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  • WINTER
    WINTER
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241973332
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winter? Bleak. Earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. But winter makes things visible. And Christmas is a time for family reunions, unexpected guests and evergreen truths.

    It's December in Cornwall and Art's mother is seeing things. Art has problems too. His girlfriend has left so he's paying Lux, a young immigrant he found on the street, to impersonate her - but Lux has no intention of sticking to the script. And Iris, Art's prodigal aunt, septuagenarian CND-er and black sheep of the family, is about to arrive with a car full of food and a throat full of protest songs. Four people, strangers and family, in a fifteen-bedroom house for Christmas - will there be enough room for everyone?

    Winter casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, art, love and memory, protest and survival.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    WINTER : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    ISBN: 9781784703271
    Title: WINTER : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    Author: KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    From global literary superstar Karl Ove Knausgaard, an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and love letters addressed directly to Knausgaard's unborn daughter

    In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as the birth of his daughter draws near. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it anew. While new life is on the horizon, the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about everything from the moon, winter boots and messiness, to owls and birthdays. Taking nothing for granted, he fills these everyday familiar objects and ideas with new meaning.

    Startling, compassionate, and exquisitely beautiful, Knausgaard's writing is like nothing else. Somehow, he shows the world as it really is, at once mundane and sublime.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WINTER IN MADRID
    WINTER IN MADRID
    SANSOM C J
    ISBN: 9781509822126
    Title: WINTER IN MADRID
    Author: SANSOM C J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A special 10th anniversary edition of the standalone bestseller, Winter in Madrid, by the author of the much-loved Shardlake series, C. J. Sansom.

    1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.

    Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old school friend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game - and surrounded by memories.

    Meanwhile Sandy's girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own - to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.

    In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    STEINBECK JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141186313
    Title: WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    Author: STEINBECK JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ethan Allen Hawley has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless, his teenage children troubled and hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course where all scruples are put aside...

    Steinbeck's searing examination of the evil influences of money, immorality, greed and ambition on America drew acclaim from the Nobel Committee who hailed him as an 'independent expounder of the truth'.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WISE BLOOD
    WISE BLOOD
    OCONNOR FLANNERY
    ISBN: 9780571241309
    Title: WISE BLOOD
    Author: OCONNOR FLANNERY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher names Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Lily Sabbath.

    In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel Motes founds The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy manoeuvres are a manifestation of Hazel's existential struggles.

    This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most consuming characters in modern fiction.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    ISBN: 9781922147035
    Title: WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduced by James Bradley.

    'I'm not deaf, but I've always felt more at home in Sign. Both my parents are deaf. Deaf as posts. Deaf as adders, deaf as beetles. And proud as peacocks, Deaf Pride long before there was a word, or a sign, for it. I learnt to speak with my hands from birth; there was no other way of reaching my parents...' J.J. is back living at home in Adelaide, unemployed and drifting after a messy divorce. Then he is offered a job teaching Sign to Eliza. His new pupil is smart, sensitive, attractive - and a gorilla recently liberated from a medical research laboratory by animal rights activists. First published in 1995, the third novel by the acclaimed writer Peter Goldsworthy is unique in Australian literature: a dazzling, moving story about scientific experimentation and ethics, language and love.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • WITCHES ARE COMING
    WITCHES ARE COMING
    WEST LINDY
    ISBN: 9781760875374
    Title: WITCHES ARE COMING
    Author: WEST LINDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the very moment powerful men on top started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations have been raging from every corner: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, turns that refrain on its head: FINE, IF YOU INSIST. THIS IS A WITCH HUNT. WE'RE WITCHES, AND WE'RE HUNTING YOU.

    In a laugh-out-loud, incisive cultural critique, West suggest that Americans reckon with the dark truths that they've long left unexamined. She writes, "We were just a hair's breadth from electing America's first female president to succeed America's first black president. We weren't done, but we were doing it. And then, true to form--like the Balrog's whip catching Gandalf by his little gray bootie, like the husband in a Lifetime movie hissing, 'If I can't have you, no one can'--white American voters and the electoral college and a few Russian troll farms shoved an incompetent, racist con-man into the White House."

    West unpacks the complicated, and sometimes tragic, journey and politics of not being a white man in the 21st century. She tracks the misogyny and propaganda hidden (or not so hidden) in the media she and her peers devoured growing up, a buffet of distortions, delusions, prejudice and outright bullsh*t that has allowed white male mediocrity to maintain a death grip on American culture and politics.
    At once side-splittingly funny and irresistibly thought-provoking, The Witches Are Coming provides all the kindling to burn America's restrictive and outdated social norms to the ground. Lindy West lights the match.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WOLF HALL
    WOLF HALL
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780008366759
    Title: WOLF HALL
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.

    Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

    From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WOLF HALL   (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)
    WOLF HALL (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780008381691
    Title: WOLF HALL (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize

    The first book in Hilary Mantel's award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, with a new cover design to celebrate the publication of the much anticipated The Mirror and the Light

    From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel.

    'Every bit as good as they said it was' Observer

    'Terrific' Margaret Atwood

    'As soon as I opened this book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop' The Times

    In Wolf Hall, one of our very best writers brings the opulent, brutal world of the Tudors to bloody, glittering life. It is the backdrop to the rise and rise of Thomas Cromwell: lowborn boy, charmer, bully, master of deadly intrigue, and , finally, most powerful of Henry VIII's coutiers.

    'Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good' Daily Mail

    'Terrifying. It is a world of marvels. But it is also a world of horrors, where screams are commonplace. A feast' Daily Telegraph

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WOLFE ISLAND
    WOLFE ISLAND
    TRELOAR LUCY
    ISBN: 9781760553159
    Title: WOLFE ISLAND
    Author: TRELOAR LUCY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My father always said with a name like Kitty Hawke I'd surely fly away. He said my mother should have thought of that before she named me. It was the way on the island, time out of mind. . . Times have changed.

    Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, has resigned herself to annihilation, until one night her pregnant granddaughter rows ashore, desperate, begging for sanctuary.

    For years, Kitty has kept herself to herself, with only the company of her wolfdog, Girl; unconcerned by the world outside, or perhaps merely avoiding its worst excesses. But blood cannot be turned away in times like these. And when trouble comes following the children, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will protect them as fiercely as her name suggests...

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    HUSTVEDT SIRI
    ISBN: 9781473638907
    Title: WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    Author: HUSTVEDT SIRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a writer of non-fiction whose insights are drawn from her broad knowledge in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

    In this trilogy of works collected in a single volume, Hustvedt brings a feminist, interdisciplinary perspective to a range of subjects. Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Susan Sontag and Knut Ove Knausgaard are among those who come under her scrutiny. In the book's central essay, she explores the intractable mind-body problem and in the third section, reflects on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory, perception, and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. With clarity, wit, and passion, she exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, and challenges her reader to think again.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME
    WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME
    PIERCY MARGE
    ISBN: 9781529100570
    Title: WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME
    Author: PIERCY MARGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Often compared to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Naomi Alderman's The Power - Woman on the Edge of Time has been hailed as a classic of speculative science fiction. Disturbing and forward thinking, Marge Piercy's remarkable novel will speak to a new generation of readers.

    After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie Ramos is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a utopian future of sexual and racial equality and environmental harmony.

    But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome- a dystopian society of grotesque exploitation. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow...

    For fans of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, this is a reissue of a much loved feminist classic.

    'She is a serious writer who deserves the sort of considered attention which, too often, she does not get...' MARGARET ATWOOD



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMEN
    WOMEN
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780753518144
    Title: WOMEN
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. Now, at the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. Women is a riotous and uncompromisingly vivid account of life on the edge.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMEN
    WOMEN
    SEBASTIAN MIHAIL
    ISBN: 9780241442906
    Title: WOMEN
    Author: SEBASTIAN MIHAIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2020 New Release

    Stefan Valeriu, a young Romanian student, holidays alone in the Alps, where he soon becomes entangled in romantic relationships with three different women who pass through his guesthouse. We follow Stefan after his return to Paris as he reflects on the women in his life, at times playing the lover, and at others observing shrewdly from the periphery.

    Women's four interlinked stories offer nuanced and deeply moving portraits of romantic relationships in all their complexity, from unrequited love and passionate affairs to tepid marriages of convenience. In light, elegant prose, Mihail Sebastian, widely regarded as the greatest Romanian writer of the 20th century, explores longing, otherness, empathy, and regret.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    ST JOHN MADELEINE
    ISBN: 9781921922299
    Title: WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: ST JOHN MADELEINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduction by Bruce Beresford

    At the very end of the Ladies’ Frocks Departments, past Cocktail Frocks, there was something very special, something quite, quite wonderful; but it wasn’t for everybody: that was the point. Because there, at the very end, there was a lovely arch, on which was written in curly letters Model Gowns.

    Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives. The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it’s Sydney in the 1950s, and there’s still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme…

    By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies’ Cocktail section at F. G. Goode’s have been launched into slightly different careers. With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a great novel, a lost Australian classic.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • WOMEN MEN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING
    WOMEN MEN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING
    LESER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760877729
    Title: WOMEN MEN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING
    Author: LESER DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How does evolutionary psychology play into the differences between men and women? How do we navigate relationships now? When does a lumpen footed move become a form of harassment? What happens to our nocturnal desires when the sun goes down?

    In February 2018, the Good Weekend cover story by David Leser - 'Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing' - had an unprecedented response from readers all around the world. The public response to the article was extraordinary here and overseas and included hundreds of personal messages from readers and publishers urging David to expand his story.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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