This Week's Independent Bestsellers

 

What's selling in independent bookstores around the country?

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1. Love Stories by Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton, Australia's best-loved writer, goes out into the world and asks a simple, direct question: 'Can you please tell me a love story?'

'It's the kind of book that has some impact on the reader ... a Chaucerian endeavour, a rich caravanserai of real, living people with something important to tell.' Sydney Morning Herald

 

2. Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention by Johann Hari

Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?


For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons behind our shortening attention spans. He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong.

 

3. Violeta by Isabelle Alende

Through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination and sense of humour will carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.

From Isabel Allende, the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea, this is the epic story of Violeta del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century

 

4. Devotion by Hannah Kent

The much-anticipated third novel after Burial Rites and The Good People from award-winning author Hannah Kent.

 

5. Still Life by Sarah Winman

From the author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a big-hearted story of people brought together by love, war, art and the ghost of E.M. Forster.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills and piazzas of Florence, to the smog of London’s East End, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate.

 

6. Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Two brothers venture across 1950s America to New York in the absorbing new novel by the author of the bestselling A Gentleman in Moscow.

Bursting with life, charm, richly imagined settings and unforgettable characters, The Lincoln Highway is an extraordinary journey through 1950s America from the pen of a master storyteller.

 

7. The Promise by Damon Galgut 

A masterpiece of a family in crisis from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut- 'one of the world's great writers' (Edmund White) and 'the bold, fresh voice of South African fiction' (Observer).

The characterisations are razor sharp, the dialogue dramatic, the action gripping. As we traverse the decades, Damon interweaves the story of a disappointed nation from apartheid to Jacob Zuma.

 

8. Love & Virtue by Diana Reid

Sex. Power. Consent.

Whenever I say I was at university with Eve, people ask me what she was like, sceptical perhaps that she could have always been as whole and self-assured as she now appears. To which I say something like: ‚ÄėPeople are infinitely complex.‚Äô¬†But I say it in such a way‚ÄĒso pregnant with misanthropy‚ÄĒthat it‚Äôs obvious I hate her.

Written with a strikingly contemporary voice that is both wickedly clever and incisive, issues of consent, class and institutional privilege, and feminism become provocations for enduring philosophical questions we face today. 

 

9. To Paradise by Hanya Yanaghira

The eagerly anticipated novel from Hanya Yanagihara, a brilliant exploration of inclusion and exclusion, race and empire, sexuality and disease, love and family.

In an alternate version of 1893 America, New York is part of the Free States, where people may live and love whomever they please (or so it seems). The fragile young scion of a distinguished family resists betrothal to a worthy suitor, drawn to a charming music teacher of no means. In a 1993 Manhattan besieged by the AIDS epidemic, a young Hawaiian man lives with his much older, wealthier partner, hiding his troubled childhood and the fate of his father. And in 2093, in a world riven by plagues and governed by totalitarian rule, a powerful scientist's damaged granddaughter tries to navigate life without him-and solve the mystery of her husband's disappearances. These three sections are joined in an enthralling and ingenious symphony, as recurring notes and themes deepen and enrich one another.

 

10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

 

List Summary:

1. Love Stories by Trent Dalton 

2. Stolen Focus Johann Hari 

3. Violeta by Isabelle Alende

4. Devotion by Hannah Kent

5. Still Life by Sarah Winman

6. Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

7. The Promise by Damon Galgut 

8. Love & Virtue by Diana Reid

9. To Paradise by Hanya Yanaghira

10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 

© Nielsen BookScan 2022. 



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