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  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9781509808762
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully designed slipcase edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

    A timeless heroine, Alice is quick-witted, determined and resourceful. In her first extraordinary adventure she meets a series of unforgettable characters, from the bossy White Rabbit to the grinning Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, all of whom are as famous as Alice herself. Then in Through the Looking-Glass Alice finds herself in a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up in the great looking-glass chess game and sets off to become a queen. A slipcase containing gorgeous editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass with the original line illustrations by John Tenniel, specially commissioned forewords by Hilary McKay and Philip Ardagh, ribbon markers and colour plates.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.95
  • 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: $29.99
  • BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    MANNING ANNEKA
    ISBN: 9781743365717
    Title: BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    Author: MANNING ANNEKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Take a personalised master class with baking expert Anneka Manning.

    Whether you're a beginner or already baking with confidence, Anneka will guide you through a unique step-by-step lesson sequence to help you master the 10 fundamental mixing methods that provide the foundation for all baking recipes.

    This must-have reference features over 90 sweet and savoury fail-safe recipes that will build your know-how and confidence in a progressive and practical way, and help you become the baker you want to be.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $16.95
  • BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    DREWE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780642278807
    Title: BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    Author: DREWE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe’s lyrical examination of Australian beach culture combines imagery from some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers with his personal anecdotes of a favourite boat, a capsicum-strewn beach, a summer holiday with teenagers and an unwelcome great white. Drewe looks at the sunny, salty sexiness of the beach that first enticed the crusading Mr William Gocher into the ocean at Manley in

    1903, defying authorities in his neck-to-knee bathing costume. We’ve come a long way from sunbathing in stockings and pantaloons to the unabashed display of sun-kissed bodies of all shapes and sizes at any beach in the country today. But the beach also has a dark side as a place of tragedy, violence and danger, a place where sharks attack prone surfers and prime ministers disappear.

    This is a book for the weary wage-slave who has felt the revitalising power of plunging into the water on a summer evening or the seachanger dodging Dobermans and stingers on a morning beach walk. And it’s a book for Australians dreaming of the beach—that is, those of us not there right now.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $16.95
  • BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    THE BEATLES
    ISBN: 9780297608127
    Title: BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    Author: THE BEATLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Never before has anyone attempted to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs, many of which have never yet been published. These documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world at museums and universities.

    Hunter Davies knew and worked with the Beatles during their heyday, and wrote their first and only authorised biography. In this collection, he has tracked down and reproduced over 100 original handwritten manuscripts of their songs, reproduced here - and, in almost every case, for the very first time. For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime and anywhere - songs might begin as a scribble on the back of an envelope, a napkin or on hotel stationery. From them we gain a unique insight into the remarkable creative process of the greatest songwriters of all time; what they were thinking, how they changed their minds, and then came up with the words which are now known the world over - complete with all the scribbles and crossings out. Each song is given its context: what the Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and record it, how the original version differs from the final one.

    Almost every Beatles song has a great story behind it, whether it is 'Yesterday', 'Eleanor Rigby' or 'Yellow Submarine'. Many books have appeared about the Beatles, but in the end what really matters - and will always matter most - is their music. Their music comes out of their lives, just as their lives and emotions are reflected in their music. The Beatles Lyrics is the definitive story of their lives, as uniquely told through their music.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
  • BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    LAURENT ANNA
    ISBN: 9781781573327
    Title: BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    Author: LAURENT ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning collection of botanical wall charts from all around the world, ideal for naturalists, botanists, scientists and anyone with a love of plant life.

    Botanical charts are experiencing a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of scientific and historical significance, and Wall Flower documents this extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

    Europe was enjoying a golden age of botanical illustration, naturalists were exploring the globe, and there was a clamour for knowledge of the natural world. Intellectual curiosity was no longer limited to the few; education was now considered a right afforded to all, in classrooms across the continent. And thus the botanical wall chart was born, a synthesis of art, science and education. This collection of wall charts from all over the globe, each accompanied by text explaining its historical and botanical contexts, has been put together by botanist Anna Laurent, and will delight anyone with an interest in the natural world.

