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  • FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    ISBN: 9780732291938
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    Author: PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive and most respected guide to Australian bird identification and a must for both experts and amateurs. First published in 1980, Graham Pizzey's field guide combines a depth and breadth of knowledge with beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Frank Knight. This 9th edition is even more user-friendly than the 8th edition. The species entries are ordered as per the new taxonomic order of C&B 2008 and the guide is more suitable to be used as a quick reference due to the inclusion of associated colour-tabs. It has also been brought up-to-date with the inclusion of a number of new species, encompassing significantly more Vagrants (very occasional visitors to Australia, mostly storm assisted) which will have their own discrete Vagrants section at the back of the book. It also contains a longer Quick Reference Guide than the 8th edition, spanning over a few pages, with presenting images alongside the species group names.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FIRST YOU WRITE A SENTENCE
    FIRST YOU WRITE A SENTENCE
    MORAN JOE
    ISBN: 9780241978511
    Title: FIRST YOU WRITE A SENTENCE
    Author: MORAN JOE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks. A poet writes in sentences, but so does the unsung author who came up with Items trapped in doors cause delays. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we simply give it the gift of our time.

    Enter widely-acclaimed author Professor Joe Moran. Using minimal technical terms, First You Write a Sentence is his unpedantic but authoritative explanation of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace. Using sources ranging from the Bible and Shakespeare to George Orwell and Maggie Nelson, and scientific studies of what can best fire the reader's mind, he shows how we can all write in a way that is clear, compelling and alive. Along the way he reveals how good writing can help us notice the world, make ourselves known to others and live more meaningful lives. It's an elegant gem in praise of the English sentence.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    GRIFFIN SIMON
    ISBN: 9781785781414
    Title: FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    Author: GRIFFIN SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Apostrophes are a f'ing pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly.

    Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers - wont to insert and remove apostrophes at will, for visual effect - this is a light-hearted, pocket-sized guide to getting the f'ing things right.

    Simon Griffin lets off steam so that we don't have to, showing precisely why 'Rhianna and Jennifer's photos were all over the internet' is quite different to 'Rhianna's and Jennifer's photos' or what words apostrophes are replacing in sentences such as 'He'd like you to buy him some cocaine', or 'They've got it all on camera.'

    Elegantly produced, this is the perfect gift for any pedant, as well as an indispensable guide in all our moments of grammar-related frustration.

    WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE!

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • GENIUS AND INK : Virginia Woolf on How to Read
    GENIUS AND INK : Virginia Woolf on How to Read
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780008355722
    Title: GENIUS AND INK : Virginia Woolf on How to Read
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FOREWORD BY ALI SMITH

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY FRANCESCA WADE

    Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

    In the early years of its existence, the Times Literary Supplement published some of the finest writers in English: T. S. Eliot, Henry James and E. M. Forster among them. But one of the paper's defining voices was Virginia Woolf, who produced a string of superb essays between the two World Wars.

    The weirdness of Elizabethan plays, the pleasure of revisiting favourite novels, the supreme examples of Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad: all are here, in anonymously published pieces, in which may be glimpsed the thinking behind Woolf's works of fiction and the enquiring, feminist spirit of A Room of One's Own.

    Here is Woolf the critical essayist, offering, at one moment, a playful hypothesis and, at another, a judgement laid down with the authority of a twentieth-century Dr Johnson. Here is Woolf working out precisely what's great about Hardy, and how Elizabeth Barrett Browning made books a "substitute for living" because she was "forbidden to scamper on the grass". Above all, here is Virginia Woolf the reader, whose enthusiasm for great literature remains palpable and inspirational today.

    Imprint: TLS Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    NORRIS MARY
    ISBN: 9781922268242
    Title: GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    Author: NORRIS MARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast.

    In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in the New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion- all things Greek.

    Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English.

    Filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine-and more than a few Greek men-Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • HENRY AND BANJO
    HENRY AND BANJO
    KNIGHT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780733633614
    Title: HENRY AND BANJO
    Author: KNIGHT JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today most of us know that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson were famous writers. We know about Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the Man from Snowy River; The Drover's Wife, While the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his mates, but little else.

    Here, in a compelling and engaging work, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's own stories to life. And there is much to tell. Both were country born, just three years and three hundred kilometres apart, Henry on the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a property near Orange, but their paths to literary immortality took very different routes - indeed at times their lives were ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born into a life of comparative privilege, would rise from country boy to Sydney Grammar student, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and revered man about town. Henry's formal education only began when his feminist mother finally won her battle for a local school but illness and subsequent deafness would make continuing his lessons difficult, seeing him find work as a labourer, a coach painter and a journalist, all the while wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and mental illness. Both men would become household names during their lifetimes. Both would have regrets.

    HENRY AND BANJO details two incredibly fascinating lives and delves into the famous (and not so famous) writings of the two men who had the power to influence and change Australia.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $5.00
  • JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    WILTSHIRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780521024990
    Title: JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    Author: WILTSHIRE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jane Austen has been read as a novelist of manners, whose work discreetly avoids discussing the physical. John Wiltshire shows, on the contrary, how important are faces and bodies in her texts, from complainers and invalids like Mrs Bennet and Mr Woodhouse, to the frail, debilitated Fanny Price, the vulnerable Jane Fairfax, and the 'picture of health', Emma. Talk about health and illness in the novels is abundant, and constitutes community, but it also serves to disguise the operation of social and gender politics. Behind the medical paraphernalia and incidents are serious concerns with the nature of power as exerted through and on the body, and with the manifold meanings of illness. 'Nerves', 'spirits', and sensibility figure largely in these books, and Jane Austen is seen to offer a critique of the gendering power of illness and nursing or attendance upon illness. Drawing both on modern - medical and feminist - theories of illness and the body as well as on eighteenth-century medical sources to illuminate the novels, this book offers new and controversial, but also scholarly, readings of these familiar texts.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • LITTLE BOOK OF LOST WORDS : Collywobbles Ultracrepidarian and Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting
    LITTLE BOOK OF LOST WORDS : Collywobbles Ultracrepidarian and Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting
    GILLARD JOE
    ISBN: 9781760876852
    Title: LITTLE BOOK OF LOST WORDS : Collywobbles Ultracrepidarian and Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting
    Author: GILLARD JOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Little Book of Lost Words, history buff Joe Gillard presents a handy guide for expressing yourself with history's best words.

    An A-Z collection of some of the most unique words in history, this delightful book deals with surprisingly modern issues - such as sleeping in and procrastination - proving that while our language may change, humans do not!

    The Little Book of Lost Words presents each term ready for modern-day use, complete with definition, hilarious sample sentence and cheeky historical art. You'll learn new words for your favourite cosy space (snuggery), for a dishonest politician (snollygoster), and for a youth who sleeps through the day and doesn't work (dewdropper). If you like Lost in Translation, Shakespeare Insults Generator, Drunk History and Roald Dahl - and if you enjoy the way words like blatteroon and flapdoodle roll off the tongue - then you're the word-lover this book was written for.

    Want to know what it is to groke or to latibulate? Read this book!

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    GARDINI NICOLA
    ISBN: 9781781259399
    Title: LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    Author: GARDINI NICOLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Virgil gave us the Aeneid, and Ovid the Metamorphoses; Lucretius analysed the material world and Caesar interrogated how we view reality through the lens of reason - but what does Latin offer us today?

    Often seen as the bulky relic of school curricula long forgotten, Latin seems to have lost its punch in the popular conscious. Oxford academic Nicola Gardini, however, argues the case for its lasting importance, offering a personal and passionate defence of the beauty and future of the language. From these ancient writers, we can learn about such vital aspects of life as love, purpose, eloquence, beauty and loss. These lessons from the past can illuminate our present, and Gardini encourages us to dig to the roots of our own language to consider how Latin has influenced the ways in which we communicate, think and live today.

