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  • 100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
    100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
    POWERS ALAN
    ISBN: 9781780678238
    Title: 100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE
    Author: POWERS ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This unique visual history documents in pictures the most exciting and dynamic period of architecture: from the early 20th century to the present day, covering all the key movements, styles and architects, together with many lesser known but important names and buildings.

    Through archival and full-color photography, plans and architectural drawings, the book illustrates the changing nature of architecture and its expansion during this period from the early developments of concrete and the steel frame, through national styles of architecture and the eruption of Modernism to the influence of science and engineering in the post-war period, the provocative arguments of Postmodernism in the 1980s, right up to today's superstars and global brands.

    Written by an expert on 20th-century architecture, 100 Years of Architecture has the authority to serve both architecture students and professionals, but packed with over 300 images, it will also appeal to the general reader.

    Imprint: LAURENCE KING
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • ADA TWISTS BIG PROJECT BOOK FOR STELLAR SCIENTISTS
    ADA TWISTS BIG PROJECT BOOK FOR STELLAR SCIENTISTS
    BEATY ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781419730245
    Title: ADA TWISTS BIG PROJECT BOOK FOR STELLAR SCIENTISTS
    Author: BEATY ANDREA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For curious young minds who ask why? how? what? when? and then why? again and again, the bestselling team behind Ada Twist, Scientist has developed a STEM project book based on the beloved character. Ada herself will take readers through the scientific method and introduce them to some of her favorite sciences, including chemistry, botany, astronomy, and environmental science. Budding scientists will solve everyday mysteries and come to think more critically about the world around them. Like Rosie’s and Iggy’s project books, Ada’s will be empowering and kid-friendly, with tons of classroom and parent appeal. No kid’s lab would be complete without it!

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    WHIMPRESS BERNARD / CARUSO SANTO
    ISBN: 9781643167947
    Title: ADELAIDE SPORTING SITES
    Author: WHIMPRESS BERNARD / CARUSO SANTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An illustrated history of present and past sporting sites around Adelaide including such places as Adelaide Oval, Football Park, Memorial Drive, Rowley Park Speedway, Hindmarsh Stadium, Morphetville Racecourse, Mallala, Oakbank, the parklands, the Torrens and Port rivers, the metropolitan beaches and many more.

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    MARSH HENRY
    ISBN: 9781474603874
    Title: ADMISSIONS : A Life in Brain Surgery
    Author: MARSH HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM

    Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what forty years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

    Moving between encounters with patients in his London hospital, to those he treats in the more extreme circumstances of his work abroad, Henry faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for both patients and for those who love them.

    In this searing, provocative and deeply personal memoir, the bestselling author of Do No Harm finds new purpose in his own life as he approaches the end of his professional career, and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFFINITY
    AFFINITY
    WATERS SARAH
    ISBN: 9781860496929
    Title: AFFINITY
    Author: WATERS SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set in and around the women's prison at Milbank in the 1870 s, AFFINITY is an eerie and utterly compelling ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery and a poignant love story with an unexpected twist in the tale. Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London s most notorious gaols. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, Margaret feels herself drawn to one of the prisons more unlikely inmates - the imprisoned spiritualist - Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret sees herself dispensing guidance and perhaps friendship on her visits, little expecting to find herself dabbling in a twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AIQ : How Artificial Intelligence Works and How we can Harness its Power for a Better World
    AIQ : How Artificial Intelligence Works and How we can Harness its Power for a Better World
    POLSON NICK / SCOTT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780593079782
    Title: AIQ : How Artificial Intelligence Works and How we can Harness its Power for a Better World
    Author: POLSON NICK / SCOTT JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two leading data scientists offer an up-close and user-friendly look at artificial intelligence: what it is, how it works, where it came from and how to harness its power for a better world.

    Dozens of times per day, we all interact with intelligent machines that are constantly learning from the wealth of data now available to them. These machines, from smart phones to talking robots to self-driving cars, are remaking the world of the 21st century in the same way that the Industrial Revolution remade the world of the 19th century.

    AIQ is based on a simple premise: if you want to understand the modern world, then you have to know a little bit of the mathematical language spoken by intelligent machines. AIQ will teach you that language but in an unconventional way, anchored in stories rather than equations.

