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  • 4 3 2 1
    4 3 2 1
    AUSTER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780571324637
    Title: 4 3 2 1
    Author: AUSTER PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Auster's first novel in seven years. His greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work. A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself. A masterpiece.


    On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up - again and again and again.

    As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer's extraordinary career.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 71 SHEEP TRY SOCCER
    71 SHEEP TRY SOCCER
    ALBO PABLO
    ISBN: 9780994289599
    Title: 71 SHEEP TRY SOCCER
    Author: ALBO PABLO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 4+

    71 Sheep try soccer written by Pablo Albo and illustrated by the renowned Spanish illustrator, Guridi.

    Sheep aren’t exactly renowned for their organisation skills, so when 71 sheep arrange a game of soccer, things are always going to get interesting. When their ball gets stuck in a tree, how will all the sheep cooperate to retrieve it? And when an unexpected danger presents itself, how will the sheep organise themselves to stay safe….and finish their game of soccer?

    71 Sheep try soccer is a quirky and humorous book, showing young readers how unexpected challenges can be triumphed by imagination and cooperation.

    Imprint: BERBAY PUBLISHING
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • ALL AT SEA
    ALL AT SEA
    AITKENHEAD DECCA
    ISBN: 9780008142155
    Title: ALL AT SEA
    Author: AITKENHEAD DECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don't mind at all if you forget this.The important thing is that I don't.'

    On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead's life changed for ever.

    Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water's edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son's life – then drowned before her eyes.

    When Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.

    Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's lives and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL FALL DOWN
    ALL FALL DOWN
    AUSTIN CASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9781926428253
    Title: ALL FALL DOWN
    Author: AUSTIN CASSANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a bridge in the small outback town of Mululuk mysteriously collapses, the town is cut off from the world, and its citizens from each other. As the locals try to work out why the bridge fell and what it will take to replace it, old rivalries, forgotten romances and primitive drives come to the fore.

    Teenaged Rachel has come from ‘the city’ to stay with her uncle after her home life has fallen apart, and she quickly becomes involved in the quest for the truth about the bridge. Father Nott, the local Franciscan priest, is trying to get the hysterical townsfolk to see sense, particularly his gossip-mongering friend Gussy. Shane, Janice and Craig find themselves at the heart of a devastating love triangle, with deadly ramifications that will reverberate far beyond the three of them. And the mysterious Charlie, a scruffy, charismatic alcoholic with a dark past, has a terrifying idea about what it takes to keep a bridge standing.

    In a town that keeps its secrets like it builds its houses – underground – Charlie’s is the most dangerous of all.

    Wry, rich and unsettling, All Fall Down is a starkly Australian gothic novel about a community divided, and a chilling, archaic belief about what must be done to reunite it.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR

    A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of failed capitalism. In this startling account of Europe’s economic rise and catastrophic fall, Yanis Varoufakis pinpoints the flaws in the European Union’s design – a design that was thought up after the Second World War, and is responsible for Europe’s fragmentation and the resurgence of racist extremism across the Continent.

    When the financial crisis struck in 2008, the political elite’s response ensured that it would be the weakest citizens of the weakest nations that would pay the price for the bankers’ mistakes.

    Drawing on his personal experience of negotiations with the eurozone’s financiers, and offering concrete policies to reform Europe, Varoufakis shows how we concocted this mess, and points the way out of it. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? reminds us of our history, in order to save European capitalism and democracy from the abyss.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    SIMS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781408858547
    Title: ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    Author: SIMS MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient's occupation, hometown and ailments both imagined and genuine from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to develop and define the art of the detective novel. From Doyle's early days surrounded by poverty and violence, to his escape to University and finally to his first days as a surgeon in his own practice, acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, whose most famous creation is still the most well-known and well-loved of the canon's many members.

    Through Sims's deft analysis of Doyle's childhood and adult life, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle's varied lessons in the classroom and professional life. Building on the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, and even Voltaire, Doyle's new detective is not just a skilful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of his most esteemed teacher, Dr Joseph Bell. Sims's Arthur is just as vivid Doyle's own Sherlock Holmes in this enthralling biography of the man behind the most famous detective of all time.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BARKING DOGS
    BARKING DOGS
    CLARKSON REBEKAH
    ISBN: 9781925475494
    Title: BARKING DOGS
    Author: CLARKSON REBEKAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everybody thinks they know this story. But do they really?

    If you took a bird’s-eye view of Mount Barker, you’d see ordinary Australians living on their ordinary suburban blocks in an ordinary regional town. Get closer. Peer through a window. You might see Nathan Long, obsessively recording the incessant bark of a neighbourhood dog, or the Wheeler family sitting down for a meal and trying to come to terms with a shocking discovery. If you listen, you may hear tales of fathers and their wayward sons, of widows who can’t forgive themselves, of children longed for and lost, of thwarted lust and of pure, incorruptible love. Within the shadows is an unspeakable crime.

    Rebekah Clarkson has created a compelling, slow-burning portrait of a town in the midst of major change as it makes the painful transformation from rural idyll to aspirational suburbia. What looked like redemption is now profound loss. What seemed spiteful can now be forgiven.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
    BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
    ARDEN KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781785035234
    Title: BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE
    Author: ARDEN KATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.'

    In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...

    Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    CLARK LUCY
    ISBN: 9780857989260
    Title: BEAUTIFUL FAILURES : How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids
    Author: CLARK LUCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nothing will ever be as easy as your school years,' well-meaning adults told her, but I knew for my daughter, and for many kids who have struggled as square pegs trying to make themselves round, this was dead wrong.

    When Lucy Clark's daughter graduated from school a 'failure', she started asking questions about the way we measure success. Why is there so much pressure on kids today? Where does it come from? Most importantly, as we seem to be in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety, how can we reduce that pressure?

