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  • AUSTRALIA DAY   -   Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    AUSTRALIA DAY - Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925498592
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY - Victorian Premiers Award 2018
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CHOKE   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    CHOKE - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    LAGUNA SOFIE
    ISBN: 9781760297244
    Title: CHOKE - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Fiction
    Author: LAGUNA SOFIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers.

    Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and only occasionally visited by her volatile father who keeps dangerous secrets, Justine is raised solely by her Pop, an old man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch - a place of staggering natural beauty that is both a source of peace and danger. Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She has to make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do.

    A brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power, guns and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature, The Choke is a compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in deep trouble. Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FLIGHTS  -   Man Booker International Prize 2018
    FLIGHTS - Man Booker International Prize 2018
    TOKARCZUK OLGA
    ISBN: 9781925603149
    Title: FLIGHTS - Man Booker International Prize 2018
    Author: TOKARCZUK OLGA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Flights is a series of imaginative and mesmerising meditations on travel in all its forms, not only the philosophy and meaning of travel, but also fascinating anecdotes that take us out of ourselves, and back to ourselves.

    Olga Tokarczuk brilliantly connects travel with spellbinding anecdotes about anatomy, about life and death, about the very nature of humankind. Thrilling characters and stories abound- the Russian sect who escape the devil by remaining constantly in motion; the anatomist Verheyen who writes letters to his amputated leg; the story of Chopin's heart as it makes its journey from Paris to Warsaw, stored in a tightly sealed jar beneath his sister's skirt; the quest of a Polish woman who emigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high-school sweetheart.

    You will never read anything like this extraordinary, utterly original, mind-expanding book. Many consider Tokarczuk to be the most important Polish writer of her generation and Flights is one of those rare books that seems to conjure life itself out of the air.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HOME FIRE - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
    HOME FIRE - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
    SHAMSIE KAMILA
    ISBN: 9781408886793
    Title: HOME FIRE - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
    Author: SHAMSIE KAMILA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Isma 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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LESS    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    LESS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    GREER ANDREW SEAN
    ISBN: 9780349143590
    Title: LESS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
    Author: GREER ANDREW SEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

    The Pulitzer prize-winning novel about a failed writer trying to escape his problems by traveling abroad.

    WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS?

    Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. Less is a novel about mishaps, misunderstandings and the depths of the human heart.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LIAR  -  CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2018
    LIAR - CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2018
    CAVANAGH STEVE
    ISBN: 9781409152378
    Title: LIAR - CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2018
    Author: CAVANAGH STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A MISSING GIRL. A DESPERATE FATHER.
    A CASE WHICH WILL TEAR THEM APART.

    'Plotting that takes the breath away' Ian Rankin

    'A fantastic thriller writer' Mark Billingham

    * * * * *

    WHO IS DEADLIER ...

    Leonard Howell's worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. He can't rely on the cops, so Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back.

    THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH

    Eddie Flynn knows what it's like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld.

    ... OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE?

    However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of the game have changed - and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth...?

    * * * * *

    An ingenious plot, gripping action and characters who leap off the page: discover why readers love Steve Cavanagh:

    'Cavanagh stands head and shoulders above the competition, with his skilfully plotted, action-packed and big-hearted Eddie Flynn novels . . . highly intelligent, twist-laden and absolutely unputdownable' Eva Dolan, author of the critically acclaimed Tell No Tales

    'What a thriller! Breathlessly brilliant and fiendishly clever' Miranda Dickinson

    'A cleverly constructed legal thriller combined with a classic locked-room mystery. Eddie Flynn is fast becoming one of my favourite fictional heroes and Cavanagh one of my favourite thriller writers.' S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood

    'Raymond Chandler could have created Eddie Flynn. THE PLEA is Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly's Mickey Haller combined, with a bit of Jim Thompson's THE GRIFTERS thrown in. A superb read with a main character destined to be one of the most talked about in crime fiction.' Howard Linskey, author of The Search

    *

    If you like John Grisham, Lee Child and Michael Connelly, you will LOVE the gripping and twisty Eddie Flynn series:

    1. The Defence
    2. The Plea
    3. The Liar
    4. Thirteen

    * Each Eddie Flynn thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LIFE TO COME  - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781760296568
    Title: LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    Author: DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miles Franklin Winner 2018

    '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: $32.99
  • LIFE TO COME  - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781760875046
    Title: LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    Author: DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miles Franklin Winner 2018

    '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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    BURNS ANNA
    ISBN: 9780571338740
    Title: MILKMAN - Man Booker Prize Winner 2018
    Author: BURNS ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018

    Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2018 Chair of judges, comments:

    ‘None of us has ever read anything like this before. Anna Burns’ utterly distinctive voice challenges conventional thinking and form in surprising and immersive prose. It is a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humour. Set in a society divided against itself, Milkman explores the insidious forms oppression can take in everyday life.’


    Set in an un-named city but with an astonishing, breath-shorteningly palpable sense of time and place Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. The story of inaction with enormous consequences and decisions that are never made, but for which people are judged and punished. Middle sister is our protagonist. She is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her nearly-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with milkman (which she herself for the life of her cannot work out how it came about). But when first brother-in-law, who of course had sniffed it out, told his wife, her first sister, to tell her mother to come and have a talk with her, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

    Milkman is a searingly honest novel told in prose that is as precise and unsentimental as it is devastating and brutal. A novel that is at once unlocated and profoundly tethered to place is surely a novel for our times.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    ISBN: 9780500501023
    Title: NATIVE : Art and Design with Australian Plants - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Illustrated Non-Fiction
    Author: HERD KATE / IVANKOVIC-WATERS JELA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Authoritative gardening book to put a fire cracker under the Australian native gardening scene. This richly illustrated book captures the most inspiring Australian plants and the people who work with them.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    TOWNSEND JESSICA
    ISBN: 9780734418074
    Title: NEVERMOOR : The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Childrens
    Author: TOWNSEND JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

    Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.


    But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.


    It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.


    To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    WRIGHT ALEXIS
    ISBN: 9781925336337
    Title: TRACKER - Winner of The Stella Prize 2018
    Author: WRIGHT ALEXIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia’s most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.

    Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes. His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • WILDER COUNTRY   -   Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    WILDER COUNTRY - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    SMITH MARK
    ISBN: 9781925498530
    Title: WILDER COUNTRY - Indie Book of the Year 2018 - Young Adult Fiction
    Author: SMITH MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Road to Winter comes an exciting, action-packed sequel about friendship and loyalty, and how far we would go to protect the ones we love when survival is at stake.

    Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They’re being hunted again, and they won’t be safe while Ramage wants their blood.

    But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose - to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage…

    Wilder Country is the exciting, action-packed sequel to Mark Smith’s highly acclaimed The Road to Winter.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YELLOW HOUSE   -   Vogel Winner 2018
    YELLOW HOUSE - Vogel Winner 2018
    OGRADY EMILY
    ISBN: 9781760632854
    Title: YELLOW HOUSE - Vogel Winner 2018
    Author: OGRADY EMILY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Even before I knew anything about Granddad Les, Wally and me sometimes dared each other to see how close to the knackery we could get. It was way out in the bottom paddock, and Dad had banned us from going further than the dam. Wally said it was because the whole paddock was haunted. He said he could see ghosts wisping in the grass like sheets blown from the washing line. But even then I knew for sure that was a lie.

    Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence. Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub's lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family. When Cub's estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather's crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family's murky history.

    The Yellow House is a powerful novel about loyalty and betrayal; about the legacies of violence and the possibilities of redemption.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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