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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: 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
  • 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: April 2020 New Release

    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
  • 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
  • APEIROGON
    APEIROGON
    MCCANN COLUM
    ISBN: 9781526607911
    Title: APEIROGON
    Author: MCCANN COLUM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    '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: 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
  • ARIA
    ARIA
    HOZAR NAZANINE
    ISBN: 9780241417911
    Title: ARIA
    Author: HOZAR NAZANINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    In Iran, 1953, a driver named Behrouz discovers an abandoned baby in an alleyway. When he adopts her, naming her Aria, he has no idea how profoundly this fiery, blue-eyed orphan will shape his future.

    As she grows, Aria is torn between the three women fated to mother her- the wife of Behrouz, who beats her; the wealthy widow Fereshteh, who offers her refuge but cannot offer her love, and the impoverished Mehri, whose secrets will shatter everything Aria thought she knew about her life.

    Meanwhile, the winds of change are stirring in Tehran. Rumours are spreading of a passionate religious exile in Paris called Khomeini, who seems to offer a new future for the country. In the midst of this tumult, Aria falls in love with an Armenian boy caught on the wrong side of the revolution. And before long she will be swept up in an uprising which will change the destiny of the land - and its people - forever.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    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 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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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