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Novels to Escape With

The Memory Artist

Winner of the 2016 Vogel Literary Award

By: Katherine Brabon

How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev’s repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of terrifying Stalinist violence, and to expose the continued harassment of dissidents.

When Gorbachev promises glasnost, openness, Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old, longs to create art and to carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes; falls in love. Yet that hope, too, fragments and by 1999 Pasha lives a solitary life in St Petersburg. Until a phone call in the middle of the night acts as a summons both to Moscow and to memory.

Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs, to a summerhouse during Russia’s white night summers, to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha’s search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia’s traumatic past.

About the Author

Katherine Brabon was born in Melbourne in 1987 and grew up in Woodend, Victoria.

The Memory Artist is her first novel and won the 2016 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.

Bone by Bone

By: Sanjida Kay

RRP: $29.99

A gripping novel of psychological suspense. When her daughter is bullied, Laura cannot predict the violence of her reaction - or the consequences

Laura is making a fresh start. Newly divorced and relocated to Bristol, she is carving a new life for her and her nine-year-old daughter, Autumn. But things aren't going as well as she hoped. Autumn is unsettled, and her sweet nature and artistic bent are making her a target for bullies.

When Autumn fails to return home from school one day Laura goes looking for her and happens upon a crowd of bullies taunting her little girl. Rage overcomes Laura and spills into violence. Consequences are bound to ensue. But Laura can not anticipate just what those consequences will be, and just how much worse things can become

About the Author

Sanjida Kay is a writer and TV presenter. So far she's had four novels and four works of non-fiction published as well as contributing to a couple of other books.

Sanjida presents wildlife programmes and used to direct science documentaries for the BBC, including BBC2s flagship science strand, Horizon. She trained as a zoologist and studied chimpanzees for her PhD.

Front Page News

By: Katie Rowney

RRP: $32.99

Cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey. Front-page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends more time laying out the crossword than covering actual news.

Until the first dead body turns up.

While the local police fumble the investigation, ambitious Stacey is just pleased to have something other than cattle sales to write about. Plus, she now has an excuse to spend more time with the arrogantly attractive Detective Scott Fitzgerald. But when Stacey shows up at one crime scene too many, she moves to the top of the most wanted list. Stacey must uncover the truth before anyone else gets hurt – or the police put her behind bars.

Light-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny, this charming novel will have readers falling in love with the surprisingly deadly town of Toomey.

About the Author

Katie Rowney’s debut novel Front Page News will be published by Penguin Random House in May 2016. She is a recovering journalist, current communications wizard and owner of far too much china.

She grew up on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, and only made it as far as the big smoke of Brisbane city before settling down with her husband Magnus, two dogs and two cats.

She reads a minimum of three books a week, has an unhealthy obsession with David Bowie and tries to live her life as Indiana Jones would.

Castle of Dreams

By: Elise McCune

RRP: $29.99

A ruined castle deep in the rainforest holds a secret that unites three generations of women: two sisters who find themselves in love with the same man as the Second World War rages and, decades later, a young woman determined to uncover the secrets in her grandmother's hidden past.

Growing up together in a mysterious castle in northern Queensland, Rose and Vivien Blake are very close sisters. But during the Second World War their relationship becomes strained when they each fall in love with the same dashing but enigmatic American soldier.

Rose’s daughter, Linda, has long sensed a secret in her mother’s past, but Rose has always resisted Linda’s questions, preferring to focus on the present.

Years later Rose’s granddaughter, Stella, also becomes fascinated by the shroud of secrecy surrounding her grandmother’s life.

Intent on unravelling the truth, she visits the now-ruined castle where Rose and Vivien grew up to see if she can find out more.

Captivating and compelling, Castle of Dreams is about love, secrets, lies – and the perils of delving into the past . . .

About the Author

Elise McCune was born in Sydney. In 1973, she moved to Perth, where she raised her two children, Lisa and Brett. Elise now lives by the bay in Melbourne.

The Soldier's Curse

The Monsarrat Series : Book 1

By: Margaret Keneally

RRP: $32.99

A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg.

In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement's commandant.

His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion.

Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned.

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant's second-in-command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora. Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder. Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer. And so begins The Monsarrat Series, a fast-paced, witty and gripping series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg.

About the Author

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals' birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer.

In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor. She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.

