Alain de Botton argues that the secular world can learn a range of lessons from religion in his book Religion for Atheists (Penguin). The book is at the top of the bestsellers chart as well as the fastest movers chart this week. Second on the bestsellers chart is J D Robb’s crime-fiction novel Celebrity in Death (Hachette) followed by James Patterson’s Private: No. 1 Suspect (Century). The classic versions of all three books in Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games‘ trilogy (Scholastic) dominate this week’s fastest movers chart with The Hunger Games in second on the chart followed by Catching Fire in third, and Mockingjay in fourth. 11th Hour (Century), James Patterson’s latest Women’s Murder club novel, is first on the highest new entries chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Cooking sensation Jamie Oliver will be touring part of the country in March, catching up with his Ministry of Food mobile kitchens in Logan and Ipswich before heading to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for a series of live shows. With Jamie Oliver mania hitting the country, it is no wonder that Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) is currently sitting in second place on both the bestsellers chart and the fastest movers chart. Meanwhile, James Patterson’s Private: No. 1 Suspect (Century) continues to top the bestsellers list while the film tie-in edition of Suzanne Collins’ YA novel The Hunger Games (Scholastic) is topping the fastest movers list. J D Robb’s Celebrity in Death (Hachette) is top of the highest new entries chart followed by Robert Ludlum and Paul Garrison’s Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command (Hachette) in second and Jill Mansell’s A Walk in the Park (Hachette) in third place–Weekly Book Newsletter.
James Patterson’s latest book in the ‘Private’ series, Private: No. 1 Suspect (Century), finds Jack Morgan, founder of the world’s best investigation agency, Private, in the spotlight as the number one suspect in the murder of his former lover. While Morgan fights to clear his name, he must also fend off the mob by recovering millions of dollars lost in stolen pharmaceuticals and discreetly investigate a string of murders at a luxury hotel chain at the behest of the chain’s beautiful owner. The book tops both the bestsellers and fastest movers chart this week. Lauren Kate’s Fallen in Love (Doubleday), featuring four intertwining love stories and set in medieval England on Valentine’s Day, is also on both the bestsellers and fastest movers chart, in second place. A Crown Imperilled (Raymond E Feist, HarperVoyager), the latest release in the ‘Riftwar Cycle’ fantasy trilogy, is top of the highest new entries chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Tennis stars’ autobiographies dominate the top of the fastest movers chart this week with Australian Open 2012 finalist Rafael Nadal’s memoir, Rafa: My Story (Rafael Nadal & John Carlin, Hachette), at the top of the chart, followed by four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi’s Open (HarperCollins). The film tie-in edition of The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Penguin) has moved up the bestsellers chart from fifth place last week to third place this week, overtaking Believing the Lie (Elizabeth George, Hachette), now in fourth. Steady at the top of the bestsellers chart are Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin), followed byPrivate Games (James Patterson, Century). Lauren Kate’s Fallen in Love (Doubleday) is seventh on the top ten bestsellers chart and first on the highest new entries chart this week–Weekly Book Newsletter.
Think Big (HarperCollins), Donald Trump and Bill Zanker’s self-help book filled with personal stories from the authors’ rise to the top of their fields, is first on the highest new entries chart. The classic edition of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (Scholastic) is at the top of the fastest movers chart, several weeks before the cinema release of The Hunger Games movie and before the tie-in edition is released on 8 February. This is followed by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John le Carre, Hachette), which is obviously receiving a boost from the film adaptation currenly showing in cinemas. Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin) is back at the top of the bestsellers chart followed by Private Games (James Patterson, Century) in second, and Believing the Lie (Elizabeth George, Hachette) again in third place on the bestsellers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
A man is serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. Private investigator Paige Holden witnesses the execution of the man’s fiancé, the woman having handed the investigator evidence that proves his innocence. In No One Left to Tell (Karen Rose, Hachette), first on the highest new entries chart, PI Holden embarks on a mission to avenge the murdered woman and to set the innocent man free. Private Games (James Patterson, Century) is top of the bestsellers chart and in second place on the fastest movers chart, while Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney, Puffin), down a spot from last week, is in second place on the bestsellers chart. Believing the Lie (Elizabeth George, Hachette) is third on the bestsellers chart and, for the second week in a row, first on the fastest movers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
The nephew of Bernard Fairclough, a wealthy and influential business magnate, has died and Inspector Thomas Lynley is sent in undercover to investigate. The official cause of death is ruled as an accidental drowning but when Lynley and his friends start digging, it becomes clear that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and possible motives for murder. Believing the Lie (Elizabeth George, Hachette), the latest in the Lynley detective series, is top of the fastest movers chart followed by James Patterson’s crime novel set during the 2012 Olympics, Private Games (Century). Jeff Kinney‘s Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) is again at the top of the bestsellers chart, followed by Private Games . Lisa Niemi Swayze’s book Worth Fighting for (Simon & Schuster), describing her husband Patrick’s battle with pancreatic cancer, is top of the highest new entries chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
In the lead up to the 2012 Olympics in London, a key member of the Games’ organising committee is ruthlessly murdered. The London branch of renowned investigation agency Private is called in to investigate and, as the most talented athletes in the world gather together, it soon becomes clear that the killer is on a mission to end the Games forever. James Patterson’s Private Games (Century) is top of the highest new entries chart this week followed by Tami Hoag’s Down the Darkest Road (Hachette). Jeff Kinney‘s Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin), featuring 13-year-old Greg Heffley who is trapped indoors with his family during a blizzard, is still number one on the bestsellers chart followed again by Inheritance (Christopher Paolini, Doubleday). Topping the fastest movers chart are NAPLAN-style Tests (Pascal Press)–Weekly Book Newsletter.
The love between schoolgirl Nora and fallen angel Patch has transcended the boundary between heaven and earth. After overcoming the secrets of Patch’s dark past and facing heart-wrenching tests along the way, they must now stop a villain who seeks to destroy their loving bond. So goes Becca Fitzpatrick’s Silence (S&S), the third book in the ‘Hush, Hush’ saga, which is at the top of the highest new entries chart and has snuck into fourth place on the bestsellers chart. The three top bestsellers didn’t budge from their previous positions this week. They are The Affair (Lee Child, Bantam), followed by Lola’s Secret (Monica McInerney, Michael Joseph), then Kill Alex Cross (James Patterson, Arrow Books). The Ox is Slow But the Earth is Patient (Mick Malthouse & David Buttifant, A&U) is at the top of the fastest movers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
After a woman is found gruesomely murdered in a small town situated near a large military base, Major Jack Reacher is sent in undercover to find the killer. The Affair (Lee Child, Bantam), a prequel in the Jack Reacher series, is top of the bestsellers chart this week followed by James Patterson’s 18th book in the Alex Cross series, Kill Alex Cross (Arrow). Lola’s Secret (Michael Joseph), Monica McInerney’s latest novel about love, friendship and family, is third on the bestsellers chart and first on the highest new entries chart. Kill Alex Cross also appears at the top of the fastest movers chart followed by Christos Tsiolkas’ award winning novel, The Slap (A&U), now adapted into an eight-part television series–Weekly Book Newsletter.