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  • ADJUSTMENT DAY
    ADJUSTMENT DAY
    PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    ISBN: 9781784708849
    Title: ADJUSTMENT DAY
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    pass the word only to those they trust most- Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

    In this ingeniously comic work, Chuck Palahniuk's first novel in four years, he does what he does best- skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new, disunited states.

    In this mind-blowing novel, Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    BELLOW SAUL
    ISBN: 9780141184869
    Title: ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
    Author: BELLOW SAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman. He is a 'born recruit', easily influenced by others who try to mould his destiny. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, can he attempt to break free.

    A modern day Everyman on an odyssey in search of reality and identity, Augie March is the star performer in Bellow's exuberant, richly observed human variety show.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFFINITY
    AFFINITY
    WATERS SARAH
    ISBN: 9781860496929
    Title: AFFINITY
    Author: WATERS SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870 s, AFFINITY is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale. Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London s most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AFTER DARK
    AFTER DARK
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099506249
    Title: AFTER DARK
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reality bends all the more acutely with lack of sleep in this stunning novel from the master of the surreal.

    The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. Later, Mari is interrupted a second time by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help. Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporific state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth - a sleeping beauty. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00 a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television's plug has been pulled. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9781784870355
    Title: AFTER MANY A SUMMER
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jo Stoyle is afraid of death. But Stoyle is also a millionaire, and so he pours his riches into scientific research, desperate to find the secret of immortality. This ruthless quest will enmesh everyone around him in a web of greed, seduction, murder and debasement. Written while he was living in California, this is Huxley's response to Hollywood's superficiality and obsession with youth, a powerful cautionary tale which employs all his customary wit and merciless insight.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AFTER MIDNIGHT
    AFTER MIDNIGHT
    KEUN IRMGARD
    ISBN: 9780241391822
    Title: AFTER MIDNIGHT
    Author: KEUN IRMGARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2020 New Release

    Nineteen-year-old Sanna just wants to drink her beer in peace, but that's difficult when Hitler has come to town and his motorcade is blocking the streets of Frankfurt. And now life seems more complicated every day. Her best friend Gerti is in love with a Jewish boy, her brother writes books that have been put on a black list and her own aunt may denounce her to the authorities at any moment...

    Keun's masterpiece, written after she had fled Nazi Germany, captures the hysteria and horror of the era with devastating vividness and redemptive humour.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AFTER THE FLOOD
    AFTER THE FLOOD
    MONTAG KASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9781460757819
    Title: AFTER THE FLOOD
    Author: MONTAG KASSANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Life is about more than just surviving...An unforgettable, inventive, and riveting epic saga about a mother, her daughter and their struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic flooded world, which signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent. It's 2031, and the world has been utterly transformed. After years of rising floodwaters, all that's left is an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water. Civilization as it once was is gone. Bands of pirates roam the waters, in search of goods and women to breed. Some join together to create a new kind of society, while others sail alone, barely surviving.Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, survive by fishing from their small boat, visiting small hamlets and towns on dry land to trade for supplies and information. The sole purpose of Myra's existence is to protect Pearl, while mourning the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was kidnapped during the last terrifying storm surge.For eight years Myra has searched for the girl that she knows, in her bones and her heart, still lives. In a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra hears that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment of raiders on the coast of what used to be Greenland. Throwing aside her usual caution, she and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas to rescue her.A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, exhilarating, action-packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder - an affecting and wholly original saga, both redemptive and astonishing.'The searing, often brutal story of a mother's terrifying quest to find her missing daughter in a post-apocalyptic world. Haunting and shocking.' Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish'[A] brilliantly imagined novel about love and desperation, set in an astonishing new world ... utterly gripping' Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author of The Last Widow'An intriguing and innovative woman-centered swashbuckling quest narrative' Publishers Weekly

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AFTER THE QUAKE
    AFTER THE QUAKE
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099448563
    Title: AFTER THE QUAKE
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tales of upheaval and confusion, longing and love in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake.

    The economy was booming. People had more money than they knew what to do with. And then the earthquake struck. For the characters in After the Quake, the Kobe earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has spent thirty years hating one man: a lover who destroyed her chances of having children. Did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Junpei's estranged parents live in Kobe. Should he contact them? Miyake left his family in Kobe to make midnight bonfires on a beach hundreds of miles away. Fourteen-year-old Sala has nightmares that the Earthquake Man is trying to stuff her inside a little box. Katagiri returns home to find a giant frog in his apartment on a mission to save Tokyo from a massive burrowing worm. 'When he gets angry, he causes earthquakes,' says Frog. 'And right now he is very, very angry.' This new collection of stories, from one of the world's greatest living writers, dissects the violence beneath the surface of modern Japan.

    Review: "In a dance with the delights of Murakami's imagination we experience the limitless possibilities of fiction. With these stories Murakami expands our hearts and minds yet again" The Times "Ushers the reader into a hallucinatory world where the real and surreal merge and overlap, where dreams and real-life nightmares are impossible to tell apart...this slender volume, deftly translated by Jay Rubin, may serve as a succinct introduction to his imaginative world...Lewis Carroll meets Kafka with a touch of Philip K. Dick" New York Times "Dazzlingly elegant...In a world where even the ground beneath our feet can't be relied on, imagination becomes less of a luxury and more of a duty. It's an obligation that Murakami is busily making his raison d'etre, to our very great advantage" Guardian "In the world of literary fiction, Haruki Murakami is unquestionably a superstar...Many critics have touted Murakami for the Nobel Prize. If he can stay on this kind of form, he could be in with a chance" Scotland on Sunday "Murakami is a unique writer, at once restrained and raw, plainspoken and poetic" Washington Post.