The Course of Love

By: Alain de Botton

RRP: 32.99

What does it mean to live happily ever after?

At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?

Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.

From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, twenty years after his debut Essays in Love.

About the Author

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life. He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain’s newest book is published in April 2009 and is titled The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was twenty-three. It minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love, in a style that mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non-fiction. It's a book of which many readers are still fondest and it has sold two million copies worldwide.

It was with How Proust can change your Life that Alain's work reached a truly global audience. The book was a particular success in the United States, where the mixture of an ironic 'self-help' envelope and an analysis of one of the most revered but unread books in the Western canon struck a chord. It was followed by The Consolations of Philosophy, to which it was in many ways an accompaniment. Though sometimes described as popularisations, these two books were at heart attempts to develop original ideas (about, for example, friendship, art, envy, desire and inadequacy) with the help of the thoughts from other thinkers – an approach that would have been familiar to writers like Seneca or Montaigne and that disappeared only with the growing professionalisation of scholarship in the 19th century.

Alain then returned to a more lyrical, personal style of writing. In The Art of Travel, he looked at themes in the psychology of travel: how we imagine places before we have seen them, how we remember beautiful things, what happens to us when we look at deserts, or stay in hotels or go to the countryside. In Status Anxiety, he examined an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned directly: the anxiety about what others think of us; about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain discussed questions of beauty and ugliness in architecture. Much of the book was written at de Botton's home in West London, just near Shepherd's Bush roundabout, one of the uglier man-made places, which nevertheless provided helpful examples of how important it is to get architecture right.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work saw Alain travelling across the world for two years with a photographer in tow, looking at people in their workplaces and reflecting on the great themes of work: why do we do it? How can it be more bearable? What is a meaningful life? The book is at once lyrical and gripping like a novel can be, and yet also packed with ideas and analysis.

In the summer of 2009, Alain was appointed Heathrow's first Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at the Airport

The Darling Songbirds

By: Rachael Herron

RRP: $32.99

A sparkling, highly entertaining romantic comedy about beloved country girl group The Darling Songbirds, from the bestselling author of Eliza's Gift.

Love is a country song waiting to happen . . .

Adele, Molly and Lana are The Darling Songbirds, the country-singing sisters who gained fame in their teens for their smart lyrics and sweet harmonies. But when their father died suddenly on the eve of their big tour, the group acrimoniously broke up.

Now, eleven years on, Adele arrives back in Darling Bay, the sleepy gold-rush town founded by her great-grandfather. For Uncle Hugh has bequeathed to the sisters his hotel and bar the Golden Spike.

Except this is not the welcoming saloon Adele remembers from her childhood. The building is a ruin, the business is broke and customers are scarce.

Add into the mix Nate Houston - the handsome, guitar-playing barman who had always believed he would be the next owner - and Adele has one potent cocktail on her hands.

She needs Molly and Lana now more than ever – but the heartache still runs deep. Can a rundown saloon in a sleepy town finally offer the sisters a way back home?

The Darling Songbirds is the first in a delightful romantic comedy series, filled with music, laughter and one sexy cowboy.

About the Author

Rachael Herron is the author of five Cypress Hollow novels: Eliza's Gift, Lucy's Kiss, Naomi's Wish, Cora's Heart and Fiona's Flame and one standalone, Pack Up the Moon. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she's not busy writing, she's working her other full-time job as a 911 fire/medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department. As of 2013, she's a proud New Zealand citizen as well as an American, and she is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board. She can probably play along with you on the ukulele.

Inspiration and Aspirations

Chicks and Mortar – A woman’s guide to investing in property

By Katie Marshall

RRP $24.95

Chicks and Mortar a book written just for women to help them get started as a property investor and show them how you can harness the skills and abilities that come naturally to women to succeed in property.

Written by author Katie Marshall who, after speaking to over 500 women, found the same problems came up time and time again. These include:

1. Women are not clear on what they want to achieve
2. Women don’t know where to start
3. Women are overwhelmed by all the property information out there
4. Women lack the confidence in their own ability; and
5. Women feel financial security is just to big a goal to achieve.

The book addresses these issues by covering:

• The basic fundamentals of property investing
• How to maintain momentum to reach your goal
• How to overcome the mental blocks that hold you back
• How to have the best team working for you
• How to manage your portfolio; and
• How other women have successfully invested in property.

