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  • GOODBYE VITAMIN
    GOODBYE VITAMIN
    KHONG RACHEL
    ISBN: 9781471159480
    Title: GOODBYE VITAMIN
    Author: KHONG RACHEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hello, ageing parents. Hello, dementia. Goodbye, vitamin...

    Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiancé are moving house, but he's moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns that her father, a history professor beloved by his students, has Alzheimer’s. At Christmas, her mother begs her to stay on and help. For a year. Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads, as Ruth and her friends attempt to shore up her father’s career; she and her mother obsess over the ambiguous health benefits – in the absence of a cure – of dried jellyfish supplements and vitamin pills; and they all try to forge a new relationship with the brilliant, childlike, irascible man her father has become.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GREAT RECKONING   #12
    GREAT RECKONING #12
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751552690
    Title: GREAT RECKONING #12
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Surete Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Surete Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him. When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed...

    Ingenious, gripping, and powerful, A Great Reckoning is the new spellbinding novel from number one bestseller, Louise Penny. Evocative and atmospheric, this magnificent work of crime fiction will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HAZARDS
    HAZARDS
    HOLLAND-BATT SARAH
    ISBN: 9780702253591
    Title: HAZARDS
    Author: HOLLAND-BATT SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Hazards is a dazzling and inventive new collection from award-winning poet Sarah Holland-Batt. Opening with a vision of a leveret's agonising death by Myxomatosis and closing with a lover disappearing into dangerous waters, this collection reflects a predatory world rife with hazards both real and imagined. Holland-Batt's cosmopolitan poems careen through diverse geographical territory - from haunted post-colonial landscapes in Australia to brutal animal hierarchies in the cloud forests of Nicaragua - and engage everywhere with questions of violence and loss, erasure and extinction.

    Charged with Holland-Batt's mercurial imagination and swift lyricism, this unsettling and darkly intelligent collection inhabits an uncertain world with a questioning eye and clear mind, unafraid to veer 'straight into turbulence'.



    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • HEART OF THINGS : APPLYING PHILOSOPHY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
    HEART OF THINGS : APPLYING PHILOSOPHY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780753819418
    Title: HEART OF THINGS : APPLYING PHILOSOPHY TO THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement and pleasure and which has the respect of people one, in turn, respects. And one of the fundamentals to living such a life is to reflect on the choices we make.

    In this new collection, A.C Grayling invites the reader into a conversation with ideas. From personal questions about happiness and quality of life to wider public concerns such as war and democracy, these essays provide a springboard to thought and to exploring what is best about the human heart and mind.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HERO MAKER : A BIOGRAPHY OF PAUL BRICKHILL
    HERO MAKER : A BIOGRAPHY OF PAUL BRICKHILL
    DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780857988126
    Title: HERO MAKER : A BIOGRAPHY OF PAUL BRICKHILL
    Author: DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Dam Busters, The Great Escape and Reach for the Sky were all written by Paul Brickhill, an Australian hero of WWII. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death. In 1953, Paul Brickhill was the highest-earning author in Britain, with books including The Dam Busters, The Great Escape, and Reach for the Sky u the story of legless fighter pilot Douglas Bader. All became hugely successful movies. Only years later would Brickhill recognise his formula for success: in dour postwar times we all needed heroes. Today, Brickhill's legacy endures: his war books continue to sell, the BBC has announced plans to make a miniseries of The Great Escape and Lord of the Rings producer Peter Jackson plans a remake of The Dam Busters. Stephen Dando-Collins, award-winning Australian military historian, novelist and biographer has written the first biography of Paul Brickhill, a man who lived a big and exciting life and died a quiet and lonely man in Sydney in 1991 aged 74.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • HISTORY OF BEES
    HISTORY OF BEES
    LUNDE MAJA
    ISBN: 9781471165689
    Title: HISTORY OF BEES
    Author: LUNDE MAJA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honour and fame.

