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  • 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760559144
    Title: 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ALL EYES ON US
    ALL EYES ON US
    FRICK KIT
    ISBN: 9781471186011
    Title: ALL EYES ON US
    Author: FRICK KIT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller...

    "If you like your YA thrillers smart, suspenseful, and full of complex characters, then you'll love All Eyes on Us" Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret

    PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn't you look better without a cheater on your arm?

    AMANDA: Who is this?

    The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He's kind, ambitious, the town golden boy - but he's far from perfect. Because behind Amanda's back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: I'm watching you, Sweetheart.

    ROSALIE: Who IS this?

    Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend - while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion "therapy" her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

    When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage - and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn't have ignored me. Now look what you made me do...

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    FERGUSON ADELE
    ISBN: 9780733340116
    Title: BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    Author: FERGUSON ADELE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: REPRINTING NO DATE

    The shocking truth about Australia's financial institutions, as told by the journalist who did most to bring about Australia's banking royal commission.


    Against all the odds Australia ended up with a banking royal commission. Since hearings began in 2018, revelations about banking and insurance company practices have rocked the nation. Even defenders of the banks have been blindsided.

    In Banking Bad, Adele Ferguson traces the origins of the banking scandal to the early 1990s, when buckets of money began pouring into compulsory superannuation funds, set up by Labor Treasurer Paul Keating. Attracted by the increasing cash, banks devised corrupt and questionable practices to get their hands on funds, along with aggressive selling practices that ignored due diligence, trust and honesty. Drawing on her multiple sources who led her to break the story of malpractice - the individuals, business owners, farmers and ordinary people who lost everything - Adele also looks at the falls from grace at the hands of the royal commission of some of the country's most highly ranked captains of industry, the failure of regulators and recommendations of the commissioner, Kenneth Hayne. And she asks whereto from here?

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    RAMSEY ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781460755235
    Title: BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    Author: RAMSEY ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the crucible of discovery at Cambridge University's celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, at a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed. Their brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion.

    It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership, born at the University of Adelaide's modest physics department and flourishing further in the confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the famed Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first nuclear weapons, unleashed to such devastating effect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a shared devotion to pure science, who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the war they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world witnessed and in engendering the thermonuclear threat that has held the planet hostage ever since. Yet their pioneering work lives on too in a vast array of innovations seeded by nuclear physics, from radiocarbon dating and TV screens to life-saving diagnostic-imaging devices.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CHAIN
    CHAIN
    MCKINTY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780733642517
    Title: CHAIN
    Author: MCKINTY ADRIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE ONLY WAY TO GET YOUR CHILD BACK IS TO KIDNAP ANOTHER.

    Listen carefully ...

    Your child has been kidnapped.

    You must abduct someone else's child to save your own.

    Disobey. Break the rules. Go to the cops. Your child will die.

    Your victim's parents must kidnap another child before yours is released.

    You are now part of the chain.

    The morning starts like any other. Rachel Klein drops her daughter, Kylie, at the bus stop and heads into her day. But then a phone call changes everything. A woman has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will ever see her again is if she pays a ransom - and kidnaps another child. The caller is a mother herself, whose son has also been abducted, and if Rachel doesn't do exactly as she's told, both children will die. Rachel is now part of a terrifying scheme - The Chain.

    The rules are simple: find the money, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you'd have thought yourself incapable of just 24 hours ago. Rachel is an ordinary woman, but over the coming days she will be pushed beyond ordinary limits to save her daughter. What the anonymous masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. But what they don't know is that they may have met their match.

    Can Rachel be the one person to finally break The Chain

    #DONTBREAKTHECHAIN

    A book for readers who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • COLLABORATOR
    COLLABORATOR
    ARMSTRONG DIANE
    ISBN: 9781489251664
    Title: COLLABORATOR
    Author: ARMSTRONG DIANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Is he a hero or a traitor? Based on astonishing true events set in the darkest days of World War II in Budapest, this is an enthralling story of heroism, vengeance, passion, and betrayal. It is also the story of three women linked by a secret that threatens to destroy their lives.

    An act of heroism, the taint of collaboration, a doomed love affair, and an Australian woman who travels across the world to discover the truth...

    It is 1944 in Budapest and the Germans have invaded. Jewish journalist Miklos Nagy risks his life and confronts the dreaded Adolf Eichmann in an attempt save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the death camps. But no one could have foreseen the consequences...

    It is 2005 in Sydney, and Annika Barnett sets out on a journey that takes her to Budapest and Tel Aviv to discover the truth about the mysterious man who rescued her grandmother in 1944.

    By the time her odyssey is over, history has been turned on its head, past and present collide, and the secret that has poisoned the lives of three generations is finally revealed in a shocking climax that holds the key to their redemption.

