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The Paperback Bookshop Newsletter for September 2018

    • Dinner with the Dissidents, Tesarsch,  John
    Dinner with the Dissidents
    John Tesarsch

    The Kremlin is worried; Alexander Solzhenitsyn is rumoured to be writing his most damaging work yet and so the KGB turns to Leonid Krasnov, an aspiring young writer to infiltrate Solzhenitsyn's inner circle and inform on his intentions . At first Leonid complies, but when he falls in love with Klara, a brilliant dissident cellist, his allegiances waver. Many years later, living in Canberra under an assumed name, Leonid seeks one last chance to make amends. A portrayal of love, courage and deception in tumultuous times. Find out more

    • When I Saw the Animal, Cohen,  Bernard
    When I Saw the Animal
    Bernard Cohen

    Parked in by furious rich people, mid-divorce, a man misses his lunchtime gambling session. All the girls named Ella form a diagonal across the teacher's new classroom. Diseased cattle burn in fields around the country - it is a cameraman's role to frame the images for TV. A swagman jumps into a billabong, or was he pushed? Bernard Cohen's new stories are filled with insight, captivating wit and dark, sharp humour. Find out more

    • A Life of Adventure and Delight, Sharma,  Akhil
    A Life of Adventure and Delight
    Akhil Sharma

    Akhil Sharma's stories expose the cultural collisions - the paradoxes, ironies, and harmonies - that characterise modern life. Whether describing the tensions of an arranged marriage, the trauma of having an alcoholic mother, or the petty corruption of an Indian neighbourhood, they raise questions about what it means to be foreign and what home means to those in exile. Sharma marries the minimalism of Chekhov and Carver with a flair for dark comedy. Find out more

    • Journeys to the Other Side of the World, Attenborough,  David
    Journeys to the Other Side of the World
    David Attenborough

    Following the success of the original Zoo Quest expeditions, in the late 1950s onwards the young David Attenborough travelled to Madagascar, New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory. He and his cameraman companion were aiming to record the way of life of some of the indigenous people. Alongside these remarkable cultures he encounters paradise birds, chameleons, sifakas and many more animals in some of the most unique environments on the planet. Find out more

    • Climate A New Story, Eisenstein,  Charles
    Climate A New Story
    Charles Eisenstein

    In the debate on climate change the quantification of the natural world has narrowed the ways we value the environment. Arguing that the natural and the material world -the rivers, forests, and creatures - are valuable in their own right Eisenstein advocates for an approach to our ecological health that goes beyond short term financial interests and the focus on carbon emissions and looks at a more holistic approach to how our societies function. Find out more

    • No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis, Mares,  Peter
    No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis
    Peter Mares

    It is generally accepted that Australia is in the grip of a housing crisis. But we are divided - along class, generational and political lines - about what to do about it. Peter Mares draws on academic research, statistical data and personal interviews to create a clear picture of Australia's housing problems and to offer practical solutions. No Place Like Home cuts through the noise and asks the common-sense questions about why we do housing the way we do, and what the alternatives might be. Find out more

    • True Colour of the Sea, Drewe,  Robert
    True Colour of the Sea
    Robert Drewe

    Drewe's stories take us to many and varied coasts - whether a tense Christmas holiday apartment overlooking the Indian Ocean or the shabby glamour of a Cuban resort hotel. Relationships might be frayed, savaged, regretted or celebrated, but here there is always the life-force of the ocean - seducing, threatening, inspiring. The stories in the The True Colour of the Sea tackle the big themes of life- love, loss, desire, family, ageing and humanity. Find out more

    • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Harari,  Yuval Noah
    21 Lessons for the 21st Century
    Yuval Noah Harari

    In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Harari examines some of the world's most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation. Acting as a guide to a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend Harari encourages us to focus on the essential questions of our times. Find out more

    • The End: My Struggle Book 6, Knausgaard,  Karl Ove
    The End: My Struggle Book 6
    Karl Ove Knausgaard

    The End is the sixth and final book in the monumental My Struggle cycle. Here, Karl Ove Knausgaard examines life, death, love and literature and begins to count the cost of his project. This last volume reflects on the fallout from the earlier books, with Knausgaard facing the pressures of literary acclaim and its repercussions. The End is at once a meditation on writing and its relationship with reality, and an account of a writer's relationship with himself - his ambitions, his doubts and frailties. Find out more

