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  • 150 NEW BEST OF THE BEST HOUSE IDEAS
    150 NEW BEST OF THE BEST HOUSE IDEAS
    ABASCAL VALDENEBRO MACARENA
    ISBN: 9780063018853
    Title: 150 NEW BEST OF THE BEST HOUSE IDEAS
    Author: ABASCAL VALDENEBRO MACARENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the best of the best in house design with this comprehensive guide in the highly successful 150 Best series, featuring hundreds of inspiring color and black-and-white photographs.

    150 New Best of the Best House Ideas is a stunning visual feast that explores the latest in innovative home construction, decoration, and design. This outstanding volume showcases an extensive collection of single-family houses from all over the world, created by distinguished international architects and designers who have worked to achieve practical and functional solutions adapted to the specific needs and particular tastes of their clients.

    Each of the 150 houses profiled demonstrate the newest trends and various influences on home design, from cottage-type houses to minimalist geometric constructions. Using technological advances in construction and material use, these homes are energy-efficient, have a low environmental impact, and are stunningly attractive, appealing to all tastes and styles.

    This essential reference encompasses the diversity of current trends in house design and is an inspirational creative resource for builders, architects, designers, stylists, interior decorators, and students.

    Imprint: Harper Design
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 2020 : The Year that changed us
    2020 : The Year that changed us
    THE CONVERSATION
    ISBN: 9781760761325
    Title: 2020 : The Year that changed us
    Author: THE CONVERSATION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In January 2020, Australia went from battling one of its worst-ever bushfire seasons to preparing for COVID-19 to hit its shores. What ensued was crisis: a pandemic, political upheaval, an international human rights movement, global recession and localised emergencies dwarfed by a world spinning on an axis of turmoil.

    These essays from leading thinkers and contributors to The Conversation examine what will be one of the most significant and punishing years in the 21st century. 2020: The Year That Changed Us explores the key lessons from this remarkable year and kickstarts the discussion about what comes next.

    Contributors include:
    Michelle Grattan
    Peter Martin
    Raina MacIntyre
    Joƫlle Gergis
    Peter Greste
    Thalia Anthony
    Shino Konishi
    Fiona Stanley

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • AFRICOLA : Slow food fast words cult chef
    AFRICOLA : Slow food fast words cult chef
    WELGEMOED DUNCAN
    ISBN: 9781760523862
    Title: AFRICOLA : Slow food fast words cult chef
    Author: WELGEMOED DUNCAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Duncan's approach to food is fearless, take-no-prisoners, bold and exciting, inspired by his South African heritage. If his multi-awarded, South Australian-based restaurant Africola was a type of music, it would be a full-on mash-up of Kwaito meets Euro pop meets black metal. His food is cooked on fire, in embers or ashes, in ovens, or cast iron pots - from whole smoked pig South African/Australian style, to homemade biltong, hot smoked mackerel and horseradish, whole roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce, and the world's greatest roast potato recipe for complete idiots. Duncan's words aren't pretty, and he's refreshingly honest about the highs and lows of his industry and the people within it, delivering home truths for cooks and chefs alike. These recipes include an amazing array of meats, as well as seafood and a slew of intensely flavourful, veg-forward dishes. There is also a culinary encyclopaedia of ferments, condiments and pickles - adding richness and complexity to any dish - along with a solid pastry section and a bunch of ridiculous cocktails. Come party with us #youbuygold #africolasoundsystem #afropunkoz

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    ABULHAWA SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781526618801
    Title: AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD
    Author: ABULHAWA SUSAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A thrilling, defiant novel' FATIMA BHUTTO
    'A masterpiece' MARC LAMONT HILL
    'Wonderful ... Shines a ray of hope into some very dark places' MICHAEL PALIN
    'A fearless work of imagination' AHDAF SOUEIF


    Shortlisted for Palestine Book Award


    Nahr has been confined to the Cube- nine square metres of glossy grey cinderblock, devoid of time, its patterns of light and dark nothing to do with day and night. Journalists visit her, but get nowhere; because Nahr is not going to share her story with them.

    The world outside calls Nahr a terrorist, and a whore; some might call her a revolutionary, or a hero. But the truth is, Nahr has always been many things, and had many names.

