Winter 2019 PGC Master Catalogue

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    Series: Four Seasons of Walter de la Mare
    Summer Evening Walter de la Mare, Caroline Rabei
    9780571314676 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry Age (years) from 0 - 5 On Sale Date: March 15, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 10 x 10 x 0.17 in Carton Quantity: 76 Canadian Rights: Y Faber & Faber Children's
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      "As a revelation of the wonders of the English language, de la Mare's poems for children are quite unrivaled." - W. H. Auden

      Part of a quintet of books revolved around the four seasons, this is a beautifully atmospheric picture book based around de la Mare's eight line poem. InSummer Evening, readers will join a farmer and his family as they enjoy a picnic dinner in the late summer sun. Their pet cat spots a mouse in the field and a chase pursues that includes a dog, a horse, cows, pigs, chickens, and ducks! The sparse text and bright colors give children much to look at and explore, and they will love identifying the different animals in each spread. It concludes with all the animals going to sleep, so also a great bedtime read.

      With striking orange and yellow tones throughout, this conjures up perfectly the feeling of a balmy late summer evening.
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      Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems he soon established a wide popular reputation with volumes likeThe Listeners. He wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers;Peacock Pie (1913) is now considered a twentieth-century classic.

      Carolina Rabei was born in 1989 in Moldova. She moved to Cambridge, England in September 2012 to complete an MA in illustration. Her first picture book,Snow, with words by Walter de la Mare, was published to huge critical acclaim.Summer Evening is the third de la Mare picture book that she has illustrated.
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    9780571336364 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Technology Age (years) from 3 On Sale Date: July 12, 2019
    $25.50 CAD 10.04 x 9.93 x 0.32 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Faber & Faber Children's
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      Every morning, FIXER robot, trundles up the hill To help the other robots as they dig and push and drill. A charming text that combines a truly heart-wrenching story with mechanical details, sure to enchant every young engineer.
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      John Kelly is an Illustrator, writer and designer. He mostly writes and illustrates picture books but has also illustrated a young series (Ivy Pocket) and illustrates book covers too. He has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway prize twice (Guess Who's Coming for Dinner? andScoop!). He has also been shortlisted for the Royal Society/Rhone Poulenc science book prize four times, (The Robot Zoo, Everyday Machines, Pox, Plagues & Pestilence & Don't Flush).
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      "No good deed goes unpunished. Or, in this case, unflattened in a rockslide.Selfless robot Fixer tools about the hills in search of robots in need of his repair skills. In a single day he meets up with Dug and his broken spade, Bull and his near-dead battery, and Gertie with her busted gearbox. As he repairs each and every one of them, Fixer sometimes gives up bits and pieces of himself to help them out. Unfortunately, before he can go home to recover, a landslide suddenly bowls him over and inters him down and deep. Fortunately, his friends are no ingrates. Upon noticing their friend's untimely burial, the three set about using the gifts he gave them in an impromptu rescue. Digital art places Fixer and friends in a sometimes-barren, human-free landscape that feels distinctly out of this world. The gentle rhymes won't challenge anyone's tongue, even on a first read. While there is little to distinguish this from the hordes of other helpful-bot books on the shelves, the gentlecycle of one good deed deserving another, alongside plentiful robot action sequences, is sure to please both caregivers and their robot-worshiping offspring. A simple paean to gratitude for the mechanized and fleshy alike." —Kirkus
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    The Hug Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar
    9780571348756 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 3 On Sale Date: April 12, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 9.88 x 10.18 x 0.44 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Canadian Rights: Y Faber & Faber Children's
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      "A pleasure"—Kirkus

