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  • DOWN THE HUME
    DOWN THE HUME
    POLITES PETER
    ISBN: 9780733635564
    Title: DOWN THE HUME
    Author: POLITES PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A confronting and powerful novel from an exciting new voice - for lovers of Christos Tsiolkas LOADED and Luke Davies CANDY.

    'He touched my face. When his hand went along my bruised top lip and my almost broken nose, I winced from the pain. His fist went into a deep denim pocket. Pulled out a Syrinapx bottle, twisted the cap off and handed me two light blue pills.'

    How did Bucky get here? A series of accidents. A tragic love for a violent man. An addiction to painkillers he can't seem to kick. An unlikely friendship with an ageing patient.

    Drugs, memories and the objects of his desire are colluding against Bucky. And when it hits him. Bam. A ton of bricks ...

    The shadowy places of Western Sydney can be lit up with the hope of love, but no streetlight can illuminate like obsession.

    A novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, this is an Australian debut not to be missed.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DRY
    DRY
    HARPER JANE
    ISBN: 9781925481372
    Title: DRY
    Author: HARPER JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." Michael Robotham

    "One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci


    WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

    Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

    When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

    And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • EASTER HUNT IN THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD
    EASTER HUNT IN THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD
    WINNIE THE POOH
    ISBN: 9781760129675
    Title: EASTER HUNT IN THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD
    Author: WINNIE THE POOH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • EVEN THE DOGS
    EVEN THE DOGS
    MCGREGOR JON
    ISBN: 9780008218713
    Title: EVEN THE DOGS
    Author: MCGREGOR JON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man's body is found in an abandoned apartment. His friends look on, but they're dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they're in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend's body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated.

    All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert's death; Laura, Robert's daughter, who stumbles into the junky's life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others.

    Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives.

    Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society – littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EXIT WEST : A NOVEL
    EXIT WEST : A NOVEL
    HAMID MOHSIN
    ISBN: 9780241290088
    Title: EXIT WEST : A NOVEL
    Author: HAMID MOHSIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and he makes her smile. A few days later they go for dinner, and over time they share many more meals. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public executions.

    Eventually the problem is too big to ignore: it's not safe for Nadia to live alone, she must move in with Saeed's family, even though they are not married and that too is a problem. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading of strange black doors in secret places across the city, doors that lead to London or San Francisco, Greece or Dubai. One day soon, when the streets are no longer usable, the time will come for Nadia and Saeed to seek out one such door, joining the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    WILSON SARAH
    ISBN: 9781743535868
    Title: FIRST WE MAKE THE BEAST BEAUTIFUL : A New Story About Anxiety
    Author: WILSON SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sarah Wilson - bestselling author and entrepreneur, intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life - has helped over 1.2 million people across the world to quit sugar. She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole life.

    In her new book, she directs her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism her own experiences.

    Sarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, and unravels the notion that it is a difficult, dangerous disease that must be medicated into submission. Ultimately, she re-frames anxiety as a spiritual quest rather than a burdensome affliction, a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really matters.

    Practical and poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition, but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FIRST WORDS - English 1
    FIRST WORDS - English 1
    ISBN: 9781786577375
    Title: FIRST WORDS - English 1
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully illustrated introduction to English words, perfect for the whole family. With a simple pronunciation guide, bold illustrations and words selected to be used while travelling, this book is the perfect first step in learning the English language.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIRST WORDS - French 1
    FIRST WORDS - French 1
    ISBN: 9781786575272
    Title: FIRST WORDS - French 1
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully illustrated introduction to French words, perfect for the whole family. With a simple pronunciation guide, bold illustrations and words selected to be used while travelling, this is a must-pack addition for any trip to France or a French-speaking country.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIRST WORDS - Spanish 1
    FIRST WORDS - Spanish 1
    ISBN: 9781786573162
    Title: FIRST WORDS - Spanish 1
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully illustrated introduction to Spanish words, perfect for the whole family. With a simple pronunciation guide, bold illustrations and words selected to be used while travelling, this is a must-pack addition for any trip to Spain or a Spanish-speaking country.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FLORETTE
    FLORETTE
    WALKER ANNA
    ISBN: 9780670079414
    Title: FLORETTE
    Author: WALKER ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Mae has to move house from the country to the city, she feels lonely and sad - until she discovers a beautiful place full of green in the centre of Paris. What she finds there sparks something special and beautiful that will make her feel much more at home.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FRAGILE LIVES : A Heart Surgeons Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    FRAGILE LIVES : A Heart Surgeons Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    WESTABY STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780008209360
    Title: FRAGILE LIVES : A Heart Surgeons Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    Author: WESTABY STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on.

    Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away.The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences – this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart.

    Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases – such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years.

    A powerful, important and incredibly moving book, Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone's life in your hands.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FRANKIE FISH AND THE SONIC SUITCASE
    FRANKIE FISH AND THE SONIC SUITCASE
    HELLIAR PETER
    ISBN: 9781760128494
    Title: FRANKIE FISH AND THE SONIC SUITCASE
    Author: HELLIAR PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his first ever kids’ book, Australian comedian Peter Helliar takes young readers on a hilarious time-travel adventure about mega mischief, missing limbs, and a grandad with a wicked secret...

    Twelve-year-old Frankie Fish hates visiting his grandparents. Grandad Fish is cranky, and yells a lot, and has a creepy hook for a hand – plus he NEVER lets Frankie go inside his shed. But after a teensy tiny prank goes wrong at school, Frankie is packed off to Old-People Jail for the whole holidays.

    What Frankie doesn’t know is that Grandad has been building a home-made TIME MACHINE in the Forbidden Shed, and the old man has big plans to get his missing hand back. But when Grandad goes back in time, he changes history and accidentally wipes out Frankie’s entire family – Nanna, Mum, Dad, even his annoying sister Saint Lou. Somehow, everyone is gone but Frankie and Grandad! And it’s only a matter of time until Frankie disappears too...

    As the last Fish men standing, Frankie and Granddad must race back in time to undo this terrible mistake. But can they stand each other long enough to put the past back together again? And even if they manage the impossible – will Grandad's wonky time-machine ever get them home?

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FROGKISSER!
    FROGKISSER!
    NIX GARTH
    ISBN: 9781760293512
    Title: FROGKISSER!
    Author: NIX GARTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

    Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

    Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog, it's her sister's. And it's not a frog, it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form...

    So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FROM BACTERIA TO BACH AND BACK : The Evolution of Minds
    FROM BACTERIA TO BACH AND BACK : The Evolution of Minds
    DENNETT DANIEL C
    ISBN: 9780241003565
    Title: FROM BACTERIA TO BACH AND BACK : The Evolution of Minds
    Author: DENNETT DANIEL C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the world's most original and provocative thinkers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.

    What is human consciousness and how is it possible? These questions fascinate thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers. This is Daniel C. Dennett's brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture. Part philosophical whodunnit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett's legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought. In his inimitable style, laced with wit and arresting thought experiments, Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains. Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay. The result, a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, emerges from a process of cultural evolution.

    An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers and other researchers, this will delight and entertain anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its wondrous applications.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • GRANDPAS GREAT ESCAPE
    GRANDPAS GREAT ESCAPE
    WALLIAMS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780008183424
    Title: GRANDPAS GREAT ESCAPE
    Author: WALLIAMS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The brilliantly funny novel from David Walliams, Number One bestselling author!

    Ages: 9+

    Jack's Grandpa ... *wears his slippers to the supermarket *serves up tinned tongue for dinner *and often doesn't often remember Jack's name But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day.

    An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa - this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

    Illustrated by the award-winning Tony Ross

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • HE SAID / SHE SAID
    HE SAID / SHE SAID
    KELLY ERIN
    ISBN: 9781444797169
    Title: HE SAID / SHE SAID
    Author: KELLY ERIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The perfect read for fans of DISCLAIMER, APPLE TREE YARD and IN A DARK DARK WOOD.

    Who do you believe? He said it was consensual.

    The woman said nothing.

    But Laura saw it...

    ... didn't she?

    In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful.

    Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie - and four lives are changed irreparably.

    When the victim turns up on their doorstep, her gratitude spills into dangerous obsession. Laura and Kit decide to run - but Beth knows they have pledged to see every eclipse together. They will never be able to entirely escape her.

    As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness. Confessing will cost her marriage; keeping the secret might prove fatal.

    But all secrets, sooner or later, will come to light.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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