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  • INSANE MODE : How Elon Musks Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
    INSANE MODE : How Elon Musks Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
    MCKENZIE HAMISH
    ISBN: 9780571327669
    Title: INSANE MODE : How Elon Musks Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
    Author: MCKENZIE HAMISH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A former Tesla insider tells the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since Ford and shows how it is bringing an end to the era of petrol-powered transportation.


    Hamish McKenzie, a former Tesla insider, tells how a Silicon Valley start-up's wild dream came true. Tesla is a car company that stood up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit car manufacturers, but also the massive power of Big Oil and its benefactors, the infamous Koch brothers The award-winning Tesla Model 3, a premium mass-market electric car that went on sale in 2018, has reconfigured the popular perception of Tesla and continues to transform the public's relationship with motor vehicles--much like Ford's Model T did nearly a century ago. At the same time, company CEO Elon Musk courts controversy and spars with critics through his Twitter account, just as Tesla's ever-increasing debt teeters on junk bond status ...

    As McKenzie shows, Tesla has triggered frenzied competition from newcomers and traditional automakers alike, but it retains an edge because of its expansive infrastructure and its stupendous battery factory in the Nevada desert. The popularity of electric cars is growing around the world, especially in China, and McKenzie interviews little-known titans who have the money and the market access to power a global electric car revolution quickly and decisively.

    ‘Insane Mode’ started off as a feature on the dual-motor Tesla Model S which gave the car Ferrari-like acceleration, but it's also the perfect description of the operating scale of a company that has sworn it won't rest until every car on the road is electric. Here is a story about the very best kind of American ingenuity and its history-making potential.
    Buckle up!

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ITS ALL A GAME : A Short History of Board Games
    ITS ALL A GAME : A Short History of Board Games
    DONOVAN TRISTAN
    ISBN: 9781786494535
    Title: ITS ALL A GAME : A Short History of Board Games
    Author: DONOVAN TRISTAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From board game cafes to puzzle books, we need diversion more than ever. This cheeky but nostalgic look at the history of board games is the perfect Christmas gift.

    Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification?

    In It's All a Game renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • JAPANESE LARDER : Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking
    JAPANESE LARDER : Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking
    HARA LUIZ
    ISBN: 9781911127628
    Title: JAPANESE LARDER : Bringing Japanese Ingredients into Your Everyday Cooking
    Author: HARA LUIZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning cookery book that demystifies the best Japanese ingredients and cooking by introducing the home cook to a number of key Japanese ingredients and techniques that are easy to acquire and will transform their everyday cooking.

    A follow-up to Luiz's first book, Nikkei Cuisine, Japanese Larder is a stunning cookery book that demystifies the best Japanese ingredients and cooking by introducing the home cook to a number of key Japanese ingredients and techniques that are easy to acquire and will transform their everyday cooking. Most of us have heard of ingredients such as miso, mirin, tofu and matcha, but how many of us feel confident using these ingredients in our everyday cooking, or beyond the one or two recipes for which we may bought such ingredients in the first place? In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, Luiz Hara introduces you to a host of delicious and versatile Japanese ingredients which are easy to get hold of in most parts of the world and can be used to create the most mouth-watering and interesting dishes. Categorized by main ingredient, grab that packet of miso paste from your fridge, buy some ponzu or yuzu from your local grocery store or the ethnic section of your local supermarket, and discover a new world of taste and flavour thanks to Luiz's delicious recipes.

    Imprint: JACQUI SMALL
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • KANGAROO SQUADRON : American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II
    KANGAROO SQUADRON : American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II
    GAMBLE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9780306845253
    Title: KANGAROO SQUADRON : American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II
    Author: GAMBLE BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The dramatic untold story of the first US Army unit to cross the Pacific and strike back at the Japanese after Pearl Harbor

    In early 1942, while most of the American military was still in disarray from the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, a single squadron advanced to the far side of the world to face America's new enemy.

