Lauren Kate’s Passion (Doubleday) retains first place on the bestsellers chart for the third week in a row, while Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph) is back in second place, followed by Janet Evanovich’s Smokin’ Seventeen (Hachette) in third, and Private London (James Patterson & Mark Pearson, Century) in fourth place on the bestsellers chart. The Price of Life (Nigel Brennan, Kellie Brennan & Nicole Bonney, Michael Joseph), the true story of Bundaberg photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout’s kidnap and ransom while on assignment in Somalia, is top of the highest new entries chart. Jeff Kinney’s Do-it-yourself Book:(Vol 2) iary of a Wimpy Kid (Puffin) tops the fastest movers chart–Weekly Book Newsletter.
In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep across Bass Strait–and so changed the shape of Australian history. So goes the story that author James Boyce weaves in his nonfiction title 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia (Black Inc.). Booker prize winner Alan Hollinghurst is back with a new novel called The Stranger’s Child (Picador). Spanning 100 years, it tells the story of Cecil Valance, a poet killed in the First World War, and how the truth is compromised over time. Nigel Brennan, Nicole Bonney & Kellie Brennan’s The Price of Life (Penguin), Tim Bonyhady’s Good Living Street (A&U) and Maya Ward’s The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage (Transit Lounge) were also listed on the most mentioned chart this week–Media Extra.