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New & Notable
Whether you are a seasoned reader of international literature or a reader just venturing out beyond your own literary shores, we know you will find our New and Notable section a book browser's paradise! Reading literature from around the world has a way of opening up one's perspective to create as vast a world within us as there is without. Here are more than 80 new or notable books we hope will bring the world to you. Remember—depending on what country you are shopping in, these books might be sold under slightly different titles or ISBNs, in different formats or with different covers; or be published in different months. However, the author's name is always likely to be the same!


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Kate Grenville

Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who's certain where her future lies. She's known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy. There's a secret in Sarah's family, a piece of the past kept hidden from the world and from her. A secret Jack can't live with. A secret that changes everything, for both of them.

Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent spaces of the past. This powerful novel will enthrall readers of Kate Grenville's bestselling The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Text Publishing (AU), hardback, 9781921758621 (August)

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Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman has a genius for peeling back the lives of ordinary people to reveal their hidden passions and complexities. In this brilliant new collection, she explores—with her customary subtlety and insight—how we are all touched and sometimes scarred by the flames of emotion—whether it be the impossible love of a pregnant woman for a married man, grief for a dead baby or loss of a young woman in mysterious circumstances. Ranging in time from the colonial period to the present day, these stories by one of New Zealand's foremost writers are beautifully crafted, intriguing and evocative.

Vintage NZ, paperback, 9781869793593 (July)

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Anna Funder

Ruth Becker is coming to the end of her life, retired in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Defiant and cantankerous, surrounded by water and wisteria in this new country, Ruth has made an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past—and part of history most people have forgotten—left more than half a century and half a world away in Germany.

But when an unexpected package arrives, that past slips under her defenses, direct to her doorstep—and she's right back amongst them, the artists and activists and dreamers of the Weimar years, who saw the brutality of what that Nazis were offering and resisted; with Toller, their poet-leader and greatest hope; and with Dora, the restless, passionate soul of the movement.Each would find themself tested—and in some cases wanting—in the face of hatred, of art, of love, and of history.

A story based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and devastating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices that people make to fight for their beliefs, and of discovering heroism hidden in the most unexpected places. Anna Funder confirms her place as one of our finest writers with this thrilling, compassionate, inspiring first novel.

Penguin (AUS), paperback, 9781926428338 (August)

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Jane Higgins

The Bridge is a gritty adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity and courage from an exciting new voice in young-adult fiction.

The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside. Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn’t chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik. This novel was the winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.

Text Publishing, paperback, 9781921758331 (August)

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Caroline Shine

Sydney-based musician Carolyn Shine moves to Hanoi virtually on a whim, expecting to find romance and available culture. She's in for some big surprises. Funny, warm and engaging, her travel memoir introduces us to a cast of memorable Vietnamese characters as well as her fellow foreigners searching for love and adventure. From teaching English, sub-editing a propaganda news sheet, to forming a blues band, against the backdrop of a world seemingly alive with the promise of romance, this is a beguiling evocation of Hanoi and its people: pungent, earthy and sensual.

Transit Lounge, paperback, 9780980846225

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Tangea Tansley

In 1856, Simon Kozminsky travelled from Prussia to begin a new life in the fledgling colony of Victoria. In the heady days of the gold rush, he established a jewellery house that would gain world renown. But behind the glittering facade of wealth, glamour and influence lay a darker, sadder story: a mysterious rift between Simon and his eldest son. In an extraordinary coincidence, the answer to this life-long estrangement was painted by Australia's pre-eminent artist of the time, Frederick McCubbin.

The cover depicts a shy Eileen Watkins, the Irish woman who would unwittingly drive a wedge between father and son. The Early Kozminskys is a brilliant imagining of three generations of real-life Kozminskys. With authenticity and dramatic verve, Tangea Tansley brings alive Melbourne of the past in a tantalising tale of fortune and faith, love and betrayal.

Affirm Press, paperback, 9780980790467

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Claire Corbett

In a world divided into fliers and non-fliers, how far would you go to be able to fly? How much would you sacrifice— perhaps your own child? A beautifully written and compellingly original novel of sacrifice, betrayal and love.

The dream of being able to fly is now physical reality but only the rich and powerful can afford the surgery, drugs, and gene manipulation to become fliers. Peri, a poor girl from the regions, will sacrifice anything to get her wings and join this elite but the price is higher than she could have imagined. So why then does she throw it all away?

