Experts weigh in: Top picks in YA, Lifestyle, Pop Culture, Professional and Picture Books have been selected.

by |October 31, 2016


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Watch the videos our experts have made for you…

John Purcell’s Australian Guide

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A Distant Journey
by Di Morrissey

In 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales.

Cindy’s new life at Kingsley Downs station is not what she’d imagined as she is flung into a strange and challenging world. Natural disasters and the caprices of the wool industry shape her destiny and though she tries hard to fit in, she finds she is always the outsider… Read more


Sarah McDuling’s Young Adult Guide

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Empire of Storms
Throne of Glass Series: Book 5
by Sarah J. Maas

The long path to the throne has just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? This fifth installment in the sensational New York Times bestselling series is the most thrilling yet and cannot be missed… Read more

Anastasia Hadjidemetri’s Lifestyle Guide

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Live a Beautiful Life
by Jesinta Campbell

TV presenter and model Jesinta Campbell shares her favourite recipes, top tips for health and beauty, and guide to mapping your goals in her first book.

You too can live a beautiful life – all you need is the right mindset, a passion to reach for your dreams and a healthy relationship with the food you eat and your body. Collected in this stunning illustrated volume are Jesinta’s favourite recipes, best exercise plans, her top beauty tips and tricks and a guide to help you map your goals. Filled with Jesinta’s personality and positive outlook, this is a gorgeous and essential guide to living a happy and fulfilled life… Read more

Emily Meredith’s Picture Books Guide

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Pig the Elf
by Aaron Blabey

No one loves Christmas more than Pig.

And the world’s greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents! This is a fabulous story for shared reading, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud! It’s also perfect for teaching children about manners and Christmas spirit… Read more


Tracey Mills’ Professional Guide

xdesign-a-better-business-jpg-pagespeed-ic-yhrvtnmtjpBook of the Month:
Design a Better Business
by Patrick Van Der Pijl, Justin Lokitz, Lisa Kay Solomon

Design a Better Business provides a toolbox and many practical examples for business leaders looking to solidify their vision into actionable strategy. Designed as a follow-up to Business Model Generation, this book contains more tools, skills, and experiences to help you…Read more

John Purcell’s Bio and True Stories Guide

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Working Class Boy
by Jimmy Barnes

A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock – there isn’t an accolade or cliche that doesn’t apply to Jimmy Barnes. But long before Cold Chisel and Barnesy, long before the tall tales of success and excess, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan – a working class boy whose family made the journey from Scotland to Australia in search of a better life.

Working Class Boy is a powerful reflection on a traumatic and violent childhood, which fuelled the excess and recklessness that would define, but almost destroy, the rock’n’roll legend. This is the story of how James Swan became Jimmy Barnes. It is a memoir burning with… Read more

Olivia Crowley’s Lavish Guide

9783848007509Book of the Month:
Angelus & Diabolus
Angels and Devils. The History of Good and Evil in Christian Art

Angels, devils, and demons have played a significant role ever since the emergence of religious beliefs. As messengers from other worlds, be they harbingers of good news or tempters, they touch the fundamental hopes and fears of every human being, while at the same time depicting the eternal battle of good and evil.

In Christian art, angels and devils, with their human like aspects allied with their angelic or devilish nature, were a favourite theme of painters and sculptors, as their imagination was set free to create artworks that fascinate in every respect, including masterpieces like “The Last Judgment” by Giotto di Bondone (fresco, 1304-6), “The Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci… Read more

Hayley Shephard’s Love and Life  Guide

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The Art of Keeping Secrets

by Rachael Johns

They’ve been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.

But Flick’s seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family’s happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her financial constraints, the exhaustion she can’t seem to shake off and the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And single mum Neve is harbouring a secret of her own; a secret that might forever damage her close-knit relationship with her son… Learn more.

Bronwyn Eley’s Pop Culture Guide

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Star Wars Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide

Star Wars Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide is an exciting reference format that accompanies the eagerly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars movie – Rogue One. This beautifully detailed Star Wars book features in-depth character profiles, plus 6 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, Star Wars Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide is packed with essential information – and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie… Read more

Olivia Crowley’s Audiobook Guide

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The 78-Storey Treehouse
Treehouse Series: Audiobook 6

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse.

They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!… Read more


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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


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