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  • ACTRESS
    ACTRESS
    ENRIGHT ANNE
    ISBN: 9781529112139
    Title: ACTRESS
    Author: ENRIGHT ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Written with all the ingenuity and twisty tautness of a thriller' The TimesFrom the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths. This is the story of Irish theatre legend Katherine O'Dell, as told by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End. Katherine's life is a grand performance, with young Norah watching from the wings. But this romance between mother and daughter cannot survive Katherine's past, or the world's damage. As Norah uncovers her mother's secrets, she acquires a few of her own. Then, fame turns to infamy when Katherine decides to commit a bizarre crime. Actress is about a daughter's search for the truth- the dark secret in the bright star, and what drove Katherine finally mad . . .

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    CHITTLEBROUGH / DOOLEY / GLOVER / HOSKING
    ISBN: 9781743057995
    Title: ALAS FOR THE PELICANS : FLINDERS BAUDIN & BEYOND
    Author: CHITTLEBROUGH / DOOLEY / GLOVER / HOSKING
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1802 a Frenchman and an Englishman famously encountered each other off the southern shores of 'Terra Australis'. The voyages of discovery of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders opened the way for the increasingly rapid invasion and colonisation of the Australian continent. This collection of essays, images and poems examines some of the cultural contexts of their voyages and the ramifications of their discoveries over the ensuing years. Flinders himself poignantly noted that the arrival of Europeans in the waters surrounding Kangaroo Island also heralded the passing of what he romantically termed the golden age of the pelicans.

    'There are four small islands in the eastern branch [of Nepean Bay]; one of them is moderately high and woody, the others are grassy and lower; and upon two of these we found many young pelicans unable to fly … Alas, for the pelicans! Their golden age is past; but it has much exceeded in duration that of man.' - Matthew Flinders, A Voyage to Terra Australis


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    MILNE A A
    ISBN: 9780755501236
    Title: ALWAYS POOH AND ME : A Collection of Favourite Poems
    Author: MILNE A A
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A picture book edition of Us Two and other favourite A.A.Milne poems.

    Wherever I am, there's always Pooh
    There's always Pooh and Me.
    Whatever I do, he wants to do.


    This selection of poetry from A.A.Milne's When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, features Christopher Robin and his dear friend, Pooh, with beautiful decorations from Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator E. H. Shepard, making it the perfect book for those who would like to be six for ever and ever.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AMERICAN DIRT
    AMERICAN DIRT
    CUMMINS JEANINE
    ISBN: 9781472261403
    Title: AMERICAN DIRT
    Author: CUMMINS JEANINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Breathtaking... I haven't been so entirely consumed by a book for years' Telegraph

    'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett

    FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

    Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the unforgettable story of a mother and son's attempt to cross the US-Mexico border. A sensation from the moment it published, it continues to create debate and ignite conversation globally.

    Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.

    Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.

    Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

    Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

    For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.

    For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.

    For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ANTIPODEAN CHINA : Reflections on Literary Exchange
    ANTIPODEAN CHINA : Reflections on Literary Exchange
    JOSE NICHOLAS / MADDEN BENJAMIN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925818642
    Title: ANTIPODEAN CHINA : Reflections on Literary Exchange
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS / MADDEN BENJAMIN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antipodean China is a collection of essays drawn from a series of encounters between Australian and Chinese writers, which took place in China and Australia over a ten-year period from 2011. The encounters could be defensive, especially given the need to depend on translators, but as the writers spoke about the places important to them, their influences and their work, resemblances emerged, and the different perspectives contributed to a sense of common understanding, about literature and about the role of the writer in society. In some cases the communication is even more direct, as when the Tibetan author A Lai speaks knowingly about Alexis Wright's novel Carpentaria, and the two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mo Yan and J.M. Coetzee, discuss what the Nobel meant for each of them.

    The collection also includes writing by some of the best Chinese and Australian writers: novelists Brian Castro, Gail Jones, Julia Leigh, Yu Hua, Sheng Keyi and Liu Zhenyun, poets Kate Fagan, Ouyang Yu, Xi Chuan and Zheng Xiaoqiong, and translators Eric Abrahamsen, Li Yao and John Minford.

    In the current situation of hostility and suspicion between the two countries, this collection presents what may be seen, in retrospect, as an idyllic moment of communication and trust.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS: Collecting in Australia
    ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS: Collecting in Australia
    LEWIS MILES
    ISBN: 9781925556902
    Title: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS: Collecting in Australia
    Author: LEWIS MILES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The best trained and most experienced librarian or curator is likely to confront difficulties in dealing with architectural drawings. Even an architect will be unable to understand some aspects of drawings a century old.
    Professor Miles Lewis, a leading architectural historian, in conjunction with the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (Australasia) demonstrates to professional curators how to collect, interpret and conserve these ephemeral works of art. In so doing he reveals fascinating insights and wonderful images for all who appreciate and practise fine art and architecture.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • ASH MOUNTAIN
    ASH MOUNTAIN
    FITZGERALD HELEN
    ISBN: 9781922400338
    Title: ASH MOUNTAIN
    Author: FITZGERALD HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fran thought she'd never return to Ash Mountain but her dad has become ill, her relationship is over, and she hates her dead-end job in the city anyway. In a blistering summer, childhood memories prick at her fragile self-esteem as old friendships and rivalries are renewed and new ones forged. But the tumult of her home life is the least of her worries, because a bushfire is roaring towards Ash Mountain and the town's long-held secrets will soon be exposed in the carnage.

