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Questions of Travel

Christopher Koch Paperback RRP $ 32.99

The Secret Keeper Kate Morton Hardback RRP $ 35.00 In her captivating style Kate Morton sends us through time, from the 1930s to the 60s and present day, to unravel the close-held secrets of a family. The dreaminess of a summer’s day in a Suffolk farm in 1961 is shattered for Laurel when she witnesses her mother plunge a knife into the chest of a stranger. Years later, as Laurel’s memories resurface; she realizes how little she knows of her mother’s life and as she learns more, mysteries long-hidden are gradually revealed.

about the author Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Lost Voices

Craig Silvey Hardback RRP $16.99 Craig Silvey, bestselling author of Jasper Jones, has created a new generation of superhero in this stunning and hilarious coming of age story, filled with pathos and humour. Meet Liam McKenzie, lonely 12 year old boy by day, superhero by night! Liam is drawn to a woman down the street who he believes is in danger, danger that only the Amber Amulet can save her from. Over a chance meeting one night the two strike up an extraordinary friendship that changes the course of both their lives.

Michelle De Kretser Hardback RRP $ 39.99 Through the lens of our desire to travel and experience the diversity of other cultures, this wonderful book explores the issues of loss, the past, love and family in determining what it is that defines home. Told in two parallel stories, that of Laura, raised in Sydney who escapes to travel and live overseas before returning home to work for a publisher of travel guides, and Ravi, a Sri Lankan man living amidst the civil war, who is forced to seek refuge in Australia following tragedy. Vividly capturing the pathos and humour of what makes us human, Questions of Travel is stunningly written, evoking for all of us the question of what it is that makes us belong. To read a Q&A with Michelle De Kretser, go to

The Amber Amulet

Lost Voices is a double narrative. One story is set in the 1950s, when Hugh Dixon seeks out his great-uncle Walter to ask for help with his family’s gambling debts. The second story is set in the 1850s, and involves Walter’s father and a utopian community he became involved with. Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Christopher Koch delivers a remarkable and gripping new novel.

The Voyage Murray Bail Hardback RRP $ 29.99 In lyrical prose, Bail describes the return sea voyage of Frank Delage, inventor of a radical new piano, from Vienna to Sydney. Deftly, in language that ebbs and flows like the oceans on which Delage is travelling, Bail conveys the tensions between the old world and the new, and reaffirms his position as one of Australia's finest writers.

Lola Bensky Lily Brett Paperback RRP $ 29.99

Best Australian Essays 2012 Ramona Koval Paperback RRP $ 29.99

Based on the author’s time in London in the 60s as a music journalist, Lola Bensky is filled with insider information on the London music scene during the most exciting time in music history. Lola spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars. She has an irrepressible curiosity, but she begins to wonder whether the questions she asks these extraordinary young musicians are really a substitute for questions about her parents' calamitous past and the question of what it means to be human is the hardest one for anyone – including herself – to answer.

Best Australian Stories 2012 Sonya Hartnett Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Best Australian Poems 2012 John Tranter Paperback RRP $ 24.99 New editions of the bestselling annual series. In The Best Australian Essays 2012, Ramona Koval puts together a collection of the year's most thoughtprovoking non-fiction pieces. In The Best Australian Stories 2012, Sonya Hartnett compiles the year's most compelling short fictions. In The Best Australian Poems 2012, the illustrious poet John Tranter selects the most exceptional Australian poetry of 2012.

WIN YOUR ULTIMATE GIFT PACK For your chance to WIN 1 of 5 GIFT PACKS each comprising of a selection of 25 bestselling and high-value titles worth over $1000, simply purchase a book featured in this catalogue, from the store named on the cover, and tell us in 25 words or less WHAT ROLE DO BOOKS PLAY IN YOUR LIFE.




Competition closes 31 December 2012. Entry forms must be returned to the store named on the cover of this catalogue. Entries close 31/12/12. The winning entry will be judged by the General Manager of Leading Edge Books on 12/01/13 at 3 Fitzsimons Lane, Gordon NSW 2072. The winner will be notified by email. Employees and immediate relatives of Leading Edge Books members and their direct suppliers are ineligible to enter. All entries remain the property of Leading Edge Books, the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Full terms and conditions available at

best of austr alian writing Nola Anderson Hardback RRP $ 89.99 This beautiful book tells the story of the Memorial and the National Collection – one of the most significant collections of military history in the world. From the battlefields of Europe to the conflicts in the Middle East, the collection is brought to life by the rich personal stories behind it.

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Robert Drewe Paperback RRP $ 29.99


Montebello starts where Robert Drewe's much-loved memoir The Shark Net left off, taking us into his mature years. Drewe’s passion for islands frames the narrative; in the near-solitude of remote places he is free to reflect on manmade and natural changes to our landscape, as well as aging and loving. Witty, humble and insightful. Feb 13 Release

In Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers, Honor Auchinleck tells the story of the exceptional woman, and mother, behind the mask of the famous author of the Australian classic The Silver Brumby. Also available are: On the Trail of the Silver Brumby - a lavishly illustrated tribute to the brumby heartland and a new special centenary edition of The Silver Brumby which also contains: Silver Brumby’s Daughter, Silver Brumbies of the South and Silver Brumby Kingdom.

Ramona Koval Paperback RRP $ 29.99 From learning to read, to poetry, to travel and falling in love, By the Book demonstrates the value and importance of books in a richly-lived life. Ramona Koval’s book will be enjoyed by the avid reader, as well as every avid listener who has enjoyed her radio interviews over the years. Unmissable!



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Richard Gill Hardback RRP $49.99 Richard Gill is one of Australia’s best known musical figures, with television appearances on “Spicks and Specks” and “Operatunity Oz”. What truly marks Richard out is his passion and enthusiasm for spreading the joy and benefits of music. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life's work – alongside his other roles – has been pushing the role of music in our education system, and the education of those for whom music is a vocation. This is Richard’s memoir, tracing his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing the Victorian Opera. Warm, funny and full of love of music.

Matthew Flinders is a towering figure in Australian history. He was the first to chart its coastline and the leading champion for naming the country Australia. Following a shipwreck off the Queensland coast, Flinders navigated the ship’s cutter back to Sydney to get help. He was also held for six long years by the French on Mauritius. Rob Mundle, author of Bligh: Master Mariner, brings Flinders’ gripping story to life – from the heroism and drama of a shipwreck, to imprisonment and long voyage in appalling conditions, to the heartbreak of being separated from his beloved wife. The story of a true Australian hero.

Chris Masters Hardback RRP $ 49.99

Politics with Purpose

In this edited selection of press articles, speeches and occasional essays, Lindsay Tanner discusses a range of major subjects: globalization, family ties, Labor’s problems and prospects, compassion and lessons from his own life. Tanner’s thoughtfulness and humanity shine through on every page.

Paul Ham Hardback RRP $ 49.95 After the fall of Singapore in 1942, the Japanese conqueror transferred 2700 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp near Sandakan. When Sandakan was then attacked in 1944, the prisoners were moved – in the Sandakan Death Marches – to another camp 250 miles inland. Thoroughly researched, this is the harrowing untold story of a dark chapter of our history.

