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  • VANLIFE COMPANION
    VANLIFE COMPANION
    ISBN: 9781787018488
    Title: VANLIFE COMPANION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hit the open road with this practical and inspiring guide. In the first half, you'll discover how to choose and customise your perfect van, and get it fitted for sleeping, cooking and storage. In part two, we'll tell you how to stay safe, save money and park legally, then share the best road trips around the world, complete with itineraries.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VELOCITY OF BEING : Letters to A Young Reader
    VELOCITY OF BEING : Letters to A Young Reader
    POPOVA MARIA
    ISBN: 9781592702282
    Title: VELOCITY OF BEING : Letters to A Young Reader
    Author: POPOVA MARIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An expansive collection of love letters to books, libraries, and reading, from a wonderfully eclectic array of thinkers and creators.

    In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers—writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers—reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response.

    Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy’s first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.

    Age 10+

    Imprint: ENCHANTED LION
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    FANTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781786891655
    Title: WAIT UNTIL SPRING BANDINI
    Author: FANTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rediscovered classic about frustrated masculinity in America's Great Depression.

    For Arturo Bandini, oldest son of Italian immigrants living in small-town Colorado during the Great Depression, the winter proves harsh. When his father seemingly abandons his family, Arturo is left to pick up the pieces, even as turmoil rages within him.

    With its evocative account of grinding poverty, tragic love affairs and tumultuous adolescence, this first novel from the Bandini quartet is a much-neglected masterpiece of modern American literature.

    Introduced by Dan Fante.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WATERSHIP DOWN
    WATERSHIP DOWN
    ADAMS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786070272
    Title: WATERSHIP DOWN
    Author: ADAMS RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful new hardback gift edition of the beloved Richard Adams classic Watership Down - a Christmas gift in waiting

    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams ' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time, and resonates just as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago.

    With a new four-part BBC adaptation planned for Christmas 2018, in collaboration with Netflix and voiced by stars including John Boyega, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Colman and James McAvoy, this beautiful new heritage edition will be treasured by children for years to come. Design features of this classic edition will include gold foil, head and tail bands and a beautiful gold ribbon, making this the ideal gift for Christmas and beyond.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WHISPERER
    WHISPERER
    FOSSUM KARIN
    ISBN: 9781787300941
    Title: WHISPERER
    Author: FOSSUM KARIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Inspector Sejer returns in a stunning, psychologically acute new thriller from the Queen of Norwegian crime fiction.Ragna Riegel works in a supermarket and still lives in her childhood home. She's alone in the world since her only son moved to Berlin. She longs for a Christmas or birthday card from him.Ragna lives her life within strict self-imposed limits- she sits in the same seat on the bus every day, on her way to her predictable job. On her way home she always visits the same local shop. She feels safe in her routine, until one day she receives a letter with a threatening message scrawled in capital letters. An unknown enemy has entered her world and she must use all her means to defend herself.When the worst happens, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to interrogate Ragna. Is this unassuming woman out of her depth, or is she hiding a dark secret?PRAISE FOR THE WHISPERER-'It is her ability to make average, often wounded human psyches crackle and glow in all the colours of the rainbow that is Fossum's forte as a writer. She has an exceptional eye for fragility and vulnerability, and the complexity and dark humour of these states of mind.' AFTENPOSTEN'Hviskeren contains all of the elements that make Fossum one of Norway's foremost crime authors- Deep psychological insight ... Creepy, unnerving discomfort and plausible madness in everyday life... The unthinkable lingers and quivers within the text, creating suspense as the story builds towards the shocking reveal.' VG

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHITE DOG : Jack Irish, Book Four
    WHITE DOG : Jack Irish, Book Four
    TEMPLE PETER
    ISBN: 9781925773323
    Title: WHITE DOG : Jack Irish, Book Four
    Author: TEMPLE PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fourth and final book in the iconic Jack Irish series, and the winner of the 2003 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel.

    Jack Irish-gambler, cook and cabinetmaker, finder of people who don't want to be found-has a new job, hunting for evidence that might save the beautiful sculptor Sarah Longmore from a murder rap. Jack soon discovers there was nothing straightforward about property developer Mickey Franklin's death, and falls headlong into a world of shady deals, sexual secrets and country rednecks.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    THOMAS RICHARD F
    ISBN: 9780008245467
    Title: WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    Author: THOMAS RICHARD F
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    ‘At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech?

