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  • 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
  • AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Title: AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    Author: MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key WestTHE AMBULANCE DRIVERS tells the story of two aspiring writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who met in World War I and forged a twenty-year friendship that produced some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a generation shaken by war.

    In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a nasty public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. This is not only a biography of the turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers but also an illustration of how war inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    GALE MARY-ANNE
    ISBN: 9781862547308
    Title: AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    Author: GALE MARY-ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of Kaurna man Uncle Lewis O'Brien and his family, beginning with his great, great grandmother Kudnarto - the first Aboriginal woman to marry a white man in South Australia.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANOTHER PLANET
    ANOTHER PLANET
    THORN TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781786892553
    Title: ANOTHER PLANET
    Author: THORN TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: March 2019 New Release

    In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving.

    Before she was a bestselling musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.

    Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With her trademark wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and so many artists have come from.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    SPURLING HILARY
    ISBN: 9780141030791
    Title: ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    Author: SPURLING HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peerless literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times' list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

    Master novelist, well-connected socialite and keen-eyed social observer, Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography from one of our generation's greatest biographers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANTI COOL GIRL
    ANTI COOL GIRL
    WATERLAND ROSIE
    ISBN: 9781460750643
    Title: ANTI COOL GIRL
    Author: WATERLAND ROSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dark, funny and subversive memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you, Rosie Waterland's story of her coming of age is a blackly comic Australian memoir for our times and a clarion call for all anti-cool girls everywhere.

    Rosie Waterland is the survivor of one of the most appalling childhoods since Augusten Burroughs. There were rehab stays and AA meetings. there were overdoses, dramas, suicide attempts. There were narrow escapes from drug dealers, not to mention a numerous round of dodgy men in and out of her mother's life. They endlessly moved houses, countries, schools, squats. There was neglect, endless DOCS workers and the occasional abusive foster parent. Rosie and her sisters became Mormon, Catholic, Wiccan, Christian. There was a second marriage and divorce. Rosie watched as her dad passed out/was arrested/vomited/cried. There were frustrated family members with no time for kids. Rosie had to talk her mum out of killing herself and watched as her dad's coffin was lowered into the ground.

    But Rosie is far more than the sum of her parts.

    The quality that lies at the heart of Rosie's appeal is her straight-up, unaffected directness - her ability to say what she really thinks, to call it as she sees it. She's kind of an Everygirl. the Anti-Cool Girl that we all want to be. She's funny, honest and inspirational. She is our Caitlin Moran, our very own Lena Dunham, and she will tell a uniquely Australian story, in only the way that a straight-talking Australian girl can say it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    GIDLA SUJATHA
    ISBN: 9781911547228
    Title: ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    Author: GIDLA SUJATHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Her mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. In the slums where they lived, everyone had a political side, and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet and founder of a left-wing guerrilla movement. And Gidla charts her mother's battles with caste and women's oppression.
    Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.

    A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780143789963
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPOINTMENT IN AREZZO : A friendship with Muriel Spark
    APPOINTMENT IN AREZZO : A friendship with Muriel Spark
    TAYLOR ALAN
    ISBN: 9781846974670
    Title: APPOINTMENT IN AREZZO : A friendship with Muriel Spark
    Author: TAYLOR ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    This book is an intimate, fond, and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. A colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscrete, and admiring memoir that charts the course of Muriel Spark’s life revealing her as she really was. Once, she commented sitting over a glass of chianti at the kitchen table, that she was upset that the academic whom she had appointed her official biographer did not appear to think that she had ever cracked a joke in her life. Alan Taylor here sets the record straight about this and many other things.

    With sources ranging from notebooks kept from his very first encounter with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh’s premiere novelists. The book will be published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel’s birth in 2018.

    Imprint: POLYGON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARGONAUTS
    ARGONAUTS
    NELSON MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781925355604
    Title: ARGONAUTS
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language and family

    Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce and timely thinking about desire, identity and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its centre is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes the author's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family making.

    Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry for this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    SMEE SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9781925240351
    Title: ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    Author: SMEE SEBASTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Genius, friend, rival: this is the story of four pairs of artists whose intense relationships spurred and shaped their art.

    Matisse and Picasso. Manet and Degas. Bacon and Freud. De Kooning and Pollock. Eight of the most significant modern artists; four pairs linked by friendship and a shared spirit of competitiveness. But in each case the relationship had a flashpoint, a damaging psychological event that seemed to mark both an end and a beginning, a break that led to audacious creative innovations.

    Absorbing, informed and provocative, Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry takes us to heart of each of these relationships. It offers revelatory insights into the ways in which these major artists influenced and changed each other—and into their ultimate quest ‘to be unique, original, inimitable; to acquire the solitude, the singularity, of greatness’.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ART SEX MUSIC
    ART SEX MUSIC
    TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    ISBN: 9780571328529
    Title: ART SEX MUSIC
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur: the incredible story of Cosey Fanni Tutti, the performer whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment to its core.

    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream.

    Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    SIMS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781408858554
    Title: ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK : Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
    Author: SIMS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient's occupation, hometown and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to define the art of the detective novel.

    From Doyle's early days surrounded by poverty and violence, through to his first days as a surgeon, Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery. The incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle's varied lessons in the classroom and professional life.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARTHUR RIMBAUD
    ARTHUR RIMBAUD
    WHIDDEN SETH
    ISBN: 9781780239804
    Title: ARTHUR RIMBAUD
    Author: WHIDDEN SETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Before he had turned 21, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) upended the house of French poetry and left it in shambles. What makes Rimbaud's poetry important, argues Seth Whidden, is part of what makes his life so compelling: rebellion, audacity, creativity and exploration. Almost all of Rimbaud's poems were written between the ages of fifteen and twenty. Against the backdrop of the crumbling Second Empire and the tumultuous Paris Commune, the poet took centuries-old traditions of French versification and picked them apart with an unmatched knowledge of how they fitted together. Combining sensuality with pastoral, parody, political satire, fable, eroticism and mystery, Rimbaud's works range from traditional verse forms to prose-poetry to the two first free-verse poems written in French. By situating Rimbaud's writing in Africa as part of a continuum that spans his entire life, this book offers a corrective to the traditional split between his life as a poet and his life afterwards. Written for general readers and students of literature alike, Arthur Rimbaud presents the original damned poet who continues to captivate readers, artists and writers all over the world. 'In his always perceptive account of Rimbaud’s life, times and writing, Whidden both draws on the recent research and transmits to English-speaking readers the poet’s new and often disconcerting significance.' —Ross Chambers, author of An Atmospherics of the City: Baudelaire and the Poetics of Noise

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AT THE STRANGERS GATE : Arrivals in New York
    AT THE STRANGERS GATE : Arrivals in New York
    GOPNIK ADAM
    ISBN: 9781786489210
    Title: AT THE STRANGERS GATE : Arrivals in New York
    Author: GOPNIK ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A dazzling talent' Malcolm Gladwell

    When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder.

    AT THE STRANGER'S GATE builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey--from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Conde Nast and the galleries of MoMA.

    Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.

    Imprint: RIVERRUN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ATATURK
    ATATURK
    MANGO ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780719565922
    Title: ATATURK
    Author: MANGO ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This biography of Atat rk aims to strip away the myth to show the complexities of the man beneath. Born plain Mustafa in Ottoman Salonica in 1881, he trained as an army officer but was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies' plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923. He imposed coherence, order and mordernity and in the process, created his own legend and his own cult.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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