    Imprint: HARLEQUIN AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DEAR GRANDPA
    DEAR GRANDPA
    SIMPSON KATE
    ISBN: 9781760523435
    Title: DEAR GRANDPA
    Author: SIMPSON KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Grandpa, did you know that if you rub a needle with a magnet, one end will point to the north and the other end to the south? In the south there's an apartment building 160 metres tall. From the balcony, you can see the entire city. There are cinemas and ice cream shops ... and me!

    As Henry measures the distance between his new apartment and Grandpa's wooden house under the mango tree, Grandpa works out how close they really are. A moving story that celebrates the bond between a boy and his grandfather.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DEVILS GRIP
    DEVILS GRIP
    DRINNAN NEAL
    ISBN: 9781760851187
    Title: DEVILS GRIP
    Author: DRINNAN NEAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wake in Fright meets Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this darkly compelling and provocative Australian true crime story

    Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria's rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end.

    No one could have anticipated the orgy of violence that wiped out three generations of the Wettenhall family, much less the lurid scandals about Darcy Wettenhall, the man behind the world famous Stanbury sheep stud, that would emerge from the aftermath.

    Almost three decades later, the web of secrets and lies that led to this bizarre and seemingly motiveless murder spree are unravelled with the help of Bob Perry, Darcy Wettenhall's secret lover for a decade prior to his murder.

    From the bucolic majesty, privilege and snobbery of the Western District's prized pastoral lands and dynasties to the bleak, loveless underworld of orphanages, rodeo stables and homeless shelters, The Devil's Grip is a courageous and thought-provoking meditation on the fragility of reputation, the folly of deception and the power of shame.

    Praise for The Devil's Grip

    `A remarkable piece of work. It is a strange, unusual and beautiful book with an incredibly unique setting. I don't think I've read anything quite like it. It is compulsive reading. True crime. Memoir. History. How do you live a life honestly and with dignity? It's difficult to categorise because it traverses so many genres. But it WORKS.' Matthew Condon, author of the Three Crooked Kings trilogy

    `On its face this is the story of a family steeped in the pursuit of the perfect ram, but beneath the surface lies a riveting and ribald tale of lust, loss, manipulation, unbridled ambition and ultimately murder.' Mark Tedeschi AM QC and author of Eugenia, Kidnapped and Murder at Myall Creek

    `An unforgettable, courageous and deeply tragic local story which manages to become a universal tale' Gregory Day, author of Archipelago of Souls and A Sand Archive

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DEVILS LAIR
    DEVILS LAIR
    BARRIE SARAH
    ISBN: 9781489255297
    Title: DEVILS LAIR
    Author: BARRIE SARAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For readers of The Dark Lake and The Dry, comes this taut psychological suspense set in a dramatic Tasmanian landscape from bestselling author Sarah Barrie.

    A lonely widow, a sinister act, a remote mansion with a dark past...

    After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of the Tasmanian landscape are a balm to her shattered nerves and the locals seem friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings at the nearby property, Calico Lodge.

    But all is not well: the old mansion has a sinister past, one associated with witchcraft and murder. As Callie is threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams overtake her sleep, she begins to doubt her own sanity. What's really going on beneath the surface of this apparently peaceful town? Are her friends and neighbours really who they seem? As events escalate, Callie starts to realise that the mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, but the truth might have as much power to destroy as it does to save.

    'Utterly addictive suspense and riveting storytelling set in a darkly gothic Tasmania.' - bestselling author of The Dark Lake, Sarah Bailey

    Imprint: HARLEQUIN AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    HAUGHTON CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781406385519
    Title: DONT WORRY LITTLE CRAB
    Author: HAUGHTON CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the multi award-winning picture book maker of A Bit Lost, Oh No, George!, Shh! We Have a Plan and Goodnight Everyone comes a bold new picture book about building up the courage to try something new.

    In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. “This is going to be so great!” says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh. The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "JEEPERS!" Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ENCHANTMENT OF THE LONG HAIRED RAT : A Rodent History of Australia
    ENCHANTMENT OF THE LONG HAIRED RAT : A Rodent History of Australia
    BONYHADY TIM
    ISBN: 9781925773934
    Title: ENCHANTMENT OF THE LONG HAIRED RAT : A Rodent History of Australia
    Author: BONYHADY TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat tells the story of a small Australian rodent known for its fast and prodigious spread after big rains- plagues for the European colonists who feared and loathed all rats; an abundance of food for the indigenous peoples who feasted with delight in these times of plenty. While the rats brought despair and hardship for the early colonist eating not only crops and supplies but clothes, boots and saddlery, their presence also offered a lifeline as a food source. The Burke and Wills story might well have had a different ending had the hapless explorers been tempted to follow the example of the Aboriginal people and make use of a nutritious and readily available meal.

