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  • FIELD GUIDE TO THE ENGLISH CLERGY : A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising
    FIELD GUIDE TO THE ENGLISH CLERGY : A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising
    BUTLER-GALLIE REV FERGUS
    ISBN: 9781786074416
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO THE ENGLISH CLERGY : A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising
    Author: BUTLER-GALLIE REV FERGUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Judge not, lest ye be judged. This timeless wisdom has guided the Anglican Church for hundreds of years, and has fostered a certain tolerance of eccentricity among its members. The Reverend Robert Hawker invented the Harvest Festival, but he also excommunicated a cat for mousing on Sundays. Bishop Lancelot Fleming would commandeer Navy helicopters when he was late for service. The Reverend John Allington - 'Mad Jack', to his friends - wore a leopard skin instead of a surplice, and insisted on being carried around in a coffin.


    A Field Guide to the English Clergy celebrates the cream of the crop: the drinkers (and publicans), the inventors, the lion tamers, the suicidal missionaries, and even one piratical Archbishop. But despite their sometimes bizarre behaviour, many in the clergy saw the church as their true calling. After all, who cares if you're wearing red high heels when there are souls to be saved?

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FORTY ONE FALSE STARTS : Essays on Artists and Writers
    FORTY ONE FALSE STARTS : Essays on Artists and Writers
    MALCOLM JANET
    ISBN: 9781922147165
    Title: FORTY ONE FALSE STARTS : Essays on Artists and Writers
    Author: MALCOLM JANET
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Forty-one False Starts one of the world's great writers of literary non-fiction brings together for the first time essays published over several decades. The pieces, many of which first appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, reflect Malcolm's preoccupation with artists and their work. Her subjects are painters, photographers, writers, and critics. She delves beneath the 'onyx surface' of Edith Wharton's fiction, appreciates the black comedy of the Gossip Girl novels, and confronts the false starts of her own autobiography. As the Guardian has said, 'Her books bring a gimlet-eyed clarity to often fraught and complicated subjects and are so lean, so seamless, so powerfully direct, they read as if they have been written in a single breath.'

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FOUND IN TRANSLATION : 100 of the Finest Stories ever Translated
    FOUND IN TRANSLATION : 100 of the Finest Stories ever Translated
    WYNNE FRANK [ED]
    ISBN: 9781786695291
    Title: FOUND IN TRANSLATION : 100 of the Finest Stories ever Translated
    Author: WYNNE FRANK [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A selection of 100 of the best short stories from around the world, selected by award-winning translator Frank Wynne.

    'Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence' George Steiner. It is impossible to overstate the influence world literatures have had in defining each other. No culture exists in isolation; all writers are part of the intertwining braid of literature.

    Found In Translation brings together one hundred glittering diamonds of world literature, celebrating not only the original texts themselves but also the art of translation. From Azerbijan to Uzbekistan, by way of China and Bengal, Suriname and Slovenia, some of the greatest voices of world literature come together in a thunderous chorus. If the authors include Nobel Prize winners, some of the translators are equally famous – here, Saul Bellow translates Isaac Beshevis Singer, D.H. Lawrence and Edith Wharton translate classic Italian short stories, and Victoria Hislop has taken her first venture into translation with the only short story written by Constantine P. Cavafy.

    This exciting, original and brilliantly varied collection of stories takes the reader literally on a journey, exploring the best short stories the globe has to offer.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • FOUNDATIONAL FICTIONS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    FOUNDATIONAL FICTIONS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    COLLINS CAROLYN / SENDZIUK PAUL
    ISBN: 9781743056066
    Title: FOUNDATIONAL FICTIONS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    Author: COLLINS CAROLYN / SENDZIUK PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this lively, provocative collection, some of Australia's leading historians - and a Miles Franklin shortlisted historical novelist - challenge established myths, narratives and 'beautiful lies' about South Australia's past. Some are unmasked as false stories that mask brutal realities, like colonial violence - while others are revealed as simplistic versions of more complex truths.

    'Each generation writes history that speaks to its own interests and concerns,' write historians Paul Ashton and Anna Clark. In Foundational Fictions in South Australian History, which grew out of a series of public lectures at the University of Adelaide, an impressive range of contributors suggest different ways in which familiar narratives of South Australia can be interpreted. These essays tap into wider debates, too, about the nature and purpose of history - and the 'history wars' first flamed by John Howard.

