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September 2011 | Edition 36
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
It's September, it's spring and it's all about the book. We have a whole new raft of Popular Penguins,  Get Reading is on across the country with two free books and a terrific range of titles for all ages and we have 26 Popular Penguins and the entire Get Reading collection to give away. I am over the moon about The Briny Café, The Language of Flowers and Sarah Thornhill. Kasey Chambers and Rafael Nadal tell their stories while Emily Rodda and Derek Landy will keep your kids more than satisfied as we inch towards school holidays.

That all adds up to a great month of reading!

Toni Whitmont
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EVEN MORE POPULAR PENGUINS

At last! The next batch of Popular Penguins have arrived - 26 new titles to get excited over, all at our popular Booktopia prices.

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We are celebrating September with a Popular Penguins give away.

Any one buying a Popular Penguins book in the month of September will be eligible to receive an entire collection - all 26 new titles. Thank you Penguin Australia!

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GET READING

See the Get Reading selection hereThe nation's biggest celebration of books and reading kicks off officially tomorrow for a month long festival between the covers.

September is Get Reading month. Yay! 50 brilliant books to choose from (in fact, 50 books you can't put down). Buy any of the 50 for your choice of one of two crackers of books for absolutely nothing. Yes, across the country, booksellers are giving away these two especially commissioned books (one for adults, one for children) with every purchase of any of the selected titles.

Go here to see the 50 books you can't put down and the two freebies. You can even download the free guide to the books, and then click through to our site to see the details, to read first chapters and to see our terrific prices. We've got everything in stock (or at least we have at the time of writing - if they get snaffled up, we'll get more into our warehouse as soon as you can say "50 books you can't put down" fifty times).

At Booktopia, we have made Get Reading even better. We are giving away the entire collection of 50 books to one lucky person who buys from the Get Reading 50 between now and the end of September. How good is that? 50 books you get to keep!

So what's made it into the list? Well, we tried to put in something for everyone (I am allowed to say "we" because I had the great honour of being one of the four booksellers included on the selection panel earlier this year. Not an easy task - we had to get 500 choices down to 50. Try doing that and still remaining friends with your industry colleagues).

Some of my favourites are That Deadman Dance (Kim Scott), Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville), The Briny Café (Susan Duncan), One Day (David Nicholls), Caleb's Crossing (Geraldine Brooks) and I Came to Say Goodbye (Caroline Overington).  Other Booktopia bestsellers are there - When God was a Rabbit, Past the Shallows, The Passage. For young adults there is the taut and terrific Mice, as well as The Hunger Games. Niromi de Soyza (The Tamil Tigress) and Kasey Chambers (A Little Bird Told Me) speak out. If you haven't already read Talking About Jane Austen in Baghdad, I thoroughly recommend it. For kids there is one from Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) as well as Garth Nix and the very talented Emily Rodda (The Golden Door). Leigh Hobbs' Mr Badger gets a guernsey as well as Jackie French's Baby Wombat's Week. As I say, something for everyone.

FICTION - THE FABULOUS FIVE
What an embarassment of riches! Buzz Club followers have already responded in droves to The Briny Café, Sarah Thornhill and The Language of Flowers. Add to the mix the wonderful All That I Am and The Cat's Table and you won't need anything else to read for ages!

Just to get you in the mood, here is Susan Duncan speaking directly to you.

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THE BRINY CAFÉ
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
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SUSAN DUNCAN


I am the first to admit that I was a late comer to the Susan Duncan phenomenon. I had plenty of recommendations for Salvation Creek from happy customers, but I didn't actually get around to reading any of her books until I interviewed her on the publication of A Life on Pittwater, the wonderful visual memoir of the community on the islands off the northern most tip of Sydney.

There is a clip of that interview here.

In July, we were able to source a supply of her two memoirs plus A Life on Pittwater in a pack, and we sold nearly 100 of them in a about 10 days, such is the measure of enthusiasm amongst the reading public for her story.

And so to The Briny Café, Susan's very first novel.

What works so well about this book is that it is based on a fictitious water-accessed community already so familiar to us from Salvation Creek. More importantly it plays to that deep yearning for both community, and connection, that so many people experience.

The main character is Ettie Brookbank, a woman in her 50s who is central to everyone's lives in sleepy Cook's Basin, only accessible by boat. The community is held together by The Briny Café, a sagging, decrepit, weatherboard construct that is in danger of collapsing down into its moorings.

The Briny Café is a book where nothing much happens - and I say that as a good thing. The focus is on the characters, the vignettes of interaction, the integration of new comer, the allowances for small eccentricities, the cementing of some relationships, the fracturing of others. Yes, there is a villain of the piece, and yes, he is pretty nasty, but the book is essentially about ordinary people doing ordinary things in a most extraordinary location - and finding their place.

Don't misunderstand me. The Briny Café shines. It is the simplicity of the tale, the familiarity of the characters that makes it work so wonderfully. Susan avoids cliché while offering something that we all really want - to feel good about life, to feel good about other people, and to get some respite from the stuff of everyday madness.

The Briny Café is warm, engaging, nourishing and refreshing. Settling down to read it is rather like settling down to a good cup of tea and one of Ettie's famous raspberry muffins.

Go here for our interview with the author.

Go here for an extract.

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VANESSA DIFFENBAUGH

I have to confess I approached this book rather like approaching a blind date - everyone said it would be perfect for me but I just didn't want to know in case I was disappointed.

The Language of Flowers was one of the most coveted acquisitions of last year. The uncorrected proof arrived on my desk with oodles of marketing guff aimed at getting my attention. And there it sat for months, despite rather plaintive inquiries from the publisher as to whether it had made it to the top of my reading pile.

