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  • AMNESTY
    AMNESTY
    ADIGA ARAVIND
    ISBN: 9781509879045
    Title: AMNESTY
    Author: ADIGA ARAVIND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    Danny - Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

    But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • AMY AND ISABELLE
    AMY AND ISABELLE
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781849833042
    Title: AMY AND ISABELLE
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Isabelle Goodrow has been living in self-imposed exile with her daughter Amy for 15 years. Shamed by her past and her affair with Amy's father she has submerged herself in the routine of her dead-end job and her unrequited love for her boss. But when Amy, frustrated by her quiet and unemotional mother, embarks on an illicit affair with her maths teacher, the disgrace intensifies the shame Isabelle feels about her own past.

    Throughout one long, sweltering summer as the events of the small town ebb and flow around them Amy and Isabelle exist in silent conflict until a final act leads ultimately to the understanding they both crave.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    ISHIGURO KAZUO
    ISBN: 9780571330386
    Title: AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    Author: ISHIGURO KAZUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A special edition of Kazuo Ishiguo's classic novel to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a new introduction by the author.

    It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273844
    Title: AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the first century A. D. , Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea.

    From these sparse facts, one of out most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer.

    What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    MAGUIRE EMILY
    ISBN: 9781760553562
    Title: AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    Author: MAGUIRE EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.

    Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts only experience can bring.

    As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanation - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

    An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.

    PRAISE FOR EMILY MAGUIRE

    "At the heart of ... Emily Maguire's work lies an urgent need to pull away at the interconnecting threads of morality, society and human relationships." Sydney Morning Herald

    "what you get, along with a sharp mind and a keenness to investigate cultural confusions, is an engaging ability to put the vitality of the story first." Weekend Australian

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN UNTAMED STATE
    AN UNTAMED STATE
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119827
    Title: AN UNTAMED STATE
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

    An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a wilful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANANSI BOYS
    ANANSI BOYS
    GAIMAN NEIL
    ISBN: 9780755305094
    Title: ANANSI BOYS
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bursting with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancee, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE : LITERATURE AS A WAY OF LIFE
    ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE : LITERATURE AS A WAY OF LIFE
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780300181449
    Title: ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE : LITERATURE AS A WAY OF LIFE
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Literary criticism, as I attempt to practice it," writes Harold Bloom in The Anatomy of Influence, "is in the first place literary, that is to say, personal and passionate." For more than half a century, Bloom has shared his profound knowledge of the written word with students and readers. In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads us through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. The result is "a critical self-portrait," a sustained meditation on a life lived with and through the great works of the Western canon: Why has influence been my lifelong obsessive concern? Why have certain writers found me and not others? What is the end of a literary life? Featuring extended analyses of Bloom's most cherished poets-Shakespeare, Whitman, and Crane-as well as inspired appreciations of Emerson, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Ashbery, and others, The Anatomy of Influence adapts Bloom's classic work The Anxiety of Influence to show us what great literature is, how it comes to be, and why it matters. Each chapter maps startling new literary connections that suddenly seem inevitable once Bloom has shown us how to listen and to read. A fierce and intimate appreciation of the art of literature on a scale that the author will not again attempt, The Anatomy of Influence follows the sublime works it studies, inspiring the reader with a sense of something ever more about to be.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • AND SONS
    AND SONS
    GILBERT DAVID
    ISBN: 9780007552818
    Title: AND SONS
    Author: GILBERT DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who is A. N. Dyer? For fans of 'The Art of Fielding' and 'Wonder Boys' - this is the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide. The Manhattan funeral of Charles Henry Topping would have been a minor affair but for the identity of the eulogist: reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel 'Ampersand' stands as a classic of teenage angst. Now Andrew Newbold Dyer takes stock of his own life, the people he's hurt and the novel that will endure as his legacy. He realises he must reunite with his three sons before it's too late. Eldest son Richard is a screenwriter in Californian exile. In the middle is Jamie, who has spent his life capturing the sorrow that surrounds him. And last is Andy, now a pupil at the boarding school that inspired 'Ampersand'. It is only when the hidden purpose of the reunion comes to light do the sons realise what's at stake - for their father, themselves and three generations of Dyers. Daring, entertaining and insightful, '& Sons' establishes David Gilbert as a writer to be treasured.


