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Christmas Book Gift Ideas

Good Christmas reading guide for Australian book loversBooks are always on the Christmas gift lists in our family so I thought it only right to share in the delight with you with this super big list of fabulous books.

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Novels to Inspire

 

An Officer and A Spy by Robert Harris

RRP $25.95

From the bestselling author of Fatherland, a gripping historical thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted.

January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!'

The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army's youngest colonel and put in command of 'the Statistical Section' - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty: Dreyfus is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil's Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever.

But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament…

Narrated by Picquart, An Officer and a Spy is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.

About the Author

Robert Harris is the author of eight bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum and The Fear Index. Several of his books have been filmed, most recently The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, west Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby and a fluctuating number of children.

The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

RRP $29.99

It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon is one of the only neutral ports left in Europe – a city filled with spies, crowned heads and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the S. S. Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, elegant, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class. Swept up in the tumult, the hidden currents of the lives of these four characters – Julia's status as a Jew, Pete and Edward's affair, Iris's increasingly desperate efforts to save her tenuous marriage – begin to come loose. This journey will change the four of them irrevocably, as Europe sinks into war.

About the Author

David Leavitt’s fiction has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the LA Times Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s and Vogue, among other publications. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he is Professor of English at the University of Florida and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.

Raising Steam a Discworld Novel - Book 40 by Terry Practchett

RRP $45.00 - hardcover

The new Discworld novel from Britain's number one bestselling writer sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town.

To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital . . . but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don't always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse . . .

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all going off the rails . . .

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer. Occasionally, these days, it answers back.

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

RRP $22.99

I have to confess, I loved this novel. It was as a holiday read that had me looking forward to quiet evenings being transported by Mary-Rose's beautiful writing. If you're looking for a generous hearted read that's well written and captivating, then dive into "In Falling Snow".

A vivid and compelling story of love, war and secrets, set against the backdrop of WWI France

'In the beginning, it was the summers I remembered - long warm days under the palest blue skies, the cornflowers and forget-me-nots lining the road through the Lys forest, the buzz of insects going about their work, Violet telling me lies.'

Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day an invitation comes for Iris through the post to a reunion in France, where she served in a hospital during WWI.

Determined to go, Iris is overcome by the memories of the past, when as a shy, naive young woman she followed her fifteen-year-old brother, Tom, to France in 1914 intending to bring him home.

On her way to find Tom, Iris comes across the charismatic Miss Ivens, who is setting up a field hospital in the old abbey of Royaumont, north of Paris. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay at Royaumont, and it is there that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love.

But war is a brutal thing, and when the ultimate tragedy happens, there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay, a price that will echo down the generations.

A moving and uplifting novel about the small, unsung acts of heroism of which love makes us capable.

About the Author

Mary-Rose MacColl is an Australian writer with current interests in families, children and mountains. She spent most of 2011 working on In Falling Snow, her fourth novel, on a residency in Banff, Canada. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award and her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and young son.

In the Flesh by Sylvia Day

RRP $19.99

In the Flesh is an evocative and unique fantasy romance from the international No.1 bestselling author of Bared to You and Reflected in You, Sylvia Day An infamous beauty. A daring warrior. Two hearts are about to collide...For five years, Sapphire has been the King of Sari's most treasured concubine.

Independent at last, she refuses to put herself in anyone's control again. But now another's scheming has led her into the path of proud, arrogant Wulfric, Crown Prince of the rival kingdom of D'Ashier, a man who is dangerous to her in every way. The daughter of Wulfric's fiercest opponent, Sapphire is a prized warrior in her own right and highly skilled in the sensual arts - Wulfric's perfect match.

A lasting union is unthinkable, but the bargain they strike - to spend one night together, and then part - proves impossible in the face of a desire powerful enough to bring two countries to the brink of war, and two hearts to the point of surrender...

Praise for Sylvia Day's Crossfire series: "A hundred degrees hotter than anything you've read before". (Reveal). "Move over Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins, this is the dawn of a new Day". (Amuse). Sylvia Day is the number one New York Times and number one international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels, which have been translated into thirty-nine languages.

She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honoured as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

Scandalous Liaisons by Sylvia Day

RRP $19.99

Three classic erotic tales of wicked rakes and the flawless aristocratic young women whose hearts - and bodies - they melt.

In 'Stolen Pleasures', Olivia Merrick, a merchant's daughter, finds out that her new husband, Sebastian Blake, is actually high-seas pirate Captain Phoenix.

In 'Lucien's Gamble' Lucien Remington, a debauched libertine, finds the untouchable Lady Julienne La Coeur dressed as a man in his gentleman's club.

And in 'Her Mad Grace' Hugh La Coeur, the Earl of Montrose, shelters from a snowstorm in an eerie mansion owned by a mad duchess. But her companion, fiercely independent Charlotte, might just keep him warm in the night . . .

About the Author

Sylvia Day is the number one New York Times and number one international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels, which have been translated into thirty-nine languages. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honoured as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

Spellbound by Sylvia Day

RRP $19.99

Her desire becomes his pleasure . . .

Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was.

He held her hand a little too long, his thickly lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her. To tame her . . .

'Victoria.'

Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck.

'It's in your nature,' he murmured. 'The desire to be taken.'

In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion, but the passion is as real as it gets . . .

About the Author

Sylvia Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels written across multiple sub-genres - contemporary, fantasy, historical, futuristic, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy - under multiple pen names: three! A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

And here's another to brighten up a dull day...

Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

RRP $32.00

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel's Rapture and Gabriel's Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he's confident that they can face any challenge. And he's eager to become a father.

But Julianne's graduate program threatens Gabriel's plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation?research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel's darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

Elianne by Judy Nunn

RRP $32.95

Judy Nunn has sold over one million books worldwide. Elianne, her new bestseller, is a sweeping story of wealth, power, privilege and betrayal, set on a grand sugar cane plantation in Queensland.

In the tough world of Queensland sugar mills, it's not only cane that is crushed ...

In 1881 'Big Jim' Durham, an English soldier of fortune and profiteer, ruthlessly creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the great sugar mills of the Southern Queensland cane fields, and names it in her honour.

The massive estate becomes a self-sufficient fortress, a cane-consuming monster and home to hundreds of workers, but 'Elianne' and its masters, the Durham Family, have dark and distant secrets; secrets that surface in the wildest and most inflammatory of times, the 1960s.

For Kate Durham and her brothers Neil and Alan, freedom is the catchword of the decade.Young Australians leap to the barricades of the social revolution. Rock 'n' roll, the Pill, the Vietnam War, the rise of Feminism, Asian immigration and the Freedom Ride join forces to rattle the chains of traditional values.

The workers leave the great sugar estates as mechanisation lessens the need for labour. And the Durham family, its secrets exposed, begins its fall from grace...

About the Author

Judy Nunn's career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 80s to turn her hand to prose. The result was two adventure novels for children, Eye in the Storm and Eye in the City, which remain extremely popular, not only in Australia but in Europe.

For the Kids

The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan

RRP $12.50

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!

John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger's Apprentice - but what has happened since you last saw Will and his friends might shock you!

