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  • 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    STRATTON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760632120
    Title: 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    Author: STRATTON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Avoid spending hours trawling Netflix for the perfect film to watch, and take the recommendation of one of the world's most experienced film critics.

    Are you tired of trawling through movies you don't recognise on Netflix? Sick of reading short film descriptions that sound boring? Don't know what to watch next?

    Let leading film critic David Stratton introduce you to 101 movies that you probably haven't heard of, and tell you why they are worth seeing.

    David Stratton's selection of overlooked gems includes movies from such well-known directors as David Lynch, Ang Lee and Sydney Lumet. They star popular actors such as Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Newman, Emma Thompson and Jake Gyllenhaal. They include comedies, thrillers, westerns, musicals and romances, and were produced from the 1980s through to the past few years.

    A perfect gift for anyone who relishes a cosy night at home with a good movie.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273783
    Title: 12 EDMONDSTONE STREET
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This remarkable book combines autobiography with a subtle, almost painterly sense of the ways in which the objects which we surround ourselves, and the places in which we live, build up our private maps of reality and shape our personal mythologies.
    David Malouf begins by describing in love, evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening perception of the world at large. He moves on to describe life in the Tuscan village where he lived, and the arrival of an Australian Television crew; reflecting on his first visit to India, he touches on the problems of interpreting and evaluating unfamiliar places; back in Australia, he recalls a traumatic wartime journey with his father from Brisbane to Sydney.

    Funny, humane and beautifully written, this is a unique and extraordinary essay in autobiography.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 2062 : The World that AI Made
    2062 : The World that AI Made
    WALSH TOBY
    ISBN: 9781760640514
    Title: 2062 : The World that AI Made
    Author: WALSH TOBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We’ve had the run of planet earth for the last few hundred thousand years: this amazing blue green dot, revolving around a rather typical star on a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way. We owe it to our child homo digitalis to get the next few decades right.’

    2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what leading AI and robotics experts predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has been successful, how will life on this planet unfold?

    In 2062, Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, everyday human life and, indeed, human death. Will robots become conscious? Will automation take away jobs? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud?

    What lies in store for homo digitalis – the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living amongst fully functioning artificial intelligence? In the tradition of Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    BLOOM PAUL
    ISBN: 9780099597827
    Title: AGAINST EMPATHY : The Case for Rational Compassion
    Author: BLOOM PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a divided world, empathy is not the solution, it is the problem.

    We think of empathy – the ability to feel the suffering of others for ourselves – as the ultimate source of all good behaviour. But while it inspires care and protection in personal relationships, it has the opposite effect in the wider world. As the latest research in psychology and neuroscience shows, we feel empathy most for those we find attractive and who seem similar to us and not at all for those who are different, distant or anonymous. Empathy therefore biases us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Guiding us expertly through the experiments, case studies and arguments on all sides, Paul Bloom ultimately shows that some of our worst decisions – in charity, child-raising, criminal justice, climate change and war – are motivated by this wolf in sheep's clothing.

    Brilliantly argued, urgent and humane, Against Empathy overturns widely held assumptions to reveal one of the most profound yet overlooked sources of human conflict.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    MSIMANG SISONKE
    ISBN: 9781925603798
    Title: ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    Author: MSIMANG SISONKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood - a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.

    Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland - and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics - in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273844
    Title: AN IMAGINARY LIFE
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the first century A. D. , Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea.

    From these sparse facts, one of out most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer.

    What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANTIPODES
    ANTIPODES
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780099273790
    Title: ANTIPODES
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    ANTIPODES - stories which pinpoint the contrast between the old world and the new, between youth and age, love and hatred and even life and death itself. . .

    David Malouf is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed and popular poets and novelists. Now, with his first stunning collection of stories, which has won both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, he establishes himself as one of the most accomplished and provocative short-story writers of our time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    GIDLA SUJATHA
    ISBN: 9781911547228
    Title: ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    Author: GIDLA SUJATHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Her mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. In the slums where they lived, everyone had a political side, and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet and founder of a left-wing guerrilla movement. And Gidla charts her mother's battles with caste and women's oppression.
    Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.

