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Long John Silver Vol. 1: Lady Vivian HastingsLong John Silver Vol. 1: Lady Vivian Hastings by Dorison, Xavier; Mathieu Lauffray (Illus.)

Twenty years after the events of Treasure Island, Lady Vivian Hastings knocks on Dr Livesey's door. Her hated husband has sent word from the Amazon: He has found the fabled city of Guiana-Capac, and his brother is to sell the entire domain to pay for an expedition, dispossessing Vivian in the process. So the lady has come to seek the one man who can help her: Long John Silver…

Cinebook Recounts Vol. 2: The Falklands WarCinebook Recounts Vol. 2: The Falklands War by Rideau, J; B. Asso; D. Chauvin; M. Uderzo

In 1982, conflict erupts between Great Britain and Argentina, putting important forces into play. Argentina decides to seize the Falkland Islands, which had been occupied by the United Kingdom since the beginning of the 19th century. On April 2, an island landing of Argentine forces succeeds, taking the government of Margaret Thatcher by surprise. Argentina asserts its sovereignty over the Islands. While hoping for a diplomatic solution, No. 10 Downing Street prepares a large-scale operation to regain control of the Falkland Islands. Along with the use of traditional combat techniques, these operations also provide an extraordinary test of modern electronic weaponry.

Yakari Vol. 8: Yakari And The White FleeceYakari Vol. 8: Yakari And The White Fleece by Derib (Illus.)

A strange eagle has wounded a brave from Yakari's tribe and stolen his talisman. To recover it and allow the man to wake from his unnatural slumber, young Yakari will have to climb a mountain to find the eagle's nest. Forced to go alone when Little Thunder can't follow anymore, he will have to make new friends-with sure feet and warm coats-and brave the majestic bird's proud anger.

Donovan Twins: Olympic Mind GamesDonovan Twins: Olympic Mind Games by Ronsson, Robert

2012 - Britain is gripped by Olympic Games fever, the world has a climate crisis, and his twin sister is an Olympic swimming sensation, but 13-year-old Jack Donovan has something much more worrying on his mind. A sinister face from Jack's nightmare has appeared as a game icon on his computer and he is convinced a superior intelligence is responsible. The supposedly simple computer game becomes hypnotic and draws him in, totally. Someone or something is playing mind games. Hiding out in the safest place in the UK - London's Olympic Village - Jack is fighting a force committed to global destruction. When the survival of the planet is at stake and there's only one person in the world you can trust, would you be able to stay in the game?

Mechanic Leigh: Growing Up In The 1960SMechanic Leigh: Growing Up In The 1960S by Alagan, Eric

Mechanic Leigh, recounts the tales of a precocious boy growing up in the 1960s. He is writing his memoirs - memories, as he calls them - with my help, the Ghost Writer. With a glib tongue and a sharp mind, Leigh embellishes his tales and creates a more acceptable world with himself as the star. As Leigh, living in his past, relates the stories, he engages me in the present. We banter, argue and laugh, crossing the time zones with seamless and boisterous ease. The dialogue is in script format and each episode is a standalone with a fine thread connecting and propelling the stories.

Anxiety MythsAnxiety Myths by Afrizal Malna

In a writing career that has now spanned more than thirty years, Afrizal has published several major collections of poetry. His poems have been translated into Dutch, German, and English, of which this is the first full length collection. Afrizal's poems, through drawing on practices of montage, precise diction and curious grammar, maintain a fine balance between consistency of style and variation in theme and subject which asserts his distinctive poetic voice. These are poems that trace the quickly changing urban trajectory of present day Indonesia.

Morphology Of DesireMorphology Of Desire by Dorothea Rosa Herliany

Morphology of Desire gives a generous introduction to the full range of writing by the internationally acclaimed Indonesian poet, Dorothea Rosa Herliany, from the 1980s to the present day. Through a distinctive mix of striking imagery and boldness of voice, the poet sets out to destroy many of the common assumptions about everyday life and human relationships. As a woman and a poet, she is doubly an outsider. Her blatant departure, in form as well as content, from the accepted conventions of society is remarkable, not only in its personal and political ramifications, but in its emotional and imaginative tenor, as well.

Twilight In JakartaTwilight In Jakarta by Mochtar Lubis

Half a century ago when Mochtar Lubis' Twilight in Jakarta was secreted out of Indonesia and published in London, it was the first Indonesian novel ever to be published in English translation. The novel, a depiction of social and political events in the capital during the run up to a national election, contains a grim cast of characters: corrupt politicians, impotent intellectuals, unprincipled journalists, manipulative Leftists, and impetuous Muslims to name but a few. Although the novel represents a condemnation of political practices prevalent in Indonesia in the 1950s, readers today will find much in this novel that resonates still.

Fireflies In Manhattan, TheFireflies In Manhattan, The by Umar Kayam

Born in Ngawi, East Java, in 1932, Umar Kayam obtained his masters degree from New York University and his doctoral degree from Cornell University. It was there, in New York, where he began to hone his literary skills. The publication of his first collection of short stories, A Thousand Fireflies in Manhattan, in 1972, gained him national fame as a short story writer.

DroughtDrought by Iwan Simatupang

Drought is a joyous celebration of life and human commitment. Its hero is an ex-student, ex-soldier and ex-bandit, who decides to transmigrate to one of the outer islands of Indonesia in order to start life again as a farmer. He almost fails, but so in so doing he is involved with a wonderful range of inspired madmen - bureaucrats, bandits, psychiatrists, religious teachers, and the beautiful woman known simply as the V.I.P. The outsiders humorously combine to question the normality of conventional society.

