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A debut novel from one of Australia’s acclaimed writers

FLANAGAN

JOHN

An astonishing Second World War novel – already a prize-winning international bestseller

The prequel to Irvine Welsh’s world-renowned Trainspotting

A brand new adventure series in partnership with the RSPCA!

T H E I N VA D E R S

Enter a world of wolfships, epic battles and treachery in the cold northern seas. Enter the world of

Brotherband

‘Enthralling . . . an addictive and satisfying read’
Weekend Australian on Brotherband 1: The Outcasts

Brotherband 2: The Invaders
John Flanagan

The adventures of Hal and the Heron brotherband continue in this breathtaking adventure!
Hal and the Heron brotherband are on the trail of Zavac and his precious cargo. Will they be able to find the pirates when the weather clears? And when they do, how can they possibly beat the mighty Raven and its crew of vicious cut-throats and killers? A chance discovery will lead them to their prey, but the pirates have a well-fortified position. The Herons must drive out the invaders – and to succeed, Hal will need to devise a foolproof plan. In the icy waters of the Stormwhite, the smallest mistake could prove fatal.
9781741664508 | $17.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia | Independent Readers Also available as an ebook.

Also in this series:

John Flanagan's bestselling Ranger's Apprentice adventure series originally comprised 20 short stories, which John wrote to encourage his 12-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. The series has come a long way since then. Now sold to more than 20 countries, the series regularly appears on The New York 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.

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DRUSILLA MODJESKA’S
FIRST NOVEL
The Mountain
Drusilla Modjeska

The debut novel from acclaimed Australian author.
An Oxford ethnologist, Leonard, travels to Papua in 1968 with his young Dutch wife, Rika, to take up a post at the university, and to further his research by filming the local Papuans in a remote village. Conservative and well-meaning, Leonard wants his camera to capture moments but not to effect any change. But this is Papua at the dawning of Independence and everything is changing. Rika forms a close-knit circle of friends within the university and the town: Laedi, a hafkast, and wife of the ambitious Don; Martha, a student trying to find her own identity; and Milton, a writer who wants to emulate his hero, the author James Baldwin. But it is the two Papuan brothers Aaron and Jacob to whom Rika is most drawn. Thirty years later, a young art historian, Jericho, travels from London to Sydney to ask Martha to write the story of his parents and his heritage. Coming home to Papua New Guinea, Jericho finds that he must reconcile his own history with the lure of the Papuan mountains and love.
9781741666502 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Local Vintage | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.

Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home; the NSW Premier's Award – winning Poppy; Sisters, which she co-edited; the Nita B. Kibble, NSW Premier's Award and Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award winner The Orchard. Other books include Timepieces and Secrets which she wrote with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey. She is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch. The Mountain is her first novel.

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LITERARY FIcTION

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1Q84
Haruki Murakami

The Betrayal
Y.A. Erskine

A mesmerising, epic, utterly involving masterpiece from Haruki Murakami.
The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange affair surrounding a literary prize to which a mysterious seventeen-year-old girl has submitted her remarkable first novel. It seems to be based on her own experiences and moves readers in unusual ways. Can her story really be true? Aomame and Tengo's stories influence one another, at times by accident and at times intentionally, as the two come closer and closer to intertwining. As 1Q84 accelerates towards its conclusion, both are pursued by persons and forces they do not know and cannot understand. As they begin to decipher more about the strange world into which they have slipped, so they sense their destinies converging. What they cannot know is whether they will find one another before they are themselves found. 1Q84 is a magnificent and fully-imagined work of fiction – a thriller, a love-story and a mindbending ode to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is a world from which the reader emerges stunned and altered.
9781846556692 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Harvill Secker

A gripping novel of one woman’s fight for justice, when the battleground is the police force itself.
Tasmania is in the grip of one of the longest, bleakest winters on record and it’s particularly icy at the Hobart Police Station. Of the many golden rules in policing, one is especially sacred: what happens at work stays at work. So when a naive young constable, Lucy Howard, makes an allegation of sexual assault against a respected colleague, the rule is well and truly broken. Soon the station is divided. From Lucy’s fellow rookies right up to the commissioner himself – everyone must take a side. With grudges, prejudices and hidden agendas coming into play, support arrives from the unlikeliest of corners. But so too does betrayal . . .
9781742750187 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia Also available as an ebook.

