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‘The Shepherd’s Hut’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top Australian charts

Australian fiction bestsellers: March

Last month we reported that The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by debut author Holly Ringland (HarperCollins) had sold into 19 territories. This month the book, which was released in Australia and New Zealand on 19 March, sits at number 10 on the Australian fiction bestsellers chart. At number three is another debut novel acquired by HarperCollins: The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan is the first in a planned series about an Irish detective and has sold into the UK, Ireland, Germany and the US. A crime writer to watch. Meanwhile, Tim Winton’s first novel in five years tops the fiction charts.

  1. The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo Publishing)
  3. The Ruin (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins)
  4. The Family Next Door (Sally Hepworth, Macmillan)
  5. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan)
  6. Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  7. Birthright (Fiona Lowe, HQ Fiction)
  8. The Husband’s Secret (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  9. Before I Let You Go (Kelly Rimmer, Hachette)
  10. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland, HarperCollins)

Australian nonfiction bestsellers: March

Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton explores the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Australia. It was acquired by Hardie Grant after the author requested rights be returned from former publisher Allen & Unwin, after it delayed the release in November 2017 citing the threat of legal action from the Chinese government. Hamilton rewrote the book to minimise the legal risk. ‘The reason three publishers refused to publish this book is the very reason the book needs to be published,’ said Hamilton when Hardie Grant Books acquired world rights. The book sits at number two on the Australian adult nonfiction bestsellers chart.

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  2. Silent Invasion (Clive Hamilton, Hardie Grant)
  3. There Is More (Brian Houston, Vintage)
  4. Lunch Box (Pete Evans, Plum)
  5. Working Class Man (Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins)
  6. Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies (Kitty Flanagan, Allen & Unwin)
  7. Can You Die of a Broken Heart? (Nikki Stamp, Murdoch)
  8. The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet (Grant Brinkworth & Dr Pennie Taylor, Macmillan)
  9. The $1000 Project (Canna Campbell, Viking)
  10. Rebel with a Cause (Jacqui Lambie, Allen & Unwin)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018
Period covered: 25 February to 31 March 2018
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


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