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  • MOVING YOUR BODY
    MOVING YOUR BODY
    ORPIN BECI
    ISBN: 9780734419415
    Title: MOVING YOUR BODY
    Author: ORPIN BECI
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Flying with your arms...

    Sneezing with your nose...

    There are so many interesting ways to move your body!

    Learn about the different movements we can do in this vibrantly illustrated board book, with simple and fun text, from one of Australia's leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • NEW GIRL
    NEW GIRL
    SILVA DANIEL
    ISBN: 9781460755495
    Title: NEW GIRL
    Author: SILVA DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the internationally bestselling author of The Other Woman and House of Spies comes another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

    At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not.

    And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East-and perhaps the world ...

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • POSTER BOY : A Memoir of Art and Politics
    POSTER BOY : A Memoir of Art and Politics
    DREW PETER
    ISBN: 9781760641337
    Title: POSTER BOY : A Memoir of Art and Politics
    Author: DREW PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I've stuck up thousands of posters across Australia to interrogate our national identity. With each, the response has grown. You might expect I have unshakable convictions about social justice, but I don't. I reject the label 'activist'. So why do what I do? Maybe it's time I made sense of my motivations.

    Artist Peter Drew wanted a better Australia. In 2013, frustrated at the political discussion around asylum seekers, he put up a poster, commenting on Australia's offshore detention. What followed was an outpouring of community support, and a national, then global, following for his art.

    As Peter's profile rose, he began to question his beliefs - a struggle that led to destructive behaviour and affected his relationships. When compelled to face a painful family legacy, Peter realised that his behaviour and his motivation to make art shared a common thread- his father. Their relationship had been shaped by an outdated Australian machismo - a mix of bravado, inadequacy and shame that not only affects sons and their fathers, but informs social relations more broadly, including the way we as a nation treat outsiders.

    Told with humour, sincerity and an attentive eye, Peter's story is both intimate and inclusive, drawing a parallel between our personal relationships and Australia's national narratives. This is a book about family and identity, about the lies we tell ourselves and the past we bury. It is an expedition to be a better citizen of his country.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN
    ROOM OF ONES OWN
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241387528
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing writing on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SALT : Selected Essays and Stories
    SALT : Selected Essays and Stories
    PASCOE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781760641580
    Title: SALT : Selected Essays and Stories
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

    Bruce Pascoe has been described as a 'living national treasure' and his work as 'revelatory'. This volume of his best and most celebrated stories and essays, collected here for the first time, ranges across his long career, and explores his enduring fascination with Australia's landscape, culture, land management and history.

    Featuring new and previously unpublished fiction alongside his most revered and thought-provoking nonfiction - including extracts from his modern classic Dark Emu - this collection is perfect for Pascoe fans and new readers alike. It's time all Australians saw the range and depth of this most marvellous of local writers

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    EIMER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408883884
    Title: SAVAGE DREAMLAND : Journeys in Burma
    Author: EIMER DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Eimer journeys to the heart of Burma, bringing to vivid life all of its riches and complexities

    From 1962, the people of Burma were marooned in a paranoid military dictatorship, effectively cut off from the outside world. It was only in late 2015 that the National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won absolute majority and were able to take their seats in government. Yet the government and country are still far from stable.
    Nothing is straightforward in this captivating and enigmatic land. In a country where building a temple takes priority over installing traffic lights, golf courses are ploughed out alongside fields of opium poppies and fortune-tellers are consulted on a daily basis even by the government, any sepia-tinged and colonial idea of Burma is long out of date. A Vicious Wonderland reveals it in all its technicolour glory. To explore its magic and depths, David Eimer takes his narrative through history, class and geography, including areas still barred to foreigners. This is a story balanced by historical context but related by the people with whom Eimer shares his time, from granddaughters of former presidents to the squatters in Yangon's shacks, from former political exiles to jade miners digging for their fortune in the far north.
    Layers of history are unfurled and innumerable stories are woven together to create a sensitive and revelatory portrait of this most mysterious of countries. Authoritative and ground-breaking, A Vicious Wonderland- Travels in Burma is set to be a modern classic of travel-writing.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SNAKE ISLAND
    SNAKE ISLAND
    HOBSON BEN
    ISBN: 9781760527235
    Title: SNAKE ISLAND
    Author: HOBSON BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Vernon and Penelope never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he bashed his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.

