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Ten Things I Hate about Me, Abdel-Fattah, Randa
1 Abdel-Fattah, Randa Ten Things I Hate about Me
Australia Pan 2006 033042274X / 9780330422741 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
278 pages. Jamie wants to be the real thing. From the roots of her dyed blonde hair ... There are a lot of things Jamie hates about her life: her dark hair, her dad's Stone Age Charter of Curfew Rights, her real name - Jamilah Towfeek. For the past three years Jamie has hidden her Lebanese background from everyone at school. It's only with her email friend John that she can really be herself. But now things are getting complicated: the most popular boy in school is interested in her, but there's no way he would be if he knew the truth. Then there's Timothy, the school loner, who for some reason Jamie just can't stop thinking about. As for John, he seems to have a pretty big secret of his own ... To top it all off, Jamie's school formal is coming up. The only way she'll be allowed to attend is by revealing her true identity. Will she risk it all? And does she know who she is ... Jamie or Jamilah? 10-14 years. 
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The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, Ackroyd, Peter
2 Ackroyd, Peter The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde
U. K. Abacus 1984 0349100594 / 9780349100593 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
185 pages. A novel is written in the form of a diary which Oscar Wilde was writing in Paris in 1900, a time of dire poverty. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Buenas Noches, Buenos Aires, Adair, Gilbert
3 Adair, Gilbert Buenas Noches, Buenos Aires
UK Faber & Faber 2005 0571206115 / 9780571206117 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
151 pages. A wonderfully funny yet tender evocation of the hedonistic 1980s. A young gay British man comes to 1980s Paris to teach English and to taste the erotic life that has eluded him in Britain. He suddenly finds himself in the midst of a sexual free-for-all beyond his wildest dreams - and then the AIDS epidemic hits. A beautiful, profane and witty novel from one of the masters of the form. Gilbert Adair has published novels, essays, translations, children's books and poetry. He has also written screenplays, including The Dreamers from his own novel for Bernardo Bertolucci. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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The Tribe, Ahmad, Michael Mohammed
4 Ahmad, Michael Mohammed The Tribe
Australia Giramondo Pub 2014 1922146560 / 9781922146564 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good Small 12mo 
156 pages. A collection of three novellas portraying life in an extended Muslim Allawite Lebanese-Australian family, as seen by one of its youngest members. The first novella describes the family house in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria, and the three generations who live, often in some discord, in its rooms; the second details the marriage of a cousin, and the threatened appearance of an estranged branch of the family at the ceremony; the third rounds off the cycle with the death of the family matriarch, the boy's grandmother. Together they offer an intimate insight into a community negotiating the conflict between tradition and modernity, and the complex tribal affiliations of the extended family. 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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My Invented Country: A Memoir, Allende, Isabel
5 Allende, Isabel My Invented Country: A Memoir
U. K. HarperPerennial 2004 000716310X / 9780007163106 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
199 pages. The life story of Isabel Allende -- one of the world's favourite writers -- is as exotic, passionate and inspiring as one of her novelsMy Invented Country is a memoir in which truth is most definitely stranger than fiction. Exploring the events of her life and those of the country in which she lived until the assassination of her cousin, the president Salvador Allende, in Pinochet's military coup, Allende takes us on a highly personal tour through her homeland, bringing it to life. In this charming book, portraits of her family and friends jostle with vivid descriptions of local customs and beliefs but through it all strides the indomitable figure of the young Isabel. Rebellious and passionate, a feminist long before she knew what feminism was, her love for (sometimes exasperation with) Chile informs every line. And her experiences make for unforgettable, often hilarious reading that no admirer of Allende's writing will want to miss. 
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To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories, Ambler, Eric (ed)
6 Ambler, Eric (ed) To Catch a Spy: An Anthology of Favourite Spy Stories
U. K. Four Square Books / NEL 1966 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 16mo 
206 pages with Spy Stories by Erie Ambler; John Buehan; Ian Fleming; Michael Gilbert; Graham Greene; Compton Mackenzie; Somerset Maugham. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Jake's Thing, Amis, Kingsley
7 Amis, Kingsley Jake's Thing
U. K. Penguin 1979 0140050965 / 9780140050967 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Good 16mo 
286 pages. Jake Richardson is a lecherous Oxford don who, rapidly approaching 60 and horrified at the dwindling resources of his normally hyperactive libido, seeks professional advice and tours the modern inferno of self-awareness and sexuality. 
