Wheel of Splendour: Which Musician Should You Listen to Next?

602547236067Florence & the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful


If you’ve ever seen Florence Welch perform live then you can attest to her immense talent. For not only can she belt out a tune as fierce as Aretha Franklin walking on hot coals but she also has the glorious ability to spin around the stage at the height of her echoing sirens cry without ever dropping a note. It really has to be seen to be believed.

If you weren’t quick enough to score tickets to the Splendorous Festivities this week end (like most of us – let’s face it this thing sells out in seconds), then we might suggest you console yourself with the latest album from Florence + the Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. This foray shows a more subdued & introspective side of Florence than we’ve seen before. At times subtle, interlaced with angsty tension & cascading in to heightened moments of orchestral majesty. We strongly thing that in years to come this album will be regarded one of the classics.

888750531025Mark Ronson – Uptown Special


Australia is really being treated over the next week because Mark Ronson (with his band The Business International) will only be performing live shows here in the lucky country in 2015. That’s a wicked indictment for the love people feel for Aussie music fans. The super-producer stormed back onto the scene earlier this year with his mega-hit ‘Uptown Funk’ & his world sweeping 4th album ‘Uptown Special’. The man who brought the world’s attention to Amy Winehouse has teamed up with collaborators such as Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder & acclaimed author Michael Chabon to show us his vision of Funk in the modern age.
While we’re on the subject of Aussie love… We love, Love, LOVE the collaborations with Aussie musician Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala). For us the track ‘Daffodils’ is the highlight beautifully merging of Funk & Psychedelia. Awesome!

602547306760Currents – Tame Impala


Okay, so we’re still on the subject of Aussie love… that is, I mean, loving Aussie music. Tame Impala is a band we love, who really makes us think “damn we have some wicked talent in this country!” This hotly anticipated third instalment ‘Currents’ sees mastermind Kevin Parker drop the guitars & venture in to lush & heady synth laden territory. A fantastical vision that cranks up the saturation and weakens the laws of physics. Stepping away from somewhat fuzzy Beatlesesque rock sounds we heard on 2012’s breakout album ‘Lonerism’, Parker’s introspective lyrics soar over smooth blissed out echoes of Prince. ‘Currents’ is a vision made all the more remarkable knowing that the sound was obsessively hand crafted in Parker’s Freo based home studio. We highly recommend this album for any serious music lover’s collection, we think it is one of the albums of the year.

825646141692Blur – The Magic Whip


‘The Magic Whip’ is Blur’s 8th studio album & comes 12 years after their last. This album came about almost by accident, when a festival date in Japan was cancelled the band found themselves with spare time in Hong Kong so decided to get together in the ragged little studio & record some tunes. There is no doubt that Blur have had a massive impact on the musical landscape particularly at the height of the ‘90s Britpop era. Over an existence of 27 years the band have constantly evolved. In fact to hear them now compared with their debut 1991 release “Leisure” highlights the major shift that has occurred in phases over the years. However, they have always maintained that slightly grungy alternative edge throughout. The standout track from the new album for us is ‘Go Out’ which effortlessly merges subdued pop lyrics with one foot still firmly planted in their distorted alt-rock past.

602547274212Of Monsters & Men – Beneath the Skin


We’ve never seen these guys live but we imagine they would go off. The Icelandic band’s brand of grand-scale folk-pop lends itself to a big appreciative audience, listening to sophomore album ‘Beneath the Skin’ we can just picture a crowd 30,000 strong all singing along. Of course if you’re not heading to the North Byron Parklands this week end you could always crank up this uplifting monster music & use your imagination. Actually if you really want to live-out the experience authentically we’d recommend playing this at full volume & hopping in the shower fully clothed with the water set on full-pressure cold. It is going to be SO wet & muddy in Byron this week end! So why risk catching a cold… you can still catch this warm-hearted beautifully melodic band in the comfort of your own home. Fill your boots up!

We Asked Readers To Tell Us Their Favourite Fictional Crime Fighters

To celebrate Crime Week, we recently asked our readers to reveal their favourite literary crime fighter. Well, the results are in!

97815120283171. Sherlock Holmes (Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
Yes, the intrepid detective himself. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in 1887 and was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. Holmes was originally killed in 1893, (The Final Problem) but later revealed he had faked his own death in 1903 (The Adventure of the Empty House). His creator, Arthur Conan Doyle based the chaeacter on Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Discover the world of Holmes and Dr. Watson here.

97800995748592. Temperance Brennan (Created by Kathy Reichs).
A forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan first appeared in print in Kathy’s 1997 novel, Déjà Dead. Equipped with a keen eye for detail, Temperance investigates human remains at crime scenes and is one of only fifty board-certified foresnic anthropolotists in North America. Brennan has featured in seventeen novels and makes one cameo appearence in First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde.

Uncover more about Temperance Brennan here.

97817411456633. Phryne Fisher (Created by Kerry Greenwood).
The Honourable Phryne Fisher is a wealthy detective who lives in St. Kilda, Melbourne in 1928. She left Melbourne after finishing school to join a French ambulance unit during WWI and recieved a reward for bravery. She then worked as an artist’s model after the war before returning to Melbourne to investigate for a family friend. Phyrne first appeared in print in the 1989 novel ‘Cocaine Blues’.

Read more about Phyne’s adventures here.

97805538261664. Jack Reacher (Created by Lee Child).
A former Major in the US Army, Jack resigned at the age of 36 to roam the United States. Taking odd jobs along the way, Jack investigates suspicious events and frequently finds himself in dangerous situations. Jack was first introduced to readers in the 1997 novel ‘Killing Floor’ and has subsequently featured in nineteen more novels.

Join Jack Reacher on his journey across America here.

97817602908185. Harry Bosch (Created by Michael Connelly).
Harry Bolsch is a police homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. As a child, Harry was moved between orphanages and foster families until he joined the US Army. After his honorable discharge he joined the LAPD in time to save his daughter Maddie from kidnappers who also killed his ex-wife Eleanor. Harry has featured in 18 novels, initially appearing in ‘The Black Echo’ in 1992.

Discover Harry Bolsch’s story here.

Also, a big congratulations to the winner of our Crime Week book pack! Sara Reid – we will be in touch!

Winners: Fiction Favourites + Finding Audrey + More!


Congratulations to the winner of our Fiction Favourites Instagram competition:

Congratulations to the winner of our David Walliams competition:
Aimee Howison

Congratulations to the winners of our Finding Audrey competition:
Judith Janson
Catherine Furfaro
Melissa jackson

Congratulations to all of our winners! Please email your postal details to contact@bookworld.com.au


Review Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella to win your free copy!


Calling all reviewers! We’re on the hunt for three Sophie Kinsella fans who would love to read and review her brand new YA book, Finding Audrey!

From the number 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain. An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energised. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

If you’re a quick reader and keen writer, drop us a line or two in the comments below about the last book you read and enjoyed. We will select three people next week to grab a book. * Australia-only.

Winner Announcement: Testament of Youth, The Bird’s Child


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.

Winners, please email your postal details to contact@bookworld.com.au.

The Strays by Emily Bitto wins The Stella Prize 2015

The Strays - winner of The Stella Prize 2015

The Strays – winner of The Stella Prize 2015

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

Awards Season: Pulitzer Prize & The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award winners

Bookworld’s No. 1 book for 2014 wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See - softback edition

All the Light We Cannot See – softback edition

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 - hardback edition

All the Light We Cannot See – hardback edition (*limited stock available*)

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

The Sixth Extinction

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


When There’s Nowhere Else to Run

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!


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.


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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