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First Person
Cover Image, North Water

Richard Flanagan
Random House
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143787242     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghostwriting his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder- who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others- what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age. 

The Pleasures of Leisure
Cover Image, North Water

Robert Dessaix
Random House
Genre: Literature
ISBN 9780143780045     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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In today's crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. Robert Dessaix shows, in this thoughtful and witty book, how taking leisure seriously gives us back our freedom - to enjoy life, to revel in it, in fact; to deepen our sense of who we are as human beings. He explains how we can reclaim our right to 'rest well', and to loaf, groom, nest and play, as he looks at leisure from many angles- reading, walking, travelling, learning languages, taking siestas and simply doing nothing. The result is a terrifically lively and engaging conversation that reminds us that at leisure we are at our most intensely and pleasurably human.

Losing Streak
Cover Image, North Water

James Boyce
Black Inc.
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781863959100     
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo. It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. It shows how giving one company the licence to all the poker machines in Tasmania has led to several hundred million dollars of profits (mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals. Losing Streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.

The Moth: All These WondersCover Image, Art Making

Catherine Burns (ed)
Serpent's Tail
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781781256633      
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages. All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new, including Australian voices. Storytellers include the writers Marlon James and Christina Lamb, as well as a hip hop 'one hit wonder', an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, and a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill's secret army during World War II. They share their ventures into uncharted territory - and how their lives were changed forever by what they found there.

Leonard Cohen:  Poems and SongsCover Image, Art Making

Leonard Cohen and Robert Faggen (ed.)
Everyman Library
Genre: Poetry
ISBN 9781743538982     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 324.99
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A new addition to the Everyman Library series, destined for the shelves of music lovers and poetry lovers everywhere.

Work Strife BalanceCover Image, Art Making

Mia Freedman
Pan Macmillan
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781925479935     
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 34.99
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Here is Mia Freedman's low road to the top - a fearless, hilarious, inspiring and surprising collection of modern misadventures to read, relate to and rejoice in, then share with all the women in your life. It's for guilty friends, bad mums, crap wives, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It's for any woman who's ever asked: 'Am I the only one who isn't quite coping?' 

Beyond the RockCover Image, Art Making

Janelle McCulloch
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780500518533     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 35.00
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This is the story of one of Australia's most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.

In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay sat down and wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900. The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century.  Beyond the Rock examines Joan Lindsay's enigmatic life, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life.

The North Water
Cover Image, North Water

Ian McGuire
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781471151262     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.99 
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1859, A ship sets sail with a killer on board. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

The Midnight WatchCover Image, Art Making

David Dyer
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143783466     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.99 
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Based on the true story of the SS Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic's distress rockets and yet, unfathomably, did nothing. As the Titanic was sinking slowly in the wretchedly cold North Atlantic, she could see the lights of another ship on the horizon. She called for help by Morse lamp and the new Marconi telegraph machine, but there was no response. Why not? When the story of the disaster begins to emerge, it's a question that Boston American reporter John Steadman cannot let go. So begins his strange journey towards the truth.

Flame TipCover Image, Jellyfish

Karenlee Thompson & David Walsh (foreword)
Hybrid Publishers
Genre: Fiction/Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781925272734    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 21.95
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Flame Tip is a collection of short fictions that explore different realities and perceptions arising from the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bush fires of 1967. The pieces in this collection are as diverse in subject matter (infidelity, love, suicide) as they are in length. Despite the horror of one day of infernal terror, these stories reveal nuances of character and place through resilience, empathy, honesty and humour. February 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bush fires. There is also a universality to the pieces that should appeal to a wider audience. David Walsh, the controversial and high-profile owner of MONA, has written the foreword.

Drawing and Painting : Materials and Techniques for Contemporary ArtistsCover Image, Jellyfish

Kate Wilson
Thames & Hudson
Genre: Art
ISBN 9780500293164
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 45.00
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Drawing and Painting encompasses drawing, sketching and a range of painting styles, covering everything from pen and ink to oils and acrylics. Specially commissioned photography and artwork accompany step-by-step techniques, and profiles of contemporary artists give insight into various working methods, materials and techniques: the growing interest in digital tools as a medium is also acknowledged, and information is provided on how effects can be created using Smart Pens, tablets and apps.

The CleanerCover Image, Jellyfish

Elizabeth Herrmann
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781786580245    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.  At the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered, she is suddenly confronted with her own past: the murder victim knew Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances - parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background.  The Cleaner is a gripping thriller that will chill and intrigue, as the sins of the past catch up with the secrets of the present.

Flames of FearCover Image, Jellyfish

Roger McNeice OAM
Wellington Bridge Press
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781921767227    
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 75.00
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A photographic and documentary history of the fear and devastation caused by bushfires in Tasmania since 1820. Covering the major bushfires which regularly devastated towns and rural farms during 1854, 1897-1898, 1933-1934, 1967, 2013, and Including previously unpublished material on the 1967 disaster.

Hillybilly Elegy
Cover Image, Jellyfish

J.D Vance
Harper Collins
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9780008220556     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in post-war America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Hillbilly Elegy is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

The Abels Vol 1 (2nd ed.)Cover Image, Jellyfish

Bill Wilkinson
Tasmanian Outdoors
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780995367357
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 39.95
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This highly anticipated and comprehensive guide is now released in its second edition, covering Tasmania's Mountains over 1100 metres high.

Coast - TasmaniaCover Image, Jellyfish

Andrew Wilson
ISBN 9780992303686
Hardback 2016
Price $AU 79.95
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This brand new, large format coffee table book presents an innovative and dramatic view of Tasmania, and captures its freshness, wildness, and beauty.

Renowned Tasmanian photographer, Andrew Wilson, has spent many years documenting the entirety of the beautiful, dramatic coastline of Australia’s only island state, and this luminous book is the result.  A wonderful complement to Andrew’s first two books, the swashbuckling Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania volumes 1 & 2.

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