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Happy’s Best New Books(25th April – 2nd May)

Updated weekly by the fine folk at Happy Mag, these are the best new books that this week has to offer from Australia and around the world!

Grace D. Li Portrait of a Thief

Grace D Li’s Portrait of a Thief encompasses the pointed themes of post-colonial politics and national identity, without ever getting heavy. On the contrary, it’s a slick and funny heist novel that sees Will — a Chinese American art student — and his co-conspirators diving headlong into a dangerous mission. The potential reward is life-changing, but so is the risk. Little wonder that it has become an instant best-seller.

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Portrait of a Thief

GRACE D. LI
PORTRAIT OF A THIEF

 

Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler Tracks of the Missing 

From the pen of Jaru and Kija man, Carl Merrison, and the intrepid English teacher and author, Hakea Hustler, comes Tracks of the Missing. It’s a YA thriller that combines murder, mystery, and a journey that delves into the ancient landscape. Dek teams up with his grandfather to uncover the truth, but as it turns out, they’re under the microscope themselves.

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Tracks of the Missing

CARL MERRISON AND HAKEA HUSTLER
TRACKS OF THE MISSING

 

Kylie Moore-Gilbert The Uncaged Sky 

In 2018, the British-Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested in Iran. What followed was an ordeal that she could not have possibly predicted, even in her worst nightmares. Sentenced to the Revolutionary Guards’ maximum security prison 10 years, she was released in a prisoner swap deal after 804 harrowing days. The Uncaged Sky is Moore-Gilbert’s heartstopping account of the experience.

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The Uncaged Sky

KYLIE MOORE-GILBERT
THE UNCAGED SKY

 

Norman Mailer The Fight

The Fight is Norman Mailer’s contemporary account of an event that transcended sport and permeated culture and politics: Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman in the Kinshasa, Zaire — popularly known as “The Rumble in the Jungle”. Featuring a combination of stunning photography (by Neil Leifer and Howard L. Bingham) and unparalleled journalistic insight, this stunning new edition is the essential document of an event that still looms large in the collective imagination. 

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The Fight

NORMAN MAILER
THE FIGHT

 

Quincy Jones 12 Notes on Life and Creativity

Quincy Jones has written his very own masterclass, drawing from his own life and the experiences of other hard-working musicians that he has had the pleasure to collaborate with. Jones speaks to the passion that fuels creativity, and the calling of creativity itself, which if heard, should be answered. Focusing on the fundamentals of honesty, hard work, and good relationships as the driving force for anyone’s career — it’s not just a book for the musically inclined — but for anyone who wished to maximise their potential.  

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12 notes

QUINCY JONES
12 NOTES ON LIFE AND CREATIVITY

 

Lee Jaffe Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossroads

Visual artist, musician, poet, and photographer Lee Jaffe, shares some rare and moving images and stories that capture his close friendship with renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat as they travelled around Japan, Thailand, and Switzerland in the 1980s. It beautifully and poignantly captures an important era in the influential artist’s life. 

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JEAN MICHAEL BASQUIAT

LEE JAFFE
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: CROSSROADS