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  • LACUNA
    LACUNA
    KINGSOLVER BARBARA
    ISBN: 9780571252671
    Title: LACUNA
    Author: KINGSOLVER BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man's search for safety of a man torn beween the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s McCarthyite America. Born in the U.S. and reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. Making himself useful in the household of the famed Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution. A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in World War II. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

    A gripping story of identity, loyalty and the devastating power of accusations to destroy innocent people. The Lacuna is as deep and rich as the New World.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LAST TOWN ON EARTH
    LAST TOWN ON EARTH
    MULLEN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780007235001
    Title: LAST TOWN ON EARTH
    Author: MULLEN THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, ‘The Last Town On Earth' is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval.

    Deep in the woods of Washington lies the mill town of Commonwealth, a new community founded on progressive ideals, and a refuge for workers who have fled the labor violence in the surrounding towns. When rumours spread of a mysterious illness that is killing people at an alarming rate, the people of the uninfected Commonwealth vote to block all roads into town and post armed guards to prevent any outsiders from entering.

    One day two guards are confronted with a moral dilemma. A starving and apparently ill soldier attempts to enter the town, begging them for food and shelter. Should the guards admit him, possibly putting their families at risk? Or should they place their lives above his and let him die in the woods? The choice they make – and the reaction it inspires in their town and beyond – sets into motion a series of events that threaten to tear Commonwealth apart.

    A sweeping cinematic novel, ‘The Last Town on Earth' powerfully grapples with the tensions of individual safety and social responsibility, of moral obligation and duty in the face of forces larger than oneself.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $13.99

    Price: $13.99
  • LIFE TO COME   **Special Price**
    LIFE TO COME **Special Price**
    DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781760296568
    Title: LIFE TO COME **Special Price**
    Author: DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.' Hilary Mantel

    'Michelle de Kretser knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things...A master storyteller.' A.S. Byatt

    Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

    Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

    Profoundly moving as well as bitingly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.

    '...one of those rare writers whose work balances substance with style. Her writing is very witty, but it also goes deep, informed at every point by a benign and far-reaching intelligence.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald

    '...a dazzlingly accomplished author who commands all the strokes. Her repertoire stretches from a hallucinatory sense of place to a mastery of suspense, sophisticated verbal artistry and a formidable skill in navigating those twisty paths where history and psychology entwine.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LIGHTNING MEN
    LIGHTNING MEN
    MULLEN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781408710616
    Title: LIGHTNING MEN
    Author: MULLEN THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    LIGHTNING MEN follows the multi-award-nominated, highly acclaimed crime debut DARKTOWN into a city on the brink of huge and violent change - and full of secrets.

    Atlanta, 1950. Crime divides, the fight unites.

    Officer Denny Rakestraw and 'Negro Officers' Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith face the Klan, gangs and family warfare in a rapidly changing Atlanta.

    Black families - including Smith's sister and brother-in-law - are moving into Rake's formerly all-white neighbourhood, leading his brother-in-law, a proud Klansman, to launch a scheme to 'save' their streets. When those efforts leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.

    Meanwhile, Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, whose dangerous ex-boyfriend is then released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • LONE CHILD
    LONE CHILD
    GEORGE ANNA
    ISBN: 9780670077748
    Title: LONE CHILD
    Author: GEORGE ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Neve Ayres has always been so careful. Since her mother's death when Neve was seven, she's learned to look after herself and to keep her cards close. But now her deliberately constructed world has collapsed- her partner's left her when she was eight months pregnant. And so, alone with her newborn son, she's retreated to her cliff-top holiday house in coastal Flinders.

    There, another child comes into her life.

    The first time Neve sees Jessie, the small girl is playing on an empty stretch of beach. On the cold autumn day, she is bare-legged and alone, while her mother is distracted by her own troubles. At once, almost despite herself, Neve is intrigued and concerned, and Jessie is drawn to Neve's kindness - and to her home.

    To Neve's surprise, Jessie becomes an unlikely source of much needed care for her and her baby. Having been lost in the sleepless haze of new motherhood, Neve is touched, and finds herself grappling with how to best help the forgotten girl. She has the spacious house, the full pantry, the resources . . . But how much can you - should you - do for a stranger's child?

    Beautifully written and emotionally compelling, The Lone Child is about parenting and judgement, loss and love. From the acclaimed author of What Came Before, this is a gripping, atmospheric novel that explores how the desire to mother, and to be mothered, can be overwhelmingly seductive.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOST DOG
    LOST DOG
    DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781741756067
    Title: LOST DOG
    Author: DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing. What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy. Set in present-day Australia and mid-twentieth century India, here is a haunting, layered work that brilliantly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond. With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile. The Lost Dog is a mystery and a love story, an exploration of art and nature, a meditation on ageing and the passage of time. It is a book of wonders: a gripping contemporary novel which examines the weight of history as well as different ways of understanding the world.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MAGGIES RECIPES FOR LIFE  -  **Special Price**
    MAGGIES RECIPES FOR LIFE - **Special Price**
    BEER MAGGIE / MARTINS RALPH
    ISBN: 9781925596953
    Title: MAGGIES RECIPES FOR LIFE - **Special Price**
    Author: BEER MAGGIE / MARTINS RALPH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book is so important to me.

