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A moving word-of-mouth sensation
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2011 now in paperback
An intoxicating rural romance
Fast becoming Australia's No.1 psychological crime bestseller
BAKING FOR OVER
Newest MasterChef sensation and CWA cake champion’s secrets shared!
Cake baking and decorating is making a huge comeback. Cooks everywhere are keen to get back into the kitchen and feel the comfort and security that comes with the lingering smell of a cake baking in the oven. In this world of cakes and scones and sponges and puddings, there is your amateur home cook, and then there is Merle Parrish. The latest MasterChef sensation, Merle, 79 years old, has won just about every prize there is in the competitive baking world. She has been competing from the age of seven in state cookery competitions, and became a judge herself in 1988 when she completed her Country Women’s Association (CWA) Judges’ Certificate. Here, at last, are some of Merle’s secrets shared. Her famous Peach Blossom Cake (which was a hit on MasterChef, when she cooked off against contestant Billy and won), prize-winning Chocolate Cake, scones, tarts, slices, biscuits and sponges. All these prizewinning recipes are now finally collected in one delectable book.
9781742754857 | $39.95 | Paperback | Ebury Illustrated | Cookery/Wine
Merle Parrish is the 79-year-old newest sensation to come out of MasterChef. A supreme cake baker for more than 70 years, Merle has won just about every prize there is to win in the competitive baking world. Merle lives in Cudal, near Orange, in northern NSW, where she still competes regularly in CWA competitions. She recently won the inaugural Donna Latter Memorial Trophy for her Supreme Chocolate Cake.
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An Unforgettable Love Story
Sweet Old World
The highly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Careless.
David Quinn’s dream of family has for years eluded him. Surely what he wants is simple? It’s only what other men have, but there’s no woman in his life, and now that he’s living on a remote island in the Atlantic, do his hopes still stand a chance? Seventeen-year-old Esther Bradley has come from Fremantle, on the west coast of Australia. On harsh Inishmore, where people have always struggled to survive, she is battling the landscape of her own mind. David Quinn is reluctant to catch Esther when she tumbles dangerously into his life, but happiness is about to burst upon him, and every simple thing he’s wanted will soon be close enough to touch. Set among the ancient stories of the haunting Aran Islands, reaching to London in the 1980s and contemporary Australia, this is an unforgettable love story about life’s wounds to the spirit and flesh, the hope we all have for healing and another lucky roll of the dice.
9781741668254 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Random House Australia | Quality Fiction Also publishing as an ebook.
Praise for Careless:
‘Robertson’s prose is seamless, seductive and a joy to read.’
The WesT ausTralian
Deborah Robertson was born in Bridgetown, WA. Her first book, Proudflesh, won the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication, and her stories have been widely published at home and abroad. Her first novel, Careless, was published to wide acclaim and bestseller status, and was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes including the prestigious Miles Franklin Award in 2007. A long-term resident of Fremantle, she now lives in Melbourne.
AN INTOXICATING OUTBACK ROMANCE
‘Bella’s Run bursts with energy and vitality. I loved every word. You’ll want to grab a hat and boots and join Bella once you’ve finished’
Set in Victoria and Queensland, this rural romance is bursting with love for life on the land.
Bella Vermaelon and her best friend Patty are two fun-loving country girls bonded in a sisterhood no blood tie could ever beat. Now they are coming to the end of a road trip which has taken them from their family farms in the rugged Victorian high country to the red dust of the Queensland outback. For almost a year they have mustered on cattle stations, cooked for weary stockmen, played hard at rodeos and outback parties, and danced through life like a pair of wild tumbleweeds. And with the arrival of Patty’s brother Will and Bella’s cousin Macca, it seems love is on the horizon too . . . then a devastating tragedy strikes, and Bella’s world is changed forever. So she runs – from the only life she has ever known. But can she really turn her back on the man she loves? Or on the land that runs deep in her blood?
9781864713138 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia | Fiction Also publishing as an ebook.
