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  • WEST
    WEST
    DAVIES CARYS
    ISBN: 9781925603538
    Title: WEST
    Author: DAVIES CARYS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Addled by grief after the death of his wife, and prompted by reports of colossal animal bones found in Kentucky, John Cyrus Bellman sets off on his quest, leaving behind his only daughter, Bess, to be cared for by her aunt.

    While Bellman ventures farther into the wilderness, forging an uneasy fellowship with his guide, a Native American boy, Bess traces her father’s path on maps at the local library and keeps out of the way of their peculiar neighbour Elmer Jackson.

    Bold and lyrical, West is a brief epic, a micro masterpiece about love, reckless determination and yearning for the unknown.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
    WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
    ROBINSON MARILYNNE
    ISBN: 9780349010458
    Title: WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?
    Author: ROBINSON MARILYNNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New essays by the Orange and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead, Home and Lila.

    In this collection, Marilynne Robinson, one of today's most important thinkers - admired by President Obama, and so many others - impels us to action and offers us hope. Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize; and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.

    What Are We Doing Here? is a call to continue the tradition of the great thinkers and to remake political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theatre of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still." In our era of rampant political and cultural pessimism, we run the risk of becoming bogged down in disillusionment and of losing sight of ways out of the mire.

    In What Are We Doing Here?, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson offers us balm: impelling us to action, but offering us hope.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WHAT BELONGS TO YOU
    WHAT BELONGS TO YOU
    GREENWELL GARTH
    ISBN: 9781509839681
    Title: WHAT BELONGS TO YOU
    Author: GREENWELL GARTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher walks down a staircase beneath Sofia's National Palace of Culture, looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, Bulgaria, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future.

    Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You is a stunning debut about an American expat struggling with his own complicated inheritance while navigating a foreign culture. Lyrical and intense, it tells the story of a man caught between longing and resentment, unable to separate desire from danger, and faced with the impossibility of understanding those he most longs to know.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
    WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
    ARIMAH LESLEY NNEKA
    ISBN: 9781472239631
    Title: WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
    Author: ARIMAH LESLEY NNEKA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters'.

    The daughters, wives and mothers in Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection find themselves in extraordinary situations: a woman whose mother's ghost appears to have stepped out of a family snapshot, another who, exhausted by childlessness, resorts to fashioning a charmed infant out of human hair, a 'grief worker' with a miraculous ability to remove emotional pain - at a price.
    What unites them is the toughness of the world they inhabit, a world where the future is uncertain, opportunities are scant, and fortunes change quicker than the flick of a switch. Characterised by their vividness, immediacy and the author's seemingly endless ability to conjure worlds at once familiar and unsettlingly different, this is a remarkable debut.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE
    WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE
    CARVER RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9780099530329
    Title: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE
    Author: CARVER RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
    WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
    WINMAN SARAH
    ISBN: 9780755379309
    Title: WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
    Author: WINMAN SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT was one of the most incredibly exciting debuts in recent years, from an extraordinary new voice in fiction.

    Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives.

    It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life.

    Stripped down to its bare bones, it's about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHEN THE NIGHT COMES
    WHEN THE NIGHT COMES
    PARRETT FAVEL
    ISBN: 9780733636448
    Title: WHEN THE NIGHT COMES
    Author: PARRETT FAVEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all - of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. For Isla, those two long summers will change everything. Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and gently told story about the power fear and kindness have to change lives.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN THERES NOWHERE ELSE TO RUN
    WHEN THERES NOWHERE ELSE TO RUN
    MIDDLETON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781760292584
    Title: WHEN THERES NOWHERE ELSE TO RUN
    Author: MIDDLETON MURRAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Masterfully controlled, lingers long in the memory.' Rohan Wilson, author of The Roving Party and To Name Those Lost

    In one way or another, isn't everyone on the run?

    A survivor of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires takes asylum with old friends in the Dandenong Ranges. An editor-in-chief drives his sister halfway around the country to an east-coast rehabilitation clinic. A single mother flies to Perth with her autistic son for one last holiday. A father at the end of his tether tries to survive the chaos of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A group of young friends hire a luxury beach house in the final weeks of one of their lives. A postman hits a pedestrian and drives off into the night.