What I knew about the book was that it was quirky, 'unputdownable', and involved a woman who communicated with the world by singly out flowers for the meanings attributed to them by nineteenth century romantics. It sounded mawkish and saccharine to me. My bias came from my background - I have lived, studied and worked with horticulture, floriculture and garden design off on and on throughout my life and I didn't want to waste my time with an asinine version of "roses are red, pansies are blue".

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

In other words, what would I know?

I spent just 24 hours reading The Language of Flowers and it certainly is not asinine, mawkish or saccharine. In fact, this rather unusual novel about mother-daughter relationships, is enormously satisfying. Its characters are prickly and interesting, the premise is unusual and the resolution is nicely ambiguous.

The story involves Victoria Jones, a ward of the state of California, who was abandoned at birth and has no knowledge of any family. She is withdrawn, rather unlikable, misanthropic and a bit of a sociopath. The one constant in her life is her obsession with flowers, and in the meanings subscribed to their floral characteristics by the now largely forgotten romanticists of the nineteenth century. In some ways she is not unlike Lisbeth Salander aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, if our Lisbeth had been into flowers rather than hacking (although the stories are in no way similar). The tale is told through the rather disconnected voice of Victoria, both in the present time when she is a young woman and in the past, particularly at the age of ten.

Diffenbaugh cuts neatly between present and past gradually and skilfully building tension until we finally get to understand why Victoria is like she is. She writes with compassion and empathy and it is no surprise as the author drew on her own experience of being a foster mother in the conception of the story.

Go here for our interview with the author.

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SARAH THORNHILL
ALL THAT I AM
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KATE GRENVILLE

The publication of a new Kate Grenville novel is always cause for excitement, especially so this time, as she is concluding her loosely related Colonial trilogy, which started with The Secret River and then went on to The Lieutenant.

Sarah Thornhill can be read as a standalone novel, although the characters include Sarah, the youngest child of Will Thornhill, whose brutal convict past is the subject of much of The Secret River and whose secret casts a shadow over the life choices of his wilful and brave daughter.

The Secret River is disturbing and luminous. My theory is that it should be mandatory reading for all new comers to this country. I don't reckon you can understand Australia without having read that book. The Lieutenant, which didn't sell quite as well but which was to my mind in many ways a more intriguing story, bookended it neatly. Both books concerned powerful emotional relationships between the first Australians and the white colonists, and both involved the drama of choice.

Sarah Thornhill is a fitting ending to the trilogy. Grenville writes like a poet, matching her rhythm and cadence to the characters and the setting. The story is utterly compelling and the emotion is taut and eventually, overwhelming.

Sarah Thornhill is, at heart, a love story. And it is so much more. Grenville's familiar preoccupations are all worked in exquisitely - the shame of past wrongs, notions of home and place, the carving out of identity, the connection and disconnection of race, the poison chalice of inheritance, the inescapable impact of landscape.

Sarah Thornhill will be published in a handsome hardback edition. This is a book that deserves its place on your shelf. You will be coming back to it again and again.


To celebrate this very special event, I have secured at a terrific price limited numbers of the hardback boxed set of the first two books - The Secret River and The Lieutenant. Worth $70, I am letting them go at a 36% discount.

Go here for the hardcover boxed set of The Secret River and The Lieutenant, now only $44.95.

Go here to read a chapter.

Go here to read our interview with Kate Grenville.

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ANNA FUNDER

The word around the industry is that this is an exceptional novel, although I haven't had a chance to read it myself yet.

What I can tell you is that Bookseller & Publisher magazine gave it 4.5 out of 5.
Here is part of its review:

Given the striking intelligence and originality that Anna Funder brought to the subject of the East German Secret Police in her award-winning Stasiland, it comes as no surprise to find her first novel All That I Am so assured and poised. The two books share more than their German political and historical fiction, and that is Funder's capacity to delve into the moral complexities of lives trapped in very difficult circumstances.

This is a story based on real people, and the powerful subject matter is brilliantly organised through a dual narrative rendered more complex by being told across time shifts of 80 years. Interwar Germany, London and New York, as well as contemporary Sydney, are vividly present, all the while contextualised by the dramas of heroism and betrayal played out before us.

This is a genuinely moving novel, which challenges the reader's perceptions and judgement at the same time as it works as a political and historical thriller. The moral dilemmas present for all the historical characters real and imagined are at the absolute centre of the novel. It is not just the potential of the consequences of anybody's actions that is so riveting. It is the contest between courage and cowardice, risk and safety, loyalty and betrayal all in a world of increasing terror where the stakes are, as we know from history, so high.

Go here to see our interview with Anna Funder.

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THE CAT'S TABLE
Click here for more details or to buy The Cat's Table MICHAEL ONDAATJE                                                Facebook Twitter

Difficult to explain, easy to read, The Cat's Table is part memoir, part fiction. A delicious and sometimes intoxicating blend of reminiscence and storytelling. Ondaatje conjures up the exotic and the bizarre, the erotic and the romantic without obvious effort.

Though published as fiction and avowed to be such by the author, on reading The Cat's Table we immediately recognise parallels with Ondaatje's own life. In fact, Ondaatje seems intent on reinforcing this by naming the protagonist Michael, by alluding to his later career as a novelist, by revisiting and utilising episodes from his own life.

The author/narrator seems to be entranced by, and then suspicious of, his own memories. He pulls them close and then pushes them rudely away. He wants his reader to believe and disbelieve at the same time. The past is not real. It is past. It has no witness but I and I cannot be trusted. This, it must be said, creates a peculiar tension which urges the reader to continue on.

