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  • 1000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE
    1000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE
    MUSTICH JAMES
    ISBN: 9781523504459
    Title: 1000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE
    Author: MUSTICH JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fourteen years in the making and fifth in the series that has over 4.4 million copies in print, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die is an eclectic and extraordinary book about books, as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus volumes it recommends.

    The author, James Mustich, has been a bookseller for decades, including two running the acclaimed independent book catalog A Common Reader, and 1,000 Books is like his personal store, where every book is excellent. Mustich’s incomparable writing – lively, informed, erudite yet with an undisguised enthusiasm – not only reveals why the particular title you’re reading about is vital but also gives you the urgent feeling that you need to drop everything, right now, and read that book.

    The expected pillars are here – Dante, Proust, Shakespeare, Faulkner, Woolf, Joyce, Kafka – but made completely fresh in these animated essays. And in between, the unexpected titles – from Harold and the Purple Crayon to Fun Home, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to Tell Me a Riddle – are made completely essential. Aeschylus is here, and so is Nancy Drew, Herman Melville, and Edwidge Danticat. The alphabetical listing by last name results in the joy of juxtaposition – Grimm next to Grisham, Clarice Lispector followed by Hugh Lofting – prompting a rich appreciation for the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage, whether poetry, science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s literature, the novel. Because ultimately what this book is not is a canon. It is, rather, an uncommon celebration of the best that authors have put into words – and, as one of the entrants, the critic David Denby, put it, that “special character of solitude and rapture” that is the act of reading.

    Imprint: WORKMAN PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241321935
    Title: ABSOLUTE FRIENDS
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, a British soldier's son born in 1947 in a newly independent Pakistan, and Sasha, the refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.

    The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties and again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage. When they meet once more, in today's unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies, they become involved in clandestine activities - with lethal results.

    Absolute Friends is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    ELLIOTT PAUL
    ISBN: 9781743794883
    Title: AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    Author: ELLIOTT PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To millions of fans AC/DC will always be the greatest hard rock band of them all. From their formation in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC have made the most visceral and single-minded rock, and inspired generations of rock icons from Def Leppard to Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.

    The basic blueprint laid down in their early albums with Bon Scott – hard, no-nonsense, riff-driven rock’n’roll – has served them well with more than 200 million records sold, including the best-selling rock album of all time – Back in Black.

    Illustrated with more than 200 photographs acclaimed rock writer, Paul Elliott documents AC/DC’s career from backstory to their latest album, 2014’s Rock Or Bust, offering real insight into the band’s enduring success and rise to rock royalty.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ADAM SPENCERS 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!
    ADAM SPENCERS 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!
    SPENCER ADAM
    ISBN: 9781925143874
    Title: ADAM SPENCERS 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!
    Author: SPENCER ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's funniest mathematician is back with an hilarious and entertaining picture book for the young (and young at heart).

    Imprint: XOUM
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    BERESFORD QUENTIN
    ISBN: 9781742235936
    Title: ADANI AND THE WAR OVER COAL
    Author: BERESFORD QUENTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coal is the political, economic and cultural totem for debates about climate change. Yet Australian politicians have had a love affair with coal, which has helped lock our politics – and our country – into the fossil fuel age.

    This searing book takes apart the pivotal role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal. We see the rise of a fossil fuel power network linking mining companies, mining oligarchs, the big four banks, right-wing think tanks, lobby groups, the conservative media and all sides of Australian politics. On the other side, we have one of the biggest social movements ever seen in Australia in the form of #StopAdani uniting to try to save the Great Barrier Reef, native title rights and to fight the corrupt politics of coal.

    Looking into the social, environmental and economic elements of this big fight, as well as the background of Gautam Adani himself, this book tells the full story of one of the lightning rod issues of our time.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ALL MY PUNY SORROWS
    ALL MY PUNY SORROWS
    TOEWS MIRIAM
    ISBN: 9780571340996
    Title: ALL MY PUNY SORROWS
    Author: TOEWS MIRIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2015
    Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015
    Sunday Times Top Choice Summer Read

    Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.

    Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.

    Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.

    When Elf's latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.

    'The novel she has written - so exquisitely that you'll want to savour every word - reads as if it has been wrenched from her heart.' - Sunday Times

    'A masterly book of such precise dignity. It is, also against all the odds, at times a desperately humorous novel.' - Daily Mail

    'A heartbreaking and hilariously funny story about a woman who struggles to keep her beautiful, talented and annihilatingly depressed sister alive.' - Adelaide Advertiser

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    TRAISTER REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781476716572
    Title: ALL THE SINGLE LADIES : Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
    Author: TRAISTER REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2009, the award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies—a book she thought would be a work of contemporary journalism—about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. It was the year the proportion of American women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century (1890–1980), had risen dramatically to twenty-seven.

    But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the results were massive social change—temperance, abolition, secondary education, and more.

    Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly balanced, and told with Traister’s signature wit and insight, this book should be shelved alongside Gail Collins’s When Everything Changed.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    IDLE ERIC
    ISBN: 9781474610285
    Title: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    Author: IDLE ERIC
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.

    Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.

    In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades. This is a memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    ISBN: 9781787014305
    Title: AMAZING TRAIN JOURNEYS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines.

    We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites.

    Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    LOCKER LAURA / SCHEELE JULIA
    ISBN: 9781785783456
    Title: AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    Author: LOCKER LAURA / SCHEELE JULIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Julia Scheele teams up with Dr Laura Locker in this comic-book introduction to the political history of the Land of Opportunity.

    How did a political outsider like Trump win the 2016 presidential election? Why do some Americans feel so strongly about gun rights? Is there a role for more than two
    political parties in the system?

    Politics isn't something that just occurs in the West Wing or the gleaming Capitol building - it comes from the interaction between state and society, the American people living their daily lives. In this unique graphic guide, we follow modern citizens as they explore everything from the United States' political culture, the Constitution and the balance of power, to social movements, the role of the media, and tensions over race, immigration, and LGBT rights.

    Step right up, and see what lies beneath the pageantry and headlines of this great nation.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANCIENT WONDERS  - Then & Now
    ANCIENT WONDERS - Then & Now
    SPINKS LINDSEY
    ISBN: 9781787013391
    Title: ANCIENT WONDERS - Then & Now
    Author: SPINKS LINDSEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ancient Wonders - Then & Now introduces children to some of history's most famous civilisations and the amazing palaces, temples and buildings they created. In this interactive tour, kids will discover each marvel by opening the gatefolds and lifting flaps to reveal how these wonders were built and what they once looked like.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    FRANK ANNE / FOLMAN ARI
    ISBN: 9780241978641
    Title: ANNE FRANKS DIARY : The Graphic Adaptation
    Author: FRANK ANNE / FOLMAN ARI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The First Graphic Adaptation of the Multi-Million Bestseller

    '12th June, 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.'

    In the summer of 1942, fleeing the horrors of the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank and her family were forced into hiding in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.

    Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe, Anne Frank kept a diary in which she confided her innermost thoughts and feelings, movingly revealing how the eight people living under these extraordinary conditions coped with the daily threat of discovery and death.

    Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of the beloved diary of Anne Frank.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    SPURLING HILARY
    ISBN: 9780141030791
    Title: ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    Author: SPURLING HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peerless literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times' list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

    Master novelist, well-connected socialite and keen-eyed social observer, Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography from one of our generation's greatest biographers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?   **Special Price**
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life? **Special Price**
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780143789963
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life? **Special Price**
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: TRADE 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: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    MILLER GREG
    ISBN: 9780008325756
    Title: APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    Author: MILLER GREG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It has been called the political crime of the century: This book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Greg Miller uncovers for the first time the truth behind the Kremlin's attempt to put Trump in the White House, how they did it, when and why.

    This exclusive book uncovers the truth behind the Kremlin's interference in Donald Trump's win and Trump's steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of people in Trump's inner circle, the intelligence communities, foreign officials, and confidential documents. The Apprentice offers exclusive information about:

    • the hacking of the Democrats by Russian intelligence;
    • Russian hijacking of Facebook and Twitter;
    • National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's hidden communications with the Russians;
    • the attempt by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, to create a secret backchannel to Moscow using Russian diplomatic facilities;
    • Trump's disclosure to Russian officials of highly classified information about Israeli intelligence operations;
    • Trump's battles with the CIA and the FBI and fierce clashes within the West Wing;
    • Trump's efforts to enlist the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to push back against the FBI's investigation of his campaign;
    • the mysterious Trump Tower meeting;
    • the firing of FBI Director James Comey;
    • the appointment of Mueller and the investigation that has followed;
    • the internal battles within Trump's legal camp;
    • and Trump's jaw-dropping behaviour in Helsinki.

    Deeply reported and masterfully told, The Apprentice is essential reading for anyone trying to understand Vladimir Putin's secret operation, its catastrophic impact, and the nature of betrayal.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire   **Signed Copies Available**
    ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Signed Copies Available**
    HOOPER CHLOE
    ISBN: 9780670078189
    Title: ARSONIST : A Mind on Fire **Signed Copies Available**
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arsonist takes readers inside the hunt for a fire-lighter. After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the Latrobe Valley, where Victoria's electricity is generated, and the rates of unemployment, crime and domestic abuse are the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist tells a remarkable detective story, as the police close in on someone they believe to be a cunning offender; and a puzzling psychological story, as defence lawyers seek to understand the motives of a man who, they claimed, was a na'f that had accidentally dropped a cigarette.

    It is the story not only of this fire - how it happened, the people who died, the aftermath for the community - but of fire in this country. What it has done, what it has meant, what it might yet do. Bushfire is one of Australia's deepest anxieties, never more so than when deliberately lit. Arson, wrote Henry Lawson, expresses a malice 'terrifying to those who have seen what it is capable of. You never know when you are safe.'

    As she did in The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper takes us to a part of the country seldom explored, and reveals something buried but essential in our national psyche. The bush, summertime, a smouldering cigarette - none of these will feel the same again.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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