Australian author

Chris Masters, one of our foremost investigative journalists, turns his penetrating gaze on the modern Australian soldier. He looks at how diggers are selected, led, and transformed from civilians to disciplined professional soldiers. In doing so, he argues that the best measure of our military legend is found in the present. A powerful book.

The Best Australian Science Writing 2012 Elizabeth Finkel (Ed.)

Sandakan Give Me Excess of It

Flinders: The man who mapped Australia

Uncommon Soldier

Lindsay Tanner Paperback RRP $ 32.95

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Rob Mundle Hardback RRP $49.99

by the Book: A reader's Guide to Life Elyne Mitchell; On the Trail of the Silver Brumby; Silver Brumby Centenary Edition RRP $ 32.99/ $ 49.99/ $ 32.99

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Australian War Memorial: Treasures from a century of collecting

The Best Australian Business Writing 2012 Andrew Cornell (Ed.) Paperbacks RRP $ 29.99 each The second edition of The Best Australian Science Writing 2012 brings together the best of Australian science writing across a diverse range of topics - from the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes. The Best Business Writing 2012 is a new series covering topics from history, ethics, crime, intrigue and morality. Contributors include Gideon Haigh, Don Watson, Alan Kohler, George Megalogenis and a host of other writers and commentators.

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great new fiction


Flight Behaviour

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Barbara Kingsolver Paperback RRP $ 32.99 Ready to take flight from her shotgun marriage with a husband she barely tolerates, two young children and difficult in-laws, Dellarobia climbs a mountain ready to “throw away her life” through adultery. However she is stopped in her tracks by an astonishing vision - not a burning bush but a flaming forest alive with vividly coloured beating wings - a marvel of nature. But visions have a way of changing people, or maybe enhancing them. Dellarobia’s response to her mountain vision, triggers a cascade of events that bring national attention to her Appalachian community and change her life. Once again, Kingsolver’s prose is dense and luscious, and combined with her scientific training, engages and captivates the reader.

The Cleaner of Chartres Salley Vickers Paperback RRP $ 29.99 There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres, with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning. The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light; of traumatic loss and second chances from the bestselling author of Miss Garnet’s Angel.

Children of Liberty Paullina Simons Paperback RRP $ 29.99 At the turn of the century, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston’s Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his. As America faces the new world, Gina and Harry have much to gain, and much to lose. Their ill-fated love story will break your heart.


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The Testament of Mary

Mrs Queen Takes The Train

Colm Toibin Hardback RRP $19.99

William Kuhn Paperback RRP $ 29.99

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was ‘worth it’. In Toibin’s searing evocation, Mary is a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. This tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

Love Anthony Lisa Genova Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Two lives converge when Beth, a recently separated mother of three, rekindles a passion for writing and finds herself channelling the voice of an unknown autistic boy. Could this be the voice of Olivia’s recently deceased autistic son, Anthony? Olivia is desperate for answers as to why his young life was so cruelly cut short ... Can Beth help?

This charming and witty tale tells of a fictional Queen Elizabeth II growing disenchanted after her FREE decades of public service and mug years of family scandal. One day she leaves the palace alone and incognito. Six mavericks, the only ones who know of her disappearance, vow to find her and bring her back to the palace before MI6 turn her Scottish sojourn into a national crisis. For everyone who loved The Uncommon Reader. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Receive a FREE mug with purchase of Mrs Queen Takes the Train. *While stocks last.

Two Brothers Ben Elton Paperback RRP $ 32.95 Ben Elton's new novel is a haunting tale of two babies born in 1920, one Jewish, one Aryan, who are brought up as brothers, and then face the terrible consequences of living under the Third Reich. Two Brothers is a breathtaking and intensely personal story, fueled by its tumultuous period.


Trains and Lovers

C. J. Samson Paperback RRP $ 27.99

Alexander McCall Smith Hardback RRP $19.99

An alternative-history novel Dominion is at once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping spy thriller and a poignant love story. 1952. Twelve years have passed since Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. The British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule, the streets are patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraint…C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.

Like a House on Fire Cate Kennedy Paperback RRP $ 27.95 From prize-winning short story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies and injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour. Cate Kennedy's poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.

A collection of brand new stories from one of the world’s most popular authors and creator of the highly successful No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Romantic, absurd and light-hearted, these stories are delightful – taking in Paris, Poussin, six-stringed sitars and the best-maintained railway siding in Australia. A perfect pocket-size companion for any journey, or a beautiful gift for a loved one.

The One-Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared Jonas Jonasson Paperback RRP $ 29.99 A wonderful, witty, totally implausible, fun to read novel full of belly laughs as the principal carefully steers through history and one improbable event after another. An intelligent Forrest Gump, this is the feel good book of the year and an inspiration to all our senior citizens.

more great fiction Kerry Greenwood Paperback RRP $ 22.99

Tom Wolfe Paperback RRP $ 32.95 As a police launch speeds across Miami’s Biscayne Bay – with officer Nestor Camacho on board – Tom Wolfe is off and running. Into the feverous landscape of the city, he introduces us to a myriad of unforgettable characters. Based on the same detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe’s previous bestselling novels, Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full, Black to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

Silent House Orhan Pamuk Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Silent House is a moving insight into the underlying political and social tensions of Turkey in the lead up to the military coup of 1980. Pamuk investigates issues of nationalism and modernity through an ensemble of characters gathered in Cennethisar, a fishing town already changed by these powerful forces.

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The Twelve

*While stocks last.

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The Laughing Clowns William McInnes Paperback RRP $ 32.99 Peter Kennedy is caught in the cocoon of middle age. Too much rather soulless work is damaging his relationship with his family. He returns to his home town of Pickersgill in Queensland to assess the showgrounds for possible development and he gets the chance to reconnect with those he holds dear. The inhabitants and indeed the town of Pickersgill provide a brilliant supporting cast. McInnes is a terrific comic story teller. He gently satirises Australian culture rather than skewering it and this fond but knowing eye makes for hilarious and very enjoyable reading.

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The Divine Miss Fisher sets off on another adventure, driving her way erratically through the FREE streets of inner Melbourne. compact Secret men’s societies, missing pregnant women, tough nuns, wealthy Toorak cousins and communist farmers are just some of the interesting characters we meet. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Receive a mirrored compact with purchase of Unnatural Habits.

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Unnatural Habits

The Casual Vacancy

Justin Cronin Paperback RRP $ 32.99

J.K. Rowling Hardback RRP $ 39.99

A worthy, suck-you-in, obsessive follow up to The Passage. The second in Cronin's weighty trilogy, a hybrid of mainstream and literary fiction, is a portrait of humanity in extremis. Virals, caused by a military experiment gone awry, are a malignant, violent force of annihilation. But what reserves of strength keep us fighting? How do people live in a post-apocalyptic world? Is another end coming? Or a beginning? The Twelve, like The Passage, has as much anthropology, eschatology, psychology, and philosophy, as it does gore, battle and horror.

