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* Mother's Day Edition

Featuring: Alannah Hill Yumi Stynes Sophie Beer Chyka Keebaugh Sam Wood Natalie Walton The Love Assembly

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* First Things First Hardie Grant’s First Pages brings together extracts, reviews, articles, interviews, recipes and more, to celebrate our brilliant books and the people behind them. Designed to be read over coffee, on your lunch break, or while waiting for a friend in your local cafe, this is your chance to get to know our authors a little better – from world-renowned chefs and photographers to intrepid travellers and creative crafters. We hope you enjoy reading these pages as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

The Mother’s Day Edition Recipe Hayley McKee's Lavender and bay leaf shortbread ...........................................2 Book Extract from Alannah Hill's Butterfly on a Pin �������������������������������������������������3–4 Project How to make a dahlia block with Chyka Keebaugh ����������������������������������������4 Exercise Sam Wood's exercises for an ad-break ...............................................................5 Recipe Yumi Stynes' famous chicken wings ........................................................................ 6 Mother's Day Gift Guide ........................................................................................................7–8 Travel Tips Aubrey Daquinag's top tips for beautiful photographs ..........................9 Extract Developing a sense of style with Natalie Walton ������������������������������������������ 10 Getaway A bucket list destination: The Murray River............................................11–12 Q&A with author and illustrator Sophie Beer ..................................................................12 Celebrating 20 Years of Hardie Grant Publishing..........................................................13 Wellness Office exercises from Sit Strong .........................................................................13 Recipe Amanda Ruben’s famous pastrami from Feasting ������������������������������������������14

© Hardie Grant Publishing 2018 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or modified in any way without the permission of HGP Cover image: Flatiron Building, New York from Wander Love. Taken by Audrey Daquinag.

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Lavender and bay leaf shortbread from Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb MAKES 8 115 g caster (superfine) sugar 3 bay leaves, stalks removed 2 teaspoons fresh or dried lavender heads, plus extra for garnish 225 g unsalted butter

Whip up this shortbread when you have someone important but mean coming over (think landlord or rich aunty) – you want to impress them but you don’t want to kill yourself with a tricky recipe. Here the perfume of lavender is turned down and herbed up with everyone’s pantry staple, the bay leaf. The result is both buttery and botanical.

Recipe extract from Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb by Hayley McKee Photographs by Tara Pearce and Tim Hillier Styling by Bridget Wald Available now RRP $29.99

zest of 1 lemon 225 g plain (all-purpose) flour 115 g rice flour pinch of salt

Blitz together the sugar, bay leaves and lavender in a food processor or spice grinder to form a powder. Setting aside 40 g of the sugar powder, add the remainder together with the butter and lemon zest to a bowl, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and cream together until light and fluffy. Stir in the flours and salt by hand and mix gently to combine, then turn the mix out onto a clean floured work surface and knead lightly until it just comes together to form a dough. Shape the dough into a flat disc, cover it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Once chilled, roll the dough out on the floured work surface into a circle approximately 2 cm thick. If you like, score the dough with a sharp knife as if you were marking out wedges on a pizza (this will help you divide the shortbread into wedges later), then sprinkle it with the reserved sugar and prick it all over with a fork. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking tray and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly, then cut into wedges and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. SWEET-SMELLING FRIENDS Evergreen lavender helps to keep aphids at a safe distance from neighbouring roses. Keep them planted together for a pest-free union.


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Book Extract: Alannah Hill's Butterfly on a Pin One of Australia’s most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in her brilliant new memoir, Butterfly on a Pin. This is not only the story of her (potholed) road to success, but a fiercely intelligent and funny tale of overcoming adversity and daring to dream. With insight and honesty, Alannah reminds us that what doesn’t kill us doesn’t necessarily make us stronger. Below we share a sneak peek from the book, available in stores from May 1.

