After one year in Australia, these are the best-selling books we’ve bought from Amazon so far


Amazon just turned one in Australia.

That’s long enough to get its finger on the pulse of what Aussies love to read, so to celebrate its first birthday, it’s sharing that information from a consumer trends report it has developed.

What that means for you is lists of Things Australians Buy. And because the best default option for a difficult Christmas present choice is a book, here’s what Australians liked best in 2018, across print, digital and audible – on

The top 10 print books in 2018

Australians need guidance. Eight of the top 10 print books they bought in 2018 provide personal development tips. The Barefoot Investor still has our attention, but we found time for Ray Dalio’s unique worldview and wisdom, and even put our brave faces on to read about why the All Blacks have been so successful.

You might have noticed that the top 10 best-selling print books are all non-fiction. Make of that what you will.

The Barefoot Investor 2018 Update by Scott Pape
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Medical Medium Liver Rescue by Anthony William
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Good To Great by Jim Collins
Legacy by James Kerr

Kindle books

For stories that aren’t real, Australians turned to their Kindles. The top 10 are predominantly fiction with titles providing movie-like suspense leading the pack.

If you can’t buy them all, you can wait for the movie and TV versions of at least half of them, including The Woman in the Window. Reese Witherspoon has snapped up the rights to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Little Fires Everywhere.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz will become a drama series and Nicole Kidman has secured Nine Perfect Strangers as the basis for a TV Show.

The Woman in the Window by Finn, A. J.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Based on an incredible true story by Heather Morris
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Little Fires Everywhere by Ng, Celeste
Beware the Past by Joy Ellis
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Audible members liked a bit of everything – especially if it had a bit of Fry in it.

His dulcet tones feature three times in the listeners’ top 10.

The Barefoot Investor written and narrated by Scott Pape
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne
12 Rules for Life written and narrated by Jordan B. Peterson
Mythos written and narrated by Stephen Fry
Sapiens written by Yuval Noah Harari, narrated by Derek Perkins
Own the Day, Own Your Life written and narrated by Aubrey Marcus
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Book 1 by J.K. Rowling and narrated by Stephen Fry
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, narrated by Richard Armitage
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry