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The Paperback Bookshop Newsletter for November 2018

    • Friday Black, Adjei-brenyah,  Nana Kwame
    Friday Black
    Nana Kwame Adjei-brenyah

    A collection of stories that tackle racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways people fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In the first story Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unstinting reckoning of the brutal prejudice of the US justice system. Friday Black and How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all. Fresh, vital and contemporary these stories speak to the world we live in now. Find out more

    • Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer, Kleinhenz,  Elizabeth
    Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer
    Elizabeth Kleinhenz

    Germaine Greer has anticipated, catalysed and triumphantly ridden the wave of the immense social and intellectual changes of the last half century. She remains a provocative challenger of the status quo. Drawing on access to the Greer Archive at Melbourne University Elizabeth Kleinhelz's biography documents the intense scholarship, fiery intelligence and unremitting hard work that Greer has brought to bear on so many important issues of our times. Find out more

    • Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, Toibin,  Colm
    Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know
    Colm Toibin

    Colm Tóibín turns his gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce and their earliest influences: their fathers. Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, presents an illuminating, intimate study of Irish culture, history and literature told through the lives and works of these profound and influential writers and the complicated, influential relationships they each maintained with their fathers. 'A a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses. Find out more

    • Penguin Classics Book: In Search of the Best Books Ever Written, Eliot,  Henry
    Penguin Classics Book: In Search of the Best Books Ever Written
    Henry Eliot

    From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering great works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion to the Penguin Classics encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Includes author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrations of thousands of those wonderful Penguin Classic covers. Find out more

    • Books that Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure, Mcgirr,  Michael
    Books that Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure
    Michael Mcgirr

    Here are forty texts to read at some stage in your life- forty texts that can enrich you in all manner of ways. Our guide, in entertaining short essays about personal encounters with each of these works, is Michael McGirr - schoolteacher and former priest, reviewer of hundreds of novels and lifelong lover of literature. Find out more

    • Middle England, Coe,  Jonathan
    Middle England
    Jonathan Coe

    Set in the Midlands and London over the last eight years, Jonathan Coe follows a vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change and disruption in Britain. A witty and incisive state-of-the-nation novel from the author of What a Carve Up and The Rotter's Club. Find out more

    • John Curtin's War Volume II: Triumph and Decline, Edwards,  John
    John Curtin's War Volume II: Triumph and Decline
    John Edwards

    The first volume of John Curtin's War ends with the fall of Singapore and a fundamental realignment of Australia's place in the world. In the second volume Edwards tells the story of the next four years, as Curtin leads Australia in meeting its enemy and its new friend, the latter personified by the charismatic, self-certain General Douglas MacArthur. This magisterial biography of Curtin concludes with the events that shaped our future - the nation at war, our new relationship with the United States, and Curtin's early death. Find out more

    • Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017, Black,  Ian
    Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017
    Ian Black

    Ever since the Ottoman Empire was defeated and British colonial rule began in 1917, Jews and Arabs have struggled for control of the Holy Land. In Enemies and Neighbours, Ian Black has written a lucid and timely account of what was doomed to be an irreconcilably hostile relationship from the beginning. It traces how, half a century after the watershed of the 1967 war, hopes for a two-state solution and an end to occupation have all but disappeared. Find out more

    • PM Years, Rudd,  Kevin
    PM Years
    Kevin Rudd

    He inherited two wars and the legacy of eleven years of conservative economic mismanagement and within months of taking office, his new government would face the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. After years of silence, the 26th Prime Minister of Australia is finally on the record about his time in government. This is the memoir of a prime minister full of energy and ideals, while battling the greatest trials of the modern age.  And this second volume is also is Kevin Rudd's response to the ultimate political - and personal - betrayal. Find out more

    • Welcome Home, Berlin,  Lucia
    Welcome Home
    Lucia Berlin

    Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. In this publication of Welcome Home, her son, Jeff Berlin, fills in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life. Find out more

    • Habitat, Bishop,  A B
    A B Bishop

    In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those of us who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our garden. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife. Find out more

    • Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present, Harding,  Christopher
    Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present
    Christopher Harding

    Japan Story is a fascinating, surprising account of Japan's culture, from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid 19th century to the present, through the eyes of people who had their doubts about the benefits of modernity. We encounter these 'dark blossoms' in Harding's book; writers of dramas, ghost stories and crime novels, rebel kamikaze pilots, men in desperate search of the eternal feminine and feminists in search of something more than state-sanctioned subservience, Buddhists without morals and Marxist terror groups. Find out more

    • My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches, Marr,  David
    My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches
    David Marr

    David Marr is one of Australia's most subtle and eloquent biographers and one of our most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy. His has become a necessary voice in the national debate. My Country collects his reflections on religion, sex, censorship and the law; striking accounts of leaders, moralists and scandalmongers; elegant ruminations on the arts and the lives of artists. Plus some some memorable new pieces. Find out more

    • Butcherbird Stories, Patric,  A.s.
    Butcherbird Stories
    A.s. Patric

    A lonely St Kilda chef invites a beautiful busker to use his spare room. A father sings a lullaby to comfort his young daughter who has woken from a nightmare. A taxi driver picks up an old-world gentleman who is reluctant to disclose his destination. A young immigrant boy growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne daydreams of infinite possibility. Death, loneliness, passion and belief: Patrić takes on the big questions in life and writes about the small people of the world with a deep humanity.  Find out more

    • Heroes, Fry,  Stephen
    Stephen Fry

    Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of and is the companion to Fry's Mythos. Find out more

