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  • GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
    GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
    TOWLES AMOR
    ISBN: 9780099558781
    Title: GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
    Author: TOWLES AMOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

    But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.

    While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HEIDEGGER AND A HIPPO WALK THROUGH THOSE PEARLY GATES
    HEIDEGGER AND A HIPPO WALK THROUGH THOSE PEARLY GATES
    KLEIN DANIEL / CATHCART THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781925603347
    Title: HEIDEGGER AND A HIPPO WALK THROUGH THOSE PEARLY GATES
    Author: KLEIN DANIEL / CATHCART THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An hilarious take on the philosophy, theology and psychology of mortality and immortality, using jokes to explore life, death and everything in between.


    Featuring Freud! Groucho Marx! Socrates! Lily Tomlin! Kierkegaard! Buddha! New Yorker cartoonists! Zombies! And of course, Heidegger!

    Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein first made a name for themselves with the outrageously funny New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. Now they turn their attention to the Big D and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists and wiseguys.

    From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter.

    As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • IMMORTALISTS
    IMMORTALISTS
    BENJAMIN CHLOE
    ISBN: 9781472244994
    Title: IMMORTALISTS
    Author: BENJAMIN CHLOE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. The four Gold children, too young for what they're about to hear, sneak out to learn their fortunes.

    Over the years that follow, the siblings must choose how to live with the prophecies the fortune-teller gave them that day. Will they accept, ignore, cheat or defy them? Golden-boy Simon escapes to San Francisco, searching for love; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel tries to control fate as an army doctor after 9/11; and bookish Varya looks to science for the answers she craves.

    A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, THE IMMORTALISTS is a story about how we live, how we die, and what we do with the time we have.

    Imprint: TINDER PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • IN PERSUASION NATION
    IN PERSUASION NATION
    SAUNDERS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781408892664
    Title: IN PERSUASION NATION
    Author: SAUNDERS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the No. 1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, and the story collection Tenth of December, winner of the Folio Prize for Fiction 2014

    Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables – all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection by George Saunders, this generation's literary voice of wisdom and humour, for a time when we need it most.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MOONSTONE
    MOONSTONE
    COLLINS WILKIE
    ISBN: 9780008166946
    Title: MOONSTONE
    Author: COLLINS WILKIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Exactly 150 years since its publication in 1868, this reissue of Collins' popular Detective Club edition of The Moonstone offers crime fiction fans the chance to read the book that is acclaimed as the very first detective novel in the English language.

    At a party celebrating her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder wears the stunning yellow diamond she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, unaware that it was plundered from a sacred Indian shrine fifty years earlier. When the jewel goes missing later that night, suspicions are raised and accusations fly in all directions. Sifting through divergent accounts of what happened, the indomitable Sergeant Cuff must find the Moonstone and the truth about its mysterious disappearance.

    Recognised as the very first detective novel in the English language, The Moonstone (1868) earned Wilkie Collins the reputation of the godfather of the classic English detective story, with Dorothy L. Sayers declaring, ‘Nothing human is perfection, but The Moonstone comes about as near perfection as anything of the kind ever can.’ For 150 years its intricate locked-room puzzle and multiple narrators have influenced generations of mystery authors.

    This Detective Club classic reproduces Collins’ slightly abridged version of the novel, originally designed to make the long nineteenth-century text more accessible. It is introduced by the iconic crime writing duo G.D.H. and M. Cole, who analyse the popularity of Wilkie Collins’ groundbreaking sensation novel.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MOTIVATION HOAX : A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense
    MOTIVATION HOAX : A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense
    ADONIS JAMES
    ISBN: 9781760640163
    Title: MOTIVATION HOAX : A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense
    Author: ADONIS JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Motivation Hoax exposes and unravels the nonsense that permeates the inspiration industry, and in its place offers a suite of tools and insights that are reliable, credible and, most importantly, tested.

    Who will benefit from this book? The Motivation Hoax is for you if:
    You’re a leader who abhors clichés and vacuous platitudes.
    You’re an employee who desires a realistic guide to workplace success.
    You find yourself rolling your eyes when you see or hear yet another nauseating motivational quote.
    You value science over rhetoric, no matter how eloquently worded.

    A reality check like no other, The Motivation Hoax is among the most refreshing, liberating and surprisingly affirming books you’ll read this year.


    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US
    NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US
    WATTS STEPHANIE POWELL
    ISBN: 9780143789482
    Title: NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US
    Author: WATTS STEPHANIE POWELL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he re-enters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has.

    Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can’t seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava’s mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s unworthy but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.

