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The Independent

Book Guide Summer 2010/11

THE GREAT GIFT GUIDE FOR EVERYONE 150 great ideas from the NSW Independent Booksellers’ Group! THE ROSE Jennifer Potter The rose has captured the western imagination throughout the ages like no other flower. Potter embarks on an absorbing quest to uncover the life of the flower steeped in mystery and fascination. From the Greek and Roman empires, through Europe and the Middle East to China, her journey reveals the ambiguities, the symbolic purity, the countless historical references and literary evocations of this intriguing bloom. For any admirer of the rose, the illustrations alone are compulsory viewing! $59.99 (Special Edition $150.00)

GOLD! David Hill The gold rushes of the mid 1800s ensured the financial survival of the struggling Australian colonies and stimulated the democratic ideas that led to the establishment of the nation. Using diaries, letters, books, and reports, along with his own master storyteller’s skill of bringing the past to life, David Hill recreates this feverish time, tracking the people and the discoveries which would forever change Australia. $34.95

Books to delight your eye... LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE Salman Rushdie Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories was extremely popular with readers of all ages. A gift for his first son, it is now followed by Luka, written for his second son’s twelfth birthday. Set in the land of Alifbay and involving an eventful journey through the Magic World to steal the Fire of Life, this is a lyrical, classic quest story with a wicked element of humour. $29.95

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Meet the NSW Independent Booksellers’ Group

David and Julie Cockerill, Books in Mudgee After years of losing Julie in every bookshop she passed, David suggested to his teacher wife a shop of her own may be the answer. The town of Mudgee was chosen and 18 years later their store, Books in Mudgee, is testament to a continuing service to their community and its visitors. David divides his time between books and producing the medal winning Cudgegong Valley olive oil (see page 5).

Margaret Rose, Cammeray Bookshop Margaret has books in her blood. At the age of two her mother joined her up at the local library taking her every Saturday morning to exchange her books. When Margaret left school she went to work in various libraries, eventually moving to the private sector, working with companies that were closely allied to libraries and the book industry. Eleven years ago she became a bookseller with the acquisition of a bookshop, thus continuing her love affair with all things bookish.

Scott Whitmont, Lindfield Bookshop After 11 years studying and working in New York, Dallas and Hong Kong, Scott returned to Australia in 1994, deciding to pursue his own business interests. He became a partner in Lindfield Bookshop and took over full ownership in 1999, opening Lindfield Children’s Bookshop in 2005. Passionate about books, Scott is Immediate Past President of the Australian Bookseller’s Association (NSW). When not reading, he has a keen interest in theatre and is entrenched in genealogical research and writing the odd short story.

Philip Bray, Brays Books Balmain Philip was born in Melbourne and his first career was in pharmacy. He has been a bookseller for over forty years having opened Brays Books in 1969. He has served as an alderman and Deputy Mayor of Leichhardt and on the committees of local organisations. He convened the first meeting of The NSW Independent Booksellers’ Group. Philip is a keen tennis player. He no longer plays basketball except with his grandsons but remains a keen spectator of the sport.

Wendy and Tom Whitton, Megalong Books Leura The Whittons have been associated with books all their working lives. Their business, Second Back Row Press, published around sixty titles over 15 years, ranging from Inside Sydney’s Bookshops to Australian Solar Houses and Blue Mountains Wilderness. The move to a shop in Leura seemed a natural progression. Megalong Books has served the Mountains for 24 years, and the Whittons have a total of 35 years in the book trade!

Joanne Coffey and Debbie Inch, Novella Fine Books, Cards and Gifts Wahroonga Joanne Coffey and Debbie Inch have recently taken over a shop which has a remarkable 93 years history of bookselling! Both are passionate about books and read widely. They love being involved in the book trade and helping their customers find “just the right book”.

Find your local independent bookshop’s contact details on page 11 of this Guide Jan Ekins, Banjo Books Epping Jan’s career first started in the State Library of Tasmania. Jan moved to Sydney and took time out to raise her children before going back into the work force. Jan started work at Banjo Books and when the bookshop came up for sale in 2009 she decided, after thoroughly enjoying her time already spent at Banjo’s, to buy the bookshop. Jan has now owned and immensely enjoyed running her own bookshop and cafe for just over a year, where her passion for books continues to grow.

Rosemary and Ian Moir, Moirs Bookshop Lane Cove In May 1987 Rosemary and Ian Moir opened Moirs Bookshop in Lane Cove. They came to bookselling from their earlier involvement with books and publishing; Rosemary from working in libraries and Ian from 25 years with Time Magazine in Sydney where he was part of the founding of Time Life Books in Australasia.

MAIL ORDERS We are all happy to fill mail orders. Post and handling charges: FREE within Australia for 3 or more books. Otherwise $6 Sydney Metro and $8 rest of Australia This Guide quotes Australian Recommended Prices. Every effort will be made to have stock of every featured book but supply cannot be guaranteed. Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained herein is correct but no responsibility is accepted for any errors.

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5 great gift ideas …and many more inside! SARABAN: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia Greg & Lucy Malouf From the award winning team of chef and writer comes this unforgettable journey through the culinary landscapes of ancient Persia and modern day Iran. The recipes are fabulous. The photographs are fabulous. The travel stories are fabulous. The production is sumptuous. WOW, WOW and WOW! $79.95

OLIVIA GOES TO VENICE Ian Falconer Wonderful Olivia (dare I mention she’s a pig), the precocious, fussy, enchanting creation of Ian Falconer has the most patient, adoring parents any child could wish for. Her experiences in Venice, softened by an endless supply of gelati, are exquisitely depicted against the backdrop of Venice’s most famous monuments. Full of charm, humour and information, perfect for ages 3 to 100. $26.99 Olivia Goes to Venice comes with a FREE plush pig – but only while stocks last!

100 JOURNEYS FOR THE SPIRIT Star authors from Michael Ondaatje and Alexander McCall Smith to Jan Morris and Andrew Motion have contributed to share their evocative descriptions of some of the most spiritual places in the world where landscape, art and spirit intersect. From Borobudur in Java to Carnac, Brittany, each uplifting site is beautifully photographed and inspirationally described in each writer’s inimitable style. $45.00

UPSIDE DOWN WORLD Penny Olsen A stunning combination of art and natural history has been achieved in this fascinating story of a clash between European perceptions and Australian native fauna. By the 1820s Australia had become known as ‘the land of contrarieties’. Olsen has included a wonderful array of historical illustrations from the National Library’s collection as well as selected journal extracts, both descriptive and humorous. $39.95

THE MIND’S EYE Oliver Sacks In Musicophilia, his last bestseller, Sacks explored music and the brain. Now he writes vividly about the ways we experience the visual world and how humans adapt and compensate when they lose that ability. One of the stories he tells is his own. In late 2005 he became aware of a dazzling light in one part of his sight. Two days later a malignant tumour was diagnosed. $34.99

Look what else is inside your Guide for this year’s gift-giving…for others and yourself. Books to delight your eye…to relax with…to stimulate your mind

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Spor t and Humour AND THE CROWD WENT WILD

THE CAPTAINS: The Story Behind Australia’s Second Most Important Job Malcolm Knox Possibly the most interesting and entertaining cricket book of the decade. Knox uses the stories of Australia's cricket captains as the base on which to weave a rich tapestry of cricket legend. All 42 captains are included from Dave Gregory to Ricky Ponting. The many photos included will themselves delight any cricket fan. $49.95

Ian Heads and Gary Lester An account of thrilling sporting memories! See our review in 5 great gift ideas on the back page. $49.99

AUDREY GORDON’S TUSCAN SUMMER

SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A Wicked Bestiary David Sedaris Told with David Sedaris’s trademark blend of humour and good nature, the animal-themed situations in these stories bear testament to the insanity of our own everyday interactions.

Audrey and Phillip Gordon What a brilliant, laugh-out-loud spoof this is. Audrey epitomises the sexy celebrity chef. As she says, “When you are eating my food, you are eating a part of me. It’s a lovely P.S. The thought, isn’t it?” $34.95 recipes are deliciously real!

In ‘The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck’, three strangers discuss animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In ‘The Squirrel and the Chipmunk’, a pair of star-crossed lovers are separated by prejudiced family members – sound familiar? $26.99

“I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.” ~ Earl Warren “The essence of sports is that while you are doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it.” ~ Roger Bannister “If you make every game a life or death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.” ~ Dean Smith

A BOOK FOR EVERY WOMAN National Library of Australia Did you know that no sport in the world has a more beneficial effect upon womanly grace than the prosaic work of sweeping? Possibly in 1924 this was the case but now this facsimile edition of a book put out by the Associated School of Dressmaking, Sydney, is, in this day and age, a humorous look at the expectations placed on women nearly 90 years ago. $14.95

MEN AND HOW TO MANAGE THEM The household advice in this publication was deadly serious when published in 1885. Thankfully when reading this facsimile edition today we can have a good laugh at such wisdom as “men who like to help their wives with the cookery and to buy their bonnets for them…are dreadful nuisances and it is a comfort to think that they usually die”. $14.95

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Cooking QUAY Peter Gilmore This beautifully presented coffee table book contains the sort of food photography with which Australia has established a world class reputation. Fittingly so, as the Quay Restaurant has been judged one of the top 30 restaurants in the world.

Does olive oil mix with books? Yes!

