Books in Print

independent Australian bookselling since 1988

6 Apr 2017


After twenty-eight wonderful years as booksellers in Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Chris and Deborah have decided to retire. It is time to sort out the vegetable garden, cut some wood and plan the trips to see family overseas. Books in Print will consequently close at the expiration of its current lease on 30th June 2017.

We would like to thank all those customers who have supported us over the years. Your interest and excitement for books for all ages has enabled Books in Print to thrive since we opened in September 1988. It has been a privilege to help and advise such keen readers.

In the time remaining there will be some changes made to the way the BiP Book Club operates. Our final Bonus Voucher run has been completed and vouchers are on their way. We urge all members to redeem outstanding valid Bonus Vouchers as soon as possible, as well as any unused Gift Vouchers, and we would ask that members contact those people to whom they have given vouchers. So, unpin them from the noticeboard, take them off the fridge and search your usual hiding places, and bring them in!

As the points system will no longer operate we will instead give Book Club members a 15% discount on all purchases (excluding Australian Booksellers Association Vouchers).

We aim to provide as full a service as we can over the coming weeks, including our special order service for titles currently available in Australia.

Our staff have provided excellent and knowledgeable service to our customers. They have been so supportive for so many years and have made a huge contribution to the success of Books in Print. We would like to thank them for their efforts on our behalf and we will do our best to assist them in taking up opportunities for a working life after Books in Print.

Finally, we would like to share our enjoyment in working with our customers. Bookselling is a great way to meet a wide variety of fantastic people and we have made many friends through Books in Print. We will miss you.

We will keep members up-to-date with any further developments, including any special events for Book Club members.

Please drop in and say hello as usual – we want to celebrate over a quarter of a century’s very enjoyable bookselling with as many customers as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Chris, Deb, Cath, Kristy, Sue, Karen, Leonie, Lucinda and Nick 

16 Mar 2017

BiP eNews: March New Releases

David Foenkinos    $24.99 HB

Charlotte Salomon is born into a family stricken by suicide and a country at war - but there is something exceptional about her. She has a gift, a talent for painting. And she has a great love, for a brilliant, eccentric musician. But just as she is coming in to her own as an artist, death is coming to control her country. The Nazis have come to power and, a Jew in Berlin, her life is narrowing - she is kept from her art, torn from her love and her family, chased from her country. And still she is not safe, not from the madness that has hunted her family, or the one gripping Europe...Charlotte is a heartbreaking true story - inspiring, unflinching, awful, hopeful - of a life filled with curiosity, animated by genius and cut short by hatred. A beautifully, lucidly told memorial, it has become an international sensation.

Exit West
Mohsin Hamid    $32.99 HB

In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and he makes her smile. A few days later they go for dinner, and over time they share many more meals. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public executions. Eventually the problem is too big to ignore: it's not safe for Nadia to live alone, she must move in with Saeed's family, even though they are not married and that too is a problem. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading of strange black doors in secret places across the city, doors that lead to London or San Francisco, Greece or Dubai. One day soon, when the streets are no longer usable, the time will come for Nadia and Saeed to seek out one such door, joining the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world. An extraordinary story of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond, from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

In the Name of the Family: A Novel of Machiavelli and the Borgias
Sarah Dunant    $29.99 PB

1502 and Renaissance Italy is in turmoil. Backed by the money and wily power of his ageing father Pope Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia is soaring like a military comet, carving out a state for the Borgia dynasty. From Florence, a young diplomat, one Niccolo Machiavelli, is sent to shadow him to keep track of the danger. While many tremble in the presence of this brilliant unscrupulous man, Machiavelli is entranced and the relationship he forges with Cesare allows him - and us - to witness history in the making. Meanwhile, the Pope's beloved daughter Lucrezia is on her way to a third dynastic marriage in the state of Ferrara, where if she is to survive she must fast produce an heir for the rival Este family. Cesare holds his sister dear, but striving always for conquest rather than conciliation, he pays little mind to her precarious position. As the Borgia enemies gather, in Rome, the pope grows older and ever more cantankerous. Sarah Dunant dramatizes the rise of one of history's most fascinating characters, Niccolo Machiavelli, during the formative years of his life. In the Name of the Family breathes new life into the daring and corruption of a family that history will never forget. This is a moment from which no one will emerge unscathed.

