Booktopia Buzz
October 2010 | Edition 25
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
I love this time of year! There are just so many wonderful books that you wouldn't entertain the thought of buying in the parsimonious autumn, or the pared down winter but now, with the build up towards the festive season, all things seem possible.

And so to my first book, definitely the most controversial book of the year. Dropping onto my desk late last week was David Hicks' Guantanamo: My Journey. The only sure thing about that one is that it is sure to polarise opinions.

Returning to the smorgasbord that is October, here are my personal favourites - the Paul Kelly retrospective extravaganza How to Make Gravy, Kim Scott's new novel That Deadman Dance, the Wonky Donkey gift set and oddly enough, Box.

What else have I got for you this month? For a start, 25 copies of The Lincoln Lawyer to give away to purchasers of Michael Connelly's new one, The Reversal.

For a once in a life time investment opportunity, have a look at the limited edition of Ducati: A Photographic Tribute . Pure class. As far as I can ascertain, there are 25 available in the country and we have one of them in stock now.

Best of all, we are launching our inaugural Booktober Fest today. Stand by for a month long festival of great deals and wonderful opportunities.

Of course, I have included reviews, reviews and more reviews. There is a navigation bar on the right to help you find your way. Alternatively, just start at the top and take your time.

It is going to be a  great month of reading.

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
BOOKTOBERFEST
booktoberfest

October means the Booktoberfest!


Starting from today, we are celebrating all things books with a month of fantastic specials and great giveaways.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Klutz and Chicken Socks activity books for the kids.
  • Story time is sorted with delights from the Walker books bear.
  • Travel the world, or stay in your armchair, with Eyewitness Travel Guides.
  • Paddle, peddle or hoof it on foot with a backpack with Australia Outdoors.
  • Teach Yourself .... just about anything.
  • Plus a whole lot more.

Bookmark this page  to keep up to date with the latest promotions during the month of October.

All of the books in the Booktoberfest are discounted even more generously than our usual great discount. There are lots of weekly giveaways. Plus, and the best is last, one lucky customer will receive the ultimate gift - $1000 RRP of books and you get to choose which books you want! (click here for details).
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTIBLE FOR THE MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST
More detailsDUCATI: A PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE - SIGNED AND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION by Phil Aynsley with a forward by Troy Bayliss

For the confirmed Ducatista (Ducati fan), Phil Aynlsey's Ducati: A Photographic Tribute which was published last year was an absolute must. That was just a warm up. You won't believe what I am now about to reveal.

We have in stock now a single copy (of a print run of 100) of the boxed, double-signed, numbered limited edition of this incredible book and photograph collection.

This is much more than a book. The Limited Edition comprises of a bespoke high quality folding box that holds:

  • 1 numbered copy of the normal edition - signed by Troy Bayliss and Phil Aynsley
  • 3 limited edition exhibition quality (Fuji Crystal Archive) 11x14" prints (in archival sleeves) - signed by Phil Aynsley
  • 1 Certificate of Authenticity - numbered and signed by Phil Aynsley
  • 1 pair of print handling gloves
This is a rare, one-off opportunity. Once we sell this single copy, I am really not sure that we will be able to source another one.

As for the book itself itself, here is what the publisher says:

Phil Aynsley has only ever owned Ducatis. Since buying his first, a 250 Desmo, in 1972 he has been a passionate devotee of the Italian marque. As a professional photographer whose work has appeared in books and magazines in Europe, the US and his native Australia he has has the opportunity to photograph a great number of Ducatis over a period of 30 years. This includes rarely seen parts of the Ducati factory to intimate views from inside the pits at many MotoGP and World Superbike rounds to inside private collections to road tests. The images in this book are his personal favorites. The photographs also come with a foreward by world champion Troy Bayliss and words by internationally known Ducati expert Ian Gowanloch.

We have an excerpt and a lot of internal images here, so you can order with confidence.

Meanwhile, the regular hardcover edition is available for 20% off at $79.95 too.

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MICHAEL CONNELLY 2 FOR 1 : MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
The most eagerly awaited new novel by the master of crime fiction is here and Booktopia Buzz has a fantastic opportunity for 25 lucky customers.

We have 25 FREE copies of The Lincoln Lawyer to give away to purchasers of the new THE REVERSAL by Michael Connelly.

That's 25 sets of 2 books worth $56 for just $25.95. You can't get better value than that.


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So what is The Reversal all about?

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change sides and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder.

After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years. With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

Michael Connelly is a former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times and author of fifteen previous acclaimed Harry Bosch thrillers, several stand-alone bestsellers, including  The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller which introduced L.A. defense lawyer Mickey Haller. Michael Connelly is a former President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated in thirty-five languages and have won numerous awards.

The Reversal stunningly links our favourite hard man anti-hero Harry Bosch with Mickey Haller, and signals a strong new direction for this ever popular popular. Go here to see the selection of Michael Connelly books, all at our great discounted prices.

To celebrate, I am going to select 25 buyers of The Reversal at random and give them a FREE copy of The Lincoln Lawyer. You don't have to do a thing.

Meanwhile we have a clip of Connelly here and the publisher is running a consumer competition to win a suitcase of cash (details on the book). Unmarked bills presumably, left in a phone book on the corner of 48th and Grand?

The Reversal is available for delivery after October 5.

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FICTION: THE TOP EIGHT
NAKED CRUELTY

BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS
Naked CrueltyColleen McCullough

She really is amazing. Whatever McCullough turns her hand to, whether it be intrigues in ancient Rome or a generational saga set in the outback of Australia, she manages to captivate her enormous numbers of readers with her great story telling and compelling characterisation.
Naked Cruelty is the third in her Carmine Delmonico series. Set against the backdrop of the social experiments and turmoil of 1968, a series of violent crimes against women rapidly escalate and our Captain Delmonico is looking increasingly like she is running out of options.

