BOOK REVIEW: At the heart of every one of Matt’s endeavours lies a passion for fresh, seasonal produce and simplicity in ingredients.
BOOK REVIEW: At the heart of every one of Matt’s endeavours lies a passion for fresh, seasonal produce and simplicity in ingredients.

Settle into summer with a good book

SETTLE in for some great summer reading choices with these six new release books to enjoy.

FOOD: Coast & country with Matt Moran

MATT Moran's new book is a perfect Christmas present for the food-obsessed family member or friend who will enjoy recipes from the coast to country.

The recipes span the country food traditions of regional Australia to the rugged coastline, which offers amazing fresh seafood.

From the best slow-roasted lamb shoulder to an iconic passionfruit cheesecake, anyone who has spent time in Australia will find something in this collection to which they can nod their head and smile, recognising a recipe that is a favourite in their household.

At the heart of every one of Matt's endeavours lies a passion for fresh, seasonal produce and simplicity in ingredients.

He is a frequent contributor to food publications globally and he has been a presenter, judge and host on many much-loved Australian and international TV shows, most recently on the top-rating Great Australian Bake-off. This is his fifth cookbook.

"This is the Australian food I love, and I hope you find lots to love here too," Matt said.

Murdoch Books, RRP $45.00.

BOOKS:  Stories from at home with Bob Hawke, Australia's loved and larrikin 23rd prime minister.
BOOKS: Stories from at home with Bob Hawke, Australia's loved and larrikin 23rd prime minister. Macmillan Australia

BIO: Wednesday's with Bob

EVERY Wednesday Australia's 23rd and oldest living prime minister welcomed to his home and hearth author Derek Rielly to share irreverent conversation and fine cigars.

The old and young have talked life, death, love, sex, religion, politics, sport ... and everything in between.

On other days, to paint his subject's enigma from the outside, Rielly interviewed Hawke's Liberal MP rival John Howard, Labor allies Gareth Evans and Kim Beazley, wife and lover Blanche d'Alpuget, live-in stepson Louis Pratt, and friends - diplomat Richard Woolcott, economist Ross Garnaut, advertising guru John Singleton, and longtime mate Col Cunningham.

The result is an extraordinary portrait of a beloved Australian - a strange, funny, uniquely personal study of Bob Hawke ruminating on his (and our) past, present and future.

Macmillan, RRP $29.99.

BOOKS: The comedian, writer and actor, John Clarke's, entertaining Tinkering.
BOOKS: The comedian, writer and actor, John Clarke's, entertaining Tinkering.

HUMOUR: John Clarke's Tinkerings

This is the story of the actor and humorist's life - including the fan letter he sent to All Black Terry Lineen when he was ten, a golf instruction manual unlike any other, Anna Karenina in forty-three words, and the moving essays he wrote after the deaths of his parents.

Tinkering is full of surprises, and includes all kinds of puzzles and propositions. Each one has different rules but together they reveal the different facets of John Clarke's comic genius.

In these pages you will find Fred Dagg dispensing advice on everything from dentistry to dreaming, the complete history of the lost sport of farnakeling, the famous Quiz Answers, and Saint Paul's Letter to the Electorates - a brilliant account of the Rudd-Gillard years that was first inscribed onto stone tablets.

Text Publishing, RRP$34.99.

BOOK: Summer dreaming as you reading about matching feelings with destinations ranging from wild and natural spaces, to modern and ancient cities.
BOOK: Summer dreaming as you reading about matching feelings with destinations ranging from wild and natural spaces, to modern and ancient cities. Lonely Planet

TRAVEL: The Place To Be

WHETHER it's euphoria or serenity, awe or enlightenment, Lonely Planet's The Place To Be hardback presents hundreds of places around the world to experience a particular emotion.

Each of the 12 chapters explores a single feeling, with destinations ranging from wild and natural spaces, to modern and ancient cities.

Plus, the travel writers explain when to go and how to get there.

With 20 places and experiences for each emotion and state of mind, The Place to Be features 240 travel destinations around the world.

Stand in awe and marvel at enormous natural phenomena; give yourself a joyful boost with cat cafes and chocolate indulgences; seek serenity on beautiful remote islands; find calm oases in the heart of bustling cities; and join the path to enlightenment with Renaissance paintings and religious pilgrimages.

Lonely Planet, RRP $39.99.

BOOK REVIEW: Enjoy this perfect summer escapism novel by Laura Greaves.
BOOK REVIEW: Enjoy this perfect summer escapism novel by Laura Greaves.

ROMANCE: Aussie Christmas romance

Claire Thorne has until Christmas-eve to turn around what may be a complete disaster for her friend.

She never expected to be heading home for Christmas in Bindallarah, the small country town she left behind thirteen years ago and spends every day trying to forget.

But then again she never expected fate to bring Scotty, her oldest friend and first love back into her life. Or for Scotty to tell her that he's about to get married - to a girl he barely knows.

With only two weeks until Scotty's big day on Christmas Eve, Claire's determined to make up for lost time and help plan his wedding. And while she's at it, she can make sure he's not making a life-changing mistake. After all, it's what any good friend would do.

But is two weeks enough time for Claire to find the answers she needs? And will she be brave enough to question her own heart and the choices she's made along the way?

Penguin Random House, RRP $32.99.


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