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  • ACCIDENTAL ENGINEER
    ACCIDENTAL ENGINEER
    JELLIE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781743057537
    Title: ACCIDENTAL ENGINEER
    Author: JELLIE DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Within the narrative of An Accidental Engineer there is a revealing truth about a kid from the bush who never had a life plan but always seemed to enjoy the journey. A story familiar to many.

    David Jellie was lucky in the timing of his engineering career. Following the Second World War, Australia was throwing off the shackles of austerity with the rapid expansion and upgrading of the road network. In the second half of his career, he worked on international projects in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and the Middle East. He witnessed the start of the rise of China, the aftermath of partition of Pakistan and India, and the aspirations of the people of the world for security, shelter, food and love - regardless of their ethnicity.

    His love of drawing as a boy led to a passion for landscape painting in later life. He describes this journey with intimacy and self-deprecating humour.

    This book, by the author's own admission, is a memoir of a nobody - but nonetheless, a great story about growing up in rural Australia in the 1940s. Eloquently written and moving, it reaches out to the reader and draws them into the stories being told.

    David Jellie commenced his career as a structural engineer with the Country Roads Board of Victoria in 1961. David participated in the development of Australian design codes and has written many technical papers and books - mainly relating to bridge design and construction and safety in construction. He was an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    YOUNG KEVIN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781598536669
    Title: AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY : 250 Years of Struggle and Song
    Author: YOUNG KEVIN [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Only now, in the 21st century, can we fully grasp the breadth and range of African American poetry- a magnificent chorus of voices, some familiar, others recently rescued from neglect. Here, in this unprecedented anthology expertly selected by poet and scholar Kevin Young, this precious living heritage is revealed in all its power, beauty, and multiplicity. Discover, in these pages, how an enslaved person like Phillis Wheatley confronted her legal status in verse and how an antebellum activist like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper voiced her own passionate resistance to slavery. Read nuanced, provocative poetic meditations on identity and self-assertion stretching from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Amiri Baraka to Lucille Clifton and beyond. Experience the transformation of poetic modernism in the works of figures such as Langston Hughes, Fenton Johnson, and Jean Toomer. Understand the threads of poetic history--in movements such as the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, Black Arts, Cave Canem, Dark Noise Collective--and the complex bonds of solidarity and dialogue among poets across time and place. See how these poets have celebrated their African heritage and have connected with other communities in the African Diaspora. Enjoy the varied but distinctly Black music of a tradition that draws deeply from jazz, hip hop, and the rhythms and cadences of the pulpit, the barbershop, and the street. And appreciate, in the anthology's concluding sections, why contemporary African American poetry, amply recognized in recent National Book Awards and Poet Laureates, is flourishing as never before. Taking the measure of the tradition in a single indispensable volume, African American Poetry- 250 Years of Struggle and Song sets a new standard for a genuinely deep engagement with Black poetry and its essential expression of American genius.

    Imprint: LIBRARY OF AMERICA
    RRP: $71.99

    Price: $71.99
  • ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND
    ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781526623997
    Title: ALEXS ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The tenth anniversary edition of the Sunday Times bestselling book
    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives- from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan. Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck.
    Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize

    This anniversary edition has been revised and updated by the author.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMAL FARM
    ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781787302525
    Title: ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

    George Orwell's fable of revolutionary farm animals - the steadfast horses Boxer and Clover, the opportunistic pigs Snowball and Napoleon, and the deafening choir of sheep - who overthrow their elitist human master only to find themselves subject to a new authority, is one of the most famous warnings ever written.

    Rejected by such eminent publishing figures as Victor Gollancz, Jonathan Cape and T.S. Eliot due to its daringly open criticism of Stalin, Animal Farm was published to great acclaim by Martin Secker and Warburg on 17 August 1945. One reviewer wrote 'In a hundred years' time perhaps Animal Farm ... may simply be a fairy story- today it is a fairy story with a good deal of point.'

