Congratulations to the winners of our Testament of Youth compeititon!
– Theresa Wilson
– Scott Crumlin
– Maree McCormack
– Robyn Du-Shane
– Rachel Gibbons
– Michael Collins
– Heidi Martin
– Robyn Beecham
– Cecilia Torney
– Lee Rippon
Congratulations to the readers selected to receive copies of The Bird’s Child:
– Rebecca Rose
– Kristy Smith- Em Smith
We also have a Q&A with the author of The Bird’s Child, Sandra Leigh Price! Read it here.
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The Strays is a beautiful and eloquent debut by Emily Bitto, winner of The Stella Prize 2015.
It’s the 1930’s, and Eva and Lily are best friends. Eva is a natural born bohemian, daughter to artists and modernists Helena and Evan Trentham. The girls ‘come-of-age’ in the Trentham’s artist colony in the outskirts of Melbourne, in a time when the world is wedged between world wars and the Australian art community is battling strong opposition to the modern art movement and social change.
Bitto’s prose tumbles into a beautifully crafted story, with strong balanced female leads. Eva is fearless, unique and spirited, while Lily is thoughtful and curious. The young girls have an idyllic relationship, and are bonded by their lifestyle… albeit to be inevitably interrupted by other desires.
The Strays is truly a standout debut from a talented Australian writer. Congratulations, Emily!
Reviewed by Gemma @ Bookworld
Bookworld’s No. 1 book for 2014 wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Anthony Doerr’s stunning historical novel, All the Light We Cannot See, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Voted as Bookworld’s number one book for 2014, this epic WW2 tale has solidified itself firmly into the hearts of readers at Bookworld and book lovers everywhere.
Set in WW2, All the Light We Cannot See follows a blind young French girl, Marie-Laure, and her father, who flee the Nazis with a terrible secret tucked in their pockets.
Like The Book Thief, this moving and beautifully written novel will find a special place in on your heart, along with the wonderful characters who populate it.
What you said about All the Light We Cannot See…
“All the Light We Cannot See is a captivating and beautifully written novel which illuminates the impact of war on people, and the possibility of lightness in dark times….” (Rebecca – Bookworld Super Reviewer)
“The story uses flashbacks and flash forwards to establish the characters and their situations. The chapters alternate between several characters but are primarily written from Marie-Laure and Werner’s perspectives…” (Jessica – Bookworld Super Reviewer)
“All the Light We Cannot See is an emotionally driven story…. a powerful story that will have you feeling heavy of heart and yet utterly refreshed. It’s one for the memory bank, and one that will be hard to compete with in its storyline….” (Liana – Bookworld Super Reviewer)
“Simply stunning. Anthony Doerr’s writing is highly visual, full of vivid descriptions. His characters have an emotional pull that is hard to resist.” (Ann @ Bookworld)
“All The Light We Cannot See is a book that will stay with you; comparable to a ageing story that you have the privilege to hear and pass on.” (Lisa – Bookworld Super Reviewer)
Bookworld’s Top 10 Non-fiction pick wins Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert has won the Pultizer Prize for Non-Fiction. A fascinating study into the “sixth extinction”- predicated to be the futures most devastating extinction, the book also featured in Bookworld’s top 10 Non-fiction books of 2014. Kolbert urgently compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
“Elizabeth Kolbert distills the theories and causes of extinction over the last billion years in practical explanations. The Sixth Extinction is fascinating and enlightening read about the shocking affects caused on our world and environment.” (Emma @ Bookworld)
When There’s Nowhere Else to Run wins The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
Newcomer Murry Middleton has won The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for his collection of short stories, When There’s Nowhere Else to Run. The prize is awarded to an unpublished manuscript and the winners work is published by Allen & Unwin.
When There’s Nowhere Else to Run is a collection of stories about people who find their lives unravelling. They are teachers, lawyers, nurses, firemen, chefs, gamblers, war veterans, hard drinkers, adulterers, widows and romantics. Seeking refuge all across the country, from the wheat belt of Western Australia, the limestone desert of South Australia, the sugarcane towns of Queensland, the hinterland of New South Wales to the coastline of Victoria, they discover that no matter how many thousands of kilometres they put between themselves and their transgressions, sometimes there’s nowhere else to run.
When There’s Nowhere Else to Run is out tomorrow (22 April 2015) and we can’t wait to read this one!
Congratulations to all the winners!
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.
2. Mindfulness Colouring Book
Another 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?
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.
4. Art Therapy: The Enchanted Forest
The 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.
5. Secret Paris
We 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.
6. Creatures Great and Small
Looking 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.
28 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.
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:
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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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
First 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.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Vintage Paperback: $12.87
When 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.
Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Penguin Paperback: $21.15
“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.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Vintage Paperback: $12.70
Explosive, 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.
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
Faber & Faber Centenary Paperback: $16.55
Since 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.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.
HarperCollins Paperback: $16.25
The 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.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Random House Paperback: $15.20
‘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.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Popular Penguins Edition: $8.27
This 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.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Vintage Paperback: $12.87
As 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.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
HarperCollins Paperback: $15.85
The 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.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Penguin Clothbound Edition: $25.75
Who 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.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Penguin Definitive Edition: $14.20
In 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.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Toikien
HarperCollins Two-Part Edition: $15.90
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’.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Vintage Paperback: $12.87
Young, 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.
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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A big congratulations today to the lucky individuals selected to win a Blind Date With A Book!
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