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  • WAPSHOT SCANDAL
    WAPSHOT SCANDAL
    CHEEVER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780099540595
    Title: WAPSHOT SCANDAL
    Author: CHEEVER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once upon a time the Wapshots of St. Botolphs were distinguished for their unshakeable good opinion of themselves. But the family members have drifted far from their New England village and into the demented caprices of the mighty, the bad graces of the IRS and the humiliating abyss of adulterous passion. A novel of large and tender vision, The Wapshot Scandal is filled with pungent characters and outrageous twists of fate, and, above all, with Cheever's luminous compassion for all his hapless fellow prisoners of human nature

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WAR OF THE WOLF
    WAR OF THE WOLF
    CORNWELL BERNARD
    ISBN: 9780008183844
    Title: WAR OF THE WOLF
    Author: CORNWELL BERNARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the fortress of the eagles, three kings will fight … Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn't have long to enjoy the victory.

    In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

    Uhtred – a legendary warrior, admired and sought as an ally, feared as an enemy – is once again torn between his two heritages. But when he finds himself fighting on what he considers the wrong side, facing one of his most fearsome enemies and cursed by misfortune and tragedy, only the most astute cunning, the greatest loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him …

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WARLIGHT   -   Booker Longlist 2018
    WARLIGHT - Booker Longlist 2018
    ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781787330726
    Title: WARLIGHT - Booker Longlist 2018
    Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire.

    It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be?

    A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WASHINGTON BLACK   -   Booker Shortlist 2018
    WASHINGTON BLACK - Booker Shortlist 2018
    EDUGYAN ESI
    ISBN: 9781781258972
    Title: WASHINGTON BLACK - Booker Shortlist 2018
    Author: EDUGYAN ESI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning.

    Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything?

    Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WATCH TOWER - TEXT CLASSICS
    WATCH TOWER - TEXT CLASSICS
    HARROWER ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781921922428
    Title: WATCH TOWER - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: HARROWER ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduced by Joan London

    Winner, Patrick White Award 1996.

    Breaking their poses like trees snapping branches, the women urgently regarded each other, cleared away all signs of work in an instant, examined their souls for defects, in a sense crossed themselves, and waited.After Laura and Clare are abandoned by their mother, Felix is there to help, even to marry Laura if she will have him. Little by little the two sisters grow complicit with his obsessions, his cruelty, his need to control.Set in the leafy northern suburbs of Sydney during the 1940s, The Watch Tower is a novel of relentless and acute psychological power.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • WATCHING THE CLIMBERS ON THE MOUNTAIN
    WATCHING THE CLIMBERS ON THE MOUNTAIN
    MILLER ALEX
    ISBN: 9781743311097
    Title: WATCHING THE CLIMBERS ON THE MOUNTAIN
    Author: MILLER ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
  • WATER CURE   -   Booker Longlist 2018
    WATER CURE - Booker Longlist 2018
    MACKINTOSH SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780241337349
    Title: WATER CURE - Booker Longlist 2018
    Author: MACKINTOSH SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once upon a time, damaged women came here to be cured. We took them in, fed them glasses of our clean, good water, let them scream at the waves till their lips split like ripe fruit. Now no one is left but my sisters and me. King died a year ago, quite suddenly. Mother has vanished, no one knows where. And the safe compound they built around us, far away from the toxic world, has finally been breached.

    Three men arrived last week, washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent. We remember now what our father taught us. 'If the men come to you, show yourself some mercy. Don't stick around and wait for them to put you out of your misery.'

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WATT
    WATT
    BECKETT SAMUEL
    ISBN: 9780571244744
    Title: WATT
    Author: BECKETT SAMUEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other 'has its place in the series' - those masterpieces running from Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe. Watt tells the tale of one who comes to serve Mr Knott, but must leave when his time is up, still knowing nothing of his master. Watt's mistake is to derive the essence of his master from the accidentals of his being, and his painstakingly logical attempts to 'know' ultimately consign him to the asylum.Itself a critique of error, Watt has previously appeared in editions that are littered with mistakes, both major and minor. The new Faber edition offers for the first time a corrected text based on a scholarly appraisal of the manuscripts and textual history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WAVES
    WAVES
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781840224108
    Title: WAVES
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "I am writing to a rhythm and not to a plot", Virginia Woolf stated of her eighth novel, 'The Waves'. Widely regarded as one of her greatest and most original works,it conveys the rhythms of life in synchrony with the cycle of nature and the passage of time. Six children - Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny and Louis - meet in a garden close to the sea, their voices sounding over the constant echo of the waves that roll back and forth from the shore.

