Booktopia’s Picks of the Month for August

by |August 6, 2014

The year is heating up!

Not the temperature of course, it’s still ridiculously cold in most parts of the country, but the hearts of book lovers everything are beating a little faster as we start to see some huge names released this month to flex their literary muscles.

This collection of must-read August authors have sold over 100 million books worldwide and between them have been included in five Miles Franklin shortlists, three Man Booker shortlists, amassing three Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction, two Irish Children’s Book Awards, a Commonwealth Writers Prize, the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, the Parker Romantic Novel of the Year award, the Golden Medal of Galicia and a Gold Logie.

Not a bad August eh?


colorless-tsukuru-tazaki-and-his-years-of-pilgrimageColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami

The new novel–a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan–from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since 1Q84

In high school, Tsukuru Tazaki belonged to an extremely tight-knit group of friends who pledged to stay together forever. But when Tsukuru returns home from his first year of college in Tokyo, he finds that they want nothing to do with him. Something has changed, but nobody will tell him what – and he never sees them again.

Years later, Tsukuru has become a successful engineer, but is also something of more…

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this-house-of-griefThis House of Grief

by Helen Garner

Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain.

On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or more…

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golden-boysGolden Boys

by Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett’s third novel for adults is perfectly formed and utterly compelling, an unflinching and disquieting work from one of Australia’s finest writers.

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian live in a world of shiny, new things – skateboards, slot cars, train sets and even the latest BMX. Their affluent father, Rex, has made sure that they’ll be the envy of the new, working-class suburb they’ve moved to. But underneath the surface of the perfect family, is there something unsettling about the Jensons? To the local kids, Rex becomes a kind of hero, but Colt senses there’s something in his father that could destroy their fragile new lives.

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adulteryAdultery

by Paulo Coelho

The thought-provoking new novel from the international bestselling author whose words change lives.

This is Linda’s story.

She’s lucky. She knows that.

It’s what makes being unhappy even worse.

Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, devoted mother and more…

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when-the-night-comesWhen the Night Comes

by Favel Parrett

The hauntingly beautiful story of a young girl transformed by the power of kindness from award-winning author Favel Parrett.

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything.

Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and more…

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the-paying-guestsThe Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in more…

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karl-cooks-be-a-legend-with-these-easy-no-fuss-recipes-with-free-stubby-holder-Karl Cooks

by Karl Stefanovic

*For a limited time only, pre-order Karl Cooks and you will also receive a free stubby holder.(*Offer available while stocks last).

From the co-host of Australia’s popular Today show comes this easy to use cookbook full of delicious recipes for any Aussie home chef that wants to be able to eat like Karl.

Whether you’re planning a weekend with mates, looking to spoil your lady friend or need a no-fuss breakfast to ease your hangover – Karl Cooks has a recipe for every occasion. Let Karl show you how to create a mouth-watering roast or stack a juicy burger, with more…

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where-is-daniel-Where is Daniel?

by Bruce Morcombe, Denise Morcombe, Lindsay Simpson

A percentage of the sales from the book will go to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

On 7 December 2003 Daniel Morcombe disappeared on the Sunshine Coast, while waiting for a bus. For Bruce and Denise Morcombe – the parents of Daniel – and his brothers, Bradley and Dean, it was apparent within hours that something was very wrong. In the first few days following Daniels disappearance, Bruce and Denise made a promise to their son that they would never ever stop looking for him, and bring who was responsible to justice.

We will never give up. As the nightmare of hours became days then weeks, and months and years, the family mobilised to become the moral force behind more…

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revenge-of-seven
Lorien Legacies: The Revenge of 7

by Lore Pittacus

The Garde have suffered the ultimate betrayal: Number Five has allied himself with the Mogadorians, killing Eight and helping the Mogs to abduct Ella from the safe house. Now the fight for Earth’s survival has just become that much more impossible.

The Garde may not have time to mourn their fallen ally, but they’ll make sure to avenge him. And help is at hand from the most unlikely of sources: Adam, a Mogadorian, has turned his back on his people. He might just be their lifeline, but are the Garde repeating past mistakes by putting their trust in him?

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the-king-s-curseThe King’s Curse

by Philippa Gregory

From the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Princess comes the riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England…

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the-imaginary-world-of-The Imaginary World of…

by Keri Smith

‘What kind of world would you like to inhabit?’ Here, Keri Smith begins with a list. Writing down everything the reader is drawn to, from things they love or collect to things that fascinate and excite, including objects, colours, sounds, textures, memories, places and people, the list serves as the building block for the creation of a new world. This world is based entirely on who the reader is as an individual, and as such is completely unique.

Prompted to think about landscape, place names, maps, currency and more Keri Smith encourages everyone to push their imaginations to the limit.

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the-dying-of-the-light
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light

by Derek Landy

The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series.

Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain’t big enough for the three of them. The end will come…

The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop more…

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5The Last Thirteen: 5

by James Phelan

Sam heads to Japan with Tobias to meet the next Dreamer, a famous professional gamer. While at a tournament in Tokyo, Stella arrives forcing Sam and Dreamer number nine to take extreme evasive action. As ever, Solaris is on the scene in a flash…

Meanwhile, Alex and Shiva are captive in Shiva’s New York apartment after being fitted with wrist bombs that will detonate if they attempt to escape, and Eva learns how participating in the Four Corners competition will help discover Solaris’s location, and where he is keeping the Gears he has stolen from them. Sam must find the last 13. Our fate lies with them alone.

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lego-architecture-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win-Lego Architecture

by Dorling Kindersley

Pre-order a copy of LEGO Architecture the Visual Guide by August 26th and you could win 1 of 10 copies of LEGO Minifigure Year by Year! (*Ts & Cs apply)

Iconic buildings re-imagined in LEGO® bricks

LEGO® Architecture: The Visual Guide is a stunning guide to the LEGO Architecture series and to the iconic buildings that inspired it.

Celebrate the past, present and future of more…

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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