Grand Gift Ideas Christmas Guide 2012
Our Gift Guide has some great ideas for you this Christmas.
L E AV E A L A ST I N G I M P R E SSI O N PENGUINâ€™s Christmas campaign for 2012 ... was inspired by the classic 1920s â€“ 30s Art Deco design style. Its elegant and glamourous appearance is instantly appealing and encapsulates the quality of books we produce. Acquiring the skills of talented Sydney-based paper engineer Benja Harney, a series of three beautiful stages featuring three different backdrops were created. Once our books were styled amongst these amazing backdrops, they were then captured by renowned photographer Rob Palmer, creating a spectacular result that has since featured in a variety of print publications distributed nationwide. Visit youtube.com/PenguinAustralia to see the campaign come to life N on - F i c tion 15 Minute Meals Jamie Oliver Delicious, Nutritious, Super-fast food. This book is completely devoted to what you, the public, are asking for – super quick, tasty, nutritious food that you can eat everyday of the week. Creating these recipes has been a whole new experience for me, and I’ve made sure they’re methodical, clever, sociable and fun. 15 Minute Meals will arm you with the skills to create wonderful meals, shockingly fast. I’ve taken inspiration from around the world, embracing all the flavours we love. These are some of the quickest and easiest meals I’ve ever done. These recipes have been tested to ensure that this book is a reliable companion for you, and hopefully your family too when you pass it down. If you liked 30 Minute Meals, this will knock your socks off. Lantern Cookery Classics Lantern Cookery Classics gathers timeless recipes from these much loved authors in this new series of indispensable books for your kitchen bookshelf. Soon youâ€™ll be whipping up your favourite dishes from Maggie Beer, Kylie Kwong, Stephanie Alexander, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Moran. Why not treat yourself to the complete set? Desserts Belinda Jeffery More than 100 inspiring recipes for desserts and sweet treats, with the warmth and style that Belinda has made her trademark. Saving yourself for dessert? Well, Belinda Jeffery has plenty of desserts worth waiting for... Drawing her inspiration from across the globe, she has created an irresistible collection of recipes for desserts and sweet treats, arranged around her favourite flavours; coffee and tea; caramel, honey and maple syrup; berries and summers fruits; citrus â€“ and, of course, chocolate. With Belindaâ€™s Desserts in your kitchen, youâ€™ll always have the perfect ending to any meal. What Katie Ate Katie Quinn Davies Recipes and others bits and bobs. Successful food blogger and photographer Katie Quinn Davies’ debut book, What Katie Ate, is a collection of simple and mouth-watering recipes made from seasonal ingredients, including much-loved classics from her blog, and plenty of never-before-seen recipes that will delight her faithful blog audience and newcomers alike. Featuring Katie’s gorgeous photography throughout, this book is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Not only is this book a practical guide to cooking with seasonal produce and entertaining simply in style, it is also a culinary homage to Katie’s Irish heritage, her incredible experiences travelling around the US and her new home in Australia. Simple Chinese Cooking Class Kylie Kwong Expand your Chinese repertoire with more than 130 new recipes and step-by-step guides to classic techniques. Simple Chinese Cooking has become the weeknight go-to book for many of us, much-loved for its fast and fresh-tasting results from readily available ingredients with minimum fuss. This long-awaited follow-up is a winning combination of inspiring new recipes and master classes in classic Chinese techniques – a must-have for your kitchen bookshelf. With Kylie at your side in the kitchen, you can easily expand your repertoire by mastering techniques such as tea-smoking and pickling. Learn how to make your own spring rolls, sticky rice parcels and a versatile XO sauce that will transform seafood or vegetables – even simple fried rice – with its layers of flavour and complexity. Whole Larder Love Rohan Anderson Grow, Gather, Hunt, Cook. Rohan Anderson is a family man, a talented DIY-er and a modern-day hunter-gatherer. Primarily concerned with how to live off the land and provide himself and his family with fresh, local food, Anderson has become an expert hunter, fisher, forager, gardener, pickler and sometimes barterer. Now he shares his healthy and sustainable secrets and experiences. In Whole Larder Love, Rohan gives us delectable recipes, easy-to-follow gardening, foraging and hunting tips, and guidance on the proper tools, gear and resources to use. â€˜For anyone wanting a greater connection to the land, it is a must for the bookshelf.