ALLEN&UNWIN JUNE 2015 new books new zealand Julian Leatherdale • Judy Sharp • Garth Nix • Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer PALACE OF TEARS Julian Leatherdale An elegant and engaging mystery with twists and secrets to keep you compulsively reading until its thrilling end A sweltering summer’s day, January 1914. The charismatic and ruthless Adam Fox throws a lavish birthday party for his son and heir at his elegant clifftop hotel in the Blue Mountains. Everyone is invited except Angie, the girl from the cottage next door. The day will end in tragedy, a punishment for a family’s secrets and lies. In 2013, Fox’s grand-daughter Lisa, seeks the truth about the past. Who is this Angie her mother speaks of: ‘the girl who broke all our hearts’? Why do locals call Fox’s hotel the ‘palace of tears’? Behind the grandeur and glamour of its famous guests and glittering parties, Lisa discovers a hidden history of passion and revenge, loyalty and love. A grand piano burns in the night, a séance promises death or forgiveness, a fire rages in a snowstorm, a painter’s final masterpiece inspires betrayal, a child is given away. With twist upon twist, this lush, strange mystery withholds its shocking truth to the very end. Julian Leatherdale has a background in theatre, publishing, television documentary, marketing and public relations, and is the author of a number of history and art books. He lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760111601 $36.99 pb 2 FICTION LEAP Myfanwy Jones A heartbreaking, heart-lifting story about love and grief and everything in between High school sweethearts, Joe and Jen have an argument at a party. He walks out and leaves her. A few hours later, she dies. Three years on, driven by the need to make good, Joe spends all his spare time doing parkour—l’art du deplacement—training his mind and body to conquer the hostile urban environment that took his love. Joe is broken by grief but the outside world won’t let him hide. A bewitching girl turns up on the doorstep, somehow painfully familiar to him. Can Joe staunch the flooding return of desire—or is it time to let go of the past? Will he make the nine-foot leap or does he want to fall? While at its heart is a searing absence, Leap is driven by an exhilarating life force. Moving, quirky and original, it quietly creeps up on you until its final jaw-dropping pages. Myfanwy Jones is author of The Rainy Season, shortlisted for The Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award 2009, and co-author of Parlour Games for Modern Families, Book of the Year for Older Children ABIA 2010. She lives in Melbourne. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781925266115 $32.99 pb FICTION THE INFIDELITY DIARIES Love, betrayal, revenge Anonymous An extraordinary novel of family relationships, entwining love affairs, betrayal and the revenge that binds them Zara is a biographer, living in Sydney. She and Sergei have been married for over twenty years when an encounter with the predatory Caitt changes their life forever. Lili is a property agent in London. She and Will, her husband of ten years, are developing their dream home in Northern Cyprus when she discovers he is having an affair with a Russian pastrycook, Larissa (‘Slutski’, as she calls her). Eve lives in Shanghai with her husband of eight years, Henry, when she realises he has been having a dalliance with Chrystal, his ex-PA. Zara waits and hopes, but she is fatalistic. Lili’s plans are complicated by her great affection for her stepson, a relationship that may not survive her divorce from Will. Eve seems prepared to dramatically cut herself loose. When a family crisis reunites them in Sydney the sisters converge, swap stories and discuss vengeance. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781743319208 $36.99 pb FICTION 3 WEST OF SUNSET Stewart O’Nan A rich, sometimes heartbreaking novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last years in Hollywood In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, his wife was in a mental asylum and his finances were in ruins. By 1940, he would be dead. Those last three years are the focus of this gracefully written novel; with flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, his orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood brought vividly to life through a romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset is a masterpiece. Stewart O’Nan is the author of fourteen novels as well as several works of nonfiction including, with Stephen King, the bestselling Faithful. He lives in Pittsburgh. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781925266559 $36.99 pb FICTION TO HOLD THE BRIDGE A tale of the Old Kingdom and other stories Garth Nix A collection of the fantasy master’s best short stories, featuring a diverse cast of characters—protectors, travellers, warriors—ranging across vividly evoked worlds and times Far north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for a hundred years. It is not easy, for many dangers threaten the builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best. For the night might come when even an untried young cadet must hold the bridge alone against the most devastating of foes ... Also included in this remarkable collection are eighteen short stories that showcase Nix’s versatility as he adds a fantastical twist on an array of genres, including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. ‘The reader’s absorption into the intrigue, magic and dazzling richness of the worlds and characters created by Nix is irresistible pleasure’— Australian Review of Books Garth Nix is the multi-award winning writer of the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series and The Keys to the Kingdom series. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world. He lives in Sydney. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781743316559 $24.99 pb 4 FICTION THE SUNLIT NIGHT Rebecca Dinerstein From an exhilarating new voice, a stunning novel, which Jonathan Safran Foer calls as ‘lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller’ In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended—Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father’s last wish: to be buried ‘at the top of the world’. They have come to learn how to be alone. But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world. Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of Lofoten, a bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems. She lives in Brooklyn. BLOOMSBURY 9781408863046 $35.00 pb FICTION THE BLUE BETWEEN SKY AND WATER Susan Abulhawa A devastatingly beautiful tale that brings a raw humanity and delicate authority to the story of Palestine It is 1947, and Beit Daras, a quiet village in Palestine is home to Mamdouh’s family. When Israeli forces gather outside its borders, terror descends. Amidst smoke and ash, the family set out on the long road to Gaza, in a walk that will test them to their limits, and with consequences that will echo throughout generations. Sixty years later in America, Mamdouh’s granddaughter Nur falls in love with a doctor and follows him to Gaza. There she meets Alwan, the mother of a boy trapped in his own body, unable to wake up from a deep blue dream. It is through her that Nur will at last discover the ties of kinship that transcend distance. Spanning generations and continents, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a story of powerful, flawed women; of relocation, separation and heartache; of renewal, family, endurance and love. Susan Abulhawa is a human rights activist, political commentator and author of the international bestseller Mornings in Jenin. She lives in Pennsylvania. BLOOMSBURY 9781408865118 $36.99 pb FICTION 5 THE KILLING OF BOBBI LOMAX Cal Moriarty When a sleepy, devout town is rocked by bombs, an extraordinary mystery is unravelled. While blast victim Clark Houseman, a rare books dealer, hovers on the brink of death, Detectives Sinclair and Alvarez are under pressure to stop panic spreading. Amid a vortex of conspiracy theories and local politics, their investigation unearths a web of intrigue surrounding the immensely powerful local church. With time running out, the Detectives start to wonder if there could be more to the mild-mannered Clark Houseman than first thought. Cal Moriarty is a graduate of the Faber Writing Academy Writing a Novel course. She writes for film and theatre, and previously worked as a private eye. She lives in the UK. FABER 9780571305391 $36.99 pb FICTION THE HONOURS Tim Clare 1935. Norfolk. War is looming in Great Britain and the sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion. As thirteen-year-old Delphine Venner discovers its secret network of hidden passages, she uncovers a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. She must find the soldier within herself to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods. A dark, glittering and dangerously unputdownable novel which invites you to enter a thrilling world unlike any other. ‘Astutely brilliant… a riveting, fantastical, adventure… a rich, gripping delight.’ —Matt Haig. Tim Clare is a performance poet. He lives in the UK. CANONGATE 9781782114765 $35.00 pb FICTION WHEN THE DOVES DISAPPEARED Sofi Oksanen This Scandinavian #1 bestseller brings to life the frailty—and the resilience—of humanity under the shadow of tyranny. 1941: in Communist-ruled Estonia, freedom fighter Roland and his slippery cousin, Edgar flee from the Red Army. When the Germans arrive, Roland goes into hiding; Edgar abandons his wife, Juudit, and takes on a new identity as a Nazi supporter. 1963: Edgar is now a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past. But his fate remains entangled with Roland’s, and with Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth… Sofi Oksanen is the multi-prize winning author of Purge. She lives in Helsinki. ATLANTIC 9781782391258 $35.00 pb 6 FICTION PAINTED HORSES Malcolm Brooks In the mid-1950s, America saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape, in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress. Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. Malcolm Brooks is a writer whose fiction, essays and articles have appeared in a variety of publications. He lives in Montana. GROVE PRESS 9781611855562 $36.99 pb FICTION THE EVENING CHORUS Helen Humphreys Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter spends his war in a German prison camp. Now Rose, James’s young wife, has fallen in love with someone else. When James’s brusque sister Enid comes to live with her, Rose tries to conceal her affair. But later both look back on this strange interlude as one of their happiest. Beautifully written and full of moments of hope, The Evening Chorus is a stirring story of four lives torn apart by war, about falling in and out of love, and the unlikely moments that come to define a life. Helen Humphreys is the acclaimed author of Leaving Earth and The Reinvention of Love. She lives in Canada. SERPENT’S TAIL 9781781253021 $29.99 hb FICTION SOPHIE AND THE SIBYL A Victorian romance Patricia Duncker Max and Wolfgang Duncker’s thriving Berlin publishing business owes its success to one woman: ‘The Sibyl’, or George Eliot. When Max visits the Sibyl, she proves as enthralling as her books. But Max is encouraged to consider the beautiful eighteenyear-old Sophie von Hahn as a potential wife. An old acquaintance, she comes from a family of great wealth. However, Sophie proves to be far from an angelic vision of domesticity… Sophie and the Sibyl is both a thrilling and compulsive read and a literary achievement of the highest order. Patricia Duncker is the award-winning author of five previous novels and is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester. BLOOMSBURY 9781408860533 $36.99 pb FICTION 7 YOU SENT ME A LETTER Lucy Dawson Sophie wakes to find a stranger watching her from the foot of her bed. The intruder hands her a letter which is to be opened at her forthcoming fortieth birthday party, in front of gathered family and friends. Any failure to comply will not end well. But what can the letter possibly contain? And why must it be read in front of everyone she loves best? Sophie is not the only person holding a secret about the evening ahead. In one night, the course of several people’s lives will be altered forever. Lucy Dawson is the bestselling author of His Other Lover. She lives in the UK. CORVUS 9781782396208 $36.99 pb FICTION THE STOLEN ONES Owen Laukkanen The fourth Stevens and Windermere high octane thriller: a sheriff’s deputy in Cass County, Minnesota is lying dead in the mud. A mysterious young woman found sitting by the body, holding the deputy’s own gun, has been taken into custody. She has no ID, speaks no English. The mystery only deepens as Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, partners in the BCA–FBI violent crime task force, begin to investigate and find themselves on the trail of a massive international kidnapping and prostitution operation. Owen Laukkanen is the author of the multi-award-nominated The Professionals. He lives in Vancouver. CORVUS 9781782396390 $24.99 pb CRIME FICTION THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE E.C. Osondu A powerful tale of family and community, This House Is Not for Sale brings to life an African neighbourhood and one remarkable house, seen through the eyes of a young member of the household. The house lies in a town seemingly lost in time, full of colourful, larger-than-life characters. At the narrative’s heart are Grandpa, the family patriarch whose occasional cruelty is balanced by his willingness to open his doors to those in need, and the house itself, which becomes a character in its own right and takes on the scale of legend. E. C. Osondu is the award-winning author of Voice of America. Born in Nigeria, he currently lives in Rhode Island. GRANTA 9781847081827 $36.99 hb 8x FICTION THE HARDER THEY COME T.C Boyle A powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an ageing Vietnam veteran; his psychologically unstable son; and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. It is a thought provoking look at the fine line between heroism and savagery and how far a parent can be held accountable for the actions of the their child. T.C. Boyle is the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of nine collections of stories and fourteen novels. He lives in California. BLOOMSBURY 9781408859933 $36.99 pb MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS Kylie Ladd An insightful and entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and their teenage daughters. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781925266245 $24.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK THE INCORRIGIBLE OPTIMISTS CLUB THE LIGHTHOUSE CICADA Moira McKinnon P. D. James A stunning novel of terror, love and survival in the most inhospitable country on earth—the literary debut novel of 2014. The late P.D. James’s penultimate Adam Dalgliesh mystery. FABER 9780571325108 $24.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760112981 $28.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK Photo Credit: Ulla Montan A TIME FOR EVERYTHING Karl Ove Knausgaard CLOSE CALL Stella Rimington ‘It’s a masterpiece …’ Sydney Morning Herald From the international literary sensation—an innovative examination of the relationships between human, angels and God. The next instalment of the Liz Carlyle series: a pacy, intelligent espionage thriller from the woman with true insider knowledge. ATLANTIC 9781848875425 $24.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK GRANTA 9781846275913 $24.99 NEW COVER EDITION BLOOMSBURY 9781408841075 $24.