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Introducing Imprints Online Bookclub

Imprints Booksellers - Monday, December 29, 2014

We are excited to announce a special new project to be implemented in 2015 – an online Imprints bookclub! Each month, we will publish lists of the books we've been reading on Facebook, Twitter and here on our blog. You'll have a chance to leave your comments and thoughts and you'll also have the opportunity to share some of your favourite books with us.

As a little taste of what's to come, our picks for the holiday season are featured below! Have you read any of them? What strange and wonderful books are on your reading list this festive season?

Katherine’s favourite books for the holiday season are an eclectic blend of the quirky and the classic. She's looking forward to delving into some good historical fiction with Jessie Burton's highly-acclaimed novel, The Miniaturist. Her crime pick for the summer is Slow Horses by Mick Herron  a gritty, realistic and thrilling spy novel which plays host to an array of deeply flawed yet likeable characters. Katherine also plans to tick a modern classic off her reading list with Sylvia Plath's pitch-perfect novel of youth and heartache, The Bell Jar.

What do fabulous chickens, policemen and Neil Young's cars have in common? They're all feature on Jason's summer reading list! Ernest Goh pays homage to the anything-but-humble chicken in his magnificent photographic book, Chickens. In his second autobiographical volume, Special Deluxe, singer-songwriter and cultural icon Neil Young reveals more of his life before fame with a special focus on his enduring love for vintage cars. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters is also on Jason's list and promises to be thrilling blend of apocalyptic action and crime noir goodness.

Kara has been engrossed in the lastest volume of The Canary Press the long-awaited genre issue! Her favourite story in it so far is Kij Johnson's 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss. Kara is also looking forward to reading Alice Pung's young adult debut, Laurinda, a sweet and funny coming-of-age tale set in a snooty private girls' school in Melbourne. Chuck Palahniuk's crazy new adventure in American subculture, Beautiful You is also on her to-be-read pile and, time permitting, she hopes to enjoy a selection of W.H. Auden's Collected Longer Poems as well.

The Mystical Appeal of Vintage Magic

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, December 05, 2014


We are pleased to introduce a very special new series from Vintage Books - collect the whole Vintage Magic range ($14.99ea) to create this gorgeous literary mosaic.


Titles include:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Enchantress of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


Imprints' November Newsletter is Available Now!

Imprints Booksellers - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Our November Newsletter is available now and features a sublime selection of our favourite new books, including offerings from Christos Tsiolkas, Lily Brett, Barry Hill and J.M.Coetzee! There's also an irresistable offer to have our Summer Reading Guide delivered free-of-charge to your home or office when it launches later this month.
Click the link below to  have your copy of the Summer Reading Guide delivered.


A Fig at the Gate Book Launch

Imprints Booksellers - Monday, October 13, 2014

Imprints Booksellers, in conjunction with Allen & Unwin Publishers, are pleased to invite you to celebrate the launch of distinguished Australian poet and author Kate Llewellyn's delightful new book, A Fig at the Gate: A Memoir of Gardening, Chooks and Friendship.

If you would like to RSVP please email us at or join our Facebook event.

Professor Susan Sheridan will be in attendance to launch the book and copies may be purchased at the event or ordered online now.


Miles Franklin 2014 Shortlisted Titles

Imprints Booksellers - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Since 1957, the Miles Franklin Award has been presented annually to a novel which is". . . of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases." The prize's benefactor and namesake, Stella Miles Franklin, knew firsthand of the hardship experienced by writers trying to make a living from their art and it is a worthy testament to this most beloved literary heroine that we should continue to honour the best of Australian literature in her name.

The contenders for the 2014 Miles Franklin award have recently been announced and the resulting shortlist is an outstanding blend of the serious, the curious and the downright wonderful. It is always difficult to choose a favourite and this year is no exception, but we've compiled a brief guide to the current nominees which should help you read your way through this distinguished shortlist.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flangan

What the Judges say: With consummate artistry, Richard Flanagan turns this tale into a gripping saga that undercuts lest-we-forget sentimentality and explores for present and future readers just what it means to be human. The suffering that haunts our collective consciousness takes place here on a personal scale that is both appalling and unforgettable. Stripped of artifice and even of basic humanity, this is a picture we must all confront.

