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  • 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    DRUMMOND PAUL
    ISBN: 9781944860110
    Title: 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    Author: DRUMMOND PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born out of a union of club bands on the burgeoning Austin bohemian scene and a pronounced taste for hallucinogens, the 13th Floor Elevators were formed in late 1965 when lyricist Tommy Hall asked a local singer named Roky Erickson to join up with his new rock outfit. Four years, three official albums and countless acid trips later, it was over: the Elevators' pioneering first run ended in a dizzying jumble of professional mismanagement, internal arguments, drug busts and forced psychiatric imprisonments. In their short existence, however, the group succeeded in blowing the lid off the budding musical underground, logging early salvos in the counter-cultural struggle against state authorities, and turning their deeply hallucinogenic take on jug-band garage rock into a new American institution called psychedelic music. Before the hippies, before the punks, there were the 13th Floor Elevators: an unlikely crew of outcast weirdo geniuses who changed culture

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • ACROSS THE RISEN SEA
    ACROSS THE RISEN SEA
    MACDIBBLE BREN
    ISBN: 9781760526054
    Title: ACROSS THE RISEN SEA
    Author: MACDIBBLE BREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'It's one of them days when everything is off. A hot sweaty night in Rusty Bus means we kids is all grouchy-tired. Me and my best friend, Jaguar, is trying to cool down by taking turns at dipping in the sea pool. Him standing on the sea wall made from car frames and rocks on lookout for crocs, me swimming, then we'll swap places. We's always doing things as a team, him and me. We's gonna be the best fisher people and the best salvagers on the whole of the inland sea one day.'

    Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find themselves drawn into a web of secrecy and lies that endangers the way of life of their entire community. Soon daring, loyal Neoma must set off on a solo mission across the risen sea, determined to rescue her best friend and find the truth that will save her village.

    Across the Risen Sea is another thrilling adventure for young readers from the bestselling author of How to Bee and The Dog Runner.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760899455
    Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    Author: CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.'

    In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boars soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

    These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.
    Here is the story of these two Australian men who became international heroes - it is a story of determination, cunning and triumph that will long be remembered.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    BACKMAN FREDRIK
    ISBN: 9780718186623
    Title: ANXIOUS PEOPLE
    Author: BACKMAN FREDRIK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is . . . empty.

    In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it's clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands- How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And- What is WRONG with people these days?

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • APOCALYPSE NEVER : Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
    APOCALYPSE NEVER : Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
    SHELLENBERGER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780063074767
    Title: APOCALYPSE NEVER : Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All
    Author: SHELLENBERGER MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Climate change is real but it's not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem.

    Michael Shellenberger has been fighting for a greener planet for decades. He helped save the world's last unprotected redwoods. He co-created the predecessor to today's Green New Deal. And he led a successful effort by climate scientists and activists to keep nuclear plants operating, preventing a spike of emissions.

    But in 2019, as some claimed "billions of people are going to die," contributing to rising anxiety, including among adolescents, Shellenberger decided that, as a lifelong environmental activist, leading energy expert, and father of a teenage daughter, he needed to speak out to separate science from fiction.

    Despite decades of news media attention, many remain ignorant of basic facts. Carbon emissions peaked and have been declining in most developed nations for over a decade. Deaths from extreme weather, even in poor nations, declined 80 percent over the last four decades. And the risk of Earth warming to very high temperatures is increasingly unlikely thanks to slowing population growth and abundant natural gas.

    Curiously, the people who are the most alarmist about the problems also tend to oppose the obvious solutions.

    What's really behind the rise of apocalyptic environmentalism There are powerful financial interests. There are desires for status and power. But most of all there is a desire among supposedly secular people for transcendence. This spiritual impulse can be natural and healthy. But in preaching fear without love, and guilt without redemption, the new religion is failing to satisfy our deepest psychological and existential needs.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARETHA FRANKLIN   (Little People, Big Dreams)
    ARETHA FRANKLIN (Little People, Big Dreams)
    VEGARA MARIA ISABEL SANCHEZ
    ISBN: 9780711246874
    Title: ARETHA FRANKLIN (Little People, Big Dreams)
    Author: VEGARA MARIA ISABEL SANCHEZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this book from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul.

    The fourth of five children, Aretha was born in Tennessee and took the stage at an early age in her fathers church choir. She went on to become the bestselling rhythm and blues singer of all time, and the first woman to be installed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the broadcasters life.Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

    This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AS IF BY CHANCE : Journeys, Theatres, Lives
    AS IF BY CHANCE : Journeys, Theatres, Lives
    LAN DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571357796
    Title: AS IF BY CHANCE : Journeys, Theatres, Lives
    Author: LAN DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Lan's evocative, fast-paced memoir takes us all over the globe, introducing us to an extraordinary cast of characters, places and experiences, both on stage and off.

