July Gleaner 2022

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Issue 4 Volume 29 July 2022


Books To Take You Back In Time | p. 24

Index Australian Literature International Literature Biography & Memoir Crime Fiction Essays & Criticism Science & Environment Food, Health & Gardening Australian & Aboriginal Studies History & Politics

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Self-Help & Psychology

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Performing Arts & Poetry

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Teen Fiction & YA

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Philosophy & Culture Studies Art & Photography

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What We’re Reading

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James McKenzie Watson

Penguin $33.00

Australian Literature

On a remote property in western NSW, nine-year-old Parker fears that something is wrong with his brain. His desperate attempts to control this internal chaos spark a series of events that gallop from his control in deadly and devastating ways. Years later, on a camping trip with his old friends that turns ugly, Parker must finally address the consequences of his childhood actions.

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Highly Recommended Lying Beside You Michael Robotham

Women I Know Katerina Gibson

Simon & Schuster $30.00

A young woman tries to cheat her algorithm, creating a wholesome online persona while her ‘real’ life dissipates. A grandmother speaks to her granddaughter through the fog of generations. Two lovers divide over alternative meat options. The stories in this searing, funny, haunting debut explore how our ideas of womanhood shape us, and what they cost us.

Hachette $33.00

Things We Bury

Sixty-Seven Days

Matthew Ryan Davies

Yvonne Weldon

Penguin $33.00

Evie has been raised in the heart of Aboriginal Redfern. She meets James, a young man radiating pure love. On the cusp of adulthood, with their whole lives ahead of them, they travel to Evie’s beloved country, the central west of New South Wales and the Riverina regions. They are no longer separate - they are one, until a sudden event leaves them seeking answers to one of life’s most eternal questions- is love strong enough to withstand anything?

PanMacmillan $35.00

Meg Bignell

Margaret Hickey

Random House $33.00

Penguin $33.00

Paul Daley

James O’Loghlin

Bonnier Echo $30.00

Freycinet Barnes has built herself the perfect existence. Her life is complete with beautiful children, a successful husband and a well-ordered schedule. When she steps outside her calendar and is accidentally thrown into the the West Moonah Women’s Choir, she finds friendship and a humming wellspring of rage. Together, Frey and the choir sing their anger with a driving beat that will kick the system square in the balls.



One May 2019 morning, two masked gunmen rob Blacktown Leagues Club. Dean Acton, a small-time thief tries to up the ante by pulling a big robbery. Sarah Hamilton, a police officer on stress leave is pulled into the thrill of investigation as she identifies Dean. Mary Wallace, an ex-schoolteacher is inspired to lead a life of crime hoping it’ll spark some joy. A thought-provoking novel about why and how ordinary people turn to crime.

Three siblings, reunited in their home town, are struggling to deal with the fallout of a car crash that almost killed their father. This, on top of everything else life is throwing at them.A mysterious list of names. Long-buried family secrets. Old, festering wounds. What will happen when everything buried is dragged to the surface?

The Angry Women’s Choir

Stone Town

With its gold-rush history long in the past, Stone Town has seen better days. And it’s now in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A gruesome murder and the disappearance of a detective ambushes Senior Sergeant Mark Ariti’s hopes for a quiet posting in hhis old home. Haunted by the questions surrounding the crimes, Mark is now caught amidst a deadly game.

Twenty years ago, Cyrus Haven’s family was murdered. Only he and his brother survived. Cyrus because he hid. Elias because he was the killer. Now Elias is being released from a secure psychiatric hospital and Cyrus, a forensic psychologist, must decide if he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood. This is a breathtaking thriller guaranteed to keep you guessing till the very end.

Allen&Unwin $33.00

Morally bereft popular historian Patrick Renmark flees London in disgrace after the accidental death of his infant son. Reluctantly taking on a commission to write the biography of his legendary grandfather, Patrick travels to Jesustown — a former mission town in remote Australia. Unable to lay his own son to rest, Patrick begins to re-examine the legacy of his renowned grandfather while facing the repercussions of his actions.

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International Literature

The Latecomer

Highly Recommended

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Lapvona Ottessa Moshfegh

PanMacmillan, $33.00 In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot in a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh’s most exciting leap yet. A rollercoaster ride of depravation and perversion from the author that brought you My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

Faber $33.00

The Crimson Thread Kate Forsyth

If An Egyptian Cannot Speak English

Noor Naga

Graywolf Press, $27.00 In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, an Egyptian American woman and a man from the village of Shobrakheit meet at a café in Cairo. He was a photographer of the revolution, she is a nostalgic daughter of immigrants “returning” to a country she’s never been to before. They fall in love and he moves in, but soon their desire takes a violent turn that neither of them expected. A dark romance exposing the gaps in American identity politics, especially when exported overseas.

Concerning My Daughter

Kim Hye-jin

Random House $33.00

The Sorcerer of Pyongyang

Jessica Moor

Bonnier $30.00

When Emily meets the enigmatic and dazzling actress Tamsin, her life changes. Drawn into Tamsin’s world of Soho living and cocktails at impossibly expensive bars, Emily’s life shifts from black and white to technicolour. But when a bombshell news article about a decades-old sexual assault case breaks, Emily realises that Tamsin has been hiding a secret about her own past.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow Gabrielle Zevin

Random House $33.00

Marcel Theroux

Little Brown, $33 Ten-year-old Jun-su is a bright and obedient boy whose only desire is to be a credit to his family, his nation, and most importantly, his Dear Leader. However, when he discovers a copy of The Dungeon Master’s Guide, left behind in a hotel room by a rare foreign visitor, a new and colourful world opens up to him. A vivid, uplifting, and deeply researched novel, this is a love story and a tale of survival against the odds.

Set in Crete during World War II, Alenka, a young woman who fights with the resistance against the brutal Nazi occupation finds herself caught between her traitor of a brother and the man she loves, an undercover agent working for the Allies. Alenka must choose whom to trust and whom to love and, in the end, whom to save. A reimagination of ‘The Minotaur in the Labyrinth.’

Young Women

Picador, $35.00 When a mother allows her thirty-something daughter to move into her apartment, she wants for her what many mothers might say they want for their child: a steady income, and, even better, a good husband with a good job with whom to start a family. But when Green turns up with her girlfriend, Lane, in tow, her mother is unprepared and unwilling to welcome Lane into her home. A novel that is necessary and important.

The Oppenheimer triplets have been reared with every advantage: wealth, education, and the determined attention of at least one of their parents. Now, on the verge of their departure for college, the triplets are forced to contend with an unexpected complication: a fourth Oppenheimer sibling. The triplets can’t begin to imagine the impact this unwanted sibling will have on their lives - nor the power this little latecomer is about to exert.

Two kids meet in a hospital gaming room in 1987. Their love of video games becomes a shared world, but all too soon that time is over. When the pair spot each other eight years later in a crowded train station, they are catapulted back to that moment. The spark is immediate, and together they get to work on what they love. Their collaborations make them superstars. A novel that takes you on a dazzling imaginative quest.


Katherine J. Chen

H&S $33.00

A stunning feminist reimagining of the life of Joan of Arc. France is mired in a losing war against England. Its people are starving. Its king is in hiding. Yet out of the chaos, an unlikely heroine emerges. With unforgettably vivid characters and propulsive storytelling, Joan is a thrilling epic, a triumph of historical fiction, and a celebration of one of the most remarkable women in history.

The Twilight World

Werner Herzog

Random House $35.00

An extraordinary and captivating story told in exquisite prose about a Japanese soldier, Hire Onoda, who defended a small island in the Philippines for twenty-nine years after the end of World War II. Onoda’s years of absurd yet epic struggle is captured in a hypnotic style-part documentary, part poem, and part dream that will be instantly recognised by Herzog fans.

