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We wrote a piece for The Sydney Morning Herald's My Small Business on Amazon's impending arrival into Australia (and what it means for small business).
Read the full article here.
In the fourth instalment of our “We Love to Imagine” illustration series, we are excited to introduce you to Kirsty from Forbes, NSW! Kirsty has enjoyed 15 months worth of personalised books so far, and here's the information she shared with us when placing her order:
“I love writing, reading, music, travelling, cooking and lately I'm interested in trains because my current career is a train driver assistant!
I adore books and love to read. I have recently caught the travel bug so I am always thinking about my next adventures. I plan on writing them down for my future kids to read and cherish.
My black cat Billi loves to chill out on my lap whilst I read.”
If you would like to be featured, send us an email at email@example.com and you could be next!
Review by Heather from Bits & Books
In Testosterone Rex, psychologist Cordelia Fine draws on decades of research in an attempt to show that differences between the sexes are not as great as we’ve been led to believe, and that they are a result of societal and cultural influence, rather than being natural and a result of biology and evolution – and testosterone.
Fine discusses everything from conception to neurons, and Wall Street high-rollers to toy-shop aisles, so there’s a lot of information in this book to work through. It felt like a bit of information overload at times, but Fine presents the research in a largely easy to understand way, while some witty commentary and personal anecdotes also help to break up the science and made for some relatable and entertaining reading.
Although my eyes may have glazed over occasionally, I found the book interesting and engaging and I feel like I’ve come away from it with a better understanding of what gender is and isn’t. It’s a readable book even for people (like me) for whom science isn’t their best subject.
Testosterone Rex challenges what we perceive as natural, and is a must-read for anyone interested in gender politics and the science of the body.
Review by Heather from Bits & Books
The German Girl is a fictionalised retelling surrounding the true events of the St Louis, a ship that carried Jewish refugees from Europe to Cuba before the outbreak of WWII.
Armando Lucas Correa uses the lives of two 11-year-old girls to tell the story: Hannah, who we follow from 1939 Berlin, through to her time on board the St. Louis, and then in Havana; and Anna living in New York in 2014, who eventually ends up in Havana also.
Correa has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, so the detail in the novel is incredible and really supports the fictional characters. The contrast between the grey feeling of Berlin and the heat of Havana was lovely to read, while the scenes on board the St Louis had a sense of hopeful unreality about them.
It was difficult not to be affected by the things that happen to the characters in The German Girl – especially to Hannah and her family. It’s been a while since I cried so much at the end of a book, so maybe don’t read the final chapters in public like I did (or at least make sure you have tissues).
The new year is well and truly upon us and at Bookabuy, we want to make 2017 a year of great books for everyone.
Whether you’ve got reading target set or just want to challenge yourself to read more, we can help!
But don’t take our word for it – here are 12 bone-fide reasons a Bookabuy book subscription is the perfect gift for a loved one, or a great treat for yourself.
It has been an incredible year for literature. Here’s our Top 10 Books of 2016:
- Fiction: Nutshell by Ian McEwan
- Fantasy: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
- Science Fiction: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Chick Lit: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Horror: The Fireman by Joe Hill
- Non Fiction: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
- Autobiography: Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes
- Crime: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
- Historical Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Young Adult: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
We’d love to hear what you think of our Top 10!
With only days left until Christmas, we want to give one lucky person the chance to win back the cost of their book subscription!
Place an order anytime between 3pm on Monday 19 December and 11.59pm on Saturday 24 December (AEST), and you'll automatically go in the draw to win your money back!
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1. Subscriptions purchased between 3pm on Monday 19 December and 11.59pm on Saturday 24 December (AEST) are eligible for entry.
2. The prize is available across all Bookabuy book subscriptions or gift vouchers purchased from www.bookabuy.com.au which are paid for upfront.
3. The competition is not applicable to monthly/recurring subscriptions or mystery book purchases.
4. The refund will be made to the payment option selected at checkout and may take up to 10 days to be processed.
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Bookabuy has been featured in this year's Urban Walkabout Christmas Gift Guide!
See the full guide and the great list of other gift ideas here.