Bestsellers for the week ending Saturday 23rd March 2024

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New Zealand Fiction for Adults

The Space Between

1.
Lauren Keenan
Penguin Books NZ
$37.00

9781776950812

How do you choose between two sides, when you don't belong on either? Frances is an unmarried Londoner newly landed in colonial Aotearoa at the dawn of the First Taranaki War. Once well-regarded, her family's impressive fall from grace sees them seeking their fortune in a raw, new country and struggling to learn the strange etiquette of settler life. When Frances comes face-to-face with Henry White, the man who mysteriously broke her heart a decade earlier, he's standing outside Thorpe's General Store with a sack of flour in his arms. Flabbergasted, she is determined to find out why he ended their relationship. Henry is married now, to the proud and hardy Mataria. Humiliated by her staunch sister Atarangi because of her controversial marriage and their painful past, Mataria lives at the edges of her papakainga.
With conflict swelling between her iwi and English settlers, Mataria fears for the lives of her husband and their young twins. When fighting breaks out, Frances and Mataria find their lives intersecting in surprising, and catastrophic, ways. Each woman must confront her past as she struggles to survive the present, both questioning whether they'll ever belong, or if they're doomed to exist in the uncomfortable space between.
This transformative and gripping debut novel by Lauren Keenan (Te Ātiawa ki Taranaki) is a story of the power of hope when everything else feels beyond your control, the unbreakable bonds of whenua and family, and the discovery of love in the least likely of places.
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The Secrets of the Little Greek Taverna

2.
Erin Palmisano
Moa Press
$37.00

9781869715311

In a village on the Greek island of Naxos there is a gorgeous guest house and taverna that never opened. Cressida's husband died suddenly three years ago - the taverna was their dream, and she couldn't do it alone. Until Marjory St. James, a young traveller, arrives in the middle of the night and, quite unexpectedly, becomes Cressida's very first guest. Between their growing friendship, Cressida's irresistible Greek food, a sizzling summer romance for Jory with a handsome stranger, and the help of some quirky village characters, can these two women find a way to finally open the little Greek taverna?
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The Call

3.
Gavin Strawhan
Allen & Unwin
$37.00

9781991006790

After surviving a brutal attack, Auckland cop DS Honey Chalmers has returned to her hometown to care for her mother. The remote coastal settlement of Waitut? holds complicated memories for Honey, not least the tragic suicide of her younger sister, Scarlett.

Honey is hardest on herself. She let herself get too close to a gang informant. She got sloppy. The Reapers are a 501 gang of Aussie imports, ruthless and organised, and she's pretty sure the informant, mother-of-three Kloe Kovich, paid the price. But when a couple of gang enforcers turn up in Waitut?, Honey realises they are hoping she will lead them to Kloe. But if Kloe is still alive, can Honey save her this time around?

When Honey catches up with her oldest friend, Marshall, her feelings are complicated. As teenagers they were inseparable, but Marshall was the last person to see Scarlett alive, and there are rumours they were sleeping together, that he broke her heart. Honey fears Marshall is not who she wants him to be. Eventually she learns the awful truth about the events that led her sister to take her own life.

When Kloe arrives in town, Honey and Marshall must work together to try and keep the hapless Kloe out of the hands of those who want her - and Honey - silenced.

Gripping and suspenseful, with a killer ending, The Call propels the reader into the world of a terrifying new kind of gang - and introduces a major new talent in crime writing.
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Bird Child and Other Stories

4.
Patricia Grace
Penguin Random House NZ
$42.55

9781776950546

Mythology and contemporary Māori life are woven together seamlessly in this spectacular collection by Aotearoa’s foremost short story writer. The titular story ‘Bird Child’ plunges you deep into Te Kore, an ancient time before time. In another, the formidable goddess Mahuika, Keeper of Fire, becomes a doting mother and friend. Later, Grace’s own childhood vividly shapes the world of the young character Mereana; and a widower’s hilariously human struggle to parent his seven daughters is told with trademark wit and crackling dialogue.
Moving artfully across decades, landscapes, time and space, with tenderness and charm, Bird Child and Other Stories shows an author as adept and stimulating as ever.
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Birnam Wood (Paperback)

5.
Eleanor Catton
Te Herenga Waka University Press
$38.00

9781776920648

Birnam Wood is on the move ... A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass in the South Island of New Zealand, cutting off the town of Thorndike, leaving a sizable farm abandoned. This land offers an opportunity to Birnam Wood, a guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. But they hadn’t figured on the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine, who also has an interest in the place.

