Data released by Nielsen Book Scan shows Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves as Australia’s bestselling fiction title for 2011. Other Australian authors in the top ten are Di Morrissey for The Opal Desert (ranked third) and Geraldine Brooks for Caleb’s Crossing (ranked seventh).
In the non-fiction bestseller list, Australian authors are represented by Anh Do’s multi-award winning The Happiest Refugee (in fifth place) and Peter FitzSimons’s Batavia (in tenth place). No Australian writers made the top ten in children’s books; the category is dominated by American author, artist and game designer, Jeff Kinney who takes out six of the top-ranked titles.
Nielsen surveys 1,000 bookshops, including book chains, department stores and independent booksellers, for the annual sales compilation. At present, sales of print books only are counted but the organisation is seeking ways to incorporate e-book sales in the future.
For further information, see the Nielsen Book Scan Australia website.