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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 BYTES : How We Got Here Where We Might Go Next
    12 BYTES : How We Got Here Where We Might Go Next
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9781787332478
    Title: 12 BYTES : How We Got Here Where We Might Go Next
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN THE GUARDIAN, FINANCIAL TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD*

    Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live and the way we love
    - from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson.

    In this original, deeply researched and lively new book, Jeanette Winterson traces the history of the AI revolution. She talks to some of the boldest and most imaginative thinkers in the field and looks to religion, myth and literature to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are just around the corner.

    When we create non-human life-forms, will we do so in our image? Or will we accept the once-in-a-species opportunity to remake ourselves in their image?

    What do love, caring and attachment look like with a non-biological life form? And what happens to the gender binary?

    What will happen when our destiny is not contained by physical bodies, and our destination is not planet Earth?

    With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most urgent talking points, and asks readers to consider their role in imagining a more just and equal future.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY
    22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY
    BARRY MAX
    ISBN: 9780733645808
    Title: 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY
    Author: BARRY MAX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I love you. In every world.'

    Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her, and professes his love - shortly before he murders her.

    Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a mid-size New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May's shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes.

    Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity's encounter with the mysterious man. And her cat is missing. Felicity soon realises that in pursuit of Madison's killer, she followed him into a different dimension - one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. At first, she is determined to return to the reality she knows, but when Madison May - in this world, a struggling actress, is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer - and learns that she is not the only one hunting him.

    Travelling through different realities, Felicity uncovers the opportunity - and danger - of living more than one life.

    'With unrelenting tension, Max Barry weaves a complex tapestry where a sociopath's insatiable obsession knows no bounds, not even time and space, and only two things are certain - he will kill her again because he's killed her before. I devoured this novel in one sitting.' J.D. Barker, author of A Caller's Game

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 2666
    2666
    BOLANO ROBERTO
    ISBN: 9780330447430
    Title: 2666
    Author: BOLANO ROBERTO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The epic novel that defined one of Latin America's greatest writers and his unique vision of the 20th century.

    Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border, is an urban sprawl that draws in lost souls. Among them are three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; and a police detective in love with an elusive older woman.But there is darker side still to the town. It is an emblem of corruption, violence and decadence, and one from which, over the course of a decade, hundreds of women have mysteriously, often brutally, disappeared.

    Conceived on an astonishing scale, and – in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life – with burning, visionary commitment, 2666 has been greeted around the world as his masterpiece, surpassing even his previous work in inventiveness, imagination, beauty and scope.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABSOLUTIST
    ABSOLUTIST
    BOYNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552775403
    Title: ABSOLUTIST
    Author: BOYNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    September 1919-20 year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a clutch of letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War. They trained together. They fought together.

    But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.

    The letters however are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep within him. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life - forever.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • ACTRESS
    ACTRESS
    ENRIGHT ANNE
    ISBN: 9781529112139
    Title: ACTRESS
    Author: ENRIGHT ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Written with all the ingenuity and twisty tautness of a thriller' The TimesFrom the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths. This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told 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 . . .

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • ADOLF HITLER : BEHIND THE DOOR AT NO 16
    ADOLF HITLER : BEHIND THE DOOR AT NO 16
    MURRAY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780992559144
    Title: ADOLF HITLER : BEHIND THE DOOR AT NO 16
    Author: MURRAY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ADULTS
    ADULTS
    UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    ISBN: 9780008334635
    Title: ADULTS
    Author: UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER‘HILARIOUS' Stylist‘DAZZLING' Marian Keyes‘WITTY' Guardian‘HEARTBREAKING' Dolly Alderton‘INCREDIBLE' Candice Carty-Williams Jenny McLaine:• can't afford her mortgage since her ex moved out• is about to get dumped by her best friend• spends all day online-stalking women with picture-perfect livesAnd now her mother has appeared on her doorstep, unbidden, to save the day…Is Jenny ready to grow up and rescue herself this time?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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