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The Daughters of Mars
Return to the beautiful French village in Chocolat with Joanne Harris’ newest book
The wait is finally over . . . the final instalment in the mega-selling Fallen series, Rapture
Specially for younger readers, a new edition of Bear Grylls’ extraordinary life story
The acclaimed psychotherapy phenomenon behind some of Hollywood’s greatest talents
aT HIS FIneST
The Daughters of Mars
Escaping the pain and guilt of their mother’s death, and the future they inherited, the Durance sisters leave Australia to nurse on the front during World War I.
It is hard to be daughters of a dairy farmer in the Macleay Valley and to have dreams beyond the region. Particularly when your elder, more beautiful sister has already managed to escape to a nursing career in Sydney. Sally Durance has left home to build her own nursing career locally and to look after her parents. When her mother battles cervical cancer and eventually succumbs to death, Sally is left feeling hurt at her sister Naomi’s role in her mother’s death, and with a desire to escape. Both sisters find themselves enrolling in the Australian war effort and before they know it they are in Egypt leading a challenging and confronting adventure and learning an enormous amount about war, love, humanity and themselves. Inspired by the journals of Australian nursing sisters who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed, The Daughters of Mars is broad in scope and extraordinarily intimate and moving in the details. Quite simply, this is Tom Keneally’s best novel.
9781864712254 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Local Vintage | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.
Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg. His non-fiction, includes the memoir Searching for Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His fiction includes The Widow and Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award), An Angel in Australia and Bettany’s Book. His novels The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The People’s Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, South East Asia division.
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The beautiful new love story from the bestselling author of Chocolat
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
A welcome return to Lasquenet, the small town in rural France that was the setting for Joanne Harris’ remarkable number one bestseller Chocolat.
It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in which eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But returning to her old home, Vianne is completely unprepared for what she is to find there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea – and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret.
9780385619226 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday | Quality Fiction Also available as an ebook.
Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.
A Distant Land
The enchanting Jingera trilogy concludes with a heart-rending story of love and the callous twists of fate.
Back in 1957, nine-year-old Zidra Vincent met Jim Cadwallader for the first time. Fourteen years later, their bond of friendship – forged during a childhood in the beautiful coastal town of Jingera – is still strong. But is friendship all they dream of? Jim is now a respected war correspondent in Cambodia, though he has plans to come home for good. Because there is something very important he wants to say to Zidra. Zidra, meanwhile, is an ambitious reporter at the Sydney Morning Chronicle, and the seeds of a major story have just landed in her lap. Life is looking good, if only she could share it with the man who knows her best. Then, while at work in the newsroom one morning, Zidra catches sight of a wire service bulletin. A story out of Cambodia. The body of a Western journalist has been discovered near Phnom Penh. And her world collapses around her . . .
9781864711943 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia Also available as an ebook.
‘Stephen King meets Twin Peaks’ in this chilling thriller with a horror twist . . .
Welcome to Niceville, a sleepy, old-fashioned hamlet in America's Deep South. But don't be fooled by its pleasant exterior. When 10-year-old Rainey Teague fails to return home from school one fine spring day, Detective Nick Kavanagh traces the boy's footsteps to his bizarre last sighting. For while looking into an old pawn shop window, Rainey quite literally vanished. And that is only the beginning of the nightmare. Soon Nick and his wife Kate, a family practice lawyer, are forced to accept that their town has a much higher than average record of stranger abductions. Welcome to Niceville: where darkness festers, and where anger and evil live far longer than its townsfolk . . .
9781742752082 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Australia Also available as an ebook.
Carsten Stroud is a seasoned writer of fiction and nonfiction, including the true crime account Close Pursuit, a New York Times bestseller when it was published almost 25 years ago. His novels include Sniper's Moon, Lizard Skin, Black Water Transit, Cuba Strait and Cobraville. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda.
I, Michael Bennett
S. J. Bolton
If you like Alex Cross, you will love Detective Michael Bennett!
