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  • 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
  • ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    JONASSON JONAS
    ISBN: 9780008303921
    Title: ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    Author: JONASSON JONAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to Jonas Jonasson's international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …

    Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT
    AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT
    WILKINSON LILI
    ISBN: 9781760297299
    Title: AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT
    Author: WILKINSON LILI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? How do you stay alive? Who do you trust? How much do you have to sacrifice?

    Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water.

    One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why.

    It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL THE LIVES WE NEVER LIVED
    ALL THE LIVES WE NEVER LIVED
    ROY ANURADHA
    ISBN: 9780857058164
    Title: ALL THE LIVES WE NEVER LIVED
    Author: ROY ANURADHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The book everyone is talking about for the summer Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times

    A beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and of what remains in the aftermath . . . [by] . . . a writer of great subtlety and intelligence. Kamila Shamsie, Guardian

    In my childhood, I was known as the boy whose mother had run off with an Englishman" - so begins the story of Myshkin and his mother, Gayatri, who is driven to rebel against tradition and follow her artist's instinct for freedom.

    Freedom of a different kind is in the air across India. The fight against British rule is reaching a critical turn. The Nazis have come to power in Germany. At this point of crisis, two strangers arrive in Gayatri's town, opening up for her the vision of other possible lives.

    What took Myshkin's mother from India to Dutch-held Bali in the 1930s, ripping a knife through his comfortingly familiar environment? Excavating the roots of the world in which he was abandoned, Myshkin comes to understand the connections between anguish at home and a war-torn universe overtaken by patriotism.

    Anuradha Roy's enthralling novel is a powerful parable for our times, telling the story of men and women trapped in a dangerous era uncannily similar to the present. Impassioned, elegiac, and gripping, it brims with the same genius that has brought Roy's earlier fiction international renown.

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALPACAS WITH MARACS
    ALPACAS WITH MARACS
    COSGROVE MATT
    ISBN: 9781743816349
    Title: ALPACAS WITH MARACS
    Author: COSGROVE MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together. When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can't resist.
    But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    GIDLA SUJATHA
    ISBN: 9781911547204
    Title: ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    Author: GIDLA SUJATHA
    Format: HARD 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 and uncles 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. The Independence movement promised freedom.

    Yet for untouchables and other poor people, little changed. In rich, novelistic prose, Ants Among Elephants tells Gidla's extraordinary family story detailing her uncle's emergence as a poet and revolutionary and her mother's struggle for emancipation through education.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARTISTS AND THEIR CATS
    ARTISTS AND THEIR CATS
    NASTASI ALISON
    ISBN: 9781452133553
    Title: ARTISTS AND THEIR CATS
    Author: NASTASI ALISON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aside from being world-famous artists, what's one thing Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo had in common? They were crazy about cats. At one point, Andy Warhol had 25 cats living in his apartment; they were all named Sam. Controversial contemporary artist Ai Weiwei shares his Beijing studio with 45 cats, one of whom can open doors!

    Artists and Their Cats gathers photographs of fifty famous artists with their beloved feline friends and offers behind-the-scenes stories of their relationships. From Salvador Dali’s pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s menagerie of cats including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), this charming little book reveals many an endearing friendship—and reveals the personality traits often shared between the daringly creative souls among us and the animals best known for their independent spirits.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    FAHEY JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760631208
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    Author: FAHEY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself.

    As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II.

    He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network.

    Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTIONARY
    BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTIONARY
    WOOLLETT LAURA ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781925713039
    Title: BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTIONARY
    Author: WOOLLETT LAURA ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Love of a Bad Man.

    It's the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister's daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart.

    Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet as the world is rocked by warfare and political assassinations, by racial discrimination and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny's passive ways - and anxious for a saviour.

    Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church called Peoples Temple. As Evelyn grows closer to Jones, her marriage is just the first casualty of his rise to power.

    Meticulously researched, elegantly written, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. In masterful prose, Woollett painstakingly examines what happens when Evelyn is pulled into Jones's orbit - an orbit it would prove impossible for her to leave.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    COCHRANE PETER
    ISBN: 9781925603750
    Title: BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    Author: COCHRANE PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the half-century preceding the Great War there was a dramatic shift in the mindset of Australia’s political leaders, from a profound sense of safety in the Empire’s embrace to a deep anxiety about abandonment by Britain.

