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              The Origin of Me

              The Origin of Me (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gallate, Bernard

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              Lincoln Locke's fifteen-year-old life is turned upside down when he's thrust into bachelor-pad living with his dad, after his parents' marriage breaks up, and into an exclusive new school. Crestfield Academy offers him a new set of peers - the cr me de la cr me of gifted individu...als, who also happen to be financially loaded - and a place on the swim relay team with a bunch of thugs in Speedos. Homunculus, the little voice inside Lincoln's head, doesn't make life any easier; nor does Lincoln's growing awareness of a genetic anomaly that threatens to humiliate him at every turn. On a search for answers to the big LIFE questions, he turns to the hallowed school library, where he spies Edwin Stroud's nineteenth-century memoir, My One Redeeming Affliction. The book weaves itself into Lincoln's life in ways more fascinating and alarming than he could have imagined. When he meets Bert McGill, the local junkyard hermit, Lincoln finds among the detritus of Bert's life tantalising glimpses of the enigmatic Stroud, star of Melinkoff's Astonishing Assembly of Freaks. He begins to piece together a time past, of dubious relationships and, it turns out, of redeeming afflictions. Audacious, funny and wonderfully inventive, The Origin of Me is a story of friendships, of young love, of imagination, and of celebrating differences, past and present.
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              ISBN 9780143789628
              Published AU 17 Mar 2020
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              The Coconut Children

              The Coconut Children (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pham, Vivian

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              Sonny and Vince have always known each other. It took two years of juvie, a crazy mother (her), a violent father (him) and a porn stash for them to meet again. Sonny is in her last year of school and with protective parents she is forced to watch the world from her bedroom window.... She has a habit of falling hopelessly in love with just about anyone. Vince is handsome, brash, a leader in the gangs, who became a legend after he was taken away by juvenile justice two years ago. Now, Vince is back. One problem- they have not been friends since they were children. Growing up in the vertigo of 1990's Cabramatta, of households which harbour histories and parents who are difficult to love, they stumble upon each other once more. While sharing the ugly and scary details of Western Sydney in this time, Vivian Pham also illuminates the beauty, hope, possibility, kindness and love that can spring from small gestures and strong friendships.
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              ISBN 9780143793830
              Published AU 3 Mar 2020
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              Oddfellows
               

              Oddfellows (Paperback)

              By Shakespeare, Nicholas

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              On 1 January 1915, ramifications from the First World War, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill, Australia, when in a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded. It was the annual picnic day in Broken Hill and a thousand citizens... were dressed for fun when the only enemy attack to take place on Australian soil during World War I, took them by surprise. Nicholas Shakespeare has taken this little known piece of Australian history and turned it into a story for our time.
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              ISBN 9780857987181
              Published AU 2 Jan 2015
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              The Truth About French Women
                

              The Truth About French Women (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Le Moel, Marie-Morgane

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              In France, criticizing oneselves is a national sport, even more important than football. But there's one thing every foreigner does need to understand if they ever plan to spend some time with a French person. Or even more dangerously, marry a French person. Or, pure madness, liv...e in France with lots of French persons. French people hate it when foreigners do criticize them. Immediately this provokes a strange physical phenomenon. The heart starts pumping a little bit faster, reminiscences of the Marseillaise are heard by their gallic ears, and they reach mentally for the sword. For years now, French women have become a target for all sorts of representations. In fact, the number of books written about French women is becoming a publishing market in itself. No year goes by without a new book about them. And yet, in spite of her reserves in differentiating French women from other women, Marie Le Moel found some aspects can't be so easily dismissed. Of course, women, and men, all around the world, share similarities. And yet, they remain a product of their environment. French environment, culture and rich history, has produced a certain type of men and women. It has produced, too, a certain type of relationship between the two genders, where seduction and games play, still now, an important part. And in order to better fight the stereotypes, one has to try to put the finger on what constitutes a modern French woman, and why she has become, for many, an example.
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              ISBN 9780857981745
              Published AU 2 Mar 2015
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              Hate Mail

              Hate Mail (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Morri, Mark

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              A parcel bomb addressed to stunning Sydney model, Penthouse Pet and part time prostitute Simone Farrow explodes in the hands of her boyfriend. Brett Boyd's body is ripped apart, his face maimed and he losses an eye but miraculously survives. Its 1998 and the Sydney crime hierarch...y is in chaos after the Wood Royal commission exposes Kings Cross drug dealers and dirty cops locking many of the Mr Bigs up. Boyd and his mate rising TV star Roberto De Heredia saw a chance to move in and make some big money until they fall out. After the bombing the maimed Boyd stays with his good friend the emerging nightclub Czar John Ibrahim. Heredia is soon arrested for the bombing and while on bail is shot twice and threatened. De Heredia fakes his death and flees the country on a false passport. Then years later two determined cops pick up a cardboard box with the cold case evidence. On the parcel police find a stamp, a finger print and some DNA. 17 years later that DNA and the stamp, still preserved link the bomb again De Heredia who is found living in europe under seven different names. His girlfriend at the time was an up and coming TV presenter called Ross Swisser who stood by her man until his arrest nearly twenty years later. Crime reporter and bestselling author Mark Morri has followed the case for nearly two decades and now after two trials, interviews with detectives, crooks and the star witnesses he tells an tells an amazing tale of Sydney never before heard.
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              ISBN 9780143787020
              Published AU 6 Aug 2019
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              The Asylum

