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  • AFFINITY
    AFFINITY
    WATERS SARAH
    ISBN: 9781860496929
    Title: AFFINITY
    Author: WATERS SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870 s, AFFINITY is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale. Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London s most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLUEBOTTLE
    BLUEBOTTLE
    CASTLES BELINDA
    ISBN: 9781760632847
    Title: BLUEBOTTLE
    Author: CASTLES BELINDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With sea-salt authenticity, Belinda Castles sets the Bright family in the sprawling paradise of Bilgola Beach. But darkness is found both in the iconic setting as well as in the disturbing behaviour of one of the family.

    As he tilted the blinds she saw her mother in her tennis whites, standing at the kitchen bench, staring out into the dark bushland that bordered their houses. That was what Tricia did these days, looked into the bush as though it would attack one of them.

    On a sweltering day in a cliff-top beach shack, Jack and Lou Bright grow suspicious about the behaviour of their charismatic, unpredictable father, Charlie. A girl they know has disappeared, and as the day unfolds, Jack's eruptions of panic, Lou's sultry rebellions and their little sister Phoebe's attention-seeking push the family towards revelation.

    Twenty years later, the Bright children have remained close to the cliff edges, russet sand and moody ocean of their childhood. Behind the beautiful surfaces of their daily lives lies the difficult landscape of their past, always threatening to break through. And then, one night in late summer, they return to the house on the cliff...

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALYPSO
    CALYPSO
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408707821
    Title: CALYPSO
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

    If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

    When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

    With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny - it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

    This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    BARSON ANN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925706291
    Title: CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    Author: BARSON ANN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1940, a seventeen year old girl Carys Harding Browne comes of age in Adelaide, Australia. At this time young clever men meet together at St, Mark's University College to share their love of poetry. By December 1940, St. Marks is leased to the Royal Australian Airforce as an embarkation depot. The Second World War is in earnest. This story is about young people growing up and falling in love against the backdrop of war where dances, friendship and the arts become a consolation in a fragile and uncertain time. It is, above all, the diary of a young girl finding herself amidst the impact of war.
    This is a literary time capsule, a fastidious, vivid and shameless record of two pivotal years in Adelaide's history. Carys was part of a fast set which drank sherry, danced until dawn, fell in and out of love, read the latest books, saw all the shows, frolicked in the parklands and loved to thrill-seek. Some among this decadent generation were to become famous names. Pre-war, theirs was an antipodean Scott Fitzgerald life; their wild joie de vivre being piqued as the young poets and promising university students signed up and left to fight, several soon to die. Carys was too unruly to be given her dream job as a journalist but, as this wonderful book reveals, she was a very gifted diarist. - Samela Harris

    Imprint: IMPRINT EDITIONS E.T.T.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHANGING GEAR
    CHANGING GEAR
    GARDNER SCOT
    ISBN: 9781760631468
    Title: CHANGING GEAR
    Author: GARDNER SCOT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

    Merrick Hilton's done a runner.

    His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs.

    But there's no telling how he'll handle the rough stuff, let alone roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke he meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DARK EMU
    DARK EMU
    PASCOE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781921248016
    Title: DARK EMU
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

    Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

    Bruce’s comments on his book compared to Gammage’s: “ My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing, whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn’t contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.”

    Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Winner – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing


    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    OZ AMOS
    ISBN: 9781784742386
    Title: DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    Author: OZ AMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Concise, evocative....DEAR ZEALOTS is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas--it is a depiction of one man's struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness.' David Grossman, winner of the Man Booker International Prize


    This collection of three new essays - all based on talks delivered by Amos Oz - was written out of a sense of urgency, concern, and a belief that a better future is still possible. It touches on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures; the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel; and the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. These three pleas illuminate the argument over Israeli, Jewish and human existence, and Amos Oz sheds a clear and surprising light on vital political and historical issues, daring to offer new ways out of a reality that appears to be closed down.

    Dear Zealots is a significant document that outlines Amos's current thinking about the Middle East - urgent reading for anyone interested in the conflict.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781921668180
    Title: DORRIT BLACK : Unseen Forces
    Author: LOCK-WEIR TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Dorrit Black is the last major Australian modernist to be the subject of a monograph. Her importance to Australian art has not been revised for thirty-five years, and the book aims to reposition her as a figure of great significance in the development of Australian modernism. The book places Dorrit Black at the forefront of bringing to Australia the revolutionary movement of cubism upon her return to Sydney from Europe in late 1929. Black significantly contributed to the acceptance of modernism in Australia through both her teaching and art practice in Sydney and Adelaide. Although best-known as a print-maker the book highlights her talent as a painter. The power and luminosity of her later Adelaide south coast and Adelaide Hills landscapes are unsurpassed and demonstrate a major shift in modern Australian landscape painting. The book illustrates in colour a selection of her paintings, linocut prints, drawings, watercolours and textiles and the subjects range from portraiture, still life to landscape. The essays are broadly chronological and cover several major themes: Black’s formative European period (1927–29), her second Sydney period (1930–33) and her Adelaide period (1935–51)..

