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  • FLAME
    FLAME
    COHEN LEONARD
    ISBN: 9781786893147
    Title: FLAME
    Author: COHEN LEONARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.

    A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, this collection is a valedictory work.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FO PLAYS 2 : Can't Pay? Won't Pay!; Elizabeth; The Open Couple;An Ordinary Day
    FO PLAYS 2 : Can't Pay? Won't Pay!; Elizabeth; The Open Couple;An Ordinary Day
    FO DARIO
    ISBN: 9780413680204
    Title: FO PLAYS 2 : Can't Pay? Won't Pay!; Elizabeth; The Open Couple;An Ordinary Day
    Author: FO DARIO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Can''t Pay Won''t Pay is set in Milan, but ''the problems are desperately familiar.Fo-faced farce wears a broad smile and proceeds at breathtaking speed'' (Michael Coveney, Financial Times); Elizabeth ''It portrays our last Tudor monarch in Fo''s characteristically rollicking vein.A triumph for Gillian Hanna as translator'' (Marin Hoyle, Financial Times); The Open Couple and An Ordinary Day, written with Franca Rame, deal wittily with the fate of women in a society in which both the social system in which they live and its dominant ideology are shaped by men.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    PLOKHY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780241404560
    Title: FORGOTTEN BASTARDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT : An Untold Story of World War II
    Author: PLOKHY SERHII
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan. The Americans' audacious suggestion to the Soviets- a second air front, with the US Air Force establishing bases in Soviet-controlled territory. Despite Stalin's obvious reservations about the presence of foreign troops in Russia inflaming ideological differences, he was persuaded, and in early 1944 and Operation Baseball and then Frantic were initiated as B-17 Superfortresses were flown from bases in Italy to the Poltova region in today's Ukraine.

    Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating, little-known story of this encounter between American and Soviet soldiers and how their collaboration quickly fell apart, mirroring the transition from the Grand Alliance to the Cold War. Soviet secret policeman watched over the Americans, shadowing their every move. A catastrophic air raid by the Germans revealed the limitations of Soviet air defences. Ultimately, while both sides were fighting for Germany's unconditional surrender, there were cultural and political differences that no common purpose could overcome. Drawing on newly opened archives as well as CIA records, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front offers a riveting bottom-up history of the end of the Second World War that shows it in a new light.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • FRANKISSSTEIN
    FRANKISSSTEIN
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9781784709952
    Title: FRANKISSSTEIN
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ***LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019***

    From 'one of the most gifted writers working today' (New York Times) comes an audacious new novel about the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire


    In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love - against their better judgement - with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.

    Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

    Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryonics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life.

    But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. 'Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

    What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.



    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GARDENERS GARDEN
    GARDENERS GARDEN
    ISBN: 9781838660260
    Title: GARDENERS GARDEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This internationally bestselling inspirational resource for garden designers and garden lovers sports a gorgeous new cover design - bringing the book's winning blend of authority and visual appeal to a wider-than-ever audience.

    THE GARDENER'S GARDEN spans seven centuries to spotlight more than 250 of the globe's finest permanent gardens by leading garden designers, horticulturalists, and landscape architects, brought to life via more than 1,000 sumptuous photographs and in descriptive texts by leading garden writers.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • HIDDEN HOURS
    HIDDEN HOURS
    FOSTER SARA
    ISBN: 9781925640885
    Title: HIDDEN HOURS
    Author: FOSTER SARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arabella Lane, senior executive at a children’s publisher, is found dead in the Thames on a frosty winter’s morning after the office Christmas party. No one is sure whether she jumped or was pushed. The one person who may know the truth is the newest employee at Parker & Lane – the office temp, Eleanor.

    Eleanor has travelled to London to escape the repercussions of her traumatic childhood in outback Australia. To her horror, she has no memory of the crucial hours leading up to Arabella’s death – memory that will either incriminate or absolve her.

    As Eleanor desperately tries to remember the events of that fateful night, her own extended family is dragged further into the dark, terrifying terrain of blame, suspicion and guilt.

    Caught in a crossfire of accusations and lies, Eleanor isn’t sure she can trust anyone – not even herself. As she races to uncover the truth, she realises that someone is intent on stopping her. Someone who, like Eleanor, knows just how deadly the darkest secrets can be.

    Keeping her secret may save her family.
    But telling it may save her life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • HOMAGE TO GAIA
    HOMAGE TO GAIA
    LOVELOCK JAMES
    ISBN: 9781788164603
    Title: HOMAGE TO GAIA
    Author: LOVELOCK JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition in the year of James Lovelock's 100th birthday

    With over fifty patents to his name and innumerable awards and accolades, James Lovelock is a distinguished and original thinker who has been widely recognized by the international scientific community.

    In this inspiring book, republished in the year of his 100th birthday, Lovelock tells his life story, from his first steps as a scientist to his work with organisations as diverse as NASA, Shell and the Marine Biological Association. Homage to Gaia describes the years of travel and work that led to his crucial scientific breakthroughs in environmental awareness, uncovering how CFCs impact on the ozone layer and creating the concept of Gaia, the theory that the Earth is a self-regulating system.

    Written in a sharp and energetic style, James Lovelock's book will entertain and inspire anyone interested in science or the creative spirit.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HORROR STORIES : A Memoir
    HORROR STORIES : A Memoir
    PHAIR LIZ
    ISBN: 9780525511984
    Title: HORROR STORIES : A Memoir
    Author: PHAIR LIZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville-making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star-her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her.

    For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder-in the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit, Horror Stories is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair's life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist.

    Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control. But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us.