    Based in Australia with poor supplies and no ground support, the pilots and crew faced tropical diseases while confronting numerically superior Japanese forces. Yet the outfit, dubbed the Kangaroo Squadron, proved remarkably resilient and successful, conducting long-range bombing raids, armed reconnaissance missions, and rescuing General MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines.

    Before now, the story of their courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds has largely been untold. Using eyewitness accounts based on personal diaries, letters, new interviews, and memoirs as well as Japanese sources, historian Bruce Gamble brings to vivid life this dramatic true story.

    But the Kangaroo Squadron's story doesn't end in World War II. One of the B-17s, crash landed on its first mission, has recently been recovered from jungle swamps. The intertwined stories of the Kangaroo Squadron and the "Swamp Ghost" are filled with thrilling accounts of aerial combat, an epic jungle survival story, and the powerful mystique of an abandoned bomber that compelled men to possess it at any cost.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • KEATS
    KEATS
    MOTION ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780571346660
    Title: KEATS
    Author: MOTION ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in 1997, Keats was the first major biography of this tragic hero of Romanticism for some thirty years, and it differs from its predecessors in important respects. Most importantly, Andrew Motion - himself a distinguished poet and former poet laureate - demonstrates how the poems continue to exert their power.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • KILL SHOT : A Wyatt Thriller
    KILL SHOT : A Wyatt Thriller
    DISHER GARRY
    ISBN: 9781925773224
    Title: KILL SHOT : A Wyatt Thriller
    Author: DISHER GARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest gripping novel in the popular Wyatt series kicks off with our enigmatic anti-hero committing a robbery in Sydney, then unfolds on the beaches of Newcastle.

    Some people just work better alone. Wyatt?s one of them. He?s been getting by on nice quiet little burglaries-one-man jobs-when he gets wind of something bigger.A corporate crook, notorious Ponzi schemer, set to face court and certain jail time. He?s about to skip bail the old-fashioned way- on a luxury yacht with a million dollars in cash.Wyatt thinks it sounds like something he should get into.He?s not alone.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KING OF THE AIR : The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith
    KING OF THE AIR : The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith
    BLAINEY ANN
    ISBN: 9781760641078
    Title: KING OF THE AIR : The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith
    Author: BLAINEY ANN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages- the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first flight across the Tasman, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. He did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him. A ticker-tape parade was held in his honour on New York's Fifth Avenue. At home, he became a national hero, 'Our Smithy'.

    Yet his achievements belied a traumatic past. He had witnessed the horror of World War I - first as a soldier at Gallipoli, later as a combat pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. Erratic, a compulsive philanderer, and almost always broke, he began to embark on increasingly wild and dangerous stunts. The public saw the derring-do; only those close to him knew the anxious, troubled individual who pushed himself to the edge of sanity.
    In November 1935, Kingsford Smith's plane crashed and he was lost at sea near Burma, his body never to be recovered. This brilliant work from one of Australia's foremost biographers reveals the tumultuous life of a fascinating, enigmatic figure, who pursued his obsession to the greatest heights of fame and catastrophe.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $44.99
  • KINGDOM OF THE BLIND
    KINGDOM OF THE BLIND
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751566598
    Title: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new ingenious crime thriller featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, from number one New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny


    When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Surete du Quebec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will.

    Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing.

    But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into the events that led to his suspension has dragged on, and Armand is taking increasingly desperate measures to rectify previous actions. As he does, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots - and the terrible things hiding there.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • LADY SINGS THE BLUES
    LADY SINGS THE BLUES
    HOLIDAY BILLIE
    ISBN: 9780241351291
    Title: LADY SINGS THE BLUES
    Author: HOLIDAY BILLIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I've been told that no one sings the word 'hunger' like I do. Or the word 'love'.'

