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  • CARRY ON
    CARRY ON
    ROWELL RAINBOW
    ISBN: 9781529013009
    Title: CARRY ON
    Author: ROWELL RAINBOW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe.

    Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything.

    Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell's bestselling novel Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CHECKPOINT CHARLIE : The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
    CHECKPOINT CHARLIE : The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
    MACGREGOR IAIN
    ISBN: 9781472130570
    Title: CHECKPOINT CHARLIE : The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth
    Author: MACGREGOR IAIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On August 13 1961, work started on erecting an eleven-foot-high concrete barrier that would ultimately cost a billion dollars and would come to serve as the physical and symbolic division between Eastern and Western Europe. Over the next twenty-eight years, thousands would attempt to scale the Berlin Wall and flee communist East Germany - and more than 100 people would perish.

    Checkpoint Charlie stood at the confluence of the arterial routes that ran through the heart of Berlin and was the epicentre of global conflict for nearly three decades, until the fall of the Wall in November 1989.

    Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and capturing the mistrust, oppression, paranoia and fear that gripped the world during the era of the Wall's existence - as well as the indomitable spirit of those many people who risked their lives to escape tyranny - CHECKPOINT CHARLIE will draw on interviews with key eyewitnesses to tell the heart-rending story of the Berlin Wall and the lives that it changed irrevocably.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CHEESEMONGERS HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES
    CHEESEMONGERS HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES
    PALMER NED
    ISBN: 9781788161183
    Title: CHEESEMONGERS HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES
    Author: PALMER NED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every cheese tells a story. Whether it's a fresh young goat's cheese or a big, beefy eighteen-month-old Cheddar, each variety holds the history of the people who first made it, from the builders of Stonehenge to medieval monks, from the Stilton-makers of the eighteenth-century to the factory cheesemakers of the Second World War.

    Cheesemonger Ned Palmer takes us on a delicious journey across Britain and Ireland and through time to uncover the histories of beloved old favourites like Cheddar and Wensleydale and fresh innovations like the Irish Cashel Blue or the rambunctious Renegade Monk. Along the way we learn the craft and culture of cheesemaking from the eccentric and engaging characters who have revived and reinvented farmhouse and artisan traditions. And we get to know the major cheese styles - the blues, washed rinds, semi-softs and, unique to the British Isles, the territorials - and discover how best to enjoy them, on a cheeseboard with a glass of Reisling, or as a Welsh rarebit alongside a pint of Pale Ale.

    This is a cheesemonger's odyssey, a celebration of history, innovation and taste - and the book all cheese and history lovers will want to devour this Christmas.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • CHEVIOT THE STAG AND THE BLACK BLACK OIL : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    CHEVIOT THE STAG AND THE BLACK BLACK OIL : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    MCGRATH JOHN
    ISBN: 9781350135079
    Title: CHEVIOT THE STAG AND THE BLACK BLACK OIL : 60 Years of Modern Plays
    Author: MCGRATH JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's a story that has a beginning, a middle, but as yet, no end.
    John McGrath's winding, furious, innovative play tracks the economic history and exploitation of the Scottish Highlands from the post-Rebellion suppression of the clans to the story of the Clearances- in the 19th century, aristocratic landowners discovered the profitability of sheep farming, and forced a mass emigration of rural Highlanders, burning their houses in order to make way for the Cheviot sheep.
    Described by the playwright as having a "ceilidh" format, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil draws on historical research alongside Gaelic song and the Scots' love of variety and popular entertainment to tell this epic story.
    A totally distinctive cultural and theatrical phenomenon, the play championed several new approaches to theatre, raising its profile as a means of political intervention; proposing a collective and collaborative approach to creating theatre; offering a language of performance accessible to working-class people; producing theatre in non-purpose-built theatre spaces; breaking down the barrier between audience and performers through interaction; and taking theatre to people who otherwise would not access it.
    The play received its premiere in 1973 by the agit-prop theatre group 7-84.

    Methuen Drama's iconic Modern Plays series began in 1959 with the publication of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey and has grown over six decades to now include more than 1000 plays by some of the best writers from around the world. This new special edition hardback of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil was published to celebrate 60 years of Methuen Drama's Modern Plays in 2019, chosen by a public vote and features a new foreword by Kate McGrath.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CHILD OF BOOKS
    CHILD OF BOOKS
    JEFFERS OLIVER / WINSTON SAM
    ISBN: 9781406386042
    Title: CHILD OF BOOKS
    Author: JEFFERS OLIVER / WINSTON SAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the prestigious international Bologna Ragazzi Award for Fiction 2017

    "A gorgeous homage to the power of the written word" Guardian "A fresh and fascinating collaboration between two gifted masters" The New York Times

    In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft "across a sea of words" to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy's imagination. Now a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next?



