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  • DRAW YOUR WEAPONS
    DRAW YOUR WEAPONS
    SENTILLES SARAH
    ISBN: 9781925498622
    Title: DRAW YOUR WEAPONS
    Author: SENTILLES SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and principle. Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature and theology, Sentilles tells the true stories of a conscientious objector during World War II and a former prison guard at Abu Ghraib. In the process she challenges conventional thinking about how violence is waged, witnessed and resisted.

    Draw Your Weapons stirs and confronts, disturbs and illuminates. A single book might not change the world, but this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world-and that makes all the difference.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF
    EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF
    COLE TEJU
    ISBN: 9780571307944
    Title: EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF
    Author: COLE TEJU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. Like him, his childhood country has grown up quickly: found fast-food restaurants, email cafs, contempt for authority; the all-consuming draw of money for nothing.From the consulate in Manhattan to the dusty streets of Lagos, life in modern Nigeria runs like clockwork - as long as you pay the fee. A bribe for the visa clerk, a 'Christmas gift' at immigration, cash - no receipt - at the unofficial tollbooth. Petrol pumps are rigged to overcharge and internet cafs overflow with career scammers, but the police are too busy doling out bogus fines to care. In a country routinely plundered of its oil and ancient treasures, who is to say who can thieve and who can't?
    As our narrator makes the difficult journey back to his family house and its memories, he is confronted by the paradox of a country he wants to love, as burdened by its impoverished past as it is blinded by the spoils of the future.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EYE OF THE SHEEP - Miles Franklin Winner 2015
    EYE OF THE SHEEP - Miles Franklin Winner 2015
    LAGUNA SOFIE
    ISBN: 9781760292799
    Title: EYE OF THE SHEEP - Miles Franklin Winner 2015
    Author: LAGUNA SOFIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for Literature

    Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.

    Sofie Laguna's first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FACT OF A BODY : A Murder and a Memoir
    FACT OF A BODY : A Murder and a Memoir
    MARZANO-LESNEVICH ALEXANDRIA
    ISBN: 9781509805631
    Title: FACT OF A BODY : A Murder and a Memoir
    Author: MARZANO-LESNEVICH ALEXANDRIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The gripping true story of a young law student, an unspeakable crime and a past that refuses to stay buried.

    Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti death penalty. But the moment Ricky's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

    Crime, even the darkest and most unspeakable acts, can happen to any one of us, and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood. And by examining minute details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime. As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857987570
    Title: FAIR AND THE FOUL : Inside Our Sporting Nation
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If anyone is qualified to talk about sport in Australia, it's David Hill. In this book, with the benefit of his years of personal experience both playing and working in the sporting world, he vividly narrates its rise in Australia since the end of the nineteenth century, from the first cricket tour of England in 1868 by an Australian team - an Aboriginal team - to our earliest successes at the Olympics in 1896, when Edwin Flack was the only Australian competitor and won two gold medals, to the golden age of the 1950s when Australia ruled the world in tennis, swimming and athletics.

    In this book David also recalls his battles as president of the North Sydney Bears with tobacco sponsorship lobby groups; his coup as managing director of the ABC in buying the broadcast rights for the AFL; his gargantuan efforts to clean up soccer as chairman of Soccer Australia. And he takes us through the shift in sport from the relative innocence of the amateur era to its commercialisation, which, through the years, has undoubtedly contributed to the uglier sides of our national obsession- the corruption, the drugs, the sexism and racism. Have we plunged to a nadir in recent times, or are these characteristics of our sporting nation an inevitable and permanent effect of the need to succeed?

    This book is a riveting, personal take on a subject that so many Australians follow fanatically - a must-read for sports lovers, but also a compelling, revealing account for those who have never quite understood the appeal of our national obsession.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FEVER DREAM
    FEVER DREAM
    SCHWEBLIN SAMANTA
    ISBN: 9781786072382
    Title: FEVER DREAM
    Author: SCHWEBLIN SAMANTA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A deeply unsettling and disorientating debut novel about obsession, identity and motherhood

    A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She's not his mother. He's not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins and the power and desperation of family.

    Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • FIGHTER
    FIGHTER
    SMITH MICHAEL FARRIS
    ISBN: 9781843449935
    Title: FIGHTER
    Author: SMITH MICHAEL FARRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    In this brilliant novel set against the dark and desolate backdrop of the Mississippi Delta, a washed-up bare-knuckle fighter, battles against decades of booze and drug abuse as he returns home to try and save all he has lost.

    The acres and acres of fertile soil, the two-hundred year old antebellum house, all gone. And so is the woman who gave it to him, the foster mother who saved Jack from a childhood of abandonment in the care system, who now rests in a hospice, her mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers. And Jack's mind has begun to fail, too, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a notebook of names that separate friend from foe and remind him of dangerous haunts to avoid.

    But in a single twisted night he is derailed. Hijacked by a no-good harmonica player out to settle a score, Jack loses the money that will clear his debt with Big Momma Sweet, the queen of Delta vice, whose deep backwoods playground offers sin to all those willing to pay. Yet this same chain of events introduces an unlikely saviour in the form of a sultry, tattooed carnival worker. Guided by what she calls her ‘church of coincidence’, Annette pushes Jack toward redemption in her own free-spirited way, only to discover that the world of Big Momma Sweet is filled with savage danger.