    A family day at the beach. There's a song, an argument, a dash across the white sand and into the high rolling waves. We're in Cape Town and David Lan is ten years old. Cut to 1969 and, visiting London fresh out of high school, he interviews theatre luminaries Sybil Thorndike, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Nunn, Paul Schofield before heading home to join the South African army. Now it's 1999. We're at the Young Vic where David is interviewed to be artistic director, a job he'd do for eighteen years, ensuring its flowering into a great world theatre. There's a redesign to be imagined, money to be raised, shows to be staged. And when the doors reopen in 2006 we meet the extraordinary artists he draws in: Ivo Van Hove, Jude Law, Richard Jones, Gillian Anderson, Patrice Chereau, Katie Mitchell, Stephen Daldry, the Isango Ensemble, Yerma, The Jungle, The Inheritance. We travel to Peter Brook's Paris, to Iceland in pursuit of a circus Romeo and Juliet, to Lithuania in search of his great grandparents, to a refugee camp in Congo with Joe Wright and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to Broadway for the Tony Awards. There's spirit mediums in the Zambezi Valley, Chekhov's Yalta, Luc Bondy's Vienna, making a BBC film in Angola, rehearsing a new play in Israel/Palestine. Along the way, memories constantly rise to the surface: the Royal Court in the 70s and 90s, school plays, his parents' complicated marriage. Woven through it all is his decades long relationship with playwright Nicholas Wright. At times hilarious and always deeply felt, David Lan's deft travels evoke a wildly varied life in theatre as well as a unique theatre of life.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    ISBN: 9781419742439
    Title: ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    Author: HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the sphere of future global politics, no region will be as hotly contested as the Asia-Pacific, where great power interests collide amid the mistrust of unresolved conflicts and disputed territory. This is where authoritarian China is trying to rewrite international law and challenge the democratic values of the United States and its allies. The lightning rods of conflict are remote reefs and islands from which China has created military bases in the 1.5-million-square-mile expanse of the South China Sea, a crucial world trading route that this rising world power now claims as its own. No other Asian country can take on China alone. They look for protection from the United States, although it, too, may be ill-equipped for the job at hand. If China does get away with seizing and militarizing waters here, what will it do elsewhere in the world, and who will be able to stop it?In Asian Waters, award-winning foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley breaks down the politics-and tensions-that he has followed through this region for years. Reporting on decades of political developments, he has witnessed China's rise to become one of the world's most wealthy and militarized countries, and delivers in Asian Waters the compelling narrative of this most volatile region. Can the United States and China handle the changing balance of power peacefully? Do Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan share enough common purpose to create a NATO-esque multilateral alliance? Does China think it can even become a superpower while making an enemy of America? If so, how does it plan to achieve it? Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive and accessible analysis ever of this region.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AU REVOIR TRISTESSE : Lessons in Happiness from French Literature
    AU REVOIR TRISTESSE : Lessons in Happiness from French Literature
    GROSKOP VIV
    ISBN: 9781419742989
    Title: AU REVOIR TRISTESSE : Lessons in Happiness from French Literature
    Author: GROSKOP VIV
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honore de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Francoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BAD AXE COUNTY
    BAD AXE COUNTY
    GALLIGAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781982110710
    Title: BAD AXE COUNTY
    Author: GALLIGAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dennis Lehane meets Megan Miranda in this "dark beauty of a novel" (William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author) about the first female sheriff in rural Bad Axe County, Wisconsin, as she searches for a missing girl, battles local drug dealers, and seeks the truth about the death of her parents twenty years ago-all as a winter storm rages in her embattled community.

    Fifteen years ago, Heidi White's parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth-if only the investigators would listen.

    Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She's also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

    As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard-where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

    As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core-and finding out what really happened the night her parents died.

    With "striking prose, engaging characters, and a searing story of crimes rooted in the heartland," Bad Axe County is a "darkly irresistible thriller" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that you won't be able to put down.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BAD HERBERT
    BAD HERBERT
    LUCAS MIKE
    ISBN: 9780648804901
    Title: BAD HERBERT
    Author: LUCAS MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 3 to 8

    There's a big chocolate cake at the end of this book.
    If you don't believe us, then take a quick look.
    But beware, for Bad Herbert is heading there too.
    Do you think he can get to the cake before you?

    Bad Herbert is a naughty ape who will do anything for a delicious slice of chocolate cake.

    Let's see how far he can get...




    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • BEADY BOLD AND THE YUM-YAMS : Monty's Island 2
    BEADY BOLD AND THE YUM-YAMS : Monty's Island 2
    RODDA EMILY
    ISBN: 9781760529864
    Title: BEADY BOLD AND THE YUM-YAMS : Monty's Island 2
    Author: RODDA EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a tiny island far away, in a sea that ripples with magic, Monty never knows what he might find...

    Everyone loves Bring-and-Buy Day, when Trader Jolly visits the Island with all the supplies Monty and his friends need.

    But this Bring-and-Buy day is different. Instead of Trader Jolly, there's a sneaky new trader called Beady Bold. And he's arrived with a boatload of trouble. The yum-yams are yummy, but they're hiding a very scary secret.

