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A year at Hotel Gondola

Nicky Pellegrino

Kat has never wanted to live a small, everyday sort of life. She's an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual fare. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet - a relationship. She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to live with him in Venice where she will help him run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure: the food she eats, the recipes she collects, the people she meets, the man she doesn't really know all that well but is going to make a life with...

Accidental heroes

Danielle Steel

Bernice Adams is a single mother. During the day, she's a security officer at JFK airport, to pay her way through law school. A former military pilot, Helen Smith is now captain for a commercial airline, leaving the forces after her husband was killed in action. Nancy Williams is crossing the country to share news with her husband. News that they have spent years trying and praying for. Nancy can't wait to rush into his arms - only a short flight and then home... Bernice, Helen and Nancy's fates collide one morning, with the take off of flight A321 from New York to San Francisco. It is a day they will never forget.

 

After Anna

Lisa Scottoline

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn't seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she's even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna. Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly.

An uncertain grace

Krissy Kneen

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv - a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her - and when he has lived it, he will understand how. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are - our best and worst selves, our innermost selves - and who we might become.

BACK OF BEYOND : one woman's remarkable story of love, adventure, disasters and wonderful times in the gulf country;one woman's remarkable story of.

Jenny Old

 

Beautiful messy love

Tess Woods

When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers, famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career. Scarred by tragedy each in their own way, this warm, hopeful couple must overcome prejudice and heartbreak to prove just how much they will give for beautiful messy love.

Because we are bad : OCD and a girl lost in thought

Lily Bailey

As a child, Lily knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied on her friends. Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it ruled her life. A startling true story.

Birthright

Fiona Lowe

After a poverty-stricken childhood, Anita has claimed the social status she's worked so hard to achieve by marrying Cameron Jamieson. Although they have a comfortable life, she's never able to fully relax, fearing everything could change in a heartbeat. Or does it mean freedom? Ellie, the youngest, has lived a nomadic and - according to her siblings - a selfish life, leaving them to care for their ageing mother. As their mother's health deteriorates, will long-held secrets and childhood rivalries smash this family into pieces?

Break-up boss

Zoe Foster Blake

Bush and beyond : stories from country / Tjalaminu Mia, Jessica Lister, Cherly Kickett-Tucker, Jaylon Tucker.

Tjalaminu Mia

Grandparents are special and the time you spend with them is special, too. This collection draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories. They share exciting, happy and even scary times exploring country in bush and beyond.

Chyka home

Chyka Keebaugh

Organised into the four seasons, the book presents creative ideas for entertaining guests and organising and decorating your home, along with tasty food and drinks recipes and DIY outdoor projects. Chyka shares practical tips and tricks on how to: create beautiful flower arrangements and add pops of colour with potted plants; re-arrange or style your rooms, terrace/balcony and/or garden and and grow your own herbs. Accompanied by beautiful photography throughout, Chyka Home is the perfect guide to make a stylish, beautiful and happy home, no matter what the time of year.

Curry : eating, reading and race

Naben Ruthnum

By grappling with novels, recipes, travelogues, pop culture, and his own upbringing, Naben Ruthnum depicts how the distinctive taste of curry has often become maladroit shorthand for brown identity. With the sardonic wit of Gita Mehta's Karma Cola and the refined, obsessive palette of Bill Buford's Heat, Ruthnum sinks his teeth into the story of how the beloved flavour calcified into an aesthetic genre that limits the imaginations of writers, readers, and eaters.

 

Day of the dead

Nicci French 

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis.

Dear Mrs Bird

AJ Pearce

Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Emmy finds herself dismissing problems from lovelorn, grief-stricken and morally conflicted readers in favour of those who fear their ankles are unsightly or have trouble untangling lengths of wool. But soon the thought of desperate women going unanswered becomes too much to bear and Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back...

Dinner like a boss

Katy Holder

Dinnertime is very different for families today than it was 10 years ago. Many parents work, kids often have after-school activities, and there's the constant battle to get the kids away from a screen. Amidst all of this, who has time to cook? This cookbook is for real-world parents who want quick, easy yet nutritious meals to serve at dinnertime - they want to make dinner like a boss!

Eat your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples : A Rainbow Cookbook for Australian Kids

James Mitchem

I can cook a rainbow! Packed with easy recipes and fabulous facts, this book is a fun way to create an exciting food rainbow from the most delicious and nutritious ingredients.

Endure : mind, body and the curiously elastic limits of human performance

Alex Hutchinson

How high or far or fast can humans go? What defines a person's limits? From running a two-hour marathon to summiting Mount Everest, we're fascinated by the extremes of human endurance, constantly testing both our physical and psychological limits. Alex Hutchinson reveals why our individual limits may be determined as much by our head and heart, as by our muscles. An elite distance runner himself, Hutchinson takes us to the forefront of the new sports psychology and presents startling new discoveries enhancing the performance of athletes today, showing us how anyone can utilize these tactics to bolster their own performance - and get the most out of their bodies.

Every note played : a novel

Lisa Genova

A once accomplished concert pianist, Richard now has ALS. As he becomes increasingly paralysed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina, his divorced wife, becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard's muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it's too late. This is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

Fool's gold

Fleur McDonald 

Detective Dave Burrows' first posting to the far west goldfields town of Barrabine in 1997 holds everything he's looking for, but Melinda, his wife of two weeks, is devastated at leaving behind her family, friends and career. More comfortable in heels than RM Williams, Melinda walked away from her much-loved job in the city as a paediatric nurse to follow Dave into the bush. As Dave investigates reports of mysterious late-night trespassing, a missing person, and guns being drawn on strangers, a local prospector phones in with horrific news that could hold the key to everything.

Gallery of the dead

Chris Carter

'Thirty-seven years in the force, and if I was allowed to choose just one thing to erase from my mind, what's inside that room would be it.' - That's what a LAPD Lieutenant tells Detectives Hunter and Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit as they arrive at one of the most shocking crime scenes they have ever attended. In a completely unexpected turn of events, the detectives find themselves joining forces with the FBI to track down a serial killer whose hunting ground sees no borders.

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