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The Incorrigible Optimists Club

The Incorrigible Optimists Club

Jean-Michel Guenassia

$29.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Paris, 1959. Michel Marini, 12 years old, keen photographer and compulsive reader, finds himself growing up in a rapidly changing world. France is embroiled in the Algerian conflict, rock n’ roll is beginning to explode and Paris finds itself home to more and more refugees from Eastern Europe. When Michel becomes part of a chess club, he befriends these men and through him we learn their stories. As his family begins to break up apart, Michel encounters all the ups and downs that life has to offer. A wonderful read and a real celebration of the joy and pain of growing up.

Great summer reading. Greg Waldron

The Incorrigible Optimists Club by Jean-Michel Guenassia at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door

George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door

Graeme Thomson

$29.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Definitely not a hagiography. Thompson takes a long hard look at the man and his music – a fascinating insight into a complex, and in many ways contradictory man. Harrison’s solo work is often undervalued, but hopefully this book will inspire the reader to discover some wonderful albums. Greg

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Published to co-incide with what would have been the 70th anniversary of George Harrison's birth. Explores Harrison's work both within and without the Beatles and at the same time examining in detail his private and public passions, from Eastern spiritualism to horticulture, from comedy to film-making, from fast cars to working with UNICEF. His career renaissance in the 80s with the Travelling Wilburys. His last few years which were scarred by two bouts of cancer and a knife attack which almost killed him. His legacy, including his final album and memorial concert.
Butcher's Crossing

Butcher's Crossing

John Williams

$14.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Will Andrews forgoes his Harvard education to experience ‘life’ in the American west. This will not have the same broad appeal as ‘Stoner’; it is still nonetheless an absorbing tale – with some existentialist touches, let’s say if Camus and Larry McMurtry joined forces, then they may have come up with a novel such as this. Greg

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It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek an original relation to nature, drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been.
All That is

All That is

James Salter

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A bit of a sleeper when first released, but this is one of those books that slowly burns its way into the reader’s heart with precision and honesty that is equally memorable and painful. A book to be treasured. Greg

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This is a major new novel from the universally acclaimed master and PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter. This is a sweeping, seductive love story set in the years after World War II. All That Is explores a life unfolding in a world on the brink of change. The life is that of Philip Bowman and we see his formative experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, his postwar career as a book editor in New York, his trips to the great European cities - for publishing parties in London, romantic holidays in Paris. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, finally he meets a woman who enthralls him before setting him on a course he could never imagine for himself. James Salter's dazzling, seductive and haunting novel offers a fiercely intimate account of the great shocks and grand pleasures of being alive.
Stoner: A Novel

Stoner: A Novel

John L Williams

$14.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A long forgotten classic - thankfully reissued! I hadn't heard of this book - picked it up and found one of the most moving, beautifully written books I've read. Human behaviour observed in its most naked form. Brilliant. Greg

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William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.

Stoner by John Williams at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
A Naked Singularity

A Naked Singularity

Sergio de la Pava

$32.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Casi is a New York Public Defender. Swamped with cases, he is yet to lose a single one. However, things start to change and his promising career starts to lose some of its shine. Teaming up with a work colleague, they concoct a dangerous plan to make some fast money. Like a cross between Elmore Leonard and David Foster Wallace, with the dialogue gymnastics of Pulp Fiction, this tome jumps out at you with an explosion of ideas. I’ve yet to read a more satisfying and ambitious book this year. Greg

"..." Craig

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A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Rustication: A Novel

Rustication: A Novel

Charles Palliser

$22.95

ABBEY'S CHOICE JANUARY 2014 ----- It is 1863 and Richard Shenstone has been sent down - or rusticated - from Cambridge under dubious circumstances. Fighting opium addiction, he joins his mother and sister on the coast, residing in a crumbling mansion. The locals are soon besieged by obscene letters, and suspicion falls on Richard. This story is a wonderful cross between Wilkie Collins (with more colourful language) and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. There is a disturbing sense of unease, mixed with a healthy dose of gothic atmosphere, and numerous twists and turns make this a compulsive read. Greg

Rustication: A Novel by Charles Palliser at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Married Life