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK Jean-Michel Guenassia 8 10 FICTION A DOUBLE SHOT OF HAPPINESS Judy Sharp The inspirational story of how a boy diagnosed with severe autism went on to become one of Australia’s best-known international artists and the creator of Laser Beak Man When Judy Sharp took her three-year-old son Tim to a paediatric specialist she was told that his autism was so severe he would never be able to communicate with her, talk or learn to live in a normal household. The advice at the time was that he would be better off in an institution. More than twenty years later, Tim is a world-famous artist, whose joyful paintings and drawings involving the super hero he created, Laser Beak Man, have been exhibited around the world. Laser Beak Man’s appeal is so widespread it’s gone on to inspire, among other things, an eight-part animated children’s TV series and an off-Broadway play in New York. Tim’s journey from an autistic child unable to communicate even with his mother to an artist and acclaimed public speaker (Judy and Tim received a standing ovation for their presentation at Sydney’s 2014 TEDx Conference) has involved many hurdles, moments of despair and incredible hard work from Tim, Judy and those who helped them. But it’s ultimately a triumphant story of love and hope that will inspire and delight everyone who reads it. Judy Sharp raised two boys as a single mother, Tim and his younger brother Sam. Sam is a former state swimmer and trialled for the Olympics. He now works as a highlevel swimming coach. Tim’s art is exhibited all around the world. He spends much of his time helping organisations and schools that work with autistic children. They live in Brisbane. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760112561 $39.99 pb AUTOBIOGRAPHY Dumpbin, Poster and Header available 11 9 INTO THE DARK Insights from the afterlife Allison DuBois The afterlife explained by those who have been there With her characteristic warmth and compassion, Allison DuBois reaches out to those who have lost loved ones and explains the journey of the soul after death. She explores what is experienced in the transition to the afterlife and the ways that you can reconnect with those who have passed over. Through sharing the stories of children, parents and spouses who have died, Allison conveys that while death appears final, it is never too late to heal the wounds between the living and the deceased. By exploring death from the perspectives of those who have passed over, as well as the stages of bereavement, Allison tenderly reveals that there is a path through grief that brings hope, healing and reconnection with the people we have lost. Allison DuBois is a psychic and the inspiration for the blockbuster TV series Medium, and is the author of Talk to Me. She lives in Arizona. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781925266153 $29.99 pb MIND, BODY, SPIRIT ALTRUISM Matthieu Ricard The magnum opus of ‘the happiest man alive’ makes a passionate case for altruism and why we need it now more than ever In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the saving grace of the 21st century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Altruism makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It’s a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle—and one that just might make the world a better place. Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, scientist and internationally bestselling author of Happiness and The Art of Meditation. He lives and works on humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal. ATLANTIC 9780857896995 $36.99 pb 10 HISTORY THE DETOX KITCHEN BIBLE Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson The cookbook that will leave you feeling cleansed from the inside out—with 200 delicious recipes and tailored detox plans The power of good, natural food beats any fad diet. By bombarding your body with a sea of nutrients and a range of delicious flavours, your skin will glow, your hair will shine, your stress levels will decrease and you’ll feel full of energy. This is what the Detox Kitchen philosophy is all about. Using mouth-watering flavour combinations and an encyclopaedic knowledge of ingredients, founder and chef Lily Simpson and nutritionist Rob Hobson have created 200 carefully tailored recipes and a variety of meal plans to bring you this ultimate, comprehensive bible of detox food—all wheat-, dairy- and sugar-free. Whether you’d like a weekend plan to nurture your body after a demanding week, or a seven-day regime to improve your skin, to boost your energy levels or to gain relief from a health condition, the book will allow you to ‘eat yourself well’. Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson are a chef-and-nutritionist team operating a unique detox food delivery service, The Detox Kitchen. They live in the UK. BLOOMSBURY 9781408852859 $59.99 hb FOOD & DRINK BRICK WHEELS Warren Elsmore This incredible collection of moving inventions to make from LEGO ® includes the most memorable icons of manmade transport from around the globe, from the Wright Brothers’ plane to Concorde, from the Penny Farthing to 21st-century road bikes. Whether you are a fan of LEGO ®, interested in the world of transport, or just fascinated by the use of LEGO ® as a modelling medium, this book will take you on a fascinating journey through history and around the globe. Warren Elsmore is an adult fan of LEGO ® and is the author of Brick City, Brick Wonders and Brick Flicks. He lives in Edinburgh. CROWS NEST 9781760111687 $29.99 pb HOBBIES, QUIZZES & GAMES 11 THE BOOK OF THE PEOPLE A. N. Wilson A dazzling and original exploration of how, and why, we should still be reading the Bible due to its relevance, even in a largely secular society, as a philosophical work, a work of literature and a cultural touchstone that the western world has answered