Good Book Guide

1Q84
Haruki Murakami
$19.99

"The year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about that. But in this world, there are two moons in the sky. In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both. Something extraordinary is starting."


61 Hours
Lee Child
$19.99

Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm.

There's a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There's a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There's a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico.

Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he's equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn’t like people who put it to wrongs.


A Brief History of Seven Killings
James Marlon
$22.99

 Jamaica, 1976: Seven men storm Bob Marley's house with machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but leaves Jamaica the following day, not to return for two years. Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James' dazzling novel is a tour de force. It traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined - and questions asked - in a masterpiece of imagination.


A Change in Altitude
Anita Shreve
$32.99

Margaret and her new husband James travel toKenya with the intention of staying a year. Invitedon a climbing expedition to Mt. Kenya, thenewlyweds are caught up in a horrific accident. Inthe aftermath, Margaret must try to understandwhat happened on that mountain and what it hasdone to her marriage. Author Anita Shrevesearches out the secrets at the core of our closestrelationships and the ways in which lives can turnon the axis of a single catastrophic event.


A Common Loss
Kirsten Tranter
$29.99

From the critically acclaimed author of The Legacy

 
They were originally five.
 
Elliot. Brian. Tallis. Cameron. And Dylan - charismatic Dylan - the mediator, the leader, the man each one turned to in a time of crisis. Five close friends, bonded in college, still coming together for their annual trip to Las Vegas.
 
This year they are four. Four friends, sharing a common loss: Dylan′s tragic death. A common loss that, upon their arrival in Vegas, will bring with it a common threat: one that will make them question who their departed friend really was, and whether he is even worthy of their grief.
 
A Common Loss is Kirsten Tranter′s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Legacy. Yet again, Tranter′s weave of watertight prose and literary sensibilities shows her to be a born writer with a precocious control of storytelling and style.

A Dance With Dragons part 1: Dreams and Dust
George R.R. Martin
$22.99

 The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King's Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin. To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark's bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault. On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all...


A Delicate Truth
John Le Carre
$29.99

 A counter-terrorist operation, code-named Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a hight-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom firend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the minister's private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.


A Game Of Thrones
George R R Martin
$22.99

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A GAME OF THRONES is the first volume in the series. ‘So vivid that you'll be hooked within a few pages' The Times Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.


A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
$32.99

  Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life, the bestselling adult book this year to date in the UK, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life, and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.


A Kiss from Mr. Fitzgerald
Natasha Lester
$29.99

In the Manhattan of gin, jazz and speakeasies, Evelyn Lockhart is determined to follow her dream to study obstetrics, even if it means turning her back on her family and the only life she's ever known. In a desperate attempt to support herself as one of the first female students at Columbia University's medical school, Evie auditions for the infamous Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. But if she gets the part, what will it mean for her fledgling relationship with Upper East Side banker Thomas Whitman - a man Evie thinks she could fall in love with, if only she lived a life less scandalous...

A captivating, tragic love story set amid the fragile hearts and glamour of 1920s New York. If you loved The Paris Wife and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald you will devour this deliciously evocative story of a young woman ahead of her time. 


A Memory Of Light, Wheel of Time Book 14
Robert Jordan; Brandon Sanderson
$35.00

The long awaited conclusion to the Wheel of Time series is finally here, and it’s well worth the wait!

In the Field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al'Thor, or to stop him from his plan to break the seals on the Dark One's prison — which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. Egwene, the Amyrlin Seat, leans toward the former. In Andor, the Trollocs seize Caemlyn. In the wolf dream, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer. Approaching Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon plans to visit his wife Tuon, now Fortuona, Empress of the Seanchan. All humanity is in peril, and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, and the Age is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world...


A Pure Clear Light
Madeleine St John
$32.95

A Pure Clear Light examines a marriage at the moment it goes haplessly off-track. Simon and Flora Beaufort have a comfortable, happy life in London. When Flora takes their three children for a month-long vacation in France, Simon stays home to work on his latest film project. He meets Gillian, a cool, blonde accountant, and as their passionate affair begins Flora discovers a new love of her own. Simon and Flora stray from each other, but neither of them can escape the revelation that lies at the heart of the phenomenon called love.


A Room of One’s Own & The Voyage Out
Virginia Woolf
$6.95

A Room of Ones Own (1929) has become a classic feminist essay and perhaps Virginia Woolf’s best known work. The Voyage Out (1915) is highly significant as her first novel. Both focus on the place of women within the power structures of modern society. In the essay, Woolf’s prescription is clear: if a woman is to find creative expression equal to a man’s, she must have an independent income, and a room of her own. This is both an acute analysis and a spirited rallying cry, and remains surprisingly resonant and relevant in the 21st century. The novel explores these issues more personally, through the character of Rachel Vinrace, a young woman whose voyage out to South America opens up powerful encounters with her fellow-travellers, men and women. As she begins to understand her place in the world, she finds the happiness of love, but also sees its brute power. 


A Stairway to Paradise
St John Madeleine
$29.95

A Stairway to Paradise is classic Madeleine St John: poignant, witty, full of sharp and subtle observations.

Alex and Andrew are friends. And Barbara…Barbara is a goddess. Here is the eternal triangle, the story of three people locked in an unhappy tangle of emotions, none able to articulate the precise quality of their longing and dissatisfaction. In St John’s hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent.


A Storm Of Swords: Part 1 Steel And Snow
George R R Martin
$19.99

The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall. Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Starks enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.


A Tiny Bit Marvellous
Dawn French
$32.95

The first novel by Dawn French is told through the eyes of a mother and her two teenage children. Dora, a stroppy teenager who has just come out of her first relationship (lasting a whole six weeks) and Peter, who would rather be referred to as Oscar due to an Oscar Wilde obsession. Written in diary format, with each chapter narrated by a different voice, A Tiny BitMarvellousis a hilarious, sharp and utterly compelling novel about the ups and down of family, sibling rivalry and growing up.


A Woman of Seville
Sallie Muirden
$27.99

Paula Sanchez is famous in Seville, now she issitting for The Penitent Magdalen, along withFather Rastro and the monk Victor Maria andwatched over by the young painter DiegoVelasquez. But Seville in 1616 is a dangerousplace, and the eyes of the Inquisition areeverywhere. Does a painting hold the secret thatcan truly free Paula? Sallie Muirden's powerful,poetic and moving novel is a testament to ourcapacity for wonder, for art, and for love.


Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
$32.99

BANKS IS BACK — AND THE HUNT IS ON. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused WWII hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister. Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear — in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey . . .


About Grace
Anthony Doerr
$19.99

 Beautifully written and compelling, About Grace is the brilliant debut novel from Anthony Doerr. Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach. Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace's death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees. He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out…


 

Adeline
Norah Vincent
$29.99

Adeline is a gorgeous reimagining of the historical events that brought Virginia Woolf to the riverbank, with a stunning denouement worthy of its protagonist. An ambitious work in the tradition of Woolf herself, Adeline audaciously explores the interior consciousness of the most interior of authors from the summer she began working on To The Lighthouse through to the winter she finished Between the Acts.


Adultery
Paulo Coelho
$29.99

Have you ever looked at your life and wondered, 'Is this it?' Linda knows she's lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. Even she can't predict what will happen next . . . A novel about discovering who you are, where you're going, and what matters to you most. 'Paulo Coelho's books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.' The Times


After You
Jojo Moyes
$22.99

"Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues- simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . ."


Albert of Adelaide
Howard L. Anderson
$26.99

What does it take to become a hero? Albert has escaped from the Adelaide Zoo to go in search of the 'old Australia,' somewhere in the desert, north of Adelaide, a 'Promised Land' that he's heard so much about from other animals. Unusually, Albert is a duck-billed platypus. Four days north of Alice Springs and carrying nothing other than an old, almost empty soft-drink bottle, Albert has no idea where he's going. One thing he does know, though, if he doesn't find water fast, he's going to be in all sorts of trouble. But when all seems lost, he comes across a wombat by a campfire who offers him a cup of tea. And so begins Albert's adventures, during which he meets two drunk, wise-cracking bandicoots (Roger and Alvin), a wrestling Tasmanian Devil (called Muldoon), escapes from a burning hotel (set alight by his good friend the pyromaniac wombat Jack) after a very lucky streak at two-up, and runs for his life from the dingoes.

Albert of Adelaide is charming, funny, and entrancing.


Aleph
Paulo Coelho
$29.99

 Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins. A search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life. Each end gives us the opportunity for a rebirth Aleph marks a return to Paulo Coelhoa??s beginnings. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey through Europe, Africa and Asia, he will again meet Hilal -- the woman he loved 500 years before -- an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself. What you do in the present will change the future.


All That I Am
Anna Funder
$29.95

*** Winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award ***

When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the greate playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans, find refuge in London. Here they take inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart. Some seventy years later, Ruth is living out her days is Sydney, making an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past, and a part of history that has all but been forgotten.

'A gripping story of love and betrayal. Dora is the most attractive fictional heroine in a long time.' New Statesman


All The Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
$29.99

An epic novel, set during WW2, from the prize-winner Anthony Doerr. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorise it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialised tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.


All Things Cease to Appear
Elizabeth Brundage
$29.99

Upstate New York, 1980s. The farm stood at the foot of the hill. Around it, an aching emptiness of fields and wind. Within, a weight, a sense of being occupied, with more than its inhabitants. The Clares got it cheap. George knew why, though he didn't let on -- he didn't want to give Catherine any excuses. He'd given her an easy excuse to get married. He wasn't prepared to give away much more. Catherine, at home with their young daughter, has the feeling they're not alone. But she is helped by the Hale boys, young Cole and his brothers. Though they never tell her what happened to their mother in this house. As the seasons burn and then bite, the Clares will find their place in this small upstate community. George, the inscrutable professor; his beautiful, brittle wife. He will try to tame the hollow need inside him. She will pull strength from the friends she makes. And as their marriage splinters, so too does the border between sanity and rage; between this world, and the inexplicable beyond. With masterful tension and understanding of human nature, Elizabeth Brundage has crafted a novel that is at once a community's landscape spanning twenty years and an intimate portrait of a disturbed mind. This is new American fiction at its most piercing, ambitious and chilling.


An Unexpected Guest
Anne Korkeakivi
$29.99

Tonight a dinner could change the future -- if a terrible secret doesn't destroy it first. Clare Moorhouse is an American in Paris who has been leading a graceful life abroad. There are pleasures to being married to a high-ranking diplomat, but there are also appearances to be upheld and responsibilities to be executed -- like tonight's unexpected dinner party, one crucial to her husband's career. As Clare navigates the spring-green streets of Paris, shopping for fresh stalks of asparagus, the right cheeses, and flowers for the table, she is haunted by a brief period of violence in her past that threatens to resurface and crack the immaculate veneer shea's worked so hard to achieve. At tonight's dinner, her husband hopes to receive a new posting. But to Clare, the potential move means wrestling with a secret that has been deeply and carefully buried for twenty-five years -- or so she thought. The myriad preparations for dinner are only the beginning of her day's complications.


Analogue Men
Nick Earls
$32.99

Do you ever feel like you might have just one more chance to get on top of your life and make things happen? They're starting to feel like analogue men trying to make sense of a digital age. Andrew Van Fleet is 49 and feeling 50 closing in. He's bailed out of his private equity job for something that'll let him spend more time at home, but the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him. Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery and with his scrappy bulldog in tow. And then there's Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew's signed up to manage, whose every broadcast offers fresh trouble. He's 49 too and, like Andrew, starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best.


Ancient Light
John Banville
$45.00

Alexander Cleave, an actor who thinks his best days are behind him, remembers his first unlikely affair as a teenage boy in a small town in 1950s Ireland: the illicit meetings in a rundown cottage outside town; assignations in the back of his lover's car on sunny mornings and rain-soaked afternoons. And with these early memories comes something sharper and much darker — the more recent recollection of his own daughter's suicide just ten years before.

Ancient Light is the story of a life rendered brilliantly vivid: the obsession and selfishness of young love and the terrifying shock of grief. A dazzling funny novel; utterly pleasurable and devastatingly moving in the same moment.

“Could any book be better? Did it even need to be as tremendous as this?” Sebastian Barry, author of The Secret Scripture.


And The Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
$32.99

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, the book that readers everywhere have been waiting for: his first novel in six years.
 
So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one...
 
Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled.
 
One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.
 
Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight, and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
$22.95

Many believe Anna Karenina to be the greatest novel ever written. The impossible and destructive triangle of Anna, her husband Karenin, and her lover Vronsky, is set against the marriage of Levin and Kitty, illuminating the most important questions which beset humanity. This edition uses Louise and Aylmer Maude's classic translation.


At Home with the Templetons
McInerney Monica
$32.95

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.

No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.  

In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet – a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.


At the Water's Edge
Sara Gruen
$32.99

 A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War.After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army Colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son's inability to serve in WWII.To Maddie's horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favour (and generosity) is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces.In January 1945 they hitch a ride on a ship across the Atlantic while the war is still raging all around them. And Maddie, now alone and virtually abandoned in a foreign country, must begin to work out who she is and what she wants - the vacuous life she left behind or something more real?What she discovers - about the larger world and about herself - opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.
 

Bad Behaviour
Rebecca Starford
$0.00

It is night. They move with such stealth they could be almost floating along the road. I can't see faces, just the outline of their movement. But when the moon drifts out from behind a cloud, bathing the road in an urgent sort of light, I see how they're all gazing up towards me.'They're coming back,' I murmur. I turn to Kendall, and she puts her sewing aside, eyes on me. They never waiver.It was supposed to be a place where teenagers would learn resilience, confidence and independence, where long hikes and runs in the bush would make their bodies strong and foster a connection with the natural world. Living in bare wooden huts, cut off from the outside world, the students would experience a very different kind of schooling, one intended to have a strong influence over the kind of adults they would eventually become.Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Starford spent a year at this school in the bush. In her boarding house sixteen girls were left largely unsupervised, a combination of the worst behaved students and some of the most socially vulnerable. As everyone tried to fit in and cope with their feelings of isolation and homesickness, Rebecca found herself joining ranks with the powerful girls, becoming both a participant--and later a victim-- of various forms of bullying and aggression.Bad Behaviour tells the story of that year, a time of friendship and joy, but also of shame and fear. It explores how those crucial experiences affected Rebecca as an adult and shaped her future relationships, and asks courageous questions about the nature of female friendship.Moving, wise and painfully honest, this extraordinary memoir shows how bad behaviour from childhood, in all its forms, can be so often and so easily repeated throughout our adult lives.


Bared to You
Sylvia Day
$0.00

Bared to You by Sylvia Day is the first in the Crossfire trilogy featuring Gideon and Eva, two wounded souls who come together in an explosion of lust and passion as intoxicating as it is devastating - the perfect read for fans of bestselling erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey.


Barkskins
Annie Proulx
$32.99

 In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. 


Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions; the revenge of rivals; accidents; pestilence; Indian attacks; and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.Proulx’s inimitable genius is her creation of characters who are so vivid – in their greed, lust, vengefulness, or their simple compassion and hope – that we follow them with fierce attention. 


Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas
$32.99

He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.


Bay of Fires
Poppy Gee
$29.99

When the body of a backpacker washes ashore in an idyllic small town in Tasmania, the close-knit community starts to fall apart. As long-buried secrets start to come out, the delicate balance of their fragile lives is threatened...


Beatlebone
Kevin Barry
$27.99

He will spend three days alone on his island. That is all that he asks ...John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip. John owns a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. Maybe it is there that he can at last outrun the shadows of his past. The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It's a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife. It is most of all a sad and beautiful comedy from one of the most gifted stylists now at work.

WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015


Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
$29.95

Sam Kingston and her friends are the queen bees of their school, and they go through life leaving the tattered remains of their classmates’ popularity, dignity, and happiness in their wake. So when Sam and her friends are in a car accident on their way home from a party, an accident that Sam remembers dying in, it doesn’t seem fair that she is given a second chance. She wakes up and it is February 12th all over again. And again, and again, until she can figure out how to end the loop. She realises that she needs to fix the things that are broken in her life, from her relationship with her parents and sister, to her long-ago friendship with the boy next-door. And to do that she has to look at the way her actions ripple through the lives of the people around her, and how something as small as stealing someone’s parking spot, going to the right party, or kissing the right boy can change everything.  

I couldn’t put this book down, I needed to know how all the events of Sam’s final day would come together, and what would happen to her when it was finally February 13th.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes their novels a little bittersweet, as well as to parents of teenage girls who are despairing, wondering if their daughter will grow out of her angry teen years. Sam’s journey will give you hope, but also probably make you want to lock your daughter in the house until she’s 21...

 Review by Katie from our  Bulimba store.


Bellagrand
Paullina Simons
$29.99

They gave up everything to be together, but love was just the beginning of their journey...

Italian immigrant Gina  independent, compassionate, and strong  desperately wants a family. Boston blue-blood Harry  idealistic and fiercely political  wants to create a better world. Bound together by tormented passion, they rail, rage, and break each other's hearts, only to come face-to-face with a stark final choice that will forever determine their destiny.

Their journey takes them through four decades and two continents, through triumph and turmoil, from the wooden planks of the troubled immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the marble halls and secret doors of a mystical place known as Bellagrand.

From internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons comes another compelling saga of heartbreak and redemption, and the devastating love story that led to The Bronze Horseman.


Beneath the Darkening Sky
Majok Tulba
$29.95

When the rebels come to Obinna's village, they do more than wreak terror for one night. Lining the children up in the middle of the village, they measure them against the height of an AK-47. Those who are shorter than the gun are left behind. Those who are taller are taken. Obinna and his older brother Akot find themselves the rebel army's newest recruits.

Beneath the Darkening Sky describes a life unimaginably different from our own, but one that is the experience of tens of thousands of child soldiers. Uncompromising, vivid,and raw, it is an astonishing portrait of a mind trying to make sense of a senseless world. 

Majok Tulba himself was shorter than the AK-47, and came to Australia from South Sudan as a refugee in 2001. This is the story of what might have happened to him had he been an inch taller.


Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
$14.99

'I guess it started with the mothers.' 'It was all just a terrible misunderstanding.' 'I'll tell you exactly why it happened.'

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident... or something else entirely? Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals, and schoolyard politics. Liane Moriarty turns her unique gaze on the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves every day and what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.


Bittersweet
Colleen McCullough
$39.99

In this enthralling tale of women and love two sets of twins, Edda and Grace, Tufts and Kitty, struggle against the restraints, prohibitions, laws, and prejudices of 1920s Australia. The submissive, yet steely Grace yearns for marriage; the sleekly sophisticated Edda burns to be a doctor; down-to-earth but courageous Tufts burns never to marry; and the beautiful, scarred Kitty yearns for a love free from male ownership. Through turbulent times the four magnificent Latimer sisters, each so different, love as only women do: with tenderness as well as passion, and with hearts roomy enough to hold their men, their children, their careers, and, most of all, their sisters.


Black Mountain
Venero Armanno
$29.95

Beginning in the sulphur mines of Sicily over a century ago, Black Mountain takes you on a journey through time and back again.

When a boy sold into slavery finds the courage to escape his brutal life, he is saved by a mysterious stranger, who raises the boy as his own. Renamed Cesare Montenero after Sicily’s own ‘black mountain’, Mount Etna, the boy grows up to discover that his rescue was no accident, that his physical strength is unnatural, and that he has more in common with his saviour than he could have imagined. And when he meets the enigmatic Celeste, he suspects for the first time that he many not be alone.

Based on factual events and ranging through Italy, Paris, and the rural fringes of coastal Australia, Black Mountain is a haunting exploration of what it means to be human.
 


Black Rock White City
A.S. Patric
$0.00

  Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan's cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children. Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.'What impresses first about A.S. Patric's novel is the assuredness of the writing, his accomplished and confident language. But what is most moving is the humanity of his story, the vividness and truth of his characters' emotional worlds. Black Rock White City is a bold, mature and compassionate novel, and I couldn't put it down.' - Christos Tsiolkas.


Blossoms & Shadows
Lian Hearn
$35.00

Blossoms and Shadows is the story of the birth of modern Japan in the mid 1860s when it is in the grip of a tumultuous revolution. It is told by Tsuru, a young woman who breaks every stereotype of the Japanese lady. Refusing to take on the domestic role that is expected of her, Tsuru embraces the new world. A tale of forbidden love and battling against the conventions of the day, Blossoms and Shadows is an engaging new novel from Lian Hearn, author of the bestselling Tales of the Otori series.


Blossoms and Shadows
Lian Hearn
$34.99

 This is the story of the birth of modern Japan, told by Tsuru, a young woman who breaks every stereotype of the Japanese lady. We meet her on the day of her sister s wedding, and soon realise that she will not accept the same domestic role that her sister is about to take on. Instead, Tsuru is ready to embrace the new world, defend her beliefs, look for love, and follow her career as a doctor working alongside her husband on the battlefields.In the mid 1860s Japan was in the grip of a revolution almost as tumultuous as the French Revolution 100 years earlier, yet we in the West know very little about it. This book lets readers feel they are there among the revolutionaries, guided by the engaging character of Tsuru. By the end of the first chapter readers will feel they know her, and want to fight with her as she battles against the conventions of the day and falls into a forbidden love.


Blue Bloods: Masquerade
Melissa de la Cruz
$16.99

Preparations are under way for the ball of the century. But as any true Blue Blood knows, it’s the after-party that counts and Mimi Force is getting ready to make sure her masquerade ball is the place to be. But Schuyler Van Alen has more on her mind. She is getting closer to finding out what has been preying on the young vampires, and is discovering the deadly secrets hidden by their masks. Masquerade is rich with glamour, attitude and vampire lore, leaving readers thirsting for more.


Blue Bloods: Revelations
Melissa de la Cruz
$16.99

For the Young, Fabulous and Fanged...All is never what it seems. Schuyler Van Alen's blood legacy has just been called into question: is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force. But when an ancient place of power is threatened in Rio de Janeiro, the Blue Bloods need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high, the battle is bloody; and through it all Schuyler is torn between duty and passion, love and freedom. Romance, glamour and vampire lore collide in the highly anticipated third book in best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series.


Blue Bloods: The Van Alen Legacy
Melissa de la Cruz
$16.99

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival.Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.Young, fabulous and fanged, Melissa de la Cruz's vampires unite in this highly anticipated fourth instalment of the Blue Bloods series.


Blueeyedboy
Joanne Harris
$32.95

From the author of Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes comes Blueeyedboy – Joanne Harris’s second psychological thriller. Told through posts on a webjournal called ‘badguysrock’, Blueeyedboy is a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems.Harris makes creative use of all the multiple personalities, disguise and mind games that come with playing out a life on the internet and the result is a provocative and brilliantly atmospheric novel.


Book of Lost Threads
Tess Evans
$27.99

Moss has run away from Melbourne on the trail of a man she knows only by name. She arrives in the small town of Opportunity but manages to disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town’s inhabitants: Finn, a brilliant mathematician; Lily, an eighty-three-year-old knitter of tea cosies; and Sandy, the town buffoon. As the four develop unlikely friendships with each other, they find a way to lay their sorrows to rest and knit together the threads that will restore them to life.


Breaking Away
Anna Gavalda
$0.00

On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings.

But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade.

In this exquisitely told story, Anna Gavalda explores the themes of time passing and the highs and lows of family life, with characteristic wit, warmth, and brilliant characterisation.


Bridget Jones: Mad About Boys
Helen Fielding
$32.95

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.


Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel
$0.00

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a truth that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In a Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.


Brooklyn
Colm Toibin
$22.99

Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a reputable "merchant of Italian origin". Eilis finds lodgings in an eccentric boarding house and ekes out an existence in the cosmopolitan melting pot that is 1950s Brooklyn, impressing her employer, outwitting her landlady, and even falling in love. It seems her dream is truly becoming a reality. But then fate intervenes: a family crisis back home forces Eilis to make a choice between the past and the future, the old world and the new. Told with a masterful and elegant simplicity, Brooklyn is a sublime Trans-Atlantic coming-of-age story by one of the UK's greatest living writers.


Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
$32.99

 

 

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.
 
Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife, and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul. As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes's ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she?
 
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, where every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Caleb's Crossing
Geraldine Brooks
$0.00

In 1665, a young man from Marthaa's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. When Bethia Mayfield, a spirited twelve-year-old living in the rigid confines of an English Puritan settlement - and the daughter of a Calvinist minister - meets Caleb, the young son of a Wampanoag chieftain, the two forge a secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Once again, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks brings to vivid life a shard of little-known history, and through Bethia and Caleb explores the intimate spaces of the human heart.


