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BUZZ IN BRIEF
There's nothing tame about this bunch. This month is all about extremes. Extremes of desire, of  behaviour, of crisis situations, of people tested to the limits of desire, survival, transgression and boundaries crossed. Find out how far you'd be prepared to go. Live dangerously. Pick up a book.

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Caroline Baum
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N.B. Caroline Baum and former Buzz editor, Toni Whitmont, will be chairing sessions at a Sydney Jewish Writer's Festival event on 1st Sept 2013. Participating authors include Laurent Binet, Professor Bryan Gaensler, Andrea Goldsmith, John M Green, Kooshyar Karimi, Hugh Mackay, Nikki Stern, Boaz Bismuth, Michael Bar-Zohar... More details here.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by Michael Duffy


Caroline Baum: You only have to watch the news to see that it does not get more topical than Drive By.

This gritty, complex, multi-layered novel is based on the spate of shootings between rival drug gangs that have riddled the streets of south Sydney in the past couple of years.

Duffy, a seasoned regular observer of the courts, has created two memorable characters: Bec, a part-Aboriginal detective, who has a distinctive vocabulary that wrong-foots her colleagues: and Honest John, a  keen Toyota mechanic and member of the Habib family who would really rather not have to think too hard about what his brothers have been up to and just wants to marry his Aussie girlfriend.

With years spent watching court cases unfold, Duffy demonstrates a very sure hand and a light touch with character while twisting the plot like a fish on a hook. You'll have to do your share too. Duffy does not dot all his Is and cross all his Ts, making the reader fill in gaps and do some of the work. It's a satisfying, rewarding experience, being treated like a grown-up.

Fresh, gripping and as on the money as today's headlines.

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MUST-READ FOR CRIME LOVERS
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by Michael Robotham


Caroline Baum: A great collection of pieces by some of Australia's most popular crime writers with terrific lists of advice for wannabes and must-read recommendations.

I especially liked Liz Porter's piece about the quiet back-room forensic experts who do the unglamorous, methodical work that never makes it into the fictional or televisual versions of investigations.


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If I Tell You... I'll Have to Kill You

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STYLISH, HEARTLESS, SEDUCTIVE...
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by Peter Mattei


Caroline Baum: Eric Nye is like the character George Clooney played in Up in the Air. Smart, smooth, ruthless, he fires people at the New York advertising agency where he works. But an intern ruffles his groomed feathers and suddenly his life spirals out of control. Who is she and why is he suddenly questioning everything about his shallow, expensive lifestyle?

A satire on the modern day cynicism and amorality of Gen Y targeting consumerism, corporate culture and the excesses of the advertising world. Nye is the 21st century version of Mad Men's Don Draper. Stylish, heartless, seductive, damaged. In other words: the end is Nye.

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SUPERBLY PERCEPTIVE
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MY BRILLIANT FRIEND
by Elena Ferrante
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Caroline Baum: A superbly perceptive, nuanced, profound portrait of friendship between two young women in Naples in the 1950s. Think of it as like one of those classic neo realist black and white films by Roberto Rossellini or Vittorio de Sica.

Elena and Lila grow up together. But only one of them stays at school to continue her studies, while the other, prettier and ostensibly brighter girl goes to work in the family business making shoes with her brother Rino, a young man with a troubling intensity.

While Elena studies hard, Lila is courted by handsome brothers from a Camorra family, playing a dangerous game of defiance in a tight knit community. As the two girls reach womanhood, their friendship shifts its balance as they navigate their destiny faced with poverty, politics, and unspoken rules.

Rich in the detail of everyday life in a poor but proud neighbourhood, unsentimental, intimate, this is a truly memorable novel and the very welcome first instalment in a trilogy. Part two will be out in late September.

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THE ELEGANT ALTERNATIVE
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Griffith REVIEW 41
by Julianne Schultz
(Editor)

Caroline Baum: This birthday edition of the Griffith Review is definitely a cause for celebration.

Always agenda-setting essays. High quality writing that takes the pulse of the nation bringing considered, measured analysis to a broad spectrum of social issues. In this issue, there are plenty of gems, including Melissa Lucashenko's piece about women and poverty - a powerful, plain-speaking portrait of life on the margins. 