Rape Of Sukreni, TheRape Of Sukreni, The by A.A. Pandji Tisna

Violence, money, and melodrama-these are the volatile ingredients of The Rape of Sukreni. Written in the 1930s by A.A. Panji Tisna, a prince of the Balinese state of Buleleng, the novel is the author's best-known work and is still in print today. Sukreni is a modern Indonesian classic that draws on the melodramatic conventions of Balinese theater to present a powerful indictment of the commercialization of Balinese society. Even more telling today than it was when it was written, The Rape of Sukreni offers a unique and dark insider's view of the island's future that violently challenges the conventional image of Bali as a honeyed paradise filled with artists and happy tourists.

Redheads: A Comic Eco-ThrillerRedheads: A Comic Eco-Thriller by Vatikiotis, Michael

In the middle of a Borneo rainforest a band of near-naked Penan tribesmen, encouraged by an equally clothes-challenged renegade Swiss shepherd, hesitantly blockade a logging truck, testing their commitment to protect their forest home. Nearby, a researcher studying orangutans is threatened with being thrown out of her study site unless she can reach a delicate compromise with the powerful minister of the environment. Meanwhile, loggers are busy at work, devastating the rainforest. At the heart of Redheads black-humoured fictional action lies the very real problem of rainforest destruction and the philosophical question of where the real boundaries lie.

In VitroIn Vitro by Solomon, Laura

In Vitro is the debut poetry collection of prize-winning poet, Laura Solomon. It covers a wide range of topics: the prophetess Pythia, England's Guy Fawkes, an alternative reality for New Zealand writer Janet Frame, earthquakes, in vitro experiments, spiders, tigers, vampire bats. The themes are universal. Several of the poems have been placed in UK literary competitions and some have appeared in a number of international literary magazines, including Aesthetica, Broadsheet, Frost Writing, Sentinel, The Shop, Landfall, and the London Poetry Festival Anthology.

Burning RiceBurning Rice by Chong, Eileen

These poems were written while Eileen Chong was an Australian Poetry Fellow in 2011-2012, mentored by Anthony Lawrence. The book was edited by Judith Beveridge, who taught Eileen Chong poetry in a higher degree program at the University of Sydney. In 2012 Burning Rice was highly commended for the Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry published in Australia. In June 2013 it was shortlisted for the Prime Minster's Literary Award for poetry.

PeonyPeony by Chong, Eileen

Peony is the second collection of poetry from award-winning Australian poet Eileen Chong. The poet was born in Singapore and her first collection of poems, Burning Rice, explores Singaporean and Chinese identities and culture in the context of migration, loss and new experiences. Peony continues this exploration in the first section, then expands to include a series of love poems, branches out to poems dedicated to friends and family, and concludes with poems that address global histories and concerns while responding to literary and artistic inspirations.

UnlockingUnlocking by Newton, Mary Jane

Unlocking is Mary-Jane Newton's second book of verse. In this vibrant new collection, Newton evokes a life experienced in cycles, characterized by peaks and troughs, fecundity and sterility, growth and retrenchment, optimism and despair. And punctuating these cycles, an infinite array of new beginnings, or openings, or un-lockings. The poems in this collection insist that unlocking concerns more than simply change and transition. It involves too the stretching of the mind and body, the catharsis of deep emotion, and the rethinking of ideas and habits.

We Could****You, Mr. BirchWe Could****You, Mr. Birch by Kee Thuan Chye

We Could **** You, Mr Birch has as its central premise a subject of great relevance to Malaysians - an episode from history, the killing of J.W.W. Birch, the first British Resident in colonial Malaya. But it is by no means a historical play. It is a play more about the present than the past. Weaving together a bit of history and a lot of humour and irony, this play gets to the heart of issues that concern Malaysians today. It is veritably a satire on power, the pursuit of self-interest, the clash of cultures East and West, and the questionable role of history as a record of the truth.

Transactions Of BelongingTransactions Of Belonging by

The short stories in this collection blend emotion and introspection. The stories draw out and examine the texture of emotional belonging. In "His Curls," a mother suffers the anguish of wondering if her son is a terrorist. The reader is forced to teeter between laughter and sadness in the tragicomedy of "An Indian Summer." "The Blue Arc" is a redemptive tale of a young woman who shows enormous courage. Each story in the collection is a journey of insights.

Writings From The HeartWritings From The Heart by Meyer, Rosalind Sharbanee

A personal collection of poetic writings from the author Rosalind Sharbanee Meyer. These frank and heart-felt ramblings are on subjects close to the author's heart including, war, bereavement, love of country, ageing and finding joy in the landscape.

In The Courtyard Of The SunIn The Courtyard Of The Sun by Wong Ming Yook

Storytellers and travellers, mountains guides and café owners, come together to give this collection of short stories a mythic depth and universal appeal as it explores the eternal question of the meaning of life. From "In the Courtyard of the Sun", "The Daytime Café of Love", "The Garden of Fireflies", to "Einstein the Disappearing Cat" and "The Rustic Bookshop", these stories conspire to depict life as patchwork quilt of many colours, composed of strange and mystical experiences, tragedy as well as the seemingly everyday stuff of ordinary life. The stories of "In The Courtyard of the Sun" will take the reader on a journey of discovery and into a vision of the inherent joy and beauty of life's riches meanings.