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  • ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    PEDERSEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781742667232
    Title: ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    Author: PEDERSEN PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully produced, lavishly illustrated commemorative volume drawing on the Memorial's unique collection of Gallipoli-related objects, photographs, artworks, diaries, letters, maps and personal memorabilia.

    This landmark publication commemorates the centenary of the Great War's Gallipoli campaign, 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916. ANZAC Treasures approaches the subject of Gallipoli not only from a military perspective but also in terms of its social impact and its role in commemoration and nation building. It does so through the Memorial's immensely rich and varied National Collection, which provides a tangible link to ANZAC and gives an unparalleled insight into its many facets. The legend and reality of ANZAC are encapsulated within the relics, photographs, artworks, documentary records, personal diaries and letters that are displayed to dramatic and moving effect in a beautifully designed and produced commemorative volume.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    OLSEN PENNY
    ISBN: 9780642278562
    Title: AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY
    Author: OLSEN PENNY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Our relationship with the birds of prey has always been conflicted. Raptors are admired for their strength and independence, but despised for their depredations on livestock and favourite garden birds, while the owls are at once respected for their wisdom and watchfulness and feared for their mournful cries and association with darkness and ill-omen.

    Australian Predators of the Sky comprises over 200 striking paintings, lithographs and engravings of all 34 Australian species—25 diurnal birds of prey and nine owls. From odd-looking first depictions to stunning, detailed portrayals of the species, the illustrations cover more than two centuries of bird art, selected from the National Library of Australia’s collection. The artists include George Raper and John Hunter (First Fleet naval officers), Sarah Stone, John and Elizabeth Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, Henrik Grönvold, Ellis Rowan, Neville Henry Cayley, Lionel Lindsay, Lilian Medland, Ebenezer Edward Gostelow, and, more recently, Betty Temple Watts, Frank Knight and Jeff Davies.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.95
  • AVENUE OF SPIES - 2ND HAND
    AVENUE OF SPIES - 2ND HAND
    KERSHAW ALEX
    ISBN: 9780804140034
    Title: AVENUE OF SPIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: KERSHAW ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.

    From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11--but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.

    Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.


    Imprint: CROWN CONTENT
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women   **Special Price**
    DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women **Special Price**
    HANNAH SOPHIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9781784975463
    Title: DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women **Special Price**
    Author: HANNAH SOPHIE [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by award-winning author Sophie Hannah.

    From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts. Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $14.99
  • GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase
    GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781447270058
    Title: GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The award-winning stories about a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood have been delighting children and adults the world over for more than fifteen years. Created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the most successful picture-book partnership ever, they have been translated into over fifty languages and made into sell-out stage shows and Oscar-nominated films. Now these modern picture-book classics are available together as one very special gift.

    This specially designed slipcase is covered in shiny foil and features stunning new silhouette artwork from Axel Scheffler. Inside are two high quality hardback editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, with extra-thick paper, deluxe finish and brand new cover artwork. This beautifully designed package is the perfect introduction to the Gruffalo - an ideal Christening or birthday gift.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HENRY AND BANJO
    HENRY AND BANJO
    KNIGHT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780733633614
    Title: HENRY AND BANJO
    Author: KNIGHT JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today most of us know that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson were famous writers. We know about Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the Man from Snowy River; The Drover's Wife, While the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his mates, but little else.

    Here, in a compelling and engaging work, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's own stories to life. And there is much to tell. Both were country born, just three years and three hundred kilometres apart, Henry on the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a property near Orange, but their paths to literary immortality took very different routes - indeed at times their lives were ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born into a life of comparative privilege, would rise from country boy to Sydney Grammar student, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and revered man about town. Henry's formal education only began when his feminist mother finally won her battle for a local school but illness and subsequent deafness would make continuing his lessons difficult, seeing him find work as a labourer, a coach painter and a journalist, all the while wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and mental illness. Both men would become household names during their lifetimes. Both would have regrets.

    HENRY AND BANJO details two incredibly fascinating lives and delves into the famous (and not so famous) writings of the two men who had the power to influence and change Australia.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $9.99
  • HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS
    HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS
    WEST CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781250035509
    Title: HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS
    Author: WEST CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stamps tell a story?and Chris West's book is the unique, fascinating tale of Great Britain told through its stamps.

    Hailed by The Times of London as "a splendid reminder of the philatelic glories of the past," A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps tells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of England through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. West shows that stamps have always mirrored the events, attitudes, and styles of their time. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction?A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps is a hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose.

    On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOUSE OF NAMES
    HOUSE OF NAMES
    TOIBIN COLM
    ISBN: 9781760551421
    Title: HOUSE OF NAMES
    Author: TOIBIN COLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.

    I HAVE BEEN ACQUAINTED WITH THE SMELL OF DEATH.

    Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter - her beloved Iphigenia - to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king's return...

    Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, watches Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches, as they walk the gardens and corridors of the house of Atreus. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother's return...

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $13.95
  • HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS   **Special Price**
    HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS **Special Price**
    SMITH DODIE
    ISBN: 9781405281652
    Title: HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS **Special Price**
    Author: SMITH DODIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A special 32 page picture book adaptation of Dodie Smith’s much-loved classic story, perfect for toddlers.

    When Missis and Pongo’s darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect . . . the evil Cruella de Vil!

    She’s enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur coat!

    With the help of some fearless furry friends, the parents set off on a brave rescue attempt. But can the Dalmatian parents rescue their precious pups in time?

