Booktopia Buzz with Caroline Baum
August 2012 | Edition 47
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
I'm not ashamed to confess that I got sucked in to watching The Voice - because my friend Darren Percival was a contestant and I wanted to cheer him on.  I'm as much of a sucker for great voices on the page as on the stage. There is something about a writer who manages to channel the personality of a character  or to set a particular tone that conveys a mood,  time, place or identity that is the hallmark of writing that really stands out from the crowd and elevates a story into something memorable.

Click here for more details...If there really are only seven real stories, (that's the theory, anyway) then what keeps me coming back for more is the infinite variety of voices that can make those seven feel brand new. 

The books I've chosen this month all share the quality of possessing a distinctive voice. That voice may be confiding, intimate, sardonic, sarcastic, satirical, knowing, innocent, comic, caustic, obnoxious even - I don't really care as long as it is plausible and can keep me in its grip convincingly till the last page. 
   
This month sees astonishingly confident debuts like local first-timer Nicki Reed and Americans Liza Klaussman and Derek B. Miller - a trio of originals, with freshly  created characters that leap off the page, newly coined twists and insights into the follies and complexities of human behaviour when faced with marital and family turmoil, sexual mayhem and the idiosyncrasies of the mind of an ageing warrior. These are stories that will linger with you long after the book is finished.

And then there are new offerings from seasoned regulars, whose voice we've already come to  know and love - thriller writer Michael Robotham, essayist and political gourmand Mungo MacCallum, and that feelgood maverick Bradley Trevor Grieve. Great to have you back, guys!


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Caroline Baum
Editorial Director

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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Lisa Klaussmann

Caroline Baum: Sometimes a book evokes a time and place so acutely you can almost smell and see it.

This debut novel is all about sensation, atmosphere and style. Like  Nick the central character, a careless and casual seductress, the author has the knack of making you fall in love with the world she's created, even if the people who inhabit it are not especially nice.

But they do have charm and wit, posing nonchalantly for a glossy glamour  magazine spread about the lives of the privileged -  entertaining lavishly with good linen and family china, in the latest  fashions,  at their photogenic Martha's Vineyard beach house - they could almost be models in a Ralph Lauren ad.

There are echoes of Gatsby (Nick's daughter is called Daisy) and the Kennedys (Chappaquidick is just up the road) But this novel is not just about surface: these people read Wallace Stevens, they aspire to something better. All except perhaps for Ed, Nick's nephew, a voyeur who observes his own family and their WASP neighbours from a distance, captive to his own dark desires.

It's no surprise there was a bidding war over this: it's, classy, confident and coolly elegant in a distinctively American way. As refreshing and astringent as a whisky sour.

Blurb: The epitome of East Coast glamour, Tiger House is where the beautiful and the damned have always come to play in summer, scene of martinis and moonlit conspiracies, and newly inherited by the sleek, beguiling Nick.

The Second World War is just ending, her cousin Helena has left in search of married bliss in Hollywood, and Nick's husband is coming home. Everything is about to change.

Their children will suprise them. One summer, on the cusp of adolescence, Nick's daughter and Helena's son make a sinister discovery that plunges the island's bright heat into private shadow. 

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AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT
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by Derek. B. Miller


Caroline Baum: What a discovery! Sheldon Horowitz is perhaps  the most unlikely  hero of a crime novel ever created. He definitely owes nothing to the current genre of Scandi noir despite the  setting.

Sheldon is an 82 year old Jewish ex-Marine who is getting a little confused, according to his architect granddaughter Rhea, and her new husband Lars, with whom he has come to live in Oslo. They suspect the onset of dementia, but when they test his awareness he is sharper than  most.   

After Sheldon witnesses a crime, he hides a small boy and takes him on the run, using  some of the techniques he recalls from his own days in the military. Despite his age, Sheldon is skilful enough to evade the police who are also searching for the boy. He's both cunning and cultured, his inner voice switching from combat flashbacks to erudite biblical references. Tenderly but without sliding into sentimentality, Miller dignifies Sheldon's memories and the voices in his head, weaving them with almost loving care into the narrative, setting up a rhythm that modulates between the  urgent and unhurried, making this less breathless and more philosophical than a traditional thriller.

