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November Best Sellers

FICTION

All the Light pbk.indd1. All The light We Cannot See (Anthony Doer)

One of the most acclaimed and bestselling books of 2014, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. An epic novel set during WWII.

When Marie-Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All The Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.


2. My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)

3. The Dressmaker (Rosalie Ham)

4. The Grown Up (Gillian Flynn)

5. The Secret Chord (Geraldine Brooks)

6. Even Dogs In The Wild (Ian Rankin)

7. The Lake House (Kate Morton)

8. Brief History Of Seven Killings (James Marlon)

9. Napoleon’s Last Island (Tom Keneally)

10. The Martian (Andy Weir)


 

NON-FICTION

97819264287411. Island Home (Tim Winton)

‘I grew up on the world’s largest island.’

This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton’s beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.

For over thirty years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him – rockpools, seacaves, scrub and swamp – was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets of the south-east, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process.

Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life.  It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s.

Wise, rhapsodic, exalted – Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.


2. Summer On Fat Pig Farm (Mathew Evans)

3. Everyday Superfood (Jamie Oliver)

4. The Road To Little Dribbling (Bill Bryson)

5. Special Delivery (Annabel Crabb)

6. Adam Spencer’s World Of Numbers (Adam Spencer)

7. Keating (Kerry O’Brien)

8. Modern Love (Lesley Harding)

9. Born To Rule (Paddy Manning)

10. Maggie Smith (Michael Coveney)


 CRIME

97814736273211. Rogue Lawyer (John Grisham)

I’m not a typical lawyer. I don’t maintain a pretty office filled with mahogany and leather. I don’t belong to a big firm, prestigious or otherwise. I don’t do good works through the bar association. I’m a lone gunman, a rogue who fights bad systems and hates injustice . . .

Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial – even if he has to cheat to get one. He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was firebombed, either by drug dealers or cops. He doesn’t know or care which.But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian.

Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret . . . one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear.

Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer is the master of the legal thriller at his very best.


2. Girl In The Spiders Web (David Lagercrantz)

3. Heat (Garry Disher)

4. Career Of Evil (Robert Galbraith)

5. The Crossing (Michael Connelly)

6. Make Me (Lee Child)

7. I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes)

8. Disclaimer (Renee Knight)

9. Gross Justice (James Patterson)

10. Banquet Of Consequences (Elizabeth George)


PICTURE STORY / JUNIOR FICTION

97814197170172-350x5201. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Old School (Jeff Kinney)

Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?


2. Grandpa’s Great Escape (David Walliams)

3. Harry Potter Illustrated Edition (J.K. Rowling)

4. This and That (Mem Fox)

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

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

7. Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell)

8. The Wolf Wilder (Katherine Rundell)

9. Olive of Groves (Katrina Nannestad)

10. Ruby Redford Pick Your Poison (Lauren Child)


TEEN FICTION

97817425382281. The Red Queen (Book 7 Obernewtyn Chronicles) (Isobelle Carmody)

I saw the moon crack and open like an egg, and a seethe of transparent beasts emerged . . .I heard a sound like thunder inside the earth and the ground shook and broke open like a vast stony maw. It spat out fire and I saw wolves falling into a molten gold stream . . .I made my way along the ancient tunnel, following Maruman, who ran lightly ahead of me. I did not ask how he had come to be here. He was the Moonwatcher as I was the Seeker. This was where we had been destined to come together.

Before Elspeth Gordie can continue her journey to find Sentinel and prevent it unleashing the horrors of the Great White, she must fight free of a strange prison, where people are laid to sleep forever or cling to a suffocating existence, believing the world beyond their walls is already utterly annihilated.

But at the end of her journey, nothing is as she imagined. She is drawn into the struggle for a kingdom, only to find the Destroyer is at the heart of the turmoil, waiting for her.  Somehow she must do what she has sworn to do, for the sake of the world and all of its creatures. She must complete her quest, no matter what it costs . . .

The long-awaited final, dramatic volume in the much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles, from award-winning author, Isobelle Carmody.


