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              The Dictionary of Lost Words

              The Dictionary of Lost Words (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Williams, Pip

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              In 1901, the word 'Bondmaid' was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the 'Scriptorium', a garden shed in Oxford whe...re her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word 'bondmaid' flutters to the floor. Esme rescues the slip and stashes it in an old wooden case that belongs to her friend, Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world. Over time, Esme realises that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women's experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS. Set when the women's suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It's a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape the world and our experience of it.
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              ISBN 9781925972597
              Published NZ 31 Mar 2020
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              The Safe Place

              The Safe Place (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Downes, Anna

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              Published simultaneously in the US, UK and ANZ, this psychological thriller marks the arrival of a new major Australian talent.

              ISBN 9781925972658
              Published NZ 7 Jul 2020
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              When the Ship Hits the Fan
               

              When the Ship Hits the Fan (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Anderson, Rob

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              Rob Anderson was a magnet for trouble long before he went to sea at 15. But when he became Captain Rob Anderson, one of the youngest Australian masters ever, it was suddenly his responsibility to keep everything afloat - no easy feat when the seas were unregulated, full of madmen..., and more like the Wild West than anything on land. Whether stashing a headless body in a cargo freezer, losing another body before a sea burial, accidentally sabotaging a pub race and causing a riot in Broome, nearly losing his scrotum in a Japanese spa, or catapulting a mate off the roof of his truck while racing from the dock for last orders, it was all part of the job for Captain Rob. Visceral, charming and definitely not for the faint of heart, When the Ship Hits the Fan is a treasure trove of hilarious incidents, accidents and seafaring shenanigans from working on every type of ship in every ocean of the world.
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              ISBN 9781925972993
              Published NZ 28 Jul 2020
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              The Lost Boys
               

              The Lost Boys (Hardback)

              By Byrnes, Paul

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              In the First World War of 1914-1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent's signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Li...ke Peter Pan's lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories. This extraordinary book captures the incredible and previously untold stories of forty Anzac boys who fought in the First World War, from Gallipoli to the Armistice. Featuring haunting images of the boys taken at training camps and behind the lines, these tales are both heartbreaking and rousing, full of daring, ingenuity, recklessness, random horror and capricious luck. A unique perspective on the First World War, THE LOST BOYS is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.
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              ISBN 9781925870503
              Published NZ 29 Oct 2019
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              After Australia
               

              After Australia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Sweatshop, Anthology

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              Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, eleven of Australia's most daring writers of colour provide a glimpse of Austra...lia in the year 2050.
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              ISBN 9781925972818
              Published NZ 26 May 2020
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              River Song
               

              River Song (Hardback)

              By Cloutier, Mark

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              'Although there's plenty of practical advice here, this book is more about why we fish, what makes it special and how it makes us feel.' - Mark Cloutier Every fisherman has a special stretch of water, where the fish are always plentiful and the memories flow. River Song revels in... each of celebrated fishing writer Mark Cloutier's special locations, discovered over four decades fishing the mountain streams and lakes of Australia and New Zealand. Each tale conjures the romance of days spent chasing the perfect catch, and the insight that only quiet hours spent in the wild can bring. With gorgeous black-and-white photography from Mark's adventures, RIVER SONG is a loving ode to fishing's power to soothe the soul, and the perfect gift for anglers and nature lovers alike.
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              ISBN 9781925870565
              Published NZ 24 Sep 2019
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              Shirl

              Shirl (Paperback)

              By Marshall, Wayne

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              A lonely yowie emerges from the bush to attend the Desperate and Dateless Ball. Mysterious creatures descend from the sky to place a ban on footy. A shark named Bruce turns up in the local swimming pool. A fisherman enjoying a boys' weekend on the Murray River finds perspective w...here he least expects it. In SHIRL, Wayne Marshall takes a range of what-if scenarios to their fabulist and comedic extremes. Superbly inventive and powerful, these fourteen stories skewer contemporary Australian society - particularly the crisis of masculinity and national identity - in insightful and yet hilarious ways, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Slightly warped and darkly comic, this astounding collection will make you rethink what it means to be Australian.
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              ISBN 9781925972276
              Published NZ 28 Jan 2020
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              The Lost Boys
               

              The Lost Boys (Paperback)

              By Byrnes, Paul

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              The Indie Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction shortlisted title, now available in paperback.

              ISBN 9781922400109
              Published NZ 7 Jul 2020
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              The Application of Pressure

              The Application of Pressure (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Mead, Rachael

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              Tash and Joel are paramedics, and they love their work. But as the constant exposure to trauma begins to take its toll, both, in different ways, must fight to preserve their mental health and relationships. This breathtaking and deeply humane debut novel reveals not only the trau...ma of a life lived on the front line of medicine, but also the essential, binding friendships that make such a life possible.
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              ISBN 9781925972634
              Published NZ 26 May 2020
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              The Things She Owned

              The Things She Owned (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Arguile, Katherine Tamiko

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              Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika's house is still full of the things Michiko left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgewood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. In defiance of Japanese tradition, Erika has also kept the urn containing Michiko's ashes..., refusing to put her memory to rest. Erika throws herself into working as a chef at a high-end London restaurant and pretends everything is fine. But when a cousin announces that she will be visiting from Japan, Erika's resolve begins to crack. Slowly the things Michiko owned reveal stories of Michiko's youth amid the upheaval of Tokyo during and after the war. As the two women's stories progress and entwine, Erika is drawn to the island of Okinawa, the homeland of her grandmother. It's a place of magic and mysticism where the secrets of Erika's own past are waiting to be revealed. Beautiful and mysterious, THE THINGS SHE OWNED explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of cross-generational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.
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              ISBN 9781925972610
              Published NZ 28 Apr 2020
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