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  • AFTER
    AFTER
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781460753064
    Title: AFTER
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.

    Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite?

    Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

    After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

    A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

    'A bold work of nonfiction ... a work that will raise questions and start conversations' Bookseller + Publisher
    'Compassion, humanity and love shines through every page' Caroline Overington

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM : The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
    AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM : The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
    ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    ISBN: 9781781256848
    Title: AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM : The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
    Author: ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An important book about technology and capitalism - and what our response should be when these two giants collide.


    Society is at a turning point. The heady optimism that accompanied the advent of the Internet has gone, replaced with a deep unease as technology, capitalism and an unequal society combine to create the perfect storm. Tech companies are gathering our information online and selling it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. In this world of surveillance capitalism, profit depends not only on predicting but modifying our online behaviour. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape the values that define our future?

    Shoshana Zuboff shows that at this critical juncture we have a choice, the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in. We can choose whether to allow the power of technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it for the wider distribution of capitalism's social and economic benefits. What we decide over the next decade will shape the rest of the twenty-first century.

    Exploring the social, political, business and technological meaning of the changes taking place in our time, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism tackles the threat of an unprecedented power free from democratic oversight, and shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities. This is a deeply reasoned examination of the contests over the next chapter of capitalism that will decide the meaning of information civilization. The stark issue at hand is whether we will be masters of the digital, or its slaves.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART
    AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART
    CASTILLO ELAINE
    ISBN: 9781786491350
    Title: AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART
    Author: CASTILLO ELAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

    'This book is it: one of the best debut novels (and novels, period) of recent years' - Elle

    How many lives can one person lead in a single lifetime? When Hero De Vera arrives in America, disowned by her parents in the Philippines, she's already on her third. Her uncle, Pol, who has offered her a fresh start and a place to stay in the Bay Area, knows not to ask about the first and second. And his younger wife, Paz, has learned enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. Only their daughter Roni asks Hero why her hands seem to scream with hurt at the steering wheel of the car she drives to collect her from school, and only Rosalyn, the fierce but open-hearted beautician, has any hope of bringing Hero back from the dead.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air armada of Dakotas and gliders,carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He gazed up in envy at the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept- the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General 'Boy' Browning was doomed from the start. Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    OLEARY CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781912248308
    Title: ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    Author: OLEARY CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes an exploration of the final four decades of his musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced.


    Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on "The Idiot," to his last masterpiece "Blackstar," released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from "Heroes" to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on "Dancing In the Street" to "Where Are We Now," his comeback single in 2013.

    Along the way we encounter a vast cast of characters, weaving in and out of Bowie's life and his music: Brian Eno, John Cale, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Freddie Mercury, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, Arcade Fire, John Lennon, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman, Iman, Hanif Kureishi, Julien Temple, Giorgio Moroder, Neil Young and many others. And we range across the globe from Bowie's years in divided Berlin to his "exile" years in Switzerland through his final years as a New Yorker, recording within walking distance of his home.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
    AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
    LANCASTER PHIL
    ISBN: 9781789460629
    Title: AT THE BIRTH OF BOWIE
    Author: LANCASTER PHIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade.

    Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately tailored sports coat and a half-inch wide tie. A devoted fan of The Who, he looks the part in his pristine mod gear. As the lead singer of the Lower Third, his talent is shaping itself into something truly special.

    His name is Davy Jones. In ten years, he will be unrecognisable as fresh-faced boy of 1965, and in just over fifty years, his death will be mourned by millions, his legacy the story of the greatest rock star of all time.

    And through Bowie's transition from pop group member to solo performer, Phil Lancaster was by his side. As the drummer in Bowie's band, the Lower Third, Phil was there as the singer's musical stripes began to show, and was witness to his early recording techniques, his first experimental forays into drug-taking, and the band's discovery of his bisexuality in shocking circumstances.

    In this riveting - and often very funny - memoir, Phil tells the story of life alongside the insecure yet blazingly talented boy who became Bowie, at a critical crossroad of time and place in music history. What follows is an intimate, personal and important perspective on the genesis of one of the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century - one that gets under the skin of the man himself, before the personas and alter-egos masked the fascinating figure beneath them.

    At the Birth of Bowie is essential reading for anyone who knows what happened on Bowie's journey, but wants to understand how, and why, it ever began.