    But when Vernon, a retired teacher, hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely beaten by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life as a father been if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has grievously failed Caleb. No longer.

    To stop the beatings, Vernon plans to approach Ernie Cahill, father of the man bashing Caleb, and head of the local drug-dealing operation. The Cahills run the town and the cops, but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is.

    And what hell will he bring down on his family?

    Reading like a morality tale Western but in a starkly beautiful Australian setting, Snake Island is a propulsive literary thriller written with great clarity and power. It will take you to the edge and keep you there long after the final page is turned.

    Praise for Ben's first novel, To Become a Whale:

    'Hobson takes us to the depths of cruelty to show us life. A boy tries to be a man, a man tries to be a father, and both struggle to navigate what it means to be men. A great study in masculinity.' Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete

    'A stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows and Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer.' Brisbane Times

    'A moving debut...If you've enjoyed the work of Tim Winton, Favel Parrett and Sonya Hartnett, you'll enjoy To Become a Whale. Hobson's voice sits comfortably alongside those terrific authors.' Rohan Wilson, The Australian

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SONG SPIRALS : Sharing Womens Copuntry through Songlines
    SONG SPIRALS : Sharing Womens Copuntry through Songlines
    GAY'WU GROUP OF WOMEN
    ISBN: 9781760633219
    Title: SONG SPIRALS : Sharing Womens Copuntry through Songlines
    Author: GAY'WU GROUP OF WOMEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people in this land, the essence of every clan. We belong to the land and it belongs to us. We sing to the land, sing about the land. We are that land. It sings to us.'

    Aboriginal Australians are the longest surviving human culture on earth, and at the heart of Aboriginal culture is song. These ancient narratives of landscape have often been described as a means of navigating across vast distances without a map, but they are much, much more than this. Songspirals are sung by Aboriginal people to awaken Country, to make and remake the life-giving connections between people and place. Songspirals are radically different ways of understanding the relationship people can have with the landscape.

    For Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land, women and men play different roles in bringing songlines to life, yet the vast majority of what has been published is about men's songlines. Songspirals is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form.

    'Songspirals are Life. These are cultural words from wise women. As an Aboriginal woman this is profound to learn. As a human being Songspirals is an absolute privilege to read.' - Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • STATE OF FEAR
    STATE OF FEAR
    AYLIFFE TIM
    ISBN: 9781925640946
    Title: STATE OF FEAR
    Author: AYLIFFE TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catching the world's most wanted terrorist was supposed to be someone else's job... John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former war correspondent has been kidnapped and tortured - twice. Finally he's living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London. The mastermind behind the attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi - No.1 on the FBI's most wanted list - and the man who tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago. Mustafa has a deadly axe to grind with Bailey. He taunts him with threats of more attacks in other cities, closer to home. Back in Sydney, the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets. Bailey turns to the only man who can help - ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson - to bring down the world's most deadly terrorist.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TABOO
    TABOO
    SCOTT KIM
    ISBN: 9781760784898
    Title: TABOO
    Author: SCOTT KIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years ...

    Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar's descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife's dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.

    But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged.

    We walk with the ragtag group through this taboo country and note in them glimmers of re-connection with language, lore, country. We learn alongside them how countless generations of Noongar may have lived in ideal rapport with the land. This is a novel of survival and renewal, as much as destruction; and, ultimately, of hope as much as despair.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TIDE
    TIDE
    WELSH CLARE HELEN
    ISBN: 9781788810852
    Title: TIDE
    Author: WELSH CLARE HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Grandad doesn't remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me. A story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.

    Imprint: Little Tiger Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TRICK MIRROR : Reflections on Self-Delusion
    TRICK MIRROR : Reflections on Self-Delusion
    TOLENTINO JIA
    ISBN: 9780008294939
    Title: TRICK MIRROR : Reflections on Self-Delusion
    Author: TOLENTINO JIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    `A whip-smart, challenging book. It filled me with hope' Zadie Smith

    From one of the brightest young chroniclers of US culture comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics.

    We are living in the era of the self, in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion. In these nine interlinked essays, Jia Tolentino, the New Yorker's brightest young talent, explores her own coming of age in this warped and confusing landscape.

