Josephine Moon’s Top Non-fiction Reads of 2018

I often think I don’t read enough, but when I look back over my list of books I’ve dived into over the past 12 months, I see that not only do I read more than I think, but that I read quite a few non-fiction books each year too.

Here is my Top 5 non-fiction titles I devoured this year (in no particular order).

 

  1. Sophie’s Patch, by Sophie Thomson. This I’m more than just a gardening book, it is an inspiring, life-affirming guide to love, passion and health. Total joy.
  2. Any Ordinary Day, by Leigh Sales. How do we cope with tragedy? Leigh Sales has the answer, having compiled extensive research into how our brains and bodies respond after the worst day of our lives. It sounds heavy, but it’s written with such a lightness of touch to be both moving and inspiring at the same time.
  3. How to Give up Plastic, by Will McCallum. As a species, humanity is facing one of its biggest environmental disasters: plastic pollution. We can’t afford to turn away. The time to face up to this and remedy the situation is right now, and this book shows you how to do it, room by room in your house.
  4. Buddhism for Break-ups, by Meshel Laurie. Relationship breakdowns happen across all areas of life–love, friendships, families and workplaces. But breaking up ‘well’ takes commitment and effort and that’s what Meshel Laurie sets out to show us in this book. If you’re not going through a break-up (I wasn’t), it’s still great reading to be prepared when the next one comes your way, as it inevitably will.
  5. The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to read this book. Eckhart Tolle is one of the most influential thought-leaders on the planet and for good reason. His wisdom is profound and resonates long after you’ve closed the book.

 

I hope you find some inspiration in this list for your next great non-fiction read.

Jo

Word of Mouth TV appearance, and WIN a huge book pack!

I am delighted to be a featured author on Australia’s first online television series about food and books, Word of Mouth TV, hosted by Kate Forsyth and SL Mills!

Click HERE to watch!

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 7.38.46 pmKate, Sarah and I talk about the inspiration behind Three Gold Coins, the biggest challenges in writing the darker, difficult themes inside the story, and the absolute joys of Italian food and romantic heroes!

Kate serves up my scrumptious Tuscan white bean soup, we drink vino and I share the rather amazing moment that led to my big breakthrough into a writing career.

The whole episode is shot in Kate’s fabulous home in Sydney and we had a very long Italian feast indeed. (It is quite dark when we finish!)

You can also win a huge pack of my books, plus a copy of Matt Moran’s cookbook too.

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 7.43.33 pm Click HERE to find out how to win this bunch of delicious books.

Best of luck!

Win a Manuscript Assessment with Author Annie Seaton

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Our third author for round two who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring or emerging writer at the same time is prolific (Annie has published more than twenty books!) and multi-genre writer Annie Seaton. Here is some information about Annie and what she is offering.

If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Annie’s attention!

Annie’s offer will be on eBay in the SECOND round of auctions, starting 17 October, 6pm.

Welcome, Annie!

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Bio: Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the east coast of Australia, fulfilling her lifelong dream of being an author. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. Readers can contact Annie through her website, annieseaton.net or find her on Face book and Twitter.

Why are you excited to do this? I am pleased to be involved in this great initiative. Also, one of the best things about being an author is working with aspiring authors.

Genres: No erotica. No fantasy. No paranormal

Submission length: Three chapters

Communication: Email

Reply time: Within 2 months

Auction reserve: $149

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

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AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Win a Manuscript Assessment with Author Katie Rowney

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Our second author for round two who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time is the multi-talented Katie Rowney. Here is some information about Katie and what she is offering.

If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Katie’s attention!

Katie’s offer will be on eBay in the SECOND round of auctions, starting 17 October, 6pm.

Welcome, Katie!

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Bio: Katie Rowney writes fiction and non-fiction books about almost anything that takes her fancy. Front Page News, her debut, was also her first-ever attempt at writing a novel and was selected from Penguin Random House’s slush pile for publication. A former journalist and communications specialist and editor by trade, Katie has a love of words and reads at least three books a week.

Why are you excited to do this? I love reading, writing, and anything to do with words, and believe a good author gets as much out of editing others work as they do writing their own. I come from a long line of farmers and am delighted to be able to assist in this small way.

Genres: Any, excluding historical fiction, erotica.

Submission length: whole manuscript

Communication: email, phone

Reply time: within three months

Auction reserve: $99

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Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!

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AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity, http://www.buyabale.com.au).

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Authors for Farmers: 100 Books for $100,000. Final List of Books.

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I’m setting the bar stupendously high and aiming for $100,000 for our farmers. Think we can do it? We’ll never know if we don’t try!

Get your tickets here!

