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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
  • 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: April 2020 New Release

    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: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ALMOST A MIRROR
    ALMOST A MIRROR
    KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    ISBN: 9781925760507
    Title: ALMOST A MIRROR
    Author: KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
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