Irish Top Ten Week Ending 25/06/2011

After a few weeks where sales seemed to be recovering for the top ten, this week dealt a huge blow with an over 15% drop in sales by volume. That nonetheless offered some bright points as Irish authors still held 4 of the top ten spots in the chart but the trend is disappointing.

The array of fiction is again broad, everything from commercial women’s fiction to children’s fiction with crime, literary and fantasy thrown into the mix. The strength of fiction might be more easily understood as the weakness of non-fiction in the first half of 2011 however, especially when the sales figures are so anemic.

All the same it is nice to see Maeve Binchy (why not listen to her talk about Minding Frankie here) in the number one spot.

1: Minding Frankie, Maeve Binchy, 1,573
2: Something from Tiffany’s, Melissa Hill, 1,475
3: A Game of Thrones Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, 1,109
4: Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her, Kate McCann, 1,059
5: Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann, 996
6: The Confession, John Grisham, 882
7: Miracle Cure, Harlan Coben, 818
8: Stand by Me, Sheila O’Flanagan, 790
9: Water For Elephants, Sarah Gruen, 780
10: Rodrick Rules:Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, 683

Top Ten Dynamics
IPN is running a top ten dynamics section looking at the top ten with some data drawn out. Nothing too dramatic, but useful nonetheless.

Volume: 10165 Units
Decrease since last week: 1,873 units
% Decrease since last week: 15.56%
Average Units Per Title: 1017

Fiction: 9 titles, 9,106 units or 89.58%, RRP £8.55
Non-Fiction: 1 titles, 1,059 units or 10.42%, RRP £14.99

Authors: 10
Irish Authors: 4, 40%
Irish Published Books: 0, 0%

Average RRP: £9.19
Decrease in RRP since last week: £0.60
% Decrease in RRP since last week: 6.13%*
*It is important to note that RRP does not reflect actually selling price.

Image Credit:

Colum McCann. European Graduate School,, Photograph by Hendrik Speck,, Source:

Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 25th June 2011