The unbearable dreamworld of Champa the driver by Chan Koonchung

the unbearable

SEX, LIES, AND ROCKY ROADS . Life is simple for Champa. He has a good job as a chauffeur in his hometown of Lhasa, and if his Chinese boss Plum is a little domineering, well, he can understand that – she’s a serious art-collector after all. And he does get to drive her huge Toyota. When he starts to sleep with his boss, life becomes a whole lot more complicated. Suddenly Champa’s sex life is beyond his wildest dreams. But then Plum brings home a Tara statue – a statue that shines with exquisite feminine beauty – and suddenly life is not simple at all, as Champa finds himself on the long road to Beijing in search of its inspiration.

THE UNBEARABLE DREAMWORLD OF CHAMPA THE DRIVER is a rollicking road novel brim-ful of sensuality and danger. Underlying the optimism and humour of its hero is a shocking picture of racism and rough justice in modern Beijing.

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Have you read Matthew Reilly yet?

I was a book seller in Sydney back in 1998 when Matthew Reilly released his novel ‘Ice Station’, we were excited to have him in the store for a book signing, as he was local and we wanted to support. His book flew off the shelves and so did every other one he wrote.

Ice Station was actually not the first book he had written, his first novel was “Contest”, which having been rejected from many publishers he had decided to self publish. Self publishing is often not very successful, but someone spotted his professional looking self published book and decided to offer him a book deal. Matthew Reilly was picked up by the publisher Macmillan, and he hasn’t looked back since. He has now published more than 7 million books, in over 20 languages.

His writing is fast paced, so much so that I have been known to finish an entire book in a sitting. The chapters a short and set at a cracking pace ( often accompanied my wonderful technical drawings, that I very much appreciate, as they are very good at setting a scene :)) . Many of his books are full of gunfire and weaponry, so are not for the faint hearted . But if you are looking for an action packed  roller coaster ride of a read, then Matthew Reilly is the man for you… (KH)

Just arrived is his latest novel …….


It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong… GET READY FOR ACTION ON A GIGANTIC SCALE

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You can browse our selection of other Matthew Reilly books here:

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Desert God by Wilbur Smith – Book of the Week 8-12-2014


On the shores of the Nile, the fate of a kingdom rests in one hero’s hands . . . .

On the banks of the Nile, a hero will rise. Across the lush plains of Egypt, Taita, a freed eunuch slave, wears his authority lightly. Not only is he the close advisor to the Pharaoh, but he is guardian to Pharaoh Tamose’s two teenage sisters, the young beauties Tehuti and Bekatha.

But the kingdom is not at peace. They have been fighting Southern Egypt’s constant and historic enemy, the Hyksos people in the north, since time began. To finally crush them, Pharaoh must turn to his most trusted friend. Taita, philosopher, poet and expert strategist, has a plan that will see Egypt destroy the Hyksos army and form a coveted alliance with Crete in one move.

This plan will take him, his expedition commander Zaras, and their mighty warriors on a perilous journey up the Nile, through Arabia to the magical city of Babylon, then across the open seas to Crete. The many dangers will cost lives and time, and they will meet battle and betrayal head on.

But Taita must not forget his two charges, the spirited young princesses, whose attraction to the very warriors who lead the fight threatens Taita’s meticulous plan and the future of Egypt itself.

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Historical facts galore found HERE….

Looking for some interesting holiday reading?                                                                         Sometimes books with short chapters on different topics are great for holiday reading, because you can pick them up and put them down as you please.

Today whilst shelving in the  902’s (Miscellany of history)  & the 904’s (Collected accounts of events) I found the following gems:

Deadly : the world’s deadliest everything by Phil Scott

deadlyWhat is the deadliest mammal in America? Mountain Lion? Grizzly Bear?
Nope, it’s Bambi. That’s right, in the U.S. deer-auto collisions kill an average of 130 human each year.
This book is full of all the deadliest things:
• The deadliest virus
• The deadliest airline
• The most dangerous countries
• The deadliest insect
• The most hazardous toys
We all have to go somehow, and this little book fills you in on the most dangerous ways……

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Napoleon’s Haemorrhoids: and other small events that changed history by Phil Mason

haemorrhoidsBefore every battle Napoleon would survey the battle field on horseback. Before the Battle of Waterloo painful haemorrhoids prevented him from mounting his horse…..

The direction history takes is often hinged on tiny turns of chance or accident. Small incidents can have big consequences.

Napoleon’s Haemorrhoids is all about the small events that make you stop and things about how it all might have turned out….

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Atlas of History’s Greatest Disasters & Mistakes the 50 most significant moments explored in words and maps by Tim Cooke

atlas of diastersA compelling collection of human error and natural disaster through the ages. Accurate, dynamic maps explore what caused the disasters or mistakes – and their consequences.
From the failed Pyramid to the destruction of Pompeii, from the Great Fire of London to the Great Depression, and from the battle of Little Big Horn, to the banking crisis of 2008. This books covers many fascination incidents, battles and defeats….

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Looking for some light summer reading?

Then this might be right up your alley….

Delectable – (Big Sky Pie novel#1)  by Lee, Adrianne


Montana real estate agent Quint McCoy will tell you that the most important thing is location, location, location. It’s a lesson he learns all too well when he goes incommunicado for a four-week fishing trip to Alaska.

While he’s away, his mother Molly turns his office into the pie shop she has always dreamed of, Big Sky Pie. But that’s not the only surprise in store for him.

On her way out of town, Callee McCoy only wants to say a fond farewell to her beloved mother-in-law. But Molly soon persuades Callee to stay and lend a hand at the new shop, even if it means heating up the kitchen with her soon-to-be ex.

As Callee and Quint rediscover their recipe for love, they realize that some couples are so sinfully good together that one delectable taste is never enough . . .

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It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly


It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists.
In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Bridgeport, Ireland…
Leila’s been nursing a badly broken heart since her love-rat husband just upped and left her one morning, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride.
Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, although someone seems determined to stop it.
And Grace, a divorced head teacher, finds the impending wedding of her son means that she’s spending more time with her ex-husband. After all those years apart, is it possible she’s made a mistake?

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The Secret Place by Tana French

Tana French

The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.

The caption says, ‘I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM’.
Detective Stephen Moran hasn’t seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she’s sixteen and she’s shown up outside his squad room, with a postcard and a story.
Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys’ school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place – the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously – Holly found the card.
Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get it solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway – tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn’t want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn’t want to hear.

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