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  • BEAUTY

    A powerful meditation on beauty and body image from the author of Eggshell Skull.

    You were either fit and trim or you weren’t working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical ‘perfection’ has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: BRI LEE

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  • FURY

    No matter how far she travels as she hitchhikes across Australia, she can’t outrun the stigma or the memories that haunt her. Sharp, sassy and determined not to be broken, she accepts a job as a cook on a fishing boat. Totally inexperienced, both as a sailor and a chef, a girl among tough working men and literally all at sea, Kacey confronts more than just the elements on the journey that follows. Facing a ferocious storm as well as treachery, she learns how to fashion a new story for herself-one in which she is strong enough to be the hero. These are captivating memories of growing up in Australia, and the tribulations Heyman encounters and escapes. Unsentimental and unflinching, she stares down disaster and looks back with a healthy rage and exhilarating intelligence.

    ISBN: 9781760529376
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: KATHRYN HEYMAN

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  • THE ROVING PARTY

    John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre.

    With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.

    Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena.

    ISBN: 9781743314111
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:

    Author: ROHAN WILSON

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  • DAMASCUS

    Christos Tsiolkas’ stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, and focusing on characters one and two generations on from the death of Christ, as well as Paul (Saul) himself, Damascus nevertheless explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, refugees; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided – it’s all here, the contemporary and urgent questions, perennial concerns made vivid and visceral.

    ISBN: 9781760875091
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:

    Author: CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS

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  • THE FARM AT PEPPERTREE CROSSING

    An unexpected inheritance, a traumatic past and a family whose secrets are kept by the townAfter a fractured childhood spent in foster homes, city-girl Roni has convinced herself that she has no need of anyone – other than her not-as-tough-as-he-looks rescued street cat, Scritches, and her unborn baby, who she’s determined will feel all the love she’s been denied.Despite facing a bleak future, Roni distrusts the news of a bequest from an unknown aunt, Marian Nelson. But, out of options, she and Scritches leave Sydney behind, bound for the 800-acre property on the edge of the wheat fields of South Australia.However, this is no simple Marian seeks to control her legacy from beyond the grave by setting tasks that Roni must complete before she can claim the property and a life that could change her future. With everything at stake, Roni must learn to trust in the truth of Marian’s most important everyone deserves love.A captivating story of family, friendship and forgiveness.”‘Everything you want in rural romance – heart, humour and hope’ Sandie Docker, author of the much-loved The Kookaburra Creek Cafe”

    ISBN: 9781760879617
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: LEONIE KELSALL

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  • ONCE BURNT, TWICE SHY

    From the best-selling Karly Lane comes a pitch-perfect story of rural tragedy, old flames reawakened and the meaning of home. A tribute to the Rural Fire Service and the work they selflessly do. ‘There is plenty here to adore … Karly has the wonderful ability to balance the intense landscape and memorable characters with an alluring plotline . engaging the reader with suspense and love. 4.5/5 stars ‘ – Happy Valley Books Read

    ISBN: 9781760878504
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: AN UNMISSABLE STORY OF HOPE, RESILIENCE AND SECOND CHANCES
    Author: KARLY LANE

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  • FREE

    An unforgettable coming of age story exploring the meaning of freedom – personal, collective, political – from an extraordinary new voice

    Lea Ypi grew up in one of the most isolated countries on earth, a place where communist ideals had officially replaced religion. Albania, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe, was almost impossible to visit, almost impossible to leave. It was a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. To Lea, it was home. People were equal, neighbours helped each other, and children were expected to build a better world. There was community and hope.

    Then, in December 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, everything changed. The statues of Stalin and Hoxha were toppled. Almost overnight, people could vote freely, wear what they liked and worship as they wished. There was no longer anything to fear from prying ears. But factories shut, jobs disappeared and thousands fled to Italy on crowded ships, only to be sent back. Predatory pyramid schemes eventually bankrupted the country, leading to violent conflict. As one generation’s aspirations became another’s disillusionment, and as her own family’s secrets were revealed, Lea found herself questioning what freedom really meant.

    Free is an engrossing memoir of coming of age amid political upheaval. With acute insight and wit, Lea Ypi traces the limits of progress and the burden of the past, illuminating the spaces between ideals and reality, and the hopes and fears of people pulled up by the sweep of history.

    ISBN: 9780241567265
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF HISTORY
    Author: LEA YPI

     2,995
  • THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

    From bestselling author Michael Pollan comes a radical challenge to how we think about drugs

    Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness- to stimulate, calm, or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs – opium, caffeine, and mescaline – and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos.

