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Pape tops 2017 bestsellers chart

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor (Wiley) was the highest selling book in Australia in 2017, selling 438,000 copies, reports Fairfax.

According to statistics provided by Nielsen BookScan, five of the top ten bestselling books of 2017 were local titles, with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s The 91-Storey Treehouse (Pan) following Pape in second spot (310,000 copies sold); two editions of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Pan) in fifth (163,000 combined sales); Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Man (HarperCollins) in seventh (111,000) and Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty (Pan) in eighth (107,000).

In 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play script by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Hachette), was the year’s bestseller with 426,000 copies sold.

Nielsen reports that 2017 book sales totaled 55.5m units, up 1.6 percent on the 54.6m in 2016. The total value of books was $1.07bn, up from $1.06bn in 2016.

 

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