The book opens with Michael, an unaccompanied eleven year old boy, boarding an ocean liner in Ceylon bound for England where his mother awaits. At dinner he discovers he has been placed at what becomes to be known as The Cat's Table - the table furthest from the captain's table. And it is here he meets the off-cuts of the cruise, a table of eccentric passengers who become a surrogate family to the boy.

I found The Cat's Table most engaging when I was seeing the cruise from the point of view of the eleven year old, Michael.  I  was then able to indulge the more fantastic elements of the story. I became involved in the drama and the intrigue. The boy's imagination, his natural tendency towards the unlikely conclusion, enriched my experience and kept me entertained. I didn't think the episodes examining the narrator's adult life were as successful. Not that they weren't interesting, but I found myself missing the wonder and the innocence of the child's view of the world.

Review by Booktopia Book Guru. Read the rest of the review here.

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AUSTRALIAN FLAVOUR
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Click for more detai or to buy The Monsoon Bride The most interesting debut this month would have to be The Monsoon Bride by Michelle Aung Thin . Born in Rangoon in 1962, the same year of the coup, Michelle came to attention last year when her novel was shortlisted for the unpublished manuscript fellowship of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Mentored by Brian Castro, she also has the backing of Alice Pung, who writes that "Michelle Aung Thin's original voice evokes a viscerally beautiful world and a heady journey into the consequences of love."

Read an extract here.

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However, the star in the Australian stable this month would have to be JM Coetzee, whose Scenes from a Provincial Life is a bindup of Boy, Youth and Summertime.

Mark Dapin is back with Spirit House , crime with a twist in which "breathes new life into the Anzac legend and should appeal to those interested in Australia's wartime history, not to mention the history of inner Sydney itself" (Bookseller & Publisher).

Mark Dapin answers our Ten Terrifying Questions here.

Post-war Bondi is also the setting for Empire Day by Diane Armstrong . "Like Maeve Binchy, but with tremendous gravitas...though not literary in style, Armstrong's book explores her many themes with a roundness and aplomb, while simultaneously providing a throughly entertaining multi-strand novel".
(Bookseller & Publisher).


SCENES FROM PROVINCIAL LIFE by JM COETZEE
  SPIRIT HOUSE by MARK DAPIN
  EMPIRE DAY by DIANE ARMSTRONG

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FICTION THAT NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION
THE DECISION by  PENNY VINCENZI
  THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION by CHARLAINE HARRIS
  TIME OF MY LIFE by CECELIA AHERN
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THE FORGOTTEN AFFAIRS OF YOUTH by ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH
  THE OMEN MACHINE by  TERRY GOODKIND
  THE GODS OF ATLANTIS by DAVID GIBBINS

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WORD OF MOUTH PICKS
Click here for more details or to buy The Fat Years This is the part of the Buzz which I love the most! I get to research all the interesting new fiction. Who knows is one of these is going to turn out to be the next The Kite Runner or the next The Boy in Striped Pyjamas? Here is my take on the best of the quirky new titles. I wish I had time to read them all!

THE FAT YEARS by CHAN KOONCHUNG.               Facebook Twitter

This book has boomed from being a small underground text to a major sensation in the Chinese-speaking world. Full of controversial content containing highly critical social commentary through the guise of science fiction, the novel exposes the darker side of China's dazzling economic miracle. Part political mystery, part love story, part dystopian treatise about what happens when people give up their quest to know the truth, The Fat Years is intriguing.

As it happens, I was chatting to Australian novelist ( A Most Immoral Woman) and China expert Linda Jaivin at a function recently, and asked her to review the book for me. She did one better, pointing me to her review of it in its original Chinese form!

Here is some of what she says:
Given the choice between a good hell and a counterfeit paradise, what will people choose? Whatever you say, many people will believe that a counterfeit paradise has got to be better than a good hell. Though at first they recognise that the paradise is bogus, they either don't dare or wish to expose it as such. As time passes, they forget that it's not real and actually begin to defend it, insisting that it's the only paradise in existence.

The story of In an Age of Prosperity: China 2013 (The Fat Years in English) unfolds against the background of a strong and risen China, a China in its 'Golden Age'-or as one wag puts it, the 'Age of Complacency'. As the title suggests, it takes place in the very near future: 2013. Two years previous, the world had suffered a catastrophic economic meltdown; the crisis threatened to drag China down into economic, social and political mayhem. Miraculously, China emerged, apparently instantaneously, into its new Golden Age, strong, prosperous and stable. As the world's pre-eminent power, it has rewritten the global economic 'rules of the game'  to its own advantage, yet thanks to a strategic soft-power approach, the result has been harmonious and beneficial international relations.

As for the people living in this paradise, they are happy, almost eerily so, in a manner that has resonances of the Stepford Wives or a Truman Show, albeit with Chinese characteristics. They have wealth, they have entertainments and divertissements galore, they know how to have fun, and they know their French wines. They spend a lot of time on the Internet and in self-congratulation, frequently combining both activities. They are able to do and get almost anything they want in life, so long as they don't cross certain boundaries of acceptable behaviour, including those related to political expression. Because these boundaries have a way of shifting, people involved in borderline activities such as worship in non-sanctioned Christian churches tend to remain more alert and anxious than most. But who cares? Lao Chen (the main character) describes this situation as 'ninety-percent freedom'.

As the novel opens, however, he encounters several people from his past whose different take on reality threatens his own complacency.

Chan Koon-chung paints a vivid and detailed portrait of China as simultaneous utopia and dystopia. In order to accurately describe China today, he has written elsewhere, one needs to be like the famous Tang Dynasty songstress Jiang Shu who was capable of singing two songs at the same time, one in the back of her throat and the other from her nose.

Which would you choose: the good hell or the false paradise? Chan Koon-chung lets the reader decide.

Read Linda Jaivin's complete review here.