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Soon the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Highly anticipated, this is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

Summer Lies

The Last Runaway

Bernhard Schlink Hardback RRP $ 29.99

Tracy Chevalier Hardback RRP $ 29.99

From the bestselling author of The Reader, this is a mesmerising book about love in all its guises. As Schlink's characters navigate their lives, we discover the many faces of love: the small betrayals, hidden truths and abiding affections. In Schlink's trademark spare prose, we come face-to-face with the desires and jealousies that define our daily lives, with the fragility of happiness and with the abiding possibility of hope.

Astray Emma Donoghue Paperback RRP $ 29.99 The fascinating characters that roam across the page of Emma Donoghue's latest fact-inspired fictions have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. This is a captivating, exciting and deeply imaginative novel from the author of Room.

January release, advance orders welcome

England, 1850. Honor and Grace Bright, sisters brought up in a Quaker community in Dorset, are moving to a village in Ohio, to start a new life in America. When tragedy strikes, Honor is forced to face the journey alone. A beautiful, warm-hearted tale of courage, community and female friendship.

The Happiness Show Catherine Deveny Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Lizzie Quealy thinks she has things sorted: a happy relationship, gorgeous kids, a steadfast best friend and a job she loves. But when Lizzie bumps into Tom, an old flame from her globe-trotting twenties, her predictable life is turned on its head. A funny, feisty, lusty and irreverent exploration of love and marriage.

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Standing In Another Man's Grave

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The Black Box Michael Connelly Paperback RRP $ 32.99

Ian Rankin Paperback RRP $ 32.99



crime and thrillers OUR PICK Rea ng di

Rebus is back! As irreverent as ever and no longer an official policeman but a ‘cold case’ investigator, Rebus not only has to manage a disturbingly friendly Big Ger but an also disturbingly unfriendly Malcolm Fox from Complaints. A treat for the fans. (May Rankin keep him free from cirrhosis and lung cancer for a few more years yet!)

Sutton J.R. Moehringer Paperback RRP $ 29.99

Live by Night Dennis Lehane Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Joe Coughlin, the son of a corrupt Boston police officer, takes up crime because “it is fun and he is good at it”. Set in prohibition-era America, where speakeasies flourish, gangsters are king and the cops are on the take, the story chronicles the rise of Coughlin from small time crook to big time mobster. Backed by a vicious gang lord, he builds a bootlegging empire in Tampa but he is surrounded by double-dealing, ambition and betrayal. This gritty and gripping novel beautifully evokes the conflict, violence and moral ambiguity of the time.

The Cutting Season Attica Locke Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Caren Gray works and lives at Belle Vie, a southern plantation homestead that is used for weddings and historical tours. Her family connections to this land run as deep as the Clancys who have owned it for generations. A murder turns her world upside down. It’s a brilliant who-dunnit.

Between 1925 and 1950, Willie Sutton robbed 100 banks and broke out of three prisons – all without firing a shot. Sutton is a compulsively readable, fictional re-imaging of his life of crime, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tender Bar, and the co-author of Andre Agassi’s Open.

Salvation of a Saint Keigo Higashino Paperback RRP $ 29.99 When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty FREE home, his beautiful wife, Ayane, book immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? Special offer: Purchase a copy of Salvation of a Saint and receive a FREE copy of Keigo Nigashino’s previous book Devotion of Suspect X. *While stocks last.


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In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch matches a bullet from a recent crime to a killing during the 1992 LA riots. The ballistics evidences indicates that the 1992 death was not a random act of violence at all. Riveting and fast paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch into one of his most dangerous cases. Exclusive offer: Purchase a copy of The Black Box and receive an exclusive, in-depth profile of Harry Bosch written by Michael Connelly. This limited edition booklet also contains a Harry Bosch short story, Christmas Even and is a truly collectible item for any Michael Connelly fan. *While stocks last.


The Bat Jo Nesbo Paperback RRP $ 32.95 Before Detective Harry Hole comes across the likes of The Snowman and The Leopard, he has to fly to Australia to investigate The Bat. But is Harry out of his depth? Here we get to go back to the beginning with Jo Nesbo’s first novel, published in English for the first time. This is the thriller of the summer.

Jewels of Paradise Donna Leon Paperback RRP $ 29.95 Caterina Pellegrini is hired to find the heir for an alleged treasure devised by a oncefamous baroque composer. The composer’s life draws Caterina into one of the most scandalous affairs of the baroque time. A gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed, this is Donna Leon’s first stand-alone novel.

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Joseph Anton Salman Rushdie Paperback RRP $ 35.00

Sweet Tooth Ian McEwan Paperback RRP $ 32.95

My Ideal Bookshelf Thessaly La Force Hardback RRP $ 29.99

Life of Pi film tie-in Yann Martel Paperback RRP $ 22.99

Les Miserables film tie-in* Victor Hugo Paperback RRP $19.99 December release, advance orders welcome

Anna Karenina film tie-in Thessaly La Force Paperback RRP $19.99 December release, advance orders welcome

* Film tie-in book cover not available at time of print.

true life stories Grace Coddington Hardback RRP $ 39.95

Beginning in wartime Britain, FREE postcards Grace: A Memoir follows Grace Coddington, the passionate and flame-haired doyenne of fashion, trajectory from London in the swinging Sixties, to Paris at the start of the ready-towear revolution, and on to America in the late 1980’s when the era of power-dressing and the supermodel began. More than simply a memoir, this is a cultural history of the last half century. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Purchase a copy of Grace and receive a FREE set of postcards. *While stocks last.

May Smith Hardback RRP $ 29.99 At the outbreak of WWII, May Smith was twenty-four. The war brought many changes: evacuees arrived in her village; nights were broken by the wail of the siren as bombers flew overhead; the young men of May's circle donned khaki and disappeared to far-flung places to 'do their bit'. But a great deal remained the same... And it was during these difficult times that May fell in love. These Wonderful Rumours! gives a unique and surprising insight into life on the British Home Front.

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The John Lennon Letters

Waging Heavy Peace

Letters from Berlin

Neil Young Hardback RRP $ 39.99

Kerstin Lieff Paperback RRP $ 32.95

From his youth in Canada to his first band’s travels across the USA; from Crosby Stills and Nash to his massively successful solo career – this is Neil Young in his own words. He presents a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical journey, as one of the last uncompromising survivors of rock ‘n roll. Reflective and disarmingly honest.

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December release, advance orders welcome

These Wonderful Rumours


Grace: A memoir

A vivid recreation of life in wartime Germany and the terrible aftermath of the war. Drawing on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with her mother, Margarete, and an extraordinary collection of never-mailed letters, Kerstin Lieff has recreated Margarete's story from her childhood and her child's eye view of the rise and fall of the Reich through the family's increasingly desperate circumstances as the war's end neared.

