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Lindy Jones

Lindy is on the Judging Panel for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was awarded the inaugural Australian Bookseller Association Bookseller of the Year in 2011.
Alfred's War

Alfred's War

Rachel Bin Salleh ,  Samantha Fry

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There's always a number of picture books released at this time of year on the ANZAC experience, but this one is a little different. Alfred lives on the road, but every Anzac Day he makes sure to attend the dawn service. Alfred fought in the war, but he was one of the forgotten soldiers - an Aboriginal man who signed up for adventure and travel, as many young men did. This quiet and poignant book does not preach, but conveys its powerful message of how war made all men equal, but peace did not. The simple illustrations have a muted pallette, but are effective and make for good discussion points. Young primary readers. Lindy Jones

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Age range 3 to 10 Alfred's War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines. Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads - billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could.

Alfred was a forgotten soldier. Although he had fought bravely in the Great War, as an Aboriginal man he wasn't classed as a citizen of his own country. Yet Alfred always remembered his friends in the trenches and the mateship they had shared. Sometimes he could still hear the never-ending gunfire in his head and the whispers of diggers praying. Every year on ANZAC Day, Alfred walked to the nearest town, where he would quietly stand behind the people gathered and pay homage to his fallen mates.

Rachel Bin Salleh's poignant narrative opens our hearts to the sacrifice and contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia's war efforts, the true extent of which is only now being revealed. 
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The Old Man

The Old Man

Sarah V ,  Claude K. Dubois

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a translated French book which does not shy from the difficulties that face some members of our society. The old man of the title has been depersonalised by homelessness. It follows him through his long and lonely day - trying to find something to eat, somewhere to rest and sleep. At the same time, a little girl goes though her day - and when they intersect, a simple act of kindness leaves them both with something of value... Expressive watercolour and pencil illustrations and a valuable non-strident message simply conveyed. Primary ages. Lindy Jones

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Day breaks over the town. Wake up, everybody! Its time to go to school. Its time for the old man to get up, too. The night was icy and hes hungry. His name? He no longer knows... This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no homea nobody, who cant even remember his name. But his day changes when he is noticed by a child.
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Capital

Capital

Nik Neves

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A large and informative picturebook which explains what a capital city is, and then gives information about more than 20 capitals (including Canberra). A little bit of history mixed with landmarks to see, colourfully illustrated over a double page spread. There are also sections on architecture, clean gren cities, transportation and even a little quiz at the end. Perfect for the young child who likes to pore over maps and dream about other places! Lindy Jones

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Journey to Italy, the USA, Thailand, Japan, the United Kingdom and many more countries around the world seeing the sights, learning the secrets and histories of the capital cities.
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Dingo

Dingo

Claire Saxby ,  Tannya Harricks

$24.99
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Part of the Nature Storybook series (previous titles include Koala, Emu, Big Red and others) where there is a story to follow about the featured animal (in one font) and on the same page, pertinent facts, or accessible explanations about the animal's behaviour (in a different font). Gorgeously illustrated by Tannya Harricks in a free flowing and energetic style that perfectly captures the posture of the dogs and the alpine landscape around them. An excellent addition to the series! Lindy Jones

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Can you see her? There   deep in the stretching shadows   a dingo. Her pointed ears twitch. Her tawny eyes flash in the low-slung sun. Dingo listens. Dusk is a busy time. Dusk is the time for hunting. This lyrical non-fiction picture book is written by award-winning author Claire Saxby and stunningly illustrated by fine artist Tannya Harricks.
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A-Z of Australian Animals

A-Z of Australian Animals

Jennifer Cossins

$26.99
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Did you know Numbats have more teeth than any other land mammal? Or that Imperial Jezebel caterpillars eat their eggshells after hatching? Or that male Variegated Fairy-wrens use yellow petals to attract females? This attractive book by an award-winning illustrator/writer/artist goes through the alphabet from Azure Kingfisher to Zebra Finch by way of other interesting birds and animals. Not just Koalas, Quokkas, Red Kangaroos and Wombats as you might expect, but also creatures like Jabiru, Orange-bellied Parrot, Unadorned Rock-Wallaby and (my favourite!) Xanthotis Macleayanus (Macleays Honeyeater). Scientific names, facts and a concise summary of the animal and its habits are on one page, on the other, enchanting illustrations. A beautiful and informative book. Lindy Jones

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A beautifully illustrated hardback anthology of 26 of Australia's most fascinating animals from CBCA Honour Book author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins.

From the award-winning creator of A-Z OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS comes a stunning non-fiction picture book for boys and girls with a love of animals and a thirst for all things encyclopaedic. This exquisite full-colour picture book is packed with interesting facts and is perfect for young conservationists and students with a keen interest in the world around us.

On this expedition through the alphabet, you will encounter some of the Australia's rare and enchanting animals, from the gorgeous azure kingfisher and the sleepy koala, to the shy numbat and the friendly zebra finch.

Come on an illustrated journey through Australia's unique wildlife with Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins.
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Kookaburras Love to Laugh.

Kookaburras Love to Laugh.

Laura Bunting ,  Philip Bunting

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- From the talented team who have given us Mopoke and Koalas Eat Gum Leaves comes another comically dead-pan and amusingly illustrated picture book! We all know kookaburras love to laugh, but there is one who is a very serious fellow indeed. He doesn't get the jokes, and when the incessant cackling gets too much he has to escape, hoping to find a more suitable mob to hang around with. Of course, both he and his friends discover a simple truth… With attractive design and deceptively simple but extremely expressive illustrations, this should put a smile on any reader's face! Lindy Jones

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It is no laughing matter when you are the most serious bird in the borough.    Kookaburras love to laugh. They laugh when it is sunny, or rainy, or windy. They laugh for no reason at all. When one  serious kookaburra decides to flee the jokers, and goes to find a more suitable flock, he finds that perhaps he might just be in the right place after all.
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The Silver Sea

The Silver Sea

Alison Lester ,  Jane Godwin

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This picturebook is a collaboration by two of our finest writers/illustrators for children, and a number of youngsters who were undergoing treatment at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. It is a gentle and reassuring story about adventuring down through the blue and getting home by dawn. The illustrations are a collage of the children's contributions and Lester's characterisation, with rhythmic text and interesting language. All profits go to the hospital. Ages 3-5. Lindy Jones

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Let’s go down to The Silver Sea,
Come on, I’ll hold your hand...

Take a journey beneath the waves in this magical adventure created by young people at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with much-loved Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin. Their unforgettable collaboration explores the hidden treasures of our seas and celebrates the joy of exploration – and of returning home.
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Armistice

Armistice

Ruth Starke ,  David Kennett

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A companion book to the impressive My Gallipoli, this presents an array of characters remembering the day that Armistice was declared - and the time afterwards. A powerful book as it retells the many sides and effects of the end of war, from military (ordinary soldiers and commanders both) and civilian perspectives. Includes maps and factual details, and with striking illustrations by David Kennett. Thought-provoking commemoration of the centenary of the end of WW1, particularly valuable in  engendering discussion and reflection for older readers. Lindy Jones

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In this companion to the award-winning, My Gallipoli, many voices will recall the day the Great War ended and the monthsthat followed before peace rang out around the world.

On 11 November 1918, after four years of fighting, the Allied powers signed an agreement with Germany to end the Great War and to begin peace negotiations. The armistice, as it was known, took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. But it would take more than seven months before peace would finally be declared at Versailles on 28 June 1919. The Great War was over. But the world as it had been known was changed forever.

In this book, many voices recall the day the war ended,and the months that followed before peace rang out around the world. Armistice will bring these stories to life and is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the fighting stopped.
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Llamaphones

Llamaphones

Janik Coat

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of my favourite board books is the clever Rhymoceros by Coat and her new board book will join it on my highly recommended list! It explores homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings. Using a somewhat resigned Llama to illustrate the differences, this incorporates the occasional touch and feel element, and is stylistically attractive whilst retaining a certain joyfulness and wit. Preschool ages. Lindy Jones

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In Janik Coat's much-anticipated follow-up to Hippoposites and Rhymoceros, Llamaphones will feature witty words that may sound the same but are spelled differently - and have different meanings. Like the other books in the series, this one will feature surprising novelty features, including a touch-and-feel element, making homophones an easy and fun concept to learn.
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The Invasion

The Invasion

Peadar O'Guilin

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the sequel to one of my picks for 2017 (The Call) and is every bit as inventive and fastly-paced. It starts with Nessa on her way to join her love, Anto, but before she reaches him, she is arrested and thrown into a horrifying prison. Her crime? Surviving the Call - or pretending she did, according to the authorities, because how can a cripple like her survive when so many fine fit teenagers didn't? As a traitor, her chances of surviving her own people are worse than surviving the inventive tortures of the Sidhe… Meanwhile, pacifist Anto has been co-opted into the military defending regions from the increasing incursions of the Sidhe (who have a gruesome and terrifying 'new' way of fighting). He knows Nessa is innocent, but how can he convince those in power? 14+ Lindy Jones

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In a world where teenagers are trained for the most horrific three minutes of their livesThe CallNessa and Anto both survived theirs, but fate has a cruel way of rewarding them.

Nessa is branded a traitor, no-one believes that someone like her could survive the three minutes. Shes thrown in prison and eventually sent where all traitors are sentback to the horror of the Greylands... but this time theres no way home.

Anto, with his giant, disfigured arm, is packed off out of the way to join the militia. The fight is on to prevent the creeping and evil magic of the Sidhe that seems to be getting stronger and stronger. Ireland is being invaded and the enemy are building their army from the very people defending it, its a bloodbath. However, Anto cant get Nessa off his mind, he knows in his heart shes innocent and hell go to any length to rescue her.

The final chapter in this thrilling and fast-paced adventure, with the power of true love at its very core.
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The Rainbow

The Rainbow

Ros Moriarty

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- These two sweet little books for kindergarten ages are illustrated by Balarinji in the studio's trademark vibrant colours and patterns inspired by Indigenous art. The Rainbow is for learning about colours, couched in simple sentences. Who Saw the Turtle has slightly more advanced sentences and features creatures of the sea. Both books have the text translated into the Yanyuwa language of Borroloola, NT at the end of the book, and they would make lovely gifts for overseas. Some proceeds from sales of these books go to Indigenous literacy programmes so they do good twice over! Lindy Jones

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A perfect read-aloud story which revels in the kaleidoscopic colours of the Australian landscape featuring Indigenous art by Balarinji.

The land bakes...RED. The sun sets...ORANGE. The dawn glows...GOLD. The flowers burst...YELLOW.

A joyous serenade to colours that show country before a storm, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.

Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early learning program.
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Who Saw Turtle?

Who Saw Turtle?

Ros Moriarty

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- These two sweet little books for kindergarten ages are illustrated by Balarinji in the studio's trademark vibrant colours and patterns inspired by Indigenous art. The Rainbow is for learning about colours, couched in simple sentences. Who Saw the Turtle has slightly more advanced sentences and features creatures of the sea. Both books have the text translated into the Yanyuwa language of Borroloola, NT at the end of the book, and they would make lovely gifts for overseas. Some proceeds from sales of these books go to Indigenous literacy programmes so they do good twice over! Lindy Jones

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Who saw Turtle? Did the whale with the slapping, splashing tail? Or the octopus with the dangly, stretchy tentacles? Maybe the fish with the glittery, shimmering scales? A glorious exploration of the amazing migration of Turtle as she travels the world and then returns home to lay her eggs, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education.
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Vita Sackville-West: A Note of Explanation

Vita Sackville-West: A Note of Explanation

Vita Sackville-West ,  Kate Baylay

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Yes, that Vita! This was commissioned for the library of Queen Mary's Doll House in 1924, and has been elegantly reproduced, with a cloth cover and gold foiling on the cover, and very beautiful illustrations that catch the joie de vive of the Roaring Twenties. A sprite takes up residence in the luxuriously appointed Doll House, and causes consternation by the traces of her occupation within the beautiful residence. Whimsical and light-hearted, this will delight young and older readers! Lindy Jones

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Preserved unpublished on a bookshelf in the library of  the dolls' house created for Queen Mary in 1924, this  enchanting story is a previously unknown work by the  celebrated poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. The delightful tale tells of a spirit who inhabits the  dolls' house, unseen by conservators, paying guests  to the Castle and even Queen Mary herself. Having  seemingly been present for the major moments of  fairy tale history such as Cinderella's ball, Sleeping  Beauty's waking kiss, and the creation of Aladdin's  palace, she has made herself at home in this early  twentieth-century house, baffling even its maker. This sumptuous book is beautifully bound in real cloth  and uniquely illustrated by Kate Baylay. This charming  story by a major figure in twentieth-century literature  will appeal to adults and children alike.
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

Ursula Vernon

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is one of the funniest books I've read and is finally in paperback. Harriet is a Hamster Princess, cursed at her christening by the deadly Ratshade to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she turns 12 and die. Of course the fairy godmice can change that to falling asleep, but Harriet grows up not knowing what fate has in store for her. When she discovers the curse, she realises (because she is a very clever princess, unlike the frail and pale helpless hamster-maidens her parents wish she was more like) that she is invincible! She embarks on a series of adventures until duty calls her back to face the music - but all that smiting and riding about on her hunting quail has given her cunning as well as strength. Things don't always go to plan and she has to do a bit more rescuing, persuading and cleaving… Lots of simple illustrations push the narrative along and add to the fun! Ages 7-10. Lindy Jones

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Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather... dull.

One day, though, Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is most wonderful news: It means she's invincible until she's twelve! After all, no good curse goes to waste.

And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey... until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way. Perfect for fans of Babymouse and Chris Colfer's Land of Stories, this laugh-out-loud new comic hybrid series will turn everything you thought you knew about princesses on its head.
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Room on Our Rock

Room on Our Rock

Kate Temple ,  Terri Rose Baynton

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There are two sides to every story, and this book illustrates that truth quite plainly. Read from front to back, and it is about one lot of seals denying a place on their rock for two other seals who are obviously in need of refuge. But read the book from back to front, and the message is turned on its head, so it becomes a caring and welcoming invitation to the homeless seals to share in the safety of the rock. A good book to share with the youngster who asks about refugees; it doesn’t preach or scare but allows room for discussion of this pressing issue. Lindy Jones

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Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story. This clever picture book has one story that can be read two different ways.

When read from front to back, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. But when the book is read from back to front, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock. A heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.
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The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

Armin Greder

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If Room on the Rock takes a gentle approach, this book which also tackles the refugee crises, is much more blunt. This is the book for much older students to use, and is uncompromising in its depictions of human misery. Armin Greder never sugarcoats, and if his black-washed images are confronting, they are no more confronting than the reality they depict. There is only one sentence, right on the first page, and the illustrations that follow show the food chain of actions that cause mass exodus as well as the literal food chain… Dark, eloquent, thought-provoking and brilliant. Lindy Jones

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Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns. A devastating indictment of our society's treatment of refugees by the creator of The Island.

With eloquent and devastating imagery, the creator of the multi-award-winning book The Island again asks us to examine our responses to the plight of refugees. How long will we remain silent witnesses?

'After finishing this book, I imagined a different story, one recounting the journey of a family with an entry visa, setting out on an aeroplane or a ship, landing or docking safe and sound in a country where they can make a new start.

These are known as 'safe and legal pathways' and Amnesty International calls on the international community to provide them to those fleeing war, torture and persecution. Routes over land, air or sea that would save people having to entrust their lives to crime rings, which is otherwise the only possibility that remains open to them.
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Koala Bare

Koala Bare

Jackie French ,  Matt Shanks

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- One very stroppy koala lists all the reasons he is not a bear: he doesn't like picnics or wear pants or eat honey or fish or bamboo or porridge! Loudly proclaiming his differences and his individuality, the feisty animal wreaks havoc in his quest to be understood. Jolly rhyming text and expressive watercolour illustrations capture the character and make this a delight to share with pre-schoolers. Lindy Jones

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For too long koalas have been called bears.But this koala is out to prove to the world that he is BARE! And that never, ever, ever can a koala be called a bear... From the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Diary of a Wombat comes a hilariously funny picture book that Jackie French has created with talented newillustrator Matt Shanks. Ages: 3 years+
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Aussie Legends Alphabet

Aussie Legends Alphabet

Beck Feiner

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- An ABC with a difference, each letter is given a double page spread; one side has a portrait incorporating the letter, the facing page a short sentence summing up the Australian personality. For example,  A is for Adam Goodes and the A (in red and white stripes) is his body; or T is for Tim Flannery and the T is his polo shirt - all quite clever graphic designs and easily recognised. The mix of male and female characters also includes indigenous and migrant Australians, scientists and politicians, musicians and journalists, sportspeople and artists - mostly from the 20th century. At the back are thumbnail biographical details, to expand on the accompanying text. Colourful and fun. Lindy Jones

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Forget Alpha, Bravo, Charlie ...In this irreverent look at Australian cultural icons, A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke and C is for Cathy Freeman.  This is no ordinary alphabet book!  This is the official A to Z of amazing Aussies that make this country so great.  Sometimes irreverent, always charming, and beautifully illustrated by Beck Feiner.
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Big Fella Rain

Big Fella Rain

Webber ,  Martins

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- The northern part of the country waits for the rainy season. When the rains come, the landscape opens up, and the animals and environment are transformed. Simple and elegant text tells of the changes, and the lyrical and evocative illustrations by Fern Martins capture both the small details of plants and animals, and the transition from dry to wet. A celebration of the seasons; it would make a beautiful souvenir for visitors as well! Lindy Jones

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Big Fella Rain is a celebration of northern Australia as animals, birds, trees and a parched earth await the first rain.  It is almost as if country stands still as the sparse yet evocative text pays homage to the transition from dry season to wet season in a country that is like no other place in the world.  Fern Martins illustrations seamlessly portray the dramatic skies, the thirsty animals and tiny creatures whose very existence rely on the monsoonal changes. Her exquisite rendering of the big landscape against the subtle shifts in the environment have a timeless quality that will capture the hearts of all readers.
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Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem

Joe Berger

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- Sam Lyttle can't help himself - he does occasionally stretch the truth. Just a little bit, sometimes. Okay, quite a lot, often! Truth is complicated, he finds,  and when a relatively tiny little tweaking of the real facts turns into a mega problem, Sam has to learn that honesty might just be easier to deal with… Heavily illustrated in a mix of straight text and captioned drawings, this is an entertaining book for the newly confident reader. A seven-year-old boy in my acquaintance absolutely adored this book, thinking it one of the funniest things he's ever read! Lindy Jones

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To Sam Lyttle, the truth is like an elephant. It's heavy, worrying and wrinkly. And when it's sitting in your way, you can't go under it or over it. But you CAN skirt round it... So Sam does, every now and then, tell the odd porky-pie, much to the annoyance of his family. But is there more to Sam's occasional streeeetching of the truth than meets the eye? The first book in this laugh-out-loud series by author and illustrator Joe Berger.
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STAGS

STAGS

M. A. Bennett

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Greer has had the choice while her father is on an extended filming job to stay with her rather dull aunt or to take a place at St Aidans the Great boarding school. She's smart so it seems a good idea to go to the school, with its extensive educational programmes. However, it caters for an entirely different class of people, and she soon finds herself friendless and struggling amongst the privileged set.

But then she gets an invitation from the golden boy Henry de Warlencourt, embossed with the words: Huntin' Shootin' Fishin.' Thinking this is her entrée into the school's hierarchy, led on by Henry to think she is specially chosen, she accepts. It doesn't take long for her to realise that she and two others (also misfits in the school - the nouveau riche daughter of a tech king and the son of an Indian principality) are especially chosen, and that the hunting, shooting and fishing is for entirely different quarry than the animals on the isolated estate...

A gripping, sometimes genuinely terrifying, novel - one that was hard to put down! Ages 14+ Lindy Jones

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It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...
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The Book of Secrets (#1 Ateban Cipher)

The Book of Secrets (#1 Ateban Cipher)

A. L. Tait

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Gabe was left as a foundling on the steps of a monastery, and has known no other life than the cloistered and disciplined institution. Nor does he have any great curiosity about the outer world, thinking his life will always be ordered and neat - until a dying man thrusts a mysterious manuscript into his hands with instructions to take it to Aidan and no-one else. Before he has time to blink, Gabe is swept up into a grand adventure, unable to return to the monastery, not knowing who to trust and on the run. Fortunately for him he falls into the hands of a notorious band of robbers - who happen to be girls with a mission of their own. A swift-paced adventure for readers 9-12. Lindy Jones

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What's the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure. As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life's biggest lessons are not found in books. Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he'll ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own.


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A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Krystal Sutherland

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Esther's family has been cursed, ever since her grandfather met Death's apprentice in Vietnam, and actually escaped the fate that was meant to be his. Each member has a great fear, and it will be the thing that kills them - her father is agoraphobic, her mother an addicted gambler who fears bad luck, and her twin brother can't abide the dark. When Esther is conned by Jonah, a former friend, and he makes off with her list of things she could potentially be killed by, it starts a strange and beautiful friendship. Jonah is determined to help Esther surmount her fears, and challenges her to confront them - filming them as they go through the list. Unbeknownst to her, she is becoming a social media star… A likable and imaginative young adult novel, with interesting characters (including Death, who has a world-weary line of snappy but almost-compassionate rejoinders) and the stirrings of first love. Lindy Jones

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Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she'd been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them- in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn't counted on - love.
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A Bag and a Bird

A Bag and a Bird

Pamela Allen

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new book from Pamela Allen is always going to be a treat, and this one is darling! A little boy and his mother pack a lunch, set out from Kirribilli to walk across the Bridge and go to the Botanic Gardens for the day. When they are there, they see an ibis caught up in a plastic bag, and with a lot of help, set it free. This is reminiscent of the well-loved Alexander's Outing and is a joyful portrait of the city with a quiet environmental message conveyed in simple rhythmic text and clean-lined illustrations - a book that will be enjoyed by resident and tourist alike! Lindy Jones

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This is a story of a plastic bag and a bird - a cautionary tale about taking care of our environment as well as being a wonderful showcase of some of the famous sights of Sydney.'One day, a long time ago when I lived in Kirribilli, Sydney, I packed a lunch and set out to walk to the Botanic Gardens... I crossed the harbour bridge then climbed down to Circular Quay. I walked beside the sea wall, past the Opera House until I reached the Botanic Gardens.And this is what I saw.'
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Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros

Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros

Meg McKinlay ,  Leila Rudge

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. And although the other rhinos told her how she had a good life already with everything a rhino could need, still she listened to her own heart and built a boat. Despite all of the others' doubts, she sails away and sees more than she ever dreamed, until she returns home to share her tales: and perhaps kindle the spirit of enquiry in an even smaller rhinoceros. With gentle and happy illustrations in coloured pencil and watercolour by Leila Rudge, this is a sweet encouragement to step outside the everyday and discover the world for yourself. Ages 3-5 Lindy Jones

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“Don’t you wish,” said the small rhinoceros, “that you could see the world?” And so begins this delightful picture book by award-winning creators Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge. Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away... From the duo behind award-winning picture book No Bears comes a simple yet inspirational tale about challenging the norm, pushing boundaries and being true to oneself.
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The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

Sophie Green

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Taking place over three years, this traces the friendships and changing lives of a small community just outside the outback town of Katherine. It follows a formula - the standoffish woman, her misfit friend, the English rose daughter-in-law, and the outsider and the abused wife - all women needing to prove their worth in a male-oriented world. Together they find friendship and succour while attempting to find something finer (and more literary) in their difficult lives. And yes, while it isn't wildly original, it is an enjoyable, competent and satisfying read, probably best accompanied with a plate of scones and a pot of tea! Lindy Jones

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In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard and people are isolated. But they find ways to connect.

Sybil is the matriarch of Fairvale Station, run by her husband, Joe. Their eldest son, Lachlan, was Joe's designated successor but he has left the Territory - for good. It is up to their second son, Ben, to take his brother's place. But that doesn't stop Sybil grieving the absence of her child.

With her oldest friend, Rita, now living in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Ben's English wife, Kate, finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale, Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship and purpose: they all love to read, and she forms a book club.

Mother-of-three Sallyanne is invited to join them. Sallyanne dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town of Katherine where she lives with her difficult husband, Mick.

Completing the group is Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land.

If you loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and The Thorn Birds you will devour this story of five different women united by one need: to overcome the vast distances of Australia's Top End with friendship, tears, laughter, books and love.
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Whipbird

Whipbird

Robert Drewe

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- What better set-up in order to dissect attitudes, skewer pretensions and tell lots of stories, than a huge family gathering? On a hot November weekend at his newly acquired vineyard near Ballarat, barrister Hugh Cleary is hosting a family reunion to celebrate 160 years since Conor Cleary arrived in Australia. Amongst the attendees is his notorious rock star brother Simon/Sly, who thinks he’s dead and is the complacent host to Conor’s ghost; sister Thea, a doctor with a family health revelation; their father Mick, a die-hard Richmond fan still nursing a grudge about being made redundant years ago; cousin Doug, who was part of the team that sacked Mick; cousin Ryan, Catholic priest/ex-Afghanistan forces padre with a secret crush. Then there’s the strangely familiar teenager, tattooed and disruptive, who in a Puck-like way spreads mischief and spite wherever he goes.

With such a vast number of characters to choose from, Drewe has sly fun commenting on family, society and history. Sometimes a little stretched with so many characters, and occasionally veering towards stereotype, this is nonetheless an entertaining read, the family dynamics leading to many humorous set pieces, and Drewe’s descriptive powers perfectly capturing the landscape. Lindy Jones

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Kungadgee, Victoria, Australia. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary's new vineyard, Whipbird, six generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months - a chance to proudly showcase Whipbird  to the extended clan. Some of these family members know each other; some don't. As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.  Comic, topical, honest, sharply intelligent, and, above all, sympathetic, Robert Drewe's exhilarating new novel tells a classic Australian family saga as it has never been told before.
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Tin Man

Tin Man

Sarah Winman

$29.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This third book from Winman is very different from her others (When God was a RabbitA Year of Marvellous Ways). There's no magic realism - something I love as a reader, though others don't - but there is the beautiful writing and fully-fleshed, believable characters that have characterised her work. I'll go so far as to say this is my favourite book of the year so far, and I don't really think it will be topped. In all ways this is a perfect book, from its narrative structure to its depiction of loss, grief, friendship, love and survival.

It's almost impossible to describe this book without giving away the plot, such as it is, but it is about a man who has lost everything he valued. Ellis works in an automotive factory, going through the motions after the two loves of his life died five years previously. He is haunted by grief and regret and the sheer weariness of keeping going when there seems to be nothing left to live for. The reader learns what he has lost, but we also see the first shoots of regrowth… An entirely believable and truly moving story, one you can go back to and read again and again. I have - four times now. I suspect I will keep this one close! Lindy Jones

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The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international bestseller When God was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller A Year of Marvellous Ways.

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.
 
And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives and it changes nothing and everything.

Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of her previous novels with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.
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Where is Grandma?

Where is Grandma?

Peter Schossow

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Henry and his nanny Gulsa are on their way to visit Henry's grandmother in hospital. When Gulsa gets caught up on her phone, Henry, who is bored, decides to find Grandma for himself. After asking at the information desk and not having any luck, he sets off through the hospital looking for her, meeting all sorts of people from patients to doctors.  Quite a lot of text and with illustrations that repay close attention, this is a sophisticated picture book (originally from Germany) with a simple storyline that may have the side effect of demystifying hospitals and how they work. Lower primary ages. Lindy Jones

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Henry is visiting his grandmother in the hospital. When his nanny has to take a call, he decides to go on alone. He knows Grandma well, after all! But the hospital is bigger than he thought, and his visit becomes an odyssey: down corridors, up lifts, in and out of rooms. Staff, patients, and equipment are everywhere. Now Henry isnt sure he will find Grandma after all. This is a hospital odyssey: seen through the eyes of Henry, who finds friends, humour, lots of information, and  at last!  Grandma.
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A is for Australian Animals

A is for Australian Animals

Frane Lessac

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There are many A-Z books using Australian animals but this one is set apart by giving a handful of interesting facts on the featured creature (and by the distribution maps at the back of the book in case the young reader wants to know where they might find them!) Colourful slightly naïve and joyful illustrations show the animals in natural poses and simplified habitats. I rather liked that X stood for Crusader Bugs because the insects have a x-shaped cross on their backs! A book both useful and attractive, for ages 3-5. Lindy Jones

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Australia is full of the most amazing animals on the planet! What animal has six thumbs? What animal produces square poo? What animal is made up of 95 per cent water and is highly venomous? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic tour of Australian animals.
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Ruben

Ruben

Bruce Whatley

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Whatley is known for his simple illustration styles (Diary of a Wombat etc) or impressionist style (Fire) but this book is completely different. The inevitable comparison will be with Shaun Tan's Arrival as it is a work of graphite on paper, although unlike that other masterpiece this book does have text. Rather surreal text, which allows the reader to fill in the gaps and construct the meaning for themselves. Ruben is a small, almost stunted figure, living alone in a threatening city, but one day he notices another small figure slipping in and out of the shadows, and gives chase. From such beginnings grow possibilities of change... Will appeal to anyone who admires the artistry of children's illustration. Lindy Jones

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Ruben’s dreams were of places that made no sense to him.

Places that didn’t exist. At least not anymore.

Ruben lives in a safe place in a city that takes everything and gives nothing back. He begins to feel that he is in danger and ventures to Block City where he meets Koji. She too has been hiding from the dangers of the industrial city and its excesses. Ruben and Koji realise that if they combine their knowledge of how the city works they can find a way to escape... together.
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The Shop at Hoopers Bend

The Shop at Hoopers Bend

Emily Rodda

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Quil Medway is an orphan who lives with her high-flying, loving but distant, aunt. Packed off to a holiday camp, 11 year old Quil gets the oddest feeling as her train goes through a small town on the other side of the mountains, and before she has time to reconsider, she gets off. She's drawn to an old shop, and when a cheeky dog and the shop's owner appear, it's the start of her finding a home and the real feeling of family… Told with all the considerable charm you would expect from one of Australia's best-loved authors, this is a lovely read for upper primary ages. Lindy Jones

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From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn't even know that was where you belonged. 

Eleven-year-old Jonquil (known as Quil) Medway is a girl with more than an unusual name. Quil's parents died in a car accident when she was a baby and she now goes to boarding school, but spends her holidays with an aunt - or at camp, which is where Quil is heading when she decides to get off early at a train stop called Hoopers Bend. 

It is there that Quil meets Pirate, a chunky little white dog with black spots who immediately adopts her and Bailey, a crabby older lady who has gone to Hoopers Bend to check out the shop that has been left to her by an uncle. 

There is something magical about the shop at Hoopers Bend though, and once it casts its spell on Quil and Bailey they are drawn together in an unlikely friendship and their fight to save the shop from developers. 

From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn't even know that was where you belonged. Ages: 9+
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Sparrow

Sparrow

Scot Gardner

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sparrow is in juvenile detention, and on an exercise off the Kimberley coast when the boat taking his group back to the mainland catches fire. In a split instant and despite the fear of saltwater crocodiles and sharks, he decides to escape. Reaching the shore and eluding his pursuers, Sparrow has to survive on his wits and determination not to go back. As the reader follows him in his quest for survival in what could be a hostile and unforgiving landscape, we also learn the life that Sparrow is so desperate to escape, and that the wilderness doesn't hold as many threats as his past. Weaving in themes of survival, resilience and environmental awareness, this is an interesting and powerful novel for readers 13+ Lindy Jones

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One, two, three, breath. When a juvenile detention exercise off the coast of the Kimberley goes wrong, sixteen-year-old Sparrow must swim to shore. There are sharks and crocs around him but the monsters he fears most live in the dark spaces in his mind. He's swimming away from his prison life and towards a desolate, rocky coastland and the hollow promise of freedom. He'll eat or be eaten, kill or be killed. With no voice, no family and the odds stacked against him, Sparrow has nothing left to lose. But to survive he'll need something more potent than desperation, something more dangerous than a makeshift knife. Hope.
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Koala

Koala

Claire Saxby ,  Julie Vivas

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A blend of fact and story, this picturebook is part of a series of titles about Australian animals. It follows a little koala as he has to leave his mother's territory, and find a home of his own. In a different font below the main text, factual information is given that explains what is happening and why. With beautifully soft and expressive illustrations by Julie Vivas, this gently educational book is aimed at newly confident readers who aren't quite ready for a serious book full of facts. Lindy Jones

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It is time for Little Koala to leave the protection of his mother. But many challenges and dangers lie ahead for him as he searches for his own home eucalypt and learns to be independent. During his search he encounters other territorial koalas, wanders though a bushfire-ravaged landscape and endures a night of storms. Koala is written by award-winning nonfiction picture book specialist Claire Saxby, and illustrated by the much-celebrated Julie Vivas, one of Australia's premier illustrators.
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The Last Spell: The Thickety #4

The Last Spell: The Thickety #4

J. A. White ,  Andrea Offermann

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the final volume in the Thickety sequence, which has been one of my favourites! The Spider Queen is searching for the pieces of the first grimoire, and when she has them she will destroy the world out of sheer rage and spite. Kara and Taff need to find them before Rygoth does, but to do so will come at a dreadful cost. Kara must go back to the past to find the Princess who began the whole wickedness, and then unravel the web of lies and deceit to save those she loves, and those who trust in her. A satisfying conclusion to a clever series. Lindy Jones

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The spellbinding conclusion in the critically acclaimed Thickety series, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman. In The Thickety #4: The Last Spell, Kara and her brother Taff must find the hidden pieces of Princess Evangeline's grimoire to defeat Rygoth and her army of witches in one last good versus evil battle. Kara and Taff have discovered that the Spider Queen is searching for Princess Evangeline's grimoire-the Vulkera. Legends say that any witch who wields its dangerous magic would be indestructible. Kara and Taff have to stop the Spider Queen from finding the ancient weapon-and destroying everything. They will travel through time with an old enemy, come face-to-face with the creatures that guard the grimoire's pages, and unravel a king's dangerous secret, before one final battle against the Spider Queen. But can Kara save the people she loves and cast a spell that could change magic forever.
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The Secrets She Keeps: The #1 International Bestseller

The Secrets She Keeps: The #1 International Bestseller

Michael Robotham

$32.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— One of the very best writers when it comes to twisty crime writing, this new book has all the psychological dramas and hidden motives any fan could wish for! Agatha is a shop assistant, and she is pregnant. She is also fixated with Meg, one of her customers, who is also pregnant, but lives a different sort of life - one that Agatha knows about because she not only watches Meg very carefully but reads her mummy-blog. Appearances deceive, because Meghan is not having quite so perfect a life as Agatha believes. Both Agatha and Meghan are hiding secrets, and as they come closer to delivering their babies, the story starts to become very gripping indeed… Told through both characters' voices, this is a compelling thriller, and as Robotham can do so easily, there are always more surprises even when you think everything is revealed! Lindy Jones

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Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

A compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.
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Wimmera

Wimmera

Mark Brandi

$29.99
WINNER INDIE AWARDS 2018 - DEBUT FICTION

ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— When Ben is eleven, the girl next door commits suicide. A new neighbour moves in, and asks Ben to do small jobs for him around the yard. It's the late 80s and Ben has been brought up to be polite and helpful. Ben's best friend, Fab, is a bit of a tearaway, exceedingly loyal, and the victim of unacknowledged (though well known) domestic violence. They do everything together but Ben starts to become distant, and as they grow older they grow apart. As the narrative switches in time, the reader starts to see what has happened and a chilling story is revealed. Atmospheric and gripping, with a veracity to place only someone who has grown up in a small town can convey, it is the sort of book you read in one sitting, but stays with you for much longer. Lindy Jones

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The bestselling Australian debut from the Crime Writers Association Dagger winner.
 
In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.

Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Up close, the man's shoulders were wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green. His hands were enormous, red and knotty. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.
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Australia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

$29.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript last year, and is of the high calibre you would expect from such a prestigious award. It is a collection of short stories, and the main theme is how people of different backgrounds try to find a place to belong in contemporary Australia. A medical student from Hong Kong meets his white girlfriend's country family for the first time; the Indian doctor who is targeted by an Italian patient who hasn't improved after his broken bones were set in casualty; the girl who finally admits to her Syrian background in a tourist setting; the Chinese grandmother made to feel burdensome. But there are also tender and perceptive stories about motherhood, loneliness and ageing. Sympathetic, clear-eyed and insightful writing. Lindy Jones

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Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider's sensitivity and understanding with an outsider's clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we've seen before.
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One Thousand Trees

One Thousand Trees

Kyle Hughes-Odgers

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In the middle of a grey city, Frankie dreams of trees. This very attractive book has minimal text  - in fact the bulk of it is made up of prepositions (beneath/through/amidst etc). Beautifully designed, and presented in a muted palette of soft browns and greens, the illustrations convey the deep need to connect with nature, and celebrate imagination and mindfulness. A quiet book to appeal to the very young - and the much older! Lindy Jones

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Deep in the heart of the city, Frankie dreams of a thousand trees... over them, under them, through them, above them. Award-winning artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers takes readers on a journey of imagination and discovery, exploring the art of nature and the nature of art.
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Two Rainbows

Two Rainbows

Sophie Masson ,  Michael McMahon

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another deceptively simple picture book, again beautifully designed and conveying more beyond the minimal text. A girl looks out her window on to city street and out to a rainbow. She recalls the farm she used to live on, and how the colours in the rainbow bring different memories and present day contrasts. As she progresses through the spectrum, by the time she reaches indigo, she realises there are things that haven't changed. A reassuring book in its way, that change is not without its compensations. Lindy Jones

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All the colours of the rainbow are explored against the striking backdrop of two different worlds.  A stunning exploration of colour by internationally acclaimed author Sophie Masson and emerging illustrator Michael McMahon.
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The Call

The Call

Peadar O'Guilin

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A little way into the future, Ireland is a country in trouble. The original inhabitants, the Sidhe, have returned and reclaimed their kingdom, and no human can enter or leave, nor anything human-manufactured. Worse still, they steal teenagers; every young person knows they will be Called, and when they are, they need all their wits and strength to survive the ordeal. A day with the Sidhe, but three minutes and four seconds in human time, and if the teen survives the traps of the other side, he may be returned alive. Mutilated, but alive. Otherwise, mutilated, and dead. These Sidhe are not the fairies of sweetness and light, but dangerous ferals wanting revenge. Teenagers are sent to schools to learn how to survive, but Nessa is not expected to. She is a cripple, and if strong healthy children can't survive The Call, how will she? This is a great read, enthralling and heart-poundingly clever! Readers 14+ Lindy Jones

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Nessa and her friends attend Boyle College to train for the most dangerous time of their lives - THE CALL. Without warning, each one of them will wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one-in-ten chance of returning alive. No one believes Nessa can make it, but she's determined to prove them all wrong. And she will need every ounce of spirit and courage in order to survive...
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The Dream Walker

The Dream Walker

Victoria Carless

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In a tiny fishing hamlet in the far north of Queensland, Lucy bides her time. Her Mum died in mysterious circumstances a year before, her Dad has turned inwards with grief, the fish have stopped running, and the boy she loves has been sent to boarding school. Yet Lucy has a plan, to escape Parkers Corner with her best friend Polly, just as soon as they have finished school. That dream keeps her going, but other dreams start to intrude - ones that seem to belong to someone else… as the year progresses, and everything she relied on falls apart, Lucy learns to find reserves and another way into the future she longs for. A finely written novel for readers 14+ Lindy Jones

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The weight of a secret can drag you under...

A tender coming-of-age young-adult novel for fans of Gary Crew, Vikki Wakefield and Craig Silvey.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger's Landing - a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe and nowhere near a corner).

But just like the tides Lucy's luck is on the turn, and as graduation nears her escape plans begin to falter; her best friend, Polly, is dropping out of school to help pay the bills, and Tom has been shipped off to boarding school, away from the flotsam of this place. And then there's Lucy's nightlife, which is filled with dreams that just don't seem to belong to her at all...

When the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn't the only one with a secret.
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Understory

Understory

Inga Simpson

$32.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Many people dream about making a tree change. When Simpson and her partner fell in love with ten steep acres of bush in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, they succumbed to its allure without quite knowing just what they were taking on. Within a short time they followed their hearts and purchased the adjoining block to set up their own writers’ retreat business, threw in their jobs and slaved – only for the GFC (and other factors) to drop them so deep into debt that their dream, and their lives, started to unravel.

This book interleaves natural science and personal story, description and reflection. Many chapters start with a particular tree found on the block - its growth and habit, the fauna it supports and its human usage - before flowing into Simpson’s life and labours. She learns to look, to see, and finally to recognise not only the trees on her property, but also her own possibilities and strengths. While each of her novels (Mr Wigg; Nest; Where the Trees Were) has shown a strong connection to land and nature, this book allows her to expand her concerns and observations, and to preserve and celebrate her trees in words - a fine addition to the genre of Australian nature writing. Lindy Jones

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"The understorey is where I live, alongside these plants and creatures. I tend the forest, stand at the foot of trees and look up, gather what has fallen."

