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  • DANCING ON A RAZORS EDGE
    DANCING ON A RAZORS EDGE
    WHYTE MANDY
    ISBN: 9780995110700
    Title: DANCING ON A RAZORS EDGE
    Author: WHYTE MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A mother decides to write the story of her son's long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him.

    Discovering the true extent of his use and the likely result of permanent psychosis, prison or death, she launches a rescue mission to save his life. With the courage to follow her instincts, Mandy Whyte is able to get her malnourished and brain-damaged Kiwi-born son, Hemi, from his new base in Australia to hers in Indonesia, and provide home care that turns him around. This is a book about tenacity and love. It also explores the limits of care available for drug addicts in New Zealand and Australia, and challenges the idea that it's up to these people to find their own way to treatment.
    Whyte declares any other approach is both socially negligent and a violation of human rights. As our families, health services and courts try to come to grips with the scourge of crystal meth that is devastating so many lives, Dancing on a Razor's Edge is a must

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • DISAPPEARING EARTH
    DISAPPEARING EARTH
    PHILLIPS JULIA
    ISBN: 9781471185861
    Title: DISAPPEARING EARTH
    Author: PHILLIPS JULIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spellbinding, moving–evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world–this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

    One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls–sisters, eight and eleven–go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

    Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty–densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska–and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

    In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DON DUNSTAN
    DON DUNSTAN
    WOOLLACOTT ANGELA
    ISBN: 9781760631819
    Title: DON DUNSTAN
    Author: WOOLLACOTT ANGELA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bob Hawke once said that Don Dunstan was Australia's most influential Australian politician. This the first comprehensive biography of Dunstan, the transformative and much loved former Premier of South Australia 1967-68 and 1970-79. He was a larger than life character, and unlike most state premiers, had a huge national profile.

    People still remember Dunstan for his pink shorts and championing of sexual rights, but his impact was much wider than this. Against stiff opposition from Adelaide's conservative establishment, he pioneered legislation of Aboriginal land rights, consumer protection laws, abolished the death penalty, relaxed censorship and drinking laws, as well as decriminalised homosexuality. He is recognised for his role in reinvigorating the social, artistic and cultural life of South Australia during his nine years in office, remembered as the 'Dunstan Decade'. He was a friend of Whitlam and had a hand in national ALP social policies of the Whitlam era, including abandoning the White Australia Policy. While in office, he even found time to publish a bestselling cookbook.

    'This is an honest account of the rich life of a courageous and complex man....Whitlam and Dunstan were the Washington and Jefferson of modern Australian Labor politics.' - Mike Rann, former Premier of South Australia

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • EGGSHELL SKULL
    EGGSHELL SKULL
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760295776
    Title: EGGSHELL SKULL
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

    But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

    Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

    This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

    Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    CHANG JUNG
    ISBN: 9780099532392
    Title: EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    Author: CHANG JUNG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ERRATICS   -   Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    ERRATICS - Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    LAVEAU-HARVIE VICKI
    ISBN: 9781460758250
    Title: ERRATICS - Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    Author: LAVEAU-HARVIE VICKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of The Stella Prize 2019

    Dark, sharp, blackly funny and powerful, this is memoir, wielded as weapon, with the tightly compressed energy of an explosive device.

    'We've been disowned and disinherited: there's not changing it, I say. When something bad happens to them, we'll know soon enough and we'll deal with it together. I don't realise it at the time, but when I say that, I imply I care. I imply there may be something to be salvaged. I misspeak. But I'm flying out anyway. Blood calls to blood; what can I tell you.'

    This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know.

    When Vicki Laveau-Harvie's elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki and her sister travel to their parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help their father. Estranged from their parents for many years, Vicki and her sister are horrified by what they discover on their arrival. For years, Vicki's mother has camouflaged her manic delusions and savage unpredictability, and over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world, systematically starving him and making him a virtual prisoner in his own home. Vicki and her sister have a lot to do, in very little time, to save their father. And at every step they have to contend with their mother, whose favourite phrase during their childhood was: 'I'll get you and you won't even know I'm doing it.'


