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  • ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    CARO JANE
    ISBN: 9780522872835
    Title: ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS
    Author: CARO JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Women over fifty-five are of the generation that changed everything. We didn't expect to. Or intend to. We weren't brought up much differently from the women who came before us, and we rarely identified as feminists, although almost all of us do now. Accidental Feminists is our story. It explores how the world we lived in-with the pill and a regular pay cheque-transformed us and how, almost in spite of ourselves, we revolutionised the world. It is a celebration of grit, adaptability, energy and persistence. It is also a plea for future generations to keep agitating for a better, fairer world.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    SHOMER ENID
    ISBN: 9780932112972
    Title: ALL WE KNOW OF PLEASURE : Poetic Erotica by Women
    Author: SHOMER ENID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking anthology of well-known female poets that broadens traditional notions of erotic poetry.

    Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites the thinking reader. This anthology, spanning work of the last 75 years, will broaden its readers' notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing?

    This groundbreaking anthology includes the most popular women writers — among them Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Alexander, Anne Sexton, Dorianne Laux, Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Glu¨ck. These poets fully demonstrate that, far from being prurient, the erotic can permeate even the most mundane aspects of life, from reading a book to buying clothes.

    At the same time, the collection affirms the enormous meaningfulness of poetry — its ability to express the inexpressible and to illuminate the most private and intimate of human experiences. The poets included here represent different ethnicities, geographies, social classes, and sexual preferences. The only characteristic they share is that they are women writing about sex.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALT AMERICA : The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
    ALT AMERICA : The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
    NEIWERT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781786634467
    Title: ALT AMERICA : The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
    Author: NEIWERT DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Just as Donald Trump's victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked liberal Americans, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious "Alt-Right" leaders mystifies many. But the extreme Right has been growing steadily in the US since the 1990s, with the rise of Patriot militias; following 9/11, when conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black president of the country.

    Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the Far Right, Tea Party movement conservatives, and Republican activists found common ground in 'Producerist' ideology and constitutionalist interpretations of US law an alternative America that is resurgent, even as it has been ignored by the political establishment and mainstream media.

    Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades, and here he provides a deeply reported and authoritative report on the background, mindset, and growth on the ground of Far Right movements across the country.

    The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump's ties to Far Right figures, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing sides of the US.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMONG THE LOST
    AMONG THE LOST
    MONGE EMILIANO
    ISBN: 9781925322804
    Title: AMONG THE LOST
    Author: MONGE EMILIANO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this grim inferno, a fierce love blossomed - one that was born in pain and cruelty, and one that will live or die on this day. Estela and Epitafio too, were trafficked, they grew together in the brutal orphanage, fell in love, but were ripped apart. They have played an ugly role in the very system that abused them, and done the bidding of the brutal old priest for too long. They have traded in migrants, put children to work as slaves, hacked off limbs and lives without a thought, though they have never forgotten the memory of their own shackles.

    Like the immigrants whose hopes they extinguish, they long to be free; free to be together and alone.

    Here in an unnamed land that could be a Mexico reimagined by Breughel and Dante, on the border between purgatory and inferno, where Paradise is the mouth of hell and cruelty the only currency, lives are spent, bartered and indentured for it. Must all be bankrupt among the lost?

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANCHOR POINT
    ANCHOR POINT
    ROBINSON ALICE
    ISBN: 9781922213617
    Title: ANCHOR POINT
    Author: ROBINSON ALICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As her parents clash over unwashed dishes and unlit fires, ten-year-old Laura works hard to keep the household running. When her mother disappears into the bush, Laura finds a farewell note and makes an impulsive decision that alters the course of her family's life. Despite her anger and grief, Laura helps her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm. But gradually they realise that while they may own the land, they cannot tame it - nor can they escape their past.

    ANCHOR POINT charts Laura's life over the course of four decades as she tries to hold her family together and find her place in the world. Eventually, she has to confront the choices she has made and decide where she truly belongs. This is an eloquent, arresting and quintessentially Australian novel that no reader will easily forget.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    LIPSTADT DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9781925322675
    Title: ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    Author: LIPSTADT DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anti-Jewish violence and vandalism have been on the rise in Europe in the last five years. Deborah Lipstadt asks, 'Does this mean we are returning to the brutality of the 1930s?' 'No', is her initial answer, quickly followed by- 'It's complicated.'

    Connecting different currents in contemporary culture, such as the resurgence of racist right-wing nationalisms, left-liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, the plight of the Palestinians, the relationship of antisemitism to anti-Zionism, and the rise of Islamic extremism, Lipstadt explores how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.

    Lucid and convincing, Antisemitism will calm the fearful, rouse the complacent, and demand a response from readers.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    GIDLA SUJATHA
    ISBN: 9781911547228
    Title: ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    Author: GIDLA SUJATHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Her mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. In the slums where they lived, everyone had a political side, and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet and founder of a left-wing guerrilla movement. And Gidla charts her mother's battles with caste and women's oppression.
    Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.