At a time when long form journalism is under threat and the voices in our public debate are often off-puttingly condescending, hectoring and discordant, this is the elegant alternative.

Many happy returns.

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PROVOCATIVE
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by Alissa Nutting


Caroline Baum: Ignore the terrible title for Australia: it gives completely the wrong impression: this is not a book about boat people.

It's set in Tampa, Florida where a smart, sexy thirty-something married predatory schoolteacher seduces prepubescent male students.

Written with the same brutally caustic voice as Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin, this is a disturbing, provocative, re imagining of Lolita with a gender reversal. Bound to cause a kerfuffle and generate a lot of heated debate.

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UNSETTLINGLY CREEPY
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by R. S. Pateman


Caroline Baum: I started this the same week that British police announced they were reinvestigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and tried to imagine how profoundly distressing this novel would be to anyone who had suffered the disappearance of a child.

It's been ten years since Amy Archer went missing, and in the wake of her disappearance, her parents Beth and Brian have split. Beth continues to visit psychics in the hope of hearing from her daughter.

Suddenly out of the blue a woman turns up on her doorstep to tell her she knows what happened to Amy and introduces her to Evie, a little girl exactly the age Amy was when she disappeared, who seems to know everything about her and to be somehow channeling her.

An unsettling creepy story about manipulation and hope.

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CHARMING
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by Nicky Pellegrino


Caroline Baum: There are no recipes in this lighthearted holiday gastromance, except for how to live life.

Preferably in Sicily, eating copious amounts of canolli and gelati with good friends and charming men.

Predictable? Si, but a harmlessly charming bit of escapism for those who can't afford the airfare.


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BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN
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by Trevor Shearston


Caroline Baum: I wish this was called something else.

You'd never guess from the title that it was a novel about Ben Hall, the notorious bushranger, and his relationship with his son Harry.

You'd also never guess that it was beautifully written, authentic, unromantic, atmospheric and full of psychological nuance. But it is all that and more, and a very welcome addition to the bushranger literature of Peter Carey, Rob Drewe and Courtney Collins.

The women - wives, and sisters of outlawed men, are especially well drawn, strong and forthright. And the life of the men, hiding out in the bush, their fireside banter, feels real and believable in its discomforts, companionship, risk and grime.

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MAJOR TALENT
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by Alexis Wright


Caroline Baum: Ok, confession time: I struggled with this. Just as I did with Carpentaria, which I pushed through, willing myself to get further as if hacking my way through dense rainforest telling myself that I was on to the Indigenous version of Cloudstreet (I was not the only one to think it, but even that did not help me succeed).

The same thing happened here. I got brief glimpses of brilliance, flashes of humour interspersed with furious rants about the Intervention and whitefella attitudes to the blackfella way of life (Closing The Gap is a slogan that earns special derision). But in the end the book defeated me.

Its premise is terrific: it's a futuristic, apocalyptic, dystopian vision of a continent of sea gypsies struggling in the aftermath of an environmental meltdown. Prophetic stuff. The Indigenous survivors (reminiscent of the film Beasts of the Southern Wild) nourish themselves with stories, myths and legends. The language is poetic, the imagery visually and often gorgeous (a hatching of blue butterflies near a fishing hole among the paperbarks) nature abundant and teeming, but the style is dense, repetitive and intimidating. 

I know this is an important book by a major talent, and I admire its sweep and uncompromising ambition, the way it proclaims Aboriginal Magical Realism with boldness and defiance. But it's not an easy read, and its mockery is at times off-puttingly harsh, leaving this reader feeling slightly battered and unwelcome.  

I hope it will find others with more courage, determination and persistence.

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FAITH HOPE CHARITY
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by Kathryn Heyman


Caroline Baum: Kathryn Heyman's latest novel taps into very recent memories of natural disaster and the way people behave under extreme duress.

The setting is a flood, much like the recent ones in Queensland. So it's not hard to imagine the scenes of chaos in a Brisbane hospital as a nurse is forced to make triage decisions about who to save when resources start to run out.

