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  • AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143790990
    Title: AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek's 50 'What to Read Now and Why' titles.

    Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other.

    Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens- long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves.

    Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting- he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

    Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty.

    Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States- its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    JONES TAYARI
    ISBN: 9780143789604
    Title: AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    Author: JONES TAYARI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

    Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit.

    Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMERICAN PASTORAL
    AMERICAN PASTORAL
    ROTH PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780099771814
    Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL
    Author: ROTH PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In American Pastoral, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Seymour 'Swede' Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America.

    And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager - a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth's masterpiece.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN PEOPLE : VOLUME 1
    AMERICAN PEOPLE : VOLUME 1
    KRAMER LARRY
    ISBN: 9781250083302
    Title: AMERICAN PEOPLE : VOLUME 1
    Author: KRAMER LARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Forty years in the making, The American People sets forth Larry Kramer's vision of his homeland. As the founder of ACT UP and the author of Faggots and The Normal Heart, Kramer has decisively affected American lives and letters. Here he reimagines our history. This is the story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease and host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness.


    In this first volume, which runs up to the 1950s, we meet prehistoric monkeys who spread a peculiar virus; a Native American shaman whose sexual explorations mutate into occult visions; and early English settlers who establish loving same-sex couples only to fall prey to the forces of bigotry. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton revel in unexpected intimacies, and John Wilkes Booth's motives for assassinating Abraham Lincoln are thoroughly revised. In the twentieth century, the nightmare of history deepens as a religious sect conspires with eugenicists, McCarthyites, and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals and the AIDS virus begins to spread. Against all this, Kramer sets the intimate heartfelt story of a middle-class family outside Washington, D.C., trying to cope with the darkest of times.

    The American People is a work of ribald satire, prophetic outrage, and dazzling imagination. It is an encyclopedic indictment, written with outrageous love.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • AMERICAN PSYCHO
    AMERICAN PSYCHO
    ELLIS BRET EASTON
    ISBN: 9781447277705
    Title: AMERICAN PSYCHO
    Author: ELLIS BRET EASTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Irvine Welsh.

    Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?

    Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . .

    American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMERICAN RHAPSODY : Writers Musicians Movie Stars and One Great Building
    AMERICAN RHAPSODY : Writers Musicians Movie Stars and One Great Building
    PIERPONT CLAUDIA ROTH
    ISBN: 9780374536947
    Title: AMERICAN RHAPSODY : Writers Musicians Movie Stars and One Great Building
    Author: PIERPONT CLAUDIA ROTH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ranging from the shattered gentility of Edith Wharton's heroines to racial confrontation in the songs of Nina Simone, American Rhapsody presents a kaleidoscopic story of the creation of a culture. Here is a series of deeply involving portraits of American artists and innovators who have helped to shape the country in the modern age.

    Claudia Roth Pierpont expertly mixes biography and criticism, history and reportage, to bring these portraits to life and to link them in surprising ways. It isn't far from Wharton's brave new women to F. Scott Fitzgerald's giddy flappers, and on to the big-screen command of Katharine Hepburn and the dangerous dames of Dashiell Hammett's hard-boiled world. The improvisatory jazziness of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue has its counterpart in the great jazz baby of the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building. Questions of an American acting style are traced from Orson Welles to Marlon Brando, while the new American painting emerges in the gallery of Peggy Guggenheim. And we trace the arc of racial progress from Bert Williams's blackface performances to James Baldwin's warning of the fire next time, however slow and bitter and anguished this progress may be.

    American Rhapsody offers a history of twentieth-century American invention and genius. It is about the joy and profit of being a heterogeneous people, and the immense difficulty of this human experiment.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMERIKA
    AMERIKA
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241197813
    Title: AMERIKA
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'He had almost forgotten he was in the uncertain hold of a ship moored to the coast of an unknown continent'

    Karl Rossmann has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. Although Kafka's first novel can be read as a disturbing allegory of modern life in all its alienation, it is also a novel infused with blitheness and exuberance.

    'It was Kafka who made me understand that one can write differently.' Gabriel García Márquez

    'His power resides in the state of the human soul he portrays.' Malcolm Bradbury, Sunday Times

    Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AMNESIA
    AMNESIA
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9780143572695
    Title: AMNESIA
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Amnesia, Peter Carey's first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1943 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past seventy years: Has America taken us over?

    How did a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's Public Enemy number one?

    When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walk free. Worse: an American corporation runs prison security, so the malware infects some 5000 American places of incarceration. Doors spring open. Both countries' secrets threaten to pour out.