to for nearly two thousand years. Erudite, witty and accessible, The Book of the People seeks to reclaim the Good Book as our seminal work of literature, and a book for the imagination. A. N. Wilson is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. He lives in London. ATLANTIC 9781848879607 $36.99 pb HISTORY DON’T TRUST, DON’T FEAR, DON’T BEG The Arctic Thirty: a hundred days in a Russian jail Ben Stewart With the rush to exploit resources at any cost, Vladimir Putin orders Russia’s oil rigs to move north. But one early September morning in 2013 thirty men and women from eighteen countries including Australia and New Zealand—the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise—decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Their protest is met with brutal force and they are imprisoned as pirates. This is their astonishing tale of passion, courage, brutality… and survival. Ben Stewart is head of media at Greenpeace. He lives in London. GUARDIAN BOOKS 9781783350773 $35.00 pb CURRENT AFFAIRS SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and other lessons from the crematorium Caitlin Doughty A New York Times bestseller. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but at twenty-three, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematorium, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is her unusual coming-of-age story full of unforgettable scenes. Her eye-opening, candid and often hilarious tale leads us behind the black curtain of her unique profession to demystify death and to explore our death rituals and those of other cultures. Honest and heartfelt, this eye-opening account makes this otherwise terrifying subject fascinating. Caitlin Doughty is a writer, performer, film-maker, licensed funeral director and creator of the hit YouTube series Ask a Mortician. She lives in LA. CANONGATE 9781782111030 $35.00 pb 12 14 GENERAL ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING Gavin Francis Explore the hidden pathways of the human body, from the brain’s pea-sized pineal gland, the ‘seat of the soul’, to the delicate machinery of the hand, and back to where it all begins, in the womb. Blending case studies and first-hand accounts, and providing insights from literature and history, Adventures in Human Being provides a unique look at what it is to be human. Poetic, eloquent and profoundly perceptive, it will transform the way you view your own body. Gavin Francis is a GP and prize-winning author of Empire Antarctica. He lives in Edinburgh. PROFILE BOOKS 9781781253410 $36.99 hb POPULAR SCIENCE SHAKESPEARE, AN INTRODUCTION: IDEAS IN PROFILE Paul Edmondson Shakespeare is the world’s greatest writer. This lively and authoritative introduction presents Shakespeare afresh as a dramatist and poet, and encourages us to take ownership of his works for ourselves as words to be spoken as well as discussed. We get a wide sense of what his life was like, his rich language and astonishing cultural legacy. Above all, we see how Shakespeare tackled the biggest themes of humanity: power, history, war and love, and in the process remind ourselves just why he is so celebrated in the first place. Paul Edmondson is Head of Research and Knowledge for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He lives in the UK. PROFILE BOOKS 9781781253373 $24.99 pb LITERATURE EINSTEIN’S MASTERWORK 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity John Gribbin In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his masterwork to the Prussian Academy of Sciences; a theory of gravity, matter, space and time: the General Theory of Relativity. It described the evolution of the Universe, black holes, the behaviour of orbiting neutron stars, and why clocks run slower on Earth than in space. It even suggested the possibility of time travel on the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s major theory. Einstein’s Masterwork puts his astonishing breakthrough in the context of his life and work. John Gribbin is one of the world’s best-known and bestselling popular science authors. He lives in Sussex. ICON 9781848318526 $28.99 hb POPULAR SCIENCE 13 CAKES, CUSTARD AND CATEGORY THEORY Easy recipes for understanding complex maths Eugenia Cheng Calling on a baker’s dozen of entertaining, puzzling examples and mathematically illuminating culinary analogies, brilliant mathematical crusader Eugenia Cheng is here to tell us why we should all love maths. From simple numeracy to category theory, she takes us through the joys of the mathematical world. Packed with recipes, puzzles to surprise and delight even the innumerate, Cake, Custard & Category Theory will whet the appetite of maths whizzes and arithmophobes alike. This is maths at its absolute tastiest. Eugenia Cheng is a Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics and has a strong YouTube following. She lives in the UK. PROFILE BOOKS 9781781252871 $35.00 pb POPULAR SCIENCE THE ECONOMIST STYLE GUIDE 11th edition The Economist ‘Clear writing is the key to clear thinking. So think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible’ That’s the thinking that underpins this updated and refreshed edition of the bestselling guide to English usage, and the mantra for anyone wanting to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned. Matthew Engel is a journalist and author. He lives in the UK. PROFILE BOOKS 9781781253120 $39.99 pb LANGUAGE IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE Lessons from America’s best-run companies Tom Peters and Robert H Waterman Jr In Search of Excellence has long been a must-have for the boardroom, business school and bedside table, and continues to influence the thinking of leaders across the globe today. Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies, this reissue of the classic business bestseller identifies eight common ‘attributes of excellence’ that made these organisations successful. These simple business truths are proof that the fundamentals of management ring as true today as they ever did. Tom Peters is a renowned writer on business management practices. Robert H Waterman Jr is an internationally known business executive, speaker and author. They live in the USA. PROFILE BOOKS 9781781253403 $28.99 pb 14x BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT Author Tour VICTORIA’S CROSS The untold story of Britain’s highest award for bravery Gary Mead Born out of the squalor of the Crimean War in 1856 and the fragility of the monarchy, the Victoria Cross (VC) takes precedence over all other orders and medals in Britain and the Commonwealth. But why have so many brave men who deserved the medal been denied it, and why has no women ever been awarded it? This vivid and balanced account exposes the hypocrisy behind one of the UK’s last sacred cows, and explores its role as a barometer for political and social change during the last 150 years. Gary Mead is a journalist, military historian and author of The Doughboys and The Good Soldier. He lives in the UK. ATLANTIC 9781843542698 $59.99 hb HISTORY RUN, RIDE, SINK OR SWIM Lucy Fry As increasing numbers of her sporty female friends began signing up to swim, cycle and run their way through weekends previously reserved for partying and hangovers, Lucy Fry couldn’t help feeling left out and confused: why had a sport formerly reserved for serious athletes suddenly become so popular with ordinary women? One year, six races, and four different countries later, she’s got quite a story to tell. Warm, funny, and inspirational, Run, Ride, Sink or Swim is a book for die-hard triathletes as much as for those who’ve never entered a transition zone. Lucy Fry is a fitness, lifestyle and travel journalist. She lives in the UK. FABER 9780571313143 $36.99 pb SPORT SYRIAN NOTEBOOKS Inside the Homs Uprising Jonathan Littell In 2012, Jonathan Littell went to the heart of the Syrian conflict, embedding himself with the Free Syria Army in the historic city of Homs. He watched from the front line as the city was ruthlessly pummelled by Assad’s forces, and finally surrendered. His urgent notebooks speak directly of the horrors of the civil war and bear witness to the lives and the hopes of freedom fighters. Syrian Notebooks will be seen as a classic account of war reportage. Jonathan Littell worked for a humanitarian agency in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is the award-winning author of the The Kindly Ones. He lives in Spain. BLOOMSBURY 9781781688243 $36.99 hb CURRENT AFFAIRS 15x ONE WILD SONG One man’s quest to find his son’s voice at sea Paul Heiney Paul Heiney’s gifted son Nicholas committed suicide aged 23. To try to reconnect with the happier memory of his son as a keen sailor, Paul decides to set out—alone—on a challenging voyage around Cape Horn. Poignant, moving, funny, thought provoking and beautifully written, Paul’s account of setting his own course through seemingly insurmountable grief makes for a powerful story. Injected with humour, perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting his highs, lows, frustrations and triumphs, the honesty and openness of Paul’s story makes this very personal account a universal tale. Paul Heiney is a well-known British writer and broadcaster. BLOOMSBURY 9781472919489 $39.99 hb BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY HINAULT Philippe Brunel Bernard Hinault—known as Le Blaireau (the Badger)—is one of only five cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, and the only cyclist to have won each more than once, including winning the Tour de France five times. This visually stunning celebration of his life and achievements includes interviews, stories and photographs that explore the career of one of cycling greats. Philippe Brunel is a writer for L’Equipe, and author of the bestseller Merckx. He lives in France. BLOOMSBURY 9781472912961 $99.00 hb SPORT THE SECRET WORLD OF OIL FARMAGEDDON Ken Silverstein The true cost of cheap meat Philip Lymbery A wake-up call to change current food production practices that are threatening our countryside, farms and food. BLOOMSBURY 9781408846346 $24.99 16x NEW IN PAPERBACK A riveting, immersive investigative exposé of the corrupt and violent side of the globe’s key industry. BLOOMSBURY 9781781688670 $24.