    From the rise of the internet to her own appearance on an early reality TV show; from her experiences of ecstasy – both religious and chemical – to her uneasy engagement with our culture's endless drive towards ‘self-optimisation'; from the phenomenon of the successful American scammer to her generation's obsession with extravagant weddings, Jia Tolentino writes with style, humour and a fierce clarity about these strangest of times.

    Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, yet with a voice and vision all her own, Jia Tolentino writes with a rare gift for elucidating nuance and complexity, coupled with a disarming warmth. This debut collection of essays announces her exactly the sort of voice we need to hear from right now – and for many years to come.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • TULUM : Modern Turkish Cuisine
    TULUM : Modern Turkish Cuisine
    UYSAL COSKUN
    ISBN: 9781925556483
    Title: TULUM : Modern Turkish Cuisine
    Author: UYSAL COSKUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tulum a much acclaimed modern Turkish restaurant in Melbourne, awarded in 2018 its first Chefs Hat by the Melbourne Good Food Guide, is the creation of one of Australia's most exciting new chefs, Coskun Uysal.

    With 7 chapters representing the 7 diverse regions of Turkey, each with their own seasonal ingredients, this handsome cookbook captures the essence of Tulum's delicious modern Turkish cuisine. Every 3 months Tulum's menu moves to a different region of Turkey, and now this book allows the home cook to create delicious simple yet refined dishes for all of the 7 regions.

    Tulum takes traditional, usually Anatolian, recipes and gives them contemporary twists using modern techniques. Coskun's Australian diners can now appreciate the varieties and rich traditions of Turkish cuisine, which is a far cry from its old image of dips and kebabs.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WAY THROUGH THE WOODS : Of Mushrooms and Mourning
    WAY THROUGH THE WOODS : Of Mushrooms and Mourning
    WOON LONG LITT
    ISBN: 9781925713213
    Title: WAY THROUGH THE WOODS : Of Mushrooms and Mourning
    Author: WOON LONG LITT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As the world of mushrooms opened up to me I began to see that the path back to life was easier than I had thought. It was simply a matter of gathering delights that flash and sparkle. All I had to do was follow the mushroom trail, even though I still didn't know where it would lead. What would I find in the great unknown that lay ahead of me? What lay beyond those hilltops and mists and turns in the road?'

    When Long Litt Woon loses her husband of 32 years to an unexpected death, she is utterly bereft. An immigrant in his country, in losing the love of her life she has also lost her compass and her passport to society. For a time, she is stuck, aimless, disoriented. It is only when she wanders off deep into the woods with mushroom hunters and is taught there how to see clearly what is all around her, and learn how to make distinctions, take educated risks and hear all the different melodies in Nature's chorus, that she returns to life and to living. And it is mushrooms which guide her back. In this book, she describes how they saved her, and how they might save you.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WOOLEEN WAY : Renewing an Australian resource
    WOOLEEN WAY : Renewing an Australian resource
    POLLOCK DAVID
    ISBN: 9781925849257
    Title: WOOLEEN WAY : Renewing an Australian resource
    Author: POLLOCK DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The outback conjures many images that the Australian psyche is built upon. Its grand vistas of sweeping dusty plains and its evocation of a tough pioneering spirit form the foundation of our prosperous culture. But these romantic visions often hide the stark environmental, economic, and social problems that have inadvertently been left in the wake of our collective past.

    Through retelling the struggle of his family amid droughts, financial ruin, depression, and death, David Pollock exposes the modern-day realities of managing a remote outback station. Forced by a sense of moral responsibility, he set out on an uncharted course to restore the 153,000 hectares of degraded leasehold land that he felt he was obliged to manage on behalf of the Australian people. Then, just at the point when that course seemed certain to fail, the project was saved by the generosity and faith of everyday Australians.

    This is an urgent story of political irresponsibility, bureaucratic obstinacy, industrial monopolisation, and, above all, ecological illiteracy in a vast segment of the Australian continent. It is a familiar story of overexploitation. Yet it is also a story of the extraordinary ability of the natural environment to repair itself, given the chance. After over a decade of his hard-won insights, Pollock outlines in The Wooleen Way a specific and comprehensive plan to reverse the ecological damage done to the pastoral resource since European colonisation. He also emphasises the economic and social necessity of carrying it out.

    This is a story with national implications about a way to curb the conquering human spirit so that it aligns with the subtle power of the natural landscape.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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