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  • AMERICAN DIRT
    AMERICAN DIRT
    CUMMINS JEANINE
    ISBN: 9781472261410
    Title: AMERICAN DIRT
    Author: CUMMINS JEANINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The unforgettable story of a mother and son fleeing a drug-cartel to cross the US-Mexico border.

    'I couldn't put it down. I'll never stop thinking about it' Ann Patchett

    'One hell of a novel about a good woman on the run with her beautiful boy' Stephen King

    FEAR KEEPS THEM RUNNING. HOPE KEEPS THEM ALIVE.

    Vivid, visceral, utterly compelling, AMERICAN DIRT is the first novel to explore the experience of attempting to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. Described as 'A Grapes of Wrath for our times' (Don Winslow) it is a story that will leave you utterly changed.

    Yesterday, Lydia had a bookshop.
    Yesterday, Lydia was married to a journalist.
    Yesterday, she was with everyone she loved most in the world.

    Today, her eight-year-old son Luca is all she has left.

    For him, she will carry a machete strapped to her leg.
    For him, she will leap onto the roof of a high speed train.
    For him, she will find the strength to keep running.

    Imprint: TINDER PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL
    ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL
    VAUGHAN SARAH
    ISBN: 9781471165023
    Title: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL
    Author: VAUGHAN SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

    Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARIAS
    ARIAS
    OLDS SHARON
    ISBN: 9781787332157
    Title: ARIAS
    Author: OLDS SHARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE*

    Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us a new collection of poems that sing of a woman's intimate life and political conscience. The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, the cervix, Trayvon Martin, her mother's return from the dead- the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere.

    Each aria is shaped by its unique melody and moral logic, as Olds stands centre stage to account for her own late romance and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet. 'I cannot say I did not ask / to be born,' begins one aria, which considers how, with what actions, with what thirst, we each ask for a turn, and receive our portion on earth. Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, anguish, and solo force that make a great performance, in the process enlarging the soul of her readers.

    'Olds is a supreme poet of the body; I'll be reading her till I die' Fiona Benson

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIG SKY     -     Jackson Brodie #5
    BIG SKY - Jackson Brodie #5
    ATKINSON KATE
    ISBN: 9780552776660
    Title: BIG SKY - Jackson Brodie #5
    Author: ATKINSON KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER- THE RETURN OF JACKSON BRODIE, 'LIKE ALL GOOD DETECTIVES, A HERO FOR MEN AND WOMEN ALIKE' (The Times)

    'Big Sky is laced with Atkinson's sharp, dry humour, and one of the joys of the Brodie novels has always been that they are so funny' (Observer)

    Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It's a picturesque setting, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes.

    Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network-and back into the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new literary crime novel, both sharply funny and achingly sad, by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BITTER WASH ROAD
    BITTER WASH ROAD
    DISHER GARRY
    ISBN: 9781922268402
    Title: BITTER WASH ROAD
    Author: DISHER GARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Shots fired on Bitter Wash Road . . . '

    Hirsch is a whistle-blower. Formerly a promising metropolitan officer, now hated and despised. Exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia's wheatbelt. Threats. Pistol cartridge in the mailbox.

    So when he heads up Bitter Wash Road to investigate gunfire and finds himself cut off without backup, there are two possibilities. Either he's found the fugitive killers thought to be in the area. Or his 'backup' is about to put a bullet in him.

