Need something new to read over Easter?

April 4, 2012


By Lauren Oliver Published By Hodder and Stoughton, $22.99 RRP

What if love were a disease? There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.

Lena has escaped, and now must piece herself back together as she finds herself having to live without Alex and love. She becomes involved in the fight against the cure, the Rebellion, and then suddenly finds happiness again.. or does she?

“For the first time the thought comes to me – I wish I hadn’t crossed – and I push it away instantly, try to bury it. It’s done now… There’s no point in looking back. I can’t look back.”

Pandemonium is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Delirium, one of the most addictive books of 2011. Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing house in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lone Wolf

By Jodi Picoult Published By Allen and Unwin $32.99 RRP

A life hanging in the balance … a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.

Then Came You

By Jennifer Weiner Published by Simon and Schuster

An unexpected love story…

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction. Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true. But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…

With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humour, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.

After Cleo Came Johah

By Helen Brown Published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $27.99

How a crazy kitten and a rebellious daughter turned out to be blessings in disguise

After Cleo is the wonderful follow up to Helen Brown’s international bestseller Cleo, which captured the hearts of readers throughout the world with its heart-rending account of the death of Helen’s young son, Sam, and the subsequent arrival of a small black kitten into Helen’s household, which eventually brought healing to her grieving family.

Cleo’s enormous success was a reflection of Helen’s ability to evoke tragedy, grief and everyday life in an evocative and inspirational way. It sold over half a million copies internationally, including a staggering 100,000 copies in the US – an incredible feat for any author, particularly one who went from slush pile to international bestseller in under a year. It also made the New York Times bestseller list in its first week in US bookstores and is currently being made into a film by the makers of The Whale Rider. After Cleo is an equally captivating account of another turbulent period in Helen’s life during which she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having previously been unable to contemplate the thought of another cat after Cleo, in the midst of her cancer treatment Helen encountered a beautiful – and irresistible – Siamese kitten. Dubbed Jonah, the kitten soon became a spirited – if kooky – addition to Helen’s family life.

Around the time of Jonah’s arrival, Helen’s eldest daughter, Lydia, decided to leave university to embark on a spiritual journey in a Buddhist monastery in war-torn Sri Lanka. Thus, while struggling with her own mortality, Helen had to overcome her terror at her brilliant daughter going to a country at war. After Cleo is a warm, wise and often funny book about Helen’s response to a life-threatening illness, the sometimes perilous relationship between mothers and daughters, and a crazy but much loved cat called Jonah.

Helen Brown is an award-winning columnist, writer and broadcast journalist renowned for her candid and intimate style. Helen’s ability to delve into her deepest thoughts and her darkest days with honesty, passion and heart is what has made her an internationally bestselling author.

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