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  • ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    KARLSSON NIKLAS
    ISBN: 9781787390034
    Title: ART OF WHITTLING : A Woodcarver's Guide To Making Things By Hand
    Author: KARLSSON NIKLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This beautiful and practical guide to the art of whittling offers the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and a means of getting back to basics and creating unique items from scratch. Inside you will learn about the ancient art of whittling as one of the earliest forms of artistic expression; the different types of wood to use in your work; the simple tools you need to get started; and the various cutting techniques.

    The Art of Whittling also preaches the idea of Danish hygge – translating to coziness and being with friends and family in a warm atmosphere. Here, author Niklas Karlsson gives us an insight into why the Danes are considered the happiest people in the world – and how you can bring some hygge into your own lives.

    More than just a manual, this book offers a contemplative view on a skill that is more popular than ever.


    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $32.00

    Price: $32.00
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    RADCLIFFE RUSS
    ISBN: 9781925713565
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

    With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Alan Moir, David Pope, David Rowe, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2018
    BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2018
    PICKRELL JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742235882
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2018
    Author: PICKRELL JOHN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical questions about the environment in which we live.

    Now in its eighth year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 draws on the knowledge and insight of Australia’s brightest authors, journalists and scientists to challenge perceptions of the world we think we know.

    This year’s selection includes the best of Australia’s science writing talent: Jo Chandler, Andrew Leigh, Michael Slezak, Elizabeth Finkel, Bianca Nogrady, Ashley Hay, Joel Werner, Margaret Wertheim and many more.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING   -   Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    FOXLEE KAREN
    ISBN: 9781760528706
    Title: LENNYS BOOK OF EVERYTHING - Indie Book of the Year 2019 - Children's
    Author: FOXLEE KAREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared.
    'Whatever you do,' I said to Davey on the walk to school, 'Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.'
    He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn't fallen off.

    Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else.

    The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother's health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake.

    A big-hearted novel about loving and letting-go by an award-winning author.



    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LIFE TO COME  - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781760875046
    Title: LIFE TO COME - Miles Franklin Winner 2018
    Author: DE KRETSER MICHELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miles Franklin Winner 2018

    'I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.' Hilary Mantel

    'Michelle de Kretser knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things...A master storyteller.' A.S. Byatt

    Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

    Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

    Profoundly moving as well as bitingly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.

    '...one of those rare writers whose work balances substance with style. Her writing is very witty, but it also goes deep, informed at every point by a benign and far-reaching intelligence.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald

    '...a dazzlingly accomplished author who commands all the strokes. Her repertoire stretches from a hallucinatory sense of place to a mastery of suspense, sophisticated verbal artistry and a formidable skill in navigating those twisty paths where history and psychology entwine.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • REAL PIGEONS EAT DANGER  #2
    REAL PIGEONS EAT DANGER #2
    MCDONALD ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781760129309
    Title: REAL PIGEONS EAT DANGER #2
    Author: MCDONALD ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts!

    The REAL PIGEONS aren’t just an awesome squad of crime fighters who protect the city. They’re also REAL FRIENDS. But with a deranged ostrich on the loose, a secret warehouse full of bottled birds and power-hungry ibis to deal with, can their friendship survive?

    Perfect for fans of Aaron Blabey's Bad Guys and Dav Pilkey's Dog Man books, the Real Pigeons series is a hilariously silly and highly visual introduction to the joys of reading and crime-fighting for readers 6+.

    No-one can protect a city like Rock, Frillback, Tumbler, Homey and Grandpouter. Crime-fighting has never been so COO!

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    LANGTON CARO
    ISBN: 9781787132184
    Title: ROOT NURTURE GROW : The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants
    Author: LANGTON CARO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Learn how to grow and nurture new plants from old.

    Life with a potted plant is undeniably better. And better yet is the ability to grow and replicate new, healthy houseplants without ever having to visit a garden centre again. Learn to share, swap and celebrate the miraculous methods of multiplying all of your favourites at almost no cost at all. And here’s the secret: it’s really, really easy. Plants are designed to multiply. They spread their roots, send off inquisitive shoots, and regenerate themselves in all sorts of exciting and unexpected ways without any help. Even for the beginner indoor gardener, a single leaf can hold enough life to be successfully grown into a brand new plant. With Root, Nurture, Grow, you’ll quickly discover how to propagate any houseplant, take cuttings, cultivate runners and offsets, divide plants at the roots and even grow brand new root systems in the air. You’ll learn pruning methods that produce no waste, organic rooting medium recipes, and eventually enjoy gifting and swapping newly grown greenery with friends, family and other houseplant hoarders you’ll meet along the way. As well as myriad propagation methods, the book includes practical DIY projects to better nurture and display your plant family, including a homemade propagation chamber and simple self-watering planters.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE
    WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE
    ABDULALI SOHAILA
    ISBN: 9780143793403
    Title: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPE
    Author: ABDULALI SOHAILA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Except for the foundational belief that rape is a crime, with a criminal and a victim, I will not take anything else for granted.

    Sohaila Abdulali was gang-raped as a teenager in Mumbai. Indignant at the silence on the issue in India, she wrote an article for a woman's magazine challenging the way in which rape and rape victims were perceived. Thirty years later, in the wake of the 2012 fatal gang rape in Delhi, that story went viral.

    Drawing on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis centre in Boston, her research in India and elsewhere, and three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally, Sohaila Abdulali wants to change the conversation around rape culture, question our assumptions, and look at how we want to raise the next generation.

    Sohaila asks- Is rape always a life-defining event? Does rape always symbolise something? Is rape worse than death? Is rape related to desire? Who gets raped? Is rape inevitable? Is one rape worse than the other? Who rapes? What is consent? How do you recover a sense of safety and joy? How do you raise sons? Who gets to judge?
    Drawing on the fact that she is both victim and survivor, Sohaila doesn't pretend to have all the answers, but she passionately believes that we must talk about rape and we must talk about how we talk about rape.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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