    Ash Mountain is a uniquely Australian domestic noir - warm, blackly funny and a powder keg of accumulated tension. Vividly portraying small-town life, and a woman and a land in crisis, this is a disaster thriller you will never forget.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ASK HERCULES QUICK
    ASK HERCULES QUICK
    DUBOSARSKY URSULA
    ISBN: 9781760526498
    Title: ASK HERCULES QUICK
    Author: DUBOSARSKY URSULA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children's Laureate for 2020 - 2021

    'How much money do I have in my piggy bank?' asked Hercules.
    'Actually,' said Aunt Alligator, 'I don't think you have a piggy bank, Hercules.'

    Hercules sighed. No piggy bank, no money. I need a job, he thought. That's what I need.

    He got out his paints, his paintbrush and a big piece of plain paper. On the paper, he painted some words.

    NEED SOMETHING DONE?
    ASK HERCULES QUICK!

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BASTARD BEHIND THE LINES
    BASTARD BEHIND THE LINES
    GILLING TOM
    ISBN: 9781760875879
    Title: BASTARD BEHIND THE LINES
    Author: GILLING TOM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The way I look at it is this...When you're behind the line and get yourself into trouble, you've got to get your bloody self out irrespective of anybody else. That's why I like it.'

    Jock McLaren was a true Australian hero. He escaped Singapore twice, participated in numerous raids on the Japanese in small, armed coastal vessels and was so successful in his land and sea guerrilla actions to disrupt enemy operations that the Japanese eventually placed a bounty on his head.

    In command of a 26-foot whaleboat called The Bastard, McLaren sailed into Japanese controlled ports in broad daylight, shot up the the supply vessels and piers with machine guns and mortar, then turned tail and ran. He also made many solo forays into Japanese held areas to gather intelligence for the US and Australian high commands. Eventually he was transferred to the sabotage Z Special Unit, the joint Allied Special Forces unit formed to operate behind enemy lines. But his extraordinary feats and death-defying courage went beyond his secret missions. One of the many tales told of McLaren was the removal of his own appendix without anaesthetic and with the use of a mirror and an 'ordinary knife'.

    Action-packed and surprising, A Bastard Between the Lines gives rich life to one of Australia's greatest World War II diggers.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    RADOCK STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9781743058022
    Title: BECOMING A BIRD : Untold Stories Aout Art
    Author: RADOCK STEPHANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writer and artist Stephanie Radok reflects on art and its purposes. Becoming a Bird: untold stories about art includes her travels to multiple museums in the northern hemisphere, wandering and wondering.

    She takes the reader from Venice to her terrazzo bathroom, finds her Adelaide garden underground in Rome, remembers how to wiggle her ears in Berlin, and sees St Francis in New York.

    In twelve meditative stories which reflect on memory, childhood, weeds, death, freedom and the soft fur of a dog, Stephanie Radok discovers that, mostly, we are all at home everywhere in this world.


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • BEGIN AGAIN : James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own
    BEGIN AGAIN : James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own
    GLAUDE EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781784744441
    Title: BEGIN AGAIN : James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own
    Author: GLAUDE EDDIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    A searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin - to help us understand the present moment, and imagine a new future into being


    'Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.' JAMES BALDWIN

    The struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the presidency of Donald Trump, a president whose time in the White House represents the latest failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race.

    For James Baldwin, a similar attempt to force a confrontation with the truth of America's racism came in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, and was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the years from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin - the great creative artist, often referred to as 'the poet of the revolution' - became a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair.

    Today, America is at a crossroads. Drawing insight and inspiration from Baldwin's writings, Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through our own era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Seamlessly combining biography with history, memoir and trenchant analysis of our moment, Begin Again bears witness to the difficult truth of race in America. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a more just future.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BEYOND CLIMATE GRIEF : A journey of love, snow, fire and an enchanted beer can
    BEYOND CLIMATE GRIEF : A journey of love, snow, fire and an enchanted beer can
    NEWBY JONICA
    ISBN: 9781742236834
    Title: BEYOND CLIMATE GRIEF : A journey of love, snow, fire and an enchanted beer can
    Author: NEWBY JONICA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us emotionally?

    In this magical, often funny and deeply moving personal story, award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby explores how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change.

