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  • BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX
    BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780099282969
    Title: BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Before the Golden Age of magazines drew to a close half a century ago, a young PR man at General Electric sold his first short story to one of the doomed publications. By the time he'd sold his third, he decided to quit GE and join the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and try to make a living at $1500. With four major magazines running five stories each week and smaller ones scouting as well, it was a seller's market, and Vonnegut was published regularly by The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Argosy and others.

    For this unusual collection, Vonnegut has selected twenty-four of his favourite stories never published before in book form and has written a new preface for the occasion. Vonnegut scholar Peter Reed, who unearthed the old publications, contributes an introduction.

    The stories bring us to the beginning of a literary voice that is sure to last forever. BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX, the missing pieces of the master's oeuvre, is a ready made classic for Vonnegut fans new and old.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    ISBN: 9781473677241
    Title: BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
    Author: SUDBANTHAD PITCHAYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Places remember us. . .

    A missionary begs to be moved from disease-ridden Bangkok.

    A musician plays a private show for ghosts.

    A student abandoned by his lover bleeds to death in the street.

    A plastic surgeon designs a girl a new face.

    A woman decides whether to cook a final meal for a dying murderer.

    Lurching through decades, from Bangkok's rich past to its imagined, uploaded future, witness the city as it changes from a booming capitalist hub to a city engulfed by water, through human tales seeping into one another, held together by delicate threads.

    For fans of A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD and CLOUD ATLAS, this is a startling and intimate novel by a lyrical new writer.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BARKING DOGS
    BARKING DOGS
    CLARKSON REBEKAH
    ISBN: 9781925475494
    Title: BARKING DOGS
    Author: CLARKSON REBEKAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everybody thinks they know this story. But do they really?

    If you took a bird’s-eye view of Mount Barker, you’d see ordinary Australians living on their ordinary suburban blocks in an ordinary regional town. Get closer. Peer through a window. You might see Nathan Long, obsessively recording the incessant bark of a neighbourhood dog, or the Wheeler family sitting down for a meal and trying to come to terms with a shocking discovery. If you listen, you may hear tales of fathers and their wayward sons, of widows who can’t forgive themselves, of children longed for and lost, of thwarted lust and of pure, incorruptible love. Within the shadows is an unspeakable crime.

    Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound loss. What seemed spiteful can now be forgiven.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BARKSKINS
    BARKSKINS
    PROULX ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780007232017
    Title: BARKSKINS
    Author: PROULX ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterpiece, ten years in the writing and an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries.

    In the late seventeenth century two illiterate woodsmen, Rene Sel and Charles Duquet, make their way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they suffer extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest they are charged with clearing, sometimes brimming with dreams of its commercial potential. Rene marries an Indian healer, and they have children, mixing the blood of two cultures. Duquet travels the globe and back, starting a logging company that will prosper for generations. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and descendants of these two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets, as well as the descendants of their allies and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, always in quest of a livelihood or a fortune, or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions-accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, the revenge of rivals.

    In this feat of astonishing imagination, Proulx's inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid-in their greed, lust, vengefulness, sorrow, compassion and hope-that we follow them with fierce attention. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable writers of our time, and Barkskins is the story she has been writing all her life, a magnificent American novel.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BARON IN THE TREES
    BARON IN THE TREES
    CALVINO ITALO
    ISBN: 9781784874216
    Title: BARON IN THE TREES
    Author: CALVINO ITALO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.

    From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

    Published here in a beautiful new edition and translation, The Baron in the Trees is a delight and an enchantment.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BARRACUDA
    BARRACUDA
    TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    ISBN: 9781760291358
    Title: BARRACUDA
    Author: TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tender and brutal and blazingly brilliant, the new novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia - at our hopes and dreams, our friendships and our families - and asks what it means to be a good person, and what it takes to become one.


    He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.


    His whole life, Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done-every thought, every dream, every action-takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment.

    His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys-he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all.

    He would be first, everything would be alright when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm.

    Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person?

    A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families. It is about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. Barracuda is brutal, tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BARREL FEVER
    BARREL FEVER
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780349119762
    Title: BARREL FEVER
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In David Sedaris's world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz and the National Enquirer, Sedaris's collection of stories and essays is a rollicking tour through the American Zeitgeist: a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tried to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; and in his essays, David Sedaris considers the hazards of rewards of smoking, writing for Giantess magazine and living with his scrappy brother Paul, aka 'The Rooster'. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes and reads stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behaviour. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life - and anything can happen.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BASS ROCK
    BASS ROCK
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9781760894757
    Title: BASS ROCK
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son get lost in the forest, transporting a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village.