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I'm Not Scared, Ammaniti, Niccolo
8 Ammaniti, Niccolo I'm Not Scared
Australia Text Publishing 2004 187700846X / 9781877008467 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
215 pages. Translated from the Italian as: "Io non ho paura" which was first published by Giulio Einaudi Editore 2001. Winner of the prestigious 2001 Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Fiction. 1978, the hottest summer of the twentieth century. In a tiny Italian rural community, the adults shelter indoors while six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside. In the midst of a sea of golden wheat, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he dare not tell anyone about it. To come to terms with what he finds, he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele's eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. The result is an immensely powerful, lyrical and skilfully narrated novel, reminiscent of such classics as Stand By Me, To Kill a Mockingbird andThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A compelling and utterly absorbing read, I'm Not Scared reinforces Ammaniti's status as a major literary talent. Winner of the Viareggio-Repaci Prize for Literature. Niccolo Ammaniti has written two collections of short stories and six novels, four of which have been translated into English. He was the youngest ever winner of the Italian Viareggio Literary Prize for Fiction for his best-selling novel I'm Not Scared,which has been translated into thirty-five languages. The Crossroads received the Premio Strega Prize in 2007, Italy's equivalent to the Booker Prize. Review: This gripping American debut by Italian novelist Ammaniti captures well the vagaries of childhood: the shifting alliances, the casual betrayals and the mix of helplessness and earnest audacity with which children confront adult situations. Nine-year-old Michele Amitrano lives with his little sister, devoted mother and distant father in a rural Italian hamlet consisting of five dilapidated houses. In the sweltering summer of 1978, he and a group of his friends strike out on their bikes across the barren, scorched hills. While exploring an abandoned house, Michele discovers what he believes to be the dead body of a boy his own age. He cannot bring himself to tell his friends. When he tries to tell his father, the elder Amitrano brushes him off. Drawn back to the site, Michele discovers that the boy is not dead, but weak, disoriented and unable to account for his presence there. Michele brings the boy food and water and slowly learns more about him. The boy's story-which includes kidnapping and ransom-are too much for a nine-year-old to fathom and involve virtually every adult in the tiny community. Yet Michele decides that he must do something to help the boy. Part mystery, part morality play, the novel is written in simple, spare prose. The characters, particularly that of Michele, spring to life, and the story builds to a heart-stopping climax. Readers will find this accomplished work hard to put down and even harder to forget. (Feb.) Forecast: This novel was a bestseller in Italy, and while that doesn't usually translate into U.S. sales, Ammaniti's masterful use of suspense should help win him an American following. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. 'Niccolo Ammaniti is the best novelist of his generation.' Il Giornale 'Ammaniti, one of the most admired figures on the Italian fiction scene...uses short sentences like the cracks of a whip and sharp paragraphs to make our hearts race and carry us to the edge of the abyss.' ABC, Spain 'Ammaniti is a born story-teller.' L'Unita 'Readers will find this accomplished work hard to put down and even harder to forget.' Publishers Weekly 'A tense, breathless book, written with self-confidence and vitality.' La Stampa 'Readable in one breath...moving, impressive, amazing. It reminds you of Italo Calvino, but a Calvino warmed by a humanity that is not afraid to roll around in the mud.' Panorama 'Confirms his extraordinary narrative talent, over which he superimposes an atmosphere of horror and marvel.' (Le Monde.) 
