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  • WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781787017696
    Title: WINE TRAILS - Australia & New Zealand
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in Australia and New Zealand wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Tamar Valley and Marlborough, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
    ISBN: 9780241973332
    Title: WINTER
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winter? Bleak. Earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. But winter makes things visible. And Christmas is a time for family reunions, unexpected guests and evergreen truths.

    It's December in Cornwall and Art's mother is seeing things. Art has problems too. His girlfriend has left so he's paying Lux, a young immigrant he found on the street, to impersonate her - but Lux has no intention of sticking to the script. And Iris, Art's prodigal aunt, septuagenarian CND-er and black sheep of the family, is about to arrive with a car full of food and a throat full of protest songs. Four people, strangers and family, in a fifteen-bedroom house for Christmas - will there be enough room for everyone?

    Winter casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, art, love and memory, protest and survival.

    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
    ISBN: 9780330533737
    Author: MASON DANIEL
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    <b>'Part mystery, part war story, part romance, <i>The Winter Soldier</i> is a dream of a novel' <i>Anthony Doerr</i>, author of <i>All The Light We Cannot See</i></b>

    From the bestselling author of <i>The Piano Tuner</i>, comes Daniel Mason's <i>The Winter Soldier</i>, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.

    Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.

    But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon’s scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient and nurse forever.

    From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, <i>The Winter Soldier </i>is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and, finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9780571340323
    Author: TOEWS MIRIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote religious Mennonite colony, over a hundred girls and women were knocked unconscious and raped, often repeatedly, by what many thought were ghosts or demons, as a punishment for their sins. As the women tentatively began to share the details of the attacks-waking up sore and bleeding and not understanding why-their stories were chalked up to 'wild female imagination.'

    Women Talking is an imagined response to these real events. Eight women, all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their colony and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in, meet secretly in a hayloft with the intention of making a decision about how to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. They have two days to make a plan, while the men of the colony are away in the city attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists (not ghosts as it turns out but local men) and bring them home.

    How should we live? How should we love? How should we treat one another? How should we organise our societies? These are questions the women in Women Talking ask one another-and Miriam Toews makes them the questions we must all ask ourselves.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781760554217
    Author: WOO EDDIE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you ever wondered why a rainbow is curved? Or why left-handers aren't extinct? How a sunflower is like a synchronised swimmer, or a lightning bolt is like a blood vessel?

    The answer to all these questions and more can be summed up in one simple word: MATHS.

    As the inimitable Eddie Woo explains, maths is not just about numbers. Maths is about patterns, and our universe is extraordinarily patterned. With enthusiasm and wonder, Eddie is here to help us discover these patterns.

    With engaging clarity and entertaining anecdotes, Eddie demonstrates the intricacy of maths in all the things we love - from music in our iPods to our credit cards. Filled with humour and heart, this book will fascinate, entertain and illuminate the maths that surrounds us.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • WORLD WAS WHOLE   -   Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    WORLD WAS WHOLE - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    ISBN: 9781925336979
    Title: WORLD WAS WHOLE - Stella Prize Longlist 2019
    Author: WRIGHT FIONA
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The follow-up to Fiona Wright’s essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance – winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-fiction.

    Our bodies and homes are our shelters, each one intimately a part of the other. But what about those who feel anxious, uncomfortable, unsettled within these havens? In The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright examines how we inhabit and remember the familiar spaces of our homes and suburbs, as we move through them and away from them into the wider world, devoting ourselves to the routines and rituals that make up our lives. These affectingly personal essays consider how all-consuming the engagement with the ordinary can be, and how even small encounters and interactions can illuminate our lives.

    Many of the essays are set in the inner and south-western suburbs of a major Australian city in the midst of rapid change. Others travel to the volcanic coastline of Iceland, the mega-city of Shanghai, the rugged Surf Coast of southern Victoria. The essays are poetic and observant, and often funny, animated by curiosity and candour. Beneath them all lies the experience of chronic illness and its treatment, and the consideration of how this can reshape and reorder our assumptions about the world and our place within it.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
    ISBN: 9781911127604
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whisky is one of the world's most revered spirits, with connoisseurs spending a great deal of money and time on the appreciation of rare expressions and limited edition bottles. In addition, many whisky connoisseurs travel direct to the source to see and experience the world's best distilleries at first hand.
    Includes the 'new world of whisky', from the growing US single malt craft distillery movement (including Balcones in Texas), Japan (Yoichi), Taiwan (Kavalan), Australia (New World), France (Warengem) and Sweden (Mackmyra, Spirit of Hven).
    Aimed at beginners as well as connoisseurs, the book encompasses everything you need to know to increase your appreciation of this complex and fascinating spirit.

