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  • BURN
    BURN
    NESS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781406398854
    Title: BURN
    Author: NESS PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.

    “On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm.”

    This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

    Kazimir knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

    From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • CLARIS : Bonjour Riviera
    CLARIS : Bonjour Riviera
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781760504939
    Title: CLARIS : Bonjour Riviera
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Pack your bags darling Claris, try not to delay.

    We're off to the French Riviera - today!'

    A sweet little mouse, a new friend and a seaside adventure on the French Riviera!

    The third Claris book from acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

    The best-selling Claris series follows an adorable mouse who moves to Paris to follow her fashion dreams, for fans of Eloise and Olivia. Destined to delight fashion-obsessed readers of all ages!

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DADDY COOL : Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia
    DADDY COOL : Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia
    BUNGEY DARLEEN
    ISBN: 9781760529673
    Title: DADDY COOL : Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia
    Author: BUNGEY DARLEEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A captivating, generous and exquisitely written memoir of family and a daughter discovering her father's multi-layered life

    Who can ever truly know their parents?

    He was a glamorous heart-throb, a famous American singer performing in front of Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable and other stars at the Academy Awards. In the 1930s, his recording of 'Hawaiian Paradise' outsold those of Bing Crosby and Guy Lombardo.

    So how did he become an Australian infantryman, fighting alongside and performing for his fellow Diggers in Palestine, Beirut, Egypt and New Guinea? Why did he leave Hollywood and the ritziest hotels in America for a modest Californian bungalow in suburban Sydney? And what caused him to cease his endless drifting from one woman to another, one marriage to another, and settle with the love of his life?

    She was a strong Aussie woman, a talented radio broadcaster and publicity agent. Why did she take a chance on this reckless vagabond and notorious womaniser?

    Seeking answers, Darleen Bungey turns her biographical skills on her own family, exploring her father's multi-layered and at times tempestuous life with a truthful eye and loving heart.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS
    DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS
    WILLIAMS PIP
    ISBN: 9781925972597
    Title: DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS
    Author: WILLIAMS PIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

    Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

    Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS.

    Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    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 : LIGHTNING STRIKE : Eboy 1
    E BOY : LIGHTNING STRIKE : Eboy 1
    DO ANH
    ISBN: 9781760877521
    Title: E BOY : LIGHTNING STRIKE : Eboy 1
    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
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