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  • 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
  • ANOTHER PLANET
    ANOTHER PLANET
    THORN TRACEY
    ISBN: 9781786892553
    Title: ANOTHER PLANET
    Author: THORN TRACEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $34.99
  • APOLOGY
    APOLOGY
    ENSLER EVE
    ISBN: 9781635574388
    Title: APOLOGY
    Author: ENSLER EVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    From Eve Ensler, author of one of the most influential works of the twentieth century--The Vagina Monologues--and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World," comes a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.

    Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused from the age of 5 by her father, Eve has struggled and suffered her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an artist and anti-violence activist, she decided she was no longer waiting; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. This book, The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear attempts to transform the abuse she suffered, with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

    Through The Apology Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally imagine how to be free. In it, she grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she began to understand the impact of her father's abuse on her life- How do we offer a doorway rather than only a locked cell? How do move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?

    The Apology is a remarkably original book that explores the deepest and most intimate questions that can be asked at this moment- Why do men carry out abuse, often against the people they know and love the most? How can we--together--stop it? What does it mean to apologize for these acts? What will it take for the men who have committed abuse to make a deep reckoning and actually apologize? As Tony Porter from A Call to Men says, "We've called men out, now how do we call them in?"

    The Apology is an acutely transformational book--about how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is a revolutionary book asking everything of each of us- courage, truthfulness, and forgiveness.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 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 RIMBAUD
    ARTHUR RIMBAUD
    WHIDDEN SETH
    ISBN: 9781780239804
    Title: ARTHUR RIMBAUD
    Author: WHIDDEN SETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 BIRTH OF BOWIE
    AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
    LANCASTER PHIL
    ISBN: 9781789460629
    Title: AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
    Author: LANCASTER PHIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade.

    Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately tailored sports coat and a half-inch wide tie. A devoted fan of The Who, he looks the part in his pristine mod gear. As the lead singer of the Lower Third, his talent is shaping itself into something truly special.

    His name is Davy Jones. In ten years, he will be unrecognisable as fresh-faced boy of 1965, and in just over fifty years, his death will be mourned by millions, his legacy the story of the greatest rock star of all time.

    And through Bowie's transition from pop group member to solo performer, Phil Lancaster was by his side. As the drummer in Bowie's band, the Lower Third, Phil was there as the singer's musical stripes began to show, and was witness to his early recording techniques, his first experimental forays into drug-taking, and the band's discovery of his bisexuality in shocking circumstances.

    In this riveting - and often very funny - memoir, Phil tells the story of life alongside the insecure yet blazingly talented boy who became Bowie, at a critical crossroad of time and place in music history. What follows is an intimate, personal and important perspective on the genesis of one of the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century - one that gets under the skin of the man himself, before the personas and alter-egos masked the fascinating figure beneath them.

    At the Birth of Bowie is essential reading for anyone who knows what happened on Bowie's journey, but wants to understand how, and why, it ever began.

    Imprint: JOHN BLAKE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • AUGUSTINE : Conversions and Confessions
    AUGUSTINE : Conversions and Confessions
    LANE FOX ROBIN
    ISBN: 9780241950753
    Title: AUGUSTINE : Conversions and Confessions
    Author: LANE FOX ROBIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Augustine is the person from the ancient world about whom we know most. He is the author of an intimate masterpiece, the Confessions, which continues to delight its many admirers. In it he writes about his infancy and his schooling in the classics in late Roman North Africa, his remarkable mother, his sexual sins ('Give me chastity, but not yet,' he famously prayed), his time in an outlawed heretical sect, his worldly career and friendships and his gradual return to God. His account of his own eventual conversion is a classic study of anguish, hesitation and what he believes to be God's intervention. It has inspired philosophers, Christian thinkers and monastic followers, but it still leaves readers wondering why exactly Augustine chose to compose a work like none before it.

    Robin Lane Fox follows Augustine on a brilliantly described journey, combining the latest scholarship with recently found letters and sermons by Augustine himself to give a portrait of his subject which is subtly different from older biographies. Augustine's heretical years as a Manichaean, his relation to non-Christian philosophy, his mystical aspirations and the nature of his conversion are among the aspects of his life which stand out in a sharper light. For the first time Lane Fox compares him with two contemporaries, an older pagan and a younger Christian, each of whom also wrote about themselves and who illumine Augustine's life and writings by their different choices.

    More than a decade passed between Augustine's conversion and his beginning the Confessions. Lane Fox argues that the Confessions and their thinking were the results of a long gestation over these years, not a sudden change of perspective, but that they were then written as a single swift composition and that its final books are a coherent consummation of its scriptural meditation and personal biography. This exceptional study reminds us why we are so excited and so moved by Augustine's story.

    Praise for Pagans and Christians

    'This open-hearted and learned book is one that any scholar of the ancient world and of early Christianity would be proud to have written . . . Lane Fox has opened his pages to let in an entirely new world.' Peter Brown, New York Review of Books

    'A work of generous humanity and recondite erudition . . . of consuming interest to all of us who want to know and understand the consequences of the ancient world.' Henry Chadwick, Financial Times

    Praise for The Unauthorised Version

    'I don't know where one would turn for an account of the Bible so clear, so lively and, in many respects, so just.' Frank Kermode, Guardian

    'Magnificent . . . delivered with authority and verve. Learned but never pedantic, he is an unfailingly incisive, thought-provoking, humane, courteous, and often entertaining guide.'
    Economist



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • AUGUSTUS : FROM REVOLUTIONARY TO EMPEROR
    AUGUSTUS : FROM REVOLUTIONARY TO EMPEROR
    GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780753829158
    Title: AUGUSTUS : FROM REVOLUTIONARY TO EMPEROR
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The story of how Augustus rose from an obscure teenager to become Rome's first and greatest emperor.

    Caesar Augustus schemed and fought his way to absolute power. He became Rome's first emperor and ruled for forty-four years before dying peacefully in his bed. The system he created would endure for centuries.

    Yet, despite his exceptional success, he is a difficult man to pin down, and far less well-known than his great-uncle, Julius Caesar. His story is not always edifying: he murdered his opponents, exiled his daughter when she failed to conform and freely made and broke alliances as he climbed ever higher. However, the peace and stability he fostered were real, and under his rule the empire prospered. Adrian Goldsworthy examines the ancient sources to understand the man and his times.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    DALTON ROBIN
    ISBN: 9781925240641
    Title: AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: DALTON ROBIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.

    Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney's bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder. Raised by a bevy of idiosyncratic aunts and a revolving door of unconventional houseguests, Dalton recalls a time when children had real adventures in a world not easy but perhaps less complicated than today's.

    With a gentle warmth and wicked wit, Robin Dalton brings to life all the colour, glamour and charm of Australian society between the wars. Steeped in nostalgia, Aunts Up the Cross is a delightfully funny memoir of family, childhood and an Australia of yesteryear.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
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