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  • I CHOOSE ELENA
    I CHOOSE ELENA
    OSBORNE-CROWLEY LUCIA
    ISBN: 9781760878078
    Title: I CHOOSE ELENA
    Author: OSBORNE-CROWLEY LUCIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aged fifteen and on track to be an Olympic gymnast, Lucia Osborne-Crowley was violently raped in Sydney on a night out, sparking a series of events that left her devastatingly ill for more than ten years of her life. Her path to healing began a decade later, when she told someone about her rape for the very first time. Lucia eventually found solace in writers like Elena Ferrante, and her work is about rediscovering vulnerability and resilience in the face of formerly unbearable trauma.

    The author explores what has been proved, but is not yet widely known, about how trauma affects the body, bringing to our attention its cyclical, intergenerational nature; how trauma intersects with deeply held beliefs about the credibility of women; and how trauma is played out again and again in the fabric of our cultures, governments, judicial systems and relationships.

    'If you buy one book today let it be this one...It moved me to tears and to anger.' - Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under

    'This book is burrowed deep under my skin.' - Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • IMPROVEMENT
    IMPROVEMENT
    SILBER JOAN
    ISBN: 9781911630074
    Title: IMPROVEMENT
    Author: SILBER JOAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint in prison, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in New York after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her niece's spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does she know that the otherwise honourable Boyd is pulling Reyna into a scheme which violates his probation. When Reyna ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them.

    A novel that examines conviction, connection and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kiki's beloved Turkish rugs and as colourful as the tattoos decorating Reyna's body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. The Boston Globe says of Joan Silber 'No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power.' Improvement is Silber's most shining achievement yet.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IN DARKNESS VISIBLE
    IN DARKNESS VISIBLE
    JONES TONY
    ISBN: 9781760295011
    Title: IN DARKNESS VISIBLE
    Author: JONES TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A political thriller in the Robert Harris mould.'
    - Jennifer Byrne on The Twentieth Man


    In 2005, Marin Katich, living in Croatia under an alias, is being watched. Before the year is out, he has been assaulted, arrested, charged with serious war crimes and locked up in Scheveningen Prison in The Hague, waiting for his case to come before the International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

    In Sydney, Anna Rosen, a freelance journalist, is sent photos on her computer of a man she knows to be dead-gunned down in a brutal ambush in Bosnia over a decade ago. A man she'd once loved but who had betrayed her. Is it possible that the photos really are of Marin Katich? And if so, what the hell had happened in 1992?

    From Croatia to The Hague to Bosnia and Herzegovina to Sydney, Anna and Marin's intertwined history fuels her determination to tear apart, piece-by-piece, his secrets, while continuing to keep her own.

    In a dangerous pursuit of justice and revenge, navigating the murky world of national and international secret agencies and those who would still be warlords, Anna fights for what she believes in and for those she loves.

    Tony Jones blurs the lines between fiction and political reality, creating a page-turning, intriguing and gripping thriller.


    'Extremely readable, fascinating and very cleverly done.' - AustralianCrimeFiction.org on The Twentieth Man

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • IRON KINGDOM : The Rise And Downfall Of Prussia, 1600-1947
    IRON KINGDOM : The Rise And Downfall Of Prussia, 1600-1947
    CLARK CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780140293340
    Title: IRON KINGDOM : The Rise And Downfall Of Prussia, 1600-1947
    Author: CLARK CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With its capital in Berlin, Prussia grew from being a small, poor, disregarded medieval state into one of the most vigorous and powerful countries in Europe, the scourge of its many enemies and, ultimately, the motor behind the creation of the German Empire in 1871 with all that implied for the 20th century. After the Second World War Prussia, which had still continued to exist as part of the German state, was abolished by the Allies, blamed for the overwhelming militarism that had led Europe into total disaster.Prussia's role in Europe's fortunes has been incalculable and Iron Kingdom is, extraordinarily, the first major book devoted to it. Prussia's power came from a sequence of notably brilliant rulers (most famously Frederick the Great), dynastic marriage and an obsessive focus on military excellence. It was both a progressive, well run, enlightened country and a huge, threatening barracks. Iron Kingdom is a wonderfully readable, gripping account of a state which, for both good and ill, has fundamentally shaped our world.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KAISER WILHELM II : A Life in Power
    KAISER WILHELM II : A Life in Power
    CLARK CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780141039930
    Title: KAISER WILHELM II : A Life in Power
    Author: CLARK CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    King of Prussia, German Emperor, war leader and defeated exile, Kaiser Wilhelm II was one of the most important - and most controversial - figures in the history of twentieth-century Europe. But how much power did he really have?