â€™ Weekly Times Amalfi Coast recipes Amanda Tabberer Flying squid and potato stew, fish in crazy water, spaghetti of the convent. Already the food of the Amalfi Coast is intriguing. The star is fresh produce from the sea, complemented by sun-kissed local ingredients: cherry tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, seasonal herbs and the famous Amalfi lemon. Amanda Tabberer, author of My Amalfi Coast, spent two decades living on the Amalfi Coast, and was made welcome at the tables and in the kitchens of the many passionate local cooks. Here she shares authentic Amalfi recipes that have been passed down through the generations. My Greek Island Home Claire Lloyd The tang of salt in the air. Sunlight sparkling on clear blue water. Pomegranate seeds glistening like jewels in your palm. Australian artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd moved to the Greek island of Lesvos where she finally found what she was looking for – a sense of peace and the return of her creative drive. My Greek Island Home describes Claire’s journey to a small village in Greece – the ancient land of gods and poets, where the seasons govern a way of life that has barely changed over thousands of years. Accompanied by Claire’s stunning photographs filled with colour and light, this inspirational story of reconnecting with nature and community, and finding beauty in the smallest details, will make you see the world anew. My Journey Jim Stynes with Warwick Green An inspirational memoir from a man who made a real difference to other people’s lives – this is Jim Stynes’ legacy. Unflinching in its honesty, My Journey is the extraordinary memoir of Jim Stynes: Irishman, footballer, Brownlow Medallist, Reach co-founder and former president of Melbourne Football Club whose very public battle with cancer touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Jim kept diary notes throughout his battle with cancer, and spent many months talking about his life with his long-time friend, journalist Warwick Green. My Journey celebrates the legacy of Jim Stynes, offering an intimate portrait of a man learning to face his fears and make the most out of every single day. ‘If you don’t have cancer, cherish life. If you do, cherish it even more.’ Jim Stynes On Warne Gideon Haigh Who doesn’t know the name Shane Warne? Gideon Haigh on Shane Warne is an irresistible pairing: ‘the finest cricket writer alive’ (The Australian) on the greatest cricketer of our era. The resulting masterpiece is as much about our fascination with Warnie as it is about the player himself. Drawing on interviews conducted with Warne over the course of a decade, and two decades of watching him play, Haigh assesses this greatest of sportsmen as a cricketer, character, comrade, newsmaker and national figure. Bradman’s War Malcolm Knox When World War II ended, Bradman assembled an army. Hailed as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time, the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ are the only Australians to complete a tour of England undefeated. Bradman’s War considers what value we place on entertainment and good-natured rivalry in competitive sport. When it’s winner takes all, what’s left for those who love the game? Drink Smoke Pass Out Judith Lucy At last, a book about life that discusses liquor and lovemaking as much as it does the point of it all. Judith Lucy has looked everywhere for happiness. So lately, she’s been asking herself the big questions. Why are we here? Is there a God? What happens when we die? And why can’t she tell you what her close friends believe in, but she can tell you which ones have herpes? In Drink, Smoke, Pass Out, Judith tries to find out if there’s more to life than wanting to suck tequila out of Ryan Gosling’s navel. With disarming frankness and classic dry wit, she reviews the major paths of her life and, alarmingly, finds herself on an unlikely spiritual journey. Also available Waging Hea vy Peace Neil Young Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock (and pop culture generally) in the last four decades. A reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest book, Waging Heavy Peace is Young’s story told in his own words. Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of both personal life and musical creativity; it’s a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Camp Da vid David Walliams Famous comedian, funniest judge on Britain’s Got Talent, irresistible ladykiller and high-achieving sportsman, David Walliams is a man of many talents. To read Camp David is to be truly shocked, as well as tickled pink, as Walliams bares his soul like never before and reveals a fascinating and complex mind. This searingly honest autobiography is a true roller-coaster ride of emotions, as Walliams unlocks closely guarded secrets that until now have remained hidden in his past. Montebello Robert Drewe ‘They’ve let off an atom bomb today. Right here in W.A. Atom bombs worry the blazes out of me, and I want you at home.’ In this moving sequel to The Shark Net, and with his characteristic frankness, humour and cinematic imagery, Drewe travels to the Montebellos to visit the territory that has held his imagination since childhood. In the aftermath of both man-made and natural events that have left a permanent mark on the Australian landscape and psyche – from nuclear tests and the mining boom to shark attacks along the coast – Drewe examines how comfortable and familiar terrain can quickly become a site of danger, and how regeneration and love can emerge from chaos and loss. Also available F i c tion Jack of Diamonds Bryce Courtenay Set across three continents, Jack of Diamonds is a spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption and love. During the Great Depression there was little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica. Jack makes music as a way of escaping his surroundings, and his talent eventually leads him to the jazz piano, and to the world of elite poker in Las Vegas, before fleeing to the far reaches of Africa. ‘If poker was an addiction then music was an overwhelming obsession; one could never replace the other in my life.’ Bryce Courtenay is without a doubt one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers. He has sold more than 10 million copies of his books in Australia and countless millions more around the world, including The Power of One, The Potato Factory, Jessica and April Fool’s Day. Jack of Diamonds will be his last novel. The House of Memories Monica McInerney Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those that matter most. Following a tragic accident, Ella Oâ€™Hanlon flees to the other side of the world to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister. In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage. An exquisitely moving novel for anyone who has ever loved and lost. One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the award-winning author of the internationally bestselling novels Lolaâ€™s Secret, Those Faraday Girls and At Home with the Templetons. Monica grew up in a family of seven children and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. All That I Am Anna Funder Winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth’s husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take awe-inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart. ‘Spellbinding. There are echoes of the best espionage tales.’ Sunday Telegraph Anna Funder is the author of the international bestseller Stasiland and is the recipient of numerous awards, a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. Anna grew up in Melbourne and Paris and lives in Sydney with her husband and family. Everything Changes But You Maggie Alderson Home is where the heart is – but what happens to your heart when the people you love are scattered around the world? Hannah and Matt are very happy together. But then events start to pull them apart. Matt’s mum needs them back in Sydney, while his cousin feels lost in a strange city. Can Hannah’s mum help repair their marriage? They all have unsettling secrets and while some are better shared, others might be best left unspoken – the problem is knowing which are which. In this story of three women’s search for a place to call home, we cross continents and generations to explore how we find happiness – and whether love can survive betrayal. Maggie Alderson has edited four magazines, including British ELLE, and worked on two newspapers, contributing to many more. Evangeline the Wish Keeper’s Helper, her children’s book, was short-listed for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award. This is her seventh novel. poseidon’s arrow Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler It’s called Rapier. It is the most remarkable advance in naval technology in decades – an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype has suddenly vanished, and the man who developed it is dead. Now it’s up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team to go on a desperate international chase to retrieve it. But as they close in on the prize they discover that they’re facing a much, much greater threat than they ever imagined possible. It’s clear that if they fail in their mission, the world as they know it might end up a very different place – and not a very pleasant one Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of a great number of international bestsellers, including the famous Dirk Pitt® adventures, the NUMA® Files adventures, the Isaac Bell adventures, and the highly successful new series – the Fargo adventures. He lives in Arizona, USA. The Mystery of Mercy Close Marian Keyes Meet Helen â€“ youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. Sheâ€™s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. As Helen begins to unravel the mysteries secreted on Mercy Close she discovers a kindred spirit in a man unwilling to be found. Could someone be telling her to look a little closer to home...? Oh Dear Sil via Dawn French Silvia Shute has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a dark and terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. And she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again... The Engagement Chloe Hooper Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the heir of a pastoral dynasty, at his property in western Victoria. Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here Liese senses a change in Alexander, and realises a different game has begun. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom? This gripping, provocative novel by one of Australia’s finest writers is a psychological thriller for the modern age, one which explores the snares of money and love, and the dark side of erotic imagination. Lola Bensky Lily Brett Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she’s not sure how she got the job – but she’s been sent by her Australian newspaper right to the heart of the London music scene at the most exciting time in music history: 1967. Drawing on her own experiences as a young journalist, the bestselling author of Too Many Men has created an unforgettable character in the unconventional and courageous Lola. Genuinely funny and deeply moving, Lola Bensky shows why Lily Brett is one of our most distinctive and internationally acclaimed authors. Bared to You Sylvia Day Bared to You is the first novel in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating – the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. ‘Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness – beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...’ NW Zadie Smith Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke and Russell. Five identical blocks make up the Caldwell housing estate in North West London. If you grew up in this relic of seventies urban design, the plan was to get out and get on, to something better, somewhere else. Depicting the modern urban zone – familiar to town-dwellers everywhere – Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragi-comic new novel is as mercurial and vital as the city itself. Silent House Orhan Pamuk Never before published in English, Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the moving story of a family gathering the summer before the Turkish military coup of 1980. ‘Turkey’s foremost novelist and one of the most interesting literary figures anywhere... A first-rate storyteller.’ Times Literary Supplement The Cleaner of Chartres Salley Vickers When a strange young woman is found sleeping in the porch of the ancient cathedral of Chartres, none of the residents of this quiet little town realise what changes lie in store for them... With her dark skin and topez eyes, her colourful clothes and curious manner, Agnès Morel catches the eye of everyone she encounters. But the mystery of Agnès’ origins leads Madame Beck and her companion, Madame Picot, to call sorts of schemes and speculations. As the rumours grow stronger, Agnès is forced to come to terms with her own traumatic past. c h il d ren â€™s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Jeff Kinney Welcome to Greg’s world! Another chapter in a life jam-packed with hilarity and a healthy dose of cringe-worthy thoughts. Love is in the air – but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation. Then an unexpected twist gives Greg a partner and leaves Rowly the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and you never know who’s going to be lucky in love. Jeff Kinney is hugely popular with his readers as Greg Heffley the character. His deft interpretation of modern day family life has endeared him to all who read his internationally successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This is the seventh book in the series. Little Elephants Graeme Base This is a wonderful tale of luck, faith and magic. The wheat is ripe, but the harvester is broken and a plague of locusts is on the way. It looks as if Jim and his mother may lose the farm. But when Jim show kindness to a stranger, their fortunes are set to change in the most surprising way imaginable! From Graeme Base, the creator of the bestselling favourites Animalia, The Legend of the Golden Snail and The Jewel Fish of Karnak comes this inspiring and magical tale. The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting Illustrated by Tom Jellett The well-known entertainer takes her years of experience with children and creates this delightful book for preschoolers. ‘Something is coming. Can you see? It snuffles and gruffles. What can it be? Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook! It’s ripping up pages and eating a book!’ Justine Clarke is one of the most recognised and trusted faces on the Australian entertainment landscape: bestselling children’s singer, accomplished jazz chanteuse, internationally acclaimed film star, seasoned stage actor, and constant, reassuring presence on daytime ABC TV institution, Play School. The Lego Book Discover the wonders of the LEGO® universe with The LEGO® Book. Explore and celebrate the fascinating story of LEGO® and its much-loved toys and games and find out all about their cult minifigures with this new edition of the incredible The LEGO® Book. From manufacturing wooden toys to blockbuster video games, go behind the scenes and discover fascinating facts and trivia about LEGO®, one of the nation’s best-loved companies. A fascinating timeline highlights key moments in LEGO® history and special features spotlight groundbreaking achievements. Fully updated following the huge success of The LEGO® Book (first edition), with new pages of amazing LEGO® facts and stats, The LEGO® Book is a true treasure trove for LEGO® fans of all ages. Moshi Monsters: The Official Collectable Figures Guide This collector’s guide to the Moshi Monsters mini figures, produced by Vivid, is every fan’s essential guide to completing their collection. With over 100 characters and numerous variations of them to tick off as your collection grows. The Moshi Monsters Mini Figures Collector’s Guide comes with an exclusive Gabby mini figure! Merry Christmas from t h e team at penguin.com.au