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  • SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA : Places To Discover in Italy
    SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA : Places To Discover in Italy
    MAYES FRANCES
    ISBN: 9780143796848
    Title: SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA : Places To Discover in Italy
    Author: MAYES FRANCES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco- these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country's offerings. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through fifteen regions - from Friuli to Sardinia. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.

    Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book - and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SHARK ARM : A shark a tattooed arm and two unsolved murders
    SHARK ARM : A shark a tattooed arm and two unsolved murders
    ROOPE PHILLIP / MEAGHER KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781760875985
    Title: SHARK ARM : A shark a tattooed arm and two unsolved murders
    Author: ROOPE PHILLIP / MEAGHER KEVIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It all started with a ruthless murder. An ex-boxer and petty police informer was efficiently disposed of, sending a ghastly warning to others. That would have been the end of it, had not a shark, in a million to one chance, vomited up the victim's arm in an aquarium and shone an unwelcome light into some very dark places.

    With so much at stake, the guilty closed ranks and gradually, with intimidation and money, and the murder of a mate who they feared would betray them, they re-imposed their control and the light was turned off again. The memory of those events, and the terrible fear they inspired, kept those who knew the truth silent unto the grave.

    Although many people have written about the shark arm murder, Phillip Roope and Kevin Meagher are the first to have access to the original police records. Through careful investigation, they have unravelled an extraordinary tale of high class smuggling around Sydney harbour and police collusion, and the truth behind one of the most infamous cold cases in Australia. Except there were actually two gruesome murders...

    'the biggest tabloid shark story in the history of the world' - Peter Fitzsimons

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SILENT DEATH
    SILENT DEATH
    MAY PETER
    ISBN: 9781784294991
    Title: SILENT DEATH
    Author: MAY PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A SILENT VOW

    Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.

    A SILENT LIFE

    Cristina's aunt Ana has been deaf-blind for the entirety of her adult life: the victim of a rare condition named Usher Syndrome. Ana is the centre of Cristina's world - and of Cleland's cruel plan.

    A SILENT DEATH

    John Mackenzie - an ingenious yet irascible Glaswegian investigator - is seconded to aid the Spanish authorities in their manhunt. He alone can silence Cleland before the fugitive has the last, bloody, word.

    Peter May's latest bestseller unites a strong, independent Spaniard with a socially inept Scotsman; a senseless vendetta with a sense-deprived victim, and a red-hot Costa Del Sol with an ice-cold killer.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    ISBN: 9780571337910
    Title: SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    Author: WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A conductor is one of classical music's most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:

    'Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you? '

    'Do you really make any difference to the performance?'

    'Are the musicians even watching you?'

    The Silent Musician is not a manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do, and why they matter.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SOMETHING IN THE WATER
    SOMETHING IN THE WATER
    STEADMAN CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781471167218
    Title: SOMETHING IN THE WATER
    Author: STEADMAN CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all. But do they?

    On a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Everything is perfect. Until they find something in the water. Something that will change their lives forever.

    Erin and Mark decide to keep their discovery a secret. No one else need know; they trust each other implicitly.

    But someone else does know. And in situations like these, it is far better to trust no one, not even those closest to you …

    Set to be the blockbuster read of the summer, this is an unmissable, fast-paced, jaw-dropping thriller from a debut writer destined for great things.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • SPHINX : The Life of Gladys Deacon - Duchess of Marlborough
    SPHINX : The Life of Gladys Deacon - Duchess of Marlborough
    VICKERS HUGO
    ISBN: 9781529390711
    Title: SPHINX : The Life of Gladys Deacon - Duchess of Marlborough
    Author: VICKERS HUGO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most beautiful and brilliant women of her time, Gladys Deacon dazzled, as much as she puzzled, the glittering social circles in which she moved.

    Born in Paris to American parents in 1881, she suffered a traumatic childhood after her father shot her mother's lover dead. Educated in America, she returned to Europe, where she captivated and inspired some of the greatest literary and artistic names of the Belle Epoque. Marcel Proust wrote of her 'I never saw a girl with such beauty, such magnificent intelligence, such goodness and charm.' Berenson considered marrying her, Rodin and Monet befriended her, Boldini painted her and Epstein sculpted her. She inspired love from diverse Dukes and Princes, and the interest of women such as Comtesse Greffulhe and Gertrude Stein.

