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Come and meet Boomer!


Come and meet Brent Harvey, an Australian sporting icon!

boomerbookHow would you like the chance to meet Brent Harvey, a North Melbourne FC legend? QBD the Bookshop at Highpoint will be hosting a book signing for his brand new biography, Boomer. We'd love you to come along and meet Brent!

Brent Harvey will be appearing just outside QBD the Bookshop at 6pm on the 1st of September, so make sure you get there in time to have your book signed and get a photo with him. Father's Day is just around the corner, so if you know a footy fan your present is all sorted!

Date Thursday 1st September
Time 6pm to 7pm

Tell your friends, tell your family...bring everyone along for a great time and meet a sporting legend!

Due to limited time, and to avoid disappointment, Brent will only be signing copies of his new book, Boomer, and the queue will be capped after 30 minutes.

About the book:

Brent "Boomer" Harvey is a North Melbourne FC legend and an icon of the AFL.
Born into a sports-mad family (his grandfather Bill played two games for North Melbourne in 1948), Brent was always told he was too small to make the big time. This drove the pocket rocket to ever-greater heights until the schoolboy star for Preston and the Northern Knights was drafted by the Kangaroos in 1995.

The knockers were silenced for good in 1999 when Harvey won a premiership with NMFC, following an EJ Whitten Medal for Victoria as best afield in that year's State of Origin series. Harvey is the only remaining player from that side still playing today. In 2016, he enters his 21st and possibly final season with 410+ games and 485 goals to his name and Michael Tuck's all-time record of 426 games well within range.

Spotlight on QBD Canberra Centre 2016


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9780575097582Peter Grant 01: Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch:

I was recommended this book by a customer who described this book as “Harry Potter for Grown- ups”. Intrigued by this statement, I gave it a go, and it did not disappoint, but I found it more like Harry Potter meets Law and Order.
The Rivers of London is not quite a fantasy book, nor a crime novel. What you find is a compelling novel, from the way London is described, to the dry witty British humour. I particularly liked the Punch and Judy theme introduced bringing you into the heart and history of Covent Garden London.
If your looking for a fun, witty, and original novel, do yourself a favour, go out and buy this book today! - Courtney (Store Manager)

Fitz And The Fool 02: Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb:

Robin Hobb continues to amaze readers with the Fitz and the Fool trilogy. Even though the writing style of Fool's Quest is darker, the addition of a new protagonist keeps this series refreshing and draws the reader in. This book has everything; suspense, danger, love and magic. Fool's Quest is a must read for any fans of Robin Hobb and really for any fantasy readers. - Sarah (Store 2IC)

9780099272779Amsterdam by Ian McEwan:

Amsterdam is a wholly original story, even though the best way to describe it is through clichés – how time changes people; how the past can come back to haunt you; how friendships disintegrate. From a simple, if cryptic premise - two childhood friends make a pact as they grow old as a woman they both loved passes away – McEwan re-examines and reinvents what would normally be tired themes – vanity, pride, self interest, lost love – to create a taut, subtle and surprising psychological study that only gets better as the intensity builds. Super interesting and addictive. Also it won the Man Booker Prize so it can't be too bad. - Andrew

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara:

A simple summary of this novel might frighten many readers from picking it up: a chronicle of trauma and abusive relationships that spans over seven hundred pages. Yet as she traces lives of four friends from recent graduation into middle age, Yanagihara manages to avoid the traps of cheap pathos and sentimentality, producing instead a graceful story about friendship and love in the face of the dark things people can do to one another. - Ben

9781782111054Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty:

What does it mean to have a good death? What goes on behind the closed doors of a crematorium? When – and why - did our view of death transition to that of a failure by modern medicine, rather than a natural destination of all?
These questions and many more are broached within Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a memoir of Doughty's early years in the funeral industry. Some questions are answered, whilst others are deliberately left open, to encourage the reader to frankly and honestly question death and its place within our society. Combining incredible experiences, well-researched supporting material, and humanized by the personal touches and humour of Caitlin and her co-workers, this biography is a must for anyone expecting – at some stage, down the line – to die - Jerzy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy:

