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  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780670078189
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Non-Fiction
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019
    BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE - Indie Book of the Year 2019
    DALTON TRENT
    ISBN: 9781460757765
    Title: BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE - Indie Book of the Year 2019
    Author: DALTON TRENT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

    Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.

    But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

    A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BRIDGE OF CLAY   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    ZUSAK MARKUS
    ISBN: 9781760559922
    Title: BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let me tell you about our brother.
    The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
    Everything happened to him.
    We were all of us changed through him.


    The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

    It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

    A miracle and nothing less.

    Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

    Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRIDGE OF CLAY   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    ZUSAK MARKUS
    ISBN: 9781760781620
    Title: BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    Let me tell you about our brother.
    The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
    Everything happened to him.
    We were all of us changed through him.


    The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

    It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

    A miracle and nothing less.

    Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

    Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found  - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    VAN ES BART
    ISBN: 9780241285008
    Title: CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    Author: VAN ES BART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful, harrowing story about a young girl's struggle to survive Nazi persecution, and a man's attempt to unveil his family's secrets.

    The last time Lien saw her parents was in The Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a foster family far away to be hidden from the Nazis. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?

    So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country. This is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.

    Imprint: FIG TREE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    FOXLEE KAREN
    ISBN: 9781760528706
    Title: LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    Author: FOXLEE KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared.
    'Whatever you do,' I said to Davey on the walk to school, 'Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.'
    He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn't fallen off.

    Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else.

    The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother's health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake.

    A big-hearted novel about loving and letting-go by an award-winning author.



    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison   -   Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison - Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    ISBN: 9781760555382
    Title: NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison - Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    Author: BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani. 'Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.' RICHARD FLANAGAN

    Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

    In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.

    People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

    This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

    Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • NORMAL PEOPLE  -  Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    NORMAL PEOPLE - Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    ROONEY SALLY
    ISBN: 9780571347292
    Title: NORMAL PEOPLE - Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    Author: ROONEY SALLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Longlisted 2018 Man Booker Prize: The feverishly anticipated second novel from the young author of 2017's most acclaimed debut Conversations with Friends.

    Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

    This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE  -  Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE - Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    TURTON STUART
    ISBN: 9781408889510
    Title: SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE - Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    Author: TURTON STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day, by way of Agatha Christie

    'We have work to do,' he says. 'I have a puzzle which requires a solution.'

    'I think you've mistaken me for someone else,' I say. 'I'm just a doctor.'

    'You were a doctor,' he says. 'Then a butler, today a playboy, tomorrow a banker. None of them are your real face, or your real personality. Those were stripped from you when you entered Blackheath and they won't be returned until you leave.'

    Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden can identify her killer.

    But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different person. And some hosts are most helpful than others...

    Imprint: RAVEN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SKYLARKS WAR  -  Costa Children's Award Winner 2018
    SKYLARKS WAR - Costa Children's Award Winner 2018
    MCKAY HILARY
    ISBN: 9781509894963
    Title: SKYLARKS WAR - Costa Children's Award Winner 2018
    Author: MCKAY HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime.

    Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war? The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War 1, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SONG ONLY I CAN HEAR   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Young Adult
    SONG ONLY I CAN HEAR - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Young Adult
    JONSBERG BARRY
    ISBN: 9781760630836
    Title: SONG ONLY I CAN HEAR - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Young Adult
    Author: JONSBERG BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. But Rob is painfully shy and suffers severe panic attacks. How is her heart to be won? Another wonderful and heart-warming comedy drama from the award-winning author of My Life as an Alphabet.


    Good evening, Rob. Your first challenge follows.
    These challenges have nothing to do with impressing Destry Camberwick. They are all to do with Rob Fitzgerald impressing Rob Fitzgerald. Bear that in mind at all times.
    Challenge 1. You will enter the Milltown's Got Talent competition. This gives you over a fortnight to polish your act and work out strategies to overcome panic attacks. I would wish you luck but the point of this challenge is that you don't need it.


    Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomiting, difficulty breathing and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not.

    Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    LANGTON MARCIA
    ISBN: 9781741175431
    Title: WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    Author: LANGTON MARCIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tourism Australia statistics show that many overseas tourists, as well as Australians, are keen to learn more about Australia’s first peoples. And while the Indigenous tourism industry continues to grow, no comprehensive travel guide is currently available.

    Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, author Professor Marcia Langton offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. There is also a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums, communities that are open to visitors, as well as tours and performances.

    This book is essential for anyone travelling around Australia who wants to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years. It also offers the chance to enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of this fascinating country — one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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