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  • BEL CANTO
    BEL CANTO
    PATCHETT ANN
    ISBN: 9781841155838
    Title: BEL CANTO
    Author: PATCHETT ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

    The poignant – and at times very funny – novel from the author of State of Wonder and Commonwealth.

    Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV. Among the hostages are a world class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon who has been persuaded to attend the party on the understanding that she will perform half a dozen arias after dinner.

    The tycoon's engaging and sympathetic translator plays a vital role in the subsequent relationships between so many different nationalities closeted together, interpreting not only the terrorists' negotiations but also the language of love between lovers who cannot understand what the other is saying.

    Ultimately, it is the terrorist strike that does more to promote foreign relations than anyone could have hoped to achieve with the party.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BELL
    BELL
    MURDOCH IRIS
    ISBN: 9781784875206
    Title: BELL
    Author: MURDOCH IRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    VINTAGE CLASSIC MURDOCH- Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. To celebrate her centenary Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SARAH PERRY

    'In this holy community she would play the witch.'

    Imber Court is a quiet haven for lost souls, a utopia for those who can neither live in the world, nor out of it. But beneath the gentle daily routines of this community run currents of supressed desire, religious yearning and a legend of disastrous love. Charming, indolent Dora arrives in their midst, and half-unwittingly conjures these submerged things to the surface.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BELL IN THE LAKE
    BELL IN THE LAKE
    MYTTING LARS
    ISBN: 9780857059383
    Title: BELL IN THE LAKE
    Author: MYTTING LARS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    The first in a rich historical trilogy that draws on legend, by the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD and THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME.

    Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.

    Talented architecture student Gerhard Schonauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schonauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.

    Then the bells begin to toll...

    Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BELL JAR
    BELL JAR
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571308408
    Title: BELL JAR
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "I was supposed to be having the time of my life."..

    When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously...

    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and has become a modern classic. The Bell Jar has been celebrated for its darkly funny and a razor sharp portrait of 1950s society and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BELL JAR
    BELL JAR
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571355068
    Title: BELL JAR
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Liberty fabric covered editions bring classics from the Faber backlist together with important modern titles, putting them in conversation and celebrating both the history and the future of Faber & Faber.

    In 2019, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will be reissued as a special hardback edition with a Liberty fabric from the year of the novel's first publication (1963); Milkman, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, will be reissued with a bespoke Liberty fabric cover, created uniquely for Anna Burns.

    Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semi-autobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon. Celebrated for its darkly humorous, razor sharp portrait of 1950s society, it continues to resonate with readers today as testament to the universal human struggle to claim one's rightful place in the world.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BELOVED
    BELOVED
    MORRISON TONI
    ISBN: 9781529112832
    Title: BELOVED
    Author: MORRISON TONI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning gift package of prize-winning Beloved to commemorate Toni Morrison.

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZADIE SMITH AND SPECIAL ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

    It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison's enduring masterpiece.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BELOW DECK
    BELOW DECK
    HARDCASTLE SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781760876388
    Title: BELOW DECK
    Author: HARDCASTLE SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    And then, just like that, a thought bubbles inside me. It's a beginning; a new beginning; my beginning. The beginning of the story I tell myself in order to survive.
    We choose to breathe, don't we?

    Twenty-one-year-old Olivia hears the world in colour, but her life is mottled grey. Estranged from her parents, and living with her grandfather who is drowning in sadness, Oli faces the reality of life beyond university alone.

    When she wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she accepts the help of two strangers who change the course of her future forever. With Mac and Maggie, Oli learns to navigate a life upon open ocean and the world flowers into colours she's never seen before.

    Four years later, Oli, fluent in the language of the sea, is the only woman among men on a yacht delivery from Noumea to Auckland. In the darkness below deck, she learns that at sea, no one can hear you scream.

    Moving to London, Oli's life at sea is buried. When she meets Hugo, the wind changes, and her memories are dust blown into shapes. Reminding her of everything.

    Below Deck is about the moments that haunt us, the moments that fan out like ripples through the deep. So that everything else, becomes everything after.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BENEATH THE MOTHER TREE
    BENEATH THE MOTHER TREE
    CAMERON D M
    ISBN: 9781925227390
    Title: BENEATH THE MOTHER TREE
    Author: CAMERON D M
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A spine-chilling mystery and contemporary love story, Beneath the Mother Tree plays out in a unique and wild Australian setting, interweaving Indigenous history and Irish mythology.On a small island, something dark has disturbed the peace. Grappa believes it's the Far Darocha, a mythical creature whose mournful music lures you down to a black abyss. Ayla, his granddaughter, has other ideas, especially once she meets the mysterious flute player she heard on the beach.Riley and his mother Marlise move to the island to escape their grief. But when the community is beset by a series of strange deaths, Marlise and her mosquito obsession quickly garner the ire of the locals. Can Riley and Ayla uncover the mystery at the heart of the island's darkness before it's too late?Beneath the Mother Tree is a compelling portrait of how our dark history and dreaming landscape can make extraordinary things of ordinary lives. Wrought with sensuousness and lyricism, D.M. Cameron's debut novel is a thrilling journey, rhythmically fierce and eagerly awaited.

