Last Week’s Top Sellers

Top of our bestsellers list for last week is David Marr with The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell (as our online manager Nina says, “nobody writes a Quarterly Essay quite like Marr”) while John Safran’s true-crime book Murder in Mississippi came in at a close second.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Murder in Mississippi you can read Safran’s interview with us where he talks about everything from the true crime books that influenced him, to the strangeness of Mississippi and the unreliability of memory.


In general, crime writing was well-represented in our top sellers with the new Miss Fisher mystery from Kerry Greenwood (Murder and Mendelssohn) and the latest Harry Hole Thriller from Jo Nesbo (Police) making appearances.

And in Australian fiction long-standing favourites Hannah Kent (Burial Rites) and Michelle de Kretser (Questions of Travel) are included, along with new arrivals from Alex Miller (Coal Creek) and Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North).

(We have an excellent deal on that last title at the moment whereby you get a free copy of Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish with every purchase. Find out more information here.)

In music top sellers Ry Cooder takes the lead with Live In San Francisco, his first live album since Show Time in 1977. The list features a mix of big names such as Bob Dylan (Another Self Portrait) and the much-anticipated joint release from Elvis Costello and The Roots (Wise Up Ghost), alongside such titles as the latest from Tripod and Eddie Perfect (Perfect Tripod: Australian Songs).

Our DVD top sellers are television heavy and preferencing crime (Inspector Montalbano, The Killing: Season 2 and Season 3) and and politics (House of Cards, Borgen, The Newsroom). Also included is the very popular Shakespeare Uncovered when six Shakespearean actors and directors explore the revered dramatist through personal stories and research.