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From gripping crime fiction to sweeping sagas – these are the best new book releases to sink your teeth into

From gripping crime fiction to sweeping sagas – these are the best new book releases to sink your teeth into

Looking for a good book to burrow into? Now is the perfect time for it, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite new page-turners. 

With the power to inspire, inform, fascinate and reveal the world from a different perspective, reading is the ultimate way to recharge and escape from the day-to-day. 

When the weight of the world seems a little overwhelming, there’s nothing better than curling up on with a good book and a hot cuppa.

Studies have shown that reading really is a fantastic stress reliever. In fact, it has even been proven that reading an old-fashioned physical printed book (no screens!) can help you get a better night’s sleep.

With many kids home from school and childcare right now, reading is the easiest way to maintain and strengthen literacy skills and is an excellent activity for children and parents to share. So, to give you a hand through your hibernation we have put together a list of some recommended reads for every age group.



Hilary Mantel – The Mirror and the Light

It’s fair to say that there’s been a bit of excitement about the release of The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel – the long-awaited final book in her Wolf Hall historical-fiction trilogy which follows the life of Thomas Cromwell on his rise as advisor to Henry VII to his ultimate downfall. The hype is real: trilogy’s first two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, each won the prestigious Booker Prize in the years of their release, and now (finally!) The Mirror and the Light is here. If you haven’t read the first two – even better! Grab all three because now is the perfect opportunity to dive into one of the finest, bloodiest, most urgently paced sagas of recent times.

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Candice Fox – Gathering Dark

Candice Fox’s rise – from her debut novel just six years ago to international sensation and one of Australia’s most popular crime writers today – has been nothing short of meteoric. Since 2014, she has released more than a dozen bestsellers and collaborated with American crime megastar James Patterson. Set in Los Angeles (a new location for Fox) and introducing all new characters (including down-on-her-luck ex-surgeon turned ex-con Dr Blair Harbour and LAPD detective Jessica Sanchez), Gathering Dark stays true to Fox’s signature thrilling and addictive style, while oozing hardboiled LA noir. The perfect rainy-day read. 

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Sami Tamimi, Tara Wigley – Falastin

Falastin, a sumptuous new cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley ticks a whole lot of boxes. Delicious, aromatic Palestinian and Middle Eastern recipes? Tick. Stories of travel paired with stunning food photography? Tick.  New recipes from the co-authors of Ottolenghi, Jerusalem and SIMPLE? Tick, tick, tick. With so many of us spending more time cooking at home and longing to be transported through food, stories and vivid descriptions of far-flung regions, Falastin is a balm for our times. With over 110 recipes mixing the traditional with the contemporary, Falastin will help keep your heart and belly full through the coming months.

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Also consider:

Greenwood by Michael Christie – Beginning in an eerie future in which all but a handful of the world’s forests remain, Greenwood sees Canadian author Michael Christie weave sci-fi with intriguing family saga. Unique and thoroughly un-put-downable.

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Philip Pullman – The Secret Commonwealth

Another eagerly awaited installation in an epic saga, The Secret Commonwealth follows La Belle Suavage as the second instalment in The Book of Dust (TBoD) trilogy by international best-selling fantasy author Michael Pullman. An epic adventure that draws on folklore, myths and legends, this is a true binge-worthy delight and illustrates why Philip Pullman has amassed such a vast legion of devoted teen and adult fans around the world. Through his books Pullman has created a finely detailed fantasy universe complete with the kind of complex characters and compelling story-lines that keep readers of all ages up well into the night for Just. One. More. Chapter.

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Also consider:

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood – Teen romance is celebrated in all its awkward glory in this compelling coming-of-age debut from Nina Kenwood.

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Bluey: Bob Bilby

We know you know Bluey. He’s got millions of fans around the world and stars in the most watched program ever on ABC iView. Popular with kids and parents alike, Bluey has topped the Australian iTunes charts and is a LOT of fun. There’s a huge range of books in the Bluey series, and each one is an equally great read. This latest story sees Bingo taking Bob Bilby home – will they have fun?

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Also consider: Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala – a celebration of food and community, this beautifully illustrated storybook-meets-cookbook features a range of easy to follow recipes for kids and adults to try together.

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While the Wyndham Library may be closed for now,  you can still take advantage of their  full 24/7 online library, which includes e-books, e-magazines, e-audio books, movie streaming and children’s educational games. Sign up for a free membership here.