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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

October Newsletter

At Home With The Templetons
Monica McInerney
RRP $32.95
Other people's families aren't as perfect as they seem when the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual...peculiar even. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children. In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again? From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.
"We currently have a limited number of signed copies instore, hurry to make sure you get one."

Goody The Highs and Lows
Simon Goodwin & Shane Mensforth
RRP $34.99
Simon Goodwin is the inspirational captain of the Adelaide Crows. His stellar career at the club began in 1997, making him one of only a handful of stars to have played over 250 games. In May 2010 he announced that this would be his final season as a player. 'Goody' is his life story. It's a classic account of football at the highest level and what it takes to get there. Along with the glory and the success have come some real lows - whether run-ins with the Adelaide media or betting scandals. Goodwin treats them all with trademark honesty, giving the reader a genuine insight into the real world of one of South Australia's most popular sports stars.

Guinness World Records 2011
RRP $49.99
Our Special Price $30.00
With a flaming holographic cover, the new GWR 2011 edition explodes with new and updated records. There's 100% new photography and hot new categories and features including TV's 75th anniversary, eye popping 3-D cinema, the historic Space Shuttle and a 270 city record-breaking GPS World Tour.

New Adult Books

Blossoms and Shadows
Lian Hearn
RRP $35.00
This is the story of the birth of modern Japan, told by Tsuru, a young woman who breaks every stereotype of the Japanese lady. We meet her on the day of her sister's wedding, and soon realise that she will not accept the same domestic role that her sister is about to take on. Instead, Tsuru is ready to embrace the new world, defend her beliefs, look for love, and follow her career as a doctor working alongside her husband on the battlefields. In the mid-1860s, Japan was in the grip of a revolution almost as tumultuous as the French Revolution 100 years earlier. This book lets readers feel they are there among the revolutionaries, guided by the engaging character of Tsuru, as she battles against the conventions of the day and falls into a forbidden love.

Dukan Diet Recipe Book
Pierre Dukan
RRP $29.99
The Dukan Diet is based on a unique four-step programme. Two steps to lose weight and two steps to keep it off for good. The Dukan Diet Recipe Book will help you stick to the diet by offering over 350 recipes suitable for the all-important weight loss stages. With meal ideas for the protein-only Attack stage and then lots more recipes to keep you on track during the Cruising stage when you can add vegetables to your diet, The Dukan Diet Recipe Book shows how you can eat well and still lose weight. Packed with ways to liven up your meals and stave off boredom so that you reach your goal, there are even recipes for delicious dressings and sauces and a selection of mouth-watering desserts. The Dukan Diet is devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently. The diet was a word-of-mouth bestseller in France and has now been adopted by twenty countries and translated into ten languages.

One Thing Led To Another The Real Story
Mark (Chopper) Brandon Read, Margaret Read
RRP $34.99
Meet Mark 'Chopper' Read. You think you know him. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in Australia. He's been the subject of an internationally successful film. His one-man shows have toured Australia to sell-out crowds. He's the most recognisable criminal brand name in Australia. But the truth is, you don't know him at all. Toe-cutter. Blowtorch aficionado. Killer. Husband. Father. Children's author. Stand-up comedian. The real Chopper has been an enigma - until now, that is. This is the definitive Chopper story. From his strange, tortured childhood, to the formative years as a young gang member and developing criminal, to his decades in and out of prison in Victoria and Tasmania, to his friends and enemies, and his crimes and punishments, this book gives us the true stories that lie behind the Chopper myths, as well as the stories he's never revealed before. One Thing Led to Another is the real story of the man behind the tattoos, the scars and the most famous missing ears in Australia. It is an utterly compelling insight into our most notorious, most recognisable and most fascinating criminal.
"A humourous look at Mark Read's life, as written by him, and stories from his wife and life-long friend, Margaret Read. A must read for any biography loving person." - Erica

New Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories
Bill Marsh
RRP $35.00
"Where's your thumb?" the doctor asked the injured ringer. "Oh, we stuck it over there on the gatepost, fer safe keepin'." And just as the doctor turned around to the gatepost, he saw a crow heading skyward, thumb and all. From the pilots, doctors and nurses who spread their 'mantle of safety' throughout the remote inland of Australia, as well as the men and women they treat on the ground, comes a brand-new collection of Flying Doctor yarns as told to master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh. Hear of those whose very lives depend on the Royal Flying Doctor Service, like the man suffering from extreme burns who rode his motorbike 18 km back across his property to get help while opening and closing every gate along the way because you "always leave gates as you find them". Out here, stoicism and a sense of humour go hand in hand, as in the case of the stockman with a compound leg fracture who, when asked by the Flying Doctor if it hurt, replied, "Oh, it itches a bit." Through fog, lightning, thunder, flooding rains and dust storms, the Flying Doctor braves the elements to get to the remote outback landing strips where they're needed and the tales they live to tell will have you shaking your head in amazement.

