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  • WHEN PARIS SIZZLED : The 1920s Paris of Hemingway Chanel Cocteau Cole Porter Josephine Baker and Their Friends
    WHEN PARIS SIZZLED : The 1920s Paris of Hemingway Chanel Cocteau Cole Porter Josephine Baker and Their Friends
    MCAULIFFE MARY
    ISBN: 9781538121801
    Title: WHEN PARIS SIZZLED : The 1920s Paris of Hemingway Chanel Cocteau Cole Porter Josephine Baker and Their Friends
    Author: MCAULIFFE MARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, when art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and behavior all took dramatically new forms. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.

    Imprint: Rowman and Littlefield
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • WHEN PARIS WENT DARK : THE CITY OF LIGHT UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION 1940-44
    WHEN PARIS WENT DARK : THE CITY OF LIGHT UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION 1940-44
    ROSBOTTOM RONALD
    ISBN: 9781848547391
    Title: WHEN PARIS WENT DARK : THE CITY OF LIGHT UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION 1940-44
    Author: ROSBOTTOM RONALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In May and June 1940 almost four million people fled Paris and its suburbs in anticipation of a German invasion. On June 14, the German Army tentatively entered the silent and eerily empty French capital. Without one shot being fired in its defence, the Occupation of Paris had begun. WHEN PARIS WENT DARK tells the extraordinary story of Germany's capture and Occupation of Paris, Hitler's relationship with the City of Light, and its citizens' attempts at living in an environment that was almost untouched by war, but which had become uncanny overnight. Beginning with the Phoney War and Hitler's first visit to the city, acclaimed literary historian and critic Ronald Rosbottom takes us through the German Army's almost unopposed seizure of Paris, its bureaucratic re-organization of that city, with the aid of collaborationist Frenchmen, and the daily adjustments Parisians had to make to this new oppressive presence. Using memoirs, interviews and published eye-witness accounts, Rosbottom expertly weaves a narrative of daily life for both the Occupier and the Occupied. He shows its effects on the Parisian celebrity circles of Pablo Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir, Colette, Jean Cocteau, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and on the ordinary citizens of its twenty arrondissements. But Paris is the protagonist of this story, and Rosbottom provides us with a template for seeing the City of Light as more than a place of pleasure and beauty.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHITE MUGHALS : LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA
    WHITE MUGHALS : LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006550969
    Title: WHITE MUGHALS : LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    White Mughals is the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time. James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa – ‘Most Excellent among Women' – the great-niece of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and, according to Indian sources, becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company.

    It is a remarkable story, but such things were not unknown: from the early sixteenth century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the ‘white Mughals' who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as ‘Hindoo Stuart', who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of her own elephant.

    In White Mughals, William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHITE SHIPS : Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream
    WHITE SHIPS : Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream
    SPENCER CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780008296810
    Title: WHITE SHIPS : Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream
    Author: SPENCER CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    The sinking of the White Ship is one of the greatest disasters in English history. Here, Sunday Times bestselling author Charles Spencer tells the real story behind the legend to show how one cataclysmic shipwreck changed England's course. In 1120, the White Ship was known as the fastest ship afloat. When it sank sailing from Normandy to England it was carrying aboard the only legitimate heir to King Henry I, William of Ætheling. The raucous, arrogant young prince had made a party of the voyage, carousing with his companions and pushing wine into the eager hands of the crew. It was the middle of the night when the drunken helmsman rammed the ship into rocks.The next day only one of the three hundred who had boarded the ship was alive to describe the horrors of the slow shipwreck. William, the face of England's future had drowned along with scores of the social elite. The royal line severed and with no obvious heir to the crown, a civil war of untold violence erupted. Known fittingly as ‘The Anarchy', this game of thrones saw families turned in on each other, with English barons, rebellious Welsh leaders and Scottish invaders all playing a part in the bloody, desperate scrum for power.One incredible shipwreck and two decades of violent uncertainty; England's course had changed forever.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    HAMAD RUBY
    ISBN: 9780522875584
    Title: WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS
    Author: HAMAD RUBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A confronting reality check for the privileged position of the white woman.

    When white people cry foul it is often people of colour who suffer. White tears have a potency that silences racial minorities. White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood. Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women.

    What happens when racism and sexism collide? Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Land and How to Take It Back
    WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Land and How to Take It Back
    SHRUBSOLE GUY
    ISBN: 9780008321710
    Title: WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Land and How to Take It Back
    Author: SHRUBSOLE GUY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Who owns England?

    Behind this simple question lies this country's oldest and best-kept secret. This is the history of how England's elite came to own our land, and an inspiring manifesto for how to open up our countryside once more.
    This book has been a long time coming. Since 1086, in fact. For centuries, England's elite have covered up how they got their hands on millions of acres of our land, by constructing walls, burying surveys and more recently, sheltering behind offshore shell companies. But with the dawn of digital mapping and the Freedom of Information Act, it's becoming increasingly difficult for them to hide.

    Trespassing through tightly-guarded country estates, ecologically ravaged grouse moors and empty Mayfair mansions, writer and activist Guy Shrubsole has used these 21st century tools to uncover a wealth of never-before-seen information about the people who own our land, to create the most comprehensive map of land ownership in England that has ever been made public.

    From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people. Melding history, politics and polemic, he vividly demonstrates how taking control of land ownership is key to tackling everything from the housing crisis to climate change – and even halting the erosion of our very democracy.

    It's time to expose the truth about who owns England – and finally take back our green and pleasant land.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHO OWNS HISTORY
    WHO OWNS HISTORY
    ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781760893712
    Title: WHO OWNS HISTORY
    Author: ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Hard on the heels of his best-selling autobiography Rather His Own Man, one of Australia's foremost public intellectuals turns his mind to one of the most important contemporary questions that divides the world of art and culture- the restitution of heritage treasures removed in earlier times from subjugated peoples who now want them back.

