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Book Club: December Must Reads

A new book by Christos Tsiolkas, a feel-good novel set on an exotic island and Nelson Mandela's biography are on our radar this month.

Book Club: December Must Reads

By Christos Tsiolkas
Allen & Unwin
Danny Kelly’s one wish is for Olympic gold glory. His parents struggled to send him to an elite private school, which he loathed after being bullied and shunned. But Danny’s ferocity shows them all. An unflinching look at modern Australia, Barracuda is from the author of international bestseller The Slap.



The Girl With All The Gifts
By M.R. Carey
Each morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up and doesn’t understand why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. A heartbreaking and haunting story that is beautifully written.
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The Kensington Reptilarium
By N.J. Gemmell
Random House
The Caddy kids are having the best time in the Australian outback while Dad’s away – until they find out he’s missing. They are soon in the heart of London at Christmas time with their scrooge-like Uncle Basti who prefers the company of snakes.


Far From The Tree
By Andrew Solomon
Random House
In a seminal new study, journalist and lecturer Solomon shares the stories of parents who have exceptional children. Featuring families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism and schizophrenia, Solomon draws on interviews with more than 300 families.

Far From The Tree

The Yellow Eyes Of Crocodiles
By Katherine Pancol
Allen & Unwin
After her husband runs off, Josephine Cortes is forced to make a living. Meanwhile her charismatic sister Iris continues her privileged existence in a chic Parisian suburb. But a chance encounter with a book publisher at a dinner party changes the sisters’ destinies.

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Mandela: In Celebration Of A Great Life
By Charlene Smith
New Holland
Smith records Nelson Mandela’s achievements from his beginnings as an activist through to his political life and how he repaired a wounded nation. Featuring numerous interviews and rare historic imagery.

Mandela front cover

The Best Of Us
By Sarah Pekkanen
Simon & Schuster
Centering on four college friends who reunite in Jamaica, The Best of Us is ideal summer reading. Sumptuous meals in sunny surrounds paint a picturesque scene as they catch up on tales of illnesses and infidelity, until a hurricane arrives and forces them to reevaluate everything.

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By Cassandra Ellis
Simon & Schuster
New Zealander Cassandra Ellis has made a successful career in the UK designing homewares. In the beautifully designed Cloth, she provides insight into craftsmanship and includes projects to help readers produce unique pieces.

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The Signature Of All Things
By Elizabeth Gilbert
From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a story of passion and adventure. Following the fortunes of the enterprising Henry Whittaker, we are introduced to his brilliant daughter Alma who inherits her father’s fortune and mind, only to fall in love with a utopian artist.

Signature of All Things

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