A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

Amanda Svensson & Nichola Smalley (transl.)

Scribe Pb $35.00

In October 1989, a set of triplets is born, and it is this moment their father chooses to reveal his affair. Pandemonium ensues. Over two decades later, while the triplets go their separate ways, their father is recruited to join a mysterious organisation, the London Institute of Cognitive Science. Then something happens that forces the triplets to reunite. A twenty-five-year secret that will change all their lives.

This Is Gonna End In Tears

Liza Klaussmann

John Murray $33.00

Growing up, it was always the three of them: Miller and Olly and Ash. They stuck together, like they were keeping a secret. They needed each other. As teenagers, they drove to LA, lived in a ramshackle place on the beach in Malibu, set up a record label. They were successful, until it all fell apart. Some summers are spent yearning for something to happen, others are charged with the terrifying, exhilarating, feeling that everything is going to change.

The Measure

Nikki Erlick

HarperCollins $33.00

Eight ordinary people. One extraordinary choice. It seems just like another morning when a box arrives at your doorstep. Inside the box is the exact number of years you have left to live. The same box appears on every doorstep across the world. The measure is a decision of a lifetime, do you open yours? A heartfelt parable for our own unprecedented times.

The Half Life of Valery K

Natasha Pulley

Bloomsbury $30.00

In 1963, in a Siberian gulag, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov has mastered what it takes to survive. But on one ordinary day, all that changes when Valery’s university mentor steps in and sweeps him away to a mysterious unnamed town. As Valery begins his work, he is struck by the questions his research raises- what, exactly, is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town?

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In Case You Missed It All of your favourite stories now out in B-format. Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead

Emily Austin

Atlantic, $20.00 Gilda cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. A crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration - and the expiration of those you love - is the only certainty.

Nightbitch Rachel Yoder

RandomHouse, $23.00 At home full-time with her two-year-old son, an artist finds she is struggling. She is lonely and exhausted. Her husband, always travelling for his work, calls her from faraway hotel rooms. One more toddler bedtime, and she fears she might lose her mind. Instead, she starts gaining things, surprising things that happen one night when her child will not sleep. New appetites, new instincts. And from deep within herself, a new voice.

The Paper Palace

Miranda Cowley Heller

Penguin, $23.00 A story that unfolds over 24 hours and across 50 years, as decades of family legacies, love, lies, secrets, and one unspeakable incident in her childhood lead Elle to the precipice of a life-changing decision. Over the next 24 hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her much-loved husband, Peter, and the life she imagined would be hers with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives.

On D’ Hill

‘A brilliant light shone into a dark forgetfulness.’

The middle of the year is a bit of a watershed for booksellers as we start seeing all the great new books to be published in the 2nd half of the year, leading up to Christmas. The list of terrific authors with new books this year is exhaustive, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Here’s just two to start with. Coming in August is a new novel from Australian (expat) writer Alice Nelson. I loved the intelligence and compassion of The Children’s House which came out in 2018, but her new novel Faithless, reaches new heights and places Nelson up there with the likes of Michelle de Kretser and any other great writers you care to mention. Set in India, England and the south of France, Faithless is a story of enormous moral complexity, centring on Cressida, a successful novelist who has a life-long affair with Max, an even more successful, married writer. Nelson navigates this rocky terrain with surety. Cressida’s unconventional upbringing in India as well as her deeply passionate and lasting love for Max makes us loath to judge and underpins the reader’s understanding of this all-too-human character.

Kate Grenville

‘Know the past to change the future.’ Judith Brett

‘A great vision.’

When the novel opens, Cressida is mourning Max’s death, her husband also having died a few years before (another interesting and complex story). She is caring for Flora, a strange child whose relation to Cressida we don’t learn until near the end of the book. This mysterious sub-plot and Cressida’s obvious love for Flora, further complicates the situation and our understanding of this flawed but brilliantly drawn protagonist. This is a brave and beautiful book which wears its highly intelligent, literary heart on its sleeve. A somewhat lighter read this month is Liza Klaussman’s stupidly titled This is Gonna End in Tears. Why the author and/or publisher put the word ‘Gonna’ in the title is beyond me. It makes the book sound like something hilarious and bears no relation to what is a moving and interesting novel about the relationship between three characters who have had a long, unhappy history, having once owned a recording company together. Set in LA in 1984, it artfully skewers these adults lives while delving into the messy teenage lives of their children. Klaussman writes with a light touch and there is some humour, but it is by no means frivolous and when it ends in tears, they are real. See you on D’Hill Morgan

Tyson Yunkaporta IN STORE 26/07/22

‘Essential.’ Chloe Hooper IN STORE 26/07/22

‘Absorbing and compelling.’ Peter Varghese IN STORE 26/07/22

Big Snake Little Snake DBC Pierre

Profile Books $30.00

A cascade of true stories by DBC Pierre, recorded while on his way to make a short film with a parrot in Trinidad, which not only examines the nature of gambling, the love affair between gambler and game, and the mindset of obsessive practitioners, but aims to shed light on the invisible odds and outrageous chances of everyday life on Earth.

Bear Woman

Karolina Ramqvist

Bonnier $33.00

A beautifully wrought memoir from one of Sweden’s bestselling authors, in which she examines motherhood and the female experience. Combining historical text, autofiction and essay with the uncertainty of memory, Bear Woman is the debut work of non-fiction by an award winning literary powerhouse.

The All of It Cadance Bell

Random House $35.00

Seven years ago, Ben was loveless, overweight, in debt and living in his parents’ rumpus room, trying to find a way to quietly die. The, one day, Ben decided to change everything—starting with the Ben bit. Becoming Cadance would be more than a gender transition. It would be a transition in everyday. Choosing to live was just the beginning; what mattered was how she existed. She was going to experience the all of it.

The Patient Doctor Dr Ben Bravery

Hachette $35.00

At the age of twenty-eight, Ben Bravery woke from a colonoscopy to be told he had stage 3 colorectal cancer. He didn’t expect how being a patient, and a young one at that, would make him feel. As he recovered, it struck Ben that after everything he’d been through he couldn’t go back to his former career as a scientist. He needed a change and he wanted to make change. He wanted to become a doctor. An honest, powerful, eye-opening memoir.

Raised By Wolves Jess Ho

Affirm $30.00

Growing up Cantonese was hard enough but add in a dysfunctional family, and it was clear that a normal life was never on the menu for Jess Ho. In hospitality, Jess found a new family but soon realised that the industry she loved came with its own dysfunctions— greed, ego, and a never-ending festishisation of Asian food culture. However, Jess wasn’t one to hold her tongue.

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gleebooks favourites The Digger of Kokoda Daniel Lane

PanMacmillan, $37.00 Reg Chard endured hell as an 18-yearold Australian soldier who fought in 1942 on the infamous Kokoda Trail in World War II. Ironically, Kokoda rescued Reg when he decided to take his own life. This deeply moving, healing and inspiring biography of the veteran tells us how 80 years after the battle that saved Australia, Kokoda still lives within him.

Thistledown Seed Louise Helfgott

Brandl & Schelsinger, $33.00 Interweaving fiction and memoir in multiple threads, Thistledown Seed follows the displacement and violence of the Holocaust for a Polish family who subsequently settle in Western Australia. The floating thistledown seed, represents the diaspora of the Jewish people who were scattered around the world as a result of the Holocaust.

