BC Bestsellers | January 6, 2018

The BC Bestseller List is compiled using sales data from more than 70 independent bookstores in BC, which is provided to the ABPBC by TBM BookManager. The list represents sales of BC published books released within the calendar year.

No. 1
Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food
by Shelley Adams
Alicon Holdings Ltd | 9780981142432

Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food is full of new recipes to inspire fans and once again turn home cooks into culinary rock stars, a hallmark of Shelley’s earlier books. Shelley’s innate flair for creating and developing recipes will not disappoint and soon home cooks across Canada will be serving their guests…more beautiful food

BC Bestseller for 4 consecutive weeks

No. 2

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion – Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
by Peter Wohlleben
Greystone Books | 9781771643016

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben’s personal experiences in forests and fields. Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

BC Bestseller for 9 consecutive weeks

No. 3

On Island by Pat CarneyOn Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers
by Pat Carney
TouchWood Editions | 9781771512107

A collection of stories chronicling the characters and dramas that capture life in small coastal communities.

BC Bestseller for 39 consecutive weeks

No. 4

The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie: From the Battle of Britain to the Great Escape
by Keith C. Oglivie
Heritage House Publishers | 9781772032116

A young Canadian spitfire pilot finds adventure, love, and a remarkable dose of luck on the frontlines of the Second World War.

BC Bestseller for 6 consecutive weeks

No. 5

Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing
by Jack Knox
Heritage House | 9781772032086

In this side-splitting follow-up to the bestseller Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Jack Knox presents his best writing, marking his twenty-year anniversary as a humour columnist at the Victoria Times Colonist, the newspaper that made him a household name.

BC Bestseller for 11 consecutive weeks


No. 6

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga
by Chris Czajkowski
Harbour Publishing | 9781550178098

Taking up where Lonesome, the first bestselling wilderness dog, left off, here is another wilderness memoir from the perspective of Chris Czajkowski’s canine companions.

BC Bestseller for 20 consecutive weeks

No. 7

Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir
by Aaron Williams
Harbour Publishing | 9781550178050

A gritty, exhilarating and danger-filled memoir of forest firefighting in BC.

BC Bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks

No. 8

First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria’s Best-Loved Breakfast Joints
by Rebecca Wellman

TouchWood Editions | 9781771512312

First, We Brunch is an exquisitely photographed cookbook showcasing more than 60 recipes from the city’s most beloved mid-morning eateries.

BC Bestseller for 8 consecutive weeks

No. 9

The World’s Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-Three-Year Odyssey to and through Every Country on the Planet
by Mike Spencer Bown
Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771621427

A rollicking travel memoir from “the patron saint of backpackers.”

BC Bestseller for 7 consecutive weeks

No. 10

Hello Humpback! picture bookHello Humpback!
by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Harbour Publishing | 9781550177992

With bright and bold illustrations of the wild and magical West Coast by celebrated artist Roy Henry Vickers, this “first words” book, introduces iconic West Coast animals, from hungry sea otters to hopping orcas.

BC Bestseller for 46 consecutive weeks

No. 11

Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from British Columbia’s Central Interior
by Sage Birchwater
Caitlin Press | 9781987915334

Set in the wild and untamed country of central British Columbia’s Chilcotin Plateau, Chilcotin Chronicles is about men and women caught in its interface of cultures and changing landscape. Indigenous inhabitants and white newcomers brought together by the fur brigades, then later by the gold rush, forged a path together that was uncharted and unpredictable. Birchwater discovers that their stories, seemingly disconnected, are intrinsically linked together to create a human ecosystem with very deep roots. The lives of these early inhabitants give substance to the landscape and meaning to the people who live there today.

BC Bestseller for 5 consecutive weeks


No. 12

As A Dog Thinketh: Daily Words of Wisdom
by Monique Anstee
TouchWood Editions | 9781771512374

Daily reflections, guidance, and sound advice from a top trainer and competitor.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

No. 13

Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia
by Howard Macdonald Stewart
Harbour Publishing | 9781550178036

It is not mere coincidence that two-thirds of the population of British Columbia occupies lands bordering its great inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, and connected waterways collectively known as the North Salish Sea. While the region’s intricate shoreline of peninsulas, promontories, estuaries and plains has been occupied by human communities for millennia, the last century and a half has been an unprecedented age of rapid colonization, industrialization and globalization.

BC Bestseller for 4 consecutive weeks

No. 14

The White Angel
by John MacLachlan Gray
Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771621465

A novel based on the 1924 murder of Janet Smith in Vancouver—a city at the edge of the empire, still reeling from the Great War with a barely functioning police department and a thriving criminal class.

BC Bestseller for 1 consecutive week

No. 15

Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea
by Kevin Vallely
Greystone Books | 9781771641340

In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the “last firsts” remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks


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