See Chan Koon-Chung talking about his book here.

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THE INVISIBLE ONES by STEF PENNEY   THE SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER   THE SUBMISSION by
AMY WALDMAN
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Hurray! A new book from the author of The Tenderness of Wolves.
Set in the 1980s in southern England, The Invisible Ones is a compelling mystery about superstitions, secrets and lies.

Watch Penney discuss her book here.

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The Song of Achilles takes the story of Achilles and the Iliad, and tells it from the perspective of Patroclus, an exiled prince, and Achilles' lover/best friend. Patroclus finds himself pulled along by Achilles' grand destiny as the greatest warrior of the Greeks. The two men go to Troy, where Patroclus finds himself torn between his conscience and his love.

Go here to read the author in conversation with Booktopia.

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Published in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, this compelling novel concerns itself with the public and private fallout around the selection of a suitable memorial to those who died and those who are left behind.
The Submission is has had a major impact in the US and it is destined to do so here as well.

Here is part of a review by novelist Chris Cleave.
To read the full review, go here.

The lineage of post-9/11 novels is illustrious. Coming to prominence in 2003 with Frederic Beigbeder's "Windows on the World," by 2005 the form had evolved through the twin strands of Jonathan Safran Foer's urgent and heartfelt Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Ian McEwan's universalized and reflective Saturday.
By 2006, distance permitted the satire of Jess Walter's
The Zero  and the subversion of Jay McInerney's The Good Life and the next year brought Don DeLillo's definitive and artful Falling Man. It is by her clever shift of focus from the events of 9/11 to their commemoration that Amy Waldman takes this literary line forward, and it is through her respect for history - her own act of submission in choosing a humbler stage - that her novel stands so proudly within it.

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THE HOUSE OF HOLES by NICHOLSON BAKER   OPEN CITY by TEJU COLES
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Already, Nicholson Baker's latest novel, House of Holes: A Book of Raunch, has accumulated a pile of press exclaiming over its explicit content. How explicit are we talking? Consider: The House of Holes is a resort-theme park with attractions that include sites like the Porndecahedron, a theater where different kinds of porn play on multiple screens around their viewers, and a museum-like space filled with genitalia dangling out of holes (their owners are behind the walls). 

Still, despite appearances, this is not pornography masquerading as literature. It's a truly playful, curious examination of what it is about sex that makes people squirm....Rather than allow himself just to create the filthiest, most shocking sexual acts he could imagine, Baker's most impressive achievement is in the accuracy of those little pauses between, the awkward moments where people must try to connect to each other on a level that doesn't include full-frontal contact.

The Huffington Post. Read the rest of the review here.

Read Baker's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here.

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Nothing but universal praise for this one.

From The Economist for example: There are three reasons why the book is so compelling. In the precision with which Mr Cole chooses words or phrases he is not unlike Gustave Flaubert, who sometimes took a week to write a single paragraph...Secondly,  Mr Cole has no time for clichés and generalisations. Last, and most important, given how contemporary novelists are criticised for repeating the achievements of those gone by rather than adequately portraying the modern world, is that Mr Cole is an original. James Wood, a British critic who teaches at Harvard, is one of a number of reviewers who have singled out Mr Cole's work. It is a clear-eyed and mysterious achievement, a modern meditation that is both complex and utterly simple.

Read the full review here.

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BOOKS TO GET YOUNG ADULTS EXCITED
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The perennial problem - how to engage your teens with reading. There is a crowded field of possibilities this month, ranging from a graphic novel version of The Kite  Runner- see images here (definitely not a children's version) to Shelter, Harlan Coben's first foray into this end of the bookshelf, a crime novel featuring the nephew of his ex-basketball playing ex-FBI agent hero Myron Bolitar.

And don't forget, I have discounted everything by around 20%.

Fans of Claudia Gray will be rewarded with Fateful. We were well in the triple figures of sales of Richelle Mead's Bloodlines before publication date last week.

See Richelle Mead talking about Bloodlines here.

Alexandra Adornetto is continuing from strength to strength with Hades coming to rapt fans of Halo.Click for more detail or to buy Shift

Watch the trailer here.

Cassandra Clare follows will thrill to the gift boxed set of Mortal Instruments, with City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass . By the way, we are still the only place in Australia to offer customers a hardcopy letter crucial to the story written by Clare with every copy purchased of City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in the series. This is exclusive to Bookopia and is not available anywhere online.

Mary Hoffman has written a fictional take on Michelangelo's statue featuring Gabriele, spy, lover and artist's model in David.

See the book trailer here.

Meanwhile, Em Bailey (aka Meredith Badger) has sold rights absolutely everywhere for Shift.

Shift is a YA psychological thriller that examines such themes as identity, loss and toxic friendship. It is told from the point of view of Olive Corbett - once part of the in-crowd at school, now overweight, reclusive and mentally fragile following the disintegration of her family life. When strange rumours start circulating about the Click for more detail or to buy The Power Of Sixsoon-to-arrive new girl - Miranda Vaile - Olive and her (only) friend Ami initially seize upon this as a chance for some mindless distraction. But before long Olive starts to wonder what the hell is going on with Miranda. Bad things just seem to keep happening to the people around her. Read Shift for the enjoyable chill that will tingle down your spine.

Go here to read Em Bailey's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.

But it is not all girl stuff. Fans of I am Number Four (me, me) are waiting impatiently for The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. Please don't be put off by the execrable movie version of the first book. And Andrew (brother of Richard if you are into trivia) Hammond's CRYPT: The Gallow's Curse sounds just about perfect for fans of Young Bond, Alex Rider and Robert Muchamore etc. CRYPT -  as in covert response youth paranormal response team. It's all gadgets and ghosts.
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The post apolyptic theme continues with Blood Red Road and Ashes, Ashes (now slipped to October release). Of the two, I would have to pick Moira Young's Blood Red Road which was singled out at the Bologna Children's Book Fair as the book of the year. It is getting massive raps for its writing story, action packed story, great characters and originality. The reviews are all along the lines of "hellooooo, new favourite book".

