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  • 12 RULES FOR LIFE : An Antidote to Chaos
    12 RULES FOR LIFE : An Antidote to Chaos
    PETERSON JORDAN B
    ISBN: 9780241351642
    Title: 12 RULES FOR LIFE : An Antidote to Chaos
    Author: PETERSON JORDAN B
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What does everyone in the modern world need to know?

    Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

    Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life.

    12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 500 SELF PORTRAITS
    500 SELF PORTRAITS
    RIDEAL LIZ
    ISBN: 9780714875958
    Title: 500 SELF PORTRAITS
    Author: RIDEAL LIZ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling collection of self-portraits from throughout recorded history, revised to include captivating contemporary works

    The challenge of interpreting and re-creating their own likenesses has proven irresistible to artists throughout the ages. This expanded and redesigned book presents a selection of powerfully evocative works by many of the world's greatest artists - from Durer and Rembrandt, to Marina Abramovic , David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman - working in painting, photography, sculpture, and performance.

    Flowing in a chronological sequence, with interspersed artist quotes, it features essays by Julian Bell and self-portraiture expert Liz Rideal. This is both a useful resource and a thoughtful celebration of a much loved art form.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781473664968
    Title: ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    Author: ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC. His name was David Attenborough, and the programme, Zoo Quest, not only heralded the start of a remarkable career in broadcasting, but changed the way we viewed the natural world forever.

    Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ADVERTISEMENT FOR TOOTHPASTE
    ADVERTISEMENT FOR TOOTHPASTE
    KAPUSCINSKI RYSZARD
    ISBN: 9780241339329
    Title: ADVERTISEMENT FOR TOOTHPASTE
    Author: KAPUSCINSKI RYSZARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ''Like rotting stakes in a forest clearing'

    The great journalist of conflict in the Third World finds an even stranger and more exotic society in his own home of post-War Poland.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • AFRICAS TARNISHED NAME
    AFRICAS TARNISHED NAME
    ACHEBE CHINUA
    ISBN: 9780241338834
    Title: AFRICAS TARNISHED NAME
    Author: ACHEBE CHINUA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He needed to hear Africa speak for itself after a lifetime of hearing Africa spoken about by others.'

    Electrifying essays on the history, complexity, diversity of a continent, from the father of modern African literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • AFTER THE WINTER
    AFTER THE WINTER
    NETTEL GUADALUPE
    ISBN: 9780857055101
    Title: AFTER THE WINTER
    Author: NETTEL GUADALUPE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A shy young Mexican woman moves to Paris to study literature. Cecilia has few friends, and a morbid fascination with watching the funerals taking place in the cemetery outside her apartment. She suddenly strikes up a close platonic relationship with her neighbour, a sickly young man who shares her interest in death and believes we can communicate with the dead. After coming to entirely depend on him for company and routine, Cecilia is left devastated by his decision to go to Sicily for his health, and is left alone in an unfriendly city once more.

    Claudio, meanwhile, lives in New York with the submissive, quiet, but very wealthy Ruth. She makes few demands of him, whilst acquiescing to all his desires and indulging his obsessive, misogynistic nature. He meets Cecilia by chance whilst visiting a friend in Paris and these two very different stories collide with transformative consequences.

    Translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALIENIST
    ALIENIST
    CARR CALEB
    ISBN: 9780751547221
    Title: ALIENIST
    Author: CARR CALEB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reissue of this ground-breaking historical whodunnit, in which 1890s New York is as much a character as the investigators

    The internationally bestselling historical thriller, now a major Netflix series starring Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl.

    Some things never change.

    New York City, 1896. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising young male prostitutes.

    Unfortunately for Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the psychological profiling of murderers is a practice still in its infancy, struggling to make headway against the prejudices of those who prefer the mentally ill - and the 'alienists' who treat them - to be out of sight as well as out of mind.

    But as the body count rises, Roosevelt swallows his doubts and turns to the eminent alienist Dr Laszlo Kreizler to put a stop to the bloody murders - giving Kreizler a chance to take him further into the dark heart of criminality, and one step closer to death.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9780143791034
    Title: ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

    Who or what is watching Jake Whyte from the woods?

    Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep - every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.

    It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake's unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

    Set between Australia and a remote English island, All the Birds, Singing is the story of one how one woman's present comes from a terrible past. It is the second novel from the award-winning author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALMIGHTY DOLLAR : Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works
    ALMIGHTY DOLLAR : Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works
    DAVID DHARSHINI
    ISBN: 9781783963768
    Title: ALMIGHTY DOLLAR : Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works
    Author: DAVID DHARSHINI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The dollar is the lifeblood of globalisation: China holds billions in reserve for good reason. Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents, call them what you will, $1.2 trillion worth are floating around right now – and half the dollars in circulation are actually outside of the USA.

    But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?

    In lively and entertaining prose Dharshini David lays bare these complex interrelationships through the simple story of one dollar as it moves through the opaque international system. This is essential reading that gets to the heart of how our new globalised world really works.

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    JONES TAYARI
    ISBN: 9780143789604
    Title: AMERICAN MARRIAGE
    Author: JONES TAYARI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An explosive love story about a marriage interrupted.

    Could you put your life on hold for twelve years? A stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage, and three people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

    Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit.

    Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

    An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward - with hope and pain - into the future.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    YALOM MARILYN
    ISBN: 9780465094707
    Title: AMOROUS HEART : An Unconventional History of Love
    Author: YALOM MARILYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity

    The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable symbol in the world?

    In THE AMOROUS HEART, Marilyn Yalom tracks the heart metaphor and heart iconography across two thousand years, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present. She argues that the symbol reveals a tension between love as romantic and sexual on the one hand, and as religious and spiritual on the other. Ultimately, the heart symbol is a guide to the astonishing variety of human affections, from the erotic to the chaste and from the unrequited to the conjugal.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    FRAME JANET
    ISBN: 9780143791065
    Title: ANGEL AT MY TABLE
    Author: FRAME JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a heartfelt introduction from Jane Campion. Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections.

    Gathered here in a single edition are the three parts of Janet Frame's autobiography. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student and years of incarceration in mental hospitals (essentially for wanting to pursue a career as a poet), followed eventually by her entry into the saving world of writers and the 'Mirror City' that sustains them. This is not just the records of a life but also the flourishing of a writer's career. Janet Frame accomplishes 'the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors'.

    All three volumes of this autobiography - To The Is-Land (1983), An Angel At My Table (1984) and The Envoy From The Mirror City (1985) have won major literary prizes. Internationally lauded director Jane Campion made a film of An Angel At My Table that won international jury prizes at Venice, Toronto and other film festivals. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APEX HIDES THE HURT
    APEX HIDES THE HURT
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708898758
    Title: APEX HIDES THE HURT
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This New York Times Notable Book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad is a brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.

    The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town's aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need, they realize, is a nomenclature consultant.

    And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero's efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ASK AND THE ANSWER   -   Chaos Walking Book 2
    ASK AND THE ANSWER - Chaos Walking Book 2
    NESS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781406379174
    Title: ASK AND THE ANSWER - Chaos Walking Book 2
    Author: NESS PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode... This new edition marks the 10th anniversary of the Chaos Walking trilogy, soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • AUNTS STORY
    AUNTS STORY
    WHITE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780143791027
    Title: AUNTS STORY
    Author: WHITE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    9780857986764 From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author.

    With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel.

    But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143788614
    Title: AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Holding the Line, David Cameron tells the extraordinary story of Australian troops at Villers-Bretonneux in World War I. The Anzacs had one of their greatest victories at Villers-Bretonneux, defeating the Germans there in an attack later described by a British general as 'perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war'.

    As part of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front, German forces captured the town of Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, from exhausted British defenders on 24 April 1918. The Australian 13th and 15th Brigades were brought forward and, in a model of a well-planned and co-ordinated night attack, successfully recaptured the town.

    It was a bloody victory - 1200 Australians lost their lives - but this battle marked the end of the German offensive on the Somme and contributed to the Allies' eventual victory. As with his previous books, Cameron places the reader right in the action by weaving vivid minute-by-minute descriptions drawn from the diaries and letters of soldiers who were there.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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