    Damaged by regret, crippled by twenty-five years of fists and elbows, heartbroken at his own betrayals, Jack is forced to step into the fighting pit one last time, the stakes nothing less than life or death.

    Imprint: NO EXIT PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FLIGHT BEHAVIOUR
    FLIGHT BEHAVIOUR
    KINGSOLVER BARBARA
    ISBN: 9780571290802
    Title: FLIGHT BEHAVIOUR
    Author: KINGSOLVER BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties they have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? "Flight Behaviour" is a captivating, topical and deeply human story touching on class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FORM OF THINGS
    FORM OF THINGS
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780753822234
    Title: FORM OF THINGS
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Grief and loneliness, depression, despair and failure - those things' are the common human lot at least at times in all our lives'. Yet it is philosophy which, while not providing an answer to these problems, can enable us to prepare for them, and create strategies with which to deal with them. It is only through reflecting upon the world around us, reading, thinking, questioning, enjoying, that we can inculcate understanding, tolerance and importantly the courage to live our lives. It is our responsibility to live such 'considered lives' and to realise that we are authors of a narrative that can be shaped and controlled.
    This is the fifth in a series of essay miscellanies from our foremost philosopher A.C. Grayling, reflecting upon the form of our world and its multiplicity.
    The essays are grouped by theme into reflections upon life and the standards we live by, including vivid polemics and perceptive pieces on significant thinkers, contemporary rights and liberties issues.

    This book brilliantly articulates the philosophical debate and reflection that is needed to prepare us for life in the twenty-first century.


    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE   #5
    FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE #5
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9780349117256
    Title: FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE #5
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    SHANBHAG VIVEK
    ISBN: 9780571336074
    Title: GHACHAR GHOCHAR
    Author: SHANBHAG VIVEK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sensitive young man who is never named - along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house and encounter newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift. Allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GHOST EMPIRE
    GHOST EMPIRE
    FIDLER RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780733338557
    Title: GHOST EMPIRE
    Author: FIDLER RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.

    GHOST EMPIRE is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GOD IN EVERY STONE
    GOD IN EVERY STONE
    SHAMSIE KAMILA
    ISBN: 9781408847237
    Title: GOD IN EVERY STONE
    Author: SHAMSIE KAMILA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Summer, 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is in an ancient land, about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call of adventure, and love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year-old Pathan, Qayyum Gul, is learning about brotherhood and loyalty in the British Indian army. Summer, 1915. Viv has been separated from the man she loves; Qayyum has lost an eye at Ypres. They meet on a train to Peshawar, unaware that a connection is about to be forged between their lives – one that will reveal itself fifteen years later when anti-colonial resistance, an ancient artefact and a mysterious woman will bring them together again.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD COUNTRY
    GOOD COUNTRY
    KHADIVI LALEH
    ISBN: 9781408876008
    Title: GOOD COUNTRY
    Author: KHADIVI LALEH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The powerful, moving story of a California teenager from an immigrant family who, finding himself in an increasingly hostile world, is turned from a carefree surfer's life towards a culture of fear and fanaticism
    Laguna Beach, California, 2009. Alireza Courdee, a fourteen-year-old, straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In that moment, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, cuts classes and lies to his father. For the first time, Reza now Rez feels like an all-American teen.
    Then 9/11 the Boston bombings happen, and fears of terrorism abound. His newfound friends and their families begin to withdraw from Rez and he finds himself in an increasingly isolated state, where his skin colour, name and parents' background make him an object of suspicion. The only people he can relate to now are beautiful Fatima, who starts covering her hair with a hijab and going to the local mosque, and Arash until he disappears one day. Little by little, Reza is drawn into a frightening new world -
    A Good Country is a powerful meditation on modern life and on how international events can transform young lives. Insightful, nuanced and emotionally forceful, it is an important book for our times.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GOOD NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT
    GOOD NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT
    FOX MEM
    ISBN: 9781742762708
    Title: GOOD NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT
    Author: FOX MEM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Another perfect picture book from the creators of the best-selling Where Is the Green Sheep?

    Bonnie and Ben have a favourite babysitter whose much-loved nursery rhymes ensure a wonderful whimsical world before bedtime.

    Imprint: KOALA BOOKS
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • GOOD PILOT PETER WOODHOUSE
    GOOD PILOT PETER WOODHOUSE
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9781846974489
    Title: GOOD PILOT PETER WOODHOUSE
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Val was working as a land girl when the Americans arrived at the nearby airfield in 1944. Mike, a young American airman, came into her life soon after, and so too did Peter Woodhouse, a dog badly treated on a neighbouring farm and taken in by her aunt.

    Little persuasion was needed for Mike to take Peter Woodhouse to the airbase and over time he became the mascot of the American squad, flying with them whenever their Mosquitoes took to the skies. When their plane is shot down over Holland both Mike and his canine companion are feared lost.

    But unknown to their loved ones at home, Mike and Peter Woodhouse survived the crash. Taken in by the Dutch resistance and with the help of Ubi, a German officer, the pair to remain in hiding till the end of the war when they are reunited with Val. We then follow Val, Mike and Peter Woodhouse as they rebuild a life in England. And Ubi as he returns to Germany at the end of the war and tries to build a new life for himself. His dream is to run a Wall of Death, a circus ring that pitts motorcyclists against gravity as they attempt to stay upright at ever increasing speed...

    Imprint: POLYGON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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