Campaign Ruby
Jessica Rudd
$32.95

When she gets the email announcing her redundancy, Ruby Stanhope hopes to maintain the composure expected of your average London investment banker.


Caribou Island
David Vann
$24.95

An Alaskan Revolutionary Road, Caribou Island from David Vann, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Legend of a Suicide, is a devastating novel about a marriage, a couple blighted by past shadows and the weight of expectation, of themselves and of each other.  Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest in its depiction of love and disappointment, David Vann's first novel confirms him as one of America's most dazzling writers of fiction.


Carol
Patricia Highsmith
$19.99

Therese first sees Carol in the New York department store where she is working as a sales assistant. Carol is choosing a present for her daughter; she looks preoccupied, exuding an aura of elegance as perfect as a secret. Standing there at the counter, Therese suddenly feels wholly innocent - wholly unprepared for the first shock of love.Therese was nineteen, and loved by a young man she cared about, but could not desire. Carol was a sophisticated married woman. Now Therese seemed to have no other purpose to her life other than their meeting? First published under a pseudonym in 1952, Carol is a love story told with compelling wit and eroticism, and consummate tenderness.  


Chasing Light: A Novel of Antarctica
Jesse Blackadder
$29.99

It's the early 1930s. Antarctic open-sea whaling is booming and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests is in full swing. Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who's been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars's wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her. Loyalties shift and melt and conflicts increase as they pass through the Southern Ocean and reach the whaling grounds. None of the women is prepared for the reality of meeting the whaling fleet and experiencing firsthand the brutality of the icy world. As they head for the continent itself, the race is on for the first woman to land on Antarctica. None of them expect the outcome and none of them know how they will be changed by their arrival. Based on the little-known true story of the first woman to ever set foot on Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder has captured the drama, danger, and magnetic pull of exploring uncharted places in our world and our minds.


CHERUB 12: Shadow Wave
Robert Muchamore
$34.99

 After a tsunami causes massive devastation to a tropical island, its governor sends in the bulldozers to knock down villages, replacing them with luxury hotels.Guarding the corrupt governor's family isn't James Adams' idea of the perfect mission, especially as it's going to be his last as a CHERUB agent. And then retired colleague Kyle Blueman comes up with an unofficial and highly dangerous plan of his own.James must choose between loyalty to CHERUB, and loyalty to his oldest friend.


Children of Liberty
Paullina Simons
$29.99

The long-awaited prequel to Paullina Simon’s beloved classic, The Bronze Horseman is finally here. Before Tatiana and Alexander, there was a forbidden love. At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina sails from Sicily to Boston’s Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, a man searching for his own place in the old world of New England. She is a penniless unrefined immigrant, he a first family Boston blue-blood, yet they are hopelessly drawn to one another. Yet their union would leave a path of destruction in its wake that will swallow two families. The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired...what is chosen and what is bestowed...what is given and what is taken away. Torn and torn apart, Gina and Harry face the cruelest choice of all — between what they cannot have and what they cannot live without.


Circling the Sun
Paula McLain
$29.99

 As a young girl, Beryl Markham was brought to Kenya from Britain by parents dreaming of a new life. For her mother, the dream quickly turned sour, and she returned home; Beryl was brought up by her father, who switched between indulgence and heavy-handed authority, allowing her first to run wild on their farm, then incarcerating her in the classroom. The scourge of governesses and serial absconder from boarding school, by the age of sixteen Beryl had been catapulted into a disastrous marriage - but it was in facing up to this reality that she took charge of her own destiny. Scandalizing high society with her errant behaviour, she left her husband and became the first woman ever to hold a professional racehorse trainer's licence. After falling in with the notoriously hedonistic and gin-soaked Happy Valley set, Beryl soon became embroiled in a complex love triangle with the writer Karen Blixen and big game-hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Blixen's memoir Out of Africa). It was this unhappy affair which set tragedy in motion, while awakening Beryl to her truest self, and to her fate: to fly.


Closer to Stone
Simon Cleary
$0.00

There has never been a deserter in Bas Adams' family - from the Somme to Vietnam.  So when his brother, Jack, is reported missing from his peacekeeping contingent in Western Sahara, Bas knows he must be found.  Their father demands it.

From Queensland's Lockyer Valley to the mountains of southern Algeria, Bas follows Jack's trail deep into the Sahara Desert, and into a world apart. 

Nothing could prepare him for what he finds.


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami
$35.00

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.


Come, Thou Tortoise
Jessica Grant
$24.95

Audrey Flowers, affectionately known as Oddly, lives with her pet tortoise in Oregon. Although she has a low IQ, Audrey is not stupid. She is, however, decidedly unconventional. When her father is struck down by a Christmas tree, she returns to her hometown in Newfoundland. Her Uncle Thoby leaves abruptly after the funeral, leaving distraught Audrey wondering why he left. Before long, she realises there is a mystery to her father’s life and death, and embarks on an extraordinary journey to solve it.


Commonwealth
Ann Patchett
$0.00

A powerful story of two families brought together by beauty and torn apart by tragedy, the new novel by the Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder is her most astonishing yet..It is 1964: Bert Cousins, the deputy district attorney, shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited, bottle of gin in hand. As the cops of Los Angeles drink, talk and dance into the June afternoon, he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, the new baby pressed between them, he sets in motion the joining of two families whose shared fate will be defined on a day seven years later...In 1988, Franny Keating, now twenty-four, has dropped out of law school and is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend beyond her own life into those of her scattered siblings and parents...Told with equal measures of humour and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a powerful and tender tale of family, betrayal and the far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility. A meditation on inspiration, interpretation and the ownership of stories, it is Ann Patchett's most astonishing work to date.


Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Doyle
$35.00

 

It is more than a century since the ascetic, gaunt, and enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes, made his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet. From 1891, beginning with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the now legendary and pioneering Strand Magazine began serialising Arthur Conan Doyle's matchless tales of detection, featuring the incomparable sleuth patiently assisted by his doggedly loyal and lovably pedantic friend and companion, Dr Watson. The stories are illustrated by the remarkable Sydney Paget from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive and who first equipped Holmes with his famous deerstalker hat. The literary cult of Sherlock Holmes shows no sign of fading with time as each new generation comes to love and revere the penetrating mind and ruthless logic which were the undoing of so many Victorian master criminals.
 
This literary classic is beautifully bound in gorgeous red and gold colours and would make a wonderful gift for readers who love the classics.

Concussion
Jeanne Marie Laskas
$24.99

This is the story of one man's fight against a multibillion dollar colossus. A man who stood up for what was right, whatever the cost. The brilliant young forensic pathologist had no idea that the body on the slab in front of him would change his life, and ultimately change the world. The body belonged to legendary American Footballer Mike Webster, whose mental health had rapidly declined after he had stopped playing - he had ended up tasering himself to relieve his chronic back pain and fixing his rotting teeth with Superglue. Dr Bennet Omalu found that the psychosis suffered by "Iron Mike" was no accident. His autopsy unearthed evidence of a trauma-related disease - the direct result of years of blows to the head in games. He knew it would keep killing scores of other sportsmen unless something was done. He believed that the NFL (National Football League), one of the most powerful corporations in America, would welcome the discovery. But it was the one truth they wanted to ignore. Omalu himself became a target.


Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
$19.95

Marion and Shiva Stone, born in a mission hospital in Ethiopia in the 1950s, are twin sons of an illicit union between an Indian nun and British doctor. Bound by birth, but with widely different temperaments, they grow up together in a country on the brink of revolution, until a betrayal splits them apart. But fate has not finished with them, they will be brought together once more, in the sterile surroundings of a hospital theatre. From the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, this is both a richly visceral epic and a riveting family story.


Dark Paradise
Robert Macklin
$35.00

“I have to tell you, Satan lives here.” Norfolk Island resident to the author, 2011.

Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks a peaceful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that idyllic facade is shattered. For all of the 220 years we have known it, Norfolk’s story has been one of darkness, pain, rage, and horror. Long-buried bones and axes hint at the violence before Captain Cook arrived and claimed the place for England — when the horror truly began.

Robert Macklin, author of the bestselling SAS Sniper, tells the vivid, bewitching story of how a unique lifestyle and culture evolved amongst the almost two thousand inhabitants of Norfolk Island. From a brutal penal colony, a refuge for descendants of the Bounty mutineers when they outgrew Pitcairn Island in 1856, to the murder of Janelle Patton in 2002, Norfolk Island is exposed like never before. A place full of shadows and wrongful deaths, its history is a mesmerising tale all the more powerful because it is true.


Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
$19.99

Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away. But what if he didn't do it? The thrilling novel from the award-winning author of Sharp Objects and Gone Girl.


Daughter of Australia
Harmony Verna
$29.99

It's a miracle that the little girl dressed in rags is still breathing when an old miner discovers her in the vast Australian desert. Even more so that he is able to keep her alive long enough to bring her to the town from which she'll take her name: Leonora. Sent to an orphanage, mute with grief and fear, Leonora bonds with James, who fights to protect her until both are sent away. Many years later Leonora is given the chance to return to her beloved Australia where she comes face to face with the boy who encountered many hardships and has grown into a strong, resourceful man. James knows her roots and her heart are here, among the gum trees and red earth, but with Leonora married to another and war testing their courage, will they be able to fight their way back to each other? 


Dead Reckoning
Charlaine Harris
$0.00

 With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack.But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board.


Death in Calabria
Michele Giuttari
$29.99

Calabriais one of the wildest and most beautiful regions in Italy and home to the deadly ‘Ndrangheta – a much-feared organised Mafia crime operation that is shrouded in mystery. When several Calabria citizens turn up dead in New York and in some of the isolated villages that dot the Calabrian countryside, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara is tasked with investigating the murders. He must infiltrate a village deep in the Calabrian mountains and put his life on the line to learn more about a family at the centre of an ancient, bloody feud.


Death Mask
Kathryn Fox
$22.99

In the US, a number of sexual assaults are reported against players in the Jersey Bombers football team. This is the last straw for the management, who decide to bring in an expert to investigate the claims and help reverse the violent culture. They are pointed in the direction of a leading Australian forensic physician, the one person with the expertise for the job: Dr Anya Crichton. Assigned to help Anya with this mission is enigmatic private investigator Ethan 'Catcher' Rye. Together with Ethan, Anya must deftly balance her responsibilities to the Bombers' management with her increasing desire to see the perpetrators of these violent crimes brought to justice. But it is only when the violence hits too close to home, and Anya's mettle is truly tested, that she makes the breakthrough in this investigation with shocking results. Now lives, including her own, are in danger…


Difficult Women
Roxane Gay
$29.99

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.


Disclaimer
Renee Knight
$22.99

 "THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Imagine if the next thriller you opened was all about you. 'An addictive novel with shades of Gone Girl' Sunday Times When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a key character, a main player. This story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knewa"

Discovery of Witches
Deborah Harkness
$0.00

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft.


Dog Gone, Back Soon
Nick Trout
$29.99

From the author of the much-loved The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs comes this wild and delightful ride through another jam-packed week in Eden Falls. When Dr Cyrus Mills inherits his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the appealingly awkward vet quickly found that he actually enjoyed getting to know the eccentric residents of the provincial town and their equally eccentric animals. Now Cyrus is determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its humble competitor.


Dupuytren's Contracture: A tale of distortion and deception
Colin Ball
$39.99

It is the late 1990s. Christian,a charismatic and idealistic friend of the poor and oppressed around the world, lies in a coma, following an operation to cure the condition which is causing his fingers to curl up into a claw. His wife, Claire, begins to have strange dreams, which she believes are subliminal messages from her husband’s still-active brain, and which lead her to embark on a voyage of discovery about him. Dupuytren’s Contracture is an unfolding mystery with a central theme of giving versus grasping and generosity versus greed, symbolised by the fingers of the hand, straight and healthy or bent and diseased.


Elegance Of The Hedgehog
Muriel Barberry
$24.95

 Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with societys expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this faade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turn moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007 with sales of over 900,000 copies to-date. The French publishing phenomenon of 2007 from an initial print run of 4,000, sales of over 900,000 in hardback. Translation rights sold to 34 countries Cited in Paris Match magazine in highlights of 2007 along with the i-phone and facebook Winner of the prestigious 2007 French booksellers award To be published in English simultaneously in UK and US Published in Italy in October 2007 with sales to date of 400,000 AUTHOR: Muriel Bar


Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
$29.99

 From the bestselling author of PREP, AMERICAN WIFE and SISTERLAND comes this brilliant retelling of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, set in modern day Cincinnati. The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development. Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family's BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . . Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he's a reality TV star too. But Chip's friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father's mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn't only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste. But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.


Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
$29.99


Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Chris Cleave
$29.99

 When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is - bewilderingly - made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War - daring us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs, that change us most.

Eyrie
Tim Winton
$22.99

Eyrie is beautifully written and wonderfully funny and marks the return of master storyteller Tim Winton.PEyrie tells the story of Tom Keely, a man whos lost his bearings in middle age and is now holed up in a flat at the top of a grim highrise, looking down on the world hes fallen out of love with. Hes cut himself off, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman he used to know when they were kids, and her introverted young boy. PThe encounter shakes him up in a way that he doesnt understand. Despite himself, Keely lets them in. What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting populated by unforgettable characters. It asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.


Faithful
Alice Hoffman
$29.99

She was disappearing inch by inch, vanishing into thin air, and then one day a postcard arrived ...There was no return address, no signature, only a scrawled message: Say something. Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl growing up on Long Island until one night a terrible road accident brings her life to a halt. While her best friend Helene suffers life-changing injuries, Shelby becomes crippled with guilt and is suddenly unable to see the possibility of a future she'd once taken for granted. But as time passes, and Helene becomes an almost otherworldly figure within the town, seen by its inhabitants as a source of healing, Shelby finds herself attended to by her own guardian angel. A mysterious figure she half-glimpsed the night of the car crash, he now sends Shelby brief but beautiful messages imploring her to take charge of her life once more ...

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When you lose all hope and sense of worth? Shelby, a fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookshops, and men she should stay away from, captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding oneself at last. From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers comes this spellbinding, poignant and life-affirming story of one woman's journey towards happiness - and the power of love, family and fate.


Fallen

$29.95

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim and foreboding Sword & Cross ... only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart. Fallen is an intensely addictive teen novel about fallen angels and forbidden love.


Fifty Shades Darker
E. L. James
$17.95

Romantic, liberating, and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible. But while Grey wrestles with his inner demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own ...


Fifty Shades Freed
E. L. James
$17.95

Romantic, liberating, and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, tragedy and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true ...


Fifty Shades of Grey
E L James
$0.00

 Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view ...


Flight Behaviour
Barbara Kingsolver
$32.99

 

Discontented with her life of poverty on a failing farm in the Eastern United States, Dellarobia, a young mother, impulsively seeks out an affair. Instead, on the Appalachian mountains above her farm, she discovers something much more profoundly life-changing - a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties they have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged?
 
Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical, and deeply human novel, touching on class, poverty, and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.

Flock
Lyn Hughes
$32.99

Two strangers escaping their past, move to the Blue Mountains together, following their dreams of creativity and love; but as Francis pursues his gift for designing exquisite wallpaper, Lilian finds that the ordinary life she craves remains frustratingly beyond reach. Despite her adoring husband and spirited young daughter Adelaide, Lilian cannot outrun her demons, and cracks soon appear in the family’s harmonious veneer.


Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh
$29.99

The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story — it is nothing short of a masterpiece.


Foal's Bread
Gillian Mears
$0.00

 The sound of horses' hooves turns hollow on the farms west of Wirri. If a man can still ride, if he hasn't totally lost the use of his legs, if he hasn't died to the part of his heart that understands such things, then he should go for a gallop. At the very least he should stand at the road by the river imagining that he's pushing a horse up the steep hill that leads to the house on the farm once known as One Tree.


Fool Me Once
Harlan Coben
$32.99

  "The master of the double-twist' The Times If your husband was murdered, And you were a witness, How do you explain it when he appears on your nanny cam? You thought you trusted him. Now you can't even trust yourself. Dark secrets and a terrifying hunt for the truth lie at the heart of this gripping new thriller."


For Her

$65.00

 

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Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller
Olivier Truc
$29.99

Winter is savage and cold in Lapland. When a priceless local relic is stolen from Kautokeino, a village in the middle of the isolated snowy tundra, detectives Klemet Nango — a familiar face in the rural community — and Nina Nansen, fresh out of the local police academy, are called to investigate. There are just a few days until the locals will host a UN World Heritage conference, and Klemet and Nina are under pressure to retrieve the artefact, due to be presented to a world-renowned French scientist as part of the celebrations. When a local reindeer herder is found brutally murdered, Klemet and Nina immediately suspect that the two events are linked. But the villagers don't take too kindly to having their secret histories stirred up and the duo is forced to cross the icy landscapes alone in search of the answers that will lead them to a killer. Set in an alternately savage and dreamlike Lapland, this multiple award-winning, compelling thriller takes the reader to the limits of hypermodernity against the stunning history of a native people struggling to keep their culture alive.


Fractured
Dawn Barker
$29.99

A compelling, emotional knockout debut from a brilliant new Australian author.

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother's worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn't coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They'd come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn't been herself since. One moment she's crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she's just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong...

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.


Freedom
Jonathan Franzen
$32.99

 Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul -- the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbour who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Waltera??s dreams. Together with Walter --environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man -- she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz-outr?? rocker and Waltera??s college best friend and rival-still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become a??a very different kind of neighboura?? -- an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the streeta??s attentive eyes? In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedoma??s intensely realised characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and de


Freedom - $19.99 Edition
Jonathan Franzen
$0.00

 Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Waltera's dreams. Together with Walter-environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man-she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz-outr?


French Seaside Style
Sebastien Siraudeau
$0.00

The fourth title in a successful series, this new book celebrates the enduring popularity of nautically inspired interiors, with a French twist. Azure blue skies and sparkling waves on the horizon are the perfect counterpoints to these cozy interiors inspired by life at the seaside. Natural wood finishes set the tone and are the perfect complement to canvas-inspired upholstery and crisp linens in the fresh hues of summertime. A perfect seashell placed on a coffee table brings back memories of carefree holidays spent by the sea, while frosty gem-colored goblets cool us down even before the first sip of mint julep. The overall impression of these interiors creates a relaxed sense of well-being that feeds the soul, and they are replete with ideas that will infuse the home with serenity and joy.


Fury
Shirley Marr
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“Let me tell you my story. Not just the facts I know you want to hear. If I'm going to tell you my story, I'm telling it my way. This is how it goes. Strap yourself in...” Eliza Boans is spoilt, sarcastic, a total snob, and a bit of a control freak. She has everything: a big house, rich parents, a great education, and a bright future. So, why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?


Girl in Translation
Jean Kwok
$32.95

Kimberly Chang moves with her mother from their home in Hong Kong to New York, but neither speaks a word of English. They live in squalor in Brooklyn, with Kim attending school during the day and working with her mother in a Chinatown sweatshop at night. Exiled by language, estranged in a new culture and weighed down by staggering poverty, Kim must learn to translate not just her language but who she is as she straddles these two very different worlds.


Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
$45.00

Set during the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. 

Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. 

She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. 

An instant classic.


Gone Girl Small Paperback
Gillian Flynn
$0.00


Good Me, Bad Me
Ali Land
$32.99

New Name. New Family. Shiny. New. Me.' Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water . . . She is, after all, her mother's daughter.


Grace's Table
Sally Piper
$22.95

Grace has not had twelve people at her table for a long time. Hers isn’t the kind of family who share regular Sunday meals. But it isn’t every day you turn seventy.
 
As Grace prepares the feast, she reflects on her life, her marriage and her friendships. When the three generations come together, simmering tensions from the past threaten to boil over. The one thing that no one can talk about is the one thing that no one can forget. 
 
Grace’s Table is a moving and often funny novel about the power of memory and the family rituals that define us.

‘A wise and tender novel about food, friendship and marriage.’Kristina Olsson, author of Boy, Lost


Griffith Review 26: Stories for Today

$24.95

Stories for Today features new fiction by established and emerging writers who make sense of the country as it is now, in a borderless, globalised world balanced between crisis and opportunity. Voices from home and the Australian diaspora explore the effects of migration, easy movement, pandemics, recession, connection with Asia, the service economy and more. Including a series of short essays, with questions about why writing fiction matters, how it differs from other forms of communication, and what it contributes to our culture and understanding of ourselves.


Gypset Travel
Julia Chaplin
$65.00

Julia Chaplin has found the gypsy in her soul — and that of quite a number of simpatico others. Following her best-selling 2009 Assouline title, travel writer Julia Chaplin explores the little-known enclaves of gypsy jet-setters around the world. From the Aeolian Islands in Italy to Lamu, Kenya, North Goa in India, and Jos Ignacio, Uruguay, Gypset Travel delves into the glamorous yet casual lifestyle of bohemian wanderers through intimate photography and first-person anecdotes, and is characterised by a fashionable exoticism and down-to-earth ease that is surely the literary reflection of its gypsy-infused writer.


Happy Eva After
Chris Harrison
$29.99

As a teacher at the Fawlty Towers of London language colleges, Sebastian Pink is accustomed to confusion caused by the complexities of the English language. Married to Sarah, a career woman who has long been a workaholic but is now desperate for a baby, Sebastian feels ambivalent about becoming a parent. Sarah has effectively been absent from his life for so long that they've grown apart and these days his social life has come to revolve around his work; walking his dog, Claude; and his obsessive daily completion of the cryptic crossword. When an alluring Czech student called Eva becomes one of Sebastian's students — and inadvertently provides him with the last solution in his morning crossword— he finds himself drawn into a sordid suburban tangle based mainly on his own misinterpretations and feverish imagination. Happy Eva After is a seriously funny comedy about a bloke, his wife, his dog, an alluring young woman with a mysterious past, and the nuances of the English language.


Haven of Obedience
Marina Anderson
$17.99

Twenty-something Londoner Natalie Bowen is envied by many, but her personal life is a disaster. Men don’t seem to be able to cope with her career success and Natalie is beginning to think she'll never find real happiness. Then she hears about an exclusive retreat called The Haven, a place that specialises in introducing you to pleasures you could never have imagined. Shocked at the idea, but unable to resist finding out more, Natalie decides it's time to put her fears behind her. Once at The Haven, she meets the enigmatic and disciplined Simon, a man who is used to getting what he wants. Finally, Natalie may very well have met her match...
 
If you devoured 50 Shades of Grey you’ll lose yourself in the Haven of Obedience! 

Heart of Darkness (Wordsworth Collection)
Joseph Conrad
$6.95

Continuing with the political theme of this month’s recommendations, Heart of Darkness is a chilling tale of horror capable of many interpretations. Set in the Congo during the period of rapid colonial expansion in the 19th century, Heart of Darkness deals with the highly disturbing effects of economic, social, and political exploitation of European and African societies, and the cataclysmic behaviour this induced in many individuals. This classic may only be 80 pages, but it packs a serious punch and remains a bestseller after over 100 years on the market.


Hearts and Minds
Amanda Craig
$24.99

Raging with moralistic passion, Hearts and Minds centres human rights lawyer Polly and her quest to investigate what happened to her missing au pair, Iryna. Woven intricately into Polly’s fate is Job, an illegal Zimbabwean mini-cab driver; political magazine assistant Katie, an American trying to find herself; and fifteen year old Anna, unaware of the horrors that wait in her new life. As the characters lives collide, the layers of London life get stripped bare, and nothing is as it seems.


Hector & the Search for Happiness: The First of Hector’s Journeys
Francois Lelord
$19.95

Hector is a successful young psychiatrist who’s very good at treating patients that are in real need of his help. But many people he sees are simply dissatisfied with their lives, and Hector can’t do much for them. It’s beginning to depress him. So when a patient tells him he looks in need of a holiday, Hector decides to set off on a worldwide search to find out what makes people everywhere happy (and sad), and whether the secret of true happiness really exists.


