This Week's Top 10 Bestselling History Books

Calling all History buffs! We've compiled a list of this week's top selling History books in Australia. The history of Aboriginal Australians is a major theme in this week's bestselling History books, with Dark Emu and Tongerlongeter.


1. The Dressmakers of Auschwitz by Lucy Adlington

Lucy Adlington tells of the horrors of the Nazi occupation and the concentration camps from a fascinating and original angle. She introduces us to a little known aspect of the period, highlighting the role of clothes in the grimmest of societies imaginable and giving an insight into the women who stayed alive by stitching.


2. Dark Emu by Bruce Pasco 

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.


3. The Battle of the Bismarck Sea by Michael Veitch

In the thick of World War II, during the first week of March 1943, Japan made a final, desperate lunge for control of the South West Pacific. In the ensuing Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a force of land-based Australian and American planes attacked a massive convoy of Japanese warships. The odds were against them. But a devastating victory was won and Japan's hopes of regaining the initiative in New Guinea destroyed.


4. The Battle for Shaggy Ridge by Phillip Bradley

Based on the accounts of over a hundred Australians, Americans and Japanese who served on, around and over the ridge, The Battle for Shaggy Ridge tells the story of this extraordinary struggle for control of the Ramu Valley in New Guinea.


5. Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero by H. Reynolds & N. Clements

An epic story of resistance, suffering and survival. Tongerlongeter resurrects a once-in-a-generation leader all Australians can admire. Australia has no war hero more impressive than Tongerlongeter. Leader of the Oyster Bay nation of south-east Tasmania in the 1820s and ’30s, he and his allies led the most effective frontier resistance ever mounted on Australian soil.


6. The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor & Lisa Rojany Buccieri

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins. In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz. Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death: Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old.


7. The Devil's Work by Garry Linnell

He was a murderer, swindler, bigamist and suspect in the Jack the Ripper killings. Frederick Deeming was also the most hated man in the world.
Claiming to be haunted by the ghost of his dead mother, Deeming had spent years roaming the planet under various aliases, preying on the innocent, the gullible and the desperate. 
But the discovery by Australian police in 1892 of the body of one of his wives in a shallow concrete grave triggered one of the greatest manhunts in history and exposed a further series of grisly murders - those of his first wife and four children - that stunned the Victorian era.


8. The Art of More by Michael Brooks

Bestselling science writer Michael Brooks takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of civilisation, as he explains why maths is fundamental to our understanding of the world.


9. James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World by Peter FitzSimons

The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook?


10. The Shortest History of China by Linda Jaivin

China's past is key to the modern world. This nimble history of rogues, revolutions and rebellions can be read in a day, but will transform your view for a lifetime. A pacy history of China that can be read in an afternoon, but will transform your perspective for a lifetime.


List Summary:

1. The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

2. Dark Emu

3. The Battle of the Bismarck Sea

4. The Battle for Shaggy Ridge

5. Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero

6. The Twins of Auschwitz

7. The Devil's Work

8. The Art of More

9. James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World

10. The Shortest History of China



© Nielsen BookScan 2021. Week Ending 08/10/2021.

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