Chicks and Mortar – A woman’s guide to investing in property shows that with the right planning, knowledge and support all women can achieve financial security through property.

About the Author

Katie Marshall purchased her first property at the age of 19 and has been investing in property and working in the industry ever since.

She is a qualified Property Investment Advisor and has also worked extensively in the property & building industry for close to 10 years as an Interior Designer and Construction Manager.

Katie brings a unique blend of both behind the scenes knowledge and mainstream experience to help women understand the process of property investing and how investing in property can help them achieve a secure financial future.

Learn more about Katie Marshall of Chicks and Mortar in her SheInspires.com.au interview.

Yassmin's Story

Who Do You Think I Am?

By: Yassmin Abdel-Magied

RRP: $34.99

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdul-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian-with-some-Turkish-and-Moroccan-background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be.

This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change. Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on helping young people to work for positive change in their communities.

In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year. In 2011 Yassmin graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) and in 2012 she was named Young Leader of the Year in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence.

About the Author

2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin is also deeply passionate about diversifying public voices, connecting people and catalysing change.

At sixteen, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities. In 2012 she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. Born in Sudan and moving to Australia at the age of two, she graduated top of her university year in 2011 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), and was a recipient of the University of Queensland's Dean's Excellence scholarship.

In 2007, Yassmin was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year. She serves on various state and federal councils and is currently works as an engineering specialist on oil and gas rigs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, having a yarn, football (Liverpool FC!), Formula 1, boxing and is saving for her first V8.

The Simple Home

By: Rhonda Hetzel

RRP: 45.00

'Being in charge of your own life, and making decisions based on what you want to do rather than what you have to do, gives you a rare kind of contentment and shows you that every ordinary day offers magnificent opportunities.'

In The Simple Home, award-winning blogger and author Rhonda Hetzel shares the practical side of a simple life. Encouraging you to make what you need and look after what you own, she lays out a year of simple-living projects, with a set of valuable skills to learn each month. This is an inspiring, indispensable guide if you want to slow down, take stock of your life and find pleasure and satisfaction in your home.

About the Author

Rhonda Hetzel is a retired journalist and technical writer best known for her award-winning blog, 'Down to Earth'. Rhonda lives with her husband, Hanno, on the Sunshine Coast, where they happily tend a food garden, gather eggs and occasionally look after grandchildren.

Rhonda is a keen volunteer worker and is often found presenting simple-living workshops in her community. She won the Green Lifestyle magazine's Local Green Hero Award in 2014. Rhonda is the author of bestseller Down to Earth (2012) and Penguin Special, The Simple Life (2014).

Our Vietnam Nurses

By: Annabelle Brayley

RRP: $34.99

From the bestselling author of Bush Nurses and Nurses of the Outback comes this collection of compelling and moving stories of our heroic nurses in the Vietnam War

Being a nurse always requires a cool head, a steady hand and an open heart. But if you're working in a war zone, the challenges are much harder. When Australia joined the Vietnam War, civilian and military nurses were there to save lives and comfort the wounded. With spirit and good humour, they worked hard and held strong, even though most of them were completely unprepared for the war before they landed in the middle of it.

Working incredibly long hours and surrounded by chaos and turmoil, these brave nurses and medics were integral to our war effort. These fifteen stories show a side to the Vietnam War that has received little recognition but played an important part in shaping Australia's presence in the war. From flying with critically wounded Australian soldiers out of turbulent war zones, to being held at gunpoint, the compassion, courage and grace under fire in Our Vietnam Nurses will inspire and astound.

About the Author

Annabelle Brayley trained as a registered nurse. When she married her husband, Ian, she went on to live on an isolated sheep and cattle station in south-west Queensland. Relocating in 2001 to the small rural community where they now live, Annabelle resumed employment in rural and remote health before retiring to pursue her passion for storytelling.

As a regular contributor to R.M. Williams OUTBACK magazine, Annabelle frequently tells the stories of people who live and work in the bush. She has developed a reputation for accuracy, honesty and sensitivity that enables people to tell their stories without fear of prejudice or sensationalism.

Enemy

A daughter's story of how her father brought the Vietnam war home

By: Ruth Clare

RRP: $32.99

Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth learned to be strong and fierce in the face of fear.

