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  • ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    ISBN: 9781473677678
    Title: ANIMAL LANGUAGES : The secret conversations of the living world
    Author: MEIJER EVA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dolphins and parrots call each other by their names. Fork tailed drongos mimic the calls of other animals to scare them away and then steal their dinner. In the songs of many species of birds, and in skin patterns of squid, we find grammatical structures . . .

    If you are lucky, you might meet an animal that wants to talk to you. If you are even luckier, you might meet an animal that takes the time and effort to get to know you. Such relationships can teach us not only about the animal in question, but also about language and about ourselves.

    From how prairie dogs describe intruders in detail -- including their size, shape, speed and the colour of their hair and T-shirts -- to how bats like to gossip, to the impressive greeting rituals of monogamous seabirds, ANIMAL LANGUAGES is a fascinating and philosophical exploration of the ways animals communicate with each other, and with us.

    Researchers are discovering that animals have rich and complex languages with grammatical and structural rules that allow them to strategise, share advice, give warnings, show love and gossip amongst themselves. ANIMAL LANGUAGES will reveal this surprising hidden social life and show you how to talk with the animals.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
    ISBN: 9780571351152
    Author: AUDEN W H
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Another Time was the first volume that Auden published after his departure to America with Christopher Isherwood in January 1939. It was dedicated to Chester Kallman. The poems, some of which date from the early thirties, are about people, places and the intellectual climate of the times, and they show greater variety of tone and technique than in any previous book of Auden's. Some of his most famous and often quoted (or misquoted) lines appear in their original form, including the text of two poems in particular - 'Spain 1937' and 'September 1,1939' - that he later altered or repudiated.

    This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
    ISBN: 9781925815757
    Author: COURT MOIRA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antarctica - an icy desert with mountain ranges and sleeping volcanoes, home to the spinning end of the earth and to a diverse array of quirky creatures.

    From the artist who brought us My Superhero and Colour Me, Moira Court brings Antarctica to life in this gorgeous new picture book, combining clever counting with lyrical prose and stunning artwork.

    Imprint: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    ISBN: 9781760893637
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : Blindsides, Resilience and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9780571351169
    Title: ARIEL
    Author: PLATH SYLVIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963.

    'If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded ... They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity ... the book is a major literary event.' - A. Alvarez in the Observer

    This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
    ISBN: 9781743795385
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across the world, each established cuisine has an underlying backbone. Vietnamese food without fish sauce? Israeli cuisine without tehina? No chance. And yet so many dishes and ingredients cross borders. Food connects us, teaches us and defines us. It allows us to encounter new people and tell new stories.

    The Atlas Cookbook explores 20 countries across four regions, with recipes that celebrate each location but embrace seasonal local ingredients. This is easy, vibrant food that inspires us to get creative in the kitchen and reminds us of all that we have in common.

    Featuring food from: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, France, Greece, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL : Allies in War Adversaries in Peace
    ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL : Allies in War Adversaries in Peace
    ISBN: 9781848876606
    Title: ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL : Allies in War Adversaries in Peace
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Throughout history there have been many long-running rivalries between party leaders, but there has never been a connection like that between Churchill and Attlee. Brought together in the epoch-making circumstances of the Second World War, they forged a partnership that transcended party lines for five years.

    If Churchill was the giant of the war, Attlee was the hero of the peace. In a sense the two men represented different sides of the best of the English character: Churchill, quivering with martial spirit, showed that spirit of courageous determination which had led to the triumphs of Agincourt and the creation of the largest empire the world had ever seen; Attlee, on the other hand, embodied that quintessentially English decency, stoicism, fair play and dislike of showiness.

    In this ground-breaking book, Leo McKinstry provides a host of new insights into the two most compelling leaders of the mid-twentieth century, and creates a gripping narrative that tells anew the story of one of the most vibrant, traumatic and inspiring eras in modern British history.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781760760137
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘The homes I’ve always been drawn to are portraits of the people who live there…’

    Australian Designers at Home invites readers into the homes of 20 of the country’s leading names in interior design. With unfettered access to their most private retreats, we see where the best of the industry express their true, unfiltered selves. Jenny Rose-Innes celebrates the designers who have inspired her, sharing their histories and houses, as well as professional insights and practical tips on decorating. This book provides an invaluable resource for designers, decorators and interiors enthusiasts alike.

    Richly illustrated throughout with stunning colour photography by Simon Griffiths, Australian Designers at Home takes readers on an intimate journey, revealing how the most influential designers decorate their own houses. Find out what home means from the people who create them for a living.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
    ISBN: 9781760529666
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Musical theatre has a special place in the hearts of Australians. Whether it is The Boy from Oz, Bran Nue Dae or Muriel's Wedding, we love to see Australian stories on the big stage with all the glamour, energy and vibrancy a musical can offer.

