The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy

Weather by Jenny Offill

Our August Book of the Month

The Last Migration

by Charlotte McConaghy

 

"Absolutely‌ ‌incredible!‌ ‌This‌ ‌exciting‌ ‌debut‌ ‌slowly‌ ‌draws‌ ‌you‌ ‌in‌ ‌and‌ ‌takes‌ ‌you‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌emotional‌ ‌journey‌ ‌through‌ ‌devastating‌ ‌loneliness‌ ‌to‌ ‌land‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌side‌ ‌where‌ ‌hope‌ ‌glimmers‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌distant‌ ‌sky.‌ ‌Climate‌ ‌change‌ ‌has‌ ‌caused‌ ‌mass‌ ‌animal‌ ‌extinction.‌ ‌Franny‌ ‌Stone‌ ‌is‌ ‌determined‌ ‌to‌ ‌follow‌ ‌the‌ ‌Arctic‌ ‌tern‌ ‌on‌ ‌what‌ ‌might‌ ‌be‌ ‌their‌ ‌last‌ ‌possible‌ ‌migration‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Arctic‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Antarctic.‌ ‌She‌ ‌organises‌ ‌a‌ ‌fishing‌ ‌boat‌ ‌to‌ ‌carry‌ ‌her‌ ‌along‌ ‌the‌ ‌birds'‌ ‌tracked‌ ‌course,‌ ‌hiding‌ ‌the‌ ‌dark‌ ‌secret‌ ‌which‌ ‌haunts‌ ‌her‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌band‌ ‌of‌ ‌misfit‌ ‌fisherfolk‌ ‌she‌ ‌is‌ ‌travelling‌ ‌with.‌ ‌Franny‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌with‌ ‌her‌ ‌own‌ ‌grief,‌ ‌love‌ ‌and‌ ‌violence‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌bitter‌ ‌end. Once‌ ‌I‌ ‌settled‌ ‌into‌ ‌this‌ ‌startling‌ ‌deep‌ ‌novel,‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌compelled‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌reading‌ ‌and‌ ‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌aching‌ ‌heart‌ ‌finished‌ ‌it‌ ‌the‌ ‌very‌ ‌same‌ ‌day.‌ ‌A‌ ‌gripping‌ ‌story,‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌writing‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌considered‌ ‌unveiling‌ ‌of‌ ‌Franny’s‌ ‌secret‌ ‌made‌ ‌this‌ ‌an‌ ‌incredible‌ ‌stand-out‌ ‌debut‌ ‌for‌ ‌2020.– Dean.


"A shatteringly beautiful and galvanising novel which keeps tugging at my heart, weeks after I've finished it. I'm not sure I can do justice to its wildest and tenderest parts. I carried this book with me for (what seemed) a long time, in dread and awe over the unspooling of Franny's past and our likely future. For me, it actualised in fiction some of my deep ecological grief, my despair over the carceral system, my fears that the damage of today's pathological corporate and government agendas will be impossible to offset. In Charlotte McConaghy's dystopia, animal populations have plummeted and birds are on the brink of extinction. Franny Stone is tracing what may be the last migration of the last flock of Arctic terns, using a tracking device onboard one of the few remaining commercial fishing boats. This is a really smart book, which will change its readers. It is a meditation on trauma, persistence and the power of small and mighty acts of resistance, the most powerful of which might be love.– Emma Co.

 

$32.99

 

You Were Made For Me

Our August Kids Fiction Book of the Month

You Were Made For Me

by Jenna Guillaume

 

"Making her debut into the Young Adult rom-com world with "You Were Made For Me", Jenna Guillaume gives us another fun and witty binge-worthy read! This novel centres on Katie, who accidentally conjures the boy of her dreams into existence, and her close-knit group of friends as they navigate the drama that ensues. It’s basically like reading a charming and quirky 90s rom-com with authentically crafted characters, a down-to-earth Australian setting, and enough Hemsworth comparisons to make you swoon. Jenna Guillaume has a way of treating her intended teen audience with respect and sensitivity; "You Were Made For Me" doesn’t talk down to the reader nor is it weighed down by the diverse range of themes it explores. With the inclusion of deeper themes, such as teenage sexuality, body confidence, perfectionism, and female empowerment, Jenna Guillaume has created another uplifting, humorous and nuanced read for teens (and adults); perfect to immerse yourself in when there is nothing to look forward to." - Mischa

 

$17.99

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