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  • BRUNY
    BRUNY
    ROSE HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760875169
    Title: BRUNY
    Author: ROSE HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How far would your government go?

    A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane.

    Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.

    Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.

    Praise for The Museum of Modern Love:

    'A glorious novel, meditative and special in a way that defies easy articulation.' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

    'Audacious and beautiful.' Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

    'I adored it, and it is my book of the year so far.' Amanda Rayner, Readings Reviews

    '... coruscates with captivating energy ... Incisive, beautiful, and precise.' Foreword Reviews, starred review

    'Captivating ... a gem of a novel.' Library Journal, starred review

    'Deeply involving ... profound ... emotionally rich and thought-provoking.' Booklist, starred review

    'With rare subtlety and humanity, this novel relocates the difficult path to wonder in us all.' The Christina Stead Prize 2017

    'Profound ... a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.' Bustle

    'An unusual and lively work of fiction.' Newsday

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Balloon (BumbleBunnies #4)
    BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Balloon (BumbleBunnies #4)
    BASE GRAEME
    ISBN: 9781460754030
    Title: BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Balloon (BumbleBunnies #4)
    Author: BASE GRAEME
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the creator of the internationally acclaimed picture book, Animalia Another exciting Bumblebunnies adventure!

    Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are looking forward to a quiet afternoon in the garden.But a stray balloon is heading for the rose bush. Oh no!

    When disaster strikes, who will save the day?

    From the award-winning, bestselling creator of Animalia comes a new series to delight young readers

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Gate   -   BumbleBunnies, Book 3
    BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Gate - BumbleBunnies, Book 3
    BASE GRAEME
    ISBN: 9781460754009
    Title: BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Gate - BumbleBunnies, Book 3
    Author: BASE GRAEME
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FROM THE CREATOR OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PICTURE BOOK, ANIMALIA

    The next exciting adventure of the BumbleBunnies!

    On a dark and stormy night, Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck watch the garden gate swing open in the wind. And when disaster strikes once more, who will save the day?

    From the award-winning, bestselling creator of Animalia comes a new series to delight young readers.

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    MILLIGAN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780522875997
    Title: CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    Author: MILLIGAN LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • CARRYING THE WORLD
    CARRYING THE WORLD
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780733636400
    Title: CARRYING THE WORLD
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.

    This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CELESTIAL BODIES  -   Man Booker International Prize 2019
    CELESTIAL BODIES - Man Booker International Prize 2019
    ALHARTHI JOKHA
    ISBN: 9781760529413
    Title: CELESTIAL BODIES - Man Booker International Prize 2019
    Author: ALHARTHI JOKHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society, slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

    Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.

    'Complex and tangled ... the glimpses into a culture relatively little known in the west are fascinating.' The Guardian

    'A book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over ...' Bettany Hughes, Man Booker International Judge

    'A beautifully achieved account of lives pulling at the edges of change.' The Irish Times

    'Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.' Muhammad Barrada

    'Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.' Ibrahim al-Hajari

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHERNOBYL : History of a Tragedy
    CHERNOBYL : History of a Tragedy
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780141988351
    Title: CHERNOBYL : History of a Tragedy
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history- the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the firefighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers, and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible- extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. A little more than five years later, the Soviet Union would fall apart, destroyed from within by its unsustainable communist ideology and the dysfunctional managerial and economic systems laid bare in the wake of the disaster.A poignant, fast paced account of the drama of heroes, perpetrators, and victims, Chernobyl is the definitive history of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN
    CHILDREN
    WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781741756043
    Title: CHILDREN
    Author: WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    You bring your children up to escape sorrow. You spend your best years trying to stop them witnessing it on television, in you, in your neighbours' faces. Then you realise, slowly, that there is no escape, that they must steer their own way through life's cruelties.In The ChildrenCharlotte Wood, one of Australian fiction's rising stars, delivers a short, sharp shock of a novel that takes you into the heart of a family as normal, and as broken, as any other.When their father is critically injured, foreign correspondent Mandy and her siblings return home, bringing with them the remnants and patterns of childhood. Mandy has lived away from the country for many years. Her head is filled with images of terror and war, and her homecoming to the quiet country town - not to mention her family and marriage - only heightens her disconnection from ordinary life. Cathy, her younger sister, has stayed in regular contact with her parents, trying also to keep tabs on her brother Stephen who, for reasons nobody understands, has held himself apart from the family for years. In the intensive care unit the children sit, trapped between their bewildered mother and one another; between old wounds and forgiveness, struggling to connect with their emotions, their past and each other. But as they wait and watch over their father, there's someone else watching too: a young wardsman, Tony, who's been waiting for Mandy to come home. As he insinuates himself into the family, the pressure, and the threat, intensify and build to a climax of devastating force.This acutely observed novel exposes the tenacious grip of childhood, the way siblings seem to grow apart but never do, and explores the price paid for bearing witness to the suffering of others - whether far away or uncomfortably close to home. The Childrenmarks Wood as one of our finest writers.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CHILDRENS BACH
    CHILDRENS BACH
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781922268365
    Title: CHILDRENS BACH
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A captivating and deeply personal novel from one of Australia's most respected authors.

