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  • HAMNET   -   Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    HAMNET - Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    OFARRELL MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781472223807
    Title: HAMNET - Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: OFARRELL MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

    'Dazzling. Devastating' Kamila Shamsie

    'Stunning... deserves to win prizes' Marian Keyes

    A stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, HAMNET is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play.

    On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

    Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.

    HAMNET is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • HIDDEN HAND : Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World
    HIDDEN HAND : Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World
    HAMILTON CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781743795576
    Title: HIDDEN HAND : Exposing How The Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping The World
    Author: HAMILTON CLIVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark follow-up to the bestselling Silent Invasion, Hidden Hand exposes the Chinese Communist Party's global program of influence and subversion, and the threat it poses to democracy.

    With its enormous economic power, China is now a global political and military force engaged in an ideological struggle with the West. Combining a mass of evidence with unique insights, Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg lay bare the nature and extent of the Chinese Communist Party's influence operations across the Western world - in politics, business, universities, think tanks and international institutions such as the UN. This new authoritarian power is using democracy to undermine democracy in pursuit of its global ambitions.

    Combining meticulous research with compelling prose, Hidden Hand brings to light the Chinese Communist Party's threats to democratic freedoms and national sovereignty across Europe and North America - and show how we might push back against its autocratic influence.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD  -  Crescent City Book 1
    HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD - Crescent City Book 1
    MAAS SARAH J
    ISBN: 9781526610126
    Title: HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD - Crescent City Book 1
    Author: MAAS SARAH J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A #1 New York Times bestseller!

    Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood- the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

    Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life working hard all day and partying all night until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

    Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irresistible deal- help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

    As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion one that could set them both free, if they'd only let it.

    With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom and the power of love.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO GROW A FAMILY TREE
    HOW TO GROW A FAMILY TREE
    JONES ELIZA HENRY
    ISBN: 9781460754955
    Title: HOW TO GROW A FAMILY TREE
    Author: JONES ELIZA HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean. Stella may only be seventeen, but having read every self-help book she can find means she knows a thing or two about helping people. She sure wasn't expecting to be the one in need of help, though.Thanks to her father's gambling addiction, Stella and her family now find themselves living at Fairyland Caravan Park. And hiding this truth from her friends is hard enough without dealing with another secret. Stella's birth mother has sent her a letter. As Stella deals with the chaos of her family, she must also confront the secrets and past of her 'other' family. But Stella is stronger than she realises.From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HOW TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD : For Every Kid Who Wants to Make a Difference
    HOW TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD : For Every Kid Who Wants to Make a Difference
    SWIFT KEILLY
    ISBN: 9780241412206
    Title: HOW TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD : For Every Kid Who Wants to Make a Difference
    Author: SWIFT KEILLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If you are a kid with big dreams and a passion for what is right, you're a world-changer in the making. There's a lot that can be changed by just one person, if you know what to do. Start by making yourself into the awesome person you want to be by learning all about self-care and kindness. Using those skills, work your way up to creating activist campaigns to tackle climate change or social injustice.

    This fun and inspiring guide to making the world a better place and becoming a good citizen is packed with ideas and tips for kids who want to know how to make a difference. Through ideas as small as creating a neighbourhood lending library to as important as public speaking and how to talk about politics, How to Make a Better World is a practical guide to activism for awesome kids.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • I WANT YOU TO KNOW WERE STILL HERE : My family, the Holocaust and my search for truth
    I WANT YOU TO KNOW WERE STILL HERE : My family, the Holocaust and my search for truth
    FOER ESTHER SAFRAN
    ISBN: 9780008297657
    Title: I WANT YOU TO KNOW WERE STILL HERE : My family, the Holocaust and my search for truth
    Author: FOER ESTHER SAFRAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory.

    Mine is a family of readers and writers. Our house is filled with books. There are contemporary design books on the coffee table in the living room, legal books in my husband's home office, and piles of children's books for when my grandchildren visit. However, the side table next to my bed is piled with books about the Holocaust. Framed maps of shtetls line my office walls and pictures of relatives killed in the Holocaust are displayed on our family gallery walls.

    Sometimes I feel like I exist across two polarized realities, experiencing great fulfillment from family, friends, and a meaningful career, and, at the same time, finding the joy of my life tempered by its shadows. In the darker corners of my mind live ghosts and demons who visit me from the shtetls in Ukraine where my family came from. Some of the details that make these visions so vivid are imagined because I grew up in a family where memories were too terrible to speak of.

    This is the true story of four generations who have been dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath. We are four generations, survivors and survivors of survivors, storytellers and memory keepers. And we're still here.