Married Life

David Vogel

$32.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rudolf Gurdweill finds himself in a loveless, abusive marriage to Baroness Thea von Takow. Vogel examines this doomed arrangement in intimate and at times painful detail. The reader becomes almost angry at Rudolf’s willingness to suffer abuse. A somewhat predictable ending doesn’t detract from a brilliant portrayal of Vienna in the late 1920s, the café society‘s importance in everyday life, the emergence of anti-Semitism and many tragic and exotic characters. There is some dark, sardonic humour, plus some disturbing Kafkaesque touches. Beautifully presented, this book is a true classic waiting to be discovered. Greg
Eyrie

Eyrie

Tim Winton

$45.00

ABBEY'S CHOICE OCTOBER 2013 ----- Tom Keely is a broken man. Failed marriage and career, he is searching for redemption. When a woman from his past resurfaces with her enigmatic grandson, Keely finds both his past and present colliding with explosive consequences. Winton’s new book has divided opinion in the shop, but from my perspective I found this an incredibly disturbing and powerful read. The author demands the reader's participation, hence there are definitely loose ends in the story. For me this adds to the book's power and I found myself unable to put it down. Highly recommended. ~ Greg

As Greg says, the novel has drawn strong responses - surely a sign of great art. Click the REVIEWS tab for Meg and Lindy's reviews. 

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Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside.

Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring.

But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby. A woman from his past, a boy the likes of which he's never met before. Two strangers leading a life beyond his experience and into whose orbit he falls despite himself.

What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting. Inhabited by unforgettable characters, Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.

Eyrie Tim Winton at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything

Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything

Daniela Krien

$27.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Maria, a 16-year-old girl on the cusp of womanhood, is working on her boyfriend’s family farm in the East part of Germany. While spending days helping the family with chores and losing herself in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, she begins to have an affair with Henner, her 40-year-old neighbour who has a troubled past and a tendency towards violent outbursts. Set in 1990, the Berlin Wall has come down but the country is still waiting to be formerly reunited, we meet a group of people excited but still somewhat hesitant about what will happen to them now that their country (GDR) is slowly disappearing. This is a powerful novel which has no time for flowery prose, the writing here is of a spartan nature which magnifies the uncertainty of Maria and her choices and also beautifully captures a farming community caught up in history’s whirlpool. Highly recommended. Greg

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It is summer 1990, only months after the border dividing Germany has dissolved. Maria, nearly seventeen, moves in with her boyfriend on his family farm. A chance encounter with enigmatic loner Henner, a neighbouring farmer, quickly develops into a passionate relationship. But Maria soon finds that Henner can be as brutal as he is tender - his love reveals itself through both animal violence and unexpected sensitivity. Maria builds a fantasy of their future life together, but her expectations differ dramatically from those of Henner himself, until it seems their story can only end in tragedy. This is a bold and impressive debut in which love and violence, conflict and longing, are inextricably entwined.
Trieste

Trieste

Dasa Drndic

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Haya Tedeschi surrounds herself with memories and photographs, reflecting on the past and the absence of her child who was stolen during WWII. This novel constantly blurs the line between fact and fiction. Voices interject into the narrative, crying out to be heard, whether it’s the Lebersborn children, transcripts from war crime trials or the distant echo of so many lost souls. Although at times not a comfortable read, this is a deeply engaging one. I found myself pausing intermittingly, taking time to reflect upon the enormity of what I had read. For me, this is easily the book of 2012. Greg

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Haya Tedeschi sits alone in Gorizia, north-eastern Italy, surrounded by a basket of photographs and newspaper clippings. Now an old woman, she waits to be reunited after sixty-two years with her son, fathered by an S.S. officer and stolen from her by the German authorities during the War as part of Himmler's clandestine 'Lebensborn' project, which strove for a 'racially pure' Germany. Haya's reflection on her Catholicized Jewish family's experiences deals unsparingly with the massacre of Italian Jews in the concentration camps of Trieste. Her obsessive search for her son leads her to photographs, maps and fragments of verse, to testimonies from the Nuremberg trials and interviews with second-generation Jews, as well as witness accounts of atrocities that took place on her doorstep. A broad collage of material is assembled, and the lesser-known horror of Nazi occupation in northern Italy is gradually unveiled. Written in immensely powerful language, and employing a range of astonishing conceptual devices, Trieste is a novel like no other. Dasa Drndic has produced a shattering contribution to the literature of our twentieth-century history.
HHhH