‘Clearly a talent to watch.’
The Sun-Herald

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A POWERFUL AND AFFECTING NOVEL

‘Devastatingly eloquent and unequivocal about the fact that there is no glory or beauty in war.’
Fatima Bhutto

The Watch
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

A gripping and deeply affecting book that exposes the realities of war.
Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic, or what she claims to be: a grieving sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? As she persists, single-minded in her mission, the camp’s tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil as the men argue about what to do next. The Watch takes an age-old story – the myth of Antigone – and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. The result is a gripping, deeply affecting book that brilliantly exposes the realities of war. It is also our most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of this very contemporary conflict.
9781742752754 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Local Vintage | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in India and educated in politics and philosophy at Calcutta University and the University of Pennsylvania. His novels, The Gabriel Club and The Storyteller of Marrakesh, have been published in 11 languages in 16 countries.

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John Irving’s most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany
In One Person
John Irving

Spanning 50 years, In One Person is an breathtaking examination of sexual identity.
A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love – tormented, funny and affecting – and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a ‘sexual suspect’, a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of ‘terminal cases’, The World According to Garp. His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers – a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself ‘worthwhile’.
9780857520975 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday | Fiction Also available as an ebook.

Also from this author:

The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving's fourth novel and his first international bestseller; it also became a George Roy Hill film. Tony Richardson wrote and directed the adaptation for the screen of The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Irving's novels are now translated into 35 foreign languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. Worldwide, the Irving novel most often called ‘an American classic’ is A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) – the portrayal of an enduring friendship at that time when the Vietnam War had its most divisive effect on the United States. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (He competed as a wrestler for 20 years, until he was 34, and coached the sport until he was 47.) In 2000, Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules – a Lasse Hallström film with seven Academy Award® nominations. Tod Williams wrote and directed The Door in the Floor – the 2004 film adapted from Irving's ninth novel, A Widow for One Year. In One Person is John Irving's thirteenth novel.

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‘I can’t recall even one of the seven that we talked about in those years. By contrast, I’m sure that I’ll remember in detail the Goncourt winner that I just finished reading, HHhH, by Laurent Binet, for the rest of my life. Magnificent . . . unsurpassable . . . told with grace and elegance . . . exerts a hypnotic sway over the reader . . . something of a Greek tragedy and of the splendid thriller . . . All the details have such persuasive force that they remain indelibly recorded in the memory of the reader.’
Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

HHhH
Laurent Binet

An astonishing, unforgettable novel: a thrilling Second World War assassination plot told with rare literary brilliance.
We are in Prague in 1942. Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent by London plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich – head of the Nazi secret services, ’the hangman of Prague’, ’the blond beast’, ’the most dangerous man in the Third Reich’. Heydrich works for Hitler’s most powerful henchman, Heinrich Himmler, but in the SS they say ’HHhH’: ’Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich’ – Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich. All the characters in HHhH existed then or still exist now. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerveshredding story of the preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up? HHhH is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern. It is a moving, tense, and shattering work of fiction.
9781846554803 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Harvill Secker | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.

‘Incredible, amazing, riveting, astounding, thrilling, clever, monumental, authentic, revealing. I cannot lavish enough praise on this most original and bold, award-winning novel. Laurent Binet took some big narrative risks in writing HHhH and they all work. The boundaries between fiction, history, literary criticism and memoir are all mixed up and the result is a masterpiece. I am in awe of his research and his talent. Against HHhH most other fiction seems trivial and inadequate. I guarantee that as you read the last page your heart will be racing and your spirit will shudder at the thought of it all.’
Brett Osmond Marketing and Publicity Director, Random House Australia

Laurent Binet lives and works in France. The son of an historian, he was born in Paris, and graduated from the University of Paris in literature. HHhH won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman in 2010.

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The Meaning of Grace
Deborah Forster

The Red House
Mark Haddon

The new novel from the Miles Franklin shortlisted author of the much-loved The Book of Emmett.
Grace Fisher, mother of three, one day decides her husband is a sore disappointment and moves the family from Melbourne to a coastal village in Victoria. But Ian's slow dissolution on the couch masked a depression that will harrow him into an early grave, leaving the kids with a lifetime of questioning: what happened to their father; how did he get so sad? Between their father's demise and Grace's hardscrabble existence working at a local bakery, each child is left to find meaning on their own. Edie, the eldest child, locks herself into a romantic ideal so lofty that it can't help but fail. The middle child, Juliet, struts and careens through life, filling it only with what she can seduce, steal and manipulate. Sibling rivalry between sisters proves the slowest and fiercest of burns. Love comes easily for Ted, the youngest, but when his wife abandons him to raise two daughters on his own, the perils of fatherhood are laid bare. When Grace, the distant, imperfect hub of the family, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, the siblings are forced to confront each other as adults, and come to understand their mother. Written with her hallmark warmth, humour and deftness of observation, Deborah Forster's follow-up novel to the Miles Franklin shortlisted The Book of Emmett is a moving story of the loves and rivalries that burn at the heart of every family, and the meaning that comes from it.
9781742755342 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Local Vintage Also available as an ebook.

