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  • 10PM QUESTION
    10PM QUESTION
    DE GOLDI KATE
    ISBN: 9781741757354
    Title: 10PM QUESTION
    Author: DE GOLDI KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'In Kate de Goldi's sensitive, vital and hilarious novel, Frankie and the reader walk hand in hand through pages that gleam with hope and humour.' Ursula Dubosarsky

    Frankie parsons is twelve going on old man, an apparently sensible, talented boy with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head:Are the smoke alarm batteries flat?Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms?Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it?Is the Kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer?Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent queries. But it is ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one that Frankie can never bring himself to ask. Then the new girl arrives at school and has questions of her own: relentless, unavoidable questions. So begins the unraveling of Frankie Parsons's carefully controlled world.'A truly special book. Kate de Goldi's dazzling writing will break your heart and make you wonder, marvel and laugh all at once.' Agnes Nieuwenhuizen

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    TALLACK MALACHY
    ISBN: 9781846973420
    Title: 60 DEGREES NORTH : AROUND THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF A HOME
    Author: TALLACK MALACHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    60 Degrees North is a story that we tell, both to ourselves and to others. It is a story about where - and perhaps also who - we are.'The sixtieth parallel marks a kind of borderland. It wraps itself around the lower reaches of Finland, Sweden and Norway; it crosses the tip of Greenland and of South-central Alaska; it cuts the great spaces of Russia and Canada in half. The parallel also passes through Shetland, at the very top of the British Isles. In 60 Degrees North, Malachy Tallack explores the places that share this latitude, beginning and ending in Shetland, where he has spent most of his life. The book focuses on the landscapes and natural environments of the parallel, and the way that people have interacted with those landscapes. It explores themes of wildness and community, of isolation and engagement, of exile and memory.

    Imprint: BIRLIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTERMATH : DCI BANKS #12
    AFTERMATH : DCI BANKS #12
    ROBINSON PETER
    ISBN: 9781509810772
    Title: AFTERMATH : DCI BANKS #12
    Author: ROBINSON PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Number 35 The Hill is an ordinary house in an ordinary street.

    But it is about to become infamous. When two police constables are sent to the house following a report of a domestic disturbance, they stumble upon a truly horrific scene. A scene which leaves one of them dead and the other fighting for her life and career. The identity of a serial killer, the Chameleon, has finally been revealed. But his capture is only the beginning of a shocking investigation that will test Inspector Alan Banks to the absolute limit.


    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF JIHAD : ISLAMIC STATE AND THE GREAT WAR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
    AGE OF JIHAD : ISLAMIC STATE AND THE GREAT WAR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
    COCKBURN PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781786631664
    Title: AGE OF JIHAD : ISLAMIC STATE AND THE GREAT WAR FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
    Author: COCKBURN PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Award winning Independent journalist charts the collapse of the Middle East and the rise of Islamic State.

    This is essential reading for anyone interested in the collapse of the Middle East, and the devastating role of the West in the creation of this hellish crucible.

    In Age of Jihad Cockburn exposes the dominant conflict of our time-the Sunni-Shia war, and the subsequent origins of ISIS. As he shows this did not explode suddenly in Syria after the Arab Spring as the conventional view holds, but over several years in occupied Iraq. It is in the sectarian conflict that engulfed Iraq following the war of 2003 that patterns were established that would later spill over into Syria with such devastating results. Since July 2014, the dominance of ISIS threatens the stability of the whole region.

    Cockburn was the first Western commentator to warn of ISIS, so far ahead of everyone else that last year the judges of the British Journalism Awards advised the UK government to 'consider pensioning off the whole of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn instead.' Age of Jihad will be the most in-depth analysis of the failure of the Middle East to date.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • ALL AT SEA
    ALL AT SEA
    AITKENHEAD DECCA
    ISBN: 9780008142155
    Title: ALL AT SEA
    Author: AITKENHEAD DECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don't mind at all if you forget this.The important thing is that I don't.'

    On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead's life changed for ever.

    Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water's edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son's life – then drowned before her eyes.

    When Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.

    Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's lives and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL FALL DOWN
    ALL FALL DOWN
    AUSTIN CASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9781926428253
    Title: ALL FALL DOWN
    Author: AUSTIN CASSANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a bridge in the small outback town of Mululuk mysteriously collapses, the town is cut off from the world, and its citizens from each other. As the locals try to work out why the bridge fell and what it will take to replace it, old rivalries, forgotten romances and primitive drives come to the fore.

    Teenaged Rachel has come from ‘the city’ to stay with her uncle after her home life has fallen apart, and she quickly becomes involved in the quest for the truth about the bridge. Father Nott, the local Franciscan priest, is trying to get the hysterical townsfolk to see sense, particularly his gossip-mongering friend Gussy. Shane, Janice and Craig find themselves at the heart of a devastating love triangle, with deadly ramifications that will reverberate far beyond the three of them. And the mysterious Charlie, a scruffy, charismatic alcoholic with a dark past, has a terrifying idea about what it takes to keep a bridge standing.

    In a town that keeps its secrets like it builds its houses – underground – Charlie’s is the most dangerous of all.