    In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets.

    The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHY FRENCH WOMEN FEEL YOUNG AT 50 : ... and how you can too
    WHY FRENCH WOMEN FEEL YOUNG AT 50 : ... and how you can too
    DESCLAUX MYLENE
    ISBN: 9781472261878
    Title: WHY FRENCH WOMEN FEEL YOUNG AT 50 : ... and how you can too
    Author: DESCLAUX MYLENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Parisian blogger Mylene Desclaux assures us that we are still 'young women' in our fifties - but with more opportunities. She examines everything with humour and sensitivity - love, style, parents, children, work, nightclubs...

    In this witty and uplifting book Mylene Desclaux speaks tenderly and honestly about turning 50 and what it means for herself and for the other women in her entourage.

    'By the time we're 50, we've generally done all the important things - career, family. Now we can re-centre and discover a new energy within ourselves. It's our time to blossom - we reprogramme gently. We revitalise. We realise that we are the mistresses of our own lives... The desire to do battle disappears. We feel calm. And we know we're going to have time to make the most of it, life being very long...'

    With acerbic French humour she distils the essence of getting the most out of your middle age and gives advice on everything from:

    * Relationships
    * Sex
    * Fashion
    * Dating
    * Skincare
    * Friendships
    * Kids
    * Beauty

    In WHY FRENCH WOMEN FEEL YOUNG AT 50 you will learn how to take pleasure from the simple things in life and how to make the most of your fifties, the Parisian way.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WINE READS
    WINE READS
    MCINERNEY JAY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781611856279
    Title: WINE READS
    Author: MCINERNEY JAY [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From celebrated novelist Jay McInerney, whose extensive writing on wine has been called 'crisp, stylish and very funny' (New York Times Book Review), comes an delectable collection of great writing about wine

    In this richly literary anthology, Jay McInerney - bestselling novelist and acclaimed wine columnist for Town & Country, the Wall Street Journal and House and Garden - selects over twenty pieces of memorable fiction and nonfiction about the making, selling and, of course, drinking of fine wine.

    Including excerpts from novels, short fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, Wine Reads features big names in the trade and literary heavyweights alike. We follow Kermit Lynch to the Northern Rhone in a chapter from his classic Adventures on the Wine Route. In an excerpt from Between Meals, long-time New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling raises feeding and imbibing on a budget in Paris into something of an art form - and discovers a very good rose from just west of the Rhone. Michael Dibdin's fictional Venetian detective Aurelio Zen gets a lesson in Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello vintages from an eccentric celebrity. Jewish-Czech writer and gourmet Joseph Wechsberg visits the medieval Chateau d'Yquem to sample different years of the "roi des vins" alongside a French connoisseur who had his first taste of wine at age four.

    Also showcasing an iconic scene from Rex Pickett's Sideways and work by Jancis Robinson, Benjamin Wallace and McInerney himself, this is an essential volume for any disciple of Bacchus.

    Imprint: GROVE UK / ATLANTIC PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WONDERLING
    WONDERLING
    BARTOK MIRA
    ISBN: 9781406379907
    Title: WONDERLING
    Author: BARTOK MIRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.

    For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name – a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck – it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good king in the old stories – and a best friend.

    Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • WRITER OF OUR TIME : The Life and Work of John Berger
    WRITER OF OUR TIME : The Life and Work of John Berger
    SPERLING JOSHUA
    ISBN: 9781786637420
    Title: WRITER OF OUR TIME : The Life and Work of John Berger
    Author: SPERLING JOSHUA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Berger was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, he won the Booker Prize in 1972, donating half his prize money to the Black Panthers; as a TV presenter he changed the way we looked at art in Ways of Seeing; as a storyteller and political activist he defended the rights and dignity of workers, migrants and the oppressed around the world. In 1953 he wrote- "Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics." He remained a revolutionary up to his death in January, 2017.
    In A Writer of Our Time, Joshua Sperling places Berger 's life and works within the historical narrative of postwar Britain and beyond. The book also explores, through the work, the larger questions that vexed a generation- the purpose of art, the nature of creative freedom, the meaning of commitment. Drawing on extensive interviews, close readings and a wealth of archival sources only recently made available, the book brings the many different faces of John Berger together and shows him as one of the most vital, and brilliant, thinkers and storytellers of our time.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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