6 new release books you must read now
Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the digital world of television shows, movies and computer screens. There's a certain power to a good book: it inspires you, entertains you, is thought provoking, or just gives you an opportunity to get lost in an alternate world. We bring you some of the best new releases, that have just hit shelves in the bookstores.
- My Story – Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard was Australia’s first female Prime Minister and in her new book she openly writes about the successes, mistakes and failures of her three year reign.
Showing a side to Julia Gillard that the public didn’t normally get to see, Gillard chronicles her turbulent time in a candid way and reveals in her own words, what life was really like being Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
- Walking Free – Munied Al Muderis
Walking Free is the story of one man’s courageous battle of surviving the Australian refugee system after escaping a death sentence in Iraq.
In 1999 Munied Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad. A squad of Military Police ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused he was executed in front of his staff. Muderis was able to flee to Indonesia, where he boarded a refugee boat to Australia. Soon after he was incarcerated in a refugee camp.
Since his release in 2000, Muderis has become one of the world’s leading surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees. Muderis’s story is one of courage, perseverance and inspiration and brings to light the dark, inhumane nature of Australia’s refugee camps.
- Sell up, Pack up and Take off – Stephen Wyatt, Colleen Ryan
Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan bring us stories of 50 plus retirees who are living the dream in Asia and Europe – living luxurious lives for cheaper prices.The book discusses the pros and cons of the international locations you can live in after retirement, as well as the tricks of buying and renting houses, how to sort your visa and how to manage your insurance.
You can read more about Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off here and here.
- What I know for sure – Oprah Winfrey
Over the years Oprah Winfrey has made history with her high-rating talk-show, TV network, magazine and humanitarian work. In her monthly magazine O, she writes the popular ‘What I Know For Sure’ column and now the monthly source of inspiration has been collected in a book, organised by theme. The essays are a powerful and rare glimpse at the woman behind the global empire and are candid, humorous and uplifting.
- Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is famous for her clever writing, addictive storylines and plot twists. She’s returned with the brand new book ‘Leaving Time,’ which is being hailed as one of her most powerful and affecting novels yet. The story centres on a 13-year-old teen (Alice Metcalf) whose mother disappeared a decade previously. Determined that her mother didn’t desert her, Alice teams up with a disgraced psychic and the detective who first investigated her mother’s disappearance. Together these three individuals discover truths that will change the course of their lives. Filled with suspense, heartfelt emotions and twists, Jodi Picoult’s latest book explores the concept of enduring love.
- Gallipoli – Peter Fitzsimons
On April 25 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France. This lead to eight months of horrific fighting and battles. Now approaching its centenary, the battle of Gallipoli is commemorated each year on Anzac Day and is a huge part of Australia’s and New Zealand’s identity and history.
Peter Fitzsimons expertly combines his research and writing skills to recreate and tell the story of Gallipoli, as experienced by those who endured it or died fighting.
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