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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: July 2021 New Release

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH   -   Costa Winner 2020
    MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH - Costa Winner 2020
    ROFFERY MONIQUE
    ISBN: 9781845234577
    Title: MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH - Costa Winner 2020
    Author: ROFFERY MONIQUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • THIS ONE IS OURS   -   Indie Book Awards 2021 Young Adult Book of the Year
    THIS ONE IS OURS - Indie Book Awards 2021 Young Adult Book of the Year
    ODONNELL KATE
    ISBN: 9780702260285
    Title: THIS ONE IS OURS - Indie Book Awards 2021 Young Adult Book of the Year
    Author: ODONNELL KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and speaking another language is exhausting. Sofie's more homesick than lovesick.

    But then her host sister, Delphine, and fellow artist Olivier show her a different side of Paris, and Sofie starts to question her ideas of art, beauty and meaning. Of everything. There's truth in what her best friend, Crow, has been saying all along- the world is in crisis and people need to take notice. And when a catastrophe strikes close to home, Sofie realises she needs to act.

    But what can one girl do? Will Sofie be able to find the courage to fight for change?

    This One is Ours is a call to action for anyone who feels helpless about the state of society, as well as an ode to all the tiny beautifuls that make our world worth saving.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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