An absolute delight which raises crime fiction to a less violent, more thoughtful level.

Blurb: Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly.

To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind. He'd heard the boy's eastern European mother being murdered, and he's determined to protect the child from the killer and his Balkan gang. With an endearing combination of dexterity and daring, Sheldon manages to elude the police in what is hostile, foreign territory for him. But what he doesn't know is that the police and the gang both know where he's heading.

Norwegian by Night is the last adventure of a man coming to terms with the tragedy of his own life as he tries to save another's. It combines laconic, deadpan humour, moral seriousness, visceral grief, and narrative tensions in a remarkable way - and Sheldon, in particular, is about to become a famous fictional hero.

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by Dean Koontz


Odd Thomas has seen danger and he has seen death. He lives between two worlds, communicating with the lingering dead.

He stands between us and our darkest fears, never failing the tests that confront him, whatever the cost.

Now he has found refuge in a crumbling mansion in Santa Barbara, along with his closest friends both living and dead. But the house is a place of terrible secrets, haunted by lingering spirits. And there is a stranger, more frightening presence still ... 

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by Daniel Silva

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon in PORTRAIT OF A SPY, he was pitted in a blood-soaked duel with a deadly network of jihadist terrorists. Now, exposed and war-weary, he has returned to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece for the Vatican.

But early one morning Gabriel is summoned by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to the Pope. The broken body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church so he calls upon Gabriel to use his matchless talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth -- was it suicide, or something more sinister?

Gabriel discovers that the woman revealed a dangerous secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican. And an old enemy plots revenge in the shadows, an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Once again Gabriel must return to the ranks of his old intelligence service -- and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the razor's edge of danger.

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by Katrina Germein


My dad doesn't like babysitting. He says no one should sit on babies.

My dad doesn't eat seafood. He says there's something fishy about it.

My dad doesn't lie in bed. He says you should always tell the truth.

My dad thinks he's funny.
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FICTION
BLOCKBUSTER FICTION
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by Michael Robotham


Caroline Baum: Psychologist and profiler Joe O'Loughlin is back. His Parkinson's symptoms are a little worse, his daughter Charlie is fully immersed in teen attitude and he's still in love with his ex-wife Julianne. When the body of a young girl who disappeared three years earlier is found in a frozen lake close to a farmhouse  where a couple have been murdered, O'Loughlin is the first to join the dots between the two cases.

Drawing on recent real life cases of disappearances in the UK,  the always plausible Robotham thoughtfully explores private and public grief and community attitudes to female sexuality in this tightly plotted thriller. He builds tension slowly, shifting between O'Loughlin's first person narration and the diary of one of the disappeared girls, framed against  the chilly backdrop of the lead up to a British white Christmas.

A welcome and polished return from a writer who knows how to keep readers guessing until the last body is bagged.

Blurb: My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper.

Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind...
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by Peter Robinson

Blurb: When Detective Inspector Bill Reid is found murdered in the tranquil grounds of the St Peter's Police Treatment Centre, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room, DCI Banks is called in to investigate.

It emerges that Reid's murder may be linked to the disappearance of an English girl in Tallinn, Estonia, six years earlier. While DI Annie Cabbot looks into the case in Eastvale, Banks travels to Tallinn to track down leads in the dark, cobbled alleys of the city's Old Town. But it soon becomes clear that someone doesn't want the past stirred up, and that solving the interlinked crimes may put even more lives in jeopardy.

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IN THE DARKNESS
by Karin Fossum
  THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER
by Philippa Gregory
  DOCTOR WHO
by STEPHEN BAXTER
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THIRST
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  RIVER OF DESTINY
by Barbara Erskine
  TIME UNTIME
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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OSAMA
by Chris Ryan
  Re-issue: ALL MY ENEMIES
by Barry Maitland
  A DARK PLACE TO DIE
by Ed Chatterton
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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
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THE MURDER BOOK
by Stuart Littlemore


Caroline Baum: As you'd expect, there's something uncompromising about Harry Curry, Stuart Littlemore's criminal barrister: his intelligence. In this collection of cases, based on ones Littlemore himself defended, Curry demonstrates the skills that earned the admiration of his ambitious young Anglo Indian girlfriend Arabella Engineer with clients ranging from serial killers to baby shakers. If you enjoy a good courtroom drama, you won't be disappointed by the elegant mental gymnastics of a superior legal mind.

