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  • 100 YEAR LIFE : LIVING AND WORKING IN AN AGE OF LONGEVITY
    100 YEAR LIFE : LIVING AND WORKING IN AN AGE OF LONGEVITY
    GRATTON LYNDA / SCOTT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781472947321
    Title: 100 YEAR LIFE : LIVING AND WORKING IN AN AGE OF LONGEVITY
    Author: GRATTON LYNDA / SCOTT ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What will your 100-year life look like?

    Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?
    Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives- education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.
    The 100-Year Life is here to help.
    Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.
    e How can you fashion a career and life path that defines you and your values and creates a shifting balance between work and leisure?
    e What are the most effective ways of boosting your physical and mental health over a longer and more dynamic lifespan?
    e How can you make the most of your intangible assets such as family and friends as you build a productive, longer life?
    e In a multiple-stage life how can you learn to make the transitions that will be so crucial and experiment with new ways of living, working and learning?
    Shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, The 100-Year Life is a wake-up call that describes what to expect and considers the choices and options that you will face. It is also fundamentally a call to action for individuals, politicians, firms and governments and offers the clearest demonstration that a 100-year life can be a wonderful and inspiring one.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    RIDEAL REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666 : Plague War and Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire. It is a year in which no single event existed alone and which, in many ways, gave shape to the country we know today.

    1666: PLAGUE, WAR AND HELLFIRE shines a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph, in a book full of extraordinary characters and teeming life.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    ADES DAVID
    ISBN: 9781742589466
    Title: AFLOAT IN LIGHT
    Author: ADES DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Adès’ luminous and honest collection, Afloat in Light, is chiefly a celebration of fatherhood and of paying attention, utilising Simone Weil’s notion that ‘attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity’. The collection extends to existence and loss, and a discourse on motive and meaning. Maps and moral compass are never far away in such explorations and like all good navigators Adès consults the moon and the stars to guide him through emotional terrain that crosses the globe via Australia, India and the United States. Poems about connection and love—familial, intimate, parental and friendship—hold their weight of history via scar tissue and heritage to allow ‘a vast and full space to fill the maps of our lives’.

    Imprint: UWA PUBLISHING
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    MURRAY DAMON
    ISBN: 9780993191152
    Title: ALCOHOL : Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters
    Author: MURRAY DAMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the acclaimed authors of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedias and Soviet Space Dogs comes Alcohol, a glorious and exhaustive collection of previously unpublished Soviet anti-alcohol posters. The book includes examples from the 1960s through to the 1980s, but focuses on posters produced during Mikhail Gorbachev’s campaign initiated in 1985. These posters attempted to sober up Soviet citizens by forcing them to confront the issues associated with excessive alcohol consumption. This government-led urgency allowed the poster designers to present the anti-alcohol message in the most graphic terms: they depicted drunks literally trapped inside the bottle or being strangled by “the green snake.” Their protagonists are paralytic freeloaders and shirkers who always neglect their families, drive under the influence, produce substandard work, are smashed when pregnant and present a constant danger to fellow citizens. A two-part essay by renowned cultural historian Alexei Plutser-Sarno attempts to explain, from a Russian perspective, the reasons behind this phenomenon.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE : Australian Birdlife in Danger
    AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE : Australian Birdlife in Danger
    MASLEN GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781743793237
    Title: AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE : Australian Birdlife in Danger
    Author: MASLEN GEOFFREY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and climate change and how essential these angels of the air are to our own survival. Soaring through the skies, light as the air itself, birds are the closest creatures we have to angels on the planet. They bring song and beauty to our lives, and they play a significant role in sustaining Earth’s ecosystems. But birds are also facing the threat of extinction. Drawing on numerous interviews with researchers and biologists studying birdlife in Australia and dozens of scientific reports from around the world, Maslen reveals a dire picture of what plummeting bird populations means for humanity.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    NUSSBAUM MARTHA C
    ISBN: 9780199335879
    Title: ANGER AND FORGIVENESS : Resentment Generosity and Justice
    Author: NUSSBAUM MARTHA C
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this volume based on her 2014 Locke Lectures, Martha C. Nussbaum provides a bracing new view that strips the notion of forgiveness down to its Judeo-Christian roots, where it was structured by the moral relationship between a score-keeping God and penitent, self-abasing, and erring mortals.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.95

    Price: $30.95
  • APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780770435837
    Title: APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    Author: HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    DESSAIX ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925589009
    Title: ARABESQUES : A Tale of Double Lives
    Author: DESSAIX ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One Sunday afternoon in a secluded valley in Normandy, Robert Dessaix chanced upon the castle where the 20th-century French writer André Gide spent his childhood. Recalling the excitement he felt when he first read Gide as a teenager, Dessaix sets off to recapture what it was that once drew him so strongly to this enigmatic figure.

    On a magic carpet ride from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, he takes us to the places where the Nobel Prize winning author, in ways still scandalous to modern sensibilities, lived out his unconventional ideas about love, marriage, sexuality and religion.

