The first prediction for July isn’t a prediction – I know this is going to be a bestseller. Back in January, Neil Gaiman visited our shores and I was lucky enough to be in the audience for his worldwide first reading from The Ocean at the End of the Lane and have been counting down the months since. Gaiman has a wonderful storytelling style – he weaves realities and impossibilities together with such skill that you’ll find it hard not to fall into the story. If you’ve never read any of his work, why not give this one a try?
Still in the world of fantasy and science fiction, this next pick is for the more hardcore – The Long War is the follow on to the 2012 bestseller The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. For those of you who haven’t read the first one, skip ahead to the next paragraph … for those who’ve read The Long Earth, The Long War picks up with Joshua being summonsed to help deal with the gowning unrest before it spills into a war unlike any seen before (this could be a bit of a spoiler, but from the name of the book I’m thinking Josh’s efforts may not prevent war from breaking out).
Now for a complete change of pace…
In the lead up to the Australian election in September, there are a number of books on the subject set for release, from political biographies to ‘best of’ political cartoons, and one of the biggest (at least in terms of coverage) is Downfall: How the Labor Party Ripped itself Apart by Australian Financial Review journalist Aaron Patrick. Patrick looks at the last six years to try and discover how the Labor party finds itself in its current position after reaching such highs after the 2007 election.
Next is Brick by Brick – in 2003 the Danish company LEGO was close to collapse. Saved from disaster by an innovative plan, the company built its fortunes back brick by brick – making this book by Bill Breen and David Robertson very aptly titled. While essentially a business book covering strategy, innovation and change, its also the biography of what has to be one of the most recognisable brands around today.
For the kids (and the adults who love kids books) award-winning Oliver Jeffers has illustrated The Day the Crayons Quit by debut author Drew Daywalt. Funny and colourful, it’s sure to be a winner (and if we’re lucky, the book will also be one that smells like crayons – yes, admit it, you’ve smelt enough books to know what I’m talking about!).