    Seventy-five years since its first publication, Orwell's immortal satire remains an unparalleled masterpiece and more relevant than ever.

    The Authoritative Text. With an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

    *This stunning edition of Animal Farm features period artwork by Elizabeth Friedlander, one of Europe's pre-eminent 20th-century graphic designers. Look out for complementary editions of Orwell's essential works Nineteen Eighty-Four and Down and Out in Paris and London.*

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMAL WIFE : Stories
    ANIMAL WIFE : Stories
    EHRILCH LARA
    ISBN: 9781597098847
    Title: ANIMAL WIFE : Stories
    Author: EHRILCH LARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A short story collection about women's transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters

    'In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks,' said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealised alternative.

    The fifteen stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A proofreader cultivates a cage-fighting alter ego. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den.

    Animal Wife was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood, who says of the collection, 'From the first sentence Animal Wife grabbed me and never let go. Sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose, it made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women.'

    Imprint: Red Hen Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    KAMINSKY LEAH / KENEALLY MEG
    ISBN: 9781760899813
    Title: ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN
    Author: KAMINSKY LEAH / KENEALLY MEG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A response to the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, Animals Make Us Human both celebrates Australia's unique wildlife and highlights its vulnerability. Through words and images, writers, photographers and researchers reflect on their connection with animals and nature. They share moments of wonder and revelation from encounters in the natural world- seeing a wild platypus at play, an echidna dawdling across a bush track, or the inexplicable leap of a thresher shark; watching bats take flight at dusk, or birds making a home in the backyard; or following possums, gliders and owls into the dark.

    Hopeful, uplifting and deeply moving, this collection is also an urgent call to action, a powerful reminder that we only have one world in which to coexist and thrive with our fellow creatures. By highlighting the beauty and fragility of our unique fauna, Australia's favourite writers, renowned researchers and acclaimed photographers encourage readers to consider it in a new light.

    Featuring- Barbara Allen, Robbie Arnott, Tony Birch, James Bradley, Mark Brandi, Geraldine Brooks, Anne Buist, Melanie Cheng, Claire G. Coleman, Ceridwen Dovey, Chris Flynn, Nayuka Gorrie, Dan Harley, Ashley Hay, Toni Jordan, Leah Kaminsky, Paul Kelly, Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally, Cate Kennedy, David Lindenmayer, Ella Loeffler, Maia Loeffler, Jen Martin, Angela Meyer, Sonia Orchard, Favel Parrett, Marissa Parrott, Bruce Pascoe, Jack Pascoe, Sue Pillans, Nick Porch, Holly Ringland, Euan Ritchie, Antoinette Roe, Kirli Saunders, Graeme Simsion, Tracy Sorensen, Shaun Tan, Lucy Treloar, Karen Viggers, Emma Viskic, John Woinarski, Clare Wright.

    And photographers- Tim Bawden, Kristian Bell, Rohan Bilney, Justin Bruhn, Andrew Buckle, Matt Clancy, Amy Coetsee, Craig Coverdale, Angus Emmott, Jayne Jenkins, Vivien Jones, Sue Liu, Michael Livingston, Caleb McElrea, Nick Monaghan, Richard Pillans, Gillian Rayment, Linda Rogan, David Maurice Smith, Steve Smith, Colin Southwell, Georgina Steytler, Wayne Suffield, Heather Sutton, Peter Taylor, William Terry, Patrick Tomkins, Matt Wright.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    ANDERSON THISTLE WHITELOCK DEREK
    ISBN: 9781743056189
    Title: ARCADIAN ADELAIDE
    Author: ANDERSON THISTLE WHITELOCK DEREK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Scottish actress Thistle Anderson's firecracker of a polemic against her adopted hometown of Adelaide, published to roars of outrage and laughter in 1905, proves beyond doubt that people of the past were - just like us - fond of a good piss-take.