Holy Woman Louise Omer

Scribe Pb, $30.00 Louise Omer was a Pentecostal preacher and faithful wife. But when her marriage crumbled, so did her beliefs. Haunted by questions about what it means to be female in a religion that worships a male God, she left behind a church and home to ask women around the world- how can we exist in patriarchal religion? And can a woman be holy?

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki Baek Sehee

Bloomsbury, $30.00 Baek Sehee is a successful young social media director when she begins seeing a psychiatrist about her what to call it? depression? She feels persistently low, but also highly judgemental of others. But if she’s so hopeless, why can she always summon a desire for her favourite street food, tteokbokki? Is this just what life is like? This is a book to keep close and reach for in times of darkness.

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Crime Fiction & True Crime Aurora

Tokyo Redux

A planet without power. When a solar storm hits the earth, the lights go out across the planet—it could last forever. Soon they hear rumours of riots, the struggle for food becomes real. Aubrey and her stepson now face the biggest challenge of their lives. The only other family she has is her estranged brother who retreats to a bunker. But the complicated history between the siblings is far from over, and what feels like the end of the world is just the beginning of a personal reckoning long overdue.

July 1949. President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing. American Detective Harry Sweeney leads the investigation. Fifteen years later, the city prepares for the Olympics. Murota Hideki, is given a case which forces him to confront a crime he’s been hiding from. Over 20 years later on, The Emperor Showa is dying, and Donald Reichenbach, an ageing American, knows the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him.

David Koepp

HarperCollins $30.00

David Peace

Faber $20.00 Now in B-Format

The Whispering

The Hitchhiker

Veronica Lando

Gerwin Van Der Werf

Text Pb $33.00

Tiddo and his wife, Isa, have drifted apart. His son won’t speak to him anymore. Desperate to keep his family together, Tiddo plans a holiday to Iceland, travelling the tourist circuit in a rented campervan. On their trip, they pick up a hitchhiker named Svein, who is tall and handsome, and covered in tattoos of ancient runes. When Svein offers to guide them off the beaten track, Tiddo is conflicted. Does Svein pose a threat or offer salvation?

HarperCollins $33.00

Callum Haffenden swore he’d never return to Granite Creek. But, thirty years after a life-shattering accident, he’s thrust back into the clutches of Far North Queensland and a local legend he worked hard to forget. When a man goes missing in the rainforest, the past begins to resurface, breathing new life into memories of previous tragedies two girls lost, seventeen years apart. In a town where it’s easiest to turn a blind eye, the guilt runs deep and everyone in Granite Creek has something to hide.

True Crime Dead In The Water


Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel

Patrick Radden Keefe

Atlantic, $33.00

Picador, $37.00

A shocking expose of the criminal innerworkings of international shipping, an old-world industry at the backbone of our global economy. From first-hand accounts of those who lived through the devastating attack on the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso in July 2011, to the exLondon detectives seeking to solve the murder of David Mockett, this work packs the astounding truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history.

The Widow of Walcha Emma Partridge

Simon&Schuster, $35.00 All Mathew Dunbar ever wanted was to find love. That’s why, just months after meeting Natasha Darcy, he didn’t hesitate to sign over his multi-milliondollar estate to her. When Mathew died in an apparent suicide soon afterwards, Natasha’s estranged husband – who she was once charged with trying to kill – was the first paramedic on the scene. A story with stranger-than-fiction twist.

A collection of phenomenal essays by Patrick Radden Keefe published in the New Yorker, ranging from forgery to arms dealers to how reality TV revived the career of Donald Trump. Collected in this book, for the first time readers can see how his work forms an always enthralling yet also deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up to them.

Betrayed Sandi Logan

Hachette, $35.00 A relentlessly fascinating and often jawdropping true story of two women who unwittingly became Australia’s ‘Drug Grannies’ in 1977. Vera ‘Toddie’ Hays and Florice ‘Beezie’ Bessire thought they were about to embark on the trip of a lifetime when Vera’s nephew, Vern Todd, offered them a campervan to drive from Germany to India. Little did the women know that Vern and his accomplices would secretly pack two tonnes of hashish into the vehicle along the way.

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Sibyl Recommends

The Heather Blazing Colm Toibin

Picador, $23.00

The Crane Wife CJ Hauser

Penguin, $35.00 Ten days after calling off her wedding, CJ Hauser went on an expedition to study the whooping crane. After a week wading through the gulf, she realised she had almost signed up to live somebody else’s life. In this intimate, frank and funny memoir in essays, CJ Hauser releases herself from her story of ‘how life was supposed to be’, and hopes you see all of these as love stories.

Cassandra Speaks Elizabeth Lesser

HarperCollins, $33.00 Now in paperback

What story would Eve have told about picking the apple? What about the fate of Cassandra who was blessed with knowing the future but cursed so that no one believed her? What if women had been the storytellers? Elizabeth Lesser believes that if women’s voices had been equally heard and respected throughout history, humankind would have followed different hero myths and guiding stories— stories that value caretaking, champion compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence.

Books Promiscuously Read Heather Cass White

Picador, $27.00 Now in B-Format

This is a book about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives. It advocates for a life of constant, disorderly, time-consuming reading, and encourages readers to trust in the value of the exhilaration and fascination such reading entails. Books Promiscuously Read is a tribute to the whole lives readers live in their books, and aims to recommit people to those lives.

Girlhood Melissa Febos

Bloomsbury, $25.00 Now in B-Format

Melissa Febos examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female and what it takes to free oneself from them. A gripping set of essays about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become. A wise and brilliant guide to transforming the self and our society. This is a philosophical treatise, an anthem for women, and a searing study of the transitions into and away from girlhood.

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Science & Environment The Sleeping Beauties


In Sweden, refugee children fall asleep for months and years at a time. In upstate New York, high school students develop contagious seizures. These disparate cases are some of the most remarkable diagnostic mysteries of the twenty-first century. Suzanne O’Sullivan travels the world and hears remarkable stories from a fascinating array of people, and attempts to unravel their complex meaning while asking the question: who gets to define what is and what isn’t an illness?

Meet Mya-Rose - otherwise known as ‘Birdgirl’. Birder, environmentalist, diversity activist. To date she has seen over five thousand different types of bird- half the world’s species. Since she was young, she has visited every continent to pursue her passion, seeing first-hand the inequality and reckless destruction we are inflicting on our fragile planet. And the simple, mindful act of looking for birds has made her ever-more determined to campaign for all our survival. This is her story.

Mya-Rose Craig

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Picador $22.00

Random House $35.00

Right Here, Right Now

An Immense World

The science is clear: if we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates, the Earth will continue to warm. Already, the consequences of climate change are upon us. Now, in this powerful call to action with optimism at its heart, Natalie Isaacs asserts that it is women, set to be most adversely affected by climate change, who have the will, the skills and the power in numbers to lead the way on this critical issue.

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into previously unfathomable dimensions - the world as it is truly perceived by other animals. Because in order to understand our world we don’t need to travel to other places; we need to see through other eyes.

Ed Yong

Natalie Isaacs

HarperCollins $35.00

Random House $35.00

Before the Big Bang

A World on the Wing

Professor Laura Mersini-Houghton takes the reader through a brief history of ideas about the universe from ancient Greece to the latest frontiers of theory and observation, to bring us to her theory that our universe is not just one isolated phenomenon, but one of many, part of what she calls “the multiverse.” Blending the personal with the theoretical, the book will explain in layman’s terms Mersini-Houghton’s theory of the origin of our universe and how she came to it.

Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. This book sees Weidensaul track some of the most remarkable flights undertaken by birds. It is the rousing and reverent story of the billions of birds that, despite the numerous obstacles we have placed in their path, continue to head with hope to the far horizon.