Each chapter of this absorbing memoir explores a particular species of tree, layering description, anecdote, and natural history to tell the story of a scrap of forest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland - how the author came to be there and the ways it has shaped her life.

In many ways, it's the story of a tree-change, of escaping suburban Brisbane for a cottage on ten acres in search of a quiet life. Of establishing a writers' retreat shortly before the Global Financial Crisis hit, and losing just about everything when it did.

It is also the story of what the author found there: the literature of nature and her own path as a writer. Understory is about connection to place as a white settler descendant, and the search for a language appropriate to describe that experience.
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The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York

The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York

Anne De Courcy

$32.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This new book from the best known chronicler of upper class women is concerned with the influx of young American women who married into aristocratic British families (and occasionally other European peerages) in the 19th century. While the transAtlantic trade in brides was often characterised as American money for European titles, de Courcy takes a slightly different slant. Often, it seems, the trade was driven by socially ambitious mothers who gained a surefire entrée into the consumerist high society of New York, a rarefied and exclusive 'club' that had strict and rigid codes and was not easily breached by the outsider, no matter how much of her wealthy husband's money she might spend in pursuit of social acceptance. Yet, if your daughter had married a baronet or an earl or better still a Duke, you had instant cachet…

Telling the stories of many a young heiress who was foisted onto penurious peers (or sons thereof) this is a sparkling and well researched read. It catches the sophistication of the Gilded Age, as well as conspicuous consumption that was de rigueur - how else would anyone know how rich you were if your wife didn't spend enormous quantities - and wasn't that her prime occupation? Lovely descriptions of balls and jewels and gowns by Worth counterpoint the stories of what the American girls were exchanging for their coronets, the vast differences in expectations and lifestyles they were plunged into with their marriages. Greatly entertaining, but also a wonderful dissection of high society in the latter parts of the 19th century. Lindy Jones

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Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. 

From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.
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The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

Penelope Lively

$22.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— If you enjoy the short story form, then you know that Penelope Lively is a great exponent of the style. In this, her fifth collection, she takes her keen eye to a range of subjects, though most of them are concerned in one way or another with the way a certain class of contemporary society lives and behaves, and with the way people so often don't say what they want in the heartfelt expectation that communication is what others should be doing. From the title story (as told by a waterbird decorating a Pompeian garden) through to the last story of perfect revenge, via tales of surprise and sometimes even ghosts, these are little gems! Lindy Jones

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A dream house that is hiding something sinister; two women having lunch who share a husband; an old woman doing her weekly supermarket shop with a secret past that no one could guess; a couple who don't know each other at all even after fifteen years together; and, in the story from which this collection takes its name, a bird and a servant girl in ancient Pompeii who cannot converse, but share a perfect understanding. In this new and varied collection of short stories, Penelope Lively shows that she remains a master of her craft, and one of our finest English writers.

'Lively remains a sublime storyteller' Guardian
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Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster

Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster

Sally Rippin

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Having given beginning readers the Billie B Brown and Hey Jack series, Sally Rippin has turned to middle primary readers with this, the first in a new series. Polly has trouble reading her spells, as the letters keep wriggling away - quite an impediment for a young witch. It also makes her the class outcast. Her best friend is Buster, the monster next door (who has his own un-monsterly talent of changing colour when emotional) but in their community witches and monsters are not supposed to be friends. When Polly makes a monumental blunder that inadvertently releases a huge spell, she becomes feted by the popular girls at school, and as she increasingly enjoys the attention, she forgets what is really important. Illustrated by Rippin, with lots of white space around the text, this book will appeal to newly confident readers. Lindy Jones

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From Australia’s best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster – a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship.
 
Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends?
 
Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous.
 
But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever.
It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness.
Somehow, they've managed to keep their friendship a secret.
Until one day, when everything changes...
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How This Book Was Made

How This Book Was Made

Mac Barnett ,  Adam Rex

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a funny tale about the creation of books. The author directly addresses the reader, telling the story of the story - how it started as an idea, became a bunch of words, then a heap of drafts and so on through the entire labour intensive process of becoming a physical object. Okay, so there are also a few digressions, with busy illustrators and tigers and astronauts and pirates, and the reader has to get to the very last page before the secret ingredient is revealed, but this is a lovely way of explaining how books are made! Readers 5-7. Lindy Jones

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You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger. New York Times best-selling creators Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book... with a few unexpected twists along the way! Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.
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Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Jackie French

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This completes the loose trilogy that started with Hitler's Daughter and Pennies for Hitler and is probably more affecting than the previous two. It follows the journey of Johannes, a boy from Poland whose parents are doctors. He believes what he has heard about Hitler and looks forward to joining the Hitler Youth, until the mistake, as he thinks it, is made, and he finds himself consigned to a concentration camp. There is also Frau Marks, who has tried to save Jewish babies until she is betrayed; and Helga, who helps Johannes at the lowest point of his life; their stories of survival and eventually finding refuge in Australia form the basis of the novel. The theme however is finding forgiveness, and how difficult that is… A fitting conclusion to the war novels. Lindy Jones

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This is the story of Johannes, and Frau Timmins, and the strange girl now known as 'Helga'.  It is also the story of how they survived the death camps, the vast wilderness faced by refugees in World War Two, and how they eventually found happiness in Australia.  The final title in the multi award-winning Hitler series, this compelling story follows on from Heidi's story in Hitler's Daughter and Georg's in Pennies for Hitler, and shows us that evil must be fought and won. But once you've won, the hardest and most necessary battle is to understand and forgive.  And to learn how to love and live again. Ages: 10 years+
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The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father or Failure?

The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father or Failure?

Michael Sedunary ,  Bern Emmerichs

$29.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Continuing the excellent illustrated series of early colonial govenors, this follows on from The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip and William Bligh: A Stormy Story of Tempest. It asks whether Macquarie was Founding Father or Failure, and proceeds to lay out the facts of his governorship - what he achieved, his attitudes to emancipists and 'exclusives' and the enemies he made. With clear and concise text, and Bern Emmerichs' energetic illustrations which further the storyline, this is a stimulating and entertaining history for readers 9-12.  Lindy Jones

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The story of Lachlan Macquarie is an important story in the history of modern Australia that has been largely lost to the current generation of school children. Whilst we've all seen many things named after Macquarie, few realise the important role he played in the Australia we know today.

Lachlan Macquarie's gravestone bears the inscription, 'Father of Australia'. That's quite a claim, but is this a title Macquarie really deserves? He is rightly celebrated for his inspired infrastructure building and his enlightened treatment of convicts and emancipists, but his treatment of the Indigenous population was far from enlightened. And then there was the Bigge report to the British Parliament that was scathing in its criticism of Macquarie's governorship, on the grounds that he was far too 'democratic'. So how are we to think of this towering figure of Australian history: founding father or failure?

Michael Sedunary's narrative is both informative and interactive; he poses questions and points out modern parallels. Bern Emmerichs' extraordinary illustrations capture the lively naïvete of the painting and drawings of that time with the sophisticated, clever techniques of illustration today. The illustrations all painted on large ceramic tiles that are individually fired between each layer of colour.
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Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground

Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground

Samantha Grove ,  Camille Heisler

$24.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a simple introduction to soil science for young primary age readers. It's told through the eyes of a young boy, James, whose innate curiosity has him exploring dirt - the insects that live in it, how compost is formed, the origins of soil and its different types, and how we use it. The illustrations are full of light and use a subdued colour palette, with just the right amount of detail to be educational when necessary, and to show the wonder of the the world through James' perceptions. A worthy effort from CSIRO publishing. Lindy Jones

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Age range 6 to 9 years  Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to be a soil scientist. In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in, but an essential part of our world. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the ways that soil is essential in our lives. Written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and with engaging illustrations from Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries.  Teachers Notes available
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Release

Release

Patrick Ness

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A day can change your life, and this novel is about the pivotal day in Adam's life. His life is complicated - while other people know, his deeply conservative Christian family don't realise he is gay. His first love is moving interstate, and his new possible love-interest is patiently waiting. There will be a farewell party, but it's possible Adam will be banned from going, and so miss out on seeing the one who broke his heart. His older, perfect, brother has a few bombshells to drop, and so does his best (female) friend. Then there's the sleazebag at work who goes a bit too far. And meanwhile there's an uneasy ghost of a murdered girl, a mysterious nature spirit trying to stop the world from ending, and a rose… One for older teens; Ness' many fans will devour this! Lindy Jones

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The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls.  The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.
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Beyond the Edge of the Map: Mapmaker Chronicles #4

Beyond the Edge of the Map: Mapmaker Chronicles #4

A. L. Tait

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- You can't keep a good adventurer down, and this book follows the original Mapmaker Chronicles! Quinn has settled down onto the farm he won for his exploits, kept busy reproducing his wonderful map. He's starting to feel a little bit restless though, and his oldest brother is always spoiling for a fight. When Quinn escapes an attempted abduction, he learns that other kingdoms are interested in his abilities, and so his King and his former captain decide to send him out into the unknown away from their enemies. Quinn and two unlikely companions are entrusted to distant cousin Lord Thornten's care, and sail out into the unmapped seas - and of course, plots are discovered, dangers faced, and adventures embarked upon! A rollicking read which those who have read the first three books should thoroughly enjoy! Lindy Jones

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Quinn is back! He finished his race around the world and is living a quiet life on the family farm, until he discovers that the King's enemies want to capture him. Quinn is forced to go on the run, taking to the high seas once more. Can he survive when he is double-crossed and left for dead? BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE MAP is another thrilling adventure from A.L. Tait in the bestselling Mapmaker Chronicles.
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Black Cats and Butlers: Rose Raventhorpe Investigates #1

Black Cats and Butlers: Rose Raventhorpe Investigates #1

Janine Beacham

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lady Rose Raventhorpe is very fond of her butler, Argyle, who is the only one who has time and love for her. On the night of her twelfth birthday, Argyle becomes the fourth victim of the Black Glove Murderer, who is targeting butlers in the city of Yorke. Just as disturbing, the black cat statues who are reputed to be the city's guardians are starting to disappear, and Rose stumbles upon a clandestine society of butlers, who know how to use a rapier just as well as they know how to supervise setting a table. Together with her best friend (a poetess with a taste for black and Gothic mysteries) Rose sets out to make sure that an ancient prophesy does not come to pass. Lots of adventure and intrigue and a determined (but well brought up) heroine! Upper primary readers. Lindy Jones

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The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton Abbey  When Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found (gasp!) murdered in the hallway of her own house, she's determined to uncover the culprit. Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week! Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians. Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know...
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Numbers: How Counting Changed the World

Numbers: How Counting Changed the World

Jackson

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the sort of book that brings to life a subject that for many of us was made to be dull and boring! To begin with, it is colourfully illustrated, with informative captions (on the very first page one explains how piles of pebbles were called calculi in Latin, thus giving us the word calculate). It clearly explains concepts in terms of numbers, for example fractions break up whole numbers, logarithms use addition for multiplication, numbers can be imaginary or solve problems or expain the world. It covers history, mathematicians and processes, all in an informative but accessible style. Ages 10+ (even the interested non-maths adult!) Lindy Jones

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The first book in a new series

One of the hardest questions that mathematics teachers have to answer is “Why?”. Schoolroom sums are crucial in learning the awesome power of mathematics, but they are often a world away from how the knowledge is applied and where it came from. Numbers: How Counting Changed the World is there to fill that gap.

The story of numbers begins with counting 1,2, 3… but it ends with a mind-boggling mass of numbers so densely packed that we can’t be sure where one number ends and another begins. Along the way we meet superhero numbers like π, e and googol; we learn that numbers can be perfect, irrational, even imaginary; and that modern mathematics still bears the hallmarks of many ancient civilizations.

Numbers: How Counting Changed the World introduces the amazing people who figured out what numbers are and what they can do. Written to engage, entertain, and enthuse young people, it shows readers how the ideas of long-dead geniuses ended up in their homework assignments: The Mayans of ancient Mexico were using zeros long before anyone else, and we count time and angles in multiples of 60 because that is what the people of Babylon did (for good reason). Meanwhile Pythagoras was a murderer, the shape of a credit card is defined by the golden ratio, and John Napier, the inventor of logarithms, seldom appeared in public without his pet rooster!
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Trapped!: Truly Tan #6

Trapped!: Truly Tan #6

Jen Storer

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new adventure with one of my favourite young heroines. Tan is as feisty and as curious (or should that be imaginatively inquisitive?) as ever. She is also still very concerned with recording her observations with the correct pen whilst being properly accessorised! In this new story, the holidays are about to start, there is a mysterious boy (or is he a gypsy) and Tan has to look after her neighbour's yard while Mrs Topple is away. When a strange car and a shadowy figure keep appearing, Tan knows her Great Detective skills are called for, and with the help of her friends (and assorted animals) she is going to solve the mystery. Ages 7-10. Lindy Jones

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The next title in the best-selling and very popular Truly Tan series.  Way out in the country, Mrs Topple is Tan's closest neighbour. But Mrs Topple has gone on a cruise and Tan is in charge of security at the Topple cottage.  Tan is also looking after the garden and watering the plants. But mostly she's in charge of security. Which is just as well because something suspicious is going on.  A strange car has been coming and going and a shadowy figure has been spotted snooping around. And now Tan has noticed items moving around in the garden - on their own!  As tensions mount, Tan decides a stake-out is in order. Little does she know she is walking straight into a trap.  Ages: 8 years+
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Reservoir 13: Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award

Reservoir 13: Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award

Jon McGregor

$29.99
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— For the fans, all I have to say is, there's a new Jon McGregor. Like me, you'll just be excited to know he's got a new book out, doesn't matter what it's about, you know it will be brilliant.

For the rest of you? Those who haven't read If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (which won the Betty Trask Prize and Somerset Maugham Award and was listed for the Booker in 2002) or So Many Ways to Begin  (also Booker listed in 2006) or Even the Dogs which won the Impac in 2012. (There's also a very fine collection of short stories, if you prefer that form: This isn't the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You). Well, I would say you need to!

McGregor breaks rules. Each of his books is different in style, but all are involving. You can't help but trust him as you are immersed in the stories he tells, and as importantly, the way he tells them. Reservoir 13 is an extraordinary addition to his body of work.

The novel's lynchpin is the disappearance of a young teenage girl. She was on a New Year holiday with her parents and lagged behind on a country walk. The whole village turns out to search for her, but she is never seen again. The novel then spreads over the next thirteen years, always circling back to the mystery of Rebecca's whereabouts; yet what it does is describe the people of the village and their lives, the traditions that bind and the changes that gradually overtake them, and the surrounding landscape and wildlife. Equal importance is given to things such as the movement of herons and badgers, the gardens in the allotments, the flow of water and weather, as to the human stories unfolding gradually: friendships and failed marriages, difficult relatives and ill health, children and old people, work and recreation, bereavements and resilience. A paragraph may continue the stories of a number of human characters in a few lines and then relate the seasonal happenings in the natural world - a beautifully elegant and exquisitely observed narrative.

Layers and layers of small revelations build up to a rich and varied portrayal of communal life in all its ordinariness and small gracenotes. It's so rare to come across such true accomplishment that I can almost forgive him for not being more prolific! Lindy Jones

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Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. 

Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must. As the seasons unfold there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together or break apart.

There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals.Bats hang in the eaves of the church and herons stand sentry in the river; fieldfares flock in the hawthorn trees and badgers and foxes prowl deep in the woods – mating and fighting, hunting and dying.

An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger’s tragedy refuse to subside.
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Say Yes: A Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope

Say Yes: A Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope

Jennifer Castles ,  Paul Seden

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two young girls are the best of friends, but because one is Indigenous and the other white, they are treated differently."It's just not fair" is the constant refrain, as they grow older and the law tells them what they can and cannot do. But then there is a referendum, and maybe, just maybe, things will change for the better. Simple text tells the story of the historic 1967 Referendum and of how two strong women (Faith Bandler and Jessie Street) fought for the Yes vote. It is an excellent introduction to the complex issues and attitudes of the day, with notes at the back of the book explaining how prejudice was enshrined. The illustrations are by Indigenous artist Paul Seden, who uses his pen and ink watercoloured drawings against scanned archival photographs. A fine book for ages 7-10. Lindy Jones

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A timely reminder for children and adults alike to slow down, stop and appreciate the world around us. From a fast-paced metropolis to the greener, magical places a young girl's imagination, Slow Down, World is a whimsical journey towards mindulness.
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Olivia the Spy

Olivia the Spy

Ian Falconer

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- She's back! That truly adorable headstrong piglet just happens to overhear (Olivia wouldn't really use the word 'eavesdropping') her father and mother discussing sending her to an institution for her birthday. Her imagination certainly runs wild, and she is convinced she is going to be sent away (the incident with the blueberry smoothie probably didn't help) and for a little while her spirits are low. But when she learns that the institution referred to is the ballet, our indefatigble heroine soon finds a way to be centre stage… Every bit as charming and delightful as the previous books. Lindy Jones

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Everyone's favourite pig is about to have a surprise trip to the ballet! But when Olivia overhears her mother complaining about her recent naughty behaviour, her imagination runs wild and she decides to find out everything being said about her... until her eavesdropping leads her to believe she is being carted off to prison!
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The Australian Animal Atlas

The Australian Animal Atlas

Leonard Cronin ,  Marion Westmacott

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Best known for his Cronin Key Guides, the author has produced a guide to Australian animals suitable for younger readers. Exploring the different habitats from outback to reef to rainforest, this beautifully illustrated book is full of facts and concise information. The animals are rendered with detailed care and expressiveness, and the habitat scenes contain hidden creatures for the viewer to find. Educational but also entertaining. Ages 6-10. Lindy Jones

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Come on a journey into the world of Australia's wildlife, exploring all the different habitats, from parched deserts to lush rainforests. DISCOVER the mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that live there.  SEARCH for the animals hidden in each habitat scene. FIND OUT about the fish that walks; the sixth sense of the platypus; the deadly venom of the desert death adder; the strange table manners of the sea star.  This environmental atlas of Australian animals by an expert team is full of fascinating facts and superb illustrations.
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Rock Pool Secrets

Rock Pool Secrets

Narelle Oliver

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The seashore can be a fascinating place, but sometimes you have to stop and look for the wonderful things hidden in rock pools. With beautifully rendered lino-cut illustrations, creatures ranging from crabs to turban shells, tiny prawns and seaslugs are brought to life. The text is simple but engaging, and the large flaps are easy for young hands to unfold. A glossary at the back will help parents explain the different inhabitants of the rock pool. Lindy Jones

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At first glance there's nothing much to see. But the rock pools are full of secrets. Nestling between rocks... Hiding in the seaweed... What creatures will you find? Discover their secrets in this flap book. Features beautiful linocut artwork by award-winning author/illustrator narelle oliver. Includes big, easy-to-use flaps and a glossary of rock pool creatures.
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli ,  Francesca Cavallo

$35.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This fascinating book gives potted biographies of 100 extraordinary women who dared to dream of changing the world. They include scientists, writers, performers, explorers, athletes, politicians, activists and warriors. Each double page spread gives an outline of the woman's (or girl's) achievements and a full page portrait. Sixty different artists contributed and the illustrations reflect the style of the woman, from carefully drawn photo-realist to whimsical to naïve, but each catches an essential part of the subject's character and comes with a quote that encapsulates her philosophy. Empowering and beautiful celebration of inspirational women. Lindy Jones

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What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.
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Flying Through Clouds

Flying Through Clouds

Michelle Morgan

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ever since seeing Smithy fly over the Harbour Bridge at its opening, Joe dreams of being an aviator. His parents disapprove (his uncle died in WW1) but the flying lessons are also way beyond their means. Not daunted by that, Joe sets out to learn, taking on extra jobs and stashing away his money. In the meantime, his family are facing their own problems, as the Depression and living in the tough suburb of Glebe make life difficult enough. But sometimes achieving your dream comes at a great cost, as Joe learns… A sequel to Racing the Moon, but it is not at all necessary to have read it to enjoy this detailed depiction of life in the 1930s. Lindy Jones

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It's not easy being a teenage boy growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Glebe in the 1930s.  It's even harder when your dream is to become an aviator, your parents are dead against it, and your girlfriend's father is the School Principal.  But Joe has even bigger challenges he must face and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his dream.  He has come up with a plan and won't let anyone stand in his way.
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Calling Major Tom

Calling Major Tom

David M. Barnett

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Thomas Major is on his way to Mars. He is to be the first man on the red planet, blazing the way for others. He is supposed to set up all the systems for the next lot of arrivals, but what mission control thinks he's going to do, and what he plans to do, are two vastly different things. He's an accidental astronaut, but it suits him just fine to leave behind a planet of annoying humans and (as the reader finds out) a world of tragedy and heartbreak. But just as his communications system is about to be cut off, he tries an old phone number, and is connected to Gladys Ormerod. Gladys has the beginnings of dementia and she's the guardian to her grandchildren Ellie and James whilst her son is in gaol for supplying the getaway vehicle in a botched robbery. Despite the fact she is losing her grip on reality, she still has enough verve and commonsense to reach through to Tom… An absolutely charming novel with great characters besides the middle-aged curmudgeonly Tom, full of unexpected poignancy and moments of hilarity. Highly recommended! Lindy Jones

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We all know someone like Thomas.
 
The grumpy next-door-neighbour who complains to the Residents' Committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.
 
Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.
 
But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he's about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world.
 
An irresistible and heart-warming tale of a very unexpected friendship, perfect for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and A Man Called Ove. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you will cheer on all the curmudgeons in your life.
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This Is How It Always Is: The warm and uplifting novel about a family keeping a big secret

This Is How It Always Is: The warm and uplifting novel about a family keeping a big secret

Laurie Frankel

$32.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rosie is a doctor, and Penn a would-be writer, although most of his day is taken up with being house-husband and father to their brood of rambunctious, talented, noisy and lovable boys. Well, that describes the first four - the fifth, Claude, is altogether a different being. He knows that when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. And because his loving family accept their gentle, funny, curious son for what he is (and because, deepdown, Rosie has always wanted a daughter) they allow him to choose his own path through gender. When they are forced to move from their mid-western home to Seattle, Claude becomes Poppy, and life goes on. But the effects of this choice ripple out, and what should have been easy becomes impossible... A sort of modern fairy tale in a way, the loving family unit beset by the monsters of conformity. Written with a dash of wry and a lot of liveliness, heartwarming but without being saccharine. Lindy Jones

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Rosie and Penn always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time - and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues happily for this big, loving family until the day when Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl.

As far as Rosie and Penn are concerned, bright, funny and wonderful Claude can be whoever he or she wants. But as problems begin at school and in the community, the family faces a seemingly impossible dilemma: should Claude change, or should they and Claude try to change the world?
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Barking Dogs

Barking Dogs

Rebekah Clarkson

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Written as a series of interlinked stories, this finely-woven book is from a writer to watch! Mount Barker, up behind Adelaide, is changing from rural idyll to suburbia. Over the course of the novel, this metamorphosis is intricately plotted and shown through the lives of its residents. It starts with the death of the daughter of the richest inhabitants of the town, and then follows the try-hards and failed workers, the people with dreams slowly eroded by life and lack of opportunity, the fearful, the luckless and the pushed-too-fars. The prose is lucid and compelling, restrained and thoughtful,with moments of beauty and revelation and always great empathy. A brilliant debut. Lindy Jones

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Everybody thinks they know this story. But do they really?

If you took a bird’s-eye view of Mount Barker, you’d see ordinary Australians living on their ordinary suburban blocks in an ordinary regional town. Get closer. Peer through a window. You might see Nathan Long, obsessively recording the incessant bark of a neighbourhood dog, or the Wheeler family sitting down for a meal and trying to come to terms with a shocking discovery. If you listen, you may hear tales of fathers and their wayward sons, of widows who can’t forgive themselves, of children longed for and lost, of thwarted lust and of pure, incorruptible love. Within the shadows is an unspeakable crime.

Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound loss. What seemed spiteful can now be forgiven.
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Triangle

Triangle

Jon Klassen ,  Mac Barnett

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Triangle decides he is going to play a trick on his friend Square. So he leaves his triangle house, walks past triangles of all sizes, past shapes that aren't triangles and some that don't have names until he reaches the squares. Of course, if you play a trick, then you better expect consequences… Deceptively simple text which is fun to read aloud, but the real delight is in how Klassen  can make a simple geometric shape in a muted, almost rusty landscape, express emotion! Lindy Jones

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Multi-award-winning, bestselling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes.  From the award-winning team behind Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back, comes the first tale in an exciting new trilogy. Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks...Visually stunning and full of wry humour, here is a perfectly-paced treat that flips the traditional concept book, and approaches it from a whole new angle.
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See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos

Jack Cheng

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Alex is 11 in years, but grown-up in experience. His father left long ago, his mother has never gotten over it, his brother has a job elsewhere, and while he cares about Alex and his mother, is too far away to do much more than send money. Alex talks to his hero, Carl Sagan, or to his dog, also called Carl Sagan but mostly he speaks into his ipod, describing what he sees. His plan is to launch the ipod into space, so aliens will know about life on earth. To that end, he takes himself and Carl Sagan across country to the Southwest High Altitude Rocket Festival, befriends some fellow space-nerds, looks for his father, and discovers a lot more about life and how to live. At times poignant, sometimes funny, but always full of heart. Ages 11-13 Lindy Jones

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An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy's quest for family and home. All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like.  But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. Where do I come from? Who's out there? And, above all, How can I be brave?  Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down ...For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.
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Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Robert Newton

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lexie lives in a block of commission flats in Melbourne. Unfortunately she comes a poor second to her mother's drug addiction, so she has had to fend for herself and not rely on her mother for any help. One day she witnesses a particularly upsetting incident involving the block's bullies and an old man's dog, but it is the catalyst for finding a new friend. The old man, known as Creeper, has a secret - he has built a garden on top of the block. Mr Romanov is shy, beginning to suffer dementia and his past is full of tragedy, but he's determined to go on a road trip, and Lexie and her friend Davey decide to accompany him. All three are going to find that friendship and inner resilience are road signs to finding your place in the world… For readers 11-13 Lindy Jones

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Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother  is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the  tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath  of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of  places - in a troubled old man called the Creeper.  A chance,  life-saving encounter on the commission's roof seeds a friendship  between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie's friend Davey,  the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives  and the lives of those around them.
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Bone Gap

Bone Gap

Laura Ruby

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This strangely beguiling novel plaits many threads together to create a magical story. Finn's mother left years ago, and his brother Sean gave up his medical studies to look after Finn and the family farm. Months ago, the boys found a beautiful Polish girl, Roza, hiding in their barn; she didn't explain why, but stayed and helped around the place, becoming close to Sean. When she disappears, Sean is hurt and furious, and won't believe Finn when he says she was abducted by a man he can't describe. Then a fine black horse appears, Finn takes to riding it at night. He starts to fall in love with the local girl-with-a-reputation, Petey, who is convinced of her ugliness, and when he takes her riding on the dark horse, they find themselves in magical lands…Meanwhile, Roza is kept in different places, and her story splinters into Finn's, who has to rescue her using all the strange talents he possesses. Subtly drawing upon ancient Greek mythology, this coming-of-age novel is beautifully constructed, intriguing and satisfying. 14+ Lindy Jones

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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps - gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza goes missing, the people of Bone Gap aren't surprised. After all, it isn't the first time someone's slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own. Finn knows that's not what happened with Roza. He knows she was taken, ripped from the cornfields by a man whose face he can't remember. But no one believes him anymore. Well, almost no one. Petey Willis, the beekeeper's daughter, suspects that lurking behind Finn's fearful shyness is a story worth uncovering. But as we, like Petey, follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap - their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures - the truth about what happened to Roza is slowly revealed. And it is stranger than you can possibly imagine.
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History Is All You Left Me: A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel

History Is All You Left Me: A Zoella Book Club 2017 novel

Adam Silvera

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Griffin is afflicted by OCD, but even more by debilitating grief. His first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, has drowned, and Griffin can't see a way through the enormous burden of sorrow and guilt. Switching back and forth in time, this heartbreaking novel follows Griffin's desperation as he tries to put aside his natural animosity towards Theo's boyfriend Jackson to discover why he died. Recalling the happier days only plunges Griffin deeper, but the reader starts to realise that maybe Griffin is not telling all the truth he knows. A completely honest appraisal of grief's effects, ultimately showing that even in the darkest days, the sun does shine again. 15+ Lindy Jones

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You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you’re having an open casket funeral. I know you’re out there, listening. And you should know I’m really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn’t the first promise you’ve broken.

OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love – his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner – in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo’s new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo’s new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth – both in terms of what he’s willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means...
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The Story of Australia

The Story of Australia

Robert Lewis

$34.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This illustrated history has been done in conjunction with the Museum of Australia, and is a sweeping look at the key events and people who contributed to our country. It starts with the geological formation of the continent, progresses on to Indigenous people and their impact, before settling in to a chronological view of European history (although not ignoring Indigenous contributions and interactions). Lavishly illustrated, with a clear and accessible text, this is both interesting and colourful, and a good overview for older readers. Lindy Jones

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Produced in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, The Story of Australia is an accessible, essential history resource for every home  How did Australia's earliest human inhabitants reach the island continent?  Which discovery ushered in a new era of immigration, prosperity and technological advancement?  How did a far-flung colony and military outpost transform into one of the wealthiest and most peaceful nations in the modern world?  Dip into the pages to discover these answers and more...

This detailed illustrated history of Australia journeys from the formation of the continent to the growth of a modern, thriving nation. Clear, accessible text offers explanations of key events and the people behind them. From the enduring cultures of Australia's Indigenous people, European exploration and colonisation, and the tragic impacts of two world wars, The Story of Australia concludes with the exciting fast-paced development of the last decades of the 20th century. Produced in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, The Story of Australia draws on the museum's rich collection of objects, photographs and artefacts. 

Entertaining, colourful and inviting, The Story of Australia is the essential history resource for every home and library.
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100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable women who shaped our world

100 Women Who Made History: Remarkable women who shaped our world

DK

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A bright look at some of the women who have made their mark upon the world (and not just the Europeans!) Starts at Sappho, and ends with Marta (who I didn't know, but as she plays soccer, I'm afraid I wouldn't!) Arranged in groups of creatives, scientists, campaigners, leaders and sports, with plenty of illustrations. Small paragraphs and facts, including a summarising of their impact and the context of their achievements, rather than scads of text, so this is good for young-to-middle primary ages. Lindy Jones

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If you thought that it was a man's world, think again! 100 Women Who Made History is the exciting story of the women who changed the world, from Anne Frank to J.K. Rowling.  Meet the most talented and famous women in history, from politics, science, business, and the arts, from exciting entrepreneurs to clever creative. Discover landmark moments in the lives of amazing historical women from Joan of Arc to Marie Curie, up to and including modern game-changers such as Maya Angelou, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, and Malala Yousafzai.  With beautiful photography and fun illustrations, 100 Women Who Made History is a fascinating look at the pioneering and inspiring women in history, from ancient Greece to the present day.  100 Women Who Made History  is the perfect book of history for kids aged 9 and up as they discover women who left their mark.
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Mopoke

Mopoke

Philip Bunting

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Mopoke loves peace and quiet - but is he going to find it? This is a simple book that has a lot of fun playing with words and concepts, with very striking illustrations. It tells a story with very few words, and only the expressive face and body of the nocturnal bird, likewise rendered in a series of geometric shapes that still manage to capture the essence of the owl. Hard to explain without showing, but this will be such a delight to share with the pre-schooler in your life! Lindy Jones

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This is a Mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet.  He is about to find out that you can't always get what your want.    Visually brilliant, and hysterically funny, Philips pictures tell a thousand words, with the support of some very sparse, but hilarious, text. This is a book destined to become a classic.
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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

Timothy Basil Ering ,  Timothy Basil Ering

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Captain Alfred is sailing home, with a precious gift for his wife, when a storm upsets his boat. The egg hatches in the captain's fiddlecase, and the duckling finds himself alone upon the sea. When he finds a mysterious object, he falls in love with it, but more importantly learns it makes beautiful sounds. Cast ashore, Alfred Fiddleduckling has more troubles in store, but discovers that music, indeed, does soothe the savage beast… Exuberant and expressive illustrations, and a happy ending! Ages 4-6. Lindy Jones

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A duckling lost at sea discovers his musical talent in this enchanting, heart-warming story from Timothy Basil Ering.  Through an exhilarating read-aloud text and extraordinary artwork, award-winning author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering shares a thrilling and fantastical story of a farmer, a dancing dog, a fiddle, and one brave, tiny musical duckling that will warm the heart. Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm. Everything aboard the ship is flung to the far reaches of the sea, including the very special and beautiful duck egg he had nestled safely inside his violin case. But perhaps all is not lost...
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The Secret of the Black Bushranger

The Secret of the Black Bushranger

Jackie French

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of our most prolific and respected authors has continued her series of early colonial historical stories (following Birrung the Secret Friend and Barney and the Secret of the Whales) this time turning her pen to the story of ex-slave John Black Caesar, Australia's first recorded bushranger. Barney has a bit of land and is farming it, but he remembers the lessons he learnt from his master Richard Johnson. Black Caesar might be a thief or a villain, but first and foremost he is a man - something the goodhearted Barney keeps in mind when the bushranger enters his life. French excels in making history come to life for younger readers, and this is no exception! Lindy Jones

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The third in a series that explores our secret history By the 1790s orphaned Barney Bean finally has his own farm in the early NSW colony. All his dreams are coming true!  But now we are to learn of Barney's biggest secret yet: how he helped Australia's first bushranger escape. Was Black Caesar a wronged man, an ex-slave who vowed to be free? Or was he a laughing villain, a trickster who planned to terrorise the colony? And in helping him, did Barney do right or wrong? You decide. Ages: 7-10
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Wormwood Mire: Stella Montgomery Intrigue #2

Wormwood Mire: Stella Montgomery Intrigue #2

Judith Rossell

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Stella Montgomery, of the thrilling adventures in Withering by Sea has displeased her Great-Aunts so firmly with her unladylike behaviour that she has been banished to the family mansion, Wormwood Mire. Poor Stella doesn't know what to expect, as she is to be incarcerated with two cousins she has never met before, and ruled by their governess. However, Stella soon finds out that they are all more congenial than the Aunts, and the adventures - and threats - continue. She will also come closer to solving some of the mysteries of her past… Every bit as lovely as the first Stella Montgomery Intrigue, with charming line drawings scattered throughout and delightful use of language, and a thrilling storyline. Lindy Jones

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When Stella Montgomery returned to the Hotel Majestic cold and wet but exhilarated by adventure, the Aunts were furious. Now they are sending Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess. But within the overgrown grounds of the mouldering house, dark secrets slither and skulk, and soon Stella must be brave once more if she's to find out who - or what - she really is...
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Sleeping Beauty: A Silhouette Theatre

Sleeping Beauty: A Silhouette Theatre

Simon & Schuster UK

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This rather gorgeous edition is based on film stills from a classic German film. Lotte Reiniger was a pioneer in silhouette animation, and beautifully detailed cut-out silhouettes adorn each page of this simple retelling of the beloved fairy tale. The illustrations pop out on each double page against painted backdrops, and the effect is both dream-like and dramatic. A treasure to keep or collect. Lindy Jones

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With eight beautiful silhouette pops, this book tells the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in an enchanting and magical way. Recreating the magic of Lotte Reiniger's early films through remastered film stills and laser-cut pop-ups, each spread is intricately detailed and perfectly complements this much-loved classic fairy tale.
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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

Sarah Massini ,  Margery Williams

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Now, like a lot of people, the original illustrations of a childhood favourite are the only ones for me (sorry Walt, I dislike your Pooh bear!) This edition though, I will make an exception for! Illustrated by Sarah Massini, the sweet and gently coloured renditions of Rabbit and Boy keep to the spirit of the original William Nicholson drawings, but are slightly less old-fashioned. The text is the original, complete and unabridged. A beautiful reinterpretation of a poignant story. Lindy Jones

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When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become 'real',if only they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen until, one day,he finds that he is Boy's very favourite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer and, even though Rabbit becomes shabbier and shabbier, he becomes 'real' to theboy who loves him so much. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise - how can Rabbit be real when he can't leap and hop? But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrown away, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real. As he sheds a tear a magical fairy transforms him into a real, wild rabbit, though her parting words remind him that hewas always real to the boy.
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Penguin Problems

Penguin Problems

Jory John ,  Lane Smith

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is one of those children's books that adults will enjoy on a different level. It starts from the description on the front fold of the dust-jacket, as a penguin harangues the reader who has picked up the book. He has a lot on his mind - what wih the cold, the squawking, the snow, the brightness, the lack of fish, his self-image, the sameness - on and on he goes! Until a well-meaning walrus offers some sage words of advice, and maybe, just maybe the penguin will see that his problems are rather minor. Or will he... Delightfully expressive illustrations and witty text - what more could a reader want! Lindy Jones

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In this hilarious first collaboration from Jory John and Lane Smith, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like... and it isn't all fun and games! Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it's a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in a big crowd of identical penguins? This book is sure to tickle all funny bones, and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud, too!
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Fred

Fred

Mick Inkpen ,  Chloe Inkpen

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The little mutt from last year's bestselling picturebook I Will Love You Anyway is back! He has improved his behaviour, and doesn't run away so much anymore. He can sit and stay and fetch and understands ball and walk and bed, but one word constantly pops up and he really doesn't know what it means. Whatever is 'Fred'? This is fun to look at and fun to read out loud and Fred - well, he is one very adorable little dog and who wouldn't want to take him home! Lindy Jones

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Fetch!' and 'Sit!' and 'Stay!' I understand them all. Those are the words I know. But what is 'Fred'? 

Fred the dog may not know his name yet or how to stay out of trouble but one little boy will love him no matter what.  A follow-up to I Will Love You Anyway, this touching rhyming story is full of friendship and tail wagging and will touch a chord with all children who love pets.
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The Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold ,  Levi Pinfold

$24.99
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks.

And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help ...

A poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about the power of the extraordinary, and finding friendship where you least expect it. Written by the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, this is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman
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Today Will Be Different: From the bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Today Will Be Different: From the bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Eleanor starts each day with a mantra: today will be different. Close to 50, and closer to losing it all together, yet she goes through the motions of being Adult. But this is the day when everything IS different! Someone from her creative past is turning up unexpectedly, her son Timby will wrangle his way out of  school, her hidden family past is going to explode in her face, she's going to lose her dog, and discover that her too-good-to-be-true husband is just that: too good. But perhaps not true… A delightfully dark comedy, the perfect book to spend the day with! Lindy Jones

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From the author of Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted Where'd You Go, Bernadette - soon to be a major motion picture directed by Richard Linklater.  Eleanor Flood is going to clean up her act, only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today she will actually attend, and be a better version of herself. But then, as it always does, life happens. Eleanor's husband is missing, and their son, Timby, is wearing eye shadow to school and getting into fashion battles on the playground. (It's true that it's Eleanor's fault: She did put makeup in his Christmas stocking.) Just when it seems like things can't get weirder or more in the way of Eleanor's personal transformation, a graphic memoir called The Flood Sisters surfaces, and the dramatic story it tells reveals long-buried secrets and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks. With all the artistic madness, genius plotting, and bold social observation that made Bernadette a hit, TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious and heart filled day-in-the-life romp filtered through Maria Semple's brilliant eye.
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Commonwealth

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I'm an admirer of Ann Patchett's observant writing, and this masterful story of family dynamics is one I very much enjoyed. It moves in and out of time easily, from the 60s through to the present, and follows the fortunes and failings of  the Cousins and Keating families. Bert Cousins, married with four children, turns up at a christening party with a bottle of gin, and before the night is over, has fallen in love with Beverley Keating, the mother of the child being celebrated. In time Bert and Beverley divorce their spouses, marry and bring chaos into the lives of the six children who are divided between them. As the children grow, the novel starts to follow Franny (whose christening started the whole convoluted story) and her involvement with a celebrated author. He takes her past and weaves a bestselling novel from her anecdotes, which in turn has unexpected consequences… A satisfying and finely written novel. Lindy Jones

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It is 1964: Bert Cousins, the deputy District Attorney, shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited, bottle of gin in hand. As the cops of Los Angeles drink, talk and dance into the June afternoon, he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, the new baby pressed between them, he sets in motion the joining of two families whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later.  In 1988, Franny Keating, now twenty-four, has dropped out of law school and is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend beyond her own life into those of her scattered siblings and parents. Told with equal measures of humour and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a powerful and tender tale of family, betrayal and the far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility. A meditation on inspiration, interpretation and the ownership of stories, it is Ann Patchett's most astonishing work to date.
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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: Flavia de Luce #8

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: Flavia de Luce #8

Alan Bradley

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you have enjoyed Bradley's books about Flavia de Luce, child prodigy and chemist extraordinaire, then you won't want to miss this one! Flavia has returned from her exile in Canada, only to find that her father is quarantined in hospital with pneumonia. It is not quite the homecoming she had anticipated. To distract herself, she volunteers to run an errand for the vicar's wife, to check on a sculptor engaged in restoration work for the parish church. Of course, being Flavia, she makes a rather gruesome discovery… Add the unexplained death of an author of sentimental twaddle for children, the usual assortment of eccentric characters, a cat, some dreadful singing and another difficult revelation for Flavia, and you have the next mystery in this rather addictive series! Lindy Jones

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Flavia de Luce is one of crime fiction's most engaging and original sleuths. Growing up in a crumbling mansion with two elder sisters (who are both, in their own way, horrible to her), a father who seems perennially lost in contemplation of the past and haunted by fleeting memories of her mother, who died mysteriously in the Himalayas when Flavia was a baby, her refuge has always been an obsession with chemistry; an interest that has proved very useful whenever unexplained death has come to the otherwise sleepy village of Bishop's Lacey, which is surprisingly often.  But the latest mystery to puzzle Bishop's Lacey's eccentric inhabitants is perhaps the strangest and darkest yet, and it will test Flavia's budding investigative skills to the limit - not to mention put her in terrible danger...
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A Smattering of Latin: Get classical with trivia, quizzes and fun

A Smattering of Latin: Get classical with trivia, quizzes and fun

Simon James

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Who says Latin is a dead language? This treasury of trivia, quizzes and assorted tidbits proves that life is less confusing with a little Latin - and much clearer with a lot of it! The book shows how Latin is still present in contemporary life - showing examples from law, music, science, religion, mottoes and Harry Potter to prove its point. Latin is still all around us, a living language still, and this book also shows how to unlock Latin meanings. Persuasive and entertaining and a perfect argument for the beauty of this ancient and present language! Lindy Jones

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This fun, absorbing book, packed with quirky bite-sized lists, quizzes and trivia, is an exploration of the Latin language, aiming to prove that it is as vibrant and relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago. It includes sections on Latin in the movies, US state mottoes and place names, and also some choice snippets from real Latin poetry from Catullus, Horace and Virgil, with evocative translations. It contains a fascinating section on the Roman emperors and what they got up to, and gives the basics of the language itself for anyone who would like to learn it. Quizzes allow the reader to guess the names of famous books, songs and James Bond films, cunningly translated into Latin. From the spells in Harry Potter to the use of Latin in Asterix, to the Latin terms that litter law and medicine to the meaning behind UK football club mottoes, this book is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to brush up their Latin, whether they studied it at school or not.
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Cranes, Herons and Storks of Australia

Cranes, Herons and Storks of Australia

David Hollands

$59.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I do like a bird book, and I do very much like this one! David Hollands has written an engaging text, full of personal observations and anecdotes about these groups of birds, with excellent field notes and identification guides to the seventeen cranes, herons, egrets and storks which breed in Australia. Yet it is his clear and beautiful photographs which are the true joy. The birds are photographed in their natural habitats and behaviours, occasionally with fascinating action sequences. He also includes some of his photos of overseas members of the families for comparison. Birdwatchers will appreciate this fine book (and perhaps with a touch of envy!) but anyone with a general interest in birds will get a lot from this nicely produced book. Lindy Jones

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David has spent 16 years traversing australia to find, study and photograph the 17 species which make up this book. His passion and enthusiasm for his subjects shine through the text; lively, accurate, informative and beautifully written, not only about the birds but about the expeditions to find them. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 of David's photographs, covering all aspects of the birds' lives.
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We Found a Hat

We Found a Hat

Jon Klassen ,  Jon Klassen

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two turtles in the desert find a hat. Just one. Which doesn't go into two at all easily! Both turtles try it on, and persuade themselves how attractive they are (of course, the illustrations tell a different story!) One of the turtles, wiser than his good friend, says they should just leave it and move on; but his companion is not truly persuaded although he pretends to agree... Unlike Klassen's other two 'hat' books, this one has a happier ending; but like the others, it also has a quiet moral and simple but expressive illustrations. Ages 3-6. Lindy Jones

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Hold on to your hats! From the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat comes the much-anticipated conclusion to the celebrated hat trilogy. Two tortoises have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two tortoises. And there is only one hat... Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this perfectly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen's visual comedy, deceptive simplicity and deliciously deadpan humour.
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Home in the Rain

Home in the Rain

Bob Graham

$16.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Just the fact there is a new Bob Graham is enough for his fans, but for those who need a little more persuasion, his new book is about Francie and her Mum driving home after visiting Grandma. There is to be a new baby, and Francie wonders what her name will be. As she and her Mum travel along the highway, stopping for a picnic, and chatting quietly, Francie has a good idea... This is as beautifully sweet and yet unsentimental as all Bob's books are, a lovely piece of observation and a book to share... Lindy Jones

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The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story from the award-winning Bob Graham.

From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister... A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Hoffmann E.T.A. ,  Ingpen Robert

$39.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Hoffman's famous Christmas tale has been interpreted by many illustrators in its 200 year history, but this edition is enlivened by the glorious illustrations of Robert Ingpen. The text is a new translation by the premier translator of German literature, Anthea Bell, and is complete and unabridged (as are all the classics Ingpen has illustrated). With over 70 wonderful illustrations, all in Ingpen's signature soft and glowing palette, expressive and realistic style. Lindy Jones

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Endlessly imaginative, deliciously quirky, and tempered by a strong sense of humour, Hoffmann's story will, like Drosselmeier's magical inventions, delight and enthral adults and children a like.

This beautiful volume, published to celebrate the bicentenary of the tale's first publication in 1816, brings together the complete, unabridged German classic, in a new translation by the eminent translator Anthea Bell, with over seventy wonderful illustrations by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. The Nutcracker is well-loved by many, and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, performed as a favourite Christmas spectacle the world over. The ballet was based on a French retelling of the story, and Hoffmann's German original is rarely translated in its entirety.

In addition to telling the familiar tale of the gentle young girl and her love for the enchanted Nutcracker - a Christmas gift from her enigmatic Godfather Drosselmeier - who leads the toy soldiers in a dramatic battle against the sinister Mouse King, and whisks her away to the Kingdom of Toys, the original text also includes the story within the story, told to Marie by Drosselmeier when she is ill in bed: The Tale of the Hard Nut, about the cursed Princess Pirlipat, which explains the background of how the poor Nutcracker came to be.
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ABC Animals!: A Scanimation Picture Book

ABC Animals!: A Scanimation Picture Book

Rufus Butler Seder

$34.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sure, there are plenty of alphabet books for pre-schoolers - but this one is made entrancing by the scanimation technology which shows the illustrations in motion. An alligator snaps, a camel trots, a lion prowls, a mouse scurries in its wheel - all move in a believable manner! With short rhyming text, letters introduced in both upper and lower case, and the animals' names, this is both entertaining and educational. Lindy Jones

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'L' is for lion, prowling across the page! 'G' is for a giraffe, ambling along! 'W' is for whale, jumping in and out of the waves!

Marrying the ABCs with the magic of Scanimation and the excitement of a child's visit to the zoo, ABC ANIMALS! is an alphabet book unlike any other. With four letters and four corresponding animal names and moving images per spread (except for the first spread, with a horizontal snapping alligator, and the last spread, which features one large image with multiple animals moving across the page at once), ABC ANIMALS! presents the alphabet – and Scanimation! – in a whole new way.

Short rhyming text opens and closes the book, and the pages between introduce each upper- and lower-case letter and animal name so children learn their letters but also meet a host of zoo animals and see how each one uniquely moves as they turn the page. ABC ANIMALS! makes learning the alphabet wildly fun and completely interactive.
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The The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day: Press the note to hear Vivaldi's music

The The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day: Press the note to hear Vivaldi's music

Jessica Courtney-Tickle

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This truly charming book follows Isabelle and her dog Pickle, as they experience the four seasons in the course of a single day. Isabelle has an apple tree, which buds, blossoms, fruits and sheds its leaves, to illustrate the passing of time. What lifts this book to new heights is the inclusion of music from Vivaldi's famous concerto. Real music in the form of sound chips (and surprisingly good quality!) so when the page is turned musical extracts are played. A lovely way of introducing youngsters to one of the mainstays of western classical music! Lindy Jones

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Discover what it would be like to travel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime. As a sign of the changing seasons, Isabelle carries a little apple tree with her, and we see it bud, blossom and lose its leaves. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this is the first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.
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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd ,  Levi Pinfold

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Emmaline has been sent to Briar Hill because she is sick. It is the middle of WWII and she misses her family terribly, but one thing gives her strength. A secret thing: Emmaline can see winged horses moving through the reflections within the house. When she receives a message that they are in peril from a wild Black Horse, she sets about finding the pieces of the charm that will save the beautiful creatures from destruction, although it will be at great cost to herself. A beautiful and very moving story of courage and tragedy, enhanced by the detailed and expressive black and white pencil illustrations of Levi Pinfold. Ages 9-13 Lindy Jones

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An exceptional and moving novel about the power of stories and the imagination from the publisher of A Monster Calls. December 1941. Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend Anna. But she'll tell you. This is Emmaline's secret. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill. Exquisitely illustrated by Levi Pinfold, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill has all the makings of a modern classic.
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Hands-On Science: 50 Kids' Activities from CSIRO

Hands-On Science: 50 Kids' Activities from CSIRO

Sarah Kellett ,  David Shaw ,  Kath Kovac

$24.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a book of CSIRO's Double Helix Club's 50 favourite hands-on science activities. They cover the broad areas of phusics, chemistry, biology and Earth sciences.

The experiments themselves are grouped in ten different sections with headings such as 'Splish Splash Splosh: Fun with Water and Liquids' Feel the Force: Welcome to the Weird World of Electricity and Magnetism' or' Shoot Spin Blow and Wobble: The Science of Motion.' Concise introductions lead to the experiments, which are not too complicated and explained step by step. If the experiment requires hot water, say, or matches, then there is an instruction for younger readers to seek adult help. There is an explanation of what's happening, and a fun fact breakout section that shows how the experiments apply to real life.

A book which manages to be lots of fun and entertainingly educational. Grab a copy and find a kid so you can enjoy it yourself! Lindy Jones

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Did you ever wonder why some insects can walk on water? Or how the Ancient Egyptians made mummies? Are you curious about why a guitar sounds different from a flute? Gather some everyday materials from around your home and find out the answers with these 50 kid-approved science activities from CSIRO.  The activities cover electricity and magnetism, sound and light, heat and motion, water and gases, living things, shapes and our planet Earth. Each activity has a simple list of materials required, and uses simple step-by-step instructions and drawings to enable you to create exciting and interesting reactions, experiments and inventions. Fast facts and quiz questions will help you test your knowledge, and you'll also find an explanation of the science behind each activity, along with examples of how each principle works in the real world.  Discover more about the world of science by making:* Dancing slime* Rubbery bones* A ping pong ball shooter* Ghastly ghostly photos* Fizzy dinosaur eggs* A lemon battery
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The Ocean of the Dead: Ship Kings #4

The Ocean of the Dead: Ship Kings #4

Andrew McGahan

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- It's taken awhile, but the fourth and final book in the Ship Kings series is finally here! After the bitter fighting of the War of the Four Isles, Dow has to brave the last great challenge of leading his fleet to a new home. As the known world is closed to him, that means he must take his chances crossing the Barrier Doldrums to find the New World. Challenging sailing, dark prophecies, revelations of unguessed-at secrets and old enemies - and a final sacrifice - must all be dealt with before there is hope of fulfilling fate's conditions. A grand and epic tale with a satisfying conclusion. Lindy Jones

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It is no easy thing, to take leave of the world... At very long last a captain of his own ship, Dow Amber is determined to venture beyond the final frontier - the still, stagnant waters of the Doldrums - in search of a New World. With Nell finally by his side, he is hopeful that they can start again, far from politics, betrayal and war... But none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale. Before long, an old enemy appears. And with the enemy new dangers. Does the fleet sail to certain death, or to glorious new life beyond the treacherous Doldrums? The Ocean of the Dead is the cataclysmic conclusion to Andrew McGahan's stunning Ship Kings series...
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Lucy

Lucy

Randy Cecil

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This could be called either a picturebook with a long story, or an early reader with lots of illustrations, but whichever category you put it in, it's a sweet and lovely book with gentle touches of humour. Lucy is an ever-hopeful little white dog who can't count on much but knows if she sits on the stairs of the house with the red door, then the little girl who lives there will lower some food down on a piece of string. Eleanor, the little girl, saves the fillings out of her lunchtime sandwiches to feed the stray. She lives with her father Sam, who has a talent for juggling - as long as no-one is watching, because he suffers terrible stage fright. The stories of these three characters intertwine, assisted by the expressive monochrome illustrations. A delightful book, whoever reads it! Lindy Jones

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This is the perfect book for dog lovers of all ages. Lucy is a small dog without a home. She once had one, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears beneath her window each day. Eleanor's father is a juggler with stage fright. The stories of these three delightful characters converge in this truly original extended picture book - a classic in the making!
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Highly Illogical Behaviour

Highly Illogical Behaviour

John Corey Whaley

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Whaley is one of my favourite YA authors, and each of his three books so far has been different from the others, but all are sophisticated and a cut above the ordinary.

This new one tells of Solomon, who after a spectacularly public meltdown when he was 14, has never again left the safety of his loving parents' home in the following three years. The outside world is highly overrated according to Solomon, and he is perfectly happy, healthy and content where he is.

Lisa is a driven over-achiever who really needs to leave the smalltown environment of her upbringing and get a full scholarship to the second-best psychology course in the country, and she thinks she has the perfect subject for the essay which will see her win that place. She manages to worm her way into Solomon's life, much to the unease of her perfect boyfriend Clark, and in time they even have a positive effect alleviating Sol's agoraphobia.

As Sol and Clark form a strong bond over bad science fiction and junkfood, Lisa starts to wonder what she really has started, particularly as Clark just doesn't seem properly interested in her...

Told from both Sol's and Lisa's (very) differing perceptions, this is a warm and wise novel about friendship, acceptance and self-knowledge. Lindy Jones

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Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn't left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom - even if his kingdom doesn't extend outside of the house. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She'll do anything to get in. When Lisa finds out about Solomon's solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon's trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.
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Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma

Leigh Hobbs

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Our favourite monster chicken is back! Or to be truthful, he's off to Rome, a place he has dreamt of since he was a chick. He has a list of places to see, and engages the help of a local guide, Federica, to ensure he doesn't miss a thing. He particularly wants to visit the Mouth of Truth, and of course, being Mr Chicken, that involves a bit of misunderstanding… And all that sightseeing brings on an appetite, and a newfound favourite food! As wonderfully anarchic as any of his other adventures, this book has great appeal for the young reader, but it also for adults, who can enjoy the sly humour that peppers this book (the page where the tourists all have their backs to the Colosseum because they are busy taking selfies is a particular favourite of mine!) Lindy Jones

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Mr Chicken has always loved reading about Rome. Now it's time to see it in the flesh. With his helpful phrasebook, a friendly guide and an insatiable appetite, Mr Chicken is ready for anything. From the creator of the much-loved classics, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Mr Chicken Lands on London.
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Welcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Joy Murphy ,  Lisa Kennedy

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Aunty Joy Murphy is an elder of the Wurundjeri people of Melbourne and surrounds. This generous and expansive book introduces and explains what welcome to country means, and explains customs and symbols of indigenous Australia. Beautifully coloured illustrations by Lisa Kennedy, who is descended from the Trawlwoolway People on the north-east coast of Tasmania, enhance the words of permission to cross the boundaries from one indigenous community to another. A lovely and important book for any age reader. Lindy Jones

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This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik. Welcome to Country. Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance. This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.
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Don't Call Me Bear

Don't Call Me Bear

Aaron Blabey

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Blabey needs no introduction, as his prolific works mount up! This delightful and humourous picturebook introduces Warren the Koala. Warren is understandably annoyed, upset, and downright grumpy, as people keep referring to him as a BEAR. He goes to great lengths to convince the reader he is nothing like a bear, doesn't act like a bear, is not a bear at all - but perhaps, he still has some work to do on that point! Colourful and expressive illustrations, wonderful rhyming text to read aloud. Ages 3-6. Lindy Jones

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G'day, my name is Warren, and I've got something to share...

Just because I'm furry doesn't mean that I'm a bear.

Warren the Koala is many things - a marsupial, cute and furry, a bit of a grump, but the one thing he's not is a bear!
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Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This will be compared to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and that is both apt and deserved, without being a blatant knockoff and with merits of its own! Annabelle's family have lived in Wolf Hollow for generations, and are hardworking and decent farming folk who have managed to be comfortable if not well-off. It is just after WWII and the community is still affected by what went before, including the reclusive and gentle Toby who lives on the boundaries of Annabelle's family farm. When Betty, a slightly older girl, is sent to live with her grandparents, an element of malice and threat enters Annabelle's life, and when she tries to protect her younger brothers from Betty's malevolence, the ideas of right and wrong become confused. Then when Betty disappears, and suspicion falls on Toby, Annabelle finds herself in a moral quandary... A finely written and involving story that does not condescend to its readers. Ages 12+ Lindy Jones

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Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is shattered, along with everything she's ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, and tensions quickly mount, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby - and to find Betty, before it is too late. Powerful, poignant and lyrical, Wolf Hollow is an unforgettable story.
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For Keeps: A Treasury of Stories, Poems and Plays Celebrating 100 Years of the School Magazine

For Keeps: A Treasury of Stories, Poems and Plays Celebrating 100 Years of the School Magazine

The School Magazine

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The School Magazine is the oldest continuous children's literary magazine in the world (and the second oldest magazine in Australia!) It has entertained, educated and enthralled children for a century and many adults have fond memories of anticipating each monthly issue when they were at school. (In fact, I know of some customers who still have their original copies!) Many of our best and brightest writers and illustrators got their start with the Magazine, and it still fosters emerging talent whilst attracting established contributors. Today it is published in four age levels, ten times every year. To celebrate its centenary, this beautifully produced anthology presents a delectable selection of extracts from editions throughout its history. Arranged in themes, with historic photographs that are guaranteed to evoke nostalgia in older readers, this is both a fascinating resource and a trip down memory lane for adults, whilst still managing to reproduce articles and stories that children of today can appreciate. Highly recommended! Lindy Jones

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Jump into this collection of literary gems. Discover some of the finest writing and illustration from the pages of the longest running children's magazine in the world.  Meet larrikins and chatterboxes, brave hearts and lost souls, best mates and wise elders. Encounter ghosts and fairies, monsters and aliens, a cranky parrot and a talking carrot. Make new friends you will treasure forever.  'The School Magazine' has been published continuously since 1916, inspiring a love of reading in Australian children for more than a century.  AGES: 8-12  Illustrated

For Keeps: A Treasury of Stories, Poems and Plays Celebrating 100 Years of the School Magazine at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney
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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Subhi is of Rohingya descent, but he was born in Australia. Unfortunately, he was born in a detention camp, where he has spent his whole life. By nature he is optimistic and good-natured, though little in his external circumstances could be said to be hopeful - his mother is withdrawing from life, his older sister is either angry or contemptuous, his father still hasn't made it to Australia, the camp has little in the way of resources. Yet Subhi is attracted to stories and they to him - the most powerful is the Night Sea, and the wondrous creatures and gifts it contains keep him hopeful. Then one night Jimmie, who lives beyond the fence, makes her way over it and meets Subhi. An unlikely friendship develops as they exchange stories. Jimmie is struggling with the loss of her Mum and the absence of her father, and poverty and neglect are part of her life, but together Subhi and Jimmie discover the true power of storytelling… A thoughtful book along the lines of Morris Gleitzman's novels. Lindy Jones

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"Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent."

 

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it's bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies. Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.

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Forgetting Foster

Forgetting Foster

Dianne Touchell

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Foster is seven and an only child of loving parents. He and his Dad have a particularly strong bond, so when his dad starts to forget things, it seems like the funny jokes they share. What the reader rapidly recognises though, is that it is no laughing matter - Alzheimers is claiming his father. As his dad's condition worsens, Foster is left behind in all sorts of ways - as a child he is not consulted, not told what is happening, expected to behave (even as his father regresses to a childhood without boundaries) and generally alienated. While there can't be a happy ending in such a scenario, this is not a bleak book, nor does it hold out false hope, but it does have a strong message of resilience and eventually finding the way to cope. Lindy Jones

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Foster suddenly recognised the feeling that rolled over him and made him feel sick. It was this: Dad was going away somewhere all on his own. And Foster was already missing him... Foster Sumner is seven years old. He likes toy soldiers, tadpole hunting, going to school and the beach. Best of all, he likes listening to his dad's stories... But then Foster's dad starts forgetting things. No one is too worried at first. Foster and Dad giggle about it. But the forgetting gets worse. And suddenly no one is laughing anymore... A heartbreaking story about what it means to forget and to be forgotten.
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Another Night In Mullet Town

Another Night In Mullet Town

Steven Herrick

$19.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Jonah and Manx live in a quiet seaside town that has been discovered by the trendy set. Old houses are being turned into ugly mansions, and the newcomers don't understand the ties of a small community. Jonah wishes his parents would stop fighting, and that he had the courage to approach the intimidating Ella. School is a way to fill in time, fishing is a way of life and parties on the beach the main entertainment. One night the hi-jinks get out of hand, and Jonah has to work out what is really important, and how to fix the problems he finds himself plunged into. Told in Herrick's trademark free verse, the characters of Jonah and Manx are wonderfully realised. A fine work for teenagers and a pleasure to read! Lindy Jones

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People like you and me, Jonah, we drag down the price of everything we touch. Life for Jonah and Manx means fishing for mullet at the lake, watching their school mates party on Friday night and wishing they had the courage to talk to Ella and Rachel. But now their lakeside town is being sold off, life doesn't seem so simple. Manx holds a grudge against the wealthy blow-ins from the city and Jonah just wants his parents to stop arguing. One memorable night at the lake will change everything.
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Venice: Wisdom Tree #2

Venice: Wisdom Tree #2

Earls

$15.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The next in the brilliant collection of novellas, the perfect way to spend a few hours in this time-poor world! Ryan is a casualty of the economic downturn, and has resorted to taking up the offer of his sister Natalie's spare room. While he struggles to find a job, he finds that he can be useful in taking on some of the responsibility for his nephew as Natalie (who appeared obliquely in the first novella Gotham) works towards getting accepted for the Venice biennale . Harrison is a decided little boy, possibly on the spectrum, loved by his parents but perhaps not given their best attention. He and Ryan form a bond that truly defines what family can be… Once again, a beautifully crafted story that manages convey worlds of meaning beyond the wordcount! Lindy Jones

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Venice is about love and the tensions that pull us apart: the love between Harrison and his uncle Ryan, who is in need of a person to belong to, Natalie, who is pulled between her art and her heart, and Phil's awkward stilted love. Think, Nick Hornby's About a Boy.

"This floored me. The format is a game changer and the linked novellas combine to create the best book I've read in 12 years, since David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Five complex and distinct stories set in New York, Brisbane, Vancouver, Alaska and L.A. that somehow magically meet-I can't quite believe it. Earls has never had his due but if this doesn't get incredible press from here to Timbuktu, then publishing truly is broken. Or maybe he just fixed it, because Wisdom Tree is a transcendent wonder."- Chris Flynn, author of Tiger in Eden and The Glass Kingdom

"Nick paints the picture of Brisbane perfectly. The smells, sounds, tastes and temperature surround us as we witness Ryan's relationships grow. A sensory wonderland that carries us on the journey." - Gyton Grantley
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My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

Alexander McCall Smith

$29.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S CHOICE JUNE 2016 ----- You always know what you get with a McCall Smith novel, but that is definitely part of their charm! In this latest offering, Paul Stuart is recovering from the breakup of his relationship with Becky, a rather vapid and selfish woman. He is a fairly well regarded food writer, and needs to deliver his tenth book. As it is set in Tuscany, Paul must do some research in the area, so embarks on a month's research in a small mountain village that he has always loved. By a series of misadventures, the car he was supposed to have hired is replaced by a perfectly serviceable bulldozer, but this just forces him to slow down and re-evaluate what's important in life. Full of sunny scenes, quaint characters and non-judgmental wisdom, this is the perfect book to while away a weekend. (Vermentino and olives optional but highly recommended!) Lindy Jones

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When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

Steven Rowley

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ted is a world weary, disillusioned and lonely man in denial, but the ray of light in his life is Lily, his dearest friend and confidante. It doesn't matter that Lily is a highly excitable, opinionated and observant daschund who speaks to Ted in CAPITALS with lots of full stops and exclamation marks. But it does matter that Lily develops an octopus on her head, a sly and devious monster that Ted knows will eat her up. While Ted struggles to save Lily, deep down he knows it's a losing battle. It sounds like a strange premise for a novel, but this was surprisingly readable, quite touchingly written at times, and ultimately full of hope and new beginnings. Lindy Jones

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Companions come in all shapes and sizes.

Companionship lasts forever.

Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked universal truths of love, loyalty and loss, a hilariously sardonic and not altogether reliable narrator, and one unforgettable hound who simple wisdom will break your heart and put it back together again, Lily and the Octopus captures the search for meaning in death and introduces a dazzling new voice in fiction.
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A Siege of Bitterns: Birder Murder #1

A Siege of Bitterns: Birder Murder #1

Steve Burrows

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- As a birdwatcher myself, I couldn't resist something subtitled 'A Birder Murder Mystery'!

Set on the broads of Norfolk, it introduces a new detective series featuring DI Domenic Jejeune, who before his posting to Norfolk had worked on and solved some high profile cases and is thus a bit of a poster boy for modern policing. Unfortunately, Domenic would rather go birdwatching than solve crimes; but the very things that make him an excellent birder also make him an excellent detective.

When a celebrated conservationist is found hanged, Jejeune and his team have to sort out why a well-respected man would be targeted in such a way. And when their prime suspect, a local landowner with questionable business dealings, is found shot dead, even more questions are raised. Why was the conservationist gathering birdlists? Why did he not report the twitchable American Bittern listed in his notes prior to his death? What was the landowner hiding?

While there are elements of backstory for Jejeune (and some of the others on his team) tantalisingly hinted at that are not fully sketched, this is a satisfying mystery read which uses the landscape as character, and is a fine way to while away some time.

More titles are forthcoming, and I look forward to re-visiting the ornithological shenanigans of Norfolk! Lindy Jones

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Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn't mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn't really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain's premier birding country, Jejeune's two worlds collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. His ambitious police superintendent foresees a blaze of welcome publicity, although doubts soon emerge when Jejeune's best theory involves a feud over birdwatching lists. A second murder does little to bolster confidence. Jejeune must call on all his birding knowhow to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities. For, in the case of the Saltmarsh birder murders, the victims may not be the only casualties...
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A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Lucy Ruth Cummins

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- "Once upon a time there was a hungry lion, a penguin, a turtle, a little calico kitten, a brown mouse, a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears, a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a woolly sheep, a koala and also a hen." That's the first page of this absolutely hilarious picture book. I'm afraid the last page doesn't quite say they all lived happily ever after, though it does have a happy ending for one of the above… For best effect, this must be read out loud, and it has become my current favourite to do so, because I'm yet to find anyone who doesn't laugh out loud, child or adult. Expressive and colourful illustrations add to the delight. Lindy Jones

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There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here...), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him...), a brown mouse (Now wait a second...), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey! What's going on here...The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion's friends, or is the culprit a little...closer to home? With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks - what do you think happened to the hungry lion's friends?
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Chooks in Dinner Suits: A Tale of Big Dogs and Little Penguins

Chooks in Dinner Suits: A Tale of Big Dogs and Little Penguins

Jackson Hill ,  Smith

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This gorgeous picture book is based on real life events centred around Middle Island near Warrnambool in Victoria, where a local man noticed that the Little Penguins (who he calls chooks in dinner suits) were disappearing. Swampy and his dogs Max and Mimi are given a chance to change the fate of the penguins, and whilst slightly unconventional, it ended up being the perfect solution. With humourous illustrations by Craig Smith, this book shows that having a go is better than ignoring a problem, and is perfect for ages 4-6. Lindy Jones

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Age range 3 to 6 years  On a tiny island lives a waddle of Little Penguins. But their numbers are dwindling.  Swampy Marsh knows what to do, but no one will listen.  Soon he can count the last few penguins on the fingers of one hand.  The desperate townsfolk give Swampy, and his friends Max and Mimi, one chance. Will his solution work? Will Swampy save the Little Penguins of Middle Island? A warmly funny account of one man's quest to save a penguin colony, with two very unusual helpers. This story is based on events that took place on Middle Island, Warrnambool and have become well known to the public. This true story, which features both human and animal heroes, has been written as a heartwarming tale by Diane Jackson Hill. Craig Smith's lively illustrations capture all the drama and humour of the predicament and the characters involved.
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Circle

Circle

Jeannie Baker

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I think all birds are special, but shorebirds are close to miracles on wings! That such small creatures manage to fly the length of the world twice a year is something spectacular, and this wonderful new book by Jeannie Baker both celebrates that fact and draws attention to the possibility that shorebirds are in danger of disappearing because of human actions. The Bar-tailed Godwit follows invisible pathways and this book follows one individual amongst many as it makes its way from Australia to Alaska and back again. Baker's trademark detailed collage illustrations glow with colour and depth, and the messages of the interdependence of all creatures and their need for undamaged habitats are deftly conveyed. This will become a classic, and is suitable for all ages, as its themes are not to be limited to young or old. Lindy Jones

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From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic... and back again. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.
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The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown: Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #2

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown: Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #2

Vaseem Khan

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Inspector Chopra (Retd) is back with his baby elephant Ganesh in this second case. Chopra has been persuaded by his wife to attend the exhibition of the British Crown Jewels, which has been of some controversy in Mumbai, as the jewel in the crown, the Koh-I-Noor, is counted as one of India's national treasures. They go, but literally wake up in the aftermath of an audacious jewel theft, despite extensive security. Chopra becomes professionally and personally involved in tracking down the thieves whilst dealing with a multitude of problems small, large and elephant-sized… An entertaining crime story set in the colourful setting of bustling Mumbai. Lindy

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For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra goes to see the diamond, it is stolen from under his nose in a daring and seemingly impossible heist. The hunt is on for the culprits. And when an old friend stands accused, Inspector Chopra takes on the case. With sidekick baby elephant Ganesha in tow, Chopra soon realises that there is more at play than a simple case of greed...
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Dominic Smith

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This multi-layered novel weaves three strands together to create a mesmerising tale of loss, fraud and creation. Sarah de Vos is the first woman admitted to the Dutch guild of master painters in 1631. In the late 1950s only one painting of hers is known, and is held by a wealthy New Yorker. In Sydney of 2000, a woman contemplates her ruin as she organises and curates an exhibition of Dutch Golden Age female painters. Ellie is a world-renowned expert on the subject, but what only she and maybe only two others know, is that in her youth she painted a near-perfect forgery of de Vos's haunting and enigmatic masterpiece - and both the forgery and the original are being lent to the exhibition. Worse still, the owner is delivering his version in person, and he is one of the people who both knows Ellie's secret, and is someone she never wants to meet again... A very satisfying read and definitely recommended. Lindy

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This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the reading's done. In this extraordinary novel, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, US-based Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland, the first woman to be so honoured. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain-a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.

As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.
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The Turners

The Turners

Mick Elliott

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Nobody told Leo that when he turned 13 things would change. Sure, he knew adolescence wasn't going to be easy, not if his older and obnoxious sister is anything to go by, but to find out that his family are turners - that's a whole different kettle of fish! Or, in Leo's case, komodo dragons! Because that is what he starts to turn into, one day in the school library… It's a bit of a shock, but then his father disappears, and Leo and his sister go an a (slightly illegal) road trip trying to track him down. This hilarious book is the first in a trilogy, and is vastly entertaining. Ages 10-13 Lindy

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Leo Lennox has an epic problem: it's his thirteenth birthday and he has just grown a tail. You'd think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is about to discover that things can always get worse - and a whole lot weirder. Now, as he discovers an unthinkable family secret, Leo must team up with his infuriating older sister to escape snake-skinned henchmen, ancient shape-shifters and a whispering villain determined to feed him to a pack of genetically engineered killer pigs - all while trying to control his new shape-shifting powers. The first instalment of a trilogy from the funniest new Australian kids' author in years.
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The Haters

The Haters

Jesse Andrews

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Wes and his best (only) friend Corey have been persuaded to go on an intensive jazz camp. They are mildly competent musicians, but harbour no illusions about their talent, so the whole camp thing looks like it is going to be pretty gruelling. But Wes sees Ash, and he just knows things could be interesting, if he could only stop being so lame. Against the odds though, Wes, Corey and Ash strike up a friendship predicated on knowledge of obscure songs and intense dislike for the jazz-dudes, and before Wes knows, the three of them are off on a road trip with the intention of playing whatever town they end up in for the day. Like Andrews' previous book Me and Earl and the Dying Girl this is full of profanities and young adult themes, but it is funny and full of heart. Lindy

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From New York Times bestselling author Jesse Andrews (Me And Earl and the Dying Girl) comes The Haters, a wry and witty coming-of-age novel about encountering the world on your own terms for the first time.

Wes and Corey are convinced nothing cool can come of their lame summer at jazz camp, when along comes Ash - all blonde hair and brash words - and cracks their world wide open. Finally, something they can't seem to hate. When Ash convinces them that a great musician is made on the road, the three friends flee camp and begin an epic, hilarious road trip: The Haters 2016 Summer of Hate Tour.

Amid sneaking into seedy bars, evading their parents and the police, and spending every minute together in a makeshift tour bus, romance blossoms and bursts, and hygiene takes a back seat. Wes begins to realise the limitations of hating everything: it keeps you at a convenient distance from something, or someone, you just might love.

When you can find something to hate about every band, how do you make a sound you love?
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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Kate DiCamillo

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Raymie has been told there are two sorts of people in the world: problem solvers and problem causers - and she certainly prefers to be the former. so when her father runs away with his dental hygenist, she concocts a plan to bring him home again. If she can just win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, he will see that she's famous and return. In order to win though, she will have to learn how to twirl a baton, and it is at Miss Ida Nee's that Raymie meets Louisiana Elefante (who wants to win so she can afford to rescue her cat Archie from the Very Friendly Animal Centre) and Beverly Tapinski (who wants to sabotage it as a protest at being entered into yet another Little Miss competition by her mother). All three girls have their problems, but together, just perhaps, collectively they can do something about them that they can't do by themselves. A tender novel for pre-teen readers. Lindy

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In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour. Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father - who has run away with a dental hygienist - will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her show-business background and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship - and challenge them to come to each other's rescue in unexpected ways.
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Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Janet Hill

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This adorable picture book shares the wisdom that Miss Wilhelmina Moon has learnt in her career as a dog governess. Her first position was on an island off the French coast where she cared for 67 dogs of all shapes and personalities, and the twenty most important lessons she learnt and taught are shared with the reader. From Lesson One ("Friends can come in many shapes and sizes") to Lesson Twenty ("Celebrate your accomplishments with family and friends") Miss Moon (a calm woman who wears her red hair in a victory roll, and is dressed in a denure black dress) guides her charges with firmness, affection and whimsy. Gorgeously expressive illustrations and the gentle pieces of advice will appeal to young and old alike! Lindy

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Miss Wilhelmina Moon is a dog governess. At her first placement, on a small island off the coast of France, her new charges - 67 dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours - run wild. Armed with patience and a passion for teaching, as well as her companions, Mitford the monkey and Petunia the French bulldog, Miss Moon soon imparts 20 important lessons to her furry brood. Some are practical, some are playful, one or two are a little unusual, but all are necessary for the raising of happy, healthy and well-mannered dogs (and humans).
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Eligible

Eligible

Curtis Sittenfeld

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Chip Bingley is rich, handsome, single, a doctor and the answer to any mother-of-unwed-daughters' dreams. He is also a reality TV show celebrity. Jane and Liz Bennet fled their Cinnicinati family home for New York, where Jane runs a yoga studio and is trying to conceive through IVF, and Liz is a successful magazine journalist. When they are summoned back home in an attempt to sort out their father's health issues, deal with their social-climbing mother's retail addiction, and generally try to persuade their younger sisters to pull their own weight for a change, the last thing they think they need is the complication of relationships. But at the Lucas family's barbeque, Jane meets Chip, Liz meets Chip's snobby friend Darcy, and sparks fly… Part of the Austen Project, where Jane Austen's beloved novels are updated with contemporary settings. I will admit to approaching this with trepidation, much as I've enjoyed the previous novels (Sense & Sensibility by Joanne Trollope, Emma by Alexander McCall Smith, Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid). I wasn't sure about shifting the setting to America, but this version of Pride & Prejudice just proves once again that human nature has not materially changed since Jane Austen took up her quill two centuries ago! Lindy

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The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family's BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men...

Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he's a reality TV star too.  But Chip's friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father's mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn't only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste.

But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.
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Gotham: Wisdom Tree #1

Gotham: Wisdom Tree #1

Nick Earls

$15.00
ABBEY'S CHOICE MAY 2016 ----- Jeff Foster is an Australian music journalist on assignment in New York. He's lined up an interview with the newest rap sensation, and the article should go a long way to paying some bills. Jeff is getting tired and starting to feel old in a young man's game, and paying court to a surly boy with a great sense of entitlement and none of reality, is just another price he has to pay to follow what was once his dream. This very finely wrought story is presented as the first novella in a linked set of five, the next four to be released at monthly intervals. For the price of a movie ticket, the reader can immerse themselves in a story that will more than repay their attention without demanding the greater commitment of a lengthy book. This is a perfectly formed story, that carries a lot more insight into the human condition than books of more verbage manage to do. Highly recommended indeed. Lindy

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Inkerman & Blunt will release one novella at a time, on the first of every month from May to September 2016. The novella is back disturbing the literary waters and Australia is leading the surge and Inkerman & Blunt is stirring the waves with these five pocket-sized finely crafted, richly intelligent novellas. Wisdom Tree is the accessible book for twenty-first century time poor, screen devoted readers.

Published as Cargoes in Griffith Review 50 Tall Tales Short—The Novella Project III, Gotham tells of the encounter between music journalist, Jeff Foster and ‘boy pharaoh’, Na$ti Boi. It reveals how hollow celebrities cast their spell. Think, Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe.

Nick Earls is the award winning author of twelve novels and numerous shorter works. With the publication of the Word Hunters trilogy, he is now officially also a children’s writer. 
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The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget...

The One-in-a-Million Boy: The touching novel of a 104-year-old woman's friendship with a boy you'll never forget...

Monica Wood

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ona Vitkus is 104 years old, and has led an unimpeachably quiet life. Except for a few months when she ran away with the circus in 1914. She hasn't much to live for, but she's not interested in dying. Then The Boy comes to help her around the yard to earn his scout badge, and he manages to get under her defences with his blend of eccentric record keeping and guileless curiosity about her life. He thinks she can certainly break some world record, and with his belief in her, Ona is going to try. But when he doesn't turn up for a few weeks, and his father does instead, Ona has to let go of some of her longheld protective mechanisms, and teach the young folk a thing or two about living - and learn a thing or two herself… This is a charming novel, full of light and some darkness, with protagonists you care about and hate to leave. Lindy

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Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected.
 
The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is eleven. She is one hundred and four years, one hundred and thirty three days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never...
 
Only it's been two weeks now since he last visited, and she's starting to think he's not so different from all the rest.
 
Then the boy's father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son's good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done, but a life's ambition to complete.
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Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here

Fredrik Backman

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- From the author of the best-selling A Man Called Ove comes another entertaining novel about a character who can be kindly called difficult, or unkindly, a pain! Britt-Marie is in her early 60s and finds herself in need of a job and a place to live. Her marriage has broken up, and her talents as a homemaker aren't much in demand in an area suffering from the GFC. But a harried social worker manages to find her a job as a caretaker in a tiny backwater of a town, and Britt-Marie sets about making an independent life for herself - as long as everyone does just what they're supposed to, it will all be okay - won't it?  Britt-Marie is a difficult and unpleasant woman on the surface, but she has more than enough reason to be the way she is, and the reader ends up with a sneaking sympathy for the strength of character she exhibits. Heart-warming and delightful! Lindy

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For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.  So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Jonas Jonasson

$29.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE MAY 2016 ----- Anders has a bit of a problem when alcohol mixes with anger and or drugs, which is why he has spent most of his life in gaol. Per Persson has a bit of a problem making an impression on anyone (including his mother). Johanna has a bit of a problem with her job - she never believed in God but due to familial pressure had to become a priest. When these three disparate (and desperate) people come together in a seedy hotel, their problems are going to be solved. Per and Johanna are going to make their fortune renting Anders out as a hitman, and are going to find happiness with each other and Anders is going to find respect and enough pocket money to keep his simple wants satisfied . And so it might have been, if Anders didn't go and find the faith that Johanna never had...  A madcap adventure with the twists and turns you expect from the author of The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - entertaining and slightly anarchic. Lindy

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Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that's going to make them all a fortune - but then all of a sudden, and to everyone's surprise, Anders finds Jesus... Anders' sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it's not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick. As wildly funny and unexpected as The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, this is a madcap, feel-good adventure about belief, the media - and the fact that it's never too late to start again.
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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set over the course of a weekend, this screwball comedy is vastly entertaining! Janice left Alex because the pressure and failure of IVF treatments wore her down. Her sister Caroline has just discovered that Henry, her husband, has left her for their eldest daughter's teacher, Martha. They've gone to Noosa for a weekend, and Caroline decides to follow, leaving Janice with Mercedes, a wise 8 year old and 5yo Paris, who refuses to speak. Then the neighbours Craig and Lesley drop in with an unerring nose for trouble, which is bad enough, but gets worse when Craig climbs into the bedroom Janice is sleeping in - and then it all totally descends into farce when Alex turns up, Martha leaves Henry to Caroline's devices, and Lesley storms over in a jealous fit… Now if this sounds confusing, it isn't, because Jordan's deft handling of the modern day contretemps of marriage and separation works beautifully. A satisfying romantic comedy altogether! Lindy

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Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha.

Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them.

Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row.

And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec.

Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis—and let's not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy.

Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated.

Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious novel.

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan at Abbey’s Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney

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The Beekeeper's Secret

The Beekeeper's Secret

Josephine Moon

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Maria works at a Sunshine Coast hinterland retreat, tending the garden and the guests, but her passion is for her bees. In her seventies, she has many reasons to ignore the outside world, so when she receives a letter from a niece she has never met, her first reaction is to ignore it. But Tansy is tenacious - she wants to know why there has been a rift in her mother's family, and won't give up until she has learnt why. It also gives her something else to focus on rather than the fact she wants a baby, even though she promised her husband she never would. As each woman comes to learn more about the other, they find the strength to put aside the things that don't matter, and care about the things - and people - who do.  An easy to read and heartwarming novel, along the lines of Monica McInerney, perfect for a quiet afternoon with a pot of honeyed tea! Lindy

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Maria Lindsey has secrets to hide. Living on top of a secluded mountain is a good way to hide from the world... until her past begins to track her down. The surprising and intriguing new novel about the astounding secrets we keep from those we love from the bestselling author of The Tea Chest.

Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn't think you deserved to let it go.'

Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence.

Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she'd intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!

With captivating characters and an intriguingly tangled mystery, The Beekeeper's Secret celebrates families in all their joys and complications. 
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The Waters of Eternal Youth: Brunetti #25

The Waters of Eternal Youth: Brunetti #25

Donna Leon

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The annual appearance of a new Commissario Brunetti novel is always welcome! In this one, Brunetti is asked by a friend of his mother-in-law to investigate the accident that befell her grand-daughter fifteen years previously. Manuela fell into a canal and was rescued, but not before sustaining permanent brain damage which has stalled her at a mental age of seven. The Contessa has been plagued at the thought it was not an accident, but has no proof of foul play. It takes some manipulation for Brunetti to get permission to look into the case, but the more he looks, the more he finds. This is the 25th book featuring the thoughtful Venetian policeman, and fans will need no incentive to read it except to be told it is as enjoyable and as steeped in contemporary Venice as all the other books! Lindy

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In The Waters of Eternal Youth, the twenty-fifth instalment in the bestselling Brunetti series, our Commissario finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a crime at all.

Brunetti is investigating a cold case by request of the grand Contessa Lando-Continui, a friend of Brunetti's mother-in-law. Fifteen years ago the Contessa's teenage granddaughter, Manuela, was found drowning in a canal. She was rescued from the canal at the last moment, but in many ways it was too late; she suffered severe brain damage and her life was never the same again. Once a passionate horse rider, Manuela, now aged thirty, cannot remember the accident, or her beloved horse, and lives trapped in an eternal youth.

The Contessa, unconvinced that this was an accident, implores Brunetti to find the culprit she believes was responsible for ruining Manuela's life. Out of a mixture of curiosity, pity and a willingness to fulfil the wishes of a loving grandmother, Brunetti reopens the case. But once he starts to investigate, Brunetti finds a murky past and a dark story at its heart.

The Waters of Eternal Youth is awash in the rhythms and concerns of contemporary Venetian life, from historical preservation, to housing, to new waves of African migrants, all circling the haunting story of a woman trapped in a perpetual childhood.
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The Way We Roll

The Way We Roll

Scot Gardner

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Will and Julian work together as trolley boys; Will comes from the rich side of town, and Julian is a self-proclaimed Westie. It turns out Will has quite a few problems, he's run away from the boarding school he's been living at since he was five, he's living rough and there's certainly heartbreak where his ex-girlfriend is concerned. Julian has his own difficult past, including a stint at juvie for smashing a guy, but it turns out he's a lot better adjusted and has a penchant for strays. So begins a close friendship between two young men who would never have met in ordinary circumstances. The strength of this novel is in the characterisations, and the fact that it acknowledges the emotional lives of teenage boys. Not to mention it's a rollicking good read with flashes of humour amongst the serious issues it does deal with. Highly recommended. Lindy

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From the author of the award-winning The Dead I Know comes an urban 'bromance' with an unexpected twist, featuring a boy from the upper end of town who finds refuge and friendship pushing trolleys at the local supermarket and avoiding a troubling secret in his own past.

Will went to private school, and Julian went to juvie. Will is running from a family secret, and Julian is running from the goat next door. The boys meet pushing trolleys, and they find a common enemy in the Westie hoons who terrorise the carpark.

After a few close calls, Will has to nut up and confront his past. But on the way, he learns a few things about what it means to be a friend - and what it means to be family.

The Way We Roll a rattling urban bromance made of plastic and stainless steel. Brace yourself.
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Thanks for the Trouble

Thanks for the Trouble

Tommy Wallach

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Parker hasn't spoken since the car accident his father caused and died in. He's pretty much given up on trying - he avoids social contact, is failing at school, and has taken to hanging round hotel coffee shops in order to steal off rich people. One day he sees a silver-haired girl with a wad of cash, and though he successfully robs her, something about her sad eyes and attitude makes him return it to her. Zelda is intriguing and challenging, and tells Parker she's more than 270 years old... Over the course of three days, as Parker fights his disbelief and falls in love, each of them tries to convince the other that there is a lot to live for. An enjoyable life-affirming YA novel. Lindy

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Was this story written about me?  I shrugged.  Yes or no?  I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.  It's very rude not to answer simple questions,  she said. I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn't give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm. I can't, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don't you feel like a jerk? Parker Sante hasn't spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching (and sometimes stealing from)the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he'll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

Tommy Wallach at Abbey’s Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney

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How Not to Disappear

How Not to Disappear

Clare Furniss

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Hattie isn't having the best of summer breaks. Her best friend Kat has followed her new love to Edinburgh, her mother's partner Carl is planning a huge wedding no-one else wants, and her other best friend Reuben has shot through to Europe without even saying goodbye. If that wasn't hard enough, she's just discovered that that one night with Reuben has left her pregnant… Then her life gets really complicated! An unknown great-aunt appears on the scene. Gloria is eccentric, self-centred, lively and addicted to gin. She's also been diagnosed as suffering from dementia, and she wants Hattie to take her on a road trip to places in her past that she needs to revisit before their significance is swallowed up by Alzheimers. A thoroughly believable novel populated by characters you come to care deeply for, moving at times but always deeply perceptive. Lindy

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Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody.

Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to  find himself  and Kat's in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama  around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby.

Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one previously knew even existed comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery - Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.

Non Pratt's Trouble meets Thelma and Louise with a touch of Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, Clare Furniss' remarkable How Not To Disappear is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that will make you laugh and break your heart.
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Nginingawila Ngirramini: Our Story

Nginingawila Ngirramini: Our Story

Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This lovely little production celebrates the life stories and aspirations of nine girls from the Tiwi Islands. As part of the fabulous Indigenous Literacy Foundation's work, the girls were brought to Sydney for mentoring at Hachette, to create stories, cultivate knowledge and motivate self-esteem. Apart from the introductions, the book is the work of each girl, featuring their words and artworks. They tell of their lives, proudest moments, sacred places and heroes. An excellent and commendable project for the girls to have been involved in, but also a generous act of sharing towards the readers. Lindy

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Nginingawila Ngirramini - Tiwi language for 'Our Story' - is a celebration of pride and a window into the lives of nine talented, intelligent and funny teenage girls from the Tiwi Islands.

In this collection of inspiring pieces, the girls share stories about their heroes, their sacred places and the happiest moments of their lives. With an introduction by Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador Dr Anita Heiss and author Pamela Freeman, Nginingawila Ngirramini was created in Sydney as part of the ILF s Create Initiative, a workshop program to improve literacy.

Students: Bobette Joran, Rina Moreen, Sharna Austral, Jess Stassi, Shania Puruntatameri, Ella Moreen, Sherayne Puruntatameri, Jasmine Brooks and Angelita Tipungwuti.
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Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short and Sweet

Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short and Sweet

Scott Nash

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Now for something completely different - literary classics rendered in short and sometimes silly poems! The Odyssey, Frankenstein, Moby-Dick, Jane Eyre, 1001 Nights, Hamlet, Don Quixote, Metamorphosis, and Remembrance of Things Past (which is my personal favourite, as it is rendered rather accurately in two lines) are all light-heartedly shrunk down to managable size. Brightly coloured illustrations add to the fun. I suspect many an adult will enjoy the reductions, even as they are accessible introductions to these classics for younger readers! Lindy

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Nine weighty literary classics are transformed into delectable morsels with Scott Nash's playful versification and whimsical illustration.

Can't stomach all of Frankenstein? Lacking the strength to read The Odyssey? Don't have 1,001 nights to get through Scheherazade's ordeal? Never fear, Shrunken Treasures are here! Nine of the world's best known stories and books have been reduced, like slowly simmered cherries, to tart and tasty mouthfuls. Lighthearted verse turns Moby-Dick into a simple nursery song. Outrageous color makes even gloomy Hamlet seem like fun. Riotous images transform Jane Eyre's ordeal into a whirlwind adventure. The Metamorphosis, Remembrance of Things Past, Don Quixote, and others have all been delivered from dense duty to delightful ditty in Scott Nash's collection of hallowed classics, featuring notes about the original texts at the end.
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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

$29.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2016 ----- Garner is one of our master writers, and nothing in this collection disappoints! Drawn from articles she has contributed to different journals/papers/books over the past decade or two, and loosely organised by theme, each is a small but perfect jewel, or a quiet sip of sanity in an increasingly incoherent world. Whether she is musing on the travails and temptations of ageing, observing the fine line between ordinary people and the darkness that pushes them into abhorrent crimes, critiquing a movie, or relating a tale from her past, her translucent prose carries the reader into understanding or empathy. Polished, quiet and thoughtful writing, but often with a true heart of passion and deep emotion. Lindy Jones

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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there's a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring.

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice.

Everywhere I Look includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.
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Where The Trees Were

Where The Trees Were

Inga Simpson

$29.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2016 ----- The third book from a talented Australian writer, this is as different again as Mr Wigg was from Nest! Told in two time streams, a contemporary strand told in third person, while the other strand told is in first person but set twenty or so years back from the present day. Jay and her friends lived in the country, and their special spot by the river was marked by engraven trees - arborglyphs that held a special significance for the indigenous peoples. In the present day Jay works as a museum conservator/curator in a time of sweeping budget cuts. Audacious thieves are stealing indigenous artefacts - so what does this have to do with Jay's past? An intriguing tale that unfolds its beauties, and reveals an area of indigenous art that few may be aware of. Lindy Jones

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A beautiful new novel about the innocence of childhood and the scars that stay with you for life, from the award winning author of MR WIGG and NEST.

'All in?' Kieran pulled me up, and the others followed. We gathered around the bigger tree. No one asked Matty - he just reached up and put his right hand on the trunk with ours.

Kieran cleared his throat. 'We swear, on these trees, to always be friends. To protect each other - and this place.'

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

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Mercy Street

Mercy Street

Tess Evans

$27.99  $8.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- George is a quietly unhappy man whose beloved wife died three years previously. He fills his day in with unvarying routines, and his main contacts are his bossy sister Shirl and his laconic mate Redgum. One day he uncharacteristically eats breakfast in a café, shops earlier than he would and takes a short cut he usually avoids - and this is the turning point of his life. Attacked by young thugs, saved by a slovenly-looking but feisty girl, George thanks her by telling her where he lives and a tacit offer of help if she ever needs it. Which she promptly takes advantage of, by leaving her young daughter in his care on occasion. Then one day, she leaves Aurora-Jane (Rory) to go off with her boyfriend, and George finds himself becoming Rory's primary caregiver. At first the old man and the young kid have a begrudging relationship, but with time, they form a family of two. But when Rory's mother decides that she wants Rory back, George takes matters into his own hands… What might have been a saccharine old-grump-finds-hope-through-a-young-person novel is lifted by the believability and vulnerability of the characters, and how their flawed actions are driven by the desire to only do the right thing by their own lights. A very satisfying read. Lindy

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Mercy Street tells the heartwarming story of curmudgeonly old widowed pensioner, George - who for the most part lives in a world of memories of his dead wife, Pen, and dreams of the family they could have had - and Rory, the very real 'grubby little brat' who is dumped on him, much to his displeasure, by her unreliable mother, Angie.  In his own inept way, George valiantly tries to rise to the challenge of caring for the tear-sodden, sullen little girl, but it's only when his bossy sister Shirl, his old mate Redgum, and his neighbors, the Nguyens, get involved, that gradually, little by little, an accidental family of sorts takes shape.  But then, years later, Angie reappears, and wants her daughter back. George, determined not to lose Rory, hatches an audacious plan and they take to the road...
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The Midnight Watch

The Midnight Watch

David Dyer

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- On the night the Titanic sank, another ship, the Californian, saw her distress flares but did not respond. Her captain, Stanley Lord, denied that he was informed of any such rockets, testimony contradicted in the official enquiries afterwards. This carefully detailed novel alternates between the first person account of journalist John Steadman, who suspects Lord is concealing the truth, and a third person narrative concerning the second officer, Herbert Stone, who was on the midnight watch and who saw the rockets flower in the still dark night.  Steadman is an alcoholic who has never recovered from the death of his infant son and is driven to seek justice for the unregarded victims; Stone is portrayed as a man with romantic views of loyalty, seeking approval from a captain who only considers him with contempt. As Steadman pursues the story he knows is there, Stone increasingly struggles to remember what actually happened on that fateful night. A strong historical novel that portrays the times and the tragedy of the Titanic with vivid detail. Lindy Jones

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Sometimes the smallest of human failings can lead to the greatest of disasters

On a wretchedly cold night in the North Atlantic, a steamer stopped in an icefield sees the glow of another ship on the horizon. Just after midnight the first of eight distress rockets is fired. Why did the Californian look on while the Titanic sank?

As soon as Boston American reporter John Steadman lays eyes on the man who stood the midnight watch on the Californian, he knows there's another story lurking behind the official one. Herbert Stone must have seen something, and yet his ship did nothing while the calamity took place. Now Stone, under his captain's orders, must carry his secret in silence, while Steadman is determined to find it out.

So begins a strange dance around the truth by these three men. Haunted by the fifteen hundred who went to their deaths in those icy waters, and by the loss of his own baby son years earlier, Steadman must either find redemption in the Titanic's tragedy or lose himself.

Based on true events, The Midnight Watch is at once a heart-stopping mystery and a deeply knowing novel – about the frailty of men, the strength of women, the capriciousness of fate and the price of loyalty.

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer


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King of the Castle

King of the Castle

Aurora Rua ,  Guridi

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A young boy's trip to the beach turns into a wonderful exercise of his imagination! The simple process of building a sand castle becomes an epic feat, as the boy declares that he will rule over 'a place of wilderness, with mountains on one side and lakes on the other' complete with a witch, a dragon and a fearful monster. A delightfully sly picture book, with simple but very expressive illustrations, for ages 4-6. Lindy

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When a creative young boy goes to the beach, he sees it as a blank canvas for imagination and adventure. What starts as a sand castle becomes much, much more...
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Hattie Helps out

Hattie Helps out

Jane Godwin ,  Freya Blackwood ,  Davina Bell

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There's to be a party for Dad's birthday, and Hattie decides to help Mum with the preparations. What with cleaning, tidying, cooking and keeping an eye on her younger sibling, Hattie has a lot to do before her afternoon sleep - but maybe Mum needs a nap more than Hattie, she certainly looks like she could do with a rest! A charming and delightful picture book that any busy mother with a 'helpful' youngster can certainly relate to, but a lot of fun for the pre-schooler being read to as well! Lindy

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Hattie is the perfect helper. Or so she thinks! An endearing picture book that any child - and parent - will relate to.

It's a busy day at Hattie's house. There's a lot to do before Dad's birthday party.

Hattie is being very helpful, until it's time for her afternoon nap.

Hattie's not even sleepy! But Mama looks tired. Very tired...
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Well of Witches: Thickety #3

Well of Witches: Thickety #3

J. A. White ,  Andrea Offermann

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- First things first - this is NOT the end of the series, although I had been enticed into starting it because I was told it was a trilogy - there is one more book to come (apparently!) I have thoroughly enjoyed this twisty, slightly creepy but totally addictive series, and this book takes up with Kara and Taff sailing into the World to locate the well of witches where their enemy, Grace, has been consigned. They need her to lift her final spell, but of course, it isn't going to be as straightforward as it sounds. Rygoth is gathering more insecure girls and enticing them into her evil designs but there may be hope when an old friend reappears. It won't come as a surprise to learn that once again the novel ends on a cliffhanger, that there is a surprising twist to the storyline, and that this is necessary reading for the legion of fans who have gotten hooked on the series! Lindy

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A new fantasy series set in a world where magic is forbidden-but exists in the dark woods called the Thickety-for fans of Septimus Heap.

J. A. White's The Thickety: Well of Witches is an epic quest into an enchanted kingdom with new kinds of magic, an old enemy, and only one way out. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this third novel in the spectacular and twisty fantasy series that has readers and reviewers raving.

Kara and Taff know that only Grace Stone has the power to reverse her Last Spell on their father, and that in order to save him, they have to rescue their foe from the Well of Witches first. Forgiving Grace should be the hardest part of their journey... but soon the children are confronted by creatures called the Faceless, mysteries as old as magic, and an ancient secret that threatens their very lives.

Back in the World, a war against magic is brewing that endangers everyone they care about. Can Kara and Taff find Grace and make it back to their father in time.
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One Thousand Hills

One Thousand Hills

James Roy ,  Noel Zihabamwe

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There is nothing easy about a novel concerning the genocide committed in Rwanda in 1994, but this brave and powerful novel should be read and discussed. Pascal is called before a counsellor at his school to discuss an anger management issue, and the story of his life five years ago slowly unfolds. He used to live in a small town, with his parents and siblings, attending school and church, and generally full of the small concerns any young boy has. But there is a sense of unease starting to permeate the town, and the radio is full of messages to eradicate cockroaches which the Hutus are most concerned about... The violence is implied rather than described, and the horror that Pasal witnesses and survives is heartbreaking, but as the authors say in their afterword, the story has to be told so it can't happen again. 13+ Lindy

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Agabande, Rwanda, April 1994. The children in the village are doing childlike things, playing with toys they make themselves, going to school and church on Sunday. Doing their chores. But there are whispers and looks, and messages of hate on the radio, and people are leaving. Pascal is a good boy, trying his best, but the world he knows is about to change forever.
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My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa

Justine Larbalestier

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Che is 17, and his parents have dragged him and his sister Rosa across the world to New York. Che writes out his usual list of things he'd like to achieve, and the first on the list is - control Rosa. At 10, she is adorably pretty, extremely intelligent - and a psychopath. It seems no-one recognises her as anything but a sweet and talented little kid, but Che knows better - but does he know enough? As she manipulates the people around her, Che can see it's all going to lead to trouble, but how can he stop her? Clever, disturbing and page-turning. 15+ Lindy

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Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control...

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

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Summer Skin

Summer Skin

Kirsty Eagar

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Jess has an agenda. Her best friend was humiliated by boys from a rival college at their university, and Jess is going to teach them a lesson, starting with the arrogant, calculating sexist rugby-playing Blondie. But what starts as an episode in the gender wars and contemporary social media issues, becomes a love story of two young adults who have to see past surface appearances. Gritty, tough and definitely for older teens! Lindy

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Jess Gordon is out for revenge.
 
Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even...

The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold... and smart enough to keep up with Jess...

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig - sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they're at their most vulnerable?

It's all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy's stuff. Just your typical love story.
Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

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Trouble at Home: Georgia and the Dragon #1

Trouble at Home: Georgia and the Dragon #1

Cate Whittle ,  Kim Gamble

$9.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Okay, so the young reader in your life has done Tashi, and wants something with more text, that looks like a proper book, is imaginative without being old-fashioned, but still has illustrations. This will fit the bill! Georgia sees her house get stolen by a green dragon. Which is bad enough, but her little brother Godfrey was inside. No-one believes her though, so she sets out to rescue him, with her other brother, Henry. After she's done her research, of course! A delightful story, introducing Trouble the Dragon - there will be more adventures, and I certainly look forward to them! Lindy

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Ages and ages ago about two weeks since next Thursday a giant green dragon stole my baby brother, Godfrey. Well, okay, the giant green dragon actually stole the house. I saw it all happen.The only clues are potato chips and sarsaparilla drink. Can Georgia solve the mystery of the missing family home?
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Timeline: A Visual History of the World

Timeline: A Visual History of the World

Peter Goes

$34.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This large format book is as absorbing as it is beautifully designed. The images flow and curve through the centre of the pages, and are accompanied with facts incorporated into the ilustrations, as well as captions giving an overall summation of the centuries and key civilisations (or decades, as we get into the 20th century). In 70 pages or so, the whole of history is encompassed, from the Big Bang (on the title page) through to the events of 2015. Really is a superb book, and will appeal to kids and adults alike! Lindy

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From the Big Bang to the present day, illustrated scenes tell the history of our planet in one continuous story in a beautiful large-format hardback for young and old.
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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible

Ursula Vernon

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- When Harriet was christened, her parents forgot to invite the wicked fairy god-mouse Ratshade. As a result the baby princess was cursed to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's 12 and sleep her life away. Harriet grows up to excel in all the things hamster princesses should be able to do, though she never masters deportment and being ethereal. When she's 10, her parents confess she is cursed, which causes Harriet great pleasure. It does mean she's invincible until then, so with her trusty riding quail Mumfrey, she sets off to have adventures, slay dragons and joust on the professional circuit. And when the time comes that the curse takes effect, Harriet has a few tricks up her sleeve… A hilarious tale that subverts the traditional princess role, cleverly integrating witty illustrations throughout. Middle primary readers. Lindy

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Harriet Hamsterbone is not your typical princess. She may be quite stunning in the rodent realm (you'll have to trust her on this one), but she is not so great at trailing around the palace looking ethereal or sighing a lot. She finds the royal life rather... dull. One day, though, Harriet's parents tell her of the curse that a rat placed on her at birth, dooming her to prick her finger on a hamster wheel when she's twelve and fall into a deep sleep. For Harriet, this is most wonderful news: It means she's invincible until she's twelve! After all, no good curse goes to waste. And so begins a grand life of adventure with her trusty riding quail, Mumfrey... until her twelfth birthday arrives and the curse manifests in a most unexpected way.
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Anna and the Swallow Man

Anna and the Swallow Man

Gavriel Savit

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Anna's father is a professor of linguistics at the university in Krakow, and Anna can speak in as many languages as the people around her. One day he leaves her with a friend as he is summoned to a meeting; but when he does not return, Anna is sent home alone. She sees a tall well-dressed man who speaks to birds - a language she doesn't know, so she is instantly drawn to him. Persuading the Swallow Man to let her stay with him is the beginning of her true education… As war tramples the world, Anna and the Swallow Man stay at just the right distance, until his secrets start to overtake them both, and each has to sacrifice something precious and deeply held in order to save the other. At times a desperately sad story, as any set in WWII can be, but it is also a story of resilience and strength and awkward beauty. Ages 12+ Lindy

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Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story. Krakow, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she's alone. Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous...
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Paris Up, Up and Away

Paris Up, Up and Away

Helene Druvert

$26.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The Eiffel Tower is bored with being in one place all the time, and Paris is such an exciting place to explore! So off it goes, sailing over the city, visiting all the other landmarks: the Seine, the Opera House, Notre Dame, department stores and much more. A simple story enlivened by the enchanting illustrations, which are laser cut white on black, adding a beautiful dimension to this finely crafted book. I'm thinking adults will love this even more children, but it is a book to share. Lindy

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The Eiffel Tower is bored today Wouldn't it be nice to fly away? Paris is full of things to do The Tower would like to see them too. The Tower takes off for the day To watch the city work and play...The Eiffel Tower is bored... so it decides to cut loose and fly over Paris! Sailing through the night air, it glides over the Seine; a short hop away, its Opera. It weaves through the crowd and department stores, falls asleep in the sun, and wakes up to the jangling bells of Notre Dame. This beautifully crafted book, full of meticulous lasercuts, is a wonderfully imaginative introduction to Paris for young children.
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The Iliad

The Iliad

Gillian Cross ,  Neil Packer

$39.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In the same vein as the splendid version of the Odyssey that was done by these two collaborators a couple of years ago, this book introduces the great tragedy to young readers. The retelling is powerful and direct and captures the bravery and brutality of what started as an argument between two powerful men, and ended up as a conflict that killed hundreds of heroes and destroyed one of the proudest cities of its time. Illustrations are in muted colours with slashes of startling brightness, and are full of drama - perfect accompaniments to the text. Lindy

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Neil Packer's glorious illustrations and Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling bring to life Homer's Iliad, the greatest war story ever told. The team that produced the Odyssey in 2012 now tell the story of the ten year war that preceded Odysseus's long journey home to Ithaca. This faithful retelling begins with Prince Paris's abduction of Helen of Sparta, and goes on to the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles, and the great battles under the walls of Troy towards the end of the siege that result in the deaths of Patroclus, the Trojan hero Hector, and finally Achilles himself. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to what has been called the finest literary achievement of Greek civilisation.
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As Black as Ebony

As Black as Ebony

Salla Simukka

$16.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the conclusion of the electrifying Finnish noir trilogy for young adults. Lumikki has a new boyfriend, kind and happy Sampsa, but secretly she still yearns for Blaze. Involved in a play that is a version of Snow White, Lumikki starts to receive strange and disturbing messages. She is being stalked - but who is the secret admirer whose twisted admiration threatens bloodshed? And what is the real secret of Lumikki's life? A satisfying conclusion to what has been a strong trilogy. Lindy

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Lumikki Andersson must uncover a dark personal secret to outwit her bloodthirsty stalker. Lumikki Andersson has a new boyfriend - easygoing, gorgeous Sampsa who adores her. But when her ex Blaze reappears, declaring his devotion, she doesn't know what to feel. She can't deny the chemistry between them, but does he deserve another chance? Then the threatening letters start arriving, from someone who seems to know her intimately. Suddenly Lumikki is more alone than ever, and it's not only her life on the line. To stop the killer, she must uncover a dark secret that has haunted her family for years...
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Dumplin'

Dumplin'

Julie Murphy

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Willowdean is a self-aware and sassy teenager. She happens to be fat, but she's not embarrassed by her size. Her mother might be, but as she runs the small Texan town's beauty pageant, she would be. When something happens that shakes Willowdean's confidence in herself, she decides to take on the preconceptions of a contest based on appearance, the small town bigots, and her loving but hurtful mother. A great story, one that has you cheering for the heroine. Lindy

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Willowdean Dickson (Dumplin', to her mum) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it. But life as Willlow knows it is about to change, and when this happens she suffers an unaccustomed, and unwelcome, attack of self-doubt. In an effort to take back her confidence, she enters into the local Miss Teen Blue Bonner beauty pageant. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs and a wildly unforgettable heroine - Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart. And send you out to buy that bikini!
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Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape

Visionaries in Suburbia: Griffin Houses in the Sydney Landscape

Anne Watson

$59.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A very handsome and fascinating book, this details the houses that Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin built or planned to build in Sydney. After the Griffins were  unceremoniously booted from the Canberra project, they turned their considerable talents to the new development, Castlecrag, using their ideas of architecture that was formed and fit into its landscape. Each of these Castlecrag houses (and the handful of others elsewhere) has a dedicated and informative essay complemented by a fabulous array of photographs (black-and-white and colour), including a treasure trove of recently discovered archival photos. The floorplans are shown, while those houses that never made it off the drawing board are also given their own essays . A real credit to the dedicated people of the Walter Burley Griffin Society, and a valuable resource for those interested in architecture, planning, history and design. Lindy

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In 1920, when Walter Burley Griffin's association with the design of Canberra was coming to a frustrating end, he and his architect wife Marion Mahony Griffin began to refocus their creative energies on the development of the Sydney harbour-side suburb that would become known as Castlecrag. It was the re-commencement of a love affair with the city that began when the Griffins sailed into Sydney Harbour from their native Chicago in 1914.

From Castlecrag to Clifton Gardens, Pymble to Avalon, Visionaries in Suburbia explores the Griffins' 22 surviving Sydney houses as well as their designs for many unbuilt projects. It charts the evolution of their domestic architecture in response to the Sydney landscape, but also brings to life the far-sighted environmental, community, spiritual and creative ideas that propelled their lives and careers.

Today, as Sydney grapples with unprecedented housing, planning and environmental challenges, the Griffins' philosophies, as expressed in the legacy of their surviving work, are of enduring significance.
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Rest of Us Just Live Here (Limited Edition)

Rest of Us Just Live Here (Limited Edition)

Patrick Ness

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I really enjoyed this book! It has a lovely slyness to it and an underlying humour that doesn't take itself too seriously - while, of course, it has some important themes at heart. Each chapter starts with a synopsis of events and characters - a young adult who finds herself in the middle of saving the world, with the obligatory twists and turns of betrayal and budding romance. It's her destiny to be The Chosen One. But the actual chapters follow Mikey, who just wants to survive his dreadful parents, kiss his best friend before she goes off to Africa with her perfect parents, hang around with his best friend (who just happens to have special powers and special secrets) and graduate. That is, if the latest crop of threats to the world, let him. Every few years, something gets in the way of ordinary life - vampires, aliens, zombie deer - and the adults are either oblivious, or just ignoring the dangers. Only children and teenagers know what is really happening, and while Mikey might not be one of the Chosen Ones, he is certainly facing all the everyday problems of life - and learning how to surmount them is every bit as important as saving the world. A real joy! 13+ Lindy

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Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions... An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as an insanely beautiful writer.
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Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

Aaron Blabey

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another funny book about food preferences, this time in rhyme and with a fish that refuses to bow down to his fellow piranhas' eating choices. Brian is a vegetarian, but trying to convince the others about the benefit of fruit and veges takes some doing. He isn't going to change, but perhaps with a bit of gentle persuasion he can teach his mates that he doesn't have to - and that they just might like to snack on something different themselves. Great fun indeed! Lindy

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Hey there guys. Would you like a banana? Whats wrong with you. Brian? Youre a Piranha. Brian is a piranha. He is also a vegetarian. But do you think he can convince his family to join him
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I Want Spaghetti!

I Want Spaghetti!

Stephanie Blake ,  Stephanie Blake

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Simon the rabbit with attitude is back! And this time he's not happy about the food his parents want him to eat! It's pretty simple from his point of view - why eat anything that isn't his favourite - spaghetti? Anyone who has struggled with a toddler's eating preferences will smile with wry amusement, and any youngster this is read to will laugh as Simon not only gets his way, but learns to enjoy something else on his plate... Ages 3-6 Lindy

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A picture book for toddlers who might recognise themselves in cheeky Simon, the fussy eater. Once there was a little rabbit who only wanted to eat one thing... spaghetti!
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Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain

$29.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- From the author of the tremendous novel The Paris Wife, which brought to life Hemingway's wife, Hadley Richardson and the years they shared in Paris after WWI, comes another brilliantly reconstructed story! This time it is Beryl Markham who is the subject. Beryl grew up in Kenya, became a successful horse trainer, was part of the notorious Happy Valley set (the love of her life was Denys Finch Hatton, Karen Blixen's lover) and was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from England to America. Scandal followed her her whole life long, but she refused to set store on what others thought, and this makes her a marvellous subject for a novel! With an immediate, fresh and vivid voice, this is a delight to read, and once again McLain restores a fascinating woman and her life and times. Lindy

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ABBEY'S CHOICE AUGUST 2015 ----- As a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother, the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm, then incarcerating her in the classroom.

The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence.

After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate: to fly.
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The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

$29.99
MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016 ~ SHORTLISTED 

STELLA PRIZE WINNER 2016

INDIE AWARD 2016 ~ BOOK OF THE YEAR

ABBEY'S CHOICE OCTOBER 2015 ----- Ten young women find themselves drugged and abducted. They wake to find themselves on an abandoned property miles from anywhere, with two vicious guards and one inept nurse, limited food and being forced to wear degrading uncomfortable clothes and set to pointless hard physical labour. What have they done to be be punished so? It turns out that each one was involved in a sex scandal of some sort or another, whether willingly or not. As they struggle to keep going in the face of harsh rules and lack of any material comforts, their strengths and weaknesses are magnified - and then the food starts to run out, and their guards start to realise they are also prisoners… A strange and compelling novel, one that might leave the reader oddly angry and affected, but all the more worth reading for that very reason alone. Lindy Jones

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The Natural Way of Things is a fascinating and brilliant addition to Charlotte Wood's acclaimed fiction, thematically and stylistically quite a departure for her, but every inch as gripping, insightful and emotionally engaging as her other work. 

This novel is a stark, haunting dystopic work set in a remote women's prison in the middle of a desert, where a handful of women find themselves one day and must piece together their stories to find out how - and why - they got there... and how on earth they are going to get away...

A baffling mystery on one level, a disturbing allegory of female/male relationships and contemporary mores and politics, and a searing psychological study of human beings under pressure, The Natural Way of Things  reads like the best work of Janette Turner Hospital, Ann Patchett and Margaret Atwood...

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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra: Baby Ganesh #1

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra: Baby Ganesh #1

Vaseem Khan

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Now, I don’t read a lot of crime, mainly because I like character based stories set firmly in a real landscape (give me a Phryne or Brunetti or Flavia or Precious anyday over the bleak and/or graphically detailed stuff that abounds). I think I've found my next new favourite detective! Due to ill health, Inspector Chopra has to retire from his beloved Mumbai police job, where he has served diligently and honestly for a number of years. On the day he retires, he receives an unexpected bequest from a long-lost uncle - a baby elephant. He also receives the grieving but angry mother of a murdered slum dweller, who knows she will not receive justice, and this is the catalyst for his new life after retirement - something he has to keep from his beloved but somewhat bossy wife. One more thing he is keeping secret from her, it turns out... A charming and delightful debut, with an unlikely hero in Baby Ganesh and a colourful setting in contemporary Mumbai. Lindy

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Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Harold Fry. On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his  new ward than he thought. And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs...
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The First Thing You See

The First Thing You See

Gregoire Delacourt

$24.99
Imagine you are a young mechanic living in a small community in France. You own your own home, and lead a simple life. Then, one evening, you open your front door to find a distraught Hollywood starlet standing in front of you. This is what happens to Arthur Dreyfuss in the village of Long, population 687 inhabitants.

But although feigning an American accent, this woman is not all that she seems. For her name is Jeanine Foucamprez, and her story is very different from the glamorous life of a star. Arthur is not all he seems, either; a lover of poetry with a darker past than one might imagine, he has learnt to see beauty in the mundane.

THE FIRST THING YOU SEE is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface - for the first thing you see isn't always what you get!
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The World Without Us

The World Without Us

Mireille Juchau

$29.99
MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016 ~ Longlisted

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set in a small community somewhere near the Queensland border, this fine novel follows the Muller family. Stefan, a German backpacker who once washed up at a local commune and Evangeline, who was brought up in it (known as The Hive) live on a farm and follow a self-sufficiency lifestyle. Their oldest daughter Tess has stopped speaking, their middle daughter Meg is struggling with school, and we learn that the youngest daughter, Pip, died from leukaemia - and this has precipitated the family into a grief they cannot escape from. When a newly transferred teacher, Jim, stumbles across Evangeline bathing in a river, he is instantly attracted to her. She is not only immersed in her grief, but has limited memories of her past because of the accident that destroyed The Hive. Counterpointed to this is Stefan's beekeeping, and the mysterious failure of his colonies - and this is set against the environmental and social changes in and around the town. This is a complicated novel in terms of action, but a rather beautifully nuanced novel in terms of characterisation. Highly recommended. Lindy

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Told from the perspective of six, interconnected characters, The World Without Us is a tale of love in all its forms, a mystery and an elegy for a denatured landscape. It is about the ways we become lost to ourselves, and the transformative joys of being found.

After a fire destroys her family's commune home, Evangeline is forced to start afresh in the north coast rainforest town with her child, and partner, Stefan Muller.

Years later, while tending the bees on their farm, Stefan discovers a car wreck, and not far off, human remains. While the locals speculate on who has gone missing from the transient hinterland town, Stefan's daughters Tess and Meg, have a more urgent mystery. Where does their mother go each day, pushing an empty pram and returning wet, muddy and disheveled?

Jim Parker, a Sydney teacher escaping his own troubles arrives in their clannish community. One morning he stumbles upon Evangeline, naked by a river with a hammer and some rope. Their charged encounter propels Evangeline's past into the present and sparks a change in all their lives.

Meanwhile ten year old Tess, mute since the loss of her youngest sister, attempts to escape. Will getting lost help her discover where she belongs?

