Whether they’re into riveting crime fic, contemporary literature, gardening, home design, cooking or more – here are our picks for the best 2022 titles to gift to a loved one this Christmas.
The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane ($32.99): The moving new novel from the bestselling author of The Night Guest.
Seeing Other People by Diana Reid ($32.99): From the author of Love & Virtue, a darkly funny story of two very different sisters, and the summer that stretches their relationship almost to breaking point.
Limberlost by Robbie Arnott ($32.99): The third novel by the award-winning author of Flames and The Rain Heron, Limberlost is an extraordinary chronicle of life and land: of carnage and kindness, blood ties and love. *A Roaring Stories top pick!
Liberation Day by George Saunders ($29.99): From ‘the world’s best short story writer’ (The Telegraph) and winner of the Man Booker Prize.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka ($34.99): An epic, searing satire by Sri Lanka’s coolest author, winner of the 2022 Booker Prize.
The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy ($45.00): A breathtaking novel of morality and science, the legacy of sin, and the madness that is human consciousness.
The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley ($39.99): Based on real events in a surreal Soviet city, and told with bestselling author Natasha Pulley’s inimitable style, The Half Life of Valery K is a sweeping historical adventure. *A Roaring Stories top pick!
The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman ($32.99): The third book in the record-breaking Thursday Murder Club series from British national treasure Richard Osman.
The Desert Star by Michael Connelly ($32.99): LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to hunt the killer who is Bosch’s ‘white whale’ – a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.
A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin ($32.99): The brand new John Rebus thriller from iconic #1 Bestseller Ian Rankin.
Day’s End by Garry Disher ($32.99): A riveting rural noir that begins with a body in a suitcase.
Black River by Matthew Spencer ($32.99): A long, burning summer in Sydney. A young woman found murdered in the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school. A serial killer preying on victims along the banks of the Parramatta River. A city on edge.
Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here by Heather Rose ($32.99): A deeply personal collection filled with reflections on love, death, creativity and healing, from the award-winning author of Bruny and The Museum of Modern Love.
The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner by Grace Tame ($49.99): The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner is Grace Tame’s story, in Grace’s words, on Grace’s terms.
Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley ($34.99): A new and fascinating account of the life of Agatha Christie from acclaimed historian Lucy Worsley.
The Passion of Private White by Don Watson ($49.99): The story of a fifty-year relationship between a Vietnam veteran and an isolated clan in north-east Arnhem Land – a unique window into Australia’s deep past and precarious present, by one of our master storytellers.
I Am NOT Fine, Thanks by Wil Anderson ($32.99): Good sense, good jokes, and good WIL – a book about enduring turbulent times with humour, community and just a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar.
Lune by Kate Reid ($55.00): The debut cookbook from Lune, a world-renowned croissant bakery in Australia.
First Nations Food Companion by Damien Coulthard and Rebecca Sullivan ($49.99): A groundbreaking celebration of the most accessible and popular Australian native ingredients and their uses in the everyday home kitchen.
COOK by Karen Martini ($100.00): Acclaimed chef Karen Martini shares a lifetime of cooking, eating and learning about food.
The Joy of Better Cooking by Alice Zaslavsky ($49.99): Acclaimed chef Karen Martini shares a lifetime of cooking, eating and learning about food.
Parsi by Farokh Talati ($52.99): From Persia to Bombay: recipes & tales from the ancient culture.
The Food Saver’s A-Z by Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards ($49.99): Ultimate modern reference guide to storing, using up and making the most of each ingredient in your fridge, pantry or fruit bowl.
Interiors Beyond the Primary Palette by Arent & Pyke ($80.00): Discover Arent & Pyke’s distinctive brand of decorative modernism through their experimental use of unique colour and material pairings.
Creature by Shaun Tan ($74.95): A collection of Shaun Tan’s artwork from the past 25 years. For children and adults.
Cressida Campbell by Cressida Campbell ($99.99): Generously illustrated, the publication will locate Campbell within the lineage of significant Australian contemporary artists.
Tasmania Living by Cressida Campbell ($99.99): Generously illustrated, the publication will locate Campbell within the lineage of significant Australian contemporary artists.
Artists at Home by Karina Dias Pires ($59.99): Over thirty extraordinary women invite us behind the creative curtain, sharing stories of breaking into the art world in Australia, their challenges, processes and inspirations, and achieving a balance in their personal and professional lives.
Gunyah Goondie + Wurley by Paul Memmott ($120.00): The updated edition of the definitive guide to Australian Indigenous architecture, richly illustrated with rare photographs.
My Dream Time by Ash Barty ($49.99): The #1 bestselling memoir from global tennis superstar Ash Barty.
The Price Paid by Tim Paine ($49.99): In a frank, heartfelt autobiography, Tim Paine reflects on the highs and lows of his prestigious career, his time captaining the gentleman’s game, what the baggy green means to him and the impact one choice can have on a life.
Surf Life by Gill Hutchison and Willem-Dirk du Toit ($49.99): Coastal living at its best with a Design Files meets Places We Swim vibe, all about women who surf.
My Sporting Life by Michael Parkinson ($34.99): Michael Parkinson recalls his sporting life in this amusing memoir full of personality, anecdotes and insight.