Laura Mersini-Houghton

Random House $35.00

Scott Weidensaul

Picador $22.00 Now in B-Format

Highly Recommended Tree Thieves Lyndsie Bourgon

Different Frans de Waal

Hodder&Stoughton, $33.00

Granta, $40.00

The tree was poached in a two-part operation. It was felled one night and taken another. Here was a murder mystery in the deep woods: who had taken the cedar, how had they done so, and - most importantly - why? A gripping account of the billion-dollar timber black market -- and how it intersects with environmentalism, class, and culture.

A ground-breaking look at gender and sex, leading primatologist Frans de Waal draws on decades of observation and studies of both human and animal behavior to argue that despite the linkage between gender and biological sex, biology does not automatically support the traditional gender roles in human societies.


Ixta Belfrage

Random House $55.00

Food, Health & Gardening

From the co-author of bestselling Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, the protege of Ottolenghi shaking up the food world, Ixta Belfrage shares her foolproof techniques and inventive ingredient combinations that make up her favourite mezcla of flavours. These are impactful, fuss-free dishes to entertain your friends or treat yourself. This is a cookbook you don’t want to miss!

p. 11 Moody Blooms Tricia Guild

Serendipity Oscar Farinetti

Black Inc. $35.00

Did you know that your morning coffee could be thanks to a herd of energetic goats? Or that a forgotten ingredient is behind the invention of the beloved brownie? Oscar Farinetti provides us these serendipitous tales which ponder humankind’s neverending quest to discover something new, and remind us that our mistakes, our flaws, our failures, can often be the most necessary ingredient in finding success.

ACC Art Books $70.00

The Kitchen Garden Lucy Mora

On The Himalayan Trail Romy Gill

Hardie Grant $55.00

Indian food writer and chef, Romy Gill, tells the story of Kashmir and Ladakh’s unique and tantalising cuisine sharing over 80 extraordinary recipes that can be recreated in your own home kitchen. From Shammi Kebabs to Wagen Pakora, from succulent meat curries to aromatic vegetable dishes, these recipes shine a light on the magnificent cuisine, celebrating its land, its ingredients and its heritage.

Thames&Hudson $45.00

Fiona Brockhoff

Allie Gaunt & Jessica Beaton & Sarah Buckle

Penguin $40.00

Hardie Grant $70.00

Melanie Grant

Fiona Weir Walmsley

Hardie Grant $48.00

An inspirational look at garden design and landscaping. In this beautifully photographed book, Fiona Brockhoff takes us through her gardens in Australia – some never before seen – with tips, design guidance and inspiration to help you create your own sustainable and naturalistic gardens. From small-space inner-city gardens to coastal and rural properties, Fiona’s work is full of new and creative ideas.

The Modern Guide to Skin Health

From Scratch

A cheerful collection of recipes, and a simple guide to making your own food and staples, starting at the very beginning. If you are looking for a connection with what you eat, then this book is for you. From basic pantry items and essential dairy products to tasty dips, crackers, ferments and drinks – will give you the confidence to leave industrialised packaged goods behind.

The Kitchen Garden is an illustrated guide to growing edible plants from sowing to harvesting. Learn when to sow, what to grow and how to make your delicious harvest into a meal. The book features fiftyfive plant profiles ranging from the everyday to the utterly unique, from broccoli to cape gooseberries. Each illustration detailing the most important information about the plant—seasons, soil pH, growing time and space. A practical guide for a gardenenthusiast.

With Nature

The Family Meal Solution

Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel organised and inspired about the week’s meals, and confident that family members big and small are getting the nourishment they need every day — all while not breaking the bank? The One Handed Cooks are here to give you just that! In their new meal-planning guide, Allie, Jess and Sarah share the thoroughly tested system and recipes that keep them feeling in control in their own busy lives and kitchens.

In the designs of Tricia Guild, atmosphere is everything. Patterns, colour, texture, furniture and furnishings interweave to create spaces that have all the depth and meaning of installation art. Yet just as an outfit never feels complete without a spritz of scent, a room without plants is only nearly complete. Only nearly perfect. In this book, Tricia explores how blooms can evoke emotion, presenting a plethora of inspirational designs that breathe fresh life into our homes and workspaces.

PanMacmillan $40.00

The new beauty bible for women of all ages, who want to look and feel radiant in their own skin. Skincare expert Melanie Grant knows that healthy skin doesn’t need make-up; it glows on its own. With practical, elegant advice for every age, skin type and concern, this modern guide reveals how to achieve a glowing complexion using effective everyday products and simple, tailored routines.

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Australian & Aboriginal Studies Of Marsupials & Men Alistair Paton

Black Inc, $33.00 A brilliantly entertaining history of Australia’s weird and wonderful natural scientists. From the ‘snake men’ who fearlessly thrust their arms into hollow logs just to see what might happen, to the top-secret plan to smuggle a platypus to Winston Churchill at the height of World War II, these are their stories.

We Come With This Place Dr. Debra Dank

Echo, $30.00

Reid All About It

Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher – Shark Arm. 2020. Pb. $32.99. “On 25 April 1935, a 4.4 metre tiger shark – caught one week earlier off the coast of New South Wales – horrified onlookers at a Sydney aquarium when it vomited up a human arm.” A billion-to-one event. The disgorged, tattooed arm identifies the victim – one Jim Smith, boxer and petty criminal – which eventually leads to a police investigation of a double murder and a sensational inquest. As a teenager, my parents’ copy of Vince Kelly’s The Shark Arm Case [1963] - written with the collaboration of the accused, Patrick Brady - was the first true crime book I read. A further study, The Shark Arm Murders [1995] by Professor Alex Castles, examined the legal aspects of the case.

A remarkable book, as rich, varied and surprising as the vast landscape in which it is set. It is deeply personal, a profound tribute to family and the Gudanji Country to which Debra Dank belongs, but it is much more than that. Here is Australia as it has been for countless generations, land and people in effortless balance, and Australia as it became, but also Australia as it could and should be.

This current work – surely definitive - makes use of the complete police file - not released until 2009. After “digesting” (their words), a mass of new documentary evidence, the authors shine a light on Sydney’s 1930’s underworld of petty criminals; fizgigs ( police informers); insurance fraudsters; smugglers; forgers; stand over men; gangland bosses and likely police collusion. They construct a plausible timeline and theory to explain both killings and the motivations of the murderers.

The Consul

Caroline Graham and Kyle Stevenson – Larrimah. 2021. Pb. $32.99.

Ian Kemish

Uni of Queensland Press, $33.00 A unique and personal perspective on Australia’s foreign affairs challenges of the last two decades, from hostage diplomacy to the political sensitivities of repatriating Australians abroad. This timely and engaging book also asks us to consider how world events have changed the way we travel now and in the future.

The Women Who Changed Country Australia Liz Harfull

Murdoch, $50.00 Liz Harfull reveals how the Country Women’s Association struggled into existence, beset by clashing personalities and moments of high drama. In fitting tribute, it celebrates the CWA’s astonishing achievements and the remarkable women who have led it, while coping with their own personal tragedies.

Destination Buchenwald Colin Burgess

Simon & Schuster, $35.00 The harrowing story of the Allied airmen who experienced the true horrors of Nazism firsthand. This book tells a compelling story of extraordinary bravery, comradeship and endurance, when a group of otherwise ordinary servicemen were thrust into an unimaginable Nazi hell.

