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2020 Australian Book Industry Awards
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)
For the full list, visit the ABIA website.
2020 Miles Franklin Longlist
The White Girl (Tony Birch)
Room for a Stranger (Melanie Cheng)
Islands (Peggy Frew)
No One (John Hughes)
Act of Grace (Anna Krien)
A Season on Earth (Gerald Murnane)
The Returns (Philip Salom)
Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany)
The Yield (Tara June Winch)
The Weekend (Charlotte Wood)
For more information, visit The Miles Franklin website.
2020 Vogel's Literary Award
A Treacherous Country (K.M. Kruimink)
For further information visit the Vogel's Literary Award website.
2020 Stella Prize Winner
See What You Made Me Do (Jess Hill)
For further information, see the Stella Prize website.
2020 Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist
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2020 Indie Book Awards
Book of the Year: There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett)
Fiction: There Was Still Love (Favel Parrett)
Non-Fiction: Tell Me Why (Archie Roach)
Debut Fiction: Allegra in Three Parts (Suzanne Daniel)
Illustrated Non-Fiction: The Lost Boys (Paul Byrnes)
Children's: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals (Sami Bayly)
Young Adult: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling (Wai Chim)
For further information visit the Indie Book Awards website.
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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 Gospel of the Eels
Patrik Svensson offers a unique natural science memoir based on his ongoing fascination with the secretive eel. No human has ever seen eels reproduce; no one can give a complete account of the eels metamorphoses or say why they are born and die in the Sargasso Sea; no human has even seen a mature eel in the Sargasso Sea. Ever. And now the eel is disappearing, and we don't know exactly why.
By the author of Utopia for Realists. Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a better way to think and act. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens, and by thinking the worst of others we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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.
Beneath the Peak of Lyell
A fully illustrated history of the copper mines of Mount Lyell at Queenstown, Tasmania, and the 2 ft gauge tramways which served them. It describes the copper mining and ore treatment processes over the life of the various mines from the beginning around 1890, and the way the extensive series of 2 ft gauge tramways were essential to the mines’ success.
Keep 'Er Lit
Following Lit Up Inside, Keep 'Er Lit is the second instalment of Van Morrison's collected lyrics containing one hundred and twenty songs from across his storied career, revealing once more why he is celebrated as one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of our time.
In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of his wife. Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, on the run, in Rome, and into the Cold War.
The Schoolmaster's Daughter
Beloved Australian author Jackie French draws on her own family history to tell a tale about getting an education in colonial Australia - and about how young women had to fight for their right to receive it. A great choice for middle-fiction readers.
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.
The Power of Suffering
Psychologist David Roland takes readers through the experiences of eleven people, following them through a crisis to acceptance and triumph, each life a testament to the human spirit.
Design Lives Here
Design Lives Here highlights the best of Australian residential architecture and interiors, paying homage to local designers and makers who craft bespoke pieces of furniture and lighting for homes, large or small.
Plants Only Kitchen
Gaz Oakley has amassed over a million followers on social media with his exciting vegan dishes, which emphasise that a plant-based diet doesn't mean missing out on taste. Plants Only Kitchen explains how best to make a vegan diet work for you.
This popular book is now available in softcover. Find out the origins of colour, from grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity, David Coles reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.
The Vegetarian Silver Spoon
Enjoy the latest addition to the SILVER SPOON library. More than 200 recipes for Italian vegetarian dishes, ranging from classic dishes that are traditionally vegetarian to contemporary dishes that introduce ingredients borrowed from outside Italy's culinary culture.
Wayfinding explores how our brains make the 'cognitive maps' that keep us orientated, even in places that we don't know. Michael Bond considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour.
Eat your way through Bethlehem, East Jerusalem, Nablus, Haifa, Akka, Nazareth, Galilee and the West Bank, with Sami and Tara, who invite you to experience and enjoy unparalleled access to the world of Palestinian cuisine.
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 32.99
A woman's cryptic dying words in a Venetian hospice lead Guido Brunetti to uncover a threat to the entire region in Leon's haunting twenty-ninth Brunetti novel.
Thrillingly original, Ghost Species is embedded with a deep love and understanding of the natural world. A scientist joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species, and becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals.
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.
A Treacherous Country
There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, called Maryanne Maginn. Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new. Drawn by the promise of his heart's desire, and compelled to distance himself from pain at home, Gabriel begins his quest into Van Diemen's Land. His guide, a Cannibal who is not all he seems, leads him north where Gabriel might free himself of his distracting burden and seek the woman he must find.
Winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2020.
"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.
Now For Something Sweet
Celebrate the very best and most cherished sweet recipes from the Jewish community in Australia and around the world. From the simple passionfruit-iced coconut slab cake to a Russian yeasted kulich which is worth the day it takes to make, from quick-bake chocolate-sandwiched romany cream biscuits to the perfect vanilla slice (mille feuille) for the home cook, this book has it all.
The Beautiful Mother
In a remote corner of Tanzania, Essie Lawrence lives with her husband in an archaeologist's camp. One morning a chance encounter with two strangers sees her making a rash promise. When she returns home to the research base, she has a baby in her arms. Essie is to care for the little girl until the coming of the rains. And then hand her back. A story that travels all the way from Tasmania to East Africa.
