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The Yield (Tara June Winch)
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Book of the Year: Bluey: The Beach
General Fiction Book of the Year: Bruny (Heather Rose)
Literary Fiction Book of the Year: The Weekend (Charlotte Wood)
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A Treacherous Country (K.M. Kruimink)
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See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill)
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Romania's delicacies and cuisine has a history stretching back to the Ottoman Empire with roots in Greek, Turkish, Slavic origins in the south and east, to Austrian, Hungarian and Saxon in the north and west. Accessible ingredients will make this book a new staple in your cookbook collection.
By turns funny, refreshingly self-deprecating and often very moving, this startlingly honest memoir from the ex-Editor of British Vogue will encourage women of all ages to consider what their own clothes mean to them, the life they live in them and the stories they tell.
From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, Au Revoir, Tristesse is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honore de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Francoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.
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This monumental seven-volume collection chronicles a lifetime of work in exhaustive detail. Compiled by art historian Kathie Sutherland over seven years, the set of cloth-bound books is presented in a deluxe, elegantly finished slipcase and presents more than 4600 artworks, including hundreds of never-before-published works.
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Almost all pandemics and epidemics - including SARS, Ebola and now COVID-19 - have been caused by diseases that come to us from animals. In On Pandemics, leading epidemiologist David Waltner-Toews examines the increasing impact of animal-borne diseases on our world, and encourages us to re-examine our role in pandemics - for the health of the planet as well as our own survival.
Guwayu is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry, a leading arts organisation committed to making poetry in meaningful ways. This fiercely uncensored collection features 61 poems from First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, and together they are a journey through a range of poetic forms from lyric, confessional, protest, narrative and song, showcasing new voices and established poets.
Cockayne extracts glittering gems from the rubbish pile of centuries past and introduces us to the visionaries, crooks and everyday do-gooders who have shaped the material world we live in today - like the fancy ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn, or the Victorian gentlemen selling pianofortes made from papier-mache, or the hapless public servants coaxing people into giving up their railings for the greater good. An original book for our introspective times.
Travellers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free; for Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation.
From the award-winning author of The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, an epic tale of humanity: the story of two sons, one with his father's violence in his blood, one with his mother's artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years.
A sophisticated literary thriller in the vein of Le Carre involving the disappearance of a nuclear scientist in Oxford. A chance conversation with an Iranian nuclear scientist sets John Dyer onto a truly precarious path, and when Marvar and his son disappear, several sinister factions seem acutely interested in Marvar's groundbreaking research at the Physics Faculty and what he might have told Dyer about it.
I Shed My Skin - A Furneaux Islands Story evolved out of an exhibition of Jane Giblin’s artwork which toured Tasmania in 2019. Jane travelled up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia interviewing her father’s cousins and senior Furneaux community members, seeking memories of her great grandparents, feelings about the islands, farming and birding, as well as how they were acclimatising to changed land access and tradition due to successful land rights claims by local First Nations people. Tasmanian writer Pete Hay's poetry and prose complements Jane's work in this beautifully presented publication.
When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of 'the Hungry Man' still haunts locals to this day.
A senstively written story about nature and memory. Lucy Everhart's marine-biologist mother was collecting shark data when she died, and since then Lucy and her father have kept their heads above water thanks to close friends and neighbors. On one steamy day the tide brings a great white shark, and Lucy must grab the line that connects her depressed father to her mother's unfinished research on the Great White's return to Cape Cod.
A cuddly panda, a brightly-coloured dragon, a miniature crow: they are 'Kentukis'. Not quite a phone, not quite a toy, not quite a robot, Kentukis contain cameras which allow someone on the other side of the planet to access the most intimate moments of another person's life. And it doesn't take long for these apparently innocent devices to fall prey to our dark obsession with technology. A zeitgeist novel for our technology-obsessed times.
It's England, 1873. When 12-year-old Hatshepsut (Hattie) Lambton's guardian is eaten by a crocodile she is sent to live with relatives: Great-uncle Sisyphus and Great-aunt Iphigenia, in their half-ruined castle, where Hattie discovers Great-aunt Iphigenia is an Egyptologist who conducts Mummy Unwrapping Parties at the houses of wealthy clients. A rambunctious tale of mystery and adventure.