2. Girl Online 2 (Zoe Sugg)

3. This Amazing Book Is Not On Fire (Dan Howell)

4. Sword Of Summer (Rick Riordan)

5. Malala (Malal Yousafzai)

6. Flames From The North (Scott Norton)

7. Wonder (R. J. Palaccio)

8. Auggie and Me (R.J.Palacio)

9. Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks)

10. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)

 

Special Books: Some Christmas Gift Ideas for Grown-ups

The Forgotten Notebook

(Betty Churcher, HB $45.00)

9780522868678In the 1990s Betty Churcher drew her way around the galleries of the world as she arranged artwork loans for blockbuster exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia. In 2014 she discovered a sketchbook she had forgotten and decided to create a final companion volume to her bestselling Notebooks series. She wrote the manuscript in six months, but died shortly after completing it.

A prize-winning artist in her own right, Betty’s sketches were inspired by works of some of the biggest names in art: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubens and Vermeer through to Picasso, Cézanne, Monet and Duchamp. Betty’s sketches and notes bring their artworks to life as she explores the stories of how they were created and reveals each artist’s influences.

As in the bestselling Notebooks and Australian Notebooks, The Forgotten Notebook showcases Betty Churcher’s greatest talents: championing art and sharing the excitement of discovering meaning in the great artworks of the world.


Fromelles and Pozières

(Peter Fitzsimons, HB $45.00)

9781742759500On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers – in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front – attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles in northern France. By the next day, there were over 5500 casualties, including nearly 2000 dead – a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as ‘the worst 24 hours in Australia’s entire history.

Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, ‘The field of Pozières is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed . . .’

Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter Fitzsimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry.


Flower Addict

(Saskia Havekes, HB $80.00)

9781921384011Saskia Havekes is at the forefront of artistic flower arranging in Australia. Grandiflora is an oasis of beautiful blooms, sculptural branches and lush swathes of foliage at Potts Point in inner-city Sydney. Saskia’s large-scale installations and breathtaking arrangements are luxurious and bold, stemming from a deep love and appreciation of nature. In Flower Addict, Saskia shares some of her favourite floral moments, photographed by Nicholas Watt, who captures all the passion and originality of her work.


The Beauty of Trees

(Michael Jordan, HB $25.00)

isbn9781780873268This illustrated tour of the world’s most extraordinary trees provides an insight into some of the natural world’s most astonishing structures. Through 100 photographs, The Beauty of Trees tells the story of our relationship with trees throughout history. Each image is supported by information about the botany of the tree, along with the stories, traditions and legends associated with it. From the giant sequoias of California to the bonsai of Japan, the pink tulip tree of the Himalayas to the Scots pine – and even the humble acorn – award-standard photography and insightful text bring the majesty and mystery of the world’s trees to life.


Shelter: How Australians Live

(Kara Rosenlund, HB $60.00)

9781921383885Driving down a dirt track one day photographer, stylist and adventurer Kara Rosenlund came across a beautiful but dilapidated farmhouse. Its lonely, worn loveliness kindled a passion in Kara to photograph and celebrate Australia’s authentic, intriguing rural homes and the people who live in them. As she travelled the country, documenting raw and real interiors and landscapes, she found shelter – under the roofs of beach shacks, grand homesteads, sheep stations and shipping containers, and in the welcome of strangers.


Boat

(Simon Griffiths, HB $40.00)

9781921383403The Boat — a vessel for escape, adventure, trade and travel. This mode of transport is one of infinite variety and inspires serious passion, whether made of workmanlike bolted steel, sleek modern fibreglass or lovingly hand-burnished timber.

Photographer Simon Griffiths has paced docksides and jetties all over Australia to bring us this stunning salute to the character and craftsmanship of all sorts of boats and boatbuilders — from old whaling boats to elegant yachts, from fishing dinghies to paddle steamers, rowboats and ferries.


Wendy Whiteley and The Secret Garden

(Janet Hawley, HB $80.00)

9781921383939For more than twenty years Wendy Whiteley has worked to create a public garden at the foot of her harbourside home in Sydney’s Lavender Bay. This is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman has slowly transformed an overgrown wasteland into a beautiful sanctuary for everyone to enjoy – and in the process, transformed herself.