    In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world.
    ISBN: 9780241530795
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: OPIUM – CAFFEINE – MESCALINE

    Author: MICHAEL POLLAN

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  • THE BREAKING

    Nominated for the Scottish Writer of the Year Award and the Orange Prize, The Breaking is a unique, lyrical testament to the power of the human spirit.

    Sarah Sweet is a watcher. She sees the way the smoke rises from the sulphide works to wreath the little Australian town of Boolaroo; she watches Dad, when he’s not being a policeman, breaking horses in the back paddock behind the house. Sarah has learnt to observe, to be quiet, to avoid notice, filled with a fury so intense it threatens to overwhelm her.

    The Breaking is the story of a family tainted by the force of rage, of a young life haunted by it, but also of the strength it gives to fight back. In its evocation of the parched landscape of rural Australia, the strange cadences of the language and the filmic vividness of its characters, The Breaking is a unique, lyrical testament to the power of the human spirit.

    ISBN: 9781760878153
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: KATHRYN HEYMAN

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  • RUBDOWN

    Simone Kirsch, P.I. has given up stripping and is trying to be straight. But she can never stay straight for long. She’s been hired by prominent lawyer Emery Wade, to follow his wayward daughter Tamara. Tamara has been taking drugs and working in the sex industry, and daddy fears a scandal that will affect not just his reputation, but that of her hotshot athlete brother and his high-profile fiancee. Tangling with a drug dealer, a sleazy brothel owner, and a bizarre love quadrangle with three cops, time is running out for Simone to get to the bottom of it all before someone tries to keep her quiet.


    ISBN: 9781741149777
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:

    Author: LEIGH REDHEAD

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  • KIDGLOVZ

    KidGlovz is a musical genius. His gift is so precious that he’s kept under lock and key. But when a young thief helps him escape, Kid must embark on a perilous journey through which he will discover the terrifying nature of his talent, in a spellbinding graphic fable about friendship and freedom. For fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this beautifully produced graphic novel is a rich and satisfying read.

    ISBN: 9781742378527 AUTHOR: JULIE HUNT, DALE NEWMAN
    ISBN: 9781742378527
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:

    Author: JULIE HUNT

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  • THE BOYFRIEND LIST

    From E. Lockhart, the author of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which John Green called ‘utterly unforgettable’, comes the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver novels – The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends…Follow Ruby Oliver through four hilarious instalments of her high school life. There are boy troubles, friend troubles, panic attacks, and lists. There are mysterious notes, fruit roll-ups, upper-regioning, and more lists. There are mean-spirited rumors, smelly feet, frogs, and brownies. There are Cheetos, a piglet head, Paris, and baguette air guitar. Ruby Oliver manages it all with an enormous dose of humor and understated grace. She survives to tell the tale that will make readers cringe, weep, and laugh out loud!..Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break – she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she: lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list); lost her best friend (Kim); lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket); did something suspicious with a boy (#10); did something advanced with a boy (#15); had an argument with a boy (#14); drank her first beer (someone handed it to her); got caught by her mom (again!); had a panic attack (scary); lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie); failed a math test (she’ll make it up); hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends); became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch); and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom…But don’t worry – Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists…
    ISBN: 9781760293758
    AUTHOR: E. LOCKHART
    ISBN: 9781760293758
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: E. LOCKHART

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  • AVENGED

    Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.
    But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn?t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.
    ISBN: 9781760290658
    AUTHOR: AMY TINTERA
    ISBN: 9781760290658
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    Author: AMY TINTERA

     1,495
  • MERCY

    Police chief of a small Massachusetts town, Cameron McDonald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife out of mercy. Now, a heated murder trial plunges the town into upheaval, and drives a wedge into a contented Cameron, aiding the prosecution in their case against Jamie, is suddenly at odds with his devoted wife, Allie seduced by the idea of a man so in love with his wife that he’d grant all her wishes, even her wish to end her life. And when an inexplicable attraction leads to a shocking betrayal, Allie faces the hardest questions of the when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?
    ISBN: 9781760111847
    AUTHOR: JODI PICOULT
    ISBN: 9781760111847
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: JODI PICOULT