Rory Clements    $29.99 PB

A new novel for fans of spy thrillers. Corpus is set in 1936 as Europe is falling apart with the rise of Nazism. Nancy, a young Englishwoman from Cambridge manages to deliver vital notes to a Jewish scientist in Berlin. Not long afterwards she is found dead in her room at home, holding a syringe. Her death is followed by the brutal murder of a well-known county couple. Thomas Wilde, a history professor in Cambridge, is drawn into the murky world of espionage to investigate what could be a scandal involving both the government as well as the King and Mrs. Simpson. Drawing on his speciality on the Elizabethan secret service, Thomas needs skills that he has only read about, to prevent tragedy for his country. Corpus is an ‘absolutely ripping’ tale of spies, murder and mayhem. If you enjoyed the Robert Goddard Wide World trilogy, this is the book for you. It is part one of a series: we cannot wait for Book Two.    BiP staff review by Leonie

The Long Drop
Denise Mina    $32.99 PB

Denis Mina is yet another of the current group of talented Scottish crime writers. Based on the true story of Peter Manuel, ‘The Beast of Birkenhead’, Denise Mina has delivered a tightly-plotted novel which builds the tension with her matter-of-fact writing style. Set in Glasgow, Denise Mina’s home town, The Long Drop is named after the method of hanging used in state executions in the 1950s. William Watt suspected Peter Manuel of the murders of his wife, daughter and sister-in-law. Watt himself was a suspect at the time. The story shifts between Peter Manuel’s trial and the weird eleven-hour long pub crawl taken by Watt and Manuel after the murders. Denise Mina really evokes the grim Glasgow of the 1950s, using real characters from the city’s low-life to give a sense of menace to this gripping tale.    BiP staff review by Leonie

BiP eNews cont.. : New Non-Fiction

Only: A Singular Memoir
Caroline Baum     $32.99 PB

Caroline Baum's fascinating and moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family. Only is a memoir of an unconventional childhood that explores what it means to be an Only Child - as both child and adult.  Also, what it means to be the daughter of two people damaged by trauma and tragedy, particularly a domineering and explosive father.  Secrets are revealed and differences settled. Caroline Baum's moving and gripping memoir is for everyone who has felt they are the fulcrum of a seesaw, the focus of all eyes and expectations, torn between love and fear, obedience and rebellion, duty and the longing to escape.  It is also for anyone who has felt the burden of trying to be a Good Daughter - what that means and why it is so hard. Revelatory, lyrical and unflinching.

One Leg Over: Having Fun - Mostly - in Peace and War
Robin Dalton     $29.99 PB

At the age of ninety-five, Robin Dalton looks back on her life, particularly on her love life. Married at nineteen, disastrously, Robin has a lucky escape - her ‘Society Divorce’ makes the front page of Sydney newspapers, bumping the war to page three. Then there are the American and British servicemen in Sydney - the dancing, the many trysts and a number of not-too-serious engagements - before Robin travels to England, ostensibly to marry one of those fiancés. While most of Europe struggles with post-war austerity, Robin’s days and nights are filled with extravagant dinners, parties with royalty and romantic getaways, until she meets the man who will become, for a brief few years before his early death, her second husband. One Leg Over is a story of love and romance, of fun and glamour, and of loss and great sadness. But above all it is a celebration of a wonderful life.

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention
Edited by Michael Green and André Dao     $29.99 PB

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who have experienced it. For more than two decades, Australia has locked up people who arrive here fleeing persecution - sometimes briefly, sometimes for years. In They Cannot Take the Sky those people tell their stories, in their own words. Speaking from inside immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru, or from within the Australian community after their release, the narrators reveal not only their extraordinary journeys and their daily struggles but also their meditations on love, death, hope and injustice. Their candid testimonies are at times shocking and hilarious, surprising and devastating. They are witnesses from the edge of human experience. The first-person narratives in They Cannot Take the Sky range from epic life stories to heartbreaking vignettes. The narrators who have shared their stories have done so despite the culture of silence surrounding immigration detention, and the real risks faced by those who speak out. Once you have heard their voices, you will never forget them.

7 Mar 2017

BiP eNews

Anna Walker    $24.99 HB

Anna Walker’s illustrations have a quiet beauty to them, all pencil and watercolour softness to match the subtle moods her well-chosen words paint. Florette is a beautiful picture story about a young girl called Mae whose family have moved to a new home, a flat without a garden, and it is the green spaces of the old place that Mae misses most. Her mum tells Mae that she can make a new garden, but can she? The discovery of a wonderful green paradise in the heart of the city may just be what Mae needs to get things under way! From the cover illustration to the glorious foliaged end papers and the final, happy drawing on the last page, this is a very special book. Ages 4 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Aaron Blabey    $16.99 HB