    This barbed satirical spray reveals the City of Churches as 'less holy than might be supposed', with more opium dens and prostitutes per capita than Melbourne, wines that are 'the worst ever made' (!), the local men 'caricatures' with inferior facial hair, the local women 'cats'. Thistle’s fondness is reserved for the fruit, the flour, the cabmen ... and the return ticket to Melbourne.

    This hilarious little volume, intended by its author as 'a playful skit', is to be taken with a pinch of salt ... or perhaps savoured, stubbornly, with a glass of excellent Adelaide wine.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ART BOOK
    ART BOOK
    ISBN: 9781838661342
    Title: ART BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Updated for only the third time in its 16-year history, this new edition of the award-winning landmark publication has been refreshed with more than 40 important new artists, including many previously overlooked and marginal practitioners.

    The new edition spotlights more than 600 great artists from medieval to modern times. Breaking with traditional classifications, it throws together brilliant examples from all periods, schools, visions, and techniques, presenting an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich, multifaceted culture

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $49.99
  • ART IN COUNTRY : A Treasury for Children
    ART IN COUNTRY : A Treasury for Children
    BANCROFT BRONWYN
    ISBN: 9781760507305
    Title: ART IN COUNTRY : A Treasury for Children
    Author: BANCROFT BRONWYN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gorges that plummet into serpentine shadows ...
    Cloaks of white that drape the rocky crags of snowy mountains ...


    In this magnificent celebration of country, Bronwyn Bancroft uses colours, shapes, patterns and words to explore the awe-inspiring beauty of the Australian continent, and to express the depth of her feelings for it.

    The Art in Country: A Treasury for Children is an essential addition to any young Australian's library, and a perfect introduction to the many wonders that this country has to offer. This is a treasury to be cherished by all who love this land.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ATLAS OF RECORD BREAKING ADVENTURES
    ATLAS OF RECORD BREAKING ADVENTURES
    HAWKINS EMILY
    ISBN: 9780711255630
    Title: ATLAS OF RECORD BREAKING ADVENTURES
    Author: HAWKINS EMILY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures brings together the world's most spectacular events, epic migrations and extraordinary behaviours in a stunningly illustrated addition to the critically acclaimed Atlas of Adventures series. Journey from one extreme to the other as you turn the page to discover what record-breaker is next. This is a high-octane tour around the world, stopping off at every continent to marvel at natural and human phenomena. From the highest waterfall to the deepest underground city, the largest primate to the smelliest flower, this is an adventure that can't be beaten.

    • Whether you're exploring the hottest place on Earth in Ethiopia, the world's largest cave in Vietnam, or riding the longest railway across Russia, adventure is all around you in this fun-packed atlas.
    • Richly detailed illustrations by Lucy Letherland bring every adventure to life - as well as some quirky characters hiding among all the excitement.
    • Emily Hawkins' expertise provides all you need to know to plan your next adventure - or whisk you there from the comfort of your sofa!

    With over 30 scenes to explore, adventurers 7 years and older will find hundreds of things to spot, with facts about our astonishing planet to learn on every page. Get ready to meet some incredible record-breakers in this beautifully illustrated compendium of wonders.

    Praise for the Atlas of Adventures series:

    'It encourages curiosity, understanding and tolerance and nurtures a love of the world around us.' - The Bookbag, on Atlas of Adventures

    'Lucy Letherland's inky illustrations make the book a joy to look at.' - The Guardian, on Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures

    '... it is akin to opening up a chest of treasures.' - BooksforTopics, on Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World

    'Another absolutely gorgeous addition to the Atlas of Adventures series.' - Goodreads, on Atlas of Ocean Adventures

    Imprint: WIDE EYED EDITIONS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BARNABUS PROJECT
    BARNABUS PROJECT
    FAN TERRY AND ERIC
    ISBN: 9780711249448
    Title: BARNABUS PROJECT
    Author: FAN TERRY AND ERIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects.

    Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world with green hills and trees, and buildings that reach all the way to the sky, lit with their own stars. But Barnabus may have to reach the outside world sooner than he thought, because the Green Rubber Suits are about to recycle all Failed Projects...and Barnabus doesnt want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides its time for he and the others to escape. With his little trunk and a lot of cooperation and courage, Barnabus sets out to find freedom - and a place where he and his friends can finally be accepted for who they are.

    This suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong will draw readers into a surreal, lushly detailed world in which perfection really means being true to yourself and your friends.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BEATLES : The Illustrated Lyrics 1963-1970
    BEATLES : The Illustrated Lyrics 1963-1970
    ISBN: 9781787395411
    Title: BEATLES : The Illustrated Lyrics 1963-1970
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The lyrics to the songs of the Beatles read like poetry. This book treats them as such, and deals with them artistically, awarding them the thought and detail they deserve.

    The stories, themes and ideas of more than 200 songs are explored in this beautiful book that includes photographs, artwork and illustration to bring the Fab Four's lyrics to life as never before.

    Imprint: Welbeck Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2020
    BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2020
    PHILLIPS SARA
    ISBN: 9781742236841
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2020
    Author: PHILLIPS SARA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The annual collection - now in its tenth year - celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing.

    Can fish feel pain? Does it matter if a dingo is different from a dog? Is there life in a glob of subterranean snot? Science tackles some unexpected questions. At a time when the world is buffeted by the effects of a pandemic, climate change and accelerating technology, the fruits of scientific labour and enquiry have never been more in demand. Who better to navigate us through these unprecedented days than Australia's best science writers.

    Now in its tenth year, this much-loved anthology selects the most riveting, entertaining, poignant and fascinating science stories and essays from Australian writers, poets and scientists. In their expert hands such ordinary objects as milk and sticky tape become imbued with new meaning, while the furthest reaches of our universe are made more familiar and comprehensible.

    With a foreword from Nobel laureate and immunologist Peter C Doherty, this collection brings fresh perspective to the world you thought you knew.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER
    BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER
    CHANG JUNG
    ISBN: 9781784703967
    Title: BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER
    Author: CHANG JUNG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans

    They were the most famous sisters in China. As the country battled seismic transformations these three women left an indelible mark on history.

    Red Sister rose to be Mao's vice-chair.
    Little Sister became first lady of pre-Communist Nationalist China.
    Big Sister made herself one of country's richest women.

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister takes us on a sweeping journey from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. By turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape twentieth-century China.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BLACK BOOK
    BLACK BOOK
    OLDFIELD SYBIL
    ISBN: 9781788165082
    Title: BLACK BOOK
    Author: OLDFIELD SYBIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1939, the Gestapo created a list of names: the Britons whose removal would be the Nazis' first priority in the event of a successful invasion. Who were they? What had they done to provoke Germany? For the first time, the historian Sybil Oldfield uncovers their stories and reveals why the Nazis feared their influence.

    Those on the hitlist - more than half of them naturalised refugees - were many of Britain's most gifted and humane inhabitants. Among their numbers we find the writers E. M. Forster and Virginial Woolf, humanitarians and religious leaders, scientists and artists, the social reformers Margery Fry and Eleanor Rathbone MP, the artists Jacob Epstein and Oscar Kokoschka.

    By examining these targets of Nazi hatred, Oldfield not only sheds light on the Gestapo worldview; she also movingly reveals a network of truly exemplary Britons: mavericks, moral visionaries and unsung heroes.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    DONNELLY GARY
    ISBN: 9780749025274
    Title: BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    Author: DONNELLY GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Murder. Blackmail. Welcome to Belfast.

    DI Owen Sheen vowed never to return to Belfast, but he needs answers about his brother's death. He is on loan from London's Met to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, although before he can dig into the past, he must babysit DC Aoife McCusker on her first murder investigation.

    As the case slides into chaos, can Sheen put his personal agenda aside? And will McCusker keep her job long enough to ensure that this first case is not her last?

    Imprint: ALLISON AND BUSBY
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
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