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  • ADULTS
    ADULTS
    UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    ISBN: 9780008334604
    Title: ADULTS
    Author: UNSWORTH EMMA JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘DAZZLING' Marian Keyes, ‘HILARIOUS' Dolly Alderton, ‘TENDER' Jessie Burton, ‘MAGNIFICENT' Daisy Buchanan, ‘INCREDIBLE' Candice Carty Williams, ‘MOVING' Laura Jane Williams, ‘BRILLIANT' Nikesh Shukla, ‘I LOVED IT' Sam Baker, ‘PAINFULLY TRUE' Kate Davies Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and a book laden with truth that you will read again and again.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ALL OUR RELATIONS : Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism
    ALL OUR RELATIONS : Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism
    TALAGA TANYA
    ISBN: 9781925849547
    Title: ALL OUR RELATIONS : Indigenous trauma in the shadow of colonialism
    Author: TALAGA TANYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world's Indigenous communities are fighting to live and dying too young. In this vital and incisive work, Tanya Talaga explores intergenerational trauma and the alarming rise of youth suicide.

    From Northern Ontario to Nunavut, Norway, Brazil, Australia, and the United States, the Indigenous experience in colonised nations is startlingly similar and deeply disturbing. It is an experience marked by the violent separation of Peoples from the land, the separation of families, and the separation of individuals from traditional ways of life - all of which has culminated in a spiritual separation that has had an enduring impact on generations of Indigenous children. As a result of this colonial legacy, too many communities today lack access to the basic determinants of health - income, employment, education, a safe environment, health services - leading to a mental health and youth suicide crisis on a global scale. But, Talaga reminds us, First Peoples also share a history of resistance, resilience, and civil rights activism, from the Occupation of Alcatraz led by the Indians of All Tribes, to the Northern Ontario Stirland Lake Quiet Riot, to the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which united Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island in solidarity.

    All Our Relations is a powerful call for action, justice, and a better, more equitable world for all Indigenous Peoples.


    'An essential work of nonfiction . . . Through storytelling, on-the-ground reporting, literature surveys, and plenty of statistics, Talaga demonstrates the extent to which Indigenous children continue to live under the full weight of colonial history . . . All children, she writes, 'need to know who their ancestors are, who their heroes and villains are.' In All Our Relations, Talaga restores that basic right to Indigenous children who have been robbed of it. And the rest of us, as an epigraph from author Thomas King makes clear, no longer have the excuse of saying we haven't heard this story. Talaga alone has told it twice now.' -Quill & Quire

    Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers-
    'An urgent and unshakable portrait of the horrors faced by Indigenous teens going to school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, far from their homes and families . . . Talaga's incisive research and breathtaking storytelling could bring this community one step closer to the healing it deserves.' -Booklist, Starred Review

    Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers-
    'Talaga's research is meticulous and her journalistic style is crisp and uncompromising . . . The book is heartbreaking and infuriating, both an important testament to the need for change and a call to action.' -Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AMNESIA
    AMNESIA
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9781760896416
    Title: AMNESIA
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walk free. Worse- an American corporation runs prison security, so the malware infects some 5000 American places of incarceration. Doors spring open. Both countries' secrets threaten to pour out.
    Was this American intrusion a mistake, or had Gaby declared cyberwar on the US? Felix Moore - known to himself as 'Australia's last serving left-wing journalist' - has no doubt that her act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America. Funded by his property-developer mate Woody Townes, Felix is determined to write Gaby's biography, to save her, and himself, and maybe his country. But how to get Gaby - on the run, scared, confused, and angry -- to co-operate? And what, after all, does Woody really want?

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMNESTY
    AMNESTY
    ADIGA ARAVIND
    ISBN: 9781509879045
    Title: AMNESTY
    Author: ADIGA ARAVIND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Danny - Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

    But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    WEYLAND MARCEL [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780648523246
    Title: AMOROSO : Fifty Polish Love Poems Translated from Polish by Marcel Weyland
    Author: WEYLAND MARCEL [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'If the first poetry was of love, then this collection of verse digs deep into the psyche of the Polish people in all their passionate, flirty, irrepressible, seductive, nostalgic, romantic and self-delusional diversity. Marcel Weyland, in exploring the wide fields of his native country’s language, and conveying it so eloquently in that of his adopted country, reveals both the specifics of a national culture and the universals that tie humanity together across the world. Marcel celebrates his own long love with his late wife and soulmate Philippa and conveys the potent emotions in the poetry of love and his own delight in the exquisite language of poetry. His readers will luxuriate in both.' — Andrew Jakubowicz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

    Imprint: BRANDL & SCHLESINGER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANISAS ALPHABET
    ANISAS ALPHABET
    DUMBLETON MIKE
    ISBN: 9781925227574
    Title: ANISAS ALPHABET
    Author: DUMBLETON MIKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many refugees the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa’s Alphabet is different.