His Story - A Novel Memoir - The Life and Times of Dick O’Toole
Nigel Gray
$44.95

This original literary tour-de-force is a unique blend of memoir, faction, fiction, and radical social and political history that is funny, tragic, playful, iconoclastic, and satirical. The revelations are profound, the humour is black, and the style is a breeze. Dick O’Toole is a rogue floundering on the assault course of life. His attempts at making the world a better place and his ‘doggedness’ in defending the underdog invariably lead to anguish and failure, but our protagonist comes up smelling of roses. Readers are advised to fasten their seat belts: they’re in for a wild ride.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All
Jonas Jonasson
$29.99

 A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW and THE GIRL WHO SAVED THE KING OF SWEDEN. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START AGAIN. AND AGAIN. It's always awkward when five thousand kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in south Stockholm, it's particularly awkward because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven. Per Persson, the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business, and preferably not get murdered. Johanna Kjellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation, and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing five thousand kronor, and an excellent idea . . . Featuring one violent killer, two shrewd business brains and many crates of Moldovan red wine, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is an outrageously zany story with as many laughs as Jonasson's multimillion-copy bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
 

House Rules
Jodi Picoult
$32.99

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who has an obsessive focus on forensic analysis. He keeps a police scanner in his room, always showing up at crime scenes telling the cops what they need to do. And he’s usually right. But when his tutor is found dead, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. The police take his reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches and inappropriate gestures as signs of guilt. And so begins his family’s daunting task to prove his innocence.


How I Became a Famous Novelist
Steven Hely
$19.95

What Pete Tarslaw wants is simple enough:

Fame. Realistic amount. 
 
Financial comfort. Never have a job again. Retire. 
 
Humiliate ex-girlfriend at her wedding.
 
Sick of life as he knows it, Tarslaw sets out to write a bestselling novel, armed with a formula for success cobbled together from previous bestseller lists. Once the sales ranking for The Tornado Ashes Club starts its meteoric rise, his inevitable decline looms – and his fall from grace will be nothing short of spectacular.
 
How I Became a Famous Novelist is the hilarious tale of how Pete Tarslaw's 'pile of garbage' became the most talked about, read, admired and reviled novel in America. It will change everything you think you know – about literature, appearance, truth, beauty, and those people out there who still care about books. 

I Always Loved You: A Novel
Oliveira Robin
$29.99

'Paint love, he once said to her. You must always paint love.'

The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Her father is imploring her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships. In I Always Loved You, Robin Oliveira brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Bell Époque Paris, writing with grace and uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.

'What a joy it is to be back in Bell Époque Paris with my old artist friends, guided by the masterful pen of Robin Oliveira whose finely crafted language brings to light the complicated relationships of four of the principals of the Impressionist movement  Cassatt, Degas, Manet, Morisot. Only an omniscient narrator has the latitude to disclose the private yearnings and fears of these four as they grapple with issues of art execution, scathing reviews, self-doubt, elusive fame, tempestuous love, and creeping morality. Here, in beautiful prose, juicy with nuance and depth, is the intimate, heart-wrenching story behind Impressionist art history, with Mary Cassatt at its center. A glorious achievement.' Susan Vreeland, author of Luncheon of the Boating Party 

 

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I Am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
$19.99

 Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder  and Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.


In Falling Snow
Mary-Rose MacColl
$29.90

Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day an invitation comes for Iris through the post to a reunion in France, where she served in a hospital during WWI. Determined to go, Iris is overcome by the memories of the past, when as a shy, naive young woman she followed her fifteen-year-old brother, Tom, to France in 1914 intending to bring him home. On her way to find Tom, Iris comes across the charismatic Miss Ivens, who is setting up a field hospital in the old abbey of Royaumont, north of Paris. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay at Royaumont, and it is there that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love. But war is a brutal thing, and when the ultimate tragedy happens there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay, a price that will echo down the generations. A moving and uplifting novel about the small, unsung acts of heroism of which love makes us capable of. 


In Search of the Blue Tiger
Robert Power
$29.95

Eleven year old Oscar Flowers is on a quest to make sense of the strange world of adults that surround him in the seaside town of Tidetown. The bizarre behaviour of his parents and great aunt impels him to search for the blue tiger, a powerful and beautiful animal that will save his family from themselves. Mrs April, the town’s librarian, helps Oscar in his pursuit of knowledge and generously shares her great love of books with him. A deep and wondrous friendship develops. Yet as Oscar falls under the influence of his peers, the fishmonger’s peculiar twin daughters, Perch and Carp, he becomes embroiled in a dark crime of vengeance with seemingly disastrous consequences.


In the Quiet
Eliza Henry-Jones
$29.99

'The absence of aching is a sort of ache in itself. I'm terrified of the day when they stop saying my name. Calling to me. Because maybe I'm only here, anchored, in order to hear them.'

Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property. As the months pass and her children grow, they cope in different ways, drawn closer and pulled apart by their shared loss. And all Cate can do is watch on helplessly, seeing their grief, how much they miss her and how — heartbreakingly  they begin to heal.

Gradually unfolding to reveal Cate's life, her marriage, and the unhappy secret she shared with one of her children, In the Quiet is compelling, simple, tender, true  heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure. 


Indelible Ink: A Novel
Fiona McGregor
$32.95

Marie King has grown accustomed to life on Sydney’s affluent north shore. But now she’s divorced, her kids have moved out, and the family house needs to be sold. On a drunken whim, Marie gets a tattoo – and strikes up an unlikely friendship with her tattoo artist, Rhys. Marie’s transformation mortifies her children, but they have their own challenges to tackle. Incredible Ink is a multi-layered examination of how we live now, in which one family becomes a microcosm for the changes operating in society at large.


Inferno
Dan Brown
$19.99

'Seek and ye shall find.' With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings. A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon's knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers. With only a few lines from Dante's dark and epic masterpiece, The Inferno, to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artefacts of the Renaissance to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat.

Set against an extraordinary landscape inspired by one of history's most ominous literary classics, Inferno is Dan Brown's most compelling and thought-provoking novel yet, a breathless race-against-time thriller that will grab you from page one and not let you go until you close the book.


Inheritance
Nicholas Shakespeare
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Andy Larkham is late for the funeral of his favourite teacher, who once told him: ‘It’s hard work being anyone’. This is especially true for Andy – stuck in a dead-end job, terminally short of cash and with a fiancée who is about to ditch him. Suddenly, he inherits £17,000,000. Both a love story and a tragedy of betrayal and missed opportunities, Inheritance explores the temptations of unexpected wealth, the secrets of damaged families, and the price of being true to oneself.


Island Beneath The Sea
Isabel Allende
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 Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, ZaritC) -- known as TC)tC) -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, TC)tC) finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, itb2s with powdered wigs in his trunks and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his fatherb2s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. Against the merciless backdrop of sugar cane fields, the lives of TC)tC) and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When the bloody revolution of Toussaint Louverture arrives at the gates of Saint Lazare, they flee the island that will become Haiti for the decadence and opportunity of New Orleans. There, TC)tC) finally forges a new life - but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not so easily severed. Spanning four decades, ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA is the moving story of one womanb2s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been so battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.


Jack of Diamonds
Bryce Courtenay
$45.00

If poker was an addiction then music was an overwhelming obsession; one could never replace the other in my life. 

During the Great Depression there was little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica, won by his brutal drunken father in a late-night card game. Jack makes music as a way of escaping his surroundings, and his talent leads him to a jazz club and, eventually, to the jazz piano.

Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe, and Las Vegas, where he is caught up in the world of elite poker and falls under the spell of his boss, the enigmatic Bridgett Fuller. Vegas is a hard town ruled by the Mafia, but Jack prospers, until his luck turns bad and he falls foul of the Mob. Forced to run for his life from Vegas, he must also leave the woman he adores. His adventuring takes him to the far reaches of Africa, to a rare and valuable bird that may seal his fate – and to the love of a very different woman.

Set across three continents, Jack of Diamonds is a spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption and love.

 


Jasper Jones
Craig Silvey
$23.99

 Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.


Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.


And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his hear


Juliet
Anne Fortier
$32.99

 When a young woman inherits the key to a safety deposit box in Siena, she is told it will lead to an old family treasure. But her mysterious inheritance leads her on a perilous journey into the past - and to the true history of her ancestor, Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo turned medieval Siena upside down. As she crosses paths with descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud that inspired Shakespearea??s famous tale, it becomes clear that the notorious curse a??A plague on both your housesa?? is still at work, and that she is the next target. Both an inspired reimagining of the greatest love story ever told and a romantic, heart-pumping thriller, Juliet intertwines the fates of two fascinating women who lived centuries apart into one unforgettable tale no true romantic will be able to resist. Already a bestseller in Italy and Germany, Juliet is set to win the hearts of readers in 30 other countries - and film rights have been snapped up by Universal. a?? ... A love story that reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman.a?? PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) a??Delightfully original - and the kind of thing you wish you had thought up yourself. We will never see Romeo and Juliet in quite the same way again..a??. NYT bestelling author ALISON WEIR


Killing Adonis
J.M. Donellan
$29.99

LIGHT DUTIES 
LARGE PAY 
NO QUESTIONS ASKED ... OR ANSWERED 

After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose son of the eccentric Vincetti family. She soon discovers that the Vincetti’s labyrinthine mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray him to be. As well, Marilyn Monroe keeps showing up, unaware she’s very much deceased. And there’s something very strange about the story that Elijah’s brother Jack is writing … 


Land of Painted Caves
Jean M. Auel
$0.00

Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news.


Larkswood
Valerie Mendes
$29.99

Larkswood House. The very name suggests birdsong, peace, and elegance. Home to the Hamilton children — Edward, Cynthia, and Harriet — who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided. More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate. There, for the first time, she meets her grandfather, Edward, home after decades in India. But as Louisa begins to fall under the spell of Larkswood, she realises it holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before. Will she find the courage to unravel the dark secrets of the past? And can Larkswood ever become home to happiness again?


Last Night at Chateau Marmont
Lauren Weisberger
$29.99

Heartbreak, headlines and Hermes - welcome to Brooke′s new world...

Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York - she′s the breadwinner working two jobs and he′s the struggling musician husband. Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success - and their life changes for ever.

Soon they are moving in exclusive circles, dining at the glitziest restaurants, attending the most outrageous parties in town and jetting off to the trendiest hotspots in LA.

But Julian′s new-found fame means that Brooke must face the savage attentions of the ruthless paparazzi. And when a scandalous picture hits the front pages, Brooke′s world is turned upside down. Can her marriage survive the events of that fateful night at Chateau Marmont? It′s time for Brooke to decide if she′s going to sink or swim...


Life After Life
Kate Atkinson
$19.99

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.


Life of Pi
Yann Martel
$19.99

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wide, wild Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, one zebra (with broken leg), an orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker, and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy.

As the 'crew' begin to assert their natural places in the food chain, Pi's fear mounts, and he must use all his wit and daring to develop an understanding with his fellow survivors.

Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, an astonishing work of imagination that will delight and stun readers in equal measures. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe. 


Lila
Marilynne Robinson
$29.99

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church -- the only available shelter from the rain -- and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonise the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.


Little Fish are Sweet
Matthew Condon
$32.95

 Little Fish Are Sweet is Matthew Condon's extraordinary personal account of writing the Three Crooked Kings trilogy. When Condon first interviewed disgraced former police commissioner Terry Lewis, he had no idea that it would be the start of a turbulent six-year journey. As hundreds of people came forward to share their powerful and sometimes shocking stories, decades of crime and corruption were revealed in a new light. Risking threats and intimidation, Condon tirelessly pursued his investigations into a web of cold murder cases and past conspiracies. What he discovered is much more sinister than anyone could have imagined.


Lone Wolf
Jodi Picoult
$0.00

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?


Lost & Found
Brooke Davis
$26.99

At seven years old, Millie Bird realises that everything is dying around her. She wasn't to know that after she had recorded twenty-seven assorted creatures in her Book of Dead Things her dad would be a Dead Thing, too.

Agatha Pantha is eighty-two and has not left her house since her husband died. She sits behind her front window, hidden by the curtains and ivy, and shouts at passers-by, roaring her anger at complete strangers. Until the day Agatha spies a young girl across the street.

Karl the Touch Typist is eighty-seven when his son kisses him on the cheek before leaving him at the nursing home. As he watches his son leave, Karl has a moment of clarity. He escapes the home and takes off in search of something different.

Three lost people needing to be found. But they don't know it yet. Millie, Agatha, and Karl are about to break the rules and discover what living is all about.


Love in a Cold Climate: Popular Penguins
Nancy Mitford
$9.95

Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate is a wickedly funny satire, brilliantly lampooning upper-class society. When Polly, a beautiful aristocrat, declares her love for her married, lecherous uncle  who also happens to be her mother's former lover  she sparks off a scandal that has both disastrous and delicious consequences. Love in a Cold Climate is an unforgettable tale of the absurdities and obsessions of the elite.


Love is the Answer
Tracy Madden
$24.99

Peach Avenel is a broken woman. She thought she had a loving marriage. She thought she would be starting a family. She thought she had a successful career. She was wrong. She has a life that no longer fits, filled with broken dreams. When a tumbled down house with a neglected garden comes into her life by serendipitous circumstances, Peach feels something stir within her and although she prefers Jimmy Choo shoes to gum boots, she is drawn to the house and the garden. What unfolds is a story of humour and love. Of cupcakes and cactus. And of a young woman learning about herself and finding that, sometimes, you need to break open to find who you really are.


Lover Husband Father Monster
Elise & Graeme Johnstone
$0.00

 A chilling story of the disintegration of a marriage, Lover, Husband, Father, Monster traces the fragmentation of the relationship between Jennifer - law graduate, wife and mother - and Stuart, successful Dublin businessman, husband and father. Reacting to his domineering approach, she finds solace in a former lover. His trust betrayed, Stuart vows to hurt her in a way she'll never forget. In a finale that shocks everyone to the core, he does. Told in two voices, 'Lover, Husband, Father, Monster' outlines how a marriage with even the best of intentions can become engulfed in tragedy. This is a story that stays with the reader long after the book is finished.


Lucinda's Whirlwind
Louise Limerick
$0.00

 Lucinda Ellis has never really mastered the knack for dealing with people. So she usually avoids them. Until her sister, Jayne, takes a sudden trip to America and Lucinda's perfectly ordered life is thrown into chaos. With Jayne's husband stranded in a remote Aboriginal community, Lucinda is forced to take charge of Jayne's children and their ridiculous little dachshund, Wilma. Then there is the malingering presence of teenage Emo Wesley Heslop, who's taken up residence on the living room couch, the mysterious disappearance of a stuffed eclectus parrot from the museum where she works, and the disarming affections of Madison's challenging 'second-best' friend, Kieran Waterford.


Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute
Maggie Groff
$27.95

When an American cult moves to the Gold Coast, freelance journalist Scout Davis's investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult's bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous. Meanwhile, someone is cutting up girls' underwear at an exclusive school and Scout agrees to look into it. The sinister secret behind the vandalism is not nice. Not at all. But Scout has her secrets too. In the dead of night she sneaks out with an underground group of yarn bombers to decorate the locality with artworks. Scout has a sneaking suspicion that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail.


Maestra
L.S Hilton
$29.99

Set in the exotic palaces and yachts of Europe's seriously wealthy, Maestra is a shockingly original thriller. With a heroine as wickedly perceptive as Amy Dunne and as dangerous as Lisbeth Salander, this marks the beginning of a razor-sharp and meteoric sequence of novels that will have readers around the world on the edge of their seats and holding their breath.


Maine
Courtney Sullivan
$19.99

 

The Kelleher clan's beachfront holiday house creaks under a weight of secrets. It's a place where cocktails follow morning mass, children eavesdrop, and ancient grudges fester. One summer, three generations of Kelleher women descend on the shore. Kathleen, finally sober, hoped never to set foot there again. Maggie, pregnant, has left her useless boyfriend. Ann-Marie, bound to the family by marriage, fantasises about an extra-marital affair. In the middle of all this is matriarch Alice, who drinks to forget her failings as a parent and the events of a single night, decades before. 
 
These mothers and daughters are by turns fierce and loving, cruel and unforgiving, and through their shared history and private dreams, Maine lays bare the paradoxical nature of family and the love that we are bound to, no matter how savage the storm.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Helen Simonson
$32.99

The retired Major Ernest Pettigrew leads a quiet life in a small English village. He values the proper things that Englishmen have treasured for generations – honour, duty and a properly brewed cup of tea. His brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village, Mrs Jasmina Ali. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more – a development that isn’t well received by the outraged village.


Managing Death
Trent Jamieson
$19.99

Steven and Lissa may have stopped a regional apocalypse, but that's only the beginning. People are dying in the brutal summer heat - and someone is trying to kill Steven de Selby. This is the second of the ‘Death Works Novels’ a darkly absorbing continuation of the debut ‘Death Most Definite’. Featuring the irresistible protagonist Steven de Selby, find out why “death is his business”.


Me & Rory Macbeath
Richard Beasley
$29.99

Adelaide, 1977: the year Elvis died. And the year twelve-year-old Jake Taylor meets Rory Macbeath. Until then, Jake's world was small, revolving around his street, his school, and the courthouse where his mum, Harry, was a barrister. His best friend lives only a few houses away. For them, daylight is for spinning a cricket ball, riding bikes around the neighbourhood, and swimming at the pool until their skin is wrinkled and the zinc on their noses has washed away. But then Rory Macbeath moves into the red-brick house at the end of Rose Avenue and everything changes.
 
At first Jake has his doubts about Rory. But after long days and nights of swimming, fishing, and daring each other into trouble, Jake discovers Rory has talents and courage beyond anyone he's ever known. Then, early one evening, Rory disappears. And everyone on Rose Avenue is about to discover why. For Jake and Rory, nothing will ever be the same.
 
‘While this novel stands firmly on it's own feet, it's hard not to compare it to To Kill A Mocking Bird’ — review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books (read more of this review at www.facebook.com/HachetteAustralia).

Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
$19.99

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


Meltdown

$32.95

For Jimmy Corby, money was the new Rock 'n'Roll. His whole life was a party, adrenalinecharged and cocaine fuelled. If he hadn't metMonica he would probably have ended up eitherdead or in rehab. But Jimmy was as lucky in loveas he was at betting on dodgy derivatives, soinstead of burning out, his star just burnedbrighter than ever. Rich, pampered and successfulJimmy, Monica and their friends lived the dream,but when the global financial crisis hits, Jimmydiscovers what it's really like to handle failure.

Merciless Gods
Christos Tsiolkas
$32.99

Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, brutality, sacrifice, and revelation... This incendiary collection of stories from acclaimed writer Christos Tsiolkas, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda, takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, and introduces you to characters who will never let you go and situations that will haunt you forever.

'... one of the most significant contemporary storytellers at work today.' Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn

'... there is not a more important writer working in Australia today.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher

'One of the most astute chroniclers and critics of our age and culture, Tsiolkas is a passionate, poetic, political polemicist, but his critiques take the form of enthralling stories that are peopled with characters that bounce off the page.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Tsiolkas is a hard-edged, powerful writer ... leaves us exhausted but gasping with admiration.' Washington Post

'The sheer energy of Tsiolkas' writing -- its urgency and passion and sudden jags of tenderness -- is often an end in itself: a thrilling, galvanising reminder of the capacity of fiction to speak to the world it inhabits.' James Bradley, Monthly


Milk Fever
Lisa Reece-Lane
$32.95

Julia Heath is experiencing a tree-change nightmare. She suspects her yoga-teacher husband of having an affair, her mother-in-law is coming to stay, and her son is obsessed with flies. But Julia soon falls under the spell of Tom – a handsome yet troubled dairy farmer. When Julia’s husband sets out to cure Tom’s migraines and memory lapses, all three lives become entwined. Milk Fever explores the healing nature of relationships and how, ultimately, we are all necessary to each other.


Missing You
Harlan Coben
$32.99

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiance Jeff, the man who shattered her heart eighteen years ago. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved — her former fiance, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.


More Than You Can Say
Paul Torday
$32.99

The bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen returns with a Buchan-esque thriller. A late night gambling session ends in a bet for Richard Gaunt: can he walk to Oxford by lunchtime the next day? Gaunt sets off and as morning breaks and the dreaming spires near, his evening's winnings look set to double. When men in a Jeep reverse into him, scooping him off the roadside, Gaunt's life takes a very strange turn.  


Mortal Remains
Kathy Reichs
$32.95

 When Tempe is called to the scene of an autoerotic death, she has little idea of the tangled chain of events that will follow. Because the man whose body she is examines apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam 40 years before. So who is buried in the soldier's grave? Tempe's investigations take her to Honolulu where she is caught up not only in the mystery of the unidentified body in the soldier's grave, but also dragged into investigating who, or what, killed the young men whose body parts have floated up onto a popular Hawaiian beach. And as Tempe gradually unravels the tangled threads of the mystery, it becomes clear that there are some who would rather the past stays dead and buried. And when Tempe proves difficult to frighten, they turn their attention to the person who means more to her than anyone else in the world.


Mr Rosenblum's List
Natasha Solomons
$29.99

Through study and application the tenacious Jack Rosenblum intends to become a Very English Gentleman. Jack is compiling a list – a comprehensive guide to the manners and customs of his new home. Apart from the occasional curse he never speaks German, believing assimilation to be the secret of success. However, his bid to blend in remains fraught with unexpected hurdles even though the war ended eight years ago. His wife, Sadie, doesn’t want to forget their past, but Jack is convinced they can find a place to call home.


Mr Wigg
Inga Simpson
$26.99

It's the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he'll see her again. He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it's on, watching the cricket. It's a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town, but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat, and hear his stories. And there's a special project he has to finish... It's a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he'll give it a go, as he always has.

"A novel that celebrates the small things in life by a fresh Australian voice."


Mudwoman
Joyce Carol Oates
$29.99

Mudgirl is a child abandoned by her mother in the silty flats of the Black Snake River. Cast aside, Mudgirl survives by an accident of fate — or destiny. After her rescue, she slowly forgets her own origin; her past is erased, her future uncertain. The well-meaning couple who adopt Mudgirl quarantine her poisonous history behind the barrier of their Quaker values: compassion, modesty, and hard work, seemingly sealing it off forever. But the bulwark of the present proves surprisingly vulnerable to the agents of the past. Meredith ‘M.R.’ Neukirchen is the first woman president of a prestigious Ivy League university; her commitment to her career and moral fervour for her role are all-consuming. Involved with a secret lover whose feelings for her are teasingly undefined, and concerned with the intensifying crisis of the American political climate as the United States edges toward a declaration of war with Iraq, M.R. is confronted with challenges to her professional leadership which test her in ways she could not have anticipated. The fierce idealism and intelligence that delivered her from a more conventional life in her upstate New York hometown now threaten to undo her. A reckless trip upstate thrusts M.R. into an unexpected psychic collision with Mudgirl and the life she believes she has left behind. A powerful exploration of the enduring claims of the past, Mudwoman is at once a psychic ghost-story and an intimate portrait of an individual who breaks, but finds a way to heal herself.


My Brilliant Friend
Elena Ferrante
$22.99

My friendship with Lila began the day we decided to go up the dark stairs that led, step after step, flight after flight, to the door of Don Achille's apartment... I waited to see if Lila would have second thoughts and turn back. I knew what she wanted to do; I had hoped that she would forget about it, but in vain. My Brilliant Friend is a ravishing, wonderfully written novel about a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship. There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante's prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.


My Brother Jack
George Johnston
$14.99

If you haven’t read this great Australian classic do yourself a favour and pick up a copy today! Available in this beautifully designed Australian Classics series or as an ebook from the Mary Ryan’s website, My Brother Jack is a vivid and enthralling look at life in post-war suburban Melbourne, and is a must-read for fans of Australian literature.   

“The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.”

David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war. Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece.

The story continues in the sequels Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay.


My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
$29.99

A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette. 

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, the new novel by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother. Everyone remembers the smell of their grandmother's house. Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them. But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally? Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown? Seven-year-old Elsa does. Some might call Elsa's granny 'eccentric', or even 'crazy'. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny's stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway. As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they'd like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own . . .


My Name is Memory
Ann Brashares
$32.99

Daniel has ‘the memory’ – the ability to recall past lives and recognise the reincarnated souls he has known. It’s both a gift and a curse. He and Lucy have been drawn together over and over, life after reincarnated life. But the force that draws them together always tears them painfully and fatally apart. A magical and suspenseful story of true love, My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.


