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BUZZ IN BRIEF
During the summer break, we like to pretend this is the rhythm of life we'll be able to maintain for the rest of the year.  But who are we kidding?

Things will speed up soon enough but for now, life is about basic pleasures. One book at a time is all it takes. A good crime novel. A book that loosens you from reality. Or a book that makes you grateful for the world you do live in.

Later in the year my list of must-reads will get longer, but for now I'm also in first gear. So kick back in a shaded hammock with one of the titles I'm about to tell you about and get 2014 started gently....

But just before we do that, I don't know about you but I love making New Year Resolutions. If you are looking for a few ideas about what to do differently when it comes to reading and enjoying books in 2014, here are some suggestions:

1. Don't finish a book you are not enjoying. Life is too short and there are too many good books out there screaming for your attention

2. Don't rubbish someone else's taste in books just because it does not match your own. In other words, don't be a book snob.

3. Do leave a book in a public place for someone else to enjoy.  If you want to see more about this, go to the Bookcrossing website or donate books to the Footpath Library which gives books to the homeless.

4. Do try waking up earlier to read when your mind is fresh. You will notice an amazing difference in how much you retain.

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Caroline Baum
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BOOK OF THE MONTH
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by M. R. Carey


Caroline Baum: We are in Dystopia with a capital D. This is a disturbing, post-apocalyptic scenario in which the world has been destroyed by a fungal virus that colonises people, turning them into hungries, who feed on humans. But don't dismiss this as just another zombie story, because it's more interesting and original than that.  

Inside a secure compound, a single-minded scientist attempts to understand the epidemic that has destroyed civilisation by experimenting on a few infected children. These kids are held in cells but also attend class to give their lives a semblance of normality. One of them is Melanie, a ten year old girl of superior intelligence who has developed a strong bond with her teacher Miss Justineau.

When Melanie realises what she is, she has to navigate the dangers of her state while navigating a constantly changing emotional terrain - she's a battleground for a nature versus nurture collision of epic proportions.
  
This is such a pacy, action packed read I often forgot to breathe while I was turning the pages.  The hungries are a way  more  interesting version of zombies and the scenarios that test Melanie and her companions are full of shock, surprise and emotional punch. 

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DEBUT CRIME
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by David Thorne


Caroline Baum: This is an impressive debut British crime novel set in Essex. It's about Daniel Connell, a disgraced lawyer who can't escape his violent past.

The plot explores the disappearance of a young girl, and police corruption, but another layer of the plot explores Connell's own troubled history and the disappearance of his own mother. 

It's good on understated atmospherics and sense of place and its hero is a complex and flawed loner who finds brief moments of social normality playing tennis. A nuanced beginning to what is planned as a series and will eventually find its way on to your TV screens.

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THRILLER OF THE MONTH
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by Drew Chapman


Caroline Baum: Author Drew Chapman may be a debut novelist but he  has serious chops when it comes to plotting: he writes for US TV so he understands momentum, tension and suspense. This is an almost plausible complex thriller built on American paranoia about China's increasing power.

It pulls together financial, military and political scenarios of fear and collapse with taut, brisk urgency. Our hero, Garrett Reilly, has no morality at the outset. 

He's cocky about his own brilliance at numerical recognising patterns, but indulges in a little too much dope which makes him an unpredictable recruit for the intelligence agency that spots his rare skill.
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OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
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by Sue Monk Kidd


Caroline Baum: You know from the very first page that this is an Oprah book.  Sure enough she has picked it as her next book club selection and it's easy to see why. Strong female characters, some based on actual historical figures and some imagined, and an emotionally powerful story about slavery from the author of the bestselling  The Secret Life of Bees.

The narrative may have a big theme - slavery - but it has an intimate focus, alternating between two points of view, one a young black slave  called Hetty but known as Handful and Sarah, the young white woman she belongs to, and the story  spares nothing in brutal detail and has a toughness that saves it from  cheap sentiment. It contrasts two forms of oppression: the obscenity of slavery as a public policy, as opposed to  tyranny within a family.