Faith, hope, charity all come into play in this satirical yet dark morality tale.

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COMPELLING
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by Suzanne Harrington


Caroline Baum: 'Tell me what you did before I was born' or 'How did you and dad meet?' are common enough questions  faced by parents.

Not every parent is going to answer as honestly and fully as Suzanne Harrington.

Faced with the suicide of of her children's father, she feels compelled to confess to all the alcoholism and pill popping of her youth; the bohemian adventure of a trip across India; the unorthodox way she approached fighting cancer... You have to hand it to her: she's gutsy, with a huge appetite for life and no-holds-barred candour. It makes for a compelling account of recovery, but if I were the author's son and daughter, I might have wished for it to be shared with me in greater privacy.

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HEART-WARMING STORY
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by Elaine Hussey


Caroline Baum: Memphis 1955. Jazz singer Betty Jewel is dying and needs to find someone to care for her daughter Billie. So she places an ad in the paper seeking a loving mother for her daughter. On the other side of town, widow Cassie Malone spots the ad and thinks it could be the answer to her prayers. Despite the building  racial tension of the south, the two women forge a strong bond, despite a shocking revelation about the identity of Billie's father.

It's a great set-up and a heart-warming story about friendship transcending social barriers. I wished the writing were a little more free of southern fried cliché and molasses sentiment. My taste runs to the more piquant, astringent flavour of The Help.

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IRRESISTIBLE
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NO MERCY
by Eleanor Learmonth, Jenny Tabakoff
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Caroline Baum: There is something irresistibly compelling in the darkest stories of human behaviour, something necessary about facing the worst we are capable of, no matter how savage.

Using William Golding's classic, The Lord of the Flies, in which a utopia soon turns dystopic, this fascinating study of human nature poses the question: what happens in real life scenarios of extremes? Does humanity degenerate into social implosion as Golding would have us believe? How does the process begin and what causes survivors to abandon altruism in favour of ruthlessness?

Bringing together historical examples of terrible shipwrecks and other calamities, the authors analyse each case in the light of current psychology. Well researched and well argued, lively and energetic, No Mercy is full of insights into leadership, loyalty, sacrifice and compassion that will challenge readers to wonder what they might do if similarly tested.

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FICTION

AUSTRALIAN FICTION
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by Michael Robotham


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Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for Marnie's birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting... 

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SNAKE BITE
by Christie Thompson

WHAT THE GROUND CAN'T HOLD
by Shady Cosgrove
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Goon of Fortune is one of those games that people cracked out at parties when everyone is already too maggot to realise what a pointless game it is. A bunch of people circle the Hills Hoist and you peg a bladder of cheap wine to the line.

People take turns spinning the clothes line and whoever the wine sack lands in front of has to scull for five seconds.

Jez is seventeen and lives with her alcoholic single mum in more...

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Two Americans are presumed dead and nine people are trapped in a cabin after an avalanche falls in the remote Andes...

Told from five points of view, What the Ground Can't Hold follows:
Emma, an Australian faced with an impossible decision that could see her parents jailed.

Jack, a teenager obsessed with Jack Kerouac, anti-globalism and sex. more...

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INTERNATIONAL FICTION
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by Cormac McCarthy


GREED is greatly overrated... BUT FEAR ISN'T

In early 2012 it was announced that Cormac McCarthy had written his first original screenplay - news which provoked huge excitement, a swift deal and the appointment of Ridley Scott to direct.

But this is no ordinary screenplay. This is a work of extraordinary imagination which draws on many of the themes of McCarthy's work as well as taking it to new dark places. It is also written with great descriptive passages counteracting the dialogue, so the reader is given the full experience of the McCarthy prose.

It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancee Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined.

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by Natasha Solomons


When Juliet Montague's husband disappears, so does she. As far as the conservative Jewish community in which she lives is concerned, she is invisible. She does her best to conform to their rules, but then on her thirtieth birthday she does something unexpected. Instead of the fridge she has scrimped for, she impulsively spends her savings on a portrait of herself.

