GHOST EMPIRE is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller. In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son. GHOST EMPIRE is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.
Title: GHOST EMPIRE 2014 RICHARD & SON JOURNEY TO ISTANBUL ABC RADIO
Author: FIDLER RICHARD
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Imprint: ABC BOOK COL
Amy Schumer. Her memoir. Need we say more? Amy Schumer is taking the world by storm. In just a few short years, she's become a huge movie star, writing and starring in Trainwreck, not to mention BFFs with Jennifer Lawrence and Judd Apatow, is a media darling, acclaimed as a subversive comic genius, and somehow casually collects an Emmy and Peabody Award along the way for her sketch comedy series, Inside Amy Schumer. She's outrageously funny, fantastically rude, sly, sharp, provocative, unexpected, original, fresh, rule-breaking. Her videos regularly go viral, her movie took in over $138M worldwide, and her book deal in the US made her over $8M. And now she writing a memoir. Is there nothing this woman cannot do? Her memoir will be fearless, frank, funny - because as we all know, Amy can't see a limit without pushing it. Covering everything from losing her virginity to abusive relationships, from her thoughts on make-up to the non-negotiable necessity of orgasms during sex, Amy dares to go where no over woman has before ... So get ready.
Title: GIRL WITH LOWER BACK TATTOO EMBARGO AUG 17TH 2016
Author: SCHUMER AMY
Publication date: 17/08/2016
Series: COMIC GENIUS
Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten's friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily - it's a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next?
Rabih and Kirsten find each other, fall in love, get married. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.
From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is a delightful return to the novel by Alain de Botton, twenty years after his debut Essays in Love.
Title: COURSE OF LOVE
Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high-stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon, this time on the trail of ISIS terror. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon. From its shocking opening in Paris, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva's most timely and powerful novel yet. Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained and educated readers with eighteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back-from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon-art restorer, assassin, spy-has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar. Following the success of his smash hits Heist and The English Spy, The Black Widow showcases Silva's consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts. 'Literate, top-notch action' Kirkus Reviews 'Forget James Bond - Gabriel Allon is the killer you'd want on your side' Australian Women's Weekly 'Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer' Huffington Post
Title: BLACK WIDOW TP GABRIEL ALLON
Author: SILVA DANIEL
Publication date: 01/08/2016
Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
Marc Dane is a MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line...However the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name. With nowhere to turn to for help and no one left to trust, Marc is forced to rely on the elusive Rubicon group and their operative Lucy Keyes. Ex US Army, Lucy also knows what it's like to be an outsider, and she's got the skills that Marc is sorely lacking...A terrorist attack is coming, one bigger and more deadly than has ever been seen before. With the eyes of the security establishment elsewhere, only Lucy and Marc can stop the attack before it's too late.
Title: NOMAD BETRAYED YOUR COUNTRY MURDERED YOUR FRIENDS
Author: SWALLOW JAMES
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
Imprint: ZAFFRE AUN
While most brain exercise books are focused on preventing and treating memory loss due to aging and disease, this book addresses the steps for increasing mental speed, visual acuity, language acquisition, sensory growth, and motor skills. The author deals with the recovery of brain function along with a prevention program including neurological disease. "The Complete Brain Exercise Book" features 100 entertaining and engaging brain exercises and puzzles. There are also interactive questionnaires that enable the reader to assess brain health followed by expert counsel on growth and ultimately, positive progress working through the book. Because the relationship between brain health and diet is absolutely integral, diet and nutrition are front and centre, with extensive brain food lists, recipes and menu plans. The book features four parts: • More Than Memory -- Aging Naturally; Normal Brain Function; Impaired Brain Function; Aging Prematurely; Neuroplasticity; Multiple Intelligences; Quick Learning • Brain Strength Training Exercises -- Mental speed warm-up exercises; Visual-spatial intelligence exercises; Language growth exercises; Sensory processing exercises; Motor learning exercises • Brain Hygiene -- Sleep and Exercise; Sports and recreation exercises; Social support and emotional health exercises; Learning a new language exercises • Brain Food -- Keeping a food diary; Eliminating and substituting "bad" brain foods; Shopping for the top 20 preventive foods; recipes and meal plans. AUTHOR: Dr Fraser Smith, BA MATD, ND, is an assistant dean and teacher of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Health Science's College of Professional Studies. He is also an editorial board member of Natural Medicine Journal. ***100 brain exercises, lifestyle information, recipes and menu plans***
Title: COMPLETE BRAIN EXERCISE BOOK TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Author: SMITH FRASER
Publication date: 01/11/2015
Imprint: ROBERT ROSE
Title: JAPANESE LOVER POLAND 1939 TO PRESENT DAY SAN FRAN SECRET PASSION ENDURES 70 YEARS
Author: ALLENDE ISABEL
Publication date: 01/11/2015
Imprint: SIMON SCHUSTER
Dan Carter - The Authorised Biography is an up close and personal account of a New Zealand sporting icon; a down-home country boy who went on to become a world superstar. Daniel William Carter is acknowledged as the greatest fly-half to have played international rugby. A veteran of more than 100 test matches, he is the world record holder for most test points, has twice been named the IRB's Player of the Year and twice named New Zealand Player of the Year. In Dan Carter - The Authorised Biography, the great All Black pivot with the model good looks, opens up for the first time about his stellar 12-year career. He looks back on the myriad highs, including that virtuoso performance for the All Blacks against the Lions in the second test of the 2005 series. And, with an equal measure of honesty, he reflects on the lows of his career, speaking frankly of the mental anguish he felt after twice being invalided out of Rugby World Cups. As well, he talks about his unflinching loyalty to the famous black jersey.
