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John Purcell - The Booktopia Book GuruIn all my years of book selling I have not seen a year like this. Publishers and authors have hit their stride and the big titles have just kept coming.

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by Ricky Ponting



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Ricky Ponting is one of the greatest Australian cricketers to have worn the baggy green. His autobiography details his journey from his childhood protégé, to the highs and lows of an extraordinary international cricket career, to retirement.

Test captain of Australia in 2004 until handing the job to Michael Clarke in 2011, he is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time in Tests and one-day international cricket, behind only India′s Sachin Tendulkar among batsmen from all countries. Ricky′s awards in cricket include ICC Player of the Year (twice), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World, Cricinfo Player of the Decade and Allan Border Medallist (four times). This autobiography of a very private man and one of Australia′s most public figures will resonate with lovers of cricket as well as anyone who strives to reach the top of their chosen field.

Off the field, Ricky and his wife Rianna have raised in excess of $10 million since 2002 to help young Australians and their families beat cancer. In 2008 Ricky and Rianna established the Ponting Foundation to provide focus to their fundraising efforts.

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by Matthew Reilly

John Purcell: I am lucky enough to have read an advance copy of The Tournament. Though different from Matthew Reilly's other works it is an engrossing, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable read. Perfect for the plane, for the beach, for the hammock in the backyard.

Blurb: The year is 1546. Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities. Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.

We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place. But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal.

As barbaric murders occur, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive.

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FICTION 

AUSTRALIAN FICTION

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by Christos Tsiolkas


Tender and brutal and blazingly brilliant, the new novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia - at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families - and asks what it means to be a good person and what it takes to become one.

He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.

His whole life, Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done-every thought, every dream, every action-takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment.

His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and more...

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THE TAILOR'S GIRL
by Fiona McIntosh

ELIANNE
by Judy Nunn
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A humble soldier, known only as 'Jones', wakes in hospital with no recollection of his past. The few fleeting fragments of memory he glimpses are horrifying moments from the battlefield at Ypres. His very identity becomes a puzzle he must solve.

Then Eden Valentine comes gliding into his world, a stunning tailoress who has a dream of her own business in high fashion but whose duty to her family may never permit her to fulfil. Her fiancé resents the intrusion of the disarming Jones who is in desperate need of her help to unravel his past.

Surrounding the mystery is Alex Wynter, the influential heir to an industrial empire and country manor Larksfell Hall. With his aristocratic family still reeling from a recent tragedy, he brings more...

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Judy Nunn has sold over one million books worldwide. Elianne, her new bestseller, is a sweeping story of wealth, power, privilege and betrayal, set on a grand sugar cane plantation in Queensland.

In the tough world of Queensland sugar mills, it's not only cane that is crushed ...

In 1881 'Big Jim' Durham, an English soldier of fortune and profiteer, ruthlessly creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the great sugar mills of the Southern Queensland cane fields, and names it in her honour.

The massive estate becomes a self-sufficient fortress, a cane-consuming monster and home to hundreds of workers, but more...

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THE BIRDWATCHER
by William McInnes

SHAME AND THE CAPTIVES
by Tom Keneally
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A novel about love and twitchers, and about learning to trust

There is magic in the sky. Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed. Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.

This is a story about a bloke who's losing his hearing; a bird that can't fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesn't know who to be angry at.

It's about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como.

It's part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest of more...

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In the spirit of The Daughters Of Mars, Tom Keneally's new novel brilliantly explores the intimacies of ordinary lives being played out against momentous world events.

In Gawell, New South Wales, a prisoner-of-war camp to house European, Korean and Japanese captives is built close to a farming community. Alice is a young woman living a dull life with her father-in-law on his farm while her new husband first fights, then is taken prisoner, in Greece. When Giancarlo, an Italian POW and anarchist from Gawell's camp, is assigned to work on their farm, Alice's view of the world and her self-knowledge are dramatically expanded.

But what most challenges Alice and the town is the foreignness of the Japanese compound and more...

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BLOCKBUSTERS

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by Di Morrissey


Di Morrissey, Australia's favourite author, returns with the spellbinding story of a family secret spanning generations.

Escaping an unhappy marriage and an unsatisfactory job, Cassie Holloway moves to the little NSW coastal town of Whitby Point.

Here she meets the Aquino family, whose fishing business was founded by their ancestor, Giuseppe, an immigrant Italian, some ninety years before. Life for Cassie on the south coast is sweet as she sets up a successful restaurant and falls in love with Giuseppe's great grandson Michael.

But when the family patriarch dies a devastating family secret is revealed which threatens to destroy her dreams. Cassie's future happiness now rests with her quest for the truth.

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THE PREY
by Tony Park

KING AND MAXWELL
by David Baldacci
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Deep underground in the Eureka mine, South Africa's zama zamas illegally hunt for gold.

King of this brutal underworld is Wellington Shumba - a man who rules his pirate miners through fear of torture and death. Running Eureka's legitimate operation is former recce commando Cameron McMurtrie.

When one of his engineers is taken hostage, Cameron does not hesitate to mastermind a dramatic rescue - and finish it off with a manhunt for Wellington. That is until corporate interference from the mine's Australian head office, in the shape of ambitious high-flyer Kylie Hamilton, gets in his way.

