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  • AUSTRALIA DAY   -   Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    AUSTRALIA DAY - Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925498592
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY - Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CHOKE   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    CHOKE - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    LAGUNA SOFIE
    ISBN: 9781760297244
    Title: CHOKE - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    Author: LAGUNA SOFIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers.

    Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and only occasionally visited by her volatile father who keeps dangerous secrets, Justine is raised solely by her Pop, an old man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch - a place of staggering natural beauty that is both a source of peace and danger. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She has to make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do.

    A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature, The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in deep trouble. Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    ISBN: 9780500501023
    Title: NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    Author: HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Authoritative gardening book to put a fire cracker under the Australian native gardening scene. This richly illustrated book captures the most inspiring Australian plants and the people who work with them.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    TOWNSEND JESSICA
    ISBN: 9780734418074
    Title: NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    Author: TOWNSEND JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

    Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.


    But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.


    It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.


    To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • SAGA LAND   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Non-Fiction
    SAGA LAND - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Non-Fiction
    FIDLER RICHARD & GISLASON KARI
    ISBN: 9780733338236
    Title: SAGA LAND - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Non-Fiction
    Author: FIDLER RICHARD & GISLASON KARI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

    Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.


    PRAISE FOR FIDLER & GÍSLASON

    'Wise and unassuming, humorous and remarkably affecting all at the same time, The Promise of Iceland is an enchanting reflection of a fascinating life and a profound exploration of the human condition.' Krysi Egan, Stilts

    We already know Fidler is an interviewer of great empathy, now we know he mirrors that skill on the page, too.' Andrew McMillan, The Australian

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    WRIGHT ALEXIS
    ISBN: 9781925336337
    Title: TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    Author: WRIGHT ALEXIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.

    Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes. His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • WILDER COUNTRY   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    WILDER COUNTRY - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    SMITH MARK
    ISBN: 9781925498530
    Title: WILDER COUNTRY - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    Author: SMITH MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Road to Winter comes an exciting, action-packed sequel about friendship and loyalty, and how far we would go to protect the ones we love when survival is at stake.

    Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They’re being hunted again, and they won’t be safe while Ramage wants their blood.

    But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose - to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage…

    Wilder Country is the exciting, action-packed sequel to Mark Smith’s highly acclaimed The Road to Winter.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YELLOW HOUSE   -   Vogel Winner 2018
    YELLOW HOUSE - Vogel Winner 2018
    OGRADY EMILY
    ISBN: 9781760632854
    Title: YELLOW HOUSE - Vogel Winner 2018
    Author: OGRADY EMILY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Even before I knew anything about Granddad Les, Wally and me sometimes dared each other to see how close to the knackery we could get. It was way out in the bottom paddock, and Dad had banned us from going further than the dam. Wally said it was because the whole paddock was haunted. He said he could see ghosts wisping in the grass like sheets blown from the washing line. But even then I knew for sure that was a lie.

    Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence. Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub's lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family. When Cub's estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather's crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family's murky history.

    The Yellow House is a powerful novel about loyalty and betrayal; about the legacies of violence and the possibilities of redemption.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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