Summer picks for the whole family from my two fave bookshops

I love, love, love giving books as presents. Especially at Christmas. I also love the ritual of going into my local bookshop and working my way through a list for family and friends.

Is there anything better than watching your kids unwind after a big year and they lose themselves in a new series? Or trying new salads for the BBQ? Or lying on the beach ignoring everyone around you because you are so absorbed in your latest thriller?

Nope. There isn't. And that's why I give books every year. Here's a list to get you started. But don't be afraid to ask the bookseller for a recommendation. Just make sure you grab something for yourself!

Woody, owner of New Leaves bookshop, Woodend, shares his hit-list.

For the Young 'Uns



For the Ladies


For Men


A Little Quirky

Foodie Love

Stephen Hepburn, owner of Coventry Bookstore, Melbourne, has kindly given me his top picks for the summer.

Thrillers & Crime

For the Beach

Feed the Brain: Top Literary Picks

Best YA for 2015