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Need a new book? Here are 6 you'll love

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Face it. When was the last time you got lost in a good book?

If you’re anything like us, there’s a chance you sometimes feel guilty about not reading enough. Don’t worry, we get it. Between work, play – and Netflix – it can be hard to find the time.

Thankfully winter is upon us, bringing with it prime reading conditions. Why endure the cold when you could stay warm with a psychological thriller, a witty tell-all, or a new-age romance? If the thought of curling up with a good book is something that brings you joy, it might be time to rediscover your love of the written word.

Luckily for you, we’ve just restocked our bookshelf with some of literature’s greatest and latest titles. Keep reading to get in touch with your inner bookworm. 


  • RANDOM Into The Water
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    Into the Water | Paula Hawkins

    With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in her debut, The Girl on the Train, Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting, layered story set in a small riverside town. Into The Water is an addictive novel of psychological suspense about the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from a place to which she vowed she’d never return. Beware a calm surface – you never know what lies beneath. With this read, Hawkins demonstrates her powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.

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    I'm Just Here for Dessert | Caroline Khoo

    Desserts tell a story. Even the daintiest macaron takes the person eating it on a sensory journey from first look to last bite. Get inspired and discover your own unique style of baking with Instagram sensation Caroline Khoo, founder of online desserts boutique Nectar and Stone. I'm Just Here for Dessert is generously packed with the recipes, techniques and clever styling tips behind some of Khoo’s most popular creations: armies of pastel-hued meringues, unapologetically girly cupcakes, decadent tarts, statement cakes, mini cakes and tiny ice creams. Master the basic skills and recreate these stunning confections, or use the concept-building processes in each layer of this book to help you uncover your own unique style.

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  • RANDOM Option B
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    Option B | Sheryl Sandberg

    From Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and top Wharton professor, Adam Grant – the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals, respectively – comes a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void’,'' she writes, “A vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

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  • HARDIE GRANT Alone In A Crowd
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    Alone In A Crowd | Gieuseppe Santamaria

    More Men In This Town is an extension of Gieuseppe Santamaria's successful first books Men In This Town and Women In This Town. In this, his third book, his focus is once again men's fashion, but seasonally based – winter (polka dots, representing snowflakes) and summer (pin stripes, representing sunbeams). He has once again travelled broadly to capture candid street shots of men in Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Paris, Florence, Madrid, New York and LA. The book also includes written profiles (mini interviews on style and fashion choices) with men in different cities and notes on his subjects' different style directions.

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  • Depends what you mean by extremist book by John Safran
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    Depends What You Mean By Extremist | John Safran

    No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure, he gets among Australia’s diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions that many would prefer be left unexamined. We all think we know what's going on in our own country, but this larger-than-life, timely, and alarmingly insightful true story will make you think again. Drinking shots with nationalists and gobbling falafel with radicals, John Safran was there the year the extreme became the mainstream. Who is this black puppet-master among the white nationalists? And this Muslim fundamentalist who geeks out on Monty Python? Is there a secret radicalisation network operating in John's own Jewish suburb? And ultimately – is hanging with all these radicals washing off on John himself? Populated by an extraordinary cast of 'ordinary' Australians, Depends What You Mean by Extremist is a startling, confronting portrait of contemporary Australia.

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  • PAN MACMILLAN Work Strife Balance
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    Work Strife Balance | Mia Freedman

    "Whenever women are honest about their struggles, they give other women a gift. Mia delivers." Elizabeth Gilbert This book is for every woman who's been told success is as simple as Lean In, Say Yes, Live Your Best Life, Beat Your Fear, Follow Your Dream... and then feel #soblessed. It's for guilty friends, bad mums, crap wives, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It's for any woman who's ever asked: 'Am I the only one who isn't quite coping?' Here is Mia Freedman's low road to the top – a fearless, hilarious, inspiring and surprising collection of modern misadventures to read, relate to and rejoice in, then share with all the women in your life.

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Can you imagine a life where you could not read or write?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are three times less likely to meet the minimum standard for reading and writing. 

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week, we’ll be donating 10% of each book purchased to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF), 

to fund life-changing Indigenous literacy programs.

Help the ALNF close the Indigenous literacy gap. Buy a book; make a difference.