Blurb: A brilliant new installment in the compelling series that rivals Rumpole and Rake

The renegade barrister Harry Curry and his elegant partner, Arabella Engineer, return with more thrilling spanner-in-the-works criminal trials, every one of them in defence of clients charged with murder.

Meet the multiple murderer seeking a discounted sentence because he confesses to killings about which the police are clueless. Pity the fisherman who hated the sea, driven to let loose at his landlord with a rifle, plugging him ten times. And share the sadness of a shaken-baby case, where Harry, ever the iconoclast, takes on the conventional wisdom of self-serving medical experts.

Throughout these cases and more, the Curry-Engineer relationship waxes and wanes: Harry sells his Erskineville terrace and retreats to a farm on the Far South Coast; Arabella is showered with high-paying civil work and looks set for a life on the District Court bench. Harry's visits to Sydney are few and far between, and Ms Engineer begins to find excuses not to catch the little plane down to Merimbula ...

Is it Harry's fate to die an eccentric gentleman farmer? Will Arabella decamp with a suitable Indian boy? Can the pair-aided and abetted by faithful solicitor David Surrey-rediscover the spark that brought them together? Perhaps they will-if Wallace Curry QC, from the fastness of his top-end retirement facility, lends a hand ...

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by Nicki Reed

Caroline Baum: Looking for something sexy but that won't get you too steamed up to read on the bus? Welcome to fifty shades of gay in which our narrator, Peta, a busy and happily married professional has an affair with a courier called BJ just when she was meant to be trying to have a baby.

As well as liking a dyke on a bike, Peta has a penchant for lists, so these are sprinkled throughout, starting with Ten Reasons Why That Wasn't Sex - it's a clever, funny device that illustrates Peta's ability to rationalise her way past any objections, while giving herself permission to create more havoc in a very Nina Proudman (of TVs Offspring) kind of whirlwind of  likeable neuroses. This entertaining sexual romp comedy is enhanced by the personalities of BJ, who knows herself almost too well for one so young and Peta's mouthy sister Ruby, who will steal the show when the movie version gets made. 

Blurb: Peta Wheeler measures time differently now. Before the couch. After the couch.

Before the couch, Peta knew who she was. A 34-year-old information-dissemination professional, married to the man of her dreams and thinking about motherhood. She'd never been late for work, drunk beer or kissed a stranger.

After the couch, Peta hits a cyclist, tries to get pregnant, tries to make sure she isn't pregnant, avoids her husband and family and friends and colleagues, drinks too much coffee, and falls in love with a girl.

And that's just the first week.

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HANNAH AND EMIL
by Belinda Castles
  BLACK MOUNTAIN
by Venero Armanno
  THE MARMALADE FILES by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann
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ROWLY SINCLAIR RETURNS...
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A ROWLAND SINCLAIR NOVEL
by Sulari Gentil


Booktopia's Sarah McDuling: The only thing better than discovering a new series of books is realising that the author is not going to make you wait too long for the next instalment.

Having been introduced to Sulari Gentill's Rowland Sinclair novels earlier this year with Miles off Course, and then devouring books one and two with all the gusto of a confirmed historical fiction addict, I was pretty much ecstatic when I realised that book four, Paving the New Road , was due to be released in August this year. My reaction to this news was not quiet. It was not calm. It may have involved a spontaneous happy dance. Imagine a hyper active child being told that Christmas will be coming twice in one year and you might then begin to grasp my level of excitement.

Paving the New Road sees Rowland Sinclair and his band of bohemian eccentrics back in full force. For those unfamiliar with this series, Rowland "Rowly" Sinclair is Gentleman/Playboy Adventurer/Artist/Amateur Detective. Now, as of Paving the New Road he can also add "International Spy" to his already impressive list of accomplishments.

