Summer Reading Guide

Download the pdf version of our Summer Reading Guide here, or browse the selected books, CDs and DVDs below.

 Read reviewThe Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber

Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible -...

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 Read reviewSome Luck

Some Luck

Jane Smiley

The first instalment in the Pulitzer Prize-winner's masterpiece - a trilogy following one family over a hundred years

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 Special price Read reviewMerciless Gods

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

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 Read reviewNora Webster

Nora Webster

Colm Toibin

It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at...

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 Special price Read reviewSouth of Darkness

South of Darkness

John Marsden

The first novel for adults from Australia's master storyteller, John Marsden.

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 Special priceThe Strange Library

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami

On his way home from school, the young narrator finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. This title...

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The Whole Pantry

The Whole Pantry

Belle Gibson

Refreshes our food habits with recipes that are as easy-to-do as they are healthy and delicious. This book is packed with over 80 new recipes to heal the body. It includes healthy versions of favourites such as Enchiladas, Cornish...

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 Special priceGreen Kitchen Travels: Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures

Green Kitchen Travels: Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures

David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl

Delicious, nutritious vegetarian and vegan recipes inspired by flavours from around the world, by the bestselling authors behind the Green Kitchen Stories blog.

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 Special priceAdam's Big Pot: Easy Meals for Your Family

Adam’s Big Pot: Easy Meals for Your Family

Adam Liaw

ADAM'S BIG POT is a cookbook for modern families. In his latest cookbook, Adam Liaw shows you how to prepare easy family meals and gives new answers for that age - old question: 'What's for dinner?' In this beautifully...

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 Special pricePlenty More

Plenty More

Yotam Ottolenghi

Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with colour and flair. It's a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. This book focuses on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on...

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Thinking Drinkers: The Enlightened Imbiber's Guide to Alcohol

Thinking Drinkers: The Enlightened Imbiber’s Guide to Alcohol

Ben McFarland, Tom Sandham

Fun and quirky illustrations highlight celebrated drinks, characters, places in time and the drinks themselves, while McFarland and Sandham bring together the best of their well- informed and hugely entertaining writing in this...

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 Special priceSweet Envy

Sweet Envy

Alistair Wise, Teena Kearney-Wise

Sweet Envy is an old-fashioned sweet parlour, cake shop and bakehouse rolled into one destination of deliciousness in Hobart, Tasmania, and run by acclaimed pastry-chef Alistair Wise and his wife and business partner Teena...The...

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33 Artists in 3 Acts

33 Artists in 3 Acts

Sarah Thornton

A generational touchstone by the leading authority on the art world, a captivating book in three parts which seeks to answer the contentious question 'What is an Artist?'

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 Special priceThe Art Book

The Art Book

Phaidon Editors

An introduction to art from medieval to modern times.

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Art in Nature

Art in Nature

David Rennie

David has included a strong selection of the strikingly memorable images that now comprise his vast collection. Most are taken at the Mandurah Wetlands, south of Perth. Encompassing over 26,000 hectares, these wetlands are home to...

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The Making of MONA

The Making of MONA

Adrian Franklin

Adrian Franklin, professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania, has pieced together the story of the creation of MONA, from how it came to be on the banks of the Derwent River, to the design and building process, the...

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Big Art Small Art

Big Art Small Art

Tristan Manco

Scale is being taken to new extremes in art: big and bold on the one hand, intricate and intimate on the other. This book includes profiles of forty-five contemporary artists who are revolutionizing our approach to scale with...

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Australian Notebooks

Australian Notebooks

Betty Churcher

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes - a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud - and invites us to look afresh at the...

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Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of Board Riding

Kenvin, Richard

Surfboards were once made of wood and shaped by hand, objects of both cultural and recreational significance. Today most surfboards are mass-produced with fiberglass and a stew of petrochemicals, moving (or floating) billboards...

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 Special priceThe Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music

The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music

The Beatles, Hunter Davies

The first-ever collection of the original handwritten Beatles' lyrics.

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Shed

Shed

Simon Griffiths

Peek inside some of Australia's most intriguing sheds with photographer Simon Griffiths, who brought you the very popular Shack. From evocative abandoned ruins to fabulously cluttered artists' studios overflowing with creativity...

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The World (Game) According to Les Murray: The Greats, the World Cups and the Aussies

The World (Game) According to Les Murray: The Greats, the World Cups and the Aussies

Les Murray

Les Murray is Australia's most respected expert on Football. In The World (Game) According to Les Murray he draws upon his many years of watching, critiquing and reporting on football around the world and shares his greatest...

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The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead

The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead

Sir Richard Branson

With over 40 years in business, the author is an inspiring pioneer of humanitarian projects and an iconic business leader. This book shares and distils his secrets of leadership and success.

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Chickens

Chickens

Ernest Goh

In the tradition of Extraordinary Chickens and Extra Extraordinary Chickens comes another beautifully illustrated book on chickens.

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 Read reviewAnimalium Welcome to the Museum

Animalium Welcome to the Museum

Scott & Broom

Discover more than 200 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours. Welcome to the museum!

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Clariel

Clariel

Garth Nix

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? An epic fantasy adventure, set six hundred years before Sabriel and as rich and compelling as the original Old Kingdom novels.

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Dear Zoo Book And Toy Gift Set

Dear Zoo Book And Toy Gift Set

Campbell Rod

This classic lift-the-flap book, a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in 1982, is now available in a beautiful gift set accompanied by a soft and cuddly Dear Zoo lion toy. Presented in...

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Egg & Spoon

Egg & Spoon

Gregory Maguire

Master storyteller Gregory Maguire surpasses himself in a dazzling tour de force as he spins a mesmerizing, magical tale for readers of all ages.

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 Read reviewViolet Ink

Violet Ink

Rebecca Westcott

Quiet, contemplative Izzy has always adored her charismatic, confident older sister, Alex. But when Alex starts going out with a new boyfriend, everything changes. Izzy isn't sure she can still trust her sister - but she will...

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Where is the Green Sheep?

Where is the Green Sheep?

Mem Fox, Judy Horacek

Here is the blue sheep, and here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep, and here is the bed sheep. But where is the green sheep? Mem Fox and Judy Horacek take you on a wildly wonderful adventure in their rollicking search for...

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 Special price Read reviewOnly The Animals

Only The Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by one of our brightest young writers. It asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for...

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 Read reviewAll the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods? Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of...

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 Read reviewThe Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan

Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by...

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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 Read reviewSong for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...

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 Read reviewThe Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping...

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