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  • BOOK OF DANIEL : From Silverchair to Dreams
    BOOK OF DANIEL : From Silverchair to Dreams
    APTER JEFF
    ISBN: 9781760296292
    Title: BOOK OF DANIEL : From Silverchair to Dreams
    Author: APTER JEFF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The highs, lows and incredible life of the enigmatic Daniel Johns, from Silverchair to Dreams.

    When Silverchair shuddered suddenly to a halt in 2011, there was no swansong, no farewell tour, just a brief statement and then they were gone, after 15 years of brilliant music, five hit albums, legions of fans, millions of record sales, scores of ARIAs and the odd controversy. Three teenagers from Newcastle had taken the world by storm, graduating from a loft above a family garage to centre stage of Madison Square Garden within the time it typically takes most bands to record their first single. Over their stratospheric career, Daniel Johns developed into a performer and songwriter with few peers in modern music.

    Shortly after the breakup of the band, Johns' marriage to pop star Natalie Imbruglia also ended. There were also some sordid headlines: a DUI charge, a snap taken of him asleep in an inner-city back alley, whispers of wayward behaviour. People feared what might happen next.

    But at the same time a new Daniel Johns emerged. His debut solo album, Talk, appeared to rapturous reviews in 2015 and raced to the top of the Australian charts, and then 2018 saw the advent of DREAMS, his long-awaited collaboration with Luke Steele. This was a vastly different Daniel Johns to the grungy, guitar-blazing teen of the 1990s. His new sound and image were slick, sophisticated and sexy as hell. It was a remarkable creative makeover, perhaps the most ambitious ever undertaken by an Australian rockstar. Former rockstar.

    The Book of Daniel documents how Johns also battled many personal demons, including life-threatening anorexia and crippling reactive arthritis, not to mention a wilful streak a mile wide. Drawing on more than 15 years spent documenting the life and times of Johns and Silverchair, author Jeff Apter has brought Johns' story to life, revealing in remarkable detail the many struggles and triumphs of one of Australia's most distinctive and dazzling talents.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BY SEA AND STARS : The Story of the First Fleet
    BY SEA AND STARS : The Story of the First Fleet
    DALTON TRENT
    ISBN: 9781460757413
    Title: BY SEA AND STARS : The Story of the First Fleet
    Author: DALTON TRENT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia's greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet.

    Originally published as a multi-part serial in The Australian, By Sea and Stars tells the story of the epic voyage which led to the founding of our nation, as told from the point of view of the people who took part - willingly or unwillingly - in it. Drawing from historical sources of the time, including letters and journals, Trent Dalton, one of Australia's best writers, brings this epic voyage, and the people who went on it, to vivid life.

    This is not dry history of dates and names. These are gripping stories of real people, from the lowest to the highest. From terrified nine year old chimney sweep and convict John Hudson to conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark, pining after his wife and son, to the brave and determined Captain-General Arthur Phillip, the brightest star of the British Navy: these are the people who made the voyage, and these are their stories - of death, duty, glory, lust, violence, escape, mutiny - and a great southern land...

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    MILLER JAMES
    ISBN: 9781786074027
    Title: CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    Author: MILLER JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Democracy is invoked to support the vast majority of the world's governments. We have been talking about it for thousands of years, and attempting to put it into practice for hundreds, believing in it as the logical culmination of human affairs. But if both North Korea and the United States consider themselves democratic – and, indeed, both liberals and conservatives, capitalists and communists, bureaucrats and populists – isn't the idea meaningless?


    This is the biography of one of the world's most powerful ideas, a belief in the value of the collective, a battle between abstract rights and passionate convictions. In the end, only its citizens can decide on its fate.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    GILLIES JAMES
    ISBN: 9781785783920
    Title: CERN AND THE HIGGS BOSON
    Author: GILLIES JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Higgs boson is the rock star of fundamental particles, catapulting CERN, the laboratory where it was found, into the global spotlight. But what is it, why does it matter, and what exactly is CERN?

    In the late 1940s, a handful of visionaries were working to steer Europe towards a more peaceful future through science, and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, was duly born. James Gillies tells the gripping story of particle physics, from the original atomists of ancient Greece, through the people who made the crucial breakthroughs, to CERN itself, one of the most ambitious scientific undertakings of our time, and its eventual confirmation of the Higgs boson.