I am by nature a solitary girl. A solitary girl with a freefloating anxiety. The dreary little free-floating anxiety is defiantly indifferent to your hopes and desires; it dares to waft through your heart like a spectral cobweb on a cool summer morning, antagonising your very soul and turning your skies dishwater grey. You never can anticipate where it will land. It comes in different forms: it can take your breath away, make you gasp in unexplained horror, set a fierce pain ripping through your stomach, turn your voice into a squeak, cause your skin to burn and itch and your eyes to swell with tears that refuse to fall, denying you even this small relief. It’s hard to pin this free-floating anxiety down. Just when you think you’ve grasped it, it shapeshifts, confusing and possessing you at the same time. If you suffer from this affliction, dear reader, please allow me to advise you that the only way to manage it is like a descending flu. Watch the storm cloud as it settles in, and free-float with your anxiety as you wait for it to pass. It simply dissolves into pale, cloudy wisps of unrequited love, lost opportunities and shattered dreams … until the next time the sky turns and the winds change and it comes to visit you once again. Once you recognise how fickle your free-floating anxiety is with its alightings here and there, its transparent unreality, it begins to lose its power. Eventually, it loses interest and turns away to greener pastures. But it never, ever leaves for good. Like an earthbound spirit in a haunted house, it’s here for the long haul – eternity. My mother had this same free-floating anxiety, although in her case it presented more as an unpredictable spasm or reaction. Mum would often broadcast her current moodstate with a histrionic scream shrill enough to alarm the entire Penguin township. My mother’s wails for help echoed through the graceless hellhole, the hellhole of … THE MILK BAR. Our milk bar was known as ‘That Shocking Milk Bar’, run by ‘That Hill Family’. We gained an appalling reputation within two weeks of taking over the milk bar on Ironcliffe Road. Our pasties were never hot enough, our drinks never cold enough and our meat pies a constant disappointment. Not only were they not hot enough, they also appeared to be very, very dry. Our two breakfast cereals, Weet-Bix and Creamoata porridge, were often out of date, the dairy-fresh milk curdled, the petrol bowser empty, and the motor oil for the hotted-up Toranas gluggy. Solidified. Half a mile away, our opposition milk bar was doing a roaring trade. The proprietors of the roaring-trade milk bar were a gentle couple with perfect manners, hot pies and Chiko Rolls! Their window display was filled with fresh lamingtons and colourful advertisements. Classical music whispered gently from unseen speakers, a phenomenon I’d never encountered before. It was a far cry from our milk bar’s sad bell of doom, held together by ten-year-old string. It was during the early years of the milk bar that Martin, aged three, climbed into Dad’s car, released the handbrake and roared down a hill, sideswiping two parked cars and delivering himself and my father’s Falcon into a ditch full of water. The lower part of his body was crushed. For five weeks he was in traction in the Launceston hospital, where it was discovered that he had Perthes disease, a childhood hip condition. He returned home covered from his neck to his knees in thick white plaster, a little mummy on a homemade trolley with wheels. It was decided after the traction and the plaster hadn’t worked that Martin would need calipers, calipers with a built-up left shoe to ease the pain in his hips. Little Martin moved stiffly in his antiquated steel legs and would often collapse from the energy it took to run. I felt sorry for my young brother with his young boy hip condition. I took it upon myself to look after Martin. I found a broken pram at the local tip so I could wheel him up and down the high streets of Penguin, ringing the rusty little bell on the pram’s rusty handle.