Doctor Hamilton is visiting South Africa supposedly to more...

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They're back! Sean King and Michelle Maxwell - former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, featured in the hit TNT TV series King & Maxwell - return in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever...

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father... after his supposed death.

Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next more...

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TATIANA
by Martin Cruz Smith

IDENTICAL
by Scott Turow
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In his groundbreaking Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith created one of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko. In Tatiana, Smith delivers his most ambitious and politically daring novel since.

When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire Grisha Grigorenko is shot in the back of the head, Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself. The body of an elite government translator shows up on the sand dunes of Kalingrad: killed for nothing but a cryptic notebook filled with symbols. A frantic hunt begins to locate and decipher this notebook. In a fast-changing and more...

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The Gianis's and the Kronons. Two families entangled in a long and complex history of love and deceit...

Twenty five years ago, after a society picnic held by businessman and politician Zeus Kronon, Zeus' headstrong daughter Dita was found murdered. Her boyfriend, Cass Gianis, confessed to the crime. Now Cass has been released from prison into the care of his twin, Mayoral candidate Paul Gianis, who is in the middle of a high profile political campaign. But Dita's brother Hal is convinced there is information surrounding his sister's death that remains buried - and he won't rest until he's discovered the truth. Hal's employee, feisty former FBI Special Agent Evon Miller, teams up with Tim Brodie, a retired police officer, to investigate. After all more...

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CRIME

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by Ian Rankin


Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel.

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A thirty-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide?

His colleagues back then called themselves 'the Saints', and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner.

Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?

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TAKEDOWN TWENTY
by Janet Evanovich

CROSS MY HEART
by James Patterson
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Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn't take him down, he may take her out.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore "Uncle Sunny" Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in - not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because  more...

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Alex Cross's whole world is crashing down around him.

He has been hunted, stalked like prey. His predator priming himself for the kill.

Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now, he's unable to protect even those closest to him.

As a police detective, he has made many enemies, but never like this.

Everything he loves is being taken from him.

Soon he will have nothing and no one left. 

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DUST
by Patricia Cornwell
  GENTLEMEN FORMERLY DRESSED
by Sulari Gentill
  THE DOUBLE
by George Pelecanos
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Only 5000 Printed Worldwide: Includes Exclusive Short Story

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To celebrate the publication of the thrilling new sequel to A Time to Kill, the first edition of Sycamore Row is limited to only 5,000 copies. This Trunk Edition also contains an exclusive short story and a facsimile of the author's signature.

Sycamore Row is the spectacular sequel to John Grisham's A Time to Kill.

When A Time to Kill was published in 1989, the first - and, at the time, the only - print run was a mere 5,000 copies. John Grisham was so worried that they wouldn't find buyers that he bought all 5,000 and sold them out of the trunk of his car. The rest is history.

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For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history.

Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.
 
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FANTASY

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by Terry Pratchett


The new Discworld novel from Britain's number one bestselling writer sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital . . . but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse . . .

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails . . .

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THE WIT AND WISDOM OF TYRION LANNISTER
by George R. R. Martin

THE WILFUL PRINCESS AND THE PIEBALD PRINCE
by Robin Hobb
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This book showcases the best and most humorous quotes from George R.R. Martin's favourite character Tyrion Lannister, the worldly, jaded, funny, highly intelligent, cynical, womanizing star of the books. A perfect stocking-filler for every fan of the books, and of HBO's award-winning television series.

'I only need half my wits to be a match for you' Short and to the point. That's Tyrion. Here are the finest, funniest, rudest and wisest sayings of the miniature Machiavelli; the dwarf with a brain the size of a planet and a heart of (tarnished) gold ...'Sleep is good. Books are better'

Drawn from George R.R. Martin's bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire books, the basis for the HBO original series Game of Thrones. Illustrations are by artist and caricaturist Jonty Clark.

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Internationally-bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Robin Hobb takes readers deep into the history behind the Farseer series in this exclusive, new novella.

One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep. With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting.

But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father's horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power more...

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THE LAST DARK
by Stephen Donaldson

THE CHICKENS OF ATLANTIS AND THE OTHER FOWL AND FILTHY FIENDS
by Robert Rankin
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The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion.

This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy. Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'the Land'.

Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

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Robert Rankin, the master of far-fetched fiction, presents, for the first time, a book written in 'the first monkey'.

Sure to be taken up as the newest of literary fads, Darwin, the Educated Ape here tells his life story to his legions of fans. Featuring: Chickens! Martians! Doodlebugs! The Far Future! The Distant Past! Sherlock Holmes! Winston Churchill! Dynamite! More Monkeys than you can shake a stick at! Barmen! Pubs! The End of the World and more!

The fourth in Robert Rankin's series of steampunk-tinged Victoriana novels featuring the master detective Cameron Bell (who has an unfortunate fondness for blowing up major landmarks) and his companion, Darwin, the Educated Ape, this is another masterpiece of comic fiction and SF.  

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ROMANCE

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by Nora Roberts


Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives. . .

Iona Sheehan has just taken the biggest gamble of her life. Leaving her job, her home and her family in Baltimore, she has come to Ireland in search of adventure - and answers. Iona has always felt a powerful connection to the home of her ancestors. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself.

