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  • FUCKING GOOD MANNERS
    FUCKING GOOD MANNERS
    GRIFFIN SIMON
    ISBN: 9781785785511
    Title: FUCKING GOOD MANNERS
    Author: GRIFFIN SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is not a book about how to be posh. We have some slightly bigger issues to deal with these days.

    We've all got a million things to do and are constantly connected to millions of other people all doing a million other things, so the faster we get things done the better, right? Wrong. Among all the busyness and confusion it seems we've forgotten a few of the basics in life, like the ability to treat one another with respect, dignity and some fucking good manners.

    Enter Simon Griffin, author of Fucking Apostrophes.

    From the entry-level stuff like saying please, thank you and sorry; manspreading on public transport and double-lane queuing at airports, to those that require just a little bit more thought, such as correct urinal protocol in public toilets, making tea rounds in the office and online public displays of affection, Simon imparts rules and advice to living life in a way that makes it just a bit better for everyone. With some liberal use of rude words thrown in to emphasise the point.

    With chapters on driving, social media, the environment, getting on with your neighbours, and the best manners for a trip to the cinema, this is the perfect gift for a manners enthusiast, or those in need of a gentle (but sweary) nudge in the right direction.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    BEREST ANNE/DE MAIGRET CAROLINE/DIWAN, AUDREY/MA
    ISBN: 9780857982506
    Title: HOW TO BE A PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE
    Author: BEREST ANNE/DE MAIGRET CAROLINE/DIWAN, AUDREY/MA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Four fabulous, smart, savvy French women offer up their highly amusing insider take on Parisian life, love and liberty.

    How to Be a Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman's views on culture, fashion and attitude. Unlike other books on French style, this illustrated handbook is full of wit and self-deprecating humour. Authors - Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas - are bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, and they are not afraid to cut through some of the myths. They say what you don't expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. Including 80 black and white and colour pictures, many taken by the authors, How to Be a Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can. On the style front: You don't always have to be made up, but you should always be well dressed. Your look should always have one thing left undone - the devil is in the detail. Either go all grey hair or no grey hair. Salt and pepper is for the table. Or on how to answer the phone when he finally calls: The Parisienne lets the phone ring. (She's not waiting by the phone.) She feigns surprise upon hearing his voice. (She wasn't expecting his call.) She asks if she can call him back in five minutes. (She's in the middle of something.) The thing is, she's not alone... (Et oui: you should never have kept her waiting.) What the Parisian won't let near her wardrobe: Logos. You are not a billboard. Ugg Boots. Enough said. Don't even ask. Skimpy top. Because you're not fifteen anymore. The fake designer bag. Like fake breasts, you can't fix your insecurities through forgery.

    The ideal man to be seen with: He's not muscular (You'd rather think of him reading a book than lifting weights) He's unshaven (Just enough so that you never fully see the man behind the stubble) He's funny (Until he disappears) He's got something special (And it's not a car)

    There are many books on a Parisian's bookshelf: The books you claim you've read so many times that you actually believe you have. The books you read in school of which you only remember the main character's name. The books that you've been promising yourself you'll read next summer...for the past ten years. The books that you think make you cool. The books you keep for your children, just in case you ever have any. The books you own simply because you must and, taken together, form intangible proof that you are well read.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    LENNON JOHN / ONO YOKO
    ISBN: 9780500021842
    Title: IMAGINE JOHN YOKO
    Author: LENNON JOHN / ONO YOKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story - told in revelatory detail - of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it: the locations, the creative team, the artworks and the films, in the words of John & Yoko and the people who were there.

    Features 80% exclusive, hitherto-unpublished archive photos and footage sequences of all the key players in situ, together with lyric sheets, Yoko's art installations, and exclusive new insights and personal testimonies from Yoko and over forty of the musicians, engineers, staff, celebrities, artists and photographers who were there - including Julian Lennon, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Jim Keltner, David Bailey, Dick Cavett and Sir Michael Parkinson.

    `A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of Imagine, mainly by people who weren't there, so I'm very pleased and grateful that now, for the first time, so many of the participants have kindly given their time to "gimme some truth" in their own words and pictures' Yoko Ono Lennon, 2018

    In 1971, John Lennon & Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, and at the Record Plant in New York. The lyrics of the title track were inspired by Yoko Ono's `event scores' in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer in June 2017.

