Joe Duffy's Children of The Rising tops book chart for second week in a row
Joe Duffy's new book Children of the Rising: The Untold Story of the Young Lives Lost During easter 1916 has sailed to the top of the Nielsen Bookscan Hardback Nonfiction chart in Ireland.
Officially launched on October 16 the book is, for the second week in a row, the best-selling hardback in the country as the appetite for insight and analysis into events surrounding the Easter Rising increases ahead of the centenary in April next year.
The 'Liveline' presenter explores a previously overlooked aspect of that pivotal week in Irish history - the deaths of 40 children among the 300 killed in the crossfire.
Speaking to the Irish Independent recently, Duffy revealed it is full of "uncomfortable truths" and contains a "completely new part of the story of 1916 that has simply never been told before".
Duffy spent three years researching the lives of the children including one boy, known only as 'Male' O'Toole who was thought to have lived hand to mouth and been at a workhouse for years.
He launched the book at the GPO with a host of stars in attendance and his close friend Brendan O'Carroll called upon Arts Minister Heather Humphreys to ensure the book is on "the curriculum for every child in school".
Children of the Rising knocked Francis Brennan's book Counting My Blessings: Francis Brennan's Guide to Happiness off the top spot on the October 17 chart and this week it remains at number one while Henry Shefflin's autobiography takes second place.
Francis Brennan sits at third while The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lestury is the fourth best-seller and Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver the fifth most popular hardback this week.