The Night She Fell

6.
Eileen Merriman
Penguin Random House NZ
$37.00

9781776950430

'When I last saw Ashleigh, she was lying in a pool of blood ... Her eyes were open, staring sightlessly into the sky. I'd like to think she saw the stars before she died; that in her last moments, she flew. Soaring on serotonin, dreamy on dopamine. I'd like to think she didn't suffer...'
A beautiful young law student dies on the concrete below her third-story window in chilly Dunedin. It's clear enough how she died. What isn't clear is why - or who's involved. Plenty of people had a reason to hate Ashleigh, with her straight As and perfect looks. She's fallen out with her flatmates, and her boyfriend Xander is having second thoughts about their future together. And then there are the weird messages.
The Night She Fell is a gripping new psychological thriller from one of New Zealand's most multi-talented contemporary novelists.
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Pet

7.
Catherine Chidgey
Te Herenga Waka University Press
$38.00

9781776920747

Like every other girl in her class, twelve-year-old Justine is drawn to her glamorous, charismatic new teacher, and longs to be her pet. However, when a thief begins to target the school, Justine’s sense that something isn't quite right grows ever stronger. With each twist of the plot, this gripping story of deception and the corrosive power of guilt takes a yet darker turn. Young as she is, Justine must decide where her loyalties lie. Set in New Zealand in 1984 and 2014, and probing themes of racism and misogyny, Pet is an elegant and chilling psychological thriller by the bestselling author of The Wish Child, Remote Sympathy and The Axeman’s Carnival.

The Girl from London

8.
Olivia Spooner
Moa Press
$37.98

9781869715120

London, 1940. Ruth, a young schoolteacher, volunteers as an escort helping to evacuate children from war-torn England to Australia and New Zealand. Her three-month voyage is fraught - their passage is perilous, and the children anxious and homesick. Nine-year-old Fergus is more troubled than most and Ruth forms an unexpected bond with the boy.

It's not just Fergus who captures Ruth's attention. Bobby, a fellow volunteer who initially infuriates Ruth with his laidback charm, somehow gets under her skin and throws her ordered life into chaos.

Tragedy strikes on their return voyage, when the Rangitane is attacked by German raiders. As the ship goes down, the surviving passengers are taken as prisoners of war aboard the German vessel. To the rest of the world, they are missing, presumed dead.

New Zealand 2005. Hazel boards a plane to London, eager to explore Europe. Sitting next to her is a man named Joe. On her lap is a treasured book from her grandfather, Fergus. A book that will finally reveal Ruth's story.

A captivating, heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and the resilience of the human spirit that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Kāwai

9.
Monty Soutar
David Bateman
$39.99

9781776890309

Kāwai: For Such a Time as This is the remarkable first novel by respected historian Dr. Monty Soutar, in a series that reveals the role of colonisation in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand, balanced with an honest appraisal of the country in pre-colonial times.

The Axeman’s Carnival

10.
Catherine Chidgey
Te Herenga Waka University Press
$34.99

9781776920051

Everywhere, the birds: sparrows and skylarks and thrushes, starlings and bellbirds, fantails and pipits – but above them all and louder, the magpies. Tama is just a helpless chick when he is rescued by Marnie, and this is where his story might have ended. ‘If it keeps me awake,’ says Marnie’s husband Rob, a farmer, ‘I’ll have to wring its neck.’ But with Tama come new possibilities for the couple’s future. Outside, in the pines, his father warns him of the wickedness wrought by humans. Indoors, Marnie confides in him about her violent marriage. The more Tama sees, the more the animal and the human worlds – and all of the precarity, darkness and hope within them – bleed into one another.

New Zealand Non-Fiction for Adults

BBQ Economics

1.
Liam Dann
Penguin Random House
$40.00

9781776950768

From interest rates to the price of cheese and everything in between, this is an essential guide to the New Zealand economy, how it works and why it matters.Should I fix or float? Is everyone moving to Australia? What's with the price of cheese? Who controls the OCR? What do self-made billionaires know that you and I don't? Veteran financial journalist Liam Dann has fielded as many money-related questions as he has enjoyed beers around the BBQ - and often at the same time.In this book, he sets out to answer them all, sharing decades of insight, stories and quotes from prominent politicians, financial experts, and business moguls in a super-informative, entertaining introduction to money, how it works, what we should do with it, and why it matters.
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Wawata – Moon Dreaming

2.
Hinemoa Elder
Penguin
$30.00

9780143777595

Dr Hinemoa Elder, author of Aroha, New Zealand's top-selling non-fiction title of 2021, shows us how to reclaim intimacy with others, with ourselves, and with our planet using the energies of Hina, the Māori moon. Hina, the Māori moon goddess, has 30 different faces to help illuminate life’s lessons - a different face and a different energy for each day of the month. And with her changing light, new insights are revealed.

