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  • ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    ISBN: 9781925849530
    Title: ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

    Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

    As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu- its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals - first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

    Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BASS ROCK   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9781760894757
    Title: BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son get lost in the forest, transporting a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village.

    In the sad, slow years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower and stepmother to his two young boys, installed in a huge house by the sea and haunted by those who have come before.

    Fifty years later, Viv is cataloguing the valuables left in her dead grandmother's seaside home, when she uncovers long-held secrets of the great house.

    Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FATHOMS : The world in the whale   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    FATHOMS : The world in the whale - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    GIGGS REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781925321388
    Title: FATHOMS : The world in the whale - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: GIGGS REBECCA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    A stunning meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.

    What can whales reveal about our world today? When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beachfront in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales shed light on the condition of our seas. Fathoms- the world in the whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore- How do whales experience ecological change? Will our connection to these storied animals be transformed by technology? What can observing whales teach us about the complexity, splendour, and fragility of life? In Fathoms, we learn about whales so rare they have never been named, whale songs that sweep across hemispheres in annual waves of popularity, and whales that have modified the chemical composition of our planet's atmosphere. We travel to Japan to board the ships that hunt whales, and delve into the deepest seas to discover the plastic pollution now pervading their undersea environment.

    In the spirit of Rachel Carson and Rebecca Solnit, Giggs gives us a vivid exploration of the natural world even as she addresses what it means to write about nature at a time of environmental crisis. With depth and clarity, Giggs outlines the challenges we face as we attempt to understand the perspectives of other living beings, and our own place on an evolving planet. Evocative and inspiring, Fathoms marks the arrival of an essential new voice.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • REVENGE   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    REVENGE - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    LIM S L
    ISBN: 9781925760583
    Title: REVENGE - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: LIM S L
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    *Highly Commended Fiction — Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2021*


    'Before I go into my grave,' she says out loud, 'I will kill that man.' A brilliant new novel from the author of Real Differences.

    A family favour their son over their daughter. Shan attends university before making his fortune in Australia while Yannie must find menial employment and care for her ageing parents. After her mother's death, Yannie travels to Sydney to become enmeshed in her psychopathic brother's new life, which she seeks to undermine from within … This is a novel that rages against capitalism, hetero-supremacy, mothers, fathers, families – the whole damn thing. It's about what happens when you want to make art but are born in the wrong time and place. S. L. Lim brings to vivid life the frustrations of a talented daughter and vengeful sister in a nuanced and riveting novel that ends in the most unexpected way. It will not be easily forgotten.

    'A coiled spring of a novel, Revenge hits you right between the eyes.' — Malcolm Harris

    'Told in three parts, Revenge is a unique bildungsroman about an older woman on a quest for self-determination and the heartbreak she endures to find herself. A fiercely feminist novel about a woman's life put to a standstill by gender bias, sexual repression and the expectations of family, Revenge is also about the weaponisation of familial love and the tragedy of unfulfilled dreams. Lim's astute rendering of the subtleties of familial power dynamics makes this novel powerful reading for all.' — Cher Tan, Books+Publishing

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN   -   ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN - ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020 - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    RIWOE MIRANDI
    ISBN: 9780702262739
    Title: STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN - ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020 - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: RIWOE MIRANDI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying finds work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

    Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WITNESS   -   Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    WITNESS - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    MILLIGAN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780733644634
    Title: WITNESS - Stella Prize Shortlist 2021
    Author: MILLIGAN LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize*

    A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years' work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found.

    During this time, the #MeToo movement changed the zeitgeist, but time and again during her investigations Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma. Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade, R v George Pell.

    She interviews high-profile members of the legal profession, including judges and prosecutors. And she speaks to the defence lawyers who have worked in these cases, discovering what they really think about victims and the process, and the impact that this has on their own lives. Milligan also reveals never-before-published court transcripts, laying bare the flaws that are ignored, and a court system that can be sexist, unfeeling and weighted towards the rich and powerful.

    Witness is a call for change. Milligan exposes the devastating reality of the Australian legal system where truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive. And even when they get justice, the process is so bruising, they wish they had never tried.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
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