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  • WONDER BOYS
    WONDER BOYS
    CHABON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781857024050
    Title: WONDER BOYS
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY.

    Grady Tripp is an over-sexed, pot-bellied, pot-smoking, ageing wunderkind of a novelist now teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while working on his 2,000-page masterpiece, WONDER BOYS. When his rumbustious editor and friend, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town, a chaotic weekend follows – involving a tuba, a dead dog, Marilyn Monroe's ermine-lined jacket and a squashed boa constrictor.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    MONTELL AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781760640958
    Title: WORDSLUT : A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
    Author: MONTELL AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A brash, enlightening and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

    English is scattered with perfectly innocuous words that have devolved into insults hurled at women. The word 'bitch' originally meant male or female genitalia. 'Hussy' was simply a housewife, and a 'slut' was an untidy man or woman.

    Amanda Montell, feminist linguist and features editor at online magazine Byrdie, explains why words matter and why it's imperative that women embrace their unique relationship with language. Drawing on fascinating research, and moving effortlessly between history and pop culture, Montell deconstructs language - from insults and cursing to grammar and pronunciation - to reveal the ways it has been used for centuries to gaslight women and keep them from gaining equality. Montell's irresistible intelligence and humour shines through as she makes linguistics not only approachable but downright enthralling.

    Far from being crushed by mansplainers and misogynists, women have a superior capacity to adapt to linguistic change, and tend to be at the forefront of linguistic trends. Wordslut gets to the heart of our language, sheds light into the biases that shadow women in our culture and shows how to embrace language to verbally smash the patriarchy.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP
    WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP
    IRVING JOHN
    ISBN: 9781474614405
    Title: WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP
    Author: IRVING JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A masterpiece from one of the great contemporary American writers.

    'A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and heartbreaking...terrific' WASHINGTON POST

    Anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author.

    A worldwide bestseller since its publication, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, struggling writer and illegitimate son of Jenny Fields - an unlikely feminist heroine ahead of her time.

    Beautifully written, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP is a powerfully compelling and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation.

    'A diamond sleeping in the dark, chipped out at last for our enrichment and delight...As approachable as it is brilliant' COSMOPOLITAN

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    BERRY WENDELL
    ISBN: 9780141984131
    Title: WORLD ENDING FIRE : The Essential Wendell Berry
    Author: BERRY WENDELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Life-changing writings by the visionary farmer, essayist and poet Wendell Berry.

    Wendell Berry is 'something of an anachronism'. He began his life as the old times and the last of the old-time people were dying out, and continues to this day in the old ways- a team of work horses and a pencil are his preferred working tools. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress, and in defence of the local landscapes that provide our cultural heritage, our history, our home.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE
    WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE
    CARROLL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780732291211
    Title: WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE
    Author: CARROLL STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cinematic, intense and unflinching, A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a supremely life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.

    Joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award.

    A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a life-affirming evocation of love in war time, when every decision, and every day, matters.
    Set in 1941 during the Blitz, Steven Carroll's cinematic new novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright young Londoner, finding her voice as a writer. Haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, the couple struggles to build a future free of society's thin-lipped disapproval. Iris shares rooftop firewatching duties with the poet tS Eliot, who unwittingly seals their fate with his famous verse 'Little Gidding'. Miles Franklin Award-winning author Steven Carroll has produced a delicate yet unflinching piece of historical fiction that captures quiet romance in the midst of great unrest.

    A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE is a companion novel to Carroll's earlier novel THE LOST LIFE.

    'This is a memorable book; a moving love story, and a troubled reflection on the relationship between war and words ... Carroll has created, with delightful ingenuity, a rich and layered work.' The Weekend Australian

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    HOFFMAN ALICE
    ISBN: 9781471185830
    Title: WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    Author: HOFFMAN ALICE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    `Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman's exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us - it is a glorious experience. The book builds and builds, as she weaves together, seamlessly, the stories of people in the most desperate of circumstances - and then it delivers with a tremendous punch. It opens up the world ... in a way that is absolutely unique. By the end you may be weeping' Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

    In Berlin in 1941 during humanity's darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.

    In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

    Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.

    What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORLD WAS WHOLE   -   Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    WORLD WAS WHOLE - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    WRIGHT FIONA
    ISBN: 9781925336979
    Title: WORLD WAS WHOLE - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    Author: WRIGHT FIONA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The follow-up to Fiona Wright’s essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance – winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-fiction.