Will took an oath when he joined the Ranger Corps. Does it mean nothing to him now? After a senseless tragedy destroys his life, Will is obsessed with punishing those responsible - even if it means leaving the Ranger Corps. His worried friends must find a way to stop him taking such a dark path.

It is Halt who suggests the solution: Will must take an apprentice. The candidate Halt has in mind surprises everyone - and it's a request Will cannot refuse. Training a rebellious, unwilling apprentice is hard enough. But when a routine mission uncovers a shocking web of crime, Will must decide where his priorities lie - finishing his quest for revenge, or saving innocent lives?

The final book of the Ranger's Apprentice series raises the stakes higher than ever. Is Will on his last mission for the Ranger Corps?

About the Author

John Flanagan's bestselling Ranger's Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then.

Now sold to more than twenty countries, the series regularly appears on the New Yotk Times Bestseller List and has been shortlisted for children's book awards in Australia and overseas. John, a former television and advertising writer, lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the Ranger's Apprentice series as well as the exciting new Brotherband series.

The Four Paws Collection - Animal Tales by David Harding, Helen Kelly

RRP $14.95

Join nine-year-old friends Cassie and Ben as they look after animals great and small in these four bestselling stories.

About the Author

The RSPCA is a community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. 

Heads up all those uncles avidly reading She Inspires - this is a great gift idea for your neices and nephews and it won't get you in trouble for bringing something noisy or violent into the family for Christmas!

Funds from this book help the RSPCA continue their valuable animal welfare work.

For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
For Grades: 2 - 4

The Kensington Reptilarium by N.J. Gemmell

RRP $16.95

A most unexpected adventure into a world unknown. Enter if you dare . . .

The Caddy kids are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news . . .

This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war.

But their new guardian hates children. He prefers the company of the hundreds of snakes in his house - the Kensington Reptilarium.

Fate lends Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin a helping hand when outraged citizens call for the Reptilarium to be shut down. With the police about to descend, can the Caddy kids warm Uncle Basti's heart - and have their Christmas wishes granted - before it's too late?

A feel-good tale that will have you cheering on these four fearless bush kids as they take on the world.

About the Author

N.J. Gemmell is the bestselling author of five novels and two works of non-fiction for adults under her full name, Nikki Gemmell. Her work has received international critical acclaim and been translated into many languages. Nikki is currently a columnist for the Weekend Australian's Saturday magazine, and a Friday regular on theToday programme in Australia. Born in Wollongong, Australia, Nikki lived in London for many years but has now returned to Australia with her family. The Kensington Reptilarium is her first book for children.

The Bouncing Ball by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Georgia Perry

RRP $19.95

Try to keep up with The Bouncing Ball as it travels down the street, between two cars, into a gutter, down a storm drain …

This picture book will delight young readers as they follow the adventures of The Bouncing Ball through colourful fields and cities, past animals, cars, boys and girls.

With bold graphic illustrations that recall greats such as Saul Bass and Louise Ehlert, and Laura Ljungkvist's Follow the Line books, The Bouncing Ball is sure to appeal to both early readers and design afficionados.

About the Author

Deborah Kelly was raised on a farm in New Zealand, where her family grew green beans and garlic. She studied Marine Biology at James Cook University in Queensland. Deborah has lived and worked in Japan and Scotland, and has always been passionate about art, film, books and writing.

She wrote her first series of picture books (which she still has) when she was seven! Deborah now lives in Lake Macquarie with her husband and two children. Georgia Perry is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Art Director who is based in Sydney, Australia. Georgia's work spans a broad range of media, from illustration and animation to photography and installation.

Esther's Rainbow by Kim Kane, Sara Acton (Illustrator)

RRP $24.99

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

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

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

About the Author

Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for '...a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Family Forest was shortlisted for the 2011 CBCA Awards. The Vegetable Ark was a 2011 CBCA Notable Book in two categories. Pip: The Story of Olive won the 2008 Barbara Ramsden Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 ABIA Awards and Speech Pathology awards. Kim lives with her family in Melbourne. She writes whenever and wherever she can.

Sara Acton was born in the Cotswolds and always loved drawing, especially people and other strange creatures. She studied fine art and trained as an art teacher in London. After teaching and practising art for many years in England and NZ she moved to Australia with her family. Sara now lives in a small seaside village near Sydney, where she enjoys writing and illustrating for children in her studio whilst drinking tea and eating far too many biscuits.

Figaro and Rumba and the Cool Cats by Anna Fienberg, Stephen Michael King (Illustrator)

RRP $19.99

Another exciting adventure starring the irrepressible Figaro and his cat-friend Rumba, and the Cool Cats from the cafe - an entertaining picture book in five chapters by Anna Fienberg and Stephen Michael King.

Figaro and Rumba are old friends. And their new friends are the cats who run the Cool Cats Cafe. Customers come from everywhere to try their chicken empanadas, and to swoon beneath the spell of their singing and steel guitars.

But the Cool Cats top singer can't rehearse while Figaro is howling out of tune. Anyway, Figaro would rather be exploring than singing, and Dora, the little ginger cat, has the keys to the singer's classic Catmobile! Figaro had thought he'd seen a monster in the car, but when he sniffed inside he could only smell polish, leather and fish... so off they go! Vroom, vroom, vroo-oo- ooom!

About the Author

Anna Fienberg is the author of many popular and award-winning books for children of all ages. Stephen Michael King is a very well respected and popular illustrator, who has created Figaro and Rumba just as Anna imagined them.

This Little Piggy Went Dancing by Margaret Wild, Deborah Niland (Illustrator)

RRP $19.99

A playful take on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme that will delight young children; perfect for parents to read aloud.

This little piggy went dancing

This little piggy stayed home

This little piggy had porridge

This little piggy had none

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

The little pigs we know so well from the familiar nursery rhyme now do all sorts of unexpected things - and the ones who stay home or have none are not forlorn or missing out! Keep your eye on your favourite piggy as it tries out different activities throughout the book. And watch them hula, jump, skip, zoom and whiz until the last little piggy runs 'wee wee wee all the way home'!

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 Chatterbox and Grandpa Baby.

Big Book of Dinosaurs with Robert Irwin

RRP $19.95

Join Robert Irwin, Dinosaur Hunter as he tracks down the greatest dinosaurs of all time, learning just how these mighty creatures lived and roamed planet Earth.

Journey with Robert as he visits the world's most renowned fossil museums and sites.

Packed full of fascinating facts about the prehistoric era.

About the Author

Robert Irwin's work is held in public and private collections worldwide, but he is perhaps best known for his Central Garden at the Getty Center. In 1984, he became one of the first visual artists to receive the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Genius award. Matthew Simms is associate professor of art history at California State University, Long Beach.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

RRP $24.95
An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic from bestselling author Lauren Kate.

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance-a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

About the Author

Lauren was born in Texas, studied and worked in New York and now lives in California. She shares her life with her husband - a Shakespeare scholar - and their new dog.

Stories for Girls

RRP $14.95

Warning: Super-cute stories for girls within! Featuring stories that girls will be jumping with joy to read and re-read, Stories for Girls is a selection of wonderful stories written by Australian authors especially for girls in the 6- to 8-year-old age group.

