American humourist P.J. O'Rourke once said, "Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." But sometimes we simply feel like reading something other than all those worthy and impressive literary award winners - something lighter but still well-written, something wonderfully witty which makes us laugh out loud, or maybe just a cracking good adventure. So for all of you who wander in and tell us that you're looking for something different to read, but you don't really know what you want; or who need something for a friend in hospital; or a book to take on holiday; or just something to escape from the grimness of the nightly news - we are delighted to present a new area in our bookshop entitled "Feel-Good Reads."
Titles include both fiction and non-fiction options - beloved classics from P.G. Wodehouse, Barbara Pym, and Nancy Mitford; hilarious travel narratives from Bill Bryson; amusing essays from David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs; modern Australian classics from John Clarke, Shane Maloney, and Thea Astley; plus many more from Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions to Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series; from Alexander McCall-Smith's warm and witty Scottish tales to Paul Carter's gripping and often hilarious true-life adventures.
We will also be promoting Feel-Good Friday where we will feature a chosen title from these shelves and posting on facebook, twitter and instagram so keep an eye out for your next great read.
*** Can't get enough of Aisling? The hilarious follow-up to the smash-hit romantic comedy Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling is AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! *** Meet Aisling. She's a country girl learning to love the city sophistication of unlimited Pinot Gree... read more
The Pulitzer finalist delivers his best work yet--a brilliant, streamlined comic novel, reminiscent of early Philip Roth and of his own most masterful stories, about a son's failure to say Kaddish for his father.
Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. Whe... read more
Feel Good Fiction
|Series:||Popular Penguins Ser.|
A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas and one of the best-loved comic novels of all time, Cold Comfort Farmby Stella Gibbons is beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have a... read more
|Author:||Shane Maloney Nichael Robotham|
Feel Good Fiction
|Series:||Murray Whelan Novels Ser.|
|Awards:||Winner of Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction 1996 (Australia).|
Winner, Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction, 1996.Murray Whelan, hero of Stiff, is back at his richly futile best in The Brush-Off. When the body of an artist is fished from the moat outside the National Gallery, Murray - political minder, brushed-off lover and art buff on the make - goes l... read more
A quirky love story from a fresh new talent. The MUST READ book for 2019
'The new Jojo Moyes ... This has all the ingredients of Me Before You' COSMOPOLITAN
'Funny and winning ... a Richard Curtis rom-com that also has its feet firmly planted in real life. A real tr... read more
New from the bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not there. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them... read more
Feel Good Fiction
|Series:||Don Tillman Ser.|
|Awards:||Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2015 (Australia) and Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2015 (Australia) and Australian Book Industry General Fiction Award 2015 (Australia).|
'We've got something to celebrate,' Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training... read more
From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration
Frances Price-tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of natur... read more
Wilmet Forsyth is well dressed, well looked after, suitably husbanded, good looking and fairly young - but very bored. Her husband Rodney, a handsome army major, is slightly balder and fatter than he once was. Wilmet would like to think she has changed rather less. Her interest wa... read more
To her Microsoft- guru husband, Bernadette is a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private- school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15- year- old Bee, she's a best friend and, simply, Mom. Bee... read more
|Author:||Nancy Mitford; Alan Cumming (Introduction by)|
Feel Good Fiction
A sparkling romantic comedy that vividly evokes the lost glamour of aristocratic life in England between the wars.
Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with h... read more
Marian Keyes meets Love Actually in this fresh, funny and gloriously romantic Australian novel that has sold all around the world.In this sparkling romantic comedy, a young journalist tampers with her magazine's horoscopes to win her friend's heart - and sets in motion an unpred... read more