    Weaving together the scientific and political stories of CERN's development, the book reveals how particle physics has evolved from being the realm of solitary genius to a global field of human endeavour, with CERN's Large Hadron Collider as its frontier research tool.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHIP THE LIFEGUARD
    CHIP THE LIFEGUARD
    HOWARTH KYLIE
    ISBN: 9781760682316
    Title: CHIP THE LIFEGUARD
    Author: HOWARTH KYLIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: LITTLE HARE BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLIMATE JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    CLIMATE JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    ROBINSON MARY
    ISBN: 9781408888469
    Title: CLIMATE JUSTICE : Hope Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
    Author: ROBINSON MARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward

    Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people – people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.

    Mary Robinson's mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.

    Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARLING WINSTON : Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother
    DARLING WINSTON : Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother
    LOUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781786697707
    Title: DARLING WINSTON : Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother
    Author: LOUGH DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first ever collection of the letters between Churchill and his mother sheds revelatory light on the future wartime premier.

    Winston Churchill adored his mother Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill. Between 1881, when Churchill was six, and 1921, the year of Jennie's death, mother and son were prolific letter-writers. In Darling Winston, David Lough has compiled the first-ever edited selection of their voluminous and entertaining forty-year correspondence. Churchill's life across this period follows a trajectory of adventure and political ambition – army service in India, escape from a Boer POW camp, swift ascent from Conservative MP for Oldham to Liberal First Lord of the Admiralty, resignation in the wake of the debacle of Gallipoli, and eventual return to the cabinet in 1917. His mother's life, by contrast, follows a downward spiral: her second marriage founders and she becomes a lonely figure, moving forlornly around the country homes of her wealthy friends. As Winston joins Asquith's cabinet and meets his wife-to-be, Clementine, Jennie is getting divorced and making faltering attempts to embark on a literary career.

    Darling Winston reflects Churchill's emotional, intellectual and political development as confided to Jennie as his mentor; but it also charts a mother-son relationship characterized at the outset by Winston's dependence on Jennie, which is dramatically reversed as her life crumbles towards its end. Brimming with gossip, name-dropping and chutzpah, and populated by a cast of the great and the good of late Victorian and Edwardian England, Darling Winston enriches our understanding of the political apprenticeship of Britain's most celebrated statesman, and offers poignant insights into his relationship with the woman whose worldly advice and loving encouragement first set him on the path to power.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • DARWINS MOST WONDERFUL PLANTS : Darwin's Botany Today
    DARWINS MOST WONDERFUL PLANTS : Darwin's Botany Today
    THOMPSON KEN
    ISBN: 9781788160285
    Title: DARWINS MOST WONDERFUL PLANTS : Darwin's Botany Today
    Author: THOMPSON KEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rediscovery of Darwin the botanist and his theories on insectivorous and climbing plants.

    Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers.

    Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. Like Darwin, he is fascinated and amazed by the powers of plants - particularly their Triffid-like aspects of movement, hunting and 'plant intelligence'.

    This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DEAD POINT : Jack Irish, Book Three
    DEAD POINT : Jack Irish, Book Three
    TEMPLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781925773316
    Title: DEAD POINT : Jack Irish, Book Three
    Author: TEMPLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third novel in the Jack Irish series won the 2000 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, and has earned its place as a modern Australian crime classic.

    Jack Irish-lawyer, gambler and people-finder-is hunting down the villains who hijacked the winnings from his latest betting coup when he is hired by a mystery client to find missing barman Robbie Colburne. But Robbie turns up dead of a drug overdose. The case should be closed, but the dashing young barman was far from what he seemed, and the client wants to know more.

    As Jack explores the young man's past, he finds himself drawn into a deadly network of power, politics and money. In this world, nothing can be taken at face value and everything is expendable-including Jack.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEMOCRACY HACKED
    DEMOCRACY HACKED
    MOORE MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781786075925
    Title: DEMOCRACY HACKED
    Author: MOORE MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Democracies are being gamed. Authoritarian governments, elite populists, and freextremists are exploiting our digital information infrastructure and the vulnerabilities in our democratic system to distort and undermine our politics and elections. It is a war waged through information and it is personal and it is perpetual.


    Our current digital information ecosystem is inherently unstable and prone to wild volatility. There is a vacuum in the middle of the system that is open to influence by those with the motivation, the money or the expertise. Played successfully it can lead to unprecedented swings of public opinion.