    The subsequent continuity of these six main characters, as they develop from childhood to maturity and follow different passions and ambitions, is interspersed with interludes from the timeless and unifying chorus of nature. In pure stream-of-consciousness style, Woolf presents a cross-section of multiple yet parallel lives, each marked by the disintegrating force of a mutual tragedy.

    'The Waves' is her searching exploration of individual and collective identity, and the observations and emotions of life, from the simplicity and surging optimism of youth to the vacancy and despair of middle-age.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • WAY OF BEING FREE
    WAY OF BEING FREE
    OKRI BEN
    ISBN: 9781784082567
    Title: WAY OF BEING FREE
    Author: OKRI BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Twelve of Ben Okri's most controversial non-fiction pieces form this collection on the theme of freedom.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • WAYS OF ESCAPE
    WAYS OF ESCAPE
    GREENE GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9780099282594
    Title: WAYS OF ESCAPE
    Author: GREENE GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With superb skill and feeling, Graham Greene retraces the experiences and encounters of his extraordinary life. His restlessness is legendary; as if seeking out danger, Greene travelled to Haiti during the nightmare rule of Papa Doc, Vietnam in the last days of the French, Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion. With ironic delight he recalls his time in the British Secret Service in Africa, and his brief involvement in Hollywood. He writes, as only he can, about people and places, about faith, doubt, fear and, not least, the trials and craft of writing.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WAYS OF SEEING
    WAYS OF SEEING
    BERGER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141035796
    Title: WAYS OF SEEING
    Author: BERGER JOHN
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Berger's Ways of Seeing changed the way people think about painting and art criticism. This watershed work shows, through word and image, how what we see is always influenced by a whole hose of assumptions concerning that nature of beauty, truth, civilization, form, taste, class and gender. Exploring the layers of meaning within oil paintings, photographs and graphic art, Berger argues that when we see, we are not just looking - we are reading the language of images.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WE
    WE
    ZAMYATIN YEVGENY
    ISBN: 9780099511434
    Title: WE
    Author: ZAMYATIN YEVGENY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE OXFORD WEIDENFELD TRANSLATION PRIZE 2008 WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILL SELF

    The citizens of the One State live in a condition of 'mathematically infallible happiness'. D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been eradicated. But over the course of his journal D-503 suddenly finds himself caught up in unthinkable and illegal activities - love and rebellion.
    Banned on its publication in Russia in1921, We is the first modern dystopian novel and a satire on state control that has once again become chillingly relevant.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
    WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
    FOWLER KAREN JOY
    ISBN: 9781846689666
    Title: WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES
    Author: FOWLER KAREN JOY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

    Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.

    It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE
    WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE
    JACKSON SHIRLEY
    ISBN: 9780141191454
    Title: WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE
    Author: JACKSON SHIRLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect the remaining family.

    In her final novel, Shirley Jackson displays a mastery of suspense, family relationships and black comedy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WE OF THE NEVER NEVER
    WE OF THE NEVER NEVER
    GUNN AENAES
    ISBN: 9781741667622
    Title: WE OF THE NEVER NEVER
    Author: GUNN AENAES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1902, newly-married Jeannie Gunn (Mrs Aeneas Gunn) left the security and comfort of her Melbourne home to travel to the depths of the Northern Territory, where her husband had been appointed manager of The Elsey', a large cattle station. One of the very few white women in the area, she was at first resented by people on and around the station, till her warmth and spirit won their affection and respect. She had an unerring ear and eye for the sounds and sights of the country; and this is her moving and simple account of her life amidst the beauty and cruelty of the land, and the isolation and loneliness - together with the comradeship and kindness of those around her. The favourite of generations of Australians since it was first published in 1908, We of the Never-Never can truly be called a classic.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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