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NewSouth's Summer Reading Guide

Looking for a great summer read? NewSouth has got you covered.


Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book: Everything you need to know about surf, sand and rips by Rob Brander

Whether you’re a surfer looking for the perfect wave or enjoying the beach with friends and family, this book is a must-read for all ocean lovers.

Getting to Know the Birds in Your Neighbourhood by Darryl Jones

Getting to Know the Birds in Your Neighbourhood is the first complete beginners’ field guide to the birds you are most likely to see in the towns and cities of Australia. Much more than an identification tool, though, it opens the door to understanding the habits and behaviours of your suburb’s feathered locals.

Silk & Venom: The incredible lives of spiders by James O'Hanlon

In Silk & Venom, James O’Hanlon takes us from his backyard to all corners of the globe (and even outer space!) to explore these fascinating creatures and show us why they’re not so scary after all.


The Best Australian Science Writing 2023 edited by Donna Lu

This much-loved anthology — now in its thirteenth year — selects the most thought-provoking, poignant and dazzling science stories and essays from Australian writers, poets and scientists.

Underground Lovers: Encounters with fungi by Alison Pouliot

What can we learn from the lives of fungi? Underground Lovers brings us to our knees, magnifier in hand, to find out.

The Plant Thieves: Secrets of the herbarium by Prudence Gibson

The Plant Thieves reveals remarkable stories from the National Herbarium of New South Wales — its people, its archives and its most guarded specimens.


Saving Lieutenant Kennedy: The heroic story of the Australian who helped rescue JFK by Brett Mason

The incredible story of an Australian hero who helped save the life of a future president.

Cast Mates: Australian Actors in Hollywood and at Home by Sam Twyford-Moore

‘Wry, erudite, engrossing, Cast Mates is a red-carpet ride from home to Hollywood.’ — Briohny Doyle

Dispatch from Berlin, 1943: The story of five journalists who risked everything by Anthony Cooper and Thorsten Perl

‘An extraordinary tale of five brave reporters and their eyewitness accounts of the horrors of aerial warfare during and after a raid on Berlin. A compelling tribute to the 57 205 young men killed while serving with bomber command during the Second World War.’ — Ian McPhedran


Root & Branch: Essays on inheritance by Eda Gunaydin

Exquisitely written, Root & Branch unsettles neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place. Eda Gunaydin’s essays ask: what are the legacies of migration, apart from loss? And how do we find comfort in where we are?

Sneaky Little Revolutions: Selected Essays of Charmian Clift Nadia Wheatley

Charmian Clift was a writer ahead of her time. Lyrical and fearless, her essays seamlessly blended the personal and the political. This new edition of Charmian Clift’s essays, selected and introduced by her biographer Nadia Wheatley, is drawn from the weekly newspaper column Clift wrote through the turbulent and transformative years of the 1960s.

Everywhen: Australia and the Language of Deep History Edited by Ann McGrath, Laura Rademaker, Jakelin Troy

Everywhen asks how knowledge systems of Aboriginal people can broaden our understanding of the past and of history. Indigenous ways of knowing, narrating, and re-enacting the past in the present blur the distinctions of time, making all history now, with questions of time and language at the heart of Indigenous sovereignty.