    Advance praise for Horror Stories

    "Liz Phair's songwriting has always had the rare quality of being short-story-like. Damn good short stories, too. Horror Stories has that unique Liz Phair ability to make you look at something you'd rather not, but once you do you're glad you did-like any form of honest art. This is why Liz Phair still is, and always will be, a threat."-Ben Folds

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • IN THE CLEARING
    IN THE CLEARING
    POMARE J P
    ISBN: 9781869713393
    Title: IN THE CLEARING
    Author: POMARE J P
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Another breathtaking page-turner from the author of CALL ME EVIE' - Christian White, bestselling author of THE NOWHERE CHILD

    Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

    Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

    As Amy and Freya's story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town's dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • INFINITY SON
    INFINITY SON
    SILVERA ADAM
    ISBN: 9781471191565
    Title: INFINITY SON
    Author: SILVERA ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

    Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

    Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

    Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

    Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • JENNIE CHURCHILL
    JENNIE CHURCHILL
    SEBBA ANNE
    ISBN: 9781474615174
    Title: JENNIE CHURCHILL
    Author: SEBBA ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jennie Churchill was said to have had two hundred lovers, three of whom she married. But her love for her son Winston never wavered. JENNIE CHURCHILL is an intimate picture of her glittering but ultimately tragic life, and the powerful mutual infatuation between her and her son. Anyone who wants to understand Winston must start here, with this revelatory interpretation.

    Anne Sebba has gained unprecedented access to private family correspondence, newly discovered archival material and interviews with Jennie's two surviving granddaughters. She draws a vivid and frank portrait of her subject, repositioning Jennie as a woman who refused to be cowed by her era's customary repression of women.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • KOMBUCHA & CO : Tips and recipes to make your own kombucha, kefir, jun, ginger beer, honey mead and more
    KOMBUCHA & CO : Tips and recipes to make your own kombucha, kefir, jun, ginger beer, honey mead and more
    EVANS FELICITY
    ISBN: 9781760525583
    Title: KOMBUCHA & CO : Tips and recipes to make your own kombucha, kefir, jun, ginger beer, honey mead and more
    Author: EVANS FELICITY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kombucha and other fermented drinks are great for gut health, but they're expensive to buy and you can't be sure of the quality. But it's easy to make your own kombucha when you know how.

    Fermentation guru Felicity Evans has you covered with step-by-step instructions to make a range of 50 delicious flavours of gut-friendly probiotic drinks, including troubleshooting tips and inspiration for alcohol-free happy hour at home. From kombucha to kefir, ginger beer to honey mead, learn to confidently make your own fermented drinks and transform your health from within.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LADY FROM AREZZO : My Musical Life and Other Matters
    LADY FROM AREZZO : My Musical Life and Other Matters
    BRENDEL ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780571353729
    Title: LADY FROM AREZZO : My Musical Life and Other Matters
    Author: BRENDEL ALFRED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The title of this collection of essays refers to a tailor's mannequin that Alfred Brendel spotted in a shop window in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town. Who is this strange lady? What is she looking at? And why is she carrying an egg on her head? The mannequin now graces a room in the attic of Brendel's house in Hampstead. Her features convey great artistic seriousness in combination with absurd comedy: the epitome of his own musical and literary preferences. And so, in his delightful new collection, great masters of nonsense meet great masters of music.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • LIES THAT BIND : Rethinking Identity
    LIES THAT BIND : Rethinking Identity
    APPIAH KWAME ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781781259245
    Title: LIES THAT BIND : Rethinking Identity
    Author: APPIAH KWAME ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We often think identity is personal. But the identities that shape the world, our struggles, and our hopes, are social ones, shared with countless others. Our sense of self is shaped by our family, but also by affiliations that spread out from there, like our nationality, culture, class, race and religion.

    Taking these broad categories as a starting point, Professor Appiah challenges our assumptions about how identity works. In eloquent and lively chapters, he weaves personal anecdote with historical, cultural and literary example to explore the entanglements within the stories we tell ourselves. We all know there are conflicts among identities; but Professor Appiah explores how identities are created by conflict.

    Identities are then crafted from confusions - confusions this book aims to help us sort through. Religion, Appiah shows us, isn't primarily about beliefs. The idea of national self-determination is incoherent. Our everyday racial thinking is an artefact of discarded science. Class is not a matter of upper and lower. And the very idea of Western culture is a misleading myth. We will see our situation more clearly if we start to question these mistaken identities. This is radical new thinking from a master in the subject and will change forever the way we think about ourselves and our communities.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    GARDINI NICOLA
    ISBN: 9781781259399
    Title: LONG LIVE LATIN : The Pleasures of a Useless Language
    Author: GARDINI NICOLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Virgil gave us the Aeneid, and Ovid the Metamorphoses; Lucretius analysed the material world and Caesar interrogated how we view reality through the lens of reason - but what does Latin offer us today?

    Often seen as the bulky relic of school curricula long forgotten, Latin seems to have lost its punch in the popular conscious. Oxford academic Nicola Gardini, however, argues the case for its lasting importance, offering a personal and passionate defence of the beauty and future of the language. From these ancient writers, we can learn about such vital aspects of life as love, purpose, eloquence, beauty and loss. These lessons from the past can illuminate our present, and Gardini encourages us to dig to the roots of our own language to consider how Latin has influenced the ways in which we communicate, think and live today.

    A formidable mix of history, memoir and criticism, this is a beautiful love letter to one language that ultimately celebrates the vital power of all literature.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • LONG PETAL OF THE SEA
    LONG PETAL OF THE SEA
    ALLENDE ISABEL
    ISBN: 9781526615909
    Title: LONG PETAL OF THE SEA
    Author: ALLENDE ISABEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.

    Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life and the fate of his country forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.
    When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.
    A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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