Booktopia Buzz with Caroline Baum
December 2012 | Edition 51
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BUZZ IN BRIEF
I am filling in for Caroline this month. I won't even attempt to reproduce the eloquence you have come to expect in your monthly BUZZ. I can, however, invite you to browse through the hand picked delights listed below. You'll find the best books of December from a collectible, delectable limited edition of The Essential Leunig to a rather rude Unzipped, from portraits of man's best friend in Old Dogs to trouble with Troggle the Troll there is something for everyone.

Click here for details or to orderI may be accused of lowering the tone while Caroline is away. But in my defence, the publishers are bombarding me with filth since the success of Fifty Shades and what you find here is but the tip of the iceberg, as far as that sort of thing goes.

If you are like me and you miss Caroline's guidance then be sure to watch her interviews with Judith Lucy, Robert Drewe and Di Morrissey.

Not to be outdone, during a recent visit to Booktopia Olympic gold medallist taught me to dive - check out the greatest belly flop onto bubble wrap ever recorded - here . Not very intellectual, I admit, but a whole lot of fun. We still have a few signed copies of Twist and Turns left. A great gift. But hurry. They won't last.

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John Purcell
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A GIFT LIKE NO OTHER FOR SOMEONE LIKE NO OTHER
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by Michael Leunig


A special edition of a book that is destined to become a classic.

Inside a beautiful linen-covered box with magnetic closure is a copy of the book The Essential Leunig, which comprises 400 definitive works spanning five decades. Also linen-bound, and with a cover unique to this special edition, each copy - one of a print run of 250 - is individually numbered and signed by the artist.

The boxed set also includes a wood engraving printed on 250gsm art stock measuring 23cm x 23cm, with the actual image measuring 11cm x 8.5cm. The print has been created specially for this edition and is limited to 250 units numbered and signed by the artist. Neither the print nor the book in this edition will be reprinted, so these are truly collectors' items.

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THE ESSENTIAL LEUNIG: CARTOONS FROM A WINDING PATH
by Michael Leunig

Four hundred definitive cartoons spanning five decade.

From the vast repertoire created by Michael Leunig since 1965 comes this inspired selection of his most universal and timeless pieces. Such is his prophetic insight that many of them are more relevant today - and funnier and more ironic - than when they were first published.

This beautiful, colour-filled hardback includes some works not previously collected, along with an introduction by Leunig on how he creates: the process of discovering 'poetry and spirit in the playful winding path that the semiconscious pen makes on a piece of paper'. The Essential Leunig is a testament to the enduring appeal of a unique Australian artist.

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by Michael Connelly


In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue.

Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the 'black box,' the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

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POSEIDON'S ARROW
The Dirk Pitt Adventures: Book 22
by Clive Cussler

It's called Rapier.

It is the most remarkable advance in naval technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype has suddenly vanished, and the man who developed it is dead. Now it's up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team to go on a desperate international chase to retrieve it.

But as they close in on the prize they discover that they're facing a much, much greater threat than they ever imagined possible.

It's clear that if they fail in their mission, the world as they know it might end up a very different place - and not a very pleasant one.

Order Poseidon's Arrow from Booktopia before 10th December 2012 to go into the draw to win one of two signed copies of Lost Empire!

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THE FASHION MEMOIR OF THE YEAR
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by Grace Coddington


The hotly anticipated memoir of the creative genius at Vogue: a dazzling and beguiling story of fifty years in fashion.

For decades, Grace Coddington's personal touch has steered wildly imaginative fashion spreads in Vogue magazine. Then came The September Issue, the behind-the-scenes documentary that turned the spotlight on a woman with a no-nonsense attitude and an unerring visual instinct. Overnight, the flame-haired Grace became a heroine for fashion insiders and the general public alike.

Witty and forthright, and illustrated throughout with vintage photographs and exclusive line-drawings, Grace: A Memoir shares the excitement and vision that go into producing so many unforgettable fashion images. Here are the designers, models, photographers, hairstylists, make-up artists and celebrities with whom Grace has created her 'stories in pictures' - whether it be Jerry Hall conquering the USSR or Tom Ford falling down a rabbit hole in Annie Leibovitz's version of Alice in Wonderland.

