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  • MAMIE
    MAMIE
    MCCARTNEY TANIA
    ISBN: 9781460755860
    Title: MAMIE
    Author: MCCARTNEY TANIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TO US SHE IS MAY GIBBS, CREATOR OF SNUGGLEPOT & CUDDLEPIE.

    BUT TO HER FAMILY, SHE WAS KNOWN AS 'MAMIE'.

    In a land far away, where fairies, pixies and elves live deep in the woods, a baby girl is born. Her parents call her Mamie.

    Mamie loves to sing and dance and paint with her magical woodland friends. Her days are like a fairy tale.

    But when Mamie's family move to Australia, she misses green fields drenched with rain. The hot skies and dusty plains of her new home turn Mamie's world upside down. Will she ever find new fairy friends in this strange and beautiful land?

    From the talented Tania McCartney comes an exquisite book that celebrates the life of renowned children's author and illustrator, May Gibbs.

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MAN AT THE WINDOW
    MAN AT THE WINDOW
    JEFFREYS ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781760683306
    Title: MAN AT THE WINDOW
    Author: JEFFREYS ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An atmospheric crime novel with a burning moral dilemma at its heart, for fans of Michael Robotham, Jane Harper and Gary Disher.

    When a boarding master at an exclusive boys’ school is shot dead, it is deemed accidental. A lazy and usually drunk detective is sent to write up the report. Cardilini unexpectedly does not co-operate, as he becomes riled by the privileged arrogance of those at the school. He used to have instincts. Perhaps he should follow them now. With no real evidence he declares the shooting a murder and puts himself on a collision course with the powerful and elite of Perth. As he peels back layers, the school’s dark secrets being to emerge. But is his dogged pursuit of justice helping or harming those most affected by the dead?

    Man at the Window is the first in the Detective Cardilini series, set in 1960s Western Australia.

    Imprint: ECHO PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MARY POPPINS   -   Illustrated Gift Edition
    MARY POPPINS - Illustrated Gift Edition
    TRAVERS P L
    ISBN: 9780008289362
    Title: MARY POPPINS - Illustrated Gift Edition
    Author: TRAVERS P L
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic, illustrated by the current Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.


    When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks's lives are turned magically upside down.

    Who better to reimagine this endearing children's classic than today's most instantly recognisable and best-loved artist-illustrator? Lauren Child brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old.

    First published in 1964, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
    MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
    FRASER ANTONIA
    ISBN: 9781474610919
    Title: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
    Author: FRASER ANTONIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Antonia Fraser's bestselling biography of one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history.


    An infant queen. A teenage widow. Beautiful, flamboyant Mary Queen of Scots had a formidable intellect but her political sense - formed at the absolute court of France - plunged her country into a maelstrom of intrigue, marriage and murder. In this classic biography, reissued for the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, acclaimed historian Antonia Fraser tells the enthralling story of Mary's life and untimely end.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MEANING OF RICE : And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan
    MEANING OF RICE : And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan
    BOOTH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781784704230
    Title: MEANING OF RICE : And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan
    Author: BOOTH MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    **Shortlisted for the 2017 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards****Shortlisted for the 2018 Fortnum & Mason Food Book Award**'The next Bill Bryson.' New York TimesFood and travel writer Michael Booth and his family embark on an epic journey the length of Japan to explore its dazzling food culture. They find a country much altered since their previous visit ten years earlier (which resulted in the award-winning international bestseller Sushi and Beyond). Over the last decade the country's restaurants have won a record number of Michelin stars and its cuisine was awarded United Nations heritage status. The world's top chefs now flock to learn more about the extraordinary dedication of Japan's food artisans, while the country's fast foods - ramen, sushi and yakitori - have conquered the world. As well as the plaudits, Japan is also facing enormous challenges. Ironically, as Booth discovers, the future of Japan's culinary heritage is under threat.Often venturing far off the beaten track, the author and his family discover intriguing future food trends and meet a fascinating cast of food heroes, from a couple lavishing love on rotten fish, to a chef who literally sacrificed a limb in pursuit of the ultimate bowl of ramen, and a farmer who has dedicated his life to growing the finest rice in the world... in the shadow of Fukushima.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • Meanjin Vol 77 No 4 - Summer 2018-19
    Meanjin Vol 77 No 4 - Summer 2018-19
    GREEN JONATHAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780522873672
    Title: Meanjin Vol 77 No 4 - Summer 2018-19
    Author: GREEN JONATHAN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring Briohny Doyle on technology, time, sex and paranoia. Behrouz Boochani and Omid Tofighian maintain an online conversation during The Last Days of Manus Prison. Katharine Murphy charts the decline and fall of Malcolm Turnbull. Mark McKenna gets lost in a deep, dark historical mystery. Yen-Rong Wong ponders race and acceptable Australian identity. Melissa Lucashenko considers the possibility of writing as a sovereign act. Guy Rundle looks for the source of modern politics in the cultural studies-obsessed group houses of eighties Melbourne. Jacinta Nampijinpa Price wonders at the elements of her traditional culture that subject women to continued violence. Shaun Micallef pesters Sir Donald Bradman. Plus- memoir from Eloise Grills, Dan Dixon and Tracy Sorensen. New fiction from Jonathan Dunk, Sumudu Samarawickrama, Justine Hyde, Laurie Steed, Kate Ryan and Jamie Marina Lau. And a suite of new poetry, including work from Kate Cantrell, Lisa Brockwell, Kevin Brophy and Shastra Deo.

