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Christine Dibley

Four storytellers share their version

of what has led to the disappearance

of a 17-year-old from a seemingly

idyllic beach town on the Tasmanian

coast, weaving tales that span centuries

and continents. Dibley has lived in

Tasmania for 30 years but only left her

day job to write full-time four years

ago and this has been described as a

‘stunning’ debut novel recommended


fans of Kate Morton and Alice

Hoffman. Published by Macmillan.


Liane Moriarty

Moriarty’s novel topped the

New York Times

bestseller list the first week it hit the shelves

in 2014 and has since become a television

series which recently aired on Foxtel. So,

if you missed it the first time around, you

can catch up with all the water cooler talk

about three mothers and their secrets by

sneaking a peek at the newly released edition

with a cover featuring stars and producers

of the series Nicole Kidman and Reese

Witherspoon. Published by Pan Macmillan.


Helen Razer

After the break-up of a 15-year relationship,

journalist, writer and broadcaster Helen Razer

decided to set herself a task to get over her grief

and start living her life again: to go on 100 dates

in a year. Will they heal her broken heart or make

it worse? This is her no-holds-barred account

of those dates and what happens at the end of

them. Confessional, self-deprecating and funny.

Published by Allen & Unwin.

Bettany Hughes

Based on meticulous research and new

archaeological evidence Hughes provides

an epic biography of one of the world’s

most exotic cities. Standing as the gateway

between the East and West, it has served as

the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin

and Ottoman Empires. For much of its

history it was known simply as ‘the City’ but,

as Hughes reveals in her detailed narrative,

Istanbul is not just a city but a story.

Published by W&N.

When it

comes to packing

essentials for a trip

a book is still the reader

of choice according to a

TripAdvisor survey which

showed almost twice as

many travellers would pack

a book (33 per cent)

than an e-reader

(18 per cent)


JP Delaney

This Hichcockian thriller has been compared to

The Girl On The Train


Gone Girl

which have

both become successful movies and JP Delaney’s

psychological twister has been called pitch perfect.

The Girl Before

refers to the previous tenant of the

house where Jane now lives and who, she discovers,

met a mysterious death. Will Jane face the same

fate? Ron Howard has already been signed to direct

the movie version. Published by Quercus.


Mark Kurlansky


New York Times


author presents an insider’s view

of Havana: the city he has come to

know over more than 30 years. Part

cultural history, part travelogue,

with recipes, historic engravings,

photographs and Kurlansky’s own

pen-and-ink drawings throughout,


celebrates the city’s singular

music, literature, architecture,

food and its extraordinary blend of

cultures. Published by Bloomsbury.


Sigrid Rausing

In the introduction to this anthology of stories editor

Sigrid Rausing reveals the idea for the latest edition came

from a complaint received at the publisher’s office and,

valid or not, it raised a question about the ethics of travel

writing. While it’s considered a creative form of non-

fiction writing some writers have, in the past, been found

to be too creative with their tales. What are the ethics of

writing about a place you may visit only briefly and view

with the eyes of an outsider? Published by Granta.


Lisa Hills

“In the rear vision, the road was golden and straight

and even, its length making sense of the sky, of the

vast black cloud that was set to engulf it. I pulled

over and got out. Stared at it, this gleaming snake –

where I’d been, where it was going. The route that

Jed had once taken.” Just a sample of this debut

novel that journeys to the heart of the Australian

desert and remote communities following a mystery

death. Published by Macmillan.


Stephen Baxter

Baxter is acknowledged as one of the world’s best science fiction

writers and this sequel to War of the Worlds, set 14 years

after the Martians invaded England, has been authorised by

the HG Wells estate. The world has moved on, prepared and

confident it can defeat the Martian menace but it’s not over yet

and the world is thrust into the chaos of a new invasion – even

Melbourne sees some explosive action in this new global war.

Published by Gollancz.


Meg and Tom Keneally

This is Book Two in

the Monsarrat Series by

the father and daughter

writing duo, following on

fromThe Soldier’s Curse.

Gentleman convict Hugh

Monsarrat, transported for

forging documents passing

himself off as a lawyer, is now an unofficial advisor

on criminal and legal matters to the governor’s

secretary and is soon charged with solving a murder.

He discovers that not all victims are mourned and

superintendent of a convict factory Robert Church

is one of them, but perpetrators still have to be

punished. Published by Vintage Australia.

Find more good reads at Watermark Books & Café,

Newslink, Aero and News Travels, Domestic Teminal Level

2; and News Travels, International Terminal Levels 2, 3, 4.