What we say: We know we're not supposed to have favourites - as booksellers, all novels are to be treated as our darling children and we should send them each out into the world with all the love and support we can muster. But if we had a favourite for the Miles Franklin Award this year - and I'm not saying we do - this might just be it. Plus Richard Flanagan is yet to be honoured with Australia's most prestigious literary award, despite his vast body of meritable works . . . Will 2014 be the year that rights this wrong?

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

What the Judges say: . . . A beautifully assured debut novel about the mind games and deceptive fantasies of old age as well as a cleverly paced, psychological thriller. Written through Ruth's eyes, it is a first novel of astonishing subtlety, wit and maturity – a sophisticated work of high style and rich substance. 

What we say: For her debut novel to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award is a remarkable coup for this talented new novelist and a testament to McFarlane's fresh and engaging style. A profoundly moving novel about love, dependence, anxiety and ageing. 

My Beautiful Enemy by Cory Taylor

What the Judges say: In this highly accomplished novel, Cory Taylor delves deep into a twentieth-century Australian society that is both xenophobic and homophobic. Her memorable and engaging narrative draws the reader into this world with great compassion as Arthur struggles with his sexual identity, with how to love and at the same time be accepted by family and friends.

What we say: The honest, bold and confronting story of a love that could never be, Cory Taylor's latest offering is told with clear, lyrical prose and a deep affection for her characters. This is an important book for its  deft handling of the racial and sexual prejudices presented and the mirror it holds to contemporary Australian society.  

Eyrie by Tim Winton

What the Judges say: With only a small handful of pitch-perfect characters, this utterly engrossing and cinematic novelcaptures the milieu of contemporary Freo with faithful precision. Both the landscape and people-scape of this ‘theme park perched on a real estate bubble’ are lovingly explored, complete with Indian Ocean waterfront and sprawling strip of shops and cafes. Harnessing plenty of good humour, Tim Winton’s high energy, low-rent narrative grabs the reader from the opening paragraph and doesn’t let go.

What we say: You know how we said we don't have favourites? Well, this is another of our non-favourite nominees (wink wink). Winton has previously been awarded the Miles Franklin for Breath (2009), Dirt Music (2002), Cloudstreet (1992) and The Shallows (1984), joining only celebrated Australian author Thea Astley in being thusly honoured so many times. Winton has a knack of winning each time he is nominated - Will 2014 continue this streak?

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

What the Judges Say: The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright’s previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning best-seller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale, has Oblivia Ethylene in the company of amazing characters . . . The narrative voice that Alexis Wright has crafted can span the languages of opera and popular song as well as rendering the rhythms and idioms of Aboriginal English – a complex, allusive narrative of speaking, singing, mourning and cracking jokes. The result is unlike anything we have heard before in Australian literature.

What we say: Previously winning the Miles Franklin award for her powerful novel Carpentaria (2007), Alexis Wright has also been the recipient of a Queensland Premier's Literary Award (2007), the ALS Gold Medal (2007) and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction (2007) so she is no stranger to accolades. Her latest novel is a beautiful, dark and complex meditation on Australian and Indigenous culture in a changing environmental landscape. 

What the Judges say: Replete with adrenalin-fuelled escapades, Evie Wyld’s heart-stopping second novel opens with a mocking row of Hitchcockian crows as they strut and caw over one of Jake’s recently mutilated sheep. Exiled on a bleak and windy, rain-driven island at the end of the world, she finds herself with only her so-called Dog for company and then an enigmatic stranger who impinges on her solitude. Saturated with menace, the novel's upside-down pastoral elegy traces with great subtlety the alienation felt by this youthful outsider . . . With its stark poetry and beautifully assured voice, her story affirms that each and every creature on earth is subject to haphazardly inflicted cruelty and betrayal.
What we say: This curiously twisted psychological drama is the second novel by Evie Wyld, following up her celebrated debut, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. The lush prose contrasts strikingly with the bleak and isolated landscape of the novel. Perhaps unusually for a novel of the 'literary' genre, the suspense in this never lets up and makes All the Birds, Singing a unique nominee amongst this year's Miles Franklin shortlist.
How many of the shortlisted titles have you read? Do you have a favourite? For an additional literary adventure, try joining in with the Miles Franklin Reading Challenge this year and read all six novels before the winner is announced on the 26th of June!  

