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  • ART OF BEING BILL : Bill Murray and the Many Faces of Awesome
    ART OF BEING BILL : Bill Murray and the Many Faces of Awesome
    CROFT EZRA
    ISBN: 9781631064555
    Title: ART OF BEING BILL : Bill Murray and the Many Faces of Awesome
    Author: CROFT EZRA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A curated collection of nearly 150 artworks featuring the amazingly awesome Bill Murray.

    Are you Murray obsessed?What better way to celebrate all that is Bill Murray than through art? Bill Murray art shows have been popping up across the country. Join in the celebration with The Art of Being Bill.

    Just like Murray himself, the artwork in The Art of Being Bill is both poignant and funny, with over 100 artworks, including details about each piece; inspired quotes; and his incredible film history. This is the ultimate gift book for the Murray addict and art lover in your life.

    Imprint: QUARTO US
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ART OF THE SAMURAI
    ART OF THE SAMURAI
    TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    ISBN: 9781627951289
    Title: ART OF THE SAMURAI
    Author: TSUNETOMO YAMAMOTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In today’s times, with it’s plethora of quick-fix self help books, which for the most part seem to excel in non-directive, mundane advice, it is a pleasure to read a book that reaches back through the centuries to offer sound advice on how to live your life. It is this particular aspect that places it above Sun Tzu’s ’Art of War’ and Musashi’s ’Book of Five Rings’, all fine books, but more designed for group or individual warfare tactics.

    This masterpiece of the former samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo is a treatise written 300 years ago, preserved for generations in northern Kyushu by warrior chiefs as moral and practical instruction for themselves and their samurai retainers. Closely guarded as secret teachings and shown only to a chosen few, the manuscript became generally available only in the postsamurai Meiji era (1868 onwards). The Hagakure offers a fascinating insight into Japanese ”warrior-ness”. This was a culture in which death was embraced rather than feared. Yamamoto tells his readers how to foster courage, how to serve selflessly, how to become a skilled master of your own destiny, and how to infuse life with beauty while acknowledging its transience. Yamamoto’s penetrating insights and profound aphorisms reflect important moral principles that still apply to us today. This illustrated edition of the ancient classic will enlighten anyone with an interest in Japanese culture and world literature.

    Imprint: SHELTER HARBOR PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    ELGORT ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9788862086080
    Title: ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    Author: ELGORT ARTHUR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first book dedicated to Elgort's Jazz portraits and the list of names it includes constitutes a veritable pantheon of jazz greatness.

    Featured in the book are portraits of Wynton Marsalis, James Carter, Roy Haynes, George Benson, Milt Hinton, Walter Blanding, Michael Bowie, David Sanchez, Angelo Debarre, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Joshua Redman, James Moody, Jay McShann, Pat McFeeny, Jimmy Scott, Dorothy Donegan, Illinois Jacquet, Ornette Coleman, Don Byron, Aaron Neville, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, John McLaughlin, Jesse Davis, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Christian Mcades, Ron Carter, Wycliff Gordon, Sam Newsome, Roy Haynes, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Max Roach, Jerome Harris, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Cain, Al Grey, Thelonius Monk Jr., Benny Carter, Jon Hendricks, Stefan Harris, Jervan Jackson, Kenny Baron, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cob, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Moran, Luther Lafatti, Bradford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Olu Dara, Jesse Davis, Buddy Tate, Anton Rooney, Flip Phillips, and Sam Rivers. Every now and then a fashion model of the moment pops up in a picture creating a fitting link between this body of work and Elgort's fashion pictures.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • AS WE GROW
    AS WE GROW
    WALDEN LIBBY
    ISBN: 9781848577169
    Title: AS WE GROW
    Author: WALDEN LIBBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No one knows what lies ahead or who they’ll grow to be, It’s all a part of growing up – the journey to be me… In this stunning picture book, Richard Jones’ enchanting illustrations sensitively depict each stage of life and the journey of transformation that we undergo as we grow up.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND
    ISBN: 9781912023677
    Title: AS YOU ARE : A Guide to Letting go of Comparison and Seeing the Good Stuff Inside
    Author: DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    AS YOU ARE is shameless celebration of our uniqueness. Finding and fixing our inner problems often isn't inviting. There is another way to be a happier lighter being. Flip the focus on to finding out what energises you, makes you tick and puts you in that place where you feel "I was born to here". Hear stories and discover habits that tempt you towards playing to your personal strengths every day.

