5 great books to read this winter

Looking for something to read while cuddled up on the couch this winter? Look no further. Here’s our list of five great books to bury your nose in.


There’s nothing nicer than enjoying indoor pursuits while wild weather rages outside, and reading is a cold-climate favourite. Whether you’re a diehard bookworm or only occasionally indulge, we’ve got a list of great books old and new to please even the pickiest purchaser.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Penguin Random House, RRP $32.99

When Breath Becomes Air In bookstores since January 2016, this Pulitzer Prize winner should be on everyone’s reading list. An autobiography by a brilliant neurosurgeon, it follows his life and fight against stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Struggling with the transition from doctor to patient, endless examinations and a now non-existent future, this intensely moving memoir explores what makes life worth living.  Out now.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Penguin Random House, RRP $32.99

Into the Water From the international best-selling author of The Girl on the Train, this new psychological thriller will have you hooked right from the first page. Starting with the unexplained deaths of two women in a small riverside town and delving deep into the enigmatic human psyche, this gripping, twisting, layered story is about the slipperiness of the truth and a family drowning in secrets. Out now.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Allen & Unwin, RRP $23.99

Jasper Jones Another not-so-new-comer, this modern Australian classic by multi-award-winning, best-selling author Craig Silvey is your perfect cold-weather companion. Following the friendship and adventures of two boys in the regional mining town of Corrigan at the tail end of 1965, Jasper Jones is about outsiders, secrets and what it really means to be a hero. Out now.

The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Picador, RRP $29.99

Gulf For most people, family is everything, but what happens when your own home isn’t a safe space? Two kids, an unhappy upbringing and one epic journey, The Gulf follows 16-year-old Skye and her kid brother Ben as they hop on the train to Adelaide to make their escape. The second novel from this favourite Aussie author, it’s an inspiring, uplifting read with a fantastic finish. Out June 2017.

Some Tests by Wayne Macauley

Text Publishing, RRP $29.99

Tests An unexplained lump under the skin, phantom smells, headaches that won’t go away… We’ve all had a health scare before, but what happens when even the experts don’t know what’s wrong? About life in medical limbo, this slightly unnerving but brilliant new book follows mother-of-two Beth as she wakes up one morning and finds her ordinary existence changed forever. Out May 2017.

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