Our February Book of the Month
The Refugees
Viet Thanh Nguyen

Dean says: This superb collection of short stories from the author of The Sympathizer offers an intimate look at the immigration experience. What is captured and shared through these eight stories is the loneliness, disassociation and identity of immigrants once they have settled into a Westernised world. Nguyen clearly expresses complex human emotions while identifying the cultural and familial struggles. Although each story is very different to the next, the writing is warm. Each story’s conclusion needs a little breathing room, some time for pondering as they express with understanding and experience what it is like to be a Refugee.

$32.99

Our February Book of the Month
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

Dean says: Surreal, experimental fiction at its very best! Absolutely original, this historical fiction is written in the form of arranged, collected true and fictional historical accounts. Abraham Lincoln sits at the grave of his eleven year old son, Willie. Willie is trapped in the bardo - the in-between state between life and death. A collection of colourful characters talk back and forth about life’s more uncertain moments, unaware of where they really are. What I loved most is the differing account of seemingly irrefutable subjects: on the moon, his eye colour. George Saunders is best known for his short stories…. but his debut novel is outstanding, taking brilliance to a whole new level.

$29.99

 Our February Kids Book of the Month

The Night Gardener

The Fan Brothers

Amelia says: With spare text and a simple palette, The Night Gardener tells the story of a sad town’s transformation with the help of an intrigueing nocturnal gardener. The book begins on Grimloch Lane, a street where every head hangs down and an orphan boy, William, is down in the dumps. Then one night, a new fantastical topiary appears in a tree on the Lane, to the neighborhood’s delight. The following night another appears, and the next, another. People begin playing outside, and looking up in wonder: it’s an urban planner’s delight! With illustrations akin to a cheerful Edward Gorey, this is a stunning and elegant picture book that celebrates creativity and community; and the powerful impact a little mystery and wonder can have.

$24.99

Australian Fiction  
Goodwood
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The Best of Adam Sharp
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Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
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The Toymaker
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Fiction  
The Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold
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Today Will be Different
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Transit
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The Wonder
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Young Adult  
Elegy
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The Call
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This Savage Song
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Highly Illogical Behaviour
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Children's Books  
Mega Weird
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Friday Barnes 5: The Plot Thickens
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Midnight for Charlie Bone
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Elsewhere
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Cooking  
Institut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique: The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Culinary Excellence
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Provence to Pondicherry
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Basics to Brilliance
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Samarkand: Recipes and Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus
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Biography  
Working Class Boy
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Darling Days
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Born to Run
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The Best of Dear Coquette: Shady Advice from a Raging Bitch Who Has No Business Answering Any of These Questions
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