    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • AGATHA
    AGATHA
    BOMANN ANNE CATHRINE
    ISBN: 9781529361377
    Title: AGATHA
    Author: BOMANN ANNE CATHRINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release

    A psychiatrist is counting down towards his upcoming retirement. He lives alone in his childhood home and has neither friends nor family.

    Often, he resorts to drawing bird caricatures of his patients instead of taking notes. His social life consists of brief conversations with his meticulous secretary Madame Surrugue, who has reigned over the clinic for more than thirty years. The two of them have no relationship outside the office, where everything runs smoothly and uneventfully.

    Until one day, that is, when a young German woman called Agatha arrives and demands to see the doctor and he soon realizes that underneath her fragile exterior is a strong and fascinating woman. The doctor and Agatha embark upon a course of therapy together, a process that forces the doctor to confront his fear of true intimacy outside the clinic. But is it too late to reconsider your existence as a 71-year-old?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF ANXIETY
    AGE OF ANXIETY
    TOWNSHEND PETE
    ISBN: 9781473622944
    Title: AGE OF ANXIETY
    Author: TOWNSHEND PETE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE AGE OF ANXIETY is a great rock novel, but that is one of the less important things about it. The narrator is a brilliant creation - cultured, witty and unreliable. The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Pete Townshend's sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, THE AGE OF ANXIETY deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity.

    Imprint: CORONET
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGE OF IRON
    AGE OF IRON
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780241951019
    Title: AGE OF IRON
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Cape Town, South Africa, an elderly classics professor writes a letter to her distant daughter, recounting the strange and disturbing events of her dying days. She has been opposed to the lies and brutality of apartheid all her life, but now she finds herself coming face-to-face with its true horrors: the hounding by the police of her servant's son, the burning of a nearby black township, the murder by security forces of a teenage activist who seeks refuge in her house. Through it all, her only companion, the only person to whom she can confess her mounting anger and despair, is a homeless man who one day appears on her doorstep.

    In Age of Iron, J. M. Coetzee brings his searing insight and masterful control of language to bear on one of the darkest episodes of our times.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF IRON
    AGE OF IRON
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268112
    Title: AGE OF IRON
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I am falling, I think, I am falling- welcome sweet sleep. Then at the very edge of oblivion something looms up and pulls me back, something whose name can only be dread.

    Mrs Curren, a Cape Town classics professor, is an opponent of the apartheid regime who has nonetheless been sheltered from its worst horrors. Now she is dying of cancer. In her final days she must confront the violence, chaos and injustice of her own society. Then Mr Vercueil, a homeless alcoholic, is found sleeping beside her garage. Who is he, and why has he come to her?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF REASON
    AGE OF REASON
    SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141185286
    Title: AGE OF REASON
    Author: SARTRE JEAN-PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first volume in his Roads to Freedom trilogy, Jean-Paul Sartre's The Age of Reason is a philosophical novel exploring existentialist notions of freedom, translated by Eric Sutton with an introduction by David Caute in Penguin Modern Classics.

    Set in the volatile Paris summer of 1938, The Age of Reason follows two days in the life of Mathieu Delarue, a philosophy teacher, and his circle in the cafes and bars of Montparnasse. Mathieu has so far managed to contain sex and personal freedom in conveniently separate compartments. But now he is in trouble, urgently trying to raise 4,000 francs to procure a safe abortion for his mistress, Marcelle. Beyond all this, filtering an uneasy light on his predicament, rises the distant threat of the coming of the Second World War.

    Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was an iconoclastic French philosopher, novelist, playwright and, widely regarded as the central figure in post-war European culture and political thinking. Sartre famously refused the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964 on the grounds that 'a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution'. His most well-known works, all of which are published by Penguin, include The Age of Reason, Nausea and Iron in the Soul.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGENCY
    AGENCY
    GIBSON WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780241237229
    Title: AGENCY
    Author: GIBSON WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    San Francisco, 2017.

    In an alternate time track, Hillary Clinton won the election and Donald Trump's political ambitions were thwarted.

    London, 22nd century. Decades of cataclysmic events have killed 80 per cent of humanity. A shadowy start-up hires a young woman named Verity to test a new product- a 'cross-platform personal avatar' that was developed by the military as a form of artificial intelligence.

    Meanwhile, characters in the distant future are using technological time travel to interfere with the election unfolding in 2017. . .

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AKIN
    AKIN
    DONOGHUE EMMA
    ISBN: 9781529019971
    Title: AKIN
    Author: DONOGHUE EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his long-awaited first trip back to Nice, but he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of his eleven-year-old great-nephew and he urgently needs someone to take him in.

    Plagued by guilt and a feeling of duty to his dead sister, Noah agrees to foster the kid 'just for couple of weeks' and takes him along on his visit to Nice. This unlikely duo, both feeling adrift in their lives and suffering from culture shock, argue about everything from steak frites to Snapchat.
    Noah is disappointed by how much Nice has changed since he left. When sharp-eyed Michael identifies the historic Hotel Excelsior in one of Noah's photographs, they decide to check in - but once inside their luxury suite, Noah's perception of his ancestral heritage starts to crack.

    Shocking stories of the Nazi occupation surface: a hotel re-purposed for torture, a secret resistance movement, and Noah's mysterious mother on the front lines of history. As dark truths about this famous tourist mecca come to light, Noah learns to appreciate Michael's street-smart wit and ease with technology. He finally grasps the great risks people in all ages have taken for their kin.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALCHEMIST   -   30th Anniversary Edition
    ALCHEMIST - 30th Anniversary Edition
    COELHO PAULO
    ISBN: 9780062884107
    Title: ALCHEMIST - 30th Anniversary Edition
    Author: COELHO PAULO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world for 30 years.

    This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.

    Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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