    Christopher Clark, winner of the Wolfson Prize for his history of Prussia, Iron Kingdom, follows Kaiser Wilhelm's political career from his youth at the Hohenzollern court through the turbulent decades of the Wilhelmine era into global war and the collapse of Germany in 1918, to his last days. He asks- what was Wilhelm's true role in the events that led to the outbreak of the First World War? What was the nature and extent of his control? What were his political goals and his success in achieving them? How did he project authority and exercise influence? How did the people view him?

    In this entertaining and original biography Clark presents a fresh new interpretation of his contentious figure, focusing on how his thirty-year reign 1888 to 1918 affected Germany, and the rest of Europe, for years to come.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • LADDER TO THE SKY
    LADDER TO THE SKY
    BOYNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781784161019
    Title: LADDER TO THE SKY
    Author: BOYNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maurice Swift is an aspiring novelist struggling to come up with the story that will make his name, and he doesn't care where that story comes from. Even if he has to beg, borrow, steal or worse, he will make it to the top. Whatever the cost...

    You've heard the old proverb about ambition, that it's like setting a ladder to the sky. It can lead to a long and painful fall.


    If you look hard enough, you will find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be-novelist Maurice Swift decides early on in his career.


    A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated author Erich Ackerman gives Maurice an opportunity. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell; whether or not he should is another matter.


    Once Maurice has made his name, he finds himself in need of a fresh idea. He doesn't care where he finds it, as long as it helps him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous, but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.


    This is a novel about ambition.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LAST EMPIRE : THE FINAL DAYS OF THE SOVIET UNION
    LAST EMPIRE : THE FINAL DAYS OF THE SOVIET UNION
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9781780746463
    Title: LAST EMPIRE : THE FINAL DAYS OF THE SOVIET UNION
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. By the next day the USSR was officially no more and the USA had emerged as the world's sole superpower. Award-winning historian Serhii Plohky gives us a vivid account of the preceding five months of dramatic events, including the failed coup and Yeltsin's machinations around Gorbachev. Honing in on this previously disregarded but crucial period and based on new sources and exclusive interviews with the presidents of the two superpowers, Plokhy shatters the established myths of 1991 and boldly argues that the US actually wanted to preserve the Soviet Union and keep Gorbachev in power. With its spellbinding narrative and strikingly fresh perspective, this is the essential account of one of the most important turning points in world history.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LIFE : Selected Writings
    LIFE : Selected Writings
    FLANNERY TIM
    ISBN: 9781922268297
    Title: LIFE : Selected Writings
    Author: FLANNERY TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tim Flannery is one of the world's great thinkers, environmental scientists and writers. Sir David Attenborough once described him as being 'in the league of the all-time great explorers like Dr David Livingstone.'

    This definitive collection of his work brings together thirty years of essays, speeches and occasional writing on palaeontology, mammology, environmental science and history, including the science of climate change and the challenges and opportunities we face in addressing this issue, so critical for all of us.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • LOADED
    LOADED
    TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    ISBN: 9780143790976
    Title: LOADED
    Author: TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Families can detonate. Some families are torn apart forever by one small act, one solitary mistake. In my family it was a series of small explosions; consistent, passionate, pathetic. Cruel words, crude threats... We spurred each other on till we reached a crescendo of pain and we retired exhaused to our rooms, in tears or in fury. Ari is nineteen, unemployed and a poofter who doesn't want to be gay. He is looking for something - anything - to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. He doesn't believe in anyone or anything, except the power of music. All he wants to do is dance, take drugs, have sex and change the world. For Ari, all the orthodoxies of family, sex, politics and work have collapsed. Caught between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring, destructive world of clubs, chemicals and anonymous sex, all Ari can do is ease his pain in the only ways he knows how. Written in stark, uncompromising prose, Loaded is a first novel of great passion and power.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780141983134
    Title: LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this violation of national sovereignty was in fact only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom,award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the merging of imperialism and nationalism in Russia today by delving into its history. Spanning over two thousand years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin have exploited existing forms of identity, warfare and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy. A strikingly ambitious book, Lost Kingdom chronicles the long and belligerent history of Russia's empire and nation-building quest.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LOT WITH A LITTLE
    LOT WITH A LITTLE
    COSTELLO TIM
    ISBN: 9781743795521
    Title: LOT WITH A LITTLE
    Author: COSTELLO TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this evocative memoir, Tim Costello explores the people and experiences that have shaped him into a socially active fighter for the world’s most challenging issues. Tracing each defining stage of his life with stark insight and honesty, Tim untangles his ongoing struggle to align his self-perceptions with his choices and what his life represents.