Margareta Osborn is a fifth-generation farmer in East Gippsland, who has lived and worked all her life on farms and stations from Gippsland, Victoria to outback Queensland. She is a past winner of the prestigious Victorian Rural Woman’s Leadership Bursary, has a degree in Conservation and Land Management with years of experience in Landcare and agricultural extension. Publishing many stories and articles in newspapers and rural journals, she has a regular page in the popular country living magazine Gippsland Country Life. Bella’s Run is her first novel.
A famous Hollywood film director learns that fame and fortune come at a price, in Danielle Steel’s dazzling new novel
Tallie Jones has it all. She’s professionally at her peak as a famous film director and, with a loving live-in boyfriend and a welladjusted teen daughter, she couldn’t be happier with her personal life. Helping her through it all is her assistant Brigitte, who has been her devoted friend and helper since the two attended film school together. But Tallie’s world shatters instantly when a client insists that she conduct an audit and she finds out that someone has been stealing from her for years. To top it off, a slew of unexplained hotel bills reveal that her perfect boyfriend has been unfaithful. In order to regain some semblance of her life, Tallie joins forces with handsome FBI agent Jim Kingston to uncover the embezzler who has been using her and abusing her trust. Little does she know that their shocking discovery will change Tallie’s life forever . . .
9780593063118 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Press Also publishing as an ebook.
Another sizzlingly sexy romantic comedy from the author of Eliza’s Gift and Lucy’s Kiss.
It had always been Dr Naomi Fontaine’s dream to practice smalltown medicine – an ambition that has brought her to the quirky, tight-knit community of Cypress Hollow. But no matter how hard she tries, the locals still treat her with suspicion. Then ruggedly handsome Rig Keller walks into town and Naomi’s heart stops for all the wrong reasons. For a few months back Rig was a riproaring, throw-caution-to-the wind one night stand. Now he’s her partner at the practice – and keen to play doctors once more. Will the instantly popular new medic wreck her dreams? Or will he be the one to help make her wish come true?
9781742753171 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia Also publishing as an ebook.
Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular and highly acclaimed authors, with 80 internationally bestselling novels in print and 600 million copies sold.
Rachael Herron lives in California. She writes the popular knitting website Yarnagogo.com, which gets over 100,000 readers a month. Rachel is the author of Eliza’s Gift and Lucy’s Kiss.
Kathy Lette as you’ve never read her before!
the Boy who Fell to Earth
Told with Kathy Lette’s razor-sharp wit, this is a funny, quirky and tender story of a mother’s love for her son – and of a love affair that has no chance of running smoothly.
Meet Merlin. He’s Julia’s bright, beautiful son – who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin’s father, the reserved, cerebral workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin’s diagnosis, Julia has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging son, Julia doesn’t have room for any other man in her life . . . so why bother trying to find one? When Julia realises she’s becoming increasingly cynical about life in general, she finally resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Things don’t go quite to plan, yet just as Julia is resolved to a life of singledom once more, the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Jeremy, begging for forgiveness and a second chance . . .
9780593060841 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Press | Fiction Also publishing as an ebook.
‘I’ve been a fan of Kathy Lette’s writing since Puberty Blues and I have to say that I think this is her best novel ever.’
Karen Reid, Head of Publicity Random House Australia
From the author of:
Kathy Lette first achieved succes de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote the internationally bestselling Girls Night Out, The Llama Parlour, Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows, Altar Ego, Nip ’n’ Tuck, and Dead Sexy. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages around the world. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
CRIME FICtION Vanished
Five murders in one week, a smuggling operation gone wrong, and a crime reporter desperate to find the truth . . .
