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First Person

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Richard Flanagan
Random House
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143787242     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 30.00
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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. 


Mythos
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Stephen Fry
Penguin
Genre: Mythology
ISBN 9780718188740
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods of Greek mythology become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.


A Long Way From Home
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Peter Carey
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781760551421
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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A new novel from a two-time winner of the Booker Prize.

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher whose job it is to call out the turns, the grids, the creek crossings on a map that will finally remove them, without warning, from the lily-white Australia they know so well.


The Book of DustCover Image, Long Way Home

Philip Pullman
Penguin
Genre: Childrens
ISBN 9780857561084    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .


Manhattan BeachCover Image, Long Way Home

Jennifer Egan
Corsair
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781472150882    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.


Saga LandCover Image, Jellyfish

Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason
ABC Books
Genre: History
ISBN 9780733338236
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Sharing a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago.  The true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages comprise tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, and these two men are determined to solve the mysteries of some of these compelling tales.


Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary ArtCover Image, Long Way Home

Phaidon editors
Phaidon
Genre: Art
ISBN 9780714874609
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 79.95
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A global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals. Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world's leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey - the first of its kind. Artists include: Ai Weiwei, Aaron Angell, Edmund de Waal,  Marisa Merz, Ron Nagle, Gabriel Orozco, Grayson Perry, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Schutte, Richard Slee, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman.


Journeys Into the Wild: The Photography of Peter Dombrovskis
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Bob Brown
National Library of Australia
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780642279071     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide. Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter's death in 1996.


The Art MuseumCover Image, Long Way Home

Phaidon editors
Phaidon
Genre: Art
ISBN 9780714875026
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 79.95
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Visit the world's most comprehensive and compelling museum in a book - from prehistoric times to the present - with over 1,600 artworks curated by 28 art world curators and historians. This book is destined to delight, inspire, and educate, as well as to become an invaluable, classic art-reference resource.  This is revised and re-formatted from the 2011 edition, and offers the museum experience without the boundaries of space and time, taking the reader on a tour around the world and through the ages.


Animal: A Beastly CompendiumCover Image, Long Way Home

Valerie Sueur-Hermel
Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Genre: Art
ISBN 9781474274944
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 60.00
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This sumptuous book presents a selection of over one hundred stunning artworks, depicting animals real and mythical, from the prints and photography collections of the Bibliotheque nationale de France. The work opens with a preface from celebrated cultural historian Michel Pastoureau, who considers the symbolic importance of animals to our dreams and imagination. Featured artworks include such masterpieces as Durer's rhinoceros, Manet's cats, a carp by Hiroshige and Matisse's swan. This is a truly beautiful and authoritative collection of some of the most recognisable and accomplished works of animal-themed art, from the medieval period to the present day.


The Shy Mountain
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Donald Knowler
40 South Publishing
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780648106319
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.95
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Silent and brooding, the Shy Mountain does not have to speak her name. We know she’s there, watching us, even when she chooses to hide beneath a blanket of low cloud. Although she’s not a mountain of legend like Everest, Kilimanjaro or event Kosciuszko, she has her own claim to fame. kunanyi/Mount Wellington brings wilderness to the very doorstep of a significant centre of population, and how many mountains can claim to do that?

As journalist and author Donald Knowler discovers on a mission to record a year in the life of the 1,271-metre peak, the Shy Mountain provides an escape from the human pressures of the city, blunting concrete and glass with leaf and bark.


Home FireCover Image, Long Way Home

Kamila Shamsie
Bloomsbury
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781408886786
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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Home Fire is a contemporary re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone, and an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide.  Isma is free: after years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew.

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.


Bridget CrackCover Image, Long Way Home

Rachel Leary
Allen & Unwin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781408886786
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Van Diemen's Land, 1826.  Bridget Crack is a convict servant in Hobart Town, with a cruel master and a desperate urge to change her fortune.  Running from her precarious existence into Tasmania's wilderness, she faces some fates worse than the horrors she is running from.  Can she survive a brutish escape amongst bushrangers and unknown threats?  What will she have to do to survive? 


On Eating Insects
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Nordic Food Lab
Phaidon Press
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9780714873343    
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 75.00
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Nordic Food Lab are a non-profit organisation who have a strong interest in finding ways to encourage sustainable food production .  The concept of eating insects has taken off in recent years in the West, yet little has been written about how they taste, how diverse they are as ingredients, and how to prepare them as food. On Eating Insects is the first book to take a holistic look at the subject, presenting essays on the cultural, political, and ecological significance of eating insects, alongside stories from the field, tasting notes, and recipes by the Nordic Food Lab.


The Desserts of New York
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Yasmin Newman
Hardie Grant
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9781743792124    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Be dazzled by the wide array of original desserts that await the hungry diner in New York City.  Australian food writer Yasmin Newman has trawled the boroughs of NYC to bring this combined travelogue and cookbook to life, and if there ever was a love letter to this city, this could be the sweetest one.


Swing Time
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Zadie Smith
Penguin
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780141036601    
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 22.99
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A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be 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.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


Me Write Myself

Leonie Stevens
Monash University Publishing
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781925495638          
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Exiles, lost souls, remnants of a dying race. The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian, and world, history. The men, women, and children exiled to Flinders Island in the 1830s and 40s have often been written about, but never allowed to speak for themselves. This book aims to change that. Penned by the exiles during their fifteen years at the settlement called Wybalenna, items in the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters, and petitions offer a compelling corrective to traditional portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people's final days. The exiles did not see themselves as prisoners, but as a Free People. Seen through their own writing, the community at Wybalenna was vibrant, complex, and evolving. Rather than a depressed people simply waiting for death, their own words reveal a politically astute community engaged in a fifteen year campaign for their own freedom: one which was ultimately successful. This is a compelling story that will profoundly affect understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.


