I have been starting to order books for the busy end of the year, and there is some FANTASTIC stuff on the way!
There's a new stand alone novel from Peter Robinson called Before the Poison. Grace Fox poisoned her husband in 1953. Or did she? She was tried for murder and subsequently hanged. Nearly sixty years later, Chris Lowe's life becomes entangled in Grace's story. (THIS MONTH)
Rick Stein has released a beautifully designed hardcover cookbook to accompany his recent TV series, where he sampled his way through the specialties and hidden treats of around 100 locations throughout Spain. In Rick Stein's Spain he has selected 120 recipes that capture the authentic flavour of contemporary Spain. (NOW)
Aleph is the new novel from the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. In this frank and surprising personal story, Coelho's latest novel reveals how a grave crisis of faith caused him to go in search of a path of spiritual renewal and growth. In order to get close to God again, he decided to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. (THIS MONTH)
Tony Park's new novel African Dawn is an August release. Although works of fiction, Tony's stories are often based around true events, and stories gathered during his many extended visits to Africa. Tony's knowledge of Africa, and his passion for the country, its people and its wildlife comes through in his writing. This story involves the conservation of a small herd of endangered black rhino, and the struggle of three families trying to protect the things dear to them. Expect lots of action, a little romance and a great sense of place. (NOW)
Sarah Thornhill is the new novel from Kate Grenville. Kate takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent spaces of the past.
September brings Darren Lockyer: the autobiography. Darren has had a career people only dream of - his NRL career has been stellar, and his sporting ability hard to match. This will be a great read for those tinged with either maroon or blue. ($50.00)
September also brings The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I have just started to read. It's one of those books which is a guilty pleasure - lots of magic and a fabulous atmosphere. Apparently there has been an option for a film already.
STAR WARS: The Jedi Path - With the press of a button, the doors of the protective vault slide open in a wash of light and sound. The inner platform rises, revealing The Jedi Path, Luke Skywalker's training manual, crafted by ancient Jedi masters. This is a very novel gift for Star Wars enthusiasts of all ages. ($100.00 - available October)
WONDERSTRUCK by Brain Selznick
This is a brand new, beautiful book from the man who brought us The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Again, it is a lavishly illustrated hardback novel, suitable for children from 9 years. This is one for the collection. ($35.00 - available October)
AUTUMN LAING by Alex Miller
Alex Miller is a true favourite with all of us, and I am eagerly awaiting this new novel, billed as "...a brilliantly alive, insistently energetic story of love, loyalty and creativity." Can't wait! ($40.00 available October)
ON SHAKESPEARE by John Bell
John Bell thinks, breathes and interprets Shakespeare every day of his life. With humour, wit and depth, John Bell gives us Shakespeare and his world as you've never read them before. On Shakespeare is a vivid, accessible and vital history of Shakespeare's works, illustrating that these works are as relevant today as when they were written. ($40.00 available October)
There's heaps more!!