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  • 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
    84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
    HANFF HELENE
    ISBN: 9781860498503
    Title: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
    Author: HANFF HELENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks and Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London'. DAILY TELEGRAPH

    Told in a series of letters in 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and then in diary form in the second part THE DUCHESS OF BLOOMSBURY STREET, this true story has touched the hearts of thousands.

    Imprint: WARNER BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ABSOLUTELY : A MEMOIR
    ABSOLUTELY : A MEMOIR
    LUMLEY JOANNA
    ISBN: 9780297867609
    Title: ABSOLUTELY : A MEMOIR
    Author: LUMLEY JOANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    The absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley opens her private albums for this illustrated memoir.

    Joanna Lumley is one of Britain's undisputed national treasures, an English actress, voiceover artist and author, best known for her roles in the British television series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS portraying Edina Monsoon's best friend, Patsy Stone, as well as parts in THE NEW AVENGERS and SAPPHIRE & STEEL. A former model and Bond girl, her distinctive voice has been supplied for animated characters, film narration and AOL's "You've got mail" notification in the UK. She has spoken out as a human rights activist for Survival International and the recent Gurkha Justice Campaign, and is now considered a 'national treasure' of Nepal as well as the UK because of her support. She is also an advocate for a huge number of charities.

    She has won two BAFTA awards, but it is the sheer diversity of her life that has made her so compelling a personality - early years in Kashmir and Malaya, growing up in Kent, then a photographic model before becoming an actress, appearing in a huge range of roles, whether it is the Nimble bread TV ad, movies like ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, dramas like SENSITIVE SKIN and documentaries on the Northern Lights, Bhutan and the Nile, and of course as the unforgettable Patsy in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS or as Purdy in THE NEW AVENGERS, where her plummy vowels and upper-class demeanour has made her one of our most recognisable actors.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ABUNDANCE
    ABUNDANCE
    DILLARD ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781782117735
    Title: ABUNDANCE
    Author: DILLARD ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU : A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU : A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    SIMS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781620401972
    Title: ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU : A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    Author: SIMS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Henry David Thoreau is an American intellectual icon; what made him so was the decade between his graduation from Harvard and the years he spent in a cabin he built himself on Ralph Waldo Emerson's land at Walden Pond-the formative decade that turned him into one of America's most influential writers.. In a detailed and textured narrative, Sims brings Thoreau to life-striding across the page like a radical folksinger rather than the curmudgeonly recluse who occupies our mental image of Walden Pond. In this youthful period, he wrote his first book and refined the journal entries that formed the core of his later work, Walden; joined the anti-slavery campaign and studied Native American culture; spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay Civil Disobedience, which would inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; developed a scientific/poetic response to nature; and aligned himself with the Transcendentalism , which questioned assumptions about God, citizenship, and the Industrial Revolution.

    Sims relates intimate moments in Thoreau's daily life-teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne to row a boat; tutoring Emerson's nephew on Staten Island-and the deep influence of his parents and his beloved older brother, John, whose tragic early death haunted him. Chronicling Thoreau's youthful transformation, Sims shows how his intellectual development would resonate for the rest of his life, and throughout American literature and history.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF SIR THOMAS BROWNE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    ADVENTURES OF SIR THOMAS BROWNE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS HUGH
    ISBN: 9781847089021
    Title: ADVENTURES OF SIR THOMAS BROWNE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS HUGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AFTER
    AFTER
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9781460753057
    Title: AFTER
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life.


    Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment?

    After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little, sometimes, we know the ones we love the most.

