The Book of Dust – Philip Pullman

Pullman Fans Rejoice! There is a new book from the ever popular fantasy writer and author of ‘His Dark Materials’ Philip Pullman.

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“Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .”

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October New Releases

For every job there is always a crazy period in the year. For us, that stretches from October through to December.

October New releases is the time of year where we can be seen ferrying teetering piles of books from one end of the store to the other in what seems like a never ending stream. Most of the time our faces peek out from behind large stacks of books and it’s this time of year that we are reminded of a few things.

  1. There IS such a thing as too many books.
  2. We should have worked on our cardio and stamina
  3. There are not enough hours in the day to read all of the amazing new books that we  are suddenly discovering.

So here are a few of the exciting new titles that are ready for Christmas gifts and summer reading.

Fiction

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Jane Harper – Forces of Nature (Author of The Dry)

Jennifer Egan – Manhattan Beach (Author of Visit from the Goon Squad)

Ben Aaronovitch – The Furthest station (Spin-off Novella)

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Nevermoor

Hold onto your hats, we have some exciting news!

We are proud to present ‘Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow’, the first novel from Australia’s very own Jessica Townsend.

With the world building of Harry Potter and some of the quirks of Alice in Wonderland this is the beginning of one of the most exciting series in children’s fiction that we have seen for many years!

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Feminist biographies

Recently I’ve been on a feminist biography rampage, devouring every book written by women who have something to say about feminism or their stories about growing up as a woman in this world. It’s the perfect way to absorb feminist theory, through the personal stories of others. Here are a few classics and a few new releases I’ve read recently:

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Banana Girl, Michelle Lee, Transit Lounge, $29.95.

Michelle writes cleverly about her relationships with friends, love interests and family. Lee mostly writes about her life in Melbourne, but as a Canberran, I love the memories she shares about growing up in the nations capital. She doesn’t hold back with the her more personal anecdotes. There are definitely a few ex-boyfriends reading her book, more than likely horrified that she told the world their secrets. Her lack of filter is what makes Banana Girl it such a compelling read.

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Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The year is 2059 in Scion London and Paige Mahoney is Dream-walker. Paige works for an underground syndicate in London, that specializes in mime-crime, a type of spiritual warfare used by ‘Unnaturals’ or ‘Clairvoyants’. Unnaturals are a group of people on the fringe, abhorred and feared for their ‘second sight’ abilities and there are two options for people like them; work for Scion hunting your own kind, or spend your life running.

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Children’s Corner: New Arrivals

We are so spoiled here at Paperchain in more ways than one, but especially as we sit down once a month with publishers and pour over the delightful children’s books that will make their way onto the shelves over the next few months. We’ve picked a few August releases that we think you’ll love and some have already arrived in store!

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I Just Ate My Friend – Heidi McKinnon

I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend?

A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging… and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control… from an amazing new creator.

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Alternative Teen Fiction

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Just as the books that we read in childhood help frame the way that we see the world, so too do the stories that we consume in our teenage years refine our ways of thinking.  Inside these books, whole worlds appear and disappear with the opening and closing of chapters and it is in these worlds that we are able to fight battles and travel across continents and find friends and endure an endless supply of challenges.

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Design love: Juniper Books

Juniper Books founder Thatcher Wine (great name) believes that there is a book out there for everyone that means something incredibly personal, be it an inspiring person’s story, a picture book or an unknown novel.

 “I have this vision everyone should have the books they love, in the format they want, so they have reason to revisit those books, share them with others, and keep them forever. For every single person in the world, there is a printed book that means something.”

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Children’s corner: Bears, Lullabies, Milo and Megalopolis

Picture books are the first leap into the world of reading for most children, so we’re always on the look out for good quality, quirky stories that will be loved by children and adults alike. The best picture books transport us to different worlds through their richly imagined stories and evocative illustrations, and teach us about others and ourselves with wisdom and humour. Here are a few stories that have enthralled and delighted us.

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Cooking the Books: Aimee’s Perfect Bakes

 

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Publisher:Murdoch Books Pub Date:July 2016

The chill that hangs in the air from May through to August can very quickly drive us inside to the cosy parts of our houses and leaves us gazing wistfully through our cold window panes. A perfect way to fill the time is baking, and so we trawled through this wonderful book and selected two layer-cakes to test out, a tall order if ever there was one.

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