My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff
$27.99

1996. Joanna Rakoff takes a job  her first  at one of New York's oldest literary agencies. On her first day, her boss  a commanding woman in her sixties who has been there for three decades  gives her a stern talk about someone named 'Jerry'. She is never to give out Jerry's address or phone number, or talk to reporters about Jerry, or to call him with questions. It is only then she notices an entire wall of books containing myriad editions of the works of J. D. Salinger. Oh, she thinks. That Jerry. Filled with titanic personalities and legendary authors, including the mysterious and iconic J. D. Salinger, My Salinger Year is a vivid, funny, and charming coming-of-age story about a young woman trying to find her feet, and her voice. It is also a love letter to the vanishing world of old-fashioned publishing.


Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
$19.99

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life, and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, cholera, and beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age and prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: "My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity." Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' Geordie Williamson, The Australian

'A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' Michael Williams, The Guardian.


Nest
Inga Simpson
$27.99

Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons. When a girl in Henry's class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry's age she lost her father and her best friend Michael  both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they're talking about it again. Everyone is waiting  for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.


Never Go Back
Lee Child
$32.95

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. Will he be sorry he went back? Or - will someone else?


Night School: Jack Reacher 21
Lee Child
$32.99

 "In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air- 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from? It's 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there's a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big. Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It's a school with only three students- Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he's selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine. "

Nine Days
Toni Jordan
$29.99

 It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn't quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business — your own and everyone else's — as usual. Young Kip Westaway, failed scholar, stablehand, and proud new owner of a lucky shilling, is living the most important day of his life. 

 
Over the next seventy years the nine members of the Westaway clan will each experience their own momentous, transformative day. For Kip, for his adored sister Connie, and for all the people they love, these nine days will show them exactly who they are.

Nutshell
Ian McEwan
$32.99

 Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master.

Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. 

Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.


Oddfellows
Nicholas Shakespeare
$14.99

On 1 January 1915, ramifications from the First World War, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill, Australia, when in a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded. It was the annual picnic day in Broken Hill and a thousand citizens were dressed for fun when the only enemy attack to occur on Australian soil during World War I, took them by surprise. Nicholas Shakespeare has turned this little known piece of Australian history into a story for our time.


Oh Mexico!: Love and adventure in Mexico City
Lucy Neville
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Graduating from university, Lucy Neville faces a dilemma: find a job or disappear to Latin America, the exotic land of her childhood dreams?She arrives in Mexico City with little money and only basic Spanish. Her to-do list is simple enough: get a job, find a place to live, then master the language.


One Hundred Days of Happiness
Fausto Brizzi
$29.99

What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it's a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have - by making every moment count. Womanizing, imperfect, but loveable, Lucio Battistini has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping in the stock room of his father-in-law's bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio's life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn't felt in years. From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man he's always meant to be. In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucio's remaining days on earth, One Hundred Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Wistful, often hilarious, and always delectable, One Hundred Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.


Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz
$19.99

Do you need my help? It was the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from an orphanage. Raised and trained in a top-secret programme, he was sent to bad places to do things the government denied ever happened. Then he broke with the programme, using what he'd learned to vanish. Now he helps the desperate and deserving. But someone's on his trail. Someone who knows his past and believes that the boy once known as Orphan X must die . . . Praise for Orphan X


Our Kind of Traitor
John Le Carre
$0.00

 Two young lovers find themselves in the darkening basement of an anonymous house in Bloomsbury. In the same room sit two members of Britain's intelligence service. And they want information. 


The couple, Perry and Gail, have just returned from holiday in the Caribbean where they met the mysterious Dima, a Russian millionaire in fear for his life. The Russian thinks that only the unlikely figure of Perry can save him. And Dima has cash - and he is prepared to pay. 

Their meeting will propel Perry and Gail on a terrifying journey from London to Paris and on to a safe house deep in the Swiss Alps. When there is that much money at stake, and a British government that needs it that badly, certain sacrifices, even if it means a life or two, will have to be made...


Our Souls At Night
Kent Haruf
$19.99

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Paris
Edward Rutherfurd
$32.99

City of love. City of splendour. City of terror. City of dreams.

Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale of four families across the centuries: from the lies that spawn the noble line of de Cygne to the revolutionary Le Sourds who seek their destruction; from the Blanchards whose bourgeois respectability offers scant protection against scandal to the hard-working Gascons and their soaring ambitions. Over hundreds of years, these four families are bound by forbidden loves and marriages of convenience; dogged by vengeance and murderous secrets; torn apart by the irreconcilable differences of birth and faith, and brought together by the tumultuous history of their city. The story of Paris bursts to life in the intrigue, corruption, and glory of its people. Beloved author Edward Rutherfurd illuminates Paris as only he can, capturing the romance and everyday drama of the men and women who, in two thousand years, transformed a humble trading post on the muddy banks of the Seine into the most celebrated city in the world.


Paris Vendetta

$32.99

Cotton Malone awakes to find a stranger in his house, bearing bad news: Malone's closest and most dangerous friend, Henrik Thorvaldsen, is in trouble. Thorvaldsen has been tracking a shadowy group called the Paris Club. Not only does he believe that they are about to trigger a global financial meltdown, but also that one of the club’s members murdered his son. Malone soon discovers that the key to defeating the conspiracy and saving his friend’s life - and his own - lies in the past.

Past The Shallows
Favel Parrett
$0.00

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn't helping out on the boat they explore the coast and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water.Everyday their dad battles the unpredictable ocean to make a living. He is a hard man, a bitter drinker who harbours a devastating secret that is destroying him. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to leave home and so are forced to live under the dark cloud of their father's mood, trying to stay as invisible as possible whenever he is home. Harry, the youngest, is the most vulnerable and it seems he bears the brunt of his father's anger.


Peaches for Monsieur le Cure
Joanne Harris
$0.00

It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But Vianne is completely unprepared for what she finds there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the square little tower of the church of Saint-Jerme like a piece on a chessboard - slender, bone-white and crowned with a silver crescent moon - a minaret. Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa that have brought big changes to the community. Father Reynaud, Vianne's erstwhile adversary, is now disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him?


Personal
Lee Child
$32.99

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris and then to London. The stakes have never been higher  because this time, it's personal.


Phantom
Jo Nesbo
$32.95

Summer. A boy is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells toll. Autumn. Former police inspector Harry Hole returns to Oslo after three years abroad. He seeks out his old boss at Police Headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed: the young junkie was in all likelihood shot dead by a fellow addict. Yet, Harry is granted permission to visit the boy's alleged killer in jail. There, he meets himself and his own history. What follows is the solitary investigation of what appears to be the first impossible case in Harry Hole's career. And while Harry is searching, the murdered boy continues his story. A man walks the dark streets of Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a Phantom.


Picnic in Provence
Elizabeth Bard
$29.99

Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence. In Lunch in Paris, Elizabeth Bard fell in love with a handsome Frenchman and moved to the City of Light. In this mouthwatering follow-up, the couple and their newborn son bid farewell to Paris for rural life in a tiny village in Provence land of blue skies, lavender fields, and peaches that taste like sunshine. This is the story of how they embarked on a new adventure and became culinary entrepreneurs, starting an artisanal ice cream shop and experimenting with local ingredients like saffron, sheep's milk yogurt and olive oil. Along the way, challenges abound, from renovating a historic cottage to navigating new motherhood (French style), but Elizabeth meets them with her trademark honesty and humour. Full of discoveries, mishaps, feasts, and recipes, Picnic in Provence is about everything that happens after the happily ever after, and reminds us that life, in and out of the kitchen, is a rendezvous with the unexpected. 


Pictures of You
Caroline Leavitt
$0.00

In one unforgettable moment, four lives are changed forever. As one woman runs from her past, another tries to escape her future; a young boy holds close a terrible secret; and a father does everything he can to protect him. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, how well do we really know those we love - and how do we forgive the unforgiveable?


Police
Jo Nesbo
$32.95


Political Awakenings: Conversations with History
Harry Kreisler (Editor)
$29.95

As a kid, Noam Chomsky handed out the Daily Mirror at his uncle’s newsstand on 72nd Street, inadvertently finding himself in a buzzing intellectual and political hub for European immigrants in New York. Iranian human rights Nobelist Shirin Ebadi and her husband signed their own legal contract, attempting to restore equality to their marriage after the Iranian Revolution effectively erased the legal rights of women. Elizabeth Warren set out to expose those frauds declaring bankruptcy and taking advantage of the system—only to discover, in her research, a very different story of hard-working middle-class families facing economic collapse in the absence of a social safety net. While studying at Oxford, a young Tariq Ali made a bet with a friend that he could work the Vietnam War into every single answer on his final exams.


Portrait of a Spy
Daniel Silva
$0.00

For Gabriel Allon and his wife Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a romantic weekend in London. But nothing is ever that simple when you're an off-duty spy and assassin. A pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has put him on edge and when Gabriel notices a man exhibiting several traits common to suicide bombers, he follows him into the Covent Garden throng. He's determined to prevent the carnage he fears is about to take place, but before Gabriel can draw his sidearm, he is knocked to the pavement by two plain-clothes police officers. A moment later he looks up to find a scene from his nightmares. From the streets of New York and London, to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert, Gabriel Allon is in a race to the death against a calculating mass-murderer that he dare not lose ...


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After
Steve Hockensmith
$17.95

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging zombie. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realises there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print.


Provence Cure For Brokenhearted
Bridget Asher
$0.00

Brokenhearted, still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her troubled eight-year-old son, and Charlotte, her intolerably jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France.The rundown stone house in Provence has been in the family for generations and is the centre of a lovely myth. The family tells and retells stories of the magical properties entwined around the old stones - in many different ways, this house has healed broken hearts and made miracles happen.


Purity
Jonathan Franzen
$32.99

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. 


Questions of Travel
Michelle de Kretser
$22.99

*Winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Award*

A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places, and stories.

Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work, and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination — a transformative, very funny, and intensely moving novel.


Quicksand
Steve Toltz
$32.99

 A daring, brilliant work by one of our most original and fearless novelists. 'Why should I let you write about me?' 'Because you'll inspire people. To count their blessings.' Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His latest misfortune, though, may finally have brought him undone. There's still hope, but not for Aldo. His mate Liam hasn't been doing much better  a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted  until he finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disaster. What begins as an attempt to document these improbable but inevitable experiences becomes a profound exploration of fate, fear, and friendship. Wildly entertaining and acutely insightful, Quicksand is a subversive portrait of 21st-century existence in all its hypocrisy and absurdity, an exquisite interpretation of suffering and resilience, and a compelling story about the taking of risks and the making of art. 


Reading Madame Bovary
Amanda Lohrey
$32.95

A woman finds her everyday world engulfed by vivid fantasies. A businessman finds a new way to deal with his rage. A couple contemplate the best way to educate their children. A young woman finds herself on a boat with a bunch of delinquent schoolkids. A diary is discovered. A commune goes wrong. This collection of stories, from one of Australia’s leading short-fiction writers, deals with transition and transformations. The characters find themselves caught between order and chaos, and they must change or become trapped. These tales enlighten and entertain in equal measure.


Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
Deborah Rodriguez
$32.99

The spellbinding sequel to the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Six women, on opposite sides of the earth, yet forever joined by a cafe in Kabul. Sunny is the former proprietor and the new owner of the Screaming Peacock Vineyard in the Pacific Northwest — can she handle the challenges of life on her own? Yazmina is the young mother who now runs the cafe, until a terrifying event strikes at the heart of her family, and business. Layla and Kat are two Afghan teenagers in America, both at war with the cultures that shaped them. Zara is a young woman about to be forced into a marriage with a man she despises, with devastating consequences for all. These five women are about to learn what Halajan, Yazmina's rebellious mother-in-law, has known all along: that when the world as you know it disappears, you find a new way to survive. 


Revenge
Sharon Osborne
$23.99

Revenge is about two sisters, Amber and Chelsea Stone, who share the same dream of huge global fame. As children they were close, but success has pulled them apart. Both have the looks, the talent, and the star quality - but only one has the ruthless ambition to make it to the very top, and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.


Revolutionary Road
Richard Yates
$0.00

Hailed as a masterpiece from its first publication, Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright young couple who are bored by the banalities of suburban life and long to be extraordinary. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April's decision to change their lives for the better leads to betrayal and tragedy.
 

Rogue Lawyer
John Grisham
$32.99

Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one. He antagonises people from both sides of the law: his last office was firebombed, either by drug dealers or cops. He doesn't know or care which. But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret . . . one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer is the master of the legal thriller at his very best.


Room
Emma Donoghue
$19.99

Jack lives with his Ma in Room. Room has a single locked door and a skylight, and it measures ten feet by ten feet. Jack loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on the screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits there is a world outside. Devastating yet uplifting, Room by Emma Donoghue is a luminous portrait of a boundless maternal love. It has sold more than two million copies, was a number one bestseller and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. Few books have reached modern classic status so swiftly.


Rosetta
Alexandra Joel
$34.99

In 1905 Rosetta escaped her safe Melbourne life, deserting her respectable husband and five-year-old daughter to run away with Zeno the Magnificent, a half-Chinese fortune teller and seducer of souls. The pair reinvented themselves in London, where they beguiled European society and risked everything for a life of glamour and desire. Rosetta said she was American; Zeno claimed to be a brilliant Japanese professor. Together they attracted the patronage of famous writers, inventors and scientists, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses. Empress Eugenie, the widow of Napoleon III, and Princess Charlotte, sister of Germany's last Kaiser, were among their greatest devotees. Rosetta revelled in a life, few women of her time would have dared to embrace, yet all the while she hid her secret shame: the daughter she had left behind. This is the compelling story of Alexandra Joel's quest to uncover the truth about her scandalous great-grandmother, and the shocking century-old secret she would discover at the heart of her family.


S
J. J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
$39.99

This unique and challenging book will appeal to readers intrigued by the cultural conversation reading creates and fans of J. J. Abrams alike.

A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown. THE BOOK: Ship of Theseus. THE WRITER: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries; a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumours that swirl around him. THE READERS: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears. Conceived of by filmmaker J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, S is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don't understand. It is also Abrams and Dorst's love letter to the written word


Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
$32.99

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A thirty-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide? His colleagues back then called themselves 'the Saints', and swore a bond on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer, especially with a referendum on Scottish independence just around the corner. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?


Sarah Thornhill
Kate Grenville
$0.00

 From the beginning Jack and I was friends. Somehow our way of looking at things fitted together. He never called me Dolly, the way the others did, only my full and proper name.


Savage Tide
Greg Barron
$29.99

The second race-against-time thriller from the author of Rotten Gods.
 
Intelligence officer Marika Hartmann captures an extremist foot-soldier guilty of a massacre of school children and aid workers in Southern Somalia. Renditioned to a CIA 'black site' in Djibouti, the prisoner hints at a terror plot in the making. Marika and ex-Special Forces colleague PJ Johnson team up to investigate, uncovering a cold-blooded conspiracy that will decimate the cities of the West. From the refugee camps of East Africa to the azure waters off the Iranian coast, the marshes of Iraq to Syria's parched eastern desert, Savage Tide is a manhunt, a quest for truth, and a desperate search for the legacy of a cruel regime bent on dominating the world.
 
‘Barron echoes the work of authors such as MacLean, Clancy and Ludlum' Canberra Times

Saving Max
Antoinette Van Heutgen
$0.00

Max Parkman — autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive — is perfect in his mother’s eyes. Until he’s accused of murder.

Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max’s behavior has been getting worse — he’s been using drugs and lashing out.

Trapped in a world of doubt and fear, barred from contacting Max, Danielle clings to the belief that her son is innocent. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her son really a killer?


Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves
Matthew Reilly
$44.99


Scatterheart
Lili Wilkinson
$19.99

It’s 1814 and Hannah Cheshire leads a privileged life in London, with fine clothes, servants and a handsome young tutor. Then one day it is all taken away. Her father disappears and she is left to fend for herself. Not equipped for the real world she ends up penniless and sentenced to transportation to the colonies for a crime she didn’t commit. Stripped of everything she knows and holds dear, Hannah must learn to make new friends and live a new life.


Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband
Natalie Young
$29.99

The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you'll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath. Funny, sad, and exquisitely written, Season to Taste is guaranteed to be one of the most talked-about books of the year. Meet Lizzie Prain, ordinary fifty-something housewife. Lizzie lives in a cottage in the woods with her dog Rita; likes cooking; and avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she's going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob's shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, although it's certainly not for the faint-hearted. Will she be able to follow it through to the end? Blackly funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is the extraordinary story of how Lizzie Prain reclaims her life.


Secret Keeping for Beginners
Maggie Alderson
$29.99

 Is it ever better to tell? Even the closest families have secrets ... it's when they are shared that things begin to change. The lives of three very different sisters collide in this witty new novel from bestseller Maggie Alderson. Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She's full of creative ideas but  even with a colourful childminder or two  some days she can't make it into the office on time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit. Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past. Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jetsetting life  she's one of Vogue's favourite make-up artists, and regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career  but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything. Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door. Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out ...


Secrets of the Tides
Hannah Richell
$0.00

Every family has its secrets. Some are small, like telling a white lie or snooping through a private drawer. Others are more serious, like infidelity and betrayal. And some secrets are so terrible they must be hidden away in a deep, dark place, for if they ever came to light, they would surely tear a family apart. The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house perched high on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again? Secrets of the Tides is the spellbinding debut from Hannah Richell, a rich and compelling family drama with a dark thread of suspense at its heart.


Shall We Dance?
Maggie Alderson
$32.95

Loulou Landers is about to turn 49 and is feeling seriously overlooked. Not only is her 21 year old daughter Theo giving her the cold shoulder, but  Loulou seems to be perpetually single. Like mother like daughter so too is Theo, until over the course of a summer, everything changes when two men set out to get both women back in the love game. The only problem is that both mother and daughter keep their burgeoning romances secret from one another.


Shantaram
Gregory David Roberts
$25.00

It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.

Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram. Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything  his home, his family, and his soul  and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.


Shiver

$29.99

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods. One yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf, is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam lives two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human, until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf, it has to be!


Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Stephenie Meyer
$22.99

 Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

'I'm as surprised as anyone about this novella,' said Stephenie Meyer. 'When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time. I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website. Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide.'


Sister
Rosamund Lupton
$32.99

What would you do if you sister disappeared without a trace? Sister is an emotionally frought and at times terrifying story concerning two sisters and the strength that binds them. When Beatrice hears that her little sister Tess is missing, she returns home to London on the first flight available. The police, Beatrice's friends, her fiance and even her mother acept the fact that Tess committed suicide. However, Beatrice is convinced something more sinister is responsible and embarks upon a dangerous journey to discover the truth.


Slap (TV tie-in edition)
Christos Tsiolkas
$24.99


Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
$32.99

 

 A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in #1 New York Times bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest.

Smut
Alan Bennett
$0.00

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes
Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. And her own husband would be better if she were mourning him than living with him. But this is Alan Bennett, so no matter the importance of keeping up appearances, what is happening in the bedroom (and in lots of other places too) is altogether more startling, perhaps shocking, and ultimately much more honest to people's predilections.
The Greening of Mrs Donaldson
Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers (a young, broke couple) passions that she never knew existed are aroused, and her mundane life becomes much more stimulating ...



So Much For That
Lionel Shriver
$32.99

Shep Knacker has dreamed all his life of leaving New York, but he comes to realise that his wife Glynis has never been serious about making this change. He decides to leave with or without her, but on the very day he announces this she informs him she has cancer. Despite having insurance coverage, Glynis’s expensive treatments hurtle Shep toward bankruptcy. From the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin comes this brilliant new novel that asks the uncomfortable question: how much money is one human life worth?


Solar
Ian McEwan
$32.95

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. He half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming, and is a compulsive womaniser. Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering, and when his professional and personal worlds collide an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster. Solar is a profound and darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.


Spirits of the Ghan
Judy Nunn
$22.99

 "Master storyteller Judy Nunn has now sold over 1 million books worldwide. In this spellbinding No.1 bestseller she takes us on a breathtaking journey deep into the red heart of Australia. It is 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the 'backbone of the continent', a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End. But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land. Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? It's not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are quite literally blasting a rail corridor through the timeless land of the Never-Never. When the paths of Jessica and Matthew finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention. As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback . . ."

Standing in Another Man's Grave
Ian Rankin
$32.99


Started Early, Took My Dog
Kate Atkinson
$32.95

It is a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse until she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained for. It takes only one moment of madness for the tedium of Tracy’s everyday life to be replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy’s exchange are Tilly, an elderly actress, and Jackson Brodie. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished. This is the fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie from the bestselling author of When Will There Be Good News?


Still Alice
Lisa Genova
$19.99

A moving and insightful story of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's disease, now a major film starring Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. 

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life, her relationship with her family, and the world around her forever. Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice. 

Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante
$22.99

 The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s. At sixteen Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth, and horror at the life she has chosen. Elena's own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila's turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila. The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating reading experience.
 

Sweet Seduction and the Third Mermaid
Catherine Olsen
$0.00

When Isabelle Harrison, a successful portrait painter, agrees reluctantly to leave London and accompany her duplicituous husband, Dominic, to the Seychelles, where he has been appointed as British High Commissioner, she knows her marriage may not survive but is unaware that the real risk may be to her life.


Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan
$32.95

Britain, 1972. Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services in her final year at Cambridge. The cultural cold war continues and the country is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism. Serena is sent on a secret mission, which brings her into the literary world of Tom Haley, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? To answer this question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage... Trust no one.

McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.


Swimming Home
Mary-Rose MacColl
$29.99

The lone swimmer, turning over now to switch to a perfectly executed back crawl, wasn't Oxford or Cambridge, wasn't a man. It was a woman, a girl. It was Catherine. Of course it was Catherine. It's 1925 and fifteen-year-old Catherine Quick longs to feel once more the warm waters of her home, to strike out into the ocean off the Torres Strait Islands and swim, as she's done since she was a tiny child. But with her recent move to London where she lives with her aunt Louisa, Catherine feels that everything she values has been stripped away. Louisa, a busy, confident London surgeon who fought boldly for equality for women, holds definite views on the behaviour of her young niece. She wants Catherine to pursue an education, just as she did, to ensure her future freedom. Since Catherine arrived, however, Louisa's every step seems to be wrong and she is finding it harder and harder to block painful memories from her past.It takes the influence of enigmatic American banker Manfred Lear Black to convince Louisa to come to New York where Catherine can test her mettle against the first women in the world to swim the English Channel. And where, unexpectedly, Louisa can finally listen to what her own heart tells her


Swing Time
Zadie Smith
$32.99

 "Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas- about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighbourhood far behind, travelling the world as PA to famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one per cent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey - the same twists, the same shakes - and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time."

That Deadman Dance
Kim Scott
$0.00

The 2011 Miles Franklin winner brings us That Deadman Dance. Bobby Wabalanginy never learned fear, not until he was pretty well a grown man. Sure, he grew up doing the Dead Man Dance, but with him it was a dance of life, a lively dance for people to do together Told through the eyes of black and white, young and old, this is a story about a fledgling Western Australian community in the early 1800s known as the 'friendly frontier'. Poetic, warm-hearted and bold, it is a story which shows that first contact did not have to lead to war. It is a story for our times.


That Part Was True
Deborah McKinlay
$24.99

A bittersweet story about falling in love and risking it all. Can you fall in love with someone you've never met? When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. As their letters criss-cross the ocean that lies between them, friendship and then romance blossom despite Jack's colourful love life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be-married daughter. Little by little, Eve and Jack begin to believe that they may have a chance to change their lives and possibly get a second chance at happiness. They just need to actually meet... A gorgeous, escapist read about food, friendship, and falling in love from afar...


The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine
Krissy Kneen
$29.99

 

Holly wears a ring that says True Love Waits and worries because her boyfriend isn't trying to persuade her otherwise. Then a boy in her English tute invites her to join his book club. Shocked to find herself at 'sex club', plunged into in the classics of erotic literature, Holly soon becomes fascinated: by the strange new world of Eros, by the increasing power she senses in her own body - and by a weird blue glow emanating from the most private part of her self. But Salter and Nabokov are one thing. When Holly encounters The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman - quickly followed by the infamous orgone generator of Wilhelm Reich - things are set to explode. An amazing literary sci-fi superhero sex romp from Australia's genre-bending queen of erotica.

The Affair
Lee Child
$0.00

March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier? Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover.The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer? The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?


The Anatomy of Ghosts
Andrew Taylor
$32.95

Andrew Taylor returns with an outstanding Gothic novel that enchants with effortless elegance.  The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion, to investigate. Mr Holdsworth’s arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo when he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse.