A hurricane has swept over Sweden and left the country in turmoil. At a derelict port in Stockholm, a young woman is on the run from a deranged gunman. The following morning, a security guard finds the bodies of two men, brutally murdered. And a valuable lorry shipment of cigarettes has disappeared from the port. Meanwhile, copy editor Annika Bengtzon is just thinking she‘ll never be able to write her own articles for The Evening Post when she is approached by a woman wanting her story published. She claims to have founded an organisation capable of erasing people‘s pasts – giving vulnerable individuals a new identity and helping them to build a new life. But as Annika embarks on her investigations, more vicious murders follow and she finds herself getting dangerously close to the truth – that all is not as it seems.
9780593069455 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Press Also publishing as an ebook.
Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the discovery of severed heads in a movie star‘s garden – and a vigilante targeting the city’s most despised criminals.
Millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down and Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from an SFPD evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer – even her closest friends on the force. Lindsay is then called to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realises that the ground could hide hundreds of victims. A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to – especially not Joe. 11th Hour is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.
9781846057922 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Century Also publishing as an ebook.
LE AVAILAB ANUARY J
CRIME FICtION Good Bait
The compelling new novel from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestseller.
When a 17-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide & Serious Crime Unit. Karen knows she needs a result. What she doesn’t know is that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime which infiltrates almost every aspect of London society. Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his day-to-day duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital, determined to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased’s daughter – an old acquaintance from Newlyn – Cordon becomes entangled in a complicated situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen’s case than either of them will ever know . . . Brilliantly plotted and filled with rich, subtle characters, John Harvey’s latest novel reveals him once again as a masterful writer with his finger firmly on the pulse of twenty-first century crime.
9780434021635 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | William Heinemann Also publishing as an ebook.
From the author of:
A new chilling psychologicAl suspense novel from the Author of BEYOND FEAR
‘Beyond Fear was such a brilliant debut it was hard to see how Jaye could top it – but I’m very pleased to say she’s done just that with her chilling follow-up, Scared Yet? Jaye’s novels are so scary because they are so real. Her lead characters are always just like us – ordinary women forced to do extraordinary things – and her themes instinctively tap into our worst nightmares, in this case stalking. This is psychological suspense at its very best.’
Beverley Cousins, Fiction Publisher Random House Australia
She fought back. She won. Now the nightmare begins . . .
When Livia Prescott fights off a terrifying assault in a deserted car park, the media hail her bravery. And after a difficult year – watching her father fade away, her business struggle and her marriage fall apart – it felt good to strike back for once. But as the police widen their search for her attacker, the menacing notes start arriving. And brave is not what she feels any longer . . . Is it the assailant from the car park? Or Daniel Beck, the man who found her afterwards? Or Thomas, her ex-husband? Or even Jason, one of her oldest friends? In fact, is there anyone she can now trust? When her family and friends are drawn into the stalker’s focus – with tragic consequences – the choice becomes simple. To protect her loved ones she must fight back – or die. Are you scared yet, Livia?
9781864712001 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia | Fiction Also publishing as an ebook.
Jaye Ford is a former journalist, who worked in print, radio and television for 12 years. She was Australia’s first female presenter of a national sport show, hosting Sport Report on SBS in 1988–89. Later, she fronted evening news on regional television and ran her own public relations business. She lives at Lake Macquarie in the NSW Hunter Valley.
From the author of:
FICtION the Orphan Master’s Son
QUALItY FICtION the Land of Decoration
Prize-winning, Grantaendorsed American fiction – The Orphan Master‘s Son follows a young man‘s epic journey in the world‘s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea – for fans of David Mitchell.
Imagine the life of an orphan boy from nowhere who is plucked from his orphanage by the military, to be trained as a tunnel assassin, a kidnapper, a spy. He has no father but the State, no sweetheart but Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, whose face is tattooed on his chest. Imagine he lives in North Korea, a model of exemplary Communism. Where the only human stories people need to hear are those blasting out of loudspeakers to the glory of our dear Leader, Kim Jong il. Pak Jun Do is his name: imposter extraordinaire, whose murderous biography has only come to light through the talents and stamina of our most patriotic interrogators.
9780857520562 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday Also publishing as an ebook.
