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  • 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: $19.99
  • RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook   **Special Price**
    RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook **Special Price**
    FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL HUGH
    ISBN: 9781408869253
    Title: RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook **Special Price**
    Author: FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL HUGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 imaginative recipes for making the most of every potential ingredient in your kitchen

    We all occasionally suffer a guilty conscience about those languishing ingredients that stay untouched in the fridge or cupboard for days: the bendy carrots, the wilting salad, the foil-wrapped roast chicken, the rock-like bread and that little nugget of Cheddar.

    In this new pocket bible, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall offers nifty and creative ideas to transform leftovers into irresistible meals. Hugh starts by giving practical advice for cooking on a weekly basis with leftovers in mind - helping to save money and avoid waste - and provides tips on how best to store your ingredients to make them last for as long as possible.

    Hugh then gives handy recipe templates that can be applied to all kinds of leftover ingredients, and provides simple and flexible recipes. He shows, for instance, how you can transform leftover meat into Chilli beef noodles, Stew enchiladas, Spicy chicken salad with peanut butter dressing; surplus root vegetables into Roast root hummus, Quick lentil and parsnip curry and Beetroot and caraway seed cake; spare eggs into Hazelnut remoulade and easy Macarons. He also gives ingenious ideas for Christmas leftovers, shows how to assemble a delicious meal in under ten minutes, and how to make simple store-cupboard suppers.

    With more than 100 recipes, gorgeous photographs and illustrations, this is the ultimate companion for everyone's kitchen - and you'll never be bored of leftovers again.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $9.99
  • ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    CONNORS JANE
    ISBN: 9780642278708
    Title: ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    Author: CONNORS JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out of Australia’s total population of around nine million, an estimated seven million people turned out to catch a glimpse of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. Sixty years later, in April 2014, television news bulletins, newspapers and social media were awash with stories of the royal visit of Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son George. The frequent, whirlwind royal tours of today are a far cry from those to Australia between 1867 and 1954. These stretched over months, bursting with events such as civic receptions, state banquets, military reviews, cricket matches, agricultural shows, processions, schoolchildren’s pageants and the laying of foundation stones. Occasionally shambolic, quarrelsome and raucous affairs, they were always intensely patriotic. While most of the visits described in this book are from the British Royal Family, royals from other countries appear too, including ‘Our Mary’ of the Danish Royal Family, proudly claimed by Australians as their own.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    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: $16.95
  • 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: $9.95
  • 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: $9.99
  • 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
  • VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent
    VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent
    MCDONALD NEIL WITH BRUNE PETER
    ISBN: 9781742235172
    Title: VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent
    Author: MCDONALD NEIL WITH BRUNE PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chester Wilmot (1911–1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Covering the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track, the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout WWII.

    Following the war he continued reporting and broadcasting, and published The Struggle for Europe, his classic account of the Normandy invasion and its aftermath. He was tragically killed in the crash of the BOAC Comet over Greece in 1954, returning from Australia where he had been covering the Royal Tour.

    Valiant for Truth charts Wilmot’s exceptional life as he reported key events of the twentieth century. It contains the most complete account to date of the command crisis in New Guinea in 1942 and his extraordinary feud with Australian Commander-in-Chief General Sir Thomas Blamey. Bestselling authors Neil McDonald and Peter Brune unite to tell the story in this, the first full biography of one of the most important correspondents of WWII.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $9.99
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