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May 2012 | Edition 44
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruThanks for dropping by. I have quite a collection for you this month. First up, Text Classics. What are they? They are a brand new range of 'must read' Australian books. Some old, some relatively new and all worthy of a bright new makeover. I want to thank Text Publishing for offering us two sets of the 30 Text Classic range to give away. Click here for more details. Click here for the Text Classics range

We've been very lucky here at Booktopia recently. Wonderful authors have been dropping by to chat and to sign copies of their books - my new best friends Kerri Sackville, John Flanagan, 2011 MasterChef Australia winner, Kate Bracks and Lauren Oliver (I'm such a name dropper!) I bet you know someone who would love a signed copy. They make great gifts.

May is a month for fiction - Hilary Mantel returns to the world stage with Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to her Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Drusilla Modjeska wows us with The Mountain, and we encourage you to take a chance with UK crime novelist, Peter James seducing you with our May two for one offer (You won't need too much convincing when you learn he's sold 11 million copies of his novels worldwide!)

New in non-fiction we've Bob Katter's vision, Dr Sandra Cabot's sex life, Sally Wise's slow cooking, Simon Cowell's intimates and Mastering the Art of Baking.

One last thing, our selection For the Young and the Young at Heart  is outstanding this month, with new Oliver Jeffers, Carole Wilkinson, Rachel Caine and more...

Kind Regards

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru
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Look for this In Stock symbolMother's Day is fast approaching. We have great gift ideas in two very different gift guides. Booktopia's Mother's Day catalogue - click here - and The Booktopia Book Guru's Mother's Day Gift Guide - click here.

What is the difference between them?
Well, the Guru guide is a bit funny. Only a bit.

PLEASE NOTE:
To ensure that your books arrive in time for Mother's Day we are asking customers to order 'In Stock' titles and to place their Mother's Day orders before
THURSDAY 3rd MAY 2012


UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Click here for details Give your mum a unique gift she will treasure forever. The following four, very different books, are all signed by their authors. But stock is limited. A book is a brilliant gift for mum, but a signed copy is... well... perfect. We have signed stock of 21st Anniversary Limited Special Edition of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium and Kate Bracks' The Sweet Life.

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SEQUEL TO WOLF HALL
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By Hilary Mantel


Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker with her historical epic, Wolf Hall which has already laid claim to being  the century's first literary classic.

Sales of Wolf Hall quickly outstripped previous Man Booker winners. Why?  Well, Wolf Hall is accessible story telling on a large scale - thrilling, thought provoking, compelling, moving and, at times, haunting - Oh, and readers just loved it. Hence the excitement on the news that Hilary Mantel has penned a sequel, Bring up the Bodies.

Mantel spent five years writing Wolf Hall and almost as many years working on its companion. We are certain Bring up the Bodies will be one of the most sought after and lauded books of the year and we wanted to let you know early so as to offer it to you at a compelling price.

Blurb: 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg,' says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'll stand anyone a drink.'

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line.
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When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days.

In Bring up the Bodies, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.

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SIGNED COPIES OF THE INVADERS

John Flanagan, author of the Ranger's Apprentice series, visited Booktopia recently to sign copies of The Invaders: Brotherband Book 2. Let me tell you, John is great fun. He's a man of a million stories and this time he brought a Viking helmet along with him, too. (Click for pics)

Sales of The Outcast, the first Brotherband book, have been phenomenal, and, believe it or not, the number of pre-orders for The Invaders has been stronger still. I love this kind of enthusiasm!
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From all reports, fans who loved Ranger's Apprentice are now obsessed with Brotherband. Do you know why?

John Flanagan knows how to write fast paced, exciting adventures which are almost designed to get and keep kids of all ages reading.

THE INVADERS
Brotherband series : Book 2
By John Flanagan

Eight boys are about to take on a crew of fifty cut-throat pirates . . . is this an impossible quest?

Hal and the Heron brotherband are on the trail of Zavac and his precious cargo. Will they be able to find the pirates when the weather clears? And when they do, how can they possibly beat the mighty Raven and its crew of vicious cut-throats and killers?

A chance discovery will lead them to their prey, but the pirates have a well-fortified position. The Herons must drive out the invaders - and to succeed, Hal will need to devise a foolproof plan. In the icy waters of the Stormwhite, the smallest mistake could prove fatal.