    All seems lost until Monty comes up with a daring plan.

    A charming and exciting series from beloved author Emily Rodda.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BEAR IN SPACE
    BEAR IN SPACE
    ABELA DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9781760651510
    Title: BEAR IN SPACE
    Author: ABELA DEBORAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time, and discovers just how far you can go with someone by your side.

    Bear is different. When he dreams of going into space, the other bears laugh. But Bear has plans to change his world, one space adventure at a time. In space he feels at home, but also alone, until something extraordinary happens. He discovers just how far he can go with someone by his side.

    A richly imagined story that celebrates difference, self-belief and the way friendship and acceptance can empower someone to build a better world.

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • BEFORE I FORGET
    BEFORE I FORGET
    BLAINEY GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781760899103
    Title: BEFORE I FORGET
    Author: BLAINEY GEOFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a 'Living Treasure', in Before I Forget Geoffrey Blainey reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood spent in rural Victoria, from Terang to Leongatha, Geelong to Ballarat. From a young age these places ignited for Blainey a great affection for the Australian landscape, and a deep curiosity in Australia's history. He longed to travel, and would climb atop the roof of their home to stare out at the Great Dividing Range and imagine the world beyond.

    His mother created gardens wherever they went and had literary ambitions of her own; his father spent more on books than he could ever afford, and the library travelled with the family. Blainey's devotion to the Geelong Football Club began in Newtown from where he'd watch his team play at Corio, and as a newsboy he developed an early interest in current affairs, following the dramas and triumphs of the Second World War and the political careers of local identities John Curtin and Robert Menzies. With a burning desire to see Sydney but barely a penny to his name, he hitched there with a schoolfriend to see the harbour that greeted the First Fleet, and visited the national theatre of Parliament House on the way home to see Billy Hughes, JT Lang, Arty Fadden, Arthur Calwell, Enid Lyons and hero Ben Chifley in action.

    The course of Blainey's life changed when he was awarded a scholarship to board at Wesley College in Melbourne - an opportunity that instilled in him a great love of learning, under the tutelage of a group of inspiring teachers. This flourished further at the University of Melbourne, first as a wide-eyed student at Queen's Collage, where he was lectured by Manning Clarke, and later as a professor of history. Later he and Manning Clarke became great friends, both sitting on the Whitlam Government's new Literature Board. Hours spent at Melbourne's State Library as a student poring over the country's old newspapers cemented his calling to become a professional historian. Like Clarke Blainey has always been compelled to visit the places of our historical interest, including places of archaeological and Indigenous significance. Now the author of over forty books, Geoffrey Blainey claims he has discovered Australia's history his own way - and is still learning.

    Warm, insightful and lyrically written, Before I Forget recounts the experiences and influences that have shaped the astonishing mind of Australia's most loved historian. But in this book Blainey has given us something more - a fascinating and affectionate social history in and of itself.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING LOLITA
    BEING LOLITA
    WOOD ALISSON
    ISBN: 9781398701199
    Title: BEING LOLITA
    Author: WOOD ALISSON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Have you ever read Lolita?"

    So begins seventeen-year-old Alisson's metamorphosis from student to lover and then victim. A lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson finds solace only in her writing and in a young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. North. He praises her as a special and gifted writer, and she blossoms under his support and his vision for her future.

    Mr. North gives Alisson a copy of Lolita to read, telling her it is a beautiful story about love. The book soon becomes the backdrop to a relationship that blooms from a simple crush into a forbidden romance, with Mr. North convincing her that theirs is a love affair rivalled only by Nabokov's masterpiece. But as time progresses and his hold on her tightens, Alisson is forced to evaluate how much of that narrative is actually a disturbing fiction.

    In the wake of what becomes a deeply abusive relationship, Alisson is faced again and again with the story of her past, from re-reading Lolita in college, to working with teenage girls, to becoming a professor of creative writing. It is only with that distance and perspective that she understands the ultimate power language has had on her and how to harness that power to tell her own true story.

    BEING LOLITA is a stunning coming-of-age memoir of obsession, passion and manipulation, shining a bright light on our shifting perceptions of consent, vulnerability and power. This is the story of what happens when a young woman realises her entire narrative must be rewritten and then takes back the pen to rewrite it.

    Imprint: Orion Books
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BINDING
    BINDING
    COLLINS BRIDGET
    ISBN: 9780008272142
    Title: BINDING
    Author: COLLINS BRIDGET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emmett Farmer is a binder's apprentice. His job is to hand-craft beautiful books and, within each, to capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.

    If you have something you want to forget, or a secret to hide, he can bind it - and you will never have to remember the pain it caused.

    In a vault under his mentor's workshop, row upon row of books - and secrets - are meticulously stored and recorded.

    Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of the volumes has his name on it.

    'Brilliant' Joanna Cannon

    'Spellbinding' Guardian

    'Magic' Erin Kelly

    'Immersive' Sunday Times

    'Gorgeous' Stella Duffy

    Imprint: The Borough Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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