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  • 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
  • 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
  • ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    SCHMIDT IRMIN
    ISBN: 9780571311491
    Title: ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    Author: SCHMIDT IRMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN.

    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    MYNOTT JEREMY
    ISBN: 9780198713654
    Title: BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    Author: MYNOTT JEREMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Birds pervaded the ancient world, impressing their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people and figuring prominently in literature and art. They provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in myths and folklore and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and divination. Jeremy Mynott's Birds in the Ancient World illustrates the many different roles birds played in culture: as indicators of time, weather and the seasons; as a resource for hunting, eating, medicine and farming; as domestic pets and entertainments; and as omens and intermediaries between the gods and humankind.We learn how birds were perceived - through quotations from well over a hundred classical Greek and Roman authors, all of them translated freshly into English, through nearly 100 illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics, and through selections from early scientific writings, and many anecdotes and descriptions from works of history, geography and travel.Jeremy Mynott acts as a stimulating guide to this rich and fascinating material, using birds as a prism through which to explore both the similarities and the often surprising differences between ancient conceptions of the natural world and our own. His book is an original contribution to the flourishing interest in the cultural history of birds and to our understanding of the ancient cultures in which birds played such a prominent part.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $61.95

    Price: $61.95
  • 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
  • CALYPSO
    CALYPSO
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781408707821
    Title: CALYPSO
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

    If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

    When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

    With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny - it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

    This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    BARSON ANN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925706291
    Title: CARYS : Diary of a young girl, Adelaide 1940-42
    Author: BARSON ANN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1940, a seventeen year old girl Carys Harding Browne comes of age in Adelaide, Australia. At this time young clever men meet together at St, Mark's University College to share their love of poetry. By December 1940, St. Marks is leased to the Royal Australian Airforce as an embarkation depot. The Second World War is in earnest. This story is about young people growing up and falling in love against the backdrop of war where dances, friendship and the arts become a consolation in a fragile and uncertain time. It is, above all, the diary of a young girl finding herself amidst the impact of war.
    This is a literary time capsule, a fastidious, vivid and shameless record of two pivotal years in Adelaide's history. Carys was part of a fast set which drank sherry, danced until dawn, fell in and out of love, read the latest books, saw all the shows, frolicked in the parklands and loved to thrill-seek. Some among this decadent generation were to become famous names. Pre-war, theirs was an antipodean Scott Fitzgerald life; their wild joie de vivre being piqued as the young poets and promising university students signed up and left to fight, several soon to die. Carys was too unruly to be given her dream job as a journalist but, as this wonderful book reveals, she was a very gifted diarist. - Samela Harris

    Imprint: IMPRINT EDITIONS E.T.T.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHANGING GEAR
    CHANGING GEAR
    GARDNER SCOT
    ISBN: 9781760631468
    Title: CHANGING GEAR
    Author: GARDNER SCOT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

    Merrick Hilton's done a runner.

    His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs.

    But there's no telling how he'll handle the rough stuff, let alone roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke he meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    HESS MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781760502591
    Title: CLARIS The Chicest Mouse in Paris
    Author: HESS MEGAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A delightful rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

    Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris follows an adorable mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams.

    One day, she bravely takes the leap – only to find a mean little girl with a horrible-looking cat standing in the way of her perfect Parisian apartment!

    Can Claris use all her wit, warmth and – of course – style to make her dreams come true?

    Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris is the first picture book in a dazzling new series for lovers of Eloise and Olivia.

    Destined to delight fashion-obsessed readers of all ages!

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DARK EMU
    DARK EMU
    PASCOE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781921248016
    Title: DARK EMU
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’ Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

    Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

    Bruce’s comments on his book compared to Gammage’s: “ My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing, whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn’t contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.”

    Winner – Book of the Year in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Winner – Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – History Book Award in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
    Shortlisted – 2014 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing


    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY : People and Gods in a Time of Magic and Miracles
    DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY : People and Gods in a Time of Magic and Miracles
    KNAPP ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781781252086
    Title: DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY : People and Gods in a Time of Magic and Miracles
    Author: KNAPP ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Exploring the origins of Christianity, this book looks at why it was that people first in Judea and then in the Roman and Greek Mediterranean world became susceptible to the new religion. Robert Knapp looks for answers in a wide-ranging exploration of religion and everyday life from 200 BC to the end of the first century.

    Survival, honour and wellbeing were the chief preoccupations of Jews and polytheists alike. In both cases, the author shows, people turned first to supernatural powers. According to need, season and place polytheists consulted and placated vast constellations of gods, while the Jews worshipped and contended with one almighty and jealous deity.

    Professor Knapp considers why any Jew or polytheist would voluntarily dispense with a well-tried way of dealing with the supernatural and trade it in for a new model. What was it about the new religion that led people to change beliefs they had held for millennia and which in turn, within four centuries of the birth of its messiah, led it to transform the western world? His conclusions are as convincing as they are sometimes surprising.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    OZ AMOS
    ISBN: 9781784742386
    Title: DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    Author: OZ AMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Concise, evocative....DEAR ZEALOTS is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas--it is a depiction of one man's struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness.' David Grossman, winner of the Man Booker International Prize


    This collection of three new essays - all based on talks delivered by Amos Oz - was written out of a sense of urgency, concern, and a belief that a better future is still possible. It touches on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures; the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel; and the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. These three pleas illuminate the argument over Israeli, Jewish and human existence, and Amos Oz sheds a clear and surprising light on vital political and historical issues, daring to offer new ways out of a reality that appears to be closed down.

    Dear Zealots is a significant document that outlines Amos's current thinking about the Middle East - urgent reading for anyone interested in the conflict.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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