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October Best Sellers

FICTION


1. The Secret Chord (Geraldine Brooks)

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2. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
3. All The light We Cannot See (Anthony Doer)
4. The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham)
5. The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Louis De Bernieres)
6. Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)
7. Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)
8. Mountain Shadow (Gregory David Roberts)
9. Story Of A New Name (Elena Ferrante)
10. Husband’s Secret (Lianne Moriarty)


NON-FICTION


1. A Mother’s Story (Rosie Batty)

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2. Island Home (Tim Winton)
3. The Road To Little Dribbling (Bill Bryson)
4. Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski)
5. Big Blue Sky (Peter Garrett)
6. Prick With A Fork (Larissa Dubecki)
7. Keating (Kerry O’Brien)
8. Chasing Shadows (Tim Lane/Elliot Cartledge)
9. NOPI The Cookbook (Yotam Ottelenghi)
10. Secret Garden Colouring Book (Johanna Basford)


CRIME


1. Career Of Evil (Robert Galbraith)

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2. Girl In The Spiders Web (David Lagercrantz)
3. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)
4. Disclaimer (Renee Knight)
5. Make Me (Lee Child)
6. The Crossing (Michael Connelly)
7. Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham)
8. Survivor (Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills)
9. Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham)
10. A Banquet Of Consequences (Elizabeth George)


 PICTURE STORY & JUNIOR FICTION


 1. Grandpa’s Great Escape (David Walliams)

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2. Harry Potter Illustrated Edition (JK Rowling)

3. The 65 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton)
4. Dork Diaries #10: Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter (Renee Russell)
5. The Day The Crayons Came Home (Drew Daywalt / Oliver Jeffers)
6. Figgy In The World (Tamsin Janu)
7. The 52 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton)
8. The Cat With The Coloured Tail (Gillian Mears)
9. Totally Weirdo #5 (Ahn Do)
10. The 13 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton


 TEEN FICTION


1. Sword Of Summer (Rick Riordan)

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2. Girl Online 2 (Zoe Sugg)
3. Flames From The North (Scott Norton)
4. Monument 14 (Emmy Laybourne)
5. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)
6. Happily Ever After (Kiera Cass)
7. Death Cure (James Dashner)
8. Zeroes (Scott Westerfeld)
9. Auggie And Me: Three Wonder Stories (R.J Palacio)

 

Recommended Reads…

Master of Shadows (Neil Oliver, $35.00)

isbn9781409158110In fifteenth-century Constantinople, Prince Constantine saves the life of a broken-hearted girl. But the price of his valour is high.

John Grant is a young man on the edge of the world. His unique abilities carry him from his home in Scotland to the heart of the Byzantine Empire in search of a girl and the chance to fulfil a death-bed promise.

Lena has remained hidden from the men who have been searching for her for many years. When she’s hunted down, at last she knows what she must do.

With an army amassing beyond the city’s ancient walls, the fates of these three will intertwine. As the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, each must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny.

The first novel from TV historian Neil Oliver is a sweeping, epic adventure and the story of a man all but forgotten by history.


 

The Chimes (Anna Smaill, $30.00)

isbn9781444794526A boy stands on the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain.

No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment.

No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden.

No parents – just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow. A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.

The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air.

Welcome to the world of The Chimes. Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories. The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphony.

But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember. He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, and sense there is something he urgently has to do. In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon’s past.

A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthrall and inspire.  ***Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2015***


Solomon Creed (Simon Toyne, $33.00)

solomon creedHis past is unknown. His future unwritten. Who is Solomon Creed?

A plane crashes in the Arizona desert.

One lone figure emerges alive from the wreckage.

He has no memory of his past, and no idea of his future.

He only knows he must save a man.

But how do you save someone who is already dead?

The first in an electrifying new thriller series from bestselling author, Simon Toyne. Perfect for fans of Lee Child, and Terry Hayes.


Dictator (Robert Harris, $33.00)

9780091799502-1-edition.default.original-1‘Laws are silent in times of war.’
Cicero

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero’s life is in ruins.

Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles.

His comeback requires wit, skill and courage – and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.

Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man – a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable tour de force from a master storyteller.



The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Louis de Bernières $33.00)

9781846558771-1-edition.default.original-1In the brief golden years of King Edward VII’s reign, Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of war that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.

