Perfect winter long weekend reads

Winter bed with books

The long weekend is upon us! But unfortunately so is winter. So to tide you over, and to justify the hours you’ll spend hiding from the cold and rainy days, we’ve picked some great long weekend reads. Some of them are tearjerkers, others are darkly funny; some are thrill rides, and others are peaceful getaways. All of them are good, though, so get reading!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.

She leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Eleanor Oliphant has captured the hearts of readers across the world. It’s heartbreaking in its beauty, but Gail Honeyman’s ability to lift her readers up is uncanny. It’ll get you through a long weekend and make its way onto your book club’s TBR pile!


The Erratics


Dark, sharp, blackly funny and powerful, this is memoir, wielded as weapon, with the tightly compressed energy of an explosive device.

The Erratics is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know.

‘The writing has a visceral quality as well as a terrific sense of timing, irony and place – an unfamiliar and remote location far removed from Australia, but the author’s tug back to Australia from this cold, inhospitable setting adds another dimension of contrast. There is a universality to the story, of ageing parents and conflicted children grappling with uncomfortable responsibilities. I loved it.’ – Caroline Baum, author of Only


Love and Other Battles


Three generations of women. Three heartbreaking choices. One unforgettable story.

1969: Free-spirited hippie Jess James has no intention of falling for a soldier … but perhaps some things are not in our power to stop.

1989: Jess’s daughter, Jamie, dreams of a simple life – marriage, children, stability – then she meets a struggling musician and suddenly the future becomes wilder and complex.

2017: When Jamie’s daughter, CJ, brings home trouble in the form of the coolest boy at school, the worlds of these three women turn upside down … and the past returns to haunt them.

Love and Other Battles is the heart-wrenching story of three generations of Australian women, who learn that true love is not always where you seek it. If you loved The Notebook, this is a novel for you.


The Never Game


A student kidnapped from the park. An investigator running out of time. A killer playing a dangerous game.

No.1 international bestseller Jeffery Deaver returns with a stunning new thriller – the first in an exciting series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw.

If you’re looking to get through your winter long weekend with a thriller, The Never Game is your perfect match. You won’t even notice the hours flying by until you flip the final page and take a breath.




The Tiger Catcher

Fans of Paullina Simons, rejoice! The internationally bestselling author has released the first book of her new saga, The Tiger Catcher.

It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking novel that asks ‘Can true love ever die?’

The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found. For all fans of OutlanderThe Time Traveler’s Wife and Jojo Moyes.






What happens when you step on one of the great Lego pieces of life? When you get blind-sided? Thrown a curveball? When you get divorced? Or someone dies? You’re going to need something more than the diarrhoea-like progression of motivational quotes we get fed on Instagram – you’re going to need real-world ways to deal with a big, fat let-down.


This is an inspiring, uplifting – and honest – look at failure from a woman who has seen it all. When comedian and journalist Emma Markezic got cancer, she found herself bald, broke and living alone. Curveballs is the result of Emma posing the question, ‘Why does trauma affect us in such different ways?’



When It All Went To Custard cover


Odds of saving marriage – slim. Farming expertise – patchy. Chances that it’ll all be okay in the end – actually pretty good …

This is the story of the year after Jenny’s old life falls apart; of family and farming, pet lambs and geriatric dogs, choko-bearing tenants and Springsteen-esque neighbours. And of just perhaps a second chance at happiness.


For readers who love novels with heart, soul and a dose of commonsense.


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