It is the first in a series of portraits that punctuate Juliet's adult life as she joins London's lively post-war art scene and proves to be an astute spotter of talent. Yet she remains an outsider in both her worlds: a mother of two, drawn to a reclusive artist who never leaves Dorset, and unable to feel free until she has found her husband - a quest that leads her to California and a surprising discovery.

Absorbing, intriguing and richly evocative, this is the tale of one woman's life and an unusual emotional journey, each stage hinged on a painting. It is a bravura performance by a highly talented young author.

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THE GUTS
by Roddy Doyle

THE CURIOSITY
by Stephen Kiernan
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Jimmy Rabbitte is back.

The man who invented The Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ... and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he more...

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The Curiosity is a haunting love story in which a man frozen for 100 years wakes up in today's America to be hounded by tabloids, condemned by religious conservatives, and hunted by a presidential candidate while he strives to come to terms with his unique second life, one in which he falls in love with a beautiful scientist from a century after him. Maverick scientific genius Erastus Carthage has developed a technique to bring frozen simple-celled animals back to life. But when his Arctic research vessel discovers a body more...

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THE OBITUARY WRITER
by Lauren St John
  THE PROFESSOR OF POETRY
by Grace McCleen
  A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH
by Colin McAdam
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THE COMFORT OF LIES
by Randy Susan Meyers
  THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN
by Kent Wascom
  THE GARDENER FROM OCHAKOV
by Andrey Kurkov
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NEW ADULT
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by Abbi Glines


Rush withheld a secret that had destroyed Blaire's world. She knows she can never forgive him, but she can't forget him either... Now, Blaire's back home in Alabama and is trying to move on with her life... until something happens to send her world spinning once again.

What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.


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DEVOURED
by Emily Snow

CONSUMED
by Emily Snow
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Sienna's dreams lie in California, but when she discovers her grandmother's Nashville home has been foreclosed, she has no other choice but to move back to Music City, where she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she'd see again-and who now holds the deed to her grandma's estate.

Millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe is just as surprised to find the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom.

Both infuriated and more...

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After two days of amazing bliss, Lucas has another proposition: his band, Your Toxic Sequel, is going on tour with Wicked Lambs, and he wants her with him the entire time. Sienna agrees to work wardrobe and be his official girl. Life on the road isn't easy. Not only does Sienna have to deal with Lucas's band members, but she's also forced to be around Cilla, the lead singer of Wicked Lambs, who's clearly in love with Lucas.

Despite horny band mates and a persistent gorgeous rock goddess determined to sink her claws more...

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DOUBLE CLUTCH
by Liz Reinhardt

FALL GUY
by Liz Reinhardt
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Who to choose . . .?

Thrust back into school life after a year in Denmark, Brenna Blixen is soon making new friends and catching the eye of two boys with bad reputations. There's the dark and mysterious Saxon, and the gorgeous and sexy Jake.

They're both totally hot and totally into Brenna.

But Saxon and Jake have unresolved history and Brenna's caught more...

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Fiery Evan Lennox is dreading community service, until she meets Winchester Youngblood.

Winch is mysterious and sexy as hell, and Evan soon finds herself falling for his bad boy charm.

But Winch has some dark secrets of his own and they threaten to destroy everything.

Should Evan follow her instincts and give into temptation . . . or will Winchester prove too hot to handle?

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THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART

BABIES
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by Margaret Wild


When the baby duck hatched, the first thing it saw was Davy. It fluffed its feathers - and started following Davy everywhere. Around the farmyard, under the apple trees and all the way home.

From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
 
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BAGGY BROWN AND THE ROYAL BABY
by Mick Inkpen
  THE GREATEST FATHER'S DAY OF ALL
by Anne Mangan

ANIMAL OPPOSITES
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CHILDREN
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by Robert Muchamore


Ryan is about to board a plane, knowing that the next twenty-four hours will change everything. His mission is to stop the biggest terrorist attack America's ever seen.

Ryan works for CHERUB, a secret organisation with one key advantage: even a trained terrorist won't suspect that a teenager is spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist.




