She Inspires Book Review for Book Lovers

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Books to Inspire You

Our book reviews today include everything from novels to memiors to delicious cook books to thought provoking tales. I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I have in bringing them together for you.

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Novels

Frog

By: Mo Yan

RRP $29.99

Before the Cultural Revolution, narrator Tadpole's feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China. Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers, Gugu speeds around town on her bicycle to usher thousands of babies into life.

When famine lifts and the population booms, Gugu becomes the unlikely yet passionate enforcer of China's new family-planning policy. She is unrelenting in her mission, invoking hatred in her wake. In her dramatic fall from deity to demon, she becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deep-rooted cultural values.

As China moves towards the millennium, a new breed of entrepreneur emerges with a perverse interpretation of the decades-old law. Tadpole finds himself again caught up in the one-child policy and its unpredictable repercussions on the human price of capital.

Frog is an extraordinary and riveting mix of the real and the absurd, the comic and the tragic. It presents a searing portrait of China's recent history, in Mo Yan's unique and luminous prose.

Translated from the original Chinese edition by Howard Goldblatt

About the Author

Mo Yan was born in 1955 in Gaomi County in Shandong province, China.

He is the author of various novellas and short stories and numerous novels including Red Sorghum, The Republic of Wine, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out and The Garlic Ballads.

In 2012 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Nightingale

By: Fiona McIntosh

RRP $29.99

'Love comes out of nowhere for most of us, when we least expect it . . . this young man has flown into your heart and made a nest.'

Amidst the carnage of Gallipoli, British nurse Claire Nightingale meets Australian Light Horseman Jamie Wren. Despite all odds, they fall deeply in love. Their flame burns bright and carries them through their darkest hours, even when war tears them apart.

Jamie's chance meeting with Turkish soldier Açar Shahin on the blood-stained battlefield forges an unforgettable bond between the men. It also leaves a precious clue to Jamie's whereabouts for Claire to follow.

Come peacetime, Claire's desperate search to find Jamie takes her all the way to Istanbul, and deep into the heart of Açar's family, where she attracts the unexpected attention of a charismatic and brooding scholar.

In the name of forgiveness, cultures come together, enemies embrace and forbidden passions ignite – but by the breathtaking conclusion, who will be left standing to capture Nurse Nightingale's heart?

A heart-soaring novel of heartbreak and heroism, love and longing by a powerhouse Australian storyteller.

About the Author

Fiona McIntosh was born in England, spent her early childhood in West Africa and has lived in Australia for the past three decades. She worked for many years in the travel industry but after her shift to full-time writing she roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels.

Adelaide is her home base, which she shares with her husband and twin sons, but Fiona does most of her writing from the peace of southern Tasmania. To date she has written twenty-six novels, including seven novels for children.


Reflections on Life, Death and Writing

By: Bryce Courtenay

RRP $24.99

Each of us has a place to return to in our minds, a place of clarity and peace, a place to think, to create, to dream. For Bryce Courtenay it was a waterhole in Africa he used to escape to as a boy for solitude. One evening, while hiding there, he witnessed the tallest of the great beasts drinking from the waterhole in the moonlight, and was spellbound. Ever since, he drew inspiration from this moment.

The Silver Moon gathers together some of the most personal and sustaining life-lessons from Australia's favourite storyteller. In short stories and insights, many written in his final months, Bryce reflects on living and dying, and how through determination, respect for others and taking pleasure in small moments of joy, he tried to make the most out of life.

From practical advice on how to write a bestseller to general inspiration on how to realise your dreams, The Silver Moon celebrates Bryce Courtenay's lifelong passion for storytelling, language and the creative process, and brings us closer to the man behind the bestsellers.

About the Author

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa and has lived in Sydney for the major part of his life.

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Solomon's Song, Jessica, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Whitethorn and Brother Fish.

Nanny Confidential

By: Philippa Christian

RRP $24.99

A deliciously gossipy novel about the rich and famous from the nanny who has seen it all.

When Lindsay Starwood moved from her tiny home town to the bright lights of Melbourne, she had no idea that her after-school babysitting job would turn into a career.

Her boss was Steven Stavros, the nineties boy-band heartthrob more famous of late for his extramarital activities than his hit records. However, word soon got out about the Australian nanny who was great with kids, cool in a crisis and capable of keeping the secrets of the rich and famous tightly under wraps.

But being a celebrity nanny isn't the Mary Poppins fantasy you might imagine. When Lindsay finds herself caring for the six (yes, six!) daughters of fame-hungry reality television star Alysha Appleby, her patience is pushed to the limit. Will dashing pro-golfer Tommy Grant restore Lindsay's faith that wealth can go hand in hand with kindness? Or will she have to choose between the children she loves and her own happiness?

With a cast of millionaires ripped straight from the headlines, this is a fast-paced, outrageous novel for anyone who loves gossip, glamour and a sneak peek into the unbelievable world of a nanny to the stars.

About the Author

Philippa Christian has worked as a nanny for the rich and famous. Born and raised in Melbourne, she has lived and worked in Australia and worldwide. This is her first novel.

Jamie Dornan
Shades of Desire

By: Alice Montgomery

From mystery man to Mr Shades of Grey – who is Jamie Dornan?

Little more than a year ago, no one had heard of Jamie Dornan. Then one chilling and explosive performance as a sexy serial killer in BBC drama The Fall, and he was the hottest actor in the country.

So hot, in fact, that when Hollywood desperately needed to find a male lead for the biggest new film franchise in years – the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy – Jamie was the man they turned to.

But who is the celluloid Christian Grey? Who is the real Jamie Dornan?

In this compelling portrait of the actor, musician and model, we discover his Northern Irish roots and what first drew him to acting – could it have anything to do with film and Hollywood being in the family's blood? We also learn of the tragedy in his childhood and of the relationship – with superstar Keira Knightley – which broke his heart. And what it was like playing a serial killer for months on end and then transforming himself into every woman's ultimate fantasy – as damaged, dashing Christian Grey.

For anyone who wants to see the star of Fifty Shades of Grey laid bare, the Shades of Desire is for you – an up-close and personal encounter with a man who seems to have stepped out of a dream.

About the Author

Alice Montgomery is a freelance author living and working in London. Writing under a pseudonym, she is the author of several bestselling biographies, including Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True, Katy Perry: The Unofficial Biography and Shades of Desire: Jamie Dornan.

The Fires of Autumn

By: Irene Nemirovsky, Sandra Smith (Transcribed by)

RRP $32.99

The Fires of Autumn was written in the last two years of Irène Némirovsky's life, after she fled Paris in 1940. The prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française, it is a panoramic exploration of French life and a witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century.

After four years of bloody warfare Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. No more the naïve hopes and dreams of the teenager who went to war. Attracted by the lure of money and success, Bernard embarks on a life of luxuriant delinquency supported by suspect financial dealings and easy virtue.

Yet when his lover throws him off, he turns to a wholesome childhood friend for comfort. For ten years he lives the good bourgeois life, but as another war threatens everything Bernard had clung to starts to crumble, and the future for his marriage and for France looks terribly uncertain.

First published posthumously in France in 1957, The Fires of Autumn is a coruscating, tragic evocation of the reality of war and its dirty aftermath, and the ugly colour it can turn a man's soul.

About the Author

Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a successful Jewish banker.

In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist, author of David Golder, All Our Worldly Goods, The Dogs and the Wolves and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, such as the posthumously published Suite Française and Fire in the Blood.

She was prevented from publishing when the Germans occupied France and moved with her husband and two small daughters from Paris to the safety of the small village of Issy-l'Evêque (in German occupied territory). It was here that Irène began writing Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.

The Woman Who Stole My Life

By: Marian Keyes

RRP $29.99

International bestselling author Marian Keyes is back with another masterfully told story full of wit and charm. 'Okay, I'll write my introduction. 'Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.'

Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with - or really for - her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here.

Nothing to make her particularly unhappy. Or happy...No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen...One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger.

She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella's life for ever. For better or worse.

Suddenly Stella has a life. A thrilling glamorous one. A life that other people might start to covet...Marian's stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one.

Praise for Marian Keyes: "When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own". (Daily Express). "Gloriously funny". (Sunday Times). "Chatty and warmhearted, Keyes' talent is to tell it how it is". (Independent).

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close.

Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

Hope to Die
Alex Cross Series : Book 20

By: James Patterson

RRP $32.99

The mind-blowing sequel to bestseller Cross My Heart

Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family – his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away.

Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross's greatest challenge to its astonishing finish, proving why Jeffery Deaver says 'nobody does it better' than James Patterson.

About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time.

He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Prince Lestat
The Vampire Chronicles

By: Anne Rice

RRP $32.99

The Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in fifteen years

The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolations, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world.

Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why?

There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight?