Arriving at the beautiful and atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer, for the first time. And when she lands a job at the local riding school she finds herself drawn against her will to its owner - the hot-tempered but charismatic Boyle McGrath. Perhaps in County Mayo she has found her true home at last. What Iona doesn't realise is that her cousins have been expecting her for a long time. Connor, Branna and Iona have all inherited a powerful but dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present. . .

The first in a magical new trilogy, Dark Witch is a captivating story of love, family and destiny.

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THE PROPOSAL
by Tasmina Perry

HOW TO FALL IN LOVE
by Cecelia Ahern
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Escape with Tasmina Perry in this modern fairytale that moves between past and present, encompassing debutantes, 1950s New York, country estates and a secret love buried in time.

Just say yes to this unforgettable read and take a spellbinding, romantic journey through the days of the dazzling debutantes in 1950s London to glamorous New York...

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When Ellen Morgan's wealthy boyfriend dumps her just before Christmas, she's left to nurse her broken heart alone. With nothing to lose, she replies to an advertisement requesting a companion for a mysterious more...

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Can you teach someone how to fall in love?

The night psychotherapist Christine Rose witnesses a man commit suicide, her life changes drastically. Wracked with guilt, she leaves her husband and attempts to begin a new life.

When Christine is called into action again to stop thirty-four-year-old Adam jumping off a bridge, she will do anything to stop him. She makes a rash deal - she must convince Adam that life is worth living by his thirty-fifth birthday, otherwise he will take his own life.

Christine only has a few weeks to try and help Adam see more...

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STARRY NIGHT
by Debbie Macomber

DRIFTWOOD
by Mandy Magro
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Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: she can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author. Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected.

And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart. 

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To Taylor Whitworth, knowing that she'll never meet her dead biological father is devestating. All she knows is he was a stockman, so she yearns to be like her father...and to become a jillaroo. She packs her bags and hits the road, destination unknown until she happens on the country township of Driftwood.

Life-burdened Jay Cooper is a cowboy through and through, his passion for the outback and bad-boy image inerited from his forefathers. The whole town whispers about him but Jay doesn't care.

Except his rough and tumble lifestyl is stopped dead in it's tracks when he happens across Taylor on a deserted country road. And soon, their mutual love of horses begins a wonderful friendship that develops when Jay offers Taylor a job as a jillaroo on his cattle station. 

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SPIRITUAL FICTION

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by Mitch Albom


A stunning and inspirational new novel from the bestselling author of The Five People You Meet In Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie.

The First Phone Call From Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.

An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected. Readers of The Five People You Meet In Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.

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INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE

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by Joanna Trollope


When Fanny Dashwood descends on Norland Park with her Romanian nanny and her mood boards, Belle Dashwood′s three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret must face the reality of life without their father, their home, or their money.

As they come to terms with life without the status of their country house, or the comfort of an inheritance, Elinor and Marianne are also confronted by the cold hard realities of a world where sometimes people′s attitudes can change as drastically as your circumstances.

With her sparkling wit, Joanna Trollope casts her clever satirical eye on the tales of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. By casting Sense And Sensibility in an elegant and fresh new light what might appear to the modern eye to be all romance, bonnets and betrothals becomes a wonderfully witty coming-of-age story about the stuff that really makes the world go around, and how when it comes to money, some things never change...

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by Amy Tan


A new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club.

In fin de siecle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up at Hidden Jade Path, the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution comes, she is separated from her mother and forced to become a "virgin courtesan."

Both Chinese and American, Violet moves between these cultural worlds, becoming a shrewd businesswoman who deals in seduction and illusion. But her successes belie her private turmoil. Violet's need for answers propels her on a quest of discovery: a journey to make sense of her life, to right the wrongs of the past - to find love requited. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement dramatises the collapse of China's imperial dynasty and the secret life of the courtesan house.

Unfolding old family secrets, this novel returns readers to the compelling territory of The Joy Luck Club . With her characteristic wisdom, grace and humour, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and betrayals, and its illusions and truths.

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THE LIVES OF STELLA BAIN
by Anita Shreve

WE ARE WATER
by Wally Lamb
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From bestselling author Anita Shreve: an epic story, set against the backdrop of World War I, of a woman searching for the secret of her identity.

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on more...

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As her wedding day approaches, Annie Oh finds herself one morning staring at a bed covered in Vera Wang wedding dresses, at the mercy of hopes and fears about the momentous change on the horizon. This is not Annie's first walk down the aisle. She has just emerged from a twenty-seven year marriage to Orion Oh, which produced three children, twins Andrew and Ariane and daughter Marisa. Annie has been trying to reach her ex-husband, as she wants to make sure that he is all right. Orion, a psychologist with a crippling need to help others, keeps assuring everyone that he is fine. But how can he be? Annie, a self-taught artist, is about to marry a woman named Viveca, the more...

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FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART 

BABIES

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by Mem Fox and Emma Quay


A lullaby to babies everywhere, Baby Bedtime is a lyrical tribute to the love inspired by the little people in our lives.

This enchanting read-aloud story combines the talents of Australia's premier picture-book writer, Mem Fox, author of Possum Magic and Where is the Green Sheep?, and acclaimed illustrator Emma Quay, creator of Rudie Nudie and Not a Cloud in the Sky.