    He's wrong on both counts. But the events that unfold turn out to be a lot more sinister.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLACK AXE MANGAL
    BLACK AXE MANGAL
    TIERNAN LEE
    ISBN: 9780714879314
    Title: BLACK AXE MANGAL
    Author: TIERNAN LEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The much-anticipated first cookbook from one of London's most-loved cult restaurants

    Chef Lee Tiernan's Black Axe Mangal is a sensual riot, combining innovative open-fire cooking and underused ingredients with a bold aesthetic, influenced by his love of music and skate culture. This, the London restaurant’s first cookbook, brings together Tiernan’s signature recipes - including Pig's Cheek and Prune Doughnuts, Squid Ink Flatbreads with Smoked Cod’s Roe and Shrimp-encrusted Pigs' Tails - along with step-by-step instructions for the three fundamentals of Black Axe Mangal cooking: bread, smoking and grilling.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN : The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis
    BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN : The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis
    FRENKEL FRANCOISE
    ISBN: 9781501199844
    Title: BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN : The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis
    Author: FRENKEL FRANCOISE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An “exceptional” (The Wall Street Journal) and “poignant” (The New York Times) book in the tradition of rediscovered works like Suite Française and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, the powerful memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.

    In 1921, Françoise Frenkel—a Jewish woman from Poland—fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin’s first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations.

    Françoise’s dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her.

    Published quietly in 1945, then rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, A Bookshop in Berlin is a remarkable story of survival and resilience, of human cruelty and human spirit. In the tradition of Suite Française and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, this book is the tale of a fearless woman whose lust for life and literature refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.

    Imprint: ATRIA BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BRAISED PORK
    BRAISED PORK
    YU AN
    ISBN: 9781787301870
    Title: BRAISED PORK
    Author: YU AN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One morning in autumn, Jia Jia walks into the bathroom of her Beijing apartment to find her husband - with whom she had been breakfasting barely an hour before - dead in the bathtub. Next to him a piece of paper unfolds like the wings of a butterfly, and on it is an image that Jia Jia can't forget.

    Profoundly troubled by what she has seen, even while she is abruptly released from a marriage that had constrained her, Jia Jia embarks on a journey to discover the truth of the sketch. Starting at her neighbourhood bar, with its brandy and vinyl, and fuelled by anger, bewilderment, curiosity and love, Jia Jia travels deep into her past in order to arrive at her future.

    Braised Pork is a cinematic, often dreamlike evocation of nocturnal Beijing and the high plains of Tibet, and an exploration of myth-making, loss, and a world beyond words, which ultimately sees a young woman find a new and deeper sense of herself.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CATCH : A Slough House Novella
    CATCH : A Slough House Novella
    HERRON MICK
    ISBN: 9781529331677
    Title: CATCH : A Slough House Novella
    Author: HERRON MICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If life in the Intelligence Service has taught John Bachelor anything, it's to keep his head down. Especially now, when he's living rent-free in a dead spook's flat.

    So he's not delighted to be woken at dawn by a pair of Regent's Park's heavies, looking for a client he's not seen in years. John doesn't know what secrets Benny Manors has stolen, but they're attracting the wrong attention. And if he's to save his own skin, not to mention safeguard his living arrangements, John has to find Benny before those secrets see the light.

    Benny could be anywhere, provided it serves alcohol. So John sets out on a reluctant trawl through the bars of the capital, all the while plagued by the age-old questions: Will he end up sleeping in his car? How many bottles of gin can he afford at London prices?

    And just how far will Regent's Park go to prevent anyone rocking the Establishment's boat?

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    LEVITIN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241379394
    Title: CHANGING MIND : A Neuroscientists Guide to Ageing Well
    Author: LEVITIN DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if the best was yet to come? Recent studies show that our happiness levels peak at age 82, and that our decision-making skills improve as we age. As more of us live past the age of 80, in this ground-breaking book, Dr Daniel Levitin uses cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology to demonstrate the benefits of getting older.

    Packed with engaging interviews with individuals who thrived far beyond the conventional age of retirement, this book also reflects on challenges many readers will recognize. Levitin offers a realistic personal plan full of practical, cognitive enhancing tricks for everyone to follow over the years.