    Our bodies and homes are our shelters, each one intimately a part of the other. But what about those who feel anxious, uncomfortable, unsettled within these havens? In The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright examines how we inhabit and remember the familiar spaces of our homes and suburbs, as we move through them and away from them into the wider world, devoting ourselves to the routines and rituals that make up our lives. These affectingly personal essays consider how all-consuming the engagement with the ordinary can be, and how even small encounters and interactions can illuminate our lives.

    Many of the essays are set in the inner and south-western suburbs of a major Australian city in the midst of rapid change. Others travel to the volcanic coastline of Iceland, the mega-city of Shanghai, the rugged Surf Coast of southern Victoria. The essays are poetic and observant, and often funny, animated by curiosity and candour. Beneath them all lies the experience of chronic illness and its treatment, and the consideration of how this can reshape and reorder our assumptions about the world and our place within it.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WORLD WITHOUT US
    WORLD WITHOUT US
    JUCHAU MIREILLE
    ISBN: 9781408866528
    Title: WORLD WITHOUT US
    Author: JUCHAU MIREILLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It has been six months since Tess Muller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister Meg, but the more urgent mystery for both girls is where their mother, Evangeline, goes each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home wet, muddy and dishevelled.

    Their father, Stefan, struggling with his own losses, tends to his apiary and tries to understand why his bees are disappearing. But after he discovers a car wreck and human remains on their farm, old secrets emerge to threaten the fragile family.

    One day Tess's teacher Jim encounters Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline, raised in a mountain commune and bearing the scars of the fire that destroyed it, is a puzzle he longs to solve.

    As the rainforest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, Tess watches the landscape of her family undergo shifts of its own. A storm is coming and the Mullers are in its path.

    Sometimes we must confront what has been lost so that we can know the solace of being found.

    The World Without Us is a beautifully told story of secrets and survival, family and community, loss and renewal.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WRITERS AND LOVERS
    WRITERS AND LOVERS
    KING LILY
    ISBN: 9781529033113
    Title: WRITERS AND LOVERS
    Author: KING LILY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Exuberant and affirming, it's funny and immensely clever, emotionally rare and strong. I feel bereft now I've finished' Tessa Hadley

    Casey has ended up back in Massachusetts after a devastating love affair. Her mother has just died and she is knocked sideways by grief and loneliness, moving between the restaurant where she waitresses for the Harvard elite and the rented shed she calls home. Her one constant is the novel she has been writing for six years, but at thirty-one she is in debt and directionless, and feels too old to be that way - it’s strange, not be the youngest kind of adult anymore.

    And then, one evening, she meets Silas. He is kind, handsome, interested. But only a few weeks later, Oscar walks into her restaurant, his two boys in tow. He is older, grieving the loss of his wife, and wrapped up in his own creativity. Suddenly Casey finds herself at the point of a love triangle, stuck between two very different relationships that promise two very different futures.

    Lily King's <i>Writers & Lovers</i> follows Casey in the last days of a long youth, a time when everything - her family, her work, her relationships - comes to a crisis. Hugely moving and impossibly funny, it is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. It is a novel about love and creativity, and ultimately it captures the moment when a woman becomes an artist.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WRITERS ROOM : Conversations about Writing
    WRITERS ROOM : Conversations about Writing
    WOOD CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781760293345
    Title: WRITERS ROOM : Conversations about Writing
    Author: WOOD CHARLOTTE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere.

    Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-known writers range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate - and intimate - revelations about the ways in which they work. Charlotte's subjects are frank about the failures and successes, the struggles and triumphs of the writing life, and extremely generous in their revelations. A must-read for writers and readers.

    'For writers, an indispensable resource; for readers, a pure pleasure.' - Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic, The Australian..'A rich and sympathetic resource which goes straight to the heart of creativity.' - Joan London, author The Golden Age, Gilgamesh

    'These interviews have consistently provided me with the the best descriptions of a writer's craft I could hope to find. Invaluable.' - Sophie Cunningham, author Bird and Geography

    'Lets its readers eavesdrop on the best of conversations - erudite, interesting, always inspirational.' - Ashley Hay, author The Railwayman's Wife

    'Interviews of grit and stamina - real talk between two adult writers about the hard yards of writing. There's never an issue that doesn't provide an insight worth bottling.' - Ailsa Piper, author Sinning Across Spain

    'Thoughtful & enlightening on craft, practice & process; gems to return to many times over.' - Carrie Tiffany, author Mateship with Birds, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YEAR OF THE BEAST
    YEAR OF THE BEAST
    CARROLL STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781460757697
    Title: YEAR OF THE BEAST
    Author: CARROLL STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One of Australia's finest and most critically acclaimed writers returns with a powerful novel that goes back to the very beginning of the story, to bring his sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent close.