    Chapters include:

    As You Are

    Character Strengths

    Thinking Tricks

    Laughter Lines

    Fuel

    My Way

    It's Me

    As They Are

    Imprint: OCTOPUS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ASMAS INDIAN KITCHEN : Home-Cooked Food Brought To You By Darjeeling Express
    ASMAS INDIAN KITCHEN : Home-Cooked Food Brought To You By Darjeeling Express
    KHAN ASMA
    ISBN: 9781911595687
    Title: ASMAS INDIAN KITCHEN : Home-Cooked Food Brought To You By Darjeeling Express
    Author: KHAN ASMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let Asma Khan feed your soul with this collection of authentic Indian recipes. Follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad.

    Award-winning restaurant Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner party with friends; Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back generations. In this book, Asma reveals the secret to her success, telling her immigrant's story and how food brought her home. The recipes pay homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry and follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from the busy streets of Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad.Platters of dishes boasting texture and intense flavour encourage you to gather for a traditional 'dawaat' (feast). Starting with simple midweek Feasts For Two, Asma then reveals the way to quick and easy cooking with less spice for Family Feasts. There are Feasts For Friends for when you want to show off a little and Celebratory Feasts to feed a crowd. Many of the recipes are vegetarian, there are sweet treats and drinks, too, and all feature alongside lesser-known recipes and stories unique to Asma's family.

    This is more than just a collection of delicious and accessible recipes, it is a celebration of heritage, culture, community and quality. This is Asma's Indian Kitchen.

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    CHALLONER JACK
    ISBN: 9781782405566
    Title: ATOM : The Building Block of Everything
    Author: CHALLONER JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Until now, popular science has relegated the atom to a supporting role in defining the different chemical elements of the periodic table.


    This bold new title places its subject centre stage, shining the spotlight directly onto the structure and properties of this tiniest amount of anything it is possible to identify. The book covers a huge range of topics, including the development of scientific thinking about the atom, the basic structure of the atom, how the interactions between atoms account for the familiar properties of everyday materials; the power and mystery of the atomic nucleus, and what the mysterious quantum realm of subatomic particles and their interactions can tell us about the very nature of reality. Sparkling text banishes an outdated world of dull chemistry, as it brightly introduces the reader to what everything is made of and how it all works, on the most fundamental level.

    Imprint: IVY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    CHUN MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781760502003
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRDS
    Author: CHUN MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It took millions of years of isolation and a diverse range of habitats for Australian birds to evolve the way they did. The result is many of the world’s most striking and beautiful birds, including some that are stranger than fiction. In Australian Birds, acclaimed artist Matt Chun showcases 16 remarkable species that have captured the imagination of the world. From the iconic cockatoo, to the endangered Cassowary, Australian Birds has been carefully curated to inform and entrance readers of all ages.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    ISBN: 9781405292597
    Title: BABAR AND FATHER CHRISTMAS
    Author: DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff.

    Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s workshop in the snow. Can Babar find a way to bring him to Elephants’ country?

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAD GUYS 8 : Superbad
    BAD GUYS 8 : Superbad
    BLABEY AARON
    ISBN: 9781760279509
    Title: BAD GUYS 8 : Superbad
    Author: BLABEY AARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE of HEROES want you! But what are they looking for exactly? GIGANTIC MUSCLES? SUPER SPEED? MIND POWERS? SHAPE-SHIFTING AWESOMENESS? Possibly. But are they looking for a nude Wolf? An unconscious Piranha? A muffin-stealing Snake? And a... toaster with a fin and really big teeth?

