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  • 1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    CLARKE STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780552779937
    Title: 1000 YEARS OF ANNOYING THE FRENCH
    Author: CLARKE STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ten centuries of French historical 'facts' bite the dust in Stephen Clarke's Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller.

    Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers. Was the guillotine a French invention? Non! It was invented in Yorkshire. Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066...

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 1177 BC : THE YEAR CIVILIZATION COLLAPSED
    1177 BC : THE YEAR CIVILIZATION COLLAPSED
    CLINE ERIC H
    ISBN: 9780691208015
    Title: 1177 BC : THE YEAR CIVILIZATION COLLAPSED
    Author: CLINE ERIC H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From acclaimed archaeologist and bestselling author Eric Cline, a breathtaking account of how the collapse of an ancient civilised world ushered in the first Dark Ages

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the 'Sea Peoples' invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy defeated them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilisations. Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, famine, and the cutting of international trade routes.

    Bringing to life a vibrant multicultural world, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires of the age and shows that it may have been their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse.

    Now revised and updated, 1177 B.C. sheds light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and eventually destroyed, the flourishing civilisations of the Late Bronze Age-and set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece and, ultimately, our world today.

    'The memorable thing about Cline's book is the strangely recognisable picture he paints of this very faraway time...It was as globalised and cosmopolitan a time as any on record, albeit within a much smaller cosmos. The degree of interpenetration and of cultural sharing is astonishing.' — Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

    'Engaging...[An] absorbing tour of the Late Bronze Age.' — Josephine Quinn, London Review of Books

    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    ISBN: 9781408809501
    Title: 1492 : THE YEAR OUR WORLD BEGAN
    Author: FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO FELIPE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The world would end in 1492 - so the prophets, soothsayers and stargazers said. They were right. Their world did end. Ours began. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto traces key elements of the modern world back to that single, fateful year: the way power and wealth are distributed around the globe; the way major religions and civilisations divide the world. Events that began in 1492 even transformed the whole ecological system of the planet. Our individualism and the very sense we share of inhabiting one world, as partakers in a common humanity, took shape and became visible. In search of the origins of modernity, 1492 takes readers on a journey around the globe of the time, in the company of real-life travellers, drawing the together the threads that began to bind the planet. The tour starts in Granada, where the last Islamic kingdom in Europe collapsed, then moves to Timbuktoo, where a new Muslim empire triumphed.

    With Portuguese explorers, we visit the court of the first Christian king in the southern hemisphere. We join Jews expelled from Spain as they cross the Mediterranean to North Africa, Italy and Istanbul. We see the frozen frontiers of the dynamic, bloody Russia of Ivan the Great, and hear mystical poets sing on the shores of the Indian Ocean. We observe the Aztecs and Incas lay the foundations of a New World in the Americas. Wars and witchcraft, plagues and persecutions, poetry and prophecy, science and magic, art and faith - all the glories and follies of the time are in this book.

    Everywhere, new departures marked the start of a new configuration for humankind, revealing how and why the modern world is different from the worlds of antiquity and the middle ages. History seems a patternless labyrinth - but a good guide can trace our paths through it back to the moment when some of the most striking features of today's world began.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235797
    Title: 1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to James Shapiro's multi-award winning bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

    1606 traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when he came upon an old and anonymous play - The True Chronicle History of King Leir - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, he traces the story's shocking and brilliant transformation into King Lear as we know it - and then to Macbeth, written in a white heat in the tumultuous spring of 1606.

    For most authors, writing and revising Lear, then rapidly composing Macbeth, would have been a lifetime's accomplishment. But Shapiro's new book goes on to explore how, with the theatres closed indefinitely in autumn 1606 because of the plague, and with time on his hands, Shakespeare began a third great tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Never before, and never again, would Shakespeare's plays explore so relentlessly the problems of aging, of losing authority, and of mortality.

    Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, 1606 promises to be one of the most significant and accessible new works on Shakespeare in the decade to come.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    RIDEAL REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire. It is a year in which no single event existed alone and which, in many ways, gave shape to the country we know today.

    1666: PLAGUE, WAR AND HELLFIRE shines a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph, in a book full of extraordinary characters and teeming life.

    Imprint: John Murray
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791608
    Title: 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For over 200 years Australia’s official history has focused on English colonisation and ‘discovery’, with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how ‘discovered’ the southern continent was by not only the Indigenous Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores.

    This is not about voyages of ‘discovery’, cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history—of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global economies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigenous Australians and foreigners, placing Indigenous Australians back into our known history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It’s a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    ZAMOYSKI ADAM
    ISBN: 9780007123742
    Title: 1812 : NAPOLEONS FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW
    Author: ZAMOYSKI ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Sunday Times bestselling account of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and eventual retreat from Moscow, events that had a profound effect on the subsequent course of Russian and European history.