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BOOKTOPIA EXCLUSIVE
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CITY OF LOST SOULS
By Cassandra Clare
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Big News: Cassandra Clare has chosen to offer her Booktopian fans, fans who have helped make her one of the biggest selling authors on the planet, an exclusive letter - A Letter From Stephen Herondale to Jace. Just order Cassandra's new Mortal Instruments novel - City of Lost Souls from Booktopia and the letter is yours...

Blurb: Can the lost be reclaimed?

What price is too high to pay for love?
Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

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Only with Booktopia in Australia can you get a look at this exclusive letter. The letter from Stephen Herondale to Jace will be slipped into your copy of City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments Series : Book 5. Look out for it. Only while stocks last.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN ALL 30 TEXT CLASSICS?
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The Text Classics series offers thirty great books by Australia's most loved storytellers: Miles Franklin, Kate Grenville, Henry Handel Richardson, Helen Garner and many more - classically priced at only $12.95 each - $9.95 when you buy from Booktopia.

The Text Classics series unearths some of the lost marvels of our literature, and allows readers to rediscover wonderful books they have never forgotten.

These books are milestones in the Australian experience. They have been chosen because they are undiminished in their power to delight, challenge and surprise us.

The generous folk at Text Publishing have given Booktopia TWO FULL SETS of Text Classics to give away to two lucky customers. You could win $300 worth of brilliant books!
To enter, all you need to do is buy one or more Text Classics from Booktopia before May 30th 2012.

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WHAT, ME WORRY?
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By Kerri Sackville


I've been reading Kerri's blog and following Kerri on Twitter for years and I love her wit, worries and wonesty (I needed another W word). But it is true - she is incredibly wonest. She reveals things many of us would rather die than reveal. And it is because she is brave (or silly) enough to be open and w... honest with us that we keep on wanting more from Kerri.

Kerri visited Booktopia the other day (she is lovely in person, too) and signed copies of her new book The Little Book of Anxiety for Booktopia's customers.

Blurb: Popular author and blogger Kerri Sackville's very funny take on her life with anxiety. This is an insight into anxiety that only Kerri could give!

The Little Book Of Anxiety is for anyone who has experienced anxiety - which is pretty much everyone. It is a funny book about a serious subject: the ways in which anxiety can impact on your life and the lives of those around you.

With humour, insight and searing honesty, Kerri Sackville opens up about the trials and sheer absurdities of living a worried a life. From crazed nailbiting, to being hysterical in a jammed lift, to fearing her husband is dead when he's late home from work, Kerri has done it all.

If you know the agonies of sleepless nights, regularly jump to Worst-Case Scenario, or drive your loved ones mad with your irrational fears, then this book may very well save your sanity.

Click here to read Kerri Sackville's answers to our Six Sharp Questions

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MY PERSONAL PICK
Click here for more detail or to buyLOVE AND HUNGER
by Charlotte Wood

I read Charlotte Wood's Love and Hunger recently and urge everyone to read it, especially those who must cook every night and resent it, or avoids cooking when they can because they consider it a chore. This book has the power to reignite a passion for life, friendship, food and the everyday.

Part memoir and part recipe book, Love and Hunger can be read cover to cover, as I did, just like a novel, or can be dipped into when the moment requires. Charlotte's unusual cook book is the wise friend many of us do not have ready at hand 24/7.

Love and Hunger is a guide, an encouragement and an inspiration.

'A love of food oozes from Charlotte's every pore in this wonderful book. Her recipes and ideas come with great practical advice but even better her warmth and emotional honesty reflect the generosity of food and continually made me smile (sometimes with nudging tears). 'So many tidbits shared, so many 'aha' moments and things I needed to know!' - Maggie Beer

Love & Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures of simple food well made. In this age of gastro-porn and the fetishisation of food, the pressure to be as expert as the chefs we've turned into celebrities can feel overwhelming.

An instant antidote to such madness is this wise and practical book - an ode to good food, prepared and presented with minimum fuss and maximum love.

Cooking represents 'creativity in its purest form'. It is meditation and stimulation, celebration and solace, a gift both offered and received. It can nourish the soul - and the mind - as well as the body. Love & Hunger will make you long to get into the kitchen to try the surprising tips and delicious recipes, and will leave you feeling freshly inspired to cook with joy for the people you love.

Love & Hunger is a gift for all who value the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating. Like a simple but glorious meal, this feast of a book is infused with warmth and generosity.

