Booktopia Buzz
APRIL 2012 | Edition 43
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THE BUZZ IN BRIEF
John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruI want to start by thanking the out-going Booktopia BUZZ editor, Toni Whitmont for her tireless efforts producing the Booktopia BUZZ month after month. We shall miss her BUZZ Club picks, reviews and unique take on the world of books. The BUZZ will never be the same without her.

That said, the Booktopia BUZZ will continue to bring you the latest and greatest books published each month. I will endeavour to deliver great deals, to keep you up to date with all of the big new releases and will try to bring the hidden gems to your attention. (I love them, too.)

But as this is the Booktopia BUZZ I should let you know right away that there is  a buzz around these three titles. First, a forgotten novel by Australia's Nobel Prize winning writer, Patrick White, The Hanging Garden, second, the erotic eBook turned publishing darling, Fifty Shades of Grey and third, The Wind Through The Keyhole a new Dark Tower novel by Stephen King.

But that is not all. We also have Toni's final BUZZ Club pick, The Good Father, my popular pick, Promise, the big book for Mother's Day, MasterChef 2011 winner Kate Brack's The Sweet Life, Emily Rodda's latest, The Silver Door, Andy Griffiths, Garth Nix, Dr Seuss and... and... and.... Well, you'll see.

Take a moment to scroll through. There truly is something for everyone in the April BUZZ.

Kind Regards

John Purcell
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THE HANGING GARDEN : REVIEWED BY JOHN PURCELL
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The Hanging Garden may just change the way Patrick White is thought of by Australian readers. For many years now, the mere mention of his name has sent shivers down readers' spines. Granted, for a small percentage of readers, these were the shivers of ecstasy but for the vast majority they were aroused by fear, dread and, for some, loathing. Australia's only recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature has long polarised Australia's readers. He is a writer we are told we ought to respect but as many find his prose impenetrable this imperative has more often than not borne the fruit of resentment. Click here for more details or to buy The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden is different and comes to us at the right moment. As I see it, Australian literature is enjoying a popular revival. A more accessible prose style has been embraced by many of our best writers. From Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance, to Charlotte Wood's Animal People, to Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap , we can sense a new confidence emerging. In such a climate The Hanging Garden is bound to find a receptive audience.

Begun by an ailing Patrick White back in 1981, The Hanging Garden was left unfinished at the time of his death. What we have been left with appears to have been Part One of a larger novel. Unfinished but by no means incomplete The Hanging Garden describes the experience of two refugee children brought to the relative safety of Sydney, Australia during WWII. A Greek/Australian girl, Eirene rescued from Greece during the English retreat and an English boy, Gilbert, who narrowly escaped oblivion during the London Blitz.

Told largely from Eirene's point of view The Hanging Garden is a story of adolescent love, with all of its latent complications, its beauty and its disquiet.

Patrick White brings Gilbert and Eirene's experiences in wartime Sydney to life with a lightness of touch which belies the depths of each word's foundations. A great wisdom informs each scene and yet we read swiftly and eagerly. There is a startlingly raw truth to this story which conjured up in me long forgotten memories. This is great writing for our time. A book which will remind some of Sumner Locke Elliot's Careful He Might Hear You and others of Roger McDonald's When Colts Ran

Moving and beautiful, The Hanging Garden is a Patrick White novel we can all read with pleasure. Five Stars.

This review was first published in Bookseller+Publisher magazine

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THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC GUNSLINGER SERIES
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THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A DARK TOWER NOVEL
BY STEPHEN KING


For readers coming to the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time - and for its legion of dedicated fans - a fabulous new book about Roland's first quest and a perfect introduction to the series.

It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

This Russian Doll of a novel, visits Mid-World's last gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)

Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother's death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a 'skin man,' Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter.

Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, 'The Wind through the Keyhole.'

'A person's never too old for stories,' he says to Bill. 'Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.'

And stories like these, they live for us.

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Click here for more details or to buyDARK TOWER I: THE GUNSLINGER
BY STEPHEN KING


Hodder are reissuing and rejacketting all seven volumes in Stephen King's epic, fantasy series The Dark Tower in anticipation of the brand new Dark Tower novel, THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, coming in May 2012.

In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, THE GUNSLINGER leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

And the Tower is closer...

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BIG AUSTRALIAN RELEASES FOR CHILDREN
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Three magic Doors you here behold.

Time to choose: Wood? Silver? Gold?

Listen to your inner voice, And you will make the wisest choice.

Rye is willing to risk everything to save his brothers, lost in the terrifying world beyond the Wall of Weld. Sonia is determined to find and destroy the Enemy who is sending the ferocious flying beasts called skimmers to ravage the city.

The companions barely escaped with their lives during their first thrilling adventure beyond the golden Door.

But they won't give up.

Their desperate quest must continue. Deep in the ancient heart of the Keep of Weld, two more doors await them.

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Nobody does funny like Andy Griffiths. Don't take my word for it. Ask any kid.

Andy Griffiths is the Bear Grylls of Australian comedy. He goes places other funny men don't dare go. And the kids love him for it. He has turned kids humour writing into an extreme sport.  And now it is time for yet another generation of kids to fall under the spell of his JUST! series.

If you want to hear your child giggling away as they read. If you want your child to experience the joy of reading, then you simply collect the JUST! series...

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BIG NAMES IN ROMANCE
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The Witness is a compelling new stand-alone novel by Nora Roberts, the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With more than 400 million copies of her books in print, Nora Roberts is indisputably the most celebrated women's fiction writer today. 