When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie faces the challenges of life for those left behind. Confused by her love for two young men – one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace – she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?

Louis de Bernières’ magnificent and moving novel follows the lives of an unforgettable cast of characters as they strike out to seek what happiness can be built from the ruins of the old world.

 

SEPTEMBER BEST SELLERS

SEPT 2015 Best sellers


FICTION

1. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

2. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)

3. Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)

4. Girl With The Dogs (Anna Funder)

5. The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Louis De Bernieres)

6. Go Set A Watchman(Harper Lee)

7. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

8. The Light Between Oceans (M L Stedman)

9. The Marriage Of Opposites (Alice Hoffman)

10. Rush Oh! (Shirley Barrett)


NON-FICTION

1. A Mother’s Story (Rosie Batty)

2. The Enchanted Forest Colouring Book (Johanna Basford)

3. Island Home (Tim Winton)

4. Secret Garden Colouring Book (Johanna Basford)

5. Fletch (Dustin Fletcher)

6. The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons)

7. Flesh Wounds (Richard Glover)

8. Reckoning: A Memoir (Magda Szubanski)

9. A Walk In The Woods (Bill Bryson)

10. These Things Happen (Greg Fleet)


CRIME

1. Make Me (Lee Child)

2. Girl In The Spiders Web (David Lagercrantz)

3. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)

4. Trigger Mortis (Anthony Horowitz)

5. Disclaimer (Renee Knight)

6. The Hanging Girl (Jussi Adler-Olsen)

7. The Kind Worth Killing (Peter Swanson)

8. Black Eyed Susans (Julia Heaberlin)

9. Cuckoos Calling (Richard Galbraith)

10. No Name Lane (Howard Linskey)


TEEN FICTION

1. Auggie And Me (R.J Palacio)

2. Fate Of Ten (Pittacus Lore)

3. Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks)

4. Percy Jackson and The Greek Heroes (Rick Riordan)

5. Another Day (David Levithan)

6. Queen Of Shadows (Sarah Maas)

7. Wonder (RJ Palacio)

8. Maze Runner (James Dashner)

9. The Duff (Kody Keplinger)

10. Demon Road (Derek Landy)


JUNIOR FICTION and PICTURE STORY

1. The 65 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffith / Terry Denton)

2. The Day The Crayons Came Home (Drew Daywalt / Oliver Jeffers)

3. The 26 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths / Terry Denton)

4. The 39 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffith / Terry Denton)

5. The 13 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffith / Terry Denton)

6. How To Fight A Dragon’s Fury (Cressida Cowell)

7. The 52 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffith / Terry Denton)

8. Ugly (Robert Hoge)

9. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

10. The Day The Crayons Quit (Drew Daywalt / Oliver Jeffers)

Recommended Reads…

We often get asked what we’re reading at the moment or what we would recommend.  In store we have a Staff Favourites shelf, which is constantly evolving as we come across new books we loved.  We haven’t all read them all, but if it’s on that shelf, then at least one of us has loved it.

If you’re in store, please check it out.  These are some of the titles featuring at present…


Rembrandt’s Mirror

Kim Devreaux ($28.00 PB)

9781782396772A stunningly imagined debut novel about the turbulent world of the master painter Rembrandt and the three women who shaped his life, seen through the eyes of his last great love and muse – a lowly housemaid.

Hendrickje, a girl from a strict Calvinist family leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid. She enters Rembrandt’s flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist’s wife, an event that continues to haunt him. It is a house full of secrets and desires, and Hendrickje soon witnesses a sexual encounter between Rembrandt and Geertje, his implacable housekeeper. She is shocked to the core by their intense carnality and yet, slowly, she is drawn to Rembrandt by the freshness with which he perceives the world and the special freedom he seems to possess. Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first. An involvement with him could be her ruin or her liberty.

Rembrandt’s Mirror explores the three women of Rembrandt’s life, and the towering passions of the artist, seen through the eyes of his last, great love, Hendrickje.


