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Indie Top 10 Bestsellers

1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Murakami, Haruki (Random House)
2.He Who Must be Obeid McClymont, Kate Besser, Linton (Random House)
3.Lost & Found Davis, Brooke (Hachette ANZ Grp) 
4.All the Birds, Singing Wyld, Evie (Random House)
5.The Goldfinch Tartt, Donna (Hachette Little, Brown Grp) 
6.The Fights of My Life Combet, Greg Davis, Mark (MUP) 
7.Optimism: Reflection on a Life of Action, Bob Brown (Hardie Grant)
8.Life or Death Robotham, Michael (Hachette Little Brown)
9.Golden Age, London, Joan (Random House)
10.Minecraft: the Official Beginners Handbook (Hardie Grant Egmont) 
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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


30/07/2014 1:30 PM

JESSIE BURTON Q & A - AUTHOR OF THE MINIATURIST

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton 


In 17th century Amsterdam, 18-year old Nella Oortman is set to begin her new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. He presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways…


To read the Q&A with author Jessie Burton, click here



24/07/2014 11:18 AM
Demons  by Wayne Macauley 

They were going to tell stories. Let's go away for the weekend, said Megan, and leave our phones behind and turn off the computers and television and stop time because time is moving too fast and soon we'll all be saying where the hell did our lives go? We'll cook some food and drink some wine and each tell a story. It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend. Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories – each exposing the foibles of humankind. But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden. Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia's great writers.


24/07/2014 11:19 AM
I Am Malala  by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick 

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.


24/07/2014 11:20 AM
We were Liars  by E. Lockhart 

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling. 
Read it. 
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


24/07/2014 10:39 AM

Lost and Found  by Brooke Davis 

At seven years old, Millie Bird realises that everything is dying around her. Agatha Pantha is eighty-two and has not left her house since her husband died. 

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven when his son kisses him on the cheek before leaving him at the nursing home. 

Three lost people needing to be found. But they don't know it yet. 

The Australian debut novel the world is falling in love with is a story to make you laugh, cry and feel a little wiser. 

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24/07/2014 10:57 AM

Summer House with Swimming Pool  by Herman Koch

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. 

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. 

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24/07/2014 11:15 AM
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage  by Haruki Murakami 

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. All of their names contained a colour. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.




24/07/2014 11:17 AM
The Golden Age   by Joan London

It is 1954 and thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio in Australia. At The Golden Age Children's Polio Convalescent Hospital in Perth, he sees Elsa, a fellow-patient, and they form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs, love and desire, music, death, and poetry. Where children must learn that they are alone, even within their families.

This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life, from one of Australia's most loved novelists


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