Booktopia Buzz
August 2011 | Edition 35
BUZZ IN BRIEF
Father's Day is just around the corner, but here at Booktopia it is more like Christmas in July with all the goodies I have for you this month.

For a start there are 3 signed Wallabies jerseys up for grabs with the Rocky Elsom book.

Then there are two terrific book+movie ticket possibilities - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Eye of the Storm. Between those two we should have the whole household sorted.

I am giving away a case of wine to one person buying James Halliday Wine Companion 2012 , and I have two rare, signed, limited edition James Frey books (The Final Testament of the Holy Bible) to hand out to two FLIPBACKS buyers.

I have a great deal on Susan Duncan books, and oh yes, I have done a lot of reading and written a whole heap of reviews. All in all, I am presenting the very best books for August 2011.

Happy reading and see you in another week or two with my Father's Day selection.

Toni Whitmont
Editor-in-Chief
Booktopia
EXCLUSIVE SUSAN DUNCAN COLLECTION AT A VERY SPECIAL PRICE
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Susan Duncan 3 In One   Susan Duncan 3 In One   Susan Duncan 3 in One
SALVATION CREEK, THE HOUSE AT SALVATION CREEK & A LIFE ON PITTWATER by Susan Duncan

For those of you who have never read any Susan Duncan, I have a treat in store for you.

Susan writes from the heart. Her books Salvation Creek and The House at Salvation Creek, are her honest, witty and often poignant tales of having to remake her life after health and relationships went bad. From a very high profile career at the heart of a huge media empire, Susan found herself living in a tiny community on a Pittwater island in Sydney's northern coastal playground. This community has in fact been her own salvation.

After the success of her two memoirs, Susan put together the very beautiful A Life on Pittwater with photographer Anthony Ong. This is a gorgeous keepsake coffee table volume which documents a very special place and the book says as much about community in Pittwater as it does about wider Australia. See inside the book, and my interview with Susan, here.

Why all this interest in Susan Duncan? Well, next month (September) she will be publishing her very first novel, called The Briny Cafe and I am sure she has approached her subject with characteristic warmth and authenticity. I will bring you more on The Briny Cafe soon although it is certainly available to pre-order now at our very low Booktopia price.

Now for the really good bit. Click for more detail or to buy The Briny Cafe

I have put together Susan's three non-fiction books in one pack for you. This is an exclusive Booktopia offer and it certainly won't last.


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GET IN QUICK - BOOKS + MOVIE TICKETS
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS + SINGLE MOVIE TICKET Facebook Twitter
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Harry Potter book + movie ticketThe Harry Potter finale movie which started last Thursday is the movie of the moment. In fact, considering the books have been a phenomenon since the mid 1990s, the celluloid version is probably going to be significant for a long, long time. 

For a limited time only, this Australian published edition will come with a free movie pass to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The book and the movie pass for $22.99 - this is exceptional value and exclusive to Booktopia. Hurry - there are only limited numbers of these book plus film pass packs.

For those of you who are getting to this newsletter late, just follow the links on the image or below to the Booktopia site. I will be removing the movie ticket reference on the website as soon as we run out, so don't leave it too long.

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THE EYE OF THE STORM + DOUBLE MOVIE PASS by Patrick White
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Patrick White's seminal book about family relationships and the stuff of love and hate has been made into a film which will be screening from September 15. You can read all about the book, and see the film trailer, here. The film stars Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davies.

Now, listen up.

I have 20 double passes to the movie to give out to lucky readers. I am going to take the first 40 orders for the book and put a double pass in every second one. Your odds are pretty good with this opportunity.

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WHY SHOULD FATHER'S HAVE ALL THE FUN?
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Click for more detail or to buy Talkin' Bout Your Generation I will be going unashamedly blokey in another week or so when I present you with the best of the best for Father's Day. I will be putting together a really exciting selection of big boys books, including of course, some huge sport memoirs. Meanwhile, however, there are a few that I want to give you a sneak peek at now. And in any case, why do you need to be a father to enjoy titles like these?

TALKIN' ABOUT YOUR GENERATION: Book of Everything Ever by Michael Ward

Baby boomer? Gen X? Gen Y? This fun book of facts, falsehoods and irrelevancies from Shaun Micallef's comedy quizz show of the same name is sure to entertain you which ever pigeon hole you are in.

Look inside here.