A singular and brilliant new voice to heed, read and recommend to all you know.
Ten-year-old Judith McPherson is a misfit. Her world is regimented by her father’s faith: every night they eat bitter greens, read the Bible and ponder good thoughts. Judith’s mother was fun and liked to make things, but she has gone: Judith consoles herself with The Land of Decoration, an intricate model of The Promised Land which she has built in her bedroom, made from scraps she has inherited from Mother’s craft basket. But Judith’s troubles are mounting. At school, Neil Lewis’s bullying has reached a feverish pitch and a strike threatens the factory where Father works. One night, terrified of what Neil might inflict at school on Monday, Judith conjures a snow storm in The Land of Decoration made of shaving foam, cotton wool, and cellophane. The next morning the ground outside her window is a crisp, dazzling white. Judith can perform miracles. In fact, she might just be God’s chosen instrument. But with power comes huge consequences, and Judith must face them head on to keep her family safe.
9780701186821 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Chatto & Windus Also publishing as an ebook.
CRIME FICtION the Shepherd
AUtOBIOGRAPHY Half a Wife
Introducing the most terrifying psychopath since Hannibal Lecter, facing off against the toughest law enforcer since Jack Reacher.
‘Do you wanna play a game?’ In his games, there is only one winner. A sadistic, prolific serial killer, Francis Ackerman Jr. picks his victims at random and challenges them to escape from his torturous clutches. When they fail, he brutally murders them. And with each shocking crime, the killer’s legend grows. Marcus Williams, a troubled former New York cop, is not prepared to play by Ackerman’s rules. Set up as the pawn in a huge conspiracy which leaves him able to trust no-one, Marcus realises that he is the only man who can hunt Ackerman and bring his reign of terror to an end, the only shepherd that can stop this deadly wolf. But Francis Ackerman Jr. is not surprised by the pursuit. He has been waiting for Marcus, waiting a long time, and now he is ready for the epic confrontation that will define both their destinies. Let the games begin.
9780099570721 | $19.95 | Paperback | Arrow Also publishing as an ebook.
How one highflyer completely rethought her work and family life, and how doing it differently could work for all of us.
For families everywhere, it remains the ultimate dilemma: how to balance a happy, healthy family life with the demands and rewards of work. For Gaby Hinsliff, then Political Editor of The Observer, the only solution was to quit – and start with a blank sheet of paper. What Hinsliff finds is that overstretched working parents need ’half a wife’ – someone who can spend the equivalent of a couple of working days a week focused mainly on home and family (and that someone definitely doesn’t need to be a woman). Arguing that men are too often pushed out of the family debate, she looks at family life as a whole rather than separate individuals, describing the emerging ’daddy wars’ between men with very different ideas of fatherhood and the price paid within marriages when work and family life are at odds. It is essential – and optimistic – reading for anyone who feels the visceral pull of home, but also the lure of meaningful work.
9780701185985 | $29.95 | Trade Paperback | Chatto & Windus
the Sense of an Ending
As I was Saying
Winner of the Man Booker prize, this is a brilliant novel from a writer at the very height of his powers.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sexhungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.
9780099564973 | $29.95 | Paperback | Jonathan Cape
A collection of musings.
As I was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects, as well as by some of his most incisive journalism, the conversation invites the reader to join a leisurely guided tour of his chamber of curiosities, featuring pieces collected all over the globe from across the centuries.
9781742753072 | $27.95 | Paperback | Australia Vintage Also publishing as an ebook.
PAPERBA CK EDItION
Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. From 1985 to 1995, after teaching Russian language and literature for many years at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, he presented the weekly Books and Writing program on ABC Radio National. In more recent years he has also presented radio series on Australian public intellectuals and great travellers in history, as well as regular programs on language. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, a collection of essays and short stories and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques. A full-time writer since 1995, Robert Dessaix lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
the girl with the butterfly tattoo
I Can Make You Smarter
Based on these award winning workshops, Dannielle has written The girl with the butterfly tattoo – a book for all teenage girls.