After escaping her difficult upbringing, Ruth went on to have a family of her own. Facing the challenges of parenting brought her past back to life, and she lived in fear that she was doomed to repeat her father's behaviour. Wanting to understand the experiences that had damaged her father, she met with other veterans and began listening to their stories, of war, conscription, returning to civilian life. What Ruth uncovered left her with a surprising empathy for the man who caused her so much pain and heartache.

Weaving a striking personal narrative with a revelatory exploration of the effects of war, Enemy is a bold, compelling and ultimately triumphant memoir from a hugely impressive new Australian writer.

About the Author

Ruth Clare was born in Brisbane, raised in Rockhampton and now lives in Melbourne. She has been a professional writer since 2004. Enemy is her first book.

Greenpeace Captain

My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet

By: Peter Willcox, Robert Weiss

RRP: 34.99

Action-packed and full of danger, Captain Peter Willcox's memoir reads like a real-life thriller.

Peter Willcox would never call himself a hero, but as the senior captain for Greenpeace International he has been at the epicentre of almost every dramatic ecological conflict in the past thirty years.

From the globally televised imprisonment of his crew, the ‘Arctic 30', by Russian commandos to international conspiracies involving diamond smuggling, gun-trading and al-Qaeda, Willcox has braved the unimaginable and triumphed.

This is his story – which begins when he was a young man sailing with activist Pete Seeger and continues right up to his becoming the iconic environmentalist he is today. His daring adventures and courageous determination will inspire readers everywhere.

About the Authors

Peter Willcox has been a Captain for Greenpeace for over 30 years u the most experienced captain in the organisation. He has led the most compelling and dangerous Greenpeace actions to bring international attention to the destruction of our environment.

Ronald Weiss (Author) Ron Weiss is a marketing and communications consultant with a background in branding, advertising and marketing strategy. He has worked with many of the biggest companies in the world, including IBM, BMW, Virgin Atlantic and others.

Six Under Eight

When parenting becomes an exteme sport

By: Madeleine West

RRP: $35.00

The mother of all parenting diaries. You've read parenting stories before but most parents are only managing a small brood; with six children, all under eight years old, actor Madeleine West (Neighbours, Satisfaction, Underbelly) can justifiably lay claim to having seen it all.

In this hilarious and moving book, Madeleine takes us through a year of her life as a mother and shows us that it is possible to have a large family and keep your sanity, wisdom and sense of humour intact.

About the Author

Madeleine West is an actor who has been a star of some of Australia's most popular dramas.

She commenced a degree in Law, before deferring her studies indefinitely to turn to acting.She joined the cast of Neighbours in 1999, an 11-week stint which turned into a four-year role. She has since been seen in Winners & Losers, Satisfaction, Underbelly and House Husbands.

Madeline has been in a relationship with restaurateur Shannon Bennett since 2005. The couple have six children together: Phoenix (born 2005), Hendrix (born 2008), Xascha (born 2010), Xanthe (born 2012) and twins Xalia and Margaux (born 2014).

Six Under Eight is her first book.

Make it Happen

Live Your Best Life

By: Michelle Bridges

The difference between the life you want and the life you have is YOU!

So what are you waiting for?

Michelle Bridges knows what it feels like to face your fears, chase your dreams and handle setbacks – she's been there too and has come out stronger through self-belief, hard work and having a plan.

The girl from Newcastle who is now one of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs shares what she's learnt on her own journey, providing real solutions to everyday challenges with her toolkits of insightful advice and practical life lessons. Whether you want to get a new job, find a partner, lose weight or buy a house, she'll help you break down the barriers that block the path to reaching your goals. Michelle is a champion of change, encouraging small positive actions every day that empower you to be the best version of yourself.

'When you know what it is that you are destined to do and you start planning for it, acting on it, believing in it, living it, pursuing it with gritted-teeth, clenched-butt determination, making sacrifices for it and backing yourself all the way, your future changes. Nothing is ever the same again.'

About the Author

Michelle Bridges has worked in the health and fitness industry for over twenty years as a professional trainer and group fitness instructor.

Her key role in Network Ten's hit series The Biggest Loser combined with her highly successful online exercise and mindset program, the 12 Week Body Transformation, has connected her with hundreds of thousands of Australians, making her this country's most recognised and influential health and fitness personality.