HHhH

Laurent Binet

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Somewhat experimental in style, this marvellous, unique book tells the story of Operation Anthropoid whose mission was to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, one of the chief players in the Nazi regime. Binet manages to make the tension almost unbearable at times. Winner of the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman 2010. Greg

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Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells  HHhH . All the characters in  HHhH  are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up?  HHhH  is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a moving and shattering work of fiction.
Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Avenue

Michael Chabon

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the story of two friends, Nat and Archy (owners of Brokeland Records) and their wives, Gwen and Aviva (midwives). It is an epic tale of friendship and betrayal, and though there are numerous tangents, it always comes back to the essential core -the friendship of Nat and Archy. When a proposed offer of a music megastore comes into play, both friends’ loyalties are pushed to the limit, as are their wives when a near disaster with a pregnancy occurs. A cross between High Fidelity and TV’s The Wire, this multi-layered read will have you rushing out to listen to those jazz funk classics of the 70s. Greg

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From the bestselling author of 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'; his first novel in 5 years is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic. As summer in Oakland, California, draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are hanging in there, co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen and Aviva, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of legendary midwives. When former star quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to dump his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise, as behind Goode's proposal lurks a nefarious scheme. And while their husbands struggle to mount a defence, Aviva and Gwen find themselves caught up in a professional battle that tests their friendship. Then into their already tangled lives comes Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged. An intimate epic that pulses with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all of its own, 'Telegraph Avenue' is Michael Chabon's most dazzling book yet, and a must-read for fans of Nick Hornby's 'High Fidelity'.
CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

Frederic Chaubin

$84.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ---- This incredible book is a fascinating look at the architecture of the Soviet Empire. Futuristic, bizarre and at times something out of a sci-fi epic, many of these buildings are now gone but thankfully have been captured in this wonderful book. Greg

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Photographer Frederic Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what could be considered as the fourth age of Soviet architecture. They reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the twenties and thirties, no  school  or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announces the end of Soviet Union. Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes of the widening net, architects revisited all the chronological periods and styles, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba sanatorium), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Tbilisi wedding palace). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to its suprematist influence (Promethee).  Then comes the speaking architecture widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Kiev crematorium), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Kiev institute), a political center watching you like a Big Brother (Kaliningrad House of Soviet). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of privacy and it also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before bringing the country to its end.
The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary

Colm Toibin

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This beautifully written novella brings a human voice to Mary not heard before. Reflecting on her son’s crucifixion, the unease she feels when witnessing his miracles and the growing menace of the authorities, Tóibín strips away the religious dogma, leaving an exposed, vulnerable woman who is both concerned and bewildered by what she is seeing. A truly moving work. Greg

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In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.

As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.
Norwegian by Night

Norwegian by Night

Derek B. Miller

$32.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sheldon Horowitz is an irascible octogenarian who moves to Norway to live with his granddaughter and her husband. He is a man filled with regret and remorse, having lost both his son and wife. When a mother is murdered, he rescues her young son and makes it his mission to protect the boy from a pursuing gang. The tension is beautifully mounted and, through the use of flashback, we become immersed in Sheldon’s quest and his many mistakes. A fast paced thriller, rich in characterisation and garnished with dry humour. Highly recommended. Greg

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Sheldon Horowitz is an irascible octogenarian who moves to Norway to live with his granddaughter and her husband. He is a man filled with regret and remorse, having lost both his son and wife. When a mother is murdered, he rescues her young son and makes it his mission to protect the boy from a pursuing gang. The tension is beautifully mounted and, through the use of flashback, we become immersed in Sheldon’s quest and his many mistakes. A fast-paced thriller, rich in characterisation and garnished with dry humour.
The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

Richard Burton ,  Chris Williams

$49.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Written during the 44 years until 1983 and comprising over 700 pages, here are the diaries in their entirety of one of the world’s greatest actors. Burton was a complicated man and his diaries expose a part of him that has often been well hidden. Forthright and articulate in his opinions of himself and others, he constantly questioned the validity of his chosen career, was often concerned about his weight and his drinking, and had a voracious appetite for books. Greg 

