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Berta Isla
Berta Isla
For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

Berta and TomBs meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, TomBs leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but TomBs resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long . . .

Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

Title: Berta Isla
Author: MARIAS JAVIER
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241343722
Available stock: 2
Price: $37.00
Bitter Orange
Bitter Orange
'A twisty, thorny, darkly atmospheric page turner about loneliness and belonging' Gabriel Tallent, author of My Absolute Darling

'Incredibly atmospheric, vivid and intriguing. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading a forgotten classic' Emma Healey

From the author of the prize-winning Our Endless Numbered Days comes a suspenseful story about deception, sexual obsession and atonement

From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969 and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours' private lives.

To Frances' surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to spend time with her. It is the first occasion that she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes till the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled.

But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don't quite add up - and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur.

Amid the decadence of that summer, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand all their lives forever.

Title: Bitter Orange
Author: FULLER CLAIRE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Fig Tree
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241341834
Available stock: 5
Price: $37.00
Bone Readers
Bone Readers
WINNER OF THE JHALAK PRIZE

'The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive depth and acuity'
Guardian

Secrets can be buried, but bones can speak . . .

After standing witness to a murder on the streets of the Caribbean island of Camaho, young Michael 'Digger' Digson is recruited into a unique plain clothes homicide squad, an eclectic group of semi-official police officers, led by the enigmatic DS Chilman.

Digger becomes enmeshed in Chilman's obsession with a cold case, the disappearance of a young man. But Digger has a murder to pursue too: that of his mother, killed by a renegade police squad when he was a boy.

He has two weapons at his disposal - his skill in forensics, and Chilman's latest recruit, the mysterious, observant Miss Stanislaus. Together, the two find themselves dragged into a world of dangerous secrets that demands every ounce of their courage to survive.

This award-winning crime debut by highly acclaimed author Jacob Ross marks the thrilling start to a new series following forensics genius Michael Digson.

'It's masterly. I've started to read it again with increasing admiration'
Crime Time

'A breath-taking, thought-provoking, and yes brilliant read. I know this is a book I shall go back to again and again'
Sunny Singh

'Ross's novel is one that effortlessly draws together the past and the present, gender, politics and the legacy of colonialism in a top quality Caribbean set crime thriller. The Bone Readers is a wonderful read'
Catherine Johnson

'By turns thrilling, visceral and meditative, and always cinematic'
Musa Okwonga

'An unconventional crime novel, and one that exposes the dark underbelly of 'paradise''
Book Muse (blog)

'I was fascinated by Ross' ability to create characters with depth and diversity. A great read'
Not Chai tea (blog)

'A unique read, paced to the islands where it takes place with a group of interesting characters I will enjoy following into future books'
Word Dreams (blog)

'An engaging, poetic and twist-filled Caribbean crime-noir novel. Masterful'
Book Witty (blog)

Title: Bone Readers
Author: ROSS JACOB
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/08/2018
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Sphere
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780751574463
Available stock: 2
Price: $25.00
Book of Colours
Book of Colours
From Robyn Cadwallader, author of the internationally acclaimed novel The Anchoress, comes a deeply profound and moving novel of the importance of creativity and the power of connection, told through the story of the commissioning of a gorgeously decorated medieval manuscript, a Book of Hours. London, 1321: In a small stationer's shop in Paternoster Row, three people are drawn together around the creation of a magnificent book, an illuminated manuscript of prayers, a Book of Hours. Even though the commission seems to answer the aspirations of each one of them, their own desires and ambitions threaten its completion. As each struggles to see the book come into being, it will change everything they have understood about their place in the world. In many ways, this is a story about power - it is also a novel about the place of women in the roiling and turbulent world of the early fourteenth century; what power they have, how they wield it, and just how temporary and conditional it is. Rich, deep, sensuous and full of life, Book of Colours is also, most movingly, a profoundly beautiful story about creativity and connection, and our instinctive need to understand our world and communicate with others through the pages of a book.Praise for The Anchoress:'So beautiful, so rich, so strange, unexpected and thoughtful - also suspenseful. I loved this book.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love'Affecting ... finely drawn ... a considerable achievement.' Sarah Dunant, New York Times'Elegant and eloquent' Irish Mail'Cadwallader's writing evokes a heightened attention to the senses: you might never read a novel so sensuous yet unconcerned with romantic love. For this alone it is worth seeking out. But also because The Anchoress achieves what every historical novel attempts: reimagining the past while opening a new window - like a squint, perhaps - to our present lives.' Sydney Morning Herald'A novel of page-turning grace' Newtown Review of Books

Title: Book of Colours
Author: CADWALLADER ROBYN
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 23/04/2018
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Aust
ISBN: 9781460752210
Available stock: 1
Price: $37.00
Bookshop
Bookshop
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

Title: Bookshop
Author: FITZGERALD PENELOPE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 18/05/2018
Price: $25.00
RRP: $25.00
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008263027
Available stock: 2
Price: $25.00
Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
Tom Hope doesn't think he's much of a farmer, but he's doing his best. He can't have been much of a husband to Trudy, either, judging by her sudden departure. It's only when she returns, pregnant to someone else, that he discovers his surprising talent as a father. So when Trudy finds Jesus and takes little Peter away with her to join the holy rollers, Tom's heart breaks all over again. Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic small town bookseller- the second Jew - and the most vivid person - Tom has ever met. He dares to believe they could make each other happy. But it is 1968- twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.

