Monday 27 March 2017

Book on Apple boss pick of festive crop

John Spain

The Christmas bestseller list is usually dominated by cookbooks and sports books bought as presents. But this year there is a major surprise, with the biography of Apple genius Steve Jobs topping the bestseller chart last week.

The official figures from Nielsen Bookscan for sales in Ireland show that the Jobs biography was the bestseller here in the week ending December 18, the latest sales chart available.

The acclaimed biography, a massive 656-page hardback, was published at €33, although many stores dropped the price to €19.99. This made the book exceptional value, but the real secret of its success this Christmas is that it is an extraordinary account of Jobs's professional and personal life, giving a unique insight into the eccentric genius whose vision touched the lives of billions. Jobs, who died in October, was without question the greatest innovator of his generation.

The phenomenal success of the Wimpy Kid series pushed the latest book into the No 2 slot last week. The series is a global bestseller, reflecting the pressure many young readers feel in today's world. The message is that it's okay to be wimpy. The hero is a hapless preteen called Greg who endures bullies, morons and wedgies but always manages to survive or even come out on top.

In at No 3, is the annual bestseller Guinness World Records which shows no sign of losing its appeal, although the days when it was automatically the Christmas No 1 are over. But there is enough bizarre new content each year (hairiest, fattest etc) to make it work, even though most people have an old copy or two around the house.

At No 4 is our own Cathy Kelly with her first collection of short stories, which in itself is a surprise since she has written 12 bestselling novels to date. Sports books take the No 5 and No 6 slots, while regular bestselling writers Paul Williams and Ross O'Carroll-Kelly are at No 7 and No 8.

Cecelia Ahern is in at No 9 but her latest novel has been selling for close to two months now. And 10th on the chart is The Help which has been in the bestseller charts for the past year.

The big surprise is that not one cookbook has made the Irish Top 10 in the last week, a major contrast with the UK book market where the latest Jamie Oliver offering is the Christmas No 1.

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