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Summer Reading Guide 2017



What a wonderful time of year for reading. The days are longer, there are more public holidays, weekends are less stressed, and suddenly a host of new reading venues such as beaches, verandahs, banana lounges and gardens present themselves. Summer in Australia also coincides with Christmas, the publishing world’s busiest time of year. Savvy publishers love to engineer an October or November release for their potential bestsellers and gun writers. And who wouldn’t want to capitalise on an optimistic pre-Christmas marketplace? Meanwhile we, the readers, are the lucky beneficiaries. We were promised a new Hilary Mantel as well as a new Terry “I Am Pilgrim” Hayes this Christmas but will have to wait until 2018 (fingers crossed), however we are ecstatic about the fiction on offer. Several Miles Franklin winners and other well-known Australian writers have new novels on our shelves, while many favourite internationals are back with bold and brilliant stories. Our non-fiction is strong, and once again My Bookshop’s children’s section is a feast of colour, magic, drama, laughter and joy. We hope you enjoy our carefully curated and beautifully designed guide. And we look forward to seeing you soon at My Bookshop. Corrie and staff 513 Malvern Road, Hawksburn 03 9824 2990

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Welcome to our 2017 Summer Reading Guide

First Person

Force of Nature

In the early 1990s, then struggling writer Richard Flanagan accepted a job to ghostwrite an autobiography – published posthumously – with high-profile conman John Friedrich. Twenty-five years later, the Man Booker Prizewinner reveals this experience in his dark and pervasive new novel First Person. A disturbing psychodrama, this cements Flanagan’s status as one of our great writers.

What a year it’s been for Melbourne writer Jane Harper. The former journalist’s debut novel The Dry won the ABIA Book of the Year in May and now Force of Nature, which sees the return of Federal Police agent Aaron Falk on the case of a missing bushwalker, is on the Top 10 Bestseller List. An impressive second novel effort.

Richard Flanagan $39.99

A Long Way From Home

The Passage Of Love

The two-time Booker Prize winner returns this summer with a fast-paced novel that follows a car race around Australia and the group of participants whose lives are changed forever. The story opens in 1953 in Bacchus Marsh, the town where Carey – a New Yorker for 25 years – grew up. Notions of White Australia are prodded and tested as the drivers travel deep into our ancient continent.

At 21, Robert Crofts gives up his dream of living in far north Queensland and arrives in Melbourne, broke and aimless. As he settles in, he gives way to the pull of writing and the joys and challenges of love. As the publisher says: “Alex Miller is magnificent in this most personal of all novels, filled with rare wisdom and incisive observation.’’

Peter Carey $32.99 Cover illustration: Robin Cowcher; Writers: Corrie Perkin, Coco Carter, Steve Perkin, Scott Noble, Frances Atkinson; Copy editor: Janelle Ward. 2

Jane Harper $32.99

Alex Miller $32.99


The Sparsholt Affair

The Last Hours


Lincoln In The Bardo

One of My Bookshop’s favourite British writers returns with a superb epic that tracks social change in Britain from World War II to 2012. Evert Dax and David Sparsholt meet at Oxford University in a time when male students are living with the spectre of military call-up. As a result, the boys live recklessly. What happens between them will affect many lives for years to come.

Crime queen Minette Walters’ switch to historical fiction brings us a deeply absorbing new novel set in 14th century England when the ‘Black Death’ arrives. As the death toll rises and with her brutal husband absent, Lady Anne takes control and decides to quarantine her estate of Develish. Her actions put her in conflict with the church, her people and her husband.

The second novel in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet is fast gaining the same critical praise as her first in the series, Autumn, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker prize. In Winter, Smith casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens of art, love and laughter.

George Saunders’ unconventional and bold Man Booker Prize-winning novel begins with a late-night visit by a grieving Abraham Lincoln to the crypt that holds the body of his 11-year-old son, Willie, who died of typhoid fever. One critic described the story as “a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife’’. A worthy winner and we look forward to our customers’ responses.

Alan Hollinghurst $32.99

Minette Walters $32.99

Ali Smith $29.99

George Saunders $29.99

The Choke

In The Midst of Winter

Manhattan Beach

Mrs Osmond

Although it’s been on our shelves for a few weeks now, we had to include this novel by Melbourne writer and  2015 Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna. A powerful story of a child who grows up in an environment of abuse and anger, The Choke is certain to feature in various national book awards discussions over the next few months.

Two university professors and a young Guatemalan refugee meet unexpectedly during a Brooklyn snowstorm. As the big freeze continues outside, the three share past stories of trauma and terror as they eat pot brownies. A dead body complicates matters, but this gentle tale of friendship and respect will warm the heart and win new Allende fans.

We are greatly impressed by award-winning author Jennifer Egan’s new work. The setting is Brooklyn during the Great Depression and 11-year-old Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to the house of a charismatic local mobster. Years later, her father mysteriously disappears but a chance encounter prompts Anna to piece together the darker side of his secret life.

Having fled Rome and a stultifying marriage, Isabel Osmond is in London brooding on the recent disclosure that her husband repeatedly betrayed her. What should she do now, and which way should she turn, in the emotional labyrinth where she has been trapped for so long? From the 2005 Man Booker Prize winner, this is a masterly novel of betrayal and moral ambiguity.

Sofie Laguna $32.99

Isabel Allende $39.99

Jennifer Egan $32.99


John Banville $29.99


On the Java Ridge

Jock Seraong $29.99 A tour boat of Australian surfers trawls Bali’s magnificent beaches in search of waves. Off another part of Indonesia’s coastline, a people-smuggling operation arranges the late-night transport of a boatload of asylum seekers. Meanwhile in Canberra, the Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Integrity is facing an election, an agitated PM and his own private demons. With these three seemingly unconnected storylines, Victorian writer Jock Serong creates the perfect storm, and a novel we have selected as our Book of 2017. These ‘best book’ decisions are tough. Should we focus on fiction or non-fiction? Might a children’s book be considered? And what are our criteria for choosing My Bookshop’s Book of the Year? Sales figures and customer feedback are factors. But we place greatest emphasis on a book’s capacity to change our lives and make us think a little differently about the world around us. Our Book of the Year must be well written and well crafted, but we want it to also pack a punch. On The Java Ridge is Serong’s third book and we believe it ticks these boxes. We admire the writer’s courage in taking on an important and contentious contemporary issue and for provoking his readers into thinking more deeply about the human side of the asylum seeker tragedy.

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Our Book of the Year

Uncommon Type: Some Stories

The Rest Of Their Lives

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks displays creative versatility and writing talent in this collection of 17 short stories. The characters and setups are diverse: a father-andson surfing trip, a Bulgarian migrant’s first impressions of New York, an actor who must endure a European press junket. The stories are connected by references to typewriters, Hanks’ method of writing his stories. Well worth the investment.

Fans of French writer JeanPaul Didierlaurent’s first novel, The Reader on the 6.27, will be delighted to learn he has another gentle, romantic story on offer this summer. Manelle, a home-help for the elderly, and Ambroise, who lives in the same small French village, are unexpectedly brought together when they’re asked to join 82-year-old retired chef Samuel on a road trip to Switzerland.

Tom Hanks $32.99

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent $29.99

The Boy Made of Snow

Heather, the Totality

This impressive debut novel by British journalist Chloe Mayer is set in an English village in 1944 where Annabel and her young son Daniel live in the shadow of war. With her husband away, an increasingly isolated Annabel begins to lose her grip on reality. When mother and son befriend Hans, a German PoW consigned to a nearby farm, their lives are suddenly filled with thrilling secrets.

New York financier Mark Breakstone and his charming wife Karen live in a penthouse apartment, have a beautiful teenage daughter, Heather, and an enviable lifestyle. But when construction work begins on the penthouse upstairs, the unstable Bobby Klansky enters their lives and threatens the happy world they have created. This gripping novella by the creator of Mad Men is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.

Chloe Mayer $29.99


Matthew Weiner $24.99


The Life to Come

Devil’s Day

The Standing Chandelier

The Only Story

The 2012 Miles Franklin Award-winner returns with an engaging story about the unexpected convergence of five very different lives. Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, it revolves around Pippa, a complicated, selfish and successful author. Books and Publishing magazine says The Life To Come affirms Michelle de Kretser “as a writer of great perception and eloquence’’.

Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to his grandfather’s Lancashire farm to help gather the sheep from the moors. This year, his grandfather has died and John’s new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. The local villagers traditionally follow rituals to keep the sheep safe from the devil. This year, however, they are more determined to protect their boundaries from outside threats.

When Weston Babansky receives an extravagant piece of sculpture as an engagement gift from his best friend and old flame Jillian Frisk, he doesn’t quite know what to make of it – or how to get it past his fiancée. In her stunning new novella, award-winning American writer Shriver raises the question whether men and women with a shared past can ever be “just good friends”.

In this much-anticipated February release, literary giant Julian Barnes explores the lifelong consequences of first love. Paul is 19 and proud of the fact that his new relationship flies in the face of social convention. But as the years pass, love becomes more demanding and relationships are tested. My Bookshop has high hopes for this one.

Michelle de Kretser $32.99

After the Blues: What Debbie Did Next Kathy Lette $32.99

It is a brave author who revisits a hit novel she co-wrote nearly 40 years ago and recreates their characters, moods and anxieties. Kathy Lette’s new story takes readers to the 1980s and back to the world of Puberty Blues teenage heroine Deb – now city girl Debbie juggling jobs, boys and a new friendship circle.

Andrew Michael Hurley $32.99

Lionel Shriver $9.99


A Vineyard in Andalusia

Inspired by photographs of real 1890s vaudevillians, local writer Kaz Cooke enters the bizarre world of cunning clairvoyants and trained cockatoos, the glamour of the stage and the hardships of life on the road. The story of Miss Ada Delroy and her famous troupe will warm hearts. Actor Gina Riley describes Ada as “laugh out loud – and heartbreaking’’.

