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  • SENTENCE IS DEATH
    SENTENCE IS DEATH
    HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781784757533
    Title: SENTENCE IS DEATH
    Author: HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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    Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.
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    'You shouldn't be here. It's too late...'

    These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth e3,000, to be precise.

    Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man's many, many enemies did the deed?

    Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who's really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

    But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death...
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    "Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant" - THE TIMES, Books of the Year

    "This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire" - SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB (STAR PICK)

    "A crime story that keeps you up into the small hours... a page-turning mystery" - METRO

    "Sheer genius ... The narrative is hilarious and full of Holmesian clues and deliberate errors which will leave the eagle-eyed reader feeling just a bit smug. A joy from start to finish" - INDEPENDENT

    "One of the most creative writers in the country today" - JEREMY VINE

    "Huge fun... It's hard to know why anyone who loves a good mystery wouldn't thoroughly enjoy the ride" - IRISH INDEPENDENT

    "A new Anthony Horowitz novel is always something to look forward to. Anyone who likes a good Midsomer-style murder mystery will love The Sentence is Death" - CULTUREFLY

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • SEROTONIN
    SEROTONIN
    HOUELLEBECQ MICHEL
    ISBN: 9781785152245
    Title: SEROTONIN
    Author: HOUELLEBECQ MICHEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE MOST IMPORTANT FRENCH BOOK OF THE YEAR
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    'One cannot be said to be keeping abreast of contemporary literature without reading Houellebecq's work.' Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times

    Dissatisfied and discontent, Florent-Claude Labrouste begrudgingly works as an engineer for the Ministry of Agriculture, and is in a self-imposed dysfunctional relationship with a younger woman. When he discovers her ongoing infidelity, he decides to abandon his life in Paris and return to the Normandy countryside of his youth. There he contemplates lost loves and past happiness as he struggles to embed himself in a world that no longer holds any joy for him.

    His only relief comes in the form of a pill - white, oval, small. Captorix is a new brand of anti-depressant, recently released for public consumption, which works by altering the brain's release of serotonin. With social unrest intensifying around him, and his own depression deepening, Florent-Claude turns to this new medication in the hope that he will find something to live for.

    Written by one of the most provocative and prophetic novelists of his generation, Serotonin is at once a devastating story of solitude, longing and individual suffering, and a powerful criticism of modern life.

    Imprint: William Heineman
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SHELL
    SHELL
    OLSSON KRISTINA
    ISBN: 9781925685336
    Title: SHELL
    Author: OLSSON KRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history.

    Everywhere he looked he saw what Utzon saw. The drama of harbour and horizon, and at night, the star-clotted sky. It held the shape of the possible, of a promise made and waiting to be kept ...

    In 1965 as Danish architect Jorn Utzon's striking vision for the Sydney Opera House transforms the skyline and unleashes a storm of controversy, the shadow of the Vietnam War and a deadly lottery threaten to tear the country apart.

    Journalist Pearl Keogh, exiled to the women's pages after being photographed at an anti-war protest, is desperate to find her two missing brothers and save them from the draft. Axel Lindquist, a visionary young glass artist from Sweden, is obsessed with creating a unique work that will do justice to Utzon's towering masterpiece.

    In this big, bold and hauntingly beautiful portrait of art and life, Shell captures a world on the brink of seismic change through the eyes of two unforgettable characters caught in the eye of the storm.

    And reminds us why taking a side matters.


    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SHORT HISTORY OF BREXIT : From Brentry to Backstop
    SHORT HISTORY OF BREXIT : From Brentry to Backstop
    OROURKE KEVIN
    ISBN: 9780241398234
    Title: SHORT HISTORY OF BREXIT : From Brentry to Backstop
    Author: OROURKE KEVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How have the intertwined histories of Britain and EU shaped Brexit?
    Why does the Irish border matter?
    How will these interactions shape Europe's future?

    After all the debates, manoeuvrings, recriminations and exaltations, Brexit is upon us. But, as Kevin O'Rourke writes, Brexit did not emerge out of nowhere- it is the culmination of events that have been under way for decades and have historical roots stretching back well beyond that. Brexit has a history.

