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  • CONFESSION
    CONFESSION
    BURTON JESSIE
    ISBN: 9781509886159
    Title: CONFESSION
    Author: BURTON JESSIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.

    Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie's imposing house in search of a confession...

    From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    BYTHELL SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781788162302
    Title: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    Author: BYTHELL SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?'

    Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.

    Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.

    The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760528669
    Title: CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It was truly remarkable that the early colony in Sydney actually survived.

    Today we take it for granted that the colony not only survived but thrived to become the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies. The motley crew of alcoholic marines and bedraggled convicts, which arrived in 1788 at Botany Bay, nearly starved to death and could easily have been murdered by the natives, been overwhelmed by an attack from French or Spanish explorers, or brought undone by one or other of the civil uprisings which punctuated those early years.

    David tells the story of the first two decades of Britain's first colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COPENHAGEN CULT RECIPES
    COPENHAGEN CULT RECIPES
    THEODOROU SUSIE
    ISBN: 9781760524739
    Title: COPENHAGEN CULT RECIPES
    Author: THEODOROU SUSIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Let Copenhagen Cult Recipes take you on a journey to the heart of Copenhagen's culinary traditions, to find out why the Danes embrace their food heritage so passionately, and why their way of life continues to be adopted enthusiastically around the world. This cuisine centres around 'hygge', the cosy atmosphere for which the Danes are famed - shared tables, outside eating, simple local produce, eaten in company. It's about keeping things simple and tasty, and using space wisely by growing fresh herbs and greens on rooftops, in window boxes and small vegetable patches. Featuring iconic location shots and food photography that showcases traditional dishes with a modern twist, together with recipes from some of the most influential contemporary restaurants Copenhagen has to offer.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CORNER OF MY EYE
    CORNER OF MY EYE
    THOMPSON COLIN
    ISBN: 9781925381931
    Title: CORNER OF MY EYE
    Author: THOMPSON COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book about a special relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter who tries to see life through his eyes


    When you are very, very young or very, very old, you can see things out of the corner of your eye. In between, all you can see is all you can see. Unless you are very, very lucky. Then the corner of your eye stays awake forever.

    The story of an ageing man who has lost something. But what and where? His granddaughter, Sally, helps him find it. Subtle and touching, this is an emotional response to people trying their best to live in an imperfect world.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • COVENTRY
    COVENTRY
    CUSK RACHEL
    ISBN: 9780571350445
    Title: COVENTRY
    Author: CUSK RACHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold.

    The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    ISBN: 9781788686198
    Title: DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the best stargazing destinations with Lonely Planet's Dark Skies, the world's first guide to astrotourism. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky parks, where to see the aurora, total solar eclipses, how to view rocket launches and the lowdown on commercial space flight.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEATH OF JESUS
    DEATH OF JESUS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268280
    Title: DEATH OF JESUS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee completes his trilogy with a new masterwork, The Death of Jesus.

    David has grown to be a tall ten-year-old. He is a natural at soccer, and loves kicking a ball around with his friends. His father Sim n and Bolivar the dog usually watch. His mother Ines works in a fashion boutique.

    David still asks lots of questions. In dancing class at the Academy of Music he dances as he chooses. He refuses to do sums and will not read any books except Don Quixote.

    One day Julio Fabricante, the director of a nearby orphanage, invites David and his friends to form a proper soccer team. David decides he will leave Sim n and Ines to live with Julio. Before long he succumbs to a mysterious illness.

    In The Death of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee continues to explore the meaning of a world empty of memory but brimming with questions.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    ALLISON GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781925849981
    Title: DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    Author: ALLISON GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants.

    The reason is Thucydides' Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece, the historian Thucydides explained- 'It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.' Over the past 500 years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times. War broke out in twelve of them.

    Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries 'great again', the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China is willing to scale back its ambitions or Washington can accept becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyberattack, or accident at sea could soon escalate into all-out war.