    Imprint: ILEX
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    CHILD LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781408350485
    Title: CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    Author: CHILD LAUREN
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautiful box set contains two classic Charlie and Lola picture books, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. A perfect gift to introduce this much-loved pair to a new generation of fans!

    Contains the Kate Greenaway Medal winning I Will Not Never Eat a Tomato. An innovative and fun-filled book about fussy eating - guaranteed to make dinner time fun.

    Lola will not eat peas. In fact, she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots are really orange twiglets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate . . .

    And I Am Not Sleepy and I will Not Got To Bed - a brilliantly original story about the problem of tricky bedtimes.

    Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her to go to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late. Lola says, "I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10, 11 and 12 and I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning."

    Imprint: ORCHARD BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $24.95
  • COLLECTED POEMS : 1958 - 2015   **Special Price**
    COLLECTED POEMS : 1958 - 2015 **Special Price**
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781509812400
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS : 1958 - 2015 **Special Price**
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clive James's reputation as a poet has become impossible to ignore. His recent poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty, such as 'Japanese Maple' (first published in the New Yorker in 2014), became global news events upon their publication. His most recent collection, Sentenced to Life, was a phenomenal bestseller in the UK and in Australia, and his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in 2013.

    In this book, James makes his own rich selection from over fifty years' work in verse: from his early satires to these heart-stopping valedictory poems, he proves himself to be as well suited to the intense demands of the tight lyric as he is to the longer mock-epic. Collected Poems displays James's fluency and apparently effortless style, his technical skill and thematic scope, his lightly worn erudition and his emotional power; it will undoubtedly cement his reputation as one of the most versatile and accomplished of contemporary writers.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
  • DEAR ZOO  -  BOOK AND STORYBLOCKS
    DEAR ZOO - BOOK AND STORYBLOCKS
    CAMPBELL ROD
    ISBN: 9781509802173
    Title: DEAR ZOO - BOOK AND STORYBLOCKS
    Author: CAMPBELL ROD
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. With Dear Zoo Book and Story Blocks children can have fun reading the story as they build a giant metre-high tower with their animal blocks.

    Dear Zoo Book and Story Blocks includes a mini gift hardback of the lift-the-flap preschool classic and ten stacking and nesting blocks featuring everyone's favourite animals from the zoo. Young children will love building a tower as they read the story -- and then knocking it down again!

    Stacking and nesting help toddlers understand cause and effect and develop hand-eye coordination and early construction skills. They can learn to count from 1 to 10 as they play with the numbered blocks, and recognize different colours and sizes too.

    With bright, bold artwork and fun animal characters, Dear Zoo Book and Blocks is sure to keep toddlers entertained for hours!

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $16.95
  • EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    BARNARD EDWIN
    ISBN: 9780642278685
    Title: EMPORIUM : SELLING THE DREAM IN COLONIAL AUSTRALIA
    Author: BARNARD EDWIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new wonder cure... the latest fashion... a revolutionary gadget.... few can resist the siren song of advertising, and our colonial ancestors were as susceptible as we are. Perhaps that electric hair brush really could help to cure baldness, and wouldnt it be wonderful if those strange new cannabis cigarettes did relieve asthma? Advertisements appeared in the first issue of Australias first newspaper in 1803, as unscrupulous manufacturers and retailers vied with each other in making more and more outrageous claims. Emporium explores the highways and byways of this neglected aspect of nineteenth-century life in a book that takes readers on a fascinating journey into the hearts and homes of colonial Australians. Advertisements for condoms? It was just a matter of knowing what to look for.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $12.99
  • EXTINCT BOIDS
    EXTINCT BOIDS
    STEADMAN RALPH
    ISBN: 9781408178621
    Title: EXTINCT BOIDS
    Author: STEADMAN RALPH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Ceri Levy asked Ralph Steadman to produce one piece of art representing an extinct bird for a recent exhibition, Ghosts of Gone Birds, Ralph said 'yes'. Then 'yes' again ... and again ... and again.

    An astonishing 100 paintings later, Extinct Boids was born.

    Ralph got carried away by the birds, taking Ceri with him ... this book details the discoveries they made on their travels through the savage seas of extinction. After stumbling on the previously hidden Toadstool Island,
    where the extinct birds of the world live on in secretive harmony, the duo spent nearly a year in close proximity
    to a host of fantastical avian creatures.