    Was this American intrusion a mistake, or had Gaby declared cyberwar on the US? Felix Moore - known to himself as 'Australia's last serving left-wing journalist' - has no doubt. Her act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America. That conflict dates back to the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane in 1943, forwards to the secret CIA station near Alice Springs, and has as its most outrageous act the coup of 1975. Funded by his property-developer mate Woody Townes, Felix is going to write Gaby's biography, to save her, and himself, and maybe his country.

    But how to get Gaby to co-operate? What role does her film-star mother have to play? And what, after all, does Woody really want?

    Amnesia is Carey at his best: dark, funny, exhilarating. It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.

    'Amnesia is a raucous meditation on dissent . . . An ambitious novel that possesses some of the energy and thrilling abandon of Carey's early works, including his short stories. It stands firm in ways reminiscent of Illywhacker . . . Carey is a writer who seems to want to celebrate, as much as to castigate, human flaws. He is sardonic and withering, but somehow optimistic. In Amnesia, the world is insidious and magnificent . . . Amnesia is both familiar and a distinctly new moment in his career.' Patrick Allington, Australian Book Review

    'The story of WikiLeaks as if transmogrified by Dickens and turned into a thrilling fable for our post-Edward Snowden era.' Luke Harding, The Guardian

    'The novel is a wild ride . . . Carey is Australia's lyrebird master of dialogue, perfectly tuned to every nuance, or upward intonation, of successive generations of Australian speech . . . Effortlessly lyrical.' Morag Fraser, The Age

    'The novel sizzles with indignation. But this isn't its only mood. Often rumbustiously funny, it has an almost Dickensian zest for colourful characters. Scenes of the cyber-underworld and its bizarre obsessives buzz with fascination . . . Metaphorical vitality pulses through Carey's prose.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (UK)

    ''Carey . . . has an uncanny knack of timeliness...... [Amnesia is] a political novel in the way of E.L. Doctorow . . . a rambunctious cavalcade . . . Carey is Australia's lyrebird master of dialogue . . . a remarkable novelist.' The Saturday Age



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AMSTERDAM
    AMSTERDAM
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780099272779
    Title: AMSTERDAM
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.

    Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMY AND ISABELLE
    AMY AND ISABELLE
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781849833042
    Title: AMY AND ISABELLE
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Isabelle Goodrow has been living in self-imposed exile with her daughter Amy for 15 years. Shamed by her past and her affair with Amy's father she has submerged herself in the routine of her dead-end job and her unrequited love for her boss. But when Amy, frustrated by her quiet and unemotional mother, embarks on an illicit affair with her maths teacher, the disgrace intensifies the shame Isabelle feels about her own past.

    Throughout one long, sweltering summer as the events of the small town ebb and flow around them Amy and Isabelle exist in silent conflict until a final act leads ultimately to the understanding they both crave.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    ISHIGURO KAZUO
    ISBN: 9780571330386
    Title: AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD
    Author: ISHIGURO KAZUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A special edition of Kazuo Ishiguo's classic novel to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a new introduction by the author.

    It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273844
    Title: AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the first century A. D. , Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea.

    From these sparse facts, one of out most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer.

    What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    MAGUIRE EMILY
    ISBN: 9781760553562
    Title: AN ISOLATED INCIDENT
    Author: MAGUIRE EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.

    Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts only experience can bring.

    As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanation - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

    An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.

    PRAISE FOR EMILY MAGUIRE

    "At the heart of ... Emily Maguire's work lies an urgent need to pull away at the interconnecting threads of morality, society and human relationships." Sydney Morning Herald

    "what you get, along with a sharp mind and a keenness to investigate cultural confusions, is an engaging ability to put the vitality of the story first." Weekend Australian

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN UNRELIABLE MAN
    AN UNRELIABLE MAN
    GAARDER JOSTEIN
    ISBN: 9781474605823
    Title: AN UNRELIABLE MAN
    Author: GAARDER JOSTEIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    From the creative genius of Jostein Gaarder comes a beautiful novel about loneliness and the power of words.

    Jakop is a lonely man.

    Divorced from his wife, with no friends apart from his constant companion Pelle, he spends his life attending the funerals of people he doesn't know, obscuring his identity in a web of improbable lies.

    As his addiction to storytelling spirals out of control, he is forced to reconcile his love of language and stories with the ever more urgent need for human connection.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AN UNTAMED STATE
    AN UNTAMED STATE
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119827
    Title: AN UNTAMED STATE
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

    An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a wilful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANANSI BOYS
    ANANSI BOYS
    GAIMAN NEIL
    ISBN: 9780755305094
    Title: ANANSI BOYS
    Author: GAIMAN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bursting with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancee, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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