Most Requested #3 – October 2016

An occasional (seemingly now monthly!) series of blog posts where I discuss the most requested books in Irish Libraries. Our library managment system now caters for 17 authorities and these are the most requested books across that system.

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Since its publication in 2014, this Irish novelist’s debut has been almost constantly on reserve! The thriller has been dubbed ‘a swift and mesmerising read by an exciting new Irish voice’ (The Irish Times) and ‘a startlingly good debut’ (The Irish Examiner) and has proven pernially popular, currently having 206 holds, leaving many eagerly awaiting the follow-up (which appears elsewhere on this list….)

Another debut novel, this time from this year, that’s made quite the splash. The Irish Times succinctly described it as a ‘provocative coming-of-age tale inspired by the Manson murders deserves all the hype’ whilst The Guardian only agrees to an extent, saying that whilst its has its strengths that ‘The Girls is far from a perfect novel’. Who’s right? Ultimately, that’s for you to decide. Although you may be waiting a while, since it currently has 213 holds. 

A brand new release has flown into the top five. Donal Ryan, author of the massive bestseller The Spinning Heart is back with his third novel. The Irish Times says that the ‘novel reads compulsively and is delivered with an impressively disciplined power’ whilst again, the dissenting Guardian disagrees stating that the novel is ‘a departure for Ryan, All We Shall Know is a brave attempt at extending his oeuvre. It might just be an extension too far’. Still, despite that, others are responding well, and RTÉ calls it ‘ a curious, brave novel will have you reflecting on its topical concerns, and its challenging version of contemporary Ireland, for days afterwards’. High praise indeed, and with 227 holds, the public it seems wants to know what all the fuss is about All We Shall Know (sorry, I had to).

#2 and #1

If you read our previous two Most Requested posts, you won’t be surprised to see these two books at the top of our charts. And yes, they’re both still there, in fact, they’re more popular. Well, one of them is.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has slipped from 316 holds in September to a still respectable 246 holds. One thing that I am noticing about this book though is that there seems to be very little buzz around it. Will there still be as many holds next month, or will it have slipped even further?

Lying in Wait continues it complete domination of the charts , increasing from 494 holds in September to 554 holds this month! It’s taking the country by storm, with The Irish Independent stating that ‘since its release, Lying In Wait has become a presence in the Irish fiction charts, and is a dead cert to be remembered in end-of-year lists as “the feel-bad hit of the summer’. And one doesn’t get higher praise than that!


Will I am Pilgrim claw its way back into our chart? Will Unravelling Oliver …unravel? (What? I’m no Ann Robinson!). Is something Lying in Wait to take the top spot from Liz Nugent? Find out next time on Most Requested. Same blog time, same blog channel!


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