On Call

3.
Ineke Meredith
HarperCollins
$39.99

9781775542377

Frank, sharp-witted and heart-rending, On Call is a stunning memoir by a female Samoan-New Zealand general surgeon about life, death, and the human limits of care
As soon as she could, Ineke Meredith left her family home in Samoa for New Zealand, filled with determination not to be like her mother: loving but loyal to a violent husband, trapped in a country that limited her. Achieving a scholarship to study medicine, she became a general surgeon at age 33 and worked extreme hours by the motto that what didn't kill her made her stronger. But nothing could have prepared her for when her own parents fell ill - not even a career in medicine.
In this sharp-witted and heart-rending memoir, Ineke tells her story of burnout and finding compassion where she least expected. Racing between hospital patients and torn between her roles as a surgeon, a single working mother and a daughter to two sick parents, this is a book about the cost of care, when empathy comes easier with a patient than with family. When every day presents a life-or-death decision, how do you know when you need to stop?
'Do you take your work home with you?' my son's psychologist asked me once.
'Yes,' I answered honestly. 'Everything is compared to what I see every day. Sometimes I go home just grateful to be alive.'
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Dinner Done Better

4.
My Food Bag
Penguin Random House
$40.00

9781776950881

Make weeknights easy with this collection of My Food Bag's most popular recipes from the last ten years. Sections include- Fast & fuss free (quick and easy weeknight meals, big on flavour, low on dishes) Foodie favourites (My Food Bag's all-time top-rated and most-selected recipes) Fresh flavours (healthy and nourishing options) Meatless Mondays (veggie and plant-based meals, perfect for Mondays or any night of the week) Weekend winners (slow down and get set to impress with special and make-ahead meals) Essentials (go-to sauces and spice mixes)
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Feijoa: A story of obsession and belonging

5.
Kate Evans
Hachette
$39.99

9781869718015

Inspired by a personal obsession with this singular exotic fruit, Feijoa is a sweeping, global tale about the dance between people and plants - how we need each other, how we change each other, and the surprising ways certain species make their way into our imaginations, our stomachs, and our hearts.
The feijoa comes from the highlands of Southern Brazil and the valleys of Uruguay, where it was woven into indigenous and Afro-Brazilian cultures.
It was scientifically named in Berlin, acclimatised on the French Riviera, and failed to make its fortune in California.
Today, it is celebrated by one small town in the Colombian Andes, and has become an icon of community and nationhood in New Zealand.
Of the world's roughly 30,000 edible plant species, only around 150 are now cultivated for human consumption. Most of those were domesticated hundreds or thousands of years ago, but feijoas are among only a handful of plants that have made this journey from the wild to the orchard in the last few generations, providing a rare opportunity to watch, up close, the myriad ways plants seduce us.
Feijoa is a book about connection. Between people and plants, between individuals, between cultures, across disciplines - it celebrates the ways our lives and loves intersect in surprising ways.
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Aroha

6.
Hinemoa Elder
Penguin
$30.00

9780143775225

The top-selling New Zealand non-fiction title of 2021! The timeless wisdom of Māori proverbs - 52 traditional Māori sayings explained by respected Māori psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder, showing us how we can live better lives, in harmony with the planet. Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati
When we stand alone we are vulnerable but together we are unbreakable See the world differently, through some of the wisest of human eyes.

Whakawhetai: Gratitude

7.
Hira Nathan
Allen & Unwin
$37.00

9781991006370

Kia ū ki te pai, kia whai hua ai. Hold on to what is good and good things will follow. An inspirational, bilingual gratitude journal, based on the Māori holistic approach to health, hauora.
Discover the four dimensions of hauora: taha tinana (physical), taha hinengaro (mental), taha wairua (spiritual) and taha whānau (family).
No matter how difficult life can seem, there is always something to feel grateful for. Taking note regularly of the positives – no matter how small – in each of these areas of your life can have a huge impact on your health and happiness.

I Am Autistic

8.
Chanelle Moriah
Allen & Unwin
$37.00

9781991006066

An essential guide to understanding autism- for autistic people and their families, friends and workmates. When Chanelle Moriah was diagnosed with autism at 21, life finally began to make sense. Hungry for information, Chanelle looked for a simple resource that could explain what autism is and how it can impact the different areas of an autistic person's life, but found that there was little written from the perspective of someone who is autistic. So Chanelle decided to create that missing resource. Chanelle discovered just how difficult it can be for autistic adults - particularly females or those assigned female at birth - to be diagnosed or even be assessed for autism. This is partly because there is very little understanding of the different ways autism can present itself. I Am Autistic is a tool for both diagnosed and undiagnosed autistics to explain or make sense of their experiences. It also offers non-autistic people the chance to learn more about autism from someone who is autistic. With clear sections describing the different aspects of autism, accompanied by Chanelle's beautiful illustrations, and with space for readers to write down their thoughts, this book is designed to be personalised to the individual's experience. I Am Autistic helps people feel less alone in their autism and brings knowledge to an often-misunderstood condition.
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The Unsettled: Small Stories of Colonisation

