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  • OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    BRIGGS ADAM
    ISBN: 9781760504168
    Title: OUR HOME OUR HEARTBEAT
    Author: BRIGGS ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adapted from Briggs' celebrated song 'The Children Came Back', Our Home, Our Heartbeat is a celebration of past and present Indigenous legends, as well as emerging generations, and at its heart honours the oldest continuous culture on earth.

    Readers will recognise Briggs' distinctive voice and contagious energy within the pages of Our Home, Our Heartbeat, signifying a new and exciting chapter in children's Indigenous publishing.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • PARIS SECRET
    PARIS SECRET
    LESTER NATASHA
    ISBN: 9780733641886
    Title: PARIS SECRET
    Author: LESTER NATASHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for sixty-five years, and the three women bound forever by war... from the New York Times bestselling author of THE FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER.

    England, 1939 Talented pilot Skye Penrose joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister, Liberty, and childhood soulmate Nicholas Crawford, now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux Jourdan.

    Paris, 1947 Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance, Miss Dior, in tribute to his sister, Catherine, who worked for the French Resistance.

    Present day Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a secret wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

    An unspeakable betrayal will entwine all of their fates.

    THE PARIS SECRET is an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another, and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    BENNETT MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781742236568
    Title: PATHFINDERS : A history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW
    Author: BENNETT MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are few Aboriginal icons in White Australia history.

    From the explorer to the pioneer, the swagman to the drover’s wife, with a few bushrangers for good measure, Europeans play all the leading roles. A rare exception is the redoubtable tracker. With skills passed down over millennia, trackers could trace the movements of people across vast swathes of country. Celebrated as saviours of lost children and disoriented adults, and finders of missing livestock, they were also cursed by robbers on the run.

    Trackers live in the collective memory as one of the few examples of Aboriginal people’s skills being sought after in colonial society. In New South Wales alone, more than a thousand Aboriginal men and a smaller number of women toiled for authorities across the state after 1862. This book tells the often unlikely stories of trackers including Billy Bogan, Jimmy Governor, Tommy Gordon, Frank Williams and Alec Riley.

    Through his work on native title claims, historian Michael Bennett realised that the role of trackers – and how they moved between two worlds – has been largely unacknowledged. His important book reveals that their work grew out of traditional society and was sustained by the vast family networks that endure to this day.Pathfindersbrings the skilled and diverse work of trackers not only to the forefront of law enforcement history but to the general shared histories of black and white Australia.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    BAIRD JULIA
    ISBN: 9781460757154
    Title: PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    Author: BAIRD JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

    Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

    And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom?

    In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness?

    Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    LOVELL VERINDER ERIN
    ISBN: 9781760760465
    Title: PLANTS FOR THE PEOPLE : A Modern Guide to Plant Medicine
    Author: LOVELL VERINDER ERIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An antidote to the frenetic pace of modern life, this book offers a beginner's guide to plant medicine as a source of self-care, vitality and wellness. Plants! People! We belong together!

    Plants are our past. Plants are our future. We are diminished if we can't celebrate plants, properly understand their powers and harness their energy to heal ourselves. Plants for the People is an exploration of the plant world through the eyes of a master herbalist, weaving ancient wisdom with a modern approach to plant medicine. This is a beginner's guide to using plants to restore vitality and a general sense of wellbeing, with recipes for easy-to-make teas, tinctures, syrups, balms and baths. Throughout there are golden tips and tonics for addressing common ailments such as bloating, bad skin, lack of energy, winter coughs and colds, jangling nerves and many other present-day complaints. An evolution of herbal-medicine books of the past, Plants for the People is a modern presentation of an ancient craft. This is plant medicine's time to shine.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    OAKLEY GAZ
    ISBN: 9781787134980
    Title: PLANTS ONLY KITCHEN : Over 70 delicious, super-simple, powerful & protein-packed recipes for busy people
    Author: OAKLEY GAZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plants-Only Kitchen offers an explosion of flavour, with more than 70 vegan recipes that work around your lifestyle.

    With symbols flagging whether recipes are high-protein, take less than 15 minutes, or are suitable for meal prep and batch cooking, Plants-Only Kitchen explains how best to make a vegan diet work for you. No fuss, no fancy ingredients – just fantastic food using plants, only.

