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  • ADVERSARY
    ADVERSARY
    SCOTT RONNIE
    ISBN: 9780143796640
    Title: ADVERSARY
    Author: SCOTT RONNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a house in Brunswick, summer is coming, and a young man is being strongly encouraged to go outside against his will. He says he's not a shut-in, but he certainly acts like one, spending all day taking hot showers and eating Vegemite toast. But when his housemate and best friend, Dan, gets a boyfriend, he is pushed out into the world, in search of friendship and love.

    Will he make friends with the mysterious shawl-wearing Chris L? Will he sleep with Vivian, the American who likes silk sheets, even in January? Or the internet guy, who drives back and forth from the gym all day and whose name he doesn't even know? Why do they all want to go to the pool all the time? Does he really have to go with them? He'd be happiest if Dan just came home . . .

    The Adversary is a sticky summer coming-of-age story about men exploring their sexuality and their sociability. It asks what kinds of stories are possible - or desirable - for which kinds of people, and what happens when you follow those stories to their natural conclusions.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    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 AUSTRALIA
    AFTER AUSTRALIA
    AHMAD MICHAEL MOHAMMED [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925972818
    Title: AFTER AUSTRALIA
    Author: AHMAD MICHAEL MOHAMMED [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, eleven of Australia's most daring Indigenous writers and writers of colour provide a glimpse of Australia as we head toward the year 2050.

    Featuring Ambelin Kwaymullina, Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Future D. Fidel, Karen Wyld, Khalid Warsame, Kaya

    Lattimore, Sarah Ross, Zoya Patel, Michelle Law and Hannah Donnelly. Edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad. Original

    concept by Lena Nahlous. Published by Affirm Press in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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 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
  • AFTERLAND
    AFTERLAND
    BEUKES LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780718182816
    Title: AFTERLAND
    Author: BEUKES LAUREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They'll call her a bad mother.

    Cole can live with that. Because when she breaks her son Miles out of the Male Protection Facility - designed to prevent him joining the 99% of men wiped off the face of the Earth - she's not just taking him back.

    She's setting him free.

    Leaving Miles in America would leave him as a lab experiment; a pawn in the hands of people who now see him as a treasure to be guarded, traded, and used. What kind of mother would stand by and watch her child suffer? But as their journey to freedom takes them across a hostile and changed country, freedom seems ever more impossible.

    It's time for Cole to prove just how far she'll go to protect her son.

    Afterland is an addictive new thriller from the Arthur C Clarke winner Lauren Beukes - coming soon.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    ABULHAWA SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781526618801
    Title: AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    Author: ABULHAWA SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    'A thrilling, defiant novel' FATIMA BHUTTO
    'A masterpiece' MARC LAMONT HILL
    'Wonderful ... Shines a ray of hope into some very dark places' MICHAEL PALIN
    'A fearless work of imagination' AHDAF SOUEIF


    Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award


    Nahr has been confined to the Cube- nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them.

    The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names.

    She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive.

    She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour- purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.

    Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY CIRCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • AGENCY
    AGENCY
    GIBSON WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780241974575
    Title: AGENCY
    Author: GIBSON WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2021 New Release

    They call Verity 'the app-whisperer', and she's just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas. Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she's ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid - which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity. Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there - and fixing it will require not only Eunice's unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future. A future which Verity soon fears may never be . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AKIN
    AKIN
    DONOGHUE EMMA
    ISBN: 9781529019988
    Title: AKIN
    Author: DONOGHUE EMMA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    From Emma Donoghue, the international bestselling author of Room comes Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family.


    A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets.

    Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France.

    This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

    Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akinis a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • 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
  • ALCHEMIST  -  25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    ALCHEMIST - 25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    COELHO PAULO
    ISBN: 9780062315007
    Title: ALCHEMIST - 25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: COELHO PAULO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALIAS GRACE
    ALIAS GRACE
    ATWOOD MARGARET
    ISBN: 9781860492594
    Title: ALIAS GRACE
    Author: ATWOOD MARGARET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend. Femme fatale. Or weak and unwilling victim. Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALIENS AND ANOREXIA
    ALIENS AND ANOREXIA
    KRAUS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781788160070
    Title: ALIENS AND ANOREXIA
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The searing sequel to Chris Kraus's bestselling cult classic I Love Dick.

    First published in 2000, Aliens & Anorexia defined a female form of chance that is both emotional and radical. Unfolding like a set of Chinese boxes, with storytelling and philosophy informing each other, the novel weaves together the lives of earnest visionaries and failed artists. Its characters include Simone Weil, the first radical philosopher of sadness; the artist Paul Thek; Kraus herself; and 'Africa,' Kraus's virtual S&M partner, who is shooting a big-budget Hollywood film in Namibia while Kraus holes up in the Northwest woods to chronicle the failure of Gravity & Grace, her own low-budget independent film.

    In Aliens & Anorexia, Kraus makes a case for empathy as the ultimate perceptive tool, and reclaims anorexia from the psychoanalytic girl-ghetto of poor 'self-esteem.' Anorexia, Kraus writes, could be an attempt to leave the body altogether: a rejection of the cynicism that this culture hands us through its food. As Palle Yourgrau writes in the book's new foreword, 'Kraus's rescue operation for aliens like Weil from behind enemy lines on planet Earth is a gift, if, in the end, like all good deeds, it remains-as Weil herself would be the first to insist-a fool's errand.'

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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