The Beloved

Anna Faulkner ($25.00 PB)

untitled (31)When Roberta ‘Bertie’ Lightfoot is struck down with polio, her world collapses. But Mama doesn’t tolerate self-pity, and Bertie is nobody if not her mother’s daughter – until she sets her heart on becoming an artist. Through drawing, the gifted and perceptive Bertie gives form and voice to the reality of the people and the world around her. While her father is happy enough to indulge Bertie’s driving passion, her mother will not let art get in the way of the future she wishes for her only daughter.

In 1955 the family moves to post-colonial Port Moresby, a sometimes violent frontier town, where Bertie, determined to be the master of her own life canvas, rebels against her mother’s strict control. In this tropical landscape, Bertie thrives amid the lush pallette of colours and abundance, secretly learning the techniques of drawing and painting under the tutelage of her mother’s arch rival.

But Roberta is not the only one deceiving her family. As secrets come to light, the domestic varnish starts to crack, and jealousy and passion threaten to forever mar the relationship between mother and daughter.

Tender and witty, The Beloved is a moving debut novel which paints a vivid portrait of both the beauty and the burden of unconditional love.


A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson ($33.00 PB)

A God in RuinsKate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life, and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.

Click here to read a free sample.


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Renee Knight ($33.00 PB)

9780857522825-1-edition.default.original-1What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you?

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…


Doujon’s Heart

Greg Callaghan and Ian Cuthbertson ($30.00 PB)

9781760110048The extraordinary story of how the gift of a heart gave meaning to a senseless tragedy and inspired a lifelong friendship between two families.

When 20-year-old Australian Doujon Zammit was bashed by bouncers on a Greek island in July 2008, his tragic story made headlines in both Australia and Greece. Doujon had sustained terrible head injuries and would not recover. His grief-stricken parents, Oliver and Rosemarie, honoured Doujon’s previous wish to be an organ donor, and Oliver became famous overnight in Australia and in Greece when he announced that Doujon’s organs would be donated to Greek recipients.

The day Doujon received his fatal injuries was also the day 31-year-old Greek-Australian journalist Kosta Gribilas was given a death sentence in a hospital in Athens. Critically ill with virus-induced heart failure, he was told he had only two weeks to live. Without an urgent transplant, Kosta knew he would soon die. He’d followed Doujon’s story on TV, and even as he watched Oliver’s emotional announcement, Kosta hadn’t thought he might be saved – the doctors didn’t want to give him false hope. On 2 August, after an emotional farewell to partner Poppy and his family and friends, Kosta drifted asleep for what he thought was going to be the last time. A day later he woke up with Doujon’s heart beating in his chest and the life he’d longed for now ahead of him.

Because of the public nature of Doujon’s fatal attack, Kosta met Rosemarie and Oliver when they visited Athens. It was to be the beginning of an extraordinary, heartwarming friendship that would sustain both families through the dark days to come – a roller-coaster course of events neither family could have possibly predicted. Through all this, Kosta is constantly reminded of Doujon’s remarkable gift: ‘How can I ever forget Doujon, when every heartbeat reminds me how blessed I am?’

A beautiful, inspiring story about two families united by tragedy and how a selfless and courageous gift of love keeps on giving to this day.

 Good Weekend featured an article on this story recently.


Inside the O’Briens

Lisa Genova ($30.00 PB)

inside-the-obriens-9781476717777_lgFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing? As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.


The Marriage of Opposites

Alice Hoffman ($30.00 PB)

the-marriage-of-opposites-9781451693591_lgThe Marriage of Opposites is a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Building on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty, The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frédérick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable.


Little Paris Bookshop

Nina George ($30.00 PB)

Little Paris BookshopOn a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a ‘literary apothecary’, for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself.

He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust – until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.


My Life in Ruins

Adam Ford ($30.00 PB)

9781460702468Part memoir, part potted history of civilisation, My Life in Ruins is the account of a life lived in uncovering the past.

Adam Ford is an archaeologist. Not only has he been on expeditions to unlock the mysteries of the past in the Caribbean, British Isles, Jordan, Syria, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Australia, he’s also had heat stroke, hypothermia, and dysentery; been chased by camel spiders; walked on by scorpions and pestered by bugs big enough to ride. In more than 20 years roaming the globe, he’s lived in some of the most remote locations in the world and suffered the back-breaking and soul-destroying monotony of shifting tonnes of dirt with a shovel.

