ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the new book from the award winning writer of Fever of Animals. There are three different stories – one taking place in present day Melbourne, the second set in India with the Bhagwan Rajneesh and third set in the not so distant future. The stories are linked: a man searches for answers in explaining his father’s suicide; the father joins the Bhagwan ashram searching for answers; and a daughter reaches out to her father. Allinson has a wonderful way of keeping the reader engaged but also making us work. There are no easy answers here — questions posed always seem just out of reach of being reconciled by the character asking them. Both political and personal, this makes Allinson a writer to keep an eye on. Greg Waldron
'A parent's love for a child, you probably know this yourself, it's pretty bottomless. It goes down into the guts of the world. But a child's love for a parent is different. It goes up. It's more ethereal. It's not quite present on the earth.' 'A parent's love for a child, you probably know this yourself, it's pretty bottomless. It goes down into the guts of the world. But a child's love for a parent is different. It goes up. It's more ethereal. It's not quite present on the earth.' In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father's apparent suicide as his young family slowly implodes. At the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, in 1976, a man searching for salvation must confront his capacity for violence and darkness. And in a not-too-distant future, a woman with a life-altering decision to make travels through a climate-ravaged landscape to visit her estranged father.
In Moonland is a portrait of three generations, each grappling with their own mortality. Spanning the wild idealism of the 70s through to the fragile hope of the future, it is a novel about the struggle for transcendence and the reverberating effects of family bonds. This long-awaited second outing from Miles Allinson, the multi-award-winning author of Fever of Animals, will affirm his reputation as one of Australia's most interesting contemporary fiction writers, and urge us to see our own political and environmental reality in a new light.
'A joy to read, with its relaxed authority of tone, its complex emotional depths, and its curious, daring beauty.' Helen Garner
'A story of our hearts, all broken, full, mystifying. Observant, sublime prose.' Tara June Winch, author of The Yield
'Wild, tender, fatalistically hilarious, and utterly enthralling. Allinson's complex insight and love for the people of this novel renders them as real as difficult kin and just as inescapable.' Josephine Rowe, author of Here Until August
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This exquisite new novel from Toibin tells the story of Thomas Mann and his unique family. Spanning Mann's life we see his love of Germany slowly dissipate as his country chooses a path that Mann just does not recognize despite his initial reluctance in denouncing the Nazi Party. What is fascinating in this book are some of the periphery characters such as his tortured son Klaus and his outspoken daughter Erika. We follow the peripatetic life of the Mann’s with Toibin's deft touch and acute observations this makes for a truly memorable read. Greg Waldron
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rintaro Natsuki is a bit of a loner, an awkward teenager who has been raised by his grandfather - owner of Natsuki Books. When his grandfather passes away, it looks like the bookshop will have to close down, then one day a cat arrives in the shop and enlists Rintaro's help in the quest to save books. A charming, light read with touches of humour, magic realism and a delightful dose of whimsy. Boil up a cuppa and prepare to be charmed. Greg Waldron
Sequel to critically acclaimed bestseller The Silence of the Girls, an extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest classical myths from one of best writers of war fiction
Troy has fallen and the Greek victors are primed to return home, loaded with spoils. All they need is a good wind to lift their sails.
But the wind does not come. The gods are offended – the body of Priam lies desecrated, unburied – and so the victors remain in uneasy limbo, camped in the shadow of the city they destroyed. The coalition that held them together begins to fray, as old feuds resurface and new suspicions fester.
Largely unnoticed by her squabbling captors, erstwhile queen Briseis remains in the Greek encampment. She forges alliances where she can – with young, rebellious Amina, with defiant, aged Hecuba, with Calchus, the disgraced priest – and she begins to see the path to revenge...
Set in the ancient city of Smyrna, this historical novel follows the intertwining fates of four families as their peaceful city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the ancient city of Smyrna, a devastating moment determines the fates of four families.
On an orange-tinted evening in September 1905, Scheherazade is born to an opium-dazed mother in the ancient city of Smyrna. At the very same moment, a dashing Indian spy arrives in the harbour with a secret mission from the British Empire. He sails in to golden-hued spires and minarets, scents of fig and sycamore, and the cries of street hawkers selling their wares. When he leaves, seventeen years later, it will be to the heavy smell of kerosene and smoke as the city, and its people, are engulfed in flames.