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Click for more detail or to buy Rocky ElsomROCKY ELSOM: Leader of the Wallabies by Bret Harris

It's rugby, it's the world up, it's Leonardo da Vinci in studs - presenting you with Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom, sporting hero, philosopher, and all round Renaissance man.

Best of all I have three Wallabies jerseys signed by Rocky to give away to three purchasers of this book between now and August 31. That would make a Father's Day gift to remember.

Three customers, three jerseys and an announcement of the recipients on the site on September 1. It can't get better than that.

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Click for more detail or to buy ServoSERVO: Great Australian Service Stations by Jim Sonter

I love this book. Granted I have spent a lot of time in the car going to places that most people have never heard of, but you just can't beat an old servo to bring you face to face with the past.

Jim Sonter worked in the mail room at the publisher Harper Collins for more years than he cares to remember, but all that time, he was busy documenting his passion for old fashioned service stations. I bet he has seen some country.

Have a look here at some of these images . And then get out the thermos for a nice cup of sweet milky tea.

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Click for more detail or to buy Australian Wine Compantion 2012JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2012 by James Halliday

This annual is the best known, best respected wine guide in Australia. Click through to read all the details on the book.

Meanwhile, what you will only find here, is one heady opportunity.

One lucky purchaser between now and August 31 will be receiving from Mr Halliday himself, a mixed dozen of his very own Coldstream Hills wines.

I will announce the recipient on the site on September 1. Meanwhile, start reading up.

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JAMES FREY IS SHRINKING
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2 of 1,000 ever produced signed, boxed hardback editions"My goal was not to retell the story of Christ. That has been done, and done well. My goal was to create a new mythology. One that is relevant in a world with nuclear weapons, advanced physics, the internet, genetic testing and manipulation, one where we know homosexuality is not a decision. My goal was to create a mythology, to tell a story, to make a work of art that made sense in a world where we know things that people, and writers, 2000 years ago could never have known or imagined. Whether I was able to do it or not will be determined by readers, and by time, and by history."

If there is one thing that James Frey does right, it is that he courts controversy. Back in March we blogged about The Final Testament of the Holy Bible and yes, people haven't stopped talking. Frey of course is best known for his A Million Little Pieces, which is now available in the small but perfectly formed FLIPBACK edition. Meanwhile, there are 1,000 signed, boxed, hardcover editions of The Final Testament of the Holy Bible being squirelled away across the world and no one seems to know how to get hold of them.

See the range of flipback editions here

For those of you who haven't come across FLIPBACKS yet, they are uber small, uber cool full editions of great books that fit neatly into your pocket or wallet (as is shown in the picture above). About the size of an iPhone, but with gloriously real pages that you can actually turn, they are the answer to everyone who wants portability and convenience but doesn't want to recharge.

Where am I going with this? Well, there are 12 FLIPBACKS in the range so far - including James Frey, including Chris Cleave and including Melvyn Bragg. And I have two of those precious 1,000 signed boxed Final Testaments in my possession.

So here is the deal. All customers of FLIPBACKS between now an August 31 will have an equal chance of receiving one of those two precious boxed editions. All you need to do is to follow the link to FLIPBACKS, buy what takes  your fancy and keep your fingers crossed. I will put the names of recipients here on September 1.


ALL ABOUT FICTION
Whether it is crime, quality, Australian-flavoured fiction, or all three, I have a great selection for you here. And don't  forget to have a l ook here for bestselling fiction that is coming down to a cheaper format. Now is the time to finally read Freedom - read our review. For exceptional value, there is Monica McInerney's Alphabet Sisters at a really nice price. Read it and you will be in the box seat for Lola's Secret which is coming in October. Also great value is John Grisham's The Confession.

My favourites are explained below. Click on the jacket images for all the details of the plot lines.

ON CANAAN'S SIDE by SEBASTIAN BARRY
  THE EMPEROR OF LIES by STEVE SEM-SANDBERG
  HINTERLAND by CAROLINE BROTHERS
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Here is something exciting -  twice shortlisted Man Booker author Sebastian Barry presents us with the elegiac On Canaan's Side.

Here he is in
conversation with
Booktopia
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On Canaan's Side
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Having had the experience of visiting Jerusalem's Yad Vashem and learning all about the notorious Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, the Polish Jew with the poison chalice of presiding over the hellish Lodz ghetto, I am not sure I can stomach The Emperor of Lies.
Having said that, it is being hailed in most quarters as a major literary event with publication in over 30 languages. It is being described as one of the great holocaust novels.

