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  • WHITE NOISE
    WHITE NOISE
    DELILLO DON
    ISBN: 9780330524841
    Title: WHITE NOISE
    Author: DELILLO DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jack Gladney is the creator and chairman of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. This is the story of his absurd life; a life that is going well enough, until a chemical spill from a rail car releases an 'Airborne Toxic Event' and Jack is forced to confront his biggest fear – his own mortality.

    White Noise is an effortless combination of social satire and metaphysical dilemma in which DeLillo exposes our rampant consumerism, media saturation and novelty intellectualism. It captures the particular strangeness of life lived when the fear of death cannot be denied, repressed or obscured and ponders the role of the family in a time when the very meaning of our existence is under threat.

    Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this is one of the essential Picador novels reissued in a beautiful new series style.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHITE TIGER
    WHITE TIGER
    ADIGA ARAVIND
    ISBN: 9781786495013
    Title: WHITE TIGER
    Author: ADIGA ARAVIND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The iconic Booker Prize-winner: an unforgettable novel of corruption, murder and twisted morality in contemporary India, reissued in a stylish new livery as part of Atlantic's Cult Classics series.

    Here's a strange fact: murder a man, and you feel responsible for his life - possessive, even. You know more about him than his father and mother; they knew his foetus, but you know his corpse.

    Meet Balram Halwai, the 'White Tiger': servant, philosopher, entrepreneur... murderer. Balram was born in a backwater village on the River Ganges, the son of a rickshaw-puller. He works in a teashop, crushing coal and wiping tables, but nurses a dream of escape. When he learns that a rich village landlord needs a chauffeur, he takes his opportunity, and is soon on his way to Delhi at the wheel of a Honda. Amid cockroaches, call-centres, three-hundred-and-thirty-million gods, slums, shopping malls, and crippling traffic jams, Balram comes to see how the Tiger might escape his cage...

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHOLE DAY THROUGH
    WHOLE DAY THROUGH
    GALE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781472255440
    Title: WHOLE DAY THROUGH
    Author: GALE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The compelling, beautiful story of the choices we make when we face our past from the bestselling author of A PLACE CALLED WINTER.
    Laura Lewis has left her life in Paris and returned home to Winchester to care for her aging, but still sharp mother. Ben has moved away from his beautiful and loyal wife to support his brother, living alone since their mother's death. A chance encounter reminds them both of the relationship - and the spark - they once shared.

    In the course of a single summer's day, they come face to face with the feelings of love and regret they share, and the choices they must make; whether to be true to themselves, or to what they believe is the right thing to do.

    Imprint: TINDER PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WIDE SARGASSO SEA
    WIDE SARGASSO SEA
    RHYS JEAN
    ISBN: 9780141182858
    Title: WIDE SARGASSO SEA
    Author: RHYS JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Editied with an Introduction and Notes by ANGELA SMITH

    Jean Rhys's late, literary masterpiece, Wild Sargasso Sea, was inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and is set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. After their marriage disturbing rumours begin to circulate, poisoning her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is driven towards madness.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WIFE
    WIFE
    WOLITZER MEG
    ISBN: 9781784709884
    Title: WIFE
    Author: WOLITZER MEG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'It's funny, and it's brilliant, and I press it on everyone I know' Rachel Cooke, BBC Radio 4, A Good Read


    A husband.
    A wife.
    A secret.

    Joe and Joan Castleman are on route to Helsinki, Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success.

    The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret...

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILD SHEEP CHASE
    WILD SHEEP CHASE
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099448778
    Title: WILD SHEEP CHASE
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leave reality behind and enter Murakami's fictional universe where nothing is ever as it seems.

    His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a right-wing politico, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep, that may or may not be running the world, and the upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan's finest novelist.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILDERNESS
    WILDERNESS
    WELLER LANCE
    ISBN: 9781408831724
    Title: WILDERNESS
    Author: WELLER LANCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thirty years ago, Abel Truman found himself on the wrong side in the Battle of the Wilderness, one of the bloodiest clashes of the American Civil War. Its aftermath took him to the edge of the continent, the rugged coast of Washington State, where he has made his home in a driftwood shack with his beloved dog, waiting for the scars of war to heal.Now an old and ailing man, Abel must make one heroic final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. It's a quest he has little hope of completing but must still undertake to settle matters of the heart that predate even the horrors of the war. But as Abel sets out, violence follows him in the shape of the memories of those he has lost, and the savagery he took part in and witnessed, as well as two men who are darkly tenacious in their pursuit.Hypatia is a slave whose freedom comes at a terrible price, and who finds herself walking unwittingly into the hellish heart of the Wilderness. Ellen is a white woman, married to a black man at a time that is as dangerous as it is unforgiving. And Jane is a young Chinese girl, who is newly, cruelly orphaned, and clinging on to life. Abel's tortured and ultimately redemptive path leads him to each of them as he encounters compassion amid brutality and tenderness within loss.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILDERNESS STATION : SELECTED STORIES 1968-1994
    WILDERNESS STATION : SELECTED STORIES 1968-1994
    MUNRO ALICE
    ISBN: 9781101970362
    Title: WILDERNESS STATION : SELECTED STORIES 1968-1994
    Author: MUNRO ALICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A "New York Times" Editors Choice Book Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power.