    United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

    China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident—and she is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition—she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

    Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HOME FIRE
    HOME FIRE
    SHAMSIE KAMILA
    ISBN: 9781408886786
    Title: HOME FIRE
    Author: SHAMSIE KAMILA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    From the Orange and Baileys Prize-shortlisted author comes an urgent, explosive story of love and a family torn apartIsma is free.

    After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother 's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can 't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London or their brother, Parvaiz, who 's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream- to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.Then Eamonn enters the sisters ' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to or defy. Is he to be a chance at love' The means of Parvaiz 's salvation' Two families ' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined in this searing novel that asks- what sacrifices will we make in the name of love'

    A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles ' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS #18
    HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS #18
    SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    ISBN: 9781408708156
    Title: HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS #18
    Author: SMITH ALEXANDER MCCALL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Precious Ramotswe has always idolised her father, the late Obed Ramotswe. She feels that she knows all about his life - but does she? Sometimes our parents surprise us, and we discover that things were not quite what we thought them to be. And the same goes for Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's feisty assistant, who also makes certain discoveries about her own past that cause some surprise. The placid world of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is further disturbed by the arrival in Gaborone of somebody whom Mma Ramotswe - and Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, for that matter - definitely do not want to see. Of course calm eventually prevails - as it always does in the timeless world of these remarkable ladies. Tea is served, and life continues.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE : A Memoir in Essays
    HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE : A Memoir in Essays
    CATRON MANDY LEN
    ISBN: 9781863959971
    Title: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE : A Memoir in Essays
    Author: CATRON MANDY LEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In How to Fall in Love with Anyone, this experiment is Catron's starting point for investigating what it means to love someone and to be loved, and how we present our love to the world. What makes love last? Can love ever work the way it seems to in films, books and social media? Is there a orighto way to fall in love?

    In these candid, charming and wise essays, Catron blends memoir with cultural and social commentary on the psychology, biology, history and literature of love. How to Fall in Love with Anyone is a deeply personal, yet universal investigation into the one thing we all want-or think we want-more than anything.

    Includes oTo Fall in Love with Anyone, Do Thiso, one of the most popular essays to appear in the New York Times' oModern Loveo column

    oIn our age of total romantic confusion, Mandy Len Catron is a voice of good sense, warm humor, and consoling wisdom. Through the lens of her own relationships, she teaches us-with a deft, convincing intelligence-some of the vital moves in the art of love.o-Alain de Botton, internationally bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Course of Love


    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS
    HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS
    HAY ASHLEY
    ISBN: 9781760293208
    Title: HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS
    Author: HAY ASHLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lyrical novel of two mothers from different generations and how their lives converge in one hot, wet summer. From the bestselling author of The Railwayman's Wife.

    Luminous and deeply affecting, A Hundred Small Lessons is about the many small decisions - the invisible moments - that come to make a life. The intertwined lives of two women from different generations tell a rich and intimate story of how we feel what it is to be human, and how place can transform who we are. It takes account of what it means to be mother or daughter; father or son. It's a story of love, and of life.

    When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her Brisbane home of sixty-two years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, with their new life - new house, new city, new baby. Lucy and her husband Ben are struggling to transform from adventurous lovers to new parents and seek to smooth the rough edges of their present with memories of their past as they try to discover their future selves.

    In her nearby nursing home, Elsie revisits the span of her life - the moments she can't bear to let go; the haunts to which she might yet return. Her memories of marriage, motherhood, love and death are intertwined with her old house, whose rooms seem to breathe Elsie's secrets into Lucy.

