She Inspires Book Review for Book Lovers
Love to curl up with a great book and have some me time? I think we might just have the perfect collection of books for you here with this wonderful collection of novels, cookbooks, inspiring biographies and much more.

Books make ideal gifts for the book lovers in our lives so take some inspiration from here!

If you're anything like me, beautiful wrapping paper and ribbon is the secret to presenting the book so check out these great wrapping paper books!

Manuscripts from the British Library
Wrapping Paper Book

By: Pimpernel Press

RRP: $24.99

Twelve sheets of beautifully designed, top quality wrapping paper neatly folded and glued into a book. Never struggle at home with rolls of wrapping paper again; keep your paper tidy and undamaged in this unique wrapping paper book.

Each sheet can be easily removed when needed, with no need for scissors.

This collection features manuscripts from the British Library, the UK's national library. Examples include original works by Jane Austen, Leonardo da Vinci, William Wordsworth, Christina Rosetti, Samuel Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, John Donne, John Keats, Daniel Defoe, James Joyce, William Blake and the Magna Carta.

About the Author

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. The library is a major research library, holding around 170 million items from many countries, in many languages and in many formats.

Robert Adam Designs from Sir John Soane's Museum
Wrapping Paper Book

By: Sir John Soane's Museum

RRP: $24.99

Twelve sheets of gift wrap, featuring drawings by architect Robert Adams

Twelve sheets of 19.5 x 27.5 inch wrapping paper are folded into a paperback book, which has a notepad binding for a clean, easy-tear off. Robert Adam (1728–92) was one of the most important British architects working in the Neo-classical style.

He was a main force in the development of a unified style that extended beyond architecture and interiors to include both the fixed and moveable objects in a room. He incorporated design ideas from ancient Greece and Rome into his forms and decoration.

In 1883 Sir John Soane purchased 9,000 drawings and watercolors by Robert Adam and his brothers—the richest collection of architectural drawings in Britain and an untapped treasure trove of unique designs for ceilings, carpets, wallpaper, and much more.

About the Author

Robert Adam (1728-1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer, and furniture designer.

Fabulous Books

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Novels to Inspire

The Lives of Women

By: Christine Dwyer Hickey

RRP; $27.99

The stunning new novel from Christine Dwyer Hickey; an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability for women.

Following a long absence spent in New York, Elaine Nichols returns to her childhood home to live with her invalid father and his geriatric Alsatian dog. The house backing on to theirs is sold and as she watches the old furniture being removed, she is taken back to a summer in the 1970s when she was almost sixteen and this small out-of-town estate was an enclave for women and children while the men are mysterious shadows who leave every day for the outside world.

The women are isolated but keep their loneliness and frustrations hidden behind a veneer of suburban respectability. When an American divorcee and her daughter move into the estate this veneer begins to crack. The women learn how to socialise, how to drink martinis, how to care less about their wifely and maternal duties.

While the women are distracted, Elaine and her friends find their own entry into the adult world. The result is a tragic event that will mark the rest of Elaine's life and be the cause of her long and guilt-ridden exile.

Insightful and full of suspense, this is an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability.

About the Author

Christine Dwyer Hickey is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. Twice winner of the Listowel Writers' Week short story competition, she was also a prize-winner in the prestigious Observer/Penguin short story competition.

Her bestselling novel Tatty was chosen as one of the 50 Irish Books of the Decade, longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award, for which her novel The Dancer was also shortlisted. Last Train from Liguria, was nominated for the Prix L'Europeen de Litterature. Her latest novel The Cold Eye of Heaven won Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the IMPAC 2013 award. She lives in Dublin.

When There's Nowhere Else to Run

By: Murray Middleton

RRP: $27.99

The winner of the 2015 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award.

'Masterfully controlled ... lingers long in the memory.' Rohan Wilson, author of The Roving Party and To Name Those Lost

In one way or another, isn’t everyone on the run?

A survivor of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires takes asylum with old friends in the Dandenong Ranges. An editor-in-chief drives his sister halfway around the country to an east-coast rehabilitation clinic. A single mother flies to Perth with her autistic son for one last holiday. A father at the end of his tether tries to survive the chaos of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

A group of young friends hire a luxury beach house in the final weeks of one of their lives. A postman hits a pedestrian and drives off into the night.

When There’s Nowhere Else to Run is a collection of stories about people who find their lives unravelling. They are teachers, lawyers, nurses, firemen, chefs, gamblers, war veterans, hard drinkers, adulterers, widows and romantics.

Seeking refuge all across the country, from the wheat belt of Western Australia, the limestone desert of South Australia, the sugarcane towns of Queensland, the hinterland of New South Wales to the coastline of Victoria, they discover that no matter how many thousands of kilometres they put between themselves and their transgressions, sometimes there’s nowhere else to run.

About the Author

Murray Middleton was born with fractured hips in 1983. He spent the first three months of his life in plaster and has broken most bones since. He won The Age Short Story Award in 2010 with ‘The Fields of Early Sorrow’. When There’s Nowhere Else to Run is his first published collection of short stories. He currently lives in Melbourne and won’t publish a second collection of stories until the Saints win a second premiership.

The Kindness

By: Polly Samson

RRP: $29.99

A heartbreakingly beautiful novel from one of Britain's finest and most acclaimed talents

A flare of light cuts through a gap in the curtains, dust motes swirl and though it is missing from his bedside table, Mira's photograph is the first thing that swims into focus: Mira, with a crown of daisies and sunshine in her hair.

