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  • LORDS OF THE DESERT : Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East
    LORDS OF THE DESERT : Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East
    BARR JAMES
    ISBN: 9781471139796
    Title: LORDS OF THE DESERT : Britain's Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East
    Author: BARR JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Upon victory in 1945, Britain still dominated the Middle East. She directly ruled Palestine and Aden, was the kingmaker in Iran, the power behind the thrones of Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, and protected the sultan of Oman and the Gulf sheikhs. But her motives for wanting to dominate this crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa were changing. Where ‘imperial security’ – control of the route to India – had once been paramount, now oil was an increasingly important factor. So, too, was prestige. Ironically, the very end of empire made control of the Middle East precious in itself: on it hung Britain’s claim to be a great power.

    Unable to withstand Arab and Jewish nationalism, within a generation the British were gone. But that is not the full story. What ultimately sped Britain on her way was the uncompromising attitude of the United States, which was determined to displace the British in the Middle East.

    The British did not give in gracefully to this onslaught. Using newly declassified records and long-forgotten memoirs, including the diaries of a key British spy, James Barr tears up the conventional interpretation of this era in the Middle East, vividly portraying the tensions between London and Washington, and shedding an uncompromising light on the murkier activities of a generation of American and British diehards in the region, from the battle of El Alamein in 1942 to Britain’s abandonment of Aden in 1967. Reminding us that the Middle East has always served as the arena for great power conflict, this is the tale of an internecine struggle in which Britain would discover that her most formidable rival was the ally she had assumed would be her closest friend.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
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    MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA %%
    ROBERTS GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781860643941
    Title: MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA %%
    Author: ROBERTS GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $41.95
    Price: $5.00
  • MEMOIR : Kerry OBrien
    MEMOIR : Kerry OBrien
    OBRIEN KERRY
    ISBN: 9781760296438
    Title: MEMOIR : Kerry OBrien
    Author: OBRIEN KERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Let me get the really big news out of the way up front...I have never died my hair. And it's not a wig. Welcome to the world of television, with pockets of depth, rare brilliant insight but always the threat of superficiality.' Thus begins Kerry O'Brien's much awaited memoir.

    Kerry has been speaking to Australia for over fifty years. His is the voice of every significant event in our recent history, of turmoils, upheavals, national and international crises and celebrations.

    In journey from the nuclear to the digital age and beyond, Kerry O'Brien has come face to face with the giants of his time-from Mandela to Thatcher, Obama, Bowie and Muhammad Ali. In Australia he has watched twelve prime ministers come and go and has called the powerful to account. Born days after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, O'Brien is the quintessential post-war baby.

    In a ground-breaking but very personal account he reflects on the social and political upheavals he has witnessed, of lessons learned and lessons ignored, and the personalities who have made history all the while sharing some of his own story.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $9.99
  • 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: $5.00
  • 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: $5.00
  • 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
  • PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART
    PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART
    MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    ISBN: 9781742610627
    Title: PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART
    Author: MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's hard not to be smitten by Paris. The city of love and light is one of the most enchanting in the world, but it also has a tendency to keep its best spots well hidden.

    After spending the last 20 years exploring the city, journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch has discovered all of Paris' secret gems and shares them in this beautiful guide. From the stylish boutiques on Champs-Elysees to the irresistible cafes, tea salons and patisseries that make up the fabric of the city, you will find everything you need to know to have a true insider's experience of Paris.Paris begins with an atmospheric guide to the arrondissements, each with their distinct personality, like the sophisticate 1st with its magnificent architecture and perfectly clipped trees, or the hipster 3rd with its avant garde artisans and cool cafes. Janelle leads you on a wander through each area, taking in architectural and design features and discovering secret side streets, tucked-away gardens and beautiful neighbourhood squares.In the second half of the book Janelle shares her very favourite places to visit in Paris, with over 150 reviews of the most incredible and unusual shops, museums, markets, cafes and food stores. There's Laduree, the city's prettiest patisserie, or the stylish Calligrane, a store that elevates paper into a work of art, along with a whole raft of amazing ateliers, inspiring bookstores, secret design museums, stylish clothing boutiques and even fantastical shops filled with taxidermied animals.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $5.00
  • SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN
    SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN
    RICKARD SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9780642277770
    Title: SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN
    Author: RICKARD SUZANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with Captain Cook on the Resolution and then on the Adventure between 1772 and 1773. This book features facsimile pages extracted from the private journal and is beautifully illustrated with maps, portraits, contemporary documents and artefacts, including information text boxes on people and issues. It follows the successful format of other books such as In Bligh's Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
    SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
    HARROLD A F
    ISBN: 9781408853368
    Title: SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
    Author: HARROLD A F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman


    Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks.

    And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

    But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $5.00
  • SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781400044450
    Title: SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb, concise introduction to Robert Hughes for new readers; and longtime Hughes lovers will glean something new from seeing these pieces gathered in one place.