    In "A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968 1994," Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever. A traveling salesman during the Depression takes his children with him on an impromptu visit to a former girlfriend. A poor girl steels herself to marry a rich fiance she can t quite manage to love. An abandoned woman tries to choose between the opposing pleasures of seduction and solitude.

    To read these stories is to succumb to the spell of a true narrative sorcerer, a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves."

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WIND / PINBALL : TWO NOVELS
    WIND / PINBALL : TWO NOVELS
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099590392
    Title: WIND / PINBALL : TWO NOVELS
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wind/Pinball includes Haruki Murakami's first two novels, published back-to-back, available for the first time in English outside Japan. With a new introduction by the author.

    If you're the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly.

    That's who I am.


    Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.

    Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of a past relationship but also by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he used to enjoy so much.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE
    WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9780099448792
    Title: WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A mesmerising, surreal novel - Murakami's most celebrated and influential masterpiece.

    Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINE READS
    WINE READS
    MCINERNEY JAY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781611856279
    Title: WINE READS
    Author: MCINERNEY JAY [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    From celebrated novelist Jay McInerney, whose extensive writing on wine has been called 'crisp, stylish and very funny' (New York Times Book Review), comes an delectable collection of great writing about wine

    In this richly literary anthology, Jay McInerney - bestselling novelist and acclaimed wine columnist for Town & Country, the Wall Street Journal and House and Garden - selects over twenty pieces of memorable fiction and nonfiction about the making, selling and, of course, drinking of fine wine.

    Including excerpts from novels, short fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, Wine Reads features big names in the trade and literary heavyweights alike. We follow Kermit Lynch to the Northern Rhone in a chapter from his classic Adventures on the Wine Route. In an excerpt from Between Meals, long-time New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling raises feeding and imbibing on a budget in Paris into something of an art form - and discovers a very good rose from just west of the Rhone. Michael Dibdin's fictional Venetian detective Aurelio Zen gets a lesson in Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello vintages from an eccentric celebrity. Jewish-Czech writer and gourmet Joseph Wechsberg visits the medieval Chateau d'Yquem to sample different years of the "roi des vins" alongside a French connoisseur who had his first taste of wine at age four.

    Also showcasing an iconic scene from Rex Pickett's Sideways and work by Jancis Robinson, Benjamin Wallace and McInerney himself, this is an essential volume for any disciple of Bacchus.

    Imprint: GROVE UK / ATLANTIC PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WINTER
    WINTER
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241973332
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winter? Bleak. Earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. But winter makes things visible. And Christmas is a time for family reunions, unexpected guests and evergreen truths.

    It's December in Cornwall and Art's mother is seeing things. Art has problems too. His girlfriend has left so he's paying Lux, a young immigrant he found on the street, to impersonate her - but Lux has no intention of sticking to the script. And Iris, Art's prodigal aunt, septuagenarian CND-er and black sheep of the family, is about to arrive with a car full of food and a throat full of protest songs. Four people, strangers and family, in a fifteen-bedroom house for Christmas - will there be enough room for everyone?

    Winter casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, art, love and memory, protest and survival.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER IN MADRID
    WINTER IN MADRID
    SANSOM C J
    ISBN: 9781509822126
    Title: WINTER IN MADRID
    Author: SANSOM C J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A special 10th anniversary edition of the standalone bestseller, Winter in Madrid, by the author of the much-loved Shardlake series, C. J. Sansom.

    1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.

    Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old school friend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game - and surrounded by memories.

    Meanwhile Sandy's girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own - to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.

    In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    STEINBECK JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141186313
    Title: WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT
    Author: STEINBECK JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ethan Allen Hawley has lost the acquisitive spirit of his wealthy and enterprising forebears, a long line of proud New England sea captains and Pilgrims. Scarred by failure, Ethan works as a grocery clerk in a store his family once owned. But his wife is restless, his teenage children troubled and hungry for the material comforts he cannot provide. Then a series of unusual events reignites Ethan's ambition, and he is pitched on to a bold course where all scruples are put aside...

    Steinbeck's searing examination of the evil influences of money, immorality, greed and ambition on America drew acclaim from the Nobel Committee who hailed him as an 'independent expounder of the truth'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER SOLDIER
    WINTER SOLDIER
    MASON DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780330533737
    Title: WINTER SOLDIER
    Author: MASON DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    <b>'Part mystery, part war story, part romance, <i>The Winter Soldier</i> is a dream of a novel' <i>Anthony Doerr</i>, author of <i>All The Light We Cannot See</i></b>

    From the bestselling author of <i>The Piano Tuner</i>, comes Daniel Mason's <i>The Winter Soldier</i>, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.

    Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

    But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon’s scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient and nurse forever.

    From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, <i>The Winter Soldier </i>is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and, finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WISE BLOOD
    WISE BLOOD
    OCONNOR FLANNERY
    ISBN: 9780571241309
    Title: WISE BLOOD
    Author: OCONNOR FLANNERY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher names Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Lily Sabbath.

    In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel Motes founds The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy manoeuvres are a manifestation of Hazel's existential struggles.

    This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most consuming characters in modern fiction.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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