October Recommended Reads

Australian recent release: The Year I Met my Brain by Matilda Boseley

An essential and empowering guide for any adult living with ADHD—compassionate, funny and full of practical tips.

Matilda Boseley’s adult ADHD diagnosis was a massive, earth-shattering event. She was given a prescription but had no idea what ADHD meant for her identity, her relationships or her future.

Twelve months of confusion later, journalist Matilda embarked on an epic voyage to figure out what’s really happening in the stormy seas of the ADHD brain and write the guide she wished she’d had.

The Year I Met My Brain is the ultimate travel companion for navigating and enjoying life as an ADHD adult, covering:

– what adult ADHD symptoms look like
– why so many ADHDers (especially females) are missed as kids
– how the disorder impacts our relationships, careers and self-esteem
– why we unfairly treat ourselves like failures – and how to find self-forgiveness and healing
– practical tips for social and organisational wins
– and, most importantly, how to make our lives work to fit our brains rather than trying to force our brains to fit our lives.

Uplifting, empowering, deeply researched and sparkling with ‘a-ha’ moments, The Year I Met My Brain is an invaluable resource for ADHDers and those who love them.

‘Forget all the myths you’ve heard about ADHD. This illuminating book is easy to read, backed by facts and packed with fun. It’s essential reading for anyone with ADHD and those who love them. A triumph!’—Gabrielle Jackson

The Year I Met My Brain is warm, meticulous and brutally honest, yet optimistic. I had no deficit of attention while reading it. Matilda’s going to change lives.’ —Miles Glaspole


Tasmanian Recent Release: Mole Creek by James Dunbar

A hellish war. A deadly secret. Fifty years on, in a small Tasmanian town, the truth unfolds and the killing begins again …

Betrayal cannot be buried forever

In the tiny Tasmanian town of Mole Creek, retired Australian cop and Vietnam veteran Pete McAuslan has retreated to his fishing cabin to write his memoirs. In Sydney, his grandson, journalist and trashy true crime author Xander, learns that Pete has taken his own life, begging forgiveness in a suicide note.

Arriving in Mole Creek in the aftermath of Pete’s death, Xander discovers that his grandfather’s laptop is missing. He begins to suspect that something is wrong, refusing to accept the facts as presented. With the local police not interested in investigating an apparently open-and-shut suicide, Xander sets about uncovering the truth of what happened to his grandfather.

In the process, he discovers long-buried secrets from Pete’s time serving in the Vietnam war: secrets that Pete has withheld from him and everyone else for fifty years; secrets that powerful people would prefer to stay buried. Ensnared in a web of betrayals that began a generation before, Xander finds himself on the hitlist of a clinically violent assassin. Now he must race to identify the connection between the seemingly unremarkable death of an old Australian soldier and the imminent reactivation of the most powerful and potentially destructive ‘sleeper’ in the history of espionage – before the truth catches up with him.

‘High stakes, fizzing action, crackling dialogue…’—James Valentine


Tasmanian Classic: Igloo Ripples by Anthea Wallhead

The Australian Antarctic Division nicknamed their igloo the “Apple” or “Apple Hut”, because it was “round and red and made in Tasmania”.

Igloo Ripples is the story of these fibreglass “Igloos” used by expeditioners in Antarctica and other remote regions of the world. The book is written by Anthea Wallhead, whose husband, Malcolm Wallhead, was the original designer and manufacturer of the Igloos.

While Malcolm drew up his original designs in London in 1973, the first Igloo wasn’t made until 1982 (by which time Malcolm was living in Hobart, Tasmania). From 1982 to 2000, Anthea and Malcolm shared the making and business aspects of the Igloos. Since Malcolm’s death in 2000, Anthea has been the guardian of the business.

Based on the diaries kept on every Igloo made, Igloo Ripples describes the places the Igloos were used and the diverse influences of the Igloos on Anthea and her sons’ lives.


YA recent release: We Could be Something by Will Kostakis

A wonderful emotional rollercoaster of a novel about two young men, each on a journey of discovery. It’s part coming-out story, part falling-in-love story, part relationship breakdown story, part extended Greek family story. It’s warm and funny, a little bit heartbreaking, and completely satisfying.

Part coming-out story.

Part falling-in-love story.

Part falling-apart story.

Harvey’s dads are splitting up. It’s been on the cards for a while, but it’s still sudden. Woken-by-his-father-to-catch-a-red-eye sudden. Now he’s restartinghis life in a new city, living above a cafe with the extended Greek family he barely knows.

Sotiris is a rising star. At seventeen, he’s already achieved his dream of publishing a novel. When his career falters, a cute, wise-cracking bookseller named Jem upends his world.

Harvey and Sotiris’s stories converge on the same street in Darlinghurst, in this beautifully heartfelt novel about how our dreams shape us, and what they cost us.

‘Vivid and exquisitely written… Kostakis weaves a sparkling tale of hardship, heartbreak, identity and the universal struggle of finding your footing in the world.’—Books & Publishing

‘The enormous heart of We Could Be Something beats with a rare, thrilling authenticity. Every funny, smart, tough word of it rings true. I loved this book.’—Patrick Ness, bestselling author of A MONSTER CALLS and the CHAOS WALKING series