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Australia’s Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Books

Australia likes borrowing books about cooking, travel – and quitting sugar.

Last week Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), released their list of the books Australians across the country have been requesting and devouring from our libraries for the first quarter of 2016.

At the top of the list is I Quit Sugar For Life by Sarah Wilson, and her cookbook I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program also made the list! For those who weren’t quitting sugar they wanted meals quickly, with Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals the second most regularly borrowed book. Another cookbook, Pete Evans’ Family Food made the list too.

Australians also love to travel to New Zealand and Japan, with the Lonely Planet guidebooks to both countries highly sought after around Australia! Closer to home, there’s Country Style Homes, a coffee table book full of beautiful images of Australian houses, and Don Watson’s The Bush, which is ” a milestone work of history, memoir and cultural critique”.

To round out the list there are two thought-provoking non fiction titles. Helen Garner’s This House of Grief about a heartbreaking murder trial, and Matthew Condon’s Jacks and Jokers, a look at corruption in Queensland up until the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s.

You can click on the covers below for more information, and click here to see the Fiction list!

The most borrowed adult non-fiction titles were:

  • I Quit Sugar For Life (Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • Jamie’s 15-Minute (Jamie Oliver, Michael Joseph)
  • New Zealand (Lonely Planet)
  • This House of Grief (Helen Garner, Text)
  • Japan (Lonely Planet)
  • Family Food (Pete Evans, Plum)
  • Jacks and Jokers (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • The Bush (Don Watson, Hamish Hamilton)
  • I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-week Detox Program(Sarah Wilson, Macmillan)
  • Country Style Homes (Country Style)

 To learn more or check out the other lists, including Children and Young Adult, click here! 


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