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99
    Price: $16.99
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL
    CHRISTMAS CAROL
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780241411193
    Title: CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CHRONOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Cultural Timeline from Stone Circles to Skyscrapers
    CHRONOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Cultural Timeline from Stone Circles to Skyscrapers
    ZUKOWSKY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500343562
    Title: CHRONOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE : A Cultural Timeline from Stone Circles to Skyscrapers
    Author: ZUKOWSKY JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Chronology of Architecture presents a fresh perspective on the medium by taking a purely chronological approach to its history, tracing the complex links between structural innovations, social changes, and artistic interventions. Organized around a central timeline that charts the development of architecture from the earliest structures to the present-day skyscrapers and global cities, it features key buildings, together with commentaries and contextual information about the social, political and cultural events of the period in which they were built. Special feature spreads highlight important movements, construction methods and key practitioners. Covering a wide selection of genres, styles and architects, it is invaluable as a comprehensive guide to architecture in all its different forms.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • COLD WARRIORS : Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
    COLD WARRIORS : Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
    WHITE DUNCAN
    ISBN: 9781408707999
    Title: COLD WARRIORS : Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
    Author: WHITE DUNCAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this ground-breaking and fascinating book, Duncan White illuminates a period in history in which literature became one of the most potent of weapons, and its authors often the bravest of warriors: the Cold War.

    In this age of 24-hour news coverage, where rallying cries are made on Twitter and wars are waged in cyberspace as much as on the ground, the idea of a novel as a weapon that can wield any power feels almost preposterous. The Cold War was a time when destruction was merely the press of a button away, but when the real battle between East and West was over the minds and hearts of their people. In this arena the pen really was mightier than the sword. This is a gripping, richly-populated history of spies and journalists, protest and propaganda, idealism and betrayal. And it is the story of how literature changed the course of the Cold War just as much as how Cold War would change the course of literature. Using hitherto classified security files and new archival research White explores the ways in which authors were harnessed by both East and West to impose maximum damage on the opposition; how writers played a pivotal role (sometimes consciously, often not) in the conflict; and how literature became something that was worth fighting and dying for.

    With a cast that includes George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Graham Greene, Boris Pasternak, Andrei Sinyavsky, Mary McCarthy and John le Carre, and taking the reader from Spain to America to England and to Russia, this is narrative history at its most enthralling and most pertinent - pertinent because even if on the face of it there is a huge difference between 140 characters and 100,000 words, at the heart of both is the power of stories to change the fate of nations.

    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    EVANS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781743795392
    Title: COMMONS : A Year of Growing, Cooking and Eating on Fat Pig Farm
    Author: EVANS MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The personal journey of one family’s joys, harvests, and challenges while living the rural dream in Tasmania, Australia, captured in one volume.
     

    We all want more air in our lives. Brighter skies, slower days, more time for growing, for cooking, for family. In The Commons, a book inspired by the hit SBS television show Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans captures Fat Pig Farm’s year of growing, cooking and feasting. It’s part how-to, part evocative diary, part cookbook (with more than 100 recipes). It’s the perfect inspiration for those about to embark on a simpler life, a handy reference for those who already have done just that, and a vicarious solution for those who just want to dream the dream without leaving home.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $55.00
  • COMMUNITY   -   Revised Edition
    COMMUNITY - Revised Edition
    MCKINNON HETTY
    ISBN: 9781760786571
    Title: COMMUNITY - Revised Edition
    Author: MCKINNON HETTY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Community moves salads firmly to the centre of the plate, injecting colour, life and flair into everyday vegetables, and showing you how to achieve exciting flavours and hearty main meals with simple, nourishing ingredients. These are the kind of recipes you will want to share with your family, friends and neighbours, time and time again.

    Originally released in 2014,Community became an instant classic and favourite in kitchens all over Australia and around the world, creating a community of salad-lovers who are just as passionate about cooking and sharing. In this revised edition, Hetty shares 20 new recipes and some of those readers' stories - with accompanying interviews and beautiful imagery - to give the book back to the fans who made it such a phenomenon.

    New recipes include: Roasted sweet potato with lime cashew cream and roasted curry cashews; Butternut pumpkin with lemon tahini and miso granola; Whole roasted cauliflower with toasted farro and romesco sauce; Roasted cabbage with lentils and pumpkin seed brown butter; Pasta alla norma salad; Charred cos lettuce with lemony mushrooms, chickpeas and marinated feta.

