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  • ACT OF GRACE
    ACT OF GRACE
    KRIEN ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959551
    Title: ACT OF GRACE
    Author: KRIEN ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

    Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father's dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks to escape his father Toohey's tyranny and heal its wounds.

    These characters' worlds intertwine across time and place, in a brilliant story of fear and sacrifice, trauma and survival, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and cultural reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance- the damage that one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation.

    This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer. It will leave you changed.

    'Act of Grace is extraordinary. What a voice Anna has ... visceral, haunting and each word so carefully chosen.' -Catherine Drayton

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ADDRESSING MODERN SLAVERY
    ADDRESSING MODERN SLAVERY
    NOLAN JUSTINE / BOERSMA MARTIJN
    ISBN: 9781742236438
    Title: ADDRESSING MODERN SLAVERY
    Author: NOLAN JUSTINE / BOERSMA MARTIJN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An estimated 40 million people are modern-day slaves, more than ever before in human history. Long after slavery was officially abolished, the practice not only continues but thrives. Whether they are women in electronics or apparel sweatshops, children in brick kilns or on cocoa farms, or men trapped in bonded labour working on construction sites, millions of people globally are forced to perform labour through coercion, intimidation or deceit. In a world of growing inequality and trade-offs between the haves and the have-nots, consumers, business and government are all part of the problem and the solution. While we have all become accustomed to fast fashion and cheap consumer goods, the affordability of these commodities often comes at the price of human exploitation. Addressing Modern Slavery examines slavery in the modern world and outlines ways it can be stopped.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781784705763
    Title: ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Adults In The Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU – and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse.

    Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone. The negotiations that ensued became one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in economic history.

    But no one actually knows what went on because Eurogroup discussions are held in secret. In this no-holds-barred account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship and backstabbing that will shake the economic establishment to its foundations.

    The future of the EU now hangs in the balance. As Varoufakis argues, the only way it can survive is if the truth is known, ushering in a new era of radical transparency and accountability in Brussels.

    Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMERICAN SUNRISE : Poems
    AMERICAN SUNRISE : Poems
    HARJO JOY
    ISBN: 9781324003861
    Title: AMERICAN SUNRISE : Poems
    Author: HARJO JOY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land.

    In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returns to her family's lands and opens a dialogue with history. In An American Sunrise, Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared. From her memory of her mother's death, to her beginnings in the native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo's personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings. Her poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice.

    A descendent of storytellers and "one of our finest-and most complicated-poets" (Los Angeles Review of Books), Joy Harjo continues her legacy with this latest powerful collection.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $40.95

    Price: $40.95
  • AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR

    A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of failed capitalism. In this startling account of Europe’s economic rise and catastrophic fall, Yanis Varoufakis pinpoints the flaws in the European Union’s design – a design that was thought up after the Second World War, and is responsible for Europe’s fragmentation and the resurgence of racist extremism across the Continent.

    When the financial crisis struck in 2008, the political elite’s response ensured that it would be the weakest citizens of the weakest nations that would pay the price for the bankers’ mistakes.

    Drawing on his personal experience of negotiations with the eurozone’s financiers, and offering concrete policies to reform Europe, Varoufakis shows how we concocted this mess, and points the way out of it. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? reminds us of our history, in order to save European capitalism and democracy from the abyss.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMAL PEOPLE
    ANIMAL PEOPLE
    WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781743311844
    Title: ANIMAL PEOPLE
    Author: WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The hilarious, tender and heartbreaking story of a watershed day in the life of Stephen - aimless, unhappy and unfulfilled, this stiflingly hot December day is the day he has decided to dump his girlfriend. A sharply observed, 24-hour urban love story.


    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • ART OF GROWING UP
    ART OF GROWING UP
    MARSDEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760556723
    Title: ART OF GROWING UP
    Author: MARSDEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When I hear parents say 'I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there'll be time when they're older to learn about those things', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.

    John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up.

    Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Taj at the Lighthouse
    AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Taj at the Lighthouse
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9781760894528
    Title: AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Taj at the Lighthouse
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release


    Hi! I'm Taj.
    This is my favourite T-shirt.
    I brought it to Australia from my old home.
    My family came here after a long journey.
    It was hard at first, but now I love my new home!


    Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.

    From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.

    8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!

    Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Taj from Victoria.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    ISBN: 9781473677241
    Title: BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    Author: SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Places remember us. . .

    A missionary begs to be moved from disease-ridden Bangkok.

    A musician plays a private show for ghosts.

    A student abandoned by his lover bleeds to death in the street.

    A plastic surgeon designs a girl a new face.

    A woman decides whether to cook a final meal for a dying murderer.

    Lurching through decades, from Bangkok's rich past to its imagined, uploaded future, witness the city as it changes from a booming capitalist hub to a city engulfed by water, through human tales seeping into one another, held together by delicate threads.

    For fans of A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD and CLOUD ATLAS, this is a startling and intimate novel by a lyrical new writer.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTY
    BEAUTY
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: BEAUTY
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEIJING COMA
    BEIJING COMA
    JIAN MA
    ISBN: 9780099481348
    Title: BEIJING COMA
    Author: JIAN MA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    REPUBLISHED ON THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIANANMEN MASSACRE, WITH A NEW AFTERWORD FROM THE AUTHOR AND A NEW COVER BY AI WEIWEI

    Beijing Coma is Ma Jian's masterpiece. Spiked with dark wit, poetic beauty and deep rage, it takes the life, and near-death, of one young student to create a dazzling and excoriating novel about contemporary China

    'Monumental' Guardian

    'A landmark work of fiction' Daily Telegraph

    'A modern literary masterpiece' Sunday Express

    Dai Wei lies in his bedroom, a prisoner in his body, after he was shot in the head at the Tiananmen Square protest ten years earlier and left in a coma. As his mother tends to him, and his friends bring news of their lives in an almost unrecognisable China, Dai Wei escapes into his memories, weaving together the events that took him from his harsh childhood in the last years of the Cultural Revolution to his student days at Beijing University.

    As the minute-by-minute chronicling of the lead-up to his shooting becomes ever more intense, the reader is caught in a gripping, emotional journey where the boundaries between life and death are increasingly blurred.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    LAKE MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781742235714
    Title: BIBLE IN AUSTRALIA : A Cultural History
    Author: LAKE MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at Maroubra Beach. Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’.

    In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.

    The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    CHANG JUNG
    ISBN: 9781910702796
    Title: BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Author: CHANG JUNG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that 'One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history.

    Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang's unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China's richest women - and her husband Chiang's prime minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' world.

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
    is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey, from Canton to Hawaii and New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $29.99
  • BOB HAWKE : The Complete Biography
    BOB HAWKE : The Complete Biography
    DALPUGET BLANCHE
    ISBN: 9781760853259
    Title: BOB HAWKE : The Complete Biography
    Author: DALPUGET BLANCHE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To mark Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy, this master work brings together the story of the man in full in a definitive hardback commemorative biography.

    Bob Hawke began life as a good Christian boy from a teetotal family, became a wild, drinking, womanising student, a Rhodes Scholar, a champion of workers, a folk hero recognised throughout the country, a dynamic politician who was elected four times as Australia’s Prime Minister - and transformed his country. He was our longest serving Labor Prime Minister and considered by many our greatest.

    By the early 1980s Australia was on the road to becoming ‘the poor white trash of Asia’. Hawke as prime minister, with Paul Keating as treasurer, changed all that. Australia became a forward-looking and humane country whose voice commanded respect on the international stage.

    Hawke was an environmentalist before it was fashionable, he loathed racism, helped end apartheid in South Africa, sent ministers to end the war in Cambodia, foresaw that China would become a great world power and established the first Chinese investment in an iron ore mine in Australia.

    His journey from the manse of a small South Australian country town to the palaces of Europe, Asia and the United States is the odyssey of a leader it is hard to imagine we will ever see the like of again - a man of towering passions and commitment to causes, and an unshakeable love of humanity.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
    BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
    BOYNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552573504
    Title: BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
    Author: BOYNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

    Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS
    BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS
    BOYNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781909531192
    Title: BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS
    Author: BOYNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.

    Imprint: DEFINITIONS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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