writing_ie-logo

  • Kazoo Independent Publishing Services Special Offer
gerry-chaney-interviews-header

Magazine

Irish Bestsellers Week Ending 22nd December 2018

w-ie-small
Article by writingie © 29 December 2018 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Irish Bestseller Lists · News for Writers ).

We’re delighted to see that lots of people were buying books in the run up to Christmas! This week our featured book is Sally Rooney’s Normal People, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and An Post Irish Book Awards winner and recently named Waterstones Book of the Year in the UK., Sally Rooney’s second novel has sold just under 41,000 copies in hardback in the UK since it was released in August. At 27, Rooney is the now the youngest winner of the Waterstones award, which goes to the title which staff at the UK’s biggest bookshop chain most enjoy recommending.

Conversations with Friends features Frances, a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, who is vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa’s world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances’s friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi.
 
Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances’s intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.

Pick up your copy in your local bookshop or online here.

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 22nd December 2018
ICM
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 11,731
2 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 9,707
3 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 7,729
4 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 7,640
5 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The:the heart-breaking and unforgettable intern Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 7,064
6 Importance of Being Aisling,The:Country Roads, Take Her Home McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 6,708
7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 6,187
8 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 5,575
9 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 5,433
10 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 4,496
11 Past Tense Child, Lee Bantam Press 4,018
12 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 3,816
13 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 3,569
14 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 3,388
15 Time to Talk:Stories from the heart of Ireland Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 3,368
16 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 3,093
17 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Honeyman, Gail Harper 2,913
18 Donal’s Meals in Minutes:90 suppers from scratch/15 minutes prep Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 2,659
19 Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 2,585
20 100 Poems Heaney, Seamus Faber & Faber 2,401

And the top ten in each category look like this:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 22nd December 2018
Mass Market Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Milkman Burns, Anna Faber & Faber 7,640
2 Tattooist of Auschwitz,The:the heart-breaking and unforgettable intern Morris, Heather Zaffre Publishing 7,064
3 Oh My God What a Complete Aisling The Novel McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 4,496
4 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine:Debut Sunday Times Bestseller and Honeyman, Gail Harper 2,913
5 One Day in December:The Sunday Times bestselling love story everybody Silver, Josie Penguin Books Ltd 1,697
6 Mythos:The Greek Myths Retold Fry, Stephen Penguin Books Ltd 1,469
7 Skin Deep:The most gripping thriller of 2018 Nugent, Liz Penguin Books Ltd 1,369
8 Thirteen:The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury Cavanagh, Steve Orion 1,242
9 Conversations with Friends Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 1,029
10 Uncommon Type:Some Stories Hanks, Tom Arrow Books 945
Original Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Keeper,A Norton, Graham Coronet Books 7,729
2 Importance of Being Aisling,The:Country Roads, Take Her Home McLysaght, Emer & Breen, Sarah Gill Books 6,708
3 Past Tense:(Jack Reacher 23):Jack Reacher Child, Lee Bantam Press 4,018
4 Normal People Rooney, Sally Faber & Faber 3,816
5 Dancing with the Tsars O’Carroll-Kelly, Ross Penguin Ireland 3,093
6 Roar:Uplifting. Intriguing. Thirty Short Stories from the Sunday Times Ahern, Cecelia HarperCollins Publishers 2,209
7 Dark Sacred Night:The Brand New Bosch and Ballard Thriller:Harry Bosch Connelly, Michael Orion 1,965
8 Reckoning,The:the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham Grisham, John Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 1,885
9 Heads You Win Archer, Jeffrey Macmillan 1,625
10 Heroes:Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures Fry, Stephen Michael Joseph 1,580
Paperback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet Fitzpatrick, Noel Trapeze 2,585
2 Little Flower – St Therese of Lisieux,The:The Irish Connection Keane, Colm & O’Hagan, Una Capel Island 2,207
3 Waterford Whispers News 2018 Williamson, Colm Gill Books 2,172
4 Choice,The Eger, Edith Rider & Co 2,067
5 Heroic Failure:Brexit and the Politics of Pain O’Toole, Fintan Head of Zeus 1,920
6 Notes to Self:Essays Pine, Emilie Tramp Press 1,890
7 This is Going to Hurt:Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Kay, Adam Picador 1,674
8 100 Great GAA Moments Scally, John Black & White Publishing 1,422
9 Force for Justice,A:The Maurice McCabe Story Clifford, Michael Hachette Books Ireland 1,389
10 Educated:The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling memoir Westover, Tara Windmill Books 1,260
Hardback Non Fiction
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Becoming Obama, Michelle Viking 11,731
2 Guinness World Records 2019 Guinness World Records 5,575
3 At All Costs Fitzgerald, Davy & Hogan, Vincent Gill Books 5,433
4 Rory’s Stories Guide to Being Irish,The O’Connor, Rory Gill Books 3,569
5 Fighter Lee, Andy & Kelly, Niall Gill Books 3,388
6 Time to Talk:Stories from the heart of Ireland Healy-Rae, Michael Gill Books 3,368
7 Donal’s Meals in Minutes:90 suppers from scratch/15 minutes prep Skehan, Donal Hodder & Stoughton Ltd 2,659
8 100 Poems Heaney, Seamus Faber & Faber 2,401
9 Neven Maguire’s Home Economics for Life:The 50 Recipes You Need to Lea Maguire, Neven Gill Books 2,289
10 Brief Answers to the Big Questions:the final book from Stephen Hawking Hawking, Stephen John Murray Publishers, Ltd. 2,205
Children’s
Title Author Imprint Sales
1 Ice Monster,The Walliams, David HarperCollins 9,707
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (book 13) Kinney, Jeff Puffin 6,187
3 Wonky Donkey,The Smith, Craig Scholastic 2,396
4 First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything,The Tubridy, Ryan Walker Books Ltd 1,966
5 Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes O Briain, Dara Scholastic 1,814
6 Blazing a Trail:Irish Women Who Changed the World Webb, Sarah O’Brien Press Ltd 1,695
7 Great Irish Weather Book,The Donnelly, Joanna Gill Books 1,367
8 Magic Moment,The Breslin, Niall Gill Books 1,325
9 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay Rowling, J. K. Little,Brown 1,315
10 Accidental Adventures of Onion O’Brien,The:The Great Ape Escape Byrne, Jason Gill Books 1,277

%d bloggers like this: