February Recommended Reads

Australian Recent Release: The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton

Outside the island there is the world destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched. On the island it is idyllic. 122 villagers and 3 scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they’re told by the scientists.

Until, to the horror of the islanders, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And they learn the murder has triggered a lowering of the security system around the island, the only thing that was keeping the fog at bay.

If the murder isn’t solved within 92 hours, the fog will smother the island – and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped everyone’s memories of exactly what happened the night before, which means that someone on the island is a murderer – and they don’t even know it…

‘A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I’ve ever read.’ – A. J. Finn

‘Wildly inventive.’ – M. W. Craven

‘Believe the hype.’ – Alice Bell

Tasmanian Recent Release – The Aurora Chasers Handbook by Margaret Sonnemann

Discover the hidden beauty of Tasmania’s skies: the elusive aurora australis. The Aurora Chaser’s Handbook is both a how-to guide and a keepsake. Alongside the science and lore of auroras, the beautiful updated edition features new breathtaking imagery of Tasmania’s aurora-lit skies by some of our most talented photographers as well as everything you need to know to become an aurora chaser yourself.

Scientists and photographers answer all those pesky questions so vital to catching an aurora in Tasmania:

Why do auroras occur?

When can I see one?

What can I expect to see?

Where should I go?

How can I photograph an aurora?

‘Definitely the book to buy if you are wanting to learn about the magic of aurorae.’ – Andrew Fuller

‘A stunning book filled with beautiful photos of aurora australis that sit beside info on the science of it all and tips on how to view them.

A fantastic, community-led book that is perfect for anyone who loves aurora and wants to view them!’ – Shelly, Amazon customer.

‘Great photos and very well written by people who know what they are talking about. Great reference work and excellent tutorials on photographing the lights.’ – Croydon Hall

‘I found the information and stunning photos in this book interesting, useful and inspirational as an aspiring Aurora chaser and Aurora photographer. It is a handy compilation of everything you need to know to catch the Aurora Australis, while also leaving the reader with a sense of wonder at this awesome phenomenon.’ – Ursula, Amazon customer.

Tasmanian Classic – Chocalatier by Igor Van Gerwen

Chocolatier is a beautiful hardback read taking you through a journey of Igor’s cacao hunting adventures in remote areas like Northern Peru and Southern Mexico, the mythical and mystical history of chocolate from the Maya to modern Europe, practical chocolate recipes for the home cook to the more challenging recipes from the guest chefs, and much more.

Igor Van Gerwen wins the Best Chocolate Book Award in the World for his book Chocolatier. Chocolatier by Igor Van Gerwen won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award “Best in the World” during the Saudi Feast Food Festival in Riyadh.

Kids Recent Release– Alfie the Kind by Richard Harris

A heartwarming story about Alfie, who may not be the bravest dog, but just might be the kindest, by Richard Harris 2019 Australian of the Year and key member of the international cave-diving team that rescued the Wild Boar soccer team.

A heartwarming picture book about kindness by Australian of the Year Dr Richard ‘Harry’ Harris. Harry was a member of the international cave-diving group that rescued the Wild Boar soccer team in Thailand.

Alfie is not the bravest dog, he is scared of magpies, swimming in the sea and things with noisy wheels like skateboards and wheelbarrows! But maybe there is something else he’s good at?

Alfie loves his family and is always looking for ways to help or make them happy, from wake-up licks to sharing his favourite toy. One day at the park when he comes across a small boy who is sad, Alfie discovers that his true talent might be the thing that comes most naturally to him, his kindness.

‘This is a special story about the courage in us all, from the Aussie anaesthetist who helped rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave in 2018.’ – Geelong Advertiser

‘Wonderful story and lovely language to read to my granddaughter.’ – Kathryn Graham, Amazon Customer

 ‘…a children’s book that effortlessly captures the imagination of young readers while teaching empathy, acceptance and the importance of treating others with kindness.’ – Better Reading