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  • APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    MEAD RACHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925972634
    Title: APPLICATION OF PRESSURE
    Author: MEAD RACHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tash and Joel are career paramedics, coming to the rescue of Adelaide residents of every class, culture and age. In a job where every day can bring death and violence, they maintain their sanity through a friendship built on black humour. But as the daily exposure to trauma begins to take its toll, both, in different ways, must fight to preserve their mental health and relationships - even with one another. How much pressure can Tash and Joel handle, and what happens when they finally crack?

    With each chapter revolving around an emergency - some frightening, some moving, some simply funny - THE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE is as tense as it is engaging. Digging beneath the shocking surface of gore and grit, Rachael Mead lays bare the humanity of emergency services personnel and their patients.

    Masterfully written, THE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE is a breathtaking and deeply human debut novel that reveals not only the trauma of a life lived on the frontline of medicine, but also the essential, binding friendships that make such a life possible.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GIRL WITH THE GOLD BIKINI
    GIRL WITH THE GOLD BIKINI
    WALKER LISA
    ISBN: 9781743056875
    Title: GIRL WITH THE GOLD BIKINI
    Author: WALKER LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whenever I see a girl with a gold bikini, I think of Princess Leia. Here on the Gold Coast, gold bikinis are common, so I think of Princess Leia a lot.

    Eighteen-year-old Olivia Grace has deferred her law degree and ducked out of her friends' gap-year tour of Asia. Instead, she's fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a private investigator, following in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars - who taught her everything she knows, including a solid line in quick-quipping repartee, the importance of a handbag full of disguises, and a way of mixing business with inconvenient chemistry.

    Playing Watson to the Sherlock of her childhood friend, detective agency owner Rosco (once the Han Solo to her Princess Leia), Olivia pursues a routine cheating husband case from the glitzy Gold Coast to Insta-perfect Byron Bay, where she faces yoga wars, dirty whale activism, and a guru who's kind of a creep.

    Olivia Grace is a teenage screwball heroine for the #metoo era, and The Girl with the Gold Bikini is a body-positive detective romp, rich with pop-culture pleasures.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • LACTIC ACID IN THE CLAVES OF YOUR DESPAIR
    LACTIC ACID IN THE CLAVES OF YOUR DESPAIR
    WHITELOCK ALI
    ISBN: 9781743057049
    Title: LACTIC ACID IN THE CLAVES OF YOUR DESPAIR
    Author: WHITELOCK ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Political, profound, profane. These poems of defiant disobedience crash through the barriers erected to keep us contained. Writing with humour and tenderness, Ali Whitelock takes us through the parched landscape of life, death, love, fear, regret and the unbearable sadness of losing a dog.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • NEW NAME FOR THE COLOUR BLUE
    NEW NAME FOR THE COLOUR BLUE
    MARNER ANNETTE
    ISBN: 9781743057018
    Title: NEW NAME FOR THE COLOUR BLUE
    Author: MARNER ANNETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I still see her sometimes in my sleep. She is walking through the blue and orange lights of the city or in the desert country of red ground, spinifex and oaks. Last night I dreamed she was climbing a green and blue mountain, the kind you see in the tropics, rich and heavy with steam and rain. She is still only a girl in my dreams, but that's how I remember her. In every dream she is walking. In every dream I call out her name. Tania.

    Ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the death of her mother, Cassandra Noble escapes her country childhood to pursue life as an artist in the city. On the threshold of a promising career as a painter, her creativity suddenly abandons her. Soon after, she finds herself with a lover who wishes to control her just as her father once did.

    While her last painting just might hold the key to why she can no longer create, what will happen when she discovers the two tragic events of her childhood are linked in ways she could never have imagined?

    A New Name for the Colour Blue is a story of the healing power of remembering, of love, and the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • SNOW
    SNOW
    INVERARITY GINA
    ISBN: 9781743057001
    Title: SNOW
    Author: INVERARITY GINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the girl brought my bowl she was in and out through the door like she couldn't move fast enough. And when the lock clicked after her I found something she'd left. A knife. And not one for spreading butter, but a sharp one for slitting throats.

    Locked in a cell by her stepmother, Snow grows small but she still grows. Even so, she's hardly a match for a world gone wild, where the sun has disappeared behind clouds for good. The night the hunter takes her into the forest with orders to cut out her heart, Snow makes him a promise she isn't sure she can keep. And then she runs.

    Snow's life is no fairytale. As she grows up her path will take her into the mountains, over misty passes, desolate gorges and alpine rivers, as well as to the city, where she will make her case for the return of what is hers.

    And her childish promise will not be forgotten.

    A dark and lyrical Snow White retelling set in a post-climate-change world, Snow is a fairytale of the future.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT
    TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT
    NWOSU POPPY
    ISBN: 9781743056974
    Title: TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT
    Author: NWOSU POPPY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Impulsive Lottie – heavy-metal fan, expert tomato-grower and frequent visitor to the principal’s office – is in even more trouble than usual.

    Her best friend Grace has dropped an unlikely bombshell: she’s dating Lottie’s mortal enemy, good-girl Evelyn Tait.

    Studious Jude, the boy next door, has the perfect war plan. Lottie will beat Evelyn at her own good-girl game, unveiling Miss Perfect’s sinister side in the process.

    Taking life more seriously starts as fun, but soon offers its own rewards . . . so long as Lottie can manage gorgeous Sebastian’s sudden interest, Jude acting weird, and the discovery that she might actually be good at something.

    Taking Down Evelyn Tait is a story about family, friends and embracing who you are. Even if that person is kind of weird.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • THINGS SHE OWNED
    THINGS SHE OWNED
    ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    ISBN: 9781925972610
    Title: THINGS SHE OWNED
    Author: ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika's house is still full of the things Michiko left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgewood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. In defiance of Japanese tradition, Erika has also kept the urn containing Michiko's ashes, refusing to put her memory to rest. Erika throws herself into working as a chef at a high-end London restaurant and pretends everything is fine. But when a cousin announces that she will be visiting from Japan, Erika's resolve begins to crack.

    Slowly the things Michiko owned reveal stories of Michiko's youth amid the upheaval of Tokyo during and after the war. As the two women's stories progress and entwine, Erika is drawn to the island of Okinawa, the homeland of her grandmother. It's a place of magic and mysticism where the secrets of Erika's own past are waiting to be revealed.

    Beautiful and mysterious, THE THINGS SHE OWNED explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of cross-generational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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