    The saga of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and catastrophic retreat from Moscow has both fascinated military historians and captured the imagination of millions on an emotional and human level.

    1812 tells the story of how the most powerful man on earth met his doom, and how the greatest fighting force ever assembled was wiped out. Over 400,000 French and Allied troops died on the disastrous Russian campaign, with the vast majority of the casualties occuring during the frigid winter retreat. Adam Zamoyski tells their story with incredible detail and sympathy, drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts of the tragedy to create a vivid portrait of an unimaginable catastrophe. By 1810 Napoleon was master of Europe, defied only by Britain and its naval power. His intention was to destroy Britain through a total blockade, the Continental System. But Tsar Alexander of Russia refused to apply the blockade, and Napoleon decided to bring him to heel. The brutality of the following military campaign and the importance of its ramifications on Russian, French, German and, indeed, European history and culture cannot be understated.

    Adam Zamoyski's epic, enthralling narrative is the definitive account of the events of that dramatic year.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    GOODHEART ADAM
    ISBN: 9781400032198
    Title: 1861 : THE CIVIL WAR AWAKENING
    Author: GOODHEART ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields, " 1861" is Adam Goodheart's account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping and original book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes--among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Their stories take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its moment of ultimate crisis and decision.


    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1917 : WAR PEACE AND REVOLUTION
    1917 : WAR PEACE AND REVOLUTION
    STEVENSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780198702399
    Title: 1917 : WAR PEACE AND REVOLUTION
    Author: STEVENSON DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    1917 was a year of calamitous events, and one of pivotal importance in the development of the First World War. In 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, leading historian of World War One, David Stevenson, examines this crucial year in context and illuminates the century that followed. He shows how in this one year the war was transformed, but also what drove the conflict onwards and how it continued to escalate.

    Two developments in particular-the Russian Revolution and American intervention-had worldwide repercussions. Offering a close examination of the key decisions, Stevenson considers Germany's campaign of 'unrestricted' submarine warfare, America's declaration of war in response, and Britain's frustration of German strategy by adopting the convoy system, as well as why (paradoxically) the military and political stalemate in Europe persisted.

    Focusing on the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, on the disastrous spring offensive that plunged the French army into mutiny, on the summer attacks that undermined the moderate Provisional Government in Russia and exposed Italy to national humiliation at Caporetto, and on the British decision for the ill-fated Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), 1917 offers a truly international understanding of events. The failed attempts to end the war by negotiation further clarify the underlying
    forces that kept it going.

    David Stevenson also analyses the global consequences of the year's developments, showing how countries such as Brazil and China joined the belligerents, Britain offered 'responsible government' to India, and the Allies promised a Jewish national home in Palestine. Blending political and military history, and moving from capital to capital and between the cabinet chamber and the battle front, the book highlights the often tumultuous debates through which leaders entered and escalated the war,
    and the paradox that continued fighting could be justified as the shortest road towards regaining peace.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 1939 : A Peoples History
    1939 : A Peoples History
    TAYLOR FREDERICK
    ISBN: 9781509858767
    Title: 1939 : A Peoples History
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the autumn of 1938, Europe believed in the promise of peace. Still reeling from the ravages of the Great War, its people were desperate to rebuild their lives in a newly safe and stable era. But only a year later, the fateful decisions of just a few men had again led Europe to war, a war that would have a profound and lasting impact on millions of innocent people.

    From the bestselling historian Frederick Taylor, 1939: A People's History draws on original British and German sources, including recorded interviews, as well as contemporary diaries, memoirs and newspapers. Its narrative focuses on the day-to-day experiences of the men and women in both countries trapped in this disastrous chain of events and not, as is so often the case, the elite. Their voices, concerns and experiences lend a uniquely intimate flavour to this often surprising account, revealing a marked disconnect between government and people; few ordinary citizens in either Britain or Germany wanted war.

    Precisely for that reason, 1939: A People's History is also an interrogation of our capacity to go to war again. In today’s Europe, an onset of uncertainty, a looming fear of radical populism and a revelatory schism are dangerously reminiscent of the perils of the autumn of 1938. It is both a vivid and richly peopled narrative of Europe’s slide into the horrors of war, a war that nobody wanted, and, in many ways, a warning; an opportunity for us to learn from our history and a reminder that we must never take peace for granted.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • 1942 : The Year the War came to Australia
    1942 : The Year the War came to Australia
    GROSE PETER
    ISBN: 9781761066641
    Title: 1942 : The Year the War came to Australia
    Author: GROSE PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2021 New Release

    The story of the bombing of Darwin and the Japanese midget sub attack on Sydney Harbour in one volume from the bestselling author of An Awkward Truth and A Very Rude Awakening.