The superb new novel by the author of A Spot of Bother and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Family, that slippery word, a star to every wandering bark, and everyone sailing under a different sky. After his mother’s death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Four adults and four children, a single family and all of them strangers. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks. But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had. Past and present lovers. Friends, enemies, victims, saviours. And watching over all of them from high on the dark hill, Karen, Angela’s stillborn daughter. The Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices – of books and letters and music, of the dead who once inhabited its rooms, of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits. Once again Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother has written a novel that is funny, poignant and deeply insightful about human lives.
9780224096416 | $29.95 | Trade Paperback | Jonathan Cape Also available as an ebook.

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Voss
Patrick White

The Vivisector
Patrick White

A novel of immense power that you will never forget.
Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality. From the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert, Patrick White’s novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosity.
9781742755748 | $45.00 | Hardback | Knopf | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.

White’s best known novel, now in a commemorative limited edition.
Now in an exquisite commemorative design with a cover painted by the Oscar Award-winning designer Luciana Arrighi. Hurtle Duffield, a painter, is incapable of loving anything except what he paints. The men and women who court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art. He is the vivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision: his sister’s deformity, a grocer’s moonlight indiscretion, and the passionate illusions of his mistress Hero Pavloussi. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience.
9781742755755 | $45.00 | Hardback | Knopf | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.

‘May 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of Patrick White, the first Australian awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. To honour this occasion we are releasing two of his most popular novels Voss and The Vivisector in glorious, linen-covered editions designed by Patrick White’s second cousin, the Oscar Award-winning costume and set designer Luciana Arrighi. An enormous amount of love and attention has been lavished on these two new editions. The exterior wrapping will finally match the power of the words within. Voss and The Vivisector are simply two of the most unforgettable novels I have ever read.’ Meredith Curnow, Knopf Vintage Publisher, Random House Australia

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Skagboys
Irvine Welsh

The Geek Manifesto
Mark Henderson

Both a prequel to the world-renowned Trainspotting, and an alternative version of it, Skagboys is Irvine Welsh’s greatest work.
Mark Renton seems to have it all: he’s the first in his family to go to university, he’s young, has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But Thatcher’s government is destroying workingclass communities across Britain, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his badly handicapped younger brother dies, the family bonds start to weaken, Mark's life flips out of control, and he succumbs to the defeatism and the heroin which has taken hold in Edinburgh’s grimmer areas. His friends face similar challenges. Spud Murphy is paid off from his job and faces longterm unemployment, while Tommy Lawrence feels that only love can save him from being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence – exemplified respectively by the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie. And then there is Sick Boy, the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, scamming and hustling his way through life. Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community. This is the 1980s: not the sanitised version of upbeat pop music, mullets, shoulder-pads and MTV, but a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, violence, political strife and hatred – and maybe just a little love; a decade that changed Britain for ever. The prequel to the world-renowned Trainspotting, this is an exhilarating and moving book, full of the scabrous humour, salty vernacular and appalling behaviour that has made Irvine Welsh a household name.
9780224087919 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Jonathan Cape Also available as an ebook.

Britain’s leading science journalist makes an agenda-setting argument that science matters to every aspect of politics with a rallying call to all geeks, wannabe geeks and secret geeks to join together in a new force our leaders can’t ignore.
There has never been a better time to be a geek (or a nerd, or a dork). What was once an insult used to marginalise those curious people (in either sense of the word) and their obsessive interest in science has increasingly become a badge of honour. And we should be crying out for them. We live in a country where: Only one of our 650 MPs has worked as a research scientist. The Government’s drugs adviser was sacked for making a decision based on scientific fact rather than public opinion. A writer can be forced into court for telling the scientific truth. The media would rather sell papers by scaremongering over MMR vaccines and GM crops than report the less sensational facts. Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, science and its experimental method is critical. It’s time to stop the nonsense! The Geek Manifesto shows us what needs to happen to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into politics and society. And how to turn our frustrated outrage into positive action that our country’s leaders cannot ignore.
9780593068243 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Press Also available as an ebook.