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THE LAND OF STORIES :
THE ENCHANTRESS RETURNS
by Chris Colfer
  THE ANDY FLEGG SURVIVAL GUIDE
by Mark Pardoe
  THE WISH BIRD
by Gabrielle Wang
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YOUNG ADULT
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by Nicola Marsh


Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit...and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum's alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt - a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan - a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan's music clips - and she's the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn't believe in the supernatural...despite her family's Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it's closer than she thinks?  .

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THE RIVALS
by Daisy Whitney
  PIECE OF CAKE
by Kate Forster
  FORGIVE ME LEONARD PEACOCK
by Matthew Quick
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NON-FICTION

MEMOIR
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Shane visited Booktopia recently (check out our video below) and signed copies of his new book. Get your signed copy now.

After the film 'Kenny' catapulted him to national and international fame, actor, writer, producer Shane Jacobson was told by people that he had a talent for acting. Which was great news as he'd been on the stage since the age of ten.

Working in musical theatre, stand up comedy, radio, ads, and the occasional Boy Scout review, Jacobson had been in the spotlight and behind the scenes, he had learned how to make people laugh and how to move them and he had felt the allure of the spotlight. He knew this was what he wanted to do, but it would take him years to get there in between his many (very) odd jobs.

Success, when it came, was sweet, but so was getting there. Here Jacobson tells the story of his life in the droll, hilarious way which made him so appealing in Kenny and in films like Charlie and Boots. From a childhood spent among loving but stage-hungry 'carnies' to an adulthood spent travelling, falling in love, learning to drive every vehicle ever made and generally distracting himself from a serious career path, this is a charming, truly Australian memoir..

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by Steve Bisley


From one of Australia's favourite actors comes a classic memoir of an Australian childhood in the sixties. Young Steve was a larrikin, happy-go-lucky, resilient kid, coming of age in a simpler time.

Growing up on a farm cut from virgin scrub at the end of a lake, a farm called Stillways, Steve daydreamed about cars and escape. His story is about him heroworshipping his older brother with Brylcreem in his hair; going to school as a young kid with bus money knotted into a hanky and clutching his Globite schoolcase; fighting bullies at school and dreaming about girls; being amazed at the first television in town; remembering where he was when Marilyn Monroe died...

But there's a darker thread running through the story: the father who'd take out his frustrations by savagely belting his young children; a struggling mother who'd do anything to protect her kids; a young boy irrevocably marked by his father's anger.


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HISTORY
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by David Hunt


Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia...

In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie ... the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.

Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: 'It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies ... but they are all true, they all happened.' In Girt, Hunt uncovers these beautiful lies, recounting the strange and ridiculous episodes that conventional histories ignore. The result is surprising, enlightening - and side-splittingly funny.

Girt explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup, the Dutch obsession with nailing perfectly good kitchenware to posts, and the settlers' fear of Pemulwuy and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamingcoat.

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Dark Paradise
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  A HIGHER CALL
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JOURNALISM
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by Antony Loewenstein


Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar.

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it.

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MUSIC
THE 100 BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
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IT'S TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG NOW by Andrew Mueller

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The 100 Best Albums of All Time names the best albums of the last 50 years from across the globe. It tells the story behind the making of the album, where the album fits in the artist's career and the album's impact on the local and world stage. The entries feature new interviews with the artists, producers and managers involved in the recording and the release of the album. Finally, here is a much-needed list of the top 100 seminal, influential and essential albums of all time - sure to get music fanatics fighting over their favourite albums and their place in the list! 


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There is no field of journalism more mythologised or more derided than rock journalism - with good reason, according to Andrew Mueller.

And he'd know. Starting out writing for the Sydney music street press in his teens, by his early twenties, Mueller was working for the legendary UK music weekly Melody Maker, earning a living by listening to records, going to gigs, hanging out in seedy pubs and travelling the world with his favourite rock groups. In barely two years, he went from a more...


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FOOD AND WINE
ISTANBUL
by Rebecca Seal

JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALAIN WINE COMPANION 2014
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Step onto the streets of Istanbul and you'll see a city of wonderful contradictions: wander out of an edgy bar and you're likely to turn a corner and stumble across colonial-era embassy buildings and tea houses brimming with old men playing okey.