    A ferocious, sharp, darkly funny and wholly compelling memoir of families, the pain they can inflict and the legacy they leave, The Erratics has the tightly coiled, compressed energy of an explosive device - it will take your breath away.

    Winner of the Finch Memoir Prize in 2018, Winner of the 2019 Stella Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FASCISTS AMONG US : Online hate and the Christchurch massacre
    FASCISTS AMONG US : Online hate and the Christchurch massacre
    SPARROW JEFF
    ISBN: 9781925849677
    Title: FASCISTS AMONG US : Online hate and the Christchurch massacre
    Author: SPARROW JEFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first book since Christchurch to trace the massacre's fascist roots and what it represents.

    The massacre of more than fifty worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, shocked the world. The murders were not random. They expressed a particular ideology, one that the alleged perpetrator described as 'fascism'.

    But what does fascism mean today - and what kind of threat does it pose? Jeff Sparrow traces the history of the far right, showing how fascists have adapted to the new politics of the twenty-first century. He argues that the mosque killer represents a frightening new phenomenon - decentralised right-wing terrorism that recruits by committing atrocities, feeding on itself and spreading from country to country.

    Burgeoning in dark places online, contemporary fascism exults in violence and picks its targets strategically. Today, it is Muslims; tomorrow, it will be Jews or gays or Asians. Even the widespread despair generated by climate change is being harvested to weaponise young men with the politics of hate.

    With imitative massacres already occurring around the world, Christchurch must be a wake-up call. This book makes a compelling, urgent case for a new response to an old menace.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FASHIONISTA
    FASHIONISTA
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780734418975
    Title: FASHIONISTA
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful new picture book written and illustrated by Maxine Beneba Clarke - all about the power of expressing yourself.

    Put on your passion. Flaunt your heart on your sleeve. You're a fashionista. Work it. Wear it. Believe.

    A gorgeous gift book for anyone who wants to embrace their individuality from the award winning author of The Patchwork Bike and Wide Big World. Featuring text design by award-winning designer, Allison Colpoys.

    Praise for The Patchwork Bike:

    'This book is just what many of us need right now.' - Kirkus Review (starred)

    'Beautifully written and incredibly powerful.' Books + Publishing

    'In her picture book debut, Clarke's lines sing with sound and rhythm.' - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Praise for Wide Big World:

    'A cheerful and direct celebration of difference that uses the natural wonders of the world to highlight the diversity of experiences around us.' - Books + Publishing

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • FINDING NEVO
    FINDING NEVO
    ZISIN NEVO
    ISBN: 9781925381184
    Title: FINDING NEVO
    Author: ZISIN NEVO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.

    Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, son, daughter, student, teacher, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.

    Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone by Nevo Zisin is the joint winner of the Australian Family Therapists' Award in the Older Readers category, 2018.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    MAYOR THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781741176728
    Title: FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    Author: MAYOR THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book for all Australians.

    Since the Ulur_u Statement from the Heart was formed in 2017, Thomas Mayor has travelled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. He’s visited communities big and small, often with the Ulur_u Statement canvas rolled up in a tube under his arm.

    Through the story of his own journey and interviews with 20 key people, Thomas taps into a deep sense of our shared humanity. The voices within these chapters make clear what the Uluru Statement is and why it is so important. And Thomas hopes you will be moved to join them, along with the growing movement of Australians who want to see substantive constitutional change.

    Thomas believes that we will only find the heart of our nation when the First peoples – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – are recognised with a representative Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FIRST STONE : 25th Anniversary Edition
    FIRST STONE : 25th Anniversary Edition
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781760784881
    Title: FIRST STONE : 25th Anniversary Edition
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The book that split a nation: Helen Garner's The First Stone, reissued in an updated edition twenty-five years after first publication.

    In the autumn of 1992, two young women students at Melbourne University went to the police claiming that they had been indecently assaulted at a party. The man they accused was the head of their co-ed residential college. The First Stone has been reviled and revered. At the time of publication, its author was both vilified and lionised by readers. Now, when Garner has achieved the status of one of our most respected literary icons, this story is no less sharp, no less relevant, and no less divisive.

