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4 Nov 2008

Goldengrove by Francine Prose

A beautifully written tale of a family trying to deal with the sudden death of a family member. Margaret, eldest child of Henry and Daisy and sister to thirteen year old Nico, drowns in the local lake, possibly of a non-treated heart condition. The excruciating rawness of grief isolates Nico and her parents: her mother blocks it out with prescription drugs, her father buries himself in his bookshop, Goldengrove, and his unfinished novel. Nico stumbles into a relationship of sorts with Margaret's boyfriend Aaron, himself desperately unable to cope. Prose seems to write about grief from the inside and I found her story quite moving. The family are not healed after the death in the family because one never is, but at novel's end she brings the family to a satisfying place: ' bobbing into the blinding light' where 'we had to relearn to breathe'. A place where missing Margaret was still painful, but someone had ' lowered the volume of the siren song that so nearly took us down with her"

by Christine

13 Oct 2008

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

This amazing story of African girl Aminata's escape from abduction, slavery and cruelty to become the doyenne of the abolitionist movement is a knock-out. Hill writes with a beautifully restrained lyricality, and creates a very compelling voice for this heroine who straddles multiple worlds and cultures. Historically, the novel is rich and fascinating, and takes the reader inside Aminata's experience of slavery with a depth that has, in my humble opinion, never before been achieved in English literature. Without a doubt, this is my book of the year!

Elly J. (Elizabeth)

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A man enduring a long recovery from horrific burns. A woman, possibly suffering from mental illness, who takes on his care. A figurative and literal journey to Dante's Inferno and back. And a love between two people that has outlasted centuries and even death. These elements combine to create one of the most enjoyable flights of fancy published this year - for open-minded readers who want a dash of magical realism to spice up their summer reading.

Elly J. (Elizabeth)

8 Oct 2008

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre

John le Carre's latest novel, A Most Wanted Man, is set in Hamburg, Germany, the city where Mohamed Atta and other members of Al Qaeda prepared for their assault on the United States — a “guilty city,” in one character’s words, which hatched this terrorist cell, and which, in the years since the attacks, has become a focal point for German, American and British intelligence.

14 Sep 2008

Man Booker Shortlist Announced

Australian Steve Toltz's debut novel A Fraction Of The Whole has made the shortlist for this year's Man Booker prize.

The other shortlisted novels are :
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Sea Of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant

Kristy gives this book 5 stars *****

2 Sep 2008

Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel

This novel is based on a real case that occurred in Germany in the 1920s: an ageing farmer, his elderly wife, their daughter, the daughter's two young children and a maid were all brutally murdered on their farm in the remote countryside. Schenkel's narrative gradually untangles the mesh of events, each chapter being a different eyewitness's account of events. Its gentle sketching-in of events of the decade preceding the murders also makes this a fascinating portrait of postwar Germany (the murders are relocated by the author to the 1950s). I read it in two hours - it is not long, almost a novella, and is easy to read - but the story was extremely compelling and it kept me guessing until the very end. Without spoiling the story, more horrifying than the murders themselves are the dark family secrets revealed during the course of the investigation - this is a dark book. Would appeal to both crime and general readers alike.

Elizabeth J. (Elly!)

31 Aug 2008

The Minutes of the Lazarus Club by Tony Pollard

Have just started reading this and finding it most interesting. A surgeon in 1857's London becomes involved in a clandestine off-shoot of the Royal Society: members include Darwin, Bazalgette and Brunel. The atmosphere is murky, at times gory and very mysterious. To quote the blurb: the enigmatic machinations of a dark conspiracy set the scene for a thriller read.


13 Aug 2008

America America by Ethan Canin

Reading this at the moment. Historical novel set in the 1960s and '70s near the Great Lakes in the US. A young boy from a working-class family is 'adopted' by the scion of the local leading industrial family who are major supporters of the Democrats. In later life, the boy becomes a journalist on the local newspaper. As narrator of America America he records the rise and fall of the local Democrat Senator and his attempt to run for the presidency of the United States. Really well written, a detailed, thoroughly interesting novel.


Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup

Not Q & A part two. A longer, deeper novel of great black humour which features modern Indian stereotypes; the corrupt politician, his son the untouchables young businessman who is immune to the law, a Bollywood actress who needs to stay in front of the cameras, an innocent tribal man who confronts the sophistication of India's cities, a street kid on the way up, and a holy fool in the form of an American tourist. When the young businessman in killed whilst celebrating his (lucky and illegal) escape from a murder charge, there are six suspects for his murder. The book follows the story of each suspect. 

Very entertaining, but a more serious read than Q & A. Highly recommended.

The Rip by Robert Drewe

In this new collection of short stories, some are good - The Lap Pool, The Water Person and the Tree Person, The Life Alignment of the Coffee Grower - others seem more like sketches for short stories. Set in exotic Australian locations such as Byron Bay, the Queensland coast and the West Australian coast. Entertaining reading.


6 Aug 2008

BiP Children's Blog

We have decided to create a separate blog dedicated to children's books. 

