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Christmas Book Gift Ideas

Christmas Book Gift Ideas

Perfect books for ChristmasBooks make such ideal Christmas presents so we thought we'd lose ourselves in some of the latest cook books, kids books, inspirational and coffee table books and check out some diaries all at the same time! 

As you can imagine, this has been one of the most challenging stories to put together for you that we've done all year - pouring over beautiful images, drooling over delicious recipes, laughing with childish delight and looking ahead for the coming year. We hope you enjoy our selections!

Love having local, independent bookshops to order your books from and saving on postage costs? Check out this list of inspiring bookshops and find one close to you. If you prefer to shop online we've linked the books to independent bookshops and publishers to make it easy for you.

Cook Books

Getting lost in delicious recipes with beautiful photographs is always a great summer chill out. Plus, you get to test out your cooking prowess on friends and family who foolishly decide to invade!

Check out these stunning volumnes around this summer:

Sydney Seafood School Cookbook

Tips, Techniques and Recipes from Australia's Chefs by Roberta Muir from Latern RRP $49.99
Sydney Seafood School Cookbook - Ideal Christmas Present ideas
For more than 20 years, Sydney Seafood School has been teaching us how to prepare and cook the wonderful array of seafood found in our oceans and rivers.

Now, for the first time, the School shares its wealth of tips and techniques, along with more than 80 outstanding recipes from Australia's leading chefs. Try your hand at Pete Evans' garlic prawns, David Thompson's grilled barramundi curry or Alex Herbert's fish'n'chips. Or treat your friends and family to Tetsuya's crudo of leatherjacket, Neil Perry's bar rock cod tagine or Frank Camorra's Galician-style octopus.

There's also expert advice on choosing and storing seafood, plus step-by-step photos of essential techniques, including filleting and butterflying fish, shucking oysters, cleaning squid and octopus, and preparing crabs, prawns and bugs.

With beautiful photos of all the recipes to help you decide what to make, and illustrations of the various species so you know what to look for at the fishmonger, Sydney Seafood School Cookbook will give you the know-how and confidence to prepare seafood at home – with delicious results every time. 

About the Author

Roberta Muir manages one of Australia's leading cooking schools, Sydney Seafood School at Sydney Fish Market. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Gastronomy from the University of Adelaide, and is the author of the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook and 500 Cheeses; she also assisted Janni Kyritsis with his cookbookWild Weed Pie.

My Umbrian Kitchen

My Umbrian Kitchen - Great Christmas gift ideaPatrizia Simone RRP $59.99

Join Patrizia Simone, Umbrian-Australian chef and advocate of eating and living by the seasons, as she shares the time-honoured rituals, stories and treasured family recipes from her childhood in rural Italy that inspire the dishes she serves at her celebrated restaurant, Simone's of Bright, in Victoria's Ovens Valley.

From the simplest pork ribs grilled over hot coals, delicate salads of spring flowers, handmade pasta and fruit-filled crostate to elegant dishes using that most Umbrian of ingredients, the truffle, this book captures the essence of Umbria and its culinary traditions. More than just a cookbook, My Umbrian Kitchen is a guide to a way of life who traditions we can learn from and keep alive, wherever we are today. 

About the Authors

Caroline Pizzey, a book editor and food writer with nearly 30 years' experience, worked closely with Patrizia on this project for more than three years. Based in the Ovens Valley in North East Victoria, Caroline lives on the family farm with her husband and their two children.

Patrizia Simone is the Umbrian-Australian chef and owner of the award-winning Simone's Restaurant in Bright, North East Victoria, which she has run since 1986 with her husband, George, mother-in-law, Maria, and more recently, son, Anthony. Patrizia and George have led culinary tours to Umbria in central Italy since 2005, where their group is included in her family's activities and gains insight into Patrizia's heritage at its source. Patrizia continues to share her knowledge at her Country Cooking School, which opened in Bright in 2012.

Amalfi Coast Recipes

Amalfi Coast Recipes - Ideal Christmas giftsAmanda Tabberer RRP $49.99
Flying squid and potato stew, Fish in crazy water, Spaghetti of the convent.

Already the food of the Amalfi Coast is intriguing.

The star is fresh produce from the sea, complemented by sun-kissed local ingredients: cherry tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, seasonal herbs and the famous Amalfi lemon.

