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Irish Bestsellers Christmas 2018

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Article by Writing IE Admin © 5 January 2019 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists · News for Writers ).

It’s at this time of year that the bestseller chart being calculated a week in arrears appears a little strange, but it’s only now that we can see exactly who the Christmas Number One was, and it’s a good one – Michelle Obama’s Becoming. There have been some fantastic books published in Ireland this year that have sold consistently well, and it’s great to see them featuring under Christmas trees and in stockings across the land. At Writing.ie we’re looking forward to the exciting debuts that will feature in next years lists – will one of them be you?

This week’s featured book is one that isn’t in the top twenty, but slipped into the top ten in hardback non fiction: Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from Stephen Hawking. The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work that might help us with some of the conundrums that 2019 will undoubtedly throw up:

Is there a God?
How did it all begin?
Can we predict the future?
What is inside a black hole?
Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
How do we shape the future?
Will we survive on Earth?
Should we colonise space?
Is time travel possible?

Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next…

Pick up your copy at a bookshop near you or online here.

Here is the Christmas 2018 top twenty bestseller list:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 29th December 2018
ICM
POS Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 4,110
2 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 3,630
3 Importance of Being Aisling,The McLysaght & Breen Gill Books 3,515
4 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,218
5 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 3,076
6 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 2,811
7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Kinney, Jeff Puffin 2,447
8 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 2,309
9 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght & Breen Gill Books 2,125
10 At All Costs Fitzgerald & Hogan Gill Books 1,954
11 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 1,868
12 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,835
13 Past Tense:(Jack Reacher 23) Child, Lee Bantam Press 1,827
14 Time to Talk:Stories from the heart of Ireland Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 1,514
15 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 1,417
16 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 1,331
17 Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 1,288
18 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 1,249
19 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 1,111
20 Reckoning,The Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1,049

And the top ten bestsellers in each category are:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 29th December 2018
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 3,218
2 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 2,811
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght &Breen Gill Books 2,125
4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Honeyman, Gail Harper 1,249
5 Mythos:The Greek Myths Retold Fry, Stephen Penguin Books Ltd 629
6 Skin Deep Nugent, Liz Penguin Books Ltd 609
7 One Day in December Silver, Josie Penguin Books Ltd 609
8 Conversations with Friends Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 601
9 Thirteen Cavanagh, Steve Orion (an Imprint of The Orion 505
10 Uncommon Type:Some Stories Hanks, Tom Arrow Books 450
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 3,630
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The:Country Roads, Take Her Home McLysaght & Breen Gill Books 3,515
3 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,835
4 Past Tense:(Jack Reacher 23) Child, Lee Bantam Press 1,827
5 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 1,417
6 Dark Sacred Night:The Brand New Bosch and Ballard Thriller Connelly, Michael Orion 895
7 Heroes:Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures Fry, Stephen Michael Joseph 694
8 Heads You Win Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 650
9 Spark of Light,A Picoult, Jodi Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 626
10 Long Road to Mercy Baldacci, David Macmillan 605
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 1,288
2 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 1,111
3 Heroic Failure:Brexit and the Politics of Pain O’Toole, Fintan Head of Zeus 863
4 Little Flower – St Therese of Lisieux,The:The Irish Connection Keane & O’Hagan Capel Island 862
5 This is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Kay, Adam Picador 824
6 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 810
7 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Harari, Yuval Noah Jonathan Cape 660
8 Michael O’Leary:Turbulent Times for the Man Who Made Ryanair Cooper, Matt Portfolio Penguin 647
9 100 Great GAA Moments Scally, John Black & White Publishing 627
10 Educated:The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling memoir Westover, Tara Windmill Books 612
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 4,110
2 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 2,309
3 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 1,954
4 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 1,868
5 Time to Talk:Stories from the heart of Ireland Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 1,514
6 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 1,331
7 Skin Nerd,The Rock, Jennifer Hachette Books Ireland 1,017
8 100 Poems Heaney, Seamus Faber & Faber 995
9 Renaissance Nation:How the Pope’s Children Rewrote the Rules for Ireland McWilliams, David Gill Books 947
10 Brief Answers to the Big Questions:the final book from Stephen Hawking Hawking, Stephen John Murray Publishers, Ltd. 833
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 3,076
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 2,447
3 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay Rowling, J. K. Little,Brown 685
4 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 578
5 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic 527
6 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Books Ltd 504
7 President’s Cat,The Donnelly, Peter Gill Books 486
8 Blazing a Trail:Irish Women Who Changed the World Webb, Sarah O’Brien Press Ltd 467
9 Bad Dad Walliams, David HarperCollins 463
10 Dog Man 6: Brawl of the Wild:Dog Man Pilkey, Dav Scholastic U.S. 456