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  • MAGGIES GOING NOWHERE
    MAGGIES GOING NOWHERE
    HARTLEY ROSE
    ISBN: 9780143795483
    Title: MAGGIES GOING NOWHERE
    Author: HARTLEY ROSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but love.' Karen Joy Fowler

    Maggie Cotton's life is a hot mess.

    In one day, she's dumped by her boyfriend, disinherited by her mum, and kicked off the three-year degree course she'd stretched to a decade. And that was before she received the letter saying she owed the government $70,000.

    But that's no reason to grow up, is it?

    With a decrepit 1960s caravan to call home, Maggie has to prove to her mother she can survive without a safety net, stop her loyal best friend Jen from marrying a scumbag, and convince her sexy workmate Rueben that she's not a walking disaster. For someone who's spent her life avoiding hard work, she sure can move mountains when she's got a little motivation - just don't ask her to move the caravan.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MEASURE FOR MEASURE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271437
    Title: MEASURE FOR MEASURE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Often described as one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays', Measure for Measure explores issues of mercy and justice in corrupt Vienna. The Duke makes his strict moralistic deputy, Angelo, temporary leader of Vienna, while he disguises himself as a friar to witness all that ensues.

    In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, with commentary and notes from A. R. Braunmuller, Robert N. Watson explores the recent increased attention to the play and the shifting judgements of key characters such as the Duke and Isabella. He analyses the social foundations of these changes, their validity as readings of the text, and their manifestations in performance. It also explores the play's implications on topics including love, marriage, sexuality, consent, mortality, religion, statecraft, moderation, and theatre itself.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • MEETING THE WAYLO : Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago
    MEETING THE WAYLO : Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago
    SHELLAM TIFFANY
    ISBN: 9781760801137
    Title: MEETING THE WAYLO : Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago
    Author: SHELLAM TIFFANY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book explores the experiences of Indigenous Australians who participated in Australian exploration enterprises in the early nineteenth century. These Indigenous travellers, often referred to as ‘guide’s’, ‘native aides’, or ‘intermediaries’ have already been cast in a variety of ways by historians: earlier historiographies represented them as passive side-players in European heroic efforts of Discovery, while scholarship in the 1980s, led by Henry Reynolds, re-cast these individuals as ‘black pioneers’. Historians now acknowledge that Aborigines ‘provided information about the customs and languages of contiguous tribes, and acted as diplomats and couriers arranging in advance for the safe passage of European parties’.

    More recently, Indigenous scholars Keith Vincent Smith and Lynnette Russell describe such Aboriginal travellers as being entrepreneurial ‘agents of their own destiny’.

    While historiography has made up some ground in this area Aboriginal motivations in exploring parties, while difficult to discern, are often obscured or ignored under the title ‘guide’ or ‘intermediary’. Despite the different ways in which they have been cast, the mobility of these travellers, their motivations for travel and experience of it have not been thoroughly analysed.

    Some recent studies have begun to open up this narrative, revealing instead the ways in which colonisation enabled and encouraged entrepreneurial mobility, bringing about ‘new patterns of mobility for colonised peoples’.

    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MINDF*CK
    MINDF*CK
    WYLIE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781788165068
    Title: MINDF*CK
    Author: WYLIE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if you could look into the minds of an entire population? What if you could target the weakest with messages that only they saw?

    In 2016, an obscure British military contractor turned the world upside down. Funded by a billionaire on a crusade to start his own far-right insurgency, Cambridge Analytica combined psychological research with Facebook data to make an invisible weapon so powerful it would throw democracy off its axis.

    Personality was the key. If you know how to find them, there are millions of potential fanatics out there, from India to Indianapolis, London to Abuja, liking celebrities, posting photos of their holidays, just waiting to be radicalised. Learn how to mine their data and Facebook paints a target on each one.

    But as Cambridge Analytica honed its dark arts in elections from Trinidad to Nigeria, 25-year-old whistleblower Christopher Wylie began to realise what he and his colleagues had unleashed. He knew the disturbing visions of the investors. He had seen how ruthless CEO Alexander Nix could be behind closed doors. On the eve of the Brexit vote, it was time to expose the political crime of the century.

    Mindf*ck is a terrifying joyride through the new corridors of power. Plunge deep inside the wave of extremism that is sweeping the globe and discover why Brexit is only the beginning. Hostile actors are coming for your data, and they want to control what you think.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MUSIC : A Subversive History
    MUSIC : A Subversive History
    GIOIA TED
    ISBN: 9781541644366
    Title: MUSIC : A Subversive History
    Author: GIOIA TED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The phrase "music history" likely summons up images of long-dead composers, smug men in wigs and waistcoats, and people dancing without touching. In Music: A Subversive History, Gioia responds to the false notions that undergird this tedium. Traditional histories of music, Gioia contents, downplay those elements of music that are considered disreputable or irrational-its deep connections to sexuality, magic, trance and alternative mind states, healing, social control, generational conflict, political unrest, even violence and murder. They suppress the stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and instead celebrate the mainstream assimilators who borrowed innovations, diluted their impact and disguised their sources. Here, Gioia attempts to reclaim music history for the riffraff, the insurgents and provocateurs - the real drivers of change and innovation.

