Bestsellers this week

Peppa Pig Peppa s Easter Egg HuntEaster-themed children’s books have taken over this week’s fastest movers chart, with Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt (Ladybird Books) sitting in top spot. Also in the fastest movers chart are Where’s the Easter Bunny (Louis Shea, Scholastic), Hoot’s Easter Hunt (HarperCollins) and Peter Rabbit: Easter Egg Hunt! (Beatrix Potter, Puffin). The demand for American Sniper(film tie-in) (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) continues as it tops the bestsellers chart again, followed by debut novel The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins, Doubleday), which jumped from fifth spot last week to second spot. Going Paleo (Pete Evans & Nora T Gedgaudas, Plum) is this week’s highest new entry and also seventh on the bestsellers chart, where it is joined by a slate of other health-related cookbooks, including The Happy Cookbook (Lola Berry, Plum) and a second Pete Evans title, Family Food (Plum)—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 14 March 2015)

Bestsellers this week

14th deadly sinJames Patterson’s 14th Deadly Sin (Century) has climbed to the number one spot in the top 10 bestsellers chart this week, with American Sniper (film tie-in) (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) dropping to second. Elsewhere in the charts, Family Food (Pete Evans, Plum) is this week’s fastest mover and is in sixth spot overall. Other notable titles in the charts include Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (Faber), which is this week’s highest new entry, and Paula Hawkins’ debut novel The Girl on the Train, which has been climbing the top 10 steadily and is now this week’s fifth highest bestseller and second fastest mover.—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 7 March 2015)

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Anchor Point (Alice Robinson, Affirm Press)

AnchorPoint_CoverWhen Laura and Vik are children, their eccentric mother disappears during a flash flood on the family’s struggling property in rural Victorian. Though just a girl herself, Laura is forced to grow up fast and becomes a surrogate mother figure for Vik, compensating for their grief-stricken father’s shortcomings. As she progresses into young womanhood and eventually to middle age, the legacy of this reluctant childhood obligation underpins the choices she makes in adulthood, including her marriage to Luc, a charismatic environmental activist who is the inverse of her inarticulate farmer father. Laura’s is a small but heavy life, defined by a thoughtless act committed in her childhood and a guilty secret kept for decades. Though the narrative pacing is slow, Laura is a compelling character and Alice Robinson’s prose is lyrical and elegiac. The depictions of rural life—the caprices of native Australian wildlife, the grisly but necessary daily tasks of farming, the crucial significance of weather and increasingly dire effects of climate change—are reminiscent of Gillian Mears’ Foal’s Bread and Carrie Tiffany’s Mateship With Birds. Readers who enjoyed these novels will find Anchor Point is likewise an exquisite literary novel, and an accomplished character study. This is Robinson’s first novel.

Veronica Sullivan is online editor of Kill Your Darlings. This review first appeared in the Books+Publishing magazine Issue 1, 2015. View more pre-publication reviews here.

Bestsellers this week

powerful livingBig international fiction releases are dominating the bestsellers chart, with three new titles making it into the top 10 in their first week. While American Sniper (film tie-in) (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins) retains the number one spot, the second, third and fourth spots are respectively occupied by new releases 14th Deadly Sin (James Patterson, Century), Mightier than the Sword (Jeffrey Archer, Macmillan) and Prodigal Son (Danielle Steel, Bantam). Powerful Living (Michelle Bridges, Viking) is number one in this week’s fastest movers chart, where it sits alongside other health and self-improvement titles Clean Living (Luke Hines & Scott Gooding, Hachette) and The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree)—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 28 February 2015)

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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)