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Bookmarked Blog

This is our early Christmas gift to you: the pick of what our booksellers from across the country deem the best of 2021 (and let’s face it, we read A LOT). These six books captured our imagination, our hearts, and - perhaps most importantly in another challenging year - our undivided attention! Consider this your shopping list of books we just know will be unwrapped and well loved. Stay tuned for our announcement of the winner in late November!

Read our bookseller reviews for each shortlisted title below as well as extracts from the books to get a glimpse of why we loved them so much!


THE DEEP by Kyle Perry

Julie, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

Julie, Dymocks Waurn Ponds

"Get ready to be lost in The Deep. Forest walks out of the ocean and into his family’s arms, no questions asked. But should there be questions? Who is he? Where has he been all these years? Secrets, lies, love and loyalty all twist and turn on the whim of a Black Wind."

READ an extract from The Deep

 

STILL LIFE by Sarah Winman

Tim, Dymocks Brand & Content Manager

Tim, Dymocks Brand & Content Manager

"This transportive and engulfing story had me walking the streets of Florence and sat in the corner of a rundown London pub with these lovable and memorable characters. Still Life is wholly arresting with the vignettes on the page coming to life like an award-winning film. "

READ an extract from Still Life

 

WHO GETS TO BE SMART by Bri Lee

Nicola, Dymocks Sydney

Nicola, Dymocks Sydney

"A new Bri Lee book is always something to get excited about and I devoured this in a day. Elegantly weaving her own experiences and insights into the book, Bri isn’t afraid to examine her own privilege and presumptions around education. This is essential reading."

READ an extract from Who Gets To Be Smart

 

APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane Moriarty

Lynne, Dymocks Rouse Hill

Lynne, Dymocks Rouse Hill

"Apples Never Fall is vintage Liane Moriarty. Family secrets, engaging characters, clever humour, and a gripping mystery with lots of surprises have made this one of my favourite books in an already impressive list by this author."

READ an extract from Apples Never Fall

 

PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir

Tanaya, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

Tanaya, Dymocks Marketing Coordinator

"Incredibly smart, humorous and gripping, this book has all the necessary elements of an epic sci-fi adventure. The characters will steal your heart and leave you wanting more of their wonderful story - I loved it!"

READ an extract from Project Hail Mary

 

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

Jon, Dymocks Sydney

Jon, Dymocks Sydney

"Another wonderful Ishiguro novel with so much to unpack. Klara and the Sun is smart, insightful, relevant. I absolutely loved it and like all Ishiguro novels I’ll be thinking about this book for days."


You can purchase the titles in our Book of the Year Shortlist in store or online.

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