Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

  1. The White Girl by Tony Birch
  2. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  3. The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald
  4. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  5. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  7. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  8. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  9. Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson
  10. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

In the top spot for last week’s bestselling books is the new novel from Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch, The White Girl. A poignant family story and a vital reflection on the devastating Aborigines Protection Act, The White Girl follows Odette Brown as she strives to protect her fair-skinned granddaughter, Sissy. Also in the top 10 is R.W.R. McDonald’s glitteringly original queer crime thriller The Nancys. This murder mystery is filled with beauty pageants gone wrong and amateur detectives, and is an absolute riot.

For those readers who love a bit of glitz and glamour in their historical fiction, you can’t go wrong with Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel City of Girls. Set in the 1940s New York theatre district, it follows 19-year-old Vivian as she becomes seamstress to a theatre troupe of sequined showgirls.

And for those non-fiction aficionados, Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead has returned to the bestseller list. Asking how we can inspire courage and create effective leaders with empathy, Brown’s book is a must-read for aspiring leaders. It’s also great to see readers connect with No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s collection of her most rousing speeches. An inspiring call to arms.

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The White Girl

The White Girl

Tony Birch

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