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In his personal diaries, Richard Burton is a man quite different from the one we familiarly know as acclaimed actor, international film star and jet-set celebrity. From his private, handwritten pages there emerges a different person - a family man, father and husband, a man often troubled and always keenly observing. Understood through his own words, day to day and year to year, Burton becomes a fully rounded human being who, with a wealth of talent and a surprising burden of insecurity, confronts the peculiar challenges of a life lived largely in the spotlight. This volume publishes in their entirety the surviving diaries of Richard Burton (born Richard Jenkins, 1925-1984). The diaries were written between 1939 and 1983, throughout his career and the years of his celebrated marriages to Elizabeth Taylor. Diary entries appear in their original sequence with annotations to clarify the people, places, books and events he mentions. At times Burton struggles to come to terms with the unfulfilled potential of his life and talent. In other entries, he crows over achievements and hungers for greater challenges. He may be watching his weight, watching his drinking or watching other men watch his Elizabeth. Always he is articulate, opinionated and fascinating. His diaries offer a rare and fresh perspective on his own life and career, Elizabeth Taylor's and the glamorous world of film, theatre and celebrity they inhabited.
Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Yotam Ottolenghi ,  Sami Tamimi

$49.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Yotam and Sami have worked together in London for nearly 30 years. In this new book, they go back to their roots - Jerusalem, a city full of culinary inspiration. The authors confess that at times this book was an excursion in nostalgia, but the city is a never-ending source of influence on their cooking, whether it be Jewish, Muslim or Christian. Beautifully designed and illustrated, with a brief history on the city and littered with anecdotes, this book stands out in a very crowded genre. Greg

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The authors are the men behind the bestselling Ottolenghi: The Cookbook. Their chain of restaurants is famous for its innovative flavours, stylish design and superb cooking. At the heart of their food is a shared home city: Jerusalem. They were born there in the same year, Yotam on the Jewish west side, Sami on the Arab east side. Nearly 30 years later, they met in London and discovered they shared a language, a history and a love of great food. This book sets 100 of their inspired, accessible recipes within the cultural and religious melting pot of this diverse city. With culinary influences coming from its Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities, and with a Mediterranean climate, the range of ingredients and styles is stunning. From soups (spicy frikkeh soup with meatballs), meat and fish (chicken with caramelised onion and cardamom rice, sea bream with harissa and rose), vegetables and salads (spicy beetroot, leek and walnut salad), pulses and grains (saffron rice with barberries and pistachios) to cakes and desserts(clementine and almond syrup cake), there is something new for everyone to discover. Packed with beautiful food and gorgeous photography, this book showcases sumptuous dishes in a dazzling setting.
Sydney Seafood School Cookbook

Sydney Seafood School Cookbook

Roberta Muir ,  Roberta Muir

$49.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Not just a regular cookbook, this includes tips on how to choose and store fish, plus step-by-step photos showing how to prepare prawns and crabs, fillet fish, clean squid and many other techniques. Chefs represented include David Thompson, Christine Manfield, Peter Doyle and Neil Perry. Includes over 80 recipes with one recipe per page accompanied by a photo of the completed dish. Greg

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For more than 20 years, the Sydney Seafood School has been teaching us how to prepare and cook the wonderful array of seafood found in our oceans and rivers. Now, for the first time, the School shares its wealth of tips and techniques, along with more than 80 outstanding recipes from Australia's leading chefs. Try your hand at Pete Evans' garlic prawns, David Thompson's grilled barramundi curry, or Alex Herbert's fish and chips. Treat your friends and family to Tetsuya's crudo of leatherjacket, Neil Perry's bar rock cod tagine, or Frank Camorra's Galician-style octopus. There is also expert advice on choosing and storing seafood, plus step-by-step photos of essential techniques, including filleting and butterflying fish, shucking oysters, cleaning squid and octopus, and preparing crabs, prawns and bugs. With beautiful photos of all the recipes to help you decide what to make, and illustrations of the various species so you know what to look for at the fishmonger, this gives you all the know-how and confidence to prepare seafood at home with delicious results every time.
The Street Sweeper

The Street Sweeper

Elliot Perlman

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Lamont Williams, recently paroled, begins a job as a janitor in a Manhattan hospital where he befriends a dying patient, Henryk Mandelbaum. Adam Zignelik is an historian at Columbia whose personal and professional life is rapidly collapsing. We meet these two men at a tenuous time in their lives and the numrrous stories that link these men is the driving force behind this brilliant novel. Memory, friendship, guilt, academic politics and the Holocaust all play a role in this grand epic. I was moved and in awe of this magnificent book. Greg 