    Imagine John Yoko tells the story of John & Yoko's life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments showcasing Yoko's closely guarded archive of photos and artefacts, using artfully compiled narrative film stills, and featuring digitally rendered maps, floorplans and panoramas that recreate the interiors in evocative detail.
    John & Yoko introduce each chapter and song; Yoko also provides invaluable additional commentary and a preface. All the minutiae is examined: the locations, the key players, the music and lyrics, the production techniques and the artworks - including the creative process behind the double exposure polaroids used on the album cover.

    With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, this landmark publication is a fitting tribute to John & Yoko and their place in cultural history.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $35.00
  • MAD AS HELL AND BACK : A Silver Jubilee of Sketches by Shaun Micallef and Gary McCaffrie
    MAD AS HELL AND BACK : A Silver Jubilee of Sketches by Shaun Micallef and Gary McCaffrie
    MICALLEF SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781743795170
    Title: MAD AS HELL AND BACK : A Silver Jubilee of Sketches by Shaun Micallef and Gary McCaffrie
    Author: MICALLEF SHAUN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For old and new fans alike, this is the definitive collection of work from Australian comedy legend Shaun Micallef and his co-writer, Gary McCaffrie.

    2019 marks the tenth season of Mad as Hell and Shaun Micallef’s twenty-first year in comedy. What better way to celebrate than with a comprehensive collection of the funniest scripts and scenes from Micallef’s long TV career? These pages not only feature the highlights of Mad as Hell – dubbed ‘the best 30 minutes on Australian TV’ by the Sydney Morning Herald – but also favourites from Full Frontal, The Micallef P(r)ogram(me) and Newstopiä. With perenially wicked wit, Micallef and his co-writer Gary McCaffrie usher us behind the scenes with hilarious footnotes to their most loved sketches.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • NEW YORK : THROUGH A FASHION EYE
    NEW YORK : THROUGH A FASHION EYE
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781743791714
    Title: NEW YORK : THROUGH A FASHION EYE
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New York: Through a Fashion Eye is an illustrated guide to one of the world's most-loved fashion cities by one of the world's most-loved fashion illustrators.

    Let Megan Hess take you on an adventure through New York, showing you the hottest places to eat, sleep and play – all illustrated in her inimitable, elegant style.

    Featuring fashion-themed restaurants, hotels and sites to visit, as well as Megan's favourite places to shop, this is a must-have insider's guide to New York for any fashion lover.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PLEASURE TO BE HERE : The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989 - 2017
    PLEASURE TO BE HERE : The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989 - 2017
    CLARKE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925773248
    Title: PLEASURE TO BE HERE : The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989 - 2017
    Author: CLARKE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduced by Bryan Dawe, A Pleasure to Be Here is the collected transcripts of the greatest television interviews Australia has seen since, well, Mike Moore.

    A hilarious collection of interviews discussing the highs and lows in the public and political life of Australia over the past three decades. Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the old favourites are here- Bob Hawke, Margaret Thatcher, Bob Collins ('the front fell off'), Paul Keating, Alan Bond, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • POLITICS NOW : The Best of David Rowe
    POLITICS NOW : The Best of David Rowe
    ROWE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781925849431
    Title: POLITICS NOW : The Best of David Rowe
    Author: ROWE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A riveting collection from Australia's finest and most instantly recognisable political cartoonist.

    This first and long-awaited collection throws us into the grotesque, malformed, and subterranean world that is Rowe's vision of politics now. Enter at your own risk.

    Featuring all the madness and downright stupidity of the past five years, Rowe's freakish burlesque includes the usual suspects- Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, and Bill Shorten, as well as a host of minor monstrosities who you would rather forget lest they haunt your dreams.

    Rowe is one of the few Australian cartoonists who pay close attention to international affairs. There are cartoons on China, Europe, the UK, and the slow-motion train wreck of Brexit, wars in the Middle East, terror, and the rise of authoritarians.

    And, of course, Donald Trump. No cartoonist in the world, and that includes those from the US, has laid bare the Donald and his debauched administration with such devastating insight and wit.