John Lennon Hardback RRP $45.00 John Lennon was a writer as well as a musician. He wrote letters and postcards all his life: to his friends, family, strangers, newspapers and organisations. For the first time, Yoko Ono has given permission for a collection of his letters to be published. They are funny, informative, wise, mad, poetic, campaigning, anguished and sometimes even heartbreaking. The editor is Hunter Davies, the Beatles official biographer who knew John Lennon well. It provides a unique insight into the mind of one of the great figures of our time.

This Is Me

Ian Thorpe is an Australian sporting legend, the most successful Olympian in our history and one of the greatest swimmers of all time. From the hopes, fear and ultimate disappointments of his bid to compete at the London Olympics to the recognition of his abiding passion for swimming and his desire to remain involved in the sport, this is the inside story of his journey and its ultimate, explosive truths.

Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business James Button Paperback RRP $ 32.99 A highly personal account of a year working in Canberra, seen from both the inside and the outside, written by the son of Senator John Button. James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd, and he shares how Rudd’s failure to tell his story helped destroy his prime ministership.

Pattie Wright Hardback RRP $ 49.99


Ray Parkin's Odyssey

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Ian Thorpe Hardback RRP $ 45.00

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When HMAS Perth sunk off the coast of Java in 1942, Ray Parkin was one of the survivors. He became a prisoner working on the Thai-Burma Railway and in a Japanese coalmine. Throughout he kept diaries, painted watercolours and drew sketches. This is the story of his extraordinary life.

Blasphemy Asia Bibi Paperback RRP $ 24.99 A shocking but inspiring book about a Christian woman accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death in Pakistan for her 'crime' drinking water from the wrong well after working all day in searing heat. Great risks were taken for this publication; it is a moving and important read.

Exit Wounds: One Man's War on Terror John Cantwell Paperback RRP $ 34.99 Major General John Cantwell hid his post traumatic stress disorder for decades, fearing it would affect his career. Exit Wounds is his compassionate, personal account of his life on a modern battlefield: from the nightmare of cheating death in a minefield, to the poignancy of calling home while under rocket fire in Baghdad, to the utter despair of looking into the face of a dead soldier before sending him home to his mother. Raw, candid and eye-opening, no one who reads this book will be unmoved, nor forget its imagery or words.

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Share a magical time Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (Illus.) Hardback RRP $ 24.99

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Queen Victoria's Christmas

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Something strange is happening at the palace and the dogs can't work it out. The cooks are busy and mysterious parcels are arriving. Most curious of all ... what is that tree doing in Prince Albert's study? A delightful story of the first ‘traditional’ Christmas as seen from the point of view of Queen Victoria's dogs. Age: 3+

Peter Smith and Bob Graham (Illus.) Hardback RRP $ 24.99 “There's a hush in the crowd as the mayor lifts his gun, then an ear-splitting Bang! and the race has begun...”. Can Monsieur Albert win the Grand Cycle Race? After all, he's up against François, the champion of France. He might need fate to give him a helping hand. Age: 6+

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Little Elephants

Playbook Farm

Mem Fox and Judy Horacek (Illus.) Hardback RRP $19.99/24.99

Graeme Base Hardback RRP $ 24.99

Corinna Fletcher Hardback RRP $ 24.99

Bonnie and Ben have a favourite babysitter whose much-loved nursery rhymes ensure a wonderful whimsical world before bedtime. Good Night, Sleep Tight is set to become an instant classic with a wonderful cast of characters and traditional nursery rhymes which young children will enjoy again and again. In their first collaboration since the bestselling classic Where Is the Green Sheep?, author Mem Fox and illustrator Judy Horacek have created another perfect picture book. Also available by Mem Fox is: Tell me About Your Day. Age: 2+

The wheat is ripe, but the harvester is broken and a plague of locusts is on the way. It looks as if Jim and his mother may lose the farm. But when Jim show kindness to a stranger, their fortunes are set to change in the most surprising way imaginable! A warm-hearted story full of magic and intrigue from this world-renowned and much-loved picture book creator. Age 5+

This brilliant and ingenious novelty package comprises a pop-up storybook, which then unfolds and transforms into a 3D farmyard landscape playmat, with cut-out cardboard animals and a tractor! Fold it away and store in its own box-style slipcase - perfect portable fun for journeys, playdates and bedtime too. Age: 3+

Superworm; Tree: A Little Story About Big Things Danny Parker and Matt Ottley (Illus.) Hardback RRP $ 24.95 A sapling grows in the shelter of an older tree, where he is happy and safe. One day a violent storm destroys everything the sapling knows, and he suddenly finds himself unprotected and alone. But as the sapling grows, he gradually discovers that every end is a new beginning. Age: 4+

Jane Godwin and Anna Walker (Illus.) Hardback RRP $ 24.99

Julia Donaldson Hardbacks RRP $ 24.99 each Double your delight this Christmas with two books by the bestselling author of The Gruffalo. Superworm is a super-squiggly hero with huge appeal. Children will love exploring this tiny world of mini-beasts and bugs. The Paper Dolls is a breathtakingly beautiful story of one little girl and her six paper dolls. A stunning, rhythmical story of childhood, loss and the power of imagination. Age: 3+

A special book from amazing author/illustrator team Jane Godwin and Anna Walker. The young narrator takes us on a journey through her family’s busy week, finally coming to the day they have no plans – they can lie on the grass and look at the clouds; stay in pj’s all day; or eat pancakes until they’re full. Age: 4+

Mouse Mansion: Sam and Julia

this is not my hat

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Karina Schaapman Hardback RRP $ 24.99

Jon Klassen Hardback RRP $ 24.95

The Topp Twins and Jenny Cooper (Illus.) Paperback RRP $16.99

Julia lives on the sixth floor and her best friend Sam lives in the middle of Mouse Mansion. The two mice are inseparable and together they get up to all sorts of fun. This is a stunningly beautiful picture book in which the handcrafted mansion (made from cardboard and vintage fabrics) is full of surprises. Age: 4+


Today We Have No Plans

The Paper Dolls

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When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Another quirky and hilarious tale by Jon Klassen, author of I Want My Hat Back now available in paperback. Age: 4+

This favourite children’s song receives the Topp Twins treatment with hilarious illustrations by popular children’s book illustrator Jenny Cooper. The Topp Twins are New Zealand’s most popular musical and comic duo. Includes CD and a page of interesting, little-known facts about ears! Age: 2+

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For kids of all ages

A Room at Guardian Angel Inn Comtess de Segur and Stephanie Smee Paperback RRP $17.99 December release, advance orders welcome

Rescued by a soldier returning from the Crimean War, two young, lost boys are taken to the Inn of the Guardian Angel which is run by two generous sisters. The boys begin a series of hilarious adventures, spurred on by the irascible General Dourakine, who turns their life upside down. This will delight readers of all ages. Age: 5+

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7: The Third Wheel Jeff Kinney Paperback RRP $14.95

The Tashi Collection Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble Paperback RRP $ 49.99 Tashi comes from a place very far away. He escaped from a war lord and flew to this country on the back of a swan. When he comes face to face with sneaky strangers, ancient warriors or fearless kidnappers ... Tashi always knows what to do: stay calm, think hard and move fast! Age: 5+