A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed – and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it. Bennett takes his ten kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, out of the chaos on a much-needed vacation to upstate New York. But instead of escaping the violence, it follows them and they find themselves in the middle of another nightmare that threatens the entire family. The danger isn't only coming from the crime lord's killers – FBI Agent Emily Parker is back, and Bennett's attraction to her endangers his relationship with Mary Catherine.
9781846057632 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Century Also available as an ebook.
Keep telling yourself it’s only fiction . . . the chilling new thriller from the author of Now You See Me.
When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realises that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is – or so they both hope. But as the two women dig deeper into the darker side of university life, they discover a terrifying trend . . . And when Lacey starts experiencing the same disturbing nightmares reported by the dead girls, she knows that she is next.
9780593064160 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Bantam Press Also available as an ebook.
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women’s Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other No.1 bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
S. J. Bolton was born in Lancashire. Her critically acclaimed novels, the first of which was Sacrifice, have been inspired by her fascination with British traditional folklore. She lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.
CRIME FICTION Exposed
The chilling second novel from the Scandinavian crime queen.
‘That night he did something so controversial that he’d rather be suspected of murder than tell anyone what he was really doing. What could possibly be worse than that?’ Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon has secured a summer placement at Sweden’s biggest tabloid newspaper. She’s desperate for this to be her big break, although manning the tip-off phoneline isn’t quite what she had in mind . . . Until a caller tells her that the naked body of a young woman has been found in a nearby cemetery. As she pieces together details of the young woman’s life, Annika stumbles across video footage that places the main suspect hundreds of miles from the crime scene, right at the time of the murder. Are the police looking for the wrong man? There is suddenly far more at stake here than Annika’s career, and the more questions she asks, the more she leaves herself dangerously exposed.
9780552160933 | $19.95 | Paperback | Corgi Adult Also available as an ebook.
PAPERBAC K EDITION
The Night Circus
A new paperback edition of the magical love story that was the publishing sensation of 2011.
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. There are contortionists, performing cats, carousels and illusionists – all the trappings of an ordinary circus. But this is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. And who is the sinister man in the grey suit who watches over it all? Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who, at the behest of their masters, are forced to test the very limits of the imagination – and of love. A feast for the senses, a fin-de-siècle fantasia of magic and mischief, and the most original love story since The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Night Circus is an extraordinary blend of fantasy and reality. It will dazzle readers young and old with its virtuoso performance, and who knows, they might not want to leave the world it creates.
9780099554790 | $19.95 | Paperback | Harvill Secker Also available as an ebook.
NON-FICTION The Rescue Of Belle & Sundance
LE AVAILAB APRIL
Birgit Stutz & Lawrence Scanlan
A Canadian town’s against all odds determination to save two horses from the remote Rockies (SPOILER ALERT: they do).
In December 2008, two abandoned pack horses, a young mare named Belle and an older gelding called Sundance, are spotted by snowmobilers in the remote mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Starving and exhausted, they’ve trampled the snow into a deep white closet, with walls towering over them. Others manage to reach the horses, bringing hay but also a gun, in case the horses are too far gone. A slight sign of life in the horses’ eyes gets them the hay. The eight-day story of their near impossible rescue, involving a trench dug by dozens of volunteers six feet deep and a kilometre long, and then a 30 kilometre descent for the frostbitten humans and wretchedly weak and emaciated horses in minus 40 degree temperatures, and a Christmas Eve transfer to a foster farm, is sure to be read in one breathless sitting. The austerely beautiful setting and the riveting details (the horses bond to one another led to their abandonment, they ate one another’s tails for protein, and their first meal could be only ‘flakes’ of hay, and Gatorade) add to this tale of animal resilience and trust, and human stamina and compassion.
9781742755137 | $19.95 | Paperback | Ebury Australia Also available as an ebook.
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as ‘fairy tales in one way or another’. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.