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FICTION
BLOCKBUSTER FICTION
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Sookie Stackhouse Series : Book 12
By Charlaine Harris


Sookie Stackhouse is back. There. I've said it. I was going to lead into the announcement, add a bit of drama and suspense, but no, I've just gone and blurted it out. I got a little too excited. And now you know.

Wait, I haven't told you what it's called. I can be coy with that detail, at least. Deadlocked. There I go again. I have no self restraint. The new Sookie Stackhouse novel is called Deadlocked and it is out on 1st May, 2012.

Blurb: With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it's the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman's front yard--especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.

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THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
by Stephen King
  THE LAST BOYFRIEND
by Nora Roberts
  THE INNOCENT
by David Baldacci
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 more...

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The Wind Through The Keyhole

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The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother...and they are more...

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  Freelance hitman, Will Robie, has a mission which takes him first to Edinburgh and then to Tangier. His task is to eliminate suspected enemies of the US government. But back in DC, when government more...

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DARK SECRETS
by Hjorth and Rosenfeidt
  NOT DEAD YET + A FREE COPY OF DEAD MAN'S GRIP
by Peter James
  RECIPE FOR LOVE
by Katie Fforde
Everyone has secrets - and some people will do anything to keep them. Roger Erikson, a teenage boy, has gone missing.

Several days later an awful discovery is made in boggy marshland - Roger's mutilated body is more...

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Dark Secrets

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Booktopia Exclusive: Two for the price of one! Buy Not Dead Yet and receive a free copy of Dead Man's Grip.

Crime novelist Peter James sells millions of copies in the UK. They just love him. And I am betting you will, too. Two for the price of (less than) one. Take the plunge. You'll be back for more.

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  When enthusiastic amateur Zoe wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she's thrilled.

It's a chance for her to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen in the heart of more...

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Recipe For Love

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ANGEL OF THE DARK
by Sidney Sheldon
  THE CHALK GIRL
by Carol O'Connell
  THE FAMILY CORLEONE
by Edward Falco
When an elderly multimillionaire is found brutally murdered in Hollywood, and his young wife raped and beaten, the police assume the motive is robbery. Unable to find the perpetrators, the case is eventually more...

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Angel of The Dark

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The little girl appeared in Central Park: red-haired, blue-eyed, smiling, perfect - except for the blood on her shoulder. It fell from the sky, she said, while she was looking for her uncle, who turned into more...

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The Chalk Girl

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  New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which more...

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The Family Corleone

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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
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by Drusilla Modjeska


The debut novel from an acclaimed Australian author.

In 1968 in Papua New Guinea there is excitement and violence on the streets. The country is on the brink of independence, but many Papuans are disillusioned with the pace of change, and the tension in Port Moresby is palpable. Amidst the turmoil, Leonard, an anthropologist, arrives with his alluring Dutch wife, Rika. Leonard wants to film villagers from a remote settlement in the mountains, and take Rika with him - the first white woman to go up there. But his new colleagues have other ideas.

Rika befriends two young women from the new university: Laedi, a Papuan with a local mother and Australian father, and Martha, a sweet-natured Australian student. But it is to Aaron and Jacob - two very different clan-brothers - to whom Rika is most dangerously drawn. Her relationship with these two men will change her and Leonard's lives for ever.

Thirty years later, Jericho, a young art historian, travels from London to Port Moresby to try to make sense of his muddled past, of his birthplace on the mountain in 1968, and to bring back with him the girl he has loved since he was a boy.

Click here to read Drusilla Modjeska's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions

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I couldn't resist, I had to include the two Patrick White titles below. Perfectly timed to coincide with the release of White's The Hanging Garden, which I reviewed in last month's  BUZZ, these collector's hardcover editions are so beautifully presented every lover of literature will want to own them. If you've read and loved The Hanging Garden, it's time to move on to White's classics, Voss and The Vivisector.
THE VIVISECTOR
by Patrick White

VOSS by Patrick White
Hurtle Duffield, a painter, is incapable of loving anything except what he paints. The men and women who court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art. He is The Vivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision: his sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion, and the passionate illusions of his mistress Hero Pavloussi. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological more...

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Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they more...

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RUNNING DOGS
by Ruby J. Murray

SECRETS OF THE TIDES
by Hannah Richell
Even the Jordan children - Petra, Isaak and Paul - can feel it coming, shaking the edges of their privileged, protected expat world. Years later, Diana, an Australian development worker, moves to Jakarta and becomes entwined in the powerful Jordans' adult lives. As the monsoon descends, and the Jordans begin to fall apart, Diana sinks into the half-light of their past, where rumour and religion define the contours of the real, and the rules of the game change according to who is playing. Set in a global city of poverty, beauty, corruption and extreme more...

