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  • 10:04
    10:04
    LERNER BEN
    ISBN: 9781847088932
    Title: 10:04
    Author: LERNER BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the past year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. Now, in a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and political unrest, he must reckon with his biological mortality, the possibility of a literary afterlife, and the prospect of (unconventional) fatherhood in a city that might soon be under water.

    In prose that Jonathan Franzen has called 'hilarious... cracklingly intelligent... and original in every sentence', Lerner's new novel charts an exhilarating course through the contemporary landscape of sex, friendship, memory, art and politics, and captures what it is like to be alive right now.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 100 YEARS OF THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
    100 YEARS OF THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
    MOORE LORRIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9780547485850
    Title: 100 YEARS OF THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
    Author: MOORE LORRIE [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best American Short Stories is the longest running and best-selling series of short fiction in the country.

    For the centennial celebration of this beloved annual series, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls all its wildnesses of character and voice.

    These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. Here is Ernest Hemingway s first published story and a classic by William Faulkner, who admitted in his biographical note that he began to write as an aid to love-making. Nancy Hale s story describes far-reaching echoes of the Holocaust; Tillie Olsen s story expresses the desperation of a single mother; James Baldwin depicts the bonds of brotherhood and music. Here is Raymond Carver s minimalism, a term he disliked, and Grace Paley s secular Yiddishkeit. Here are the varied styles of Donald Barthelme, Charles Baxter, and Jamaica Kincaid. From Junot Diaz to Mary Gaitskill, from ZZ Packer to Sherman Alexie, these writers and stories explore the different things it means to be American.

    Imprint: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA]
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 101 NIGHTS
    101 NIGHTS
    OLLIS RAY
    ISBN: 9781743054055
    Title: 101 NIGHTS
    Author: OLLIS RAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2016 NEW RELEASE

    The bombing campaign to destroy Hitler's Nazi Germany was waged by Allied flyers from not only England and the US, but also with many Australian men like Ray Ollis. Flying as a navigator, Ray was assigned to 101 Squadron operating the famed Lancaster bomber, fitted with the latest electronic warfare measures. Ray Ollis's lightly fictionalised record of his own experiences flying over the heart of Germany at night provides a gripping account of this critical phase of history.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273783
    Title: 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This remarkable book combines autobiography with a subtle, almost painterly sense of the ways in which the objects which we surround ourselves, and the places in which we live, build up our private maps of reality and shape our personal mythologies.
    David Malouf begins by describing in love, evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening perception of the world at large. He moves on to describe life in the Tuscan village where he lived, and the arrival of an Australian Television crew; reflecting on his first visit to India, he touches on the problems of interpreting and evaluating unfamiliar places; back in Australia, he recalls a traumatic wartime journey with his father from Brisbane to Sydney.

    Funny, humane and beautifully written, this is a unique and extraordinary essay in autobiography.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1984
    1984
    ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781925355765
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE / WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Charlotte Wood.

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brother-and eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bond-and commitment to their shared cause-will be tested to its limits.

    George Orwell's dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • 2666
    2666
    BOLANO ROBERTO
    ISBN: 9781447289593
    Title: 2666
    Author: BOLANO ROBERTO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Ben Lerner.

    The truth is we never stop being children, terrible children covered in sores and knotty veins and tumors and age spots, but ultimately children, in other words we never stop clinging to life because we are life.

    Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border: an urban sprawl, a vortex for lost souls. Convicts and academics find themselves here, as does an American sportswriter, a teenage student with her widowed father, and a reclusive, 'missing' author. But there is a darker side to the town: girls and women are disappearing at an alarming rate and it is fast becoming the scene of a series of horrifying crimes. As 2666 progresses, the sense of conspiracy grows, and the shadow of the apocalypse is drawing closer.

    Written with burning intensity in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 became a sensation on publication and has been hailed across the world as Bolaño's masterpiece. Terrifying, awe-inspiring and beautiful, it is the classic novel that has come to define one of Latin America's greatest writers.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 4 3 2 1
    4 3 2 1
    AUSTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780571324637
    Title: 4 3 2 1
    Author: AUSTER PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Auster's first novel in seven years. His greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work. A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself. A masterpiece.


    On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up - again and again and again.

    As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer's extraordinary career.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ABLUTIONS
    ABLUTIONS
    DEWITT PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781847086341
    Title: ABLUTIONS
    Author: DEWITT PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A nameless barman tends a decaying bar in Hollywood and takes notes for a book about his clientele. Initially, he is morbidly amused by watching the regulars roll in and fall into their nightly oblivion, pitying them and their loneliness. In hopes of uncovering their secrets and motives, he establishes tentative friendships with them. He also knocks back pills indiscriminately and treats himself to gallons of Jameson's. But as his tenure at the bar continues, he begins to lose himself, trapped by addiction and indecision. When his wife leaves him, he embarks on a series of squalidly random sexual encounters and a downward spiral of self-damage and irrational violence. To cleanse himself and save his soul, he attempts to escape...

