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              Shatter City: Impostors 2

              Shatter City: Impostors 2 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Westerfeld, Scott

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              'Impostors is the best YA I've read in years.' - Jack Heath 'Impostors is classic Westerfeld. A wild, edge-of-your-seat ride that will blow your socks off.' - Lili Wilkinson Rafi's engagement party is the talk of the feeds. Her dress is spectacular and her fiance, Col Palafox, is... charming. But Rafi and Col are both prisoners - with bomb collars around their necks. Surveillance dust records their every move, tracks every glance. And there will be deadly consequences if Rafi's father realises that it's Frey who stayed behind in Shreve, while Rafi escaped with the rebels. With help from the rebels, Frey and Col must try to reach the neighbouring city of Paz, where they hope to be safe. But Frey and Rafi's father has destructive plans even for the City of Peace. When the dust settles after the disaster he initiates, will Frey be able to find a way to survive? Shatter City continues the heart-stopping action in the brilliant Impostors series by acclaimed bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.
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              ISBN 9781760528256
              Published NZ 17 Sep 2019
              Publisher Allen & Unwin
              Interest Age 13+ years
              Series Impostors
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              Blood Work

              Blood Work (Paperback, 5th edition)

              By Connelly, Michael

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              'Blood Work' - that's what Terry McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Eight weeks ago he was a dead man, but now someone else's heart is keeping him alive. Then a newspaper report of his brush with death brings him an unwanted visitor. Graciela Rivers reveals to McCaleb that ...the anonymous donor of his heart was her murdered sister, and that the police investigation into the case is going nowhere. McCaleb feels he has no choice but to take on the investigation. Nothing about the seemingly random killing makes sense. McCaleb realises that someone is watching his every move - someone who has killed before and will kill again ...
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              ISBN 9781760875930
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              Your Own Kind of Girl

              Your Own Kind of Girl (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bowditch, Clare

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              This is the story I promised myself, aged twenty-one, that I would one day be brave enough - and well enough - to write. Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands o...f lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real life' only begins once you're thin or beautiful, that good things only happen to other people. YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL reveals a childhood punctuated by grief, anxiety and compulsion and tells how these forces shaped Clare's life for better and for worse. This is a heart-breaking, wise and at times playful memoir. Clare's own story told raw and as it happened. A reminder that even on the darkest of nights, victory is closer than it seems. With startling candour, Clare lays bare her truth in the hope that doing so will inspire anyone who's ever done battle with their inner critic. This is the work of a woman who has found her true power - and wants to pass it on. Happiness, we discover, is only possible when we take charge of the stories we tell ourselves. 'The words that kept coming to me over again as I read this book were authenticity and decency. Clare Bowditch made me feel how wonderful and difficult and amazing it is to be a human.' LEIGH SALES 'Brutal at times but funny as f@#k. This book will change a lot of lives for the better.' BERNARD FANNING 'Reading this book felt as intimate as having a long, heart-breakingly vulnerable yet hilarious conversation with Clare by a fire with wine in hand. It is a celebration of the human struggle, how we can learn to befriend (and say f@#k off to) our demons, and ultimately write our own story. There is so much hope in this book.' MISSY HIGGINS 'Clare Bowditch opens her heart and history with staggering generosity - unpicking the birth of her creativity and the early scars that forged her. Much like the woman herself, YOUR OWN KIND OF GIRL is unflinching, entertaining, inspiring a
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              ISBN 9781760528959
              Published NZ 19 Sep 2019
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              Someone'S Wife: A Memoir of Sorts
               

              Someone'S Wife: A Memoir of Sorts (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Burgess, Linda

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              These pieces read like the freshest of recent novels: clever, restrained and wittily observant. They range across the personal and the observational. There are essays on her lifetime of being an All Black wife (once an AB, always an AB); her love of teaching, education and the yo...ung; and a powerful essay on the death of her baby, Toby, striking in its honesty. Linda is interested in family and friendship; shared and sometimes distorted memories. Her personal truths link to universal truths. Linda explores the era in which she grew up, and her experiences are timeless. She looks at living overseas, at children leaving home, at house-hunting in Wellington, at travelling with a grandchild, at Leonard Cohen concerts as a tribal gathering. The essay collection as memoir is a genre gaining momentum, and in the hands of a writer as accomplished as Linda Burgess. its universality is charming.
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              ISBN 9781988547251
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Unforgiving City

              The Unforgiving City (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Joel, Maggie

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              Colonial Sydney in the final weeks of the nineteenth century: a city striving for union and nationhood but dogged by divisions so deep they threaten to derail, not just the Federation, but the colony itself. There are chasms opening, too, in the well-to-do household of aspiring p...olitician Alasdair and Eleanor Dunleavy, when a clandestine note reaches the wrong hands. Below stairs, their maid Alice faces a desperate situation with her wayward sister. Brilliant, evocative and heartfelt, this is the sweeping story of three people, their passions and ambitions, and the far-flung ripples their choices will cause. Despite sharing a house, Eleanor, Alice and Alasdair are each alone in their torment and must each find some solution, but at what cost to themselves and those they love?
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              ISBN 9781760875251
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              Keeping Faith

