Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

  1. Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
  2. A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull
  3. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  4. The Adversary by Ronnie Scott
  5. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  6. See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
  7. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
  8. After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May)
  9. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  10. The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton

Some bestsellers with staying power have emerged over the last few weeks. It seems like our customers can’t get enough of journalist Julia Baird’s sensitive enquiry into contentment and meaning, Malcolm Turnbull’s headline-making autobiography, Jess Hill’s Stella Prize-winning examination of domestic violence in Australia, 2019 Booker Prize winner, Girl, Woman, Other, and Australian debut novels, The Adversary, The Dictionary of Lost Words, and The Loudness of Unsaid Things.

Anticipation is already building for After Australia – a speculative fiction anthology featuring Australia’s most daring Indigenous writers and writers of colour – with pre-orders sending it into our bestsellers before its publication later this month. We’re as excited as everyone else about the line-up of stellar writers that includes Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Ambelin Kwaymullina, and more.

And finally, in another clear case of adaptations influencing book sales, Sally Rooney’s bestselling second novel from 2018, Normal People, returns to our bestsellers, right as the adaptation hits the little screens in our homes.

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