“Whenever you have eliminated all that is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Larrimah, Northern Territory. Some 500kms south of Darwin. Established in 1941, it was once a thriving rail depot. Following the line’s closure in 1976, the town’s population had dwindled to 12. It dwindled further on 16th December 2017 with the mysterious disappearance of seventy-year-old Irish immigrant and longtime resident – Patrick “Paddy” Moriarty, along with Kellie, his kelpie dog - after leaving the local pub at dusk. When concerned residents visited Paddy’s house next day, they found food prepared for cooking. His hat, wallet, keys were on the table. Kellie’s food was half finished in her feeding bowl. No signs of anything untoward. Both Man and Dog were simply gone. They have not been seen since. The police went door-to -door on Christmas Day, coming across a few eclectic residents. Larrimah has no mobile phone coverage, no police station, no petrol station (it burnt down in 2009). What it does have are families that hate each other and indulged in a series of bitter, long-running disputes. Eleven suspects. Perhaps one murderer. A $250 000 reward has been offered for any information. To date, nothing. In April 2022, the Northern Territory Coroner reopened the inquest into Paddy’s apparent death. This book follows the authors’ award-winning true crime podcast, Lost in Larrimah. Perhaps a new chapter will need to be written. Until next time, Stephen


Halik Kochanski

Penguin $65.00

History & Politics

An extraordinarily powerful, humane and haunting account of how and why all across Nazi-occupied Europe some people decided to resist the Third Reich. Filled with powerful and often little-known stories, it is a fascinating examination of the convoluted challenges faced by those prepared to resist the Germans; ordinary people who carried out exceptional acts of defiance.

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Highly Recommended Danger On our Doorstep Jim Molan

Of Blood and Sweat Clyde W. Ford

HarperCollins $50.00

Clyde W. Ford uses the lives of individual Black men and women as a lens to explore the role they have played in creating American institutions of power and wealth— in agriculture, politics, jurisprudence, law enforcement, culture, medicine, financial services, and many other fields—while not being allowed to fully participate or share in the rewards. A compelling look at the past that holds broad implications for presentday.

HarperCollins $35.00

We Uyghurs Have No Say Ilham Tohti

Looking for Theophrastus Laura Beatty

Atlantic $35.00

A strange, wild, brilliant personal journey - across land and through time - in which Laura Beatty travels back two thousand years to rescue from obscurity Aristotle’s friend and Chaucer’s inspiration, the forgotten philosopher who grandfathered botany and the English novel. The reader gets to travel in Theophrastus’s own footsteps exploring how we see, receive and relate to the world around us.

Bloomsbury $33.00

Joseph Sassoon

Chris Patten

Penguin $65.00

Penguin $65.00

Peter Zeihan

Jonathan Pearlman

AFA $23.00

The Sassoons were one of the great commercial dynasties of the nineteenth century, as eminent as traders as the Rothschilds were as bankers. In this rich and nuanced portrait of the family, Joseph Sassoon uncovers the secrets behind their phenomenal success—how a handful of Jewish refugees exiled from Ottoman Baghdad forged a mercantile juggernaut trading cotton and opium.

The End Of The World Is Just The Beginning

AFA: Our Unstable Neighbourhood As the great powers clash in South-East Asia, how will Australia secure its interests in the region? This book looks at the fragile state of democracy and the growing threat of instability in the region, as well as the risks for Australia as it navigates ties with nations which have vastly differing interests and outlooks.

In Xinjiang, the large northwest region of China, the government has imprisoned more than a million Uyghurs in re-education camps. One of the incarcerated--whose sentence, unlike most others, has no end date--is Ilham Tohti, an intellectual and economist, a prolific writer, and formerly the host of a website, Uyghur Online. This book is the only way to hear from a man who has been called “a Uyghur Mandela”.

The Global Merchants

The Hong Kong Diaries In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British governor, to try to prepare it not - as other British colonies over the decades - for independence, but for handing back in 1997 to the Chinese, from whom most of its territory had been leased 99 years previously. Over the next five years he kept this diary, which describes in detail how Hong Kong was run as a British colony and what happened as the handover approached.

What are Australia’s options in confronting a rising and belligerent China? For the first time in nearly 80 years, war on our doorstop is not just possible, it is likely. Former army major general and Liberal Party senator Jim Molan examines the present and growing danger of China’s rise, what China’s endgame is, how war might start, what war with China would look like and, importantly, what Australia’s best interests and options are.

HarperCollins $35.00

Geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging. A world ending. A world beginning. Zeihan brings readers along for an illuminating ride packed with foresight, wit, and his trademark irreverence.

Join leading Australian and international authors, thinkers, and speakers in an

July Monday

engaging discussion of their work. All events take place upstairs at 49 Glebe Point Road. Book launches are free and open to the public. Our Literary Events are $12 & $9 concession (pensioner/student) and free to gleeclub members – though bookings are still required, as popular events do sell out. Weekday events generally commence at 6pm for 6.30pm, and weekend events at 2.30pm for 3pm. Places are unreserved, so arrive a little early if you require a particular seat.


Wednesday Upcoming In August

Join us for the Gleebooks Queer Lit Book Club! We get together from 5.30-8.00pm on the first Monday of every month, to discuss the previous month’s title. Entry is free, and book club participants receive 10% off the cost of all book club books! Seats are limited, so make sure to not miss out!

4 Jul Queer Literature Book Club

11 Jul No Events on Monday

18 Jul No Events on Monday

25 Jul

3/8 Michael Pascoe launches The Summertime of Our Dreams 4/8 6 for 6:30 with Barry Jones: The Penalty is Death 5/8 Sophie Chao launches In The Shadow of the Palms 7/8 Greg Woodland launches The Carnival Is Over

5 Jul

Quarterly Essay: 6 for 6:30 with Hugh White

6 Jul

12 Jul


13 Jul

Meet Richard Broinowski: Fact or Fission


19 Jul Shortest History of the World with David Baker


26 Jul

Purchase of tickets are mandatory for events marked with E.

7 Jul Sixty-Seven Days with Yvonne Weldon


No Events on Monday



20 Jul

Black River with Matthew Spencer

14 Jul

Zoom Event: Advancing Human Rights with Michael Mintrom

21 Jul


27 Jul

28 Jul

Denizen by James McKenzie Watson


Bookings are essential for both free and ticketed events, so we can staff and cater the event appropriately. Phone 02 9660 2333 or book online on our website.

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An order confirmation will be emailed immediately upon completion of your booking; please bring a copy as proof of your booking, as we do not issue physical tickets. For virtual (zoom events) we send a Zoom link to all registered attendees by late morning on the day of the event.



1 Jul

2 Jul

Sunday 3 Jul

Quit Smoking Launch with Simon Chapman

8 Jul

Marrul: Aboriginal Identity and the Fight for Rights with Inala Cooper

22 Jul

16 Jul

17 Jul

Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe launch with Ashleigh Barton at 11 AM

23 Jul

Japanese Humour with Roger Pulvers


24 Jul Australian Animal Law: Context and Critique by Elizabeth Ellis


29 Jul

Standing in the Cold by Nasrin MahoutchiHosaini

10 Jul


15 Jul

The Consul: 6 for 6:30 with Ian Kemish

9 Jul

30 Jul Extraordinary Mum launch with Dani Vee at 2 PM

31 Jul The Other Half of You with Mohammed Ahmad



Self-Help & Psychology Coward Tim Clare

Allen & Unwin $35.00

Tim Clare explores all the possible treatments for anxiety, from SSRIs to hypnosis, running to extreme diets. He interviews experts and becomes a guinea pig, testing their methods on himself. At the end of a year of many ups and downs, Tim discovers what helps him (and what doesn’t), and what might help others. Most of all, he comes to rethink anxiety and encourages all of us to do the same.