    "I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it's an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails…I don't think stupid or ill-read people are as good to be with as wise and fully literate ones. I would rather watch a great tennis player than a mediocre one…Consequently, most of the human race doesn't matter much to me, outside the normal and necessary frame of courtesy and the obligation to respect human rights. I see no reason to squirm around apologizing for this. I am, after all, a cultural critic, and my main job is to distinguish the good from the second-rate."

    Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion, and himself. He translated his passions—of which there were many, both positive and negative—brilliantly, convincingly, and with vitality and immediacy, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance that he did his subjects. There never was, and never will be again, a voice like this. In this volume, that voice rings clear through a gathering of some of his most unforgettable writings, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books. This selection shows his enormous range and gives us a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man.

    Most revealing, and most thrilling for Hughes's legions of fans, are the never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of memoirs. These last writings show Robert Hughes at the height of his powers and can be read only with pleasure and a tinge of sadness that his extraordinary voice is no longer here to educate us as well as to clarify and define our world.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $35.00
  • STALINS CURSE : Battling for Communism in War & Cold War
    STALINS CURSE : Battling for Communism in War & Cold War
    GELLATELY ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780307269157
    Title: STALINS CURSE : Battling for Communism in War & Cold War
    Author: GELLATELY ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Second World War almost destroyed Stalin's Soviet Union. But victory over Nazi Germany provided the dictator with his great opportunity: to expand Soviet power way beyond the borders of the Soviet state. Well before the shooting stopped in 1945, the Soviet leader methodically set about the unprecedented task of creating a Red Empire that would soon stretch into the heart of Europe and Asia, displaying a supreme realism and ruthlessness that Machiavelli would surely have envied. By the time of his death in 1953, his new imperium was firmly in place, defining the contours of a Cold War world that was seemingly permanent and indestructible - and would last until the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. But what were Stalin's motives in this spectacular power grab? Was he no more than a latter-day Russian tsar, for whom Communist ideology was little more than a smoke-screen? Or was he simply a psychopathic killer? In Stalin's Curse, best-selling historian Robert Gellately firmly rejects both these simplifications of the man and his motives. Using a wealth of previously unavailable documentation, Gellately shows instead how Stalin's crimes are more accurately understood as the deeds of a ruthless and life-long Leninist revolutionary. Far from being a latter day 'Red Tsar' intent simply upon imperial expansion for its own sake, Stalin was in fact deeply inspired by the rhetoric of the Russian revolution and what Lenin had accomplished during the Great War. As Gellately convincingly shows, Stalin remained throughout these years steadfastly committed to a 'boundless faith' in Communism - and saw the Second World War as his chance to take up once again the old revolutionary mission to carry the Red Flag to the world.


    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA   -   Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760294410
    Title: TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street? Or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?

    Shaun Tan reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students, the unexpected edge of the world and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.

    This very special book and jigsaw puzzle set includes the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Tales From Outer Suburbia and a jigsaw of the 'The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group'. The 700 mm x 500 mm jigsaw comprises 750 pieces.

    'Tan's work overflows with human warmth and childlike wonder. But it also makes a perfect adult bedtime story, a little something to shake loose your imagination from the moors of reality right before your own dreams kick in.' - The New York Times

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $14.99
  • TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters
    TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters
    ELBOROUGH TRAVIS / RENNISON NICK
    ISBN: 9780711237605
    Title: TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters
    Author: ELBOROUGH TRAVIS / RENNISON NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration.


    A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration. The extracts convey men and women's experiences of travel and discovery throughout the centuries from classical times to the early twenty-first century, with an emphasis on the period 1750 - 1950, the classic era of both European exploration and diary-writing. The authors of the pieces range from famous explorers such as Captains Cook and Scott to modern travel writers journeying through the contemporary world, from people who pushed back the boundaries of geographical knowledge to people who wrote about what they did on their summer holidays.

    The book includes an introduction, explanatory notes and mini-biographies of all the contributors.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $5.00
  • TWILIGHT OF THE GODS : The Decline & Fall of the German Genearl Staff in WWII
    TWILIGHT OF THE GODS : The Decline & Fall of the German Genearl Staff in WWII
    STONE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781844861361
    Title: TWILIGHT OF THE GODS : The Decline & Fall of the German Genearl Staff in WWII
    Author: STONE DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Hitler enabled the transformation of the Truppenamt into the general staff in 1935, General Beck saw an opportunity to re-establish a command of great power and influence that would act as a stabilising influence on Germany as a whole. Such a vision ran directly contrary to Hitler's ideology, however, setting up a tension that continued to ferment throughout the war, culminating in the assassination attempt on the Fuhrer by an internal resistance movement in 1944. In this new and comprehensive study, acclaimed author David Stone analyses the strengths and flaws of the command system, showing that the gradual marginalisation of the Army high command in favour of Hitler's own staff - including Himmler's SS - was rooted in the fact that the general staff both underestimated and misunderstood the true nature of the National Socialist movement that had gained control of Germany by 1933. He also examines the successes of the general staff in the context of the many trials and tribulations they faced as part of the Nazi war machine. Presenting an original interpretation of Germany at war, we get a picture of an organisation at the heart of Axis military planning, which was intentionally complicated by Hitler.

    Imprint: CONWAY MARITIME PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.99
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