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'Excellent...Harrowing, humane and brilliant.' - The Times (UK) How breathtakingly close we are to lives that at first seem so far away. From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the Nazi crimes against humanity in Europe, there are more stories than people passing each other every day on the bustling streets of every crowded city. Only some survive to become history.  Recently released from prison, Lamont Williams, an African American probationary janitor in a Manhattan hospital and father of a little girl he can't locate, strikes up an unlikely friendship with an elderly patient, a Holocaust survivor who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau. A few kilometres uptown, Australian historian Adam Zignelik, an untenured Columbia professor, finds both  his career and his long-term romantic relationship falling apart. Emerging out of the depths of his own personal history, Adam sees, in a promising research topic suggested by an American World War II veteran, the beginnings of something that might just save him professionally and perhaps even personally.  As these two men try to survive in early twenty-first-century New York, history comes to life in ways neither of them could have foreseen. Two very different paths - Lamont's and Adam's - lead to one greater story as  The Street Sweeper, in dealing with memory, love, guilt, heroism, the extremes of racism and unexpected kindness, spans the twentieth century to the present, and spans the globe from New York to Melbourne, Chicago to Auschwitz. Epic in scope, this is a remarkable feat of storytelling.
The Art Book

The Art Book

Phaidon Editors

$75.00

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Originally published in 1994, this updated edition includes 100 new works and is a wonderful introduction to the world of art. It is simply an A-Z of artists with a page devoted to a single work - painting, photography, sculpture, etc. Includes a glossary of the different artistic movements and an explanation of terms used. Beautifully produced, this is the one art book that everyone should have. Greg
Lantern Cookery Classics - Gary Mehigan

Lantern Cookery Classics - Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In this wonderful little series, each book is littered with colour pictures and easy-to-follow recipes, including starters, mains and desserts, plus serving suggestions. All the chefs have done their own cookbooks, but the beauty of these is they are like ‘best of’ collections, designed to help novices like myself. Greg

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Lantern is proud to publish some of Australia's most celebrated cooks and chefs. Now, in a new series of indispensable books for your kitchen bookshelf, Lantern Cookery Classics brings you timeless recipes from these much-loved authors. Each book has more than sixty recipes - all photographed, and with clear instructions to help you achieve a great result every time. Soon you'll be whipping up your favourite dishes from Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, George Calombaris, Kylie Kwong, Gary Mehigan and Matt Moran. Why not treat yourself to the complete set?
I Hate Martin Amis Et Al

I Hate Martin Amis Et Al

Peter Barry

$29.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Milan Zorec, a frustrated (to say the least) unpublished writer decides to become a sniper in the Serbian army and becomes involved in the siege of Sarajevo. To say this is a somewhat unconventional novel would be an understatement. Barry plays with language in a most ingenious way, constantly toying with the reader. The story takes a turn into disturbing territory, recalling some of the darkest moments of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. This is the sort of literature that should be celebrated - dark, funny and challenging. Greg

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It is 1995. Milan Zorec, an aspiring yet rejected novelist, travels from England to Bosnia to join the Serbian forces as a sniper in Sarajevo, in the final months of the longest siege in history. Hes determined to find a story that no publisher will be able to damn with the words, I feel Ive seen this before. In doing so Milan journeys from innocence into the slow burning grip of darkness. Among his fellow snipers, the lost souls who make up Ratko Mladics army, Milan gains the ammunition to write his masterpiece the novel that hasnt been written before. Alternating between London and Sarajevo, I Hate Martin Amis et al is a chilling, blackly humorous novel that will appeal to both lovers of the word and anyone whos fallen short of their ambitions. Peter Barrys stunningly original, award winning debut isnt just about literary failure, though. Its a compelling portrait of the dreamer, and bores down into the very centre of things why we write, why we read, how we might live in these, the strangest of times.
Hope: A Tragedy

Hope: A Tragedy

Shalom Auslander

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Solomon Kugel has moved into a farmhouse with his wife, son and mother (much to his wife's chagrin) to the town of Stockton. A place with no history and a chance for a new beginning. However the place comes with a smell (referred to by the real estate agent as the aroma of honesty) and at night the sound of a constant tapping coming from the attic that turns out to be Anne Frank working on a new book. So let's be honest this book is not for everyone, some may find it offensive others like me will find it absolutely hilarious and innovative. If you like Heller and Vonnegut then this gem will definitely appeal. Greg