What The F*ck Is This Celeste Mountjoy

PanMacmillan $33.00

A stunningly original collection of illustrations and observations on being young, female and occasionally seriously pissed off. Unnerving, empowering, heartbreaking and hilarious, Celeste’s art explores anxiety, feminism, addiction, body image, relationships and societal expectations. It articulates the dark stuff we feel but dare not show and provides the perfect antidote to the cultivated ideals of Instagram.

The Diplomat

CHRIS WOMERSLE Y A powerful story of grief and recovery and a stark evocation of the fine line between self-destruction and redemption, set in the 1990s drug underworld of Melbourne and from bestselling and award-winning author Chris Womersley. ‘This is a gem of a novel.’ Emily Bitto

A Remarkable Woman JULES VAN MIL

The compelling story of one woman’s quest to follow her head and her heart – as she journeys from Paris to Australia to find love, fashion and freedom. ‘Delightful! Fashion, French culture and sweeping Australian landscapes.’ Tania Blanchard

Time Wise

Amantha Imber

Penguin $35.00

Learn how to become time wise using the hacks that high achievers rely on to accomplish more than the average person - so you can do you best work and have fun while doing it. Covering energy, efficiency, decision-making, self-talk, digital distractions and more, Amantha’s practical and research-backed guide will allow you to shortcut your way to achieving more in less time.


Sarah Steel, the creator of the popular ‘Let’s Talk About Sects’ podcast, has researched the cults you’ve heard of – and dozens you haven’t. How cults control, why we join them and what they teach us about bullying, abuse and coercion. In Do As I Say, Sarah Steel tells the human tale behind the sensationalism.

Curious Habits Luke Mathers

Major Street $33.00

Drawing from the collective wisdom of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, Stoic philosophy and even Instagram, Curious Habits offers an entertaining, thoughtprovoking and non-judgmental exploration into why we do the things we do, and how to reset for a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

Desperate Remedies Andrew Scull

Penguin $55.00

In this clear-sighted and provocative exploration of psychiatry, Desperate Remedies is a deeply researched and lucidly conveyed account that masterfully illustrates the assumptions and theory behind the therapy, providing a definitive new account of psychiatry’s and society’s battle with mental illness.

Things We Bury

MAT THE W RYAN DAVIES Three siblings discover the cost of unspoken truths when old wounds and long-buried family secrets are finally dragged to the surface. ‘Davies writes with rare clarity and empathy, giving a razor-sharp insight into the complexities of modern life.’ Mark Brandi

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Binge Times

Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski

HarperCollins $35.00

Performing Arts & Poetry

The first comprehensive account of the biggest wake-up call in the history of the entertainment business: the pivot to streaming. Binge Times reveals the true costs of the vision quest as companies are turned inside-out and repeatedly redraw their org charts and strategic plans. It is a mesmerising, character-rich tale of hubris and ambition, as the fate of a century-old industry hangs in the balance.

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Sofia Coppola Hannah Strong

Abrams $70.00

A rich and intimate look at the overarching stylistic and thematic components of Coppola’s work. In addition to critical essays about Coppola’s filmography, the book will include interviews with some of her closest collaborators. Along the way, readers meet again a cast of characters mired in the ennui of missed connections: loneliness, frustrated creativity, all captured by the emotional, intimate power of the female gaze.

Little Brown $23.00

In The Roar Of The Machine Zheng Xiaoqiong

Count Me In Tom Stehlik

Brolga Pb $30.00

Tom Stehlik picked up the sticks at 14 and has never dropped the beat since. With over 50 years behind a drum kit, he provides a unique perspective ‘from the drum stool’ on the contemporary music scene with vivid recollections of gigs, people, places, sounds and sights. This book is in celebration of drummers, Tom Stehlik and his love of the beat, and each time he was asked to join a band his response: ‘Count me in!’

Giramondo $25.00

Keiran Goddard

Sheila Hancock

Bloomsbury $30.00

Little Brown $33.00

Brook Emery

Keith Phipps

Henry Holt $62.00

Exquisitely crafted, wildly imaginative and as darkly funny as it is moving, Hourglass is a revolutionary love story. It turns time upside down, combs the intimate wreckage of heartbreak for something universal, and asks what it means to lose what you love. Hourglass will stay with you for a long time. An epic poem in an ancient style about the brutalities of modern love, a masculine interrogation of feminine heartbreak.

Sea Scale: New & Selected Poems

Age of Cage A smart, beguiling book about the films of Nicolas Cage and the actor himself, as well as a sharp-eyed examination of the changes that have taken place in Hollywood over the course of his career. A look into who he is, really, and why has his career endured for over forty years. This book is like the man himself, surprising, insightful, funny and one of a kind.

This selection collects some of the most influential and moving work of the poet Zheng Xiaoqiong, who spent nearly a decade at the beginning of the century working in the newly created factories and warehouses in what has become one of the largest manufacturing centres in the world, southern China. The poems speak of pleasure and of love, memories of the ancestors, the natural environment of southern China and her native Huangma Mountains in central Sichuan.


Old Rage

One of Britain’s best loved actors opens up about her ninth decade. Funny, feisty, honest, she makes for brilliant company as she talks about her life as a daughter, a sister, a mother, a widow, an actor, a friend and looks at a world so different from the wartime world of her childhood. And yet despite age, despite rage she finds there are always reasons for joy.

Before becoming the bestselling author we know today, Barbara Kingsolver was a fresh college graduate who had just moved to Tucson, Arizona with hopes of open space and adventure. What she found was quite different, “another America” that she chronicled through her poetry. This is a striking portrait of a country separated by those with privilege, those without, and the lives that are lived in between.

Puncher &Wattmann $25.00

Sea Scale comprises thirty new poems and a generous selection from Brook Emery’s previous five volumes. His poetry is speculative, always wondering, occasionally playful, always trying to make sense of the complexities of the material, spiritual and rational worlds. The inter-weavings of mind and brain, language and culture, nature and society, time and memory are all swept up in this enquiry.

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Suzy Ultman

Chronicle Books, $30.00

Kids Be My Neighbour?


A neighbourhood full of new friends! Lift the flaps and search the scene! The new cats on the block are ready to bake cookies, but they’re a few items short! Help them gather ingredients from every house, and meet a medley of critter families.

Is there really such a thing as too high? A push on a swing turns into an unexpected adventure in this funny and wildly relatable board book that is perfect for fans of Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers.

Check out more events on page 14! For further details on all kids events, visit our website: www.gleebooks.com.au

s Early Reader

Jo Dabrowski

Affirm, $18.00

Board Books

Ages 0-2

July 16th is going to be a party for all kids big and small, as Ashleigh Barton is in conversation with Mick Elliot for the launch of Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe. Join us for tea and craft on Saturday morning at 11 A.M. We’ve also got a fun afternoon planned on the 30th of July for the launch of Dani Vee’s Extraordinary Mum from 2 P.M. All our bookclubbers are welcome to join us for some yummy snacks, great stories craft!

Willa and Woof: Mimi is Missing Jacqueline Harvey

All events are free but bookings are mandatory. To book a spot or for more details, contact rachel@gleebooks.com.au

Penguin, $13.00 Willa’s in trouble. Mimi - the famous racing pigeon owned by Frank - is missing. And Willa is pretty sure she’s the one who left the cage door open. She’ll need her most creative ideas and her trusty sidekick, Woof, to track Mimi down before Frank finds out!

Graphic Novels

Calling all of our bookworms to share their favourite reads! We want to feature more of our wonderful book clubbers in our Gleaner magazine, so if you’ve got a book you’d love to review or if you want to write about an author visit, send us an email on rachel@gleebooks.com.au! We have exciting giveaways waiting for you!

