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  • ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    JONASSON JONAS
    ISBN: 9780008275570
    Title: ACCIDENTAL FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
    Author: JONASSON JONAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to Jonas Jonasson's international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    STAPLETON SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781509867301
    Title: ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST LADY DETECTIVE : Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    Author: STAPLETON SUSANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.

    Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?

    Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.

    With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    ISBN: 9781760295783
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    Author: HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In this startling new work, acclaimed cultural detective and life-long pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling story-telling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to examine our role as animals' companions, in this exploration of the history not of the pet, but of us as pet-owners.

    Drawing on literary, artistic and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, over thousands of years of human experience, she examines the when, the how and the why of our connection to those animals we take into our lives, assessing these against the latest scientific thinking on this complex and enthralling subject, and suggesting new insights into this most long-standing of all human love-affairs.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • APOLOGY
    APOLOGY
    ENSLER EVE
    ISBN: 9781635574388
    Title: APOLOGY
    Author: ENSLER EVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Eve Ensler, author of one of the most influential works of the twentieth century--The Vagina Monologues--and one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World," comes a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.

    Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused from the age of 5 by her father, Eve has struggled and suffered her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an artist and anti-violence activist, she decided she was no longer waiting; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. This book, The Apology, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear attempts to transform the abuse she suffered, with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.

    Through The Apology Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally imagine how to be free. In it, she grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she began to understand the impact of her father's abuse on her life- How do we offer a doorway rather than only a locked cell? How do move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?

    The Apology is a remarkably original book that explores the deepest and most intimate questions that can be asked at this moment- Why do men carry out abuse, often against the people they know and love the most? How can we--together--stop it? What does it mean to apologize for these acts? What will it take for the men who have committed abuse to make a deep reckoning and actually apologize? As Tony Porter from A Call to Men says, "We've called men out, now how do we call them in?"

    The Apology is an acutely transformational book--about how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is a revolutionary book asking everything of each of us- courage, truthfulness, and forgiveness.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • ART OF MINDFUL READING
    ART OF MINDFUL READING
    BERTOUD ELLA
    ISBN: 9781782407683
    Title: ART OF MINDFUL READING
    Author: BERTOUD ELLA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The healing power of reading has been renowned since Aristotle; focus, flow and enlightenment can all be discovered through this universal act. The Art of Mindful Reading embraces the joy of absorbing words on a page, encouraging a state of mind as deeply therapeutic and vital to our wellbeing as breathing. Bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud asks if reading is our daily nourishment how best should it be consumed? How should you read mindfully? And why will reading mindfully help you to read better?
    She explores how reading mindfully can shape the person you are, give you your moral backbone, and teaches empathy with others. Through meditative exercises, engaging anecdote, and expert insight, she reveals the enriching potential of reading for mindfulness.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    BILAN JASBINDER
    ISBN: 9781911490197
    Title: ASHA AND THE SPIRIT BIRD
    Author: BILAN JASBINDER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home ...

    Imprint: CHICKEN HOUSE
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BAD BEHAVIOUR
    BAD BEHAVIOUR
    GAITSKILL MARY
    ISBN: 9780241383100
    Title: BAD BEHAVIOUR
    Author: GAITSKILL MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A young woman anxiously waits for her date on a street corner in New York City; he sits in a pizza parlour across the street, watching her discomfort.

    A middle-aged woman returns to a New York that is haunted by the passion and intensity of her former relationship with her estranged best friend.

    A secretarial graduate starts her first job at a lawyer's office and quietly keeps her cruel experiences at his hands locked inside herself.

    The stories in this collection peer deep into the inner lives of men and women, explore the cavernous spaces between what we say and what can be expressed, and are full of tenderness and cruelty. Published for the first time in Penguin Modern Classics, Bad Behaviour provides a devastatingly insightful and urgently necessary view of our times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BE WITH  -  Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    GANDER FORREST
    ISBN: 9780811226059
    Title: BE WITH - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Winner 2019
    Author: GANDER FORREST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section-a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's-rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

    Imprint: NEW DIRECTIONS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    DUNK JAMES
    ISBN: 9781742236179
    Title: BEDLAM AT BOTANY BAY
    Author: DUNK JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Madness stalked the colony of New South Wales and tracing its wild path changes the way we look at our colonial history.

    What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history, we find out through the tireless correspondence of governors and colonial secretaries, the delicate descriptions of judges and doctors, the brazen words of firebrand politicians, and the heartbreaking letters of siblings, parents and friends. We also hear from the mad themselves. Legal and social distinctions faded as delusion and disorder took root — in convicts exiled from their homes and living under the weight of imperial justice, in ex-convicts and small settlers as they grappled with the country they had taken from its Indigenous inhabitants, and in government officers and wealthy colonists who sought to guide the course of European history in Australia.