    She was a girl who learned, early and painfully, that when you are a second class citizen love is a kind of desperation; she learned, above all else, to survive.

    She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour- purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.

    Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn't there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL MY CATS
    ALL MY CATS
    HRABAL BOHUMILL
    ISBN: 9780241422199
    Title: ALL MY CATS
    Author: HRABAL BOHUMILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the autumn of 1965, flush with the unexpected success of his first published books, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in Kersko, about an hour's drive east of Prague. From then until his death in 1997, he divided his time between Prague and Kersko, where he wrote and tended to a community of cats. Over the years, his relationship to them grew deeper, becoming a measure of the pressures, both private and public, that impinged on his life as a writer.

    All My Cats, written in 1983 after a serious car accident, is the chronicle of a cat lover who becomes overwhelmed by his cats and his life and is driven to the brink of madness by the dilemmas his indulgent love for the animals has created.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALPACAS WITH MARACAS   -   Board Book
    ALPACAS WITH MARACAS - Board Book
    COSGROVE MATT
    ISBN: 9781760979249
    Title: ALPACAS WITH MARACAS - Board Book
    Author: COSGROVE MATT
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Macca and his pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together. When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can't resist. But what will their act be? Will they shimmy and shake? Dance and prance? Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!

    Imprint: Scholastic Australia
    RRP: $9.99
    Price: $9.99
  • ALWAYS ADD LEMON : Recipes You Want to Cook | Food You Want to Eat
    ALWAYS ADD LEMON : Recipes You Want to Cook | Food You Want to Eat
    ALVAREZ DANIELLE
    ISBN: 9781743795439
    Title: ALWAYS ADD LEMON : Recipes You Want to Cook | Food You Want to Eat
    Author: ALVAREZ DANIELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Danielle loves to cook and it shows in every page of this inspirational, beautiful book. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from her recipes and her wise, thoughtful approach.' - David Tanis

    'I am delighted by this cookbook.' - Alice Waters

    'Danielle is one of my very favourite cooks.' - Skye Gyngell

    'Hospitality, kindness and consistency are the attributes that embody the work of Danielle Alvarez.' - Josh Niland

    Always Add Lemon is the highly anticipated first book from one of the most exciting young chefs cooking in Australia today, Danielle Alvarez. Taking the lessons, skills and tastes acquired working alongside some of the best chefs in the world, Danielle translates formidable kitchen smarts into an inspiring collection of recipes and projects for nourishing, vegetable-forward, seasonal food.

    Become acquainted with the basics from home made cheeses to vinegar pickles to brioche before delving into Summer vegetable panzanella, Duck pot pie and Roasted pineapple with salted caramel and rum. With more than 100 recipes paired with creative and foundational projects Always Add Lemon is guaranteed to delight anyone with a skerrick of kitchen ambition and a free afternoon.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • AMAZING WORLD ATLAS
    AMAZING WORLD ATLAS
    WARD ALEXA
    ISBN: 9781788683050
    Title: AMAZING WORLD ATLAS
    Author: WARD ALEXA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bringing planet earth to life, this colourful and fun addition to Lonely Planet Kids takes you on a trip around the world that you'll never forget. Filled with continental and regional maps, lively text, an entry for every country on the planet, plus mind-blowing facts, and an emphasis on the species that live on our planet, this is an essential resource for young readers wanting to learn about the world.

    With 240 pages of illustrated maps, engaging infographics, mind-blowing photography and a large dose of humour, this fun and informative world guide, written by children's author and wildlife enthusiast Alexa Ward, is the definitive guide to what our planet is really like.

    From exploration of indigenous peoples all over the globe, to illustrations of festivals in Brazil and each country's individual history, young readers will be enticed to go on a journey to some of the furthest corners of the globe, learning intriguing facts as they go. Take a trip around the world that you'll never forget with the Amazing World Atlas!

    About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids - an imprint of the world's leading travel authority Lonely Planet - published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travellers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANEMONE IS NOT THE ENEMY
    ANEMONE IS NOT THE ENEMY
    MCGREGOR ANNA
    ISBN: 9781922310118
    Title: ANEMONE IS NOT THE ENEMY
    Author: MCGREGOR ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anemone lives alone in the rock pool. The tide comes in and the tide goes out.

