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  • ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781406395877
    Title: ALEX RIDER 13 : Nightshade
    Author: HOROWITZ ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in this explosive, brand new Alex Rider mission by bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz.

    In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ALMOST A MIRROR
    ALMOST A MIRROR
    KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    ISBN: 9781925760507
    Title: ALMOST A MIRROR
    Author: KRAUTH KIRSTEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize

    Like fireflies to the light, Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge.

    With precision and richness Kirsten Krauth hauntingly evokes the power of music to infuse our lives, while diving deep into loss, beauty, innocence and agency. Filled with unforgettable characters, the novel is above all about the shapes that love can take and the many ways we express tenderness throughout a lifetime.

    As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almost a Mirror reflects on the healing power of creativity and the everyday sacredness of family and friendship in the face of unexpected tragedy.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    ISBN: 9781925849530
    Title: ANIMALS IN THAT COUNTRY
    Author: MCKAY LAURA JEAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

    Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

    As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu- its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals - first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

    Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANISAS ALPHABET
    ANISAS ALPHABET
    DUMBLETON MIKE
    ISBN: 9781925227574
    Title: ANISAS ALPHABET
    Author: DUMBLETON MIKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many refugees the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa’s Alphabet is different.

    A poignant and highly imaginative telling of one girl’s story which will appeal to children and adults alike…Come with Anisa, and see things through her eyes.

    In this picture book, Anisa takes the reader though the alphabet, describing her journey from an unnamed war-torn country to a refugee camp, then on to an overcrowded boat towards supposed freedom and security.

    Imprint: MIDNIGHT SUN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    ISBN: 9781925847697
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An inspirational guide to Australias best walks selected by Australias most trusted destination magazine.

    There are so many incredible walks in Australia but how do you know which are the best ones? Our free time is precious and few people have the time to survey a range of walks – it can years to find a handful of good ones. Over 150 issues and 33 years Australian Geographic has explored Australian landscapes. Our editors, writers and photographers have the energy, expertise and contacts to know where all the most exciting and exhilarating walks are to be found. In this much anticipated book, we reveal our best 100 with detailed descriptions and stunning photography to inspire both walkers and armchair travellers. The Australian Geographic guide to Australia’s Best 100 Walks will have walkers itching to lace their boots up with this showcase of the sheer beauty and diversity of our landscapes and wildlife. With this book, walkers can set out knowing they’re going to have an incredible day outdoors. A great walk can be an exhilarating experience that will stay with you forever. Perhaps you’re stirred by endless mountain views or soothed by stepping into a living green cathedral. Maybe the challenge drives you harder and farther than you thought possible. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in the presence of a rare creature and feel a jolt of connection. There’s always magic to be found when walking but the very best walks will do all of these things. Fortunately, Australia is full of extraordinary walks – here’s our collection of the best to be found in every corner of this country.

    Imprint: Australian Geographic
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BACKYARD BIRDS
    BACKYARD BIRDS
    MILROY HELEN
    ISBN: 9781925816563
    Title: BACKYARD BIRDS
    Author: MILROY HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A boldly illustrated picture book that celebrates Australian birds in our backyards. Written and illustrated by Indigenous creator Helen Milroy, this is a fun and lively read for the very young.

    What colourful birds are in our backyards?

    From laughing kookaburras and prancing mudlarks to dancing willy wagtails and hungry galahs, this picture book is a vibrant adventure discovering the native birds around us.

    Imprint: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    COLLINS SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781743836811
    Title: BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    Author: COLLINS SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins said, "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days-as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet-provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity."

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BELOW DECK
    BELOW DECK
    HARDCASTLE SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781760876388
    Title: BELOW DECK
    Author: HARDCASTLE SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    And then, just like that, a thought bubbles inside me. It's a beginning; a new beginning; my beginning. The beginning of the story I tell myself in order to survive.
    We choose to breathe, don't we?