As the rainy season descends, and each of the family are separated by flood, they realise nothing is what it seems.
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House

How the Sun Got to Coco's House

Bob Graham ,  Bob Graham

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another sweet picture book from the talented Mr Graham! It starts with a young child being tucked up into bed, and as she sleeps the sun creeps up over a polar landscape far away, and makes its way across the globe to shine on her suburban street. A simple idea beautifully executed: the sun shines on a multitude of people going about their lives, and no matter the superficial differences, everyone shares the sun's light and warmth. Softly coloured and gently expressive illustrations, as you would expect from this artist, make this lovely to share with pre-school age children. Lindy

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From prolific and multi-award winning writer and illustrator Bob Graham comes an enchanting story about the sun, and how it makes its journey from the far side of the world to the home of one small girl. The sun rises up behind a snowy peak and casts its mellow dawn light for the wandering polar bears. It skims across the icy water, touching a fisherman's hat and catching for a moment in the eye of a whale. It beams through the trees of frozen forests and makes shadows in a little girl's footsteps before gliding over cities, darting down lanes and waiting patiently for an old lady to open her window. The sun races through the countryside, greeting snow cats and bears. High over a desert it meets the rain in a halo of colours...The sun leaps whole countries, chasing the night, before bursting at last in a fanfare of warm golden light through Coco's window!
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The Bad Guys: Episode 1

The Bad Guys: Episode 1

Aaron Blabey

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Known for his delightful and off-centre picture books, this is Blabey's first chapter book for newly confident and beginner readers. Mr Wolf is tired of being known as the wicked monster of fairy tale, and sets about rehabilitating his reputation - and that of Mr Shark, Mr Snake and Mr Piranha. They are going to Do Good, like it or not! With black and white line drawings on each page, this funny spoof will have youngsters laughing out loud at the antics and characterisations of these unlikely heroes. Lindy

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They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys ...and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?
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In the Skin of a Monster

In the Skin of a Monster

Kathryn Barker

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A few years ago, Alice's identical twin sister took a gun to school in their small Australian town and shot dead seven other students, before turning the gun on herself. Alice, understandably, is not coping with all the guilt and recriminations, and her presence only reminds the community of what was lost. Further exacerbating the situation, a photo was taken that has become the iconic image of evil, a girl in a school uniform smiling over her weapon, and two movies made that exploited the horror of the event. Then one day Alice sees her sister, and that catapults her into another reality, one where the nightmares of the town are dangerously existent. There she meets a monster and a heart-stoppingly handsome boy, and together they have to survive, and help others make their way through, while not revealing the treacherous secrets they each carry. A very interesting premise; my teenage niece enjoyed it! Lindy

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Caught in a dreamscape, mistaken for a killer... will Alice find a way home?. Three years ago, Alice's identical twin sister took a gun to school and killed seven innocent kids; now Alice wears the same face as a monster. She's struggling with her identity, and with life in the small Australian town where everyone was touched by the tragedy. Just as Alice thinks things can't get much worse, she encounters her sister on a deserted highway. But all is not what it seems, and Alice soon discovers that she has stepped into a different reality, a dream world, where she's trapped with the nightmares of everyone in the community. Here Alice is forced to confront the true impact of everything that happened the day her twin sister took a gun to school... and to reveal her own secret to the boy who hates her most.
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A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller

A Year of Marvellous Ways: The Richard and Judy Bestseller

Sarah Winman

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Back in 2011, one of my favourite books of the year was the debut  When God was a Rabbit . This second novel proves that Winman has a true talent, and I think this will be one of my favourite books of 2015! Marvellous Ways, daughter of a mermaid, is in her 90th year in 1947 when she catches the tail feather of a dream telling her to wait, it's coming. She lives in the deserted Cornish hamlet of St Ophere, living off the land and the sea, and among her many talents is the ability to wait. One bitter night she finds a young man near her gypsy caravan, and nurses him back to health - and eventually back into his life. Drake is haunted by his failures, by the damage of the war and the loss of love and light. These two gentle people are wonderfully drawn characters, and Marvellous is certainly that! A quietly magical and wholly satisfying novel, full of heart and revelations, elevated from the commonplace by the beauty of the writing and the perfection of its imagery. Lindy

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Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who's lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it. Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He's agreed to fulfil a dying man's last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the man's father in Cornwall. But Drake's journey doesn't go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

 

We called it Cyclone Sarah. At the precise moment Sarah Winman stopped by to sign our copies of her new novel, a downpour of biblical proportions fell upon Abbey's. Talk about saturation coverage!
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Because You'll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Leah Thomas

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ollie has spectacular fits if he is exposed to electricity. He and his mother live a no-tech life in an isolated cabin, visited regularly by Ollie's doctor, but with little or no contact with the outside world. When the doctor suggests Ollie write to another young teenager, as a way of overcoming his loneliness, Ollie launches into an excitable correspondence with Moritz. Mo was born without eyes, and has a pacemaker, so the two boys could never meet. Despite this and their obviously contrasting personalities, they become best friends. Each has much to tell the other, and they both learn how to deal with their respective problems, but there is a sinister background to their disabilities. A totally absorbing story for ages 14+ Lindy

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Ollie and Moritz are two teenagers who will never meet. Each of them lives with a life-affecting illness. Contact with electricity sends Ollie into debilitating seizures, while Moritz has a heart defect and is kept alive by an electronic pacemaker. If they did meet, Ollie would seize, but turning off the pacemaker would kill Moritz. Through an exchange of letters, the two boys develop a strong bond of friendship which becomes a lifeline during dark times - until Moritz reveals that he holds the key to their shared, sinister past, and has been keeping it from Ollie all along.
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Risk

Risk

Fleur Ferris

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sierra is the sort of girl who lights up the room with her vivacity and beauty, but she is also at times unthinking and insensitive to others' feelings. Particularly, it seems, to her best friend Taylor's. When 15yo Sierra meets Jacob on a dating site, she convinces her friends to cover for her so she can spend the weekend with him. The problem is, Taylor met him first, and she is very upset that Sierra has once again taken something from her; so when Sierra doesn't turn up as planned after her rendezvous, Taylor and her friends hide Sierra's absence a bit longer. When she remains missing, life for everyone changes… Written by a former police officer/paramedic, it does contain a salient message, but is also an interesting read. 14+ Lindy

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Best friends Taylor and Sierra meet a hot guy in a chat room online. Both fall for Jacob's charms, but as usual, the more outgoing and vivacious Sierra overshadows Taylor and wins his attention. Taylor's devastated - Sierra already kissed Callum, Taylor's secret crush, over the summer holidays. Life's not fair, especially when Sierra's around. Moving quickly, Sierra sets up a date with Jacob on Friday after school. She asks Taylor and their friends to cover for her. Even though she's upset, Taylor is still Sierra's best friend and agrees to help. But Sierra abuses the favour and calls to say she's going to spend the night with her date. She doesn't come home all weekend, doesn't answer her phone and nobody's heard from her... Taylor is torn. She doesn't want to betray Sierra by telling her parents but at the same time she's concerned for her welfare. Finally, Callum convinces her to tell. The police are called and their worst fears are confirmed when Sierra's body is found miles from Melbourne a week later ...Devastated, Taylor becomes obsessed with finding Sierra's killer. As clues emerge, Taylor races against time to try and save the predator's next victim.
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Kissing In America

Kissing In America

Margo Rabb

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Yes I know, stupid title, but it disguises a wonderful novel! 16yo geeky Eva took to reading romances after her beloved father disappeared in a mid-ocean plane accident. They provide comfort and happy endings, and although her feminist studies lecturer mother despises and belittles the genre, Eva won't give them up. When the boy she has a crush on turns up at their school's tutoring centre and pairs with her to help write his college application, they start to exchange confidences and become friends. Eva thinks the romance novels are going to come true, until Will moves to Los Angeles from New York. She convinces her best friend, the uber-smart Annie, to try out for a reality show, and the two of them catch a bus across the country in pursuit of college funding (Annie) and love (Eva). Along the way, Eva is going to learn what life and love are really about… A fresh and enjoyable voice, with doses of profound wisdom, and dashes of modern poetry - what's not to like? 14+ Lindy

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In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels - 118 of them, to be exact - to dull the pain of her loss that's still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who understands Eva's grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness - and, perhaps, her shot at real love - Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the West Coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
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Five Children on the Western Front

Five Children on the Western Front

Kate Saunders

$13.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Normally I detest 'sequels' that weren't written by the original author, but I will make an exception for this gentle and sometimes extremely moving story. The protagonists of E Nesbit's Five Children and It are older, and the world is about to go to war. The children, Cyril, Robert, Jane, Anthea and Lamb, gather to see Cyril go off to fight, and the magical sand-fairy, the Psammead appears for the first time in a decade, summoned by the de-magicking of history. A beautiful weaving of the innocence of childhood and its adventures, with the sorrow of war. Can be read without having known the original, but much more satisfying if Nesbit's book is known. 9-12 Lindy

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This book is an incredible, heart-wrenching sequel to E. Nesbit's Five Children and It, set on the eve of the First World War. The five children have grown up - war will change their lives for ever. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories... until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed, and the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint - factory-workers, soldiers and sailors, nurses and the people left at home, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.
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Lara of Newtown

Lara of Newtown

Chris McKimmie

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- McKimmie is the creator of eccentric picture books, with anarchic illustrations and left-of-centre characters. This colourful book tells of a cat looking for her real home. She's been known as Misty, Nigella and Lara, and as she tells the story of her journey from the North Shore to the inner west, as her humans invent the different characters they project upon her, Lara remains true to her inner cat-ness. A wonderfully charming book that will appeal to cat lovers of any age! Lindy

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Nana Banana called me Misty, until she couldn't look after me anymore. Noni Nice of Pymble called me Nigella, but I was only Nigella for a day. When the Kafoops family found me on the streets of Newtown they called me Lara. I knew I had found my home at last. A witty and wonderful story about a cat looking for love from the one and only Chris McKimmie.
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When Dad Showed Me the Universe

When Dad Showed Me the Universe

Ulf Stark ,  Eva Eriksson

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Dad wants to share something amazing with his young son - he wants to show him the universe! But of course, such an expedition calls for appropriate clothing, preparation and supplies. It takes some time to get to where they're going, but maybe, just maybe, the father is going to learn how the journey is as enjoyable and educational as the destination. Heartwarming, but not sentimental; this best-selling Swedish author never condescends to his readers. Ages 6-8 Lindy

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Country of Origin: Sweden. Sometimes the most important things are right under your nose... Tonight Dad wants to show his son something very special: the universe. Of course, they can't possibly embark on such a daring adventure unprepared, so they wrap up warm, gather their provisions, and then off they go. It's a long walk, but eventually they get there. Along the way, they learn that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and sometimes the biggest lessons happen when you least expect them.
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Meet... Weary Dunlop

Meet... Weary Dunlop

Claire Saxby ,  Jeremy Lord

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The next in the successful illustrated non-fiction series introducing famous people of the past to children of the present. Edward 'Weary' Dunlop's early life is sketched over until his war service. While not detailing the atrocities inflicted upon the POWs, the text concentrates on the courage and audacity of this great man as he defied the Japanese guards to protect his men. Illustrated in a style reminiscent of screenprint, with heavy white lines to define the characters, this is a welcome addition to the series. Mid to upper primary. Lindy

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A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including World War II hero Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop was an Australian Army surgeon during World War II. This is the story of how Weary's bravery and compassion helped to save the lives and bolster the spirits of fellow prisoners of war on the Thai-Burma Railway. From Ned Kelly to Saint Mary MacKillop, Captain Cook to Banjo Paterson, the Meet a series of picture books tells the exciting stories of the men and women who have shaped Australia's history.
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Where, Oh Where, is Rosie's Chick?

Where, Oh Where, is Rosie's Chick?

Pat Hutchins

$28.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rosie's Walk has been a longtime favourite, so a sequel that takes 45+ years to come will be celebrated! Done in the same palette of colours - bright yellow/orange-red/green - this will reawaken nostalgia. Rosie has laid an egg and it has hatched, but the chick (showing itself to be a true child of the wandering Rosie) goes walking. And like Rosie, all sorts of threats lurk as both Rosie and her chick go on obliviously! Fresh and bright, a lovely book to share with toddlers. Lindy

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Rosie has lost her baby chick. She looks under the hen house. She looks behind the wheelbarrow. But little baby chick isn't there. But watch out Rosie - there's someone following you, and it's not just your baby chick! The funny sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Rosie's Walk, with the same element of danger and surprise that children so enjoy.
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Flight

Flight

Nadia Wheatley ,  Armin Greder

$25.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A dark and simply told parable, this beautifully executed book tells as much through its images as through its text. A small family gets the message that this is the night they must flee persecution, and so they set off into the desert on a donkey, looking for refuge. With obvious biblical overtones, there are contemporary references (tanks, refugee camps) but there is also hope, that a new life waits in a happier place. Mid-to upper-primary ages. Lindy

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Tonight is the night. The family has to flee. They've been tipped off that the authorities are  after their blood.  Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times. Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp where they can wait in safety for asylum in another country.  In this first-time collaboration between multi-award-winning author, Nadia Wheatley, and internationally-renowned illustrator, Armin Greder, words and images blend seamlessly to take readers on a journey they will never forget.
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Sir Lilypad

Sir Lilypad

Anna Kemp ,  Sara Ogilvie

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Somewhere in a deep bog, lives a frog who wants to have adventures. It doesn't matter what the other frogs call him, his ambition to be Sir Lilypad knows no limits. Except one - he needs a kiss from a princess to help transform him into the brave and wise knight he knows he will be. Cue Princess Sue… One of my absolute favourite picture books (and you may have been unlucky enough to have been cornered in the kids' section and made to listen as I read it out loud!) is the subversive The Worst Princess  and it is a great joy to be reunited with the Princess and her Dragon, and read about another creature who will not be limited by others' expectations! A fun book for young and old alike to share. Lindy

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Once upon a time, in a deep dark bog, lived a teeny, tiny speckled frog. Now, he might be tiny (the other frogs call him stuff, like 'weedy pants' and 'sugar puff') but his ambition is great. For he wants to be known henceforth as Sir Lilypad! Sir Lilypad the brave and wise! Slayer of the - er - dragonflies. And all he needs to effect this transformation? A kiss from a willing princess, of course...A new fantastically funny, froggy tale from internationally bestselling picture book duo, Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie.
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We All Looked Up

We All Looked Up

Tommy Wallach

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you knew there was a high possibility that the world was going to end in two months time, how would you act? When an asteroid named Ardor appears to be on a collision course for Earth, society starts to break down. Told through the viewpoints of a handful of young people in Seattle, this thoughtful novel explores how people react to crisis. There's Peter, the high achiever and athlete, Eliza, the gifted photographer whose reputation he ruined, Andy and his slacker friend Bobo, over-protected Anita who wants to sing but whose parents expect her to be the perfect student - all these teenagers from different backgrounds find themselves connected as all their expectations and dreams are broken by uncertainty. Well written and oddly believable. 14+ Lindy

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Before Ardor, we let ourselves be defined by labels - the athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever. But then we all looked up and everything changed. They said the asteroid would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we'd been, something that would last even after the end. Two months to really live.

Tommy Wallach at Abbey’s Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney

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New Boy

New Boy

Nick Earls

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Herschelle and his family have moved to Australia from Cape Town, mainly to escape the violence in South Africa. He has researched his new country and particularly its slang, but none of that actually prepares him for the reality of trying to fit in. Starting school, he is assigned to Max, an obvious nerd-type and not at all cool, who is to show him around and be his buddy. From linguistic misunderstandings to the general awkwardness of finding his place in a new society that doesn't even have guards patrolling the neighbourhood, Herschelle gradually overcomes the difficulties of being the new boy. Touches on themes of racism, bullying and personal development, but in an understated and accessible manner, leavened with a dash of healthy humour. Ages 9-12 Lindy

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Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy  for Herschelle. The food is strange, it's so different to South Africa  and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he's learnt on  the web.  But it's the similarities that make things really hard.  Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past  before Australia can feel like home... A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia's best-loved authors.
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The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book Of Grammar

The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book Of Grammar

Tohby Riddle

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If there is a better book for explaining the fundamentals of grammar in a simpler way, then I don't know what it is! The award-winning illustrator (and collaborator with Ursula Dubosarsky on the successful Word Spy books) uses his idiosyncratic style and quirky illustrations to illuminate grammar. Beginning with defining grammar ("Grammar is…order. Grammar is… structure. Grammar makes sense") he goes on to explain all those fundamentals and tricky bits (I rather enjoyed his explanation of verbs that don't behave like verbs), finishing with the injunctions that the rules of grammar are there to help you communicate and grammar is your friend. Great fun, and great help, and appropriate for anyone who has struggled with understanding the subject (young or old)! Lindy

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Introducing a new, visually engaging way of presenting grammar. Appealing to the senses and the emotions with colour, texture, humour and drama, this book seeks to make the subject of grammar not only more intelligible to more people, but more memorable.
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A Reunion of Ghosts

A Reunion of Ghosts

Judith Claire Mitchell

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lady, Vee and Delph Alter are the descendants of Lorenz Otto Alter, the Jewish-German inventor of the chemical processes that led to fertiliser and the gases used in the Nazi concentration camps. They feel that their whole family has been cursed ever since by their brilliant great-grandfather's legacy. Proof is that most of their family members have committed suicide, and that their own lives have been blighted by tragedy. However they have each other, and in the closing months of 1999, they live in the flat they grew up in, and intend to die in. Their suicide note takes the form of a joint memoir and family history, as they explain why they feel compelled to end their lives. This rich and poignant novel is full of trenchant humour, and is a wonderfully involving read. Lindy

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Three wickedly funny sisters. One family's extraordinary legacy. A single suicide note that spans a century. A heartbreaking, compulsively readable literary masterpiece.

Meet the Alter sisters: Lady, Vee and Delph. These three mordantly witty, complex women share their family's apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. They love each other fiercely, but being an Alter isn't easy. Bad luck is in their genes, passed down through the generations. Yet no matter what life throws at these siblings, they always have a wisecrack - and each other.

In the waning days of 1999, the sisters decide it's time to close the circle of the Alter curse. But first, as the world counts down to the dawn of a new millennium, Lady, Vee and Delph must write the final chapter of a saga generations in the making - one that is inexorably intertwined with that of the twentieth century itself. Unspooling threads of history, personal memory and family lore, they weave a mesmerising account of their lives that stretches back decades to their great-grandfather, a brilliant scientist whose professional triumph became the sinister legacy that defines them.

Magnificent and heartbreaking, this is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound to each other and their remarkable family through the blessings and the burdens bestowed by blood.
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Goodbye Sweetheart

Goodbye Sweetheart

Marion Halligan

$29.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2015 ----- Halligan is one of our finest writers, and this is as perfect a novel as any she has ever written. William - successful, cultured, convivial - dies of a heart attack in a pool. The business of burying and mourning him is complicated by his past - two ex-wives, one of whom is still bitter at his desertion, a current wife, the child he had with each, the lover no-one suspected him of having, the friends and business partners, his brother. As they come together, it seems that not one of them knew everything about the man he was, although they hold pieces of the whole. As they grieve in their different ways, they also struggle with the lives they lead, the frustrations and insecurities and fears of everyday existence. But they also have their joys and triumphs and small transcendent moments. Halligan has a keen eye for the human condition, for relationships and connections, and this insightful and tightly crafted novel is full of finely drawn characters. Her prose is sharp yet elegant (a description of people in a gym as tortoise faces growing out of dolphins has stuck with me!), her sympathies carefully placed, and the inevitable messiness of living and loving is beautifully rendered. Utterly satisfying. Lindy

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A successful lawyer, bon vivant, loving husband and father, has a heart attack and dies while swimming in the local pool. A man apparently happily married, yet, with two divorces behind him and three puzzled children. In death it seems that he is not the person everyone thought.

As his extended family gathers to mourn, secrets and lies unfold uncomfortably around them. Those pornographic images on his laptop? An unexpected lover - is he still philandering? But somewhere in the turmoil of mourning each of them has to find an answer to the question - who was this man really? What mysteries has he taken to the grave with him?

Goodbye Sweetheart is a powerful novel of love, the desire for understanding, and the inevitable messiness of life. 
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The Whispering Trees: Thickety #2

The Whispering Trees: Thickety #2

J. A. White ,  Andrea Offermann

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The first book , Thickety, was brilliantly realised and definitely one of my favourite reads last year! Now we follow the brave and resourceful Kara and her brother Taff as they try to make their way through the snares and snarls of the threatening Thickety. As they try to elude the dark ruler of the forest, they meet up with many perils of other sorts, not least an uneasy alliance with a witch who claims she seeks the redemption that can only come from helping Kara deal with her magical abilities. But Mary Kettle may have ulterior motives, and other creatures in the realm may be less unpredictable - or are they? In a place where trust is easily misplaced, and Sordyr sees all, what are Kara and Taff to do? As with Thickety, this book turns out to have twists and surprises, and is every bit as fabulous and enthralling! Lindy

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For fans of Neil Gaiman, The Whispering Trees, book two in the Thickety series by J. A. White. It is the story of a good witch, a bad witch, and a forest demon, trapped together in a world that is both enchanting and dangerous.After Kara Westfall's village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won't be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety's only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path.And then they discover Mary Kettle, an infamous witch with a horrifying past. She offers to lead them out of the Thickety while teaching Kara how to cast spells without a grimoire. The children are hesitant to trust her... but this could be their only chance to escape.Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.
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As Red As Blood

As Red As Blood

Salla Simukka

$16.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- These have been runaway bestsellers in Europe, and Finland where they originate from (there is a third to come, not translated yet). Lumikki Andersson is in highschool, living alone and minding her own business. She doesn't let people close, and as the stories unfold the reader learns Lumikki was subjected to cruel and awful bullying as a younger student in her home town. In the first book, Lumikki is drawn in unwittingly, when she discovers a large amount of bloodstained money and realises the popular kids are hiding something… In the second, she has persuaded her parents to let her go to Prague for a holiday break, where she is approached by a slightly older girl who claims to be her unknown sister.  Atmospheric, taut, intriguing and well plotted, these are Scandi noir for young adult readers. Lindy

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Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school's darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them.

Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating the Tampere's dark underbelly in the search to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the famous 'Polar Bear' - or will she become another one of his victims?

The first of a thrilling new Nordic crime series, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page is turned... and then some. 
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Atlas of Adventures: A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe.

Atlas of Adventures: A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe.

Lucy Letherland

$35.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a large and cheerful book, celebrating the diversity of the world. Each section starts with a simplified map of a continent, marked with state boundaries and images that represent an aspect of that country. Within the sections are adventures - sleep under the northern lights in Finland, ski on the Bavarian Alps, meet monarch butterflies in Mexico, shower with an elephant in Thailand, cross the Sahara by camel, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and so on, and these colourful  pages are full of interesting facts scattered throughout the double page spread. There are also a couple of adventurers to follow as they make their way around the world. Lots of fun, and educational to boot! Lindy

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Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together epic adventures from the remotest corners of the globe and discoveries to made on your own doorstep. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page.
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We're All Australians Now

We're All Australians Now

A. B. Paterson ,  Mark Wilson

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In 1915 Banjo Paterson wrote a poem as an open letter to the troops. Now perhaps it might seem jingoistic, but it captures the flavour of those early war years in a way that present-day writers cannot. Today we forget that the nation was fairly newly formed, and that the men who fought in WWI would have thought of themselves as Victorians or Tasmanians or Queenslanders before they considered themselves Australians. It might not be the best poem Banjo wrote, but it is certainly heartfelt. However it is the quality of the illustrations by Mark Wilson which make this a book worth having. Wilson has taken images from the time and beautifully rendered them using pen and ink, pencil, and acrylic paint, and these tell a story way beyond the poem. Middle primary and up. Lindy

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We're All Australians Now follows the tradition of A & R children's classics such as Mulga's Bill Bicycle and Click Go the Shears. A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson's poem is illustrated by the award-winning Mark Wilson and is a timely contribution to our WWI Centenary publishing program. In 1915 Banjo Paterson wrote as an open letter to the troops a poem he titled 'We're All Australians Now' 'Australia takes her pen in hand, To write a line to you, To let you fellows understand, How proud we are of you.'
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My Gallipoli

My Gallipoli

Ruth Starke ,  Robert Hannaford

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There are many books to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and this one is both informative and moving. Each double page spread - finely illustrated by Robert Hannaford in charcoal and watercolour - gives a brief impression of the character's experience of Gallipoli. Beginning with a Turkish shepherd in 1914 and finishing with an Australian backpacker in 1990, they tell what Gallipoli is to them. Some are based on real people - soldiers, including an indigenous Australian and other ethnicities, Charles Bean, George Lambert, Mustafa Kemal - and some are fictitious representations of the people who would have been there. A well rounded presentation of a place that meant different things to different people, but who in the end are all united by stories of courage and loss. Lindy

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My Gallipoli looks at the history of Gallipoli from the months immediately before the landing at Anzac Cove in April 1915 through to the Allied retreat and the aftermath of the first World War, and beyond to the present day pilgrimages and commemoration ceremonies at the site of this historic campaign.

Stories of courage, valour, despair and loss are told through the eyes of many different participants, including the young Turkish shepherd recruited to fight for his country and the British seaman who towed the first boats onto the shores of Anzac Cove in the dawn of 25 April, to the Ghurkas, Afghans and Sikhs who fought in the British Indian Army and the soldiers of the Auckland and the Wellington Battalions who took part in the decisive battle of Chunuk Bair. Direct accounts from real participants such as the Australian war correspondent C.E.W.  Bean, Turkish commander Mustafa Kemal, Anzac war scout Harry Freame and sniper Billy Sing, mingle with factually based descriptions from a host of characters including the exhausted nurse aboard HMS Gascon on the night of 25 April, the devastated mother seeing her wounded son for the first time after the war, and the old Turkish man visiting his brother's grave at Gallipoli 70 years after his death.

The rich panoply of voices in Ruth Starke's text offers upper primary and lower secondary students a broad understanding of the Anzac Campaign and the current views of those engaged in the war as well as those at home. Its wide sweep will provide many entry points for discussion and reflection. The strong, visceral artwork of renowned fine artist Robert Hannaford captures the landscape of Gallipoli and the characters and mood of each account with the arresting intensity of a would-be war artist. Like Ruth's text his work will provide art students with a great deal to study and examine.
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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Kerry Brown ,  Isobel Knowles ,  Benjamin Portas

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a very simple but effective book for young readers. The illustration is naïve, rather than realistic, which makes it more suitable for the younger audience it plans to reach. A boy tells of significant happenings, because his granddad has told him there are two types of days - those you want to remember and those you want to forget. Alternate double pages tell two stories - the boy in his every day life, and his granddad as a young man going to war. So the boy tells of being afraid at starting school, and over the page (wordlessly) a young man leaves for the war; or tells of his pet dog dying, followed by the wordless illustrations of a telegram being handed over and a woman wiping tears as she reads it. A good book for discussing large themes. Lindy

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'My granddad says there are two types of days: those you want to remember and those you want to forget.'


A young boy visits his granddad and thinks about the important days in his life: his first day of school, playing soccer with his team, the day his baby sister was born. Yet through the illustrations the reader sees a parallel story of the grandfather's experiences at war: wearing his brand-new soldier's uniform, with his fellow diggers in the field, looking at a photo of the baby he's never met.

With illustrations from two extraordinary new talents, Isobel Knowles and Benjamin Portas, this powerful story from author Kerry Brown will help even young children understand the significance and importance of our national days of remembrance.

Timed for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, this powerful story about a boy and his grandfather will help even the very young understand the significance of ANZAC Day.
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I Was Here

I Was Here

Gayle Forman

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- From the bestselling author of If I Stay comes another exploration of what makes life worth living. Cody and Meg have been inseparable up to the time Meg wins a prestigious scholarship based in Seattle. Cody has to wait before she can escape their small hometown, and while the two girls keep in touch, they do start to drift apart. But it isn't until Meg shockingly commits suicide, that Cody realises just how much Meg was concealing from her. When Cody further investigates, she meets the boyfriend Meg never told her about, and then discovers Meg was supported in her decision to die. A harrowing topic, but handled sensitively and in a manner that is quite page-turning. 15+ Lindy

A brand-new, heartwrenching novel from the bestselling author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman. This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend's shocking suicide.  As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.
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Do You Love Dogs?

Do You Love Dogs?

Clair Hume

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a lovely book for any child (and probably many an adult!) who likes dogs. Full of colourful photographs and remarkable facts, this delightful book explains what a dog is, why it does what it does, the best ways to look after your dog. It also tells stories about famous dogs and helps the reader understand more about our faithful canine companions. The author is Australian, and part of the royalties go to a pet rescue charity. Lindy

Do dogs dream? Does tail-wagging always show that a dog is happy? Is a pug really related to a wolf? Can a dog be trained to ride a horse? For thousands of years, dogs have been our best friends. They've kept us company, entertained us and even saved our lives. In this fun and fascinating book, Clair Hume (with the help of her dog, Dave) explores all sorts of remarkable facts and stories about dogs. Do You Love Dogs? will help you understand more about the wonderful world of our canine companions. You'll probably end up looking at them in a completely different way!
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This is Captain Cook

This is Captain Cook

McCartney ,  Booth

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a truly delightful picture book! It tells the story of James Cook, but in a highly original way - via a school play! We see the children of Miss Batts' class (and the class pet chook) present Cook's life as a mariner, father and adventurer, with all the little asides that anyone who has sat through an amateur production can relate to, but we also see the front rows of the auditorium and the little dramas that are playing out there. Charmingly illustrated, it also makes use of the National Library's collection of Cook memorabilia and gives links to the NLA's website. Lindy

Captain James Cook loved to sail. He loved making maps (he was very good at it, too) and he particularly loved shiny buttons. In this charming picture book, little ones can celebrate the life of a great mariner and true adventurer.  Join Miss Batts and her class as they tell the story of Captain Cook with a humorous and whimsical school play that's sure to engage the very young. We see the class act out the story of Cook: as a boy watching ships on the horizon, sailing to Canada, then to Tahiti and on to New South Wales and New Zealand (spot the escaping chicken in each of the scenes!). Kids will discover that Captain Cook was the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle and they'll also learn that on his final journey, he never came home again.  Parents, carers and teachers will smile at the familiar set-up of the chaotic school play and the inventive props, and enjoy eavesdropping on the audience as they interact with the performance. At the back of the book, walk through 'Cook's Gallery' and see real life paintings of Cook, his ship and his travels. Age range 3+ 
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Red: A Crayon's Story

Red: A Crayon's Story

Michael Hall

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A rather heartwarming picture book about a little crayon wrapped in a red label. He just can't do the things a red crayon should - his teacher tries to get him to draw strawberries, his mother sends him out to play with a yellow crayon to make orange, scissors snip off his label to give him room to breathe. But nothing works - because, as the reader knows, little Red is actually blue! It takes a new friend with a different way of looking at Red to help him believe in himself. A sweetly poignant tale that looks beyond the usual cliches, but nonetheless contains an important message. Lindy

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as  red  suffers an identity crisis.

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries!

Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue!

This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone!
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler

$22.99
MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST 2014 ----- This won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and is an intelligent novel of sibling love and rivalry.

Rosemary tells the story of her family, but she starts in the middle with the impact of one day coming home and finding her older sister - with whom she had a slightly troubled but mostly accepting relationship with -  has been sent away. She details her betrayal and utter incomprehension, and it is only somewhere towards the middle of the book that the reader learns why Fern left.

The only other person Rosemary feels understands her is her brother Lowell, but it's been years since she last saw him. It turns out their childhood was actually a long-running experiment conducted by her scientist parents and neither Lowell nor Rosemary can forgive the betrayal of being 'subjects' rather than children. To move past that, Rosemary has to discover the truth about Fern's whereabouts…

An oddly compelling novel, surprising and assured. Lindy

Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. 

There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.
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Mothers Grimm

Mothers Grimm

Danielle Wood

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ---- 'Why do stepmothers get a bad reputation? they're just ordinary people having to put up with life. Sometimes it's the real mothers who belong in fairytales... Five brilliant short stories that turn well-known Grimm tales on their head! Lindy

You make deals with God. You make deals with the Devil. You're not fussy. But as a wise man once said: "It's the saying you don't care what you get what gets you jiggered." So you say it, and you're jiggered, but what you give birth to is a hedgehog. It's prickly and its cry is a noise so terrible that you wish someone would scrape fingernails on a blackboard to give you some relief.

In a fairytale, the only good mother is six feet under. All the others are bad news. A fairytale mother will exchange her first-born child for a handful of leafy greens. And if times get tough, she'll walk her babes into the woods and leave them there. But mothers of today do no such things. Do they?

In this collection of heart-breakingly honest stories, the mothers of the Brothers Grimm are brought - with wit, subversiveness and lyrical prose - into the here and now. Danielle Wood turns four fairytales on their heads and makes them exquisitely her own.

Mothers Grimm by Danielle Wood at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life Story of Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life Story of Antoine de Saint Exupery

Peter Sis

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- The award-winning illustrator tells the story of the life of Antoine de Saint Exupery, the creator of the beloved classic The Little Prince.  Dreamily beautiful illustrations in muted tones of blue and brown (apart from the vivid and startling pages that depict the outbreak of WWII) convey the sense of a man who only felt at home in the sky. From Saint Exupery's earliest days, to his disappearance in 1944, Sis makes the point that however many times the pilot crashed, he always flew again. Full of factual information about the early days of aviation, the pages also contain tiny parcels of biography. A visually stunning book and a homage to a lost soul, this will intrigue readers of any age. Lindy

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in France in 1900, when aeroplanes were just being invented. He always dreamt of flying, and when he became a pilot as a young man, his adventures truly began. He was one of the first pilots to deliver mail by plane and, along with his fellow pilots, helped to create new routes to faraway places. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts, battled winds and storms, and even tried to break aviation records. He also crashed a number of times. From his plane he reflected on life on the earth and in the skies, and this inspired him to write about his experiences. Peter Sis's remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the world's most beloved books.
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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Marcia Williams

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- If anyone can reduce Victor Hugo's collossal masterpiece into a condensed form suitable for young readers, it is Marcia Williams! Using her trademark comic-strip style which simplifies without reducing to insipidity, and with additional text drawn from the book (in English translation, not the original French!) this highly coloured and accessible version retells the stories and struggles of the convict Jean Valjean, his adopted daughter Cosette, and his nemesis Police Inspector Javert. An enjoyable introduction for ages 8-11 Lindy

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Marcia Williams retells one of the greatest novels of all time in her trademark accessible, highly illustrated style. A wonderful introduction to Victor Hugo's epic tale of injustice, love and heroism in 19th century France. The story follows Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, as he tries to put his criminal past behind him. Will he manage to escape from the ruthless Police Inspector Javert, who is determined to see him behind bars again? Can he build a life with Cosette, an orphaned girl he has rescued from poverty and neglect? When Cosette grows up and falls in love with the handsome Marius Pontmercy, will Jean Valjean let Cosette go? Or will the revolution that is sweeping through the streets of Paris tear all their lives apart?
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Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Stephanie Owen Reeder

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- Lennie Gwyther lived on a farm in the Gippsland area of Victoria. When his father, a Great War veteran, was hospitalised for a broken leg, Lennie completed the ploughing for him and was rewarded by being allowed to travel to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. On horseback. At the age of 9! His story is presented in this handsome volume, fully illustrated with archival material from the National Library, fictionalised to make for interesting reading, but interspersed with contextual material for historical authenticity. Lennie became a hero, the newspapers of the day following his journey, providing readers with an inspirational story in a time of economic uncertainty. His story certainly deserves retelling! Ages 9-12. Lindy

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Age range 7 and over. This is the inspiring true story of nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther who, at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, rode his pony from his home town of Leongatha in rural Victoria to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Lennie's 1,000-kilometre solo journey captured the imagination of the nation, and his determination and courage provided hope to many at a difficult time in Australia's history.  Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way-a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.
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And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Eric Bogle ,  Bruce Whatley

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- Based on the lyrics of the powerful and moving anti-war anthem, this book is illustrated by Bruce Whatley in a muted palette of sepia toned hues. The futility of war has rarely been presented so plainly and heart-breakingly as in Bogle's most famous song, and it is a timely book explaining the cost of warfare on the participants and onlookers. Whatley's sensitive and evocative illustrations do the words justice. Any age from middle primary up. Lindy

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But the band played 'Waltzing Matilda' when we stopped to bury our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started all over again.  Eric Bogle's famous and familiar Australian song about the Battle of Gallipoli explores the futility of war with haunting power. Now Bruce Whatley's evocative illustrations bring a heart-rending sense of reality to the tale. A timely story for every generation to share.
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The Door That Led to Where

The Door That Led to Where

Sally Gardner

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICKS ----- AJ has a pretty toxic relationship with his mother, who has never told him anything about his father. The only adult who looks out for him is old Elsie, who lost her son many years ago. When AJ finishes school with only one pass (in English) his mother gives him an ultimatum. Forced to attend an interview with a legal firm, much to his surprise he is offered a job; but even more to his surprise, he finds a key in the firm's archives, marked with his name and date of birth. The key opens a mysterious door - and on the other side is London of the 19th century. As he passes back and forth, and introduces his only real friends (both neglected boys like himself) to 1830s London, they find that there isn't really much difference - or is there? The time-travel element is weak, but the characterisation and storyline are strong and the plot absorbing. Ages 13+ Lindy

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When the present offers no hope for the future, the answers may lie in the past. AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change - but he could never have imagined how much. Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth - and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past - 1830, to be precise - where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain's means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They've gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose - and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them? A fast-paced mystery novel by one of the UK's finest writers, The Door That Led to Where will delight, surprise and mesmerise all those who read it.
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All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven

$17.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE JANUARY 2015 ----- Theodore Finch is known as a freak in his school; talented and out-there and someone to acknowledge and envy, but not someone to befriend. Violet Markey is one of the it-girls, popular and pretty and a successful blogger, but she's struggling since the death of her sister in a car accident that Violet survived. When Violet and Finch meet one lunchtime in the bell tower of their school, where both have gone to contemplate suicide, only they know who saved whom. When their geography teacher sets the class a project to discover the sights of Indiana, Finch and Violet team up together, and discover that even seemingly unremarkable places have their own brightness. But as Violet learns to re-embrace life, Finch is spiralling deeper into undiagnosed bipolar disease… A tender love story, a celebration of life in the midst of tragedy (and after it), a lively narrative style all combine to make this a thoroughly recommended novel - and not just for older teens. Lindy

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The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park. All the Bright Places is a compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

An intense, gripping YA novel, perfect for fans of John Green, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman and Jenny Downham.
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Sam and Julia at the Circus: Mouse Mansion #3

Sam and Julia at the Circus: Mouse Mansion #3

Karina Schaapman

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Julia and Sam live in the fabulous Mouse Mansion, and in this the third book detailing their adventures and day-to-day life, they discover life in a circus. Told in snippets, the story explores life and community and the small happenings when the circus comes to town. While the story is charming, the real delight is in the accompanying photographs. Schaapman has designed and built a real Mouse Mansion, using recycled and found objects, and also constructed a complete circus in miniature. These intricate creations give hours of wonder and browsing pleasure! Story for pre-schoolers, illustrations for everyone! Lindy

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Sam and Julia live in a wonderful place called Mouse Mansion. Sam is SUPER shy and VERY well behaved, while Julia is SUPER curious and VERY stubborn. The two mice couldn't be more different, but they are the best of friends. One summer holidays, Julia and her mum join the circus! Julia writes to Sam about her exciting adventures with her new circus friends, and Sam writes back with all his news about life at Mouse Mansion.
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A Is for Australia

A Is for Australia

Frane Lessac

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- An alphabet book that tours Australia, from Bondi to Taronga Zoo. The entries are unusual  and often not what you would expect, as Lessac will illuminate a letter with a little-known place. Each brightly coloured page contains a sprinkling of interesting facts and is illustrated in a highly decorative and naif style. Lindy

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A factastic tour of Australia from A to Z with award-wining author and illustrator Frane Lessac. What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? You'll uncover these exciting facts when you explore the A to Z of Australia - from Bondi to Kakadu and all the way to Taronga Zoo. Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world!
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Springtime: A Ghost Story

Springtime: A Ghost Story

Michelle de Kretser

$14.99
Picking up her pace, Frances saw a woman in the leaf-hung depths of the garden. She wore a long pink dress and a wide hat, and her skin was a creamy white. There came upon Frances a sensation that sometimes overtook her when she was looking at a painting: space was foreshortened, time stood still.

When Frances met Charlie at a party in Melbourne he was married with a young son.

Now she and Charlie live in Sydney with her rescue dog Rod and an unshakeable sense that they have tipped the world on its axis. They are still getting their bearings - of each other and of their adopted city. Everything is alien, unfamiliar, exotic: haunting, even.

Worlds of meaning spin out of perfectly chosen words in this rare, beguiling and brilliant ghost story by Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning writer Michelle de Kretser.
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Before After

Before After

Anne-Margot Ramstein ,  Matthias Aregui

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This wordless picture book is most eloquent! On one page an image morphs into another stage on the opposite page (or occasionally the next double spread). Obvious things like: a bud opening into a waterlily, or a caterpillar into a butterfly, or an egg into a chicken (and back into an egg again). Less obvious things like: a cacoa pod into a block of chocolate, or a squid followed by a bottle of ink, or a pile of bricks into a wall. And even more subtle things like: a pigeon in flight followed by an aerogram marked with a stamp depicting a pigeon, or a pumpkin followed by a coach. As you turn the pages and enjoy the finely delineated drawings though, an even more subtle story unfolds… Works on many levels, and interesting on them all! Lindy

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This is a beautiful, smart and graphic picture book that explores the theme of before and after. Everyone knows that a tiny acorn into a mighty oak grows, and a caterpillar emerges into a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it's also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this smart exploration of the fascinating theme of before and after will please the most discerning adult readers, too. Author-illustrators, Matthias Aregui Margot and Anne-Ramstein explore a contrasting graphic universe in this beautiful picture book. Subtle hints to classic nursery tales and narratives of a developing civilization make this more than just a simple  before and after  series of illustrations.
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Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters

Oliver Jeffers

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This gloriously whimsical book starts with the sentences: If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made for all the letters. So, A is for an astronaut. Which introduces us to Edmund, who has trained for ages but has a small problem: he's frightened of heights! So the book goes, with characters recurring (and some of those are familiar from past Jeffers books) and associations made and dissolved in the great way of all stories. Wonderful for all ages! Lindy

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A flagship publication, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style! The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out...Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet. An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.
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Gus and Me: The Story of my Granddad and My First Guitar

Gus and Me: The Story of my Granddad and My First Guitar

Keith Richards ,  Theodora Richards

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Yep, that Keith Richards! I was very dubious when I first came across this, but was quickly won over by the charming story of a boy and his grandfather and the special bond between them. Theodore Augustus Dupree was many thing - soldier, baker, leader of a dance band - but as Keith's granddad was just Gus. Keith never knew where they'd end up when they went for walks together, and one day they find themselves in a music store. As Keith waits and watches, he falls in love with instruments. Gus promises that when he is tall enough to reach the top of the piano his guitar rests on, Keith can play it - and from there Keith's lifelong passion for music is formed. With expressive pen and ink drawings from his daughter Theodora, and with a CD featuring Keith reading and playing, this is a treat for his many fans - and even those who aren't! Lindy

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Keith's grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree lived near Seven Sisters Road, in a house filled with instruments and cakes. A nostalgic look back at happy childhood days as the Rolling Stone star remembers his grandfather - a former big band player who encouraged his grandson to take up the guitar, in this charming picture book whimsically illustrated by Keith Richards' daughter. Includes an exclusive CD with a reading of the story by a professional actor, James Langton, and a spoken introduction and additional guitar music from Keith.
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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Mac Barnett ,  Jon Klassen

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- On Monday Sam and Dave (and their unnamed dog) dig a hole. They aren't going to stop until they find something spectacular…so it ends up being quite a very deep hole indeed! Full of sly jokes - Klassen of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat has a very deft way with the witty illustration that conveys much more than the accompanying text. Delightful, and particularly so when the reader picks up all the little clues... Lindy

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Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find ...nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary - and finding it in a manner you'd never expect.
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Counting Aussie Animals in My Backyard

Counting Aussie Animals in My Backyard

Bronwyn Houston

$19.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A simple but beautiful counting book. One python slithers through the plants, two kookaburras laugh on the fence, all the way up to ten mosquitoes biting. Bold and colourful illustrations capture a semi-tropical backyard full of natural wonders, and the simple text wins marks for its unforced rhythmical play on sounds (such a pleasure to read out loud!) I know a 2 year old who absolutely loves this book - and what better recommendation! Lindy

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Bronwyn Houston makes counting to 10 so much fun! Her textured and vivid illustrations bring a tropical Australian garden to life, with a touch of humour thrown in. From kookaburras laughing on a fence to bull ants marching through the dirt... find out what these Australian animals get up to in Bronwyn's backyard.
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My Father the Great Pirate

My Father the Great Pirate

David Cali ,  Maurizio Quarello

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sometimes there are books in the children's section because they are illustrated and in a picture book format, so therefore they are for kids. But often enough, these books can't be categorised, and shouldn't be limited to young readers, because they truly transcend age barriers and can speak to anyone who reads. This book is one of those undefinable and special experiences.