See a trailer here.

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BIG MUSIC BIOGRAPHIES
A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME by KASEY CHAMBERS with JEFF APTER 

PEARL JAM TWENTY by PEARL JAM
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Kasey Chambers has sold more than a million albums and won countless awards in both country and mainstream music categories but this gutsy, moving and revealing memoir will certainly appeal to a much broader audience than just her fans.

Told with her trademark fearless honesty, the far-from-ordinary journey from the Nullabor to the world stage will be one of the most sought after stories in this year's Get Reading campaign.

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Click here for more details or to buy Pearl Jam Twenty
All over the world this year, September 13 is Pearl Jam day. After 20 years of recording and touring, we finally get the story from the inside. A new DVD and a game are also being launched on the same day. These are all destined to become collectibles.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE: MICHAEL, THROUGH A BROTHER'S EYES by JERMAINE JACKSON

BLACK TIES RED CARPETS GREEN ROOMS by RICHARD WILKINS
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This is a rare, one-of-a-kind insight from inside the Jackson family giving us a fresh and unique account of the boyhood and the life of Michael Jackson, king of pop.

If you love Michael Jackson, you will want to read this. It is the closest to an autobiography that you'll ever get.

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He might keep his rather complicated personal life close to his chest, but when it comes to entertainment, music and show biz, almost Aussie Richard Wilkins has a lot to talk about. There will be a lot of interest in this Australian hardcover tell-all. Crack open the champagne!

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BIG NAMES IN SPORT
RAFA: MY STORY by RAFAEL NADAL as told to JOHN CARLIN
  PULLING NO PUNCHES by BARRY HALL & MICHAEL COWLEY
  DARRYN LOCKYER by DARRYN LOCKYER with DAN KOCH
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Intensely private, incredibly powerful, a true sportsman who chooses to let his raw talent, dedication and humility define him - for the first time, Rafael Nadal tells his own story.

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Loved and loathed almost in equal measure, this is AFL bad boy and extraordinary talent, Barry Hall giving us his all between the pages.
To get you in the mood, we have a signed AFL football to give away to someone who buys the book before September 30.

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Pulling No Punches
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This man is an absolute winner. Australian rugby league captain, Broncos captain, leader of the crushing Maroons, Lockyer is certainly retiring on a high note.
This book comes with a jacket image to please all - green and gold on the front cover and maroon on the back. We'll take Darryn in whatever jersey he wants to grace us with.

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IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE GAME by DARRELL HAIR
  THE LIAM JURRAH STORY by BRUCE  HEARN MACKINNON
  STORIES FROM THE SADDLE: TEARS, TANTRUMS AND TRIUMPHS OF AUSTRALIA'S LEADING EQUESTRIAN RIDERS by SAMANTHA MILES
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Few officials in international sport have been as controversial as Australia's Darrell Hair. Now the man at the centre of some of the biggest storms in cricket tells his story.
This book is part of Get Reading 2011.

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In the Best Interests of the Game
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From Yuendumu to the MCG, Liam Jurrah, a fully initiated Walpiri man, is an inspiration to AFL, to sport and to his people..

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Extraordinary stories of courage and determination, trials and triumphs, from Australia's legendary equestrian riders in dressage, three-day eventing and showjumping.

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110 PER CENT: GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPORTING SPEECHES by MICHAEL WINKLER   MORE THAN RUGBY: PIERRE SPIES by MYAN SUBRAYAN
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Don Bradman on his 'small' contribution to cricket.

Roy Masters on getting the best out of the hard men of Western Suburbs Rugby League FC.

John Howard on cycling legend Sir Hubert Opperman.

Cathy Freeman on lighting the Olympic flame.

Phonse Kyne on making sure his players made history for the right reasons.

Jeff Fenech hollering 'I love youse all!' to a packed-out stadium.

Ranging from the eloquent and stirring to the downright funny, these are Australia's greatest sporting moments, seen through the eyes of the winners and losers, experts and legends of all our favourite sports.

Entertaining and informative, 110 Per Cent casts a keen eye over Australia's sporting history, and confirms there's much more to sport than the score line (as long as you're winning).

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Great Australian Sporting Speeches
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'You might never play rugby again.'

Everything that I did for most of my life was centred on rugby, so can you imagine the shock I experienced when I heard those words? But if you thought that was bad - there's more. The doctor went on to say that there was a chance I could end up dying. Now that was the absolutely devastating part! After being on cloud nine in the Springbok squad and going to the World Cup, being hit with this shattering news was enough to knock the wind out of my sails. I couldn't believe it. Just when my career was beginning to soar: scoring and winning the Super 14 finals; great performances in the Tri-Nations (and against England at Loftus); being selected for the Springbok World Cup squad ...... and now this?

These are the words of Pierre Spies, who reached the heights of Springbok status and was then told that he may never play rugby again. In More than Rugby, Spies, one of the most imposing and explosive loose forwards that South African rugby has ever produced, shares his own story for the first time: from his family life to his numerous sporting triumphs to his faith.

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PERSONAL STORIES
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Many of us will remember Fuller's brilliant debut about ten years ago in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, in which she described in vivid detail her coming of age in Rhodesia with a civil war raging next door in Mozambique and her own country sliding towards violence and anarchy.