Copenhagen: Style Guide

Eat * Sleep * Shop

By: Anna Peuckert

RRP: $39.99

Make the most of your trip to Copenhagen, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, and be guided by the expert advice of lifestyle, food and fashion writer Anna Peuckert and fashion photographer Soren Jepsen.

Sparkling waterways, world-famous interiors and friendly well-dressed people on bicycles-welcome to Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, and home to the Danes, the happiest people on earth.

Copenhagen effortlessly combines the latest trends in fashion, design, furnishings and architecture with a refreshingly relaxed approach to life. And, while this is a city that enjoys an international reputation for culinary excellence, dining out can be as inexpensive as it is thrilling, if you follow some insider tips.

Authors Anna Peuckert and Soren Jepsen share the secrets of their spectactular city: the shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and hotels that exude a uniquely Danish sense of style and serenity.

Copenhagen Style Guide is an indispensable companion for both visitors who prefer to stray from the well-trodden tourist paths and locals looking for that unique insight or special view of their home. Eat. Sleep. Shop. Love it.

About the Author

Anna Peuckert is a freelance journalist who writes about fashion, lifestyle and travel. Together with the photographer Soren Jepsen she founded the travel website that takes its readers on short city trips.

Soren Jepsen is a photographer and blogger from Copenhagen. He reports on international fashion weeks for magazines such as Vogue, Elle and GQ, and websites

Food

The Good Life

Get Lean, Feel Great, Look Fabulous!

By: Sally Obermeder, Maha Koraiem

RRP: $34.99

From the bestselling Super Green Smoothies team come 160 easy delicious recipes to make you feel lean, fab, fast.

Get lean, feel great, look fabulous!

Sally Obermeder and her sister Maha Koraiem have always loved to cook.

First they shared their amazing smoothies with us in their bestselling Super Green Smoothies. Now they are back with The Good Life, a cookbook full of delicious, easy to make meals they love to cook.

Sally and Maha's recipes are focused on a super green lifestyle to keep you feeling satisfied, energised, lean and strong. Their delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are full of fresh vegies, superfoods and proteins. Plus with Sally's penchant for a sweet treat, their tempting desserts allow for indulgence without the guilt!

So if you love food and want to feel great, join Sally and Maha in living The Good Life!

About the Authors

Sally Obermeder is one of the best-known faces on Channel 7. She hosts the daily news and lifestyle program, The Daily Edition. She has also worked on The Morning Show, Today Tonight, and Sydney Weekender along with a stint on Dancing with the Stars. Sally also co-founded and runs the lifestyle blog SWIISH.com with her sister Maha. SWIISH.com is a leading lifestyle website and online store, where women get their daily fix of luxe for less. Sally lives in Bondi, NSW, with her husband and four-year-old daughter Annabelle. She is also the author of Never Stop Believing (2013), her memoir of growing up, finding her way into TV, undergoing IVF and battling cancer.

Maha Koraiem is the co-founder and director of SWIISH.com. Maha adopted the green smoothie lifestyle along with her sister Sally, with similarly fantastic results. Her love for green smoothies led to co-authoring her first book, the number 1 bestseller Super Green Smoothies. Maha is a certified Health and Nutrition Coach and a freelance writer. She is passionate about cooking, creating recipes, and good health. Maha also lives in Bondi, NSW.

Kitchen Garden Companion Growing

By: Stephanie Alexander

RRP: $49.99

If you have ever dreamed of picking fresh salad leaves for the evening meal, gathering vine-ripened tomatoes or pulling up your own sweet carrots, this is the book for you.

Follow in the footsteps of one of Australia's best-loved cooks and food writers as she shares her experiences and the secrets of rewarding kitchen gardening.

Be encouraged by detailed gardening notes that explain how you can plant, grow and harvest 73 different vegetables, herbs and fruit. Whether you have a large plot in a suburban backyard or a few pots on a balcony, you will find everything you need to get your kitchen garden started in this fully updated paperback edition (Vol. 1) of Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion.

About the Author

Stephanie Ann Alexander, AO, is an Australian cook, restaurateur and food writer.

After studying to become a librarian and travelling the world at the age of 21, Alexander's first restaurant, Jamaican House, opened in 1964. In 1976, Alexander's next venture was Stephanie's Restaurant located in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy before moving to the middle-class suburb of Hawthorn in 1980.

