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Bark
Bark
In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. In 'Debarking', a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the US prepares to invade Iraq. In 'Foes', a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest at a fundraising dinner in Georgetown. In 'The Juniper Tree', a teacher, visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend, is forced to sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' in a kind of nightmare reunion. And in 'Wings', we watch the unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, who neither held fast to their dreams, nor struck out along other paths. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives, in Moore's characteristic style that is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny.

Title: Bark
Author: MOORE LORRIE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Price: $25.00
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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571273928
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Barracuda
Barracuda
His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done - every thought, every dream, every action - takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment. His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys - he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all. He would be first, everything would be all right when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm. A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families.
Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person? Barracuda is about living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. It's brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world.

Title: Barracuda
Author: TSIOLKAS CHRISTOS
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/11/2013
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743317310
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Bass Rock
Bass Rock
In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son get lost in the forest, transporting a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village.

In the sad, slow years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower and stepmother to his two young boys, installed in a huge house by the sea and haunted by those who have come before.

Fifty years later, Viv is cataloguing the valuables left in her dead grandmother's seaside home, when she uncovers long-held secrets of the great house.

Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.

Title: Bass Rock
Author: WYLD EVIE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 04/02/2020
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
ISBN: 9781760894757
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Bear
Bear
Anna is five. Her little brother, Stick, is almost three. They are camping with their parents in Algonquin Park, in three thousand square miles of wilderness. It's the perfect family trip. But then Anna awakes in the night to the sound of something moving in the shadows. Her father is terrified. Her mother is screaming. Then, silence. Alone in the woods, it is Anna who has to look after Stick, battling hunger and the elements to stay alive. Narrated by Anna, this is white-knuckle storytelling that captures the fear, wonder and bewilderment of our worst nightmares - and the power of one girl's enduring love for her family.

Title: Bear
Author: CAMERON CLAIRE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 13/02/2014
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781846557200
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Beautiful Days Short Stories
Beautiful Days Short Stories
A new collection of eleven mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning "Undocumented Alien"

In the diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.

"Fleuve Bleu" exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates's prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results. In "Big Burnt," set on lushly rendered Lake George in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, "Les beaux jours" examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a "master" artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic "Undocumented Alien" depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage.

In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior-until the hour when they do not.

Title: Beautiful Days Short Stories
Author: OATES JOYCE CAROL
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 18/03/2019
Price: $33.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Harper Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780062795793
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Beautiful Revolutionary
Beautiful Revolutionary
It's the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister's daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart.

Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet as the world is rocked by warfare and political assassinations, by racial discrimination and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny's passive ways - and anxious for a saviour.

Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church called Peoples Temple. As Evelyn grows closer to Jones, her marriage is just the first casualty of his rise to power.

Meticulously researched, elegantly written, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. In masterful prose, Woollett painstakingly examines what happens when Evelyn is pulled into Jones's orbit - an orbit it would prove impossible for her to leave.

Title: Beautiful Revolutionary
Author: WOOLLETT LAURA ELIZABETH
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 30/07/2018
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Scribe
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 9781925713039
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Bee & the Orange Tree
Bee & the Orange Tree
It's 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D'Aulnoy invents a powerful weapon: 'fairy tales'.



When Marie Catherine's daughter, Angelina, arrives in Paris for the first time, she is swept up in the glamour and sensuality of the city, where a woman may live outside the confines of the church or marriage. But this is a fragile freedom, as she discovers when Marie Catherine's close friend Nicola Tiquet is arrested, accused of conspiring to murder her abusive husband. In the race to rescue Nicola, illusions will be shattered and dark secrets revealed as all three women learn how far they will go to preserve their liberty in a society determined to control them.



This keenly-awaited second book from Melissa Ashley, author of THE BIRDMAN'S WIFE, restores another remarkable, little-known woman to her rightful place in history, revealing the dissent hidden beneath the whimsical surfaces of Marie Catherine's fairy tales. THE BEE AND THE ORANGE TREE is a beautifully lyrical and deeply absorbing portrait of a time, a place, and the subversive power of the imagination.

Title: Bee & the Orange Tree
Author: ASHLEY MELISSA
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 29/10/2019
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Affirm Press
Publisher: Affirm Press
ISBN: 9781925712018
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Bees
Bees
The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut. Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will lead to the unthinkable ...Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar.
Thrilling and imaginative, 'The Bees' is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.

Title: Bees
Author: PAULL LALINE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Price: $25.00
RRP: $33.00
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007558506
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Behaviour of Love
Behaviour of Love
From 2016 Man Booker longlisted Virginia Reeves comes a moving and riveting new novel about the head doctor of a mental institution whose marriage and job come under threat when he and a younger patient develop a relationship.

Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioural psychologist, he is now the superintendent of a mental institution and finally turning the previously crumbling hospital around. He also has a home he can be proud of, and a fiercely independent, artistic wife Laura, whom he hopes will soon be pregnant.