Yes, it includes recipes for ‘snow eggs’ and other delicious Gilmore creations, but the real joy of this cook book is in how everything, down to the last violet, is presented. This could well influence your ‘plating up’ forever. $95.00

SARABAN: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia Greg and Lucy Malouf See our review in 5 great gift ideas on page 3. $79.95

AT ELIZABETH DAVID’S TABLE: Her Very Best Everyday Recipes Elizabeth David Elizabeth David brought colour and life into kitchens everywhere with her post-war cooking, but her books did not contain photos. Here for the first time is a beautiful collection of recipes which include full colour photography bringing to life the culinary delights of the sunny Mediterranean. $49.95

“Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.” ~ Elizabeth David

FEASTING Karen Martini Karen welcomes us back to her table with 130 new recipes organized into 20 menus, all designed to make entertaining a little easier. Inspiring, instructive and beautifully photographed, Feasting is all about a way to connect and celebrate with family and friends through food. $59.95

KITCHEN Nigella Lawson Nigella’s latest cookbook is a compendium of simple recipes from the heart of the home. She presents fabulous feel-good food to make life less complicated and more pleasurable, including interesting uses for leftovers and cooking from the store cupboard. All this while satisfying a family’s nourishment needs! $59.95

We booksellers recently had one of our regular meetings in Mudgee and during a delightful al fresco lunch had the chance to sample David Cockerill’s (of Books in Mudgee) awardwinning Cudgegong Valley Olive Oil. Sensational, the lunch and the oil! We loved David’s oil so much that we decided to make it available to our customers. That’s why you will find not only books but lovely 250ml bottles of olive oil on our shelves. Books make great gifts and so would this gourmet olive oil. This year’s vintage offers fresh fruit characters of medium intensity with a balanced depth. It is a very versatile oil ideally suited to complement summer recipes and salads.

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Cooking… ITALIAN FOOD SAFARI

Australian cookbooks – worldwide winners!

Maeve O’Meara and Guy Grossi From rustic family favourites to culinary masterpieces, this is a delicious journey through the food, and culture of the country which has had such a huge influence on ‘Australian’ food. Of course you couldn’t get better guides for this journey than Maeve and Guy! $55.00

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TOP-SELLI NG FOOD BOOKS 2010 Greg and Lucy Malouf The superb quality of Australia’s cookbooks has been recognised by many international awards of the last decade, something we can all take pride in.

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THE SMH GOOD FOOD GUIDE

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MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA COOKBOOK

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FOOD RULES Michael Pollan

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WINE COMPANION James Halliday

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OUR FAMILY TABLE Julie Goodwin

For example Greg Malouf, along with co-author Lucy Malouf, has won many awards. They include ‘The Best International Book’ at the 2008 IACP awards for Turquoise, the Grand Prix Prize at the 2006 Gourmet Media World Festival for Saha and The Best Hard-cover Recipe Book at the 2000 World Food Media awards.

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SALADES Damien Pignolet

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YOUR PLACE OR MINE?

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I ONLY EAT BERTONI Albert and Antonio Lacano

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THE COOK’S COMPANION Stephanie Alexander

Greg was born in Melbourne of Lebanese parents. After serving his formal apprenticeship at several of Melbourne’s best restaurants he continued his training in France, Italy and Hong Kong. He is now head chef at Melbourne’s famed MoMo.

13 JAMIE DOES… Jamie Oliver

This year the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards featured seven Australian books. Among these, Thai Street Food by David Thompson was

18 HARVEST VEGETARIAN Adam Death

Gary Meaghan & George Calombaris

10 KITCHEN GARDEN COMPANION Stephanie Alexander 11 SO FRENCH Dany Chouet 12 BILL’S BASICS Bill Granger 14 MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING Julia Child 15 SEASONS Donna Hay 16 RECIPES MY MOTHER COOKED Maggie Beer, et al. 17 BOURKE STREET BAKERY

Paul Allam and David McGuiness 19 PLENTY Yotam Ottolenghi 20 NO TIME TO COOK Donna Hay

one of the four best cookbooks in the world, Hassan M’Souli received Best in the World - Africa Cuisine for

his Make It Moroccan and Pete Evans My Grill took second best in the barbeque books category. No wonder we love our cookbooks.

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…and Gardening CREATING AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN Angus Stewart Angus’ sections on ‘Planning the Garden’, ‘Building the Garden’ and ‘Garden Examples’, are really good. But what we like most about this book is the section on native plants, which has photos, descriptions and sizes of 318 plants you can use. Wonderful! $49.99

RURAL AUSTRALIAN GARDENS THE ROSE Jennifer Potter This is one of our favourites! See our review of this very special book on the front page. $59.99 (Special Ed. $150.00)

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

SEASONS IN MY HOUSE AND GARDEN Holly Kerr Forsyth Holly Kerr Forsyth has written many beautiful gardening books, and in her latest she describes month by month, what to do, when and how in the garden. From planting to harvesting, cooking and flower arranging, even how to host a garden wedding or present a delicious afternoon tea. This book is a practical gardening and cooking guide for all of us who love our gardens. $49.99

SMART GARDENING Marcelle Nankervis This thoroughly practical book is designed for anyone wanting to live more sustainably while saving money. Written specifically for Australian conditions, it consists of a monthly planting and harvesting guide divided into the four major climate zones, providing detailed information and many useful tips. $34.99

Myles Baldwin Leading landscape designer and head gardener at Bronte House, Sydney, Baldwin is well qualified to introduce both hands-on and armchair gardeners to the breathtaking gardens selected for this lavish volume. Gardens from temperate, tropical, alpine and arid regions of Australia are represented, all evoking a sense of place as well as the inspiration and resourcefulness of their owners. Design and planting advice is subtly included in the gardening journeys, with further plant information in the final chapter. $89.95

A Cherokee Legend An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

EUCALYPTS John Wrigley and Murray Fagg Eucalypts are the quintessential Australian tree and an integral part of our landscape. This superbly illustrated book celebrates their diversity and beauty, examines their evolution and ecology and records their role in our history, economy and culture. $65.00

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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Fashion, Gifts… COCO CHANEL: THE LEGEND AND THE LIFE

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

Justine Picardie Picardie’s unprecedented access to the Chanel archives combined with personal interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees and relatives have allowed her to produce a fresh, penetrating portrait of the fashion icon. She celebrates Chanel’s great achievements – the little black dress, trousers for women, her famous perfumes – but also examines the darker aspects of her life during Nazi occupation. The text is richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, many never previously published. $45.00

Sarah Gristwood

DREAMING OF CHANEL

Audrey Hepburn fans and movie devotees alike will enthusiastically welcome this 50th Anniversary celebratory look at a timeless film, full of stunning photographs and behind-the-scenes stories. Breakfast at Tiffany’s appeal is enduring. An attractive gift for any film lover’s library. $45.00

Charlotte Smith & Grant Cowan A charming companion to her delightful collection of fashion items and their stories, Dreaming of Dior. Drawn from the 3000 pieces inherited from the author’s godmother and dating from 1790 to 1995, the treasures depicted here reflect the Chanel evolution. Another unforgettable glimpse inside the magic wardrobe and the lives of the women who wore its iconic offerings. $35.00

FASHION Charlotte Seeling Read our review of this comprehensive visual history on the back page. $99.00

Three superb books… GRAPHIC DESIGN

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PHOTOGRAPHY: THE MASTERS

Graphic art, which is synonymous with design and creative communication, had its origins between the 19th and 20th centuries.

From the time it was invented in 1839, to the present day, photography has been a vital means of documentation, communication and expression.

This 600-page book documents contemporary history through the advent of advertising and the significant contribution of artists and graphic designers such as Leonetto Cappiello, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, René Magritte, Aubrey Beardsley and Andy Warhol. $99.00

This book spans the entire journey from the birth of photography to the present day.

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It includes hundreds of classic images from the masters, including Edward Curtis, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle. $99.00

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AMAZING PLANET Filip Kulisev

This stunning book presents 111 of the most beautiful places on earth. Filip Kulisev’s images capture all continents and a stunning diversity of landscapes: glaciers, mountain lakes, deserts, oceans, canyons and almost inaccessible corners of national parks all over the world. The sheer natural beauty of our planet is a reminder of the fragility of our environment and the responsibility we have to the generations that follow us. $99.00


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…and Beautiful Books MUSIC Andrew Zuckerman

PAPER GARDEN: Mrs Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 Molly Peacock The extraordinary story of Mary Delany, born in 1700, who picked up a pair of scissors and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form of mixed-media collage. Over the next decade she created an astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers referred to as the Flora Delanica. Paper Garden is at once a biography of an amazing 18th century woman and a fascinating meditation on late-life creativity. $45.00

A unique photographic perspective on musicians and their art. Following his highly acclaimed Wisdom, Zuckerman focuses his hyper-real photography on music, presenting 50 eminent individuals – composers, producers and performers from the world of rock, jazz, country, classical, soul, dance and more. Ravi Shankar sees music as ‘addictive’, Ziggy Marley calls it a ‘powerful tool’. Other subjects of the portraits and interviews include Phillip Glass, David Crosby, Sinead O’Connor and Dave Brubeck. $70.00

Beauty is the promise of happiness. ~ Stendhal

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS Neil MacGregor The collection of the British Museum is the source of a wonderfully original approach to interpreting human history. Selected objects left behind by previous civilizations, such as prehistoric stone tools and Spanish pieces of eight, become lenses through which to explore past worlds, while a plastic credit card represents our 21st century lives. An engrossing intellectual and visual feast. $49.95

VINTAGE JEWELLERY Caroline Cox This beautifully illustrated book explores the key designers and jewellery houses, technical developments and cultural influences that have shaped jewellery design. Each chapter begins with an historical introduction to the era, offering an overview of the jewellery houses and designers of the time and their key influences. Archival images, fashion photography and specially commissioned photographs of period pieces are showcased. The book concludes with a shopping guide with pointers on sourcing and caring for original antique pieces. $49.99

GREAT GOURMET WEEKENDS Take a gastronomical journey through some of Australia’s best food and wine destinations. Whether you are planning to drive in the Hunter Valley or Margaret River there are interesting details to tempt you about local chefs, gourmet produce, cosy cafes and wineries. A Foodie’s heaven. $36.95