When they first meet, Julian is twenty-one and an English student. The beautiful Julia, almost a decade his senior, is married to a violent man. Intoxicated by each other they give up all that they have to be together. Julian abandons his degree for Julia and their unborn child, and together they build a life in London. But when Julian discovers his idyllic childhood home Firdaws is up for sale, the pull of the countryside and the chance to pass on this legacy to their daughter Mira is irresistible. Uprooting his family and putting all he has into the restoration of Firdaws, Julian is determined to build a sylvan paradise for his family. But as Mira becomes ill they are thrown into turmoil and secrets come to light that threaten the very foundation of their lives.

About the Author

Polly Samson was born in London in 1962. She is the author of two highly acclaimed story collections and a novel, and she has written lyrics for two number one albums. Her novel, Out of the Picture, was shortlisted for the Author Club's First Novel Award and her most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives, was a Sunday Times Fiction Choice of the Year and read on BBC Radio 4.

Polly Samson has worked in publishing as a journalist and columnist and as a lyricist for Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' and David Gilmour's 'On An Island'. She recently wrote the introduction to Daphne du Maurier's The Doll and Other Stories and was a Costa Prize judge in 2004. She lives in Sussex. @PollySamson

The Buddha of Suburbia
Faber Modern Classics

By: Hanif Kureishi

RRP: $12.99

Experience the wonder of the written word from some of the greatest writers of the modern age, with Faber Modern Classics. Featuring an introduction from Zadie Smith.

"My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost..."

The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is dreamy teenager Karim, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer.

When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results.

With the publication of Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi landed into the literary landscape as a distinct new voice and a fearless taboo-breaking writer. The novel inspired a ground-breaking BBC series featuring a soundtrack by David Bowie.

About the Author

Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day, The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and Sleep With Me), and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus).

At the Water's Edge

By: Sara Gruen

RRP: $32.99

A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman's personal awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highlands village.

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war.

When Ellis and his best friend Hank decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favour is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster - Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.

The trio find themselves amid the devastation of World War II, in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. As the men go out looking for the monster, Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Gradually the friendships she forms open her up to a larger world than she knew existed.

As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.

About the Author

Sara Gruen is the international bestselling author of Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She lives in western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world's fussiest goat.

The Wolf Border

By: Sarah Hall

RRP: $29.99

An incredible new novel from Sarah Hall, one of the most garlanded writers of her generation, investigating the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human.

For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District.

The earl's project harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness - though Rachel must contend with modern-day concessions to health and safety, public outrage and political gain - and the return of the Grey after hundreds of years coincides with her own regeneration: impending motherhood, and reconciliation with her estranged family.

The Wolf Border investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. It seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth.

About the Author

Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She is the prize-winning author of four novels - Haweswater, The Electric Michelangelo, The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man - as well as The Beautiful Indifference, a collection of short stories.

The first story in the collection, 'Butchers Perfume', was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, a prize she won in 2013 with 'Mrs Fox'.

Disclaimer

By: Renee Knight

RRP: $32.99

Disclaimer stealthily steals your attention and by the end holds you prisoner - a searing story that resonates long after the final page. The best thriller I've read this year' - Rosamund Lupton

What if you realised the book you were reading was all about you?

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realise the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew...

About the Author

Renee Knight worked as a documentary-maker for the BBC before turning to writing. Disclaimer is her first novel. She is married with two children.

In Wilderness

By: Diane Thomas

RRP: 29.99

Suspenseful, intensely erotic and unflinching, this spine-chilling love story will haunt you long after the last page.

After learning she has a terminal illness, Katherine abandons her successful advertising firm and seeks refuge in the solitude of a cabin in the wilderness. But as she hikes up to the isolated cabin, Katherine senses she is being watched.

Collapsed with exhaustion on the cabin floor, she hears breathing just outside her door. A heartbeat in the night. Someone is out there.

Her sudden arrival at the previously abandoned cabin has unsettled its previous inhabitant, Danny, a damaged young Vietnam veteran tormented bythe demons of his past.

When these two lost souls collide, the passion that ignites between them becomes an all-consuming wildfire that threatens to destroy them both.

About the Author

Diane Thomas is the author of the highly acclaimed novel, The Year the Music Changed.

Inspired by her own brush with death, an early draft of In Wilderness was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a reporter, film and theater critic, magazine writer, and editor in Atlanta, north Georgia, and the Florida panhandle. She and her husband now live in New Mexico.

Quicksand

By: Steve Toltz

RRP: $32.99

The literary event of 2015. Steve Toltz follows his extraordinary debut, the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole, with a novel that's just as edgy, hilarious and compelling:Quicksand, at once unmistakeably Toltzean and unlike anything that's come before.

'Why should I let you write about me?'

'Because you'll inspire people. To count their blessings.'

Aldo has been so relentlessly unlucky – in business, in love, in life – that the universe seems to have taken against him personally. Even Liam, his best friend, describes him as 'a well-known parasite and failure'. Aldo has always faced the future with optimism and despair in equal measure, but this last twist of fate may finally have brought him undone.

There's hope, but not for Aldo.

Liam hasn't been doing much better himself: a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted. But something good may come out of Aldo's lowest point. Liam may finally have found his inspiration. Together, maybe they can turn bad luck into an art form.

What begins as a document of Aldo's disasters develops into a profound story of love lost, found and betrayed; of freedom and incarceration; of suffering and transcendence; of fate, faith and friendship; of taking risks – in art, work, love and life – and finding inspiration in all the wrong places.

