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‘Boy Swallows Universe’ and ‘The Barefoot Investor’ top Australian charts

While the two titles at the top of the Australian fiction and nonfiction bestsellers charts continue their impressive runs, elsewhere in the top 10 there are plenty of new titles. After debuting in sixth place in the fiction chart last month, Michael Robotham’s latest thriller Good Girl, Bad Girl has risen to second place, while Miles Franklin Literary Award-winner Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko received a prize-winning boost into fourth spot. They join five brand new entries: Sophie Green’s The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle, Sarah Bailey’s Where the Dead Go, Rachael Treasure’s White Horses, Tony Park’s Ghosts of the Past and Joy Rhoades’ The Burnt Country.

In nonfiction, new entries include journalist Adele Ferguson’s investigation of Australia’s banking sector, Banking Bad; bestselling children’s author and educator John Marsden’s manifesto on raising kids, The Art of Growing Up; and the first in-depth biography of the AC/DC founder, Jeff Apter’s Malcolm Young.

Australian fiction bestsellers: August

  1. Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  2. Good Girl, Bad Girl (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo Publishing)
  4. Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  5. The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle (Sophie Green, Hachette)
  6. Where the Dead Go (Sarah Bailey, Allen & Unwin)
  7. White Horses (Rachael Treasure, HarperCollins)
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  9. Ghosts of the Past (Tony Park, Macmillan)
  10. The Burnt Country (Joy Rhoades, Bantam)

Australian nonfiction bestsellers: August

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  2. Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
  3. Banking Bad (Adele Ferguson, ABC Books)
  4. Dear Dad (Samuel Johnson, Hachette)
  5. 4 Ingredients Keto (Kim McCosker, 4 Ingredients)
  6. Plots and Prayers (Niki Savva, Scribe)
  7. The Art of Growing up (John Marsden, Macmillan)
  8. Easy Keto (Pete Evans, Plum)
  9. Halliday Wine Companion 2020 (James Halliday, Hardie Grant Books)
  10. Malcolm Young (Jeff Apter, Allen & Unwin)

© Nielsen BookScan 2019
Period covered: 4­–31 August 2019
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


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