    This book shows how hackers are gaming democracy, why they can do it, and what we need to do to save democracy for the digital age. This is a story about 'active measures', election hacking, psy-ops, intelligence services, mercenaries, hard-right nutjobs, plutocrats, the collapse of local news, Silicon Valley, Trump, trolling, surveillance – and you.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DIFFICULT LOVES AND OTHER STORIES
    DIFFICULT LOVES AND OTHER STORIES
    CALVINO ITALO
    ISBN: 9781784874841
    Title: DIFFICULT LOVES AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: CALVINO ITALO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A spectacular display of this key European writer's early workThis dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective and narrative gifts. As well as the thirteen tales from his Difficult Loves collection this volume also includes Smog and A Plunge into Real Estate.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    ROSENTHAL DANIEL ET AL
    ISBN: 9781781259351
    Title: DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    Author: ROSENTHAL DANIEL ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A unique collection of correspondence between the most celebrated actors, directors and playwrights of the past 50 years.

    There has been always as much drama offstage as on at the National Theatre, and much of it is to be found in the letters, telegrams, scribbled notes and colourful postcards of its main players.

    - What drove Laurence Olivier to confess: 'The foolishness of my position starts to obsess me'?
    - Why did Maggie Smith write: 'I am absolutely heartbroken by your decision'?
    - What prompted Judi Dench to ask: 'Can't you write me a musical so that I can sit on a chair in a fur hat & nothing else and sing RUDE songs?'

    This book brings together for the first time over one hundred of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre: from Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters to Peter Hall's backbiting memos; from Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation to a Tory politician's brutal telegram damning a play; from fantastical good luck missives to long conspiratorial letters. Together, they reveal the stories behind some of the most lavish, triumphant, daring and disastrous productions in the theatre's history, including Amadeus, Romans in Britain, Laurence Olivier's Othello, Closer, The History Boys and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A rich collection of correspondence like no other, this book offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • END OF THE END OF THE EARTH
    END OF THE END OF THE EARTH
    FRANZEN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780008299231
    Title: END OF THE END OF THE EARTH
    Author: FRANZEN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

    In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes – both human and literary – that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen.

    Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative and necessary.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • EVOLUTION
    EVOLUTION
    MYLES EILEEN
    ISBN: 9781611854978
    Title: EVOLUTION
    Author: MYLES EILEEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A searing new collection of Eileen Myles' acclaimed poetry.

    Evolution - the first all-new collection of poems by Eileen Myles since the selected volume I Must Be Living Twice - finds the celebrated writer at the forefront of American literature and culture, crafting radically introspective work in the characteristically exuberant style that the New York Times called 'one of the essential voices in American poetry.'

    Following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), the poet continues their lifelong inquiry into the mystery and miracle of human life, in its mutability and temporality. 'I suppose / I'm afraid / of forever,' Myles writes in 'Angel', and this existential restlessness pervades the collection. With incisive humour and heartfelt honesty, these poems reconcile the body's brevity in light of time's limitlessness, exemplified in the title piece, 'Evolution'.

    Imprint: GROVE UK / ATLANTIC PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FAREWELL MY ORANGE
    FAREWELL MY ORANGE
    KEI IWAKI
    ISBN: 9781609454784
    Title: FAREWELL MY ORANGE
    Author: KEI IWAKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize

    Two immigrants, Salimah and Sayuri, navigate isolation, a new language, and devastating loss on their way to a lifelong friendship. Far from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in small-town Australia. She is shy and barely speaks English, but pushes herself to sign up for an ESL class offered at the local university.

    At the group’s first meeting, Salimah meets Sayuri, who has come to Australia from Japan with her husband, a resident research associate at the local college. Sayuri has put her own education on hold to take care of her infant daughter and she is plagued by worries about financial instabilities and her general precariousness.

    When Sayuri’s daughter dies in daycare and one of Salimah’s boys leaves to live with his father, the two women look to one another for comfort and sustenance, as they slowly master their new language.

    Written with great warmth, Farewell, My Orange offers optimism in the face of adversity. In the stories of Salimah and Sayuri, readers will find a touching portrait of our need for others and the certainty of change.

    Imprint: EUROPA EDITIONS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FERAL DETECTIVE
    FERAL DETECTIVE
    LETHEM JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781786497499
    Title: FERAL DETECTIVE
    Author: LETHEM JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble - caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe's trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous ...

    Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, The Feral Detective is a singular achievement by one of our greatest writers.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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