    Twenty-one-year-old Olivia hears the world in colour, but her life is mottled grey. Estranged from her parents, and living with her grandfather who is drowning in sadness, Oli faces the reality of life beyond university alone.

    When she wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she accepts the help of two strangers who change the course of her future forever. With Mac and Maggie, Oli learns to navigate a life upon open ocean and the world flowers into colours she's never seen before.

    Four years later, Oli, fluent in the language of the sea, is the only woman among men on a yacht delivery from Noumea to Auckland. In the darkness below deck, she learns that at sea, no one can hear you scream.

    Moving to London, Oli's life at sea is buried. When she meets Hugo, the wind changes, and her memories are dust blown into shapes. Reminding her of everything.

    Below Deck is about the moments that haunt us, the moments that fan out like ripples through the deep. So that everything else, becomes everything after.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BENEVOLENCE
    BENEVOLENCE
    JANSON JULIE
    ISBN: 9781925936636
    Title: BENEVOLENCE
    Author: JANSON JULIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For perhaps the first time in novel form, Benevolence presents an important era in Australia’s history from an Aboriginal perspective. Benevolence is told from the perspective of Darug woman, Muraging (Mary James), born around 1813. Mary’s was one of the earliest Darug generations to experience the impact of British colonisation. At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. From here she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home.

    The novel spans the years 1816-35 and is set around the Hawkesbury River area, the home of the Darug people, Parramatta and Sydney. The author interweaves historical events and characters — she shatters stereotypes and puts a human face to this Aboriginal perspective.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIGGER PICTURE
    BIGGER PICTURE
    TURNBULL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9781743795637
    Title: BIGGER PICTURE
    Author: TURNBULL MALCOLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, tells the remarkable story of his life in this lively political page-turner.

    When Malcolm Turnbull took over the nation’s top job there was a sense of excitement in Australia. Sky-high opinion polls followed as the political outsider with a successful business, legal and media career took charge. The infighting that dogged politics for the best part of a decade looked to be over. But a right-wing insurgency brutally cut down Turnbull’s time in office after three years, leaving many Australians asking, ‘Why?’

    Exceptionally candid and compelling, A Bigger Picture is the definitive narrative of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership. He describes how he legalised same-sex marriage, established Snowy Hydro 2.0, stood up to Donald Trump, rebooted Australia’s defence industry and many more achievements – remarkable in their pace, significance and that they were delivered in the teeth of so much opposition. But it’s far more than just politics. Turnbull’s life has been filled with colourful characters and controversies, success and failure. From his early years in Sydney, growing up with a single father, to defending 'Spycatcher' Peter Wright against the UK Government; the years representing Kerry Packer, leading the Republican Movement and making millions in business; and finally toppling Tony Abbott to become Prime Minister of Australia. For the first time he tells it all – in his own words.

    With revelatory insights on the workings of Canberra and the contentious events of Turnbull’s life, A Bigger Picture explores the strengths and vulnerabilities of one of Australia’s best-known and dynamic business and political leaders. Lyrically written in highly readable and entertaining prose, this is a genuine page-turner that’s not just for political junkies.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BLUEY : Bob Bilby
    BLUEY : Bob Bilby
    BLUEY
    ISBN: 9781760896638
    Title: BLUEY : Bob Bilby
    Author: BLUEY
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's Bingo's turn to take Bob Bilby home. Will they have fun times?

    Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in October 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and taking the coveted position of being the most watched program ever on ABC iView, with over 200 million plays. It has also topped the Australian iTunes Kids Chart with the series peaking at #1 and consistently remaining in the Top 5.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BOB GOES POP
    BOB GOES POP
    DEUCHARS MARION
    ISBN: 9781786274908
    Title: BOB GOES POP
    Author: DEUCHARS MARION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There's a new artist in town making a new art, knocking Bob's beak out of joint. The subsequent competition to see who is the best artist escalates as the two artists try to outdo each other. It all ends in tears, but the two realise that they are better working together rather than against each other. From Marion Deuchars comes this charming and funny follow-up to Bob the Artist and Bob's Blue Period about art and friendship and working together.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BONDI TO THE BALTIC
    BONDI TO THE BALTIC
    MCCOMBE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925893199
    Title: BONDI TO THE BALTIC
    Author: MCCOMBE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two antique cars, a few old mates and the journey of a lifetime.