Amanda Tabberer spent two decades living on the Amalfi Coast, and was made welcome at the tables and in the kitchens of passionate local cooks. Here she shares authentic Amalfi recipes that have been passed down through the generations. 

About the Author

Amanda, daughter of Australian fashion icon Maggie Tabberer, forged her own career as a fashion writer, working in Milan for Conde Nast, before moving to Positano. Soon she established her own line of designer wear, which she continues to sell through various outlets in Italy. My Amalfi Coast is her first book.

Summer Reads

The Cleaner of Chartres

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers for Christmas inspirationSalley Vickers RRP $29.99

I've a confession to make about this author - Salley Vickers is one of my all time favourite writers and I have given her various books as gifts to loved ones for years, ever since I discovered "Miss Garnet's Angel". If you love quality writers such as Geraldine Brooks and Jane Austin you'll love Salley Vicker's ability to gently tell a truely inspiring story, especially with her latest novel. If you read nothing else this summer, read The Clearner of Chartres.

About The Cleaner of Chartres
There is something special about the ancient cathedral in Chartres, with its mismatched spires, astonishing stained glass and strange labyrinth. And there is something special too about Agnès Morel, the mysterious woman who is to be found cleaning it each morning.

No one quite knows where she came from - not the diffident Abbé Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping in the north porch; nor lonely Professor Jones, whose chaotic existence she helps to organise; nor Philippe Nevers, whose neurotic sister and newborn child she cares for; nor even the irreverent young restorer, Alain Fleury, who works alongside her each day and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes, her colourful clothes and elusive manner. And yet everyone she encounters would surely agree that she has touched their lives in subtly transformative ways, even though they couldn't quite say how.

But with a chance meeting in the cathedral one day, the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from the prejudiced Madame Beck and her gossipy companion Madame Picot. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds.

The Cleaner of Chartres is a compelling story of darkness and light; of traumatic loss and second chances. Infused throughout with deeper truths, The Cleaner of Chartres speaks of the power of love and mercy to transform the tragedies of the past.

About the Author

Salley Vickers (born 1948 in Liverpool) is an English novelist whose works include the word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr. Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet, a retelling of the Oedipus myth to Sigmund Freud in the last months of his life. She also writes poetry.

North and South

Penguin English Library By: Elizabeth Gaskell RRP$9.95

'How am I to dress up in my finery, and go off and away to smart parties, after the sorrow I have seen today?'

Margaret Hale is wrenched from her beloved rural idyll of Helstone and moved with her family to the industrial northern town of Milton, with its grime and all the ugliness of urban life. But from her initial distaste, Margaret develops a new sense of social justice, and a complicated relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton.

First published in 1855, North and South has one of the most full, original heroines in Victorian literature, and spurned the contemporary conventions of the novel to give a compelling, nuanced view of class conflict without easy resolution. 

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) herself moved from South to North in her youth, from the London of her childhood to Knutsford and later Manchester. Writer of six novels, numerous short stories and novellas and the biography of her great friend Charlotte Bronte, Gaskell was at first published anonymously but later in her own name. Much of her work was serialised in Charles Dickens's widely-read literary weekly, Household Words. Gaskell's novels Mary Barton, Cranford and Wives and Daughters are also published in the Penguin English Library.

The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left BehindJoJo Moyes RRP $29.99

What happened to the girl you left behind? 

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to go to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life - in the hope of seeing her true love one last time. 

Nearly a century later and Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened . . . 

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most - whatever the cost. 

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Ship of Brides and Foreign Fruit. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

The Complete Book of Beauty

The Complete Book of Beauty by Helena SunnydaleA practical step-by-step guide to skincare, make-up, haircare, diet, body toning, fitness, health and vitality with over 1000 photographs by Helena Sunnydale RRP $26.95

This title features over 1000 stunning photographs including step-by-step how-to sequences. It contains professional hints and tips, skills and techniques for hair care, skin care, nails, make-up and the complete range of health and beauty issues. It offers a wide-range of safe, natural therapies, from detox routines and yoga postures to meditation, anti-aging diets and hand- and foot-care. It helps you look good and feel great with simple, basic beauty routines that form good habits for a lifetime of grooming.

"The Complete Beauty Book" contains practical advice, hints and tips from professional health and beauty experts. Each chapter covers a different aspect of well-being and shows you how to make life-enhancing changes to improve health, diet, appearance, physical fitness and emotional harmony. Included are chapters about skincare and make-up, haircare and styling, exercise and healthy eating, healing aromatherapy, aging naturally and more. With more than 1000 superb colour photographs and step-by-step sequences, "The Complete Beauty Book" is the most comprehensive health and beauty book for women of all ages.

