With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get into hunting mode and find those presents!
Instead of spending an unnecessary amount of time in a book store, trying to figure out what to buy, we’ve listed and summarised a bunch of best-sellers to make your life a whole lot easier.
We’re sure your friends or family will be very thankful when they’re looking to unwind in the comfort of their armchair, beside their Christmas tree and read a book.
Here are Hunter and Bligh’s top picks for Christmas:
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward by J.K. Rowling
Attention J.K. Rowling Fans, who just can’t get enough of Harry Potter – Fantastic Beasts is here to save you. The Crimes of Grindelward, is the second instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series about a magizoologist in a time before Harry existed. The series has a darker twist to it, yet still brings the awe, enchantment and cheekiness cognisant of the Harry Potter series. In this book, we are re-introduced to familiar characters like Dumbeldore, who with his student, Newt Scamander, plan to stop Grindelwald from having pure-blood wizards rule over muggles. It’s a perfect fantasy to indulge in over Christmas!
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
The critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84, Haruki Murakami, introduces an epic novel about a portraitist in Tokyo who is abandoned by his wife and unexpectedly finds himself seeking refuge in a mountain home of a famous artist. After coming across a fascinating painting, he accidentally opens a mysterious portal and has to complete a mission to close it. The mission includes a ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. Intrigued? We sure are.
The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Kois and Dan Butler
On Angels in America’s 25th anniversary, Theatre director and writer Isaac Butler and journalist Dan Kois released the ultimate account of Tony’s Kushner’s Broadway hit through oral history. Based upon vibrant interviews conducted in 2016–2017 with people involved with the play in different ways, (including Streep, Parker, Nathan Lane, Jeffrey Wright and Kushner himself), the book reveals the on and offstage turmoil of the play’s birth. Historians and critics help situate the play in the arc of American culture, from the staunch activism of the AIDS crisis to our current era, whose politics are a dark echo of the Reagan ’80s. The World Only Spins Forward is an uplifting testament to one of the great works of American art of the past century.
Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
50 years after the creation of one of the most famous rock bands in history, Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustration book to be produced in collaboration with its band members. The unique volume covers their unparalleled musical career and features unseen photos and artworks from around the world of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. This is a must for fans of the band, or for anyone who is interested in exploring the adventures of the fourth best-selling artist worldwide and how they came to be.
Walk Through Walls by Marina Abromovitch
If you like modern art, you’ve probably heard of performance artist Marina Abromovitch. In her memoir she not only writes about her exhilarating and innovative work, but also about her early life in communist ex-Yugoslavia, her time as an a young art student in Belgrade in the 1970s and her romances, including her relationship with performance artist, Ulay, who was her lover and sole collaborator for 12 years. Even if you’re not familiar or a fan of her work, we strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about and learn from a strong-willed person who kept on “Walk(ing) Through Walls” to achieve their dreams.
Back, After the Break by Osher Günsberg
Osher Gunsberg, or formally known as his stage name, Andrew G, is one of Australia’s most loved celebrities. You’ll remember him announcing Guy Sebastian as our first winner of Australian Idol, and later hosting every season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and now Bachelor in Paradise. In this powerful, dark and funny memoir he opens up about his life away from the camera, living with anxiety, depression and alcoholism. He so openly writes about how he ended up unemployed, divorced, suicidal and certifiable on the other side of the world, and how he managed to get through his struggles and make a life for himself again.
An Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
After a series of bad news stories and a near-death experience , award-winning journalist, Leah Sales, decided to explore how vulnerable each of us are to a life-threatening event and the taboos surrounding what happens next. In this wise and telling book, Leah Sales talks to ordinary people who’ve been affected by life’s unexpected blows, like terrorism, natural disasters or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and condenses this with research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief.
This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History by Chuck D
For those who claim to be hip-hop heads, this is a required reading, written by one of the most influential rap and hip-hop artists of all time, Chuck D. Chuck offers a comprehensive insiders perspective on the most iconic moments and influential songs in the Hip-Hop genre’s recorded history, from Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin'” to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control.” Also included are key events in hip-hop history, from Grandmaster Flash’s first scratch through to Tupac’s holographic appearance at Coachella. Illustrating the pages are more than 150 portraits from mADurgency, an artist collective specialising in art and design for the hip-hop community.
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Academy award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur, Reese Witherspoon, shares the intricacies of southern living as well as her grandma Dorothea’s most delicious recipes. She writes about how the south shaped her, whether that’s through the way she entertains, does her hair, or makes holidays special for her kids. She also talks of her favourite southern traditions like midnight barn parties, backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings and rollicking honky-tonks. A perfect, light read to have with a cup of tea!
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Prof Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Attracting fans like Bill Gates and Barack Obama for his previous two books, his recent book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, focuses on current affairs and the immediate future of human kind. In today’s digital age we are flooded with information and this book looks at the challenge of maintaining our clarity and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Listed in Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club Selection, Michelle Obama’s deeply personal memoir chronicles the experiences that have shaped her. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent in the White House as the First Lady of the United States. With honestly and wit, she details how she defied the expectations of those around her and established herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.
Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford
Writer of Fight Like a Girl, broadcaster and public speaker, Clementine Ford, tackles the issues of hyper masculinity and what needs to change for equality to become a reality. It answers the question of ‘How do I raise my son to respect women and give them equal space in the world? As well as how patriarchy creates a limited and harmful idea of what it is to be a man, and what we have to do to reverse that damage.