    Imprint: HQ - Harlequin
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • JOY OF WATER
    JOY OF WATER
    ISBN: 9781838690465
    Title: JOY OF WATER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Idyllic wild swimming holes, alluring lakes and magical coves; discover more than 60 locations around the world to experience The Joy of Water with this inspirational new book from Lonely Planet. Tap into the 'water wellness' trend with personal stories about the best places to take a dip and forge a stronger connection to the elements through joyful interactions with water.

    Divided into five chapters (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania), journey to some of the world's most far-flung corners in the search of sublime aquatic experiences, whether that's for relaxing, contemplation or adventure. From wild swims off Britain's remotest beach and coral reef-fuelled snorkelling trips in idyllic Mozambique, to sumptuous soaks in Iceland's geothermally-heated pools and chill-out time with non-stinging jellyfish in Palau's magical hidden lake, no corner is left unexplored.

    With exquisite full-colour photography throughout and expert advice from Lonely Planet's seasoned travel writers, be inspired to experience The Joy of Water all over the globe.


    Featured experiences include:

    Peering down a 354-foot drop from your spot atop Victoria Falls' thrilling infinity pool in Zambia
    Swimming in the sacred River Ganges as it bursts from the Himalaya and enters into India's rolling plains
    Snorkelling with the world's largest fish, the mighty whale shark, in the kaleidoscopic coral reefs of Ningaloo off western Australia
    Kayaking through the magical Fairy Pools on Scotland's windswept Isle of Skye
    Cooling off with a dip in Guatemala's tranquil and jungle-clad swimming pools in Semuc Champey
    Gazing at the hypnotising beauty of the surrounding mountains from Oregon's Crater Lake, the deepest in the United States of America

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LANDING WITH WINGS
    LANDING WITH WINGS
    BALLA TRACE
    ISBN: 9781760296957
    Title: LANDING WITH WINGS
    Author: BALLA TRACE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miri's been on the move and now she's finding her feet, her freedom, her community and her home, treading lightly all the way.

    A story about spreading your wings and putting down roots in an ancient land.

    From the much-loved creator of Rivertime (WINNER: Readings Prize and Wilderness Society Award) and Rockhopping (WINNER: CBCA Awards).

    'Another lovely adventure from Trace Balla. Rich in country and family, deep in care for the future.' BRUCE PASCOE

    'A beautiful book about being connected to the world at ground level. I feel like I've made a new friend through Trace's exquisitely accessible drawings and gentle prose.' ALISON LESTER

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • LOUDNESS OF UNSAID THINGS
    LOUDNESS OF UNSAID THINGS
    HINTON HILDE
    ISBN: 9780733642005
    Title: LOUDNESS OF UNSAID THINGS
    Author: HINTON HILDE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable story of loneliness, isolation and finding your way. Heart-wrenching, wise and wryly funny, this novel will make you kinder to those who are lost.

    Miss Kaye works at The Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Some bark orders. Some negotiate tirelessly. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do.

    Susie was seven when she realised she'd had her fill of character building. She'd lie between her Holly Hobbie sheets thinking how slowly birthdays come around, but how quickly change happened. One minute her Dad was saying that the family needed to move back to the city and then, SHAZAM, they were there. Her mum didn't move to the new house with them. And Susie hated going to see her mum at the mind hospital. She never knew who her mum would be. Or who would be there. As the years passed, there were so many things Susie wanted to say but never could.

    Miss Kaye will teach Susie that the loudness of unsaid things can be music - and together they will learn that living can be more than surviving.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • MAMMOTH
    MAMMOTH
    FLYNN CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780702262746
    Title: MAMMOTH
    Author: FLYNN CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The original, unforgettable and thought-provoking new novel by award-winning author Chris Flynn that will change how readers understand the world.

    Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon, Mammoth is the (mostly) true story of how the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a pterodactyl, a prehistoric penguin, the severed hand of an Egyptian mummy and the narrator himself came to be on sale at a 2007 natural history auction in Manhattan.

    Ranging from the Pleistocene Epoch to nineteenth-century America and beyond, including detours to Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, Mammoth illuminates a period of history when ideas about science and religion underwent significant change. By tracing how and when the fossils were unearthed, Mammoth traverses time and place to reveal humanity's role in the inexorable destruction of the natural world.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MELTING MOMENTS
    MELTING MOMENTS
    GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959988
    Title: MELTING MOMENTS
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is 1941. Eighteen-year-old Ruby leaves behind the family farm, her serious mother and roguish father, and heads for Adelaide. After a brief courtship, she enters into a hasty marriage with a soldier about to go to war - who returns a changed man.

