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Williams, Pape top Australian fiction, nonfiction charts YTD

Pip Williams’s lockdown bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words—which was number six on the Australian fiction bestsellers chart in 2020—has risen to number one in the chart for the year-to-date. Meanwhile, Jane Harper has an impressive five titles in the Australian fiction top 10, with a film adaptation of her debut crime novel The Dry drawing new readers to her work.

After four consecutive years at the top of the Australian nonfiction bestsellers chart, Scott Pape’s guide to household finance, The Barefoot Investor, remains the title to beat, leading the nonfiction top 10 for the year-to-date. It’s followed by 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku’s memoir The Happiest Man on Earth, and Kim McCosker’s The Easiest Air Fryer Book Ever!—one of two cookbooks on air frying in the nonfiction top 10.

Australian fiction bestsellers YTD

  1. The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams, Affirm Press) 35,017 copies
  2. The Dry (film tie-in) (Jane Harper, Pan Australia) 33,199 copies
  3. The Survivors (Jane Harper, Pan Australia) 30,789 copies
  4. Honeybee (Craig Silvey, Allen & Unwin) 25,041 copies
  5. Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins) 24,927 copies
  6. The Dry (Jane Harper, Pan Australia) 23,089 copies
  7. All Our Shimmering Skies (Trent Dalton, HarperCollins) 22,655 copies
  8. The Lost Man (Jane Harper, Pan Australia) 15,448 copies
  9. Force of Nature (Jane Harper, Pan Australia) 12,665 copies
  10. The Chase (Candice Fox, Penguin Books Australia) 10,706 copies

Australian nonfiction bestsellers YTD

  1. The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape, John Wiley) 40,891 copies
  2. The Happiest Man on Earth (Eddie Jaku, Macmillan Australia) 38,930 copies
  3. The Easiest Air Fryer Book Ever! (Kim McCosker, 4 Ingredients) 30,743 copies
  4. Phosphorescence (Julia Baird, HarperCollins) 19,700 copies
  5. Air Fryer Express (George Georgievski, Plum) 14,987 copies
  6. Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books) 12,073 copies
  7. The Resilience Project (Hugh van Cuylenburg, Penguin Books Australia) 11,807 copies
  8. Un-cook Yourself (Nat’s What I Reckon, Penguin Books Australia) 10,024 copies
  9. Emotional Female (Yumiko Kadota, Viking Australia) 9199 copies
  10. Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong (Cameron Bloom & Samantha Bloom, ABC Books) 8366 copies

© Nielsen BookScan 2021
Period covered: 3 January 2021 to 1 May 2021
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1500 retailers nationwide


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