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  • YEAR OF WONDERS
    YEAR OF WONDERS
    BROOKS GERALDINE
    ISBN: 9781841154589
    Title: YEAR OF WONDERS
    Author: BROOKS GERALDINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul during the most extraordinary year of 1666, when plague suddenly visited a small Derbyshire village and the villagers, inspired by a charismatic preacher, elected to quarantine themselves to limit the contagion.

    In 1666, plague scorched London, driving the King and his court to Oxford, and Samuel Pepys to Greenwich, to escape contagion. The north of England remained untouched until, in a small community of leadminers and hill farmers, a bolt of cloth arrived from the capital. The tailor who cut the cloth had no way of knowing that the damp fabric carried with it bubonic infection. So begins the Year of Wonders, in which a Pennine village of 350 souls confronts a scourge beyond remedy or understanding. Desperate, the villagers turn to sorcery, herb lore, and murderous witch-hunting. Then, led by a young and charismatic preacher, they elect to isolate themselves in a fatal quarantine.

    The story is told through the eyes of Anna Frith who, at only 18, must contend with the death of her family, the disintegration of her society, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit attraction. Geraldine Brooks' novel explores love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of 17th century science and religion to deal with a seemingly diabolical pestilence.

    Year of Wonders is also an eloquent memorial to the real-life Derbyshire villagers who chose to suffer alone during England's last great plague.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781840226812
    Title: YEARS AND BETWEEN THE ACTS
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This volume brings together Virginia Woolf's last two novels, 'The Years' (1937) which traces the lives of members of a dispersed middle-class family between 1880 and 1937, and 'Between the Acts' (1941), an account of a village pageant in the summer preceding the Second World War which successfully interweaves comedy, satire and disturbing observation. Rewriting the traditional family saga and the pageant, these unsettling novels provide extraordinary critiques of Englishness and English identity while pursuing compelling existentialist and psychological themes such as the nature of time, memory, personal relationships and sexual desire. Their tightly constructed narratives enable the reader to experience the fragmented lives of their characters and the difficulties that they have in communicating with each other and even understanding themselves. Read together, these novels illuminate each other in ways that will engage both the student and the general reader.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    CHABON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780007150939
    Title: YIDDISH POLICEMANS UNION
    Author: CHABON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if, as Franklin Roosevelt once proposed, Alaska – and not Israel – had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II?

    In Michael Chabon's Yiddish-speaking 'Alyeska', Orthodox gangs in side-curls and knee breeches roam the streets of Sitka, where Detective Meyer Landsman discovers the corpse of a heroin-addled chess prodigy in the flophouse Meyer calls home. Marionette strings stretch back to the hands of charismatic Rebbe Gold, leader of a sect that seems to have drawn its mission statement from the Cosa Nostra – but behind Rebbe looms an even larger shadow. Despite sensible protests from Berko, his half-Tlingit, half-Jewish partner, Meyer is determined to unsnarl the meaning behind the murder. Even if that means surrendering his badge and his dignity to the chief of Sitka's homicide unit – also known as his fearsome ex-wife, Bina.‘The Yiddish Policemen's Union' interweaves a homage to the stylish menace of 1940s film noir with a bittersweet fable of identity, home and faith. It is a novel of colossal ambition and heart from one of the most important and beloved writers working today.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOU CANT DO BOTH
    YOU CANT DO BOTH
    AMIS KINGSLEY
    ISBN: 9780099461029
    Title: YOU CANT DO BOTH
    Author: AMIS KINGSLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robin Davies is both a shrewd observer and an energetic actor in a drama that takes him from school to Oxford. With him we live through all the pangs of a pre-war adolescence in South London, and on through his rites of passage to adulthood, involving rebellion, self-discovery, sex, seduction and commitment. You Can't Do Both is classic Amis - brilliantly funny, outrageous, and alive to every social nuance; it is also tender, compellingly insightful and strongly autobiographical.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • YOU WILL KNOW ME
    YOU WILL KNOW ME
    ABBOTT MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781447226369
    Title: YOU WILL KNOW ME
    Author: ABBOTT MEGAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn't do for her.