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  • DANGEROUS GAMES

    This is a tale of innocents abroad. Thirty-three athletes left Australia in May 1936 to compete in the Hitler Olympics in Berlin. Believing sporting competition was the best antidote to tyranny, they put their qualms on hold. Anything to be part of the greatest show on earth. Dangerous Games drops us into a front row seat at the 100,000-capacity Olympic stadium to witness some of the finest sporting performances of all time?most famously the African American runner Jesse Owens, who eclipsed the best athletes the Nazis could pit against him in every event he entered. The Australians, with their antiquated training regimes and amateur ethos, valiantly confronted the intensely focused athletes of Germany, the United States and Japan. Behind the scenes was cut-throat wheeling and dealing, defiance of Hitler, and warm friendships among athletes. What they did and saw in Berlin that hot, rainy summer influenced all that came after until their dying days.
    ISBN: 9781743319383
    AUTHOR: LARRY WRITER
    ISBN: 9781743319383
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: AUSTRALIA AT THE 1936 NAZI OLYMPICS
    Author: LARRY WRITER

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  • THE WRITER’S ROOM

    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. Interview subjects are Tegan Bennett Daylight, James Bradley, Lloyd Jones, Malcolm Knox, Margo Lanagan, Amanda Lohrey, Joan London, Wayne Macauley, Emily Perkins, Kim Scott, Craig Sherborne, and Christos Tsiolkas.
    ISBN: 9781760293345
    AUTHOR: CHARLOTTE WOOD
    ISBN: 9781760293345
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WRITING
    Author: CHARLOTTE WOOD

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  • A SPARK OF LIGHT

    When Vonita opened the doors of the Center that morning, she had no idea that it would be for the last time. Wren has missed school to come to the Center, the sole surviving women’s reproductive health clinic in the state, chaperoned by her aunt, Bex. Olive told Peg she was just coming for a check-up. Janine is undercover, a pro-life protester disguised as a patient. Joy needs to terminate her pregnancy. Louie is there to perform a service for these women, not in spite of his faith, but because of it. When a desperate and distraught gunman bursts into the Center, opening fire and taking everyone hostage, Hugh McElroy is the police negotiator called to the scene. He has no idea that his fifteen-year-old daughter is inside.
    ISBN: 9781760110512
    AUTHOR: JODI PICOULT
    ISBN: 9781760110512
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
    Author: JODI PICOULT

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  • GENUINE FRAUD

    Imogen is an heiress, a runaway, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a chameleon, and a liar. Imogen is done pretending to be perfect, and Jule refuses to go back to the person she once was. Somewhere between the mansions of Martha’s Vineyard and the shores of Cabo San Lucas, their intense friendship takes a dark turn. A masterful thriller from the author of the unforgettable We Were Liars.
    ISBN: 9781760295936
    AUTHOR: E. LOCKHART
    ISBN: 9781760295936
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle:
    Author: E. LOCKHART

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  • THE BOY BOOK

    Here are how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver’s junior year at Tate Prep: Kim – not speaking, but far away in Tokyo; Cricket – not speaking; Nora – speaking, sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school. But she hadn’t called Ruby, or anything; Noel – didn’t care what anyone thinks; Meghan – didn’t have any other friends; Dr. Z – speaking; and Jackson. The big one. Not speaking. By Winter Break, a new job, an unlikely but satisfying friend combo, additional entries to The Boy Book and many difficult decisions help Ruby to see that there is, indeed, life outside the Tate Universe.
    ISBN: 9781760293765
    AUTHOR E. LOCKHART
    ISBN: 9781760293765
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: A STUDY OF BOY HABITS AND BEHAVIOURS FROM ME, RUBY OLIVER
    Author: E. LOCKHART

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  • FOUR WAYS TO CLICK

    Discover the tools you need to rewire your brain to create more satisfying relationships at work and at home. Research shows that people cannot reach their full potential unless they are in healthy connection with others. Dr Amy Banks teaches us how to rewire our brains for healthier relationships and happier, more fulfilling lives. We all experience moments when we feel isolated and alone. Research has found that many people cannot name one person they feel close to. Yet every single one of us is hardwired for close relationships. The key to more satisfying relationships – be it with a significant other, family member, or colleague is to strengthen the neural pathways in our brains that encourage closeness and connection.
    ISBN: 9781760113254
    AUTHOR: DR AMY BANKS, LEIGH ANN HIRSCHMAN
    ISBN: 9781760113254
    Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Subtitle: REWIRE YOUR BRAIN FOR STRONGER, MORE REWARDING RELATIONSHIPS
    Author: DR AMY BANKS

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