26 Jul 2008

Books Alive 2008

Tomorrow is the official launch of Books Alive 2008. Bombproof by Michael Robotham is exclusive to Books Alive, and will be available free with any purchase from the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' guide.

Books Alive is an annual government promotion running from 27 July until 31 August.

22 Jul 2008

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs

Feeling jaded with forensic anthropology as practised by Tempe Brennan, I have skipped the last few novels by Kathy Reichs. On a lazy Sunday recently I picked up an advance copy of Devil Bones. Not only did I finish it in a day, but I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness of both plot and characters. Yes, it's still about 'bones' with probably more technical detail than the reader desires. But Reichs takes you into the world of exotic religions in her quest to identify two young victims found in a cellar complete with decapitated chickens,animal bones and other fetishes. Santeria, voodoo, devil worship, wiccas....the narrative is taut, with surprising twists.


21 Jul 2008

Books In Print Celebrates 20 Years

Stay tuned for details of our upcoming birthday celebrations!

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

The story is told in alternating chapters by a young Nigerian refugee, Little Bee, and a female British journalist, Sarah. The pair met on a beach in Nigeria in a shocking scene where Sarah loses a finger in an effort to save the young girl’s life. Years later, Little Bee is released from a British detention centre with no paperwork, and turns up on Sarah’s doorstep the day of her husband’s funeral. Sarah decides to take Little Bee in until she can figure out what to do with the girl. Little by little, Little Bee reveals details of her final days in Nigeria, including the brutal rape and murder of her older sister, her escape to the UK, and her time in the detention centre. The book is exceptionally well-written, funny and shocking. Great for book clubs.

Kristy (Cathy, Chris and Elly have also read The Other Hand)

$32.99 TP

Crime prize winners

Frances Fyfield has won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for her novel Blood From Stone, and Tom Rob Smith won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for his first novel, Child 44.

20 Jul 2008


Hell by Yasutaka Tsutsui ***
Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ***1/2
House Of Special Purpose by John Boyne **1/2
American Rust by Philipp Meyer ****
Gone by Michael Grant (older readers) ***
Vintage Alice by Jessica Adams ***
Of Bees And Mist by Erick Setiawan **
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey ****
Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent ***1/2
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche **
We Are All Made Of Glue by Marina Lewycka ****1/2
Book Of Emmett by Deborah Forster ***1/2
Marriage Club by Kate Legge ***1/2
Dog Boy by Eva Hornung *****
Rainy Season by Myfanwy Jones ***
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett ***
Still Alice by Lisa Genova ****
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill ***
Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson ***
Child 44 by Tom Robb Smith *****


Beatrice And Virigl by Yann Martel
Nothing Was The Same by Kay Redfield Jamison
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Heaven's Net Is Wide by Lian Hearn
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
A Good And Happy Child by Justin Evans
Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
Murder Farm by Maria Davidson
A Case Of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Ransom by Davoid Malouf
Selected Works Of T S Spivet by Reif Larsen
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Marriage Club
by Kate Legge
Piano Teacher
by Janice Lee
by Richard Flanagan
American Journeys
by Don Watson
Forgeotten Garden
by Kate Morton
America America
by Ethan Canin
Good Parents
by Joan London
Independence Of Miss Mary Bennett
by Colleen McCullough
The Crossroads
by Niccolo Ammaniti
by Anita Brookman
The Lieutenant
by Kate Grenville
One Morning Like A Bird
by Andrew Miller

House At Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan
The Boat by Nam Le
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
Life In Seven Mistakes by Susan Johnson
Spare Room by Helen Garner


Fraction Of The Whole by Steve Toltz
One Foot Wrong by Sofia Laguna
Fermin by Sam Savage
My Name Is Will by Jess Winfield


Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
America America by Ethan Canin


Sideways by Patrick O'Neil ***** (If you liked Marching Powder)
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James *****
Dry Season by Dan Smith ****
The Worst This She Ever Did by Alice Kuipers **1/2
How To Talk To A Widower by Jonathan Tropper ***1/2
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper ****
Gravel by Peter Goldsworthy ****
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel ***
Sleeper's Wake by Alistair Morgan ****1/2
John Dies Near The End by David Wong **
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ****
Romance by Denis Robert **
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami ***1/2
Vernon God Little by D B C Pierre ****
The Death Of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave **1/2
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall ****
Strange Places by Will Elliott ****
The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton ****
This Is How by M J Hyland ***
Electroboy by Andy Behrman ***
The Blue Notebook by James A Levine (Aug) ****
Disco Boy by Dominic Knight ***
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche **
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey *****
If I Stay by Gayle Forman ****
The Book Of Emmett by Deborah Forster ****
Heliopolis by James Scudamore ****
I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti ****
The Jesus Man by Christos Tsiolkas **
Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam ***
Up A Tree In The Park At Night With A Hedgehog by P Robert Smith **
The Anatomy Of Wings by Karen Foxlee ****
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates ***
The Coma by Alex Garland ***
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett ****
The Crossroads by Niccolo Ammaniti ****
Rainy Season by Myfanwy Jones **
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel ***** The Beach by Alex Garland *****
The Boat by Nam Le **** The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas ***
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave ****
A Fraction Of The Whole by Steve Toltz *****
How The Lights Get's In by M J Hyland
Life On The Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers ***


