By Aaron Cordy
THE gift of the written word will never grow old, and at this time of year, there are plenty of amazing books to share with friends and family.
A trip back in time with Australian author Tania Farrelly’s War of Hearts will lead you to the Western Front in World War I. A heart-stopping story of forbidden love, courage and the quest for redemption.
An insight into the seedy underbelly of prison life can be explored in Black Lies, a gripping new thriller by Mercedes Mercier. Another fantastic Australian writer who will hook you from the first paragraph.
Bestselling author Tricia Stringer tackles troubled relationships, ageism, love old and new in this warm, funny, uplifting story of colleagues and unlikely travel companions thrown together on an astonishing and revealing train trip across Australia in Back on Track.
For the fantasy buffs, there is A Stroke of the Pen. A delightfully funny, fantastically inventive collection of twenty newly unearthed short stories by Sir Terry Pratchett, the award-winning and bestselling author of the phenomenally successful Discworld fantasy series.
And pick of the lot, At the Foot of the Cherry Tree by Alli Parker. The incredible true story of Alli’s Grandfather’s fight against the White Australia policy, to bring his Japanese bride home after World War II.