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February New Releases

We have five new books out this month — four books of exceptional nonfiction and one epic novel.

A Witness of Fact by Drew Rooke is the compelling story of South Australia’s disgraced former chief forensic pathologist and the legal scandals in which he became implicated; The Urge by Carl Erik Fisher is an authoritative, illuminating, and deeply humane history of addiction; ​in The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street master storyteller Pieter Waterdrinker blends history with memoir to create an ode to the divided soul of Russia and an unputdownable account of his own struggles with life, literature, and love; Made in China is a powerful debut memoir about labour and self-worth that traces a Chinese immigrant's journey to an American future by Anna Qu; and The Sisters Mao is a dazzling new novel from the author of Mrs Engels, Gavin McCrea, that is set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and Europe’s sexual revolution.

Find out more about the titles below, and to win a copy of one of our new releases, head to our Facebook or Instagram.

A Witness of Fact

The compelling story of South Australia’s disgraced former chief forensic pathologist and the legal scandals in which he became implicated.

For nearly three decades, Dr Colin Manock was in charge of South Australia’s forensic pathology services, and played a vital role within the state’s criminal justice system: in cases of unexpected or unexplained death, it was his job to determine when a person took their final breath and whether they had died naturally or as a result of something more sinister. Throughout his long career, he performed more than 10,000 autopsies and gave expert scientific…

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The Urge

An authoritative, illuminating, and deeply humane history of addiction — a phenomenon that remains baffling and deeply misunderstood despite having touched countless lives — by an addiction psychiatrist striving to understand his own family and himself.

Even after a decades-long opioid overdose crisis, intense controversy still rages over the fundamental nature of addiction and the best way to treat it. With uncommon empathy and erudition, Carl Erik Fisher draws on his own experience as a clinician, researcher, and alcoholic in recovery as he traces the history of a phenomenon that, centuries on, we…

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The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street

‘History doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.’

One day in 1988, an enigmatic priest knocks on Pieter Waterdrinker’s door with an unusual request: will he smuggle seven thousand bibles into the Soviet Union? Pieter agrees, and soon finds himself living in the midst of one of the biggest social and cultural revolutions of our time, working as a tour operator … with a sideline in contraband.

Thirty years later, from his apartment on Tchaikovsky Street in Saint Petersburg, where he lives with his Russian wife and three cats, Pieter reflects on his personal history in the Soviet Union, as well as the…

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Made In China

A young girl forced to work in a Queens sweatshop calls child services on her mother in this powerful debut memoir about labour and self-worth that traces a Chinese immigrant's journey to an American future.

As a teen, Anna Qu is sent by her mother to work in her family's garment factory in Queens. At home, she is treated as a maid and suffers punishment for doing her homework at night. Her mother wants to teach her a lesson: she is Chinese, not American, and such is their tough path in their new country. But instead of acquiescing, Qu alerts the Office of Children and Family Services, an act with…

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The Sisters Mao

A Sunday Independent Book of the Year

Against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and Europe’s sexual revolution, the fates of two families in London and Beijing become unexpectedly intertwined, in this dazzling new novel from the author of Mrs Engels.

Revolution is a Family Affair.

In London, sisters Iris and Eva, members of a radical performance collective, plan an attack on the West End theatre where their mother is playing the title role in Miss Julie. Meanwhile in Beijing, Jiang Qing, Chairman Mao’s wife, rehearses a gala performance of her model ballet, The Red Detachment of Women, which…

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A Witness of Fact

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Made In China

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The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street

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The Urge

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The Sisters Mao

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