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02 Stone Arabia Dana Spiotta 03 Various Positions Martha Schabas February
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Fishing the River of Time Tony Taylor A Tiger in Eden Chris Flynn The Cove Ron Rash The Rules of Inheritance Claire Bidwell Smith The Book of Rachael Leslie Cannold Leaving Alexandria Richard Holloway The Last Werewolf Glen Duncan
30 TEXT CLASSICS 36 Griffith REVIEW 36: What is Australia For? edited by Julianne Schultz june
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The Lost Woman Sydney Smith Dirt David Vann Whispering Death Garry Disher What Dies in Summer Tom Wright A Golden Age Tahmima Anam Unzipped Nicki Reed
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21 Talulla Rising Glen Duncan
45 The Text Prize
46 Seriously, Just Go to Sleep Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortés 48 Queen of the Night Leanne Hall 49 The Watcher in the Shadows Carlos Ruiz Zafón 50 Shadows: The Rephaim Series, Book 1 Paula Weston 52 56 59 62 63 64
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04 Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson 05 Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea Morgan Callan Rogers 06 Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room Geoff Dyer 07 The Conflict: Woman and Mother Elisabeth Badinter 08 Griffith REVIEW 35: Surviving edited by Julianne Schultz 09 Guilt Ferdinand von Schirach 10 Me & You Niccolò Ammaniti 11 Me and Mr Booker Cory Taylor
22 The Amateur Science of Love Craig Sherborne 23 Floundering Romy Ash 24 The Confidant Hélène Grémillon 25 The Man from Primrose Lane James Renner 26 True North: The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack Brenda Niall 28 Imagine: The Science of Creativity Jonah Lehrer 29 Revenge of the Tide Elizabeth Haynes
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‘Transfixing…it’s as though Nabokov had written a rock novel.’ Entertainment Weekly ‘Added to the brilliant glitter of Ms Spiotta’s earlier work—so reminiscent, at times, of early Don DeLillo and early Joan Didion—is something deeper…a clever meditation on the feedback loop between life and art, and a moving portrait of a brother and sister.’ Michiko Kakutani, New York Times ‘Stunning, virtuoso.’ Vanity Fair RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758904, 256 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921254 Rights held ANZ Other rights Rogers, Coleridge & White
Denise and Nik grew up in the ’70s LA music scene. Nik— handsome and gifted—was a star on the rise. Denise, his sister, was his biggest fan. Now, fleeting success long behind him, Nik makes his art in isolation, painstakingly documenting his own work. Denise is his most devoted audience—sometimes his only audience. Then her daughter, Ada, decides to make a film revealing Nik’s underground career. Denise must confront her relationships with her family—her memories and identity. Stone Arabia is about family, celebrity and obsession. It’s about the urge to create, and the search for authenticity. Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book and her second, Eat the Document (2006), was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Syracuse University, New York. danaspiotta.com
‘Is there a more electrifying novelist working than Dana Spiotta?’ Los Angeles Times
va r i ou s posi t io ns mart h a s cha b as
Martha Schabas was born in 1980. She holds an MA in English literature from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. Martha’s articles and short fiction have been published widely. She lives in Toronto and is working on her second novel.
‘Exquisite…Schabas is a writer in full control of her craft.’ National Post ‘Beautifully descriptive and disturbing.’ Winnipeg Free Press ‘All the artful nuance and precision of the ballet itself… gripping and unflinching.’ Lynn Coady ‘Wonderful, courageous… Schabas’s dialogue is often extraordinarily expressive, compressed to a tight code for swirling inner worlds.’ Globe and Mail
RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758898, 372 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921261 Rights held ANZ Other rights Aitken Alexander
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What would we sacrifice for the idea of perfection? In Martha Schabas’s extraordinary debut we encounter the beauty and brutality of professional dancing. Trapped between the confusing world of her friends and the dysfunctional world of her family, Georgia is only at ease when dancing—in ballet she finds the exhilarating strength and control she lacks elsewhere in her life. But the director of the ballet academy singles her out as a star, and soon she is caught up in a drama of sexual bewilderment that will determine her chances to live her dreams or lose them forever. Various Positions is an unsettling and absorbing novel that pays homage to Nabokov’s Lolita and perfectly evokes the turbulence of adolescence, and how wilful innocence or moral misunderstanding can damage the lives of those close to you.
befo re I go to slee p s . j. watson
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‘A deeply unsettling debut that asks the most terrifying question—what do you have left when you lose yourself?’ Val McDermid ‘The structure is so dazzling it almost distracts you from the quality of the writing. No question, this is a very literary thriller.’ Guardian ‘A psychological thriller of intricacy and mind-bending qualities.’ Herald Sun
RRP $19.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758980, 368 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834240 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Conville & Walsh
The most talked-about bestseller of 2011. Christine Lucas’s memories—her past, her present, the people she loves—are erased every night when she goes to sleep. Each day when she wakes she tries to piece her life together. But are there things best forgotten? And why is she so frightened? Winner, Crime Writers’ Association, John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, 2011 Shortlisted, Galaxy National Book Award (3 categories), 2011 S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the National Health Service for many years. Before I Go to Sleep is his first novel. Now sold in more than thirtyfive languages around the world, it has been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. sjwatson-books.com sj-watson.blogspot.com
‘As far as psychological thrillers go, you can’t get much more psychological, or more thrilling.’ Age
red ruby he a r t i n a col d b lu e s e a mor g an cal l an r o g e r s
RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758966, 320 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921285 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Viking USA
Morgan Callan Rogers grew up in the shipbuilding city of Bath, Maine, near the rugged coastline and its wild beaches. She has a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Morgan has always been a writer in some capacity. At work on another novel, she splits her time between Maine and western South Dakota’s Black Hills and Badlands. greenandgoldenocean. blogspot.com
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It is 1963 and Florine Gilham is twelve. She lives in a small coastal town in Maine. Her mother, Carlie, is a waitress at the Lobster Shack, while her father, Leeman, fishes the Carlie Flo. Her Grand lives close by. And she and her friends have nothing more on their minds than letting off firecrackers to scare the summer tourists. But then her mother disappears without a trace, and Florine’s childhood ends. In the years of not knowing what happened to her mother Florine is sustained and challenged by the scratchy, troubled, loving relationship she has with her father, the warmth and wisdom of Grand, and her growing awareness of her childhood friend Bud. When her father’s past comes to call, she must accept that life won’t ever be the same. Morgan Callan Rogers’ writing is a slow summer drawl, and her debut novel is heartbreaking and intoxicating, as Florine blazes a stubborn, crooked pathway to adulthood.