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Kerri Sackville’s funny take on life with anxiety
The Little Book Of Anxiety
Kerri Sackville

Popular author and blogger Kerri Sackville’s very funny take on her life with anxiety. This is an insight into anxiety that only Kerri could give!
The Little Book Of Anxiety is for anyone who has experienced anxiety – which is pretty much everyone. It is a funny book about a serious subject – the ways in which anxiety can impact on your life, and the lives of those around you. From relationship anxiety to professional anxiety, claustrophobia to travelling phobia, pregnancy fears, panic attacks to nail biting and more. Oh, and so much more. Kerri Sackville relates episodes in which anxiety has got the better of her, some tragically humorous, and some just utterly absurd. Desperate struggles with insomnia, trying meditation to learn how to fall asleep, and drinking hideous herbal potions (which were completely ineffective, and yes, very expensive). Kerri talks about panic attacks, and what they actually feel like. She discusses what anxiety does to us at a subconscious level. Kerri discusses therapy and the various techniques she has used to try to manage her anxiety. And the ways in which her fears affect all those around her (particularly her long suffering husband – who has, however, been known to make things worse).
9781742755366 | $29.95 | Paperback | Ebury Australia | Autobiography Also available as an ebook.

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After the birth of her first child in 1999, Kerri Sackville completed a BA in English and Linguistics, and returned to her first love, writing. She has worked as a copywriter and freelance writer for nine years, and in that time has written extensively for mainstream media and parenting magazines, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Telegraph, Sunday Life Magazine, the Child group of magazines, Littlies magazine (New Zealand) and Notebook magazine. Kerri also has a long-standing, humorous column in The Australian Jewish News called Life And Other Crises, in which she details the endless dramas of her domestic life. Kerri built up a strong following on Twitter before starting her blog, lifeandothercrises.blogspot.com. Kerri is married to Tony, a workaholic architect. They live in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney with their three children – a son aged 11, and two daughters aged nine and three – and their recalcitrant bunny rabbit.

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Following in the footsteps of her mother Linda, MARy McCARTNEy has compiled a book of her favourite recipes, complete with photographs of the dishes she took herself.
Food
Mary Mccartney

A unique and iconic cookbook by photographer Mary McCartney, bringing us delicious, easy, family-friendly, meat-free recipes as well as gorgeous, colourful pictures taken by Mary herself.
Food is full of uncomplicated, tasty meals to tempt both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, enthusing readers to bring more meat-free cooking into their repertoires. Inspired by growing up with, and even working on, her mother’s recipes, and using stories and photographs (past and present) to tell her life through food, Mary has created recipes for friends and family that are imaginative, creative and will be universally loved. From Lip Smacking Minestrone to Asparagus Tart, Butterbean Stew to Coconut Rice Pudding, Mary gives us ideas for every meal, from breakfasts to barbecues, and offers new twists on old classics like pancakes, and Shepherd’s Pie. Mary is perfectly placed to write a contemporary vegetarian cookbook – good food, cooked well and with ease, for all the family. And as a photographer she has a unique vision – this book looks as irresistible as the food.
9780701186258 | $49.95 | Hardback | Chatto & Windus | Cookery/Wine

Mary McCartney worked with her mother on her range of vegetarian cookbooks and has been a consultant on the brand for Linda McCartney foods for over a decade. Mary is an active part of the food development team and sees the product all the way through from tasting and developing the samples to overseeing the imagery for the packaging. Mary is also an acclaimed photographer and has shot editorial and campaigns around the world for clients such as Harpers, Vanity Fair, Mandarin Oriental, Adidas and Boucheron. Mary's first book, From Where I Stand, a retrospective look at her photographic work to date was published in 2010.