Historical fiction presents writers with many challenges – in particular, how to build authenticity of time, place and characters. Spanish academic Maria Duenas is a master of this genre and her latest novel does not disappoint. With lush descriptions of Mexico, Cuba and Spain’s Andalusia, we follow the journey of Mauro Larrea and Soledad Montalvo as they conquer Spain’s centuries-old wine trade.

Kaz Cooke $32.99

Maria Duenas $32.99


Julian Barnes $32.99

The Book of Dust Vol. I La Belle Sauvage: Philip Pullman $32.99

The Book of Dust is Philip Pullman’s new fantasy trilogy and one his fans have been waiting to read for years. In this first volume, he introduces 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his beloved canoe, La Belle Sauvage. From across the river, Malcolm observes menacing behaviour and finds himself in a dangerous adventure to protect the life of a baby girl called Lyra.



About this time every year, many book clubs are starting to think about their reading lists for next year. We hope this list provides some inspiration. We kick off our recommend­ ations with Our Souls At Night (Kent Haruf), a gentle story of friendship between a man and woman in their 80s. The movie, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, was released this year. Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty also examines the lives of two older characters. Retired couple Gerry and Stella Gilmore fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend. Over four days, an unforgiving light exposes the cracks in their relationship. Another book club “must read” is A Boy In Winter (Rachel Seiffert), set in a Ukraine village in late 1941 as the Red Army is pushed back and the Nazis arrive. The book is sure to provoke interesting discussions about war, survival, love and kindness. Melbourne writer Chris Womersley’s City of Crows takes readers to 17th century France, a place of magic and suspicion, terror, folklore and fear. We highly recommend to book clubs that enjoy historical fiction. American writer Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark tells the story of a retired New York lawyer and a young novelist who each find answers in the same Israeli desert.

The Accident on the A35

Stockholm Delete

Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet’s new Inspector George Gorski mystery is once again set in the sleepy French village of Saint-Louis. A lawyer is killed in a road accident on the A35. During a routine visit to the man’s widow, Gorski realises this was no straightforward accident. Macrae Burnet has followed his 2016 Man Booker shortlisted novel His Bloody Project with another riveting thriller.

This is the second instalment in the series about lawyer Emelie Jansson working alongside ex-convict Teddy, who is fighting hard to stay on the right side of the law as he tries to earn a living as the law firm’s trouble-shooter. A fast-moving thriller, Stockholm Delete was shortlisted for the 2015 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ award.

Graeme Macrae Burnet $29.99

The Rooster Bar John Grisham $32.99

Grisham’s 25th legal thriller involves three struggling law students who decide to expose the hedge-fund operator behind some questionable law schools, theirs included. It has been described as “typically Grisham”, which may or may not excite you. Ideal beach read for Grisham fans.


Jens Lapidus $29.99

Under the Cold Bright Lights Garry Disher $29.99

Garry Disher is a muchpublished and very successful Australian author who has established himself as one of our leading crime writers. This offering is set in Melbourne and tells of a retired cop who comes back to work on some cold cases but gets caught up in some current ones.


Bluebird Bluebird

The Darkest Day

The Stranger

The Confession

This is a wonderful evocation of uneasy tensions and race relations in Texas. We follow Darren Matthews, an imperfect Texas ranger who is at a crossroad in his life and wants/needs to solve a double homicide in a small town, where he is not welcome. A beautifully written thriller, with exquisitely drawn characters and landscape. Timely and highly recommended.

Written in 2006 but released as an English translation only in 2017, The Darkest Day is the first novel in the series featuring Inspector Barbarotti, a detective as obsessed with the existence of God as his is with solving crimes. Nesser is a celebrated Swedish author who won Sweden’s Best Crime Novel Award three times. And yes, it’s still trendy to be seen with a Swedish thriller under an arm.

Sarah’s husband disappears then suddenly turns up. Or does he? Who is this man she has just met at the airport? This is Raabe’s second novel. Her first, The Trap, was a bestseller, and The Stranger was big in its native Germany when first published in 2016.

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. The most hotly anticipated psychological thriller of 2018. “A climax that is shocking and unexpected,’’ writes The Times.

Attica Locke $29.99

Hakan Nesser $32.99

Melanie Raabe $29.99

Jo Spain $29.99

The Midnight Line


Little Secrets

Two Kinds of Truth

Child is the English author who introduced us to Jack Reacher in 1997. That led to the first Reacher movie, based on the novel One Shot and starring Tom Cruise, in 2012. Reacher is a tall, very heft former military policeman (how did Cruise ever get the role?) who stumbles into a world of crime while trying to return a class ring to a West Point student.

If you read The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol and Inferno, you’ll want to keep things going with Brown’s fifth Robert Langdon thriller. The subject matter and historic links in Brown’s books are better than his prose, and Origin is no different. It’s all about what you’re reading and not how it’s written. And will the Mickey Mouse watch crack yet another mention?

The second book by this young Australian author – it follows on from her successful debut novel Only Daughter – is set in a town where somebody has set fire to the courthouse, killing a young boy. A “wannabe” journalist starts sniffing around and before long the townsfolk are turning on each other.

Michael Connelly is a former Los Angeles Times police reporter who, 20 years ago, ditched journalism for crime writing. One of his series’ characters, Harry Bosch, is a particular favourite of ours. Flawed and sometimes impulsive, Bosch is also a brave former cop who believes in old-school gut instinct to solve crimes. This is Connelly’s 20th Bosch novel and one of his best.

Lee Child $32.99

Dan Brown $39.99

Anna Snoekstra $29.99


Michael Connelly $32.99


Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson $49.99

Although respected biographer Walter Isaacson admits he is in awe of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, he still manages to apply a journalist’s evenhandedness to this study, as well as great storytelling skill. It’s a compelling tale “of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and, at times, heretical’’.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life Robert Dallek $69.99

This outstanding new bio examines the impact of Franklin Roosevelt, a brilliant politician and gifted communicator who won four presidential terms, initiated landmark reforms and transformed the US into an international superpower. The success a few years ago of Hazel Rowley’s award-winning Franklin and Eleanor suggests this one will find a keen local audience.

Burke & Wills

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Peter Fitzsimons $49.99

Ann Thwaite $19.99

The 1860 attempt by Irish soldier and police officer Robert O’Hara Burke and Devon-born surveyor William Wills to lead the first European trek across Australia was doomed from the start. Inexperience, a lack of local knowledge, extreme weather and in-fighting all contributed to this tragic expedition. One for the history buffs.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is drawn from Ann Thwaite’s acclaimed biography of AA Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. The fictional Christopher Robin was based on Milne’s own son, whose toys inspired the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood and whose family life was forever changed by international fame. 

Churchill: The Life

France Is A Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

Max Arthur $35

Born in 1874 and despite an unremarkable academic career, Winston Churchill went on to become one of the great leaders of the 20th century. This extensive pictorial account – first published in 2015 and now available in paperback – tracks Churchill’s life from privileged childhood to his time in the army, his early political career, his prime ministership and wartime success, as well as private family moments.

Alex Prud’homme & Katherine Pratt $50

In 1948, diplomat, photographer and artist Paul Child was posted to Paris. His wife Julia accompanied him and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Soon she became one of the food world’s first celebrity chefs. This collection of Paul’s photographs is a loving tribute and excellent collectors’ volume. 8

John Curtin’s War John Edwards $49.99

Economist and academic John Edwards returns to one of his favourite subjects, Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, with a fascinating new two-part biography. This first volume follows Curtin from late 19th century Melbourne to his appointment as PM just eight weeks before Japan declared war in the Pacific. A must for fans of Australian history and politics.

Promise Me, Dad Joe Biden $32.99

In November 2014, six months before Beau Biden died of brain cancer, the family gathered in Nantucket for the annual Thanksgiving get-together. Beau said to his father, US Vice-President Joe Biden: “Promise me, Dad … You’ll be all right’’. In his new memoir, Joe Biden reflects on that painful year and the challenges of fulfilling his political duties while mourning the loss of his son.


Manderley Forever: The Life of Daphne du Maurier Tatiana de Rosnay $39.99

Fans of fiction writer Tatiana de Rosnay (Sarah’s Key, The House I Loved) will enjoy her new biography of British writer Daphne du Maurier, who died in 1989. The book follows du Maurier through her colourful childhood and rebellious teens years, her early writing career, marriage and liaisons, the literary success of Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel and other classics.

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 Tina Brown $32.99

It was a magazine editor’s dream brief: move to New York, set up your own team and revive a dying masthead. How could Tina Brown, the young and talented British editor of Tatler and wife of legendary newspaper editor Harold Evans, resist? Her reflections of that heady time in New York and her role in turning Vanity Fair into an international success make fascinating reading.

Richard Nixon: The Life

The First Casualty


This exceptional biography by respected Washington-based writer John Farrell starts in 1946 when a young Navy officer returns from the war in the Pacific and decides to enter politics. Within four years, Richard Nixon becomes a senator, and within six years he is vice-president to Dwight Eisenhower. Farrell meticulously and incisively examines the Nixon legacy, his controversial presidency, his achievements and disgraces.

In December 2013, Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other Al Jezeera journalists were arrested and tried by Egyptian authorities on charges that their reporting had been damaging national security. In February 2015, Greste was released. This traumatic episode prompts him to argue in this new book that journalism has become a new battleground where truth must fight each day against lies and propaganda.

In recent months, worthy memoirs by Australian journalists Mark Colvin, John Lyons and Peter Greste have entered the marketplace. Their stories and reflections have sold well and we expect Mike Willesee’s Memoirs to find a similarly enthusiastic audience. This engaging story of Willesee’s fascinating life journey and 50-year career is a reminder of his immense contribution to Australian journalism.