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Every family has its secrets. Some are small, like telling a white lie or snooping through a private drawer. Others are more serious, like infidelity and betrayal. And some secrets are so terrible they must be hidden away in a deep, dark place, for if they ever came to light, they would surely tear a family apart

The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house perched high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever more...

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THE WEDDING SEASON
by Sumudu Dharmapala

THE MEANING OF GRACE
by Deborah Forster
Meet Shani - she's thirty-two, single and has a job to die for. And she likes her life just the way it is, thankyou!
So why do her family and friends insist on trying to convince her that the only way to the perfect life is meeting the perfect man?
 When Shani's horoscope miraculously reveals that now is the best time of her life for marriage, Shani's mother decides to take control. Turning a deaf ear to Shani's protests, she arranges a parade of potential grooms, in the hope that her shamefully unmarried daughter will salvage the family honour by finding - finally! -Mr Right.
But true life, like true love, can get very complicated. Amidst a riot of hilarious dates with would-be husbands, Shani has to cope with more...

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'Mum is the reference point. If you ever get confused about anything, there she is, waiting with all her knowledge of you.'
Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad? Between their father's demise and Grace's hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can't help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through  more...

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HEART OF THE VALLEY
by Cathryn Hein
  THE BETRAYAL
by Y. A. Erskine
  MORGANS LAW
by Karly Lane
Brooke Kingston is smart, capable and strongwilled - some might even say stubborn - and lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley on her family property. More at home on horseback than in heels, her life revolves around her beloved 'boys' - showjumpers Poddy, Oddy and Sod.Then a tragic accident leaves more...


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Heart of The Valley

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Tasmania is in the grip of one of the longest, bleakest winters on record and it's particularly icy at the Hobart Police Station. Of the many golden rules in policing, one is especially sacred: what happens at work stays at work.
So when a naive young constable, Lucy Howard, makes an allegation  more...

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The betrayal

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  High flying advertising executive, Sarah Murphy, heads to a small town to fulfil a mysterious last wish of her late grandmother. Her journey leads her to love and greater understanding of both herself and her grandmother.
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THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD WINNER
Click here for more details or to buy the 2012 Vogel Winner ELEVEN SEASONS
The Australian/Vogel's
Literary Award Winner 2012

by Paul D Carter

When Paul D. Carter got up to accept the Vogel award last Thursday night he was an unknown quantity. After he spoke for a few minutes thanking those behind the award and giving the audience a brief description of himself and the writing process all those present couldn't wait to get their hands on the novel. He was self-effacing, genuine and serious about his writing.

This year the judges had 350 or so entries to read between them and each judge, when their time came to read Eleven Seasons jotted down in the margin, something like - this could be our winner. But in the final stages of the competition there was no doubt. In the minds of all the judges Eleven Seasons was the clear winner.

I can't wait to read it.

'Some guys are good at school and telling jokes or they have the latest stuff. Others are cricketers and basketball players: they can do things with the ball that make their classmates talk about them when they're not around. His thing is football. He becomes the centre of whichever team he plays for: he becomes the advantage.'

MELBOURNE, 1985. Jason Dalton sits on his bed and counts his football cards, dreaming of the day he too is immortalised in the public eye. He's young and gifted, a natural player who can do anything with the ball in his hand. If only everything else in his life was as obvious to him as playing.

GOLD COAST, 1991. The bottom has fallen out of Jason's life; he's now a high-school dropout, tired and wasted on the Gold Coast, with an explosive family secret still ringing in his ears. He needs to get his life back. But first he needs to find out who he is.

'The novel grabbed me and didn't let me go. A smashing book: heartfelt, tough-minded, occasionally shocking.' Geordie Williamson

The award is judged this year by Sophie Cunningham, Margo Lanagan and The Australian's chief literary critic, Geordie Williamson.

Did you know Tim Winton was discovered by the Vogel?

Take a punt. I dare you.

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The Australian/ Vogel's Literary Award Winner 2012

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INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
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by Mark Haddon


Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky.

After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children, a single family and all of them strangers. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks.

But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours. And watching over all of them from high on the dark hill, Karen, Angela's stillborn daughter.