COOKERy/WINE The Sunday Roast
The Australian Women’s Weekly
Delicious recipes for traditional & modern roasts.
The Sunday roast is a tradition for many families. It’s the time to gather everyone together, sit around the table, have a glass or two of wine and talk for a few hours. There are traditional roasts in this collection – chicken, duck, lamb, beef and pork, but there are also Asian roasts and middleeastern roasts as well as roasts that are cooked on the barbecue. There’s a whole chapter on vegetables – roasted vegetables and also vegetable accompaniments. And to finish off there’s a beautiful chapter on Sunday desserts – all those lovely pies, crumbles and puddings that are the perfect finish to a perfect Sunday.
9781742452562 | $39.95 | Paperback | ACP Books
Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
The new global phenomenon to help you break free from whatever is holding you back and finally fulfil your true potential, from the acclaimed psychotherapists behind Hollywood’s greatest talents.
Can you imagine what your life would be if you could tap into a new source of power – one that has been inside you all along – to solve your own problems and become the master of your life? The Tools is an extraordinary psychological model based on the proven methods of Hollywood’s greatest psychotherapists. Dr Barry Michels and his mentor Dr Phil Stutz have over 60 years of psychotherapeutic experience between them. Together they have helped their A-list clients work through whatever has held them back – be it insecurity, trauma, anger, willpower, negativity or avoidance – and achieve their greatest work and find a deep level of fulfilment. Now, at last, the acclaimed clinicians are sharing their methods in this eye-opening and empowering book. Introducing their six simple techniques, including The Reversal of Desire, Active Love, Inner Authority and Jeopardy, the authors clearly explain what they are and how and when to use them. Astonishingly effective and beautifully simple, The Tools will give you everything you need to propel yourself forward to achieve your ambitions and be who you were born to be.
9780091940065 | $32.95 | Trade Paperback | Vermilion Also available as an ebook.
The ultimate collection of lunchbox ideas for kids and adults alike.
The dilemma of what to include in lunch boxes every day is well and truly solved with this fabulous new book from Woman’s Day, Lunchbox. This easy to use cookbook is packed with great new ways to fill lunchboxes, satisfying children and adults alike. With more than 80 quick and easy-toprepare recipes, including healthy homemade salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, dips, muffins, slices and cookies. Some recipes include tags with diet information to help those with special dietary needs. From Tandoori chicken wraps to muesli muffins, you’ll find something for everyone.
9781742452579 | $14.95 | Paperback | ACP Books
2012 – The year of The
The astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series.
The sky is dark with wings . . . Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn't know if he can do this – live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they've borne has always and only been about her – and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win? Heaven can't wait any longer.
9780385618120 | $24.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday Childrens | Teenage Reader Also available as an ebook.
The Forgotten Pearl
The forgotten pearl is the key to entering an exhilarating wartime adventure from bestselling author Belinda Murrell.
When Chloe visits her grandmother, she learns how close the Second World War came to destroying her family. Could the experiences of another time help Chloe to face her own problems? In 1941, Poppy lives in Darwin, a peaceful paradise far from the war. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, then Australia, everything Poppy holds dear is threatened – her family, her neighbours, her friends and her beloved pets. Her brother Edward is taken prisoner-of-war. Her home town becomes a war zone, as the Japanese raid over and over again. Terrified for their lives, Poppy and her mother flee to Sydney, only to find that the danger follows them there. Poppy must face her war with courage and determination. Will her world ever be the same again?
9781742753690 | $15.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia Also available as an ebook.
Mud, Sweat and Tears
The extraordinary life story of the world’s most intrepid young explorer in a new edition for younger readers.
