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            Island Home

            Island Home (Paperback)

            By Winton, Tim

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            The natural world, in Tim Winton's novels, is as much a living presence as any character, and what is true of his work is true of his life. From boyhood, his relationship with sea, scrub and swamp has been as vital as blood relations. The country has seeped into him, with its rhy...thms, its dangers, its strange sustenance. This is the story of how that relationship came to be, and also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more so than any political idea, the physical entity of Australia defines us, in ways we too often forget. Wise, rhapsodic, exalted, Island Home is a beautiful, evocative, sometimes provocative, investigation of how the land makes us who we are.
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            ISBN 9780143574095
            Published AU 15 May 2017
            Publisher Penguin
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            Wish You Were Here: The Offical Biography of Douglas Adams
             

            Wish You Were Here: The Offical Biography of Douglas Adams (Paperback)

            By Webb, Nick

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            The definitive and offical biography of author Douglas Adams whose 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' has now sold in excess of 17 million copies.

            ISBN 9781853981623
            Released AU 15 Oct 2010
            Publisher Woodslane Pty Ltd
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            J. G. Ballard
              

            J. G. Ballard (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wilson, D. Harlan

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            Prophetic short stories and apocalyptic novels like The Crystal World made J. G. Ballard a foundational figure in the British New Wave. Rejecting the science fiction of rockets and aliens, he explored an inner space of humanity informed by psychiatry and biology and shaped by Sur...realism. Later in his career, Ballard's combustible plots and violent imagery spurred controversy--even legal action--while his autobiographical 1984 war novel Empire of the Sun brought him fame. D. Harlan Wilson offers the first career-spanning analysis of an author who helped steer SF in new, if startling, directions. Here was a writer committed to moral ambiguity, one who drowned the world and erected a London high-rise doomed to descend into savagery--and coolly picked apart the characters trapped within each story. Wilson also examines Ballard's methods, his influence on cyberpunk, and the ways his fiction operates within the sphere of our larger culture and within SF itself.
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            ISBN 9780252082955
            Released AU 15 Dec 2017
            Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
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            Series Modern Masters of Science Fiction
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            The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
             

            The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (Paperback)

            By Carre, John le

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            THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' From his years... serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire, or visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year's Eve with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in his The Constant Gardener, le Carre endows each happening with vividness and humour, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters. 'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian 'John le Carre is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times 'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre ...they were a journey into the wider world ...These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest
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            ISBN 9780241976890
            Released AU 1 May 2017
            Publisher Penguin
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            Call Me Burroughs: A Life
              

            Call Me Burroughs: A Life (Hardback)

            By Miles, Barry

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            Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius. Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of medi...a. Burroughs wrote novels, memoirs, technical manuals, and poetry. He painted, made collages, took thousands of photographs, produced hundreds of hours of experimental recordings, acted in movies, and recorded more CDs than most rock bands. Burroughs was the original cult figure of the Beat Movement, and with the publication of his novel Naked Lunch, which was originally banned for obscenity, he became a guru to the 60s youth counterculture. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy. Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, CALL ME BURROUGHS is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.
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            ISBN 9781455511952
            Released AU 28 Jan 2014
            Publisher Little, Brown
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            The Reacher Guy: The Authorised Biography of Lee Child
             

            The Reacher Guy: The Authorised Biography of Lee Child (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Digital original)

            By Martin, Heather

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              1 Oct 20

            The definitive, authorised biography of Lee Child

            ISBN 9781472134240
            Released AU 1 Oct 2020
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            The Berlin Shadow
             

            The Berlin Shadow (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export / Airside)

            By Lichtenstein, Jonathan

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              2 Sep 20

            A formally audacious and deeply moving memoir in three timeframes that confronts the defining trauma of the twentieth century, and its effects on a father and son.

            ISBN 9781471167287
            Released AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene
             

            Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Greene, Richard

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              8 Sep 20

            The definitive one-volume biography of a literary legend.

            ISBN 9781408713440
            Released AU 8 Sep 2020
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life
             

            Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life (Paperback)

            By Thompson, Laura

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              20 Aug 20

            Agatha Christie's life is as much of a mystery as her spectacular novels. But now, with unique access to previously unpublished papers, Laura Thompson brings us a perceptive and stylish biography of Agatha Christie as a phenomenon, a writer and a woman.

            ISBN 9781472269560
            Released AU 20 Aug 2020
            Publisher Headline Publishing Group
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            The Monk of Mokha
              

            The Monk of Mokha (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

            By Eggers, Dave

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            From the bestselling author of The Circle and What Is the What, the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San... Francisco, one of seven siblings brought up by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age twenty-four, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman, until a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen and visits countless farms, collecting samples, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the countryside. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015. The US Embassy closes, Saudi bombs began to rain down on the country, and Mokhtar is trapped in Yemen. Desperate to escape, he embarks on a passage that has him negotiating with dueling political factions and twice kidnapped at gunpoint. With no other options, he hires a skiff to take him, and his coffee samples, across the Red Sea. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man--a Muslim and a US citizen--following the most American of dreams.
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            ISBN 9780525595380
            Released AU 30 Jan 2018
            Publisher Random House
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