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Christmas predictions: Kym Bagley and Rivis Donnelly from Dymocks Melbourne

In a new series running in the lead-up to Christmas, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’.

In our latest instalment, Dymocks Melbourne’s Kym Bagley and Rivis Donnelly offer their Christmas predictions.

Prognosticating the top five titles is too difficult, so we’ve come up with a loose top 10—in no particular order, and with apologies to Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, John Grisham, various captains of many teams (Riewoldt especially) and all books with swear words in the title.


  • Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Macmillan)
  • The Midnight Line (Lee Child, Bantam)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders, Bloomsbury)
  • Origin (Dan Brown, Bantam)
  • Sweet (Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh, Ebury)
  • Burke and Wills (Peter FitzSimons, Hachette)
  • Working Class Man (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  • Saga Land (Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason, ABC Books)
  • Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend, Lothian)
  • La Belle Sauvage (Philip Pullman, Bantam).

Instapoets will also be huge again this Christmas, with Rupi Kaur leading the sales, and it will be a big John Clarke Christmas as we all try to come to terms with our loss.

Surprise fiction sellers:

  • Standard Deviation (Katherine Heiny, HarperCollins)

One of our favourite new books this year, this novel is a complete delight. It is full of humour, clever insight, warmth and genuine ‘laugh out loud moments’.

  • Borne (Jeff VanderMeer, Fourth Estate)

An amazing post-apocalyptic novel that is lyrical, weird and unforgettable. Jeff VanderMeer has some of the best ideas in speculative fiction, and his writing is so good that none of it feels speculative at all.

  • Call Me by Your Name (Andrew Aciman, Atlantic)

Our love story of the year (even though it has been out for years). Thanks to a gorgeous new movie, everyone should be reading Call Me by Your Name.

Surprise nonfiction sellers:

  • Detours (Tim Rogers, HarperCollins)

Tim Rogers is an Australian music icon and a great Australian larrikin. Detours is a book not only about the music but also about the man, from You Am I to AFL.

  • 200 Women (Ruth Hobday & Geoff Blackwell, Echo Publishing)

200 women, some you will know and others you won’t, but all will inspire and give you a positive view. This is an extraordinary book of women from around the world.

  • Ostro (Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Plum)

Yum to every recipe! This is a cookbook of simple, uncomplicated seasonal food. You’ll experience everything from making salads to desserts with a new view. Try: roast pork with apple, fennel and sage or balsamic rhubarb and strawberry pie.



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