Scribe Frankfurt 2015 Rights Guide



Scribe Frankfurt 2015 Rights Guide
Frankfurt Book Fair
Rights Guide 2015
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The Sacred Combe
Thomas Maloney
The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischwili
Amanda Curtin
The Ice-Cream Makers
Ernest van der Kwast
Fever of Animals
Miles Allinson
Eben Venter
Higher Ed
Tessa McWatt
Wolf, Wolf
Eben Venter
Hope Farm
Peggy Frew
Lutz Seiler
Between a Wolf and Dog
Georgia Blain
Breathing through the Wound
Víctor del Árbol
The Science of Appearances
Jacinta Halloran
Dark Fires Shall Burn
Anna Westbrook
The American
Nadia Dalbuono
The Few
Nadia Dalbuono
The Mirror and the Clock
Marina Benjamin
Digital vs Human
Richard Watson
Please Don’t Leave Me Here
Tania Chandler
You Can Do Something Amazing With
Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]
Andrew Hankinson
In Brazil
Fran Bryson
Good Money
J.M. Green
The Family
Chris Johnston
The Falling Detective
Christoffer Carlsson
Position Doubtful
Kim Mahood
The Invisible Man from Salem
Christoffer Carlsson
The Lost Boys
Gina Perry
Adri van der Heijden
A Long Time Coming
Melanie Joosten
The Unseen Anzac
Jeff Maynard
The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade
Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys
Six Square Metres
Margaret Simons
Under the Love Umbrella
Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys
Paul Bühre
My Donkey Benjamin
Hans Limmer & Lennart Osbeck
In the Land of Giants
Gabi Martínez
My Pig Paulina
Hans Limmer & David Crossley
Walking in Berlin
Franz Hessel
Thomas Maloney
The Sacred Combe
In this mesmerising English debut novel, a man escapes his former life to enter an
enchanted place, something like The Secret Garden for grown-ups.
Samuel Browne’s wife has left him after just three bright years of marriage. She invites
him to ‘go live a better life without me’. He must start again, and alone.
And so it is that Sam finds himself deep in the English countryside in a cold but
characterful old house, remote and encircled by hills, in the employment and company
of an older, wiser man, a man as fond of mystery as he is of enlightenment. Who wrote
the letter that Sam is charged with locating in the house’s ancient library? What is the
secret of the unused room? And where does a life lose its way or gain its meaning?
May 2016
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(approx. 77,000 words)
In The Sacred Combe, there is truth born of fraud, a building made of light, and a
family wrecked by recklessness: loss and love reverberate around the house and around
the novel, providing pleasure, pain, and purpose. Combe Hall is a house designed to
honour and to enthrall. And this very fine debut novel does exactly the same.
THOMAS MALONEY was born in Kent in 1979, grew up in south-east London and studied
physics at university. He is a competent but unexceptional mountaineer and astigmatic
birdwatcher, and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, daughter and kayak.
Amanda Curtin
‘Curtin’s mastery of empathy and grace mirrors the master himself: Thomas Hardy.’ ­
— Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fishermen, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015
It has taken a lifetime for me to see that the more afraid people are of the darkness, the
further into it they will flee.
Nearing the end of her life, Meggie Tulloch takes up her pen to write a story for her
granddaughter. It begins in the first years of the twentieth century, in a place where
howling winds spin salt and sleet sucked up from icefloes.
A place where lives are ruled by men, and men by the witchy sea. A place where the
only thing lower than a girl in the order of things is a clever girl with accursed red hair.
A place schooled in keeping secrets.
Moving from the north-east of Scotland to the Shetland Isles to Fremantle, Australia,
Elemental is a novel about the life you make from the life you are given.
February 2016
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(448pp, pb)
AMANDA CURTIN is a writer, book editor and adjunct lecturer at Edith Cowan University. Her
first novel, The Sinkings, was published in 2008 and a short story collection, Inherited, in 2011,
both to critical acclaim. She has been granted writing residencies in Australia, Scotland, Ireland
and the United States, and the rest of the time resides in Perth, Western Australia.
Miles Allinson
Fever of Animals
Winner of
the Victorian
‘Allinson has a distinctive and rare authorial voice, one that is alive with wit,
intelligence, and energy ... An outstanding new talent.’ — Toni Jordan.
With the small inheritance he received upon his father’s death, Miles has come to
Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, Emil Bafdescu, who disappeared into a
forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu’s secret life, Miles must
also reckon with his own.
Faced with a language and a landscape that remain stubbornly out of reach, and
condemned to wait for someone who may never arrive, Miles is haunted by thoughts of
his ex-girlfriend, Alice, and the trip they took to Venice that ended their relationship.
Uncanny, occasionally absurd, and utterly original, Fever of Animals is a beautifully
written meditation on art and grief
UK – April 2016
ANZ – September 2015
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(272pp, pb)
MILES ALLINSON is a writer and an artist. He was born in Melbourne in 1981, and has a
Tessa McWatt
Higher Ed
Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing from the University
of Melbourne, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts (Art in Public Space) from RMIT. Fever of
Animals is his first novel, and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished
Manuscript in 2014.
‘A wryly passionate, slyly political and engrossing concatenation of London lives, that
only a Londoner by choice could have written.’ — China Miéville
A vivid and vivacious novel about real London lives today.
A university administrator and a film lecturer wait to hear if they will survive the next
round of budget cuts; a West Indian council worker long estranged from his daughter
gets a second chance at fatherhood; a Polish waitress strives to make a better life for
herself and her mother.
As the beat of the capital pulses, these five East-Londoners each long for a life less
complicated. But in a city of imperilled jobs, uncertain status and insufficient cash,
there is no such thing.
UK – September 2015
– May 2016
ANZ – October 2015
Material: book available
(304pp, pb)
Higher Ed is a novel that could only have been written post-2008. Fizzling with life and
with truth, it is a profound portrait of the way we live our lives today.
TESSA McWATT was born in Guyana, grew up in Canada, and has been living and working in
London for nearly two decades. She is the author of five earlier novels; her second, Dragons
Cry, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the City of
Toronto Book Awards. Her novel, Vital Signs, was nominated for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for
Caribbean Literature. She developed and leads the MA in Writing: Imaginative Practice at the
University of East London.
Peggy Frew
Hope Farm
Beautifully written, acutely observed and, best of all, completely absorbing … elegant,
tender and very wise.’ — Chris Womersley, author of Bereft
It is the winter of 1985. Hope Farm sticks out of the ragged landscape like a decaying
tooth, its weatherboard walls sagging into the undergrowth. Silver’s mother, Ishtar, has
fallen for the charismatic Miller, and the three of them have moved to the rural hippie
commune to make a new start.
