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  • 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
  • ATONEMENT
    ATONEMENT
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780099429791
    Title: ATONEMENT
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen- year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATTRACTION
    ATTRACTION
    PORTER RUBY
    ISBN: 9781925773552
    Title: ATTRACTION
    Author: PORTER RUBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The present reckons with the past in Attraction. Porter's unnamed narrator is on a road trip between Auckland, Whangara and Levin with her friends Ashi and Ilana, haunted by the spectre of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, her complicated family background and New Zealand's colonial history. Jealousies intensify as the young women work out who they are and who they might become.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUGUSTUS
    AUGUSTUS
    WILLIAMS JOHN
    ISBN: 9780099445081
    Title: AUGUSTUS
    Author: WILLIAMS JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    After the brutal murder of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of Rome. He is destined, despite vicious power struggles, bloody wars and family strife, to transform his realm and become the greatest ruler the western world had ever seen.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AUNTS HOUSE
    AUNTS HOUSE
    STEAD ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780702260353
    Title: AUNTS HOUSE
    Author: STEAD ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sydney, 1942.
    Recently orphaned, Angel Martin moves into a boarding house populated by an assortment of eccentric and colourful characters. She's befriended by the gregarious Winifred Varnham - a vision in exotic fabrics - and the numerically gifted Barnaby Grange. But not everyone is kind and her scrimping landlady, Missus Potts, is only the beginning of Angel's troubles. Angel refuses to accept her fate. She is determined to forge a sense of belonging despite rejection from her two maiden aunts, Clara and Elsa, who blame Angel's mother for their brother's death. Her Sunday visits to the aunts' house by the Bay expand her world in ways she couldn't have imagined.

    Elizabeth Stead brings her classic subversive wit and personal insight to this nostalgic portrait of wartime Sydney. In Angel Martin, she has created a singular and irrepressible character.

    A true original.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • AUNTS STORY
    AUNTS STORY
    WHITE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780143791027
    Title: AUNTS STORY
    Author: WHITE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author. With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel. But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTERLITZ
    AUSTERLITZ
    SEBALD W G
    ISBN: 9780241951804
    Title: AUSTERLITZ
    Author: SEBALD W G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

    'A superb meditation on time, loss and retrieval. A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides . . . greatness in literature is still possible' John Banville, Irish Times, Books of the year

    In 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed with foster parents. This childless couple promptly erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his past. Later in life, after a career as an architectural historian, Austerlitz - having avoided all clues that might point to his origin - finds the past returning to haunt him and he is forced to explore what happened fifty years before.

    'A work of obvious genius and an extraordinary writer way above most of his contemporaries' Literary Review

    'Mesmeric, haunting and heartbreakingly tragic. Simply no other writer is writing or thinking on the same level as Sebald. A profound, alluring masterwork of singular genius' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

    'An extraordinary, mesmeric story and one of the most haunting books of the year'

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925603972
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

    * Awarded the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, Melanie Cheng's Australia Day paints a vivid and absorbing panorama of contemporary Australia

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUTOGRAPH MAN
    AUTOGRAPH MAN
    SMITH ZADIE
    ISBN: 9780140276343
    Title: AUTOGRAPH MAN
    Author: SMITH ZADIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. A small blip in a huge worldwide network of desire, it is his business to hunt for names on paper, collect them, sell them,occasionally fake them, and all to give the people what they want- a little piece of Fame.

    The Autograph Man is a deeply funny, existential tour around the hollow things of modernity - celebrity, cinema, and the ugly triumph of symbol over experience. Pushing against the tide of his generation, Alex-Li is on his way to finding enlightenment, otherwise known as some part of himself that cannot be signed, celebrated or sold.

    'The novel is a pleasure from the first page to the last.' David Sexton, Evening Standard



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AUTUMN
    AUTUMN
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241973318
    Title: AUTUMN
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Autumn 2016

    Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. And the UK is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

    Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world filling up with borders, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means.

    From Shakespearian jeu d'esprit, via Keatsian melancholy and the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop Art, this first in a quartet of novels casts an eye over our own time, asking who we are, where we are, right now. Here is time, ever-changing, ever cyclical. Here comes Autumn.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    ISBN: 9781784703264
    Title: AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    Author: KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    The Sunday Times bestseller from literary phenomenon Karl Ove Knausgaard, a love letter about the world written by a father to his unborn daughter

    Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece each day, describing the material and natural world - from twilight to the migration of birds, from Van Gogh to forgiveness - with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.