    You will meet a fascinating cast of historical characters who have a lot to teach you about data, probability and better thinking. Along the way, you'll see how these same ideas are playing out in the modern age of big data and intelligent machines, and how these technologies will soon help you to overcome some of your built-in cognitive weaknesses, giving you a chance to lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Title: AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    Author: MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key WestTHE AMBULANCE DRIVERS tells the story of two aspiring writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who met in World War I and forged a twenty-year friendship that produced some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a generation shaken by war.

    In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a nasty public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. This is not only a biography of the turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers but also an illustration of how war inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9781847924087
    Title: ARISTOTLES WAY : How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question: how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way – and he led by example.

    In this handbook to his timeless teachings, Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don’t know your Odyssey from your Iliad. In ten practical lessons we come to understand more about our own characters and how to make good decisions. We learn how to do well in an interview, how to choose a partner and life-long friends, and how to face death or bereavement.

    Life deals the same challenges – in Ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle’s way is not to apply rules – it’s about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived.

    This is advice that won’t go out of fashion.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918669
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The major WW2 battle to take "a bridge too far" - as described by Antony Beevor for the first time.

    In September 1944, having sped through France and Belgium, Montgomery sought to race into Germany and to end the war by Christmas. It wasn't, of course, that simple.

    Operation Market Garden would drop Allied troops into The Netherlands, held by Nazi Germany, to secure key bridges across the Rhine along the path of advance. But it was folly - in the Dutch staff college exams, any candidate who adopted this plan had been failed on the spot. Indeed, the campaign ended in a glorious defeat, and half of the 12,000 Allied troops taken prisoner.

    With his typical authority and skill in bringing a campaign to life, Britain's bestselling historian creates a gripping, vivid narrative that shows why the battle was fought, and lost. With masterful command of material from a vast range of sources, he also paints the human side of war, and its heroes and villains - "more like a prosperous dentist than the head of the Waffen-SS" - and moments of glory and humour too.

    This is classic Antony Beevor - on an iconic campaign.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780241326763
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In September 1944, having sped through France and Belgium, Montgomery sought to race into Germany and to end the war by Christmas. It wasn't, of course, that simple.

    Operation Market Garden would drop Allied troops into The Netherlands, held by Nazi Germany, to secure key bridges across the Rhine along the path of advance. But it was folly - in the Dutch staff college exams, any candidate who adopted this plan had been failed on the spot. Indeed, the campaign ended in a glorious defeat, and half of the 12,000 Allied troops taken prisoner.

    With his typical authority and skill in bringing a campaign to life, Britain's bestselling historian creates a gripping, vivid narrative that shows why the battle was fought, and lost. With masterful command of material from a vast range of sources, he also paints the human side of war, and its heroes and villains - "more like a prosperous dentist than the head of the Waffen-SS" - and moments of glory and humour too.

    This is classic Antony Beevor - on an iconic campaign.


    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    ISBN: 9781786492746
    Title: ART OF NOT FALLING APART
    Author: PATTERSON CHRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    If you want to make God laugh, Woody Allen once said, tell God your plans. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love. Most of us want a nice job, healthy children and a comfortable home. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would manage it, too. So what do you do if you don't? Or if you had some of these things and lost them? What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine?

    For the journalist Christina Patterson, it was her work as a writer and columnist on a national newspaper that kept her going through the ups and downs of life, health and mid-life dating. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she'd never done before. After years of talking to famous people about their successes, she started to talk to people about their losses and disappointments and try to find out what had got them through.

    The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There's Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from the board of a FTSE-100 company. There's Winston, who fell through a ceiling and on to a purple coffin. There's Louise, whose baby died, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there's Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life.

    The Art of Not Falling Apart is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF SOLO : A Star Wars Story
    ART OF SOLO : A Star Wars Story
    SZOSTAK PHIL
    ISBN: 9781419727450
    Title: ART OF SOLO : A Star Wars Story
    Author: SZOSTAK PHIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    WILMER VALERIE
    ISBN: 9781788160711
    Title: AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    Author: WILMER VALERIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An essential masterpiece of jazz history by the renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams.

    In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture. Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra in their broader political and social context, Wilmer evokes an era of extraordinary innovation and experimentation that continues to inspire musicians today.

