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  • AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    JONES TAYARI
    ISBN: 9781760894313
    Title: AMERICAN MARRIAGE - Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
    Author: JONES TAYARI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

    An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

    Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.

    Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward – with hope and pain – into the future.

    ‘Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.’
    Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

    ‘A stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams.’
    Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

    ‘A heartbreaking and genuinely suspenseful love story in which nobody's wrong and everybody's wounded.’
    Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children


    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    GRISWOLD ELIZA
    ISBN: 9781472268723
    Title: AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    Author: GRISWOLD ELIZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

    Seven years in the making, AMITY AND PROSPERITY tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

    Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbours' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

    Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbours and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

    Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold reveals what happens when an imperilled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BE WITH  -  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    GANDER FORREST
    ISBN: 9780811226059
    Title: BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    Author: GANDER FORREST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section-a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's-rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

    Imprint: NEW DIRECTIONS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019
    BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE - Indie Book of the Year 2019
    DALTON TRENT
    ISBN: 9781460757765
    Title: BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE - Indie Book of the Year 2019
    Author: DALTON TRENT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

    Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.

    But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

    A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BRIDGE OF CLAY   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    ZUSAK MARKUS
    ISBN: 9781760781620
    Title: BRIDGE OF CLAY - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Fiction
    Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let me tell you about our brother.
    The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
    Everything happened to him.
    We were all of us changed through him.


    The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

    It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

    A miracle and nothing less.

    Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

    Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CELESTIAL BODIES  -   Man Booker International Prize 2019
    CELESTIAL BODIES - Man Booker International Prize 2019
    ALHARTHI JOKHA
    ISBN: 9781760529413
    Title: CELESTIAL BODIES - Man Booker International Prize 2019
    Author: ALHARTHI JOKHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society, slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present.

    Elegantly structured and taut, Celestial Bodies is a coiled spring of a novel, telling of Oman's coming-of-age through the prism of one family's losses and loves.

    'Complex and tangled ... the glimpses into a culture relatively little known in the west are fascinating.' The Guardian

    'A book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over ...' Bettany Hughes, Man Booker International Judge

    'A beautifully achieved account of lives pulling at the edges of change.' The Irish Times

    'Blends the rhythms of daily life with magic and legend.' Muhammad Barrada

    'Delivers the reader immediately into the world of the marginal, forgotten, most subaltern sectors of society.' Ibrahim al-Hajari

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found  - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    VAN ES BART
    ISBN: 9780241978726
    Title: CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Book of the Year Award Winner 2018
    Author: VAN ES BART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful, harrowing story about a young girl's struggle to survive Nazi persecution, and a man's attempt to unveil his family's secrets.

    The last time Lien saw her parents was in The Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a foster family far away to be hidden from the Nazis. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?

    So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country. This is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ERRATICS   -   Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    ERRATICS - Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    LAVEAU-HARVIE VICKI
    ISBN: 9781460758250
    Title: ERRATICS - Winner of The Stella Prize 2019
    Author: LAVEAU-HARVIE VICKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of The Stella Prize 2019

    Dark, sharp, blackly funny and powerful, this is memoir, wielded as weapon, with the tightly compressed energy of an explosive device.

    'We've been disowned and disinherited: there's not changing it, I say. When something bad happens to them, we'll know soon enough and we'll deal with it together. I don't realise it at the time, but when I say that, I imply I care. I imply there may be something to be salvaged. I misspeak. But I'm flying out anyway. Blood calls to blood; what can I tell you.'

    This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know.

    When Vicki Laveau-Harvie's elderly mother is hospitalised unexpectedly, Vicki and her sister travel to their parents' isolated ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to help their father. Estranged from their parents for many years, Vicki and her sister are horrified by what they discover on their arrival. For years, Vicki's mother has camouflaged her manic delusions and savage unpredictability, and over the decades she has managed to shut herself and her husband away from the outside world, systematically starving him and making him a virtual prisoner in his own home. Vicki and her sister have a lot to do, in very little time, to save their father. And at every step they have to contend with their mother, whose favourite phrase during their childhood was: 'I'll get you and you won't even know I'm doing it.'