A spirited debut novel about the last days of childhood.
zon a A book about a film about a journey to a room
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‘His prose is the equal of anyone in the country. A national treasure.’ Zadie Smith ‘I could read his non-fiction all day.’ Sunday Herald RRP $22.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922060, 224 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921568 RIGHTS HELD ANZ UK & Commonwealth (INCL. Canada) Canongate Books OTHER RIGHTS The Wylie Agency
Geoff Dyer is admired worldwide as a writer who goes where his interests take him and is always worth following there. In Zona, his interest is the film Stalker by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. At first glance Zona is a blow-by-blow description of the film. But as Dyer immerses us more deeply in the movie it becomes apparent that Stalker is the point of departure for a wonderfully digressive exploration not just of one film but of film itself—of how we try to understand what we cherish and of how we try to fathom, and realise, our deepest wishes. One of the most unusual books ever written about cinema, Zona is frequently hilarious and consistently thought-provoking. It fascinates from start to finish—even if you have not seen the film. Geoff Dyer’s books include But Beautiful, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, the essay collection Working the Room and the novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (published by Text). He lives in London and contributes to the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times. geoffdyer.com
‘A true original—one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight.’ William Boyd
T he Con f l ic t Woman and Mother
E l i sabet h B ad i n te r translated from the French by Adriana Hunter
RRP $24.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758416, 208 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834752 RIGHTS HELD UK & Commonwealth (excl. Canada) OTHER RIGHTS Flammarion
‘Badinter is on to something.’ Ms. Magazine ‘France’s modern-day answer to Simone de Beauvoir.’ Australian
Philosopher Elisabeth Badinter is recognised as a leading feminist writer, both in her homeland of France and internationally, where her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. Her publications include L’amour en plus (Mother Love: Myth and Reality); X/Y, de l’identité masculine (XY: On Masculine Identity); L’un est l’autre; and Fausse Route (Dead End Feminism).
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Today to be pregnant can seem like joining a religious order. There is an expectation that women will be breastfeeding, nappywashing, home-cooking supermums. So are mothers who rely on formula, childcare and disposable nappies lazy or liberated? The conflict between a woman’s individual identity and her identity as a mother is not unique to our time. In the eighteenth century French women overcame the problem by shipping their newborns off to wet nurses. But not anymore. Modern mothers are bombarded with advice. The pressure to be a perfect parent is overwhelming. In this utopia of childrearing your child will become your god and you its humble servant. In The Conflict Elisabeth Badinter questions why our ideas of motherhood have been skewed by unachievable expectations that compromise our sense of self and womanhood. No matter which side of the debate you stand on, this bold and revelatory book is essential reading.
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Ed i t ed by Julia nne S ch u ltz ‘Essential reading… [Griffith REVIEW] keeps getting better.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘As engaging as it is prescient.’ Weekend Australian
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‘Fresh and intelligent.’ Australian Book Review RRP $27.95 QUARTERLY PB ISBN 9781921922008, 264 pp EBOOK ISBN 9780987164834
At times it feels like we are unwilling participants in a never-ending disaster movie, buffeted by natural catastrophe, war, economic collapse, social implosion and private trauma. But behind the shocking headlines, official inquiries and memorial ceremonies there are many stories of renewal and hope, of survivors who pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives and their communities. The brilliant writing in this edition of Griffith REVIEW takes you on a remarkable journey. The authors describe extraordinary battles and random brushes with fate—and live to tell the tale. And though surviving is a personal quest, there is also an opportunity to learn how to be better prepared: to adapt, survive, even thrive after disaster subsides. Surviving features new pieces by some of the region’s leading authors, including Matthew Condon, Sophie Cunningham, David Francis, Michael Gawenda, Tom Griffiths, Ashley Hay, Lloyd Jones, Ian Lowe and Kathy Marks. Julianne Schultz AM is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, Australia’s most awarded and extracted quarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. She is a professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council. Julianne is an acclaimed author and in 2009 became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community. griffithreview.com
G uilt F er d i nand von S ch ir ac h translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway
The brilliant sequel to Crime. A private boys’ school that harbours a gang of teenage exorcists. A drug deal that goes bizarrely awry when a dog gets involved. A couple who like to swing—until one partner hits the wall. A brutal gang rape whose perpetrators are known but cannot be convicted. Crimes and bad decisions, accidents and breaking points. Acts of savagery, betrayal, self-sacrifice.
Ferdinand von Schirach was born in Munich in 1964. Since 1994 he has practised criminal law in Berlin. Crime, his first collection of stories, became an instant bestseller in Germany and was published in thirty countries around the world, including in Australia by Text.
‘A wonderful storytelling voice, dry, clear, restrained; but beneath the unshockable surface, a current of indignation and compassion.’ Helen Garner ‘Yarns that are apparently as simple as fables or morality tales but succeed in getting to the core of who we are.’ Sunday Age RRP $22.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921834844, 208 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921278 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Piper Verlag
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In the stories in Guilt Ferdinand von Schirach, one of Germany’s most prominent defence lawyers, presents the case for human fallibility. Calmly, rationally, he reveals to us the weave of circumstance that may trap our fellow citizen in his or her destiny—and shows us the criminal in ourselves.
‘A cool, patient voice that draws the reader in. Von Schirach…has the talent to dazzle.’ New York Times Book Review
M e & Yo u N i cco lò Amm a nit i translated from the Italian by Kylee Doust
‘The sheer charm and freshness of Ammaniti’s writing…will make you laugh, cringe and cry—in as many paragraphs.’ Advertiser
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‘A fearsomely gifted writer.’ Independent RRP $17.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758775, 176 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921445 RIGHTS HELD ANZ World English Canongate Books OTHER RIGHTS Kylee Doust Agency
Niccolò Ammaniti, author of the hugely popular I’m Not Scared, has been described as ‘the best novelist of his generation’. With this breathtaking novel, he has produced a small masterpiece. Lorenzo is fourteen and has issues. One of them is that he doesn’t have, or want, any friends. Because this is making his parents unhappy, he tells them he has been invited on a skiing holiday with a group from school. In fact, he is planning to spend the week happily ensconced in the cellar of their apartment building with a supply of canned tuna. Then his estranged older sister, Olivia, turns up. Over the next few days, as Lorenzo helps her through her heroin withdrawal, they form an intense bond. And Olivia reveals secrets that the family has kept from Lorenzo.
