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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
  • 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 Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read.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
  • AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    BALDWIN MYLES
    ISBN: 9781742666204
    Title: AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    Author: BALDWIN MYLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The coastal gardens of Australia are as varied as the geography of this vast continent itself. Join Myles Baldwin as he travels around the country, from the gentle landscape of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Sydney's Dover Heights to an old copper mining town in South Australia and beyond.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $39.95
  • BONE OF FACT
    BONE OF FACT
    WALSH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781742612911
    Title: BONE OF FACT
    Author: WALSH DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    MONA's David Walsh is an enigma in the Australian art world. A Bone of Fact is his unconventional, absorbing and brilliantly surprising memoir.

    David Walsh - the creator of Mona in Hobart - is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi-millionaire who made his money gambling, David has turned a wild vision into a unique reality; he is in turns controversial, mysterious and idolised. A Bone of Fact is his utterly unconventional and absorbing memoir, about which he says: 'By some great good fortune (mine, not yours) you hold in your hands my story, credible I think, but not extraordinary (despite what those avaricious publishers might have you believe). I have captured your attention: maybe you have some resonance with Mona, or maybe good graphical design partly seized your day. To extract 55 bucks from you I need to say something clever, but I can't think of anything. So I'll seduce you with a tale of another, cleverer, writer. Stanislaw Lem, noted Polish science fiction author and notorious smartarse, once told an American colleague that his new collection of short stories would be published in a paper bag. This conjured a mental picture of the stories being selected by lucky dip. The idea that my life story could be told that way, without a disabling manifesto, is appealing. Unfortunately Mr Lem had actually said 'paperback' (his meaning concealed beneath his thick accent), a wholly ordinary practice to deliver extraordinary stories. My story lacks Mr Lem's magical reality and philosophy, and it also lacks a paper bag. You should buy it anyway, if you are at least mildly curious as to why I want you to give me more money, even though I'm already rich. But if you happen to read Polish you could probably do better reading Lem. Incidentally, Polish is one of the few words that changes its pronunciation when you change the first letter from upper case to lower case. If you are in Natal or Nice you can probably think of another. But surely, if you are in Natal or Nice you have better things to do than lurk in bookshops. Get out of here, but take me with you. I promise to treat you nice. But not so nice that you'll need to go to a natal clinic.'

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $24.95
  • CHANGI BOOK
    CHANGI BOOK
    GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742231617
    Title: CHANGI BOOK
    Author: GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of The Anzac Book comes this fascinating collection of accounts of life inside the notorious Shangi prison camp. The camp is synonymous with suffering and hardship, and the Australian prisoner of-war experience in the Second World War. But the Changi story is also one of ingenuity, resourcefulness and survival. With cartoons, paintings, essays and photographs from POWs, The Changi Book provides a unique view of life in the camp: Medical innovation Machinery and tools made from spare parts and scrap Black markets Sports and gambling Entertainment A library and university Seventy years after its planned publication, material for The Changi Book was rediscovered in the Australian War Memorial archives andappears here for the first time along with insights from the Memorial's experts.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $16.95
  • COMPLETE BEATLES SONGS : THE STORIES BEHIND EVERY TRACK WRITTEN BY THE FAB FOUR
    COMPLETE BEATLES SONGS : THE STORIES BEHIND EVERY TRACK WRITTEN BY THE FAB FOUR
    TURNER STEVE
    ISBN: 9780733635021
    Title: COMPLETE BEATLES SONGS : THE STORIES BEHIND EVERY TRACK WRITTEN BY THE FAB FOUR
    Author: TURNER STEVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For the first time, every single lyric of every single Beatles song appears in one book, with the story behind its creation.

    Who was 'just seventeen' and made Paul's heart go 'boom'? Who was 'Lady Madonna'? Was there really an Eleanor Rigby? Why was Paul the 'walrus' and what inspired the lyrics to Ringo's 'Octopus's Garden'?

    The Complete Beatles Songs shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four's rich legacy by investigating the events immortalised in The Beatles' music and now occupying a special niche in popular culture's collective imagination.

