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  • AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK  -   Man Booker International Prize 2021
    AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK - Man Booker International Prize 2021
    DIOP DAVID
    ISBN: 9781782277538
    Title: AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK - Man Booker International Prize 2021
    Author: DIOP DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alfa diaye and Mademba Diop are two of the many Senegalese tirailleurs who fight in the Great War under the French flag. Whenever Captain Armand blows his whistle they climb out of their trenches to attack the blue-eyed enemy. But one day Mademba is mortally wounded, and without his friend, his more-than-brother, Alfa is alone amidst the savagery of the trenches, far from all he knows and holds dear. He throws himself into combat with renewed vigour, but soon he begins to scare even his own comrades in arms.

    Here David Diop captures the tragedy of a young man's mind hurtling towards madness and tells the little-heard story of the Senegalese who fought for France on the Western Front.

    Imprint: Pushkin Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BASS ROCK   -   Stella Prize Winner 2021
    BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Winner 2021
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9781761045301
    Title: BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Winner 2021
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Winner of 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: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CONSOLATION   -   2021 Best Crime Fiction Ned Kelly Awards
    CONSOLATION - 2021 Best Crime Fiction Ned Kelly Awards
    DISHER GARRY
    ISBN: 9781922458094
    Title: CONSOLATION - 2021 Best Crime Fiction Ned Kelly Awards
    Author: DISHER GARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Australia's favourite country cop, Hirsch, is back in this new edition of Consolation, the follow-up to Peace and Bitter Wash Road.

    In Consolation, Tiverton's only police officer Constable Paul Hirschhausen is dealing with a snowdropper. Someone is stealing women's underwear, and Hirsch knows how that kind of crime can escalate. Then two calls come in- a teacher who thinks a child may be in danger at home. A father on the rampage over at the primary school.

    Hirsch knows how things like that can escalate, too. Families under pressure. Financial problems. But it's always a surprise when the killing starts.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEAD ARE ARISING : The Life of Malcolm X   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2021
    DEAD ARE ARISING : The Life of Malcolm X - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2021
    PAYNE LES / PAYNE TAMARA
    ISBN: 9780241503034
    Title: DEAD ARE ARISING : The Life of Malcolm X - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2021
    Author: PAYNE LES / PAYNE TAMARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X - including siblings, classmates, friends, cellmates, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious- to transform what would become hundreds of hours of interviews into a portrait of one of the twentieth century's most compelling figures that would separate fact from fiction.The result is this magisterial work that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his followers stir with purpose, to overcome the obstacles of racism. Setting his life not only within the political struggles of his day but also against the larger backdrop of American history, this remarkable masterpiece traces his path from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary.Payne paints vivid scenes from start to finish and delivers extraordinary revelations - from a hair-raising scene of Malcolm's 1961 clandestine meeting with the KKK, to a minute-by-minute account of his murder in Harlem in 1965, in which he makes the case for the complicity of the American government. The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle and the story of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS   -   Indie Book Awards 2021 Book of the Year
    DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS - Indie Book Awards 2021 Book of the Year
    WILLIAMS PIP
    ISBN: 9781922400277
    Title: DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS - Indie Book Awards 2021 Book of the Year
    Author: WILLIAMS PIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

    Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

    Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

    Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • FRANCHISE : The Golden Arches in Black America    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2021
    FRANCHISE : The Golden Arches in Black America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2021
    CHATELAIN MARCIA
    ISBN: 9781631498701
    Title: FRANCHISE : The Golden Arches in Black America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2021
    Author: CHATELAIN MARCIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Just as The Color of Law provided a vital understanding of redlining and racial segregation, Marcia Chatelain's Franchise investigates the complex interrelationship between black communities and America's largest, most popular fast food chain.

    Taking us from the first McDonald's drive-in in San Bernardino to the franchise on Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014, Chatelain shows how fast food is a source of both power - economic and political - and despair for African Americans. As she contends, fast food is, more than ever before, a key battlefield in the fight for racial justice.