From Cold War bunkers in England to Bronze Age cities on the Euphrates, remotes caves in the Jordan Valley, shipwrecks in Western Australia and burials in Barbados, Adam has dug, dived, abseiled and trekked his way into history.


Plague and Cholera

Patrick Deville ($20.00 PB)

untitled (3)Paris, May 1940. Nazi troops storm the city and at Le Bourget airport, on the last flight out, sits Dr Alexandre Yersin, his gaze politely turned away from his fellow passengers with their jewels sewn into their luggage. He is too old for the combat ahead, and besides he has already saved millions of lives. When he was the brilliant young protege of Louis Pasteur, he focused his exceptional mind on a great medical conundrum: in 1894, on a Hong Kong hospital forecourt, he identified and vaccinated against bubonic plague, later named in his honour Yersinia pestis.

Swiss by birth and trained in Germany and France, Yersin is the son of empiricism and endeavour; but he has a romantic hunger for adventure, fuelled by tales of Livingstone and Conrad, and sets sail for Asia. A true traveller of the century, he wishes to comprehend the universe. Medicine, agriculture, the engine of the new automobile, all must be opened up, examined and improved. Ceaselessly curious and courageous, Yersin stands, a lone genius against a backdrop of world wars, pandemics, colonialism, progress and decadence. He is brought to vivid, thrilling life in Patrick Deville’s captivating novel, which was a bestseller and shortlisted for every major literary award in France.


Wonder

RJ Palacio ($19.95 PB – junior and adult covers available)

untitled (4)Wonder‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

And now there is more to the Wonder story with the recent release of Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories ($20.00 PB).

9780552574778Three new chapters from three different characters – bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte – giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Auggie & Me is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder.


Lost and Found

Brooke Davis ($20.00 PB)

lost & foundAt seven years old, Millie Bird realises that everything is dying around her. She wasn’t to know that after she had recorded twenty-seven assorted creatures in her Book of Dead Things her dad would be a Dead Thing, too.

Agatha Pantha is eighty-two and has not left her house since her husband died. She sits behind her front window, hidden by the curtains and ivy, and shouts at passers-by, roaring her anger at complete strangers. Until the day Agatha spies a young girl across the street.

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven when his son kisses him on the cheek before leaving him at the nursing home. As he watches his son leave, Karl has a moment of clarity. He escapes the home and takes off in search of something different.

Three lost people needing to be found. But they don’t know it yet. Millie, Agatha and Karl are about to break the rules and discover what living is all about.


No Name Lane

Howard Linskey ($33.00 PB)

untitled (25)The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over sixty years ago.

Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads – and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself.

Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever.
When a body is found, it’s not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice…


 

AUGUST BEST SELLERS

 2015 Aug best sellers

 


FICTION

1. All The light We Cannot See  (Anthony Doer ***Winner Pulitzer Prize 2015***)


2. Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)

3. Girl With The Dogs (Anna Funder)

4. Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

5. Go Set A Watchman (Harper Lee)

6. The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Louis De Bernieres)

7. Eye of The Sheep (Sofie Laguna ***Winner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015***)

8. The Golden Age (Joan London)

9. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

10. The Other Side Of The World (Stephanie Bishop)


NON-FICTION

1. The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrrarons)


2. Colour Yourself Calm (Cindy Wilde)

3. Halliday Wine Companion (James Halliday)

4. The Little Book Of Calm Colouring (Davi Sinden)

5. When We Were Young and Foolish (Greg Sheridan)

6. Colour me Calm (Elizabeth James)

7. Secret Garden Colouring Book (Johanna Bansford)

8. Monash (Grantlee Kieza)

9. Breakfast, School Run, Chemo (Julia Watson)

10. Just Add Colour Botanicals (Lisa Congdon)


 CRIME

1. Girl in the Spiders Web (David Lagercrantz)


2. The Kind Worth Killing (Peter Swanson)

3. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)

4. Close Your Eyes (Michael Robotham)

5. Make Me (Lee Child)

6. Disclaimer (Rene Knight)

7. I’m Travelling Alone (Samuel Bjork)

8. The Whites (Harry Brandt)

9. Silkworm (Robert Galbraith)

10. No Name Lane (Howard Linskey)


 PICTURE STORY and JUNIOR FICTION

1. The 65 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths/ Terry Denton)


2. The 13 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/ Denton)

3. The 26 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/Denton)

4. The 52 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/ Denton)

5. The 39 Storey Treehouse (Griffiths/Denton)

6. The Very Bad Book (Andy Griffiths)

7. Treehouse Trivia (Andy Griffiths)

8. The Day The Crayons Came Home (Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers)

9. In My Heart A Book Of Feelings (Jo Witek)

10. Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester)