Booktopia's growing list of Nora Roberts fans cannot get enough of her. If you haven't read Nora Roberts before, The Witness will be the perfect introduction to Nora's darker side.

BLURB: A compelling new stand-alone novel from the internationally bestselling author.

Abigail Lowery has a dark and terrifying secret. Aged just sixteen, she witnessed a shocking mafia murder. Narrowly escaping with her life, she was forced to leave her old identity even her real name behind for good.

Fifteen years later Abigail is still hiding from the world a semi-recluse in the quiet, rural town of Bickford, Arkansas. She has convinced herself that this is all she needs: peace, safety and her faithful guard dog Bert. Perhaps now, at last, she can more...


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LOVER REBORN
Black Dagger Brotherhood series : Book 10
By J.R. WARD


Kate Cuthbert has already drawn your attention to Lover Reborn in the March edition of her wonderful Romance BUZZ. But I have just negotiated an even better deal and want to bring it to you. Put simply, we think this book is going to be huge and as Romance readers in general have been instrumental in Booktopia's success we thought you should be rewarded.

BLURB: Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new more...


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SWEET ON AUSTRALIA'S LATEST MASTERCHEF
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THE SWEET LIFE by KATE BRACKS

Irresistible cakes, ice creams and desserts, to weaken even the strongest resolve!

MasterChef Australia 2011 winner Kate Bracks knows about desserts.

This mouthwatering array of inspired dessert recipes includes favourites such as Apple Pie, Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Mousse as well as fresh new ideas, such as Kate's Chocolate, Date and Hazelnut Torte, Raspberry and Pistachio Frozen Nougat and Vincotto Figs with Caramelised Walnuts and Mascarpone. Kate also puts modern twists on old classics, from her Spiced Crème Brûlée, to her irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches, or her Brown Butter Cheesecake. This is food to weaken even the strongest resolve!

The structure of the book is designed to guide the home cook from the 'basics' - incorporating basic techniques, such as sauces and syrups; how to make the perfect meringue; make your pastry rather than buy it; how to cook with gelaClick here for more details or to buy tine - to 'beyond the basics' for the more confident cook. And, if you really want to impress, there's a chapter at the end where all the techniques can be put together to wow your friends and family. There's also a code throughout the book to help you determine which recipes are most suited to your particular cooking desires and ability.

Indulge your own sweet tooth with this glorious book of baked treats and dessert recipes from Australia's MasterChef 2011 winner; and don't forget the golden rule ... always lick the bowl!

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MY POPULAR PICK
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I read Promise over a few nights while propped up in bed. Midnight wasn't the smartest time to read such a book. Promise is truly creepy. All of our worst fears are played out before us. The Australian setting just makes it worse. It could be happening in your suburb, town or city. I don't know what most disturbed me, the insights into the minds of the police hunting the killer or the chapters in which the killer talks directly to the reader. Each is chilling for different reasons. Accomplished, addictive and evocative, Promise is everything you want from a crime/thriller novel and more. Four out of five stars.

BLURB: Top Homicide cop Darian Richards has been seeking out monsters for too long. He has promised one too many victim's families he will find the answers they need and it has taken its toll. After surviving a gunshot wound to the head he calls it quits and retires to the Sunshine Coast in an attempt to leave the demons behind. But he should have realised, there are demons everywhere and no place is safe. A serial killer is prowling the Sunshine Coast area and Darian tries to ignore the fact his experience could make a difference hunting him down.

All he wants is to sit at the end of his jetty on the Noosa River and ignore the fact that girls from the area have vanished over the past fourteen months. All blonde and pretty. Youngest: 13. Oldest: 16. He knows they are all dead but the cops were saying 'missing' or 'vanished. That's what you have to say if you don t have a body.

Jenny Brown was the first. She vanished sometime after four in the afternoon, Saturday 15 October the previous year. Except for her parents and her friends and everybody who knew her, it was thought she was just a runaway. Especially by the cops who allowed a good two or three minutes before arriving at that conclusion. By the time they'd reached the gate to the front yard of her house, before they'd even walked across the road and climbed into their cruiser, they would've forgotten Jenny Brown even existed.

But then others disappeared and they couldn't call them all runaways. Darian can't sit idly by and he decides he is going to find the killer and deal with him... his way.

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TONI WHITMONT'S LAST BUZZ CLUB PICK :
ONE BIG, ENGROSSING READ

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THE GOOD FATHER by Noah Hawley

It always seems a great shame to me how there will sometimes be a sudden rush of fiction published with similar themes. What generally follows is that the biggest marketing budget wins, at least until word of mouth takes over from the machine, and the true readers' favourite starts to tick over as backlist perennial.

This time two years ago there was a tussle going on between Mr Rosenblum's List and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and somehow the two books seemed to meld in the minds of the public. Mandy Sayer was just one of several Australian authors whose books about wartime Sydney, lost and found love with an American soldier (in Sayer's case called Love in the Time of Lunacy) had to battle it out on the shelves around the middle of last year. Last month we were presented with Wonder, The Cartographer and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, all of which purport to speak in an authentic child's voice and all of which are really very good, although having read all three, I do think Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is clearly the strongest.

The Good Father - click here for more details It is rather unfortunate then that both Defending Jacob and The Good Father are coming out within a month of each other. Both are about the relationship between a father and his son. Both revolve around whether or not the son has committed an unspeakable crime. Both are supposed to be excellent.