What if Elizabeth Macarthur - wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney - had written a shockingly frank secret memoir? And what if novelist Kate Grenville had miraculously found and published it? That's the starting point for A Room Made of Leaves, a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented.
Bob and Paul visited the Inner Hebrides island of Islay, population 3,500, in the spring of 2015. The small island echoed much of Tasmania – including its whisky distilleries – on the other side of the planet.
This little book is to share that delight, knowing that there is more to discover if they – or you – are lucky enough to visit Islay in the future.
Includes 650 species, native and introduced, superbly illustrated, with descriptions provided for each species. It is Tasmanian-based, but relevant for the whole of southern Australia, including the wetter regions of South Australia and Western Australia. A perfect guide to carry into the field.
Purity #1 Abels Photography features stunning images of Tasmania’s Abel Mountains, coupled with musings of our place in the landscape.
Almost nine million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre in Paris every year to see its incomparable art collection. Yet few are aware of the remarkable history of that location and of the buildings themselves, and how they chronicle the history of Paris - a fascinating story that historian James Gardner elegantly tells for the first time. A meticulously crafted, sparkling history of the legendary museum.
Fowler tells the extraordinary story of how a computer hacker with a turbulent childhood became holed up in London's Ecuador Embassy for seven years, and is now battling extradition to the USA from the notorious maximum security Belmarsh prison in London.
In 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. The challenge catalyzed a worldwide awakening for thousands of white-privileged people to begin to take ownership of their personal anti-racism work.
This guide will have walkers itching to lace their boots up as we see borders becoming less restricted, so enjoy dreaming ahead with a well-illustrated showcase of the diversity of our landscapes and wildlife.
John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.
Twelve-year-old Shoestring is leaving behind his life of crime and starting a new career with the Troupe of Marvels. He has an invisible tightrope and an act to die for. But trouble is brewing - the magical gloves that caused so much turmoil for KidGlovz are back. Another gem from award winnng Tasmanian author Julie Hunt.
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.
This book examines some of the women who left Australia for France, becoming pioneers, role models, fine artists. Upon return they brought home greatly enhanced skills, and also helped introduce Australia to Modernism when our country had barely heard of it.
In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms. I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.
Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and she has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017. Amos explains how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures - and how her proud declarations of feminism and her fight for the marginalised always proved to be her guiding light.
Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading-and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission. As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt-as myths merge with reality-both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear.
Hell Ship brings to life the hardships and horrors endured by those who came by sea to seek a new life in Australia. For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants - mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia.
With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, Rodham is a brilliant reimagining of what would have happened if Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.
Julia Baird, Walkley award-winning author and ABC host of The Drum, returns with a book to help us look upwards and guide us towards caring for others in times of uncertainty. Phosphorescence is already an acclaimed bestseller, and Julia's biography of Queen Victoria was published in several countries to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times' top ten books of 2016.
Welcome to the Isle of Mulch. This little island is home to a large number of horrible grown-ups. Something needs to be done about them. But who could be brave enough? Meet Ned an extraordinary boy with a special power. Slime-Power! This new book from David Walliams is fantastically funny, and illustrated by his artistic genius pal, Tony Ross.
"On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm." But this dragon knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.
Lucy and Jem live on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck, where Lucy is recovering from major surgery. As she tries to navigate her new body through the world, she develops a deep fascination with the local octopuses, and in doing so finds herself drawn towards the friendship of an old woman and her son. As the story unfolds, the octopuses come to shape Lucy's body and her sense of self in ways even she can't quite understand.
The award-winning Flames is now available in B-format. Riddles are to be found in this unusual and fascinating tale of grief, love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across Tasmania that takes us full circle. Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte - who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.
Longlisted for the Miles Franklin 2019.
Winner of the Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards 2019.
Olly Richards (editor)
Price $AU 22.99
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