Anne Rice's epic, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious new novel brings together all the worlds and beings of the legendary Vampire Chronicles, from present-day New York and Ancient Egypt to fourth-century Carthage and Renaissance Venice; from Louis de Pointe du Lac; Armand the eternally young; Mekare and Maharet; to Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia. It also introduces many other seductive supernatural creatures, and heralds significant new blood.

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of more than thirty internationally bestselling books including the Mayfair Witches' sequence, The Songs of the Seraphim and, most recently, The Wolf Gift Chronicles.

The phenomenon that became 'The Vampire Chronicles' started with Interview with the Vampire in 1976, later made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and culminated with Blood Canticle in 2003. Prince Lestat is the first new Vampire Chronicle novel in over a decade. Anne Rice lives in California.

For Valour
Nick Stone Series : Book 16

By: Andy McNab

Ex-SAS, ex-Black Ops, Nick Stone is back in action in his most heart-stopping adventure yet

When a young trooper is shot in the head at the Regiment's renowned Killing House, Nick Stone is perfectly qualified to investigate the mysterious circumstances more deeply. He has just returned from Moscow – still trying to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend and baby son are safer there without him – so combines an unrivalled understanding of the Special Forces landscape with a detachment that should allow him to remain in cover.

But less than forty-eight hours later, a second death catapults him back into the firing line – into the telescopic sights of an unknown assassin bent on protecting a secret that could strike at the heart of the establishment that Stone has, in his maverick fashion, spent most of his life fighting to protect.

And now the clock is ticking, Stone hurtles from the solitude of a remote Welsh confessional to Glencoe – whose shadows still whisper of murder and betrayal – and on to Southern Spain, in an increasingly desperate quest to uncover the truth about a chain of events that began in the darkness of an Afghan hillside, and left a young man haunted by the never-ending screams of a friend the Taliban skinned alive.

Nick Stone's most heart-stopping adventure yet will force the reader to recognise the thinness of the line that separates sacrifice from suicide, to share the nightmares that walk hand in hand with heroism – and to count the real cost of actions taken in the name of loyalty.

About the Author

As a teenage delinquent, Andy McNab kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years - on five continents.

During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS.

Gemma's Bluff

By: Karly Lane

RRP $29.99

On a working holiday in the country, away from commitments and other people's expectations, will Gemma find love and a new way of life?

Smart and reliable, Gemma Northcote has always done what's expected of her. So it's not surprising that after uni she defers to her father's wish that she join the family business.

Gemma's best friend, Jasmine, is a different personality altogether. She thrives on spontaneity, is unpredictable and has generally pursued her own path.

When Gemma and Jasmine decide to spend a working holiday on a large rural property, their friends and family are surprised. Neither has any experience of country life (unless you count Jasmine's love of McLeod's Daughters) and they're not exactly farming types.

Away from her family, Gemma feels liberated. The longer she's away the more she questions what she really wants to do with her future. Ultimately, she realises she needs to choose between duty and what's right for her in life - and love.

From the bestselling author of Bridie's Choice and Poppy's Dilemma, this inspirational novel is sure to appeal to anyone who's questioned the direction they should take for true happiness.

About the Author

Karly Lane lives with her partner and four children in a small town on the mid north coast of NSW. She writes whenever she can fit it in around her part-time job and children. Karly is the author of North Star, Morgan's Law and Bridie's Choice.

Stone Mattress

By: Margaret Atwood

RRP $35.00

A man bids on an auctioned storage space and has quite a surprise. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire.

An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet's syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A crime committed long-ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion year old stromatalite. And an erstwhile femme fatale is reincarnated - possibly - as a frisky but effective dog.

In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into territory earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier, and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize, Oryx and Crake and most recently, The Year of the Flood.

She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

The Last Illusion

By: Porochista Khakpour

RRP $29.99

From the critically acclaimed author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects comes a bold, fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York, based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings

In a rural Iranian village, Zal's demented mother, horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair, becomes convinced she has given birth to a 'White Demon'. She hides him in a birdcage and there he lives for the next decade. Unfamiliar with human society, Zal eats birdseed and communicates only in the squawks of the other pet birds around him.

Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioural analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future. An emotionally stunted adolescent, he strives to become more 'human' as he stumbles toward adulthood, but his persistent dreams in 'bird' and his secret snacking on candied insects make assimilation impossible.

As New York survives one potential disaster, Y2K, and begins hurtling toward another, 9/11, Zal finds himself in a cast of fellow outsiders. A friendship with a famous illusionist who claims - to the Bird Boy's delight - that he can fly, and a romantic relationship with a disturbed artist who believes she is clairvoyant, send Zal's life spiralling into chaos. Like the rest of New York, he is on a collision course with devastation.

About the Author

Porochista Khakpour's debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, was named a New York Times Editor's Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune's Fall's Best and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the First Fiction category.

Her honours include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Ucross, and Yaddo. Her non-fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming inHarper's, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Spin, Slate and Salon, among many others. Khakpour currently teaches at Columbia University's MFA programme, Ford University and Wesleyan University. She lives in New York City.

Half the World in Winter

By: Maggie Joel

In 1881 in London, everything changes for the wealthy Jarmyn family. The misfortunes on the railway the family had built echoes the shocking death of nine-year-old Sofia Jarmyn. And at the heart of this family, a terrible secret is tearing their lives apart.

A captivating drama of family secrets and tragedies.

It is London, 1880, and Lucas Jarmyn struggles to make sense of the death of his beloved youngest daughter; his wife, Aurora, seeks solace in rigid social routines; and eighteen-year-old Dinah looks for fulfilment in unusual places. Only the housekeeper, the estimable Mrs Logan, seems able to carry on.

A train accident in a provincial town on the railway Lucas owns claims the life of nine-year-old Alice Brinklow and, amid the public outcry, Alice's father, Thomas, journeys to London demanding justice. As he arrives in the Capital on a frozen January morning his fate, and that of the entire Jarmyn family, will hinge on such strange things as an ill-fated visit to a spiritualist, an errant chicken bone and a single vote cast at a board room meeting.

Written with charm, humour and rich period detail, Maggie Joel has created an intriguing novel of a Victorian family adrift in their rapidly changing world.

About the Author

Maggie Joel has been writing fiction since the mid-1990s and her short stories have been widely published in Southerly, Westerly, Island, Overland and Canberra Arts Review, and broadcast on ABC radio.

The Social Diary

By: Ros Reines

RRP $29.99

When Savannah Stephens returns to her hometown Sydney after a stint as a music journalist in London, she is thrown into the burgeoning world of society parties and the excesses of the eighties social scene...Savannah's first job back on home soil is as the editor of the newly created Social Diary.

Her days are spent battling old fashioned newspaper colleagues, who frown upon the so-called 'women's pages' and tut when her stories make front page splashes...By night she is awash in a sea of expensive champagne at the biggest and best parties the city has to offer.

It is there that she collides with the unbelievable characters and larger-than-life personalities who are fast becoming legendary for their jaw-dropping antics...Will Savannah manage to prove her critics wrong or will she be distracted by a very handsome yet mysterious man?

Funny and satirical, The Social Diary reads at times like an extended version of Ros Reines' real-life gossip column feature Guess Who Don't Sue, and is written by someone who has been through it all and lived to tell the tale.

About the Author

Ros Reines is one of Australia's best known gossip columnists. A former music journalist in London, she has worked for several newspapers in Sydney including The Sydney Morning Herald and currently writes a column for The Sunday Telegraph.

The Social Diary, which is set among Sydney's A-list in the Eighties is her second novel after the well received,Gossip in 2005. She is currently working on the sequel, set in the present day. She lives in Sydney's 'East' with her young adult son.

Private Vegas
Private Series : Book 9

By: James Patterson

RRP $32.99

What happens in Vegas, ends in murder . . .

Showgirls. Millionaires. Murder.

Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him.

But Private doesn't rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private's help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.

Add to that Jack's best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off…

About The Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read.

Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers.

James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy.

Based on a True Story

By: Elizabeth Renzetti

RRP $24.99

The Devil Wears Prada meets Absolutely Fabulous and Bridget Jones's Diary in an addictive, hilarious and wildly entertaining novel about having it all, losing it all - and fighting back.

I threw in a coin and I closed my eyes and I thought, I hope I've got enough Valium to see me through the week. One of the other mums chucked her coin in, and turned to me. She said, 'Do you think there will ever come a day when we'll make a wish that's about ourselves, and not about our kids?'

A celebrity who's more notorious for her excesses than her famous roles. Her former lover, who's threatening to reveal the truth behind her bestselling autobiography. Her long-lost son, who's escaped from the train wreck of his mother's life and doesn't want to be found.

