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  • 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 ASKING
    ART OF ASKING
    PALMER AMANDA
    ISBN: 9780349408095
    Title: ART OF ASKING
    Author: PALMER AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'When we really see each other, we want to help each other' - Amanda Palmer

    Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter.

    For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses. And because she had learned how to ask, she was able to go to the world to ask for the money to make a new album and tour with it, and to raise over a million dollars in a month.

    In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use these same principles in our own lives.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: November 2018 New Release

    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.

    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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The amazing story of forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The amazing story of forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    ADAMS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733640292
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The amazing story of forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    Author: ADAMS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    This is the fascinating story of Mary Maguire, a 1930s Australian ingenue who sailed for Hollywood and a fabulous life, only to have her career cut short by scandal and tragedy. Packed with celebrity, history and gossip, AUSTRALIA'S SWEETHEART is perfect for readers of SHEILA and THE RIVIERA SET.

    Mary Maguire was Australia's first teenage movie star and she captivated Hollywood in the mid 1930s. Mary lived on three continents and was celebrated in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. Her life was lived in parallel with seminal incidents of the twentieth century: the Spanish Flu; the Great Depression; the Bodyline series; Australia's early radio, talkies and aviation; Hollywood's Golden Era; the British aristocracy's embrace of European fascism; London's Blitz; and post-war American culture and politics. Mary knew everyone, from Douglas Jardine, Don Bradman, Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan, to William Randolph Hearst, Maureen O'Sullivan and Judy Garland.

    AUSTRALIA'S SWEETHEART in an irresistible never-before-told story that captures the glamour of Hollywood and the turbulent times of the twentieth century, with a young woman at its centre.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    MORRISSEY
    ISBN: 9780141394817
    Title: AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    Author: MORRISSEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades. Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv. It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUTUMN IN VENICE : Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
    AUTUMN IN VENICE : Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
    DI ROBILANT ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781782399384
    Title: AUTUMN IN VENICE : Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
    Author: DI ROBILANT ANDREA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there - a young Italian girl who inspired him to complete his great final work.

    In the autumn of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife travelled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called 'a goddam wonderful city'. He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and hadn't published a novel in nearly a decade. At a duck shoot in the lagoon he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Di Robilant - whose great uncle moved in Hemingway's revolving circle of bon vivants, aristocrats, and artists - recreates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship. Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and Into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; the Ivanciches travelled to Cuba, placing Adriana beside him as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea.

    This illuminating story of writer and muse - which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity - is an intimate look at the fractured heart and changing art of Hemingway in his fifties.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    LYONS JOHN
    ISBN: 9781460752562
    Title: BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    Author: LYONS JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gripping memoir of life in Jerusalem from one of Australia's most experienced Middle East correspondents.

    Leading Australian journalist John Lyons will take readers on a fascinating personal journey through the wonders and dangers of the Middle East. From the sheer excitement of arriving in Jerusalem with his wife and eight-year-old son, to the fall of dictators and his gripping account of what it feels like to be taken by Egyptian soldiers, blindfolded and interrogated, this is a memoir of the Middle East like no other.

    Drawing on a 20-year interest in the Middle East, Lyons has had extraordinary access - he's interviewed everyone from Israel's former Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert to key figures from Hezbollah and Hamas. He's witnessed the brutal Iranian Revolutionary Guard up close and was one of the last foreign journalists in Iran during the violent crackdown against the 'Green Revolution'. He's confronted Hamas officials about why they fire rockets into Israel and Israeli soldiers about why they fire tear gas at Palestinian school children. By telling the story of his family travelling through the region, this book is extremely readable and entertaining, full of humour, colour. It is sometimes dazzling in its detail, sometimes tragic. Lyons says he has written it in a way that readers can feel they are there with him - so they can smell the wonderful markets of the Middle East and feel the fear of what it is like to be blindfolded and have your hands bound with electrical cord. Lyons also looks at 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank - the mechanics of how this works and the effect it now has on both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Lyons explains the Middle East through every day life and experiences - his son's school, his wife's friends and his own dealings with a range of people over six years. If you only read one book on the Middle East, this is it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BANJO
    BANJO
    KIEZA GRANTLEE
    ISBN: 9780733335891
    Title: BANJO
    Author: KIEZA GRANTLEE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Balladeer, bushman, soldier, foreign correspondent - the remarkable life of Australia's greatest storyteller

    In Grantlee Kieza's landmark biography, we discover the real Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson. Australia's most celebrated poet and storyteller helped define our national traits of loyalty, mateship and laconic humour, but he did and was so much more. A soldier in the Boer War and WWI, the balladeer bushman was also a solicitor, newspaper editor, columnist, war and foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster.

    Close friends with many luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig, Breaker Morant and Henry Lawson, the tennis ace, notorious ladies man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was eye witness to many of the great moments in Australian 20th century history.

    Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a rich and captivating portrait of our most celebrated poet and a truly great Australian.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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