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  • 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABUNDANCE
    ABUNDANCE
    DILLARD ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781782117735
    Title: ABUNDANCE
    Author: DILLARD ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ACTVIST LIFE
    ACTVIST LIFE
    MILNE CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780702259814
    Title: ACTVIST LIFE
    Author: MILNE CHRISTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An Activist Life is the story of an apparently ordinary woman - a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania - who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.

    In it, Christine Milne tells her story through the objects that have symbolic meaning in both her personal and political life, from the butter pats in her kitchen that represent her journey from farm girl at Wesley Vale to environmental and human rights activist at the national and global level, to the Pride t-shirt she wore walking in Mardi Gras next to her son, after years of fighting for the legal reform of gay rights in Tasmania. She describes how politics actually works- the deals, the promises kept and broken, the horse-trading and treachery involved in some of the most controversial and difficult issues of our time, including the attempts to forge a workable and effective climate change policy for Australia, and our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

    This is a fascinating insider's account of what it means to be a woman in politics- the sacrifices of family life and relationships, the relentless misogyny and sexism that must be endured, the gritty conviction that you must never, ever give up the pursuit of the greater good. It is the story of Australian politics and the fight to save the world, and essential reading for anyone who cares about either.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ADAM SMITH : What He Thought and Why it Matters
    ADAM SMITH : What He Thought and Why it Matters
    NORMAN JESSE
    ISBN: 9780241328491
    Title: ADAM SMITH : What He Thought and Why it Matters
    Author: NORMAN JESSE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics' and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness?

    This exceptional book, by a writer who combines to an unusual degree intellectual training and practical political experience, dispels the myths and caricatures and gives us Smith in the round. It lays out a succinct and highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. Finally, it shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781473664968
    Title: ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    Author: ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC. His name was David Attenborough, and the programme, Zoo Quest, not only heralded the start of a remarkable career in broadcasting, but changed the way we viewed the natural world forever.

    Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    KRAUS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780141986654
    Title: AFTER KATHY ACKER : A Biography
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first authorized biography of the avant-garde punk writer Kathy Acker, a legend in her own time, by the author of the bestselling I Love Dick.

    Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. In this first, fully authorized biography, Kraus approaches Acker both as a writer, and as a member of the artistic communities from which she emerged. At once forensic and intimate, After Kathy Acker traces the extreme discipline and literary strategies Acker used to develop her work, and the contradictions she longed to embody. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus charts Acker's movement through some of the late 20th century's most significant artistic enterprises.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    MYLES EILEEN
    ISBN: 9781611855098
    Title: AFTERGLOW : A Dog Memoir
    Author: MYLES EILEEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their linked quality of life. And starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow launches a playful and incisive investigation into the mostly mutually beneficial, sometimes reprehensible power dynamics between pet and pet-owner. At the same time, it reimagines Myles's experiences with alcoholism and recovery, intimacy and mourning, celebrity and politics, spirituality and family history, while joyously transcending the parameters of memoir. Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet, to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull; from shimmering poetic transcriptions of video footage taken during their walks, to Rosie's final enlightened narration from the afterlife, this totally singular text combines elements of science fiction, screenplay, monologue, and lucid memory to get to the heart of how and why we dedicate our existence to our dogs.

    Imprint: GROVE UK / ATLANTIC PRESS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    CHERNOW RON
    ISBN: 9781786690036
    Title: ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    Author: CHERNOW RON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for the hugely successful Broadway show Hamilton.

    Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALI
    ALI
    EIG JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781471155956
    Title: ALI
    Author: EIG JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career.

    When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see.

    In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit.

    An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALICE TO PRAGUE
    ALICE TO PRAGUE
    HEASLIP TANYA
    ISBN: 9781760529765
    Title: ALICE TO PRAGUE
    Author: HEASLIP TANYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    'I loved it! I laughed and cried and it was very hard to put down.' Fleur McDonald, bestselling author of Where the River Runs

    'Vivid and detailed...captures the pain and freedom of dislocation and questions what it is to belong.' Kathryn Heyman, author of Storm and Grace

    In 1994, with a battered copy of Let's Go Europe stuffed in her backpack, Tanya Heaslip left her safe life as a lawyer in outback Australia and travelled to the post-communist Czech Republic.

    Dismissing concerns from family and friends that her safety and career were at risk, she arrived with no teaching experience whatsoever, to work at a high school in a town she'd never heard of, where the winters are frigid and plunge to sub-zero temperatures.

    During her childhood on an isolated cattle station in Central Australia, Tanya had always dreamt of adventure and romance in Europe but the Czech Republic was not the stuff of her dreams. On arrival, however, she falls headlong into misadventures that change her life forever.

    This land of castles, history and culture opened up to her and she to it. In love with Prague and her people, particularly with the charismatic Karel, who takes her into his home, his family and as far as he can into his heart, Tanya learns about lives very different to hers.

    Alice to Prague is bittersweet story of a search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that fill Tanya's life with contradictions.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    SCHMIDT IRMIN
    ISBN: 9780571311491
    Title: ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    Author: SCHMIDT IRMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN.

    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    MILES BARRY
    ISBN: 9780753522523
    Title: ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    Author: MILES BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Allen Ginsberg occupies a significant and enduring position in American literature. Following Ginsberg's death in 1997, Barry Miles has drawn on both his long friendship with the poet and on Ginsberg's journals and correspondence to produce an immensely readable account of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary poets.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • ALLURE OF CHANEL   (Illustrated)
    ALLURE OF CHANEL (Illustrated)
    MORAND PAUL
    ISBN: 9781908968920
    Title: ALLURE OF CHANEL (Illustrated)
    Author: MORAND PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'Chanel is France's greatest figure... the most impetuous, the most brilliantly insufferable woman there ever was.' Paul Morand

    Paul Morand's last book, one of the most appealing of his oeuvre, brings together around the figure of Chanel, portraits of Misia Sert, Erik Satie, Serge Lifar, Georges Auric, Raymond Radiguet, Jean Cocteau, Picasso and Churchill, among others.
    Based on a series of intimate conversations between Morand and Coco Chanel, written in the great storyteller's marvellous prose, this book artfully sketches the character of the elusive, mysterious and charming creature who inspired Malraux to say: Chanel, De Gaulle and Picasso are the greatest figures of our times.

    Hailed on its publication in 1976 as a great celebration of a book, a finely cut, sparkling gem, The Allure of Chanel attracted the attention of Karl Lagerfeld, who embellished it with seventy-three drawings, sketched for this special illustrated edition.

    Imprint: PUSHKIN PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    MSIMANG SISONKE
    ISBN: 9781925603798
    Title: ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    Author: MSIMANG SISONKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood - a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.

    Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland - and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics - in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9780330418812
    Title: ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Clive James sharp, brilliant and outrageously funny memoirs together in one volume.In Unreliable Memoirs we meet a very young Clive James. One dressed in shorts. His hilarious adventures growing up in post-war Sydney are deliciously recounted in this, the first volume of his memoirs. Next our hero sets sail for London where he hopes to find Success without compromising his Ideals. Falling Towards England tells how, having happily failed to land a suitable job, Clive moves into a little bed and breakfast in Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practises the Twist, anticipates the poetical masterpieces yet to be composed, and worries a little about his wardrobe. May Week Was in June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in a wide variety of pursuits (so long as they arent on the syllabus and happen to be female). Then during May week – not only in June but also two weeks long – he marries... and the rest is history.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    ISBN: 9781786890979
    Title: AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    Author: MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of modern masculinity by the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Garden.

    In this ground-breaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence.

    Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

    A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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