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  • 100 MOMENTS OF AUSTRALIAN PAINTING FROM THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
    100 MOMENTS OF AUSTRALIAN PAINTING FROM THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
    PEARCE BARRY
    ISBN: 9781742231297
    Title: 100 MOMENTS OF AUSTRALIAN PAINTING FROM THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
    Author: PEARCE BARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What makes a painting endure and resonate through time?

    What makes a masterpiece?

    Highly respected art curator Barry Pearce provides a personal tour of 100 of his favourite Australian paintings from the walls and vaults of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.Pearce profiles works from the most famous names in Australian art, including Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin, Grace Cossington Smith, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley and Ben Quilty. He reveals intriguing stories behind some of Australias best-loved paintings, and uncovers lesser-known gems along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $12.95
  • 365 THINGS TO DO WITH LEGO BRICKS
    365 THINGS TO DO WITH LEGO BRICKS
    ISBN: 9780241232378
    Title: 365 THINGS TO DO WITH LEGO BRICKS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    365 Things to do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways and enjoy LEGO fun every day of the year.

    Featuring imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO games that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks, to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours. 365 Things to do with LEGO® Bricks is packed with fun and quirky activities, such as: build your own LEGO pet; challenge your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock; and learn how to make a stop-motion LEGO movie.

    365 Things to do with LEGO® Bricks includes a countdown timer and activity selector, allowing you to choose an activity at random, to time your activities and to race against the clock. Packed with 365 LEGO activities you'll be inspired all year round.

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    78 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781743535004
    Title: 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE - BOOK AND DRINK BOTTLE
    78 STOREY TREEHOUSE - BOOK AND DRINK BOTTLE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781743547472
    Title: 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE - BOOK AND DRINK BOTTLE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Perfect for all treehouse fans, a gift pack containing a copy of The 78-Storey Treehouse and a treehouse-branded drink bottle.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781846559181
    Title: ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor.

    ‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.'

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

    Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408870389
    Title: AGE OF GENIUS : THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MIND
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Best-selling author A. C. Grayling explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity


    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.

    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ALIENS GHOSTS AND VANISHINGS : Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories
    ALIENS GHOSTS AND VANISHINGS : Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories
    TARAKSON STELLA
    ISBN: 9781925324969
    Title: ALIENS GHOSTS AND VANISHINGS : Strange and Possibly True Australian Stories
    Author: TARAKSON STELLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you heard the most bizarre tales from around Australia?

    Did a UFO drag a family’s car off the road in the middle of the outback? How did rocks rain from the sky in WA? And what became of the prime minister who went into the surf and was never seen again?

    Explore the strangest tales, most incredible encounters and creepiest urban legends in Australia’s history. Read about the investigations and weigh up the facts – do you believe the official explanations for these weird and wonderful events?

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR  -  ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR - ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    SNICKET LEMONY
    ISBN: 9781742972961
    Title: ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR - ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    Author: SNICKET LEMONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $10.00
  • AMAZING ANIMALS OF AUSTRALIAS NATIONAL PARKS
    AMAZING ANIMALS OF AUSTRALIAS NATIONAL PARKS
    NEWTON GINA
    ISBN: 9780642278883
    Title: AMAZING ANIMALS OF AUSTRALIAS NATIONAL PARKS
    Author: NEWTON GINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With its enticing and colourful design and its fascinating information, this is a book that children will want to pore over—either at home, in the classroom or on a road trip.

    This book brings together 55 national parks, selected across all Australian states and territories, and over 120 animals. It is divided into seven sections according to habitat (woodlands and grasslands; forests; rainforests; arid zones; mountains; wetlands and waterways; coasts, oceans and islands), each including a number of national parks and a selection of the fish, reptiles, frogs, birds and mammals that inhabit them. At the end of the book is a section on ‘little critters’—beetles, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, bugs and so on.

    Each habitat section opens with photographs of the featured national parks and a description of the habitat. Each animal has its own page, which has a stunning colour photograph of the species, a map of its distribution range, its conservation status and scientific information about the species. The information is divided into the following sections: ‘Fast Facts’ gives you all the vital statistics, such as size, lifespan and number of young; ‘Where Does It Live?’ tells you where in Australia you can find the species and provides details about its home; ‘What’s Its Life Like?’ tells you a bit about how the animal moves, behaves, eats and has young; and ‘Interesting Info’ has quirky and fascinating facts.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • APPETITES : A COOKBOOK
    APPETITES : A COOKBOOK
    BOURDAIN ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781408883839
    Title: APPETITES : A COOKBOOK
    Author: BOURDAIN ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brash, wild, original and badass. This is Anthony Bourdain's interpretation of a normal cookbook.