A CERTAIN STYLE Tricia Guild To celebrate four decades at the forefront of interior design, Guild presents a collection of international houses decorated with her latest and arguably most beautiful designs. Each home is viewed throughout to demonstrate Tricia’s elegant and effortless style. Magnificent! $99.00

THE 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS John O’Donnell, Toby Cresswell and Craig Mathieson Check out our review on the back page. Read this book with your friends and see if you agree with the rankings. It comes with a warning on the front cover: “This book contains divisive, potentially controversial opinions”! $59.95

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Travel A FOOD LOVER’S PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Dee Nolan The thousand-year-old Christian pilgrimage route through the rich farmlands of southern France and northern Spain has never ceased to attract walkers, both religious and secular. With stunning photographs and occasional recipes, Dee’s own journey highlights the local food traditions and their rationale. She meets wise cooks and farmers who care about what we eat and the way food is produced. Take the ‘camino’ with her and be inspired by the stunning landscape and its people. $100.00

GREEK PILGRIMAGE: In Search of the Foundations of the West John Carroll This book is for the traveller with a passion for history, including two wonderful itineraries with maps and illustrations. However it is also for the student of classical Greece and philosophy, journeying through the great sites and monuments of Greece while examining the country’s pivotal role in the foundation of the modern world. Here lie the roots of western civilization. Travel literature at its very best. $29.95

A MOVEABLE FEAST Travellers’ tales with a difference – 38 stories from chefs, food writers, and travel afficionados, with a common theme of foodrelated experiences around the world. This delectable concoction has offerings from Simon Winchester, Tim Cahill, Anthony Bourdain, Jan Morris, Mark Kurlansky and Pico Iyer, as well as other neverbefore-published contributors – a veritable buffet for mind, soul and stomach. $29.99

100 JOURNEYS FOR THE SPIRIT An amazing who’s who of great travel writers contribute to this beautiful and inspiring book. Read our review on page 3. $45.00

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

SEA DREAMS: Sailing the Western Mediterranean Rob & Rosemary Peterswald Join an adventurous Australian couple as they travel the Western Mediterranean on their yacht. From Sardinia, Corsica and Elba to Sicily and the coasts of France and Italy, we discover the enchanting bays and mystical cities that date from antiquity. This delightful, beautifully photographed gift book celebrates the open sea and the joy of travel. $39.95

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THE TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO PLANET EARTH Experience 50 extraordinary destinations through photographs and learn how to get there. This great value book combines the expertise of BBC Television and Lonely Planet publishers. Give this to any traveller, young or old. $34.99

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BEST IN TRAVEL 2011 The top 10 countries, regions and cities for you to visit; the best travel experiences, including flamenco classes in Andalucía; and 35 events worth travelling to mapped out month by month. Travel inspirations by the truckload! $24.99


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Travel THE TRAVEL BOOK 2 and THE TRAVEL BOOK 2 DELUXE Revised and updated, this bold and bright pictorial guide to the world’s 229 countries will inspire you to pull out your passport – or at least enjoy travel from your armchair! From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the essence of every country is captured with stunning photography and atmospheric text. An impressive gift edition is also available in a deluxe premium slip-case. $80.00/$100.00

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~ Susan Sontag

INDIA: ESSENTIAL ENCOUNTERS Richard l’Anson A stunningly beautiful photographic journey completed over 25 years by renowned photographer Richard l’Anson. If you have visited India this book will make you want to return, if you haven’t you will want to go. $100

Meet Rob Mundle Rob Mundle is a sailor, sports journalist and author, who has been involved in sailing throughout his life. He is the only Australian member of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee and was recently appointed Commodore of the Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. Having covered the Sydney-toHobart race thirty times (as well as racing three times), Rob’s depth of experience made him the ideal person to tell of the tragic 1998 race, which resulted in six deaths and 57 people being rescued from the heart of a hurricane. His book Fatal Storm went on to become an international bestseller. A later title, Hell on High Seas chronicled other stories of survival and daring on the world’s oceans. He is also the authorised biographer of colourful sailor and raconteur, Sir James Hardy. Rob Mundle is well qualified to tackle his latest subject, the infamous Captain Bligh. Read our review of his new book Bligh on the back page.

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FI N D YOU R LOCAL I N DEPEN DENT BOOKSHOP Banjo Books

Cammeray Bookshop

Megalong Books

Shop 4, 2 Oxford Street Epping 2121 Phone: 9868 4444 Fax: 9868 2444 banjo@banjobooks.com.au

Shop 4, Cammeray Square 450 Miller St Cammeray NSW 2062 Phone: 9922 2554 Fax: 9922 7553 cammeraybooks@iprimus.com.au

183 The Mall Leura 2780 Phone: 4784 1302 Fax: 4784 3464 books@megalongbooks.com www.megalongbooks.com

Lindfield Bookshop & Lindfield Children’s Bookshop

Moirs Bookshop

Books in Mudgee

73 Market Street Mudgee 2850 Phone: 6372 6677 bimudgee@bigpond.com Bray’s Books & Bray’s Kids Books

268 Darling Street Balmain 2041 Phone: 9810 5613 & 9810 3764 braybook@iprimus.com.au braykids@iprimus.com.au

328 Pacific Hwy Lindfield 2070 Phone: 9416 4201 Kids: 9416 2266 between@bigpond.net.au linchild@bigpond.net.au (Kids)

Shop 4/50 Burns Bay Rd Lane Cove 2066 Phone: 9427 4218 Fax: 9418 9677 moirbook@bigpond.net.au Novella Fine Books

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5 Railway Avenue Wahroonga 2076 Phone: 9489 3128 Fax: 9489 3129 info@novellafinebooks.com.au

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Crime and… TH E GOLD DAGGER AWARD The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger is awarded each year to the author whose book is judged to be the best work of crime writing of the year. THIS YEAR’S SHORTLIST:

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer Blood Harvest by S J Bolton Shadowplay by Karen Campbell The Way Home by George Pelecanos

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Belinda Bauer wins the CWA Gold Dagger 2010

“It was a thrill just to be shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for my first novel, let alone to win. Blacklands is a small, simple book and I’m still stunned and delighted that it seems to have struck a chord with so many people.” ~ Belinda Bauer

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Michael Connelly A convicted killer is released, after 24 years in prison, on the strength of new DNA evidence. His lawyer, Mickey Haller, assisted by Harry Bosch, is convinced of the killer’s guilt and decides to change sides and lead the prosecution in the effort to finally convict the sadistic killer once and for all. $32.99

SISTER Rosamund Lupton Beatrice is determined to find out what really happened when her beloved sister is reported missing and her dead body eventually found. The official verdict is suicide but Beatrice knows better. Sister is both a first class psychological thriller and a deeply moving human story. $32.99

DEAD MAN’S CHEST Kerry Greenwood The unflappable Phryne Fisher, as smart and sophisticated as ever, has decided to have a seaside holiday with her two adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth, the dog, and her maid Dot. She is looking forward to a trouble free holiday, but as usual, drama seems to find Phryne. Smuggling, buried treasure and villains of every kind collude in this most enjoyable romp. $22.99

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Kate Atkinson, David Baldacci, John Birmingham, Benjamin Black, Dan Brown, James Lee Burke, Agatha Christie, The Cornwell, AllureClive of Cussler, Crime Patricia Lee Child, Harlen Coben, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, Nelson de Mille, and Myster y Novels Gary Disher, Jeffrey Deaver, R.J. Ellory, Janet Evanovich, Karin Fossum, Nikki French, Georgio Faletti, Why does crime/mystery writing have such wide appeal? Alan Furst, Lisa Gardner, Elizabeth George, Tess A clue to the answer lies in the authors whose names form the Gerritsen, Mark Giminez, Michele Giuttari, Robert background to this piece. Goddard, Sue Grafton, Kerry Greenwood, John Grisham, So many writers with so many styles! Some are renowned for M.R. Hall, Sophie Hannah, Robert Harris, Carl Hiaasen, action, some for character, some for procedures, some for sense Reginald Hill, Peter Hoeg, P.D. James, Jonathan of place. Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, Michael Kortya, Stieg Many are simply writers John whose Le books could just as Leon, Larsson, Lyndavery La fine Plante, Carre, Donna easily live on our literary shelves. Peter Temple for example won L.A. Larkin, Robert Ludlum, Val McDermid, Barry this year’s top Australian literary prize, The Miles Franklin Award. Maitland, Henning Mankell, Barbara Nadel, Jo Nesbo, John Le Carré is a superb writer. Kate Atkinson first came to Hakan Nesser, Sara Paretsky, Patterson, Richard prominence as the winner of the 1995James Whitbread Book of The North Patterson, Iangoes Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Matthew Reilly, Year Award – the list on. Ruth Rendell, Stella Rimington, Peter Robinson, Michael From quick escapism to fine writing you will find it all on our Robotham, James Rollins, Jed Rubenfeld, Chris Ryan, crime shelves! C.J. Sansom, Lisa Scottoline, Gerald Seymour, Daniel (Learn Karen more about Kate AtkinsonMartin on page Cruz 18) Silva, Slaughter, Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Peter Temple, P.J. Tracy, Scott Turow, Lisa Ungar, Barbara Vine, Michael White, Don Winslow.

