Saturday 19 January 2019

Dublin wit makes best-selling book

A BEST-selling book about Dublin humour is now as popular as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Da Vinci Code.

Overheard in Dublin, which chronicles jokes heard on the streets of Dublin, is now on the fifth edition in the series, after hitting the shelves for the first time in 2006.

So far 120,000 copies of the books have been sold and according to Nielsen, who monitor book sales, it was recently listed in the top 20 best-sellers in Ireland since records began.

Overheard in Dublin is the highest-ever ranking book from an Irish publisher in the Nielsen scan.

And according to its publisher, Gill & Macmillan, this means it is "up there with The Da Vinci Code, To Kill a Mockingbird and Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture".

The book is the brainchild of brother and sister team, Gerard and Sinead Kelly.

"They started the website for fun with no business plan in mind and have been gobsmacked and delighted by the series' success," said a spokeswoman for the publisher.


Classic lines from the previous books include snippets of wit overheard in Dublin hotspots like Temple Bar.

One such line is from a young Brazilian man who asked his Irish co-worker, "Why don't the Irish go to the streets and protest like us?"

The Irish guy replied by saying: "Ah, it's much easier to ring Joe Duffy instead."

The book hits the shelves this Friday.


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