At Hope, Silver finds unexpected friendship and, at last, a place to call home. But it is
also here that, at just thirteen, she is thrust into an unrelenting adult world — and the
walls begin to come tumbling down, with deadly consequences.
Hope Farm is the masterful second novel from award-winning author Peggy Frew,
and is a devastatingly beautiful story about the broken bonds of childhood, and the
enduring cost of holding back the truth.
UK – June 2016
ANZ – October 2015
Material: book available
(352pp, pb)
PEGGY FREW’s debut novel, House of Sticks, won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award
Georgia Blain
Between a Wolf and Dog
for an unpublished manuscript. Her story ‘Home Visit’ won The Age short story competition.
She has been published in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, and
Meanjin. Peggy is also a member of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Melbourne
band Art of Fighting
‘Many adjectives have been used to describe Georgia Blain’s work, including evocative,
powerful, atmospheric, haunting, rich, thought-provoking, skilful, uncompromising
and finely detailed.’ — Books + Publishing
Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the
middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, yet her own family
relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from her sister April and her ex-husband
Lawrence, Ester is struggling to make meaningful connections outside of her
counselling room. Meanwhile, April and Lawrence are struggling with their own messy
lives, and Ester and April’s mother, Hilary, is facing the most significant decision she’ll
ever have to make.
UK – July 2016
ANZ – April 2016
Material: pdf available
(approx. 70,000 words)
Taking place over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and
powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a novel about
dissatisfactions and anxieties in the face of relative privilege. Yet it is also a celebration
of the best in all of us — our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and
to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous
recognition of the shimmering beauty of what it is to be alive.
GEORGIA BLAIN has published novels, a memoir, essays, and short stories in Australia and
overseas. Her first novel, Closed for Winter, was made into a film. She has been shortlisted for
numerous awards, including the NSW and SA premier’s literary awards, and the Nita B. Kibble
Award. Her most recent novels include Too Close to Home and Darkwater, her first young-adult
book. Her short-story collection, The Secret Lives of Men, was published in 2013.
Jacinta Halloran
The Science of Appearances
A story of family and heredity, of the things that bind us together and that wrench us
In a small country town in the 1950s, the father of thirteen-year-old twins, Dominic
and Mary Quinn, dies unexpectedly. While Dominic shoulders the mantle of family
responsibility, free-spirited Mary escapes to the city in pursuit of love and the life of an
artist. From there, she explores the bohemian haunts of a rapidly changing post-war
Dominic and his mother don’t know where Mary is. When a generous widow offers
money for Dominic’s education, Dominic returns to school and sets out for university
in the city, determined to find his sister. He studies botany and becomes interested in
genetics, a field on the brink of great things. He also meets the charismatic Hanna, a
German Jewish refugee, psychology student, and devotee of Freud.
ANZ – September 2016
Material: manuscript
available February 2016
(approx. 70,000 words)
When Dominic and Mary eventually reunite, they must come to terms with the truth
behind their father’s death, a revelation with life-changing potential for them both.
JACINTA HALLORAN lives in Melbourne, where she works as a GP. Her first novel, Dissection,
was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards before being published in 2008.
Jacinta’s most recent novel is Pilgrimage (2012), and her stories and journalism have appeared
in many Australian publications.
Anna Westbrook
Dark Fires Shall Burn
A powerful historical crime novel inspired by a real unsolved murder.
1946: Templeton and Annie are siblings on the run. On the streets of Sydney, they
meet the hard-bitten Dot. As they become embroiled in Dot’s world of petty theft and
prostitution, Annie falls into a relationship with the abusive Jack, a two-bit thug, who
has just escalated a turf war with an old and formidable enemy.
Meanwhile, 11-year-old friends Frances and Nancy have lost their fathers in World War
II, and are witness to the social upheaval as soldiers return home and the community
tries to mend its rifts. When Frances stumbles into a bungled drive-by shooting, she
unwittingly becomes entangled with Jack and his gang. Then Templeton discovers the
body of Frances, who has been raped and murdered, in a local cemetery. Convinced
that Jack is responsible, he sets out to prove it, and is drawn into the city’s criminal
ANZ – May 2016
Material: pdf available
(approx. 70,000 words)
ANNA WESTBROOK is a Sydney-based writer, poet, and academic. Anna completed a PhD
at the University of New South Wales and lectures in creative writing at New York University
Sydney. Her poems have been published in the USA, France, and Australia. Anna was
shortlisted for the 2006 Vogel award.
Nadia Dalbuono
The American
‘Has Donna Leon found her match?’ —
The second
novel in the
The second Leone Scamarcio thriller from an emerging British crime
writer of tremendous potential.
When Detective Leone Scamarcio is called to an apparent suicide on the Ponte
Sant’Angelo, a stone’s throw from Vatican City, the dead man’s expensive suit suggests
yet another businessman fallen on hard times. But Scamarcio is immediately troubled
by similarities with the 1982 murder of Roberto Calvi, dubbed ‘God’s Banker’ because
of his work for the Vatican Bank.
When, days later, a cardinal with links to the bank is killed, and the CIA send a couple
of heavies to warn him off the case, Scamarcio knows he’s on to something big …
UK – January 2016
ANZ – September 2015
Material: book available
(368pp, pb)
Nadia Dalbuono
As disturbing connections between 9/11, America’s dirty wars, Vatican corruption, the
Mafia, and Italy’s violence against its own people begin to emerge, Scamarcio is forced
to deal with responsibilities far above his pay grade in this tightly-plotted mystery full of
political intrigue.
The Few
‘Gripping … you won’t be able to put it down.’ — The Sun
Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a former leading mafioso, has turned his back
on the family business, and has joined the Rome police force. He may be one of the
last honest men in Italy.
But when Scamarcio is handed a file of extremely compromising photographs of a
high-profile Italian politician, and told to ‘deal with it’, he knows he’s in for trouble.
And when a young man is found stabbed to death in Rome, and a young American
girl disappears on a beach in Elba, Scamarcio’s job gets a whole lot more complicated.
Worst of all, every lead seems to implicate the prime minister — a multi-media baron,
and the most powerful man in Italy. As the case spins out of control, and his own past
catches up with him, Scamarcio must navigate the darkest currents of Italian society
— only to find that nothing is as it seems, and that the price of truth may be higher
than he can pay.
UK – November 2014
ANZ – September 2014
Material: book available
(368pp, pb)
NADIA DALBUONO was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford, where she read history and
German. For the last sixteen years, she has worked as a documentary director and consultant
for Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, and National Geographic. The American is the sequel to her first
novel, The Few.
