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  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $9.99
  • ANIMALPHABET
    ANIMALPHABET
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781509801633
    Title: ANIMALPHABET
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exquisitely colourful exploration of the animal world with fold out flaps and shaped pages, written as an entertaining guessing game by the bestselling Julia Donaldson.

    Imprint: TWO HOOTS BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $13.99
  • ATLAS OF ADVENTURE   **Special Price**
    ATLAS OF ADVENTURE **Special Price**
    ISBN: 9781786577597
    Title: ATLAS OF ADVENTURE **Special Price**
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don't just walk on the wild side - hike, climb, cycle, surf and even parachute. This encyclopedia for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies features the best outdoor experiences, country-by-country, across the world - making it the ultimate introduction to an exciting new world of adventure.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET   **Special Price**
    AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET **Special Price**
    FEINER BECK
    ISBN: 9780733338946
    Title: AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET **Special Price**
    Author: FEINER BECK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this vibrant look at Australian cultural icons, A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke and C is for Cathy Freeman. Forget Alpha, Bravo, Charlie ... Meet the ultimate A to Z of amazing Aussies who make this country legendary. Sometimes irreverent, always charming and vividly brought to life by Beck Feiner.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $12.99
  • AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES  -  NEW EDITION   **Special Price**
    AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES - NEW EDITION **Special Price**
    ALLEN RICHARD / BAKER KIMBAL
    ISBN: 9780522866599
    Title: AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES - NEW EDITION **Special Price**
    Author: ALLEN RICHARD / BAKER KIMBAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Elephantine Boabs dot the Kimberley region of Western Australia; cattle rub against giant Bottle Trees and Ironbarks in Queensland, and Strangler Figs with 40-metre girths thrive in our northern rainforests.

    Snow Gums and Shining Gums eke out their lives on our icy mountain tops and prehistoric-looking Bunya Pines, which once looked down on the dinosaurs, grow in a few isolated places in Australia's north-east. Australia's Remarkable Trees explores the extraordinary lives of fifty of Australia's oldest, largest and most unusual trees. Richly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker went to the far reaches of Australia; travelling more than 60 000 kilometresandmdash;to photograph them and tell their stories.

    Australia's Remarkable Trees is not just a celebration of Australia's great trees. It also prompts us to look to the future to see what lies in store for them. It is a call to arms to preserve and protect our oldest and most magnificent living things, and the forests and wilderness in which they live.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: $24.99
  • BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    ISBN: 9781405292597
    Title: BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    Author: DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff.

    Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s workshop in the snow. Can Babar find a way to bring him to Elephants’ country?

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $9.99
  • CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    WARREN EMMA
    ISBN: 9781925418842
    Title: CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    Author: WARREN EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catalonia has come to global attention this year in its quest for independence, but there is much more to this beautiful region situated on the west coast of the Mediterranean and blessed with one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Although Catalonia is still geographically and politically connected to Spain, Catalans consider themselves independent with their own language, history, culture and cuisine. Its food is considered unique in Spain, and it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world – including being the original location for the famed El Bulli.

    Unlike in other parts of Spain, Catalan cuisine does not centre around tapas, and although pintxos do feature heavily, they are not the mainstay of the region and most dishes are larger, stand-alone meals. Dishes are heavily influenced by pork and fresh seafood with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that varies from recipes as simple as crushed tomatoes smeared on bread to hearty, slow-cooked stews. Famous dishes include calcots – large salad onions cooked on a coal barbecue and then dipped into nutty and addictive Romesco sauce, a unique paella made without saffron and the addition of vermicelli noodles, myriad types of Catalan sausage served with white beans, sauces such as aioli and picada, and multiple pastries and desserts including the crème Catalan (a version of crème brûlée). Beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography, The Catalan Kitchen is the ultimate cookbook for lovers of Spanish and Mediterranean food.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    RAPPAPORT HELEN
    ISBN: 9781250056641
    Title: CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    Author: RAPPAPORT HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.

    Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil - felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.

    Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.

    Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action - to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a "red madhouse."

    Imprint: St Martin's Press
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA   **Special Price**
    COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA **Special Price**
    MCVICAR JEKKA
    ISBN: 9781925750294
    Title: COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA **Special Price**
    Author: MCVICAR JEKKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking herbs in Australia.

    Jekka McVicar is passionate about herbs and this passion permeates her authoritative and immensely practical book.

    Here she covers over 150 herbs - from the most common such as mint and basil to the more exotic, such as turmeric and lemon grass. For each herb she outlines various species, its history, cultivation, propagation and harvesting and then looks at cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses, with over 250 recipes.

