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‘The Dressmaker’, ‘I Quit Sugar’ top 2015-16 Australian adult bestsellers charts

Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker (Duffy & Snellgrove) and Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar: Simplicious (Macmillan) have topped the Australian adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts for July 2015-June 2016, respectively.

The Dressmaker sold 131,000 copies in 2015-16, ahead of The Lake House (Kate Morton, A&U) with 87,000 copies and The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty, Pan) with 83,000 copies.

Liane Moriarty was the highest-selling Australian fiction author over the period, selling 145,000 copies in total of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot (all Pan), which all placed in the top 20.

In nonfiction, I Quit Sugar: Simplicious sold 99,000 copies, ahead of Peter FitzSimons’ Fromelles and Pozieres (William Heinemann) with 62,000 copies and Donna Hay’s Life in Balance (HarperCollins) with 58,000 copies. Cookbooks made up eight of the top 20 Australian nonfiction titles.

Female authors dominated the Australian fiction bestsellers chart. Fifteen of the top 20 Australian fiction titles in 2015-16 were written by women, including all of the top 10. Just over half (11) of the top 20 Australian nonfiction titles were written by men.

In 2014-15, the bestselling Australian adult fiction and nonfiction titles were The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage) with 173,000 copies and Family Food (Pete Evans, Plum) with 122,000 copies.




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