The plot is studded with dramatic turning points as it moves to its great climax but also explores the religious underpinning of the abolitionists, in particular the Philadelphia Quaker movement. The combination of big themes and ideas with memorable characters makes this a satisfying and immersive book for the heart and the mind.

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JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
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by Michael Paterniti


Caroline Baum: The Telling Room is an unlikely but true story of intrigue, revenge and CHEESE. Yes, Cheese. 

They take cheese seriously in Spain. As they do betrayal and the rustic machismo of settling scores. 

Written with humor, verve and vitality, this is a fascinating, entertaining journey into Castilian  tradition and pride, told from the perspective of an appreciative American consumer who gets seduced by a charismatic peasant, aptly called Ambrosio.

The footnotes on every page are full of funny anecdotal and scholarly digressions that amplify the pleasures of the story- think of them as the wine that matches the cheese.

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FICTION


BLOCKBUSTERS
PRIVATE L.A.
by James Patterson
  LOVE COMES ALONG
by Nora Roberts
  INNOCENCE
by Dean Koontz
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CRIME
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by Lisa Unger


Lana Granger is a liar. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is, that the truth seems like a nightmare she can't quite remember. But she knows one thing for certain: she needs a job. About to graduate from a small college in upstate New York, her trust fund is going to run out. Her mother's dying wish: that Lana do something meaningful, that she uses her life to help people. Lana takes a job babysitting for a deeply troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, and running circles around his beleaguered mother, Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. He likes to play games.

But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers? When Lana's closest friend Beck goes missing, Lana finds herself lying again - to friends, to the police, to herself. The story about where Lana was the night Beck disappeared doesn't match with more...

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TALK OF THE TOWN
DIVERGENT
by Veronica Roth
  INSURGENT
by Veronica Roth
  ALLEGIANT
by Veronica Roth
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INTERNATIONAL FICTION
THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES
by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE
by Lauren Graham
  FOR TODAY I AM A BOY
by Kim Fu
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THRILLER
WOLF CREEK: ORIGIN
by Greg McLean and Aaron Sterns

WOLF CREEK: DESOLATION GAME
by Greg McLean and Brett McBean
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Nature vs nurture turns out to be a bloodbath.

The wide open outback offers plenty of space for someone to hide. Or to hide a body.

When wiry youngster Mick Taylor starts as a jackaroo at a remote Western Australian sheep station, he tries to keep his head down among the rough company of the farmhands. But he can't keep the devils inside him hidden for long.

It turns out he's not the only one with the killer impulse - and the other psychopaths don't more...

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Wolf Creek: Origin

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Mick's learning, and his schoolroom is a war.

When sharpshooter and killer Mick Taylor searches for a place to keep a low profile, he finds somewhere where his peculiar talents are appreciated: a war. And in Vietnam, an out-of-control sergeant takes the amateur murderer and turns him into a pro.

Back home, Mick makes use of the sick lessons the army taught him, when hapless tour operators bring a Kombi-load of sightseers out his way into the Western Australian desert. Two suspicious flat tyres deliver an engaged Japanese couple, a more...

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Wolf Creek: Desolation Game

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GIFT EDITION
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by Erich Maria Remarque


The definitive novel of the First World War: an unflinching, yet heartbreakingly beautiful evocation of the horrors of the trenches. Published in a stunning new hardback edition for the centenary of the conflict in 2014.

"We are no longer young men. We've lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives. We were eighteen and had begun to love the world and to love being in it; but we had to shoot at it. The first shell to land went straight for our hearts. We've been cut of from real action, from getting on, from progress. We don't believe in those things any more; we believe in the war."

Written in memory of a generation of young men who arrived at the front fresh from the schoolroom, a generation utterly devasted by war, because the few that survived were left unfit for peace; at once tender and brutal, immediate and profound - All Quiet on the Western Front is a testament to the pity, horror and waste of the First World War, and a passionate plea to prevent its repetition.