Dannielle Miller encourages girls to be discerning thinkers, critical consumers, and to find their own voice in a complex world. The book hones in on the issues that cause girls to feel less happy and in control, while Dannielle helps them to shift the self-doubt and confusion of teenage years. Written in an accessible voice, The girl with the butterfly tattoo provides the research, practical tips and affirmations that can make a real difference to the life of all teenage girls.
9781742752556 | $19.95 | Paperback | Doubleday Australia
How to unlock the other 80% of your brain.
The easy way to learn, increase your intelligence, improve exam confidence, supercharge your memory, access your genius creativity and stay sharp at any age.
9780593064054 | $24.95 | Paperback | Bantam Press Also publishing as an ebook.
Concerned about the struggles she saw countless high school girls go through with body image and self-esteem, in 2003 Dannielle Miller co-founded Enlighten Education, which provides girls with training and support to stand up to limiting media and social messages. Author of teen parenting book, The Butterfly Effect, she is also an avid blogger (enlighteneducation.edublogs.org). She is featured in education journals, her articles have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, and she is a popular speaker at youth and education conferences and forums.
Over the past 20 years, Paul McKenna, Ph.D. has helped millions of people successfully lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self-confidence. He is Britain's bestselling non-fiction author, having sold three million books in three years, and his TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world. Paul has famously worked his unique brand of personal transformation with Hollywood movie stars, Olympic gold medallists, rock stars, top business achievers, and royalty. He has consistently astounded his audiences and clients by proving how small changes in people’s lives can yield huge results, whether it’s curing someone of a lifelong phobia, an addiction or clearing up deep-seated issues in a matter of days.
From the author of:
From the author of:
House of the Rising Suns
TalenT, enThusiasm and
The first year behind the scenes with the AFL‘s newest club.
AFL is a fiercely competitive game built on a more than a century of tradition. On April 2, 2011, the Gold Coast SUNS, the AFL’s newest club, set out to forge their very own. This is the story of the group of footballers who took the Gold Coast SUNS’ first steps. It’s the story of the community that banded together and cheered them on. It’s a story about brilliant victories, horrible floggings, freakish talent, wasted chances, tireless enthusiasm and limitless determination. It’s also the story of the game’s expansionist frontier told from the very front row. Exciting, revealing, tragic, funny, and always tinted by the raw, unbridled emotion so unique to Australia’s indigenous code, this is the up close and personal tale of a club’s first steps in a brave new sporting world.
9781742753522 | $29.95 | Trade Paperback | Ebury Australia | Sport & Fitness Also publishing as an ebook.
‘How do you build and establish a brand new team in one of the oldest football leagues in the world? A fiercely tribal league at that? Matt Webber was there, along for the fascinating ride. If you love your footy, this book is for you. Great stuff.’
Alison Urquhart, Publisher Random House Australia
It took Matt Webber the better part of a decade to realise a listless existence as an unimaginative litigation lawyer wasn’t making him very happy. Things turned for the better when he ditched the timesheets and began scribbling for a sporadic quid. And when an impromptu conversation with Gold Coast SUNS CEO Travis Auld on a plane home from the 2009 AFL Grand Final morphed into a year as the club’s in-house scribe, well, Christmas arrived early and things just fell into place.
More Slow Cooking
the Australian Women’s Weekly
1000 Best-ever Recipes from AWW
the Australian Women’s Weekly
Beautiful recipes for the slow cooker, stove top and oven.
Following on the huge success of Slow Cooking, here is the second book of slow-cooked recipes. This easy and popular method of cooking has become a fast favourite. The first chapter of this lovely book is on using an electric slow cooker, with recipes for main courses, vegetable and grain dishes and desserts. The second chapter is on stews and curries that are cooked on top of the stove, and the last chapter contains recipes for casseroles that are cooked in the oven. There are recipes for vegetable accompaniments in each chapter. If you loved Slow Cooking here are more than 100 new recipes to add to your collection.