    Ralph documents them all in this series of remarkable paintings, featuring unique interpretations of well-known
    birds such as the Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon and Dodo, along with less familiar members of the feathersome firmament - Snail-eating Coua, for example, or the Red-moustached Fruit Dove - and a variety of bizarre beasts including the Gob Swallow, the Long-legged Shortwing and the Needless Smut. All are captured in a riot of expression and colour, with a slice of trademark Steadman humour.

    Based on emails, diary entries and phone conversations, Ceri's accompanying text provides a running commentary, detailing the unfolding madness behind the creation of each piece in Ralph's extraordinary work. Things got tough as the pair discovered just how many amazing birds have been lost from our world forever.

    "But," as Ralph said "it did, after all, make a nice change from drawing politicians".

    Bloomsbury is proud to publish this unique title. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/extinct-boids-9781408178621/#sthash.TmIm9S39.dpuf

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: $5.00
  • FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    LEAVITT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781632863751
    Title: FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    Author: LEAVITT DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? (At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand.) Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here? What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating--and so repellent--to artists and writers over the years?
    Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy. Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history--the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War--are contrasted with images of Florence today (its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture). Leavitt also examines the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City   **Special Price**
    FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City **Special Price**
    DAVIES EMIKO
    ISBN: 9781743790038
    Title: FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City **Special Price**
    Author: DAVIES EMIKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Florentine is a collection of recipes and photographs from Tuscany’s capital.

    Emiko Davies draws on her lived experience of traditional Florentine cuisine to share recipes that transport readers to the piazzas of Florence. From her torta di mele – a reassuringly nonna-esque apple cake – to ravioli pera e ricotta – mouthwateringly buttery pear and ricotta ravioloni – allow yourself to be taken on a culinary tour through the city.

    Florentine is a unique stroll through the city's streets, past pastry shops bustling with espresso-sippers, hole-in-the-wall wine bars, busy food vans and lunchtime trattorias, to reveal why the people of Florence remain proudly attached to their unchanging cuisine – a cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish.

    From the morning ritual of la pasticceria (the pastry shop) and il forno (the bakery), the tantalising fresh produce of il mercato (the market) and il maccellaio (the butcher) through to the romance of la trattoria, Davies expertly guides food lovers through the Renaissance city. Be swept up in the atmosphere of Florence’s street food scene with a few bites of crunchy crostini with fig compote and prosciutto, or savour a silky gelato of hazelnut and crema.

    With a nod to Florence’s rich history, Florentine offers some much-loved traditional dishes, such as schiacciata fiorentina (orange and vanilla cake), apricot jam crostata (apricot jam pie), piselli alla fiorentina (peas cooked in tomato sauce) and cinghiale con le olive (stewed wild boar with olives).

    Seasons and long-held food traditions play an important role in the Tuscan kitchen and this is reflected in every Florentine menu, bakery window or market stall. Davies says that one of the things living in Tuscany has taught her is that there is no such thing as Italian cuisine; rather, Florentine is about offering readers a local's perspective on one of the country's 20 regional cuisines. In this case, the one that has won her heart.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: $10.00
  • GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST   **Special Price**
    GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781509812356
    Title: GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading À la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel in two different languages. Gate of Lilacs is the unique product of James's love and engagement with Proust's eternal masterpiece.

    With À la recherche du temps perdu, Proust, in James's words, 'followed his creative instinct all the way until his breath gave out', and now James has done the same. In Gate of Lilacs, James, a brilliant critical essayist and poet, has blended the two forms into one.

    I had always thought the critical essay and the poem were closely related forms . . . If I wanted to talk about Proust's poetry beyond the basic level of talking about his language - if I wanted to talk about the poetry of his thought - then the best way to do it might be to write a poem.There is nothing like a poem for transmitting a mental flavour. Instead of trying to describe it, you can evoke it.

    In the end, if À la recherche du temps perdu is a book devoted almost entirely to its author's gratitude for life, for love, and for art, this much smaller book is devoted to its author's gratitude for Proust.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $10.00
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