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  • LITTLE BRETON BISTRO
    LITTLE BRETON BISTRO
    GEORGE NINA
    ISBN: 9780349142227
    Title: LITTLE BRETON BISTRO
    Author: GEORGE NINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An heart-warming story of romance and adventure from the internationally bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP

    Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage to an uncaring husband - an artillery sergeant major named Lothar. On a day trip to Paris, Marianne decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but she is saved from drowning by a homeless man. While recovering in hospital, Marianne comes across a painting of the tiny port town of Kerdruc in Brittany and decides to try her luck on the coast.

    In Kerdruc, Marianne meets a host of colourful characters who all gravitate around the restaurant of Ar Mor (The Sea). It is this cast of true Bretons who become Marianne's new family, and among whom she will find love once again. But with her husband looking to pull her back to her old life, Marianne is left with a choice: to step back into the known, or to take a huge jump into an exciting and unpredictable future.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOST PAGES   -   Vogel Winner 2017
    LOST PAGES - Vogel Winner 2017
    PERICIC MARIJA
    ISBN: 9781760296865
    Title: LOST PAGES - Vogel Winner 2017
    Author: PERICIC MARIJA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the 2017 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

    A stunning novel of friendship, fraud and betrayal within a compelling literary rivalry.


    ‘To frame The Lost Pages as being about Brod is clever and interesting. The Kafka we meet here is almost the opposite of the one we have come to expect.’ Stephen Romei, Literary Editor, The Australian

    It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires—fame, respect, love—is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them.

    The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod’s life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka. In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Pericic writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MEN WITHOUT WOMEN : STORIES
    MEN WITHOUT WOMEN : STORIES
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781911215370
    Title: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN : STORIES
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dazzling new collection of short stories - the internationally bestselling author's first collection for over a decade.

    'I find writing novels a challenge, writing stories a joy. If writing novels is like planting a forest, then writing short stories is more like planting a garden.'

    Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

    Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS
    MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS
    ROY ARUNDHATI
    ISBN: 9780241303986
    Title: MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS
    Author: ROY ARUNDHATI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of the monumental God of Small Things.

    'How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.'

    In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who've known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.

    Here is a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history. Told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with laughter, it is a love story and a provocation. Its heroes, present and departed, human and animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love -- and for this reason, they will never surrender.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MISS MURIEL MATTERS : The Australian Actress Who Became One of London's Most Famous Suffragists
    MISS MURIEL MATTERS : The Australian Actress Who Became One of London's Most Famous Suffragists
    WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780733333736
    Title: MISS MURIEL MATTERS : The Australian Actress Who Became One of London's Most Famous Suffragists
    Author: WAINWRIGHT ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1909 a young Australian actress made headlines around the world when she took to the sky over the British Houses of Parliament in an air balloon emblazoned with the slogan 'Votes for Women'. When prevailing winds forced her to sail around London instead, she succeeded in dropping leaflets all over the city.

    A year earlier, Muriel Matters, who became known as 'that daring Australian girl', had chained herself to an iron grille in the British House of Commons to protest against women being segregated in Parliament, thus becoming the first woman to speak in the House. She was sent to Holloway Prison for her crime, and on her release she added prison reform to her list of campaigns. She went on to become an avid suffragette, touring England in a horse-drawn caravan to promote her cause, and using street art to spread the word.

    So why has Muriel Matters remained a relative unknown in both Britain and her home country? In MISS MURIEL MATTERS, bestselling writer Robert Wainwright discovers an extraordinary woman full of intelligence, passion and bravery who fought for women's rights in a world far from equal.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    ROSE HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760291860
    Title: MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    Author: ROSE HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize.

    A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.


    'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA

    'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.' Stella Adler


    'Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.' From The Museum of Modern Love

    She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?

    If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.

    Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.

    This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER
    NEW PHILOSOPHER
    ISBN: 9772201715007
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE




    Imprint: NEW PHILOSOPHER MAGAZINE
    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • NORTH WATER
    NORTH WATER
    MCGUIRE IAN
    ISBN: 9781471151262
    Title: NORTH WATER
    Author: MCGUIRE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A ship sets sail with a killer on board . . .

    1859. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PAUL KEATING : THE BIG PICTURE LEADER
    PAUL KEATING : THE BIG PICTURE LEADER
    BRAMSTON TROY
    ISBN: 9781925322279
    Title: PAUL KEATING : THE BIG PICTURE LEADER
    Author: BRAMSTON TROY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Keating: the big-picture leader is the definitive biography of Australia’s 24th prime minister, and the first one that Keating has co-operated with in more than two decades.

    Drawing on around 15 hours of new interviews with Keating, coupled with access to his extensive personal files, this book tells the story of a political warrior’s rise to power, from the outer suburbs of Sydney through Young Labor and into parliament at just 25 years of age, serving as a minister in the last days of the Whitlam government; his path-breaking term as treasurer in the 1980s; his four-year prime ministership from 1991 to 1996; and his passions and interests since.

    Bramston has interviewed more than 100 people who know and worked with Keating, including his family, parliamentary colleagues, advisers, party officials, union leaders, public servants, and journalists. This includes interviews with Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Doug Anthony, Bill Hayden, Andrew Peacock, Ian Sinclair, John Hewson, Alexander Downer, Peter Costello, Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, Cheryl Kernot, and Bob Carr.

