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  • 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD
    10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD
    SHAFAK ELIF
    ISBN: 9780241979464
    Title: 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD
    Author: SHAFAK ELIF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away . . . '

    For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory- the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
    ISBN: 9781925355765
    Title: 1984
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    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
  • 2020 : The Year that changed us
    2020 : The Year that changed us
    THE CONVERSATION
    ISBN: 9781760761325
    Title: 2020 : The Year that changed us
    Author: THE CONVERSATION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    In January 2020, Australia went from battling one of its worst-ever bushfire seasons to preparing for COVID-19 to hit its shores. What ensued was crisis: a pandemic, political upheaval, an international human rights movement, global recession and localised emergencies dwarfed by a world spinning on an axis of turmoil.

    These essays from leading thinkers and contributors to The Conversation examine what will be one of the most significant and punishing years in the 21st century. 2020: The Year That Changed Us explores the key lessons from this remarkable year and kickstarts the discussion about what comes next.

    Contributors include:
    Michelle Grattan
    Peter Martin
    Raina MacIntyre
    Joëlle Gergis
    Peter Greste
    Thalia Anthony
    Shino Konishi
    Fiona Stanley

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • 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: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 4 3 2 1
    4 3 2 1
    AUSTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780571324651
    Title: 4 3 2 1
    Author: AUSTER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On March 3rd, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born.

    From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous paths.

    Four Fergusons will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and passions contrast.

    Each version of Ferguson's story rushes across the fractured terrain of mid-twentieth century America, in this sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    BINET LAURENT
    ISBN: 9781784703196
    Title: 7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    Author: BINET LAURENT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth-century’s towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident.

    But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? That document was the key to the seventh function of language – an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything.

    Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. And who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake?

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABIDE WITH ME
    ABIDE WITH ME
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780743462280
    Title: ABIDE WITH ME
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Katherine is only five-years-old. Struck dumb with grief at her mother's death, it is down to her father, the heartbroken minister Tyler Caskey, to bring his daughter out of silence she has observed in the wake of the family's tragedy. But Tyler Caskey is barely surviving himself. His cold, church-assigned home is colder still since Lauren's death, and he struggles to find the right words for his sermons; struggles to be a leader to his congregation when he himself is lost. When Katherine's schoolteacher calls to discuss his daughter's anti-social behaviour, it sparks a chain of events that begins to tear down Tyler's defences. The small-town rumour-mill has much to make of Katherine's odd behaviour, and even more to say about Tyler's relationship with his housekeeper, Connie Hatch. And in Tyler's darkest hour, a startling discovery will test his congregation's humanity - and his own will to endure the kinds of trials that sooner or later test us all.

    From the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Amy & Isabelle, this is a startlingly beautiful novel about love and abandonment, faith and hypocrisy; and the peril of family secrets…

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    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
  • ABSALOM ABSALOM
    ABSALOM ABSALOM
    FAULKNER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780099475118
    Title: ABSALOM ABSALOM
    Author: FAULKNER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ABSTAINER
    ABSTAINER
    MCGUIRE IAN
    ISBN: 9781471163609
    Title: ABSTAINER
    Author: MCGUIRE IAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the widely acclaimed author of The North Water comes an epic story of revenge and obsession set in 19th century Manchester

    The Abstainer is truly terrific – a can't-put-down book. It's no less than a tight 'n spare 'n suspense-filled noir novel, masterfully set in 1860s Britain and America. And like all superb historical novels, it seems as modern and as contemporary as this morning.’ Richard Ford

    The rebels will be hanged at dawn, and their brotherhood is already plotting revenge.

    Manchester, 1867: Stephen Doyle, an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War, arrives from New York with a thirst for blood. He has joined the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland by any means necessary. Head Constable James O'Connor has fled grief and drink in Dublin for a sober start in Manchester. His job is to discover and thwart the Fenians’ plans whatever they might be. When a long-lost nephew returns from America and arrives on O’Connor’s doorstep looking for work, he cannot foresee the way his fragile new life will be imperilled – and how his and Doyle's fates will be intertwined.

    In this propulsive tale of the underground war for Irish independence, master storyteller Ian McGuire once again transports readers to a time when blood begot blood. Moving from the dirt and uproar of industrial Manchester to the quiet hills of Pennsylvania, The Abstainer is a searing novel in which two men, haunted by their pasts and driven forward by the need for justice and retribution, must fight for life and legacy.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES
    ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES
    HEMINGWAY ERNEST
    ISBN: 9781784872038
    Title: ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES
    Author: HEMINGWAY ERNEST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Richard Cantrell is an American Colonel living in Venice just after the Second World War. The fighting has left him scarred and embittered, a middle-aged man with a heart condition. It seems that only the love of Renata, a nineteen-year-old countess, can save him. But Cantrell is living in the shadow of war, every move he makes dictated by old battle instincts, and it is possible that for him the longed-for peace has come too late.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ACT OF GRACE
    ACT OF GRACE
    KRIEN ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959551
    Title: ACT OF GRACE
    Author: KRIEN ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • ACTRESS
    ACTRESS
    ENRIGHT ANNE
    ISBN: 9781787332072
    Title: ACTRESS
    Author: ENRIGHT ANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of Irish theatre legend, Katherine O'Dell, as written by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings.

    But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine's past, or the world's damage. As Norah uncovers her mother's secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime.

    Actress is about a daughter's search for the truth- the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad.

    Brilliantly capturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives. A scintillating examination of the corrosive nature of celebrity, it is also a sad and triumphant tale of freedom from bad love, and from the avid gaze of the crowd.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADJUSTMENT DAY
    ADJUSTMENT DAY
    PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    ISBN: 9781784708849
    Title: ADJUSTMENT DAY
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    pass the word only to those they trust most- Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

    In this ingeniously comic work, Chuck Palahniuk's first novel in four years, he does what he does best- skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new, disunited states.

    In this mind-blowing novel, Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADULTS
    ADULTS
    UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    ISBN: 9780008334604
    Title: ADULTS
    Author: UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.

    Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and a book laden with truth that you will read again and again.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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