    In Music, Gioia tells the four-thousand-year history of music as a source of power, change, upheaval and enchantment. He starts by exploring humanity's first instruments, which were closely linked to the food chain: the first horns were animal horns, our earliest string instrument was a hunter's bow and our oldest known instrument, the Neanderthal flute, was constructed from a bear femur. He turns to neuroscience to explain why the Celtic love story of Tristan and Iseult echoes the eleventh century Gorgani Persian love epic about Vis and Ramin, or why the troubadours of Europe echo artisan singers of ancient Egypt. He investigates the idea of "song as sin" as Church leaders for the first thousand years of Christianity attempted to control and suppress the songs of the common people and he explains the shift of music from a social practice to an economic enterprise during the Renaissance. Gioia shows how social outcasts have repeatedly become the great trailblazers of musical expression: slaves and their descendants, for instance, have repeatedly reinvented music in America and elsewhere, from ragtime, blues, jazz, R&B, to bossa nova, soul and hip hop.

    A revolutionary and revisionist account, Music: A Subversive History will be essential reading for anyone interested in the meaning of music.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER
    MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER
    BRAITHWAITE OYINKAN
    ISBN: 9781786495983
    Title: MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER
    Author: BRAITHWAITE OYINKAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other...

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    ISBN: 710535058727
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER - #27 Family Matters
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue #027: Family Matters

    Tales of brothers feuding, often ending with one committing fratricide, are unsettlingly common in mythology. Set murdered Osiris, Romulus killed Remus, and Oedipus’s sons Eteocles and Polynices killed each other. More recently, and less imaginatively, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler (of Adidas and Puma fame respectively) and Sterling and Stephen Clark (heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune) turned their backs on one another, over money.

    Imprint: NEW PHILOSOPHER MAGAZINE
    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • OLDER BUT BETTER BUT OLDER : The Art of Growing Up
    OLDER BUT BETTER BUT OLDER : The Art of Growing Up
    DE MAIGRET CAROLINE / MAS SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9780143794639
    Title: OLDER BUT BETTER BUT OLDER : The Art of Growing Up
    Author: DE MAIGRET CAROLINE / MAS SOPHIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With playful wit, worldly advice and savvy observation, the bestselling authors of How to Be Parisian tackle the Parisian art of growing up.

    Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas are back to amuse you, saying what you don't expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. But this time they reveal how they are modifying their favourite bad girl habits and mischievous mindsets now they are more 'madam' than 'mademoiselle'.

    These iconoclastic, bohemian Parisiennes advise on love, seduction, fashion and dating as well as family, work, living alone and accepting imperfections.

    Both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, this gorgeous, tongue-in-cheek guide astutely illuminates what it means to be a fully-fledged woman.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ORIS STARS
    ORIS STARS
    LITTEN KRISTYNA
    ISBN: 9781471180064
    Title: ORIS STARS
    Author: LITTEN KRISTYNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A touching and beautiful tale by the author of Ziggy and the Moonlight Show

    Far out in the depths of space lives Ori. Tired of living alone in the darkness, Ori discovers how to create a star and before she knows it, she has created hundred of them. As they light up the sky around her, figures far and wide begin to flock to the stars and soon Ori realises that she isn't alone after all.

    An outstanding tale of the power of friendship to shine through even the darkest of nights!

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • OUR HOUSE
    OUR HOUSE
    CANDLISH LOUISE
    ISBN: 9781471168062
    Title: OUR HOUSE
    Author: CANDLISH LOUISE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought on Trinity Avenue.

    Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn’t sell it.


    FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.

    When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

    FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.

    Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?

    TILL DEATH US DO PART.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • PARTY
    PARTY
    HARDING ROBYN
    ISBN: 9781925685589
    Title: PARTY
    Author: HARDING ROBYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

    Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah – a good girl with excellent grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, movies and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

    But things do go wrong, and Hannah’s party quickly turns into the stuff of nightmares. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s life begins to unravel. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are exposed, and the truth about Hannah is revealed.

    The Party takes us behind the facade of the ideal family, exposing the betrayals and moral lapses that occur behind closed doors – and the secrets that children and parents keep from themselves and one another.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • QUALITYLAND
    QUALITYLAND
    KLING MARC-UWE
    ISBN: 9781409191148
    Title: QUALITYLAND
    Author: KLING MARC-UWE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everything in QualityLand is geared towards optimizing your life. QualityPartner identifies your ideal mate, earworm personal assistants get you where you need to go and android drones know you need a six pack of beer at the end of a long day even before you crave one. Humans, robots and algorithms co-exist, everything is seamlessly corporatised, stratified and monetized. Your very name reveals much of what we need to know about you and your profile discloses the rest.