Quicksand is a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy that looks contemporary life unblinkingly in the eye. It confirms Steve Toltz as one of our most original and insightful novelists.

About the Author

Steve Toltz was born in Sydney. His first novel, A Fraction of the Whole, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award.

What She Left

By: T. R. Richmond

RRP: $32.99

When Alice Salmon died last year, the ripples were felt in the news, on the internet, and in the hearts of those who knew her best.

But the person who knows her most intimately isn't family or a friend. Dr. Jeremy Cook is an academic whose life has become about piecing together Alice's existence in all its flawed and truthful reality.

For Cooke, faithfully recreating Alice's life - through her diaries, emails and anything using her voice - is all-consuming.

He does not know how deep his search will take him, or the shocking nature of what he will uncover . . .

About the Author

T. R. Richmond is an award-wining journalist who’s written for local, regional and national newspapers, magazines and websites.

A Robot in the Garden

By: Deborah Install

RRP: $32.99

'An unusual and delightful book. A robot to remember' ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH

Warm-hearted fable of a stay-at-home husband who learns an important lesson in life when an unusual creature enters his life. With all the charm and humour of THE ROSIE PROJECT and ABOUT A BOY.

A story of the greatest friendship ever assembled. Ben Chambers wakes up to find something rusty and lost underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home.

Inspiring

Reasons to Stay Alive

By: Matt Haig

RRP: $24.99

Warm, witty, honest and human, this book is a manifesto for staying alive, whatever your demons.

'I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact.

But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if - for me - it is the price of feeling life, it's a price always worth paying'

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn't, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression.

It's also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how to live better, love better, read better and feel more.

About the Author

Matt Haig is the author of five adult novels including the bestselling The Humans, a World Book Night
title in 2014, and The Radleys, which was selected for Channel 4's TV Book Club and was voted winner of the series in 2011. He has also written for children and young adults and his work has been translated into thirty languages.

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers

By: Ian Stewart

RRP: $29.99

The new mathematical bestseller from Professor Ian Stewart.

Ian Stewart explores the astonishing properties of numbers from 1 to10 to zero and infinity, including one figure that, if you wrote it out, would span the universe. He looks at every kind of number you can think of - real, imaginary, rational, irrational, positive and negative - along with several you might have thought you couldn't think of. He explains the insights of the ancient mathematicians, shows how numbers have evolved through the ages, and reveals the way numerical theory enables everyday life.

Under Professor Stewart's guidance you will discover the mathematics of codes, sudoko, Rubik's cube, music, primes and pi. You may be surprised to find you live in eleven-dimensional space, that of the twenty-three people on a football pitch two are more likely than not to share the same birthday, and that forty-two is a very interesting number.

Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers will delight everyone who loves numbers - including those who currently think they don't.

About the Author

Ian Stewart's recent books include (with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen) The Science of Discworld IV and (published by Profile) 17 Equations that Changed the World, The Great Mathematical Problems, Professor Stewart's Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries and Calculating the Cosmos. His app, Incredible Numbers, was published jointly by Profile and Touch Press in 2014.

Real
Living a Balanced Life

By: Victoria Alexander

RRP: $59.99

Living an authentic, balanced life

Real salutes what the world has to offer. This visually stunning, thought-provoking book is about looking around with awareness, noticing life's quiet details and knowing that the honesty of time changes everything - from a human face, a family home, or a fragile sampler book of antique lace. Real is about the agelessness of integrity; appreciating the imperfect; beauty and our involvement in creating it; acceptance; ancient crafts and craftsmanship; and letting everything age with grace.

Illustrated with photographs taken by the author in 27 countries, Real affirms that we are more alike than we sometimes admit - we all have a desire for warmth and love - and that there is dignity in simple things.

A detachable fold-out poster is featured inside, which could be used to giftwrap the book or displayed on your inspiration wall.

About the Author

Victoria Alexander believes that following your instincts leads to contentment. Once a fashion editor for Vogue Australia and Cosmopolitan, an art director and a stylist, she established The Film Business, The Russell Hotel and The Bathers' Pavilion in Sydney.

She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), is a children?s guide at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and creates a range of unique objects for the home, using vintage textiles collected on her travels. Real is her fourth book; she is also the author of The Bathers' Pavilion Cookbook, One and Colour.

Paris in 3D in the Belle Epoque (1880-1914)
A Book Plus a Stereoscopic Viewer and 34 3D Photos

By: Bruno Fuligni

RRP: $39.99

This handsome, unique package—containing a stereoscopic viewer, 34 3D photographic cards, and a photo-packed paperback book—offers a rare view of Paris, the world's most beautiful city, during an era when art, literature, poetry, and music blossomed and reigned.

Paris during the Belle Époque (1880–1914) was a time when peace and prosperity allowed for towering innovation in art, fashion, architecture, and gastronomy. The city at this time was the epicenter of art and music.

Fauré, Saint Saëns, Debussy, and Ravel were composing; Rodin was working on The Thinker; Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Pissarro, and Degas painted scenes depicting everyday life; and Pablo Picasso embarked on his Blue Period. As Art Nouveau came into fashion, new buildings followed suit.

Opéra Garnier, Castel Beranger, Moulin Rouge, and the Paris Metro entrances were all built during this time. Galeries Lafayette unveiled its gilded department store, which sold couture to the aspiring middle class.

This burgeoning creativity and prosperity, as well as the city and the inhabitants who embraced it, are all captured here, with stunning clarity and realism.

