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January Great Monthly Reads 2022
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This is a very exciting year for us as we celebrate being in business for 100 years! Collins Booksellers was founded in 1922 by Frederick Henry Slamen and our first store was at 622 Collins Street Melbourne. 
Fiction

London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents' famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle's suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young man seeking acceptance into the Society of Antiquaries. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore her parents' shop to its former glory, and to escape her uncle.

 
But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has ever known about her life, her family and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason.
Release date 18th January

In the Australian summer of 1984, in the small country town of Penguin Hill, Sergeant Roy Cooper is making a name for himself. He's been batting for his local cricket club for decades - and he's a statistical miracle. He's overweight, he makes very few runs, he's not pretty to watch, but he's never been dismissed.
When local schoolgirl Cassie Midwinter discovers this feat, she decides to take the matter further. The remarkable story finds its way into the hands of Donna Garrett, a female sports columnist who's forced to write under a male pseudonym to be taken seriously.

That summer, the West Indies are thrashing Australia, and the Australian people's love of cricket has never been lower. But Donna's columns on Roy Cooper capture the imagination of a nation, and soon there's pressure to select him for the national team. This would see him playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, carrying the spirit of every small country town in Australia along with him. Could such a miracle actually happen?
Australian author 
Release date 18th January

When human remains are found in the stomach of a dead wolf, Detective Hannah Wester knows that this summer won’t be like any other. The remains are soon linked to a bloody drug deal that went down just across the border in Finland. But how did the victim end up in the woods outside Haparanda? And where have the drugs and money gone?

Hannah and her colleagues are soon caught up in an increasingly complex investigation. But time is scarce and they aren’t the only ones looking....

 


After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter.
 

But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
Release date 18th January
 


Dr. Cliff Miyashiro arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue his recently deceased daughter's research, only to discover a virus, newly unearthed from melting permafrost. The plague unleashed reshapes life on earth for generations. Yet even while struggling to counter this destructive force, humanity stubbornly persists in a myriad of moving and ever inventive ways.
 

Among those adjusting to this new normal are an aspiring comedian, employed by a theme park designed for terminally ill children, who falls in love with a mother trying desperately to keep her son alive; a scientist who, having failed to save his own son from the plague, gets a second chance at fatherhood when one of his test subjects a pig develops human speech; a man who, after recovering from his own coma, plans a block party for his neighbours who have also woken up to find that they alone have survived their families; and a widowed painter and her teenaged granddaughter who must set off on cosmic quest to locate a new home planet.
Release date 18th January
 

Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Belinda, a crime he has no memory of committing. Three years later, he’s released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Belinda’s mother, once Thea’s good friend, galvanises the community to rally against him. Neighbours, employers, even some members of Thea’s own family turn away.

Meanwhile Thea struggles to understand her only son and begins to suspect darker forces are at play. If there is so much she never knew about Stefan, what other hidden secrets has she yet to uncover — especially the shocking truth about the night Belinda died?
Release date 19th January


Two years into the Second World War, and German
U-boats are frequently disrupting Britain's supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio programme called The Kitchen Front launches a new cooking contest – and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host.
For young widow Audrey winning the competition could be a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads.

However, her estranged sister, Gwendoline, is equally set on success even if her own kitchen maid, Nell, is competing against her. And then there is Zelda, a London-trained chef desperate to succeed in a male-dominated profession – and harbouring a secret that will change everything . . .
 
Nature

Plants live secret, unseen lives - hidden in their magical world and on their timescale. From the richest jungles to the harshest deserts, from the snowiest alpine forest to the remotest steaming swamp, Green Planet travels from one great habitat to the next, showing us that plants are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as the animals on our planet. You will discover agents of death, who ruthlessly engulf their host plant, but also those that form deep and complex relationships with other species, such as the desert cacti who use nectar-loving bats to pollinate. 

Although plants are undoubtedly the stars of the show, a fascinating new light will be shed on the animals that interact with them.

Using the latest technologies and showcasing over two decades of new discoveries, Green Planet reveals the strange and wonderful life of plants like never before - a life full of remarkable behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes.
Release date 18th January
 



The Arctic Treeline is the shifting region of forest that encircles the globe in an almost unbroken green ring. It is the second largest biome on our planet and is - quite literally - on the frontline of global warming.

The six trees that characterise this little-known region (Larch, Spruce, Mountain Ash, Downy Birch, Poplar and Scots Pine) form the protagonists of Ben Rawlence's story. 

He travels to Scotland, northern Scandinavia, Siberia, Canada, Alaska and Greenland to discover what these trees and the people who live and work with them have to tell us about the future of our planet. The significance of this ring of forest and its rich biome has only recently begun to be understood. How the species in this zone respond to warming will shape the ability of the boreal forest to produce the fresh air and fresh water that sustains life on earth.
Release date 18th January
Health
Children's Education

Ever wonder what happens when you go to sleep at night? Discover all that's still going on in the world after dark, in this intriguing, fact-packed introduction to the science of night. Nocturnal animals are hunting for food. Plants are using maths to conserve their overnight energy. Celestial objects only visible after dark are shining brightly in the night sky. Even our own bodies and brains are still working to keep us healthy! Amazing as it is, the world doesn't stop just because we've closed our eyes.
Ages 8+

Join Yolnu artist Ms N. Yunupinu and her granddaughter Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs on a counting adventure across Country, spotting animals of Arnhem Land and learning Yolnu Matha, the language of the Yolnu people, along the way.  This
bilingual board book introduces young children to numbers up to five and makes counting fun.
This book is a collaboration between Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Ages 1+
Australian authors

 Written by Peter Dodds McCormick in 1878, Advance Australia Fair was chosen by the people of Australia as their national anthem almost 100 years later. Award-winning illustrator, Tony Flowers, has captured the spirit of the lyrics by showcasing our home’s abundant gifts–from the encircling seas, across its boundless plains, to its spiritual heart. With charming images celebrating our cities, our towns, our land and our people, this beautiful edition invites all Australians to join together and combine to ... Advance Australia Fair.
Ages 5+
Australian authors

Join Uncle Kuu as he takes us out on Country and explains cultural burning. Featuring stunning artwork by Sandra Steffensen, this is a powerful and timely story of understanding Australia's ecosystems through Indigenous fire management, and a respectful way forward for future generations to help manage our landscapes.
Ages 6+
Australian authors

Adapted from Briggs’ celebrated song 'The Children Came Back'Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.
Ages 1+
Australian authors

The Bumper Treehouse Fun Book is packed with over 300 pages of treehouse-inspired fun! With the FUNNEST activities from the Treehouse Fun Books and a whole heap of brand new ones, there are pictures to draw, stories to write, codes to crack, sudokus to solve, colour-ins, dot-to-dots, mazes, crosswords, word searches, spot-the-differences and some activities that we don't even have a name for! So, what are you waiting for? Grab a pen, pencil, crayon or spooncil and come on in!
Ages 8+
Australian authors

The School of Monsters: Learn and Play series bridges the gap between school and home to ignite the spark of learning. Kids getting ready for kinder and school will love practising real schoolwork with their friends at the School of Monsters – in a funny, silly (and smelly) way! Each book is full of teacher-approved worksheets and activities to promote school readiness!
Also available:
Fun with Words
Fun with Numbers
Fun with Shapes
Ages 3+
Australian author

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