    Successful Ageing is a radical exploration of what we all can learn from those who age joyously. This book will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens of a society in which the average life expectancy continues to rise.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLEANNESS
    CLEANNESS
    GREENWELL GARTH
    ISBN: 9781509874644
    Title: CLEANNESS
    Author: GREENWELL GARTH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song. In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student’s confession recalls his own first love, a stranger’s seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with a younger man opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COLLECTED PETER PAN
    COLLECTED PETER PAN
    BARRIE J M
    ISBN: 9780198813965
    Title: COLLECTED PETER PAN
    Author: BARRIE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'To die will be an awfully big adventure.'

    Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, is one of the immortals of children's literature. J. M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living in secret with the birds and fairies in the middle of London, but as the children for whom he invented the stories grew older, so too did Peter, reappearing in Neverland, where he was aided in his epic battles with Red Indians and pirates by the motherly and resourceful Wendy Darling.

    Peter Pan has become a cultural icon and symbol for escapism and innocence, remaining popular with both children and adults.

    In this collected edition, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst brings together five of the main versions of the Peter Pan story, from Peter Pan's first appearance in The Little White Bird, to his novelisation of the story, the stage version, and unrealised silent film script.

    This edition contains a lively introduction, detailed explanatory notes, original illustrations, and appendices that include Barrie's coda to the play that was only performed once.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS : Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 5
    CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS : Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 5
    RIGGS RANSOM
    ISBN: 9780241320907
    Title: CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS : Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 5
    Author: RIGGS RANSOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Do you trust me?'

    An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.

    Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman's story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next instalment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CONSIDER THIS : Moments in My Writing Life after which Everything is Different
    CONSIDER THIS : Moments in My Writing Life after which Everything is Different
    PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    ISBN: 9781472155511
    Title: CONSIDER THIS : Moments in My Writing Life after which Everything is Different
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing. With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a"kitchen-table MFA" culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more.

    Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, CONSIDER THIS is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DEEP STATE
    DEEP STATE
    HAUTY CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781471191992
    Title: DEEP STATE
    Author: HAUTY CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Army veteran turned West Wing intern Hayley Chill learns of a deadly plot against the president's life in an edge-of-your-seat debut thriller from Hollywood screenwriter Chris Hauty.

    Set in present day Washington, D.C., with all of that city's current political drama, polarization, ferocious turf battles and paranoia-inducing intrigue, Deep State introduces 25-year-old West Wing intern and ex-Army veteran, Hayley Chill. Hayley discovers the body of the White House chief of staff on his kitchen floor and a single clue suggests her boss has died from something other than natural causes. With a resolute pursuit of the truth and at ever-increasing personal peril, Hayley begins to uncover shocking evidence of a wide-ranging conspiracy. Code-named Operation Shady Side, the plot is orchestrated by a half dozen long-established government figures, members of the eponymous ‘Deep State', united in their effort to undermine a newly elected and highly controversial president who threatens their accumulation of power. Friends are exposed as enemies, normally dependable authorities fall under suspicion and no one seems to be who they say they are.

    Without a single ally whom she can unequivocally trust, Hayley is compelled to rely on her own resources to solve a deepening mystery while at the same time evading detection by powerful conspirators hell-bent on determining their sole adversary's identity. Ultimately, it is the president's very life that Hayley single-handedly must defend as the story hurtles toward its astonishing climax.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING
    DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING
    FREEMAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781472154774
    Title: DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING
    Author: FREEMAN JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For John Freeman - literary critic, essayist, editor, poet and 'one of the preeminent book people of our time' (Dave Eggers) - it is a rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and the sense of community and collective conviction felt right. But the assaults continued - on citizens' rights and long-held compacts, on the core principles of our culture and civilization, and on our language itself. Words seemed to be losing the meanings they once had and Freeman was compelled to return to their defense. The result is his DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING.

    From A to Z, 'Agitate' to 'Zygote,' Freeman assembled the words that felt most essential, most potent, and began to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. The message that emerged was not to retreat behind books, but to emphatically engage in the public sphere, to redefine what it means to be a literary citizen.

    With an afterword by Valeria Luiselli, DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING is a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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