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ABC RADIO BOOKSELLERS FORUM 2021

December 07, 2021


 ABC Radio Booksellers Forum


Every December on ABC Radio 702 Sydney, Richard Glover invites a few booksellers in to help out with the quandary of buying books as Christmas presents - “All your Christmas gift problems sorted – reader by reader.” Your booksellers this year are David Gaunt from Gleebooks, Lindy Jones from Abbey's and Jon Page from Dymocks and the books shown below are their recommendations from each in that order.

LISTEN TO THE RADIO CHAT HERE (26 mins)



 Lindy Jones at Abbey's Bookshop with a stack of her recommendations





1. A classic book to buy a young person just off to University or a first job.


Educated by Tara Westover

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter, Pat & Raoul Slater

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte





2. A fine, and just published, literary work for your brainiac 40-something Aunt, who always seems to have read everything.


Oh William by Elizabeth Strout

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doer

Bewilderment by Richard Powers





3. A real page-turner for your brother-in-law to take on a beach holiday.


Silverview by John Le Carre

A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir





4. A lively read for a 'not-too-keen-on-books' 17-year-old boy.


The Break by Phillip Gwynne


The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig





5. A gift for old Uncle Dennis who thinks fiction is a bit of a waste of time, on account of the fact that it's all made up.


This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes


Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe





6. A good kid's book.


Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

My Brother Ben by Peter Carnavas






7. The single book from this year that had the most impact on the booksellers themselves.



Still Life by Sarah Winman





LISTEN TO THE RADIO CHAT HERE (26 mins)

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A wonderful selection of books and Christmas gifts!


 Lindy Jones at Abbey's Bookshop with Cloud Cuckoo Land and Still Life