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That Aussie Christman Book, Andrew Daddo,Terry Denton
9 Andrew Daddo,Terry Denton That Aussie Christman Book
Australia Scholastic 2007 1741690439 / 9781741690439 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Terry Denton 
183 pages. Streuth! It's another flamin' Christmas book from Scholastic! The author of Good Night, Me; Youse Two; Muffin Top; Sprung; and countless other beloved Aussie tales offers up a new collection of wickedly funny stories! Andrew Daddo's brilliant ability to tap into the inner child and deliver stories that will ring true with kids is more outstanding than ever in this collection of hilarious, quirky accounts of Christmas-the Aussie way! Packed with stories, unfortunate twists and silly alterations, some of Daddo's stories are loosely based on his own family Christmas experiences, while others are just far-out super-silly tales that we know children of this age group love. Andrew Daddo well known to television audiences in Australia and overseas for more than ten years, as a presenter on American MTV, Lonely Planet, 11 AM, and (with Ernie Dingo) Kidspeak and Olympic Sunrise. He is a reporter on the current series of The Great Outdoors. He is a mad golfer and lives with his wife Jacqui, son Felix and baby daughter Anouk on Sydney s northern beaches. Terry Denton is one of Australia s best loved artists: he has won many awards including Picture Book of the Year, and he created the look for ABCTV s internationally successful children s show Lift Off. Terry lives with his wife and children in Mornington. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Kings Cross Swindlers (Novel), Andrew, Patrick
10 Andrew, Patrick Kings Cross Swindlers (Novel)
Australia Gordon A Publishers 1994 0646027581 / 9780646027586 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Signed by Author
189 pages. A humourous story about the confidence tricksters who inhabit Australia's famous bohemian centre. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer, Andy Runton
11 Andy Runton Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer
U.S.A. Top Shelf Productions 2004 1891830627 / 9781891830624 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
157 pages. Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the lookout for new friends and adventure. The first graphic novel in the series contains two enchanting novellas, "The Way Home" & "The Bittersweet Summer," wherein Owly discovers the meaning of friendship, and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever. 
Price: 19.00 AUD
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The Man from Snowy River: illustrated with stills from the film by Snowy River Productions, Anonymous
12 Anonymous The Man from Snowy River: illustrated with stills from the film by Snowy River Productions
Australia Angus and Robertson 1982 0207148341 / 9780207148347 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo David Parker (photographer) 
62 pages including colour illustrations. The story of the outstanding filmtold in wordsand 58 suberb full colour pictures. Inspired by the poem by A.B. ('Banjo') Paterson. For children. There is an inscription in the first page and creases in the back cover. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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A Practical Guide to Young Australian Fiction, Arnold, Josie;Piccinin, Tesha
13 Arnold, Josie;Piccinin, Tesha A Practical Guide to Young Australian Fiction
Australia Published by ABC Enterprises for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1985 0642529442 / 9780642529442 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
240 indexed pages. The authors of this Guide, Josie Arnold and Tesha Piccinin, have a combined experience of thirty-six years teaching secondary school English and have been Regional English Consultants and members of the Victorian Education Department Secondary English Committee. They began the Guide as a research project when they were asked to look at Australian teenage ?ction with a view to adapting books for ABC television. Although their work does not purport to be a comprehensive coverage of young Australian ?ction, they have selected books which would be reasonably available to young readers. A Practical Guide to Young Australian Fiction will provide useful background information for anyone seeking guidance in choosing books for children of different ages and interests. The books are arranged in alphabetical order by author and each entry gives publication details, indicates the bookís theme, plot, characterisation and style, lists the issues raised and suggests a reading level. Inscription in the first page. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Talking Skull, Arthur, Robert
14 Arthur, Robert Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Talking Skull
U. K. Armada 1979 0006906001 / 9780006906001 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 16mo 
127 pages. An old trunk involves the three investigators with dangerous criminals seeking a cache of stolen money. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Creating popular fiction: How to write novels that Sell, Bacia, Jennifer
15 Bacia, Jennifer Creating popular fiction: How to write novels that Sell
Australia Allen & Unwin 1994 1863736484 / 9781863736480 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
187 pages. This is the book all aspiring Australian writers have been waiting for! Here is a guide written by an Australian for Australians about how to write books that selL As one of Australia's most successful popular novelists, Jennifer Bacia provides practical advice and strategies for writing that novel youíve dreamed of for so long. In a down-to-earth and conversational style the author: Tells you how to make sure you are writing the novel that publishers - and readers - really want. Shows you how ideas for plots are everywhere. Provides page after page of examples and illustrations. Takes you step by step through the development of her own ?rst novel sharing the lessons, the problems and the breakthroughs that resulted in a book which became a world-wide bestseller. Gives advice on the business side of writing. This book is a must for anyone who has nursed a dream of one day trying to write a best-seller. And the time has never been more ripe as Australian publishers now actively seek to develop their own lists of local popular writers. Jennifer Bacia tells you everything you need to know to write the kind of novel publishers canít get enough of. Iemrifer Bacia is the author of the internationally successful novels "Shadows of Power", "Angel of Honour","Whisper from the Gods" and "Mask of Paradise", all published by Pan. She also teaches creative writing, writes stories and articles for various magazines, has a regular newspaper column and has just completed her ?rst screenplay. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Fairy School Drop-Out: Undercover, Badger, Meredith