    Bramston has secured access to Labor archives, and he also documents key debates in once-secret cabinet papers, reveals caucus minutes for the first time, draws on the unpublished diaries of Neal Blewett and Bob Carr, discloses meeting records from the archives of US presidents George H W Bush and Bill Clinton, talks to former British prime minister Tony Blair, and shares his new discoveries from the personal files of Whitlam, Hayden, Hawke, and Howard.

    Paul Keating saw political leadership as the combination of courage and imagination, a belief that powered his public career and helps explain his extraordinary triumphs and crushing lows. Keating blazed a trail of reform with a vision for Australia’s future that still attracts ardent admirers and the staunchest critics. This book chronicles, analyses, and interprets Keating’s life, and draws lessons for a Labor Party and a country still reluctant to fully embrace his legacy.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • PLEASURES OF LEISURE
    PLEASURES OF LEISURE
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780143780045
    Title: PLEASURES OF LEISURE
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In today’s crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer hours, consuming more than ever before; technology erodes the work–life balance further; increasingly, people feel that only work gives existence meaning. In a world where time is money, what is the value of walking without purpose, socialising without networking, nesting when we could be on our laptops?

    Robert Dessaix shows, in this thoughtful and witty book, how taking leisure seriously gives us back our freedom – to enjoy life, to revel in it, in fact; to deepen our sense of who we are as human beings. He explains how we can reclaim our right to ‘rest well’, and to loaf, groom, nest and play, as he looks at leisure from many angles: reading, walking, travelling, learning languages, taking siestas and simply doing nothing. The result is a terrifically lively and engaging conversation that reminds us that at leisure we are at our most intensely and pleasurably human.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • QUARTERLY ESSAY 65 : THE WHITE QUEEN - One Nation and the Politics of Race
    QUARTERLY ESSAY 65 : THE WHITE QUEEN - One Nation and the Politics of Race
    MARR DAVID
    ISBN: 9781863959070
    Title: QUARTERLY ESSAY 65 : THE WHITE QUEEN - One Nation and the Politics of Race
    Author: MARR DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s brand of the politics of resentment now sweeping the world.

    Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what can we give them? At stake are the progressive hopes of most Australians, hopes held hostage more than ever to the fears – especially the race fears – of old Australia.

    This is a riveting essay by one of Australia’s best writers, examining the peculiar power of the fearful in this confident and prosperous nation.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN  -  Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN - Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    MATAR HISHAM
    ISBN: 9780241966280
    Title: RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN - Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    Author: MATAR HISHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's memoir isn't just about the burden of the past, but the consolation of love, literature and art. It is the story of what it is to be human.

    Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return to his homeland. In this moving memoir, the author takes us on an illuminating journey, both physical and psychological; a journey to find his father and rediscover his country.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SALT CREEK
    SALT CREEK
    TRELOAR LUCY
    ISBN: 9781760550950
    Title: SALT CREEK
    Author: TRELOAR LUCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016

    From the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award

    "Salt Creek introduces a capacious talent" The Australian


    Some things collapse slow, and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was.

    Salt Creek, 1855, lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including fifteen-year-old Hester Finch.

    Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can: with the few travellers that pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed. Over the years that pass, and Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family.

    Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods, and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SINCE WE FELL
    SINCE WE FELL
    LEHANE DENNIS
    ISBN: 9781408708347
    Title: SINCE WE FELL
    Author: LEHANE DENNIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The stunning new novel from one of the world's most critically-acclaimed and revered crime writers

    I LOVED YOU
    I HATED YOU
    I NEVER KNEW YOU...

    Rachel's husband adores her. When she hit rock-bottom, he was there with her every step of the way as she slowly regained her confidence, and her sanity. But his mysterious behaviour forces her to probe for the truth about her beloved husband.

    How can she feel certain that she ever knew him?

    And was she right to ever trust him

    Bringing together Dennis Lehane's trademark insightful and emphathetic characterisation, razor-sharp dialogue, stunning atmosphere and break-neck twists and turns, Since We Fell is a true masterpiece that will keep you in suspense until the very end.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743054741
    Title: SOUTH AUSTRALIA ON THE EVE OF WAR
    Author: OPPENHEIMER MELANIE [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In August 1914 South Australians - much like their fellow Australians around the country - enthusiastically displayed their patriotism when war was announced. It's a story we know well, but what do we know of South Australia in the lead up to the First World War? What was it like to live there at the time? What were South Australians talking about?

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STORYLAND
    STORYLAND
    MCKINNON CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781460752326
    Title: STORYLAND
    Author: MCKINNON CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1796, a young cabin boy, Will Martin, goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness.

    Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells in essence the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, in a style reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, McKinnon weaves together the stories of Will Martin together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality; Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit; Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only through the same land and water they inhabit over the decades, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property...

    Compelling, thrilling and ambitious, Storyland is our story, the story of Australia. 'The land is a book waiting to be read' as one of the characters says - and this novel tells us an unforgettable and unputdownable story of our history, our present and our future.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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