    • Lake Success, Shteyngart,  Gary
    Lake Success
    Gary Shteyngart

    Barry Cohen, master of the universe, has just had a very public meltdown involving a dinner party, an insider trading investigation and a $30,000 bottle of Japanese whisky. So he flees New York City, leaving behind his beautiful young wife and son and travels south through Trump's America on a Greyhound Bus to find his old college girlfriend and, with her, a second chance at life. Lake Success captures the vivid eccentricity and contradictions of America right now, while speaking to the universal human experience of love, belonging, and the pursuit of happiness. Find out more

    • Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017, Kershaw,  Ian
    Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017
    Ian Kershaw

    After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as having gone 'to Hell and back', the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of Europe. Enormous economic improvements transformed the continent. The catastrophic era of the world wars receded into an ever more distant past, though its long shadow continued to shape mentalities.

    Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat in a period intermittently fraught with anxiety. Europeans experienced a 'roller-coaster ride', both in the sense that they were flung through a series of events which threatened disaster, but also in that they were no longer in charge of their o ... Find out more

    • Daddy Who?, Horne,  Craig
    Daddy Who?
    Craig Horne

    With an insider's view, musician and author Craig Horne tracks the journey of Daddy Who from when they first burst onto the scene in October 1970, with their infectious doo-wop mayhem. He follows their rapid rise to the top, when 'Eagle Rock', 'Come Back Again' and 'Hi Honey Ho were on high rotation on the radio and their three US tours supporting the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart.  Find out more

    • The Edge of Memory, Nunn,  Patrick
    The Edge of Memory
    Patrick Nunn

    The Edge of Memory celebrates the spoken word in the form of the tales our ancestors passed down as knowledge from one generation to the next. Among the most extensive and analysed of these stories are those from indigenous Australia; stories that convey both practical information and recorded history. Patrick Nunn unravels the science behind these folk histories and explores the implications they have for our understanding of how human societies have developed through the millennia - and for how we respond collectively to changes in climate and our environment. Find out more

    • Man Out of Time, Bishop,  Stephanie
    Man Out of Time
    Stephanie Bishop

    When Stella's father, Leon, disappears in September 2001, the police knock at her door. She remembers how he had tried to make amends: for his failures, for the terrible things he had done. Her whole life has been stained by his very struggle to exist. But after all that has passed, could she bring herself to help him now? Is this her destiny too? A deeply moving novel about inheritance and self-destruction, and of how the memories we carry and the blood we share colour our view of the world, and of ourselves. Find out more

    • The Dark Dark, Hunt,  Samantha
    The Dark Dark
    Samantha Hunt

    These ten haunting, inventive tales delve into mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion - and every kind of love. Laced with lyricism, hope and a dark humour Hunt explores the ordinary horrors of human existence, the weird and the mundane. Find out more

    • Perfidious Albion, Byers,  Sam
    Perfidious Albion
    Sam Byers

    Welcome to Edmundsbury, a small town in England, some time in the recent future. Brexit has happened and is real. Fear and loathing are on the rise. Grass-roots right-wing political party England Always are fomenting hatred. The residents of a failing housing estate are being cleared from their homes. Suddenly Edmundsbury is no longer the peaceful town it has always imagined itself to be.  A searing, satirical portrait of a divided England in a connected age - a 1984 for our times. Find out more

    • The Secret Network of Nature, Wohlleben,  Peter
    The Secret Network of Nature
    Peter Wohlleben

    The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium. In The Secret Network of Nature, forester and author Peter Wohlleben explores the connections and unlikely partnerships in nature that maintain the balance of the entire natural world. Find out more

    • Forms of Enchantment, Marina,  Warner
    Forms of Enchantment
    Warner Marina

    Some of Marina Warner’s most compelling writing captures the visual experience of the work of artists through an exploration of the range of stories and symbols to which they allude in their work – an approach that draws principally out of anthropology and mythology rather than connoisseurship. The pieces in this anthology unite the imagination of artist, writer, and reader, creating a reading experience that parallels the intrinsic pleasure of looking at art. Find out more

    • Dominion, Ackroyd,  Peter
    Peter Ackroyd

    The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd’s History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901. This era saw the modernisation of the political system, the abolition of slavery, the spread of secularism, a tremendous flowering of literature and huge technological progress. The working classes though were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty. Ackroyd gives a richly populated and vividly told account. Find out more

    • 300 Arguments, Manguso,  Sarah
    300 Arguments
    Sarah Manguso

    Manguso’s 300 arguments about writing, desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, they add up to an unexpected and renegade position on life and literature. Find out more

