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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: The Shearers
Expert outback chronicler Evan McHugh – author of bestselling titles such as The Drovers and Outback Heroes – presents the definitive history of these men, bringing to life the toil, tumult and toughness of the shearing life, and the effect it has had on Australia's national character.
Expert outback chronicler Evan McHugh – author of bestselling titles such as The Drovers and Outback Heroes – presents the definitive history of these men, bringing to life the toil, tumult and toughness of the shearing life, and the effect it has had on Australia's national character.
Published: 29/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078158
Book Cover:  Heroes of the Skies
In these thrilling, heart-stopping, haunting stories, the day-to-day bravery and luck of these men is brought into fierce focus once more.
In these thrilling, heart-stopping, haunting stories, the day-to-day bravery and luck of these men is brought into fierce focus once more.
Published: 29/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780670078257
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: 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
Book Cover:  Holding the Man film tie in
As uplifting as it is moving, Holding the Man is a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay, and a powerful love story.
As uplifting as it is moving, Holding the Man is a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay, and a powerful love story.
Published: 30/07/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143009498
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:  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
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
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
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: The Director is the Commander
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:  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
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
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
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
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:  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
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: The Reef: A Passionate History
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller. 
Published: 25/06/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143572053
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:  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: 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
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
Book Cover:  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer: Popular Penguins
Patrick Süskind's Perfume follows the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, abandoned at birth in the slums of eighteenth-century Paris, but blessed with an outstanding sense of smell. This gift enables Jean-Baptiste to master the art of perfume making, but one scent evades him: that of a virgin, whom he must possess to ensure her innocence and beauty are preserved. Laced with sense and suspense...
Patrick Süskind's Perfume follows the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, abandoned at birth in the slums of eighteenth-century Paris, but blessed with an outstanding sense of smell. This gift enables...
Published: 01/09/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141037509
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
Book Cover:  Techbitch
Imogen Tate, editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine, is a legend in the fashion world. But when she returns form a sabbatical to find her twenty-six-year-old former assistant, Eve Morton, behind her desk, she realizes times are changing.
Imogen Tate, editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine, is a legend in the fashion world. But when she returns form a sabbatical to find her twenty-six-year-old former assistant, Eve Morton, behind her desk, she realizes times are changing.
Published: 27/05/2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780718181666

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30 Jul 2015
2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill CleggThe Green Road, Anne EnrightSatin Island, Tom McCarthy

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