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Happy’s Best New Books (4th October – 10th October)

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!

Emily Bitto – Wild Abandon

Emily Bitto — the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays — has returned with a new novel that comes from an entirely different place. In Wild Abandon, the decadence of a new era of capitalism is the background to the story of Will, a heartbroken millennial who embarks on a cocktail-soaked quest to lose himself in New York. But it’s only when he falls under the spell of an exotic animal collector living in the American midwest that the story meets its exhilarating climax.

9.6

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Wild Abandon
EMILY BITTO
WILD ABANDON

Alec MacGillis – Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America

In Fulfillment, award-winning journalist Alec MacGillis presents a broad view of Amazon and the way it is shifting the grounds of capitalism in America. Echoing the 1937 book on the Ford Motor Company by Upton Sinclair, MacGillis’ investigation of this now trillion-dollar behemoth illustrates how a single company exacerbates the gap between rich and poor and has the power to reshape a nation.

9.3

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Fulfillment
FULFILLMENT
ALEC MACGILLIS

Delia Falconer – Signs and Wonders

In the hands Delia Falconer, readers were able to see Sydney in a new light. Little wonder that when she turned her attention to climate change, it would be from a fresh perspective. This collection of essays examines the cultural shifts that are occurring as we contemplate irrevocable transformation in our natural world. As always with Falconer, it’s a scintillating and challenging experience.

9.4

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Signs and Wonders

DELIA FALCONER
SIGNS AND WONDERS

SJ Norman – Permafrost

In this original suite of short stories, SJ Norman — winner of the Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award — presents multiple interpretations on the concept of haunting. It’s an unsettling journey that takes readers from rural Australia to a tour of Auschwitz, into the snowdrifts of Hokkaido, and beyond. An unnerving blend of the every day with the vividly dreamlike, it’s a debut collection that will live long in your mind.

9.3

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Permafrost

SJ NORMAN
PERMAFROST

Evelyn Juers – The Dancer

Master biographer Evelyn Juers takes on an intriguing and mysterious subject in her latest book. The Dancer traces the short life of the pioneering Australian artist, Philippa Cullen. A dancer whose approach was unabashedly original, Cullen was a pioneering force in electronic music, an adventurous avant-garde artist. Juers’ intricate, moving, and dazzling book is equal in artistry to the subject she depicts.

9.4

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The Dancer
THE DANCER
EVELYN JUERS

Dave Grohl – The Storyteller

Dave Grohl has quite the tale to tell. In the Storyteller, he takes an episodic approach to his musical development — his adolescence in the suburban sprawl and its musical awakenings, his first taste of the touring life, Nirvana and the tragedy that came all-too-soon, and the considerable energy that he pours into Foo Fighters. In many eyes, he’s ascended to a kind of mythical status — the world’s biggest rock star in an age where the label itself seems hopelessly anachronistic. Refreshingly though — as you’ll discover in the book — he doesn’t believe in that myth for a second.

9.0

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The Storyteller

DAVE GROHL
THE STORYTELLER
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