    However magical they are on stage, performances leave behind few traces. Australia has a rich, hidden history of achievement in musical theatre which is now largely forgotten. Drawing on their long careers in musical performance, and extensive research in public and private collections, Peter Wyllie Johnston and Peter Pinne have compiled a definitive account of the history of musical theatre in Australia.

    From small amateur performances in the early days, to international achievements, to the new wave of Australian musicals from the 1990s right through to the explosion of creativity in the 21st century, they recount the emotional roller-coaster of successes and disappointments of one of the most demanding art forms. Also included is an authoritative guide to over 300 Australian musicals.

    Richly illustrated with colour photos from the early days to the present, The Australian Musical is a book to treasure for years to come, and an invaluable resource for anyone involved with theatre and music.

    'This history helps to cement my relationship with Australian musical theater, which is in for the long haul.' - TED CHAPIN, President, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

    'This fine book is surely the family tree of the Australian musical - an impressive study and fascinating read.' - REG LIVERMORE AO

    'Groundbreaking . . . strips away assumptions and misconceptions about Australian musicals, and exposes their true history for the first time' - from the introduction by MARK MADAMA, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, University of Michigan

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • BABY BOWIE : A Book about Adjectives
    BABY BOWIE : A Book about Adjectives
    ISBN: 9780762468010
    Title: BABY BOWIE : A Book about Adjectives
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shiny lightning bolt. High boots. Spikey hair. Celebrate all that iconic musician David Bowie is about with your toddler in this fun, fantastical, and playful new book. Perfect for any Bowie fan, young or old, this book is sure to provide read-aloud fun with the pairing of iconic Bowie items and looks with simplified text. At the end of the book, put on your shoes and best costume because it's time to dance with Baby Bowie and friends!

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
    ISBN: 9781784874216
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.

    From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

    Published here in a beautiful new edition and translation, The Baron in the Trees is a delight and an enchantment.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BATTLE ON 42ND STREET : War in Crete and the Anzacs' bloody last stand
    BATTLE ON 42ND STREET : War in Crete and the Anzacs' bloody last stand
    ISBN: 9781742236032
    Title: BATTLE ON 42ND STREET : War in Crete and the Anzacs' bloody last stand
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At what point does the will to survive on the battlefield give way to bloodlust?

    The battle for Crete was at once the most modern and the most ancient of wars. For a week Australian and New Zealand forces were relentlessly hammered from the skies by the Luftwaffe and pursued across Crete by some of the most accomplished and best equipped forces Hitler could muster.

    On the morning of 27 May 1941, however, all that was about to change. When a unit of German mountain troops approached the Allies’ defensive line — known as 42nd Street — men from the Australian 2/7th and 2/8th Battalions and New Zealanders from several battalions counter-attacked with fixed bayonets. By the end, German bodies were strewn across the battlefield.

    Acclaimed historian Peter Monteath draws on recollections and records of Australian, New Zealand, British and German soldiers and local Cretans to reveal the truth behind one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
    ISBN: 9780008385644
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fly into a fiery and fantastical future with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams, in an epic adventure of myth and legend, good and evil, and one small boy who must save the world…Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross!

    It is 2120 and London is in ruins.The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace – but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters.And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her, himself… and the entire city.In a future of myths and legends, join the bestselling David Walliams and venture forth into his most enthralling tale yet!

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781780899176
    Author: PRINCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time-featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.

    Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in pop history. But he wasn't only a musician-he was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of his early records to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his greatest creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, the greatest pop star of his era.

    The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince-a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is composed of the memoir he was writing before his tragic death, pages that brings us into Prince's childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us into Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album released, through a scrapbook of Prince's writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that take us up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section- his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain-the final stage in Prince's self-creation, as he retells the autobiography we've seen in the first three parts as a heroic journey.

    The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final days-a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated-and annotations that provide context to each of the book's images.

    This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $44.99
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: BEAUTY
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
    ISBN: 9781472130280
    Title: BEHIND THE LENS : My Life
    Author: SUCHET DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the early days of my career, I didn't think I stood a hope in hell. Look at me: I'm short, stocky, slightly overweight, deep of voice, passionate, dark haired, olive skinned, hardly your typical Englishman. What chance did I have, going into the world of British theatre?

    David Suchet has been a stalwart of British stage and screen for fifty years. From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Freud to Poirot, Edward Teller to DOCTOR WHO, Harold Pinter to Terence Rattigan, QUESTIONS OF FAITH to DECLINE AND FALL, right up to 2019's THE PRICE, David has done it all. Throughout this spectacular career, David has never been without a camera, enabling him to vividly document his life in photographs. Seamlessly combining photo and memoir, BEHIND THE LENS is the story of David's remarkable life, showcasing his wonderfully evocative photographs and accompanied by his insightful and engaging commentary.

    In BEHIND THE LENS, David discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered. And, of course, life after Poirot and why he's still grieving for the eccentric Belgian detective.

    An autobiography with a difference, this is David Suchet as you've never seen him before - from behind the lens.

    RRP: $55.00
    Price: $55.00
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