Children's Books

Zahina and Tina's Outback Adventure

Zahina and Tina's outback adventureby Tina Clark RRP $15.00

The program and book were born out of a recent trip to Borroloola near The Gulf of Carpentaria. Zahrina won the trip with a written submission.  Little did she know that it would be a greatly moving experience.  On the trip she met fellow travel mate, Tina Clark. We spent 9 days volunteering, reading to children, playing soccer with indigenous children and much more.

The precious time spent with the people of our land was seeing their struggles. It brought a realisation to Zahrina that as a mum, business owner, city dweller and an ethnic Australian, that she really can make a difference with how she run her life and directly help the indigenous children of our future in a simple yet effective way. Zahrina says - “I'm using my GIFT of photography thru the lens to tell Your Story and change the world – one image at a time…" 

“I saw firsthand how books helped bring a spark in their eyes; I saw how their interest in a story blossomed as they sat on my lap. I sat with the little ones as they pulled the fluff on touch and feel books to make connections…I saw and I felt in my heart the massive difference reading to the 0-5 years can make…It’s made my journey as a photographer of life, even more meaningful and richer knowing what the simple act of purchasing books for the indigenous children in remote areas will make”.

The “Indigenous Bookworm Literacy Program” is a simple program, we have written, produced and printed our first Children’s Book and the proceeds from the sale of the book, go to buy more books for the Indigenous kids of Australia. 

When I Grow Up

When I Grow up by Jasmine and Julie SydenhamJasmine and Julie Sydenham RRP $9.99

Jasmine dreams of the many things she could be when she grows up. Will she run away with the circus or will she be an artist like her mum.

The message held in the words that Jasmine put on paper strike at the very heart of what it should mean to be a child. The amazing paintings that her mother Julie created combined with those words made me cry the first time I saw them together. Julie told me that the series of painting on canvas came together very quickly. "They just poured out from me in three or four weeks, almost by themselves".

Jasmine and her stories will be nurtured in the coming years and she will be given the freedom to roam. Julie Sydenham's art sings to me. Being as close to an In-House artist as we could ever want, you will be seeing more from her.

"When I Grow Up" by Jasmine and Julie Sydenham was one of the catalysts that put Michelle and I on the path to opening Harbour Publishing House. It is not by chance that this is the first book published by the house. 

Playing Beatie Bow 

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth ParkRuth Park RRP $19.99

'Now then,' thought Abigail, 'something very weird has happened to me. I'm in the last century. I don't know why, and that doesn't matter. I've got to get back.' 

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind. 

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia in 1942 to continue her career as a journalist. She married the writer D'Arcy Niland and travelled with him through the north-west of New South Wales before settling in Sydney where she became a full-time writer. She has written over fifty books, and her many awards include the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for Swords and Crowns and Rings; the Australian Children's Book of the Year Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA) for Playing Beatie Bow and The Age Book of the Year Award for A Fence Around the Cuckoo. 

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987 and in 1994 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letter from the University of New South Wales. Ruth Park passed away in December 2010.

I Can Jump Puddles

I can jump puddles for Christmasby Alan Marshall RRP $19.99

It amazed me that they would imagine I would never walk again. I knew what I was going to do. I was going to break in wild horses and yell 'Ho! Ho!' and wave my hat in the air, and I was going to write a book like The Coral Island.

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind. 

About the Author

Alan Marshall was born in Noorat, Victoria in 1902. He lived in Melbourne for some time, and then travelled extensively around Australia. He has recounted the story of his life and travels in a three-part autobiography. I Can Jump Puddles, the first book of the trilogy, is the story of his childhood. 

It is one of Australia's best loved books, and is known around the world in thirty languages. This is the Grass is the second book of Alan Marshall's autobiography; the third is In Mine Own Heart.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

by Joan Lindsay RRP$19.99

'Don't worry about us, Mam'selle dear,' smiled Miranda. 'We shall only be gone a very little while.'

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind. 

About the Author

Joan Lindsay was born in Melbourne, where she went to school as a day-girl for a few years at Clyde Girls' Grammar, then situated in East St Kilda. She knew and loved the Macedon district from early childhood. In 1922 she married Sir Daryl Lindsay in London. 