    As a restaurant professional, Bourdain spent his life on the fringes of normality - he worked while normal people played, and played while normal people slept. Since then he has settled (kind of) into family life and is cooking for the people he loves rather than people who pay. These are the recipes he turns to when called in for pancake service at sleepover parties or when preparing a violence-free family dinner.

    Each and every word is informed by his years in the industry and a life dedicated to food. This is a man who has declared the club sandwich as America's Enemy and wants you to understand the principles of Bad Sandwich Theory. He has distilled his views on dessert to this: it should always be Stilton.

    Illustrated with photography that somehow manages to be both strangely beautiful and utterly grotesque, this cookbook - Bourdain's first in ten years - is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $44.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DINNERS
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DINNERS
    APELGREN JANNE
    ISBN: 9780522869507
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DINNERS
    Author: APELGREN JANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrated for her vibrant and distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, artist Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. Less well known is her legacy as a generous and insightful teacher and keen cook, and her deep sense of civic duty. She was passionate about the need for a modern national culture that reflected everyday life.

    For Preston, the building blocks of such a culture were not to be found in the Australian pastoral landscape tradition, but in the home and garden. Maintaining that art should be within everyone's reach, she published widely on the methods and techniques of a host of creative pursuits: from pottery, printmaking and basket weaving, to the gentle art of flower arranging. She devoted much of her career to the genre of still life, depicting humble domestic objects and flowers from her garden, and often painting in the kitchen while keeping 'one eye on the stew'.

    Drawing on recipes from handwritten books found in the National Gallery of Australia and richly illustrated with Preston's paintings, prints and photographs this book sheds new light on the fascinating private life of a much-loved Australian artist.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ART AS THERAPY
    ART AS THERAPY
    DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    ISBN: 9780714872780
    Title: ART AS THERAPY
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN / ARMSTRONG JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two authorities on popular culture reveal the ways in which art can enhance mood and enrich lives - now available in paperback

    This passionate, thought-provoking, often funny, and always-accessible book proposes a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant, and therapeutic. Through practical examples, the world-renowned authors argue that certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of modern life. Chapters on love, nature, money, and politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships to coming to terms with mortality.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ART OF CYCLING
    ART OF CYCLING
    EVANS CADEL
    ISBN: 9780733334627
    Title: ART OF CYCLING
    Author: EVANS CADEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The autobiography of a cycling legend.

    On the afternoon of Sunday, 1 February 2015, Cadel Evans crossed the finish line in the first-ever race of the event that would immortalise his name: the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. At that moment, an extraordinary cycling career, spanning 20 years and more than 750 professional races, came to a close.

    Now, looking back on his journey, Cadel Evans tells his story of the races and moments that mattered, taking you with him as he places in the top ten in six Tours de France and becomes Australia's first and only Tour de France champion; as he wins the Mountain Bike World Cup twice and Australia's first and only UCI Road World Championship; as he claims the points jersey in the Giro d'Italia; and as he wins a succession of other great races, including the Tour of Austria (twice), Tour de Romandie (twice), Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, Tirreno-Adriatico, Flèche Wallonne, Criterium International and Giro del Trentino.
    Ranging from the dirt tracks of his early 1990s mountain-biking days to the Tour de France's famous podium in 2011 and beyond, The Art of Cycling is a tale of potential realised and ambition fulfilled. It's also the inspiring story of a young boy from the Australian bush, whose focus, talent and dedication conquered the elite world of international cycling in an era when few Australians competed, let alone won.

    Famous in the sport for his meticulous preparation and as an athlete who prided himself on his ability to give his all, Evans writes with forensic detail about the triumphs, the frustrations, the training, the preparation, the psychology of the sport, his contemporaries, the legends, the controversies and, above all, his enduring love of cycling.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ART OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS
    ART OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS
    OLSEN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9781921383960
    Title: ART OF DINOSAUR DESIGNS
    Author: OLSEN LOUISE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As young art students Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy began selling resin jewellery with a stall at Sydney's Paddington markets. Today they have a business that employs 85 people and nine stores around the world including New York and London. Dinosaur Designs is the name of their jewellery and homewares company, admired around the world for its bold, colourful designs and unique fusion of art and design. Almost every Dinosaur Designs piece is still handmade by artisans in its Sydney studio, because creativity remains at the core of what they do. Over 30 years since founding the business, Olsen and Ormandy are still going strong and their passion and creative flow is more exhilarating than ever. With this book Olsen and Ormandy open their hearts, minds and studio doors, to share their inspirations, ideas and process.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    RASER-ROWLAND ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780994392817
    Title: ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    Author: RASER-ROWLAND ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous!

    Yet here is a toolkit to help you do just that. A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Apply a couple, and you'll definitely have a few extra dollars in your pocket and enjoy more sunsets. Apply the lot, and you'll wake up one day and realise that you're happier, wealthier, fitter, and more in-lust with life than you'd ever thought possible.

    Imprint: MELLIODORA PUBLISHING
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
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