Soon to be a major movie directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He has written several novels, of which Me & You is the fourth to be published in English. He won the prestigious Viareggio Literary Prize with his bestselling novel I’m Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages. niccoloammaniti.it/eng
‘A perfect book.’ Corriere della Sera
Me a n d Mr B oo k e r Cory Taylo r I told them about my mother and father. ‘They broke up,’ I said. ‘So now I am emotionally scarred for life. At least that’s my excuse.’ ‘For what?’ said Mrs Booker. ‘I don’t know,’ I said. ‘It hasn’t happened yet.’
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‘A nuanced and touching portrait of a doomed relationship.’ Sun Herald ‘Cory Taylor’s characters are magnificently created.’ Weekend Australian ‘A vibrant, questioning and unpredictable read.’ West Australian
Cory Taylor is an award-winning screenwriter who has also published short fiction and children’s books. Me and Mr Booker is her first novel. She lives in Brisbane.
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Looking back, Martha could have said no when Mr Booker first tried to kiss her. That would have been the sensible thing to do. But she’s sixteen, she lives in a dull small town—a cemetery with lights—her father’s mad, her home’s stifling and she’s waiting for the rest of her life to begin. Of course Martha would kiss the charming Englishman who brightened her world with style, adventure, whisky and the promise of sex. But she didn’t count on the consequences. Me and Mr Booker is a story about feeling old when you’re young, and acting young when you’re not.
‘One of the best coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read.’ Benjamin Law, author of The Family Law
F i shin g the River o f T i m e To ny Tay lor
At the age of eighty Tony Taylor travels from Sydney to Vancouver Island to meet his eight-year-old grandson, Ned, for the first time. The old man hopes he can teach the boy to fish. They will spend a week together on the Cowichan River, in a landscape that has profoundly shaped Tony’s life. As Tony teaches Ned the patient art of fly fishing, a lifetime of memories, thoughts and stories unspools by the water’s edge. Fishing the River of Time is written with warmth and wisdom. Destined to become a classic work on the art of waiting to catch a fish, it inspires deep self-reflection, and an appreciation of the natural world and the fundamentals of our human experience.
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Tony Taylor was born in 1928. He studied palaeontology and igneous petrology in London, while working as a scientific officer at the Natural History Museum. Tony taught at universities in the UK and Australia before helping set up environmental policy in British Columbia. He lives in Sydney. Fishing the River of Time is his first book.
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An elegant meditation on nature, life and family.
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Rivers search for the sea and each drop of the magic gets trapped on its journey, moving against the flow at times, before it fulfils its destinyâ€Ś More than any water anywhere else, the water of a young and wild western Canadian river appeared at a critical time in my life, changed a lot of my earlier thinking, and helped show me the way.
A Tiger i n Eden
I suppose I was a kind of soldier even though there were some who would have said freedom fighter and others who would have said terrorist or paramilitary. I never really thought about it in them terms in fact I didn’t like thinking about it at all. Ever since Big Jim sent me over to the Thailand I’d had way too much time to think about what I’d done. Sure how many 23-year-olds would have fucked people up the way I done fucking drill bits to kneecaps and baseball bats to elbows… RRP $22.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922039, 224 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921308 RIGHTS HELD World
Beautiful beaches, sexy young backpackers, cheap drinks: southern Thailand in the mid-1990s is the perfect place for a holiday. It’s also the perfect place for Billy—Loyalist hard man, no surrender chest tattoo, on the run from the Belfast police—to lie low. He’s turning away from a life of crime, but isn’t sure where to go. A series of fights and one-night stands helps put his troubles out of mind for a while. But when Billy ends up in a Buddhist retreat he learns that no matter how far you travel, your past will always catch up with you. A heady ride of sex, drugs and barroom brawls, A Tiger in Eden is a raucous debut novel in the anti-tradition of Trainspotting and The Beach. Chris Flynn is books editor at the Big Issue and fiction consultant at Australian Book Review. The former publisher of Torpedo magazine, he writes for the Age, Australian, Paris Review and ABC Radio National, and is editing a forthcoming issue of McSweeney’s partly devoted to Indigenous Australian fiction. He grew up in Belfast and lives in Melbourne. atigerineden.com
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T he Cov e R on R as h
Ron Rash is a multi-award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. His novel Serena was a New York Times bestseller, and earned him comparisons to John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy. Burning Bright, his most recent story collection, won the 2010 Frank O‘Connor Award. Ron lives in the Appalachian Mountains, South Carolina.
‘Rash is a prevailing master of language and one in a venerable American tradition.’ Australian ‘Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true.’ Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls ‘The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new.’ Colum McCann RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758867, 240 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921292 RIGHTS HELD ANZ UK & Commonwealth (ExcL. Canada & india) Canongate Books OTHER RIGHTS David Higham Associates
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Siblings Laurel and Hank Shelton live in the cove: fruitless farmland nestled in perpetual shadow, land locals say is cursed. Hank has returned an amputee from World War I. He soon falls in love, but his new bride refuses to live in the cove. Hank must choose between his bride and abandoning his socially outcast sister in the loneliest place imaginable. Laurel’s fate is altered forever when she discovers an injured man on their land. The stranger slowly heals and insinuates himself in to life in the cove—bringing Laurel happiness, even love. But when she stumbles on the stranger’s true identity she realises they are in real danger, beyond any kind of mythical curse. And the ramifications are breathtaking. Set in Appalachia during the Great War, The Cove is an atmospheric novel about love, betrayal and fear.
Th e Ru les of Inh eri ta n ce C l ai re Bi dwe ll S m it h
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‘The Rules of Inheritance serves as a reminder that we are not only capable of descending to the depths of human experience, but that we can rise back up again. It’s a great book.’ James Frey
RRP $29.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758997, 304 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921551 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Penguin USA
Claire Bidwell Smith, a fourteen-year-old only child, learns that both her parents have cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one compels her to make a series of fraught choices, set against the glittering backdrop of New York and Los Angeles—and the pall of regret. When the inevitable happens and Claire is alone in the world, she is inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one’s special person. It is only later, when Claire falls in love, marries and becomes a mother, that she emerges from the fog of grief. Using the five stages of grief as a window onto her personal experience, Claire Bidwell Smith has written a powerful memoir that is at once exquisite and profound. Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specialising in grief. She has worked for Dave Eggers’ literacy centre 826LA, and most recently as a bereavement counsellor for a hospice in Chicago. She has written for Time Out New York, BlackBook, the Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio, and is working on her second book. Claire lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter. clairebidwellsmith.com twitter.com/clairebidwell
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1996, I’m eighteen. My father’s voice is tinny through the phone line. I am in the booth at the bottom of the stairs in Howland dorm. It is my freshman year of college. Claire, he is saying, your mother is back in the hospital. It is a Tuesday. My mother was just here two days ago, visiting for parents’ weekend, and I am immediately confused as to why she is in the hospital. Claire, are you listening to me? I take a deep breath. I’m here, Dad. Listen. I don’t know how to say this. The doctors, they don’t think there is anything else they can do. The cancer is too far gone. Mum and Dad’s first date What do you mean? I don’t like the words ‘too far gone’. They make me think of a ship lost at sea. As I listen to my father run through the details of my mother’s
hospital visit, the previous weekend replays in my head on fastforward, scenes flashing by in blurred succession. My mother had arrived on Friday. We drove along the winding mountain roads together, Vermont like a foreign country to both of us, the autumn trees like bursts of flame—orange and gold and deep, deep red. There was a weird silence between us, a space that had never been there before. The two months since I’d been at college were as long as we’d been apart in my whole life. My mother worked hard to close the new distance, acting chipper, and I tried to fill the gap too, telling her about my classes and my roommate, Christine. That night we ate dinner at an Italian restaurant in town. She ordered two glasses of wine, let me have one. Around the room two or three other students sat at tables with their parents, and for no real reason I felt embarrassed for all of us...