The Anchoress
Robyn Cadwallader
$0.00

 From a remarkable new Australian author comes The Anchoress, a story set within the confines of a stone cell measuring seven paces by nine. Tiny in scope but universal in themes, it is a wonderful, wholly compelling fictional achievement. 'Sarah's story is so beautiful, so rich, so strange, unexpected and thoughtful - also suspenseful. I loved this book.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love Set in the twelfth century, The Anchoress tells the story of Sarah, only seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a small cell, measuring seven paces by nine, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth and the pressure to marry, she decides to renounce the world, with all its dangers, desires and temptations, and to commit herself to a life of prayer and service to God. But as she slowly begins to understand, even the thick, unforgiving walls of her cell cannot keep the outside world away, and it is soon clear that Sarah's body and soul are still in great danger ... Telling an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear and the very human need for connection and touch, The Anchoress is both mesmerising and thrillingly unpredictable. 


The Annotated Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
$55.00

Since its publication in 1868, the beloved children's classic Little Women has been handed down from mother to daughter. It has inspired an opera, three films, and a musical. In this lavish colour edition, renowned Alcott expert John Matteson brings unprecedented vibrancy to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it. Through photographs taken especially for this edition, readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family. Matteson's annotations bring readers back in touch with the objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time. His introductory essays examine Little Women's pivotal place in children's literature and tell the story of Alcott herself, a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.  


The Ape House
Sara Gruen
$32.99

From the author of Water for Elephants comes a story of how six bonobo apes change the lives of three humans. Isabel Duncan is a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab. She feels more comfortable with the bonobos than she has ever felt among humans. But when an explosion tears the lab apart, the six apes disappear. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts and immediately becomes a huge phenomenon. Isabel must connect with her own kind to save the bonobos from this parody of human life.


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Jan-Phillip Sendker
$19.99

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will change her life once more.


The Bat
Jo Nesbo
$32.95

 

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble, but a young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved…but when the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, and the murderer will talk only to Harry.
 
Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo. 
 
A must-read for anybody who is interested in remarkable Australian stories! 

The Bath Fugures
Brian Castro
$29.99

The Bath Fugues is a meditation on melancholy and art, in the form of three interwoven novellas, centred respectively on an aging art forger; a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector; and a doctor, who has built an art gallery in tropical Queensland. These characters are tied by more than their art, each dealing with questions of deception and discovery, counterfeiting and rewriting, transmission and identity and each stretching the bonds of trust and friendship.


The Beauty of Humanity Movement
Camilla Gibb
$0.00

Tu' is a young tour guide working in Hanoi. As he leads bands of Westerners on 'war tours' through the scarred landscape of Vietnam, he wonders what it is his clients see - and what they miss entirely. Maggie is Vietnamese by birth but has lived most of her life in the U.S. Returning to her homeland, she sifts through history for clues as to the fate of her dissident father. Witness to both their stories, Old Man Hung has lived through decades of political upheaval. But Hung has found a way to provide hope in his waterside community: The Beauty of Humanity Movement


The Bees
Laline Pa
$29.99

The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut. Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will lead to the unthinkable . . . Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.


The Birdman's Wife
Melissa Ashley
$32.99

Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before.

But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man.

Elizabeth was a woman ahead of her time, juggling the demands of her artistic life with her roles as wife, lover, helpmate, and mother to an ever-growing brood of children. In a golden age of discovery, her artistry breathed wondrous life into countless exotic new species, including Charles Darwin’s Galapagos finches.

In The Birdman’s Wife a naïve young girl who falls in love with an ambitious genius comes into her own as a woman, an artist and a bold adventurer who defies convention by embarking on a trailblazing expedition to the colonies to discover Australia’s ‘curious’ birdlife.

An indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman overlooked by history - until now.


The Birdwatcher
William McInnes
$29.99

There is magic in the sky. Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed. Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.

This is a story about a bloke who's losing his hearing; a bird that can't fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesn't know who to be angry at. About a woman living with the echo of illness; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como. It's part love story, part hot diggity moments of discovery. But, most of all, The Birdwatcher is about giving yourself the gift to be still while you wait for the lights to change or the rain to stop… There are memories and secrets that can change our lives, if we let them.


The Black Box
Michael Connelly
$32.99

May 1992, and after four LAPD officers were acquitted after the savage beating of Rodney King, Los Angeles is ablaze. As looting and burning take over the city, law and order are swept away in a tidal wave of violence. But under threat of their lives, homicide detectives like Harry Bosch are still stubbornly trying to do their job. With no effective police presence on the streets, murder just got a whole lot easier - and investigating them got a whole lot harder. Escorted by national guard soldiers from murder scene to murder scene, Harry and his colleagues are only able to do the bare minimum in terms of collecting evidence. And for Harry that's not enough. When he finds the body of a female journalist executed in an alley, he cannot accept that he will never be able to bring her killer to justice, and her tragedy starts to eat into his soul. But then, twenty years later, Harry finds himself working in the Open Unsolved Unit, and suddenly the past comes back to haunt him once again, in a way her could never have imagined.


The Black Widow
Daniel Silva
$32.99

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller - one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. A network of terror. A web of deceit. A deadly game of vengeance. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again. They call him Saladin … He is a terrorist mastermind whose ambition is as grandiose as his nom de guerre, a man so elusive that even his nationality is not known. Shielded by sophisticated encryption software, his network communicates in total secrecy, leaving the West blind to his planning-and leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. Natalie Mizrahi is an extraordinary young doctor as brave as she is beautiful. At Gabriel's behest, she will pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood. Her perilous mission will take her from the restive suburbs of Paris to the island of Santorini and the brutal world of the Islamic State's new caliphate, and eventually to Washington, D.C., where the ruthless Saladin is plotting an apocalyptic night of terror that will alter the course of history. The Black Widow is a riveting thriller of shocking prescience. But it is also a thoughtful journey into the new heart of darkness that will haunt readers long after they have turned the final page. 'Literate, top-notch action' Kirkus Reviews 'Forget James Bond - Gabriel Allon is the killer you'd want on your side' Australian Women's Weekly 'Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer' Huffington Post


The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
$29.99

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014

One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking . . . The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up  a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes  daughter, sister, mother, guardian  is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon. Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality, and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.


The Book of Emmett
Debroah Forster
$23.95

A stunning first novel from a Melbourne author. The story of the Brown family will wrench at your heart and make you hug those you love ever tighter.

Emmett Brown is as dark as Heathcliff, and as unpredictable. Sometimes he's an inspiration, but not often. He's a man of booze and obsessions: one of them is his 'System', an attempt to bend the laws of probability. But when the lottery numbers and horses fail him, so do love and reason, and he becomes an ogre to his wife and children.

For the innocents - Louisa, Rob, Peter, Daniel and Jessie - the bonds formed hiding in hedges at the end of the street, waiting for the maelstroms to pass, are complex and unbreakable. Over the years, the consequences of Emmett's rages shape both their spirits and psyches, but as he lies dying they discover that love - however imperfect - is the best defence against pain.

THE BOOK OF EMMETT is a novel about hope and love and surviving.


The Book of Why
Nicholas Montemarano
$29.99

Mitch Albom meets Nicholas Sparks -- The Book of Why is an original, arresting love story about a self-help author struggling to find his way.


The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
$19.99

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

Award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. 


The Brave
Nicholas Evans
$32.99

The motto of the boarding school to which Tommy Bedford is dispatched is “Fortune Favours the Brave.” It’s 1959 and the school bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. Tommy, a quirky loner obsessed with cowboys and Indians, needs all the bravery he can summon. Forty years on, Tommy is distanced from troubled past and rarely sees his son, Danny who is deployed in Iraq. But when Danny is charged with murder, Tommy must confront his boyhood ghosts to save the son he’s let slip away. The Brave I a stunning new novel from Nicholas Evans, author of the bestselling novel The Horse Whisperer.


The Bricks that Built the Houses
Kate Tempest
$27.99

 It gets into your bones. You don't even realize it, until you're driving through it, watching all the things you've always known and leaving them behind. Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are escaping the city in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of stolen money. Taking us back in time - and into the heart of London - The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us intimate stories of hidden lives, and showing us that good intentions don't always lead to the right decisions. Leading us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and their communities, Kate Tempest exposes moments of beauty, disappointment, ambition and failure. Wise but never cynical, driven by empathy and ethics,The Bricks the Built the Houses questions how we live with and love one another.


The Briny Cafe
Susan Duncan
$0.00

 Ettie Brookbank is the heart and soul of Cook's Basin, a sleepy offshore community comprising a cluster of dazzling blue bays. But for all the idyllic surroundings, Ettie can't help wondering where her dreams have disappeared to. Until fate offers her a lifeline - in the shape of a lopsided little caf on the water's edge. When Bertie, its cantankerous septuagenarian owner, offers her 'the Briny' for a knockdown price, it's an opportunity too good to miss. But it's a mammoth task - and she'll need a partner. Enter Kate Jackson, the enigmatic new resident of the haunted house on Oyster Bay. Kate is also clearly at a crossroads - running from a life in the city that has left her lonely and lost.


The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka
$0.00

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat,  where the girls exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining  uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco  and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women in their homes; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their  history; to the deracinating arrival of war.


The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro
$29.99

'There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay...' 

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards  some strange and other-worldly  but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Kazuo Ishiguro is an original and remarkable genius.' The New York Times

'The best and most original writer of his generation.' Susan Hill,Mail on Sunday


The Carrie Diaries
Candace Bushnell
$24.99

 Before Carrie Bradshaw became the queen of the New York City social scene, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? THE CARRIE DIARIES opens in Carrieb2s senior year of high school. She and her best friends are inseparable - and then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy - older, intriguing and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school - until a friendb2s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realise itb2s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted. Fans of SEX AND THE CITY will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. And web2ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next CARRIE DIARIES book will take place.


The Cartographer
Peter Twohig
$0.00

An 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder as he spies through the window of a strange house. God, whom he no longer counts as a friend, obviously has a pretty screwed-up sense of humour: just one year before, the boy had looked on helplessly as his twin brother, Tom, suffered a violent death. Now, having been seen by the angry murderer, he is a kid on the run. With only a shady grandfather, a professional standover man and an incongruous local couple as adult mentors, he takes refuge in the dark drains and grimy tunnels beneath the city, transforming himself into a series of superheroes and creating a rather unreliable map to plot out places where he is unlikely to cross paths with the bogeyman. A bold, captivating and outrageously funny novel about a boy who refuses to give in and the numerous shifty, dodgy and downright malicious bastards he has to contend with on his grand adventure of loss and discovery, THE CARTOGRAPHER is an astounding, fresh and unforgettably poignant novel you'd be a mug to miss!


The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
$39.99

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations.

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.


The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling
$39.99

 

Although the release of J.K Rowling’s first adult novel was big news, her story of Pagford and its small-town inhabitants remained shrouded in mystery. But that hasn’t stopped fans of Rowling snapping up her latest work with a gusto preserved for only the most masterful of storytellers. Let us know what you think about Rowling’s foray into the world of adult literature on your local Mary Ryan’s Facebook Page. 
 
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? 
 
A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is the work of a storyteller like no other.

The Casual Vacancy (paperback)
J. K. Rowling
$19.99

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. . . Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, and is the work of a storyteller like no other.


The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje
$0.00

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys become involved in the worlds and stories of the adults around them, tumbling from one adventure and delicious discovery to another, 'bursting all over the place like freed mercury'. And at night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner - his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves from the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells a spellbinding story about the difference between the magical openness of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding - about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage, when all on board were 'free of the realities of the earth'. With the ocean liner a brilliant microcosm for the floating dream of childhood, The Cat's Table is a vivid, poignant and thrilling book, full of Ondaatje's trademark set-pieces and breathtaking images: a story told with a child's sense of wonder by a novelist at the very height of his powers.


The Chemistry of Tears
Peter Carey
$39.95

The long affair had been kept secret from their colleagues at London's Swinburne Museum and now she must grieve in private.  Or almost.  In an act of compassion, the head of her department gives Catherine a very particular project, something to cling onto: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a nineteenth-century automaton, a beautiful mechanical bird.

Once she discovers that the box also contains the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, one obsession merges into another.  Who was Henry Brandling?  Who was the mysterious, visionary clockmaker he hired to make a gift for his ailing son?  And what was the end result that now sits in pieces in Catherine's studio?

The Chemistry of Tears is a portrait of love and loss that is both wildly entertaining and profoundly moving, simultaneously delicate and anarchic


The Children Act
Ian McEwan
$29.99

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital  an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.


The Chocolate Promise
Josephine Moon
$29.99

Christmas Livingstone has ten rules for happiness, the most important of which is 'absolutely no romantic relationships'. In The Chocolate Apothecary, her enchanting artisan store in Tasmania, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade delicacies. Surrounded by gifts for the senses, in this shop chocolate isn't just good for you, it's medicine. And then one day a stranger arrives at her front door  a dishevelled botanist seeking her help. She really doesn't need Lincoln van Luc to walk into her life, even if he does have the nicest blue eyes, the loveliest meddling grandmother and a gorgeous newly rescued dog. She really doesn't need any of it. Or does she?

Set across Tasmania, Paris, and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a creative woman about to find out how far in life a list of rules will take her, with an enticing tangle of freshly picked herbs, pots of flowers, and lashings of chocolate scenting the air.


The Circle
Dave Eggers
$22.99

The Circle runs everything — all your internet activity in one easy, safe, and visible place. No wonder it is now the world's most powerful and influential company. So when Mae Holland lands a job at its glittering California campus, she knows, she's made it. But the more her ideals and ambitions become aligned with those of the Circle, the closer she comes to discovering a sinister truth at the heart of an organisation seeking to remake the world in its image.


The Collected Novels of the Bronte Sisters
Anne Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte
$39.99

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most popular works of English fiction. Although Charlotte Bronte's heroine is outwardly plain, she possesses an indomitable spirit, and great courage. Forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order which circumscribes her life when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic Mr Rochester. Villette is based on Charlotte Bronte's personal experience as a teacher in Brussels. It is a moving tale of repressed feelings and cruel circumstances borne with heroic fortitude. Rising above the confinement of a rigid social order, it is also a story of a woman's right to love and be loved. Wuthering Heights is Emily Bronte's wild, passionate tale of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and, wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, he leaves Wuthering heights. When he returns years later as a wealthy man, he proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. Agnes Grey, Ann Bronte's deeply personal novel, is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-nineteenth century. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall shows Ann Bronte's bold, naturalistic and passionate style. It is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious 'tenant' of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Also includes The Professor by Charlotte Bronte.


The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin
$26.99

AJ Fikry owns a failing bookshop. His wife has just died, in tragic circumstances. His rare and valuable first edition has been stolen. His life is a wreck. Amelia is a book rep, with a big heart, and a lonely life. Maya is the baby who ends up on AJ's bookshop floor with a note. What happens in the bookshop that changes the lives of these seemingly normal but extraordinary characters? This is the story of how unexpected love can rescue you and bring you back to real life, in a world that you won't want to leave, with characters you will come to love.


The Countesses of Castello
Milena Agus
$24.95

 

Three sisters live in three flats in an aristocratic palazzo, where rich and poor are mixed as they used to be in the old downtown quarter. The eldest, Noemi, dreams of lost splendours, while the second, Maddalena, dreams of having a child. The third, known as Countess Butterfingers, because she's clumsy, dreams of love. Surrounding the family and its persistent illusions are characters who are more solid but no less fleeting, because after all, it is only illusion that does not flee.


The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
$32.99

 What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, twenty years after his debut Essays in Love.

The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith
$24.99

The acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
 
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran  wounded both physically and psychologically  and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get  and the closer he gets to terrible danger. . .
A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London  from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho  The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.

The Dangers of Truffle Hunting
Sunni Overend
$29.99

 

True desires will be unearthed … For readers of Zoe Foster-Blake, Candace Bushnell and Gourmet Traveller, a delightful sexy story that spans the Australian wine country, the French provinces and hip bars of Melbourne. Is life too short to play it safe? Kit Gossard's life is neatly mapped out. A secure photographic job. A partner ready to commit. A wedding in the family vineyard for her mother to preside over. So why the apprehension? Why a hunger for something ... more? Then someone new appears. Earthy, reserved, magnetic, this new man brings out feelings she has long suppressed, and suddenly Kit can't contain her simmering discontent. Black truffle hunting, illicit pastry lessons, vine fruit on flesh - Kit is seduced. It feels right. Before it all goes wrong. 

The Death of a Mafia Don

$29.99

A bomb explodes in Florence, hitting the car of Police Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara. The attack rocks the ancient city to its foundations. Ferrara was clearly the target - as he did, after all, just controversially imprison notorious Mafia boss Salvatore Laprua. So who is the mysterious influence behind the bombings? The Death of the Mafia Don is an ingenious and gripping mystery, written by former Florence police chief Michele Giuttari which offers a fascinating insight into the secret world of the Mafia.

The Devotion of Suspect X
Keigo Higashino
$0.00

 Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered.When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime...One of the biggest-selling Japanese thrillers ever, and the inspiration for a cult film, The Devotion of Suspect X is now being discovered across the world. Its blend of a page-turning story, evocative Tokyo setting and utterly surprising ending make it a must-read for anyone interested in international fiction.


The Dinner
Herman Koch
$29.95

Paul Lohman and his wife Claire are going out to dinner with Paul’s brother Serge, a charismatic and ambitious politician, and his wife Babette. Paul knows the evening will not be fun. The restaurant will be over-priced and pretentious, the head waiter will bore on about the organically certified free-range this and artisan-fed that, and almost everything about Serge, especially his success, will infuriate Paul.

But as the evening wears on it becomes clear that tonight’s dinner will be even more difficult than usual. There is something the two couples have to discuss. It’s about their teenage sons and the very bad things they have been doing. And it’s about how far two sets of parents will go to save their children from the consequences of their actions.


The Distant Hours
Kate Morton
$0.00

It started with a letter. A letter that had been lost for a long time, waiting out half a century, stifling summer after cooling winter, in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret.


The Dog Who Came In From The Cold
Alexander McCall Smith
$0.00

Following on from the huge success of the 44 Scotland Street series, Alexander McCall Smith has moved house to a crumbling four-storey mansion in Pimlico Corduroy Mansions. It is inhabited by a glorious assortment of characters: among them, Oedipus Snark, the first ever nasty Lib Dem MP, who is so detestable his own mother, Berthea, is writing an unauthorised biography about him; and one small vegetarian dog, Freddie de la Hay, who has the ability to fasten his own seatbelt. (Although Corduroy Mansions is a fictional name, the address is now registered by the Post Office.)
 


The Dog Who Came In From The Cold (Audio CD)
Alexander McCall Smith
$35.00

Welcome to Corduroy Mansions in Pimlico: a temple of Arts and Crafts architecture, with comforting, weathered brickwork and frankly frivolous dormer windows, it is home to a delightfully eccentric cast of Londoners


The Dressmaker
Rosalie Ham
$22.99

Tilly Dunnage has come home to care for her mad old mother. She left the small Victorian town of Dungatar years before, and became an accomplished couturier in Paris. Now she earns her living making exquisite frocks for the people who drove her away when she was ten. Through the long Dungatar nights, she sits at her sewing machine, planning revenge. The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters.


The Enchanted
Rene Denfeld
$24.99

Even monsters need peace. Even monsters need a person who truly wants to listen — to hear — so that someday we might find the words that are more than boxes. Then maybe we can stop men like me from happening...

A prisoner sits on death row in a high security prison. His only escape is through the words he dreams about, the world he conjures around him using the power of language. For the reality of his world is brutal and stark. He is not named, nor do we know his crime. But he listens. He listens to the story of York, the prisoner in the cell next to him who has been sentenced to death. He hears The Lady, a mitigation specialist who is piecing together York's past. He watches as The Lady falls in love with The Priest and wonders if love is still possible in this place. He sees the corruption and the danger as the tensions in the prison build. And he waits. For even monsters have a story...

‘The Enchanted wrapped its beautiful and terrible fingers around me from the first page and refused to let go after the last. A wondrous book that finds transcendence in the most unlikely of places… So dark yet so exquisite.’ ERIN MORGENSTERN, author of The Night Circus 


The English Class
Ouyang Yu
$32.95

In the late 1970s, at the end of the Cultural Revolution in China, Jing becomes a truck driver in a provincial shipyard. He manages to teach himself English and eventually passes the examination to get into English Class at Donghu University. There he falls in love with Deidre, the estranged partner of Dr Wagner, the English teacher. This is an engaging and masterful novel that explores the aspiration of many to migrate to English speaking countries, and subtly deconstructs the mechanisms of colonialism against an increasingly vibrant Chinese economy.


The Essential Ingredient - Love
Tracy Madden
$24.99

You will adore Chilli Montgomery and her passion for love and food. Set against the backdrop of many a phenomenal Queensland location, with Paris weaving its magic in and out, embark upon on a gastronomic journey of indulgence and enjoy every meal with the Montgomery family. Be touched by their tears and laughter as this family becomes a part of your life.


The Eye of the Sheep
Sofie Laguna
$29.99

Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. He was the go-between, going between the animal kingdom and this one. I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing. I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know.

Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids  he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right. Sofie Laguna's first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 


The Fallen Angel
Daniel Silva
$29.99

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon in Portrait Of A Spy, he was pitted in a blood-soaked duel with a deadly network of jihadist terrorists. Now, exposed and war-weary, he has returned to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece for the Vatican. But early one morning Gabriel is summoned by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to the Pope. The broken body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelos magnificent dome. Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church, so he calls upon Gabriel to use his talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth — was it suicide, or something more sinister? Once again Gabriel must return to his old intelligence service ways — and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the edge of danger.


The Fifth Witness
Michael Connolly
$0.00

In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pays, but if defense attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail are having to make cut-backs, it seems. In fact, the most significant part of Mickey's business right now is not about keeping clients out of jail but about keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who were granted unrealistic mortgages in the good times and now face being kicked to the curb by ruthless corporations.


The Finkler Question
Howard Jacobson
$32.99

disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czechoslovakian always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.
Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor's grand, central London apartment. It's a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn?


The First Bad Man
Miranda July
$27.99

Cheryl Glickman believes in romances that span centuries and a soul that migrates between babies. She works at a women's self-defence nonprofit and lives alone. When her bosses ask if their twenty-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a while, Cheryl's eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee  the selfish, cruel, blond bombshell  who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, leads her to the love of a lifetime. Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July's first novel establishes her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time.


The First Thing You See
Gregoire Delacourt
$24.99

Imagine you are a young mechanic living in a small community in France. You own your own home, and lead a simple life. Then, one evening, you open your front door to find a distraught Hollywood starlet standing in front of you. This is what happens to Arthur Dreyfuss in the village of Long, population 687 inhabitants.But although feigning an American accent, this woman is not all that she seems. For her name is Jeanine Foucamprez, and her story is very different from the glamorous life of a star. Arthur is not all he seems, either; a lover of poetry with a darker past than one might imagine, he has learnt to see beauty in the mundane.


The Fix
Nick Earls
$32.95

In need of some quick cash when he returns to Brisbane after years in London, Josh Lang whores himself to his brother's PR firm and inadvertently becomes part of ‘the fix’. Josh went to London with investigative journalism on his mind, but he carved out a reputation as a fixer instead and mastered the art of spinning any client out of a crisis.

 
Now he's home in Brisbane and this time the job is supposed to be good news. The client is a law firm, the talent is Ben Harkin, and the story is the Star of Courage Ben is about to be awarded for his bravery in a siege. But it was Josh's messy past with Ben that was a big part of his move to London in the first place and the closer he gets to Ben's story the more the cracks start to show.
 
Throw in a law student who's an exotic dancer by night and a mini-golf tour of the Gold Coast and Josh's pursuit of the truth becomes way more complicated than he'd ever expected. Written with warmth, humour and a touch of the detective, The Fix will leave you guessing until the very last page.

The French Promise
Fiona McIntosh
$29.99

At the end of the Second World War, Luc and Lisette Ravens have somehow survived their time as a French resistance fighter and a British spy. Haunted by the horrors they have seen, instead of going home to Provence, they cast their fate to the winds and set sail for Australia, hoping to rebuild their lives planting lavender fields in a land that's full of promise.