But let us not rush, for much will happen between then and now. Birth, death, romance and grief are all to come as these peaceful, cosmopolitan streets are used as bargaining chips in the wake of the First World War.
Told through the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family, this unforgettable novel reveals a city, and a culture, now lost to time.
'This rich tale of love and loss gives voice to the silenced, and adds music to their histories' Maureen Freely, Chair, English PEN
'A must-read' Ayse Arman, Hurriyet
A symphony of literature' Acik Radyo
'Defne Suman is a story-teller. She tells the story of how love, emotions and identities are influenced by socio-political events of a lifetime' Cumhuriyet Newspaper
'A wonderfully braided story of family secrets set in the magical city of Smyrna, told in luminous prose' Lou Ureneck, author of Smyrna, September 1922
Living by his own rules has always been the way of Phil 'Ugly' Mawson. A fighter, a protector, a figurehead, a jailbird, a son, husband and father, who started a brotherhood and has stood by it ever since.
'We were about to get into it when the other soldiers pulled us apart. I didn't care about squaring off against a Major, I was going home. I didn't really even know what I was saying, I was just seeing red - I'll start my own army when I get home.'
And that's exactly what I ended up doing.
A boxer, a soldier, a bikie, a killer, he has played many roles in his life. After a yearlong stint in Vietnam, he returned to Australia feeling let down by the military and society at large. Seeking brotherhood and belonging, he found what he was looking for when he founded the first Australian chapter of the Gypsy Jokers motorcycle club.
In his own words, Ugly explores the ups and downs of a life lived on the fringe and spent chasing the freedom of the open road.
'I am sometimes identified as one of the success stories of the policies of removal of Aboriginal children. But for much of my childhood I was deeply unhappy. I feel I had been deprived of love and the ability to love in return. Like Lily, my mother, I felt totally powerless. And I think this is where the seeds of my commitment to human rights and social justice were sown.' – Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue is a truly great Australian. She is arguably our nation's most recognised Indigenous woman. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people, an inspiration for many, a former Australian of the Year, she sat opposite Prime Minister Paul Keating in the first negotiations between an Australian government and Aboriginal people and changed the course of the nation.
But when Lowitja was born in 1932 to an Aboriginal mother and a white father in the harsh and uncompromising landscape of Central Australia the expectations for her life could not have been more different. At the age of two, she was handed over to the missionaries of the Colebrook Home for Half-Caste Children and cut off completely from her people and her culture. She would not see her mother again for another thirty years and would have no memory of her father.
In 2001 a bitter controversy arose over whether Lowitja was 'stolen' as a child. In search of a past she did not remember, Lowitja went back to Central Australia accompanied by journalist Stuart Rintoul. This ground-breaking and long-awaited biography completes that journey into Lowitja's life and the challenging history of her times. It is a remarkable work about an extraordinary woman.
'A remarkable Australian leader. A leader whose unfailing instinct for enlargement marks her out as unique.' – Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia 1991-96
'If there is one woman that you would identify as being someone that inspires you, that terrifies you, that is a symbol of possibility, it would be Lowitja. The dignity, I think, is the thing that you remember the most.' – Linda Burney, first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives
'The greatest Aboriginal leader of the modern era . . . the rock who steadied us in the storm. Resolute, scolding, warm and generous, courageous, steely, gracious and fair. She held the hardest leadership brief in the nation and performed it bravely and with distinction.' – Noel Pearson, Aboriginal leader
'She changed the course of Australian history. She literally seized the day.' – Robert Tickner, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 1990-96
The extraordinary story of the Australian campaign against the Japanese in New Guinea's Finisterre mountains in 1943-44
'You climb and climb . . . This is the field of battle . . . tonight some of us will be dead . . . You'll never forget Shaggy Ridge.' - Shawn O'Leary From the killing ground of Kaiapit to the treacherous heights of the Finisterre Range, for four months in 1943-44 the Australian army fought to drive the Japanese from their mountain strongholds. The most formidable position was the fortress-like Shaggy Ridge, its steep sides rising sharply to a knife-edge crest where battle was joined on a one-man front.