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INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
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by Herman Koch


Caroline Baum: Skewering is the word that bests describes this social satire of two middle class couples sharing a very uncomfortable meal.

The tone is set  before the first mouthful has even been swallowed by Paul, the narrator, a man simmering with bilious resentment towards his brother Serge, a successful political candidate likely to become the Netherlands  new Prime Minister in a matter of days. Serge appears oblivious to his brother's smouldering mood, which reveals  itself as something more sustained and pathological as the novel progresses into the increasingly dark and disturbing terrain of violence and  prejudice.  It turns out that the couples' children  are the poisonous ingredient souring dinner beyond repair, although there are a couple of moments of comic relief that spice up the otherwise excruciating occasion.

Koch  has a lot of fun tormenting these smugly bourgeois liberal types, testing the limits of their social values for our entertainment. The result is unsettling and bound to generate heated discussion around many dinner tables for those with a taste for vinegary dishes.

Blurb: Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are going out to dinner with Paul's brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife Babette. Paul knows the evening will not be fun. The restaurant will be over-priced and pretentious, the head waiter will bore on about the organically certified free-range this and artisan-fed that, and almost everything about Serge, especially his success, will infuriate Paul.

But as the evening wears on it becomes clear that tonight's dinner will be even more difficult than usual. There is something the two couples have to discuss. It's about their teenage sons and the very bad thing they have been doing.

And it's about how far two sets of parents will go to save their children from the consequences of their actions.

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by Paul Auster

Blurb: On January 3, 2011, exactly one month before his sixty-fourth birthday, Paul Auster sat down and wrote the first entry of Winter Journal, his unorthodox, beautifully wrought examination of his own life, as seen through the history of his body.

Composed in the manner of a musical fugue, the journal advances from one autobiographical fragment to the next, jumping backward and forward in time as the various themes intersect, bounce off one another, and ultimately merge in a great chorus of multiple voices, of one voice multiplied into many.

Writing in the second person, as if addressing himself as a stranger, which at the same time establishes an uncanny intimacy with the reader, Auster takes us from childhood to the brink of old age as he summons forth a universe of physical sensation, of pleasures and pains, moving from the awakening sexual desire as an adolescent to the ever deepening bonds of married love, from the shocks of violent accidents to an account of his mother's sudden death in 2002, from meditations on eating and sleeping to the "scalding, epiphanic moment of clarity" in 1978 that set him on a new course as a writer.

Thirty years after the publication of The Invention of Solitude, his first book of prose, Paul Auster has now given us a second memoir of uncommon power and grace. Winter Journal is a book that looks straight into the heart of what it means to be alive.

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SWEET TOOTH
by Ian McEwan

Blurb: Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence service.

The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere.

Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a secret mission codenamed Sweet Tooth, which brings her into the literary world of Tom Healey, a promising young writer.

First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom?

To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage - trust no one.

McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

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THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR
by Jake Arnott
  THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS
by Louise Welsh
  A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR
by Suzanne Joinson
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NON-FICTION
NON-FICTION HIGHLIGHTS
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by David Day


Blurb: For centuries it was suspected that there must be an undiscovered continent in the southern hemisphere. But explorers failed to find one. On his second voyage to the Pacific, Captain James Cook sailed further south than any of his rivals but failed to sight land. It was not until 1820 that the continent's frozen coast was finally discovered and parts of the continent began to be claimed by nations that were intent on having it as their own.

That rivalry intensified in the 1840s when British, American and French expeditions sailed south to chart further portions of the continent that had come to be called Antarctica.

On and off for nearly two centuries, the race to claim exclusive possession of Antarctica has gripped the imagination of the world. Science was enlisted to buttress the rival claims as nations developed new ways of asserting territorial claims over land that was too forbidding to occupy. Although the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 was meant to end the rivalry, it has continued regardless, as new nations became involved and environmentalists, scientists and resource companies began to compete for control.

Antarctica: A Biography draws upon libraries and archives from around the world to provide the first, large-scale history of Antarctica. On one level, it is the story of explorers battling the elements in the most hostile place on earth as they strive for personal triumph, commercial gain and national glory. On a deeper level, it is the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own.