Booky Wook 2 This Time It's Personal
Russel Brand
RRP $35.00
In the sequel to Russell's best-selling biography 'My Booky Wook' we follow the now sober but still scandalous, sex-fuelled star on his electrifying rise to international fame. A roller coaster ride through tours, films, stand up and tabloids -- this time, it's personal. Rarely has a sequel delivered on the promise of the original with such literary and comic gusto. In Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal, Russell Brand takes off where his international best-seller My Book Wook left off. Brand is sober and, after dedicating his life and compromising his sanity in the pursuit of fame, he has had his first taste of national notoriety. Does fame bring happiness and inner peace? Not exactly, but it does mean a lot of sex. It also ushers in an unforgettable and raucous ride through chat shows, tabloid scandals, and Hollywood, all the while detailing Brand's search for the contentment that fame can't quite grant. Booky Wook 2 is a "celebrity memoir" unlike any you've read before: more clever and inventive than ever, Russell Brand explores the consequences of massive stardom just as he demonstrates the power of language and wit to make sense of it all.

Here On Earth An Argument For Hope
Tim Flannery
RRP $34.95
Tim Flannery's first major book since The Weather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Here on Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin and Wallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth's ecosystems and could lead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futures depend. Here on Earth is not just a dazzling account of life on our planet. It will change the way you live.

Unsung Ordinary Men
Sally Dingo
RRP $35.00
Unsung, Ordinary Men was inspired by Sally's own experiences when her father returned from World War II. Sally's father died when she was 12 years old. Through the pages of this book she will give a voice to the sorrow she and many others still feel, for they were not aware of what their fathers, brothers, husbands (as well as the brave women who were POW nurses) had to go through. Max Butler, Sally's father, was a member of the 2/40th, a battalion one historian called the 'Doomed Battalion'. They were volunteers from the bottom of the world, mostly Tasmanian, some Victorian, almost 900 men; who were never given a fighting chance when they were effectively abandoned on Timor. The prisoners they became were spread throughout the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps scattered over the Pacific. And the fortunate ones came home, three-and-a-half years later. When Max Butler returned to Australia - like most of the 20,000 Australian POWs of the Japanese - he would not, or could not, tell what happened. This will be his story and the story of his fellow soldiers. But it is also the story of wives, and families; Australians far and wide, who comforted, and nursed, and grieved.

The Wisdom of Dog
Murray Ball
RRP $27.99
Murray Ball's "Dog" - the central character in the Footrot Flats cartoon strips - was recently voted New Zealand's best-loved fictional character. Dog has starred in more than 50 Footrot Flats books and now has a book devoted entirely to himself and the "wisdom" that his made him such a lovable character. The Wisdom of Dog features over 300 single, stand-alone cartoons, all with Dog as the main focus. The majority of these stand-alone cartoons have never before been published in book form.

David Hill
RRP $34.95
Australia's incredible gold rushes of the mid- to late-1800s produced tremendous wealth and ensured the financial survival of the struggling Australian colonies. Not only that, they also tripled the country's small population, were the last nail in the coffin for convict transportation, subverted the hierarchical British class system, laid the foundations of the Australian egalitarian ethos and stimulated the democratic ideas that led to the establishment of the nation of Australia. David Hill recreates this monumental turning point in Australia's history using the diaries, journals, books, letters, official reports, Parliamentary enquiries and newspaper reports of the time, along with his own master storyteller's skill of bringing the past to life. From New South Wales and Victoria, up to Queensland and the Northern Territory, then down to Tasmania and across the great deserts of Western Australia, David Hill tracks the people and the huge gold discoveries that would forever change Australia.

New Children's Books

The Legend of the Golden Snail
Graeme Base
RRP $29.95
The Golden Snail has been banished to the ends of the earth and Wilbur sets out on a mission to free it. Along the way he makes friends who save him from rough seas and mazes of madness, returning him safely home.

Factotum: Monster Blood Tattoo #3
David Cornish
RRP $29.99
Rossamnd has exchanged Winstermill and the dangerous life of a lamplighter for Brandenbrass and an even more dangerous life as factotum to the aristocratic monsterslayer, Europe. Fear and self-doubt must wait, however, as he plunges headlong into the fulgar's day-to-day life of political manoeuvring, high-society parties and well-paid monsterhunting. But whispers and rumours about her new factotum place Europe herself in danger, and now Rossamnd and the Branden Rose will face the ultimate battle against their enemies, the black-hearted schemers who would destroy them both.

