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Top Ten Best Books for Gifts

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Published December 18th 2013
Pages for all ages
Books can be escapes, daydreams, aspirations... when choosing a book as a gift, take into mind what sort of experience you are giving. Do you want the recipient to be taken on an adventure, to be reassured, to be taught, or to be inspired?
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A very small section of my own extensive library



Always remember what you know about your recipient's own life and history. A scandalous love story may not be the right choice for someone recently divorced, likewise an overly abstract narrative may not provide the relaxing experience you wanted to give to a stressed parent or co-worker.

Here are ten great reads for all ages and personalities.

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One of my favourite book covers of all time


The Childhood of Jesus J.M Coetzee
A sparse dream of a narrative, in which the young protagonist navigates his new world. A story of displacement, determination and questions.

Oh The Places You'll Go! Dr Seuss
Colourful, fun and inspiring, Seuss' classic book is a perfect gift for young readers, or as a graduation present for the older ones.

Status Anxiety Alain de Botton
Great for those with a philosophical bent, this book is an examination of the phenomena of status; its history, current pervasiveness, and why we feel we must cling to it.

The Secret History Donna Tartt
A suspenseful read about affluent College students who are at the centre of the town's biggest murder

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Schaffer and Barrows
The perfect summer read for a favourite aunt or grandmother. This delightful book is easily picked up and hard to put down, as it traces the emerging relationship of Juliet Ashton, a writer from Chelsea, and Dawsey Adams, a simple-living, kind-hearted man from the island of Guernsey

Guitar Highway Rose Brigid Lowry
An oldie but a goodie for any teenager who dreams of guitars, nose rings and the open road. A great summer read about adventure, first love, and friendship.

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The almost iconic cover of The Slap


The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
The Slap is relentlessly modern-Melbourne from the colloquial language to the searing pavement heat. It's a hefty volume but a good read for people who enjoy tales of family, relationships, and local life.

In Between the Dancing E.A Gleeson
A warm, authentic compilation of poetry about family, journeys, and the beautiful rhythms of seemingly mundane life.

The Fry Chronicles Stephen Fry (An Autobiography)
Rather than focus too ardently on his own reflection, Fry tells many stories of the people he encountered both during and after his study many of them now very successful comedians, actors and writers. This book is a charming and witty account of his college life with these larger-than-life comrades.

In Great Spirits: The WWI Diary of Archie Barwick
This gripping book brings to life daily life as a WWI soldier in a way that no other media has done. Archie's diary recounts vividly not only the many front-line battles he survived, but the daily hardships and profound mateship of this time.
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Where: Bookstores, second-hand bookstores, op-shops or online
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