John A. Farrell $59.99

Peter Greste $35

Mike Willesee $44.99

Working Class Man

Sticky Fingers

Not For The Faint-hearted

The sequel to Jimmy Barnes’ 2016 bestseller Working Class Boy takes readers on the heady rock‘n’roll journey of one of Australian music’s elder statesmen. The story begins in the 1970s with the Glaswegian migrant joining an unknown Adelaide band called Cold Chisel and traces Barnes’ career through the 1980s, the wild times, the highs and lows and the forging of a successful solo career.

One of rock music’s most influential figures, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner has remained an elusive figure since he started his magazine in 1967. This fascinating new bio by respected journalist Joe Hagan includes interviews with some of music’s big names including Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Yoko Ono and reveals the good and not-so-pretty side of the man who defined a generation.

How can one of Australia’s shortest-serving prime ministers find enough material to fill two volumes of a commissioned autobiography – and still be only 60? This just-published Part One of Kevin Rudd’s life covers a vast landscape: from kid growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to life as an academic, diplomat, political advisor, federal MP and party leader.

Jimmy Barnes $49.99

Joe Hagan $34.99


Kevin Rudd $44.99



The Inner Life of Animals

The Secret Life of Cows


The General

We are huge fans of German forester and nature lover Peter Wohlleben, whose bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees continues to lure new readers via word-of-mouth endorsements. This time he explores the emotions and intelligence of animals and raises important questions about our willingness to value life on all levels.

Rosamund Young and her brother Richard run Kite’s Nest Farm in the Cotswolds. They are widely acknowledged as Britain’s first organic farmers. The Secret Life of Cows documents their decision to let the farm animals roam free and make their own choices about rearing, grazing and housing. As this delightful account reveals, the cows exhibit personalities as diverse as our own.

Respected British photographer Tim Flach has high hopes for his new collection of animal images. “The most important message is that it’s not simply images of animals but that every aspect of our being is influenced by the natural world around us,’’ he told The Guardian recently. We hope his book prompts readers to reflect more deeply on our environment and its animal inhabitants.

The excitement that surrounded Luke Hodge’s decision a few months ago to write his end-of-career memoir will be difficult for the publisher to re-ignite, given the former Hawk captain later decided to continue his career at the Brisbane Lions. Still, we feel sure footy fans will want to read about Hodge’s 300-plusgame career at Hawthorn, which saw him collect four premiership medals and a raft of personal awards.

Peter Wohlleben $26.99

Universe: Exploring The Astronomical World Phaidon editors $79.95

Congratulations to Phaidon for producing a book Publishers Weekly describes as: “An awe-inspiring survey of ways in which the cosmos has been depicted through the ages and around the world.’’ Part science-part art history, this superb survey of man’s attempts to capture the universe via art is a must for any family bookcase.

Rosamund Young $19.99

Tim Flach $80

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir Irving D. Yalom $35

Sir David Attenborough $39.99

We decided to put eminent American psychiatrist Irving D. Yalom’s memoir onto our science page because of the human behaviours he encourages us to think about as he reflects on his own life. “My clients’ memories more often trigger my own,” he writes. “My work on their future calls on and disturbs my past, and I find myself reconsidering my own story.”

Now published in hardback gift edition, David Attenborough’s memoir of his remarkable early years travelling the world to find rare and elusive animals for the London Zoo and filming for a new BBC show called Zoo Quest is a highlight of our Christmas biography section. Join a young David as he seeks out giant anteaters in Guyana, and spies on Komodo dragons in Indonesia. 10

Luke Hodge $44.99

Surfing Australia A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia Phil Jarratt $45

It can be a challenge for book publishers to successfully capture in words and pictures the thrill of a particular sport. But surfing, like snow skiing, is one pursuit that can come to life in a pictorial book format. Journalist Phil Jarratt tracks Australia’s long history with the sport, its heroes, its great tournaments and its impact on our beach culture.


The Things That Make Us: Life, Loss and Football

Kevin Sheedy: The Illustrated Autobiography

Nick Riewoldt’s new memoir has attracted a great deal of publicity and acclaim since its October release. And rightfully so. The six-times St Kilda best-and-fairest winner, captain and 336 game-player is considered one of the AFL’s true gentlemen. But it wasn’t an easy ride and, like many players, Riewoldt’s early years were dotted with controversies. An honest and excellent read.

Kevin Sheedy has coached more games than any other AFL coach. The celebrated former Richmond player has given his life to the game he loves and continues to be a great contributor and on of its best marketers. This pictorial celebration includes contributions from a stellar sporting cast including Ron Barassi, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell, David Parkin, Michael Long, James Hird and Jobe Watson.

Nick Riewoldt $39.99

Cricket Outlaws: Inside Kerry Packer’s Revolution Austin Robertson $39.99

Is it really 40 years ago this summer since media giant Kerry Packer introduced his World Series Cricket renegades to the gentleman’s sport of cricket? Suddenly, four outlawed teams were playing under lights, wearing bold colours, earning good money and luring big crowds. A highly readable account of WSC’s early years.


Jelena Dokic with Jessica Halloran $34.99

Warwick Hadfield $45

In this compelling memoir, the former world No. 4 tennis player recalls the struggles of her migrant family who left war-torn Yugoslavia for Sydney, her rise through the tennis ranks and her traumatic relationship with her overbearing father. Now a coach and commentator based in Melbourne, Dokic reflects on her tennis journey with maturity and honesty.

Lillee & Thommo: The Deadly Pair’s Reign of Terror Don’t be put off by the overly dramatic title. Sports writer and former cricketer Ian Brayshaw has produced a fine account of Australian cricket’s explosive fast bowling combination Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee. From 1972 to 1983, the pair wreaked havoc, with a high point being their 57-wicket bag in the 1974-75 Ashes Tour. 11

Gestalten $94.95

This is the ideal gift for snowloving adventure types. Below Zero covers a raft of wintry pursuits – from dog-sledding to ice-fishing and waterfallclimbing. Part travel, part inspirational journey and part photography, this beautiful hardcover book presents some of the world’s most remote and iciest landscapes in words and pictures.

Ali: A Life

Remarkable Golf Courses

Former Wall Street Journal journalist Jonathan Eig has taken on one of sport’s most talented, controversial and intriguing characters in his new book. Muhammad Ali’s journey from Cassius Clay, the kid from Kentucky who could box, to the world heavyweight championship and beyond, remains one of the 20th century’s great sporting stories. Eig does a terrific job telling it.

Golfers, of course, would much rather be playing 18 holes than reading about them. But in our experience, they are also quite happy to settle in with a gorgeous golf book. We highly recommend this one for its photography, design and description. From Bolivia to Death Valley in the US, from Guatemala to Wales and Scotland, Spragg presents stunning courses that will both thrill and inspire.

Jonathan Eig $49.99

Ian Brayshaw $29.99

Below Zero: Adventures Out in the Cold

Iain Spragg $45


Rome: A History In Seven Sackings Matthew Kneale $39.99

British writer and Rome resident Matthew Kneale brings his fiction writer’s turnof-phrase to this compelling study of the Eternal City. Using seven significant attacks on Rome as his vehicle, Kneale examines the impact of each invasion, from the Gauls to the Nazis. A meticulously researched, magical and novel blend of travelogue and social and cultural history, this book will delight history buffs.

The Harbour Scott Bevan $49.99

With high praise from history writer Simon Winchester, who describes The Harbour as “a colourful, fascinating and enduring account of the greatest waterway in the hemisphere”, we leapt into our copy. What a terrific history of Australia’s most famous – and some would argue most beautiful – passage of water, Sydney Harbour.

Versailles: A Private Invitation

Railways & The Raj Christian Wolmar $49.99

Guillaume Picon, Francis Hammond $120

Railway historian Christian Wolmar examines the impact of the steam train on 19th century India and its role in cementing British control. In 1842, not a single mile of railway line existed in India. By 1929, 65,980 kilometres of track served the country. While the railways were the nation’s first modern development, Wolmar argues their construction ultimately contributed to united nationalist opinion.

First built by Louis XIII as a hunting lodge in 1624, the royal palace at Versailles, just 22 kilometres from Paris, has become one of the world’s great museums. Today, much of the palace and its outbuildings are off-limits to the public due to preservation purposes. However, this handsome tome gives readers unprecedented access to these rarely seen areas.

1947: When Now Begins

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Elisabeth Åsbrink (translated by Fiona Graham) $29.99

Simon Schama $35

Respected Swedish journalist Elisabeth Åsbrink argues that 1947 was the start of the modern world, the time when post-war thought and political structures, inventions and modern creative practices started to emerge. Åsbrink does not present this as a historian’s assessment, but more as an inquiry.

The second volume of Simon Schama’s history of a people displaced and persecuted picks up in the Venice ghetto in the 15th century following the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492. His story crosses continents and chronicles extraordinary achievements. Schama is one of My Bookshop’s most admired non-fiction writers and we feel certain this impressive work will appeal. 12

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking Deborah Cadbury $27.99

Queen Victoria’s interference in her children’s and grandchildren’s marriages was part of the great plan of her beloved consort, Prince Albert, to spread liberalism through the empires of Europe via family. There were some successes, but also tragedies. This highly readable account by BBC producer Deborah Cadbury is sure to be a hit among royal history fans.

The Times Great Letters James Owen $39.99

If you are having trouble finding a gift for “the person who has everything”, look no further. This impressive collection of reader correspondence to The Times includes letters from luminaries such as Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, Yehudi Menuhin, Benito Mussolini and Margaret Thatcher and covers important world events since 1914. A certain Christmas gift winner.


Kill Bad Meetings

The Value of Everything

Six Billion Shoppers

The Bettencourt Affair

The authors purport that many workers spend an average of two days per week in meetings, with 50 per cent of this time wasted. Want to cut that time in half, be more productive in group encounters and eliminate meetings that don’t need to happen? Board members, corporate leaders, middle managers, team supervisors, and public servants, here is your summer reading!

London-based professor Mariana Mazzucato is one of the world’s foremost economists. Her latest work – an analysis of the crisis in modern capitalism, and how to reform it – examines who really creates wealth in our world and asks for a return to the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society.