    To have a healthy old age you must act now, whether you are 30 or 50.

    I have two great passions – sharing my love of cooking delicious simple food and improving the health and nutrition of older people. I hope this cookbook does both but it’s not for ‘old’ people, it’s for you. I have been delighted to work with leading Alzheimer’s researcher Professor Ralph Martins in recent years and I have learned that if we are to avoid Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases it is what we eat today that matters.

    These are my recipes for every day, for everybody, full of deep flavours and beautiful ingredients that will nourish you and your family. Nobody wants to eat worthy food that tastes like cardboard. For me, food without flavour is unthinkable! And so is the notion of restricting whole food groups. My recipe for life is to have a healthy attitude to eating – it’s all about balance, variety and choosing foods that give you the best chance of being in good health now and into your future. This is not a diet book – it’s a way of life.

    ~ Maggie Beer

    Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins have teamed up to fight one of the most debilitating diseases of our later years. Based on the latest scientific research, Maggie has created more than 200 recipes that help provide the nutrients we need for optimum brain health. More than one million Australians are affected every day by Alzheimer’s or its impact on their family but the good news is that you can eat well to age well, from this moment on.

    The proceeds from Maggie’s Recipe for Life will be shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MAN WHO PLANTS TREES
    MAN WHO PLANTS TREES
    ROBBINS JIM
    ISBN: 9781781250624
    Title: MAN WHO PLANTS TREES
    Author: ROBBINS JIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying - across North America, Europe and the Amazon - it's time to pay attention. Humans have cut down the biggest and best trees and left the runts behind. What does that mean for the genetic fitness of our forests? No one knows for sure, for trees and forests are poorly understood on almost all levels. What we do know, however, suggests that what trees do is essential.When tree leaves decompose, they leach acids into the ocean that help fertilize plankton. When plankton thrive, so does the rest of the food chain. Trees are also nature's water filters, capable of cleaning up the most toxic wastes, including explosives, solvents and organic wastes. They sequester carbon dioxide, act as nature's heat shields, keeping cities 10 or more degrees cooler, and also release vast clouds of beneficial chemicals - some of which are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. We need to learn much more about trees. But, meantime, we need to preserve them.Jim Robbins' book is a remarkable exploration of the power of trees and the story of a farmer named David Milarch, co-founder of the Champion Tree Project, who has been cloning some of the world's oldest and largest trees to protect their genetics - from California redwoods to the oaks of Ireland.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT
    MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT
    MAKSIK ALEXANDER
    ISBN: 9781848548077
    Title: MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT
    Author: MAKSIK ALEXANDER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On a holiday island somewhere in the Aegean Sea, Jacqueline, a young Liberian woman, fends off starvation as she survives in the aftermath of unspeakable brutality. Having escaped the horrors of Charles Taylor's regime, she builds a home of sorts in a cave overlooking the ocean. During the day, she wanders the sunny beaches offering massages to tourists, one Euro for five minutes, all the while balancing her will to live with the crushing guilt of survival.

    This hypnotic, lyrical and extraordinary novel tells the story of a woman existing in the wake of experiences so horrifying that she prefers homeless numbness to the psychological confrontation she knows is inevitable. It's a novel about memory. About storytelling. About how we live with what we know.

    Alexander Maksik is a writer of exceptional gifts, able to deliver devastatingly powerful emotion through deceptively simple, lucid prose.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MOTHERLAND FATHERLAND HOMELANDSEXUALS
    MOTHERLAND FATHERLAND HOMELANDSEXUALS
    LOCKWOOD PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9780141984865
    Title: MOTHERLAND FATHERLAND HOMELANDSEXUALS
    Author: LOCKWOOD PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if a deer did porn? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? Do men deserve to be hypnotized for their crimes? And what would the tit-pics of famous dead Americans Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson really look like?

    Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals is the only book that dares to answer these questions - or, at the very least, to come tantalisingly close before dancing mournfully away again, its pert rump twirling through the artificial night of the last great gorilla actor's costume.