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Blossoms and ShadowsLian Hearn

From the author of the phenomenal and bestselling Tales of the Otori series  comes a new stand-alone
historical novel set in 19th century Japan. Lian Hearn has again produced a rare and beautiful novel which will appeal to a very wide readership. I found it  powerful, moving and utterly gripping. Man Booker longlisted The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoët whetted our appetite for all things  Japanese, and while this certainly is different in style, Hearn's story set at the collapse of the Samurai age, with the west clamouring for access, is utterly transporting and is based on real historical figures. An added bonus is that it features an engaging lead character who breaks all the stereotypes for women in 19th century Japan.
This is being published first in Australia and will be available around the world next year.

The very evocative book trailer is here.

Blossoms and Shadows is also available in a limited edition signed hardback. If you are interested in this, snap it up now because only 1000 are being printed. At under $50, these very special editions are not going to last long.

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Blossoms and Shadows
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MINDING FRANKIE

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR
Minding FrankieMaeve Binchy

None of us live ordinary lives. We are all the heroes and heroines of our own dramas. (My books) are not makeover books. Nobody necessarily becomes slimmer, richer or married by the end of the story. We have all met slim, rich, married people who live nightmarishly unhappy lives. Instead they become more confident and take control of their own lives. This gives us all hope.
Maeve Binchy in her own words in an  interview she gave recently to Booktopia. She was of course, speaking of her new book Minding Frankie.
Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery school. Never late to pick up their little girl, always patient and delighted to see her at the end of the day. But in fact neither of them are Frankie's parents. They have no blood relationship at all to this little girl. The problem was keeping this secret far from the eyes and ears of the social workers. If it were known that Noel was an alcoholic and Lisa a serious fantasist, Frankie would not remain another day in their care. Families are changing all the time - why not give this one a chance? Because the law is against it, that's why.
Maeve Binchy, whose books are now published in more than 30 languages, is one of the world's most successful authors.

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our kind of traitorJohn le Carré

And the big names just keep on coming. Le Carré is in top form with his latest international spy thriller  which is all about Russian money, English spies and a good deal of panic and intrigue in between. In this genre, le Carré reigns supreme.
While other novelists are doing everything they can to inflate their tales of cloak and dagger, trust le Carré to make his story of international money laundering, political infighting and unwitting treachery into a chamber symphony of exquisite delicacy.
(Kirkus)
Those readers who have found post-cold war le Carré too cerebral will have much to cheer about with this Russian mafia spy thriller . . . le Carré ratchets up the tension step-by-step until the sad, inevitable end. His most accessible work in years, this novel shows once again why his name is the one to which all others in the field are compared.
(Publishers Weekly)

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AT HOME WITH THE TEMPLETONS

WORTH DYING FOR
At Home with the TempletonsMonica McInerney

McInerney has written a great love story and a great family drama. More than that, she also writes about  motherhood, marriage and the shadow side of love, the mistakes that we all make.
Another giant of the Australian writing scene is back with a story that is set in the Castlemaine goldfields of Victoria. McInerney may live in Ireland but this Clare Valley girl comes home regularly.
We have an extract and an  interesting clip of her here (where she explains how and why historic houses have always held the key to her imagination).

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Worth Dying ForLee Child

We last saw Jack Reacher in a million tiny pieces with the explosive (literally) conclusion of 61 Hours. Readers are so hot for this sequel that we have an embarrassingly long paid up pre-order list.
We have a book trailer and an extract here, not to mention our interview with the trigger happy Lee Child here, and if that doesn't tempt you, then no thriller will.

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FALL OF GIANTS

THE KILL ZONE
Fall of GiantsKen Follett

Fall of Giants is a magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in the Century trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits. Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House. Two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription and revolution. Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as the story moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.
As always with Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.
This hardback is being released around the world simultaneously.

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More detailsChris Ryan

The kill zone is the area within range of the Taliban and the eight SAS who have entered it in this story are going to be very lucky to get out alive.
Ryan is one of those authors who writes what he knows. He is ex-SAS and was himself the survivor of a daring escape from behind enemy lines in Iraq. A security consultant now, and the author of a great many fiction and nonfiction books, Ryan (not his actual name) is the real deal. I've met him, and I have to say that as personable as he is, I certainly wouldn't want to be getting him angry.
If you want to check Ryan out, watch the book trailer (and yes, that is actually him).

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TONI'S BOOK OF THE MONTH
That Deadman DanceTHAT DEADMAN DANCE by Kim Scott

Some books are not only a pleasure to read but also a privilege, and so it was with That Deadman Dance. This books is being showered with praise from just about every credible Australian quarter.

Here is what I wrote for Bookseller and Publisher.

Kim Scott won the Miles Franklin more than a decade ago for his novel Benang. His latest, That Deadman Dance, must surely be under consideration for a raft of major prizes.

With mixed Noongar and English heritage, Scott, who is  from SW Western Australia, has written a novel of first contact, which traces the initial couple of decades of British presence in a fictional settlement on the coast. The story revolves around Bobby Wabalanginy, his people and the shifting alliances and relationships that both link him into the fledgling colony as much as distance him from it.

The insights into early colonial times in WA are fascinating, especially the section concerning  the Yankee whalers. However, it is Noongar people, and their light touch on the landscape, which hold the greatest interest in the book. What starts as a reasonably promising relationship between English and Noongar, gradually deteriorates as the power shifts towards the newcomers until Bobby is forced to choose between the old world and the new.