Grace's own life has been as dream-like as one of her madcap fashion spreads. Brought up in windswept wartime Anglesey, she arrived in London, aged eighteen, and quickly became a face of the Sixties. The muse behind Vidal Sassoon's Five Point Cut, she posed for Bailey, Donovan, Duffy and Norman Parkinson in Swinging London and jumped into a pool in Saint-Tropez for Helmut Newton. Surviving a serious car-crash, she later became a fashion editor at British Vogue and during the Seventies and the Eighties started to create the fantasy travelogues that would become her trademark.

Friendships bloomed - with Bruce Weber and Calvin Klein, whose offer of a job took Grace to New York. While two early marriages were brief, her romance with the hairstylist Didier Malige has endured. And her professional partnership with Anna Wintour - with whom she has collaborated for over twenty years - continues to have an astonishing influence on modern style.

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THIS PROGRAM WORKED FOR MY SISTER - TRUE STORY
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by Michelle Bridges


Looking for inspiration in your weight-loss program?

Look no further!

Australia's leading weight-loss expert Michelle Bridges shares her hot tips and amazing facts about diet and exercise to help you stay motivated.

Handy advice for a healthier life - something for every day of the year.

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FICTION
BLOCKBUSTER FICTION
ICE AND FIRE
by David Wingrove
  THE HIDDEN COTTAGE
by Erica James
  MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS
by James Patterson
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Ice and Fire

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WOOL
by Hugh Howey
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by Kylie Chan
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One Shot

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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
BLACKWATTLE LAKE
by Pamela Cook
  BRIDIE'S CHOICE
by Karly Lane
  THE 2013 VOICELESS ANTHOLOGY
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BEHIND THE SUN
by Deborah Challinor
  SHALLOW BREATH
by Sara Foster
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by Mathew Condon
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The Toe Tag Quintet

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INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
HAVISHAM
by Ronald Frame
  THE STORYTELLER'S DAUGHTER
by Maria Goodin
  RAISED FROM THE GROUND
by Jose Saramago
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A BIT OF ROMANCE
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by Tricia Stringer


Angela needed a miracle. She didn't expect it to come in the form of a red 18-wheeler.

Juggling two jobs, raising her four-year-old daughter Claudia alone, and drowning in debt, Angela Green is struggling to survive. So when Angela's father offers her a job driving trucks in the tiny rural town of Munirilla, Angela accepts. After all, it's only temporary

Despite taking to the road with ease, Angela finds moving to Munirilla may not be the godsend it seemed. Her accommodation is dingy, her fellow truckies are less than happy to see a woman on the road, and the locals are reluctant to use her services.

There is one local who's glad to see her though fill-in farm manager and loner Coop, who resists his natural tendency to avoid personal connections when he meets the efficient and gorgeous Angela. But Coop has problems of his own sheep are going missing, his neighbours are acting strangely, and the demons of his past are urging him to move on again. In Munirilla, both Angela and Coop will face the ultimate test of character. Will they follow reason and leave? Or follow their hearts and build a home in the small town together?

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THE BOOK CLUB
by Mary Alice Monroe
  MERRY EX-MAS
by Sheila Roberts
  AN OUTLAW'S CHRISTMAS+
MCKETTRICK'S LUCK
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The Book Club

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An Outlaw's Christmas + McKettrick's Luck

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EROTICA
SECRETS AFTER DARK
by Sadie Matthews
  THE PRINCE
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by Eden Bradley
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ON DEMAND
by Justine Elyot
  STORY OF O
by Pauline Reage
  RETURN TO THE CHATEAU : STORY OF O - PART TWO
by Pauline Reage
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NON-FICTION
AUSTRALIAN STORIES
I'VE BEEN THERE (AND BACK AGAIN)
by Slim Dusty, Joy McKean
  TALES FROM THE TINNY
by Rob Smith
  THE NULLARBOR KID
by Ray Gilleland
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OUTBACK
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  TAMAM SHUD
by Kerry Greenwood
  TWISTS AND TURNS
by Matthew Mitcham
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FOOD AND DRINK
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Thanks to TV cooking shows there is a great resurgence of interest in cooking at home. This book shows you how to do it with instructive step-by-step photography. We have divided the book into beginnings, middles, sides and ends. Each recipe has a chef's hat to denote the degree of difficulty (1 hat for easy recipes; 2 hats for a bit harder; 3 hats for tricky), so even if you are a beginner you can cook like a chef.