    Imprint: QUARTO US
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    ISBN: 9780500519509
    Title: WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that writers make, encompassing not only the maps that actually appear in their books, but also the many maps that have inspired them and the sketches that they use in writing. For some, making a map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their tale. A writer’s map might mean also the geographies they describe, the worlds inside books that rise from the page, mapped or unmapped, and the realms that authors inhabit as they write. Philip Pullman recounts a map he drew for an early novel; Robert Macfarlane reflects on his cartophilia, set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island; Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe; Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience; Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit trilogy of films; Miraphora Mina recalls creating ‘The Marauder’s Map’ for the Harry Potter films; David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. And there’s much more besides.

    Amidst a cornucopia of images, there are maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, maps from nursery stories, literary classics, collectible comics – a vast range of genres.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters that Changed the World
    WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters that Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781474609180
    Title: WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters that Changed the World
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WRITTEN IN HISTORY: LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD celebrates the letter in world history and personal life.

    Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects letters that have changed the course of global events or touched a timeless emotion - whether passion, rage, humour - from ancient times to the twentieth century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal and coarse.

    From love letters to declarations of war, ranging from Elizabeth I to Stalin, Seneca to Machiavelli, Oscar Wilde to Balzac, Rameses the Great to Gandhi, Montefiore explores the significance of each piece of correspondence and shows how letters can reveal the personalities of some of history's most fascinating figures, and in turn offer a unique perspective on the past and a relevance for today.

    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    ISBN: 9781473670891
    Title: YEAR OF READING ALOUD : 52 Poems to Learn and Love
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enjoy the magic of reading aloud and switch off from the distractions of life through the contemplation of poetry.

    Reciting poetry is a tradition as old as time. Ancient Greeks used it for awakening the mind and shaping character. Memorising poetry exercises the brain and gives it strength to learn and remember other information. It is also innately mindful as it calls us back to focus on where we are right now. It makes us pay attention and helps us inhabit the moment. This is a gift book that celebrates the power of spoken word. With 52 short poems, week by week, you will be taken on a very special journey. Each poem will be accompanied by an explanation of its key messages along with some insight about the poet. You will then have the opportunity to learn it. Drawing both on familiar favourites and new voices, this is a book to capture your creative imagination through verse. In addition to that, it honours our rich oral tradition and inspires the gift of reading aloud.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
    ISBN: 9781760558901
    Author: HAM ROSALIE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing.

    The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it's all Neralie Mackintosh's fault. If she'd never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.

    So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board - Glenys 'Gravedigger' Dingle - is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt. And Mandy and Neralie's war may be just the chance she was looking for...

    A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    ISBN: 9781472252302
    Title: YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne

    Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

    Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin?

    YEAR OF WONDER is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts.

    Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from.

    'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.'

    Clemency Burton-Hill

    Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • YOU AND I EAT THE SAME : On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1)
    YOU AND I EAT THE SAME : On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1)
    ISBN: 9781579658403
    Title: YOU AND I EAT THE SAME : On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1)
    Author: YING CHRIS [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dispatches is the inspired and ambitious collaboration between MAD, the international nonprofit organisation founded by René Redzepi, the chef and co-owner of Noma, and Lucky Peach cofounder and editor in chief Chris Ying. Each edition of this new series of single-subject books will encourage readers to think about food in new ways and take action to make food better. Each book will unpack a single urgent and interesting topic, from the history of creative cooking to farming in a world changed by global warming.

    The first book—You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another—proposes that immigration is fundamental to cuisine, and that good food is the common ground between different cultures. The book comprises long-form writing about the ways in which immigration has shaped food, and shorter features that point to our similarities, including the many ways we wrap meat in flatbreads, a basic primer on fire, and a catalog of all the species of animals that we eat. Dispatches is poised to take all our ideas about food to the next level.

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • YOU DAUGHTERS OF FREEDOM : The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World
    YOU DAUGHTERS OF FREEDOM : The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World
    ISBN: 9781925603934
    Title: YOU DAUGHTERS OF FREEDOM : The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World
    Author: WRIGHT CLARE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.

    Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of that victory - and of Australia's role in the subsequent international struggle - through the eyes of five remarkable players- the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes' monster marches of 1908 and 1911.

    Clare Wright's Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka retold one of Australia's foundation stories from a fresh new perspective. With You Daughters of Freedom she brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world - and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.

    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $44.99
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