    If the road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom, then David Rowe is indeed a wise man, for beneath the outrageous gothic menagerie of Rowe's imagination is a fierce intelligence and ethical sense combined with superb artistry.

    This essential collection features his finest political cartoons, caricatures, and sketches from the past five years. With an introduction by Laura Tingle, one of Australia's most respected journalists.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SH*T TOWNS OF AUSTRALIA
    SH*T TOWNS OF AUSTRALIA
    ISBN: 9781988547244
    Title: SH*T TOWNS OF AUSTRALIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From dusty desert sh*tholes to free-range bogan breeding grounds, to the bin-chicken playgrounds of our megacities, Sh*t Towns of Australia is a guide to the concrete, fibro and methamphetamine wastelands that we like to call home.

    From Coober Pedy to Canberra, from Ballarat to Broken Hill, from Logan to Launceston, Sh*t Towns takes us through the veritable f*ck-tonne of crappy towns and cities that make up the 'Lucky Country' - profiling all the best places not to visit or, heaven forbid, live.

    The sixty towns and cities reviewed in this volume have been carefully selected using an exacting set of scientific criteria developed at the prestigious University of Nimbin, combined with extensive field research, a desire to offend, and where possible a sense of humour.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    MANSON MARK
    ISBN: 9781925483598
    Title: SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    Author: MANSON MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES IS WRONG. NOW SUPERSTAR BLOGGER MARK MANSON TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET IT RIGHT.

    For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Drawing on academic research and the life experience that comes from breaking the rules, Mark Manson is ready to explode that myth. The key to a good life, according to Manson, is the understanding that 'sometimes shit is f*cked up and we have to live with it'. Manson says that instead of trying to turn lemons into lemonade, we should learn to stomach lemons better, and stop distracting ourselves from life's inevitable disappointments chasing 'shit' like money, success and possessions. It's time to re-calibrate our values and what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, he says, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

    From the writer whose blog draws two million readers a month and filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck is a welcome antidote to the 'let's-all-feel-good' mindset that has infected modern society.

    'Hilarious, vulgar, and immensely thought-provoking. Only read if you're willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f*ckin better life.' Steve Kamb, bestselling author of Level Up Your Life and founder of nerdfitness.com

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TAO OF POOH
    TAO OF POOH
    HOFF BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9781405293785
    Title: TAO OF POOH
    Author: HOFF BENJAMIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Tao of Pooh. The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!

    Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain Way about him, a way of doing things which has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism.

    While Eeyore frets... and Piglet hesitates... and Owl pontificates... Pooh just is.

    The Tao of Pooh is a philosophical study of Winnie-the-Pooh that demonstrates that the ancient wisdom of the Tao courses its way through this delightful book in a most mysterious way.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TAO OF POOH AND THE TE OF PIGLET
    TAO OF POOH AND THE TE OF PIGLET
    HOFF BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9781405293778
    Title: TAO OF POOH AND THE TE OF PIGLET
    Author: HOFF BENJAMIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "It's hard to be brave,' said Piglet, sniffing slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."

    Rabbit, who had begun to write very busily, looked up and said: "It is because you are a very small animal that you will be useful in the adventure before us."

    Winnie-the-Pooh has a certain way about him, a way of doing things that has made him the world's most beloved bear, and Pooh's Way, as Benjamin Hoff brilliantly demonstrates, seems strangely close to the ancient Chinese principles of Taoism. And as for Piglet, he embodies the very important principle of Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. Benjamin Hoff's explanations of Taoism and Te through Pooh and Piglet show that this is not an ancient and remote philosophy but something that you can use, here and now.

    An utterly unique book which makes complex concepts accessible with a little help from Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh may be a Bear of Very Little Brain but there are lessons to be learned from his approach to life. Beautifully illustrated by E H Shepard.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TREES OF LIFE
    TREES OF LIFE
    ADAMS MAX
    ISBN: 9781789541427
    Title: TREES OF LIFE
    Author: ADAMS MAX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release

    A celebration of 100 tree species from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, Oceania and the Americas.