    Through one hot, wet Brisbane summer, seven lives - and two different slices of time - wind along with the flow of the river, as two families chart the ways in which we come, sudden and oblivious, into each other's stories, and the unexpected ripples that flow out from those chance encounters.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • IDEAS THAT MATTER : A PERSONAL GUIDE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    IDEAS THAT MATTER : A PERSONAL GUIDE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780753826188
    Title: IDEAS THAT MATTER : A PERSONAL GUIDE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book that celebrates the power of ideas: thought can - and does - change the world. And, in turn, ideas evolve. Fundamentalism, environmentalism and bioethics are defining our future just as Marxism, feminism or existentialism have influenced our present. So what do we need to know as we move into the 21st century? More than a simple reference work, this is A.C Grayling's personal and heartfelt guide to the ideas, past and present, that shape our world. Covering religion, philosophy, scientific theory and political movements, each alphabetically ordered entry illuminates, elucidates and provokes. Written with Grayling's customary fire and erudition, the result is a book that aims both to arm readers with knowledge and engage them in philosophical debate.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IM AUSTRALIAN TOO
    IM AUSTRALIAN TOO
    FOX MEM
    ISBN: 9781760276218
    Title: IM AUSTRALIAN TOO
    Author: FOX MEM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I'm Australian! How about you?

    Many people from many places have come across the seas, to make Australia their home.

    How Australian is that?

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KIN : A REAL PEOPLES HISTORY OF OUR NATION
    KIN : A REAL PEOPLES HISTORY OF OUR NATION
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781742708621
    Title: KIN : A REAL PEOPLES HISTORY OF OUR NATION
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    in is at heart the story of European settlement in Australia, told through the stories of the real people who made Australia's history what it is.

    When author and historian Nick Brodie traced his own family tree, he began to see the pattern of European settlement in Australia. As he learnt about the generations of his family, Nick uncovered the social and cultural contexts and historic circumstances that shaped his ancestors: the Irish, the convicts, the early settlers, Cobb & Co coachmen, the men from Snowy River, the Boer war, Galipolli, the Depression and the second world war. His quest is full of suspense, frustrations and red herrings, and makes a gripping story.

    As Brodie tracks down where key characters lived, what they did, and the decisions they made – to commit treason, immigrate, marry, or move – he pieces together a complex and entertaining puzzle of Australia's history told through the very people who made it: the everyday Australians who contributed to Australia's rich and varied story.

    In the same way Bill Bryson’s A History of Nearly Everything tells the history of the world through the characters who make the discoveries, Kin is well-written, absolutely accessible (think Tom Keneally’s The Australians) but also invigorated with detailed insights that will delight intelligent lovers of history and a good read.



    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS
    KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS
    COLE TEJU
    ISBN: 9780571328062
    Title: KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS
    Author: COLE TEJU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature - many of which have become viral sensations, shared and debated around the globe - Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today's most powerful and original voices. On page after page, deploying prose dense with beauty and ideas, he finds fresh and potent ways to interpret art, people and historical moments. Cole tells of his engagement with Virginia Woolf through her diaries, before reflecting on an episode of temporary blindness in New York. He looks at the rise of Instagram and interrogates the value of its images. He examines the transition of the candidate Obama, the avid reader, into a 'forever-war' president on the global stage. Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole's wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • KOALA BARE
    KOALA BARE
    FRENCH JACKIE
    ISBN: 9781460751619
    Title: KOALA BARE
    Author: FRENCH JACKIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For too long koalas have been called 'bears'.

    Some bears wear pants and live in cottages in the woods ... but this koala is out to prove to the world that he is BARE! And that never, ever ever can a koala be a bear...

    From the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Diary of a Wombat comes a hilariously funny picture book that Jackie French has created with talented new illustrator Matt Shanks.

    Ages: 3 years+

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • KOALA LOU
    KOALA LOU
    FOX MEM
    ISBN: 9780140540635
    Title: KOALA LOU
    Author: FOX MEM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There was once a baby koala, so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou.

    Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. Perhaps if she wins the tree-climbing at the Bush Olympics her mother might notice her again . . . Koala Lou starts her training right away!

    An Australian classic by the author and illustrator of Hunwick's Egg.


    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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