    These stories of madness are woven together into a narrative about freedom and possibilities, unravelling and collapse. Bedlam at Botany Bay looks at people who found themselves not only at the edge of the world, but at the edge of sanity. It shows their worlds colliding.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    DOBLIN ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780141191621
    Title: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
    Author: DOBLIN ALFRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As long as he had money, he remained decent. But then he ran out of money'

    Franz Biberkopf is back on the streets of Berlin. Determined to go straight after a stint in prison for doing some stupid stuff, he finds himself thwarted by an external agency that looks an awful lot like fate. Cheated, humiliated, thrown from a moving car; embroiled in an underworld of pimps, thugs, drunks and prostitutes, Franz picks himself up over and over again - until one day he is struck a blow which might just prove his downfall.

    A dazzling, freewheeling collage of newspaper reports, Biblical stories, drinking songs and urban slang, Berlin Alexanderplatz is the great novel of Berlin life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    ISBN: 9781925750959
    Title: BETTER DEATH : Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well
    Author: SRIVASTAVA RANJANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Of all the experiences we share, two universal events bookend our lives: we are all born and we will all die. We don't have a choice in how we enter the world, but we can have a say in how we leave it.

    In order to die well, we must be prepared to contemplate our mortality and to broach it with our loved ones, who are often called upon to make important decisions on our behalf. These are some of the most important conversations we can have with each other – to find peace, kindness and gratitude for what has gone before, and acceptance of what is to come.

    Dr Ranjana Srivastava draws on two decades of experience to share her observations and advice on leading a meaningful life and finding dignity and composure at its end. With an emphasis on advocacy, leaving a legacy, and staying true to our deepest convictions, Dr Srivastava tells stories of strength, hope and resilience in the face of grief, and offers an optimistic meditation on living and dying well.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES
    BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES
    MEZRICH BEN
    ISBN: 9781408711897
    Title: BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES
    Author: MEZRICH BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark

    Zuckerberg. BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great book from the world of bitcoin.

    Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize "crypto" is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There's nothing left to do but make a bet.

    From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    CAINE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781473689329
    Title: BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF
    Author: CAINE MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career.

    One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films - including all-time favourites - from the classic British movies Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting Dark Knight trilogy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and Cider House Rules. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.

    He knows what success takes - he's made it to the top of his profession from the toughest beginning. But as he says 'Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it.' Now in his 85th year he wants to share everything he's learned.

    With brilliant new insight into his life and work and with his wonderful gift for story, this is Caine at his wise and entertaining best.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL   #12
    BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL #12
    WALKER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781786485762
    Title: BODY IN THE CASTLE WELL #12
    Author: WALKER MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A missing art student. An international investigation. A secret that will shatter the village of St Denis. Bruno, chief of police, faces a dark reckoning with France's past in this page-turning mystery.

    'Rich in atmosphere and personality' New York Times

    A rich American art student is found dead at the bottom of a well in an ancient hilltop castle. The young woman, Claudia, had been working in the archives of an eminent French art historian, a crippled Resistance war hero, at his art-filled chateau.

    As Claudia's White House connections get the US Embassy and the FBI involved, Bruno traces the people and events that led to her fatal accident - or was it murder?

    Bruno learns that Claudia had been trying to buy the chateau and art collection of her tutor, even while her researches led her to suspect that some of his attributions may have been forged. This takes Bruno down a trail that leads him from the ruins of Berlin in 1945, to France's colonial war in Algeria.

    The long arm of French history has reached out to find a new victim, but can Bruno identify the killer - and prove his case?

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BOOK OF PRIDE : LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
    BOOK OF PRIDE : LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
    FUNK MASON
    ISBN: 9780062571700
    Title: BOOK OF PRIDE : LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World
    Author: FUNK MASON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE BOOK OF PRIDE captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These individuals fought battles both personal and political, often without the support of family or friends, frequently under the threat of violence and persecution. By shining a light on these remarkable stories of bravery and determination, THE BOOK OF PRIDE not only honors an important chapter in American history, but also empowers young people today (both LGBTQ and straight) to discover their own courage in order to create positive change. Furthermore, it serves a critically important role in ensuring the history of the LGBTQ movement can never be erased, inspiring us to resist all forms of oppression with ferocity, community, and, most importantly, pride

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BOTANY BAY AND THE FIRST FLEET : The Real Story
    BOTANY BAY AND THE FIRST FLEET : The Real Story
    FROST ALAN
    ISBN: 9781760641603
    Title: BOTANY BAY AND THE FIRST FLEET : The Real Story
    Author: FROST ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Now in one definitive volume, Botany Bay and the First Fleet is a full, authentic account of the beginnings of modern Australia.

    In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1400 people, set out from England for Botany Bay, on the east coast of New South Wales. In deciding on Botany Bay, British authorities hoped not only to rid Britain of its excess criminals, but also to gain a key strategic outpost and take control of valuable natural resources.

    According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair- under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Here, Alan Frost debunks these myths, and shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned - reflecting its importance to Britain's imperial and commercial ambitions. In his examination of the ships, passengers and preparation, Frost reveals the hopes and schemes of those who engineered the voyage, and the experiences of those who made it.

    The culmination of thirty-five years' study of previously neglected archives, Botany Bay and the First Fleet offers new and surprising insights into how Australia came to be.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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