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  • ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    MORGAN ANNA
    ISBN: 9780734419637
    Title: ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE
    Author: MORGAN ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amelia Westlake meets My Favorite Murder in this debut from a terrific new voice in Australian YA. Combines a realistic story about high school drama and toxic friendship with true crime - the endlessly fascinating Somerton Man or Taman Shud mystery.

    15-year-old Lara Laylor feels like supporting character in her own life. She's Ashley's best friend, she's Hannah's sister-she's never just Lara.

    When new history teacher Mr. Grant gives her an unusual assignment: investigating the mystery of the Somerton Man. Found dead in on an Adelaide beach in 1948, a half-smoked cigarette still in his mouth and the labels cut out of his clothes, the Somerton Man has intrigued people for years. Was he a spy? A criminal? Year 10 has plenty of mysteries of its own: boys, drama queen friends, and enigmatic new students. When they seem just as unsolvable as a 60-year-old cold case, Lara finds herself spending more and more time on the assignment. But Mr Grant himself may be the biggest mystery of all...

    Interspersed with fictionalised snapshots of the Somerton Man investigation, ALL THAT IMPOSSIBLE SPACE is a coming of age novel exploring toxic friendships and the balance of power between teacher and student, perfect for fans of Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760781712
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

    Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'. And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

    Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    LEWIS-JONES HUW
    ISBN: 9780500022566
    Title: ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    `Think of this atlas as the beginning of a journey and a kind of island guidebook, a rough guide to far-flung places, a Baedeker of make-believe, and a new page waiting to be filled. The cycle of Crusoes continues' Huw Lewis-Jones

    Islomania is a recognized affliction. But what is it about islands that is so alluring, and why do so many people find these self-contained worlds completely irresistible? Utopia and Atlantis were islands, and islands have captured the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. Venetian sailors were the first to make collections of them by drawing maps of those they visited in their isolari - literally the `island books'. Then in 1719 Daniel Defoe published his tale of a castaway on a desert island, Robinson Crusoe, one of the first great novels in the history of literature and an instant bestseller. Defoe's tale combined the real and the imagined and transformed them into a compelling creative landscape, establishing a whole literary genre and unleashing the power of an island for storytelling.

    To celebrate the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe's publication, a truly international range of leading illustrators imagine they too have been washed up on their own remote island. In a specially created map they visualize what it looks like, what it's called and what can be found on its mythical shores. In a panoply of astonishingly creative and often surprising responses, we are invited to explore a curious and fabulous archipelago of islands of invention that will beguile illustrators, cartographers and dreamers alike.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    ISBN: 9780733642128
    Title: BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    Author: SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) is giving rural kids, on their last chance, a second chance.

    As a kid, Bernie Shakeshaft's mischievous and reckless behaviour led him to became known as the wild one of his devout Catholic family. It isn't surprising that his path led him to the Northern Territory, a place where people often go to either lose themselves or find themselves. Bernie, a searcher for his purpose in life, found himself.

    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.

    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.

    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.

    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.



    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.



    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.



    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.



    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.





    'This fella Bernie, he's a good fella, a bit of a genius really. What a great story.' - Russell Crowe

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOWRAVILLE
    BOWRAVILLE
    BOX DAN
    ISBN: 9780143784395
    Title: BOWRAVILLE
    Author: BOX DAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A true crime story cannot often be believed, at least at the beginning. In Bowraville, all three of the victims were Aboriginal. All three were killed within five months, between 1990 and 1991. The same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted.
    More than two decades later, homicide detective Gary Jubelin contacted Dan Box, asking him to pursue this serial killing. At that time, few others in the justice system seemed to know - or care - about the murders in Bowraville. Dan spoke to the families of the victims, Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, as well as the lawyers, police officers and even the suspect involved in what had happened. His investigation, as well as the families' own determined campaigning, forced the authorities to reconsider the killings. This account asks painful questions about what 'justice' means and how it is delivered, as well as describing Dan's own shifting, uncomfortable realisation that he was a reporter who crossed the line.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BREEDING SEASON
    BREEDING SEASON
    NIEHAUS AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781760529536
    Title: BREEDING SEASON
    Author: NIEHAUS AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    'Astonishing. The writing is visceral and affecting, the sentences muscular and beating with a linguistic pulse which makes the book feel like a live creature. The Breeding Season is a creature that might in turn, rip your heart out or blanket you in a comforting hug. Craft like this is rare and magical.' - Krissy Kneen, author of Wintering

