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            The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel
             

            The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel (Hardback)

            By Follett, Ken

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            • Pub Date
              15 Sep 20

            The new novel from the No.1 Internationally bestselling author Ken Follett. An epic, addictive historical masterpiece that begins in 997 CE and is set against the background of the medieval church and one man's ambition to make his abbey a centre of learning.

            ISBN 9781447278788
            Released AU 15 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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            The Dictionary of Lost Words

            The Dictionary of Lost Words (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Williams, Pip

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            In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford whe...re her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.
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            ISBN 9781925972597
            Published AU 31 Mar 2020
            Publisher Affirm Press
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            Call of the Raven
              

            Call of the Raven (Hardback)

            By Smith, Wilbur

            • RRP: $56.44
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            • Pub Date
              8 Sep 20

            The new novel by Wilbur Smith and the prequel to A Falcon Flies. 'The right of the cat over the mouse, of the strong over the weak. The natural law of existence.' Augustus Mungo St John, A Falcon Flies The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Augustus Mungo St J...ohn is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. Fuelled by anger, and love, Mungo swears vengeance and devotes his life to saving Camilla - and destroying Chester. Camilla, trapped in New Orleans and powerless to her position as a kept slave and Chester's brutish behaviour, must learn to do whatever it takes to survive. As Mungo battles his own fate and misfortune to achieve the revenge that drives him, and regain his power in the world, he must question what it takes for a man to survive when he has nothing, and what he is willing to do in order to get what he wants. An action-packed and gripping adventure by bestselling author, Wilbur Smith, about one man's quest for revenge, the brutality of slavery in America and the imbalance between humans that can drive - or defeat - us.
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            ISBN 9781499862294
            Released AU 8 Sep 2020
            Publisher Zaffre
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            Hamnet: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

            Hamnet: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By O'Farrell, Maggie

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            Told in Maggie O'Farrell's unique voice, HAMNET reveals for the first time in fiction the story of heartbreaking loss which inspired Shakespeare's most celebrated play

            ISBN 9781472223807
            Released AU 31 Mar 2020
            Publisher Headline Publishing Group
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            Gulliver's Wife

            Gulliver's Wife (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Chater, Lauren

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            Birth. Death. Wonder ... One woman's journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later... when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down. In a climate of suspicion, poverty and violence, Mary is caught in a crossfire of superstition and fear driven by her husband's outlandish claims of the wonders he has seen, and it is up to her to navigate a passage to safety for herself and her daughter, and the vulnerable women in her care. But when a fellow sailor, a dangerous man with nothing to lose, appears to hold sway over her husband, Mary's world descends deeper into chaos, and she must set out on her own journey to discover the truth of Gulliver's travels ... and the landscape of her own heart. Praise for The Lace Weaver : `A beautifully written and utterly compelling story of love and war ... exquisite as the lace the women of the story weave.' Kate Forsyth
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            ISBN 9781925596380
            Published AU 1 Apr 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            The Silk House

            The Silk House (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Digital original)

            By Nunn, Kayte

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            Weaving. Witchcraft. Herbalism. The spellbinding story of a mysterious country house sheltering a centuries-old secret by the bestselling author of The Botanist's Daughter Australian history teacher Thea Rust doesn't believe in ghosts, but when she arrives at an exclusive boardin...g school in 2019, together with the first intake of girls in its 150-year history, a series of puzzling events in Silk House, where the girls live, causes her to question her convictions. She sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost. In the late 1700s, Rowan Caswell leaves her village to work in the home of an English silk merchant. Her talent for herbs and healing soon attracts attention and she is tasked with both bringing new life into the world as well as helping to end it. Meanwhile, in London, Mary-Louise Stephenson lives amid the clatter of the weaving trade and dreams of being a silk designer, a job that is the domain of men. When she arrives in the market town of Oxleigh, bringing with her a length of fabric woven with a pattern of deadly plants, she unwittingly sets in motion a catastrophe that will affect the lives of all those who dwell in the silk merchant's house. Intoxicating, haunting and inspired by the author's background, The Silk House is the exceptional new gothic mystery by Kayte Nunn. Praise for Kayte Nunn: 'A sensitive, atmospheric and often heartbreaking story told with real mastery' WHO Weekly 'Two incredibly likeable, headstrong heroines . . . watching them flourish is captivating. With these dynamic women at the helm, Kayte weaves a clever tale of plant treachery involving exotic and perilous encounters in Chile. Compelling storytelling' The Australian Women's Weekly 'I loved The Botanist's Daughter. I was transported to the 1880s and Chile, to contemporary Sydney and Kew. A gripping read' JOY RHOADES 'The characters are all vivid and interesting, and there's a dash of romance and a splash of intrigue' KATE FORSYTH
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            ISBN 9780733643255
            Published AU 7 Jul 2020
            Publisher Hachette
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            A Room Made of Leaves