    With artwork by Vanessa Baird

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AWAY
    AWAY
    BLOOM AMY
    ISBN: 9781847080134
    Title: AWAY
    Author: BLOOM AMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Revitalises the American road trip novel, from the perspective of a vulnerable but spirited woman. This book paints an earthy and surprising picture of 1920s America, its smells and textures, its population of drifters and con artists, pimps and prostitutes. It is epic in sweep, but intimate and psychologically acute, moving but unsentimental.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AXIOMATIC   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2019
    AXIOMATIC - Stella Prize Shortlist 2019
    TUMARKIN MARIA
    ISBN: 9781925704051
    Title: AXIOMATIC - Stella Prize Shortlist 2019
    Author: TUMARKIN MARIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The past shapes the present – they teach us that in schools and universities. (Shapes? Infiltrates, more like; imbues, infuses.) This past cannot be visited like an ageing aunt. It doesn’t live in little zoo enclosures. Half the time, this past is nothing less than the beating heart of the present. So, how to speak of the searing, unpindownable power that the past – ours, our family’s, our culture’s – wields in the present?

    Stories are not enough, even though they are essential. And books about history, books of psychology – the best of them take us closer, but still not close enough.

    Maria Tumarkin's Axiomatic is a boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, reportage and meditation. It takes as its starting point five axioms:

    ** ‘Give Me a Child Before the Age of Seven and I’ll Give You the Woman’
    ** ‘History Repeats Itself…’
    ** ‘Those Who Forget the Past are Condemned to Repeat It’
    ** ‘You Can’t Enter The Same River Twice’
    ** ‘Time Heals All Wounds’

    These beliefs—or intuitions—about the role the past plays in our present are often evoked as if they are timeless and self-evident truths. It is precisely because they are neither, yet still we are persuaded by them, that they tell us a great deal about the forces that shape our culture and the way we live.

    Axiomatic is Tumarkin's fourth book of non-fiction, and her most pioneering. Her three previous books, Otherland (2010), Courage (2007), and Traumascapes (2005), have each and all been critically acclaimed and shortlisted for major prizes.

    More than seven full and long years in the making, and utilising her time as a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Axiomatic actively seeks to reset the non-fiction form in Australia.

    Imprint: LIFTED BROW
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD BEHAVIOUR
    BAD BEHAVIOUR
    GAITSKILL MARY
    ISBN: 9780241383100
    Title: BAD BEHAVIOUR
    Author: GAITSKILL MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young woman anxiously waits for her date on a street corner in New York City; he sits in a pizza parlour across the street, watching her discomfort.

    A middle-aged woman returns to a New York that is haunted by the passion and intensity of her former relationship with her estranged best friend.

    A secretarial graduate starts her first job at a lawyer's office and quietly keeps her cruel experiences at his hands locked inside herself.

    The stories in this collection peer deep into the inner lives of men and women, explore the cavernous spaces between what we say and what can be expressed, and are full of tenderness and cruelty. Published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, Bad Behaviour provides a devastatingly insightful and urgently necessary view of our times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780007545155
    Title: BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn – a classicist by training who writes extensively for popular publications – uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.

    There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the ‘bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed by the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction, and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.

    In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion, and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures, and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BAD SIDE OF BOOKS : Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence
    BAD SIDE OF BOOKS : Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence
    LAWRENCE D H
    ISBN: 9781681373638
    Title: BAD SIDE OF BOOKS : Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence
    Author: LAWRENCE D H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You could describe D.H. Lawrence as the great multi-instrumentalist among the great writers of the twentieth century. He was a brilliant, endlessly controversial novelist who transformed, for better and for worse, the way we write about sex and emotions; he was a wonderful poet; he was an essayist of burning curiosity, expansive lyricism, odd humor, and radical intelligence, equaled, perhaps, only by Virginia Woolf. Here Geoff Dyer, one of the finest essayists of our day, draws on the whole range of Lawrence's published essays to reintroduce him to a new generation of readers for whom the essay has become an important genre. We get Lawrence the book reviewer, writing about Death in Venice and welcoming Ernest Hemingway; Lawrence the travel writer, in Mexico and New Mexico and Italy; Lawrence the memoirist, depicting his strange sometime-friend Maurice Magnus; Lawrence the restless inquirer into the possibilities of the novel, writing about the novel and morality and addressing the question of why the novel matters; and, finally, the Lawrence who meditates on birdsong or the death of a porcupine in the Rocky Mountains. Dyer's selection of Lawrence's essays is a wonderful introduction to a fundamental, dazzling writer.

    Imprint: NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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