Viewed from the street, our milk bar was an unremarkable brick tomb. Peeling white paint added to the effect. The front windows no longer beckoned light inside. It seemed no light could lift the gloom shrouding our family business. A spectacular giant sheep that lit up after dark (donated by Golden Fleece because we sold their petrol) had been winched onto the milk bar’s tin roof. A handmade sign was nailed to a small space underneath reading: JH and AY Hill. Milk Bar. We had no fence, for there was nothing of any value to fence in: a derelict backyard with clumps of weedy lawn, a garage resting crookedly on a muddy slope, a falling-down Hills hoist holding two towels and three pairs of Mum’s black polyester slacks. Our milk bar shuddered from the inside out. A stained couch was the dismal showpiece in a space the size of a laundry. Mum liked to call this room ‘the lounge room’ although I cannot recall ever lounging or even sitting on the stained brown couch. The couch sat against a window that seemed eerie and out of place, almost as if the window understood the terrible joke it had turned itself into, because the window didn’t look out to a garden or a garage or even onto a street. Instead, this misplaced window was the view into my three brothers’ shack-like bedroom. A single bed sat solemnly against one wall opposite bunk beds. A broken plastic back door swung against the bunk beds with a monotonous banging that changed pace according to the winds. A handmade sheet with orange and brown swirls was tacked across the bunk beds to create a private oasis for my brothers – the door to their room often being a late-night milk bar stop for unruly rural teens wanting three packets of Barbecue Shapes, Iced VoVos or a bottle of Fanta. Each morning the boys’ view of the new day dawning was the lounge room with both Mum and Dad slumped against the mantelpiece, itself a brown stain of horror with scorch marks from hundreds of cigarettes burnt into the wood. Our parents’ heads would be thrown forward into their hands, their red filter tips glowing dimly in the wintry Tasmanian dawn. Mum’s black hair would be flattened into her head, her dressing gown threatening to catch fire from the gas heater, her feet swollen from one of her ailments; Dad would stand frozen in a white singlet, blue polyester slacks and bare white feet, a piece of bloodied toilet paper stuck glumly onto his chin. Their curved spines a heartbreak of sorrow, they would stand side by side, separated by an entire universe as their internal worlds collapsed like two slowly imploding stars. Somewhere in the far distance an insistently dripping tap dripped, a lone sea wind suddenly gusted, a chained dog barked. I believe my mum at this time was teetering on the edge of life and, little by little, scream by scream, she was moving further and further away from the happy girl she told me she had been ‘BEFORE I met YOUR FATHER!’ ‘YOUR FATHER’ was expressly spoken with extended vowels to imply it was our own fault that he was the man who had fathered us. ‘YOUR FATHER! YOUR FATHER! Everything was alright until I met YOUR FATHER! My nerves have GONE, Lannah, get Martin into the bath – DID YOU HEAR ME, LANNAAAAAAH? Get him INTO the BATH!’ Mum’s fury at being left alone in the milk bar, at Dad’s staggering drinking and his week-long drives selling life insurance would often end with Mum standing in the middle of the milk bar and letting out a loud scream. ‘JIMEEEEE! Where is YOUR FATHER?’

Butterfly on a Pin by Alannah Hill Available May, RRP $32.99

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How to make a dahlia block with Chyka Keebaugh At this time of year, I simply can’t go past the beautiful dahlia, which starts to flower around late summer/early autumn. There are so many varieties and colours, it’s impossible to choose a favourite; from almost-black to the bi-colour varieties, they are just stunning. Dahlia flowers will last about a week in a vase, so their lifespan isn’t long, but boy, do they look exquisite when they are in full bloom.

What you’ll need floral foam (available at florists. Use bricks, balls or whatever shape you like) secateurs dahlias lazy susan (optional) tray or plate spray bottle full of water

Soak the floral foam in water for at least 30 minutes so your flowers stay hydrated. Use as many blocks as you like to create your table centrepiece. Cut each flower stem close to the head, leaving just enough stem to poke into the foam. Extract from Chyka Home by Chyka Keebaugh Photographs by Lisa Atkinson Cover photograph by Armelle Habib Cover styling by Karina Duncan Available now RRP $39.99

Keep turning your block and poking in dahlias until it is evenly covered in flower heads. A lazy susan is perfect for this job! When your block is finished, put it on a tray or plate so the water doesn’t wet your table or tablecloth. Spray your flowers with water to keep them fresh.

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Exercises to do in an ad-break from Sam Wood Personal trainer Sam Wood and his team at 28 by Sam Wood have helped transform more than 100,000 people’s lives. Now, Sam has turned his focus to helping people take the first steps to taking control of their life. In 7 Minutes to Better Health Sam shows how easy it is, with quick, delicious and healthy smoothie and salad recipes, and 30 of his 7 minute home workouts that will get you off the couch and feeling great. Try Sam’s exercise routine below to see for yourself how easy it is to get started on the road to better health!

Heart Starter High knee jog (30 seconds) Jumping jacks (30 seconds) Butt kick jog (30 seconds) Line jumps (30 seconds) Repeat 1 to 4 until end of ad-break

Extract from 7 Minutes to Better Health by Sam Wood Photographs by Richard MacDonald (lifestyle), Caitlin Mills (food) Styling by Leesa O’Reilly Available now RRP $39.99

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Yumi Stynes' famous chicken wings from The Zero F*cks Cookbook COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES SERVES 6

2.5 kg chicken wings, third joint removed MARINADE 2 garlic bulbs, peeled and trimmed 8 cm piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped 2 long red chillies, deseeded 500 g honey 500 ml Japanese soy sauce

