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The Paperback Bookshop Newsletter for November 2019

    • Olive, Again, Strout,  Elizabeth
    Olive, Again
    Elizabeth Strout

    Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet loveable Olive Kitteridge as she navigates the second half of her life. Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son and his family to accept him, experiences loss and loneliness, witnesses the triumphs and heartbreaks of her friends and neighbours in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine - and, finally, opens herself to new lessons about life. Find out more

    • Brilliant Maps, Wright,  Ian
    Brilliant Maps
    Ian Wright

    A unique atlas of culture, history, politics and miscellanea, compiled by the editor of the iconic Brilliant Maps website. Brilliant Maps is a stunning piece of cartography that maps our curious and varied planet – from What percentage of young people live with their families? Which country lists volleyball as its national sport? How much does it cost to get a pint around the world? And where can you find lions in the wild? Revelatory, thought-provoking and fun , this book will change the way you see the world and your place in it. Find out more

    • Love is Strong as Death, Kelly,  Paul
    Love is Strong as Death
    Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly's songs are steeped in poetry. And now he has gathered from around the world the poems he loves - poems that have inspired and challenged him over the years, a number of which he has set to music. This wide-ranging anthology combines the ancient and the modern, the hallowed and the profane, the famous and the little known, to speak to two of literature's great themes that have proven so powerful in his music- love and death... plus everything in between. Find out more

    • Fascists Among Us, Sparrow,  Jeff
    Fascists Among Us
    Jeff Sparrow

    The massacre of more than fifty worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, shocked the world. The murders were not random. They expressed a particular ideology, one that the alleged perpetrator described as 'fascism'. Jeff Sparrow traces the history of the far right, showing how fascists have adapted to the new politics of the twenty-first century. This book makes a compelling, urgent case for a new response to an old menace. Find out more

    • We Are Here, Mundell,  Meg
    We Are Here
    Meg Mundell

    Australia has a large shadow population of people who experience homelessness - whether couch-surfing, staying in a refuge, boarding house or caravan park, or sleeping rough. Too often they are dismissed or blamed. They are spoken for, and about, but rarely get to speak for themselves. Edited by Meg Mundell, We Are Here is a vibrant and moving collection of true stories showcasing the creative talents of people who have known homelessness. Find out more

    • Waters of the World, Dry,  Sarah
    Waters of the World
    Sarah Dry

    Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but under appreciated idea- that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space. A prerequisite for the discovery of global warming and climate change, this idea was forged by scientists studying water in its myriad forms. This is their story. By revealing the complexity of this history, Waters of the World delivers a better understanding of our planet's climate at a time when we need it the most. Find out more

    • Field of Poppies, Bird,  Carmel
    Field of Poppies
    Carmel Bird

    Keen to escape the pressures of city life, Marsali Swift and her husband William are drawn to the seemingly tranquil small town of Muckleton. There is time to read, garden and befriend the locals. Yet one night they are robbed, and soon after a neighbour is murdered. The violent history of the couple’s adopted Goldfields town is revealed, and plans for a new goldmine emerge. Bird's atmospheric novel magnifies the small town darkness to speak of malign forces on a much larger scale. Find out more

    • Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One 1978-1986, Garner,  Helen
    Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One 1978-1986
    Helen Garner

    Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard. Now, Garner has opened her diaries and invited readers into the world behind her novels and works of non-fiction. Yellow Notebook, Diaries Volume One spans about a decade beginning in the late 1970s just after the publication of her first novel, Monkey Grip. Find out more

    • Beyond the Sea, Lynch,  Paul
    Beyond the Sea
    Paul Lynch

    Beyond the Sea tells the tale of two South American fishermen, Bolivar and Hector, who go to sea before a sudden storm. Cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, the two men must come to terms with their environment, and each other, if they are to survive. An existential and ultimately redemptive novel that explores what it is to be a man, a friend, a sinner, a human, in our fallen world. Find out more

    • The Man in the Red Coat, Barnes,  Julian
    The Man in the Red Coat
    Julian Barnes

    In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker. The Man in the Red Coat is at once a fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque and a life of a man ahead of his time. Barnes  also illuminates the fruitful and long-standing exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and makes a compelling case for keeping that exchange alive. Find out more