    It wasn't until she was 40 that she achieved the wish she had held since the age of 14 to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough. Divorced from fellow American Consuelo Vanderbilt in 1921 she became his second wife. Now her circle included Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lytton Strachey and Winston Churchill, who described her as 'a strange, glittering being'. But life at Blenheim was not a success. When the Duke evicted her in 1933, the only remaining signs of Gladys were two sphinxes bearing her features on the west terraces and mysterious blue eyes in the grand portico.

    Gladys became a recluse. The wax injections she'd had to straighten her nose when she was 22 had by now ravaged her beauty. She was to spend her last 15 years in the psycho-geriatric ward of a mental hospital. There she was discovered by a young Hugo Vickers, who visited her for two years - intrigued and compelled to unmask the truth of her mysterious life.

    In his fascinating and revealing biography, drawing on Gladys's personal archive and his own research all over Europe and America, Hugo Vickers uncovers a beguiling, clever, independent woman who was the brightest star of her age. He once asked her, 'Where is Gladys Deacon?' She answered him slowly: 'Gladys Deacon? ... She never existed.'

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • SUNDAY GIRL
    SUNDAY GIRL
    DRYSDALE PIP
    ISBN: 9781760851743
    Title: SUNDAY GIRL
    Author: DRYSDALE PIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …

    Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.’

    Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge.

    Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’

    So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever.

    Things start to spiral out of her control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • TARANTHI 2019 Catalogue
    TARANTHI 2019 Catalogue
    CUMPSTON NICI
    ISBN: 9781921668388
    Title: TARANTHI 2019 Catalogue
    Author: CUMPSTON NICI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Tarnanthi 2019 catalogue captures the flavour, colour and diversity of one of Australia's foremost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events.

    This richly illustrated 250-page book contains exquisite imagery and insightful essays from artists, curators and art experts, examining the outstanding works of art featured in Tarnanthi 2019 and the artists who created them.

    The Tarnanthi 2019 catalogue makes a superb memento of your visit to Tarnanthi or an ideal gift for friends and family.

    Imprint: ART GALLERY OF SA
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    BOOTH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781910702956
    Title: THREE TIGERS ONE MOUNTAIN : A Journey through the Bitter History and Current Conflicts of China, Korea and Japan
    Author: BOOTH MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The next Bill Bryson' - New York Times

    'Three tigers cannot share the same mountain' - Chinese proverb

    China, Korea and Japan are the neighbours who love to hate each other. But why? Europe has forgiven Germany's war crimes, why can't Japan's neighbours do likewise? To what extent do the ongoing state-level disputes about island ownership, war history, controversial shrines and statues, missile systems and military escalation reflect how the people of these country's regard each other? They have so much to gain from amicable relations, so why do they seem to be doing their level best to keep the fires of hatred burning?

    The Chinese, Koreans and Japanese are more than neighbours, they are siblings from a Confucian family. They share so much culturally, from this ancient philosophy with its hierarchical, bureaucratic legacy, to rice-growing, art, architecture, chopsticks, noodles and much more which has been passed down from China over millennia. In turn, China has modelled much of its recent industrial and economic strategy on Japan's post-war manufacturing miracle, and adores contemporary Korean popular culture. Yet still East Asia festers with a mutual animosity which frequently threatens to draw the world into a 21st century war.

    In his previous international best-seller, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth set out to explore the Scandinavian tribes and what they think of each other.

    In this new book, which blends popular anthropology, history, politics and travel, the subjects are these Asian tigers which have endured occupation, war and devastation to become among the richest, most developed and powerful societies on earth.

    In this deeply researched, revealing book, he sets off on a journey by car, boat, train and plane through all three countries, ending up in a fourth, Taiwan. Here, he hopes to find a positive story but instead discovers the Taiwanese are not merely in conflict with the Chinese, but they also harbour another, less well-known but still bitter grudge towards an East Asian neighbour.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TIME IS A THING A BODY MOVES THROUGH
    TIME IS A THING A BODY MOVES THROUGH
    FLEISCHMANN T
    ISBN: 9781566895477
    Title: TIME IS A THING A BODY MOVES THROUGH
    Author: FLEISCHMANN T
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do the bodies we inhabit affect our relationship with art? How does art affect our relationship to our bodies? T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres’s artworks?piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles?as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo, to the galleries of New York and L.A., to farmhouses of rural Tennessee, the artworks act as still points, sites for reflection situated in lived experience. Fleischmann combines serious engagement with warmth and clarity of prose, reveling in the experiences and pleasures of art and the body, identity and community.