Other Anzacs by Peter Rees
Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
Direct Red by Gabrielle Weston
Cry Me A River by Steve Posselt
Tiger's Eye by Inga Clendinnen
The Lucky Ones by Tohby Riddle (young adult)
Long Life by Nigel Nicolson
Valley Of Grace by Marion Halligan
Marriage Club by Kate Legge
Struggletown by Janet McCalman
Pursuit Of Oblivion by Richard Davenport-Hines
Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Beginner's Guide To Living by Lia Hills
Blessed Days Of Anaesthesia by Stephanie Snow
Seven Little Billabongs by Brenda Niall
Life Class by Brenda Niall
The Patient by Mohamed Khadra
Rosewater And Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran
Girl On The Landing by Paul Torday
Case Book Of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn
God's Architect by Rosemary Hill
Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
Churchill And Australia by Graham Freudenberg
Hunting Elephants by Roy James
Dead House by Maria Simms
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup
Life In Seven Mistakes by Susan Johnson


Liar by Justine Larbalestier (young adult)
How The Light Gets In by M J Hyland ***
The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness (older readers) ****
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (young adult) ***
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson ****1/2
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ****1/2
The Blue Notebook by James A Levine ***
Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith ****
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff ****
Beautiful Dead 01 : Jonas by Eden Maguire (young adult) ***
Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan (young adult) ***
Evernight by Claudia Gray (young adult) **1/2
The Dog by Kerstin Ekman ****
Before I Die by Jenny Downham **
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (older readers) ****
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (young adult) ****
After The Fall by Kylie Ladd **
When The Hipchicks Went To War by Pamela Rushby (young adult) ***
by Richard Harland
Book Of Emmett
by Deborah Forster ****

The Slap
by Christos Tsioalkis
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett ****
White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga (Booker 08 winner)
Where The Streets Had A Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah (young adult)
Loathing Lola
by William Kostakis (young adult) ***
Somebody's Crying
by Maureen McCarthy (young adult) ****
Kaspar Prince Of Cats
by Michael Morpurgo (younger readers) ****
Cherub : The Recruit
by Michael Muchamore (older readers)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave ****


The Lessons by Naomi Alderman
Second-Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Lessons by Naomi Alderman
Trust by Kate Veitch
Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomon
Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
Trespass by Rose Tremain
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Marriage Club by Kate Legge
Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
Darker Domain by Val McDermid Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith Arctic Chill by Arnaldul Indridason Private Patient by P D James
Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Rip by Robert Drewe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen


Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Dogs And The Wolves by Irene Nemirovsky
Pescador's Wake by Katherine Johnson
The Virtuoso : A Novel by Sonia Orchard
Fugitive Blue by Claire Thomas
The Book Of Emmett by Deborah Forster
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
A Most Immoral Woman by Linda Jaivin
Selected Works of T S Spivit by Larsen Reif
Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Ransom by David Malouf
Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Wanting by Richard Flanagan
America America by Ethan Canin
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

A Fraction Of The Whole by Steve Toltz
Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup
The Rip by Robert Drewe
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

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Granta Issue. 106 - New Fiction Special - by Granta (Various)
All Names Have Been Changed - by Claire Kilroy
Document Z - by Andrew Croome
American Rust - by Philipp Meyer
On The Road - by Jack Kerouac
Vertigo - byAmanda Lohrey
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet - by Reif Larsen
The Infinities
by John Banville (due October 2009)
The Lost Life by Steven Carroll
Granta Issue. 105 - Lost & Found - by Granta (Various)
Granta Issue. 104 - Fathers - by Granta (Various)
The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
by W.G. Sebald
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
Watt by Samuel Beckett
The Paris Review Interviews vol. 3 by Philip Gourevitch (ed)
An Accidental Man by Iris Murdoch
God's Gift to Women by Don Paterson
Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson
The Boat by Nam Le
Nobel Lectures 1985 - 2006 by Melbourne University Press
Consider the Lobster (& Other Essays) by David Foster Wallace
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller
Thais by Anatole France
Three Dollars by Elliot Perlman
The Reasons I Won't Be Coming by Elliot Perlman
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
A Devil in Paradise by Henry Miller
The Road by Cormac McCarthy


The Women by T C Boyle
The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Murial Barbery
Ice by Louis Nowra
Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan
Past And Other Lives by Maggie Joel
Darius Bell And The Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch
The Girl On The Landing by Paul Torday
Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee
Jackdaw Summer by David Almond
Adoration Of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Winter Song by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Finnikin Of The Rock
by Melina Marchetta

Lying Carpet by David Lucas
Highest Tide by Jim Lynch