Girls will delight in stories featuring unicorns, singing recitals, magic capes and more. Once they start reading, they won't want to stop! Authors include Jacqueline Harvey, Janeen Brian, Jess Black, Claire Saxby, David Harding, Di Bates, George Ivanoff, Grace Atwood, Deborah Kelly, Tania Cox, Martin Chatterton and Maisie Duborsarsky.

About the Author

J.Yi is a Sydney-based illustrator who has illustrated the Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Ghost Club series for Random House.

She works as a storyboard artist and has one dog and six guppies.

Stories for Boys

RRP $14.95

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Warning: Super-adventurous stories for boys within! Featuring stories that boys will be falling over themselves to read and re-read, Stories for Boys is a selection of wonderful stories written by Australian authors especially for the young male of the species.

Dinosaurs, rockets, pirates and grumpy grandpas will capture boys' imaginations and tickle their funny bones. Once they start reading, them won't want to stop! Authors include Tristan Bancks, Bill Condon, Sophie Masson, Martin Chatterton, Deborah Kelly, David Harding, Aleesah Darlison, George Ivanoff, Janeen Brian, Nick Falk, Celeste Walters and Grace Atwood.

About the Author

Tony Flowers loves to draw and is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and artist. His drawings are loved in Japan for their detail and humour and he has won an award in the USA for his street chalk art. Tony has a Masters degree in Visual Communication.

He has illustrated six books in the popular Saurus Street series and his most highly valued prize to date has been from the Oshima Picture Book Museum in Toyama, Japan, for his hand made pop-up book Gaijin Holiday.

Strike of the Shark Mission Survival Series : Book 6 by Bear Grylls

RRP $14.95

Beck Granger heads to the Carribean, in the brand-new book in this exciting adventure series from survival specialist Bear GryllsSeries: Mission SurvivalSubject: Adventure stories . . .

When Beck Granger is ship-wrecked in the open seas, he needs all of his survival skills to save a small group of passengers.

But the sinking was no accident. In order to stay alive, he'll have to work out who wants him dead, and why.

That is, if the sharks don't get him first . . .

An explosive adventure from real-life survival expert Bear Grylls

About the Author

Bear Grylls is one of the world's most well-known adventurers. After spending three years in the British Special Forces with 21 SAS he set off to explore the globe in search of even bigger challenges. He has climbed Mount Everest, crossed the Arctic in a small boat and explored deserts, jungles and swamps worldwide. His TV shows have been seen by more than 1.2 billion viewers in more than 150 countries. In 2009, Bear became Chief Scout to the Scouting Association. He lives in London on a barge and on a small island in Wales with his wife Shara and their three sons: Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry.

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

RRP $21.95

From the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy's search for his missing father during the First World War.

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.

Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .

About the Author

John Boyne was born in Ireland and is the author of eight novels for adults and four for young readers. His first novel for children, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award and was made into a film. His novels are published in over 40 languages.
Get You Thinking

Get You Thinking

Jack's Journey by Kit Cullen

RRP $26.40

The moving and extraordinary story of an unheralded and virtually unknown Anzac action that occurred in Death Trap Valley on May 1st and 2nd 1915 during the period of the landing at Gallipoli and how the truth of what happened was corrupted by a noted historian.

Jack's Journey is the moving and extraordinary story of an unknown ANZAC action at Gallipoli during the period of the Landing on 1 and 2 May, 1915. Kit Cullen began tracing Jack Collyer's story using his three diaries and his service record. The diaries cover the voyage from Australia to training in Egypt and Lemnos and, finally, landing at Anzac. Unfortunately, the last diary ended as Jack entered the firing line on Bolton's Ridge at dusk on 25 April. He was wounded a week later. Where was Jack and what was he doing when he was wounded?

What Kit discovered over ten years of painstaking research is extraordinary. On 1 May Jack and about fifty other members of No. 15 Platoon 4th Battalion were ordered to go to the aid of about 60 Royal Marines who had been trapped for two and a half days in an isolated trench.

The Marines were running out of ammunition and water and needed support. Before dawn Jack and his mates entered the valley, which they christened Death Trap Valley, before dawn and positioned themselves in Loutit's Post overlooking the Marines for most of the day under heavy enemy fire.

The 4th Battalion's rescue mission was undertaken at the height of the third Turkish counter attack. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon the ANZACs were ordered to resupply the Marines with ammunition and water and to reinforce their line. To do so meant running the gauntlet of the death trap - an exposed fifty metre long track, marked by the Turks as a killing ground. As the platoon braved the death trap, one by one, most of them were killed or wounded, including Jack.

Snowy Robson carried ammunition and water to the beleaguered garrison without being hit. An hour later he also guided and took charge of No.3 Platoon 4th Battalion which was ordered into the valley to reinforce the isolated trench. In all, Snowy diced the death trap six times - five in daylight - without being hit. The position and the Marines were saved.

Five Allied gallantry medals were awarded for the action, including the first Victoria Cross at Anzac. Walter Parker, a Royal Marine stretcher bearer, was the recipient. Snowy Robson was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for his feats.

The other extraordinary aspect of the 4th Battalion's participation in the action was the corruption of the historical record by Charles Bean. Bean omitted any reference to the 4th Battalion in his telling of the story in the Official History, despite knowing what happened. Instead, he gave the credit for saving the Marines to his brother's unit, the 3rd Battalion, which played a part on 2 May in relieving the Marines and the remnants of the two 4th Battalion parties.

Bean misused a letter from the Royal Marine hierarchy specifically praising the 4th Battalion's sacrifice and courage, claiming its sentiments for the 3rd Battalion. The tragic heroism of Jack and his mates, and Bean's historiographical skulduggery would have remained hidden if Kit Cullen hadn't stumbled on them in the course of his research.

Handmade in Tasmania by Steven French

RRP $19.99

I discovered this book in Shearwater, Tasmania and as an artisan jewellery maker myself I loved reading the stories of other artisans. This is an independently published book with beautiful images and stories any creative spirit would be inspired by.

Steven French is a professional photographer and writer who lives on a small farm in the beautiful island of Tasmania.

For many years Steven operated the states largest wedding/portrait photographic studio (Reflections Photographic Studio) in the state with up to eight employees but chucked it all in to head off to university as a mature age student.

In recent years Steven has been the publisher/editor of the glossy Tasmanian Life Magazine and he now concentrates on fine art photography, top end commercial photography and writing.

He also creates portraits for those who are looking for something a little different than is normally produced by a photographic studio. He works on the philosophy that if you wouldn't hang it on the wall, even if you didn't know the person(s) in the photograph, it is not good enough. A portrait should firstly be a work of art.

Steven has recently written and photographed a book Hand Made in Tasmania. The book features interviews with 35 Tasmanian artisans who talk about their craft, why they work in Tasmanian, their inspirations and asperations. You can order Hand Made in Tasmania at the publishers website www.tasfish.com

All the Songs - The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by  Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon, Patti Smith (Preface by), Scott Freiman (Editor)

RRP $ 55.00

Musical historians Phillippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon delve deep into the history and musical origins of every Beatles album, recounting the circumstances that led to the composition of each song, the recording process and the instruments used.