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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR John Le Carré Oxford academic Perry Makepeace and his girlfriend are on holiday in Antigua where they befriend a Russian businessman. When the couple discover his links to the Mafia they find themselves pawns in an increasingly dangerous game that will reveal the underbelly of the British Secret Service to be as black as that of the Russian underworld. This is Le Carré's most accessible work in years. $32.95

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Anjum Hasan Set in the early 1990s in a rainy hill town in India’s northeast, this is a lyrical novel about three lives in limbo. Eight-year-old Sophie, awaiting the arrival of her baby sibling; a young bureaucrat dreaming of love and Pink Floyd; and a university lecturer struggling with her own sheltered experience. A tender portrait of three people defying destiny. $29.95

Toni Jordan Ella Canfield is a highly qualified evolutionary biologist who is seeking funding for a highly unorthodox research project.

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Millionaire Daniel Metcalf heads the Metcalf Trust, which donates to offbeat scientific projects. Both have an interest in extinct animals. Della Gillmore is a professional con-artist. Someone is going to take a fall! A sparkling, sexy read from the author of the quirky, widely acclaimed Addition. $32.95

THAT DEADMAN DANCE Kim Scott Scott’s ancestral Noongar country of the south-east coast of Western Australia is the setting of this big-hearted, rewarding novel. A moving story exploring the early contact between the Noongar people and the first European settlers. $32.99

THE CONVALESCENT Jessica Anthony Rovar is the last of the Pfliegmans and he is falling apart. The Convalescent is a quirky and very funny novel about a small, bearded man selling meat out of a bus and also, somehow, the story of 10,000 years of Hungarian history. $29.95

I CAME TO SAY GOODBYE Caroline Overington Award-winning journalist Caroline Overington’s second novel opens with a mesmerising scene as a young woman kidnaps a baby from hospital. Her story is narrated in a very authentic Australian voice by a man in his 60s who reveals the events which have led to this point. Gripping from start to finish. $32.95

Paul Auster Auster presents the story of Miles Heller whose life is forever changed by the accidental death of his stepbrother. A compelling story of love and forgiveness, Sunset Park leaves the reader to value ‘the now’ rather than living in the past or for the future. With his hallmark style of masterfully multi-layering his characters, Auster’s novels are true masterpieces of contemporary fiction. $32.99

AMANDINE Marlena De Blasi Amandine, born out of wedlock into an aristocratic family in 1931, is banished as a baby to a convent in France. At age nine she is confronted with the horror that WWII has brought to France. A tale of identity, survival, hope and unexpected love. $27.99

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Fiction THE APE HOUSE

FALL OF GIANTS: Century Trilogy #1 Ken Follett This huge novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows five families in five countries; America, Germany, Russia, England and Wales, against the turbulent background of the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

Sara Gruen The new novel from the author of the bestselling Water for Elephants is a dramatic thriller and a carefully researched story of human/ape communication. When the Great Ape Language Laboratory is bombed, the terrorised bonobo apes are kidnapped and become a media sensation. Scientist Isabel Duncan enlists the help of reporter John Thigpen to expose the corruption and dirty tricks behind the scenes. $32.99

In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, the book moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from a Welsh coal mine to the bedrooms of the mighty. $49.99

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THEODORA Stella Duffy Theodora started out life as an actress in the 6th century Byzantine Empire and eventually became the wife of Roman Emperor Justinian and Empress herself. Stella Duffy has re-imagined and re-created her colourful and exotic life and woven an engrossing and evocative story around this fascinating woman. $29.99

THE DISTANT HOURS Kate Morton Edie Burchell and her mother have never been close, so when a long lost letter is finally delivered to their home, Edie begins to suspect that her mother does indeed have a secret past linked to her evacuation to Milderhurst Castle as a child during World War II. Morton has woven a darkly compulsive English mystery drama in her usual page turning style. $39.99

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Monica McInerney When the Templeton family from England arrive in Australia and take up residence in a stately home in the country the locals are intrigued by this bohemian, unusual, peculiar family. A touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family. $32.95

Meet Jane Gardam Jane Gardam is one of our favourite authors. Her clear insights and gentle humour make her writing a delight to read. Jane is married, has three children and divides her time between East Kent and Yorkshire. From school she won a scholarship to the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a Red Cross Travelling Librarian and in editorial posts at literary magazines. Her first book for adults was published in 1975. Photo © Victoria Salmon

HOW IT FEELS Brendan Cowell What a surprise to discover that respected young Australian actor Cowell is also a talented author. This is the story of four school friends verging on adulthood, who will have the course of their lives changed in just one day. Sometimes brutal, sometimes funny, this coming-of-age story set in southern Sydney is a very impressive debut. $32.99

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Jane has won numerous literary prizes including The Whitbread Award (twice), the Prix Baudelaire and the Heywood Hill Prize for a Lifetime’s Contribution to Literature. She has been nominated for, but never won, The Booker Prize. Is she the best writer never to win a Booker!

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Fiction BLOSSOMS AND SHADOWS Lian Hearn A tale of the birth of modern Japan told through the eyes of Tsuru, a young girl who does not accept the domestic role that women of her era are confined to. In the mid 1860s Japan is in the grip of a revolution and Tsuru is ready to embrace the new, defend her beliefs, look for love and follow a career as a doctor on the battlefields. $34.99 Discover which fiction books won the world’s most prestigious literary prizes on pages 16 and 17 of this Guide.

LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE Salman Rushdie Another wonderful reading experience from Salman Rushdie. See our review on the front page. $29.95

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy. ~ Salman Rushdie

HAND ME DOWN WORLD Lloyd Jones A woman relies on strangers, kind and not so kind, in her search for her stolen son. These strangers tell of their encounters with a mysterious woman in a blue coat, each providing a different view of the truth. These fragments combine to provide a spellbinding story of a mother’s courage. From the author of Mr. Pip. $32.95

THE EMPRESS OF ICE CREAM Anthony Capella France 1670. Carlo Demirco’s mastery of the extraordinary new art of creating ice cream has brought him wealth, women and a position at the court of Louis XIV. Carlo then was sent to London along with Louise de Keroualle, an impoverished ladyin-waiting who is to be the new mistress of Charles II. Carlo too is fascinated by the enigmatic French woman and must decide where his loyalties lie. An intriguing and entertaining historical novel. $32.99

THE MAN IN THE WOODEN HAT Jane Gardam Full of humour and eccentricity, this delightful novel picks up threads from Jane’s previous book, Old Filth. Here we learn much more about Betty, Old Filth’s dutiful wife, her background and passions. Spoil yourself by reading both books! $24.99

THE EMPTY FAMILY Colm Tóibín This wonderful, acerbic short story collection moves between Ireland, Spain and America with each story’s central character trying desperately to connect either to blood relations or to substitute families who, with the diaspora of populations, fulfil the need to belong. The writing is spare and poetic. Everything you could want in short stories. $29.99

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY Richard C. Morais Squeeze this evocative novel too hard and charm will ooze from its pages! The story of young Hassan Haji’s journey from the chaotic streets of India to becoming one of Paris’ best-loved chefs is a culinary journey you’ll wish to share with all your friends. Containing a multiplicity of themes, this feel-good novel will delight all lovers of good story telling. $27.99

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Prize winners The Miles Franklin Award

The Orange Prize for Fiction

The Miles Franklin award was established as a bequest of Australian author Miles Franklin to ensure that Australian literature flourished. She understood the hardships of being an author in Australia, and wanted to encourage more Australian authors. It is awarded for the novel of the year which is “of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases”. It was first awarded in 1954 to Patrick White for Voss.

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, the Orange Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. This year the shortlist was: The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Black Water Rising by Attica Locke Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey

In 2010 the shortlist was: Lovesong by Alex Miller The Bath Fugues by Brian Castro Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey The Book of Emmett by Deborah Forster Truth by Peter Temple Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett The winner for 2010 is Truth ($23.95) by Peter Temple. The judging panel commented that, “Temple’s winning novel is the much anticipated sequel to The Broken Shore and comprehends murder, corruption, family, friends, honour, honesty, deceit, love, betrayal – and truth. A stunning story about contemporary Australian life, Truth is written with great moral sophistication.”

Daisy Goodwin, Chair of Judges, announced the winning author saying, “We had very different tastes on the panel, but in the end we went for passion not compromise. We chose The Lacuna because it is a book of breathtaking scale and shattering moments of poignancy.”

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Each of the four short-listed books vividly portrays an aspect of “the Australian story”. The three runners-up are: Fiona McGregor’s Indelible Ink, a wise and witty novel accurately portraying contemporary Sydney life; David Hill’s Gold which recreates the amazing Australian gold rushes of the 1800s which shaped our nation in so many ways; and A Simpler Time in which Peter FitzSimons remembers growing up on the rural outskirts of Sydney in the 1960s. THE WINNER is Utopian Man by Lisa Lang.

Lisa Lang's novel beautifully evokes the life and times of an extraordinary Australian. Edward William Cole, having made money in the goldfields in Victoria, created the famous Cole’s Book Arcade in the heart of Melbourne. The Arcade housed thousands of books and a small zoo, held exhibitions and, in protest against the White Australia Policy, Chinese Tea Rooms. In writing about this largely forgotten man, Lang has recreated the bustle of Melbourne after the Gold Rush and the dynamic idealism which drove Cole’s venture. He was indeed a Utopian Man, given to dreams of an ideal society.

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Prize winners The Man Booker Award r!

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The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction The late 19th century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer was the first to call for the training of journalists at the university level in a school of journalism. From an original bequest of two million dollars, Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, literature, music, and drama are awarded annually. The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Paul Harding for Tinkers ($24.95). This debut novel is a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality. The real star is Harding’s language, which dazzles whether he’s describing the workings of clocks, sensory images of nature, the many engaging side characters who populate the book, or even a short passage on how to build a bird nest. This is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship.

Now in its 42nd year the Man Booker Prize aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. This year’s winner is Howard Jacobson for The Finkler Question ($32.99). “He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one…”

We are a group of like-minded independent booksellers who first came together in 1978 at the suggestion of Philip Bray, who also founded a similar group in Melbourne in 1979. The object of getting together was to provide mutual support and to share our book knowledge enabling us to provide better, more professional, service to our customers. We meet every month to this end.

