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  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760788339
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Debut Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'Stunning' Herald Sun

    A tender, coming-of-age novel from Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction-winning author Suzanne Daniel.

    The only things 11-year-old Allegra's grandmothers share are a deep love for her, their hatred for each other and the fence between their homes.

    Allegra is forced to divide herself into parts to appease those who profess to love her - but at what cost?

    WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2020

    'Stellar debut...a story of family, second-wave feminism, faith, friendship' Marie Claire

    'Will fly off the shelves into bookclub living rooms, where it will be admired for its imagination and heart.' Canberra Times

    'Allegra drew me into her life from the first page and I didn't want to leave. Funny, smart, tender and wise, this is a book to curl up with by the fire or basking on the beach. I loved it.' Liz Byrski

    'The momentum of the novel swings along at pace. Daniel's gift for authentic characters and her understanding of the way in which the past is tattooed on the present make this a delightfully thought-provoking romp.' Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    GRANDIN GREG
    ISBN: 9781250179821
    Title: END OF THE MYTH : The Meaning of the Border in the New America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    Author: GRANDIN GREG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ever since this nation's inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States' belief in itself as an exceptional nation-democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America hasa new symbol: the border wall.

    In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaningof the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history-from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America's constant expansion-fighting wars and opening markets-served as a "gate of escape," helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country's problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home.

    It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.

    Imprint: St Martin's Press
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    BAYLY SAMI
    ISBN: 9780734419019
    Title: ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF UGLY ANIMALS - Indie Book Awards 2020 Children's Book of the Year
    Author: BAYLY SAMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Marvel as you enter the fascinating hidden world of ugly animals in this encyclopaedia of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. It's time for ugly animals to shine!

    With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness'. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way.

    Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more 'ugly' beauties.

    This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • LOST BOYS : The untold stories of the under-age soldiers who fought in the First World War   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Illustrated Non-Fiction
    LOST BOYS : The untold stories of the under-age soldiers who fought in the First World War - Indie Book Awards 2020 Illustrated Non-Fiction
    BYRNES PAUL
    ISBN: 9781925870503
    Title: LOST BOYS : The untold stories of the under-age soldiers who fought in the First World War - Indie Book Awards 2020 Illustrated Non-Fiction
    Author: BYRNES PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the First World War of 1914-1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent's signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Like Peter Pan's lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories.

    This extraordinary book captures the incredible and previously untold stories of forty Anzac boys who fought in the First World War, from Gallipoli to the Armistice. Featuring haunting images of the boys taken at training camps and behind the lines, these tales are both heartbreaking and rousing, full of daring, ingenuity, recklessness, random horror and capricious luck.

    A unique perspective on the First World War, THE LOST BOYS is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • NICKEL BOYS   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    NICKEL BOYS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708899427
    Title: NICKEL BOYS - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2020
    Author of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
    , Colson Whitehead, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida.

    Praise for Pulitzer Prize-winning THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD:

    'My book of the year by some distance . . . luminous, furious, wildly inventive' Observer

    'An engrossing and harrowing novel' Sunday Times

    'Tells one of the most compelling stories I have ever read' Guardian

    Whitehead is a superb storyteller . . . [he] brilliantly intertwines his allegory with history . . . writing at the peak of his game' Telegraph

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    Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clearsighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide 'physical, intellectual and moral training' which will equip its inmates to become 'honorable and honest men'.

    In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear 'out back'. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors.

    The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions.

    Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, THE NICKEL BOYS is a devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence    -   Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence - Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    HILL JESS
    ISBN: 9781760641405
    Title: SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO : Power Control and Domestic Violence - Winner of The Stella Prize 2020
    Author: HILL JESS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of The Stella Prize 2020

    At the office of Safe Steps, Victoria's dedicated 24/7 family violence response call centre, phone counsellors receive a call every three minutes. Many women are repeat callers- on average, they will go back to an abusive partner eight times before leaving for good. 'You must get so frustrated when you think a woman's ready to leave and then she decides to go back,' I say. 'No,' replies one phone counsellor, pointedly. 'I'm frustrated that even though he promised to stop, he chose to abuse her again.'

    Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates- in Australia, almost 17 per cent of women over the age of fifteen - one in six - have been abused by an intimate partner.

    In this confronting and deeply researched account, journalist Jess Hill uncovers the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest - and most intimate - ways imaginable. She asks- What do we know about perpetrators? Why is it so hard to leave? What does successful intervention look like?

    What emerges is not only a searing investigation of the violence so many women experience, but a dissection of how that violence can be enabled and reinforced by the judicial system we trust to protect us.

    Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SONTAG : Her Life   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    SONTAG : Her Life - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    MOSER BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780241003480
    Title: SONTAG : Her Life - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2020
    Author: MOSER BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Susan Sontag was our last great literary star. Her brilliant, serious mind combined with her striking image, her rigorous intellectualism and her groundbreaking inquiries into what was then seen as 'low culture' - celebrity, photographs, camp - propelled her into her own unique, inimitable category and made her famous the world over, emblematic of twentieth-century New York literary glamour.

    Today we need her ideas more than ever. Her writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism, Fascism, Freudianism, Communism and Americanism, forms an indispensable guide to our modern world. Sontag was present at many of the most crucial events of the twentieth century- when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down, in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel and in besieged Sarajevo. Sontag tells these stories and examines her work, as well as exploring the woman behind Sontag's formidable public face- the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, her agonizing construction of herself and her public myth.