The Freudian Slip
Marion Von Adlderstein
$0.00

 Early sixties in Sydney. Women wear princess-line dresses, edge-to-edge duster coats, gloves, perfectly matched handbags and shoes and seamed stockings. They are defined by the vital statistics of their bust, waist and hip measurements and if they are over thirty they re over the hill. Kings Cross is bohemian, Paddington is pre-gentrified and the crowd at Beppi s and the Ozone charge their boozy lunches to job numbers. At the advertising agency Bofinger Adams Rawson & Keane, two talented women hold important creative roles. One, Bea, is a copywriter. The other, Desi, is a television producer. Because they are successful in their work and rewarded by it, few of their colleagues know how adept they are at mismanaging their private lives. Anxious to join this starred twosome is a young secretary named Stella, who embodies all the qualities for success ambition, dedication, energy, efficiency except creative talent. In its absence she relies on stealth, flattery and plagiarism, to walk, in her Jane Debster toe-peepers, all over the others in realising her ambition. She succeeds. At least, for a while ...


The German Girl
Armando Lucas Correa
$29.99

Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life.

But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home.

A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. The Rosenthals sell everything to fund visas and tickets. At first the liner feels like luxury, but as they travel the circumstances of war change, and it soon becomes their prison.

Seven decades later in New York, on her twelfth birthday Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, the great-aunt she never met but who raised her deceased father. Anna and her mother immediately travel to Cuba to meet this elderly relative, and for the first time Hannah tells them the untold story of her voyage on the St Louis.


The Girl Before
J.P. Delaney
$32.99

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? For all fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and GONE GIRL comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level. Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.


The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz
$32.99

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo. Lisbeth Salander. An uncompromising misfit whose burning sense of injustice and talent for investigation will never respect boundaries of state or status. He is a campaigning journalist. Mikael Blomkvist. A lone wolf whose integrity and championing of the truth bring him time and again to the brink of unemployment - and prosecution. The call comes in late at night: a superhacker has gained access to critical, top secret U.S. intelligence. Blomkvist knows only one person who could crack the best security systems in the world. This case has all the hallmarks of Salander. She is accused of acting without reason, taking risks just because she can, but though they have lost touch, Blomkvist knows Lisbeth better than that. There must be something deeper at the heart of this - maybe even the scoop that Millennium magazine so desperately needs for its survival. A tangled web of truth that someone is prepared to kill to protect . . .


The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest
Stieg Larsson
$32.95

Two seriously injured people arrive at the emergency ward of the Sahlgrensa hospital in Gothenburg. One is the wanted murderer Lisbeth Salander who has taken a bullet to the head and needs immediate surgery, the other is Alexander Zalachenko, an older man who Lisbeth has attacked with an axe.

In this third novel in the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth is planning her revenge against the men who tried to kill her, and even more importantly, revenge against the government which nearly destroyed her life. But first she must escape from the intensive care unit and exculpate her name from the charges of murder that hangs over her head.

In order to succeed with the latter, Lisbeth will need the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist. He is writing an exposing article that will shake the Swedish government, the secret service and the whole country by its foundations. Finally there is a chance for Lisbeth Salander to put her past behind her and finally there is a chance for truth and justice to prevail.


The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larssn
$24.95

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about the sex trafficking trade are murdered and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her.Mikael Blomkvist, editor-in-chief of Millennium, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
$29.99

Written with the same light-hearted satirical voice as Jonas Jonasson's bestselling debut novel, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is another picaresque tale of how one person's actions can have far-reaching consequences. On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township, be it from drugs, from alcohol, or just from plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects. Here is where the story merges with, then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile... the one that was never supposed to have existed. Nombeko Mayeki knows too much about it, and now she's on the run from both the South African justice and the most terrifying secret service in the world. She ends up in Sweden, which has transformed into a nuclear nation, and the fate of the world now lies in Nombeko's hands.

Here Jonasson introduces us to a whole cast of eccentrics: a nerve-damaged American Vietnam deserter, twin brothers who are officially only one person, three careless Chinese girls, an angry young woman, a potato-growing Baroness, and the Swedish King and Prime Minister. Quirky and utterly unique, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is a charming and humorous account of one young woman's unlikely adventure.


The Girl with All the Gifts
M. R. Carey
$29.99

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and her cell. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. She doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad. A terrible, wonderful, heart-breaking story about hope and humanity and a young girl who tries to save the world.


The Girl with the Dogs
Anna Funder
$9.99

  'To live with someone for a long time requires an element of fiction - the selective use of facts to craft an ongoing story.' Amid the debris of her friends' relationships, Tess has a marriage that's comparatively unscathed. But she's at a hinge moment, poised between her present life and the one she decided against in her youth. What could she have made of her life had she chosen differently? And what will she risk to find out? Deceptively concise, The Girl with the Dogs is a masterful story about life from beginning to end, and about the brief moments of choice that have enduring consequences. The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
$24.95

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.


The Girl You Left Behind
Jojo Moyes
$19.99

 What happened to the girl you left behind? In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life - in the hope of seeing Edouard again. Nearly a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, the first spark of love Liv has felt since is threatened. In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most - whatever the cost. 

The Girls
Emma Cline
$32.99

 "** The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller ** ** The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller ** California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life.... 'This book will break your heart and blow your mind.' Lena Dunham Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls. And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways. Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?"


The Glass Kingdom
Chris Flynn
$29.99

A breakneck tour of rural Australia's underbelly from the acclaimed author of A Tiger in Eden.

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Ben and his sidekick, Mikey, work the Target Ball stand in a ramshackle carnival travelling up the east coast. Ben is trying to put his time in the army behind him and make some money. Mikey — AKA Mekong Delta, Fremantle's answer to Fifty Cent — wants to work on his flow and impress girls. Their marks are the boozed-up blokes wandering sideshow alley in the hope of winning fluffy toys for their girlfriends. Easy pickings — so long as Mikey keeps his big mouth shut. Especially since his tendency to start fights jeopardises Ben's lucrative meth-dealing operation.


The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
$29.99

He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over. One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight . . . Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame, and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.

'The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent' SUNDAY TIMES

'Totally and unmistakably the real deal' KEVIN BARRY

'A real stunner; a wild ride of a read' DONAL RYAN

'A gripping and often riotously funny tale' COLIN BARRETT

'A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel' JOSEPH O'CONNOR'


The Golden Land
Di Morrissey
$32.99

Natalie is a young Gold Coast mother with a loving husband, two small children, and a happy lifestyle. While helping her mother move house, she finds a little box containing a Burmese artefact. When Natalie learns its unique history through a letter left by her great-great uncle, it ignites an interest in its country of origin and her uncle's unfulfilled plans for this curio. Her investigations collide with her own dramatically changing circumstances and create a catalyst for a moral dilemma that challenges the core of her marriage as she finds herself immersed in two very different golden lands.


The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
$19.99

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. THE GOLDFINCH is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.


The Good People
Hannah Kent
$0.00

  The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie's voice. A whisper in the dark. 


"Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them." 

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference. 

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow's house. 

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken...


The Good Psychologist
Noam Shpancer
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This debut novel by Shpancer is the work of an assured and gifted writer.
 
By night, The Good Psychologist lectures on the therapeutic principles of psychology.   By day, he consults at a clinic specialising in the treatment of anxiety disorders. It is here that he meets an exotic dancer whose problems raise questions from his own past for which he must now find answers.
 
With an acute understanding of the human condition, Noam  tells a compelling and moving story of a Psychologist who must deal with the very issues he counsels his students against - the blurring of boundaries between the personal and the professional.

A highly recommended read.

The Gospel of Loki
Joanne M. Harris
$29.99

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge. But while Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the Worlds. From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world's ultimate trickster.


The Gourmet

$29.95

France's greatest food critic is dying, after alifetime in single minded pursuit of sensualdelights. But as Pierre Arthens lies on his deathbed, he is tormented by an inability to recall themost delicious food to ever pass his lips. Desperateto taste it one more time, he looks back over theyears to see if he can pin down the elusive dish.Author of bestseller Elegance of the HedgehogMuriel Barbery's gifts as an evocative storytellerare put to mouthwatering use in this poignantmeditation on food.

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
$14.99

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and extravagant lifestyle of his neighbour, Jay Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is a self-made man famed for his decadent, champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island's bright and beautiful, he longs only for Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby pursues his dream and Nick Carraway is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.


The Green Road
Anne Enright
$32.99

 A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold. Anne Enright is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing - who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters' lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.


The Guest Cat
Takashi Hiraide
$19.99

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. New, small joys accompany the cat; the days have more light and colour. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife; they go walking together, talk and share stories of the cat and its little ways, play in the nearby garden. But then something happens that will change everything again. The Guest Cat is an exceptionally moving and beautiful novel about the nature of life and the way it feels to live it. 


The Guilty One
Lisa Ballantyne
$24.99

Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman who adopted him and whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life. But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her for 15 years? And will Daniel's identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in?


The Hanging Garden
Patrick White
$29.95

 Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War. The boy's mother has died in the Blitz. The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison. In wartime Australia, these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the world. With the tenderness and rigour of an old, wise novelist, Patrick White explores the world of these children, the city of his childhood and the experience of war. The Hanging Garden ends as the news reaches Sydney of victory in Europe, and the children face their inevitable separation. White put the novel aside at this point and how he planned to finish the work remains a mystery. But at his death in 1990 he left behind a masterpiece in the making, which is published here for the first time.


The Heist
Daniel Silva
$29.99

Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world. The dead man is a fallen British spy with a secret: he's been trafficking in stolen paintings and selling them to a mysterious collector. Through a contact at the dirty end of the art trade, Gabriel learns that stolen masterpieces are being used as currency in the volatile world of international terror and financial warfare  and that among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing work of art: Caravaggio's glorious Nativity. Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector. His search will take him on an exhilarating hunt — from the shimmering boulevards of Paris and London, to the gritty criminal underworlds of Marseilles and Corsica, and finally, to a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of one of the world's most brutal dictators. At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel's help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.



The Help Film Tie-In
Kathryn Stockett
$19.95

Enter a vanished world: Jackson,  Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't  trusted not to steal the silver . . . 
 
There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the  hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is  nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from  College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.
 
Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friends;  fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to  cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is  in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story  to tell . . .


The Hidden Child
Camilla Lackberg
$0.00

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother's possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family's past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother's circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedstrm, Erica's husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother's wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica's past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be ...


The High Mountains of Portugal
Yann Martel
$29.99

 With this highly anticipated new novel, the author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel. The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomás's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together. Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.


The Hobbit
J R R Tolkien
$14.99

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.


The Honey Queen
Cathy Kelly
$29.99

It's easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone — the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine. Francesca's boundless energy helps her to take everything in her stride, including a husband who has lost his job and the unwelcome arrival of menopause, which has kicked in full throttle. Peggy has always been a restless spirit. But now, focused and approaching thirty, she has opened her own knitting shop on the town's high street. It's a dream come true, but she still feels adrift. When Australian-raised Lillie finally makes it back home to Ireland, she is drawn right into the heart of Redstone's thriving community. But what she thought would be an ending is actually just a beginning; all of Lillie's hard-earned wisdom will soon be called into play as she helps new friends navigate unchartered territory. . .


The House Between Tides
Sarah Maine
$29.99

 

A captivating story of a crumbling estate in the wilds of Scotland, its century-old secret and an enduring mystery. Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and journeys to Scotland to inspect her inheritance: her ancestral home, now in ruins. As Hetty dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers a shocking secret protected by the house for a hundred years. With only whispered rumours circulating among the local villagers and a handful of leads to guide her, Hetty finds the power of the past is still affecting her present in startling ways...
 

The House of Memories
Monica McInerney
$29.99

 

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those that matter most. Following a tragic accident, Ella O'Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister. In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage.
 
For anyone who has ever loved and lost, this is an exquisitely moving and life-affirming novel by the internationally bestselling author of Lola's Secret. 
 
'McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing them with unique voices, perfectly tuned, making them authentically flawed and carving out their losses and gains with a realism that resonates deeply. Full of heart and exquisitely written pain this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some stories just carry you along with them and make you truly care about the fate of the characters, long after you leave the last page, and The House of Memories is one of those books.' bordgaisenergybookclub.ie

The House of Silk
Anthony Horowitz
$32.99

 Bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz will bring the great man to life again for a new generation of readers. As the creator of Foyle, Anthony has already displayed his talent for plotting and characterisation. Having been a lifelong fan of Conan Doyle's novels, he was the perfect choice to return to the original stories and create a new mystery for Holmes and Watson.I nterest in Holmes has never been higher than right now. A blockbusting movie adaptation has coincided with the BBC's intriguing modern update and both successes are to be repeated this Spring.Horowitz says: 'I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was 16 and I've read them many times since. My aim is to produce a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.'


The House on Willow Street
Kathy Kelly
$0.00

Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach, and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love.  Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.


The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
$14.99

The biggest thing this year! Reality TV meets Lord of the Flies. Every year, twelve boys and twelve girls are chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. Watched by the entire nation, this is action-packed reality TV at its most exciting - and most dangerous. Katniss Everdeen has grown up struggling to save the people close to her. Now she faces the biggest challenge of all - the fight for her life. Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. "As close to a perfect adventure novel as I've ever read." - Rick Riordan, best-selling author of The 39 Clues and the Percy Jackson series.


The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty
$14.99

Cecilia Fitzpatrick, devoted mother, successful Tupperware business owner and efficient PC President, has found a letter from her husband. "For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, to be opened only in the event of my death." But Cecilia's husband isn't dead, he's on a business trip. And when she questions him about it on the phone, Cecilia senses something she hasn't experienced before. John-Paul is lying. What happens next changes Cecilia's formerly blissful suburban existence forever, and the consequences will be life-changing for the most unexpected people.


The Hypnotist
Lars Kepler
$0.00

When a family is brutally murdered in Stockholm, there is only one surviving witness to the attack: the fifteen-year-old son, Josef Ek. With Josef seriously injured in hospital and in no condition to be questioned, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator in these extreme circumstances. As he breaks his own vow and delves deep into the boy's mind, the shocking discovery he makes is much worse than he could possibly have imagined. And when his own family is threatened, Erik is forced to revisit his own terrifying past to uncover the truth.


The Icon Murders
Noel Mealey,
$29.99

The latest crime thriller by local author Noel Mealey will hold you riveted to each page.

A spate of vicious, brutal murders around Australia has police puzzled, until Detective Syd Fielding, now head of a national drug prevention squad, finds the link that draws them together. The problem is, the link appears to be him. Syd′s always been a loose cannon, with a highly personal sense of justice, and this time even his closest friends and allies cannot be sure of his innocence. Could he be hunting down and killing his childhood abusers, or is he being framed? As the evidence mounts against him, Syd is lured into a dangerous web of drugs, sex, and politics as he fights to clear his name.

The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
$29.99

Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls 'difficult' and her father calls 'remarkable'. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows that what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept control over another human's life as a birthday gift. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...

A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South of the early nineteenth century, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, and of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise. Above all, it celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.


The Italian Wife
Kate Furnivall
$29.99

 Italy, 1932 -- Mussolini's Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost? One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a cafe in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she's never met asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees -- and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town's clock tower and steps over the edge. This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities. Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined . . . From the glittering marble piazzas, to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall's epic new novel will take you on an breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance, and betrayal.


The Japanese Lover
Isabel Allende
$32.99

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis and the world goes to war, young Alma Belasco's parents send her overseas to live with an aunt and uncle in their opulent San Francisco mansion. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms, but following Pearl Harbor the two are cruelly pulled apart. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide from the world. 

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to reconcile her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.


The Killing Lessons
Saul Black
$29.99

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses  women abducted, tortured, and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them  has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she's running from.


The Lacuna
Barbara Kingsolver
$35.00

The Lacuna is a gripping story of identity,connection with our past, and the power of wordsto create or devastate. Crossing two decades, fromthe vibrant revolutionary murals of Mexico Cityto the halls of a Congress bent on eradicating thecolour red. As political winds continue to pushbetween north and south, the plot turns manytimes. The first novel in nine years from BarbaraKingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible, TheLacuna is as deep and rich as the new world itself.

The Lake House
Kate Morton
$32.99

A missing child ...June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she's also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn't have. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever. An abandoned house ...Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery ...Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape ...


The Land of Painted Caves
Jean M.Auel
$0.00

Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news.


The Landing
Susan Johnson
$22.99

 Jonathan Lott, recently divorced, is about to find how much love really matters in a funny, delightful and poignant novel that lays out the human condition - looking for love in all of its many forms with secrets, polite lies, desperation, compromise and joy.

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
$32.99

In The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh's powerful first novel, a damaged young woman, Victoria Jones, who can only communicate through the Victorian language of flowers, goes from being homeless to a sought after wedding floral designer.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in conveying feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
 
Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love. Beautiful, original and utterly unforgettable, it is set to be the fiction sensation of 2011.

The Last Brother
Nathacha Appanah
$22.99

Raj is oblivious to the Second World War being fought beyond his tiny exotic island. His mother is his sole company while his father works as a prison guard, so the boy thinks only of making friends. One day, from the far-away world, a ship brings to the island Jewish exiles who have been refused entry to Israel. David, a recently orphaned boy of his own age from Prague, becomes the friend that he has longed for, and Raj takes it upon himself to help David to escape from the prison. As they flee through sub-tropical forests and devastating storms, the boys battle hunger and malaria – and forge a friendship only death could destroy.


The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Dominic Smith
$32.99

 A dazzling and mesmerising story that charts the collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. A literary novel of breathtaking scope, ambition and achievement.


The Last Warner Woman
Kei Miller
$32.99

Jamaican-born Adamine Bustamante discovers she has the gift of warning. But when Adamine migrates to England her prophecies are no longer be respected – people think she is crazy and lock her away in a mental hospital. Now an old woman, Adamine wants to tell her story but she must compete with Mr Writer Man who is twisting her words for his own purposes. In a story about magic and migration, about stories and storytelling, we discover it is never one person who owns a story, or who has the right to tell it.


The Lavender Keeper
Fiona McIntosh
$0.00

'Are you German or are you French? Are you working against Germany or for it? Are you telling me the truth, or are you a very accomplished liar?'


The Legacy
Kirsten Tranter
$32.99

After inheriting a fortune, Ingrid leaves Australia, her friends, and her partner, to marry Gil Grey and set up home in New York.

But on September 11, 2001, Ingrid has an appointment downtown and is never seen again…Or is she?

Ingrid’s friend Julia, searches for clues about her life but uncovers only further layers of mystery and deception.

 


The Leopard
Jo Nesbo
$32.95

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn't want to be found. A heart-stopping thriller from the bestselling author of The Snowman, The Leopard is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page. 


The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman
$22.99

This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same... 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world.  One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...


The List of My Desires
Gregoire Delacourt
$24.95

If you liked The Elegance of the Hedgehog… 
 
Jocelyne is 47 and runs her own dressmaking shop. She's a bit overweight, her husband is very ordinary, and her best friends are the twins who run the hairdresser next door. Jocelyn's mother dropped dead suddenly when she was 17, and her father fell ill shortly afterwards, so she took a job, rather than pursue her dreams. But is she really unhappy? She has her weekends away, her friendships, her sewing blog, her work and its small pleasures. Then Jocelyne wins 18 million euros — she could do anything with the money, change her life completely, but what is it she really wants? Without cashing the cheque Jocelyne begins to write down her 'list of desires' — a new coat, a bathmat, a visit to her daughter in England. She visits the Chanel shop in Paris, thinking she could buy anything she wants, but will a new bag really make her any happier than the sandwich her husband prepared for her that morning? What if winning enough money to make her dreams come true brings changes she can't foresee?

The Little Paris Bookshop
Nina George
$29.99

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.


The Love Object
Edna O’Brien
$39.99

A beautiful collection of short stories from a master of the form. Collected here together for the first time in one beautiful volume, are the stories of an expert practitioner of the shorter form. Spanning five decades of writing, The Love Object takes the most memorable and successful stories from collections like A Scandalous Woman and Saints and Sinners; stories that have bewitched generation after generation. Referred to in the ‘New York Review of Books’ by Harold Bloom as 'the short story master', Edna O'Brien's stories are a cumulative portrait of a nation, seen from within and without. Here you will find stories about families, feuds, love, and land; enchantment, disenchantment, and throughout, the manifold bonds of love.


The Lovely Bones (40th Anniversary Edition)
Alice Sebold
$19.99

 

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." 
 
This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet...
 
Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this stunning novel has been reissued in a beautiful new series style, and is a must-read for fans of the Classics.

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
$29.99

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction, which more than fulfils the promise of The Rehearsal. Like that novel, it is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-twenties, and will confirm for critics and readers that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.


The Madwoman Upstairs
Catherine Lowell
$29.99

Think you know Charlotte, Emily, & Anne? Think again.

Samantha Whipple is the last remaining descendant of the illustrious Brontë family, of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre fame. After losing her father, a brilliant author in his own right, it is up to Samantha to piece together the mysterious family inheritance lurking somewhere in her past - yet the only clues she has at her disposal are the Brontës' own novels. With the aid of her handsome but inscrutable Oxford tutor, Samantha must repurpose the tools of literature to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature's greatest secret.


The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides
$29.99

Madeleine Hanna was the dutiful English major who didn’t get the memo. While everyone else in the early 1980s was reading Derrida, she was happily absorbed with Jane Austen and George Eliot. Madeleine was the girl who dressed a little too nicely for the taste of her more Bohemian friends, the perfect girlfriend whose college love life, despite her good looks, hadn’t lived up to expectations. But now, in the spring of her final year, Madeleine has enrolled in a semiotics course to see what all the fuss is about. And, for reasons that have nothing to do with her studies, life and literature will never be the same. With brilliant wit, irony and an incredible understanding of and love for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides explores the original energies of the novel as an art form while creating a story so contemporary that it reads like an intimate journal of our own lives.


The Memory Tree
Tess Evans
$0.00

When Paulina dies mid-dance, she leaves 12-year-old Zav and 7-year-old Sealie with their loving but unstable father, Hal. The grieving family decides to plant a tree in her memory - a magnolia which, growing along with the children, offers a special place where secrets are whispered and feelings can be confessed.


The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
$0.00

 This is a sensational feat of storytelling for fans of Sarah Waters and Donna Tartt. There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. 


It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways...Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. 


The Muse
Jessie Burton
$29.99

 On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come an artist and revolutionary, Isaac Robles, and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .

Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an addictive novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a magnificent creation and a story you will never forget. 


The Mysteries of the Heights
Cyril George Joseph
$27.99

The Mysteries of the Heights relates the mystical experiences endured by Yousuf Yesudas, an aspirant to priesthood, upon his return to the heights after over a decade away. From the elderly Vicar of the parish, he learns more about the mysterious death of Tresa, a family friend, and about strange sightings of Tresa reported by various witnesses. Mysteries, riddles, and paranormal occurrences throw Yousuf into physical and emotional turmoil. He traverses tea gardens, dense rainforests, grasslands, and lofty mountains in pursuit of Tresa’s apparition. He becomes shell-shocked, and disillusioned with spirituality upon learning the cause of Tresa’s death. The Mysteries of the Heights is a twisting tale of one man’s spiritual journey discovering the true nature of the mystical world.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
$32.95

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love. August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.


The Natural Way of Things
Charlotte Wood
$29.99

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue -- but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.


The New Republic
Lionel Shriver
$0.00

Ostracised as a kid, Edgar Kellogg has always yearned to be popular. A disgruntled New York corporate lawyer, he's more than ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement and uncertainty of journalism. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognises the disappeared larger-than-life reporter he's been sent toreplace, Barrington Saddler, as exactly the outsized character he longs to emulate. Infuriatingly, all his fellow journalists cannot stop talking about their beloved Beara, who is no longer lighting up their work lives. Yet all is not as it appears.


The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson
$29.99

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which — remarkably — he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm, and funny novel, woven beautifully  with history and politics.


The Oracle of Stamboul
Michael David Lukas
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Late in the summer of 1877, as Tsar Alexander II’s Royal Cavalry descends on the defenseless Ottoman outpost of Constanta, a flock of purple and white hoopoes suddenly appears over the town and Eleonora Cohen is ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives who arrive just minutes before her birth. However, joy is mixed with tragedy, for Eleonora’s mother dies soon after the birth. Raised by her doting father, a carpet merchant and her stern, resentful stepmother, Eleonora’s early years are spent daydreaming, doing housework and avoiding the wrath of her stepmother until the moment she teaches herself to read and her father recognizes that she is an extraordinarily gifted child, a prodigy.