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results. The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity.

Partly as a result of groups such as ours, independent bookselling is far stronger in Australia than it is in the U.K. or the U.S.A. In those countries, bookselling is unhealthily dominated by chain bookstores resulting in far less diversity.

Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of the finest writers of our times at his brilliant best.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this guide and have found it useful. Let us know if you have any feedback so that we can make the next Independent Book Guide even better!

Is it possible to be a member of a group and still be independent? Definitely, yes. To be independent does not require a vow of isolation! While we share information and co-operate on projects such as this guide, we celebrate our independence. Each of our shops is very different, reflecting both the areas we serve and our own personalities. How are the books in this guide selected? The books come from around the world and from publishers of all sizes, ranging from huge international companies to tiny local ones. We ask the publishers to submit to us a list of their best books for Summer 10/11. We then put those lists ‘under the microscope’ and select, essentially, the best of the best.

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Talking Books on CD There are hundreds of wonderful talking books available – ask us for a list to choose from!

Meet Kate Atkinson THE WORLD BENEATH

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Cate Kennedy An absorbing novel of personal change and relationships. Sandy and Rich were bonded by their shared environmental activism. Now all they have in common is their 15 year old daughter, Sophie. When Rich takes Sophie, who he hardly knows, on a trek into the wilderness he sets off an unpredictable chain of events. 11 CDs $44.95

Kate Morton When a very old long lost letter is finally delivered to their home, Edie begins to suspect that her mother has a secret past linked to her evacuation to Milderhurst Castle as a child during World War II. Morton has woven a darkly compulsive English mystery drama in her usual page turning style. 18 CDs $49.95 2 MP3 CDs $44.95

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE Alain De Botton Philosopher De Botton frequently reflects on aspects of normal life. Here he sets out to show that a great novel can be life-transforming – and he succeeds. A fascinating exploration of literature and life, this is a self-help book like no other. 6 CDs $39.95 1 MP3 CD $34.95

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THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF Norman Doidge Case studies show how the human brain can change its own structure and design and overcome damage from trauma or degeneration. An inspiring story – worth listening to! 10 CDs $39.95 1 MP3 CD $34.95

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Kate Atkinson was born in York but now lives in Edinburgh. She has degrees in both English and American Literature. She is best known for her four “Jackson Brodie” novels, the cracking detective/ mystery crime series with the brooding, troubled Brodie as the main protagonist. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1995. Her work is characterised by its wit, humour, superb characterisations and surprising twists and plot turns. Atkinson has said that right now, she needs a break from Brodie. “The first book was such a joy to write because I came to it absolutely fresh,” she shared. “I know that I’ve got to come back fresh and I don't feel that at the moment. He’s just got to develop offstage, and I need to go off and do something different. So the next time I see him might be in seven years time.” The BBC has already written scripts, cast actors and locations for the first three Brodie books to be made into a TV series due to air late 2011 – let’s hope Australian fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see her thrilling books come to life on the small screen.


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Meet the Author Chats with George Negus and David Hill I asked David if he thought he had had a “number of careers” or “a life”. “A life”, he said immediately. ”I’ve just embraced adventures as they have come my way.” But how on earth does a man who spent ten years as MD of the ABC, seven years as head of NSW Railways and four years as Director of The Ministerial Advisory Unit under Neville Wran become a writer? Pretty much by accident as it happens! In his role as a television presenter/interviewer George has probably been to more countries than most of us could name. I asked him which other countries/regions he would most like to visit. “Nepal, Bhutan, Patagonia, Cape Horn,” sprang from his mouth, “but only if I can meet the people. I can admire natural and man-built wonders but it is people and their lives that really interest me.”

Let’s first dispel any image of David as a desk-bound bureaucrat. As head of ABC David travelled Australia and Asia widely and during his term community administered radio stations were set up thus helping to preserve Aboriginal languages and culture. The ABC in his time also set up the first western news bureau in Hanoi and helped rehabilitate the local radio networks in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.

And the country George would most like to revisit? No hesitation. “Italy, it is almost my second country. I feel very comfortable there. I like the food, the politics, the football, the culture – pretty much everything!”

After his ABC stint David went back to university to study archaeology. He then decided to research British child migration and the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong where he spent three years as a boy with his two brothers when he came to Australia as a twelve year old. During the research, which included making a TV documentary, David was introduced to Margie Seale of Random House who agreed to publish the book, The Forgotten Children.

Strangely enough it is to football (soccer), or specifically The World Cup, that we owe George’s latest book, The World From Down Under. The Cup put George off the air for five weeks during which time he fleshed out the framework of the book which had been gestating for three years. While the book rests on transcripts of his interviews (Bill Clinton, The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Tony and Cherie Blair, Al Gore…) George adds much in the way of context, opinions and occasional tangents. In fact the book reads just the way George talks. He loves a chat and is equally happy to voice his opinion or listen to yours! It seems appropriate that his book’s sub-title is “A Chat With Recent History”. What does George read? What books stand out in his mind? Any he recommends? “Most of my reading is research so The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, The Weekly and The Observer are my usual plane fodder. Books that spring to mind are The Sleeping Giant, about Russia, and The President They Deserved, both by Martin Walker. And P.J. O’Rourke’s Eat The Rich. I would happily recommend Islam For Dummies as it is so clearly written. With a break coming up I intend to read Tim Flannery’s Here On Earth and Them and Us by Will Hutton.”

So, David became a writer. “Not a flowery writer,” he insists! “I don't use many adjectives and I think of myself more as a story-teller than as a writer.” And, as a story-teller have there been any significant influences? David quickly comes up with two. “Two books, Solzhenitsyn’s A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovich and Facey’s A Fortunate Life – I loved them when I read them and when I started writing I appreciated all the more their simple story-telling without embellishment and without whingeing.” David says he also learned to write concisely when writing brief reports for Neville Wran and other senior Government officials. Asking David if any other books have influenced his life brings a flood of titles. Let’s stick to one for now! “I read Catch 22 in the late 60s and it has stayed with me. It showed how ‘the system’ could generate its own insanity and perpetuate it. I loved the humourous cynicism of Yossarian and the power of his logic.”

As we part I am not surprised to hear that George’s next assignment is to go home and cook an Italian meal for some of his mates – an Aussie bloke saluting his second country!

David is married to Stergitsa and is the father of a 10 year old son. He now enjoys being settled as part of a neighbourhood and local community – another new adventure for him.

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George’s recent book The World From Down Under is featured on page 23.

David’s third book Gold is featured on the front page and was short-listed for our Australian book of the year.

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Australian Non-fiction BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS, STORIES AND ESSAYS 2010 Edited by Robert Drewe, Robert Adamson and Cate Kennedy A look at the names of the editors, Cate Kennedy, Robert Drewe and Robert Adamson, respectively, will quickly suggest the delights inside these wonderful ‘dip into’ books. Only $24.95, $29.95 and $29.95. There is a handsome boxed set for only $69.95 "These stories galvanised me with their energy and left me feeling exultant".~Cate Kennedy

THE AUSTRALIAN PUB Diane Kirkby, Tanja Luckins and Chris McConville The vital role of pubs as providers of drink, food, accommodation and betting (for many years illegally) is explored from colonial times to today. Architecture, local loyalty, licensing laws, barmaids and much more – no wonder it took three authors to do the research! A truly fascinating part of our Australian story. $49.95

HERE ON EARTH: An Argument for Hope Tim Flannery Tim Flannery is always at the forefront of provocative discussions about the Earth and our relationship to it. In this ground-breaking book, he looks at our history on Earth and how both competition and co-operation have been significant factors in its development. Addressing our urgent problems of climate, food, water and biodiversity, he offers visionary solutions based on a better understanding of our planet. Flannery is both lucid and inspiring. $34.95. Hardback edition also available $49.95

SHACK: IN PRAISE OF AN AUSTRALIAN ICON Simon Griffiths Don’t be misled by the title – these are not derelict buildings! Instead they are the unique dwellings of an assortment of artists, fishermen, environmentalists and other home-builders. Photographer Simon Griffiths has captured the essence of these buildings from Jericho in Tasmania to the remote coast of Broome. $39.95

TRANSPORT: An Australian History Robert Lee Using wonderful photos and illustrations and starting with the bark canoes used by Aboriginal people, this fascinating book moves through the history of trains, planes, boats and cars in Australia. Perfect for all mechanical history buffs. $49.95

UNSUNG ORDINARY MEN Sally Dingo To better understand her own father, a WWII Japanese POW survivor, Sally Dingo, wife of Ernie, has written what she terms ‘A love letter to a generation’. This insight into the men, who, like her father, returned from their experience of captivity unable to talk about what happened, draws a deeply human portrait of them and the families who welcomed them home. $35.00

BLIGH: Master Mariner Rob Mundle There’s a lot more to Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts… Read our review on the back page. $49.99

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FIRST AUSTRALIANS: An Illustrated History Edited by Rachel Perkins and Marcia Langton This book is not simply the companion to the award-winning television series. It is an eminently readable account, from the perspective of Australia’s first people, of the epic drama of friendship and revenge, loss and victory, when the world’s oldest living culture was overrun by the world’s greatest empire. Their stories, both black and white, are fully illustrated by artworks and photographs. $49.99


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Australian Non-fiction Get out and about this summer! 4WD HANDBOOK Robert Pepper This book covers vehicle selection, maintenance, driving techniques, trip planning, navigation and communications. The latest vehicle and accessories are also discussed. Quite simply, the 4WD bible! $34.95