    Imprint: COFFEE HOUSE PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNCERTAIN GLORY : India and Its Contradictions
    UNCERTAIN GLORY : India and Its Contradictions
    DREZE JEAN / SEN AMARTYA
    ISBN: 9780141992624
    Title: UNCERTAIN GLORY : India and Its Contradictions
    Author: DREZE JEAN / SEN AMARTYA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After regaining independence in 1947, India immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system. The famines of the British era disappeared, along with economic stagnation; despite a recent dip, India's growth remains among the fastest in the world. Yet, Dr?ze and Sen argue, there have been failures both to foster participatory growth and to make good use of the public resources generated by economic growth to enhance people's living conditions.

    This book presents a powerful analysis not only of India's deprivations and inequalities, but also of the restraints on addressing them - and of the possibility of change through democratic practice.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • VENICE AND THE VENETO
    VENICE AND THE VENETO
    11TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781787014145
    Title: VENICE AND THE VENETO
    Author: 11TH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lonely Planet's Venice & the Veneto is your most up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Cruise the Grand Canal on a gondola, and trace the development of Venetian art at the Gallerie dell'Accademia - all with your trusted travel companion.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • VERY STABLE GENIUS : Donald J Trump's Testing of America
    VERY STABLE GENIUS : Donald J Trump's Testing of America
    RUCKER PHILIP / LEONNIG CAROL
    ISBN: 9781526609083
    Title: VERY STABLE GENIUS : Donald J Trump's Testing of America
    Author: RUCKER PHILIP / LEONNIG CAROL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington DC, and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close as he stares down impeachment. They take readers inside Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the Trump legal team's scramble for survival, behind the curtains as the West Wing scurries to clean up the President's mistakes and into the room to witness Trump's interactions with foreign leaders and members of his Cabinet, and assess the consequences.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WALL
    WALL
    LANCHESTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780571298730
    Title: WALL
    Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Masterly...A signal achievement . . . Remarkable.' - Guardian

    'A 1984 for our times.' - Daily Express

    Kavanagh begins his time patrolling the Wall.

    If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has to do two years of this. 729 more nights.

    The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and will never have to spend another day of his life anywhere near it.

    But what if something did happen - if the Others came, if he had to fight for his life?

    Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Wall is about a troubled world you will recognise as your own - and about what might be found when all is lost.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WOMANKIND #23 - England
    WOMANKIND #23 - England
    #23
    ISBN: 710535058734
    Title: WOMANKIND #23 - England
    Author: #23
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    #023: England

    “As soon as I saw the house, I knew my life would be changed forever,” she says. The country farmhouse in England is bought and a new path is forged. This is an example of an unexpected find which spins life on a new axis.

    Imprint: WOMANKIND MAGAZINE
    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    SUSSKIND DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241321096
    Title: WORLD WITHOUT WORK : Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
    Author: SUSSKIND DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the spinning jenny to the combustion engine to the first computer, new technologies have always led workers to panic about being replaced by machines, and yet these fears have always been misplaced. In the past, new technology has always complemented the work of humans. In A World Without Work, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind shows why this time, with the rise of artificial intelligence, it will be different. The threat is real, but we haven't been asking the right questions about exactly what is at stake.

    Drawing on almost a decade of research into this topic, Susskind argues that a realistic vision of the future is not one in which machines do everything, but rather in which they do more. As they slowly, but relentlessly, take on more and more tasks, human beings will be forced to retreat to the shrinking set of activities that machines cannot do. And, as we move through the 21st century, the demand for the work of humans is likely to wither away. Yet Susskind reminds us that this technological progress will solve one of mankind's oldest problems - how to make the economic pie large enough for everyone to live on. The challenge now is to properly share out this new economic prosperity, constrain the burgeoning political power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world with less work.

    A World Without Work is an innovative, authoritative and optimistic guide to how we can rise to the challenge of automation. The task ahead, Susskind shows us, is to build a world where everyone can flourish.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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