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

Christian White’s debut mystery-thriller The Nowhere Child is back in the Australian fiction bestsellers chart following the release of his second book The Wife and the Widow in late September (all eyes are on the November chart for that one). It’s joined by several other new entries in the top 10: Diane Armstrong’s World War II mystery, The Collaborator; Fiona Palmer’s modern, rural Australian reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, Matters of the Heart; and Sonia Henry’s Going Under, a ‘darkly funny and sexy novel’ that follows the life of a trainee female doctor.

In nonfiction, the diverse list of new entries includes Annabel Crabb’s investigation of male parental leave, Men at Work; Indigenous elder, actor and activist Jack Charles’ memoir Born-again Blakfella; Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world; and three new cookbooks, The Global Vegan, Week Light and The Whole Fish Cookbook.

Australian fiction bestsellers: September

  1. Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris, Echo Publishing)
  3. Good Girl, Bad Girl (Michael Robotham, Hachette)
  4. White Horses (Rachael Treasure, HarperCollins)
  5. Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty, Macmillan)
  7. The Collaborator (Diane Armstrong, Harlequin)
  8. Matters of the Heart (Fiona Palmer, Hachette)
  9. Going Under (Sonia Henry, Allen & Unwin)
  10. The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm Press)

Australian nonfiction bestsellers: September

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley)
  2. Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
  3. 4 Ingredients Keto (Kim McCosker, 4 Ingredients)
  4. Easy Keto (Pete Evans, Plum)
  5. Men at Work: Quarterly Essay (Annabel Crabb, Black Inc.)
  6. Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella (Jack Charles, Viking)
  7. Sand Talk (Tyson Yunkaporta, Text)
  8. The Global Vegan (Ellie Bullen, Plum)
  9. Week Light (Donna Hay, Fourth Estate)
  10. The Whole Fish Cookbook (Josh Niland, Hardie Grant Books)

© Nielsen BookScan 2019
Period covered: 1–28 September 2019
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


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