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  • ANGELS GAME
    ANGELS GAME
    ZAFON CARLOS RUIZ
    ISBN: 9781921656712
    Title: ANGELS GAME
    Author: ZAFON CARLOS RUIZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
    ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781787302525
    Title: ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

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

    George Orwell's fable of revolutionary farm animals - the steadfast horses Boxer and Clover, the opportunistic pigs Snowball and Napoleon, and the deafening choir of sheep - who overthrow their elitist human master only to find themselves subject to a new authority, is one of the most famous warnings ever written.

    Rejected by such eminent publishing figures as Victor Gollancz, Jonathan Cape and T.S. Eliot due to its daringly open criticism of Stalin, Animal Farm was published to great acclaim by Martin Secker and Warburg on 17 August 1945. One reviewer wrote 'In a hundred years' time perhaps Animal Farm ... may simply be a fairy story- today it is a fairy story with a good deal of point.'

    Seventy-five years since its first publication, Orwell's immortal satire remains an unparalleled masterpiece and more relevant than ever.

    The Authoritative Text. With an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

    *This stunning edition of Animal Farm features period artwork by Elizabeth Friedlander, one of Europe's pre-eminent 20th-century graphic designers. Look out for complementary editions of Orwell's essential works Nineteen Eighty-Four and Down and Out in Paris and London.*

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • ANIMAL FARM    (graphic novel)
    ANIMAL FARM (graphic novel)
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241391853
    Title: ANIMAL FARM (graphic novel)
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    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: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMAL WIFE
    ANIMAL WIFE
    EHRILCH LARA
    ISBN: 9781597098847
    Title: ANIMAL WIFE
    Author: EHRILCH LARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    A short story collection about women's transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters

    'In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks,' said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealised alternative.

    The fifteen stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A proofreader cultivates a cage-fighting alter ego. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den.

    Animal Wife was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, who says of the collection, 'From the first sentence Animal Wife grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women.'

    Imprint: Red Hen Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMALS
    ANIMALS
    UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    ISBN: 9781782112136
    Title: ANIMALS
    Author: UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sometimes friendship is the only true love story . . . Now a major new film starring Holliday Grainger

    'There's no ceremony for friendship, is there? If you go ahead with this wedding then you realise that what you're actually saying is that your friendship with me is not meaningful and durable. That,' she sipped her wine victoriously, 'is the logical conclusion.' '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. Can their friendship survive? Or will growing up mean growing apart?

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    ISBN: 9781925849530
    Title: ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    Author: MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

    Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

    As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu- its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals - first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

    Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    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
  • ANTKIND : A Novel
    ANTKIND : A Novel
    KAUFMAN CHARLIE
    ISBN: 9780008319489
    Title: ANTKIND : A Novel
    Author: KAUFMAN CHARLIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar (R)-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

    B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider – a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete. Convinced that the film will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core, that it might possibly be the greatest movie ever made, B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: the film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

    All that’s left is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the work of art that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of “likes” and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d’être.

    A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself – the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    BACKMAN FREDRIK
    ISBN: 9780718186623
    Title: ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    Author: BACKMAN FREDRIK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is . . . empty.

    In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it's clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands- How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And- What is WRONG with people these days?

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APE AND ESSENCE
    APE AND ESSENCE
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099477785
    Title: APE AND ESSENCE
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • APEIROGON
    APEIROGON
    MCCANN COLUM
    ISBN: 9781526607911
    Title: APEIROGON
    Author: MCCANN COLUM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nothing like any book you've ever read' MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
    'A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart' KAMILA SHAMSIE
    Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.

    Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member ofthe border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet.

    The men become the best of friends.

    In this epic novel named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, it is a book for our times from a writer at the height of his powers.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPLE AND KNIFE
    APPLE AND KNIFE
    PARAMADITHA INATN
    ISBN: 9781925704006
    Title: APPLE AND KNIFE
    Author: PARAMADITHA INATN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    MEAD RACHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925972634
    Title: APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    Author: MEAD RACHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tash and Joel are career paramedics, coming to the rescue of Adelaide residents of every class, culture and age. In a job where every day can bring death and violence, they maintain their sanity through a friendship built on black humour. But as the daily exposure to trauma begins to take its toll, both, in different ways, must fight to preserve their mental health and relationships - even with one another. How much pressure can Tash and Joel handle, and what happens when they finally crack?

    With each chapter revolving around an emergency - some frightening, some moving, some simply funny - THE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE is as tense as it is engaging. Digging beneath the shocking surface of gore and grit, Rachael Mead lays bare the humanity of emergency services personnel and their patients.

    Masterfully written, THE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE is a breathtaking and deeply human debut novel that reveals not only the trauma of a life lived on the frontline of medicine, but also the essential, binding friendships that make such a life possible.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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