Book ❤️ – #KinoLoves

Book ❤️ # KinoLoves is a selection of our favourite titles that we take any opportunity to recommend to you!

 

FICTION

girl with all the giftsThe Girl With All the Gifts
M.R. Carey

RRP $22.99

The phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller The Girl with All the Gifts is now a major film on widespread distribution starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, The Girl with All the Gifts is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

 

her body and other partiesHer Body & Other Parties
Carmen Maria Machado
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Sophie:

Once in a while a writer comes along who blows you out of the water. The book slithers and crawls through an uncanny and grotesque labyrinth of stories of the visceral pleasure, sensuality, hunger, and horror of embodying a female body.

Magical realism dances with horror, flirts with sci fi, and takes queer feminist discourse behind the bike sheds, Reminiscent of Angela Carter and Kelly Link, but with more decapitation and Law & Order SUV doppelgangers, it is so slippery I haven’t digested it all, but at my core it grips me with its truth. It is a pulsing, wild thing. Believe the hype.

 

french exitFrench Exit
Patrick deWitt
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Connor:

Who – or, more to the point, WHAT – is Patrick deWitt? This is his fourth novel, each has had a wildly different setting and tone, and every one of them has been not merely good but outstanding. Is he a wizard? Was he secretly grown in a lab by Soviet engineers to be some sort of posthuman uber-novelist? In any event, he continues to be an absolute lord. French Exit is vintage deWitt – word perfect, outrageously funny, literary yet fun to read, somehow sad and uplifting at once. How does he do it? Someone should look into it… with science. Not you though. You should just get this book.

 

seven husbands of evelyn hugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid
RRP $24.99

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

 

bunnyBunny
Mona Awad
RRP $22.99

Reviewed by Frances:

A blood-soaked fever dream starring a coven of quasi-satanic post grad students at a prestigious New England university.

Sharp, satirical, and satisfying. The best exploration of young female relationship dynamics since The Girls by Emma Cline.

 

 

 

 

exploded viewExploded View
Carrie Tiffany
RRP $22.99

Reviewed by Marianne:

I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book, but Carrie Tiffany thoroughly exploded all my expectations.

Exploded View is dark and strange and immersive, and the writing! Oh, the writing. I haven’t read anything like it in years (or maybe ever). Outstanding! Frightening! Remarkable!

 

 

 

 

the-leopardThe Leopard
Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
RRP $14.99

This is the new, revised edition which includes recently discovered new material including letters and diary entries by the author and two additional sections of the novel.

The Leopard is a modern classic which tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution.

In the spring of 1860, Fabrizio, the charismatic Prince of Salina, still rules over thousands of acres and hundreds of people, including his own numerous family, in mingled splendour and squalor. Then comes Garibaldi’s landing in Sicily and the Prince must decide whether to resist the forces of change or come to terms with them.

 

 

 

narrow road to the deep northThe Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
RRP $19.99

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

 

 

 

 

master and margaritaThe Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov
RRP $14.99

Reviewed by Kirsty:

The devil and his troop of trouble-making demons come to Moscow and leave the city in confusion and disarray. Only the writer who calls himself “The Master” and his love, Margarita, are able to escape unscathed. Bulgakov delivers all the density you crave from your Russian literature, but with an unexpected measure of hilarity. Seriously absorbing!

 

 

 

 

 

outOut
Natsuo Kirino
RRP $22.99

In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the graveyard shift at a factory. Burdened with heavy debts, alienated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives.

A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband. She confesses her crime to her colleagues and unexpectedly, they agree to help. But then the dismembered body parts are discovered, the police start asking questions and more dangerous enemies begin to close in.

Out is a psychologically taut and unflinching foray into the darkest recesses of the human soul, an unsettling reminder that the desperate desire for freedom can make the most ordinary person do the unimaginable.

 

 

sailor who fell from grace with the seaThe Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Yukio Mishima
RRP $19.99

A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call ‘objectivity’. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship’s officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disillusionment as an act of betrayal on his part – and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

Reviewed by Frances:

This story will burrow its way under your skin and never, ever come out. Even if you want it to.

 

 

 

NON-FICTION

order of timeThe Order of Time
Carlo Rovelli
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Will:

Everything you know about time is wrong.

Every second paragraph I had the urge to call someone and shout at them that mass slows down time! Time is made of gravity! There’s no such thing as the present! You, too, can alienate your friends with physics as The Order of Time is short, smart, and comprehensible to the average reader (ignore the endnotes). Rovelli deftly deconstructs time, bringing the world down with it, before building slowly back up again out of the bizarre and fascinating quantum realm to one where time is strange but solid, and ultimately human.