This intimate and revealing look at the music of The Beatles draws on decades of research. For example, readers learn that one of John Lennon's favourite guitars was a 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which he bought for GBP100 in 1960 in Hamburg. He had it painted black and used it on the Ed Sullivan Show and in the Hollywood Bowl concerts. It now belongs to his son Sean. Readers will also get an inside look at each song's recording. Love Me Do was recorded in Abbey Road Studios in September 1962.

The song took 18 takes to get right, though it was one of the first songs John and Paul had written together. John was originally supposed to sing lead vocals, but when George Martin suggested adding a harmonica, Paul took over as lead. Stories of performances are also included throughout, like when the Beatles played I Want to Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, John's microphone wasn't turned on, so viewers only heard Paul singing.

Hundreds of photographs range from rare black-and-white publicity stills to images of Beatles instruments to intimate shots of the musicians in the studios.
 

About the Author


Philippe Margotin has written numerous books on music, including biographies of U2, Radiohead and the Rolling Stones. Jean-Michel Guesdon is a producer and musician. He created Editions du Pekinois in 1986 in Paris to publish audiovisual creations in music. He has collaborated with Sony, EMI, Universal Music, Philips, Editions Albert Rene, among others. Over the past thirty years he has been compiling an exceptional collection of information and documentation about The Beatles.

Scott Freiman combines his career as a composer, producer and educator with his in-depth knowledge of the Beatles to create Deconstructing The Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Freiman has presented his lectures to sold out audiences at theatres, museums and corporations, such as Pixar, Google and Facebook.

The Vatican: All The Paintings by Anja Grebe


RRP: $79.99

The Vatican: All the Paintings is organised and divided into 23 sections representing the museums and areas of the Vatican, including the Pinacoteca, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments, the Vatican Palaces, St. Peter's Basilica, and more.

180 of the most iconic and significant paintings and other pieces of art are highlighted with 300-word discussions by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing the work, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's impact on art history and more.

All 1,206 works of art are annotated with the name of the painting and artist, the date of the work, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the work and the catalogue number (if applicable).

The design of the book enables the reader to carefully examine and enjoy the 180 full- and half-page featured paintings as well as the rest of the collection of paintings, which appear four and six to a page. Several gatefolds through the book show triptychs, ceilings and frescos at an even larger size. Larger works of art like ceilings and frescos include overall views and details of the masterpieces. 

About the Author

Anje Grebe teaches Art History at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern Art History. Grebe is one of the authors of The Louvre: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.

Focus - The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

RRP $29.99

Bestselling author Daniel Goleman returns with a groundbreaking look at the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus,he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life.

Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high- achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

About the Author

Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of many books, including the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence. He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago). He lives in Massachusetts.

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

RRP $34.95

The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.

**Shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award**

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators - Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg - Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing.

The Everything Store is the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

About the Author

Brad Stone is an American journalist and writer. Before writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, he was a technology correspondent for the New York Times. He has also worked at Newsweek. He lives in San Francisco.

Become a Key Person of Influence (Australian Edition) - The 5 Step Sequence to Becoming One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People in Your Industry by Daniel Priestley

RRP $26.00

The 5 Step Sequence to becoming one of the most highly valued and highly paid people in your industry. By Daniel Priestley – Entrepreneur behind several successful start-ups.

In every industry there are ‘Key People of Influence’:

Their names come up in conversation … for all the right reasons
They attract opportunities … the right sort
They earn more money … and it isn’t a struggle

Key People enjoy a special status in their chosen field because they are well connected, well known, well regarded and highly valued. They get invited to be a part of the best teams and projects and they can often write their own terms.

Key People also have more fun. They get invited on trips away. People buy them dinner and drinks. They are treated with respect and others listen when they speak.

Many People wait around thinking it takes years to become a Key Person in their field however relying on time in the industry alone is too much of a risky strategy.

Getting into the inner circle of your industry involves a different approach. This book covers a very specific “5 Step Sequence” to fast tracking your way into the inner circle of your industry and becoming a Key Person of Influence … fast.

Over the last 10 years the management Gurus have told you to “systemise” and “stay behind the scenes”. They tell you NOT to raise your profile and show the world how special you are from fear of being in too much demand.

The reality is that the greatest entrepreneurs on earth spend most of their time positioning themselves as the most important person in their industry. Think of Branson, Soros, Buffett, Jobs and Trump; they all do their best to be known as the Key Person in their industries.

In truth, unimportant people don’t make millions.

Unimportant people don’t need systems because they don’t win the business, they don’t attract the team and they don’t hear about the big-break opportunities. Your main job as an entrepreneur is to become a Key Person of Influence and maintain it.

About the Author

This book is written by Daniel Priestley, a successful entrepreneur and event producer. After seeing more than 100,000 business people networking at his events, Daniel started to notice that some people were magnets for opportunity while others seemed to walk away empty handed over and over again.

From his experience working along side some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs, authors and speakers Daniel knew there were 5 keys to becoming a Key Person of Influence in any field fast.

Daniel Priestley is passionate about the changing nature of business and work. In 2006 he predicted an "Entrepreneur Revolution" would begin to take hold where regular people could start great small businesses based upon their passion rather than working in stale offices of big corporations.

He believes that never in history has there been a better time to tap into your passion and inspiration to form an enterprise that sets you free from "work". However, before you can truly make it a success you need to become known as a Key Person of Influence in that field.

Antiques Magpie by Marc Allum

RRP $21.95

Antiques Roadshow's Marc Allum brings together a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes and facts from the wonderful world of antiques.

From the mythical artefacts of the ancient world to prized 80s pop memorabilia - and the dedicated collectors who revere these objects - The Antiques Magpie brings together a treasure trove of stories, anecdotes and facts from the wonderful world of antiques.

The Antiques Magpie divulges closely-guarded insider tips on how to discover fakes and forgeries; explains how boom and bust can have a devastating impact on the antiques market, and why a Chinese five-clawed dragon, rather than four, can make a porcelain vase worth millions.

Sure to delight and surprise, Marc Allum's Magpie examines the most respected design icons throughout history, explores conundrums like who invented glass, reveals the most expensive antiques ever sold, the subtle differences between collecting and hoarding and much, much more...

Banjo Paterson Treasury by Banjo Paterson, Oslo Davis (Illustrator)

RRP $19.95

A treasury of classic verse from Australia's most famous poet, Banjo Paterson. Includes 'Waltzing Matilda', 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Clancy of the Overflow' and many more. Banjo Paterson is Australia's most famous poet. Ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Clancy of the Overflow', 'The Man from Ironbark', 'Mulga Bill's Bicycle' and 'Waltzing Matilda' have become part of our Australian heritage.

Known as a poet of the bush, Banjo's iconic verse captures the landscape, hardship, resilience and humour of Australian life at the turn of the nineteenth century. This is a treasury is of Banjo's most loved poems, as well as some of his lesser-known works. The poems appear in chronological order and cover Australian bush life, as well broader topics such as war and Federation. This beautifully illustrated collection offers a unique glimpse into our national history and identity, as told by one of our most iconic and best-loved voices.