    As vital now as when it was first published in 1977, As Serious As Your Life is the essential story of one of the most dynamic musical movements of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLUEBOTTLE
    BLUEBOTTLE
    CASTLES BELINDA
    ISBN: 9781760632847
    Title: BLUEBOTTLE
    Author: CASTLES BELINDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With sea-salt authenticity, Belinda Castles sets the Bright family in the sprawling paradise of Bilgola Beach. But darkness is found both in the iconic setting as well as in the disturbing behaviour of one of the family.

    As he tilted the blinds she saw her mother in her tennis whites, standing at the kitchen bench, staring out into the dark bushland that bordered their houses. That was what Tricia did these days, looked into the bush as though it would attack one of them.

    On a sweltering day in a cliff-top beach shack, Jack and Lou Bright grow suspicious about the behaviour of their charismatic, unpredictable father, Charlie. A girl they know has disappeared, and as the day unfolds, Jack's eruptions of panic, Lou's sultry rebellions and their little sister Phoebe's attention-seeking push the family towards revelation.

    Twenty years later, the Bright children have remained close to the cliff edges, russet sand and moody ocean of their childhood. Behind the beautiful surfaces of their daily lives lies the difficult landscape of their past, always threatening to break through. And then, one night in late summer, they return to the house on the cliff...

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    HINTON LES
    ISBN: 9781925322828
    Title: BOOTLE BOY : An Untidy Life in News
    Author: HINTON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Les Hinton first fulfils his schoolboy dream of working on Fleet Street, it is still a place awash in warm beer, black ink, fag ash, and hot metal. Fifty-two years after being sent out to buy a sandwich for his first boss, one Rupert Murdoch, when Les finally leaves Murdoch's employment in 2011, the business of news has been turned upside down, in a tumble of social and technological change.

    Les Hinton has been present at and noiselessly directed several key scenes in that tale of revolutionary transformation, as employee and later head of Murdoch companies in newspapers, magazines, and television, on three continents over five decades, in Wapping and Wall Street, Australia and California.

    Born amid the rubble of the blitzed docklands of Bootle, and schooled by an itinerant Army childhood, he came to the centre from the periphery, just as Murdoch did. There, with a gang of like-minded outsiders, he set about redrawing the map of the media.

    Hinton depicts the upheavals that swept his trade with the same widescreen perspective and sharp colours he deploys to show us how politicians from Clinton to Blair, from Brown to Cameron, alternately canoodled and raged inside their arranged media marriages. We see the death of Diana, the IRA bombings, the charisma of Bill Clinton, and the phone-hacking scandal from a revelatory new angle. And we get the most undeluded and undiluted portrait yet of the man who is perhaps the last of the great press barons.

    Above all, emerging out of Hinton's scintillating stories of half a century of Murdoch and news revolutions, comes the voice of a wandering Liverpudlian who is still in love with the life of a newspaperman, and now the author of one of the defining media memoirs of our age.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BOQUERIA : A Cookbook from Barcelona to New York
    BOQUERIA : A Cookbook from Barcelona to New York
    VIDAL MARC
    ISBN: 9781632864949
    Title: BOQUERIA : A Cookbook from Barcelona to New York
    Author: VIDAL MARC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive cookbook of the celebrated Boqueria restaurants, inspired by the best of Barcelona tapas.

    The essence of Barcelona tapas is that single, savory, lip-smacking bite that pairs best with a glass of wine and a group of friends. For Boqueria- A Barcelona Cookbook, chef Marc Vidal captures the definitive experience of New York City 's famed Boqueria restaurants, celebrated for the traditional, mouth-watering tapas like patatas bravas, Iberian ham croquettes, blistered green peppers, and bacon-wrapped dates, all of which appear in these pages, along with the restaurant 's signature authentic, seasonal dishes like garlicky sauteed shrimp, Spanish meatballs, and classic, saffrony seafood paella.

    Detailed insights into the history and the day-to-day life of the restaurant complete this sumptuous cookbook, while the recipes take center stage, each accompanied by a stunning photograph. Specially commissioned shots of Barcelona--including the legendary Boqueria fresh market and the best of Barcelona 's tapas bars--capture the inspiration for chef Vidal 's recipes and the heart of Spanish cooking.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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