    Melbourne, 1917: the times are tumultuous, the city is in the grip of a kind of madness. The Great War is raging, and it is the time of the hotly contested second conscription referendum. Fights are raging on the streets, rallies for 'YES' and 'NO' facing off against each other on opposing corners. Men, women and children, jostling, brawling, fighting and spitting.

    Through these streets walks Maryanne, forty years old, unmarried and seven months pregnant. These are uncertain, dangerous times for a woman in her position. And she is facing a difficult choice - a choice which gets more urgent by the day - whether to give her child up for adoption as the Church insists she does, or to keep her child and face an uncertain future.

    An extraordinary powerful novel of a time, a city and a woman, The Year of the Beast is Steven Carroll at his best. A rhythmic, insistent and pulsing novel that tells a compelling story of mothers, families, and what it means to be an individual, standing against the surge of the crowd.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YEAR OF WONDERS
    YEAR OF WONDERS
    BROOKS GERALDINE
    ISBN: 9781841154589
    Title: YEAR OF WONDERS
    Author: BROOKS GERALDINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul during the most extraordinary year of 1666, when plague suddenly visited a small Derbyshire village and the villagers, inspired by a charismatic preacher, elected to quarantine themselves to limit the contagion.

    In 1666, plague scorched London, driving the King and his court to Oxford, and Samuel Pepys to Greenwich, to escape contagion. The north of England remained untouched until, in a small community of leadminers and hill farmers, a bolt of cloth arrived from the capital. The tailor who cut the cloth had no way of knowing that the damp fabric carried with it bubonic infection. So begins the Year of Wonders, in which a Pennine village of 350 souls confronts a scourge beyond remedy or understanding. Desperate, the villagers turn to sorcery, herb lore, and murderous witch-hunting. Then, led by a young and charismatic preacher, they elect to isolate themselves in a fatal quarantine.

    The story is told through the eyes of Anna Frith who, at only 18, must contend with the death of her family, the disintegration of her society, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit attraction. Geraldine Brooks' novel explores love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of 17th century science and religion to deal with a seemingly diabolical pestilence.

    Year of Wonders is also an eloquent memorial to the real-life Derbyshire villagers who chose to suffer alone during England's last great plague.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER
    YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER
    GLASFURD GUINEVERE
    ISBN: 9781473672307
    Title: YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER
    Author: GLASFURD GUINEVERE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever. By the Costa shortlisted author of The Words in My Hand.

    In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The artist, John Constable, sought refuge in Suffolk. As crops failed, the dispossessed rose up in rebellion, threatening to burn the old order to the ground.

    1815, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia
    Mount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail.

    1816.
    In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve. In Britain, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. As desperation sets in, Britain becomes racked with riots - rebellion is in the air.

    For fans of David Mitchell and Andrew Miller, THE YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER tells the story of a fateful year when temperatures fell and the summer failed to arrive. It is a story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost. Six separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora - but none could escape its effects.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YELLOW BIRD SINGS
    YELLOW BIRD SINGS
    ROSNER JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781529032437
    Title: YELLOW BIRD SINGS
    Author: ROSNER JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Poland, 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer's barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother's stories can sing the melodies Shira composes in her head.

    Róza does all she can to take care of Shira and shield her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róza must face an impossible choice: whether to keep her daughter close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go . . .

    The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YELLOW BIRDS
    YELLOW BIRDS
    POWERS KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781444756142
    Title: YELLOW BIRDS
    Author: POWERS KEVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war, by a young Iraq veteran and poet, THE YELLOW BIRDS is already being hailed as a modern classic.

    WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

    A soldier's broken promise ... a mother's loss ... an agonizing truth. THE YELLOW BIRDS gives a powerful, emotional insight into the human cost of war - its impact on soldiers, their families, and most of all what it is like to return home, but never be able to leave the memories behind. Kevin Powers served two terms as a machine gunner with the US army in Iraq. On his return, he was asked one question more than any other: "What was it like over there?"

    THE YELLOW BIRDS is his attempt to reckon with that question.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    CHABON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780007150939
    Title: YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska – and not Israel – had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II?

    In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra – but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow. Despite sensible protests from Berko, his half-Tlingit, half-Jewish partner, Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicide unit – also known as his fearsome ex-wife, Bina.‘The Yiddish Policemen's Union' interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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