    A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTER ROMULUS
    AFTER ROMULUS
    GAITA RAIMOND
    ISBN: 9781921758782
    Title: AFTER ROMULUS
    Author: GAITA RAIMOND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published - the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War. In the isolated landscape of country Victoria, Christine succumbed to mental illness, and a series of tragedies befell the family. Described as 'a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion', Romulus, My Father became an instant classic. Now, thirteen years later, and four years after the release of the film, Raimond Gaita has put together this collection in which he reflects on the writing of the book, the making of the film, his relationship to the desolate beauty of the central Victorian landscape, the philosophies that underpinned his father's relationship to the world and, most movingly, the presence and absence of his mother and his unassuaged longing for her.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $26.90
    Price: $26.99
  • AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    KEATING PAUL
    ISBN: 9781743311943
    Title: AFTER WORDS : POST-PRIME MINISTERIAL SPEECHES
    Author: KEATING PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Books of speeches are rarely published as a compendium of work by one person. After Words is unique in Australian publishing by virtue of its scale and range of subjects, and that all the speeches are the work of one eye and one mind: former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

    Each speech has been conceptualised, contextualised and crafted by Paul Keating. Subject to subject, idea to idea, the speeches are related in a wider construct, which is the way Paul Keating has viewed and thought about the world.The speeches reveal the breadth and depth of his interests - be they cultural, historical, or policy-focused - dealing with subjects as broad as international relations, economic policy and politics. Individual chapters range from a discussion of Jorn Utzon's Opera House through to the redesign of Berlin, the history of native title, the challenge of Asia, the role of the monarchy, to the shape of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, and more.After Words contains an analytic commentary on Australia's recent social and economic repositioning, in the minds of many, by its principal architect.

    The speeches, more often than not, go beyond observations, as Paul Keating sketches out new vistas and points to new directions.For those interested in matters that go to the future of Australia and the world, After Words presents, unmediated, a panoply of issues which the policy mind and writing style of Paul Keating has sculpted into a recognisable landscape.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    HODGES ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781784700089
    Title: ALAN TURING : THE ENIGMA
    Author: HODGES ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary, includes a new foreword by the author and a preface by Douglas Hofstadter.

    Alan Turing was the extraordinary Cambridge mathematician who masterminded the cracking of the German Enigma ciphers and transformed the Second World War. But his vision went far beyond this crucial achievement. Before the war he had formulated the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer. Turing's far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing committed suicide and one of Britain's greatest scientific minds was lost.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    CHERNOW RON
    ISBN: 9781786690029
    Title: ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    Author: CHERNOW RON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. The riveting life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic greatness of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the famous and mysterious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804. The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical – nominated for a record 16 Tony awards – which opens in London's West End in September 2017.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    ATHILL DIANA
    ISBN: 9781783782543
    Title: ALIVE ALIVE OH! AND OTHER THINGS THAT MATTER
    Author: ATHILL DIANA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. There, she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property, and free to settle into her remaining years. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years. What really matters in the end? And after a long life, which memories stand out?.

    As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling, precise detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house; relates with humour, clarity and honesty her experiences of the First and Second World Wars and her trips to Europe as a young woman; and in the remarkable title chapter, describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life - and her gratitude and joy on discovering that she had survived.

    With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it's like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters, and of the joy to be found at every stage of life.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL AT SEA
    ALL AT SEA
    AITKENHEAD DECCA
    ISBN: 9780008142155
    Title: ALL AT SEA
    Author: AITKENHEAD DECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    β€˜The thing to remember about this story is that every word is true. If I never told it to a soul, and this book did not exist, it would not cease to be true. I don't mind at all if you forget this.The important thing is that I don't.'

    On a hot still morning on a beautiful beach in Jamaica, Decca Aitkenhead's life changed for ever.

    Her four-year-old boy was paddling peacefully at the water's edge when a wave pulled him out to sea. Her partner, Tony, swam out and saved their son's life – then drowned before her eyes.

    When Decca and Tony first met a decade earlier, they became the most improbable couple in London. She was an award-winning Guardian journalist, famous for interviewing leading politicians. He was a dreadlocked criminal with a history of drug-dealing and violence. No one thought the romance would last, but it did. Until the tide swept Tony away, plunging Decca into the dark chasm of random tragedy.

