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  • PLEASE DONT HUG ME
    PLEASE DONT HUG ME
    KERR KAY
    ISBN: 9781922268051
    Title: PLEASE DONT HUG ME
    Author: KERR KAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and funny Own Voices story from a debut Australian writer, for fans of Simone Howell's Girl, Defective and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.

    Erin is looking forward to schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But her plans are going awry. She's lost her job at Surf Shack after an incident that clearly was not her fault, and now she's not on track to have saved enough money. Her licence test went badly, which was also not her fault- she followed the instructor's directions perfectly. And she's missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago. But now that she's writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make sense.

    Kay Kerr's Please Don't Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood-and on the autism spectrum-and the complexities of finding out and accepting who you are and what's important to you.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    SANDS PHILIPPE
    ISBN: 9781474608138
    Title: RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    Author: SANDS PHILIPPE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadesfuhrer Otto Freiherr von Wachter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author's grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945, he was indicted for 'mass murder'. Hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the Poles and the British, as well as groups of Jews, Wachter went on the run. He spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps before making his way to Rome and being taken in by a Vatican bishop. He remained there for three months. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the 'ratline' he died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after having lunch with an 'old comrade' whom he suspected of having been recruited by the Americans.

    In THE RATLINE Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive, the love between Wachter and his wife Charlotte, who continued to write regularly to each other while he was on the run, and a fascinating insight into life in Rome and among American and Soviet spies active at the start of the Cold War. Using modern medical expertise, the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest child, who believes his father was a good man - what was Wachter doing while in hiding, and what exactly caused his death?

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • RECYCLE AND REMAKE : Creative Projects for Eco Kids
    RECYCLE AND REMAKE : Creative Projects for Eco Kids
    ISBN: 9780241395813
    Title: RECYCLE AND REMAKE : Creative Projects for Eco Kids
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kids are on a mission to save the Earth! Recycle and Remake is the hands-on, practical guide you need to get started.

    This gentle, but empowering book is full of creative making activities, information, and ideas that give young eco-warriors (like you!) the know-how to really help the environment. With Recycle and Remake, you will soon be saving trees by making your own seeded recycled paper from junk mail, cleaning up the oceans by turning old carrier bags into kites, friendship bracelets, and colourful weaved baskets, and repurposing a cardboard box into a periscope. You'll also learn about sustainable energies by creating a simple solar oven, cutting down on cling-film by making a food wrap from scrap cotton and beeswax, and turning an old tshirt into a reusable tote bag so you never need to buy a plastic carrier bag again. You can even grow new plants to clean the air in your own upcycled milk bottle planters and using homemade compost.

    As you make and create, you will learn kid-friendly facts about the big issues our planet is facing. Each of the activities directly relates to an environmental hot topic, such as plastic pollution, food waste, or deforestation. Budding environmentalists all over the world are feeling inspired to do their bit for our unique planet. This future-friendly book is here to guide you with all the information, ideas, tips, and tools you need to be part of the solution.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
    REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
    TYLER ANNE
    ISBN: 9781784743482
    Title: REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
    Author: TYLER ANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread- an offbeat love story about mis-steps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection

    Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7-15, every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life.

    But then the order of things starts to tilt. His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a 'girlfriend') tells him she's facing eviction because of a cat. And when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle.

    Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    MILLER JESSICA
    ISBN: 9781922268044
    Title: REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    Author: MILLER JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Olga loves the stories of the old cartographers and pores over their ancient books and maps, trying to unlock their secrets. Sometimes, she thinks she can even feel through the maps- almost see into them-as if by magic.

    But magic is banned in Tsaretsvo, ever since the war with the birds that divided the kingdom, and the powerful magic-wielding Iagas have long been banished. Now, any young girl who shows signs of being an Iaga is whisked away to Bleak Steppe-to a life, so the story goes, of unspeakable punishment.

    When the bird army kidnaps Olga's sister in a surprise attack on the human kingdom, Olga realises she has to venture into the Republic of Birds to bring her back. But first, she must learn to unlock her magical ability. As her journey takes her into the hidden world of the Iagas and the wilds of the Unmappable Blank, Olga discovers the truth about the war with the birds-and learns just how much is at stake.

    Inspired by Russian folklore, The Republic of Birds is a rich middle-grade fantasy adventure for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • SHEERWATER
    SHEERWATER
    SWANN LEAH
    ISBN: 9781460758632
    Title: SHEERWATER
    Author: SWANN LEAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emotional, powerful, unforgettable. From a stunning new literary talent, you won't be able to put down this novel about a mother's love for her children - it will break your heart.