There is interest enough in the story to make this a compelling book. However, what lifts it way above that is the writing. Scott's prose shimmers. This is a book that demands to be savoured. The readers will want to pause and re-read passages for the sheer beauty of the language and imagery.

The book has much to say about the first Australians and the English who changed their lives irrevocably. While contemporary writers such as Kate Grenville, Richard Flanagan, Andrew McGahan and Alex Miller have all wrestled with related themes, Kim Scott's flawlessly written tale adds both meaning and depth to the Australian writing experience.

This book is being simultaneously released in paperback and hardback. I for one will be buying the hardback. It is definitely worth it.

Interested in Kim Scott? Our interview with him is here.

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I CAME TO SAY GOODBYE
THE WEEKEND
I Came to Say GoodbyeCaroline Overington

From the minute I read  I Came to Say Goodbye, I knew that it was a treasure. This story has such broad appeal, across ages, genders and genres of fiction, and its story works in the way of the very best of the Jodi Picoult novels, but fortunately put very squarely in the Australian context and Australian vernacular.
I had no hesitation in making this my first Buzz Club selection and the response has been huge. You can join the club discussion and read my full review here as well as read our interview with the author. Meanwhile, I know you are going to want to take advantage of our great price on a book that is going to get everyone talking.

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I Came to Say Goodbye
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More detailsBernhard Schlink

The internationally acclaimed author of The Reader is back with another one of his morally ambiguous conundrums, this time set staged against the backdrop of the pardon of Jorg, a man whom a quarter of a century earlier was convicted of several murders during his time as a member of the Baader-Meinhof gang, (The Red Army) which struck terror into the hearts of Europeans throughout the mid to late 70s.
The weekend in question is a reunion of family, of former members and sympathizers and some rather surprising new players. This is a tale of old jealousies, explosive politics and uncertain futures as once again Schlink turns his attention to unpicking memories and reinterpreting the past. In his examination of how feelings have changed in the interval, he debates both the validity of Jorg's political aims, and how these aims now appear, post 9/11 and Iraq. This is a fine psychological examination of the neurosis, passion and fear.
Timely subject matter with assured treatment, Schlink is back in form.

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NOTORIOUS

THE DEATH INSTINCT
More detailsRoberta Lowing

Books about books are always enticing and especially when they are written by such enfants terribles as Rob Lowe, the film and video critic who runs the rather wonderfully named PULP or PoetryUnLimitedPress. Unfortunately, this one is still sitting in my pile but I did find this review from a Sydney bookseller and having read it, I am now really intrigued.
The story centres on a diary written by a French poet in the Sahara desert in 1890 and the people who have come in contact with the book and the power the book seems to have over them. Having finished the book though that comparison is completely wrong. This is intriguingly original and an amazing and ambitious debut novel.
At its core this is a book about the desert, both physical and metaphysical. It is about the power and destructiveness of the desert and how it permeates through time and history. With the desert the beginning is the end is the beginning but on a second look it is completely different. Just like this story.
This book can be read in a number of different ways and if I had more time I would love to read it again because I am sure it would be a completely different book. This can be read as a heartbreaking love story, a tragic family saga or even a political thriller. For every question that is answered another takes its place and I am still trying determine what I think the ending means. I definitely think this is going to polarize readers but isn't that what a good book should do?
Jon Page, Pages & Pages, President of Australian Booksellers Assoc., NSW Branch.

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The Death InstinctJed Rubenfeld

I don't remember a cleverer weaving together of disparate historical facts into a single historical fiction than Rubenfeld has given us in The Death Instinct .
Rubenfeld presents the  bombing of Wall Street on September 16, 1920 (the single most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the Oklahoma bombing of 1995), the transit of almost a billion dollars of US gold from one location to another, a near invasion of Mexico by the US, the power vacuum in the presidency after Wilson's stroke and the scramble and jockeying for power that followed in the 1920 election not to mention the rise of the US industrialists. And then there is Mme Curie and Dr Freud. In the middle of all of this are the gorgeous French scientist Colette and the dashing American doctor Stratham.
In The Death Instinct, Rubenfeld has written a big-hearted adventure, with enough mystery, love interest, action and thrills to keep any reader happy.
For more details, go the Booktopia Blog here.

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OF INTEREST
As usual, I have to leave out so many more books than I can put in. I have got my eye on Theodora by Stella Duffy and Michael Cunningham's new one, By Nightfall. Sara Gruen of Water for Elephants fame also has a new book,  Ape House.
For a wider selection of new October fiction titles, go here. Meanwhile, I have reviewed my favourites below.
CRIME AND THRILLERS
Death MaskDEATH MASK by Kathryn Fox

Unfortunately we know only too well of the violent culture that can surround sport in this country. Forensic medical practioner Kathryn Fox has applied her knowledge and writing skill to this gripping tale of Dr Anya Crighton who is called to the US to investigate claims of sexual assaults made against a football team but when the violence hits much closer to home, her resolve is really put to the test.

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More detailsFROZEN MOMENT by Camilla Ceder

In a small town on the Swedish coast, the owner of a garage is found dead, his lower body crushed by a car driven over him repeatedly. The murder investigation is led by Inspector Christian Tell, a notorious lone wolf who is finding himself increasingly romantically involved with a female reporter. As she's a witness in the case, their relationship is complicated enough but things get even more difficult when aspects of the case begin to remind her of someone she knew who disappeared ten years before.

