The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2015

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year!


We’ve crunched the numbers and tallied the scores and in amongst the colouring books and Ferrantes there’s a few surprises in our top 100 bestselling books from 2015.

51 of to the top 100 books of the year are from Australia, and of all the authors (as well as illustrators, translators, and food photographers) listed here, 51% are female and 48% are Australian. Every book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet made it on the list, as well as every Quarterly Essay released last year, and every Treehouse adventure from hilarious duo Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. The list includes two books from Don Watson, Harper Lee, and Graeme Simsion, and no fewer than four Ottolenghi cookbooks, though Hetty McKinnon’s Community proves our most popular cookbook.

Of all the books listed here…

  • 37 are novels
  • 18 are non-fiction
  • 13 are biographies or memoirs
  • 11 are children’s books
  • 10 are cookbooks
  • 7 are colouring books
  • 4 are crime fiction

100. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
99. The Wayward Leunig: Cartoons That Wandered off by Michael Leunig
98. The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb
97. Australia’s Second Chance: What Our History Tells Us About Our Future by George Megalogenis
96. Blood Year – Terror and the Islamic State (Quarterly Essay 58) by David Kilcullen
95. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
94. Latest Readings by Clive James
93. Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver
92. The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer
91. The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
90. Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed
89. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
88. The Green Road by Anne Enright
87. Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School by Rebecca Starford
86. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (translated by Simon Pare)
85. Faction Man – Bill Shorten’s Path to Power (Quarterly Essay Issue 59) by David Marr
84. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
83. How to be Both by Ali Smith
82. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
81. Stoner by John Williams
80. Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life by Hannie Rayson
79. Colourtation Anti-Stress Colouring Book For Adults: Volume 1 by Stan Rodski and Jack Dowling
78. The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales by Shaun Tan
77. Watson’s Worst Words: A Compendium of Management Gibberish by Don Watson
76. The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
75. The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
74. Ghost River by Tony Birch
73. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry
72. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
71. Political Amnesia – How We Forgot How To Govern (Quarterly Essay 60) by Laura Tingle
70. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
69. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (photography by Jonathan Lovekin)
68. The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
67. The Golden Age by Joan London
66. Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson
65. Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan
64. The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
63. Dear Life – On Caring for the Elderly by Karen Hitchcock
62. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned by Lena Dunham
61. Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
60. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
59. The Martian by Andy Weir
58. Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
57. The First Bad Man by Miranda July
56. Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure by Millie Marotta
55. The Broadsheet Melbourne Cookbook
54. One Life: My Mother’s Story by Kate Grenville
53. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi (photography by Jonathan Lovekin)
52. Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 10) by Jeff Kinney
51. Halliday Wine Companion 2016 by James Halliday
50. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever by Marie Kondo (translated by Cathy Hirano)
49. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
48. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
47. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
46. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
45. Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave
44. The Girl With the Dogs by Anna Funder
43. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series) by David Lagercrantz (translated by George Goulding)
41. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
40. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
39. A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones
38. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
37. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
36. The Book of Paul: The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Keating by Russell Marks
35. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
34. Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta
33. M Train by Patti Smith
32. Rivertime by Trace Balla
31. The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
30. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
29. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey
28. Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully (photography by Jonathan Lovekin)
27. This Annoying Life: A Mindless Colouring Book for the Highly Stressed by Oslo Davis
26. ST Gill & His Audiences by Sasha Grishin
25. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (photography by Jonathan Lovekin)
24. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
23. The Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu and a Little Bit of Spice by Hana Assafiri
22. Reckoning by Magda Szubanski
21. The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge
20. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
19. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Treasure Quest and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
18. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)
17. The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
16. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
15. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
14. Keating by Kerry O'Brien
13. Community: Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen by Hetty McKinnon (photography by Luisa Brimble)
12. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
11. The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop


Our top ten bestselling books are…


10. Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton
9. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
8. Gut: the Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ by Giulia Enders
7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
5. The Strays by Emily Bitto
4. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
3. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
2. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

And our number one bestselling book of 2015 is…

1. The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons

Booksellers will long remember 2015 as the year of adult colouring books. Seven different colouring books have made it to our 100 bestsellers list, with French illustrator and graphic designer Emma Farraron leading the way. Her pocket-sized book of intricate, sophisticated patterns found its way into many a home last year.


Ed. note: We’ve also compiled our 25 bestselling CDs of 2015 and our 25 bestselling DVDs of 2015.


Ed. note: The list combines sales from all Readings shops and our website. Where possible, different editions of titles have been combined to reflect total sales of each title. The list includes all genres. It covers sales from 1 Jan 2015 to 31 December 2015.