I haven't read William Landay's Defending Jacob but within two weeks of its US publication, it was topping the NY Times charts and it certainly has had some very good reviews, most of which focus on it being a legal thriller in the vein of Scott Turow.

I have read Noah Hawley's The Good Father which will be published in April but I can tell you that this is no legal thriller. It is all together a different beast.

The book opens with notes from a police report. They describe a young man purchasing a Trojan 9 mm gun. The gun is used to shoot and kill the Democrat nominee to the US presidency. There is photographic evidence of a young man holding the gun seconds after it went off, executing its deadly mission with perfect accuracy. The report goes on to describe the life of the young man as he drifted across the US over the previous 18 months - a "hobo losing himself in the great American absence". The man was 20 years old. The report concludes, and its reader muses over its contents. The prologue ends:

"Who was this boy and how did he become a man in a motel room fondling bullets? What made him ditch his comfortable life and embrace an act of barbarity? I have read the reports. I have watched the footage, but the answer continues to elude me. More than anything else, I want to know. I am his father, you see. He is my son."

The Good Father is told through the eyes of Dr Paul Allen. Dr Allen is a respected and established rheumatologist. He is happy, leading a quite domestic life with his twin twelve year olds and his second wife. Their world is shattered while watching the evening news as Paul's 20 year old son from his first marriage, Danny, now apparently known as Carter Allen Cash, is accused of murdering the most high profile candidate in America at a presidential election rally.

What follows is an exploration of fatherhood, of self, of loyalty, of obligation, of identity and perhaps, of the limits of unconditional love. There are wonderful insights into family, into connection and disconnection, and what it is like to watch someone decide to simply slip away from their moorings. Allen is convinced that Danny is innocent although that is looking less and less likely as the book goes on. What is interesting is that he examines the evidence with the same razor sharp deduction that he has to use in his medical practice as a diagnostician. He tests the evidence, he weighs each theory, he discounts neither the obvious, nor the outlandish explanation. But the closer he comes to Danny, the closer he comes to an ugly truth, a truth about himself as a father.

While Dr Allen continues to champion the cause of his son, he jeopardises both his marriage and his career. He has become a pariah - the father of the boy who killed America's hope. He is torn between loyalty to his firstborn, with whom he has had less and less contact over the years, and loyalty to his fiercely loving twins.

Author Noah Hawley Noah Hawley uses a surgeon's precision to slice away at identity until Dr Allen is laid bare, no longer sure of who he  is or what he stands for. He piles twist upon twist so the reader is constantly on edge, constantly questioning the nature of truth and the nature of reality. And he ratchets up the tension until the very last page.

Comparisons will be made with Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin, but there are some obvious differences. What is most interesting about the The Good Father is that it takes the male perspective, and Danny certainly came into the world loved and wanted.

Along the way, Dr Allen looks to other American assassins and/or cult leaders - Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald, unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Branch Davidian David Koresh - for answers as to whether Danny could be guilty or not. These ponderings are both informative and fascinating.

This is an intense psychological novel told from the points of view of both the guilt ridden father and the meandering, ruminative son. This all adds up to create an intensely powerful book that is gripping from start to finish, and is beautifully written. It offers a fascinating, absorbing and intimate portrayal of a successful, intelligent and fundamentally good man who is forced to re-examine his whole behaviour as a father in the light of one dreadful action. It also is a startling depiction of what happens in adolescence when a child becomes a lost soul.

Reviewed by Toni Whitmont

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SURPRISE HIT
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By E.L James


Another of the rags to riches stories coming out of the brave new world of ebooks. When the erotic novel Shades of Grey was published as an ebook by an obscure Australian publisher, few knew. But those who read it spread the word. This naughty volume was soon being read by women all over the world. Lesson: eReaders allow decent folk to read indecent books decently.

BLURB:When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too - but on his own terms. 

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COLLECTOR'S EDITION OF AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE NOVEL
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by TIM WINTON


Last year, when we asked our customers to nominate The 50 Must Read Australian Novels, Tim Winton's Cloudstreet was the most popular choice. In fact, Cloudstreet blitzed the field, winning by a country mile.

That is why we believe this beautiful 21st anniversary, limited edition of Cloudstreet - signed by Tim Winton, himself - will sell out in a flash. Penguin Australia have only produced 250 copies. Each is numbered and signed; each is a rare object, an investment - not that you'll ever want to sell it. (But it's nice to know that your prized possession is probably getting more valuable by the second.)

Once these 250 copies go, that will be that. So don't dawdle. And don't fret, Booktopia will pack your copy very well to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

MORE DETAILS: This is a very special celebratory edition of this quintessential modern Australian classic.

A collector's piece, each copy of this limited edition numbered, slip-cased, section-sewn hardback is personally signed by Tim Winton.

The production values on this beautiful edition are exceptionally high. The book is printed on pristine paper in three-tone text with silver end-papers and pearlescent jacket and slipcase papers, with spot gloss on the box itself to give an enamelled look. The printing on the spine is in gold foil.

This edition is for both lovers of Tim Winton's work and for collectors and investors.

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If you still want to celebrate Cloudstreet's birthday but don't have the cash to splash out on the collector's edition, Penguin are publishing a beautiful hardcover edition - a perfect gift (especially for relatives living overseas).
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CLOUDSTREET : 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

by TIM WINTON

Twenty-one years on, Cloudstreet is still Australia's favourite novel.

