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  • 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 MUST BE BRAVE
    WE MUST BE BRAVE
    LIARDET FRANCES
    ISBN: 9780008280147
    Title: WE MUST BE BRAVE
    Author: LIARDET FRANCES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A woman; a war; a child that changed everything.

    Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave is a luminous and profoundly moving novel about the people we rescue and the ways in which they rescue us back.

    She was fast asleep on the back seat of the bus. Curled up, thumb in mouth. Four, maybe five years old.

    I turned around. The last few passengers were shuffling away from me down the aisle to the doors. ‘Whose is this child?' I called.

    Nobody looked back.

    December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city's residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.

    Ellen has always believed she does not want children, but when she takes Pamela into her home the child cracks open the past Ellen thought she had escaped and the future she and her husband Selwyn had dreamed for themselves. As the war rages on, love grows where it was least expected, surprising them all. But with the end of the fighting comes the realization that Pamela was never theirs to keep…

    A story of courage and kindness, hardship and friendship, We Must be Brave explores the fierce love we feel for our children and the astonishing power of that love to endure.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WE THAT ARE YOUNG
    WE THAT ARE YOUNG
    TANEJA PRETI
    ISBN: 9781910296783
    Title: WE THAT ARE YOUNG
    Author: TANEJA PRETI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Bapuji family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence - only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing Devraj Bapuji from the vast corporation he founded, Company India. On the same day, Sita, Devraj's youngest daughter, absconds - refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita's older sisters, are left to run the Company... And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the Palaces and slums of New Delhi, the luxury resorts and spas of Amritsar and Srinagar.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WE THE SURVIVORS
    WE THE SURVIVORS
    AW TASH
    ISBN: 9780008318550
    Title: WE THE SURVIVORS
    Author: AW TASH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2019 New Release

    A murderer’s confession – devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable – which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny.

    Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh.

    In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq, Ah Hock’s vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence – told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course – is a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti-nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope. It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WEATHER IN THE STREETS
    WEATHER IN THE STREETS
    LEHMANN ROSAMOND
    ISBN: 9780349010366
    Title: WEATHER IN THE STREETS
    Author: LEHMANN ROSAMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A novel of searing honesty and a passionate portrayal of forbidden love. Published as part of a beautifully designed series to mark the 40th anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics.

    Introduced by Elizabeth Day

    A chance encounter with the man who enchanted her as a teenager leads Olivia Curtis into to a forbidden love affair. He is now married, and Olivia's life changes to one of secret meetings, brief phone calls and snatched liaisons in anonymous hotel rooms.

    Years ahead of its time when first published in 1936, this subtle and powerful novel shocked it readers with its searing honesty and passionate portrayal of clandestine love.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WEEKEND IN NEW YORK
    WEEKEND IN NEW YORK
    MARKOVITS BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780571348503
    Title: WEEKEND IN NEW YORK
    Author: MARKOVITS BENJAMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first in a fictional tetralogy: be immersed in the lives of an upper-middle-class New York family, the Essingers, over multiple generations.

    Tolstoy famously claimed that: 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way'. But what if the happy families are actually the most unique of them all?

    Ben Markovits' ambitious new fictional tetralogy immerses us in the lives of an upper-middle-class New York family, the Essingers, over multiple generations. In A Weekend In New York, the brilliant first novel in the quartet, Markovits vividly charts the experiences of mid-ranking tennis professional Paul Essinger at the ATP Tour and US Open. In stylishly compelling prose, Markovits interweaves the insular domesticity of family life with the sweeping forces shaping American society to create a deeply intimate - yet uncompromisingly political - portrait of America.

    This is a landmark American novel from the James Tait Black Award-winning author which channels the very best of Franzen, Updike, and Wallace.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE  AND  PALM SUNDAY
    WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE AND PALM SUNDAY
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780099387817
    Title: WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE AND PALM SUNDAY
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kurt Vonnegut, described by Graham Greene as "One of the best living American writers", is equally well known as an essayist and commentator on American society as he is a novelist.

    This volume brings together the best of his shorter work - essays, stories, speeches, letters, articles and autobiography.

    A diabolical government asserts control by eliminating orgasms from sex in the title story of Welcome to the Monkey House setting the tone for a collection shot through with Vonnegut's acrid wit, and his bewilderment at the corruption of humanity.

    From riffs on country music, George Bush, and his mother's midnight mania, to a bittersweet tribute to a dead friend, Palm Sunday demonstrates why Kurt Vonnegut is equally well known as an essayist and commentator as he is a novelist. This caustic, funny and poignant collection resonates with Vonnegut's singular voice.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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