Entertain yourself at home

June 28, 2005

Entertain yourself at home

Joan Brady
Simon and Schuster
It?s rare to see a novel being advertised on the back of a bus, but there are ads for Bleed Out all over Sydney. It suggests there must be something different about this novel compared to the ordinary, run-of-the-mill crime/legal thriller. Bleedout solves the murder of Hugh Freyl, a prominent blind lawyer and a member of the most influential family in Springfield, Illinois. Part of the mystery is told beyond the grave, as Hugh tracks the history of the case and how his life came to be. The other part of the story is narrated by David Marion, a convicted murderer and Hugh?s prot?g? who is privately investigating the murder. The difference between this and a John Grisham thriller is the slow recounting of events. An intricate web of financial conspiracy and political corruption unfolds as the seemingly trustworthy power mongers blatantly deceive and manipulate their constituents. What?s more disturbing is that although this is a work of fiction, such events could be commonplace in upper echelons of today?s society.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Big World
Claire Brownsworth
Allen and Unwin

Claire Brownsworth sure has taken advantage of life so far. Big World follows this Australian?s adventures through South America, Europe and the Australian outback. She is a physiotherapist by trade but has decided extreme sports are her thing, so she has rock climbed up some of the most dangerous cliffs in the world, raced three kilometres down the most dangerous road on the planet and fearlessly jumped off a cliff in her first hang gliding attempt. This book is perfect for those with a curiosity of other Australians. Claire is no celebrity; she hasn?t beaten illness or survived a life changing event. She has a passion in life, stories to tell and the guts to stand up and share.
RRP $24.95 but only $22.46 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Pregnancy for Dummies
Jane Palmer
JC Wiley

This is a newly revised edition written especially for the Australian market. A first time pregnancy is daunting for any new mum (or dad!). This is the no-nonsense guide to every question you were too afraid to ask or never thought you needed to know. The book goes through each trimester, including the baby?s development and how it will feel for you. It looks at all the types of tests you may encounter and any alternative therapies you can explore. It even covers post birth, such as how to deal with unwanted visitors and how to deal with all the little emergencies. Written by an experienced Australian midwife, educator and childbirth advocate, Jane Palner, this is a perfect guide to keep on hand.
RRP $39.95 but only $35.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

The Choice
Bernadette Bohan
Harper Collins

Bernadette Bohan insists she?s an ordinary woman. She?s just an Irish mother and wife who had the misfortune of suffering from cancer twice. But she survived, which is what makes her story extraordinary. Five years after her third child was born, she fell ill to her second bout of cancer and this time she realised drastic changes had to be made. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Bernadette researched everything she could about cancer survival and discovered her own method of survival. Recounted in The Choice are the simple changes she made to her diet and lifestyle: ?You don?t have to change a lot of things about your life to make a huge difference to our health and your chances of fighting illness.? This book is an easy read and tells a fascinating story. What?s more, she doesn?t guilt you into making lifestyle changes. She tells her story and then suggests a few changes in our lives, as a little change can make a huge difference. Bernadette has gone from ordinary woman to life changer and her story is remarkable.
RRP $29.95 but only $26.96 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

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