The bestselling books in Ireland of the year were honoured recently, and the bestselling book of 2019 was no other than The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz once again beat out all other bestselling books in Ireland, becoming the bestselling book in Ireland for the second year in a row. According to the figures released by Nielsen BookScan, which compiles the publishing industry’s official charts, The Tattooist of Auschwitz sold 41,627 copies and earned a whopping €489,000.
The brilliant book, by talented author Heather Morris, resonated with many as it tells the tale of a love story that takes place during the holocaust, based on a true story.
The five bestselling books in Ireland for 2019
While The Tattooist of Auschwitz retained its title and dominance for the second year in a row, there were still many other bestselling books in Ireland that have achieved a lot of success.
Normal People by Sally Rooney was lauded as one of Barack’s Obama’s favourite books of the year, boosting its popularity and no doubt helping it to become the second bestselling book in Ireland this year, selling 41,513 copies and earning €536,000. Besides being the bestselling Irish author in Britain, Normal People is being adapted by the BBC.
The acclaimed Aisling series by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght has also continued its ascent to success with its latest novel, Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling selling nearly 39,000 copies. These excellent sales sealed third place of the bestselling books in Ireland in 2019 and it also earned €617,000. The third book in the successful series earned over €1.16 million this year alone.
Besides school textbooks, the fourth bestselling book in Ireland this year was Jeff Kinney’s Wrecking Ball, the 14th title in his very popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Finally, the book which generated the most money in sales this year in the Irish market was Ordinary Joe, an autobiography by Joe Schmidt, which made €836,000 in sales and sold 31,748 copies landing it at fifth place for bestselling books in Ireland this year.
Other bestselling books in Ireland this year
The Gift of Friends by the late Emma Hannigan sold over 30,000 copies earning her a sixth-place position this year. The bestselling Irish debut that sold 27,546 copies and landed ninth place was the book When All is Said by Anne Griffin, whereas Ireland’s most popular thriller, selling over 20,000 copies, was Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers.
Amongst the Irish titles which made up the top 20, there were several others, including Overcoming: A Memoir by Vicky Phelan, the Booker Prize-winning Milkman by Anna Burns, and Notes to Self by Emilie Pine.
If you are looking for your next big read, any of the books mentioned in this article will be sure to fill the void and become your new reading obsession!