    A captivatingly informative and visually beautiful survey of the tree species - from all over the world - that human cultures have found most useful. Each tree species is the subject of a concise text centred on a story - or stories - about the tree in question, and is depicted by means of a photograph, painting or other aesthetic artefact. The species will be organized thematically according to the virtues they impart, be that in the form of timber, nuts, fruit or medicine. The bloodwood tree, a native of central America, is a tree that made a nation. Its wood produces a brilliant and lucrative bright red dye and was imported to Europe for use in dyeing fabrics. The 17th and 18th-century logging camps established by the British later became the modern nation of Belize, and the bloodwood tree appears on its national flag. From the bloodwood to the breadfruit and from the cinchona to the peach, these are trees that offer not merely shelter, timber and fuel but also medicines, dyes, foods and fibres. They are very special trees, and Max Adams, author of The Wisdom of Trees , has a plethora of such fascinating stories to tell about them.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • URBAN BOTANICS
    URBAN BOTANICS
    SIBLEY EMMA
    ISBN: 9781781316535
    Title: URBAN BOTANICS
    Author: SIBLEY EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Driven by the beautiful artwork of Maaike Koster (illustrator and interior designer), alongside Emma Sibley's (founder of UK-based London Terrariums) text, this collection of stunning illustrations is accompanied by thoughtful information. Each plant is rendered in considered detail, facing a paragraph on its origins, care tips and any information about fellow species. The joy of these plants is that they are easy to maintain, and everyone has access to them - you no longer need to have a back garden to turn your hand to this green-fingered past time. Succulents, cacti, flowering and foliage plants are growing everywhere; in our homes, work places, bars and shops. Their ubiquity is adding interest, tranquillity and colour in every corner of our lives. Across 70 different plants, originating from every corner of the world, Maaike and Emma have collected a wide variety to tempt even the most timid of gardeners. For those with a full-time job along with everything else, Urban Botanics is made to fit alongside our modern-day schedules. Even if the closest you ever get to one of these plants is turning these pages, you will find much to admire and inspire in the striking illustrations. A must for lovers of art and verdant foliage alike.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    ISBN: 9780857833778
    Title: URBAN WOODSMAN : A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons Bowls and Boards
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book appeals to the modern man and woman looking for a creative outlet that will connect them to their environment, be they in the city or the countryside. The book begins by identifying certain wood types and trees and how to source local timber for free or next to nothing. Then Max discusses the basic tools and hand grips, and with step-by-step carving and cutting techniques you will soon be mastering the skills to make your own creations. Starting with eating spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, you can move on to butter knives, coffee scoops and chopping boards - even small bowls can be mastered without using a lathe.

    And there is added advice on finishing your projects - how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture the surface as well as waxing and oiling your new, beloved kitchen creations. All these projects are displayed and explained clearly so that, even if you are a craft or carving novice, you will succeed in creating something that can be passed down from generation to generation.

    Imprint: KYLE BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WHEN YOU KANT FIGURE IT OUT ASK A PHILOSOPHER
    WHEN YOU KANT FIGURE IT OUT ASK A PHILOSOPHER
    ROBERT MARIE
    ISBN: 9781760890117
    Title: WHEN YOU KANT FIGURE IT OUT ASK A PHILOSOPHER
    Author: ROBERT MARIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can Kant comfort you when you get dumped via text message? How can Aristotle cure your hangover? How can Heidegger make you feel better when your dog dies?


    When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher explains how pearls of wisdom from the greatest Western philosophers can help us face and make light of some of the daily challenges of modern life. In twelve clever, accessible chapters, you'll get advice from Epicurus about how to disconnect from constant news alerts and social media updates, Nietzsche's take on getting in shape, John Stuart Mill's tips for handling bad birthday presents, and many other ancient pearls of wisdom to help you navigate life today.

    Hilarious, practical, and edifying, When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher brings the best thinkers of the past into the 21st Century to help us all make sense of a chaotic new world.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    BOLLMAN STEFAN
    ISBN: 9780789212566
    Title: WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    Author: BOLLMAN STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An elegant survey of more than 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout time.

    What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous' explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book's provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters, such as "Intimate Moments" and "The Search for Oneself," Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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