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  • 1924 : The Year That Made Hitler
    1924 : The Year That Made Hitler
    RANGE PETER ROSS
    ISBN: 9780316384049
    Title: 1924 : The Year That Made Hitler
    Author: RANGE PETER ROSS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The dark story of Adolf Hitler's life in 1924--the year that made a monster

    Before Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany, there was 1924. This was the year of Hitler's final transformation into the self-proclaimed savior and infallible leader who would interpret and distort Germany's historical traditions to support his vision for the Third Reich.

    Everything that would come--the rallies and riots, the single-minded deployment of a catastrophically evil idea--all of it crystallized in one defining year. 1924 was the year that Hitler spent locked away from society, in prison and surrounded by co-conspirators of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. It was a year of deep reading and intensive writing, a year of courtroom speeches and a treason trial, a year of slowly walking gravel paths and spouting ideology while working feverishly on the book that became his manifesto: Mein Kampf.

    Until now, no one has fully examined this single and pivotal period of Hitler's life. In 1924, Peter Ross Range richly depicts the stories and scenes of a year vital to understanding the man and the brutality he wrought in a war that changed the world forever.

    Imprint: BACKBAY BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories
    BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories
    RANKIN IAN
    ISBN: 9780316296809
    Title: BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories
    Author: RANKIN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man "The New Yorker" calls "the ideal sleuth."
    Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. THE BEAT GOES ON collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection. From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement, Rebus shines as he investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, and an audacious jewel heist. THE BEAT GOES ON confirms once again that DI John Rebus is "one of the great modern cops" ("Washington Post").

    Imprint: BACKBAY BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    LEYSER HENRIETTA
    ISBN: 9781781853870
    Title: BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    Author: LEYSER HENRIETTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Pevsner-like guide to the remains of Bede's England.

    Written by the Oxford historian Henrietta Leyser, Bede's England is a gazetteer to the remaining Anglo-Saxon ruins in England, many of them from the time of the Venerable Bede.
    For those who have bought Simon Jenkins' 100 Best Churches and now want something different, this is an invaluable window onto the world of the author of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Concentrating on Bede himself (our most valuable historical source on Anglo Saxon England, and author of books that played a key role in the development of English national identity),
    BEDES ENGLAND is an accessible history and a guidebook simultaneously, illustrated with maps and photographs. Since Sr Benedicta Ward's book on Bede, with its endorsement by Rowan Williams, general interest in Anglo-Saxon Britain has been growing.

    BEDE'S ENGLAND serves as a perfect introduction to the subject, and is the only book of its kind.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    GARRETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781760632748
    Title: BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    Author: GARRETT PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives. From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell. He writes movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and his connection with Aboriginal people, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become. Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $5.00
  • 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 MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781926428314
    Title: CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    Author: WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Author Tim Winton has worked with Ellen Fontana to translate this funny, sprawling saga into a brilliantly written TV mini-series. The show, like the Miles Franklin Award-winning book, is a celebration of people, places and rhythms, and will touch a new generation of readers.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $5.00
    Price: $5.00
  • COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE
    COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE
    PEGG NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781903111147
    Title: COMPLETE DAVID BOWIE
    Author: PEGG NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The career of David Bowie has been one of the most colorful and intriguing in modern rock history. Now, in "The Complete David Bowie," Nicholas Pegg chronicles the star's every move--from his first appearance as balladeer Davy Jones in the 60s, and his spectacular, gender-bending debut in the 70s as Ziggy Stardust, which made him an international sensation, to his starring roles in films like "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and his more mature work on albums like "Zion." This definitive reference also includes a detailed production history and an analysis of all of Bowie's albums; hundreds of entries with facts and anecdotes about all his songs, including unreleased rarities; and set lists and histories of every live show. Moving beyond his music, the book charts Bowie's career on stage and screen, his videos, and more.

    Imprint: -
    RRP: $39.99

    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
  • GOLD
    GOLD
    CLEAVE CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780340963456
    Title: GOLD
    Author: CLEAVE CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $5.00
  • 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: $9.99
  • 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
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