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‘Scrublands’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top Australian charts

Australian fiction bestsellers: August

Chris Hammer’s crime-fiction debut Scrublands—which has been sold into numerous overseas territories and optioned for television—has debuted in first place in the Australian fiction bestsellers chart for August. Scrublands is set in a drought-ridden regional town in Australia and follows a journalist’s investigation into why a priest shot down five of his congregation a year earlier. The other new entry in the fiction bestsellers chart is Kayte Nunn’s historical novel The Botanist’s Daughter.

  1. Scrublands (Chris Hammer, Allen & Unwin)
  2. The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm Press)
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo Publishing)
  4. The Other Wife (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  5. Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins)
  6. A Month of Sundays (Liz Byrski, Macmillan)
  7. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan)
  8. Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty, Pan)
  9. The Shepherd’s Hut (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  10. The Botanist’s Daughter (Kayte Nunn, Hachette)

Australian nonfiction bestsellers: August

Local health and wellbeing titles are frequently in the Australian nonfiction bestsellers chart. Selling strongly in August are Luke Hines’ recipe book Smart Carbs, which attempts to demystify different approaches to carbohydrates and dieting; and The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss from the Healthy Mummy website founder Rhian Allen.

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  2. Leather Soul (Bob Murphy, Nero)
  3. Winx (Trevor Marshallsea, ABC Books)
  4. Teacher (Gabbie Stroud, Allen & Unwin)
  5. Smart Carbs (Luke Hines, Plum)
  6. Tries, Lies and Meat Pies (Sam Thaiday, Ebury)
  7. The Busy Mum’s Guide to Weight Loss (Rhian Allen, Plum)
  8. Winging It (Emma Isaacs, Macmillan)
  9. God is Good for You (Greg Sheridan, Allen & Unwin)
  10. Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018 (Period covered: 22 July to 18 August)
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


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