    More than a simple life story, this is a book about individual and community, public and private, spiritual and material, equality and liberty – and, most of all, about faith and its power to sustain in the face of the world’s big issues. Challenging and thought provoking no matter what your beliefs, this is a book to savour and re-read.


    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • MAESTRO
    MAESTRO
    GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    ISBN: 9780732297350
    Title: MAESTRO
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ′I enjoyed Maestro enormously. Besides its thoughtfulness and bright sensuality, it has a playful quality, a love of jest, which appealed to me very much.′ Helen Garner, SYDNEY REVIEW
    On release, MAESTRO was hailed ′a splendid achievement, a wise, deeply felt novel that continues to haunt well after one has finished it. It is distinguished by subtlety, by economy and by a quality often lacking in even the best of recent novels - an unerring quality of tone′ by Andrew Riemer in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

    It has sold over 200,000 copies in Australia and was voted by members of the Australian Society of Authors as one of the Top 40 Australian Books of All Time.
    ′The necessary elusiveness of perfection, the unplumbed ocean beneath articulateness, the ambivalence of beauty - these are the revolving concerns of Peter Goldsworthy, and handled not just with irony, but with an effervescent, compassionate wit. He can′t help being funny, but he′s wise too.′ - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW


    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MAP OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
    MAP OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
    AW TASH
    ISBN: 9780007349982
    Title: MAP OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD
    Author: AW TASH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the internationally acclaimed, Whitbread Award-winning ‘The Harmony Silk Factory' comes an enthralling new novel that evokes an exotic yet turbulent and often frightening world.
    Sixteen-year-old Adam is an orphan three times over. He and his older brother, Johan, were abandoned by their mother as children; he watched as Johan was adopted and taken away by a wealthy couple; and he had to hide when Karl, the Dutch man who raised him, was arrested by soldiers during Sukarno's drive to purge 1960s Indonesia of its colonial past.Adam sets out on a quest to find Karl, but all he has to guide him are some old photos and letters, which send him to the colourful, dangerous capital, Jakarta. Johan, meanwhile, is living a seemingly carefree, privileged life in Malaysia, but is careening out of control, unable to forget the long-ago betrayal of his helpless, trusting brother.

    ‘Map of the Invisible World' is a masterful novel, and confirms Tash Aw as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MAYBE THE HORSE WILL TALK
    MAYBE THE HORSE WILL TALK
    PERLMAN ELLIOT
    ISBN: 9780143781493
    Title: MAYBE THE HORSE WILL TALK
    Author: PERLMAN ELLIOT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.'

    Stephen Maserov has problems. A onetime teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Despite toiling around the clock to make budget, he's in imminent danger of being downsized. And to make things worse, Eleanor, sick of single-parenting their two young children thanks to Stephen's relentless work schedule, has asked him to move out.

    To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he's not careful, it might be the last job he ever has...

    Warm, dramatic, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, Maybe the Horse Will Talk is a love story, a reflection on contemporary marriage, and on friendship. It is also an unflinching examination of sexual harassment in the workplace and an expose of corporate corruption that taps directly into the pulse of our times.

    'Australia's outstanding social novelist' (Times Literary Supplement), Elliot Perlman '...has many things working in his favor as a novelist- curiosity, erudition, daring and a gift for seducing readers into going along with him for the ride. He'll get you where you want to go...' (Washington Post)

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MELTING MOMENTS
    MELTING MOMENTS
    GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959988
    Title: MELTING MOMENTS
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    It is 1941. Eighteen-year-old Ruby leaves behind the family farm, her serious mother and roguish father, and heads for Adelaide. After a brief courtship, she enters into a hasty marriage with a soldier about to go to war - who returns a changed man.

    In this absorbing novel, Anna Goldsworthy recreates the world of Adelaide half a century ago, and portrays the phases of a woman's life with intimacy and sly humour. We follow Ruby as she contends with her damaged husband and eccentric in-laws. We see her experience motherhood and changing social circumstances, until, in a moving twist, a figure from the past reappears, to kindle a late-life romance.

    In her captivating fiction debut, Goldsworthy evokes a woman's life in a pre-feminist world. In this tender, funny book, she combines an Austenesque wit with Alice Munro's feeling for human complexity.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MINOTAUR
    MINOTAUR
    GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    ISBN: 9780143795698
    Title: MINOTAUR
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Goldsworthy's new novel features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it's pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes.

    Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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