If you’re only going to cook one recipe from my cookbook, please make it this one. These wings sum up exactly what I’m going for – they are something legitimately yummy, they’re easy to make and they will impress and delight those you love. This is a recipe handed down by my mum and it’s famous for converting one of my long-term vegetarian friends, Julie, back to meat after twenty years. There are a few tricks to making this chicken perfect. 1. I always trim off the third joint of the wing because (a) I don’t like it and (b) it is often the first part to burn, stinking out your house. 2. Avoid trying to cook this recipe too hot and fast, or the results will not be as delicious. Wait it out, give the sauce time to get really sticky and coat the chicken. Making the marinade is a bit timeconsuming so I make up a big batch and save the rest for another time – it stores in a glass jar in the fridge for months. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Have an oven rack on the middle shelf of the oven and line two high-sided baking trays with foil first, then baking paper. To make the marinade, put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend together for 2 minutes. Cram the chicken pieces onto the prepared baking trays, skin side down, in a single layer. Spoon a quarter to a third of the marinade over the chicken to coat generously (store the rest in a glass jar in the fridge with the lid tightly screwed on for next time). Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the pieces over with tongs and bake for another 20 minutes. Turn the chicken again and bake for a final 15 minutes, turning the chicken one last time halfway through cooking to get maximum sauce coverage.

TIPS 1. These wings are unreal cold – I always make extra and put them into zip-lock bags for weekday lunches or take them to non-cook friends and use them as bribes (I once swapped a batch of these for a brand-new double bed, no kidding).

Recipe extract from The Zero F*cks Cookbook by Yumi Stynes Photographs by Chris Chen Styling by Vanessa Austin Available Now RRP $39.99

2. It’s important to use Japanese soy sauce here as the character of the sauce varies greatly depending on country of origin.


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Mother's Day

Gift Guide Give Mum a sleep-in, breakfast in bed, and the gift of a good book this Mother’s Day!

The Megan Hess Fashion Collection RRP $45.00, Available now


Goodnight, I Love You by Tina Macnaughton RRP $14.99, Available now

Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You by Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green RRP $26.99, Available now

Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton RRP $24.99, Available now

The Maverick Soul by Miv Watts and Hugh Stewart RRP $60.00, Available now

Wander Love by Aubrey Daquinag (The Love Assembly) RRP $35.00, Available now

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Love You, Mummy! RRP $14.99, Available now Crystals by Yulia Van Doran RRP $29.99, Available now

Olive Pink by Gillian Ward RRP $50.00, Available now

Sundays in Paris by Yasmin Zeinab RRP $29.99, Available now

Dinner Like a Boss by Katy Holder RRP $29.99, Available now

Your Bed Loves You by Meredith Gaston RRP $24.99, Available now

In the Kitchen by Michele Curtis and Allan Campion RRP $59.99, Available now

Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton RRP $29.99, Available April 19


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Top tips for taking beautiful travel photographs from The Love Assembly’s Aubrey Daquinag Anyone can be a photographer these days, but here are a few tips to make your photos stand out.

1. Follow the light

4. Include people in your landscapes for scale

‘The golden hour’ is a photographer’s favourite time to play – this happens twice a day, at sunrise and sunset, when daylight is softer, more dream-like, and has a certain glow. I’ll admit that waking up at the crack of dawn can be difficult on your travels, but it’s a decision you can never really regret after you’ve seen the fruits of your labour. You’ll normally beat the crowds at this time too, meaning fewer people in the background of your shots and less post-processing of unwanted photo bombers. Always a plus!

Because we humans are social beings, including people in landscapes not only adds scale by presenting how big and beautiful our world is but also makes the image more interesting overall. When you add an element from your personal travel experience into a landscape, the viewer can automatically relate to it in a way they can’t to a landscape sans human connection.

2. Research the location before you arrive Sure, winging it on a trip can be fun and you might be lucky enough to capture some great in-the-moment snaps, but let me tell you, in order to get the best photos a little preparation goes a long way. Having a few ideas in advance about the sorts of shots you might like to take and the places you’d like to photograph will show in the end results. 3. Get creative with composition Extract from Wander Love by Aubrey Daquinag (The Love Assembly) Available now RRP $35.00


The classic techniques that aid composition in photography include leading lines, symmetry and the ‘rule of thirds’. Leading lines draw a viewer’s attention to a specific part of the photograph, creating dimension and a visual narrative; sand dunes, a road or a row of lamp posts are examples of the types of features that can be used to create leading lines within a photograph. Symmetry in a photo creates a sense of balance. The ‘rule of thirds’ works by dividing the photo into thirds with two imaginary lines that intersect the frame vertically and two lines that intersect it horizontally, making a total of nine sections. You then align the main subject of the photograph along the horizontal or vertical guide lines to create a balanced and interesting composition.