      In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony.
      And that's when they find each other! A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal ofGuess How Much I Love You.
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      Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland, moved to the UK and now lives in London with his wife and their new baby. Along the way he has written several books and is unbearably excited for them to come out. This is his debut picture book, with many more in the pipeline.
      Polly Dunbar is one of the most well known illustrators working today. Polly's bestselling book,Penguin, has won numerous awards and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly is the illustrator ofShoe Baby,Pat-a-Cake Babyandtwo picture books written by David Almond. Polly lives in the Waveny Valley, Suffolk with her partner and their two boys.
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      "What to do when you're a prickly animal hankering for a hug? Why, find another misfit animal also searching for an embrace! Sweet but 'tricky to hug' little Hedgehog is down in the dumps. Wandering the forest, Hedgehog begs different animals for hugs, but each rejects them. Readers will giggle at their panicked excuses—an evasive squirrel must suddenly count its three measly acorns; a magpie begins a drawn-out song—but will also be indignant on poor hedgehog's behalf. Hedgehog hasthe appealingly pink-cheeked softness typical of Dunbar's art, and the gentle watercolors are nonthreatening, though she also captures the animals' genuine concern about being poked. A wise owl counsels the dejected hedgehog that while the prickles may frighten some, "there's someone for everyone." That's when Hedgehog spots a similarly lonely tortoise, rejected due to its "very hard" shell but perfectly matched for a spiky new friend. They race toward each other until the glorious meeting, marked with swoony peach swirls and overjoyed grins. At this point, readers flip the book to hear the same gloomy tale from the tortoise's perspective until it again culminates in that joyous hug, a book turn that's made a pleasure with thick creamy paper and solid binding. Watching unlikely friends finally be as 'happy as two someones can be' feels like being enveloped in your very own hug."—Kirkus
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    Series: Faber Drama
    The Jungle Joe Robertson, Joe Murphy
    9780571350186 Paperback DRAMA / European On Sale Date: March 15, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 5.3 x 7.9 x 0.39 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Faber & Faber
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      Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him. Join the hopeful, resilient residents of ‘The Jungle’, the refugees and volunteers from around the globe who gather at the Afghan Café. They’re just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle premiered as a co¬production between Young Vic and the National Theatre with Good Chance Theatre, commissioned by the National Theatre, openingat the Young Vic, London, in December 2017. The play transferred to the Playhouse Theatre, London, in June 2018.
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      ‘Urgency, vividness and wit. The play’s sense of the knottiness of world politics makes this a remarkable evening.’ —The Times
      ‘An immersive, powerful experience. A deeply moving piece of theatre.’ —Financial Times
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    Rickie Lee Rickie Lee Jones
    9780802127129 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: January 18, 2021
    $40.50 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.01 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Grove Press
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      “One of the most intriguing, idiosyncratic vocalists of our time.” —USA Today

      One weekend night on primetime television, a then-unknown singer and vital part of the burgeoning Los Angeles jazz pop scene skyrocketed to fame overnight after a now iconic performance on Saturday Night Live. The year was 1979, the song “Chuck E’s in Love, and the singer, donning her trademark red beret, was the soon to be pronounced “Duchess of Coolsville” (Time), Rickie Lee Jones.

      Rickie Lee Jones: The Jazz Side of Life is the first ever no-holds-barred account of the life of one of rock’s hardest working women in her own words. With candor and lyricism Rickie Lee Jones takes us on the journey of her exceptional life: from her nomadic childhood as the granddaughter of vaudevillian performers, to her father’s abandonment of the family and her years as a teenage runaway, her beginnings at LA’s Troubador club, to her tumultuous (and private) relationship with Tom Waits, her battle with drugs, motherhoodas a touring artist, and longevity as a woman in rock and roll.

      Including never-before-told stories and accounts of the music business as she’s lived it, and illustrated with stunning personal photos, this is an indispensable chronicle of one of rock’s strongest women, an innovative music icon who was listed at number 30 on VH1’s "100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll", has graced the cover ofRolling Stone twice, and who has been a major influence on contemporary popular music.

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      Rickie Lee Jones has released seventeen albums, most recently “The Other Side of Desire” (2015). She lives in New Orleans.
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      “Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation.” —NPR

      “[Her] music has healing properties: the beauty of its melodies and the wisdom of its words soothe the soul and remind us what a peculiar treasure Jones is.” —Boston Globe

      “Intimate and real . . . she feels like an old, confiding friend—plaintive and genuinely heartbreaking.” —Mother Jones

      “One of the most intriguing, idiosyncratic vocalists of our time.” —USA Today

      “A singular talent.” —Daily Mirror (UK)

      “There has always been something defiant about Rickie Lee Jones . . . [with] a voice from a dream, elusive yet familiar, transcendent, a messenger from another place.” —Independent (UK)

      “A standout international performer.” —The Australian

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    Henry VIII And the Men Who Made Him Tracy Borman
    9780802128430 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty On Sale Date: February 15, 2019
    $44.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.7 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Atlantic Monthly Press
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      Henry VIII is best known in history for his tempestuous marriages and the fates of his six wives. However, as acclaimed historian Tracy Borman makes clear in her illuminating new chronicle of Henry’s life, his reign and reputation were hugely influenced by the men who surrounded and interacted with him as companions and confidants, servants and ministers, and occasionally as rivals—many of whom have been underplayed in previous biographies.

