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Here's a quartet of great books to help you welcome winter

It’s getting colder. You don’t feel like leaving the house. You’re cuddled under the blanket and you’ve come to the stomach-turning realistion that Game of Thrones ends this month. That’s where we come in with a specially curated list of book recommendations.

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year
Could this be Australia’s answer to James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces? The tales in Liam Pieper’s memoir certainly hint it could  – the story of how this Gen Y flower child became a drug dealer selling pot from his pushbike, a petty criminal and a down-at-the-heels cocaine addict will shock and awe you. And it will also make you laugh. A lot. (RRP$29.99)

We are Called to Rise
Laura McBride’s debut novel is earning gargantuan early praise for its kaleidoscopic approach to the stories of numerous Las Vegas residents, including a woman on the verge of a crumbled marriage, an immigrant family living on the outskirts of Las Vegas and two traumatised war veterans struggling with domestic abuse and suicidal impulses. A tough, important read. (RRP$29.99)

Mr Medicine
Stephen King just keeps churning them out. In his latest, the sputtering American economy serves as a bleak backdrop for a murder mystery that unfolds when a driver in a stolen Mercedes opens fire on job-fair attendees, killing eight and prompting a retired detective to try and stop him from striking again. (RRP$32.99)

The Fault in our Stars
Still haven’t read John Green’s powerful bestseller about young love in the shadows of cancer? You’d best: the film version starring Shailene Woodley is out June 5, and is looking set to become the next great high-school tearjerker. (But we still love you, too, The Perks of Being A Wallflower.) (RRP$19.95)

Updated on 3 Jun 2014.

By Nicholas Fonseca   |  

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