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  • 101 WEIRD WORDS (and Three Fakes) : From Ambidextrous to Zugzwang
    101 WEIRD WORDS (and Three Fakes) : From Ambidextrous to Zugzwang
    ASTLE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760633660
    Title: 101 WEIRD WORDS (and Three Fakes) : From Ambidextrous to Zugzwang
    Author: ASTLE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fun facts about 101 of the weirdest words in the English language from the wordiest guy around, David Astle - plus 3 bonus fake words: can you spot them?

    101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes) is a mini-dictionary jam-packed with unusual or interesting words, followed by a fun and descriptive definition for each one. Filled with silly pictures and strange wordy facts, this is a book to sweep the reader through the alphabet from AMBIDEXTROUS (no repeated letters) to ZUGZWANG (not a place you want to visit), with a generous sprinkling of riddles, puzzles and bonus facts. For an extra challenge, try to spot the three fakes in the collection. Is it YARG - the cheese that turned its maker backwards? Or maybe JUFFLE - the semi-jig, semi-shuffle you do on a zebra crossing? Only a true word detective will crack the case!

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $9.99

    Price: $9.99
  • 2028 : ... and Australia Has Gone to Hell in a Handbasket
    2028 : ... and Australia Has Gone to Hell in a Handbasket
    SAUNDERS KEN
    ISBN: 9781760631062
    Title: 2028 : ... and Australia Has Gone to Hell in a Handbasket
    Author: SAUNDERS KEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    2028. Prime Minister Fitzwilliams' instincts tell him it's time to call a snap election. His cabinet team is adequate (just), the howling protests of the doctors after the GP changes has finally died down and, best of all, the Australian Greens are in receivership. So what could possibly go wrong?

    The PM is prepared for everything until he finds himself facing what he least expected - an actual opposition. How do you deal with a party that doesn't play by the rules, protests in the nude, sends mail by carrier pigeon and has a list of candidates all called Ned Ludd?

    Welcome to the Australia of 2028 where parking meters double as poker machines, radio shock jocks have been automated, the Communist Party of China has turned itself into a multinational corporation and ASIO's glory days are so far over that it's resorting to surveillance of a Charles Dickens reading group.

    Outrageous, sharp and wickedly funny, 2028 takes us into the near future where the not very good ideas around today have become ten years worse.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY   **Special Price**
    21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY **Special Price**
    HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    ISBN: 9781787330870
    Title: 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY **Special Price**
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ** FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENS and HOMO DEUS **

    Yuval Noah Harari returns in August 2018 with a new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In bringing his focus to the here and now, Harari will help us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today. Employing his trademark entertaining and lucid style, Harari will examine some of the world's most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $29.99
  • ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    PERLMAN ELLIOT
    ISBN: 9780143786368
    Title: ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    Author: PERLMAN ELLIOT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catvinkle is used to being top cat, completely pampered by Mr Sabatini the barber. So she is horrified when Mr Sabatini brings home a wide-eyed, lost Dalmatian named Ula.

    Soon Ula is warming herself by Catvinkle's fire. To her surprise, Catvinkle likes the innocent, trusting Dalmatian, and she finds herself telling Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can't be best friends - can they?

    Catvinkle must choose. Will she be brave and join her new friend on a mission to help two sad children, even if it means visiting the biggest, scariest dog in Amsterdam? Or will she leave Ula to face the danger alone?

    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF JACK SCRATCH : The Quest for the Hiss-paniola
    ADVENTURES OF JACK SCRATCH : The Quest for the Hiss-paniola
    PHILLIPS CRAIG
    ISBN: 9780473447045
    Title: ADVENTURES OF JACK SCRATCH : The Quest for the Hiss-paniola
    Author: PHILLIPS CRAIG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Meet Jack Scratch. Pint-sized hero. Swashbuckler. Adventurer … and singer of pirate ditties! Together with Cap'n Catnip – The World's Greatest Mariner – and his Uncle Silver, Jack is about to embark on a quest to find the fabled treasure of the Hiss-paniola! And he'll encounter a whole lot of trouble along the way.

    A beautifully illustrated A4 hard cover book, with a stunning cloth spine, that takes us on an adventure with pirate cat, Jack Scratch, and his friends as they search for treasure. This is the first book in the planned series and establishes some of the main characters that will carry through in the following books.

    AGES: 8 plus

    Imprint: PERIBO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL THE WAYS TO BE SMART
    ALL THE WAYS TO BE SMART
    BELL DAVINA
    ISBN: 9781925713435
    Title: ALL THE WAYS TO BE SMART
    Author: BELL DAVINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
    smart is building boats from boxes.
    Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
    being mermaids, riding dragons …


    From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.


    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    MSIMANG SISONKE
    ISBN: 9781925603798
    Title: ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    Author: MSIMANG SISONKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood - a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.

    Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland - and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics - in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    IDLE ERIC
    ISBN: 9781474610285
    Title: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    Author: IDLE ERIC
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.

    Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.

    In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades. This is a memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    ISBN: 9781787014305
    Title: AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines.

    We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites.

    Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    MARSHALL DAVID WESTON
    ISBN: 9781682682111
    Title: ANCIENT SKIES : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks
    Author: MARSHALL DAVID WESTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

    Tales of the forty-eight classical constellations have captured the human imagination from ancient times to the present. Compiled from literature spanning from Homer to Claudius Ptolemy, with illustrations and star charts reconstructed from ancient sources, Ancient Skies immerses the reader in the world of ancient cosmology and constellation mapping.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    FRANK ANNE / FOLMAN ARI
    ISBN: 9780241978641
    Title: ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    Author: FRANK ANNE / FOLMAN ARI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The First Graphic Adaptation of the Multi-Million Bestseller

    '12th June, 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.'

    In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.

    Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne Frank kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings, movingly revealing how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with the daily threat of discovery and death.

    Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of the beloved diary of Anne Frank.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK   **Special Price**
    ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK **Special Price**
    LEIBOVITZ ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780714878294
    Title: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK **Special Price**
    Author: LEIBOVITZ ANNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leibovitz addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do, but any reader interested in contemporary history will be fascinated by her account of one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon.

    The subjects include photojournalism, studio work, photographing dancers and athletes, working with writers, and making the transition from shooting with film to working with digital cameras.

    Originally published in 2008, this revised and updated edition brings Leibovitz's bestselling book back into print.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $69.99
  • ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT BEARS
    ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT BEARS
    BUNTING LAURA
    ISBN: 9781742991931
    Title: ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT BEARS
    Author: BUNTING LAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ever wondered why there are so many books about bears?

    Discover the grizzly truth in this bear-all account.

    Bears are tired. Sick and tired. And just when they are in the middle of something really goodlike sleeping, snoozing or nappingtoo many storybooks mean they have to stop what they are doingthat issleeping, and get up and be part of a story. Every story. Well, the bears have had enough. They are going on strike.

    This hilarious book looks at some alternatives for all the parts bears play in stories. But what sort of animal could be... just right?

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?   **Special Price**
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life? **Special Price**
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780143789963
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life? **Special Price**
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND   **Special Price**
    ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND **Special Price**
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9780734411471
    Title: ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND **Special Price**
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The internationally acclaimed graphic novel THE ARRIVAL, and a new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND.


    The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.


    In Sketches from a Nameless Land, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist s creative journey.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $19.95
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   **Special Price**   **Signed Copies Available**
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Special Price** **Signed Copies Available**
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Special Price** **Signed Copies Available**
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $29.99
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