    Sontag is the first biography based on exclusive access to her restricted personal archives and on hundreds of interviews conducted with many people around the world who spoke freely for the first time about Susan Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait of an endlessly complex, dazzling woman; one of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers, who lived one of its most fascinating lives.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING - Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    CHIM WAI
    ISBN: 9781760631581
    Title: SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING - Indie Book Awards 2020 Young Adult Book of the Year
    Author: CHIM WAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen. But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other. A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America    -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    MCDANIEL W CALEB
    ISBN: 9780190846992
    Title: SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY : A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2020
    Author: MCDANIEL W CALEB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The extraordinary life of Henrietta Wood--a formerly enslaved woman sold back into slavery, eventually freed again, and who then sued the man who had sold her back into bondage, and won.


    Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deputy sheriff named Zebulon Ward colluded with Wood's employer, abducted her, and sold her back into bondage. She remained enslaved throughout the Civil War, giving birth to a son in Mississippi and never forgetting who had put her in this position. By 1869, Wood had obtained her freedom for a second time and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for damages in 1870. Astonishingly, after eight years of litigation, Wood won her case: in 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500. The decision stuck on appeal. More important than the amount, though the largest ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery, was the fact that any money was awarded at all. By the time the case was decided, Ward had become a wealthy businessman and a pioneer of convict leasing in the South. Wood's son later became a prominent Chicago lawyer, and she went on to live until 1912. McDaniel's book is an epic
    tale of a black woman who survived slavery twice and who achieved more than merely a moral victory over one of her oppressors.

    Above all, Sweet Taste of Liberty is a portrait of an extraordinary individual as well as a searing reminder of the lessons of her story, which establish beyond question the connections between slavery and the prison system that rose in its place.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $44.95

    Price: $44.95
  • TELL ME WHY : The Story of My Life and My Music   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    TELL ME WHY : The Story of My Life and My Music - Indie Book Awards 2020 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    ROACH ARCHIE
    ISBN: 9781760850166
    Title: TELL ME WHY : The Story of My Life and My Music - Indie Book Awards 2020 Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    Author: ROACH ARCHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

    No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach - stolen child, seeker, teenage alcoholic, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, and leader - but it took him almost a lifetime to find out who he really was.

    Roach was only a few years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of.

    In this intimate, moving and often shocking memoir, Roach's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and the healing power of music. Overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people, Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through song to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today - beloved by fans worldwide.

    Tell Me Why is a stunning account of resilience and the strength of spirit - and of a great love story.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • THERE WAS STILL LOVE   -   Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year
    THERE WAS STILL LOVE - Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year
    PARRETT FAVEL
    ISBN: 9780733630682
    Title: THERE WAS STILL LOVE - Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year
    Author: PARRETT FAVEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Indie Book Awards 2020 Book of the Year

    Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small, brown suitcases.

    Prague, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city - the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. His whole world.

    Melbourne, 1980: Mala Li ka's grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mana and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.

    Favel Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TRADITION   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2020
    TRADITION - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2020
    BROWN JERICHO
    ISBN: 9781529020472
    Title: TRADITION - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2020
    Author: BROWN JERICHO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Jericho Brown's daring poetry collection The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery, and his invention of the duplex - a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues - testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while revelling in a celebration of contradiction.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TREACHEROUS COUNTRY      -   Vogel Winner 2020
    TREACHEROUS COUNTRY - Vogel Winner 2020
    KRUIMINK K M
    ISBN: 9781760877408
    Title: TREACHEROUS COUNTRY - Vogel Winner 2020
    Author: KRUIMINK K M
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The winner of the prestigious literary award that has launched over a hundred authors - The Australian/Vogel's Literary award

    WINNER OF THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD

    There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, unless she had died or otherwise departed, called Maryanne Maginn. Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new. Drawn by the promise of his heart's desire, and compelled to distance himself from pain at home, Gabriel begins his quest into Van Diemen's Land. His guide, a Cannibal who is not all he seems, leads him north where Gabriel might free himself of his distracting burden and seek the woman he must find. As Gabriel traverses this wild country, he uncovers new truths buried within his own memory. Authentic, original and playful, A Treacherous Country is a novel of loyalty, wisdom and the freedom to act.

    Warm and lively...a witty, Tasmanian Moby Dick' - Tegan Bennett Daylight, acclaimed author of Six Bedrooms

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • UNDYING : A Meditation on Modern Illness   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    UNDYING : A Meditation on Modern Illness - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    BOYER ANNE
    ISBN: 9780241399729
    Title: UNDYING : A Meditation on Modern Illness - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2020
    Author: BOYER ANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A week after her forty-first birthday, Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living payslip to payslip who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic condition was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness.

    A twenty-first-century Illness as Metaphor, as well as a harrowing memoir of survival, The Undyingexplores the experience of illness as mediated by digital screens, weaving in ancient Roman dream diarists, cancer hoaxers and fetishists, cancer vloggers, corporate lies, John Donne, pro-pain 'dolorists', the ecological costs of chemotherapy, and the many little murders of capitalism. It excoriates the pharmaceutical industry and the bland hypocrisies of 'pink ribbon culture' while also diving into the long literary line of women writing about their own illnesses and ongoing deaths- Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag, and others.

    Genre-bending, angry, profoundly humane and deeply affecting, The Undying is an unmissably original book of heart, intellect and fierce insight into the sicknesses and, occasionally, the perverse glories of our contemporary world.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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