    Taking his cue from Cicero, the great Roman barrister, Geoffrey Robertson argues that justice requires the return not only of the 'Elgin' Marbles to Greece, but of many looted antiquities on display in the museums of Britain, Europe and America. He argues that the Gweagal Shield - dropped when Cook shot at Aboriginals in Botany Bay in 1770 - should be returned to Australia from the British Museum. He wants the government to acquire the hull of HMS Endeavour recently located off Rhode Island. He has located Arthur Phillip's tombstone for Yemmerrawanne, the first Australian expatriate, in a South London churchyard, and he wants to bring it back.

    Robertson's judgement is uncompromising- cultural heritage belongs to the people of whose history it is a part, unless its return would be attended by danger to the artwork itself. And since the movement for the restitution of cultural property is based on human rights, governments that want it back must show respect for the rights of the peoples on whose behalf they make the claim.

    Who Owns History? not only delves into the crucial debate over the Marbles, but examines how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country of origin.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHO OWNS HISTORY? : The Case of Elgin's Loot
    WHO OWNS HISTORY? : The Case of Elgin's Loot
    ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781760893699
    Title: WHO OWNS HISTORY? : The Case of Elgin's Loot
    Author: ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The controversy about the Elgin Marbles continues to rage. This book will be the first to propound a system for the return of cultural property, based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts to decide whether artworks, manuscripts and sculptures have cultural importance and have been acquired in circumstances that morally require their return to enable peoples to enjoy the 'keys to their history'.

    The book examines how the past can be experienced - by everyone. It will ask what is the difference between an original and a perfect copy, and in what circumstances that difference should require uplifting of the relic and bringing it back home. Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in a number of celebrated cases - he acted with Amal Clooney to provide the Greek Government with legal arguments for reuniting the Parthenon Marbles, and took successful action for Tasmanian Aboriginals to force London's Natural History Museum to return the remains of their ancestors. In this book he will discuss these cases, and will conclude by describing, in non-legal language, a rule that can be applied to decide in particular cases how museums and private collections should distinguish treasures that are not 'theirs'.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WHOLE PICTURE : The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it
    WHOLE PICTURE : The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it
    PROCTER ALICE
    ISBN: 9781788401555
    Title: WHOLE PICTURE : The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it
    Author: PROCTER ALICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall?

    How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only just beginning to address. Alice Procter, creator of the Uncomfortable Art Tours, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon.

    The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace, The Classroom, The Memorial and The Playground. Each section tackles the fascinating, enlightening and often shocking stories of a selection of art pieces, including the propaganda painting the East India Company used to justify its rule in India; the tattooed Maori skulls collected as 'art objects' by Europeans; and works by contemporary artists who are taking on colonial history in their work and activism today.

    THE WHOLE PICTURE is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • WHY THE GERMANS DO IT BETTER
    WHY THE GERMANS DO IT BETTER
    KAMPFNER JOHN
    ISBN: 9781786499769
    Title: WHY THE GERMANS DO IT BETTER
    Author: KAMPFNER JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Emerging from a collection of disparate city states 150 years ago, no other country has had as turbulent a history as Germany or enjoyed so much prosperity in such a short time frame. Today, as much of the world succumbs to authoritarianism and democracy is undermined from its heart, Germany stands as a bulwark for decency and stability.

    Mixing personal journey and anecdote with compelling empirical evidence, this is a searching and entertaining exploration of the country many in the West still love to hate. Raising important questions for our post-Brexit landscape, Kampfner asks why Germany has become a model for others to emulate, while Britain still languishes in wartime nostalgia and fails to tackle contemporary challenges. Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Why the Germans Do It Better is a rich and witty portrait of an eternally fascinating country.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WICKED BOY : The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
    WICKED BOY : The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
    SUMMERSCALE KATE
    ISBN: 9781408851166
    Title: WICKED BOY : The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
    Author: SUMMERSCALE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, thirteen-year-old Robert Coombes and his twelve-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next ten days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building.
    When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a criminal trial that echoed the outrageous plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels that Robert loved to read.
    In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality it is not just a meticulous examination of a shocking Victorian case, but also a compelling account of its aftermath, and of man's capacity to overcome the past.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WILD PLACES
    WILD PLACES
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781783784493
    Title: WILD PLACES
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new cover edition of the classic bestseller of British nature writing.

    Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness?

    In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WILDING : The Return of Nature to a British Farm
    WILDING : The Return of Nature to a British Farm
    TREE ISABELLA
    ISBN: 9781509805105
    Title: WILDING : The Return of Nature to a British Farm
    Author: TREE ISABELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

    Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade.

    Extremely rare species, including turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons, lesser spotted woodpeckers and purple emperor butterflies, are now breeding at Knepp, and populations of other species are rocketing. The Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again, heaving with life – all by itself.
    Personal and inspirational, Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    PENN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141986609
    Title: WINTER KING : The Dawn Of Tudor England
    Author: PENN THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his remarkable debut, Penn vividly recreates the dark and turbulent reign of Henry VII. He traces the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at the book's heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power. It is 1501. Henry VII has won the throne of England through luck, guile and ruthlessness. But for many he remains a usurper. Now, his elder son is to marry, in a wedding upon which the fate of the country, and the entire Tudor dynasty, will hang . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    HUTTON RONALD
    ISBN: 9780300238679
    Title: WITCH : A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present
    Author: HUTTON RONALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The witch came to prominence—and often a painful death—in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake.


    This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.

    Imprint: Yale University Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    SCHIFF STACY
    ISBN: 9781474602266
    Title: WITCHES : SALEM 1692
    Author: SCHIFF STACY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees.

    Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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