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  • VINTAGE 1954
    VINTAGE 1954
    LAURAIN ANTOINE
    ISBN: 9781910477670
    Title: VINTAGE 1954
    Author: LAURAIN ANTOINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'The very quintessence of French romance...' The Times

    When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties.

    The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who's on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows.

    But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence...

    Imprint: GALLIC BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • VIRAGO BOOK OF WITCHES
    VIRAGO BOOK OF WITCHES
    HUSAIN SHAHRUKH [ED]
    ISBN: 9780349012605
    Title: VIRAGO BOOK OF WITCHES
    Author: HUSAIN SHAHRUKH [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of more than fifty stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from China, Siberia, the Caribbean, Armenia, Portugal and Australia. The characters featured include Italy's Witch Bea-Witch, Lilith, Kali, and Twitti Glyn Hec. Alluring women, enchantresses, wise old ladies and bewitching women: they are all here and ready to haunt, entice, possess, transform, challenge - and sometimes even to help.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • VIRGIN SUICIDES
    VIRGIN SUICIDES
    EUGENIDES JEFFREY
    ISBN: 9780007524303
    Title: VIRGIN SUICIDES
    Author: EUGENIDES JEFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys - commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humour and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. The Virgin Suicides was dapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • VISIONS OF GERARD
    VISIONS OF GERARD
    KEROUAC JACK
    ISBN: 9780241389010
    Title: VISIONS OF GERARD
    Author: KEROUAC JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood - -the wisdom, anguish, intensity, innocence, evil, insight, suffering, delight, and shock -- as they were revealed in the short tragic-happy life of his saintly brother, Gerard.

    Set in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, it is an unsettling, beautiful, and sad exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • VISITANTS - TEXT CLASSICS
    VISITANTS - TEXT CLASSICS
    STOW RANDOLPH
    ISBN: 9781925240276
    Title: VISITANTS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: STOW RANDOLPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Patrol Officer Alistair Cawdor commits suicide on a small island off New Guinea a colonial inquest is launched. Five witnesses are called to give testimony: the government interpreter, the territory's cadet officer, a planter who claims ownership of the island, one of his servants and the son of the local chief.

    Each has a disturbing story to tell. Cawdor's secret past will eventually be put together, piece by damning piece. But what of the ominous newcomer Metusela, and the unidentified visitant that has inspired a cargo cult?

    First published in 1979, Randolph Stow's novel Visitants was informed by the author's own time in the Trobriand Islands two decades earlier. It is one of the most potent examinations of Australian colonialism.

    'A brilliant, ambitious novel.' Sydney Morning Herald

    'Tautly and vibrantly written, and brilliantly evocative of its Trobriand Islands setting.' Australian Book Review



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
  • VIVISECTOR
    VIVISECTOR
    WHITE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780143791010
    Title: VIVISECTOR
    Author: WHITE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Patrick White masterpiece

    Hurtle Duffield, a painter, is incapable of loving anything except what he paints. The men and women who court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art. He is the vivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision- his sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion, and the passionate illusions of his mistress Hero Pavloussi.

    It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VOSS
    VOSS
    WHITE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781742756882
    Title: VOSS
    Author: WHITE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The novel that put Australian literature on the map is now in a Vintage Classic edition.

    Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a nave young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality. From the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert, Patrick White's novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosity.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VOYAGE
    VOYAGE
    BAIL MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781922147837
    Title: VOYAGE
    Author: BAIL MURRAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Frank Delage, piano manufacturer from Sydney, travels to Vienna, a city immersed in music, to present the Delage concert grand. He hopes to impress with its technical precision, its improvement on the old pianos of Europe. How could he not know his piano is all wrong for Vienna? Perhaps he should have tried Berlin. But a chance meeting with Amalia von Schalla brings new possibilities for Delage - connections, a meeting with her daughter Elisabeth, and dinner with an avant garde composer. Now travelling home, on a container ship, with Elisabeth, Frank Delage can begin to tell the real story. The Voyage is a masterly novel by a great writer at the peak of his powers.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    FANTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781786891655
    Title: WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    Author: FANTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rediscovered classic about frustrated masculinity in America's Great Depression.

    For Arturo Bandini, oldest son of Italian immigrants living in small-town Colorado during the Great Depression, the winter proves harsh. When his father seemingly abandons his family, Arturo is left to pick up the pieces, even as turmoil rages within him.

    With its evocative account of grinding poverty, tragic love affairs and tumultuous adolescence, this first novel from the Bandini quartet is a much-neglected masterpiece of modern American literature.

    Introduced by Dan Fante

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WAITING
    WAITING
    SALOM PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781922186836
    Title: WAITING
    Author: SALOM PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Waiting is a story of two odd couples in prose as marvellously idiosyncratic as its characters. Big is a hefty cross-dresser and Little is little. Both are long used to the routines of boarding house life in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, but Little, with the prospect of an inheritance, is beginning to indulge in the great Australian dream, which has Big worried. Little’s cousin, Angus, is a solitary man who designs lake-scapes for city councils, and strangely constructed fireproof houses for the bushfire zone. A handy man, he meets Jasmin an academic who races in her ideas as much as in her runners. Her head is set on publishing books on semiotics and her heart is turned towards her stalled personal life. All four are waiting, for something if not someone.

