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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:  Island Home
Tim Winton's Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving memoir from one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way Australia's landscape makes us who we are.
Tim Winton's Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving memoir from one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way Australia's landscape makes us who we are.
Published: 23/09/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781926428741
Book Cover:  Useful
From the creator of Offspring comes a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man's desire to make a difference.
From the creator of Offspring comes a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man's desire to make a difference.
Published: 01/02/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573739
Book Cover:  Night Guest, The
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: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143571339
Book Cover:  According to Yes
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy, otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side, has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. 
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy, otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side, has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. 
Published: 21/10/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405920575
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: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718179465
Book Cover:  Magical City, The
Open your mind to the hidden wonder of urban landscapes across the world with this beautifully intricate colouring book.  
Open your mind to the hidden wonder of urban landscapes across the world with this beautifully intricate colouring book.  
Published: 02/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405924092
Book Cover:  Strangeness In My Mind, A
Told from the perspectives of many beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, and a mesmerizing narrative sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements. 
Told from the perspectives of many beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, and a mesmerizing narrative sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements. 
Published: 21/10/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428369
Book Cover:  Wayward Leunig: Cartoons That Wandered Off, The
The Wayward Leunig is a superb companion volume to Michael Leunig's The Essential Leunig, with another 400 definitive cartoons spanning five decades.
The Wayward Leunig is a superb companion volume to Michael Leunig's The Essential Leunig, with another 400 definitive cartoons spanning five decades.
Published: 21/10/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670078769
Book Cover:  Australia's Second Chance
In his new must-read blockbuster, George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment) reads the nation's numbers to show how our whole history points out the path we must take in the future. We've been here before. What did we get wrong, and how can we get it right this time?
In his new must-read blockbuster, George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment) reads the nation's numbers to show how our whole history points out the path we must take in the future. We've been here before. What did we get wrong, and how can we get it right this time?
Published: 23/09/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781926428574
Book Cover:  In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey To Freedom
This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
Published: 29/09/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241203613
Book Cover:  Birdscaping Australian Gardens
Featuring plant and bird directories illustrated with superb colour photographs and line drawings, as well as comprehensive planting tables and expert advice, this book has all you need to create a refuge for birds – and so preserve Australia's amazing natural heritage and biodiversity.
Featuring plant and bird directories illustrated with superb colour photographs and line drawings, as well as comprehensive planting tables and expert advice, this book has all you need to create a refuge for birds – and so preserve Australia's amazing natural heritage and biodiversity.
Published: 23/09/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670078707
Book Cover:  Edible Balcony, The
Join popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo as she embarks on a mission to transform her tiny thirteen-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden. 
Join popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo as she embarks on a mission to transform her tiny thirteen-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden. 
Published: 31/10/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781921382536
Book Cover:  Vargic's Miscellany Of Curious Maps: Mapping Out The ModernWorld
Explore the World as you've never known it with Vargic's Astonishing Miscellany of Curious Maps.
Explore the World as you've never known it with Vargic's Astonishing Miscellany of Curious Maps.
Published: 09/11/2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780718181147
Book Cover:  Banquet Of Consequences, A
An internationally respected commentator on financial markets, credited with predicting the Global Financial crisis and featured in the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, Satyajit Das is our finest writer about money and the global economy. Informed, impassioned, lively and witty, A Banquet of Consequences is the only book you need to understand what the future will bring.
An internationally respected commentator on financial markets, credited with predicting the Global Financial crisis and featured in the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, Satyajit Das is our finest writer about money and the global economy. Informed, impassioned, lively and witty, A Banquet of Consequences is the only book you need to understand what the future will bring.
Published: 26/08/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670079056
Book Cover:  Blood Kin
In her stunning debut novel, award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses – vanity, vengeance and greed – seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of civilization.
In her stunning debut novel, award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses – vanity, vengeance and greed – seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of civilization.
Published: 23/09/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573470
Book Cover:  Certain Admissions: A Beach, A Body And A Lifetime Of Secrets
Certain Admissions is stranger than any crime fiction.  It is real-life police procedural, courtroom drama, family saga, investigative journalism, social history, archival treasure hunt - a meditation, too, on how the past shapes the present, and the present the past.
Certain Admissions is stranger than any crime fiction.  It is real-life police procedural, courtroom drama, family saga, investigative journalism, social history, archival treasure hunt - a meditation, too, on how the past shapes the present, and the present the past.
Published: 24/06/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078318
Book Cover:  Prince's Gambit: Book Two Of The Captive Prince Trilogy
The extraordinary second novel in the acclaimed trilogy by international sensation C. S. Pacat.
The extraordinary second novel in the acclaimed trilogy by international sensation C. S. Pacat.
Published: 24/06/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143799603
Book Cover:  Fault In Our Stars, The
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
Book Cover:  Bush, The
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
Book Cover:  I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches
Sure to stimulate some lively conversations, this is an exciting, thought-provoking and accessible examination of some of the important issues in Australian society by one of our leading thinkers.
Sure to stimulate some lively conversations, this is an exciting, thought-provoking and accessible examination of some of the important issues in Australian society by one of our leading thinkers.
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573135
Book Cover:  Director Is The Commander, The
Funny, multi-layered and utterly compelling, The Director is the Commander is a gripping account of an extraordinary journey inside North Korea, a nation we can usually only see from the outside looking in.
Funny, multi-layered and utterly compelling, The Director is the Commander is a gripping account of an extraordinary journey inside North Korea, a nation we can usually only see from the outside looking in.
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077830
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
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
Book Cover:  Spectacles
By Perkins, Sue
When I began writing this book, I went home to find what my mum might have kept some of my old stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say, 'Why is our house full of this shit?' 
When I began writing this book, I went home to find what my mum might have kept some of my old stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say, 'Why is our house full of this shit?' 
Published: 08/10/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405918565
Book Cover:  Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed TheWorld
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
Book Cover:  Before I Forget: How I Survived A Diagnosis Of Younger-OnsetDementia At 46
When she was just 46, Christine Bryden – science advisor to the prime minister and single mother of three daughters – was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia. Doctors told her to get her affairs in order as she would soon be incapable of doing so. Twenty years later she is still thriving, still working hard to rewire her brain even as it loses its function.
When she was just 46, Christine Bryden – science advisor to the prime minister and single mother of three daughters – was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia. Doctors told her to get her affairs in order as she would soon be incapable of doing so. Twenty years later she is still thriving, still working hard to rewire her brain even as it loses its function.
Published: 26/08/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078745
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
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
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
Book Cover:  Only The Animals
An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal worst and our creative best, Only the Animals asks us to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.
An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal worst and our creative best, Only the Animals asks us to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143573012
Book Cover:  Here Come The Dogs
In small town suburbia, three young men are ready to make their mark. 
In small town suburbia, three young men are ready to make their mark. 
Published: 23/07/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670077090
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
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
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
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
Book Cover:  Power Of One, The