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MY FIRST ANIMALIA
by Graeme Base

THE PIRATE WHO HAD TO PEE
by Tim Miller
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Within the pages of this book, you may discover, if you look, beyond the spell of written words, a hidden land of beast and birds.

But there's so much to find and name - Let's start off with a smaller game. Just four for now - some big, some small. Now off you go to find them all!

Animalia was first published in 1986, immediately capturing the imagination of children and adults around the world. It has now achieved classic status with global sales of over three million copies.

My First Animalia celebrates the magic of Animalia in a playful introductory format for the more...

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Pirate Pete had to pee

As he sailed across the ocean...

The toilet is broken onboard Captain Bones′ ship and Pirate Pete needs to pee!

It′s a race back to town across a vast amount of water.

But with all the splashing, dripping and swirling, will Pete be able to hang on?

Another fabulously funny picture book from the creators of There Is A Monster Under My Bed Who Farts. Guaranteed to make little ones wet their pants with laughter!'

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PEPPA PIG: SNOWY FUN!
  FAT FERDIE
by Pamela Allen
  THE HOBBIT - THE MOVIE STORY BOOK
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FRIENDS
by Eric Carle
  RUDIE NUDIE
by Emma Quay
  OCTOPUS'S GARDEN
by Ringo Starr
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CHILDREN

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by Lindsay Knight


Can you name Australia's longest-serving prime minister?

Which Australian sportsman is the only cricketer to have received a knighthood from the Queen?

What important scientific discovery is Howard Florey famous for?

In Australia's Greatest People and their Achievements, you will learn the answers to these questions and discover many more stories about great Australians who have helped shaped our nation.

Australia is a young country, but in the short time since our recorded history began we have achieved remarkable wealth and prosperity across many areas of life. From business to science, politics to sport , science to the arts, and entertainment to social justice, we are more...
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Click here for details or to orderHARD LUCK
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 8
by Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney's 8th book of this hilarious and highly successful series, and Greg Heffley and his friends now have a whole new set of adventures.

Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

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by Roger Hargreaves


Mr Mo has been the ambassador for Movember for the last three years, and now finally has his own story!

In collaboration with the Movember cause, this new title has been penned to raise awareness and money for Men's Health issues, with 20% of each copy sold being donated to Movember.


Mr Mo is one of the nicest and most helpful residents in all of Dillydale. Then one day, he visits the barber for his regular snip, and falls fast asleep in the chair. When he wakes he discovers his mo is long gone - and so too are his manners. All of Dillydale is thrown off kilter, but as Mr Mo's moustache starts to grow back, the balance is restored.

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THE KENSINGTON REPTILARIUM
by N. J. Gemmell

THE NANNY PIGGINS GUIDE TO CONQUERING CHRISTMAS
by R. A. Spratt
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A most unexpected adventure into a world unknown. Enter if you dare . . .

The Caddy kids are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news . . .

This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war.

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 Watch out Santa, Nanny Piggins is coming to town this Christmas!

This is not a survival guide to Christmas. This is a guide to conquering the Yuletide season! That's right, it is time to take a stand - don't suffer through another year of brussels sprouts, gift-wrapped socks and slobbery kisses from great aunts who forget to put their teeth in.

Take control of your Christmas and put the happy back in your holiday, using the handy hints, games and inspiring stories within this book.  

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FYRE
by Angie Sage
  CODE BREAKER
by Sally Rippin
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TRULY TAN, SPOOKED!
by Jen Storer
  ROALD DAHL'S HEROES AND VILLAINS
by Roald Dahl
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by H. I. Larry
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YOUNG ADULT

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by Cody Simpson


He′s young, he′s hot and he′s set to become our next global popstar. Discovered on YouTube - now with over 150 million views - Australia′s Cody Simpson has been signed to Justin Bieber′s management and is currently supporting him on a worldwide tour.

In his first official book, Cody reveals all about his meteoric rise to fame, from the beaches of the Gold Coast to touring the world. Jam-packed with never-before-seen photos and exclusive gossip about life on and off stage, this book charts Cody′s journey from ordinary lad to superstar. It′s a story of sacrifice, risk-taking and believing in yourself, even when the odds are stacked against you.


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by Veronica Roth


What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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by Richelle Mead


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life, and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path - or risk being sent to re-education. Her skill with magic is growing in ways she never imagined - but that doesn't stop the near-constant threat of evil magic users, Vampire Hunters, and Strigoi from growing ever closer.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, and nothing is what it seems.

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REVEALED
by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

JUMP
by Sean Williams
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Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever - and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall? 

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If you could be anywhere in a moment, where would you go? If you could change your appearance in a minute, what would you choose? If you discovered something was very wrong with this perfect world, what would you do? Action and danger fuel this near-future thriller in a fresh take on technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.
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AUSTRALIAN STORIES

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Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs.

Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?

Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim 'He is the devil!' and 'He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

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A SINGULAR VISION
by Helen O'Neill

KANGAROO DUNDEE
by Chris Barns

Harry Seidler, a stylish, decisive and highly opinionated man, was a key figure in international modern architecture and in the establishment of post-war modern design in Australia. He emerged as Australia′s preeminent architect, the man who effectively shaped the look of modern, urban Australia.