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L es l ie Cann old
Leslie Cannold is an author and columnist. Over the years her views and reviews have appeared in all the major Australian media outlets, and she is a regular guest on ABC TV’s Q&A. The Book of Rachael is her first novel. cannold.com twitter.com/ lesliecannold
RRP $19.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922046, 352 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834233 RIGHTS HELD World
‘The Book of Rachael should be celebrated for its intelligence, its eloquence and its fascinating version of well-known events. Cannold sustains her reader’s interest from the first page to the last, offering us a credible explanation for one of the most incredible stories in our culture. Indeed, this is all the more impressive when we learn that The Book of Rachael is Cannold’s debut novel, a remarkably confident and assured beginning to what I hope will be a long career in literature.’ Canberra Times ‘A beautifully narrated story about equality, independence and love.’ Sunday Herald Sun ‘Unquestionably, the best book I’ve read in ages.’ ANZ LitLovers LitBlog ‘Almost impossible to put down.’ Otago Daily Times ‘Quite a page-turner.’ Dominion Post ‘Energetic and passionate.’ Age
Did Jesus of Nazareth have a sister? We will never know: at that time in Jewish history, such a woman did not merit a place in any written record. So Leslie Cannold has imagined her. Rachael is intelligent, rebellious and passionate. She wants many things from life, most of them either forbidden or dangerous. To read and write; to learn the skills of healing; to marry the man she loves, her brother’s best friend Judah of Iscariot. She may even attain her heart’s desires—but there will be a price to pay.
L e av i n g A l e xa n d ria Richard Holloway
Richard Holloway is an acclaimed writer and respected thinker, and prominent in the Scottish arts community. He has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer and Scotsman, and has presented several series for BBC television and radio. Between the Monster and the Saint is also published by Text.
praise for Between the Monster and the Saint ‘Richard Holloway is a voice of sane humanity.’ Literary Review ‘An inspirational writer at the height of his powers.’ Daily Mail ‘An enormously interesting man.’ Independent on Sunday ‘[Holloway] writes with passion and honesty at all times, and the result is compelling.’ Observer RRP $32.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922022, 408 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921452 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Canongate Books
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At fourteen Richard Holloway left Alexandria, his working-class home north of Glasgow, and travelled hundreds of miles to an English monastery to be trained for the priesthood. By twenty-five, following time in Africa, he had been ordained and was working in the slums of Glasgow. In 2000 he resigned as Bishop of Edinburgh, having lost heart with the church over its condemnation of homosexuality. Behind Richard’s confident public face was a mind troubled by big questions. Why is the church, which claims to be the instrument of God’s love, so prone to cruelty and condemnation? And how can a person live with the tension between public faith and private doubt? With this long-awaited memoir Richard Holloway gives us a wise, poetic and candid book that recounts a fascinating life—and attempts to answer those questions.
Th e Last Werewolf G len Du nca n
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‘Often brutal, often unhinged, wryly amusing and wickedly enthralling, The Last Werewolf is a gem.’ Listener ‘Full of dark, dramatic punch, the pages of this novel shudder and crackle with life…A gory, sexy and utterly compulsive page-turner.’ West Australian ‘Bold, sexy, smart, irreverent, laden with sly references and doesn’t shy away from the darker side.’ Courier‑Mail RRP $22.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922053, 352 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834219 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Canongate Books
‘Magnificent. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre.’ Nick Cave One last full moon—then it will all be over. Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf on Earth, and he is as tired of life as he is of killing. But as he counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into his bitter enmity with the bounty hunters of WOCOP— and into the desperate pursuit of life. Erudite, bloody and heartbreaking, The Last Werewolf is an amazing work of literary fiction that honours the conventions of the genre even as it spectacularly eclipses them. Glen Duncan was born in Bolton in 1965. His first novel, Hope, was published in 1997 and has been followed by seven further novels. I, Lucifer (2002) was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was named by the Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s twenty best young novelists. thelastwerewolf.org
‘In a period stuffed with werewolves and vampires, The Last Werewolf stands out for its humour, eloquence and self-aware intelligence.’ Stella Duffy
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praise for The Last Werewolf ‘It is a horror that never shies from the human side of lycanthropy; it is a disquisition on the nature of werewolf stories; it is a sublime study in literary elegance. It is bloody (and) brilliant.’ Independent on Sunday ‘The cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.’ The Times ‘Funny, visceral and so well written it deserves every one of the plaudits it’s going to get.’ Herald on Sunday (NZ) ‘Stylish, erotic and often very funny. Duncan has taken “genre” writing to dizzying levels.’ MX
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Talulla Rising plunges the magnificent co-protagonist of The Last Werewolf into an adrenaline-charged solo quest, a race against time to recover her lost child. Along the way Talulla crosses paths with a psychotic new WOCOP leader, an unlikely human lover, blooddrinking religious fanatics, a pack of London werewolves and (rumour has it) the oldest remaining vampire on earth. This second instalment in Glen Duncan’s werewolf trilogy pushes the were-myth further into uncharted territory with the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species. The last book, By Blood We Live, will be published by Text in 2013.
