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  • 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760559144
    Title: 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    ZAMORA FRANCESC
    ISBN: 9780062909220
    Title: 150 BEST TINY SPACE IDEAS
    Author: ZAMORA FRANCESC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the latest innovations in tiny space design in this lush compendium in the 150 Best series, showcasing 150 full-color profiles.

    As the price of large residences have become increasingly out of reach for many people, aspiring home owners have begun to think smaller. 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an exciting overview of the smallest living space designs- architectural and decorating trends that combine to make dwellings under 450 square feet feel welcoming and expansive. All the projects featured in this handsome reference were created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients.

    Encompassing current trends in small space design, this latest volume in the highly successful 150 Best offers the work of international visionaries who have created and transformed a range of accommodations, from a micro-apartment in Taipei City to a silo in Phoenix to an island shack in British Columbia.

    Filled with black-and-white and four-color photos throughout, 150 Best Tiny Space Ideas is an inspirational resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well homeowners interested in creating warm and truly livable homes regardless of space limitations.

    Imprint: HARPER DESIGN
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • ALL EYES ON US
    ALL EYES ON US
    FRICK KIT
    ISBN: 9781471186011
    Title: ALL EYES ON US
    Author: FRICK KIT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller...

    "If you like your YA thrillers smart, suspenseful, and full of complex characters, then you'll love All Eyes on Us" Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret

    PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn't you look better without a cheater on your arm?

    AMANDA: Who is this?

    The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He's kind, ambitious, the town golden boy - but he's far from perfect. Because behind Amanda's back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: I'm watching you, Sweetheart.

    ROSALIE: Who IS this?

    Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend - while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion "therapy" her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

    When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage - and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

    PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn't have ignored me. Now look what you made me do...

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    DANIEL SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781760781712
    Title: ALLEGRA IN THREE PARTS
    Author: DANIEL SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

    Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'. And then there's Rick who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal, while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.

    Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    BEN-BARAK IDAN
    ISBN: 9781760631635
    Title: ARGH THERES A SKELETON INSIDE YOU
    Author: BEN-BARAK IDAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Quog and Oort are on their way to Kevin's birthday party. Unfortunately, their spaceship has crashed. Pick up this book to lend them a hand!

    An interstellar exploration of hands and what's inside them, from the award-winning creators of the internationally successful Do Not Lick This Book.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF GROWING UP
    ART OF GROWING UP
    MARSDEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760556723
    Title: ART OF GROWING UP
    Author: MARSDEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When I hear parents say 'I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there'll be time when they're older to learn about those things', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.

    John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up.

    Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AS HAPPY AS HERE
    AS HAPPY AS HERE
    GODWIN JANE
    ISBN: 9780734419231
    Title: AS HAPPY AS HERE
    Author: GODWIN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.

    A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ASTRID NOTES
    ASTRID NOTES
    BASHFORD TARYN
    ISBN: 9781760552213
    Title: ASTRID NOTES
    Author: BASHFORD TARYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Astrid Bell
    Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

    Jacob Skalicky.
    Trust Fund Kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.

    Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.

    But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    LEWI HANNAH / GOAD PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781760760151
    Title: AUSTRALIA MODERN : Architecture Landscape & Design 1925 1975
    Author: LEWI HANNAH / GOAD PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Sydney Opera House and the National Gallery of Victoria to sought-after homes across the country, the pervasive presence of modernism is inescapable in Australia. Led by the likes of Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Walter Burley Griffin, modernist architects and designers set out to rebuild at all scales, from vast infrastructure projects, to public health and education institutions, to new centres of culture, consumption and leisure.

    Australia Modern vividly captures this architectural legacy with a survey of 100 significant modern sites, richly illustrated with archival images and newly commissioned photographs. Contextual essays by leading voices in architecture and conservation explore modernism’s influence on every facet of life in Australia and the ongoing challenges facing preservation. Showcasing projects from the iconic and the urban to the everyday, the regional and the lesser known, Australia Modern cultivates an appreciation for the modern architects and buildings that will increasingly constitute the heritage of tomorrow.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE   -   Revised Edition
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    MENKHORST PETER
    ISBN: 9781486311934
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    Author: MENKHORST PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia’s birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate. A new easier-to-use index is also included. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    ISBN: 9780733642128
    Title: BACK ON TRACK : How one man and his dogs are changing the lives of rural kids
    Author: SHAKESHAFT BERNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) is giving rural kids, on their last chance, a second chance.

    As a kid, Bernie Shakeshaft's mischievous and reckless behaviour led him to became known as the wild one of his devout Catholic family. It isn't surprising that his path led him to the Northern Territory, a place where people often go to either lose themselves or find themselves. Bernie, a searcher for his purpose in life, found himself.

    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.

    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.

    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.

    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.



    He had many jobs, firstly as a ringer on a cattle station owned by the Packer family, and later as a dingo trapper for the Parks and Wildlife Service. Throughout it all, he drank, he swore, he fought, and took chances with his own well-being. But, crucially, he also developed deep connections with the Indigenous people, and it was these connections that helped lay the foundations for what was to come. He worked for youth welfare organisations, and all the while he built up his knowledge about helping wayward youths, particularly those from Indigenous communities.