    This beautifully packaged - and first-of-its-kind - 2015 edition has been fully revised with a complete set of printed lyrics to accompany each song. Every Beatles-penned song is discussed and the inspiration behind it is examined, including all of their studio albums and later official releases.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
  • CURIOUS MINDS : THE DISCOVERIES OF AUSTRALIAN NATURALISTS
    CURIOUS MINDS : THE DISCOVERIES OF AUSTRALIAN NATURALISTS
    MACINNIS PETER
    ISBN: 9780642277541
    Title: CURIOUS MINDS : THE DISCOVERIES OF AUSTRALIAN NATURALISTS
    Author: MACINNIS PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Curious Minds: The Discoveries of Australian Naturalists looks at the long line of naturalists who have traversed Australia in search of new plants and animals. Identifying and classifying the unfamiliar plants and animals was their biggest challenge—the early ones were frequently wrong but later naturalists were able to build on and learn from previous mistakes. In time, a new breed of homegrown naturalists emerged. This succession of curious minds would help to foster pride in a developing nation, as well an interest in the preservation of natural history. Curious Minds brings to life the stories of the naturalists and settlers who made the unfamiliar familiar and who contributed to developments in natural science. Among the names are Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Amalie Dietrich, Ludwig Leichhardt, Ferdinand von Mueller, Ellis Rowan, John Lewin and John and Elizabeth Gould. Beautifully illustrated with images from the collection of the National Library of Australia, the publication is a loving tribute to the courageous and inquisitive men and women who led by example.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $15.95
  • DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    ONEILL HELEN
    ISBN: 9780732299200
    Title: DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    Author: ONEILL HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The daffodil is the beautiful first flower of spring, the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, rebirth, eternal life and misfortune. Over centuries, the daffodil has been so many things to so many people: it was called 'Narcissus' by the Greeks and prized by the Romans as guarantee of passage to the Underworld; it was used by medieval Arabs and ancient Chinese for its medicinal properties and it has inspired poets, lovers, artists and scientists down the ages.

    But in telling the story of the daffodil, what award-winning, best-selling writer Helen O'Neill is really telling is the story of humanity. It's a narrative of progress from superstition and myth, taking in politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love. But, appropriately enough for a flower that is now used on a worldwide basis to raise funds for cancer research, it is, above all, a story of hope.

    Moving, fascinating, eloquent, and also beautiful.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $19.95
  • DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    KIRTON MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781742660998
    Title: DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    Author: KIRTON MEREDITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener. Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FAIRY WHO WOULDNT FLY
    FAIRY WHO WOULDNT FLY
    DAVIES BRONWYN
    ISBN: 9780642278517
    Title: FAIRY WHO WOULDNT FLY
    Author: DAVIES BRONWYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As far as the Fairy Queen was concerned, the Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly was lazy and so she banished her to the Woodn’t, the place where she had sent all the other creatures who wouldn’t do as they should. There, the Fairy-who-wouldn’t-fly met many friends—the Kookaburra-who-wouldn’t laugh, the Bee-who-wouldn’t-live-in-a-hive, the Frog-who-wouldn’t-hop. Find out how they worked together to return to Fairyland, and how they convinced the Fairy Queen that they had good ideas of their own about how to live their lives.

    The magic tale of The Fairy Who Wouldn’t Fly, adapted by Bronwyn Davies for today’s children, was originally written and illustrated by Pixie O’Harris in 1945.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $10.00
  • FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    HOLMES RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780007476510
    Title: FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    Author: HOLMES RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FALLING UPWARDS is a vivid group biography and adventure that tells how men and women first felt as they rose towards the clouds into a new dimension - of science, exploration, warfare, literature, discovery. Romantic biographer Richard Holmes floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s. Dramatic sequences move from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of beautiful Sophie Blanchard; the revelatory ascents over sprawling Victorian industrial cities of Northern Europe; and the astonishing long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise, and the French photographer Felix Nadar. Later we find balloons used to observe the horrors of battle during the American Civil War (including a memorable flight by General Custer); the tale of sixty balloons that escaped Paris during the Prussian siege of 1870; and the terrifying seven mile high flight - without oxygen - of James Glaisher, helping to establish the science of meteorology and the environmental notion of a 'fragile' planet. Readers will also discover the writers - from Mary Shelley to Edgar Alan Poe, Dickens to Verne - who allowed the imaginative impact of flight to soar in their work. In exploring the interplay between technology and science fiction, the understanding of the biosphere, and the metaphysics of flight itself, Holmes offers another of his subtle portraits of human endeavour, recklessness and vision.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $9.99
  • FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    DE SEGUR COMTESSE
    ISBN: 9780731815227
    Title: FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    Author: DE SEGUR COMTESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SOPHIE'S MISFORTUNES: Sophie is a naughty little girl who delights in disobeying her mother and engaging in mischievous pranks. Why can't she be as well behaved as her cousin Paul and her two sensible friends, Camille and Madeleine?