Hold on to your hats folks, I know what you're all thinking. Gee another teen sci-fi debarcal lacking depth, substance, humour or any redeeming qualities. Whoa there! Let's not be so quick to judge a book by it's cover aye? This truly wonderful book possesses qualities no other authors are gifted enough to achieve. For starters, the main character is skeleton who solves crimes, what demographic does that not appeal to? Secondly Landy's writing style is filled with razor sharp witt, twist and turns, and incredibly likeable characters. Yet another reason you should treat yourself to this book is because it the first line is quite frankly the best opening sentences ever written ever. If all this still wasn't enough to convince you to read this book I have to assume you're dead inside. Which will help you relate to the protagonist even more so. Read this book. - Meg


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Reviewsday: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled upon her arm. A whole pack of them – made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same…”

wolf by wolfIt’s been years since Yael saw her own face; she no longer remembers what she should look like. Living in Germany, 1956, over ten years after the Nazi’s won the war, her real face would not be safe to show to the world anyway. Using the skinshifting abilities gifted to her through brutal experimentation during her years in a concentration camp as a child, Yael can show the world any face she desires. Her next face will kill Hitler.

Posing as Adele Wolfe, an infamous Victor of the Reich’s Axis Tour who stole her twin brother’s identity to compete, Yael must do the impossible: win a second Axis Tour, get close to the Fuhrer and take his life during the Victor’s Ball, an event televised across Europe. The how of it is easy enough: ride fast enough and viciously enough across the continent to beat the other competitors - names and faces Yael has memorised over and over. But, as she soon finds out, names and faces are nothing compared to the real competitors; competitors the real Adele Wolfe has a past with, competitors that know secrets Yael cannot possibly know. Competitors that may just blow her cover sky-high.

Wolf by Wolf is an intense, action packed read that paints a giant “what if” in glorious, brutal colour. Yael’s tough-as-nails persona is hard won and painfully wrought through memories that will have your heart in your throat and her journey across a continent, weaving through intense interpersonal relationships that mystify and delight, is unforgettable.

“Her story begins on a train.”

QBD Reviews: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo


Words do not sum up the anticipation I felt, waiting for this book to be released. I was NOT disapointed, I finished reading it in 4 hours!

Every now and then a book comes along that speaks to you, to who you are, this for me, was one of those. This book is not a biography although Amy did say she will write one when she is 90 and “Memoir-worthy”. This book is a collection of short stories from her adventures so far. The book opens up with a rather charming apology to one of her more private body parts, (in a way only Amy can be), then goes into tales about what it has been like so far being Amy Schumer- a chaotic, flawed, adorable, hilarious, introverted, powerful woman.

I have admired Amy and her "bare all" style of comedy for years, but this book let me see a side of her I didn't know was there. A side that has made me relate to her as a 30 something woman rather than just the loveable stand up comedian. If you are 18-60, have a sense of humour and even just a streak of feminist in you, this book will be your new best friend.
- Chaille, QBD Highpoint

QBD Great Reads: If I Stay by Gayle Forman


Oh wow! Such an emotional story. I had similar feelings reading this story as when reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I loved both stories, as both made me cry – in a good way – and I was emotionally invested in the characters.

This young adult contemporary novel is about Mia, a young 17 year old who plays the cello. She has a boyfriend Adam who plays in a rock band and her family are also musicians. Even though her family loves music Mia feels somewhat separate from them as she is drawn to classical music - which is distinctly different from the rock concerts they love.

If I Stay is told over a period of 24 hours from Mia’s perspective, mixing present time with flashbacks of key moments in her life. Very close to the beginning of the novel Mia and her family are involved in a severe car accident. If I Stay, told through the eyes of Mia as she has an out-of-body experience while her physical body lies in a coma, takes readers through Mia’s decision as she is forced to choose whether to stay or let go.

What I really loved about this story was the voice of Mia. It was believable and I found it a really good vehicle with which to tell the story. Mia could see all that was happening to her yet she wasn’t a ghost (she couldn’t walk through walls) and as she was in limbo she could not be heard. Having Mia remember her life (quite literally having it “flash before her eyes”) was a great way to hear from everyone else in the story as well as knowing what was happening in the present. One of the funniest scenes was when Mia’s boyfriend Adam was trying to get into the ICU to see her but was blockaded by a nurse as he was not family, so he brought in a rock star as a diversion – hilarious!

If I Stay is by nature a sad book - there were two sections in particular where I couldn’t read the words through my tears. However, it is also uplifting and overall such a good story! The main message to take from this novel is that love, of all kinds, endures. Definitely a recommended read.

~Kerryn, QBD Northland