 

 

 

 

spy and the traitorThe Spy and the Traitor
Ben Macintyre
RRP $22.99

Reviewed by Annie:

This is by far one of the best spy stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading! Seamlessly mixing narrative flow with insightful and meticulous research, MacIntyre’s book is unputdownable! Telling the story of one of the West’s most prolific double agents, we explore the delicate world of espionage at the height of the Cold War, when peeking behind the Iron Curtain was literally a matter of life and death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

midnight in chernobylMidnight in Chernobyl
Adam Higginbotham
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by David:

An in-depth investigation into the tragedy at Chernobyl that is a fascinating and horrifying read about government corruption, individual heroism, and the attempt to cover up what could have been a global disaster. Highly recommended for fans of the HBO TV series, and newcomers to the Chernobyl story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

dark_emuDark Emu
Bruce Pascoe
RRP $22.99

Reviewed by Kate:

Dark Emu is a ground-breaking and necessary conversation that is a welcome challenge to our understanding of Australian history. Pascoe offers an opportunity to question and engage with histories of our country, particularly those of colonial agriculture and of Aboriginal Australians and their systems of knowledge, farming, management of irrigation and hunter gathering practices. This essential book, along with the Young Readers edition is a must for every Australian.

 

 

 

 

 

9781408870587
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Annie:

For anyone who has ever felt like me, over-excited “ethnic” person who always brings up race. Eddo-Lodge doesn’t pull any punches. She doesn’t pander to a white audience and concisely deconstructs the institutionalised prejudice which permeates through our culture. This book is like the book you’ve been waiting so long for and never knew you needed!

 

 

 

 

 

how-to-do-nothingHow to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell
RRP $29.99

Reviewed by Marianne:

There are plenty of books out there about how to quit your phone and reclaim your attention, but not so many that address what radical things you might like to do with your attention once you’ve stolen it back. Odell proposes a move towards practices and technologies that give us back our contexts, that situate us in a space and in a time and an ecosystem, as an alternative to the endless immediacy and placelessness of the newsfeed.

How to Do Nothing is a thought provoking treasure trove of alternative approaches, and a much better option than wasting your weekend scrolling on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

KIDS’S BOOKS

a-boy-and-a-ballA Boy and a Ball
Phil Cummings, illustrated by Phil Lesnie
RRP $16.99

Reviewed by Jessica:

“From the Prime Minister’s Literary Award-shortlisted creators of ‘Feathers,’ comes this compassionate tale of a family’s search for a safe place to call home.”

The power of the two Phils is STRONG with this new collaboration, an impossibly beautiful and timely picture book. There is a reason Phil Cummings is one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers 0 the evidence is clear with this book – and his words are given breathtaking life with Phil Lesnie’s imaginative illustrations and limitless talent!

 

 

list of things that will not changeThe List of Things That Will Not Change 
Rebecca Stead
RRP $16.99

Reviewed by Marianne:

Rebecca Stead has a big brain and an even bigger heart, so it’s no surprise that this book will make you smarter and kinder and more gentle and curious than you were when you began. Essential for young readers (and old ones, too)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

catvinkleThe Adventures of Catvinkle
Elliot Perlman
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Kate:

If only I could hand this book out to you all! Elliot has written a gloriously funny tale that has warmed my heart. Catvinkle is a truly pampered cat and is rather unimpressed when her owner brings home Ula, a lonely Dalmatian. With plenty of cat puns, dog chasing adventures, and dancing cats (yes, DANCING CATS!), I loved this lively and gentle story with its thoughtful themes. Perfect for readers 8-12 years, but younger readers would also enjoy this novel and Laura’s gorgeous illustrations as a reading aloud experience. Five stars for this one!

 

 

 

 

 

9781743310977My Life as an Alphabet
Barry Jonsberg
RRP $16.99

Reviewed by Allyx:

Candice Phee is different – people say “on the spectrum,” but really she’s just unflinchingly honest and socially uncomfortable… okay, and a little strange. Her family have fallen apart, for many reasons, her new friend is sure he’s from another dimension, and Candice’s fish is having religious issues. Through her writing of her school assignment – an autobiographical alphabet – we see Candice try to fix everyone and everything with hilarious and beautifully touching results. This is absolutely wonderful!