There is an excellent
review here
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The Emperor of Lies
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An Australian journalist who has spent years researching and reporting on refugees, Brothers presents us with her debut novel, which gets under the skin of an enormous global issue in the way that only exquisite fiction can.

Go here to read Brothers' answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.

Go here to read an
extract.


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Hinterlan
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Australian author
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AMERICA PACIFICA by  ANNA NORTH
  THE TRAITOR'S EMBLEM by JUAN GÓMEZ-JURADO
  A BOOK FOR ALL AND NONE by CLARE MORGAN
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Anna North lands on our shores as one of the most striking new voices in dystopic fiction with her depiction of the island of America-Pacifica, one of the last habitable places on earth after the second ice age.

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America Pacifica
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Spain's answer to Ken Follett brings us an epic novel about decades of family betrayal, impossible love and the high price of vengeance

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The Traitor's Emblem

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Told in dazzling prose, A book for All and None introduces a new voice to sit alongside Siri Hustveldt and Rose Tremain. Morgan is being touted as a future prize winner with her literary debut which brings together two Oxford academics, Virginia Woolf and Nietzsche.

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A Book for All or None
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SPIRIT OF PROGRESS by STEVEN CARROLL
  THE CHASE by CHRISTOPHER KREMMER   THE FIX by NICK EARLS
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The stunning new novel from Miles Franklin Award winner Steven Carroll is based on a Sidney Nolan painting of Carroll's aunt and is a compelling prequel to his awarded Glenroy trilogy.

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Spirit of Progress
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I have been a fan of Kremmer's since the Carpet Wars . Now writing fiction for the first time, this former foreign correspondent and son of a jockey brings us a novel of racing, corruption and standover men all set in  Sydney of the 1940s.


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The Chase
Australian author
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Another time (the present), another city (Brisbane) but in essence, still a story of quick cash and spin. Nick Earls' latest book is written with his characteristic wry humour and will leave you guessing until the end.


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The Fix
Australian author
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HARRY CURRY: COUNSEL OF CHOICE by STUART LITTLEMORE
  HELLO DARKNESS by SAM DE BRITO
  THE BROTHERHOOD by Y. A. ERSKINE
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Move over Rumpole. Roll over Rake. Barrister and media commentator Stuart Littlemore has written the first of what will be three books, apparently based on some of his own cases. I've dipped into Harry Curry - it is loads of fun and Littlemore certainly has the smarts, and the inside running, to be able to pull this off. It is razor sharp.

Here is an extract.

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Harry Curry: Counsel of Choice
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A yobbo in the feminist playground? A pathological narcissist? Fairfax blogger (All Men Are Liars ) and columnist Sam de Brito has written a follow-up to his much praised The Lost Boys as siren chasing journalist Ned Jelli searches for the perfect woman to fill the black hole where his heart should be. This is Sydney from the gutter up.

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Hello Darkness
Australian author
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The Wire
meets Underbelly in this tale of police corruption and conflicting loyalties. Erskine should know -  this ex-cop worked in covert task forces investigating international smuggling rings. Hers is an explosive new voice in Australian crime writing  - a voice which rings with grim clarity.

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The Brotherhood
Australian author
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BORN TO RUN   by   JOHN M. GREEN
  BABYLON by STEPHEN SEWELL
  AFRICAN DAWN by TONY PARK
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Set in the lead-up to the next US presidential election, this is a political thriller about hot-favourite candidate Isabel Diaz who is set to be the first woman to win the White House.

Go here to read Green's answers to our Six Sharp Questions.

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Born to Run
Australian author
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I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but the publisher's description certainly makes it sound intriguing. Sewell's most recent novel is Animal Kingdom and if you have read it, or seen the film, you are definitely going to want to read Babylon.

Go here for the Google Preview of Bablyon.

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Babylon

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Tony Park is the real deal. In  his latest novel, he yet again gives us loads of action all set against the backdrop of contemporary African issues - in this case the ruination of Zimbabwe under Mugabe and the plundering of its rhino population.

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African Dawn
Australian author
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CHELSEA MANSIONS by BARRY MAITLAND
  THE ACCIDENT by LINWOOD BARCLAY
  THE DINOSAUR FEATHER by SISSEL-JO GAZAN
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This is a winner - it is Brock and Kolla, it is at a super low price, and it involves a deadly virus, a vicious killer, a long buried secret and the Chelsea Flower Show!

