Trevor Cochrane

Trevor Cochrane

Trevor's list of top books will get the brain ticking on your next holiday!

A Brief History of TimeA Brief History of Time
By Stephen Hawkings

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking's book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

Told in a language we can all understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and 'arrows of time,' of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected.
If you ever wanted to travel to a completely different place in your mind this is a book that tests your very understanding of everything you take for granted. Not bad for a long haul flight.

By David Brin

"David is one of the great modern sic fi writers and whilst I teeter on the edge with some of his concepts the book is fascinating.

Set mostly in the mid-twenty-first century (though the plot extends for several decades), Existence is, among other things, a veritable encyclopedia of SF concepts and subgenres. An inventive alien-contact story lies at the heart of the novel, while much of its science-fictional technology derives from the legacy of cyberpunk but moves beyond most cyberpunk to contemplate the potential of a genuinely post human future.

Along the way, Brian also injects elements of political intrigue, space opera, media satire, class warfare, and post-disaster (economic, environmental, and nuclear) recovery efforts."

**Review sourced from Los Angeles Review of Books

Absolute PowerAbsolute Power
By David Baldacci

Okay so a little fiction entertainment is called for and Baldacci is one of the world's great novelists and getting better. Set in Washington DC, this riveting thriller dares to explore the unthinkable abuse of power and unimaginable criminal conspiracy.

A vicious murder involving the US President, and a cover up by his chief of staff and the CIA leads you into a breath taking thriller as a professional burglar witnesses it all and the roller coaster game is set in play.

A riveting read.


The ProphetThe Prophet
By Michael Koryta

The Prophet is the story of a family, of guilt and redemption, epic in its page turning power, building suspense all the way to viscerally compelling climax. 402 pages of focused attention.

A brilliant read and very entertaining book.



The Grand DesignThe Grand Design
By Stephen Hawking

No not a book about renovating or building homes but a revisit to the ultimate questions of life. The most recent work by Hawking in over a decade its a fascinating insight into the incredible visual brain of a man trapped in a body that limits him in few ways mentally.

I admit I'm a geek when it comes to science but it really doesn't matter your depth of scientific knowledge this book gently takes you on a journey of understanding, one that changes your perspective on the universe and how we all exist.

Kim Syrus

Kim Syrus

Kim loves a good book but like most of us, he simply doesn't have enough time to read as much as he would like! Here is Kim's Top Five;

An Iron RoseAn Iron Rose
By Peter Temple

"When men in police uniforms came to execute me on the roadside, beside dark fields, it was a definite sign that my new life was over." A regular at the local pub, a mainstay of the footy team, Mac Faraday is a man with a past living the quiet life of a country blacksmith. But when his best friend Ned Lowey is found hanged, Mac - who has learned the hard way never to accept things at face value - isn't convinced he committed suicide and starts asking questions.

The TalismanThe Talisman
By Peter Straub & Stephen King

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin...

By Robert Harris

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.

But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried.


MolvaniaMolvania – A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry
By Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch & Santo Cilauro

This is a fantastic tongue and cheek travel guide that will have you in stitches.

Perfect for people who have been taking life a little too seriously and need a good belly laugh.


One ShotOne Shot
By Lee Child

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments-ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming.

In Lee Child's astonishing new thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything--about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot-and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth...

**Reviews sourced from

Top Ten Holiday Reads

Life of PiIf you're going on a beach holiday read….

Life of Pi
By Yann Martel
Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound.

Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.


The AlchemistIf you're travelling alone read…

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho
PAULO COELHO'S enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest.

No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformation power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts

If it's a long haul flight read…

By Gregory David Roberts
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Based on the life of the author this is one novel you won't be able to put down.

The HelpIf it's a family holiday read…

The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, and friends - view one another.

A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.


The 5 Love LanguagesIf you're on your honeymoon read

The 5 Love Languages – The Secret to a Love that Lasts
By Gary Chapman
Couples who understand each other's love language hold a priceless advantage in the quest for love that lasts a lifetime -- they know how to effectively and consistently make each other feel truly and deeply loved.

That gift never fades away. A great book to inspire love in your new marriage.


Absolutely Faking ItIf you're on a shoestring budget read…

Absolutely Faking It
By Tiana Templeman

For Tiana Templeman, travel has always meant hiking boots and hostels, so when she wins a trip for two to stay at thirteen of the world's most exclusive five-star hotels, it sounds like the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity to see how the other half lives.

But with a travel budget stretched tighter than the straps on their bulging backpacks, Tiana and her man have no room for diamonds and designer clothing (if they actually owned any in the first place). From the Ritz in Paris to the Dorchester in London and the Peninsula in Hong Kong, Tiana is faced with questions of etiquette she never thought she'd have to answer: is it all right to cook instant noodles beside the Chanel toiletries in the bathroom?

How do you deal with tipping when you can't even afford a bottle of water from the mini-bar? And what on earth are you meant to do with a private butler? Through fourteen countries, over five months and with countless hilarious and mortifying adventures, Tiana learns that in establishments catering for those with champagne tastes, when you're on a beer budget life can be harder than it looks.

Emergency Sex (And other desperate measures): True stories from a war zoneIf you're doing volunteer work read…

Emergency Sex (And other desperate measures): True stories from a war zone
By Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
In the early 1990s three young people attracted to the ambitious global peacekeeping work of the UN cross paths in Cambodia. Andrew strives for a better world through his life-saving work as a doctor. Heidi, a social worker, is in need of a challenge and a paycheck, and Ken is fresh from Harvard and brimful of idealism. As their stories interweave through the years, from Rwanda, Bosnia and Somalia to Haiti, the trio reveal a world of witnessed atrocities, primal fear, desperate loneliness and base desires. They fend off terror and futility with revelry, humour and sex; ask hard questions about the world order America has created, the true power of the UN, and whether there is any possibility for change.

This is a startling celebration of the power of humour and friendship, of the limits of human compassion, and the need for a warm body and a cold beer during a Condition Echo lockdown. A book that shows the human cost of global politics and the tragic truth that wars are much more avoidable than our governments would ever admit. A brilliant, provocatively funny and fast moving book

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in EuropeIf you're travelling through Europe read…

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe
By Bill Bryson
Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early seventies -- in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Twenty years later he decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth.

The result is "Neither Here Nor There, "an affectionate and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul, with stops along the way in Europe's most diverting and historic locales.

Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking JapanIf you're travelling through Asia read…

Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan
By Will Ferguson
The book follows Will Ferguson as he hitchhikes 1,800 miles north through Japan following the Cherry Blossom Front (Sakura Zensen). The arrival of the blossom is a national event in Japan, eagerly tracked on television bulletins, and besides marking the end of winter and the start of the business cycle it facilitates a burst of heavy drinking disguised as a communal meditation on transience.

Surveying the country from the not quite private, not quite public, position of the passenger seat, Ferguson sees the Japan not written about in guidebooks, but gets to the heart of this intriguing and contradictory country. This is a laugh out loud, warm-hearted account with a generous helping of satire.

Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of CanadaIf you're travelling through North America read…

Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada
By Will Ferguson
Will Ferguson spent the past three years crisscrossing Canada. In a helicopter above the barren lands of the subarctic, in a canoe with his four-year-old son, aboard seaplanes, and along the Underground Railroad, Will's travels have taken him from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the sun-dappled streets of old Victoria.

Funny, poignant, and insightful, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to a land that is akin to a series of loosely connected outposts peopled with some of the most interesting folks in the world.

**Reviews sourced from