Tania Chandler
Please Don’t Leave Me Here
‘Chandler has mastered the art of writing the unreliable narrator.’ — Reading, Writing
and Riesling
A riveting psychological thriller.
Is Brigitte a loving wife and mother, or a cold-blooded killer? Nobody knows why she
was in the east of the city so early on the morning she was left for dead by a hit-and-run
driver. It was the Friday before Christmas 1994 — the same day police discovered the
body of a man beaten to death in her apartment.
Fourteen years later, Brigitte is married to the detective who investigated the murder,
which she claims to have lost her memory of in the car accident. They have young
twins, and seem to be a happy family. Until the reopening of the cold case.
UK – September 2015
ANZ – August 2015
Material: book available
(304pp, pb)
Rights sold:
Germany (Suhrkamp)
Please Don’t Leave Me Here is about loss, love and lies. It is about pain, fear, and
memory. And, above all, it is about letting go.
TANIA CHANDLER is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. She studied professional writing and
editing at RMIT, and her work was awarded a special commendation in the 2013 Writers Victoria
Crime Writing competition. She is currently working on her next novel, Dead in the Water, the
sequel to Please Don’t Leave Me Here.
J.M. Green
Good Money
‘Gritty and terrifically engaging, this hardboiled story with its matching prose had me hooked
from the first page.’ — Honey Brown, author of After the Darkness and Through the Cracks
Introducing Stella Hardy, a wisecracking social worker with a thirst for social justice, good
laksa, and alcohol.
Stella’s phone rings. A young African boy, the son of one of her clients, has been murdered.
Stella, in her forties and running low on empathy, heads into the night to comfort the grieving
mother. But when she gets there, she makes a discovery that has the potential to uncover
something terrible from her past — something she thought she’d gotten away with.
Then Stella’s neighbour Tania mysteriously vanishes. When Stella learns that Tania is the
heir to a billion-dollar mining empire, Stella realises her glamorous young friend might have
had more up her sleeve than just a perfectly toned arm. Who is behind her disappearance?
Enlisting the help of her friend, Senior Constable Phuong Nguyen, Stella’s investigation draws
her further and further into a dark world of drug dealers, sociopaths, and killers.
February 2016
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(288pp, pb)
One thing is clear: Stella needs to find answers fast — before the people she’s looking for find
her instead.
J.M. GREEN studied professional writing at RMIT. Good Money, her first novel, was shortlisted
for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She lives in
Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Christoffer Carlsson
translated by
The Falling Detective
Michael Gallagher
‘Christoffer Carlsson has done it again ... a truly excellent crime novel.’
— Smålandsposten
The second
novel in the
Leo Junker
Leo Junker is back in the snake pit — the nickname for the homicide unit — after
a long leave of absence due to his entanglement in a murder case where he was
personally targeted by the perpetrator. He is still abusing prescription drugs and
battling his inner demons, but he does his best to appear fit for duty.
In early winter, a sociologist named Thomas Heber is found murdered in an alley
in the centre of Stockholm. The only traces the police have to work with are Heber’s
cryptic research notes, which indicate that someone else’s life is also under threat. But
UK – September 2016
ANZ – February 2016
Material: pdf available
(approx 70,000 words)
Rights: UK &
Christoffer Carlsson
translated by
Leo is put on the Heber case, together with Gabriel Birck, his former antagonist in
the force. That is hard enough, but when the case is abruptly taken from them and
reassigned to the Swedish Security Service, Leo realises this is no ordinary street
mugging. As the lens widens, Leo becomes immersed in a clash between racists and
anti-racists who are waging a war on the streets and on the public stage — and in the
The Falling Detective is a troubling story of friendship across moral and political
boundaries, where the lines between ally and enemy are blurred, and the past becomes
interwoven with the present in a chilling way.
The Invisible Man from Salem
Michael Gallagher
‘Intricately plotted, this is a first class urban police procedural that confronts many
of the inequalities in Swedish society ... Carlsson is a name to watch.’ — Maxim
In the final days of summer, a young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three
floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken disgraced ex-officer Leo Junker.
Though suspended from the force, he can’t stay away for long. Bluffing his way onto
the crime scene, he examines the dead woman and sees that she is clasping a cheap
necklace — a necklace he instantly recognises.
As Leo sets out on a rogue investigation to catch the killer, a series of frightening
connections emerge, linking the murder to his own troubled youth in Salem — a
suburb of Stockholm where social and racial tensions run high — and forcing him to
confront a long ago incident that changed his life forever.
UK – June 2015
ANZ – April 2015
Material: book available
(304pp, pb)
Rights: UK &
Now, in backstreets, shadowed alleyways, and decaying suburbs ruled by Stockholm’s
criminal underground, the search for the young woman’s killer — and the truth about
Leo’s past — begins.
CHRISTOFFER CARLSSON was born in 1986. The author of two previous novels, he has a PhD in
criminology, and is a university lecturer in the subject. The Invisible Man from Salem has been a
bestseller in Sweden, and won the Swedish Crime Academy’s 2013 Best Crime Novel of the Year
award. It is the first in a series starring a young police officer called Leo Junker, and will shortly
be developed into a three-season TV drama by StellaNova Film
Nino Haratischwili
translated by
Charlotte Collins &
Ruth Martin
The Eighth Life (For Brilka)
1900, Georgia: Stasia, daughter of a chocolatier, grows up in the upper echelons of
Georgian society. She dreams of a life in Paris, but at 17 she marries a White Guard
soldier, who is transferred to Moscow on the eve of the October Revolution of 1917.
When Stalin becomes the sole ruler of the Soviet Union, the country’s impoverished
population suffers. Stasia and her children Kitty and Kostja seek shelter in the house
of Stasia’s sister Christine in Tbilisi. But when Stalin’s right-hand man Lavrentiy
Beria takes notice of Christine’s astonishing beauty and unworldly manner, disastrous
consequences ensue…
2006, Germany: after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the dissolution of the Soviet
Union, Georgia is shaken by a civil war. Niza, Stasia’s brilliant great-granddaughter, has
broken with her family and moved to Berlin. But when her 12-year-old niece Brilka runs
away, Niza seeks and finds her. In search of her own past and to silence her demons,
she will tell Brilka the whole story: about Stasia, Christine, Kitty, and Kostja. About their
children. And about the secret recipe for the family’s Hot Chocolate, which has offered
both salvation and misfortune for six generations.
April 2017
Material: sample translation
The Eighth Life (For Brilka) is an epic novel about eight exceptional lives lived under the
heat and light of empire, revolution, communism, war, paranoia, repression, liberation
and nation-building.