While many know his buildings, few know his fascinating story. Born in Austria to an affluent Jewish family, his world fell apart when as a young boy he had to flee the looming Nazi threat. Without family and without a word of English, he escaped to England. Later, cruelly, he was interned as an enemy alien during the war, and sent to Canada. During his time in the Canadian camp, he virtually taught himself more...

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Brolga (aka Chris Barns) is the 6ft 7in strong but sensitive Aussie star of the extraordinary BBC series Kangaroo Dundee. Brolga lives in a simple tin shed in the outback where he raises orphaned baby kangaroos. It is a sad fact of life that kangaroo mothers are at the mercy of speeding cars in this part of the world - killed on the road, their young still tucked up in their pouches. These young joeys holding on to life, have been given a second chance thanks to the kindness and dedication of Brolga, who carefully retrieves them and nurses them back to health.

Brolga has been rescuing these special creatures for years, slowly and painstakingly creating a kangaroo sanctuary for the many kangaroos he has more...

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THE WAY WE WERE by Alan J. Whiticker
  RIDE LIKE HELL AND YOU'LL GET THERE
by Paul Carter
  TWIGGY
by Andrew Burrell
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FASHION

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In this much-anticipated book from Collette Dinnigan, the Australian designer and fashion icon provides an intimate insight into her life and work.

For the first time, this intensely private woman opens up about what makes her tick. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? What has made her so successful? What drives her creativity and her famed attention to detail? How does she unwind? How does she juggle the roles of mother and businesswoman?

Obsessive Creative takes you behind the scenes of the world of high fashion, from the studio where Collette's sublimely beautiful clothes are made, to backstage at the Paris shows, from the red carpet to a beading factory in India. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from top international fashion photographers and from Collette's own family albums, this is an intensely more...
 
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ENVIRONMENT
WHITE BEECH
by Germaine Greer

THE REEF
by Iain McCalman
Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.

'For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans...'

One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of more...

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Equal parts gifted storyteller and acclaimed historian, McCalman brings to life the people who've shaped our knowledge and perception of this World Heritage-listed site. Arguing that the Barrier Reef is a product of human as much as natural history, created by minds as well as corals, McCalman describes encounters between peoples and places, ideas and environments, over the past two centuries and more.

Where today the Reef is known for its astonishing underwater beauty and diversity, once it was notorious for the shipwrecks in its treacherous waters. Navigators struggled to chart a safe passage through, and scientists later theorised about the creation of this massive structure - the largest marine environment on the planet. Quixotic individuals spent years more...

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FOOD

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by
Rodney Dunn


*Order The Agrarian Kitchen from Booktopia by 30th November 2013 to go into the draw to win an Agrarian Experience class for 2 people, worth $700 (flights and accommodation not included).

The Agrarian Experience

The Agrarian Experience is a celebration of the seasons. The day begins with guests donning gumboots and foraging in the garden for the ripest fruit and vegetables, other ingredients are sourced from local farmers and producers.

Once harvesting is complete we continue in the kitchen preparing and cooking together a seasonal feast. Central to the experience is the Alan Scott-designed wood-fired oven. 6 to 7 dishes are usually prepared and the day will culminate with lunch including premium Tasmanian wines and artisanal ales. Read More

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by Donna Hay



This is Donna Hay′s biggest and best cook book yet.

For Isabella Beeton in 1861 it was Mrs Beeton′s Book of Household Management, for Stephanie Alexander in 1996 it was The Cook′s Companion and for Maggie Beer in 2007 it was Maggie′s Harvest. These books went onto become bestsellers, staples in every home; they were the one-stop recipe books that defined these authors′ work and became essential everyday reference books for their time.

Now in 2013, Australia′s leading cookbook author Donna Hay reveals her landmark book, The New Classics. This is the ultimate, completely definitive Donna Hay cookbook, the book that has everything that you ever wanted to know how to cook. Absolutely up to the minute, it contains all our old family favourites as well as new delights, everything from beef and ale pies to dulce de leche, from mac n′ cheese to macarons, it′s exactly the food that we want to cook and eat NOW, all written in Donna′s trademark simple, clear and easy way.

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Valli Little


Sharing good food with family and friends is one of life′s great pleasures, but it′s easy to become stuck in the daily routine and lose your passion.

Love To Cook is designed to help you discover (or rediscover) the joy of spending time in the kitchen and at the table. Inside, you′ll find more than 140 recipes - themed by ingredient for easy reference - that will take you from quick weekday dinners with a clever twist to impressive ideas for entertaining. Love To Cook is the eighth book from bestselling author and food director Valli Little, with the team behind one of Australia′s leading food magazines, ABC delicious. Each recipe is brought to life with stunning images created by food photographer Jeremy Simons and noted food stylist David Morgan.
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SIMPLY GOOD FOOD
by Neil Perry

LOVE ITALY
by Guy Grossi
In Simply Good Food , renowned Australian chef Neil Perry presents a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family. The featured dishes are influenced by many different cuisines, but they are all an expression of Neil Perry's belief in cooking with top-quality, sustainably produced, seasonal ingredients. The recipes illustrate just how easy and enjoyable it is to cook fresh, healthy food at home.

In this evocatively photographed and elegantly styled book you will find a dish for any kind of gathering, from an intimate family meal to a dinner party. Many of the recipes can be prepared either as more...

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Join Guy Grossi as he travels around the gastronomic paradise that is Italy, tasting the best of Italian food and meeting the passionate artisans who produce it.