Ceder is the new kid on the block in Scandinavian crime! Rights have been sold in eight territories and this debut has already reached the Top 10 in Sweden. Her detective character, Inspector Christian Tell, has been compared to Wallander in the early novels of Henning Mankell. There is clearly a large and avid audience for Scandinavian crime - think Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Peter Hoeg, Lief Davidsen, Jo Nesbo, Camilla Lackberg and others. Ceder is the one to watch.

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Three secondsTHREE SECONDS by Roslund & Hellstrom

We love cold climate crime as the phenomenon of the Millenium Trilogy can attest. Now, again out of Sweden, come award-winning journalist Anders Roslund and ex-criminal Borge Hellstrom who together are the countries most acclaimed fiction duo. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of contemporary crime writing.

This is their first story available in English and it is all drugs, undercover cops and serious, serious tension.

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Dead Man's ChestDEADMAN'S CHEST by Kerry Greenwood

The unflappable Phryne Fisher is off on a holiday to the seaside, with Dot, Ruth and Jane. Surely they won't be disturbed by murder? Think again. Oh, when can a lady get some rest?

This is cosy crime Australian style and it is all running boards, feather boas and pink gins. If your taste is more Agatha Christie than Kathy Reichs, Phryne is for you and this latest one in a long and beloved series will welcome you in to a new realm of reading.

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SURFACE DETAIL
THE EVOLUTIONARY VOID
More DetailsIain M Banks

It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end. It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the centre of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether.
The dazzling new Culture novel from a modern master of science fiction is a tour de force of brilliant storytelling, world-building and imagination.
Banks spans both the literary and sci-fi genres and as such his readers are more diverse than a standard sci-fi authors' fans.
The Culture series includes his  bestselling titles.

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Available after October 8.

The Evolutionary Void Peter F Hamilton

Hamilton's startling perspectives on tomorrow's technological and cultural trends span vast tracts of space and time, his stories are as compelling as they are epic in scope, and yet they are always grounded in characters - human, alien and other - who, for all their strangeness, still touch our hearts and fire our imaginations.
Now, in The Evolutionary Void Hamilton concludes the highly acclaimed Commonwealth saga that has unfolded in T he Dreaming Void and The Temporal Void.

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Golden Tiger. According to the publishing industry calendar, this year has got to be the Year of the Cookbook. I cannot tell you how many really wonderful food and drink titles there are going to be around for this season. It is almost a shame because some really worthy ones are going to be overlooked simply by virtue of the amount of competition out there.

Meanwhile, I just have to draw your attention to two.

QUAY by Peter Gilmore

QuayLet's face it, very few of us will ever attempt  Gilmore's fine dining recipes. We ooh-ed and aah-ed over them in Master Chef, and his famous Snow Egg nearly brought the finalists to their knees, but as far as inspiration, presentation and sheer food porn goes, you can't beat Quay . With such meticulous attention to detail, the photography alone took more than a year to get right. In his concession to us mere mortals, Gilmore has broken his recipes into components so you don't actually have to attempt the whole thing. Regardless, the book Quay is as sublime as its eponymous three-hatted restaurant. To experience it is to remember it, and I mean that in the most positive of ways.

We have some internal images from the book here, including the Snow Egg .

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YOUR PLACE or mine? by George Calombaris & Gary Mehigan

Your Place or Mine After the phenomenon that was MasterChef, a lot of people got used to sharing their lives with George and Gary. These irrepressibly enthusiastic chefs are together again in a book chock full of recipes and ideas that are all about sharing, family and gatherings. We know these recipes are going to be winners. Better still, we know that if you just follow the steps, we'll be able to create a bit of magic in our own kitchens.

To get the flavour of the book, have a look at this clip of them together. Have fun!

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NON FICTION
You can certainly feel Christmas in the air.  There are some magnificently inspiring gift books here - everything from Mandela to Music. I have tried to put in something for everyone, including a lot of home grown titles, across a range of prices. If I haven't quite got you down pat, you are sure to find what you like by browsing here.


CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF   EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END
  A GLOBAL LIFE
Conversations with MyselfNelson Mandela
 
These archives contain traces of my life and those who have lived it with me. It is a treasure house, one that is full of surprises, crossing paths, dead ends, painful reminders and unanswered questions.
(Nelson Mandela)
The life, the thoughts, the philosophies of one of the most revered people on the planet. are all wonderfully brought together in this  remarkable book. This is a global publishing event and this book is set to be THE non-fiction gift for 2010.
Conversations with Myself is an unprecedented personal portrait of one of the greatest leaders and icons of our time and encompasses never before seen diaries letters, personal notes, draft speeches and audio recordings. Drawn from the  Nelson Mandela archive, it is the result of a lifetime of putting pen to paper recording thoughts and events, hardships and victories.

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  more detailsIngrid Betancourt

The world is full of amazing stories and in this one, Columbian presidential candidate breaks her silence with her remarkable story of courage and resilience.
An anti-corruption campaigner, Betancourt was captured by the guerilla movement FARC in 2002 and then spent the next six and a half years captive, often in chains, in the jungle, constantly being moved. Her  astonishing, powerful and deeply moving account of her ordeal  as a hostage is a  compelling story of degradation, despair, bravery and triumph.
This book is being published simultaneously around the world in English, French and Spanish. In it we will hear, for the first time in full, her experiences in captivity and how she adjusted back to a normal life.
The jacket image says it all. That is what the jungle looks like from inside a cage.