    Imprint: Norton
    RRP: $31.95

    Price: $31.95
  • HONEYBEE   -   Indie Book Awards 2021 Fiction Book of the Year
    HONEYBEE - Indie Book Awards 2021 Fiction Book of the Year
    SILVEY CRAIG
    ISBN: 9781760877224
    Title: HONEYBEE - Indie Book Awards 2021 Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: SILVEY CRAIG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Find out who you are, and live that life.'

    Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.

    At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.

    The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

    Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.

    At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.

    Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • LABYRINTH  -   Winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Award
    LABYRINTH - Winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Award
    LOHREY AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781922330109
    Title: LABYRINTH - Winner of the 2021 Miles Franklin Award
    Author: LOHREY AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.

    There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it-to find a way out of her quandary-Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past.

    The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH   -   Costa Winner 2020
    MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH - Costa Winner 2020
    ROFFEY MONIQUE
    ISBN: 9781529115499
    Title: MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH - Costa Winner 2020
    Author: ROFFEY MONIQUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Escape to the ocean this summer with the Costa Book of the Year 2020

    Escape to the ocean this summer with the Costa Book of the Year 2020

    'A unique talent' Bernardine Evaristo
    ______________________________

    Near the island of Black Conch, a fisherman sings to himself while waiting for a catch. But David attracts a sea-dweller that he never expected - Aycayia, an innocent young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid.

    When American tourists capture Aycayia, David rescues her and vows to win her trust. Slowly, painfully, she transforms into a woman again. Yet as their love grows, they discover that the world around them is changing - and they cannot escape the curse for ever...
    ______________________________

    'A fiercely modern mermaid story... Roffey subverts the fairytale' The Times

    'Extraordinary, captivating, unforgettable characters...we found it completely compelling' Chair of Judges, Costa Book of the Year

    'Wonderfully written, with both soul and intense drama - it glistens almost, like the mermaid!' Diana Evans

    'A bittersweet love story...a joy to read, brimming with memorable characters' BBC News

    Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020
    Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2020
    Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021
    Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020
    Longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2021

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NIGHT WATCHMAN   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2021
    NIGHT WATCHMAN - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2021
    ERDRICH LOUISE
    ISBN: 9781472155368
    Title: NIGHT WATCHMAN - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2021
    Author: ERDRICH LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill; but it isn't about freedom - it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal?

    Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Pixie - 'Patrice' - Paranteau has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, let alone her alcoholic father who sometimes returns home to bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to get if she's ever going to get to Minnesota to find her missing sister Vera.

    In The Night Watchman multi-award winning author Louise Erdrich weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress. She grapples with the worst and best impulses of human nature, illuminating the loves and lives, desires and ambitions of her characters with compassion, wit and intelligence.

    Imprint: Corsair
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • NOW THAT I SEE YOU      -   Vogel Winner 2021
    NOW THAT I SEE YOU - Vogel Winner 2021
    BATCHELOR EMMA
    ISBN: 9781760879761
    Title: NOW THAT I SEE YOU - Vogel Winner 2021
    Author: BATCHELOR EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The winner of the prestigious The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award.

    In those first moments, that admission felt precious to me: it was something that I alone had been deemed worthy enough to carry and I was grateful. I was grateful to finally know, but I still couldn't speak.

    Something was wrong, she knew it, but she was entirely unprepared for what he would tell her.

    Viewed through the lens of a relationship breakdown after one partner discloses to the other that they are transgender, this autofiction spans eighteen months: from the moments of first discovery, through the eventual disintegration of their partnership, to the new beginnings of independence.

    In diaries and letters, Now That I See You unfolds a love story that, while often messy and uncomfortable, is a poignant and personal exploration of identity, gender, love and grief.

    'An insightful novel . . . absorbing page-turner from the start.' Hsu-Ming Teo, previous winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award for Love and Vertigo

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark   -   Indie Book Awards 2021 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark - Indie Book Awards 2021 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    BAIRD JULIA
    ISBN: 9781460757154
    Title: PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark - Indie Book Awards 2021 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: BAIRD JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

    Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

    And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom?