Google Preview here.

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Chelsea Mansions
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Small town USA, the GFC as a backdrop, organised crime, a cracking pace - when Linwood Barclay puts pen to paper we all come along for the ride.

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The Accident
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Cold crime, Nordic noir - whatever you call it, this genre keeps on keeping on. The Dinosaur Feather won the Danish crime book of the decade award and has been translated into many languages to rave reviews. If you have a taste for the bleak and remorseless, Sissel-Jo might just be your new best friend.

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CITY OF THE DEAD by SARA GRAN
  PRIVATE LIVES by TASMINA PERRY
  TURN OF MIND by ALICE LaPLANTE
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Post-Katrina New Orleans, a missing DA and an investigator called Claire DeWitt who has been described as an amalgam of Sid Vicious and Nancy Drew - no surprise then that this book has already been optioned for the screen.

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Tasmina Perry was one of the fastest growing authors in Australia last year and who could be surprised with her mix of glamour, scandal and crime for the chick lit market?

Go here to read our interview with Perry.

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Private Lives
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This is a classy debut literary thriller which has received the backing of Nicci French, Donna Leon and just about every reviewer. A brilliantly chilling portrait of a mind in disintegration, we have a Google preview and an extract here.

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Turn of Mind
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NON FICTION
What a fascinating month it is for non-fiction. Being so close to Father's Day, there is an absolute feast of sport, military, history and otherwise blokey books and I will certainly be giving them special attention in the next week or so. Meanwhile, I couldn't hold off on Ricky, Servo, James or Your Gen.

Meanwhile, I think that the stand out book has to be Fair Cop. I was lucky enough to meet Christine Nixon at an industry function recently and while we weren't allowed anywhere near her book (as it was still being legalled not three weeks ahead of release date, much to the rising anxiety of her publisher), what impressed me about her presentation was her perspective.

Nixon was the 173rd woman to join NSW Police - that's not many women in more than half a century of recruiting females. She was the only woman at the notorious Darlinghurst station in Sydney. She ended up being Australia's first female police commissioner (in Victoria). What she doesn't know about life, the law, criminalilty, politics, leadership, and gender roles, probably isn't worth knowing. I can't wait to read her memoir, and to put it into the hands of just about every young woman I know (and their fathers).

Browse below to see a wide selection of non-fiction titles, from history, to self-help, to pop culture and back again. And if that doesn't satisfy you....


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FAIR COP: CHRISTINE NIXON by CHRISTINE NIXON & JO CHANDLER    SAY IT WITH FEELING by GERALD STONE
  ANGEL IN THE RUBBLE: HOW I SURVIVED FOR 27 HOURS UNDER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER DEBRIS by GENELLE GUZMAN-McMILLAN
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Christine Nixon went as far as any police woman  had gone - and then some. She then went on to head up the Victorian bushfire authority, only to be caught up in the controversy surrounding the tragedy of Black Saturday. In this memoir, she writes her own story,  always taking a stand and always on the front line.

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Fair Cop
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This is the story behind the stories, from none other than Who Killed Channel Nine ? author Gerald Stone. He has long been both a major player and a seasoned observer on the broadcasting scene. He has worked for and known all the major proprietors. I wonder what  his take on the Murdoch and the News of the World collapse would be?

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Say it with Feeling
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Genelle Guzman-McMillan was the last person pulled alive from Ground Zero. Having cheated death, she had to re-learn how to live. This is a book that will make you both laugh and cry.

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An Angel in the Rubble
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HISTORY
ARMAGEDDON: TWO MEN ON AN ANZAC TRAIL by PAUL DALEY & MICHAEL BOWERS

LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTER by ROBERT MENZIES & HEATHER HENDERSON
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Click for more detail or to buy ArmageddonSpeak to Paul Daley and he tells you that he and his colleague, photographer Michael Bowers, have put together something that is somewhere between gonzo history and gonzo travel - "two blokes looking back at a battlefield" - but Armageddon is so much more than that.
Over six frenetic weeks, the two men retraced the much neglected bitter conflict of the Middle East campaigns of World War 1. Fortunately, they have a similar journalistic pedigree. By juxtaposing contemporary photos with those taken by the soldiers, and with thoughtful curation of their letters home, the two men transport the reader to places and events that are now almost forgotten.
There is much to recommend this book, which is, in essence, full of inspiring stories of bravery, sacrifice told with insight. Daley of course wrote Beersheba (among others), so he comes to his subject very well qualified and prepared.


