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  • CILKAS JOURNEY
    CILKAS JOURNEY
    MORRIS HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760686048
    Title: CILKAS JOURNEY
    Author: MORRIS HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

    Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other w omen prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

    After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

    In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

    Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

    'She was the bravest person I ever met' - Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Imprint: ECHO PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COCKROACH
    COCKROACH
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9781529112924
    Title: COCKROACH
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan

    That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.

    Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way- not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.

    With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka's most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • COLD FEAR
    COLD FEAR
    NORDBO MADS PEDER
    ISBN: 9781911231301
    Title: COLD FEAR
    Author: NORDBO MADS PEDER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The standalone sequel to the critically acclaimed thriller The Girl Without Skin.

    When journalist Matthew Cave's half-sister disappears, leaving behind a trail of blood in an abandoned hut, he realises that they are both pawns in a game of life and death. As a young US soldier stationed in Greenland, their father took part in a secret experiment with deadly consequences. Accused of double homicide, Tom Cave fled. Now his case is reopened, and the demons of the past are unleashed. Is the father Matt's been searching for his entire life a cold-blooded murderer? And can Matt track him down before the US military does?

    Tupaarnaq Siegstad, a young Inuit woman, returns to Nuuk to help her only friend save his sister's life-and settle a few scores of her own. But as the pressure mounts, Matt starts to wonder- is Tupaarnaq really who he thinks she is?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    ROLLO JOE
    ISBN: 9781760760410
    Title: CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    Author: ROLLO JOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Concrete has conviction, strength and directness. It has plasticity, too, which makes the possibilities for form-making almost endless.

    Concrete Houses explores the sculptural possibilities of concrete as the material of choice in landmark contemporary houses across Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA, from the hands of major international architects including Sou Fujimoto, Tom Kundig, Valerio Olgiati and Marcio Kogan, and Australians such as Peter Stutchbury, Alex Popov, Ian McDougall and Neil Durbach.

    Illustrated throughout with exceptional colour photography, and selected plans and drawings, Concrete Houses celebrates the incontrovertible fusion of concrete’s versatility and brute force to make timeless architecture of lyric beauty.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $69.99
  • 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
  • COOKING WITH THE OLDEST FOODS ON EARTH
    COOKING WITH THE OLDEST FOODS ON EARTH
    NEWTON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742236124
    Title: COOKING WITH THE OLDEST FOODS ON EARTH
    Author: NEWTON JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.

    This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.

    'This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.' — Bruce Pascoe

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    WATSON FRED
    ISBN: 9781742236421
    Title: COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    Author: WATSON FRED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?

    In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.

    Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    WONG ALI
    ISBN: 9781760895198
    Title: DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    Author: WONG ALI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mum comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.

    The sharp insights and humour are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life offstage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.


    Imprint: Viking Books
    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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