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16 Pan Macmillan books make the Dymocks Top 101 list

April 8, 2021

16 Pan Macmillan books make the Dymocks Top 101 list

Every year, Australians get to voting for the Dymocks Top 101 list, full of all the must-read books as decided by readers! Pan Macmillan is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Dymocks Top 101 features 16 of our titles. This includes Markus Zusak in the second spot with The Book Thief, Jane Harper’s The Dry at fourth, and Eddie Jaku’s The Happiest Man on Earth at number 25.

2 – The Book Thief CoverThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

‘Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life-changing’ New York Times

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still.

Follow Liesel Meminger as she comes of age in Nazi Germany during WWII whose life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and it is her first act of book thievery.





4 – The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry Cover

‘Every so often a debut novel arrives that is so tightly woven and compelling it seems the work of a novelist in her prime. That’s what Jane Harper has given us with The Dry’ John Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road

After the death of his childhood friend, protagonist and Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falks returns to his home town that is small but has big secrets. He is loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier, but as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of his hometown. Secrets long buried bubble to the surface in this thrilling Australian crime novel.






The Happiest Man on Earth Cover25 – The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

‘A reminder of the power of love, kindness and hope . . . A life-affirming story, beautifully told.’ Sydney Morning Herald

Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.

Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp.

Published as Eddie turns 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.





29 – The Survivors by Jane Harper

The Survivors Cover

‘It’s now clear Harper has a gift…every book has a distinct landscape that plays a central part in the plot made possible by her uncanny knack of bringing scenery to life’ Daily Telegraph

The compelling new novel from Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…






The Lost Man Cover31 – The Lost Man by Jane Harper

‘I absolutely loved The Lost Man. I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!’ Liane Moriarty

Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, in this stunning new standalone novel from New York Times bestseller Jane Harper

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…




32 – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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“So gripping I wanted to rush through the pages, but so beautifully written I wanted to linger over every sentence. Hannah Kent’s debut novel is outstanding.” Madeline Miller

Based on the gripping true story of the last woman ever executed in Ireland, Burial Rites follows Anges Magnusdottir who is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?






The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy36 – The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A phenomenon across all formats, this paperback omnibus contains the complete Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy in five parts, charting the whole of Arthur Dent’s odyssey through space and time. Share and enjoy.

Collected together in this omnibus are the five titles that comprise Douglas Adams’ wildly popular and wholly remarkable comedy science fiction ‘trilogy’, plus a bonus short story, Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, and a special undeleted scene . . .





39 – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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“Liane Moriarty produces novels that are miracles of structure as well as human insight” Sydney Morning Herald

A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Following the lives of women who are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place as their secrets bubble to the surface.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

The new book from Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall releases September 2021. Pre-order now.





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44 – Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

“She is…both hugely popular yet subversive…Nine Perfect Strangers shows Moriarty still taking risks with fiction…weighty issues writ with humour and a light touch. The hammer is still in the handbag, ready to smash a glass window or two.” Lucy Sussex, The Australian

With her wit, compassion and uncanny understanding of human behaviour, Liane Moriarty explores the depth of connection that can be formed when people are thrown together in… unconventional circumstances.

The new book from Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall releases September 2021. Pre-order now.




52 – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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An instant New York Times bestseller – perfect for older teens to early twenties age group.

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius-his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

The new book from Casey McQuiston, One Last Stop, is out June 2021. Available to pre-order now.




73 – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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“A singularly profound and moving work . . . It’s not often that you read a book of this length and find yourself thinking “I wish it was longer” but Yanagihara takes you so deeply into the lives and minds of these characters that you struggle to leave them behind.” The Times

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. Following four best friends as they navigate life in New York City, A Little Life, is a harrowing, complex and incredible story of resilience.






79 – The Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly

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‘Exciting and entertaining.’ Chicago Sun Times



A magnificent golden capstone once sat atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was a source of immense power, capable of bestowing upon its holder absolute global rule for a thousand years . . .

But then, in 323 BC, the capstonew as broken into seven pieces and hidden within The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.



84 – Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Tomorrow, When the War Began Cover
“The best series for Australian teens of all time.” The Age

The book that began the series that became the legend …







95 – Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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“I am pleased to recommend…Markus Zusak’s extraordinary novel Bridge of Clay, which I suspect I’ll reread many times. It’s a sprawling, challenging, and endlessly rewarding book. But it also has the raw and real and unironized emotion that courses through all of Zusak’s books. I’m in awe of him.” John Green

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy – their mother is dead, their father has fled – they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.





96 – The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister Cover

‘Compelling story, plenty of twists and a satisfying ending. Sally is an exceptional observer of people and their relationships.’ Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Result

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be … dangerous.

When Rose discovers that she cannot fall pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.

Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of unexpected love.



99 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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“The story is cleverly plotted, full of suspense and so well-written that it pulls you in from the first page” Sunday Mirror

How well do you know your husband? How well do you know yourself?

Celia is a devoted mother and wife but he suburban bliss is thrown into turmoil when she stumbles across a letter title “For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death”.

The new book from Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall releases September 2021. Pre-order now.


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