Allen & Unwin, paperback, 9781742375564 (July)

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Julia Leigh

An unnamed man, M, arrives at a remote house on the fringe of a vast wilderness and soon disappears into a world of silence and stillness. His one mission: to find the last thylacine, the fabled Tasmanian tiger. She is said to have passed into myth but a sighting has been reported…

Uncompromising and compelling, Julia Leigh's stunning first novel does not give up any of its secrets easily. The Hunter is a haunting tale of obsession that builds to an unforgettable conclusion.

This is a new edition of the book, published to tie in with a forthcoming movie which stars Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor. Julia Leigh is also the author of the critically-acclaimed short novel, Disquiet.

Penguin (AUS), paperback, 9780143565215

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Jeanine Leane

Winner of the 2010 David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writing, Purple Threads is a humorous collection of rural yarns by a gifted storyteller. Jeanine Leane grew up on a sheep farm near Gundagai, and the stories are based on her childhood experiences in a house full of fiercely independent women. In between Aunty Boo's surveillance of the local farmers' sheep dip alliance and Aunty Bubby's fireside tales of the Punic Wars, the women offer sage advice to their nieces on growing up as Indigenous girls in a white country town.

The cast of strong Aboriginal women in a rural setting gives a fascinating insight into both Aboriginal and rural life. Farming is not an easy pursuit for anyone, but the Aunties take all the challenges in their stride, facing torrential rain, violent neighbours and injured dogs with an equal mix of humour and courage. Purple Threads uses an irreverent style, but offers a unique perspective on the Australian country lifestyle.

Univ. of Queensland Press, paperback, 9780702238956

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Finola Moorhead

Feminist classic re-release. It started with a challenge from the late Christina Stead: it's very difficult to make an interesting novel with no men in it at all.

Released to acclaim in 1987, Remember The Tarantella was heralded as a great work of feminist fiction. Twenty four years later the prose continues to have a fresh and contemporary feel. Remember The Tarantella is a remarkable work. It's learned and frivolous, female not feminine, silly and serious.

Remember the Tarantella is a novel with twenty-six characters each represented by a letter of the alphabet with the vowels as central characters.The quality of the prose achieves a kind of concerto-like poetry where the many instruments of differing tones assist the reader to know who is who.

This new edition includes an Afterword, an interview with the author and novelist Sue Woolfe about the making of Remember The Tarantella, complete with diagrams and extracts from early drafts. (The interview was first published in 2001 in Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written by Sue Woolfe and Kate Grenville)

Spinifex Publishing, paperback, 9781876756932 (August)

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Kay Saunders

Notorious Australian Women celebrates the lives of some of Australia's most fearless, brash and scandalous women. There's Tilly Devine, who went from streetwalker in London to wealthy Sydney madam and stander merchant (a sort of Mafioso); Mary Bryant, the highway robber and First Fleeter who escaped by rowing from Port Jackson to Timor with her two children; Lola Montez, the Irish-born grande horizontale (a courtesan), who destroyed King Ludwig I of Bavaria; Ellen Tremaye and Marion Edwards, women who challenged the gender order and became men; and Helena Rubinstein, who rewrote her humble Polish background and became one of the most successful and astute businesswomen in the world.

From bushrangers, courtesans and cross-dressers, to writers, designers and a radical or two, what these splendid rebels have in common is a determination to take their destinies into their own hands.

HarperCollins (AUS), paperback, 9780733328329

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Ranjula Kumar

"My marriage was arranged on a hot summer day over my mother's Masala tea and famous crispy samosas which my prospective mother-in-law was pleased to learn I knew how to make. I was selected from a number of girls they had seen. I was the chosen one, imported from Fiji."

Meeta can't believe her good fortune when she marries Amit, a handsome, young, Hugh Grant look alike, Indian man living in New Zealand. When she gets off the plane she is too eager to start her new life but not long after she discovers that not only does she know very little about her new country but also about her husband. Some years later, she knows altogether too much. Against all the odds that come with an arranged marriage, Meeta copes and although her life has its fair share of ups and downs, she has her own way of dealing with it. She takes up writing, a passion she indulged in childhood, and befriends a Kiwi woman. However it is when Amit falls in love with another woman that Meeta finds herself having to make some hard decisions. To make matters worse her childhood past returns to haunt her… She has the perfect plan to end everything.

Huai Publishers, paperback, 9780473178703