9781742452630 | $39.95 | Hardback | ACP Books
The ultimate collection for success every time.
The Australian Women‘s Weekly is famous for its recipes – they‘re simple, they‘re elegant and each one is Triple-Tested ™ in the AWW Test Kitchen – your guarantee of success every time, even if you‘re a novice cook. Here is a collection of the best and most popular recipes from the AWW Test Kitchen. There are recipes to save you money, recipes just like your mum made, recipes from Europe and Asia, mega-healthy recipes, super-fast recipes – everything you could possibly want in a cookbook. The must-have cookbook for every home cook.
9781742451565 | $34.95 | Paperback | ACP Books
Internals from 1000 Best-ever Recipes from AWW:
½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8 FRACTIONS
pancakes with three toppings
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar 2 eggs 1 cup (250ml) milk
1 Sift flour and sugar into medium bowl; gradually whisk in combined eggs and milk until batter is smooth. 2 Pour ¼ cup batter into heated greased medium frying pan; cook pancake until bubbles begin to appear on surface. Turn pancake; cook until browned lightly. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. 3 Serve pancakes with your choice of topping.
TOPPINGS RHUBARB AND PEAR Bring 2 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb, 1 coarsely chopped medium pear, ¼ cup caster sugar, 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon mixed spice in medium saucepan to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until fruit softens slightly.
METHOD ½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8
nutritional count per serving 0.2g total fat (0g saturated fat); 380kJ (91 cal); 19.8g carbohydrate; 1g protein; 2.7g fibre
ORANGE-GLAZED STRAWBERRIES Stir ¼ cup caster sugar
½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8 FRACTIONS
spaghetti with pesto
2 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely ¹⁄³ cup (50g) roasted pine nuts ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan cheese 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves ½ cup (125ml) olive oil 500g spaghetti ½ cup (40g) shaved parmesan cheese
1 Blend or process garlic, nuts, grated cheese and
METHOD ½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8
preparation time 5 minutes cooking time 20 minutes serves 4 nutritional count per pancake 1.4g total fat (0.8g saturated fat); 502kJ (120 cal); 21.7g carbohydrate; 4.4g protein; 0.7g fibre 1 small french bread stick (150g), sliced thinly 100g roquefort cheese, softened 2 small pears (360g), sliced thinly 1 cup (110g) coarsely chopped roasted walnuts 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated 100g baby spinach leaves
pear and roquefort salad
and ¼ cup water in small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil; boil, uncovered, about 3 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Stir in 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind and 1 tablespoon orange juice; cool. Stir in 250g quartered strawberries and ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint. nutritional count per serving 0.1g total fat (0g saturated fat); 301kJ (72 cal); 15.5g carbohydrate; 1.2g protein; 1.7g fibre
CHOCOLATE, BANANA AND HAZELNUT Stir 100g coarsely
chopped milk eating chocolate, 10g butter and ½ cup cream in small saucepan over low heat until smooth; drizzle over pancakes. Top with 2 thinly sliced bananas and ¼ cup coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts. nutritional count per serving 27.8g total fat (14.7g saturated fat); 1588kJ (380 cal); 29.9g carbohydrate; 4.9g protein; 2.3g fibre
basil until almost smooth. Gradually add oil in a thin, steady stream, processing until thick. 2 Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water, until just tender; drain, reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. 3 Combine pasta, pesto and reserved cooking liquid in large bowl. Serve with shaved cheese. preparation time 10 minutes cooking time 15 minutes serves 4 nutritional count per serving 45.2g total fat (8.9g saturated fat); 3578kJ (859 cal); 86.2g carbohydrate; 23.6g protein; 5.6g fibre
¼ cup (60ml) buttermilk 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon caster sugar 1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. 2 Place bread on oven tray; toast, in oven, until browned both sides. 3 Meanwhile, make buttermilk dressing. 4 Spread toast with cheese. 5 Place pears, walnuts, lettuce and spinach in large serving bowl with dressing; toss gently to combine. Serve salad with cheese toast. BUTTERMILK DRESSING Whisk ingredients in medium bowl.
