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The Paperback Bookshop Newsletter for July 2018

    • Mrs Osmond, Banville,  John
    Mrs Osmond
    John Banville

    Having fled Rome and a stultifying marriage, Isabel Osmond is in London, brooding on the recent disclosure of her husband's shocking, years-long betrayal of her. Reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. But first she must return to Italy to confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her. Mrs Osmond is a novel of betrayal, corruption and moral ambiguity. Find out more

    • Convenience Store Woman, Murata,  Sayaka and Tapley Takemori,  Ginny(translated By)
    Convenience Store Woman
    Murata, Sayaka and Tapley Takemori, Ginny(translated By)

    Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store where she finds peace and purpose in the simple, daily tasks and routine interactions. She comes to understand, she is happiest as a convenience store worker. But in Keiko's social circle it just won't do for an unmarried woman to spend all her time stacking shelves and re-ordering green tea. As pressure mounts on Keiko to find either a new job, or worse, a husband, she is forced to take desperate action. Find out more

    • First Person, Flanagan,  Richard
    First Person
    Richard Flanagan

    A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial Heidl proposes a lucrative deal for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him-his life, his future. By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.  Find out more

    • Penguin Book Of Japanese Short Stories, Various Authors
    Penguin Book Of Japanese Short Stories
    Various Authors

    From it's modern origins in the nineteenth century to the contemporary this colletion celebrates the fantastic scope of Japanese short story writing. Authors already well-known to English-language readers are all included here - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Yuten Sawanishi's 'Filling Up with Sugar', from Shin'ichi Hoshi's 'Shoulder-Top Secretary' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey. Curated by Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated several of the stories, and introduced by Haruki Murakami. Find out more

    • Caroline's Bikini, Gunn,  Kirsty
    Caroline's Bikini
    Kirsty Gunn

    'Alright' I said, 'I'll try...' This is how Emily Stuart opens the intricately involved account of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini: a tale of hope, passion, and the power of the imagination. In a mischievously intelligent novel about desire, ambition, and friendship Kirsty Gunn explores the nature of courtly love in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction
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    • Crudo, Laing,  Olivia
    Olivia Laing

    A debut novel from Olivia Laing, otherwise known for her fabulous non-fiction. Kathy is getting married. It's the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all.

    Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse. Find out more

    • A Short History of Truth, Baggini,  Julian
    A Short History of Truth
    Julian Baggini

    Baggini looks at the complex history of truth and falsehood as he identifies ten types of supposed truth and explains how easily each can become the midwife of falsehood. There is no species of truth that we can rely on unquestioningly, but that does not mean the truth can never be established. Truth-seekers need to be sceptical not cynical, autonomous not atomistic, provisional not dogmatic, open not empty, demanding not unreasonable. In a Short History of Truth Baggini provides us with all we need to restore faith in the value and possibility of truth as a social enterprise. Find out more

    • A Weekend in New York, Markovits,  Benjamin
    A Weekend in New York
    Benjamin Markovits

    Ben Markovits' ambitious new fictional tetralogy immerses us in the lives of an upper-middle-class New York family, the Essingers, over multiple generations. A Weekend In New York, the first novel in the quartet, charts the experiences of mid-ranking tennis professional Paul Essinger at the ATP Tour and US Open. Markovits interweaves the insular domesticity of family life with the sweeping forces shaping American society to create an intimate - yet uncompromisingly political - portrait of America.  Find out more

    • Elemental, James,  Tim
    Tim James

    In Elemental Tim James he tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, who have used nuclear chemistry and physics to generate new elements and complete the periodic table. Find out more

    • Boy Swallows Universe, Dalton,  Trent
    Boy Swallows Universe
    Trent Dalton

    A novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe. A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. Eli's is trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man as life keeps throwing obstacles in the way. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love – and break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum. A story of brotherhood, love and true friendship. Find out more

    • Days of Awe, Homes,  A.m.
    Days of Awe
    A.m. Homes

    Thirteen stories exposing the heart of an uneasy 21st-century America. In tales of a family obsessed with the surfaces of their lives, or the story of a shopper who suddenly finds himself nominated to run for President, Homes explores our attachments to each other through characters who aren't quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be. Days of Awe is another visionary, fearless and darkly funny work from the author of May We Be Forgiven and This Book Will Save Your Life. Find out more

