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  • TIPPING THE VELVET
    TIPPING THE VELVET
    WATERS SARAH
    ISBN: 9781860495243
    Title: TIPPING THE VELVET
    Author: WATERS SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nan is captivated by the music hall phenomenon that is Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty's dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they start an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    MEEK JAMES
    ISBN: 9781786896773
    Title: TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    Author: MEEK JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    'Inventive and original' - The Times

    'Fans of intelligent historical fiction will be enthralled' - Hilary Mantel

    Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
    Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

    Three journeys. One road.

    England, 1348. A gentlewoman flees an odious arranged marriage, a proctor sets out for a monastery in Avignon and a young ploughman in search of freedom is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers. All come together on the road to Calais. In the other direction comes the Black Death, the plague that will wipe out half of the population of Northern Europe.

    To Calais, In Ordinary Time is an exploration of love, death and power, against the backdrop of catastrophe.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TO COOK A BEAR
    TO COOK A BEAR
    NIEMI MIKAEL
    ISBN: 9780857058935
    Title: TO COOK A BEAR
    Author: NIEMI MIKAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    TO COOK A BEAR is the fantastic story of revivalist preacher Lars Levi Laestadius and the young Sami boy he saves from a ditch and cares for. It is the summer of 1852 in the Kengis village of Sweden's far north, and Jussi - as the boy is called - has fled from a cruel home plagued by abuse, starvation, and alcoholism.

    Jussi becomes the preacher's faithful disciple. Laestadius is an avid botanist, and with Jussi in tow he sets out on long botanical treks to teach him all about plants and nature; but also how to read, write and not least to love and fear God. For it is revivalist times, and thanks to Laestadius, impassioned faith spreads like wildfire among the locals. While the preacher's powerful Sunday sermons grant salvation to farmers and workers, they gain him enemies among local rulers, who see profits dwindle as people choose revival over alcohol.

    One day a maid goes missing in the deep forest, and soon thereafter another disappears. One of them is found dead, the other badly wounded, and the locals suspect a predatory bear is at large. The constable is quick to offer a reward for capturing the bear, but the preacher sees other traces that point to a far worse killer on the loose. Along with Jussi, the preacher reinvents himself as something of a forensic expert, unaware of the evil that is closing in on him.

    A gripping and vivid read, To Cook a Bear manages to both entertain and to burrow deep down into life's great philosophical questions. Reminiscent of Victor Hugo's Les miserables and Marilynne Robinson's Lila, TO COOK A BEAR goes straight to the heart.

    Translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
    TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
    HEMINGWAY ERNEST
    ISBN: 9781784872021
    Title: TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
    Author: HEMINGWAY ERNEST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Harry Morgan is a tough guy making his living during the Depression from his motor boat in Key West, Florida. Although he normally takes out fishing parties, sometimes his boat can be put to other uses. If the money offered is worth his while, Harry will run guns, rum and men to and from Cuba. But he is playing a dicey game. Hemingway's hardest hero risks not just his living, but his life.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    LEE HARPER
    ISBN: 9780099466734
    Title: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
    Author: LEE HARPER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE ORIGINAL TEXT

    'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.'

    A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl.

    Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with both compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, Atticus, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • TO THE ISLANDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    TO THE ISLANDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    STOW RANDOLPH
    ISBN: 9781925240290
    Title: TO THE ISLANDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: STOW RANDOLPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Exhausted and losing faith, Anglican minister Stephen Heriot abandons his mission in Australia's northwest. Wracked with guilt for his past transgressions, Heriot flees to the vast emptiness of the outback, searching for the islands of the Aboriginal dead. In the soul country of the desert he begins to reflect: was his life's work worthwhile? Are history's crimes also our own? Can any connection to be found in the unrelenting isolation of the land?

    A Lear-like tale of madness and destruction, To the Islands was heralded for its poetic mastery upon its publication, when Stow was only twenty-two. It went on to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. Stow substantially revised the novel for its republication in 1982.

    'To the Islands is a deeply moving and compassionate novel whose message and wisdom is still important today, which is why it deserves to be recognised as an important work of Australian literature.' theconversation.com

    'To the Islands is a masterpiece.' ANZ LitLovers



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
  • TOKYO REDUX
    TOKYO REDUX
    PEACE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571359127
    Title: TOKYO REDUX
    Author: PEACE DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    The Occupation had a hangover, but still the Occupation went to work...

    Tokyo, July 1949, President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. In the midst of the US Occupation, against the backdrop of widespread social, political and economic reforms - as tensions and confusion reign - American Detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing person's investigation for General MacArthur's GHQ.

    Some men go mad, some men go missing...

    Fifteen years later and Tokyo is booming. As the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics and the global spotlight, Hideki Murota, a former policeman during the Occupation period, and now a private investigator, is given a case which forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he's been hiding from for the past fifteen years.

    Some men do both...

    Over twenty years later, in the autumn and winter of 1988, as the Emperor Showa is dying, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American, eking out a living teaching and translating, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TOLSTOY ESTATE
    TOLSTOY ESTATE
    CONTE STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781460758823
    Title: TOLSTOY ESTATE
    Author: CONTE STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    Powerful, densely rich and deeply affecting, The Tolstoy Estate shows Steven Conte to be one of our finest writers.

    From the winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award

    In the first year of the doomed German invasion of Russia in WWII, a German military doctor, Paul Bauer, is assigned to establish a field hospital at Yasnaya Polyana - the former grand estate of Count Leo Tolstoy, the author of the classic War and Peace. There he encounters a hostile aristocratic Russian woman, Katerina Trusbetzkaya, a writer who has been left in charge of the estate. But even as a tentative friendship develops between them, Bauer's hostile and arrogant commanding officer, Julius Metz, starts becoming steadily more preoccupied and unhinged as the war turns against the Germans. Over the course of six weeks, in the terrible winter of 1941, everything starts to unravel...