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              By Harwood, John

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              A gothic suspense novel that will keep you in its grip until the final page. Georgina Ferrars, a young woman living quietly with her uncle in London, wakes to find herself in a private asylum 200 miles away on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, with no memory of the past six weeks. Dr Stra...ker, the charismatic physician in charge, tells her that she has suffered a seizure u and that her name is not Georgina Ferrars, but Lucy Ashton. A telegram from her uncle confirms that Georgina Ferrars is still in London. Her protests only serve to convince the doctors that she is in the grip of 'hysterical possession', and Georgina is certified insane. So begins The Asylum, a gothic suspense novel set in late Victorian England. With no friends, no money, and no one she dare trust, Georgina is left with only her stubborn determination to find out what happened during those missing weeks, no matter how terrifying the consequences.
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              ISBN 9781742757278
              Published AU 3 Jun 2013
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              The Watch
                

              The Watch (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep

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              THE WATCH focuses on a group of American soldiers at a military base in Kandahar and their lives in the camp. Switching between different points of views as well as the past and present, it gives an incredibly strong and real sense of what living there and waiting for action or i...naction must be like, the almost hallucinatory qualities of sleeplessness, fear, boredom, the intensity of it all. And when one day a woman arrives asking for the body of her brother back, we see the camp slide slowly into moral chaos.
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              ISBN 9781742752754
              Published AU 1 May 2012
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              Isadora

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              By McConaghy, Charlotte

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              'the Chronicles of Kaya sweep the reader into an unforgettable world' Sophie Masson The kingdom of Kaya has been overthrown by a dark power. Trapped inside the dangerous capital, rebel leader Isadora fights the only way she can - by hunting those more monstrous than she. Falco is... the exiled emperor of a nation in tatters. But fate demands he abandon the mask that has long disguised his true nature, and rise to meet his sworn enemy, the deadly Sparrow. No one is safe from the evil sweeping the lands, not even those in the far north strongholds of Pirenti. Crown Prince Thorne is plagued by ghosts, Lady Roselyn by the past. With his land and loved ones under threat, King Ambrose must find the strength to show his people a new way of life, or allow the nation's legacy of violence to consume them. As world's end draws near the undeniable power of the bond ties Isadora and Falco together. The death of one means the death of both. But Isadora has never before surrendered to fate. She is determined to break free and choose her own path, no matter the cost. The heart-wrenching final chapter in the Chronicles of Kaya trilogy. Praise for The Chronicles of Kaya trilogy 'I can't recommend this book highly enough. Charlotte McConaghy has created a vibrant magical world full of emotions, fleshed out characters, kick-ass action and a bittersweet love story.' Goodreads 'No matter what I say, or how much I try to explain, some of you will just never understand that this isn't just a book. It is an all-encompassing feeling that has stormed into my life and I'm not sure if I'll ever be the same.' Morgana's Book Extravaganza 'That was the craziest ride I've been on for a while - I'm exhausted. Someone fetch me my Valium and a tumbler of gin! Not only is it full of bad-assery, but it's also heartbreakingly sad and full of eloquent expressions of love, suffering and the human condition.' The Urban Book Thief
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              ISBN 9780143784692
              Published AU 3 Jan 2017
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              Dirty Money
               

              Dirty Money (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Benns, Matthew

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              They put the boys into the Anvil mining truck. They came for my dad. I asked them 'where are you taking him?' and they didn't answer. The Australian mining company trucks had come roaring into the African village and disgorged over 100 heavily armed Government soldiers. The rebel...s, protesting at the way the Australian company was mining the Congolese silver and copper without giving anything back to the local community, had already surrendered. But their looting of food and fuel from the Anvil Mining depot at Kilwa could not go unanswered. The Australians flew in the Government troops, loaded them onto their trucks and then stood back while they rounded up the rebellion's 'sympathisers'. We started running but the soldiers caught and searched our belongings, they arrested my dad and two other boys, said Albert Kitanika. The soldiers refused to say where they were taking his father. They took him 50 metres down the road where they shot and stabbed him to death. A United Nations investigation found Mr Kitanika was one of at least 100 people summarily executed in the Government operation in 2004. Afterwards the Australian company issued a press release praising the Government for its rapid response. Asked about its role in transporting the troops, Anvil's chief executive officer Bill Turner said: So what . Mining is a dirty business. This book reveals that the real dirt lies in the boardrooms of some of Australia's biggest companies. The United Nations named Katumba Mwanke, an adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila, as one of the people responsible for the illegal exploitation of Congo's natural wealth. Anvil Mining put Mr Mwanke on the board of directors for three years. The Australian company has steadfastly refused to sign the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, designed to prevent dodgy deals, and is instead considering a tie-up with British mining company Trafigura, which is responsible for one of the worst pollution scandals in recent history. When d
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              ISBN 9781742750002
              Published AU 1 Nov 2011
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              Together Alone: The Story of the Finn Brothers
                

              Together Alone: The Story of the Finn Brothers (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Apter, Jeff

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              To rattle off the hits of Neil and Tim Finn reads like a checklist of recent pop history. And to think it all began in sleepy rural Te Awamutu - a town whose name had a 'truly sacred ring', as Neil would famously recount - where Brian Timothy Finn fell in love with the Beatles, a...n obsession that would work its way into Neil's DNA.
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              ISBN 9781741668162
              Published AU 1 Jun 2010
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