What would it be like to jump from an aeroplane or to climb the highest mountain in the world, to survive in extreme conditions or train for the SAS? Bear Grylls knows the answers. Read the amazing true life story of Bear, the world's most intrepid young explorer. From his childhood on the Isle of Wight, learning to sail and climb with his father, to teenage mountaineering and martial arts training, he has always sought the ultimate in adventure. After surviving the gruelling selection course for the SAS Reserves as a young man, he suffered a horrific parachuting accident and broke his back in three places. Would he ever walk again? Only 18 months later, defying doctors’ expectations, Bear became one of the youngest ever climbs to scale Everest, aged only 23. And this was just the beginning of his many adventures . . .
9780552566391 | $16.95 | Paperback | Corgi Childrens
Sixth and final book in the enormously successful Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.
The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance – how will the legend end?
9780385619004 | $24.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday Child Also available as an ebook.
Four children. A dAngerous quest. A puzzle to be solved. A kingdom to sAve.
‘This book was a cross between Lord of the Rings and Deltora Quest and Ranger’s Apprentice . . . Jam packed with action and thrills, this book is great!’
Amara, age 11, Random House Book Buddies Club
After their village is attacked, a young brother and sister set off on a dangerous quest to save their captured family and friends – and free their land from the Sedah invaders. Where are Ethan and Lily’s parents being held? And where have the Sun Sword and its magical gems been hidden? Joined by their friend Saxon and the determined Princess Roana, Ethan and Lily must solve puzzles and riddles, escape legendary sea monsters and outwit bandits along the way. But the greatest threat to the children is the sinister Sedah tracker, Sniffer, who is close on their trail . . . Can the four friends find the Sun Gem in time? Can they outwit the tenacious Sniffer and Lord Lazlac? And can they solve the code to find the clue to the location of the Moon Pearl? The fate of a kingdom is at stake.
Sun Sword 1: Quest for the Sun Gem | 9781742753812 Sun Sword 2: Voyage of the Owl | 9781742753829 Sun Sword 3: The Snowy Tower | 9781742753836 All Books: $15.95 | Paperback | Random House Australia Also available as an ebooks.
Three days are left until the final storm that will destroy the world. Mia Price must make her choice before it's too late.
LA has been devastated by a massive earthquake and the city is full of chaos and shattered lives. Mia Price has a connection to the storm that caused the earthquake but doesn't know why – who should she turn to for answers? The religious Followers prophesise the end of the world and claim to have the answers that Mia is seeking. In the end, Mia is to discover that she is part of a power much larger than she could ever have imagined.
9780857530950 | $24.95 | Trade Paperback | Doubleday Childrens Also available as an ebook.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
Saving Muddled-Up Farm
Come on . . . open the gate and see what's happening.
Muddled-Up Farm is a very special farm. On Muddled-up Farm all the animals happily make the wrong noises. But with all the tourists the animals plan to stay quiet. Then a vet arrives and pleads them to make noise!
9781742752419 | $19.95 | Hardback | Random House Australia
Prentice and Weil
A brand new, mind-blowing adventure series filled with no-holds-barred sword and pistol swashbuckling, alchemical time travel and mystery.
When scrunty Jack the ‘Judicious Nipper’ picks the wrong pocket at the Globe Theatre, he finds himself mixed up in an altogether more dangerous Elizabethan London than he could have imagined – a city in which magic is real and deadly. An outbreak of devil-worship has led to a wave of anti-witch fervor whipped up by the Elect, a mysterious group of Puritans recognisable from their red-stained right hands, led by the charismatic Nicholas Webb, a growing power at Court. Helped by Beth Sharkwell the Thief Princess of Lambeth, Kit Morely the Intelligencer and Dr Dee the Queen’s Wizard, Jack pits himself against Webb’s Puritans. But this is no straightforward struggle. Ever since his encounter with Webb, there has been something wrong with Jack’s vision. He keeps seeing things. Demons. Black Arts is the first in a series of thrilling time-travel adventures, each bringing the past to glorious life.
9780385615136 | $29.95 | Hardback | David Fickling Also available as an ebook.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
Boy and Bot
One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods.
They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies – applesauce, reading a story – don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?
9780375867569 | $24.95 | Hardback | Random House USA
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