Click here to buy A Spot of BotherThe Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices - of books and letters and music, of the dead who once inhabited these rooms, of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits. Once again Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.

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THE SHOEMAKERS WIFE
by Adriana Trigiani
  THE NIGHTMARE
by Lars Kepler
  IF YOU'RE READING THIS, I'M ALREADY DEAD
by Andrew Nicoll
Like threads of delicate gold, the lives of two young Italian lovers, Enza Ravanelli, a practical girl born into poverty, and Ciro Amadei, a dreamer raised in a convent orphanage, are woven together in this lush, epic novel set against the landscape of world more...

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The Shoemakers Wife

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On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body.
Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes more...

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The Nightmare

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  Otto Witte is an old man. The Allies are raining bombs on his city and, having narrowly escaped death, he has come home to his little caravan to drink what remains of his coffee (dust) and wait for the inevitable. Convinced that he will not see the sunrise, he decides to write the story of his more...

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If You're Reading This, I'm Dead

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PURE by Timothy Mo
  SKAGBOYS
by Irvine Welsh
  IN ONE PERSON
by John Irving
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Mark Renton seems to have it all: he's the first in his family to go to university, he's young, has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full more...

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  A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love - tormented, funny, and affecting - and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and more...

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was born with severe learning disabilities that caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn--or worse.

As a child, she read and wrote everything backward, struggled to process concepts in language, continually got lost, and was physically uncoordinated. She could make no sense of an analogue clock. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to "fix" her own brain.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves her personal tale with riveting case histories from her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience have conclusively demonstrated that, by engaging in certain mental tasks or activities, we actually change the structure of our brains--from the cells themselves to the connections between cells. The capability of nerve cells to change is known as neuroplasticity, and Arrowsmith-Young has been putting it into practice for decades. With great inventiveness, after combining two lines of research, Barbara developed unusual cognitive calisthenics that radically increased the functioning of her weakened brain areas to normal and, in some areas, even above normal levels. She drew on her intellectual strengths to determine what types of drills were required to target the specific nature of more...

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Did you know? Barbara Arrowsmith Young's journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, were described briefly in Chapter 2 of the bestselling book, The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge.
SWEET REVENGE: THE INTIMATE LIFE OF SIMON COWELL
by Tom Bower
  THE PEOPLE SMUGGLER
by Robin De Crespigny
  DREAM NEW DREAMS
by Jai Pausch
Sweet Revenge is currently causing an uproar in the UK. Cowell co-operated with the book and reveals that he had an affair with Dannii Minogue and more...

Sweet Revenge
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Click for more detail or to buy When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating more...

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  'I asked Jai what she has learned since my diagnosis,' Randy Pausch wrote about his wife in The Last Lecture. 'Turns out, she could write a book titled Forget the Last Lecture; Here's the Real Story.'
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by Marlena De Blasi


Marlena's A Thousand Days in Venice was in international bestseller which is still a must for those travelling to Italy. Marlena's new book gets to the heart of what it means to be Italian and why we find the Italians so fascinating.

Seeking some peace and quiet from renovations at via Del Duomo, Marlena de Blasi escapes to the mountains of Tuscany where she meets the extraordinary Antonia, imperious matriach of four generations of strong-willed Tuscan women. The next volume of memoir from the author of the international bestseller A Thousand Days in Venice.

The renovations to 34 via del Duomo now complete, Marlena de Blasi, the best-selling international author and 'the woman with the fairytale life' needs to find time and space to finish a book. Lured by the offer of a simple stone cottage in the remote, mountainous region of western Tuscany, distant from the distractions of her everyday life with Fernando in Orvieto, she sets off for some much-needed solitude. But her plans to live simply, in peace and quiet, are overturned when she meets the imperious, tempestuous Antonia, the still-stunning, elderly matriarch of a large, complicated family of four generations of beautiful blue-eyed Italian women, all with stories and ideas of their own. Antonia dislikes tourists and outsiders, and so Marlena at first spars and clashes with her, before they reach an understanding.

Over feasts and family dinners, walking in the dark before sunrise to harvest wild lettuces, preparing meals and exchanging recipes, the two women joust, joke, exchange confidences and grow closer and closer until finally Antonia reveals the terrible secrets behind the vivid beauty of Il Castelleto.

Evocative, powerful and haunting, this is a compelling insight into Italy's recent past and a revealing glimpse into one extraordinary woman's story and her kitchen.