Life Unhurried by Celeste Mitchell ($50.00): A fresh and inviting coffee table book featuring 50 of the best slow and sustainable stays hidden across Australia.
Ocean Pools by Chris Chen, Marie-Louise McDermott ($59.99): Michael Parkinson recalls his sporting life in this amusing memoir full of personality, anecdotes and insight.
Surrender by Bono ($49.99): Honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life Bono has lived, the challenges he’s faced and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.
Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan ($45.00): Created from over forty hours of intimate conversations with Sean O’Hagan, it is a profoundly thoughtful exploration, in Cave’s own words, of what really drives his life and creativity.
Minds Went Walking by Mark Smith, Neil A. White, Jock Serong ($32.99): What would happen if a group of Australia’s finest storytellers were invited to let their minds go walking through the Paul Kelly songbook? 21 writers respond.
Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino ($34.99): A deliriously entertaining, wickedly intelligent cinema book as unique and creative as anything by Quentin Tarantino.
The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan ($59.99): Bob Dylan’s first book of new writing since 2004’s Chronicles: Volume One — and since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
Abbey Road by Bob Dylan ($55.00): Telling the story of the infamous studios through the eyes of all those who have walked through its doors, and include much unpublished material.
The Book Of Roads And Kingdoms by Richard Fidler ($39.99): The story of the medieval wanderers who travelled out to the edges of the known world during Islam’s fabled Golden Age.
The World by Simon Sebag Montefiore ($69.99): A thrilling, epic and original history of humanity from a dazzlingly fresh and global perspective, from the prize-winning, bestselling historian Simon Sebag Montefiore.
Queens of the Age of Chivalry by Alison Weir ($35.00): The third volume of Alison Weir’s magisterial history of the queens of medieval England.
Edda Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead ($35.00): A thrilling biography of Edda Mussolini – Benito Mussolini’s favourite daughter – and a heart-stopping account of the unravelling of the Fascist dream in Italy.
Abyss by Max Hastings ($34.99): From the #1 bestselling historian Max Hastings, the heart-stopping story of the missile crisis.
Colditz by Ben Macintyre ($35.00): The bestselling historian with the incredible true story of WW2’s most infamous Nazi prison.
Sydney Harbour by Ian Hoskins ($34.99): In this sweeping history of one of the world’s most recognisable landscapes, award-winning historian Ian Hoskins explores the story of this famous waterway.
Sydney by Louis Nowra ($39.99): Acclaimed playwright and writer Louis Nowra — author of Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo — expands his gaze to explore the dynamism and pulsating sense of self-importance of his adopted city.
Bulldozed by Niki Savva ($35.00): Savva lays out the final unravelling of the Coalition at the hands of a resurgent Labor and the so-called teal independents that culminated in the historic 2022 election.
Quarterly Essay: Lone Wolf by Katharine Murphy ($24.99): A prime minister in the making, and a nation on the move. In Lone Wolf, the Guardian’s political editor offers a new portrait of Anthony Albanese.
Dreamers and Schemers by Frank Bongiorno ($39.99): In this compelling and comprehensive work, renowned historian Frank Bongiorno presents a social and cultural history of Australia’s political life, from pre-settlement Indigenous systems to the present day.
Elizabeth and John by Alan Atkinson ($39.99): A landmark and revealing joint biography of Elizabeth and John Macarthur, from one of Australia’s most respected historians.
Runt by Craig Silvey ($22.99): Annie Shearer lives in the country town of Upson Downs with her best friend, an adopted stray dog called Runt. The two share a very special bond.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator), Neil Packer (Illustrator) ($75.00): The Sunday Times best-selling Illustrated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter adventure, brilliantly evoked in full colour by Kate Greenaway medal winner Jim Kay, and acclaimed guest artist Neil Packer.
Explore Your World by Tim Flannery ($34.99): Get ready to get up close and personal with the creepiest crawly critters with real-life explorer and scientist, Professor Tim Flannery.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett ($18.99): A brilliantly crafted, hilarious twist on this beloved classic, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, from renowned, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling duo and picture book pioneers Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen!
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell: Book 1 by Chris Colfer ($17.99): This fast-paced adventure series uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales from author Chris Colfer, star of television’s Glee.
Leila and the Blue Fox by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Tom de Freston ($26.99): Powerful and compelling with stunning illustrations, this beautiful story celebrates wildness and a world we must fight to save. For ages 9+.
A Career in Books by Kate Gavino ($20.00): Charming, wry, and with fantastic black-and-white illustrations, readers will chart the paths of three Asian-American women trying to break through the world of books with hilarious, incisive, and heartbreaking results.
Unstoppable Us, Volume 1 by Yuval Noah Harari ($39.99): From the author of the multi-million bestselling Sapiens comes an incredible new story of the human race, for younger readers.
Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo, Dani Pendergast ($34.99): The Darkling’s origin story comes alive in this exquisitely illustrated prequel to Shadow and Bone, the hit Netflix original series.
Acting Class by Nick Drnaso ($39.99): A brilliant and suspenseful follow-up to the Booker-nominated graphic novel Sabrina.
Alison by Lizzy Stewart ($39.99): A visually stunning and beautifully written debut graphic novel of love, life and art.
The Awakening Storm by Jaimal Yogis ($14.99): When a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real…