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  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925603972
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before.

    * Awarded the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, Melanie Cheng's Australia Day paints a vivid and absorbing panorama of contemporary Australia

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    FINCHER LETA HONG
    ISBN: 9781788735346
    Title: BETRAYING BIG BROTHER : The Feminist Awakening in China
    Author: FINCHER LETA HONG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the eve of International Women's Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China's urban, educated women. In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses the greatest threat to China's authoritarian regime today.

    Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the challenges they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as Wei Tingting-one of the Feminist Five-wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness through online campaigns resembling #MeToo, and describing how the Communist regime has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALL ME EVIE
    CALL ME EVIE
    POMARE J P
    ISBN: 9780733640230
    Title: CALL ME EVIE
    Author: POMARE J P
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    DON'T TRUST HIM. IT WASN'T ME. IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ME.

    Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.

    In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.

    Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALM THE F**K DOWN
    CALM THE F**K DOWN
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787476202
    Title: CALM THE F**K DOWN
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensation The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do You.

    Do you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about?
    Do you freak out when things don't go to plan?
    Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life?

    When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, CALM THE F**K DOWN gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you - from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter - and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back.

    Think of CALM THE F**K DOWN as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that 'everything's going to be okay,' actually shows you how to make it so.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    COLETTE
    ISBN: 9780099422525
    Title: CLAUDINE IN PARIS
    Author: COLETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE FILM COLETTE, out Jan 2019.

    The second book in Colette's enchanting Claudine series.

    Seventeen-year-old Claudine is in despair having left her beloved village Montigny for a new life in Paris. Comforted by her devoted maid Melie, her slug-obsessed Papa, and the trustworthy cat Fanchette, Claudine’s instinctive curiosity gradually leads to an awakened interest in the city. Ruthless and sensual, Claudine records her sharp observations and adventures amongst the intriguing characters that surround her, evoking all the glamour and excitement of Parisian life.

    Written with striking realism Claudine in Paris is an inspiring portrait of a precocious young girl on the brink of transformation into a woman for her, and our, time.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164170
    Title: CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, comes an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s most riveting and memorable female characters.

    Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history—and thanks to Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing personalities in literature. She is lover of Marc Antony, defender of Egypt, and, perhaps most enduringly, a champion of life. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complex. She has fascinated readers and audiences for centuries and has been played by the greatest actresses of their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Cleopatra with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are in high school and college and another when we are adults, Bloom explains his shifting understanding of Cleopatra over the course of his own lifetime. The book becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our own humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. With Cleopatra, he delivers exhilarating clarity and invites us to look at this character as a flawed human who might be living in our world. The result is an invaluable resource from our greatest literary critic.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    SMITH STEVIE
    ISBN: 9780571311316
    Title: COLLECTED POEMS AND DRAWINGS OF STEVIE SMITH
    Author: SMITH STEVIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    When Stevie Smith died in 1971 she was one of the twentieth-century's most popular poets; many of her poems have been widely anthologised, and 'Not Waving but Drowning' remains one of the nation's favourite poems to this day.

    Satirical, mischievous, teasing, disarming, her characteristically lightning-fast changes in tone take readers from comedy to tragedy and back again, while her line drawings are by turns unsettling and beguiling. In this edition of her work, Smith scholar Will May collects together the illustrations and poems from her original published volumes for the first time, recording fascinating details about their provenance, and describing the various versions Smith presented both on stage and page. Including over 500 works from Smith's 35-year career, The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the essential edition of modern poetry's most distinctive voice.

    Nobody heard him, the dead man,
    But still he lay moaning:
    I was much further out than you thought
    And not waving but drowning.


    - 'Not Waving but Drowning'

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    CHARNEY NOAH
    ISBN: 9780393356366
    Title: COLLECTOR OF LIVES : Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
    Author: CHARNEY NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An accomplished painter, architect and diplomat, Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) is best known for Lives of the Artists, his classic account of the great masters-an extraordinary book that invented the genre of artistic biography, single-handedly established the canon of Italian Renaissance art and founded the cults of Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo that persist to this day. Vasari positioned art as an intellectual pursuit instead of just a technical skill, teaching us to view artists as geniuses and visionaries rather than as simple craftsmen.