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THE OFFICE: A HARDWORKING HISTORY
by Gideon Haigh
  CROSSING THE BORDERS OF TIME
by Leslie Maitland
  HACK
by Graham Johnson
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The office: for many of us, it's where we spend more time and allocate greater effort than anywhere else. Yet how many of us have stopped to think about why?
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Separated by war and her family's disapproval, the young lovers lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Maitland's investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost more...

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  Graham Johnson was a fresh-faced journalist with an ambition to break the big news stories and make his name as a star reporter when an offer came in to work at a leading tabloid... he couldn't say no. Instantly, he found himself drawn more...

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WHO'S HUNGRY?
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by Sally Wise


In 2009, Sally Wise's Slow Cooker became an overnight success - not just the best known and best loved of the slow cooker books, but the biggest selling, outranking her many competitors.

Since then readers have been pleading with Sally to write another book. Now she's done it!

Featuring 128 brand-new recipes, tips on how to cook many of the dishes for smaller families or for households of one or two, and many more recipes for vegetable and fish dishes, this is an essential cookbook for everyone needing everyday inspiration and ideas for delicious, nutritious meals.

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MASTERING THE ART OF BAKING by Anneka Manning

CAKESTAR by Jade Lipton
Take a masterclass in your own kitchen with The Art of Baking . This comprehensive new volume includes classics such as brioche and pork and fennel sausage rolls, through to contemporary dishes such as strawberry macaron mousse cake and caramelised tomato tart. Guiding you through the sweet and the savoury alike are comprehensive step-by-step photographs and expert tips on getting the best results. No matter what your previous baking experience is, The Art of Baking will fast become your baking bible. 

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CakeStar is packed with more than 25 spectacular and show-stopping cakes, cupcakes and biscuits designs by Jade Lipton, owner of successful boutique cake business Cakestar.
Each design features professional decorating tips, tricks and techniques with step-by-step photographs for you to follow. Cakestar also includes a section on the skills and equipment needed for cake decorating, plus never-fail basic cake, cupcake and biscuit recipes, so you can work your own magic and create show-stopping treats for any occasion.
 
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ALL CONSUMING PASSIONS
by Ian Parmenter

TEATIME by Jean Cazals
Bon vivant and ABC TV personality, the gregarious Ian Parmenter takes a delight in good food and wine - in cooking the former and making the latter, as well as in eating and drinking both - so it's no wonder his long-running television series was titled Consuming Passions. In this new cookbook, Parmenter brings together 235 of his favourite recipes, including entrees, mains and desserts, which rely on his trademarks of simplicity and fresh ingredients. He shares his kitchen tips, dispenses sensible advice on food preparation and storage, and of course he provides some of his 'most requested' -- like his recipe for Ego Noodles, a favourite dish of his friend and colleague, Poh Ling Yeow. 

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While all our lives become increasingly hectic and stressful, taking time for tea or coffee becomes more and more of a luxury. We treat ourselves to delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches and find our own rituals for this special time of the day. Ever since Anna Maria, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford and member of Queen Victorias household experienced a sinking feeling between luncheon and dinner, taking tea and light refreshments in mid-afternoon has become a much-loved tradition and afternoon tea experiences a worldwide renaissance. This new volume, lavishly illustrated by world-renowned food photographer Jean Cazals, portrays the most exquisite, exciting and original 50 venues for indulging ourselves and includes some tantalizingly delicious recipes to follow.

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AUSTRALIAN STORIES
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by Bob Katter


In 1988, Queensland politician Bob Katter Jnr was, at short notice, called upon to officiate and entertain the King and Queen of Spain. At dinner the three discussed Australian white settlement and our forebears, prompting Queen Sofia to remark, 'What an incredible race of people you are.'

Today Bob Katter Jnr is one of the country's best known federal politicians. He's forthright, outspoken and has achieved extraordinary notoriety as a politician of real conviction across an astonishing breadth of issues that defy all attempts at easy categorisation.

Bob Katter is a complex man, and he's passionate about what made this country great, and what is needed to ensure that it remains so as we negotiate our way further into the twenty-first century.

An Incredible Race of People is a highly personal and at times challenging investigation of our politics and industry over many decades: heroes are applauded and pretenders dismissed, urgent issues are identified and solutions tabled.

In the tradition of the greatest statesmen, Bob Katter Jnr urges us to consider, discuss, and act to ensure Australia's future remains bright.