The Lindsays travelled together in Europe and the USA, Daryl with his paints and Joan with her typewriter. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1967) is her best-remembered book and was filmed by Peter Weir in 1975. Sir Daryl died in 1976. Joan lived at their country home on the Mornington Peninsula, Mullberry Hill, Victoria, Australia, until her death in December 1984.

Seven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turnerby Ethel Turner RRP $19.99

If you imagine you are going to read of model children you had better lay down this book immediately. Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are. 

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind. 

About the Author

Born in England in 1870, Ethel Turner came to Australia with her mother and sisters when she was 10 years old. She showed a great love of literature while at school and in her late teens launched a literary and social magazine in Sydney with her sister Lilian. Ethel kept diaries for a remarkable 62 years, recording the details of her full and eventful life. 

In January 1893 she recorded in her diary, "Night started a new story that I shall call Seven Little Australians." Later that year, she finished the book, parcelled it up and sent it off to a publisher in Melbourne. Since then the book has sold over 2 million copies in the English language and has been reprinted over 50 times. It has been translated into at least 11 languages, performed as a stage play, and been made into a film, a BBC television series in 1953, and a 10-episode television series for the ABC in 1973. 

Ethel Turner went on to write over 40 books in her lifetime, including children's stories, short stories and poems, many of which appeared in the Town and Country journal and in the Sun Herald newspaper. Seven Little Australians has been read and loved by children all over the world, and it has been continuously in print for over 100 years. Ethel Turner died in 1958, leaving as her memorial a book that is now regarded as a classic in children's literature. Her granddaughter Philippa Poole has published a book about her grandmother entitled The Diaries of Ethel Turner.

The Dreadful Fluff

The Dreadful Fluff

by Aaron Blabey RRP $24.95

From the award-winning author of Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Sunday Chutney and The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon comes The Dreadful Fluff. 

Serenity Strainer was perfect.

But then she discovered something perfectly awful . . . 

The Dreadful Fluff! 

About the Author

Aaron Blabey is the award-winning author of Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Sunday Chutney and The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.

Bumper Book of Holiday Stuff to do!

Terry Denton's Bumper book of holiday stuff to doTerry Denton RRP $16.99

Packed full of hours of holiday fun, the Bumper Book is a must-have for every child! This fantastic activity book is full of fun drawing activities, cartoons, maps, lists and games to entertain children, take on holidays or pass the time on long car trips. Terry Denton has an uncanny ability to tap into all the funny, crazy, yucky, weird and downright silly things that children love! Kids will lose themselves for hours in this interactive compilation of everything Terry does best. 

About the Author

Terry Denton is among Australia's busiest literary creative forces and his work, either as a writer, illustrator or both, can be found in popular children's titles such asGasp!, Duck for Cover and Sucked In! In 1984 he wrote and illustrated Felix and Alexander (Hodder Headline). It was published in 1985 and won the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 1986. Since then he has illustrated more than 30 books, ten of which he has also written.

Coffee Table Books to Inspire

The Rocks Paper Scissors

Rocks Paper Scissors

by Sarah Crawford RRP$35

The ROCKS paper scissors is a coffee table book which shines the spotlite on a diverse group of artisans from the Rocks Markets.

Be inspired to follow your own dreams, by seeing what drives this group of artisans to pursue theirs. See a sample of what they produce and be encouraged to visit them online or at the Rocks Markets each weekend.

Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore: Sydney's Southern Beaches 

Saltwater People Sydney Southern Beaches for Christmasby John Ogden RRP $90

Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore - Sydney’s Southern Beaches is a detailed history of that beautiful stretch of Sydney's coastline between South Head and Royal National Park. This coastline features world renown beaches such as Bondi, Maroubra and Cronulla, as well as places of great historical interest. Botany Bay was where James Cook first made landfall on the east coast of Australia and made claim to the continent. It was also were the First Fleet arrived with its human cargo. Before these events it was home to the Aboriginal people of the Eora, Dharug and Dharawal nations for tens of thousands of years.

The focus of Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore is on the shoreline … that high energy intersection between sea and land where waves, whipped-up by wind and storms, sometimes thousands of kilometers out to sea, announce their arrival in a final dramatic explosion … or caress it with a gentle cascade. This constant, hypnotic dance with the shore can be calming, and it can be confronting. When the swell appears excitement grows and the coastline becomes energized. The surfzone both attracts and influences us … and in turn our presence affects this playground on the edge of the vast Pacific.