Stephanie's Restaurant closed in 1997 after operating for 21 years. She went on to publish several cookbooks, including her incredibly popular alphabetical guide to ingredients and cooking, The Cook's Companion.

Stephanie is the niece of the journalist Wilfred Burchett.

BakeClass

Learn to Bake Brilliantly, Step by Step

By: Anneka Manning

RRP: $45

An essential baking book that progressively builds the home cook's skills and confidence through technique-based lessons and delicious recipes.

Take a personalised master class with baking expert Anneka Manning.

Whether you're a beginner or already baking with confidence, Anneka will guide you through a unique step-by-step lesson sequence to help you master the 10 fundamental mixing methods that provide the foundation for all baking recipes.

This must-have reference features over 90 sweet and savoury fail-safe recipes that will build your know-how and confidence in a progressive and practical way, and help you become the baker you want to be.

'You'd be hard-pressed to find a more passionate baker than Anneka... Filled with marvellously diverse, indulgent yet reliable recipes and lots of useful tips, this book provides a great insight into baking.' Matt Moran, chef, and judge on LifeStyle FOOD's The Great Australian Bake Off

'This book is an absolute winner; I was captivated right from the very first page. Anneka's logical approach to baking, dividing her recipes according to the method used, is brilliant. Every item looks mouthwateringly delicious... I guarantee that this book will become a classic.' Stephanie Alexander AO

About the Author

In her 25 years as an author, food editor, consultant, teacher and publisher, Anneka Manning has worked for an impressive list of leading food publications, including Australian Gourmet Traveller, Australian Good Taste, The Australian Women’s Weekly and The Sydney Morning Herald. She has also compiled, written and contributed to numerous bestselling books, including Mastering the Art of Baking (Murdoch Books).

Anneka writes regularly for a number of print and online publications, as well as having a significant television and radio profile. Through her Sydney-based baking school, BakeClub, Anneka teaches home cooks the tricks of the trade in practical, approachable and inspiring one-off classes and in her unique, six- month Make Me a Baker program. She is also a proud ambassador for Wiltshire, Australia’s largest bakeware brand.

Anneka grew up on her parents’ sheep and cattle property in southern New South Wales and now shares her life in Sydney with her husband, Paul, and their two children, Brooke and Benjamin. Her friendly and engaging approach to her writing and teaching comes from her vast experience, and she holds a firm belief that baking is something to be valued and, ultimately, shared.

The Naked Vegan

140+ Tasty Raw Vegan Recipes for Health and Wellness

By: Maz Valcorza

RPP: $35.00

Owner of Sydney's Sadhana Kitchen, Maz Valcorza shares 140+ nourishing, plant-based, raw food receipes for health and wellbeing.

There once was a nurse-turned-pharmaceutical sales manager who had always partied hard, chain smoked, eaten as many bacon sandwiches as she liked and exercised just enough to ‘stay fit’.

One day, she decided to take up yoga (because it seemed like a great way to get a toned butt). Little did she know that this snap decision, made out of curiosity and vanity, would change her life forever, leading her on a journey to organic, plant-based, raw food health, one delicious bite at a time.

About the Author

Maz's passion for food has always been apparent to her friends and family. It was only natural then, that she would trade in a career in pharmaceuticals to open Sydney's first cafe specialising in organic, plant- based living foods and wholefoods.

Maz originally began blogging her own recipes and photographs while still working in the pharmaceutical industry.

She couldn't believe how easy it was to eat well and feel good and she wanted to share it with anyone who would listen. She opened Sadhana Kitchen, Sydney's first organic, vegan, raw food and wholefoods cafe, in April 2012.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness

By: Mickey Trescott

RRP: $39.99

115 delicious paleo recipes for alleviating the symptoms of autoimmune disease, including weekly meal planners and cooking and shopping tips.

'Mickey’s authentic journey with her autoimmune disease flavours her recipes from beginning to end. Anyone on an AI wellness ‘trek’ knows that simplicity, earthiness and a gentle, nourishing approach to food (and beyond) are absolutely key. This book should be part of every wellness traveller’s kit!' - Sarah Wilson, best-selling author of I Quit Sugar

'Mickey’s nutrient-rich recipes are very much staples in our home and will no doubt become staples in yours. So if you’re keen to heal your body, nourish your soul and enjoy delicious, wholesome food, this is definitely the book for you.' - Pete Evans, best-selling author of Going Paleo

One in five of us will be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at some point in our lives -— a condition that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue. Conventional medicine has yet to find a cure, so is there anything you can do to help yourself?