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AUSTRALIAN FICTION
MONKEY BUSINESS by Kathryn Ledson
  THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW VEST
by Loretta Hill
  THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE
by Jennie Jones
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FOR THE YOUNG AND THE YOUNG AT HEART

CHILDREN
PEPPA PIG: PEPPA GOES SKIING
by Ladybird

PEPPA PIG : GEORGE'S NEW DINOSAUR
by Ladybird
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Peppa and her friends are learning how to ski with Madame Gazelle, the skiing world champion. But when Mummy Pig goes on the grown-up slope, she ends up skiing all the way down the mountain! Will Mummy Pig win Madame Gazelle's more...

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George loves playing with his favourite toy, Mr Dinosaur. But when he breaks one day, Mummy and Daddy Pig take him to buy a new one. The amazing new Dino-Roar walks, talks and sings too, but will he be as good a toy as more...

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LULU BELL AND THE CIRCUS PUP
by Belinda Murrell


LULU BELL AND THE SEA TURTLE
by Belinda Murrell

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Performing dogs and trick riders on beautiful ponies - Lulu Bell can't wait to see this circus show!

There's a circus setting up near Lulu's house. How exciting! But as Lulu and her family walk past, they see a young girl crying. Stella tells them that Spangles the performing dog is missing. Lulu is determined to help Stella find the clever pup. Can Stella teach Lulu a circus trick in return? When the show starts, the Bell family might get a big surprise! more...

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Lulu Bell is off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Lulu and her family are setting off on an adventure a long way from home. Mum has been invited to visit an Aboriginal community to choose paintings for an art exhibition.

Lulu, Rosie and Gus are having lots of fun swimming and fishing with their new friends. But there is one thing Lulu would really like to see more...
 

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LEGO FRIENDS: SUMMER ADVENTURES
by Dorling Kindersley

STAR WARS: JEDI BATTLES
by Dorling Kindersley
LEGO Friends Summer Adventures is a 'Developing' reader, perfect for children beginning to read alone as they develop skills to read confidently, accurately, fluently and with good understanding. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

School's out and the girls of Heartlake City are off on their latest adventures. Enjoy a summer of fun with Emma, Mia, Andrea, Stephanie, Olivia, and friends as they explore the city. Plus, take a peek at Nicole's scrapbbok, Andrea's more...


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This is a new series from DK designed to help kids learn how to read and learn to love reading. Star Wars Jedi Battles is a 'Confident' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers, developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads proves that good reads build great readers.

From epic battles in space to gripping one-to-one lightsaber duels, the galaxy has seen a lot of thrilling action. You can learn what it takes to be a Jedi master, what to wear in a battle situation, how to handle a more...

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HELP, I'M IN HOT LAVA!
by Geronimo Stilton

THEA STILTON AND THE JOURNEY TO THE LION'S DEN
by Thea Stilton
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Geronimo Stilton's ancient ancestor Geronimo Stiltonoot is back in another prehistoric adventure!

Geronimo Stiltonoot and his family are off to find a cure for Grandma Ratrock's aches and pains. She's heard that a remedy hides in a legendary valley, and Geronimo isn't even sure it exists. Little does he know that getting there will be an adventure among geysers, volcanoes, and rivers of molten lava!

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Join Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters on this adventure packed with mystery and friendship! The Thea Sisters are in Kenya on a photo safari! The mouselets love exploring the magnificent landscape and learning about the animals on the reserve they're visiting. A lion cub has just been born -- but while they're there, he's kidnapped! It's up to the Thea Sisters to rescue him in an adventure across the savanna.

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Thea Stilton and the Journey to the Lion's Den

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HEY JACK: THE BIG ADVENTURE
by Sally Rippin

ZAC POWER: CLOSE SHAVE
by H. I. Larry
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Jack loves camping! Sleeping in a tent, toasting marshmallows and especially going on adventures. But will one of his adventures take him a little further than he planned?


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The only antidote is being held for ransom. If Zac can't find the culprits, the entire town, including Zac himself, will be bald within a day. No-one messes with Zac's hair...this time, it's personal! 