9.
Richard Shaw
Massey University Press
$39.99

9781991016683

What it means to own your past After Richard Shaw published his acclaimed memoir The Forgotten Coast in 2021, he made contact with Pakeha with long settler histories who were coming to grips with the truth of their respective families' 'pioneer stories'. They were questioning the foundation of aggressive acts of colonisation and land confiscation on which those stories had been constructed.The Unsettled weaves those stories with Shaw's own and features New Zealanders who are trying to figure out how to live well with their own pasts, their presents and their possible futures. They may be unsettled, but they are doing something about it.It is an indispensable companion for the journey towards understanding the complex and difficult history of the New Zealand Wars and their ongoing aftermath.
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This is ADHD

10.
Chanelle Moriah
Allen & Unwin
$32.99

9781991006325

An essential guide to understanding Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder — commonly known as ADHD — for people with ADHD and their families, friends and workmates. Chanelle Moriah was officially diagnosed with ADHD at 22, and soon discovered just how inaccessible a lot of information can be for ADHD adults and those who may not yet have been able to obtain an assessment or supports. Chanelle has created a simple resource that explains what ADHD is and how it can impact the different areas of someone's life. This is ADHD
is a tool for both diagnosed and undiagnosed people with ADHD to explain or make sense of their experiences. It also offers non-ADHD people the chance to learn more about ADHD from someone who has it.

With clear sections explaining the many aspects of ADHD, accompanied by Chanelle's beautiful illustrations, and with space for readers to write down their thoughts, this book is designed to be personalised to the individual's experience.

NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN & TEENS

The New Zealand Easter Activity Book

1.
Sarina Dickson & Sarah Greig
Hachette
$14.98

9781869715700

Join the fairies in The New Zealand Easter Activity Book and get creative with loads of mazes, dot to dots, games and activities to complete and colour in. Features tow pages of full colour, Easter themed stickers.

Pee Wee the Lonely Kiwi Finds a New Friend

2.
Blair Cooper & Cheryl Smith
Flying Books Publishing
$24.99

9780473295462

This beautifully illustrated book is a gorgeous little story of friendship between New Zealand Birds. Join Pee Wee as he makes his way around the South Island of New Zealand meeting many native New Zealand birds.

The Grimmelings

3.
Rachel King
Allen & Unwin NZ
$24.99

9781991006646

The same evening Josh Underhill went missing, the black horse appeared on the hill above the house. Thirteen-year-old Ella knows that words are powerful. So she should have known better than to utter a wish and a curse on the same day, even in jest. When the boy she has cursed goes missing, in the same sudden, unexplained way as her father several years earlier, Ella discovers that her family is living in the shadow of a vengeful kelpie, a black horse-like creature.
With the help of her beloved pony Magpie, can Ella break the curse of the kelpie and save not just her family, but the whole community?? Rachael King's writing is immersive and vibrant, rich in lore and an appreciation of the natural world that fans of Katherine Rundell, Susan Cooper and Kiran Millwood Hargrave will love.
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Pee Wee the Kiwi Visits Grumpy Koro's Farm

4.
Blair Cooper & Cheryl Smith
Flying Books Publishing
$22.99

9780473689216

Join Pee Wee on fun filled adventures to his Koro’s farm!

Meet all the Farm animals including Kura the Dog, Heihei the Chicken, Hipi the sheep and more.
Learn about Tiakis promise and the importance of taking care of people place and culture as well as showing respect and kindness for all living creatures

Count the bees and spot the ladybug on each page!

Take Me to Your Leader

5.
Leonie Agnew
Puffin
$22.00

9781776958160

Eleven-year-old Lucas has got a new worry to add to his long, long list - his rural school is on the Ministry of Education's list for closure. What's his mum going to do if he and his sister have to start travelling to a school an hour or two away? She can't drive them; she certainly can't afford boarding school fees and already works long hours in a poultry processing plant to keep the family going. If the school closure goes through, they might have to move to the city. And there's no way Lucas will ever leave his dad's grave behind. He and his friends come up with a mad idea to revive their town and save their school - they stage an alien encounter. Before they know it, tourists are flocking in to check out the crop circles and it looks like the plan might working. But there's also the vehicle with tinted windows that seems to be following them around - why would it be interested in a group of country schoolkids? Before Lucas knows it, he's lost control of his plot, and a chain of unpredictable (and often hilarious) events that follow are quickly turning to chaos!
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Ring Ting Tūī!

6.
Elena de Roo & Paul Beavis
Allen and Unwin Children's NZ
$21.00

9781776957095

The familiar antics of one of New Zealand's favourite native birds have been captured by award-winning picture book creators Elena de Roo and Paul Beavis.
SQUAWK! Things are getting loud!
The kowhai branch is bending ... what a sticky tūī crowd!
Have the tūī slurped too much kowhai nectar to make an escape?
Bursting with fun - and nectar! - this melodious tūī story will have children and adults joining in with the tūī sounds until they too fall to the ground, just like the crowd of too many tūī.
Elena de Roo's sparse use of clever text and impeccable rhythm is combined with Paul Beavis's artwork that oozes with character, creating a special picture book fit for a clutch of chaotic tūī, and finished off with ten fascinating tūī facts.
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Edmonds My First Cookbook

7.
Goodman Fielder
Hachette
$27.99

9781869714109

With an illustrated, step-by-step layout, you'll find it super easy to learn to cook these classic New Zealand recipes.Become a champion-pikelet-maker, an expert-afghan-baker or an award-winning-pizza-creator. From breakfast through to dessert and all the meals and snacks in between, this collection of over 90 recipes will be the beginning of a life-long love of baking and cooking.