16 Badger, Meredith Fairy School Drop-Out: Undercover
Australia Hardie Grant Egmont 2011 192175981X / 9781921759819 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
141 pages. The first in a brand new myth-debunking series by best-selling author of Go Girl! and Fairy School Drop-out. Ellie doesn't just not like being a fairy, she hates it! She hates it more than paper cuts. More than cold baths. More than jam and anchovy sandwiches. What exactly does she hate about it? 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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A Handful of Magic, Baker, Ivy
17 Baker, Ivy A Handful of Magic
Australia Angus & Robertson 1988 0207156999 / 9780207156991 1st Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 12mo 
116 pages. Something very weird is happening to Vicki. Why does she keep on seeing a strange vision floating above her - a scary face that mysteriously appears and disappears? Is it nightmare? Or her imagination? Or sunstroke? Suddenly the summer holidays are far from ordinary, and Vicki has much more to worry about than just her own fear of swimming. As she tries to make sense of all the odd things that are happening, Vicki gradually realises that the magic face has powers beyond her wildest dreams. This book is Ivy Bakerís fourth novel for children and follows her earlier successes. After taking up academic studies when her sons had embarked on their own careers, Ivy Baker matriculated with distinctions and began her degree at the University of Melbourne. She graduated with first class honours, winning the Bowen Prize for politics and the Margaret Kiddle Prize for history. On completing postgraduate studies at Monash University she gained a Master of Arts and received a Commonwealth Research Award. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Vox, Baker, Nicholson
18 Baker, Nicholson Vox
U. K. Granta Books 1998 1862070962 / 9781862070967 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
169 pages. Jim and Abby meet over the phone when they both dial one of those 976 party lines that are advertised in adult magazines. After some exploratory small talk, they retire to the electronic "Back room'' for a more intimate chat. Their long conversation makes up the entire book. If the premise sounds a bit thin, remember that Nicholson Baker's brilliant first novel "The Mezzanine" was about an office worker's lunch-hour expedition to buy new shoelaces. Like all great artists, Baker has the ability to make familiar objects and everyday events seem new and strange. Centerfolds, lingerie catalogs, and X-rated videos will never look the same. Indeed, Vox transforms the genre itself: this is eroticism for the safe-sex Nineties. Not only is there no physical contact, the participants never leave the privacy of their own homes. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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A Road from Damascus, Balderstone, David
19 Balderstone, David A Road from Damascus
Australia The Poppy Press 1992 0646114409 / 9780646114408 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
219 pages. This book ventures behind daily news of the Middle East - images of killings, assassinations, bombings and faltering peace talks - to tell the story of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians caught up in the Middle East quagmire. The story of a Palestinian family and an Israeli family driven apart by the Arab-Israeli conflict emerges as British spy Dickie Jones attempts to reverse his dwindling career fortunes by exploiting his daughterís friendship with an Australian archaeologist and photo-journalist. The Australianís friendship with a Palestinian businessman reveals the saga of the two families, who for decades had been friends and neighbours in Jerusalem up to the years before modern Israel was founded. After more than forty years apart, the separate ways of the families cross briefly and tragically. This encounter focuses attention on the elusiveness of truth in the Middle East. Despite the undoubted tragedy of the Arab-Israeli dispute, the novel captures the humour, irony and fatalism of the area and its people, whose resilience belies the seriousness of the situation. David Balderstone was Middle East Correspondent for The Age, Melbourne, from 1977- 1983. During this time, he was a regular visitor to Ayatollah Khomeiniís Iran, covered peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel, and was a front line reporter on the Iran/Iraq war front and in Lebanon. Since then, he has visited the area regularly, and broadcast extensively on Middle East politics for the ABC ís Radio Australia. He began his career as a cadet journalist on 'The Age' in 1966. 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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Selby Sorcerer, Ball, Duncan
20 Ball, Duncan Selby Sorcerer
Australia HarperCollins 2003 0207198616 / 9780207198618 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo Allan Stomann 
174 pages. A change is as good as a holidaybut for Selby, the two go hand in hand. Selby is lost in the Sahara Desert while looking for an ancient manuscript, he write a poem that is so sad that it brings the whole town of Bogusville to a stop, he is flipped into a parallel universe, he accidentally destroyed the most famous painting in the world and if these things arenít bad enough, Willy and Billy, the Triflesí terrible nephews are out to get Selby again in this weird and wonderful collection of very funny stories! For children ages 7-12. 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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