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PAPUNYA Vivien Johnson The rise of Western Desert art around the settlement of Papunya in the 1970s has had ramifications for Australian art on a global scale. In this compelling and personal book Vivien Johnson, an early proponent of the movement, traces to the presentday the controversies and history of Papunya art through her own experiences. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and ethics of Aboriginal Art. $39.95

4WD TREKS CLOSE TO SYDNEY Craig Lewis A full-colour guide to 18 fantastic day and weekend treks within a few hours of Sydney. Areas covered include Barrington Tops, Newnes, The Bridle Track, Chichester Forest and Tianjara Fire Trail. All GPS Lat/Long and UTM references are included. $39.95

TRAVELLING THE OUTBACK Vic Widman Written with the knowledge of decades of experience as a leading tour operator and outback guide, Vic Widman takes the reader step-by-step through the planning and preparation needed to make your trip as enjoyable and safe as possible. $34.95

CYCLING AROUND SYDNEY Bruce Ashley A full colour guide to 30 great rides around Sydney with detailed maps. It includes how to get to the start of the ride by public transport, cafes to enjoy, places to swim, in fact everything you need to know to enjoy the city, the bush, the coast and the hinterland. So, on your bike! $29.95

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SYDNEY Delia Falconer This small hardcover is Delia’s first work of non-fiction. She catches the atmosphere of a city haunted by a past it has never quite understood or really come to terms with. In a narrative peopled with larger than life figures, she draws together the characters and events that have made Sydney the flamboyant, vibrant metropolis it is today. $29.95

Stuart Veechi and Isla Curtis 100 fantastic activities for you, your children and any of your out-of-town visitors. Whether you want to get wet, get back to nature, get airborne, get culture or get behind the scenes, this book will show you how. Become a tourist and enjoy Sydney! $24.95

GOLD! David Hill An engrossing read about ‘the fever that forever changed Australia’. See our review on the front page. $34.95

UPSIDE DOWN WORLD Penny Olsen How amazing Australian fauna must have been to early European settlers! Read our review on page 3. $39.95

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Non-Fiction THE PEN & THE STETHOSCOPE Leah Kaminsky (Ed) The perfect gift for the doctor in your life or anyone interested in medicine, this is a unique collection of fiction and non-fiction by doctors who have plumbed the depths and revelled in the richness of their experiences in the field. With contributions from Oliver Sacks, Peter Goldsworthy, Nick Earls and many others, this critical look at the working life of doctors gives fascinating insight. $32.95

ART + SOUL SUSTAINABLE HOUSE Michael Mobbs In 1996, Michael Mobbs created an almost entirely self-sufficient inner city Sydney home. Changes to the way he handled water, electricity, waste disposal and sewerage were all documented in the first edition – and now, fourteen years later, a second edition investigates how well the house has stood the test of time. It includes advice on pitfalls as well as product and system recommendations. $45.00

Hetti Perkins This lavishly illustrated book captures the remarkable range of Aboriginal art over the last 30 years. Hetti Perkins takes us on a journey into the lives and imaginations of a diverse group of leading aboriginal artists, exploring their world and their inspiration – from Arnhem Land to the desert to the coast. Hetti is a Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of NSW. $89.99

THE MIND’S EYE MI6: THE HISTORY OF THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE 1909-1949 Keith Jeffery The first and only history of the Service, written with full and unrestricted access to its previously closed archives. This groundbreaking book is essential reading for all fans of espionage and international relations. Spanning from MI6’s foundation through to the start of the Cold War, history professor Keith Jeffery presents fascinating stories of individual agents and officers around the world, covering intelligence disasters as well as successes – all laid bare in fascinating detail. $59.99

STREET FIGHT IN NAPLES: A Book of Art and Insurrection Peter Robb A kaleidoscopic portrait of Naples in all its grandeur, squalor and turbulence. Focussing on the 16th and 17th centuries, the city’s period of greatness, Peter Robb links history, art, commerce, religion, the powerful and the powerless in a compelling narrative. $49.95

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Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks reveals more about himself and his fascinating work. Read our review on page 3. $34.99

MAN BITES MURDOCH Bruce Guthrie ‘Four decades in print, six days in court’ runs the subtitle to this book. The David vs Goliath story in court is fascinating enough but there is much more to this book as it provides a real insight into the workings of Australian newspapers. $49.99


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Non-Fiction Meet Paul Kelly Paul Kelly is an Australian icon. His musical career has spanned thirty-six years and twenty-two albums, but his contribution to Australian culture can hardly be measured in numerical terms. His musical style fuses folk, rock and country, and his skilful storytelling transforms his personal tales into the universal story of Australia. Acknowledged by many as one of our greatest songwriters, his songs have found success overseas as well as at home. Australian films such as Lantana have featured his haunting compositions, and he even starred in the cult classic One Night the Moon in 2001.

OBAMA’S WARS Bob Woodward Veteran political journalist Bob Woodward offers the most intimate and comprehensive insight yet into the actions of President Obama, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in relation to critical decision-making on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and worldwide terrorism. His riveting account draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and interviews with key players, including the President himself. $39.99

“In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.” ~Henry James

THE WORLD FROM DOWN UNDER George Negus George Negus has interviewed an amazing array of people but his interviews are only the very solid foundations of this book. George adds comments and context in his own inimitable way making this a truly fascinating read. $35.00 Read our interview with George on page 19.

As beloved as Kelly is of the Australian public, perhaps his greatest fans are the generation of musicians that grew up listening to his songs. In the past decade there has been no shortage of them prepared to step forward and pay tribute to the great man. Two tribute albums have been released and, in 2009, Triple J radio held and broadcast a two-night tribute concert in his honour. It featured such talents as Missy Higgins, John Butler, Paul Dempsey, Bob Evans and Clare Bowditch, all of whom sang his praises in between their own renditions of his songs.

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY Paul Kelly How to Make Gravy is a memoir like no other. One hundred chapters, in alphabetical order by song title, consist of lyrics followed by a story. Some pieces are confessional, telling Kelly’s personal and family history or taking you on a road tour with the band, some form an idiosyncratic history of popular music, whilst others stand as a kind of how-to of the songwriters art. Paul Kelly is the master and there isn’t a topic this man can’t turn his pen to. The writing is funny, honest, compassionate, intelligent and thought provoking. $49.95

HOW TO MAKE GRAVY SPECIAL EDITION Paul Kelly This special edition slipcased package contains Paul’s much anticipated memoir along with the companion A-Z recordings box set, which includes eight CDs of new live recordings of the songs that form the book’s chapters including a 64 page booklet of colour photographs. How to Make Gravy special edition is a must for Paul Kelly fans. $125.00

A GLOBAL LIFE James D. Wolfensohn Subtitled ‘My Journey among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank’, this is the life story of the local boy who went on to chair Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre. James Wolfensohn is a remarkable Australian who, as President of The World Bank for a decade, dramatically broadened the distribution of wealth to poorer nations. But there is much more to his life. He has been an Olympic fencer, a prominent banker and an international envoy as well as being deeply involve in the arts. In this fascinating book he bluntly assesses his successes and failures and those of others! $49.99

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Non-Fiction THE FRY CHRONICLES Stephen Fry The much-loved writer, radio and TV presenter, actor and director has been named a national treasure and a cultural icon. In this book, he follows on from the best-selling memoir of his early life, Moab is My Washpot, and details some of the most successful and enjoyable years of his life in an account which is courageous, uncompromisingly frank and very funny. $39.95

THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN Anthony Reynolds Anthony Reynolds’ intriguing and detailed biography draws on new interviews with Cohen’s band members, his business and music associates, enemies and peers including previously unpublished interviews with Cohen. The book also includes an authoritative summary of every album, with insights and recollections supplied from the musicians who appeared on the recordings and many previously unpublished photographs. Cohen’s extraordinary life and body of work is examined as never before. $39.95

SPEAKING VOLUMES: Conversations With Remarkable Writers THE ROMANTIC Kate Holden Kate Holden, a lover of the Romantic poets,is trying to find a softer, truer life. She has left behind a life of heroin addiction and prostitution in Melbourne and reveals an Italian journey that is sexier and more seemingly honest than most. This memoir can be enjoyed as a sequel to In My Skin, but backtracks often enough to be complete in itself. $32.95

Ramona Koval Koval is renowned for engaging writers in provocative, incisive and often very funny conversations. Her interviews have been heard both locally on the ABC Radio Book Show and internationally at literary festivals in Edinburgh, Montreal and Berlin. Speaking Volumes gives us access to 28 extraordinary minds, including A.S. Byatt on the dangers of writing, Ian McEwan on morality, Jeanette Winterson on our creative drive, Hanif Kureishi, Judith Wright, David Malouf and Toni Morrison. $35.00

AUSTRALIAN ENCOUNTERS Shane Maloney & Chris Grosz This humorous collection from the popular Monthly magazine records and illustrates 50 odd encounters between well-known Australians and notable international figures – whether politician, socialite, artist or sporting legend. What happened when Bob Hawke locked horns with Frank Sinatra; when Errol Flynn interviewed Fidel Castro; and when Norman Gunston joined Frank Zappa on stage? Quirky!! $24.95

THE ELEPHANT TO HOLLYWOOD Michael Caine Not a lot of people know this, but it’s been a long journey for Maurice Micklewhite. He was born in London’s working class Elephant and Castle, an unlikely start for a man whose glittering career earned him a knighthood and iconic status in Hollywood. Michael Caine recalls, with humour and honesty, the films, film stars and off screen moments that have shaped his amazing life and career. $35.00

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THE CHOCOLATE WARS: From Cadbury to Kraft Deborah Cadbury British journalist Deborah Cadbury has written an engaging account of the dynasty started by Quaker merchant John Cadbury in Birmingham in 1824. Surviving the rivalry with the other Quaker chocolate enterprises – the Rowntrees and Frys, as well as their European competitors – Cadbury fell to a hostile takeover by Kraft in 2010, leading to seething resentment in the UK. $35.00

