On the bookshelves: July 2016

New releases coming in July.


 The House Between the Tides, by Sarah Maine: With a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a vivid triumph of intriguing storytelling and dark mystery (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Blame, by Nicole Trope: A tender and terrifying page-turner from a master of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Nomad, by James Swallow: Marc Dane is a MI6 field agent accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name … (Zaffre, RRP $33).

The Memory Stones, by Caroline Brothers: A sweeping, epic story of a family tragedy whose consequences echo throughout generations (Bloomsbury, RRP $30).

Thirst, by Benjamin Warner: A debut literary thriller about the disturbing measures a couple and their neighbours take to survive when the water runs dry without warning (Bloomsbury, RRP $30).


Maori Place Names: Their Meanings and Origins, A.W. Reed, revised by Peter Dowling: Pronounce and understand Maori place names with the new fourth edition of Reed’s classic guide to meanings and origins of names across New Zealand, published in July for Maori Language Week (Oratia Books, RRP $27).

Power Games, by Jules Boykoff: A political history of the Olympics, which have had a thoroughly checkered history (Verso, RRO $26).

Our Boys, by Ruth Kerr and Richard Aston: How to raise strong, happy sons from boyhood to manhood. From the people behind the The Big Buddy programme this down-to-earth guide describes what makes boys tick, outlines their development from babyhood to childhood to manhood, and is full of great ideas  for parents bringing up boys of any age (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

How to Watch the Olympics, by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton: An instant initiation into every sport at Rio 2016 (Profile Books, RRP $28).

Here She Comes Now, edited by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten: Women in music who have changed our lives, including Dolly Parton and Nina Simone to Bjork, Taylor Swift and Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Icon Books, RRP $37).

Phillip Schuler, by Mark Baker: The remarkable life of one of Australia’s greatest war correspondents (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Smuggler, by Richard Stratton: A true story of marijuana, the hippie mafia and one of America’s most wanted international drug traffickers (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, by Michael Schulman: An intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation (Faber, RRP $37).

The Stupidity Paradox, by Mats Alvesson: Why are smart people encouraged to act dumb at work – and beyond? Welcome to the idea of functional stupidity: how to recognise it, why it’s attractive and how to guard against it (Profile Books, RRP $33).


Concentr8, by William Sutcliffe: A powerful multi-character drama set in a very recognisable near-future London— where a drug called Concentr8 is prescribed to teens to keep society safe. For ages 12 and up (Bloomsbury, RRP $18).

The Doublecross (and other skills I learned as a superspy), by Jackson Pearce: Part Spy Kids and all fun, this is the first in a fresh action-adventure series with a healthy dose of humour for ages 9-11 (Bloomsbury, RRP $16).

Forgetting Foster, by Dianne Touchell: The powerful story of a young boy whose father develops Alzheimer’s disease—from the highly acclaimed author of A Small Madness. For ages 13-plus (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, by David Solomons: Luke is ready to save the world . . . he just needs to find his trainers—the hilarious sequel to My Brother is a Superhero. For ages 8-12 (Nosy Crow, RRP $15).

Off the Page, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer: A classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist filled with humour, adventure and magical relationships. For ages 11-15 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $19).

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