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IF THERE was ever a time to lose your­self in a good book, it is now.

Sum­mer means long lazy days on the beach or by the river or pool… bet­ter still, on the ve­randa swing­ing in a hammock. Read­ing is syn­ony­mous with all that.

Here are just a few sug­ges­tions for a good read as you laze away your sum­mer days on the Sun­shine Coast.

Im­merse your­self in the Sun­shine Coast with Last Day in the Dy­na­mite Fac­tory, a novel by ac­claimed lo­cal au­thor, An­nah Faulkner. Set in Brisbane and Coolum this is a com­pelling story of mid­dle-aged ar­chi­tect Chris Bright in search of his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, whose iden­tity turns out to be just one of many se­crets Chris’ life has been built on. The gor­geously de­scrip­tive pas­sages of Brisbane and Coolum will stay with you long af­ter you fin­ish this beau­ti­fully writ­ten novel.

The Last Crocodile Hunter – A Fa­ther and Son Legacy. Who doesn’t love any­thing to do with the late Steve Ir­win? This book, mov­ingly writ­ten by his fa­ther Bob Ir­win, tells the Steve Ir­win story as it hap­pened right from the very begin­ning. Told with love and hon­esty and with myr­iad de­light­ful anec­dotes from a fa­ther who has grieved much and loved a lot, this is a top read.

An­nie’s mother is a se­rial killer and An­nie must turn her in and take on a new fam­ily and name… but blood is thicker than wa­ter. Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is a page-turn­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller which will ab­sorb you for hours and have you for­get­ting ev­ery­thing else un­til the very last page. A dis­turb­ing, dark and grip­ping read.

Want some­thing lighter? The Pretty De­li­cious Café by Danielle Hawkins is your choice – a de­li­cious, ro­man­tic and witty novel set in New Zealand. Great one-lin­ers, self-dep­re­ca­tion, ro­man­tic com­pli­ca­tions and a pretty New Zealand sea­side town are in­gre­di­ents for a de­li­cious read.

A bit of crime fic­tion to dip into? The Dry by Jane Harper is the most pop­u­lar crime novel in Aus­tralia at the mo­ment. Set in a small fic­tional Vic­to­rian town, you can taste the drought dust and feel the blan­ket­ing heat of this grip­ping story where a small town houses big se­crets. Who re­ally killed the Han­dler fam­ily will grip you from the pro­logue and have you putting ev­ery­thing else aside un­til you find out at the end. This is a crack­ling de­but novel. The film rights have been bought by Reese Wither­spoon’s pro­duc­tion com­pany.

How about a de­li­ciously comic and wicked story told from the view­point of an un­born baby? Nutshell by Ian McEwan is nar­rated by a foe­tus who over­hears his mother plot­ting to kill her hus­band with her hus­band’s brother who she is hav­ing an af­fair with. It is the un­born baby’s so­phis­ti­cated voice and droll sense of hu­mour that is so cap­ti­vat­ing in this book. A won­der­fully witty and ur­bane tale of mur­der, be­trayal

and de­ceit.

An easy fun read is Full Bore by the ever-pop­u­lar Wil­liam McInnes. In his unique and de­light­ful style, Wil­liam ram­bles on about our Aussie ob­ses­sion with sport and pop cul­ture. If you like to laugh and cringe at the same time, this is one for you.

Tony Park al­ways en­ter­tains in his books about Africa, and Red Earth is one of his best. On the out­skirts of Dur­ban, Suzanne Fessey fights back dur­ing a vi­cious car­jack­ing. She kills one of the of­fend­ers but the other es­capes with Suzanne’s baby strapped in the back seat. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough in this new thriller.

If you love an au­thor who chats di­rectly to you in a breezy and very funny style, then Sarah-Kate Lynch is your girl. The Kiwi au­thor has penned many works of fic­tion but in Screw You Dolores she talks to us about her

Year of Me, the year she turned 50 and de­cided to take a year off, travel, live in Paris and gen­er­ally in­dulge her­self – and along the way find out if that elu­sive key to hap­pi­ness re­ally does ex­ist. A fun read writ­ten with en­gag­ing frank­ness.

PHOTO: MIHTIANDER

Sum­mer is the per­fect time to im­merse your­self in a good book.

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