    From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Steven Conte, The Tolstoy Estate is ambitious, accomplished and astonishingly good: an engrossing, intense and compelling exploration of the horror and brutality of conflict, and the moral, emotional, physical and intellectual limits that people reach in war time. It is also a poignant, bittersweet love story - and, most movingly, a novel that explores the notion that literature can still be a potent force for good in our world.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TOO FAR TO WALK
    TOO FAR TO WALK
    HERSEY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780593080863
    Title: TOO FAR TO WALK
    Author: HERSEY JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    John Fist is a talented overachiever who has become restless and bored in his second year at Sheldon, an elite New England college. He is losing motivation, increasingly finding it "too far to walk" to his philosophy class across campus. So when the devil in sophomore's clothing (a fellow student named Chum Breed) offers him all the most intense experiences of the modern world in exchange for a twenty-six-week lease on his soul, Fist eagerly signs up. The anticipated adventures, however, turn out not to be quite what he had bargained for. Pulitzer Prize-winner John Hersey's Too Far to Walk is a bracing updating of the classic Faust legend, a compelling coming-of-age novel, and a masterful work of mid-century fiction.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • TOO MUCH LIP   -   Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    TOO MUCH LIP - Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    LUCASHENKO MELISSA
    ISBN: 9780702259968
    Title: TOO MUCH LIP - Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    Author: LUCASHENKO MELISSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miles Franklin Winner 2019

    Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.

    Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

    Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.

    Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • TOO MUCH LIP   -   Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    TOO MUCH LIP - Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    LUCASHENKO MELISSA
    ISBN: 9780702263040
    Title: TOO MUCH LIP - Miles Franklin Winner 2019
    Author: LUCASHENKO MELISSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.

    Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things - her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

    Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble - but then trouble is Kerry's middle name.

    Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • TOPEKA SCHOOL
    TOPEKA SCHOOL
    LERNER BEN
    ISBN: 9781783785377
    Title: TOPEKA SCHOOL
    Author: LERNER BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of '97. His parents are psychologists, his mom a famous author in the field. A renowned debater and orator, an aspiring poet, and - although it requires a lot of posturing and weight lifting - one of the cool kids, he's also one of the seniors who brings the loner Darren Eberheart into the social scene, with disastrous effects.

    Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is a riveting story about the challenges of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a startling prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the tyranny of trolls and the new right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TORPOR
    TORPOR
    KRAUS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781781258989
    Title: TORPOR
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A savagely ironic portrait of a couple's failing marriage set in early 90s Europe, offering fierce and timeless reflections on love, identity and desire.
    'Sylvie wanted to believe that misery could simply be replaced with happiness. Time was a straight line, stretching out before you.'

    It's Summer, 1991, the dawning of the New World Order; a post-MTV, pre-AOL generation. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the intention of adopting a Romanian orphan.

    Sylvie is an ex-punk video artist locked in a loveless marriage with Jerome, a 53-year-old Columbia University professor who loathes academia. There are only two things, Sylvie believes, that will save them: a child of their own, and the success of The Anthropology of Unhappiness, her husband's long-postponed book on the Holocaust. But as they move forward toward impoverished Romania, Jerome's memories of his father's extermination at Auschwitz and his own childhood survival there impede them.

    Kraus harnesses her talent for observational sensitivity to hit back with the grit and trauma of real, human relationships.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TORTILLA FLAT
    TORTILLA FLAT
    STEINBECK JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141185118
    Title: TORTILLA FLAT
    Author: STEINBECK JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship above money and possessions, so that when he suddenly inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentleman of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new responsibilities, suddenly disappears...



    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    NELSON DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9780226457802
    Title: TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    Author: NELSON DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion.

    Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy called a 'cold eye'? was not merely a personal aversion to displays of emotion: it was an unsentimental mode of attention that dictated both ethical positions and aesthetic approaches.

    Tough Enough traces the careers of these women and their challenges to the pre-eminence of empathy as the ethical posture from which to examine pain. Their writing and art reveal an adamant belief that the hurts of the world must be treated concretely, directly, and realistically, without recourse to either melodrama or callousness. As Deborah Nelson shows, this stance offers an important counter-tradition to the familiar postwar poles of emotional expressivity on the one hand and cool irony on the other. Ultimately, in its insistence on facing reality without consolation or compensation, this austere 'school of the unsentimental'? offers new ways to approach suffering in both its spectacular forms and all of its ordinariness.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PR
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • TOURMALINE - TEXT CLASSICS
    TOURMALINE - TEXT CLASSICS
    STOW RANDOLPH
    ISBN: 9781925240306
    Title: TOURMALINE - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: STOW RANDOLPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once prosperous, the town of Tourmaline in outback Western Australia is dying. The mines are drying up and the land is riddled by drought. Those townspeople left have little to do but wile away the hours with drink.

    Salvation of sorts arrives in the form of Michael Random, a mysterious water diviner who emerges from the desert. As the town's reluctant messiah Random begins to spread the word of Christ. Desperate for a reprieve, many of the locals are drawn to his teachings, but a stubborn few remain sceptical of their new leader.

    A post-apocalyptic parable, Tourmaline is Randolph Stow's most allusive and controversial novel. It remains a landmark in Australian literature more than half a century after its first publication.

    'Intense and extraordinary.' Spectator

    'Brilliantly evocative...disturbing.' Meanjin



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
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