    Imprint: JOHN BLAKE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUNTS HOUSE
    AUNTS HOUSE
    STEAD ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780702260353
    Title: AUNTS HOUSE
    Author: STEAD ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sydney, 1942.
    Recently orphaned, Angel Martin moves into a boarding house populated by an assortment of eccentric and colourful characters. She's befriended by the gregarious Winifred Varnham - a vision in exotic fabrics - and the numerically gifted Barnaby Grange. But not everyone is kind and her scrimping landlady, Missus Potts, is only the beginning of Angel's troubles. Angel refuses to accept her fate. She is determined to forge a sense of belonging despite rejection from her two maiden aunts, Clara and Elsa, who blame Angel's mother for their brother's death. Her Sunday visits to the aunts' house by the Bay expand her world in ways she couldn't have imagined.

    Elizabeth Stead brings her classic subversive wit and personal insight to this nostalgic portrait of wartime Sydney. In Angel Martin, she has created a singular and irrepressible character.

    A true original.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    DAPIN MARK
    ISBN: 9781742236360
    Title: AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    Author: DAPIN MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why everything you think you know about Australia’s Vietnam War is wrong

    When Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every misconception. He wasn’t alone. In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin reveals that every stage of Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and shrouded in myth. From army claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; and the level of atrocities committed by Australian troops; to the belief there were no welcome home parades until the late 1980s and returned soldiers were met by angry protesters. Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia’s experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BAAN : Recipes and stories from my Thai home
    BAAN : Recipes and stories from my Thai home
    PLUNKETT-HOGGE KAY
    ISBN: 9781911624059
    Title: BAAN : Recipes and stories from my Thai home
    Author: PLUNKETT-HOGGE KAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Baan' means the hearth, the home, the community, the place where you come from and this new book by Kay Plunkett-Hogge emulates just that feeling from Thai cuisine.


    Born and raised in Bangkok, Kay spoke Thai before she spoke English and has spent more than half her life in Thailand. Baan is a true homage to her childhood, to the delicious recipes that she was raised on and a cuisine and country that she loves.

    Baan features over 120 recipes that Kay has collected from all over Thailand from friends, acquaintances and street-stall holders, all gathered over around 30 years of travel, and all of them tried and tested back in London. Some are familiar, some unusual, and some so regional they capture a distinct sliver of Thailand and all its unique character. Crucially, all of them are well within the capabilities of the competent and curious cook. Kay demystifies Thai food, providing clear and concise recipes and revealing the shortcuts, kitchen hacks and ingredient substitutions that make delicious and authentic Thai cookery achievable in an ordinary Western home.

    Chapters to include How To Cook Rice - so central to Thai food and so easy to get right, whether steamed jasmine rice or sticky rice, all secrets are revealed - Snacks and Aharn Len; Yums, Laarps and Tums; Soups; Stir-fried and Deepfried; Curries, Stews and Braises; Grilled, Steamed and Baked; Relishes, Dipping Sauces and Pickles; Eggs and Drinks and Desserts.

    Baan will guide the reader through the fragrant world of Thai cooking - of dishes of profound and gracious subtlety - onto a culinary adventure all within the comfort of their own kitchen.

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BABY
    BABY
    DARRIEUSSECQ MARIE
    ISBN: 9781911231264
    Title: BABY
    Author: DARRIEUSSECQ MARIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Baby is a mother's project and a writer's project-how to reconcile these two demanding roles.

    What is a baby? And why are there so few of them in literature? Through notes taken in the months after her first child was born, Darrieussecq, in her characteristically ingenious style, makes observations that will bring smiles and grimaces of recognition, and raise important questions. Along with the banal drudgery of childcare, there is the euphoria, the obsession, the terror and the visceral focus on the body. Arguing with 'Saint de Beauvoir', Darrieussecq examines how women as mothers are targeted from all angles. How, she asks, can a woman be more and other than a mother?

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BAD SEED
    BAD SEED
    JOHN JORY
    ISBN: 9780062467768
    Title: BAD SEED
    Author: JOHN JORY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad Do you really want to know

    He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be-happy

    With Jory John's charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAG AND A BIRD
    BAG AND A BIRD
    ALLEN PAMELA
    ISBN: 9780143784289
    Title: BAG AND A BIRD
    Author: ALLEN PAMELA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a story of a plastic bag and a bird - a cautionary tale about taking care of our environment as well as being a wonderful showcase of some of the famous sights of Sydney.