    Ava and her two young sons, Max and Teddy, are driving to their new home in Sheerwater, hopeful of making a fresh start in a new town, although Ava can't help but keep looking over her shoulder. They're almost at their destination when they witness a shocking accident - a light plane crashing in the field next to the road. Ava stops to help, but when she gets back to the car, she realises that somehow, among the smoke, fire and confusion, her sons have gone missing ...

    From a substantial new Australian writing talent, Sheerwater is tense, emotional, unforgettable. Perfect for readers of Mark Brandi's Wimmera and Stephanie Bishop's The Other Side of the World, this is a beautifully written, propulsive, gut-wrenching and unputdownable novel - an aching, powerful story of the heroic acts we are capable of in the name of love.

    'Sheerwater is that rare gift of a book that balances gorgeous, glittering language with breathless pace. Leah Swann writes with devastating honesty ... This is an extraordinary novel - I tore through it, captivated by the imagery and the setting, desperately hoping for a happy ending.' Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behavior

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    WEAR ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781760641641
    Title: SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    Author: WEAR ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Sometimes the solutions are closer than you think.

    Denmark is set to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Iceland has topped the gender equality rankings for a decade and counting. South Korea's average life expectancy will reach ninety due to diet and world-class healthcare. The homicide rate in Britain is the lowest in the OECD. Singapore blitzes other developed nations in world education rankings. Phoenix, Arizona has reinvented itself as a smart city.

    How have these places and more achieved such remarkable outcomes? Public policy adviser Andrew Wear examines what has proven successful around the world, and how we can apply the lessons from these innovative case studies in our own country. Through his research, we meet inspiring community leaders, world-renowned authorities and government policy-makers leading the globe in change.

    We don't have to look far to tackle humanity's most pressing concerns. Solved! is a much-needed dose of optimism in an atmosphere of doom and gloom, a toolkit for those looking for social change. Informative, accessible and revelatory, it shows that the solutions exist - we just need to know where to look.

    'Wear shows why in pessimistic times there are reasons to feel optimistic about our capacity to solve the big problems.'-Robyn Scott, co-founder and CEO of Apolitical

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    VALENTE DOMINIQUE
    ISBN: 9780008308445
    Title: STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    Author: VALENTE DOMINIQUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The anticipated second book in 2019's breakout magical fantasy series, Starfell, starring misfit witch Willow Moss. Perfect for readers of 8+ and beautifully illustrated throughout by Sarah Warburton.

    Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, recently saved the world. The problem is, nobody can remember it - and, to make matters worse, her magical ability seems broken. Instead of finding lost things, objects keep disappearing against her will ... which is especially troubling now that her friend Sometimes needs her help!

    Sometimes has discovered how to see ten minutes into the future. Unfortunately that's only enough time to find out that his kidnappers are on their way! His only hope is to write an urgent letter to Willow, asking if she wouldn't mind trying to find him.

    As Willow and her friends piece together what has happened to Sometimes, their adventure takes them from an enchanted tower to the magical forest of Wisperia and into dangerous new realms... Can Willow save Sometimes when her own powers are out of control?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN
    STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN
    RIWOE MIRANDI
    ISBN: 9780702262739
    Title: STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN
    Author: RIWOE MIRANDI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying finds work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

    Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STRANGE COUNTRY
    STRANGE COUNTRY
    BARBERY MURIEL
    ISBN: 9781922268983
    Title: STRANGE COUNTRY
    Author: BARBERY MURIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, this literary fantasy is for fans of Atwood, Ishiguro and David Mitchell.

    During the longest war humankind has endured, two young Spanish officers abandon their post to follow the charismatic Petrus across a bridge only he can see.

    In a place of lingering mists, poetry, music and natural wonders, the fate of our world and its living creatures will be decided. Yet this world too is under threat. Will harmony and beauty prevail over darkness and death?

    An ode to the power of the imagination, the sequel to The Life of Elves echoes our own global border disputes and climate disaster. A Strange Country, by the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, is a literary fantasy for fans of Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    ISBN: 9781788689441
    Title: SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet presents a curated collection of the world's best low-impact resorts and experiences. From eco lodges and off-grid camps to responsible wildlife watching, we showcase the best eco-consious trips to help travelers lower their carbon footprint the impact made on the communities they visit.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THINGS SHE OWNED
    THINGS SHE OWNED
    ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    ISBN: 9781925972610
    Title: THINGS SHE OWNED
    Author: ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika's house is still full of the things Michiko left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgewood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. In defiance of Japanese tradition, Erika has also kept the urn containing Michiko's ashes, refusing to put her memory to rest. Erika throws herself into working as a chef at a high-end London restaurant and pretends everything is fine. But when a cousin announces that she will be visiting from Japan, Erika's resolve begins to crack.

