Anne Enright, the Booker and booksales

Eoin Purcell


Well Done Anne
Here is an interesting one. Despite the negative vibes that have been put out about the Booker not driving sales and how the Booker chooses bad books, Anne Enright sold 5,481 copies in Ireland in the week to October 20th according to Bookscan* (including 4 days after she won the prize!).

You can see from the figures below two very interesting things. Firstly the bounce was huge (744% or thereabouts if my maths work out) but also, even before she won the prize, her numbers were very good. In fact she sold some 7,000 copies in the weeks to October 13th. Even if she sells not a single book more, she will be one of Ireland’s top selling authors.

Oh there is a kick off into really good territory around about the time of the Long List announcement, but even by then she had cleared the bones of 2000, a not inconsiderable feat.

Anne Enright, the Booker and booksales

So not only is The Booker good for sales in Ireland (driving them from 2000-12000 is impressive) but the notion that the book itself was obscure and unknown is a little forced I think!

Isn’t that interesting?

* There are some bigger numbers thrown about in the Irish Independent this week too that are worth looking at, especially this line which makes me smile:

The book is certain to top bestseller lists this week as Eason’s reported sales of 12,000 copies from its store, with the vast majority sold since the prize was announced.

This is in contrast to sales of just 7,340 copies here [my emphasis, how little does this journalist know about Irish book sales if he can write that line] before the Irish author’s win.

Easons upgraded website

Eoin Purcell

credit where it is due
Easons have upgraded their website in time for Christmas. The search function is better (though still not great) and browsing is a lot better. They even offer a review feature which makes a very nice change to the static sites of the past (even if Amazon have had such features for years.

It still has a way to go to match my favourite website for book sales, but it is a vast improvement on their previous site.

Having a tech focussed day,

Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin nominated for the GlenDimplex New Writers

Eoin Purcell

I may have mentioned some time ago

That I was at the launch of Bibeanna: Memories from a Corner of Ireland pretty soon after I joined Mercier.


Well, now we have just heard some absolutely great news. Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin has been nominated for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award in the Irish-language category. Yippee!

Congratulations to Brenda and all involved. It is a wonderful book and one we are enormously proud of. It is also selling very well (selling through a reprint very rapidly) which just goes to show that dual language titles with quality design and good content can make a big impact.

Pleased as pie,

Oh and here are some pictures from that launch (It was an amazing day in the Kingdom!)

The BlasketsOut to seaSunny Kerry


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