    • In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places, Brownscombe, Ross
    In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places
    Ross Brownscombe

    Wild places are everywhere: distinctive, idiosyncratic, unique. And rare. Unfortunately, in Australia, opportunities for reading imaginative, lyrical, non fiction prose – nature writing – that explores the poetry and magic of wild places are also rare. In Search Of Space: Journeys In Wild Places attempts to rectify that. In the great nature writing tradition of Peter Matthiessen, Barry Lopez and Edward Abbey, these essays are part travelogue, part memoir, sometimes provocative, always lyrical and engaging. Find out more

    • Turning the Tide on Plastic, Siegle,  Lucy
    Turning the Tide on Plastic
    Lucy Siegle

    Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic in this authoritative and accessible guide to taking decisive and effective personal action. Because this matters. When it comes to single-use plastics, we are habitual users, reaching out for plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups, plastic straws and carrier bags multiple times a day. When we consider our power as influencers - whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus - we become capable of demanding the change that the ocean and the planet needs. It's time to turn the tide on plastic, and this book will shows how. Find out more

    • Power Of Hope, Karapanagiotidis,  Kon
    Power Of Hope
    Kon Karapanagiotidis

    A powerful and inspiring memoir from one of Australia's leading human rights advocates, Kon Karapanagiotidis. The Power of Hope tells the story of how Kon overcame his traumatic childhood of racism, bullying and loneliness to create one of Australia's largest human rights organisations, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which has gone on to transform the lives of thousands of refugees. Karapanagiotidis argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives we have the power to change our world. Find out more

    • Between Them, Ford,  Richard
    Between Them
    Richard Ford

    Edna Akin and Parker Ford married young. For fifteen years they traveled the American south of the 1930s as Parker went about his work as a traveling salesman, selling laundry starch. Life was hotels rooms, roadside bars and always each other. Then a single child was born to them, and a life went a new way. Blending his parents' lives, drawing on memory, history, anecdote, Richard Ford's Between Them is a deeply personal account of his parents, an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love. Find out more

    • The Immeasurable World, Atkins,  William
    The Immeasurable World
    William Atkins

    In The Immeasurable World, over the course of eight journeys to deserts, Atkins enters a landscape that he discovers is as much internal as physical. From the monasteries of Egypt - where he enters into the extreme privations of the Desert Father - to America's Black Rock Desert, and via Oman, Australia, and Central Asia, he investigates the fascinating life, history, and iconography of these untamed places. 'In sublime prose that veers from startling human and natural history to dreamlike personal experience, The Immeasurable World brings apparently barren places to life in a brilliant, revelatory narrative’ Philip Hoare. Find out more

    • The Great Believers, Makkai,  Rebecca
    The Great Believers
    Rebecca Makkai

    Makkai's expansive, big hearted novel conveys the scale of the trauma that was the early AIDS crisis and the anger and love that rose up to meet it. In 1985,Yale Tishman's career of art curator is flourishing just as the Aids crisis is wreaking carnage on his friends. Fiona, the sister of his friend Nico is one of the few people he has left. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in moving and surprising ways as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster. Find out more

    • Ayiti, Gay,  Roxane
    Roxane Gay

    Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. In the title story, a married couple seeking boat passage to America prepare to leave their homeland. Other stories tell of a young woman who procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate, a mother who takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed, and a woman who conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre. Originally published by a small press, this edition will make Gay's debut widely available for the first time. Find out more

    • Reporter: A Memoir, Hersh,  Seymour M.
    Reporter: A Memoir
    Seymour M. Hersh

    Hersh tells the stories behind his ground breaking journalism as he chased leads, cultivated sources, and grappled with the weight of what he uncovers- often daring to challenge official narratives handed down from the powers that be. In telling these stories, Hersh divulges previously unreported information about some of his biggest scoops, including the My Lai massacre and the horrors at Abu Ghraib. This is important reading on the power of the printed word at a time when good journalism is under threat. Find out more

    • Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World, Roberts,  Alice
    Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World
    Alice Roberts

    For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals to stay alive – until they began to tame them. Combining archaeology and cutting-edge genetics, Tamed tells the story of the greatest revolution in human history and reveals the fascinating origins of ten crucial domesticated species; and how they, in turn, transformed us. Alice Roberts urges us to look again at our relationship with the natural world. Find out more