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Even Silence Has an
End

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  A Global LifeJames Wolfensohn &
Jill Margo


He certainly has had a global life, but few people realise that financier and philanthropist Jim Wolfensohn is a home grown hero.
Wolfensohn headed the World Bank out of New York for ten years until 2005 but he was certainly accustomed to striding the world stage for a long time before that.
With Walkley award winning journalist Jill Margo, he talks candidly about his 40 year career, the anti-Semitism that dogged him, and his visionary leadership in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors.

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THE ELEPHANT TO HOLLYWOOD
AND FURTHERMORE
more details Michael Caine

Film legend and Hollywood icon Sir Michael Caine's major new autobiography starts with  his poverty struck  South London background which makes his meteoric success winning 2 Oscars and a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award as well as receiving a knighthood in 2000 all the more remarkable.  Sir Michael hasn't written about his life since 1992. This new  book covers stories from his entire life, especially his career in Hollywood, and is told with humour, warmth, insight and candour as befits this incredibly popular actor and raconteur. The book has 32 pages of colour and black and white photographs.

Available after October 5.
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more details...Judi Dench

One of the world's most loved actresses tells her story, in her own words. Judi Dench is indisputably one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of modern day. She will make her seventh appearance as 'M' in the next James Bond movie. Her brave choices for roles in both theatre and on the silver screen have resulted in numerous awards, including SAGS, BAFTAS a TONY and an Academy Award. For the first time, Judi will tell her own story.

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THE FRY CHRONICLES: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

MORE FOR THE FANS
More details Stephen Fry

Thank heavens for Stephen Fry! This review  last week from The Observer's Euan Ferguson.
This is, above all else, a thoughtful book. And namedroppy too, and funny, and marbled with melancholy throughout. Its camaraderie of tone lets it wear its learning lightly yet leaves you with a hoaching number of new insights, new ways of looking at things, from snobbery to reality-TV contestants. The mask is now firmly on, and he grows into it each day, not least early last week in the Festival Hall, at his mammoth broadcast book launch, when he strode on stage as if lent - no, willingly given, for ever - the confidence of half of England, and was welcomed with the roars and love of the other half. Yet this book is a painfully honest attempt to tear the mask aside, for us. We are, if we are not damnably incurious, splendidly the better for it.
Damn good show, chaps!

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more detailsMY BOOKYWOOK 2:
THIS TIME ITS
PERSONAL

by Russell Brand

I started laughing as soon as I saw the cover image, but this memoir (insofar as he can actually remember anything) isn't for you if you offend easily. I am told it is about the fringe benefits of fame, in a great deal of detail.

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CAN'T BEAT THE
 FEELING

by Jeff Jenkins and
Miranda Young

This is a fanzine, at a fanzine price but it is full of images from throughout her career (some here) and will make a great stocking stuffer.

More detailsTHE WOMAN I WAS
BORN TO BE

by Susan Boyle

It is only 18 months since she became an overnight world sensation. So much has been written about her, but here she speaks for herself.

Available after October 14.

More detailsGLEE:
THE BEGINNING
by Sophia Lowell

Is it a musical, is it a drama is it a comedy? However it has been classified, we can't get enough of it. Here it is, in novelised form, pitched at teens and the young at heart.



SNOUTS IN THE TROUGH
THE POWER OF MOTHERS
Snouts in the TroughAndrew Fraser

Every decade or so a book is published that is of such importance that it changes the way we do things forever.
Snouts in the Trough is just such a book for its chilling chronicle of the crimes and betrayals of some of Australia's own police, notorious rogue cops who stand charged with the ultimate form of police corruption - shielding their crimes behind their badges.
These are true stories that you won't read in the papers or see on the news. They may have been alluded to before but they've only skimmed the surface. Like the revelations that prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the Wood Royal Commission, for the unsuspecting public these will shock and appall.

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More detailsCelia Lashlie

The Power of Mothers is a hard-hitting look at our troubled society, the inter-generational cycle of crime and criminal families and the women who have the power to change things for the better - if we let them.
Lashlie is an ex-governor of a women's prison turned writer and activist and she certainly is not afraid to call a spade a spade. She has an excellent reputation and her book on parenting - He'll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men - is in constant demand from our warehouse.
The Power of Mothers is a searing attack on institutions and the cycle of criminality and she sheets home the blame to all of us. This won't make for comfortable reading, but she gets right to the heart of the matter.

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MAN BITES MURDOCH

INSIDE STORY
Man Bites MurdochBruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie was the golden boy of print media, having edited all the big Victorian papers. He was on a trajectory to the top when he crossed Rupert Murdoch and was promptly shown the door. Guthrie comes from the Tony Abbott school of confrontation, meaning that he decided to take on the world's most powerful media baron head on.
One trial, many months of courtroom drama later, Guthrie walked away with nearly $600,000 plus costs.
This is his explosive account of his time as a newspaper man and his exposé of the treachery that can go on in the highest of places.
If you liked Who Killed Channel 9? you will love the appropriately titled Man Bites Murdoch.

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Inside StoryPeter Lloyd

How do you go from being a top international correspondent to being a prisoner in a Singapore jail? For ABC journalist Peter Lloyd it was an inexorable slide downhill ending in infamy. Lloyd cut his teeth on covering disasters like the Bali bombing, the Boxing Day tsunami and the shocking suicide bombing in Pakistan that saw Benazir Bhutto narrowly escape with her life, only to be assassinated some two months afterwards. This adrenalin fuelled life led to private agony and eventually to his imprisonment on drugs charges. This is Lloyd's own story, told with warmth, candour and insight.

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GOLD!