    Beautiful Failures explores, through personal experience and journalistic investigation, a broken education system that fails too many kids and puts terrible pressure on all kids, including those who 'succeed'. It challenges accepted wisdoms about schooling, calls on parents to examine their own expectations, and questions the purpose of education, and indeed the purpose of childhood.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEHIND HER EYES
    BEHIND HER EYES
    PINBOROUGH SARAH
    ISBN: 9780008131975
    Title: BEHIND HER EYES
    Author: PINBOROUGH SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Louise

    Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

    David

    Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

    Adele

    Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

    But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
    Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    BADIOU ALAIN
    ISBN: 9781509512089
    Title: BLACK : THE BRILLIANCE OF A NON-COLOR
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black?

    As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called On the stroke of midnight. The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black ink on paper, but also the mysteries of the universe and the grief of mourning: these are some of the things we encounter as the philosopher takes us on a trip through the private theater of his mind, at the whim of his memories.

    Music, painting, politics, sex, and metaphysics: all contribute to making black more luminous than it has ever been.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $21.95

    Price: $21.95
  • BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    MUNDLE ROB
    ISBN: 9780733637391
    Title: BLIGH : MASTER MARINER
    Author: MUNDLE ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts . . .

    The eighteenth century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.

    From ship's boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Bligh than his infamous bad temper. Meet a 24-year-old Master Bligh as he witnesses the demise of his Captain and mentor Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and a 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, in the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand scientific voyage around the world. And all this before he was forty.

    Rob Mundle's BLIGH puts you at the heart of a great nautical life - it's a story that embraces the romance of the sea, bravery in battle, the adventure of exploration under sail and the cost of having the courage of your convictions.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    SCHWALBE WILL
    ISBN: 9781444790788
    Title: BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    Author: SCHWALBE WILL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of how reading guides us, comforts us and helps us make sense of the world and our place in it.

    From the author of the best-selling and beloved THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB - a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives.

    'I'm on a search and have been all my life: to find books to help me make sense of the world, to help me become a better person, to help me get my head around the big questions that I have, and figure out the answers to some of the small ones while I'm at it' Will Schwalbe

    'I've always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book', writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking, heart-felt, and often inspiring new book about books.

    In each chapter he makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours. He talks about what brought him to each book - or vice versa; the people in his life he associates each book with; how each has led him to other books; how each is part of his understanding of himself in the world.

    And he relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example: Melville's BARTELBY, THE SCRIVENER speaks to quitting; 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics; James Baldwin's GIOVANNI'S ROOM to the power of connecting with people face to face; Anne Morrow Lindbergh's GIFT FROM THE SEA to taking time to recharge; Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD to being sensitive to the surrounding world; THE LITTLE PRINCE to finding friends; Elie Wiesel's NIGHT to choosing to do something in the face of injustice; Paula Hawkins's THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to trusting.

    Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne Du Maurier, Murakami, Edna Lewis, E.B. White and Hanya Yanagihara, among many others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: 'What have you been reading lately?'

    In an age where we can Google the answer to everything, Will Schwalbe has always believed that the answer to everything can actually be found in a book if we just slow down enough to find out and then take the time to think about it and share with others. BOOKS FOR LIVING is a wide ranging exploration of what books can teach us in the modern age.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BRIGHT AND DISTANT SHORES
    BRIGHT AND DISTANT SHORES
    SMITH DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9781760295295
    Title: BRIGHT AND DISTANT SHORES
    Author: SMITH DOMINIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant novel that is at once a rollicking yarn and a beautiful love story, with an amazing cast of unforgettable characters and exotic settings - a feat of imagination and storytelling from the bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.

    They were showing the savages on the rooftop--that was the word at the kerbstone.

    Set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific, Bright and Distant Shores is both a sweeping epic and a triumph of lyrical storytelling. Chicago First Equitable has won the race to construct the world's tallest building and its president, Hale Gray, hits upon a surefire way to make it an enduring landmark: to establish on the roof an exhibition of real-life 'savages'. He sponsors a South Seas voyage to collect not only weaponry and artefacts, but also 'several natives related by blood' for the company's rooftop spectacle. Caught up in this scheme are two orphans: Owen Graves, the voyage's head trader from Chicago's South Side, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in Melanesia--two young men haunted by their pasts.

    With echoes of Melville, Doctorow and Carey, Bright and Distant Shores is at once a remarkable love story and a breathtaking adventure that chronicles the clash of the tribal and the civilised at a pivotal moment in history. An extraordinary feat of imagination and storytelling, it will wholly seduce you.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BRITTLE STAR
    BRITTLE STAR
    LANGDALE DAVINA
    ISBN: 9781473622043
    Title: BRITTLE STAR
    Author: LANGDALE DAVINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When his mother's ranch is attacked, sixteen-year-old John Evert is wounded and left to die. But John Evert is no ordinary young man. He's a frontiersman's son, a rancher who's lived his whole life in the untamed Southern California wilderness of 1860.

    In a journey that will take him from the bustling young city of Los Angeles to Texas to Missouri and back, to the front lines of the American Civil War and home again, John Evert will learn the cost of vengeance and the price of forgiveness.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9781925355956
    Title: CASE AGAINST FRAGRANCE
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started.

    Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes, and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people?

    The more Grenville investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told. The chemicals in fragrance can be linked not only to short-term problems like headaches and asthma, but to long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. Yet products can be released onto the market without testing. They’re regulated only by the same people who make and sell them. And the ingredients don’t even have to be named on the label.

    This book is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. But, as you’d expect from an acclaimed novelist, it’s also accessible and personal. The Case Against Fragrance will make you see - and smell - the world differently.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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