    Wry, rich and unsettling, All Fall Down is a starkly Australian gothic novel about a community divided, and a chilling, archaic belief about what must be done to reunite it.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    HEISS ANITA
    ISBN: 9781742751924
    Title: AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    Author: HEISS ANITA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be.

    What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal - however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don't ask her to camp in the desert.

    After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too 'fair-skinned' to be an Australian Aboriginal. Such accusations led to Anita's involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue.

    In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness.

    Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AMERICAN BLOOD
    AMERICAN BLOOD
    SANDERS BEN
    ISBN: 9781760294977
    Title: AMERICAN BLOOD
    Author: SANDERS BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman. An explosive, unputdownable work of suspense from a fresh voice in crime fiction.


    After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray.

    Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him.

    Written by a rising New Zealand star who has been described as 'first rate', this American debut drops a Jack Reacher-like hero into the landscape of No Country for Old Men.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANALOGUE MEN
    ANALOGUE MEN
    EARLS NICK
    ISBN: 9781864711530
    Title: ANALOGUE MEN
    Author: EARLS NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Do you ever feel like you might have just one more chance to get on top of your life and make things happen?

    They're starting to feel like analogue men trying to make sense of a digital age. Andrew Van Fleet is 49 and feeling 50 closing in. He's bailed out of his private equity job for something that'll let him spend more time at home, but the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him. Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery and with his scrappy bulldog in tow.

    And then there's Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew's signed up to manage, whose every broadcast offers fresh trouble. He's 49 too and, like Andrew, starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    SMEE SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9781925240351
    Title: ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    Author: SMEE SEBASTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Genius, friend, rival: this is the story of four pairs of artists whose intense relationships spurred and shaped their art.

    Matisse and Picasso. Manet and Degas. Bacon and Freud. De Kooning and Pollock. Eight of the most significant modern artists; four pairs linked by friendship and a shared spirit of competitiveness. But in each case the relationship had a flashpoint, a damaging psychological event that seemed to mark both an end and a beginning, a break that led to audacious creative innovations.

    Absorbing, informed and provocative, Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry takes us to heart of each of these relationships. It offers revelatory insights into the ways in which these major artists influenced and changed each other—and into their ultimate quest ‘to be unique, original, inimitable; to acquire the solitude, the singularity, of greatness’.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ASH ISLAND : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #2
    ASH ISLAND : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #2
    MAITLAND BARRY
    ISBN: 9781925355444
    Title: ASH ISLAND : THE BELLTREE TRILOGY #2
    Author: MAITLAND BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree, back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues, has become a departmental embarrassment. The solution is a posting away from Sydney and a quiet life in Newcastle.

    Or maybe not so quiet. A body's been found buried just offshore on Ash Island; there may be more. There's also Harry's unfinished business. The car crash that killed his parents and blinded his wife happened not far from Newcastle. And Harry knows it was no accident.

    The other unfinished business is Jenny's longed-for pregnancy. Which means that now the stakes are higher than ever.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AT THE FLASH AND AT THE BACI
    AT THE FLASH AND AT THE BACI
    BOLTON KEN
    ISBN: 9781862546929
    Title: AT THE FLASH AND AT THE BACI
    Author: BOLTON KEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    These poems were mostly conceived, written and worked on at the establishments which lend the collection its name, The Flash and The Baci, two coffee shops in Hindley Street, downtown Adelaide.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BAPO
    BAPO
    JOSE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781922146632
    Title: BAPO
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Nicholas Jose was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1987 to 1990, at a vital moment in China's history, and has played an important role in artistic relations between the two countries since then.

    The title of his new collection of stories refers to an unusual kind of Chinese painting, that tricks the eye into thinking it sees a collage of fragments. Bapo means eight broken, where eight is a Chinese lucky number and broken suggests that luck has run out, though theres another kind of luck in simply surviving and holding it all together, less glorious maybe, but not so bad in the long run. The stories feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure and aware of its susceptibility to corruption, disappointment or manipulation.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BARBED WIRE AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS
    BARBED WIRE AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS
    HEISS ANITA
    ISBN: 9781925184846
    Title: BARBED WIRE AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS
    Author: HEISS ANITA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    5 August, 1944: Over 1000 Japanese soldiers attempt to break out of the No. 12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are recaptured and imprisoned, and some take their own lives rather than suffer the humiliation of ongoing defeat. But one soldier, Hiroshi, determined to avoid either fate, manages to escape.

    At nearby Erambie Aboriginal mission, Banjo Williams, father of nine and proud man of his community, discovers a distraught Hiroshi, pleading for help. The people of Erambie have seen enough death and heartache, so Banjo and the Erambie community decide to offer Hiroshi refuge.

    Mary, Banjo’s daughter, recently returned from being in service in Sydney, is intrigued by the Japanese stranger, and is charged with his care. Love blossoms, but life for the community on the mission is one of restriction – living under Acts of Protection and Assimilation, and always under the watchful eye of the mission manager. In wartime Australia, the children are terrified of air raids, but their parents fear a life without rights. And for Mary and Hiroshi, there is much in their way.

    Mary is forbidden under the Act, and by her own father, to marry Hiroshi, so together they plot their own escape from the mission. But solidarity in the community is eroding and trouble is brewing.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
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