For my travel blog photographs, I established an 80/20 rule early on: 80 per cent location, 20 per cent me. This explanation has come in handy whenever I’ve had to ask a stranger or friend to take a photo of me. Once I started to describe what I wanted using these figures, people seemed to understand my vision more. 5. Tell a story Ultimately a great photograph tells a story – your story. Interact with the people and connect with the places you photograph and it will notably improve and bring your images to life. When photographing people, evoke feelings and emotions through conversation with your subject – tell jokes, encourage LOLs, make them feel good. The goal is for them to feel comfortable, allowing you to capture them in a natural, non-forced way, with genuine expressions. 6. It’s all in the details One thing that I can honestly say I realised a little later than usual is that post-processing is just as important as the act of being in the moment and capturing the photograph itself. There’s power in a good edit through the adjustment of contrast as well as colours and their vibrancy. Software and applications that I use to edit photos include Lightroom (mainly), Photoshop (hardly ever but occasionally for tweaks here and there, as well as collage work) and Snapseed (on mobile).

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Developing a sense of style with Natalie Walton It is easy to become attached to the idea of creating a certain ‘look’ at home. But a home is more complex than that. And so are we.

A sense of style evolves through the prism of our values. And when we let these be our guide, a visual voice emerges that’s fluid and permeable, and can adapt to the constant changes that are an inevitable part of life. It means that we don’t have to overhaul our homes every couple of years, which wastes time and resources. After all, looks are dated as soon as they are created. Instead, we have a way of seeing the world and making decisions that can contribute to a unique home. Values If our values can help guide many of life’s decisions, how do we work out what they are? And what do we prioritise? A value is something that is important to us, such as family, community, sustainability, beauty, authenticity, nature, and so on. These are often deep-rooted beliefs that shape our lives. When it comes to our homes, focusing on what

we value can help answer some of the big questions such as where to live and whether we decorate or renovate, and how we allocate our available funds. Our values can also guide the types of spaces we create. Do we want to prioritise quality, simplicity, artistry or innovation? While these values don’t have to be mutually exclusive, they provide a decision-making framework for the materials we choose, the plans we draw up, and the atmosphere we create.




At the start of any project, information gathering plays an important role. However, there comes a point when we benefit from setting aside inspirational images and finding our own way. This is when we need to learn to trust ourselves. Part of this comes from experience but, over time, it becomes instinctive. And we learn to trust the process too. When a project is too focused on the end result, there is little room for serendipity or happy accidents. And few spaces look their best when first finished – they benefit from the layers that come with life.

Temptation is always in our way though. New products. Old products marketed in new ways. Trends. Theories. The cult of people and places. We need to wade through all of this to stay true to ourselves. However, when we have a clear idea of what we value, trends fall into insignificance. When we see how others have decorated their home, we can appreciate it but we don’t feel an urge to replicate it. When we are surrounded by limitless choice and a constant stream of ideas, our values create a roadmap that is uniquely our own.

There is a lot to be gained from curiosity. Not only can we learn more about our interests, but it is a way to push our creative boundaries. When we talk to experts, we learn more about products, process and possibilities. While we can design spaces from a desk, we benefit from the experience of touching materials and talking to skilled artisans who work with them every day.

Extract from This Is Home by Natalie Walton Photographs by Chris Warnes Available now RRP $55.00


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Experience the Murray River Did you know that after the Nile and the Amazon, Australia’s Murray River is the third longest navigable river in the world? With wide, open waterways and hundreds of kilometres to explore, ‘the Murray’ has long been a favourite travel and leisure destination. Flanked by ever-changing landscapes, including the iconic Australian bush, the Murray travels through some of Victoria’s and New South Wales’ prettiest towns and villages, but also enjoys long stretches of natural surroundings where the only sound you can hear is the native birdsong. One of the best things you can do on this watery highway is charter a houseboat. You get a feeling of complete freedom as you float silently along the peaceful river, enjoying nature at its best. Dock by a winery, or throw a line in and catch the resident Murray cod. Be inspired by locals whizzing past

on waterskis, and watch the sun set from the roof deck with a barbecue sizzling away. Follow the routes of old paddlesteamers that plied the river from 1853 transporting wool, grain and other supplies. Or dock in one of the historic river towns such as Echuca or Mildura to experience the boutique cafe culture and many fine restaurants. Best of all, enjoy one of the finest sleeps of your life, floating peacefully on this beautiful river, and wake up to a soft mist rising from the water, pink sunlight filtering through the native gum trees, and a serene Murray River stillness in the air. For more information on other bucket list destinations in Australia pick up a copy of Australia's Ultimate Bucket List.