Paris in 3D's innovative and inimitable package includes a sturdy metal stereoscopic viewer, 34 rarely seen stereoscopic photographs of the city at the turn of the century, and an accompanying 128-page paperback, which provides a brief history of the stereograph craze and an overview of the city's evolution during that time.

About the Author

Bruno Fuligni is a French writer and historian. He has written more than 20 books.

Jane Austen
Life Portraits

By: Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford (Illustrator)

RRP: $19.99

This beautifully illustrated biography follows Jane Austen's life and work (which includes Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Emma) and celebrates the legacy of the much-loved literary icon.

It also explores Austen's inspirations and influences, her domestic life and the society she lived in.

About the Author

Zena Alkayat has previously published successful guidebooks Tea & Cake London and London Villages. She spent 10 years working as a journalist at publications including Metro newspaper and Time Out London before moving into publishing.

She is currently Senior Commissioning Editor at Frances Lincoln.

About the Illustrator

Nina Cosford is a freelance illustrator based in Hastings and London. Her work takes her around the world and encompasses editorial, advertising, lettering, reportage and educational illustration.

Her work has been featured by NYLON magazine, HBO, Buzzfeed and TimeOut New York.

A King in Hiding
How a Child Refugee Became a World Chess Champion

By: Mohammad Fahim, Xavier Parmentier (As told to), Sophie Callennec (As told to), Barbara Mellor (Transcribed by)

RRP: $19.99

A very modern fairytale of a refugee child taking the chess world by storm.

Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight year-old chess prodigy Fahim Mohammad arrived in Paris with his father. Refused asylum, as illegal immigrants they spiralled downwards into homelessness and desperation.

By a stroke of luck, Fahim was introduced to one of France's top chess coaches, Xavier Parmentier, who tutored him and gave him a sense of purpose, his struggles on the chessboard mirroring both his victories and his crushing defeats in his battle for a normal life.

Rising through local and national tournaments to be crowned France's Under-12 Chess Champion in 2012, Fahim became a national sensation. In 2013 he went on to win the World Under-13 Student Championship.

Told through the clear eyes of a child, Fahim's tale is not only a moving account of the grim realities that underlie a supposedly caring society, but also a heartwarming testimony to a father's determination, the kindness of strangers, and one small boy's courageous will to succeed.

About the Author

FAHIM lives with his father on the outskirts of Paris.

SOPHIE LE CALLENNEC is an expert in East African geography and has written numerous school textbooks.

XAVIER PARMENTIER is a chess grandmaster.

BARBARA MELLOR has thirty years' experience as a translator and editor, Resistance by Agnes Humbert (Bloomsbury, 2009) being a recent highlight.

From India with Love
Growing up Australian and the journey of self-discovery that led me back to my Indian roots

By: Latika Bourke

RRP: $24.99

A beautiful memoir of growing up, discovering your heritage and finding peace with who you are.

Latika Bourke was adopted from India, aged eight months. Growing up in Bathurst, New South Wales she felt a deep connection to her Australian home and her Australian family.

It wasn't until she heard her name uttered in the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire that Latika recognised she knew nothing of her Indian roots, the world she was born into and what she could have become had she not been brought to Australia as a baby.

As Latika carved out a successful career for herself as an award-winning political journalist, she became more and more curious about her heritage and what it meant to be born in India and raised in Australia. And so began a deeply personal and sometimes confronting journey back to her birthplace to unravel the mysteries of her heritage.

From India with Love is a beautiful story of finding your place in the world and finding peace with the path that led you there.

About the Author

Latika was born in India and adopted as a baby by an Australian family at eight months.

In 2010 Latika was awarded the Walkley Award for Young Journalism, and has since worked as a political reporter for the ABC. She is currently the National Political Reporter at Fairfax Media and lives in Canberra.

Animal Magic
My Journey to Save Thousands of Animals

By: Carolyn Press-McKenzie

RRP: $29.99

Charming, warm and touching memoir from inspirational animal whisperer Carolyn Press-McKenzie, who runs two animal sanctuaries.

Heart-warming and funny, Animal Magic tells the moving and inspirational story of one woman's work with animals. Carolyn's organisation HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) is a thriving network that rehabilitates and rehomes domestic and farm animals and wildlife all over the country. It is New Zealand's leading no-kill shelter.

Carolyn's years of working with animals have given her many great stories to tell. From her first eclectic menagerie of a pig, chooks, cats, a movie-star dog, nine actor rats and Felix the magpie to Laurie, Charlie and Rachel the sad monkeys that were rescued from a circus, Carolyn's passion is to find positive outcomes for every animal and bird.

Her special ability to connect meaningfully with every animal she deals with and her understanding of what makes each one tick, along with her warmth and friendship towards them, is nothing short of extraordinary.

With its gentle sense of humour and perfectly pitched comic timing, Animal Magic is a charming tale of one woman's drive to follow her passion. This book will change the way you think about animals forever.

About the Author

Carolyn Press-McKenzie is well known as the founder of HUHA, Helping You Help Animals Charitable Trust. Carolyn's inspired problem-solving and drive has led a team of HUHA volunteers to save thousands of animals from death row and to find safe outcomes for hundreds of animals after the Christchurch earthquakes, thirty beagles from a medical testing facility, thousands of hens from battery farms as well as ex-circus and zoo animals and native wildlife. HUHA volunteers also organised New Zealand's largest animal welfare protest against party-pill testing on animals, after which the law was changed.

