Adult Colouring Books: The List

With Johanna Basford’s adult colouring books Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden topping our bestsellers list for the last two weeks, we thought we’d put together a fun post featuring colouring books you just can’t miss.

1. Enchanted Forest & Secret Garden

We thought we’d put these together since they’re both by Johanna Basford. Both Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden have become internationally renowned, charting bestseller lists across the globe. These two books sparked the adult colouring craze and the exceptional demand has led to the publisher re-printing.

If you don’t already have these two beautiful books, hop over here to reserve a copy before our next scheduled delivery sells out! Click here for Secret Garden Click here for Enchanted Forest



2. Mindfulness Colouring Book

9780752265629Another bestseller! The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons has claimed the top spot on our daily bestseller list more than once! Aimed at relieving stress, this colouring book is a pratical exercise in mindfulness that draws on your creativity and hones your focus. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

You can grab a copy for yourself here



3. Just Add Color Series


The Just Add Color is a series of cool colouring books produced by Rockport Books. Each book is designed by a different illustrator featuring themes such as Day of the Dead, Geometric Patterns, Circus, Folk Art and more.

Check out this awesome collection here


4. Art Therapy: The Enchanted Forest

9781910254042The Enchanted Forest (not to be mistaken for Johanna Basford’s work above) by Marthe Mulkey is a fantastical journey through a magical forest filled to the brim with creatures rarely seen. Designed to provide a moment of calm and quiet in the hustle and bustle of every day life, The Enchanted Forest will give you the chance to explore your imagination.

Go on, get it here


5. Secret Paris

9780600632115We can’t tell you much about this one (it’s a secret), but we can say you’ll be amazed by the artistic drawings that will take you on a tour through the picturesque streets, quirky shops and delicious cafes in the beautiful city of Paris.

Secret Paris is currently available for pre-order here!

6. Creatures Great and Small

9781847806352Looking for a colouring book that’s not only fun to complete, but educational? Creatures Great and Small is the first of a series of illustrated guides to popular subjects, including natural history and fashion. From exotic fish to big cats, you can colour your way through the animal kingdom with Creatures Great and Small.

Pre-order it here

Need more? No worries! Check out our growing list over here!

REVEALED: The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody

The Red Queen28 years in the making, the much-awaited conclusion to Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles has a release date! Penguin Teen have announced that the title will be released on the 12th of November, 2015.

Carmody began writing the series at the age of fourteen and worked on the manuscript during high school and university. It was published in Australia in 1987 and has since been released in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Portugal.

The book has been featured in the Better Reading ‘Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads’ list.

Pre-order The Red Queen here.

For readers new to the series, Obernewtyn is available in paperback for $8.27 via Bookworld. Click here to order a copy.

Synopsis of Obernewtyn:9780143204787

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land.


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The Essential Collection: 15 Must Read Classics

Searching for a new book to read? We have collated a list of fifteen essential classics you should take the time to rediscover. Which ones would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments below.

1984 by George Orwell
Penguin Paperback: $24.83

9780141191201First published in 1949, George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” has lost none of the impact with which it first hit readers. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Vintage Paperback: $12.87

9780099511151When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry and love.

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Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Penguin Paperback: $21.15

9780241950432“The Catcher in the Rye” is J.D. Salinger’s world-famous novel of disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Vintage Paperback: $12.70

9780099529125Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel’s strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller’s classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Set in the closing months of World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. His real problem is not the enemy – it is his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

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Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
Faber & Faber Centenary Paperback: $16.55

9780571273577Since it was first published in 1954, William Golding’s classic debut novel has remained a stark allegory of civilization, survival, and human nature. As dystopian stories like Hunger Games and Battle Royale surge in popularity, this haunting tale of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island still captivates schoolchildren around the world, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.
HarperCollins Paperback: $16.25

9780061122415The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Random House Paperback: $15.20

9780099549482‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s.

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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Popular Penguins Edition: $8.27

9780141194837This collection brings together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America; and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka’s eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka’s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Vintage Paperback: $12.87

9780099511120As an orphan, Jane’s childhood is not an easy one but her independence and strength of character keep her going through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. However, her biggest challenge is yet to come. Taking a job as a governess in a house full of secrets, for a passionate man she grows more and more attracted to, ultimately forces Jane to call on all her resources in order to hold on to her beliefs.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
HarperCollins Paperback: $15.85

9780006546061The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The classic novel of a post-literate future, ‘Fahrenheit 451′ stands alongside Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Penguin Clothbound Edition: $25.75

9780141393407Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe’s famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude.

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Penguin Definitive Edition: $14.20

9780141182759In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a ‘secret annexe’, fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary. An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, this is the definitive edition of the diary of Anne Frank.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Toikien
HarperCollins Two-Part Edition: $15.90

9780007488513 Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar – on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again. Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale, ‘The Hobbit’.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Vintage Paperback: $12.87

9780099541530Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things ultimately hollow.

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On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Popular Penguin Edition: $8.27


Jack Kerouac’s On the Road rocked the establishment with its seminal, stream-of-consciousness portrayal of 1950s underground America. Amidst a whirlwind of sex, drugs and jazz, writer Sal Paradise and his hero ‘the holy conman with the shining mind’, Dean Moriarty traverse the country in search of life and experience. Wild and exuberant, this life-changing novel defined the Beat generation and inspired countless others.

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Final Go Set A Watchman Cover REVEALED!

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The US Edition

We are very excited to announce tonight that the final cover of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee has been revealed! The book, which is one of the most anticipated novels of 2015 follows from To Kill A Mockingbird – 55 years after the original publication. Lee’s team at Lippincott Publishers originally predicted the book would only sell a ‘couple of thousand copies’, but the novel which hasn’t been out of print since it’s original release went on to sell over 30 million copies globally and win a Pulitzer Prize.