    When There's Nowhere Else to Run is a collection of stories about people who find their lives unravelling. They are teachers, lawyers, nurses, firemen, chefs, gamblers, war veterans, hard drinkers, adulterers, widows and romantics. Seeking refuge all across the country, from the wheat belt of Western Australia, the limestone desert of South Australia, the sugarcane towns of Queensland, the hinterland of New South Wales to the coastline of Victoria, they discover that no matter how many thousands of kilometres they put between themselves and their transgressions, sometimes there's nowhere else to run.

    'Assured, witty and wise.' Stephen Romei, Literary Editor, The Australian..'Vivid and compelling.' Jenny Barry, BooksPlus

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS
    WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS
    ISHIGURO KAZUO
    ISBN: 9780571283880
    Title: WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS
    Author: ISHIGURO KAZUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A novel of memory and loss, set between London of the 1930s and Shanghai between the wars.

    England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS  -  #3 JACKSON BRODIE
    WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS - #3 JACKSON BRODIE
    ATKINSON KATE
    ISBN: 9780552772457
    Title: WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS - #3 JACKSON BRODIE
    Author: ATKINSON KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried. Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend -- Jackson Brodie -- himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES
    WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780349116471
    Title: WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Sedaris remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this new book of stories. Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life - the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows with LP covers against neurotic songbirds - to the most deeply resonant human truths. Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law s leg, an encounter with a dingo, the purchase of a human skeleton and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris' sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHERE IM CALLING FROM : SELECTED STORIES
    WHERE IM CALLING FROM : SELECTED STORIES
    CARVER RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9780679722311
    Title: WHERE IM CALLING FROM : SELECTED STORIES
    Author: CARVER RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers."Where I m Calling From," his last collection, encompasses classic stories from"Cathedral," "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form. Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WHERE THE TREES WERE
    WHERE THE TREES WERE
    SIMPSON INGA
    ISBN: 9780733637858
    Title: WHERE THE TREES WERE
    Author: SIMPSON INGA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    'All in?' Kieran pulled me up, and the others followed. We gathered around the bigger tree. No one asked Matty - he just reached up and put his right hand on the trunk with ours.

    Kieran cleared his throat. 'We swear, on these trees, to always be friends. To protect each other - and this place.'


    Finding those carved trees forged a bond between Jay and her four childhood friends and opened their eyes to a wider world. But their attempt to protect the grove ends in disaster, and that one day on the river changes their lives forever.

    Seventeen years later, Jay finally has her chance to make amends. But at what cost? Not every wrong can be put right, but sometimes looking the other way is no longer an option.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHICH WAY TREE
    WHICH WAY TREE
    CROOK ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781925713046
    Title: WHICH WAY TREE
    Author: CROOK ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    The dangerous and poignant odyssey of a tenacious young girl who boldly traverses the Texas frontier as she seeks to avenge her mother’s death.

    Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, a former slave, whose final act is to save her daughter’s life. Samantha and her half-brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatised, her face horribly scarred.

    Narrated in Benjamin’s beguilingly plain-spoken voice, The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha’s relentless determination to stalk and kill the notorious panther and avenge her mother’s death. In this quest, she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but unstoppable tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier with a score to settle.

    In the tradition of the great pursuit narratives, The Which Way Tree is a breathtaking tale of revenge against an implacable and unknowable beast. Yet with the comedic undertones of Benjamin’s storytelling, it is also a timeless story full of warmth and humour, and a testament to the enduring love between a sister and brother in an adventure whose legend will last a lifetime.


    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WHILE MORTALS SLEEP
    WHILE MORTALS SLEEP
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780099529064
    Title: WHILE MORTALS SLEEP
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In While Mortals Sleep men and machines, art and artifice, fortune and fame become curiously twisted.

    A travelling salesman falls in love a robot, Jenny, a refrigerator with personality.

    A man plays with his model trains too much until the women in his life decide to take matters into their own hands.

    A young typist receives a plea for help on her Dictaphone - it is from an escaped, dying murderer hiding somewhere in the works of her company's factory.

    In the title story, a hard-nosed reporter is called upon to judge the annual Christmas lights competition - a job that leads him to learn something about the true meaning of Christmas.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WHIPBIRD
    WHIPBIRD
    DREWE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780143791942
    Title: WHIPBIRD
    Author: DREWE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kungadgee, Victoria, Australia. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary's new vineyard, Whipbird, six generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months - a chance to proudly showcase Whipbird to the extended clan. Some of these family members know each other; some don't.

    As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.

    Comic, topical, honest, sharply intelligent, and, above all, sympathetic, Robert Drewe's exhilarating new novel tells a classic Australian family saga as it has never been told before.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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