On the bookshelves: September 2017

Lynda La Plante has a new book coming out next month and there’s a first-hand look at life in Gloriavale by Lilia Tarawa.


Good Friday, by Lynda La Plante: From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, this is Jane Tennison’s story, from rookie police officer to fully fledged detective (Zaffre, RRP $33).

The Mummy Bloggers, by Holly Wainwright: Three women sharing their lives online are suddenly thrown together when they are nominated for a prestigious blog award. The scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts and minds (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

All the Galaxies, by Philip Miller: The Lovely Bones meets Margaret Atwood in this extraordinary, deeply moving, supernatural story of a young man’s journey to find his mother (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

We that are Left, by Lisa Bigelow: A haunting novel about love and war, and how it isn’t just the soldiers whose lives are lost when tragedy strikes in times of war (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Let Us Be True, by Alex Christofi: A poignant love story set in the wake of World War 2 (Serpent’s Tail, RRP $33).

She Be Damned, by M. J. Tjia: A Heloise Chancey mystery set in London, in 1863 (Pantera Press, RRP $33).

The Truants, by Lee Markham: A fresh twist on the traditional vampire narrative that uncovers the horror of everyday life (Duckworth, RRP $24).


Daughter of Gloriavale, by Lilia Tarawa: From subservient slave to free thinker, a former member raises the curtain on the infamous Christian cult (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Slow, by Brooke McAlary: From the creator of the award-winning Slow Home podcast comes Slow the perfect companion on the long road to living a simpler and more fulfilled life (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Total Propaganda, by Helen Razer: The avowed Marxist explains Marxism and socialism for a younger readership (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Significant Figures, by Ian Stewart: The extraordinary lives and amazing discoveries of twenty-five of history’s greatest mathematicians (Profile Books, RRP $37).

Meet Me in the Bathroom, by Lizzy Goodman: The rebirth and rock and roll in New York City, 2001-2011 (Faber Social, RRP $45).

Big Data, by Brian Clegg: How the information revolution is transforming our lives (Icon, RRP $23).

Democracy and its Crisis, by A.C. Grayling: Prompted by events in recent years in the UK, USA, the Middle East and more, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters (OneWorld, RRP $37).

The Angry Chef, by Anthony Warner: Bad science and the truth about healthy eating. Never before have we had so much information available to us about food and health. Unfortunately, a lot of it is not only wrong but actually harmful (OneWorld, RRP $27).


Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart: The long-awaited new book from the international blockbuster author of We Were Liars. For ages 13-18 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Stags, by M. A. Bennett: On being invited to spend a weekend at a country manor, a student comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game … A twisting thriller for ages 13-17 (Hotkey, RRP $23).

Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas: Follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire in the next instalment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series (Bloomsbury, RRP $20).

The Children of Willesden Lane, by Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen: A true story of hope and survival during World War 2 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $19).

Day 7, by Kerry Drewery: The tense and thrilling sequel to the 2016 hit, Cell 7. For ages 12-16 (Hotkey, RRP $23).

Because You Love to Hate Me, by Ameriie: This edgy anthology teams up acclaimed YA authors and popular YouTubers to co-write thirteen fairy tales—all from a “villain’s” perspective (Bloomsbury, RRP $17).

The Murderer’s Ape, by Jakob Wegelius: A captivating mystery adventure story, with gorgeously detailed black-and-white illustrations throughout. For ages 12-15 (Pushkin Children’s, RRP $28)

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