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  • 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 ADULTS HERE
    ALL ADULTS HERE
    STRAUB EMMA
    ISBN: 9781405921602
    Title: ALL ADULTS HERE
    Author: STRAUB EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2020 New Release

    Coming of age isn't just for kids.

    In a small town in upstate New York, Astrid Strick - mother to three grown-up children - is keeping the kind of secret that once upon a time would have rocked the very foundations of her careful, suburban life. But thankfully the world is changing and, with it, her family. The time has come for Astrid to confront past mistakes and present truths. But is it too late to set things right?

    Astrid's youngest son, Nicky, is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her single daughter, Porter, is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence in time to greet a daughter. And her eldest, Elliot, seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which were the mistakes that mattered? It might be that only Astrid's thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Cecelia, and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

    Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in this deeply satisfying story about how to survive inside a family, no matter what follows us into adulthood. Whether you are the eldest, the youngest, the middle, the only - this is a book for the adult hiding in you.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALL MY CATS
    ALL MY CATS
    HRABAL BOHUMILL
    ISBN: 9780241422199
    Title: ALL MY CATS
    Author: HRABAL BOHUMILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    In the autumn of 1965, flush with the unexpected success of his first published books, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in Kersko, about an hour's drive east of Prague. From then until his death in 1997, he divided his time between Prague and Kersko, where he wrote and tended to a community of cats. Over the years, his relationship to them grew deeper, becoming a measure of the pressures, both private and public, that impinged on his life as a writer.

    All My Cats, written in 1983 after a serious car accident, is the chronicle of a cat lover who becomes overwhelmed by his cats and his life and is driven to the brink of madness by the dilemmas his indulgent love for the animals has created.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    DALTON TRENT
    ISBN: 9781460753903
    Title: ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    Author: DALTON TRENT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    The bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic.

    Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.

    A story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves, All Our Shimmering Skies is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies. It is a love letter to Australia and an ode to the art of looking up - a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel, abrim with warmth, wit and wonder.

    All Our Shimmering Skies is the follow-up to Boy Swallows Universe we could have never imagined, but the one Dalton was destined to gift us. It's a story of heroes and villains, foxes and water buffalo, fighter planes and birds of prey, real magic and real love, epitaphs and aphorisms, lost treasure and lost life. It's a love letter to the nation. It's your favourite childhood adventure story dictated by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and William Shakespeare, with a score by Franz Liszt. It's dead serious. It's completely ridiculous. It's all of these things and more.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    ATTENBERG JAMI
    ISBN: 9781788163255
    Title: ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS
    Author: ATTENBERG JAMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Victor Tuchman - a power-hungry real estate developer and an all-round bad man - is finally on his deathbed. His daughter Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he really was and what he did over the course of his life. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tight-lipped mother, Barbra.

    As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous married life. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores while bursting into crying fits. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward - with one another, for themselves and for the sake of their children.

    * The Washington Post Top Ten Books * Vanity Fair Fall's best new fiction * People Magazine Book of the Week * Time, Must-Read* BBC Culture Must-read *People Best Books of Fall 2019* Amazon, October Pick * Entertainment Weekly Must-read Books * Refinery29 Favourite Books of October * Vulture Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall* New York Observer Must-read * USA Today Must-Read * Salon Must-read *

    Imprint: Serpent's Tail
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    BOOTH OWEN
    ISBN: 9780008380243
    Title: ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    Author: BOOTH OWEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gloriously moving and entertaining, picaresque debut novel, about a young man's sentimental education in late 19th-Century Europe; inspired by a real historical figure: ‘Captain' Paul Boyton – the ‘Fearless Frogman'

    ‘“But who among you might assist me on this adventure?” the Captain shouts.

    And then the Captain's eyes fall on me, as was his plan all along, and he points me out, making sure just so's everyone can see.

    “What about you, sir?”

    “Me?”

    “A strong young man to journey with me across the wild continent, to support me in my life-saving work, and take the name of his village to the farthest corners of civilisation – and paid a wage, of course!”

    “Of course!” everyone shouts.'


    The 1880s are drawing to a close, and 14(-maybe-15)-year-old Daniel Bones fears that the prospects for him and his younger brother Will may be dimming with the century.

    For the motherless sons of a drunken blacksmith, life on a barren spit of land reaching into the Essex estuary holds little promise. Until one evening, from out of the water, there emerges the astonishing figure of Captain Clarke B: cigar-smoking daredevil adventurer, charlatan, casanova and inventor of the world-famous life-saving inflatable suit.

    As the Captain embarks on his ramshackle promotional tour of Europe, Daniel is sucked into his wake, on an adventure that will carry him through the waterways of the continent, encountering Kings and Princesses, wealthy widows, irate husbands, anarchists, arms dealers and shadowy power-brokers. It's an education beyond Dan's wildest imaginings, across countries undergoing the convulsions of all kinds of revolution, and one that will open his eyes, and his heart.

    But as he travels further into the dazzle of notoriety and the darkness that lies behind it, Dan's promise to return and rescue Will seems ever harder to keep. For in the Captain's world of smoke and mirrors it is all too easy to lose sight of who he is, or the man he ought to be…

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760788339
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'Stunning' Herald Sun

    A tender, coming-of-age novel from Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction-winning author Suzanne Daniel.

    The only things 11-year-old Allegra's grandmothers share are a deep love for her, their hatred for each other and the fence between their homes.

    Allegra is forced to divide herself into parts to appease those who profess to love her - but at what cost?

    WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2020

    'Stellar debut...a story of family, second-wave feminism, faith, friendship' Marie Claire

    'Will fly off the shelves into bookclub living rooms, where it will be admired for its imagination and heart.' Canberra Times

    'Allegra drew me into her life from the first page and I didn't want to leave. Funny, smart, tender and wise, this is a book to curl up with by the fire or basking on the beach. I loved it.' Liz Byrski

    'The momentum of the novel swings along at pace. Daniel's gift for authentic characters and her understanding of the way in which the past is tattooed on the present make this a delightfully thought-provoking romp.' Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ALMOST A MIRROR
    ALMOST A MIRROR
    KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    ISBN: 9781925760507
    Title: ALMOST A MIRROR
    Author: KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize

    Like fireflies to the light, Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge.

    With precision and richness Kirsten Krauth hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Filled with unforgettable characters, the novel is above all about the shapes that love can take and the many ways we express tenderness throughout a lifetime.

    As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    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 DIRT
    AMERICAN DIRT
    CUMMINS JEANINE
    ISBN: 9781472261410
    Title: AMERICAN DIRT
    Author: CUMMINS JEANINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.

    'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett

    'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' Stephen King

    FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

    Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

    Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.
    Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.
    Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

    Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

    For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.
    For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.
    For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

    Imprint: TINDER PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
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