    A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780143789963
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   -   Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780143795551
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    GRIFFITHS TOM
    ISBN: 9781863959407
    Title: ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    Author: GRIFFITHS TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.

    In The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of fifteen historians at work, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he observes how a body of work is constructed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.

    Riveting, beautiful and elegantly written, this landmark book conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and revitalises our sense of thehistorian's craft - what Tom Griffiths calls 'the art of time travel'.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    MCGREGOR RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141982854
    Title: ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    Author: MCGREGOR RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than half a century, American power in the Pacific has successfully kept the peace. But it has also cemented the tensions in the toxic rivalry between China and Japan, consumed with endless history wars and entrenched political dynasties. Now, the combination of these forces with Donald Trump's unpredictable impulses and disdain for America's old alliances threatens to upend the region. If the United States helped lay the postwar foundations for modern Asia,Asia's Reckoning will reveal how that structure is now crumbling.

    With unrivalled access to archives in the US and Asia, as well as many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. It is a story not only of an overstretched America, but also of the rise and fall and rise of the great powers of Asia. The confrontational course on which China and Japan have increasingly set themselves is no simple spat between neighbours. And the fallout would be a political and economic tsunami.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASTONISHING THE GODS
    ASTONISHING THE GODS
    OKRI BEN
    ISBN: 9781784082550
    Title: ASTONISHING THE GODS
    Author: OKRI BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A modern fable about one man's search for visibility on an enchanted island.

    From Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri: a deceptively simple modern fable with an ancient origin. A young man finds himself living among invisible beings who have built a utopia based on one principle: that we must repeat or suffer every experience until we experience it properly and fully for the first time. 'The hero of this novel finds what he did not seek, and goes where he did not intend to go. As I did in writing it.' BEN OKRI.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AT DUSK
    AT DUSK
    SOK-YONG HWANG
    ISBN: 9781925322934
    Title: AT DUSK
    Author: SOK-YONG HWANG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the evening of his life, a wealthy man begins to wonder if he might have missed the point.

    Parl Minwoo is a success story. Born into poverty in a miserable neighbourhood of Seoul, he has ridden the wave of development in his country. Now the director of a large architectural firm, his hard work and ambition have brought him triumph and satisfaction. But that all begins to change when he receives a message from a childhood friend he once loved. As memories return unbidden, he recalls a world he thought he had left behind - a world he now realises that he has helped to destroy.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783503
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MOMENT : How We Are Made for These Times
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a boom. Despite a lingering inability to acknowledge our achievements at home, the rest of the world asks: how did we get it right?

    George Megalogenis, one of our most respected political and economic writers, reviews the key events since the 1970s that have forged institutional and political leadership and a canny populace. He examines how we developed from a closed economy racked by the oil shocks, toughed it out during the sometimes devastating growing pains of deregulation, and survived the Asian financial crisis, the dotcom tech wreck and the GFC to become the last developed nation standing in the 2000s. As a result, whatever happens next, we're as well positioned as any to survive the ongoing rumblings of the Great Recession.

    Drawing on newly declassified documents, fresh interviews with our former prime ministers and a unique ability to bring the numbers to life, Megalogenis describes how, at just the right time, the Australian people became more farsighted than our politicians. We stopped spending before the rest of the world, and at the top of a boom voted out a government that was throwing around the biggest bribes ever offered.

    The Australian Moment is packed with original insight, challenging our often partisan selective memories and revealing how our leadership and community have underestimated each other's contribution to the nation's resilience.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143783640
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SECOND CHANCE
    Author: MEGALOGENIS GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations? Our country's most insightful big-picture commentator, George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become. 'Megalogenis slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age 'Timely and significant . . . With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia's tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.' James Ley, Weekend Australian

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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