Dork Diaries, Book 5: Dear Dork Rachel Renee Russell Paperback RRP $14.99

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All The Wrong Questions: Who Could that Be At This Hour? Lemony Snicket Hardback RRP $16.95 Author Lemony Snicket is a broken man, wracked with misery and despair as a result of writing A Series Of Unfortunate Events. He spends his days wandering the countryside weeping and moaning, and his evenings eating hastily-prepared meals. But what was he like when he was thirteen years old? All the Wrong Questions is an intriguing, fast-paced and hilarious series following the young Lemony Snicket’s apprenticeship with a very mysterious organisation in a very mysterious town called Stain’d By The Sea. With incredible art by world-renowned graphic novelist Seth. Age: 12+

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When Nikki Maxwell joins the school newspaper as the advice columnist, Miss KnowIt-All, to keep an eye on her arch-nemesis, Mackenzie, she has no idea just how many kids need help. With an overflowing inbox with pleas for guidance Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side … and at her keyboard! Age: 7+

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Picnic at Hanging Rock; Ruby Redfort: Take your last breath

The Girl From Snowy River

Playing Beatie Bow;

Lauren Child Hardback RRP $19.99

Jackie French Paperback RRP $19.99

Hardbacks RRP $19.99 each

Everyone’s favourite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing instalment, packed with all the off-the-wall humour, action and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it’s an adventure on the wide open ocean, and Ruby is all at sea… Age: 9+

December release, advance orders welcome

January 1919. Disguised as a boy, 16 year old Flinty McAlpine talks her way into a brumby muster that is headed up by the legendary Clancy of the Overflow. With her parents dead and her younger siblings to look after the opportunity to make a quick £100 is too good to pass up. The second title in The Matilda Saga, this book is a love song to the beautiful Snowy Mountains and a tribute to Australia’s poets who immortalised so much of our land. Age: 10+

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As usual, Greg is moving blithely through life with himself as the centre of his universe. Yet somehow, he still manages to strike a chord with us all; about the ups and downs of family life or the trials and tribulations of school – not to mention girls! Dive in to the next instalment of Greg's life! Age: 9+

In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood. While dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client, Prue and Curtis are thrown together to save themselves and their friends. Age: 9+

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Two weeks of snowboarding in the mountains of California is a dream vacation for the world's youngest billionaire. But it soon turns into a nightmare as Gerald and his friends are attacked in their chalet. Join them as their new adventure takes them around the world. After all, with all that money, there's got to be more to the story. Age: 9+

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis Hardback RRP $19.99


Richard Newsome Paperback RRP $16.99

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Crystal Code: The Billionaire's Curse, Book 4

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Seven Little Australians December release, advance orders welcome

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australian Children’s Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind. Collect the first four books in the series and discover why generations of Australians have grown up with these stories: I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park and Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner. Age: 9+

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The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice: The Ship Kings, 2

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Andrew McGahan Hardback RRP $ 22.99

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From the decaying splendour of the Twelfth Kingdom to the bitter cold of the frozen North - will this be a voyage of great danger or of great opportunity? And what of Nell, the scapegoat girl is she an ally or an enemy? The second adventure in Andrew McGahan's brilliant Ship Kings series. Age: 14+

Black Spring Alison Croggon Paperback RRP $ 22.95 Lina is an enchanting, vibrant and willful witch who has had a privileged upbringing and is devoted to her childhood companion, Damek. But times are changing and tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House. Beautifully written and reminiscent of the tortured love story, Wuthering Heights. Age: 12+

Every Day Oblivion: The Power of Five, Book 5 Anthony Horowitz Paperback RRP $19.95 Having escaped from Hong Kong, the five gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to re-group and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle. The eagerly anticipated final novel in The Power of Five series. Will all of the Gatekeepers make it and who will betray the others? Absolutely thrilling, fantastically fluent, fast moving and actionpacked from start to finish. Unmissable! Age: 12+

The Rosie Black Chronicles, Book 3: Dark Star Lara Morgan Paperback RRP $ 22.95 To fulfil her deal with a double agent and for a chance to use Helios tech to rid herself of her deadly implant, Rosie Black is in training to be an operative. The survival of those she loves and the world as she knows it, weigh heavily on her shoulders. The exciting final instalment of The Rosie Black Chronicles. Age: 13+

Quintana of Charyn Melina Marchetta Paperback RRP $ 24.99 Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. A spine-tingling and unforgettable final volume in the Lumatere Chronicles. Age: 14+


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David Levithan Paperback RRP $19.99 Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere… YA superstar author David Levithan brings all his trademark insight to a novel that is edgy, romantic and page-turning. Every Day has a touch of the paranormal and a grounding in the real world. Age: 13+

The Diviners Libba Bray Paperback RRP $ 24.99 The Diviners is a glamorous and fast-paced novel set in New York in the extravagant 1920s. Evie O'Neill is a sassy psychic WIN teenager caught between solving a series of bizarre murders, and making the most of her vivid social life. Thrilling and decadent, this book will make your heart race. Age: 14+ SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase a copy of The Diviners for your chance to WIN a $500 voucher for For details go to the competition page at

The Hunger Games Luxury Edition; Catching Fire Luxury Edition; Mockingjay Luxury Edition Suzanne Collins Hardbacks RRP $ 24.99 each In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing each of them to send one boy and one girl between the age of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to death on live TV… The bestselling series is now available in stunning and exclusive to the Australian market, this Christmas, hardback editions.

Finale Becca Fitzpatrick Paperback RRP $ 24.99 The stunning final installment in the bestselling Hush, Hush series. Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or not, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Absolutely breathtaking. Age: 14+

The Convent

Eve & Adam

Maureen McCarthy Paperback RRP $ 22.99

Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate Paperback RRP $ 22.95

In the early 1900s, Sadie is forced to relinquish her young daughter. This single act has consequences that ripple through the generations. This is a novel of separate stories, traversing the hundred-year history of the Abbotsford Convent, which explosively intersect as the past comes to claim its dues. Age 14+

Evening Spiker is recuperating from a freak accident in her mum’s medical facility. She is healing at a remarkable rate, faster than physically possible. As she grows closer to the hot lab assistant Solo, who seems to be hanging around a lot, she realises that things at Spiker Biotech are not quite as they seem. Age: 12+

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Pacific 360°

Warren Brown Paperback RRP $ 35.00

Roland Perry Hardback RRP $ 50.00

Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia

On the afternoon of 8 April 1802, in the remote southern ocean, two explorers had a remarkable chance encounter. Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicolas Baudin had been sent by their governments on the same quest: to compile the definitive map of Australia. Written from diaries and other first-hand accounts, this is the thrilling story of the men whose skills and determination enabled ‘terra australis incognito’ to become Australia.


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Edwin Barnard Hardback RRP $ 49.99

Based on the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections, Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia looks back on our nation through the magic of panoramas. Dating from 1810 to the 1920s, the paintings and photographs include historic views of all of Australia’s capital cities, plus a number of country towns. Exclusive offer: Purchase a copy of the book and receive FREE gift card & wrap. *While stocks last.