Absolutely Fabulous meets The Devil Wears Prada in this delicious and addictive novel about a washed-out soap opera diva, her lifetime of secrets, and the innocent young journalist who gets caught in her wake.

Augusta Price (not her real name) is famous for playing a slatternly barmaid on a popular soap opera and for falling down drunk in public. Now, just out of rehab, with no job, no relationship, and a sad shortage of tranquilizers, she is surprised to find that her 'tell all' memoir has become an improbable hit. But how to stop the real truth from being revealed - and how to make up for a long history of neglecting those she really loves?

A funny, poignant and intoxicating novel about fame, love, deception and consequences - about the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.

About the Author

Elizabeth Renzetti has worked at The Globe and Mail as a columnist, reporter, and editor of the Books and Review sections.

For several years she worked at the London and Los Angeles bureaus.

Her work is much-anthologised in collections of essays, and she regularly appears as a radio and television commentator.

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast

By: Danielle Hawkins

RRP $19.99

A wry, entertaining story about falling in love with a man whose shirtless picture adorns every second lunchroom wall and then doing your best when the relationship takes an unexpected turn ...

Helen McNeil is a vet in the small rural town of Broadview. While taking evasive action from a dull girl at a party one night she falls over - and fails to recognise - national sporting hero, Mark Tipene. For some mysterious reason Helen never really grasps, Mark finds this charming and appears the next day at the front counter of the vet clinic to ask her out.

A whirlwind romance follows and everything is going swimmingly until one little hiccup changes everything...

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast is the funny and heart-warming story of the pros and cons of dating a man whose shirtless picture adorns a wall in every second lunchroom in the country, of calving cows and crazy cat ladies, and of doing your best when life takes an unexpected turn.

About the Author

Danielle Hawkins grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Otorohanga in New Zealand, and later studied veterinary science.

After graduating as a vet she met a very nice dairy farmer who became her husband.

Danielle spends two days per week working as a large animal vet and the other five as housekeeper, cook and general dogsbody. She has two small children, and when she is very lucky they nap simultaneously so she can write. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Dinner at Rose's.

Wife on the Run

By: Fiona Higgins

RRP $29.99

When social media and a mobile phone expose a high school scandal and a husband's shameful secrets the only thing left to do is ... run. In the remarkable new novel from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group a beleaguered wife and mother escapes it all on a family road trip - without technology - to reclaim her life and rebuild her family.

A mother's greatest fear... A wife's worst nightmare... What would you do?

When two technology-related disasters hit within days of each other, Paula knows her comfortable suburban life has been irrevocably blown apart. One involves the public shaming of her teenage daughter, the other is a discovery about her husband that shocks her to her core. With her world unravelling around her, Paula does the only thing that makes any sense to her: she runs away from it all.

She pulls her children out of school and takes off on a trip across Australia with her elderly father and his caravan. The only rule is No Technology - no phones, no Facebook, no Instagram, no tablets, games or computers. It's time to get back to basics and learn how to be a family again.

It all sounds so simple - and for a while, it is. But along the way Paula will meet new, exciting complications, and realise that running away is only a temporary solution. The past has to be faced before the future can begin.

A thrilling, tender and hugely entertaining story of loss, love and discovery from the bestselling author of The Mothers' Group.

About the Author

Born in Melbourne and educated in Sydney, Fiona Higgins has worked in the philanthropic sector over the past 15 years. Her previous roles include Executive Director for The Caledonia Foundation, Philanthropy Services Manager for Cambooya Services, Programme Manager for The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Communications Officer at Australian Red Cross (NSW).

Currently she is Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation at Australian Philanthropic Services, and sits on the board of The Caledonia Foundation and The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation. Fiona's memoir, Love in the Age of Drought, was published in 2009 by Macmillan and her first novel, The Mothers' Group, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2012, with foreign rights sold in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. She holds tertiary qualifications in the humanities and social sciences, and lives in Bali with her husband and three children.

Seven Letters from Paris

By: Samantha Verant

RRP: $34.99

In the best romantic tradition of Almost French, a woman falls madly in love with a Frenchman in Paris, but with a twist. It takes her twenty years to find him again …

Samantha's life is falling apart - she's lost her job, her marriage is on the rocks and she's walking dogs to keep the wolf from the door.

When she stumbles across seven love letters from the handsome Frenchman she fell head over heels for in Paris when she was 19, she can't help but wonder, what if?

One carefully worded, very belated email apology, it's clear that sometimes love does give you a second chance.

Jetting off to France to reconnect with a man you knew for just one day is crazy - but it's the kind of crazy Samantha's been waiting for her whole life.

Truth may be stranger than fiction but sometimes it's better than your wildest dreams.

Deliciously funny, honest and beyond romantic, Seven Letters is the perfect feel-good gift for any woman with a heartbeat.

About the Author

Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef.

She lives in southwestern France, where she's able to explore all of her passions, and where she's married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989, but ignored for twenty years.

Far as the Eye Can See

By: Robert Bausch

RRP $29.99

A vivid and earthy historical novel about a Civil War veteran in Indian country, from a venerable voice in American fiction

Bobby Hale is a Union veteran several times over; he repeatedly deserted and re-enrolled to earn the bonus under different names. After the war, he set his heart on California, but only made it to Montana, and now he's evading the authorities of both the Army and the Indians, after shooting the wrong people. Hale is trying to make it back to Eveline, the woman he loves in Bozeman, the woman who can save him, when his trigger finger gets him in trouble again: he shoots and wounds an Indian he thinks is stalking him, but who turns out to be a young woman. She's on the run in the other direction, trying to escape her husband. She will change the course of his journey, leading to an unexpected adventure across the Great Plains, set against the growing conflict of the Great Sioux War.

Robert Bausch is the distinguished author of a body of work that is lively and varied, but linked by a thoughtfully complicated masculinity and an uncommon empathy. The unique voice of Bobby Hale manages to evoke both Cormac McCarthy and Mark Twain, guiding us on an American odyssey that feels both historically true and as relevant as ever.

About the Author

Robert Bausch is the author of six novels and one collection of short stories. They include Almighty Me (optioned for film and eventually adapted as Bruce Almighty), A Hole in the Earth (a New York Times Notable and Washington Post Favorite Book of the Year), and Out of Season (also a Washington Post Favorite).

He was born in Georgia and raised around Washington, D.C. Educated at George Mason University (BA, MA, MFA), he has taught at UVA, American, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins, and most recently at Northern Virgina Community College. In 2005, he won the Fellowship of Southern Writers' Hillsdale Award for Fiction for his body of work. In 2009, he was awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, also for sustained achievement.

Die Again
Rizzoli and Isles Series : Book 11

By: Tess Gerritsen

'With Die Again Tess Gerritsen proves that she is still at the top of her game. I love this fantastically gripping story and can't wait for more' KARIN SLAUGHTER

THE VICTIMS In Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are investigating a bizarre murder. A man has been found gutted and hanging in his home. When the remains of another victim are found, it is clear that this murderer has been at work for years, and not just in Boston.

THE KILLER Six years ago, a group of travellers set off on an African safari. None of them are seen again – apart from one woman who stumbled out of the bush weeks later, barely alive. The only woman to have seen the killer's face.

THE SURVIVOR Has the ‘safari killer' resurfaced in Boston? Jane is sent to Africa to find the one link between the two cases – the only survivor - and convince her to face death once again...

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen is a physician and an internationally bestselling author. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers The Bone Garden, The Mephisto Club, Vanish, Body Double, The Sinner, The Apprentice, The Surgeon, Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

Leaving Time
Nothing will Replace a Mother's Love

By: Jodi Picoult

RRP; $32.99

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment - or worse.

Still Jenna - now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief - steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach the two people who might still be able to help her find Alice: a disgraced psychic named Serenity Jones, and Virgil Stanhope, the cynical detective who first investigated her mother's disappearance and the strange, possibly linked death of one of her mother's coworkers.

Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to forever change their lives. Deeply moving and suspenseful, Jodi Picoult's 21st novel is a radiant exploration of the enduring love between mothers and daughters.

About the Author

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the bestselling a author. She grew up in Long Island and then studied creative writing at Princeton. Following her graduation she had a series of jobs including as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master's in education.

She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Jodi and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with a dog, a rabbit, two Jersey calves, and the occasional Holstein.

Shopaholic to the Stars

By: Sophie Kinsella

RRP $32.99

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood ! It's as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She's hanging out with the stars. Or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing.

There's so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some her help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career - she's going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it's tough in Tinseltown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on the Hollywood insider trail.

But somehow ...things aren't quite working out as they'd hoped. Then Becky's big chance comes, and it's an opportunity that money can't buy. But will it cost her too much?

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is an international number one bestselling author whose earliest encounter with Hollywood, apart from an obsession with The Wizard of Oz, was when her first novel, Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, was made into a hit movie. She lives in London with her husband and children.

