Australia’s Top Books For The Last 10 Years

Australia’s Top Books For The Last 10 Years

With only five weeks left until Christmas, shoppers are already considering which books will make for great presents for those keen readers in their lives. If you’re looking to buy a tried and tested title, start by looking at the last 10 years of number one books sold in Australia based on the copies sold that year.

Over the last 10 years, the books that took out the annual number one spot have varied from cookbooks to children’s books, thrillers, and romance novels, making it anybody’s game to take out the number one spot in 2018. Australians love to support local authors, regardless of the variety in genres, as four of these 10 number one titles are Australian, three of which came from the last four years.


While it’s difficult to predict which title will take out the number one spot for 2018, we can already see some contenders by looking at the number of copies sold thus far in Australia’s book stores. For the year to date, here are the top three titles by copies sold:

  • Non Fiction: The Barefoot Investor (Scott Pape), The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck (Mark Manson), The Barefoot Investor for Families (Scott Pape)
  • Fiction: Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty), The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris), The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn)
  • Children’s books: The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths), The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths), WeirDo #10: Messy Weird! (Anh Do)


Nielsen BookScan is the world’s first continuous retail sales monitoring service for print books, based on electronic point of sale data collected directly from tills and dispatch systems.

Nielsen BookScan monitors sales from high street and internet book shops, supermarkets, museums, specialist shops and independent bookshops in ten territories: UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.