    • Paris Echo, Faulks,  Sebastian
    Paris Echo
    Sebastian Faulks

    American post-doctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation and out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. Asking how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity. Find out more

    • Follow The Leader: Quarterly Essay 71, Tingle,  Laura
    Follow The Leader: Quarterly Essay 71
    Laura Tingle

    In this rather timely essay, Laura Tingle offers acute portraits – profiles in courage and cunning – of leaders ranging from Merkel and Howard to Macron and Obama. She discusses the rise of the strongman, including Donald Trump, for whom there is no map, only sentiment and power. And she analyses what has gone wrong with politics in Australia, arguing that successful leaders know what they want to do, and create the space and time to do it. After the Liberal Party’s recent episode of political madness, where does this leave the nation’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison? Find out more

    • Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp, Sornig,  David
    Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp
    David Sornig

    David Sornig examines how the 8km-square zone to the west of central Melbourne has passed through various incarnations – from fertile wetland with a large blue saltwater lagoon; to boneyards and rubbish tips; through the Depression-era Dudley Flats shanty town - to the modern-day docks. As well as a place-history Blue Lake is also a biography of three characters- Elsie Williams, a Bendigo-born singer of Afro-Caribbean origin; Jack Peacock, the king of Dudley Flats' tip-scavenging economy; and Lauder Heinrich Rogge, a German hermit who lived for decades with sixty dogs on a stranded ship. By charting the rises and falls in their individual fortunes, Sornig reveals cracks in the colonial mythology of the ordered vision of progressive, u ... Find out more

    • French Exit, Dewitt,  Patrick
    French Exit
    Patrick Dewitt

    Frances Price is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is mired in a permanent state of arrested development. She's come to believe her cat houses the spirit of her late husband, whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. They escape to Paris where they meet a collection of singular characters- a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic and Mme. Reynard, the aggressive house guest. French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons. Find out more

    • Transcription, Atkinson,  Kate
    Kate Atkinson

    In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 she discovers the work to be both tedious and terrifying. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past and finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due. Find out more

    • How to Be Free, Epictetus,   Long,  Anthony,   Long,  Anthony
    How to Be Free
    Epictetus, Long, Anthony, Long, Anthony

    A. A. Long one of the world's leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its contemporary revival provides a new edition of Epictetus's celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life along with a selection of related reflections in his Discourses.     Freedom, for Epictetus, is not a human right or a political prerogative but a psychological and ethical achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ourselves. How to Be Free features new translations and the original Greek on facing pages. Find out more

    • Go, Went, Gone, Erpenbeck,  Jenny
    Go, Went, Gone
    Jenny Erpenbeck

    Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now, retired, he steps into the streets of his hometown, Berlin. Here he discovers a new community in a tent city established by African asylum seekers and begins to question his own sense of belonging in a place that once divided its citizens into them and us. Erpenbeck writes on race, privilege and nationality and of an ageing man's quest to find meaning in his life. Find out more

    • Immigrant, Montana, Kumar,  Amitava
    Immigrant, Montana
    Amitava Kumar

    Immigrant, Montana is story of AK, an Indian academic working in America. It is a love story, or rather the story of what a man can fall in love with: in AK's case, literature, radical politics and women. AK's education is both an intellectual and an emotional journey. Kumar's intense novel explores ideas of exile, desire, restlessness and postcolonialism with a voice that's witty, self deprecating and ambiguous. Think Teju Cole and Ben Lerner. Find out more

    • Sea Prayer, Hosseini,  Khaled
    Sea Prayer
    Khaled Hosseini

    On a moonlit beach a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather 's house in Syria. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee. When the sun rises they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home. Find out more

    • Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll, Patten,  Fiona
    Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll
    Fiona Patten

    Sex worker, fashion designer, anti-censorship activist, fierce campaigner, political lobbyist and Member of Parliament - Fiona Patten has led a committed life. Frustrated and deeply disappointed by the lack of social change and progress around censorship, drug law reform, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, Fiona set up and registered the Australian Sex Party in 2009 and was elected to the upper house in 2014. Sex drugs and the electoral roll is the story of her fight for change on the issues of personal freedom and civil liberties. Find out more

    • Silence of the Girls, Barker,  Pat
    Silence of the Girls
    Pat Barker

    The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting- Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war and voiceless in history. Barker gives us the legend of The Iliad retold from the perspective of a woman- queen turned war prize, witness to history. Find out more

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