Bestsellers this week

Go Set a WatchmanHarper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) was the top-selling book in Australia in the week ending 17 July, landing in the number one spot on both the top 10 bestsellers chart and highest new entries chart in its first week of release. The impact of the release can also be seen in the fastest movers chart, where two editions of Lee’s 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird—the Vintage Classics paperback and William Heinemann hardback—have climbed to second and fourth spots respectively, behind last week’s highest new entry The Little Book of Calm Colouring(David Sinden & Victoria Kay, Macmillan) in top spot. Go Set aWatchman was not the only new release to make it into the top 10 this week, with Alert (James Patterson, Century) debuting in eighth spot. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Go Set a Watchman was one of the fastest-selling titles for booksellers inAustralia and in the US and UK—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 17 July 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Go Set A Watchman Harper Lee William Heinemann

2

Grey E. L. James Arrow Books

3

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

4

The Little Book of Calm Colouring David Sinden & Victoria Kay Macmillan

5

Fabulous Flowers Michael O’Mara

6

Decorative Designs Michael O’Mara

7

Aussie Grit Mark Webber Macmillan

8

Alert James Patterson Century

9

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday

10

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Go Set A Watchman Harper Lee William Heinemann

2

Alert James Patterson Century

3

Beyond the Kingdoms:The Land of Stories Chris Colfer Hachette

4

The Collar Tara Sue Me Hachette

5

Aurora Kim Stanley Robinson Hachette
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

The Little Book of Calm Colouring David Sinden & Victoria Kay Macmillan

2

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Vintage

3

Down the Rabbit Hole Holly Madison HarperCollins

4

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee William Heinemann

5

Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom Millie Marotta Batsford
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 18/07/15
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Bestsellers this week

calm colouringColouring books continue to dominate the bestsellers charts for the week ending 11 July, although none of them enough to unseat Grey (E L James, Arrow), which spends its fourth week in the top spot overall. The latest colouring book to enter the charts is the new release The Little Book of Calm Colouring (David Sinden & Victoria Kay, Macmillan), which tops the highest new entries and sits in ninth spot overall. Last week’s highest new entryAussie Grit (Mark Webber, Macmillan) climbs into the top 10 in its second week of release to seventh spot. Webber’s autobiography is also this week’s fastest mover alongside other Australian-authored books, including Sofie Laguna’s Miles Franklin Award-winning The Eye of the Sheep (A&U) and Nick Bland’s picture book The Very Noisy Bear (Scholastic)—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 11 July 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Grey E. L. James Arrow Books

2

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

3

Fabulous Flowers Michael O’Mara

4

Decorative Designs Michael O’Mara

5

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday

6

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins

7

Aussie Grit Mark Webber Macmillan

8

Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter Century

9

The Little Book of Calm Colouring David Sinden & Victoria Kay Macmillan

10

Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint

1

The Little Book of Calm Colouring David Sinden & Victoria Kay Macmillan

2

Fantastic Cities Chronicle

3

Because You’ll Never Meet Me Leah Thomas Bloomsbury

4

The Real Meal Revolution Sally-Ann Creed, Tim Noakes & Jonno Proudfoot Robinson

5

Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi Penguin
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Aussie Grit Mark Webber Macmillan

2

The Magical City Lizzie Mary Cullen Penguin

3

The Very Noisy Bear Nick Bland Scholastic

4

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

5

The Eye of the Sheep Sofie Laguna Allen & Unwin
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 11/07/15
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Top stories this week

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Bestsellers this week

greyE L James’ Grey (Arrow) is at the top of the Australian bestsellers chart for the third consecutive week, while the rest of the top 10 features a mix of thrillers, colouring books and children’s and YA fiction. Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller Pretty Girls (Century) is one of three new titles in the top 10, along with colouring booksDecorative Designs and Fabulous Flowers (both Michael O’Mara). These three titles are also the top three fastest movers this week. Three big-name children’s authors round out the final top 10 spots. They are: Dork Diaries: Drama Queen (Rachel Renee Russell, S&S), the film tie-in edition of Paper Towns (John Green, HarperCollins) and local author Anh Do’s Super Weird (Scholastic). Elsewhere in the charts, Australian motor racing driver Mark Webber’s autobiography Aussie Grit (Pan Macmillan) is this week’s highest new entry—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 4 July 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Grey E. L. James Arrow Books

2

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

3

Decorative Designs Michael O’Mara

4

Fabulous Flowers Michael O’Mara

5

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday

6

Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing

7

Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter Century

8

Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster

9

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins

10

Super Weird! Anh Do Scholastic
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Aussie Grit Mark Webber Macmillan

2

Garden Hachette

3

Close to Home Pamela Cook Hachette

4

My Mother’s Secret Sheila O’Flanagan Hachette

5

Queen of Fire Anthony Ryan Hachette
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Decorative Designs Michael O’Mara

2

Fabulous Flowers Michael O’Mara

3

Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter Century

4

Zen Hachette

5

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 4/07/2015
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Bestsellers this week

greyE L James’ Grey (Arrow) has enjoyed a second week at number one on the overall bestsellers chart, while Johanna Basford’s two colouring books Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden (Laurence King Publishing) re-entered the top 10 in third and fourth spots, and first and second spots in the fastest movers chart, respectively. New fiction titles in the charts include this week’s highest new entry The English Spy (Daniel Silva, HarperCollins), which debuted in the top 10 in eighth spot, and The Santangelos (Jackie Collins, S&S), which has climbed from 18th to ninth spot in this week’s top 10—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 27 June 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Grey E. L. James Arrow Books

2

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

3

Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing

4

Secret Garden Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing

5

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday

6

Super Weird Anh Do Scholastic

7

The English Spy Daniel Silva HarperCollins

8

Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books

9

The Santangelos Jackie Collins Simon & Schuster

10

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint

1

The English Spy Daniel Silva HarperCollins

2

The Melody Lingers on Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster

3

Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter Century

4

The Homestead Girls Fiona McArthur Michael Joseph

5

Feels Like Home Lisa Ireland Mira
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing

2

Secret Garden Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing

3

The Mandalas Colouring Book Beverley Lawson Carlton Books

4

Minecraft Construction Handbook (updated edition) Egmont

5

Decorative Designs Michael O’Mara
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 27/06/15
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Skin Deep (Gary Kemble, Echo Publishing)

skin deepHarry Hendrick’s girlfriend has left him and his job as a journalist for the local paper is going nowhere. He awakes with the mother of all hangovers and a tattoo he doesn’t recall getting. He could write it off as a wild night but when the tattoos keep coming, accompanied by nightmares and memories that are not his own, he is compelled to find out what’s going on. In his search for the truth, Harry is thrust into a world of corrupt politicians, boat people, SAS missions in Afghanistan, murder, tattoo parlours, bikies, psychics and a mysterious woman. Set on the ‘mean streets’ of Brisbane, Gary Kemble’s debut novel is an imaginative, fast-paced page-turner that combines crime-writing with a delightful serving of the supernatural. Kemble’s other life as a journalist is evident in his writing and his convincingly realistic characters, while topical issues such as asylum seekers and shady politicians are handled deftly and credibly. Skin Deep is a fine debut for both Kemble and Echo Publishing, which offers more than a passing nod to John Birmingham and Stephen King. This novel will appeal to readers who devour crime, thrillers and speculative fiction.

Deborah Crabtree is a Melbourne-based writer and bookseller. This review first appeared in Books+Publishing magazine Issue 2, 2015. View more pre-publication reviews here.