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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!


Spotlight on QBD Wollongong

Revisit a classic, pick up something new or get comfy with a childhood favourite!
Our team at Wollongong have shone our spotlight on some great titles this week!

The Secret History Of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost:

As a huge fan of the TV show, this is an admittedly biased review, but this book is everything fans of the show could have wanted. Deepening the lore, tying up loose ends, and even retconning some of the not so great elements from the original show, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has created a book that both satiates lingering questions while also teasing out new ones. With another book announced coming out in October, after the conclusion of the new season, now's the time to get stuck into the history of the remarkable place that is Twin Peaks. - Tyler

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty:

One of her first novels, 'The Husband's Secret' precedes the popular 'Big Little Lies' and is a must-read for any Moriarty fans. An intricate story about a perfectionist mother and wife, the novel takes many twists and turns after Cecilia discovers a long-hidden secret about her husband. Like many of Moriarty's books, the story involves a number of characters that build up to a suspenseful ending you won't expect. A personal favourite, and one of those books you just can't put down. - Hannah

Green Arrow Volume One by DC Comics:

The DC universe rebirth did not fail to its mark with Green Arrow vol. 1. A fast paced introduction quickly reintroduces the Emerald Archer with the surprising but welcome addition of Black Canary, bringing back and potentially restarting DC's powerhouse Duo and most beloved couple. Oliver's life takes an unexpected twist as Dinah brings into question the sole reason as to why he fights, raising the question as to why he stands up to the big guy, when he is the big guy. In a sense of unfortunate timing, the return of a family foe in Shado and the betrayal of his half sister Emi, se's Oliver fighting to not only stop crime, but to convince himself he is indeed fighting for what is right. - Riley

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
Set in the year 1922, The Great Gatsby is a story of the death of the American dream. It is a wistful tale of lost love and the inability to recapture the past. Jay Gatsby's love for Daisy Buchanan is one of passion, greed and sorrow. Fitzgerald takes us on a journey into the post World War One Jazz Era
of lost souls, old money, dazzling parties and bootlegging. The narrator, Nick Carraway is an outsider and one deeply affected by the events of that summer. He weaves a tale juxtaposing the
grandeur of Gatsby's parties and the loneliness one can feel even when surrounded by hundreds of people and more money than you could ever spend in a lifetime. Obsession and unconditional love are flawed and sometimes fatal. - Mel

American Gods by Neil Gaiman:

The strangeness of this book is even evident before it begins- being the winner independently for the best sci-fi, fantasy and horror novel of 2001. It follows the story of Shadow as he leaves prison, with his hopes of returning to his normal life dashed quite thoroughly. In fact, any real sense of normalcy is dashed quite thoroughly. The book reads like a dream. Not in the way a car salesman would claim, but like an actual dream; wistful and winding and bizarre. Through his novel, Gaiman explores the nature and strange power of mankind's beliefs. The book can be slow and meandering at times, but the plot is always unguessable, the characters are strange and compelling, the cleverness is evident in and between each line and it will leave you thinking each time you put it down. Definitely worth picking up. - Ben

The Selection by Kiera Cass:

One of Kiera Cass's first series, “The Selection,” is a heart pounding romance novel exploring the life of America Singer where she is selected amongst 35 other girls in a chance of a lifetime to compete for Prince Maxon's heart in a world of Glittering Gowns and Priceless Jewels. Unfortunately for America Singer this means turning her back on her secret love and entering the palace for a prize she never dreamed of. The Selection is a must read for all romance novel lovers. - Emma

Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden:

This series follows Ellie and her friends as their world get turned upside down. From teenagers living normal lives in a small country town in a Australia, to fighting an invasion. Through courage, love and hope they must learn to come together to fight for their home. This is an excellent series and I would recommend this to all teenagers looking for a fast paced and adventure filled read. – Amy

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 without further ado we give you the 12 Books of Christmas!


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!

Our Most Anticipated October Titles!

There are so many great new titles coming out this October!

From cookbooks to great new fiction, and memoirs there's great new reads for everyone!

These are our most pre-ordered titles so far:


Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven: A poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.

Small Great Things by Jodi PicoultA woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest immersive novel.

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks A chance encounter with an old flame tempts Russell Green to take a chance on love again, and with the support of his family, Russ finally comes to understand the true nature of unconditional love.

Night School by Lee Child: Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen: Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks: The Blood Mirror is the action-packed new novel in the Lightbringer series by international bestseller Brent Weeks. As the armies of the White King defeat the Chromeria and old gods are born anew, the fate of worlds will come down to one question: who is the Lightbringer?

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick RiordanThor's hammer is missing again.  If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. The next thrilling Magnus Chase adventure set in the world of the Norse Gods.

Ruby Redfort: Blink and You'll Die by Lauren Child: Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom? You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay: This is your ultimate guide to being brilliant in the kitchen! Basics to Brilliance is a luxurious hardback, featuring beautiful photography and featuring over 200 recipes. This is a book you will want to treasure forever.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets- Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling: Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


Historical fun for everyone!

Are you interested in history but find facts, figures and dates boring? Want a little bit more pizzazz and adventure with all the educational mumbo jumbo? Then historical fiction is the genre for you and I’m going to give you the scoop on some of the amazing titles floating around out there for all ages!

9781847374592The Lady of the Rivers  by Philippa Gregory:
Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of nineteen, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou’s close friend and a Lancaster supporter – until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French:
In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land and the shearers are on strike. Her father’s turned swaggie and he’s wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last.
Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl’s journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams.

9780552775311Two Brothers  by Ben Elton:
Berlin 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood.
As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested ot the very limits of endurance, and the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice. Which one of them will survive?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden:
The extraordinary tale of Sayuri, a young girl who grows up to become and acclaimed geisha, spanning a quarter of a century, from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history and opening a window into the half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

9780141014081The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman:
One for the graphic novel lovers, Maus is an adaptation of the author’s fathers experiences in Nazi Germany and the concentration camps. Using cartoonish depictions of cats and mice to the tell his father’s tales which Spiegelman’s detailed black and white illustrations add interesting dimensions to, Maus is ultimately a survivor’s tale which endeavours to help us understand the horrors experienced by the Jews under Nazi reign.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah:
A semi-fictionalised version of her breathtaking biography Falling Leaves for younger readers, Chinese Cinderella recounts Adeline’s childhood in a strictly traditional Chinese household where she was considered bad luck after her mother died giving birth to her.