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AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY : JUST FOUR INGREDIENTS FOR KIDS
  LAROUSSE ON COOKING
  LAROUSSE ON PASTRY
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CHANGE YOUR MIND
THE GOLDEN LOUISE HAY COLLECTION
by Louise L. Hay
  SUPER BRAIN
by Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi
  SUCCESS TAKES CHARACTER
by Neil Jenman
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The Golden Louise Hay Collection

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THESE BOOKS WILL GET YOU THINKING
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by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world.

Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile are things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

In The Black Swan , Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. Here Taleb stands uncer­tainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resil­ient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better.

What's more, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call 'efficient' not efficient at all? Why do government responses and social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak? Why should you write your resignation letter before starting on the job? How did the sinking of the Titanic save lives? The book spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems and medicine, drawing on modern street wisdom and ancient sources.

Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world.

Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb's message is revolutionary: the antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it.
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MULLAHS WITHOUT MERCY
by Geoffrey Robertson
  ASS-HOLES
by Aaron James
  PHILOSOPHY IN THE GARDEN
by Damon Young
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THE NAKED TRUTH
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by Manon Youdale


Mmmm. Let's talk about sex . . .

Unleash the sexy, modern woman within yourself and discover a world of sensuality and sexual pleasure that will drive you and your partner wild.

This little book of treasures unlocks your feminine sex appeal and introduces you to the fine art of seduction - for maximum effect.

Pearls of wisdom to keep you ahead of the sexy pack include:

- Sustaining a healthy mind and body;
- Developing a powerful yet feminine confidence;
- Boosting your sex appeal;
- How to become a sensual goddess;
- Playing out your innermost sexual fantasies;
- The ultimate orgasm and much, much more.

Unzipped will have you swinging your hips like a supermodel, whispering those naughty one-liners, looking the part and owning your sexiness. Tune in, turn on and make out. 

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LESSONS IN LINGERIE
by Rebecca Apsan

Millions of women have read 50 Shades of Grey.
Now they'll know what to wear.

The essential guide to dressing to undress: from the sexy extremes-corsets, sheer chemises, balconets, blindfolds, bustiers, and ticklers-to the basics of bras, panties, slips, and shapewear. Lingerie expert Rebecca Apsan ("the best bra-fitter in the country" -New York magazine), owner of New York City's go-to boutique for all things personal ("my favoUrite pit stop for my secret, sexy nights"-Betsey Johnson), knows how to make fantasies a reality. Now, so will you.

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CONFESSIONS OF A WORKING GIRL
by Miss S
  EXTRA CONFESSIONS OF A WORKING GIRL
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  FIFTY WAYS TO PLAY
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OUTDOORS
RENOVATION INSPIRATION
  HOW THE DOG BECAME THE DOG
by Mark Derr
  BOILING BILLY'S CAMPING GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
by Cathy Savage, Craig Lewis
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YATES MONTH BY MONTH
by Judy Horton
  OLD DOGS
by Suzanne McCourt
  KNITTING VINTAGE
by Claire Montgomerie
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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FUTURE
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by Steve McKnight


What does financial freedom mean to you? Not having to work? Being able to afford life's luxuries without worrying about the cost? Financial security? Perhaps supporting the needy or disadvantaged? Well, if you believe and follow the conventional approach to investing then forget it! It's unlikely you'll ever be financially free because the way most people approach investing results in seven out of ten retirees ending up needing the age pension - a mere 25% of average weekly earnings - to survive.

You need a different approach, and in this book expert property investor Steve McKnight reveals how to start from scratch in today's property market.