Australia and World Records 2011
RRP $14.99
Who are the highest-paid movie stars? Which AFL player has kicked the most goals? What is the world's fastest car? Which country consumes the most junk food? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in Australian and World Records 2011! The fastest, biggest, greatest and deadliest - they're all in this incredible book! It features amazing new records and astonishing photos with heaps of Aussie entries, plus a bonus section packed with unbelievable and wacky facts from around the globe!

October Conspiracy 365
Gabrielle Lord
RRP $14.99
A gun shot rings out as Cal hides from his stalkers - two old bounty hunters and their savage dog, Sniffer. The hostile desert seems determined to become Cal's final resting place. Had Kelvin spared his life for nothing? Back in the city, an impossible job looms. To break into Oriana's safe at Zrich Bank, Cal needs Boges to make a perfect copy of her fingerprint...and they need her PIN. But will stealing from Oriana force her to into a lethal alliance with Sligo? If so, Cal's enemies could instantly double in power, destroying his chances of survival. The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 92 days. The countdown continues...

Pearlie and the Cherry Blossom Fairy #12
Wendy Harmer
RRP $14.95
It's springtime when Pearlie arrives in Japan, and the parks are bursting with beautiful cherry blossom. Akiko, the park fairy of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, is thrilled to show Pearlie her home. It's all perfectly pink! But not for long - disaster strikes and the fairies have to muster all their magic to put things right...and save a new friend.

The Great Big Enormous Book of Tashi
Anna and Barbara Fienberg
RRP $29.99
Tashi comes from a place very far away. He escaped from a warlord and flew to this country on the back of a swan. He's as brave as he's clever, and he tells the best stories ever! Tashi is always ready for anything. Now all his stories are rolled into one enormous book. That's 32 daredevil adventures!

Noni the Pony
Alison Lester
RRP $24.99
Would you like to meet Noni? She's the nicest pony. She loves to entertain the cows and hens and ducks on the farm by the sea. And play hide and seek with her best friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat.

New Pocket Money Puffins $7.95 Each
Escape from Kid's Club
Phillip Gwynne
Max, Lily, Boaz and Jesse are stuck in Kids' Club at an island resort, forced to watch endless Pirates of the Caribbean re-runs while their parents relax by the pool. After eight days they decide to break out and let the real fun begin...

The Gorgon in the Gully
Melina Marchetta
Beyond the basketball courts and classrooms of St Raph's is a gully where everything disappears forever. Danny Griggs has heard stories about a creature that lives down there. So why does he volunteer to face the Gorgon when he's been petrified of everything all his life? A gentle story about overcoming fear and looking at things from all angles.

Hands on Cartooning
Dave Hackett
Perfect pocket-size guide to penning your own cartoons. Dave Hackett is incredibly knowledgable about his craft and adept at explaining it to those who've never tried. Great fun, chock full of information, a hands-on guide to the budding cartoonist in us all.

Make 'em Laugh
Various Authors & Gus Gordon
The jokes and riddles in this book cover a lot of territory. There are jokes about vampires, ghost and witches; things to make you laugh about school days, farts, animals and insects; and crazy knock-knock jokes about every subject under the sun, including cannibals and lepers. There's even a couple of off-the-wall words of wisdom. Something for every kid to enjoy in the schoolyard!

New CDs & DVDs

Little Bird CD
Kasey Chambers

My Songs: 40 Feel Good Hits 2 CD Set
Various Artists

Songs From The Road 1 DVD & 1 CD Set
Leonard Cohen

Tour De France 2010 The Complete Highlights
3 DVD Set

The Royal Visits
Australian Edition 4 DVD Set

Doctor Who Dominators DVD

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

Heroes and Weapons of WWII DVD

Gardening Australia Edible Gardens DVD

Grand Designs
Trade Secrets Series 1 & 2 DVD

Life 4 DVD Set

The Trail of Genghis Khan DVD

Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards 2010 CD

Best Sellers

A Fortunate Life
A. B. Facey

Black Crow The Andrew McLeod Story
Geoff Kingston

Tomorrow When The War Began Film Tie-In
John Marsden

The Happiest Refugee
Ahn Do

The Wonky Donkey with CD
Craig Smith

Outback Spirit
Sue Williams

I Shall Wear Midnight
Terry Pratchett

At Home With The Templetons
Monica McInerney

Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert

Still Alice
Lisa Genova

Shadow Wave: Cherub #12
Robert Muchamore

The Terrible Plop
Ursula Dubosarsky

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