Give mum the gift of a great book this 8th of May, whether it’s a memoir, novel, cookbook or crime fiction. We offer free gift wrapping with a gold coin donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and stock beautiful cards, stationary (including three new journal ranges), puzzles and a range of presents for every son or daughter’s budget.
- Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart – From Booker Prize-winner Douglas Stuart, an extraordinary, page-turning second novel, a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James.
- Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz (in store 3 May) – Angus Mooney is in a dark place: the afterlife. Although he should know better, he remains in the grip of the same fear as when he was alive: the opinions of others. Narrated with the ironic hindsight afforded by life beyond the mortal plane, Here Goes Nothing is a razor-sharp, hilariously entertaining, insightful and moving meditation on our 21st-century world, and the intricate relationship between love and death.
- Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel – A novel from the award-winning author of Station Eleven that investigates the idea of parallel worlds and possibilities, that plays with the very line along which time should run. Perceptive and poignant about art, and love, and what we must do to survive.
- Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes – A loving tribute to philosophy, a careful evaluation of history, an invitation to think for ourselves, with an extraordinary woman at its heart.
- French Braid by Anne Tyler – The major new novel from the beloved prize-winning author — a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today.
- The Candy House by Jennifer Egan – The long-awaited sibling novel to Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. A fierce and exhilarating testament to the transcendence of human longing for real connection, love, privacy and redemption.
- The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan (in store 4 May) – ‘They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system. They think I’m working hard to impress them. They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row. They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.’
- Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson – Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle meet Knives Out and The Thursday Murder Club in this fiendishly clever blend of classic and modern murder mystery.
- WAKE by Shelley Burr – A powerful, unsparing story of how trauma ripples outward when people’s private tragedies become public property, and how it’s never too late for the truth to set things right.
- The Trivia Night by Ali Lowe – The events at a school fundraiser night get quickly out of hand, and the fallout leads to devastating results for a group of four couples… A gripping, domestic page-turner full of shocking reveals, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Sally Hepworth.
- Vanished by Lynda La Plante – When an eccentric widow claims she is being stalked by her former lodger, Detective Jack Warr is the only person who believes her wild claims. Days later, she is found brutally murdered in her home. The up-all-night new Detective Jack Warr thriller from the bestselling author of Buried and Judas Horse.
- The Mother by Jane Caro – From the Walkley Award winning journalist, social commentator and author comes a gripping domestic thriller with a moral dilemma at its core. Watch our author event here.
- Mothertongues by Ceridwen Dovey, Eliza Bell – Funny, thoughtful, vulnerable and disturbingly familiar, Mothertongues up-ends ideas of genre and speaks motherhood anew.
- The Vanished Collection by Pauline Baer de Perignon (in store 3 May) – A scribbled list from an unknown cousin begins a quest which takes de Perignon from the Occupation of France to the present day as she breaks the silence around the wrenching experiences her family never fully transmitted, and asks what art itself is capable of conveying over time.
- The Land Gardeners by Bridget Elworthy, Henrietta Courtauld – In this visual diary of life in the garden, The Land Gardeners share their beliefs on the importance of soil health, introduce you to their favourite blooms and inspire you to create your own cutting garden with expert knowledge on how to grow and what to gather by season.
- How to Be Well by Karen Coates, Sharon Kolkka – No matter which stage of life you are at, How to Be Well contains the information you need to take charge of your health and wellness. It’s for all women who want to be more resilient and live a full, vital life. Read our author Q&A.
- The Shortest History of India by John Zubrzycki – An illuminating and concise telling of the 5000 years of turbulent history that led India from the ruins of ancient civilisations to emerging global superpower.
- SNAPS CRACK POP! by John Foy, Jim Paton – Utilising the rock posters of Skull Printworks and graphics of Red Eye and Black Eye Records, the book documents the unusual career path of designer and reluctant record executive, John Foy.
Biography & Memoir
- The Space Between the Stars by Indira Naidoo – A heart-rending, at times funny, and uplifting tribute to love and our innate need to connect to the natural world, a celebration of the reassuring cycle of renewal that sustains and nourishes us all.
- Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby – The world-famous Tassie comedian takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth – no matter the cost.
- Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper (in store 4 May) – When Hooper’s partner is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive illness, she has to find a way to tell their two young sons. By instinct, she turns to the bookshelf. Can the news be broken as a bedtime tale? Is there a perfect book to prepare children for loss?
- The Uncaged Sky by Kylie Moore-Gilbert – The extraordinary true story of Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s fight to survive 804 days imprisoned in Iran.
- Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver (in store 3 May) – A book about how things not working out actually worked out in the end. Honest, funny, raw and brilliantly written: essays from Minnie Driver.
- Five Love Affairs and a Friendship by Anne de Courcy – Scenes from the turbulent life of the rich, glamourous and beautiful Nancy Cunard, icon of the jazz age.
Literary Criticism, Essays & Travel
- Sneaky Little Revolutions by Charmian Clift – ‘Charmian Clift was ahead of her time and yet also representative of them. Her essays are a fascinating, thoughtful – sometimes judgemental, sometimes lyrical – window into an Australia on the brink of change.’ – Jane Caro
- Gathering Blossoms Under Fire by Alice Walker – An unprecedented compilation of over 60 journals, drawing an intimate portrait of her development as an artist, human rights activist and intellectual over four decades of her life
- The Jane Austen Remedy by Ruth Wilson – An uplifting and delightfully bookish memoir about an 89-year-old woman who reclaims her life by re-reading each of Jane Austen’s novels.
- Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood – From cultural icon Margaret Atwood comes a brilliant collection of essays — funny, erudite, endlessly curious, uncannily prescient.
- The Women I Think About at Night by Mia Kankimäki – Kankimäki blends travelogue, memoir, and biography as she recounts her enchanting travels in Japan, Kenya, and Italy while retracing the steps of ten remarkable female pioneers from history.
- This Woman’s Work edited by Kim Gordon – Award-winning female creators share their writing about the female artists that matter most to them. This book is for and about the women who kicked in doors, as pioneers of their craft or making politics central to their sound: those who offer a new way of thinking about the vast spectrum of women in music.
Food & Drink
- Paon by Tjok Maya Kerthyasa, Wayan Kresna Yasa (in store 4 May) – Sharing more than 80 dishes alongside essays and beautiful photography capturing the life, culture and food from across this widely beloved island, Balinese locals Tjok Maya Kerthyasa and I Wayan Kresna Yasa shine a light on the depth and diversity of Balinese cuisine, with insight into food and worship, sacred fare, and zero-waste cooking.
- Lanka Food by O Tama Carey – With essays that further contextualise the cuisine, a comprehensive guide to Sri Lankan cooking from acclaimed Sydney chef and restaurateur O Tama Carey.
- Meshi by Katherine Tamiko Arguile – With rich, visceral prose, vivid insight and searing emotional honesty, Meshi (‘rice’ or ‘meal’) reveals the culture and spirit of one of the world’s most beloved cuisines.
- In the Weeds by Tom Vitale – Anthony Bourdain’s long-time director and producer takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in some of the most far-flung and often volatile parts of the world, and what it was like to work with such a brilliant and complicated man.
- A House Party in Tuscany by Amber Guinness – Art meets food in this sublime celebration of thirty years of cooking and hosting at The Arniano Painting School in Tuscany.
- Thai Food by David Thompson – The most comprehensive account of this ancient and exotic cuisine ever published in English, with over 300 mouthwatering recipes.
Stationary & Gift Ideas
- Karst Stationery – Beautiful, crisp and sustainable notebooks, designed in Sydney.
- Rhodia Stationary – Notebooks with classic, stylish design, high quality paper and designed for functionality.
- Decomposition Stationary – Family-owned and operated company since 1949, Decomposition Book designs and produces eco-conscious products with a whimsical, fashion-forward aesthetic.
- Books Make A Home by Damian Thompson – Learn how to make the best use of existing storage and create new space for an ever-growing collection; how to combine books with other personal effects to create eye-catching displays; and how to organize and care for your books.
- The Life Eclectic by Alexander Breeze – A stunning interiors book that celebrates the individuality of eclectic decorating styles through 15 homes of creatives from around the world.
- Top Walks in Australia 2nd edition by Melanie Ball – Experienced travel writer Melanie Ball has hiked every track in this second edition of Top Walks in Australia, with tracks to suit walkers of all experience levels.