TEEN FICTION

1. Paper Towns (John Green)


2. Wonder (R. J. Palacio)

3. Holes (Louis Sachar)

4. Scorch Trials (James Dashner)

5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness)

6. Girl Online (Zoe Sugg)

7. Light (Michael Grant)

8. Freedom Ride (Sue Lawson)

9. Footy Dreaming (Michael Hyde)

10. Fuzzy Mud (Louis Sachar)


Ideas for Father’s Day

Is your Dad a bit sick of socks and jocks?  Tired of ties and rabbit pies (okay, so maybe I just needed something that rhymed…)?

Then why not give him a really awesome ‘thanks for being you’ present next weekend and buy him a BOOK (or three…)!!

Here are some ideas – hopefully there’s something for everyone, but our helpful staff would be happy to recommend something else that might suit your one-of-a-kind Dad event better:


Monash: The Soldier Who Shaped Australia

(Grantlee Kieza, $40.00 HB)

untitled (20)The amazing life story of the general who shaped Australia; the first major biography of Monash in over a decade.

John Monash’s life is emblematic of Australia’s much-heralded egalitarian spirit – here is the ultimate outsider: poor, Jewish in an era which still practised anti-Semitism, bookish at a time when intellectual pursuits were frowned upon – who rose to become one of the nation’s most enduring folk heroes. Despite a scandalous private life and the experience of virulent racism, he established himself as a major force, not just on the bloody fields of wartime Europe but also in post-war society, where he oversaw vital developments in making Australia into a modern nation. When he died, an astonishing 300,000 Australians attended John Monash’s funeral in Melbourne. But who was this unconventional man, what drove him and how did he manage to break down so many walls to rise to such a prominent position?

Beyond an account of a much-admired general, this will be the story of an extraordinary and highly unconventional life and its legacy.


The Straight Dope: The Inside Story of Sport’s Biggest Drug Scandal

(Chip Le Grand, $30.00 PB)

9780522868500What happened at Essendon, what happened at Cronulla, is only part of the story. From the basement office of a suburban football club to the seedy corners of Peptide Alley to the polished corridors of Parliament House, The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds which fuelled an extraordinary saga.

Clubs and coaches determined to win, a sports scientist who doesn’t play by the rules, a generation of footballers held hostage by scandal and injected with who knows what, sport administrators hell bent on control, an anti-doping authority out of its depth, an unpopular government that just wants it to end… for two tumultuous seasons this was the biggest game in Australia.


Make Me (Jack Reacher #20)

(Lee Childs, $33.00 PB)

9780593073896-1-edition.default.original-1Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover.

He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!


Halliday Wine Companion 2016 

(James Halliday, $39.95 PB)

untitled (22)Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Wine Companion is recognised nationally as the industry benchmark. The 2016 edition has been completely revised to bring you up-to-the minute information.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about wineries and winemakers, including vineyard sizes, opening times and contact details.

The Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.


Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis

(Tim Flannery, $30.00 PB)

9781925240191Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth’s climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running out. In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now.

From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun’s rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.


Kitchen Mojo

(Paul Mercurio, $40.00 PB – ***limited number of signed copies available***)

untitled (47)Mouth-watering recipes that encourage you to embrace the cook within! A call to arms – or more aptly, to stoves – Paul Mercurio’s Kitchen Mojo has over 120 accessible, occasion-specific, sure-fire, tried-and- tested, easy, tasty recipes that are fun to cook and share.

There are recipes for entertaining a crowd when the footy’s on, for when you’re home alone and want to treat yourself to a nourishing and delicious meal, for when you want a simple dish to serve, for when you’re rustling up something for the kids or for when you want to impress and become the 4-star chef at home.


Riddledom

(David Astle, $30.00 PB)

9781760112608After his recent hits – Puzzled and Cluetopia – David Astle continues on his brain-bending path into the field of riddles.

