I am the Architect of my own Destruction by Rick Williams

Depression. It’s a battle. One that too many people sadly cannot conquer, or even know how to begin to tackle.  Recent studies in Australia show that a person takes their own life every three hours. Men in particular are still stigmatised when it comes to looking after their mental and emotional well being, and this…

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Recently widowed,Claire Randall,a successful physician,returns to the Scottish Highlands to look up a Scottish historian she met twenty years earlier. But why has she really come back? And who is the father of her beautiful copper-haired daughter? The questions asked by Claire lead her back towards a far,far distant past- back to the dangers and…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes…

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces…

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  ‘All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Anna Karenina is a novel of unparalleled richness and complexity, set against the backdrop of Russian high society. Tolstoy charts the course of the doomed love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Once again I felt that sense of something settling round me like a shawl around my shoulders, as though I’d found a place where I could rest, and be at home… And while I watched the fire I felt the writer’s trance take hold of me. I seemed to see, again, the dying fire within…

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment- not entirely human in its origins… I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animal and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Where to buy it: QBD the bookshop, $19.99 paperback When can I get…

Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff

Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff Once Were Warriors is Alan Duff’s harrowing vision of his country’s indigenous people two hundred years after the English conquest. In prose that is both raw and compelling, it tells the story of Beth Heke, a Maori woman struggling to keep her family from falling apart, despite the squalor…

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

I bought an apple and ate it. Did I understand the fragrance and heft? The too-sweetness of the pulpy flesh? Had I ever felt the fatality of autumn like my bones did now, while I watched the pensive currents of foot traffic? A muted hopelessness pressed on me. I lay under it. At that point…

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her…

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi   Born Mandy Rodgers just outside of Geelong, Portia de Rossi is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing and talked about stars. Finding early success in the Australian film Sirens, Portia went on to starin the hit television series Ally McBeal, as well as the cult hit Arrested Development, launching…

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a…