The Orchardist
Amanda Coplin
$29.99

At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market and later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadage's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect, but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Coplin has woven a tapestry of secluded people who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy and in THE ORCHARDIST has crafted an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.


The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson
$19.95

Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents — it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it's too late. He knows he's not like the other prisoners in the camp. He's going to get out soon. 


The Other Wife
Manfred Jurgensen
$29.99

What is the nature of human love? Burt enters his office one day to find a large handwritten folder marked "CONFIDENTIAL". 

The unexpected package has come from an old university mate: a charming, successful, and well-loved Australian man named Ted Harris. Twenty-five years post-university, Ted seems to have it all: a partnership in a successful law firm, respect, wealth, and the perfect wife. 

However, as Burt delves deeper into these documents - which turns out to be an intensely personal confessional - he discovers that things are not what they seem, and that Ted harbours a dark and mysterious past relating to his first wife, peculiar Swiss biochemist Yvonne.

In The Other Wife, Manfred Jurgensen uses his unique writing style and several narrative voices to examine the internal conflicts of disease, our responsibility for those we care for, and the very nature of this undefinable thing we call love.


The Paris Wife
Paula McLain
$0.00

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness, until she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they soon fall in with a circle of lively and volatile expatriates. Ernest and Hadley are thrust into a life of artistic ambition, hard liquor and spur-of-the-moment dashes to Pamplona, the Riviera and the Swiss Alps.


The Passage
Justin Cronin
$35.00

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is. Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He's wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.


The Penguin Book of the Ocean
James Bradley
$35.00

The Penguin Book of the Oceanpresents a dazzling selection of writing exploring the grandest of obsessions, combining fact and fiction, classical and contemporary, to create a collection like no other. The ocean has always been one of the wellsprings of the human imagination; its restless immensity has given us new horizons to cross, new possibilities to explore and inspired wonder, heartache and heroism. The Penguin Book of the Ocean is a hymn to the mystery, beauty and majesty of the ocean and to the poets and explorers it has inspired.


The Perfect Wife
Katharine Scholes
$29.99

Kitty Hamilton arrives in Tanganyika with high hopes for her new life. An exciting adventure halfway across the world could be just what she and Theo need to recover from the scandal that almost tore them apart. She is determined to play the role of the perfect wife, but her dreams soon begin to unravel. Theo is distracted with his important British government post, and while Kitty had imagined doing valuable work of her own, she finds that choosing the right frock to wear to the club is the biggest challenge of her day. In this wild, foreign land old wounds resurface and new passions ignite, as Kitty and Theo confront emotions that push them beyond the boundaries of all they know and believe in.

The Perfect Wife is a breathtaking story about the struggle between duty and desire, jealousy and love, commitment and freedom, and the need to follow the call of your heart, wherever it may lead you…


The Perfume Collector
Kathleen Tessaro
$19.99

At 27, Grace Monroe is an unfulfilled newly-wed with an unladylike talent for advanced mathematics. She doesnt fit anyone's expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. And then there are the holes in her memory; events she can't fully remember, yet can't completely forget, which haunt her dreams at night. So when she inherits a flat in Paris from a woman she's never met, Grace undertakes to discover not only who her mysterious benefactor is, but also to piece together events that led to her own fractured identity. Set in Paris, New York, and Monte Carlo, in a world of fashion and high treason, this is a beautifully fragrant story which weaves through the decades from the 1920s to 1950s as well as through the hearts and histories of two extraordinary women.


The Piper's Son
Melina Marchetta
$24.95

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.

And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.


The Place at Whitton
Tom Keneally
$29.99

Tom Keneally's first novel, a psychological mystery, was published after his time in a seminary. Fifty years on, this anniversary edition is being released with a new author's note about the novel and fifty years of writing. In the shocking dirt of the cement floor, Wally lay now, indiscriminately felled amongst the piglets, prostrate on his stomach with his head on his side. Someone had battered him about the head and then strangled him with a noose of thin rope. When a man is found brutally murdered in Whitton's monastery, Dr Stenner, Whitton's president, is horrified. Could it possibly be the work of one of his priests? A nightmare begins as another brazen killing follows. The murderer appears to be a madman. Then, into the whirlpool of fear and violence, steps a cold and steely young woman who, it seems, has a very specific use for a priest gone bad. Stenner knows he must somehow control the fear whirling around the monastery, for 'death outside these walls was simply death; death within them might be called murder, vampirism, witchery' ... Tom Keneally is one of Australia's most loved and acclaimed writers; with this new edition of his first novel we can celebrate fifty years of his writing and wisdom, and see where it all began.


The Postmistress
Blake Sarah
$32.95

Those who carry the truth sometimes bear a terrible weight . . .

It is 1940 and half the world is living through the horror of the Second World War, but America still believes it is safe from the bloodshed.

In Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, Iris James is the postmistress and she firmly believes that her job is to keep and deliver people's secrets, to pass along the news of love and sorrow that letters carry. But one day she does the unthinkable: she doesn't deliver a letter and instead slips it into her pocket.

Every night Iris and Emma Fitch, the young doctor's wife, tune in to Frankie Bard's radio dispatches, anguished bulletins sent from the air-raid shelters and Underground stations of London during the Blitz.

One night in a bomb shelter, Frankie meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver.

In the last desperate days of the summer of 1941 Frankie leaves a traumatised London, rides the trains out of Germany and records the stories of refugees desperately trying to escape. The townspeople of Franklin listen and the war seems a life-time away, but Iris and Emma, unable to tear themselves away from Frankie's voice, know better.

The Postmistress is an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave. And how every story of love or war is about looking left when we should have been looking right.


The Prisoner of Heaven
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
$0.00

The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival.


The Promise Seed
Cass Moriarty
$29.95

An elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life – the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy. When his ten-year-old neighbour hides in his garden one afternoon, they begin an unexpected friendship that offers a reprieve from their individual struggles. Can the old man protect the boy he has come to know – and redeem the boy he once was?


The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted
Bridget Asher
$0.00

 

Every good love story has another love hiding within it. Brokenhearted, still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her troubled eight-year-old son, and Charlotte, her intolerably jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France. The family tells and retells stories of the magical properties entwined around the old stones - in many different ways, this house has healed broken hearts and made miracles happen.


The Puppet Boy of Warsaw
Eva Weaver
$35.00

The Puppet Boy Of Warsaw is the story of Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat from his grandfather and discovers a puppet in one of its many secret pockets. He becomes a puppeteer in the Warsaw ghetto, but when his talent is discovered, Mika is forced to entertain the occupying German troops instead of his countrymen. It is also the story of Max, a German soldier stationed in Warsaw, whose experiences in Poland and later in Siberia's Gulag show a different side to the Second World War. As one of Mika's puppets is passed to the soldier, a war-torn legacy is handed from one generation to another. Gripping and heartbreaking in equal measure, The Puppet Boy Of Warsaw is a story of courage and redemption, and marks the arrival of an important new talent.


The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay
$29.99

In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet, and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story. In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive. Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It's a story of life, loss, and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.

A story that will break your heart with hope.


The Revenant
Michael Punke
$19.99

Based on a true story, THE REVENANT is an epic tale of revenge set in the Rocky Mountains and soon to be a major motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Rocky Mountains, 1823 When expert tracker Glass is viciously mauled by a bear, death seems inevitable. The two men ordered to remain with him until he dies flee, stripping him of his rifle and hatchet and leaving him to die alone. But soon a grim, horribly scarred figure is seen wandering, asking after two men, one with a gun that seems too good for him... The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.


The Reversal
Michael Connolly
$32.99

The Reversal is Michael Connelly’s latest blistering bestseller. Long-time defence attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change sides and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that his investigator is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case where the odds and the evidence are against them, but Bosch is sure Jessup plans to kill again.


The Riviera Set
Mary S. Lovell
$35.00

 

 THE RIVIERA SET is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Ch teau de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Ch teau and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties.After the War the story continued as the Ch teau changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth.Mary Lovell tells her story of high society behaviour with tremendous brio and relish, and this book has all the charm and fascination of her bestselling The Mitford Girls and The Churchills.

The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
$29.99

'We've got something to celebrate,' Rosie said. I am not fond of surprises, especially if they disrupt plans already in place. I assumed that she had achieved some important milestone with her thesis. Or perhaps she had been offered a place in the psychiatry-training programme. This would be extremely good news, and I estimated the probability of sex at greater than 80%. 'We're pregnant,' she said.

The Rosie Project was an international publishing phenomenon, with more than a million copies sold in over forty countries around the world. Now Graeme Simsion returns with the highly anticipated sequel, The Rosie Effect. Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she's pregnant. In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don's old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most. The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.


The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
$29.99

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet.

But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.
 

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you.


 


The Rule of Knowledge
Scott Baker
$29.99

Faith, history, science, and love collide in this debut action adventure.

High school teacher Shaun Strickland is shocked when he receives a last-minute invitation from Cambridge University to deliver a paper on the relationship between space and time, something he has been studying for years. This could be the break he’s been longing for. But as he and his wife drive through the cold North Carolina night to catch their flight, their car slams hard into something exploding from the bushes. From that moment, a mind-bending mystery unravels.


The Sandalwood Tree
Elle Newmark
$0.00

It is 1947, and Evie and Martin Mitchell have just arrived in the Indian village of Masoorla with their five-year-old son. But cracks soon appear in their marriage as Evie struggles to adapt to her new life, and Martin fails to bury unbearable wartime memories.

When Evie finds a collection of letters, concealed deep in the brickwork of their rented bungalow, so begins an investigation that consumes her, allowing her to escape to another world, a hundred years earlier, and to the extraordinary friendship of two very different young women.


The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
Alexander McCall Smith
$0.00

 

The day of Mma Makutsi's long-awaited wedding to her beloved Phuti Radiphuti, proprietor of the Double Comfort Furniture Shop, is finally approaching. But that scheming minx Violet Sephotho has developed political ambitions which could jeopardise not only the wedding preparations but the fate of the entire nation of Botswana, and Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi must take action to quash them.


The Seamstress
Maria Duenas
$0.00

The runaway bestseller that has taken the world by storm 1935: As turmoil brews in Europe, Sira Quiroga's carefully mapped-out life is thrown into chaos, first by love, then betrayal. Abandoned and alone, all she has are her skills as a seamstress, a talent that could not only save her but may influence the course of a war... When the glamorous circles of high society and the shadowy world of espionage collide, Sira is confronted with a terrifying decision, with only one possible choice. From the haute couture ateliers of old Madrid to the exotic souqs of Morocco, 'The Seamstress' is the inspiring journey of an extraordinary young woman who embraces destiny, braving life-or-death stakes and risking everything, for love.


The Secret Chord
Geraldine Brooks
$39.99

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, YEAR OF WONDERS and MARCH comes a unique and vivid novel that retells the story of King David's extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace.A skilful reimagining ... gracefully and intelligently told.' - KIRKUS REVIEWS1000 BC. The Second Iron Age. The time of King David.Anointed as the chosen one when just a young shepherd boy, David will rise to be king, grasping the throne and establishing his empire. But his journey is a tumultuous one and the consequences of his choices will resound for generations. In a life that arcs from obscurity to fame, he is by turns hero and traitor, glamorous young tyrant and beloved king, murderous despot and remorseful, diminished patriarch. His wives love and fear him, his sons will betray him. It falls to Natan, the courtier and prophet who both counsels and castigates David, to tell the truth about the path he must take.With stunning originality, acclaimed author Geraldine Brooks offers us a compelling portrait of a morally complex hero from this strange age - part legend, part history. Full of drama and richly drawn detail, THE SECRET CHORD is a vivid story of faith, family, desire and power that brings David magnificently alive.'Brooks evokes time and place with keenly drawn detail ... with the verve of an adroit storyteller ... Ambitious and psychologically astute.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'In her gorgeously written novel of ambition, courage, retribution and triumph, Brooks imagines the life and character of King David ... the novel feels simultaneously ancient, accessible and timeless.' - BOOKLISTAustralian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in Sydney's western suburbs. In 1982 she won a scholarship to the journalism master's program at Columbia University in New York. Later she worked for the WALL STREET JOURNAL, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. In 2006 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel MARCH. Her novels CALEB'S CROSSING and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK were both NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, and YEAR OF WONDERS and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK are international bestsellers, translated into more than 25 languages. She is also the author of the acclaimed non-fiction works NINE PARTS OF DESIRE and FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE. In 2011 she presented Australia's prestigious Boyer Lectures, later published as THE IDEA OF HOME. Geraldine Brooks lives in Massachusetts with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.


The Secret Keeper
Kate Morton
$35.00

1961: On a sweltering summers day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can't wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.

2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history.


The Secret Lives of Men
Georgia Blain
$27.95

In these thirteen short stories, Georgia Blain examines human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires, and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges — their longings and failures exerting a subterranean pull on the women in their lives. In 'The Secret Lives of Men', a woman revisits her hometown and learns a long-held secret about her first boyfriend. In 'The Bad Dog Park', a man's devotion to his dog ultimately forces him to confront his true hopes and fears. And in 'The Other Side of the River' we watch as a woman makes a snap decision about her life's future direction, with devastating consequences for her family. Written in Blain's trademark unadorned yet powerful prose, these stories resonate long after they are finished.

 

'A haunting, unsentimental exploration of the vexations and joys of modern life, family, love and desire.' Kirsten Tranter


The Sellout
Paul Beatty
$26.99

 Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens - on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles - the narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversial sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes, he is shocked to discover, after his father is killed in a police shoot-out, that there never was a memoir. In fact, all that's left is the bill for a drive-throughfuneral. Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: his hometown Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school. What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.
 

The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
$29.95

 Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove. The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.


The Sense of an Ending BC
Julian Barnes
$0.00

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.Now Tony is in middle age. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world's most distinguished writers.


The Shadow Year
Hannah Richell
$29.99

On a sultry summer’s day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her friends, it offers an escape; a chance to drop out for a while, with lazy summer days by the lake and intimate winter evenings around the fire. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again. 

 
Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house. Little by little she wonders about the previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? Why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? Why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her? 
 
Hannah Richell's second novel is a captivating story of secrets, tragedy, lies, and betrayal, and is a must-read for 2013

The Sick Bag Song
Nick Cave
$24.99

 The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Cave's 2014 tour of North America. It began life scribbled on airline sick bags during the 22-city tour. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary epic. Spurred by encounters with modern day North America, and racked by romantic longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books and the music that have influenced and inspired him, and drops them into his Sick Bag.
 

The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
$29.99

January 1800: At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer. Her mother’s knowledge of botany is equal to any man's. An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it’s not long before Alma comes into her own within the new scientific world. As Alma's studies take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction — into the realm of the spiritual. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing, a desperate need to understand mechanisms behind life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters — missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad — with an unforgettable heroine, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.


The Silkworm
Robert Galbraith
$32.99

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days — as he has done before — and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows — if the novel were published it would ruin lives. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . . A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.


The Singles Game
Lauren Weisberger
$29.99

 When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. 


Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice. Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. 

But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside? 

Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.


The Slap Film Tie-In Edition
Christos Tsiolkas
$24.99

At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly boy.The boy is not his own.It's a single act of violence, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.Told through the eyes of eight of those present at the barbecue, this acclaimed bestseller is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family.


The Somnambulist
Essie Fox
$29.99

The Somnambulist is a Victorian gothic mystery – a spellbinding tale of lost love, murder and madness that sweeps from the boisterous music halls of London's East End to a desolate Herefordshire mansion as seventeen-year old Phoebe Turner embarks on a journey to unlock the darkest of family secrets.


The Son
Jo Nesbo
$32.99

This brand new thriller from no 1 bestselling crime author, Jo Nesbo, sees a charismatic young prisoner breaking out of jail to find out the truth about his father's death and seek revenge on those who lied to him.


The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
$29.99

Fox, as the celebrated composer Harry Fox-Talbot is known, wants to be left in peace. His beloved wife has died, he's unable to write a note of music, and no, he does not want to take up some blasted hobby. Then one day he discovers that his troublesome four-year-old grandson is a piano prodigy. The music returns and Fox is compelled to re-engage with life  and, ultimately, to confront an old family rift. Decades earlier, Fox and his brothers return to Hartgrove Hall after the war, determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But on the last night of 1946, the arrival of beautiful wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty, which leads to a shattering betrayal.

With poignancy, lyricism, and humour, Natasha Solomons tells a captivating tale of passion and music, of roots, ancient songs, and nostalgia for the old ways, of the ties that bind us to family and home, and the ones we are prepared to sever. Here is the story of a man who discovers joy and creative renewal in the aftermath of grief and learns that it is never too late to seek forgiveness.


The Stone Cutter
Camilla Lackberg
$32.99

This novel opens with the death of a child and, in a carefully layered and nuanced manner, the narrative seeks not only the culprit but to explore the impacts and ripples that this tragic event has on ordinary lives and relationships.

From the distraught parents who have hidden complications of their own; to the lead investigator battling lack of talent in his team, as well as the difficulties of being a new parent.

Family relationships are central to the story and in a variety of ways fathers, mothers, grandparents and in-laws contribute to the unfolding events that add to this an underlying theme involving past relationships and the way in which simmering animosities and actions fold into, and influence contemporary events. It is the bringing together of the past and present which gives this work a complex and surprising denouement.

Lackberg is at her best mixing the dramas of the everyday with the ever present darker forces that lead to death and violence. This is novel is so well crafted and such an intriguing read that you won’t want to put the book down!


The Story of a New Name
Elena Ferrante
$22.99

The Story of a New Name is an extraordinary novel about two young women, Lila and Elena, growing up in Naples in the early 1960s. At sixteen Lila marries the shopkeeper Stefano. She is filled with pleasure at her new wealth, and horror at the life she has chosen. Elena's own attempts at romance seem to be sabotaged by Lila's turbulent affairs. As she tries to plot her way out of poverty via academic and literary success, her constant anxiety is that she is just a shadow of the brilliant Lila. The sequel to My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name continues the enthralling chronicle of a friendship that is obsessive, loving, complicated, hurtful, enduring and constantly startling. It is an exhilarating reading experience.


The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante
$29.99

The Story of the Lost Child is the long-awaited fourth volume in the Neapolitan Novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay). The quartet traces the friendship between Elena and Lila, from their childhood in a poor neighbourhood in Naples, to their thirties, when both women are mothers but each has chosen a different path. Their lives are still inextricably linked, for better or worse, especially when it comes to the drama of a lost child.


The Storyteller
Jodi Picoult
$29.99

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from number-one bestselling author Jodi Picoult.

Sage Singer is a young woman who has been damaged by her past. Her solitary night work as a baker allows her to hide from the world and focus her creative energies on the beautiful bread she bakes. Yet she finds herself striking up an unlikely friendship. Josef Weber is a quiet, grandfatherly man, well respected in the community; everyone's favourite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favour: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses.Then Josef tells her that he deserves to die — and why.What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed horrendous acts ever truly redeem themselves? Is forgiveness yours to offer if you aren't the person who was wronged? And most of all — if Sage even considers his request — would it be murder, or justice?


The Storyteller and His Three Daughters
Lian Hearn
$29.95

TOKYO 1884 Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind. Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people around him begin to spiral out of control providing the inspiration for the greatest story he has ever told. A story of love, jealousy, intrigue, and betrayal. Set against the background of Japan's first incursions into Korea, Sei offers a wise and witty reflection on the nature of storytelling, its perils and delights, its lies and, ultimately, its truth.


The Storyteller’s Muse
Traci Harding
$29.99

A bitter writer, an enthusiastic protégé, and a story that must be told. Peter is a young nurse and aspiring author whose professional dreams have come true — a patient in his care needs someone to transcribe her final story. Revolving around four friends sharing an apartment where they hone their artistic and musical skills, Peter soon realises there is another presence lurking in the building — an intriguing, creative, temperamental force that goes by the name Em Jewel. When tragedy strikes, Peter must finish Penelope's story with the help of a motley group of authors, before it ruins his very life. Swept into a world of art, intrigue, and deception the group must choose whether to follow their heads or their hearts, with life-altering consequences.


The Summer Before The War
Helen Simonson
$32.99

 East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.


When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking — and attractive — than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.


The Summer Without Men
Siri Hustvedt
$0.00

When Mia Fredrickson learns that her husband is having an affair, she suffers a brief breakdown then retreats to her childhood town and her mother's embrace. Alone in a rented house, she rages and fumes and bemoans her sorry fate. Slowly, however, she is drawn into the lives of those around her.


The Surrendered
Chang-Rae Lee
$32.99

Compelling, suspenseful and unforgettable, The Surrendered is a stunning epic of war, redemption and human longing. It tells the story of June Han, who was a young girl when she was left orphaned by the Korean War. Hector Brennan – fighter and drinker – is the man who once saved June’s life. Reunited they embark on a journey in search of their past. The result is a heartbreaking story of how love and war inalterably change the lives of those they touch.


The Swan Thieves
Elizabeth Kostova
$32.99

‘The Swan Thieves’ is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve hope. The novel is told through the story of a psychiatrist who uncovers the secret that torments one of his patients, leading him to uncover a tragedy at the heart of the French.


The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen
$22.99

 

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. THE SYMPATHIZER is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, THE SYMPATHIZER explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

The Tea Chest
Josephine Moon
$29.99

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she'd be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family's future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. When the paths of these three women cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate's vision of the newest and most delectable tea shop in London, The Tea Chest. But with the very real possibility that The Tea Chest may fail, they are all forced to decide what's important to each of them.An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose, and caramel, it's a world you won't want to leave.


The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals
Wendy Jones
$0.00

Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic. The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred's intentions. But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace. On the verge of extricating himself, Wilfred's situation suddenly becomes more serious when Grace's father steps in. Up until this point in his life, Wilfred's existence has been blissfully simple, and the young undertaker seems unable to stop the swirling mess that now surrounds him. To add to Wilfred's emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him. As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything . . . Wendy Jones's charming first novel is a moving depiction of love and secrecy, set against the rural backdrop of a 1920s Welsh village, and beautifully told.


The Three
Sarah Lotz
$29.99

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. The fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

The message is a warning...


The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht
$29.99

In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her; secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

But Natalia is also confronting a private, hurtful mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. A famed physician, her grandfather must have known that he was too ill to travel. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel.

Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.


The Toe Tag Quintet
Matthew Condon
$27.95

 

Before he wrote the explosive true crime Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon was already an old-hand at crime stories. Check out some early Condon with this quintessentially Aussie crime novel! 

Retirement can be murder! The adventures of a former Sydney detective from 21 Division who — in his prime — collared some of the most murderous criminals in Australian history, and upon retiring to the Gold Coast along with half of the criminal milieu he once pursued, is shot, king-hit, tortured, and thrown from buildings in his relentless pursuit of justice. With his trademark wit, warmth, and humour, Matthew Condon takes readers on a crazy ride — in boats, kombis, Peugeots, and window-washing platforms, through art galleries, libraries, swampy islands, and caravan parks — to illustrate that we are never too old for adventure.


The Undivided
Jennifer Fallon
$32.99

The psychic twins Rónán and Darragh have been separated by a traitor Druid, Amergin, who has thrown Rónán through a rift into another reality. Now time is running out for Darragh. If Rónán isn′t found soon, they will both die. Meanwhile, Ren Kavanagh has no notion of where he comes from and is plagued by mysterious injuries. Then he meets the enticing and mysterious Trása, and before he can figure out how it happened, he is in serious trouble ... Ren′s life is about to become more bizarre and dangerous than he could ever have imagined.


The Unexpected Guest
Anne Korkeakivi
$0.00

Like Virginia Woolf did in MRS DALLOWAY , Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party in this alluring and timely debut. Anne Korkeakivi writes wonderfully about embassy manners, food, and Paris, and she writes even better about the darker world that threatens to disrupt not just Clarea's seating plan for dinner but her entire life. AN UNEXPECTED GUEST is a novel that, like its heroine, possesses great elegance, enormous surprises, and unexpected depth. Margot Livesey, author of THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET


The Valley of Amazement
Amy Tan
$29.99

Shanghai, 1905. Violet Minturn is the young daughter of the American mistress of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when revolution arrives in the city, she is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a virgin courtesan. Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet moves effortlessly between the cultural worlds of East and West, quickly becoming a shrewd businesswoman who deals in seduction and illusion. But her successes belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Lucia, Violet's mother, nurses wounds of her own, first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell blindly in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai, only to be confronted with the shocking reality of the vast cultural differences between them. Violet's need for answers will propel both her and her mother on separate quests of discovery: journeys to make sense of their lives, of the men-fathers, lovers, sons- who have shaped them, and of the ways we fail one another and our children despite our best attempts to love and be loved.Spanning fifty years and two continents, THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT resurrects lost worlds: from the moment when China's imperial dynasty collapsed, a Republic arose, and foreign trade became the lifeblood of Shanghai, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign Shanghailanders living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It is also a deeply evocative narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, which returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in THE JOY LUCK CLUB. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, and its illusions and truths.