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Click for more detail or to buy Letters To My DaughterInsights into the intimate lives of famous politicians are interesting, especially those with a fearsome reputation. And so it is with Letters to my Daughter , which is a lifetime's correspondence from Robert Menzies to his only child, Heather.
The letters are full of love, humour and observations - both personal and political. They are so beautifully written that they make you realise what a lost art letter writing is these days.
This book would make a great purchase for daughters to give their dads for Father's Day. (I have certainly put my money where my mouth is on this one). Of course, the book will also appeal to older people who lived under Menzies long prime ministership as well as any one interested in Australian history and politics.

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Letters to my Daughter
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ACCESS ALL AREAS
ONE GOT PAST THE KEEPER by FERTILE FC
  BRAVE by MARK WHITTAKER
  VIOLIN LESSONS by ARNOLD ZABLE
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This is a parenting book with a difference. It is about friendship, supporting your partner, playing sport and eating sausage sandwiches, becoming an adult, and it is all told in consecutive chapters by a bunch of blokes from Byron who met on the pitch and then, within a year, all became fathers together.

See a clip and read an extract here.

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One Got Past the Keeper
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I don't remember another book like this, and I think it is such a good idea. Ordinary Australians making split second decisions in extraordinary circumstances, the effects of which often last a life time, Brave is a book to inspire.

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Elie Wiesel has said that there are some stories that need to be told, and not to tell them is to betray them. Zable does just that in Violin Lessons, which is a collection of stories of people he has met on his travels, from Saigon street kids whom he met in 1970 to an Iraqi asylum seeker who survived to tell her tale by clinging to a corpse for 24 hours after her boat sunk.
Bookseller + Publisher magazine describes this as a wonderfully complex, sad and beautiful read.

Read Zable's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here. He is a national treasure.

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Violin Lessons
Australian author
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GIANT GEORGE: LIFE WITH THE WORLD'S BIGGEST DOG by DAVE NASSER with LYNNE BARRETT-LEE
  SEX ON THE MOON by BEN MEZRICH
  THE CASUALS BY SALLY BREEN
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When they say "giant", they mean "giant". Officially the tallest dog in the world, Giant George is a lovable Great Dane who dominates the lives of his owners through his huge stature as well as his huge heart. By the way, this Oprah-annointed animal sleeps in a double bed but is frightened of small dogs. Go figure.

How big is this dog? Go here to see.

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Giant George
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This is a heist story with a difference brought to us by the author of the "facebook" tale,  Accidental Billionaires (known to film goers as The Social Network). Already optionned for the screen, Sex on the Moon is about moon rock - the most valuable substance on earth, illegal to own and impossible to replace - which was stolen by an obsessed genius employee of NASA. This is true crime with a difference.

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Sex on the Moon
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The Casuals
is for the kids of the 1980s what Puberty Blues was for the kids of the 1970s - a strikingly honest romp through the years of big hair, even bigger stereos, first love, lost innocence and the intoxicating knowledge that the world really was your oyster. Joyous, heartbreaking, hilarious and nostalgic all at once, this is a book to be devoured.

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The Casuals
Australian author
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A BEE IN A CATHEDRAL AND 99 OTHER SCIENTIFIC ANALOGIES by JOEL LEVY
  THE 52 SEDUCTIONS by BETTY HERBERT
  EXPLORE AUSTRALIA 2012
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What a good idea for a pop science book, and what great value! It is absolutely packed with images, graphs, tables and well laid out pithy text.
In A Bee in the Cathedral, you will come to better understand both how massive this universe really is and just how tiny some of its inhabitants are. You will learn fascinating facts about the human body, about just how destructive natural disasters can be, and what grand creations science has allowed humankind to build.

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A Bee in the Cathedral
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Remember the days when you couldn't keep your hands off each other? When you were unable to contain the urge to snog in public? When you were capable of finding erotic suggestion in the way your partner loaded the dishwasher?
Well, Betty and Herbert remember those days too. It's just that, after ten years of marriage, that memory is growing increasingly hazy.
The 52 Seductions charts Betty and Herbert's quest to invite the lust back into their relationship. They make a pact to seduce each other once a week for a year, and then realise just how rusty they are. Has sex changed since they last checked? Read on....

