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The Best Books of 2017


My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent 

“Turtle Alveston is the most incredible character; the qualities she possesses and the strength she demonstrates in such horrific circumstances is mind blowing. I’m worried that everything I read now just won’t measure up.” - Catherine Kane, Marketing Coordinator 
 
“I read My Absolute Darling over the long weekend and the story has stayed with me long after finishing the last page. 14 year old Turtle’s journey of self realisation as she struggles to escape from her abusive and controlling father is utterly compelling. The subject matter is confronting but the writing is so beautiful, the voices completely authentic and the story so immersive, it keeps you gunning for Turtle through every setback.  A stunning debut and the best book I’ve read so far this year.” - Sue Bobbermein, Public Relations Manager
 
“A captivating and complex story of a young girl trapped in an unbearably abusive relationship with her father who frames her entire sense of existence and self-esteem.  Everything Turtle knows, she has learned is from Martin, who loves her incessantly and monstrously.  What makes this novel stand out is its willingness to explore the complexity of emotions in an abusive relationship, both from the victim and the abuser.  Behind the violence, the abuse, the deranged demands and games is devotion, dedication and a twisted sense of love. “You are my absolute darling, “ he says and means it! – It is a difficult but exquisitely written novel and, from the beginning, driven by a great sense of hope and poetic justice; there are no winners, only survivors.”   – Edyta




 

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

 
“Sarah Winman has crafted this emotionally intense and beautiful story of friendship, love, heartbreak and sorrow. You will connect strongly to all the characters in Sarah's writing, which is both poetic and expressive, and this book will stay with you forever. Quirky, haunting and powerful are also words to describe this wonderful book.” - Cathie, Dymocks Burnside

 


 

One Of Us Is Lying by Helen McManus

 
Five students start detention on Monday afternoon, but only four students live to tell the tale. When a book is likened to one of the most popular 80s movies of all time, the pressure to meet expectation is high. But in the same way that the stereotypical teenagers in The Breakfast Club somehow found a way into my heart, so too did the class of misfits from Bayview High. The mystery of the book gives the story its pace, but it is the characters that kept me engrossed - Imogen Neely, Category Manager for Children's Books



 

Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason

 
“Brilliant story telling by two friends and their journey across Iceland discovering the beauty and stories of this stunning country. I loved the way this story was woven together. Each author has a distinct style yet, they work so well together. It’s a perfect mix of history, travel narrative and family saga.” – Sharyn Villaverde, Merchandise Manager
 
“Together broadcaster Richard Fidler & author Kari Gislason share their travels across iceland. Fascinating & often humorous, the saga of this amazing island with stories and myths from the first vikings is compelling.” - Ian, Dymocks Hobart


 

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

 
“This is my favourite Jamie Oliver Cookbook to date. A fantastic collection of quick and easy recipes that require only five Ingredients. Full of inspiration for delicious & healthy meals that you can put together in a hurry.” – Nicola Martine, Merchandise Assistant



 

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

“Great debut novel from Aussie author.  Gives you hope that when bad things are happening can escape into fantasy world where wonderful things happen & changes your life!” – Diane Allington, Buying Data Coordinator
 
“Remember the name - Morrigan Crow.She Will be stuck in your head for years to come. This is a debut novel from an exciting new Aussie author! There is fun, there is magic, there are hijinks, but most of all, there are adventures!”  - Julie, Dymocks Waurn Ponds



 

The Choke by Sofie Laguna

 
“The best Australian novel I have read since the Booker prize winning Narrow Road to the Deep North. Sofie Laguna’s writing is raw and harrowing but ultimately profoundly uplifting. The ideal gift for those who like a thought-provoking read and never miss a potential prize winner.” - Sophie Higgins, Head of Marketing & Merchandise
 
“10-year-old Justine is falling through the cracks. She is over looked and under estimated, and as a reader, I was trapped with her in her neglect. This novel is heart wrenching in its exploration of indifference, violence and Australian culture - but it is also full hope as Justine learns to fight back in a world that has conditioned her to believe she should be seen and not heard. She is brave and kind, and I adored reading her story.” - Eleanor Hurt, Dymocks Sydney



 


 

Here we Are by Oliver Jeffers

“A picture book to help us explain and understand how to live on planet earth! With each turn of a page you will “oohh” and “ahhh” over the beautiful illustrations and simple explanations of everything from outer space to human bodies. This book is full of heart & I cannot recommend it enough to give as a gift to young children or even someone who just needs to be reminded of how amazing our world really is.” - Ali Hammond, Category Manager for Fiction

 


 

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

 
“The show Cosmos is great to watch but this book really cuts it all down to an easily palatable size so you can have a water cooler conversation about life, the universe and everything and actually be comfortable in the fact that you know what you are talking about! You won’t become an astrophysicist from reading this, but it will definitely give you an understanding of it all, with lots of humour.” -Scott French, Regional Business Manager
 
“A brilliant book that makes one realise how small we are and how enormous possibilities must be!” Steve Cox, Dymocks Managing Director

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Grancesca Cavallo 

 
“After flipping through this book and seeing the illustrations of various inspiring women, from Queen Elizabeth I to Malala and Serena Williams, I read through some of the stories and couldn’t believe how easy-to-read and accessible every story was. I had no idea about the true stories of some of the many inspiring women of our world but this book laid it all out perfectly. Finally we have a bedtime storybook full of true fairytales about heroines who definitely didn’t need rescuing! It’s the perfect time to shake up the tradition of reading stories about princes saving princesses and women waiting for the love of their lives – why dwell on things made up when you can share REAL stories about empowering and inspirational women that changed our world? This is the perfect collection for the young ‘rebel’ girls of 2017. These exciting stories about the true heroes of our world prove to kids everywhere that by doing remarkable things, we can be heroes ourselves.Genevra Howard, Marketing Coordinator  

 
 

 
 
 
 

Posted by Global Administrator on 12/12/2017