Carolyn currently heads HUHA's two no-kill animal sanctuaries just north of Wellington, as well as running a business that formulates natural products. She was a vet nurse, trained animals for film and television, studied herbalism, appeared as the animal adviser on TV One's Good Morning, has won two New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Awards and is highly regarded by the animal lover community.

Warrior
A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier

By: Libby Connors

RRP: $32.99

The fascinating story of one of the great Aboriginal resistance fighters of the colonial frontier and a compelling portrait of life in early Brisbane.

'Connors lays down the hard truth. Not all our warriors were Anzacs. Not all our wars were just.' - John Birmingham, author and columnist

In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious.

Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and his elders gave him the task of leading the resistance against the Europeans' ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands.

Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. With his band of warriors, he had the settlers in thrall for twelve years, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed.

Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country.

It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.

About the Author

Libby Connors is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Southern Queensland. She is author of Australia's Frontline and co-author of A History of the Australian Environment Movement.

Modern Australian Usage
A Practical Guide for Writers and Editors

By: Nicholas Hudson

RRP: $35.00

From grammar to punctuation to terms that are commonly confused, this is an essential general reference that should be on every writer's desk.

Q: Why have a guide to using language when you can look it up on the internet? A: Because you often can't find a clear or reliable answer.

However, Nicholas Hudson's wonderfully comprehensive and practical compendium on the English language will tell you what you need to know.

Should you use 'lay' or 'lie'? How do you use a semicolon correctly? What's a willy-willy? The difference between a town and a city, or a boat and a ship? In his witty and pithy entries, Nicholas Hudson identifies commonly confused terms.

He explains how to use the key elements of English grammar and punctuation to convey the meaning you intend. He highlights distinctively Australian usage and terms, and covers the impact of digital technologies on writing and publishing.

Modern Australian Usage should be on the desk of every writer who wants to expand their understanding of our rich and frustrating language.


About the Author

Nicholas Hudson is a jack of many word trades - author, editor, typesetter and publisher - with a lifetime experience of wrangling meaning from words.

Governomics
Can We Afford Small Government?

By: Ian McAuley, Miriam Lyons

RRP: $32.99

People have good reason to demand decent public education and a well-funded health system, to yearn for an economy that doesn't trash the environment or for a smaller gap between rich and poor.

Almost without exception, sound economics is on their side. We've grown used to public debates that pit people and the planet against an abstract, distorted image of 'the economy', but it doesn't have to be this way.

Governomics shows that an emaciated state is bad for business, and that standing up for government means standing up for a public sector that truly serves the public. 'Everybody knows governments are wasteful, incompetent and a drag on the economy.

But if you're not sure that's true, read this book.' Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age 'Governomics shows that a market economy can only work when sustained by a strong and active public sector.

It will inject some much-needed economic sanity into conversations on the role of government in Australia.' John Quiggin, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, University of Queensland.

Creative Schools
Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

By: Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica

RRP: $32.99

Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education, and his talk, 'How Schools Kill Creativity', is the most viewed in the history of TED.

In this empowering, ground breaking book, he sets out his vision for how we can transform our industrial model of education to better meet the needs of the 21st century, not through political reform, but by changing the way we use it.

Creative Schools looks to people who are already revolutionizing education for examples of how creativity can flourish despite the framework of standardization: the teachers who are making better use of lesson time by redefining homework; the schools which have pioneered projects and partnerships to bring to life the practical aspects of learning, from building real cars to managing their own towns.

About the Authors

Ken Robinson is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, national and state education systems, non-profit organisations and some of the world's leading cultural organisations.

He was knighted in 2003 for his contribution to education and the arts.

Lou Aronica is the author of two novels and co-author of several works of non-fiction, including the American bestseller The Culture Code (with Clotaire Rapaille).

Craft for the Soul
How to Make the Most of Your Creative Life

By: Pip Lincolne

RRP: $35.00

How do you harness creativity and bring it into your every day life? Crafter and blogger, Pip Lincolne shares her lifetime of wisdom on:

Prioritising your own creativity
Doing new things
Finding things that spark excitement and passion
Being positive
Creating routines
Loving your work
And much much more . . .
Divided into ten chapters, this is a step-by-step program that talks the reader through the challenges of tapping into your creativity and making it work for you.

Pip applies rules and routines to her own creativity and suggests that having a formal structure allows creativity to flourish. This clever, cute step-by-step guide will show you practical ways to get the most out of your creativity and live the life you want.

About the Author

Pip Lincolne is a Melbourne dwelling writer and author and the Editor of JustB. She’s penned four crafty books and is working on her fifth and sixth, in between writing her blog Meet Me at Mikes and hanging with her kids (she has 3!)

Where the Wild Mums Are

By: Katie Blackburn, Sholto Walker (Illustrator)

RRP: $19.99

A charming and very funny tribute to the children's classic, to appeal to mums everywhere.

The day Mum didn't get dressed and went on strike, Dad called her 'a Wild Thing' and Mum said 'Cook your own dinner' and stomped off upstairs to have a bath . . .

In this hilarious, touching homage to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a worn-out mum finds herself floating across time and space to the place where the Wild Mums are. Dazzled by her party tricks, they crown her Queen of the Wild Mums and try to entice her to join their conga . . . But Mum has just remembered who she loves best of all . . .

Lovingly illustrated by the award-winning Sholto Walker, this little book is the perfect gift for baby showers, new mums - or any mum who's ever wanted to go on strike.