    JJ’s return—and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava—not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
    NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
    WILLIAMS JOHN
    ISBN: 9781784873998
    Title: NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
    Author: WILLIAMS JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first novel by the brilliant John Williams, author of Stoner

    Arthur Maxley is a tense and listless young man. One day he receives a letter from his long-estranged father. Arthur's fear and aversion to the man is powerful, yet his compulsion to see his father is irresistible.

    After their meeting, Arthur is propelled into a night of drinking and spontaneous intimacy with a beautiful young woman.
    But as the memories of childhood trauma surface and disorientate, Arthur's night out rises towards the pitch of disaster.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • PARISIAN CHARM SCHOOL
    PARISIAN CHARM SCHOOL
    CALLAN JAMIE CAT
    ISBN: 9780143789246
    Title: PARISIAN CHARM SCHOOL
    Author: CALLAN JAMIE CAT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An engaging and practical guide to cultivating inner beauty, mystique, and that irresistible je ne sais quoi.

    We all know that French women don’t get fat. But their famous joie de vivre comes from more than just body type. It's something anyone can master: the old-fashioned art of finding and keeping romance alive, at any age.

    Filled with advice and insights from Parisian women, this delightful guide shows readers how to cultivate charm and mystique in the age of Tinder and OKCupid–to find lasting romance and connection. From first impressions, lively conversation (in person!), and cultivating social finesse to embracing femininity and communicating with grace and humour, this is age-old advice that’s more precious than ever in our disconnected world.

    For anyone who’s tired of texting with strangers who don’t write back, here’s an inspiring guide to a better way.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • PASTORALIA
    PASTORALIA
    SAUNDERS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781408870532
    Title: PASTORALIA
    Author: SAUNDERS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In PASTORALIA elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman theme-park, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a self-help seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people who are 'crapping in your oatmeal'. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave. With an uncanny combination of deadpan naturalism and uproarious humour, George Saunders creates a world that is both indelibly original and yet hauntingly familiar ...

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES
    PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES
    KOONES SHERI
    ISBN: 9781631864414
    Title: PREFABULOUS SMALL HOUSES
    Author: KOONES SHERI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Building with prefab usually means spending less for a better quality home. And it also means building greener; all the houses featured are highly energy efficient and sustainable. Prefabulous Small Houses explores the beauty, variety, design and environmentally positive benefits of prefab construction through the wide variety of prefabrication methods in use today with prefabulous examples.


    Imprint: TAUNTON PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • PRUSSIAN BLUE : Bernie Gunther Thriller 12
    PRUSSIAN BLUE : Bernie Gunther Thriller 12
    KERR PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781784296513
    Title: PRUSSIAN BLUE : Bernie Gunther Thriller 12
    Author: KERR PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    France, 1956. Bernie Gunther is on the run. If there's one thing he's learned, it's never to refuse a job from a high-ranking secret policeman. But this is exactly what he's just done. Now he's a marked man, with the East German Stasi on his tail.

    Fleeing across Europe, he remembers the last time he worked with his pursuer: in 1939, to solve a murder at the Berghof, Hitler's summer hideaway in the Bavarian Alps. Hitler is long dead, the Berghof now a ruined shell, and the bizarre time Bernie spent there should be no more than a distant memory.

    But as he pushes on to Berlin and safety, Bernie will find that no matter how far he thinks he has put Nazi Germany behind him, for him it will always be unfinished business. The Berghof is not done with Bernie yet.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROBICHEAUX : You Know My Name
    ROBICHEAUX : You Know My Name
    BURKE JAMES LEE
    ISBN: 9781409176466
    Title: ROBICHEAUX : You Know My Name
    Author: BURKE JAMES LEE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Detective Dave Robicheaux is fighting his demons to overcome his toughest case yet.

    Powerful mob boss Tony Nemo has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations.

    Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth.

    Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Robicheaux's wife's death, and all are looking to the detective as the murderer. Can Robicheaux clear his name before it's too late?

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROME
    ROME
    10TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781786572592
    Title: ROME
    Author: 10TH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet Rome is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Channel your inner gladiator at the Colosseum, spend hours wandering the vast Vatican Museums, or toss a coin and make a wish at Trevi Fountain; all with your trusted travel companion.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SRI LANKA
    SRI LANKA
    14TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781786572578
    Title: SRI LANKA
    Author: 14TH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Laze on a pristine, undiscovered beach, wander lost cities and ancient ruins, or hit the markets for a rainbow of exotic fruits and rich spices; all with your trusted travel companion.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • TENTH OF DECEMBER
    TENTH OF DECEMBER
    SAUNDERS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781408894811
    Title: TENTH OF DECEMBER
    Author: SAUNDERS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Saunders's most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations. A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of DarkenfloxxTM in some unusual drug trials; and Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular.

    With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, this collection sings with astonishing charm and intensity.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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