Here is the final list of books in the prize pool:

Josephine Moon Three Gold Coins + The Chocolate Promise
Nick Earls Analogue Men
Monica McInerney Trio of Quinlan novels: The Alphabet Sisters, Lola’s Secret, Trip of a Lifetime, signed
Rachael Johns Talk of the Town + The Greatest Gift
Katherine Howell Web of Deceit (US hardback), signed
Nicki Edwards The Peppercorn Project
Liz Byrski A Month of Sundays
Karen Viggers The Lightkeeper’s Wife
Michael Trant Ridgeview Station
Louise Allen The Sister’s Song
Annie Seaton Come Back to Me + Her Outback Playboy
Sandie Docker The Kookaburra Café
Eleanor Limprecht The Passengers
Nene Davies Distance
Aoiffe Clifford All These Perfect Strangers + Second Sight
Elise McCune Castle of Dreams
Monique Mulligan Writing the Dream
S.D. Wasley The Seventh
Emily Madden The Lost Pearl
Pamela Cook Close to Home + The Crossroads
Tess Woods Beautiful Messy Love
Fiona Palmer Sisters and Brothers, Secrets Between friends, The Road Home, The Family Secret & The Saddler Boys, The Family Farm
Vanessa Carnevale The Florentine Bridge + The Memories that Make Us
Christine Wells The Juliet Code
Love Sabre (Kristine Charles) Love Sabre Anthology
Helene McCarthy A Quiet Hero
Katie Rowney Front Page News
Louise Guy Everyday Lies
Nadia L. King Jenna’s Truth
Amanda Knight Situation Critical
Sally Hepworth The Secrets of Midwives, The Family Next Door, The Mother’s Promise, The Things We Keep
Kylie Ladd The Way Back
Susan Johnson The Landing
Elizabeth Foster Esme’s Wish
Adele Dumont No Man is an Island
Cassandra Austin All Fall Down
Jennie Jones The House at the Bottom of the Hill
Shirley Patton The Secrets We Keep
Beth Prentice Dangerous Deeds
Phillipa Nefri Clark Jasmine Sea + The Station Master’s Cottage
V.P. Colombo A Little Bite of Happiness
Laura Sams Crazy Busy Guilty
Lisa Ireland The Shape of Us
Kelly Rimmer Before I Let You Go
Melissa Schembri How to Find Your Dream Job in 21 Days
Susanne Bellamy et. al. Hearts of the Town
Anna Daniels Girl in Between
Reba A Booth Hosts of Erravilla
Jane Gillespie Journey to Me
Joanna Nell The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
Kate Forsyth Beauty in Thorns
Racel Watts Survival
Margareta Osborn Mountain Ash
Ellie O’Neal The Right Girl
Michelle Endersby Awakening Around Roses
Darry Fraser Daughter of the Murray + Where The Murray River Runs
Amanda Hampson The French Perfumer + The Yellow Villa
Maddison Michaels The Elusive Earl + The Devilish Duke
Andy Muir Something for Nothing
Claire Varley The Book of Ordinary People
Fleur McDonald Fools Gold, Suddenly One Summer, What Does a Horse Say?
S.L. Mills GOM’s Gold
Alicia Gilmore Path to the Night Sea
Melinda Terranova Bequeathed
Ben Hobson To Become a Whale
Mark Brandi Wimmera
Liane Moriarty Nine Perfect Strangers
Anita Heiss Tiddas
Kirsty Manning The Jade Lily
A.L. Tait The Book of Secrets
Benjamin Law The Family Law
Christian White The Nowhere Child
Dervla McTiernan The Ruin
Brooke Davis Lost and Found
Jessica Rowe Is This My Beautiful Life?
Sophie Laguna The Choke
Tim Winton The Shepherd’s Hut

1st prize: 75 books

2nd prize: 15 books + $30 Dymocks voucher

3rd prize: 10 books

Open to Australian postal addresses only. Books will be posted directly to the winners from the authors. Prize drawn 2 October 2018.

Updated: Authors for Farmers

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Authors for Farmers

Giant Raffle

100 Books on Offer with money going to Buy a Bale

Buy tickets here

1st prize: 75 books by Australian authors

2nd prize: 15 books by Australian authors + $30 Dymocks gift card

3rd prize: 10 books by Australian authors

BUY NOW

Authors include: Liane Moriarty, Monica McInerney, Nick Earls, Rachael Johns, Sally Hepworth, Kate Forsyth, Kelly Rimmer, Liz Byrski, Mark Brandi and so many more!

Open to Australian postal addresses only. Books will be posted directly to the winners from the authors. Prize drawn 2 October 2018.

Win Three Gold Coins in Audio

Share the love to Win! Three Gold Coins is available now as an audio book through Audible. Can you help me get it into the hands of someone who struggles to read text but would love to listen to a story? (Or indeed, if that is you, please nominate yourself!) Just tell me their name in the comments below. I have FIVE copies to give away! Winner drawn next Monday 30 April.