Iggy Peck has been building fabulous creations since he was two. His parents are proud of their son, though sometimes surprised by some of Iggy's more inventive creations (like the tower he built out of used diapers). When a new second grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty's irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts' unique and stylish illustration, this book will charm creative kids everywhere.
Winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for Literature
Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.
Sofie Laguna's first novel One Foot Wrong received rave reviews, sold all over the world and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. In The Eye of the Sheep, her great originality and talent will again amaze and move readers. In the tradition of Room and The Lovely Bones, here is a surprising and brilliant novel from one of our finest writers.
Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
Haze-fire, smeuse, tarn, ghyll, hoarhusk, gruffy ground, af'rug . . . for years now, Robert Macfarlane has been collecting place-words: terms for aspects of landscape, nature and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of the British Isles.
For years, too, he has been fascinated by the connections between literature and landscape. One of the signatures of his work, from Mountains of the Mind to The Old Ways, has been the fine precision of his prose; another has been his engagement with those writers who have paid close attention to the natural world.
In this, his fifth book, Macfarlane brilliantly explores the linguistic and literary terrain of our archipelago, from the Shetlands to Cornwall, and from Cumbria to Suffolk. Landmarks is a book about the power of language - 'strong style, single words' - to shape our sense of place. It is both a field guide to the literature he loves (Nan Shepherd, Roger Deakin and many more), and a 'word-hoard', gathering an astonishing archive of place-terms from old Norse to Anglo-Romani, living Norman to Hebridean Gaelic.
Over the book's course, via its chapters and its glossaries, we come to realise that words, well used, are not just a means to describe landscape - but also a way to know it, and to love it. If we lose the rich vernacular lexis of these islands, developed over centuries, then we also risk impoverishing our relationship with nature and the land. What we cannot name, we cannot in some sense see.
Landmarks offers us fresh ways of experiencing the natural world. It allows us to glimpse through other eyes - quickening our sense of wonder and sharpening our sight.
Paris, 1959. As dusk settles over the immigrant quarter, 12-year-old Michel Marini - amateur photographer and compulsive reader - is drawn to the hum of the local bistro. From his usual position at the football table, he has a vantage point on a grown-up world - of rock 'n' roll and of the Algerian War. But as the sun sinks and the plastic players spin, Michel's concentration is not on the game, but on the huddle of men gathered in the shadows of a back room.
Past the bar, behind a partly drawn curtain, a group of eastern European men gather, where under a cirrus of smoke and over the squares of chess boards, they tell of their lives before France - of lovers and wives, children and ambitions, all exiled behind the Iron Curtain. Listening to this band of survivors and raconteurs, Michel is introduced to a world beyond the boundaries of his childhood experience, a world of men made formidable in the face of history, ideas and politics: the world of the Incorrigible Optimists Club.
Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
Featuring 75 of the world's most legendary designers, this book presents the story of fashion through the fascinating personal lives and innovative collections that have shaped the field over the past century.
Arranged in a broadly chronological order, this compelling book outlines the impact that inventive individuals have had on the development of fashion. Using boxed features to display key dates in the designers' careers, the text – written by an expert fashion journalist and historian – delves into the visions behind their most creative and inspirational work.
Combining stunning visuals of both exciting and rare designs with insightful text, this is an inspiring guide to the designers whose vision has forged new pathways in fashion design development and forever changed the way we dress today.
Imprint: LAURENCE KING
On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.
The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance.
The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.
The extraordinary life of the Georgian era's most famous whore.
'Of picking, washing and cleaning my pretty little toes, which he took great delight in, and in which pleasurable, innocent, and inoffensive pastime he as often spent hours; 'twas the greatest gratification to him on earth, nor did he (said she) indulge in any other in all the time we spent together, he never was even rude enough to give me a kiss.'
So emerged the first expose of foot fetishism in the eighteenth century. Revelations and racy anecdotes about the lives of the rich and famous of Dublin and London abound within PEG PLUNKETT: MEMOIRS OF A WHORE.