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK GRANADA The light of Andalucía Steven Nightingale Yearning for change, Steven Nightingale took his family to live in the ancient Andalucían city of Granada. As he journeyed through its hidden courtyards and sun-warmed plazas, he discovered its present could not be separated from its past. Literary and sensual, this portrait reveals the resilience and kindness of its people, the resonance of its gardens and architecture, and the cyclical nature of darkness and light in its history. At once personal and far-reaching, Granada is an epic journey through the soul of this most iconic of cities. Steven Nightingale is the author of two novels and six books of sonnets. He now divides his time between California and Granada. NICHOLAS BREALEY 9781857886313 $35.00 pb TRAVEL Early release April 2015 GAME, SET AND MATCH Secret weapons of the world’s top tennis players Mark Hodgkinson Is there anything better to help you improve your game than advice from the men and women who have won Grand Slam titles and held the world’s number one ranking? Taken from exclusive interviews with the legends of the sport, including Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Martina Navratilova, you can find their collected tips and wisdom here in the ultimate tennis guide—the perfect inside edge/performance advantage for fans and players of the game. Mark Hodgkinson is a sports journalist and author of Andy Murray: Champion. He lives in the UK. BLOOMSBURY 9781472922625 $24.99 pb NOT MY FATHER’S SON Alan Cumming ‘One of the most memorable, heart-stopping autobiographies I have ever read’ - Stephen Fry CANONGATE 9781782115465 $27.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK 14 SPORT THE MOTH Catherine Burns, introduction by Neil Gaiman The most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read. ‘Brilliant and quietly addictive… crammed with personality… full of colour and life.’— The Guardian. SERPENT’S TAIL 9781846689901 $27.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK FORENSICS Val McDermid ‘The sheer brio of McDermid’s writing produces that increasingly rare thing, a genuine pageturner that doesn’t insult its readers’ intelligence.’— The Independent PROFILE BOOKS 9781781251706 $28.99 NEW IN PAPERBACK OFF THE PAGE Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer A classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist—the much-anticipated sequel to Between the Lines Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favourite book. In this multi-layered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Full of witty commentary, Off the Page is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. This charming and timeless story combines romance, humour, fantasy and action to create a riveting read sure to capture the hearts of readers around the world. For ages 11+. Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes and My Sister’s Keeper. Samantha van Leer was in high school when she conceived the idea for Between the Lines and pitched it to her mum while she was in the middle of a book tour. They live in New Hampshire. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781743439982 $29.99 pb CHILDREN Dumpbin available Photo © Elena Seibert 15 TASHI: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble A gorgeous 20th Anniversary Edition of everyone’s favourite hero—the perfect gift for Tashi fans! A whole generation of readers know that when Tashi says, ‘Well, it was like this...’ a new adventure is about to begin. In this first book of his daring adventures, Tashi tells of the time he escaped from a war lord in a faraway place and tricked the last dragon of all. All children should meet Tashi. He can be their mentor on the road to reading, feeding their imaginations with fantastic stories… For ages 5–8. Anna Fienberg and her mother, Barbara, are both storytellers who write the Tashi stories together. Kim Gamble is one of Australia’s favourite illustrators for children. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781743319697 $14.99 hb CHILDREN SHINE Trace Balla A moving and beautiful story for the very young about loss and the everlasting power of love from the maker of Rivertime Trace Balla wrote this story for her young niece and nephew after the sudden death of their father. It is a story about the death of a parent, grief and the everlasting power of love. She hopes it will be of some assistance to other families dealing with such a difficult time. Shine is a moving picture book to share with young children, and a catalyst for talking about big questions. For ages 3–6. Trace Balla is the creator of the acclaimed Rivertime. She lives in Victoria. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781743316344 $24.99 hb CHILDREN PIECES OF SKY Trinity Doyle Lucy’s life was going as smoothly as any teenager’s could. She lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she’d known all her life. She was in the local swimming club, and loved it. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be— and Lucy can’t bear to get back in the pool. Lucy starts asking questions. Why did Cam die? But she discovers much more than she expects. About Cam. About her family. About herself. A beautiful, poetic and heart-breaking novel for ages 13+. Trinity Doyle writes realistic young adult fiction. She lives in Newcastle. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760112486 $21.99 pb 16 YOUNG ADULT PHYLLIS WONG AND THE WAKING OF THE WIZARD Geoffrey McSkimming Phyllis Wong, that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth, is confronted with a quest which began in the time of her greatgrandfather, Wallace Wong, Conjuror of Wonder! Could it be that one of the most mysterious figures from history can be found? Phyllis hopes desperately that this might be so, for only a figure this magical could possibly hope to thwart The Great Whimpering—the ending of the world as we have come to know it! The third astonishing mystery starring Phyllis Wong for ages 9+. Geoffrey McSkimming is the author of the Phyllis Wong series, the bestselling Cairo Jim chronicles and and a book of verse, Ogre in a Toga and Other Perverse Verses. He lives in Sydney. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760113384 $19.99 pb CHILDREN THE PALOMINO PONY RUNS FREE Olivia Tuffin Georgia and her palomino pony, Lily, are hoping to make it to the Horse of the Year Show. Georgia isn’t sure she’s good enough and it’s affecting how she rides. How she feels about everything, in fact. It’s almost as if Georgia has forgotten why she loves riding. Can Lily help her remember that it’s not just about competing and winning trophies but about the joy of running free? Book four in the adventure-filled series perfect for every horse-lover. For ages 9+. Olivia Tuffin is the author of the Palomino Pony series. She lives in the UK. NOSY CROW 9780857634443 $11.99 pb CHILDREN GUARDING EDEN Deborah Hart Guarding Eden tells the personal stories of twelve ordinary people from all walks of life who were so concerned about climate change that they altered their lives to do something about it. Some did quiet backroom work in research, drafted submissions or wrote to politicians; others decided to go public—one was part of the team occupying a power-plant chimney, another helped organise 1500 people to make a giant human sign on a beach. Surprisingly touching, Guarding Eden makes an issue as complex as climate change feel human and deeply real. For ages 13–18. Deborah Hart is the prime mover behind ClimActs, a political theatre troupe that uses spectacle and humour to draw attention to climate change. She lives in Australia. ALLEN & UNWIN 9781760112356 $22.99 pb YOUNG ADULT 17 THERE’S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR Ross Collins Poor Mouse! A bear has decided to settle in his favourite chair. Mouse tried all kinds of tactics to move Bear, from glaring at him and scaring him, to luring him with a pear, but nothing works. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up from the chair and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?! With echoes of Dr Seuss, this joyously illustrated picture book by a multiaward-winning talent is perfect for sharing. For ages 3+. Ross Collins is a prize-winning author/illustrator. He lives in Glasgow. NOSY CROW 9780857633934 $28.99 hb CHILDREN THE FAIRIEST FAIRY Anne Booth, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw Poor Betty! She’s always getting into messy muddles. She can’t paint a rainbow, or scatter dewdrops and her pirouettes are, well, pretty precarious. You see, with so many animals to rescue and friends to help, there’s just no time for Betty to practise all the things a fairy should. But when it come to the Fairy Ball, Betty’s friends return her gifts of kindness and it becomes clear who is actually the fairiest fairy of them all. A charming rhyming story with an uplifting message for ages 3+. Anne Booth is the author of Girl with a White Dog and Lucy’s Secret Reindeer. She lives in the UK. NOSY CROW 9780857633156 $28.99 hb CHILDREN THE ALMOST KING Lucy Saxon Aleks Vasin doesn’t want to work in his father’s shop in westernmost Siberene for the rest of his life. Deciding to leave, he heads south to Rudavin, headquarters of the Kingsguard, to sign up for the army. After a brutal beating, Aleks escapes into the night, hoping to find safety and a new life in the north. And there, this deserter finds love, adventure and a skyship in which he might just prove himself a hero after all… A thrilling, edge-of-seat fantasy adventure for ages 12+. Lucy Saxon is nineteen years old and is the author of Take Back the Skies. She lives in the UK. BLOOMSBURY 9781408847701 $19.99 pb 18 YOUNG ADULT THE CLOUDSPOTTER Tom McLaughlin Have you ever looked up at the sky to see a whole new world in the clouds? You have? Then you’ll love this book about Franklin. There isn’t a single cloud that Franklin can’t spot—big ones, small ones, silly ones, sneaky-pretend-they-can’t-see-you ones. But when Scruffy Dog comes along, things change. How can he concentrate on cloudspotting when Scruffy is such a distraction? And what’s more important–his hobby or his friend? A beautifully realised picture book, celebrating the power of the imagination and the importance of friendship for ages 3–6. Tom McLaughlin is an illustrator and creator of The Story Machine. He lives in the UK. BLOOMSBURY 9781408854969 $28.99 hb CHILDREN BOMBER Paul Dowswell Every boy dreams of flying, but in war that can turn into a nightmare. Harry Friedman is the gunner of an American Flying Fortress. WWII is raging and the Nazis have swept over Europe. The crews of every Flying Fortress face terrible odds on their bombing missions. To make it through alive, Harry will need courage. Courage to keep going when close friends die. Courage to confront a terrible evil. And the courage to make it home from behind enemy lines. Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling for ages 11+. Paul Dowswell has written over 60 books, including the acclaimed Ausländer. He lives in the UK. BLOOMSBURY 9781408858493 $19.99 pb CHILDREN THE CONVENT Maureen McCarthy There is no getting away from the past… A breathtaking novel spanning generations, that will be devoured by young women, their sisters, friends, mothers and grandmothers. 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