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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2023 : A TRILOGY
    2023 : A TRILOGY
    JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU
    ISBN: 9780571338115
    Title: 2023 : A TRILOGY
    Author: JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past.
    Well we're back again, They never kicked us out, twenty thousand years of SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT.

    Down through the epochs and out across the continents, generation upon generation of the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu have told variants of the same story - an end of days story, a final chapter story. But one with hope, even if the hope at times seems forlorn.

    The story contained in this trilogy is the latest telling. Here it is presented as a utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past. Read with care. REMEMBERED - TOLD - TRANSCRIBED for K 2 Plant Hire Ltd.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: 9781910701591
    Title: 7th FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE
    Author: BINET LAURENT
    Format: TRADE 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: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ABIDE WITH ME
    ABIDE WITH ME
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780743462280
    Title: ABIDE WITH ME
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    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
  • 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: 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • ACHE
    ACHE
    JONES ELIZA HENRY
    ISBN: 9781460750384
    Title: ACHE
    Author: JONES ELIZA HENRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The much anticipated new novel - about how a family, and a rural community, recover from a terrible bushfire - from a stunning young Australian writer, Eliza Henry Jones.

    A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped Annie's world apart - killing her grandmother, traumatising her young daughter and leaving her mother's home in the mountains half destroyed. Annie fled back to the city, but the mountain continues to haunt her. Now, drawn by a call for help from her uncle, she's going back to the place she loves most in the world, to try to heal herself, her marriage, her daughter and her mother. A heart-wrenching, tender and lovely novel about loss, grief and regeneration, Ache is not only a story of how we can be broken, but how we can put ourselves back together.

    Eliza Henry Jones' remarkable debut novel, In the Quiet, was shortlisted for the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award and longlisted for the ABIA and Indie Awards.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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   **Special Price**
    ADA **Special Price**
    COOKE KAZ
    ISBN: 9780670077939
    Title: ADA **Special Price**
    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: $29.99
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