It is not just surfers that are attracted to this zone. Sydney’s magnificent beaches have produced some truly unique individuals and some incredible stories. They are home of the world’s most recognized painters, potters, writers, poets, photographers, film-makers, musicians and architects. Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore – Sydney’s Southern Beaches pays homage to those remarkable people who have made this coastline home. The many beautiful photographs found in the book include work by Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, David Moore, Frank Hurley, Jack Eden, Bob Weeks, Peter Solness, Bill Morris, Brad Malyon and many other great contemporary photographers.

When asked, very few people living in Sydney know about the Aborigine peoplewho lived along the coast before the coming of the Europeans. There are also many misconceptions about the culture of the first people. One common belief is that they were all somehow frightened of the ocean, but this is far from the truth. The Aborigine clans along Sydney’s beaches were true saltwater people, at home not only in the sparkling estuaries and rivers, but also in the ocean waves. Theirs was a canoe culture. They fished with spears, or lines and hooks, and were accomplished swimmers completely at home in the surf. This part of our history has remained largely hidden, and it is important to reveal here the influence of our Aboriginal heritage not only the people of Sydney, but also on our national psyche.

If we had listened, the Saltwater People would have also taught us much about protecting the coast and its valuable resources. There is now a growing awareness that something is wrong. The natural beauty of the area is under threat. It is obvious that the first people protected this country, and, as they did for many millennia before us, we need to think from the heart and preserve the area for future generations.


Tea East and West for ChristmasEast and West
Rupert Faulkner RRP $35.00

This evocatively illustrated book tells the story of tea around the world, and celebrates its contribution, past and present, to civilized existence. It covers the many different ways of preparing tea as well as the early cultivation of tea in China and India to the more modern processes used today, and the worldwide development of the trade in tea over the last four hundred years.

Tea has indeed influenced the course of history, shaping trade routes and contributing to the causes of the Opium Wars, which saw China reduced from a great imperial power to a shadow of its former self. In the West we owe the vogue for chinoiserie and "japanning", the development of porcelain, and the design of the clippers like the Cutty Sark indirectly to the craze for tea.

The tea-party was as much a staple of social life in ancient China as in the 19th-century drawing-rooms of Europe, and bricks of tea transported perilously by yak caravan were as central to life in the Tibetan monastery as the gently simmering samovar was to the life of imperial Russia. The illustrations are drawn from a wide range of sources and reflect all these themes - from tea-pickers in the Himalayas, to the fragile porcelain.


Sydney 360 for ChristmasPhotographs by Con Hionis RRP $39.99

Sydney is a city that needs to be seen in the flesh, but failing that or as a memento of the wonder that you've experienced, Sydney 360 offers a spectacular way to view and experience her magic. Divided into six chapters covering Sydney Cove, beaches, Cockle Bay, architecture, suburban streets and street art, Sydney 360 provides a more intimate portrait of the city.

While there is still the obligatory shot of the Sydney Opera House, it's the casual observation of daily life, matched with a unique perspective that sets this book apart from others in the category. Shot entirely using a cylindrical panoramic technique the 2D images on the page actually show the front, side and back view of the subject simultaneously. Each photograph comprises up to 24 images, stitched together to form one panorama.Sydney 360.

Something for Dad

Fifty Shades of Grass

Fifty Shades of GreyErotica for Classy Blokes By: L.O.L. James , aka Marty Wilson RRP $14.99

Finally, a book for all of us blokes who just don't get what all this Fifty Shades malarkey is all about. When apprentice handy man, Dave Johnson, does some freelance landscaping for young entrepreneur, Christina Grey, he encounters a woman who is beautiful, brilliant, and would love to try out a 'bit of rough'. 

The unworldly, innocent Dave - like almost every man before him - has no idea what's going on, and believes Christina simply shares his passions for gardening, sports, and home renovation. The couple embarks on a passionate, double-entendre filled exploration of lawn mowing, bathroom tiling and mastering the art of swing bowling. 