      These relationships offer a fresh, often surprising perspective on the legendary king, revealing the contradictions in his beliefs, behavior, and character in a nuanced light. They show him capable of fierce but seldom abiding loyalty, of raising men up only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended by boisterous young men, the likes of his intimate friend Charles Brandon, who shared his passion for sport, but could also be diverted by men of intellect, culture, and wit, as his longstanding interplay with Cardinal Wolsey and his reluctant abandonment of Thomas More attest. Eager to escape the shadow of his father, Henry VII, he was often trusting and easily led by male attendants and advisors early in his reign (his coronation was just shy of his 18th birthday in 1509); in time, though, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose ruthlessness would be ever more apparent, as Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and uncle to two of Henry’s wives, discovered to his great discomfort, and as Eustace Chapuys, the ambassador of Charles V of Spain, often reported.

      Recounting the great Tudor’s life and signal moments through the lens of his male relationships, Tracy Borman’s new biography reveals Henry’s personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory, and sheds fresh light on his reign for anyone fascinated by the Tudor era and its legacy.

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      Tracy Borman is England’s joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She is the author of many highly acclaimed books, includingThe Private Lives of the Tudors,Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant,Elizabeth’s Women, and a first work of fiction,The King’s Witch. Borman is a regular broadcaster and public speaker.
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      Praise forHenry VIII:

      “[Borman’s] beautifully perceptive and dynamic reassessment of Henry VIII places emphasis, as the book’s subtitle indicates, not on the monarch’s infamous marriages but rather on the kaleidoscope of male figures both high- and middle-born who were drawn to the king throughout his life as moths circle a bright flame . . . Here in this highly engrossing biography, the notoriously larger-than-life English monarch, seen from an original and revealing perspective, lives anew in full and in the epic proportions he so well deserves. For all Tudor enthusiasts.”Booklist (starred review)

      “Capably intuiting the personalities of both Henry and his influencers, the author concentrates not on the worn path of brutality and numerous marriages, but on the political landscape, the emotional pulls, and insecurities of Henry’s decisions. Choosing to illuminate Henry’s environment and his vulnerabilities, Borman’s writing style is easily accessible, and she succeeds in delivering a uniquely intimate portrait.”Historical Novel Society

      “Borman essentially puts aside Henry VIII’s notorious and well-hashed relationships with women in favor of showcasing stories of the advisers and servants who surrounded the intelligent, mercurial king . . . Borman’s astute analysis of Henry’s personality demonstrates how both low-born and noble advisers affected his reign. It’s generally agreed to that to be a woman in Henry’s circle was to throw caution to the wind in hopes of great reward; Borman’s ambitious narrative shows that being a man in Henry’s court can be just as fraught.”Publishers Weekly

      “Borman skillfully shows Henry maneuvering his men like chess pieces; when they opposed him, they suffered violent downfalls. Henry eventually assumed control of his realm, but it was too little, too late. Tudor fans will enjoy this outside-in biography as a different view of a complicated monarch.”Kirkus Reviews

      “Fascinating . . . Borman’s deep background knowledge serves her—and the reader—well. The pages and years fly by, and one has the feeling of stepping into an engaging historical lecture by a master of the subject . . . For readers curious about royal history or fascinated by the styles of leaders in our own time,Henry VIII makes for a compelling read.”BookPage

      Praise forThe King’s Witch:

      “The incredibly detailed and vivid narrative transports readers to a time when women were seen as no more than a commodity to be traded, and conspiracy loomed in every corner. This engaging page-turner is enhanced by flawless prose and an absorbing plot, making it a perfect choice for fans of historical fiction and post-Tudor England.”Library Journal (starred review)

      “Historian Borman embeds a fictional character in the royal court of James I in her promising debut novel . . . By introducing Tom Wintour, a real-life figure, as Frances’ love interest, Borman adds a little historical heft and a lot of spice to her tale. The action culminates with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, as the stage is nicely set for volume two of this projected trilogy.”Booklist

      “Tracy Borman’s debut historical novel has it all: conspiracy, betrayal, dark intrigues, bloody deeds, a poignant love story—and the most famous plot in English history. In the debauched court of James I, nothing is as it seems, loyalties are torn, and danger is all around. At the centre of it all, Borman has created an engaging and courageous heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along to a shattering and shocking climax.”—Alison Weir, author ofThe Six Wives of Henry VIII

      “Exquisitely written, sumptuous in detail and thrillingly plotted,The King’s Witch takes you deep into the darkness of the early Jacobean Court and into the heart of the wonderful, unforgettable Lady Frances. The first of what promises to be a magnificent trilogy.”—Kate Williams, author ofBecoming Queen Victoria andYoung Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen

      Praise forThe Private Lives of the Tudors:

      ANew York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

      “Borman’s passion for the Tudor period shines forth from the pages of this fascinatingly detailed book.”—Alison Weir, author ofThe Six Wives of Henry VIII

      “For Borman, the intimate particulars of everyday life are what help the past come bracingly, stirringly alive. Her full-quivered social history of the Tudor monarchs . . . furnishes readers with a ‘Hey, did you know . . . ?’ on almost every page . . . [An] authoritative work.”New York Times Book Review

      “Like Alison Weir . . . Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us.”Guardian

      “[Written] with effortless verve . . . [A] riveting history.”O, The Oprah Magazine

      “[A] fascinating new book . . . No royal family is better known . . . But there’s still much to learn fromThe Private Lives of the Tudors thanks to the expertise and persistence of Borman . . . The most captivating moments ofPrivate Lives, and there are plenty of them, bring the reader into other personal Tudor moments of strength, weakness, and heartache.”Christian Science Monitor

      “Comprehensively researched and compulsively readable . . . The potions, plots, liaisons and marriages described in this book are thoroughly entertaining . . . A bloody good read.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

      Praise forThomas Cromwell:

      “An intelligent, sympathetic, and well researched biography.”Wall Street Journal

      “Excellent . . . This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life, probing into his complex personality and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendor.”Independent (UK)

      “Should be catnip to fans of Hilary Mantel's best-sellingWolf Hall novels about Cromwell.”USA Today

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    The Radio Plays Tom Stoppard
    9780802129048 Paperback DRAMA / European On Sale Date: October 25, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 1.11 x 1.11 x 0 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Grove Press
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      A collection of six rarely performed radio plays by one of the world's foremost contemporary dramatists
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    Help Me! Marianne Power
    9780802129062 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date: January 25, 2019
    $37.50 CAD 1.11 x 1.11 x 0 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Grove Press
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      Already an international phenomenon sold to 23 publishers around the world, Marianne Power's Help Me! is the hilarious, thought-provoking, and unfailingly honest account of one woman's year-long, often madcap, quest to find out if self help books really can change your life
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    Allah Made Everything The Song Book Zain Bhika, Azra Momin
    9780860377702 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Religious Age (years) from 2 - 7 On Sale Date: April 12, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 9.45 x 9.45 x 0.32 in | 30 pages Carton Quantity: 50 Canadian Rights: Y The Islamic Foundation
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      Allah Made Everything, the song book, is based on the lyrics of the well-loved children’s song by renowned singer and songwriter Zain Bhikha. The song was first released in 2015, and together with the hit video, has become one of the most popular Muslim children’s songs across the world.
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      Zain Bhikha has been an inspiration to people the world over since he first began singing in 1994. His uplifting songs aim to reconnect young people with the Creator and fill them with happiness.

      With more than a dozen albums to his name, Zain’s songs have graced homes throughout the world and touched people’s lives in uplifting and often profound ways. He has performed across most continents and remains amongst the most popular Islamic artists.

      The song-book Allah made Everything is his first book.
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    Series: Walking
    Walking Austin 33 Walking Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Musical Culture, and Abundant Natural Beauty Charlie Llewellin
    9780899979533 Paperback TRAVEL / United States On Sale Date: April 12, 2019
    $25.50 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.37 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Wilderness Press
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      Get to Know the Most Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods in Austin, Texas!

      Grab your walking shoes, and become an urban adventurer as Charles Llewellin leads you on 33 unique walking tours in this comprehensive guidebook. Explore beautiful neighborhoods, historic locations, public art, and, of course, live music. Soak up the city’s history, culture, and outdoor beauty.

      Find peace and comfort as you wind along Lady Bird Lake. Take in the glorious sights atop Mount Bonnell. Browse the one-of-a-kind markets of South Congress.Walking Austin guides you to mouthwatering brisket, refreshing swimming holes, world-class museums, and some of the best views in all of Texas.

      Each self-guided tour includes full-color photographs, a map, and need-to-know details like distance, difficulty, parking, and public transit. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists the highlights of every tour. The walks’ commentaries include such topics as architecture and local trivia, plus tips on where to grab a bite, have a drink, and shop.Walking Austin provides the perfect path for a weekend or an after-work ramble. So find a route that appeals to you, and walk Austin!

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      Charlie Llewellin has lived in Austin since 1991. He is a writer and photographer who has contributed to a variety of publications, including cover stories for National Magazine Award winnerTexas Monthly andAustin Monthly. He is the author of the latest edition of60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: San Antonio and Austin andExplore Austin Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, Paddling & More, both published by AdventureKEEN.

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