Fly in, Fly Out

By: Georgina Penney

RRP: $29.99

After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can't wait to get home. Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long overdue girl time. When she walks through her front door to find a strange man staying in her house, she's tempted to head straight back out to sea.

Stephen Hardy has always felt guilty for the part he played in ruining Jo's life years earlier and immediately jumps at the chance to make things up to her by looking after her apartment and her giant cranky cat. It takes some fast-talking, but Jo is finally convinced to let him stay. And by the time she leaves for her next shift at work, they're both eagerly anticipating her return.

But balancing family and friends with a new relationship when you're never around is tricky and Jo is also keeping secrets about her past. After a lifetime of taking care of herself, Jo isn't used to sharing her problems – especially when they involve her messy family history. Picking up the pieces every time she comes home is getting harder, and Jo is soon wondering whether a fly in fly out lifestyle is really worth it…

About the Author

Georgina Penney first discovered romance novels when she was eleven and has been a fan of the genre ever since. It took her another eighteen years to finally sit in front of a keyboard and get something down on the page but that's alright, she was busy doing other things until then.

Some of those things included living in a ridiculous number of towns and cities in Australia before relocating overseas to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and presently, Brunei Darussalam.

In between all these travels, Georgina managed to learn to paint, get herself a Communication and Cultural Studies degree, study Psychotherapy and learn all about Hypnotherapy. In the early days she even managed to get on the IT roller coaster during the early noughties boom, inexplicably ending the ride by becoming the registrar of a massage and naturopathy college. There was also PhD in the mix there somewhere but moving to Saudi Arabia and rediscovering the bodice ripper fixed all that.

Today she lives with her wonderful husband, Tony, in a cozy steading in the Scottish countryside. When she's not swearing at her characters and trying to cram them into her plot, she can be found traipsing over fields, gazing at hairy coos and imagining buff medieval Scotsmen in kilts (who have access to shower facilities and deodorant) living behind every bramble hedge.

Volcano Street

By: David Rain

RRP: $27.99

In the tradition of great Australian literature Volcano Street is a wonderfully vivid portrayal of small-town life and the uncertainties of childhood.

'What would Germaine do?'

This is the mantra that Skip and Marlo Wells turn to as they navigate their way through the twists and turns that life brings. Such as the sectioning of their mother Karen Jane. Marlo puts her faith in her hero, Germaine Greer, and twelve-year-old Skip trusts her clever big sister to know the right thing to do.

But when the sisters are forced to move to their Auntie Noreen and Uncle Doug's home in the backwater city of Crater Lakes even Marlo can't think of a solution. At age sixteen, Marlo is forced to quit school and work in the family hardware store.

Skip manages to get on her auntie's bad side from the get-go and is an outcast at school as she vehemently declares the injustice of the Vietnam War - not what Noreen wants to hear with her precious son Barry off fighting.

Against the backdrop of a broken home, the fight for equality and a far off war Volcano Street is a heartfelt tale of acceptance and belonging, and learning what family truly means.

About the Author

David Rain is an Australian writer living in London.

Formerly a lecturer in English Literature at Queens' University, Belfast, he presently runs the MA in Creative Writing at Middlesex University. His debut novel The Heat of the Sun (Atlantic Books) was published in 2012.

Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing

By: Lisa Walker

RRP: $32.99

'I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation. I am on the run from my husband's divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex-lover is lurking...But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well...'

Arkie used to be a trendspotter, running a successful business advising companies on 'the next big thing'. Until she lost her marriage and her mojo along with it. Her eccentric new friend Haruko suggests a pilgrimage in Japan. But funds are tight, so instead Arkie's going on a very Australian trip, to all the 'Big Things'.

With Haruko as her guide, magic is everywhere. A Buddha appears next to the Big Redback, the Big Macadamia rises from the jungle like a lost temple and inside the Big Shell she can hear a tinkling voice, reminding her of the child she never had.

As her improbable adventure unfolds, realisation dawns: could it be that, despite her celebrated foresight, Arkie's been missing what was right before her eyes?

About the Author

Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing is Lisa Walker's third novel, following Liar Bird and Sex, Lies and Bonsai.

Lisa grew up in Fiji and Brisbane. She has worked as a cross-country ski instructor, igloo builder, Nepal trekking leader and reef guide. She now works part-time at Northern Rivers Writers Centre.

She was a winner in the 2005 ABC Short Story competition and her travel articles and short stories have appeared in publications such as Geo Australasia and Outdoor Australia. Her radio play, Baddest Backpackers, was broadcast on Radio National.

Lisa lives on the north coast of New South Wales, dividing her spare time between writing and surfing on her Malibu.

It Started with a Kiss

By: Lisa Heidke

RRP $29.99

After the pain of her marriage breakup, Friday Jones makes some major blunders - from a misguided affair to online dating disasters. But can heartbreak actually be the best thing that ever happened to her?

Friday Jones is distraught when Liam, her husband of nearly twenty years and the father of their teenage daughters, tells her their marriage is over.

Still heartbroken many months later, Friday is deeply flattered when a funny, handsome man takes an interest in her. From their very first kiss, Friday finds it difficult to control her attraction for him despite numerous warning signals.

When Friday's best friend, Rosie, discovers Friday is risking further emotional pain she convinces her to end the relationship and join a dating website.

But not long after Friday dives into the world of online romance she takes a couple of wrong turns. Could one of her flings have become a little too obsessed with her? And has the time come to step back and take a good look at where she's going in life?

Funny, poignant and inspiring, It Started with a Kiss is a story about love, desire and how sometimes heartbreak can lead to a much happier life.

About The Author

Lisa Heidke studied journalism at Queensland University, fled Brisbane and settled in Sydney where she landed a job as an Acquisitions Editor in book publishing (HBJ). After a while there, she headed to ACP where she worked as a feature writer on several national magazines.

After many years living in Sydney's inner west, Lisa woke up one morning to find herself married with three children and living on the North Shore - much to her surprise and sometimes horror. Since then she has authored two uproarious novels, Lucy Springer Gets Even and What Kate Did Next.

The Rumour Mill
A Jazzy Lou Novel

By: Roxy Jacenko

RRP: $19.99

Fashion week meltdowns, client tantrums, nefarious backstabbing, and motherhood ... Australia's best-known fashion PR (and star of the 2013 Celebrity Apprentice) takes you on a wild ride through the glamorous world of A-list celebrity in a light hearted, fun filled, fast paced novel for fans of trashy mags.

Jazzy Lou is back and busier than ever!

Queen Bee, her fabulous PR firm, is going from strength to strength with an ever-expanding roster of clients, including the hottest new International Designer.

At home, Jazzy has her hands full with her baby girl Fifi, as well as the planning of her upcoming wedding to Michael. But just as everything seems to be falling into place, Jazzy discovers that her old boss, the evil Diane Wilderstein, has resurfaced and has her heart set on poaching Jazzy's Queen Bee clients. Meanwhile, someone is trying to bring her down by circulating a poisonous voicemail to ALL of Sydney's media!

Will they succeed in destroying everything Jazzy has worked so hard for? Or will Jazzy find a way to save herself and Queen Bee? Sit back and enjoy this fast-paced peek inside the glamorous world of Sydney's hottest PR agency.

About the Author

Roxy Jacenko is the powerhouse behind Sydney's hottest Fashion PR firm, Sweaty Betty.

Not only do the products she publicises make the pages of every magazine in town, but so does Roxy herself. It's rare to see her away from the social pages. She has starred in 2013's Celebrity Apprentice, and her profile is only going up!

Outside the Lines

By: Amy Hatvany

RRP: $29.99

A powerful, dramatic and intriguing father/daughter story about being lost and found.

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents' divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden's life.

Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he's been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides it's time to find her father. Her search takes her to a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest.

As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found.

About the Author

Amy was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed.

Soon followed a variety of jobs - some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on writing books.

Inspirational

Joy
A Celebration of the Animal Kingdom

By: Alex Cearns

RRP $19.99

Animals bring us joy. When we look into their eyes, see the connections they forge or simply experience the joy they have in their play, it lifts our spirits immeasurably.

Expert animal photographer Alex Cearns – author of Mother Knows Best – has captured special moments that show what animals bring to our lives.

Here you'll find a whole menagerie of beautiful images - from the intricate beauty of a bird's wing and the characterful face of a baby wombat to the exuberance of a dog playing with bubbles.

Alex also shares some of the funny, heartwarming and joyful stories of animals she has met along the way – from the wild pig that just wanted a cuddle to the rescue dog that beat the odds.

From the littlest lizard and the craftiest cats to the soulful majesty of elephants, Alex's photographs are a reminder that we need to look after the welfare of our animal friends.