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EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY
by Paul Jordan
  THE COCAINE DIARIES
by Paul Keany and Jeff Farrell
  THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS
by Nicholson Baker
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ROCK N ROLL GOLD
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The Lives Of Bob Dylan
by Ian Bell


The ultimate biography of Bob Dylan

Half a century ago a youth appeared from the American hinterland and began a cultural revolution. The world is still coming to terms with what he did. How he did it - and why - has never been fully explored.

In Once Upon a Time, award-winning writer Ian Bell draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political and personal.

Full of new insights into the legendary singer, his songs, his life and his era, the artist who invented himself in order to reinvent America is uncovered.

Once Upon a Time is a biographical study of a personality that has splintered and reformed, time after time, in a country forever struggling to understand itself. Dylan has become the puzzle that illuminates. Here, in the first part of a major two-volume work, the puzzle is explained.

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LENNON
The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life
by Tim Riley

Music historian and journalist Tim Riley's biography challenges many popular assumptions about Lennon's life, from his widely misunderstood 'Working Class Hero' origins to his epic romance with Yoko Ono. Riley also explores Lennon in all his contradictions: the misogynist turned peace activist, the moralist who loved to outrage and the 'bigger than Christ' LSD enthusiast who settled down to become a house-husband.

A pre-eminent scholar of Beatles music, Riley has consulted some of the most important Beatles scholarship of the past two decades. In a field littered with untrustworthy memoirs, he has culled the most reliable information from hundreds of books, and tracked down even more insightful sources among Lennon's friends, enemies, confidantes, celebrity associates and business contacts. He also writes brilliantly about the music and about Lennon's artistic and creative processes.

The Beatles have just enjoyed their most successful sales decade ever, and this book will be a great gift for the Beatles fan in your life or for anyone with an interest in this British music legend.

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FOOD AND DRINK
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by James Halliday


James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion is the No. 1 bestselling guide on wineries and wine in Australia. Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2013 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-the-minute information. Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintagespecific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as alcohol content, price and a value rating. He provides important details on wineries u including opening times, contact details, vineyard sizes and web addresses u in addition to biographies on each, and information about the winemakers. An indispensable reference for all enthusiasts of Australian wine, the Australian Wine Companion is a must-have for anyone planning to visit a wine-growing region or to replenish their cellar or wine rack. It is the most authoritative and entertaining guide to Australian wine.

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by Ed Halmagyl

Most of us cook the same few dishes over and over again because we're busy and have lost our connection to the changes of the seasons.

The Food Clock showcases food that is simple to prepare and makes the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Join Fast Ed Halmagyi on a culinary journey through a year in the life of Monsieur Henri Petit-Pois, who loves nothing more than pottering around his home and ample garden.

From family favourite mains like flame-grilled porterhouse with herb-roasted tomatoes, and ham and broad bean risotto, to desserts such as cherry pie, and steamed mandarin pudding with burnt honey sauce, The Food Clock will revolutionise your kitchen and is a book to be savoured all year round. 

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by Russell Norman

A luscious cookbook of deliciously simple Venetian dishes from one of London's hottest restaurants.

Tucked away in a backstreet of London's edgy Soho district, POLPO is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up dishes from the back streets of Venice. A far cry from the tourist-trap eateries of the famous floating city, this kind of cooking is unfussy, innovative and exuberantly delicious.

The 140 recipes in the book include caprese stacks; zucchini shoestring fries; asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; butternut risotto; arancini, rabbit cacciatore; warm duck salad with wet walnuts and beets; crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket; scallops with lemon and peppermint; mackerel tartare; linguine with clams; whole sea bream; warm octopus salad; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad; walnut and honey semifreddo; tiramisu; fizzy bellinis and glasses of bright orange spritz.

With luminescent photography by Jenny Zarins, which captures the unfrequented corners, the bustling bacari and the sublime waterways of Venice, POLPO is a dazzling tribute to Italy's greatest hidden cuisine.

