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  • AND SONS
    AND SONS
    GILBERT DAVID
    ISBN: 9780007552818
    Title: AND SONS
    Author: GILBERT DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who is A. N. Dyer? For fans of 'The Art of Fielding' and 'Wonder Boys' - this is the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide. The Manhattan funeral of Charles Henry Topping would have been a minor affair but for the identity of the eulogist: reclusive author A. N. Dyer, whose novel 'Ampersand' stands as a classic of teenage angst. Now Andrew Newbold Dyer takes stock of his own life, the people he's hurt and the novel that will endure as his legacy. He realises he must reunite with his three sons before it's too late. Eldest son Richard is a screenwriter in Californian exile. In the middle is Jamie, who has spent his life capturing the sorrow that surrounds him. And last is Andy, now a pupil at the boarding school that inspired 'Ampersand'. It is only when the hidden purpose of the reunion comes to light do the sons realise what's at stake - for their father, themselves and three generations of Dyers. Daring, entertaining and insightful, '& Sons' establishes David Gilbert as a writer to be treasured.


    Review: 'Richly entertaining ... beautifully realised and very funny ... A book [which] has the rare quality of being funny without being silly, serious without being solemn, and powerfully moving without being either sentimental or coercive' Guardian

    'This is a magisterial novel, complex, sophisticated, filled with literary play ... Impressive stuff from a serious talent' Daily Mail

    'A sprawling family saga of moneyed New York, written in highly wrought prose replete with Updikean flourishes. We immediately identify Gilbert with Franzen and his realist forebears ... There is much to admire in "& Sons", it is ambitious and often beautiful' Observer 'Hugely energetic ... engrossing and superbly done ... His novel's 400-plus pages zip by in a rush of accessible, highbrowish pleasure ...

    [An] intelligent, enthralling novel' Sunday Times 'I was floored by the sparkle and brilliance ... superbly written, wonderfully entertaining and often outrageously funny' Times '[An] elegant, witty second novel ... Gilbert's stylistic gifts are beyond question, and the novel is rich in well-turned phrases ...
    The novel is also very funny ... At the heart of the book is a reunion of the Dyers, a scene as closely observed as anything in Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" ... This is a terrific social comedy' Sunday Telegraph, Seven 'A singularly brilliant novel ... [which] marks David Gilbert out as a writer of exceptional talent' Literary Review 'A breathtaking work of a sweep that we rarely see over here tackling themes at the very heart of existence itself ... a tour de force ... This is a huge new talent on the scene. Greatness awaits' Sunday Express



    Author Biography: David Gilbert is the author of the short-story collection 'Remote Feed' and the novel 'The Normals'. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, GQ and Bomb. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children


    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE
    AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780857989246
    Title: AND WHAT DO YOU DO MR GABLE
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?'

    Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing novels to a near fatal kayak trip; from baking bread to bushfires to art to war; from Kosovar refugees on the run to Jorge Luis Borges to his celebrated essay on the rape of Tasmania's forests, credited as a key to halting Gunns' two billion dollar pulp mill.
    Sparkling, moving and always surprising, this is exhilarating reading from one of Australia's best writers.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.09
  • ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    FRAME JANET
    ISBN: 9780143791065
    Title: ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    Author: FRAME JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a heartfelt introduction from Jane Campion. Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections.

    Gathered here in a single edition are the three parts of Janet Frame's autobiography. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student and years of incarceration in mental hospitals (essentially for wanting to pursue a career as a poet), followed eventually by her entry into the saving world of writers and the 'Mirror City' that sustains them. This is not just the records of a life but also the flourishing of a writer's career. Janet Frame accomplishes 'the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors'.

    All three volumes of this autobiography - To The Is-Land (1983), An Angel At My Table (1984) and The Envoy From The Mirror City (1985) have won major literary prizes. Internationally lauded director Jane Campion made a film of An Angel At My Table that won international jury prizes at Venice, Toronto and other film festivals. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANGELA CARTERS BOOK OF WAYWARD GIRLS AND WICKED WOMEN
    ANGELA CARTERS BOOK OF WAYWARD GIRLS AND WICKED WOMEN
    CARTER ANGELA
    ISBN: 9780349008462
    Title: ANGELA CARTERS BOOK OF WAYWARD GIRLS AND WICKED WOMEN
    Author: CARTER ANGELA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This bestselling collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners

    This bestselling collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners Here are subversive tales - by Ama Ata Aidoo, Jane Bowles, Angela Carter, Colette, Bessie Head, Jamaica Kincaid and Katherine Mansfield among others - all have one thing in common: the wish to restore adventuresses and revolutionaries to their rightful position as models for all women

    Reflecting the wide-ranging intelligence and deliciously anarchic taste of Angela Carter, some of these stories celebrate toughness and resilience, some of them low cunning: all of them are about not being nice.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMAL FARM
    ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE / WATSON DON (INTRO)
    ISBN: 9781922147738
    Title: ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE / WATSON DON (INTRO)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.'