    A ferocious, sharp, darkly funny and wholly compelling memoir of families, the pain they can inflict and the legacy they leave, The Erratics has the tightly coiled, compressed energy of an explosive device - it will take your breath away.

    Winner of the Finch Memoir Prize in 2018, Winner of the 2019 Stella Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GIRL WOMAN OTHER   -   Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    GIRL WOMAN OTHER - Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    EVARISTO BERNARDINE
    ISBN: 9780241364901
    Title: GIRL WOMAN OTHER - Joint Booker Prize Winner 2019
    Author: EVARISTO BERNARDINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    JOINT WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

    Teeming with life and crackling with energy, told through many distinctive voices, this novel follows the lives of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and sparklingly contemporary, Girl, Woman, Other is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times- celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • IDAHO   -   Winner Dublin Impac Literary Award 2019
    IDAHO - Winner Dublin Impac Literary Award 2019
    RUSKOVICH EMILY
    ISBN: 9780099593959
    Title: IDAHO - Winner Dublin Impac Literary Award 2019
    Author: RUSKOVICH EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner Dublin Impac Literary Award 2019

    One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time.

    But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

    In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    FOXLEE KAREN
    ISBN: 9781760528706
    Title: LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    Author: FOXLEE KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared.
    'Whatever you do,' I said to Davey on the walk to school, 'Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.'
    He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn't fallen off.

    Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else.

    The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother's health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake.

    A big-hearted novel about loving and letting-go by an award-winning author.



    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison   -   Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison - Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    ISBN: 9781760555382
    Title: NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS : Writing from Manus Prison - Victorian Premiers Award 2019
    Author: BOOCHANI BEHROUZ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani. 'Our government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.' RICHARD FLANAGAN

    Where have I come from? From the land of rivers, the land of waterfalls, the land of ancient chants, the land of mountains...

    In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island. He has been there ever since.

    People would run to the mountains to escape the warplanes and found asylum within their chestnut forests...

    This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through five years of incarceration and exile.

    Do Kurds have any friends other than the mountains?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • NORMAL PEOPLE  -  Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    NORMAL PEOPLE - Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    ROONEY SALLY
    ISBN: 9780571334650
    Title: NORMAL PEOPLE - Costa Best Novel Award Winner 2018
    Author: ROONEY SALLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

    Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

    This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • OVERSTORY    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019
    OVERSTORY - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019
    POWERS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781784708245
    Title: OVERSTORY - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019
    Author: POWERS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

    'Autumn makes me think of leaves, which makes me think of trees, which makes me think of The Overstory,
    the best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period.' Ann Patchett

    'It's a masterpiece.' - Tim Winton

    'It's not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book.' - Margaret Atwood

    A monumental novel about trees and people by one of our most 'prodigiously talented' (The New York Times Book Review) novelists.

    The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond-An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan.

    An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut.

    A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light.

    A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

    These four, and five other strangers - each summoned in different ways by trees - are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

    There is a world alongside ours - vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive and almost invisible to us.

    This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE  -  Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE - Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    TURTON STUART
    ISBN: 9781408889510
    Title: SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE - Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018
    Author: TURTON STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day, by way of Agatha Christie

    'We have work to do,' he says. 'I have a puzzle which requires a solution.'

    'I think you've mistaken me for someone else,' I say. 'I'm just a doctor.'

    'You were a doctor,' he says. 'Then a butler, today a playboy, tomorrow a banker. None of them are your real face, or your real personality. Those were stripped from you when you entered Blackheath and they won't be returned until you leave.'

    Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden can identify her killer.

    But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different person. And some hosts are most helpful than others...

    Imprint: RAVEN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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