Andrew Darby follows the odysseys of two Grey Plovers, little-known migratory shorebirds, as they take previously uncharted ultra marathon flights from the southern coast of Australia to Arctic breeding grounds. They chance predators, typhoon weather and exhaustion before they can breed, and then maybe return to familiar southern feeding grounds. But the greatest threat to these, and other long-distance migrants on the flyway, is China's dragon economy, engulfing their vital Yellow Sea staging spots.
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With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.
The Octopus and I
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.
Can an evangelical pastor and former football star, Tommy Rayfinger make it to the the top of Australia politics? The relationship between Pastor Rayfinger and Paddy Kennedy's PR team becomes frayed as each spies on the other and the outcome is murder. Then, it is market day in Hobart. No one is expecting the Salamanca Incident.
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.
In her moving, captivating fiction debut, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy recreates Adelaide and Melbourne of half a century ago, bringing a family to life as they move through the decades, challenging and caring for and loving one another, often in surprising ways. Charming and sharply observed, Melting Moments is, like Ruby herself, a gentle powerhouse.
7 Steps To Get Your Child Reading
Homeschooling for term two? This book might help you overcome the nerves to get the kids off the iPad and back into reading. 'This awesome book should be in every community, library, school and home. A triumph.' - Gabbie Stroud
Hiking the Overland Track
This guidebook covers the iconic Overland Track in Tasmania's stunning Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The well-maintained 80km route from Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair is described over seven stages, along with optional side trips to the area's many accessible peaks including Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest mountain.
Redhead By the Side of the Road
Anne Tyler gives readers an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.
Life In a Box
Antique jewellery dealer Sarah Jane Adams became an international model and overnight Instagram sensation in her sixties. Here she tells her story through a lifetime's collection of rare pieces and worthless objects, as well as personal photographs and effects from her 'estate'.
Short Stories in...(Teach Yourself foreign language series)
Olly Richards (editor)
Price $AU 22.99
Learning a new language in isolation? Well, speed up your learning by reading short stories that will help you gain control of vocabulary, grammar and dialogue in your chosen language. Contact us for availability: Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, and Turkish.
Unleash the pedant in you! Or discover what one is. From Latin phrases we often hear and read (prima facie, sui generis and the like) to those pesky words that have entered our vocabularies from other languages (bildungsroman, sturm und drang), Pedantic will inform and delight even the most pernickety word nerds.
For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write the extraordinary story of this amazing indigenous woman in full.
Warhol - A Life as Art
Blake Gopnik has spent six years researching Warhol's life and art and reveals a life of contrasts and deliberate artifice hiding great depths. Filled with new insights into the development and impact of Warhol's art and his personality, Warhol asks- was he a joke or a genius, a radical or a social climber? As Warhol would have answered- Yes.
Stranger Than Kindness
This highly collectible book contains images selected by Cave from 'Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition', presented by the Royal Danish Library in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne. Featuring full-colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts, it presents Cave's life, work and inspiration and explores his many real and imagined universes.
It's been almost fifty years since a teenage David Gulpilil illuminated screens worldwide with his breakout role in Walkabout. It was one of the first times we'd seen an Aboriginal person cast in a significant role. Gulpilil quickly became the face of the Indigenous world to white Australian audiences. A competent, strong, mysterious man able to exist in both worlds, but never truly home. Derek Rielly builds a narrative around the most beguiling of Australian entertainers, observing Gulpilil's own attempt to find a place in the world.
The Ghost And The Bounty Hunter
A poignant true story from Australian colonial history. The astonishing tale of convict William Buckley living amongst the Wadawurrung Kulin Nation peoples for thirty-two years ended as a precursor to the Frontier Wars. In 1835, Van Diemen's Land bounty hunter John Batman, arrives seeking to acquire and control the perfect pastureland of Kulin country, and the resulting historic theft would result in the birth of a city.
The Flower Expert
The paperback edition of The Flower Expert is here. It is no coincidence that Fleur McHarg is entirely and utterly obsessed with flowers - not only is her name Fleur – flower in French - but flowers have surrounded Fleur from day dot. Be inspired by this beautiful book with excellent advice from one of Australia's leading floral designers.
Waves of Unreason
Blending science and history, Origins reveals the Earth's awesome impact on the shape of human civilisations - and helps us to see the challenges and opportunities of the future.
The Iconic Interior
A companion to The Iconic House, this compact volume features over 100 of the most spectacular interiors from across the world, spanning the entire 20th century to the present day. It includes interiors assembled by artists and fashion designers, architects, interior and set-designers, bringing together diverse design talents from Piero Fornasetti to Alvar Aalto, Marc Newson and Matthew Williamson.
Indigenous land management expert, Victor Steffensen, offers us wisdom in a time of crisis, telling how the revival of cultural burning practices, and improved 'reading' of country, can help to restore our land.
Australian journalist Peter Grose tells the infamous true story of a band of convicts who escaped the living hell of the penal colony at Sarah Island in Van Diemen's Land. By stealing a leaky and untested brig they had helped build, then sailing it across the Pacific from Tasmania to Chile with neither a map nor a chronometer, ten convicts began an incredible escape and an unbelievable journey.