Peter Ackroyd Paperback RRP $ 32.99

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The Great Race David Hill Paperback RRP $ 34.95


Told by a master storyteller, Pacific 360° is a sweeping history that looks for the first time at the Pacific War in its entirety. The narrative follows the Pacific War both on the front lines and at home, showing how this critical moment in history affected and shaped Australia's political and social culture.


Francis Birtles was an extraordinary Australian. He crossed Australia more than 70 times by car or motorbike and drove a car from London to Melbourne in 1927. In between he made documentaries and films about his outback encounters and wrote numerous books. An inspiring biography about a remarkable life.

Tudors recounts the transformation of England, from a settled Catholic country to a Protestant superpower. It is the story of Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome, the brief reign of the teenage king Edward VI, the violent re-imposition of Catholicism and the long reign of Elizabeth I, which finally brought stability to England.

Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution Peter FitzSimons Hardback RRP $49.95 In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it and its symbolic flag is still raised today. In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield and those behind the scenes. He brings to life the Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion, and looks at the deadly battle in a new light.

The Kelly Gang Unmasked Ian MacFarlane Paperback RRP $ 29.95 This controversial book reexamines the story of the Kelly Gang – from the organized crime network of stock theft, to the violence within Ned Kelly’s own family. The mythology created by pro-Kelly writers is critically explored, and many missing official documents are identified for the first time.


The Lost Diggers Ross Coulthart Hardback RRP $70.00

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This is the riveting detective story of the hunt across northern France for a rumoured treasure trove of antique glass photographic plates. Ross Coulthart and his team from Channel 7’s Sunday Night discovered nearly 400 plates of Australian diggers taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier in the French town of Vignacourt. With meticulous research and the help of descendents, Ross Coulthart has also been able to discover the stories behind many of the photos. Part thriller, part detective story and part national archive, The Lost Diggers brings together these wonderful photographs with the amazing stories behind them.

Changi Camera Tim Bowden Hardback RRP $ 35.00 George Aspinall was a keen photographer who, in the worst conditions – including captivity in Changi and the hell of the Thai-Burma railway - managed to take photographs and preserve them for future generations. Tim Bowden has written a powerful narrative which, along with Aspinall’s photos, gives us a raw and graphic account of what thousands of Australians endured.

The Lost Battlefield of Kokoda Brian Freeman Paperback RRP $ 32.99 Since 1942 the villagers of Alola have known about a lost battlefield where Australian soldiers fought in WW11. Brian Freeman, a former Special Forces soldier, so earned the villagers’ trust that they decided to share the secret location with him. Part military adventure, part gripping mystery, this is Freeman’s story to re-discover the forgotten battle and its history.

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tr avel & non-fiction Better than Fiction;

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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013

Gerard Whateley Hardback RRP $ 45.00

Naomi Wolf Paperback RRP $ 29.99

Lonely Planet Paperbacks RRP $ 24.99 each Give the gift of travel with two great titles from Lonely Planet. Better than Fiction collects inspiring and at times surprising travel stories from 32 of the world’s best fiction authors or find the best in travel for 2013 with this annual guide to the hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.

Surfing Australia: Complete History of Surfboard Riding Phil Jarratt Hardback RRP $ 59.95 This is the most comprehensive book on Australia’s surfing history. From its roots as an illegal pastime to its current incarnation as a professional sport, surfing’s enduring appeal has always been the carefree, quintessentially Australian lifestyle that goes with it. Lavishly illustrated, the book features images spanning the earliest beginnings of surfing in Australia to the current day.

101 Best Australian Beaches Andy Short and Brad Farmer Paperback RRP $ 39.99 From the biggest sand dunes to the best waves, this beautifully photographed book has all the facts! Authors Andy Short and Brad Farmer have visited every one of Australia’s 11,761 beaches, and they bring their in-depth knowledge and experience to this invaluable book.

28 Days in Provence Shannon Bennett Paperback RRP $ 39.99 In a glorious farmhouse just outside the village of Ménerbes, Shannon immerses himself in the life of Provence. With no recipes from home, he finds old books and learns the history of local dishes, exploring village markets, cooking with local and seasonal produce, and learning classic food techniques. A delight for Francophiles and food lovers alike.


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Written by acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Gerard Whateley, Black Caviar documents the career of the racehorse who transcended the track to become an Australian icon. Black Caviar has returned racing to the glory days of more than half a century past, and secured a reputation that will echo long into the future.

Hallucinations Oliver Sacks Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But non-psychotic hallucinations are caused by a whole range of factors – from illness and injuries to intoxication and even falling asleep. In his new book Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences in hallucinations, and why the potential for them is present in all of us.

The One World Schoolhouse Salman Khan Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Salman Khan is the founder of The Khan Academy, an online learning resource with over two million users. Their website includes short videos on every conceivable subject, allowing people to learn in short, focussed sessions. This is the inspiring story of an education pioneer.

A landmark publication by one of the most prominent contemporary feminists. Naomi Wolf is back on a topic as exciting, dramatic and controversial as The Beauty Myth. From the Greeks and the Romans to Freud, from pornography and health to goddesses, from worship to denigration and even mutilation, here is a history of this wonderful organ, the 'dark continent' of female sexuality, well deserving of its own story.

The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe Paperback RRP $ 27.99 When Mary Anne Schwalbe was undergoing treatment for cancer, her son Will asked her what she was reading. Their conversation grows into a tradition of sharing and discussing favourite books, becoming a book club with just two members: mother and son. A moving testament to the power of reading in our lives.

Tales from the Political Trenches Maxine McKew Paperback RRP $ 29.99 In 2007 Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard. However in 2010 she was one of the political casualties of Labor’s disastrous 2012 election campaign. Here she brings a reporter’s eye to the fratricidal events of the past few years, and asks “what happened?”

On the Map

Lost at Sea

Simon Garfield Hardback RRP $ 29.99

Jon Ronson Paperback RRP $ 29.99

From Mappa Mundi to Burke and Wills, there are myths, characters and adventures behind many maps. On The Map includes compelling narratives on everything from charting the world’s oceans to spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America. En route, there are tales of places that never existed, Michelin and road maps, and the weirdness of videogame mapping.