Mapmakers and the Lost Magic Cameron Chittock

Random House, $23.00

A young girl named Alidade finds herself faced with an impossible choice—run away from her beloved valley as she has always wanted, or unleash a hidden magic and become a mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords, the Night Coats. (9+)

Action Dude Andy Riley

Welbeck, $16.0 First name Action, Second name Dude. When the robots in a new theme park go crazy, the city needs a hero and he’s the one they call. He lives for danger, he lives for excitement, and he lives with his mum because he’s nine years old. An actionpacked fun adventure! (6+)

Picture Books Ages 2- 5 Jigsaw: A Puzzle in the Post Bob Graham

Walker Books, $28.00 Serendipity and positive thinking come into play as a family searches for a missing puzzle piece. In this journey they uncover forgotten letters, train tickets-everything except the missing piece. An enchanting story with a sweet surprise ending.

The Comet

Joe Todd-Stanton

Walker, $30.00 A picture book touching on the stress and pain of moving house and how this affects our relationships and sense of belonging, but also how it can open us up to new experiences. Follow Nyla’s journey as she has to move from the countryside to the city.

What to Say When You Don’t Know What To Say Davina Bell & Tapper Hilary Jean (ill)

Hachette, $25.00 I’m not brave enough today. Maybe next time. You’re hurting my feelings right now. A warm and whimsical guide to negotiating life’s little moments and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.

The Elephant Detectives Ged Adamson

Allen&Unwin $25.00 It’s the perfect kind of day until Alan’s elephant goes missing! Lucky for him, Edie’s an Elephant Detective and she knows exactly where to look. Will Alan EVER find his elephant? And might he also find a new friend along the way? A charming, funny adventure about missing elephants and finding friends.

Where the Lyrebird Lives Vikki Conley & Max Hamilton (ill)

Windy Hollow, $27.00 Deep in the forest past the chiming birds. Will we see the lyrebird? I don’t know. Tip-toe, tip-toe. The beauty of the Australian rainforest and the magic of family-time come together in this lyrical and delightful story of intergenerational connection, habitat and adventure.

Children’s Fiction Ages 8- 12

Dead Good Detectives Jenny McLachlan & Chloe Dominique (Ill)

HarperCollins, $17.00

When Sid accidentally summons a 300-year-old pirate from the dead and opens the door to the halfway house, the lives of the trapped lost souls now depend on Sid to save them. A hilarious and heart-racing adventure.

Cop and Robber Tristan Bancks

Penguin, $17.00 If your mum was a cop and your dad was a criminal who needed your help to commit a crime, would you do it to save him? At what cost? Nash is caught between a rock and a hard place as he battles helping his dad out in a big time robbery.

The Riddle of the Sea Jonne Kramer

Bonnier, $17.00 A gripping sea adventure featuring a lost father and a cursed ship and a thoughtful story of friendship and overcoming fears. Tag along with Ravian as he goes in search of his father accompanied by his only friend Marvin the seagull. The ensuing voyage is beset with battles with giant squid and fierce storms, and Ravian despairs of ever finding his father.

The Rollercoaster Boy Lisa Thompson

Scholastic, $17.00 Todd and Laurie’s dad is either on top of the world, or down in the depths and sleeping all the time. When they embark on an adventure to a hotel their dad spent most of his childhood holidays in they are instead faced with a mystery to solve and clues to crack. A story packed with ups and downs.

August & Jones Pip Harry

Hachette, $17.00 Jones Kirby has just moved to Sydney. Jones meets shy, awkward August Genting. He loves fun facts, the library and knitting as much as Jones loves rock climbing and being outdoors. This is the story of two extraordinary kids who discover the life-changing power of friendship and teamwork.

Teen Fiction & YA

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Hotel Magnifique Emily J. Taylor

Faber Factory $20.00

The legendary Hotel Magnifique is like no other: a magical world of golden ceilings and enchanting soirees. When the Magnifique comes to her hometown, seventeen-yearold Jani hatches a plan to secure jobs there for herself and her younger sister, longing to escape their dreary life. But Jani soon begins to notice sinister spots in the hotel’s decadent facade. Can the girls discover the true price paid by those who reside there before it’s too late? (14+)

Money Queens Michelle Bowes

Affirm $25.00

There is nothing quite like the feeling of having your own money to spend. All those things you’ve wanted forever now feel within your reach, but it’s easy to make mistakes when you go from having no money to having some. This guidebook that is the best friend that every teen girl needs as she embarks on her first relationship with money. (14+)

Completely Normal Biffy James

Hardie Grant $20.00

Love has rules. So does grief. And Stella Wilde’s about to break them all. A gripping contemporary YA novel that’s as witty and sarcastic as it is tender and moving. With its insightful explorations of love, grief, mental health and friendship, it’s a rare book that makes you feel heard. Perfect for fans of John Green, Krystal Sutherland and Sally Rooney (14+)

The Darkening Sunya Mara

Hodder & Stoughton $23.00

A fierce revolutionary. A desperate prince. Together they will face the Storm, or be swept away. From its storm-tossed world, to its lyrical prose, to its propulsive, electrifying plot, readers will find themselves utterly ensnared by this book. A wild and thrilling ride, with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat. (14+)

Oxygen Mask A graphic novel

Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin

Faber $20.00

This visceral graphic novel is a striking memento of 2020 and a moving reminder of the human spirit. Intimately set within the walls of a family home, this book is an incredible artefact of the historic year we have all lived through. A reminder of how comforting books and artworks are in times of extreme stress. (14+)

The Wilder Aisles What a delight to find a new Andrea Camilleri. I was surprised to see this book, The Sicilian Method, as Camilleri died in 2019, and I thought all his books had been published, and I had read them all. However, as I said, he is my favourite crime writer, so I was surprised and delighted to have this new book in my possession. Not only is Camilleri my favourite writer, but Montalbano is my favourite detective. The books are full of great characters, like Catarelli, who gets everything wrong, womanising Mimi Augello and Guiseppe Fazio, who loves taking notes in great detail, much to Montalbano’s annoyance. This story revolves around Mimi Augello, who finds a dead body when escaping from an angry husband. Another body is found not long after, and Montalbano wonders if the two deaths are connected. The second victim is Carmel Catalanotti, a theatre director known for his harsh treatment of his actors, so there seems to be no shortage of suspects. Unfortunately, this is not a long book, but still, it has my beloved Montalbano and the rest of the gang to keep giving me some happy reading for a while. I also love the TV series, with Luca Zingaretti as Montalbano, perfect casting. If you have read these beautiful books by any remote chance, you have a treat in store. We Know You Remember is a new book by Swedish crime writer Tove Alsterdal. I haven’t read her previous books, but I will seek them out now. Some time ago, in a town called Adalen, a young girl, Lina Stavred, went missing. There was an investigation at the time, but nothing came of it. Two decades later, a boy confessed to her murder. This confession upset the community, as they had spent the time since the disappearance trying to come to terms with what happened. When Olaf Hagsrom visits his family home, he knows immediately that something is wrong. The key to the front door is still under the familiar stone where it usually lies. Entering the house where he hasn’t been for a long time, he finds a distressed dog, a terrible smell, and water all over the floor. Upstairs he finds his father, whom he hasn’t spoken to for a very long time, dead in the shower. Now, Lina’s murderer has reappeared, and Detective Eira Sjodin is the investigator to find the person responsible. This is her chance to untangle years of well-kept secrets, but does anyone in Adelen want the truth to come out? When I got this book to write about, I remembered how much I enjoyed it. It is a very clever story, effortlessly blending past and present, with some great twists that are unsuspected and surprising. Great reading for a cold and windy July. Signing off, Janice


Philosophy & Culture Studies

Tom Phillips & John Elledge

Headline $33.00

From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, it’s always been human nature to believe we’re being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are). In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer an important question: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?