Granny McFlitter’s Eggcellent Easter

8.
Heather Haylock & Lael Chisholm
Picture Puffin
$19.99

9781761047176

Hold on to your bonnets - can champion knitter Granny McFlitter rescue the Easter Parade in the knit of time? A fabulously crafty story that buzzes with fun and hot cross buns. Champion knitter Granny McFlitter will have you in stitches with this very special Easter story by Heather Haylock and Lael Chisholm.

The Great Kiwi ABC Book

9.
Donovan Bixley
Upstart Press
$19.99

9781927262917

The Stinky Wonky Donkey

10.
Craig Smith
Scholastic
$22.99

9781775437918

The whiffy Wonky Donkey is back, and this time he is playing an outrageous bad Dad joke on Dinky. As Wonky listened, his face was deadpan, but he was devising an outrageous plan! Dinky Donkey loves hooved animals so much, Wonky Donkey poses the question to her: "Are you hoof-hearted?" Hilarity ensues as Dinky innocently enquires of other members of her family if they are 'hoof-hearted', much to the delight of her dad.

INTERNATIONAL FICTION (EXCL.NZ)

The Women

1.
Kristin Hannah
Pan Macmillan
$37.98

9781035005680

From the worldwide bestselling author of The Four Winds, The Nightingale and Firefly Lane (a Number One series on Netflix), The Women is a story of devastating loss and epic love. It is both an intimate portrait of a woman coming of age in a dangerous time and a story of a nation divided by war.

It would be the journey of a lifetime . . .

Women can be heroes, too’. When twenty-year-old nursing student, Frances “Frankie” McGrath, hears these unexpected words, it is a revelation. Raised on California’s idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing, being a good girl. But in 1965 the world is changing, and she suddenly imagines a different path for her life. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurses Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the young men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed America. Frankie will also discover the true value of female friendship and the heartbreak that love can cause.

The Women is the story of one woman who goes to war, but it shines a light on the story of all women who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Women whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has been all too often forgotten. A novel of searing insight and lyrical beauty, The Women is a profoundly emotional, richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose extraordinary idealism and courage under fire define an era.
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Lone Wolf

2.
Gregg Hurwitz
Penguin Random House
$37.00

9780241598412

The World Needs A New Hero- One of the world's best-loved heroes Evan Smoak returns in an all-new adventure Once a black book government assassin known as Orphan X, Evan Smoak left the program, went deep underground, and reinvented himself as someone who will go anywhere, and risk everything to help the truly desperate who have nowhere else to turn. Since then, Evan has fought international crime syndicates and drug cartels, faced down the most powerful people in the world and even brought down a President. Struggling with an unexpected personal crisis, Evan goes back to the very basics of his mission - and this time, the truly desperate is a little girl who wants him to find her missing dog. Not his usual mission, and not one Evan embraces with enthusiasm, but this unlikely, tiny job quickly explodes into his biggest mission yet. one that finds him battered between twisted AI technocrat billionaires, a mysterious female assassin who seems a mirror of himself, and personal stakes so gut-wrenching he can scarcely make sense of them. Evan's mission pushes him to his limit - he must find and take down the assassin known only as the Wolf, before she succeeds in completing her mission and killing the people who can identify her - a teenaged daughter of her last target, and Evan himself. Matched skill for skill, instinct for instinct, Evan must outwit an opponent who will literally stop at nothing if he is to survive.
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Never Too Late

3.
Danielle Steel
Macmillan
$0.00

9781529085594

An act of terror. A summer of change . . .
Never Too Late is a stirring drama about the power of human connection and embracing brave change, from the billion copy bestseller, Danielle Steel.
Following the death of her beloved husband, Kezia Cooper Hobson decides to leave her home in San Francisco and move to a luxury penthouse in Manhattan, where she’ll be closer to her two adult daughters. As she watches the 4th July firework display from her terrace, Kezia is shocked to see smoke and flames pouring from famous landmarks across New York City. Her neighbour, the famous movie star Sam Stewart, is also aware of the crisis, and watches in horror as the terrifying drama unfolds. Determined to offer their assistance, Kezia and Sam hasten to the site and swiftly become involved in the rescue effort. Shocked and traumatized by the events they experience, Kezia and Sam bond in the days and weeks that follow one of the worst nights the country has ever known. What follows is a summer of healing and change, and the discovery that it's never too late for dreams to be born again . . .
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Sisterhood