As a young boy, the narrator's father goes away, and only returns once a year. The child knows this is because his father is a pirate, a great pirate, who tells him stories about the places he's been, the ships he's attacked, the treasures buried and his shipmates. But one summer his father doesn't return and the boy's mother gets a telegram…

I won't tell more of the story, but I will say that every adult I have inveigled to read this book, has stood quietly and thoughtfully when they reach the end. I don't know how a child would react to it, but I know it moved me unutterably. There are themes of love and what we do to protect our loved ones, of bravery and resilience and that moment when childhood is put behind even when understanding has yet to catch up with experience.

The illustrations are coloured in a muted palette, soft greys and creamy yellows with occasional splashes of warm umber, and convey as much meaning as the simply related text.
 
Have a look for yourself - I think this is one of the best books I have seen in my picture book section this year. Or for that matter, anywhere in the shop. Lindy Jones

My Father the Great Pirate by Davide Cali & Maurizio Quarello at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

$32.99
WINNER - SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014 ~ ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  MacDonald has been obsessed with the archaic traditions of falconry since early childhood, training small falcons and generally immersed in the fellowship of falconers for many years. When her beloved father dies unexpectedly, she is overwhelmed by loss and decides to take on the greatest challenge of all - to train a goshawk. In the process of building a rapport with her hawk, MacDonald learns what it truly is to be human through her association with the wildest and largest British raptor of all.

A lyrical and beautifully crafted meditation on grief, connection, wildness and control, it is also intertwined with her re-reading of T H White's little known book The Goshawk , which details the celebrated author's attempts to train such a bird himself. White and his mistakes, his writings and outsider status, all become essential to her own attempts to make sense of what has happened in losing her father.

I can't recommend this highly enough, and any fan of the ilk of Robert MacFarlane or Roger Deacon, will appreciate this fine book. Lindy

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'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.'

As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for GBP800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

'To train a hawk you must watch it like a hawk, and so gain the ability to predict what it will do next. Eventually you don't see the hawk's body language at all. You seem to feel what it feels. The hawk's apprehension becomes your own. As the days passed and I put myself in the hawk's wild mind to tame her, my humanity was burning away.'

Destined to be a classic of nature writing, H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King. It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Shadow Art: How to Have Fun in the Dark - Create 100 Shadow Animals

Shadow Art: How to Have Fun in the Dark - Create 100 Shadow Animals

Sophie Collins

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Just for something different, a book that shows how to create a menagerie of different animals with just the aid of a torchlight and the shape of your hands. With a little practice, make silhouettes of things like elephants and camels and dogs and birds… Hours of fun for child and adult alike, simple and effective and a great boost to imaginative play! Lindy

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Made using only your hands and a torch or lamp, shadow animals have a charm that has lasted through the ages. You might have tried creating them as a child, even if your repertoire was limited to a rather shaky wolf (one of the first shadow animals that anyone learns!. But in your great-grandmother's day, shadow-casting was considerably more sophisticated. Any parlour entertainer worth his or her salt could effortlessly bring dozens of animals to life. So, if modern party games seem soulless, step out of the shadows with  Shadow Ark . Just an hour's practice will have you demonstrating the roar of a lion and the snap of a crocodile; and soon you'll be putting on an entire show. Friends will be getting competitive over the realism of their shadow creations and children will be queuing two by two to learn to make their favourites. Before you know it, you'll be an aficionado of a parlour game that even your grandma would consider sweetly old- fashioned. In keeping with this, we've suggested a traditional, biblical story line, but don't limit yourself. Once you have the characters at your fingertips, you'll be able to enact anything from Red Riding Hood to lassie Come Home.
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The Dark Inside

The Dark Inside

Rupert Wallis

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- James is trapped in a nightmare life - his mother dead, his stepfather violent, neglectful and begrudging, school dreadful. He often seeks refuge in the deserted house on the hill, where he keeps a record of how many days until he's 18 and able to escape. One day though, he discovers a man there - beaten very badly and obviously in trouble. Webster however is not an ordinary man and when the travellers turn up asking about information and promising gold for the knowledge of his whereabouts, James is tempted to reveal what he knows. But the travellers aren't telling the truth, and James and Webster end up running from their respective enemies... This was an amazingly atmospheric novel, which leaves a lot to the reader's imagination (is Webster cursed? is James doomed to suffer the same fate? what is the puppet the old traveller woman keeps?). It reminded me of Patrick Ness and David Almond, and was as skilful and as thought-provoking as works by either of those fine writers. 12+ Lindy

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The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he's instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster is no longer who he used to be. But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of his own. Together they embark on a journey, not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined...A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.
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To This Day

To This Day

Shane Koyczan

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This began as a video that went viral. Koyczan, a spoken-word poet, grew up being picked upon, and his powerful poem is a response to the harmful effects of bullying behaviour - whether you are victim, instigator, or witness. It is also a poem about inner strength and finding the way to move past such negativity. The words are enough on their own to start conversations and reflections, but it is raised to another level by the illustrations. Thirty different artists from around the globe have contributed work, including Australians Armin Greder, Kathleen Jennings and Phil Lesnie. A thoughtful book with an essential message - no age limit to this! Lindy

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I'm not the only kid who grew up this way surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called.  From acclaimed spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan, the rallying cry against bullying that became a viral video viewed over 12 million times. Now a dazzling illustrated book featuring the work of thirty artists from around the world, To This Day is a powerful expression of the lasting effects of bullying, and the inner strength that allows people to move beyond it. With a heartfelt personal preface by Shane, this extraordinary poem will resonate with anyone who has experienced bullying, whether as a victim, observer or participant.
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Nest

Nest

Inga Simpson

$27.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE AUGUST 2014 ----- From the author of Mr Wigg comes this beautifully crafted novel of an artist re-finding her purpose and place in life. Jen is licking her wounds after the dissolution of her long term relationship with a man she has never gotten over, nor seems to want to recover from, and her mother’s death has given her the chance to buy a house and piece of bush near her childhood town. Jen left many years ago, but having nowhere else to go, has returned in order to resume her painting and her life. She tutors a promising young boy, Henry, works on her house and block, and observes the birds around her.

When a young girl who is Henry’s close friend goes missing, Jen’s past rears up to confront her, because when she was Henry’s age, her best friend went missing, never to be seen again. And so too, did her father, at the same time – and the town has never been convinced of his innocence. When the town starts remembering, Jen has to accept that her life will change yet again... An outstanding novel with a finely worked narrative line and fully realised characters. Lindy

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Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons. When a girl in Henry's class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry's age she lost her father and her best friend Michael - both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they're talking about it again. Everyone is waiting - for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.

Nest by Inga Simpson at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Demons

Demons

Wayne Macauley

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Seven old friends decide to spend the weekend in a house perched above the Great Ocean Road. It is to be a total escape from the pressures of their various professional and domestic situations, with good food, good wine and stories. No papers, no television, no mobile phones or computers and no children - it should be a restorative break from modern life. Waiting for the last couple to arrive, they decide to take turns telling stories - true or invented? - as the weather starts to close in.

When Marshall does finally turn up, it's not with his wife but with his daughter, and the dynamics of the group shift into uncertainty - and recriminations. And the stories being told are less innocent, and when the house is cut off by a huge storm, their old friendships are called into question…

A sly social commentary, a thoughtful examination of tale-telling and its forms, and a cleverly constructed novel with unexpected flashes of cutting humour. Lindy

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They were going to tell stories. Let's go away for the weekend, said Megan, and leave our phones behind and turn off the computers and television and stop time because time is moving too fast and soon we'll all be saying where the hell did our lives go? We'll cook some food and drink some wine and each tell a story.  It is the middle of winter. Seven friends travel to a remote coastal beach house for the weekend. Without phones, internet or television, they sit around the fireplace, telling stories - each exposing the foibles of humankind. But as a storm rolls in and torrential rain cuts the party off from the outside world, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are best kept hidden. Demons is an extraordinary novel by one of Australia's great writers.
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Lonely Graves: Posthumus Trilogy #1

Lonely Graves: Posthumus Trilogy #1

Britta Bolt

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I don't usually read a lot of crime novels, and the ones I do should provide me with interesting characterisations and situations rather than gory details! This one is set in Amsterdam, and the main character, Pieter Posthumus, works for the Department of Emergencies and Internment in the section known as the Lonely Funeral team. They provide dignified funerals for the unclaimed, anonymous and forgotten. When one of the bodies belongs to a Moroccan immigrant, Posthumus feels there is something that needs explaining about the situation, and he starts to look for clues. Meanwhile, an elite police squad is hunting for terrorists but one of the detectives starts to suspect all is not above board in their investigation… Twists and turns, and a portrait of contemporary Dutch life to boot! Lindy

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A suicide. A drowned man. A sudden death. It's all in a day's work for Pieter Posthumus. In Amsterdam, the Lonely Funerals team exists to make sure that no one goes to the grave unmourned. Posthumus takes that responsibility seriously. A careful, humane man, he works hard to find out all he can about the anonymous or abandoned dead entrusted to his care. So when a young Moroccan immigrant is found in the Prinsengracht canal in suspicious circumstances, Posthumus cannot let it go. The police may call it accident or suicide; he is sure there's more to it. He takes up the case and starts digging...an investigation that leads to him getting caught up in a terror plot and in the way of an elite police unit. Discover an Amsterdam beyond the charms and the canals, where Pieter Posthumus aims to find justice for all - both the living and the dead.
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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Bob Graham

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Somewhere in an Asian country, a young sparrow flits about finding food where he can. One day he discovers a sack of grain, and before he knows it, he is transported by truck and ship to a strange land, where he eventually finds a new home. Then he comes into contact with Elsie, who is in a stroller pushed by her loving grandparents, and by chance and the actions of a dog, Elsie discovers one of the greatest pleasures in life… As always with Bob Graham's books, this one has a quiet message and delicately expressive illustrations that capture both the freedom of the bird and the wonderment of the child. Another beautiful book, sweet without sentimentality, that will appeal to anyone who loves picture books! Lindy

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In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures and the people of the world can be connected to each other in the most surprising ways. A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food...He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's. So it is that little Edie discovers the taste of vanilla ice cream in the most curious way! This is the story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths. Vanilla Ice Cream is classic Bob Graham storytelling - warm and tender and wise - and is sure to spark the imaginations of young readers (and old) and inspire lots of interesting discussion. Vanilla Ice Cream sits alongside Bob's classic stories How to Heal a Broken Wing and A Bus Called Heaven and Silver Buttons. It is filled with unique observations that open our eyes to new ways of looking at the world.
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Are You Seeing Me?

Are You Seeing Me?

Darren Groth

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Justine and Perry are twins. Their Dad died just before their 18th birthday, their Mum is long gone, and Justine has deferred university (and her slightly overbearing-in-a-nice-way boyfriend) to take care of Perry, who has a brain condition that causes him to react differently to situations he finds stressful. The two of them are off on an overseas holiday care of insurance, and Justine wants it to be memorable for Perry, as he is moving into assisted accommodation when they return to Australia. And it will be, if not for all the reasons she thought before the trip started… Told in alternating voices of both Justine and Perry, this is a sensitively told story of what matters most, whatever your age or however others see you. Ages 14+ Lindy

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This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences ...Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest. It's been a year since they watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they're seeking to create the perfect memory. For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of his favourite things: mythical sea monsters, Jackie Chan movies and the study of earthquakes. For Justine, it's a chance to reconcile the decision to 'free' her twin, to see who she is without her boyfriend, Marc - and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs. But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble...
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We Were Liars

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Cadence Sinclair is the eldest granddaughter of a patrician old-money family. Each summer they holiday on their private island off Marthas Vineyard - grandparents, aunts and cousins. The aunts are all vying for favour from their bigoted father, the littles and the golden retrievers are tolerated with amusement, and the older grandchildren - Cady, Mirren and Johnny form their own clique. Gat is an addition to their circle, a brown-skinned politically aware boy who Cady falls deeply in love with from the very beginning.

But something unspeakably horrible happened to Cady on the island of her fifteenth summer - and no-one speaks of it. She is continually plagued by debilitating headaches, has missed a lot of school and her cousins don't return her emails.

After missing one summer on the island, she returns the next, only to find there is a lot more she hasn't been told about - her grandfather's senility, her aunts' deterioration, her cousins refusing to stay in their allocated family homes. Spiky and energetic writing carries along a clever, gripping and twisty story. 14+ Lindy

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A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
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Emu

Emu

Claire Saxby ,  Graham Byrne

$27.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Following on from their successful book Big Red Kangaroo, the creators turn to the other symbol on our coat-of-arms. A father emu gathers up a clutch of blue-green eggs, and incubates his brood. Non-fiction blended with a simple story and accurate and artistically rendered illustrations, so that young readers learn interesting facts wrapped up in the narrative. Lindy

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In the open forest, Emu gathers granite-green eggs under soft feathers. Emu will care for the eggs and protect the stripy chicks once they hatch. There are many hazards in the forest for this unusual family.
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Noggin

Noggin

John Corey Whaley

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Travis has woken up after what feels like a nap to him. He had terminal leukemia and volunteered to undergo a procedure where his head was cryogenically preserved until the time a suitable donor body could be found. At the time of his death, he thought that would be a long time in the future, but it turns out to be only five years - just long enough for people to have come to terms with losing him and picking up the pieces of their lives. Including his girlfriend Cate and best friend Kyle.

It's hard enough dealing with adolescence but dealing with the fact your birth certificate says you're 21 when you're still 16 and the people you relied on have grown up and you haven't, let alone the associated publicity that comes from being grafted onto someone else's body and considered a miracle - well Travis has a lot of catching up to do. And it won't be easy…

This was brilliant! A fascinating concept handled deftly, with a lot of interesting questions and thought-provoking scenarios, but also with humour and insight. Ages 13+ Lindy

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Listen - Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't. Now he's alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she's not his girlfriend anymore? That's a bit fuzzy too. If the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, it looks like there's going to be a few more scars.
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Analogue Men

Analogue Men

Nick Earls

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Nick Earls is well-known for his comedic novels often about young men, decent but somewhat clueless, coping with being adults. In this engagingly funny new novel, he turns his sharply observant talent to a middle-aged man’s struggles in navigating the world around him. I can’t tell you how much I laughed (but I do apologise to the man I startled on the train when I brayed out loud!)

Andrew has finally had enough of being an infrequent visitor to his family’s lives, and has taken on another role in order to return to Brisbane. From being a private-equity troubleshooter for companies overseas, he has been shifted sideways into managing a radio station – AM, at that. His wife is a brisk, efficient doctor who seems chagrined and amused in equal measure by his return; his twin children are busy with technology and being teenagers; his father (once the reigning king of local radio) has moved in to recover from cancer surgery. There just doesn’t seem to be room for Andrew. To top it off, his biggest problem at work is the station’s biggest asset – a politically incorrect bigmouth who delights in offending all and sundry. Andrew starts to feel increasingly irrelevant – an analogue man in a digital age. Warm and wry, witty and wise – a great book to drive away the winter blues! Lindy

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Andrew Van Fleet is 49 and feeling 50 closing in. He's bailed out of his private equity job for something that'll let him spend more time at home, but the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him. Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery and with his scrappy bulldog in tow. And then there's Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew's signed up to manage, whose every broadcast offers fresh trouble. He's 49 too and, like Andrew, starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best.

Analogue Men by Nick Earls at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Mr Chicken Lands on London

Mr Chicken Lands on London

Leigh Hobbs

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- He's back! That lovable giant chicken decides he has to visit London, so after breakfast he grabs his camera and flies there for the day. After a whirlwind day full of sightseeing and the sort of chaos that follows him wherever he goes, Mr Chicken heads home tired but satisfied… As much fun as Mr Chicken Goes to Paris with the slightly crazed and anarchic style that makes Leigh Hobbs such a favourite with readers of all ages! Lindy

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See London with Mr Chicken! From the creator of the much-loved bestseller Mr Chicken Goes to Paris. Mr Chicken can't wait another minute, so he finishes his breakfast, collects his camera and flies to London. He wants to see everything. Join Mr Chicken and let him show you his favourite city in all the world.
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As Stars Fall

As Stars Fall

Christie Nieman

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Robin has been forced to leave her beloved home in the Victorian countryside when her father decides to take off with another woman, and her teacher mother accepts a post in Melbourne. She hates the city, the school, and being the new girl. Seth is alienated and angry and spends his days in a drug-induced haze, having dropped out of school when his mother (a scientist studying bush stone-curlews) died in a bushfire. His sister Delia, highly intelligent and principled, is struggling with her nightmares and grief, but as their father is a selfish drunk stuck in his own loss, has to be the grown-up of the family. Each of these lost teenagers are drawn together, united by a misplaced stone-curlew, and eventually learn how to cope with what life has thrown at them. A strong novel for readers 14+ Lindy

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The fire was fast and hot ...only days after it went through, there were absolutely no birds left. I should have seen it as an omen, the birds all leaving like that. Robin is a self-confessed bird-nerd from the country, living in the city. On the first day at her new school, she meets Delia. Delia is freaky and definitely not good for Robin's image. Seth, Delia's brother, has given up school to prowl the city streets. He is angry at everything, especially the fire that killed his mother. When a rare and endangered bird turns up in the city parklands, the lives of Robin, Seth and Delia become fatefully and dangerously intertwined ...An intricate love story about nature, grief, friendship and life. 
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Lucas and Jack

Lucas and Jack

Ellie Royce ,  Andrew McLean

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Every week Lucas accompanies his Mum when she visits her grandfather in a nursing home. It's boring there so Lucas doesn't go inside to see his Great Grandpop - but one day he meets Jack. Jack is another resident, but he's full of stories and even a bit of mischief. Suddenly Lucas can't wait to visit each week, as Jack tells stories and teaches Lucas that old people were once young and full of stories - and often, despite their age, still full of life. Quite a touching story, well-served by Andrew McLean's gentle illustrations. 4-6yo Lindy

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Every week Lucas' mum visits Great Grandpop at the nursing home. And every week Lucas waits for her outside. Waiting is boring! Until Lucas meets Jack. Jack is tricky and Jack is fun, and he is a great storyteller. Lucas and Jack is a great book for introducing young children to the idea that old people can be fun and that deep down we have more in common than we think. More importantly Lucas and Jack encourages children to ask questions, be curious, imaginative and empathetic. 
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Shy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

$32.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This absorbing and revealing memoir deals with social anxiety, fame and its effects on relationships. Sian had suffered from shyness all her life, but had managed to hide her ‘failing’, adopting a more confident persona that carried her through careers in the public eye for two decades. When she entered a relationship with someone famed for his songwriting and singing, she could thought she had found someone whose reserve matched her own, and felt safe in his company. But whenever they were in company, people gravitated to him and ignored her, and her social anxieties grew. Deciding to research the topic, she also delves in to more personal questions regarding her past. Then her partner drops a bombshell…A book that will resonate with any woman who has been unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought was her true love. Sian might be criticised for not naming her ex but the book is about her, and not him, and I found this to be an effective method of dealing with the obvious trauma of losing him. I also find it hard to listen to his songs lately, but this memoir is a fine read. Lindy

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Shy. It's a shy word, a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long, and it begins with an exhortation to silence. Shhh. Reserved is different. It's for tall men with jutting jaws. Prime ministers can appear reserved: never shy. Restrained carries itself with dignity. Even introvert has a whiff of authority about it: these people have been tested; Myers and Briggs have awarded them an impressive three-syllable psychological label. But with shy there's no authority, no control. It's a blushing, hunching word; a nervous, knock-kneed, wallflower word. A word for children, not grown-ups, because surely grown-ups grow out of shyness. Don't they? Sian Prior has maintained a career in the public eye, as a broadcaster and performer, for more than twenty years. For far longer than that she has suffered from excruciating shyness. Eventually, after bolting from a party in a state of near-panic, she decides to investigate her condition. What is it-shyness? Where did hers come from? Why does it create such distressing turmoil beneath her assured professional front? As Sian begins to research the science of social anxiety, other factors present themselves as facets of the problem. Family, intimate friendships, self-perception and fear and longing and the consequences of love... While, in counterpoint, there is the security, the sense of belonging, she finds in the life she shares with Tom, her famous partner. Until he tells her he is leaving.
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Darwin

Darwin

Tess Lea

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The last of the NewSouth series on Australian capital cities, this maintains the consistent excellent quality of the other books. A blend of history, memoir, explanation and exploration, Darwin the city is a place that shouldn’t exist. Sheer tenacity has seen it survive natural catastrophes, wartime bombing, inhospitable geography and the indifference of Commonwealth governments. Tess Lea reveals a city that has always struggled against its physical position (and the section on how mosquitoes have influenced settlement is both fascinating and slightly scary!) but holds pride in being so isolated, tough and defiant. Even if contemporary Darwin is losing much of what set it apart, and even if it is truly a militarised town where no-one mentions the impact of American Marines stationed there, or the fact Darwin is home to the biggest military aerial defence training zone in the world. A paradoxical place, captured in cleanly descriptive style; a book that presents it in all its compromised glories! Lindy

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Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has endured misconceived projects and birthed visionaries. To know Darwin, to know its soul, you have to listen to it, soak in it, taste it. To write about her home town, Tess Lea waded knee-deep in memories of the city, including those of her family and her own. The story begins in 1974, when Cyclone Tracy shattered Darwin, and Lea was a little girl. Then it takes us back to the wild times of early settlement, explores the backstory of the White Australia policy, paints a vivid picture of the bombing of Darwin during World War II - the first Australian city to experience direct attack from a foreign power - and guides us to Australia's militarised future, led by Darwin, sitting as it does under the largest aerial defence training space in the world. Lyrical and visceral, Tess Lea's ode to her hometown is suffused with the textures, colours, scents and the many gritty realities that beset this tough, fragile, magical, foolhardy and unique place.
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The Ruby Slippers

The Ruby Slippers

Keir Alexander

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you want an easy and entertaining read, this one will fit the bill! Michael Marcinkus runs an old-fashioned deli in a New York neighbourhood. His aunt Rosa is a disreputable, shambling, unwashed wreck of a woman, muttering and shuffling and striking dread into the people who pass her by. One day she is involved in an accident, and while she is in hospital, Michael ventures into her stinking flat, where he stumbles across an unexpected treasure – a pair of ruby shoes in a box stamped with a Hollywood insignia. This starts off a chain of events involving a number of characters in the district – the street boy up to no good, the man who has lost his partner, Michael’s wife and family, and an assortment of well-meaning customers. Nothing serious about this, but a good way to while away an afternoon or two! Lindy

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Old Rosa the bag lady shuffles along the streets of New York, stinking, silent and shunned by man and beast. Time and again her nephew, Michael Marcinkus the grocer, has tried to help - but Rosa remains unknowable, hushed inside her hulk. On the day of the St Patrick's Day Parade, Rosa is in a terrible accident. While she lies in hospital, Mr Marcinkus visits her squalid apartment and unearths something remarkable from the monstrous piles of junk: two glittering ruby slippers, relics of Hollywood history. How on earth does decrepit old Rosa come to own such treasure? And what is to be done with it now? Rosa's 'Ruby Millions' soon become an irresistible beacon for the misplaced hopes and darkest desires of an unforgettable cast of characters. But in the hunger to possess the prize, will anyone stop to learn the incredible story of the woman to whom they once belonged? The Ruby Slippers is a rare and moving fantasia of hidden treasures, forgotten histories, lost connections, and our search for true meaning.
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The Word Ghost

The Word Ghost

Christine Paice

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rebecca’s father has been given a new parish, and Rebecca is most unhappy. Obsessed with all the fervour of a 15year old she has had to leave behind her boyfriend; her older sister has left home for university; and the new neighbourhood is decidedly weird. Creepy, even. So when the ghost of a failed 19th century poet appears in her bedroom, she is not so much surprised as puzzled by what he wants. Their unusual friendship offers solace to them both, but the ghost of his sister wants something else again… A coming-of-age novel with an energetic, almost breathless style that captures the contradictions and complications of leaving childhood behind. Lindy

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This is England 1973, and fifteen-year-old Rebecca Budde is in love with Dave. After one glorious summer, Rebecca is forced to move with her family to Brightley, a village with a puddle for a pond, and no excitement at all. If only Dave were there. Very weird things are going on inside their new house, and even stranger things are happening in the village at night. Someone appears to be living in Rebecca's wardrobe. Someone else is on the balcony, trying to get in. Things don't make sense anymore as Algernon Keats steps from the shadows, his sister not far behind him. There's no Dave, two ghosts, a pub, a dog and Alex March, a dark and brooding artist, living in the Manor House down the road, whose interest in Rebecca is both puzzling and thrilling. What do Alex and Algernon want from Rebecca? What on earth does any of it mean? Is it possible to love a ghost? And what happens if he loves you back? The lights are out. Welcome to Brightley. Rebecca thinks love is forever, but sometimes it's not. And nor, sometimes, is death. The Word Ghost is a funny, moving story about what it means to find love, lose love and discover who you are when you live in a village with no street lights and a decidedly dark side. 
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The Heroes' Welcome

The Heroes' Welcome

Louisa Young

$29.99  $10.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the sequel to the excellent My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and continues the stories of Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke after the cessation of the Great War. If war was hell, settling back into civilian life holds its own horrors. Riley’s facial disfigurement presents problems apart from the physical, and misunderstanding arises between him and his sweetheart Nadine even as they marry. Peter is struggling with a sense of futility, alcoholism and a wife bearing her own self-inflicted damage. As time passes Riley and Peter learn how to re-engage with life, never able to put aside their war experiences, but slowly finding their way in a world irrevocably marked by the cataclysm. An excellent examination of the impact of peace. Lindy

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The Heroes' Welcome is the incandescent sequel to the bestselling R&J pick My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You. Its evocation of a time deeply wounded by the pain of WW1 will capture and beguile readers fresh to Louisa Young's wonderful writing, and those previously enthralled by the stories of Nadine and Riley, Rose, Peter and Julia.

LONDON, APRIL 1919. THE GREAT WAR HAS ENDED. In a flurry of spring blossom, childhood sweethearts Nadine Waverney and Rilery Purefoy are married. Thos who have survived the war are, in a way, home. But Riley is wounded and disfigured; normality seems incomprehensible, and love unfathomable. Honeymooning in a battered, liberated Europe, they long for a marriage made of love and passion rather than dependence and pity. At Locke Hill in Kent, Riley's former CO Major Peter Locke is obsessed by Homer. His hysterical wife, Julia, and the young son they barely know attempt to navigate family life, but are confounded by the ghosts and memories of Peter's war. Despite all this, there is the glimmer of a real future in the distance: Rose Locke, Peter's cousin and Riley's former nurse, finds that independence might be hers for the taking, after all.

For those who fought, those who healed and those who stayed behind, 1919 is a year of accepting realities, holding to hope and reaching after new beginnings. The Heroes' Welcome is a brave and brilliant evocation of a time deeply wounded by the pain of war. It is as devastating as it is inspiring.
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Flying Dinosaurs: How fearsome reptiles became birds

Flying Dinosaurs: How fearsome reptiles became birds

John Pickrell

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Written by a journalist rather than a scientist, this accessible book presents the current thinking on the evolution of birds. In the process, it removes some long held misconceptions – thanks to the remarkable discoveries of amazing fossil fields in China, and fascinating research being carried out there and elsewhere. It seems many dinosaurs were covered in feathery fuzz rather than scales, that flight as a strategy has been the most successful development of the animal kingdom, that clever science has discovered the colour range of dinosaurs, and that we don’t need to go all Jurassic Park and recreate dinosaurs, as they still exist today in a wonderful array of shapes and abilities today. An entertaining and enlightening read! Lindy

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ABBEY'S CHOICE JUNE 2014 ----- Dinosaurs didn't die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic.

The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the palaeontological world. Were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual, or a stepping stone in the evolution of flight? And just how closely related is T. rex to a chicken?

Award-winning journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and uncovers a thriving black market in fossils and infighting between dinosaur hunters, plus the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.

A rare sighting of the black-crested Pickrellontaurus at Abbey's

A rare sighting of the blue-striped Pickrell at Abbey's
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The Pigeon Needs a Bath

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Mo Willems

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The irascible Pigeon is back! He's filthy but he has a host of reasons why he shouldn't take a bath: it's considered impolite in some circles, 'clean' and 'dirty' are just words, he's pretty sure he had one last month… Of course, once he bad-temperedly gets into the bath, he changes his mind! Willem's trademark drawings are deceptively simple, but convey a great deal of attitude. Fun for the pre-schoolers who love Pigeon's naughty antics, and just as much fun for the adult who recognises toddler behaviour! Lindy

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The pigeon is BACK! And he STINKS! No, really, he actually smells very bad... Smell? What smell? I don't smell. YOU smell. The Pigeon needs a bath! Except, well, the Pigeon's really not so sure about that... Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It looks like it's going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge! This is a laugh-out-loud, read-out-even-louder brand new pigeon book from the New York Times best-selling picture book master - Mo Willems. Mo's Pigeon encompasses all the melodrama that most 4 years olds muster on a daily occasion including...trying to avoid bathtime! The New York Times Book Review called Mo  the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's.
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Riot

Riot

Sarah Mussi

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set a short way into the future, this tremendously paced novel throws the reader straight in the deep end. A bill has been passed into British law, mandating enforced sterilisation of any teenager who does not gain university admission, or has no job to step straight into. It is supposed to solve the problems of society, but of course, the teenagers this repressive measure is aimed at, aren't convinced. The main character, Tia, is the daughter of the minister who has formulated this policy, but she is also an elite hacker who has organised flash mob riots. When a protest turns terribly wrong, she discovers there is more to the movement than meets the eye. Along with a fellow hacker-conspirator, she has to fight for what she thinks is right, even if it means she stands to lose everything she holds important… A compelling read, 14+ Lindy

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England is struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out. The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking. The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment. The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more. But it is all so blatantly unfair - the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won't. It's time for the young to take to the streets.
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The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure

The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure

Oliver Jeffers

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This delightful book explains the concept of zero to the very young. The Hueys, Jeffers' egg-like characters, discuss counting, and how none can be just as much a number as one to ten are, even if it's nothing! An imaginative take on the traditional counting book, with examples of numbers that are far from ordinary (like 2 is sleeps before an important event, or 4 is tantrums someone throws in a day) combining fun and learning in an off-centre way! Lindy

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The Hueys have an important question about counting in this hilarious new book from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. The thing about the Hueys was that they loved numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3...Wait! 0? Is 'none' a number? Join the Hueys for a counting conundrum! This witty and lively pictorial debate makes numbers interesting and fun!
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The Minnow

The Minnow

Diana Sweeney

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Winner of last year's Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Literature, this slightly surreal novel is set after a devastating flood. Tom passes herself off as a boy after her parents and sister are killed in the deluge, has conversations with fish and turtles, and lives with Bill in an old shed by the lake. Bill is a secretive man, and very unlikeable, but Tom is so immersed in her grief she accepts his appalling behaviour without judgement - including the fact he has impregnated her… She moves in with her best friend, who lost his family to the same flood, and with his help, and with wise words from her feisty but fading grandmother she learns how to deal with all that life has given her. Ages 14+ Lindy

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Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it's time to move out - Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby. Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings. And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow. The Minnow is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget.
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No Stars to Wish on

No Stars to Wish on

Zana Fraillon

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Jack is a cheeky young lad, full of mischief, delighting in jokes. He loves his great-grands, his Mum, his cousins and siblings who all share a tumbledown house. He's also deaf, so when his older sister tries to wake him one night, he doesn't stir, until strange men bundle all the children into a van and take them to an orphanage. Jack is known as Number 49, but there's no way he's going to become 49 - a boy he knows has left him clues on how to make his way home again. As the days accumulate, Jack struggles to make sense of what's happening, but he won't give up hope… and nor will his older sister. A very moving and powerful story, with a fresh and immediate style. Ages 9+ Lindy

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Each kid only has one pair of shoes here. Number 49's shoes are a pretty good fit for me and I know they're new because they still have that plastic smell. But the real Number 49 is quite a bit bigger than I am, because his pants keep falling down on me. I wish he would come back, so that I could go home. Jack loves telling jokes, but not many people laugh at them in the orphanage. Will he ever be reunited with his mother and sister, his great-aunts and great-grandmother, back at home? A haunting, fable-like story.
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Pandora Jones: Admission

Pandora Jones: Admission

Barry Jonsberg

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Pandora wakes in a strange place, and discovers she is one of the few survivors of a pandemic that has swept the world. She can remember watching her family die, but she doesn't know how she got to The School. The School is surrounded by a gigantic wall, ruled by despotic teachers, and is meant to prepare the survivors on how to live in an altered world. But is the truth being told? Pan's not convinced - and she's in danger... A conspiracy novel with a cracking pace! 12+ Lindy

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Pandora Jones wakes in an infirmary - her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School - a quarantined, heavily guarded survival-skills facility - to recover their strength, hone their skills and prepare for whatever comes next. Pandora's skill is intuition, but how useful will it be outside the secure walls of The School? And what if it leads her to question where the truth lies...Plague. Pandemic. Intuition. Secrets. Truth. Courage. Action. Survival.
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Our Island

Our Island

Children of Gununa ,  Alison Lester ,  Elizabeth Honey

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a lovely and colourful collaboration between respected  authors and the children of the community of Mornington Island. It has been an on-going project, where the children have been encouraged to describe their island home in words and paintings, and this forms the basis of the book. Royalties go to the community, so it is both a worthwhile book and a worthwhile cause! Lindy

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Our island lies beneath a big blue sky, surrounded by the turquoise sea. Turtles glide through the clear salt water, and dugongs graze on banks of seagrass.  In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island explore their home in words and pictures. This is a collaboration with much-loved children's picture-book creators authors Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey. All royalties from Our Island and one dollar from the sale of each copy will be donated to  Mornington Island State School to fund art projects in the community.
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The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen

The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen

Susin Nielsen

$30.95  $27.85
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Henry's comfortable and loving family life is shattered. Trying to start afresh in a new town and new school, Henry starts a diary at his counsellor's insistence. He resists at first, but before long he starts to confide in his journal - what his present life is like, the pitfalls of living with his barely-employed father and eventually, the tragic events that broke up his family. Strong issues, but dealt with sensitively and with the occasional well-placed flash of humour. 13+ Lindy

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13-year-old Henry's happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father's hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry's family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry's therapist suggests he keep a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night. Susin Nielsen has created a fantastic new character in Henry, whose journal entries are infused with humour and provide a riveting read.
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The Thickety: A Path Begins

The Thickety: A Path Begins

J. A. White ,  Andrea Offermann

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One night 6 year old Kara is snatched from her home and taken, blindfolded, to a field where the first thing she sees is her mother, bound and waiting execution. They have both been accused of witchcraft, a capital offence, but Kara manages to unconsciously fool the witch-hunter and is allowed to go free. 

Seven years later, she, her sickly brother (who was born on the night of their mother's death) and her grief-maddened father are little short of outcasts. Their isolated island community abhors magic - even wishing is considered reprehensible - and is anticipating the return of a legendary leader who will save the world from its evil.

Surrounding the settlement is a forest, Thickety, which embodies all the darkness it fears, and between the trees and the farmland is Fringe, an area vegetated with treacherous plants. When Kara is lured into Thickety, breaking a promise she made her mother, dreadful things are set in motion, and everything she has struggled for is jeopardised…

This is far and away one of the best novels I've read in a very long time. I read it in one sitting because I was so absorbed in the world that was created and couldn't bear to put it down until I had reached the end - and what a finish: there's a major development I didn't see coming at all! There are many levels to this imaginative novel and its atmosphere of uncertainty and menace is artfully conveyed.

The creatures could come from nightmares, and the repressive nature of the puritan community is well described, but it is Kara who catches your attention from the very first. Intelligent, stoic, quietly defiant, she deals with habitual suspicion and doubt, yet remains faithful to her true self. I reckon Kara will be the next heroine to sweep readers away, and that this is the beginning of a very special series indeed! Lindy
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Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Tristan Bancks

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One day when Ben is filming one of his stop-motion detective movies, there's a knock on the front door. Real policemen are asking after his parents. After they leave, Ben's folks turn up, tell Ben and his young sister they are all going on their first family holiday, and head for his grandfather's cabin in remote bushland. Ben's Dad is a short-tempered and unpleasant man, and the holiday certainly isn't like anything Ben has ever imagined, even if there seems to suddenly be some money to spend which they have never had before. What starts as an uncomfortable and tense time rapidly gets worse, and Ben is forced to confront some awful truths… An action-packed novel for ages 11-13. Lindy

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'Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas An old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is bad u pride, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good u kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, 'Who will win?' The grandfather answers simply, 'The one you feed.' One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver's front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they're going on a holiday. But are they? It doesn't take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben's always dreamt of becoming a detective u his dad even calls him 'Cop'. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done. The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?
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The One and Only Jack Chant

The One and Only Jack Chant

Rosie Borella

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Amber works in an old people's home; there isn't much on offer in her small country town and it certainly isn't something she particularly wanted to do. She starts noticing a young man hanging around the home; the old people accept him and enjoy his company but no-one knows who he is. She is attracted to him, and his courtly old-fashioned manners; although he is suitably vague about his past, he also appears troubled by something he can't quite remember. As she comes to learn more about him, Amber suspects Jack may not be quite what, or who, he appears. An enjoyably romantic and sweet-natured novel about the past affecting the present and determining the future. 13+ Lindy

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Sixteen-year-old Amber never expected to find romance while working in an old people's home...but then Jack Chant is not what she expected either. He's young, exciting and enigmatic - and deeply troubled by something that happened in his past, something he can't quite remember. Gradually Amber suspects that Jack's past might be a whole lot further back in time than he realises. Is he solid flesh and blood, or just some kind of dreamy fantasy? A sweetly romantic coming-of-age story in which Amber learns more than most teens about getting old, falling in love and letting go.
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The Simple Things

The Simple Things

Bill Condon ,  Beth Norling

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Known for his young adult novels, Condon turns his talents to a novel for primary age readers. Stephen is the sort of gentle young lad who likes routine and has a certain way of looking at the world around him. When his parents take him to visit his Great Aunt Lola, he doesn't want to stay even though his Mum says they have to wait until Lola's 80th birthday has passed before returning home. He isn't sure about the girl staying next door, either, although her grandfather is likeably eccentric. Lola is scary, and used to her own way, and both she and Stephen learn that the world can contain all sorts of different ways of living and loving. An affectionate novel of cross-generational friendship and the importance of allowing outsiders a chance. Ages 8-11. Lindy

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Stephen has never met his great aunt Lola, and he doesn't want to. She sends him money twice a year and he always writes back, but Lola is almost eighty - what will they have to talk about? When they arrive at her house, Stephen discovers she's grumpy, scary and really, really old. He wants to turn around and go home, but his mum says they have to stay until Lola's birthday - three weeks away. Left to his own devices, Stephen learns about the simple things in life - like fishing, and cricket, and climbing trees - and the importance of family. Soon Lola entrusts Stephen with a great secret, and he realises that Lola has become more important to him than just an aunt who sends him money - she's now a friend.
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Fire

Fire

Jackie French ,  Bruce Whatley

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A companion to the creators' book Flood this captures the harshness of bushfire. Written in simple rhyming couplets, the text conveys the omnivorous nature of wildfire, the harshness and battles and cost as it devours the land. It also ends with a positive message, of resilience and regrowth. The illustrations are evocative, the oranges and yellows of the flames, and the ashy greys of the aftermath conveying a realistic portrayal of bushfire's effects. Whatley also spatters his paint on the pages to effectively show how fire is dirty, spewing ash and debris. An important and useful book to discuss a widespread and common occurrence, which does not sacrifice artistic beauty to its message. Lindy

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One small spark brought fire awake, Winding like a small black snake, Fire flickered, fire crept, Flames snickered, bushfire leapt...  Inspired by the bushfires that have affected many Australians, Fire is a moving and sensitive story of a natural disaster as seen through the eyes of a cockatoo. The fire mercilessly engulfs homes and land, leaving a devastating path of destruction.
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The Mark of the Horse Lord

The Mark of the Horse Lord

Rosemary Sutcliff

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I grew up reading Sutcliff's novels, and I credit my interest in history to her deftly plotted and deeply researched stories. This was one of my favourites and has certainly stood the test of time since it was first published in 1965. Red-haired gladiator, Phaedrus, wins his freedom but has no place nor people to return to. Approached by Celtic tribesmen to impersonate their rightful king in a plot against a ursurping queen, Phaedrus accepts. He is taught by the man he needs to impersonate, and learns much of importance - including a sense of belonging. Being accepted by the tribe however, is only the beginning of a deeper struggle… Full of sophisticated storylines and psychological depth, this is a powerful and exciting read. Lindy

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'Take my place, Phaedrus, and with it, take my vengeance...' Phaedrus the gladiator wins his freedom after years of bloody battles in the arena. Soon he finds himself riding north towards the wilds of Caledonia on a strange mission. He is to assume the identity of Midir, Lord of the Horse People, to seek vengeance against the treacherous Liadhan, who has usurped the throne. Ahead of him lies more adventure and more danger than he had ever known in the arena...
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Museum of Extraordinary Things

Museum of Extraordinary Things

Alice Hoffman

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Coralie has been brought up by her slightly sinister father to impersonate a mermaid in his Museum of Extraordinary Things – a freak show on Coney Island in the early years of the 20th century. She is kept separate from human society to preserve the illusion of her otherness, but as the nature of mass entertainment changes, her father looks for different attractions. He also displays her in less innocent circumstances, as his business declines…

Eddie is a young man who rejects his Jewish background and feels betrayed by what he perceives as his father’s weakness. He becomes intrigued by photography, and when he witnesses a terrible tragedy, finds himself embroiled in both cover-ups and mysteries.