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Highly Recommended The Book of Minds Philip Ball

Big Beautiful Female Theory Eloise Grills

Affirm $35.00

Part feminist manifesto, part comic book, it is a carnivalesque exploration of the ways identity is formed through culture, relationships and the weight of society’s expectations. Packed with breathtaking honesty and fierce wit, Eloise Grills turns her life, her body and her mind into art, confronting what it means to grow up in an increasingly unfathomable world.

Picador $35.00

Do As I Say Sarah Steel

Should All Drugs Be Legalized? Mattha Busby

Thames&Hudson $25.00

Combining a unique visual approach with carefully constructed narrative text, this book provides a survey of the history of drug use, a review of the impact of the war on drugs, an appraisal of the effects of legal vs illegal drugs and an evaluation of the impact of the decriminalization of drugs. A timely re-examination of the pros and cons of legalizing drug use.

PanMacmillan $35.00

Speaking and Being

From one of our leading thinkers, a dazzling philosophical journey through virtual world. What is reality? How can we lead a good life? Is there a god? Chalmers conducts a grand tour of philosophy, using cuttingedge technology to provide invigorating new answers to age-old questions. This is a mind-bending journey through virtual worlds, illuminating the nature of reality and our place within it.

Language opens up our world, and in the same instant, limits it. What does it mean to exist in a language that was never meant for you to speak? Why are we missing certain words? How can we talk about our communal problems without fuelling them? What does it actually mean to speak freely? This book explores what happens when our language is no longer fit for purpose, and how we can change the discourse.

Kubra Gumusay

Profile Books $30.00

The Flame of Reason

Under the Skin

Christer Sturmark

Linda Villarosa

Scribe $33.00

At the heart of being human is the desire to belong. It can make us unspeakably vulnerable to the manipulations of others. Cult leaders prey on this desire, but so do many unscrupulous operators hiding in plain sight. Sarah Steel takes us on a journey to explore the world of cults and discovers some disturbing parallels with real life. She has given the world a real gem - one that will not only educate but also help to destigmatize those who have been harmed by cults and con artists.


David J. Chalmers

Penguin $55.00

Understanding the human mind and how it relates to the world of experience has challenged scientists and philosophers for centuries. How do we even begin to think about ‘minds’ that are not human? That is the question explored in this groundbreaking book. In order to understand our own minds and imagine those of others, we need to move on from considering the human mind as a standard against which all others should be measured.

Linda Villarosa lays bare the forces in the American health-care system and in American society that cause Black people to ‘live sicker and die quicker’ compared to their white counterparts. Anchored by unforgettable human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, Under the Skin is dramatic, tragic, and necessary reading.

Bloomsbury $50.00

A manifesto for a better world. It provides a set of simple tools for clear thinking in the face of populist dogmas, anti-science attitudes and pseudo-philosophy, and suggestions for how we can move towards a new enlightenment. A passionate, highly accessible clarion call to a world dangerously threatened by irrational superstitions of all kinds.

Art & Photography

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Norman Ackroyd: An Irish Notebook

Westography Warren Kirk

Scribe $40.00

A new edition - with additional images - of Warren Kirk’s bestselling and beloved first book of photography. In Westography, renowned photographer Warren Kirk gains exclusive access to the homes and businesses of the last of a generation, capturing once-bustling industrial areas and the old inhabitants of back-street suburbia, along with garages, barber shops, fish and chip shops, milk bars, front gardens, sheds, and everything in between.

Norman Ackroyd

ACA $40.00

Bangkok Street Art and Graffiti

Marina Abramovic: That Self/Our Self

Rupert Mann

River Books $60.00

Documenting an alternative history and social commentary by Bangkok’s graffiti and street artists, this insightful and thoughtprovoking book offers fresh insight into Thai subcultures. Not given a platform elsewhere, street art and graffiti gives artists the opportunity to protest the social injustices they encounter. Through their art, they speak out against dictators and the extensive gentrification sweeping Bangkok.

Architecture Aalto in Detail Celine Dietziker

Birkhauser, $63.00 This carefully curated catalog celebrates the rich detail in the work of Aino, Elissa, and Alvar Aalto. Every support, railing, and handle is the result of intensive formal and functional research. The authors documents the buildings and arranges their photographs by component. The result is a rich photographic record that will serve as a source of inspiration for every architect. Unconventionally detailed solutions with special attention paid to technical feasibility.

Setting Architecture Anna Johnson & Richard Black

Thames&Hudson, $60.00 Neeson Murcutt Neille demonstrate a deeply empathetic approach to making architecture. This book draws on residential, civic and education projects alike to celebrate the practice’s long commitment to creating joyful spaces that contribute to private and public life. With immersive, full-colour images, along with personal reflections from the architects themselves, this monograph offers an intimate insight into a generous and inclusive way of practising architecture.

Norman Ackroyd CBE RA has been a familiar face to the boatmen of the British Isles for the past 50 years, often requiring their services to take him out on the water, where he paints the coastal landscape in vivid watercolours. An Irish Notebook is a collection of 40 such sketches created by Ackroyd on the west coast of Ireland. From Malin to Mizen, via the rocky outcrops of Puffin Island, Ackroyd records the Irish coast in all its rugged beauty.

Edited by Nicole Fritz

Books At Manic $120.00

Marina Abramović fascinates her international audience with performances, films. The exhibition in the Kunsthalle Tübingen curated by Nicole Fritz in close collaboration with Marina Abramović and her studio is the first to be devoted to the spiritual aspects of the artist’s work by means of a selection of her major works. This accompanying catalogue provides new insights into the artist’s work.

Brick by Brick Gestalten

Gestalten, $115.00 The brick is a simple yet versatile material, humble yet resilient, recognisable yet local. Its sustainable nature and connection to vernacular architectures have placed brick as one of the most exciting options for building, with architects from all over the world pushing the boundaries of its applications in forward-looking projects. Brick by Brick is the definitive title to understand how this ancient material can build our way into the future.

Light, Space, Place: The Architecture of Robin Gibson Deborah van der Plaat

Uro Publications, $79.00 While many architects might aspire to profoundly transform their cities, very few ever manage to build at a scale that might make this possible. This book reveals Architect Robin Gibson’s body of work, who not only built prolifically and at expansive urban scales, his projects also helped to redefine the culture and identity of one of Australia’s major capital cities, Brisbane.

What We’re Reading Jack Reviews Warmth:

Jonathon Reviews Bear Woman:

“The more I addressed you on the page, the more I came to feel responsible for your existence beyond it. I realised that if I was going to start a family then I’d owe you an honest account of why. Not because I didn’t love you but precisely because I did, because I do.”

An astonishing novel from one of Sweden’s leading feminists.

An open letter to a hoped-for family, Warmth considers our uncertain future with deep intelligence, passion and self-doubt. I’m thankful for its humanity - and eagerness to look without flinching. Wholly absorbing.

It parallels an autofictional account of motherhood and being an author with the true story of a young woman who was abandoned on an island off the coast of Canada in the 1540s for “adultery,” hunting bears and other animals with a primitive rifle and crossbow to survive — the Bjornkvinnan of the Swedish title. It ends up being something like a meditation on the misrepresentation and erasure of women in history and culture, and a celebration of the survival of this forgotten bear woman. Fascinating.


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