4.
Cathy Kelly
HarperCollins
$37.00

9780008672614

Two sisters. One secret. A journey to learn who they really are…
As the waves crash on to a wild Atlantic beach, Lou is at a crossroads. For the first time ever, just giving up seems like an option. In just one night, at her own 50th birthday, her world has imploded. Her mother has kept a secret hidden all her life. And it changes everything.
Before Lou can take another step, she needs to get to the bottom of the shocking truth that alters who she really is. Along with her sister, Toni, who is facing her own crisis, the two women sets out on a life-changing journey – one that will take them through Ireland’s wildest coastline and to Sicily’s sun-baked rocky shores.
It will also take Lou deep into her relationships with her mother, her sister and her daughter to figure out how to stop pleasing everyone else – and carve out who she really wants to be.
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Lola in the Mirror

5.
Trent Dalton
HarperCollins
$37.00

9781460759837

Bighearted, gritty, magical and moving, Lola in the Mirror is the irresistible new novel from international bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton.

'Mirror, mirror, on the grass, what's my future? What's my past?' A girl and her mother have been on the run for sixteen years, from police and the monster they left in their kitchen with a knife in his throat. They've found themselves a home inside a van with four flat tyres parked in a scrapyard by the edge of the Brisbane River. The girl has no name because names are dangerous when you're on the run. But the girl has a dream. A vision of a life as an artist of international acclaim. A life outside the grip of the Brisbane underworld drug queen 'Lady' Flora Box. A life of love with the boy who's waiting for her on the bridge that stretches across a flooding, deadly river. A life beyond the bullet that has her name on it. And now that the storm clouds are rising, there's only one person who can help make her dreams come true. That person is Lola and she carries all the answers. But to find Lola, the girl with no name must first do one of the hardest things we can ever do. She must look in the mirror. From international bestselling author Trent Dalton, Lola in the Mirror is a big, moving, blackly funny, violent, heartbreaking and beautiful novel of love, fate, life and death and all the things we see when we look in the mirror: all our past, all our present, and all our possible futures.

Iron Flame

6.
Rebecca Yarros
Hachette
$37.98

9780349437033


Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College, Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky. Now the real training begins, and Violet's already wondering how she'll get through. It's not just that it's grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it's designed to stretch the riders' capacity for pain beyond endurance. It's the new vice commandant, who's made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is - unless she betrays the man she loves. Although Violet's body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else's, she still has her wits, and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules. But a determination to survive won't be enough this year.
Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College - and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.

Ugly Love

7.
Colleen Hoover
Atria Books
$24.99

9781476753188

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction. He doesn't want love and she doesn't have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two ...

The Year of the Locust

8.
Terry Hayes
Bantam
$38.00

9780593064979

The long awaited follow-up to global bestseller I AM PILGRIM - and a massive event publication from Transworld If, like Kane, you're a Denied Access Area spy for the CIA, then boundaries have no meaning. Your function is to go in, do whatever is required, and get out again - by whatever means necessary. You know when to run, when to hide - and when to shoot. But some places don't play by the rules. Some places are too dangerous, even for a man of Kane's experience. The badlands where the borders of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan meet are such a place - a place where violence is the only way to survive. Kane travels there to exfiltrate a man with vital information for the safety of the West - but instead he meets an adversary who will take the world to the brink of extinction. A frightening, clever, vicious man with blood on his hands and vengeance in his heart...

King of Wrath

9.
Ana Huang
Hachette
$27.99

9780349436326

A brand new steamy billionaire romance from the bestselling author of the Twisted series. She's the wife he never wanted . . . and the weakness he never saw coming.

Ruthless. Meticulous. Arrogant. Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally.

The billionaire CEO never planned to marry - until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with a woman he barely knows: Vivian Lau, jewellery heiress and daughter of his newest enemy.

It doesn't matter how beautiful or charming she is. He'll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal.

There's only one problem: now that he has her . . . he can't bring himself to let her go.

*** Elegant. Ambitious. Well-mannered. Vivian Lau is the perfect daughter and her family's ticket into the highest echelons of high society.

Marrying a blue-blooded Russo means opening doors that would otherwise remain closed to her new-money family.

While the rude, elusive Dante isn't her idea of a dream partner, she agrees to their arranged marriage out of duty.

Craving his touch was never part of the plan.

Neither was the worst thing she could possibly do: fall in love with her future husband.

Lessons in Chemistry

10.
Bonnie Garmus
Doubleday
$26.00

9781804990926

Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.

But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one- Calvin Evans, the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of all things – her mind. True chemistry results.

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The Long and Winding Road

1.
Lesley Pearse
Michael Joseph
$40.00

9780241701508

Lesley Pearse didn't publish her first novel until she was 48. Now she has sold over ten million books around the world and is a constant presence on the bestseller chart.

A writer of heart-stopping stories, Lesley's books are filled with heroines struggling to make it in a difficult world.
Yet this description could apply to Lesley herself. In this, her first ever autobiography, she tells of growing up in an orphanage after her mother's death, her racy twenties in London during the swinging sixties and working as a bunny girl and dressmaker.