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Click here for more details or to orderTWO GREEDY ITALIANS EAT ITALY
by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo

Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy - a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. Following the success of Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo embark on a journey to explore Italy's distinct and varied terrains, and to find out how these have shaped the produce and, in turn, the peoples and their traditions. From snow-peaked mountains to lush plains, our two greedy Italians go in search of their homeland's varied culinary styles.

They venture into the Alps for comfort food - those heart-warming dishes based around the use of butter, potatoes, polenta and rice. They head to the sea to uncover the many delicious fish and shellfish dishes emanating from this magnificent peninsula with its 1500 miles of coastline, as well as the distinctive cuisine of the Italian islands. Finally, they examine the rich agricultural plains through which flow some of the greatest rivers in Europe - in particular the Po in the north and the Tiber in the centre - revealing their historic influence on the foods grown and cooked within these regions.

Containing over 80 mouth-watering recipes and breathtaking photography, Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy showcases the wisdom and passion of these two men for their native land, its people and produce. It is an essential book for anyone with an interest in this extraordinary country and its food.

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FOOTY FLAVOURS

JAMES HALLIDAY: AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2013
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75 recipes from your favourite rugby league stars.

Rugby league has been at the heart of Australia for more than a century. It has been with us through two World Wars, the birth of television, the Fibros-Silvertails feud and the dawn of the digital age. It fits into the seasons of our lives: the magic in our first pair of boots, the winning try at the siren, the realisation our knees have packed it in. Every March we dig out our jerseys and scarves and head off to the home ground. Every September we're filled with finals buzz and brace ourselves for glory or heartbreak. Rugby league has been, and always will be more...

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James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion is the No. 1 bestselling guide on wineries and wine in Australia.

Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2013 edition has been completely revised and updated to bring you up-to-the-minute information. Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine via detailed tasting notes, each of which includes vintagespecific ratings and advice on optimal drinking, as well as alcohol content, price more...

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AUSTRALIAN STORIES
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by Mungo MacCallum


Caroline Baum: You might know Mungo McCallum as a political commentator. Well, he's lost his appetite for politics of late - and who can blame him when their flavour is either bland or bitter? Instead, he's turned to his love of food, about which he is just as opinionated. Here he rants against  the foodie pretentions that irritate him (tofu and chorizo get shredded) and  demonstrates his  no-nonsense approach  with quick and easy recipes that seem to involve tinned tomatoes at every turn. He's a stock cube kind of cook, rather  than a make-it-from-scratch kind of guy (lime pickle being a notable exception), but his lack of piety and snobbery about ingredients and technique is refreshing. Best of all though are the food-related political anecdotes scattered like tasty morsels throughout.

Blurb: Mungo MacCallum started eating at an early age and just got back from lunch.

In the meantime he has become one of Australia′s wittiest and most incisive political journalists, written for everyone from the AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW and SBS Television to 2JJJ (now TRIPLE J) and PENTHOUSE. In this, his eighth book, he muses on epicurean pleasures past and savoured -- from doing pre-dinner drinks and drugs with Leonard Cohen in the Greek isles to lunching with lobbyists in the fleshpots of Canberra, before escaping to reside, cook, and write some more, on the NSW north coast.

This unlikely memoir of food and friends (and the occasional rant about tofu), is a call to arms for a no-nonsense approach to shopping, fast food, herbs, restaurants, camping and cooking real food. Enjoy this generous helping of Mungo′s favourite recipes and anecdotes containing (be warned) offal, fat, sugar, cream and other delicious ingredients. This is Mungo as you′ve never read or dined with before. Bon appétit.

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QF32
The Captain's Extraordinary Account of How One of the World's Worst Air Disasters Was Averted
by Richard De Crespigny

In 2010, what began as a routine long-haul flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife-edge of becoming one of the world's worst ever air disasters.

When a sudden mid-air explosion shattered engine no. 2 of the Qantas A380 - the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built - shrapnel ripped through the wing and fuselage creating chaos as it destroyed vital flight systems. In other hands, the plane might have been lost with all 466 people on board, but a supremely experienced flight crew, led by Captain Richard De Crespigny, managed to safely land it after hours of nerve-wracking effort.