From China to Latin America, Nigeria to India, e-commerce is entering a golden era. These countries, argues former Alibaba vice-president Porter Erisman, were left out of the first wave of e-commerce but are now offering new opportunities and access to western brands. How to seize opportunities in these emerging markets? Erisman has some tips.

At My Bookshop, we love wellwritten stories about scandals involving family fortunes, stolen money and court cases. Vanity Fair writer Tom Sancton does not disappoint with his story about the curious relationship between L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who died in September aged 94, and a much younger gay artist upon whom she showered money, gifts and real estate.

Kevan Hall & Alan Hall $49.99

Dear CEO

Thinkers 50 $32.99

This collection of 50 specially commissioned letters from the world’s leading business thinkers comes in a beautiful little hardcover format and is an ideal gift – not only for business bods, but also anyone keen to learn life lessons. Success and failure and how to deal with both, discipline, work relationships, innovation, creativity – this book covers a vast range of topics.

Mariana Mazzucato $49.99

Porter Erisman $32.99

The Decision Book Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler $24.99

Way of the Wolf

The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Put The Wolf of Wall Street movie out of your head for one moment and remember: former stockbroker Jordan Belfort has consulted to more than 50 American companies, has written two best-sellers and writes regularly for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. His new book is for anyone in sales, and aims to help you perfect the art of persuasion.

The latest book from the Kinfolk magazine team visits more than 40 entrepreneurs in the worlds of publishing, architecture, fashion, design and beyond to discover how their visionary ideas took root and evolved into careers and businesses. With enthralling stories accompanied by beautiful photographs, this book is sure to spark the imaginations of our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Jordan Belfort $29.99

Whether you’re planning a presentation, testing ideas, trying to manage your time better or resolving a conflict, this collection of 50 models for strategic thinking will have you thinking more creatively. First published in 2012 and now updated in this smart little hardcover, it is an international bestseller with more than one million copies sold in 20 languages. 13

Tom Sancton $44.99

Nathan Williams $49.99


The Conversation Year Book 2017

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

Since its launch in 2011, digital news website The Conversation – a Melbourne University project which links academics and journalists to a mainstream audience – has harnessed more than five million users. This collection of the 50 standout articles published in 2017 confirms our view that academia makes an essential contribution to public debate and The Conversation is vital to this process.

Writer, historian, public intellectual and a regular at My Bookshop events, Don Watson returns this summer with a collection of his essays. From politics to sport, history, Anzac Day and Oscar Wilde, Watson once again displays his talent for cutting through the palaver and forging a clearer, more comprehensible path via the written word.

Why is there so much inequality? Former Greece finance minister and internationally renowned economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia’s deceptively simple question. Using personal stories and famous myths – from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix – he explains the role of the economy and why it has the power to shape our lives.

Edited by John Watson $19.99

The Year of Voting Dangerously Maureen Dowd $26.99

We have long admired New York columnist Maureen Dowd – not only because of her liberal-progressive views, but also because she so effectively cuts through to the nub of an issue and encourages readers to make up their own minds. Her study of the 2016 presidential campaign is brilliant. As the NYT Book Review recently remarked: “Dowd was born to write about this race.’’

Don Watson $34.99

Yanis Varoufakis $29.99

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Barack Obama’s presidency reshaped America and transformed the international conversation around politics, race and equality. It also attracted criticism and bred discontent – so much so that the world now faces an uncertain future under a very different kind of US president. Powerful and necessary, this is a state-of-the-nation portrait of America under Obama. 14

Robert Preston $29.99

The kicker lines to this new book by ITV political editor Robert Preston explain the premise behind this latest addition to the Brexit section of the bookshelves. “What the f*** happened and what happens next?” is the question most of us are still asking more than a year after the UK voted “yes” to leave the European Union. A worthy book of analysis and ideas.

Wednesdays with Bob

The Rub of Time

With a respectful nod to Mitch Albom’s bestseller, Tuesdays With Morrie, journalist Derek Rielly and Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister Bob Hawke decided to turn their weekly chats – mostly held on Hawke’s Sydney balcony as he puffed on a cigar – into a book. A corny idea, yet Hawke’s reflections on a raft of subjects, including politics, sport, love and death, ensure this book’s importance.

British writer Martin Amis is as much at home in the non-fiction sphere as he is in fiction. This collection of his essays – published in various quality magazines and newspapers between 1986 and 2016 – sees Amis at his critical best. From Donald Trump to the Princess of Wales, Iris Murdoch and Nabokov. Even Amis’s old mate, Christopher Hitchens, gets a mention.

Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly $29.99

Ta-Nehisi Coates $35


Martin Amis $35


The Game Changers Samantha Brett & Steph Adams $39.99

Who cares whether screen actors, fashion leaders and social media entrepreneurs dominate the new generation of feminist heroes? If their messages about equality, ambition, overcoming fear and developing your own brand of humanity strike a note with today’s under-40s, then we are fully supportive of a forum such as this new collection of interviews and profiles.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

You Do You

Sarah Knight $29.99

Margareta Magnusson $24.99

From the bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck comes more straight talk about how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need and deserve. Knight argues that it’s OK to be selfish, to stop trying to be perfect and understand that being yourself is the easiest thing in the world.

We’d love a dollar for every time customers have picked up this new book and remarked, “What a weird title!” But “Döstädning” literally means “death cleaning”. This book offers advice on how to declutter your home and minimise your worldly possessions so your loved ones don’t have to do it for you when you die. A fresh and practical guide to getting your house in order.

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America

Poetry Pharmacy: Triedand-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life

The post-women’s march mood and the current tense environment for US feminists has prompted a stellar cast to contribute to this collection. Featuring essays by leading female voices, topics include Donald Trump and his “misogyny army”, reproductive rights and racism in Trump’s America, and how to grow active and effective resistance.

This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in publisher William Sieghart’s dispensary: those that have really shown themselves to work – again and again. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness or even an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.

British journalist Rosamund Dean’s January release coincides with new year resolutions to pursue better health, an improved diet and reduced alcohol intake. Using scientific evidence, Dean presents a four-step plan to drink less. The plan promises to improve your mood, your skin and your body, reduce stress and anxiety for the long term.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding $24.99

Rosamund Dean $32.99

William Sieghart $35


Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions Russell Brand $32.99

In recent years, British comedian, actor, activist and author Russell Brand fought his own addictions and selfdestructive habits. His new book offers insights from his 13 years of recovery. It tackles the complicated emotions connected with trying to give up that nightly glass of wine, living without drugs or cutting back on your mobile phone use, and then how to cut the pattern.

Beauty Food Lola Berry $24.99

The Lola Berry phenomenon continues this summer with her new helpful guide to foods that make your skin glow, your eyes sparkle, your hair healthier and nails stronger. Filled with recipes and beauty tips plus advice on which foods and chemicals to avoid, Beauty Food is a less expensive and more educational option to a day at a spa centre.


Homecamp: Stories and Inspiration for the Modern Adventurer

Rooms With A View: The Secret Lives of Grand Hotels

At My Bookshop, we greatly admire the easy relationship between Scandinavians and their natural landscapes. In 2014, Doron and Stephanie Francis started their outdoors specialist company, Homecamp, with the hope of spiritually encouraging Australians to embrace camping.

This charming book by British travel journalist Adrian Mourby tells the histories of 50 of the world’s most magnificent hotels. From Le Meurice in Paris to the Imperial Hotel, Delhi, and London’s Dorchester, we travel around the world in high style, with plenty of facts and bizarre stories thrown in for good measure. A fabulous gift for the traveller in your life.

Doron & Stephanie Francis $59.99

From Napa with Love Alexis Swanson Traina $35

Unlike traditional guide books, this new gem from publisher Abrams consults the people who live in the area – in this case, the Napa Valley – and features their tips and recommendations as well as their own stories. Where to stay, where to shop, what to wear, which wine to buy, From Napa With Love will provide many great ideas for your California dreaming.

Saga Land

A Taste of Paris

Is there anything Richard Fidler can’t do? One of the 1990s Doug Anthony Allstars comedy troupe, he quickly morphed into a much-admired radio interviewer and gifted writer. Now he is an explorer of Viking history! Fidler’s latest book, written with Reykjavik-born friend Kari Gíslason, explores Iceland’s history and recounts stories of its grim and often bloody past.

What is it about Paris that has made it the food-lover’s Mecca? Writer and travel expert David Downie steps back to a time of sumptuous banquets at Versailles, the 19th century meals of Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, through the Belle Epoque, and pre and post-war years to examine Parisians’ relationships with their cuisine.

Richard Fidler & Kari Gíslason $39.99

Adrian Mourby $29.99

1001 Road Trips You Must Take Before You Die

Hidden Villages of Britain Clare Gogerty $32.99

Edited by Darryl Sleath $49.99

Based on the UK TV series Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages, this companion volume explores Britain’s charming villages, from the Cotswolds to the cosy cottages of East Anglia and the treasures nestled in the North Yorkshire moors. A perfect book for armchair travellers or anyone planning a driving tour around England.

Any travel book that features the Twelve Apostles on the front cover gets a big tick from us. But this hefty resource is not just one for local travellers. It features routes in dozens of countries, with each road trip organised geographically by continent, country, state or territory and region.


David Downie $39.99

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking the Silk Road Levison Wood $32.99

Award-winning travel journalist and documentary-maker Levison Wood was 22 when he decided to hitchhike from London to India. His extraordinary journey across Europe, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan is relived in this highly readable book. We predict fans of action stories and exploration will especially enjoy this paperback.


Jacob’s Room is Full of Books

I’ll Have What She’s Having

The Best Film I Never Made

One of our most-loved books about the joys of reading is the 2009 Howard’s End Is On The Landing by British writer Susan Hill. In her new book, Hill reflects on the books she reads in one year, from Edith Wharton’s novels through Alan Bennett’s diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of 12th century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, highly recommended.

