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  • DEEP WATER
    DEEP WATER
    EPSTEIN SARAH
    ISBN: 9781760877286
    Title: DEEP WATER
    Author: EPSTEIN SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING
    Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddied mountain bike at the train station.

    MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED
    While Mason doesn't know who he is or what he's capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

    CHLOE BAXTER WANTS ANSWERS
    Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe's friends knows something and she's determined to find out the truth.

    As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason's past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?

    'A captivating mystery about small-town secrets and the lies that protect them.' Ellie Marney

    'Clever, compelling and heartbreaking. I loved this book.' Rebecca James

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    CRASWELL PENNY
    ISBN: 9781760760175
    Title: DESIGN LIVES HERE : Australian interiors furniture and lighting
    Author: CRASWELL PENNY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An ultimate sourcebook of Australian design, including the best of contemporary interiors, furniture, lighting and bespoke objects.

    Australian design has forged its own unique trajectory, influenced by geographic isolation, a distinctive natural environment and a modern sensibility. Design Lives Here showcases the best of Australian residential architecture and interiors, and pays homage to the local designers and makers who have crafted bespoke pieces of furniture and lighting for these homes, whether large or small. From a reimagined Californian bungalow with a dining table inspired by the humble HB pencil to a monumental inner-city residence furnished with more than 100 custom pieces, these houses - and the objects that reside within - offer a compelling snapshot of contemporary Australian design through the lens of materiality, utility, site and place.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • DESIRE LINES
    DESIRE LINES
    VOLK FELICITY
    ISBN: 9780733642593
    Title: DESIRE LINES
    Author: VOLK FELICITY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic story of love and the lies we tell ourselves, from an extraordinary Australian literary talent

    Are you still a liar? The crafting of those five words, even without dispatch, left her chilled.

    Arctic Circle, 2012. On a lightless day at the end of the polar winter, landscape architect Evie Waddell finds herself exhuming the past as she buries Australian seeds in a frozen mountain vault - insurance against catastrophe.

    Molong, 1953. Catastrophe is all seven-year-old Paddy O'Connor has known. Shipped from institutional care in London to an Australian farm school, his world is a shadowy place where lies scaffold fragile truths and painful memories. To Paddy's south in Canberra, young Evie is safe in her family's embrace, yet soon learns there are some paths from which you can't turn back; impulses and threats that she only half understands but seems to have known forever.

    Blue Mountains, 1962. From their first meeting as teenagers at a country market, Paddy and Evie grow a compulsive, unconventional love that spans decades, taking them in directions neither could have foreseen.

    Set against the uneasy relationship society has with its own truth-telling in history, war and politics, DESIRE LINES is an epic story of love and the lies we tell ourselves to survive - and a reminder that even truths which seem lost forever can find their way home.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DICKENS BOY
    DICKENS BOY
    KENEALLY TOM
    ISBN: 9781760893194
    Title: DICKENS BOY
    Author: KENEALLY TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proven unable 'to apply himself' to school or life. So he is sent, as his brother Alfred had been before him, at sixteen years of age, to Australia. This proving themselves exercise was not to take place in the burgeoning cities of Melbourne or Sydney, but in outback NSW, learning to become men from the most diverse and toughest of men.

    Part of Dickens' motivation was to separate these younger of his children from the Dickens family schism, where Charles had expelled his wife from the family home, keeping her sister Georgie there to run the household, and taking up with the actress Ellen Tiernan.

    Plorn arrived in Melbourne in late 1868 carrying a terrible secret. He has never read a word of his father's work. He is sent out to become a gentleman stockman on a 2000 square mile station in remotest, semi-arid parts of NSW. Here he inevitably gets enmeshed with Paakantji, colonists, colonial-born, ex-convicts, ex-soldiers, and very few women.

    Plorn, unexpectedly, encounters the same veneration of his father and familiarity with his work in Australia that was rampant in England. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushrangers, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women, Plorn, meets extraordinary people and enjoys wonderful adventures as he works to prove himself.

    This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a triumph.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DISPLACED : A rural life
    DISPLACED : A rural life
    KINSELLA JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925760477
    Title: DISPLACED : A rural life
    Author: KINSELLA JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Kinsella's memoir of his rural life takes us deep into the heart of what it means to belong and unbelong. The joys and travails of childhood, adult addictions, missteps and changing directions are acutely captured in poignant and poetic detail. While centred on Jam Tree Gully in rural Western Australia, the memoir also moves between Ohio, Schull and Cambridge, mixing regionalism with an international sense of responsibility. What will strike the reader are the detailed observations of daily life, the engagement with topography and flora and fauna that embody the author's conviction that ‘all is in everything and that every leaf of grass is vital’.

