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  • IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking   **Special Price**
    IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking **Special Price**
    CURTIS MICHELE / CAMPION ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781743793060
    Title: IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking **Special Price**
    Author: CURTIS MICHELE / CAMPION ALLAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Kitchen is an updated version of the beloved original 2008 cookbook of the same name. Across 17 chapters are more than 700 recipes (plus more than 400 recipe variations), offering cooks a definitive guide to meals for every occasion and a fresh look at everyday favourites.

    This new edition includes some sugar-free and gluten-free recipes, quinoa and kale, and a chapter dedicated to basics.

    Chapters include: breakfast and brunch; bite-sized; soup; bowl food (pasta, seafood, rice and noodles); 30-minute dinners (chicken, duck, quail, beef, lamb, pork, seafood and vegetarian); roasts; spice; slow cooking; vegetables; salads; pastry (savoury and sweet); desserts and puddings; cakes; cookies and slices; bread; preserves; and the pantry (including basics from stocks, sauces and dressings to custards, icings and frostings).

    It's as definitive as definitive gets for the home cook who wants to extend their repertoire – or for someone who is just starting out and wants to establish a foundation for good cooking and experimentation in the kitchen.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $14.99
  • JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye   **Special Price**
    JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    ISBN: 9781682615744
    Title: JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    Author: LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive book on iconic cult hero Jeff Buckley, the singer who made just one record but inspired a generation of rock musicians. Written by his manager Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley includes interviews with others who worked closely with him who have never spoken before.

    For the first time since Jeff Buckley's untimely death on May 29, 1997, his manager Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work with one of rock's most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Jeff, from the release of his debut EP Live at Sin-e to the second album Buckley never completed.

    Jeff Buckley includes testimony from the many people who worked closely with Jeff both on and off stage and includes never-before-shared intimate scenes that only Lory witnessed, including what went down immediately after Lory got that fateful call, "Jeff is missing."

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $19.99
  • JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History   **Special Price**
    JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    ISBN: 9781743794746
    Title: JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    Author: GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful cartographic history of the world of wine, from 6000 BC until today, with detailed maps and incredible facts about wine making, growing and drinking across the globe.

    Welcome to your tour of the wine-growing world.

    Wine has rolled its barrel from the shores of the Black Sea to the mountains of the Andes, following humans and their dreams. But just how did a Pyrenean grape variety end up in Uruguay? And by what means were grapevines able to reach Japan?

    This book goes back through time to retrace the grape’s conquest of the world, stopping in each winemaking country, from the oldest to the most recent, to discover wines past and present, while also looking to the future.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $29.99
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI   **Special Price**
    LEONARDO DA VINCI **Special Price**
    ISAACSON WALTER
    ISBN: 9781501139154
    Title: LEONARDO DA VINCI **Special Price**
    Author: ISAACSON WALTER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.
    Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it – to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think differently.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LIFE ON EARTH    -   40th Anniversary Edition   **Special Price**
    LIFE ON EARTH - 40th Anniversary Edition **Special Price**
    ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781460757130
    Title: LIFE ON EARTH - 40th Anniversary Edition **Special Price**
    Author: ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth.

    David Attenborough's meeting with gorillas was one of the most unforgettable moments for millions of television viewers. With Life on Earth, Attenborough created a book and TV series that became a benchmark of quality, influencing a generation of nature lovers.

    David Attenborough's internationally acclaimed book of the series was a worldwide bestseller. Told through an examination of animal and plant life - with occasional juxtapositions of extinct fossil forms to reveal the origin of living creatures - Life on Earth is an astonishing celebration of the evolution of life on Earth, with a cast of characters drawn from the whole range of organisms that have ever lived on this planet. Attenborough's perceptive, dynamic approach to the evolution of millions of species of living organisms that populate the planet takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of discovery from the very first spark of life to the blue and green wonder we know today.

    Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book's first publication, David Attenborough has revised Life on Earth, updating and adding to the original text and choosing beautiful, completely new photography. This special anniversary edition provides a fitting tribute to an enduring wildlife classic. It will enthral the generation who saw it when first published and will bring it alive for a whole new generation

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MADE IN SCOTLAND : My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country   **Special Price**
    MADE IN SCOTLAND : My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country **Special Price**
    CONNOLLY BILLY
    ISBN: 9781785943737
    Title: MADE IN SCOTLAND : My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country **Special Price**
    Author: CONNOLLY BILLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    All roads lead back home.


    Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Coming Home is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him.

    It's an adventure inspired by a single incident- the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there.

    Far from a typical travelogue, Billy's quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences - a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer's Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that recreates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks - each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter.

    Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Coming Home is Billy Connolly's insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.

    Imprint: BBC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $14.99
  • MAVERICK SOUL : Inside the Lives & Homes of Eccentric Eclectic & Free-Spirited Bohemians   **Special Price**
    MAVERICK SOUL : Inside the Lives & Homes of Eccentric Eclectic & Free-Spirited Bohemians **Special Price**
    WATTS MIV / STEWART HUGH
    ISBN: 9781784880439
    Title: MAVERICK SOUL : Inside the Lives & Homes of Eccentric Eclectic & Free-Spirited Bohemians **Special Price**
    Author: WATTS MIV / STEWART HUGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Maverick Soul, Miv Watts opens the doors to twenty-five authentic bohemian homes, occupied by some of the world’s most inspirational free spirits. From artists and musicians, to writers, actors, stylists, farmers and more, this is a collection of people who have the courage to live life on their own terms, and are comfortable in their own skin.

    From Paris to London, Sydney to New York and various other places across the globe, subjects include Marianne Faithfull, Simon Finch, Wendy Whiteley, Griffin Dunne, Linda Rodin and more.

    No one person is a reproduction of another; each of us is unique, shaped by the diversities of our own individual layers, and this book is a celebration of just that.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $24.99
  • MOTH : ALL THESE WONDERS   **Special Price**
    MOTH : ALL THESE WONDERS **Special Price**
    BURNS CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781781256633
    Title: MOTH : ALL THESE WONDERS **Special Price**
    Author: BURNS CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Storytelling is the new stand-up. And The Moth are the masters. This is a brand new collection of 50 utterly compelling stories, including contributions from five well known Australians.
    From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages.

    All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Storytellers include the writers Marlon James and Christina Lamb, as well as a hip hop 'one hit wonder', an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, and a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill's secret army during World War II. They share their ventures into uncharted territory - and how their lives were changed forever by what they found there. These true stories have been carefully selected and adapted to the page by the creative minds at The Moth, and will encompass the very best of the 17,000+ stories performed in live Moth shows around the world. Filled with a variety of humourous, moving, and gripping tales from all walks of life, it is timed to celebrate the Moth's 20th anniversary year.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.99
  • MUSIC THAT MATON MADE   **Special Price**
    MUSIC THAT MATON MADE **Special Price**
    MCUTCHEN ANDREW / JENKINS JEFF / DIVOLA BARRY
    ISBN: 9781925321364
    Title: MUSIC THAT MATON MADE **Special Price**
    Author: MCUTCHEN ANDREW / JENKINS JEFF / DIVOLA BARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From a small backyard workshop on the outskirts of Melbourne, Maton Guitars has grown into a truly inspiring Australian success story.

    In 1946, Bill May crafted a guitar in his Melbourne garage that he wanted the world to hear and to play. In a matter of years, it was in the hands of Elvis Presley on film. Later, a Maton played the riff that defined a generation on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter'. Today, Maton are an essential part of music culture in Australia and around the world.

    This is not only a book for guitar lovers - it's an intimate family history and an essential part of Australian music history. Compiling over ten years of research, and over two years in production, this book is as well-crafted and family-owned as Maton guitars themselves.

    Go behind-the-scenes to meet the artisan guitar makers. Read the stories behind the songs created with Maton guitars. And go backstage to meet the bands and musicians that have, with a Maton in hand, shaped our musical world.
    Packed full of interviews with the greats - from jazz legend George Golla to guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel; from Archie Roach, and The Wiggles, to Daniel Johns, Paul Kelly, and Josh Homme, and many more ...

    Published to coincide with Maton's 70th anniversary, The Music That Maton Made is a comprehensive, full-colour tribute to a home-grown guitar range that has been embraced by famous musicians and guitar enthusiasts around the world.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $19.99
  • PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA   **Special Price**
    PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA **Special Price**
    MANDELA NELSON
    ISBN: 9781631491177
    Title: PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA **Special Price**
    Author: MANDELA NELSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.

    Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and most memorably, to his wife Winnie and his five children.

    Now, 255 of these letters, the majority of which were previously unseen, provide the most intimate portrait of Mandela since Long Walk to Freedom. Painstakingly researched, authenticated and catalogued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the letters have been drawn from the Foundation’s archive as well as from public and private collections held by the Mandela family and South African government archives.

    Mandela’s letters are organised chronologically and divided by the four prisons in which he was incarcerated. Each section opens with a short introduction to provide a historical overview of each of these periods and the collection features a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.

    Whether writing about the death of his son Thembi after a request to attend the funeral was ignored, providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary human punishment. Ultimately, they confirm Mandela’s position among the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards -  The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving   **Special Price**
    PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards - The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving **Special Price**
    KIRTON MEREDITH / SINCLAIR MANDY
    ISBN: 9781743794036
    Title: PRODUCE COMPANION : From Balconies to Backyards - The Complete Guide to growing pickling and preserving **Special Price**
    Author: KIRTON MEREDITH / SINCLAIR MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you have grown your own glorious fruits and vegetables, or picked up a box of seasonal delights from a farmers’ market, great produce need never go to waste with The Produce Companion. It is the essential guide for anyone who wants to learn the classic skills of growing, pickling and preserving.

    Divided into two handy parts, this flexibound edition of The Produce Companion is a beautifully crafted food and gardening title that guides you through cultivating a home garden, then gives you innovative ideas for what to do with the produce. The Garden section includes comprehensive notes for growing produce, such as choice of varieties to extend seasons, when to pick fruits and vegetables, methods for harvesting, and how to store different ingredients. The Recipes section features more than 100 recipes that show you what to do with each season’s glut: from drinks and syrups, jams and jellies, and confit and preserves, to sauces and salsas, pickles and chutneys, pastes and pestos, and vinegars and salts.

    Beautifully illustrated and photographed, The Produce Companion is the perfect guide to making the most of your garden bounty!

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.99
  • REVERSAL
    REVERSAL
    CONNELLY MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781760290849
    Title: REVERSAL
    Author: CONNELLY MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defence lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child-killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one.

    Eager for the publicity and drawn to the challenge, Mickey takes the case, with Detective Harry Bosch on board as his lead investigator. But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like he's been set up. Mickey and Harry are going to have to dig deep into the past and find the truth about what really happened to the victim all those years ago.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $5.00
  • SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    FREELY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500343111
    Title: SINAN : ARCHITECT OF SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE OTTOMAN GOLDEN AGE
    Author: FREELY JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sinan was the greatest architect of the Ottoman Golden Age of the sixteenth century – when the Ottoman Empire reached its zenith of power and magnificence. His style marks the apogee of Turkish art. Under Süleyman the Magnificent and his succcessor Selmi II, Sinan designed hundreds of buildings: mosques, palaces, tombs, mausolea, hospitals, schools, caravanserai, bridges, aqueducts and baths, many of them presented and analysed in this book. In his greatest works, he adapted Byzantine and Islamic styles to produce something quite new: a centralized organization of absolute space unhindered by pillars or columns and covered by a soaring dome. An architect of genius in a dynamic new empire expanding into both Asia and Europe, he was a true man of the Renaissance.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $29.99
  • SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino    -   Updated Edition   **Special Price**
    SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino - Updated Edition **Special Price**
    PIPER AILSA
    ISBN: 9780522872224
    Title: SINNING ACROSS SPAIN : Walking the Old and New Camino - Updated Edition **Special Price**
    Author: PIPER AILSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper’s life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative—and transcendent—place. Faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her true north, Ailsa returns to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow. This updated edition includes the story of a walk where the burden is grief, not the sins of others.

    Sinning Across Spain was inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. Ailsa’s cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. She hiked alone through the endless olive groves of the Camino Mozarabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far north-west of Spain. In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles found her. Angels in both name and nature eased her path.

    Ailsa’s second pilgrimage is born of grief and death but ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $12.99
  • 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 Publishing
    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: $29.99
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