Screenwriter Nora Ephron, who died in 2012, and her three famous romantic comedies – When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail – are the focus of this fascinating new book. As The Washington Post review says: “We like rom-coms because love and laughter never go out of style, and Ephron understood perfectly how to make those two things work together.’’

Great excitement surrounds this new memoir by Australian director Bruce Beresford. The director of more than 30 films, including Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao’s Last Dancer, and several large-scale opera productions, has filled these pages with irresistible stories about life in the arts and film industries. A good one for culture buffs.

Susan Hill $29.99

The Museum of Broken Relationships

Olinka Vistica, Drazen Grubisic $39.99

When the four-year relationship between two Zagreb-based artists ended, they joked about setting up a museum of leftover items that represented their time together. The idea caught on and the Museum of Broken Relationships is now an online and actual permanent space (in Los Angeles) with thousands of contributions from around the world. This book celebrates a brilliant international community arts project.

Erin Carlson $39.99

Bruce Beresford $29.99

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

David Bowie: A Life Dylan Jones $35

Kate Bailey $74.99

Among the many books to have been published since David Bowie’s death, this one by music journalist Dylan Jones is a standout. Jones’ impressive contact book is hard at work, although don’t expect a critical assessment. As Kirkus Review remarks: “Jones captures his subject’s transformations and the responses they provoked, but the tone is fan-friendly, assuming Bowie’s greatness rather than arguing for it.”

Opera is traditionally regarded as an elitist art form with fantastical plots and melodramatic divas. But beneath the opulence, opera is very much a product of its time and draws on common human experiences and societal change. This outstanding book focuses on seven opera premieres in seven cities to illustrate opera’s allure and impact. 17

110 Best Australian Albums

Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson, John O’Donnell $45

Every Christmas Day lunch is improved by a book of lists, especially one with the word “best” in the title. Oh, the arguments and analysis they provoke! This new collection of Australia’s best albums rates them 1 to 110, with each entry accompanied by a brief essay and photos. An ideal gift for music fans, but expect some argy-bargy.

London Rock: The Unseen Archive

Tony Norman and Alec Byrne $150

Through the 1960s and early ’70s, young photographer Alec Byrne covered the exploding London rock scene, capturing images of artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. This incredible archive is presented for the first time in a gorgeous deluxe edition enclosed in a lavishly designed case. A magnificent collectors’ item.


Modern Art In Detail: 75 Masterpieces Susie Hodge $50

This latest book by prolific British art writer Susie Hodge focuses on 75 works of modern art – from Vincent van Gogh’s The Church at Auverssur-Oise to Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Crucifixion – as a way of explaining the various influences and movements that define the modern art genre. We particularly recommend this one as a gift for art students

Duane Michals: Portraits Duane Michals $70

It has been a big year for photography books and we are especially pleased to have this fine representation of 85-year-old American master Duane Michals arrive in store. The book of portraits spans 50 years and includes some of the world’s best-known faces.

Whiteley On Trial Gabriella Coslovich $32.99

A Short Book About Painting

This Is Me, Full Stop

Writer and broadcaster Andrew Marr tackles the subject of painting: inspiration, creativity, politics, beauty and form. His latest book examines the key questions we should ask ourselves when we stand in front of a painting: What constitutes a “good” artwork? How important is technique? What are the key techniques painters employ to realise their image? We highly recommend this one.

The kicker line on this entertaining book reads “The Art, Pleasures, and Playfulness of Punctuation”. Designer Caz Hildebrand and writer Philip Cowell, of London’s very cool Here Design Studio, share their love of punctuation and reveal the different ways we can use it, illustrate it and create an impact with it.

Andrew Marr $29.99

The Australian art market might be small, but it certainly has its share of scandals, fake paintings, dodgy dealers and auction room drama. Melbourne arts journalist Gabriella Coslovich has written an engrossing account of the recent court case involving artworks in the style of Sydney artist Brett Whiteley, who died in 1992, and the characters found guilty of faking Whiteleys then acquitted on appeal.

Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016

Love, Cecil A Journey with Cecil Beaton

Phaidon $120

Lisa Immordino Vreeland $70

Annie Leibovitz is another brilliant American photographer whose work is the focus of a new publication by quality publisher Phaidon. In this collection, Leibovitz captures various influential and compelling figures of the past decade in the style that has made her one of the most admired talents of our time. In the words of the famous theatre director Robert Wilson: “She’s a poet.”

Cecil Beaton was so much more than a costume designer and socialite photographer. He could draw, write and design; he understood beauty and was a man of innate style. This new coffee table book appears at the same time as the Beaton documentary of the same name premieres in the US. It is the perfect companion.


Caz Hildebrand and Philip Cowell $35

Wedgwood: A Story of Creation and Innovation Gaye Blake-Roberts $110

With this new publication, big book specialist Rizzoli has created a remarkable pictorial record of the history of Wedgwood. More than 300 pages and 200 photographs and images, the book tells the story of the English ceramics company that was founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood.


The House of Worth

All About Yves

Regarded as “the father of haute couture’’, English fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth opened his salon in Paris in 1858 and quickly became the darling of European society. This magnificent publication includes documents from private family archives, illustrations and images of Worth creations through the decades. Our pick of summer 2017’s fashion books.

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, once commented that fashion fades, but style is eternal. Readers will concur as they immerse themselves in this superb book of images, stories and sketches. Assembled by eminent fashion historian Catherine Ormen in collaboration with Saint Laurent’s partner, Pierre Bergé, the book honours the life of one of fashion’s great trendsetters and visionaries.

Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Francoise Tetart-Vittu $120

Vogue: The Covers (updated edition) Dodie Kazanjian $70

A few years ago, My Bookshop had great success with the first volume of Vogue: The Covers. This updated edition, which includes covers since 2010, does not disappoint. Lavish and beautifully illustrated, the book also includes five new frameable Vogue cover prints that can be removed from the back of the book. What’s not to love?

Women of Singular Beauty: Chanel Haute Couture

Catherine Ormen $65

Cathleen Naundorf, Judith Clark $180

Renowned photographer Cathleen Naundorf celebrates the hallowed world of haute couture in this beautiful collection of photographs. Each couture gown involves hundreds of hours of handwork and crafting. Naundorf’s access to Chanel’s collection and her stunning images will thrill fashionistas and photography buffs alike.

Fashion Photography: The Story in 180 Pictures Eugenie Shinkle $80

Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Steven Meisel are all among a group of photographers who forged their careers via fashion magazine photography. In this new book, British academic Eugenie Shinkle examines the role of photography in presenting fashion as an object of desire and its impact in shaping contemporary taste.


The Dandy At Dusk

The Italian Gentleman

Don’t be fooled by the rather plain cover of this little hardback. Inside is a treasure chest of images of rings from the V&A Museum’s vast collection. With objects dating back to the Middle Ages, metalwork curator Rachel Church is able to trace the development of the ring and its many purposes in different cultures. An ideal gift for jewellery designers and collectors.

Dandyism has always played an important role in the history of men’s fashion. Tracing the movement’s beginnings from Regency England and the flamboyant style of society figure Beau Brummel through the 19th and 20th centuries, historian Philllip Mann contextualises the relationship between dandyism, decadence and modernism, against the background of a century punctuated by global conflict and social upheaval.

Are Italian men the world’s best dressed? We have no doubt, especially after browsing this dashing tome which explores the foundations of Italian style, and the craftsmen and women who create the suits, shirts and ties, the shoes and accessories. We highly recommend this beautiful book, which is not just a pictorial banquet but also an important fashion history overview.

Rachel Church $24.99

Phillip Mann $45


Hugo Jacomet $90


Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast

Black: Architecture in Monochrome

The Apartment House

The latest in Vogue’s “big book” collection features some of the most interesting homes to have appeared in the magazine over the past decade. From Karl Lagerfeld’s pad in Paris to Stella McCartney’s Scotland getaway, readers are taken on journey of interesting spaces and beautiful gardens. With 400 photographs, this edition is one to treasure.

Our first batch of Blacks arrived a few weeks ago and promptly sold out. We were not surprised. Phaidon’s editors bring together an inspiring range of buildings, internal spaces and fixtures that use black as the dominant shade. Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Jean Nouvel, Peter Marino and Steven Holl are just some of the big-name architects whose works are featured.

In this collection, Australian architecture writers Cameron Bruhn and Katelin Butler have sourced some of the country’s most interesting apartment projects – from townhouses to high-rise blocks. This is a book for our time, but also for our area. With so many apartment developments springing up within a five-kilometre radius of My Bookshop, we feel certain this book will find a captive audience.

Hamish Boles, Chloe Malle $160

Phaidon $59.95

The House That Pinterest Built

Axel Vervoordt: Stories And Reflections

In her latest book, Oscarwinning actor and talented decorator Diane Keaton outlines the design process behind her recent house-build. On the advice of a friend, Keaton turned to Pinterest for guidance and, in true bowerbird fashion, collected and curated ideas. The result is a magnificent new home – and a stunner of a book.

Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt is well known for his clients – Robert De Niro and Bill Gates among them – and his signature aesthetic. This book reflects on his 50-year career and the people who have influenced him in life and in creative practice. We are huge admirers of Vervooldt and heartily recommend this one.

Diane Keaton $120

Cameron Bruhn and Katelin Butler $70

Living in the Landscape Anna Johnson and Richard Black $39.99

Axel Vervoordt $45

As urban life becomes increasingly more demanding, many people are choosing to build away from the city in a way that acknowledges and connects with the landscape. Living in the Landscape explores new and exciting relationships between landscape and design and examines how architects increasingly use various landscape conditions as inspiration and sites for creativity. 20

Take a Bath Gestalten $95

Seasoned home renovators will tell you that a beautiful bathroom will always add value to your home. Once you’ve flicked through this new book from quality German publisher Gestalten and collected your ideas, you’ll never want to sell! So many soothing spaces, so much marble, timber and glass, so much elegant tapwear – who could even consider moving out with bathrooms such as these?