    O'Rourke, one of the leading economic historians of his generation, explains not only how British attitudes to Europe have evolved, but also how the EU's history explains why it operates as it does today - and how that history has shaped the ways in which it has responded to Brexit. Why are the economics, the politics and the history so tightly woven together? Crucially, he also explains why the question of the Irish border is not just one of customs and trade, but for the EU goes to the heart of what it is about. The way in which British, Irish and European histories continue to interact with each other will shape the future of Brexit - and of the continent. Calm and lucid, A Short History of Brexit rises above the usual fray of discussions to provide fresh perspectives and understanding of the most momentous political and economic change in Britain and the EU for decades.

    Imprint: PELICAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SHORT HISTORY OF LONDON : The Rise, Fall and Rise Again
    SHORT HISTORY OF LONDON : The Rise, Fall and Rise Again
    JENKINS SIMON
    ISBN: 9780241369982
    Title: SHORT HISTORY OF LONDON : The Rise, Fall and Rise Again
    Author: JENKINS SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    London- a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place - not even included in the Domesday Book - became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

    From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. Based in part on his own witness of the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. This is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • SHORT STORY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Buildings, Elements & Materials
    SHORT STORY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Buildings, Elements & Materials
    HODGE SUSIE
    ISBN: 9781786273703
    Title: SHORT STORY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Pocket Guide to Key Movements, Buildings, Elements & Materials
    Author: HODGE SUSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Short Story of Architecture is a new and innovative guide to the subject of architecture that explores 50 key buildings, from the Great Pyramids to high-tech, sustainable skyscrapers.


    Accessible and concise, the book links the 50 key works to the most important architectural materials, elements and styles, giving readers all the tools they need to understand and appreciate the built world.


    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SIGNATURE DISHES THAT MATTER
    SIGNATURE DISHES THAT MATTER
    ISBN: 9780714879321
    Title: SIGNATURE DISHES THAT MATTER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today's food-lovers often travel the globe to enjoy the food of acclaimed chefs. Yet the tradition of seeking out unforgettable dining experiences goes back centuries, and this gorgeous book reveals the closely held secrets behind the world's most iconic recipes - dishes that put restaurants on the map, from 19th century fine dining and popular classics, to today's most innovative kitchens, both high-end and casual. Curated by experts and organized chronologically, it's both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • SILVER
    SILVER
    HAMMER CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781760632991
    Title: SILVER
    Author: HAMMER CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping.

    He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again.

    Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days brutally murdered, and Mandy the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him.

    He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting.

    Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present.

    An enthralling and propulsive thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Scrublands.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME :  A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME : A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    UNGER ROBERTO MANGABEIRA / SMOLIN LEE
    ISBN: 9781107074064
    Title: SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME : A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
    Author: UNGER ROBERTO MANGABEIRA / SMOLIN LEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cosmology is in crisis. The more we discover, the more puzzling the universe
    appears to be. How and why are the laws of nature what they are?

    A philosopher and a physicist, world-renowned for their radical ideas in their fields, argue for a revolution. To keep cosmology scientific, we must replace the old view in which the universe is governed by immutable laws by a new
    one in which laws evolve. Then we can hope to explain them. The revolution that Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin propose relies on three central ideas. There is only one universe at a time. Time is real: everything in the
    structure and regularities of nature changes sooner or later. Mathematics, which has trouble with time, is not the oracle of nature and the prophet of science; it is simply a tool with great power and immense limitations. The argument is readily accessible to non-scientists as well as to the physicists and cosmologists whom it challenges.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • SLAY
    SLAY
    MORRIS BRITTNEY
    ISBN: 9781444951721
    Title: SLAY
    Author: MORRIS BRITTNEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    BLACK PANTHER meets READY PLAYER ONE. A fierce teen game developer battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the BLACK PANTHER-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.

    By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is a college student, and one of the only black kids at Jefferson Academy. By night, she joins hundreds of thousands of black gamers who duel worldwide in the secret online role-playing card game, SLAY.

    No one knows Kiera is the game developer - not even her boyfriend, Malcolm. But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, the media labels it an exclusionist, racist hub for thugs.