    Years later, Bernie was living in Armidale. He'd been visiting too many kids in prison and going to too many funerals. The usual methods weren't working so that reckless, mischievous kid inside him decided he could do better. He started a youth program called BackTrack, with three aims: To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams.



    For most, this was their last chance. Combining life skills, education, job preparedness with rural work, Bernie threw in one other factor: dogs! And it works. With the help of these working dogs, the lost boys (and girls) find their way back on track. These days, Backtrack youth tour the country competing in dog-jumping trials. Bernie and the BackTrack team are now supporting other communities in Lake Cargelligo, Broken Hill, Dubbo and Grafton, and have forged a new beginning for over 1000 young people. This one man is making a huge difference.



    In Back on Track, bestselling author James Knight tells Bernie's story and the stories of those whose lives he has saved. It is a powerful reminder that we should never give up on our kids.





    'This fella Bernie, he's a good fella, a bit of a genius really. What a great story.' - Russell Crowe

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780007545155
    Title: BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn – a classicist by training who writes extensively for popular publications – uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.

    There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the ‘bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed by the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction, and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.

    In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion, and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures, and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    FERGUSON ADELE
    ISBN: 9780733340116
    Title: BANKING BAD : How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    Author: FERGUSON ADELE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The shocking truth about Australia's financial institutions, as told by the journalist who did most to bring about Australia's banking royal commission.


    Against all the odds Australia ended up with a banking royal commission. Since hearings began in 2018, revelations about banking and insurance company practices have rocked the nation. Even defenders of the banks have been blindsided.

    In Banking Bad, Adele Ferguson traces the origins of the banking scandal to the early 1990s, when buckets of money began pouring into compulsory superannuation funds, set up by Labor Treasurer Paul Keating. Attracted by the increasing cash, banks devised corrupt and questionable practices to get their hands on funds, along with aggressive selling practices that ignored due diligence, trust and honesty. Drawing on her multiple sources who led her to break the story of malpractice - the individuals, business owners, farmers and ordinary people who lost everything - Adele also looks at the falls from grace at the hands of the royal commission of some of the country's most highly ranked captains of industry, the failure of regulators and recommendations of the commissioner, Kenneth Hayne. And she asks whereto from here?

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    RAMSEY ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781460755235
    Title: BASIS OF EVERYTHING : Rutherford Oliphant and the Making of the Atomic Bomb
    Author: RAMSEY ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story that bonds Ernest Rutherford and Marcus Oliphant is as extraordinary as it is unlikely. They were kindred souls, schooled and steeped in the furthest frontiers of Britain's empire, whose restless intellect and tireless conviction fused in the crucible of discovery at Cambridge University's celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, at a time when nature's deepest secrets were being revealed. Their brilliance illuminated the sub-atomic recesses of the natural world and, as a direct result, set loose the power of nuclear fusion.

    It was a heartfelt, enduring partnership, born at the University of Adelaide's modest physics department and flourishing further in the confines of the Cavendish before ultimately driving the famed Manhattan Project, which produced the world's first nuclear weapons, unleashed to such devastating effect on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Rutherford and Oliphant were men with a shared devotion to pure science, who, through circumstance and necessity, found themselves betrayed as instruments of the war they detested but were duty-bound to prosecute. Consequently, their influence was pivotal in the last great global conflict the world witnessed and in engendering the thermonuclear threat that has held the planet hostage ever since. Yet their pioneering work lives on too in a vast array of innovations seeded by nuclear physics, from radiocarbon dating and TV screens to life-saving diagnostic-imaging devices.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BASTARD BRIGADE
    BASTARD BRIGADE
    KEAN SAM
    ISBN: 9781529374872
    Title: BASTARD BRIGADE
    Author: KEAN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot - the Alsos Mission - meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder. At its heart was the 'Lightning A' team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies - and even a famed baseball player - who were given almost free rein to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own.

    While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. BASTARD BRIGADE recounts this forgotten history, fusing a non-fiction spy thriller with some of the most incredible scientific ventures of all time.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    EDQUIST HARRIET
    ISBN: 9780522875621
    Title: BAUHAUS DIASPORA AND BEYOND : Transforming Education in Art Architecture and Design
    Author: EDQUIST HARRIET
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond- Transforming Education in Art, Architecture and Design presents an extraordinary new Australasian cultural history. It is a migrant and refugee story- from 1930, the arrival of so many emigre, internee and refugee educators helped to transform art, architecture and design in Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen thematic essays and twenty individual case studies bring to light a tremendous amount of new archival material in order to show how these innovative educators, exiled from Nazism, introduced Bauhaus ideas and models to a new world. As their Bauhaus model spanned art, architecture and design, the book provides a unique cross-disciplinary, emigre history of art education in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a remarkable and little-known chapter in the wider Bauhaus venture, which has multiple legacies and continues to inform our conceptions of progressive education, creativity and the role of art and design in the wider community.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
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