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YOUNG ADULT
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by Juliet Marillier


Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban's freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air. For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will she be ready to play her role in toppling the tyrannical King Keldec.

But the White Lady is not what she seems. Trapped with Whisper, her fey protector, Neryn is unable to send word to her beloved Flint, who is in danger of being exposed as a double agent. When a new threat looms and the rebellion is in jeopardy, Neryn must enter Keldec's court, where one false move could see her culled. She must stand up against forces more powerful than any she has confronted before, and face losses that could break her heart.

The Caller is the thrilling conclusion to the Shadowfell trilogy.

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by Skye Melki-Wegner


The action-packed adventure continues in the second book of the Chasing the Valley trilogy!

Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley - and trying to evade Sharr Morrigan, the king's most lethal hunter. But the borderlands they must cross to reach the Valley are smugglers' territory: lawless, wild and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika turns to the smugglers for help - and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly.

It is Lukas, however, who hides the most dangerous secret. What has he seen through the eagle's eyes? The answer can be found in an alchemy charm and a smuggler's tale, and will lead Danika and her friends to an electrifying, unputdownable showdown.

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VAMPIRE ACADEMY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
by Michelle Rowen,    Richelle Mead
  VAMPIRE ACADEMY ILLUSTRATED MOVIE COMPANION
by Richelle Mead
  VAMPIRE ACADEMY FILM TIE-IN
by Richelle Mead
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NON-FICTION

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET FREE PASSES*
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by Jordan Belfort


By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sunk a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him for at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called ...

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his more...

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
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by Joe Cross


'When I made my film 'Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead', I literally was fat, sick and nearly dead. I was overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from an autoimmune disease. I knew I had to drastically change my lifestyle. So I traded in my typical junk food diet and vowed only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices for the next 60 days. By juicing fruits and vegetables, I successfully lost the weight and got myself off all prescription drugs and truly Rebooted my life. I live a happy and balanced life at a healthy weight and I could never imagine returning to my old ways again. And you know what? If I can do it, so can you!' - Joe Cross

For the first time, Joe has distilled all he's learned along his incredible journey into this book. With The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet you can take control of your diet and improve your health by consuming more fruits and vegetables. It couldn't be simpler than that.

A Reboot is the perfect way to more...
 
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by Cameron Diaz


Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience. Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women all over the world throughout her career. But, as she'd be the first to admit, she hasn't always been as health-conscious as she is now.

As a young woman, Cameron didn't always think about how the decisions she was making about her diet and lifestyle would impact her health for years to come. But over the past fifteen years, she has discovered that what she eats is inseparably linked to how she feels and looks. That knowledge - that nutrition impacts life - fuelled her hunger to educate herself about the best ways to feed, move, and care for her body.

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FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FACELIFTS
by Mireille Guiliano

20 X 3: ELIMINATE YOUR BELLY FAT IN AN HOUR A WEEK
by Dr. Steve Boutcher
In the natural sequel to her international bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano tackles the delicate subject of aging - showing how women of forty and beyond can 'attack' the upcoming decades with attitude and style.

Witty, perceptive and bursting with Mireille's personal experiences, the book covers everything from skincare secrets and fashion tips to the role of relationships and the importance of relaxation.

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Belly fat is a symptom of today's modern lifestyle - not enough time means take-away food trumps healthy eating and the couch wins over the treadmill. Too much belly fat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and research has shown that most types of diet and exercise won't help you lose it. At last there is a solution. Just 20 minutes, 3 times a week, will burn away belly fat and get your health back on track. The trick? It has to be the right kind of exercise.

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ANGEL DETOX
by Doreen Virtue, Robert Reeves
  BOOST YOUR BRAIN
by Joel Levy
  CAVE WOMEN DON'T GET FAT
by Esther Blum
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COUNTRY WISDOM
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by Rachael Treasure


In this gorgeous collection of feel-good stories, sayings and life lessons, bestselling author Rachael Treasure serves up a dose of pure positivity with a side of down-to-earth cowgirl wisdom.