    In his most intimate prose work to date, Kinsella never shies from writing about the violence and intolerance of those scared of difference, and the ways in which his ethics have sometimes been met with disdain or outright hostility. But with nuance and humour he also celebrates rural community and its willingness to lend a hand.

    At once tender, urgent and intelligent, Displaced is ultimately a call to personal action. ‘We all have choices to make.’ It argues through it vivid accounts of small acts of living for the values of pacifism, veganism, environmentalism and justice for First Nations peoples — the principles we just might need to heal our world.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • E BOY 1 : Lightning Strike
    E BOY 1 : Lightning Strike
    DO ANH
    ISBN: 9781760877521
    Title: E BOY 1 : Lightning Strike
    Author: DO ANH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ethan is supposed to be doing regular teenage things - like playing sports and hanging out with friends.

    He is not supposed to be in hospital getting a brain tumour removed by Gemini, a high-tech android doctor.

    But just as the operation begins, the medical facility is hit by an unusual bolt of lightning...
    When Ethan wakes up he discovers that things are different. He's always been good with computers, but now his skills are next-level. Ethan almost feels like he's...part of the machine.

    And what about the android Gemini? If Ethan is now part robot, does that make the robot part human?

    Ethan will need all his new skills just to stay alive.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    LE HUNTE BEM
    ISBN: 9781925760484
    Title: ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    Author: LE HUNTE BEM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An encounter with Elephants with Headlights is a collision between east and west, modernity and tradition — between driverless cars and ancient lore — and a world that needs revolutionary reappraisal. In this world, Savitri, named after a Goddess, refuses outright to marry anyone. Her brother, Neel is intent on marrying an Australian girl called Mae, much to the displeasure of their mother, Tota, and father, Siddarth. But do they have the power to command love or destiny? Only the family astrologer, Arunji, knows, yet his truth is tempered by obligations to the family that transformed his life.

    Characters we come to love and care for teeter on the brink of a radically altered future, leaving questions in their wake. What is the generative legacy of tradition? Can spiritual values survive amidst personal challenges, the tragedy of a death foretold, and the momentous changes of our times? A warm and engaging novel touched with love, wisdom and soulfulness, Elephants with Headlights is a breathtaking story for the threshold era we all navigate.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ELLA DIARIES #18 : Wildlife Rescue
    ELLA DIARIES #18 : Wildlife Rescue
    COSTAIN MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781743832301
    Title: ELLA DIARIES #18 : Wildlife Rescue
    Author: COSTAIN MEREDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    Ellas heart is breaking! She just can't stop thinking about the tiny BABY POSSUM that she found lost in the park. Where did the rescuer lady take the poor little thing? Will it be LONELY? What will it eat? Her friends Ammy and Zoe dont seem to care, but Ella is determined to find out!

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FALASTIN : A Cookbook
    FALASTIN : A Cookbook
    TAMIMI SAMI / WIGLEY TARA
    ISBN: 9781785038723
    Title: FALASTIN : A Cookbook
    Author: TAMIMI SAMI / WIGLEY TARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FALASTIN is a love letter to Palestine, the land and its people; an evocative collection of over 110 unforgettable recipes and stories from the co-authors of Jerusalem and Ottolenghi- The Cookbook, and Ottolenghi SIMPLE.

    Travelling through Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and the West Bank, Sami and Tara invite you to experience and enjoy unparalleled access to Sami's homeland. As each region has its own distinct identity and tale to tell, there are endless new flavour combinations to discover.

    The food is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary, with recipes that have been handed down through the generations and reworked for a modern home kitchen, alongside dishes that have been inspired by Sami and Tara's collaborations with producers and farmers throughout Palestine.

    With stunning food and travel photography plus stories from unheard Palestinian voices, this innovative cookbook will transport you to this rich and complex land.

    So get ready to laden your table with the most delicious of foods - from abundant salads, soups and wholesome grains to fluffy breads, easy one-pot dishes and perfumed sweet treats - here are simple feasts to be shared and everyday meals to be enjoyed. These are stunning Palestinian-inspired dishes that you will want to cook, eat, fall in love with and make your own.