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cOOKERY/WINE

Greek
The Australian Women’s Weekly

AWW Baking Day
The Australian Women’s Weekly

Tasty Greek recipes including Mezze, seafood dishes and desserts.
Greek food is loved all around the world. From the delicious dips and little morsels they call Mezze and eat with a glass of ouzo before dinner to the super-sweet honey-drenched baklava they eat with their coffee after dinner, Greek food is a culinary delight. Seafood is plentiful in Greece and there are recipes included here for prawns, sardines, squid and octopus. Peasant dishes such as moussaka, slow-roasted lamb, and dishes made from rabbit and goat are an important feature of the cuisine too. And there are celebration dishes – especially for Easter. And along with the beautifully photographed recipes, there are several beautifully photographed landscapes of Greece.
9781742452586 | $19.95 | Paperback | ACP Books

A delicious mixture of nostalgic and modern recipes.
Up until the mid-twentieth century, baking day was the day devoted to filling the cake and biscuit tins for the week ahead. This charming title captures the essence of those times with a collection of retro baking recipes and clever craft ideas for the home. How long is it since you’ve eaten a neenish tart, a butterfly cake, a cream bun or served afternoon tea on a tray complete with a pretty hand stitched tray cloth? All of the old fashioned recipes you remember from your childhood can be found in the pages of this book together with a sprinkling of lovely retro craft ideas.
9781742452555 | $39.95 | Hardback | ACP Books

finger buns
The many dishes of a mezze spread are designed to be shared. Two or three make a lovely pre-dinner snack with a drink; a selection of dishes is more often eaten as an entire meal.

MEZZE

4 teaspoons (14g) dry yeast ¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar 1½ cups (375ml) warm milk 4 cups (600g) plain (all-purpose) flour 60g (2 ounces) butter, chopped 1 egg, beaten lightly ½ cup (80g) sultanas ¼ cup (40g) dried currants ¼ cup (20g) desiccated coconut bun glaze 1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar 1 teaspoon powdered gelatine 1 tablespoon hot water glacé icing 1 cup (160g) icing (confectioners’) sugar 10g (½ ounce) butter, melted 1 tablespoon milk, approximately pink food colouring 1 Grease two 20cm x 30cm (8-inch x 12-inch) lamington pans. Combine yeast, sugar and milk in small bowl. Cover; stand in warm place about 10 minutes or until frothy. 2 Sift flour into large bowl, rub in butter. Stir in yeast mixture, egg and fruit; mix to a soft dough. Cover; stand in warm place about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

3 Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. 4 Knead dough on floured surface about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 16 portions; shape into buns 15cm (6-inches) long. Place eight buns into each pan; cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap, stand in a warm place about 10 minutes or until buns are well risen. 5 Bake buns 8 minutes; cover loosely with foil, bake a further 5 minutes or until golden brown. 6 Make glaze. Turn buns, top-side up, onto wire rack; brush with hot glaze, cool. 7 Make icing. Spread icing over top of cold buns; sprinkle lightly with coconut. bun glaze Combine ingredients in small pan; stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar and gelatine have dissolved. glacé icing Sift icing sugar into small heatproof bowl, stir in butter and enough milk to make a firm paste; tint pink with colouring. Stir over hot water until spreadable. prep + cook time 45 minutes (+ standing & cooling) makes 16

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EGGPLANT FRITTERS WITHGARLICYOGURT
1 large eggplant (500g), cut into thick lengths 1 tablespoon coarse cooking salt (kosher salt) vegetable oil, for deep-frying 1 teaspoon rigani 1 Place eggplant in colander over bowl, sprinkle with salt; stand 1 hour. 2 Meanwhile, make oregano and lemon batter. 3 Make garlic yogurt. 4 Heat oil in large saucepan or wok. Rinse

oregano and lemon batter
½ cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour ²⁄³ cup (160ml) beer 1 tablespoon rigani 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind

eggplant under cold water, pat dry with absorbent paper. Dip eggplant into batter, shake away excess. Deep-fry eggplant, in batches, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes or until browned. Drain on absorbent paper.
5 Sprinkle eggplant with rigani and a little salt;

garlic yogurt
1 cup (280g) Greek-style yogurt 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

serve with garlic yogurt. oregano and lemon batter Sift flour into large bowl, gradually whisk in beer until batter is smooth. Add rigani and rind; season. Stand 1 hour. garlic yogurt Combine ingredients in small bowl; season to taste. prep + cook time 40 minutes (+ standing) serves 4 nutritional count per serving 18g total fat (4.4g saturated fat); 1295kJ (309 cal); 27g carbohydrate; 6.9g protein; 4g fibre

Bread & Buns
Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked bread, hot and crusty straight from the oven, or say no to a cream bun, filled with whipped fresh cream and a dollop of raspberry jam?

