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Looking for something new to read? Peruse our list of highly recommended, great reads that have featured on retailers’ bestsellers lists, top ten book lists and been reviewed across local and international newspapers, magazines, journals, websites and blogs. From bestsellers to classics to new releases, you’re sure to find a new ‘must-read’ book here.

Book Cover:  Only the Animals
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
From award-winning novelist Ceridwen Dovey, a collection of short stories as innovative and beautifully written as Nam Le's The Boat.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428581
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Only in New York
Full of wisdom, humour and grace, Only in New York is a human portrait of a city much loved – and of a woman in step with herself.
Full of wisdom, humour and grace, Only in New York is a human portrait of a city much loved – and of a woman in step with herself.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428673
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Top Dog
The incredible, moving story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the bestselling author of Soldier Dogs.
The incredible, moving story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the bestselling author of Soldier Dogs.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143799863
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Making of MONA
This is an extraordinary tribute to an extraordinary place, one that will allow the MONA effect to resonate for years to come.
This is an extraordinary tribute to an extraordinary place, one that will allow the MONA effect to resonate for years to come.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077861
RRP: $59.99
Book Cover:  What Katie Ate: At the Weekend
Entice your guests with Katie's refreshing take on flavour-packed pizzas, salads, tapas, cocktails and decadent desserts. 
Entice your guests with Katie's refreshing take on flavour-packed pizzas, salads, tapas, cocktails and decadent desserts. 
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383717
RRP: $49.99
Book Cover: The Peripheral
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. 
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. 
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670921560
RRP: $29.99
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Book Cover:  Lola Bensky
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
A funny and moving novel based on Lily Brett's time as a rock journalist in London and the States in the sixties.
Published: 24/04/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143569190
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  So It's Cancer: Now What?
So it's Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. 
So it's Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. 
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077953
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir
Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, addiction and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.
Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, addiction and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.
Published: 15/05/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077557
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The First Third
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143568179
RRP: $17.99
Book Cover:  What Came Before
Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.
Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077731
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Wrong Girl
From the bestselling author of The Younger Man and Amazing Face comes a funny, heartfelt novel about what happens when life, love, work and friendships collide.
From the bestselling author of The Younger Man and Amazing Face comes a funny, heartfelt novel about what happens when life, love, work and friendships collide.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901270
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077960
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice
Cautiously optimistic about ending impunity, but unsparingly critical of diplomats, politicians, lawyers and others who evade international rules, this book will provide further guidance to a movement which aims to make justice predominant in world affairs.
Cautiously optimistic about ending impunity, but unsparingly critical of diplomats, politicians, lawyers and others who evade international rules, this book will provide further guidance to a movement which aims to make justice predominant in world affairs.
Published: 29/11/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141974835
RRP: $26.99
Book Cover: The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) is a teen romance with a twist, exploring the tragic business of being alive and in love. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw - The Fault in Our Stars is perfect for young adults and adults alike.
Published: 11/01/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567592
RRP: $19.95
Book Cover:  #GIRLBOSS
#GIRLBOSS is for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success. It includes Sophia's story, and is filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise.
#GIRLBOSS is for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success. It includes Sophia's story, and is filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise.
Published: 08/05/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241181041
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Men and Women of Australia!: Our Greatest Modern Speeches
An anthology of Australia's greatest speeches since Federation, compiled by Rhodes Scholar, speechmaker and former prime ministerial adviser Michael Fullilove.
An anthology of Australia's greatest speeches since Federation, compiled by Rhodes Scholar, speechmaker and former prime ministerial adviser Michael Fullilove.
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075737
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Cloudstreet
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.
Published: 05/01/1998
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140273984
RRP: $26.99
Book Cover: The Power of One

First with your head and then with your heart …

To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout his life.

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay...

First with your head and then with your heart …

To Peekay, a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world, this is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout...

Published: 05/06/2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143004554
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover: The Night Guest
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
The debut of a major Australian writer, The Night Guest is a mesmerising novel about trust, love, dependence, and the fear that the things you think you know may become the things you're least sure about.
Published: 21/08/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428550
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Beyond the Boom: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
After decades of prosperity Australians are now worried about their jobs, their incomes and their future. The mining boom, said to explain Australia's past success, is declared to be over.
After decades of prosperity Australians are now worried about their jobs, their incomes and their future. The mining boom, said to explain Australia's past success, is declared to be over.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572183
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Wars of the Roses: Trinity
The second thrilling instalment in the epic Wars of the Roses, in which the feud between two great families plunged England into a war that threatened to tear the country apart, Trinity is the latest brilliant historical novel from Sunday Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden.
The second thrilling instalment in the epic Wars of the Roses, in which the feud between two great families plunged England into a war that threatened to tear the country apart, Trinity is the latest brilliant historical novel from Sunday Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718159863
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  World's Best Diet
With delicious, satisfying recipes and easy-to-follow guidelines, this book is the ultimate solution to your weight problems.
With delicious, satisfying recipes and easy-to-follow guidelines, this book is the ultimate solution to your weight problems.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921383847
RRP: $35.00
Book Cover: The Lucky Country
When it was first published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. 
When it was first published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. 
Published: 07/01/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143180029
RRP: $26.95
Book Cover:  Running Away from Home: Finding a new life in Paris, London and beyond
This memoir, beautifully illustrated with photographs from Jane's life in fashion and her travels, is the story of one woman's journey from the heady world of fashion to a simpler and happier existence - the story of a woman taking a step into the unknown and finding herself in the process. 
This memoir, beautifully illustrated with photographs from Jane's life in fashion and her travels, is the story of one woman's journey from the heady world of fashion to a simpler and happier existence - the story of a woman taking a step into the unknown and finding herself in the process. 
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921383229
RRP: $39.99
Book Cover:  I Can't Begin to Tell You
I Can't Begin to Tell You is a story of bravery, broken loyalties, lies and how the power of love can bring redemption even to the darkest of places.
I Can't Begin to Tell You is a story of bravery, broken loyalties, lies and how the power of love can bring redemption even to the darkest of places.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718179069
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Frog
Frog is Nobel Prize-winning author Mo Yan's extraordinary novel about the lives of ordinary Chinese under that country's controversial one-child policy.
Frog is Nobel Prize-winning author Mo Yan's extraordinary novel about the lives of ordinary Chinese under that country's controversial one-child policy.
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143800095
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428468
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Eyrie
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.\r\n 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571346
RRP: $22.99
Book Cover:  Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help.
In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help.
Published: 18/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241146927
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: A Morbid Habit
A midnight delivery. A sole eyewitness. No loose ends.
A midnight delivery. A sole eyewitness. No loose ends.
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143799665
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Once a Month Cooking
Want to take the stress out of feeding your family?
Want to take the stress out of feeding your family?
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143799689
RRP: $24.99

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15 Dec 2014
2015 Folio Prize longlist
The longlist for the 2015 Folio Prize includes three titles originated by Penguin Books Australia. These are The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, Amnesia by Peter Carey and Eyrie by Tim Winton. 

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