    DUH! WHY WOULD YOU EVEN ASK THAT?!
    Knuckleheads Assemble. Its Bad Guys Episode 8!

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781460756874
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need is a phenomenon, sprinting through one million copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever. Why is it so successful? It's simple, funny and practical. And it has changed people's lives.

    The eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sticks to the same script. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said:

    'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?'

    Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes).

    If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, your kids will know how to do things like:

    Learn the life-changing value of hard work

    Set up a fee-free bank account (or jam jars!)

    Go on a Treasure Hunt around the house, and sell some of their 'stuff' second-hand

    Save your parents $100 on household bills

    Even ...

    Learn to cook at least two low-cost, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.

    Scott's mission is to make sure your kids are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.

    There are only ten things every kid needs to know about money, and you can teach them over dinner, once a week.

    It's that simple.

    Start now - it's never too early or too late.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BED-STUY IS BURNING
    BED-STUY IS BURNING
    PLATZER BRIAN
    ISBN: 9781501146961
    Title: BED-STUY IS BURNING
    Author: PLATZER BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do the Right Thing meets The Bonfire of the Vanities, in this “thrilling debut novel about marriage, gentrification, parenthood, race, and the dangerous bargains we make with ourselves” (Ann Packer, New York Times bestselling author) set over the course of one cataclysmic day when riots erupt in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Aaron, a disgraced rabbi turned Wall Street banker, and Amelia, his journalist girlfriend, live with their newborn in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the most dynamic, historical, and volatile neighborhoods in New York City. The infusion of upwardly mobile professionals into Bed-Stuy’s historic brownstones belies the tension simmering on the streets below. But after a cop shoots a boy in a nearby park, conflict escalates to rioting—with Aaron and his family at its center.

    Pulled into the riot’s vortex are Antoinette, devout nanny to Aaron and Amelia’s son; Jupiter, the single father who lives on their block with his son, Derek; Daniel, Aaron’s unhinged tenant in their basement unit; and Sara, a smart high school dropout broiling with confusion and rage. As the day unfolds, these diverse characters are forced to reckon with who they are and what truly matters to them.

    Through the lens of one catastrophic day emerges a nuanced portrait of a changing neighborhood and its residents as they struggle to raise children, establish careers, and find love, fulfillment, and meaning in their lives. Sharp-eyed, fast-paced, and “sure to get people talking” (Vanity Fair), Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a window into an array of complex lives and deftly wrestles with the most pressing issues of our time.

    Imprint: ATRIA BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    CONNOLLY RAY
    ISBN: 9781474606813
    Title: BEING JOHN LENNON : A Restless Life
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history.

    Chronicling a troubled life, from that of the cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage to his murder by a deranged fan, Being John Lennon analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. A leader who could be easily led, he was often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel.

    As a journalist, author Ray Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon, and the entire Beatles coterie. In this biography he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself.

    Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, this complex portrait is a revealing insight into a restless man whose emotional turbulence governed his life and talent.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    DAVIES NORMAN
    ISBN: 9780141976983
    Title: BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    Author: DAVIES NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After decades of writing about European history, Norman Davies embarked upon an extended journey that took him round the world. He aimed to test his powers of observation, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world.

    Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.' As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BERTA ISLA
    BERTA ISLA
    MARIAS JAVIER
    ISBN: 9780241343722
    Title: BERTA ISLA
    Author: MARIAS JAVIER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For a while, she wasn't sure that her husband was her husband. Sometimes she thought he was, and sometimes not.'

    Berta and Tomas meet in Madrid and, though both young, they decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, Tomas leaves to study at Oxford. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but Tomas resists their offers - until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he won't be able to stay for long . . .

    Gripping and intricate, Berta Isla is about a relationship built on secrets and lies - and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    ISBN: 9781787013575
    Title: BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Familiar faces from the world of travel, plus Lonely Planet writers, share their most remarkable, poignant and memorable experiences from the road. This collection of inspiring tales will encourage you to think a little differently about the world and the transformative power of travel. Features practical details to help you recreate each life-affirming experience.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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