    Imprint: MEANJIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MELANCHOLY DEATH OF OYSTER BOY   -   20th Anniversary Edition
    MELANCHOLY DEATH OF OYSTER BOY - 20th Anniversary Edition
    BURTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780571345106
    Title: MELANCHOLY DEATH OF OYSTER BOY - 20th Anniversary Edition
    Author: BURTON TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, a beautiful new edition of the classic collection of spooky tales and illustrations, from the world's best-loved Gothic movie director, Tim Burton.

    Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of Tim Burton. Burton - the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Nightmare Before Christmas, among others - now gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children: misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds.

    His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of these hopeful, yet hapless beings.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MEMENTO MORI : What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death
    MEMENTO MORI : What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death
    JONES PETER
    ISBN: 9781786494801
    Title: MEMENTO MORI : What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death
    Author: JONES PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A thoughtful and revealing guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality, with particular emphasis on how the old dealt with the certainty of death.


    Romans inhabited a world where man, knowing nothing about hygiene let alone disease, had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. Half of all Roman children were dead by the age of five. Only eight per cent of the population made it over sixty. One bizarre result was that half the population consisted of teenagers.

    From the elites' philosophical take on the brevity of life to the epitaphs left by butchers, bakers and buffoons, Memento Mori ('Remember you are mortal') shows how the Romans faced up to this world and attempted to take the sting out of death.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MISS BURMA
    MISS BURMA
    CRAIG CHARMAINE
    ISBN: 9781611855074
    Title: MISS BURMA
    Author: CRAIG CHARMAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018
    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction

    Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country's history.

    After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin's eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma's first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family's past, the West's ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people.

    Based on the story of the author's mother and grandparents, Miss Burma is a captivating portrait of how modern Burma came to be and of the ordinary people swept up in the struggle for self-determination and freedom.

    Imprint: GROVE UK / ATLANTIC PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MORE DASHING : Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
    MORE DASHING : Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
    FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    ISBN: 9781408893661
    Title: MORE DASHING : Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
    Author: FERMOR PATRICK LEIGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The second volume of exuberant, lively letters from legendary travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor

    The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'.

    Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good: a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, when Paddy opens the wrong door, or a glass of ouzo under the pine trees with Harold Macmillan. They describe encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson, while also relating adventures with the humble: a 'pick-nick' with the stonemasons at Kardamyli, or a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the Resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. Paddy was at ease in any company – unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun.

    Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • MY POEMS WONT CHANGE THE WORLD
    MY POEMS WONT CHANGE THE WORLD
    CAVALLI PATRIZIA
    ISBN: 9780141987880
    Title: MY POEMS WONT CHANGE THE WORLD
    Author: CAVALLI PATRIZIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two hours ago I fell in love and trembled, and tremble still, and haven't a clue whom I should tell.

