On the bookshelves: August 2017

New releases coming in August.

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The Way Back, by Kylie Ladd: A gripping psychological drama about a teenage girl who disappears for months. Whan a life has been shattered, how do you put the pieces back together? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Off Reservation, by Bram Connolly: Australian Special Forces commander Matt Rix in another action-packed adventure (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Twentieth Man, by Toby James: Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in this  fast-paced thriller based on real life events (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

The Beautiful Miscellaneous, by Dominic Smith: Nathan Nelson is the average son of a genius but a terrible accident changes his perceptions of sight, sound and memory (Allen & Unwin, RRP $25).

Fateful Mornings, by Tom Bouman: Widowed and traumatised Pennsylvania police officer Henry Farrell is caught up in an affair with a local woman (Faber, RRP $33).

The Haunting of Henry Twist, by Rebecca F. John: A breathtaking novel about the limits and potential of love and grief, and the lengths to which we will go to hold on to what is precious to us (Serpent’s Tail, RRP $33).


Mafia LifeMafia Life, by Federico Varese: A vivid and absorbing account of life inside the Mafia. Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime’s research to give us access to some of the world’s most secretive (Profile Books, RRP $33).

Things that Matter, by Dr David Galler: In the tradition of Atul Gawande’s Complications—life and death is seen from the perspective of a specialist working in emergency medicine. (Allen & Unwin, August, RRP $25).

Running: A Love Story, by Dominic Harvey: How overweight and self-proclaimed old fart (and popular radio DJ) Dom Harvey fell in love with running and turned his life around (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Great New Zealand Robbery, by Scott Bainbridge: The forgotten true-crime story of New Zealand’s heist of the century It should be remembered as New Zealand’s answer to Britain’s Great Train Robbery, but instead it’s been almost completely forgotten (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

How to Dad Volume 2, by Jordan Watson: The follow-up to the best-selling How to Dad, with more funny stuff and great stories that follow on from his humorous viral parenting videos (Allen & Unwin, RRP $25).

That’s the Way it Crumbles, by Matthew Engel: The American conquest of English (Profile Books, RPP $37).

The 50 Greatest Musical Places, by Sarah Woods: A trip around the world, played out to the most eclectic soundtrack, discovering hidden musical gems along the way (Icon, RRP $25).

The Magic Fridge, by Alex Mackay: Make amazing stocks, sauces, butters, broths and preserves that will transform your everyday cooking (Bloomsbury, RRP $40).

The Exile, by Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy: Using first-person testimony from bin Laden’s family and military aides, this is the inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the years after 9/11 (Bloomsbury, RRP $45).


Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants the First Epic Movie Official Handbook & Wacky Word Wedgies and Flushable Fill-Ins, both by Dav Pilkey: To tie in with the first epic Captain Underpants movie (in theatres in September), both features full-colour DreamWorks movie animation art throughout (Scholastic, RRP $10 for the Official Handbook, $8 for Wacky Word Wedgies).

Thelma the Unicorn, by Aaron Blabey: Hilarious story of a pony who dreams of becoming a unicorn. Comes with your very own Thelma glittery horn in the inside back cover of the book (Scholastic Press, RRP $19).

Marge and the Great Train Rescue, by Isla Fisher: The third fun family story in the Marge series written by the actor and comedian, Isla Fisher. For ages 5-8 (Piccadilly, RRP $17).

I Just Ate My Friend, by Heidi McKinnon: A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging . . . and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control. For ages 2-6 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $28).

Sparrow, by Scot Gardner: When a juvenile detention exercise off the Kimberley coast goes wrong, 16-year-old Sparrow must swim to shore. There are sharks and crocs around him but the monsters he fears most live his mind. For ages 12-16 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Edgeland, by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski: From the co-authors of the New York Times best-selling Nightfall and Dormia trilogy. For ages 10-plus (Hotkey, RRP $19).

Superpowerless, by Chris Priestley: David’s father has died, he has a fractious relationship with his mum, and he has fallen out with his friend. But, the 16-year-old has a secret. He has superpowers. For ages 12-16 (Hotkey, RRP $19).

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