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AUSTRALIAN STORY
by Graham Bauer
  OUT OF THE BLUE
by Joanna Fincham
  LIVING WITH MAX
by Chloe Maxwell
Australian Story is without doubt one of the best-loved shows on the ABC. A cornerstone of Monday night viewing for 15 years, it has brought into our homes and hearts the very personal accounts of our fellow Australians - people both famous and far from more...

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When Joanna Fincham appeared on a popular reality TV program in 2008 looking for love, little did the viewers know that Jo had been suffering from depression on and off throughout life.
Jo, it seemed, was a vivacious city girl looking for love with a handsome more...

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  'It feels terrible for your son to want to hurt you so bad that you bleed, and to look into his beautiful eyes and see nothing but hatred. What mother could deal with that? Not me, that's for sure. I loved my son, but I was no longer sure whether I was the right mother for more...

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EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART
by Jeff Waters
  THE HOUSE OF FICTION
by Susan Swingler
  RICH LAND, WASTELAND
by Sharyn Munro
One ordinary weekday evening, Jeff Waters had just gone to bed in his Melbourne home when pain began in his left arm and chest. He mentioned it casually to his wife, a GP, but dismissed her evident alarm - after all, he ate healthily, he swam regularly more...

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Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia's most revered writers - Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her at the age of more...

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  For nearly a year Sharyn Munro travelled through rural Australia, visiting the communities in coal-mining areas. She found a war zone. Here, literally at the coal-face, towns more...

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Rich Land, Wasteland

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A NON-FICTION MISCELLANY LIKE NO OTHER:  INCREASE YOUR SEX DRIVE NATURALLY, LIKE A VIRGIN, LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED AND MORE
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by Sandra Cabot MD


This is a book for all women who want to improve their sex life. No matter what age you are, it is possible to have a sex life, and it can be a really wonderful one!

You may think you are too old or that you have too many problems or even that it doesn't really matter because it is just too hard to talk about something so personal- if you do think like this, then you need this book.

Dr Sandra Cabot is a medical doctor and sees thousands of women who ask for help with their sex life - they want to improve it for themselves and they want to improve their relationship with their lover. Not every woman likes to talk about it and often believes there is nothing she can do to get her mojo back; so she says and does nothing, and time passes her by. A healthy sex life is good for your well being and happiness and these things are important!

This book enables you to gain intimate and practical information without being embarrassed. With the help of modern day technology and things like bio- identical natural hormones and the love hormone oxytocin, you can not only restore your sex life but slow down the aging process.

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LIKE A VIRGIN
by Richard Branson
  HOW TO DECORATE
by Shannon Fricke
  TAX FOR AUSTRALIANS FOR DUMMIES
by Jimmy B. Prince
Are you interested in setting up your own business, improving your leadership skills or simply looking for inspiration from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time? In Notes from my Hammock, Richard Branson brings together some of his best advice, collected from his internationally syndicated
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How to Decorate is a gorgeous, practical, down-to-earth guide to decorating your home from start to finish - with love, attention and style. Layer by creative layer, stylist, decorator and homewares designer Shannon Fricke takes us through her decorating workshop in a more...

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  Take on your tax with confidence and get the most out of your next tax return
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WHAT YOUR MOTHER SHOULD'VE TOLD YOU AND NOBODY ELSE WILL
by Natalie Reilly
  RUNNING WITH THE KENYANS
by Adharanand Finn
  LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED
by Jenny Lawson
If you've ever lost sleep over how to properly end a friendship; if you've wondered how you'll recover from your email faux pas at work; if you've longed to appear smarter at a dinner party, then this book is for you. It's an ironic more...

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After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, from the Olympics to big city marathons, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up.
Packing up his family (and his running shoes), he moved more...

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  When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was not to be, thanks to her eccentric taxidermist father and a truly bizarre family life. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humour in the most terribly more...

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Blurb: Introducing the Hueys - a fabulously quirky group of characters from internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.

The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same! They all look the same, think the same and do the same things.

Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper! How will the other Hueys react?

A hilarious story about individuality.

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FARMER JOHN'S TRACTOR
by Sally Sutton
  BABY TAWNIES
by Judy Paulson
  MEET SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE
by May Gibbs
Farmer John s rusty old tractor lies locked in the shed. Rusty yet trusty and orangey-red. When the rain comes and the river rises, will Farmer John s tractor be able to save the day?

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As darkness falls, two tawny frogmouths fly into the forest to find food.
Far above the ground, Reggie and Lyla are left alone. But more...

