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Plots and Prayers: A Real Life Political Thriller from Niki Savva

After the tumultuos change in leadership change in leadership late last year, many of us wondered how this happened. Niki Savva answers all our questions in her new book ‘Plots and Prayers’, a sequel to her bestselling ‘Road to Ruin.’

Using her contacts and inside knowledge, Savva has written real life political thriller. She expertly details the unsucessful coup, Turnball’s demise, and Morrisons quick rise to power, bringing to light time of uncertianty and change in our country.

Now in stock $35.00

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The Australian Animal Atlas


Beautiful and useful: A guide to Aussie animals that includes scenes from 11 habitats so you can find critters in situ, with complementary illustrations and descriptions for each individual animal. Lovely illustrations, well researched and a great price. Perfect for your little naturalist aged 6 to 12.


The Australian Animal Atlas – Leonard Cronin  & Marion Westmacott (ill.) – A&U – HB – $25

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Guides to understanding the Trump Phenomenon

Analysts and comedians have working to come to terms with the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump, and we have in store a few fruits of their labours.

PJ O’Rourke, staunch Republican, supported Hillary Clinton in the last election. This is his analysis covering the US election from June 2015 to the results in November 2016.

How the Hell Did This Happen? The US Election of 2016 – P.J.O’Rourke – Grove Press – TP – $30


Susan Bordo, former Pulitzer Prize nominee, considers the election by analysing how a seasoned politician like Hillary Clinton could have been defeated.

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton – Susan Bordo – Text – TP – $30


James Poyner gives a month-by-month analysis of Trump’s tweets (including tweeted replies and Poyner’s own commentary) between July 2015 and Trump’s inauguration in January this year.

Trump Tweets: The Social Media Phenomenon – James Poyner – Wilkinson – PB – $19.99


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2017 Pulitzer Prize winners announced!

The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction has been announced, and it’s Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It’s a magical-realist take on one woman’s escape from chattel slavery in the American South. Cora flees a Georgian cotton plantation, in what is both a historical indictment and a thrilling adventure.

As for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Biography/Autobiography, it’s been awarded to Hisham Matar for his Return. In this biography, Matar tells of his father’s kidnap and detention in a secret Libyan prison, from which he would never come home.

We have copies of both prizewinners on their way, so get in touch if you want one put aside!

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead – Sphere – PB – $19.99
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between – Hisham Matar – Random – PB – $25

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2017 Stella Longlist announced

2017-stella-longlistThe longlist has been announced for the 2017 Stella Prize, awarded each year to great writing by Australian women. This year, out of a dozen titles chosen, there are four fiction (three novels and one short-story collection) and eight nonfiction books (five of which are memoirs).

The shortlist will be announced on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) and the winner of the $50,000 first prize will be announced on Tuesday 18 April.

We currently have half of the list in-stock, and by next week we should have the full long list. The Stella link to each title below has a plot summary, an author bio and a Stella judges’ report — so you can find out what all the fuss is about. Do get in touch if you want a longlister put aside.

Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (TP, Scribe- $30)
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (TP, Picador – $33)
The High Places by Fiona McFarlane (TP, Hamish Hamilton – $33)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (PB, Allen & Unwin – $28)

Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird (HB, Harper Collins – $50)
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (TP, Hachette – $33)
Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir by Catherine de Saint Phalle (TP, Transit Lounge – $30)
Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madeline Gleeson (PB, NewSouth – $30)
Avalanche by Julia Leigh (PB, Hamish Hamilton – $25)
Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane by Elspeth Muir (TP, Text – $30)
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor (HB, Hachette – $25)
The Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016 by Sonya Voumard (PB, Transit Lounge – $30)

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Steph’s best books of 2016


Steph’s best books
Clancy of the Undertow – Christopher Currie – PB – $20
Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia – Simon Barnard – HB – $40
His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet – PB – $20
The Turner House – Angela Flournoy – TPB – $33
Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley – PB – $19

That’s our best books for 2016, all wrapped up. Why don’t you comment or post to let us know your favourites?

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Dick’s best books for 2016


Dick’s best books
Ghost Empire – Richard Fidler – HB – $4o
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren – TPB – $33
The Midnight Watch – David Dyer – TPB – $33
The Road to Winter – Mark Smith – TPB – $20
Stiletto – Daniel O’Malley – TPB – $30

Stay tuned for Fiona’s best books tomorrow…

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Our best books for 2016

2016-staff-best-booksThe Fairfieldbooks staff have put our heads down, and we’ve each come up with our five top titles for 2016. You can see most of our choices in the lovely display (above). We’ll post one list every day over the next week, and do come in and tell us what your favourites have been this year!

Stay tuned for Heather’s best books coming tomorrow…

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A tree change for Fairfield

treesIt was a lovely coincidence that I was reading two tree-exploration books at the same time: Peter Wohlleben’s nonfiction The Hidden Life of Trees and Inga Simpson’s third novel Where the Trees Are. (Heather already reviewed the Inga Simpson, so I’ll only add that it was an excellently good surprise, both light and political, a very assured book.)

The Peter Wohlleben was also a pleasing read, but an entirely different affair. Wohlleben has spent over 20 years as a forester in Germany, and he now runs an environmentally friendly woodland in the municipality of Hümmel, Germany. Aligning his observations with new research, he talks of trees communicating through fungal connections and scent; working together as a community to feed certain saplings; and fend off intruding species. His tone is friendly and conversational, and reading this gives a whole new perception of the lives of trees and forests. (The Guardian also published a good review.) A lovely book for the bushwalker, ecologist or gardener in your life.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben – TP – Black Inc. – $30


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“Best Australian” Writing Anthologies – 2016 titles now available

best-australian-science-writing-2016It’s one of the joys of the end-of-year period: best-australian-political-cartoons-2016picking up the Best Australian anthology of your choice. You’ll be pleased to know that EssaysPoems, Stories and Science Writing are now all available, as well as Political Cartoons — each book in paperback at $30. They make great Christmas gifts or end-of-year reading, so don’t miss out!

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