This is the riveting, blow-by-blow story of QF 32, and how a mortally wounded plane was saved.

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Click here for more details or to orderMICKY O
Determination. Hard Work. And a Little Bit of Magic
by Michael O'Loughlin

When Michael O'Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him: the numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white.

This is the inspiring story of Michael's life from the childhood lessons of hard work and self-belief imparted to him by his mother, Muriel, to the discovery of the stunning sporting ability which would take him into the elite legions of AFL.

By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans' games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games.

MICKY O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of all time.

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GAZ
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  HOWZAT!
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  EXILE
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AUSTRALIAN MONGREL
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  THE STORIES THAT CHANGED AUSTRALIA
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  AN OPEN HOUSE
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VIETNAM
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  MY DROVING DAYS
by Peter Moore
  FIGHTER PILOT
by Mac 'Serge' Tucker
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My Droving Days

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MIXED NON-FICTION :  FROM CATS TO BRAIN BUGS TO CROCHET AND BACK TO EMBRACING THE ORDINARY
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by Bradley Trevor Greive


Caroline Baum: It might be a bit early to think about stocking fillers, but  make a note of this one, it will tickle the fancy of anyone irreverent and with a playful way with words. These elaborate, imaginative insults and good wishes (phrased to sound like the ancient sayings of a mystic or from a poorly translated fortune cookie) could be the start of a great new parlour game: try and make up you own to match the calibre of 'may your singing cause pandas to ovulate' and 'may a bomber formation of incontinent geese fly over your sunroof'. 

The  pen and ink illustrations are a wonderful  combination of the Pythonesque with the look of drawings of strange creatures that accompanied Edward Lear's Nonsense Poems and the early editions of Alice in Wonderland.

Blurb: May your yoghurt be teeming with bacteria

International best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive bestows this blessing on readers and many more in his newest gift book, Curses and Blessing For All Occasions. Mixed in are as many respectable curses for good measure. Witty, warm, and engaging, BTG brings his trademark style to this humorously twisted book for all events, circumstances, and occasions.

Blessings include:

- May your excuses for avoiding tedious social engagements always sound credible.
- May your blocked pores be licked clean by angels.
- May your corpse be museum worthy.

Curses include:
- May small dogs exploit all your insecurities.
- May a bomber formation of incontinent geese fly over your sunroof.
- May all dairy items in your fridge be of questionable vintage.

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Click here for more details or to orderTHE COMPLETE FISHING BIBLE
by Alistair David McGlashan

Blurb: Completely updated edition of this best seller with details of over 17 new species, as well as three new chapters with extra tips on fishing techniques, details of when a particular fish is in season and the ever important facts about whether the species is edible or not. Sections also include where to find a particular species so that time is not wasted out on the water going after a fish that may not be there.

As well as the great back-to-basic information that is in the updated edition, there are new sections on: Advanced Live Baiting; Canoeing and Surface Lures. There is also a guide to being a better angler; tips on how to catch a feed; fishing at night; a focus on sustainable fishing; releasing fish rights; safe boating and fishing with the family.

Alistair is also well known for his photography and has included new and stunning shots that he has taken on his adventures.

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Click here for more details or to orderOUTBACK SURVIVAL
by Bob Cooper

Blurb: A timeless practical run down on everything you need to know to survive in the outback.

Bob's incredible bushcraft skills have been developed through more than 25 years of experience in the outback. He has picked up tools of survival from the experiences of living with traditional Aboriginal communities, instructing with Special Forces Units, lecturing with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service on desert survival in the Mexican Desert, delivering wilderness lessons in the UK and learning the skills of the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.

Bob has put his own lessons to the test, dropping himself off in the 42C heat of the Australian desert with only a map and soap box sized survival kit, no food, water or sleeping gear, and a 10 day walk across 160km of rough terrain back to safety. He did this alone and showed that with the right knowledge of the land, you can survive.