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Before dawn, when everyone was still asleep, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie crept out of bed ... 'I want to see a human!' said Snugglepot. 'But only in the distance,' added more...

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FOR CHILDREN FROM SIX TO TWELVE (TO NINETY NINE)
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Carole Wilkinson's Dragonkeeper series has been winning praise and awards since volume one, Dragonkeeper, was released in 2003 (2004 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Younger Readers)).

Since then her fans have devoured each new adventure, Garden of the Purple Dragon in 2005 and Dragon Moon in 2007 (2008 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Younger Readers)), then thought to be the final book of the series.

But now, in 2012 comes the news that Carole has written a fourth adventure, Blood Brothers.

Blurb: The year is 325. The powerful Han Dynasty is a distant memory and tribes of barbarian soldiers fight over what was once the Empire.

It is a dangerous time. Kai is 465 years old - a teenager in dragon years. He is searching for the person predestined to be his dragonkeeper. Kai's search has led him to a Buddhist novice named Tao.

But Tao is certain he is not the one; he has no interest in caring for a difficult dragon. He believes his path lies in another direction. But Tao must learn to listen to the voice within himself and that no journey ever reveals its true purpose until it is over.

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The Kane Chronicles Series : Book 3
by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan burst onto the scene with Percy Jackson, one of the most original heroes in fiction, and captured the attention of a generation of children who may not have become readers. Rick's mix of action, myth and drama make him irresistible reading.

After you've read Percy,  followed Jason, Piper and Leo in The Heroes of Olympus series and then, when you're done there you can start the Kane Chronicles . Hours and hours of exciting, absorbing reading for avid readers and reluctant readers alike.

If your child loved The Ranger's Apprentice series, but found Harry Potter a chore, Rick Riordan's books should be just about perfect.

Blurb: The third and final book in Rick Riordan's chart-topping Kane Chronicles series.

Carter and Sadie Kane face the impossible task of defeating Apophis, the serpent of chaos, before he can destroy the mortal world. Unfortunately the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink civil war, the Gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos.

Percy Jackson fought Greek Gods. Now the Gods of Egypt are waking in the modern world . . .

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AUSTRALIAN BACKYARD NATURALIST
by Peter Macinnis
  DOES FARTING MAKE YOU FASTER? by Glen Murphy
  THE MONSTER
by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
This book is written by Peter Macinnis, the recipient of the Eve Pownall award in the 2010 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards for the sister publication, Australian Backyard Explorer. In Australian Backyard Naturalist, Peter enthusiastically more...

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Why don't hammer-throwers get dizzy? Could the world's fastest swimmer catch a jet-ski? How far can a human being run or cycle before they drop? Which nutter invented the ski jump?
Glenn Murphy, author of Why Is Snot Green?, answers these more...

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  After The Evil's assault on Portland, everything returns to relative normality...for the moment. The twins continue to work hard to control their Gifts, and at school they make a new friend, Tara. But then more...

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Morganville Vampires: Book Twelve
by Rachel Caine

If you have a Vampire living in your home, you've probably already been asked to buy book twelve in The Morganville Vampires series. But if you haven't, if your teen is just a teen desperately in love with a vampire, a teen who hasn't been weened off continuous re-reads of the Twilight saga, you may want to dangle a copy of Book One of The Morganville Vampires Series - Glass Houses. If you can't beat them, join them. At least they're reading.

Blurb: Ever since the draug - mysterious creatures that prey on vampires - took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil.

Using the city's water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied and vampire Amelie - the town founder - has been infected by the master draug's bite.

Now, unless Claire and her friends figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, Morganville will become little more than a ghost town...

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METRO WINDS
by Isobelle Carmody
  FURY
by Rebecca Lin
  THE HUNT
by Andrew Fukuda
A girl is sent across the world to discover her destiny in the dark tunnels of the Metro. Another seeks a lost sister in a park where winter lasts forever. A young man fulfils a dying wish. A mother works magic to summon a true princess for her son. A man seeks an ending to his story. An old man goes in search of his shadow.

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Heartbreak. Vengeance. Fury.
Mercy is an exiled angel cast down to earth and forced to live out thousands of different lives for her own protection. Betrayed by her eternal love, Luc, Mercy burns with fury. The time of reckoning is here and now she must wage open war with Luc and his demons. Ryan's love for Mercy more...

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  Against all odds, 17-year-old Gene has survived in a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government  more...

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