    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • FRANKIE FISH AND THE WILD WILD MESS   #5
    FRANKIE FISH AND THE WILD WILD MESS #5
    HELLIAR PETER
    ISBN: 9781760502904
    Title: FRANKIE FISH AND THE WILD WILD MESS #5
    Author: HELLIAR PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's favourite comedian and children's author Peter Helliar is BACK!

    Giddy up for the next instalment in the best-selling Frankie Fish series: it's the wildest time-travel adventure to date ...

    Frankie Fish has a hunch that a famous Medicine Man from the Wild West holds the answer to his grandad's forgetfulness, so he and Drew pack their cowboy hats and spurs and take the Sonic Suitcase for another spin. But when they arrive, gold fever has struck, and Frankie and Drew must take on some sneaky outlaws and clear their new friend's name. Can Frankie Fish and Drew Bird yee-haw their way into the history books?

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FUNNY KID #7  -  Peeking Duck
    FUNNY KID #7 - Peeking Duck
    STANTON MATT
    ISBN: 9780733340598
    Title: FUNNY KID #7 - Peeking Duck
    Author: STANTON MATT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'My new ultimate favourite book!'
    - Lachie, aged 11, on Funny Kid for President

    Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.

    He's not the smartest kid; he's not the fastest kid; he's not the prettiest kid; but he might just be the funniest kid you've ever met.

    Max and his friends take a road trip to Adventure Park to dare each other to ride The Tower of Dying Deathly Doom. But it may be Duck who is the bravest one of all.

    FUNNY KID is the mega-bestselling series from author-illustrator Matt Stanton that's got everyone laughing!


    MORE PRAISE FOR FUNNY KID

    'my favourite thing in the book was everything' - Elliott

    'better than Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and Tom Gates combined' - Ally

    'humour is injected into every page' - Children's Book Council of Australia's Reading Time

    'absolutely hilarious' - Tim Harris, author of the Exploding Endings series

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FUTURE OF US : Demography gets a makeover
    FUTURE OF US : Demography gets a makeover
    ALLEN LIZ
    ISBN: 9781742236506
    Title: FUTURE OF US : Demography gets a makeover
    Author: ALLEN LIZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Knowing who, where, and how many of us there are is a powerful force that helps us understand the way we live now and, as Liz Allen powerfully shows, allows us to create a better future.

    We know what the population of Australia is. We know where these people live and where they were born. We know how many babies they are likely to have. We know what their life expectancy is. We know how educated they are and whether they’re working. With energy and passion, demographer Liz Allen explains what this all means and how we can use this information to make Australia better.

    Bold and fearless, this book does more than help you find your inner statistician. It helps us to understand the way we live now and how we might shape our future. Looking beyond births, deaths and marriages, Liz Allen takes apart inequality, migration, tax, home ownership. She shares her own ‘life course’. And fearlessly, she dissects how the word ‘population’ became so charged, daring to ask what Australia might look like in 20 years if we had zero migration.

    We know that demography shapes future possibilities. This book gives demography a makeover to create a better future for us.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GHOST AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER : WILLIAM BUCKLEY JOHN BATMAN AND THE THEFT OF KULIN COUNTRY
    GHOST AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER : WILLIAM BUCKLEY JOHN BATMAN AND THE THEFT OF KULIN COUNTRY
    COURTENAY ADAM
    ISBN: 9780733340390
    Title: GHOST AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER : WILLIAM BUCKLEY JOHN BATMAN AND THE THEFT OF KULIN COUNTRY
    Author: COURTENAY ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    By the bestselling author of The Ship That Never Was Just after Christmas 1803, a convict called William Buckley fled an embryonic settlement in the land of the Kulin nation (now the Port Phillip area), to take his chances in the wilderness. A few months later, the local Aboriginal people found the six-foot-five former soldier cold and starving. Perhaps thinking he was a lost kinsman returned from the dead, they took him in, and for thirty-two years Buckley lived as a Wadawurrung man, learning his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods to survive. Colonists finally caught up with Buckley in 1835, the same year the former bounty hunter John Batman arrived in the area, looking to acquire the rolling grasslands around the bay. What happened next saw the Wadawurrung betrayed and Buckley eventually broken. The theft of Kulin country would end in the birth of a city. The frontier wars had begun.By the bestselling author of The Ship That Never Was, The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter is a fascinating and poignant true story from Australian colonial history.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GOING DARK : The Secret Social Lives of Extremists
    GOING DARK : The Secret Social Lives of Extremists
    EBNER JULIA
    ISBN: 9781526616777
    Title: GOING DARK : The Secret Social Lives of Extremists
    Author: EBNER JULIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside, but two years ago, she began to feel that she was only seeing half the picture. She needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them. So she decided to go undercover in her spare hours late nights, holidays, weekends adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum.

