The Bachelor: Recommended Reading List

by |August 20, 2018

The Bachelor is back and suddenly all our social media feeds are flooded with wonderful and ridiculous Bachie-related nonsense!

This year’s Bachelor is former rugby union player Nick Cummins (AKA The Honey Badger) and the season has kicked off with an a explosive start . So far, among other things, we’ve had the surprise appearance of an ex-girlfriend, a home invasion and some rather scintillating conversation about the dangers of eating jalapenos (ring stingers!!). Oh, and Osher! The ever-amazing Osher Günsberg’s first appearance this season was accompanied by a truly spectacular chorus of chanting that I would really like to see replicated in all future episodes please.

All in all, I expect (and sincerely hope) things are going to get more fantastically crazy from this point onward.

And now for our recommended reading list! If you are deep into the new season of The Bachelor and looking for some books to read to help fuel your obsession, we’ve got a list of books that are either a) written by the current Bachelor, b) written by former Bachelors, c) written by Osher!!!, and d) written by Rosie Waterland (AKA the best recapper who ever recapped this gloriously insane show and original coiner of the term “Bachie”.)

We’ve also selected a bunch of books that really revel in all the drama, romance, betrayal, manipulation and scandal that have made The Bachelor so popular.


Here it is! A Guide to Life from the Bachelor himself!! Click here to order your copy.

The Honey Badger Guide to Life
by Nick Cummins

Are you jaded by modern life? Do you dream of ‘going rogue, running hard, standing tall, fearing nothing, getting off the grid and attacking life’; Then meet The Badger…

The Honey Badger Guide to Life is a maverick guide to a better life for anyone who want to live at maximum revs and get smarter, stronger and happier in the process.

With his hilarious stories, Aussie eccentricity, dedication to family and incredible lust for life, Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins has inspired Australians of all ages.

The Honey Badger Guide to Life teaches novice Badgers how to …. read more.


Osher! Osher! Osher! We were so delighted to meet Osher when he came in to Booktopia to talk to us about his stunning new memoir, Back After the BreakClick here to order your copy now!

Back, After the Break
by Osher Günsberg

Osher Günsberg, one of Australia’s most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny and heart-wrenching memoir about life, love and living with mental illness.

It’s hard to remember a time when Osher Günsberg (or Andrew G as he was then) wasn’t on TV – he’s just always been there, looking at ease in the spotlight, beaming a big smile, with a questionable haircut. He was there hanging out with The Offspring backstage at the Warped Tour on Channel V; announcing to a national audience of three million people that Guy Sebastian was our first Australian Idol; and later capturing the heart of the nation by hosting every season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and now Bachelor in Paradise.

But while everything looks great from the outside, the real picture has not always been quite so rosy. Osher has always known … read more.


Tim Robards is the Original Bachie! If you are feeling nostalgic for Season One of the Bachelor, click here to order your Copy of Tim Robard’s book, The 7:2:1 Plan

The 7:2:1 Plan
A Simple Approach to Better Health
by Tim Robards


Chiropractor and fitness advocator Tim Robards was taught the importance of holistic health and wellbeing from an early age. Based on his online programme, The Robards Method, The 7:2:1 Plan is his trialled-and-tested method of combining fitness and flexibility with eating 70% super clean, 20% sensible and 10% relaxed for a nutritionally-balanced lifestyle.

Tim does not believe in counting calories. Instead, he goes back to nutrition basics to help … read more

It’s Sam Wood! Remember season 3 of The Bachelor, when personal trainer, Sam Wood, found love with Snezana Markowski? Now three years later, over 125,000 people have signed up to Sam’s 28 program! Click here to order your copy of his latest book. 

By Sam Wood

28 By Sam Wood combines quick, simple, delicious meals with a daily 28 minute exercise program. In just a year of the program, personal trainer and The Bachelor favourite Sam Wood and his team have transformed more than 100,000 people’s lives.

Now, for the first time, the best of 28 by Sam Wood has been brought together in a book. Including 100 of Sam and nutritionist Steph Lowe’s popular recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. All based on their philosophy that we should turn the healthy food pyramid upside down … read more.


Rosie Waterlandrose to fame with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. If you are one of the people who used to look forward to Rosie’s Bachie recaps more than the actual show, do yourself a favour and read her amazing books! 

