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            The Details: On Love, Death and Reading

            The Details: On Love, Death and Reading (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Bennett Daylight, Tegan

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            A long and intimate relationship with reading has taught acclaimed writer Tegan Bennett Daylight that - in life as in books - the delight is in the details. Tegan Bennett Daylight has led a life in books - as a writer, a teacher and a critic, but first and foremost as a reader. R...eading has been her inspiration and solace, her recreation and profession, her poison and her medicine. In this deeply intimate and insightful work, Daylight describes how her rich storehouse of reading has nourished her life, and how her life informs her reading. In both, she shows us that it's the small points of connection - the details - that really matter: what we see when someone close to us dies, when we give birth, when we fall in love, when we make friends. The details are what we can share and compare and carry with us. Daylight writes with invigorating candour and compassion about her mother's last days; her own experiences of childbearing and its aftermath (in her celebrated essay 'Vagina'); her long admiration of Helen Garner and George Saunders; and her great loves and friendships. Each chapter is a revelation, and a celebration of how books offer not an escape from 'real life' but a richer engagement with the business of living. The result is a work that will truly deepen your relationship with books, and with other readers. The delight is in the details. 'Daylight is simply a superb writer. Her prose is supple, discursive, funny, restrained and loving. On finishing The Details, I felt as I do at the end of every great book: washed clean and scoured out; unmade and remade. Like all great art, The Details is about many things at once: among them birth and death, laughter and misery, mothers and children, the body and the spirit - and informing and transforming all this, of course, it is about reading and the creation of a sustaining inner life. It reminds us that in life as in writing, it's the illuminating detail that reveals the truth of who we are. If you love reading, you'l
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            ISBN 9781760855253
            Published AU 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers: Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson

            Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers: Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Niall, Brenda

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            The story of four remarkable women traversing the literary landscape of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Australia, from one of our nation's most eminent historians.

            ISBN 9781922268594
            Published AU 31 Mar 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            The Mystery of Charles Dickens

            The Mystery of Charles Dickens (Hardback, Main)

            By Wilson, A. N.

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            A brilliant and insightful celebration of the imaginative genius of Charles Dickens, published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death.

            ISBN 9781786497918
            Released AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Atlantic Books
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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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            Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
             

            Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Trethewey, Natasha

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              20 Aug 20

            Natasha Trethewey was born in Mississippi in the 60s to a black mother and a white father. When she was six, Natasha's parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to Atlanta. There, her mother met the man who would become her second husband, and Natasha's stepfather. While she... was still a child, Natasha decided that she would not tell her mother about what her stepfather did when she was not there: the quiet bullying and control, the games of cat and mouse. Her mother kept her own secrets, secrets that grew harder to hide as Natasha came of age. When Natasha was nineteen and away at college, her stepfather shot her mother dead on the driveway outside their home. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, and a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Luminous, urgent, and visceral, it cements Trethewey's position as one of the most important voices in America today.
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            ISBN 9781408840023
            Released AU 20 Aug 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know

            Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know (Hardback)

            By Haydn Smith, Ian; Illustrated by Rodeia, Kristelle

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            Cult Writers is the next book in a series of four gift books that each profile 50 cult individuals in the creative arts.

            ISBN 9780711250642
            Released AU 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Series Cult Figures
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            Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
             

            Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Hardback)

            By Trethewey, Natasha

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            A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had he...r world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became. With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey explores this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother's life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother's history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a child of miscegenation in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985. Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet's attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.
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            ISBN 9780062248572
            Released AU 28 Jul 2020
            Publisher Ecco Press
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            The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot's Life and Writings

            The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot's Life and Writings (Hardback, Main)

            By Pasternak Slater, Ann

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            The Vivien Eliot Papers is a groundbreaking new biography of Vivien Eliot, comprising two sections: her Life and her Papers.

            ISBN 9780571334032
            Released AU 7 May 2020
            Publisher Faber and Faber
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            Stalin's Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov

            Stalin's Scribe: Literature, Ambition, and Survival: The Life of Mikhail Sholokhov (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Boeck, Brian J.

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            A masterful and definitive biography of one of the most misunderstood and controversial writers in Russian literature.

            ISBN 9781643134796
            Released AU 1 Jun 2020
            Publisher Pegasus Books
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            Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns

            Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns (Paperback)

            By Hudson, Kerry

            A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today's Britain.

            ISBN 9781784708603
            Released AU 6 Aug 2020
            Publisher Vintage
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