About the Author

Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Melbourne. He has drawn for various publications worldwide, including the New York Times, Meanjin, The Age, The Big Issue, Sleepers Almanac, Desktop Magazine, Australian Book Review and Art Gallery Guide. Oslo Davis draws cartoons for the Age, as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age. In 2011 Oslo was a Walkley Award finalist in the cartoon category. Oslo also completed a number of drawings for the Golden Plains music festivals, for NGV Australia and for the Melbourne Immigration Museum. In 2012 he wrote, directed and drew a short animation titled Melbhattan.

Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

RRP $34.95

Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson's Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace.

To keep our ancestors alive, our brain evolved a 'negativity bias', which allows positive experiences to flow through it like water through a sieve.

Yet positive experiences are the building blocks necessary for health, happiness and fulfilling relationships.

Drawing on neuroscience and wisdom from the contemplative traditions, Hardwiring Happiness shows us how to overcome that negativity bias and get those good experiences into the brain where it can use them.

Revolutionary yet profoundly practical, this important book offers us the tools we need to heal old wounds, increase our motivation, handle stress, develop our inner resources and, ultimately, transform our lives.

Australia's Century of Surf by Tim Baker

RRP $45.00

In 100 years, surfing in Australia has morphed from exotic Pacific Island curio to regimented training for life savers, from counter culture revolution to respectable mainstream sport.

Along the way, it has shaped our coastal migrations, spawned vast business empires and design innovations, produced sports stars and spectacular casualties in equal measure, helped the beach overtake the bush as our national, natural habitat of choice.

No other sport has been through such profound cultural shifts or had such far-reaching influence on our national identity. Australia's Century of Surf marks the centenary of the great Hawaiian Olympic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku's historic visit to Australia in 1914.

Duke was not the first to ride a surfboard in Australia, just one of the historical misnomers uncovered in this comprehensive and insightful text. But Duke's historic surfboard riding displays in the summer of 1914/15 set in motion a great wave of oceanic obsession that continues to this day.

The story of Australian surfing is largely one of schisms - between freedom seeking beach-goers and censorial puritans, between the quasi-militaristic regiments and volunteerism of surf life savers and the selfish pleasure-seeking pursuits of board riders, the generational and attitudinal gulf between longboarders and shortboarders, professionals and so-called "soul" surfers, territorial tensions between locals and tourists.

Many of our most dramatic cultural conflicts have been played out on the nation's beaches - from the pitched battles between rockers and surfers in the '60s, to the teen gender politics of Puberty Blues and the racial clashes of the Cronulla riots.

About the Author

Tim Baker is the bestselling author of Bustin' Down The Door, High Surf, Occy: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Mark Occhiluipo and Surf For Your Life with Mick Fanning. He also edited the anthology Waves: Great Stories from the Surf. He has twice won the Surfing Hall of Fame culture award. He is a former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life magazines. He lives in Currumbin, Qld.

Creating Positive Change

Discover Worlds Within by Marie Louise

RRP $24.99

Learn the art of self-enquiry told simply through the heart and mind of Marie to expose, self love, self acceptance and total self expression. Learning the workings of the brain, reconnecting to the sensory body, getting a grip on emotions and using them all as tools, where constant expansion is in every moment. Become the master of all you were born with, to create the life you want to create.

Discover unconscious layers of beliefs and conditionings based from your past, which create walls that don't even exist. Open yourself up to possibilities so you can live a life of fulfillment no matter where you were born, how much money you have or who you are with.

Learning inner love for outer peace is something each one of us has the power to create. Be curious to be curious you might just be surprised to find something you didn't even know existed. Choose to evolve, that is the luxury of being human. About the Author Marie has spent her adult life looking for a gemstone 'opal', only to discover the world within was where the fortune was to be found.

After the breakdown of her 20 year marriage Marie was exposed to the unconscious weights of child sexual abuse, being raped as a teen , the fear of her family's history of bipolar disease and many other beliefs and conditionings which shadowed her true nature. Peeling the layers of who she perceived herself to be has exposed her to live a life of expansion where joy, love and compassion are now her constant.

The Secret of Life Wellness by Inna Segal

RRP $29.99

Through her incredibly popular seminars and healing sessions, Segal has been actively sought out for her valued advice, and now, she answers the twenty-four most important questions about your journey to wellness in this essential guide.

Segal's answers will help you restore your health, improve your relationships, tune in to your energy center, and confidently create your reality. As you tap into your intuition and let go of old patterns, you will discover a hidden wellspring of energy and a greater capacity to experience joy, presence of being, and sacred connections. Dedicated to bringing these healing powers to people from all walks of life, Segal combines her personal insights, real life examples, and interactive tools to help you heal, transform, and flourish in everything you do.

Designed to lead you down the path of lifelong energy and wellbeing, The Secret of Life Wellness goes beyond prescriptive advice; it creates a healing way of life.

Heaven on Earth - Timeless Prayers of Wisdom and Love by Stephanie Dowrick

RRP $29.99

A collection of sublime prayers and teachings from a variety of traditions; an inclusive "How To" book on achieving spiritual joy and peace

Here is a prayer book that offers you the wisest, most comforting of prayers, while also guiding you on how to pray. Whatever your experience of prayer, you will find a new depth of inspiration and support in these pages. From the most ancient heartfelt prayers to those newly written by the author herself, this is a collection that meets us where we are - and takes us where we most want to go.

As a writer and spiritual leader who has supported and guided many thousands of people to live more hopefully, Stephanie Dowrick has a rare understanding of what prayer is and how steadfastly it can support you, whatever your faith background or journey. Some of the world?s most beautiful words are gathered here; so are many of the most uplifting and consoling. From prayers to be shared with family, friends or community, to prayers that take you within to your own soul?s depths, this is a collection to be used and cherished.

About the Author

Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, writes critically acclaimed and much-loved best selling books. Her books include In the Company of Rilke, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Creative Journal Writing, Choosing Happiness, Seeking the Sacred and A Kinder Life. Her latest book is Heaven on Earth. Formerly a publisher and also a trained psychotherapist, Stephanie Dowrick writes and teaches on a variety of spiritual, psychological and ethical issues. Her particular gift is anticipating key social issues and writing about them in ways that are encouraging and transformative.

She also writes widely in the Australian media and has been a frequent guest on ABC Radio. She was ordained in 2005 as an Interfaith Minister, is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney, and a regular speaker for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Born in New Zealand, Dr Stephanie Dowrick lived in London for many years where she founded The Women's Press. She has lived in Sydney since 1983 and is the mother of two adult children.

Get Real! Inspiring stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation revolution by Michelle Bridges

RRP $24.95

Lose weight • Reach goals • Feel fantastic

The Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation has already helped Australians lose over 700,000 kilos!

Now you can go behind the scenes and hear 75 people's amazing life-changing success stories. From the mother and daughter who each lost more than 60 kilos to the bushfire survivor who discovered her 'inner mongrel'; from the 'big guy' dad who lost 45 kilos so he could enjoy being with his kids to the woman who wanted to get fit before 50 and then achieved a personal best in a marathon - these 12WBTers bare all to inspire others to stop making excuses and work their way towards being the best version of themselves.

