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Bestsellers this week

fifty-shades-of-greyAmerican Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) is back at number one this week as last week’s number one, The Ruby Circle (Richelle Mead, Viking), drops to second spot in the top 10 bestsellers chart. Rounding out the top three is the film tie-in to Fifty Shades of Grey (E L James, Arrow Books). Two Australian health titles top the highest new entries and fastest movers charts this week, with Powerful Living (Michelle Bridges, Viking) this week’s highest new entry and That Sugar Book (Damon Gameau, Pan Macmillan) the fastest mover. Other Australian titles in the highest new entries chart include The Story of Australian English (Kel Richards, NewSouth) and Caitlin Maling’s poetry collection Conversations I’ve Never Had (Fremantle Press)—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 21 February 2015)

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Bestsellers this week

the ruby circleThis week’s bestsellers chart has a new number one, with Richelle Mead’s The Ruby Circle (Viking) placed first in both the top 10 bestsellers and the highest new entries charts. This week’s second highest new entry Obsession in Death (J D Robb, Hachette) also debuted in the top 10 in fourth spot. The ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy continues its renewed presence in the charts with three titles in the fastest movers chart: the Fifty Shades of Grey film tie-in, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Trilogy Boxed Set (all E L James, Arrow Books). Books whose film adaptations have been nominated for Academy Awards continue to do well, with film tie-in editions of American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins), Wild (Cheryl Strayed, Atlantic Books) and Still Alice (Lisa Genova, S&S), alongside the standard edition of Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, Hachette), all featured in the top 10—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 14 February 2015)

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Bestsellers this week

BOOK Book Reviews 11514819042The titles in the top 10 bestsellers chart remain largely unchanged this week, with the film tie-in to American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) in top spot for a third consecutive week. Last week’s fastest mover, The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday), is the only new entry in the top 10, while the Fifty Shades of Grey film tie-in (E L James, Arrow Books) has climbed to third spot after the film’s release in Australian cinemas last week. This week’s highest new entry is After Ever Happy (Anna Todd, Gallery Books) and the fastest mover is The Brain’s Way of Healing (Norman Doidge, Scribe). Some new children’s and YA titles have also entered the charts, with The Little Bird Who Lost His Song (Jedda Robaard, The Five Mile Press) and Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (Dav Pilkey, Scholastic) in the highest new entries chart, and Alice-Miranda at the Palace (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House) and I Was Here (Gayle Forman, S&S) in the fastest movers chart—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 7 February 2015)

New magazine out now!

bpluspmag2015e1_w300Make sure you grab a copy of Books+Publishing magazine’s first issue of 2015! Inside you’ll find 21 reviews of adult books and 17 reviews of children’s books publishing between March and May.

Just one adult title was awarded five stars by our reviewers. Angie Andrewes wrote Panthers and the Museum of Fire (Jen Craig, Spineless Wonders) is ‘an experimental novella but surprisingly easy to read, and brilliant for the very ordinariness of its subject’. Two other adult fiction books, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine (Krissy Kneen, Text) and Anchor Point (Alice Robinson, Affirm Press), were awarded four stars.

All but one of the adult nonfiction books were awarded four stars by our reviewers. These include Bloodhound: Searching for My Father (Ramona Koval, Text); One Life: My Mother’s Story (Kate Grenville, Text); Mothermorphosis (ed. by Monica Dux, MUP); and Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (Karen Lamb, UQP).

Among the feature articles, Gary Copeland reports on book industry supply chains; Matthia Dempsey asks publishers about their parental leave policies; audiobook narrator Humphrey Bower shares his career journey; Hilary Simmons looks at the Australian poetry scene; and Chloe Townson asks Oliver Mol about his memoir, Lion Attack! (Scribe).

» Junior Term 1

B+P_JUNIORMasthead_2015_PRINT.inddAmong reviewers’ top picks in the current edition of Junior is Alice’s Food A-Z (Alice Zaslavsky, illus by Kat Chadwick, Walker Books). Reviewer Tim White, who is an expert in cookbooks as co-owner of Melbourne bookstore Books for Cooks, has awarded five stars to Zaslavsky’s introduction to food, food science and health for young readers.

Eight Junior books were awarded four stars by reviewers. These were Billie’s Underwater Adventure (Sally Rippin, illus by Alisa Coburn, Hardie Grant Egmont); Bogtrotter (Margaret Wild, illus by Judith Rossell, Walker Books); A Curry for Murray (Kate Hunter, illus by Lucia Masciullo, UQP); Anyone but Ivy Pocket (Caleb Krisp, Bloomsbury); Johnny Danger: DIY Spy (Peter Millett, Puffin); A Single Stone (Meg McKinlay, Walker Books); The Hush (Skye Melki-Wegner, Random House); and Prince of Afghanistan (Louis Nowra, A&U). Frances Atkinson talks Meg McKinlay about A Single Stone here.

In this edition, Carody Culver investigates the effect of big-screen adaptations of children’s and YA books on the publishing industry; Mason Engelander explores how eco-friendly children’s books have evolved with the rise of the green movement; meet US author Laurie Halse Anderson, a guest speaker at the Reading Matters conference in Melbourne in May; and read about children’s bookstore and toy shop Three Four Knock on the Door from owner L-J Lacey, who opened the store with her sister Danielle.

All these reviews, interviews and stories, and many more, can be found at our website: www.booksandpublishing.com.au

Top stories this week

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Bestsellers this week

9780062401724The film tie-in of American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) has stayed at the top of the bestsellers chart this week, with Family Food (Pete Evans, Plum) in second place, and Wild (Cheryl Strayed, Atlantic Books) moving up to third. Two of last week’s fastest movers, Still Alice (Lisa Genova, Simon & Schuster) and Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand, Fouth Estate), have climbed into the top ten, taking seventh and eighth place respectively. This week’s fastest movers is The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday), while the Fifty Shades Trilogy Boxed Set and the Fifty Shades of Grey film tie-in (both E L James, Arrow Books) are this week’s third and fourth fastest movers respectively, spurred by the film adaptation’s imminent release this week. Saint Odd (Dean Koontz, HarperCollins) is this week’s highest new entry, while Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing (Scribe), his follow-up to the bestselling The Brain That Changes Itself, has also entered the charts as the fourth highest new entry—Books+Publishing

Useful (Debra Oswald, Viking)

Useful_webAt his nadir, Sullivan Moss stuffs up his own suicide attempt and is forced to reflect on his unreliable, selfish, underachieving ways. He strikes on the idea of doing something of value by donating a kidney. The ensuing story tells of Sullivan’s unintentional self-improvement and subsequent downfall leading up to the surgery. The novel is peppered with a cast of memorable and diverse characters who cross paths with Sullivan. Many of them are also struggling to find meaning and fulfilment, and to understand what it means to be a good person. Most notably, there’s radio producer and single parent Natalie, Colombian asbestos remover Jose Luis, banker with a rocky marriage Tim, Croatian neighbour Gordana and famous actor Rory Wallace. Set in contemporary Sydney, the rollicking plot contains intricate twists, lustful entanglements and emotion-charged drama. This is the first adult novel from Debra Oswald, co-creator of television’s Offspring. It’s humorous but there’s plenty of empathy for her characters, and an exploration of the power of relationships. This is high-quality popular fiction that intelligently examines the age-old quest for a meaningful life. While it has more facets than The Rosie Project, expect a similarly broad audience. It’s recommended for all types of readers seeking entertaining, thoughtful drama.

Joanne Shiells is an editor and former retail book buyer. This review first appeared on the Books+Publishing website in January 2014. View more pre-publication reviews here.