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  • 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
  • ALL AMONG THE BARLEY
    ALL AMONG THE BARLEY
    HARRISON MELISSA
    ISBN: 9781408897980
    Title: ALL AMONG THE BARLEY
    Author: HARRISON MELISSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember. In the fields and villages around her beloved Wych Farm, however, the Great War still casts a shadow over a community impoverished by economic depression and threatened by change. Change, too, is coming to Edie, who at fourteen must soon face the unsettling pressures of adulthood.
    Glamorous outsider Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading rural traditions and beliefs, urging all who will listen to resist progress and return to the old ways but some wonder whether there might be more to the older woman than meets the eye. As harvest approaches and the future of Wych Farm itself grows uncertain, Edie must somehow find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.
    A masterful evocation of the rhythms of the natural world and pastoral life, All Among the Barley is a powerful novel about influence, the lessons of history and the dangers of nostalgia.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
    ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
    REMARQUE ERICH MARIA
    ISBN: 9780099532811
    Title: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
    Author: REMARQUE ERICH MARIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One by one the boys begin to fall... In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'.
    With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9780143791034
    Title: ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

    Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?

    Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.

    It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

    Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman's present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE  -  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2015
    ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2015
    DOERR ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780007548699
    Title: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2015
    Author: DOERR ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most acclaimed and bestselling books of 2014. An epic novel set during WW2, from the prize-winner Anthony Doerr.

    When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

    Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
    ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
    MCCARTHY CORMAC
    ISBN: 9780330510936
    Title: ALL THE PRETTY HORSES
    Author: MCCARTHY CORMAC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised; a place where dreams are paid for in blood. All the Pretty Horses is an acknowledged masterpiece and a grand love story: a novel about childhood passing, along with innocence and a vanished American age. Steeped in the wisdom that comes only from loss, it is a magnificent parable of responsibility, revenge and survival.Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this is one of the essential Picador novels reissued in a beautiful new series style.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760781712
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

    Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'. And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

    Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALTRUISTS
    ALTRUISTS
    RIDKER ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781787331686
    Title: ALTRUISTS
    Author: RIDKER ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A razor-sharp, darkly funny novel from a sparkling new talentArthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can't afford his mortgage, he's exasperated his much younger girlfriend, and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money - the small fortune his late wife Francine kept secret, which she bequeathed directly to his children.Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's Box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories - memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.Spanning New York, Paris, Boston, St. Louis, and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe, The Altruists is a darkly funny (and ultimately tender) family saga in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen and Zadie Smith. It's a novel about money, privilege, politics, campus culture, dating, talk therapy, rural sanitation, infidelity, kink, the American beer industry, and what it means to be a 'good person'.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY
    AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY
    CHABON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781841154930
    Title: AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York and the Arctic.

    One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay's cramped New York bedroom, his nerve-racking escape from Prague finally achieved. Little does he realise that this is the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and even more fruitful business partnership. Together they create a comic strip called 'The Escapist', its superhero a Nazi-busting saviour who liberates the oppressed around the world. The Escapist makes their fortune, but Joe can think of only one thing: how can he effect a real-life escape, and free his family from the tyranny of Hitler?

    Michael Chabon's exceptional novel is a thrilling tight-rope walk between high comedy and bitter tragedy, and confirms his position as one of the most inventive and daring of contemporary American writers. In Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, he has created two unforgettable characters bound together by love, family and cartoons.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN GODS
    AMERICAN GODS
    GAIMAN NEIL
    ISBN: 9780755322817
    Title: AMERICAN GODS
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break...

    Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMERICAN MARRIAGE   -   Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    JONES TAYARI
    ISBN: 9781760894313
    Title: AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    Author: JONES TAYARI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

    An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

    Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.

    Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward – with hope and pain – into the future.

    ‘Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.’
    Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    ‘A stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams.’
    Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

    ‘A heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded.’
    Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children


    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN PASTORAL
    AMERICAN PASTORAL
    ROTH PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781784875541
    Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL
    Author: ROTH PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New to Vintage Classics, this is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exposed the American psyche. Still profoundly resonant today, it confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

    'Swede' Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, lucrative business, sporting prowess and good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until one sunny day in 1968, when Swede's daughter, Merry, commits an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism and the Levov family is plunged into mayhem. This is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and that still profoundly resonates today.

    'A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years' Financial Times

    'A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel' The Times

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN PSYCHO
    AMERICAN PSYCHO
    ELLIS BRET EASTON
    ISBN: 9781447277705
    Title: AMERICAN PSYCHO
    Author: ELLIS BRET EASTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Irvine Welsh.

    Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?

    Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . .

    American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMSTERDAM
    AMSTERDAM
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780099272779
    Title: AMSTERDAM
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.

    Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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