    Her journey would take her from a Generation Identity global strategy meeting in a pub in Mayfair, to a Neo-Nazi Music Festival on the border of Germany and Poland. She would get relationship advice from 'Trad Wives' and Jihadi Brides and hacking lessons from ISIS. She was in the channels when the alt-right began planning the lethal Charlottesville rally, and spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist.

    In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive, terrifying, illuminating journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GOOD TURN
    GOOD TURN
    MCTIERNAN DERVLA
    ISBN: 9781460756799
    Title: GOOD TURN
    Author: MCTIERNAN DERVLA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'With her third novel Dervla McTiernan confirms she's a born storyteller' Val McDermid

    The unputdownable new novel from the bestselling author of The Ruin and The Scholar.

    Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town.

    While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.

    For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn't far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men.

    PRAISE FOR DERVLA McTIERNAN:

    'Intelligent and fast-paced ... [We can't wait] for the next case' - Wall Street Journal

    'Top-notch crime writing' - Kate Forsyth

    'Like The Ruin, The Scholar is a fast-paced, rewarding read' - Irish Examiner'A truly fine police procedural that should see the author rocket from star to superstar' - Irish Independent

    'Taut, tense and darkly addictive' - Candice Fox'Confirms McTiernan's place in the top rank of crime writers' - Chris Hammer

    'The Ruin was an outstanding debut but The Scholar proves beyond a doubt that Dervla McTiernan is a remarkable talent ... crime fiction of the highest standard' - Jane Casey

    'A story that is as moving as it is fast-paced' - Val McDermid

    'A writer to watch' - Publishers Weekly

    'Dervla McTiernan's first novel far outclasses some of the genre's stalwarts, marking her as a crime writer to watch, and Cormac Reilly a cop to follow to hell and back. Fans of Ian Rankin and Tana French will feel right at home' - Bookseller + Publisher

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • GULLIVERS WIFE
    GULLIVERS WIFE
    CHATER LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781925596380
    Title: GULLIVERS WIFE
    Author: CHATER LAUREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Birth. Death. Wonder … One woman's journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down. In a climate of desperate poverty and violence, Mary is caught in a crossfire of suspicion and fear driven by her husband's outlandish claims, and it is up to her to navigate a passage to safety for herself and her daughter, and the vulnerable women in her care. When a fellow sailor, a dangerous man with nothing to lose, appears to hold sway over her husband, Mary's world descends deeper into chaos, and she must set out on her own journey to discover the truth of Gulliver's travels . . . and the landscape of her own heart. Praise for Gulliver's Wife ‘Gulliver's Wife is utterly spellbinding. Lauren Chater is a master of story-weaving and exquisite detail. I adored this book.' Melissa Ashley, bestselling author of The Birdman's Wife ‘Lauren Chater's Mary Gulliver is an extraordinary character - a performer of everyday miracles, a woman of quiet strength and compassion in a world where nothing can be relied on, least of all her flamboyant fantasist of a husband. Set in a fictional past, this superbly written story of love, loss, motherhood, and letting go is highly relevant to the issues we face today. Do not miss it.' Meg Keneally, author of Fled ‘Bold, evocative and brave - Gulliver's Wife is a revelation in story-telling. I am in awe of Lauren Chater's talent. Gulliver's Wife had my heart from the opening line and didn't let go until long after I finished the final page. An exquisitely told tale of love, loss and the magic of life.' Tess Woods, author of Love and Other Battles ‘A vividly imagined and gloriously told tale. Gulliver's Wife explores both the wonders and terrors of life as a woman in eighteenth century England and brings Mary Gulliver powerfully and enthrallingly to life.' Natasha Lester, author of The French Photographer ‘Filled with evocative details of life in early 1700s London, Gulliver's Wife is an enthralling reimagining of the lives of the women around Lemuel Gulliver, and an invitation to consider the untold stories of women throughout the history of literature.' Sarah Armstrong, author ofHis Other House ‘Gulliver's Wife is exquisite, empathetic and engrossing storytelling from an extraordinarily gifted writer.' Wendy Dunn, Backstory journal ‘A beautifully written novel that maintains a page-turning pace, heightened suspense and literal wonder on every page' Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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