Packed full of Lesley's signature warmth, wit and poignancy, this is the story of a woman and a writer fighting against the odds to achieve her dreams.
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Atomic Habits

2.
James Clear
Random House Business Books
$40.00

9781847941831

Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour, starting now. People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits.

Girls That Invest

3.
Simran Kaur
John Wiley & Sons
$30.99

9781119893783

Your step-by-step guide to financial independence--from the creator of the #1 investing education podcast, Girls That Invest.
Ever wondered how on earth the stock market works, but felt too intimidated to ask "those" questions? This is the book for you! In this guide to investing in stocks (aka shares), Simran Kaur teaches the essential principles you can apply to any market, anywhere in the world.
Because money provides freedom: The freedom to say yes or no, the freedom to handle whatever life throws at you, and the freedom to grow and prosper. This book is your invitation to join the thriving community of women who are building a better financial future.
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RecipeTin Eats: Dinner

4.
Nagi Maehashi
Macmillan
$49.99

9781760980139

Through her phenomenally popular online food site, RecipeTin Eats, Nagi Maehashi talks to millions of people a year who tell her about the food they love.
Now, in her first cookbook, Nagi brings us the ultimate curation of new and favourite RecipeTin Eats recipes - from comfort food (yes, cheese galore), to fast and easy food for weeknights, Mexican favourites, hearty dinner salads, Asian soups and noodles, and special treats for festive occasions.

Guinness World Records 2024

5.
Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
$44.99

9781913484408

This year's edition compiles the very best of the thousands of new records approved over the past year.

Gut Check

6.
Steven R Gundry
HarperCollins
$39.99

9780063378643

In this groundbreaking addition to his New York Times bestselling Plant Paradox series, Steven R.Gundry, MD offers a definitive guide to the gut biome and its control over its home—us!—revealing the unimaginably complex and intelligent ecosystem controlling our health and teaching us how to heal our guts to prevent and reverse every type of disease.
We may believe that we are the masters of our fates, but in reality, we are at the mercy of hundreds of trillions of single-celled organisms that exert control over every aspect of how our minds and bodies function. These are the diverse species of microbes living in our guts, mouths, and skin that work together synergistically to communicate with each other and with every system in our bodies.
You are your microbiome’s home, and it wants to take care of you, but first you have to protect it.In Gut Check, Dr. Steven Gundry reveals the emerging science proving that Hippocrates was right – all disease begins in the gut.
When our microbiomes are out of balance, it affects our immune systems, our hormone levels, our mental health, our longevity, and our risk of developing autoimmunity, heart, and neurodegenerative disease, as well as arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Yet, not all hope is lost: disease can also be healed in the gut if we choose to treat our microbes right.
In Gut Check, Dr. Gundry shows us how. In his warm, authoritative voice, Dr. Gundry provides us with the keys to unlocking our gut health, allowing our bodies, and its microbiome, to function at their highest potential. Sharing shocking new research as well as a detailed eating plan with food lists and recipes to heal and rebalance the microbiome, Gut Check provides the cutting-edge information and tools we need to repair our health and reclaim our lives.
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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A -

7.
Mark Manson
Macmillan
$34.99

9781760558772

For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Drawing on academic research and the life experience that comes form breaking the rules, Mark Manson is ready to explode that myth. The key to a good life, according to Manson, is the understanding that 'sometimes life is messed up and we have to live with it'.

The Psychology of Money

8.
Morgan Housel
Harriman House
$34.99

9781804091043

Doing well with money isn't necessarily about what you know. It's about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. Money - investing, personal finance, and business decisions - is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don't make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together. In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life's most important topics.
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The Body Keeps the Score

9.
Bessel van der Kolk
Penguin Books
$30.00

9780141978611

A world expert presents a sympathetic exploration of the causes of trauma and the new treatments making it possible for sufferers to reclaim their lives What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress.
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It's Not You

10.
Dr Ramani Durvasula
Ebury
$40.00

9781785045028

Dealing with a narcissist is hard. One day their confidence and charisma pull you in, the next they gaslight, wreck your self-confidence and leave you wondering what you could have done differently. The answer is: nothing.

In It's Not You, psychologist and narcissism expert Dr Ramani Durvasula shows how narcissists hijack our wellbeing, and what we can do to break free from toxic relationships and embark on a path towards healing.

Drawing on more than 20 years of studying, teaching and helping people navigate the challenging landscape of narcissism, this book is packed with tips and advice to help you confront toxic cycles, let go of trauma bonds, learn discernment and create realistic boundaries.

