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COVER REVEAL FOR THE TAILOR'S GIRL BY FIONA MCINTOSH
19 Aug 2013

 

The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh (Michael Joseph)
Publication date: 23 October, 2013.

From the bustling streets of post-Great War London to the idyllic 1920s Sussex countryside, this is a breathtaking story of passion and persistence from a phenomenal Australian storyteller about how true love can overcome incredible odds, even in the most extraordinary circumstances.

'Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller and this historical fiction is a stunning example of her talent.' BOOK'D OUT

Read more about The Tailor's Girl here.

Visit Fiona McIntosh's website.

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Book Cover: The Tailor's Girl
The Tailor's Girl is a heart-stopping story of true love and courage in the most extraordinary circumstances from the rising star of Australian fiction.
The Tailor's Girl is a heart-stopping story of true love and courage in the most extraordinary circumstances from the rising star of Australian fiction.
Published: 23/10/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901485
RRP: $29.99
Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013
16 Aug 2013

Congratulations to all our authors and illustrators for their success at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Children of the King, Sonya Hartnett

Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky illustrated by Andrew Joyner - Honour Book

Picture Book of the Year
Herman and Rosie, Gus Gordon – Honour Book
Sophie Scott Goes South, Alison Lester – Honour Book

Crichton Award Winner
A Forest, Marc Martin

For more information about the awards, including a complete list of the winners go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia website.

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Book Cover:  Children of the King
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076130
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Too Many Elephants in this House
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075461
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  Herman and Rosie
Set in New York, this gorgeous children's picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
Set in New York, this gorgeous children's picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
Published: 22/08/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076031
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Sophie Scott Goes South
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670880683
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover: A Forest
An exquisite debut from a phenomenal new Australian talent, Marc Martin.
An exquisite debut from a phenomenal new Australian talent, Marc Martin.
Published: 23/05/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076451
RRP: $24.95
Cover reveal for John Safran's Murder in Mississippi
16 Aug 2013



Murder in Mississippi: The true story of how I met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote this book
by John Safran (Hamish Hamilton)
Publication date: 25 September, 2013

When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi’s most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.

 
At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of his life? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.
 
Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.

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.

The Australian Moment wins third major Award
16 Aug 2013

George Megalogenis has been honoured with the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his critically acclaimed work of contemporary history,  The Australian Moment, How we were made for these times.

This is the third major award for this book which has previously won the 2012 Walkley Book Award and the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Advancing Public Debate – Harry Williams Award.

In The Australian Moment Megalogenis tells the story of how we’ve come to be living in the Australian Moment. And with the global economy in crisis, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Drawing on recently declassified documents and candid interviews with five of our previous Prime Ministers, The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other’s contribution to the nation’s resilience. Australia has been lucky, but we’ve also been smart.

Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/j2C4x46F0n0

George Megalogenis is an author, commentator and journalist. He has 27 years' experience in the media, including over a decade in the Federal Parliamentary press gallery. He is a regular panellist on ABC TV's The Insiders. He is the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.

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Book Cover: The Australian Moment
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Australia appears to be the best-equipped nation to deal with the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession. To what degree is that good fortune or good planning? A groundbreaking work on our government and character by one of our most respected journalists.
Published: 22/02/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670075218
RRP: $32.99
New Dave Eggers novel to be published 10 October 2014
15 Aug 2013

To be published by Knopf in the US and by Hamish Hamilton in the UK and Australia, The Circle is the hotly anticipated new novel by award-winning winning author and literacy advocate Dave Eggers.

Set in the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, co-founder of 826 Valencia, and author of several critically acclaimed books including his nonfiction; What is the What? and Zeitoun; a collection of short-stories, How We Are Hungry?, and previous novels including A Hologram for the King, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the international bestseller, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

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Book Cover:  How We Are Hungry
Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his McSweeney's magazine and its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendancy. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved time and again that he himself is one of the modern masters of the form.
Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his McSweeney's magazine and its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendancy. Yet while celebrating the...
Published: 31/05/2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141020044
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  How We Are Hungry: Popular Penguins

Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating the work of others, Eggers has also proved himself time and again one of the modern masters of the form.

Dave Eggers has championed the cause of the short story so magnificently that through his own McSweeney's magazine and through its many imitators the form is once again in the ascendant. Yet while celebrating...

Published: 28/06/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141399355
RRP: $9.95
Book Cover:  What is the What

This is the story of a man who, as a boy, was spearated from his family in Sudan's brutal civil war; who trekked across Africa's punishing wilderness with thousands of other children; who survived aerial bombardment and attacks by militias and wild animals; who ate whatever he could find or nothing at all; who, as a boy, considered ending his life to end the suffering; and who eventually made it to...

This is the story of a man who, as a boy, was spearated from his family in Sudan's brutal civil war; who trekked across Africa's punishing wilderness with thousands of other children; who survived aerial...

