Potts Point Top 50 Books for 2016

We always suspected that the Potts Point crowd had the best literary taste in town and now it's confirmed. We've tallied our best-selling 50 books for 2016 and the verdict is in - you buy the best books and we love selling them to you.


1. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Set in the art world, this is an addictively interesting story of forgery, betrayal and the history of a very special painting. There was a lot of love for this excellent novel in store, and we're proud to say it's our number one pick for 2016. 


2. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth was one of the all time customer and staff favourites from last year. It's a tale of blended families, dysfunctional relationships, but above all the redemptive power of love and loyalty. Put simply, we worship Ann Patchett and would read the back of a cereal box if she wrote it.


3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This is the book that got everyone talking last year. And crying. Yanagihara follows four young college friends as they grow up, fall in love, fail, succeed and attempt to find real estate in New York City. Be warned, this novel is more than it seems and has a disturbingly dark underbelly that only the bravest will make it through without tears.


4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

FERRANTE FEVER. We have it, and so do you apparently. And yes, it's contagious. If you haven't yet read this Italian four-novel series about Lila and Lena, the fiercest, smartest and strangest little girls in Naples you are missing out on an immersive world of violence, politics, proto-feminism and dirty words in dialect.


5. Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner

Helen Garner, praise! This time our national treasure has turned her acute, witty eye to all sorts of topics from friendship and writing to the indignities of old age. The woman can write a sentence hoo boy. 


6. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Graham Swift's new fiction is a sensual novella that you will no doubt gobble up in a single sitting. Set in 20th century Britain at a time of intense change, but covering just one afternoon, Mothering Sunday is a little window a world of a simple housemaid, whose life is anything but straightforward. 


7. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton shares his thoughts on love, relationships and marriage in this poignantly realistic novel featuring all of our deepest fears, flaws and desires. Love has never sounded so logical than in de Botton's capable hands.


8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This moving historical novel has been enchanting staff and customers for a while now. If you haven't had a chance to read it - it's not too late to sink into Doerr's stunning sentences and meet characters who will stubbornly lodge in your heart and never leave.


9. Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook

Delicious fish and seafood. People who know what they're doing tell you how to make it taste good. That is all. So basically, perfection in a cookbook.


10. The Road to Ruin by Niki Savva

Scandal. Controversy. Onions. The Abbot Credlin saga is stranger than fiction and Sava's vicious wit and stable of untold stories will keep you reading and disbelieving until you've thrown your hands and eyebrows up in the air so often you don't bother taking them down again.

11. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

12. Nutshell by Ian McEwan

13.Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent

14. Midnight Watch by David Dyer

15. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

16. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

17. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

18. Farewell to the Father by Tim Elliott

19. The Noise of Time by Julian barnes

20. The Sellout by Paul Beatty

21. Aunts Up the Cross by Robin Dalton

22. The Secret Recipe for Second Chances by JD Barrett

23. The Dry by Jane Harper

24. The Girls by Emma Cline

25. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

26. Kings Cross: A Pictorial History by Anne-Marie Whitaker

27. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

28. The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

29. Talking to My Country by Stan Grant

30. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

31. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

32. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

33. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

34. Rod Campbell's Aussie Animals

35. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

36. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

37. The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick

38. Quarterly Essay 63: The Enemy Within by Don Watson

39. Oi Frog! by Kes Gray

40. Exposure by Helen Dunmore

41. The 78-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths 

42. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

43. The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

44. Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain

45. The Good People by Hannah Kent

46. A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

47. Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler

48. Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma by Leigh Hobbs

49. The Riviera Set by Mary Lovell

50. Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

Happy reading for 2017!

-- Love the PPBS team