With the right tools, it is possible to stop blaming yourself and regain your power; this book will show you how.
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The Scarlet Shedder (Dog Man 12)

1.
Dav Pilkey
Scholastic
$21.99

9781338896435

P.U.! Dog Man got sprayed by a skunk!
After being dunked in tomato juice, the stink is gone but the scarlet red colour remains. Now exiled, this spunky superhero must struggle to save the citizens who shunned him!
Will the ends justify the means for Petey, who's reluctantly pulled back into a life of crime in order to help Dog Man? And who will step forward when an all-new, never-before-seen villain unleashes an army of A.I. robots?
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The Easter Bunny Comes to New Zealand

2.
Robert Dunn
Lake Press
$9.99

9780655229490

There’s a special time of the year, when one normal looking bunny embarks on a remarkable adventure. Follow the Easter Bunny as he hides eggs all over New Zealand, with a final stop at your house! Can you find the Easter Eggs hidden throughout the book. A delightful story with cheerful illustrations by Robert Dunn, taking in many highlights from around New Zealand.

Bluey: Hooray, It's Easter!

3.
Bluey
Puffin
$17.99

9781761344695

Bluey and Bingo go on an egg hunt by following clues the Easter bunny left behind. Will they find their Easter eggs?A gorgeous lift-the-flap board book for kids of all ages.
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Influencers (Cat Kid Comic Club #5)

4.
Dav Pilkey
Scholastic
$21.99

9781338896398

The Cat Kid Comic Club is in crisis! After learning that one of their comics will be published, the baby frogs are filled with anxiety and doubt. How will they get their creative groove back? Will Naomi or Melvin emerge as a leader? Will Flippy convince them to finally straighten up and fly right?
The story is hysterical, thought-provoking, and full of action-packed mini-comics: "Frogzilla vs. Mechafrogzilla," "I Am Dr. Fredric Wertham," "Two Birds," and "RoboChubbs." Bestselling author-illustrator Dav Pilkey shows the reader that the best way to influence people is to be open, gentle, and kind. The variety of art styles, paired with Pilkey's trademark storytelling and humor, inspires imagination and innovation for readers of all ages.

No Brainer: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (18)

5.
Jeff Kinney
Puffin
$17.99

9780143778448

In No Brainer, book 18 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, it’s up to Greg to save his crumbling school before it’s shuttered for good. Up until now, middle school hasn’t exactly been a joyride for Greg Heffley. So when the town threatens to close the crumbling building, he’s not too broken up about it. But when Greg realizes this means he’s going to be sent to a different school than his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, he changes his tune. Can Greg and his classmates save their school before it’s shuttered for good? Or is this the start of a whole new chapter for Greg?

LGB Taylor Swift

6.
Wendy Loggia
Penguin Random House
$5.99

9780593566718

Help your little one dream big with a Little Golden Book biography about Taylor Swift, the Grammy Award–winning and multiplatinum artist. Little Golden Book biographies are the perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers! "A must-have for any Taylor Swift collection." —Rolling Stone This Little Golden Book about Taylor Swift--the singer and songwriter whose distinctive talent for storytelling has made her one of the biggest superstars in both country and pop music--is an inspiring read-aloud for young children as well as their Swiftie parents!

The Blunders

7.
David Walliams, illustrated by Adam Stower
HarperCollins
$25.00

9780008614393

Million-copy bestseller David Walliams’ funniest book yet – a laugh-out-loud tale of the most blundering and lovable family in history Meet the Blunders: Bertie, Betsy, their children, Brutus and Bunny, along with their beloved grandma Old Lady Blunder, and their petostrich, Cedric. An ostrich is not a sensible pet, but then the Blunders are not sensible people.

This family of upper-class twits lives in a crumbling country house named Blunder Hall. When their home comes under threat, they must embark on a series of comic misadventures to save it.

Absurd and hilarious, The Blunders is David Walliams’ funniest book yet. A laugh-out-loud tale of the most blundering and lovable family in history.

Bluey: Let's Stick!

8.
Bluey
Puffin
$13.00

9781761345432

Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show! Join in on all the fun Bluey and Bingo get up to, from days at the beach and horsey weddings, to sleepovers, market trips and heaps more. LET’S DO THIS! A gorgeous sticker scenes book for kids of all ages. Bluey is an award-winning preschool show about Bluey, a blue heeler pup, and her family. Airing on ABC KIDS, the show has amassed legions of dedicated fans and hugely popular ranges of books, toys, clothes, games and more.

The 169-Storey Treehouse

9.
Andy Griffins
Pan Macmillan Australia
$18.00

9781760987855

Andy and Terry have built their biggest and most astonishing treehouse yet! It has everything they - and you - could wish for, including an electric pony stable, a Santa Land, a NOISY level, a kangaroo-riding range, a WHATEVER-WEATHER-YOU-WANT dome, a 100% edible gingerbread house and a hall of funhouse mirrors.
But Anti-Andy, Terrible-Terry and Junkyard-Jill, their doppelgangers, are trapped in one of the mirrors - and they want out. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up

That's not my bunny…

10.
Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells
Usborne Publishing
$15.98

9781474988889

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