    Taking in a philosophically-minded Loch Ness Monster, a younger brother's military tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the autobiographical poem 'Rape Joke', Patricia Lockwood's second collection shows one of today's most original poets at her virtuosic best, combining a free-wheeling and surreal sense of humour on the surface with a deep seriousness and an intricate technical mastery lurking always just below it.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MOTHERS DISGRACE
    MOTHERS DISGRACE
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925589023
    Title: MOTHERS DISGRACE
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adopted as a baby towards the end of World War II, Robert Dessaix grew up haunted by ‘a shaft of silence’ surrounding the question of his natural mother’s identity, and of his own identity and sexuality. In this touching memoir, he recounts the story of a most unusual childhood on Sydney’s North Shore, of his fascination with Russian and the years he spent studying in Cold War Moscow, and of his restless wanderings around the world.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MR SHOWBIZ : The Biography of Robert Stigwood
    MR SHOWBIZ : The Biography of Robert Stigwood
    DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781925324747
    Title: MR SHOWBIZ : The Biography of Robert Stigwood
    Author: DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian entrepreneur, Robert Stigwood was the first media mogul in Britain to be dubbed 'Mr Showbiz". After an extraordinarily large life he died 4 January 2016. This is his story – warts and all.

    Born in Port Pirie, South Australia and moving to the UK in the 1950s where he soon established a theatrical agency, at the height of his success, in the 1970s, Robert Stigwood 'Stiggy' was the entertainment industry’s most powerful tycoon. He came to renown managing the careers of the Bee Gees, Cream and Eric Clapton. He produced films including Gallipoli, Saturday Night Fever, Tommy and Grease. He was behind West End and Broadway musicals that were huge hits. Stigwood owned the record label that issued his artists’ albums and film soundtracks, and he also controlled publishing rights.

    In addition to the many periods of success, there were also great crashes including an infamous Chuck Berry tour that failed to attract audiences and forced Stiggy to declare bankruptcy.

    In early 1966, Stigwood became the booking agent for the Who and also began managing the fledgling British group Cream, signing them to his record label Reaction, and their album was immediately successful.

    Stigwood’s ability to pick and promote talent was astounding and he was also known for his many fallings-out.
    In 1967 the Australian group the Bee Gees arrived in the UK and Stigwood claimed that they were going to be as big as the Beatles. By April, the Bee Gees had their first top 20 hit, and by September their first UK no 1.

    Stigwood moved into theatre production and took Hair to London. After hearing a demo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Stigwood invested in the project. He oversaw the New York stage production and in 1973 produced the film adaptation. Stigwood continued to work with Lloyd Webber right up to the 1996 film of Evita.

    Stiggy got involved in making British television sitcoms and adapting them for US audiences. After watching John Travolta in Welcome Back Kotter, Stigwood signed him to a three-picture deal. After reading an article by British journalist Nik Cohn Stigwood developed it into the feature film Saturday Night Fever and asked the Bee Gees to write its music. The album soundtrack remains the biggest seller of its kind while the film proved a huge hit and helped make disco music an international phenomenon. Stigwood then produced the film of the musical Grease.

    Stigwood lived it up with private planes, yachts, a Central Park West penthouse and staff. The failure of the big-budget musical film of the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band got to him and he sold his record label. Though his ability to create success had not left him entirely with musical productions and films benefitting from his involvement into the 1990s.

    For many years he lived a mostly reclusive life in an estate on the Isle of Wight though remained a part of the lives of the Gibb family.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • MYSTERY OF THINGS - LIFE AND WHAT IT MEANS
    MYSTERY OF THINGS - LIFE AND WHAT IT MEANS
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9780753820193
    Title: MYSTERY OF THINGS - LIFE AND WHAT IT MEANS
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Human genius has done much, and promises much, in the way of removing the mystery from many things in our world; at the same time it recognises and honours the mystery in things too.' In this new collection A.C Grayling extends the range of his previous two books to show how much understanding people can gain about themselves and their world by reflecting on the lessons offered by science, the arts (including literature) and history. Covering subjects as diverse as Jane Austen's Emma, The Rosetta Stone, Shakespeare, the Holocaust, Quantum physics, Galileo and even alien abductions, A.C Grayling's latest collection is a rich source for reflection and contemplation over the mysteries of life.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • NATURE OF THE BEAST   #11
    NATURE OF THE BEAST #11
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751552683
    Title: NATURE OF THE BEAST #11
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An atmospheric and ingenious crime thriller novel, featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author, Louise Penny.

    Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him.

    But when the boy disappears, former Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true.

    And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal.

    A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, it is back.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NIGHT LETTERS
    NIGHT LETTERS
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925143942
    Title: NIGHT LETTERS
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every night for twenty nights in a hotel room in Venice, an Australian man recently diagnosed with an incurable disease writes a letter home to a friend. In these letters, against a rich background of earlier journeys in literature, with Dante as his imagined guide, he reflects on what it means to live a good life in the face of death.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • OPEN CITY
    OPEN CITY
    COLE TEJU
    ISBN: 9780571279432
    Title: OPEN CITY
    Author: COLE TEJU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning and acclaimed debut novel following a young man's journey from Nigeria to Manhattan.
    Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. Though he is navigating the busy parts of town, the impression of countless faces does nothing to assuage his feelings of isolation. But it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey-which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul.

    A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole's Open City seethes with intelligence. Written in a clear, rhythmic voice that lingers, this book is a mature, profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our world.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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