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Gotham: Wisdom Tree #1

Gotham: Wisdom Tree #1

Nick Earls

$19.99

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ABBEY'S CHOICE MAY 2016 ----- Jeff Foster is an Australian music journalist on assignment in New York. He's lined up an interview with the newest rap sensation, and the article should go a long way to paying some bills. Jeff is getting tired and starting to feel old in a young man's game, and paying court to a surly boy with a great sense of entitlement and none of reality, is just another price he has to pay to follow what was once his dream. This very finely wrought story is presented as the first novella in a linked set of five, the next four to be released at monthly intervals. For the price of a movie ticket, the reader can immerse themselves in a story that will more than repay their attention without demanding the greater commitment of a lengthy book. This is a perfectly formed story, that carries a lot more insight into the human condition than books of more verbage manage to do. Highly recommended indeed. Lindy

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Inkerman & Blunt will release one novella at a time, on the first of every month from May to September 2016. The novella is back disturbing the literary waters and Australia is leading the surge and Inkerman & Blunt is stirring the waves with these five pocket-sized finely crafted, richly intelligent novellas. Wisdom Tree is the accessible book for twenty-first century time poor, screen devoted readers.

Published as Cargoes in Griffith Review 50 Tall Tales Short—The Novella Project III, Gotham tells of the encounter between music journalist, Jeff Foster and ‘boy pharaoh’, Na$ti Boi. It reveals how hollow celebrities cast their spell. Think, Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe.

Nick Earls is the award winning author of twelve novels and numerous shorter works. With the publication of the Word Hunters trilogy, he is now officially also a children’s writer. 
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Ice Letters

Ice Letters

Susan Errington

$32.99

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A First World War novel of love, peace, violence and Antarctica.

Adelaide, 1916, and Dora Somerville grieves for her brother, Edgar, killed in France. In the course of an oppressively hot summer, she decides to abandon her pacifist beliefs and embrace violence as a means to end the Great War.

In his printing shop, her lover, Daniel Bone, also makes a momentous decision. He can no longer face the constant pressure to fight in the war – he will join an Antarctic expedition and abandon Australia, leaving Dora behind. However, the peace Daniel seeks eludes him when he is caught up in a crisis in the icy wilderness as the men find themselves under attack.

When the lovers parted, they had agreed to write to one another, although they knew the letters would never be sent. Thousands of miles apart, their passion grows as the decisions they have made imperil them both.
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Relativity

Relativity

Antonia Hayes

$22.99

Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire's life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire's tightly held world is split open.

On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan.

When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
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Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

Toni Jordan

$29.99

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set over the course of a weekend, this screwball comedy is vastly entertaining! Janice left Alex because the pressure and failure of IVF treatments wore her down. Her sister Caroline has just discovered that Henry, her husband, has left her for their eldest daughter's teacher, Martha. They've gone to Noosa for a weekend, and Caroline decides to follow, leaving Janice with Mercedes, a wise 8 year old and 5yo Paris, who refuses to speak. Then the neighbours Craig and Lesley drop in with an unerring nose for trouble, which is bad enough, but gets worse when Craig climbs into the bedroom Janice is sleeping in - and then it all totally descends into farce when Alex turns up, Martha leaves Henry to Caroline's devices, and Lesley storms over in a jealous fit… Now if this sounds confusing, it isn't, because Jordan's deft handling of the modern day contretemps of marriage and separation works beautifully. A satisfying romantic comedy altogether! Lindy

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Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha.

Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them.

Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline's all-night row.

And Janice, Caroline's sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec.

Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis—and let's not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy.

Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated.

Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious novel.
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The One Who Got Away

The One Who Got Away

Caroline Overington

$29.99

Perfect couple; perfect lie. The not-to-be-missed new psychological thriller from Caroline Overington. We all keep secrets. Some are deadly. Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she's the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who's landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters... Then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the grand school gate, hands her a note ...and suddenly everything's at stake. Loren's Facebook-perfect marriage is spectacularly exposed - revealing an underbelly of lies and betrayal. What is uncovered will scandalise a small town, destroy lives and leave a family divided. But who is to be believed and who is to blame? Will the right person be brought to justice or is there one who got away? An unsettling psychological thriller for fans of Girl on a Train and Gone Girl.
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Merciless Gods

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

$22.99

A collection of thrilling, original and imaginative stories from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda - a showcase all of his immense and unique story-telling talents.

Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, brutality, sacrifice and revelation.

This incendiary collection of stories from acclaimed writer Christos Tsiolkas, bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda, takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, and introduces you to characters who will never let you go and situations that will haunt you forever.
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Second Chance Town

Second Chance Town

Karly Lane

$29.99

Single mother Lucy Parker loves the quiet historical charm of her hometown of Bundah. Raising her teenage daughter Belle can be challenging and, in a small town where everyone knows everyone else.s business, it's even more daunting than usual... Newcomer Hugh Thompson is determined to put his chequered history behind him. Excited by the potential he sees in Bundah, he buys a rundown pub with big plans for a fresh start. But not long after Hugh.s arrival, a spate of teenage drug overdoses starts to divide the locals and there are whispers they might be connected to the reclusive new publican who has a somewhat dark and mysterious past... When Belle suddenly starts hanging out with the wrong kids and experimenting with alcohol, Lucy becomes fearful that drugs will be next. The very last thing she needs is for a man like Hugh to come along and disrupt her life. But it seems fate has other ideas... Suspenseful and romantic, Second Chance Town is about fulfilling your dreams in life and love...
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Castle of Dreams

Castle of Dreams

Elise McCune

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Growing up together in a mysterious castle in northern Queensland, Rose and Vivien Blake are very close sisters. But during the Second World War their relationship becomes strained when they each fall in love with the same dashing but enigmatic American soldier... Rose's daughter, Linda, has long sensed a secret in her mother's past, but Rose has always resisted Linda's questions, preferring to focus on the present... Years later Rose's granddaughter, Stella, also becomes fascinated by the shroud of secrecy surrounding her grandmother's life. Intent on unravelling the truth, she visits the now-ruined castle where Rose and Vivien grew up to see if she can find out more... Captivating and compelling, Castle of Dreams is about love, secrets, lies - and the perils of delving into the past...
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The Last Days of Ava Langdon

The Last Days of Ava Langdon

Mark O'Flynn

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Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains. Regarded by locals as a colourful eccentric, she dresses in men's clothes and fearlessly pursues her artistic path. All that matters to Ava is her writing. Words offer beauty and a sense of possibility when so much else has been lost. But can they offer her redemption in her last days? Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of a true maverick.
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Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Dying in the First Person: A Novel

Nike Sulway

$29.99

Samuel and Morgan are twin brothers separated by several oceans. Once, when they were children together, they shared not only a family and a childhood, but a secret imaginary world that had a language of its own: Nahum. But that was decades ago: before Morgan became a wanderer whose only contact with his brother was stories, written in Nahum.

When Morgan unexpectedly passes away in the Netherlands, the woman he was living with – the mysterious Ana – agrees to accompany his body, and his final Nahum story, home to Australia.

What she carries home to Samuel is not just a manuscript, but a startling revelation.

In gorgeous and incisive prose, Sulway conjures a haunting, moving story of the complex relationships and allegiances of family life, of silence and memory, and the power of words and the imagination to transform everything.
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Quicksand

Quicksand

Steve Toltz

$22.99

Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His latest misfortune, though, may finally have brought him undone. There's still hope, but not for Aldo. His mate Liam hasn't been doing much better - a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted - until he finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disaster. What begins as an attempt to document these improbable but inevitable experiences becomes a profound exploration of fate, fear and friendship.
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Seeds and Skeletons: The 30th UTS Writers' Anthology

Seeds and Skeletons: The 30th UTS Writers' Anthology

UTS

$26.99

The UTS Writers’ Anthology is an annual publication produced by the University of Technology, Sydney. Students from the undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs submit their work anonymously, and a student editorial committee selects and edits the Anthology over a period of four months. In 2016, from over 300 submissions, the committee selected approximately 30 outstanding pieces.
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