    Collective memory now recalls a rallying to the cause in 1914, a total identification with British interests and the need to defeat Germany. But there is an underside to this story: the belief that the newly federated nation’s security, and its race purity, must be bought with blood.

    Before the war Commonwealth governments were concerned not with enemies in Europe but with perils in the Pacific. Fearful of an ‘awakening Asia’ and worried by opposition to the White Australia policy, they prepared for defence against Japan—only to find themselves fighting for the Empire on the other side of the world. Prime Minister Billy Hughes spoke of this paradox in 1916, urging his countrymen: ‘I bid you go and fight for white Australia in France.’

    In this vital and illuminating book, Peter Cochrane examines how the racial preoccupations that shaped Australia’s preparation for and commitment to the war have been lost to popular memory.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    BONNETT ALASTAIR
    ISBN: 9781781318034
    Title: BEYOND THE MAP : Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
    Author: BONNETT ALASTAIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.

    Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
    Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes – these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BUT FIRST WE NAP : A Little Book about Nap Time
    BUT FIRST WE NAP : A Little Book about Nap Time
    MILES DAVID W
    ISBN: 9781641700177
    Title: BUT FIRST WE NAP : A Little Book about Nap Time
    Author: MILES DAVID W
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sloth wants to nap. Rabbit doesn't. Who will win in the end? For every parent who's struggled to get their child to nap, But First, We Nap is a hilarious book to replace the naptime wrestle.

    Funny illustrations depict Rabbit upping his antics while the ever-patient sloth repeats, "But first, we nap." Finally worn out, Rabbit gives in, and the pair—and hopefully your child—snuggle and nod off. The perfect book for nap time!

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    HANSON THOR
    ISBN: 9781785784422
    Title: BUZZ : The Nature and Necessity of Bees
    Author: HANSON THOR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb natural and cultural history of bees - the only such book to celebrate their full diversity.

    In Buzz, the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.


    From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.


    As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    ABERGEL MATT
    ISBN: 9780714876450
    Title: CHICKEN AND CHARCOAL - Yakitori - Yardbird, Hong Kong
    Author: ABERGEL MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first cookbook from cult yakitori restaurant Yardbird puts the spotlight on chicken - taking grilling to a whole new level

    Chicken is the world's best loved meat, and yakitori is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to cook it. At Yardbird in Hong Kong, Canadian chef Matt Abergel has put yakitori on the global culinary map. Here, in vivid style, with strong visual references to Abergel's passion for skateboarding, he reveals the magic behind the restaurant's signature recipes, together with detailed explanations of how they source, butcher, skewer, and cook the birds with no need for special equipment. Fire up the grill, and enjoy. The first comprehensive book about yakitori to be published in English, this book will appeal to home cooks and professional chefs alike.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781760502591
    Title: CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A delightful rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

    Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris follows an adorable mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams.

    One day, she bravely takes the leap – only to find a mean little girl with a horrible-looking cat standing in the way of her perfect Parisian apartment!

    Can Claris use all her wit, warmth and – of course – style to make her dreams come true?

    Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris is the first picture book in a dazzling new series for lovers of Eloise and Olivia.

    Destined to delight fashion-obsessed readers of all ages!

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CONVICTED : A Fascinating History of Colonial Australia retold Through Three Generations of One Family
    CONVICTED : A Fascinating History of Colonial Australia retold Through Three Generations of One Family
    BRADLEY PETER
    ISBN: 9781925384512
    Title: CONVICTED : A Fascinating History of Colonial Australia retold Through Three Generations of One Family
    Author: BRADLEY PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A unique history of Australia retold through the extraordinary lives of Peter Bradley’s three ancestors: a father, son and grandson.

    James Bradley was a First Fleet convict found guilty of stealing a white linen handkerchief worth two shillings, and sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia.

    Joseph Bradley worked his life in the most dangerous occupation of the time – whaling – and despite his parents being uneducated and illiterate went on to write a journal about his experiences, rich in history and insight.

    Roland Bradley was a man of unionism and politics, and like his father and grandfather took up the fight against the rich and powerful through his involvement with the early Maritime union. In 1894, he wrote an account of surviving the shipwreck of the SS Kanahooka, which forced its inhabitants to wander the wilderness of North Queensland for 18 days.

    Following the early struggles of a fledgling colony to nationhood, Convicted is an engrossing and highly imaginative retelling of the story of one family, entwined with the history of this country from the landing of the First Fleet in 1788.

    Imprint: VENTURA PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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