(approx. 356,000 words)
Rights: World English
NINO HARATISCHWILI was born in Georgia in 1983, and is an award-winning novelist,
playwright, and director. She has been writing in both German and Georgian since the age of
twelve. In 2010, her debut novel Juja was nominated for the German Book Prize. The following
year, Mein sanfter Zwilling won the Independent Publishers’ Hotlist Prize.
Ernest van der Kwast
translated by
The Ice-Cream Makers
Laura Vrooman
A dazzling novel about an Italian ice-cream dynasty, tradition, ambition, and the
sensation of lemon sorbet melting on your tongue.
In the far north of Italy lies the valley of the ice-cream makers: about a dozen villages
where, for generations, people have specialised in making ice cream. Giuseppe
Talamini claims it was actually invented here. Every spring his family sets off for the
ice-cream parlour in Rotterdam, returning to the mountains only in winter.
Eldest son Giovanni Talamini decides to break with this tradition by pursuing a literary
career. But then one day his younger brother Luca approaches him with a highly
unusual request. Now Giovanni faces a dilemma: serve the family’s interests one last
time or choose his own path in life, once and for all.
UK – July 2016
ANZ – November 2016
Sample translation available
Rights: World English
ERNEST VAN DER KWAST made his breakthrough with the novel Mama Tandoori which
became a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy and sold more than 100,000 copies. In
2012 he published the novella Giovanna’s Navel which entered the Der Spiegel bestseller list
immediately after publication in Germany (Mare Verlag) in Spring 2015.
Eben Venter
translated by
Luke Stubbs
‘It’s a powerful book, a dystopic vision of the future of South Africa.’ — J.M. Coetzee
The story of a life-changing journey, Trencherman is a powerful contemporary retelling
of Heart of Darkness.
One rainy night in Australia, Marlouw’s sister phones with the request that he fetch her
son ‘from that bloody country’. And Marlouw, with his club foot and hardened spirit,
believes it is his fate to carry out this instruction. Drenched in sweat after an ominous
flight, his exodus carries him deeper into the unknown — past the suffering masses
alongside the road to the outer darkness of the rural areas.
There are rumours that Koert is on the old family farm, now in the possession of their
former workers. That there, guarded and isolated, he has built himself a powerful
empire as the King of Meat. Here, on Ouplaas, at the end of Marlouw’s terrible journey,
the heart of terror is cut open …
UK – March 2016
ANZ – May 2016
Material: pdf available
(approx. 70,000 words)
Rights: World English
Eben Venter
translated by
Wolf, Wolf
Michiel Heyns
‘I am deeply impressed. An outstanding novel.’ — J.M. Coetzee
How should a man be? Mattie Duiker is trying very hard to live up to his dying father’s
wishes. He is putting aside childish things, starting his first business. His Pa is proud.
At the same time, Mattie is pulled toward an altogether different version of masculinity,
in which oiled and toned bodies cavort for him at the click of a mouse. His porn addiction
both threatens his relationship with his boyfriend, Jack, and imperils his inheritance.
Pa’s peacocking days as a swaggering businessman are done, but even as the cancer
shrivels and crisps him, Pa haltingly prepares his son for life without him, and himself
for life without a male heir. And, while the family wrestles with matters of entitlement
and inheritance, around them a new South Africa is quietly but persistently nudging its
way forwards.
UK – February 2015 (hb)
ANZ – March 2015 (pb)
Material: book available
Rights: World English
Wolf, Wolf is a novel of old rigid states and new unfinished forms, of stiff tolerance and
mournful nostalgia. With uncommon sensitivity to place, time, and sex, Eben Venter
reveals himself to the world outside his homeland as one of its most astute and acute
observers, in the manner of Coetzee and Roth.
EBEN VENTER was raised on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa, and migrated to
Australia in 1986. He has won numerous awards for his work, and currently holds an honorary
appointment as professional associate in the Institute of English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes
Lutz Seiler
translated by
Tess Lewis
The lyrical, bestselling 2014 German Book Prize winner.
It is 1989, and a young literature student named Ed is fleeing from the unspeakable
tragedy of his girlfriend’s death in an accident, and travels to the Baltic island of
Hiddensee. Long shrouded in myth, the island is a well-known destination for hippies,
idealists, and those at odds with the East German state.
Upon reaching the island, Ed eventually stumbles upon the Klausner, the island’s most
popular restaurant, and ends up washing dishes there. Although he is keen to remain
on the sidelines, Ed feels drawn towards Kruso, the unofficial leader of the seasonal
March 2017
Material: manuscript
available July 2016
(approx. 140,000 words)
Rights: World English
It emerges that Kruso, a charismatic but cryptic character, is on a mission to help the
countless runaways who come to the island trying to make it to the West, but is also
on an ideological quest to unite them all in the pursuit of perfect freedom. Reluctantly,
Ed becomes involved in the rituals of free love that the workers practise, and craves
Kruso’s acceptance and affection. As the authorities begin to close in on Kruso, and
East Germany’s borders become porous, the friends’ grip on reality loosens and life on
the island changes irrevocably.
LUTZ SEILER was born in 1963 in Gera, Thuringia, and today lives in Wilhelmshorst near
Berlin and Stockholm. Since 1997, he has been the literary director and custodian of the Peter
Huchel Museum. His many prizes include the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Bremen Prize for
Literature, the Fontane Prize, the Uwe-Johnson-Prize 2014, and the German Book Prize 2014.
Víctor del Árbol
translated by
Breathing Through the Wound
Lisa Dillman
A Spanish psychological thriller that asks big questions.
Perhaps God plays dice with our destiny, scattering the pieces of a puzzle that always
keeps coming back together one way or another. Maybe it is fate that snatches away
what we cherish the most — or perhaps everything that happens to us is the result of
our own actions.
These questions torment Eduardo, a painter to whom nothing has made sense since the
death of his wife and daughter in a car accident fourteen years before. Recently released
from prison, his talent as a painter is being wasted as he languishes in his apartment,
trying to drink away the pain of his loss.
UK – September 2016
ANZ – March 2016
Material: pdf available
(approx. 115,000 words)
Rights: World English
One day, a famous cellist gives Eduardo the biggest challenge of his life: he must paint
the portrait of the man who killed her son in a similar car accident. Accepting the
assignment triggers a spiral of emotions and tragic events that inevitably involves the
people around him. With each brush stroke, Eduardo opens doors that were meant to
have stayed shut — doors which, once opened, can never be closed.