How these two disparate characters find each other and their true place in the world is a riveting and beautifully detailed read. Lindy
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For Once In My Life

For Once In My Life

Marianne Kavanagh

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tess believes in soul mates. She’s pretty sure that the thoughtful, attractive and faithful Dominic is hers. George doesn’t believe in soul mates, but he does believe in music, love and doing the right thing. They’ve never met, but they have mutual friends, most of whom think Tess and George would be good together. It takes a few years, and plenty of mistakes before they do finally meet, but by then both are happily enmeshed with other partners. Or are they?

A charmingly entertaining and ebullient novel that is perfect for a lazy weekend (and will no doubt one day make a perfect Saturday afternoon rom-com movie!). Lindy

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This was George. She recognised him, although she had never met him. All around were people pressing into him, shouting over him, jostling him, and he stood there, looking at her, completely and utterly familiar. She was shocked, because of that jolt of recognition. But at the same time she was reassured. He was exactly as she knew he would be. Tess and George are soul mates. They've just never met each other. They both live in London. They went to the same university.

But throughout their twenties, despite their shared friends' best efforts, they never come face to face. And now they're stuck with partners who don't understand them and jobs that make them unhappy, always settling for second best. Finally they meet at a friend's thirtieth birthday party. Can they disentangle themselves from their former lives and grab hold of their one chance to be together? Or is it too late?
 
This is a love story that teeters on the edge of disaster. It's about whether it's better to compromise-or to wait for your soul mate.
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The Charioteer: A Virago Modern Classic

The Charioteer: A Virago Modern Classic

Mary Renault ,  Simon Russell Beale

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- First published in 1953, this fine novel has been reissued after a number of years of being unavailable. Laurie has been injured in the evacuation from Dunkirk and, whilst recuperating, forms a friendship with a young conscientious objector, Andrew. Laurie, however, is hiding his true feelings. When Ralph, a former schoolmate, reappears in Laurie’s life, long-held beliefs are challenged and discoveries made. A tender and affecting novel of great beauty and hard truths, this is one of my all-time favourites. Lindy
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The Icing on the Cake

The Icing on the Cake

Annabel Morley

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a charming and gentle memoir of a bygone age. Annabel’s father was the actor Robert Morley and her maternal grandmother was the acclaimed actress and beauty Gladys Cooper. Surrounded by theatrical and eccentric people, acting in films from a young age, encouraged and loved by her family, her childhood was anything but ordinary. Dotted throughout with recipes garnered from her world travels, this is a delightful life story! Lindy

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With her grandmother the society beauty Dame Gladys Cooper, and her father the renowned actor Robert Morley CBE, Annabel Morley was always going to lead an extraordinary life.

Evoking an English childhood from a bygone era, Annabel Morley brings back to life the magic and charm of growing up in a bohemian artistic and quintessentially English family. Their house in Berkshire is the backdrop to a wonderful array of events and personalities. Often surrounded by the greats of theatre such as Vivien Lee, Lawrence Olivier and Spencer Tracy, Annabel recounts these times with such wit and affection.

The Icing on the Cake features not only unpublished photographs of the Morley lives, but private letters and personal memories, including her travels to Sydney, Venice and Hollywood during the glamorous 1940’s and 50’s. Annabel’s passion for the theatre is also matched by her love of food and family, and includes recipes served at family get togethers on both sides of the word.

The Icing on the Cake by Annabel Morley at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The inspiration behind the Amazon Original show Z THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci as Zelda

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald: The inspiration behind the Amazon Original show Z THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci as Zelda

Therese Anne Fowler

$19.99  $6.00
ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2013 ----- Zelda Sayre is a Montgomery debutante, a beautiful daredevil of a girl, indulged and talented. She catches the eye of a young man stationed nearby, waiting to be called up to do his bit in the European war. Francis Scott Fitzgerald is everything her family does not want for her – Catholic, poor (and worst of all) Yankee, with no prospects and the burning belief he is a writer. Disregarding everything sensible, she falls in love, accepts his proposal and moves to New York. There they become the feted Fitzgeralds, always good for a good time, leading a pack of young Jazz Agers in search of more, more, more. Scott becomes the author of the moment and the pressure to always come up with the next best selling story (along with increasing dependence on alcohol) starts to tear holes in their charmed existence. Moving to France, like many others, only causes more problems, particularly as Scott takes a protégé, by name Ernest Hemingway… Told from Zelda’s point-of-view, this is a marvelously colourful novel, evocative of time and place; and while it is a novelisation of true people and events, it reads with a veracity and immediacy that will have you believing in the character. If you liked The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, you will certainly enjoy this! Lindy
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The Universe versus Alex Woods

The Universe versus Alex Woods

Gavin Extence

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  Loveable characters and serious issues, and one of quirkiest and best-intentioned narrators! Lindy

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A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend.

Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing...

Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.
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All the Truth That's in Me

All the Truth That's in Me

Julie Berry

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Mothball finds a new hole, and we know how curious she is! She finds herself at school where she discovers: lunchboxes rarely contain carrots, sports sheds are good napping places, and if you are round and brown, be careful you aren't mistaken for a ball… As charming and delightful as all the other Wombat books from this talented duo have been, appealing to child and adult reader alike! ~ Lindy

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Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family.  Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to her childhood friend, Lucas. He is the boy who has owned her heart for as long as she can remember - even if he doesn't know it.  But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose - to continue living in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.  Told in a voice that is achingly raw and intimate, this remarkably original novel will haunt and stay with you. It will fill you with Judith's passion and longing, and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last one.
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Something Like Normal

Something Like Normal

Trish Doller

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  Examines the effects of war on a young man who is not yet emotionally mature. Lindy

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When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother's stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he's haunted by nightmares of his best friend's death. It's not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he's had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis's dry sense of humour, and incredible sense of honour, make him an irresistible and eminently loveable hero.
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Gotland

Gotland

Fiona Capp

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Elegaic and thoughtful, how a woman deals with love and her loved husband's ambitions. Lindy

Shy and idealistic, Esther Chatwin is Australia's reluctant First Lady. She longs to return to the anonymity of her old life. But her husband's sudden political success has turned the media spotlight on her and her only escape is to Gotland, the fabled island in the Baltic Sea that she loves. A special place, it's also home to the enigmatic sculptor Sven, another idealist with a troubled past.  Even on the other side of the world, deeply private events become everyone's business, and Esther must struggle to overcome the forces - within and without - that threaten to destroy her.  Gotland is a startlingly evocative and timely portrait of the cost paid by those who are drawn into the public spotlight against their will.
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Siege

Siege

Sarah Mussi

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I can't remember the last time I read such a heart-stopping novel - or one where the last two lines have so much impact! The pace is relentless and the story takes place over the course of one day. Leah is 16, the one who looks after her fractured family, and it's one ordinary Friday at school - or would be if it hadn't started with things going awry before she even arrived. Because she was late, she has detention. Because she is in the detention room, and not at general assembly, she doesn't witness a group of ninth graders arrive and start shooting. Because of this, she has a chance to escape. But this is a school in the near future, where the government has instituted a lock-down procedure for schools to prevent the reoccurrence of riots that had society in an uproar, so Leah can't leave the building. What follows is a tense day, where she has to outwit the armed students, try to convince the police that help is required, and go against the need for personal survival in order to help others. Worse still is the dreadful realisation her younger brother might be involved, and how can she protect him then? Guaranteed to be a powerful read: ages 14+ Lindy
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Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Jenny Torres Sanchez

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is an edgy novel for the young adult reader. Frenchie is in a mess. She’s finished school, but hasn’t managed to get in to the art college she wanted. Her best friend, who has always promised they would leave their dead-end Florida town to live somewhere cooler (in temperature and attitude) together, has changed his mind because he is in love with an up-and-coming singer. The only person she thinks understands her is a dead poet. And then there is the secret she’s been carrying around since the boy she has always had a crush on committed suicide… Sharp observations and a believable voice lift this above depressing issue-based YA fiction. I really enjoyed it! Lindy

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Frenchie Garcia can't come to grips with the death of Andy Cooper. Her friends didn't know she had a crush him. And they don't know she was the last person with him before he committed suicide. But Frenchie's biggest concern is how she blindly helped him die that night. Frenchie's already insane obsession with death and Emily Dickinson won't help her understand the role she played during Andy's one night of adventure. But when she meets Colin, she may have found the perfect opportunity to recreate that night. While exploring the emotional depth of loss and transition to adulthood, Sanchez's sharp humor and clever observations bring forth a richly developed voice.
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Song for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Julie Hunt

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Peat has lived apart from the isolated village she was born into, exiled to the furthest reaches of the territory to tend to dairy cows. When she inadvertently points a stranger towards the township, and he brings the plague, she is driven away from the only home she has known. Forced into the terrible swamps of the borders, she is caught by a marsh-aunty, and becomes her apprentice. Peat also makes the acquaintance of a sleek, or scarlet runner, a strange creature of variable friendliness. She learns the trade of storytelling, and accompanies her mistress to the city at the centre of the world, where it becomes apparent that the marsh-aunty has not revealed all the stories that need to be told… A classic adventure story set in a strange world, an enjoyable and well-constructed standalone novel. Ages 10-14. Lindy

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Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes, where she's caught by an old healer-woman who makes Peat her apprentice and teaches her the skill of storytelling. But a story can be a dangerous thing. It can take you out of one world and leave you stranded in another - and Peat finds herself trapped in an eerie place beyond the Silver River where time stands still. Her only friends are a 900-year-old boy and his ghost hound, plus a small and slippery sleek - a cunning creature that might sink his teeth into your leg one minute, and save your life the next.
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Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge

Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge

Hoskins

$49.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A readable history (with scads of lovely illustrations) of human interactions with the NSW coast. Lindy

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From Eden to Byron Bay, the New South Wales coast is more than 2,000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries and 100 coastal lakes. This is the first history of the NSW coast and traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea, starting when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the art of building bark canoes, to our present obsession with the beach as a place to live or holiday. Leading us through the European fascination with marine life, attempts to establish a whaling industry, a fear of seaborne invasion which led to the creation of a navy of our own in 1911, through to the rise of our unstoppable enthusiasm for surfing and fishing, Ian Hoskins argues that our current enthralment with the coast began more recently than we might think.

Coast by Ian Hoskins at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes Us Australian

Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes Us Australian

Garner

$39.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Interesting theory of the origin of the Australian character, and a fine read to boot.

Everyone I know has camped and I’ve had camping holidays myself, but I wouldn’t have believed I’d find a social history about it so fascinating. Yet this book is not only enjoyable and appealing, it also persuasively argues the case that camping has been a factor in our national character and that many of the traits we pride ourselves on are directly attributable to the widespread and historical practice
of living in tents! From the First Fleet (with digressions on indigenous shelters) to the gold rushes, from necessity to leisure, and right up to Tent Embassies, this wonderfully illustrated book is a pleasure to read. Lindy

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Breathtakingly original, this book shows that the history of Australia can be told through a history of camping. Bill Garner reminds us that Australia was settled as a campsite – the nation was born in a tent. But while Europeans brought tents, they did not bring camping. Australia had been a camping place for millennia. And so it continued to be. For more than a hundred years, settlers – women as well as men – colonised the country by living under canvas. It changed them into a new sort of native Australian. It gave them a feel for the place, a wry can-do attitude, and a lasting taste for equality. And it led to a sense of belonging. Born in a Tent takes the story from the campfire to the gas bottle, from a tarp slung on saplings to polymer tents and aluminium poles. It reveals how deeply our camping holidays connect us to the land, to the past, and to one another.
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Flocks of Colour

Flocks of Colour

Penny Olsen

$39.99  $15.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Another of those glorious productions the National Library does so well.

Australia’s avifauna is distinguished by many beautiful birds, and particularly by our glorious parrots. This splendid book draws on the National Library collection and features images of all the Australian parrots, from the first published illustration of a rainbow lorikeet collected in 1770 to William Cooper’s watercolour of the fabled night parrot. With essays by Olsen, this gorgeous book is the perfect gift for anyone interested in birds, nature, science, history or art. It’s one I’ve bought myself! Lindy

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What name could be a more apt description of Australia than The Land of Parrots, a name inspired by late 16th-century maps showing a southern region labelled Psittacorum regio? This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot - a Rainbow Lorikeet collected live on Cook’s 1770 voyage - to William Cooper’s 20th-century watercolour of the elusive Night Parrot. With introductory essays by ornithologist Penny Olsen, this book covers two and a quarter centuries of discovery and illustration of Australia’s avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots by artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville Cayley and William Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia. The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.
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The Orchardist

The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Early in the 20th century in an isolated corner of the Pacific Northwest, a fruit grower finds his solitude disturbed by two young - and pregnant - runaway girls. Gradually he wins their trust, but their tenuous peace is shattered and tragedy strikes. Already scarred by the disappearance of his only sister many years before, the farmer must disrupt the order of his life to heal and make amends. A lyrical and assured novel of great depth. Lindy

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At the turn of the twentieth century, in a remote stretch of Northwest  America, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were his children. One day, two teenage girls steal his fruit at the market. Feral, scared and very pregnant, they follow Talmadge to his land and form an unlikely attachment to his gentle way of life. But their fragile peace is shattered when armed men arrive in the orchard. In the tragedy that unfolds, Talmadge must fight to save the lives of those he has learned to love while confronting the ghosts of his own troubled past. THE ORCHARDIST is an astonishing and unforgettable epic about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of his life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.
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Truly Tan Spooked!

Truly Tan Spooked!

Jen Storer ,  Claire Robertson

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tan’s family have settled well into country life, but she is happy to learn that her best friend Molly is coming from the city to stay, even if it causes a small misunderstanding with her best friend Georgia. The three girls all get on well and find a mystery to investigate: why are all the stone creatures in people’s gardens disappearing? Highly recommended for girls 8-11. Lindy
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Everything We Ever Saw: From the Beach to the Bush and More!

Everything We Ever Saw: From the Beach to the Bush and More!

Roland Harvey

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is excellent value, containing as it does, complete but scaled-down versions of Harvey's best-selling holiday series. A family accompanies Uncle Kev to the beach, bush, city, farm, Top End, and all the way to W.A. Full of wonderfully detailed illustrations that keep youngsters absorbed for hours - the text is fun, but it is the humorous drawings depicting all sorts of extra stories that really appeal. There are also things to find and notice scattered throughout, adding an element of search and find to keep the reader occupied. Ages 5-8 ~ Lindy

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We did a squillion and seventy things on our SIX holidays all across Australia: sailing and surfing, caving and kayaking, camping under big skies, explorations underground, museums and markets, amazing adventures on our way to the very tip of the Top End and way out west, and finally a heap of fun helping Uncle Kev on his farm. So join us! Come along to everywhere we ever went, and see everything we ever saw! And enjoy all the madness and mayhem of our fabulous family holidays. 
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Ice Breaker: Hidden #1

Ice Breaker: Hidden #1

Lian Tanner

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Petrel lives between decks on an ancient Icebreaker, a ship that circumnavigates the southern polar regions, and has done for centuries. The crew are divided firmly into sections - Officer, Engineer, Cook - but Petrel belongs to none of the factions, and is disregarded or persecuted by them all. Her only friends are a pair of sleek, talking rats. One day a frozen boy is found on the ice, and when he is taken on board, he remembers nothing of how he got there - but is he telling the truth? Unbeknownst to the crew, he has been sent by their ancient enemies, the Anti-Machinists, with the goal to find something hidden away on their ship for generations. Petrel is drawn to help him before she discovers the truth - or is it before the boy discovers the truth? An exciting and absorbing novel with a very credible world, first in a new series. Ages 10-14 Lindy

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Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship's crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes, the Cooks, the Officers and the Engineers. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, whose parents committed such a terrible crime that they were thrown overboard, and their daughter ostracised. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the dark corners of the ship, trusting no one, speaking to no one except two large grey rats, Mister Smoke and Missus Slink. That is, until a boy is discovered, frozen on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. No one knows where he has come from, and when he recovers consciousness he claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don't trust strangers; they haven't seen one for three hundred years. But Petrel saves him and hides him away in the forgotten corners of the ship, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn't know is that for the last three hundred years, the ship has been guarding a secret. A secret that could change the world. A secret that the boy has been sent to destroy, along with the ship and everyone on it...
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Once Tashi Met a Dragon

Once Tashi Met a Dragon

Anna Fienberg ,  Barbara Fienberg ,  Kim Gamble

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tashi is a popular character in a range of little novels for newly confident readers, but this delightful picture book introduces him to slightly younger readers. Tashi has always heard tales about dragons, but no-one has ever met one. They bring the rains, and when one year the rains don't fall, Tashi sets out to discover why. A charming adventure to introduce one of the most enduring little characters of recent Australian children's books! Lindy

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No one had ever seen the dragon, but once a year it would send smoke and thunder down the mountain, and soon the rains would follow. Now the skies were always blue, the creeks were drying up and the people were hungry. What was happening up there? When Tashi reaches the dragon's golden palace, he meets an angry young dragon who is upset because his mother is under the spell of a demon sleep and he can't wake her up.
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Jump: Twinmaker #1

Jump: Twinmaker #1

Sean Williams

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The world has adapted to a form of instantaneous transport using d-mat booths. Some people refuse to use them, thinking that it is an abomination to be copied by a machine and reassembled, but mostly people don't think about the consequences. Clair and her best friend Libby are in to Lucky Jumping, where the coolest people assemble for spontaneous parties, and when they manage to find a great location, they become small celebrities in the circle of cognescenti. Unfortunately for Clair, she has fallen for Libby's boyfriend, and Libby has started to act strangely. When a secret code is offered that will help change your appearance as you use d-mat, Clair is repulsed, but Libby fascinated. What seems to be a simple thing turns out to be Clair's worst nightmare, and she finds herself on the run with a mob of Abstainers and with a mysterious on-line ally who isn't what they seem to be… A cracker of a novel, the first in a trilogy. 14+ ~ Lindy

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Clair lives in a world revolutionised by d-mat, a global teleport system that allows people to transport themselves instantaneously around the world. When a coded note promises improvement - the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful - Clair thinks it's too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try. What starts as Libby's dream turns into Clair's nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious online friend called Q, Clair's attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
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Little Mermaid Classic Edition

Little Mermaid Classic Edition

Hans Christian Andersen ,  Charles Santore

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Personally this has always been one of my favourite fairy tales, and this new edition is faithful to the original tale. It is beautifully illustrated by Charles Santore, an award-winning American illustrator, in a range of soft marine colours which perfectly complement the sad tale of the mermaid who gives up everything for love. It would be the ideal gift for any young girl who is ready for the real story, not the bawdlerised versions, or for the collector of classic children's literature. Lindy

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The beloved tale of The Little Mermaid is faithfully reproduced in this new edition of Hans Christian Anderson's classic. Original art by critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling illustrator Charles Santore is masterfully reproduced using the most advanced technology to bring these breathtaking illustrations to life like never before. The vivid colors and captivating spreads make this beautiful story one to be treasured in every home. The Little Mermaid is a timeless classic that has fascinated readers young and old for many generations. The adventures of the young mermaid princess splash life across the pages of a story full of belonging, hope, love and sacrifice. This new edition embodies beautiful original artwork by Charles Santore, masterfully reproduced with the latest technology available, containing vivid colors and captivating illustrations that make every page an unrivaled masterpiece. The sharp contrast of life under the sea and on the land is captured with these magnificent depictions of the story. In reviewing the original Santore artwork, the School Library Journal wrote, Through his clever use of contrasting palettes, the illustrations create two distinct worlds: the ethereal blues and greens of the Sea King's undersea realm, and the sun-drenched reds and golds of the prince's domain. Children and adults are sure to treasure this book and all it encompasses for many years to come.
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Tide

Tide

John Kinsella

$22.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The most beautiful short stories I’ve read this year! Kinsella is unparalleled at catching landscapes - the spaces of sea and land - but it is the psychological insights that make this so special. From young men making adult mistakes, children in the midst of nature, tired people trying and failing, or older ones understanding their lives, these stories tell more in their few pages than many novelists could ever hope to convey. Lindy
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Murder and Mendelssohn: Phryne Fisher #20

Murder and Mendelssohn: Phryne Fisher #20

Kerry Greenwood (Author)

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- It's almost unnecessary to review a new Phryne Fisher novel, as the fans will read it anyway! What's so enjoyable about this series, apart from the loving descriptions of beautiful frocks, delicious cocktails, and beautiful young men, is the sassy Phryne herself.

This (the 20th Phryne book) reveals some more of her past, particularly her involvement in the Great War - and her clandestine activities for the British secret service - nothing surprises when it comes to Miss Fisher! Of course, we start with a murder - an orchestral conductor found dead with a sheaf of Mendelssohn stuffed in his mouth. Jack Robinson has asked for her insights, and she is all too willing to help investigate. This involves her joining an amateur choral group, leads to her rekindling a love affair with an old paramour (who himself, is pining away for love of someone who takes him for granted - something Phryne will help rectify!) and generally finding herself up to her green eyes in trouble! As enjoyable a novel as all the rest have been! ~ Lindy

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To the accompaniment of heavenly choirs singing, the fearless Miss Phryne Fisher returns in her 20th adventure with musical score in hand. An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance to enter a world in which he is at sea. Hugh Tregennis, not much liked by anyone, has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking?

At the same time, the dark curls, disdainful air and the lavender eyes of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WW1, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm. Even with the faithful Dot, Mr and Mrs Butler, and all in her household ready to pull their weight, Phryne's task is complex. While Mendelssohn's Elijah, memories of the Great War, and the science of deduction ring in her head, Phryne's past must also play its part as MI6 become involved in the tangled web of murders.  

A vastly entertaining tale of murder, spies, mathematics and music.

Murder and Mendelssohn: Phryne Fisher #20 by Kerry Greenwood at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- My rep told me he had a book I'd really enjoy, but when I found out it was by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, I was very dubious to say the least. Still, I promised I'd have a look… and I was drawn in immediately! I admit to being prejudiced, and to being wrong!

Alma Whittacker is born in 1800, the only child to an Englishman and his Dutch wife, in Pennsylvania. Her father is basically illiterate, but by dint of cunning and hard work (and some illegality!), has made a fortune in plant collecting and pharmacy. Alma is encouraged to explore the estate and question everything from a very young age. She's homely, but effortlessly intelligent, and becomes a precocious naturalist. She takes care of her father's library and discovers certain things perhaps not intended for young, or female, eyes. When her parents adopt the beautiful daughter of a murdered prostitute, Alma's life becomes complicated with negative emotions, but botany and increasing participation in her father's business keep her busy.

Becoming intrigued and obsessed with mosses, Alma spends her adult years observing and thinking about the signature of all things - the underlying structures of life. A beautiful younger man with an unsurpassed talent for botanical illustration comes to her notice and they work well together, until the messy complications of love intrude…

I found this a clever and compelling story with many levels (all satisfying), well rounded and believable characters, and a brilliant recreation of the 19th century. Others I have persuaded to read it (despite their initial preconceptions!) have agreed with me - this is a great novel indeed! ~ Lindy

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5th January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Kew Gardens. Alma's mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, is conversant in five living languages (and two dead ones) and her knowledge of botany is equal to any man's.

An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it is not long before Alma comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma's careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing - a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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John Saturnall's Feast

John Saturnall's Feast

Lawrence Norfolk

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is my favourite historical novel of the year, along with Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies. It is 17th century England and John has the extraordinary ability to determine ingredients in any dish. When he and his mother, the village wise woman, are driven out by religious bigots, he gains refuge after her death in Buckland Manor. His talents see him rise from scullery boy to head cook, but he is driven by the need to fulfil his mother’s vision and create a Grand Feast, no matter how many years it takes… His recipes (for which Heston Blumenthal was consulted!) are interspersed throughout the book. A story of love and redemption, and a colourful recreation of the times, this is a fine feast for any reader of delicious prose! Lindy

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From the bestselling author of Lempriere's Dictionary, Lawrence Norfolk is back with an astounding novel of seventeeth-century life, love and war; the story of an orphan who becomes the greatest cook of his age. The village of Buckland, 1625. A boy and his mother run for their lives. Behind them a mob chants of witchcraft. Taking refuge among the trees of Buccla's Wood, the mother opens her book and tells her son of an ancient Feast kept in secret down the generations. But as exquisite dishes rise from the page, the ground beneath them freezes. That winter, the boy's mother dies. Taken to Buckland Manor, John is put to work in the house's vast subterranean kitchens where his talent raises him from the scullery to the great house above. A complex dish served to King Charles brings him before Lady Lucretia Fremantle, the headstrong daughter of the house. He must tempt her from her fast. But both encounters will imperil him. As the Civil War begins and the New Order's fanatical soldiers march, John and Lucretia are thrown together into a passionate struggle for survival. To keep all he holds most dear, John must realise his mother's vision. He must serve the Saturnall Feast.
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Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

Artemis Cooper

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Adventurer, war hero, polymath, Hellenophile – Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) is also celebrated as one of the finest travel writers of his generation. This wonderful biography is based on unrestricted access to his private papers and years of conversations with him. It is a lovingly crafted portrait of his life, from a young boy who didn’t quite fit in, through his reckless adolescence and wartime service, to his long life of travel, learning and friendship. Lindy

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Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary. Above all, he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe - A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world. Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Paddy and his closest friends, and had complete access to his archives. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts - no one wore their learning so playfully, nor inspired such passionate friendship.
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Every Breath

Every Breath

Ellie Marney

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rachel Watts is living in a tiny house in a Melbourne suburb, her parents and older brother working all the hours they can to keep a roof above their heads. None of them want to be there, but the banks foreclosed on the family property and they are reduced to near penury.

Rachel resents the loss of her wide-open country life, but there is one consolation - her friendship with charismatic neighbour and near-genius James Mycroft. He attends the same school (when he hasn't been suspended - a regular occurrence) and there are hints about a troubling past. His abiding passion is forensic science, and he runs a website dedicated to criminal forensics. When they find a friend of theirs, a homeless man, dead near Melbourne Zoo, they begin their own investigation. A page-turner for older teen readers! Lindy
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That is NOT a Good Idea!

That is NOT a Good Idea!

Mo Willems

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A fox and a goose meet and there is instant attraction. Dinner! thinks one of them. Fox asks goose to go for a stroll, and she accepts. That is NOT a good idea! says a little gosling. They stroll into the dark woods (NOT a good idea!) and visit his kitchen (really NOT a good idea) where dinner is eventually served… A very simple picture book with Willems' trademark cartoon-graphic illustrations, text presented like a silent movie to move the story along, and repetition which invites young readers' participation. Ages 4-6. ~ Lindy
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The Vanishing Moment

The Vanishing Moment

Margaret Wild

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The respected and award-winning picture book author has produced a fascinating and intriguing novel for older readers. Three people's lives are followed, in fragments. Bob has an awful stepfather who makes his life hell. The only bright spot is his little half-sister, who he loves with all his heart. Arrow is adrift, and has never felt comfortable since early adolescence, when a terrible tragedy split her life into 'before' and 'after'.

Marika can't stop weeping after her little brother is kidnapped in a public place when she was was in charge. Arrow and Marika's lives intersect in a small coastal town which has significance for both of them - and for the magician, Bob, who tells them both of his theory about multiple universes. And even though their present lives aren't what they want, what would Marika and Arrow lose if they could change their pasts? A very satisfying read! ~ Lindy
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The Dance Teacher

The Dance Teacher

Simon Milne ,  Chantal Stewart

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Isabelle wants to be a ballerina. Her teacher, Miss Sylvie, tells her dancing is hard work and practice is necessary, and asks whether she can work hard. So starts Isabelle's love affair with ballet. Her best friends start classes with her, until life gets in the way for the others, but Isabelle persists, until she realises her ambitions to be a ballerina. But one day she realises she wants something else… A sweet and charming picture book about the thrill of dance, and of working hard to achieve your dreams, and then the satisfaction of giving back. Expressive illustrations by Chantal Stewart. ~ Lindy
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The Sky So Heavy

The Sky So Heavy

Claire Zorn

$19.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Fin is your typical teenage boy, growing up in the lower Blue Mountains, getting through school, mucking around with his friends, trying to impress the girl of his dreams. But one day nuclear bombs are detonated in the northern hemisphere, and not only are whole countries obliterated, but the climate changes literally overnight. A bitterly cold winter has set in. With his mother in Sydney, his father gone off to appease his second wife the night before the bombs and not returned, and a younger brother to look after, Fin suddenly has to grow up. Supplies run out, water is contaminated, and society reverts to each for themselves.

A cracking, page-turning novel for readers 13 and up, in the style of John Marsden’s Tomorrow series. ~ Lindy

The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
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Stillways: A Memoir

Stillways: A Memoir

Steve Bisley

$27.99
From one of Australia's favourite actors comes a classic memoir of an Australian childhood in the sixties.

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The well-known and talented Australian actor can also write – beautifully! This is his memoir of childhood and school days, spent on the central coast. The 1950s and 60s are a foreign country now, but Bisley evokes the innocence and accepted violence of those days without sentiment.

The joys of the local show or Cracker Night, of catching a feed of prawns with his family, of mucking about with good mates, of being a young tearaway pushing the boundaries of allowable behaviour – all these and more are described in clean and unforced prose.

So too the darker moments of living with a father who had an unpredictable, violent and nasty streak, who thrashed his wife and children for perceived infractions.

There is no rancour in the retelling of these painful episodes, just a kind of mute acceptance; but they are more often hinted at than dwelt on. The book ends with Bisley being offered his first job after leaving school. I hope there will be a book of his further adventures, I enjoyed this one so much! ~ Lindy

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Peggy

Peggy

Anna Walker

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Peggy the chook has a nice quiet routine life. She's happy doing the same thing everyday (including watching the pigeons) so when a big gust of wind blows her away from her suburban street into the Big City, Peggy is quite confused. Still, she gets to experience all sorts of new things, and a lot of them are enjoyable; but she does want to go home. Eventually she does, with the help of the pigeons... A charming little tale, with softly expressive illustrations, which gently introduces the young reader to the joys of moving outside your comfort zone. Lindy
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All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays

Cristin Terrill

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Em is a prisoner in a tiny cell, interrogated regularly and often beaten by a cold unfeeling man. Her only comfort is hearing the voice of Finn, the boy in the cell next to hers. When she discovers a list in her handwriting in a secret place in the cell, one she has no knowledge of writing, there is an instruction she can't ignore, but doesn't want to act upon… Marina is a popular girl, rich and in love with the boy next door, James, who happens to be her closest friend and the genius son of a prominent political family. It looks like James is starting to consider Marina in a different light - if only he'd stop hanging around with his annoying friend, Finn. It doesn't take long for the reader to understand Em and Marina are the same person, separated by time, nor to understand that Em keeps travelling in time to stop something unspeakable happening. A strong punchy storyline, clever ideas and interesting characters make this an exciting and complex novel for older readers. ~ Lindy

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A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time - All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games. Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet. Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future...
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The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

Kirsty Murray

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- When Lucy's older sister is involved in an accident and her mother must fly to Paris to be with her, and her father cannot leave his job to care for her, Lucy is sent to the country house of her great aunt Big for summer. With no prospect of a family Christmas, no internet coverage and disliking her distant and gruff aunt, Lucy is not at all happy. But when the flowing mural in the dining room, which depicts the landscape outside in its four seasons, draws Lucy in the dark of night to look at it, she soon finds a portal into an earlier time. There she makes dear friends with a funny and brave young girl, and learns to draw upon her own strengths. A time-slip story for ages 11-14 ~ Lindy

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The room was full of moon shadows and dancing light. But it was the wall around the window that Lucy couldn't stop staring at, the one with the painting of Spring. It was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers that covered the fields were moving, as if a breeze had blown through the painting and set all the petals dancing. Lucy McKenzie can walk through walls. Sent to stay with her Aunt Big in a hidden valley, Lucy discovers the old house is full of mysteries. One hot night, she hears a voice calling from inside a painting on the dining-room wall...On the other side of the painting, Lucy meets three children. Together they race horses through the bush, battle fires and floods, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. But who are April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger, and what magic has drawn Lucy to them?
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Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door

Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door

Holly Webb

$12.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Emily doesn't look anything like the rest of her fair family and she hasn't discovered her particular talent like the rest of them either. Nor does her house behave like anyone else's house - sometimes it feels like the walls have moved and the staircase has more steps than it did the day before. Then one day Emily discovers why… With a pinch of magic, and a dash of adventure and mystery, this will be the first in a series from the bestselling author, and is pitched at readers 8-10. ~ Lindy

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A brand-new series from bestselling author Holly Webb. Be careful which door you open. Everyone thinks Emily's house is cool. It has so many different doors and everything is mismatched and sometimes it feels like maybe the walls have moved. But that would be silly. Of course they couldn't have...But little do people realize that behind some doors lie other worlds, full of magic and wonder. And Emily is soon going to discover this for herself...
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Silver Buttons

Silver Buttons

Bob Graham

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One ordinary Thursday morning, a young girl draws silver buttons on the boots of a duck. As she does so, her baby brother wobbles to his feet and takes his first step. Outside their door people pass by on their way to other places, busy with the day-to-day busy-ness of their lives. Things are bought, farewells said, babies born. Dogs scratch and birds fly past. As the illustrations draw back from that tiny moment of domesticity in a quiet suburban house, all the rest of the city is seen to be connected. With his trademark delicately portrayed illustrations in quiet tones, Bob Graham has once again given us a thoughtful and sensitive picturebook for all ages. ~ Lindy

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Bob Graham beautifully captures a world vision in one solitary moment. At 9.59 on Thursday morning, Jodie draws a duck. Just as she is about to add one final silver button to the duck's boots, her little brother takes his first step. At this exact same moment, a man buys bread, a soldier leaves home, a baby is being born...Here is a book, a story, a philosophy so simply told and yet - in true and inimitable Bob Graham style - so rich with emotion and meaning. It is in the smallest details that we sense the greatest significance and can see the big picture. From his glorious urban skyscapes to the tender portrayal of a falling feather or the tying of a shoelace or a dog's joy in scratching his back, Bob lets us in on a world view conveyed with humanity, compassion and affection. This is a book that is sure to connect quietly and powerfully with readers of all ages. The idea that we are all alone, and yet all as one in the world, is drawn with huge sensitivity and poetry. Bob Graham's books are multi-award winning and have sold over two million copies worldwide!
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Mr Wigg

Mr Wigg

Inga Simpson

$26.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This has been one of my favourites this year! A charming, delightful and tender book about connections: to family, the past, community, a way of life. Mr Wigg is getting on in years, and his son would like him to move from the family farm into a retirement home in the nearby country town. Mr Wigg is resisting the suggestion, as he knows it will be the death of him to leave behind the orchard and his sheds and all the things that retain importance after his wife's death. Over the course of summer 1971, Mr Wigg tends his fruit trees (which, in the way they rustle their leaves, convey a great deal of information!) makes his preserves, teaches his grandchildren how to bake, tells his stories, and embarks on a couple of different projects. This is a gentle, beautifully paced and subtle novel that left me beguiled and satisfied. It is the perfect anecdote to winter! Lindy

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It's the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he'll see her again. He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it's on, watching the cricket. It's a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat and hear his stories. And there's a special project he has to finish... Trouble is, it's a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he'll give it a go, as he always has.
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The Day The Crayons Quit

The Day The Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt ,  Oliver Jeffers

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Duncan comes home one day to find his crayons have written him letters. Red crayon is exhausted from being used on fire engines and Santa Claus and apples. Beige is feeling a unloved, because Light Brown gets all the gigs. Yellow and Orange are arguing as to who is the real colour of the sun. Purple wants to keep within the lines, and Pink is not an exclusive girl's colour. How is Duncan going to keep them all happy? Quite text heavy, so best for the youngster who can follow a longer narrative, but a lot of fun! Lindy

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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking - each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and  New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.