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The 52 Seductions
Available from August 9
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This is still the number one travel guide for anyone planning an extended holiday in Australia  and at our price, you won't do better.
700 towns, 70 holiday regions, top attractions, national parks, bushwalking, fishing spots, wildlife experiences, museums and galleries, festivals and markets, detailed city guides, an Australia-wide atlas, local history and food and accomodation listings - in short, Australia in a book!

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Explore Australia 2012
Australian author
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A SMALL BOOK ABOUT DRUGS by LISA PRYOR
  THE ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF EXPLORATION by AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC STAFF
  BOO: THE LIFE OF THE WORLD'S CUTEST DOG by I AHN
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Bookseller and Publisher
describes this as a persuasively written and thought-provoking essay that warrants serious consideration by young people, parents, politicians, law enforcement officers and the media.... it offers a controversial perspective on recreational drug use, and discusses many aspects of the practice that are often taboo in mainstream debate.

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A Small Book about Drugs
Australian author
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This is well laid out extremely visual and accessible reference book is for anyone with a thirst for history and adventure.

Have a look inside here.

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The Illustrated Atlas of Exploration
Australian author
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Boo is taking the world by storm. With a stack of youtube videos this is dog is at the other end of the spectrum to Giant George. Come to thing of it, Boo is the kind of dog that GG is afraid of. I don't get it but what would I know? I've checked his Facebook page and he has 1,372,349 fans.

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SEASON TO TASTE: HOW I LOST MY SENSE OF SMELL AND FOUND MY WAY by  MOLLY BIRNBAUM
  THE CANCER SURVIVOR'S COMPANION: HOW TO GET BACK ON TRACK AFTER CANCER by FRANCES GOODHART & LUCY ATKINS
  FOUR KITCHENS by LAUREN SHOCKEY
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What happens when you are a chef and an accident renders you without a sense of smell? This is a culinary memoir with a difference - science, psychology, self-help and more, Season to Taste is a sensory journey.

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Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer, and strategies to get you back on track again. This is all about the emotional fallout of surviving cancer.

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Professionally trained chef but passionate advocate of home cooking, food writer and blogger Lauren Shockey discovered that life wasn't meant to be easy when she worked in four high end restaurants around the world in one year. If you are serial follower of MasterChef or My Kitchen Rules and have ever wondered what it is really like, you will want to read this.

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HEALTH AND FOOD
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There is going to be a lot of interest in this book. First of all it is Thorpie, he's a star, he's a bloke and yes, he is a cook. Ian Thorpe has had an interesting relationship with food since having to fuel up enormously for competition, and then wean himself off a high carb, high protein diet once he was back in the real world.

I really like this book. It is well laid out, strongly visual, has achievable yet appealing recipes and is well-priced. I am sure he is going to annoy a few professional chefs and cooks by striding so confidently into their territory. However, Ian Thorpe can certainly speak for himself.

Here is part of what he says in his introduction:

When I stopped swimming competitively......,I wanted to set myself up for how to eat for the rest of my life and I wanted to get it right - which is how these recipes came about. They are a result of looking for a balanced and realistic way to eat well - minus any extremes.

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Australian Women's Weekly is still probably the most trusted brand in cooking across the country and this book is sure to be a winner, given that every recipe has been checked and endorsed by Diabetes Australia. Low fat, low GI, high flavour, high interest - staying healthy never tasted so good.

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BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS
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How on earth am I supposed to reduce this month's books for under 18 year olds to the chosen few? Apologies in advance for everyone whom I am offending, neglecting, overlooking. Click here for more details...What follows is, in the opinion of this bookseller, mother and former specialist in kid's books, the cream of the crop for August.

For the very young, it is Let's Go Baby-o! for its very cute action games, rhyming text and sheer opportunity for talk, discovery and play. A Sick Day for Amos McGee, whose author won the prestigious Caldecott medal is also very appealing, as is the well-priced The Selfish Crocodile Library with its 6 minibooks in a box, the back covers of which can be laid out to form a puzzle.


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For older kids, more primary school age, I love the rollicking, back-of-beyond farmyard picture book The Road To Goonong. This country family story puts me in mind of CJ Dennis.