All the quintessential Italian ingredients are here, from parmesan to prosciutto, balsamic vinegar to buffalo mozzarella. Discover the wonderful characters behind the ingredients, and the traditional artisan methods that have been passed down through the generations.

Then cook your way through 150 recipes, including Slow-cooked veal shoulder with more...
 

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MY LITTLE FRENCH KITCHEN
by Rachel Khoo
  CLEAN LIVING
by Luke Hines, Scott Gooding
  ITALIAN FOOD SAFARI
by Maeve O'Meara, Guy Grossi
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GARDENING

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by Jamie Durie


Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food, all over the country flower beds are being transformed into vegie patches and empty windowsills into flourishing windowboxes.

Here Jamie shows you how to create productive edible gardens that look great. He gives you the lowdown on the design function of each plant, and reveals how to incorporate edibles into even the smallest of outdoor spaces without sacrificing style.

Be inspired by real-life case studies in Australia and the US, from Jamie's mum's beloved vegie patch and kids' community plots in Chicago to Matt Moran's classic kitchen garden in Sydney and New York's buzzing green produce markets.
 
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SPORT

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Love him or loathe him, 'Iron' Mike Tyson is an icon and one of the most fascinating sporting figures of our time. In this no-holds-barred autobiography, Tyson lays bare his demons and tells his story: from poverty to stardom to hell and back again In this, his first, autobiography, 'Iron' Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career.

Co-written with Larry Sloman, author of Antony Keidis's best-selling memoir Scar Tissue, this is a visceral, and unputdown-able story of a man born and raised to brutality, who reached the heights of stardom before falling to crime, substance abuse and infamy.

Full of all the controversy and complexity that you would expect from a man who delighted as much as he shocked, this is a book that will surprise people and reveal a fascinating character beneath the exterior of violence. If you think you know all about Mike Tyson, read this book and think again.


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BLACK CAVIAR
by Gerard Whateley



This is the complete story behind Australian turf's most glorious statistic: 25 starts for 25 wins. Revered for her unparalleled speed, perfectly complemented by a champion's heart and courage, Black Caviar has returned racing to its glory days and secured a reputation that will echo for as long as horses are sent out to race.

Now with three new chapters documenting a magnificent sporting comeback and the emotional events leading to Black Caviar's shock retirement this full-colour edition celebrates her immortal achievements.

With exclusive access to those at the heart of the events and written by acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Gerard Whateley, Black Caviar documents the career of the racehorse who transcended the track to become an Australian icon.


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CASEY STONER : PUSHING THE LIMITS
by Casey Stoner, Matthew Roberts

BELIEVE
by Sally Pearson, Scott Gullan
For the first time ever, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner will open up and tell his story.

Showing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shares his inspirational journey from Queensland toddler, with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike, to his decision to retire at twenty-seven with nothing left to prove.

For the first time, he tells of his early family life, the development of his riding skills and why his parents decided to sell everything and travel from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and support his aim to become World Champion when he was more...


 

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From humble beginnings, raised by a single mother who often worked two jobs to support her family, to being considered the fastest female hurdler in the world, Sally Pearson's honest pursuit of excellence, and her refusal to allow any obstacle to stand in her way, has lead her to be one of the greatest and most-loved athletes in Australia.

Sally Pearson ran the fastest 100m hurdles in Olympic history to win a gold medal at the London Olympics. Pearson is currently the fifth fastest women's hurdler of all-time, with the overall world record unbroken since 1988. She also held all four major international titles at the one time - Olympic, world, world indoor and Commonwealth titles. She is the first Australian to win a gold medal on the Olympic athletics track since more...

 
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SPORT - CRICKET
THE ASHES DIARY
by Michael Clarke

TONY GREIG
by Joyce Greig, Mark Greig
In his role as Australian captain, Michael Clarke has introduced a very different dynamic into the traditions of captaincy. Open, inclusive and articulate, Clarke is a refreshing change from the often gruff and monosyllabic leaders of the past. 2013 has produced his greatest challenge to date - leading an Australian team of uncertain quality against the might of a resurgent England. But underperforming players have not been his only problem, as the sacking of Australian coach Mickey Arthur just days before the First Test at Trent Bridge created shockwaves in the team.

Clarke's Ashes Diaries give us a real behind-the-scenes view of the Australian team and the incredible more...
 

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Tony Greig was a fearless cricketer, a born entertainer, a stalwart friend and a loving son and father. His death in December 2012 was met with an outpouring of grief from friends, family, fans and colleagues alike. Summer in Australia will never be the same.

This enthralling memoir begins in Tony's birthplace, South Africa, as his mother Joyce embarks on an extraordinary war time love affair with a man not her husband, Sandy Greig. Tony's life encompassed more than half a century of cricket, from school boy cricket in his beloved South Africa, to his early days in Sussex, through to his captaincy of England. Whether he was loved or hated, on or off the field, all respected the big man's courageous spirit and skills as an all-rounder. Through his controversial friendship with more...

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SPORT - SOCCER
ALEX FERGUSON

DAVID BECKHAM
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The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football.

Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.

Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United. The only constant element has been the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which included winning the more...


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Headline Publishing Group has acquired World rights in a new book project from global icon David Beckham.

