BACKYARD CHICKENS

Dave Ingham Allen & Unwin Dave has been scratching around chicken runs since his University share-house days when he knocked together a chicken coop out of recycled fencing and a wooden machinery packing case. Nowadays he runs Rent-A-Chook offering a try before you buy pet chicken business. According to Dave, keeping chickens is “greener than […]

THE SHAPE OF US

Lisa Ireland PanMcMillan Despite excelling at university, Mezz has ended up the second-choice doctor in a two-doctor town. Miserably overweight, she knows it’s only a matter of time… Jewels  runs a successful business and lives in her dream house. All she needs to make life complete is a baby. She’ll do anything… Ellie’s life looks […]

HIPPY DAYS & ARABIAN NIGHTS

 Katherine Boland Spanning five decades and as many continents, this is a funny, moving and compelling story of a woman whose extraordinary life is without could-or-should-haves. From the get-go, Australian artist Katherine Boland has grabbed life by the throat in pursuit of her heart and her dreams. This is the story of one gutsy, feisty […]

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Monica McInerney Penguin Ransom House Set in the Clare Valley of South Australia and the Irish countryside, this is a big, bold and beautiful novel of family, love and secrets, which explores the true meaning of home. The flamboyant 85-year-old Lola Quinlan is preparing for her first trip back to her Irish homeland since she […]

THE SONG OF US

JD Barrett Hachette If Bridget Jones and Nine Proudman had a sister she would be Zoe Wylde. Zoe is a woman at the crossroads. 5yrs ago she fled her life as a concert harpist in London to return to her Bondi home. She still plays but now her audience is on the way out…literally. Her […]

MY OUTBACK LIFE

Toni Tapp Coutts Hachette Sequel to A Sunburnt Childhood, now set in the Northern Territory’s Gulf country later in her married life, Toni’s heart warming memoir continues to be full of adventure, or just as often, misadventure! Running a cattle station with her husband and raising three children in a remote and frequently isolated situation […]

THE GIRL IN KELLERS WAY

Megan Goldin Penguin The voices of two mothers draw us into this compelling psychological thriller – one a homicide detective and the other the troubled wife of a local psychology professor.  As both women are plunged into a murder investigation, they must see beyond the obvious if they are to piece together puzzles of the […]

HE SAID SHE SAID

Erin Kelly Hachette Controversial, twisting, provocative and always gripping: this is the suspense novel for 2017 from the author of The Poison Tree, Broadchurch the Novel and The Burning Air. In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse Laura and Kit interrupt something awful. Laura is sure about what happened. Later, when forced to review […]

THE SONGBIRD SISTERS

Rachael Herron Penguin Random House Third and last in the trilogy of the Darling sisters – formerly a massively successful singing group disbanded and acrimoniously estranged by tensions of family tragedy and trauma, this volume takes up the story of youngest sister and wild child, Lana. A decade on, Adele and Molly have reconciled and […]