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABOUT GRACE
    ABOUT GRACE
    DOERR ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780007146994
    Title: ABOUT GRACE
    Author: DOERR ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family’s home.

    The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach.

    Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace’s death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees.

    He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out...

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABOVE THE WATERFALL
    ABOVE THE WATERFALL
    RASH RON
    ISBN: 9781925240726
    Title: ABOVE THE WATERFALL
    Author: RASH RON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

    Les, a long-time sheriff just three weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his own duplicity in his small Appalachian town.

    Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of this patch of North Carolina.

    Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world. When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond—and threaten to carry them over the edge.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ABSALOM ABSALOM
    ABSALOM ABSALOM
    FAULKNER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780099475118
    Title: ABSALOM ABSALOM
    Author: FAULKNER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Quentin Compson and Shreve, his Harvard room-mate, are obsessed by the tragic rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen. As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a negro butler. From then on, he was determined to force his way into the upper echelons of Southern society. His relentless will ensures his ambitions are soon realised; land, marriage, children, his own troop to fight in the Civil War-but Sutpen returns from the conflict to find his estate in ruins and his family collapsing. Secrets from his own past threaten to ruin the lives of his children and destroy everything he has worked for.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ACCUSATION : Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
    ACCUSATION : Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
    SMITH DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9781781258712
    Title: ACCUSATION : Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
    Author: SMITH DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A remarkable literary discovery and a searing indictment of political repression.

    In 1989, a North Korean dissident writer, known to us only by the pseudonym Bandi, began to write a series of stories about life under Kim Il-sung's totalitarian regime. Smuggled out of North Korea and set for publication around the world in 2017, The Accusation provides a unique and shocking window on this most secretive of countries.

    Bandi's profound, deeply moving, vividly characterised stories tell of ordinary men and women facing the terrible absurdity of daily life in North Korea: a factory supervisor caught between loyalty to an old friend and loyalty to the Party; a woman struggling to feed her husband through the great famine; the staunch Party man whose actor son reveals to him the absurd theatre of their reality; the mother raising her child in a world where the all-pervasive propaganda is the very stuff of childhood nightmare.

    The Accusation is a heartbreaking portrayal of the realities of life in North Korea. It is also a reminder that humanity can sustain hope even in the most desperate of circumstances - and that the courage of free thought has a power far beyond those who seek to suppress it.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR : Book 1 Tales of the Otori
    ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR : Book 1 Tales of the Otori
    HEARN LIAN
    ISBN: 9780733635229
    Title: ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR : Book 1 Tales of the Otori
    Author: HEARN LIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Now released with stunning new cover artwork, ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR is Book 1 in the five-part Tales of the Otori series.

    'The best story of magic, love, sex, revenge and suspense to have come this way since Philip Pullman.'
    INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

    In his fortress at Inuyama, the murderous warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. Brought up in a remote village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people, Takeo has learned only the ways of peace. Why, then, does he possess the deadly skills that make him so valuable to the sinister Tribe? These supernatural powers will lead him to his violent destiny within the walls of Inuyama - and to an impossible longing for a girl who can never be his. His journey is one of revenge and treachery, beauty and magic, and the passion of first love.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADAM ONE AFTERNOON
    ADAM ONE AFTERNOON
    CALVINO ITALO
    ISBN: 9780099287032
    Title: ADAM ONE AFTERNOON
    Author: CALVINO ITALO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The world of Calvino is a world of fable, but he uses its mechanisms to focus with unerring precision on human reality. Nature in these stories has a magical quality in the flight of a crow, the iridescent track of a snail, the sideways leap of a stray cat - but the magic can encompass both enchantment and terror.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ADULTERY
    ADULTERY
    COELHO PAULO
    ISBN: 9780143572732
    Title: ADULTERY
    Author: COELHO PAULO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever looked at your life and wondered, 'Is this it?'

    Linda knows she's lucky.

    Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again.

    Her friends recommend medication.

    But Linda wants to feel more, not less.

    And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared.

    Even she can't predict what will happen next . . .

    A novel about discovering who you are, where you're going, and what matters to you most.

    'Paulo Coelho's books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' The Times

    'One of the few to deserve the term publishing phenomenon.' The Independent on Sunday



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    BELLOW SAUL
    ISBN: 9780141184869
    Title: ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    Author: BELLOW SAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman. He is a 'born recruit', easily influenced by others who try to mould his destiny. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, can he attempt to break free.

    A modern day Everyman on an odyssey in search of reality and identity, Augie March is the star performer in Bellow's exuberant, richly observed human variety show.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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