Based on the accounts of over a hundred Australians, Americans and Japanese who served on, around and over the ridge, The Battle for Shaggy Ridge tells the story of this extraordinary struggle for control of the Ramu Valley in New Guinea.
Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naive dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.
Traitor King tells the story of a royal exiled with his wife, turning his back on duty, his family and using his position for financial gain.
We know that the gut – in particular, our gut microbiome – plays a crucial role in our wellbeing, helping to maintain the health of our immune system, brain and metabolism.
Eating the right types of foods, especially those high in dietary fibre and resistant starch, can support a healthy population of gut microbes and benefit our overall health.
In this follow-up to the bestselling Healthy Gut Diet, leading CSIRO research scientists and dieticians share the latest findings on gut health, including:
Also included are go-to lists of good fibre choices for your pantry, fridge and freezer; simple tips and sample meal plans; and 60 delicious fibre-fuelled recipes, including Banana nut granola, Crispy chilli eggs, Golden fish tacos and Sumac chicken with tahini yoghurt - all designed to deliver a range of different fibres and nutrients to boost your gut health.
The Bondi to Manly Walk is the definitive guide to Sydney's stunning coastline.
A spectacular 80-kilometre track – Sydney's best multi-day walk – connects the iconic beaches of Bondi and Manly, and will have you winding through secluded bays, protected bushland and the glittering harbour city along the way. A must-have for visitors, the guidebook will equally surprise and delight the most familiar Sydneysiders, combining fascinating local and natural histories with clear instructions.
Covering every bay, beach and headland between Bondi and Manly, day walkers can also choose from 12 highlighted short walks, including:Bronte to Bondi, The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Hermitage Foreshore Walk near Rose Bay, South Head at Watsons Bay, The Spit to Manly Walk and Manly's North Head.
Easy-to-use, The Bondi to Manly Walk contains track notes and maps for casual day walkers and multi-day hikers. With accommodation and detailed itineraries for those wanting the challenge of inn-to-inn style hiking, as well as notes for families and dog walkers, it truly has something for everyone.
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Maxine is born into the superhero Thunderbolt-Lightning family. She gets her own cape (loving knitted by Grandma) and her own leather boots (carefully crafted by Grandad). She already has the mask. Her older brother Max gives her his precious veterinary textbook… Maxine grows quickly, as befits a superhero, and starts school four years early. There she sees other ways of being, other paths to take - and with determination, and a loving family, she will find what she needs. As always with Bob Graham's picture books, there is a reassuring message, sweetness without saccharine, young characters discovering the world and dogs. Those familiar with his books will also see the occasional visual reference to past characters. A real treat! Lindy
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Julia's Dad has taken a job for the summer, automating a lighthouse at the tip of Shetland. Her Mum, a marine biologist, has a grant to work on the slow-growing and elusive Greenland shark, a species older than trees. It's not the summer Julia wanted, but at nearly eleven, she doesn't have much say in it. Dad is busy, and Mum shifts between excitement at tracking the shark and despair that no-one believes in her research. As Julia navigates the new school, making a friend and the loneliness no-one else notices, her Mum becomes increasingly more erratic - and Julia feels she is the only one who can help. A moving and poignant book about a child unknowingly but instinctively dealing with her mother's mental illness (with a happier ending than the topic suggests). To complement the rich and lyrical writing are stunningly beautiful and evocative illustrations by Tom de Freston; the whole book is a beautifully bound package, with tipped in pages, gorgeous endpapers and foiling on the cover - all in all, a special book to grace the shelves of any thoughtful reader aged 9-12. Lindy
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This fabulous book contains fifteen wild food plants (aka weeds) which kids can find for themselves. It is designed to give them 'agency to interact with the outside world and learn skills to meaningfully add to their diet' to quote from the authors (who are behind the letseatweeds website). First and foremost, the emphasis is on safety and taking care! This is reiterated time and time again, along with careful-ometer readings and exhortations to check with your adult if you're not sure - so if the instructions are read properly, there should be no trouble. Each weed is illustrated with drawings, and the occasional photograph to clarify an identification. Readers are told what to look for, where and when to look, how to harvest and how to use it. Simple recipes are included! Millions of people round the world harvest weeds to supplement their diets, and this book will certainly show older primary aged kids (and adults, too!) the bounty around them. Lindy