VÍCTOR DEL ÁRBOL holds a degree in history from the University of Barcelona. He has
worked for Catalonia’s police force since 1992. In 2006, he won the Tiflos de Novela Award for
The Weight of the Dead. His latest novel, Un Millón de Gotas, won the 2015 French Grand Prix
for Crime Fiction.
Marina Benjamin
The Mirror and the Clock
on turning fifty
In a society paradoxically obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does
middle age nowadays mean?
If we are being asked to strive to turn back the clock, and also to expect it to tick on forever,
while constantly checking our progress in the mirror, what then of the present?
In this subtle but scintillating, unblinking but unfooled exploration of the meanings of
middle age in the modern world, Marina Benjamin looks at the evolution over recent
decades of our understanding of the purposes and perils of this period in life, and examines
her own sudden, brutal propulsion into menopause and into a new definition of herself as
daughter, mother, citizen, and woman. She deals with pinnacles and pain, mortality and the
marginal, loss and lingerie, memory and milestones.
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The Mirror and the Clock offers an inspired and expanded vision of how to be middle-aged
happily and harmoniously, without sentiment or self-delusion. Marina reads the seers and
the sages, and winnows out their chaff, before returning to us with her own inspirational
harvest of hard-won and hard-edged knowledge in the form of this bountiful book.
MARINA BENJAMIN is a writer and editor. She’s the author of two previous memoirs, Rocket
Dreams, shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award, and Last Days in Babylon, longlisted for the
Wingate Prize. She has also worked as a journalist, writing for most of the broadsheets and
serving as arts editor at the New Statesman and deputy arts editor at the Evening Standard.
She is currently senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon and is the founding editor of the
Royal Literary Fund’s online weekly publication Collected.
Richard Watson
Digital vs Human
how we’ll live, love, and think in the future
From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you
need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow.
On most measures that matter, we’ve never had it so good. Physically, life for
humankind has improved immeasurably over the last fifty years. Yet there is a crisis of
progress slowly spreading across the world.
To a large degree, the history of the next fifty years will be about the relationship
between people and technologies created by a tiny handful of designers and developers.
These inventions will undoubtedly change our lives, but the question is, to what end?
What do we want these technologies to achieve on our behalf? What are they capable of,
and what kind of lives do we want to lead?
Richard Watson hereby extends an exuberant invitation for us to think deeply about
the world of today and envision what kind of world we wish to create in the future.
In a fascinating and accessible way, Digital vs Human examines the possible effects of
technology on every area of our lives.
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RICHARD WATSON works with leadership teams to challenge existing thinking about what
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documents global trends, and the co-founder of Futures House Europe, a specialist scenario
is obvious or inevitable. He is also the founder and publisher of What’s Next, a website that
planning consultancy. His bestselling book, Future Files, has been translated into 14 languages
and he lectures regularly in London Business School’s Executive Education program.
Andrew Hankinson
You Can Do Something Amazing With
Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]
Winner of a Northern Writers Award.
These are the last days of Raoul Moat.
Moat was the fugitive Geordie bodybuilder-mechanic who became notorious one hot
July week when, after killing his ex-girlfriend’s new lover, shooting her in the stomach,
and blinding a policeman, he disappeared into the woods of Northumberland, evading
discovery for seven days — even after TV tracker Ray Mears was employed by the police to
find him. Bizarrely, the notorious ex-England soccer star Gazza also played a role, trying
to get a fishing rod and a chicken to Moat by taxi. Eventually, cornered by the police, Moat
shot himself.
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Andrew Hankinson, a journalist and a Geordie, re-tells Moat’s story using only Moat’s
own words, and those of the state services which engaged with him, bringing the reader
disarmingly close at all times to the mind of Moat. It is a reading experience unrelieved by
authorial distance or expert interpretation. The narrative Hankinson has woven is entirely
compelling, even if Moat’s weaknesses are never far from sight, requiring the reader to
work out where they should stand.
ANDREW HANKINSON is a journalist who was born, raised and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.
He started his career as a staff writer at Arena magazine. He is now a freelance feature writer
who has contributed to many publications, including Observer Magazine, The Guardian, and
Huffington Post.
Fran Bryson
In Brazil
In Brazil, you can commune with spirits and you can party with gods. In Brazil, you
can learn a lot about life, heroes, and possibilities.
We might think we know about Brazil. We’ve watched the World Cup, we’ve heard
about the danger and the corruption, we’ve seen the samba and the rainforest. But
Brazil still holds secrets.
Over many years, Fran Bryson developed a fascination with Brazil that slowly became
an obsession. In the course of several journeys she discovered the country: from the
glittering modern city of Brasilia to the small, deeply religious towns, and from the
inner reaches of the Amazonian jungle to the vibrant backlands — home to cowboys
and troubadours.
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In Brazil is Fran’s experience of travelling through one of the world’s most colourful
and contradictory nations and, in doing so, making sense of her life and the world
around her.
FRAN BRYSON is a travel writer and a former literary agent. She lives on Flinders Island,
largest of the Furneaux islands, in the treacherous waters of Bass Strait, in south-eastern
Australia. In the course of researching In Brazil, Fran took psychedelic drugs in the middle of
the Amazon, sought out ancient and modern-day religious cults, and performed with a dance
school as part of Carnival in Rio
Chris Johnston
The Family
Melbourne’s apocalyptic cult The Family and their guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne — one
of very few female cult leaders — captured international headlines throughout the
1980s and 1990s.
In 1987, police dramatically rescued the cult’s abused children, all with bleached
blonde hair, from a lakeside property near Melbourne. They were to be part of
Hamilton-Byrne’s future master race — there were 28 children in total. Her followers
unquestioningly believed she was ‘the one true master.’ The survivors have suffered
ever since, while Hamilton-Byrne lives with dementia in a nursing home, with only one
minor criminal charge to her name, but an estate worth many millions.
How did this happen? What were the circumstances and the contexts that made such
atrocities possible? Who profited and who suffered? Who tried to stop it? Why did
Hamilton-Byrne’s supporters believe she was Jesus Christ reincarnated in the female
form? What became of the children after they were finally rescued?
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With new material now come to light, including the lead detective’s complete files and
diaries from the original 1980s investigation, Chris Johnston, one of Australia’s leading
journalists, will piece together the answers to these questions as he reconstructs a story
that has never been fully told until now. The book will be released alongside a new
television documentary also detailing the full story of The Family.
CHRIS JOHNSTON is a senior writer at The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, and he has
been covering developments within remnants of the cult for two years.
Kim Mahood
Position Doubtful
mapping landscapes and memories
Imagine the document you have before you is not a book, but a map. It is well-used, creased,
and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is
neither latitude nor longitude opens in the hidden geography of the place you are about to enter.
