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  • BELL JAR
    BELL JAR
    PLATH SYLVIA
    ISBN: 9780571355068
    Title: BELL JAR
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Liberty fabric covered editions bring classics from the Faber backlist together with important modern titles, putting them in conversation and celebrating both the history and the future of Faber & Faber.

    In 2019, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar will be reissued as a special hardback edition with a Liberty fabric from the year of the novel's first publication (1963); Milkman, winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, will be reissued with a bespoke Liberty fabric cover, created uniquely for Anna Burns.

    Sylvia Plath's groundbreaking semi-autobiographical novel offers an intimate, honest and often wrenching glimpse into mental illness. The Bell Jar broke the boundaries between fiction and reality and helped cement Sylvia Plath's place as an enduring feminist icon. Celebrated for its darkly humorous, razor sharp portrait of 1950s society, it continues to resonate with readers today as testament to the universal human struggle to claim one's rightful place in the world.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    SUMERLING PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781743056776
    Title: BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    Author: SUMERLING PATRICIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Albert Augustine Edwards, usually referred to as 'Bert', was one of Adelaide's most flamboyant characters. Reputedly the illegitimate son of Charles Cameron Kingston, premier of South Australia, he was born in obscurity in the slums of Adelaide's West End in 1888.

    A self-made man, Bert was a city councillor, parliamentarian, and philanthropist, a friend of the poor and scourge of the establishment. He had connections and influence everywhere - in the markets, pubs, sporting clubs, churches and prisons - and soon enough he became known as the 'King of the West End'. Flash in dress and loud in manner, he brooked no opposition.

    Bert's future looked rosy, until 1924, when the Labor Party took office and his enemies began to stack up quickly. It all came crashing down in 1931. In a sex scandal engineered against him, Bert was imprisoned for nearly two-and-a half years for gross indecency with an underage male.

    And they say Adelaide was dull!

    Here, dark and bright, is Bert Edwards in the full biography that his colourful life deserves.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    MURRAY LES
    ISBN: 9781760641870
    Title: BEST 100 POEMS OF LES MURRAY
    Author: MURRAY LES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. This is a wonderful gift, and a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2019
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2019
    RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925849271
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2019
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

    With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Alan Moir, David Pope, David Rowe, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more ...

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2019
    BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2019
    NOGRADY BIANCA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742236407
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2019
    Author: NOGRADY BIANCA [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Good science writing makes us feel. It makes us delight in the discovery of a black hole munching on a star, laugh at the image of aliens puzzling over golf balls on the Moon, wonder at the mystery of the Spanish influenza’s deadly rampage, grieve for baby shearwater chicks dying with plastic-filled stomachs, rage at the loss of the Great Barrier Reef and cheer for the clitoris’ long-overdue scientific debut.

    This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, insightful and brilliant essays and poetry from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and breadth of science, revealing how a ceramic artist is helping to save the handfish, what is so dangerous about the hype around artificial intelligence and whether too much exercise is bad for the heart. It makes us think, feel and hopefully act.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    WHITING FRANCES
    ISBN: 9781743535134
    Title: BEST KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
    Author: WHITING FRANCES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A warm-hearted novel from the author of Walking on Trampolines about music, grief, relationships, gardens, love, laughter and family.