Why are ladies like arrows? When is a bird not a bird? What do you call a nun with a washing machine on her head?

Welcome to the weird new word adventure from David Astle, plunging into the realm of riddles, chasing down and prising open 101 curious questions from around the planet. A mind-trip across time and place, Riddledom uncovers relics from over 50 cultures, delving into language and deception, sampling Pompeii walls and Dothraki warriors. Readers can unravel each mini-chapter, wrestling with riddles from Wonderland or Zanzibar, Oedipus Rex or Harry Potter. Come meet French acrobats, coffee slaves, lusty maids and many more along the way. Riddledom is your chance to roam Tasmania and Mongolia, Fiji and Peru, seeking riddles on clay tablets and Popsicle sticks.

As David opens Riddledom: ‘If you think riddles are solely the stuff of schoolyards and Christmas crackers, you’re about to have your head refurbished.’


Last Day in the Dynamite Factory

(Annah Faulkner, $33.00 PB)

untitled (21)Christopher Bright is a well-respected conservation architect, good neighbour and friend. He has a devoted wife, two talented children and an old Rover. He plays tennis on Saturdays and enjoys a beer with his business partner after work.

Life is orderly, yet an unresolved question has haunted him for as long as he can remember: Who was his birth father?

Devotion to his adoptive parents has always prevented Chris from enquiring too deeply, but when his mother dies, information emerges that becomes the catalyst for changes he has never imagined.

As light is cast on his father, attention turns to his birth mother, but when he goes in search of the person behind the photo, he encounters a conspiracy of silence. His quest for information, however, reveals not only the truth about his mother’s life but exposes the fault lines in his own, and Chris finds the price of knowledge increasingly heavy. Nevertheless, the truth must be told …

Or must it?


Wishing all our customers a Happy Father’s Day on 6 September.

 

 

Who is Coral Vass?

 

untitled (2)On Saturday 12 September, we are very privileged to be hosting the national book launch of a new picture storybook by local author, Coral Vass.  Ahead of the big day, we thought we’d have a chat with Coral so we can all get to know her a little bit better… so,

 

 

WHO IS CORAL VASS?


You’re a Mornington Peninsula local – whereabouts do you live and what do you like most about living here?

I live in Mt Martha. I love living by the beach; being able to drive or walk along the Esplanade every day and soak in the sight of the ocean.

Have you always been/wanted to be a writer? How did you come to start writing?

I have always loved writing and telling stories. I first began writing children’s picture books when my own children were young. I would regularly read to them and saw the joy it gave them. I love reading children’s books and inspiring children with a love for literature.

What was your first book published?

untitled (3)Goodnight Possum was my first published picture book. I actually wrote The Hottest Dingo at the same time, but it took longer for the publisher to find a great illustrator for this book. As a consequence, The Hottest Dingo came out two years later.

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Where did the idea for Two Birds on A Wire come from? What is the story about?

two-birds-on-a-wireTwo Birds on a Wire is about two birds, perched on the same wire, both refusing to share the space. I think sharing is a universal struggle. And so, one day while watching two little birds fighting with each other up on a wire, I was inspired to write this story.

Picture storybooks are a very special kind of writing, often involving a creative collaboration between an author and illustrator. How did this process work with you and Heidi? Did this differ from how you have worked with other illustrators?

I met Heidi through the 52Week Illustration Challenge on Facebook. I adored the illustrations she would put up on the site with each week’s theme. So when I heard she would be illustrating this book, I was absolutely thrilled.

I see the author and illustrator collaboration as an equal partnership, and so I have always trusted the illustrator; never giving illustration notes or dictating how I would expect a page to look. Working with Heidi was no different. She is an amazing talent and one to watch!

Are you working on any other new books?

Yes, I have another five books coming out over the next two years which I’m very excited about.

What are some of your favourite children’s books and what do you like to read in your own free time?

I am often buying new picture books for my children to enjoy…and also for myself! I adore the work of Lynley Dodd and Dr Seuss. Their stories are clever, the rhyming is impeccable and the books are a delight to read.

What advice would you have for kids who may be aspiring writers?

I would encourage aspiring writers to read, read and read some more.