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Q&A with illustrator and author Sophie Beer How did you become an illustrator?

Did you know? The Murray River, which first began to take shape over 40 million years ago, spans three states: Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. It’s continuously navigable for 1986 kilometres between Goolwa, South Australia, and Yarrawonga, Victoria. Including its tributaries, it’s the third largest water catchment area in the world, and it provides water to over 1.5 million households. There are 37 golf courses along the banks of the river.

Extract from Australia's Ultimate Bucket List by Jennifer Adams and Clint Bizzell Available now RRP $29.99

I’ve always been in love with words and pictures, but of course nobody tells you that you can make a living being an artist. It’s like sitting down at your career counselling session in school and declaring that you want to be a pop star. They’d pat your head and tell you to reel your dreams in. Therefore, I spent years languishing in the realm of law, dutifully pursuing the attainable and concrete, doodling in my breaks between law lectures and during my lunchtime as a paralegal. Eventually, my misery reached such a pitch that I started up an online store to sell my illustrations and assuage this crescendo of creativity and have not looked back since! Tell us about your illustration style. Has it evolved over the years? Anything bold and colourful reserves its own hallowed space in my heart. Making art with Photoshop really changed my illustration style: I’m a messy illustrator, so being able to go back and chop and change made my work a lot more coherent and vibrant.    What or who are your biggest design inspirations? I’m obsessed with Scandinavian folk art, from the rootsy to the modernist. I’m always trawling Etsy, looking for 50s and 60s Swedish tapestries, cushion covers, and fabric. There’s something so gorgeous and primal about them. Mary Blair is my patron saint of children’s illustration. Her work is the absolute zenith.  Tell us about your new books, Rainbow Pups! and Naughty Pups! They are board books which celebrate our slobbery-est, goofiest, woofiest, and tail-waggiest friends! Rainbow Pups! goes through the colours of the rainbow while following a Labrador and a French bulldog and a Poodle on a trip through the park. In Naughty Pups! we see the ‘good dog/bad dog’ dichotomy played out by a cast of colourful pups and their bemused and muddled owners!  Do you have any other adventures in store for the Pups? We’ll be releasing follow-ups to the series later in the year, which may or may not be centred on the alphabet and opposites!

"We’ve spent many afternoons at the local wineries and restaurants, and always seem to end up back down by the water for that magical hour as the sun sets, and a calm descends once again over the mighty Murray."

Rainbow Pups! and Naughty Pups! Written and illustrated by Sophie Beer Both available now RRP $14.99 each


Jennifer Adams and Clint Bizzell

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Office exercises from Sit Strong

Celebrating 20 Years of Hardie Grant Publishing In 2018 Hardie Grant Publishing is celebrating a major milestone: 20 years in the book business! This anniversary is a chance to pause and take stock of the many highlights we have had over the past 20 years.

Our bodies are built for movement, but our modern lives mean that we spend much of our time in sedentary occupations, whether that’s at our desks, commuting long distances by car or even just at home watching the television. Harriet Griffey’s Sit Strong shows what you can do to strengthen your body and improve flexibility to help counter the very real health risks caused by excessive sitting. Try the below exercise to give your neck a good stretch while improving your sitting posture.

Extract from Sit Strong by Harriet Griffey Illustrations by Evi O. Studio Available now RRP $19.99

Head & Neck This sequence can be done simply and regularly at any time and will remind you also to keep your sitting posture strong. SIMPLE NECK STRETCH

Hardie Grant Publishing was established in 1997 with two clear goals: to publish strong nonfiction with an Australian design sensibility for the Australian and global bookselling market; and to provide expert custom publishing services. ‘The values that were held at the start still hold true today,’ says our group managing director, Julie Pinkham. The very first book published by Hardie Grant Publishing was Louis de Bernieres’ Labels in 1998 – a short story that coincided with de Bernieres’ attendance at the Adelaide Writers’ Week (a facsimile copy celebrating the 20 year anniversary is now available to purchase). Not long after followed a partnership with Chronicle Books in the USA, which is a key part of the business to this day. Distribution rights for publishers such as Workman, Rizzoli, Andrews McMeel and Michael O’Mara were then secured, and it was these collaborations that were instrumental to bringing global trends, such as adult colouring and instapoetry, to the Australian market.

