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Griffith and Denton top 2014 bestsellers chart

Andy Griffith and Terry Denton’s The 52-Storey Treehouse (Pan) was the highest selling title in Australia in 2014 with 232,900 sales, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

In a strong year for children’s and young adult books, Jeff Kinney’s ninth ‘Wimpy Kid’ title, The Long Haul (Puffin), finished second with 221,800 copies, and The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin), which sold 193,700 copies, finished third.

The film tie-in edition of The Fault in Our Stars was also the 12th highest selling title, and, when combined with the sales of the regular edition, put the John Green book at number one overall with 306,800 copies.

Four books in the ‘Minecraft’ series (Egmont)—computer game guides aimed at children and young adults—finished inside the top 10. Two other books in Griffith and Denton’s ‘Treehouse’ series and another John Green novel, Looking for Alaska (HarperCollins), also finished in the top 20.

In adult fiction, the regular and film tie-in editions of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (Hachette) finished fourth and 10th on the 2014 bestseller chart, respectively, with combined sales of 276,700. The three other fiction titles to make the top 20 are by local authors: Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage) sold 127,300 copies to become the sixth highest bestseller; Matthew Reilly’s The Great Zoo of China (Macmillan) sold 106,100 to be 13th; and the film tie-in edition of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (Picador) sold 101,100 to finish 17th.

The sales figures were supplied by Nielsen BookScan, which reported that national book sales increased to 55.4 million in 2014, a 2.2% rise on 2013, with value growing 2 percent to $937 million. The figures do not include ebooks or self-published books. 



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