    When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That's what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don't realize how much you've sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you . . .

    A mother knows best . . . doesn't she?

    Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me, and written with the compassion of The Fever, the astonishing You Will Know Me - dark and tender by turns -is an unforgettable novel by Megan Abbott.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOUNG DESIRE IT - TEXT CLASSICS
    YOUNG DESIRE IT - TEXT CLASSICS
    MACKENZIE KENNETH
    ISBN: 9781925355352
    Title: YOUNG DESIRE IT - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: MACKENZIE KENNETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the late afternoon of a day in February, that hottest of Australian summer months, when a brutal sun stood bronze above the river flats which you may see from the dormitory windows of Chatterton, Charles came to the school with his mother, walking from the railway station to the gates by a private path across a burnt, untidy field, overhung with Cape lilacs that still drooped, dusty and melancholy...In the lower part of his belly fear kicked and pulsed like a child in the womb, ready to be born.

    Fifteen-year-old Charles Fox is sent away to boarding school, innocent, alone and afraid. There one of his masters develops an intense attachment to him. But when Charles meets Margaret, a girl staying at a nearby farm for the holidays, he is besotted, and a passionate, unforgettable romance begins.

    Published in London in 1937 to wide acclaim, The Young Desire It is a stunning debut novel about coming of age: an intimate and lyrical account of first love, and a rich evocation of rural Western Australia. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and is now back in print as a Text Classic with a new introduction by David Malouf.


    'A hymn to youth, to life, to sexual freedom and moral independence.' - David Malouf

    'A book to set beside James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man...The best novel I've read in a long, long time...One of the great stories of first love...Why isn't this stunning novel famous?' - Michael Dirda, The Washington Post



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
  • YOUTH
    YOUTH
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780099433620
    Title: YOUTH
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Youth's narrator, a student in 1950s South Africa, has long been plotting an escape from his native country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity, and transform it into art. Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmers, from which random, loveless affaires offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing and begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • ZERO K
    ZERO K
    DELILLO DON
    ISBN: 9781509822843
    Title: ZERO K
    Author: DELILLO DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jeffrey Lockhart has been summoned to The Convergence: a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely, cryogenically controlled.

    He is there to say goodbye to his stepmother, Artis, who has chosen to surrender her dying body; preserving it until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return her to a life of transcendent promise.

    And his healthy father, Ross, might join her.

    Hypnotic and seductive, Zero K is a visionary novel about the legacies we leave, the nobility of death, and the ultimate worth of 'the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth.'

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ZONE ONE
    ZONE ONE
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780099570141
    Title: ZONE ONE
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilisation under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street - aka Zone One - but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety - the 'malfunctioning' stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigours of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. And then things start to go wrong. Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One bril­liantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ZOO
    ZOO
    WILSON CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780571334452
    Title: ZOO
    Author: WILSON CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are certain things that Yuri Zipit knows:That being official food-taster for the leader of the Soviet Union requires him to drink too much vodka for a 12-year-old. That you do not have to be an Elephantologist to see that the great leader is dying. That Marshal Bruhah has been known to eat his own children, while Comrade Krushka is only fit to run a slaughterhouse, and that one of them has Yuri's father somewhere here in the Dacha. That it's a crime to love your family more than you love Socialism, the Party or the Motherland. That, because of his damaged mind, everyone thinks Yuri is a fool.

    But Yuri isn't. He sits quietly through another excessive state dinner and witnesses it all - betrayals, body doubles, buffoonery. He's starting to get the hang of this politics thing, but there's so much to learn. Who knew that a man could be in five places at once? That someone could break your nose as a sign of friendship? That people could be disinvented?

    The Zoo is a cutting satire, told through the refreshing voice of one gutsy boy who will not give up on hope.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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