    'One day, a long time ago when I lived in Kirribilli, Sydney, I packed a lunch and set out to walk to the Botanic Gardens . . .

    I crossed the harbour bridge then climbed down to Circular Quay. I walked beside the sea wall, past the Opera House until I reached the Botanic Gardens.



    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BANGKOK LOCAL : Cult Recipes from the Streets that Make the City
    BANGKOK LOCAL : Cult Recipes from the Streets that Make the City
    ROJANAMETIN SARIN
    ISBN: 9781925418927
    Title: BANGKOK LOCAL : Cult Recipes from the Streets that Make the City
    Author: ROJANAMETIN SARIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautiful book features 70 recipes of the dishes that define Bangkok, so you can capture the city’s aromatic magic in your own kitchen. Bangkok is (after all) any explorer’s dream and a food-lover’s paradise. In the Thai capital, most food is still sold along the ancient canals that crosshatch the city, and on street corners, from mobile carts and inside its bustling markets.

    Of course, you’ll find the best green curry and pad Thai of your life in this dynamic city. But Bangkok holds infinite secrets for anyone truly passionate about food. Like its predecessor in our Local Series – Tokyo Local – Bangkok Local follows one culinary day. Its three sections marked for Early, Mid and Late, and the entire book unites intimate food knowledge with stunning gonzo-photography.

    From the Early chapter, for example, you can whip up some Son-in-law eggs (Khai luk kheuy), Fried taro cake (Khanom peuak tod), Fried bananas (Gluay tod) or Sweet mung bean dumplings (Khanom tua paep). And that’s just the very beginning of your day.

    It’s high time you tried Thai.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BAZAAR : Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes
    BAZAAR : Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes
    GHAYOUR SABRINA
    ISBN: 9781784725174
    Title: BAZAAR : Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes
    Author: GHAYOUR SABRINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The golden girl of Persian cookery' - Observer

    'Easy to decipher, packed with lots of flavour and...surprisingly easy to pull off' - Huffington Post

    'Sabrina Ghayour's Middle-Eastern plus food is all flavour, no fuss - and makes me very, very happy' - Nigella Lawson

    bazaar

    noun: a market in the Middle East

    BAZAAR is a colourful, flavourful and satisfying celebration of vegetable dishes, designed to suit every occasion and every palate. The magic of this cookbook is that you won't feel like anything is missing, with dishes full of easy-to-achieve flavours and depth that would win over even the most die-hard carnivore.

    Each recipe utilizes the abundance of varied flavour profiles of the East, from spices, herbs and perfumed aromatics to hearty staples such as grains and pulses, combined with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find salads for all seasons, spectacular sides, bowl comfort, moreish mains and sweet treats.

    Recipes include:

    Grilled halloumi flatbreads with preserved lemon & barberry salsa

    Roasted tomato & chilli soup with herb-fried croutons

    Roast vegetable bastilla

    Grilled tofu salad with tamarind & miso dressing

    Potato, ricotta & herb dumplings with walnuts & pul biber butter

    Feta, pul biber & oregano macaroni bake

    Courgette, orange & almond cake with sweet yogurt frosting



    Imprint: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BEAUTIFUL CATS
    BEAUTIFUL CATS
    PERRIS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781782407607
    Title: BEAUTIFUL CATS
    Author: PERRIS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Sashaying in front of our photographer's lens are 40 of the world's most remarkable and best-loved breeds, from the Bengal to the Birman, the Rex to the Ragamuffin. Posed to perfection, with not a whisker out of place, the stunning portraits of these show-quality felines will have you purring with pleasure. Each superb photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, and a succinct introduction also charts the history of the cat, from animal of worship to prize-winning glamor puss. This is the perfect book for any cat lover to curl up with.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    PERRIS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781782407614
    Title: BEAUTIFUL CHICKENS
    Author: PERRIS ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stylishly lit and shot against a studio background, these portraits showcase 40 of the world's most distinctive breeds, primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. Featuring prize-winning cocks and hens, this is the ultimate in poultry portraiture. The book includes descriptions of each breed, covering their origins, physical attributes, and uses. There's also a history of hens and roosters through the ages, an introduction to the breed basics, and reportage photography from behind the scenes at the shows.

    Beautiful Chickens is the perfect gift for anyone, whether their fancy is for all things fowl or simply for beautiful photography. It's the coffee-table book guaranteed to get your guests talking, whether clucking over the remarkable imagery or ruffling feathers with poultry observations.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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