Twenty-one Australian Architects, Breaking New Ground Edited by Karen McCartney $59.99

Architecture writer Karen McCartney and Belle magazine team up to present this worthy overview of Australian architecture’s most interesting current practitioners. A good gift – or book to keep – for architecture fans and those who wish to learn more about our national design zeitgeist.


Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons Jennifer Ash Rudick $110

French House Chic

Long Island’s East End is made up of five townships and it is this area that is the focus of Hamptons resident Jennifer Ash Rudick’s new coffee table book. Rather than predictable rundowns of the mansions of the rich and famous, the author has sought out everyday homes of farmers, fishermen, architects, writers and business folk.

The romantic story of Melbourne’s Jane Webster, who bought a rundown Normandy chateau and turned it into an upmarket guesthouse and cooking school, continues in her third book. French House Chic introduces readers to the homes of Webster’s French friends and associates. Her goal? To define – through images and words – that elusive decorating manner known as French style.

Grand Melbourne Gardens

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Architect David Wilkinson was born to write this book. A good friend of My Bookshop and occasional interviewer/host of our events, Sydney-born Wilkinson has always had a great respect for, and love of, Melbourne’s gardens. More than 40 gardens, from private Toorak and South Yarra homes to public National Trust properties, are featured in his new book.

“When we started researching this book, what fascinated us almost as much as the plants themselves was the dizzying variety of ways they are used …” explain authors Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters in their introduction. Mining the ideas of horticulturalists, plant scientists, architects and even illustrators, then blending these with their own gardening knowledge has resulted in a super resource book.

David Wilkinson and Kimbal Baker $70

More Great Properties of Country Victoria

Jane Webster $59.99

Richard Allen and Kimbal Baker $59.99

It was quite an achievement by Melbourne writer Richard Allen to convince a number of Western District families to be featured in his first book, Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age. In time for Christmas, we are thrilled to welcome Allen’s follow-up book.


Claire Takacs $70

Claire Takacs’ photographs in this beautiful, contemporaryfeel book bring to life some extraordinary garden spaces. Takacs has travelled around the world photographing gardens – from the former Kent home of garden writer Vita Sackville-West to Piet Oudolf’s Hummelo in the Netherlands. A superbly designed book, it is an ideal gift for garden-lovers.


The Secret Gardeners

Better known in his home state of New South Wales, William Dangar is one of Australia’s leading landscape gardeners and has designed and built more than 1000 gardens over the past 25 years. This book focuses on 21 projects in different climates and explores the site challenges, plant choices and final results of each garden.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a gorgeous gardening book from England. Publisher Frances Lincoln does not disappoint with this gorgeous hardcover featuring the outdoor spaces of “Britain’s Creatives”. Peak inside the gardens of actors Rupert Everett and Jeremy Irons, comedian Julian Clary, sculptor Daniel Chadwick, artist Anish Kapoor and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others.

William Dangar $59.99

Kate Herd and Jela Ivankovic-Waters $49.99


Victoria Summerley $59.99



Simple Fare

Hummus & Co.

Meet the co-winner of our annual Cookbook For The Summer Award. For the Christmas holiday period, Ostro ticks all the boxes: fresh and easy-to-source produce, great flavours and food combos, simple-to-assemble dishes that are big on wow factor. We are big fans of Busuttil Nishimura’s cooking. From Lorne to Lakes Entrance, from Port Fairy to Portsea, the gang’ll be talking about this one.

Simple Fare by the creator of Brooklyn’s Sunday Suppers is co-winner of our Cookbook For The Summer Award. Ignore the “fall/winter” in this sub-title; spring/summer came out earlier this year, but both fit well with the Aussie Christmas holiday lifestyle. Simple Fare’s design and photography are highly innovative and each recipe allows cooks to achieve maximum impact with minimum work.

The sub-heading to this collection says “Middle Eastern food to fall in love with’’. And that’s just what you’ll do after tasting recipes from Hummus & Co. You’ll fall in love with the dips, relishes and rubs, the innovative barbeque ideas, the midweek dinners and the sweet treats. This is food we know and love in Australia, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to assemble.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura $44.99

The Tivoli Road Baker Michael James with Pippa James $60

Since taking over their South Yarra shopfront several years ago, British-born baker Michael James and wife Pippa have made the Tivoli Road Bakery a destination for food-lovers across Melbourne. The James’ beautiful new cookbook shares with readers their passion for baking, with plenty of tips and advice to help you through what can sometimes seem a formidable cooking challenge.

Karen Mordechai $50

Michael Rantissi & Kristy Frawley $49.99

Poh Bakes 100 Greats


Poh Ling Yeow $39.99

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh $55

Anyone who attended our instore event with Poh Ling Yeow a few years ago will testify that (a) she is deeply passionate about food and (b) she is one of the nicest TV stars you could ever hope to meet. Her new book is dedicated to baking, with many of the 100 recipes inspired by Jamface, the Adelaide café and bakery she co-owns.

Pastry chef and physiotherapist Helen Goh left Australia is 2006 and eventually was offered a role in the kitchen of Yotam Ottolenghi. The pair have spent several years perfecting their sweet-dish recipes and this is their first published collaboration. From rolled pavlova with peaches and blackberries to fig and pistachio frangipani tartlets, their recipes will seduce you into taking the sweet leap. 22

Cook Beautiful

Athena Calderone $50

This is one of the most elegant cookbooks among our current crop. Devised by the chic New York food stylist behind Instagram’s popular @eyeswoon, Cook Beautiful features 100 recipes divided into the four seasons, with step-by-step advice on how to prepare and plate up. Great table decorating tips, too.

The Vegetable: Recipes that celebrate nature Caroline Griffiths & Vicki Valsamis $49.99

IThe Vegetable showcases 130 modern recipes featuring dishes that flaunt the unique flavours and textures of the diverse world of vegetables. From crumbed zucchini batons with truffle aioli to the wholesome spinach and green curry coconut curry soup, each recipe will leave you feeling nourished and glowing.



Lisa Valmorbida (illustrated by Jean Jullien) $39.99

The huge success of local gelateria Pidapipo is a reminder of Melbourne’s long connection with Italian food. Bring the fun of making delicious gelati and the mood of the passeggiata to your own home with this little collection from Pidapipo founder Lisa Valmorbida. Alongside the classic flavors, you’ll discover many new treats. Blood orange granita with dark chocolate sorbetto, anyone?

Good Food Guide 2018 Edited by Myffy Rigby & Roslyn Grundy $29.99

No longer The Age Good Food Guide, Fairfax Media’s Good Food Guide 2018 is now a national book, which includes reviews of more than 500 restaurants across Australia. We lament the passing of a great brand and masthead, but remain thankful that experienced Age journalist Roslyn Grundy is keeping an eye on the reviews submitted.

Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food

I Heart Rome

Maria Pasquale $49.99

Melissa Hemsley $49.99

Our bookseller Corrie will tell anyone who cares to listen that Rome is her favourite city. She says that this new production from Smith Street Books “captures in words, pictures and individuals’ stories, the city’s powerful food culture’’. Melbourne-born Maria Pasquale has done the Eternal City proud with this gorgeous culinary travel guide.

One of the sisters in the famous UK cooking duo Hemsley and Hemsley, Melissa has branched out on her own and created an accessible and contemporary cookbook for busy people who need to save time but eat well. Appreciating that supermarket ingredients are sometimes the only shopping option, Hemsley has designed 120 terrific recipes that take you from breakfast to dinner.

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

As predictable as Christmas itself, the annual overview of Australia’s wines by wine guru James Halliday is out again. The 2018 edition has been completely revised to bring readers up-to-date information. This includes: tasting notes with points, wine details, advice on best-by drinking plus a rundown of Australia’s wineries and information on winemakers.

As champagnes from France become more accessible to the Australian market, a boom in consumer interest is tangible. But knowledge is required when making what are still expensive wine choices. We have no doubt that this comprehensive new guide from Australian wine writer Tyson Stelzer will assist.

James Halliday $39.99

Tyson Stelzer $49.99


Eat London3

Sir Terence Conran & Peter Prescott $45

In this updated edition, Habitat founder Terence Conran and business partner Peter Prescott explore more than 300 restaurants, cafés, markets and artisan stores in London. Eat London 3 is a must for anyone travelling to the UK, but it is also brimful of ideas for local chefs and restaurateurs, bar owners, food retailers, home cooks and genuine foodies.

World of Wine Oz Clarke $59.99

Before wine took over his life in 1984, Oz Clarke was an actor and singer on the British stage. These days, he writes and broadcasts about wine. His latest book is a must-buy for wine buffs keen for a thorough and engaging overview of the world’s various winegrowing regions, their specialities and individual characteristics and renowned winemakers.


The Christmas Story

The 12 Days of Christmas

This beautiful cloth-bound edition is a wonderful keepsake for young readers keen to learn more about the traditional story of Christmas. Featuring works from the Met’s vast collection, with images dating back to medieval Europe, the book presents a visual feast that tells the story of the Nativity.

One for babies and toddlers, this colourful board book presentation of an old favourite by Melbourne artist Lee Pilgrim is fun to sing and share together.

Metropolitan Museum of Art $29.99

Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story

Bouncing Bouncing Little Joeys: A Bush Christmas

From the author of the best-selling Goosebumps series comes a funny, scary send-up of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas, hates carols and decorations. Most of all he hates when his classmates call him “Scrooge”. But things change when three ghosts visit him. At first, he thinks it’s a dream. But then he realises it might be a nightmare.

This is another fun book that captures Christmas in Australia. Three little joeys are preparing for Santa’s visit. They decorate a big gumtree, make their own bush-inspired Christmas cards, bake their gingerbread, peg their Christmas socks on the line and hang their Christmas wreath. Merry Christmas, little joeys!