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness takes us back further, as Fuller recreates the Africa of her parent's youth. Fuller braids a multi-layered narrative around the perfectly lit, Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother's childhood, the emotionally frozen landscape of her father's English childhood, and the darker, civil war- torn Africa of her own childhood.

At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals.

This is a story of survival and madness, love and war, loyalty and forgiveness and an intimate exploration of the author's spectacularly self-obsessed family. This is a thoroughly interesting and engaging read and deserves to same success as her original memoir.

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It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. A great man brought down by stupidity. One mistake compounding on another. It was all such a waste.

Harari is a well known writer and journalist and she has taken to the Marcus Einfeld story with both precision and compassion. At the same time, she presents the troubling and baffling story of the late Teresa Brennan, Einfeld's friend who was posthumously drawn into the whole sorry saga. This makes for compelling reading.

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Moriarty is a white woman married to an Aboriginal man. This is her intimate diary of an eight day pilgrimage in 2006 to the Northern Territory's remote Tanami Desert with the matriarchs of her husband's family to perform ceremony.

Interwoven with personal and family stories and full of warmth and honesty, the book takes the reader into the world of traditional Aboriginal Australia, where nature is all-sustaining, family is paramount and relationships are enshrined in the comfort of ancestral traditions.

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HANDS ACROSS THE WATER by  PETER BAINES
  AFTER ROMULUS by RAIMOND GAITA
  PRIME TIME by JANE FONDA
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Scarred and inspired by having to deal with the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand, forensic policeman Baines re-made his life establishing an orphanage and a life-line for many of the child victims.

Readers may also be interested in The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story by Alison Thompson.

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Readers will already by familiar with Raimond Gaita's Romulus My Father. Now he reflects on the writing of the book and the making of the film, as well as his relationship to the landscape of his youth and the loss of his mother.

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Love, health, sex, fitness, spirit - Jane Fonda is all about making the most of all of your life. In Prime Time, the much beloved actress and activist has given us a blueprint for achieving the best out of later life. Of course, it may help to have her genes and pedigree, but perhaps I am just being churlish.

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WRECKING CREW: THE BRUTAL STORY OF THE BANDIDOS' SARGEANT-AT-ARMS by DONNA & CAESAR CAMPBELL
  YOU'LL BE SORRY WHEN I'M DEAD by MARIEKE HARDY
  VIRGINIA WOOLF by ALEXANDRA HARRIS




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Didn't get enough with Enforcer? Need the inside story on being on the inside? Wrecking Crew is a must read for true crime fans.

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She is going to be everywhere over the next couple of weeks.  Love her or hate her (and she certainly polarises people) there is nothing that journalist, blogger, thinking girl's object of lust Marieke Hardy won't write about.

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You'll be Sorry when I'm Dead
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This well priced biography is sure to be of interest.

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COMPASSIONATE BASTARD by PETER MITCHELL
  GHOST IN THE WIRES by KEVIN MITNICK & WILLIAM L. SIMON
  ME OF THE NEVER NEVER: THE CHAOTIC LIFE AND TIMES OF FIONA O'LOUGHLIN by FIONA O'LOUGHLIN
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Behind the razor wire with a man who's job it was to make sense of the mess that is our detention policy.

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A modern, technology-driven adventure story, Ghost in the Wires is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of code-cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape

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From a wheat farm in South Australia to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fiona has seen it all. Now a stand-up comic based in Alice Spring, Fiona is definitely the  funniest thing to have happened in the dry heart of Australia for a long, long time.

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AT HOME
GREEN by BRENDAN MOAR

THE LITTLE VEGGIE PATCH CO: HOW TO GROW FOOD IN SMALL SPACES by FABIAN CAPOMOLLA & MAT PEMBER
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Eco-gardening from the well-known TV presenter Moar. We have signed copies in stock and you get a really good idea of what the book looks like by clicking here.

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These guys are all about instant edible gardening and they have a very successful business formula to back themselves up. We are going to be hearing a lot about them in the future and the book is both practical and gorgeous.

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HOW TO CLEAN JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING: CLEANING SECRETS THAT SAVE TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT by READERS' DIGEST

YATES GARDEN GUIDE 2011: 125TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
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Move over Shannon Lush. This very visual book looks great, is very detailed and represents  exceptional value.

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How to Clean Just About Everything
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This is the 43rd edition of this Australian gardening staple. The oldest book in continuing publication in Australian history, it remains comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date and practical.

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Yates Garden Guide 2011
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THE PUBLIC SPHERE - BUSINESS, POLITICS AND POLEMICS
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There are some fascinating stories this month all of which criss-cross between the public life and private demons. None is more compelling than Andrew Robb's BLACK DOG DAZE which the former leader of the Liberal party and current sitting member talks about his struggle with depression.

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Readers will also be interested in collections of unapologetic essays from Richard Flanagan (And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?) and Christopher Hitchens ( Arguably, which, sadly, is likely to be his last).

Karen Middleton has an interesting take on our involvement in Afghanistan in The Unwinnable War and Thomas L Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum take a very timely look at what has gone wrong in America in That Used to be Us .

Tony Blair's A Journey and John Howard's Lazarus Rising (updated) are both coming into new cheaper formats.


IN THE KITCHEN OR ON THE COFFEE TABLE
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Click here for more details or to buy Rose Petal Jam ROSE PETAL JAM: RECIPES & STORIES FROM A SUMMER IN POLAND by BEATA ZATORSKA & SIMON TARGET

Beata Zatorska is not your average Sydney doctor. She came to this country as a refugee and had to remake herself in a foreign language and a foreign culture. Now, some thirty years later, she has returned to her native Poland and recreates her idyllic childhood in the countryside, collecting medicinal and culinary herbs with her grandmother, in Rose Petal Jam.