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness and extraordinary behaviour. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources are the best of his adventures. Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these compelling encounters with people on the edge of madness will have you wondering what we’re capable of.

cook up a christmas feast My Feast Peter Kuruvita Hardbacks RRP $ 55.00/ $ 49.95

Nuovo Mondo Stefano De Pieri and James McDougall Hardback RRP $ 49.95 Nuovo Mondo is the coming together of new- and classicstyle Italian cooking. It is the story of the renowned Australian chef Stefano de Pieri, and his former apprentice, James McDougall, now an accomplished chef in his own right. Each section in this stylishly illustrated book contains a recipe done two different ways - a classic version and a modern interpretation. SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase a copy of Nuovo Mondo for your chance to WIN a dinner for two at Stefano's restaurant in Mildura. For details go to the competition page at


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Paul Bocuse: The Complete Recipes Paul Bocuse Hardback RRP $ 59.95

What Katie Ate Katie Quinn Davies Hardback RRP $ 49.99 Successful food blogger and photographer Katie Quinn Davies' debut book, What Katie Ate, is a collection of simple and mouth-watering recipes made from seasonal ingredients, including much-loved classics from her blog, and plenty of never-before-seen recipes that will delight her faithful blog audience and newcomers alike. Featuring Katie's gorgeous photography throughout, this book is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

How often have you wished there was a magic formula to simplify cooking? Well, there is! Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, author of the River Cottage cookbooks and TV series, has worked out the combinations that make magic. Salty, sweet, crunchy. Sharp, rich, crumbly. Hot, bland, crisp. Hugh has used the formula of three to create two hundred recipes, both well-loved classics and brand new ideas.

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Amalfi Coast Recipes Amanda Tabberer Hardback RRP $ 49.99 Amanda Tabberer spent two decades living on the Amalfi Coast, and was made welcome at the tables and in the kitchens of passionate local cooks. Here she shares authentic Amalfi recipes that have been passed down through the generations. From flying squid and potato stew, to fish in crazy water and spaghetti of the convent. The star is fresh produce from the sea, complemented by sun-kissed local ingredients.

Limoncello and Linen Water Tessa Kiros Hardback RRP $ 59.99 Much-loved author Tessa Kiros celebrates the heritage of Italy, the country she has chosen to call home, in Limoncello and Linen Water. This whimsical book is a tribute to the women in our lives – mothers, mothersin-law, grandmothers – and the important lessons we learn from them. With accessible, delicious recipes ranging from robust family dishes to quirky cakes and old-fashioned preserves, this book is a precious heirloom to treasure.

Easy Bill Granger Hardback RRP $ 49.99 Bill Granger’s new book offers 100 solutions, using fridge, pantry and fresh foods for stress-free cooking that readily fits around a busy lifestyle. From making a meal around one fabulous piece of cheese, to working wonders with a tin of beans, Bill Granger delivers midweek achievable dishes that are simple and laidback.

Jerusalem Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi Hardback RRP $ 49.95 Jerusalem sets 120 of WIN Yotam and Sami's inspired, accessible recipes within the cultural and religious melting pot of this diverse city. With culinary influences coming from its Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities and with a Mediterranean climate, the range of ingredients and styles is stunning. Packed with beautiful food and location photography, Jerusalem showcases sumptuous dishes in a dazzling setting, by the of Plenty. SPECIAL OFFER: Win 1 of 3 signed copies of Jerusalem. For details go to the competition page at

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Celebrated chef Paul Bocuse is the authority on classic French cuisine. In this volume, he shares 500 simple, traditional French recipes. Aimed at the beginner but with enough breadth to entice the confident chef, these recipes can be readily prepared at home and emphasize the use of the freshest and simplest ingredients.

Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall Hardback RRP $ 49.99


These beautifully produced cookbooks celebrate the journey, stories and recipes from two popular SBS television series. Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong includes recipes and stories from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Laos, China, Myanmar and Northern Thailand, while in Peter Kuruvita’s My Feast, Peter takes the route less-travelled, through the cuisines of Sri Lanka and Oceania, a small region bursting with cultural diversity.

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Food Lover's Guide to the World Hardback RRP $49.99 When we travel we discover a place – its people, land and culture through its food. We bring back not just mouth-watering memories but inspiration and cultural enrichment. Lonely Planet seamlessly brings food and travel together in this luxurious hard cover book. Full of beautiful photographs, travel information and 50 authentic recipes Food Lover’s Guide to the World covers the great food countries and regions of the world plus the reader can indulge in specialist chapters including chocolate, cheese, the world’s best restaurants and open air markets. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves travel and food.

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inspired living Art in Oceania: a new history

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The Art Book: New Edition Phaidon Editors Hardback RRP $75.00 Following the successful format of the original, The Art Book: New Edition is an A-Z guide to 600 great artists from medieval to modern times. It debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes.

The arts of Oceania are astonishing: great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful things. This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context from archaeological findings of prehistoric art on Easter Island, to the colonial impact on the Maori culture in New Zealand, to unique wartime craft in PNG. Special price of $99.00 (RRP$120.00) applies until end December.

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Beci Orpin Hardback RRP $ 39.95 Be inspired with Beci Orpin’s beautiful new book Find & tote Keep. This gorgeous ideas and bag craft book features all of Beci’s favourite things, from wall murals such as life-size paper Christmas trees, to embroideries and herb gardens and picnic fare. Try your hands on 25 make-at-home projects that cover a wide range of craft mediums. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Purchase Find & Keep and receive a FREE tote bag. *While stocks last.


Rural Australian Homes Leta Keens Hardback RRP $ 89.99 Covering every state as well as the Northern Territory, Rural Australian Homes features 18 stunning rural homes - from a sheep station that has been in the same family for 100 years; a converted general store; to an adapted shed and award-winning architectdesigned contemporary houses. Beautifully illustrated it gives a compelling insight into contemporary life in rural Australia, and offers a glimpse into some of the history that has defined it.

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Two outstanding books from the National Library of Australia. John Gould’s Extinct & Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Gould’s eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Curious Minds looks at the long line of naturalists who have traversed Australia in search of new plants and animals, and who contributed to developments in natural science in Australia.

The World's Best Beach Houses

Phaidon Editors Hardback RRP $ 225.00 This unique book provides a global overview of the architecture of the 20th century in a single volume, including over 750 of the most outstanding buildings. From single houses and cafes to zoo structures and universities, this is an essential guide to the work of renowned architects and projects by regional pioneers. A must-have!

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Curious Minds: The Discoveries of Australian Naturalists Sue Taylor/Peter Macinnis Hardbacks RRP $ 49.95/ $ 39.95


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Bowerbird Sibella Court Hardback RRP $ 59.99 Sibella Court is famous for creating interiors that entice and inspire from found objects, beloved mementos and upcycled furniture. In Bowerbird Sibella shares her practical inspiration, and shows you how your belongings can be a centrepiece or subtle elements that reflect your space, your apartment, your house and your passions!

Sustainable Food Michael Mobbs Paperback RRP $ 45.00 In this companion book to the bestselling Sustainable House, Michael Mobbs turns his attention to reducing the carbon emissions associated with growing, processing, transporting, selling and disposing food. With his own experiences anchoring the book, Sustainable Food contains practical advice on everything from establishing vegetable gardens to dealing with councils, sidelining supermarkets and what we eat and why.


Mandy Herbet Paperback RRP $ 39.99

The World’s Best Beach Houses pays tribute to an outstanding collection of superb architecturally designed beachfront homes from around the world. Adaptations to the often-harsh beachside environment are explained and illustrated, with gorgeous photography, plans and descriptive text. Both modern and traditional, these homes are designed with the beachside lifestyle in mind. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Purchase a copy of The World’s Best Beach Houses and receive a FREE copy of Pocketful of Beach Houses. *While stocks last.


