Book reviews: April 2020

A good book is a must-have for any road trip. Here’s a quick look at some of the latest titles on the bookstore shelves.

Everything is Figureoutable 

Marie Forleo

Penguin Random House

RRP $40


While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it’s "a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward."

If you’re having trouble solving a problem or reaching a dream, the problem isn’t you. It’s that you haven’t yet installed the one belief that changes everything. Marie’s mom once told her, "Nothing in life is that complicated. You can do whatever you set your mind to if you roll up your sleeves. Everything is figureoutable."

Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how.



Wonders Of The World

Lonely Planet

RRP $49.99


From Antarctica and the Amazon to Victoria Falls and the Great Wall of China, Lonely Planet’s Wonders of the World showcases 101 spectacular sights – and how to experience them on any budget.

This beautiful book is both inspiring and practical, with expert advice, best-value itineraries, beautiful photography, and local secrets. And best of all, New Zealand is represented by Stewart Island and Milford Sound.

The book features human-made wonders that people may already know, such as the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat. Thanks to Lonely Planet’s network of travel experts and 45 years of experience, the book also includes guides to each of these wonders, with recommendations on the best times to visit, how to get there, and where to stay and eat. 



Best in Travel

Lonely Planet

RRP $29.99


Best in Travel 2020 is Lonely Planet’s 15th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and journeys for the year ahead. Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more.

The nominations are then whittled down by their panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions, 10 cities and 10 best value destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.

This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences for 2020 — ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go. Bhutan — the kingdom set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020 — claims the coveted spot as the number-one country to visit in 2020. 


The Mothers

Genevieve Gannon

Allen & Unwin

RRP $32.99


This gripping family drama is inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up. Grace and Dan Arden have been on the IVF treadmill for years. Six attempts have yielded no results and with each failure a little piece of their hope dies.

Priya and Nick Archer are being treated at the same fertility clinic. Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle the same day that Grace goes in for her final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later, both women get their results.

A year on, one of the women learns her embryo was implanted in the other’s uterus and must make a devastating choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple. 



One Size Does Not Fit All

Lisa Jansen

Mortons Books

RRP $25.95


MCD’s very own travel writer Lisa Jansen has recently published a selfhelp book that was many years in the making, One Size does not Fit All. Lisa has spent a decade studying what it means to be happy and believes each of us has a unique path to real long-lasting happiness, if only we can find it. Lisa’s method uses a five-step process: Learn about happiness; Learn about yourself; Review insights in the context of who you are; Develop and commit to an action plan; Put your plan into action.

Written in an easy to understand, engaging way and incorporating numerous practical and fun exercises, it will be extremely attractive to anyone who is looking for new insights in finding happiness and who wants practical advice on how to live their best possible life.





Jon Bentley

Allen & Unwin

RRP $39.99 


Cars are one of the most significant human creations. They changed our cities. They changed our lives. They changed everything. But in the next thirty years, this technology will itself change enormously.

If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? In Autopia, TV presenter and journalist Jon Bentley celebrates motoring’s rich heritage and meets the engineers (and coders) who are transforming cars forever.

From mobile hotel rooms to electric battery technology; from hydrogenpowered cars to jetpacks, Autopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention. Fully designed with illustrations and photographs, this will be the perfect book for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere. 


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