    Tim Bonyhady's account-from the earliest evidence of it, found in caves and overhangs, to its most recent boom triggered by the immense rains across Australia of 2010-11 and current research of its mysterious life-presents a fascinating view of Australia's history, illuminating a species, a continent, its climate and its people.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    ISBN: 9781788681261
    Title: EPIC RUNS OF THE WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore 50 of the world's greatest running routes, from short urban runs to cross-country trails and must-do marathons. Entries include China's Great Wall Marathon, the Amalfi Coast's Path of the Gods, Australia's Blue Mountains ultra, the 10k Great Ethiopian Run, Chicago's Lakefront Trail and the Barkley Marathons.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EVERYWHERE EVERYTHING EVERYONE
    EVERYWHERE EVERYTHING EVERYONE
    WARNER KATY
    ISBN: 9781760504618
    Title: EVERYWHERE EVERYTHING EVERYONE
    Author: WARNER KATY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A vivid, captivating contemporary YA novel about the power of resistance, from a stunning Australian debut author. Perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Z for Zachariah.

    Even though she lives on the wrong side of town, 16-year-old Santee believes her world is like ours: that running late for curfew will only get you grounded, and that the government tries to keep its good citizens safe and secure. Until one night, everything changes.

    On her way home from school, Santee takes a detour to the outskirts of town with a boy that she likes – and then finds herself stranded overnight when his car breaks down. When she’s finally able to get a lift towards home the next morning, Santee discovers that everything has changed. A 'safety border' – a wall – has gone up around her part of town, imprisoning her family and trapping her on the outside...

    With its subtle familiarity and a tender, defiant teen romance at its core, Katy Warner’s powerful debut novel is about the importance of hope and standing up for what you believe in.

    From small cracks, big cracks grow.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FAKE : A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies
    FAKE : A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies
    WOOD STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9780143792208
    Title: FAKE : A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies
    Author: WOOD STEPHANIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams, marry and live happily ever after. When Stephanie Wood meets a sweet man who owns a farm and property, she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, truthful and loving. He talks about the future with her. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at the lavish three-act plays he offers her in the form of excuses for frequent cancellations and no-shows. She begins to wonder, who is this man?

    When she ends the relationship Stephanie switches back on her journalistic nous and uncovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart, sassy women who have suffered at the hands of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, men who are enormously skilled at deception.

    In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love, and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FORTUNE
    FORTUNE
    BARTULIN LENNY
    ISBN: 9781760529307
    Title: FORTUNE
    Author: BARTULIN LENNY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1806 Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Prussia. Beginning on the very day he leads his triumphant Grande Armee into Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate, Fortune traces the fates of a handful of souls whose lives briefly touch on that momentous day and then diverge across the globe.

    Spanning more than a century, the novel moves from the Napoleonic Wars to South America, and from the early penal settlement of Van Diemen's Land to the cannons of the First World War, mapping the reverberations of history on ordinary people. Some lives are willed into action and others are merely endured, but all are subject to the unpredictable whims of chance. Fortune is an historical novel like no other, a perfect jewel of epic and intense brilliance.

    'A thrilling tale of adventure told across centuries and continents...It made me laugh and cry and swear with astonishment. It is savage and nihilistic, wise and kind, never less than gripping, and it is over far sooner than you want it to be. And every line is marked with the author's unmistakable stylistic signature: somewhere between Roger Federer at the net and Mick Jagger's rooster strut.' Geordie Williamson, Chief Literary Critic, The Australian

    Praise for Infamy:

    'In Infamy Lenny Bartulin has written a rip-snorting, swashbuckling Aussie western set in the early part of the nation's history. He evokes the hardness and the grimness of colonial life, taking us through the slums and rum houses, the criminal dens and stinking penal hulks. Bartulin gives a visceral sense of the place, of the heat and isolation that bubbles up through savage drinking binges and dockland murders, whorehouses and massacres. And, via the stories of "Black Betty" and Robert Ringa, Infamy condemns Australia' s appalling history of persecuting indigenous people. Bartulin's prose is muscular and evocative and cinematic cuts between plot lines keep the action moving fast throughout. Infamy is an excellent read. It is a book that gets the blood flowing and the fist pounding, and makes you glad you don't live by a dockyard tavern in 1830s Tasmania.' SMH/Age review

    'With vivid characters, deep psychological understanding and symphonic plotting, Infamy drew me in so completely that it was a shock to find out that this is a work of the imagination. Bartulin has made fiction stranger, and more compelling, than truth.' Malcolm Knox

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733638053
    Title: GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    Author: ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The girl with no past.

    Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.

    The boy who survived.

    Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift - she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.

    GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, bestselling author of THE OTHER WIFE and THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
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