Including exclusive photography and text, the book will be the author's stunningly illustrated and very personal celebration of his playing days.

The book will be 260mm x 195mm and will include 30,000 words and 150 exclusive pictures, many never been seen before and personally annotated by Beckham.

In May this year Beckham brought down the curtain on a hugely successful 20-year playing career, during which he wore the shirt of Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. He has won more...

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SPORT - TENNIS
ROD LAVER: A MEMOIR

ANDY MURRAY: SEVENTY-SEVEN
The 1960s and '70s was an era of Australian tennis giants - Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, Neale Fraser, Lew Hoad, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall - but Rod Laver stood head and shoulders above them all.

A diminutive, left-handed, red-headed country boy from Rockhampton, Rod Laver is one of Australia's greatest ever sporting champions and arguably the best tennis player the world has ever seen. He is the only male player to have won the Grand Slam - all four major titles in the same calendar year - in the Open era, and he is the only player to have won two Grand Slams. He was the dominant force in world tennis for almost more...
 

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Andy Murray is one of Britain's best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years.

His new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven , will take us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world - his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top.

This beautiful and very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy's career so far.

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HISTORY

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Rob Mundle

Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time -- only the acclaimed fifteenth-century explorers, Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, can stand with him. Bestselling author of Fatal Storm, Bligh and Flinders, Rob Mundle explores the life and travels of James Cook in a major new biography for lovers of adventure and the romance of sail.

Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mystery surrounding the existence of the great south land, Terra Australis Incognita; became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and prove it comprised two main islands; discovered the Hawaiian Islands; and much more. Cook was a man who pursued a teenager's dream that evolved from a chance encounter in a small seafront village on the east coast of England.

It was a dream that became a reality and transported him to legendary status among all who mapped the world, on land and sea. Through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, Cook contributed to changing the shape of the world map more than anyone else.

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HORRIE THE WAR DOG
by Roland Perry

THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES
by Simon Winchester
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In the harsh Libyan desert in the middle of the second world war, Private Jim Moody, a signaller with the First Australian Machine Gun Battalion, found a starving puppy on a sand dune. Moody called the dog Horrie. Much more than a mascot, Horrie's exceptional hearing picked up the whine of enemy aircraft two minutes before his human counterparts and repeatedly saved the lives of the thousand-strong contingent. The little Egyptian Terrier's ritual of sitting, barking, then dashing for the trenches, had the gunners running for cover before their camp was strafed and bombed.

Where Moody went, Horrie went too, through the battle zones of the more...

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How did America become one single nation? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognise today? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, examining the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify both the citizens and the geography of America.

Winchester follows in the footsteps of America′s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. Some of these men will be familiar, some forgotten, some more...

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ELIZABETH OF YORK
by Alison Weir

THE REAL GREAT ESCAPE
by Jacqueline Cook
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Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. She is one of the key figures of the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor dynasty. In youth, she was relegated from a pampered princess to a bastard fugitive under siege in sanctuary. Yet the probable murders of her brothers, the Princes in the Tower, left her heiress to the royal House of York. In 1486, to consolidate his position after overthrowing the last Yorkist King, Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth, Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor, married Elizabeth, thus uniting the red and white roses of Lancaster and York. The marriage was successful and produced seven children, including the future Henry VIII, who was close to her.

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Bigger than The Great Escape. The story of the first successful mass tunnel escape from a POW camp in First World War Germany.

Situated in Lower Saxony, Germany, Holzminden swung open its barbed wire gates to welcome its first guests in September 1917. It was here that the transient population of officers and orderlies from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India and Argentina found themselves at the mercy of the despotic Kommandant, Karl Niemeyer, who prided himself on his unblemished breakout record. Serial escapees who had attempted multiple escapes from other camps were sent here for containment. A group of intrepid officers hatched a daring breakout plan that was to become the blueprint for more...


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LIFE/TRAVEL/PHOTOGRAPHY

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Lisa Clifford

Naples: City of Blood, City of Miracles. City of Contradictions and Secrets, Luck and Superstition, Danger and Incredible Kindness.

Photographer Carla Coulson and writer Lisa Clifford know this dazzling, magical city intimately: in this book they take you on a journey through the Naples most tourists never see. Walk with them down hidden cobblestoned alleyways lit by shrines to the saints and into ancient crypts filled with skulls; taste the myriad sweets and pastries for which the city is famous, and learn the art of arrangiarsi - all fuelled by pizza, the city's signature dish, and coffee, always coffee.

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MEMOIR
IS IT JUST ME?
by Chrissie Swan

TONGUE IN CHIC
by Kristie Clements


You know what I want?

I want to be able to have fun wherever I am.

I want to laugh. All. The. Time.

I want to have one holiday every year with my family where we have no plans and nowhere else to be.

I want to watch less television and read more books.

I want to be able to whinge about never being able to be alone any more, then, after someone organises a hotel room voucher for me, I want to spend the evening eating chips (that I don't like) from a cylinder and missing my children to the point of tears.

Broadcaster, TV host and columnist Chrissie Swan is one of more...

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Following in the stiletto heels of her bestselling The Vogue Factor, Kirstie Clements' Tongue in Chic is a witty and salacious expos of the world of glossy fashion magazines - a tell-all by the ultimate insider.