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
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
Book Cover:  Northern Heat
A gripping new novel of high drama and desire by Australia's award-winning master of romantic suspense.
A gripping new novel of high drama and desire by Australia's award-winning master of romantic suspense.
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143799740
Book Cover:  R&R
John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and women. 
John 'Nashville' Grant is an American military policeman in the R&R town of Vung Tau, tucked safely behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Nashville knows how everything works: the army, the enemy, bars, secrets, men and women. 
Published: 29/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078202
Book Cover:  Deep South
From the writer whose 'great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself – and thus, to challenge us'  (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike. 
From the writer whose 'great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself – and thus, to challenge us'  (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike. 
Published: 26/08/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241146736
Book Cover:  As I Was Saying...
But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever.  As if you ever doubted it . . .
But As I Was Saying provides glorious proof that Jeremy remains as funny, puzzled, excitable, outspoken, insightful and thought-provoking as ever.  As if you ever doubted it . . .
Published: 23/09/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718183165

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07 Apr 2016
Cloudstreet 25th Anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cloudstreet, Tim Winton’s sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday. However it may never have been published had it not been for the stranger who chased after Tim with the manuscript he’d left it on a bus in Rome. Since it was first published by McPhee Gribble on 1 April 1991 Tim Winton’s award-winning novel has been reimagined as a successful play, a major TV mini-series and now an opera.

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