    A poignant and highly imaginative telling of one girl’s story which will appeal to children and adults alike…Come with Anisa, and see things through her eyes.

    In this picture book, Anisa takes the reader though the alphabet, describing her journey from an unnamed war-torn country to a refugee camp, then on to an overcrowded boat towards supposed freedom and security.

    Imprint: MIDNIGHT SUN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    MUIR KATHIE
    ISBN: 9781743056936
    Title: ANNABELLE COLLETT : Creator and catalyst
    Author: MUIR KATHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Annabelle Collett (1955-2019) was a South Australian designer and artist whose work embraced art, design and craft.

    Her fashion designs and particularly her dramatic knitwear produced under the Ya Ya Oblique Clothing label attained international recognition. Her work also encompassed furniture design, graphics, costume and interior design, public art and environments. From the early 1990s Annabelle concentrated on making sculptural art pieces about the human form and its coverings, looking at the function and cultural meaning of attire with reference to ideas about gender, the body and sexuality.

    In more recent years Collett also investigated notions of camouflage, disguise, pattern and the affect of disruptions to pattern. She is also known for a series of works with recycled and found plastics that focussed on repurposing waste and challenged the widespread adoption of single-use plastics. Having been based in Adelaide most of her career, in 2009 she moved to Clayton Bay where she enjoyed a rich collaboration with communities in the Alexandrina region as well as pursuing her own practice.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    CROSS MARK
    ISBN: 9780733339424
    Title: ANXIETY : Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who's Lived with Anxiety All His Life
    Author: CROSS MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Expert advice from a neurotic shrink who's lived with it all his life Consultant psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross knows a lot about anxiety. Many of his patients are sufferers, which is hardly surprising, given anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, affecting up to one in four people at some point in their lives. But Mark also knows about anxiety from another perspective, because he too has suffered from anxiety all his life.

    In this book, the well-known author of Changing Minds, who featured on the award-winning ABC TV series of the same name, demystifies this mental illness in his trademark warm and friendly style. He looks at causes, treatments, both medical and natural, anxiety in the workplace and more, sharing his own experiences as well as stories from others.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • APEIROGON
    APEIROGON
    MCCANN COLUM
    ISBN: 9781526607911
    Title: APEIROGON
    Author: MCCANN COLUM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nothing like any book you've ever read' MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
    'A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart' KAMILA SHAMSIE
    Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.

    Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member ofthe border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet.

    The men become the best of friends.

    In this epic novel named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, it is a book for our times from a writer at the height of his powers.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARIA
    ARIA
    HOZAR NAZANINE
    ISBN: 9780241417911
    Title: ARIA
    Author: HOZAR NAZANINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Iran, 1953, a driver named Behrouz discovers an abandoned baby in an alleyway. When he adopts her, naming her Aria, he has no idea how profoundly this fiery, blue-eyed orphan will shape his future.

    As she grows, Aria is torn between the three women fated to mother her- the wife of Behrouz, who beats her; the wealthy widow Fereshteh, who offers her refuge but cannot offer her love, and the impoverished Mehri, whose secrets will shatter everything Aria thought she knew about her life.

    Meanwhile, the winds of change are stirring in Tehran. Rumours are spreading of a passionate religious exile in Paris called Khomeini, who seems to offer a new future for the country. In the midst of this tumult, Aria falls in love with an Armenian boy caught on the wrong side of the revolution. And before long she will be swept up in an uprising which will change the destiny of the land - and its people - forever.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARTIST
    ARTIST
    BINKS ALISON
    ISBN: 9780648397380
    Title: ARTIST
    Author: BINKS ALISON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Artist likes to paint one picture before breakfast. When the world is quiet.'

    This story is a celebration of childhood freedom, creativity, and nature. It encourages readers to embrace their inner artist and see the details of their environment. This is such a respectful way to honour children's interest in their artwork and to validate the time they devote to developing their skills.

