BNE March/April 2017 |
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.
BIG LITTLE LIES
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.
THE HELEN 100
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.
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.
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)
THE GIRL BEFORE
This Hichcockian thriller has been compared to
The Girl On The Train
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.
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.
GRANTA 138 JOURNEYS
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.
THE CRYING PLACE
“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.
THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND
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.
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2; and News Travels, International Terminal Levels 2, 3, 4.
TO THE SEA
ISTANBUL A TALE OF THREE CITIES