Published: 30/09/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141015743
RRP: $26.95
Book Cover:  You Shall Know Our velocity
Will and Hand are burdened by $38,000 and the memory of their friend Jack. Taking a week out of their lives, they decide to travel around the world to give the money away. They can't really say why they're doing it, just that it needs to be done. Perhaps it's something to do with Jack's death – perhaps they'll find the reason later. But as their plans are frustrated, twisted and altered at every...
Will and Hand are burdened by $38,000 and the memory of their friend Jack. Taking a week out of their lives, they decide to travel around the world to give the money away. They can't really say why they're...
Published: 07/06/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141013459
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  Zeitoun
'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era.'  Observer
'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era.'  Observer
Published: 28/02/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141046815
RRP: $24.95
John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2013
14 Aug 2013

The full shortlist was announced yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

The winner will be announced in October.

For more information please visit The Guardian website: theguardian.com/books/guardianchildrensfictionprize

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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: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars film tie-in edition containins exclusive still images from the movie. TFIOS is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, the novel has been adapted for film, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort set to star in the 5 June 2014 release from 20th Century Fox Australia. 

The Fault in Our Stars film tie-in edition containins exclusive still images from the movie. TFIOS is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, the novel has been adapted...

Published: 11/01/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535203
Price: $12.99
Dylan Thomas Prize longlist announced
13 Aug 2013

Majok Tulba is among the finalists for this year’s Dylan Thomas Prize for his novel Beneath the Darkening Sky (Hamish Hamilton).  The shortlist will be announced in the coming months, ahead of the winner’s announcement in November. For more information about the prize, see the Dylan Thomas Prize website here.

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Book Cover:  Beneath the Darkening Sky
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
A searing new Australian literary talent with a novel combining McCarthy's The Road with Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428420
RRP: $29.95
Celebrate National Bookshop Day with adventure and romance in Africa
09 Aug 2013

Get your hands on a free copy of The Rain Queen by Australian author Katherine Scholes from your local bookshop this Saturday 10 August – with an exclusive bonus chapter from her upcoming novel The Perfect Wife.

Moving between Melbourne and the wonderful wilderness of Tanzania, The Rain Queen has been acclaimed as “a superb romantic saga” and has captured the hearts of millions of readers the world over. To celebrate National Bookshop Day we’re giving away copies of a brand new edition which includes a sneak peek of the new novel The Perfect Wife coming in October 2013.

Katherine Scholes was born in Tanzania, East Africa. She now lives in Tasmania and is the author of four international bestselling novels.
For more information see http://katherinescholes.com/ and follow Katherine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherinescholes

National Bookshop Day will be held on 10 August 2013 and is an initiative of the Australian Booksellers Association and is designed to celebrate local bookshops and reward their loyal customers with free books, events and a range of other activities in participating local bookshops.   

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Book Cover:  Rain Queen
The international bestseller that has captured hearts the world over, The Rain Queen has been described as 'a superb romantic saga' and 'an amazing book ... fabulous reading'. 
The international bestseller that has captured hearts the world over, The Rain Queen has been described as 'a superb romantic saga' and 'an amazing book ... fabulous reading'. 
Published: 04/01/2010
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742530178
Price: $16.99
Book Cover: The Rain Queen

Two women, bound by a shocking event, drawn to a vast and beautiful country they cannot forget.
 
Kate Carrington has cut all ties with Africa, the land of her birth. Her past is buried alongside her missionary parents, the last reminders locked safely away in the attic. But when a mysterious woman moves in next door, Kate's carefully constructed world is torn apart.


Two women, bound by a shocking event, drawn to a vast and beautiful country they cannot forget.
 
Kate Carrington has cut all ties with Africa, the land of her birth. Her past is buried alongside...

Published: 04/01/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143202790
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover: The Perfect Wife
The breathtaking new romantic adventure from the internationally bestselling author of The Rain Queen, Katherine Scholes.
The breathtaking new romantic adventure from the internationally bestselling author of The Rain Queen, Katherine Scholes.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921901706
RRP: $29.99
Hartnett shortlisted for Davitt Award
08 Aug 2013

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Sonya Hartnett has been shortlisted for the Children’s/Young Adult category of the 2012 Davitt Awards for her hauntingly beautiful novel, The Children of the King.

Presented by Sisters in Crime, the Davitt Awards recognise the best crime and mystery writing by Australian women, and will be presented in Melbourne on 31 August 2013.  

For more information: http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/node/2

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Book Cover:  Children of the King
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076130
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Children of the King
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
Published: 21/03/2012
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742535012
Price: $16.99
Paul French wins the CWA Non-fiction dagger
08 Aug 2013

Congratulations to Paul French announced as the winner of the 2013 CWA Non-fiction Dagger for Midnight in Peking, the story of the murder of the adopted daughter of a former British consul in 1938 Peking, a tale which had been almost entirely overtaken by the Second World War.

"the judges praised the way he brilliantly evokes the uneasy atmosphere of China's capital 80 years ago, and the sordid exploits of the Anglophone expat community."

Photo: Joel Rickett picking up the award on behalf of Paul French.

Read more about the awards at the Crime Writers' Association website.

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Book Cover:  Midnight in Peking
Midnight in Peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.
Midnight in Peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.
Published: 26/04/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143567523
RRP: $19.95

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