David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual CompendiumCover Image, Jellyfish

David Sedaris
Little Brown
Genre: Biography
ISBN9781408708972
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 65.00
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In this illustrated volume, readers can experience the elaborate, three-dimensional, handmade form that David Sedaris' diaries have always taken. As an unparalleled chronicler of the world around him, Sedaris has always been a keen observer and collector of the art, objects, and ephemera that are part of his visual landscape. A celebration of the odd and unexpected, the beautiful and the ugly, and the humorous and sensitive reflections so familiar to any fan of his writing, David Sedaris Diaries (1977-2016): A Visual Compendium offers unique insight into the author's view of the world.


Rain Birds
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Harriet McKnight
Black Inc.
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781863959827    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 29.99
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Nearby, conservation biologist Arianna Brandt is involved in trying to reintroduce the threatened glossy black cockatoos into the wilds of Murrungowar National Park. Alone in the bush, with her birds failing to thrive, Arianna's personal demons start to overwhelm her and risk undoing everything.At first, when the two women's paths cross, they appear at loggerheads, but are they ultimately invested in the same outcome, even if for different reasons? Rain Birds is an accomplished and unforgettable novel examining personal tragedy as set against global and environmental responsibilities, and how we negotiate our often-conflicting ideals.


Colombiano
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Rusty Young
Bantam
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780143781530    
Paperback Trade 2017
Price $AU 33.00
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For seven years Rusty Young, author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, lived and worked in Colombia interviewing special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents and members of two vicious terrorist organisations - the FARC and Autodefensas. During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered. He vowed to one day to turn their tales into a book and let their voices be heard.

Young's latest offering, Colombiano blends fact and fiction, taking us on a heart-thumping journey into the violent and unpredictable world of post-Escobar Colombia.


The Vandemonian War
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Nick Brodie
Hardie Grant
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9781743793114     
Trade Paperback 2017
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In the 1820s and 1830s the British deliberately pushed the Aboriginal tribes people out, driving them to the edge of existence. Whole societies were deliberately obliterated. The Vandemonian War was one of the darkest stains on a former empire which arrogantly claimed perpetual sunshine. This is the story of that fight, redrawn from neglected handwriting nearly two centuries old.  Acclaimed author Nick Brodie now exposes the largely untold story of how the British truly occupied Van Diemen’s Land, deploying regimental soldiers and special forces, armed convicts and mercenaries.


Tasmania's Vanishing Towns
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Michael Holmes
Genre: Tasmaniana
ISBN 9780648094500
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 49.95
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In this fascinating sequel to Vanishing Towns, author Michael Holmes takes the reader on another guided tour of Tasmania's Vanishing towns, from their creation, their existence and their passing.


Taboo
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Kim Scott
Picador
Genre:Fiction
ISBN 9781925483741     
Trade Paperback 2017
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A new book from Kim Scott, twice-winner of the Miles Franklin Award.  This novel delves into the pain of Aboriginal Australia's past: a Noongar community visits a taboo place -  the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.


The Trip of a Lifetime

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Monica McInerney
Penguin
ISBN 9780143786313
Trade Paperback 2017
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Monica McInerney's 12th novel tells the tale of Lola Quinlan, as she makes the decisive journey from South Australia all the way to Dublin, a place of memories still brimming with hurt. 


The Grammar of Spice
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Caz Hildebrand
Thames and Hudson
Genre: Cooking
ISBN 9780500519677     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Step back in time to trace the history of spices and their origins in this stylishly presented reference and cookbook.  


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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Arundhati Roy
Hamish Hamilton
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9780241303986
Paperback 2017
Price $32.99
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness spools outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared. Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. 

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.


Theft By Finding: Diaries Volume One
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David Sedaris
Little Brown
Genre: Biography
ISBN 97803491207376     
Trade Paperback 2017
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For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries: from the family home in Raleigh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world; as an art student and then teacher in Chicago he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland. A rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.


A Secret SisterhoodCover Image,Secret Sisterhood

Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney
Aurum Press
Genre: Biography
ISBN 9781781315941
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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A Secret Sisterhood looks at the friendships between female writers, Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor who shaped the work of Charlotte Bronte; the seemingly aloof George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who in fact enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge. 


The Last Man in EuropeCover Image, Long Way Home

Dennis Glover
Black Inc
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 9781863959377
Trade Paperback 2017
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In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell's classic work Nineteen Eighty-Four, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer. Dennis Glover has dared to burrow into the moral universe of George Orwell, looking through his unblinking eyes upon the malevolence, vanity, cowardice and deceit that menace the potential for a decent society. The result is a riveting story, not only of Orwell's insight and courage, but of his torments, his loves, and his gut-wrenching struggles.


Gastrophysics
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Charles Spence
Viking
Genre: Cooking
ISBN  9780241270097     
Trade Paperback 2017
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Gastrophysics is a ground-breaking book by the world-leading expert in sensory science. Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one more person, and 75% more when with three? Why are 27% of drinks bought on plane journeys tomato juice? How are chefs and companies planning to transform our dining experiences, and what can we learn from their cutting-edge insights to make memorable meals at home? These are just some of the ingredients of Gastrophysics, in which the pioneering Oxford professor Charles Spence shows how our senses link up in the most extraordinary ways.


The Secrets She KeepsCover Image, Jellyfish

Michael Robotham
Hachette
Genre: Crime Fiction
ISBN 9780733638015
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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The Secrets She Keeps is a compelling thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind.

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, that life belongs to Meghan Shaughnessy. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.


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