On the bookshelves: June 2016

May 22, 2016
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New releases coming in June.

FICTION

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand: The international bestselling novel about a French woman who moves to the Irish coast to rebuild her life—soon to be realised as a movie (Arena, RRP $33).

The Hanging Club, by Tony Parsons: Third book in Tony Parsons’ bestselling DC Max Wolfe (Century, June 13, RRP $37).

The Games, by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan: Jack Morgan and his Private team face a deadly fight to save the 2016 Olympic Games (Century, RRP $37).

The Long Count, by J M Gulvin: The first of a masterful new crime series featuring Ranger John Quarrie, The Long Count is a page-turner and a psychological puzzle (Faber, RRP $33).

Hystopia, by David Means: At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, to wipe the battlefield memories of soldiers returning from Vietnam. Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome (Faber, RRP $33).

Spare Me the Truth, by C J CJ Carver: When everything you know turns out to be a lie, who can you trust? The explosive new thriller from the much-loved crime veteran (Zaffre, RRP $33).

The Wonder Lover, by Malcolm Knox: What’s the worst thing that can happen to a man who has not one, not two, but three secret families? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $25).

NON-FICTION

What Abi Taught Us, by Lucy Hone: Part memoir, part self-help guide—the remarkable story of how one mother found meaning in her daughter’s tragic death in a car crash (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Not Right in the Head, by Michelle Wyatt: How one family facing Alzheimer’s discovered that laughter may have just been the best medicine (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Mind Over Money, by Claudia Hammond: Delving into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think (Canongate, RRP $33).

The Perfect Bet, by Adam Kucharski: How the world’s smartest gamblers are using science to take on the house—and win (Profile Books, RRP $33).

The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World, by Anthony Lambert: An expert selection of train journeys with real character: from the Orient Express to the Trans-Siberian Railway, and crossing Australia’s barren Nullarbor Plain in a dead-straight 478km (Icon, RRP $25).

The Man Who Invented Fiction, by William Egginton: Four hundred years after the publication of Don Quixote (1605-15), William Egginton reveals how Cervantes came to invent what we now call fiction, and how fiction changed the world (Bloomsbury, RRP $53).

YOUNGER READERS

Creaturepedia Activity Book, by Adrienne Barman: Following the success of Creaturepedia, Adrienne Barman returns with this companion colour and activity book (Wide Eyed Editions, RRP $22).

The Fix, by Sophie McKenzie: Blake’s the star of the football team, but he and his mum are in trouble—they can’t make the rent and it looks as though they’ll have to move. So when a stranger offers Blake cash to fix the match, it seems like an easy solution. A crime story for ages 12-plus (Barrington Stoke, RRP $16).

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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