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What to Try (And What to Look Out For...)


This week, once again, we have a few interesting picks from our new releases for you to watch out for, as well as a highlight from our existing catalogue.


To begin, the multi-award-winning author of The Nightingale (2015) is back again with her latest hotly-anticipated The Women. When her brother is sent to fight in the Vietnam war, Francis ‘Frankie’ McGrath is spurred into joining the Army Nurse Corps, in an effort to prove herself a hero. Instead, she is plunged into a chaotic world of violence and destruction; and when she finally returns home, her world is no longer the same one she left behind.


This book is a celebration of women who sacrifice themselves for thankless causes, from those who labour in domestic spaces and those whose sacrifices are all too often erased from military history. The Women has already managed to climb onto Berkelouw’s Top 10 Weekly Bestsellers list, so be sure to pick one up while you can.


Next, a memoir that has been making waves within our new releases: Bonnie Hancock’s The Girl Who Touched The Stars. After setting the record for fastest circumnavigation of Australia in a canoe in 2022, IronWoman Hancock has come out with her thrilling recount of her 12 700km-long adventure. She tells of her perilous journey through rough seas, carnivorous predators and sicknesses of both the body and the heart, and how she learned to overcome them all. And, quite apart from her remarkable achievement, her journey raised nearly $65,000 for mental health charity Gotcha 4 Life.


Her story has already proven popular with those on the North Shore, with copies selling fast. Be sure to grab one and be inspired before they’re all gone!





Last of all, we’re putting the spotlight on another book with a recent television adaptation; Charmaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake. When two siblings reunite for their estranged mother’s funeral, they are left more than they bargained for - a cake, and a dark confession! Faced with new revelations regarding their culture, their heritage, and their mother’s secretive life, the siblings’ relationship is put to the ultimate test.


The story is a testament to strength and resilience of those who grew up with the trauma of gendered, racial and economic struggles, and the bravery it takes to confront and defeat these violent cycles. However, it is also a story of relationships, between siblings, families, nature and culture, and the ways in which these both hinder and help the healing process. Black Cake is available instore, and the much-lauded television miniseries is available with a Disney+ subscription, so be sure to check it out!


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Hannah Kristin

Girl Who Touched The Stars
Hancock Bonnie

Black Cake
Wilkerson Charmaine