In an effort to alleviate the symptoms of her own autoimmune conditions, author Mickey Trescott began following a version of the paleo diet specifically designed for those struggling with autoimmune diseases. By eliminating certain food groups and embracing others, Mickey finally rediscovered her health and vitality.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook features 115 of Mickey's most delicious recipes as well as lots of clear information for anyone who wants to explore this version of the paleo diet. Guidelines for the diet are clearly outlined and there are four-week meal plans as well as tips for shopping, batch cooking and preparing ahead. This book is a fantastic first step towards taking control of your health and happiness.

About the Author

Mickey Trescott lives in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, with her crafty husband, their cat, Savannah, and an assortment of horses, ducks, chickens and goats. She practices nutritional therapy and cooks privately for local families in addition to blogging and obsessively knitting socks in her spare time. After recovering from her own struggle with both Coeliac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to blog about her experiences atautoimmune-paleo.com. She holds a BA from Westmont College and is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

Her hope is to give others on a similar path a resource to find information—and to help them realize that they are not alone in their struggles. She also aims to provide a supportive environment for those seeking better health in the face of autoimmunity.

Kids and Youth

Raelia

The Medoran Chonicles Continue

By: Lynette Noni

RRP $19.99

Harry Potter- Meets - Narnia. The Young Adult Fantasy Medoran Chronicles Continues.

'Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices. There are many paths we can take. It's up to us to decide which ones lead in the right direction.'

Upon returning to Akarnae Academy for another year, Alexandra Jennings quickly discovers that with Aven Dalmarta still at large, life in Medora is anything but easy. Knowing that the banished prince hasn't given up on his goal to reclaim his birthright, Alex seeks out the Lost City of Meya, searching for what remains of the immortal race. But never could she have imagined finding what she does... Caught up in a tide of events beyond her control, Alex learns that when Aven tried to Claim her at the end of last year, something in her... changed. She's not sure who-or what-she is anymore. All she knows is that if she fails to stop him from finding a way through to Meya, all hope for the people of Medora will be lost. And it will be all... her... fault.

From grand palaces in capital cities to hazardous mountain ranges, the second instalment in The Medoran Chronicles promises unforgettable friendships, heart pounding adventures, and a world full of wondrous impossibilities. #ChooseYourPath

About the Author

Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in outback Australia until she moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and swapped her mud- stained boots for sand-splashed flip-flops. She has always been an avid reader and most of her childhood was spent lost in daydreams of far-off places and magical worlds.

She was devastated when her Hogwarts letter didn't arrive, but she consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could find, and she's still determined to find her way to Narnia one day. While waiting for that to happen, she creates her own fantasy worlds and enjoys spending time with the characters she meets along the way.

With a professional approach, a delightful attitude and bursting with novel ideas, Lynette Noni is currently the youngest author to be represented by Pantera Press and has been nominated for a Queensland Premier's Young Writers Fellowship.

Confused

Book : 3 in the Betrothed Series

By: Wanda Wiltshire

RRP: $19.99

New Worlds. Eternal Love. Darkness and Shadow. The third book in this young adult enchnating fantasy romanceseries

Defeated by shattering news after only just surviving the Shadow Fae, Marla abandons both Faera and her future role as Queen. With King Telophy's aid, she returns to Earth, to the human family she knows and loves.

But nothing is ever simple.

With their immortality looming, Marla and her twin Lysander are soon plunged into a world they never knew exisited, a world of magic, violence... and lust, where a simple mistake could have devastating consequences.

Meanwhile, the shadow fae are causing havoc on a breathtaking scale with Marla's loved ones facing dire peril.

About the Author

Wanda Wiltshire has long been a lover of reading and writing. As a child she was often found spellbound with a novel stashed beneath her desk or tucked between the pages of her geography book. Alternatively she could be found sketching or penning poetry during maths and science lessons.

Wanda has also always been an incurable dreamer, her school reports a testament to her pastime of staring out of classroom windows.

But now she is long grown and finally found her passion for writing novels, Wanda puts her daydreaming to good use, spending many long and satisfying moments gazing across the sea cavorting with fairies and other magical creatures as she develops scenes and storylines for her latest work.

Hattie Helps Out

By: Jane Godwin, Davina Bell, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)

RRP: $24.99

Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...

A delightfully funny story about a little girl with big ideas, from a winning combination of creators.

About the Author

DAVINA BELL is a book editor and writer for young people. She is the author of the Alice books in the bestselling Our Australian Girl series of historical fiction for middle readers. Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was published in March 2015, and she is currently writing a young adult novel on the edge of a vineyard in the Margaret River region.

JANE GODWIN is the author of many award-winning stories for young people, including her bestselling picture books with Anna Walker, What Do You Wish For?, Starting School, Today We Have No Plans, All Through the Year and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus. Jane has also collaborated with Andrew Joyner on the delightful picture books How Big Is Too Small? and Bear Make Den.

The daughter of a painter and an architect, FREYA BLACKWOOD began drawing at a young age. She has collaborated with many wonderful authors, including Libby Gleeson, Margaret Wild, Jan Ormerod, Roddy Doyle and Nick Bland. Freya won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Harry and Hopper, and her books have been honoured in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards many times.

Wicked's Way

By: Anna Fienberg

RRP: $16.99

Anna Fienberg's fabulous new high-seas pirate adventure, with scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and pirates who long for a bit of comfort - great reading for 8 to 12 year olds from the world of Horrendo's Curse.

Will could walk a tightrope and juggle bananas as he went. 'One day you'll be the star of a circus,' his mother told him. 'But until then, you must be a secret.' For each year pirates came to the islands to steal young boys for their crew. And if that happened to you, well, you may as well kiss your life goodbye. So what's a young lad to do when his mother disappears and pirates arrive at his door?

Will takes courage from a crazy truth-telling parrot, and his mother's advice: 'Keep putting one foot in front of the other and your eyes on the prize.' But will this be enough to survive the perils at sea? And will that infuriatingly polite boy called Horrendo finally tip the balance?

A high-seas pirate adventure about scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and finding the most precious treasure of all.

About the Author

Anna Fienberg is the author of many popular and award-winning books for children of all ages, including the Tashi series, Figaro and Rumba, Louis Beside Himself, Number 8 and Horrendo's Curse, which was an Honour Book in the 2003 CBCA awards.

Anna began writing stories when she was only eight years old. She says: 'I've always had a passion for words. I used to collect them, like some people collect stamps. Certain words gave me a special, billionaire feeling, and when uttered, seemed to have a magical effect.' She also gets her ideas from her dreams, people she meets and snatches of overheard conversation.

Anna was once Editor of School Magazine, where she read over a thousand books a year. She wrote plays and stories for the magazine, and then began writing her own stories. She has written picture books, short stories, junior novels, and fiction for young adults.

The Light on the Water

By: Olga Lorenzo

RRP: $29.99

A little girl disappears in the wilderness. Two years later her mother is arrested for her murder. A provocative and unflinching literary novel of love, guilt and grief set against the wilderness of the Australian coast.

Recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life, Anne takes her daughter Aida on an overnight bushwalk in the moody wilderness of Wilsons Promontory. In a split second, Aida disappears and a frantic Anne scrambles for help. Some of the emergency trackers who search for Aida already doubt Anne's story.

Nearly two years later and still tormented by remorse and grief, Anne is charged with her daughter's murder. Witnesses have come forward, offering evidence which points to her guilt. She is stalked by the media and shunned by friends, former colleagues and neighbours.

On bail and awaiting trial, Anne works to reconstruct her last hours with Aida. She remembers the sun high in the sky, the bush noisy with insects, and her own anxiety, as oppressive as the heat haze.

A superbly written and conceived literary work about the best and the worst aspects of family life, this story asks difficult questions about society, the media, and our rush to judgement. This is a thoughtful, provocative and unflinching novel in the tradition of Helen Garner, Joan London and Charlotte Wood.

About the Author

Olga Lorenzo is the author of The Rooms in My Mother's House, which was published in 1996 and shortlisted for various literary awards. She has won the Felix Meyer Scholarship and the Percival Serle Bequest at the University of Melbourne for her writing, as well as grants from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council, and a Varuna Fellowship.

Olga has taught writing at RMIT University and in a variety of other Melbourne tertiary institutions for nineteen years, and has a Masters and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. She previously worked as a journalist and sub-editor for the Melbourne Age.


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