    All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you.

    Perhaps Clownfish has a solution to the problem ...

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANIMAL FARM    (graphic novel)
    ANIMAL FARM (graphic novel)
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241391853
    Title: ANIMAL FARM (graphic novel)
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART OF SOLITUDE
    ART OF SOLITUDE
    BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780300250930
    Title: ART OF SOLITUDE
    Author: BATCHELOR STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A moving and wide-ranging meditation on being alone with others in this world When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. This beautiful literary collage documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, drinking peyote and ayahuasca, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to Batchelor's ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease. Mixed in with his personal narrative are inspiring stories from solitude's devoted practitioners, from the Buddha to Montaigne, and from Vermeer to Agnes Martin. In a hyperconnected world that is at the same time plagued by social isolation, this book shows how to enjoy the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

    Imprint: Yale University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AT THE DOG PARK
    AT THE DOG PARK
    COURT MOIRA
    ISBN: 9781925816822
    Title: AT THE DOG PARK
    Author: COURT MOIRA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In lively rhyming prose, Moira Court captures all the fun and diversity of the dog park - 'This dog is loud, this one is quiet. This dog is tiny, this one's a giant.' Each illustration is created using layered woodblock prints, screen-printing and collage. Children will love identifying their favourite dog breeds and what dogs they have seen at the park while learning about opposites.

    Imprint: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE
    ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE
    ISBN: 9781838661908
    Title: ATLAS OF BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Brutalist aesthetic is enjoying a renaissance - and this book documents Brutalism as never before. In the most wide-ranging investigation ever undertaken into one of architecture's most powerful movements, more than 850 Brutalist buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. Much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 102 countries in all, proving that Brutalism was, and continues to be, a truly international architectural phenomenon

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $79.99
  • AUSTRALIA 2020
    AUSTRALIA 2020
    ISBN: 9781760981143
    Title: AUSTRALIA 2020
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the heart of the Western Queensland Channel Country, Australia's oldest and favourite newspaper details our country's very rocky start to a millennium that was supposed to be one of great optimism and innovation.

    2020 was meant to be our year of healing. A time to tend to the wounds of a country torn asunder by a decade of divisive political and media debates. A lack of confidence in the international sporting arena. A 24-hour news cycle that has destroyed the pub test.

    We thought all of the uncertainty was behind us. The federal election delivered us Scotty from Marketing. The Quiet Australian spoke up. Gay marriage? Yep. Climate change? Let's wait and see what happens. Smudge and Warner had served their time and, together as a nation, it was time to rebuild.

    But fate had other plans, starting with the worst bushfires in human memory. While large swathes of the country burned, our politicians were either on holidays or giving their mates grants to build indoor pools in blue-ribbon seats. Surely, it couldn't get worse.

    'ken oath it could. Mother nature arrived as COVID-19, and told us all to go to our rooms.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BEEKEEPING MANUAL
    AUSTRALIAN BEEKEEPING MANUAL
    OWEN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781925820928
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BEEKEEPING MANUAL
    Author: OWEN ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Australian Beekeeping Manual is the most comprehensive reference for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia. The accessible yet detailed text, supported by over 350 full-colour photographs and illustrations, covers all the key areas, including the beekeeping equipment needed, how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. There are also in-depth chapters on the lifecycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, creating a bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, pests and diseases, native bees, and rearing queens. A feature of this 2nd edition is the addition of a new chapter on the Flow Hive. The result is an invaluable beekeeping resource that will be referred to time and again, and which can be taken out to the hive for use as an immediate step-by-step guide or read at leisure.

    Imprint: EXISLE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS
    AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS
    CHUN MATT
    ISBN: 9781760506759
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MAMMALS
    Author: CHUN MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this stunning companion to Australian Birds and Australian Sea Life, Matt Chun explores Australia's beloved mammals, from the remarkable platypus to the endangered bilby.

    Matt Chun's rendering of these beloved animals - some cuddly, some curious and all extraordinary - will evoke awe in all nature enthusiasts.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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