Rose Petal Jam is definitely the prettiest cookbook of the season. In fact, it is very much more than a cookbook. This is really Tessa Kiros territory but the marvellous thing about this collection of recipes, dreams, recollections, snippets of history and whimsy is that it is all about Poland. Who knew? This is a book to savour and to indulge in and is very much about the hidden Poland. It is put together lovingly and tastefully by Beata and her photographer husband Simon. It is definitely worth investing in (in fact, at our price it is a steal) and comes as a breath of fresh air in this crowded field.

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MY KITCHEN: CASUAL COOKING AT HOME by PETE EVANS
  GEORGIE PORGIE by GEORGE CALOMBARIS
  CWA CLASSICS by THE COUNTRY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
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For kids from 8 to 80.

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  At 900 pages, this is terrific bind-up makes a great leaving home present.

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MORE GREAT REASONS TO  GET INTO THE KITCHEN

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MIND BODY SPIRIT
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TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK by TODD BURPO with LYNN VINCENT

Savvy customers have been buying this  New York Times bestseller from us for months but the book is finally getting recognition in this country. This is an extraordinary story - a four year old starts talking about things he couldn't know about after a near-death experience in emergency surgery, explaining that he has been in heaven. This is an evangelical book and it is generating enormous interest and debate.

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Click here for more details or to buy Where Spirits Dwell WHERE SPIRITS DWELL: FASCINATING TRUE LIFE STORIES OF HAUNTED HOUSES AND PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES by KARINA MACHADO

Karina has always been fascinated by haunted houses and has had personal experience of what she calls "spooky goings on" in her own house. I wonder if she lives in the house up the road from my place as a child, which, I have to tell you, was absolutely terrifying to walk past on the way to school. There will be a lot of interest in this book I am sure.

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Click here for more details or to buy Milton Black's 2012 HoroscopesMILTON BLACK'S 2012 HOROSCOPES: ALL ZODIAC SIGNS, MONTH BY MONTH HIGHLIGHTS, LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES AND LUCK by MILTON BLACK

This is it people - the number one horoscope book for the year, always a best seller and always comprehensive.

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Click here for more details or to buy You Can Heal Your Life YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by LOUISE L HAY

This book of course needs no introduction. What is special is that this anniversary edition has a new 25 page colour section, and it is only available in Australia. Whether you are long-time fan, or a new comer to Louise, this is a unique edition of a unique book.

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MATTERS SCIENTIFIC
HUNG LIKE AN ARGENTINE DUCK by JOHN LONG
  THE EXCEPTIONAL BRAIN AND HOW IT CHANGED THE WORLD by  ROBERT M KAPLAN
  THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS by GAVIN MENZIES
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Hung Like an Argentine Duck... I have been waiting years to be able to use that expression in polite company. This is a journey back in time to the origins of sexual intimacy all through the prism of animal (largely non-human) behaviour. Great jacket treatment too!

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Hung Like an Argentine Duck
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Fascinating stuff - brain diseases of the famous and infamous and how they have affected the course of history.

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The Exceptional Brain and How it Changed the World
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Menzies has put his background in both scientific and historical research to the test in this book which unravels one of the world's greatest mysteries. From the author of 1421: The Year China Discovered the World.

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MATTERS HISTORICAL
CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT AND HIS LADY by CAROL BAXTER
  THE FORGOTTEN ISLANDS by MICHAEL VEITCH
  HUBERT WHO? by MALCOLM ANDREWS
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This tells the story of "gentleman bushranger" Fred Ward and his lover Mary Ann, who helped keep him safe from the troopers sent out to capture or kill him. Two intriguing characters, a fascinating true story - every author's dream. Well, mine, anyway! It was one of those goosebumps-all-over moments when I discovered it.
(Carol Baxter)

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Gothic horror Australian style (and it is all true) as Veitch uncovers the history of the 50 islands that dot Bass Strait with their past of violence and deadly encounters.

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Sir Hubuert Wilkins was a man for all seasons - polar explorer, war hero and spy and that's just for starters. This is a fascinating tale of a real life hero, full of tales of adventure and derring- do.

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Hubert Who?
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KURSK: THE GREATEST TANK BATTLE by LLOYD CLARK
  IN HER OWN WORDS: THE WRITINGS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE by ROBIN WALSH
  HOW TO SURVIVE THE TITANIC OR THE SINKING OF J BRUCE ISMAY by FRANCIS WILSON
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What started at Stalingrad, ended at Kursk - a monumental battle to end all battles.

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Annotated letters and journals from the redoutable Elizabeth Macquarie, presented here in a lovely give volume.

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In Her Own Words
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Ismay was the owner of the Titanic and on its maiden voyage when he jumped ship with the women and children and survived to become an international pariah. This is a most interesting take on an endlessly fascinating story.

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BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
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The worst thing about your children growing up is that you no longer have an excuse to read all those fantastic books with them. And with offerings like this month, I am really missing those primary school days.

First up is the incomparable Emily Rodda, she of Deltora Quest fame, who has not only written the children's book for this year's Get Reading campaign, but has written an absolute cracker with The Golden Door, for adventure and mystery loving children ages 8 and up.

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Skulduggery Pleasant is a ghost detective and he is loads of fun for kids who don't scare too easily. These books sell up a storm. Death Bringer is the latest one, for readers 10 and up, and let me tell you, it is going to be as irresistible as the others in the series.

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But wait! There's more!

I have to mention the new series Dinosaur Rescue by Kyle Mewburn & Donovan Bixley. This has winner written all over it. These dinosaur stories are funny and irreverent with well spaced text and cute as a button line drawings - perfect of budding dino-experts from about 6 and up. Best of all, this very first one is at a fabulous introductory price which we have further discounted - this is the price of a cup of coffee, people!

