Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas from the team at Better Read Than Dead. We're doing our very best to operate as safely as possible and we're so grateful for your support, your patience and your love. We're still offering free shipping for any books in stock to support those social distancing.

Our hours are a little bit different over December:
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 9am – 6pm
Boxing Day: 9am – 10pm
Boxing Day Public Holiday: 9.30am – 9pm
New Years Eve: 9.30am – 5.30pm
New Years Day: 12pm – 8pm

We've included a big selection of gift ideas below and don't forget to scroll to the end to enter our giveaway (we have two bookstacks this week!)

Stay safe and wear a mask, please! Merry Christmas!
GREAT GIFT IDEAS
THE QUEER FICTION EDITION
LITERARY JOURNAL
$49.99

With guest editor Patti Yumi Cottrell (of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace fame) & a slew of terrific queer authors including my fav Bryan Washington, Eileen Myles, K-Ming Chang & many more. This is the first time McSweeney’s has published a queer fiction edition but the quality of McSweeney’s is always spot on & each short story is a shining light of brilliance unto its self. Let us not forget the superb queer artworks which sets this journal apart. Super exciting and vast!

— REVIEWED BY DEAN —
ELEANOR CREWES
GRAPHIC NOVEL
$34.99

One of the times I knew I was gay was when the private girls’ high school I was going to transfer to wanted a sample of my art and I submitted a charcoal portrait I’d done of Gough Whitlam. Eleanor Crewes’ experiences are a bit different but they are just as sweet and heartwarming and ridiculous.

This is a graphic novel brimming with humanity and tenderness for the awkward young people we all were.

— REVIEWED BY MADDY —
EULA BLISS
ESSAYS
$34.99

This is a book about the compromises we make existing and working in late capitalism. Eula Bliss wrote this book with the time and funds awarded to her upon receiving a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. She is not shy about talking about this – in fact, this book is a project that attempts to bring transparency and self-awareness to discussions of economic precarity and ironic imbrication in neoliberal capitalist institutions and exchanges, despite one’s best attempts to disengage. Bliss is sharp, funny, and real, interweaving topics from furniture prices to dom/sub relationships to Virginia Woolf to some good old classic Marx.

— REVIEWED BY MADDY —
CARMEN MARIA MACHADO
GRAPHIC NOVEL
$44.99

What can’t Machado do? One of my favourite authors, she writes fiction, she writes non-fiction both as outstanding as the other. Now Machado has written a horror graphic novel and as a fan of both horror and graphics I can testify this is something else. She has done it again – I’m a giant fan!

As friends El and Vee dive deeper into the mystery behind their lost memories, they realize the stories of their town hold more dark truth than they could've imagined. It's up to El and Vee to keep their town from falling apart... to keep the world safe from Shudder-to-Think's monsters.

— REVIEWED BY DEAN—
ALICE ZASLAVSKY
COOKING
$59.99

Ooh, what a riot of colour and flavour this is! Fun and lively, not unlike Alice herself, this rather splendid book features 50 veg and an array of tasty dishes for each. Unusually, the chapters are arranged by colour – orange, white, purple, green, etc., but this really works and is nothing short of an inspiration. Dishes include: Karalan fried cauliflower with coconut chutney, Blender beetroot brownie, Seven-spice butternut tagine, and Four-ginger parsnip sticky date pudding. Need I say more?

— REVIEWED BY SYLVIA —
DUNCAN WELGEMOED
COOKING
$49.99

Whoa, mama, this is one hell of a ride of a cookbook. Straight talking, no nonsense and hotter than a Carolina Reaper, it reflects the spirit and gusto of the author, celebrated chef Duncan Welgemoed. Duncan’s South-African influenced Adelaide restaurant of the same name has been setting people’s hearts on fire for a while now, and I reckon this book is going to do the same. It’s fun, fresh and has something for everyone, from vegan or full-on carnivore. Bring it on.

— REVIEWED BY SYLVIA —
DOLLY PARTON, SONGTELLER
DOLLY PARTON
MUSIC / MEMOIR
$59.99

An exciting format for the biography of a cultural icon, country and western superstar Dolly Parton. Looking at the lyrics of 150 of her songs, the songstress reveals insight and stories behind her creations, delving deep into her personal life. Remarkable in every way, just like the lady herself. This is the perfect gift for just about everyone – EVERYONE LOVES DOLLY!

— REVIEWED BY DEAN —
DIANA MCMAHON
COLOURING BOOK
$19.99

Do you love the classic Rider Waite but wish you could mix up the colour scheme? Now is your time to shine! With these stunning illustrations by Diana McMahon, your only limit is your imagination when it comes to your perfect tarot design. Make The Sun purple and The Wheel of Fortune turquoise and understand your future along the way. Perfect for a gift or just some magical me time.

— REVIEWED BY LUCY —
ANDREW PIPPOS
AUSTRALIAN FICTION
$32.99

With this debut novel, Erskineville local Andrew Pippos explores voices from 20th Century Sydney that are often overlooked. In a lively and tender style, Pippos writes characters who maintain a tenuous grip on hope, all the while making do through trying and shocking circumstances. Nostalgia is a driving force in the world of Lucky’s – a restaurant chain that has long since faltered – but the reverberations of a collapsed restaurant empire with humble beginnings continue to be felt, decades on.

— REVIEWED BY JIMMY —
JERRY SEINFELD
MEMOIR
$49.99

Writing through Covid-19 is a way for Jerry Seinfeld to keep the comedy coming while club nights are on pause. His life is stand-up bits. He lives for stand-up. His eternal question: “Is this anything?” Seinfeld’s biography is a comprehensive collection of his bits that were something. The clever sneaker on Jerry’s foot is that he writes clean bits, everyday observations, relatable and squeaky fun. This book is clever; anyone can enjoy the pick-up read small gags put-down style or digest decades long comedy gold.

— REVIEWED BY DEAN —
REBECCA SOLNIT
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS
$27.99

For any young person wondering why a Princess’ salvation has to come at the behest of her Prince Charming – this feminist retelling of Cinderella is for you! Rebecca Solnit flips the out dated original tale on its head, instead telling a story of resilience, friendship, and girl power.

Much alike, the retellings of Hansel & Gretel by Jeanette Winterson, Blueblood by Malorie Blackman and Duckling by Kamila Shamsie are part of A Fairy Tale Revolution.

— REVIEWED BY STELLA —
MALORIE BLACKMAN
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS
$27.99

From the author of famous dystopian series Noughts and Cross, Malorie Blackman, comes this feminist remix of Bluebeard: Blueblood. Nia has met the person she wants to marry: Marcus is kind and smart. She just has one, very simple request that she asks Marcus to follow. Her study is a private space, just for her, and Marcus should respect her privacy! But when Marcus's curiosity grows, Nia feels more and more uneasy. Can Marcus accept that no means no? Can a woman ever have a room of her own?!

— REVIEWED BY EMMA —
TWO BOOK STACK GIVEAWAYS
This week, we have two book stacks to give away! The first, pictured above, contains four International Fiction titles: What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez, Jack by Marilynne Robinson, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi and The New Wilderness by Diane Cook. The second, pictured below, contains YA Fiction: Love, Greekwood by Becky Albertalli, All This Time by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry, Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martins and Future Girl by Asphyxia. To win, just tell us which stack you would like to win and why, in 25 words or less. Send your answer in an email to stephanie@betterread.com.au with the subject header "Newsletter Giveaway". Don't forget to include your name and postcode! Good luck!