About the Author

Passionate animal lover Alex Cearns is a pet and wildlife photographer who specialises in crafting exquisite animal portraits under her brand Houndstooth Studio. She has won more than fifty Australian and international photographic awards and her images have appeared in press and online media, books, magazines, cards, calendars and advertising campaigns.

Inspired by the joy of working with animals and her endless fascination with their individuality, Alex strives to capture each subject's character and spirit in every portrait. She photographs around 1300 animals per year. Alex lives in Western Australia with her partner and their beloved cats and dogs.

Harlow and Sage (and Indiana)

By Brittni Vega

RRP $19.99

Harlow and Sage (and Indiana) are three dogs who have taken Instagram by storm. 'Obsessed' is one word to describe followers of Harlowandsage

Brittni Vega started posting photos of her two dogs on Instagram in March 2013. It went viral in September when Sage died. Indiana (Dachshund puppy) came along to help Harlow through the grieving process and the rest is history.

This is the back story, told by Harlow, in witty words and hilarious and moving photographs. It's a story with themes that will resonate with dog lovers of all ages.

Once upon a time, Harlow's best friend was her older sister, Sage, a thoughtful and loving Miniature Dachshund. Harlow and Sage had a shared love for many things, including Meryl Streep. They played together, cuddled together, and shared their deepest secrets, until sadly, it was Sage's time to visit the doggie palace in the sky.

Shortly after Sage's passing, Harlow's parents came home with Indiana, a Dachshund puppy with a killer sense of humor. After a few months of showing Indiana the ropes, Harlow began to recognize that a new adventure was about to unfold.

Written in the wise and witty voice of Harlow the Weimaraner, and richly illustrated with more than 125 stunning images of the highly photogenic pups, Harlow & Sage (and Indiana) is a tale about the bond among three dogs, connected by deep love and unparalleled friendship. (It is also a little about Meryl.)

Top Dog

Maria Goodavage

RRP $29.99

The incredible story of canine hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars.

Maria Goodavage renders a gritty account of a new kind of warfare with a new kind of war hero—Lucca K458—a decorated and highly skilled working dog hunting for lethal threats in the cauldron of war.

While the military classes its dogs as equipment, for those who know her and work with her, the German shepherd–Belgian Malinois mix with the expressive eyebrows is a real best friend on the battlefield.

Initially Lucca is partnered with Marine Staff Sergeant Chris Willingham, and their harrowing adventures in Iraq take us into rooftop firefights and IED-infested streets, and face-to-face with insurgents.

When Willingham's orders no longer include Lucca, she is assigned to Marine Corporal Juan 'Rod' Rodriguez. Together Lucca and Rod face new threats and challenges during their deployment to Afghanistan, where they serve alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry.

Top Dog reveals how the bond between military working dogs and their handlers saves lives and helps comrades overcome emotional trauma sustained on the battlefield. The moving relationship Lucca developed with her handlers, her outstanding skills, and her exceptional character are the stuff of military legend.

About the Author

Maria Goodavage is a contributing editor and featured writer for one of the most widely read dog blogs in the world, 'For the Love of Dog' at Dogster.com, which gets between 200,000 and 300,000 page views per month. Goodavage, who earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University, was a reporter for USA Today for seven years. She has written regularly for numerous other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and San Francisco Chronicle.

London Style Guide

By: Saska Graville

RRP $39.99

Everyone is familiar with the iconic attractions of London but Saskia Graville's London Style Guide - now updated and fully revised - takes readers on a journey to the heart and soul of the city, revealing the hidden and stylish places that make the capital unique and eclectic.

There is an essence to London style, and you find it in the small, off-the-radar places: the one-off shops, street markets, corner pubs and local restaurants that Londoners themselves go to. These places share a certain eccentricity, quirkiness and independence of spirit, and that's what this book is all about. London can seem big and overwhelming and there are many guide books directing you to the key trophy sights of the city.

London Style Guide breaks it down by village and reveals the places the locals love. We feature some of the Londoners behind the shops, cafes and hotels, and ask them to divulge their city secrets. By delivering a carefully chosen selection of smaller, stylish spots revered by residents, this book makes visitors feel like locals. This is London up close and personal.

About the Author

Saska Graville has worked as a writer and editor in women's magazines and newspapers for more than 20 years, both in London and Sydney.

She was the editor of New Woman magazine, Australia, and the features editor of The Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney, before moving back to London as deputy editor of best-selling glossy magazine Red.

She remains a UK travel correspondent for The Sun- Herald, and loves nothing more than a new hotel to review.

Shoes
An Illustrated History

By: Rebecca Shawcross

RRP $50.00

A beautifully illustrated and accessible overview of shoes from the ancient to the contemporary.

From high heels to protective boots, shoes are powerful objects of desire as well as a practical necessity. They are also fascinating indicators of the fashions, social attitudes, and economic backdrop of the times in which they were made and worn.

This lavishly illustrated volume takes the reader on a glorious journey through many centuries of footwear from antiquity to the present, showcasing a dazzling array of shoes from all over the world.

Written by expert curator Rebecca Shawcross, the book is packed with social and historical detail putting shoe trends, superstitions and traditions in context and exploring shoes as symbolic and highly personal objects which evoke a time, place and an emotion.

Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear from fetish heels to winklepickers and a must-read for students, researchers and anyone interested in fashion.

About the Author

Rebecca Shawcross is the Shoe Resources Officer at The Shoe Collection, Northampton Museum, UK.

Style is Eternal

by Nicole Jenkins

RRP $44.99

How can I have so many clothes, yet still have nothing to wear?

Style is Eternal provides you with the tools to transform your wardrobe from faddish to stylish. Nicole Jenkins shares her experience as a fashion buyer and stylist to navigate the essential additions to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, use accessories to create new outfits, convert your fashion faux pas into chic statements and travel with only hand luggage and still look classy.

Nicole reveals her tricks of the trade:

How to make the most of your body shape
How to create an authentic look
When to combine classic staples with more contemporary fashionable pieces
How to avoid those regrettable and expensive impulse buys
How to have a wardrobe that will cover all your work and lifestyle options
Practical tips on looking after your clothes.
Style is Eternal gives a beautiful step-by-step guide to understand and integrate fashion basics, classics and trends into a personalised signature look. It will encourage dressing with confidence and creativity.

About the Author

Nicole Jenkins is passionate about fashion and has been collecting and restoring clothes since she was a child. Her knowledge has been furthered through studies in costume design at Perth Technical College and the WA Academy of Performing Arts and roles in film, theatre and fashion. Her Melbourne boutique Circa Vintage, showcasing the best of 200 years of Australian fashion, opened in 2004. Her first book Love Vintage won an international independent Publishers Book Award in 2010.

Playing Big
Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

By: Tara Mohr

RRP $35.00

A groundbreaking women's leadership expert and popular conference speaker gives women the practical skills to voice and implement the changes they want to seein themselves and in the world

In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were "playing small" in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to "play bigger." She has devised a proven way for them to achieve their dreams by playing big from the inside out. Mohr's work helping women play bigger has earned acclaim from the likes of Maria Shriver and Jillian Michaels, and has been featured on theToday show, CNN, and a host of other media outlets.

Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In gave many women new awareness about what kinds of changes they need to make to become more successful; yet most women need help implementing them. In the tradition of Brene Brown'sDaring Greatly, Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, unhook" from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action.

While not all women aspire to end up in the corner office, every woman aspires to something.Playing Big fills a major gap among women's career books; it isn't just for corporate women. The book offers tools to helpevery woman play biggerwhether she's an executive, community volunteer, artist, or stay-at-home mom.

Thousands of women across the country have been transformed by Mohr's program, and now this book makes the ideas and practices available to everyone who is ready to play big.

Seeking to Understand

The Wife Drought
Why Women Need Wives and Men Need Lives

By: Annabel Crabb

RRP $34.99

It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly more men than women.

Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.

But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits?

The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue.

About the Author

One of Australia's most popular political commentators, Annabel Crabb is the ABC's chief online political writer. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television as a political commentator and has established a regular live 'Twittercast' of parliamentary question time, as well as regular commentary.

Who Knows Tomorrow

By: Lisa Lovatt-Smith

RRP $34.99

From a glittering life running Vogue to a mud hut in Ghana, a fashion icon now offers hope to thousands of lost children.

After an essay contest at 18 landed her a plum internship at Anna Wintour's British Vogue, within a year Lisa Lovatt-Smith became the youngest photo editor in the history of Conde Nast and at 21 she was tapped to head Spanish Vogue.

Lisa's meteoric rise soon saw her attending lavish parties with celebrities like the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Andy Warhol. By her mid-thirties, she had a dream career, a wardrobe to die for, and a beautiful home in Paris.

