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  • ABANDONED INDIA : THE MANSIONS OF SHEKHAWATI
    ABANDONED INDIA : THE MANSIONS OF SHEKHAWATI
    SCOTT KIP
    ISBN: 9780994395863
    Title: ABANDONED INDIA : THE MANSIONS OF SHEKHAWATI
    Author: SCOTT KIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rare and evocative photographic portrait of India, and specifically Shekhawati's 'abandoned' mansions, and its desert towns.

    This exquisitely produced book features a selection of Scott's work made throughout the region of Shekhawati in Rajasthan, India. Here we glimpse courtyards, living spaces, frescoes, vast interiors, both lovingly restored and bordering on ruin. Scott's images capture the complex nature of change, of sublime beauty and decay, mirroring an India that will seduce the reader.

    Imprint: TRANSIT LOUNGE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $16.95
  • ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781408817773
    Title: ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop.

    Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: $29.95
  • ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781455502776
    Title: ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in the New Statesman where he worked alongside writers such as Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, through to his pieces for Salon, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, these articles display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language. World figures from Clinton to Mother Teresa, Kissinger to Benazir Bhutto go under his unforgiving microscope. Issues from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan to Iran and literary musings on the leading writers of the last fifty years form the richest tapestry a reader could ask. 'Don't mince words' is the title of one of these pieces. Nor does he, nor has he over the course of a dozen books of which the most recent are the best selling God is not Great and Hitch-22, and hundreds of articles of which the cream of the crop is here.

    Imprint: TWELVE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $35.00
  • 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: $19.95
  • BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : REMARKABLE RECOVERIES AND DISCOVERIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF NEUROPLASTICITY
    BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : REMARKABLE RECOVERIES AND DISCOVERIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF NEUROPLASTICITY
    DOIDGE NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781925106374
    Title: BRAINS WAY OF HEALING : REMARKABLE RECOVERIES AND DISCOVERIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF NEUROPLASTICITY
    Author: DOIDGE NORMAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Based on astonishing case studies, this is a brilliant and beautifully written follow-up to Dr Doidge's record-breaking bestseller The Brain That Changes Itself.

    In his first book, Norman Doidge described the most important development in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - what we call neuroplasticity.

    Now The Brain's Way of Healing shows how this amazing discovery really works, significantly broadening the field from traumatic brain injury to all manner of diseases and conditions in which brain functioning is a factor - including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and dementia - and describes how patients have retrained their brains and learned to walk, speak, or hear, while others have reset the brain's energy patterns and circuits to overcome or reduce chronic pain or alleviate anxiety, trauma, learning disorders, and many other impairing syndromes.

    As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge presents exciting, cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and illustrates how anyone can apply the principles of neuroplasticity to improve their brain's performance.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $14.95
  • 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
    COLLECTED POEMS : 1958 - 2015
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781509812400
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS : 1958 - 2015
    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
  • COLOUR OF MAROC : A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND LIFE
    COLOUR OF MAROC : A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND LIFE
    PALMER ROB AND SOPHIA
    ISBN: 9781743360712
    Title: COLOUR OF MAROC : A CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND LIFE
    Author: PALMER ROB AND SOPHIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For Rob, Colour of Maroc is a sketch of colour and light that captures a cultural awakening in a rich and contrasting land far from the urban beach life of Bondi that he is so familiar with. For Sophia, Colour of Maroc is a journey of rediscovery - experiencing Morocco and her heritage as if for the first time.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 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: $19.99
  • 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: $12.95
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