1. Unnecessary Wars, Henry Reynolds
  2. Everywhere I Look, Helen Garner
  3. Hang Him When He Is Not There, Nicholas John Turner
  4. The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah
  5. Boy Lost, Kristina Olsson
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo
  7. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  8. Brisbane Art Deco, Kimberley Wilson (ed)
  9. 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die, Barry Stone
  10. An Isolated Incident, Emily Maguire

We were so pleased to welcome Henry Reynolds to the shop last Thursday night (Henry in fact helped launch the original Avid Reader some 19 years ago!) to hear him speak to Paul Barclay about his fascinating new history of the Boer War.


Helen Garner’s new collection Everywhere I Look continues to do well. If you haven’t yet read it, you will want to after reading this essay about Helen Garner in The Lifted Brow by author Jennifer Down (Our Magic Hour). Another excellent launch from last week was Nicholas John Turner’s Hang Him When He Is Not There, and it’s great to see this piece of debut fiction appear in the list!



Among some old favourites reappearing (so great to see Brisbane Art Deco back in print!) there are two new books: Barry Stone’s 1001 Walks to Make Before You Die (so you’d probably better start now), and Emily Maguire’s critically-acclaimed new novel An Isolated Incident. You can hear Emily talk about the book at Avid Reader on Wednesday August 3!




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Until next week… keep on reading!