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Indie Top 10 Bestsellers

1.The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Random House)
2.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Jeff Kinney (Penguin Books) 
3.Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi (Random House Grp) 
4.The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing)
5.Merciless Gods, Christos Tsiolkas (Allen and Unwin) 
6.Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham (Harper Collins)
7.Amnesia, Peter Carey (Penguin Books)
8.What Days Are For: A Memoir, Robert Dessaix (Random House) 
9.The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing)
10.Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers, Adam Spencer (Other Publishing Groups)
Source: Nielsen BookScan W/E 22/11

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28/11/2014 8:58 AM
Amnesia  by Peter Carey 

How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's public enemy number one? 

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out. Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 - a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our Great Amnesia. Amnesia is Carey at his best: funny, sweeping, intimate, exhilarating. 

It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.

27/11/2014 12:15 PM
Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi 

Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with colour and flair. It's a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 150 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning. 

With recipes including Alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Lentils, radicchio and walnuts with manuka honey, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Baked rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.

27/11/2014 12:21 PM
Adam Spencer's Book Of Numbers, Adam Spencer 

How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? Why is 70 a 'weird' number? How many episodes of South Park has Kenny survived? What is the longest word in the English language (floccinaucinihilipilification, at 29 letters) and what the hell does it mean?

Adam Spencer's national Australian breakfast radio show on JJJ is famous for mixing music, laughs and mathematical insights with the weather (if it's sunny and 32, that's 2 to the power of 5). In this, his wacky, zany Book of Numbers, Adam - who was a PhD mathematician before becoming a stand-up comedian and DJ - tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about the numbers 1 to 100, answering all the big questions. You don't need maths training, just a pen and paper, to understand everything in this funny, stimulating book. And hey, you'll even learn how to feed 56 people with 1 pizza.

20/10/2014 11:35 AM
Merciless Gods  by Christos Tsiolkas 

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents. Description Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, sacrifice and revelation... This incendiary collection of stories from acclaimed bestselling international writer Christos Tsiolkas takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, and characters that will never let you go.

24/10/2014 4:40 PM
Emma  by Alexander McCall-Smith 

An unstoppable combination: Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Austen, as Sandy modernizes the story of Emma Woodhouse. 

Find out more about this modern twist on a much loved classic, along with our other top picks for November by clicking here.

24/10/2014 3:46 PM
What Days are For  by Robert Dessaix 

Witty, acerbic, insightful musings from Robert Dessaix,  His often surprisingly funny recollections range over topics as eclectic as intimacy, travel, spirituality, enchantment, language and childhood, all woven through with a heightened sense of mortality.  

Find out more about this top pick, and more in our November newsletter - click here.

24/10/2014 3:38 PM
Withering By Sea  by Judith Rossell 

An exciting mystery adventure for 9.12 year olds -   Stella Montgomery lives in the Hotel Majestic with her three aunts - Aunt Condolence, Aunt Temperance and Aunt Deliverance - in the town of Withering-by-Sea. Stella would rather dream up adventures inspired by her beloved Atlas than do her needle-point or French lessons, but nothing ever happens at the Hotel Majestic … Until the day when a shadowy new resident uses the frightening Hand of Glory to put a sleeping spell on the entire hotel - a spell that works on everyone but Stella. 

Read more about Stella's dangerous journey to defeat the wicked Professor and his dark magic, along with other top picks for November by clicking here

24/10/2014 4:37 PM
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project was an international publishing phenomenon, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world.  Now Graeme Simsion returns with the highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect.

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she's pregnant.

In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don's old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most.

The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.

24/10/2014 4:35 PM
Not that Kind of Girl - A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned by Lena Dunham

In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham,the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls, illuminates the experiences that are part of making one's way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself to a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

Exuberant, moving and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of despatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. 

This hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

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