True events revolve around the fictitious Chic magazine, where an average day involves counting calories (preferably other people's), masterful justification of spending half an annual salary on a blue fox fur, and keeping a kohl-lined eye on the competition.

Tongue in Chic delivers an eye-opening account of all that is tantalising and addictive in the crazy world of high fashion.

Note from the author: The characters and scenarios in this book are drawn from a career that spanned over twenty-five years, and are a more...

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HOLLYWOOD

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LAST NIGHT AT THE VIPER ROOM
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Gavin Edwards

A teenaged River Phoenix came to the world′s attention in the 80s with an acclaimed performance in the classic film Stand By Me, and soon followed up with an Oscar nomination for Running on Empty. Praised by his peers as the most talented actor of his Click here for more details or to ordergeneration, River came-of-age in the spotlight- first a child star, then a teen idol on the fast-track to Hollywood royalty. Yet at the age of 23, he died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood′s storied Viper Room, shocking fans all over the world and shattering his clean-living image.

Interspersed with an exploration of 80s and 90s Hollywood, this detailed biography examines both River′s life and his career, revealing the true story of a young man whose private life was far more complex than his public teen idol persona.


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Vividly written and meticulously researched by acclaimed music writer Paul Rees, Robert Plant : A Life is an indispensible part of any music bookshelf.

For more than a decade, Robert Plant led one of the biggest and most successful rock bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. The sheer scale of their success is extraordinary: in the US alone they sold 70 million records, a figure surpassed only by the Beatles, while Stairway to Heaven, the band′s most recognisable song, has been played more times on radio than any other track.

But Plant′s legacy stretches far beyond the band. Here Paul Rees, whose professional relationship with Plant spans decades, brings the whole picture into focus for the first time - from the forces that shaped him as a boy in the Black Country to the ravaging highs and lows of the Zeppelin years; from his relationship with Jimmy Page and John Bonham to the solo career that today, at the age of 62, sees him producing some of the most acclaimed work of his career.

Told with tenacity, emotion and the spark of brilliance that befits such an enigmatic frontman, this is the definitive story of a man of incredible talent, remarkable courage and extraordinary conviction.

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BIRTH SCHOOL METALLICA DEATH by Paul Brannigan, Ian Winwood
BLACK SABBATH
by Mick Wall
Metallica have sold in excess of 100 million albums and won seven Grammys. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world's biggest stadia has been an epic and often traumatic one, and one of the few truly great rock 'n' roll sagas.

No music writers have been afforded greater access to Metallica over the years than Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, two former editors of Kerrang. Having conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with the band, they have between them gained an unparalleled knowledge of the group's history and an insiders' view of how their story has developed: they have ridden in the band's limos, flown on their private jet, joined them in the studio, been invited to the quartet's 'HQ' outside San Francisco and shared beers and stories with them in venues across the globe. There are countless memorable stories about the more...

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Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. In an era when it seemed possible to measure a band's musical prowess by how 'heavy' they were, they didn't come any weightier than Black Sabbath. There were, it's probably fair to say, none-more-black.

A four-piece formed from the ashes of two locally well-known groups called The Rare Breed (Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler) and Mythology (guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward), all four founding members of the original Black Sabbath grew up within half-a-mile of each other, in the same narrow, grey streets of Aston, a tiny Birmingham suburb then struggling to come to terms with the mess Hitler's bombs had made of it. Though they all shared a deep love of more...

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1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE
by Robert Dimery
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SPIRITUAL

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From Rhonda Byrne, creator of theinternational bestselling movie and book, "The Secret," comes Hero, her latest world-changing project and the most important to date. HERO brings together the wisdom and insight of twelve of the most successful people living in the world today.

By following their seemingly impossible journeys to success, Hero reveals that each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream - and that by doing so we will fulfill our mission and literally change the world. No matter where you are in your life today, no matter what age you are, it is never too late to follow your dream. And when you do, you will make the greatest discovery any human being can make - the discovery of who you really are, and why you are here. Once, there was a hero.


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SCIENCE

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Karl Kruszelnicki

There are Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, and Unknown Unknowns. And then there is Dr Karl. The inimitable Dr Karl is back again with more scintillating science scenarios, techy tales and tasty morsels to sate even the most haemoglobin-thirsty of his army of Twitter followers.

In Game of Knowns, he tells us why psychopaths make good kings, how smart phones dumb down our conversations, explains why the left side of your face is the most attractive, how the female worker bee gets a raw deal, and why we drink beer faster when it is served in a curved glass.

He also gives us the low-down on comets, explains the magic of hoverboards, solemnly shares why dark matter matters, and spills the scientific basis of wealth distribution. It is thereby decreed: science is the only true ruler of the kingdom, and there is none better to claim the crown than Australia's most trusted scientist - Dr Karl.
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HUMOUR/PETS

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Carli Davidson

Original, amusing, and brilliantly documented, Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one beguiling dogs caught in the most candid of moments: mid-shake. This glorious, graphic volume will stop you dead in your tracks as you are presented with images of man's best friend caught in contortion: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way.

With Shake , photographer Carli Davidson proves how eager and elated we are to see our pets in new ways. The result is a one-of-a-kind book: a colorful assemblage of photographs that are simultaneously startling and endearing, consistently hard to look away from, and revealing.

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BUSINESS

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For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life.

Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high- achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.
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