WHAT MAKES US TICK?
GoldDavid Hill

Question.
What simultaneously ensured the financial survival of the struggling Australian colonies, tripled the country's small population, drove the last nail into the coffin of convict transportation, subverted the hierarchical British class system and stimulated the democratic ideas that led to the establishment of the nation of Australia?
You got it, it was the gold rush.
David Hill has the magic touch when it comes to combining first hand accounts with his own lucid and energetic narration and I can't think of a better subject for him than this game changing event.

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more detailsHugh Mackay

The book that explains us to ourselves - from one of Australia's best-loved authors. Hugh Mackay's reputation as Australia's leading social researcher makes him the ideal person to write this book. Informative and engaging - this new social commentary will answer many questions and raise even more about our lives, what drives us, what makes us happy, and what makes us worried. It  is all based on Hugh's lifetime of social research.

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ABANDONED: THE SAD DEATH OF DIANNE BRIMBLE

UNSUNG ORDINARY MEN
AbandonedGeesche Jacobsen

The events that surround the death of Dianne Brimble on the P&O cruise ship in 2002 have been the subject of inquiries, inquests and trails. They present an litany of abuse, criminality, disrespect and neglect, and perhaps hold a mirror up to ourselves in which we would rather not look.
Jacobsen is the crime editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and this book demonstrates just how blurred the lines can be between criminal and moral responsibility.

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More detailsSally Dingo

An extraordinary, unique and potentially prize-winning book from bestselling author Sally Dingo.
There are many books that tell the stories of the men lost in the Second World War. Very few tell the stories of the men who came back. Sally Dingo's father was a prisoner of war, who returned from the war a changed man - and Sally wanted to tell his story. Then she realised that his story was just one of thousands. This book will tell so many of those men's stories - of their time at war, of their coming home, and of the impact their war had on themselves, their families, and their communities. This is a war story with a difference. Written by the child of a prisoner of war, it combines the personal with the social history and tell of the ripple effects of war. A very human story with relevance on a wide scale, I have ordered a couple of copies of this one as gifts.

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Unsung Ordinary Men
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HERE ON EARTH: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
25 YEARS AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHY
more detailsTim Flannery

According to Professor Flannery, humans' success as a species has been a disaster for many ecosystems. But taking a wider and longer-term view would give hope for humanity and the planet, he argues.
Professor Flannery's latest book, which charts the history of life on earth and explores human evolution and earth's sustainability, is his first major work since The Weather Makers in 2005, which argued that, if climate change was not slowed, it would cause mass species extinctions.
In Here on Earth, the author argues that our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many ecosystems, and could lead to our downfall.
However, he says narrow horizons and short time frames are always misleading and what is needed is a wider view that encompasses humanity over the millennia and the world over aeons.
In writing this book I've taken that long view, and, despite the challenges we now face, I feel optimistic - for ourselves, our children and our planet.
It's not so much our technology, but what we believe, that will determine our fate.

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25 years of Australian Georgraphic MagazineAustralian Geographic

What on earth did we do before  Australian Geographic came onto the scene a quarter of a century ago? What a difference it has made to how we view our own country!
25 Years of Australian Geographic Photography is an absolute celebration. A superb coffee table book, gift or presentation volume, the beautifully put together hardback is full of stunning photos and well thought through lay outs.
We have internal images and an excerpt here.
It is easy to be tempted with this one, and you can feel confident that you will be buying a very special book indeed - and at our discounted price it is an absolute bargain.

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THE LEGACY: AN ELDER'S VISION OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S FIRST LIFE: A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME
The LegacyDavid Suzuki with forward by Margaret Atwood

One of the planet's pre-eminent elders, in his lifetime Suzuki has witnessed an explosion of scientific knowledge and a huge change in our relationship with the planet - a tripling of the world's population, a greatly increased ecological footprint through the global economy, and an enormous growth in technological capacity. These changes have had a dire effect on Earth's ecosystems and consequently on our own well-being. When Suzuki speaks, we listen, and with a forward by Margaret Atwood, this extend essay presented as a gift hardback has an authority and a weight that cannot be ignored.

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more detailsDavid  Attenborough &  Matt Kaplan

The remarkable Attenborough is well into his 80s now and he has been informing, instructing and entertaining us with his particular take on the natural world for probably four decades.
In First Life, the book that accompanies a BBC television series yet to screen in Australia, Attenborough and Kaplan go right back to basics, and introduce us to our world via the fossil record.
You know what to expect with this book - a glossy hardback full of stunning images and clear, concise and erudite text. It will make a lovely gift for natural science enthusiasts of all ages.
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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
MUSIC
HOW TO MAKE GRAVY BOXED SET WITH CDs
MusicAndrew Zuckerman

Ravi Shankar, Ozzy Osbourne, Sinead O'Connor, Lenny Kravitz, Herbie Hancock - 50 of the greats bare their souls, face to face with Zuckerman's unflinching camera.
Zuckerman first came to our attention with Wisdom, (now in many editions) which with its originally huge format, stunning images and clarity of text became the best seller of its season. Music will now take him to a much wider audience.
If you don't know what to give this Christmas, give Music.

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More detailsPaul Kelly

How to Make Gravy  has its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those little tales grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other.
This special edition slipcased package contains Paul Kelly's How To Make Gravy along with the companion A-Z recordings box set, which includes eight CDs of new live recordings of the songs that form the book's chapters, stripped back to their essentials as mesmerising solo or duo performances. The box set also features a 64-page booklet of colour photographs.
Each of How To Make Gravy hundred chapters, also in alphabetical order by song title, consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former.
Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band, some form an idiosyncratic history of popular music, some are like small essays, some stand as a kind of how-to of the songwriter's art - from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S  BOX   GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
Breakfast at Tiffany'sSarah Gristwood
 
I'd like to say that Breakfast at Tiffany's is famous because of the novel by Truman Capote, but in fact, it is the film version, with the gamine and elegant Audrey Hepburn dressed by Givenchy, in the role of Holly Golightly, that etched the tale in the minds of the public.
It is 50 years since the film was released and this celebratory official companion is as classy and stylish as Miss Hepburn herself. This book is an absolute feast for the movie buff - it even has the music from Henry Mancini's Moon River.
We have seven glorious double page spreads here.

