Work, Strife, Balance
Mia Freedman

Mia FreedmanYou may know her as the co-founder and creative director of the women’s media company, Mamamia. Or maybe as the youngest ever editor of Australian Cosmopolitan way back when. Or maybe just as the namesake of that popular blog you see from time to time on your Facebook news feed. No matter how you know Mia Freedman, or how you think you know her, you’re about to know her a whole lot better. Her latest book ‘Work, Strife, Balance’ is a collection of modern misadventures and life lessons. It’s everything she’s learned in her 45 years of womanhood and her 10 years running a female-powered media powerhouse, divided into three parts titled (you guessed it) ‘Work’, ‘Strife’ and ‘Balance’. In her own words, the basic premise is that “balance is bullsh*t”  #spoileralert If you’re one of the guilty friends, bad mums, crap wives, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters (or all of the above) this one’s for you.

$34.99, Macmillan Australia


Bear Grylls Adventures
Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls 01 Bear Grylls 02This new fiction series is perfect for young independent readers, with lots of fun and fascinating facts about survival in different terrains. Each book follows a different child at an outdoor activity camp. Once they are given the magical compass, they meet the inspirational adventurer in an amazing place and learn new skills and facts that they can take back with them to their real life. Ages 5-8.

$9.99 each, Allen & Unwin


The Prehistoric Times
Stella Gurney

Prehistoric TimesA newspaper-style activity book for the discerning dinosaur, packed with paleo puzzles, fearsome facts and giganto games. Meet real-life reptiles and read fascinating features, which include: Seeking a self-defence class? Hear what a cetiosaur has to say about staying safe. Wondering what’s happening with the weather? See whether meteor showers are here to stay with our fail-safe forecast. Confused why #trees are trending? Learn why the hypsilophodons think branches are best. And much, much more. Ages 5-8.

$10.99, Frances Lincoln


The Girl Guide
Marawa Ibrahim

Girl guideMarawa Ibrahim was told that she was too chubby during her teenage years to succeed as a performer. Today she is one of the most solicited circus performers worldwide working with artists from Pharrell Williams to Beyonce. Here are lessons, anecdotes and stories about the changes Marawa experienced in her own body during puberty, written in consultation with Doctor Janice K Hillman. Young girls need not feel alone on their journey to womanhood with this first book in a new series about growing up. For ages 11-14.

$14.99, Frances Lincoln



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