351
8Choice,The:A true story of hopeEger, EdithRider & Co296
9As the Smoke Clears:The inspirational true story of surviving Greece’sHolohan, ZoeGill Books288
10Ministry of Bodies,TheO’Mahony, SeamusAPOLLO288
Hardback Non Fiction
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse,TheMackesy, CharlieEbury Press1,367
2Old Ireland in ColourBreslin, John & Buckley, Sarah-AnneMerrion Press342
3No One Can Change Your Life Except For You:The Sunday Times bestsellerWhitmore, LauraOrion Spring339
4Gift,The:12 Lessons to Save Your LifeEger, EdithRider & Co325
5Women Don’t Owe You Pretty:The debut book from Florence GivenGiven, FlorenceCassell309
6Tap to Tidy:
Organising, Crafting & Creating Happiness in a Messy World
Solomon, StaceyEbury Press292
7Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy:100 Delicious, Slimming RecipesFeatherstone, Kay & Allinson, KateBluebird244
8Hill We Climb,The:An Inaugural PoemGorman, AmandaChatto & Windus241
9This is ItCreighton, ConorGill Books214
10Beyond Order:12 More Rules for LifePeterson, Jordan B.Allen Lane174
Childrens
 TitleAuthorImprintSales
1Dog Man 10: Mothering Heights Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.1,735
2Dead or Alive:Skulduggery PleasantLandy, DerekHarperCollins1,179
3Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky StoriesKinney, JeffPuffin998
4Code Name BananasWalliams, DavidHarperCollins413
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (Book 15):Diary of a Wimpy KidKinney, JeffPuffin380
6They Both Die at the End:The UK No.1 bestseller!Silvera, AdamSimon & Schuster Childrens Boo360
7You’ve Got This:Learn to love yourself and truly shine – in your teensDarcy, TammyGill Books334
8Cat Kid Comic Club: the new blockbusting bestseller Pilkey, DavScholastic U.S.288
9Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment:Dog ManPilkey, DavScholastic U.S.265
10Skysteppers:World Book Day 2021Rundell, KatherineBloomsbury Childrens Books248

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