    Exploring race and redemption, privilege and prejudice, ALL AT SEA is a remarkable story of love and loss, of how one couple changed each other's lives and of what a sudden death can do to the people who survive.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL IN A DONS DAY
    ALL IN A DONS DAY
    BEARD MARY
    ISBN: 9781846685361
    Title: ALL IN A DONS DAY
    Author: BEARD MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of It's a Don's Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafi's home is Roman or not, we share her 'terror of humiliation' as she enters 'hairdresser country' and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and 'longing for the next dyslexic' - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL THE DAYS AFTER : A STORY OF LOVE LOSS AND REDILIENCE BEYOND BLACK SATURDAY
    ALL THE DAYS AFTER : A STORY OF LOVE LOSS AND REDILIENCE BEYOND BLACK SATURDAY
    GUNNINGHAM SUE
    ISBN: 9781925048506
    Title: ALL THE DAYS AFTER : A STORY OF LOVE LOSS AND REDILIENCE BEYOND BLACK SATURDAY
    Author: GUNNINGHAM SUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    All the Days After is a personal and revealing account of how it feels to be one of the many affected by a major natural disaster. It was still hot. The soft drink cans would have to be cooled before Barry could open them. I wished I had brought some ice in a little Esky to keep them cool. Still, I had not realised it would all take this long. And I had brought the drinks. I fleetingly wondered if I should have bought some food for Barry as well. But no, the women's auxiliary would probably have plied him with scones and sandwiches at the evacuation centre. Barry always liked scones. He used to buy two plain scones at the Whittlesea bakery on his way to work some mornings. I felt sure he would just be desperately in need of a soft drink after being forced to drink tea for so many hours; food would not be a problem. Up ahead of me I saw the police officer get out of his car. Local teacher Sue Gunningham waits impatiently in her car for news of her long-time partner Barry Johnston, who has been declared missing in the savage bushfires that would come to be known as the 'Black Saturday' fires. She worked that morning, Saturday 7 February 2009, and so was not at home at their cottage 'Waldene' near Kinglake when the bushfire swept through. Little does she realise that the loss of her partner is just the beginning of her battle to keep a place for her in his life ... and to save the memory of their love. The book is divided into four sections: 'Lost' (the frantic search for Barry in the days after the fire); 'Stolen' (dealing with the Coroner's identification process, solicitors and the funeral parlor in a struggle to have Barry's remains identified and returned to Sue); 'Examined' (the continual round of formal interviews with police, case managers, psychologists and the Victoria Bushfire Royal Commission); and 'Rebuild' (dealing with the burnt-out site and trying to rebuild both the cottage and a life). Raw and compelling, All the Days After will resonate with anyone who has suffered through devastating grief. It is Sue's personal story of love lost, grief and rebuilding, but it is also the story of the lesser known aftermath of a major tragedy; one involving family disputes, inquests, a Royal Commission and more, and how events play out when you're involved on the inside as opposed to being a remote spectator.

    Imprint: FINCH PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL THIS IN 60 MINUTES
    ALL THIS IN 60 MINUTES
    LEE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781760293000
    Title: ALL THIS IN 60 MINUTES
    Author: LEE NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2016 NEW RELEASE

    For more than thirty years Nicholas Lee worked as a cameraman on 60 Minutes, Australia's most-respected and most-watched current affairs program, alongside Ray Martin, George Negus, Ian Leslie, Richard Carleton, Mike Munro, Jennifer Byrne, Liz Hayes and Tara Brown, among many others.
    All This in 60 Minutes is the revealing and often hilarious memoir of his time with the show - of the crazy days of unlimited expense accounts, unbelievably expensive hotels, the fun and fear on the road, the terrifying plane rides, and the refugee camps and war zones. It goes inside the IRA, Idi Amin's torture cells, Israeli terrorist interrogations, royal palaces and mud huts. It recounts unforgettable trips on B52s, ultra lights, mock helicopters and the Orient Express. And details late, crazy nights with weird food, strange alcoholic concoctions and drugs on rollercoasters, as well as the madness and difficulty of being on the road for up to eight weeks with three other people who sometimes don't get on. And of course it wouldn't be 60 Minutes without all the meeting and mixing with the famous and infamous - from presidents, rock stars, despots, kings and princes, to showgirls, pygmies and manic, charismatic gurus.

    All This in 60 Minutes is compelling, funny and utterly eye-opening.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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