    CAMILLE AND MADELEINE: Camille and Madeleine are perfect little girls, beautifully behaved and wise beyond their years living with their mother at Chateau Fleurville. Another little girl, Margeurite, and her widowed mother come to stay and Sophie, now orphaned, is 'adopted' into the family. Soon all four girls become firm friends. Through their adventures all four learn steadfast loyalty and how to take responsibility for their actions.

    THE HOLIDAYS: Camille, Madeleine, Marguerite and Sophie are waiting excitedly for their cousins to arrive for the summer holidays. The children fill their days building cabins, having picnics and playing games. Sophie is involved in another misadventure when she hides in a hollowed out tree trunk and cannot climb out! The highlight of the holidays is the unexpected return of Sophie's mother and cousin Paul. They had escaped the shipwreck in which they were thought to have drowned and had made their way to a foreign land. The children are enthralled by the Crusoe-like tales of survival and adventure. children are enthralled by the Crusoe-like tales of survival and adventure.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $12.95
  • GALLIPOLI
    GALLIPOLI
    CARLYON LES
    ISBN: 9781743534229
    Title: GALLIPOLI
    Author: CARLYON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The international best-seller about the men and battle that forged the legend of Anzac in 1915.

    Les Carlyon's Gallipoli is the epic story of the fighting men who forged the legend of Anzac in 1915. Taking the reader behind the lines and into the trenches, Gallipoli not only brings an infamous battlefield to vivid life but puts poignant breath in the bones of the ordinary heroes who lived and died there. War stories are rarely this personal but Carlton's meticulous research and mesmeric storytelling take readers up-close with the conflict like never before, poetically evoking an ancient landscape rooted in myth, a theatre for Alexander the Great, St Paul and the Trojan Wars, and then intimately populating it with soldiers, generals and politicians from the Allied and Turkish forces.

    A century on from the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915, Les Carlyon's Gallipoli endures, a masterpiece every bit as haunting and heartbreaking as the events it records. Once read, it is never forgotten.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.95
  • GREAT WAR
    GREAT WAR
    CARLYON LES
    ISBN: 9781743534236
    Title: GREAT WAR
    Author: CARLYON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the best-selling author of Gallipoli comes this epic and emotive chronicle of World War 1.

    Les Carlyon's The Great War is the epic story of the fighting men who wove themselves into legend as part of the largest tragedy in Australian history - 179,000 dead and wounded - leaving a nation to mourn its fallen heroes in 'one long national funeral' into the 1930s and, now again, a century later. As he did with the best-seller Gallipoli, Carlyon leads the reader behind the lines, across the western front and other theatres of battle, and deep into the minds of the men who are witnesses to war. Having walked the fields of France, Belgium and Turkey on his quest for a truth beyond the myth, Carlyon weaves us a mesmerising narrative that shifts seamlessly from the hatching of grand strategies in the political salons of London and St Petersburg to the muddy, bloody trenches of Pozieres and Passchendaele where ordinary soldiers descended into a maelstrom unimaginable.
    The Great War is history at its best - a brilliant account of the most vital event in Australian history.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.95
  • GREEN NOMADS
    GREEN NOMADS
    BROWN BOB
    ISBN: 9781743790786
    Title: GREEN NOMADS
    Author: BROWN BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Green Nomads is a celebration of Australia's wilderness areas, and we surely have something to celebrate. The landscape and close-up photographs of Australia's natural landscape are ethereal yet familiar, calming yet powerful. Paired with Bob's personal and insightful anecdotes, there is not doubt that this book will appeal to travellers, tourists, conservationists and all those that enjoy the wilderness.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $19.99
  • HORSES IN AUSTRALIA : AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
    HORSES IN AUSTRALIA : AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
    BRASCH NIC
    ISBN: 9781742231013
    Title: HORSES IN AUSTRALIA : AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
    Author: BRASCH NIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the horse in Australia past and present. From Cobb & Co to Black Caviar, from the Walers of World War I to The Man from Snowy River, it showcases our best historical and contemporary images.

    The horse has been an integral part of Australian history since the First Fleet brought the first horse to our shores. From the resilient workhorses of colonial Australia and the determined stockhorses rounding up cattle, to the thoroughbreds that capture the countrys imagination at every Melbourne Cup, horses have contributed to many of the great human feats in our history. Here, alongside 180 stunning images, Nicolas Brasch shows why we love horses and how they have been captured so strikingly by our photographers and artists.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $15.95
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