    Having grown herbs for over 30 years, Jekka knows the most common pitfalls to avoid. She offers plans for planting herb gardens, be it for aromatherapy or cooking, and guidance on propagation, harvesting, herbs in containers, pests and diseases as well as a yearly calendar.

    This definitive sourcebook is the herb gardener's essential companion.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $15.99
  • DESIRE : 100 of Literatures Sexiest Stories   **Special Price**
    DESIRE : 100 of Literatures Sexiest Stories **Special Price**
    FROSTRUP MARIELLA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781784975449
    Title: DESIRE : 100 of Literatures Sexiest Stories **Special Price**
    Author: FROSTRUP MARIELLA [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 of literature's sexiest stories, chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. Strict mistresses, naughty maids, handsome gardners and disarming strangers; literature is awash with love, sex and desire.

    This collection brings together 100 of the best examples, hand-picked by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. From romance and seduction to downright dirty deeds, here are prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, each of whom prove that when it comes to the bedroom, a little fiction goes a long way.

    So whether you're looking for love, lust or something in between, this gorgeous anthology is the perfect gift... or bedside companion.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $15.99
  • DESTINATION FLAVOUR : People and Places   **Special Price**
    DESTINATION FLAVOUR : People and Places **Special Price**
    LIAW ADAM
    ISBN: 9781743794487
    Title: DESTINATION FLAVOUR : People and Places **Special Price**
    Author: LIAW ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrate Adam Liaw's favourite food, people and stories from across Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Singapore and Scandinavia, and peek behind the scenes of the acclaimed TV series Destination Flavour.

    In Destination Flavour, food writer and presenter Adam Liaw curates the best recipes and stories from the acclaimed television series, along with dozens of brand new dishes encountered in his travels. Celebrating food, people and places across six chapters, this book features more than 80 authentic and achievable recipes, unique stories of people Adam has met along the way, stunning food and travel photography, behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the show and candid moments from the road. This is the book that fans of the show have been waiting for.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $19.99
  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    SNYDER LAURA J
    ISBN: 9781784970246
    Title: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    Author: SNYDER LAURA J
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The remarkable story of how a painter and a scientist in 17th-century Holland transformed the way we see the world.
    By the early 17th century the Scientific Revolution was well under way. Philosophers and scientists were throwing off the yoke of ancient authority to peer at nature and the cosmos through microscopes and telescopes. In October 1632, in the small town of Delft in the Dutch Republic, two geniuses were born who would bring about a seismic shift in the idea of what it meant to see the world. One was Johannes Vermeer, whose experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. The other was Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, whose work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. By intertwining the biographies of these two men, Laura Snyder tells the story of a historical moment in both art and science that revolutionized how we see the world today.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness   **Special Price**
    FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness **Special Price**
    INGRAM NADINE
    ISBN: 9781925640892
    Title: FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness **Special Price**
    Author: INGRAM NADINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A luscious celebration of baking for life, love and happiness

    Flour and Stone is a petite bakery in inner-city Sydney with a large and devoted following for its panna cotta lamingtons, flaky croissants, chewy cookies, dreamy cakes and delectable pastries of every kind.

    Nadine Ingram and her dedicated team bake with finesse and love to bring pleasure to the city. In this book Nadine shares her signature recipes, all carefully explained and rigorously tested for the home kitchen.

    Family, in every sense, is at the heart of Flour and Stone, this recipe collection is given in the hope that you will nurture your own loved ones with the timeless, comforting art of baking. These are the treats you’ll want to eat for the rest of your life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $29.99
  • GENNAROS PASSIONE : The classic Italian cookery book   **Special Price**
    GENNAROS PASSIONE : The classic Italian cookery book **Special Price**
    CONTALDO GENNARO
    ISBN: 9781911216650
    Title: GENNAROS PASSIONE : The classic Italian cookery book **Special Price**
    Author: CONTALDO GENNARO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A glorious update of a modern classic - full of colourful recipes that evoke Italian life at its most enticing, Passione is the story of Gennaro Contaldo's upbringing in Italian food and will teach you to cook like a true Italian. Born just metres away from the sea on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast, Gennaro learnt from his father how to seek out wild food - free-diving for oysters, foraging for wild mushrooms and missing school to go fishing. This adventurous spirit lived on throughout Gennaro's career in food and was what went on to inspire Jamie Oliver to call Gennaro his 'London dad'. It was summed up here in this first, glorious collection of his favourite Italian recipes, originally published in 2003. Lovingly restored and updated for the modern kitchen, this new edition of this classic book features photographs from Gennaro's childhood alongside stunning food and travel photography. Over 100 recipes, full of delightful personal recollections, share the secrets of Gennaro's love affair with Italian food, and will inspire cooks of all abilities to taste the true flavours of the Italian coastline. Buon appetito!

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $12.99
  • 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
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