    This is simple but generous food that you will want to make every night of the week, for those you love.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CONISTON
    CONISTON
    BRADLEY MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781760801038
    Title: CONISTON
    Author: BRADLEY MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Mowed them down wholesale!'

    With these words, a judge summed up the last great punitive massacre of Aboriginal people in Australia.

    Coniston, Central Australia, 1928: the murder of an itinerant prospector at this isolated station by local Warlpiri triggered a series of police-led expeditions that ranged over vast areas for two months, as the hunting parties shot down victims by the dozen.

    The official death toll, declared by the whitewash federal inquiry as being all in self-defence, was 31. The real number was certainly multiples of that.

    Coniston has never before been fully researched and recorded; with this book that absence in Australia's history is now filled. As the last great mass killing in our country's genocidal past but an event largely unremembered, it reminds us that, without truth, there can be no reconciliation.



    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    WATSON JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780522876062
    Title: CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    Author: WATSON JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world. Here Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling collection that navigates fake news and shouty views and offers a fresh perspective on the fundamental issues.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COOEE MITTIGAR : A Story on Darug Songlines
    COOEE MITTIGAR : A Story on Darug Songlines
    SEYMOUR JASMINE
    ISBN: 9781925936865
    Title: COOEE MITTIGAR : A Story on Darug Songlines
    Author: SEYMOUR JASMINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 5 to 12

    ‘Warami mittigar. Hello friend.
    We welcome you to Darug Country.’

    Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country. In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.

    Greeted by Mulgo, the black swan, readers are welcomed to Nura. Journeying through the seasons, Mulgo describes the land, skyscape, birds, animals and totems. It is a gentle guide to how Darug people read the seasons, knowing when it is time to hunt and time to rest. It is also an appeal to remember, off ering new ways of seeing and reading the lands of the surrounding Sydney region.

    With Darug language interspersed with English and an extensive glossary throughout, Cooee Mittigar presents an important tool for learning, told as a tender story with exquisite illustrations. It is Jasmine and Leanne’s wish that with this book, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here and still strong.

    Cooee mittigar. Tread softly on our lands.
    Know that this dreaming was here. Is still here.
    Will be forever.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CORRUPT BODIES : Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
    CORRUPT BODIES : Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
    EVERETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781785785979
    Title: CORRUPT BODIES : Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
    Author: EVERETT PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1985, Peter Everett landed the job as Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. In just six years he'd gone from lowly assistant to running the UK's busiest murder morgue. He couldn't believe his luck.

    What he didn't know was that Southwark, operating in near-Victorian conditions, was a hotbed of corruption. Attendants stole from the dead, funeral homes paid bribes, and there was a lively trade in stolen body parts and recycled coffins.

    Set in the fascinating pre-DNA and psychological profiling years of 1985-87, this memoir tells a gripping and gruesome tale, with a unique insight into a world of death most of us don't ever see. Peter managed pathologists, oversaw post mortems and worked alongside Scotland Yard's Murder Squad - including on the case of the serial killer, the Stockwell Strangler.

    This is a thrilling tale of murder and corruption in the mid-1980s, told with insight and compassion.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CROSSROADS : In Search of the moments that changed Music
    CROSSROADS : In Search of the moments that changed Music
    RADCLIFFE MARK
    ISBN: 9781786898159
    Title: CROSSROADS : In Search of the moments that changed Music
    Author: RADCLIFFE MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Standing at the crossroads - the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil's infamous meeting - Mark Radcliffe found himself facing his own personal crunch point. Aged sixty, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be handed a diagnosis of mouth and throat cancer.

    This momentous time in his life, and being at the most famous junction in music history, led Radcliffe to think about the pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them - from Woodie Guthrie to Gloria Gaynor, Kurt Cobain to Bob Marley - had reached the crossroads that led to such epoch-changing music.

    In this warm, intimate account of music and its power to transform our lives, Radcliffe takes a personal journey through these touchstone tracks, looking at the story behind the records and his own experiences as he goes in search of these moments.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CRUSADERS : An Epic History For The Wars For The Holy Lands
    CRUSADERS : An Epic History For The Wars For The Holy Lands
    JONES DAN
    ISBN: 9781781858882
    Title: CRUSADERS : An Epic History For The Wars For The Holy Lands
    Author: JONES DAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A history of the Crusades. From the bestselling author of The Templars .

    'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight' HELEN CASTOR.

    'A fresh and vibrant account of a conflict that raged across medieval centuries' JONATHAN PHILLIPS.

    Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades – the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West.
    From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle.

    Dan Jones is a master of popular narrative history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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