About the Author

Katie Blackburn lives in London with her husband and young son. This is her first book and is dedicated to all mothers, but most especially her own mum, with thanks and admiration

Another Little Piece of My Heart
My Life of Rock and Revolution in the '60s

By: Richard Goldstein

RRP: $29.99

From the man who invented rock criticism, a vivid and moving account of rock and revolution in 60s America

In 1966, at the ripe age of 22, Richard Goldstein approached The Village Voice with a novel idea. 'I want to be a rock critic,' he said. 'What's that?' the editor replied.

It was a logical question, since rock criticism didn't yet exist. In the weekly column he would produce for the Voice, Goldstein became the first person to write regularly in a major publication about the music that changed everyone's lives.

He believed deeply in the power of rock, and, long before it was acceptable, he championed the idea that this music was a serious art form. From his unique position in journalism, he saw the full arc of events that shaped culture and politics in the 1960s-and participated in them, too. He toured with Janis Joplin, spent a day at the Grateful Dead house in San Francisco, and dropped acid with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. He was present for Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech, the student uprising at Columbia and the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

He was challenged to a boxing match by Norman Mailer and took Susan Sontag to her first disco. Goldstein developed close relationships with several rock legends - Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, to name two - and their early deaths came as a wrenching shock, fueling his disillusionment as he watched the music he loved rapidly evolve from a communal rite to a vast industry - and the sense of hope for radical social upheaval fade away.

Another Little Piece of My Heart is the intimate memoir of the writer as a young man with profound ambition. It is also a sweeping personal account of a decade that no one else could provide - a deeply moving, unparalleled document of rock and revolution in America.

About the Author

Richard Goldstein is one of the founders of rock criticism, beginning with his 'Pope Eye' column in The Village Voice in 1966 when he was just 22. His reporting led to a long career as a commentator on culture, politics and sexuality.

His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, New York, Harpers, Artforum, the Guardian and the Nation, and he served as arts editor and then executive editor of the The Village Voice. His gay activism earned him a GLAAD award as columnist of the year. His books include the bestselling The Poetry of Rock, Reporting the Counterculture and Homocons. He is currently an adjunct professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York where, among other classes, he teaches a course on the '60s.

Glorious Food!

Anatolia
Adventures in Turkish Cooking

By: Somer Sivrioglu, David Dale

RRP: 79.99

Anatolia is a beautifully illustrated exploration of classic Turkish cuisine and culture, adapted for modern life.

Turkish-born chef Somer Sivrioglu and co-author David Dale re-imagine the traditions of Turkish cooking, presenting recipes ranging from the grand banquets of the Ottoman empire to the spicy snacks of Istanbul's street stalls.

In doing so they explain their take on the classics and reveal the surrounding rituals, myths, jokes and folk wisdom of both the old and new Turkey. Somer and David bring us more than 150 accessible recipes with rich colour photographs shot on location in Turkey.

Also included are feature spreads on local Turkish chefs and producers and their specialities, adding another fascinating layer to the book. Take a unique glimpse into the worlds of old and new Turkey with this beautiful, multidimensional cookbook.

About the Authors

Somer Sivrioglu grew up in Istanbul and moved to Sydney when he was 25. He now runs Efendy restaurant in Sydney, where he draws on a multitude of cultural influences to recreate the food traditions of his homeland.

David Dale is an Australian political journalist, commentator on popular culture, and food writer. In his earlier books, David analysed how Italian cooking conquered the world. He's convinced that 'Turkish is going to be the next international invader'.

Margaret and Me
Recipes for Life from My Grandmother's Kitchen

By: Kate Gibbs, Margaret Fulton (Foreword by)

RRP: $39.99

A food memoir and recipe book in the vein of Julie & Julia

Food writer Kate Gibbs grew up at the apron strings of her grandmother, Margaret Fulton. The matriarch of Australian cooking taught Kate everything she needed to know, including how to make bereavement soup, how thickly to spread butter on bread and that porridge must absolutely be made with salt.

In this privileged glimpse into a modern food dynasty, Kate reveals some of the highs and lows from the life of her extraordinary grandmother, as well as her own experiences growing up 'foodie'.

This rich legacy has informed Kate's career and inspired her to talk to a new generation about the joys of cooking and the importance of good, real food.

As well as chronicling her own journey, Kate has distilled this kitchen wisdom into fifty beautifully photographed recipes, a mixture of classic dishes such as Scotch broth and homemade crumpets that recall Margaret's Scottish heritage, to Kate's modern takes on slow-roasted lamb shoulder and custard-filled chocolate profiteroles.

These are the recipes that both women grew up with, and which endure as family favourites. Pull up a chair and enjoy.

About the Author

Kate Gibbs is a Sydney-based food and travel writer who pens a weekly food trends column in the Sunday Style supplement in the Sunday Telegraph. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Gourmet Traveller, delicious. magazine and many other publications. She also edits her popular blog, kategibbs.com. Kate is the granddaughter of Australian food writer and national living treasure, Margaret Fulton. This is her third book.

By: Jean Michel Raynaud

RRP: $49.99

Authentic French cakes, pastries, tarts and breads to make at home

From a master patissier comes an inspirational -- and equally practical and achievable -- guide to delicious French-style baking in the home kitchen. The French Baker features 95 recipes accompanied by beautifully shot and styled images; the more complex and technical baked items are supported by step-by-step photography and further hints and tips.

Throughout the book, recipes are interspersed with narrative sections that feature French-born Jean Michel's stories of his training and work in patisseries in France and give insights into the place of bakers and baking in French society.

