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What They're Reading In Australia This Spring

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Updated: 23 October 2016
A train, a curious orphanage and suburban Adelaide in the 1960s – these are among the scenes that Australian readers will immersing themselves in come Spring. From debut novels to sequels and a book that begs the reader not to open it, the Australian bestseller list is a diverse and intriguing collection of tales that includes fiction, biographical and children’s books.


The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

From the Aussies who brought you Just Tricking! and The Day My Bum Went Psycho comes the highly-anticipated sixth instalment of the Treehouse series. Join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton in their new 78-storey treehouse. Climb through 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine that creates crazy animal hybrids, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland inhabited by Andy clones and Terryland full of Terry clones, a security potato chip storage facility, and an open-air movie theatre. Appealing to younger readers, this humorous book will quickly become a favourite bedtime giggle.

Courtesy of Pan Australia

Courtesy of Pan Australia

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Published on the 31st of July 2016, the date of Harry Potter and Joan Rowling’s birthday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a script book that corresponds to the two-part West End play in London. Created by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child follows Harry as ‘an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.’ The play primarily deals with Harry’s son Albus during his first year at Hogwarts as his deals with burden of being the son of ‘the chosen one.’

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Returning to top 10 best-seller lists across the world is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This first-person psychological thriller is narrated by three women: Rachel, Anna and Megan and tells the story of how an unreliable, alcoholic commuter thinks she has witnessed a murder, if only for a fleeting minute before the train moves on. Before you see the film adaptation starring Emily Blunt, read the book that kept Stephen King ‘up most of the night’ — once you’ve started you won’t be able to put it down.

Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee

Radio funnyman and one-half of Melbourne comedy duo Hamish and Andy is using reverse psychology to tempt children to do exactly what they’re asked not to do. The cover of Do Not Open This Book features a lanky alien drawn by Heath McKenzie with a sign saying ‘go ahead read something else,’ which immediately lures readers in. Originally written for Andy’s nephew George as a birthday present, the book uses ploys including bribery, false promises, and the silent treatment, threatening the character’s attempts to stop the reader from flipping the page – which just like any big red button — has the opposite effect.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Australian bestselling author Liane Moriarty presents another suspenseful suburban drama which reveals that happiness is not always what it seems. When newlyweds Sam and Clementine attend an old friend’s BBQ, what starts off as an ordinary Sunday afternoon plummets into problematic winter a day after an incident. Months later that pair continue questioning what they did and didn’t do and wonder what might have been if they hadn’t attended. Packed with engaging characters, Truly Madly Guilty is a page-turner full of sharp observations and everyday issues.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Ransom Riggs’ debut novel is a remarkable tale set on a remote island at a seemingly abandoned orphanage. Blending fiction with 50 black and white, vintage photographs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a wonderfully odd, Tim Burton-esque novel that is as enchanting as it is haunting, and will keep readers both young and old spellbound. The novel starts off with a passage by Ralph Waldo Emerson and ends following a letter by Emma Bloom; however, fans of the book should fret as the story continues with two sequels.

Courtesy Quirk Books

Courtesy Quirk Books

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

For the sixteenth time, bestselling author Daniel Silvia revisits his key character Gabriel Allon, an Israeli art restorer and assassin, in an action-packed novel that pits him against a member of ISIS following an attack in the Marais district of Paris. The Black Widow is a thrilling tale of espionage that will grip readers as the plot twists and turns amid international landscapes with a cast of intriguing characters, placing Gabriel Allon in the company of the world’s best secret agents including Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne.

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, RRP $32.99 is available for purchase in store and online now. Courtesy of (HarperCollins)

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, RRP $32.99 is available for purchase in store and online now. Courtesy of HarperCollins

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes

Before he was an Aussie rock legend, Jimmy Barnes was simply James Dixon Swan – a boy whose family moved from Scotland to the violent northern suburbs of Adelaide in the summer of 1962. This childhood memoir reveals Barnes’ turbulent start to life amid drugs, ambition and family turmoil and tells how a working class boy became a working class man, household name and lead singer of Cold Chisel. Magda Szubanski calls it ‘a deep, guttural howl of a book,’ and whether or not you’re a fan this harrowing memoir will engrain itself into your psyche.

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes, RRP $40.00 is available for purchase in store and online now. Courtesy of (HarperCollins)

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes, RRP $40.00 is available for purchase in store and online now. Courtesy of (HarperCollins)