    Imprint: ART GALLERY OF SA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • EGGSHELL SKULL
    EGGSHELL SKULL
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760295776
    Title: EGGSHELL SKULL
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

    But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

    Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

    This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

    Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LAST STORIES
    LAST STORIES
    TREVOR WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780241337776
    Title: LAST STORIES
    Author: TREVOR WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than half a century William Trevor was widely regarded as the greatest writer of short stories in the English language. In this final collection of ten exquisite stories, Trevor illuminates the lives of ordinary people, and plumbs the depths of the human spirit. Here we encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil's theft in exchange for his beautiful music.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LESS    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    LESS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    GREER ANDREW SEAN
    ISBN: 9780349143590
    Title: LESS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    Author: GREER ANDREW SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

    The Pulitzer prize-winning novel about a failed writer trying to escape his problems by traveling abroad.

    WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?

    Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MASALA : Indian Cooking for Modern Living
    MASALA : Indian Cooking for Modern Living
    BASU MALLIKA
    ISBN: 9781408886885
    Title: MASALA : Indian Cooking for Modern Living
    Author: BASU MALLIKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Masala is a seminal Indian cookbook for a modern generation that reflects the way we live, cook, entertain and eat today.

    Food writer Mallika Basu grew up enjoying exotic flavours from across India in an unconventional, bustling home in Kolkata and then spent years recreating them in a London kitchen. Now she shares those recipes, techniques and shortcuts so you too can cook with real Indian flavours without compromising on taste or texture.

    Embrace weekday dinners with mustard coconut and chilli-slathered baked fish, wok-friendly Goan chilli beef fry or silken kofta curry made with packs of ready-rolled meatballs. For leisurely weekends, tuck into a feast of Vindaloo pulled pork; give your Sunday roast a sumptuous twist with spicy marinades or enjoy a whole roasted cauliflower encrusted with nut butter. Brunch as Indians do with dosas and whole moong crepes; entertain with crowd pleasing do-it-yourself Calcutta kati rolls, easy-to-assemble platters of baby aubergines drenched in peanut, sesame and coconut, and much, much more.

    Mallika 's recipes respect the past and embrace the future in an easy and informal way that will broaden your understanding of Indian cooking, and inspire you to return to these recipes time and time again.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • MR PEACOCKS POSSESSIONS
    MR PEACOCKS POSSESSIONS
    SYSON LYDIA
    ISBN: 9781785764882
    Title: MR PEACOCKS POSSESSIONS
    Author: SYSON LYDIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Oceania 1879. A family of settlers from New Zealand are the sole inhabitants of a remote volcanic island.

    For two years they have struggled with the harsh reality of trying to make this unforgiving place a paradise they can call their own. At last, a ship appears. The six Pacific Islanders on board have travelled eight hundred miles across the ocean in search of work and new horizons. Hopes are high for all, until a vulnerable boy vanishes. In their search for the lost child, settlers and newcomers together uncover far more than they were looking for. The island's secrets force them all to question their deepest convictions.

    Imprint: ZAFFRE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PEACOCK DETECTIVES
    PEACOCK DETECTIVES
    NUGENT CARLY
    ISBN: 9781925603705
    Title: PEACOCK DETECTIVES
    Author: NUGENT CARLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie frund them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family.

    The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    MUNSON RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780393635447
    Title: TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    Author: MUNSON RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Though Tesla’s inventions transformed our world, his true originality is shown in the visionary ambitions he failed to achieve.

    Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American, invented the radio, the induction motor, the neon lamp and the remote control. His breakthrough came in alternating current, which pitted him against Thomas Edison’s direct current empire and bitter patent battles ensued. But Tesla’s technology was superior and he prevailed. He had no business sense, could not capitalise on this success and his most advanced ideas were unrecognised for decades.

    Tesla’s personal life was magnificently bizarre. Strikingly handsome, he was germophobic and never shook hands. He required nine napkins when he sat down to dinner. In later years he ate only white food and conversed with the pigeons in Bryant Park. This authoritative and highly readable biography takes account of all phases of this remarkable life.


    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • UNACCOMPANIED
    UNACCOMPANIED
    ARMITAGE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780571333851
    Title: UNACCOMPANIED
    Author: ARMITAGE SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The eleventh single volume of poetry from one of the Britain's most celebrated and influential contemporary poets, Simon Armitage.

    Praised for his powerfully inventive, influential verse, Simon Armitage has resided at the heart of British poetry for more than a quarter century. Throughout, his work has celebrated range and adaptability, most recently in the prose poems of Seeing Stars (2010), the dramatisation of The Last Days of Troy (2014) and the translation of medieval Pearl (2016). But The Unaccompanied, his eleventh single volume, is a return to Armitage's trademark contemporary lyricism. Warm, knowing, generous and moving, the poems in this new collection combine wit and mischief with heart-stopping honesty, and mark out The Unaccompanied as a major publication by a writer the Observer has described as 'the best poet of his generation.'

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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