Title: Bookshop of the Broken Hearted
Author: HILLMAN ROBERT
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/04/2018
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Text Publishing Co
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781925603439
Available stock: 5
Price: $37.00
Bridge of Clay
Bridge of Clay
From the author of the no.1 New York Times bestselling novel The Book Thief.

Let me tell you about our brother.
The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
Everything happened to him.
We were all of us changed through him.

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to
reckon with the adult world.

It is Clay who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

A miracle and nothing less.

PRAISE FOR MARKUS ZUSAK

"An amazing talent in Australian literature" Sunday Telegraph

Title: Bridge of Clay
Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781760559922
Available stock: 23
Price: $38.00
Brother
Brother
'A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life' Marlon James, Winner of the Man Booker Prize

WINNER OF THE ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

Michael and Francis are the bright, ambitious sons of Trinidadian immigrants. Coming of age in the outskirts of a sprawling city, the brothers battle against careless prejudices and low expectations.

While Francis aspires to a future in music, Michael dreams of Aisha, the smartest girl in their school, whose eyes are firmly set on a life elsewhere. But one sweltering summer night the hopes of all three are violently, irrevocably cut short.

In this timely and essential novel, David Chariandy builds a quietly devastating story about the love between a mother and her sons, the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of young lives.

Title: Brother
Author: CHARIANDY DAVID
Format: Hardback
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Price: $28.99
RRP: $28.99
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408897263
Available stock: 1
Price: $28.99
Bullfighting
Bullfighting
The men in Bullfighting are each concerned with loss in different ways - of their place in their world, of power, virility, love - of the boom days and the Celtic Tiger. 'The stories, his memories, were wearing out' the narrator of the title story thinks, 'and there was nothing new replacing them.' The stories move from classrooms to graveyards, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories. In the first, 'Recuperation', a man sets off for a prescribed walk around his neighbourhood, the sights triggering memories and recollections of his wife, his children, his younger days. In 'Animals', George remembers caring for his children's many pets, his efforts to spare them grief when they die or disappear, looking, in the eyes of his wife, like a hero, like 'your man from ER'. But now his kids are reared and he's unemployed, and he's slowly getting used to that. 'Suffer. Your man Krugman said, when he asked how Ireland should deal with the next ten years. Well, this is George, suffering.'
Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in Bullfighting present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs, and of the Irish middle-aged male confronting its new realities.

Title: Bullfighting
Author: DOYLE RODDY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780224091442
Price: $38.00
Bus on Thursday
Bus on Thursday
That's when I literally had thoughts of becoming a nun, because I thought, Well, I'm never going to have sex again. If I become a nun, I would at least have somewhere to live.

It wasn't just the bad break up that caused Eleanor's life to unravel. It was the cancer. And the demons that came with it.

Freshly single and thoroughly traumatised from the ordeals of breast cancer, Eleanor Mellett starts a new job as a teacher in a remote mountain hamlet. It's certainly peaceful enough, almost too peaceful. But what's become of the previous teacher, the saintly Miss Barker, who has disappeared abruptly under mysterious circumstances? And what's with all those locks on the door? And what the hell is that bus doing idling outside her house late, late at night?

When the local priest offers to exorcise Eleanor of her 'cancer demon', she probably should have declined. Because that's when all her troubles start in earnest. That's when the visitors come a-knocking.

Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in Twin Peaks. Darkly funny, deeply unsettling and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a strange wild ride for all fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, David Lynch and Stephen King.

Title: Bus on Thursday
Author: BARRETT SHIRLEY
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 26/09/2018
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760632250
Available stock: 4
Price: $33.00
Carolines Bikini
Carolines Bikini
Art needs a sense of lack to bring about its own effects; where there is no feeling of need to make up a shortfall, there will be no work.

'Alright' I said, 'I'll try...' This is how Emily Stuart opens the intricately involved account of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini: a tale of hope, passion, and the power of the imagination.

For they say, the story of love - or, rather, falling in love - is timeless, and that unrequited love is the most passionate of all. It's certainly a narrative that is, in its own curious and enticing way, as old as Western literature itself.

The moment Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone, a successful middle-aged financier, meets the glamorous Caroline Beresford at Richmond home, we are immediately immersed a whole new kind of world. Thus begins a hypnotic series of intense conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London's bars, fuelled by liberal G&Ts. From early winter to July's hot swelter, Emily narrates Evan's passion for Caroline - a former horsewoman and PR expert, and now mother, hostess, housewife and landlady - to the brink of his own destruction.

In a mischievously intelligent novel about desire, ambition, and friendship - about Petrarch and his Laura, Dante and Beatrice, Evan and Caroline - the acclaimed Kirsty Gunn explores the nature of courtly love in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction.

Ready. Steady. Go!

Title: Carolines Bikini
Author: GUNN KIRSTY
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 21/06/2018
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571339334
Available stock: 3
Price: $33.00
Children Act
Children Act
Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out.She visits the boy in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.

Title: Children Act
Author: MCEWAN IAN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/05/2018
Price: $26.00
RRP: $26.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784705572
Available stock: 2
Price: $26.00