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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:  Design with Colour and Style
Shaynna Blaze – star of Selling Houses Australia and expert judge on Channel 9's The Block – shows you how to use colour and style to create interior designs that reflect who you are and how you want to live.
Shaynna Blaze – star of Selling Houses Australia and expert judge on Channel 9's The Block – shows you how to use colour and style to create interior designs that reflect who you are and how you want to live.
Published: 25/03/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078394
RRP: $39.99
Book Cover:  How To Write Your Blockbuster
In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher. 
In this practical and lively handbook McIntosh guides you through the stages of writing a novel, from establishing good working habits all the way through to submitting your draft to a suitable publisher. 
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572381
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Musings from the Inner Duck
Musings From the Inner Duck, Michael Leunig's poignantly hilarious new cartoon collection, ranges from Curly Flat to the global positioning sausage, accompanied by the direction-finding duck.\r\n 
Musings From the Inner Duck, Michael Leunig's poignantly hilarious new cartoon collection, ranges from Curly Flat to the global positioning sausage, accompanied by the direction-finding duck.\r\n 
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573173
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  When to Rob a Bank: A Rogue Economist's Guide to the World
When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the counterintuitive, irreverent brilliance that has made Levitt and Dubner's books an international sensation.
When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the counterintuitive, irreverent brilliance that has made Levitt and Dubner's books an international sensation.
Published: 05/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241200391
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:  Quicksand
Wildly entertaining and acutely insightful, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of 21st-century existence in all its hypocrisy and absurdity, an exquisite interpretation of suffering and resilience, and a compelling story about the taking of risks and the making of art. 
Wildly entertaining and acutely insightful, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of 21st-century existence in all its hypocrisy and absurdity, an exquisite interpretation of suffering and resilience, and a compelling story about the taking of risks and the making of art. 
Published: 22/04/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428680
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover: The Bush
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush by Don Watson takes us on a profoundly revelatory an entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.
Published: 24/09/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428215
RRP: $45.00
Book Cover:  Golden Boys
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Sonya Hartnett's new novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.
Published: 27/08/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428611
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Age of Earthquakes
A unique collaboration between three people, The Age of Earthquakes tours the world that's left behind as the world we knew melts away. A book of perceptions set in our 'extreme present', it's a new history of the world, a portrait of our digital era in a relentlessly paper form.
A unique collaboration between three people, The Age of Earthquakes tours the world that's left behind as the world we knew melts away. A book of perceptions set in our 'extreme present', it's a new history of the world, a portrait of our digital era in a relentlessly paper form.
Published: 22/04/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141979564
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London
From the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, here is an essential series of dispatches from the East, the West and the In Between.
From the author of the novels Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, here is an essential series of dispatches from the East, the West and the In Between.
Published: 19/11/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241146316
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover: The Invisible Woman
Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism that returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history.
Claire Tomalin's multi-award-winning story of the life of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a remarkable work of biography and historical revisionism that returns the neglected actress to her rightful place in history.
Published: 23/04/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241969410
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  How to Run A Government: so that citizens benefit and taxpayers don't go crazy
This entertaining and insightful book sets out how governments of all political persuasions can dramatically enhance their capacity to deliver results, thus delighting citizens rather than driving them crazy.
This entertaining and insightful book sets out how governments of all political persuasions can dramatically enhance their capacity to deliver results, thus delighting citizens rather than driving them crazy.
Published: 22/04/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241004975
RRP: $32.99
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Book Cover:  Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Rocking back and forth with the pull of the waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from the present of a too-quiet-for-too-long Canadian farm to a dusty past of hunger, war, passion and hope, from trying to remember to trying to forget as, from prairie to forest to mountain to sand, Etta walks.
Rocking back and forth with the pull of the waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from the present of a too-quiet-for-too-long Canadian farm to a dusty past of hunger, war, passion and hope, from trying to remember to trying to forget as, from prairie to forest to mountain to sand, Etta walks.