    Imprint: MIDNIGHT SUN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    DOBLIN ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780141191621
    Title: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    Author: DOBLIN ALFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As long as he had money, he remained decent. But then he ran out of money'

    Franz Biberkopf is back on the streets of Berlin. Determined to go straight after a stint in prison for doing some stupid stuff, he finds himself thwarted by an external agency that looks an awful lot like fate. Cheated, humiliated, thrown from a moving car; embroiled in an underworld of pimps, thugs, drunks and prostitutes, Franz picks himself up over and over again - until one day he is struck a blow which might just prove his downfall.

    A dazzling, freewheeling collage of newspaper reports, Biblical stories, drinking songs and urban slang, Berlin Alexanderplatz is the great novel of Berlin life.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BERLIN FINALE
    BERLIN FINALE
    REIN HEINZ
    ISBN: 9780241245590
    Title: BERLIN FINALE
    Author: REIN HEINZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Storms of steel and carpet-bombing have transformed the city's lively face into the grimace of a death's head'

    April 1945, the last days of the Nazi regime. While bombs are falling on Berlin, the Gestapo still search for traitors, resistance fighters and deserters. People mistrust each other more than ever. In the midst of chaos, a disparate group - a disillusioned young soldier; a trade unionist and saboteur; a doctor helping refugees - continues to fight back. And in Oskar Klose's pub, the resistance plan their next move, hunted at every step by the SS. Published in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Berlin Finale is an unforgettable portrait of life in a city devastated by war.

    Translated by Shaun Whiteside

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BERTA ISLA
    BERTA ISLA
    MARIAS JAVIER
    ISBN: 9780241983553
    Title: BERTA ISLA
    Author: MARIAS JAVIER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

    Berta and Tomas meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, Tomas leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but Tomas resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long . . .

    Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the counter forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BESIEGED CITY
    BESIEGED CITY
    LISPECTOR CLARICE
    ISBN: 9780241371374
    Title: BESIEGED CITY
    Author: LISPECTOR CLARICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written in flight from Lispector's 'shipwreck of introspection' it is a book unlike any other in the Lispector canon, a novel about simply seeing the external world. Its heroine Lucrecia is utterly mute and unreflective. She may have no inner life. The plot itself is utterly unlike any other Lispector narrative- small-town girl marries rich man, sees the world, and lives happily ever after.

    But there are miraculous horses, linguistic ecstasies, catty remarks, minor characters' visions and music from unknown sources. There is Lucrecia, the heroine free of the burden of thought, who 'leaned over without any individuality, trying merely to look at things directly'. And yet her 'mere' looking leads, as Lispector's biographer Benjamin Moser notes, 'paradoxically but inevitably, to Clarice's own metaphysical concerns. As it turns out, not being profound is simply another way of being profound'.

    Translated by Johnny Lorenz

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2019
    BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2019
    SOLNIT REBECCA (ED)
    ISBN: 9781328465801
    Title: BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2019
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A collection of the year's best essays selected by Robert Atwan and guest editor Rebecca Solnit.

    Award-winning writer, cultural critic, and activist, Rebecca Solnit, an "unparalleled high priestess of nuance and intelligent contemplation" (Maria Popova), selects the best essays of the year from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites.

    Imprint: MARINER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2019
    BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2019
    DOERR ANTHONY (ED)
    ISBN: 9781328484246
    Title: BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2019
    Author: DOERR ANTHONY (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    #1 New York Times best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr brings his"stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" (San Francisco Chronicle) to selecting The Best American Short Stories 2019.

    #1 New York Times best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr brings his"stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" (San Francisco Chronicle) to selecting The Best American Short Stories 2019. Doerr and the series editor, Heidi Pitlor, winnow down twenty stories out of thousands that represent the best examples of the form published the previous year.

    Imprint: MARINER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    WHITING FRANCES
    ISBN: 9781743535134
    Title: BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    Author: WHITING FRANCES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A warm-hearted novel from the author of Walking on Trampolines about music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

    Florence Saint Claire is a loner. Albert Flowers is a social butterfly. Good friends who think they know each other. But, somewhere between who they are, and who people think they are, lies The Best Kind of Beautiful. Award-winning journalist and author Frances Whiting brings her renowned warmth and empathy to this witty and gentle novel about bringing out the best in each other.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION : A Literary History of the Beats
    BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION : A Literary History of the Beats
    GINSBERG ALLEN
    ISBN: 9780141399010
    Title: BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION : A Literary History of the Beats
    Author: GINSBERG ALLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An astonishing and unique historical record of the Beat Generation, from one of its pre-eminent figures.

    In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. In The Best Minds of My Generation - a compilation of lectures from the course, expertly edited by renowned Beats scholar, Bill Morgan - Ginsberg gives us the convoluted origin story of the 'Beat' idea. Amongst anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs and other figures for the first time, Ginsberg elucidates the importance of music, and particularly jazz rhythms, to Beat writing, discusses their many influences - literary, pharmaceutical and spiritual - and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. A unique document that works both as historical record and unconventional memoir, The Best Minds of My Generation is a vivid, personal and eye-opening look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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