Wendy Whiteley was Brett Whiteley’s wife, muse and model. An artist herself, with a finely honed aesthetic sense, she also created the interiors at the heart of Brett’s iconic paintings of their Lavender Bay home. When Brett died, followed by the death nine years later of their daughter Arkie, Wendy threw her grief and creativity into making an enchanting hidden oasis out of derelict land owned by the New South Wales Government. This glorious guerrilla garden is Wendy’s living artwork, designed with daubs of colour, sinuous shapes and shafts of light.

This is Wendy’s story but it’s also the story of the countless people who cherish the Secret Garden.


More Letters of Note

(Shaun Usher, HB $60.00 )

9781782114543The follow-up to the international bestseller and publishing phenomenon Letters of Note.

More Letters of Note is another rich and inspiring collection, which reminds us that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters.

These letters deliver the same mix of the heartfelt, the historically significant, the tragic, the comic and the unexpected. Discover Richard Burton’s farewell note to Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Keller’s letter to The New York Symphony Orchestra about ‘hearing’ their concert through her fingers, the final missives from a doomed Japan Airlines flight in 1985, John Cleese claiming that his fan club had been murdered by Michael Palin’s and even Albus Dumbledore writing to a reader applying for the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts.

Including letters from: Jane Austen, Richard Burton, Helen Keller, Alan Turing, Albus Dumbledore, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry James, Sylvia Plath, John Lennon, Gerald Durrell, Janis Joplin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hunter S. Thompson, C. G. Jung, Katherine Mansfield, Marge Simpson, John Cleese, Dorothy Parker, Buckminster Fuller, Beatrix Potter, Che Guevara, Evelyn Waugh and many more.


The Singing Bones

(Shaun Tan, HB $35.00)

9781760111038A unique and alluring art book showcasing Shaun Tan’s extraordinary sculptures based on the timeless and compelling fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan’s extraordinary sculptures.

Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world’s most beloved fairy tales.


Map: Exploring the World

(Phaidon, HB $75.00)

map300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves.  Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics, map dealers and collectors, the maps represent over 5,000 years of cartographic innovation drawing on a range of cultures and traditions. Comprehensive in scope, this book features all types of map from navigation and surveys to astronomical maps, satellite and digital maps, as well as works of art inspired by cartography.

Unique curated sequence presents maps in thought-provoking juxtapositions for lively, stimulating reading. Features some of the most influential mapmakers and institutions in history, including Gerardus Mercator, Abraham Ortelius, Phyllis Pearson, Heinrich Berann, Bill Rankin, Ordnance Survey and Google Earth. Easy-to-use format, with large reproductions, authoritative texts and key caption information, it is the perfect introduction to the subject.

Also features a comprehensive illustrated timeline of the history of cartography, biographies of leading cartographers and a glossary of cartographic terms.


Florence: The Paintings and Frescoes, 1250-1743

(Anja Grebe / Ross King, HB $90.00)

ITA556This is the most comprehensive book on the paintings and frescoes of Florence ever undertaken, with more than 2,000 beautifully reproduced artworks from the city’s great museums and churches-produced in the same manner as BD&L’s The Louvre and The Vatican. Every painted work that is on display in the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia, and the Duomo is included in the book, plus many or most of the works from 28 of the city’s other magnificent museums and churches.

The research and text are by Ross King (best-selling author), Anja Grebe (author of The Louvre and The Vatican), Cristina Acidini (former Superintendent of the public museums of Florence) and Msgr. Timothy Verdon (Director of the artworks for the Archdiocese of Florence).


Birdscaping Australian Gardens

(George Adams, HB $60.00)

9780670078707Wake up to the beautiful sound of birdsong every day.

Discover how to identify the most common garden birds, and how to choose, grow and maintain the native plants that will attract them to your backyard.

From acacias to eucalypts, and from honeyeaters to kookaburras, this essential guide will help transform any garden across Australia into an avian paradise.