Inside you'll discover:
  • Steve's exciting new two-part system for retiring richer, and sooner
  • Which properties make the best growth and income investments
  • What strategies are best for you, and why
  • How to buy more properties without working harder in your job
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HOW TO GROW A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROPERTY PORTFOLIO
by Michael Yardney
 
Everyone is interested in property and having lost faith in the share market and managed funds many Australians are planning to turn to property to secure their financial future. Especially the 5.3 million Baby Boomers who are preparing to retire in the next 15 years. When Michael Yardney realised how much the property markets have moved in the couple of years he felt compelled to update this book to teach readers how to protect and build real estate wealth in a changing market with his Stranded Strategic Approach to investment that has stood the test of time and changing markets.
 
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THE POWER OF SELF-CONFIDENCE
by Brian Tracy
  THE LITTLE BOOK THAT STILL SAVES YOUR ASSETS
by David M. Darst
  THE NEW WAY TO MAKE MONEY IN BUSINESS FAST!
by Stuart Zadel
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The Power of Self-Confidence

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The Little Book That Still Saves Your Assets

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MIXED NON-FICTION
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by Bill Handley


Proven strategies to help kids learn faster and better, from bestselling author Bill Handley.

Kids who succeed at school aren't necessarily smarter than other kids. Often, they're simply better at learning. Speed Learning for Kids helps you teach your child how to thrive at school by learning more in less time with less effort. The brain-training techniques in this book will enable kids to not just learn faster, but enjoy their learning, memorise as they go, and absorb as much in ten minutes as they normally would in two hours of study.

How is it possible? These nontraditional techniques aren't mysterious, they're just not often taught. Any child can learn to learn, and the results really matter-with improved concentration, better short- and long-term memory, more creative thinking, and better memory and reading comprehension skills.

- Includes study techniques that replace rote learning to achieve better test results on everything from spelling tests, NAPLAN and entrance exams
- Written by Bill Handley, author of the bestselling books Teach Your Children Tables and Speed Maths for Kids
- Features brain-training techniques that will not only improve school performance, but also improve problem-solving and creative thinking for long-term career success

If you want to give your kids a boost in school, Speed Learning for Kids offers proven, effective strategies and techniques that lead to success in the classroom and beyond.

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IPAD APPS FOR KIDS  FOR DUMMIES
by Jinny Gudmundsen
  EUROPE'S GREATEST PLACES
  THE WORLD'S GREATEST CRUISES
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iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies

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FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART
ZERO TO FIVE
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Join Jimmy Giggle, Hoot the Owl and Hootabelle for lots of colouring and activity fun!

This bright activity pack is guaranteed to keep little ones entertained for hours on end these holidays.

The handy activity bag contains the following:

24-page colouring book
24-page activity pad
4 colourful crayons

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CUCKOOClick here for details or to order
by Fiona Roberton

Cuckoo hatched, and all was well, until the other birds discovered Cuckoo . . .
. . . was different.

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TROGGLE THE TROLL
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Troggle is a small troll that would prefer to eat vegetables, not people.

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He is a happy troll . . . except at dinner time.

Who wants to eat people every night?

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GRUG BOARD BOOK BOXED SET
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I CAN COUNT
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A practical guide to the mechanical principles that make a car move. An accessible explanation of how the wheels, accelerator pedal, gearbox, exhaust, pistons, timing belt, suspension, and brakes work inside a car. Includes ten working models to build.

How Cars Work is a spectacular interactive guide to understanding the mechanisms that make a car move. Each spread introduces you to a car mechanism that you put into action by building one or more working models. This hands-on approach makes it easy to understand the principles that make the mechanisms work, and how they apply to cars of all kinds, including electric and hybrid vehicles.

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A classic book of jokes with funny drawings by Mic Looby.

Why do bulldogs have such flat noses? Because they keep chasing parked cars. What is a twip? A twip is what a wabbit takes when it wides on twains. What must you be careful not to do when it's raining cats and dogs? Step in a poodle.

A laugh-out-loud collection of jokes, riddles, rhymes and sayings from kids around Australia, first issued as June Factor's Juicy Jumping Joke Book

June Factor is a writer and folklorist, best known for her collections Far Out, Brussel Sprout! and All Right, Vegemite! Mic Looby is a writer, editor, illustrator and cartoonist and lists his hobbies as chewing pens and humming softly.
 
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