    With threats coming from both inside and outside the game, Kiera must fight to save the safe space she's created. But can she protect SLAY without losing herself?

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • SMEDS AND THE SMOOS
    SMEDS AND THE SMOOS
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781407188898
    Title: SMEDS AND THE SMOOS
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Soar into space with a glorious story of alien folk that's literally out of this world!

    The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families don't approve. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this irresistible tale from the creators of STICK MAN.

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SOLOMONS NOOSE : The True Story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart
    SOLOMONS NOOSE : The True Story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart
    HARRIS STEVE
    ISBN: 9781922129741
    Title: SOLOMONS NOOSE : The True Story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart
    Author: HARRIS STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty?s hangman in Van Diemen?s Land; the man who personally had to deliver an Empire?s judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to "survive"; all in the context of the great struggles of good-evil, life-death, hope-despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemans Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood. The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay?s character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen?s Land. Solomon?s noose is an important book in exposing the dark 'underbelly? in the formation of modern Australia.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SOMEWHERE BECOMING RAIN : Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    SOMEWHERE BECOMING RAIN : Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781529028829
    Title: SOMEWHERE BECOMING RAIN : Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of James’s writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra material now published for the first time.

    The greatness of Larkin’s poetry continues to be obscured by the opprobrium attaching to his personal life and his private opinions. James writes about Larkin’s poems, his novels, his jazz and literary criticism; he also considers the two major biographies, Larkin’s letters and even his portrayal on stage in order to chart the extreme and, he argues, largely misguided equivocations about Larkin’s reputation in the years since his death.

    Through this joyous and perceptive book, Larkin’s genius is delineated and celebrated. James argues that Larkin’s poems, adored by discriminating readers for over half a century, could only have been the product of his reticent, diffident, flawed, and all-too-human personality.
    Erudite and entertaining in equal measure, Somewhere Becoming Rain is a love letter from one of the world’s best living writers to one of its most cherished poets.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SPACEPEDIA
    SPACEPEDIA
    HERZOG BRAD
    ISBN: 9781683836919
    Title: SPACEPEDIA
    Author: HERZOG BRAD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore the universe and learn about the science and history of space discovery in this educational and interactive guide!


    Humans have always sought to push the boundaries of discovery, exploring not only Earth but the universe beyond. For centuries, scientists have been fascinated by space, studying everything from the planets to supernovas. The discoveries they've made have radically changed our view of the universe and our place in it.

    An out-of-this-world experience, Spacepedia lets kids explore space through the stories in the stars. Young readers can learn about the science of the solar system and the history of space exploration, even getting a glimpse into the future of space technology and how it compares to the imaginings of popular sci-fi books and movies. Aspiring astronauts will get a comprehensive overview of everything space, from Galileo's first telescope to robots on the Red Planet.

    Filled with interactive inserts, photos, and illustrations, this encyclopedic guide to the universe takes kids on an exciting and interactive journey through space.

    Imprint: INSIGHT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SPEAK
    SPEAK
    ANDERSON LAURIE HALSE
    ISBN: 9780340950777
    Title: SPEAK
    Author: ANDERSON LAURIE HALSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fiercely authentic, critically acclaimed and award-winning modern classic.

    'Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say.'

    From my first day at Merryweather High, I know this is a lie.

    Nobody will even talk to me, let alone listen - all because I called the cops on an end-of-summer party.

    But if I could only tell everyone why I called the police that night...

    If I could explain what happened to me...

    If I could speak...

    Then everything might change.

    'With the rise of women finding their voices and speaking out about sexual assault in the media, this should be on everyone's radar... Powerful, necessary, and essential.' - Kirkus



    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $17.99
    Price: $17.99
  • STAR OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
    STAR OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
    RAUF ONJALI Q
    ISBN: 9781510105157
    Title: STAR OUTSIDE MY WINDOW
    Author: RAUF ONJALI Q
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. But I don't want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the brand new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they've left behind...'

    Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn't gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars.

    So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah is sure it's her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too -- an adventure that involves breaking into the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood...

    Told through the innocent voice of a child, this is a story that explores the subtle faces and endless impacts of domestic violence, and celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from Onjali Rauf, the award-winning author of THE BOY AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
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