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are back in a very cute version of the ultimate treehouse, each level having a different story in The 13-Storey Treehouse - and what a price!

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The Colin Thiele box set has four books at incredible value, all presented in a very cute cardboard house while the Winnie the Pooh/Tashi market is covered with the latest in Leigh Hobbs' gorgeous Mr Badger series - Mr Badger and the Magic Mirror.

Finally, the gorgeous Walker Books illustrated classics series continues with Robert Ingpen's illustrated version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Too, too divine.
WONDERSTRUCK by BRIAN SELZNICK
  VAMPYRE by MARGARET WILD & ANDREW YEO
  GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012
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From the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret comes another graphic epic of story telling and illustrative brilliance. Selznick is an incredibly talented man and the clip here explains why kids have flocked to his books in droves.

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This is a beautiful, moody and thoughtful picture book for older readers. There is plenty to look at and talk about with this one. Go here to see inside.

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What can I say? It's Guinness, it's World Records, it's the latest, best, most fantastical, most unbelievable. Kids love this kind of stuff.

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BOOKS FOR THE VERY YOUNG
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This is easy this month. Here are the stand out titles to help your little one start on the their lifetime love of books. And just to make it a wee bit better, I have discounted them all.

From the creator of Mr McGee and My Cat Maisie, Pamela Allen, comes Nana's Colours , a gloriously simple and exhuberant introduction to the world of colour.
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Can you get through childhood without Eric Carle and his The Very Hungry Caterpillar?I certainly don't think so. This version is definitely worth getting. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book and Block Set allows you to explore counting. picture puzzles, block games and all that yummy food that the caterpillar ate on the way to becoming a betterfly - too cute!

Now for something really special. May Gibbs was one of Australia's best-loved illustrators and authors. Her deep love and understanding of the Australian bush ws portrayed in her work and her tales of adventures of gumnut babies and the like created an enduring mythology.


Click for more detail or to buy May Gibbs Baby RecordThe May Gibbs Baby Record Book makes a really quality gift for new parents and includes a pocket for keepsakes and a luxurious padded cover. Its pages are full of quotes and Gibbs' timeless artwork making this a wonderfully nostalgic  edition.

Complete your collection with Snugglepot and Cuddlepie 1 2 3 and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Colours. Learn to counting and the colours of the rainbow with these instantly recognisable images in these two lovely board books. Click for more detail or to buy I Had A Favorite Dress


Now two quirky picture books. I Had a Favourite Dress is soooooo lovely.  A favourite dress is given a new lease of life by a very creative mother.

Snip, snip, sew, sew, favourite dress, hello!

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And finally, from one of my favourite author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers, comes Stuck, a wonderfully elliptic tale of just what happens when things get caught up in a tree.
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Want more bang for your buck this September? Click on the jacket images below for the best in crime and thrillers.
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Click for more detail or to buy Flash And Bones
Click for more detail or to buy The Cut
Click for more detail or to buy Kill Me If You Can
Click for more detail or to buy Double Dexter
Killer crime, Killer price
Brilliant New Crime Debut
Supernatural Police Proceedural With Thriller Edge Set In Brisbane
Shane Maloney meets Bob Barrett in the outback
Crime with a supernatural edge
Coben for a younger audience as Myron Bolitar's nephew Micky is drawn into his world of intrigue - adult edition

Coben for a younger audience as Myron Bolitars nephew Micky is drawn into his world of intrigue - young adult edition 
Click for more detail or to buy The Sirens Sting
Click for more detail or to buy Watch Out For Me
NEW EDITIONS

Four fiction favourites, now available in new lower price formats. Now is your chance!

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PENGUIN INK
Penguin has often united the best in literature with the best in graphic design, creating some of the world's most recognizable books. Now the venerable publisher has chosen a few of its favorite books and presented them with new covers specially designed by some of the world's best artists working in the world of tattoos and illustration. These striking new covers, perfectly reflecting the timeless stories within, document Penguin's efforts to bring new readers to great books.

Combine all that with Booktopia's great prices and you have a collection that will leave an indelible mark.

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Click for more detail or to buy White Teeth
Click for more detail or to buy Notes On A Scandal
Click for more detail or to buy The Rotters Club
Click for more detail or to buy High Fidelity
Click for more detail or to buy The Accidental
Click for more detail or to buy The Book Of Dave
BESTSELLING NON-FICTION NOW IN NEW CHEAP FORMATS
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Click for more detail or to buy Bligh
Click for more detail or to buy Even Silence Has An End
Click for more detail or to buy Over But Not Out
Click for more detail or to buy Parky's People
Click for more detail or to buy True Spirit
Click for more detail or to buy A Guide To Australian Etiquette
Click for more detail or to buy Australian Womens Weekly Cook
Click for more detail or to buy Three Famines
Click for more detail or to buy The Grand Design
Click for more detail or to buy On Thin Ice
Click for more detail or to buy Late Late at Night
Click for more detail or to buy A World Without Islam
Click for more detail or to buy The Dukan Diet Recipe Book
Click for more detail or to buy The Tiger
Click for more detail or to buy Spirit Sisters
Click for more detail or to buy Her Father's Daughter

From the author of Unpolished Gem, Alice Pung, comes Her Father's Daughter, an astonishing father-daughter memoir that weaves between Melbourne, China and Campodia.


Carol Altmann brings us Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat in which she learns to stop worrying and love life on the farm in Tasmania.

Go here for Altmann's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions.
Grandiflora Celebrations, A Hostile Beauty , Balenciaga, The Illustrated Atlas of Exploration - there are some stunningly visual books this month for the general readers, students and professionals some of which are offering terrific value.

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