Title: DAN CARTER AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY
Author: GREIVE DUNCAN
Publication date: 01/11/2015
Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
One of the most acclaimed and bestselling books of 2014. An epic novel set during WW2, from the prize-winner Anthony Doerr. When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is his most ambitious and dazzling work.
Title: ALL LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE ARG16 PULITZER WINNER FICTION 2015 LE COL
Author: DOERR ANTHONY
Publication date: 01/08/2015
Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
Title: SECRET CHORD HC KING DAVID 1000 BC PART LEGEND PART HISTORY INDIE S/L16
Author: BROOKS GERALDINE
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Imprint: HACHETTE AUSTRALIA
If you're the sort of guy who raids the refrigerators of silent kitchens at three o'clock in the morning, you can only write accordingly. That's who I am. Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 are Haruki Murakami's earliest novels. They follow the fortunes of the narrator and his friend, known only by his nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing the narrator is home from college. He spends his time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers. Three years later, in Pinball, 1973, he has moved to Tokyo to work as a translator and live with indistinguishable twin girls, but the Rat has remained behind. The narrator finds himself haunted by memories of a past relationship but also by his short-lived obsession with playing pinball in J's Bar. This sends him on a quest to find the exact model of pinball machine he used to enjoy so much.
We travel to find ourselves, to run away. What we discover can be confronting. A Guide to Berlino is the name of a short story written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1925, when he was a young man of 26, living in Berlin. It is unusual in that it concerns everyday objects, not monuments: the 'guide' is one man's pub-talk, and consists of small noticed details and random visions recorded on an inconsequential winter's day in the Berlin of the 20s. In this contemporary novel, A Guide to Berlin, six strangers to the city u two Italians, two Japanese, one American and one Australian - meet over their interest in Vladimir Nabokov's work. They enter a kind of informal narrative contract to offer up 'speak-memories' to each other. Each shares stories of their past and forms friendships and relationships within their international circle. The plot turns on a sudden moment of violence. The city of Berlin transfixes them all, but in deeply personal and distinctive ways, so that although there is a net of affiliations and shared images, the city is different for each of thema Although another 'ensemble' novel, like Five Bells, this novel takes as its focus the Australian character, a young woman called Cass.
Title: GUIDE TO BERLIN INDIE S/L16 PB DUE 0816
Author: JONES GAIL
Publication date: 03/08/2015
Imprint: VINTAGE RHO
Title: LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE WHEN PASSION & PURPOSE CHANGE YOUR LIFE TOURING
Author: SIMSON NAOMI AUST
Publication date: 01/03/2015
Imprint: HARLEQUIN DJA
In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small Island, became one of the most loved books of recent decades, and was voted in a BBC poll as the book that best represents Britain. Now, in this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today u while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.
Title: ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING MORE NOTES FROM SMALL ISLAND PB DUE 0416
Author: BRYSON BILL
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Imprint: DOUBLEDAY UK RHO
Annie Barrows, celebrated co-author of the global bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck is forced out of the lap of luxury and sent by her Senator father to work on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Assigned to cover the history of the little mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, Layla envisions a summer of tedium. However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to acquire her favourite virtues - ferocity and devotion - a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married. Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family's veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns and their deep entanglement in Macedonia's history. As Willa peels back the layers of her family's story, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed u and their personal histories completely rewritten. Quirky, loveable, and above all human, this novel of small-town life in the 1930s is an immersive experience that will leave readers reeling and wanting more. 'A jewel . . . poignant and keenly observed . . . a small masterpiece' People on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Title: TRUTH ACCORDING TO US
Author: BARROWS ANNIE
Publication date: 12/06/2015
Imprint: BANTAM AUSTRALIA RHO
1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a reputation for himself as one of the few honest Jews in Endingen, a rare Swiss town in which Jews are allowed to reside. He leads a largely untroubled life, rewarded by his work and comforted at home by his wife and two daughters. But all of this is set to end when he answers a knock at the door in the middle of the night. On the doorstep stands his young distant cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for refuge. The pitiful figure is invited in and given a coveted place in the bosom of the family, but when Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he will change the Meijer family's lives for generations to come.....In the tradition of the great family romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer family, spanning five generations from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II. It is a novel of fate, fortune and great falls; a homage to the sunken world of yiddish culture and a celebration of the enduring spirit of biting Jewish humour.
Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul, is fed up with being Thai. His parents own a Thai restaurant with the cheesy name of Thai-riffic! and Lengy is sick of being his father's curry guinea pig, longing to just eat pizza! At school he is a bit of a troublemaker, going to any lengths to hide his background. But when his best friend decides to become Thai for a day for a school project, Lengy stubbornly comes to the realisation that there may just be some pretty cool things about his culture.
Friday Barnes has a new case, and this time it's personal! When Friday's father turns up out of the blue, he brings his daughter some distressing news u Friday's mother has been kidnapped! But who would want to kidnap a theoretical physicist? The Headmaster needs Friday's help too, when Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a beautiful new student u Princess Ingrid of Norway. She's rich, she's royal and she's got her eye on Ian Wainscott. Despite heightened security at the school, things start to go missing. It appears Highcrest Academy has been infiltrated by a master thief, The Pimpernel. Can Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the elusive Pimpernel? If it means she gets to ditch PE, then of course she can!
Title: FRIDAY BARNES 3 BIG TROUBLE
Author: SPRATT R A
Publication date: 03/08/2015
Imprint: CHILD ORIGINAL TRADE RHO