Featuring plant and bird directories illustrated with superb colour photographs and line drawings, as well as comprehensive planting tables and expert advice, this book has all you need to create a refuge for birds – and so preserve Australia’s amazing natural heritage and biodiversity.


Green Nomads

(Bob Brown, HB $45.00)

9781743790786Green Nomads is a celebration of Australia’s wilderness areas, and we surely have something to celebrate. The landscape and close-up photographs of Australia’s natural landscape are ethereal yet familiar, calming yet powerful. Paired with Bob’s personal and insightful anecdotes, there is not doubt that this book will appeal to travellers, tourists, conservationists and all those that enjoy the wilderness.


The Beach: An Australian Passion

(Robert Drewe, HB $40.00)

TheBeachRobert Drewe’s name has long been associated with the beach. He was born in Melbourne but his writing has been shaped by the Swan River and the Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf after his family’s relocation to Western Australia.

Drewe’s widely acclaimed novels, non-fiction and memoirs include The Bodysurfers, The Drowner, The Bay of Contented Men, The Rip and The Shark Net. A common thread through his work is the Australian coast, which he has sought to reclaim as an Australian literary backdrop against the primacy of the bush.

In The Beach: An Australian Passion, Drewe turns his attention to the favourite coastal theme, but in a new way: a mix of history, reminiscence and lyrical description, complemented by photographs from the Library’s collection.

Asked by an American publisher, ‘What do you Australians do at the beach?’, he felt he owed it to the country to provide an answer. Here, Drewe talks about the beach as a place for gathering shells, performing teenage mating rituals and gazing out to sea.


India

(Steve McCurry, HB $89.95)

51pq+LIjIVLIndia explores the lives of everyday people in extraordinary settings through the camera lens of Steve McCurry, one of the most admired photographers in the world.

 

This new portfolio of emotive and beautiful work features 150 previously unpublished photos, taken across the Indian subcontinent, along with images that have become known across the globe.

Reproduced in a large format with captions, and an introductory essay, India features a range of colour pictures illustrating this most colourful of countries, capturing the lives of everyday people in extraordinary settings: from the Ganesh festival on Chowpatty beach in Mumbai to the Kolkata railway station at dawn to the flower markets of Kashmir and the streets of Old Delhi.


DIY Garden Projects: The Little Veggie Patch Co.

(Mat Pember, HB $45.00)

diy-garden-projectsPractical projects for small-space edible gardening and backyard fun from the much-loved Little Veggie Patch co. The book has 6 chapters – Kids, Recycled/Upcyled, X-Factor, Vertical Gardening, Gardening basics and Kitchen. There are 38 projects, and each chapter includes a break-out ‘patch favourite’ feature project. Projects range from the incredibly quick and simple, such as a self-watering milk-carton planter, how to grow micro-herbs and milk-crate planter boxes to large-scale building projects such as making vertical gardens from pallets, creating your own hops tower for home beer brewing and how to build an ultimate cubby house from recycled apple crates.

The book is written in the funny and approachable style associated with the Little Veggie Patch Co , with clear step-by-step instructions with fun, colourful photographs illustrating each step. This is the first Veggie Patch Co. book to be so specifically focussed on DIY projects.


Birdland

(Leila Jeffreys, HB $50.00)

isbn9780733631061In Birdland, Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys presents us with a bird-watching experience like no other, drawing birds out from their leafy shadows and airy territories and presenting them to us with the skill and intricate detail of a portrait painter. The result is a stunning encounter with some of the world’s most beautiful birds.

On display are fine feathers of all types-eagles in burnished battle armour, fairy floss pink cockatoos, owls in spangled evening wear, and the finches and parrots who couldn’t settle for just one or two colours, so chose the whole palette instead.

Sydney-based Jeffreys works with animal rescue and conservation groups to create her portraits. Her love and compassion for her subjects is evident throughout, and every bird has a story, which Jeffreys shares in a profile of nearly every species in the back of the book.

Birdland invites us to rediscover birds, to gaze unhindered, and to marvel at their many-splendored glory.

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.


Disclaimer

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.

untitled (4) untitled (5)the-hottest-dingo


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)

 

 

 

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