After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and - until God seems to turn his back on their boy Fish - religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious and unlikely landlords.

Chance, hardship and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years, they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

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YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by GARTH NIX


A major standalone space opera, A Confusion of Princes is Garth Nix's first novel for older readers since the conclusion of the Old Kingdom trilogy ... and it's worth the wait. Not only is it a grand adventure that spans galaxies and lifetimes, it is a page-turning thriller, a tender romance, and a powerful exploration of what it means to be human. But that isn't all...  with the Australian edition, you get a bonus Garth Nix short story 'Master Haddad's Holiday', too.

About A Confusion of Princes:

I have died three times, and three times been reborn, though I am not yet twenty in the old earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between. My name is Khemri.

Taken from his parents as a child and equipped with biological and technological improvements, Khemri is now an enhanced human being, trained and prepared for the glory of becoming a Prince of the Empire. Not to mention the ultimate glory: should he die, and be deemed worthy, he will be reborn... Click here to browse The Old Kingdom series

Which is just as well, because no sooner has Prince Khemri graduated to full Princehood than he learns the terrible truth behind the Empire: there are ten million princes, and all of them want each other dead.

Garth Nix made his name writing fiction for older readers and his return to his original audience is generating a lot of excitement. I believe, when readers have finished A Confusion of Princes, they will scurry back to their copy of Sabriel to start all over again.

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17 DAY DIET STRIKES A CHORD WITH BOOKTOPIA CUSTOMERS
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by Dr. Mike Moreno


Dr Mike Moreno's 17 Day Diet is a revolutionary new weight-loss programme, structured around four 17-day cycles, that activates your skinny gene so that you burn fat day in and day out. Each phase comes with extensive lists of what dieters can and can't eat while on the phase, but also offers acceptable cheats.

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook provides delicious recipes for all the meals, snacks and treats featured in The 17 Day Diet, allowing you to plan your menu to fit perfectly into your diet. Dr Mike knows that a diet can only work if it's compatible with the real world, and so he's designed the programme with usability as a top priority.

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bY Dr. Mike Moreno

"We've all pledged, promised and bullied ourselves to eat better and exercise more, but so many times even the best intentions fall short. I incorporate healthy habits into my work and home life and you can too." -Dr. Mike Moreno

If you need to shed pounds fast and in a safe, effective, and lasting way, this is the book for you! Unlike many diet programs that starve you down to size, Dr. Mike Moreno's 17 Day Diet relies on proven methods to help you take weight off and keep it off for good-whether you've got 10 pounds to lose or 100. His revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17 day cycles:

Accelerate -the rapid weight loss portion that helps flush sugar and fat storage from your system

Activate -the metabolic restart portion with alternating low and high calorie days to help shed body fat

Achieve -this phase is about learning to control portions and introducing new fitness routines

Arrive -a combination of the first three cycles to keep good habits up for good. On weekends, enjoy your favorite foods!

Each cycle changes your calorie count and the food that you're eating. The variation that Dr. Mike calls 'body confusion' keeps your metabolism guessing; this means that you can expect big changes in the first 17 days alone!

This is not a diet that relies on a tiny list of approved foods, grueling exercise routines, or unrealistic calorie counts that leave you hungry and unfulfilled. Moderation and proper portions are key factors in the 17 Day Diet -the trick is to figure out the foods and routines that work best with your real lifestyle. That's why the book is filled with tips for how to avoid the usual food pitfalls like holidays, eating out, or even just a tempting candy jar. Along with a comprehensive explanation of how each segment works, every phase comes with an extensive list of foods, recipes, and sample meal plans to help make grocery shopping a breeze. Because of the diversity that you are allowed from the very beginning of the program, there is a way to make this diet work with almost any food allergies you might have or what cuisine you're used to eating.

The 17 Day Diet is a simple plan that gets big, long-lasting results if you stick with it and let Dr. Mike help you along the way. Whether this is your first attempt at dieting or your fiftieth, you must believe that you can do this. What matters now is focusing on your goals, identifying what you need to get there, and taking action to begin the process. Your health and happiness are important, so stand strong, believe in yourself, and let your 17 Day Diet begin now!

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Click here to buy The 17 Day WorkbookThe 17 Day Diet offers readers a plan that will help them change their eating habits, their health and their life. Now, The 17 Day Diet Workbook provides a more structured dieting experience for readers who want extra guidance and direction. The workbook will open with a brief overview of the 17 Day Diet plan and philosophy, and will outline for readers how to use the workbook to get the most out of it. The book then provides readers with daily planning tools for the 4x17 day cycles of the diet. Every day will have a unique food chart, shopping lists, 17-minute workout, tips from Dr Mike, space for dieters to track their food and water intake, and a notes section to keep track of personal progress.

Each section will also talk about common barriers that dieters might experience in the different cycles, and offer suggestions for how to keep the diet on track including food tracking and maintenance journaling.

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By Stephanie Alexander


With her Cook's Companion front and centre in half a million kitchens, Stephanie Alexander is the very definition of a household name. Each day thousands turn to this 'food Bible' for definitive recipes, encouragement and advice. But before Stephanie Alexander penned a word for the emerging food media - let alone for The Cook's Companion - she had spent decades avidly documenting food experiences.

