Last Week’s Top Ten Bestsellers

  1. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
  2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  3. Eyrie by Tim Winton
  4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  5. An Imperial Affair by John Rickard
  6. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage
  7. Dear Life by Alice Munro
  8. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  9. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon & Richard Price
  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Christos Tsiolkas has jumped back up to our number one spot this week with his novel Barracuda continuing to impress readers. In her review for The Guardian Mary Kostakidis wrote, ‘If The Slap was excellent material for a TV series, then Barracuda’s more substantial plot has all the hallmarks of a feature film’ - a sentiment we’re hearing from a number of people at the moment. Now the question we’re asking is – who would play Danny?

Speaking of Australian novels with ties to the cinema – and a regular favourite at Readings – Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites has popped up in our bestsellers list again. Just in case you missed the news a few weeks ago it was announced that The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is set to play Icelandic murdress Agnes Magnúsdóttir in the upcoming adaptation.

(Important News for YA fans: Don’t forget that Catching Fire will hit cinemas this month, along with a host of other great YA book-to-film adaptations.)

Last week also saw a number of exciting events including The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas where Dan Savage of the sex and relationship advice podcast Savage Love and David Simon of The Wire shocked and delighted listeners with their own ‘dangerous ideas’. The resulting sales from the event pushed their books – American Savage and Homicide – into our bestseller list.

Our Assistant Manager at St Kilda Amy Vuleta talked on her own impressions from the festival here.

We also launched a new book from award-winning author John Rickard. Part biography, part autobiography, part social history, An Imperial Affair is also a complex, quintessentially Australian meditation on the nature of love.

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