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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

Nothing Is As Simple As Black and White For QBD’s Book Hipster Alex

Dames, danger and drinks are elements of Film Noir that can’t be disputed. You haven’t seen them appear on the screen like this before though.

QBD Book Hipster Film Noir

QBD’s book hipster, Alex, is at it again. This time the true clumsy hipster comes out through the light between the blinds.

Watch Alex deliver one of his best performances yet. He deserves a toast with a strong whiskey…