Shaped by her mother's dedication to good food and her father's love of reading, she trained as a librarian and all the while observed, notated, assessed and re-created the dishes she loved. Her monthly university allowance rarely lasted more than a week - all spent on pan-fried flounder and chestnut Mont Blanc. She was seduced over pain Poîlane while working as an au pair in Paris, and later over ackee and saltfish in London. In 1966, with no formal training and a newborn baby, but brimming with confidence and sheer determination, she opened Jamaica House with her first husband. The personal toll was great and it was eight years until she emerged on the restaurant scene again.

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Stephanie's Restaurant has become part of Melbourne food folklore, permanently raising the bar for restaurant dining in Australia. At the time of its opening, in 1976, a salad to most people meant iceberg lettuce, no-one had heard of goat's cheese and ginger came in a tin. Over the next twenty-one years, in order to obtain the best-possible produce, the likes of which she had enjoyed while travelling in Europe, Stephanie championed small local suppliers or grew it herself.

Her indefatigable determination and single-minded vision have influenced - and sometimes intimidated - a generation of chefs, cooks and diners. And now her Kitchen Garden Foundation is inspiring tens of thousands of primary school children across Australia to grow and cook their own food.

Click here for detailsA Cook's Life is a very personal account of one woman's uncompromising dedication to good food, of how it shaped her life and changed the eating habits of a nation.

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BIG NAMES IN FICTION
Some of the biggest names in fiction are releasing titles this month. And there is no one bigger than James Patterson. Patterson hasn't put a foot wrong these last ten years. And rumour has it that later in the year Patterson will release a book set in SYDNEY! We can't wait for that one. 'Bout time, really. Heh!

Below are the pick of the April Blockbusters...

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Click here for more details or to buyGUILTY WIVES by JAMES PATTERSON

A luxurious Monte Carlo vacation lands four women in prison for a murder they didn't commit

Abbie Elliot gave up her life to follow her diplomat husband to Zurich. Now, she and her three best friends are in desperate need of a weekend getaway and decide it's the perfect time for a fling in Monte Carlo. They surrender themselves to every temptation: champagne, fine dining, high-stakes gambling, and gorgeous men. But the fun comes to a screeching halt when two bodies are found, and they become the police's prime suspects. In a dramatic trial, the women's lives are laid bare. It becomes clear that they have been set up, but one question remains: who is trying to frame them? With delicious twists and death-defying speed, Guilty Wives is a non-stop joyride of excess, friendship, and betrayal as only James Patterson can create.

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THE LOST YEARS by MARY HIGGINS CLARK
  FALL FROM GRACE by RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON
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NEW REPUBLIC by LIONEL SHRIVER
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DROWNING
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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
I love stories like this. A debut author whose novel initiates a bidding war amongst publishers. And if the reviews are anything to go by (The Light Between Oceans was given the full five stars in Bookseller and Publisher magazine), the publishers were right to be so eager. The Light Between Oceans will undoubtedly become the darling of the book groups.

Below are two more debut offerings. The Poet's Cottage is perfect for those who love Kate Morton while The Cleansing of Mahommed is unlike anything you've read before but all the more interesting for it.

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The mesmerising, unputdownable Australian debut novel has everyone talking.

This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same ...

1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.

One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads.

Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds... A most poetic and heartfelt new novel, it concerns the unlikely coming together of the older David Quinn and the much much younger Esther Bradley.

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POET'S COTTAGE by JOSEPHINE PENNICOTT

THE CLEANSING OF MAHOMMED by CHRIS McCOURT

Poets had always lived there, the locals claimed. It was as if the house called to its own...

When Sadie inherits Poet's Cottage in the Tasmanian fishing town of Pencubitt, she sets out to discover all she can about her notorious grandmother, Pearl Tatlow. Pearl was a children's writer who scandalised 1930s Tasmania with her behaviour. She was also violently murdered in the cellar of Poet's Cottage and her murderer never found.

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Gool Mahommed worships Allah and Lifebuoy soap. In 1914 he returns to Broken Hill, five years after he was sent back to his homeland by his mentor and benefactor, Abdullah. A camel driver and mullah, Abdullah has learned through bitter experience that small-town Australia is not the place to be a Muslim immigrant. But Mahommed is ready to embrace the Anglo-Australian lifestyle and has hopeful visions of himself as an assimilated citizen, a practitioner of the habits of English gentlemen, and eventually a prosperous more...

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HOME GROWN HEROINES TOP THE BESTSELLER CHARTS
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By FLEUR McDONALD


When Anna and Matt finally buy their dream farm, their struggles aren't quite over. First it's patchy rain and poor crops, then Matt has an accident... and even when the heavens finally open all might yet be lost. An exciting new novel full of romance and mystery from the author of the bestselling Red Dust and Blue Skies.

Anna and Matt Butler were childhood sweethearts with a dream of owning their own land, a dream they achieved through hard work and determination.

But as the seasons conspire against them and Matt is involved in a terrible accident, the couple face financial ruin and the loss of their farm.

As they fight for everything they hold dear, they suddenly find themselves caught up in events much bigger and more dangerous than they could ever have imagined.

Purple Roads is a story about maintaining faith in yourself, staying true to your ideals and, most of all, the belief that some things are worth fighting for.

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By BRONWYN PARRY


Trapped in rugged country in scorching summer heat, pursued by ruthless gunmen who can't afford to fail, Jo and Nick will need all their skills and courage to survive.

