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Books of the Year 2022

We are THRILLED to finally introduce our “2022 Books of the Year” to you… Let’s celebrate “Lying Beside You” by Michael Robotham, “My Dream Time: A Memoir of Tennis and Teamwork” by Ash Barty, and “A Girl Called Corpse” by Reece Carter!

Over the year, our fantastic team of literary experts considered hundreds of books for this honour and are incredibly proud of the decision made. This is what they have to say: 

“Among the many great Children’s books released this year, ‘A Girl Called Corpse’ was a clear stand out. Reece Carter pulls you into a world bursting with magic and mystery, filled with unforgettable characters (spiders included!) and leaving you compelled to keep reading no matter your age. It’s a spooky, imaginative, and refreshing read, and Reece is only just getting started” – Chelsea, QBD Books Children’s Buyer

“Our Fiction Book of the Year – ‘Lying Beside You’ – is a gripping thriller that has risen up the bestseller lists – for good reason! Michael Robotham has created a fast-paced, unnerving dual narrative that is compulsively readable. We are incredibly proud to be supporting a prolific Australian author, in what has been a year of extraordinary storytelling” – Sarah, QBD Fiction Buyer

“Equal parts motivating and moving, Ash Barty’s remarkable story surrounds doing what you love and sheds light on why having perspective is so important in life. We are incredibly proud to feature this title as our Non-Fiction Book of the Year for 2022.” Nicholas Croydon, QBD Books CEO

More information here:  

“Lying Beside You” by Michael Robotham 

Twenty years ago, Cyrus Haven’s family was murdered. Only he and his brother survived. Cyrus because he hid. Elias because he was the killer. Now Elias is being released from a secure psychiatric hospital and Cyrus, a forensic psychologist, must decide if he can forgive the man who destroyed his childhood. As he prepares for the homecoming, Cyrus is called to a crime scene. A man is dead and his daughter, Maya, is missing. Then a second woman is abducted . . . The only witness is Evie Cormac, a troubled teenager with an incredible gift: she can tell when you are lying. Both missing women have dark secrets that Cyrus must unravel to find them – and he and Evie know better than anybody how the past can come back to haunt you…

“My Dream Time: A Memoir of Tennis and Teamwork” by Ash Barty

According to Ash, “My story is about the power and joy of doing that thing you love and seeing where it can take you, about the importance of purpose – and perspective – in our lives… It’s a tennis story. It’s a family story. It’s a teamwork story. It’s the story of how I got to where and who I am today.”

“A Girl Called Corpse” by Reece Carter 

With a body made of wax, seaweed for hair, and polished abalone shells for eyes, Corpse is bound to haunt the Witches’ sea shack forever. She has no memory of the kid she was before she was snatched and ended up on the rock-that-doesn’t-exist. But the delivery of an unexpected message sets Corpse off on a surprising quest, searching for answers to the old and familiar questions that have filled her not-brain since the day she first woke up a ghost. Questions about her name. Questions about her family. With only her eight-legged friend Simon for company, Corpse heads into the unknown. There will be danger – cruel Witches, a silver-eyed sea monster and a cunning Merchant with a hungry grin – but Corpse is not afraid. She’ll stop at nothing to uncover the truth about her past. Only some answers, it turns out, are much closer than she thinks.

 

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