    Immersing readers in the world of the Medici and the popes, Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney show the great works of Western culture taking shape amid the thrilling culture of Renaissance Italy.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found  - Costa Biography Award Winner 2018
    CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Biography Award Winner 2018
    VAN ES BART
    ISBN: 9780241285008
    Title: CUT OUT GIRL : A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found - Costa Biography Award Winner 2018
    Author: VAN ES BART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful, harrowing story about a young girl's struggle to survive Nazi persecution, and a man's attempt to unveil his family's secrets.

    The last time Lien saw her parents was in The Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a foster family far away to be hidden from the Nazis. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?

    So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country. This is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.

    Imprint: FIG TREE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DEATH IN VENICE AND OTHER STORIES   (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    DEATH IN VENICE AND OTHER STORIES (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    MANN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781784875015
    Title: DEATH IN VENICE AND OTHER STORIES (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    Author: MANN THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY DAVID LUKE


    The Vintage Classics Europeans series - with covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury


    Aging writer Gustave von Aschenbach is disappointed by Venice. The skies are leaden, the air is thick and sultry, and a sickening stench emanates from the murky labyrinth of canals. It would hardly be sensible to stay, especially not when rumours of a ‘sickness’ spread through the city. And yet Aschenbach cannot leave: he has seen an entirely beautiful young boy and has fallen under an enchantment. He must stay near the boy, though never speaking to him, even until it is too late.

    Also includes the stories 'LITTLE HERR FRIEDEMANN', 'THE JOKER', 'THE ROAD TO THE CHURCHYARD', 'GLADIUS DEI', 'TRISTAN' and 'TONIO KRUGER'.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DON QUIXOTE   (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: 9781784875008
    Title: DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH BY EDITH GROSSMAN


    The Vintage Classics Europeans series - with covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury.


    Widely regarded as the world’s first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of a noble knight and his faithful squire as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. Except the knight is not really a knight, his princesses are servant girls, his enchanted castles are inns and his giants are windmills. Don Quixote’s goodness is real however, and his wish for the world to be full of adventures and passion is so profoundly human that, four hundred years after its first appearance, his story still crackles, beguiles and inspires.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • END OF PROCRASTINATION
    END OF PROCRASTINATION
    LUDWIG PETR
    ISBN: 9781760637705
    Title: END OF PROCRASTINATION
    Author: LUDWIG PETR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone procrastinates. We live in a world surrounded by constant distractions (Facebook or Twitter, anyone?) and endless choices, which both lead to lack of focus and decision paralysis. As a result, we end up procrastinating which in turn can lead to mistakes at work and home, and actually make it impossible to achieve long-term happiness.

    While there are tips and tricks online on how to improve one's efficiency, no one has created a complete how-to that is backed by science and also easy-to-understand. At the core of this book are simple and practical tools for personal development, which will help you with your motivation, efficiency, productivity and long-term satisfaction.

    You will learn:
    - what decision paralysis is and why it has such a negative effect on us
    - how human motivation works and how properly to set it in order to work in the long-term
    - how to find a personal vision, define your strengths and use them to do meaningful things
    - how your brain works from the perspective of self-control. How to strengthen your willpower
    - how to increase efficiency.
    - how to learn new positive habits and unlearn the bad ones
    - how to organise tasks and time so that you can do more without getting tired
    - how to manage your own failures better
    - how to overcome the fear of change

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ENLIGHTENMENT NOW : The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress
    ENLIGHTENMENT NOW : The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress
    PINKER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780141979090
    Title: ENLIGHTENMENT NOW : The Case for Reason Science Humanism and Progress
    Author: PINKER STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An epic assessment of the current human condition, from one of the world's greatest contemporary thinkers.

    If you follow the news, the 21st century doesn't seem to be going so well. From 9/11 to the Great Recession, the Syrian civil war, the Ebola epidemic, growing inequality, racial unrest, and bitterly contested elections, the world seems to be sinking into chaos and hatred. Moralizing commentators tell us that the decline of religious belief and close-knit communities has left us spiritually adrift, without a grounding in moral values, so it's no wonder we're suffering through an epidemic of loneliness, unhappiness, and suicide. And then there are the futurologists who speculate on what will finish us off first: resource wars, nuclear annihilation, unstoppable climate change, or robots that steal our jobs, enslave us, and turn us into raw materials.