    In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness?

    Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PIRANESI   -   Winner of the Women's Prize 2021
    PIRANESI - Winner of the Women's Prize 2021
    CLARKE SUSANNA
    ISBN: 9781526622433
    Title: PIRANESI - Winner of the Women's Prize 2021
    Author: CLARKE SUSANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the Women's Prize 2021

    A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, ‘one of our greatest living authors’ New York Magazine


    Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.

    In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.

    Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?

    Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

    The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.

    *****

    'What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being … Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box' DAVID MITCHELL
    ‘It subverts expectations throughout … Utterly otherworldly’ Guardian
    'Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling' MADELINE MILLER
    ‘Brilliantly singular’ Sunday Times
    'A gorgeous, spellbinding mystery … This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered' ERIN MORGENSTERN
    ‘Head-spinning … Fully imagined and richly evoked’ Telegraph

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PLANTOPEDIA : The Definitive Guide to House Plants   -   Indie Book Awards 2021 Illustrated Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    PLANTOPEDIA : The Definitive Guide to House Plants - Indie Book Awards 2021 Illustrated Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    CAMILLERI LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781925811773
    Title: PLANTOPEDIA : The Definitive Guide to House Plants - Indie Book Awards 2021 Illustrated Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: CAMILLERI LAUREN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Houseplants have the power to transform any room. With their lush foliage, structural beauty and air-purifying qualities, they help create indoor oases that bring a sense of tranquility to our busy lives.

    In Plantopedia, Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan from Leaf Supply present the definitive guide to keeping happy, healthy houseplants in any space. This guide features over 150 plant profiles including foliage plants, succulents, cacti and rarer gems of the plant world. Each profile includes detailed care information including troubleshooting tips and tricks to ensure that your houseplants thrive.

    There are plants for all levels of indoor gardeners, from budding novices to green thumbs and beyond.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2021
    POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2021
    DIAZ NATALIE
    ISBN: 9780571359868
    Title: POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2021
    Author: DIAZ NATALIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Postcolonial Love Poem is a thunderous river of a book. It demands that every body carried in its pages - bodies of language, land, suffering brothers, enemies and lovers - be touched and held. Where the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dune fields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.

    Diaz defies the conditions from which she writes, a nation whose creation predicated the diminishment and ultimate erasure of bodies like hers and the people she loves. Her poetry questions what kind of future we might create, built from the choices we make now.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • RABBITS   -   2021 Penguin Literary Prize
    RABBITS - 2021 Penguin Literary Prize
    OVERETT SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781761040931
    Title: RABBITS - 2021 Penguin Literary Prize
    Author: OVERETT SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the winner of the Penguin Literary Prize

    A multigenerational family story with a dose of magical realism. It is about family secrets, art, very mild superpowers, loneliness and the strange connections we make in the places we least expect.

    The disappearance of Bo Rabbit in 1984 left the Rabbit women crippled by grief. Bo's mother, Rosemary, and Bo's younger sister, Delia, became disjointed and dysfunctional, parting ways not long after Delia turned eighteen.
    Now a teacher at a Queensland college, Delia's life is dissolving. She gave up on her own art, began a relationship with a student, and is struggling to raise her three growing children, Olive, Charlie and Benjamin. And now she must also care for her mother.
    Despite it all, the Rabbits are managing, precariously. Or, they were until sixteen-year-old Charlie Rabbit disappears in the middle of a blinding heatwave. The family reels from the loss, and struggles to cope as the children's estranged father, Ed, re-enters their lives.
    Only nothing is quite as it seems, and Charlie's disappearance soon proves to be just that - a disappearance, or, rather, an unexpected bout of invisibility he's unable to reverse.
    With the revelation of Charlie's invisibility, the world of the Rabbit family cracks open, and they're faced with their family's untold story, and the uncanny lives of the people around them.
    The Rabbits is a multigenerational family story with a dose of magical realism. It is about family secrets, art, very mild superpowers, loneliness and the strange connections we make in the places we least expect.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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