Published: 25/03/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241185865
RRP: $29.99
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Book Cover:  Useful
From the creator of Offspring comes a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man's desire to give something of himself.
From the creator of Offspring comes a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man's desire to give something of himself.
Published: 28/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077823
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover: The Coal Face: Penguin Special
The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.
The Coal Face is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.
Published: 25/03/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573074
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Leila's Secret
Spellbinding and heartbreaking, Leila's Secret shows us everyday life for women in a country where it can be a crime to fall in love. But for all its tragedy, this unforgettable book is paradoxically uplifting, told from the heart of Kooshyar's immense sympathy, in the hope that each of us – and the stories we tell – can make a difference. 
Spellbinding and heartbreaking, Leila's Secret shows us everyday life for women in a country where it can be a crime to fall in love. But for all its tragedy, this unforgettable book is paradoxically uplifting, told from the heart of Kooshyar's immense sympathy, in the hope that each of us – and the stories we tell – can make a difference. 
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078165
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Clade
A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.
A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.
Published: 28/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428659
RRP: $32.99
Book Cover:  Hot Little Hands
Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave.  Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school. 
Hot Little Hands contains nine funny, confronting and pitch-perfect stories about stumbling on the fringes of innocence, and the marks desire can leave.  Anya, in her fake-leather sneakers and second-hand clothes, just wants to fit in at her Melbourne school. 
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428239
RRP: $29.99
Book Cover:  Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook
With over 100 recipes and written by Australia's biggest paleo blogger, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook is a must-have for the modern-day hunter-gatherer.
With over 100 recipes and written by Australia's biggest paleo blogger, Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook is a must-have for the modern-day hunter-gatherer.
Published: 28/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078783
RRP: $34.99
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
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Book Cover:  Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook
This delightful book quite simply shows how Rachel cooks in her kitchen, taking inspiration from wherever her travels have taken her.
This delightful book quite simply shows how Rachel cooks in her kitchen, taking inspiration from wherever her travels have taken her.
Published: 12/02/2015
Format: Misc.
ISBN: 9780718179465
RRP: $39.99
Book Cover:  Em and the Big Hoom
In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniacally affectionate and cruelly candid. Her husband - Augustine, the 'Big Hoom' - and two children must endure her 'microweathers': swings from searing joy to brooding malevolence.
In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniacally affectionate and cruelly candid. Her husband - Augustine, the 'Big Hoom' - and two children must endure her 'microweathers': swings from searing joy to brooding malevolence.
Published: 28/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241966518
RRP: $22.99
Book Cover:  Wish You Were Here
When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateaux in the South of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance to escape the confines of Clapham, the weight of the mortgage and anxieties over their future for a blissful break.
When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateaux in the South of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance to escape the confines of Clapham, the weight of the mortgage and anxieties over their future for a blissful break.
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405917896
RRP: $32.99
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Book Cover:  Breath
Breath is a story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing. Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009. 
Breath is a story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing. Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009. 
Published: 29/04/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143009580
RRP: $24.95
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:  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 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:  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 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:  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:  American Interior: The quixotic journey of John Evans, his search for a lost tribe and how, fuelled by fantasy and (possibly) booze, he accidentally annexed a third of North America
Brilliantly documenting both men's odysseys, American Interior explores how wild fantasies interact with hard history, and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.
Brilliantly documenting both men's odysseys, American Interior explores how wild fantasies interact with hard history, and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.
Published: 10/07/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780241146019
RRP: $39.99
Book Cover:  Elizabeth is Missing
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn't remember to drink it. She goes to the shops and forgets why she went. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable - or her daughter Helen seems a total stranger.
Published: 02/01/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241968185
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover: The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia
Compelling, groundbreaking and brilliantly readable, The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia is the first instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.
Compelling, groundbreaking and brilliantly readable, The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia is the first instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670078714
RRP: $49.99

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22 May 2015
Celebrating Where Song Began
​Congratulations to Tim Low for his win at the ABIAs last night. Where Song Began was named the General Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

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