    Take a couple of vintage cars and their owners' determination to drive them on a pilgrimage from Australia to Finland and you have a fascinating story told through photos and the distillation of blogs and diary entries by some foolhardy, adventurous blokes.

    Starting out from Thailand, their travels took them through Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Finland - a six-month journey spread over two legs in successive years.

    Told in an engaging, self-deprecating and personal style, the reader enters the journey, every step of the way: following the ancient Silk Road route into the mountains of south-west and western China and the Tibetan Plateau where Muslim and Buddhist communities have lived for centuries, through the '-stans', and beyond.

    Many an adventure, impossibly sticky situations, near misses and regular mechanical breakdowns were inevitably resolved with the support and civility towards this motley group of travellers in their ancient cars, by locals renowned for their hospitality. Nothing was ever too much trouble.

    They had no sponsor, no professional photographer or filmmaker, no journalist to publish the story, no 'name' to add fame and celebrity, no contract in the pocket for a coffee table book with quality photos and deep, or informed historical and cultural insights, and no travelling mechanical workshop. There was just a determination to get each of these old cars to Helsinki in one piece and smell the roses along the way.

    A must-read for men (and women) who dream ...

    Imprint: WILD DINGO PRESS
    RRP: $32.95

    Price: $32.95
  • BOTANY FOR THE ARTIST
    BOTANY FOR THE ARTIST
    SIMBLET SARAH
    ISBN: 9780241426425
    Title: BOTANY FOR THE ARTIST
    Author: SIMBLET SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautifully illustrated guide to botany in art explores the extraordinary world of plants and inspires you to try drawing them yourself.

    Understanding botany helps any artist to draw plants better. In Botany for the Artist, celebrated artist Sarah Simblet takes you on a journey of discovery through the kingdom of plants - from tiny ferns and mosses to exotic flowers and majestic trees - encouraging you to observe them more closely and draw them more accurately. Complemented by beautiful photographic plant portraits, Sarah's drawings reveal the structure of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits as she explains how plants breathe, feed, and produce fruits. If you have ever wondered how photosynthesis works, why leaves change colour in the autumn, where plants store food, or how seeds know when to grow, Botany for the Artist has all the answers.

    Step-by-step drawing classes and detailed pages from Sarah's sketchbooks guide you through all the techniques that you need to draw plants successfully. Masterclasses by famous artists - from Renaissance masters to contemporary illustrators - showcase different approaches to drawing and painting plants over the centuries. Botany for the Artist is a visual feast, not just for anyone wishing to create fresh, vibrant, drawings, but for gardeners, photographers, and everyone who is passionate about plants and how they are portrayed in art.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BUDGERIGAR
    BUDGERIGAR
    BAKER DON
    ISBN: 9781760875480
    Title: BUDGERIGAR
    Author: BAKER DON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Budgies, budgies, budgies. Beautiful and cheeky, delightful and enchanting, wild or tamed, budgerigars are Australia's gift to the bird world.

    They know how to count, can grasp simple grammar and have incredible feats of memory. They're masters of mimicry. They dance and they yawn. They've been coveted by royals, been companions to the great and famous as well as to grannies in suburban kitchens around the world. They've rendered in the finest porcelain, baked in pies and have been depicted on postage stamps of more than thirty nations. And their image has been used to sell everything from whisky to laundry detergent.

    Surprising and charming, Budgerigar is a curiosity of everything you ever wanted to know (or realised you never knew) about Melopsittacus undulatus, the beloved budgie.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BURN
    BURN
    NESS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781406398854
    Title: BURN
    Author: NESS PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.

    “On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm.”

    This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

    Kazimir knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

    From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
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