Most mentioned this week

Since 1989 the Australian wool industry has been cut to only a third of its size. Charles Massy explains the decline of the wool industry in Breaking the Sheep’s Back (UQP), which is this week’s most mentioned book. In Vikki Wakefield’s All I Ever Wanted (Text), Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go–anywhere but home. She’s set herself rules to live by, but she’s starting to break them. Nick Earls’ The Fix (Random House) is about journalist Josh, who returns to Brisbane from London and, in need of some quick cash, works for his brother’s PR firm with some undesired consequences. Comedy writer Steve Hely’s debut novel How I Became a Famous Novelist (Black Inc.) is a send-up of the quest to write the ‘great American novel’. After watching a bestselling novelist talk on TV, the protagonist concludes that he must become a famous novelist himself before his ex-girlfriend’s upcoming wedding. As part of the NewSouth series devoted to Australian capital cities, Sophie Cunningham writes Melbourne (NewSouth) about her memories of living in Melbourne and growing up in the city, recounting the heatwave that resulted in Black Saturday, as well as the destructive deluge of a hailstorm—compiled from Bookseller+Publisher magazine’s Media Extra newsletter.