    'Amanda is exploring what we mean when we say transformation - in life as well as by and through the artistic process - and her writing reflects her profound understanding of the ways in which the bodies of women "carry" trauma, loss, grief, illness, birth, death and love.' Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

    The rains come to Brisbane just as couple Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. Worlds apart, Elise and Dan must find a way to forgive themselves and each other before it's too late.

    An astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love. The Breeding Season marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent in Australian literature.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COLLABORATOR
    COLLABORATOR
    ARMSTRONG DIANE
    ISBN: 9781489251664
    Title: COLLABORATOR
    Author: ARMSTRONG DIANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2019 New Release

    Is he a hero or a traitor? Based on astonishing true events set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest, this is an enthralling story of heroism, vengeance, passion, and betrayal. It is also the story of three women linked by a secret that threatens to destroy their lives.

    An act of heroism, the taint of collaboration, a doomed love affair, and an Australian woman who travels across the world to discover the truth...

    It is 1944 in Budapest and the Germans have invaded. Jewish journalist Miklos Nagy risks his life and confronts the dreaded Adolf Eichmann in an attempt save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the death camps. But no one could have foreseen the consequences...

    It is 2005 in Sydney, and Annika Barnett sets out on a journey that takes her to Budapest and Tel Aviv to discover the truth about the mysterious man who rescued her grandmother in 1944.

    By the time her odyssey is over, history has been turned on its head, past and present collide, and the secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations is finally revealed in a shocking climax that holds the key to their redemption.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CONSTANT HUM
    CONSTANT HUM
    BISHOP ALICE
    ISBN: 9781925773842
    Title: CONSTANT HUM
    Author: BISHOP ALICE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Before the bushfires—before the front of flames comes roaring over the hills—the ridges are thick with gums.

    After the fires, the birds have gone. There is only grey ash and melted metal, the blackened husks of cars.
    And the lost people: in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the city, on the TV news in borrowed clothes, or remembered in flyers on a cafe wall.

    A Constant Hum grapples with the aftermath of disaster with an eye for telling detail. Some of these stories cut to the bone; others are empathetic stories of survival, even hope.

    All are gripping and beautifully written, heralding the arrival of an important new voice in literary fiction.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    VINE DALE
    ISBN: 9781743795132
    Title: DALE VINES OUTDOOR RENO GUIDE
    Author: VINE DALE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2019 New Release

    Nobody wants to spend time in a tired, uninspiring backyard. But how can you create an outdoor space that's beautiful and works for your needs? Landscaper and much loved The Block contestant, Dale Vine will help you create your dream garden with his Outdoor Reno Guide. From the initial vision to planning, budgeting and final execution, Dale demystifies the process of turning your humble garden into a space that you and your family want to spend time in, whether you're starting with bare ground or you are renovating an existing space.

    With clear examples, notes on common pitfalls and simple, step-by-step DIY projects, Dale provides the specific tips, tricks and advice essential for any landscaping project, from site analysis to lifestyle considerations to plant selection. His most important message: you need a plan. No matter its size or shape, you can transform your outdoor space from a neglected, untamed patch of dirt and weeds into something magical on any budget – and even small changes can turn a simple backyard into a photogenic sanctuary.

    Dale Vine’s Outdoor Reno Guide is an inspirational and instructive resource thanks to Dale's years of experience and expert knowledge. With great photos throughout, see the potential of your garden through the lens of an expert landscaper.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DEVILS GRIP
    DEVILS GRIP
    DRINNAN NEAL
    ISBN: 9781760851187
    Title: DEVILS GRIP
    Author: DRINNAN NEAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    Wake in Fright meets Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this darkly compelling and provocative Australian true crime story

    Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria's rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end.