    But, as Steven Pinker argues in this landmark new book, we do not truly inhabit a dystopia of deprivation and violence: in fact, every global measure of human flourishing is on the rise. We're living longer, healthier, safer, and more affluent lives-not just in the West, but worldwide. Why?

    In Enlightenment Now, Pinker proposes that human progress is the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even knowing it. The values of the Enlightenment underlie all our modern institutions, and deserve credit for the stupendous progress we have made. The progress we have enjoyed is not, of course, an excuse for complacency: some of the challenges we face today are unprecedented in their complexity and scope.

    The way to deal with these challenges, Pinker argues, is to treat them as problems to solve, as we have solved other problems in our past. Putting the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how, by using our faculties of reason and sympathy to understand the world and to enhance human flourishing, we can tackle problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an entropic universe.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES
    EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES
    LINDQVIST SVEN
    ISBN: 9781847081988
    Title: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES
    Author: LINDQVIST SVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over twenty years ago, Sven Lindqvist, one of the great pioneers of a new kind of experiential history writing, set out across Central Africa. Obsessed with a single line from Conrad's The Heart of Darkness - Kurtz's injunction to 'Exterminate All the Brutes' - he braided an account of his experiences with a profound historical investigation, revealing to the reader with immediacy and cauterizing force precisely what Europe's imperial powers had exacted on Africa's people over the course of the preceding two centuries.

    Shocking, humane, crackling with imaginative energies and moral purpose, Exterminate All the Brutes stands as an impassioned, timeless classic. It is essential reading for anybody ready to come to terms with the brutal, racist history on which Europe built its wealth.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FINDING STEVES PLACE
    FINDING STEVES PLACE
    HARFULL LIZ
    ISBN: 9780987631503
    Title: FINDING STEVES PLACE
    Author: HARFULL LIZ
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Steve Woolston would never describe himself as famous, but it’s fair to say that he’s a legend in certain circles, with extraordinary stories to tell. A gun shearer, who loves horses, dogs and fast cars, his childhood was a boy’s own adventure, growing up near Keith in the South Australian bush. Then in the 1960s, he discovered the world of surfing. His search for the perfect, uncrowded wave, led him to the sleepy seaside village of Robe, where he set up the iconic surf shop, Steve’s Place, and founded one of the world’s longest-running surfing competitions.

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the first event, Liz Harfull brings together the surprising story of Steve’s life, from challenging adventures in the Outback to a surfing accident that almost cost him his life, shared with fascinating bush characters and some of the most famous names in Australian surfing. As one of his mates put it: ‘Every day something funny or interesting happened, just because it did!’

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • FLIGHT RISK
    FLIGHT RISK
    MCGUIRE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781760632885
    Title: FLIGHT RISK
    Author: MCGUIRE MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The plane in question was a Garuda Airlines A330. It had taken off from Sydney at 4.37pm yesterday bound for Jakarta. For three hours everything seemed perfectly normal.

    All modern aircraft carry highly sophisticated equipment that tells you to the millimetre where exactly the plane is anywhere in the world, how fast it's flying, how high it is, how much fuel it has, what the passenger in seat 47b had for lunch.

    In short, they are very hard to lose.

    But this one had gone.

    Disgraced former pilot Ted Roberts works for a top-secret government organisation set up to investigate terror-related incidents. Sent to Jakarta to find out as much as he can about the pilot of a vanished Garuda flight, he discovers a flight simulator in the pilot's apartment.

    When the investigation turns sour, Ted escapes to New York as further disaster strikes.

    Another plane disappears from the sky. Then another. Three planes and hundreds of passengers and crew, vanished, without a trace. Panic is widespread and the world is teetering on the brink.

    Still no one has come forward to claim responsibility.

    At an eerily deserted JFK airport trying to get a flight back home, Ted witnesses a suspicious exchange between an airport cleaner and a nonchalant airline pilot. He follows the pilot to his destination: a Ukraine International Airlines flight, due to leave in an hour. All his instincts tell him that this is the next plane to go down. But what does he do? Take the flight and face almost certain death, or fly back home and watch for the news headlines?

    He does the unthinkable and gets on the plane.



    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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