Alongside these journeys, Michelle also shares:

Skills and drills to help you get your head right, eat well and exercise regularly 18 sensational recipes Motivational advice ... and the occasional kick up the butt!

About the Author

Michelle Bridges has worked in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a professional trainer and group fitness instructor. Her key role in Network Ten's hit TV series The Biggest Loser combined with her highly successful online exercise and mindset program, the 12 Week Body Transformation, has connected her with hundreds of thousands of Australians, making her this country's most recognised and influential health and fitness expert. Her bestselling books include Crunch Time, Crunch Time Cookbook, Losing the Last 5 Kilos, 5 Minutes a Day, The No Excuses Cookbook, Everyday Weight Loss and Your Best Body.

Astrological

2014 Lunar and Seasonal Diary by Stacy Demarco

RRP $24.99

This beautiful 2014 Lunar & Seasonal Diary written by Stacey Demarco, is the ultimate all-in-one southern hemisphere moon companion,giving lunar and seasonal timings,proven spells,consultant Goddesses and Gods and easy-to-understand daily advice on the moon's phases.

An elegant place to write your appointments,this diary offers practical magical suggestions for getting the most out of the energies of each season and your whole year! There are tips and techniques for everything from increasing your wealth,busting that rut,improving your relationships and increasing your vitality,to removing obstacles and even conceiving a child.

For both the complete novice and the experienced practitioner, the 2014 Lunar Diary offers simple,yet powerful information that will set the year to be your best ever!

Discover :

Seasonal spell castings,invocations and timings
Southern hemisphere lunar timings for Full,New & Dark Moons
Powerful Goddess or God invocations each month
Original spells for specific moon phases
The best times to clear obstacles,attract a partner, blessing crystals,cut your hair, even detox or balance your weight!
Ways you can your knowledge of the seasons to improve your month and year
Plus a full explanation of the ancient Wheel of the Year and how it can be utilised for greater spiritual,mental and physical success
This is not the usual run-of-the-mill moon diary...it is not full of confusing astrological information or northern hemisphere timings...it is for you, the modern person who wants to get more out of your year and discover how full of magic the moon and earth cycles really are.

Dream Reading Cards by Rose Inserra

RRP $24.99

This gorgeous set of 52 cards (22 Theme cards, 30 Oracle Cards) plus booklet by international bestselling dream author Rose Inserra, will guide you through the symbolic world of dreams.

The 22 Theme cards offer interpretations of the most common dream scenarios, from flying to intimacy.

The 30 Oracle cards and accompanying guidebook will help the reader interpret secret messages from the subconscious mind and give valuable insights into their personal life.

An intuitive self-help tool in helping people face real life issues through dream meaning!

A practical set of cards using a step by step guide of emotions surfacing from dreams and what to do about them in waking life.
Includes an easy to follow guide book that allows the reader to interpret their own dreams and that of their friends and family.
Rose Inserra is the bestselling author of, Dictionary of Dreams, selling over 500,000 copies.
Beautifully illustrated cards that are gorgeous and lush. The imagery was designed to represent the dreamlike states we all experience.

Astrology Reading Cards by Alison Chester-Lambert

RRP $24.99

This 36 card deck with accompanying guidebook will help you fulfill your desire to truly understand astrology. The cards make learning quick and easy through interaction with Zodiac Signs, House and Planet cards. Now, something that was once complicated will become fun!

With the Astrology Reading Cards, you'll be able to give readings to others and yourself to unlock such questions as; How will I find my partner? Will I receive money in the future? What sort of career would suit me?

This card deck was designed by an international leading astrologer as a simple, easy-to-use pack that utilizes the archetypal energies of astrology to answer questions about the Present and the Future. Select a card from each of 3 separate sets; the Zodiac Signs, the Planets and the Houses; and then use the guidelines in the book to interpret the answer; just like going to a professional astrologer.

Food Lovers

Simply Good Food with Neil Perry

RRP $49.99

Simply Good Food showcases 105 recipes from renowned Australian chef Neil Perry in a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family.

In Simply Good Food, renowned Australian chef Neil Perry presents a collection of the simple, produce-driven recipes he likes to cook for friends and family. The featured dishes are influenced by many different cuisines, but they are all an expression of Neil Perry's belief in cooking with top-quality, sustainably produced, seasonal ingredients. The recipes illustrate just how easy and enjoyable it is to cook fresh, healthy food at home.

In this evocatively photographed and elegantly styled book you will find a dish for any kind of gathering, from an intimate family meal to a dinner party. Many of the recipes can be prepared either as individual dishes or enjoyed as part of a shared table, and Neil Perry has grouped together Mexican, Asian-inspired and Mediterranean banquet suggestions. With 105 recipes encompassing everything from a small but perfectly formed selection of cocktail recipes through to Chicken with pancetta, Thai-style squid salad and Raspberry and champagne jelly with spiced berry compote, Simply Good Food has your kitchen table covered.

About the Author

Neil Perry is one of Australia's leading and most influential chefs. He has managed several award-winning restaurants in Australia, and today concentrates on his flagship brand, the Rockpool Group, which includes Rockpool Sydney; Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; Spice Temple Sydney and Melbourne; and The Waiting Room, Melbourne. Neil has been creating menus for Qantas since 1997, redefining in-flight dining and service, and is the author of seven cookbooks: Rockpool, Good Food, The Food I Love, Simply Asian, Balance & Harmony, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Easy Weekends. Neil has been a television presenter on the LifeStyle Channel, and appeared as an Iron Chef on Iron Chef Australia.

Healthy Home Cooking for Kids by Emily Rose Brott

RRP $19.95

Emily, mother of four, felt she was always saying, ‘No, you can't eat that!' to her children, so she discovered a new and healthy way of cooking without using added sugar, white flour or butter.

Packed with helpful hints, Healthy Home Cooking for Kids allows children to enjoy all their favourite foods. Emily's creations look and taste like 'normal' biscuits, cakes and desserts, but are made from healthy ingredients that are high in fibre, low in sugars and saturated fats, and are free of preservatives, additives, and artificial flavours and colours.

Healthy Home Cooking for Kids includes recipes for snack time, main meals and sides, fruit snacks for everyday and birthday party treats.

The whole family will love these delicious recipes. They are easy and fun to make, the ingredients are accessible and will suit many dietary needs. For all those parents not wanting to deprive their children of yummy treats, Healthy Home Cooking for Kids is for you!

About the Author

Emily is the author of Have Your Cake, a healthy baking cookbook, where all recipes are made with no butter, no white flour and no added sugar, yet still look and taste as delicious as traditional baked alternatives. Emily has a passion for creating recipes that are healthy and nutritious for our bodies and at the same time are irresistible and delicious to eat. Emily is the mother of four young children aged five, nine, eleven and thirteen. She lives in Melbourne with her family.

Stefano Manfredi's Italian Food

RRP$59.99

The definitive cookbook of Italian food from the godfather of Italian cooking.

