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Eastlands Top Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and our team in Eastlands Tasmania
have picked out their Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas just for you!

Get a load of these great reads!

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett: 
The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, gripping A Column of Fire.  A sweeping tale of politics, espionage, court intrigue, and a little bit of romance this big hardcover is perfect for Ken Follett lovers, lovers of sagas, historical fiction and magnificent writing.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur:
From Rupi Kaur, the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.  Perfect for lovers of poetry, modern literature, deep thinking, and reads that give you #feels.

Please note this title has a content warning and is not suitable for children. 

Artemis by Andy Weir:
From the author of the best seller, The Martian, comes a tale about a wise cracking smuggler on the moon. Perfect for anyone who loves science fiction, fantasy, space or just a plain good read!

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

Windfall by Jennifer .E Smith:
Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . .

Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason:
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Perfect for any armchair adventurer!

 

12 Books of Christmas Round-Up

We all know the time-honoured Christmas carol. Someone's true love gives them about 23 birds and an epic amount of helpers. But really? Who wants 20-something birds? Books are better! (and quieter).

We're all about helping you gift your loved ones something awesome...so without further ado we give you the 12 Books of Christmas!

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Night School by Lee Child: Our first book sees Jack Reacher go back to school on a spin-tingling adventure! It's perfect for anyone who loves thrillers, adventure, or action and while it is part of a series, the beauty of Jack Reacher is you don't have to start at Book 1.

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes: If you want a gritty, raw, open Aussie biography, you can't go past 'Working Class Boy' by rock legend Jimmy Barnes.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: If you're after something light funny and a little bit quirky, Anna Kendrick's autobiographical essays are definitely the way to go.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult has again targeted another of society’s big issues with her latest courtroom drama novel. Prejudice and race is at the heart of the story as we follow the experience of an African American labour and delivery nurse whose world is turned upside down when she comes in contact with a white supremacist and his baby.

Adventures of the Honey Badger by Nick Cummins: Packed with Nick Cummins' sensational sayings, ripper yarns and pure Aussie wisdom, this new book is a charming collection of stories celebrating the importance of family, mates, rugby, getting out amongst it (i.e. seeing the world)!

Cross the Line by James Patterson: Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer- with a conscience in this new thriller. Easy to read, this is perfect for any armchair thrill-seeker!

Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver: Full of fresh, fast and super-delicious meals this fabulous cookbook is a must have gift for anyone that has a kitchen!

Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets- Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay: Filled with Jim Kay's marvellous illustrations, this story jumps right off the page, and is perfect for the collector, the new Harry Potter lover, or even to read together with the kids over a few nights tucked up in bed!

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly: Jack West Jr. is back! Caught up in a deadly game of survival against other elite soldiers in this latest thrilling installment in the series. Will he make it out alive? Who or what are the Four Legendary Kingdoms? You'll have to read it to find out....

True Faith and Allegiance by Tom Clancy: Jack Ryan and his team frantically battle shadowy forces who are looking to drag the US president into a ground war with ISIS.

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham: Lauren Graham's laugh-out-loud book is #11 in our 12 books of Christmas countdown! Perfect for those suffering Gilmore Girls withdrawal, people who love celebrity bios or anybody looking for a bit of a giggle!

This title has currently sold out online. Stock is still available at most of our 57 stores nation-wide. 

The Whistler by John Grisham: A superb and suspenseful thriller by one of the world's bestselling authors. Perfect for anyone who loves and engrossing read!

Spotlight on QBD Brisbane City – Christmas Edition!

 

Our Brisbane City team have the holly jolly Christmas spirit this week!
Check out their great gift ideas...

 

Leatherbound Classics
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These beautiful leather bound classic novels are a special gift to give to any classic novel lover this Christmas. - Portia

 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a classic science fiction comedy space opera, and the best trilogy in four parts ever written. This is a book I'd be more than happy to receive as a gift, even though I already own multiple copies. You haven't had the worst day ever until you are the only one who survives the Earth being destroyed to make way for an intergalactic motorway, and surviving the escape as a stowaway on an alien's ship. - Gabrielle

 

9780751563139On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher:
“On The Other Side” by Carrie Hope Fletcher is a gorgeous bittersweet story in which the protagonist, Evie Snow, finds herself stuck in purgatory after her death. She finds herself unable to cross into the other side until she fixes three mistakes she made during her life on earth- but will she find the strength to finally tell her family about the secrets she's kept hidden for 60 years? Recommended for fans of Carrie's Youtube channel, Emily Rodda and Sarah Dessen - Emily

 

The Happy Cookbook and Lola Berry's Little Book of Smoothies Juices by Lola Berry:
Made by Australia's favourite nutritionist, Lola Berry, these two books would be a great gift for anyone who wants to add a little Zing to their life! - Yvonne

 

9781743369197Sweet! Celebrations: A My Cupcake Addiction Cookbook by Elise Strachan:
Great gift for mum or anyone who loves baking. Elise Strachan's 'Sweet! Celebrations' is the perfect present for anyone who likes trying new recipes that are interesting and fun to create! - Debora

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Have a Wookie at these great Star Wars titles!

The new standalone film Star Wars: Rogue One is on the way!

Whet your appetite for all things galactic with these great, collectable (and totally giftable) pictorial Star Wars books.

9780241201169Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross Sections lets you see the vehicles from the movie in unparalleled detail. Twelve breathtaking artworks bring the new craft to life, showing all of the weapons, engines, and technology, while engaging text explains each vehicle's backstory and key features.

Open Ultimate Star Wars and be hit by a visual feast exploring the iconic characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy!

Beautifully illustrated, Ultimate Star Wars is packed with information about every single character from Mace Windu to Darth Maul through detailed analyses of their stories throughout the saga.

Explore the Star Wars universe in chronological order to follow the whole story or dive in and out to relive your favourite moments, key battles and iconic characters. A must-have for Star Wars fans, Ultimate Star Wars will enhance your knowledge of the characters and storylines before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Including characters from the Star Wars movie saga, Star Wars Rebels and the Clone Wars, this is the only guide that explores the entire Star Wars universe in such detail.

9781405279987Star Wars Galactic Atlas  details everything you need to know about the worlds and creatures of the Star Wars universe. Facts about planets and characters are woven into complex, brand-new illustrations that will keep fans busy for hours. A true keepsake for all Star Wars aficionados and a perfect gift for anytime of the year!

Explore the fascinating Star Wars galaxy with this updated edition of  Star Wars: Complete Locations. Incredible inside looks at the Star Wars world make this a must-have for any avid Star Wars fan, and show the Star Wars universe in more detail than ever before. This new edition is fully up-to-date with the latest locations from The Force Awakens, and is packed with brand new imagery of all the important locations, including Starkiller Base.

Fiction lovers, we haven't forgotten you!
If you're looking to get the back-story to the new movie, the prequel novel is in stores now! 

rogue-oneStar Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Story is the amazing prequel to Rogue One.

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

QBD Reviews: Small Great Things by Jodi PIcoult

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Jodi Picoult has again targeted another of society’s big issues with her latest courtroom drama novel.

Prejudice and race is at the heart of the story as we follow the experience of an African American labour and delivery nurse whose world is turned upside down when she comes in contact with a white supremacist and his baby.

Thought provoking and heart wrenching, the topics on display in this book are relevant and will stay with you well after you turn the last page.

Jodi Picoult has a way of jumping into the shoes of others and seeing things through others eyes, raising questions that you never thought to consider before.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish and thoroughly recommend Ms Picoult's newest novel to anyone who enjoys a great read.

~ Belinda, QBD Charlestown