½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8 FRACTIONS
sirloin steak with herbed butter
3 large potatoes (900g) 1½ tablespoons cracked black pepper 2 teaspoons salt 4 x 250g beef sirloin steaks peanut oil, for deep-frying 1 tablespoon olive oil
grilled steak with béarnaise
2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons water 1 shallot (25g), chopped finely 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon ½ teaspoon black peppercorns 4 x 220g scotch fillet steaks 3 egg yolks 200g unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
1 Combine vinegar, the water, shallot, coarsely chopped tarragon and peppercorns in small saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, about 2 minutes or until liquid reduces by half. Strain over medium heatproof bowl; discard solids. Cool 10 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, cook steaks in heated oiled grill pan (or grill or barbecue) until cooked as desired. 3 Whisk egg yolks into vinegar mixture until combined. Set bowl over medium saucepan of simmering water; do not allow water to touch base of bowl. Whisk mixture over heat until thickened. Remove bowl from heat; gradually whisk in melted butter in thin, steady stream until béarnaise thickens slightly. Stir finely chopped tarragon into sauce. 4 Serve steak with sauce and chips, if you like.
METHOD ½ ¼ ¾ ¹⁄³ ²⁄³ ¹⁄8
preparation time 15 minutes cooking time 5 minutes serves 4 nutritional count per serving 33.7g total fat (7.4g saturated fat); 2082kJ (498 cal); 31.2g carbohydrate; 18 BEST-EVER RECIPES FROM AWW 14.6g protein; 7.7g fibre
1 clove garlic 60g butter, softened 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 Cut peeled potatoes into 5mm slices; cut each slice into 5mm strips. Place potato in large bowl, cover with water; stand 1 hour. Drain; pat dry with absorbent paper. 2 Meanwhile, make herbed butter. 3 Combine pepper and salt on oven tray; press both sides of beef into pepper and salt mixture. Rest beef on oven tray while making frites. 4 Heat peanut oil in wok or large saucepan; cook potato, in batches, about 3 minutes or until just tender, but not browned. Drain on absorbent paper. 5 Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large frying pan; cook beef until browned both sides and cooked as desired. Cover; stand 5 minutes. 6 Reheat oil in wok; cook potato, in batches, until browned lightly and crisp. Drain frites on absorbent paper. 7 Divide beef among serving plates; top with herbed butter, serve with pommes frites. HERBED BUTTER Beat ingredients in small bowl until
1 SPAGHETTI WITH PESTO 2 PEAR AND ROQUEFORT SALAD 3 HONEY, SOY AND SESAME CHICKEN WINGS [P 422] 4 CHICKEN AND CHIPS [P 422]
preparation time 20 minutes cooking time 20 minutes serves 4 nutritional count per serving 58.4g total fat (33.9g saturated fat); 2997kJ (717 cal); 0.5g carbohydrate; 48.8g protein; 0.1g fibre
combined. Place on piece of plastic wrap, wrap tightly, shape into rectangle; refrigerate until just firm. preparation time 20 minutes (plus standing time) cooking time 30 minutes serves 4 nutritional count per serving 49.4g total fat (20.7g saturated fat); 3269kJ (782 cal); 26g carbohydrate; 57.1g protein; 4g fibre
SIRLOIN STEAK WITH HERBED BUTTER
Don’t judge a book b oy by its cover
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‘Every now and then, there is a book that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. Wonder is my favourite book this year.’
Sarana Behan Children’s Marketing Strategist Random House Australia
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R. J. Palacio
Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.
Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial deformity, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all? Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, Wonder follows Auggie’s journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heartbreaking, Wonder is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
9780370332291 | $21.95 | Trade Paperback | UK Juvenile | Independent Readers Also publishing as an ebook.