    Stuart Macintyre highlights South Australia's central role in several national events. Humphrey McQueen questions the origins and influence of the money behind South Australia's so-called progressive founding. Lucy Treloar suggests historians can learn from novelists when it comes to understanding the past. Steven Anderson argues that Don Dunstan's achievement in abolishing capital punishment owed much to a historical movement. And Carolyn Collins highlights the role of anti-conscription group Save Our Sons (SOS) in not just ending the Vietnam War, but broadening the appeal of the anti-war movement.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • FUNNY KID GET LICKED #4
    FUNNY KID GET LICKED #4
    STANTON MATT
    ISBN: 9780733339479
    Title: FUNNY KID GET LICKED #4
    Author: STANTON MATT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.

    And it's about time he used his talents for a good cause!

    Max is the funny kid ... and there are endangered animals to save!

    Putting the fun in fundraising, launching a puppy-smuggling operation, fighting the great Redhill canteen war and planning a secret theme park are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure!

    For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and WeirDo, FUNNY KID is the mega-bestseller from author-illustrator Matt Stanton.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • GENE MACHINE : The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    GENE MACHINE : The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    RAMAKRISHNAN VENKI
    ISBN: 9781786074362
    Title: GENE MACHINE : The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
    Author: RAMAKRISHNAN VENKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone knows the term DNA. It is the essence of our being. It determines who we are and what we pass on to our children. Mention the ribosome, on the other hand, and you will usually be met with blank faces, even from scientists. And yet without the ribosome, nothing lives. For if DNA is data then it can't go anywhere, or do anything, without a machine to process it. Unlocking the secrets of this gene-reading molecule was once among the most fundamental problems in molecular biology…


    Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of the race to determine the structure of the ribosome and so resolve an ancient mystery at the heart of life itself. Illuminating, persuasive and compelling, Gene Machine not only reveals a great discovery but offers a fascinating insight into what it is like to work at the cutting edge of modern science amid the attending competition, politics and larger-than-life personalities.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GREAT BELIEVERS
    GREAT BELIEVERS
    MAKKAI REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780708899113
    Title: GREAT BELIEVERS
    Author: MAKKAI REBECCA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.


    In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister.

    Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • GREEN NOMADS WILD PLACES
    GREEN NOMADS WILD PLACES
    BROWN BOB
    ISBN: 9781743794975
    Title: GREEN NOMADS WILD PLACES
    Author: BROWN BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Visit some of the most remote and beautiful places of south and west Australia in Green Nomads Wild Places, Bob Brown and partner Paul Thomas’s three-month adventure across Australia.

    This is a photographic and written record of a journey that took them first by yacht and then by road along the coasts and by-ways of southern Australia. They floated in hidden harbours and on ancient rivers, climbed over age-old rock formations, and camped at isolated Bush Heritage Australia properties, revelling in the beauty of the natural universe. Bob Brown and Paul Thomas remind us how extraordinary and diverse is our natural world.

    Green Nomads Wild Places is a superb companion to Green Nomads, the book of their first 19 000 kilometre journey inland through eastern Australia, which followed Bob’s retirement after 16 years in the Senate.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
    GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
    SOLZHENITSYN ALEKSANDR
    ISBN: 9781784871512
    Title: GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
    Author: SOLZHENITSYN ALEKSANDR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY JORDAN B. PETERSON

    A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own eleven years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

    A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • HARBOUR
    HARBOUR
    BEVAN SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781925368789
    Title: HARBOUR
    Author: BEVAN SCOTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone knows Sydney Harbour. At least, we think we do.

    Everyone can see the harbour, whether we have ever been to Sydney or not. By as little as a word or two, the harbour floats into our mind’s eye. The Bridge. The Opera House. Fireworks on New Year’s Eve. When we see those images, we feel a sense of belonging. No matter who we are or where we’re from, we see the harbour and we feel good.

    In this beautiful, authoritative and meditative journey, Scott Bevan takes us from cove to cove, by kayak, yacht and barge to gather the harbour’s stories, past and present, from boat builders, ship captains and fishermen to artists, divers, historians and environmentalists, from signs of ancient life to the submarine invasion by the Japanese.

