On the bookshelves: July 2017

New releases coming in July.


Half Wild by Pip SmithThe Late Show, by Michael Connelly: A driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37)

Half Wild, by Pip Smith: Based on the true lives of Eugenia Falleni, Half Wild is Pip Smith’s dazzling debut novel (Allen & Unwin< RRP $33).

Forgotten, by Nicole Trope: Another provocative and compassionate family drama with hard-hitting issues at its core from the queen of white-knuckle suspense (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Wilde Like Me, by Louise Pentland: After four years (and two months and 24 days) of single mum-dom, Robin realises it’s time to get out there and Change. Her. Life (Zafre, RRP $33).

Siracusa, by Delia Ephron: New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn, Taylor and their daughter. But from the beginning, it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together. A novel of marriage and deceit with an unexpected final act (OneWorld, RRP $27).

The Park Bench, by Chabouté: Marking his English language debut, The Park Bench is Chabouté’s beautiful and acclaimed story of a park bench and the lives it witnesses (Faber, RRP $33).

The Answers, by Catherine Lacey: A bold new novel about an attempt to break love into its component parts and the dizzying, disturbing results (Granta, RRP $33).

Solar Bones, by Mike McCormack: Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit (Canongate, RRP $45).


A Strange Beautiful ExcitementA Strange Beautiful Excitement, by Redmer Yska: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington told in a vivid, mesmerising, original book (Otago University Press, RRP $40).

10 Seconds of Courage, by Nadine Champion: The inspiring story of martial arts Sensei, Nadine Champion and the techniques she’s developed to find courage when she needed it. A book for anyone who has ever been afraid or wished they had more courage (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

The Russian Revolution, by Sean McMeekin: The first major new history of the Russian Revolution in a decade (Profile, RRP $55).

Roots, Radicals and Rockers, by Billy Bragg: Against a backdrop of Cold War politics and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle (Faber, RRP $45).

Dead Zone, by Philip Lymbery: From the author of the internationally acclaimed FarmageddonDead Zone takes us on an eye-opening journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species and the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight (Bloomsbury, RRP $30).

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, by Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong: The first book ever produced with full access to the Pink Floyd archive, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time (V&A, RRP $80).

Radical Technologies, by Adam Greenfield: Our everyday experience is being overlaid and interrupted by startling new technologies. Just how did these things come to be? How do they work? What (and whose) values do they reproduce? (Verso, RRP $30).


Sloth Who Came to Stay, by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Vivienne To: A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from one of Australia’s most respected picture-book creators . For ages 3-6 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $28).

Falling 20th Anniversary Edition, by Anne Provoost & translated by John Nieuwenhuizen: Anniversary edition of a powerful, disturbing book about racial tensions, intolerance, and the seductive appeal of right-wing extremism. Falling has won six major literary awards, topped bestseller lists and was made into an English-language feature film. For ages 13-18 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Bear Grylls Survival Skills books: Knots, Camping, Dangers and Emergencies, Maps and Navitagion: The must-have survival guides for all young explorers from the chief scout, adventurer, writer and television presenter (Allen & Unwin, RRP $15 each).

Out of Heart, by Irfan Master: The gift of a donated heart proves to be a gift for both families. A powerful tale of love and strength in adversity for ages 12-18 (Hotkey, RRP $19).

The Big Block of Chocolate, by Janet Slater & illustrated by Christine Dale: First published in the 1980s, this is a reformatted gift edition gives the original illustrations a new look for a new generation (Scholastic NZ, RRP $18).

The Inventory: Black Knight, by Andy Briggs: Dev and his friends are back with more mind-bending tech in this third instalment of the Inventory series (Scholastic UK, RRP $18).

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