It seems readers in Australia’s capital prefer cooking to sex.
As Bookworld released its rankings of the most well-read cities in Australia on Tuesday, the Fifty Shades of Grey series dominated the bestseller lists in every state, bar the ACT.
While Canberrans top the list, it was Jamie’s 15 Minutes Meals that was the No.1 choice of reading.
This was followed by Exit Wounds: One Australian’s War on Terror by John Cantwell, the award-winning All That I Am by Aussie author Anna Funder, and then Bring Up the Bodies by the British author Hilary Mantel.
It’s the Perth readers who couldn’t get enough of the Fifty Shades trilogy by E L James, with highest number of books sold per capita.
And Sydneysiders are just too busy to read, with the harbour city coming in at No.13 behind Townsville and Cairns.
With a love of eBooks, Queensland’s Toowoomba is No.2 pushing them above Brisbane and Geelong.
“We were surprised to see Sydney so far down the list. On the other hand, its great to see some of Australia’s biggest regional hubs buying books on a regular basis,” CEO of Bookworld James Webber said in a statement.
In every city across Australia, Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks and The Hunger Games were on the bestseller lists.
There were a few exceptions in some cities, with Melbourne supporting one of its own with Jim Styne’s memoir making the top five bestselling books.
Adelaide could be said to be the most health conscious with three diet titles making their bestseller list - the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Sweet Poison and I Quit Sugar.
While up north, Three Crooked Kings, the story of police corruption in Queensland, made the top five for Brisbane.
The rankings were based on sales from Bookworld and Angus & Robertson, in eBook and physical book format, from April 2012-2013, on a per capita basis of cities with a population over 100,000.
Australia’s most well-read cities
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