    Any hall she reads her poetry in is invariably filled to the gills. In Italy, Patrizia Cavalli is as beloved as Wislawa Szymborska is in Poland, and if Italy were Japan she'd be designated a national treasure. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben said of Cavalli that she has written 'the most intensely ethical poetry in Italian literature of the 20th century'. One could add that it is, easily, also the most sensual and comical. Though Cavalli has been widely translated into German, French, and Spanish, she remains little known in Britain; My Poems Won't Change the World is the first substantial gathering of translations of her work into the English language.

    The book is made up of poems from Cavalli's collections published by Einaudi from 1974 to 2006, here translated by an illustrious group of poets including Mark Strand, Jorie Graham, Jonathan Galassi and Gini Alhadeff. Thoughtful, sly and full of life, these are poems of the self, the body, pasta, cats, the city traversed on foot or by car, and - always, and above all - love.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • NEW SILK ROADS : The Present and Future of the World
    NEW SILK ROADS : The Present and Future of the World
    FRANKOPAN PETER
    ISBN: 9781526608062
    Title: NEW SILK ROADS : The Present and Future of the World
    Author: FRANKOPAN PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they lead to Beijing.'

    When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically.

    Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the West.

    This important – and ultimately hopeful – book asks us to re-read who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihood depend.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • NORDIC HOME
    NORDIC HOME
    BJERKNES JOHN ARNE
    ISBN: 9781864707960
    Title: NORDIC HOME
    Author: BJERKNES JOHN ARNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Given its unique focus on organically integrating people with nature using sustainable techniques, Scandinavian design currently occupies an important position in the architectural and interior design worlds. Nordic Home captures this exciting trend by showcasing 45 case studies exemplifying the best of Nordic architecture and interiors.

    Imprint: IMAGES PUBLISHING GROUP
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • NORSE MYTHS : Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold
    NORSE MYTHS : Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold
    BIRKETT TOM
    ISBN: 9781786488824
    Title: NORSE MYTHS : Stories of The Norse Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold
    Author: BIRKETT TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The greatest legends, battles and heroics of Norse Mythology, brought to life and explained in fascinating detail.

    The great Norse Myths are among the most dramatic and unforgettable stories in all human history. These fascinating, fantastical tales have inspired centuries of art, culture and literature, including the storytelling of Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin's GAME OF THRONES, Wagner's Ring Cycle and Marvel Comics.

    THE NORSE MYTHS takes us on a thrilling journey through the Norse cosmos, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok, the final world-destroying conflict; via the Nine Worlds, and the exploits of the mighty gods and goddesses - mystical Odin, malicious Loki, mighty Thor and more - and their quarrel with the giants.

    Bringing to life the magical world of monsters and mythical creatures, this also introduces the adventures of humankind: folk heroes and tricksters; Sigmund's great battle in the Volsung Saga; the exploits of Kings and Princes; and Viking exploration and settlement of new lands including Iceland, Greenland, America, and Viking life in the Mediterranean and the East.

    As well as a treasure trove of these epic stories of heroism and cruelty, squabbles and seductions, THE NORSE MYTHS is a comprehensive study of their origins, survival and interpretations - as academically important as it is exhilarating.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ONCE UPON A RIVER
    ONCE UPON A RIVER
    SETTERFIELD DIANE
    ISBN: 9780857525666
    Title: ONCE UPON A RIVER
    Author: SETTERFIELD DIANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

    Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield's bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ONE VERY TIRED WOMBAT   -   Board Book
    ONE VERY TIRED WOMBAT - Board Book
    TREML RENEE
    ISBN: 9780143785088
    Title: ONE VERY TIRED WOMBAT - Board Book
    Author: TREML RENEE
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A delightful counting book featuring some very cheeky Australian animals and lots of humour.How hard can it be to find a bit of peace and quiet? Wombat is tired and just wants to rest. But it's hard to sleep during the day when a bunch of noisy birds want to sing and play. The magpies keep whistling, the fairy wrens are flitting about and don't even talk about the kookaburras. Poor tired wombat. Will he ever get to sleep? One Very Tired Wombat is a charming counting book featuring some very cheeky Australian animals.

    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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