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TOP-SELLI NG TITLES Januar y to October 2010 FICTION

NON-FICTION

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THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE Stieg Larsson

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Stieg Larsson

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THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

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MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND Helen Simonson

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SOLAR Ian McEwan

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THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG Muriel Barbery

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JASPER JONES Craig Silvey

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TRUTH Peter Temple

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WOLF HALL Hilary Mantel

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EAT PRAY LOVE Elizabeth Gilbert

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A SIMPLER TIME Peter FitzSimons

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AT HOME Bill Bryson

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THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF Norman Doidge

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NOMAD Ali Ayaan Hirsi

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ATLANTIC Simon Winchester

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THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE Anh Do

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LUNCH IN PARIS Elizabeth Bard

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A PRESSURE COOKER SAVED MY LIFE Juanita Phillips

10 KEVIN RUDD QUARTERLY ESSAY David Marr

Stieg Larsson

10 MR ROSENBLUM’S LIST Natasha Solomons 11 COMMITTED Elizabeth Gilbert 12 CRUISER Mike Carlton 13 THE FRY CHRONICLES Stephen Fry 14 THE WOODBLOCK PAINTING OF CRESSIDA CAMPBELL Cressida Campbell 15 OVERLOADING AUSTRALIA Mark O’Connor 16 BENEATH HILL 60 Will Davies 17 RACE OF A LIFETIME John Heilemann & Mark Halperin 18 THREE CUPS OF TEA Greg Mortenson

11 BROOKLYN Colm Tóibín 12 THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY Mary Ann Shaffer 13 INDELIBLE INK Fiona McGregor

19 THE UNLIKELY VOYAGE OF JACK DE CROW

A J MacKinnon 20 WHY MEN ARE NECESSARY Richard Glover

14 SO MUCH FOR THAT Lionel Shriver 15 THE LONG SONG Andrea Levy 16 THE LACUNA Barbara Kingsolver 17 LEGACY Kirsten Tranter 18 FREEDOM Jonathan Franzen 19 THE ROAD Cormac McCarthy 20 THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET

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January – October 2010

Picture Books WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? Mem Fox THE GRUFFALO and THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD Julia Donaldson THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Eric Carle DEAR ZOO Rod Campbell WONKY DONKEY Craig Smith TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES Mem Fox MIRROR Jeannie Baker

ALL THROUGH THE YEAR

Younger Readers NANNY PIGGINS (SERIES OF 3) R A Spratt ALICE-MIRANDA (SERIES OF 2) Jacqueline Harvey

Jane Godwin This is one of those picture books that begs to be picked up and pored over by young and old alike. The detailed illustrations reflect the unique Australian landscape through the changing seasons in a way that has rarely been done in a child’s picture book. The text complements the illustrations perfectly giving us a book to treasure for years to come. $24.95

AUDREY OF THE OUTBACK (SERIES OF 3) Christine Harris WIMPY KID (SERIES OF 5) Jeff Kinney FLAT STANLEY (SERIES OF 3) Jeff Brown THE FLOODS (SERIES OF 9) Colin Thompson CAMELOT (SERIES OF 2) Colin Thompson MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE (SERIES OF 3) Rupert Kingfisher ZAC POWER (NUMEROUS) H I Larry CLEMENTINE (SERIES OF 4) Sara Pennypacker

LAST TREE IN THE CITY

KOALA LOU GIFT SET

Peter Carnavas A delightful tale of a boy called Edward who hatches a plan to bring colour and beauty back to the city after the last tree is cut down. An enchanting story of the beauty of nature and Edward’s connection with the environment. $24.95

Mem Fox Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. She decides that winning the tree climbing race at the Bush Olympics will make her mother notice her again. $29.95

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INCY WINCY SPIDER Susan Hall An old favourite which draws upon the National Library’s wonderful collection of insect images. This is a pull-the-tab and lift-the-flap board book combining the classic nursery rhyme (with extra verses) with some beautiful illustrations. All the insects are Australian, so this lovely children’s book has a distinctly Aussie flavour. $19.95


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Children’s Picture Books IT’S A BOOK Lane Smith No matter how many electronic devices are available, you can’t beat a good book! Monkey is reading a book, but his friend wants to know what a book can do. Does it have a mouse like his computer? Can you make the characters fight? Can it text? NO….it’s a book! Monkey’s friend learns that a book is fun without fancy accessories. A simple, charming and timely picture book for all ages. $27.95

FLIP-OSAURUS Sara Ball With this unique book you can create your own prehistoric beasts by mixing and matching the heads, bodies, and tails of different dinosaurs in order to create a thousand different imaginary ones, like the Stegodocus, the Oviplosaurus, or the Diploraptops. Includes interesting facts about each dinosaur part, so you can figure out how your Flip-o-saurus would behave. The perfect gift for any kid who loves dinosaurs. $24.95

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM Mandy Foot This wonderful picture book will delight children with its beautiful illustrations. Children will have fun reading along as they discover which animals Old MacDonald has on his farm and will delight in the noisy fun. $24.99

THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL

HETTY’S DAY OUT NONI THE PONY Alison Lester Alison Lester, in our book, can do no wrong and this, her latest picture book for the under 6s, does not disappoint. With simple text, her clear and colourful illustrations tell an enchanting tale that is everything an early childhood picture book should be and more. Guaranteed to lift the hearts of any little horse lover. $24.99

OLIVIA GOES TO VENICE Ian Falconer The first few lucky shoppers will receive a FREE plush pig with their purchase. Read our review on page 3. $26.99

Pamela Allen Pamela Allen has long been one of Australia’s favourite children’s authors. In her latest offering Hetty the cat ventures out through her cat-flap going into the sunlight and off on an adventure. In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this is a counting tale. One plate of baked beans, two pork pies, three lamb chops…Allen creates cats with such charm and character, you’re sure to fall in love with the fat but fabulous Hetty. $24.95

FEATHERS FOR PHOEBE Rod Clement Gorgeous, colourful and very funny! Read our review on the back page. $24.99

Graeme Base Graeme Base’s books have captivated generations of children and his latest is no exception. We meet Wilbur, whose favourite book describes a magical golden snail that transforms into a ship. When Wilbur sets out to find it, he and some new friends have a great adventure. $29.95

VIOLET MACKEREL’S BRILLIANT PLOT Anna Branford Violet Mackerel is a lovable girl full of Very Important Ideas, Interests & Plots. She has a family full of love and difficulties, and a longing for a blue china bird she saw at the market, small enough to fit in the palm of her hand. This is a delightful new hardback series of books for 5+ girls. Beautifully illustrated by Sarah Davis. $19.95

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Children’s Fiction ALICEMIRANDA ON HOLIDAY Jacqueline Harvey Alice-Miranda is heading back to Highton Hall for the school holidays, taking with her the school’s second best tantrum thrower, Jacinta. The two girls are looking forward to a relaxing break, but a cranky boy, a visiting movie star and a misbehaving pony will ensure that Alice-Miranda and Jacinta have a more exciting holiday than expected! $15.95

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen

BEASTQUEST: Mortaxe the Skeleton Warrior Adam Blade More exciting adventures for the Beastquest fan in this bumper edition! As addictive as a computer game, this series combines a boy’s pleasure in collecting things, (with game cards included in the back of the book) with action-packed, thrilling stories. Our hero, Tom, and his companions, are up against six of the usually good beasts in battle as Mortaxe the Skeleton Warrior is controlling them with dark magic. Sure to be a hit with fans of Avantia and Boy vs Beast as well. $15.99

THE FLEURVILLE TRILOGY Countess de Ségur This series of books has been loved by French children for over 200 years. They have now been translated into English for the first time by Stephanie Smee. French-Australian author Sophie Masson says that she is “thrilled that modern English-language children will at last have a chance to discover them. They are still popular in France today, generations of kids have loved them.” These books have a timeless appeal with their gentle humour and Enid Blyton-like style. The first title in the series is Camille and Madeleine, followed by Sophie’s Misfortunes and The Holiday. $16.99 each

Children’s Non-Fiction VIEWFINDER INSECTS John Woodward

VIEWFINDER FOSSILS Douglas Palmer

VIEWFINDER REPTILES Barbara Taylor The Viewfinder books transcend the usual child audience but kids love them! This fun series offers flaps, sliding panels and a magnifier to inspect the incredible photos. Fossils looks at everything from stone-embedded plant life to giant dinosaur skeletons; budding young palaeontologists can examine the minutiae of dinosaur claws and ancient fish scales. Insects reveals the fascinating cycles and lifestyles of these amazing creatures. Butterfly wings and exo-skeletons give you a taste of what you might be peering at through the magnifier. Reptiles explores the extraordinary detail found in the gripping pads of a gecko’s toe, the changing colours of the scales of a chameleon and much more. $24.99 each

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Children’s Fiction Meet Gabrielle Lord Gabrielle Lord, the author of many bestselling adult crime novels, has made 2010 a year of suspense for thousands of young adults. Her Conspiracy 365 series has traced the year of Cal Ormond in monthly instalments as he fights to save everything he has ever known. She agreed to share with our readers the challenges and rewards of writing in this form. GABRIELLE LORD WRITES: Andrew Berkhut, the publisher at Scholastic, suggested we meet at a Bronte café – he had an exciting idea that he wanted to share with me. Conspiracy 365 came into being over vanilla milkshakes – a crime thriller for young adult readers that ran for a year, with each instalment being published monthly. I decided on first person narrative because that’s the most powerful voice, involving a boy of about 15 so as to be attractive to the target audience. But big challenges loomed; how to create a story big enough, a hero and characters compelling enough, and maintain the very high energy level of story necessary to sustain interest over such a huge story arc? I also needed a huge amount of story. Then there was the challenge of maintaining tension over a very long time span. All good thrillers have their action happening over a number of days, rarely weeks. I had to find ways of creating tension and suspense over a whole year.

