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  • 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: 9780008245122
    Title: BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2020 New Release

    'Mendelsohn takes the classical costumes off figures like Virgil and Sappho, Homer and Horace ... He writes about things so clearly they come to feel like some of the most important things you have ever been told.' Sebastian Barry

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: SCEPTRE
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEATS : A Literary History
    BEATS : A Literary History
    BELLETTO STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781107176683
    Title: BEATS : A Literary History
    Author: BELLETTO STEVEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    Kerouac. Ginsberg. Burroughs. These are the most famous names of the Beat Generation, but in fact they were only the front line of a much more wide-ranging literary and cultural movement. This critical history takes readers through key works by these authors, but also radiates out to discuss dozens more writers and their works, showing how they all contributed to one of the most far-reaching literary movements of the post-World War II era. Moving from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, this book explores key aesthetic and thematic innovations of the Beat writers, the pervasiveness of the Beatnik caricature, the role of the counterculture in the post-war era, the involvement of women in the Beat project, and the changing face of Beat political engagement during the Vietnam War era.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $54.95

    Price: $54.95
  • 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 MOTHER
    BEAUTIFUL MOTHER
    SCHOLES KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780143795346
    Title: BEAUTIFUL MOTHER
    Author: SCHOLES KATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    'You are her mother at this moment. The future is another time.'

    In a remote corner of Tanzania, Essie Lawrence lives with her husband in an archaeologist's camp. One morning a chance encounter with two strangers sees her making a rash promise. When she returns home to the research base, she has a baby in her arms. Essie is to care for the little girl until the coming of the rains. And then hand her back.

    The organised world of Magadi Research Camp is turned upside down. As her heart opens up to new life, Essie is drawn into the ancient wisdom of the Hadza, the last hunter-gatherer tribe in East Africa. And she is led back to memories of her own mother and her first home on the island of Tasmania, at the far end of the world. But there is a price to pay. Essie's marriage, her career - everything she's worked for - is put at risk.

    On the shores of the flamingo lake, personal stories are played out alongside the Lawrences' quest to find the origins of the human species. Nightmares and dreams go hand in hand as past and present merge. What is real and what will turn to dust? And after a season of being a mother, will Essie be able to survive the hardest challenge of all? To love, and then let go ...

    An exquisite and heart-piercing story of one woman's bond with a baby, The Beautiful Mother will resonate with every parent, crossing time, place and culture. It is an unforgettable exploration of what it really means to be a member of the human family, revealing the deep need we all have to find our own tribe.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
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