Accompanied by charming illustrations, these bite-sized morsels of home-grown advice will brighten the most monotonous day and leave you feeling inspired and at peace with the world.

Get in touch with nature, appreciate the little things, be mindful of your surroundings and learn to love your life with this witty anthology of optimistic thinking.


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AUSTRALIA
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by Explore Australia


1000 Great Places To Explore In Australia details the very best places that Australia has to offer, from its famous destinations to its best-kept secrets.

The book is divided into state chapters, and the focus is on experiences and attractions with detailed descriptions and photos, followed by food and accommodation listings at the end of each region section. The selection is designed for a wide range of travellers, from those touring on a budget, to those wanting to find exclusive retreats.

1000 Great Places To Explore In Australia will have a place on any bookshelf for years to come as the ideal reference guide for wherever you're planning to travel to in Australia.

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by Explore Australia


Besides cute, what do you call a baby koala? Much-loved Australian hoon car the Torana got its name from an Aboriginal word meaning what? Which Australian rainforest is the oldest intact tropical rainforest in the world? Which town is called the UFO capital of Australia? Who are the two Australian authors who've won the Nobel Prize for Literature? Where is AC/DC's original frontman, Bon Scott, buried?

These are just a few of the questions to be found in this fun Australian quiz book. Whether you're an Aussie - or aspiring to be one - you'll have a blast sitting around the barbie and testing your friends' and family's knowledge of this great country. Covering themes as diverse as Australian history and pop culture, wildlife and weird place names, the book includes 200 questions of varying degrees of difficulty, so everyone from your gran to your 15-year-old cousin can get in on the action.

What better conversation-filler once you've exhausted the footy and the cricket?

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SONS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS
by Grantlee Kieza

THAT SUMMER AT BOOMERANG
by Phil Jarratt
Ever since it was launched in the minefields of Victoria the Southern Cross flag has been a symbol for a rebellious Australian spirit - from the battles of Eureka to those of Ned Kelly, from the birth of the Labor Party to the Anzacs at Galliopoli. The men and women involved took the flag as their symbol. But as much as it became a metaphor for anti-establishment heroics, the flag also had a darker side; xenophobia, racism, intolerance and violence.

Grantlee Kieza tells the story of the flag through the stories of the people who fought under it, the miners, the soldiers, the more...

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The narrative begins in Hawaii, tracing the renaissance of surfing after decades of missionary prohibition, and the rise of the Waikiki beach boys, as tourism begins to transform the pineapple port of Honolulu.

That Summer at Boomerang recreates pre-World War I Australia and tells a tale of its loss of innocence via the story of the charismatic Duke Kahanamoku - Hawaii's best surfer and swimmer, who comes to Australia's shores one summer and picks an average Aussie girl out of the audience to ride his long board with him. When he lifts Isabel onto his shoulders to ride the wave into shore before more...

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FOOD
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Cooking Chinese food at home has never been easier - all you need is this book, a wok and a quick trip to the supermarket.

Kylie Kwong's philosophy is to use the freshest produce and cook it simply to make the most of the clean flavours. All the necessary ingredients are available at your supermarket and Kylie's recipes are friendly and straightforward. In no time, you'll be cooking everyday favourites like soy sauce chicken and sung choi bau on weeknights and fresh-tasting button mushroom salad and prawn wonton soup for weekend occasions.

Enhanced by Earl Carter's inspiring photographs of all the finished dishes, and with step-by-step pictures to guide you through their preparation, Simple Chinese Cooking will never be far from your kitchen.

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by Ann Mah


When journalist Ann Mah's diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post-alone. Suddenly, Ann's vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.

So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city. Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to more...

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MEDICAL
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by Dr Ranjana Srivastava


"Cancer patients put up with the most and complain the least, endowed with an uncommon wisdom that is a privilege to observe. It is not simply that they see the big picture; if you spend long enough with them, they help you see it too."

What really happens when someone hears the words "You have cancer?"
What has preceded it and what comes after?

