The Pillars Peter Polites
 
Our August Book of the Month

The Pillars

by Peter Polites

 “There’s Pano; comfortably beached tenant in the bland artifice of Pemulway, a Legoland gyp-shot at middle class suburban dreaming. The house he shares with his landlord, Kane, a semi-permanent pit stop for an aspiring writer. But, it’s not all waiting for Pano. There’s the local campaign against the building of a mosque across the street, which Kane has drummed up, fearful of its driving property values (especially his own) down. A casual Toy Boy for Kane’s pleasure when the mood takes; Pano’s got that base covered, too…And, there’s that dodgy looking meth that Kane has acquired, which mandates the gathering of human guinea pigs under the pretext of an afternoon orgy to test its effects...If that’s not enough, Pano’s been corralled into writing the biography of his old school pal Basil, now an immodest property developer of questionable ethics. In between these varied pursuits, Pano has to find time to look out for his aging mother, who’s brain, in Pano’s words, has become a beanbag.

 

The Pillars is Peter Polites in cracking form. Familiar themes from his debut novel, Down The Hume – the perspective of a young, gay man of Greek descent in Western Sydney, have been given a broader canvas and mixed with the hotly topical issue of fast-buck, shoddy building standards and their possible disastrous consequences…Family dynamics, cultural perceptions, prejudices and moral relativism colour the story, as does Polites’ personal strain of dark humour. But, what gives this great mew Australian novel its greatest life force is its author’s intimate knowledge of Western Sydney and its inhabitants and the artfulness with which he chisels them into the page…” - James

  “An extraordinary craftsman, Polites describes a slice of life in the Western suburbs of Sydney, to perfection. Similar to Down the Hume, Polites is not holding back. With domestic violence, mental illness, homophobia and racial tensions rubbing shoulders, he offers us a melting-pot neighbourhood which is now under construction; where Kane, a self-assured guy who is financially clawing his way up and out, a baby-brained new mummy who once worked in PR and is determined to prove herself again, a misunderstood family man of Muslim faith and a first generation Greek boy raised by a single mum rally together against a mosque that is being built in their suburb. The commentary on property development in Sydney is on-point. Polites knows how to depict people and he knows what drives life out West.

 

I can’t praise this book enough. Polites make a huge contribution to the Australian literary scene.” - Dean 

 


 
Our August Kids' Book of the Month
 
It Sounded Better in My Head
 
By Nina Kenwood

“Natalie has always been insecure, choosing to hide in her bedroom and spend time with her family instead of partaking in “normal” teen activities. But now, in the summer between Year 12 and Uni, her parents have announced their separation. On top of that Natalie’s best friends hooked up while she was away and now she’s third wheeling constantly. So when she gets a party invite from an airhead surfer she figures “why not”. This book is a gorgeous, messy and very real depiction of what life verging on adulthood actually is. Filled with moments of happiness, tears, love and friendship this is one of those books you won’t forget.” - Ayesha

Things are about to change for Natalie, and for a social introvert who doesn’t like the sight of herself, this isn’t an exciting prospect. She is on the cusp of adulthood, floating in the murky in-between of school and university, navigating first experiences, friendships, and a huge fear of the unknown.  Nina Kenwood has written a knock out debut novel.  Breathtakingly honest, funny and relatable, she has masterfully written a coming-of-age tale about a girl (who is actually almost a woman) who is desperate to grow up, but is just a little bit scared to take the first step. It Sounded Better in My Head is the perfect novel for anybody feeling like they’re a late bloomer, encountering first experiences, or just in need of a good, heart-warming book.” - Olivia 

$19.99

 

Pigeon has to go to school

Our August Kids' Book of the Month

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

by Mo Willems

“Pigeon is back! It’s been FIVE years since we last saw Pigeon and now it’s time for him to go to school. Pigeon is NOT keen. It’s up to us to convince him to go. Mo Willems is one of a kind and this is another riotously hilarious story starring our favourite angry bird.” - Kate

“Mo Willems books are an absolute must in our house. His background writing for Sesame Street means that reading aloud is a hilarious adventure. When I asked my 5-year-old why he likes the pigeon so much I got an immediate response: “Because he is soooooo funny!”

 

In this latest instalment of the Pigeon series, Pigeon is scared of going to school. That is until Pigeon realises school has everything there that they want to do. The hilarious twist finds Pigeon realising to get to school you catch a bus, coming full circle back to his original book. This is perfect for kids starting school next year.” - Dean

 

 

$16.99

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