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Shelf talk: New romantics 

13 April 2015

Although romance fiction technically should have a happy ending, some Australian authors are gaining huge recognition for romantic series where the happy ending is delayed across several books. Prepare for...

Shelf talk: Classic comics 

13 April 2015

Once upon a time a New York Times bestselling story featured every fairytale character imaginable in one epic tale. The final volume of America’s most successful graphic novel series Fables...

Shelf talk: Fantastic fiction 

13 February 2015

Coming into the end of the first quarter of 2015 there are a bunch of cool genre-fiction books on the way. Here’s a few you may have overlooked.Crouching Tiger, Hidden...

Shelf talk: Books for cooks 

13 February 2015

Foodies and bookworms alike will be spoiled for choice this year, with no shortage of cookbooks about to hit shelves in the next few months.Tapping into the trend for all...

Shelf talk: Good sports 

17 October 2014

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and across the country people are preparing to spend the summer on the couch watching the cricket. As well as the usual...

Shelf talk: Quirky tales 

17 October 2014

The Christmas and New Year break is a perfect time for readers to try something a little different. The Strange Library (Harvill Secker, December), a new short story release from...

Shelf talk: Poetry lines 

21 July 2014

Spearheading UWA Publishing’s poetry for the next few months is the notable collection Poems 1957-2013 by Geoffrey Lehmann (July), one of Australia’s most distinguished living poets. Poems explores human nature...

Shelf talk: Memorable memoirs 

21 July 2014

For anyone who’s ever considered the expatriate life, Sydney writer Rachel Weiss shares its adventures and challenges in her memoir about life in the Czech capital The Thing about Prague...

Shelf talk: New romance 

21 July 2014

Rural romance readers are spoilt for choice this month—especially if they love family dramas. Outback Ghost (Harlequin, October) is the third book in the ‘Bunyip Bay’ series by bestselling author...

Shelf talk: Fantastic fiction 

31 March 2014

While there are the usual blockbusters due out in May (Jim Butcher anyone?) there are also some titles you can slip onto your shelves to show your spec-fic readers that...

Shelf talk: New romantics 

7 February 2014

The first half of 2014 is all about books and series by favourite authors. JR Ward’s The King (Piatkus), book 12 of the immensely popular ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series, is...

Shelf talk: Poetry lines 

7 February 2014

The next few months are looking promising for poetry fans. In February, Fremantle Press is publishing John Mateer’s Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998-2012. This is the ideal companion to Contemporary Asian...

Shelf talk: Memorable memoirs 

7 February 2014

Bully for Them is a collection of interviews by Fiona Scott-Norman with famous and successful Australians who encountered bullying at school, including Christos Tsiolkas, Alice Pung, Megan Washington, Marieke Hardy,...

Shelf talk: Listen up 

7 February 2014

2014 is shaping up as a glorious year for audiobooks, with long-awaited classics and some up-to-the-minute new releases. Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish For (Macmillan Digital Audio, March),...

Shelf talk: Artful persuasion 

7 February 2014

Following the success of her 2011 book Notebooks, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia Betty Churcher has written a companion title that focuses on her favourite artworks...

Shelf talk: Classic comics 

7 October 2013

In the breakout superhero hit of the year, Hawkeye, Volume 1 (Matt Fraction, illus by David Aja et al, Marvel, December), Clint Barton fights for justice ... and good rooftop...

Shelf talk: Anthologise this 

7 October 2013

Tis the season for anthologies, and this year there are several to choose from. Summer Lovin’ (Fremantle Press, December) is a collection of 14 stories about love (lost, found, first,...

Shelf talk: Fantastic fiction 

7 October 2013

I’m pretty sure most booksellers have already figured out what the really big sci-fi and fantasy sellers are going to be for the end of the year: Stephen King’s Doctor...

Shelf talk: Fantastic fiction 

5 April 2013

We’re starting to get into convention and expo season, which makes it a good time to be looking at the state of sci-fi and fantasy sections.  ID: The Second Machine...

Shelf talk: Classic comics 

5 April 2013

As MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules continue to dominate on TV, imagine a future where chefs rule the town like crime lords and people literally kill for a seat at...