    In this absorbing novel, Anna Goldsworthy recreates the world of Adelaide half a century ago, and portrays the phases of a woman's life with intimacy and sly humour. We follow Ruby as she contends with her damaged husband and eccentric in-laws. We see her experience motherhood and changing social circumstances, until, in a moving twist, a figure from the past reappears, to kindle a late-life romance.

    In her captivating fiction debut, Goldsworthy evokes a woman's life in a pre-feminist world. In this tender, funny book, she combines an Austenesque wit with Alice Munro's feeling for human complexity.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MINOTAUR : RISE OF THE MYTHIX 2
    MINOTAUR : RISE OF THE MYTHIX 2
    DO ANH
    ISBN: 9781760876401
    Title: MINOTAUR : RISE OF THE MYTHIX 2
    Author: DO ANH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The minotaur will be recognised by his strength...

    The minotaur will be recognised by his strength. Kelly doesn't believe in ancient prophecies. Then again, up until recently, she also didn't believe a horn could grow out of her forehead. Now the Collector is holding her mother hostage, and if Kelly wants to rescue her she needs to learn how to wield all the powers of the Unicorn. She also needs some help. She needs to find... the Minotaur. Minh knows something epic is going on. For the last year, he has been getting stronger and stronger. He can pull a plough as well as any horse. He can lift cars. But he has no idea that this is just the beginning...

    Kelly and Minh will need to help each other if they are to have any hope of bringing down the Collector and rescuing the people they love.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MIRROR AND THE LIGHT    (The Wolf Hall Trilogy)   -   Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    MIRROR AND THE LIGHT (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780007480999
    Title: MIRROR AND THE LIGHT (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

    'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?'

    England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

    Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

    With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • MUMS ELEPHANT
    MUMS ELEPHANT
    OKEEFE MAUREEN JIPIYILIYA NAMPIJINPA
    ISBN: 9781925936728
    Title: MUMS ELEPHANT
    Author: OKEEFE MAUREEN JIPIYILIYA NAMPIJINPA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe grew up in the remote community of Ali Curung in the NT. Her family lived a bush life. They didn’t own much but her mother had a very special ‘elephant’. It was her mother’s most prized possession and she gave it tender loving care. When her mother’s friends were around, they had real tea-parties with the elephant. Often her mother would sleep with it beside her bed.

    Christina Booth’s splendid illustrations of desert landscapes and bush life deepen the mystery of the elephant, only revealing subtle clues to its true identity. The reader is beguiled by the storytelling until the big surprise when the elephant is revealed. Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O’Keefe is a natural storyteller and conveys warmth and humour in her writing. Mum’s Elephant will intrigue children and remind adult readers of the simple things that held a special charm when they were young.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • NIGHT LESSONS IN LITTLE JERUSALEM
    NIGHT LESSONS IN LITTLE JERUSALEM
    HELD RICK
    ISBN: 9780733641664
    Title: NIGHT LESSONS IN LITTLE JERUSALEM
    Author: HELD RICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The hero of this book was not a saint, nor even a tzadik - the nearest Jewish equivalent - but he was a hero. Someone who risked his own life to make a difference to the life of another. Were his motives selfless? No. He was after all flesh and blood. A man. And a very young one. But life is not black and white. Heroes are not without their flaws. This is his story.

    Tholdi is a romantic. A musical prodigy whose brilliant future is extinguished when the horror unfolding across Europe arrives at his door. One day he's captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Lyuba who he meets on his sixteenth birthday; the next he wakes to the terrors of war as the Nazi-allied Romanians attack his town of Czernowitz.

    A ghetto is built to imprison the town's Jews before herding them onto trains bound for the concentration camps of Transnistria. With each passing day, Tholdi and his parents await their turn. And then Fate intervenes, giving them all a reprieve.

    At the weaving mill Tholdi secures work that spares him. He is elated. Until he discovers the two brothers who run the mill are Nazi collaborators hiding a terrible secret: the threat of transportation remains. When Tholdi sees one of the brothers with Lyuba, he glimpses a way to save himself and his family. But the stakes of his gamble are high. Will Lyuba be the key to their survival, or will Tholdi's infatuation with her become a dangerous obsession that guarantees their death?

    NIGHT LESSONS IN LITTLE JERUSALEM is an unforgettable debut novel of war, family and love.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • NINJA KID #5 Ninja Clones
    NINJA KID #5 Ninja Clones
    DO ANH
    ISBN: 9781743835128
    Title: NINJA KID #5 Ninja Clones
    Author: DO ANH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nelson and Kenny have been CLONED! Robot Nelson and Robot Kenny are faster, smarter and better dancers! But when the clones spin out of control at school camp, can the REAL Nelson and Kenny SAVE THE DAY?

    Imprint: Scholastic Australia
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
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