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  • 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
  • AT DUSK
    AT DUSK
    SOK-YONG HWANG
    ISBN: 9781925322934
    Title: AT DUSK
    Author: SOK-YONG HWANG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the evening of his life, a wealthy man begins to wonder if he might have missed the point.

    Parl Minwoo is a success story. Born into poverty in a miserable neighbourhood of Seoul, he has ridden the wave of development in his country. Now the director of a large architectural firm, his hard work and ambition have brought him triumph and satisfaction. But that all begins to change when he receives a message from a childhood friend he once loved. As memories return unbidden, he recalls a world he thought he had left behind - a world he now realises that he has helped to destroy.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH
    AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH
    MARQUEZ GABRIEL GARCIA
    ISBN: 9780241968635
    Title: AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH
    Author: MARQUEZ GABRIEL GARCIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the citizens of an unnamed Caribbean nation creep through dusty corridors in search of their tyrannical leader, they cannot comprehend that the frail and withered man lying dead on the floor can be the self-styled General of the Universe.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    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
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