Written with great compassion and honesty, this is a rare view from the other side of the desk. Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava reflects on the very human side of the medical profession - the moral dilemmas, the anxieties, the empathy - and shows us that the best doctors are the ones who keep learning by listening to their patients.

This book is much more than an oncologist's diary; it is an acknowledgement of the incredible courage of ordinary people as they confront the big issues of life and death.

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PARENTING
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by Lyranda Martin-Evans, Fiona Stevenson


Being a new mom is "AHHHH! WHAT HAVE I DONE?" hard. Why are all these tiny clothes so expensive? Who wrote these mind-numbing board books? Will Mommy ever carry a purse again that's not a diaper bag? And how is she even functioning off so little sleep?

Reasons Mommy Drinks is a fresh, insightful, and hilarious collection of the various struggles faced by new parents-from mommy groups and single-people envy to the end of maternity leave-with a well-deserved cocktail recipe to go with each one. This must-have resource will help sleep-deprived new moms survive the baby years with their sense of humor, if not their lives as they once knew them, intact.

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SELF-SUFFICIENT
THE NEW SELF-SUFFICIENT GARDENER
by John Seymour

BACKYARD CHICKENS
by Michelle Templin


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Grow, store and preserve your own and live the good life with John Seymour

Feast on your own produce with the New Complete Self-Sufficient Gardener, the comprehensive illustrated guide to self-sufficiency.

John Seymour's classic guide gives you the knowledge and expertise to create your own self-sufficient garden and produce what you need. Whatever the size of your space, discover how to garden organically and maximise your harvest, without the need for radical changes to your lifestyle. From cultivating vegetables to making cider, keeping chickens to more...

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Fresh golden yolk eggs in ready supply, organic fertiliser for the vegetable garden-what's not to love about keeping backyard chickens?

This handbook covers all you need to know to get started raising your very own flock of chickens.

Whether you're considering getting chickens, or already have a few in the backyard, you will find answers to questions such as: what type of chicken suits your space; where to buy chickens; what to look for when buying chickens; what housing your chickens will require; what your chickens will eat and how to care for your chickens. Included are sections on more...

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TRAVEL
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by Lonely Planet


Lonely Planet's Discover Australia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Catch an aria at the Sydney Opera House, snorkel the dazzling Great Barrier Reef, learn to surf in Byron Bay or Bondi, spot crocs in Kakadu National Park, or visit Uluru, the cultural and geographical heart of Oz; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Australia and begin your journey now!

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SICILY
by Lonely Planet

THE ITALIAN LAKES
by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Sicily is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Feast on Sicilian cuisine, explore the historic charms of Syracuse, climb a fiery volcano, island-hop throughout the Aeolian archipelago, get lost in Palermo's Ballaro market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sicily and begin your journey now!

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Lonely Planet The Italian Lakes is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tour elegant lakeshore villas, climb a peak for dizzying lake views, or browse the fashion houses of Milan; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of The Italian Lakes and begin your journey now!


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BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE: LONELY PLANET PHRASEBOOK & DICTIONARY


FLORENCE & TUSCANY
by Lonely Planet
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With Lonely Planet's Brazilian Portuguese Phrasebook, let no barriers - language or culture - get in your way. Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages.

Chat with the locals and discover their culture- a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience.

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Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Come face to face with Italian masters at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or hunt for truffles in the Tuscan Hills; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Florence & Tuscany and begin your journey now!

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SPORT
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Li Na is a tennis player few forget. She claimed an unprecedented victory at the 2011 French Open at age twenty-nine, and became the first player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam singles title. Outspoken and likeable, the 'late-blooming' Chinese tennis superstar is one of the world's top ten players, and has championships on grass, clay and hard courts to her name.

Beyond the rankings and million-dollar endorsements is a life just as remarkable as her success. Li Na grew up within a rigid national sports system, living away from home and training six days a week, and spent years struggling to believe in herself. Her outstanding feats in a sport she grew to love, recovering from three knee surgeries and conquering her own demons, are nothing short of inspirational.

Told with honesty and humour, Li Na: My Life is the moving story behind an extraordinary sporting icon.

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