    Antoni Jach has called Waiting "a bittersweet tale of the marginalised and the searching." and that it is "Weirdly moving, tender and insightful", while John Clarke has praised Salom as "a wonderful storyteller". Sue Woolfe says Waiting contains: "flashes of poetry and sudden insight and such profound compassion (it) should be labelled – WARNING: Could make the reader kinder".

    Imprint: PUNCHER AND WATTMANN PUBL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WAITING FOR BOJANGLES
    WAITING FOR BOJANGLES
    BOURDEAUT OLIVIER
    ISBN: 9781501175091
    Title: WAITING FOR BOJANGLES
    Author: BOURDEAUT OLIVIER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An “oddball fairy tale” (The New York Times)-shortlisted for one of France's highest literary prizes-a dark, funny, and wholly charming novel about a young boy and his eccentric family, who grapple with the realities of mental illness in unique and whimsical ways. A young boy lives with his madcap parents, Louise and George, and an exotic bird in a Parisian apartment, where the unopened mail rises in a tower by the door and his parents dance each night to Nina Simone's mellifluous classic “Mister Bojangles.” As his mother, mesmerizing and unpredictable, descends deeper into her own mind, it is up to the boy and his father to keep her safe-and, when that fails, happy. Fleeing Paris for a country home in Spain, they come to understand that some of the most radiant people bear the heaviest burdens. Told from the perspective of a young boy who idolizes his parents-and from George's journals, detailing his epic love story with his wife-Waiting for Bojangles is a “lighthearted and yet sorrowful tale” (San Francisco Chronicle) that will stay with you long after the final page.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
    WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781925773866
    Title: WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do you eradicate contempt, especially when that contempt is founded on noting more substantial than differences in table manners, variations in the structure of the eyelid? Shall I tell you what I sometimes wish? I wish that these barbarians would rise up and teach us a lesson, so that we would learn to respect them.

    After twenty years of peacefully running one of the Empire's settlements, a magistrate takes pity on an enemy barbarian who has been tortured. He enters into an awkward intimate relationship with her, and then is himself imprisoned as an enemy of the state.

    Waiting for the Barbarians is a disturbing political fable about oppression, the fraught desire for reparation, and about living with a troubled conscience under an unjust regime. In examining who we think we are, Coetzee probes our dreams, thoughts, shame and desires.

    In awarding the Nobel Prize to Coetzee in 2003, the committee called this lauded novel 'a political thriller in the tradition of Joseph Conrad, in which the idealist's naivete opens the gates to horror'.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WALL
    WALL
    LANCHESTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780571298730
    Title: WALL
    Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Masterly...A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.' - Guardian

    'A 1984 for our times.' - Daily Express

    Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.

    If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.

    The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.

    But what if something did happen - if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?

    Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own - and about what might be found when all is lost.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WANDERING
    WANDERING
    PARAMADITHA INTAN
    ISBN: 9781787301184
    Title: WANDERING
    Author: PARAMADITHA INTAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A choose-your-own-adventure-style novel about travelling the world and the politics and privileges of global mobility.

    The Wandering's jumping off point is the story of Dorothy and her ruby slippers, which readers are invited to slip on, allowing them to roam on a path of their own choosing between New York, Berlin, Jakarta, Lima and beyond.

    Sydney-based Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha has been heralded as one of a growing group of brilliant female writers 'giving strength to Indonesian literature's newly empowered female voice' (South China Morning Post). Paramaditha's writing is exhilaratingly wild, fun and feminist, and she digs deep into ideas surrounding desire, identity and isolation, the highs and lows of global nomadism, and the freedoms and limitations of the choices we make.

    The Wandering is fierce and unconventional, inviting readers to step out of their comfort zones and to empathise with other people.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WANTING
    WANTING
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780143790792
    Title: WANTING
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The bestselling, universally lauded novel of desire and its denial from acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.

    Van Diemen's Land, 1841. Mathinna, the adopted Aboriginal daughter of the island's governor, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, sits for her portrait. She is the subject of a grand experiment in civilisation - one that will determine whether science and reason can be imposed in place of savagery and desire.

    Years pass. Sir John Franklin disappears on an Arctic expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. England is horrified as reports of cannibalism filter back from search parties, no one more so than the most celebrated novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, for whom Franklin's story becomes a means to plumb the frozen depths of his own soul.

    As several lives become entwined, Wanting transforms the classical myth of Leda and the swan into a novel about the ways in which desire - and its denial - shape us all.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WAR LORD
    WAR LORD
    CORNWELL BERNARD
    ISBN: 9780008183967
    Title: WAR LORD
    Author: CORNWELL BERNARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    THE FINAL BATTLE AWAITS…The epic conclusion to the globally bestselling historical series, coming October 2020. England is under attack. Chaos reigns. Northumbria, the last kingdom, is threatened by armies from all sides, by land and sea – and only one man stands in their way. Torn between loyalty and sworn oaths, the warrior king Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg faces his greatest ever battle – and prepares for his ultimate fate…

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
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