The national parks where Ranger Jo Lockwood works, on the edge of the NSW outback, are untamed stretches of dry forest cut through with wild rivers. She's often alone, and she likes it that way until she discovers the body of a man, brutally murdered, in a vandalised campground.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Matheson knows organised crime and gang violence from the inside out. He's so good at undercover work that his colleagues aren't sure which side he's really on. His posting to Strathnairn is supposed to be a return to normal duties, but the murder victim in the campground is only the first of Jo's discoveries.

As Jo and Nick uncover drugs and a stash of illegal weapons, the evidence points towards local young men already on the wrong side of the law. But as far as Nick s concerned, it doesn't add up. When the body count starts mounting each brutally punished before death he becomes convinced that one person is behind the killings, one person is manipulating the men to commit horrific crimes, forming them into his own private drug-dealing cartel.

Jo has seen the man's face, and now she's his next target. Nick's determined to protect her, but trapped in the rugged outback he and Jo will have to act quickly if they are going to survive.

Read Bronwyn's answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions

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By FIONA PALMER


When your life is at a crossroads, how do you find the road home?

Lara Turner has a boyfriend, a nice house in the city and a chance at a big promotion. So when her brother calls asking her to come home, she hesitates. Can she face the memoires that inhabit the beloved place of her childhood? And how does she feel with the news it's to be sold? Could she be the answer to saving the family farm?

Jack Morgan has memoires of his own to contend with. A falling out with his family and a bitter end to a past relationship have left a big chip on his shoulder. When his best mate's beautiful sister arrives on the scene, he finds himself deeply conflicted.

Lara and Jack have a powerful attraction but are constantly at odds. Will their love of the same land keep them apart, or grow into a love of a different kind?

From the bestselling author of The Family Farm and Heart of Gold comes a heartwarming novel about finding your true place in the world, and the healing power of the land.

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ECHOES FROM A DISTANT LAND by FRANK COATES
  LAVENDER KEEPER by FIONA McINTOSH
  WIND IN THE WIRES by JOY DETTMAN
Wangira is caught between the traditions of his Kikuyu tribe and the disturbing new ideas of the missionaries. When, as a young warrior, he saves the life of a wealthy more...

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  Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps. When the Second World War breaks out he more...

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  The wind is whispering in Woody Creek...

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT
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By Iain Banks

Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up.

An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with it's five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there's supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town's biggest crime family, it's soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long a quick drop into the cold grey Stoun begins to look like the soft option, and as he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stu uncovers ever darker stories, and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated.

Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other.

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By John Lanchester


Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the Capital. Each house has seen its fair share of first steps and last breaths, and plenty of laughter in between. Today, through each letterbox along this ordinary street drops a card with a simple message: We Want What You Have.

At forty, Roger Yount is blessed with an expensively groomed wife, two small sons and a powerful job in the City. An annual bonus of a million might seem excessive, but with second homes and nannies to maintain, he's not sure he can get by without it. Elsewhere in the Capital, Zbigniew has come from Warsaw to indulge the super-rich in their interior decoration whims. Freddy Kano, teenage football sensation, has left a two-room shack in Senegal to follow his dream. Traffic warden Quentina has exchanged the violence of the police in Zimbabwe for the violence of the enraged middle classes. For them all, this city offers the chance of a different kind of life.

Epic in scope yet intimate, capturing the ordinary dramas of very different lives, this is a novel of love and suspicion, of financial collapse and terrorist threat, of property values going up and fortunes going down, and of a city at a moment of extraordinary tension.

Capital is a post-crash state-of-the nation novel told with compassion and humour, featuring a cast of characters that you will be sad to leave behind.

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by Wiley Cash

An extraordinary family story with a delicious dark seam running through it, it has echoes of Harper Lee, Kathryn Stockett and John Irving. It is a novel readers will love to talk about.

In the opening pages of A Land More Kind Than Home, two young boys go to church one Sunday morning only to witness something they never should have seen.

What follows is an unimaginable violence that must be untangled by a local sheriff with his own tragic past.

Part literary thriller, part police mystery, part family drama, A Land More Kind Than Home is a devastating portrait of faith, betrayal, and deliverance in North Carolina.



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NON-FICTION HIGHLIGHTS
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by Anita Heiss


The story of an urban-based high achieving Aboriginal woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia.

"I'm Aboriginal.
I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be.


What does it mean to be Aboriginal?
Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity?"


Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal - however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don't ask her to camp in the desert.

After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too 'fair-skinned' to be real Aborigines. Such accusations led to Anita's involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue.

In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness.

Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?


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Click here for more deetails or to buy...CIVILIZATION: THE SIX KILLER APPS OF WESTERN POWER
by Niall Ferguson


In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. Yet, somehow, the West came to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium.

In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six 'killer applications' that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. And he asks: do we still have these winning tools? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy?

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INTIMATE STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND LAUGHTER
by Candida Baker


A celebration of the highs and lows of one woman's life through the experiences of many others.

Candida Baker grew up in a colourful family, with an actor father and costume designer mother. Her parents' complex, and at times chaotic, lives made for a challenging environment, and from an early age Candida understood the importance of friends, finding comfort and support from many close friendships with women and from ongoing loving relationships with all her sisters.

In The Wisdom of Women, Candida celebrates all the wisdom and nurturing supportive female friends, family, mentors, and even strangers, can bring to our lives. With great deftness she weaves the tapestry of her life around the experiences of other women, who freely share their stories of kindness, laughter, betrayal and loss.

This book positively sparkles with womanly warmth and humour.

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INTERNATIONAL NON-FICTION
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The long-awaited memoir from one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents. She created the soundtrack of our lives... At last, she shares hers.

A memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist.

From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with Tapestry , which remained on the charts for more than six years, to her experiences as a mother, this memoir chronicles one of music's most successful and fascinating stars.

The book will include dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family and behind-the-scenes images from her performances over the years.

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THE LAST RHINOS by LAWRENCE ANTHONY
  AFTER CLEO CAME JONAH
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  THE GOLDEN HAT
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FOR FOOD LOVERS
Click here for more details or to buy These April offerings will get tummies rumbling. Below you'll find a new book by Margaret Fulton, the latest in the brilliant Food Safari series, Guy Grossi's mum, one pot recipes from the thrifty genius of the 4 Ingredients team and a gorgeous new book from the Gourmet Pilgrim series - Germany.

For the folks behind the Gourmet Pilgrim series, food has personality - a story to be told and understood. Even the simplest dish is an experience to be enjoyed and appreciated - so much more than just a great recipe or a good meal. Their mission is to gather the generational recipes of traditional cultures and the stories that lie behind them, to build a greater understanding and appreciation of the world's great cuisines.

Buy one of the three Gourmet Pilgrim titles - Italy, Spain or Germany - before the end of April to go in the draw to win all three. Each book comes in a stylish tin (see above) and is a must for any lover of good food.


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Gourmet Pilgrim: Germany features 155 classic and inspiring family recipes collected from the length and breadth of Germany, each tried and tested by a team of professional recipe editors to ensure success in a modern kitchen.

Packaged in a collectible tin, this beautifully illustrated cookbook focuses on the regions of Germany and the essence of German cuisine and cultural traditions in these areas.

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The eagerly awaited second book focuses on the regions of Spain and the essence of Spanish cuisine in these areas. This is a lush, beautifully illustrated and designed cookbook, as at home on a coffee table or nightstand, as in the kitchen. And like its companion volume, Gourmet Pilgrim: Italy, it comes in a gorgeous collectible galletas tin.

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Gourmet Pilgrim: Italy features 155 classic and inspiring family recipes collected from the length and breadth of Italy, each tried and tested by a team of professional recipe editors to ensure success in a modern kitchen. The book also includes more than 40 feature stories exploring the origins, traditions and culture of Italian cuisine and the unique regions of the country.

Beautifully photographed in authentic settings, and featuring a comprehensive glossary, the final result is a unique yet approachable compilation of cuisine, culture and history that has made the Gourmet Pilgrim books "a landmark in food publishing".

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And now for something completely different...

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60 Years of CWA Award-Winning Recipes

A timeless collection of over 130 tried-and-true recipes. Jam Drops and Marble Cake celebrates 60 successful years of the Cookery Competition held by The Land newspaper and the Country Women's Association of New South Wales. From peach blossom cake to Anzac biscuits, from raspberry coconut slice to scones, these nostalgic recipes will charm and delight while rewarding the baker with prize-winning results.

This book is the perfect gift, collector's item and trusted baking companion in one.

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MARGARET FULTON: BAKING
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Following on from bestsellers Food Safari and Italian Food Safari, French Food Safari is the much-awaited next feast in the beautiful Food Safari series -- a celebration of the incredible breadth and diversity of more...

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RECIPES FROM MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN
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Guy Grossi's parents emigrated from northern Italy to Melbourne in 1960. While his father worked as a chef, his mother turned out the pastas, braises, soups and puddings she more...

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This book has the magic formula for dinner on the table...

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AUSTRALIAN STORIES

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'People who truly live in the outback listen to it. What they hear, I do not know... What the country says is beyond words.'

In the early 1950s, Australia was riding on the sheep's back and no-one doubted the wisdom of making a life in the wool industry, certainly not sixteen-year-old Ian Parkes.

Having grown up with his grandfather's stories about the bush, he was eager to earn his way on sheep stations in the Australian outback. But he had no idea that the country would creep inside him and take root.

Tough yet tender, funny one moment, poignant the next, this is the story of a life lived on the land and for the land. It was a time when a young lad starting out might work side-by-side with Aboriginal stockmen, when a big social event was a day at the races, followed by a game of two-up. And a time when a young man might discover a love of books, camped out under the stars.

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Lake Eyre occupies a vast mythological and real landscape - its basin makes up one sixth of the Australian continent and it is the 'inland sea' so many early explorers died trying to discover. But for most of the time the lake is empty, a vast salty desert plain. Only once in a generation when the great rains sweep in from Queensland, does the lake fill up. When this happens an astonishing transformation occurs; overnight the lake changes, the desert blooms, great flocks of birds, brumbies, dingoes and other wildlife find their way to the water's shores. And for the people who live there, the deluge changes everything.

In this stunning book, reporter Paul Lockyer tells the story of the great lake - from its ancient beginnings to its present day - and the tales of all those it affects, from intrepid early explorers like Burke and Wills and pioneers like Birdsville mailman Tom Kruse to characters like racing car driver Donald Campbell, showmen like Fred Brophy, artists like John Olsen and cattle kings like Sir Sydney Kidman. Along with environmental scientist Professor Richard Kingsford, Paul explores one of the world's great wonders and reveals why it holds such resonance for so many Australians.