    'Grose's compassionate, honest and vivid account deserves to be widely read.' Sun Herald on An Awkward Truth

    'About as good as any yarn can get . . . a great retelling of a great story.' Sydney Morning Herald on A Very Rude Awakening

    The bombing of Darwin by the Japanese on 19 February 1942 was the first foreign assault on Australian soil since settlement. The Japanese dropped more bombs on Darwin, killed more civilians in Darwin and sank more ships in Darwin than Pearl Harbor.

    Three months later, on 31 May 1942, three Japanese midget submarines crept into Sydney Harbour and caused an unforgettable night of mayhem, high farce, chaos and courage. The war was no longer confined to distant deserts and jungles. It has well and truly come to Australia.

    Absorbing, spirited and fast-paced, 1942: the year the war came to Australia tells the story of the under-armed and unprepared soldiers and civilians who faced their toughest test on home soil.


    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    ISBN: 9781784708283
    Title: 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: HARARI YUVAL NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.

    How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

    Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today's most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ABOUT TIME
    ABOUT TIME
    ROONEY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780241370490
    Title: ABOUT TIME
    Author: ROONEY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2021 New Release

    A horological history of human civilisation, told through twelve world-changing clocks

    Since the dawn of civilization, we have kept time. But time has always been against us. From the city sundials of ancient Rome to the era of the smartwatch, clocks have been used throughout history to wield power, make money, govern citizens and keep control.

    In About Time, time expert David Rooney tells the story of timekeeping, and how it continues to shape our modern world. Over twelve chapters we discover how clocks have helped us navigate the world, build empires and even taken us to the brink of destruction.

    This is the story of time. And the story of time is the story of us.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ADDRESS BOOK : What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power
    ADDRESS BOOK : What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power
    MASK DEIRDRE
    ISBN: 9781781259016
    Title: ADDRESS BOOK : What Our Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power
    Author: MASK DEIRDRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A TIME Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020

    'Deirdre Mask's book was just up my Strasse, alley, avenue and boulevard.' -Simon Garfield, author of Just My Type

    'Fascinating ... intelligent but thoroughly accessible ... full of surprises' - Sunday Times

    When most people think about street addresses they think of parcel deliveries, or visitors finding their way. But who numbered the first house, and where, and why? What can addresses tell us about who we are and how we live together?

    Deirdre Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., how ancient Romans found their way, and why Bobby Sands is memorialised in Tehran. She explores why it matters if, like millions of people today, you don't have an address.

    From cholera epidemics to tax hungry monarchs, Mask discovers the different ways street names are created, celebrated, and in some cases, banned. Full of eye-opening facts, fascinating people and hidden history, this book shows how addresses are about identity, class and race. But most of all they are about power: the power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't, and why.

    'A must read for urbanists and all those interested in cities and modern economic and social life.' - Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AELFREDS BRITAIN : War And Peace In The Viking Age
    AELFREDS BRITAIN : War And Peace In The Viking Age
    ADAMS MAX
    ISBN: 9781789546637
    Title: AELFREDS BRITAIN : War And Peace In The Viking Age
    Author: ADAMS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A history of the peoples of Britain, in the century and a half between the first Viking raids and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954. The story of Aelfred the Great, his war against the Vikings and the foundations of modern Britain.

    In AD 865 , a 'great host' of battle-hardened Norse warriors landed on England's eastern coast , overwhelmed East Anglia with terrifying swiftness and laid the North to waste. Ghosting along estuaries and inshore waters, in 871 they penetrated deep into the southern kingdom of Wessex, ruled over by a new and untested king, alfred son of aðelwulf. It seemed as though the End of Days was come.

    Max Adams tells the story of the heroic efforts of alfred , his successors and fellow-kings of Britain, to adapt and survive in the face of an apocalyptic threat; and in so doing, to lay the foundations of the nations of modern Britain in all their regional diversity.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    JAHNER HARALD
    ISBN: 9780753557877
    Title: AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    Author: JAHNER HARALD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How does a nation recover from fascism?

    1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade poised between two eras that proved decisive for Germany's future - and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today. Post-war Germany found itself occupied over four zones by the victorious Allied forces. More than half its population was displaced, 10 million newly released forced labourers and several million prisoners of war returned to an uncertain existence in a country that found itself politically, economically and morally bankrupt.

    Aftermath is the first history of Germany's national mentality in the immediate post-war years. Using major global political developments as a backdrop, Harald J hner weaves a series of life stories into a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. Accompanied by expertly selected black and white photographs - some beautiful, some revelatory, some shocking - Aftermath evokes an immersive portrait of a society corrupted, demoralized and freed - all at the same time.

    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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