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  • 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD   -   Booker Shortlist 2019
    10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD - Booker Shortlist 2019
    SHAFAK ELIF
    ISBN: 9780241293874
    Title: 10 MINUTES 38 SECONDS IN THIS STRANGE WORLD - Booker Shortlist 2019
    Author: SHAFAK ELIF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

    'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away . . . '

    Our brains stay active for ten minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory- growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; watching the women gossip and wax their legs while the men went to mosque; sneaking cigarettes and Western magazines on her way home from school; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage; falling in love with a student who seeks shelter from a riot in the brothel where she works. Most importantly, each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way - the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760559144
    Title: 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    RICHARDSON NICK
    ISBN: 9781925322910
    Title: 1956 : The Year Australia Welcomed the World
    Author: RICHARDSON NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An engrossing account of a pivotal year in Australia's history.

    This book debunks one of the hardiest cliches in Australian history- that the 1950s was a dull decade, when the nation seemed only interested in a quiet life, a cup of tea, and a weekend drive. The truth is that, by the time the '60s came around, Australia was already expanding its outlook - politically, economically, and culturally - and central to this were the events of 1956.

    This was the year when Melbourne hosted the Summer Olympics, the first edition of the Games to be held outside Europe and North America. It also heralded the arrival of television in Australia. In this year, Prime Minister Robert Menzies grappled with world politics, when he opened the country's doors to refugees from the Hungarian uprising, allowed British nuclear tests at Maralinga, and tried to resolve the greatest diplomatic episode of the decade- the Suez Crisis. In these ways and more, the world came to Australia's doorstep in 1956, challenging rusted-on habits and indelibly shifting the nation's perception of itself.

    Nick Richardson peels back the layers to reveal Australia at a critical moment in time. He brilliantly recreates the broader events surrounding the Melbourne Olympics at the end of 1956, as well as the dramas of the Games themselves. Throughout, he also follows a range of men and women who were touched by this transformation, to illuminate the personal consequences of being part of Australia's pivotal year.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 488 RULES FOR LIFE
    488 RULES FOR LIFE
    FLANAGAN KITTY
    ISBN: 9781760875305
    Title: 488 RULES FOR LIFE
    Author: FLANAGAN KITTY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules.

    But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it ... where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ... where middle aged men don't have ponytails ...

    What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

    What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:

    'You're welcome everyone.'

    'Thank god for me.'

    'I'd rather be sad and lonely, but right.'

    'There's not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it'.




    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    LLOYD CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781999802820
    Title: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
    Author: LLOYD CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and learn about absolutely everything including the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalisation, wars, revolutions, technology - and much more. Find out the answers to many big questions about our planet, animals and the people inhabiting Earth. Engaging design, illustrations and photographs throughout bring to life the most remarkable true stories of all time.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    MOODY MARY
    ISBN: 9781925791358
    Title: ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    Author: MOODY MARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Eat, Pray, Love meets The Year of Magical Thinking in this powerful memoir of love, loss and taking risks from a true adventurer

    The irrepressible Mary Moody knows better than anyone the joy of breaking new ground and discovering new frontiers. She is the bestselling author of Au Revoir and Last Tango In Toulouse, and her life as a journalist, TV and radio presenter, popular gardening guru and inveterate traveller has been an inspiration to thousands of women for decades.

    But when Moody loses two of the people she loves most - her beloved husband and the half sister she had only just been reunited with - her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to recovery is her decision to boldly go where she has never been before - both in her travels as a tour guide and in her everyday life. This leads to exploring uncharted territories in Morocco and a wrenching move from her beloved mountain home and garden to make a fresh start while rediscovering her passions - travel, gardening, food, family and the joy of new adventures. A warm, heartbreakingly moving and thoroughly entertaining story of how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ACCOMPLICE
    ACCOMPLICE
    KANON JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781471162664
    Title: ACCOMPLICE
    Author: KANON JOSEPH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

    Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz—nor the face of Dr Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max’s family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America. There, leaders like Argentina’s Juan Perón gave them safe harbour and new identities.

    With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley—an American CIA desk analyst—to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him and bring him back to Germany to stand trial.

    Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto’s alluring but wounded daughter, whom he is convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, Aaron hunts for Otto—a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered.

    Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    Author: FLEA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolizing musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.

    But the family soon fell apart, "I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household," Flea later said. "I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life." He began smoking weed at 13, and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They form a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACT OF GRACE
    ACT OF GRACE
    KRIEN ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959551
    Title: ACT OF GRACE
    Author: KRIEN ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

    Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father's dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks to escape his father Toohey's tyranny and heal its wounds.

    These characters' worlds intertwine across time and place, in a brilliant story of fear and sacrifice, trauma and survival, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and cultural reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance- the damage that one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation.

    This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer. It will leave you changed.

    'Act of Grace is extraordinary. What a voice Anna has ... visceral, haunting and each word so carefully chosen.' -Catherine Drayton

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $9.99
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760890957
    Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    Author: CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.'

    In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boar soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

    These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.
    Here is the story of these two Australian men who became international heroes - it is a story of determination, cunning and triumph that will long be remembered.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    ISBN: 9781781256855
    Title: AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    Author: ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller

    'Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense.' - Naomi Klein, Author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough

    The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us.

    The heady optimism of the Internet's early days is gone. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape our values and define our future?

    Shoshana Zuboff shows that we are at a crossroads. We still have the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in, and what we decide now will shape the rest of the century. Our choices: allow technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it and distribute its benefits.

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities and ensure we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241401217
    Title: AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

    Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age- the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AKIN
    AKIN
    DONOGHUE EMMA
    ISBN: 9781529019971
    Title: AKIN
    Author: DONOGHUE EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his long-awaited first trip back to Nice, but he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of his eleven-year-old great-nephew and he urgently needs someone to take him in.

    Plagued by guilt and a feeling of duty to his dead sister, Noah agrees to foster the kid 'just for couple of weeks' and takes him along on his visit to Nice. This unlikely duo, both feeling adrift in their lives and suffering from culture shock, argue about everything from steak frites to Snapchat.
    Noah is disappointed by how much Nice has changed since he left. When sharp-eyed Michael identifies the historic Hotel Excelsior in one of Noah's photographs, they decide to check in - but once inside their luxury suite, Noah's perception of his ancestral heritage starts to crack.

    Shocking stories of the Nazi occupation surface: a hotel re-purposed for torture, a secret resistance movement, and Noah's mysterious mother on the front lines of history. As dark truths about this famous tourist mecca come to light, Noah learns to appreciate Michael's street-smart wit and ease with technology. He finally grasps the great risks people in all ages have taken for their kin.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS    [Illustrated Edition]
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [Illustrated Edition]
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780062936615
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [Illustrated Edition]
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lewis Carroll's beloved classic stories are reimagined in this deluxe illustrated gift edition from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima-designed with stunning full color artwork and several interactive features.

    Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's exquisite Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass have remained revered classics for generations. The story of Alice, an inquisitive heroine who falls through a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world, has captured the hearts of readers of all ages. Perhaps the most popular female character in English literature, Alice is accompanied on her journey of trials and tribulations by the frantic White Rabbit, the demented and terrifying Queen of Hearts, the intriguing Mad Hatter, and many other eccentric characters.

    Lewis Carroll's beloved companion stories Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are reinvented on one volume by the talented design firm MinaLima, whose fey drawings of some of Western literature's most famous characters will delight and enthrall, In addition, they have created interactive features exclusive to this edition, including:, ∗Alice with extendable legs and arms, ∗The rabbit's house which opens to reveal a giant Alice, ∗The Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat's grin, ∗A flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog, ∗A removable map of the Looking Glass world

    This keepsake illustrated edition-the sixth book in Harper Design's series of illustrated children's classics-will be treasured by for years to come.

    Imprint: HARPER DESIGN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    BELL DAVINA
    ISBN: 9781760501457
    Title: ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    Author: BELL DAVINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else - cars, planes, cranes, trains - anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors - but will he be able to bring his mum around?

    With irresistible rhyming text by award-winning author Davina Bell and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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