  • visit libraries, book shops and read as many children’s books as you can

  • learn to love books

  • learn as many different ways of using the English language as possible

  • build a massive bank of different words in your head that you can choose from at any time

  • get an exercise book and write in it every day; write down story ideas and practise writing as much as you can

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I am constantly running after four very busy children.


Two Birds on a Wire ($15.00 PB) is released on 1 September.

July Best Sellers

It’s been such a busy start to the month of August that it’s half way gone before we’re getting to sharing last month’s best sellers with you all!!

Our apologies for the tardiness – here they are…


Fiction

1. Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee, $45.00 HB)

9781785150289-1-edition.default.original-1This world wide sensation has received fairly mixed reviews, probably mostly related to the significant expectations many readers had/have.  A sequel, but penned prior, to the much loved and lauded To Kill A Mockingbird.  If you’ve read it, let us know what you thought…

2. The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

3. The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

4. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

5. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

6. The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion)

7. All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Dorr)

8. Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)

9. The Eye of the Sheep (Sofie Laguna) ***2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner***

10. Burial Rites (Hannah Kent)


Non-Fiction

This segment was really dominated by the adult colouring book phenomenon, which continues with gusto – we’re starting to suspect it will be THE go to gift for this Christmas! – but we’ve decided to share the non-colouring-book-non-fiction best sellers here.

1. Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man (Abdi Aden, $30.00 PB)

9781460703724We had a wonderful author event with Abdi Aden towards the end of the month – he really is an amazingly positive person for someone who has been through so much trauma.  A very inspirational speaker – we were grateful for his visit and humbled by his sharing of his story – his book is a remarkably uplifting tale of survival and the tragedies of war.  Those of you who attended were not disappointed – you can see some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

2. Wine Companion 2016 (James Holliday)

3. Plenty More (Yotam Ottolenghi)

4. Stasiland (Anna Funder)

5. A Table in the Orchard (Michelle Crawford)

6. The Short Long Book (Martin Flanagan)

7. H is for Hawke (Helen McDonald)

8. One Life My Mother’s Story (Kate Greenville)

9. Emergency (Simon Judkins)

10. How To Be A Woman (Caitlin Moran)


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Colouring book best sellers are being determined greatly by what stock we can actually get our hands on – many of the most popular titles are still temporarily out of stock with our distributors while they reprint to meet demand – but if you’re after a particular one, don’t forget that you can put in a special order and we’ll let you know once it’s arrived in store.


Crime

I am Pilgram1. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes, $23.00 PB)

2. Disclaimer (Renee Knight)

3. The Kind Worth Killing (Peter Swanson)

4. No Name Lane (Howard Linskey)

5. Three Wishes (Liane Moriarty)

6. Burn (James Patterson)

7. The Hand that Feeds You (A.J. Rich)

8. CHILD 44 (Tom Rob Smith)

9. Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter)

10. Silkworm (Robert Galbraith)


Children’s

We’ve combined picture story, junior fiction and teen fiction sales here – we suspect August will be dominated by a certain new Treehouse book…

1. Beyond the Kingdoms – Land of Stories Book 4 (Chris Colfer, $25.00 HB)

isbn9780349124421This popular new junior fiction series is written by Chris Colfer, probably most recognisable for playing Kurt on Glee.  The Land of Stories books feature the fast-paced adventures of twins, Alex and Conner Bailey.  Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories from their grandmother, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. The series uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

2. Wonder (RJ Palacio)

3. The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton)

4. The Wishing Spell – Land of Stories Book 1 (Chris Colfer)

5. Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester)

6. Why I Love Footy (Michael Wagner and Tom Jellet)

7. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton)

8. Yes No Maybe – Tom Gates Book 8 (Liz Pichon)

9. Soon (Moris Gleitzman)

 

 

 

June Best Sellers

June Best Sellers Fiction1.  The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

2. The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

3. Forever Young, Steven Carroll

4. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

5. Burial Rites, Hannah Kent ***Multi award Winner***

6. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante

7. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

8. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

9. A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson

10. The Perfume Collector, Kathleen Tessaro


 

