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  • 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
  • MY DARK VANESSA
    MY DARK VANESSA
    RUSSELL KATE ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780008342258
    Title: MY DARK VANESSA
    Author: RUSSELL KATE ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher. ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER. Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn't abuse. It was love. She's sure of that.Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues our age.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    BRIGGS ADAM
    ISBN: 9781760504168
    Title: OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    Author: BRIGGS ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adapted from Briggs' celebrated song 'The Children Came Back', Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

    Readers will recognise Briggs' distinctive voice and contagious energy within the pages of Our Home, Our Heartbeat, signifying a new and exciting chapter in children's Indigenous publishing.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • PARIS SECRET
    PARIS SECRET
    LESTER NATASHA
    ISBN: 9780733641886
    Title: PARIS SECRET
    Author: LESTER NATASHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for sixty-five years, and the three women bound forever by war... from the New York Times bestselling author of THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER.

    England, 1939 Talented pilot Skye Penrose joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister, Liberty, and childhood soulmate Nicholas Crawford, now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux Jourdan.

    Paris, 1947 Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance, Miss Dior, in tribute to his sister, Catherine, who worked for the French Resistance.

    Present day Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a secret wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

    An unspeakable betrayal will entwine all of their fates.

    THE PARIS SECRET is an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another, and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    BENNETT MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781742236568
    Title: PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    Author: BENNETT MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are few Aboriginal icons in White Australia history.

    From the explorer to the pioneer, the swagman to the drover’s wife, with a few bushrangers for good measure, Europeans play all the leading roles. A rare exception is the redoubtable tracker. With skills passed down over millennia, trackers could trace the movements of people across vast swathes of country. Celebrated as saviours of lost children and disoriented adults, and finders of missing livestock, they were also cursed by robbers on the run.

    Trackers live in the collective memory as one of the few examples of Aboriginal people’s skills being sought after in colonial society. In New South Wales alone, more than a thousand Aboriginal men and a smaller number of women toiled for authorities across the state after 1862. This book tells the often unlikely stories of trackers including Billy Bogan, Jimmy Governor, Tommy Gordon, Frank Williams and Alec Riley.

    Through his work on native title claims, historian Michael Bennett realised that the role of trackers – and how they moved between two worlds – has been largely unacknowledged. His important book reveals that their work grew out of traditional society and was sustained by the vast family networks that endure to this day.Pathfindersbrings the skilled and diverse work of trackers not only to the forefront of law enforcement history but to the general shared histories of black and white Australia.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    BAIRD JULIA
    ISBN: 9781460757154
    Title: PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    Author: BAIRD JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

    Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

    And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom?

    In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness?

    Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    LOVELL VERINDER ERIN
    ISBN: 9781760760465
    Title: PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    Author: LOVELL VERINDER ERIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An antidote to the frenetic pace of modern life, this book offers a beginner's guide to plant medicine as a source of self-care, vitality and wellness. Plants! People! We belong together!

    Plants are our past. Plants are our future. We are diminished if we can't celebrate plants, properly understand their powers and harness their energy to heal ourselves. Plants for the People is an exploration of the plant world through the eyes of a master herbalist, weaving ancient wisdom with a modern approach to plant medicine. This is a beginner's guide to using plants to restore vitality and a general sense of wellbeing, with recipes for easy-to-make teas, tinctures, syrups, balms and baths. Throughout there are golden tips and tonics for addressing common ailments such as bloating, bad skin, lack of energy, winter coughs and colds, jangling nerves and many other present-day complaints. An evolution of herbal-medicine books of the past, Plants for the People is a modern presentation of an ancient craft. This is plant medicine's time to shine.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    OAKLEY GAZ
    ISBN: 9781787134980
    Title: PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    Author: OAKLEY GAZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plants-Only Kitchen offers an explosion of flavour, with more than 70 vegan recipes that work around your lifestyle.

    With symbols flagging whether recipes are high-protein, take less than 15 minutes, or are suitable for meal prep and batch cooking, Plants-Only Kitchen explains how best to make a vegan diet work for you. No fuss, no fancy ingredients – just fantastic food using plants, only.

    Gaz Oakley (aka @avantgardevegan) has amassed well over a million followers on social media with his exciting vegan dishes, which emphasise that a plant-based diet doesn't mean missing out on taste. In Plants-Only Kitchen, Gaz's recipes are easier than ever before – following his step-by-step instructions, tips and advice, anyone can cook great vegan food.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    ANDRUS AUBRE
    ISBN: 9781788689359
    Title: PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    Author: ANDRUS AUBRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plastic is everywhere - it's almost impossible to get through one day without using it, and it's creating major problems for our planet, wildlife and ourselves. In this guide, you'll discover loads of easy ways to cut plastic out of your life. Become a 'plastic patroller' instead of a plastic polluter and help protect our world.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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