The Vintage Teacup Club
Vanessa Greene
$19.99

At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it - and thus form a friendship that changes their lives...

Jenny can't wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams. Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career - until she's forced to confront the past once more. Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.

Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, THE VINTAGE TEACUP CLUB is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.


The Well
Chanter Catherine
$29.99

It hasn't rained in Britain for three years. Except at The Well, Ruth and Mark's rural property, their haven from the pressures of the city. But their lush garden paradise has made the outside world envious and suspicious, and the idyll soon turns sour. Then Lucien arrives, the child to brighten their lives, and the sisters of the rose set up camp, drawn by the miracle of the rain. And Ruth is swept inexorably towards her darkest nightmare.

Catherine Chanter's The Well is a haunting novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.

'The Well asks us where do we seek refuge, and why? And perhaps it shows us that what is left, after all is suffered, is love. Battered, weathered, at the end of the novel it comes cresting over the hill, a herald of relief. I loved this book!' Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist


The Whistler
John Grisham
$32.99

 The most corrupt judge in US history.A young investigator with a secret informant.The electrifying new thriller. Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell.Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime. Along with her gangster associates this judge has facilitated the building of a casino on an Indian reservation. At least two people who opposed the scheme are dead. Since the casino was built, the judge has made several fortunes off undeclared winnings. She owns property around the world, hires private jets to take her where she wishes, and her secret vaults are overflowing with rare books, art and jewels.No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now.Under Florida law, those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle blower friend could make millions.But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder?'The best thriller writer alive' Ken Follett

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Monique Roffey
$24.95

A heartbreaking story of love, isolation and political unrest set in post-colonial Trinidad.

George & Sabine arrive in Trinidad as young newlyweds intending on staying only three years. George is seduced by the island and their life whereas Sabine in oppressed not just by the heat but by the cultural barriers that exist.

I really enjoyed this book; Roffey has managed to make you feel the lush green heat of the island and Sabine’s desperation at still being there after all these years.


The Wolf In Winter
John Connolly
$29.99

The community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children's future is secure. It guards its own. At the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him, the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of the small town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet. Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive... Prosperous, and the secret beneath its ruins...


The Woman Next Door
Liz Byrski
$0.00

 Over the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become more than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs.


Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home. Helen and Dennis have moved from their high maintenance family property to an apartment by the river with all the mod cons. For Joyce and Mac, the empty nest has Joyce craving a new challenge, while Mac fancies retirement on the south coast.

Meanwhile, Polly embarks on a surprising long-distance relationship. But she worries about her friend next door. Stella's erratic behaviour is starting to resemble something much more serious than endearing eccentricity...

With her trademark warmth and wisdom, Liz Byrski involves us in the lives and loves of Emerald Street, and reminds us what it is to be truly neighbourly. 


The Woman on the Stairs
Bernhard Schlink
$29.99

 

 For decades the painting was believed to be lost. But, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it reappears, an anonymous donation to a gallery in Sydney. The art world is stunned but so are the three men who loved the girl in the painting, the girl on the stairs. One by one they track her down to an isolated cottage in Australia. Here they must try to untangle the lies and betrayals of their shared past - but time is running out. THE WOMAN ON THE STAIRS is an intricately-crafted, poignant and beguiling novel about creativity and love, about the effects of time passing and the regrets that haunt us all.

The Words in my Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
$29.99

The Words in my Hands is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch maid in 17th century Amsterdam, who works for the English bookseller Mr Sergeant. When a mysterious and reclusive lodger arrives it transpires that the Monsieur is Rene Descartes.  But this is Helena's story: the woman in front of Descartes.  As Descartes' quest for reason coverges with Helena's struggle for literacy, their worlds overlap as their feelings deepen, yet they remain sharply divided. For all Descartes' learning, it is Helena he seeks out as she reveals the surprise in the everyday world that surrounds him.  In a world where reputation is everything some truths must remain hidden, and both Helena and Descartes ultimately have to decide if their love is possible at all.


The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Michael Connelly
$32.99

 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again...'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.'..Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles, when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared...Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his vast fortune.


The Year of the Hare
Arto Paasilinna
$22.95

Vatanen is a journalist in Finland. When the car he is riding in accidentally hits a wild hare, the injured animal scampers off and the car moves on, but without Vatanen. He has disembarked to find the hare and nurse it back to health. With the hare in his arms, Vatanen starts walking and finds himself on a journey of comic adventures and near misses. Embracing this life, Vatanen decides to quit his job, leave his wife, and spend a year in the wild. As the hare slowly heals, so too does Vatanen. This is a picaresque tale of finding happiness, simplicity, and meaning.


The Young Lion
Blanche d'Alpuget
$29.99

Geoffrey the Handsome, the virile and charming Duke of Normandy, seduces Queen Eleanor of France to spy for him in the struggle between Normandy and France and Normandy and England. Said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe, and very rich, Eleanor has not been able to give birth to an heir for France. Her liaison with Geoffrey could remedy that - or lead to her downfall and Geoffrey's death. But what begins with cool calculation becomes a passionate affair. Despite his love for Eleanor, however, Geoffrey has larger plans: to help his warrior son, Henry, seize the English throne from the uncle who usurped it from its rightful heir, Henry's mother. When Henry is forced to intervene to save the lives of his father and Eleanor, he falls foul of the French queen----and madly in love with her Byzantine maid. Should he become King of England, however, this dazzling foreign girl will never be acceptable as his queen. These two relationships, both forbidden, both perilous, are at the centre of a tale of consuming ambition, family vengeance and political intrigue set in the glorious flowering of troubadour culture, mysticism and learning that is 12th century France.


There Should Be More Dancing
Rosalie Ham
$0.00

Margery Blandon was always a principled woman who found guidance from the wisdom of desktop calendars. She lived quietly in Gold Street, Brunswick for sixty years until events drove her to the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel. As she waits for the crowds in the atrium far below to disperse, she contemplates what went wrong; her best friend kept an astonishing secret from her and she can't trust the home help. Its possible her firstborn son has betrayed her, that her second son, Morris, might have committed a crime, her only daughter is trying to kill her and her dead sister Cecily helped her to this, her final downfall. Even worse, it seems Margerys life-long neighbour and enemy now demented always knew the truth. There Should be More Dancing' is a story of Margery's reckonings on loyalty, grief and love.


Thirteen Ways of Looking
Colum McCann
$29.99

It is a cold day in January, and J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. He is old and frail, entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer Sally. The day begins slowly as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirring memories of his late wife Eileen and his distinguished career as a judge. Later he will leave the house with Sally, and she will drop him off at his favourite Italian restaurant where he will eat with his son Elliot - or rather, Mendelssohn eats, as Elliot fields aggressive business calls. When Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as snow falls heavily outside; when Mendelssohn finally leaves, the flakes bite at his face and the tip of his walking stick crunches on the soft white carpet. Moments later he is brutally, and fatally, attacked.The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements captured by cameras in his home and on the street, looking for something in the patterns of time that will propel them towards a critical epiphany. Their work is like that of poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything. All actions are scrutinised to the smallest movement, to the flicker of an eye.


This Body of Death
Elizabeth George
$32.99

While DI Thomas Lynley is still on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife, Isabelle Ardery is brought into the Met as his temporary replacement. The discovery of a body in a Stoke Newington cemetery offers Isabelle the chance to make her mark with a high profile murder investigation. Persuading Lynley back to work seems the best way to guarantee a result: Lynley's team is fiercely loyal to him and Isabelle needs them - and especially Barbara Havers - on side. The Met is twitchy: a series of PR disasters has undermined its confidence. Isabelle knows that she'll be operating under the unforgiving scrutiny of the media, so is quick perhaps too quick - to pin the murder on a convenient suspect. The murder trail leads Lynley and Havers to the New Forest, and the eventual resolution of the case. Its roots are in a long-ago act of violence that has poisoned subsequent generations and its outcome is both tragic and shocking.


This Is How It Ends
Kathleen MacMahon
$29.99

Ireland. Family secrets. Laughter. Tragedy. Lehman Brothers. Obama's election. Swimming. Dogs. Big beaches. Loneliness. Addie and Bruno. A story of unexpected, life-changing love.


This Must Be The Place
Maggie O'Farrell
$32.99

 The dazzling new novel from Sunday Times bestselling, Costa Novel Award-winning author Maggie O'Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage. Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Elena Ferrante
$22.99

 Since the publication of the acclaimed My Brilliant Friend and The Story of A New Name, Elena Ferrante's reputation has grown enormously. Her novels about the friendship between Lila and Elena, about the mysteries of human relationships, are utterly compelling. In Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the two protagonists are now in their thirties. Lila, married at sixteen, has left her husband and the comforts of her marriage, and has now joined the workforce. Elena has left the neighbourhood in Naples, been to university, and published a successful novel, all of which has brought her into a wealthier, more cultured world. Both women are seizing opportunities to flee a life of poverty, ignorance and submission. Yet they are still very much bound to each other by an unbreakable bond.


Three Acclaimed Novels: Second Glance, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes
Jodi Picoult
$32.99

This attractively priced collection brings together three of Jodi Picoult’s lesser-known but equally as powerful stories.

In Second Glance land is being developed in Vermont against the will of a local Native American tribe. Strange things begin to happen, and Ross Wakeman, a paranormal investigator, is asked to get involved. He's a drifter who's taken up ghost hunting in an effort to cross paths again with his dead fiancé, but he has yet to experience anything paranormal. Then Ross meets Lia…As a seventy-year-old murder case is reopened, a shocking secret about a crime of passion long past is revealed. In The Tenth Circle, comic book artist Daniel Stone never suspected that the boy his fourteen-year-old daughter, Trixie, loved might inflict upon her the worst possible harm. Finally, Nineteen Minutes is set in a small town in the wake of a horrific school shooting, and features the return of two beloved Picoult characters — Jordan McAfee (The Pact and Salem Falls) and Patrick Ducharme (Perfect Match). As the story unfolds, layer after layer is peeled back to reveal some hard-hitting questions about the nature of justice, the balance of power, and what it means to be different.


To Be Sung Underwater
Tom McNeal
$22.99

Judith Whitman believes in the sort of love that 'picks you up in Akron, Ohio, and sets you down in Rio de Janeiro'. But she married more pragmatically.Before her marriage to a banker, before her career as a film editor in Los Angeles, Judith was 17 and living in Nebraska, where she met Willy Blunt, a carpenter whose pale blue eyes and easy smile awakened in Judith the reckless girl he alone imagined her to be. Marrying Willy seemed a natural thing to promise. But a violent episode followed by acceptance to a prestigious university carried Judith away. Twenty years later, Judith's sturdy-seeming marriage is suddenly hazy with secrets, and her thoughts drift back to the time when she and Willy had escaped to a small world where sunlight seemed always to fall from a softer angle. What happens now when she holds in her hand the number for the man who believed it, long ago, when she declared her love.


To Kill A Mocking Bird
Harper Lee
$19.95

If you enjoy Me & Rory Macbeath why not take a step back in history and read the novel that critics are comparing this modern Australian tale to. 
 
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel — a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.

To Love a Sunburnt Country
Jackie French
$29.99

Heartfelt, powerful, and unforgettable. This extraordinary novel is set during WW2 and comes from one of Australia's best-loved storytellers. The year is 1942 and the world is at war. Nancy Clancy is 16 and left school to spend a year droving, just like her grandfather Clancy of the Overflow was famed for. Now Nancy's family has sent her to Malaya to bring home her sister-in-law Moira along with her baby, Gavin. Moira is British and married to Nancy's brother Ben, who is now a soldier. Malaya is under threat from the Japanese, but despite the warnings Moira has resisted leaving as she wants to stay near her husband. When Malaya is invaded, Nancy, Moira, and Gavin are fortunate to get out before Singapore falls. When their ship is bombed they end up stranded on an island where they, and some other colonial women, are captured. There begins the nightmare and horror of internment in a Japanese camp. Back home at Gibber's Creek families are doing their bit for the war. They worry constantly about their men who are fighting  and now those who are missing after Singapore falls. Written by one of Australia's most respected and admired authors, To Love a Sunburnt Country is powerful, compelling, and confronting, and a book that pulls no punches. Filled with emotional truth and heartfelt agony, this book is truly unforgettable.


Tom Hurstbourne or a Squatters Life
Gloria Grant & Gerard Benjamin
$39.95

Long-lost manuscript becomes a Queensland First after 145 years.

Faced with losing his centuries old family estate to debt, Tom Hurstbourne headed to colonial Australia to make his fortune. He had no idea that the Shrewsbury lawyer he left in charge of his affairs would snatch this chance to exact the ultimate revenge on Tom, the last of the Hurstbourne dynasty…

Brisbane Editors, Gloria Grant & Gerard Benjamin, transcribed the manuscript and wrote its introduction and contextual notes.


Torment
Lauren Kate
$29.95

Torment is the fabulous sequel to Fallen and sees the return of fallen angel, Daniel, and his mortal love, Lucinda. After what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by Daniel in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realises that the past is her only key to unlocking her future, and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything.


Trespass
Rose Tremain
$32.95

Among the hills and gorges of the Cevennes, the dark and beautiful heartland of southern France, lives Aramon Lunel – an alcoholic haunted by his violent past. His sister, Audrun, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed Cevenol world comes Anthony Verey – a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London who, now in his sixties, hopes to remake his life in France. Two worlds and two cultures collide, and a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.


True Girt
David Hunt
$32.99

 In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep. 


True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia's most famous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks. 

Learn how Truganini's death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan. 


Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
$32.99

 It was just an ordinary backyard barbeque on a Sunday afternoon. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. What could possibly go wrong? The new novel from the Number 1 New York Times bestselling author, Liane Moriarty.

Truth
Peter Temple
$32.95

At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.

So begins Truth, the sequel to Peter Temple’s bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel.

Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.

Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit. And it is about truth.


Turrwan
Richard J Carroll
$0.00

Tom Petrie arrives with his family at the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Colony (Brisbane, Australia) in 1837, aged six. From the first day, he encounters a vicious convict, who, over the years, becomes his mortal enemy bent on revenge. As Tom grows up in the harsh environment of the fledgling penal colony, he makes friends with the local Aboriginal people, the Turrbal, who teach him their language and their customs. He is initiated by the Turrbal as a “turrwan” (great man) and discovers forbidden love with the daughter of a tribal leader who opposes the whites. Tom is torn by the conflict between whites and blacks on the violent frontier and has enemies in both camps. When his world is shattered by tragedy, he sinks into the abyss in the New South Wales gold fields. Tom returns to Brisbane to rebuild his life, but his old tormentor has other plans. This is a tale of coming of age, adventure, love and payback based on the real-life figure of Tom Petrie and set against the historical background of colonial Australia.


Two Brothers
Ben Elton
$32.95

Berlin 1920. Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship, and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice.... Which one of them will survive?

Ben Elton's most personal novel to date,Two Brothers transports the reader to the time of history's darkest hour.


Ulysses
James Joyce
$6.95

COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED.

With a new introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex, James Joyce's astonishing masterpiece tells of the diverse events which befall Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus in Dublin on 16 June 1904, during which Bloom's voluptuous wife, Molly, commits adultery. Initially deemed obscene in England and the USA, this richly allusive novel, revolutionary in its Modernistic experimentalism, was hailed as a work of genius by W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, and Ernest Hemingway.

Scandalously frank, wittily erudite, mercurially eloquent, resourcefully comic, and generously humane, Ulysses offers the reader a life-changing experience. The beautiful new cover art is by talented Irish artist, Jonathan Barry, and shows Halfpenny Bridge, in Dublin. *


Under the Dome
Stephen King
$19.99

Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters — some heroic, some diabolical — and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he’s ever conjured. On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as the dome comes down on it, people running errands in the neighbouring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet, teams up with a few intrepid citizens against the town’s corrupt politician. But time, under the dome, is running out....


Under the Skin
Michel Faber
$19.99

 Isserley spends most of her time driving along empty, winding Highland roads in her red Toyota. She is interested in hitchhikers  so long as they are male, well-muscled, and alone. But once she has coaxed them into her car, what she does to them is truly astonishing. Meeting Isserley is only the beginning of their journey, and a gateway to a new world. Cutting across different genres, Under the Skin is a wildly inventive, bold, and beautifully written book that launched Michel Faber's international career and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Book Award. In Isserley, Faber created one of the most memorable and singular heroines of modern times.


Undercover: A Life of a Novel
Keith Bulfin
$32.95

Keith Bulfin is a conservative Melbournefather, pushing middle age who finds himself drawn into a world of drug smuggling and horrific violence in Mexico City. Bulfin is a stockbroker when, convicted of conspiracy to defraud, he is inexplicably sent to prison. Among the murderers, rapists and psychopaths, Bulfin befriends an infamous Mexican drug cartel banker. It is a friendship that will change his life. Undercover is a chilling novel delving into the inside workings of Mexican drug cartels and the DEA, revealing one man's courage in outwitting them both in his personal battle for redemption.


Various Pets Alive and Dead
Marina Lewycka
$29.95

Most normal parents, you'd think, would be pleased to have a son not yet thirty and earning ninety grand a year. But not Doro and Marcus. They'd consider it the ultimate betrayal of his ideals, meaning their ideals, because Serge doesn't claim to have any ideals apart from a vague general sense of goodwill towards mankind. And womankind. Especially Maroushka. Marcus and Doro were part of a left wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, Left politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that he is still doing a Maths PhD at Cambridge, while in fact working making loadsamoney in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Downs Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.


Vinegar Girl : The Taming of the Shrew Retold
Anne Tyler
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Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. 


Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr… 

When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? 

Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself. 


Walking on Trampolines
Frances Whiting
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'Tallulah de Longland,' she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgement. 'That,' she announced, 'is a serious glamorgeous name.'

From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah 'Lulu' de Longland is bewitched: by Annabelle, by her family, and their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river. Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small coastal town of Juniper Bay. Their lives become as entwined as Annabelle's initials engraved beneath the de Longland kitchen table. But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood. Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgiveable. It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.


Watching You
Michael Robotham
$29.99

Joe O'Loughlin is back with a pulse-stopping new case.
 
Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on — a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye — and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.
 
Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames, and workmates. Daniel was preparing for Marnie's birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting. . .

Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen
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This is a great, glorious, big-hearted novel set in a travelling circus touring the backblocks of America during the Great Depression of the early 1930s. It's a story of love and hate, trains and circuses, dwarves and fat ladies, horses and elephants - or to be more specific, one elephant, Rosie, star of Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth...When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, swindlers and misfits in a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
$22.99

Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.


We Are Pirates
Daniel Handler
$29.99

 From mega-bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), a novel for adults that "will dazzle, disturb, and delight you" (Jess Walter).A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter.Gwen is his daughter. She's fourteen. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw.Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal.Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure."We Are Pirates" is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.


Welcome to Normal
Nick Earls
$29.95

 From Arizona to Taipei to suburban Brisbane, Nick Earls's characters lead ordinary lives that, in these stories, become far from ordinary. An Australian wine-maker tries to crack the Taiwanese market. Two holiday-makers in Spain decide to tell a lie about each other at every meal. A man drives home from work trying not to dwell on what he has just done. 

Ranging widely in style, setting, and narrator, Welcome to Normal vividly captures the uniqueness of the everyday through its author's eye for detail and his unfailing aim at the human heart. By turns playful and thought-provoking, these stories showcase the calibre and versatility of Nick Earls at his perceptive best. 
 
'A writer hitting his straps with gusto.' - The Australian

What Milo Saw
Virginia Macgregor
$29.99

In this BIG story about a small boy who sees the world a little differently, nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don't. When Milo's beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there's something very wrong at the home. The grown-ups won't listen to him so with just Tripi, the nursing home's cook, and Hamlet, his pet pig, to help, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the nursing home and the sinister Nurse Thornhill. Insightful, wise, and surprising, What Milo Saw is a novel filled with big ideas, simple truths, and an emotional message that will resonate with everyone. Milo sees the world in a very special way and it will be impossible for you not to fall in love with him, savour every moment you spend with him, and then share his story with everyone you know.


Whatever You Love
Louise Doughty
$22.99

We think of our lives as linear, with a clear beginning, middle and end. The line is inevitable: like time itself. Betty's death stopped time. The line dissolved and life became a point, fixed on the day that Betty died.

 
When two police officers knock on Laura's door, her life changes forever. Her nine-year old daughter Betty has been hit by a car and killed, and Laura is left both devastated and desperate for revenge against the man responsible for Betty's death.
 
Laura's grief re-opens old wounds and she is thrown back to the story of her passionate love affair with Betty's father David, their marriage and his subsequent affair with another woman. When does lust become sexual jealousy - and when does the desire for justice become a bitter thirst for violence? What are the boundaries between love and the desire for possession or control?
 
Haunted by her past, and driven to breaking point by her desire for retribution, Laura discovers the lengths she is willing to go to for love.

Will
Christopher Rush
$19.95

From the author of numerous critically acclaimed works of fiction, memoir, and poetry comes this mesmerising blend of fiction and fact. 
 
For the first time in 400 years, an author has dared to take on the voice of the world’s most famous playwright. Christopher Rush’s extraordinary novel takes as its dramatic theme the deathbed meeting between William Shakespeare and his lawyer, as they set out his final will and testament. As he answers his lawyer’s questions, the playwright begins to recall his life, and over 448 pages of tumultuous, passionate, and glorious writing, the true life of the man emerges. This is Shakespeare as we have never been able to know him: angry, emotional, honest, reflective, joyous, despairing — we will never think of him in the same way again.

With My Body
Nikki Gemmell
$29.99

The long-awaited follow-up to the international bestselling phenomenon The Bride Stripped Bare, With My Body is an intensely personal tale of sexual awakening as well as one wife’s story about every woman’s marriage. Locked into an unending cycle of school runs, laundry and meal times, a wife despairs of ever finding a way through her family to her own identity. Even her husband, whom she loves, has never reached the core of her. In desperation, she flees her comfortable life to revisit an old love affair -- an extremely passionate, transforming one. The consequences will be devastating, liberating and entirely unexpected. Told in Nikki Gemmell’s distinctively lyrical style, this is beautiful, literary writing at its best.

Wolf Hall

$32.99

From author Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall is thatvery rare thing: a truly great English novel, onethat explores the intersection of individualpsychology and wider politics. With a vast arrayof characters, and richly overflowing withincident, it peels back history to show us TudorEngland as a half-made society, moulding itselfwith great passion and suffering and courage.Winner of the The Man Booker Prize 2009.

Worth Dying For
Lee Child
$32.95

61 Hours, featuring the much-loved maverick hero Jack Reacher, was published in March 2010. It ended on a cliff-hanger. What happened to Reacher? Will this new novel provide the answer?


You Deserve Nothing
Alexander Maksis
$29.99

Set in an international high school in Paris, You Deserve Nothing  is told in three voices: that of Will, a charismatic young teacher who brings ideas alive in the classroom in a way that profoundly affects his students; Gilad, one of Will's students who has grown up behind compound walls in places like Dakar and Dubai, and for whom Paris and Will's senior seminar are the first heady tastes of freedom; and Marie, the beautiful, vulnerable senior with whom, unbeknowst to Gilad, Will is having an illicit affair. 
 
Utterly compelling, brilliantly written, You Deserve Nothing is a captivating tale about teachers and students, of moral uncertainties and the coming of adulthood. It heralds the arrival of a brilliant new voice in fiction.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Therese Anne Fowler
$29.99

Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Z is the story of the golden couple who had it all, but who weren't destined for a happy ending.

'Sometimes I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he'd even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood, and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation's vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.

Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated, and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic, and tumultuous story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.


Book of the month

The German Girl

Armando Lucas Correa

$29.99

Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life.

But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home.

A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner t... Read More

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