But a decision to volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana changed her life- and many others forever. Confronted with the horrifying reality of trhe orphan's lives, Lisa is shocked out of her privileged life. She quits her job, sells her house and within18 months abandons her glamorous life to move to Ghana, determined to make a difference.

Today, Lisa lives in a mud hut in Ghana, from where she oversees her award-winning OAfrica, helping thousands of children separated from their families by poverty, AIDS or the exodus to the cities.

Who Knows Tomorrow it is a powerful and inspiring true story of a remarkable woman who reminds us all of what truly matters.

About the Author

Lisa Lovatt-Smith began her career in magazines at 18 after winning an essay competition that landed her a plum internship at Anna Wintour's British Vogue. Within a year, Lovatt-Smith became the youngest photo editor in the history of Conde Nast and at 21 she was tapped to head Spanish Vogue.

At 35 and at the peak of a highly successful career, a trip to Ghana with her adopted daughter to do volunteer work at an orphanage changes her life forever.

She quits her job, sells her house and within 18 months moves to Ghana. Today, Lovatt-Smith lives in a mud hut in Ghana, from where she oversees her award-winning OrphanAid Africa, the non-profit sustainable fostering network she founded in 2002 to help thousands of children separated from their families by poverty, AIDS or the exodus to the cities.

Oddfellows

By: Nicholas Shakespeare

RRP: $14.99

On 1 January 1915, ramifications from the First World War, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill, Australia, when in a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded.

It was the annual picnic day in Broken Hill and a thousand citizens were dressed for fun when the only enemy attack to occur on Australian soil during World War I, took them by surprise. Nicholas Shakespeare has turned this little known piece of Australian history into a story for our time.

About the Author

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His novels have been translated into twenty languages.

They include The Vision Of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Snowleg and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen by the American Libraries Association in 1997 as the year's best novel, and in 2001 was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich.

His recent novel, Secrets of the Sea, was a best-seller in Germany. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with two small boys and currently lives in Oxford.

The Nashos' War
Australian National Servicemen in Vietnam

By: Mark Dapin

RRP $39.99

The Nashos' War is a war story, but it's war seen through the eyes of men who never thought they would fight. From 1965 to 1972 19 000 conscripted Australian national servicemen were sent to fight in Vietnam. With little choice in the matter, a bank clerk could find himself, a few weeks later, in the jungles with a gun, fighting the Viet Cong. This is the untold story of these men.

In an incredible feat of research, Mark Dapin has interviewed over 150 ex-national servicemen, bringing their stories to life against the backdrop of Australia's political and military history during the years of the Vietnam War. The Nashos' War combines genuine scholarship and real literary journalism in a compelling work of narrative non-fiction.

About the Author

Journalist Mark Dapin is the editor of The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing. His novel, Spirit House, set on the Burma Railway during the Second World War, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year. He is a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The Making of Australia
From a Corrupt Convict Settlement to the Remarkable Nation it is Today

By: David Hill

RRP $34.99

In his latest book, David Hill traces the story of our nation from its European beginnings to Federation. When James Cook landed on the east coast of Australia, the rest of the world had some idea of how empty, vast and wild this continent was, but so little was known of it that in 1788 most people thought it was two lands. In the subsequent years, its coastline was charted, its interior opened up, and its cities, laws and economy developed.

In this riveting, wide-ranging history, David Hill traces how this happened through the key figures who built this country into the thriving nation it is today: from its prescient and fair-minded first governor, Arthur Phillip, to the unpopular William Bligh, the victim of the country's first and only military coup; from the visionary builder and law-maker Lachlan Macquarie to William Wentworth, the son of a convict who secured Australia's first elected parliament; from Henry Parkes, the grand old man of politics who started the fraught process of Federation, to the first prime minister, Edmund Barton.

It was Barton who formed the first Australian government just in time for the inaugural celebrations on 1 January 1900, when the nation of Australia was born! David Hill is one of our most popular writers of Australian history. His previous books, The Forgotten Children, 1788, The Gold Rush and The Great Race have all been bestsellers.

About the Author

During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the ABC, chairman of the Australian Football Association, chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority NSW, chairman of Sydney Water Corporation and chairman of CREATE, a national organisation responsible for representing the interests of young people and children in institutional care. He is the author of the bestsellers The Forgotten Children and 1788. He lives in Sydney.

Lucky Dog
How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life

By: Dr. Sarah Boston

RRP $29.99

A hilarious and heartwarming memoir about a veterinary oncologist whose own cancer treatment showed her that the ways we treat our pets can teach us a lot about ourselves and our own health.

'What a remarkable book - both howlingly funny and deeply moving. This veterinary oncologist's story of looking after dogs and other animals, and looking after herself after her own cancer diagnosis, taught me volumes about illness, healthcare and love. Lucky Dog shows how much we have to learn from the animals in our lives and from those who care for them.' - Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club

What happens when a veterinary cancer surgeon thinks she has cancer herself? Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer. From the moment she uses her husband's portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump - he's a vet, too - it's clear this will not be your typical crisis-and- recovery memoir.

Sarah takes us on a funny and thought-provoking journey through the human health care system from the perspective of an animal doctor. Weaving funny and poignant stories of dogs she's treated along the way, this is an insightful memoir about what the human medical world can learn from the way we treat our canine counterparts. Lucky Dog teaches us to trust our instincts, be our own advocates, and most of all to laugh while we're doing it.

About the Author

Sarah Boston is an associate professor of surgical oncology, department of small animal clinical sciences, at the University of Florida. She has practiced veterinary medicine in various parts of Canada, the U.S, and New Zealand. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband, and their dog Rumble and cat Romeow.

In These Times
Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815

By: Jenny Uglow

RRP $49.99

A beautifully observed history of the home front during the Napoleonic Wars from one of Britain's greatest historians.

We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank or a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers - how did the war touch their lives?

Jenny Uglow, the prize-winning author of The Lunar Men and Nature's Engraver, follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war, but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray, Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron with others lost in the crowd, In These Times delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century ahead.

About the Author

Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria and now works in publishing. Her books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Hogarth. The Lunar Men, published in 2002, was described by Richard Holmes as 'an extraordinarily gripping account', while Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, won the National Arts Writers Award for 2007 and A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration was shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize. She lives in Canterbury.

Family Matters
Laughter and Wisdom from the Home Front

By: Pat McDermott

RRP $29.99

Life, love and laughter from one of the Australian Women's Weekly's most adored contributors - 30 years and still going strong!

'Children between the ages of twelve and 25 find parents embarrassing 95 per cent of the time. Any younger and they're so uncritical they think you look good in swimmers. Any older and they drop in just long enough to leave their laundry and borrow $50. If you want to embarrass your kids you have to strike when they're teenagers.'

For 30 years, Pat McDermott's much-loved 'Family Matters' saga has unfolded on the last page of The Australian Women's Weekly. Her hilarious observations on her own family (five kids!) and their dramas, from toilet-training to weddings and beyond (grandchildren!), her long-suffering husband (MOTH, the Man of the House), an endless succession of beloved and badly behaved pets and just about every situation a couple or family can find themselves in, have kept readers amused and entertained every month since 1984.

Now these generations of readers can relive their favourite 'Family Matters' moments and new fans can be charmed by Pat's warm, laugh-out-loud anecdotes and confessions.

This is the perfect book for every imperfect family - a treasure trove of wisdom, love and laughter from one of Australia's most adored chroniclers of family life.

About the Author

Pat McDermott is a long-running journalist for The Australian Women's Weekly and author of the weekly column, Family Matters.

Six Capitals
The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have - or Can Accountants Save the Planet?

By: Jane Gleeson-White

RRP $32.99

An accessible, timely and fascinating account of the revolution going on in the world of finance - and how accountants really can save the planet - from the acclaimed author of Double Entry.

This is the story of a 21st century revolution being led by the most unlikely of rebels: accountants.

It is only the second revolution in accounting since double-entry bookkeeping emerged in medieval Italy - and it is of seismic proportions, driven by the 2008 financial crash and the environmental crisis. The changes it will wreak are profound and far-reaching. They will transform not only the way the world does business but alter the very nature of corporate capitalism.

The accounts of nations and corporations are vital to the 21st century global economy. They translate value into the language of modern times - numbers and money - in the shape of GDP and profit figures. They rule the world. But increasingly the world is coming to realise that the seemingly endless growth that capital offers us is in fact limited by the earth's resources and comes at a huge price to the planet and our own wellbeing. It simply cannot be sustained.

This revolution demands that we start accounting for nature and society. It urges us to rethink our idea of capital, insisting that the familiar categories of industrial and financial capital bequeathed by the mercantile and industrial ages be broadened to include four new categories of wealth: intellectual, human, social and natural. Incorporating them into our financial statements and GDP figures could be the only way to address the many crises we face today.