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN NUMBERS
    AROUND THE WORLD IN NUMBERS
    GIFFORD CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781405286084
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN NUMBERS
    Author: GIFFORD CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that 15,000 paintbrushes and 60 tonnes of paint are needed to repaint the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Or that to get enough nutrients, giant pandas have to eat 12-38 kilograms of bamboo every day? This book takes you on a voyage of discovery through all the continents of the world and find out what numbers are connected to the facts.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF PLANT-BASED CHEESEMAKING : How to Craft Real Cultured Non-Dairy Cheese
    ART OF PLANT-BASED CHEESEMAKING : How to Craft Real Cultured Non-Dairy Cheese
    MCATHY KAREN
    ISBN: 9780865718364
    Title: ART OF PLANT-BASED CHEESEMAKING : How to Craft Real Cultured Non-Dairy Cheese
    Author: MCATHY KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Make your own real, non-dairy cheese at home—traditional methods for making plant-based cheese

    As plant-based, dairy-free diets continue to expand in popularity for health and ethical reasons, cheese often becomes the “last hurdle.”

    Much of what passes for non-dairy “cheese” lacks the quality and depth of authentic, cultured cheese. Yet for aspiring DIY plant-based cheesemakers, much of the knowledge of this new craft is scattered in isolated kitchens, and there’s no real reliable guidance to what works, what doesn’t, and why, when making real, cultured plant-based cheese. This book aims to change all that and bring this new craft into the kitchens of the world.

    Written by a pioneering plant-based cheesemaker who draws deep from the well of experience, The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking is a clear, highly practical guide that extends traditional cheesemaking methods into the realm of plant-based media as a substitute for dairy.

    Coverage includes:

    • Understanding culturing and fermentation
    • Essential ingredients and equipment for crafting plant-based cheese
    • Plant and nut-based media and how to make them
    • How to create and train plant-based cultures
    • Delicious recipes for quick cheeses
    • Advanced recipes for cultured and aged cheeses
    • Resources for sourcing equipment and cultures.

    Packed with step-by-step recipes, straightforward processes, and encouraging experimentation, this book makes plant-based cheesemaking accessible for beginners and serious foodies alike.

    Simply everything you need to make delicious non-dairy cheese right at home.

    Imprint: NEW SOCIETY PUB
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    CHENG MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781925498592
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: CHENG MELANIE
    Format: TRADE 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.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AXEL SCHEFFLERS FILP FLAP OCEAN
    AXEL SCHEFFLERS FILP FLAP OCEAN
    SCHEFFLER AXEL
    ISBN: 9780857639967
    Title: AXEL SCHEFFLERS FILP FLAP OCEAN
    Author: SCHEFFLER AXEL
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do you get if you cross a squid with a fish? It's a squish, of course! And how about a shark and a turtle? Why, that's a shurtle! With over 121 possible underwater creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this new Flip Flap book is perfect for preschoolers.

    With a hilarious rhyming text and brilliant illustrations from Axel Scheffler, simply flip the pages to create some seriously silly animals that live under the ocean.

    Imprint: NOSY CROW
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    STEGEMANN LUKE
    ISBN: 9780648037439
    Title: BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    Author: STEGEMANN LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Beautiful Obscure by Luke Stegemann is a powerful work that introduces the reader to an extraordinary array of characters and events. Drawing on his more than 30 years living between Australia and Spain, Stegemann combines documentary research with art history, political analysis, memoir, travelogue and family anecdote to essay a largely unconsidered cultural history.


    'This book spoke to my heart. An outsider's love letter to a people and their way of life... a rich palimpsest of ideas and episodes and tumbling phrases. A country, a culture, a life, all intertwined - who could ask for more?' - Nicolas Rothwell

    Imprint: TRANSMISSION PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    IZZARD EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781405922029
    Title: BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    Author: IZZARD EDDIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world. Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen, and raised in Ireland, Wales and post-war England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy--lines such as "Cake or Death?" "Death Star Canteen," and "Do You Have a Flag?" have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed "Executive Transvestite," Izzard broke the mold performing in full make-up and heels, and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London's West End, to Wembley Stadium and New York's Madison Square Garden. Still performing more than 100 shows a year--thus far in a record-breaking twenty-eight countries worldwide--Izzard is arguably one of today's top Kings of Comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor, that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard's Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    AWAD AMAL
    ISBN: 9780143782612
    Title: BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    Author: AWAD AMAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region and interviewing more than sixty women about feminism, intimacy, love, sex and shame, trauma, war, religion and culture.

    Beyond Veiled Cliches explores the similarities and differences experienced by these women in their daily lives - work, relationships, home and family life, friendships, the communities they live in, and more. Arab-Australian women are at the intersection - between Western ideals and Arab tradition. It can get messy, but there is also great beauty in the layers.

    In a time of racial tension and rising global fear around terrorism, there is a renewed fear of 'the other'. At its heart this fascinating book normalises people and their experiences. The breadth, variety and beauty of what Amal has discovered will enthral and surprise you.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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