    No one could have anticipated the orgy of violence that wiped out three generations of the Wettenhall family, much less the lurid scandals about Darcy Wettenhall, the man behind the world famous Stanbury sheep stud, that would emerge from the aftermath.

    Almost three decades later, the web of secrets and lies that led to this bizarre and seemingly motiveless murder spree are unravelled with the help of Bob Perry, Darcy Wettenhall's secret lover for a decade prior to his murder.

    From the bucolic majesty, privilege and snobbery of the Western District's prized pastoral lands and dynasties to the bleak, loveless underworld of orphanages, rodeo stables and homeless shelters, The Devil's Grip is a courageous and thought-provoking meditation on the fragility of reputation, the folly of deception and the power of shame.

    Praise for The Devil's Grip

    `A remarkable piece of work. It is a strange, unusual and beautiful book with an incredibly unique setting. I don't think I've read anything quite like it. It is compulsive reading. True crime. Memoir. History. How do you live a life honestly and with dignity? It's difficult to categorise because it traverses so many genres. But it WORKS.' Matthew Condon, author of the Three Crooked Kings trilogy

    `On its face this is the story of a family steeped in the pursuit of the perfect ram, but beneath the surface lies a riveting and ribald tale of lust, loss, manipulation, unbridled ambition and ultimately murder.' Mark Tedeschi AM QC and author of Eugenia, Kidnapped and Murder at Myall Creek

    `An unforgettable, courageous and deeply tragic local story which manages to become a universal tale' Gregory Day, author of Archipelago of Souls and A Sand Archive

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    HAUGHTON CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781406385519
    Title: DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    Author: HAUGHTON CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan and Goodnight Everyone comes a bold new picture book about building up the courage to try something new.

    In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh. The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "JEEPERS!" Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    FOLDS BEN
    ISBN: 9781925750997
    Title: DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    Author: FOLDS BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs.

    Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ and ‘The Luckiest’.

    In A Dream About Lightning Bugs Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

    From growing up in working class North Carolina childhood amid the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting to painful life lessons he learned the hard way, he also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade, multi-faceted career in the music business.

    A Dream About Lightning Bugs embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DUTCH HOUSE
    DUTCH HOUSE
    PATCHETT ANN
    ISBN: 9781526614957
    Title: DUTCH HOUSE
    Author: PATCHETT ANN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    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
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781788683036
    Title: EPIC BIKE RIDES OF THE WORLD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world's great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire - whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at legendary music spots; we ride the Pacific Coast Highway in Oregon and California; go mountain biking in Moab and Canada; and explore the cities of Buenos Aires and New York by bicycle. European rides include easy-going trips around Lake Constance, along the Danube and the Loire, and coast-to-coast routes; routes in Tuscany, Spain and Corsica; and professional journeys up Mt Ventoux and around the Tour of Flanders. In Asia, we venture through Vietnam's valleys; complete the Mae Hong Son circuit in northern Thailand; cross the Indian Himalayas; and pedal through Bhutan. And in Australia and New Zealand we take in Tasmania and Queensland by mountain bike; cycle into Victoria's high country and around Adelaide on road bikes; and try some of New Zealand's celebrated cycle trails.

    Each ride is illustrated with stunning photography and a map. A toolkit of practical details - where to start and finish, how to get there, where to stay and more - helps riders plan their own trips. There are also suggestions for three more similar rides around the world for each story. Each piece shows how cycling is a fantastic way to get to know a place, a people and their culture.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FANDOM RISING
    FANDOM RISING
    DAY ANNA
    ISBN: 9781911490081
    Title: FANDOM RISING
    Author: DAY ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Its a year since Violet, Alice and Katie escaped from the dystopian world of The Gallows DanceNates been stuck in a coma ever since. Violet re-enters The Gallows Dance, determined to bring her brother home. After an argument that threatens to destroy their friendship, Alice stays behind. But when a rogue fan-fiction writer emerges onlinewriting dark new chapters set in the world her friends are trapped inAlice is the only one with the power to save the story...

    Imprint: CHICKEN HOUSE
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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