Mum's the Word

Imprints Booksellers - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

With Mother's Day fast approaching―it's this Sunday, fellas―now is the perfect time (read: the only time) to think about a gift that will express all those things with which we should shower our mums every day: gratitude, admiration, love and affection. For mums with young children a book that can be shared together makes a wonderful token of appreciation but also provides a great opportunity for family bonding time. Here's a selection of picture books that mothers and young children are sure to enjoy together: 

I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae, Paperback, $14.99 RRP

I love my Mummy very much, She's great to cuddle, soft to touch.

Wonderfully child-like verses about everything that makes mothers irresistible to their little ones are illustrated with bright and bold pictures in this sweet book. Toddler-friendly, funny, and loving, this is an experience to be shared time and time again.


Love you, Mum by Karen Hull, Hardcover, $9.99 RRP

I love you in the morning - 'Wake up, sleepyhead.'

I love you at breakfast - 'Time to get you fed.'

In this adorable picture book, Karen Hull's gentle illustrations of Australian animals are matched with a heart-warming text that celebrates the everyday love between mothers and their young children.


Mum's the Word by Timothy Knapman, Paperback, $14.99 RRP

What's the word that feels like a cuddle? Like splashing and sploshing through a great big puddle?

A funny rhyming tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of a mother's love. When a little dog tries to find the word that feels like a cuddle and is as warm as a goodnight kiss, he discovers that the word is . . . 'Mum!' 


Hey Mum, I Love You by Corinne Fenton, Hardcover, $18.95 RRP

 I love you more than the prickliest tickle, the softest sigh, the best-kept secret . . .

A love letter to Mum, illustrated with beautiful photographs of baby animals and their mothers. Corinne Fenton's sweet and thoughtful text reminds us just how special Mums really are.


Of course, if your child is too old to sit on mum's lap and read a picture book, mum doesn't have to miss out! Whether she prefers moving memoirs, engrossing fiction or fascinating history, there are plenty of books available which will make wonderful presents for Mother's Day.  


Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside by Andrea di Robilant, Harcover, $29.99 RRP

From the author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair, here is the charming chronicle of his search for the identity of a mysterious old rose. Andrea di Robilant’s tale takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, as well as into some of the most delightful rose gardens in Italy today, brought to colorful life on the page in the watercolors of artist Nina Fuga.


The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital, paperback, $29.99 RRP

So then, here it is. The unadorned un-self-flattering gospel, the never-before-told story our intricately intertwined lives . . . Listen: I know things that no one else knows. Trust me.

From one of our foremost novelists, The Claimant is a compelling and ravishingly readable novel about the fluid, shifting and ultimately elusive nature of identity and the reasons why people seek to change their names, their identities or their personalities.


Paris Haute Couture by Anne Zazzo, Hardcover, $90.00 RRP

A comprehensive history of high fashion in Paris from Madame Grès and Balenciaga to Yves Saint Laurent and Yohji Yamamoto, spanning all aspects from clothing and accessories to perfume. This chronological study traces the history of the esteemed couture houses of Paris, examining the role of the designer and the extraordinary craftsmanship behind the finished creations, the place of haute couture in Parisian culture, and its influence in the wider fashion industry.


So these are our best gift suggestions for Mother's Day, but if we may offer one more: the most precious gift of all for a busy mother is time to do the things she enjoys. A book will be even better received if it comes with the promise of a few lesiurely reading hours as well! For more reading suggestions, visit us in store at 107 Hindley Street, Adelaide, or call us on 08 8231 4454. Happy Reading!

Popular Penguin ANZAC Collection | WWI 100 Years On

Imprints Booksellers - Friday, April 04, 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Penguin Australia has released a beautifully designed collection of Anzac themed Popular Penguins. The series features a selection of the best and bravest literature and poetry to emerge from the horrors of the trenches. Penguin's trademark orange jacket is gone in favour of a classic khaki shade, evoking images both of military regalia and the sepia-toned war photography of the early twentieth century. 

The complete list of titles are available in store and online now.

Anzac to Amiens by C. E. W. Bean

An Anzac’s Story by Roy Kyle

The Anzacs by Patsy Adam-Smith

Australia in Arms by Phillip Schuler

Flesh in Armour by Leonard Mann

Generals Die in Bed  by Charles Yale Harrison

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves

The Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry edited by George Walter

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger


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