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Awesome books celebrating women!

 

Happy International Women's Day!

Today, Karina counts down her top 5 collections featuring amazing women!

"All these books contain amazing women throughout history, taking names and kicking butt. I love that each of these books show a wide range of people from history, including businesswomen, musicians, scientists, actors, suffragettes, activists, really every kind of woman.

I highly recommend all these books, especially Shout Out To The Girls, because they're specifically Australia women that may be less well known."

 

FIVE...

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee: 
Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trail-blazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, witty bios and in-depth storytelling, the book takes a closer look at the bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside of traditional gender roles for their times. Coupled with illustrations and Lee's Drunk History-esque storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

FOUR...

100 Nasty Women Of History by Hannah Jewell:

This great book contains profiles of women from across every century, race and continent, united in the fact that they were all a bit 'nasty'. From 3rd-century Japanese Empress Jingu to 20th-century British social reformer Octavia Hill, these are the women who were bold and powerful, but maybe put people (men's) backs up by being so. An accessible, intelligent, hilarious (and sometimes sweary) guide to the history-making women whom you probably don't know - but definitely should.

THREE...

Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky:

A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, the book features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world, and also contains infographics about interesting and relevant topics such as lab equipment and rates of women currently working in STEM fields.

TWO...

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli:

What if the princess did not marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut or an activist? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives. From Marie Curie to Malala, Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid, this book brings together the stories of scientists, artists, politicians, pirates and spies. Each double-page spread contains a mini-biography written in the style of a modern fairy tale and a full-page portrait capturing the spirit of each heroine, by one of the sixty female artists from across the globe who were commissioned to illustrate the book. Powerful, moving and very necessary, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girl will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

ONE!

Shout Out to the Girls by Various: 

Let's hear it for the Australian women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future!
Shout-outs to 50 awesome Australian women with easy-to-read biographies of their incredible achievements. From Cathy Freeman to Turia Pitt, Edith Cowan to Julia Gillard, Mum Shirl to Vali Myers, plus rally car drivers, molecular biologists and more, this book is a celebration of women in all fields, from all walks of life, and from Australia's past and present.

QBD Reviews: The Secrets At Ocean’s Edge by Kali Napier

Meet our February Book of the Month!

The Secrets At Ocean's Edge has been likened to Australian classics like M.L. Stedman's award-winning novel The Light Between Oceans, and Rosalie Ham's The Dressmaker.

1932. Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression; all they have keeping their small family together are their secrets. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse. But forming new alliances with the locals isn't easy.

Into the Hasses' new life wanders Lily's shell-shocked brother, Tommy, after three harrowing years on the road following his incarceration. Tommy is seeking answers that will cut to the heart of who Ernie, Lily, and Girlie really are.

Inspired by the author's own family history, The Secrets at Ocean's Edge is a haunting, memorable and moving tale of one family's search for belonging. Kali Napier breathes a fever-pitch intensity into the story of these emotionally fragile characters as their secrets are revealed with tragic consequences. 

This novel will break and warm your heart! The story of this Australian family will hit close to home for many, as they struggle to find where they belong. As family secrets break these beautifully vulnerable characters, I thought of my own family history and how lives evolve and change. If you loved The Light between Oceans, you will fall hard for this family's tale.
- Kaitlyn, QBD Kotara

The Secrets At Ocean's Edge is available online & in all QBD Books' stores now.

Author Guest Post: Serena Hodson Tells Us About Her New Book!

Photographer Serena Hodson takes beautiful colour photographs of man's best friend ... but her furry subjects are all upside down. Today, she tells us how she came up with the inspiration for her gorgeous new book 'Upside Down Dogs'.

"When I first got involved in photography, I saw it as a hobby – a way for me to record those magical moments that happen in an animal’s everyday life. At the time I was living with Rocco, my bullmastiff and my sister’s dachshund, Ralph. Their relationship was my inspiration and what I managed to capture drove me to take my photography seriously. I’ve always been an animal lover, but I never knew that passion would lead to my life’s purpose – photography. This creative outlet allows me to capture the joy dogs bring to my life and then share that with the world.

I believe every animal has a secret life – a unique personality that few people get to witness – that’s why I get so much satisfaction from capturing each individual animal’s expression. My aim is to capture that unique personality and humour that animals can bring into our lives. I believe a home isn’t complete without a companion animal.
Upside Down Dogs began with a simple idea – to capture the delight and joy of dogs in an upside down pose. The way dog’s lips and wrinkles drop towards gravity almost gives this impression they are smiling and their facial expressions offer an antidote to human stress.

My two bulldogs Simon and Garfunkel make me laugh every day – they bring an optimistic and fun-loving perspective to my day. A ride in the car is like a rollercoaster ride, a bowl of kibble is a delicious 5-star meal and rolling around on their backs is heaven on earth for them. This is where I saw my first glimpse of ‘Upside Down Dog’ captured in that unique moment of upside-down-bliss. Though this angle on dogs is original in publishing I think it’s familiar to anyone who lives with a dog.

Luckily my four-legged models are photogenic from any angle, especially when they are relaxed and happy with their place in the world (ie. on a bed). I wanted to photograph different breeds to allow a broad range of subjects to be captured for maximum audience appeal. Not every dog was comfortable to lie on their backs straight away while a complete stranger pointed an unusual object at them. Some took more time and calm energy to relax – others were not so shy and flopped like a sack of potatoes. The book was incredibly fun to make and I loved every minute from the more challenging subjects to manoeuvring enormous drooling Mastiffs on and off their backs. It was such a privilege to meet so many wonderful dogs and their humans.

I hope this book goes to the heart of why humans and dogs have such a wonderful symbiotic relationship and people visually enjoy as much as I did photographing it. I think we need dogs to help us find joy in everyday pleasures, and our dogs need us to make the bed so they can jump up and roll around."

Happy Birthday OzBargain!

Our friends at OzBargain are turning 10 today! To celebrate they are throwing a huge party with massive deals - ours included!

logo-squareCheck it out here: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/277112

OzBargain was recently cited by Roy Morgan Research as the fastest growing site in the online shopping category, notching up 27m pageviews and 9m sessions.

The big success over the last few years has been OzBargain, a community message board for like-minded bargain-hunters. The site doesn’t sell anything directly and instead acts as a hub for visitors (and merchants) to share information about sales and offers, whether online or in bricks-and-mortar stores.
Nearly half of Australians agree they sometimes research products online but then go buy them offline, and the success of OzBargain’s platform proves that many consumers are deeply engaged in omni-channel shopping.

- Michele Levine, CEO – Roy Morgan Research

What is the Fate of the QBD Book Hipster in this Epic Finale?

We have followed QBD’s Book Hipster, Alex, through daring journeys that cross many of our favourite genres. He always manages to maneuver himself out of tricky situations with the help of his dependable paperbacks.

In true QBD Book Hipster fashion, the finale is guaranteed to go out with a bang.

QBD Book Hipster Finale

In this impressive finale Alex is propelled inter danger once more. There’s more than a damsel in distress at stake this time and the question on everybody’s lips, is can paperbacks save the QBD Book Hipster this time?

Watch the epic finale here