    In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides' Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past - and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DIG DUMP ROLL   -   Gift Set
    DIG DUMP ROLL - Gift Set
    SUTTON SALLY
    ISBN: 9781760651725
    Title: DIG DUMP ROLL - Gift Set
    Author: SUTTON SALLY
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Guess what kind of truck is at work in this interactive book by the bestselling creators of Roadworks, packaged with a plastic excavator that rolls and moves.


    Crash-a-rumble
    Smash-a-grumble
    What's at work? Here's a clue:
    It will clear the ground for you.

    Bulldozer! Coming through!

    This is the follow-up to Roadworks that will delight tiny truck enthusiasts. It's an engaging, interactive text that asks readers to guess what kind of vehicle is at work. Visual clues alongside the text help ensure that our readers are challenged but can still be successful with their guesses. In the end, the vehicles work together to build a surprise.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DIVERS GAME
    DIVERS GAME
    BALL JESSE
    ISBN: 9781922268266
    Title: DIVERS GAME
    Author: BALL JESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equality-and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power.

    The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavour. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives.

    The Divers' Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth- we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? Brilliantly constructed and achingly tender, The Divers' Game shatters the notion of common decency as the binding agent between individuals, forcing us to consider whether compassion is intrinsic to the human experience. With his signature empathy and ingenuity, Jesse Ball's latest work solidifies his reputation as one of contemporary fiction's most mesmerising talents.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781509881321
    Title: DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd’s masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

    In it, Ackroyd takes us from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, who was firmly set against reform, to the reign of his brother, William IV, the 'Sailor King', whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

    But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, aged only eighteen, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress – from steam railways to the first telegram – swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas across the nation. But though intense industrialization brought boom times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty.

    It was a time that saw a flowering of great literature, too. As the Georgian era gave way to that of Victoria, readers could delight not only in the work of Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth but also the great nineteenth-century novelists: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell, Thackeray, and, of course, Dickens, whose work has become synonymous with Victorian England.

    Nor was Victorian expansionism confined to Britain alone. By the end of Victoria’s reign, the Queen was also an Empress and the British Empire dominated much of the globe. And, as Ackroyd shows in this richly populated, vividly told account, Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    ORPIN BECI
    ISBN: 9780734419408
    Title: DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    Author: ORPIN BECI
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My grandma wears a cardigan.

    My step-brother wears a jacket.

    My family wears many different types of clothes.

    Let's learn about family relationships and the clothes we wear in this stylishly illustrated board book from one of Australia's leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • DUSKLANDS
    DUSKLANDS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268082
    Title: DUSKLANDS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You must listen. I speak with the voice of things to come. I speak in troubled times and tell you how to be as children again.

    J. M. Coetzee's debut novel is actually two stunning novellas- 'Vietnam Project', about a researcher investigating US propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam; and 'The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee', the story of an eighteenth-century Boer frontiersman and his quest for revenge on a local tribe. Both are concerned with power-who wields it, who is subject to it-and its often catastrophic consequences.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DUTCH HOUSE
    DUTCH HOUSE
    PATCHETT ANN
    ISBN: 9781526614957
    Title: DUTCH HOUSE
    Author: PATCHETT ANN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve- Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room.

    Then one day their father brings Andrea home- Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. Her arrival will exact a banishment- a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives.

    For all that the world is open to him, for all that he can accumulate, for all that life is full, Danny and his sister are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own enforced exile is that of their mother's self-imposed one- an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.

    Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    WOO EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781760785741
    Title: EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    Author: WOO EDDIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fun and absorbing maths activity book from one of Australia's most recognisable mathematicians will delight and inspire young readers.

    Maths is all around us.
    It's in the leaves on the tree and our DNA.
    It's in the patterns on our footpaths and the shape of the stars.

    Draw, doodle, colour in, code, decode, make a snowflake, count the stars, meet an octagon, map out a mystery, discover why a cyclone and a nautilus are alike ....
    Be a-mazed by maths.

    Eddie Woo is the author of Woo's Wonderful World of Maths.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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