New Fiction Releases

House of Names(web)House of Names

by Colm Toibin

Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter – her beloved Iphigenia – to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king’s return …
Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, studies Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches as they walk the gardens and corridors of the palace. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother’s return …

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Lost pages(web)The Lost Pages

by Marija Pericic

Winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Winner.
It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires—fame, respect, love—is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them. The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod’s life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka. In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Pericic writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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Swimming lessons(web)Swimming Lessons

by Claire Fuller

Swimming Lessons tells the story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband, Gil about the truth of their marriage, but decides not to send them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband collects. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears from an English beach. Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home after Gil says he has spotted Ingrid through a bookshop window. Flora, who has existed in a limbo of hope and grief, imagination and fact, wants answers, but doesn’t realise that what she’s looking for is hidden in the books that surround her. Claire Fuller’s book Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliot Prize for literature.

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Best kind (web)The Best Kind of People

by Zoe Whittall

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt? With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

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German girl(web)The German Girl

by Armando Lucas Correa

Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. The Rosenthals sell everything to fund visas and tickets. Seven decades later in New York, on her twelfth birthday Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, the great-aunt she never met but who raised her deceased father. Anna and her Mother travel to Cuba to meet Hannah and hear her story. Based on a true story, this wonderful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

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Essex serpent(web)The Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this charming novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

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Idaho(web)Idaho

by Emily Ruskovick

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness from O. Henry by Literary Prize winning author Emily Ruskovich.
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. The story is written in exquisite prose, told from multiple perspectives including those of Ann, Wade and his former wife Jenny. Gradually we learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny’s lives. The novel deals entirely with the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and with the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.

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underground(web)The Underground Railway

by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railway is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
In Colson Whitehead’s razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed the physical form of an underground rail system to transport slaves to freedom. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation. Caesar a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and together they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. At each stop, Cora encounters a different world recreating the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a powerful meditation on history

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New Non-Fiction Releases

Undoing project(web)The Undoing Project

by Michael Lewis

The incomparable Michael Lewis tells the story of two friends who changed how we think about the way we think. In the fall of 1969, behind the closed door of empty seminar room at a Hebrew University, two psychologists began a collaboration that would upend the understanding of human behavior. The research of Kahneman and Tversky has become some of the most influential social science of the past century. It has helped to reorder economics by exposing the folly of economists’ belief in an unconsciously rational human mind. The work has also led to advances in medical diagnosis and patient behavior. It has affected eating habits, cellphone use by drivers, retirement savings, sports talent scouting, psychology and many other areas.

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Hidden life(web) The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

Beech trees are bullies and willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate via a below-ground ‘woodwide web’. Are trees indeed social beings? In this internationally acclaimed bestseller the author makes a convincing argument that the forest is a social network. In groundbreaking scientifc discoveries it is revealed that trees effectively parent children, share nutrients with sick and struggling cohabitors and communicate, including signalling impending danger. Wohlleben turned from a life in the German Forestry Commission to put his ideas about ecology into practice. He shares his deep love of woods and forests explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. Charming, provocative and fascinating, after you have read The Hidden Life of Trees a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

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Defiant Earth(web) Defiant Earth

by Clive Hamilton

Forget everything you take for granted about nature, we have now entered a new epoch ‘the Anthropocene’. Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and distinguished public intellectual. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt Univer- sity in Canberra. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Oxford, University College London, Sciences Po and Yale University. His opinions have been published in the New York Times, Nature, Scientific American and the Guardian. His books include Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change, and Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate. His most recent book, Defiant Earth documents our historic point in time where human interactivity impacts earth history. Grounded in philosophical response and asking questions of our role as custodians ‘The fate of humans in the Anthropocene’ makes for fascinating reading.

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Testosterone Rex HB.indd Testosterone Rex

by Cordelia Fine

Here is a landmark contribution to the debate around gender dynamics from a scientist who happens to also be a great author. Testosterone Rex debunks the powerful myth that tells us men and women have evolved different natures re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains. Psychologist Cordelia Fine suggests the ancestral doctrine that rewards competitive man and nurturing woman is less a natural construct, and more a social one. Textosterone Rex brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond the accepted nature vs nurture debate. Full of wit and without denying science and evolution Cordelia Fine shows how biology far from limiting possibilities,extends them.

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Gut(web) Gut

by Giulia Enders

The key to living a happier healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows the utilitarian organ we suppose our guts to be, is in fact one of the most
complex, important and miraculous parts of our anatomy. Gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research to explaining the basics of nutrient absorption and covering the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression. We are in reality an eco-system with our guts playing a lead role. Guilia’s book is enriched by the passion she feels for her subject, balancing her infectious enthusiasm with interesting and informative hard science. There is something in this book for everyone.

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Writing Life(web) A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

by Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her relentless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. She courts controversy, refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form and has never been afraid to write herself into her non-fiction where often her own experiences shape her stories. Dr Bernadette Brennan explores the question of who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work.
This is the first full length study published on the forty years of Garner’s writing. It is a compelling literary portrait that offers fascinating insights into Garner’s imaginative and lived realities. Brennan maps Garner’s books, letters, diaries and unpublished work, including many previously unavailable papers, against the different stages of this important writer’s life.

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Havana(web) Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

by Mark Kurlansky

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider’s view of Havana. This elegant, tattered city comes alive under Kurlansky’s pen. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky’s own pen-and-ink drawings throughout. Havana celebrates the city’s singular music, literature, baseball culture, and cuisine. With its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures Havana is armchair travel at its finest.

Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today from the native Taino to Columbus’s landing, from Cuba’s status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista’s dictatorship and Castro’s revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolution. Award winning author Mark Kurlansky’s Havana is a journey worth embarking on.

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Return(web)The Return

by Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar’s Return is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for the Category of Biography. When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddaf regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. “Hope,” as he writes, “is cunning and persistent.” Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he’d go back to again. The Return is the story of what he found there. It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power. Above all, it is a universal tale of loss and love and of one family’s life. Hisham Matar asks the harrowing question: How does one go on living in the face of a loved one’s uncertain fate?

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