This Week's New Book Arrivals

Firstly a very Happy New Year to you all from the team here at Books N Gifts. We are really looking forward to an exciting year in 2022 with our second retail store to open soon at Stockland Nowra.

Whilst this year's Christmas holidays have included a number of public holidays our online store remain open 7 days a week as does our sister store Berry Newsagency and we have been busy not only greeting the many visitors to town but also with unpacking the latest new book arrivals.

Here are just some of the great new book releases that have arrived in store this week:


Renegades : Born in the USA

Barack Obama & Bruce Springsteen


Two long-time friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly-produced expansion of their ground-breaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material.

Renegades- Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-colour photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders-one Black and one white-looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.

It includes-
Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
Obama's never-before-seen annotated speeches
Springsteen's handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors' personal archives

Australia : Inspired Escapes & Culinery Journeys

Gourmet Traveller


Gourmet Traveller is proud to partner with Southern Crossings to present Australia- Inspired Escapes + Culinary Journeys.
From Sapphire Freycinet in Tasmania to Longitude 131 in Uluru-Kata Tjuta, this luxury hardcover book will take readers on a journey across Australia, showcasing 21 of the country's most exclusive lodges and resorts, and feature a selection of chef recipes from each. First published in 1966, Gourmet Traveller has combined premium food and travel photography for more than 50 years, presenting the very best experiences to be found across Australia and abroad. They have partnered with leading luxury travel specialists Southern Crossings to capture the magic of Australia's diverse landscapes and share the unique experiences to be found there.
Designed to inspire new adventures, this book will give readers a taste of each property, featuring a selection of chef recipes that have been tried and tested in the Gourmet Traveller test kitchen. The perfect gift for those awaiting their next adventure, Australia will also serve as a cherished

Rebel Homemaker 

Drew Barrymore


Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own rebellious way - including how she cooks, lives and finds happiness at home. Drew shares recipes, stories and personal photos that show how you too can live a healthy, delicious and joyful life.

Find happiness at home with Drew.

In her first lifestyle book, she'll take you inside her kitchen and her life, featuring thirty-six amazing recipes, from Yuzu Eggs to Brie and Apple Sandwiches to Harissa Spaghetti, which she developed along with chef Pilar Valdes, a personal friend and a regular guest on Drew's CBS talk show.

The book will also feature beautiful photos taken by Drew herself, spotlighting the very personal connection she has to food, wellness, and mental health. She'll also share personal essays and stories about female friendship, single parenting, the importance of self-care and alone time, and how to slow down and share the joy of family and food, both during special occasions and as part of everyday life.



The Woman, The Mink, The Cod & The Donkey

Margerie Swash

Illustrated by Emmanuel Santos

Self Help


She was looking for wine. Instead she found friendship. (Okay, it was with three animals, but she really hadn't drunk any wine at that point, promise.) --- Come, dearest reader, and dive into this book. It's warm and safe in here, which you will have guessed already because it's about a human and three animals. You might not be able to remember the animals or the order they fall within the title, but that doesn't matter. The pictures will remind you that the story is about a woman, a mink, a salmon and a donkey. COD, not salmon, sorry - it's a cod. The woman is embarking on an important journey. She does not know her destination, but she knows what she'll find when she gets there: an open pub. It has been a long time since she has been in one due to a strange, sad region of yester-year called 'Lockdown'. On her travels she bumps into the mink, the cod and a donkey who inexplicably resembles Donald Trump, and together they discuss their most valued life lessons, such as the value of travel insurance, and why it's always important to wear breathable pants.



Marrisa Stapley

Adult Fiction


'A wild and deeply satisfying rollercoaster ride . . . the most fun I've had reading a book in quite a while' - Taylor Jenkins Reid What if you had the winning lottery ticket that would change your life forever, but you couldn't cash it in? Lucky Armstrong is tough, talented and in real trouble. Having just pulled off a million-dollar heist with her boyfriend, she's preparing to start a brand new life, complete with new identity, when everything goes sideways. Suddenly Lucky finds herself completely alone, without the help of either her father or her boyfriend, the two figures from whom she's learned the art of the scam. When Lucky discovers that a lottery ticket she bought on a whim is worth millions, her elation is tempered by one big problem: cashing in the winning ticket means she'll be arrested for her crimes. As Lucky tries to avoid capture and make a future for herself, she must find a way to confront her own past and learn what it means to be independent and honest . . . before her luck runs out.