    Review: 'Richly entertaining ... beautifully realised and very funny ... A book [which] has the rare quality of being funny without being silly, serious without being solemn, and powerfully moving without being either sentimental or coercive' Guardian

    'This is a magisterial novel, complex, sophisticated, filled with literary play ... Impressive stuff from a serious talent' Daily Mail

    'A sprawling family saga of moneyed New York, written in highly wrought prose replete with Updikean flourishes. We immediately identify Gilbert with Franzen and his realist forebears ... There is much to admire in "& Sons", it is ambitious and often beautiful' Observer 'Hugely energetic ... engrossing and superbly done ... His novel's 400-plus pages zip by in a rush of accessible, highbrowish pleasure ...

    [An] intelligent, enthralling novel' Sunday Times 'I was floored by the sparkle and brilliance ... superbly written, wonderfully entertaining and often outrageously funny' Times '[An] elegant, witty second novel ... Gilbert's stylistic gifts are beyond question, and the novel is rich in well-turned phrases ...
    The novel is also very funny ... At the heart of the book is a reunion of the Dyers, a scene as closely observed as anything in Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" ... This is a terrific social comedy' Sunday Telegraph, Seven 'A singularly brilliant novel ... [which] marks David Gilbert out as a writer of exceptional talent' Literary Review 'A breathtaking work of a sweep that we rarely see over here tackling themes at the very heart of existence itself ... a tour de force ... This is a huge new talent on the scene. Greatness awaits' Sunday Express



    Author Biography: David Gilbert is the author of the short-story collection 'Remote Feed' and the novel 'The Normals'. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, GQ and Bomb. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children


    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE : New and Collected Essays
    AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE : New and Collected Essays
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780857989246
    Title: AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE : New and Collected Essays
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?'

    Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill.
    Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.09
  • ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    FRAME JANET
    ISBN: 9780143791065
    Title: ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    Author: FRAME JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a heartfelt introduction from Jane Campion. Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections.

    Gathered here in a single edition are the three parts of Janet Frame's autobiography. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student and years of incarceration in mental hospitals (essentially for wanting to pursue a career as a poet), followed eventually by her entry into the saving world of writers and the 'Mirror City' that sustains them. This is not just the records of a life but also the flourishing of a writer's career. Janet Frame accomplishes 'the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors'.

    All three volumes of this autobiography - To The Is-Land (1983), An Angel At My Table (1984) and The Envoy From The Mirror City (1985) have won major literary prizes. Internationally lauded director Jane Campion made a film of An Angel At My Table that won international jury prizes at Venice, Toronto and other film festivals. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANGELS
    ANGELS
    JOHNSON DENIS
    ISBN: 9780099440833
    Title: ANGELS
    Author: JOHNSON DENIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Prose of amazing power and stylishness' Philip Roth

    ‘A dazzling and savage first novel’ New York Times

    Angels tells the story of two born losers. Jamie has ditched her husband and is running away with her two baby girls. Bill is dreaming of making it big in a life of crime. They meet on a Greyhound bus and decide to team up.

    So begins a stunning, tragic odyssey through the dark underbelly of America – the bars, bus stations, mental wards and prisons that play host to Jamie and Bill as they find themselves trapped in a downward spiral though rape, alcohol, drugs and crime, to madness and death.

    From the author of Tree of Smoke, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANGELS GAME
    ANGELS GAME
    ZAFON CARLOS RUIZ
    ISBN: 9781921656712
    Title: ANGELS GAME
    Author: ZAFON CARLOS RUIZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prequel to the bestselling The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game takes us to the turbulent Barcelona of the 1920s and the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It's a spellbinding love story about the power of storytelling.

    Struggling writer David Martin drives himself to ill-health writing steamy melodramas while he works on his own masterpiece and yearns for the unattainable Cristina. When his novel is published to scathing reviews and is quickly buried, David makes an impossible deal with a mysterious French publisher- in exchange for his life and a fortune, he must write a book that will change people's lives.

    The task is daunting and the stakes are perilously high. And as he begins to discover the secrets of the old abandoned mansion he lives in he finds himself falling deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth of his soul.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMAL FARM
    ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781922147738
    Title: ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'

    Drunken Mr Jones of Manor Farm has neglected his livestock for too long. In a burst of insurgent fervour they rise up and he is deposed, with the pigs taking charge of the newly named Animal Farm. Everything runs smoothly, productivity soars, and all animals are well-fed and happy.

    But the further away the memory of the revolution, the more distant seem its ideals - and when Boxer the workhorse is betrayed, the horrifying extent of the pigs' corruption is revealed.

    Orwell's 'fairy story', a scathing satire of Soviet communism, is as potent now as it was in 1945. Animal Farm is one of literature's most electrifying examinations of power and corruption.



    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • ANIMAL FARM   -   Graphic Novel
    ANIMAL FARM - Graphic Novel
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241391846
    Title: ANIMAL FARM - Graphic Novel
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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