Introductions and breakouts also provide information about the recipes' history, traditions and cultural significance. The recipes are a mix of sweet and savoury, and following on from a basics/techniques/equipment section they are grouped into chapters focusing on biscuits; cakes and muffins; tarts and pies; choux pastry; brioches; flaky pastry; breads; spreads and jams; and creams and curds.

About the Author

Jean Michel Raynaud is head patissier of Sydney's Renaissance Patisserie and Baroque restaurant. He began his career under the tutelage of master patissier Robert Schicchi in Marseilles in France and was a head pastry chef by the age of 20.

After settling in Australia he specialised in the exclusive wedding cake market as head chef of Sweet Art and Planet Cake in Sydney. Jean Michel has appeared on television, written for magazines and contributed recipes to several books.

Eat the Week Recipes for Every Meal, Every Day

By: Anna Barnett

RRP: $39.99

Taking you from Monday through to Sunday, breakfast through to dessert, Eat the Week will take the hassle out of food shopping and meal planning and put the fun back into your week.

It's Tuesday, you're feeling lazy and you're craving flavour. It's Thursday, the weekend is in sight and it's time to share a feast with friends. It's Saturday, you're ready to splash the cash and go big.

Eat the Week is stylish, practical and personal. Anna Barnett has devised creative recipes inspired by our different moods as we navigate the week.

There's everything from weekend brunches and comforting dishes packed full of carbs to nutritious salads and zesty Asian noodles for when you want something lighter, plus cheats, insider tricks and imaginative ways with leftovers. On Mondays it's all about simple dishes, healthy-eating resolutions, minimum fuss and robust flavours; on Saturdays, when you have more time to shop and cook, things get a bit more extravagant.

About the Author

Anna Barnett lives in London. She has worked in events and celebrity booking for MTV and Channel 4 and is part of the team at British fashion label House of Holland - but she's still primarily known to her friends as 'The Feeder'. Her lifelong obsession with cooking has led to a weekly column, 'The Reluctant Vegetarian', for UK newspaper The Independent, as well as a popular website of her own.

She regularly turns her house in Hackney into a pop-up restaurant and has been featured extensively in the glossies, nationals and online.

Courtyard Kitchen
Recipes for Homegrown Herbs

By: Natalie Boog

RRP: $39.99

80+ recipes using herbs and potted fruits - for urban foodies who crave a taste of the country in their home-cooking

Herbs and potted fruits thrive in small, easy-to maintain spaces - in courtyard pots and troughs, on decks or balconies or in window boxes. Herbs are inexpensive to pot and grow and add wonderful flavour to the simplest dish - and of course there's nothing quite like cooking with home-grown ingredients.

Courtyard Kitchen is prefaced with simple tips and hints on selecting the best herbs for your space and setting up and maintaining them; it includes essential information on seasons, cropping times and basic plant care.

Following this are more than 80 simple fresh food recipes with clever flavour-matching ideas based around a specific herb or potted fruit theme - basil, mint, coriander, lemon, parsley, strawberry, thyme, rosemary, chilli. There are risottos, roasts, pizzas, salsas, salads, soups, recipes for pasta, polenta, couscous; there are sorbets, cakes, biscuits and treats - delicious, easy recipes that celebrate the sheer pleasure of home cooking with herbs you've grown yourself.

About the Author

Natalie grew up in a household in which everyone cooked. Her first cooking experience, age eight, was French toast - and she hasn't looked back since.

A self-taught home cook, her recipes are tried and tested, simple and full of flavour. Natalie is an experienced food photographer who has shot a range of cookbooks, and freelances for Sydney Morning Herald's Good Living. Running a fruit and vegetable co-op prompted her to write a food blog and from that the idea for this book was born.

Easy Weeknight Meals
Simple, Healthy, Delicious Recipes from My Food Bag and Nadia Lim

By: My Food Bag, Nadia Lim

RRP: $35.00

Essential cookbook for tasty, healthy, quick weeknight dinners.

Here is the solution to every cook's weeknight dilemma - what to cook tonight? Delicious, simple-to-follow, nutritious recipes that your family and friends will love from the My Food Bag team and Nadia Lim.

These recipes have been rated as favourites by My Food Bag customers, so you can relax in the knowledge that each recipe is tasty, easy to make and foolproof.

They're organised by season, and Nadia's background as a dietitian and her strong healthy food philosophy ensures that they are nutritionally balanced and good for you.

This is the one cookbook you need for cooking successfully during the week, and getting back to loving your weeknight meals.

About the Author

My Food Bag is a highly successful business that delivers fresh ingredients and delicious recipes direct to customers' doors. The recipes are healthy, nutritionally balanced, use organic and free-range produce, and are interesting and delicious.

There are thousands of subscribers in both Australia and NZ in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch and Palmerston North.

Nadia Lim is the Head Chef and Dietitian at My Food Bag, and she is an award-winning cook in her own right. Recently appearing on My Kitchen Rules NZ as a guest chef, she has written two other cookbooks. She is well-known for her delicious, fresh recipes that are also good for you.

Super Green Smoothies
60 delicious recipes for weight loss, energy and vitality

By: Sally Obermeder, Maha Koraiem

RRP: $19.99

When Sally Obermeder wanted to regain her health after her life threatening cancer battle, she turned to the green smoothie lifestyle. Here, she shares her nutritious, delicious recipes to help you feel great, lose weight and gain energy.

LEAN, FAB, FAST... that's the best way to describe the green smoothie lifestyle.