    • Family Lexicon, Ginzburg,  Natalia
    Family Lexicon
    Natalia Ginzburg

    Natalia Ginzburg wrote Family Lexicon while living in London in the 1960s. Homesick for her big, noisy Italian family, she summoned them in this novel. Giuseppe Levi, a Jewish scientist and Lidia, his impressionable and wistful wife preside over their five children in a house filled with argument and activity, books and politics, visitors, friends and famous faces. But as their children grow up against the backdrop of Mussolini's Italy, the Levi household must become not only a home - but a stronghold against fascism. Find out more

    • Best American Essays 2018, Als,  Hilton
    Best American Essays 2018
    Hilton Als

    Hilton Als has curated the best essays from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites, bringing "the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, race, and gender" (New York Times) to the task.
    Expertly guided by Als's instinct and intellect, The Best American Essays 2018 showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones. Go undercover in North Korea, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, and take a family road trip/art pilgrimage. Find out more

    • Picnic in the Storm, Motoya,  Yukiko
    Picnic in the Storm
    Yukiko Motoya

    A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique - which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won't come out of the fitting room - and who may or may not be human. A newly wed notices that her husband's features are beginning to slide around his face - to match her own. In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien - and, through it, find a way to liberation. Find out more

    • Devotion, Smith,  Patti
    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession - and then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. An arresting glimpse into the mind and method of a most original writer. Find out more

    • Red Moon, Robinson,  Kim Stanley
    Red Moon
    Kim Stanley Robinson

    It is thirty years from now and we have colonised the Moon. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. Red Moon is a visionary novel of space exploration and political revolution. Find out more

    • Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism, Biskind,  Peter
    Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism
    Peter Biskind

    Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics? In The Sky is Falling! Peter Biskind takes us on a ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Find out more

    • Tiberius with a Telephone, Mullins,  Patrick
    Tiberius with a Telephone
    Patrick Mullins

    William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. He followed John Gorton as Prime Minister in 1971, and worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled with the profound changes reshaping Australia. But his failures would overshadow his successes, and by the time of the 1972 election McMahon would lead a divided, tired, and rancorous party to defeat. Mullins biography is an authoritative, compelling, and colourful account of a unique politician and a vital period in Australia's history. Find out more

    • Living with Buildings, Sinclair,  Iain
    Living with Buildings
    Iain Sinclair

    Buildings shape our lives and our health. They affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate us, make us sick or put us in danger, but they can also heal. Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of journeys - through London, Marseilles, the Outer Hebrides and Sweden - to investigate the connection between art, architecture, social planning and health. Part travelogue, part polemic and part poem. Find out more

    • China Dream, Jian,  Ma
    China Dream
    Ma Jian

    In a poetic and unflinching fable about tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of history, seven dream-like episodes chart the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. Barred from returning to China the author, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping's 'China Dream' propaganda from exile in the UK, creating a biting satire of totalitarianism. Find out more

    • Preservation, Serong,  Jock
    Jock Serong

    1797. On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles and lost fourteen companions along the way. It is Lieutenant Joshua Grayling's task to investigate the story and gradually the full horror of the men's journey emerges. Serong's novel is based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove. Find out more

    • The Flame, Cohen,  Leonard
    The Flame
    Leonard Cohen

    A collection of last poems and writings selected by Leonard Cohen in the final months of his life. Featuring extracts from from Cohen's notebooks, poems, lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, The Flame bears witness to the lyricism of his life's work, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. These are the works of a poet and thinker who has plumbed the depths of our dark questions and come up wanting, yearning for more. Find out more

    • The Tree, Woldendorp,  Richard
    The Tree
    Richard Woldendorp

    Acclaimed landscape photographer Richard Woldendorp, best known for his beautiful book Down to Earth with Tim Winton, explores Australian trees of all shapes and sizes. From abstract close-ups to aerials, Woldendorp's images reveal the natural beauty and wonder of trees. Find out more

    • Two Old Men Dying, Keneally,  Tom
    Two Old Men Dying
    Tom Keneally

    Tom Keneally explores the journeys of modern Australians alongside the imagined story of ancient Learned Man whose remains were discovered in Western NSW decades ago. Shelby Apple is a documentary maker who sees the world through the lens of his camera; Learned Man sees it through the lens of his responsibility under law. Both men are well aware that their landscape comes to them from elders and ancestors. Two Old Men Dying is an exploration of community and country, love and mortality. Find out more

    • Unfettered and Alive, Summers,  Anne
    Unfettered and Alive
    Anne Summers

    Anne Summers has been a journalist, a policy maker and an agent for positive change. Whatever position she has held, she has expanded what's possible and helped us see things differently, often in spite of the personal cost. In Unfettered and Alive she tells her own story; of family violence, of travelling around the world as she moves from job to job, advising prime ministers, leading feminist debates and writing memorable and important books. An inspiring memoir from one of Australia's most influential women. Find out more

    • Schadenfreude, Watt Smith,  Tiffany
    Tiffany Watt Smith

    Schadenfreude - enjoying the pain and failures of others - has perplexed philosophers and psychologists for centuries but, in a time of polarised politics and twitter trolls, it has never been more relevant. Ranging across thinkers from Nietzsche to Homer Simpson, investigating the latest scientific research and collecting some outrageous confessions on the way, Watt Smith explores how Schadenfreude can reveal profound truths about our relationships with others and our sense of who we are. Find out more

    • Unsheltered, Kingsolver,  Barbara
    Barbara Kingsolver

    Both Willa Knox and Thatcher Greenwood resist the prevailing logic of their times, 2016 and 1871 respectively. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage. But both also find inspiration - and an unlikely kindred spirit - in Mary Treat, a scientist, adventurer and anachronism. A testament to both the resilience and persistent myopia of the human condition, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place and the human capacity for resilience and compassion. Find out more

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