    Drunken Mr Jones of Manor Farm has neglected his livestock for too long. In a burst of insurgent fervour they rise up and he is deposed, with the pigs taking charge of the newly named Animal Farm. Everything runs smoothly, productivity soars, and all animals are well-fed and happy.

    But the further away the memory of the revolution, the more distant seem its ideals - and when Boxer the workhorse is betrayed, the horrifying extent of the pigs' corruption is revealed.

    Orwell's 'fairy story', a scathing satire of Soviet communism, is as potent now as it was in 1945. Animal Farm is one of literature's most electrifying examinations of power and corruption.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • ANIMAL FARM / ILLUSTRATED EDITION
    ANIMAL FARM / ILLUSTRATED EDITION
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241196687
    Title: ANIMAL FARM / ILLUSTRATED EDITION
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    2015 is the 70th anniversary of Animal Farm. To commemorate this important anniversary, Penguin Classics is republishing the classic illustrated Animal Farm by Joy Batchelor and John Halas.

    When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. Orwell's chilling 'fairy story' is a timeless and devastating satire of idealism betrayed by power and corruption.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ANNA
    ANNA
    AMMANITI NICCOLO
    ISBN: 9781925498561
    Title: ANNA
    Author: AMMANITI NICCOLO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is some years since a virus killed all the adults. Now Sicily lies in ruins while the disease lies in wait, poised to claim the children as they reach adolescence. Brave, stubborn thirteen-year-old Anna looks after her brother Astor in the cottage where their mother's skeleton rests, lovingly decorated, in a locked bedroom. She tells him fearsome stories about monsters, hoping to keep him safe at home while she forages among the real hazards. Wild dogs. Gangs of savage, blue-painted kids. But then Astor starts to question Anna's version of the world, just as the blue kids are turning their attention to the cottage-and suddenly, everything will change.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIC HAY
    ANTIC HAY
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099458180
    Title: ANTIC HAY
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Theodore Gumbril hits upon the notion of designing a type of pneumatic trouser ('a comfort to all travellers, indispensable to first-nighters, the concert-goers' friends') to ease the discomfort of the sedentary life, he decides the time has come leave his position as a housemaster in a boys' public school and seek his fortune in the metropolis. But post-First-World-War London seems to be gripped by a fever of hedonism. Gumbril is soon caught up in the delirious world of aesthetes extraordinaire Mercaptan, Casimir Lypiatt and the thoroughly civilised Myra Viveash, and finds his burning ambitions are beginning to lose their urgency-A contemporary commentator coined the word 'futilitarian' to describe the type of desultory, pleasure-seeking intellectual Huxley pinned so mercilessly to the literary map in ANTIC HAY. Wickedly funny and deliciously barbed, the novel epitomises the glittering neuroticism of its decade.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTIPODES
    ANTIPODES
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273790
    Title: ANTIPODES
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    ANTIPODES - stories which pinpoint the contrast between the old world and the new, between youth and age, love and hatred and even life and death itself. . .

    David Malouf is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed and popular poets and novelists. Now, with his first stunning collection of stories, which has won both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, he establishes himself as one of the most accomplished and provocative short-story writers of our time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANY HUMAN HEART
    ANY HUMAN HEART
    BOYD WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141044170
    Title: ANY HUMAN HEART
    Author: BOYD WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.95
    Price: $22.95
  • ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    STROUT ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780241248799
    Title: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
    Author: STROUT ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss from the No. 1 New York Times Bestselling and Man Booker Long-Listed author of My Name in Lucy Barton.

    Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

    Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possibleagain underscores Elizabeth Strout's place as one of America's most respected and cherished authors.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • APE AND ESSENCE
    APE AND ESSENCE
    HUXLEY ALDOUS
    ISBN: 9780099477785
    Title: APE AND ESSENCE
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In February 2108, the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition reaches California at last. It is over a century since the world was devastated by nuclear war, but the blight of radioactivity and disease still gnaws away at the survivors. The expedition expects to find physical destruction but they are quite unprepared for the moral degradation they meet. Ape and Essence is Huxley's vision of the ruin of humanity, told with all his knowledge and imaginative genius.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • APEX HIDES THE HURT
    APEX HIDES THE HURT
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708898758
    Title: APEX HIDES THE HURT
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This New York Times Notable Book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad is a brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.

    The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town's aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need, they realize, is a nomenclature consultant.

    And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero's efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780099524083
    Title: ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II--a piece that is as timely today as it was then--to a painfully funny short story about three privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included are Vonnegut's last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, with an introduction by the author's son, Mark Vonnegut. Armageddon in Retrospect says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    LOPATE PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9780385423397
    Title: ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    Author: LOPATE PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this fertile genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal essays, including influential forerunners from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East, masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest personal essays from the last four centuries, editor Phillip Lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist, displays the tradition of the personal essay in all its historical grandeur, depth, and diversity.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ARTEMIS
    ARTEMIS
    WEIR ANDY
    ISBN: 9780091956950
    Title: ARTEMIS
    Author: WEIR ANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She grew up on the moon, of course she has a dark side...

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

    Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

    Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

    Imprint: DEL REY BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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