1 Sit upright in your chair, with your legs uncrossed, knees hipwidth apart, and your feet flat on the floor.

3 Look ahead, with your chin tucked in, so that the back of your head is in line with your back.

2 Relax your shoulders and rest your hands in your lap.

In 2009 Hardie Grant opened an office in London, followed by an office in San Francisco in 2016.


Hardie Grant Publishing’s milestones include: 1999: Hardie Grant publishes its first cookbook, Arabesque by Greg and Lucy Malouf, kicking off a formidable food and lifestyle list.

4 Keeping your gaze level and your chest facing forwards, turn your head to the right, until you feel the stretch in the opposite side of your neck. Don’t over-extend or force your head round at this point – it’s a gentle stretch. Remember, keep the shoulders relaxed.


2001: The bestselling ‘Go Girl!’ series is launched, leading the way for future children’s book series successes, including Sally Rippin’s ‘Billie B Brown’, which has sold more than three million copies in Australia and New Zealand, and more than one million copies overseas, since its launch in 2010.

5 Breathe gently as you hold the stretch, for a count of 5.

2002: Hardie Grant partners with Egmont UK and acquires ANZ distribution rights to a number of huge children’s book brands, including Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ series, Winnie-the-Pooh and Star Wars.


2004: Molvania sells over 700,000 copies globally and wins the Australian Publishers Association Marketing Campaign of the Year.

6 Return your head to the centre. Pause to check your posture. Repeat on the other side. Repeat this sequence 3 times.

2007: Florence Broadhurst wins best-designed book of the year at the Australian Book Design Awards. 2009: Hardie Grant acquires Universal and forms Hardie Grant Travel, adding street directories (with life sales of over 50 million copies) to its travel list. 2010: Hardie Grant acquires the picture book imprint Little Hare, with a list that includes Freya Blackwood, Libby Gleeson and Bronwyn Bancroft.

7 Repeat the Simple Neck Stretch sequence, but instead of returning to the centre, continue the stretch through a 5 X gentle rolling movement, a couple of times.

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2013: Hardie Grant acquires Quadrille, a UK lifestyle publisher with authors such as Antonio Carluccio, Michel Roux and Gordon Ramsay.

8 Look ahead, with your chin tucked in, so that the back of your head is in line with your back.

2014: The inaugural Ampersand Prize-winner, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space, is published. The YA prize has launched the careers of several authors, including Keil and Erin Gough.

9 Pull your chin in, keeping your gaze level, as if you were trying to press the back of your head against a wall.

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Amanda Ruben's famous pastrami SERVES 6–8 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 tablespoon white peppercorns 1½ tablespoons coriander seeds 3 teaspoons cumin seeds 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1.5 kg pickled beef brisket* 2 tablespoons American mustard red sauerkraut, to serve pickled cucumbers, to serve rye bread, to serve mustard of your choice, to serve

I’ve had marriage proposals over this pastrami. It’s a three-day process for us (at Miss Ruben's Canteen), but this recipe reduces the steps and cooking time so you can easily make it at home. Serve the pastrami warm, piled on rye bread with pickles, sauerkraut and mustard, or with potato salad, slaw and all the trimmings. You won’t be disappointed. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grind the peppercorns, coriander and cumin seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Mix with the sugar and salt. Using a pastry brush, spread the brisket with mustard, then sprinkle with the spice mix, ensuring the meat is evenly coated. Place the brisket on a wire rack set over a roasting tray. Roast in the oven for 4 hours. Wait for it to cool slightly before slicing thickly. Serve the pastrami sliced and still warm, thickly layered on top of the sauerkraut and pickled cucumber, between slices of rye bread with mustard. * You should be able to order pickled beef brisket through your butcher.

Recipe extract from Feasting by Amanda Ruben Photographs by Elisa Watson Styling by Deborah Kaloper, Matthew Wihongi, Leesa O’Reilly Available now RRP $49.99

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