CONSPIRACY 365 Gabrielle Lord This fast-paced series, released in monthly instalments, has made 2010 fly as readers have followed 15 yearold Cal Ormond’s quest to save life as he knows it. The series is now available in two slipcases, the second due for release alongside the final December instalment. Individual books $15.00 each. Slipcase of 6 books $50.00

The structure I decided, would be based on the pursuit of a mystery, with very high stakes (life itself) together with an inbuilt time limitation which would start ticking away from the very first pages. In the short prologue, Cal Ormond is warned by a seemingly deranged stranger of something called ‘the Ormond singularity’, a dangerous secret connected to the history of his family, one that promises enormous wealth – for someone courageous enough to chase it down. Circumstances give him only one year – 365 days – in which to solve this or he loses everything. But the solving of it, could easily cost Cal his life. To make things even tougher for my hero, I put him on the run from not one, but two criminal gangs who are also after the mysterious Ormond singularity, and to make it even tougher still, Cal is accused of crimes he did not commit and therefore must avoid the police and capture if he is to clear his name and penetrate the heart of the mysterious Ormond singularity. It wasn’t a matter of writing just one huge book and then slicing it into 12 servings. Each of the 12 books had to be structured carefully – a beginning, a middle and an end – classic three act structure, with the dramatic build moving towards the climax and with each book ending on a tantalising cliffhanger. Each book had to advance the main plot story so that the story arc was being traversed while, at the same time, other plot ingredients, the surprises, revelations, and reversals, so essential to dramatic writing, took their rightful places in the structure. Each book, too, had to deliver a certain amount of satisfaction to the reader. Each book had to satisfy as well as tease. I wanted readers hanging out for the next one – and, so far, this technique seems to be working extremely well.

RANGER’S APPRENTICE: THE Emperor of Nihon-Ja John Flanagan The 10th book in this world renowned series is set in the medieval Kingdom of Araleun. Horace is missing. He has failed to return from a mission to the court of Nihon-Ja. Evanlyn, Will and Alyss set out to find out what has happened to their friend. This is another action packed, humorous adventure for these well-loved characters. A must-read for fantasy loving 9-14 years olds. $17.95

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Children’s Talking Books Meet Maureen McCar thy

HALO

THE VERY BAD BOOK

Alexandra Adornetto What happens when three angels and some forces of darkness come to sleepy Venus Cove? And what happens when angel Bethany falls in love with earthling Xavier Woods? Great for 11 years up. 13 CDs $39.95 1 MP3 CD $34.95

Andy Griffiths In a very bad town, there was a very bad house. And in that very bad house……there was a VERY BAD book….and THIS IS IT! More hilarity for younger readers from Andy Griffiths. 2 CDs $29.95

Not only are talking books fun, they also improve reading ability! Here are four top titles – but there are many more available. Just ask your independent bookseller.

Born the ninth of ten children in a Victorian rural family of the 1950s, Maureen McCarthy’s writing is mainly concerned with the life of emerging adults with a real insight into family dynamics. Her best-selling novel, Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life, has been translated into several languages and made into a four part mini-series for ABC TV. Maureen wrote the script for this mini-series. Other novels by Maureen McCarthy are Chain of Hearts, Flash Jack, Ganglands, When you Wake and Find Me Gone and Rose By Any Other Name. The honesty and clarity in all her writing for young adults has earned Maureen a place of honour amongst Australian fiction authors.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

THE FLOODS PART 1: NEIGHBOURS Colin Thompson The Floods have seven children who were made in the cellar using some very shiny Jamie Oliver saucepans and a small chemistry set. The neighbours should have known better than to mess with them. Zany and witty for 9-12 years. 2 CDs $24.95

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ANNEXED Sharon Dogar A powerful and gripping fiction for young adults, this is the story of Peter, the boy who was trapped in the annex with Anne Frank and fell in love with her. 8 CDs $39.95

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Maureen McCarthy Ruth Craze feels like she has hit rock bottom. She used to have a toy rat called Rodney, but things started going wrong for her the day he was ‘lost’. She feels neglected by her parents, her brothers irritate her and her favourite aunt has died. She’s has fallen out with her friends and the only person she gets along with is Howard Pope, the school thief. When Ruth finds herself with an Aladdinesque opportunity to make three wishes to right the wrongs in her life she soon learns that it is best to be ‘careful what you wish for’. 10+ $15.99


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Older Readers NOAH’S LAW Randa AbdelFattah 16 year old Noah is a troublemaker. His father is a barrister. To help him learn ‘responsibility and fix his attitude’, Noah is sent by his father to volunteer in his aunt’s law firm. He becomes entangled in a case where a woman has been killed during a mugging gone wrong. Noah is quickly forced to reassess his ideas about crime and punishment, right and wrong as the details about this case become clear. 14+ $16.99

ROSIE BLACK CHRONICLES Lara Morgan 500 years into the future The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities. Newperth is now a place divided into the Centrals, the Bankers and the Ferals. Rosie is a Banker. On an exploring mission she discovers a mysterious box...and a Feral. Rosie quickly finds out that people will kill to get the box and she is forced to go on the run. A compelling mix of romance and sci-fi action. This is the first book in a new series by Australian author Lara Morgan. 12+ $24.95

Bestsellers: Older Readers January - October 2010

SKULLDUGGERY PLEASANT

(SERIES OF 5) Derek Landy RANGER’S APPRENTICE

(SERIES OF 10) John Flanagan

TRASH Andy Mulligan Raphael is a dumpsite boy who survives by his wits in a third world country. His life and that of his two street friends, is turned upside down when he discovers a bag containing money and what appears to be clues to a puzzle involving murder. Told in alternating voices of the three boys and a young English volunteer, Trash is a suspenseful thriller which will appeal to young adults. $24.95

THE MAZE RUNNER James Dashner A brilliant nailbiting thriller for teens. Thomas can only remember his first name and now he is trapped with other boys in an encampment at the centre of a maze. The maze is populated by the Grievers, halfmachine, half-animal hunting horrors. 12+ $16.99

PERCY JACKSON

(SERIES OF 5) Rick Riordan RED PYRAMID (#1 NEW SERIES) Rick Riordan SEND SIMON SAVAGE (#1 IN NEW SERIES) Stephen Measday INGO (SERIES OF 2) Helen Dunmore THE RUBY TALISMAN

Belinda Murrell MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY

(SERIES OF 3) Stewart Trenton Lee CONSPIRACY 365 (SERIES OF 12) Gabrielle Lord THE WILDKIN’S CURSE

Kate Forsyth ARTEMIS FOWL (SERIES OF 7)

Eoin Colfer THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE

CLOCKWORK ANGEL: The Infernal Devices #1 Cassandra Clare For fans of The Mortal Instruments trilogy we now have the first book in the 3-part prequel. 16 year old Tessa’s brother suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads Tessa to Victorian London and a new world full of warlocks, vampires and Downworlders. Thrilling, fascinating and sexy. 14+ $24.95

RECKLESS Cornelia Funke Jacob Reckless has a secret. A secret world hidden behind his father’s mirror. A world where he can escape from reality...until one day his younger brother, Will follows him into the mirror world and everything changes. This is the first book in a new series inspired by the fairy stories of the Brothers Grimm. Funke blends reality and fantasy with thrilling adventure, heroism, loyalty and magic. 10+ $29.95

Richard Newsome HUNGER GAMES (SERIES OF 3) Suzanne Collins CHERUB (SERIES OF 12) Robert Muchamore HENDERSON BOYS (SERIES OF 3) Robert Muchamore

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5 great gift ideas …and many more inside AND THE CROWD WENT WILD Ian Heads and Gary Lester Just the thing for the bloke who likes books as long as they are about sport. This is a collection of the great moments in Australian sport since the first formal event 200 years ago: a racing festival in Hyde Park. In this beautifully illustrated volume we get the stories of the cricket tests that stopped the nation, the best matches in all the football codes, the Davis Cup triumphs, the America’s Cup, our Olympic stars and much more. All our sports stars. A wonderful book. $49.99

BLIGH, MASTER MARINER Rob Mundle This new biography of Captain Bligh ventures beyond the well-trodden path of the bad-tempered disciplinarian and the deposed governor. Rob Mundle, best-selling author of The Fatal Storm, recounts the story of one of history’s greatest sailors, navigators and cartographers, his adventure-filled life and the skill and bravery involved in his epic survival adrift in the Pacific after the mutiny on the Read about Rob Mundle on page 11. Bounty. $49.99

THE 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS John O’Donnell, Toby Cresswell, Craig Mathieson Our vibrant Australian music scene deserves to be recognised the way it is in this great book. Each album has its cover illustrated, its tracklistings and an article about its creation and success. Wonderful visuals and wonderful reading. $59.95

FEATHERS FOR PHOEBE

Charlotte Seeling This lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched book is devoted to the glamorous world of fashion, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Which designers had significant impact on their fashion eras, and what did their creations look like? Featuring over 120 of the world’s most famous fashion designers, including Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, John Galliano, Tom Ford. With over 1000 full colour photographs. $99.00

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Rod Clement Phoebe is a small, grey ordinary bird who never gets noticed. Zelda is the owner of the most popular beauty salon in the forest. Together they work to make Phoebe the most glamorous and fabulous bird in the forest. But Phoebe gets more than she bargains for. This is a funny, colourful picture book about accepting who you are from the author of Olga the Brolga and Counting on Frank. $24.99

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