    Slowly the things Michiko owned reveal stories of Michiko's youth amid the upheaval of Tokyo during and after the war. As the two women's stories progress and entwine, Erika is drawn to the island of Okinawa, the homeland of her grandmother. It's a place of magic and mysticism where the secrets of Erika's own past are waiting to be revealed.

    Beautiful and mysterious, THE THINGS SHE OWNED explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of cross-generational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THOUSAND MOONS
    THOUSAND MOONS
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780571333387
    Title: THOUSAND MOONS
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live.

    Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole.
    Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand.

    Told in Sebastian Barry's gorgeous, lyrical prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.

    'Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does, so that you come out of whatever he writes like you've been away, in another climate.' ALI SMITH

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TOP END GIRL
    TOP END GIRL
    TAPSELL MIRANDA
    ISBN: 9780733642432
    Title: TOP END GIRL
    Author: TAPSELL MIRANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Ever since I was thirteen years old, all I wanted to do was perform. It was an unusual dream for a kid from the Northern Territory to have ... what I wanted for my life was a world away from what people knew and loved about the "Top End". Even though I've moved south to become an actor, the Territory has never left me. It's the place I go to when I want to feel whole again.'

    From Kakadu to Cannes, Miranda Tapsell is one of Australia's favourite actors. A proud Larrikia woman, she built a stellar career on stage, and shot to fame in THE SAPPHIRES and then in LOVE CHILD and DOCTOR, DOCTOR.

    Growing up, Miranda often looked for faces like hers on our screens. There weren't many. And too often there was a negative narrative around Indigenous lives, and Aboriginal women especially. Now an award-winning actor, she decided to change things herself. Combining her love of romantic comedies with her love of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands and the Top End, Miranda wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit TOP END WEDDING.

    But who the hell co-writes, produces and acts in a film about a wedding in the same year they're having their own? Miranda Tapsell does!

    In this engaging and thought-provoking memoir, TOP END GIRL, Miranda shares the path she took to create a moving film about re-connection to family and culture at the same time as she was planning her own wedding. And, like all good story-tellers, she holds a mirror up to the society we live in to show the prejudice that too often surfaces. Miranda knows that the key to change is to understand and through the power of storytelling she is changing attitudes and expectations to unite us all.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • TRUGANINI : Journey Through the Apocalypse
    TRUGANINI : Journey Through the Apocalypse
    PYBUS CASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9781760529222
    Title: TRUGANINI : Journey Through the Apocalypse
    Author: PYBUS CASSANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'At last, a book to give Truganini the proper attention she deserves.' - Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of Oceania, The British Museum

    Cassandra Pybus' ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, just off the coast of south-east Tasmania, throughout the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that she was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne, of whom she was the last.

    The name of Truganini is vaguely familiar to most Australians as 'the last of her race'. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy: the extinction of the original people of Tasmania within her lifetime. For nearly seven decades she lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than most human imaginations could conjure. She is a hugely significant figure in Australian history and we should know about how she lived, not simply that she died. Her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story.

    A lively, intelligent, sensual young woman, Truganini managed to survive the devastating decade of the 1820s when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. Taken away from Bruny Island in 1830, she spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highland and through barely penetrable forests, with the self-styled missionary George Augustus Robinson, who was collecting all the surviving people to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She managed to avoid a long incarceration on Flinders Island when Robinson took her to Victoria where she was implicated in the murder of two white men. Acquitted of murder, she was returned to Tasmania where she lived for another thirty-five years. Her story is both inspiring and heart-wrenching, and it is told in full in this book for the first time.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNTETHERED : A Memoir
    UNTETHERED : A Memoir
    KATZEN HAYLEY
    ISBN: 9781920727444
    Title: UNTETHERED : A Memoir
    Author: KATZEN HAYLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When South African Jewish academic Hayley Katzen moves to a remote Australian cattle property to live with her farmer girlfriend, she hopes, at last, to find home.

    But this is no happy-ever-after tree change. Lecture halls, law reform and the arts are replaced with castrating calves, shovelling manure, fire-fighting and anti-gas blockades. In a place that attracts people who live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity.

    Set in the unpredictable beauty of the Australian landscape, and told with Hayley Katzen’s compelling candour and rigour, Untethered charts one migrant’s search for home. Part love story and part off-the-grid adventure, Untethered is a powerful reminder that home can be found in many forms – in love, in family and friends, in ideologies and political movements, in landscapes and communities, and ultimately, in ourselves.

    Imprint: VENTURA PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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