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  • 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • WINTER
    WINTER
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241207031
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire.

    In Ali Smith's Winter, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith's shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens- art, love, laughter. It's the season that teaches us survival.

    Here comes Winter.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WINTER
    WINTER
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241973332
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    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 : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    WINTER : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    ISBN: 9781910701652
    Title: WINTER : (Seasons Quartet 2)
    Author: KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is strange that you exist, but you don’t know anything about what the world looks like. It’s strange that there is a first time to see the sky, a first time to see the sun, a first time to feel the air against one’s skin. It’s strange that there is a first time to see a face, a tree, a lamp, pyjamas, a shoe. In my life that almost never happens anymore. But soon it will. In just a few months, I will see you for the first time.

    The birth of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s youngest daughter draws near. Prompted to see the world anew, he writes short pieces on everything from winter boots to the brain, describing to her the wonders of life.

    Winter is the second volume of the Seasons quartet, following on in time from Autumn and illustrated with exquisite watercolours by Swedish artist Lars Lerin.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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: October 2018 New Release

    <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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • WISE CHILDREN   *
    WISE CHILDREN *
    CARTER ANGELA
    ISBN: 9780099981107
    Title: WISE CHILDREN *
    Author: CARTER ANGELA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "A richly comic tale of the tangled fortunes of two theatrical families, the hazards and chances, Angela Carter's witty and bawdy new novel is populated with as many sets of twins, and mistaken identities as any Shakespeare comedy, and celebrates the magic of over a century of show business."

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    ISBN: 9781922147035
    Title: WISH - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduced by James Bradley.

    'I'm not deaf, but I've always felt more at home in Sign. Both my parents are deaf. Deaf as posts. Deaf as adders, deaf as beetles. And proud as peacocks, Deaf Pride long before there was a word, or a sign, for it. I learnt to speak with my hands from birth; there was no other way of reaching my parents...' J.J. is back living at home in Adelaide, unemployed and drifting after a messy divorce. Then he is offered a job teaching Sign to Eliza. His new pupil is smart, sensitive, attractive - and a gorilla recently liberated from a medical research laboratory by animal rights activists. First published in 1995, the third novel by the acclaimed writer Peter Goldsworthy is unique in Australian literature: a dazzling, moving story about scientific experimentation and ethics, language and love.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • WOLF HALL
    WOLF HALL
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780007230204
    Title: WOLF HALL
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009

    'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WOLF IN WHITE VAN
    WOLF IN WHITE VAN
    DARNIELLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925106237
    Title: WOLF IN WHITE VAN
    Author: DARNIELLE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.

    Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of 'Trace Italian' - a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail - Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, and are explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds backward in time until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    HUSTVEDT SIRI
    ISBN: 9781473638907
    Title: WOMAN LOOKING AT MEN LOOKING AT WOMEN
    Author: HUSTVEDT SIRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a writer of non-fiction whose insights are drawn from her broad knowledge in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

    In this trilogy of works collected in a single volume, Hustvedt brings a feminist, interdisciplinary perspective to a range of subjects. Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Susan Sontag and Knut Ove Knausgaard are among those who come under her scrutiny. In the book's central essay, she explores the intractable mind-body problem and in the third section, reflects on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory, perception, and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. With clarity, wit, and passion, she exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, and challenges her reader to think again.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WOMEN
    WOMEN
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780753518144
    Title: WOMEN
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. Now, at the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. Women is a riotous and uncompromisingly vivid account of life on the edge.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    ST JOHN MADELEINE
    ISBN: 9781921922299
    Title: WOMEN IN BLACK - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: ST JOHN MADELEINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction by Bruce Beresford

    At the very end of the Ladies’ Frocks Departments, past Cocktail Frocks, there was something very special, something quite, quite wonderful; but it wasn’t for everybody: that was the point. Because there, at the very end, there was a lovely arch, on which was written in curly letters Model Gowns.

    Written by a superb novelist of contemporary manners, The Women in Black is a fairytale which illuminates the extraordinariness of ordinary lives. The women in black are run off their feet, what with the Christmas rush and the summer sales that follow. But it’s Sydney in the 1950s, and there’s still just enough time left on a hot and frantic day to dream and scheme…

    By the time the last marked-down frock has been sold, most of the staff of the Ladies’ Cocktail section at F. G. Goode’s have been launched into slightly different careers. With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a great novel, a lost Australian classic.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
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