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Happy’s Best New Books (28th March – 3rd April)

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!

Hannah Gadsby – Ten Steps to Nanette

Gadsby’s unforgettable standup show, Nanette, was a breakthrough in comedy. Both transfixing and transformative, it left us wanting more. In her memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette, Gadsby delivers again, sharing the journey from her early days of growing up queer in Tasmania, to the defining moments that led to the creation of her iconic Netflix special. Harrowing, hilarious, refreshing, and insightful, Gadbsy proves that she is a master of using laughter to get to the truth. 

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HANNAH GADSBY
TEN STEPS TO NANETTE

Catherine Deveny – True North

Simultaneously unique and relatable, True North is a cathartic and uplifting memoir from Australian author and comedian, Catherine Deveny. Upon facing the end of a seventeen-year relationship with the father of her children, Deveny had no idea what lay on the other side — only knowing that she had to create space for a new life. In this heartfelt and moving memoir, Deveny shares how she learned to live life on her own terms. It’s been described by Clare Bowditch as “a bombshell of honesty and hope. This book has the power to heal hearts.”

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CATHERINE DEVENY
TRUE NORTH

Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra – The Rumor Game

From Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, authors of the Tiny Pretty Things duology (now a Netflix series), comes another tense social thriller, The Rumor Game. Set in a posh private school in Washington D.C., the story centres around Bryn. She used to have it all — then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground. 

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The Rumor Game
DHONIELLE CLAYTON AND SONA CHARAIPOTRA
THE RUMOR GAME

Leandro Carreira – Portugal, the Cookbook 

Gathering together dishes from every region of the country, acclaimed chef Leandro Carreira has researched more than 550 traditional recipes for home cooks that encapsulate the breadth and diversity of the food of Portugal. Portugal: The Cookbook gathers together dishes shellfish from the Algarve coast to the hearty stews of Douro Valley, all the way to the famous and beloved pastries of Lisbon. Filled with beautiful recipes and pictures to match, this is a must-have addition to the kitchen. 

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LEANDRO CARREIRA
PORTUGAL THE COOKBOOK

Toni Jordan – Dinner with the Schnabels

His larger-than-life in-laws, the Schnabels, have taken to harassing Simon Larsen, just when he’s at his lowest ebb. To keep everyone happy, Simon takes on one seemingly small job, he has a week to landscape a friend’s backyard for an important Schnabel family event. But as the week progresses, things are thrown into turmoil with the arrival of a visitor. A laugh-out-loud funny novel about marriage, love, and family. 

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TONI JORDAN
DINNER WITH THE SCHNABELS

Jami Attenberg – I Came All This Way to Meet You

Jami Attenberg was naturally drawn to the road, spreading her wings and travelling extensively throughout America and the world. This fantastic memoir explores themes of friendship, independence, class, and drive. Ultimately, I Came All This Way to Meet You is an inspiring story of how a prolific, award-winning author embraced her creativity — and how it saved her. 

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JAMI ATTENBERG
I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU