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29 July 2022
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A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.

New Releases

Follow from left to right (starting with The Last Wild Horses by Maja Lunde).

The Last Wild Horses

Maja Lunde
(Scribner, $30)

Translated into 36 languages, winner of the Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize and the most successful Norwegian author of her generation, Maja Lunde (The History of Bees) returns with this heart-wrenching novel set in the distant and recent past (Russia in 1881 and Mongolia in 1992) and a dystopian future (Norway, 2064). Spanning continents and centuries, it’s a powerful story of survival and connection.

Eddy, Eddy

Kate De Goldi
(Allen & Unwin, $30)

From the critically acclaimed Kiwi author and set in Christchurch two years after the earthquakes, Eddy, Eddy tells the story of central character Eddy Smallbone as he grapples with identity, love, loss and religion. Loosely mirroring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this richly layered, memorable novel is full-on, funny and full of surprises.

The Year of Miracles

Ella Risbridger
(Bloomsbury Publishing, $47)

By bestselling author Ella Risbridger, this beautifully written and illustrated title is more than just a cookbook. Like her award-winning Midnight Chicken, each page is a transporting mix of recipes, memoir and musings. Covering a year in the kitchen, it contains nearly 70 eccentric and creatively penned recipes from ‘Crisis Cardamom Coffee Banana Bread’ and ‘Revelations Club Crispy Cauliflower’ to ‘Insanity Noodles’ and ‘Storm at Sea Scones’.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin
(Penguin, $37)

Currently being developed into a feature film by Temple Hill and Paramount Studios, this brilliant new novel by international bestseller Gabrielle Zevin is a smart, contemporary and refreshing take on a love story that begins when Sadie and Sam first meet as kids in a hospital gaming room in 1987 and discover a mutual passion for video games, then find each other again eight years later in a crowded train station.

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