    Florence Saint Claire is a loner. Albert Flowers is a social butterfly. Good friends who think they know each other. But, somewhere between who they are, and who people think they are, lies The Best Kind of Beautiful. Award-winning journalist and author Frances Whiting brings her renowned warmth and empathy to this witty and gentle novel about bringing out the best in each other.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEYOND THE SEA
    BEYOND THE SEA
    LYNCH PAUL
    ISBN: 9781786076502
    Title: BEYOND THE SEA
    Author: LYNCH PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful, devastating, and redemptive novel by the award-winning author of GRACE. BEYOND THE SEA tells the tale of two South American fishermen, Bolivar and Hector, who go to sea before a sudden storm. Cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, the two men must come to terms with their environment, and each other, if they are to survive.
    BEYOND THE SEA begins as a gripping survival story and ends as a fearless existential parable, a meditation on what it means to be a man, a friend, a sinner, a human, in our fallen world. As deep and timeless as the sea, this novel sits squarely in the tradition of Camus, Borges, Joyce, Beckett, and McCarthy.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BIBLIOSTYLE : How We Live at Home with Books
    BIBLIOSTYLE : How We Live at Home with Books
    FREUDENBERGER NINA
    ISBN: 9781743795910
    Title: BIBLIOSTYLE : How We Live at Home with Books
    Author: FREUDENBERGER NINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A visual delight and inspiration for every bibliophile with a growing home library.

    'A room without books is like a body without soul.’ – Cicero

    In Bibliostyle, interior designer Nina Freudenberger teams up with New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and Architectural Digest photographer Shade Degges to celebrate the beauty of books and the personal touch they bring to the homes they live in.

    Though books are beautiful objects in their own right, our connection to them goes beyond the physical. In every home featured in Bibliostyle, the library is the undisputed heart of the home, a place that holds the homeowner’s passions, values and stories in its books.

    With its gorgeous photography, Bibliostyle offers a peek into the private libraries of passionate readers from all over the world and all walks of life, including Karle Ove Knausgaard, Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, Silvia Whitman and Phillip Lim. Featuring an abundance of rare collections, floor-to-ceiling shelves and stacks upon stacks of books, Bibliostyle is a visual feast and inspiration for every bibliophile.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • BIG BOOK OF AUSTRALIAS WAR STORIES
    BIG BOOK OF AUSTRALIAS WAR STORIES
    HAYNES JIM
    ISBN: 9781760875619
    Title: BIG BOOK OF AUSTRALIAS WAR STORIES
    Author: HAYNES JIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Here are the stories of Australia's iconic battles and campaigns from the time of federation to the Vietnam War. Some are still household names, although their historical significance may be a mystery to most Aussies. Others are barely remembered now, but are part in our history and deserve to be retold.

    Most importantly, this collection demonstrates the extraordinary courage, resilience, stoic humour, personal heroism and sacrifice that created the legend of the Aussie digger, soldiers, sailors and airmen who did things their own way and earned the undying respect of both their allies and their enemies.

    These are the stories that explain Australia's wartime reputation. Fifteen years before Gallipoli, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writing of stoic Australian courage, would say, 'When the ballad makers of Australia seek for a subject, let them turn to Elands River'. Of Gallipoli, a British officer called the cheerful, insubordinate Aussies 'the bravest thing God ever made'. And before the Normandy invasion, Field Marshall Montgomery's chief of staff remarked, before the Normandy invasion, 'I only wish we had the Australian 9th Division with us this morning'.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIRD BONDS : Sex mate-choice and cognition in Australian birds
    BIRD BONDS : Sex mate-choice and cognition in Australian birds
    KAPLAN GISELA
    ISBN: 9781760554200
    Title: BIRD BONDS : Sex mate-choice and cognition in Australian birds
    Author: KAPLAN GISELA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An absorbing, compelling insight into the unique and extraordinary lives of Australian native birds by a leading expert in the field.

    Some Australian native birds become childhood sweethearts and court for years before they get 'married'. Others divorce because of personality clashes and different skill levels. Many negotiate their parenting duties. But how do these personal life events link to long-lasting bonds, long life-spans and exceptional overall intelligence? Professor Gisela Kaplan, an eminent voice in animal behaviour, and particularly bird behaviour, draws on the latest insights in the evolution of particular cognitive and social abilities. She uncovers motivations and attractions in partner choice that are far more complex than was once believed. She shows how humans and birds may be more alike in attachment and mating behaviour than we think - despite the enormous evolutionary distance between us. Based on a wealth of original research and complemented by illustrations and colour photographs, Bird Bonds is a valuable resource and a beguiling insight into the world of the birds around us.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BLACK BEAUTY
    BLACK BEAUTY
    SEWELL ANNA
    ISBN: 9780241411148
    Title: BLACK BEAUTY
    Author: SEWELL ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Bravely he works as hard as he can, suffering at the hands of men who treat animals badly. But Black Beauty has an unbreakable spirit and will, and is determined to survive . . .