It's this fascinating culture, where east meets west, that inspired Rebecca Seal and Steven Joyce to create Istanbul, a food tour of this wonderful city. Rebecca's easy yet delicious recipes capture the flavours of Turkey, incorporating both more...


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Keenly anticipated by winemakers, faithful collectors and wine lovers alike, the 2014 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.

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In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years. Over the next nine years, Quick confessed to more than thirty unsolved murders, revealing he had maimed, raped and eaten the remains of his victims.

In the years that followed, a fearless investigative journalist called Hannes Rastam became obsessed with Quick's case. He studied the investigations in forensic detail. He scrutinised every interrogation, read and re-read the verdicts, watched the police reenactments and tracked down the medical records and personal police logs - until finally he was faced with a horrifying uncertainty.

In the spring of 2008, Rastam travelled to where Thomas Quick was serving a life sentence. He had one question for Sweden's most abominable serial killer. And the answer turned out to be far more terrifying than the man himself ...

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THOUGHT
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A riveting exposé of the psychiatric profession's bible from psychotherapist Gary Greenberg, revealing the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented - and how suffering has been turned into a commodity.

Since its first edition in 1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been regarded as the leading authority on mental-health diagnosis and research. But throughout the DSM's various iterations, debate has raged over which psychological problems constitute mental illness - homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973, and Asperger's gained recognition in 1994, only to see its status challenged nearly 20 years later.

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SPORT
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Compared with the controversies of contemporary cricket - riven as it is with match-fixing, gambling, cheating and national politics - most people think of the early days of Test cricket as a time of gentlemanly competition and camaraderie, with any disputes settled by Queensberry Rules over a glass of port.

Not so. Cricket between the 1870s and 1914 was fraught with exactly the same bitter, vicious and greedy bad behaviour as the current game. It was cricket in the raw, explored in depth for the first time by the insightful eye of Malcolm Knox, with a genuine affection for the legends of the day - players like WG Grace, Fred Spofforth, Victor Trumper, Joe Darling, Monty Noble and Stanley Jackson.


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PHOTOGRAPHY
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Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves by turns zany and deadpan, laugh-out-loud and contemplative.

Accompanying them are first-person reflections from each of the comedians on life and laughter that always cut straight to the heart of comedy: it s funny because it s true. Page after side-splitting page in Comic Genius: Portraits Of Funny People offers prose as engaging as each portrait is memorable. Here, in one handsome package, is the gift of laughter itself.

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BUSINESS
KILLING FAIRFAX
by Pamela Williams

EVIL BY DESIGN
by Chris Nodder
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Covering a decade and a half of lost opportunity and mismanagement, this story culminates in Fairfax's catastrophic loss of the classified advertising market to the internet, as the famous 'rivers of gold' run dry.

The savage twist in the tale is that the new companies dominating the online advertising market were not just hungry internet start-ups - but one by one, each of the new leaders in the field came under the direct influence of two traditional media tycoons, James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch, both intent on more...


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How to make customers feel good about doing what you want.

Learn how companies make us feel good about doing what they want. Approaching persuasive design from the dark side, this book melds psychology, marketing, and design concepts to show why we're susceptible to certain persuasive techniques. Packed with examples from every nook and cranny of the web, it provides easily digestible and applicable patterns for putting these design techniques to work. Organized by the seven deadly sins, it includes: more...
  
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CONSERVATION
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From the jungles of Borneo, to the civil strife of Assam, to the black markets of Vietnam, Dr Tammie Matson continues her quest to help reduce the human-elephant conflict around the world. In this follow-up to her bestselling memoir Elephant Dance, Tammie takes on the black markets of Asia determined to make a difference and break the chains of rhino-horn poaching and the illegal ivory trade.

Traveling from her new home in Singapore throughout South-East Asia, she meets presidents and traffickers in palaces and tourist markets, journeying to the dark heart of a dark industry. Returning to her beloved Africa, she finds old friends facing rough times and elephants and rhinos on the brink again. And torn between her passionate commitment to conservation and her precious growing son, Tammie faces her biggest challenge yet, balancing work and family. Thought-provoking, funny and moving, Planet Elephant is the continued story of one woman's courage and conviction.

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