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  • 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273783
    Title: 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 1915: A Novel of Gallipoli
    1915: A Novel of Gallipoli
    MCDONALD ROGER
    ISBN: 9780143790884
    Title: 1915: A Novel of Gallipoli
    Author: MCDONALD ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The year young Australians sailed off to war in high hopes of adventure, only to find themselves faced with disaster.

    The tragedy and violence of Gallipoli provide the climax to this very personal, moving and surprisingly romantic story. With remarkable skill and in achingly beautiful prose, Roger McDonald takes the reader on an archetypal Australian journey which parallels the nation's progress from its country childhood, through the adolescent exuberance of its young cities, to initiation on one of the world's ancient battlefields.

    It is a vital journey, haunted by menace and disillusionment, one embedded in our national mythology. This astonishing first novel, published to great critical acclaim in 1979 and since then selling over 100,000 copies, tells the story of two boys from the bush, the thoughtful and awkward Walter and his knowing friend Billy Mackenzie, and their girls Frances and Diana. Together they discover a future which seems full of promise, drawing them into the exciting turmoil of passion and war. But theirs is a fateful alliance, in a world all too quickly passing, with an outcome they never could have foreseen.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • 1984 AND ANIMAL FARM
    1984 AND ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781925603040
    Title: 1984 AND ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Orwell's novels about the dangers of tyranny, the corruption of the state and the enslavement of the individual are essential reading. In an era of doublespeak, they remain chillingly prophetic.
    Introductions by Charlotte Wood, 1984 and Don Watson, Animal Farm.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: 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: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • ADA
    ADA
    COOKE KAZ
    ISBN: 9780670077939
    Title: ADA
    Author: COOKE KAZ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘A lady dancer, a comedienne, and a comic singer. And the head of my own travelling troupe. The Ada Delroy Company, lately extinct.’

    Meet Ada. Losing her looks but not her touch, waving a morphia cocktail and holding forth from her bed, she’s still got some silks, sequins, a scrapbook, and the story of her life on the stage and the road. And what a life.

    ‘I was a household name. I had a diamond pendant near as big as an emu egg off the Maharajah of What's-His-Name (it'll come to me). They named a racehorse after me, and a pigeon and a potato soup on an Orient steamship. Newspaper reporters around the globe knew me as the Premier Serpentine Dancer Of the World, the inventor of the form, if you don’t count its actual inventor.’

    Ada was world famous when clairvoyants, cockatoo acts and strongmen toured the world and performed for everyone from royalty to riotous miners and larrikins. But underneath the rouge, the glorious glamour and cheeky wit was the reality of life for a girl who couldn't help being both fabulous and disreputable.

    Beautifully imagined and lovingly researched, Ada comes to life in genuine, vivid detail. Everyone in this novel was a real person and we've got the photos to prove it. As for the story, well, you’ll want to hear Ada tell it.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • AFTER DARK
    AFTER DARK
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099506249
    Title: AFTER DARK
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reality bends all the more acutely with lack of sleep in this stunning novel from the master of the surreal.

    The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. Later, Mari is interrupted a second time by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help. Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth - a sleeping beauty. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00 a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television's plug has been pulled. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?


    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9781784870355
    Title: AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jo Stoyle is afraid of death. But Stoyle is also a millionaire, and so he pours his riches into scientific research, desperate to find the secret of immortality. This ruthless quest will enmesh everyone around him in a web of greed, seduction, murder and debasement. Written while he was living in California, this is Huxley's response to Hollywood's superficiality and obsession with youth, a powerful cautionary tale which employs all his customary wit and merciless insight.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AFTER THE BLUES : What Debbie Did Next
    AFTER THE BLUES : What Debbie Did Next
    LETTE KATHY
    ISBN: 9780143786962
    Title: AFTER THE BLUES : What Debbie Did Next
    Author: LETTE KATHY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Now an adult, Debbie from Puberty Blues and her girlfriends reveal what women really say when men aren't around. Oh dear . . .!

    After breaking off with both her best friend and boyfriend on the same day, Debbie fled back to the Shire, enduring her family’s ‘I told you so’s. But it wasn’t long before she found herself again escaping home, this time for the inner city, the workforce and new friends.

    It is the colourful 1980s, a time of music, street arts, continuing experimentation, changing social constructions and new diseases. Despite knowing that women spend more time thinking about what men are thinking than men spend thinking, Debbie and her friends continue to have their hearts and minds tested and broken. Girlfriends are the only people you can rely on to be supportive and uplifting, your human Wonderbras, when you make the right decisions, and the wrong ones, over and over again.

    Hooray for the girls’ night out, the one evening you can’t stand your girlfriends up if a better offer comes along.

    With equal parts humour and pathos, Kathy Lette, one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, exposes all the foolish things we do when we are scrabbling to assert our place in the world.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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