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  • Maigret's Memoirsby Georges Simenon; Howard Curtis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 9.86

    Maigret sets the record straight and tells the story of his own life, giving a rare glimpse into the mind of the great inspector - and the writer who would immortalise him. I can still see Simenon coming into my office the next day, pleased with himself, displaying even more self-confidence, if possible, than before, but nevertheless with a touch... more...

  • The Hero Maker: A Biography of Paul Brickhillby Stephen Dando-Collins

    Penguin Random House Australia 2016; US$ 24.15

    The Dam Busters , The Great Escape and Reach for the Sky were all written by Paul Brickhill, an Australian hero of WWII. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death. It was 1956 and the writer from Sydney's lower North Shore had every reason to feel blessed. Former journalist Paul Brickhill was the highest-earning... more...

  • George Orwell: A Life in Lettersby George Orwell; Peter Davison

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.09

    Personal as well as political, Orwell's letters offer a fascinating window into the mind of a phenomenal man. We are privy to snatched glimpses of his family life: his son Richard's developing teeth, the death of his wife Eileen, and his own illness. Candid portraits of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, his opinions on bayonets, and on the chaining... more...

  • Homebush Boyby Thomas Keneally

    Open Road Distribution 2016; US$ 11.99

    In this playful and poignant memoir, Thomas Keneally returns to his adolescence in the suburbs of Sydney in 1952. At sixteen, the red-haired teenager idolized the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and had aspirations of becoming a star on the track or rugby field. He also dreamed of wooing the beautiful and alluring Bernadette Curran until the day she... more...

  • Where the Jews Aren'tby Masha Gessen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 25.00

    The previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration. In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. It was championed by a group of intellectuals who envisioned... more...

  • Breakupby Catherine Texier

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 15.00

    I will never forgive you. I will never make love with you again. I do not love you anymore. Breakup is the erotically charged chronicle of the tempestuous final months of an eighteen-year romantic and literary partnership, self-destructing in the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal. Fearlessly and courageously, Texier chronicles the end of that... more...

  • The First Poetsby Michael Schmidt

    Head of Zeus 2016; US$ 11.65

    A lively and accessible account of the lives and works of the great Greek poets. more...

  • Ted Hughesby Elaine Feinstein

    Orion 2016; US$ 10.99

    Ted Hughes is one of the greatest English poets of this century, yet his life was dogged by tragedy and controversy. His marriage to the American poet Sylvia Plath marked his whole life and he never entirely recovered from her suicide in 1963, though he chose to remain silent on the subject for more than 30 years. Many people, including his friend... more...

  • In the Beginningby Irina Ratushinskaya

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 12.99

    IN THE BEGINNING goes back to the poet's life before her arrest, interweaving her experiences of growing up in Odessa with those of her childhood friend and future husband Igor Geraschenko. With wit and simplicity Irina describes a biased and turbulent education, being pressured to work for the KGB, the growth of faith that became so important to her... more...

  • Grey is the Colour of Hopeby Irina Ratushinskaya

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 12.99

    If it ever falls to you, my reader (though God forbid!) to see your name written on a prison wall and followed by the letters 'LYMTL', that will simply mean 'Love You More Than Life'. These letters are no harder to remember than 'KGB'. GREY IS THE COLOUR OF HOPE is the searing account of the author's experiences in a brutal Soviet labour camp.... more...