    Imprint: BERBAY PUBLISHING
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • AUSTRALIAN CODE BREAKERS : Our top-secret war with the Kaiser's Reich
    AUSTRALIAN CODE BREAKERS : Our top-secret war with the Kaiser's Reich
    PHELPS JAMES
    ISBN: 9781460756225
    Title: AUSTRALIAN CODE BREAKERS : Our top-secret war with the Kaiser's Reich
    Author: PHELPS JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of a headmaster turned cryptographer, and our top-secret war with the Kaiser's Reich. On 11 August 1914, just days after war had been declared, Australian Captain J.T. Richardson boarded a German merchant vessel fleeing Melbourne's Port Phillip and audaciously seized a top-secret naval codebook. The fledgling Australian Navy had an opportunity to immediately change the course of the war. But what exactly had they found? Enter the Australian code breakers ...Recruited by savvy top brass, maths whizz and German speaker Frederick Wheatley worked night and day to fathom the basic principles of the code and start tracking the German Navy's powerful East Asia Squadron, led by the brilliant Maximilian von Spee. Soon Melbourne was a hub of international Allied intelligence. This is the untold story of how a former Australian headmaster and his mostly female team cracked one of Germany's most complex codes, paving the way for the greatest Allied naval victory of World War I.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • BEATRIX BAKES
    BEATRIX BAKES
    PAULL NATALIE
    ISBN: 9781743795255
    Title: BEATRIX BAKES
    Author: PAULL NATALIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For Natalie Paull, baking is a gift. It’s also a powerful elixir of pleasure, connection, generosity and joy. In Beatrix Bakes, Natalie indulges in baking’s sweetest moments with more than seventy recipes inspiring bakers of all kinds to mix and match to make recipes their own – whether it’s a Lemon curd cream crepe cake or Pecan maple cinnamon scrolls.

    Sparkling with Natalie's distinct voice, and packaged with full-colour photography, illustrations and rock-solid tips for a perfect bake, Beatrix Bakes also includes 'Adaptrix' suggestions (offering ways readers might do things differently, including short cuts) and is peppered with infographics to help them follow their baking heart. Try The Cheesecake (That You Will Love The Most) with a crumb base, or a bought biscuit base, or no base, or a sponge base, or even a failed cookie base! And from there, pick a topping from sour cream, to crumb, to fruity bits. The recipes are divided across eight chapters: Doughs, pastries & crusts; Tarts, pies, a crostata & a galette; The cake list; One in the hand; Yeasted bakes; Fruit-full; Creams, custards, fillings, glazes and buttercreams; and Finishing touches.

    While Natalie's creations are inspired by classics the world over, they are irreverent too, and in Beatrix Bakes she delights in showing readers that – once they get the foundations right – the truest magic will come from a willingness to play (with the insurance of her many clever ideas and back-up plans in their apron pocket!).

    Beatrix Bakes will guide anyone who loves the adventure of baking to perfect their skills and break the baking mould.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • BEAUTY AND THE TERROR : An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    BEAUTY AND THE TERROR : An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    FLETCHER CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781847925107
    Title: BEAUTY AND THE TERROR : An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance
    Author: FLETCHER CATHERINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Italian Renaissance shaped western culture - but it was far stranger and darker than many of us realise.

    We revere Leonardo for his art but few now appreciate his ingenious designs for weaponry. We know the Mona Lisa for her smile but not that she was married to a slave-trader. We visit Florence to see Michelangelo's David but hear nothing of the massacre that forced the republic's surrender. In focusing on the Medici in Florence and the Borgias in Rome, we miss the vital importance of the Genoese and Neapolitans, the courts of Urbino and Mantua. Rarely do we hear of the women writers, Jewish merchants, the mercenaries, engineers, prostitutes, farmers and citizens who lived the Renaissance every day.

    In fact, many of the most celebrated artists and thinkers that have come to define the Renaissance - Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, Machiavelli and Castiglione - emerged not during the celebrated 'rebirth' of the fifteenth century but amidst the death and destruction of the sixteenth century. For decades, a series of savage wars dominated Italy's political, economic and daily life, generating fortunes and new technologies, but also ravaging populations with famine, disease and slaughter. In this same short time, the birth of Protestantism, Spain's colonisation of the Americas and the rise of the Ottoman Empire all posed grave threats to Italian power, while sparking debates about the ethics of government and enslavement, religious belief and sexual morality.

    In The Beauty and the Terror, Catherine Fletcher provides an enrapturing narrative history that brings all of this and more into view. Brimming with life, it takes us closer than ever before to the lived reality of this astonishing era and its meaning for today.

    Imprint: Bodley Head
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    ISBN: 9781529112825
    Title: BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    Author: MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE ACCLAIMED NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

    Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

    Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time.

    Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer 'LOL' or 'lol', why -sparkly tildes- succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.

    'McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject - that I began to marvel at the flexibility of the online language she describes, with its numerous shades of subtlety.' New York Times

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEDLAM
    BEDLAM
    LANDY DEREK
    ISBN: 9780008295684
    Title: BEDLAM
    Author: LANDY DEREK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, BEDLAM will blow your mind – and change everything… On a desperate journey to recover her sister's lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there's nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abyssinia's grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be - or die in the attempt.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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