    • Adjustment Day, Palahniuk,  Chuck
    Adjustment Day
    Chuck Palahniuk

    People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. Palahniuk’s fiction skewers the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new Disunited States of America. Find out more

    • Priestdaddy: A Memoir, Lockwood,  Patricia
    Priestdaddy: A Memoir
    Patricia Lockwood

    When the expense of a medical procedure forces the 30-year-old Patricia to move back in with her parents, husband in tow, she must learn to live again with her family's simmering madness, and to reckon with the dark side of a childhood spent in the bosom of the Catholic Church. Told with a keen comic sensibility, this is a true story of how, having ventured into the underworld, we can emerge with our levity and our sense of justice intact. Find out more

    • Dark Ecology, Morton,  Timothy
    Dark Ecology
    Timothy Morton

    In Dark Ecology Morton posits that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Exploring the logical foundations of the ecological crisis, which is suffused with the melancholy and negativity of coexistence, Morton imagines it evolving, as we explore its loop form, into something playful, anarchic, and comedic. His work is a skilled fusion of humanities and scientific scholarship, incorporating the theories and findings of philosophy, anthropology, literature, ecology, biology, and physics. Find out more

    • The Last Children of Tokyo, Tawada,  Yoko and Mitsutani,  Margaret(translated By)
    The Last Children of Tokyo
    Tawada, Yoko and Mitsutani, Margaret(translated By)

    Yoshiro celebrated his hundredth birthday many years ago, but every morning before work he still goes running in the park with his rent-a-dog. He is one of the many aged-elderly in Japan and he might, he thinks, live forever if not for the pollution and natural disasters that have scarred the face of the Earth. Yoshiro's only real worry is the future of his great-grandson Mumei, who, like other children of his generation, was born frail and grey-haired, old before he was ever young. A dreamlike story of filial love and glimmering hope, The Last Children of Tokyo is a delicate glimpse of our future. Find out more

    • We See the Stars, Van Hooft,  Kate
    We See the Stars
    Kate Van Hooft

    Eleven year old Simon, who lives in rural Victoria in the mid-seventies relies on his imagination and love of numbers to make sense of the world. Living with his father, younger brother and grandma, he prefers silence and keeping to himself. All the other kids in town think he's pretty weird and until he meets Cassie, another outcast, his only friends in the world are his brother and Superman. And Mrs Hilcombe, his teacher, under whose care he starts speaking again. Then she disappears and Simon believes he is the only one who can find her. Find out more

    • When Elephants Fight, Tulba,  Majok
    When Elephants Fight
    Majok Tulba

    In the South Sudanese village of Pacong, Juba is young and old at the same time. Forced to grow up quickly in the civil war, he is smart and fun-loving despite the conflict raging around him. Ahead of him lies a long and arduous journey to a refugee camp and when at last it ends, Juba comes to wonder if there's any such thing as safe haven in his country. Yet life in the camp is not all bad. There can be intense joy amid the deprivation, there are angels as well as demons. When Elephants Fight draws a horrifying picture of what humanity can do to itself, but Juba's is a story of transcendence and resilience. Find out more

    • Wimmera, Brandi,  Mark
    Mark Brandi

    In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him, or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Then a newcomer arrives in the Wimmera who will cast a shadow over both their lives. Twenty years later, Fab is still in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more. Find out more

    • There There, Orange,  Tommy
    There There
    Tommy Orange

    There There takes us into a Native American community in California as its characters prepare a celebration of their culture in the face of poverty, violence, addiction and lack of representation. The story is told from the points of view of a dozen different characters involved in putting together a powwow in the city stadium. It seems something terrible will happen there and much of the novel’s emotional power comes from reading against this intuition, and connecting with the community as the clock ticks down. Orange gives voice to a disenfranchised community in this vivid, timely novel. Find out more

    • Out of My Head, Parks,  Tim
    Out of My Head
    Tim Parks

    Hardly a day goes by without some discussion about whether computers can be conscious, whether our universe is some kind of simulation, whether mind is a unique quality of human beings or spread out across the universe like butter on bread. Most philosophers believe that our experience is locked inside our skulls, an unreliable representation of a quite different reality outside. Out of My Head tells the gripping, highly personal, often surprisingly funny, story of Tim Parks' quest to discover more about consciousness. Find out more

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