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  • 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: 9781925972672
    Title: BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE
    Author: ASHLEY MELISSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER 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 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: $29.99
    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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BENEVOLENCE
    BENEVOLENCE
    JANSON JULIE
    ISBN: 9781925936636
    Title: BENEVOLENCE
    Author: JANSON JULIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For perhaps the first time in novel form, Benevolence presents an important era in Australia’s history from an Aboriginal perspective. Benevolence is told from the perspective of Darug woman, Muraging (Mary James), born around 1813. Mary’s was one of the earliest Darug generations to experience the impact of British colonisation. At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. From here she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home.

    The novel spans the years 1816-35 and is set around the Hawkesbury River area, the home of the Darug people, Parramatta and Sydney. The author interweaves historical events and characters — she shatters stereotypes and puts a human face to this Aboriginal perspective.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
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