    There was a piano in the kitchen and during the day Athena would shut herself in there under the portrait of Dexter's father and pick away at Bartok's Mikrokosmos or the easiest of Bach's Small Preludes. Preludes to what? Even under her ignorant fingers those simple chords rang out like a shout of triumph, and she would run to stick her hot face out of the window.

    Athena and Dexter live a happy but insular life, bound by routine and the care of their young sons. When Elizabeth, an old friend from Dexter's university days, turns up with her much younger sister, Vicki, and her lover, Philip, she brings an enticing world to their doorstep. And Athena finds herself straining at the confines of her life.

    Helen Garner portrays her characters with a clear eye for their dreams, their insecurities and their deep humanity in this intimate and engaging short novel, which was first published in 1984. The Children's Bach is 'a jewel', in Ben Lerner's description, 'beautiful, lapidary, rare'.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHINA DREAM
    CHINA DREAM
    JIAN MA
    ISBN: 9781784708696
    Title: CHINA DREAM
    Author: JIAN MA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'One of China's greatest living novelists' Guardian

    Blending fact with fiction, China Dream is an unflinching satire of totalitarianism. After decades of loyal service, Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with promoting President Xi Jinping's China Dream of national rejuvenation. But just as he is about to present his plan for a microchip that will be implanted into the brain of every citizen to replace all painful recollections with a collective dream of national supremacy, his sanity begins to unravel. Plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, his nightmare visions from the past threaten to destroy his dream of a glorious future.

    This darkly comic fable is a dystopian vision of repression and state-enforced amnesia set not in the future, but in China today.

    'Excoriating...Not for nothing has Ma been called both the Orwell and Solzhenitsyn of Chinese literature' A Financial Times Book of the Year

    'Red Guards meet Kurt Vonnegot, sort of- powerful!'
    Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CITY OF TREES : Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest
    CITY OF TREES : Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest
    CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781922268846
    Title: CITY OF TREES : Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest
    Author: CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses? What trees can survive in the city? Which animals can survive in the wild? How do any of us-humans, animals, trees-find a forest we can call home?

    In these moving, thought-provoking essays Sophie Cunningham considers the meaning of trees and our love of them. She chronicles the deaths of both her fathers, and the survival of P-22, a mountain lion in Griffith Park, Los Angeles; contemplates the loneliness of Ranee, the first elephant in Australia; celebrates the iconic eucalyptus and explores its international status as an invasive species.

    City of Trees is a powerful collection of nature, travel and memoir writing set in the context of global climate change. It meanders through, circles around and sometimes faces head on the most pressing issues of the day. It never loses sight of the trees.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COMMON PEOPLE
    COMMON PEOPLE
    BIRCH TONY
    ISBN: 9780702259838
    Title: COMMON PEOPLE
    Author: BIRCH TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this unforgettable new collection Tony Birch brings alive a cast of characters from all walks of life. These remarkable and surprising stories explore the lives of common people caught up in the everyday business of living and the struggle to survive. From a young girl who is gifted to a middle-class family for Christmas to a homeless deaf man who unexpectedly delivers a baby, Birch's stories are set in gritty urban refuges and struggling regional communities. His deftly drawn characters find unexpected signs of hope in a world where beauty can be found on every street corner - a message on a t-shirt, a friend in a stray dog, a star in the night sky - and the ordinary kindness of strangers can have extraordinary results.

    In Common People Birch turns his lens on shared experiences in modern society, his signature perceptivity affirming his position as one of Australia's finest writers of fiction.

    Stories include- 'The Ghost Train', 'Harmless', 'Colours', 'Joe Roberts', 'The White Girl', 'Party Lights', 'Paper Moon', 'Painted Glass', 'Frank Slim', 'Liam', 'Raven and Sons', 'The Good Howard', 'Sissy', 'Death Star', 'Worship'.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS : Poems
    CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS : Poems
    HARJO JOY
    ISBN: 9780393353631
    Title: CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR HOLY BEINGS : Poems
    Author: HARJO JOY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A musical, magical, resilient volume from one of the most celebrated Native American voices.

    In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • CRAZY BRAVE : A Memoir
    CRAZY BRAVE : A Memoir
    HARJO JOY
    ISBN: 9780393345438
    Title: CRAZY BRAVE : A Memoir
    Author: HARJO JOY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A "raw and honest" (Los Angeles Review of Books) memoir from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.

    In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
    ES BART VAN
    ISBN: 9780241978726
    Title: CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    Author: ES BART VAN
    Format: 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: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DAMASCUS
    DAMASCUS
    TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    ISBN: 9781760875091
    Title: DAMASCUS
    Author: TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'They kill us, they crucify us, they throw us to beasts in the arena, they sew our lips together and watch us starve. They bugger children in front of fathers and violate men before the eyes of their wives. The temple priests flay us openly in the streets and the Judeans stone us. We are hunted everywhere and we are hunted by everyone.

    We are despised, yet we grow. We are tortured and crucified and yet we flourish. We are hated and still we multiply. Why is that? You must wonder, how is it we survive?'


    Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, and focusing on characters one and two generations on from the death of Christ, as well as Paul (Saul) himself, Damascus nevertheless explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, refugees; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided - it's all here, the contemporary and urgent questions, perennial concerns made vivid and visceral.

    In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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