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  BoxHolger Keifel & Thomas Hauser

Wow! This is a stunning black and white compendium of close up photos documenting the might, glory and power of this perennially popular sport.
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250 images - what a homage to the greatest living legends of the ring.

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More detailsAnd while we are on the subject, seven years after the publication of the collectible Greatest of All Time, an affordable  edition is being released so that the genius of Mohammed Ali can be shared with the widest possible audience.  In all, 21 copies of the original edition were sold for a whopping $27,000 each. Now, smaller in size but not in impact, this new version brings the people's champ to the people - the undisputed heavyweight champion of boxing books, now at a knockout price

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  Guinness world records 2011

What can I say? Every year this compendium of facts, trivia, arcane and otherwise, sells out to an adoring readership. It is the perfect gift for the reader who likes it all in bite size chunks and who is fascinated with oddities.
The 2011 edition is not only fully updated but it has a new design, while still incorporating favourite features like quiz of the year, instant expert, top ten tables and charts.

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF  WARDROBE 101
  THE GARDEN OF IDEAS
The Great Barrier ReefJames Woodford
 
I have been a Woodford fan since reading The Dog Fence years ago. Woodford's special talent is to combine history, science, environment and travel writing into an eminently readable non-fiction narrative. And this time he certainly has an appealing subject. Woodford dived the length of the reef to do the research for this book which surely must have been a most enjoyable task. His approach is to discuss the Reef as a single living organism and while the book is timely considering the various ecological threats facing it, this volume would also make a marvellous gift to anyone interested in or coming to Australia.

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  More detailsDijanna Mulhearn

Why didn't I have this book when I first started buying my own clothes? I would have saved myself an absolute fortune and avoided way too many fashion disasters.
Wardrobe 101 is a must-have how-to on shape, colour, bench mark design and budgeting, which will turn anyone from a fashion victim to a seriously confident head turner.
We have lots of internal images and a clip of the author here.
You are going to change your life for the price of a K Mart tee shirt!

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  The Garden of IdeasRichard Aitken

From the first imaginings of Terra Australis to the present day, this lavishly produced and designed title is gorgeously illustrated throughout with paintings, drawings, prints, plans, and photographs.
The Garden of Ideas will act both as a valuable reference source for garden design  pro-fessionals and a stunning coffee table book for garden lovers, and is written in Aitken's trademark witty and erudite style. This book includes garden designs from the late eighteenth century to the present day and is an absolute treat. A long time coming!
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Lovers of the Australian spin on matters horticultural will adore this inexpensive but beautifully put together gift book with its gorgeous illustrations, flaps, envelopes and inspirational quotes and snippets.

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The Australian Garden
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BUTTERFLIES OF AUSTRALIA
  HAMLET
  STILL LIFE: INSIDE THE ANTARCTIC HUTS OF SCOTT AND SHACKLETON
Butterflies of AustraliaAlbert Orr &
Roger Kitching


This is going to appeal to anyone interested in natural history, science or art as it is a complete, illustrated guide to all of the country's butterfly species as well as an easily understood overview of their biology,  history, conservation and ecology. Not only that, it is a very beautiful book to thumb through and will make the perfect gift for just the right person.

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  Hamlet











Nikki Greenberg


This is the prince of Denmark as you have never seen him before. Perfect for people with a passion for sequential art, as well as spot on for people  for whom Shakespeare is a chore more than a joy. This graphic  presentation of the play is word for word authentic and this fresh  colourful, imaginative manga like approach makes it both a pleasure and a breeze.

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  Still LifeJane Ussher

Here is another one we have images for so you can get an idea. Antarctic exploration has always held a special fascination, particularly for Australians, and the turn of the twentieth century was the focus for one of the last great races of discovery. There are certainly plenty of books about that. What there hasn't been, until now that is, is a photographic study of the remains of that era, and by that I mean principally, the huts that served as expedition bases. Still Life is described as "hauntingly beautiful", and having seen the book, I can certainly attest to that. This is a fascinating pictorial essay (with additional words by Nigel Watson) that will be of enormous interest to many people.

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ONE  SURFING BRILLIANT CORNERS
  JAMIE WHINCUP: MY CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR
OneVictoria Alexander
 
When I grow up I want to be Victoria Alexander. She is the consumate traveller, photographer and cook and her effortless style colours everything she does, whether it be in the home or in the public sphere.
One is a most unusual book. It is about living as one, and loving it. It is replete with photos, images, text and it is all about finding contentment and being able to count on ourselves. This is a lovely book for someone on their own, or someone needing to carve out a bit of space for themselves.