    This classic tale about a hundred and one spotty dogs has been adapted for the first time ever as a picture book. Peter Bently's fun adaptation of Dodie Smith's original text will introduce the story to a new generation, with gorgeous artwork from bestselling illustrator, Steven Lenton.

    Fan's of Dodie Smith's original story will love this new take on an old favourite - the perfect Christmas gift and classic bedtime story to enjoy together.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $10.95
  • IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
    IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
    HARRIS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781509881048
    Title: IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
    Author: HARRIS CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. Chris Harris's I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein.

    This entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner, from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking verse, to a poem that is 100% genuinely infinite. Adding to the fun: Lane Smith, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for There Is a Tribe of Kids, has spectacularly illustrated this extraordinary collection with nearly one hundred pieces of appropriately absurd art. It's a mischievous match made in heaven and the perfect gift for kids age seven and up.

    Imprint: TWO HOOTS BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.95
  • LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    BUTCHER BLEDDYN
    ISBN: 9781760110680
    Title: LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    Author: BUTCHER BLEDDYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning visual record of the amazing career of Nick Cave, one of the world's coolest musicians, by one of the rock world's most brilliant photographers and writers.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects   **Special Price**
    MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects **Special Price**
    MURRAY VANESSA
    ISBN: 9781741175240
    Title: MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects **Special Price**
    Author: MURRAY VANESSA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world full of mass production and copyright infringement, there is a movement emerging that is focused on sourcing unique and independently created products that are made to last. This title is a celebration of these unique products and the tradespeople behind their creation.

    Made to Last showcases some of the weird and wonderful products being created today – from whiskey tumblers to mushroom knives, men’s shoes and bamboo bikes – with profiles of their makers and related DIY projects that invite readers to act on their inspiration and get making themselves. These DIY suggestions are as varied as the products themselves, from how to treat and care for wood furniture to making your own canvas lunch bag. The book’s own beautiful design ensures that it, too, is truly made to last.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book   **Special Price**
    MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book **Special Price**
    ISBN: 9781921759369
    Title: MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book **Special Price**
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book is a great introduction to Miffy's world!

    Find out who Miffy's friends are, what mother and father bunny look like and how they spend their day together! Lots of Miffy moments to share.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space   **Special Price**
    MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space **Special Price**
    GRANT JASON
    ISBN: 9781742709925
    Title: MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space **Special Price**
    Author: GRANT JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Modern Retro Home is the third book from celebrity stylist and designer Mr Jason Grant.

    This book is your key to unlocking the secrets behind a thoroughly contemporary home that takes inspiration from the past, particularly from the '60s and '70s. Organised into chapters according to each room of your house, Mr Jason Grant takes you inside many homes that exemplify this aesthetic and highlights why each room styling works. But don't expect to find tired-looking rooms here, Jason's fresh and accessible style shines through in the bright, colourful pages. No matter the size of your budget or living space, or whether your belongings are sourced from eBay or high-end vintage stores, the tips in this book can be applied to create your own modern retro home.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $10.00
  • MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures   **Special Price**
    MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures **Special Price**
    BESLEY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781853759741
    Title: MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures **Special Price**
    Author: BESLEY ADRIAN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures is the complete, authorised history of Monty Python, with bits in. Never before has the story of the Pythons been so brilliantly told, in words, rare and unseen photographs and fascinating examples of removable and on-the-page facsimile memorabilia.

    The 'Dead Parrot' sketch. 'The Lumberjack Song'. 'Argument Clinic'. 'Spam'. Monty Python's Flying Circus was packed with famous skits and classic one-liners, many of which are still globally recognized from the Hollywood Bowl to the University of Woolloomooloo. Their irreverent humour is the yardstick by which others are judged and the adjective 'Pythonesque' has been part of the English language for years. This book delves into the official Monty Python archives for the first time and tells the Monty Python story through photographs, text and props in the shape of removable facsimile memorabilia, including hand-scribbled scripts, never-before-published cue sheets, postcards, programmes and more.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    BIRMINGHAM KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781594203367
    Title: MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    Author: BIRMINGHAM KEVIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A great story how modernism brought down the regime of censorship told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every page." Louis Menand, Pulitzer prize-winning author of"The Metaphysical Club"
    For more than a decade, the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. James Joyce s big blue book, "Ulysses, " ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But the genius of "Ulysses "was also its danger: it omitted absolutely nothing. All of the minutiae of Leopold Bloom s day, including its unspeakable details, unfold with careful precision in its pages. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice immediately banned the novel as obscene, lewd, and lascivious. Joyce, along with some of the most important publishers and writers of his era, had to fight for years to win the freedom to publish it. "The Most Dangerous Book" tells the remarkable story surrounding "Ulysses," from the first stirrings of Joyce s inspiration in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
    Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce s years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain. The long struggle for publication added to the growing pressures of Joyce s deteriorating eyesight, finances and home life.
    Salvation finally came from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random House, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties lawyer. With their stewardship, the case ultimately rested on the literary merit of Joyce s master work. The sixty-year-old judicial practices governing obscenity in the United States were overturned because a federal judge could get inside Molly Bloom s head.
    Birmingham s archival work brings to light new information about both Joyce and the story surrounding "Ulysses." Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, "The Most Dangerous Book" is a gripping examination of how the world came to say yes to "Ulysses.""

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
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