From a violent domestic background, Peg blitzed her way through balls and masquerades creating scandals and gossip wherever she went, leaving dukes, barristers and lieutenants stranded in her wake. She was the first madame ever to write her memoirs, thereby setting the template for the whore's memoir. She wrote not merely to reveal herself but to expose the shoddy behaviour of others and her account of her life.
In PEG PLUNKETT: MEMOIRS OF A WHORE, Julie Peakman brings her subject and the world through which she moved to glorious, bawdy life.
When Kate Betts graduated from Princeton, she was desperate to stand on her own two feet and discover who she really was.
Kate decided to take a leap of faith and move to Paris where she would throw herself into Parisian culture, master French and a find a job that would give her a reason to stay...After a series of dues-paying jobs, she began a magnificent apprenticeship at Women's Wear Daily and was initiated into the high fashion world at a moment that saw the last glory of the old guard and the explosion of a new generation of talent.
From a woozy yet enchanting Yves Saint Laurent to the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld, to the riotous, brilliant young guns-Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, and John Galliano-who were rewriting the rules of fashion, Betts gives us a view of what it looked like to a young woman, finding herself, falling in love, and exploring this dazzling world all at once.
Rife with insider information about restaurants, shopping, travel, and food, Betts's memoir brings the enchantment of France to life-from the nightclubs of Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the forests of le Bretagne-in an unforgettable memoir of coming-of-age.
Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
A profoundly moving exploration of the intelligence and personality of one of the world's most mysterious, beguiling creatures.
In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orion magazine entitled 'Deep Intellect' about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death. It went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practised true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.
Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think?
The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their colour-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.
Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
The Dordogne village of St Denis is tearing itself apart. Can Bruno, chef de police, keep it together in this gripping new crime novel?
The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno, chef de police, knows all too well. But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined.
When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up, Bruno knows it's his duty to prevent the victim from becoming just another skeleton in their closet. Even if his digging reveals things Bruno himself would rather keep buried.
Meanwhile, very modern battles are being fought in St Denis between hunters defending their traditions and environmentalists protecting local wildlife. Neither side, it seems, is above the use of violent tactics. At the centre of it all, Bruno must use all his cunning and character to protect his community's future from its present - and its past.
Jennifer Joyce presents a selection of 'street food' recipes from around the globe, the flavour-filled, exotic foods 'to go' that we may have bought from hawkers or markets on our overseas travels, or that we purchase from our local takeaway or food truck.
With this book, we can whip up a rich variety of international street food ourselves, creating dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, and which are often cheaper and usually much healthier than the bought variety. A collection of 150 dishes (organised into chapters by country) draws together recipes for mouth-watering tacos, burgers, curries, souvlaki, gozleme, noodles and dumplings, ceviche, pizza and many more.
Clever shortcuts like spice pastes and modern cooking methods (for example, using a pressure cooker to create meltingly tender meat in a snap) mean the majority of dishes can be prepared and served in a really timely and efficient way for relaxed weekday eating.
Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
Six Bedrooms is about growing up; about discovering sex; and about coming of age. Full of glorious angst, embarrasment and small achievements.
Hot afternoons on school ovals, the terrifying promise of losing your virginity, sneaking booze from your mother's pantry, the painful sophistication and squalor of your first share house, cancer, losing a parent.
Tegan Bennett Daylight's powerful collection captures the dangerous, tilting terrain of becoming adult. Over these ten stories, we find acute portrayals of loss and risk, of sexual longing and wreckage, blunders and betrayals. Threaded through the collection is the experience of troubled, destructive Tasha, whose life unravels in unexpected ways, and who we come to love for her defiance, her wit and her vulnerability.
Stunningly written, and shot through with humour and menace, Six Bedrooms is a mesmerising collection of moments from adolescence through adulthood, a mix of all the potent ingredients that make up a life.
The Festival of Insignificance follows four middle-aged men in modern-day Paris over the course of a couple of weeks during which all of them have time to reflect on their lives and the various ways in which they are, or have been made to feel, insignificant...Alain's mother abandoned the family when he was just ten; he finds consolation in his 20-year-old girlfriend in the full knowledge that the two of them are so distant in age that they can have very little in common.
