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5 Great Blockbuster Reads For The Festive Season

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If you’re looking to avoid the Christmas shopping madness but are not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

New OmniPoll research shows that you really can’t go wrong with a good book – and the shelves are positively groaning with an array of blockbuster new releases guaranteed to keep that special one engrossed for hours this summer.

With something for everyone this Christmas, here then are just five of Dymocks’ blockbuster recommendations for the festive season.

1. Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly is a New York Times bestselling author and one of Australia’s most popular action writers. The Four Legendary Kingdoms is the fourth novel in the best-selling Jack West Jnr series. It’s been seven years since we have had a new book in this series, the last, the Five Greatest Warriors, was released in 2009 so fans were keen to get this new title. Matthew has delivered exactly what his fans want – intense action and a fast-paced plot.

four legendary kingdoms

2. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is a publishing sensation. She’s the author of 23 books and her last eight have debuted on The New York Times bestseller list. It’s estimated there are 40 million books by Jodi in print. Her new novel is Small Great Things and it’s a gripping morality tale. It follows the story of Ruth, an African-American nurse who is faced with a moral dilemma when she intervenes to try and save a baby‘s life against the parents’ orders. Jodi is best known for stories of family, love and relationships but this new book diverts from those themes and tackles prejudice, justice and race. It’s been called the most important book she’s ever written.

small great things

3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Original Screenplay by JK Rowling

There are so many great gifts for Harry Potter fans this Christmas including the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But the book most fans are excited about is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the original screenplay by JK Rowling, to tie in with the film release. This is the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling and features a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures. True to her style it’s epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

fantastic beasts and where to find them

4. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Best-selling UK author David Walliams (the taller one from TV series Little Britain) delivers another heart-warming, laugh out loud story, this time set on a hospital ward with five children on a quest for a midnight adventure. He’s been described as the new Roald Dahl. Aimed at children aged 8+.

The Midnight Gang

5. Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

The next instalment in the Pig the Pug series. The world’s greediest pug is going to stay up all night to get his presents but there’s a surprise in store for him. Aaron Blabey’s trademark humour and gorgeous illustrations make these books a joy to read out loud, again and again and again.

Pig The Elf

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Written by Robyn Foyster

With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites, and

Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.

Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.

Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.

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