Th e Amateur Science of Lov e C r aig Sherborn e
‘I can’t fault this book—the characters are solid and believable, the storyline unpredictable and the rural Australian imagery vivid.’ Bookseller+Publisher
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‘Fascinating, funny and unputdownable.’ Sunday Herald Sun ‘Sherborne writes so well that he cannot fail to include colour in the darkness…This is a masterful portrait.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘Poignant…Little can prepare us for this fine novel’s “heart-wrecking puzzle”.’ Weekly Times
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They say we fall in love. But really we fall in sickness. I lost appetite for food when I was with Tilda. We spent a third night together and my stomach was sunken in its wishbone cavity. Me, I was never sick, but I was sick now, the strangest sickness that made my eyes gleam green with excellent health. Young Colin meets Tilda—older, beautiful Tilda, an artist—in London, and their affair brings them to a decaying former bank in a Victorian country town. The fire of love burns bright—but the flames soon threaten to engulf their relationship. Shortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2011 Craig Sherborne’s memoir Hoi Polloi (2005) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck (2007), won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. Craig has also written two volumes of poetry, Bullion (1995) and Necessary Evil (2005), and a verse drama, Look at Everything Twice for Me (1999). His journalism and poetry have appeared in most of Australia’s literary journals and anthologies. He lives in Melbourne.
‘Rawness and courage and dark, outthere humour…The Amateur Science of Love shines light into the darkest, most excruciating places…and it doesn’t flinch or turn away.’ Age
F lou n de ring R om y As h A startling debut novel, shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award.
Romy Ash is a Melbourne writer. Her work has appeared in Griffith REVIEW (which awarded her a 2011 GREW Prize), the Big Issue and frankie, and she has a regular cooking column in Yen and writes for the blog Trotski & Ash. The forthcoming anthology Voracious: New Australian Food Writing features one of her essays. romyash.com
Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared. Now Loretta’s returned, and she wants her boys back. Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, searching and reconnecting. But Loretta isn’t mother material. She’s broke, unreliable, lost. And there’s something else not quite right with this reunion. They reach the west coast and take refuge in a beachside caravan park. Their neighbour, a surly old man, warns the kids to stay away. But when Loretta disappears again the boys have no choice but to ask the old man for help, and now they face new threats and new fears. This beautifully written and gripping novel is as moving as it is frightening, and as heartbreaking as it is tender.
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Come on. We’ll dive under the next one, all right, she says to me. When she grabs my hand hers is wet. She pulls me in. It’s deeper for me. A wave comes, and she jumps over it. The next one, she says, laughing. The next one comes. No, the next one. This one for sure, okay? Ready? She holds my hand tight and we dive under together. In the cold I can still feel the warmth of her hand in mine. I keep my eyes closed tight. There is a safe place where the wave isn’t even touching us. It’s silent and the moment seems to last forever.
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translated from the French by Alison Anderson
Hélène Grémillon was born in 1977. She has degrees in literature and history, and worked as a print and television journalist, as well as a script editor, before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Paris with her partner, the singersongwriter Julien Clerc, and their child. She is working on her second novel.
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Paris, 1975. Sifting through the letters of condolence after her mother’s death, Camille discovers a strange missive sent by someone she does not know. She thinks it is probably an error. But every Tuesday a new letter arrives, recounting a tale of two impossible loves, four broken destinies—until the dénouement destroys everything in its path. Little by little Camille begins to piece together the puzzle, and is shocked to realise that this story has a direct bearing upon her own life. Alternating between Camille’s account and the letters from the unknown correspondent, Grémillon transports us to the years between 1939 and 1943 to tell a powerful story of friendship and secrets between women; of surrogacy, passion, jealousy, revenge and reconciliation. The Confidant is a thrilling debut that blends a historical setting and page-turning suspense with a virtuoso literary style. ‘Takes us into the heart of a family secret: unspoken love, hidden hatred and revenge with dire consequences.’ Elle ‘As in Bernard Schlink’s The Reader, nothing is more moving than to witness characters as castaways shipwrecked by history.’ BSC News
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James Renner, like his protagonist, is a true-crime writer from Ohio. He is the author of Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer’s Apprentice, two non-fiction books that detail his adventures as an investigative journalist. His work has featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. The Man from Primrose Lane is his first novel. jamesrenner.com twitter.com/jamesrenner RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758942, 400 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834820 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Julie Barer in association with Abner Stein
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Four years after his wife’s unexplained suicide, true-crime writer David Neff is still shattered, still disengaged from life. Then a friend tries to interest him in the unsolved murder of a local recluse, and eventually David finds himself being drawn into the mystery. Who was the old man? Why was he always seen, summer and winter, wearing mittens? Why does the physical evidence make no sense? And where do the recurring redheads fit in? The closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the power of his own obsessions, and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and David’s beloved wife. And then things start to get strange. Beautifully written and magnificently resistant to categorisation, The Man from Primrose Lane is a novel of soaring imagination. It’s a nail-biting thriller, a story of bonedeep love and redemption, and a meditation on the nature of destiny. Not only will it leave you astonished and exhilarated—it may well become the most talked-about novel of the year.
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Tr ue No rth The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack
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A brilliant biography of the Durack sisters: calm and reasonable Mary, author of the Australian classic Kings in Grass Castles, and passionate and wayward Elizabeth, the renowned artist.
Brenda Niall is one of Australia’s foremost biographers. She is the author of four awardwinning biographies, including her acclaimed accounts of the Boyd family. Brenda holds degrees from the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and Monash University. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, Yale University and the Australian National University. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of Australia for ‘services to Australian literature, as an academic, biographer and literary critic’. She frequently reviews for the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review.
Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their father and grandfather overlanding from Queensland in the 1880s and setting up four vast cattle stations in the remote north. A year spent together on the stations in their early twenties ignited in the sisters a lifelong love of the Kimberley, along with a growing unease about the situation of the Aboriginal people employed there. Through war, love affairs, children and eventual old age, the Duracks continued to write and paint, their closely intertwined creative lives always shaped by the enduring power of the Kimberley region. With unprecedented access to hundreds of private family letters, unpublished memoirs, diaries and family papers, Brenda Niall gets to the heart of a uniquely Australian story that spans the twentieth century. RRP $32.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758928, 272 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921421 RIGHTS HELD World
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Im agin e The Science of Creativity
J o nah Lehre r
‘Jonah Lehrer is a brilliant young writer. His clear and vivid writing— incisive and thoughtful, yet sensitive and modest—is a special pleasure.’ Oliver Sacks
RRP $32.95 NON-FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922107, 284 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921582 RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Canongate Books
Creativity: it’s singing the song that has never been sung and solving the problem that seems impossible. It’s the free-verse poem and the mathematical equation, the abstract painter and the brilliant inventor. It’s the ability to see the world as it is, and then to imagine how it might be. Jonah Lehrer is on a mission to unlock the mysteries of creativity and invention, starting at the source: inside our head. Discover why humans are the creative species, where original ideas come from and how we can learn to generate more of them. Leaping agilely from anecdotes to scientific theories, from Bob Dylan to modernist furniture design, from the benefits of office ping-pong tables to how magicians come up with new tricks, Imagine brings clarity and insight to the most mysterious function of our brain—creativity. Jonah Lehrer is editor-at-large for Seed Magazine, and the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and The Decisive Moment: How the Brain Makes Up its Mind (both published by Text). A graduate of Columbia University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Jonah has worked in the lab of the Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel. He also contributes to the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post and New Scientist, and writes a highly regarded blog, The Frontal Cortex. jonahlehrer.com wired.com/wiredscience/frontal-cortex
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‘Jonah Lehrer’s new book confirms what his fans have known all along— that he knows more about science than a lot of scientists and more about writing than a lot of writers.’ Malcolm Gladwell
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Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, won the first round of Amazon Rising Stars 2011 and has been translated into ten languages. Revenge of the Tide is her second novel.