In 1961 the Manfredi family, father Luigi, mother Franca and sons Stefano and Franco, arrived in Australia from Lombardy in the north of Italy. Stefano brought the food and memories from the kitchen of his mother and grandmother, one of Lombardy's finest cooks, to his new home.

Manfredi has been an award-winning chef and restaurateur since the early 1980s translating the flavours and recipes of his childhood into contemporary Italian food. He has published thousands of recipes for Fairfax over his 20 years of contributing to both Good Living and Spectrum and this magnificent volume is the culmination of Stefano's culinary journey.

About the Author

Stefano Manfredi's Italian Food chronicles the food and wine from each Italian region and the dishes that make them famous. With over 500 recipes from the traditional to the modern this monumental and definitive cookbook will become an instant classic. It is a cookbook that will share the bookshelves with titles such asThe Silver Spoon, David Thompson's Thai Food and Stephanie Alexander's The Cook's Companion.

Stefano Manfredi is one of Australia's leading exponents of modern Italian cuisine. He has influenced the way we eat since he first opened The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983, which a decade later earned the coveted three hats by The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide. For over two decades, Manfredi has owned and operated restaurants in Sydney, most notably the award-winning Restaurant Manfredi (1983-1996) and bel mondo (1996-2002). His inclusion as one of Italy's internationally recognised chefs in the first English translation of The Silver Spoon (2005) firmly cemented his reputation as the leader of Modern Italian cooking. He has written on food and cooking since 1988, published four books, presented many master classes and has made numerous television appearances both here and overseas. In 2011, Manfredi opened Osteria Balla Mafredi at The Star in Sydney.

Asian After Work by Adam Liaw

RRP $39.99

Don't have time to cook? Don't know what to have for dinner? Want to learn how to make simple and delicious Asian food? Asian After Work is the answer.

Asian After Work is a cookbook for busy people.

Taking a simple and practical approach, and using easy-to-find ingredients, Adam Liaw shows how anyone can create authentic and affordable Asian dishes at home without spending hours in the kitchen.

From Chicken Kra-Pow, Black Pepper Beef and Grilled Prawns with Salty Lime, to Lychee and Coconut Granita, Leche Flan and Sesame and Honey Ice Cream, Asian After Work brings you family favourites and new creations that you'll come back to again and again.

If you love Asian food, let Asian After Work be your guide to the delicious and exciting world of Asian home cooking. Fast, fresh and easy Asian food.

About the Author

Adam Liaw is a cook, author and television presenter, best known as the winner of MasterChef Australia. A former lawyer, Adam worked in the corporate world for more than a decade, and he is acutely aware of the challenges facing the working cook. His best-selling debut cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, was praised by critics and food lovers alike, and he is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald and Feast magazine.

He is also a columnist for The Wall Street Journal's Scene Asia. On television, Adam hosts the popular SBS food and travel series Destination Flavour and Destination Flavour: Japan. With Asian After Work, Adam shares his love for Asian food and shows it is the answer for anybody who wants fast, simple and healthy food to complement a busy lifestyle. Adam lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.

The Dirty Chef - From Big City Food Critic to Foodie Farmer by Matthew Evans

RRP $29.99

The funny, heart-warming and at times exhausting behind-the-scenes story of Matthew Evans' transformation from high-profile food critic to television's Gourmet Farmer.

How do you go from being an urban dag to a country boy without any experience of the bush?

In 2008 Matthew Evans, one of Australia's most powerful food critics, stepped off the Sydney treadmill to farm 20 acres in Australia's southernmost shire.

What is it really like to take the plunge, leaving a whole world of familiar people, places and work behind? How does it feel to use a cordless drill for the first time, to plant a vegetable garden, to milk a cow, to slaughter a chook for dinner? And what if a TV show is filming the whole process?

This is the story of that transformation. The story of a life more in tune with the seasons and more connected to the soil. A life that is as rewarding as it is exhausting. The story of a family trying to turn a living from the noble and ancient art of growing things on the land.

About the Author

Matthew Evans is a former chef and food critic turned Tasmanian smallholder. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends a garden and writes about food from his office overlooking the silver birches atop his cottage on Puggle Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley. Matthew is the author of eight books on food, including the authoritative Real Food Companion. He writes regularly for Feast magazine, presents a television show, Gourmet Farmer, on SBS, and runs a small artisan food store in Hobart with a cheesemaker mate, Nick Haddow. The shop specialises in old and rare breed pork products from Matthew's Fat Pig Farm, amongst other goodies.

Biography

The Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang

From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story, the extraordinary story of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into the modern age

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.

At the age of 16, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners. When he died in 1861, their 5-year-old son succeeded to the throne. Cixi at once launched a palace coup against the regents appointed by her husband and made herself the real ruler of China - behind the throne, literally, with a silk screen separating her from her officials who were all male.

In this ground-breaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Cixi fought against monumental obstacles to change China. Under her the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like 'death by a thousand cuts' and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women's liberation, and embarked on the path to introduce parliamentary elections to China. Jung Chang comprehensively overturns the conventional view of Cixi as a die-hard conservative and cruel despot.

Cixi reigned during extraordinary times and had to deal with a host of major national crises: the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, wars with France and Japan - and the invasion by 8 allied powers including Britain, Germany, Russia and the United States. Jung Chang not only records the Empress Dowager's conduct of domestic and foreign affairs, but also takes the reader into the depths of her splendid Summer Palace and the harem of Beijing's Forbidden City, where she lived surrounded by eunuchs - with one of whom she fell in love, with tragic consequences. The world Jung Chang describes here, in fascinating detail, seems almost unbelievable in its extraordinary mixture of the very old and the very new.

Based on newly available, mostly Chinese, historical documents such as court records, official and private correspondence, diaries and eye-witness accounts, this biography will revolutionise historical thinking about a crucial period in China's - and the world's - history. Packed with drama, fast-paced and gripping, it is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman: as the concubine to a monarch, as the absolute ruler of a third of the world's population, and as a unique stateswoman.

About the Author

Jung Chang is the best-selling author of Wild Swans (1991), which has sold more than 10 million copies, and Mao: The Unknown Story (2005, with Jon Halliday), which was described by Time Magazine as 'an atom bomb of a book'. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. She was born in China in 1952, and came to Britain in 1978. She lives in London.

Under a Mackerel Sky by Rick Stein

RRP $34.95

The wry, perceptive and brilliantly evocative memoir of one of Britain's best-loved cooks

Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredicatible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness.

When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life.

Eventually, Cornwall called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fuelled fights, Rick charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty.

About the Author

Rick Stein's passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey and Rick Stein's Spain.Rick is a firm supporter of sustainable fishing techniques and farming, which he strives to maintain in Padstow, Cornwall, where he runs an acclaimed restaurant and a seafood cookery school, as well as a delicatessen, patisserie and hotel. In 2003 Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, where he opened a restaurant, Rick Stein at Bannister's, in 2009.

Sir Henry Parkes - The Australian Colossus by Stephen Dando-Collins

RRP $45.00

May 27, 2015 brings the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes. After he died, the London Times described him as 'a colonial colossus.' Henry Parkes received little schooling and worked on a rope-walk, breaking stones, as an ivory and bone turner, ironmonger, labourer and on the wharves before trying business life and ultimately politics.