 

 

 

 

 

9781760528706Lenny’s Book of Everything
Karen Foxlee
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Amanda:

If someone asked me to rate this book out of five, I’d give it six shiny golden stars. This is one very special book, and has been the most moving thing I read this year. From the very first page I was taken aback by just how beautifully Karen Foxlee writes, and felt utterly spoiled as a reader throughout. This is a tender story about a brilliant young girl named Lenny Spink, her brother Davey, who has a condition and cannot stop growing, and their single mother Cynthia, who does all she can for the three of them to get by. The Spink family win a subscription to Burrell’s Encyclopaedia with new issues arriving each week, and Davey and Lenny are whisked away into a world of wonder and adventure. There is so much love and heart in this book, and I will sincerely hold this story and its characters dear to my heart for a very, very long time. Perfect for fans of Wonder, A Song Only I Can Hear, and Bone Sparrow.

(Contains some sensitive themes, recommended for readers age 10+).

 

 

9781250206596Cats are a Liquid
Rebecca Donnelly, illustrated by Misa Saburi
RRP $29.99

Reviewed by Jessica:

Plopped cats, slopped cats, flat cats, cat cats. Slouched cats, couch cats, scarf cats, barf cats…

Okay, maybe not barf cats. But all other cats! This book is full of cats doing all sorts of cat things and I am officially obsessed! CATS! Delightful rhymes and sweet illustrations – what more could one want?

 

 

 

9781473693050The Extraordinaries
TJ Klune
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Jess:

Why do I want to read thee? Let me count the ways! This is TJ Klune’s YA debut that has taken the book world by storm. A queer funny urban fantasy with superheroes?  It’s like my dreams have manifested into book form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

41349bMbLELI Had Such Friends
Meg Gatland-Veness
RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Phoebe:

What a stunning Australian debut! This is a quietly powerful story about self-discovery, lost love and unlikely friendships. It reminds us that everyone struggles and sometimes, all it takes to get through the day is to be in the good company of one other person. Highly recommended for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. Trigger warning: this book contains issues surrounding bullying, abuse, depression, and self-harm.

 

 

 

 

 

ART AND DESIGN

Hannah Ryggen Woven Manifestoes

Hannah Ryggen: Woven Manifestos
Esther Schlicht
RRP $104.99

Reviewed by Elo:

Hannah Ryggen’s life, at first glance, seems idyllic; living on a far flung Norwegian fjord, weaving tapestries on a hand-made loom using yarn naturally dyed with foraged pigments including those created from birch leaves, moss, and rosemary.
However the warmth of Ryggen’s tapestries almost betrays their overt anti-war and anti-fascist sentiments, as the artist used the medium to record the traumas of WWII. Weaving dissent into each of her works, Ryggen ridiculed the violent leaders of the era and exposed their crimes. Ultimately, her powerful artistic vision sought to communicate the radical political potential of textile art, and its important democratic and social utility beyond just the decorative.

 

Treehouses

Treehouses, Tower’s and Tea Rooms: The Architecture of Terunobu Fukimori
J.K Mauro Pierconti
RRP $129.99

Reviewed by Frances:

The first time I read this book, I leafed through it and looked at the pictures. I imagined a world where these buildings exist- although ‘buildings’ seems too heavy and commonplace a word for Fukimori’s fairytale creations. They seem as though they have bloomed out of the earth after a heavy rain, like field mushrooms. They are charming, and sweet, and they both imitate and transcend nature- not in rivalry, but as a harmonious composition. His use of space and light is generous and measured, and the interiors house a gentle accumulation of shadows that result in a soft stillness. One feels as though if you were to clap your hands in a Fukimori tea house, there would be no sound.

In my second reading, I read the essays- Pierconti’s extensive research draws together a story that spans from pre war Japan, through atomic turmoil and foreign imposition, and into the new modernity that Japan (and the rest of the world) struggle with to this day. Funkimori’s story is that of a journey for identity in a post colonial world, a balancing of tradition and innovation, and the endless quest to reconcile nature with civilisation. His designs ask the question- can we tread lightly in the world?

Makers Month – Origami Prize Pack

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Thanks to Tuttle Publishing (joint-holder of our new Guinness World Record!), we’re giving away this spectacular origami kit & paper pack worth over RRP$180! Get your fingers folding double time or share with your crafty friends!

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For your chance to WIN & lug this loot home, email us  at promotions-aus@kinokuniya.com with your full name and simply tell us in 50 words or less what your favourite origami is to fold?

 

*Prize collection instore only. Entries close 29th June 2020

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