    In the sad, slow years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower and stepmother to his two young boys, installed in a huge house by the sea and haunted by those who have come before.

    Fifty years later, Viv is cataloguing the valuables left in her dead grandmother's seaside home, when she uncovers long-held secrets of the great house.

    Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
    BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
    FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780141187815
    Title: BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED
    Author: FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Exploring the decadence of Jazz Age New York through a fictionalised version of his own marriage to Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned includes an introduction by Geoff Dyer in Penguin Modern Classics.

    Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must face reality; they may be beautiful - but they are also damned.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) has acquired a mythical status in American literary history, and his masterwork The Great Gatsby is considered by many to be the 'great American novel'. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre, dubbed 'the first American Flapper', and their traumatic marriage and Zelda's gradual descent into insanity became the leading influence on his writing. As well as many short stories, Fitzgerald wrote five novels This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and, incomplete at the time of his death, The Last Tycoon. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'in fact and in the literary sense he created a "generation".

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
    BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
    COHEN LEONARD
    ISBN: 9781921520402
    Title: BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
    Author: COHEN LEONARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Combining spirituality with intense eroticism, wild and surreal humour with deadly serious intent, Beautiful Losers revolves around four characters - a husband, a wife, their ambiguous mentor, and a mythic seventeenth-century Irquois virgin.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • BEAUTIFUL YOU
    BEAUTIFUL YOU
    PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    ISBN: 9780099587675
    Title: BEAUTIFUL YOU
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more...

    Penny Harrigan is a low level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka 'Climax-Well', a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like?

    This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called 'Beautiful You'. So potent and effective are these devices that women line up in their millions outside the stores on opening day then lock themselves in their room and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTY
    BEAUTY
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: BEAUTY
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BED-STUY IS BURNING
    BED-STUY IS BURNING
    PLATZER BRIAN
    ISBN: 9781501146961
    Title: BED-STUY IS BURNING
    Author: PLATZER BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do the Right Thing meets The Bonfire of the Vanities, in this “thrilling debut novel about marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the dangerous bargains we make with ourselves” (Ann Packer, New York Times bestselling author) set over the course of one cataclysmic day when riots erupt in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker, and Amelia, his journalist girlfriend, live with their newborn in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the most dynamic, historical, and volatile neighborhoods in New York City. The infusion of upwardly mobile professionals into Bed-Stuy’s historic brownstones belies the tension simmering on the streets below. But after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, conflict escalates to rioting—with Aaron and his family at its center.

    Pulled into the riot’s vortex are Antoinette, devout nanny to Aaron and Amelia’s son; Jupiter, the single father who lives on their block with his son, Derek; Daniel, Aaron’s unhinged tenant in their basement unit; and Sara, a smart high school dropout broiling with confusion and rage. As the day unfolds, these diverse characters are forced to reckon with who they are and what truly matters to them.

    Through the lens of one catastrophic day emerges a nuanced portrait of a changing neighborhood and its residents as they struggle to raise children, establish careers, and find love, fulfillment, and meaning in their lives. Sharp-eyed, fast-paced, and “sure to get people talking” (Vanity Fair), Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a window into an array of complex lives and deftly wrestles with the most pressing issues of our time.

    Imprint: ATRIA BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE
    BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE
    ASHLEY MELISSA
    ISBN: 9781925712018
    Title: BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE
    Author: ASHLEY MELISSA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D'Aulnoy invents a powerful weapon: 'fairy tales'.

    When Marie Catherine's daughter, Angelina, arrives in Paris for the first time, she is swept up in the glamour and sensuality of the city, where a woman may live outside the confines of the church or marriage. But this is a fragile freedom, as she discovers when Marie Catherine's close friend Nicola Tiquet is arrested, accused of conspiring to murder her abusive husband. In the race to rescue Nicola, illusions will be shattered and dark secrets revealed as all three women learn how far they will go to preserve their liberty in a society determined to control them.

    This keenly-awaited second book from Melissa Ashley, author of THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE, restores another remarkable, little-known woman to her rightful place in history, revealing the dissent hidden beneath the whimsical surfaces of Marie Catherine's fairy tales. THE BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE is a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $29.99
  • BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    KAWAGUCHI TOSHIKAZU
    ISBN: 9781529029581
    Title: BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    Author: KAWAGUCHI TOSHIKAZU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

    In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café's time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

    But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold ...

    Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM
    BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM
    ATKINSON KATE
    ISBN: 9780552996181
    Title: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM
    Author: ATKINSON KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby... Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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