He and his first wife travelled to Australia on an assisted passage. Parkes steadily educated himself, reading voraciously and widely, including all the great poets. There has never been anyone else like Sir Henry Parkes in Australian public life. Not only was he the father of federation. His friends included Thomas Carlyle, fellow poet Lord Tennyson and British Prime Minister Gladstone. He convinced Florence Nightingale to send trained nurses to Australia.

He conceived the international rabbit competition which led to the Pasteur affair and put Australia at the forefront of microbiology. He encouraged talented men to enter politics. Yet he shunned the limelight, rarely attending social functions. Whenever he received begging letters, (which he did, daily), Parkes always wrote back enclosing money. No wonder he went bankrupt three times!

Yet he was Premier of NSW 5 times, leaving its finances well in the black every time. He married three times, the last time to a 23-year-old beauty. Clearly, Parkes loved women, and they loved him. He encouraged women to attend political meetings, even though they didn't have the vote. NSW Parliament House dining room was managed by a husband and wife; when the husband died, Parliament wanted to fire his widow, but Parkes stood up for her, saying she was perfectly capable of managing the dining room on her own, which she did for years to come.

But not everyone loved Sir Henry; he had a long-running feud with poet Henry Lawson's mother after Parkes wouldn't give young Lawson the help she demanded and he constantly wrestled with political aspirants chasing his seat.

About the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of the acclaimed Captain Bligh's Other Mutiny and a successful series of popular histories about the legions of ancient Rome published in the US, UK, and Australia. Pasteur's Gambit was shortlisted for the science prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and won the Queensland Premier's Science Award. Crack Hardy, his most personal history, received wide acclaim. Mistaken Identity tells another episode of previously undiscovered Australian history.

Priscilla - The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare

RRP $24.95

The astonishing true story of a young woman's adventures, and misadventures, in the dangerous world of Nazi-occupied France.

'A most strange and compelling book driven by the writer's unsparing search for truth: now an optimistic hunt for a family heroine, now a study in female wiles of survival, now a portrait of one very ordinary person's frailty in the face of terrible odds.' John le Carré

When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a box documents belonging to his late aunt he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him. The Priscilla he remembered was very different from the glamorous, morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the many love letters and journals, surrounded by suitors and living the dangerous existence of a British woman in a country controlled by the enemy. He had heard rumours that Priscilla had fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be far more complicated.

As he investigated his aunt's life, dark secrets emerged. Nicholas discovered the answer to the questions he'd been puzzling over: What caused the breakdown of Priscilla's marriage to a French aristocrat? Why had she been interned in a prisoner-of-war camp and how had she escaped? And who was the 'Otto' she was having a relationship with as Paris was liberated?

Priscilla's story show us the precariousness of life in occupied France, when loyalties were compromised and life could change in an instant. It gives us an intimate insight into women's lives in times of conflict and asks us to consider what we might do to survive in similar circumstances.

About the Author

Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester in 1957 and grew up in the Far East and Latin America. He is a prize-winning novelist and biographer and Priscilla draws on his talents in both genres.

Ned Kelly - The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend by Peter FitzSimons

RRP $49.95

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs.

Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?

Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!' and ‘He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

About the Author

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player. Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age and biographies of Nancy Wake' Kim Beazley' Nick Farr-Jones' Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales. Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

RRP $29.99

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer.

Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage.

About the Author

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction three times; with The Magician’s Assistant in 1998, winning the prize with Bel Canto in 2002, and was most recently shortlisted with State of Wonder in 2012. She is also the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog Sparky

White Beech - The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer

RRP $39.99

White Beech is a memoir, a slice of Australian history and an exuberant exploration of our botanical heritage

Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.

'For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans...'

One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate.

She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches ... and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair.

Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed.

About the Author

Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999). Germaine Greer spends several months of the year at Cave Creek, in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Something For The Animal Lovers

A Pet isn't just for Christmas by RSPCA

RRP $12.95

Pets are gorgeous, loveable and a lifetime commitment.

Full of adorable pets of all shapes and sizes, A Pet Isn’t Just for Christmas is endorsed by the RSPCA and with beautiful, full-colour photographs, a timely reminder that animals deserve our love and attention every day of the year.

Royalties from each sale go direct to the RSPCA.

I have to confess a big bias here. I completely support the work of the RSPCA and believe it's so important to make considered and practical decisions about companion animals. My beloved cat came from the RSPCA as an adult cat some foolish person had handed in. She was a delightful cat who converted non-cat people, but that is what Burmese do apparently. It was also my responsibility to give her a good, safe and happy life. It was her choice to love me back in her own devoted way. A big blessing for both of us.

About the Author

The RSPCA is a community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

Beautiful Dogs by Caroline Coile

RRP $19.99

Portraits of 40 prize-winning pedigrees

Sit? Rollover? Beg? There'll be no crowd-pleasing tricks performed by the canine beauties on these pages, as their stunning portraits are enough to warrant your attention. Featuring 40 of the world's most loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Cocker, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man's best friend as you've never seen him before. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, covering such information as phsyical attributes, origins and uses. An illuminating introduction also explores the history of the dog as faithful companion, working animal and show-stopping pedigree, while delightful reportage photography offers a glimpse of the stars as they prepare for their moment in front of the photographer's lens. A coffee-table book that will delight and astound in equal measure, Beautiful Dogs is the perfect git for all lovers of things canine.

About the Author

Caroline Coile is an award-winning author of 34 books on dogs, including the Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, the top-selling breed encyclopedia in the US, and the leading dog show primer, Show Me! She's also a columnist for Dog World and AKC Family Dog as well as a guest on American television and radio shows. Caroline earned her PhD at Florida State University, specialising in canine senses, genetics and behaviour. When she's not writing or speaking about dogs, she's out walking her three Salukis and her sort-of-if-you-squint Russel Terrier.

Beautiful Owls by Marianne Taylor

RRP $19.99

Portraits of 40 stunning breeds

From Minerva's sacred companion to the intellectual leader of Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, these most mysterious members of the bird kingdom have long been revered as feathery embodiments of wisdom, as well as admired for their breathtaking beauty.

The latest title in the successful Beautiful series, Beautiful Owls nests together some of the most striking examples of stunning strigiformes, from the Mexican Striped to the Abyssinian Eagle Owl, the Sunda Scops to the Burrowing Owl. Stylishly lit and photographed against studio backgrounds, this perfect parliament will have you mesmerised by their elegance, arrested by their gaze. Also included is a succinct introduction to owls, exploring their position at the top of the perch throughout the ages, and reportage photography from conservation centres around the UK. Whether you're a creature of the night or simply a lover of superb photogrpahy, Beautiful Owls will simply enthral with every turn of the page.

About the Author

Marianne Taylor is a writer and editor with a lifelong passion for natural history. She was previously an editor for Birdwatch magazine, and since 2007 has authored more than a dozen books on wildlife and science. Her bestselling books incude RSPB British Birds of Prey and Owls.


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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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