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HOT READS: Dogs, space, secrets and power

As the holidays draw near, you can look forward to rest, relaxation, and reading! Here are the hottest new book releases, set to fill shelves near you soon.

Dogs with Jobs


by Laura Greaves

Molly Polly, a diabetes alert dog works ‘round-the-clock to keep her two young owners healthy; Bailey, the Assistant Director of Seagulls, keeps pesky birds away from heritage vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum; and Daisy, the Collie mix, is a full-time guide dog for another dog.

This collection of extraordinary, true stories will have you breathless with awe. From inspirational moments of bravery, to taking on jobs that no one else can do, these life-affirming stories introduce the most remarkable dogs on the planet.

A Galaxy of Her Own


A GALAXY OF HER OWN: Amazing Stories of Women in Space
by Libby Jackson

From scientists to astronauts and surprising roles in between, A Galaxy of Her Own tells 50 stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to putting humans in space,.

From mathematician Ada Lovelace in the 19th century, to the women behind the Apollo missions, from astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to those blazing the way in the race to reach Mars, A Galaxy of Her Own reveals extraordinary stories about unsung heroes.

Written by Libby Jackson, a leading UK expert in human space flight, and illustrated with bold artwork from the students of London College of Communication, this is a book to delight and inspire trailblazers of all ages.



SHINE: 20 Secrets to a Happy Life
by Shannah Kennedy, Lyndall Mitchell

Prepare for a new year and a new you, with this inspirational self-help guide to living your best life!

Discover 20 simple life skills that will help you to thrive. From ‘Clarity’ and ‘Mindfulness’, to ‘Declutter’ and ‘Sleep’, each chapter is enormously practical and truly inspiring, explaining the game-changing potential these techniques hold. You too can master them in easy to follow steps. Discover the power of having a vision, learn how to set effective boundaries, and understand why keeping a journal can make you happier.

Tom Clancy's Power and Empire


Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire
by Marc Cameron

In Tom Clancy’s latest instalment in his bestselling series, US President Jack Ryan is faced with desperate options to deal with a growing threat from China.

On the fringes of the Pacific Ocean, a catastrophic explosion destroys a Chinese container ship.

In Texas a solitary Highway Patrol trooper stops on a deserted road to find a young Hispanic girl with no identity, a murky history and information to kill for.

In the White House, President Jack Ryan faces his toughest negotiation yet.

Amid a web of coincidences and connections, it soon becomes clear a series of incidents around the world are connected. And at the centre of the web is a threat as dangerous as anything Jack Ryan has faced before.



DARKER: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian
By E L James

Best-selling author E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe.

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.

But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?

And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?

After the Blues


After the Blues
by Kathy Lette

Our favourite feminist, Kathy Lette, returns with a follow up to the hugely successful Puberty Blues.

Now an adult on L-plates, Debbie and her girlfriends reveal what women talk about when there are no men around. After breaking off with both her best friend and boyfriend, Debbie runs away to the inner-city world of punk rock, dodgy jobs, new mates and R-rated adventures.

It’s the kaleidoscopic 1980s, a time of perms, shoulder pads, Blondie and Bowie, prawn cocktails, fondue parties and mistaking promiscuity for feminism.

With equal parts humour and pathos, Kathy Lette, one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, exposes all the fun and foolish things girls do when scrabbling to find their high-heeled feet in the world.

Kiddie’s Corner

Pippa’s Island 3: Kira Dreaming
by Belinda Murrell

The third book in the gorgeously happy and fun Pippa’s Island series sees Pippa and her friends competing in the school talent quest!

Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg and Charlie couldn’t be more excited to perform, but Pippa gets butterflies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition the girls get a second chance, but can Pippa find a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert?

Starlight Stables
by Soraya Nicholas

Starlight Stables 5: Brumby Rescue

When Poppy buys a wild, beautiful brumby at an auction she doesn’t think about the consequences. Everyone thinks she’s crazy trying to take on a wild horse – although Poppy is sure she can help him.

Can she prove them wrong and work out how to bond with her brumby, or has she finally bitten off more than she can handle?

Starlight Stables 6: Barmah Brumbies

Poppy, Milly and Katie are thrilled when they find out they’re off to Barmah National Park on a five-day trail ride! Visiting Storm’s home country, camping out, seeing brumbies in the wild and getting lost are just some of the adventures awaiting the girls. But will their penchant for landing in hot water lose them the chance of a lifetime?

Hey Duggee: The Little Book of Duggee Hugs
by Ladybird

Sometimes, we all need a Duggee hug. But what’s better than one Duggee hug? Loads of them!

Give someone special a whole bunch of Duggee hugs to help them through the day, with this sweet collection of warm and cuddly moments from the award-winning Cbeebies series.