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BLACK LIGHT : Stories
    BLACK LIGHT : Stories
    PARSONS KIMBERLY KING
    ISBN: 9780525563501
    Title: BLACK LIGHT : Stories
    Author: PARSONS KIMBERLY KING
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    “The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush. . . . I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

    With raw, poetic ferocity, Kimberly King Parsons exposes desire’s darkest hollows—those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. In this debut collection of enormously perceptive and brutally unsentimental short stories, Parsons illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood.

    Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, these stories erupt off the page with a primal howl—sharp-voiced, acerbic, and wise.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLASTED : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    BLASTED : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    KANE SARAH
    ISBN: 9781350135024
    Title: BLASTED : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    Author: KANE SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I know you want to punish me, trying to make me live.

    In 1995 Sarah Kane's first full-length play Blasted sent shockwaves throughout the theatrical world. Making front-page headlines, the play outraged critics with its depiction of rape, torture and violence in civil war. However, from being roundly condemned by the critics the play is now considered a seminal work of European theatre and has defined an entire era of stage writing.
    In an expensive hotel room in Leeds, Ian, a middle-aged tabloid journalist, sits with his teenage lover Cate who he attempts to seduce and eventually rapes. As reality dissipates, the room becomes embroiled in civil war as a soldier invades the space and the play descends into apocalyptic scenes of brutality.
    Blasted's canonical status reflects the raw beauty and terror of Kane's writing. Probing the brutality people inflict upon one another, the suffering and violation, the play also looks at the role of love and the redemption it offers. Unafraid to delve into darkness, this is a provocative, fragmenting piece full of significance and power.

    Blasted premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in January 1995.
    Methuen Drama's iconic Modern Plays series began in 1959 with the publication of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey and has grown over six decades to now include more than 1000 plays by some of the best writers from around the world. This new special edition hardback of Blasted was published to celebrate 60 years of Methuen Drama's Modern Plays in 2019, chosen by a public vote and features a brand new foreword by Mel Kenyon.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BLUE MOON  (Jack Reacher 24)
    BLUE MOON (Jack Reacher 24)
    CHILD LEE
    ISBN: 9781787630277
    Title: BLUE MOON (Jack Reacher 24)
    Author: CHILD LEE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child, creator of 'today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of' (Ken Follett).

    In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn't counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch.


    Reacher is trained to notice things. He's on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... obviously hoping to get rich quick.

    As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher's offer to help him home. He's vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble.

    What hold could the gangs possibly have on the old guy? Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone's benefit?


    'This is a random universe,' he says. 'Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.'

    The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BLUEBIRD BLUEBIRD
    BLUEBIRD BLUEBIRD
    LOCKE ATTICA
    ISBN: 9781781257685
    Title: BLUEBIRD BLUEBIRD
    Author: LOCKE ATTICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply conflicted about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him back. So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders - a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman - have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. 'Locke's writing is both sharp-edged and lyrical.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLUEY : Fruit Bat : A Glow-in-the-Dark Book
    BLUEY : Fruit Bat : A Glow-in-the-Dark Book
    BLUEY
    ISBN: 9781760894047
    Title: BLUEY : Fruit Bat : A Glow-in-the-Dark Book
    Author: BLUEY
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join Bluey on a dreamy night-time adventure. What will you see in the dark?

    Not wanting to go to bed, Bluey wishes she was a nocturnal fruit bat that stays up all night. Soon she finds herself flying through the night sky.

    Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and taking the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 100 million plays. It has also topped the Australian iTunes Kids Chart with the series peaking at #1 and consistently remaining in the Top 5.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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