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A brand new adventure series based around helping animals big and small

The Million Paws Puppy
chris Kunz
Cassie Bannerman is a nineyear-old girl who love animals, especially her dog Ripper, who is always by her side. When Ben Stoppard moves into Abbotts Hill with his English sheepdog, Florence, Cassie is determined to befriend them both. The four of them take part in the RSPCA fundraiser, The Million Paws Walk, and team up together to help round up a naughty runaway pup.
9781742753263 | $9.95 | Paperback

Ruby's Misadventure
Helen Kelly
Cassie and her friend Sarah are looking after Sarah’s cat Ruby when her parents go away for a few days. Unfortunately, when they turn up to feed Ruby, she’s unwell. Rushing her to the vet, Dr Joe tells them she is very sick. With Ben and Florence in tow, the hunt is on to find out what has caused Ruby’s illness before it’s too late.
9781742753287 | $9.95 | Paperback

Double Trouble
Helen Kelly
Daisy Jones is an elderly lady who has to go into hospital for a minor operation. Cassie offers herself and Ben as carers of Daisy’s two mischievous terriers. But she doesn’t quite realise the difficulty of the job she’s volunteered them for!
9781742753300 | $9.95 | Paperback

An Unexpected Arrival
Jess Black
Cassie and Ben accompany Dr Joe on an RSPCA farm assessment visit, to make sure the chooks are being looked after properly. What the friends don’t expect to do is help out with an unexpected arrival!
9781742753324 | $9.95 | Paperback

Ideal for girls and boys 6–10 years
All Books: Random House Australia | Confident Readers Also available as ebooks.

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GHOST STORIES Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar children
Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
9781594746062 | $16.95 | Trade Paperback | Hatherleigh Press

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Starters
Lissa Price

Matched meets The Hunger Games – with a touch of Total Recall! A gripping dystopian thriller by debut author, Lissa Price.
Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the ’genocide spore’ wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first – the very young and very old. She and her little brother must go on the run, living as squatters, fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes in the form of the Body Bank run by a mysterious figure, known only as The Old Man. The Body Bank allows teenagers to rent out their bodies to ’Enders’ – the elderly members of society – who want to be young again. But Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party in her body. She intends to commit murder . . .
9780857531353 | $24.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday Childrens Also available as an ebook.

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Middle School 2: Get Me Out of Here!
James Patterson

The sequel to the Sunday Times bestselling illustrated novel Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down.
9780099567530 | $24.95 | Trade Paperback | Young Arrow Fiction Also available as an ebook.

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Divine clementine
Hayley S. Kirk

A POsTCARD FROM ThE

Sometimes being in the middle of nowhere can take you somewhere . . .
I blow her a kiss. She catches it and puts it in her pocket for later like she always does. And then it happens. Why doesn’t she look? Why doesn’t the bus brake? Why is my body frozen? When 16-and-a-half-year-old Clementine Footner witnesses the tragic death of her eccentric aunt Stella, she feels as though her world will never be the same again. Clementine idolised her aunt, and their intimate bond was something she treasured deeply. But after finding and reading Stella’s diaries, she learns about a very different woman – an unstable, erratic Stella. This Stella suffered from bipolar . . . and the whole family knew about it. Feeling betrayed and angry, with her life spiralling even further out of control, Clementine trudges through grief, despair, and the middle of nowhere to discover what truly matters.
9781864718997 | $18.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia | Young Adult Also available as an ebook.

‘I love this book . . . It made me cry, but most importantly it made my spirits soar.’
Jessica Rowe, beyondblue Ambassador

Divine Clementine is Hayley's first novel. Hayley has also published a picture book titled When's My Turn? and numerous educational resources. She is a passionate storyteller and looks forward to the world getting to read and enjoy more of her work.

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PIcTURE BOOK Baby Tawnies
Judy Paulson
A classic tale of spreading your wings, with an Australian twist.
As darkness falls, two tawny frogmouths fly into the forest to find food. Far above the ground, Reggie and Lyla are left alone. But the little tawnies don’t plan to stay in the nest . . .
9781742755762 | $19.95 | Hardback | Random House Australia

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100% Unofficial Tribute to The Hunger Games
Evie Parker

Packed with info on Panem, from the different Districts to the controlling Capitol, this is your essential unofficial guide to The Hunger Games.
Filled with fantastic facts and cool quotes, this unofficial companion has all you need to know about the heroine and heroes of The Hunger Games. Check out the characters, learn all about the cast of the brand new film and discover the ultimate celeb Hunger Games fans. Includes a giant, double-sided poster.
9780857511072 | $17.95 | Hardback | RH UK Juvenile

‘Judy Paulson’s divine hand-crafted felt owls will charm pre-schoolers and older readers alike.’
Zoe Walton Publisher, Childrens and YA Random House Australia

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