R.L. Stine $24.99

John Williamson’s Christmas In Australia

Pilgrim Lee $16.99

John Williamson Illustrated by Mitch Vane $14.99

Singer songwriter John Williamson has teamed with illustrator Mitch Vane to produce a fun Christmas book that celebrates the summer-bush-hot weather kind of December 25 we know and love in Australia. This one would have particular appeal to expat Aussie kids who are living in other parts of the world as a fun connection with home.


Shirley Hughes $16.99

We are big fans of Shirley Hughes’ Christmas classic, now in this new paperback edition with story CD. Alfie and his family are preparing for Christmas day. The rituals of carol singing, choosing a Christmas tree and decorating it, wrapping gifts, then the big day itself are revealed through the story and Hughes’ distinct illustration

One Christmas Wish

A Christmas Advent Story

UK writer Katherine Rundell is one of our favourite children’s authors. Her beautiful new Christmas story in this gorgeous hardcover edition introduces us to Theo, a little boy who is left at home with a babysitter on Christmas eve. Theo wishes for some friends to play with when, all of a sudden, magical and strange things start happening.

One of our favourite Christmas picture books for 2017, Hannah Tolson’s advent book follows the story of a little boy and girl as they count down to Christmas eve. It’s a northern hemisphere setting – lots of snow, pine trees, snow and ice-skating – but Aussie kids never seem to mind the winter Christmas idea. It just adds to the mystique.

Katherine Rundell $24.99

Lesley Gibbes $14.99

Alfie’s Christmas (with CD)

Hannah Tolson $21.99


The Jolly Christmas Postman Janet & Allan Ahlberg $29.95

We couldn’t resist including our old favourite, The Jolly Postman, performing his annual Christmas delivery duties. Ideal for the four-toseven years age group, this interactive and fun story will give hours of joy.

The Nutcracker (sound book)

Jessica Courtney-Tickle $27.99

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in the bookshop without a new edition of The Nutcracker on our shelves. The story of Clara and her magical adventure to the land of the Mouse-King and the Sugar Plum Fairy continues to delight new readers. This edition includes the music of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score. Just press the buttons and the magic begins.

My Little Cities: Paris

Watch Out! A Giant!

First 100 Box Set

In the latest of the Cities board book series by Chronicle, young readers can visit Paris, enjoy some of the landmarks and experience the city’s allure. “Paris, full of such delights. City of Love, City of Light.’’

Eric Carle’s classic tale Watch Out! A Giant! is now available as a board book with die-cut flaps throughout. Little readers (we recommend two-five years) will enjoy the adventures of two children as they escape from a giant through secret passageways, trapdoors and underground tunnels. A lovely edition for Eric Carle fans.

My Bookshop is a strong supporter of children’s book publisher Roger Priddy. His books meet high publishing standards, they are educational and fun. This box set of five best-sellers represents terrific value for money.

Jennifer Adams $16.99

Eric Carle $12.99

Roger Priddy $12.99

Animal Opposites

Night Sounds

Good Night, Baby Moon

This brightly coloured touchand-feel board book explores the concept of opposites through the animal kingdom: a tall giraffe meets a short warthog; a fast cheetah and a slow tortoise – and on it goes. Great price, fabulous little book.

Some sound books can rev up toddlers, but this new gem from Usborne is an ideal quiet time/bedtime read that delivers the gentle sounds of the night. Sleeping cats purr, owls twit-twoo and bats squeak when readers press the sound buttons on the pages of this beautifully illustrated book.

Another cute night-time read which introduces children to the moon (the one on the cover actually illuminates). Learn about the different phases of the moon as we follow a family of rabbits taking a night-time stroll through the woods. Good Night, Baby Moon will appeal to any pre-schooler eager to learn about the natural world around them.

Alphaprints $9.99

Sam Taplin $24.99


James Mitchem $24.99


The Very Noisy Baby

Still Stuck

We are so excited by this gorgeous new hardcover from Alison Lester, one of our favourite children’s authors and illustrators. The townsfolk hear unusual noises and can’t work out where the sounds are coming from. Is it the tiger, escaped from the zoo? The pony club horse who strayed from his field? Or Mr McAlpine’s cockatoo? No – but guess who?

It’s bath time and our little narrator can’t get out of his yellow T-shirt. No matter how much he tugs and squirms, he is stuck. “I was sure lots of important people had been stuck before,” he thinks, “so I decided to stay that way forever! It wasn’t so bad.’’ He doesn’t, of course, and Mum intervenes. A very cute story.

Alison Lester $24.99

Shinsuke Yoshitake $17.99

The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse

The Bad Mood and the Stick

The same team that brought you Triangle and Sam and Dave Dig A Hole return with a fractured fairytale about a mouse who is eaten by a wolf and finds he is not alone. Inside the wolf’s tummy, a bit of a party is happening. A duck has set up home, there’s an elegant table setting, dancing. What’s not to like? Hilarious fun for the three-to-six age group.

Lemony Snicket’s bad mood is an emoji-like cloud character (illustrated beautifully by Matthew Forsythe) who wreaks havoc as it skips from person to person. Kirkus Review describes it as “the wonderfully presented universality of the bad mood and how quickly a little thing can chase it away – or beckon it upon us’’.

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen $27.99

Balthazar The Great

My Lazy Cat

Another Year of Plumdog

Balthazar is the last violinplaying polar bear in the circus world. This makes him very special, but also lonely and uncertain about his future. Themes of homesickness, the need to be among people we love, the search for home are gently dealt with in this lovely picture story.

A picture book that reminds little readers and their parents to take time out, relax, have a day of no plans and enjoy one another’s company. Meet Boomer, the pet cat, who is tubby and chubby and wonderful company. But he is also lazy. As our narrator’s week explodes with activity – swimming lessons, painting, judo – Boomer just ambles about. And who is happier?

Not since Hairy Maclary has a scruffy black dog captured the hearts of so many readers. In 2014, Emma Chichester published the diary of her dog, Plum. Plumdog became an international best-seller and now, this Christmas, we revisit Plum via a new collection of jottings, accompanied by Chichester Clark’s enchanting illustrations.

Kirsten Sims $21.99

Christine Roussey $21.99

Emma Chichester Clark $29.99


Lemony Snicket $24.99

Little Dog and the Summer Holiday Corinne Fenton and Robin Cowcher $24.99

One of our favourite characters, Little Dog, returns in a new adventure. After his explorations through Melbourne’s CBD in Little Dog and the Christmas Wish, our friend is off with his family on a road trip to Sydney. This beautiful hardback is a tribute to our much-loved Aussie summers, including lovely drawings of beachscapes and camping scenes.


After The Fall

Excuse Me!

We love, love, love this book about Humpty Dumpty, post-fall, put together again by the King’s men but in a bit of a depressed and fragile state. “There were some parts that couldn’t be healed with bandages and glue,” he laments. But determined to conquer his fear of heights, Humpty once again climbs the wall. The result, dear readers, is a miracle.

The trend of comedians entering the kids’ literature book space continues with Melbourne celebrity Dave Hughes and his wife Holly Ife’s Excuse Me! This hilarious book addresses the “elephant in the room” – a topic kids love to discuss, farting – via the embarrassing experience of a very polite sheep who has never let off wind … until the Baked Bean Bonanza.

Dan Santat $26.99

Florence Frizzball

Dave Hughes & Holly Ife $16.99

Claire Freedman, Jane Massey $16.99

The story of a little girl who is very unhappy about her naturally curly hair is not a new idea. But Jane Massey’s illustrations give this story an extra dimension of humour and perfectly accompany Freedman’s story. Stay away from that hair straightener, Florence!

Fancy Nancy and the Dazzling Jewels Jane O’Connor and Robin Priess Glasser $8.99

Fancy Nancy is in a bit of a pickle when she and best friend Bree decide to have a jewellery swap. Nancy quickly misses what she gave away – her old charm bracelet. She wants it back, but Bree may just want to keep it. A story of friendship and sharing, complete with sparkly illustrations and fancy stickers.  


I See The Moon

Enough Apples

The Poesy Ring

On behalf of Amnesty International, we are delighted to be selling this beautiful picture book edition of the lyrics to John Lennon’s Imagine. The book, which features illustrations from Jean Jullien, was published on the UN’s International Day of Peace. With a foreword by Yoko Ono, we believe collectors will prize it in years to come.

Our bookseller Corrie is a big fan of the work of York-based illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw and you’ll always find many of her books in our store. This Christmas, we welcome Beardshaw’s new illustrated collection of popular night-time lullabies and rhymes (Twinkle Twinkle, Hush Little Baby and many more). Perfect for the grandparent-godparentspecial birthday gift, I See The Moon is one to cherish.

The man who grows apples lives on Old Uplands Farm and works “in a higgledy-piggledy orchard, with soil as rich as chocolate”. But what happens when a pesky developer starts to buy up the land around him? Join the apple man as he finds ingenious ways to keep his apple trees alive in the shadows of skyscrapers. A strong and important ecomessage permeates this one.

This new book from awardwinning Melbourne author and illustrator Bob Graham is about love. In 1830 in County Cork, Ireland, a young woman on a black horse throws a gold ring into the wind. The years pass and the little treasure continues its remarkable journey. Will the ring, inscribed with “love never dies”, ever find the finger of a woman truly loved?

John Lennon, Jean Jullien, Amnesty International $24.99

Rosalind Beardshaw $24.99

Kim Kane & Lucia Masciullo $24.99


Bob Graham $24.99


Bad Dad

David Walliams $19.95

This is book number 10 for the wickedly funny UK comedian/ author whose wit and good writing ensure he delivers a hit every time. Already touted as one of his best, Bad Dad is about a father and son who band together to take down the evil Mr Big. Expect prison breaks, wild car chases and loads of laughs.

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

By Colin Meloy (art by Carson Ellis) $24.99

From the creators of the New York Times’ best-selling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of young pickpockets. Imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist. It all starts when Charlie Fisher witnesses an incredible pickpocketing robbery that inspires him to become part of the act.