I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an Xbox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
A crossover, word-of-mouth sensation in the tradition of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Max Cassidy 3: Attack At Dead Man’s Bay
Ghost Club 1: the New Kid
Think Alex Rider meets Houdini and you’ve got Max Cassidy. This is the third book in this fantastic, fast and furious action-adventure series now re-packaged with a striking, current package.
This is the third book in Paul Adam’s fast and furious Max Cassidy thriller series. Teenage escapologist, Max Cassidy, knows for sure that his mother did not kill his father, his father is not even dead . . . But somebody seems very determined to prevent Max from discovering the truth – in fact, somebody wants him dead. In this, the final instalment of the thrilling Max Cassidy series, Max travels across the world; from London to San Fransisco to Russia in his quest to be reunited with his family.
9780552560344 | $17. 95 | Paperback | Corgi Childrens’ Also publishing as an ebook.
A slightly spooky but mostly funny series about the mischief ghosts can make – and the kids who take care of the mess.
Angeline and Edgar might be kids, but they’re also two of Ghost Club’s youngest ghost-catchers. Got a problem with a ghost, poltergeist or ghoul? Can’t sleep because of all the rattling chains and cackling laughter? Angeline and Edgar are the experts to call. So it’s entirely logical that when new kid Dylan joins Ghost Club, Angeline and Edgar are the perfect candidates to introduce him to everything he needs to know, from which ghost-catching gadget will do the trick to when to run like crazy to avoid being splattered with ectoplasm. The trouble is, Dylan’s not quite sure he wants to be a ghost-catcher . . .
9781742750804 | $15.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia Also publishing as an ebook.
Paul Adam studied law at Nottingham University and started his writing career as a journalist. He has written 10 criticallyacclaimed thrillers for a grown-up audience that have sold widely around the world and have been translated into several foreign languages. He lives with his wife and children in Sheffield.
From the author of:
When Deborah Abela was young, she spent her time imagining she was on great adventures all over the world. When she grew older, she went on them for real. She slept beside alligators in Zaire, sailed down Venetian canals and was thrown in jail by heavily armed men in Nigeria before bribing her way out. After three years she came home and worked in kids' TV at Network TEN for seven years before leaving to write. Deb is the author of the Max Remy Superspy and Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series.
Floods 11: Disasterchef
Betty and Ffiona cooking dinner? Run for your lives!
Betty and her friend Ffiona love cooking. The trouble is, they are both so useless at it that their families make themselves ill just to avoid their meals, because their meals would make them even more ill. It isn’t that their families are too kind to tell the girls how bad their cooking is – they actually tell them all the time. But Betty and Ffiona don’t believe them, and now the girls are planning to open Transylvania Waters’s first gourmet restaurant. Queen Mordonna forbids them . . . unless they can prove their cooking skills by winning TV’s most popular cooking contest. Will they poison all the judges, or will they triumph and bring their ’interesting’ creations to the discerning population?
9781864719475 | $14.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia
The 10,000-year-old boy.
Time flies when you’re having fun . . . Even when you’ve lived for 9,990 years longer than your average 10-year-old. But when unexpected and unwelcome visitors arrive on Mortimer DeVere’s home turf, the spooky Unk Island, he and his sister Agnetha will have their hands full dealing with some of the stranger hobbies they’ve tried to keep secret from one another and the outside world. Today may just turn out to be one of the most eventful days in Mort’s very long life!
9781742753157 | $14.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia
Since he started writing and illustrating children's books in 1990, Colin Thompson has had more than 60 books published. He has received several awards, including an Aurealis Award for the novel How To Live Forever and the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 2006 for The Short And Incredibly Happy Life Of Riley. He has been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Astrid Lindgren Award – the most prestigious children's literature prize in the world. His books include How To Live Forever, numerous picture books, The Floods series, The Dragons series, The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness picture book, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book, and Free to a Good Home.