But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. She is intelligent, charming and slowly falling in love with her charismatic, compassionate doctor. As their relationship grows more complicated and Laura stubbornly starts working at his hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones and find a way to save both his job and his family.

A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behaviourist is an incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition from one of America's great young literary talents.

Praise for Work Like Any Other:

`A striking debut about love and redemption, the heavy burdens of family and guilt and learning how to escape them. Powerfully told and lyrically written, there is not a false note in this book. Reeves is a major new talent' Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
`Work Like Any Other is an exceptional novel told in clear, direct, and starkly beautiful language. Virginia Reeves has a gift for bringing to life all the tensions that emerge wherever people, place, and progress collide. I absolutely loved it' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
`Assured and absorbing... a potent mix of icy honesty and heart-wrenching tenderness' Jim Crace
`Beautifully written, this is an unusual and moving debut' Sunday Times
`A slow-burning pleasure. Brutal, beautiful, and to some significant extent, redemptive' Daily Mail

Title: Behaviour of Love
Author: REEVES VIRGINIA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 30/05/2019
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471171956
Available stock: 2
Price: $38.00
Behaviour of Love
Behaviour of Love
'A remarkable case study in the unpredictability of attraction . . . fresh and memorable' Guardian
'Even-handed and sensitive, this psychologically acute novel is a compassionate reflection on the commitments we make, both professional and personal' Esquire
'A superb writer, moving with crisp, swift strokes over the thorny question of how far people ever change' Daily Mail

From 2016 Man Booker longlisted Virginia Reeves comes a moving and riveting new novel about the head doctor of a mental institution whose marriage and job come under threat when he and a younger patient develop a relationship.

Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioural psychologist, he is now the superintendent of a mental institution and finally turning the previously crumbling hospital around. He also has a home he can be proud of, and a fiercely independent, artistic wife Laura, whom he hopes will soon be pregnant.

But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. She is intelligent, charming and slowly falling in love with her charismatic, compassionate doctor. As their relationship grows more complicated and Laura stubbornly starts working at his hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones and find a way to save both his job and his family.

A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behaviour of Love is an incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition from one of America's great young literary talents.

'Reeves's theme - as in her debut - is the limits of forgiveness. She's a superb writer, moving with crisp, swift strokes over the thorny question of how far people ever change' Daily Mail

Praise for Work Like Any Other:

'A striking debut about love and redemption, the heavy burdens of family and guilt and learning how to escape them. Powerfully told and lyrically written, there is not a false note in this book. Reeves is a major new talent' Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
'Work Like Any Other is an exceptional novel told in clear, direct, and starkly beautiful language. Virginia Reeves has a gift for bringing to life all the tensions that emerge wherever people, place, and progress collide. I absolutely loved it' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
'Assured and absorbing... a potent mix of icy honesty and heart-wrenching tenderness' Jim Crace
'Beautifully written, this is an unusual and moving debut' Sunday Times
'A slow-burning pleasure. Brutal, beautiful, and to some significant extent, redemptive' Daily Mail

Title: Behaviour of Love
Author: REEVES VIRGINIA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 16/04/2020
Price: $27.00
RRP: $27.00
Imprint: Scribner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471171970
Available stock: 2
Price: $27.00
Being Dead
Being Dead
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD. A couple lie naked in the dunes at Baritone Bay, at the spot where, almost thirty years before, they had first had sex as students. Nostalgia has sent Celice and Joseph back to their singing stretch of coast, but in the seeming calm of the afternoon they meet a brutal and unexpected fate -- one which will still their bodies but not their love, and certainly not their story.

Title: Being Dead
Author: CRACE JIM
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/09/2013
Price: $28.00
RRP: $28.00
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447250326
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Bell in the Lake
Bell in the Lake
The first in a rich historical trilogy that draws on legend, by the author of NORWEGIAN WOOD and THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME.



Norway, 1880. In the secluded village of Butangen at the end of the valley, headstrong Astrid dreams of a life beyond marriage, hard work and children. And then Pastor Kai Schweigaard comes into her life, taking over the 700-year-old stave church with its carvings of pagan deities. The two church bells were forged by her forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined sisters Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne, and are said to have supernatural powers. But now the pastor wants to tear it down, to replace it with a modern, larger church. Though Astrid is drawn to him, this may be a provocation too far.



Talented architecture student Gerhard Schonauer arrives from Dresden to oversee the removal of the church and its reconstruction in the German city. Everything about elegant Schonauer is so different, so cosmopolitan. Astrid must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for a daunting and uncertain future in Germany.



Then the bells begin to toll...



Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin

Title: Bell in the Lake
Author: MYTTING LARS
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 10/03/2020
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Quercus
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857059383
Available stock: 1
Price: $38.00