On the bookshelves: September 2016

New releases coming in September.


The Safest Place in London, by Maggie Joel: Two frightened children, two very different mothers, and one night of terrifying Blitz bombing during World War Two. And when the bombs stop falling, which families’ lives will be changed forever? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose: A beautiful literary novel about love, grief and commitment set against the backdrop of one of the most controversial and notorious art performances of modern times (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Killfile, by Christopher Farnsworth: This high-concept thriller seamlessly combines history, biotechnology, action, and adventure (Zaffre, RRP $33).

The Mare, by Mary Gaitskill: A profound, important novel about how love and family are shaped by race, class and privilege (Serpents Tail, RRP $32.99).


Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, by Mike Love: Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Good Vibrations—the front man of the most popular American band in history tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

In Sickness, in Health … and in Jail, by Mel Jacob: The funny, insightful and moving account of what happens to a close, loving, middle-class family when the father is unexpectedly thrown in jail (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer: To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar, by Greg de Moore and Ann Westmore: The first biography of the ground breaking Australian doctor who discovered the first pharmacological treatment for mental illness (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).


Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell: The bestselling, award-bedecked author and illustrator team are reunited in this wintry Nordic fable. For ages 10 to adult (Bloomsbury, RRP $33).

Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma, by Leigh Hobbs: A new book about everyone’s favourite chicken from the Australian Children’s Laureate (Allen & Unwin, RRP $28).

Highly Illogical Behaviour, by John Corey Whaley: The story of a 16-year-old agoraphobic who hasn’t left his home in three years. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, and aimed at the 14-18 years age-group (Faber, RRP $19).

Jim Reaper: Son of Grim; and Jim Reaper: Saving Granny Maggon, by Rachel Delahaye, illustrated by Jamie Littler: A hilarious new series about a boy who discovers his dad is keeping a huge secret. What would you do if you discover your dad might be death? For ages 7-9 (both published by Piccadilly Books, RRP $15 each).

Empire of Storms, by Sarah J Maas; and The Throne of Glass Colouring Book: Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the massive The Throne of Glass young adult series that has sold more than a million copies in 22 countries. It’s accompanied by the Throne of Glass Colouring Book  (both published by Bloomsbury; RRP $19 for Empire of Storms, RRP $22 for the colouring book).

Chicken Mission: Chaos in Cluckbridge, by Jennifer Gray: A hilarious, hen-sational adventure series for ages 7–9 from the bestselling author of the Atticus Claw series (Faber, RRP $15).

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