              Keeping Faith (Paperback, 3rd edition)

              By Picoult, Jodi

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              At her controversial and compelling best, Jodi Picoult explores the moment when boundaries break down, and when the only step left to take is a leap of faith. As Mariah White struggles with depression her seven-year-old daughter Faith seeks solace in a new friend-a friend who may... or may not be imaginary. Faith talks to her 'Guard' constantly and begins to recite passages from the Bible - a book she's never read. After a succession of visits to psychiatrists, all of whom conclude Faith is not hallucinating, the unimaginable starts to seem possible: perhaps Faith may actually be seeing God. When Faith's cachet is enhanced by reported miracle healings and alleged stigmata, she is touted as a prophet. Amidst the gathering storm of controversy, most disruptive of all is the arrival of two men: one a renowned television atheist who plans to debunk Faith's claims and help boost his flagging ratings, and the other her divorced father whose fear for his daughter's safety leads him to battle for custody. As Mariah finds herself fighting to keep her daughter, she has to push past her own insecurities and stand up for herself and her competence as a parent. Keeping Faith explores a family plagued by the media, the medical profession, and organised religion in a world where everyone has an opinion but no one knows the truth.
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              ISBN 9781760876135
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Pact

              The Pact (Paperback, 3rd edition)

              By Picoult, Jodi

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              The profound questions faced by the characters in this heartrending novel are those we can all relate to: How well do we ever really know our children or our friends? What if? For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from ...Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty - they've grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other's lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born. So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There's a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father's cabinet - a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish, culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder. 'This psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any bestselling legal thriller.she forges a finely honed, commanding and cathartic drama.' Booklist
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              ISBN 9781760876159
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Passage of Love

              The Passage of Love (Paperback)

              By Miller, Alex

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              'A thoughtful autobiographical work by an award-winning Australian novelist...traces themes of art and commitment through Crofts' relationships with three women. Miller pulls back from the narrative several times in interludes that return to the first person of the much older man... and highlight how memory has many layers. A rich addition to the growing shelf of autofiction from a seasoned storyteller.' Kirkus, starred review Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning... At twenty-one years, Robert Crofts leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition. When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other. In a rich blend of thoughtful and beautifully observed writing, the lives of a husband and wife are laid bare in their passionate struggle to engage with their individual creativity. Alex Miller is magnificent in this most personal of all novels filled with rare wisdom and incisive observation. Praise for Coal Creek: 'a fine achievement' - Sydney Morning Herald 'a story that will linger in your mind' - Good Reading magazine 'The intelligence of the author haunts the novel, like an atmosphere.' - Australian Book Review
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              ISBN 9781760529888
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Breeding Season

              The Breeding Season (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Niehaus, Amanda

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              'The Breeding Season is an astonishing book. The writing is visceral and affecting, the sentences muscular and beating with a linguistic pulse which makes the book feel like a live creature. The book is a creature that might in turn, rip your heart out or blanket you in a comfort...ing hug. Craft like this is rare and magical.' - Krissy Kneen, author of Wintering 'The Breeding Season is a dark and poetic exploration of two people who couple and uncouple based on the needs that loss and grief create...contains all the ingredients of a great novel.' - Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones 'Amanda is exploring what we mean when we say transformation - in life as well as by and through the artistic process - and her writing reflects her profound understanding of the ways in which the bodies of women carry trauma, loss, grief, illness, birth, death and love.' - Lidia Yucknavitch, author of The Book of Joan The rains come to Brisbane just as couple Dan and Elise descend into grief. Each turns to their work to survive. Elise, a scientist, struggles to find solid ground in academia and heads north to undertake punishing fieldwork on marsupial species that breed and then die. Dan, a writer, becomes entangled in his famous uncle's art world and with the artist's long-time muse, Hannah Wallace. Again and again, Dan and Elise come together and pull apart, protecting themselves and each other. But when their future is threatened, Dan and Elise must focus on the time they have left. Together. An astounding debut novel that forensically explores the wild, beating heart at the intersection of art and science, love and loss, human and animal, fear and hope and birth and death.
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              ISBN 9781760529536
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Rich Man's House

              The Rich Man's House (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McGahan, Andrew

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              Billionaire Walter Richman has built himself his dream home - the Observatory, a mansion like no other mansion - at the foot of the world's highest mountain in the cold Antarctic waters south of Tasmania. Living a far humbler life is Rita Gausse, estranged daughter of the archite...ct who designed the Observatory. Rita is surprised, upon her father's death, to be invited to the Observatory to meet the famous Richman in person. From the beginning, something doesn't feel right. Why is Richman so insistent that she come? What does he, and the additional guests he has invited, expect of her? When cataclysmic circumstances intervene to trap Rita and the others in the Observatory, cut off from the outside world, she slowly begins to learn the unsettling - and ultimately horrifying - answers. The Rich Man's House, Andrew McGahan's eleventh and final novel, is a gripping and unique thriller.
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              ISBN 9781760529826
              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
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