    Peter Jobless is a down and out metal press operator, dumped by his long term girlfriend when she is alerted to a better option on her QualityPad. But Peter has another problem - he seems to be the only one noticing that his fellow Qualityland robot citizens are experiencing an existential crisis. There is a drone who's afraid to fly. A sex droid with erectile dysfunction. A combat robot with PTSD. Instructed to destroy these malfunctioning A.I., Peter starts to suspect the technology that rules us all has a flaw, perhaps a fatal one. Not only that, these robots might be his only friends...

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • RATTIGAN PLAYS 2 : The Deep Blue Sea; Separate Tables; In Praise of Love ;Before Dawn
    RATTIGAN PLAYS 2 : The Deep Blue Sea; Separate Tables; In Praise of Love ;Before Dawn
    RATTIGAN TERRENCE
    ISBN: 9780413546203
    Title: RATTIGAN PLAYS 2 : The Deep Blue Sea; Separate Tables; In Praise of Love ;Before Dawn
    Author: RATTIGAN TERRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan" (Guardian)
    This selection from the best of Rattigan's work from the '50s onwards includes two of his most popular plays, The Deep Blue Sea which movingly depicts the closing stages of a hopeless, adulterous, socially inequitable love affair between an RAF war hero and a judge's wife; Separate Tables, printed in its original version for the first time, comprises two one-act plays both set in a private hotel in Bournemouth but with a different pair of principal characters - in one a disgraced politician and his estranged wife, in the other, a bogus major and young woman dominated by her mother "This gay version hardly departs from the original, yet converts a conventional West End drama into a forceful attack upon 1950s witch-hunts and stigmatising of homosexuals...how luminously Rattigan evokes the sexually intolerant and phobic attitudes of fifties middle England" (Evening Standard); the volume closes with In Praise of Love, in which a woman and her husband persist in gallantly deceiving one another each pretending to be unaware that she is fatally ill.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS    -   Updated with a New Preface
    RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS - Updated with a New Preface
    FLORIDA RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781541617742
    Title: RISE OF THE CREATIVE CLASS - Updated with a New Preface
    Author: FLORIDA RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    World-renowned urbanist Richard Florida's bestselling classic on the transformation of our cities in the twenty-first century -- now updated with a new preface

    In his modern classic The Rise of the Creative Class, urbanist Richard Florida identifies the emergence of a new social class that is reshaping the twenty-first century's economy, geography, and workplace. This Creative Class is made up of people-engineers and managers, academics and musicians, researchers, designers, entrepreneurs and lawyers, poets and programmers-whose work turns on the creation of new forms. Increasingly, Florida observes, this Creative Class determines how workplaces are organized, which companies prosper or go bankrupt, and which cities thrive. Florida offers a detailed occupational, demographic, psychological, and economic profile of the Creative Class, examines its global impact, and explores the factors that shape "quality of place" in our changing cities and suburbs. Now updated with a new preface that considers the latest developments in our changing cities, The Rise of the Creative Class is the definitive edition of this foundational book on our contemporary economy.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROYALS
    ROYALS
    FORREST EMMA
    ISBN: 9781408895412
    Title: ROYALS
    Author: FORREST EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Charming, witty and touching, an Eighties Breakfast at Tiffany's' DAVID NICHOLLS

    'Dazzling ... I'm incoherent with love for it' MARIAN KEYES


    'Elegant, sexy, tender, wild - A beautiful, beautiful book' EMMA JANE UNSWORTH, author of ANIMALS

    July, 1981. London. Shy, working-class Steven finds solace in beauty. Eighteen years old, he dreams of being a fashion designer. He's also gay, maybe he hasn't decided yet. There's a lot Steven isn't sure about, like whether he hates himself or thinks he's amazing.
    When he ends up in hospital after being brutally attacked by his father, he meets Jasmine, an heiress. Intoxicating, anarchic, fabulous Jasmine. Fuelled by their shared love of fashion, a friendship blossoms and soon, Steven finds himself swept into her hedonistic world, wholly beguiled. However, underneath the glitter and the frivolity, darkness lies.
    Devastating, dazzling, queer and radical, Royals is a love story between unlikely friends from completely different worlds. It's about the power of art to transform lives and the power of families to destroy them. It's about working out who you are and what you want. It's a tale of giddy happiness, crushing lows and, ultimately, the fragility of lives lived too fast.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY CIRCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SEE ALL THE STARS
    SEE ALL THE STARS
    FRICK KIT
    ISBN: 9781471186035
    Title: SEE ALL THE STARS
    Author: FRICK KIT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.

    Then: They were four - Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. (Venus. Earth. Moon. Sun.) Headstrong, loyal, electric ; Ellory’s whole solar system.

    Now: Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception and a shocking moment that changed their lives forever.

    Then: Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. The beginnings of a spectacular, bright love.

    Now: Senior year, and Ellory's back at school after a two-month suspension and summer away - no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

    The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies - the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
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