    'This is writing of great boldness. . . an intense, eloquent and enthralling work.' - The Australian

    'This was never going to be an easy book to write, its pages are bathed in anguish and self-doubt, but suffused also with a white-hot anger.' - Good Weekend

    'Garner has ensured one thing: the debate about sexual harassment . . . will now have a very public airing. And it will have it in the language of experience to which all women and men have access.' - The Age

    'Travelling with Garner along the complex paths of this sad story is, strangely enough, enjoyable. The First Stone [is] a book worth reading for its writing...' - The Sydney Morning Herald

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FIRST THEY ERASED OUR NAME : A Rohingya speaks
    FIRST THEY ERASED OUR NAME : A Rohingya speaks
    HABIBURAHMAN / ANSEL SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781925849110
    Title: FIRST THEY ERASED OUR NAME : A Rohingya speaks
    Author: HABIBURAHMAN / ANSEL SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "I am three years old and will have to grow up with the hostility of others. I am already an outlaw in my own country, an outlaw in the world. I am three years old, and I don't yet know that I am stateless."

    Habiburahman was born in 1979 and raised in a small village in western Burma. When he is three years old, the country's military leader declares that his people, the Rohingya, are not one of the eight recognised "national races." He is left stateless in his own country.

    Since 1982, millions of Rohingya have had to flee their homes as a result of extreme prejudice and persecution. In 2016, the government began a process of ethnic cleansing and over 700,000 Rohingya people were forced to cross the border into Bangladesh.

    Here, for the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the truth behind this global humanitarian crisis. Through the eyes of a child, we learn about the historic persecution of the Rohingya people and witness the violence Habiburahman endures throughout his life until he escapes the country in 2001.

    First, They Erased Our Name is an urgent, moving memoir about what it feels like to be repressed in one's own country and a refugee in others. It gives voice to the voiceless.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FISHERMEN
    FISHERMEN
    OBIOMA CHIGOZIE
    ISBN: 9781925106442
    Title: FISHERMEN
    Author: OBIOMA CHIGOZIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Four brothers encounter a madman whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family in this exciting debut novel.

    Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact - both tragic and redemptive - will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.

    Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the best new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.



    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE
    FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE
    AW TASH
    ISBN: 9780007494187
    Title: FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE
    Author: AW TASH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the overlapping lives of five newcomers to China's most dynamic city are the subject of this kaleidoscopic novel.

    In this stunning novel, Tash Aw charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malay workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered as the job she was promised seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop star, but his fans disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui was once a poetry-loving activist and is not sure how she became a wealthy businesswoman. Justin works hard for his powerful family, but begins to wonder if his efforts are appreciated. And then there is the Five Star Billionaire himself, pulling the strings of destiny, his lessons for success unsettling the dynamics of these disparate lives.

    In FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE, Tash Aw charts the weave of their journeys in the new China, counterpointing their adventures with the old life they have left behind in Malaysia. The result is a brilliant examination of the migrations that are shaping this dazzling new city, and their effect on myriad individual lives.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FOREIGN SOIL
    FOREIGN SOIL
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780733637988
    Title: FOREIGN SOIL
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

    In Melbourne's western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

    The book is called FOREIGN SOIL. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney's notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the warpath through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

    The young mother keeps writing, the rejection letters keep arriving . . .

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780241404560
    Title: FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan. The Americans' audacious suggestion to the Soviets- a second air front, with the US Air Force establishing bases in Soviet-controlled territory. Despite Stalin's obvious reservations about the presence of foreign troops in Russia inflaming ideological differences, he was persuaded, and in early 1944 and Operation Baseball and then Frantic were initiated as B-17 Superfortresses were flown from bases in Italy to the Poltova region in today's Ukraine.

    Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating, little-known story of this encounter between American and Soviet soldiers and how their collaboration quickly fell apart, mirroring the transition from the Grand Alliance to the Cold War. Soviet secret policeman watched over the Americans, shadowing their every move. A catastrophic air raid by the Germans revealed the limitations of Soviet air defences. Ultimately, while both sides were fighting for Germany's unconditional surrender, there were cultural and political differences that no common purpose could overcome. Drawing on newly opened archives as well as CIA records, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front offers a riveting bottom-up history of the end of the Second World War that shows it in a new light.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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