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praise for Into the Darkest Corner ‘Haynes’s powerful account of domestic violence is disquieting, yet unsensationalist. This is a gripping book.’ Guardian ‘I love this book. It has just the right mix of terror, paranoia and “things that go bump in the night” to keep you looking over your own shoulder for your own past demons. Elizabeth Haynes is a very talented new face in the murky world of crime fiction and definitely a name to look out for in the future. Very highly recommended.’ eurocrime.com
Elizabeth Haynes Bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner
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Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful and dangerous demands of her work—sales executive by day, pole dancer at the exclusive Barclay by night—and achieved her dream: to get out of London and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. But on the night of her boat-warming party a body washes up beside the vessel, and Genevieve recognises the victim. As the sanctuary of the boatyard is threatened, and Genevieve’s life seems increasingly at risk, the story of how she came to be so out of her depth unfolds. The Barclay is not such an easy place to leave, and Genevieve finds out the cost of mixing business with pleasure…
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THE Text Classics series unearths some of the lost marvels of our literature.
Each one classically priced at $12.95.
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Launching in May 2012, it begins with thirty-two books by our great storytellers.
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The visionary Diana Gribble founded Text in 1990. She wanted to create an independent publishing house that would find books to enlighten, challenge and entertain us. In keeping with this vision, Text Classics are books by our most loved writersâ€”books that tell our stories.
Launching in May, the Text Classics series begins with thirty-two great books by great storytellers: Franklin, Grenville, Keneally, Maloney, Hume, Corris, Flannery, Temple, Garner and many more. All classically priced at $12.95.
For extra materials, including book trailers, extended author biographies and reading group discussion notes, visit textclassics.com.au
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The Text Classics series is designed to unearth some of the lost marvels of our literature, and to allow readers to rediscover wonderful books they have never forgotten. These books are milestones in the Australian experience. We have chosen them in the conviction that they still have much to say to us, undiminished in their power to delight, challenge and surprise us. Michael Heyward, Publisher
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It is a sorry fact that so many iconic Australian books are unread because they are so hard to find. While this remains true our conversation will be incomplete and we will never fully understand our heritage. We cannot know ourselves unless we know our history, and the many different ways in which our writers have imagined it.
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Sydney Bridge Upside Down A Difficult Young Man The Australian Ugliness The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse Diary of a Bad Year Wake in Fright The Dying Trade
David Ballantyne Martin Boyd Robin Boyd John Clarke J. M. Coetzee Kenneth Cook Peter Corris
Theyâ€™re a Weird Mob Terra Australis My Brilliant Career Cosmo Cosmolino Dark Places The Watch Tower The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Nino Culotta Matthew Flinders Miles Franklin Helen Garner Kate Grenville Elizabeth Harrower Fergus Hume
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Ned Kelly Thomas Keneally Afferbeck Lauder Shane Maloney Frederic Manning Katherine Mansfield R. H. Morrieson
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The Dig Tree The Plains The Fortunes of Richard Mahony The Women in Black An Iron Rose 1788 and more
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The Jerilderie Letter Bring Larks and Heroes Strine Stiff The Middle Parts of Fortune Selected Stories The Scarecrow
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e d i t ed by Julia nne S ch u ltz ‘Stunning…The pieces are diverse, the stories unique and real. But one thing remains constant— superb writing.’ Weekend Herald (NZ) ‘Fresh and intelligent.’ Australian Book Review
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‘Essential reading… [Griffith REVIEW] keeps getting better.’ Sydney Morning Herald RRP $27.95 QUARTERLY PB ISBN 9781921922534, 264 pp EBOOK ISBN 9780987164858
Fine minds, original thinkers and inspiring writing. A bold, agenda-setting edition of Griffith REVIEW. It is time to revive the debate about national identity. The clichés of old have long exceeded their use-by date. This is a trying time of global transition and uncertainty, for societies and for individuals. Yet it is also a time when Australia has remarkable advantages—advantages it must build on if the nation is to prosper. Instead of seizing the moment, and forging an exciting new future, public discussion is mired in the past. Politics is no longer the art of the possible. Whingeing has replaced can-do. What is Australia For? will sketch out visionary ideas for the future, uncover neglected stories from the past, and provide an exciting forum for new voices to make their case. Julianne Schultz AM is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, Australia’s most awarded and extracted quarterly, produced by Griffith University and Text Publishing. She is a professor in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, a member of the boards of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, and chair of the Queensland Design Council. Julianne is an acclaimed author and in 2009 became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community. griffithreview.com
T h e Lost Woman Sy d ney Smit h A brave and elegantly written memoir.
Sydney Smith lives in Melbourne. She is a past winner of the Age Short Story Competition, and her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the Age, Griffith REVIEW, Island, Imago and the New England Review. Sydney founded and co-ordinates the Victorian Mentoring Service for Writers. This is her first book.
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When Sydney Smith was nine, she thought about killing herself because of her mother’s cruelty. When she reached puberty, her mother sexually assaulted her several times—a pattern repeated over the years. By the time Sydney was twenty she believed there were cameras behind every mirror in the house, that her mother could read her mind, that anybody who looked at her could see the bloody fantasies of murder and mutilation which tormented her. How to escape? How to survive? Enthralling and disturbing, The Lost Woman is that rare memoir: a story of innocence lost which, once read, will never be forgotten.