For the past twenty years, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to roam
the harsh and beautiful desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child,
she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has
changed: the station has been handed back to its traditional landowners; the mining
companies have arrived; and Indigenous art has flourished.
By immersing herself in the life of a small community and its art centre, and in her
ground-breaking mapping projects, Mahood has been seeking to understand her own
place in the country she loves, and to find a bridge across the fault line between the
profoundly disparate cultures that inhabit it.
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Position Doubtful is a meditation on that experience. Containing astonishing writing
about art and landscape, it is a beautiful and intense exploration of memory and
homecoming. Written with great energy, insight, and humour, Position Doubtful is a
unique portrait of black-and-white relations in contemporary Australia.
KIM MAHOOD’s 2000 memoir, Craft for a Dry Lake, won the NSW Premier’s Award for nonfiction and the Age Book of the Year for non-fiction. In 2013, she was awarded the Peter
Blazey Fellowship for a non-fiction work in progress, and was shortlisted for the Elizabeth
Jolley Short Story Prize. In 2014, she was awarded the H C Coombs Fellowship.
Gina Perry
The Lost Boys
inside Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave experiments
In 1954, a group of boys attended a remote summer camp in Oklahoma. There they were split
into two groups, and forced to bully, harass, and demonise members of the other group.
One of social psychology’s classic studies, the Robbers Cave experiment, was conducted
at the height of Cold War preoccupations.
Officially, the experiment had a happy ending: the boys reconciled, and psychologist
Muzafer Sherif demonstrated that while hatred and violence are powerful forces, so
too are cooperation and harmony. Today, it is a staple of social-psychology textbooks,
proffered as proof that under the right conditions warring groups can make peace. It’s
been used in theories of prejudice and discrimination, interracial conflict, and war.
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Yet the true story of the experiments is far more complex, and more chilling. In The Lost
Boys, Gina Perry explores the experiments and their consequences, tracing the story of
Turkish-born Muzafer Sherif, a troubled outsider who struggled to craft an experiment
that would prove his theory, cement his reputation, and vanquish his personal demons.
Drawing on archival material and interviews with those involved, Perry pieces together a
story of drama, mutiny, and intrigue that has never been told before.
GINA PERRY is an Australian writer and psychologist. Her feature articles have been published in
a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Age, The Australian and Cosmos. She is
author of the acclaimed book about Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments, Behind the Shock
Machine and her co-production of the ABC Radio National documentary on the same topic won
the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festivals radio awards.
Melanie Joosten
A Long Time Coming
essays on ageing
A collection of thought-provoking essays exploring the culture of ageing in our youthobsessed world.
Improved health care and increased standards of living mean people are often surviving
longer. Yet as Australia’s population — along with the populations of many developed
countries — grows older, what should be seen as a positive outcome is often deemed
a problem. An ageing population is viewed as an imminent disaster, something to
be feared and managed. This attitude can make older people seem less deserving
of support and care, creating unnecessary difficulties as we age. It is time for us to
reconsider what it means to grow older, and how we can help those facing the physical
and mental challenges of old age to fare a little better.
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Written with intelligence and compassion, Joosten’s pieces span the housing crisis as
it affects older people, the politics of nursing-home care, the realities of dementia, and
women’s changing relationships to their bodies as they age. Weaving interviews with
research and personal essay, Joosten undertakes a timely and clearsighted investigation
into the politics of ageing, and how we as a society should look to and care for the
current and future generations of elders.
MELANIE JOOSTEN lives and works in Melbourne. She has an honours degree in Creative
Arts and a Master of Arts (Editing) from the University of Melbourne. Her first novel, Berlin
Syndrome (Scribe) is currently being made into a major motion picture by Aquarius Films.
A Long Time Coming is her first non-fiction book.
Jeff Maynard
The Unseen Anzac
how an enigmatic explorer created Australia’s World War I photographs
Cameras were banned at the Western Front during World War I. Instead, official
photographers were only allowed to take propaganda pictures. War correspondent
Charles Bean continually argued that a photographer should be appointed to photograph
the actual conditions. He was eventually assigned an enigmatic polar explorer — George
Hubert Wilkins. His exploits were legendary. Wilkins did what no photographer had
previously dared to do. He went ‘over the top’ with the troops and ran forward to
photograph the actual fighting. He led soldiers into battle, captured German prisoners,
was wounded repeatedly, and was twice awarded the Military Cross — all while he
refused to carry a gun and armed himself only with a bulky glass-plate camera.
Wilkins ultimately produced the most detailed and accurate collection of World War I
photographs in the world. After the war, Wilkins returned to polar exploring and, during
the next 40 years, his life became shrouded in secrecy. His work at the Western Front
was forgotten, and others claimed credit for his photographs.
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Throughout his life, Wilkins wrote detailed diaries and letters, but when he died in
Massachusetts in 1958 these documents were locked away. Jeff Maynard follows a trail of
myth and misinformation to locate Wilkins’ lost records and reveal the remarkable true
story of World War I’s greatest photographer.
JEFF MAYNARD is an author and documentary maker. His books include Niagara’s Gold, Divers
in Time, and Wings of Ice. He is a former editor of Australian Motorcycle News, and retains a
keen interest in classic motorcycles. He is a member of the Explorers Club and is on the board
of the Historical Diving Society.
Margaret Simons
Six Square Metres
reflections from a small garden
Life lessons from the ground up.
Sometimes you reap what you sow. Sometimes you reap what other people sowed. Sometimes
you haven’t got a clue what you are sowing, and sometimes you just get lucky, or unlucky. All
these things are true of life, as of gardening.
In this thoughtful and beautifully observed book, journalist and gardening enthusiast
Margaret Simons takes readers on a journey through the seasons, through her life, and
through the tiny patch of inner-urban earth that is home to her garden.
Over the course of a year, within the garden and without, there are births to celebrate
and deaths to mourn; there are periods of great happiness and light, and times of quiet
reflection. There is, in other words, all the chaos, joy, sorrow, and splendour of being
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MARGARET SIMONS is a freelance journalist and author, and director of the Centre for
Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She has published eleven books
including The Content Makers and more recently Malcolm Fraser: the political memoirs, written
with the late former prime minister. In the past Simons has worked for The Age, and The
Australian newspapers. As a freelancer, she has had work published in dozens of magazines
and newspapers in Australia and overseas
Paul Bühre
translated by
David Shaw
what we’re really thinking (when we’re not saying anything)
A Top Five bestseller in Germany.
Teenagers are people too! But what kind?