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Crinkly Book of Aussie Animals: From the Outback

Crinkly Book of Aussie Animals: From the Outback

Jill Brailsford

$13.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There are four in the series: From the Bush, From the Nest, From the Ocean, From the Outback. Cloth books with a crinkly element, with black silhouettes on white backgrounds, two words to a page ('wren twitters' or 'dolphin leaps' or 'gecko climbs') these are simple but effective first books for baby. I rather like the use of less obvious animals as well (dugongs and brolgas and bilbies as well as the usual suspects!) and these are perfect gifts for the littlest member of your reading family! Lindy

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Mo Willems

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Once upon a time there were three dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur Mama Dinosaur and some other dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. So starts this witty retelling of the classic nursery tale. The dinosaurs just happen to leave three bowls of chocolate pudding and it isn't a trap for an unsuspecting succulent child, oh no, not at all! And sure enough, 'a poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks came traipsing along' and the fun continues. The illustrations are flat and with few distractions (but some in-jokes - there is a picture of Pigeon on the hall table) and the text is good-humoured and slightly irreverent (as are the end papers…) The sort of book pre-schoolers AND their parents will enjoy! Lindy

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This is a hugely entertaining and riotous re-telling of a classic fairytale from one of the most original and funny voices in children's books today. Have you ever heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs? Yes, you heard right - Dinosaurs. Once upon a time, there were three hungry dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and...a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. Of course. One day, purely on a whim, they decided to tidy up their house nice and neat, make their beds up all cosy and comfortable, prepare delicious hot chocolate pudding of varying temperatures, place their chairs just so, and go...Someplace else. Let's be clear, they were definitely not setting up a trap for some succulent, poorly supervised little girl called Goldilocks who may wander by...ahem. It features a new take on an age-old classic that will ensure lots of giggles and lots of re-readings - a perfect go-to bedtime story.
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The Apprentices

The Apprentices

Maile Meloy

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I absolutely adored the first book from this author (The Apothecary) and this sequel continues the adventures of Janie and Benjamin. Janie has lost some of her memories of their previous escapades, but they slowly come back to her. She's back in America, at boarding school. Benjamin and his father have taken the precious Pharmacopoeia with them to Vietnam where they are hunting a rare plant, but inbetween hunting for a rare medicinal plant, Benjamin has been experimenting with an elixir which allows him to connect with Janie - and he realises she is in dreadful danger. Fast paced, but with the elements of thoughtfulness which marked the first book, this is an imaginative and enjoyable novel. Ages 13+ Lindy

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The enthralling sequel to The Apothecary, Maile Meloy's first book for young readers. Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's son who stole her heart. She's thrown herself into an ambitious chemistry project and, when it vanishes, she suspects the rich and powerful Magnusson of stealing it. And she knows she needs help to fight him. On the other side of the world, Benjamin and the apothecary have been working in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam, using their elixirs to help the sick and wounded. But Benjamin has also been experimenting with a new formula that allows him to see into Janie's world. The friends are thrown into a whirlwind chase around the Pacific Ocean, trying to find each other and the truth behind what threatens them. The Apprentices is a magical blend of fantasy and reality that sparkles with life and adventure-a delightful sequel to the much-loved The Apothecary.
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The Hive

The Hive

Gill Hornby

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In a small English town, the mothers gather at the school gates to collect their children. St Ambrose Primary School is a 'good' school and for the mothers, represents not just the place for their kids to get educated but also an achievement that reflects on their social status. And standing in the centre of it all, is Beatrice, who is the undisputed arbiter of taste and the mother everyone wants to be friends with. Rachel was Beatrice's best friend, but since Rachel's husband deserted her, she has been relegated to the outer, where she watches miserably. Other women have stepped into the breach, delighted to follow orders and believe in Bea's superiority… but then a new mother appears, one who takes no notice of Bea's directives, one who is more than capable of holding her own on the issues of fundraising and social initiatives. I did laugh in places, but by the end of the novel, I couldn’t decide if the author held all women in contempt, or just mothers. Lindy

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Welcome to St Ambrose Primary School. A world of friendships, fights and feuding. And that's just the mothers. It's the start of another school year at St Ambrose. But while the children are in the classroom colouring in, their mothers are learning sharper lessons on the other side of the school gates. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power...and how to get invited to lunch. Beatrice - undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fund-raising, this year, last year and, surely, for many years to come. Heather - desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate just to belong. Georgie - desperate for a fag. And Rachel - watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one. The Hive is an irresistible, brilliantly observed novel - warm, witty and true. Wickedly funny, it is also a fascinating and subtle story about group politics and female friendship.  From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder, to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the dos and don'ts of dressing your child as a dalek, all human life is here.
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The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club

Lily Koppel

$32.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE JUNE 2013 ----- When the men were chosen who would be the proud and patriotic space pilots proving the superiority of American technology against that of the Soviets, they became instant popular heroes. To that end, their wives were also thrust into the limelight, and were expected to support their husbands, be role models for American femininity and fulfill NASA's demands for perfection. In the pre-feminist times of the 1950s and 60s, these women could rely only on each other for support. This isn't an analytical gender study of the astronauts' wives, but a readable, almost gossipy book about how a bunch of service spouses became Cold War icons for the Space Race. Lindy

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As American astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from shy military spouses to American royalty: having tea with Jackie Kennedy, attending high society galas, and being featured on the cover of Life magazine. They quickly grew into fashion icons, donning sherbet-swirled Pucci dresses and lacquering their hair into extravagant rocket styles (to match their husbands' spaceships). Annie Glenn was the envy of the other wives, with her many magazine features; platinum-blonde bombshell Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favourite; homely Betty Grissom worried her husband was having affairs; Louise Shepard just wanted to be left alone to her card games; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a dirty secret. Together they rallied to form the Astronaut Wives Club, which has now turned into over 40 years of enduring friendship. Sexy and sophisticated, rich in melodrama, and set against the uniquely atmospheric backdrop of the Space Age, this tells the real story behind some of the biggest heroes in American history, chronicling their romantic, domestic, and public dramas during the Mad Men era.
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Flight Behaviour

Flight Behaviour

Barbara Kingsolver

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Dellarobia is a young mother so discontented with her poverty-stricken life on a failing farm in the Appalachian Mountains that she impulsively decides to have an affair. On her way to consummate it, she stumbles across something so impossible as to be a miracle. But is it? Or is it a sign of something more disturbing – a freak of nature that indicates how far out of whack the world really is? With the Christians of her community celebrating it as one, and visiting researchers treating it as the other, Dellarobia finds her life totally transformed. Thoughtful, powerful and quietly compulsive reading – highly recommended. Lindy

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Discontented  with her life of poverty on a failing farm in the Eastern United States, Dellarobia, a young mother, impulsively seeks out an affair. Instead, on the Appalachian mountains above her home, she discovers  something much more profoundly life-changing - a beautiful and terrible  marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a  seeming miracle, can the old certainties they have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical and deeply  human story touching on class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara  Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live  by, and the complexities that lie behind them.
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Verity Sparks, Lost and Found

Verity Sparks, Lost and Found

Susan Green

$17.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Verity, who we first met in the award winning The Truth About Verity Sparks, has been reunited with her father, and is living in St Kilda. It is 1879 and her Papa is very eager for 14yo Verity to be accepted into society, and thinks the best way for that to happen is that she attends Hightop House Academy for Young Ladies. While Verity has found a loving father who can provide for her, she has lost the thing that made her special – her gift for finding lost objects by merely thinking of them. When she learns about a missing heiress, Verity becomes fascinated by the case, but danger lurks as she becomes involved in the investigation. It isn’t necessary to have read the first book to read this one, but it will delight those young readers who enjoyed the first adventure of this plucky girl. ~ Lindy
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It Wasn't Me

It Wasn't Me

Oliver Jeffers

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I think any parent who has had to stop an argument between siblings will find this picture book wryly amusing! The Hueys (who starred in The New Jumper last year) almost always get along, but just sometimes they don’t. When Gillespie comes across some of his colleagues in loud disagreement, he tries to solve their argument – easier said than done. Of course, there is always one guaranteed way to break up a fight… Jeffers’ trademark drawings are deceptively simple but highly expressive, and this will delight the myriad of fans, young and old. ~ Lindy
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Truly Tan: Jinxed!

Truly Tan: Jinxed!

Jen Storer

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tan, the sassy young girl who is very good at spying and solving mysteries, has found another puzzle to solve. Her Dad has bought a tram called Miss Havisham, and put it in the backyard with a big sign warning all stickybeaks to stay away. Tan is convinced the tram is haunted, and then when strange things start happening she is told it is jinxed! Using all her special skills as a spy and detective, and with the help of her best friend Gloria, an amulet, her collection of special pens and occasionally, one of her sisters, Tan sets out to lift the curse. A lot of fun, great for girl readers 8-11. ~ Lindy
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Bad Dog Flash

Bad Dog Flash

Ruth Paul

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Flash is full of life, and unwittingly, mischief – very typical for a young puppy! Cats, sticks, bones, shoes, washing on the line: there are lots of temptations even when you don’t mean to be naughty! Gently rendered illustrations and text that incorporates simple concepts and is delightfully playful to read out loud, this would be a fine book to share with the pre-schooler in your life. ~ Lindy
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A World of Other People

A World of Other People

Steven Carroll

$24.99
ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2013 ----- Set mostly in 1941 in London, the main character is Iris - young and impetuously embracing life, as all her cohort are, in the face of threat and constant reminders of death, defying the thin-lipped 'others' who would condemn their behaviour. She has half-heartedly promised to marry an old friend, who is stationed somewhere overseas, and while she is very fond of him, is it love? She volunteers for fire-watching duties with someone she knows through her church – the poet T S Eliot – at his workplace, dreaming of the time her writing is submitted for publication. Together they witness something that seems like a dream, a bomber with a dove painted on its fuselage. Some time later, Iris meets an Australian airman, Jim, and in a short time comes to understand what love should be; but war and its effects will not be denied. After reading this, I had to reacquaint myself with Little Gidding which has a pivotal part in the plot. The style is slightly hectic when told through Iris' voice, but it works very well to convey the feeling of life rushing and threatened. Highly recommended - but I would also say, ignore the cover which has nothing to do with the story! Lindy

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Set in 1941 during the Blitz, the novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright Englishwoman finding her voice as a writer. The young couple, haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, struggles to build a future free of society's thin-lipped disapproval. The poet T S Eliot, with whom Iris shares firewatching duties, unwittingly seals their fate with his poem Little Gidding, one of the famous Four Quartets.

Steven Carroll is always interesting to listen to when he talks about his books. The same thoughtful, mesmeric quality that comes through in his writing, is also there in his speech. He spoke with Michael Cathcart in this ABC Books & Arts Daily interview about A World of Other People, and mentions that his character Iris was inspired by Iris Murdoch, as he had been reading Peter Conradi's biography, Iris Murdoch: a Life: The Authorized Biography. He also mentions the biography, The Imperfect Life of T S Eliot by Lyndall Gordon.
 
An Abbey's Great Reading Trail

A World of Other People by Steven Carroll Four Quartets by T S Eliot Iris Murdoch: a Life: The Authorized Biography by Peter J Conradi The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot by Lyndall Gordon
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Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists

Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists

Penny Olsen

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Von Mueller was the powerhouse of 19th century botany in Australia, well-connected (and sometimes well-disliked!) full of energy and passion for the wonders of the new continent. But one of his greatest talents was in encouraging others, and in the 1870s he began to advertise for lady plant collectors and illustrators. With his assistance, some of our finest botanical illustrators began, or furthered, their art at a time when women typically had no formal recourse to science. With profiles of 14 of these women, and plentifully illustrated, this is a marvelous book for anyone interested in history, science or art. One of the series of books published by the National Library, drawing on its extensive collections. Lindy

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Around 1870, Ferdinand von Mueller, the greatest Australian botanist of the nineteenth century, began to advertise in several newspapers across Australia for lady plant collectors. This was at a time when women typically had little recourse to science, or contact with men outside their circle of friends, making Mueller's network of ladies quite extraordinary. Collecting Ladies profiles 14 of Mueller's coterie of women collectors. Included are Fanny Charsley, Louisa Atkinson, Annie Walker and Ellis Rowan for whom Mueller made time to assist in pursuit of their own passions. He identified the plants they painted and provided letters of introduction to publishers and scientists. Together, these ladies produced some of the most beautiful books and botanical art to come out of Australia in the nineteenth century, covering all the Australian colonies.
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The Secret Lives Of Men

The Secret Lives Of Men

Georgia Blain

$27.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This collection of short stories examines the small moments of life that have a greater impact than first suspected. A couple take their daughter on a play date none of them wants to go to, with consequences beyond anticipation. A woman discovers something almost redemptive about the man who dreadfully scarred her, physically and emotionally. A man is faced with a morally difficult decision - to keep the new love he’s finally found, or destroy the one that’s kept him attached to life. Written in Blain’s trademark cool, almost detached, certainly non-judgmental style, this may not appeal to everyone, but the connoisseurs of restrained, observant and precise prose will appreciate these stories. Lindy
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Evan'S Gallipoli

Evan'S Gallipoli

Kerry Greenwood

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Evan has been accompanying his father on his country business trips since he was young. Mr Warrender is rich enough not to have to travel, but since his wife died, he prefers to escape their fine home, peddling both his natural remedies and his faith. When he reads about the unfolding events in Gallipoli, he hatches a desire to go there and assist, taking Evan with him. Once there, Evan has to find great reserves of strength to deal with what is happening, and even more so when his father decided to parley with the Turks. Caught behind enemy lines, Evan must disguise and shepherd his increasingly erratic father back to safety on a route through Turkey and Greece, keeping more than one secret safe... Full of fine historical detail, and believable characterisations, this is pitched at teen readers, but will be enjoyed by the legion of Greenwood fans of all ages. Lindy

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The gripping story of an incredible journey behind enemy lines - told in diary form. Fourteen-year-old Evan Warrender travels with his father to the Dardenelles, where they intend to provide succour to the Allied soldiers. When they are captured by the Turks, they are launched into an epic journey, living on their wits and the kindness of strangers as they escape and travel through Turkey, back to Greece and finally home to Australia. Along the way they meet unlikely friends and companions, some of whom have deep secrets. And when Evan's own secret is revealed, we realise just how incredible the journey has truly been. Evan's fascinating survival story takes readers beyond the frontline and creates an all-encompassing account of this significant time in Australian military history. Impeccably researched, this is an eye-opening adventure story that cleverly explores both sides of the war.
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My Brother Jack

My Brother Jack

George Johnston

$14.99
The Miles Franklin award-winning classic. 'One of the greatest books written this century' - The Illustrated London News 'the thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.' David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war.

Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. David Meredith's story continues in the sequels Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay.

'Enthralling ... entertaining ... vividly original - the Age
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Life in Outer Space

Life in Outer Space

Melissa Keil

$18.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This delightful young adult novel was laugh-out-loud funny in places. Sam is pretty sure life improves if you just survive high school. He’s not a bad student, and he actually enjoys learning, but he’s also a magnet for all the alpha-jerks to target. His best friends are Mike, who is a karate champion, gay, and non-expressive; Adrian, somewhat defeated by hormones and with a more-than-passing resemblance to a troll, but kind, loyal and generous; and Allison, painfully shy. They all have computer games and the love of genre movies in common, and that’s enough for Sam. So when the sparky new girl Camilla turns up and works her way into their tight little group, Sam is both confused and attracted. A wonderfully entertaining read, set in Melbourne. Lindy

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Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he's totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft u and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won't. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She's beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own u and he seems to be a part of it! Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he's been watching the wrong ones. Life in Outer Space is Melissa Keil's brilliantly sweet and funny YA debut. It's also the first book to be signed up through the Ampersand Project, Hardie Grant Egmont's initiative for emerging YA writers.
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The Town that Drowned

The Town that Drowned

Riel Nason

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ruby Carson lives with her family in a small idyllic Canadian town. Her mother is a renowned artist, her father is a pillar of the community, and her younger brother Percy - well he’s the strange boy at school, with a formidable intelligence, formal way of expressing himself and habits he can’t bear to be altered in any way. When she slips at an ice-skating party and hits her head, she has a vision of the town under water, and a clear memory of seeing four other people float by. Unfortunately, this makes her a target for her schoolmates, and her days at school are made most unpleasant – but even more so when news filters through that a large dam will be constructed and the town will be flooded. It triggers a series of happenings and reactions that no-one could foresee, particularly for the people in Ruby’s vision… A finely written novel of adolescence and wider change. Lindy

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Living with a weird brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast. What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town - buildings and people - floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haverton soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat. Set in the 1960s, this evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home.
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Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- An 11yo only child is told just before Christmas 1997, that his parents are separating. He asks the sky to help, and whether it is an answer or not, storms drop an enormous amount of snow on Montreal. This has the effect of his immediate neighbours all having to help each other: the exotic dancer helps the Russian mathematician keep his fish warm so as not to lose the data he is collating on randomness; the gay couple who are pretending to the world that they aren’t, take in the angry bigot and his neglected son – but will all this goodwill help the young boy bring his parents back together? This has been an international bestseller and is a lovely quirky read; I very much enjoyed it! Lindy

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When his parents split up, and his dad leaves home, a ten-year-old boy begs the sky to help him. The next day an ice storm covers his city. When the power goes out and the temperature drops, people must turn to each other to survive. But for one neighbourhood the catastrophe brings surprising new beginnings. Julie, the dancer who lives across the street, helps Boris, an eccentric Russian mathematician, save his fish from the cold weather. And the urbane Michel and Simon open their door to Alexis, their embittered neighbour, and his son. But will the ice storm bring the boy's parents back together? Hilarious and heartwarming, Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather reminds us that happy endings might still be possible.
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Dance of Shadows

Dance of Shadows

Yelena Black

$15.99
Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly - and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school - the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances - she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead - and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .
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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I don’t normally bother reading award winners after they’ve been honoured, but I do make an exception for Newbery winners. I will also admit to bias when it came to Katherine Applegate, because she and her husband were responsible for the Animorph series ages ago. So it was with some interest, and a little trepidation, that I read The One and Only Ivan and I have to admit that I should not have let my prejudices get in the way of this lovely book! Ivan is a silverback gorilla, who has lived in his domain for 9855 days. By any other name, his domain is a cage, in a struggling and under-resourced shopping mall circus. His best friends are Bob the dog of unknown heritage, and Stella the elephant. When a new elephant, a baby, joins the menagerie, Ivan makes a promise to keep her safe – something that increasingly looks impossible… Told in Ivan’s calm voice, in small and thoughtful chapters, this is a charming and heart-warming story of friendship and freedom. Ages 10 and up. Lindy

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Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo. Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall. He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both. Told from Ivan's perspective this is a stand-out novel with a pertinent message for readers of 9+.
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Lost Voices

Lost Voices

Christopher Koch

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This richly rewarding novel is set in Hobart in the 1950s and the 1850s. Hugh Dixon has approached an estranged uncle, Walter, to avert his father’s disgrace. Impressed by Hugh, Walter encourages him in his desire to be an artist, and instructs him in the family history. Walter's father Martin participated in a notorious bushranger's Utopian settlement. Parallels exist: history repeats. This is a multi-layered book with a slowly unfolding, beautifully textured, style. It will be on all the literary award lists – read it before it wins! Lindy

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Twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Christopher Koch returns with a remarkable novel of gripping narrative power. Young Hugh Dixon believes he can save his father from ruin if he asks his estranged great-uncle Walter - a wealthy lawyer who lives alone in a Tasmanian farmhouse passed down through the family - for help. As he is drawn into Walter's rarefied world, Hugh discovers that both his uncle and the farmhouse are linked to a notorious episode in the mid-19th century. Walter's father, Martin, was living in the house when it was raided by members of an outlaw community run by Lucas Wilson, a charismatic ex-soldier attempting to build a utopia. But like later societies with communitarian ideals, Nowhere Valley was controlled by the gun, with Wilson as benevolent dictator. 20-year-old Martin's sojourn in the Valley as Wilson's disciple has become an obsession with Walter Dixon: one which haunts his present and keeps the past tantalisingly close. As Walter encourages Hugh's ambition to become an artist, and again comes to his aid when one of Hugh's friends is charged with murder, the way life's patterns repeat themselves from one generation to another becomes eerily apparent. Dramatic, insightful and evocative, this is an intriguing double narrative that confirms Koch as one of our most significant and compelling novelists.
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Nell's Festival of Crisp Winter Glories

Nell's Festival of Crisp Winter Glories

Glenda Millard ,  Stephen Michael King

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  The last in the Kingdom of Silk series, and as tender and sweet as all the others. Lindy

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Two of Perry Angel's favourite people are Grandma Nell and his good friend Jenkins. One night, while listening to Nell play the beautiful Tennessee Waltz, Perry thinks of the perfect way to bring his two favourite people together: he wants to put on a dance - a proper one with petticoats and posies and a real band. Perry shares his idea with his sisters, and before long the dance turns into a wonderful winter festival.

But when something happens to Nell, will Perry's wish come true? Glenda Millard has won many prestigious awards for her Kingdom of Silk series, including CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers for Perry Angel's Suitcase, and the Queensland Premier's Children's Book Award for Layla, Queen of Hearts. Now this stunning series about the very 'uncommon' Silk family has its glorious finale in Nell's Festival of Crisp Winter Glories.
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Lily: Lily and the Traitors' Spell: Book 4

Lily: Lily and the Traitors' Spell: Book 4

Holly Webb

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -----  Because this brought the series to an end, and I loved the magical world she created. Lindy

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Having rescued their father from a terrible prison, Lily and Georgie now find themselves in greater trouble than ever. Their evil mother has filled Georgie with wicked spells and means to use her as an unwilling weapon to execute a deadly plot against the Royal Family.

Lily must join forces with her father and friends to overcome evil. But faced with such powerful dark magicians, can they really hope to succeed? The conclusion to the richly magical Lily sequence.
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The Girl from Snowy River

The Girl from Snowy River

Jackie French

$19.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set in a community devastated by the influenza epidemic and the losses of WWI. Flinty McAlpine disguises herself as a boy to earn money on the brumby muster headed by Clancy of the Overflow. Seeing a colt’s potential, she buys him; it will be the catalyst for her future as well. A stirring historical novel from one of our best writers for young readers. Lindy 

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Flinty McAlpine is 16 and, while WW1 ended almost a year ago, it still resonates for Flinty and her family, who lost so much. Years of war and drought have left the district in chaos and local families are doing their best to rebuild lives and land. With both parents dead, Flinty is bringing up her younger siblings, as her brother Andy has 'gone with cattle' to Queensland. Money is tight, but as the best rider in the family, Flinty seizes the opportunity to make a quick 100 quid. Disguised as a boy, she talks her way into a brumby muster headed up by the legendary Clancy of the Overflow. Among the herd there is an unbroken colt that Flinty buys as she can see his enormous potential. But for a young girl, there is still so much of life to be lived and while she has hints of her future, she never imagines what life can really hold for her. The second title in The Matilda Saga, this book is a love song to the beautiful Snowy Mountains and a tribute to Australia's poets, who immortalised so much of our land.
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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Jamila Gavin

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There’s a great exhibition at the Australian Museum in November (2012) on Alexander the Great and this is the perfect book to accompany it! It tells of Alexander’s exciting life and achievements, and interleaves the biographical and historical details with myths and legends that resonated for Alexander himself. It also relates stories that sprang up in his wake as he conquered a fair chunk of his world. A bold and stirring story, enhanced by decorated pages and energetic illustrations. Lindy 

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Who was Alexander? Myth or man? God or devil? He claimed to be the son of Zeus, and even in his own lifetime wild legends sprang up about him. Above all, he was a hero - brave, wily, handsome and inspiring. This richly illustrated biography skilfully interweaves accounts of his battle campaigns with legends from each newly conquered country. From Greece and Egypt to Persia and India, the stories of the great mythical heroes of Achilles, Gilgamesh and more provide revealing echoes to Alexander's own charmed life.
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Latin for Gardeners

Latin for Gardeners

Lorraine Harrison

$35.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is both a beautiful book, and a useful one, and both the gardener and the Latin scholar will enjoy it. Arranged alphabetically, each entry notes masculine (and where applicable, feminine and neutral) versions, pronunciation guide, meaning and example. There are plenty of colourful historic botanical illustrations, ‘Latin in action’ breakout boxes, plant profiles and themes, and stories of plant hunters. A splendid gift! Lindy

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This is an informative, entertaining and beautifully illustrated unravelling of the mysteries of botanical Latin. Over 3,000 Latin names are listed alphabetically, showing how botanical Latin can reveal where a plant originally comes from (and thus its preferred growing conditions), along with such properties as its shape, form, colour, taste and smell. Each name is clearly defined and accompanied by a pronunciation guide, and the pages are filled with attractive botanical illustrations. Fascinating feature spreads retell the adventures of important plant hunters such as Sir Joseph Banks and Alexander von Humboldt, explaining how their discoveries affect the way our gardens look today. Individual plants are also profiled throughout, showing how their names can illuminate their hidden histories. Aided by this book, every gardener, and their garden, will benefit from uncovering the wealth of information that lies within the remarkable world of Latin binomials.
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Silver Brumby Centenary Edition

Silver Brumby Centenary Edition

Elyne Mitchell

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I adored the Silver Brumby books as a youngster and this very fine edition contains the original four stories (Silver Brumby / Silver Brumby’s Daughter / Silver Brumbies of the South / Silver Brumby Kingdom), as well as a biography of the author, who was born in 1913. Set in the Australian Alps, they concern Thowra, the magnificent stallion, and his struggles to remain free and wild. Full of glorious descriptions of the country and its animals, with a strong environmental message, these are timeless tales. Lindy

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To many people the name Elyne Mitchell is synonymous with The Silver Brumby, the timeless classic that has captivated the hearts and imaginations of young readers since it was first published in 1958.  This special edition has been published to commemorate the centenary of Elyne Mitchell's birth and contains The Silver Brumby and three other favourite Brumby books, Silver Brumby's Daughter, Silver Brumbies of the South and Silver Brumby Kingdom. These much-loved classics tell the story of Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, king of the brumbies. Whether you are enjoying the Silver Brumby series for the first time or rediscovering it after many years, this is a book to be treasured.  Also included in this beautiful edition is a specially commissioned biography of Elyne Mitchell, who was born in 1913 and went on to become one of Australia's most successful and popular authors. The biography also contains photographs that depict Elyne in many other areas of her long and distinguished life, including that of daughter, wife, mother, sportswoman, horsewoman, farmer and environmentalist.

A biography, Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers by Honor Auchinleck is also available.
 
See also On the Trail of the Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell, the best of her non-fiction writing about her beloved high country.
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Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back

John Corey Whaley

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK -------- This book has won its debut author a number of awards in America, and it is a worthy winner. Cullen Witter is in his final year of high school. His small hometown Lily, Arkansas, is dull and ordinary and like many a teenager he wants more. While he's academically gifted, his younger brother Gabriel is not only intelligent, but open-hearted, content  and believes nothing evil about others. Which makes his sudden disappeareance all the more inexplicable. As the Witter family deals with the uncertainty of his fate, the town fills up with birdwatchers chasing the sighting of the Lazarus Woodpecker, a bird thought extinct for decades. Weaving in and out of this storyline is the search of a young college student for the destiny of humankind, an obsession that grows out of an apocryphal book of the Ethiopan Orthodox bible. This is a great read, the characters and their struggles are both real and believable, and the clever narrative line keeps the reader intrigued. One of those young adult novels with wider appeal. Lindy
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Puzzles and Words

Puzzles and Words

David Astle

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The devilish ‘DA’ (no, I can’t always get the Friday crossword out!) presents more than 170 original brain teasers (torments?) and 200 word stories. A fiendish mixture of quirky dictionary and puzzle book, with anagrams, riddles, rhymes and challenges, this will keep any word nerd or frazzled puzzler occupied for hours (or in my case, days…) Lindy

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Word nerds and puzzle nuts welcome - this is a book to keep your mind tickled. With over 170 original brain teasers and 200 word stories, this has something for all ages. From agenda to zumba, this collection tells you how words came to be. Puzzles such as anagram challenges, riddles, rhymes and brain teasers will keep you amused for hours. A quirky dictionary and puzzle book in one pocket-sized volume.
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Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers

Topsy-Turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers

Kirsty Murray

$29.99  $15.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The first Europeans in Australia were mightily puzzled by the weird animals they found here: the water creature with a duck’s bill at one end and a beaver’s tail at the other; the greyhound hopping on its back legs; the bird that brayed like a donkey. Trying to make sense of such oddities by comparing them to more familiar animals led to any number of misunderstandings! This colourful and lively book presents 15 animals and is full of fascinating stories and facts. Perfect for the young naturalist in your life! Lindy 

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To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a ducks bill at one end and a beavers tail at the other. The Europeans had never seen anything like these animals before and gave them names similar to those of the European creatures they already knew. They drew and painted odd pictures of them, showing they did not understand the animals habits. In one illustration, a wombat is standing on its back legs and in another a Tasmanian tiger is wrestling with a platypus of the same size.
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100 Stories From the Australian National Maritime Museum

100 Stories From the Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

$39.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- There are thousands of stories contained within our National Maritime Museum and many of the best are included in this superb book. Divided into sections such as First Mariners, Explorers & Settlers, Migrants & Refugees, Sail & Steam, Sport & Play, each chapter presents various objects and their attached history. Clean, crisp layout, full-colour photos and fascinating information makes this a special gift for anyone interested in our history, maritime or not! Lindy

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From a small silver medallion beautifully engraved by a First Fleet convict to the 119-metre Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, in 20 years the Australian National Maritime Museum has built an incredibly diverse collection of more than 130,000 items. Here the museum's curators reveal the fascinating stories behind many amazing objects, including the kit of a 19th-century ship's surgeon, the fastest vessel in the world (Spirit of Australia), a boat made from 2,000 beer cans, the remarkable Saltwater Collection of bark paintings from Arnhem Land, and surfboards inspired by the Bra Boys and the 2005 Cronulla race riots. The objects tell of unforgettable people, both famous and lesser known, whose lives were shaped by the sea. Their stories are part of our history and live on in our culture today.
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When God Was a Rabbit

When God Was a Rabbit

Sarah Winman

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of the very best contemporary novels you'll read. A wonderful novel about what constitutes family - love - friendship. Often funny, sometimes deeply sad but always beautifully done. Lindy

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This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms. In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence-a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11,  When God Was a Rabbit  follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity,  When God Was a Rabbit  is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love. Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too,  When God Was a Rabbit  heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.
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Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Eleanor Hogan

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- I'm a real fan of this series of 'City' books, all of which so far have been about our capital cities. This new title is a welcome addition! As with the others, it is written by someone who has lived and worked there for many years, and it is organised as an unfolding of a year. The author has a background in Indigenous policy and research, and has insights into that fraught area, without condescension or naïve enthusiasm. Her matter-of-fact,  clear-eyed relation of some of the problems faced by the Indigenous population is careful, and caring; but this is not a book concerned wholly with those difficulties. It is also a finely written book that celebrates the landscapes and the natural beauties of the area, considers the non-Indigenous cultures of the town, and is an affectionate tribute to a place that gets under your skin. Highly recommended. Lindy
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Truly Tan

Truly Tan

Jen Storer ,  Claire Robertson

$16.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tan is a Great Detective and she’s not convinced about her family’s relocation to the country. Starting a new school and making friends isn’t easy. But then she and her sisters discover the neighbouring kids have a fabulous cubby house, and when a photograph of it reveals a ghostly figure and strange things start happening, Tan knows her detecting skills will come in handy! A really delightful story with a sassy, good-hearted character. Highly recommended for ages 8-11. Lindy 

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The funniest series for girls since Clarice Bean! Meet Tan. She's funny. She's lively. She has the mind of a Great Detective... Dear Diary, it's official. Our entire family has moved to the country. The pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless - although that's normal. What is not normal is a cursed fox and a haunted house. That is definitely UNNORMAL. At least the country people now have an expert in their midst. Someone with a cool head and a sharp eye. Someone who can solve intriguing mysteries and knows how to keep detailed Spy Files. Really, it's lucky I came along when I did. Truly, Tan. Ages 8+
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These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

These Wonderful Rumours!: A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945

May Smith ,  Juliet Gardiner

$29.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- May Smith was a schoolteacher in Derby during WWII. Her diaries record life on the home front; and while the war is mentioned, and her horror at it all, mostly she writes about day-to-day life. Going to the flicks, the difficulties of dressing nicely, reading books, family doings, the chores of teaching, balancing two beaus: all describe her determination not to let war totally blight all pleasure and joy. Sometimes droll, sometimes acerbic, her voice is clear and strong. A charming book that will appeal to anyone who loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Lindy

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"Auntie F. came in announcing dramatically that Hitler is coming tomorrow, at which my father remarked that he would, now that he's just finished papering upstairs." This is the diary of May Smith, a primary school teacher in a small village in Derbyshire during the Second World War. May is as preoccupied with finding a boyfriend and spending her wages on dresses as she is by the blitz and the refugee children arriving in her school. Written with wit and style, this is a charming and light-hearted insight into life during the war.
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Vanished Years

Vanished Years

Rupert Everett

$32.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- With a wry and self-deprecating eye to his own faults and failings, Everett takes the reader for a tour through some of the chapters of his life. As he showed in Red Carpets and Banana Skins, he is as gifted and entertaining a writer as he is an actor, and a charming, if somewhat louche, narrator who is able to observe his skewed world with warmth and wicked wit. Lindy

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Rupert Everett's first memoir - Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins - was an international bestseller and an instant classic on publication in 2006. Reviewers compared him to Evelyn Waugh, David Niven, Noel Coward and Lord Byron. But Rupert Everett is - of course - one of a kind. Mischievous, touching and nothing less than brilliant, this new memoir is filled with brand-new stories, from childhood to the present. Astonishing encounters; tragedy and comedy; vivid portraits of friends and rivals; razor-sharp observations of the celebrity circus from LA to London and beyond...there is something extraordinary on every page. A pilgrimage to Lourdes with his father is both hilarious and moving. A misguided step into reality TV goes horribly wrong. From New York to Moscow to Berlin to Phnom Penh, Vanished Years takes the reader on a wild and wonderful new journey with a charming (and rather disreputable) companion.
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Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare

Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare

Dan Snow

$35.00
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This lavishly illustrated book explores the rise and fall of the medieval castle. It is divided into sections concerned with England, Normandy, Crusaders, Wales, Teutonic Knights and the Spanish Reconquest, with a particular castle featured in each chapter to explain the history by example. Thoroughly researched, and thoroughly readable, this is history at its most accessible. Lindy

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Join TV's Dan Snow in this fully illustrated book that brings to thrilling life a cavalcade of medieval fortifications and the clashes that turned empires to dust and mortals into legends. Castles and their ruins still dominate the landscape and are a constant reminder to us of a time when violence, or the threat of it, was the norm. Dan Snow explores the world's greatest medieval castles: from Dover Castle to Chateau Gaillard, Richard I's fortress in Normandy and Castillo de Gibalfaro - the last vanguard of Moorish rule in Spain, to Krak des Chevaliers in Syria - an astounding feat of engineering by the Crusaders. Each castle's story is dramatically recounted: the building techniques, the weapons used and daily life within the walls. Spanning the globe and using the latest CGI reconstructions, Snow gets to the very heart of the bloodshed and battles of the greatest fortresses of the Middle Ages.
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The Great Barrier Reef: A Journey Through the World's Greatest Natural Wonder

The Great Barrier Reef: A Journey Through the World's Greatest Natural Wonder

Len Zell

$59.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Written by a leading authority, this glowingly beautiful book is not just full of stunning images, it is also enlightening and informative, with extensive and clearly written text. Take a journey along 2,300 km of the north-eastern coastline, learn how the reef was formed, the life forms it harbours and the environmental challenges that beset it. Includes handy tips on getting the most out of any trip to the reef. Lindy

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The Great Barrier Reef really is like nowhere else on earth. For many of us, the thought of it conjures up images of beautiful azure waters teeming with colourful fish against a background of coral of every shape, colour and form imaginable. Yet there is so much more to the Great Barrier Reef than this. It is a massive, complex ecosystem, one that has gone through enormous changes throughout the history and evolution of our planet. Produced in partnership with the BBC's The Great Barrier Reef TV series, this book takes you on a journey along 2,300 km of Australia's north-eastern coastline, through the diverse range of habitats that make up this extraordinary water world. Along the way, discover how the Great Barrier Reef was formed, learn about life on the Reef and meet the plants and animals that inhabit it. The book also looks at the environmental challenges facing this incredibly delicate ecosystem and what the future may hold. Illustrated in spectacular full-colour photography throughout, it also features hints and tips for making the most out of any trip to the Reef, making it the ultimate guide to one of the most treasured natural wonders of the world.
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Australian Backyard Naturalist

Australian Backyard Naturalist

Peter MacInnis

$14.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lots of things live in even the smallest, most urban, backyard and this book enthusiastically reveals what you can find if you just go out and look! Plenty of illustrations and photographs to complement the information about everything from the tiniest and slimiest, to the cutest and furriest! With projects for all ages, this lively and entertaining book also contains anecdotes and history. A fine companion to Australian Backyard Astronomy and Australian Backyard Explorer. Lindy
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The New Jumper

The New Jumper

Oliver Jeffers

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rupert knits himself a nice new colourful jumper. Which shouldn't be so extraordinary, except that he is a Huey, and Hueys all look the same, dress the same, think the same - and what will happen if one of them does something different? And what happens if everyone does the same different thing as well? Jeffers does charming and slightly skewed books, and his deceptively simple illustrative style can sometimes hide decidedly sophisticated concepts. Lindy
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Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- It is 1962 and Jack is looking forward to the summer holidays in his quiet and dwindling home town. However, after an unintended incident involving his father's souvenired Japanese rifle and the local drive-in showing a war movie, Jack is grounded for the duration. He is allowed out only to help old Miss Volker across the road write her history columns and obituaries for the town newspaper. Norvelt, a co-operative town set up by Eleanor Roosevelt, is suddenly witnessing the deaths of its last remaining original residents and soon Miss Volker may be the only one left. Apart from the officious and unlikeable Mr Spizz… A charming, funny and delightful book, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal. Lindy
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Red

Red

Libby Gleeson

$15.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- After a cyclone devastates Sydney, a young girl comes to. She has absolutely no idea who she is, where she is or what happened. Found by a streetwise boy who names her Red after her T-shirt she struggles to make sense of her surroundings as strange pieces of what might be her past surface through her amnesia. What seems to be a pendant around her neck turns out to be a memory stick and a message from her father - trust no-one, get this to Melbourne. With the help of Peri and a re-discovered, but unremembered, friend, Red sets off to deliver information that is vital to a commission into police corruption. Combines mystery with a road story. Lindy
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Animal People

Animal People

Charlotte Wood

$23.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Stephen is not an animal person. He's allergic to them. Nor can he understand how people treat animals better than humans. In fact, on this one stifling summer's day, Stephen can't understand anything about the world, or even himself. Why does he want to escape the one woman who truly loves him and who accepts him unquestioningly? I loved this novel - its cutting and incisive look at contemporary city life, its flawed and believable characters, and its clear-eyed prose. Lindy

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Charlotte Wood takes a character from her bestselling book The Children and turns her unflinching gaze on him and his world in Animal People. Set in Sydney over a single day, Animal People traces a watershed day in the life of Stephen, aimless, unhappy, unfulfilled - and without a clue as to how to make his life better. His dead-end job, his demanding family, his oppressive feelings for Fiona and the pitiless city itself...the great weight of it all threatens to come crashing down on him. The day will bring untold surprises and disasters, but will also show him - perhaps too late - that only love can set him free. Sharply observed, hilarious, tender and heartbreaking, Animal People is a portrait of urban life, a meditation on the conflicted nature of human-animal relationships, and a masterpiece of storytelling. 
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Limoncello and Linen Water

Limoncello and Linen Water

Tessa Kiros

$59.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tessa is well known for her gorgeous, evocative cookbooks and this does not disappoint. Paying homage to her Italian mother-in-law, it is redolent of family gatherings around the table. Full of superb photographs, the true beauty of this book is that the recipes are for food you not only want to eat, but can also cook quite easily! Lindy 

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Much-loved author Tessa Kiros celebrates the heritage of Italy, the country she has chosen to call home, in Limoncello and Linen Water. This whimsically feminine book is a tribute to the women in our lives - mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers - and the important lessons we learn from them. With accessible, delicious recipes ranging from robust family dishes to quirky cakes and old-fashioned preserves, this book is a precious heirloom to treasure.
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Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals

Zombie Tits, Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animals

Rebecca Crew

$24.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This vastly entertaining book introduces the reader to some rather amazing denizens of the animal kingdom: critters like frogs with gender-specific language, lizards that squirt poisonous blood from their eyes, the loudest insects in the world (and you’ll never guess what they use...) It contains facts and serious science, but also on the side, sassy light-hearted ruminations anthropomorphising the creatures – a blend of humour and research which is energetic and enjoyable. Lindy

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Did you know that the peacock mantis shrimp has the most powerful punch on Earth? That vampire spiders are attracted to your smelly socks? That the lesser water boatman is the loudest animal in the world? Or that concave-eared frogs have a secret language that only males can hear? From the mother-eating, black-lace weaver spiders to Texas horned lizards that can shoot jets of poisonous blood from their eyes, this book from fearless science blogger Becky Crew introduces you to a menagerie of the world's weirdest animals.
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Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide

Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide

Stephen Debus

$39.95
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a completely revised and updated field guide of a classic first published fifteen years ago, and so draws on a lot of new data. It has been reformatted, so that it is a comprehensive guide to the diurnal raptors, and contains a brief overview of the biology and the threats, conservation and future of Australian raptors. Illustrated by Jeff Davies, the plates show adult, juvenile and dimorphic differences in plumage, as well as drawings of the flight pattern (often as fellow birders know, the only way of seeing the birds!) and distribution maps. There are also illustrations of difficult species pairs so you can see the difference between an adult brown goshawk and a collared sparrowhawk for instance. Photographs are also included in a separate section, drawn from some of our best bird photographers. Overall, a very valuable book equally useful in the field, or as a reference. Lindy

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This book is an illustrated field guide to diurnal raptors, a bird group that many people find among the most difficult birds to identify. Raptors are popular and iconic birds, and important ecologically as well as in legislation, with some species listed as threatened. Birds of Prey of Australia will enable people to more easily identify them. It also provides a brief overview of the biology of raptors and an indication of the current state of knowledge on them. The book has been completely revised and updated, with 15 years of new data, a section on difficult species-pairs (split-images providing direct contrast), and rearranged in modern field-guide format, making it easy to use and enabling rapid identification of 'difficult' raptors. Birds of Prey of Australia will appeal to a wide range of readers, including ornithologists, raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers/carers, raptor rehabilitators, zookeepers, naturalists, bushwalkers, ecological consultants, fauna authorities, park rangers, state forestry personnel, and students. 
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Foal'S Bread

Foal'S Bread

Gillian Mears

$22.99
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- 
Northern NSW in the Depression is no place for soft dreamers. Noah is tough and independent with a talent for highjumping horses. She catches the eye, then the heart, of Rowley Nancarrow, the Australian champion highjumper. Their marriage is full of inarticulate love and ambition, but when Rowley survives his third lightning strike with permanent and accumulating loss of physical control, he and Noah face insurmountable difficulties. A powerful, remarkable, hauntingly beautiful novel, with pitch-perfect writing. My pick of the year (2011). Lindy

The sound of horses' hooves turns hollow on the farms west of Wirri. If a man can still ride, if he hasn't totally lost the use of his legs, if he hasn't died to the part of his hear