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Au Revoir, Tristesse

Cover Image, Shoestring

Viv Groskop
ISBN 9781419742989
Hardback 2020
Price $35.00
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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.


Everywhere I Look

Cover Image, Helen Garner

Helen Garner
Text Publishing
ISBN 9781925498080
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 23.99
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Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.


Love + HateCover image, Love and Hate

Hanif Kureishi
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571319701
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 23.99
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Hate skews reality even more than love. In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi's acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka's relationship with his father, readers will find Kureishi also exploring the topics that he continues to make new, and make his own: growing up and growing old; betrayal and loyalty; imagination and repression; marriage and fatherhood. The collection ends with a bravura piece of very personal reportage about the conman who stole Kureishi's life savings - a man who provoked both admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.


Cover image, The Writers Room

The Writer's Room

Charlotte Wood
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760293345
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 32.99
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Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere. Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-known writers range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate - and intimate - revelations about the ways in which they work. Charlotte's subjects are frank about the failures and successes, the struggles and triumphs of the writing life, and extremely generous in their revelations. A must-read for writers and readers.


Mystery & MannersCover image, Mystery and Manners

Flannery O'Connor
Faber & Faber
ISBN 9780571309597
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 24.99
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The keen writings comprising Mystery and Manners, selected and edited by O'Connor's lifelong friends Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, are characterized by the directness and simplicity of the author's style, a fine-tuned wit, understated perspicacity, and profound faith. This bold and brilliant essay collection is a must for all readers, writers, and students of modern American literature.


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