Slaves to consumerism, ruined by porn, and always willing to trade in Granny’s
Christmas present for a bag of weed or a vodka and Red Bull? Until now, we’ve always
seen the lives of adolescents through the eyes of worried parents, overworked and
overstressed teachers, or even family therapists. Now, for the first time, a 15-year-old
lifts the lid on what makes teenagers tick.
Here is an insider’s report on the adolescent world of social media, computer games,
fashion, love in the age of the internet, and those moments when everything just seems
to get on top of you. And on parents, who only want the best for their offspring, but
always seem to end up achieving just the opposite.
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Gabi Martínez
translated by
Daniel Hahn
PAUL BÜHRE was a 15-year-old high school student when Teens was published in Germany. He
dreams of a career as a comic-book artist. He lives in his teenage bedroom in Berlin.
In the Land of Giants
On 2nd August 2002, Jordi Magraner, a Spanish zoologist was found dead in his house
in the Bumburet Valley (Pakistan). Jordi had arrived in Pakistan in 1988 in search of
new animal species, though his main (and confidential) objective on the mission was to
find traces of human-like feet: he dreamed of finding the Yeti, also known as Bigfoot, or
Barmanu in Pakistan.
For over ten years Jordi travelled all over Northern Pakistan and the Northeast of
Afghanistan within the framework of his scientific investigation.
A few years after Jordi Magraner’s assassination, journalist and writer Gabi Martínez
echoes his story and travels to Pakistan himself in order to talk directly to the
protagonists, diving into the investigation of the death of the Spanish zoologist, still
unsolved, with the collaboration of Magraner’s family.
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GABI MARTÍNEZ has published eleven books including both fiction and non-fiction. He is
particularly well known for his outstanding travel writing, with Los mares de Wang selected
as the top travel book of the year by Condé Nast Traveller in 2008. His 2005 book of essays
Una España inesperada was said by critics to have set the benchmark for Spanish literary
journalism, while his novels Sudd and Voy, and his non-fiction books Sólo para gigantes and
En la Barrera, were selected as books of the year by Spanish literary magazine Qué Leer in
2007, 2014, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Franz Hessel
translated by
Amanda DeMarco
Walking in Berlin
a flaneur in the capital
A timeless guide to one of the world’s greatest cities. Franz Hessel was an observer par excellence of the increasingly hectic metropolis that
was Berlin in the late 1920s. In Walking in Berlin, a collection of 23 essays originally
published in German in 1929, he captures the rhythm of Weimar-era Berlin, recording
evidence of the seismic shifts shaking German culture at the time.
Nearly all of the pieces take the form of a walk or outing, focusing either on a theme or
part of the city, and many end at a theatre, cinema, or club. Hessel effortlessly weaves
historical information into his observations, displaying his extensive knowledge of the
city. Today, many years after the Nazi era and the postwar reconstruction that followed,
the areas he visited are all still prominent and interesting. From the Alexanderplatz
to Kreuzberg, his record of them has become priceless. Superbly written, and as fresh
today as when it first appeared, this is a book to be savoured.
FRANZ HESSEL was born in 1880 to a Jewish banking family, and grew up in Berlin. After
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with the fashion journalist Helen Grund was the inspiration for Henri-Pierre Roche’s novel and,
Adri van der Heijden
translated by
Jonathan Reeder
studying in Munich, he lived in Paris, moving in artistic circles in both cities. His relationship
later, Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim. Their son Stéphane went on to become a diplomat
and author of the worldwide bestselling Indignez-Vous! He also co-translated Proust with
Walter Benjamin, as well as works by Casanova, Stendhal, and Balzac. Franz Hessel died in
early 1941, shortly after his release from an internment camp.
a requiem memoir
Winner of the 2012 Libris Literature Prize — the Dutch equivalent of the Booker Prize —
and a bestseller in Holland and Germany, this is a mesmerising rendition of grief and love. On Pentecost 2010, Tonio — the only son of writer Adri van der Heijden — is hit by a
car. He dies of his injuries that same day. Tonio is only 21. His parents are faced with
the monstrous task of forging ahead with their lives in the knowledge that their only
child will never again come home, never again stop by just to catch up, never again go
out shopping with his mother, and bitch about passers-by, never again ask his father:
‘Did you work well today?’ Never again.
Adri van der Heijden is driven by two compelling questions: what happened to Tonio
during the final days and hours before the accident, and how could this accident
happen? This search takes in various eyewitnesses, friends, police officers, doctors,
and the mysterious Jenny — who turns out to have played a crucial role in Tonio’s life
during those final weeks.
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ADRI VAN DER HEIJDEN is one of Holland’s greatest and most highly awarded authors. His
oeuvre consists mainly of two sagas: The Toothless Time and Homo Duplex. Tonio won three
of Holland’s most prestigious literary awards: the Constantijn Huygens Prize, the 2012 Libris
Literature Prize, and the 2012 NS Reader’s Award for the Best Book of the Year. It has been
a major bestseller in Holland and in Germany, and this edition marks its first appearance in
Davina Bell &
Allison Colpoys
The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade
‘This beautifully packaged book, embossed with shimmering detail and pops of colour
will undoubtedly resonate with any of us who have ever been the tiniest bit scared
about anything!’ — Picture Books Blogger
‘In her gorgeous retro style illustrations executed with limited colour, Allison Colpoys
conveys Alfie’s fearfulness beautifully and the tale is sympathetically and convincingly
told.’ — Red reading Hub
The day before the underwater fancy-dress parade, Alfie got wthat feeling ... Sometimes it’s
hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Sometimes you’re just not ready … until, one
day, you are.
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From a dynamic new picture-book partnership comes the story of Alfie and a big
octopus wearing a tiny hat and the things you can only whisper to the cowboys on your
Davina Bell &
Allison Colpoys
Under the Love Umbrella
Under the Love Umbrella is a gorgeous celebration of the enduring love that surrounds
our children, wherever they are in the world. The gentle rhyming text, accompanied by
beautiful vintage-inspired illustrations, draws out the small things that can loom large
in a little person’s life, from big dogs to lost teeth, forgotten hats to friends who won’t
Whatever the troubles, the comfort of our love umbrella is always there, and parents
and children will delight in this visual representation of the very special bond they
have. A perfect gift book for new parents and babies, as well as for children embarking
on big changes and new adventures, who may benefit from this lovely reminder of the
permanence of their parent’s love.
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DAVINA BELL is a writer and editor of books for young people. She was a Senior Editor at
Penguin Books Australia and now writes full-time on the edge of a vineyard in the south-west
of Australia.