From the best-selling author of Pig the Pug and Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas comes another hilarious picture book that will make you laugh out loud. “Lou was busting for the loo. But yikes! The loo had quite a queue. What on earth was Lou to do?” Try as he might, Lou just cannot convince the others in the queue of the urgency of his problem! Very funny stuff from one of the best picture book makers, and fans will not be disappointed. Ages 3 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far
Catharina Valckx and Nicolas Hubesch     $19.99 PB

Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes. When it is too rainy to go outside, he rustles up an inside picnic with his friends. When he meets a fish swimming in the air, he follows it. Why not! When the canary forgets how to sing, Bruno helps out. Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect. These six short stories about Bruno are full of friendship and the little moments that make life good. Perfectly pitched at emerging readers, the full-colour illustrations make this a great little book to encourage independent reading. Ages 7 and up    BiP staff review by Lucinda

The Cruelty
Scott Bergstrom     $18.99 PB

A ground-breaking YA thriller following a diplomat's daughter from New York to Europe's criminal underworld in search of her kidnapped father, The Cruelty is the first venture from a new YA voice. When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she must take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. What price will she pay to save her father? Both Karen and Cath loved this utterly compelling thriller. Ages 15 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Bone Gap
Laura Ruby     $19.99 PB

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps - gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza goes missing, the people of Bone Gap aren't surprised. After all, it is not the first time someone has slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own. But Finn knows that is not what happened with Roza. He knows she was taken, ripped from the cornfields by a man whose face he cannot remember. Sadly, no one believes him anymore. Well, almost no one. Petey Willis, the beekeeper's daughter, suspects that lurking behind Finn's fearful shyness is a story worth uncovering. But as we, like Petey, follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap - their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures - the truth about what happened to Roza is slowly revealed. And it is stranger than you can possibly imagine.
I adored this novel. With all of my heart. Everything in it sparkles; story, character and place are woven together with beautiful words in a way that is unique and refreshing. Highly recommended for readers of 15 and beyond. Ages 15 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

BiP eNews cont... :

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly: A Sean Duffy thriller
Adrian McKinty    $29.99 PB

The marvellous Adrian McKinty returns with the sixth book in the Sean Duffy series. The Northern Ireland of the 1980’s comes to life on each page, giving context to the lives led by its police force and its citizens. Sean Duffy, a police detective with the RUC, is saved from a religious pilgrimage with his father by a call to return to work after a man is killed outside his home, shot in the back with an arrow. In a town where bullets rule, this was a crime unusual enough for Sean to cut short his leave. This decision will put his family and colleagues in danger and see him kidnapped at gunpoint and taken into the woods to dig his own grave. Sean and his teammates Sergeant McCrabben and Constable Lawson begin an investigation into the background of the victim and his Bulgarian wife, suspecting that they are low-level drug dealers. This was not a typical IRA hit, which has the murder team more than puzzled. With his loyal associates backing him up Sean Duffy is also fighting for his career, as he is not well liked by his bosses. Each chapter heading gives a clue to the wry Irish humour which Adrian McKinty infuses into his books to lighten the grim events portrayed. He draws you in instantly with his very believable characters and intricate plots. This will undoubtedly be one of the best crime novels of the year.     BiP staff review by Leonie

The Unmourned: The Monsarrat Series Book Two
Meg and Tom Keneally    $32.99 PB

Hugh Monsarrat and his housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney have earned their tickets of leave from the convict settlement of Port Macquarie and are now living in Parramatta. The colony is in disarray because the former governor has not yet been replaced. Hugh has found a position as a clerk at Government House, working for the governor’s secretary. Robert Church, the superintendent of the female factory, is a vicious young man who preys on the young women in his charge while profiting by using the factory as a marriage market. When Church is brutally murdered the main suspect is an inmate, Grace O’Leary, who has had many run-ins with the superintendent while trying to protect her fellow-inmates. Because of the success of his investigation in Port Macquarie Monsarrat is given leave to use his skills in the murder inquiry. After several difficult interviews with Grace he and Mrs. Mulrooney believe that Grace is innocent. Proving her innocence will be difficult as there is a long list of people who hated Robert Church. Meg and Tom Keneally bring to life the history of nineteenth-century Ireland and the Young Ireland movement. Their wonderful use of language gives each page a fascinating, violent and exciting tale. I cannot wait for Book Three.    BiP staff review by Leonie

Spook Street
Mick Herron     $32.99 PB

Never outlive your ability to survive a fight. Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he has always known there would be an accounting. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. ‘Nasty old spook with blood on his hands’ would be a more accurate description. ‘The old bastard’ has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House. So it is Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril... Recommended by Deborah.