The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 12)

The Girl with the Lost Smile

Best-selling children’s author Jeff Kinney brings us another hilarious novel with Diary of Wimpy Kid Book 12. Greg Heffley is escaping the stress of holidays by venturing to a resort instead of spending Christmas at home. What begins as a stress-free vacation quickly becomes a holiday nightmare.

Despite an exhaustive search, Chloe Long cannot find her smile. She doesn’t even have a frown she can turn upside down. Not even her favourite cake, her grandmother or a joke can improve her mood. But one night, a magical eagle appears and Chloe embarks on a life-changing adventure that is both poignant and massively entertaining.

Jeff Kinney $14.99

Miranda Hart $19.99

The Magic Misfits

Toto, The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Neil Patrick Harris $16.99

Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris brings us a debut novel set around the magical world of street magician Carter. Carter has run away and found himself in a sleepy New England town with new friends and magic powers. Yet with every good story come the bad guys who, this time, are out to steal and challenge Carter’s tricks.

Michael Morpurgo $19.99

Narrated by Dorothy’s plucky little dog Toto, this new take on an old favourite has all the energy of L. Frank Baum’s original – with a twist. You know you’re in excellent hands with Morpurgo, an author who has built an award-winning career writing stories from an animal’s point of view. With beautiful illustrations by Plum Dog creator Emma Chichester Clark. 28

Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion Chris O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy $12.99

Martin Moone returns with a new adventure shared, as always, with his quirky imaginary friend, Sean Murphy. Martin is approaching the end of primary school and is determined to get his face up on the Winners’ Wall before he leaves. Entering the Invention Convention with his motley crew of sub-standard scientist friends might be his only hope.

Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead (Book 3) Rick Riordan $22.99

This is the third instalment in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series about an extraordinary teen who just happens to be one of Odin’s chosen warriors. He has managed to survive so far, partly due to his powerful friends Samirah the Valkyrie and Hearthstone the elf, but now he must battle sea gods, giants, dragons – and his own crippling insecurities.


The Wonderling Mira Bartok $39.95

This is a sprawling, steampunk fantasy about a half-fox, half-human creature named Thirteen who lives in an institution under the oppressive rule of Miss Carbunkle. When Thirteen discovers a unique gift, and an unexpected ally, he escapes the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures and pursues his destiny. Not only stunning to look at, this heartfelt adventure is also an enthralling read.

A Skinful of Shadows Frances Hardinge $24.95

Set before the English civil war, this new tale with its beautiful cover is centred around Makepeace, a girl who discovers she is related to an aristocratic family that shares the ability to catch ghosts. In order to prepare Makepeace for a life with the supernatural, her mother forces her to sleep alone in graveyards. A highly original tale about secrets, power and belonging.

A Garden of Lilies: Improving Tales for Young Minds

The Wizards of Once Cressida Cowell $19.99

The author of the wildly popular How to Train Your Dragon books is back. In this new series, the myths of ancient Britain are everpresent. Gripping and full of compelling characters, the story revolves around three sets of warring groups: witches, wizards and warriors. But peace might be possible when a young boy wizard and a young girl warrior join forces.

Judith Rossell $19.99

The author of WitheringBy-Sea and Wormwood Mire, Judith Rossell entrances us with another fantastical story. In Wormwood Mire, Rossell introduced young readers to the lessons of fictitious Victorian writer Prudence A. Goodchild. Now, that book comes to life in A Garden of Lilies.


The Librarian of Auschwitz

Sara Pennypacker $14.99

Antonio Iturbe $26.99

If you like tear-stained pages, you will enjoy this moving and unforgettable story about Peter and his foxy friend Pax. War pulls them apart and an epic journey puts both their lives at risk, yet their friendship conquers all. Last year’s hardback was gorgeous, but this new paperback edition includes illustrations by awardwinning artist Jon Klassen. Due in store in the week before Christmas.

A fictionalised account based on the extraordinary true story about a girl imprisoned in Auschwitz. Fourteen-year-old Dita risks her life to ensure that eight precious books, smuggled in by prisoners, remain safe. Written by a Spanish journalist, this heart-wrenching story about the sustaining power of words and a young girl’s astonishing bravery makes for powerful reading. 29

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend $16.95

This is an entertaining debut by an Australian author who has created a compelling female heroine (with a winning sense of humour) who leaps off the page. Blamed for every misfortune, Morrigan Crow is considered a cursed child, and now she must die at midnight on Eventide. A peculiar character intervenes, but Crow’s relief is short-lived. Great reading for the eightups.

Turtles All the Way Down John Green $27.99

Five years afters The Fault In Our Stars burst onto the teenage market, author John Green returns with another terrific story for the 13-17 age group. Teenager Aza Holmes and her best friend Daisy decide to search for a missing billionaire in the hope of picking up the $100,000 reward money. A touching story of friendship.


The World in Numbers

Clive Gifford, Marianne Taylor, Steve Martin $19.99

For kids who love facts, figures and quirky illustrations, The World in Numbers is the perfect book. With more than 2000 fascinating number-led facts across a vast range of topics, it’s a perfect Christmas gift for inquiring minds.

Guinness World Records 2018 $44.99

Guinness World Records fans will be delighted to explore the 2018 edition packed with thousands of amazing new records. Touted as the “superest edition yet!”, the book features the largest Easter egg, the largest dinosaur and the answer to the question, what’s more deadly: a shark or a selfie? Venture inside and uncover the fascinating facts within.

Facts! One for every day of the year Tracey Turner, illustrated by Fatti Burke $22.99

13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know about Everything

Flying Colours: A Guide to Flags Around the World

Publisher DK showcases the world as you’ve never seen it before with exploded images of everyday objects from cars and skeletons to pianos and chocolate! Each image has 13 mind-blowing facts plus a myth-buster that takes young readers on an incredible factual adventure.

Kids love books about the flags of the world’s nations. We can’t explain why, but we know that each time we get a new flag book, it finds a keen audience among our under-12s. We are particularly impressed by Flying Colours, which offers readers a story behind each flag, its colours and design.

Dorling Kindersley $29.99

Many children are not big fans of fiction and so, to encourage their reading skills, our staff will suggest a non-fiction book. This terrific addition to our shelves is a proven winner because it is fun for children to look up a fact a day, then share the information they’ve discovered with adults.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo $32.99

Rachel Swaby $14.99

If we were awarding a prize for the best children’s non-fiction book for 2017, this would be the winner. An inspiring book for young girls, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales with stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Yoko Ono. Each portrait has been illustrated through a collaboration of 60 female artists from across the globe.

While on the topic of inspiring women, we must commend this paperback edition of New York science writer Rachel Swaby’s Trailblazers. Swaby offers 33 brief profiles of some of the world’s most influential women in science, including Rachel Carson, Florence Nightingale, Sally Ride and Yvonne Brill, across diverse fields from chemistry to astronomy, health and biology. 30

Robert G. Fresson and Robin Jacobs $29.99

The Amazing Animal Atlas Nick Crumpton $39.99

My Bookshop is very excited to be recommending this high-quality illustrated animal encyclopedia. Super-sized in format and compiled by leading British zoologist and academic Nick Crumpton, The Amazing Animal Atlas is divided into regions and covers many of the world’s most interesting species. The chapter at the back titled Animals in Crisis is particularly salient.


Here We Are Notes for Living on Planet Earth Oliver Jeffers $24.99

This Christmas’s offering from Oliver Jeffers has a strong eco-conservation theme. His advice: “Use your time well. It will be gone before you know it.” Readers are then taken on a journey around the planet, under the sea, across communities, through the solar system and inside the animal kingdom – all in one picture book.

The Variety of Life Nicola Davies and Lorna Scobie $29.99

How many big, beautiful animal books can one bookshop stock? Not enough, we say! So many facts, so many things to learn. For example, did you know there are 400,000 species of beetles but only eight species of bears? As the publisher notes: “This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world’s biodiversity and help stop it slipping away.”

What Do Grown-Ups Do All Day?

Hello, Melbourne! Megan McKean $24.99

Dawid Ryski $29.95

This new look-and-find adventure book explores the wonders of Melbourne. Six magpies take the reader through the city, uncovering the most iconic spots, from heritage buildings and colourful laneways to rivers, sporting havens and theme parks. The book is peppered with interesting lesserknown facts accompanied by engaging and detailed illustrations. 

This book tackles the question many children ask: what do grown-ups do all day? Young readers will explore 15 eventful scenes set in diverse workplaces, with a page detailing each person’s job. Children will be given a fascinating insight into the busy world of adults. One of our favourites.

100 Things I Love to do with You Amy Schwartz $21.99

Award-winning New York illustrator Amy Schwartz celebrates the many fun and educational activities kids and adults can do: walk the dog, tell tales, eavesdrop and window-shop, watch clouds, help the sun rise, spin tops, karate chops. This lovely hardcover will prompt readers young and old to get off the sofa and out and about.

Treasure Hunt

Where’s The Wookiee? 2

Build the Dragon

Another handsome publication from the Tate Gallery marks the return of the much-admired Alice Melvin (The High Street and Grandma’s House). In this adventure she asks readers to find objects to stick into the book to complete the pages. Can you find a feather or a bright button? Or something glittery to decorate a butterfly’s wing? Hours of fun for the crafters.

Although some of us might be a bit head-in-sand about the whole Star Wars resurgence, the kids are onto it, which is one of the reasons we’ve brought in a truckload of Where’s The Wookiee? 2. Think Where’s Wally? and you get the gist. Find Chebacca and his Wookiee friends as they charge across the galaxy. Even adults will love this one.

This is ideal for the sevenyear-old-plus boys and girls who love dragons and making things. As they learn about dragons and their legendary worlds, the children are invited to look more closely at the dragon’s anatomy and build their own – complete with moving parts. Hours of holiday fun in this one.

Alice Melvin $29.99

Star Wars $19.99


Dugald A. Steer $24.99

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