    A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASSURANCES  -  Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    MORGAN J O
    ISBN: 9781787330856
    Title: ASSURANCES - Costa Poetry Award Winner 2018
    Author: MORGAN J O
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling multi-layered narrative set in the early years of the Cold War from the award-winning Scottish poet.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War- the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are. We listen to the whirring minds of machines; to the voice of the bomb itself. We spy on enemy agents- always there, always somewhere close at hand.Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices- lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today- how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ASYMMETRY
    ASYMMETRY
    HALLIDAY LISA
    ISBN: 9781783783625
    Title: ASYMMETRY
    Author: HALLIDAY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

    At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect?

    Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. It introduces a major new literary talent, writing about the world today with astonishing versatility, acuity and daring.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTRUE
    ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTRUE
    ISBN: 9780714875668
    Title: ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTRUE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Brutalist aesthetic is enjoying a renaissance - and this book documents Brutalism as never before. In the most wide-ranging investigation ever undertaken into one of architecture's most powerful movements, more than 850 Brutalist buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organised geographically into nine continental regions. Much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond - 104 countries in all, proving that Brutalism was, and continues to be, a truly international architectural phenomenon.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $175.00

    Price: $175.00
  • AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The Amazing Story of Forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The Amazing Story of Forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    ADAMS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733640292
    Title: AUSTRALIAS SWEETHEART : The Amazing Story of Forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire
    Author: ADAMS MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the fascinating story of Mary Maguire, a 1930s Australian ingenue who sailed for Hollywood and a fabulous life, only to have her career cut short by scandal and tragedy. Packed with celebrity, history and gossip, AUSTRALIA'S SWEETHEART is perfect for readers of SHEILA and THE RIVIERA SET.

    Mary Maguire was Australia's first teenage movie star and she captivated Hollywood in the mid 1930s. Mary lived on three continents and was celebrated in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. Her life was lived in parallel with seminal incidents of the twentieth century: the Spanish Flu; the Great Depression; the Bodyline series; Australia's early radio, talkies and aviation; Hollywood's Golden Era; the British aristocracy's embrace of European fascism; London's Blitz; and post-war American culture and politics. Mary knew everyone, from Douglas Jardine, Don Bradman, Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan, to William Randolph Hearst, Maureen O'Sullivan and Judy Garland.

    AUSTRALIA'S SWEETHEART in an irresistible never-before-told story that captures the glamour of Hollywood and the turbulent times of the twentieth century, with a young woman at its centre.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BAD DAD
    BAD DAD
    WALLIAMS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780008164669
    Title: BAD DAD
    Author: WALLIAMS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.


    Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

    There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
    There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
    There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
    Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads . . .

    A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!

    This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!

    Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure – and a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison!

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BELL OF TREASON
    BELL OF TREASON
    CAQUET P E
    ISBN: 9781781257104
    Title: BELL OF TREASON
    Author: CAQUET P E
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A key episode in the prelude to World War II presented in a vivid and tragic new light.

    On returning from Germany on 30 September 1938 after his agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain spoke to the crowds at 10 Downing Street: 'My good friends ... I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.' Winston Churchill commented dryly: 'We have chosen shame and will get war.' Pierre Caquet's history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia and the many Germans and others (including Thomas Mann) who had taken refuge there from the Nazis. Basing his account on countless previously unexamined sources including the press, memoirs, private journals, military plans, parliamentary records, film and radio, Pierre Caquet presents the familiar tale of one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history in a tragic new shape.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BEN QUILTY  2010 - 2018
    BEN QUILTY 2010 - 2018
    QUILTY BEN
    ISBN: 9780143795940
    Title: BEN QUILTY 2010 - 2018
    Author: QUILTY BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ben Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film. His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and male rites of passage.

    Quilty is a past winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, the National Self-portrait prize, and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. This rich and comprehensive collection of his work from the past two decades is accompanied by essays from Lisa Slade and Justin Paton.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • BEST OF MEKONG REVIEW
    BEST OF MEKONG REVIEW
    JONES MINH BUI [ED]
    ISBN: 9789670311258
    Title: BEST OF MEKONG REVIEW
    Author: JONES MINH BUI [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: MEKONG REVIEW
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • BEYOND WORDS : A Year with Kenneth Cook
    BEYOND WORDS : A Year with Kenneth Cook
    KENT JACQUELINE
    ISBN: 9780702260391
    Title: BEYOND WORDS : A Year with Kenneth Cook
    Author: KENT JACQUELINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1985 Jacqueline Kent was content with her life. She had a satisfying career as a freelance book editor, and was emerging as a writer. Living and working alone, she relished her independence.

    But then she met Kenneth Cook, author of the Australian classic Wake in Fright, and they fell in love. With bewildering speed Jacqueline found herself in alien territory- with a man almost twenty years older, whose life experience could not have been more different from her own. She had to come to terms with complicated finances and expectations, and to negotiate relationships with Ken's children, four people almost her own age. But with this man of contradictions - funny and sad, headstrong and tender - she found real and sustaining companionship.

    Their life together was often joyful, sometimes enraging, always exciting - until one devastating evening. But, as Jacqueline discovered, even when a story is over that doesn't mean it has come to an end.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
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