Just two years ago this revolution seemed idealistic and unlikely. Today it is unfolding at speed. 2012 was the sea-change year, in which two key initiatives took root: an international movement to transform corporate accounting, and the rise of natural capital accounting for nations and the global economy. Six Capitals tells the story of their rise to prominence, which signals a new age in capitalism, and evaluates their promise - and their threat.

The revolution is here. But will we embrace its potential or deny its urgency? Can accountants save the planet - or will we destroy it for future generations?

About the Author

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world - and how their invention could make or break the planet (2011), which won the 2012 Waverly Library Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, The Age Book of the Year Award and the Queensland Literary Awards. She is also the author of Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). Jane is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of New South Wales and has degrees in economics and literature from the University of Sydney and was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She blogs at bookishgirl.com.au.

Monash
The Outsider Who Won A War

By: Roland Perry

RRP $34.99

Australian general Sir John Monash changed the way wars were fought and won. When the British and German high commands of the First World War failed to gain ascendency after fours years of slaughter never before seen in human history, Monash used innovative techniques and modern technology to plan and win major battles, forcing Germany to capitulate.His obsessional, brilliant planning, coupled with a ruthless streak, caused him to break the German army in a succession of battles that led to the end of the Great War.Author Roland Perry brings to life the fascinating story of the man whom many have judged as the greatest-ever Australian.

Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War draws on the subject's comprehensive letter and diary archive - one of the largest in Australia's history. The result is a riveting portrait that reaches to the heart of the true Monash character. It weaves together the many strands of his life as a family man, student, engineer, businessman, lawyer, renaissance man, teacher, soldier, leader, romantic and lover of the arts.

About the Author

Roland Perry has published 27 books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction.

He is the only author to write comprehensive books on the two main Fronts of the Great War 1914-1918---

Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War---on the Western Front;

And The Australian Light Horse, which covered the complete story of the Eastern Front, including the factual exploits of T E Lawrence.

Confessions of a Millionaire's Mistress
The True Story of a Young Woman, an Illicit Affair and a World of Wealth and Glamour

By: Ava Reilly

RRP $29.99

The true story of an ordinary young woman plunged into the heady world of wealth and glamour through a passionate, irresistible affair with a charismatic millionaire.

'The morning after meeting Hugh, I was heading out the door when I saw I had a new message. I opened it cautiously and saw six words that made my heart skip a beat.

I need to see you again.'

Ava Reilly was just starting her career in PR when she was sent to meet one of the industry's major players. She was naive to the ways of the entertainment business, but was determined to make a good impression. What she wasn't prepared for was the electricity she would feel between them from the moment of their first meeting.

Soon they had embarked on a stormy, seductive love affair, with liaisons in opulent hotels across Australia and around the world. The thrill of their encounters was tainted by constant pressure to keep their relationship out of the public eye, as the danger of being discovered could put not only their personal lives but their professional lives at risk.

Ava also felt the weight of her conscience - she had never, ever imagined herself as the other woman. However, it had been a long time since she'd been able to truly trust a man, and Hugh seemed to be only one who could come close to breaking down the protective walls Ava had built around her heart.

Working day to day in an industry where secrets are currency, Ava's lips were tightly sealed about what was happening between her and Hugh - until she began to make her confessions.

Confessions of A Millionaire's Mistress is the true story of an innocent young woman who found herself swept into a passionate, irresistible romance with a charismatic, wealthy, powerful man who is used to getting what he wants - whatever the cost.

About the Author

Ava Reilly is a young Australian woman. By day she works in public relations. By night she writes her much-loved 'Confessions of a Millionaire's Mistress' blog. This is her first book.

Delicious Food Inspiration

The Art of Traditional Italian

By: Lucio Galletto

RRP $59.99

Lucio Galletto grew up in a village on the Ligurian coast of Italy, where his parents had a restaurant. In The Art of Traditional Italian, he celebrates La Cucina Italiana: the flavours, the history and the techniques of Italian cuisine, perfected over centuries. All you favourites are here – vitello tonnato, spring minestrone, risotto alla milanese, eggplant parmigiana, veal saltimbocca and tiramisu, along with many more classic dishes you'll wish you'd tried sooner.

This book is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds – original artworks from some of Australia's finest artists accompany the recipes in this exciting collaboration between Lucio and the long-time friends whose art famously lines the walls of his Sydney restaurant, Lucio's. This is food from the heart – passionate, generous and authentic.

Lucio's eponymous restaurant is famously lined with artworks by some of Australia's most accomplished artists, and this book follows suit - each chapter features original artwork from one of his artist friends. A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, this glorious book will become a treasured addition to the shelves of cooks and artists everywhere.

About the Author

Restaurateur Lucio Galletto has been serving sophisticated Italian food to media and political luminaries and artists (whose work lines the walls of his restaurant, Lucio's) for well over 25 years. He came to Australia from Liguria in 1977 from a family of restaurateurs, and has been proudly continuing the family tradition of great hospitality ever since.

In 2008 Lucio was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through his contributions as a restaurateur and author, and his support of arts organisations.

His books include The Art of Pasta, Soffritto and Lucio's Ligurian Kitchen (all written with David Dale) and The Art of Food at Lucio's (with Timothy Fisher).

A Food Lover's Pilgrimage To France
From the Vineyards of Burgundy to the Mountains of the Basque Country. Food, Wine, Walking and History on the French Pilgrim Paths to Santiago de Compostela

By: Dee Nolan

RRP $79.99

Dee Nolan laces up her walking boots for more adventures of the cultural and culinary kind, this time retracing the footsteps of the early French pilgrims, who travelled to Santiago de Compostela in vast numbers. In this book, as in her previous book A Food Lover's Pilgrimage Along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, she seamlessly weaves together her two great passions: the history and religious relics of the medieval pilgrimage and her keen appreciation of food and wine.

As Dee winds her way through the vineyards of Burgundy to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, across the vast Aubrac plateau of the Massif Central and through the fertile valleys of Quercy and Gascony, she discovers that 'what is old is new again' - not only are the ancient pilgrim paths enjoying a resurgence in popularity, but early farming methods are making a comeback and there's a renewed interest in regional produce and food traditions. Travelling at 'human pace' reminds her of the importance of connection - to our past and present, to the land we live on and the people we meet.

This captivating book unearths numerous treasures in the French countryside, from exquisite Romanesque churches to world-renowned wine and cheese caves, colourful local customs and food experiences of both the Michelin-starred and home kitchen variety.

About the Author

Dee Nolan, an award-winning journalist and editor, began her career in Melbourne. She then worked for some of the world's leading newspapers and magazines in London and New York. While still living in the UK, she and her husband, John Southgate, bought back her family farm, Gum Park, in the Limestone Coast of South Australia, and they began a long-distance restoration of the house and property.

Established by Dee's grandfather a century ago, it had been out of family ownership for twenty-five years.

After more than two decades overseas, Dee has returned to live in Australia, where she and John divide their time between Sydney and the Limestone Coast. Their passion for olives and their commitment to sustainable farming has been realised in the certified organic olive oil Nolans Road, which they produce from the olive groves they have planted at Gum Park.

Greens 24/7
Over 100 Quick, Easy and Delicious Recipes for Eating Leafy Greens and Other Green Veggies

By: Jessica Nadel

RRP: $29.99

Over 100 quick, easy, and delicious recipes for eating leafy greens and other green veggies at every meal, every day.

From cinnamon zucchini waffles and chocolate superfood smoothies to crispy kale chips and even spinach brownies, discover more than 100 recipes that use green vegetables in ways you never would have imagined. Each of these irresistible vegan dishes has been lovingly created by dedicated blogger and baker Jessica Nadel to demonstrate the incredible versatility of kale, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, chard, cabbage and lots of other green vegetables. Many of the recipes are gluten-free and each one comes with a nutritional information box so you can keep track of exactly what you're eating. Green vegetables are essential in a balanced diet and the more you eat, the better you'll feel.

Greens are brimming with lovely healthy things like vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that help our bodies to naturally detox. They have even been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and other health issues. Whether you want to sneak some extra greens into your kids' diets with chocolate avocado popsicles or start your day with a tropical green smoothie or delicious spinach pancakes, this book has you covered.

About the Author

Jessica Nadel is a freelance writer and blogger at cupcakesandkale. blogspot.com. She has a passion for healthy, plant-based eating and thinks that a diet of vibrant, nourishing meals can always make room for a cupcake or two as well.

When she's not dreaming up recipes, Jessica fills her days as the owner and baker at Oh My Bakeshop, a natural and organic bakery. She lives in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Garden Inspiration

Matt's Kitchen Garden Cookbook
Over 90 recipes celebrating fresh, locally grown produce

By: Matt Moran

Acclaimed chef Matt Moran shares his passion for local produce with this stunning collection of recipes.