I came home from school on a wet autumn afternoon to find the door locked. Mother’s face appeared at the window, then vanished. I knocked on the door. ‘Let me in. Let me in.’ But Mother wouldn’t let me in. The rain fell harder. I shivered inside my green jacket. ‘Mummy, let me in.’ I knocked and knocked; I tried the door in case it had unlocked itself since the last time I tried. Finally, I sat on the damp step. Every now and then I glanced up to see her face at the window. As soon as I did she whipped out of sight. I waited all afternoon until it was dark. Then, just before my father came home, Mother opened the door and hurried me inside.
dirt David Vann
‘A truly great writer.’ Irish Sunday Independent ‘One of the best writers of his generation.’ Le Figaro ‘A writer to read and reread; a man to watch carefully.’ Economist
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‘One of the most exciting writers at work today.’ Stephen Romei, Australian ‘Vann’s prose follows the sinews of Cormac McCarthy and Hemingway, yet has its own nimble flex.’ The Times RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922572, 240 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921612 Rights held ANZ Other rights Rogers, Coleridge & White in association with InkWell Management
From the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island comes a wickedly funny and thoroughly barbaric new novel. Galen and his small but disparate family of women are stuck in a world of anger, denial, confusion, lust and greed. On a weekend trip long-buried resentments and secrets rise to the surface. The family’s thin veneer of civility collapses and everyone crosses the boundary from pleasant to primal, from amicable to depraved, destructive and even deadly. This is not a pretty family drama. This is a story where no one evolves, where no one comes of age, where no one becomes a better person. Dirt will linger in your mind long after the book has ended. David Vann is a bestselling author whose books— Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, A Mile Down, and Last Day On Earth—have appeared on forty-five best-of-the-year lists in ten countries and been published in seventeen languages. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a professor at the University of San Francisco. David has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Outside, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Sunday Times, Observer and many others, and appeared in documentaries for the BBC, NOVA, National Geographic and CNN. davidvann.com
‘An artist.’ New York Times
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The open windows at highway speed made it impossible to speak, and this was a relief to everyone, it seemed. Even his mother and aunt might get along if they could just live in a blast furnace. Words could only cause trouble. Galen enjoyed the peace, watched the landscape slip past, yellow grass dotted with oaks, the hills beginning to take shape, long curves of road climbing into pine trees, the gold rush country, the place of nostalgia for his grandmother who loved Hallmark cards and watched Bonanza on TV. Her perfect world was a small western town in which all words were sweet and empty.
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Sue Turnbull, ABC Radio ‘Unmissable.’ Sunday Examiner
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‘World-class.’ Canberra Times ‘Classic Disher, the taut writing bringing a complex plot into…sharp relief.’ West Australian RRP $19.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922510, 336 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834974 RIGHTS HELD World Rights sold North America—Soho OTHER RIGHTS Jenny Darling & Associates
In Garry Disher’s latest Peninsula mystery a rapist in a police uniform is stalking Inspector Hal Challis’s beat, and a very clever female cat burglar may or may not be planning a job on his patch. Meanwhile, at the Waterloo Police Station, something interesting is going on between Constable Pam Murphy and Jeannie Schiff, the feisty young sergeant on secondment from the Sex Crimes Unit. In his sixth Peninsula murder mystery Garry Disher keeps the tension and intrigue ramped up on multiple fronts, while he takes his regular characters in intriguing new directions. This is a grand master of the police procedural operating at the peak of his craft. Garry Disher has won numerous awards, including the German Crime Prize (twice) and two Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel awards, for Chain of Evidence (2007) and Wyatt (2010). He lives on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. garrydisher.com DARREN james
‘I love it. He’s one of my absolute favourite Australian authors… This series is getting better and better.’
What Dies in Summ er To m Wri ght A stunning literary thriller for fans of The Virgin Suicides and The Secret History.
Tom Wright is a clinical psychotherapist in Texarkana, Texas. What Dies in Summer is his first book. tomwrightauthor.blogspot.com
S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep
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On the porch Biscuit finds a girl, bedraggled and speechless. It is his cousin, L. A., who has come through the woods to find safety at the house where Biscuit lives with his grandma. As the novel unwinds we discover the trauma she and other girls in the town have undergone. Told by Biscuit, a boy on the cusp of adolescence, What Dies in Summer is a story of how 1960s Dallas is menaced by a series of violent attacks on young women. This is a profound, moving story about coming of age amid a community in crisis.
‘A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut— I loved it.’
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‘Had this reviewer crying hot tears at its gut-wrenching climax.’ Weekend Australian
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‘I read it with heart in mouth.’ Helen Garner ‘Movingly poetic… Anam’s great gift is picking illuminating threads out of the chaos of life in masterful prose while maintaining an overwhelming sense of mystery. Superb.’ West Australian
RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922466, 288 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921360 RIGHTS HELD ANZ UK & commonwealth Canongate Books OTHER RIGHTS The Wylie Agency
And there she was, a widow, nothing to recommend her, no family near by. Her parents were dead; her three sisters lived in Karachi. That was when Faiz and Parveen had offered to take the children. Rehana could see them during the holidays. ‘Just for a few years,’ Parveen said, ‘Give you time to recover.’ As though it were an illness, something curable, like what was happening to the country.
East Pakistan, 1971: a country on the brink of war and a family that is about to change forever. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her children in her rose-filled garden. Beyond the garden walls the city buzzes with excitement over recent elections. But no one could ever imagine what the coming days and months would bring—the fever, the hope, the faith and the heartbreaking choices that everyone must make, including Rehana. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a gripping novel of revolution, passion and unexpected heroism. Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A Golden Age was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Prize, and won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Her other novel, The Good Muslim, was also published by Text, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian and Granta. She lives in London. tahmima.com twitter.com/tahmima
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Nicki Reed was born in 1968, and lives in Melbourne with her husband and three sons. She says writing Unzipped, her first novel, was the best fun she ever had. Nicki’s husband may never read Unzipped, and that is fine with her.
Top Ten Reasons Why That Wasn’t Sex: 1. There was no penis 2. It can’t have been, I can’t have had sex with a girl on her couch, especially that girl’s couch 3. I like boys 4. I love Mark—I am married to Mark—that’s right, Peta and Mark, seventeen years and counting 5. We didn’t take all our clothes off 6. If she had sex with me, but I didn’t have sex with her, it wasn’t sex 7. I didn’t do any touching 8. I didn’t do much touching 9. She kissed me, she touched me, she made me come 10. She, she, she, she. RRP $29.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922459, 304 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921353 RIGHTS HELD World
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Peta Wheeler measures time differently now. Before the couch. After the couch. Before the couch, Peta knew who she was. A 34-year-old information-dissemination professional, married to the man of her dreams and thinking about motherhood. She’d never been late for work, drunk beer or kissed a stranger. After the couch Peta hits a cyclist, tries to get pregnant, tries to make sure she isn’t pregnant, avoids her husband and family and friends and colleagues, drinks too much coffee, and falls in love with a girl. And that’s just the first week.