With each story written the way men would like it - incredibly short - the Fifty Shades of Blokes Trilogy won't 'possess you' or 'obsess you', but it is quite obviously a parody that will leave you asking:

  • How do men and women ever get together?
  • How many men are really as simple as Dave?
  • How the hell do 'the real books' sell a million books a week?
N.B. This series is intended for immature audiences.
Also in the series is Fifty Shelves of Grey and Fifty Spades of Grey

Bradman's War

Bradman's War - Ideal Christmas gift How the 1948 Invincibles Turned the Cricket Pitch into a Battlefield by Malcom Knox RRP $39.99

When World War II ended, Bradman assembled an army 

Hailed as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time, the 1948 'Invincibles' are the only Australians to complete a tour of England undefeated. Their crushing victories under Bradman's captaincy wrote them into the record books, even if the Don himself, on his final tour, was left forever stranded on a Test batting average of 99.94 after his duck in the fifth Ashes match.

But often forgotten are the mixed feelings about the manner in which these feats were achieved. In his absorbing account of the legendary tour, Malcolm Knox exposes the rift between players who had experienced the horrors of active duty, epitomised by the fiery but sporting RAAF pilot Keith Miller, and those who had not, such as the invalided Bradman. 

Knox reveals the discomfort among the fans, commentators and players – from both teams – at Bradman's single-minded tactics, on and off the field. Bradman's ruthlessness, even against the war-ravaged veterans of the county clubs, scotched hopes that after the terrible realities of the war, the game might resume in a more friendly spirit than the angry competitiveness of Bodyline. 

Bradman's War is more than a record of an extraordinary cricket achievement. While the talents of the likes of Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes, Lindsay Hassett, Bill Johnston, Arthur Morris and, of course, the Don himself, are celebrated, it is also prompts reflection on what place entertainment and friendly rivalry have in competitive sport. When it's winner takes all, what's left for the supporters? 

About the Author

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald(where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards). His novels includeThe Life and the Ned Kelly Award-winning A Private Man, and his many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The players, the moments, the matches 1993–2008 and The Captains: The story behind Australia's second most important job.

Getting Sorted with Diaries

Lunar Diary 2013

2013 Lunar and Seasonal Diary

Southern Hemisphere By Stacey Demarco RRP $24.99

From Australia's most trusted witch Stacey Demarco, comes the 2013 Lunar & Seasonal Diary. A beautifully produced diary providing Southern Hemisphere lunar timings and explanations of the moon phases and their impact on humans, with practical magical suggestions to get the most out of the energies of the season.

Packed with invaluable tips and techniques ranging from increasing your wealth to improving your relationships, boosting your vitality, magnifying your personal power to removing obstacles and fears that are holding you back in your life Comes complete with Gods and Goddesses for each month and seasonal spell castings and invocations for specific moon phases including equinoxes and solstices. Explains how to unlock the secrets of crystals when used with lunar and solar energies.

Rock and Roll Diary 2013

Rock and Roll Diary 2013

RRP $19.99

This diary Rocks! The 2013 Rock `n' Roll Diary is the ultimate Rock'n'Roll accessory. 200 colour photos; with gritty information such as rockers birthdates, death dates and trivia from the obvious to the obscure on some of the legends of Rock'n'Roll throughout history.

It has plenty of space to write appointments, coupled with some amazing photos of artists, concerts and the like; this is the ultimate music lover's diary.



Shopping For Value this ChristmasShopping For Value this ChristmasIf you're planning on putting the Christmas shopping on hold for another month then think again - With less than 20 sleeps till the big day there is limited time to get your shopping lists in order and go out and snag a bargain.

With many Aussie tipped to spend less this Christmas in the wake of the financial recovery we explore some different approaches to gift buying in the dawn of the value conscious consumer.
10 Tips for Getting the Best Online Shopping10 Tips for Getting the Best Online ShoppingTo get the most out of your online shopping experience we've got together a series of tips to make your online home shopping fun and easy.

Online shops are great places for finding that special outfit, gift, jewellery or accessory. So dive right in with out online shopping guide!

Girls Weekend Getaway Planning TipsGirls Weekend Getaway Planning TipsWhile weekend breaks are great a girls day out shopping trip that's a 4 day weekend is even better!

So we've come up with a heap of girls weekend ideas and tips to get you started with planning your girls weekend and having fun.

15 Shopping Quotes for the Shopper in All of Us15 Shopping Quotes for the Shopper in All of UsShopping is a form of therapy for many of us, when we're up we shop, when we're down we shop, just more!

So to keep the spirits up and to inspire we have a fun collection of shopping quotes for you from the likes of Carrie from Sex and the City to Bo Derek to Cat Deeley.

About the Books

About the Books

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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