Every Lie I’ve Ever Told
by Rosie Waterland

The bestselling author of The Anti-Cool Girl returns with a devastating, heartbreaking, brilliant, brave and laugh-out-loud funny memoir of truth, lies and everything that lies between…

‘I had made it! All my dreams had come true. I had an operating fridge, I was doing brilliantly, and I had written the memoir to prove it. I even had online haters. I had conquered life at 30 and nothing was ever going to go wrong again!

Then I downed a litre of vodka followed by 45 pills. What a fraud.’

It was all going so well for Rosie Waterland. Until it wasn’t … read more


More than one of the contestants in this season of The Bachelor has referred to Nick Cummins as “a project. In this scenario, I guess Nick Cummins is the Eliza Dolittle and the women who see him as a “project” are casting themselves in the role of Henry Higgins. Lets see how this all plays out, shall we? I’ll be watching with a bowl of popcorn!

by George Bernard Shaw

A barbed attack on the British class system, Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his ‘creation’ has a mind of her own.

I mean … do I really need to explain the connection here? I think secretly all of us are hoping that eventually the contestants of The Bachelor will be pitted against one another in a Hunger Games style fight to the death. Or is that just me? 

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before … read more. 


If what attracts you to The Bachelor is all the complex manipulative mind games and backstabbing betrayals that can go on between contestants – all the delicious scandal, seductions and controversy then Les Liaisons Dangereuses (AKA Dangerous Liaisons) is the book for you! 

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. Its prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil–gifted, wealthy, and bored–form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game. And they play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle there can be no winners … read more.


If you want to read a book that turns the world of Reality TV upside down and inside out, a book full of with razor sharp insights and wonderfully dry wit, then look no further than Ben Elton’s Dead Famous.

Dead Famous
by Ben Elton

One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones.

Yet again the public gorges its voyeuristic appetite as another group of unknown and unremarkable people submit themselves to the brutal exposure of the televised real-life soap opera, House Arrest.

Everybody knows the rules: total strangers are forced to live together while the rest of the country watches them do it. Who will crack first? Who will have sex with whom? Who will the public love and who will they hate? All the usual questions. And then, suddenly, there are some new ones … read more.


When you think about it, most seasons of The Bachelor tend to play out a little bit like
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All the hilarious romantic highjinks, the complicated machinations of fairies with love spells gone awry and craziness galore … only to wrap everything up with a wonderful happy ending! Yep. Every season of The Bachelor basically follows Shakespeare blueprint for madcap romantic comedy. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended: That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear’

A young woman, Hermia, flees ancient Athens with her lover, only to be pursued by her would-be husband and her best friend. Unwittingly, all four find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites take an interest in human affairs, dispensing magical love potions and casting mischievous spells. In one of Shakespeare’s most perennially popular comedies, slapstick collides with courtly romance and confusion ends in harmony, as love is transformed, misplaced and ultimately restored.

The Honey Badger Guide to Lifeby Nick Cummins

The Honey Badger Guide to Life

by Nick Cummins

Are you jaded by modern life? Do you dream of 'going rogue, running hard, standing tall, fearing nothing, getting off the grid and attacking life'; Then meet The Badger...

The Honey Badger Guide to Life is a maverick guide to a better life for anyone who want to live at maximum revs and get smarter, stronger and happier in the process.

With his hilarious stories, Aussie eccentricity, dedication to family and incredible lust for life, Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins has inspired Australians of all ages.

The Honey Badger Guide to Life teaches novice Badgers how to survive and thrive in the urban jungle with tips on health and hygiene, sex and romance, culture and cooking, money and career, life and death, manners and morals, friends and family.

Buckle up and listen in as The Badger schools you in how to . . .

Give a speech * Win an argument * Administer a 'man hug' * Tell a joke * Break-up with a bird * Talk to God * Survive in the wild * Stare down a bully * Un-riddle the Sphinx * Wrestle a buffalo * Beat the blues * Crop-dust a church * Tickle a lobster * Get fit * Give up the grog * Bend a banana * Be at one with 'the little Badger'... and much more!

Jam-packed with crazy yarns, dinkum Badger-isms and practical wisdom acquired on his adventures around Australia and the world, this hilarious, warm (and weird) book will enlighten, entertain, baffle and inspire you to embrace life . . . just like The Honey Badger.

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Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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