The sequel, Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic.


The Australian Edition

After To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, Harper Lee set aside Go Set a Watchman, and never returned to it. The original manuscript of the novel was considered to have been lost until the autumn of 2014, when Tonja Carter discovered it in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee says, `In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realised it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.’

To pre-order your hardback copy of Go Set a Watchman in advance of it’s release on July 14th 2015, click here.

Ten Books That Will Inspire You To Travel

Dreaming of a getaway? Whether you’re idly imagining or actively planning, these books will give you the inspiration you need to pack a bag and travel.

9781743217177Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World
If there was one book that took 2013 by storm, it was Beautiful World by the team over at Lonely Planet. Not only is this book full of stunning photographs of impressive places, but it’s an inspiring collection of destinations you will want to add to your bucket list.

Beautiful World is for the travel bug, or to motivate someone who has never travelled and presented in a glorious large hardback, this is an essential addition to any home library.

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9780552997034Down Under by Bill Bryson
Just because you’re inspired to travel, doesn’t mean you have to travel far, as we’ve discovered from Bill Bryson’s brilliant account of Australia, Down Under. A hilarious look at Australian culture and history, it will inspire you to set out and explore your own backyard. We’ll leave you with this quote:
“This is a country that loses a Prime Minister and that is so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world’s first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Clearly this is a place worth getting to know.”

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9781782394860Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Now a blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon, Wild is the inspiring journey of the author who decided to rebuild her life by walking 1,100 miles (1770 km) of the west coast of America alone. She had no experience in long-distance hiking but was determined to attempt the hike, starting in the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington State. This novel will leave you with the desire to do something extraordinary.

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A Year In Provence by Peter Mayle
Peter Mayle and his wife did what most of us only imagine doing when they made their long-cherished dream of a life abroad a reality: throwing caution to the wind, they bought a glorious two hundred year-old farmhouse in the Luberon Valley and began a new life. In a year that begins with a marathon lunch and continues with a host of gastronomic delights, they also survive the unexpected and often hilarious curiosities of rural life. From mastering the local accent and enduring invasion by bumbling builders, to discovering the finer points of boules and goat-racing, all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life are conjured up in this enchanting portrait.

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9780241951538On the Road by Jack Kerouac
A staple to any travel-inspiration list, On the Road has been inspiring generations of readers to embark on an adventure. The book chronicles the author’s journey across North America with his friend Neal Cassady and has inspired a generation with it’s description as ‘pushing the limits of the American dream’.

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9780330351690Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
A true story that is in many ways, still being told – Into The Wild examines the journey of Chris McCandless, a young man who in 1992 donated his life-savings to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska. Four months after he walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley his body was found by a party of hunters. In this best-selling novel, author Jon Krakauer follows McCandless from the abandonment of his possessions to his journey into the wild.

Read More About Into The Wild Here.


9781922182746Meet Me In Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: everything we know about the famous city of Atlantis comes from the work of Plato.

Then he made a second, stranger discovery: amateur explorers are still actively searching for the sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind. Meet Me in Atlantis is Adams’s enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries. If it doesn’t inspire you to go out and discover a long-lost city, we don’t know what will!

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The Travel Book by Lonely Planet
We would be remiss if we didn’t include The Travel Book in our list of inspiring books to fuel your next adventure! Featuring 229 countries of over 800 photographs, The Travel Book is your go-to source for maps and facts to help you plan your next adventure.

Read More About The Travel Book Here



9780241970065The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton
A travel guide with a difference, The Art of Travel provides valuable insight into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing. The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place – and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

Read More About The Art of Travel Here.




American Journeys by Don Watson
Only in America – the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything – are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys, acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other. Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens: long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves.

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Five Gorgeous Hardbacks To Add To Your Collection

Sometimes a book collection isn’t complete without a beautiful hardback edition of your favourite book. Here are five international hardbacks that we think are just divine.

9780803734968I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

The “New York Times” Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking.

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9781410474179Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve.

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9780345802507 All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Jake Whyte has retreated to a remote farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds, with only her collie and a flock of sheep as companions.

But something–or someone–has begun picking off her sheep one by one. There are foxes in the woods, a strange man wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at night. And there is Jake’s relentless past–one she tried to escape thousands of miles away and years ago, concealed in stubborn silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her back.

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9781400065677The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life.

But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics–and their enemies.

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9781410469571The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.

Read More About The Martian Here

John Green’s Paper Towns Trailer Released!

After experiencing international success with the film adaption of The Fault In Our Stars, Nat Wolff and John Green are back with their next feature movie – Paper Towns. We don’t know about you guys, but we’re highly anticipating this one – it’s shaping up to be a stellar cast including Cara Delevingne, Justice Smith, Austin Abrams and Halston Sage.

9780732289003For those who haven’t read it (Where have you been? Grab a copy here), Paper Towns is the story of Quentin Jacobson (Q to his friends), an eighteen year old who is hopelessly in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman. As children they’d discovered a dead body together. Now at high school, Q’s nerdy while Margo is uber-cool. One night, Q is basking in the predictable boringness of his life when Margo, dressed as a ninja, persuades him to participate in several hours of mayhem. Then she vanishes. While her family shrugs off this latest disappearance, Q follows Margo’s string of elaborate clues – including a poem about death. Q’s friends, Radar, Ben and Lacey, help with the search, and a post turns up on a website: Margo will be in a certain location for the next 24 hours only. The race is on! After an epic drive through the night, they catch up a with Margo, and Q learns first-hand that the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.

Check out the trailer here:

Fans of John Green: What did you think? Tell us in the comments!