    Lady Sings the Blues is the inimitable autobiography of one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century. Born to a single mother in 1915 Baltimore, Billie Holiday had her first run-in with the law at aged 13. But Billie Holiday is no victim. Her memoir tells the story of her life spent in jazz, smoky Harlem clubs and packed-out concert halls, her love affairs, her wildly creative friends, her struggles with addiction and her adventures in love. Billie Holiday is a wise and aphoristic guide to the story of her unforgettable life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Alphabet Book
    LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Alphabet Book
    KNAPP KATE
    ISBN: 9781460756904
    Title: LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Alphabet Book
    Author: KNAPP KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE BESTSELLING RUBY RED SHOES IS BACK

    A is for angels flying above and around.Their softest of wingsmake barely a sound.

    Have fun learning the alphabet with Ruby Red Shoes - everyone's favourite hare!

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Counting Book
    LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Counting Book
    KNAPP KATE
    ISBN: 9781460756911
    Title: LEARN WITH RUBY RED SHOES : Counting Book
    Author: KNAPP KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE BESTSELLING RUBY RED SHOES IS BACK

    One is for me. I'm one of a kind.I'm separate from you and I know my own mind.

    Have fun learning how to count with Ruby Red Shoes - everyone's favourite hare!

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI
    LEONARDO DA VINCI
    ISAACSON WALTER
    ISBN: 9781501139161
    Title: LEONARDO DA VINCI
    Author: ISAACSON WALTER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.
    Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it – to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think differently.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • LETS GO (So We Can Get Back) : A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco etc
    LETS GO (So We Can Get Back) : A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco etc
    TWEEDY JEFF
    ISBN: 9780571330492
    Title: LETS GO (So We Can Get Back) : A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco etc
    Author: TWEEDY JEFF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story, in his own words, of one of the century's most feted singer-songwriters: Jeff Tweedy, the man behind music by Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Tweedy.

    Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the mainstream - and back again.

    Funny, disarming, and deeply honest, his memoir casts light on his unique creative process and the stories that shaped his life and career, from a childhood spent in Illinois to the release of No Depression in the early 90s - which set the blueprint for alt-country - and later working with Mavis Staples and, posthumously, Woody Guthrie.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • LIBRARY OF ICE : Readings from a Cold Climate
    LIBRARY OF ICE : Readings from a Cold Climate
    CAMPBELL NANCY
    ISBN: 9781471169311
    Title: LIBRARY OF ICE : Readings from a Cold Climate
    Author: CAMPBELL NANCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A vivid and perceptive book combining memoir, scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place, which will appeal to readers of Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin and Olivia Laing.

    Long captivated by the solid yet impermanent nature of ice, by its stark, rugged beauty, acclaimed poet and writer Nancy Campbell sets out from the world’s northernmost museum – at Upernavik in Greenland – to explore it in all its facets. From the Bodleian Library archives to the traces left by the great polar expeditions, from remote Arctic settlements to the ice houses of Calcutta, she examines the impact of ice on our lives at a time when it is itself under threat from climate change.

    The Library of Ice is a fascinating and beautifully rendered evocation of the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet, and of a writer’s quest to define the value of her work in a disappearing landscape.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $34.99
  • LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780141983134
    Title: LOST KINGDOM : A History of Russian Nationalism
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this violation of national sovereignty was in fact only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom,award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the merging of imperialism and nationalism in Russia today by delving into its history. Spanning over two thousand years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin have exploited existing forms of identity, warfare and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy. A strikingly ambitious book, Lost Kingdom chronicles the long and belligerent history of Russia's empire and nation-building quest.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MAIGRET AND THE GHOST : Inspector Maigret #62
    MAIGRET AND THE GHOST : Inspector Maigret #62
    SIMENON GEORGES
    ISBN: 9780241304037
    Title: MAIGRET AND THE GHOST : Inspector Maigret #62
    Author: SIMENON GEORGES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    During an undercover case Inspector Lognon is shot in a room he was sharing with a beautiful woman who has since disappeared. Inspector Maigret retraces Lognon's secretive last few days and is drawn into the darker side of the art world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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