    After researching what global warming will do to the snow country she loves, Newby plummeted into a state of profound climate grief. And if she was struggling, she wondered, how was everyone else coping? What should parents tell their anxious kids? How might we all live our best lives under the weight of this fearsome knowledge? Then reality outstripped imagination as her family was swept up in the apocalyptic 2020 fires.

    Featuring illuminating conversations with singer–songwriter Missy Higgins, comedians Charlie Pickering and Craig Reucassel and business leader Mike Cannon-Brookes, practical advice from psychological and scientific experts, incredible accounts from everyday heroes, plus inspiring stories from the climate strike kids,Beyond Climate Grief provides guidance and emotional sustenance to help shore up courage for the uncertainties ahead.

    It reminds us of the love, beauty and wonder in the world, even amidst disaster. And how we all have a touch of epic hero in us.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK WHITE AND EXEMPT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives under Exemption
    BLACK WHITE AND EXEMPT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives under Exemption
    ABERDEEN LUCINDA / JONES JENNIFER [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925302332
    Title: BLACK WHITE AND EXEMPT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives under Exemption
    Author: ABERDEEN LUCINDA / JONES JENNIFER [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1957, Ella Simon of Purfleet mission near Taree, New South Wales, applied for and was granted a certificate of exemption. Exemption gave her legal freedoms denied to other Indigenous Australians at that time: she could travel freely, open a bank account, and live and work where she wanted. In the eyes of the law she became a non-Aboriginal, but in return she could not associate with other Aboriginal people — even her own family or community.

    It 'stank in my nostrils' — Ella Simon 1978.

    These personal and often painful histories uncovered in archives, family stories and lived experiences reveal new perspectives on exemption. Black, White and Exempt describes the resourcefulness of those who sought exemption to obtain freedom from hardship and oppressive regulation of their lives as Aboriginal Australians. It celebrates their resilience and explores how they negotiated exemption to protect their families and increase opportunities for them. The book also charts exemptees who struggled to advance Aboriginal rights, resist state control and abolish the exemption system.

    Contributions by Lucinda Aberdeen, Katherine Ellinghaus, Ashlen Francisco, Jessica Horton, Karen Hughes, Jennifer Jones, Beth Marsden, John Maynard, Kella Robinson, Leonie Stevens and Judi Wickes.

    Imprint: Aboriginal Studies Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BORN INTO THIS
    BORN INTO THIS
    THOMPSON ADAM
    ISBN: 9780702263118
    Title: BORN INTO THIS
    Author: THOMPSON ADAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The stories in Born Into This throw light on a world of unique cultural practice and perspective, from Indigenous rangers trying to instil some pride in wayward urban teens on the harsh islands off the coast of Tasmania, to those scraping by on the margins of white society railroaded into complex and compromised decisions. To this mix Adam Thompson manages to bring humour, pathos and occasionally a sly twist as his characters confront racism, untimely funerals, classroom politics and, overhanging all like a discomforting, burgeoning awareness for both white and black Australia, the inexorable damage and disappearance of the remnant natural world.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOY FROM THE MISH
    BOY FROM THE MISH
    LONESBOROUGH GARY
    ISBN: 9781760525880
    Title: BOY FROM THE MISH
    Author: LONESBOROUGH GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I don't paint so much anymore,' I say, looking to my feet.

    'Oh. Well, I got a boy who needs to do some art. You can help him out,' Aunty Pam says, like I have no say in the matter, like she didn't hear what I just said about not painting so much anymore. 'Jackson, this is Tomas. He's living with me for a little while.'

    It's a hot summer, and life's going all right for Jackson and his family on the Mish. It's almost Christmas, school's out, and he's hanging with his mates, teasing the visiting tourists, avoiding the racist boys in town. Just like every year, Jackson's Aunty and annoying little cousins visit from the city - but this time a mysterious boy with a troubled past comes with them... As their friendship evolves, Jackson must confront the changing shapes of his relationships with his friends, family and community. And he must face his darkest secret - a secret he thought he'd locked away for good.

    Compelling, honest and beautifully written, The Boy from the Mish is about first love, identity, and the superpower of self-belief.

    'A book I've been searching for over my whole career... [it] awed me with the power of its storytelling.' DAVID LEVITHAN, Scholastic US Editorial Director

    'Honest. Funny. Beautiful. This book is all the things.' GABBIE STROUD

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BRIGHT RAY OF DARKNESS
    BRIGHT RAY OF DARKNESS
    HAWKE ETHAN
    ISBN: 9781785152603
    Title: BRIGHT RAY OF DARKNESS
    Author: HAWKE ETHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theatre, A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before.

    Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whisky and sex. What saves him is the theatre- in particular, the challenge of performing Shakespeare in his Broadway debut under the leadership of a brilliant director.

    Searing, raw, and utterly transfixing, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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