    A formidable mix of history, memoir and criticism, this is a beautiful love letter to one language that ultimately celebrates the vital power of all literature.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780141977492
    Title: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    Author: DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.

    The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MURDER YOUR DARLINGS
    MURDER YOUR DARLINGS
    CLARK ROY PETER
    ISBN: 9780316481885
    Title: MURDER YOUR DARLINGS
    Author: CLARK ROY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    From one of America's most influential writing teachers, a collection of 50 of the best writing strategies distilled from 50 writing and language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.

    With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Donald Murray would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics - Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself?

    Thankfully, your search is over. In MURDER YOUR DARLINGS, Roy Peter Clark, who for more than 30 years has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer prize-winners alike, has compiled a remarkable collection of 50 of the best writing tips from 50 of the best writing books of all time. With a chapter devoted to each piece of advice, Clark expands and contextualises the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills.

    An invaluable resource for scribblers of all kinds, MURDER YOUR DARLINGS is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    ZUCKERBERG DONNA
    ISBN: 9780674975552
    Title: NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    Author: ZUCKERBERG DONNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online, where alt-right men's groups deploy ancient sources to justify misogyny and a return of antifeminist masculinity. Donna Zuckerberg dives deep to take a look at this unexpected reanimation of the Classical tradition.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ON NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A Biography
    ON NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A Biography
    TAYLOR D J
    ISBN: 9781419738005
    Title: ON NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A Biography
    Author: TAYLOR D J
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the definitive biography of George Orwell, a captivating account of the origin and enduring power of his landmark dystopian novel Since its publication nearly 70 years ago, George Orwell’s 1984 has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of “alternative facts.” The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy.On 1984 dives deep into Orwell’s life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school, whose strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking readers to the Scottish island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farm but coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish 1984. Published during the cold war—a term Orwell coined—Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984’s post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government. In a current climate where truth, surveillance, censorship, and critical thinking are contentious, Orwell’s work is necessary. Written with resonant and reflective analysis, On 1984 is both brilliant and remarkably timely.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ON WRITING
    ON WRITING
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781782117247
    Title: ON WRITING
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The never-before-published letters of Charles Bukowski on the art of writing.

    A collection of previously unpublished letters from America's cult icon on the art of writing.Charles Bukowski was one of our most iconoclastic, raw and riveting writers, one whose stories, poems and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. On Writing collects Bukowski's reflections and ruminations on the craft he dedicated his life to.

    Piercing, unsentimental and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with the author's trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos and intimacy. In the previously unpublished letters to editors, friends and fellow writers collected here, Bukowski is brutally frank about the drudgery of work and uncompromising when it comes to the absurdities of life and of art.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    PETRAS KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781760877996
    Title: PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    Author: PETRAS KATHRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Your boss makes a joke about Schrodinger's cat-which is something you've heard of but you're a little vague about what exactly happened (or didn't happen) with that cat. Or you're reading a New Yorker article that explains that 'Solecism slipped into solipsism into full-blown narcissistic project.' An excellent point . . . if you're sure what 'solecism' means . . . or, for that matter, 'solipsism.'

    Language gurus Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras to the rescue! In the breezy and entertaining yet informative style of their New York Times bestseller You're Saying It Wrong, they give you a brief rundown on words smart people should know-from the worlds of science and the arts to philosophy, and from broader topics like quantum physics and ontology to more specific ones like Plato's cave and trompe l'oeil. They cover the Latin phrases we hear and read (prima facie, sui generis, and the like) as well as those that have entered our vocabularies from other languages (bildungsroman, sturm und drang).

    These are the words that, if you were asked directly, 'What does this mean?' you might hem and haw and try to change the subject. After reading this book, you won't have to.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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