Charles works as catering staff at swanky cocktail parties hosted by people he detests, along with his friend Caliban, a failed actor nicknamed after the only role he ever had any success with - the two of them spend these tedious evenings pretending to be from far-flung lands, making up grammatically complex languages so as to maintain the pointless ruse...Ramon likes to dazzle others with his wit and to mock the failings of others but ultimately lives a lonely life.
Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the same time completely avoiding realism - that's The Festival of Insignificance.
Imprint: FABER AND FABER
Aged 105, Rose has endured more than her fair share of hardships - the Armenian genocide, the Nazi regime, and the delirium of Maoism.Yet somehow, despite all the suffering, Rose never loses her joie de vivre. Quirky and eccentric, Himmler's Cook is a picaresque tale of survival, as Giesbert depicts Rose's unique life experiences - cook for Himmler, confidante to Hitler, and friend of Simone de Beauvoir.
The novel tells the epic tale of an inspiring, resilient Marseillaise chef who embodies the sentiment of what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
Grandpa remembers many things from long ago, but he has trouble remembering his granddaughter, Georgia. In this moving story, a little girl helps her grandfather reach his memories through the simple act of making hats from folded newspaper. A gentle yet powerful story about the love and memories that bind families together.
From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power Of The Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping true-to-life epic, ripped from the headlines, of power, corruption, revenge and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
It's 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adan Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner. Finally putting Barrera away costs Keller dearly – the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.
Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice – or is it revenge – becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains and deserts of Mexico, to Washington's corridors of power, to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.
Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico's drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera – and himself - that he always knew must happen.
The Cartel is true-to-life story of power, corruption, revenge, honour and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the men – and women – who wage it.
Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
'I was Prime Minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.'
On Wednesday 23rd June 2010, with the government in turmoil, Julia Gillard asked then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot. The next day, Julia Gillard became Australia's 27th Prime Minister, and our first female leader. Australia was alive to the historic possibilities. Here was a new approach for a new time. It was to last three extraordinary years.
This is Julia Gillard's chronicle of that turbulent time - a strikingly candid self-portrait of a political leader seeking to realise her ideals. It is her story of what it was like - in the face of government in-fighting and often hostile media - to manage a hung parliament, build a diverse and robust economy, create an equitable and world-class education system, ensure a dignified future for Australians with disabilities, all while attending to our international obligations and building strategic alliances for our future. This is a politician driven by a sense of purpose - from campus days with the Australian Union of Students, to a career in the law, to her often gritty, occasionally glittering rise up the ranks of the Australian Labor Party. Refreshingly honest, peppered with a wry humour and personal insights, Julia Gillard does not shy away from her mistakes, admitting freely to errors, misjudgements, and policy failures as well as detailing her political successes. Here is an account of what was hidden behind the resilience and dignified courage Gillard showed as prime minister - her view of the vicious hate campaigns directed against her, and a reflection on what it means - and what it takes - to be a woman leader in contemporary politics. Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.
With new material and fresh insights, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.
Against the backdrop of the Great War, Rosie must choose between two men who have loved her since they were childhood friends together.
In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of war that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.
When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie faces the challenges of life for those left behind. Confused by her love for two young men - one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace - she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
Louis de Bernières' magnificent and moving novel follows the lives of an unforgettable cast of characters as they strike out to seek what happiness can be built from the ruins of the old world.
James Ellroy, the undisputed master and artist of crime writing, has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Museum to expose the lurid underside of LA in the mid 1950s. After combing through the photo archives of the LA Police Museum, he discovered that 1953 featured the most unusual and striking imagery, by far, and was inspired to write 25,000 words of text that illuminate the crimes, the perpetrators and victims, and the controversial law enforcement of the time. Ellroy also offer colourful context and recreates the atmosphere and culture that gave birth to the depravity and darkness whether it be murder, robbery, or suicide in the back alleys, liquor stores, or bedrooms of Los Angeles. 85 duotone photos are spread throughout the book as evidence.
Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
Tjala Arts, home to many of Australia's highest profile visual artists, is at the forefront of the western desert painting movement. It is widely recognised as an art centre with an unwavering commitment to the traditional values of holding and celebrating Tjukurpa. This drives Tjala Arts' pursuit of artistic excellence.