    Gaz Oakley (aka @avantgardevegan) has amassed well over a million followers on social media with his exciting vegan dishes, which emphasise that a plant-based diet doesn't mean missing out on taste. In Plants-Only Kitchen, Gaz's recipes are easier than ever before – following his step-by-step instructions, tips and advice, anyone can cook great vegan food.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    ANDRUS AUBRE
    ISBN: 9781788689359
    Title: PLASTIC PROBLEM : 50 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth
    Author: ANDRUS AUBRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plastic is everywhere - it's almost impossible to get through one day without using it, and it's creating major problems for our planet, wildlife and ourselves. In this guide, you'll discover loads of easy ways to cut plastic out of your life. Become a 'plastic patroller' instead of a plastic polluter and help protect our world.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    SANDS PHILIPPE
    ISBN: 9781474608138
    Title: RATLINE : Love Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive
    Author: SANDS PHILIPPE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadesfuhrer Otto Freiherr von Wachter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author's grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945, he was indicted for 'mass murder'. Hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the Poles and the British, as well as groups of Jews, Wachter went on the run. He spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps before making his way to Rome and being taken in by a Vatican bishop. He remained there for three months. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the 'ratline' he died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after having lunch with an 'old comrade' whom he suspected of having been recruited by the Americans.

    In THE RATLINE Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a Nazi fugitive, the love between Wachter and his wife Charlotte, who continued to write regularly to each other while he was on the run, and a fascinating insight into life in Rome and among American and Soviet spies active at the start of the Cold War. Using modern medical expertise, the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wachter's youngest child, who believes his father was a good man - what was Wachter doing while in hiding, and what exactly caused his death?

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    MILLER JESSICA
    ISBN: 9781922268044
    Title: REPUBLIC OF BIRDS
    Author: MILLER JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Olga loves the stories of the old cartographers and pores over their ancient books and maps, trying to unlock their secrets. Sometimes, she thinks she can even feel through the maps- almost see into them-as if by magic.

    But magic is banned in Tsaretsvo, ever since the war with the birds that divided the kingdom, and the powerful magic-wielding Iagas have long been banished. Now, any young girl who shows signs of being an Iaga is whisked away to Bleak Steppe-to a life, so the story goes, of unspeakable punishment.

    When the bird army kidnaps Olga's sister in a surprise attack on the human kingdom, Olga realises she has to venture into the Republic of Birds to bring her back. But first, she must learn to unlock her magical ability. As her journey takes her into the hidden world of the Iagas and the wilds of the Unmappable Blank, Olga discovers the truth about the war with the birds-and learns just how much is at stake.

    Inspired by Russian folklore, The Republic of Birds is a rich middle-grade fantasy adventure for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    WEAR ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781760641641
    Title: SOLVED! : How other countries have cracked the world's biggest problems and we can too
    Author: WEAR ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Sometimes the solutions are closer than you think.

    Denmark is set to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Iceland has topped the gender equality rankings for a decade and counting. South Korea's average life expectancy will reach ninety due to diet and world-class healthcare. The homicide rate in Britain is the lowest in the OECD. Singapore blitzes other developed nations in world education rankings. Phoenix, Arizona has reinvented itself as a smart city.

    How have these places and more achieved such remarkable outcomes? Public policy adviser Andrew Wear examines what has proven successful around the world, and how we can apply the lessons from these innovative case studies in our own country. Through his research, we meet inspiring community leaders, world-renowned authorities and government policy-makers leading the globe in change.

    We don't have to look far to tackle humanity's most pressing concerns. Solved! is a much-needed dose of optimism in an atmosphere of doom and gloom, a toolkit for those looking for social change. Informative, accessible and revelatory, it shows that the solutions exist - we just need to know where to look.

    'Wear shows why in pessimistic times there are reasons to feel optimistic about our capacity to solve the big problems.'-Robyn Scott, co-founder and CEO of Apolitical

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    VALENTE DOMINIQUE
    ISBN: 9780008308445
    Title: STARFELL : Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale (Starfell, Book 2)
    Author: VALENTE DOMINIQUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The anticipated second book in 2019's breakout magical fantasy series, Starfell, starring misfit witch Willow Moss. Perfect for readers of 8+ and beautifully illustrated throughout by Sarah Warburton.

    Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, recently saved the world. The problem is, nobody can remember it - and, to make matters worse, her magical ability seems broken. Instead of finding lost things, objects keep disappearing against her will ... which is especially troubling now that her friend Sometimes needs her help!

    Sometimes has discovered how to see ten minutes into the future. Unfortunately that's only enough time to find out that his kidnappers are on their way! His only hope is to write an urgent letter to Willow, asking if she wouldn't mind trying to find him.

    As Willow and her friends piece together what has happened to Sometimes, their adventure takes them from an enchanted tower to the magical forest of Wisperia and into dangerous new realms... Can Willow save Sometimes when her own powers are out of control?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN   -   ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020
    STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN - ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020
    RIWOE MIRANDI
    ISBN: 9780702262739
    Title: STONE SKY GOLD MOUNTAIN - ARA Historical Novel Prize 2020
    Author: RIWOE MIRANDI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying finds work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

    Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    ISBN: 9781788689441
    Title: SUSTAINABLE ESCAPES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet presents a curated collection of the world's best low-impact resorts and experiences. From eco lodges and off-grid camps to responsible wildlife watching, we showcase the best eco-consious trips to help travelers lower their carbon footprint the impact made on the communities they visit.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THINGS SHE OWNED
    THINGS SHE OWNED
    ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    ISBN: 9781925972610
    Title: THINGS SHE OWNED
    Author: ARGUILE KATHERINE TAMIKO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Years after the death of her cruel and complicated mother, Erika's house is still full of the things Michiko left behind: an onigiri basket, a Wedgewood tea set, a knotted ring from Okinawa. In defiance of Japanese tradition, Erika has also kept the urn containing Michiko's ashes, refusing to put her memory to rest. Erika throws herself into working as a chef at a high-end London restaurant and pretends everything is fine. But when a cousin announces that she will be visiting from Japan, Erika's resolve begins to crack.

    Slowly the things Michiko owned reveal stories of Michiko's youth amid the upheaval of Tokyo during and after the war. As the two women's stories progress and entwine, Erika is drawn to the island of Okinawa, the homeland of her grandmother. It's a place of magic and mysticism where the secrets of Erika's own past are waiting to be revealed.

    Beautiful and mysterious, THE THINGS SHE OWNED explores the complexity of lives lived between cultures, the weight of cross-generational trauma, and a mother and daughter on a tortuous path to forgiveness.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THOUSAND MOONS
    THOUSAND MOONS
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780571333387
    Title: THOUSAND MOONS
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live.

    Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole.
    Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand.

    Told in Sebastian Barry's gorgeous, lyrical prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.

    'Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does, so that you come out of whatever he writes like you've been away, in another climate.' ALI SMITH

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TOP END GIRL
    TOP END GIRL
    TAPSELL MIRANDA
    ISBN: 9780733642432
    Title: TOP END GIRL
    Author: TAPSELL MIRANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Ever since I was thirteen years old, all I wanted to do was perform. It was an unusual dream for a kid from the Northern Territory to have ... what I wanted for my life was a world away from what people knew and loved about the "Top End". Even though I've moved south to become an actor, the Territory has never left me. It's the place I go to when I want to feel whole again.'

    From Kakadu to Cannes, Miranda Tapsell is one of Australia's favourite actors. A proud Larrikia woman, she built a stellar career on stage, and shot to fame in THE SAPPHIRES and then in LOVE CHILD and DOCTOR, DOCTOR.

    Growing up, Miranda often looked for faces like hers on our screens. There weren't many. And too often there was a negative narrative around Indigenous lives, and Aboriginal women especially. Now an award-winning actor, she decided to change things herself. Combining her love of romantic comedies with her love of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands and the Top End, Miranda wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit TOP END WEDDING.

    But who the hell co-writes, produces and acts in a film about a wedding in the same year they're having their own? Miranda Tapsell does!

    In this engaging and thought-provoking memoir, TOP END GIRL, Miranda shares the path she took to create a moving film about re-connection to family and culture at the same time as she was planning her own wedding. And, like all good story-tellers, she holds a mirror up to the society we live in to show the prejudice that too often surfaces. Miranda knows that the key to change is to understand and through the power of storytelling she is changing attitudes and expectations to unite us all.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
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