The outback of Australia is one of the most unforgiving regions of the world, but Bob is committed to protecting and enhancing the experience people have when venturing out into the bush.
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ZOMBIES, BANANAS AND WHY THERE ARE NO ECONOMISTS IN HEAVEN
by Jessica Irvine
  THE SECRET ANARCHY OF SCIENCE
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  EMBRACING THE ORDINARY
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EXPERT COMPANIONS: OUTDOORS
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  URBAN SANCTUARY
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  DESERT BOYS
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GROWING YOUR OWN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
by Alison Chivers and Mary Canning
  EXPLORE AUSTRALIA 2013
  THE LIFE AND LOVE OF CATS
by Lewis Blackwell
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BRAIN BUGS
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  FASHION CROCHET
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FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART
ZERO TO FIVE
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In the city there's a zoo. And in the zoo there's a lion. And in the lion there's ...

James Foley : In The Lion is my second book, and the first that I've both written and illustrated. It's a black comedy for kids.

A young boy visits the zoo with his family, only to find an enormous lion is swallowing everything and everyone it can. Only the boy has the courage to stand his ground and stop the lion.

The text is cumulative, like the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly- only in this case, it's a lion instead of an old lady. Read the full interview.

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NODDY CLASSIC LIBRARY
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Five Mile Press have published a wonderful range of large format Noddy titles in the original style and to celebrate they are giving you the chance to win a boxed set for yourself or for your kids or grand-kids or for a friend or just 'for best'. Buy one of the range to go into the draw.

BUY ONE OF THESE EIGHT NODDY CLASSICS TITLES* AND YOU COULD WIN ONE OF FIVE NODDY BOXED SETS
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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
by Sam McBratney
  BEARS IN BEDS
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  THE HAPPY LITTLE YELLOW BOX
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HUGLESS DOUGLAS
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SIX TO TWELVE
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Skulduggery Pleasant series: Book 7
by Derek Landy


Magic is a disease.

Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.

And then there's the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they're set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.

Looks like it's going to be another one of those days...

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GUARDIAN ANGEL
Cherub series: Book 14
by Robert Muchamore

Guardian Angel is the second book in a brand-new CHERUB series from Robert Muchamore.

Ryan has saved Ethan's life more than once. Ethan thinks he must be a guardian angel. But Ryan works for CHERUB, a secret organisation with one key advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. Ethan's family runs a billion-dollar criminal empire and Ryan's job is to destroy it.

Can Ryan complete his mission without destroying Ethan as well?

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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO REVENGE
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  ALICE MIRANDA SHOWS THE WAY
by Jacqueline Harvey
  S.C.U.M.
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YOUNG ADULTS
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Love will kill us all.

Angels are real. They aren't always kind. Violet Eden is certain of all this because she is Grigori - part angel, part human. She has felt the influence of both light and dark.

Since her seventeenth birthday, Violet has known she is a warrior. Though she is more powerful than she yet realises, two men could still sway her away from her path if she lets them. Violet's uncertainty about Phoenix continually shakes her soul and her love for Lincoln is perhaps her greatest weakness.

When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing that Violet will face. For her, the endless question 'Can love conquer all?' will finally be answered.

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Click here for more details or to orderANGEL DUST
by Sarah Mussi

Would you move heaven and earth for the one you love?

When and angel is sent to earth to escort the soul of a young man to the after-life she chooses to save him instead.

But at what cost?

An urban love story written by an author with a distinctive teen voice.

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by John Boyne

A warm, whimsical and imaginative tale of an unusual little boy struggling to be accepted for his differences, by the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

There's nothing unusual about the Brockets. Boring, respectable and fiercely proud of it, Alistair and Eleanor Brocket turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but normal. To the horror and shame of his parents, Barnaby appears to defy the laws of gravity - and floats.

Little Barnaby is a lonely child - after all, it's hard to make friends when you're three feet in the air. Desperate to please his parents, he does his best to stop floating, but he just can't do it. Then, one fateful day, Barnaby's mother decides enough is enough. She never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. She's sick and tired of the newspapers prying and the neighbours gossiping. Barnaby has to go . . .

Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon. And so begins a magical journey around the world; from South America to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even a trip into space, Barnaby meets a cast of truly extraordinary new friends and realises that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself.

A funny, inventive and warm-hearted story from the internationally bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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WAKE
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  FORSAKEN
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