Colour: a journey Victoria Alexander Paperback RRP $ 39.99 Colour is intrinsically linked to how individuals make sense of the world. It has the power to completely transform mood, often subliminally. Colour: A Journey explores the implications, history and cultural meanings of colour. With chapters on individual colours, their history and their influence, Colour will inspire you to make creative choices in your wardrobe, your home and your life.

The Bird in Art Caroline Bugler Hardback RRP $79.99 Despite our fascination with birds, until now there has been no proper study of the bird in art. We can trace bird imagery from the cave paintings of the Paleolithic era to the present day, and across all cultures. This exquisite book investigates the significance of the bird in 250 beautifully reproduced works of art, both ancient and modern.

gift and humour Kylie/Fashion Kylie Minogue Hardback RRP $ 49.95 Published as part of the K25 celebrations this year, Kylie/Fashion is the official book celebrating twenty-five years since Kylie burst onto the music scene. A stunning and vibrant photographic record of the singer’s styles throughout her career – this is a collector’s item for all Kylie and fashion fans in general. ‘This book charts my relationship with some of the most talented people in fashion throughout my career... I can’t wait to share it with the world’ Kylie Minogue

Flower Andrew Zuckerman Hardback RRP $75.00 The images in this beautiful book are extraordinary: whether the flower is exotic or mundane, Andrew Zuckerman’s photographs reveal them to us in a new light. Zuckerman invites us to look again at flowers we think we know well. Exquisitely beautiful, this is a book to be poured over and treasured.

The Very Hungry Zombie Michael Teitelbaum and Jon Apple Hardback RRP $17.95 In this parody of a children’s classic picture book, a very hungry zombie eats his way through a variety of his favourite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars and brains. With vivid, playful art and amusing text, this book will appeal to picture book lovers of all ages!

Underwater Dogs Seth Casteel Hardback RRP $ 29.99 Underwater Dogs is award-winning pet photographer Seth Casteel's exploration of the world of man's best friend. This book is a beautiful and often hilarious collection of photographs showing all breeds of dogs in a completely new light – from underwater! This will make a perfect gift for all dog lovers out there.

The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt through the Lost Words of the English Language Mark Forsyth Hardback RRP $ 29.99 Do you lie in bed worrying in the morning? Then you might have the Old English ailment of uhtceare. Uhtceare can lead to dysania (the inability to get out of bed) and other zwoddery problems! This delightful book follows a day in the life of unusual, forgotten English words. From the author of the bestselling The Etymologicon.

The Oopsatoreum: Inventions of Henry A. Mintox Shaun Tan Hardback RRP $16.95 Behind every enduring innovation lies a vast cemetery of achievement: the world of failed inventions. Awardwinning author and illustrator Shaun Tan explores this forgotten world in The Oopsatoreum, a fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor. What does it mean to be truly original? Should creativity be measured only by success? Or is it really the thought that counts … no matter how impractical?

The Essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path Michael Leunig Hardback RRP $ 49.99 December release, advance orders welcome

This beautifully produced hardback includes some of Leunig’s previously uncollected works, along with an introduction by Leunig on how he creates. Printed four-colour throughout, including the black and white pieces, The Essential Leunig is a collector's item, a testament to the enduring appeal of a genuinely unique Australian artist.

Because I Love You Barbara Toner Paperback RRP $ 29.99 Barbara Toner acknowledges the universal truth that advice should only ever be offered front if sought. She's chosen to cover ignore it, as any self-respecting book mother should, in this heartfelt address to her own three daughters. The result is an indispensable guide to be shared by mothers and daughters of all ages everywhere.

Just My Typo Drummond Moir Hardback RRP $ 24.99 From the sublime to the ridiculous, Just My Typo is a hilarious collection of typographical errors, slips of the pen and embarrassing misprints which, like any typo of any kind, should never have happened, cannot be excused, and must not in any way be glorified. Enjoy!

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2012 award winners Foal's Bread Gillian Mears Paperback RRP $ 22.99 Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction Judges’ comments: ‘This is a story through which we come to better know ourselves. Written in transfixing prose and with an – at times – aching affinity for the harsh landscape the book describes, Foal’s Bread is an extraordinary work of remarkable strength and originality.’

Pure Andrew Miller Paperback RRP $ 22.99 Winner of the 2011 Costa Book Awards The Costa Book Awards recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year written by UK an and Irish writers. Set in pre-revolutionary Paris in 1785, this year’s winner, Pure by Andrew Miller, is the story of Jean-Baptiste Baratte, an ambitious young engineer, who is assigned the task of emptying the noxious, overflowing Parisian cemetery Les Innocents, and of demolishing its church.

The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller Paperback RRP $19.99 Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 The Orange Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. Joanna Trollope, Chair of Judges, said about this year’s winner Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles: ‘This is a more than worthy winner — original, passionate, inventive and uplifting. Homer would be proud of her.’

Red Sorghum Mo Yan Paperback RRP $19.95 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2012 The Nobel Prize for Literature is generally awarded by the Swedish Academy for a writer’s entire body of work rather than a single novel. This year’s winner is Mo Yan, the author of Red Sorghum, who became the first Chinese national author to win the Award. The Swedish Academy awarded Yan the world’s most prestigious literary honour for his merging of ‘folk tales, history and the contemporary’ with ‘hallucinatory realism.’

Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel Paperback RRP $ 32.99 Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012 Hilary Mantel is this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies, having taken the 2009 award for Wolf Hall, the first instalment in her planned trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII. Peter Stothard, chairman of the judges, called Mantel ‘the greatest modern English prose writer’ working today. He said the second novel ‘utterly surpassed’ the first. ‘She uses her art, her power of prose, to create moral ambiguity and the real uncertainty of political life, political life then and the pale imitation of political life now.’ Mantel herself - the author of 13 books - has said of the series, ‘I knew from the first paragraph that this was going to be the best thing I'd ever done.’

All That I Am Anna Funder Paperback RRP $ 22.95 Winner of the Indie Book of the Year 2012 and Winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award Judges’ comments: ‘This is an astonishing novel inspired by true events and people that seamlessly switches scenes with every chapter. The sence of realism is supported by flowing natural dialogue and expertly integrated into this is Funder’s vivid sense of time and place. A must read.’

The Street Sweeper

Worse Things Happen at Sea

The Little Refugee

Elliot Perlman Paperback RRP $19.95 Winner of the Indie Awards 2012 Fiction Book of the Year

William McInnes Hardback RRP $ 35.00 Winner of the Indie Awards 2012 Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Anh and Suzanne Do Hardback RRP $ 24.99 Winner of the Indie Awards 2012 Children’s Book of the Year



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children's 1 The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths 2 Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey 3 The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths 4 The Mark of Athena: Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan 5 Clementine-Rose and the Surprise Visitor by Jacqueline Harvey 6 Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer 7 After by Morris Gleitzman 8 The Third Door: Three Doors by Emily Rodda 9 Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy 10 This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

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