Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

  1. Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
  2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  3. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  4. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  5. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  6. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  7. A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull
  8. Preserving the Italian Way by Pietro Demaio
  9. See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill
  10. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

There are plenty of familiar books on our bestsellers this week, but it’s also apparent that our readers are continuing to consume a varied diet, whether it’s Sally Rooney’s intimate and perceptive novels (Normal People and Conversations with Friends), the feather-ruffling political memoir A Bigger Picture, prize-winning fiction like Girl, Woman, Other or prize-winning non-fiction like See What You Made Me Do. Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize win has also boosted his devastating novel about a Jim Crow-era reform school, The Nickel Boys back into our top ten.

There are also signs in our list that this is a time of deep reflection and slow cooking. Julia Baird’s search for inner happiness, Phosphorescence, continues to be a runaway success and Bruce Pascoe’s phenomenal Dark Emu helps Australians reframe our history. And finally, we suspect you’re all doing a fair amount of pickling and preserving at home these days, with perennial Readings favourite Preserving the Italian Way dishing up some good, old-fashioned homemaking wisdom.

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