Gate by Jeanette Winterson $24.95 (Hammer)
She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides'
Muriel Spark. This is wonderfully
atmospheric, intricately woven, modern-day tale of the Pendle Witches at a time
when politics and religion were closely intertwined. Winterson tells the tale in
her inimitable magical prose.
of Travel by Michelle de Kretser $39.95 (Allen & Unwin)
mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different
lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a
publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven
from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Around these two characters de Kretser
assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories; from Theo, whose
life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman
determined to reinvent herself in Australia. Award-winning author Michelle de
Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation
of the way we live now.
Lies by Bernhard Schlink $29.99 (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
A conversation between strangers on a long-haul
flight will change lives forever. One night in Baden-Baden will threaten to
tear a couple apart. A meeting with an ex-lover will give a divorcee a second
chance, and holiday lovers will struggle in the harsh reality of daily
routine. As Schlink's characters navigate their lives, we discover the many
faces of love: the small betrayals, hidden truths and abiding affections. In
Schlink's spare prose, we come
face-to-face with the desires and jealousies that define our daily lives.
The Amber Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey $16.99 (Allen & Unwin)
Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Power Beagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? This perfect jewel of a book by the award-winning author of Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.
The Conversation by David
Brooks $29.95 (UQP)
She sat at a table opposite him, her back to the sea; slim, not particularly tall, auburn hair, close-cropped, rather more studious than beautiful, strong-featured. Or was it sharp-featured? A blend. In black jeans, a black jacket, silver bracelet on a slender wrist. A young woman and an older man meet by accident a gust of wind at a restaurant in Trieste and they find themselves dining together. They embark upon a conversation of the kind that can perhaps only happen between total strangers risky, philosophical, full of the most intimate stories and confessions. She has questions. He finds, as the wine flows, delicious dishes come and go, and the velvet night deepens, that he doesn't have as many answers as he might have thought he had.
of Mary by Colm Toibin $19.99 )Picador)