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A heart-stopping thriller about modern-day pirates, family bonds and betrayals; an exploration of how closely we are connected to the natural world; a hilarious story about the bedtime excuses that families everywhere will know all too well; and a page-turning novel about a complicated friendship.

THE DEEP by Kyle Perry

FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE DEEP
Kyle Perry

If you encounter the Black Wind while out there at sea, all you can do is race back to shore. There's no predicting it, no sailing it, no living with it. And if you're a Dempsey, it can play tricks on your mind...

On the Tasman Peninsula, nestled amidst the largest sea-cliffs in the southern hemisphere, is Shacktown. Here the Dempsey family have run a drug ring for generations, using the fishing industry and the deadly Black Wind as cover. But when thirteen-year-old Forest Dempsey walks out of the ocean, bruised and branded, everything is imperilled - because Forest has been believed dead for the last seven years.

Mackerel Dempsey, out of jail on strict bail conditions, is trying to change his fate, doing his best to keep out of trouble before his next court date. His cousin Ahab has renounced the family altogether, in favour of working to keep the town and its fragile tourism economy safe. But in their search for answers about Forest, both Mackerel and Ahab can't help but be drawn back into the underworld. What on earth happened to the boy all those years ago? And does it have anything to do with the infamous drug kingpin Blackbeard, who is rumoured to be moving in on Shacktown?

When secrets long thought buried at sea wash up on shore, generations of the Dempsey family must stand up for what they believe in, even if it means sacrificing everything. But in the gritty fight between right and wrong, blood isn't always thicker than water, and everyone is at risk of being pulled under...

Read our Q&A with Kyle Perry.

  
TAPESTRIES OF LIFE by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
TAPESTRIES OF LIFE
Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Trees clean air and water; hoverflies and bees pollinate our crops; the kingfisher inspired the construction of high-speed trains. In Tapestries of Life, bestselling author Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson explains how closely we are all connected with the natural world, highlighting our indelible link with nature’s finely knit system and our everyday lives.

In the heart of natural world is a life-support system like no other, a collective term that describes all the goods and services we receive – food, fresh water, medicine, pollination, pollution control, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention, recreation, spiritual health and so much more.

In this utterly captivating book, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson sets out to explore these wonderful, supportive elements – taking the reader on a journey through the surprising characteristics of the natural world.

 
GIRLS IN BOYS' CARS by Felicity Castagna

YA BOOK OF THE MONTH
GIRLS IN BOYS' CARS
Felicity Castagna

A complicated friendship. A roadtrip in a stolen car. The stories that define us. And two funny, sharp, adventurous young women who refuse to be held back any longer.

Rosa was never really trying to hurt anyone, no matter what they said in court.

But she's ended up in juvenile jail anyway, living her life through books and wondering why her best mate Asheeka disappeared.

A page-turning novel about a complicated friendship; a road trip through NSW in a stolen car; the stories that define us; and two funny, sharp, adventurous young women who refuse to be held back any longer.

Read our Q&A with Felicity Castagna.

BEDTIME SORTED! by Jimmy Rees

CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH
BEDTIME SORTED!
Jimmy Rees

Who said bedtime was hard? Dad's got bedtime sorted! Lenny and the twins have a bath without water spilling over, brush their teeth without toothpaste spraying onto the mirror, and go to sleep straight after their story. Perfect!

Dad can finally settle down to his dinner. But then -

My pyjamas don't match! I'm too cold! I'm too hot! The window is making funny noises! I'm not tired!

From one of Australia's best-loved comedians and children's entertainers Jimmy Rees comes a story about the bedtime excuses that families everywhere will know all too well.


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