            A Room Made of Leaves (Hardback)

            By Grenville, Kate

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            The first new novel in almost ten years from award-winning, best-selling author Kate Grenville.

            ISBN 9781922330024
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            The Dickens Boy

            The Dickens Boy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Keneally, Tom

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            In this joyful novel, our narrator is Charles Dickens's tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn. Sent, as his brother Alfred had been before him, at sixteen years of age, to Australia to learn to 'apply himself', we follow his early Australian adventures in outb...ack NSW learning to become a man from the most diverse and toughest of men. Part of Dickens' motivation was to separate these younger of his children from the Dickens family schism, where Charles had expelled his wife from the family home, keeping her sister Georgie there to run the household and taking up with the actress Ellen Tiernan. Plorn arrived in Melbourne in late 1868 carrying a terrible secret. He has never read a word of his father's work. After a very brief stopover he is sent out to become a gentleman stockman on a 2000 square mile station in remotest, semi-arid parts of NSW. Here he inevitably gets enmeshed in a tribe named the Paakintji and various other folk, colonists, colonial-born, ex-convicts, ex-soldiers, and very few women - though he is struck by each one he does encounter. Plorn did not expect he would encounter the same veneration of his father and familiarity with his work in Australia that was rampant in England. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushranging, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women we follow Plorn, and sometimes his brother Alfred, through wonderful adventures as he works to apply himself. This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a romp.
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            ISBN 9781760893194
            Published AU 31 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Liar

            Liar (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Pearse, Lesley

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            Amelia White dreams of being a reporter. The closest she's come is selling advertising in the local paper - until the fateful day she stumbles on a shocking scoop. Round the corner from her home, she discovers the body of a murder victim, dumped among the rubbish. When the police... and reporters descend, Amelia is horrified at the lies soon to be spread about the young woman. Determined to protect the victim from these smears, she convinces her paper's editor to let her tell the true story. And when another body is found, Amelia discovers that she may be the only one with any chance of learning the truth and stopping more killings. If only she can work out who the liar is . . .
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            ISBN 9780241426616
            Released AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            The Women's Pages
             

            The Women's Pages (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Purman, Victoria

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            • Pub Date
              2 Sep 20

            From the bestselling author of The Land Girls comes a beautifully realised novel that speaks to the true history and real experiences of post-war Australian women. Sydney 1945 The war is over, the fight begins. The war is over and so are the jobs (and freedoms) of tens of thousan...ds of Australian women. The armaments factories are making washing machines instead of bullets and war correspondent Tilly Galloway has hung up her uniform and been forced to work on the women's pages of her newspaper - the only job available to her - where she struggles to write advice on fashion and make up. As Sydney swells with returning servicemen and the city bustles back to post-war life, Tilly finds her world is anything but normal. As she desperately waits for word of her prisoner-of-war husband, she begins to research stories about the lives of the underpaid and overworked women who live in her own city. Those whose war service has been overlooked; the freedom and independence of their war lives lost to them. Meanwhile Tilly's waterside worker father is on strike, and her best friend Mary is struggling to cope with the stranger her own husband has become since liberated from Changi, a broken man. As strikes rip the country apart and the news from abroad causes despair, matters build to a heart-rending crescendo. Tilly realises that for her the war may have ended, but the fight is just beginning...
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            ISBN 9781489273987
            Published AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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