    This is the ultimate story of Sydney Harbour – a city’s heart and a country's soul.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • HEART : A History
    HEART : A History
    JAUHAR SANDEEP
    ISBN: 9781786074720
    Title: HEART : A History
    Author: JAUHAR SANDEEP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The heart is at the centre of every life. It is the first major organ to develop and, three billion beats later, it is the last to stop working. The object of fascination for countless scientists and artists across the centuries, the heart is as much a metaphorical as a physiological matter – it can even suffer such distress due to emotional trauma that it physically changes shape.


    Tracing the evolution of humanity's medical knowledge from Ancient Greece to modern times, delving into religion and spirituality, exploring art and poetry, Dr Sandeep Jauhar tells the story of the heart as it has never been told before. Enriched by his own experiences as a doctor, it is a tale at once personal and universal, encompassing science's wonders and failures, and addressing the immense challenges faced by health professionals today as the tide of heart failures continues to rise throughout the developed world. Heart is a major and moving contribution to the history and science of the organ inside each of us that both initiates and claims our lives.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    KELLY PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143795995
    Title: HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    Author: KELLY PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Kelly is a uniquely gifted storyteller. For thirty years he has written songs of uncommon directness about everything from love and land rights to cricket and cooking. 'Before Too Long', 'To Her Door', 'Leaps And Bounds', 'Don't Start Me Talking', 'Dumb Things', 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', 'How To Make Gravy' – his songs connect generations of listeners across the country.

    In a memoir that has been greeted with acclaim by critics and adulation by fans, Kelly takes the lyrics of his songs as starting points to tell the stories of his life – the highs and lows of performing, the art of songwriting, being on the road with the band, tales of his childhood, family, friends and fellow musicians. All illuminate Kelly's wide sources of inspiration, offering an unequalled portrait of the creative mind.

    Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, How To Make Gravy is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    GREIG ELIAS
    ISBN: 9781760529451
    Title: I CANT REMEMBER THE TITLE BUT THE COVER IS BLUE : Best Sellers Worst Customers - Stories from the Other Side of the Counter
    Author: GREIG ELIAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pathos. Something about the often-fraught interaction between customer and worker - with the dividing line of the counter between them, and the commercial imperative, with its curious etiquette and tolerance of all kinds of suspect behaviour brooding above - dims down certain inhibitions, and has a kind of hot-house effect on eccentricity.

    In I Can't Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue, veteran bookseller Elias Greig collects the best, worst and most interesting customer encounters from his years as a Sydney bookseller. From ill-behaved children to nostalgic seniors and everything in between, this hilarious and unpredictable book is the perfect gift for anyone who's ever been on the wrong side of a store counter.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • I WANT MY HAT BACK   -   Board Book
    I WANT MY HAT BACK - Board Book
    KLASSEN JON
    ISBN: 9781406387797
    Title: I WANT MY HAT BACK - Board Book
    Author: KLASSEN JON
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jon Klassen for the smallest hands! The very first HAT book in board book form.

    The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance...

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FILMMAKING
    ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FILMMAKING
    ALLSUCH BOARDMAN ADAM
    ISBN: 9781910620564
    Title: ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF FILMMAKING
    Author: ALLSUCH BOARDMAN ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explore the history of filmmaking in this detailed work from a new talent.

    Going back as far as prehistoric times, where cavemen played with light and shadow, through to the first cinemas and the creation of special effects, Boardman guides the reader on an epic filmmaking journey that covers cameras, directors, and stars through the ages. The book also speculates on the future of film, taking into account the popularity of the internet and streaming devices.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • IMAGINE   -   Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    IMAGINE - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    LESTER ALISON
    ISBN: 9781760528577
    Title: IMAGINE - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle
    Author: LESTER ALISON
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alison Lester's Imagine - a wonderful introduction to the natural world with pictures to explore again and again. With 150 piece jigsaw.

    Imagine yourself deep in the jungle, under the sea, in a land of ice and snow, on a farm, in the moonlit bush, on an African plain, in a prehistoric swamp. Then turn the page and find all the animals living there.

    A book of imaginative adventure, with intricate illustrations from Australia's favourite picture book creator, Alison Lester.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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