June Best Sellers Crime and NonCRIME

1. I Am Pilgrim, Terry Hayes

2. The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson

3. Friday On My Mind, Nicci French

4. No Name Lane, Howard Linskey

5. Personal, Lee Child

NON-FICTION

1. Mindfulness Colouring Book, Emma Farrarons

2. H Is For Hawk, Helen Macdonald

3. Secret Garden Colouring Book, Johanna Basford

4. Enchanted Forest Colouring Book, Johanna Basford

5. Animal Kingdom Colouring Book, Millie Marotta


 June Best Sellers Teen Fiction1. Paper Towns, John Green

2. Off The Page, Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

3. We Were Liars, E Lockhart

4. Summoned #1 The Novice, Taran Matharu

5. Stay With Me, Maureen McCarthy

6. Wonder, R.J. Palacio

7. Lies, Michael Grant

8. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner

9. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean, Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy (Editors – collection of stories by various authors)

10. Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson


 June Best Sellers PS and Junior1. Dork Diaries #9 Drama Queen, Rachel Renée Russell

2. Kissed By The Moon, Alison Lester

3. Rivertime, Trace Balla

4. What Do You Do With An Idea?, Kobi Yamada

5. Tom Gates #9 Yes No Maybe, Liz Pichon

6. Pig The Fibber, Aaron Blabey

7. The Simple Things, Bill Condon

8. Figgy In The World, Tamsin Janu

9. Weirdo #4 Super Weirdo!, Anh Do

10. That’s What Wings Are For, Patrick Guest


 

 

 

For the love of book clubs…

untitled (15)I’m not a particularly obsessive person, but one thing that I do love – unapologetically – is my book club.

A small group of us – family and friends and friends of friends and friends of family – started it around six years ago.  Just a group of people, who all loved reading, and were looking for a way to read more and get more out of our reading.  Our membership has waxed and waned over the years as people have moved away, moved closer, had babies, taken on new commitments etc, but I have come to realise that we are (amusingly, if you knew any of us personally), considered a ‘serious’ book club – that is, we don’t just get together to drink wine (although that’s obviously a bonus) – we are there to discuss our book.

78e6c9ea278ebb8b85c96c788a1576f4We take it in turns to select a book each month, taking December off each year to celebrate with a Christmas dinner and reminisce about the books we’ve read over the course of the year.  It also helps take the pressure off at a busy time of year.  We agonise about what our next choice will be or alternatively have piles of books waiting in the wings for our next turn – should we select a classic?  A new release?  Something obscure?  Something mainstream?  We prepare questions in advance to guide the discussion.  We sometimes have quizzes – with prizes!!  One memorable month (and I wish I still had them to include a picture), one of our members, who happens to work at the State Library, printed all of her questions on little miniature book covers, smaller than matchboxes, of classic titles.  Now THAT’s love and obsession at its finest.

In our first year we tended to share books around, but I’ve personally developed the need to own every one of our book club books.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up in the decades ahead (simply from a space perspective), but for now we have the room and I have become quite anal about them – labelling them by month and year, grouping them in their chronological order.  In six years I’ve only missed 2 discussions (both because, rather inconveniently, I was giving birth), but I still have those 2 books and will read them one day (when I have the time…).  I am also determined to go back and buy those books from the first year that I don’t have – until then my shelves will feel incomplete.

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Book club means so much to me for so many reasons – on a monthly basis it is an escape, a stress relief, an accomplishment, an education, a laugh, a cry…and an opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse with other wonderful individuals with varied opinions, personalities and tastes.  It has led me to read books that I would never have otherwise read .  Some I have loved.  Others I have hated.  Some I am indifferent to.  Only once have I made the decision to not finish reading a book because I was so thoroughly despising it (I won’t tell you which one…).  I still maintain it was the right decision.  The brilliant thing about book club is that even if the book is not to your taste, the discussion will often lift it up and give it value that you had not been able to see while reading it.

There is something quite magical about different people coming together and revealing to each other whole new aspects of a book – demonstrating how the human brain and personality can influence how we experience things.  I was once in Somers General Store for lunch and bumped into a long time Farrell’s customer, who would have been in her early 70s.  She started talking about her book club, which at that time had been running – continuously – for 42 years.  And it still had all its original members.  Now that is commitment.  That is love.

That is the shared joy of books.  :).

There are many ways to get involved in a book club if you’re interested – from online groups to community organised ones to just setting something up with your friends as we did.  And I can assure you, it’s well worth it – even if you run out of room on your bookshelves…

 

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