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  Surfing Brilliant CornersSam Bleakley &
John Callahan


Despite growing up on the coast, I never really appreciated surfing until I had read Tim Winton's Breath. Soon after, I spent a wild windy afternoon watching surfers paddle out from the rocks to  try their luck on some huge waves and suddenly I got it. Winton describes some pretty extreme surfing, and Surfing Brilliant Corners is the real book about extreme surfing. It takes surfing beyond the waves and packaged tourism to a much wider sense of place and cultural identity.
Bleakley is a writer and professional surfer who has multiple longboard championships to his name. Callahan is one of the most widely published surfing photo-graphers in the world. This is a book that all surfers, and wannabe surfers, are going to love.
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Jamie Whincup

 
A year in the life of V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup, as he sets out to win his third consecutive title and overcomes the drama surrounding his controversial switch from Ford to Holden.
Jamie is right at his peak today, with the ideal mixture of raw speed and experience. Right at the moment Jamie is the best driver in V8 Supercars.
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Mark Skaife, five-time Australian touring car champion &  five-time Bathurst winner)
This diary of  a championship year is a unique glimpse into the life and mind of one of Australia's top sports-men.

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art + soul
more details Hetti Perkins

From the publishers of the bestseller First Australians comes the lavishly illustrated art + soul, the companion book to the prime-time ABC TV series by the same name.

Over the last thirty years, a magical flowering of Aboriginal art has occurred in Australia - captivating viewers around the world with astonishingly powerful artworks, and creating a new art movement that could not have been imagined in the 1970s.

Hetti Perkins, who stars in the series, takes readers on a personal journey of discovery into a world of ideas and the imagination of leading Aboriginal artists around Australia. She travels from the startlingly beautiful landscapes of remote Arnhem land to Sydney and from saltwater country to the desert heartlands of Central Australia.

art + soul includes more than 200 artworks and photography from director Warwick Thornton, awarded the Camera D'or at Cannes for Samson and Delilah.

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FOR THE YOUNGER SET
Here is the best of the best for school aged and younger. For a full selection of new releases for babies and toddlers, primary school children and young adults, follow the links.

more detailsNONI THE PONY by Alison Lester

I think I can still recite my way through Magic Beach and Imagine after way more years than I care to admit, and I can certainly conjure up those wonderful images. Alison Lester holds a very special place in the homes of so many Australians.

Noni the Pony is Lester at her best - rhyming text, sweet illustrations , a delightful story and of course, a horse.

Ages 1 - 4.

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Could this get any cuter? Wonky Donkey is already topping the bestseller picture book charts at the moment. Now you can get a mini edition, with the CD sound track, plus the very cuddly WD himself. We've had loads of fun in the office watching the clip, but someone keeps stealing my donkey!

Ages 2 - 7 (plus parents)

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more detailsRECKLESS by Cornelia Funke

If you are looking for happily ever after, you've come to the wrong place.

Funke already has a huge following for her Inkheart trilogy. Now she puts a dark twist on the Brothers Grimm in an extraordinary fantasy thriller set between the real world of today and another, altogether much darker place where magic and technology have bred with disastrous results.

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Ages 12 plus

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More detailsGUANTANAMO: MY JOURNEY by David Hicks

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to tell my story publicly. I hope you find that this book is not only a story of injustice, but also a story of hope.
(David Hicks)

Like him or loathe him, David Hicks certainly polarises people. One of the most talked about Australians, and for all the wrong reasons, he is now speaking out for the first time since before the whole sorry saga began. This high-security memoir has been under lock and key and its publication  has caught everyone by surprise. What is no surprise is the level of interest in the this most controversial man.

The first published account by David Hicks of the years leading up to his incarceration in the infamous US military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, this book will cover his time as a detainee, and his search for a normal life following release from prison in late 2007.

Written over the last two years, the book dispels myths about David Hicks's life before Guantanamo and reveals insights into the interrogation techniques used by the US military on Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Publishing Director of Random House Australia, Nikki Christer, said she had greatly enjoyed working with David Hicks as his publisher, and found him to be a talented writer. She expected keen interest in this first published account of his experience.

"David Hicks is one of the more intriguing figures in recent Australian history. Most people have an opinion about him, but very few know the truth of his experience," Ms Christer said. "We've waited a long time to hear from him."

Managing Director of Random House Australia, Margaret Seale, said the publisher was proud to be bringing such an important Australian memoir to print.

"David Hicks has been the subject of controversy and sharply divided opinion in recent years, but until now his own story has not been told. Guantanamo: My Journey is a remarkable story that sheds light on an important chapter in our recent history," Ms Seale said.

Available from October 16.

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Mother Mary MacKillop will be canonised on  October 17, by the Pope in Rome, and the ceremony will be  watched around the world.
With so much focus on the only Australian to have been beatified, we know there will be interest in these titles.

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A LITERARY PARIS:Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris and others on the uncommon lure of the city of light by Jamie Cox Robertson

You start at a café table because everything in Paris starts at a  café table.

With these words, Irwin Shaw captured the Paris he knew, but Hemingway, Colette and Maugham had their own distinct observations and peculiar opinions of this great city, which they captured in carefully chosen words and evocative imagery.
A Literary Paris offers a collection of twenty short stories and novel excerpts about this elegant city from authors including Dickens, Flaubert, Hugo, Twain, Kerouac, Mayle, Sedaris and more.
With an inside look at the authors' writing style, time period and fascinating facts about their favourite Parisian landmarks, A Literary Paris takes every reader on a spectacular literary journey.
This is a linen packaged hardback with vintage postcard art throughout so it makes a lovely gift.
We have a Google Preview here so you can really have a good look at the book before you buy.

And if you are actually going to Paris, combine this compilation anthology of novel excerpts with the very fabulous guide to eateries in Shannon Bennett's Paris and there you have it - culture and food sorted in two books for keeps.
Trust me, I have road tested Mr Bennett's offering, and apart from making me broke, he was spot on in every respect.

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How could you resist this fun and clever craft book for the Christmas season? Full instructions for hand knitting all the figures for a traditional nativity are included.

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