ALLISON COLPOYS is an award-winning freelance book designer and illustrator. When she was
little, Allison was obsessed with underwater worlds and wanted to be a mermaid when she
grew up. She is still trying.
Hans Limmer &
Lennart Osbeck
My Donkey Benjamin
translated by
Elke Wakefield
Susi and her family used to live in a big city full of cars, highways, and buildings. Now
they live on a small island in the Mediterranean, which is full of much more interesting
things: butterflies, snakes, fishing boats, and … Benjamin the donkey.
Benjamin and Susi are best friends. She washes his face each morning, they play
wonderful games all day, and they sleep next to each other every night.
Until one day, Benjamin disappears ...
June 2016
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Hans Limmer &
David Crossley
Nostalgic but wonderfully modern, too, this perennial European bestseller is finally
available in English for the first time in more than 40 years. Its captivating black-andwhite photographs provide a unique way for children to engage with Susi’s charming
world and the world around them. They will thrill to the adventures of a real little girl
and her pet donkey, and children and adults alike will love returning to the story of Susi
and Benjamin again and again.
My Pig Paulina
translated by
Elke Wakefield
Angelica lives with her parents and her sister Susi on a beautiful Mediterranean island.
She loves roaming the island with her favourite doll, Hippi, and when she adopts a
piglet called Paulina, they have lots of fun together!
When a farmer wants to take Paulina away, Angelica knows she has to save her best
friend. And thus begins their exciting adventure …
Published for the first time in English, My Pig Paulina is a splendid companion to the
classic bestseller My Donkey Benjamin. With compelling, naturalistic photographs that
allow children to imagine themselves into the story, it’s the perfect addition for any
child’s bookshelf.
June 2016
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HANS LIMMER was born in 1926. In the 1960s, he emigrated with his family to Greece. He lived
on the island of Rhodes, where My Donkey Benjamin and My Pig Paulina is set. Hans Limmer
passed away in 2015 in Greece.
DAVID CROSSLEY has worked as a photographer, editor, and scientific journalist. He was
co-founder and president of the Houston Center for Photography. The photos for My Pig
Paulina were taken in 1969 in Greece.
Idan Ben-Barak
Why Aren’t We Dead Yet?
the survivor’s guide to the immune system
August 2014
224pp, pb
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Disease — specifically infectious disease — is what eventually kills the overwhelming majority of
us. In fact, it’s amazing that it doesn’t get us sooner: we fight off millions of disease-causing germs
every day. So how come we’re not dead yet? In this lively and accessible book, Idan Ben-Barak
explores the immune system and what keeps it running, how germs are destroyed, and why we
develop immunities to certain disease-causing agents. He also examines the role of antibiotics and
vaccines, and looks at what the future holds for our collective chances of not being dead.
Rudi Westendorp
Growing Older Without Feeling Old
on vitality and ageing
August 2015
320pp, pb
Rights: World English
Less than a hundred years ago, the average Western life expectancy was 40; now it is 80. The first
person who will reach 135 has already been born. It’s the most radical change in our society since industrialisation, and naturally it raises many questions. What do longer life spans mean for the way we
organise our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? And
what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity? Combining
medical, biological, economic, and sociological insights, Rudi Westendorp explores the causes of the
ageing revolution and explains how we can greet it with confidence and enjoy leading longer, healthier,
and more productive lives than ever before.
Michael Corballis
Pieces of Mind
21 short walks around the human brain
May 2012
112pp, pb
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Korea (Banni), Greek (Aiora)
The human mind is arguably the most complex organ in the universe. Modern computers might
be faster, and whales might have larger brains, but neither can match the sheer intellect or capacity
for creativity that we humans enjoy. Corballis introduces us to what we’ve learned about the
intricacies of the human brain over the last 50 years. Leading us through behavioural experiments
and neuroscience, cognitive theory, and Darwinian evolution with his trademark wit and wisdom,
Corballis punctures a few hot-air balloons and explains just what we know about our own minds.
André Aleman
Our Ageing Brain
how our mental capacities develop as we grow older
September 2014
208pp, pb
Rights: World English
We all worry sometimes that our brains — particularly our memories — just don’t work as well
as they used to. In this illuminating book, internationally acclaimed Dutch neuroscientist André
Aleman shows that although the decline in our mental capacities begins earlier than we think, this
is not such a bad thing. Our Ageing Brain will change the way we think about age and mental acuity.
Drawn from the latest research in cognitive science, this is a refreshing, informative, and ultimately
reassuring examination of what happens to our most important organ as we grow older.
Eliza Sarlos & Grace Lee
Amazing Babes
November 2013
56pp, hb
Rights: World
A unique picture book for young and old, Amazing Babes was originally written as a gift from a
mother to her son. It introduces women such as Gloria Steinem, pioneer of the American women’s
movement; Kathleen Hanna, lead singer from 1990s seminal punk-rock act Bikini Kill; Miles
Franklin, 20th-century Australian writer and feminist; and Malala Yousafzai, a passionate advocate
of worldwide access to education. All the women in this book had the ideas, determination, and
creativity to bring about change in the world, and in learning about their stories we honour their
Chris Womersley
September 2013
304pp, pb
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Frustrated by country life and eager for adventure and excitement, 17-year-old Tom Button moves to
the city to study. Once there, and living in a run-down apartment block called Cairo, he is befriended
by the eccentric musician Max Cheever, his beautiful wife Sally, and their close-knit circle of painters
and poets. As Tom falls under the sway of his charismatic older friends, he enters a bohemian world
of parties and gallery openings. Soon, however, he is caught up in more sinister events involving
deception and betrayal, not to mention one of the greatest unsolved art heists of the twentieth
century. Set among the demimonde, Cairo is a novel about growing up, the perils of first love, and
finding one’s true place in the world.
Cate Kennedy
Like A House on Fire
A wonderful collection from prize-winning short-story writer, Cate Kennedy. In Like a House on Fire,
Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices, and pleasures with
her humane eye and wry sense of humour. In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a
cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders. In ‘Cross-Country’, a jilted lover
manages to misinterpret her ex’s new life. Kennedy’s poignant short stories find the beauty and
tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.
October 2012
304pp, pb
Rights: World
Amy Espeseth
Sufficient Grace
Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Wisconsin, part of an isolated religious community.
The girls’ lives are ruled by the rhythms of nature — the harsh winters, the hunting seasons, the
harvesting of crops — and by their families’ beliefs. Beneath the surface of this closed, frozen
world, hidden dangers lurk. Sufficient Grace is a story of lost innocence and the unfailing bond
between two young women. It is at once devastating and beautiful, and ultimately transcendent.
September 2012
336pp, pb
Rights: World
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