    • The Saturday Portraits, Clarke,  Maxine Beneba
    The Saturday Portraits
    Maxine Beneba Clarke

    In 2014 Erik Jensen contacted Maxine Beneba Clarke and convinced her to write creative portraits for a new national newspaper, THE SATURDAY PAPER. The next four years were a journalistic baptism of fire. She came face to face with Prime Minister Tony Abbott; wrote a love letter to Prince; trolled a local racist fried chicken eatery; held an audience with the Australian Ambassador to China; covertly profiled One Plus One presenter Jane Hutcheon; shared the stage with writer Roxane Gay; sipped green tea with dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, and exchange emails with President Obama. These are The Saturday Portraits. Find out more

    • Serious Noticing: Selected Essays, Wood,  James
    Serious Noticing: Selected Essays
    James Wood

    James Wood is one of the leading critics of the age, and here, for the first time, are his selected essays. From the career-defining 'Hysterical Realism' to his more personal reflections on family, religion and sensibility, Serious Noticing offers a comprehensive overview of his writing over the last twenty years. These essays offer more than a viewpoint - they show how to bring the eye of critical reading to life as a whole. Find out more

    • Conversation Yearbook 2019, Watson,  John
    Conversation Yearbook 2019
    John Watson

    A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world.

    Here, Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling collection that navigates fake news and shouty views, and offers a fresh perspective on the fundamental issues. Find out more

    • Best Australian Science Writing 2019, Nogrady,  Bianca,   Harvey-smith,  Lisa
    Best Australian Science Writing 2019
    Bianca Nogrady, Lisa Harvey-smith

    This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, insightful and brilliant essays and poetry from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and breadth of science, revealing how a ceramic artist is helping to save the handfish, what is so dangerous about the hype around artificial intelligence and whether too much exercise is bad for the heart. It makes us think, feel and hopefully act. Find out more

    • James Cook, Fitzsimons,  Peter
    James Cook
    Peter Fitzsimons

    Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook with
    Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy. FitzSimons reveals what kind of man Cook was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes. Find out more

    • Coniston, Bradley,  Michael
    Michael Bradley

    Coniston, Central Australia, 1928: the murder of an itinerant prospector at this isolated station by local Warlpiri triggered a series of police-led expeditions that ranged over vast areas for two months, as the hunting parties shot down victims by the dozen. The official death toll, declared by the whitewash federal inquiry as being all in self-defence, was 31. Bradley's book gives a fully researched account of the last mass killing in our country’s genocidal past, it reminds us that, without truth, there can be no reconciliation. Find out more

    • The Topeka School, Lerner,  Ben
    The Topeka School
    Ben Lerner

    Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is a story about the challenges of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a startling prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the tyranny of trolls and the new right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men. A radical new take on the American family saga. Find out more

    • Life: Selected Writings, Flannery,  Tim
    Life: Selected Writings
    Tim Flannery

    Tim Flannery is one of the world's great thinkers, environmental scientists and writers. This definitive collection brings together thirty years of essays, speeches and occasional writing on palaeontology, mammology, environmental science and history, including the science of climate change and the challenges and opportunities we face in addressing this issue, so critical for all of us. Find out more

    • In an Australian Light, Turner,  Jo
    In an Australian Light
    Jo Turner

    Imagined as a celebration of the distinctive beauty of Australian light, Allen's book reveals how light shapes the land from the coast to the outback . Wind-etched rocks, patterns in sand. Teal oceans. Surfers, slick in their wetsuits against the morning sun. Rockpools. Paddocks muted by mist, trees laden with luminous snow. In an Australian Light reminds us of the myriad ways we experience light in this vast and diverse land. Find out more

    • Essays, Davis,  Lydia
    Lydia Davis

    Lydia Davis presents a collection of literary essays, each one as thought-provoking, playful and illuminating as her critically acclaimed short fiction. Ranging across her many creative influences, including Thomas Pynchon, Michel Leiris, Maurice Blanchot, Lucia Berlin and Joan Mitchell, she returns again and again to her own writing process, interrogating the limits of literature and the ways in which we can challenge and reinvent it. Find out more

    • Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk, Krakauer,  Jon
    Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk
    Jon Krakauer

    Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mount Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a chunk of greater Seattle; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherworldly cave in New Mexico, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo. Rigorously researched and vividly written, the pieces here are unified by the author's ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth. Find out more

    • Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, Abulafia,  David
    Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans
    David Abulafia

    Boundless Sea traces the routes of merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, lands for settlement and knowledge of what lay beyond. A history of the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans and of mankind's relationship with the sea from the first voyagers to the present day, that also asks what the future holds for our oceans and our world.   Find out more

    • Who Owns History?: The Case of Elgin's Loot, Robertson,  Geoffrey
    Who Owns History?: The Case of Elgin's Loot
    Geoffrey Robertson

    Robertson explores a debate that divides the world of art and culture- the restitution of heritage treasures removed in earlier times from subjugated peoples. His judgement is uncompromising- cultural heritage belongs to the people of whose history it is a part, unless its return would be attended by danger to the artwork itself. And since the movement for the restitution of cultural property is based on human rights, governments that want it back must show respect for the rights of the peoples on whose behalf they make the claim. Find out more

    • Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life, O'connell,  John
    Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    John O'connell

    Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - from Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was. In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie. Find out more

    • Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Gappah,  Petina
    Out of Darkness, Shining Light
    Petina Gappah

    This is the story of the body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, the explorer David Livingstone - and the sixty-nine men and women who carried his remains for 1,500 miles so that he could be buried in his own country. In Gappah's radical novel, it is those in the shadows of history - those who saved a white man's bones; his dark companions; his faithful retinue on an epic funeral march - whose voices are resurrected. A portrait of a world on the cusp of change - and a celebration of human bravery, loyalty and love. Find out more

    • Damascus, Tsiolkas,  Christos
    Christos Tsiolkas

    Christos Tsiolkas' novel takes as its subject the events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have inhabited Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided. A powerful and unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice. Find out more

    • Roots: How Melbourne became the live music capital of the world, Horne,  Craig
    Roots: How Melbourne became the live music capital of the world
    Craig Horne

    Despite the flaky weather, the footy and Netflix, Melbournians are committed to going out at night and in great numbers in heat or hail to listen to live music.  Roots is the history of live music in Melbourne, from jazz to blues, country, folk, rhythm and blues to rock, and the socio-political stories of those musicians who played what they wanted, when they wanted. Find out more

    • On the Shoulders of Giants, Eco,  Umberto
    On the Shoulders of Giants
    Umberto Eco

    Umberto Eco's final collection of essays takes up again the ideas that have preoccupied him throughout his thinking and writing life; the roots of our civilisation, changing ideas of beauty, our obsession with conspiracies and the emblematic heroes of the great narrative. These wide- ranging, entertaining and intellectual pieces are accompanied by beautiful reproductions of the art he discusses. Find out more

    • Cockroach, Mcewan,  Ian
    Ian Mcewan

    Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way- not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy. In a timely work of political satire, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka's most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head. Find out more

    • Tell Me Why, Roach,  Archie
    Tell Me Why
    Archie Roach

    Roach was only two years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of. Archie's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and the healing power of music. Find out more

    • Ness, Macfarlane,  Robert and Donwood,  Stanley
    Macfarlane, Robert and Donwood, Stanley

    What happens when the land comes to life? Somewhere on a salt-and-shingle island, inside a concrete-and-iron structure called The Green Chapel, a figure called The Armourer is leading a black mass. He plans to detonate a thermonuclear missile. But something is coming to stop him. Five more-than-human figures, or forms, or forces are traversing the landscape, moving steadily towards a point where they will converge and become Ness. Ness is the land awakened. An Anthropocene fable from MacFarlane, illustrated by Stanley Donwood. Find out more

    • Make It Scream, Make It Burn, Jamison,  Leslie
    Make It Scream, Make It Burn
    Leslie Jamison

    A profound exploration of the depths of longing and obsession, Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a book about why and how we tell stories. It takes the reader deep into the lives of strangers - from a woman healed by the song of 'the loneliest whale in the world' to a family convinced their child is a reincarnation of a lost pilot - and asks how we can bear witness to the changing truths of others' lives while striving to find a deeper connection to the complexities of our own. Find out more

    • Beauty, Lee,  Bri
    Bri Lee

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed. In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. Find out more

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