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WOMEN OF THE LAND by LIZ HARFULL
  WELCOME TO THE OUTBACK
by SUE WILLIAMS
  SLIM: AN AUSTRALIAN BIKER'S TALE OF SEX & DRUGS, COPS & VIOLENCE
by SLIM SPIRES
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TRUE NORTH: THE STORY OF MARY AND ELIZABETH DURACK by BRENDA NIALL
  COLD CHISEL by MICHAEL LAWRENCE
  DAYS LIKE THESE by KRISTIAN ANDERSON
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QUIRKY HIT
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At once touching, ethereal and warm, Rachael McKenna's unique viewpoint has made her one of the most successful animal photographers in the world today.

When she recently embarked on a new life in France, it was inevitable that she would turn her insatiable photographer's lens to capturing the unexplored world around her.

Rachael's intense feeling for her subject matter positively radiates from her images, delivering a book which is a joyful and uplifting visual tapestry, bound together in an exquisite padded hardcover format.

Rachael's beautiful images are accompanied by her own narrative, making this a heartfelt personal record of her journey of discovery.

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"I have always thought I was extremely lucky to be able to spend my days consumed with my two favourite passions: photography and animals. In my eyes it's truly the best job in the world, but now I have added France to the equation."

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In this classic Seussian tale, the good doctor primes his readers against all the little mishaps and misadventures that can befall even the best of us - from bang-ups and hang-ups to lurches and slumps - encouraging us to take life in our stride!

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When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.

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Perfect for high-energy story times, this cumulative tale is a madcap mash-up featuring robots, shapes in motley amalgamation and... PIE!

Squares, rectangles, ovals, triangles and other colourful shapes are sorted and arranged into... two robots! But why stop there? Shape-by- shape, costume-by-costume, Robot and Robot play a game of one-upmanship that zips, zooms and whirrs from friendly to hilariously out of control in nanoseconds. Robot Zombie? How about Robot Zombie Frankenstein? Can you handle Robot Zombie Frankenstein Pirate? What could be next? Where will it all stop? When the race makes a surprise (and delicious) turn, Robot and Robot are happy to be plain old robots - and friends - once again.

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Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel's The Avengers assembles in April 2012!

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Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel's The Avengers assembles in April 2012!

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A parent's dilemma... Your child has read and keeps re-reading Jeff Kinney's brilliant Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and won't read anything else. What can possibly compete? Answer: BIG NATE

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In Book 4, Nate is back in action. This time, dare-devil Nate's quest to achieve his destiny (you know...greatness) lands him in the hospital with a broken bone. His family and friends are eager to help him cope, but they soon tire of his increasingly ridiculous demands. Meanwhile P.S. 38 is in competition with their biggest school rival and Nate wants to save the day.

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Lauren Conrad is back with a brand-new series about the world she knows best: reality TV and its fashionable starlets.

Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of girl-next-door-turned-reality-celeb Jane Roberts in the L.A. Candy books. Now she's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. But with backstabbing friends and family, relentless paparazzi, and tabloid scandals she can't control Madison is going to have her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town-aspiring fashion designer Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty-and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game. . . . When the cameras start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

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The New York Times bestselling Hunger Games is now a major motion picture -- and here is the ultimate guide to the all the tributes in the 74th annual Hunger Games!

Here is the ultimate guide to the twenty-four Tributes participating in Panem's 74th annual Hunger Games.

Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games, with a look at all the highlights along the way; the Tribute Parade, the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more.

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The definitive, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in The Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen.

Welcome to Panem, the world of The Hunger Games.  This is the definitive, richly illustrated, full-color guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in The Hunger Games , and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen.

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The third book in Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy.

Wendy Everly can barely remember what it was like to feel like a normal girl. She'd wished for her life to be different but everything is so much more complicated than she'd expected. And she certainly hadn't dreamt she'd be getting married at eighteen to a man she didn't love - all for the sake of duty.

As the big day approaches, Wendy can't stop thinking about two different men - and neither of them are her husband-to-be. Finn, quiet, strong and determined to do what's right and Loki, dark and seductive - a sworn enemy who once saved her life...

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So fairytales are pretty hot right now. If that seems like a ridiculous sentence, consider the fact that we have not one, but two "Snow White" movies set to hit the big screen this year. It seems like all of a sudden the world had gone bonkers for stories about fairytale princesses living happily ever after.

I blame Kate Middleton.

Still, having suffered from a pretty serious fairytale addiction my whole life, I'm not about to start complaining. I have always been pretty keen on fairytales. The "fairytale retelling" is one of my favourite sub-genres. So to say that I was pretty keen to read Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens would be something of an understatement. If I had to choose between winning the lottery or discovering that one of my favourite fantasy authors has written a fairytale re-telling... err... I'd take the cash thanks, obviously. But the point is, it wouldn't be an easy a decision for me. I would probably have to think about it for at least thirty whole seconds before I made up my mind.

That's how much of a sucker I am for fairytale retellings.

Kate Forsyth has had my loyalty since I was in high school and got hooked on the The Witches of Eileanan series. When I heard that her new book, Bitter Greens , was a reworking of the Rapunzel fairytale, I fully expected that I would love it. What I didn't expect was that it would surprise me. How could it? Fairytale retellings are many things. Enchanting, heart-warming, romantic or (in my case) dangerously addictive. But they are very rarely surprising. After all, any passing six-year-old could give you a pretty accurate account of what happens to Rapunzel. We all know how the story goes (in case your memory needs jogging it begins with "Once upon a time" and ends with "Happily ever after"). But when it comes to fairytale retellings it's not so much about what happens in the story, it's how the story is told. And in the case of Bitter Greens it's even more than that. Read the full review here...

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