Books posts

Our top picks of the month for book clubs

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Lale Sokolov was one of 1500 men transported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp from Slovakia in April 1942. Here, he found himself in the horrific position of choosing between certain death, and life working as a death camp tattooist, a Tatowierer. He chose the latter and was resigned to his fate – until a young woman, Gita, appears and gives his life…

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Three Australian comics to add to your TBR pile

Three of our booksellers recommend recently published and almost published graphic novels from Australian comic artists. Home Time by Campbell Whyte

‘On the way to a double sleepover to celebrate the last day of primary school, six kids and a dog fall into a river and through a portal to another world. Stuck there, they have no choice but to help the Peaches (odd little creatures who think …

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Great books to gift your bestie

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker has crafted a tale of friendship and art that is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure. When two young women meet in art class, they become fervent friends – bonding over their love of classic cartoons, their dysfunctional working-class families, and their craft: drawing. A decade later, they are an award-winning animation duo but with …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Lost Connections by Johann Hari The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein The Only Story by Julian Barnes Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

Our bestselling book of last we…

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Best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Sometimes, when reading a gripping crime novel, you feel almost paralysed with helplessness as things go terribly wrong for your protagonist and all you can do is read in a panic as the author leads them to certain doom.

This feeling is crystallised in If I Die Before I Wake, when, from the very first page, we are in the mind of …

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Seven books to read in February

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment – dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new essay collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again he…

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The most anticipated books of 2018

by Alison Huber

Dear Reader,

As 2017 drew to a close, a previously unknown writer, Kristen Roupenian, sparked an intense social media frenzy when her short story, ‘Cat Person’, was published in the New Yorker (NB: though the internet does love cats, the story is not about cats). By the end of December, the New York Times reported that Roupenian had secured a seven-figure, two-book deal (and in 2019 we’ll no dou…

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Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2018

Here’s a preview of some of the most exciting local releases for the first half of 2018! FICTION Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson – Two women, generations apart, are thrown together by circumstances and slowly come to love one another. (January) A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline by Glenda Guest – After 45 years in Sydney, Cassandra Aberline returns to her home town in the Western…

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Eight road trip novels that aren’t On the Road

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

In this post-apocalyptic take on the road trip novel, a troupe of travelling actors and musicians bring Shakespeare to America’s isolated survivors in the aftermath of a global pandemic that wipes out most of civilisation. Marketing Manager Nina Kenwood describes this Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel as ‘smart, haunting and inventive’. Read her full …

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