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  • Animals (film tie-in)
    Animals (film tie-in)
    UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    ISBN: 9781838850333
    Title: Animals (film tie-in)
    Author: UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'There's no ceremony for friendship, is there?'
    'Believe me, if I could marry you too, Tyler, I would.'

    Laura and Tyler are best friends and drinking buddies. But things are set to change when Laura gets engaged to the man of Tyler's nightmares. Can their friendship survive? Or will growing up mean growing apart?

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ANTIDOTE TO A CURSE
    ANTIDOTE TO A CURSE
    CRISTINA JAMES
    ISBN: 9781925760033
    Title: ANTIDOTE TO A CURSE
    Author: CRISTINA JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Silvio Portelli returns to Melbourne after time spent teaching in England and rents a room from the charismatic octogenarian, Nancy Triganza. Nancy is having an elaborate aviary constructed to indulge her passion for birds. At a city sex shop, Silvio meets the mysterious Zlatko, a Bosnian immigrant and, in a previous life, a collector of rare birds. Silvio becomes obsessed with Zlatko, and his own journal and dreams begin to mirror Zlatko’s past, and in time the reality of what happened in Bosnia. Such revelations are counterpointed by Silvio’s own tense wait to learn the results of his tests for HIV. Bold in design, Antidote to a Curse is a story in which the hunter becomes the hunted, the writer the subject, and vice versa. Cristina lovingly captures Stalactites cafe where Zlatko and Silvio often meet, and a city enmeshed with Europe, both physically and in spirit. Rich with images and allusions yet grounded in the everyday Antidote to a Curse is a startling debut. Cristina subtly draws the reader deeper and deeper into a state of psychological obsession where only the truth can provide a way out.

    Imprint: TRANSIT LOUNGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIPODES
    ANTIPODES
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273790
    Title: ANTIPODES
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    ANTIPODES - stories which pinpoint the contrast between the old world and the new, between youth and age, love and hatred and even life and death itself. . .

    David Malouf is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed and popular poets and novelists. Now, with his first stunning collection of stories, which has won both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, he establishes himself as one of the most accomplished and provocative short-story writers of our time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780241248799
    Title: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times Bestselling and Man Booker Long-Listed author of My Name in Lucy Barton.

    Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

    Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possibleagain underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • APE AND ESSENCE
    APE AND ESSENCE
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099477785
    Title: APE AND ESSENCE
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the survivors. The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are quite unprepared for the moral degradation they meet. Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, told with all his knowledge and imaginative genius.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • APPLE AND KNIFE
    APPLE AND KNIFE
    PARAMADITHA INATN
    ISBN: 9781925704006
    Title: APPLE AND KNIFE
    Author: PARAMADITHA INATN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mara finds herself brainstorming an ad campaign for Free Maxi Pads, with a little help from the menstruation-eating hag of her childhood. Jamal falls in love with the rich and powerful Bambang, but it is the era of the smiling general and his naivety might get him recruited to Bambang’s brutal cause. Solihin would give anything to make dangdut singer Salimah his wife — anything at all.

    In the globally connected and fast-developing Indonesia of Apple and Knife, taboos, inversions, sex, and death all come together in a heady, intoxicating mix full of pointed critiques and bloody mutilations. Women carve out a place for themselves in this world, finding ways to subvert norms or enacting brutalities on themselves and each other.

    Readers will receive new insights into life as a woman in Indonesian society — seemingly different from the mainstream Australian experience, but maybe not so different after all.

    Imprint: BROW BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    MAKINE ANDREI
    ISBN: 9780857057938
    Title: ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
    Author: MAKINE ANDREI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin's reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction.

    Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army's ranks.

    Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga.

    But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life.

    Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARLINGTON PARK
    ARLINGTON PARK
    CUSK RACHEL
    ISBN: 9780571350926
    Title: ARLINGTON PARK
    Author: CUSK RACHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arlington Park is an ordinary English suburb. Over the course of a single day, the novel moves from one household to another, revealing its characters: Juliet, enraged at the victory of men over women in family life; Amanda, warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework; Solly, about to give birth to her fourth child; Maisie, struggling to accept provincial life; and Christine, the optimist and host of a dinner part where the neighbours come together.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780099524083
    Title: ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II--a piece that is as timely today as it was then--to a painfully funny short story about three privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegut's last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, with an introduction by the author's son, Mark Vonnegut. Armageddon in Retrospect says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    STEIN GARTH
    ISBN: 9780008347666
    Title: ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    Author: STEIN GARTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Soon to be a major motion picture, this heart-warming and inspirational tale follows Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together.

    A captivating and moving story of an extraordinary family, how they almost fell apart, and how they were brought back together again by the wisest and most loyal member – Enzo the dog.

    Heart-wrenching but deeply funny, The Art of Racing in the Rain is an uplifting tale about the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    LOPATE PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9780385423397
    Title: ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    Author: LOPATE PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this fertile genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal essays, including influential forerunners from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East, masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest personal essays from the last four centuries, editor Phillip Lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist, displays the tradition of the personal essay in all its historical grandeur, depth, and diversity.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ARTFUL
    ARTFUL
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241959572
    Title: ARTFUL
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, this title is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. It explores form, style, life, love, death, mortality, immortality and what art and writing can mean.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AS I LAY DYING
    AS I LAY DYING
    FAULKNER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780099479314
    Title: AS I LAY DYING
    Author: FAULKNER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ASK AGAIN YES
    ASK AGAIN YES
    KEANE MARY BETH
    ISBN: 9780241410912
    Title: ASK AGAIN YES
    Author: KEANE MARY BETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, two New York cops, live next door to each other outside the city in the 1970s. What happens behind closed doors in both houses - the loneliness of Francis's wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian's wife, Anne - sets the stage for the explosive events to come. When their children, Kate and Peter, form an immediate attachment, so too does a violent event divide the families and the Stanhopes are forced to move away. The children reconnect as adults and, as they fall in love, are forced to reckon with their shared past.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ASK THE DUST
    ASK THE DUST
    FANTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781786896209
    Title: ASK THE DUST
    Author: FANTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the great novels of LA, a semi-autobiographical story of a struggling writer.

    Arturo Bandini arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams. But the reality he finds is a city gripped by poverty.

    When he makes a small fortune from the publication of a short story, he reinvents himself, indulging in expensive clothes, fine food and downtown strip clubs. But Bandini's delusions take a worrying turn when he is drawn into a relationship with Camilla Lopez, a beautiful but troubled young woman who will be responsible for his greatest downfall.

    Ask the Dust is an unforgettable novel about outsiders looking in on a town built on celluloid dreams.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASYMMETRY
    ASYMMETRY
    HALLIDAY LISA
    ISBN: 9781783783625
    Title: ASYMMETRY
    Author: HALLIDAY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

    At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect?

    Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. It introduces a major new literary talent, writing about the world today with astonishing versatility, acuity and daring.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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