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48 Queen of the Night, Leanne Hall April
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46 Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés May
49 The Watcher in the Shadows, Carlos Ruiz Zafón June
50 Shadows: The Rephaim Series, Book 1, Paula Weston
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winners 2008: Richard Newsome The Billionaire’s Curse (published 2009) see also The Emerald Casket (2010) and The Mask of Destiny (2011) 2009: Leanne Hall This Is Shyness (published 2010) see p. 48 for the return of Wildgirl and Wolfboy, in Queen of the Night 2010: Jane Higgins The Bridge (published 2011) 2011: Myke Bartlett The Relic (coming in August 2012)
‘The Text Prize is going from strength to strength…Winners that push the boundaries of young-adult fiction.’ Junior Bookseller+Publisher ‘Quickly building a glowing reputation.’ Sydney Morning Herald
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The Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing uncovers great new books for kids and teenagers written by Australian and New Zealand authors. Each year the prize is awarded to one outstanding unpublished manuscript. The prize is open to both published and unpublished writers, for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. The winning book is chosen by a panel of Text editors and announced at the Australian Bookseller Association’s annual conference. The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. We’re accepting entries for the next prize between May and June 2012— see textpublishing.com.au for details. Get writing!
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Adam Mansb ach & Rica rd o Cort és Following the worldwide success of the adults-only Go the F**k to Sleep, here at last is the version you can read to your kids. And have them happily snuggled down and sleeping by the end of the book! Seriously, Just Go to Sleep has all the humour and exasperation of the original. With its snoozing kittens and sleepy tigers it’s a hilarious parody of a children’s bedtime rhyme. It lets children relish their own mischievousness and recognise their own tactics, and allows kids and parents to laugh with each other about the tricky business of going to sleep.
RRP $17.95 FICTION HB ISBN 9781921922565, 32 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921599 RIGHTS HELD ANZ UK & COMMONWEALTH Canongate Books OTHER RIGHTS Akashic Books
praise for Go the F**k to Sleep ‘There might be some parents who don’t relate to this book. But not many.’ Noni Hazlehurst ‘The language? WTF? This hilarious, politically incorrect book is totally correct about the feelings of sleepless, brain-dead parents.’ Mem Fox, author of Possum Magic, mother of one
Adam Mansbach’s novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the bestselling Angry Black White Boy. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. He is the 2010-11 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His daughter, Vivien, is three. adammansbach.com
Ricardo Cortés has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team and Chinese food. His work has featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on The O’Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is working on a book about the history of Coca-Cola and cocaine. rmcortes.com
‘The book has been described as the most honest children’s book ever, and I couldn’t agree more…being able to laugh, instead of cry, through those long waking nights can only be a healthy thing.’ Daily Telegraph ‘Anyone who has ever struggled to put a child to bed will find solace in this “children’s book for parents”…Order it now.’ Canberra Times
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The cats nestle close to their kittens. The lambs have lain down with the sheep. You're cosy and warm in your bed, my dear. Please, just this once, go to sleep.
Qu een of th e Nigh t L eanne Hall winner, Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing shortlisted, Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlisted, Gold Inky Notable Book, CBCA Awards
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praise for This Is Shyness ‘Hovers in a dreamy way between the real and imagined. It’s punchy and playful but also hints at a depth below the surface.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘Bladerunner meets Peter Pan…Sweetness, sadness and tension.’ Sunday Age ‘Fabulously compelling…Hall casts a spell and draws you in.’ Weekend Australian ‘Not so much a work of fantasy as a novel that works by finetuning the ordinary to illuminate its oddness…[Hall is a writer] with incredible talents.’ West Australian
Wildgirl and Wolfboy return. The dark is dangerous. So is the past. So are your dreams. For six months Nia—Wildgirl—has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she spent one night with in Shyness. The boy who said he’d call but didn’t. And then Wolfboy calls. The things he tells her pull her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise, and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. Doctor Gregory has seemingly disappeared, the Darkness is changing and Wolfboy’s friend is in trouble. Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more. The sequel to the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness is about the difficulty of recreating the past—about how the Darkness no longer sets Wolfboy and Wildgirl free. Leanne Hall lives in Melbourne and works as a children’s literature specialist at an independent bookshop. Queen of the Night is her second novel. thelongblinks.com twitter.com/lilymandarin RRP $19.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921758645, 288 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921834875 RIGHTS HELD World
T h e Watch er i n th e S ha dows C a r los Ru iz Zafón translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves
A magical read from the bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón was born in Barcelona. He is one of the world’s most read and best loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. The Watcher in the Shadows is the fifth of his novels to be published in English. carlosruizzafon.co.uk
RRP $22.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922527, 240 pp RIGHTS HELD ANZ OTHER RIGHTS Colchie Agency in association with Antonia Kerrigan Literary Agency
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A mysterious toymaker lives as a recluse in a crumbling mansion by the sea, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created. Strange lights seem to shine through the mists that envelop the small island where the old lighthouse stands, and somewhere in the woods nearby lurks a shadowy creature. When her mother takes a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, Lazarus, fourteen-year-old Irene meets Hannah and her alluring sailor cousin Ismael, and what seems like a dream summer begins. But Lazarus’s house contains dark secrets, and before long Irene and Ismael find themselves entwined in the mystery of the September lights.
S h a dows The Rephaim series, Book 1
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Pau l a Weston
Paula Weston is a Brisbane author, and the co-owner of a two-woman writing and design consultancy. She is an avid reader and blogger, a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories, a closet comic reader and TV addict…and borderlineobsessed with the Foo Fighters. She and her husband share their home with a retired greyhound and a moody cockatiel. Shadows is her debut novel. paula-weston.com RRP $19.95 FICTION PB ISBN 9781921922503, 352 pp EBOOK ISBN 9781921921407 RIGHTS HELD World
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust? Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, is a standout paranormal romance for fans of Richelle Mead and Stephenie Meyer.
Rafa is standing in our tiny front yard under the jacaranda tree. He’s dead still, watching me intently. The shadows are already lengthening and the afternoon light is turning orange. ‘Hey,’ I say, ‘You’re not due here for another half-hour yet.’
I stand there, hugging ice-cold wine to my chest. My fingers are numb. ‘You’re supposed to be dead,’ he says.
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He doesn’t move and something quivers in my stomach. ‘Just drop this shit, Gabe.’ He says it softly, as if it saddens him. ‘As much fun as last night was, I really don’t have time to play games.’
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HOW THE BRAIN MAKES UP ITS MIND
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