The Mega-Mashups series continues, this time with Aliens  vs The Mad Scientist Under the Ocean . This bit of nonsense is loads of fun, probably more for boys than for girls if your kids conform to the stereotypes.

David Benedictus' The Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is coming into paperback later on in the month. You might recall that he was commissioned by the estate of AA Milne to continue the Christopher Robin story. I have had a read of it. You would have to be a pretty stuffy purist to be offended by this one. This is certainly not the Disney version of Pooh Corner.
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For those approaching high school, Derek Landy's Mortal Coil , part of his incredibly popular Skulduggery Pleasant series, is coming down into a new cheaper format. Hurray!

But the star of the show would have to be People's Republic, which is the first of a new three book story arc in Robert Muchamore's CHERUB series.

New Cherub series, new hero - available from August 4

For parents a bit concerned about the explicit nature of some of the later books (not that the kids were, of course), be assured that this new one is back to a 10+ age group. Our former hero James has now been booted out of the group for being too old, and the new boy in the spot light is the much young Ryan Sharma. Available from August 4.


Now for teens. Personally I love this category. It seems to me that if you can write well for teens,  you can write well for anyone. And there is such diversity, despite the continuing onslaught of vampires, werewolves, changlings, angels, whatevers....


I have highlighted my favourites below.

LIFE: AN EXPLODED DIAGRAM by MAL PEET
  DAYS LIKE THIS by ALISON STEWART
  THERE IS NO DOG by MEG ROSOFF
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At its core, this is a teenage coming of age story, but underneath it is about life, the universe and just about everything, all set against the background of the Cuban missile crisis. I am a huge Mal Peet fan. He definitely deserves a wider audience - basically anyone under the age of 80!

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A local book,  although with a huge overseas following already, this story presents a dystopian view of Sydney in a world where global warming has really taken over.

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God as a 19 year old teenager. Meg Rosoff can write no wrong (pun intended) in my eyes. I am really looking forward to reading this.

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 FOR THE COLLECTORS - A CENTURY OF FARMYARD RELICS
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The wonderful thing about collectors is that they collect anything from the most esoteric to the most prosaic. All they have to be is interested for personal, idiosyncratic or nostalgic reasons. The Century  of Farmyard Relics collection will definitely appeal to the right person, presumably the person with roots in the bush. You know the one - the one who already has a beloved Fergie TE20 in the house paddock, just for its decorative qualities.

Click for more detail or to buy A Century of Farmyard Relics in Australia One only needs to travel outside any of the key Australian capital cities and before too long you can find evidence of our agricultural past. Rusting remains of old horse drawn implements, an aged seeder as a garden ornament in a rural town front yard, the rusting hulk of an old kero tractor, once the prized working tool of a farmer.

Author and historian, Ken Arnold , has spent numerous hours and travelled thousands of kilometres in his most challenging undertaking to date, that of compiling and writing an encyclopaedic record of the machines, the manufacturers, the histories, the advertisements and the photographs that depicted the evolution of Australia's agricultural mechanization from the late 1800s to the early 1900.

This massive undertaking has produced a work that is surely the standard on the subject, not only for collectors and enthusiasts, but also for local and international academia. Farm Yard Relics provides valuable information that illustrates and chronicles the aspirations of our nation at this time of our agricultural progress and growth.

This work is available in five separate volumes, each one covering a different kind of equipment - tractors, dips and drenches, machinery, machinery agents and manufacturers, and windmills, buggies, fencing equipment, traps etc.

Each volume is handsomely illustrated.

Alternatively,  you can purchase all five volumes as a collection in itself. - $700 worth of books which I have discounted back down to $520. It would make a fabulous significant birthday present for the right person.

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LUX ET NOX

Despite this being possibly the most difficult to discern jacket image I have seen (or not seen) in a long time, I know there is going to be a lot of interest in this book.
Photographer and artist Bill Henson has had to deal with more controversy than he probably would have wished for. Nonetheless Lux et Nox has always attracted a lot of interest and it is available again now after an absence of some years.

On to matters much more prosaic - Maragaret Lomas owns about 36 houses herself so I guess that makes her supremely qualified for her latest book, Investing in the Right Property Now!

CALLING ALL MATTHEW REILLY FANS
As if you didn't know it already, SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES is coming. October 12. Put it in your diary. You can pre-order it here, now.


Meantime, to get you back in the mood, below are the three existing Scarecrow titles - and check out the price of these new editions!