What to Read Right Now

Looking for your next book? Cathy Hunt and the team from Book Face Port Central have the best recommendations.

Treasure and Dirt by Chris Hammer 


A new standalone from bestselling Australian author, Chris Hammer. In the desolate outback town of Finnigans Gap, police struggle to maintain law and order. An opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine. Nothing about the miner’s death is straightforward, not even who found the body. Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate. He’s assisted by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan. But Finnigans Gap has already ended one police career and damaged others. Soon both officers face damning allegations and internal investigations. Have Ivan and Nell been set up and, if so, by whom?

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature by Sami Bayly


Explore and celebrate incredible natural relationships. Perhaps a rare tick living in the fur of a pygmy possum or a stick insect feasting amongst the Melaleuca. This is an eye-opening guide to the natural world that investigates all types of relationships, from symbiotic to parasitic. Many species steer clear of those who are different. But the animals and plants in this book have evolved to form relationships with some of the most unlikely partners. 

What Really Happened in Wuhan by Sharri Markson


Part-thriller, part-expose, What Really Happened in Wuhan is a ground-breaking investigation from journalist Sharri Markson. It looks into the origins of COVID-19, the cover-ups, the conspiracies and classified research. It features never-before-seen primary documents exposing China’s concealment of the virus. There are fresh interviews with whistleblower doctors in Wuhan. It includes crucial eyewitness accounts that dismantle what we thought we knew about when the outbreak hit. 

Costa’s World by Costa Georgiadis


This is a book for the whole family that reflects Costa’s philosophy and quirky sense of fun. It brings together all of Costa’s gardening and sustainability knowledge. Costa’s World is a generous, joyous, fully illustrated gardening book. It celebrates the life-changing joy of chooks; kids in the garden; big ideas for small spaces and Costa’s favourite plants. Learn about the power of community; the brilliance of bees and pollinators and easy-peasy permaculture. 

Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally


How did Corporal Hitler’s Luger end up being the weapon that killed an IRA turncoat in Kempsey, New South Wales in 1933? Corporal Hitler’s Pistol speaks to the never-ending war that began with ‘the war to end all wars’. Rural communities have always been a melting pot and many are happy to accept a diverse bunch, as long as they don’t overstep. Tom Keneally tells a compelling story of the interactions and relationships between black and white Australians in early twentieth-century Australia. 

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan


An epic undersea adventure from global bestselling author, Rick Riordan. Featuring a brand-new female hero and inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, training centre for the best marine scientists and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s life is blown out of the water when she embarks on the sea trials. . She and her school mates witness a terrible tragedy. They discover that Harding-Pencroft and their rival school Land Institute have been engaged in a deadly rivalry. With the rivalry turned up full broil, Ana will be tested more than ever before.

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl


A collection of moments from all periods of life, Dave Grohl offers something rare. This is a real, raw and honest portrait of an extraordinary life made up of ordinary moments. Dave Grohl tells stories like he writes song from his soul. There’s his visceral love for music and his fellow musicians, his deep connection to his hometown and the way he writes with awe about raising his daughter.

Wild Place by Christian White 


In the summer of 1989, a local teen goes missing from the idyllic suburb of Camp Hill in Australia. As rumours of Satanic rituals swirl, schoolteacher Tom Witter becomes convinced he holds the key to the disappearance. When the police won’t listen, he takes matters into his own hands. But as dark secrets are revealed, Tom learns that the only way out of the darkness is to walk deeper into it. Wild Place peels back the layers of suburbia, exposing what’s hidden underneath guilt, desperation and violence. He attempts to answer the question: Why do good people do bad things? 

The First Scientists by Corey Tutt


The First Scientists is the highly anticipated, illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. It’s been written with kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind. This book will nourish readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time. Have you ever wondered what the stars can tell us? Did you know the seasons can be predicted by looking at subtle changes in nature? Australia’s First peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth and their innovation will amaze you. Leaf through the pages and learn fascinating facts and answers to life’s questions. 

There’s A Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers


This is a captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages. A young girl lives in a haunted house but has never seen a ghost. Are they white with holes for eyes? Are they hard to see? She’d love to know! Step inside and turn the transparent pages to help her on an entertaining ghost hunt. There are lots of friendly ghost surprises and incredible mixed media illustrations. This unique and funny book will entertain young readers over and over again! 

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