After battling and surviving a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer, Sally Obermeder decided to take back control of her health. By making one simple change-switching to the green smoothie lifestyle-she lost more than 15 kilograms. Her skin glowed, her energy levels soared and she felt light, lean, strong, healthy and happy. Best of all, it was easy.

Sally and her sister Maha have created 60 healthy and delicious green smoothie recipes that are easy to make and packed full of benefits. Each one is a taste sensation-think leafy greens, fresh vegies and fruits as well as added superfoods that leave you feeling energetic, lean and strong as well as stop those cravings for sugar and unhealthy fatty foods and snacks.

Kick-start your way to weight-loss, energy and all-round good health with Super Green Smoothies, and look and feel great, starting now. Let the transition begin!

About the Author

Sally Obermeder is one of the best-known faces of Channel 7. She presents The Daily Edition and has also worked on The Morning Show, Today Tonight, Sunday Night, Sydney Weekender along with Dancing with the Stars.

Sally also co-founded and runs the lifestyle blog SWIISH with her sister Maha. SWIISH is the go-to site for lifestyle luxe for less. Sally lives in Bondi, NSW, with her husband and three-year-old daughter Annabelle. Sally is the author of her bestselling memoir Never Stop Believing (2013).

Maha Koraiem is the co-founder and director of SWIISH. Maha adopted the green smoothie lifestyle with her sister Sally, with similarly fantastic results. Her love for green smoothies has led to her co-authoring her first book, Super Green Smoothies. Maha also lives in Bondi, NSW.

The Alkaline Cookbook

By: Dr. Stephan Domenig

RRP: $29.99

Following on the success of The Alkaline Cure, published in 2014, The Alkaline Cookbook is a pioneering new cookbook that combines the nutritional practice of the renowned FX Mayr Health Center with 100 delicious recipes that will inspire you to eat the alkaline way for life.

The Alkaline Cookbook is packed with recipes that are specifically designed to help rebalance your pH and stabilise your body's alkalinity, reboot your metabolism and revitalise your body for increased health, energy and well-being.

The Alkaline Cookbook is a manual for good health and good food throughout the year, and includes:

a clear overview of the health and beauty benefits of eating alkaline
alkaline cooking methods
alkaline foods, and
the fundamental principles of cooking and eating the alkaline way.

The recipe section is carefully organised so that you can easily find something alkaline to eat at any time of day, while feature spreads throughout the book highlight new ways to enjoy alkaline-friendly superfoods.

About the Author

'The power of food to heal the human body is proven in front of our eyes every day at the clinic. We see patients lose weight. Stomach pain eases and skin clears.'

The Mayr Clinic in Austria is one of the world's best known clinics for restoring health. Dr Stephan Domenig is the medical director at The Original F.X. Mayr Health Centre and has helped countless people lose weight, regain control over what they eat and feel better about themselves. He is fully trained in Mayr theory with certifications in general and emergency medicine, orthomolecular medicine, applied kinesiology, chronobiology and chiropractics.

Something for the Kids

Get out of My Bath

By: Britta Teckentrup

RRP: $19.99

A beautifully designed, boldly illustrated picture book for the very young in which readers are encouraged to get involved in the story through tilting and shaking the book.

Elli the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she's not the only one... Her fun is interrupted when a crocodile decides to join her, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse and even a tiger! Poor Elli's bath is ruined.

What can she do? She sucks all the water into her trunk, of course! Then she waits until all the uninvited animals have left before squirting it back. Finally she can enjoy her bath in peace!

About the Author

Britta Teckentrup grew up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin's College and the Royal College of Art and ended up staying in England for 17 years. Britta has created over 30 books, translated into 20 different languages. Britta's illustrations have appeared in magazines, on homeware, clothes and packaging. Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband, young son Vincent and their cat.

Esther's Rainbow

By: Kim Kane, Sara Acton (Illustrator)

RRP: $14.99

A delightful picture book about exploring colour, from two award-winning creators.

Esther spies a rainbow peeking out from under her chair...and then it's gone.

She looks for colours in everything she sees, finding a different rainbow colour each day of the week - but will she find her rainbow again?

A warm and joyous family story about exploring the world, from two award-winning creators.

About the Author

KIM KANE was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for '...a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law.

Kim's picture books have all been notable or shortlisted in the CBCA Awards. Awards for her novels include Inky and Davitt shortlistings, a WA Premier's Book Awards honorary mention, and winning the Barbara Ramsden Award. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.

SARA ACTON is an award-winning author and illustrator. She studied fine art and trained as an art teacher in London. After teaching and practising art in England and NZ, Sara moved with her family to Australia.

Sara now lives in a small seaside village near Sydney, where she enjoys writing and illustrating for children in her studio whilst drinking tea and eating far too many biscuits. Her first picture book, Ben and Duck, won the 2012 CBCA Crichton Award.

Woozy the Wizard
A Broom to Go Zoom

By: Elli Woollard, Al Murphy (Illustrator)

RRP: $11.99

Friendship and fun abound in this full-colour early reader for ages 4+.In the faraway village of Snottington Sneeze Lived a wizened old wizard with knocketty knees.

Woozy the Wizard loves his old broom - not too small, not too big - but it is a little rusty. So when he spies a Shiny New Shop with HOOVERS he can't believe his luck! If only he could make his new hoover go zoom . . . Magic and mishap ensue with Woozy and his pet pig.

The second in a brilliant new series featuring charming rhyming text and lovely illustrations, with clear shapes and colours, this is a joy to read aloud, and just right for children moving from large-format picture books to young readers.

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