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Solomon Kugel wishes for nothing more than to be nowhere, to be in a place with no past, no history, no wars, no genocides. The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any import has ever happened there, which is exactly why Kugel decided to move his family there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way. His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one he bought, and he fears his is next. And when, one night, Kugel discovers history -- a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history -- hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse. Like nothing you've read before, the critically acclaimed Shalom Auslander's debut novel is a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
Dracula

Dracula

Bram Stoker

$14.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Most people are familiar with the story of Dracula. However film has had a big influence on people’s concept of the story and its well worth taking the time to revisit or experience this classic for the first time. Written in a epistolary format, Stoker takes the reader into the hearts and minds of his characters. From the opening pages when Harker slowly realizes the sheer horror of what the Count represents, to a breath taking conclusion. An unforgettable read, rich in atmosphere and suspense this is one book that you will never forget. Greg

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Of the many admiring reviews, Bram Stoker's  Dracula  received when it first appeared in 1897, the most astute praise came from the author's mother, who wrote her son: 'It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.' A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the diabolical cravings that Stoker dramatized with such mythical force, render  Dracula  resonant and unsettling a century later.
A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

$39.95

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- O my brothers (and sisters of course) here I am sitting in the Korova Milkbar sucking back a nice cold moloko as my droogies and I peruse the 50th Anniversary Edition of A Clockwork Orange. O what a brilliant literary horrowshow it is, from the opening chapter one is  grabbed by the yarbles and drawn into this truly bizarre but believable world. With its Joycean wordplay and black humour running throughout the sheer brilliance of Burgess’s command of language creates a world that is timeless. This edition comes with a foreword by Martin Amis, plus essays articles etc. Your humble servant must leave now so fork out some hard earned pretty polly and grab a copy of this zammechat classic. Greg

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This is the fully restored 50th Anniversary edition. It includes a foreword by Martin Amis. First published by William Heinemann in 1962, A Clockwork Orange is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. This special edition, compiled and edited by Andrew Biswell, Burgess' biographer, restores the text of the novel as Burgess originally wrote it, and includes a selection of interviews, articles, reviews and other previously unpublished material.
White Noise (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition)

White Noise (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition)

Don DeLillo

$22.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- One of the funniest and astute novels you'll read. Laugh out loud dialogue coupled with a satirical eye, this is definitely a modern-day classic. Greg

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First published in 1985, White Noise won the US National Book Award. It is now regarded as a classic of postmodern literature. Jack Gladney is a pioneering professor in the field of Hitler Studies at the bucolic Midwestern College-on-the-Hill. Married five times, he has a brood of children and stepchildren with his current wife, Babette. Over the course of an absurd, tragic year, Jack and Babette will each be forced to confront the question that keeps them awake at night: who will die first? In 2012 Picador celebrated its 40th anniversary. During that time we have published many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Bret Easton Ellis and Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold and Helen Fielding, Graham Swift and Alan Hollinghurst, and this edition is part of a special (and very elegant) collection marking the occasion.

Great House

Great House

Nicole Krauss

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The link that connects these stories is a large desk. We follow each story as the desk moves from house to house, country to country. Greg

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011, Nicole Krauss'  Great House  is a haunting story that explores loss and memory. In New York a woman spends the night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her at his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police...In north London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret...In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer reassembles his father's study plundered by Nazis. One item remains missing...Spanning continents and decades, weaving an intricate web of its characters' lives,  Great House  tells a soaring story of love, loss and survival against the odds.   The History of Love  was very good indeed.  Great House ...is even better. A heartbreaking meditation on loss and memory and how they construct our lives . ( Guardian ).  Full of mystery and suspense, building towards one of the great climaxes in contemporary fiction. It is hard to imagine a better book of fiction being published this year...one of the finest writers of our time . ( Jewish Chronicle ).  Bewitching, mysterious and deeply moving. One of 2011's must-reads . ( Harper's Bazaar ).  Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels:  Great House ,  The History of Love  (Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger) and  Man Walks into a Room  (shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award), all of which are available in Penguin paperback.
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Sarah Bakewell

$19.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a wonderful read - though-provoking and entertaining. Bakewell poses 20 questions and attempts to answer each whilst describing Montaigne's life and how certain infused his philosophical thought. Highly recommended. Greg

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How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.
           
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