Inspired by the market garden at his Sydney restaurant Chiswick, as well as time spent visiting producers all around Australia for his TV series Paddock to Plate, Matt dishes up a mouth-watering selection of recipes with this trademark deft touch and winning flavour combinations.

Try the fresh, palate-sharpening pickled vegetables and dukkah or seared kingfish with radish, avocado and wasabi to start with, then tuck into slow-cooked lamb with hummus, tomato salad and mint salsa.

For sweet treats, look no further than apricot and rosemary tarts or berries and meringue with passionfruit curd.

About the Author


Matt Moran is the executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning ARIA restaurant, which enjoys one of the most enviable reputations and locations in Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the harbour. In 2009 he opened a second ARIA restaurant, in Brisbane, in another stunning waterfront location on Eagle Street Pier.

In 2012 Matt opened the doors to CHISWICK, in Sydney's leafy Woollahra. The heart of the restaurant is the kitchen garden, where much of the restaurant's produce is grown.


While Matt's main focus remains his restaurants, he displays his passion for cooking in TV shows MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, The Chopping Block, My Restaurant Rules and Heat in the Kitchen. He is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, Matt Moran, When I Get Home and Dinner At Matt's.

Stuart Rattle's Musk Farm

By: Paul Bangay (Foreword by)

RRP $39.99

A haven. A work of art. A legacy.

In 1998 Australian designer Stuart Rattle purchased the dilapidated Musk schoolhouse and surrounding grounds.

Over the following few decades it was to become his most enduring project – a true labour of love, with every detail of the buildings and grounds carefully considered. A sanctuary where Rattle could freely express his own taste.

Now, this tribute to the much-loved designer takes you through every room and garden, with stunning photography by Earl Carter and Simon Griffiths. A beautiful memento of an extraordinary person.

All royalties from sales of this book go to Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

About the Author

Paul Bangay is one of Australia's most high-profile landscape designers.

His working life is divided between Australian and overseas commissions; his spare time is spent at Stonefields, the garden he is building in the country.

Paul's influential previous books, The Defined Garden, The Boxed Garden, The Balanced Garden and The Enchanted Garden, continue to find new readers. In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian landscape design.

Something for the Kids

The Princess and the Presents

By: Caryl Hart, Sarah Warburton (Illustrator)

RRP $13.99

A comic tale for pampered princesses everywhere, from the best-selling creators of The Princess and the Peas. This paperback edition includes a free audio reading.

Princess Ruby really is a horrid child - the most spoilt princess you could ever meet. And when it's her birthday, there are so many presents the palace literally bulges at the seams. Was there ever a more selfish princess? But when the palace and the gifts finally collapse under the poor king, the tiny tyrant realises that she has overlooked the most precious thing of all. And, luckily for Ruby, it's never too late to make amends.

Comes with a free audio reading featuring music and using children's voices - accessible anywhere and anytime you're connected to the internet by scanning a QR code on your smartphone or tablet.

About the Author

Caryl Hart is a full time children's writer, who also runs creative workshops with local schools. Her first picture book, Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! won two regional awards, and was shortlisted for a third. She lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and a dog called Roo.

Sarah Warburton grew up in Anglesey, North Wales. She spent her formative years drawing horses on the backs of cornflake packets. When she realised she would never actually turn into a horse, she began to look into art as a future career.

Sarah has created many books, working for a large variety of publishers, including illustrating the Rumblewick series, about a witch's familiar - employed by a very unwilling witch. Both in picture book and fiction this character has sold worldwide and is under movie option with DreamWorks.

This Little Piggy Went Singing

By: Margaret Wild, Deborah Niland (Illustrator)

RRP $19.99

A delightful Christmas book for little children that plays on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme.

This little piggy went singing

This little piggy stayed home

This little piggy had plum pudding

This little piggy had none

And this little piggy went jingle, jingle, jingle all the way home.

Meet five little pigs who are full of life and all the excitement of Christmas! They are either out singing, dancing and playing music, or staying at home making and baking and trimming the tree. The piggies are into everything, even a little star-gazing. Keep your eye on your favourite piggy as it enjoys all sorts of Christmas fun, before hanging up the stockings and singing ho ho ho all the way home. The perfect follow-up to This Little Piggy Goes Dancing:

'filled with warmth, wit and humour... a very special book for grown-ups to share with rumbustious small people' Magpies

About the Author

Margaret Wild and Deborah Niland are two of Australia's most highly respected picture-book creators whose award-winning children's books are loved by children all over the world.

Margaret has published over seventy picture books for young children and she has been the recipient of the Nan Chauncy Award and the Lady Cutler Award for her contributions to Australian children's literature. Deborah is an artist and illustrator who has created many of her own picture books. Other books by Margaret Wild and Deborah Niland are This Little Piggy went Dancing, Chatterbox and Grandpa Baby.

The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Book 9

By: Jeff Kinney

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you're the Heffleys.

The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley's idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won't soon forget.

The Diary of Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

About The Author

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a number 1 New York Times bestselling author.

In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

A Slip of the Keyboard
Collected Nonfiction

By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)

RRP $45.00

Terry Pratchett has won the hearts and minds of readers around the globe with his bestselling Discworld series of novels.

But what his many fans may not realize is that he has been writing nonfiction throughout his career. Some of it relates to Discworld, of course, but much of it-especially in recent years-is part of his outspoken campaigns for causes such as Alzheimer's research and animal rights.


A Slip of the Keyboard is the first collection of Pratchett's nonfiction work, and it brings together the finest examples of his extraordinary wit and his persuasive prose. Whether in short opinion pieces (on death and taxes), or in long essays, speeches, and interviews (covering a range of topics from mushrooms to orangutans), this collection is a fascinating look inside an extraordinary writer's mind.

It includes his remarks at science-fiction and fantasy conventions, his thoughts on the importance of banana daiquiris on book tours, his observations on fan mail, and his belief that an author is obligated to sign anything a fan puts in front of him (especially if it is very sharp).

He also writes about the books that shaped his love of language and legends, not to mention his entrance into science-fiction fandom when he attended his first sci-fi convention as a teenager.

Filled with all the humor and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of Discworld to speak for himself-man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek; a champion of hats, orangutans, and Dignity in Dying.

With a foreword by Pratchett's close friend and Good Omens coauthor Neil Gaiman to lead off, A Slip of the Keyboard is a must-have for any Pratchett fan.

Akarnae

By: Lynette Noni

RRP: $19.99

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her...but he's missing. While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora's boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts.

She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can't ignore her fear that something unexpected - something sinister - is looming. An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex's shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race's survival.

Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home? Will Alex risk her entire world - and maybe even her life - to save Medora?

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.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

By: E. Lockhart

RRP $14.99

A witty teen novel filled with pranks, rebellion and gender politics from the international best-selling author of We Were Liars.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father's 'bunny rabbit'. A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder.

And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks: No longer the kind of girl to take 'no' for an answer. Especially when 'no' means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew's lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

About the Author

Emily Lockhart is the author of eight YA novels including the bestselling We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel.

She has a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught composition, literature and creative writing. Her books have been translated into ten languages.

Anders and the Comet

By: Gregory Mackay

RRP: $12.99

A sweet and funny story in cartoons about the adventures of Anders and his friends, which will delight fans of Peanuts and Tom Gates.

Meet Anders, Eden and their new friend, Bernie. It's the school holidays, and there are comics to be made, games to be played, ice-cream to be eaten, and rhinos to impress at Wekiwa water park.

Then Anders and his friends meet the Green Grabber and things take on a whole new twist, leading Anders to a wonderful pet, Skip, and to wild adventures - and a dramatic rescue - in the sky.

An endearing story of fun, friendship and unexpected courage.

About the Author

Gregory Mackay has been making comics since school. He enjoys drawing and watercolour painting. He likes drawing aeroplanes and machines, as well as building models and painting pictures.

Anders and the Comet is his first book for children.

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Just as with any magazine's regular book reviews, many of the books featured in our book reviews are provided to us from a range of publishers while others have come from my personal library.

I try to choose books I think you, my reader, will enjoy but as the She Inspires reader has her own tastes and times for reading, I try to include a range of topics that you'll want to read or find that perfect book gift idea - what better present is there than a book?

If there are types of books that you'd love to see more of in our reviews then please let me know because I do find it a tad challenging sometimes making sure I am picking out books outside of my own favourite categories! Who would have thought?

So what happens with the books after we've reviewed them? If we're running an event they'll go in the goodie bags, otherwise some are given to the smaller country libraries on my regional trips, some to kids reading programs while others are passed around with friends and families - what matters is the sharing of them.

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