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Indie Top 10 Bestsellers

1.The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Random House)
2.The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing)
3.My Story, Julia Gillard (Random House Grp)
4.Gone Girl FTI, Gillian Flynn (Hachette Orion)  
5.Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham (Harper Collins)
6.Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Hachette Orion)
7.The Blood of Olympus: Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan (Penguin)  
8.Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi (Random House Grp)
9.The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing)
10.52-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths (Pan Macmillan Grp)
UPDATED WE 23/10

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15/10/2014 9:25 AM
Lila  by Marilynne Robinson 

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. 

Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. 

When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.


15/10/2014 9:23 AM
Amnesia  by Peter Carey 

How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's public enemy number one? 

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out. Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 - a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our Great Amnesia. Amnesia is Carey at his best: funny, sweeping, intimate, exhilarating. 

It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.


31/07/2014 2:43 PM
FAVEL PARRETT Q&A - AUTHOR OF WHEN THE NIGHT COMES 

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets seeps into everything.  

Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all - of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. 

For Isla, those two long summers will change everything. 

Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and gently told story about the power fear and kindness have to change lives.

To read a Q&A with Favel, click here


30/07/2014 1:30 PM
GOLDEN BOYS BY SONYA HARTNETT - EXTRACT 

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett 

A compelling, unsettling, exquisitely written novel about the underbelly of suburban life, from one of Australia's finest writers. Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian live in a world of shiny, new things – skateboards, slot cars, train sets and even the latest BMX. To the local kids, Colt’s father Rex becomes a kind of hero, but Colt senses there's something in his father that could destroy their fragile new lives. to read an extract of Golden Boys click here


15/10/2014 9:24 AM

Nora Webster  by Colm Toibin 


It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. 

Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true. 

Colm Tóibín's Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary, and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience.


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