The Vacation

John Marrs

Adult Fiction

The Vacation is a compulsive, holiday-set thriller from John Marrs, the author of The One, now a Netflix Original Series. How far would you run to escape your past? Venice Beach, Los Angeles. A paradise on earth. Tourists flock to the golden coast and the promise of Hollywood. But for eight strangers at a beach front hostel, there is far more on their mind than an extended vacation. All of them are running from something. And they all have secrets they'd kill to keep! Originally published as Welcome to Wherever You Are, this is a re-edited release perfect for fans of T. M. Logan.



The Ugliest Dog in the World

Bruce Whatley

30th Anniversary Hard Copy Edition

Childrens Book

Perfect for everyone who loves a funny dog story, this anniversary edition is sure to delight a whole new generation of readers.

Everyone sees my dog differently. Some people even think she's the ugliest dog in the world.

But I think she's beautiful ... in a sloppy kind of way!

Written and illustrated by one of Australia's award-winning and much-admired picture book creators, this anniversary edition is sure to delight a whole new generation of readers.

An Amazing Australian Road Trip

Jackie Hosking

Illustrated by Lesley Vamos

Childrens Book


Hop in for the rollicking, rhyming Australian road trip of a lifetime, as we travel all around Australia in search of the best spot to celebrate Aunty's birthday!

We're travelling from Melbourne on a birthday trip west,
our aunty is sixty and we're off on a quest.

In An Amazing Australian Road Trip a family visits every state and territory of Australia, looking for the perfect picnic spot and experiencing all the landscapes, climates and wonders that Australia has to offer along the way. Each page has exuberant and dynamic artwork along with fun facts about the iconic locations and landmarks they visit, from Ningaloo Reef to Uluru, the Australian War Memorial to Coober Pedy and more.

Polly & Buster -The Wayward Witch & The Feelings Monster

Sally Rippin

Junior Fiction


From Australia's best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster - a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship.

Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends?

Everyone knows that witches don't mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous.

But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever.
It's the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness.
Somehow, they've managed to keep their friendship a secret.
Until one day, when everything changes ...

Sally Rippin is the author of over 50 books for young readers, including the best-selling Billie B Brown early reader series, and its recent spin-offs, A Billie B Mystery, Billie's Adventures and the Hey Jack series. Her new series Polly and Buster is accompanied by her own enchanting illustrations.

Shortlisted for the 2020 YABBA Awards, 2018 ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children, 2018 Indie Book Awards: Children's, 2018 Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature Awards: Fiction for Younger Readers, 2018 ABA Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award, 2018 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year
A 2018 CBCA Notable Book of the Year for Younger Readers


The Tower at the End of Time

Amy Sparkes

Junior Fiction

Adventurous, magical and brilliantly funny sequel to The House at the Edge of Magic.

Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are free to travel the worlds once more! Their first stop: The Wizarding Hopscotch Championships.

There's only one problem: the House is nervous about travelling ? and gets the hiccups! Bouncing from world to world with every "HIC!", they finally land at the championships, only for Flabberghast to have an unfortunate run-in with square number seven, and find himself faced with the terrible Tower at the End of Time.

But maybe here they can find out how to cure the House's hiccups, and Nine might finally discover who left her the beloved music box, and who she really is...

A young middle grade novel full of humour, magic and mischief  and the second in a three book series.


So I hope you enjoy my selection of great new book releases this week and if you need any more help with your selection of books then please don't hesitate to message us. Also don't forget to check out all the latest book arrivals online at or if you are down in Berry please come in and visit our sister store Berry Newsagency. Our Nowra store will be undergoing a complete remodel and refit in February however in the interim period online purchases are also available for click and collect at Nowra Nextra as well as at Berry Newsagency.


Head Bookseller