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  • BLACK SNAKE : The Real Story of Ned Kelly
    BLACK SNAKE : The Real Story of Ned Kelly
    KENNEDY LEO
    ISBN: 9781925584950
    Title: BLACK SNAKE : The Real Story of Ned Kelly
    Author: KENNEDY LEO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of Ned Kelly is also the untold story of Michael Kennedy, the police sergeant slain and robbed by the outlaw 140 years ago. Both Kennedy and Kelly were Irish immigrants struggling to make their way in the new colonies of Australia - Kennedy was committed to defending the law, while Kelly was hell-bent on breaking it. When their paths crossed one fateful day at Stringybark Creek, it triggered the end for one and the beginning of an incredible myth about the other. Author Leo Kennedy is the great grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. He was raised in the shadow of his great grandfather's murder. He witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family - and the families of other victims - as the Ned Kelly myth grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten. Leo himself was nicknamed 'Red Ned' at school and taunted for being on the wrong side of Australian history.

    Now, for the first time and in brilliant prose that brings these historical episodes to life, BLACK SNAKE challenges the legend of Ned Kelly. Instead of celebrating an heroic man of the people, it gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF : And Other Lessons in Life
    BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF : And Other Lessons in Life
    CAINE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781473689305
    Title: BLOWING THE BLOODY DOORS OFF : And Other Lessons in Life
    Author: CAINE MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With over 100 movies to his credit over six decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career - and now his 85th year.

    One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films - including all-time favourites - from the classic British movies Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting Dark Knight trilogy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and Cider House Rules. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.

    He knows what success takes - he's made it to the top of his profession from the toughest beginning. But as he says 'Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it.' Now in his 85th year he wants to share everything he's learned.

    With brilliant new insight into his life and work and with his wonderful gift for story, this is Caine at his wise and entertaining best.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    PLOMIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780241367698
    Title: BLUEPRINT : How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
    Author: PLOMIN ROBERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences.

    In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions. Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions. Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility.

    A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOHEMIAN LIVING : Creative Homes Around the World
    BOHEMIAN LIVING : Creative Homes Around the World
    ROBYN LEA
    ISBN: 9781760760090
    Title: BOHEMIAN LIVING : Creative Homes Around the World
    Author: ROBYN LEA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a visually stunning book featuring twenty homes in Australia, Europe and the USA. Bohemian Living is an exhilarating visual deconstruction of what it means to live a truly authentic creative life. Robyn Lea is an incredible storyteller. In every profile she traces the journey from unusual childhoods to artistic, often unorthodox, adult worlds. Each profile is accompanied by pages of stunning photographs

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • BONE IN THE THROAT
    BONE IN THE THROAT
    BOURDAIN ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781786895189
    Title: BONE IN THE THROAT
    Author: BOURDAIN ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All is not well at the Dreadnought Grill. The chef has a smack habit, the owner has been set up by the FBI and in the midst of this, the sous-chef Tommy is just trying to do his job.

    As depraved as it is hilarious, Anthony Bourdain's first novel is street smart and spiced with drugged-up savvy, foul-mouthed feds and salty mob speak.

    With a cast of unforgettables like the hitman who covers himself in clingfilm to avoid leaving fingerprints and a plot with more twists than a plate of spaghetti, Bone in the Throat rocks through the streets of Manhattan at a blistering pace.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BONNIE AND BEN RHYME AGAIN
    BONNIE AND BEN RHYME AGAIN
    FOX MEM
    ISBN: 9781742996240
    Title: BONNIE AND BEN RHYME AGAIN
    Author: FOX MEM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A companion to Good Night, Sleep Tight!

    Join Bonnie and Ben as they rhyme their way through the day...until a twinkle, twinkle, little star calls them home.
    From Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, the team behind best-selling classics including Ducks Away and Where is the Green Sheep?

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK OF TREES
    BOOK OF TREES
    SOCHA PIOTR
    ISBN: 9780500651698
    Title: BOOK OF TREES
    Author: SOCHA PIOTR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why are trees so important? How many types are there? How do they benefit the environment and wildlife?

    This book, by the award-winning author Piotr Socha, answers these questions and more, tracking the history of trees from the time of the dinosaurs to the current day.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BORN TO RUN
    BORN TO RUN
    SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781471157820
    Title: BORN TO RUN
    Author: SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

    He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.

    Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

    Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOY OF GOOD BREEDING
    BOY OF GOOD BREEDING
    TOEWS MIRIAM
    ISBN: 9780571341016
    Title: BOY OF GOOD BREEDING
    Author: TOEWS MIRIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Knute is a twenty-four-year-old single mother who returns home to Algren with her daughter to look after her father Tom, who has suffered a heart attack. Meanwhile, Hosea Funk, a friend of Tom's and the mayor of Algren has a lot on his mind. The prime minister has promised to pay a visit to whichever town in Canada has the smallest population. Algren has held this position for some time but recent baby booms and returning families, like Knute, threaten to tip Algren over the magic 1500 . . .

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    MALLETT ASHLEY
    ISBN: 9781743055809
    Title: BOYS FROM ST FRANCIS : Stories of the remarkable Aboriginal activists, artists and athletes who grew up in one seaside home
    Author: MALLETT ASHLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life.

    In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations.

    In their interviews with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians. The Boys from St Francis is a multi-layered tale of triumph against the odds - using the early building blocks of education and sporting prowess. Many of them went on to become fiercely effective advocates for Aboriginal causes, achieving significant progress not just for themselves, but for Aboriginal people, changing their world for the better.

    Activist Charles Perkins, the first Indigenous man to receive a university degree, commenced his status as a national icon with the 1965 Freedom Rides. John Moriarty, the first Indigenous man picked for the national soccer team, designed the famous Dreaming images for five Qantas planes. Harold Thomas created the iconic Aboriginal flag. Vince Copley played football for the Port Adelaide Magpies. George Kruger worked with Fred Hollows in remote Indigenous communities for nearly 20 years.

    The Boys from St Francis is a sometimes shocking, but ultimately hopeful book about black and white Australia, told through one constellation of lives, sharing one seaside address.

    A born storyteller, Ashley Mallett was asked to write the story of The Boys from St Francis by Ngadjuri elder and former resident of the home, Vince Copley, AM. Ashley's 30-odd books include the definitive history of the 1868 Aboriginal Australian Cricket Tour of England, The Black Lords of Summer (UQP 2002).

    Ashley Mallett, who lives in Adelaide, regards The Boys from St Francis as his most important work.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760632335
    Title: BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her too.

    How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.

    In Boys Will Be Boys, bestselling and ground-breaking author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRAIN : A User's Guide
    BRAIN : A User's Guide
    NEW SCIENTIST
    ISBN: 9781473629325
    Title: BRAIN : A User's Guide
    Author: NEW SCIENTIST
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everything you need to know about your brain: an eye-opening, illustrated handbook.

    Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play.

    As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults.

    Featuring witty essays, enlightening infographics and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BREAD AND BUTTER : History Culture Recipes
    BREAD AND BUTTER : History Culture Recipes
    SNAPES RICHARD / HARRINGTON GRANT / HEMINGWAY EVE
    ISBN: 9781787131736
    Title: BREAD AND BUTTER : History Culture Recipes
    Author: SNAPES RICHARD / HARRINGTON GRANT / HEMINGWAY EVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bread & Butter is a love letter to two glorious, artisanal products that have graced our tables for centuries. The book delves deep into the history and culture behind the bread and butter partnership, taking a global overview that brings us to the present day.

    It also shares more than 50 outstanding sweet and savoury recipes that celebrate the best of both bread and butter. There are key recipes for a variety of breads (flatbreads, brioche, grain loaf) and butters (real butter, ghee, flavoured spreads), as well as recipes that bring the two together, from simple buttermilk scones or bread puddings, to a brioche and brown butter ice-cream and spelt buttermilk pancakes.

    Bread and butter are put on the table to be eaten and enjoyed, and this book shows you how to prepare both brilliantly - but it also explores how bread and butter are used in celebration, myth and story across the world. It covers the traditions, the flavours and the making processes. And it's a celebration of the most humble, but arguably most important, pairings in food history.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    ISBN: 9781350068902
    Title: BRECHT ON THEATRE
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brecht on Theatre is a seminal work that has remained the classic text for readers and students wanting a rich appreciation of the development of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics. First published in 1964 and on reading lists ever since, Brecht's writings are presented in this definitive edition featuring the wholly revised, re-edited and expanded text produced for the 50th anniversary of the first English publication. With additional texts, illustrations and editorial material, and with almost half the material newly translated, this edition provides a far fuller and more accurate account of the development of Brecht's work and writings.

    This edition features-
    * Clearer layout and organisation of the text
    * New translations of many of the Brechtian texts featured
    * Over 40 new, previously untranslated essays
    * Essay titles now correspond to the German originals
    * A revised selection of illustrations
    This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Verfremdung evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileoand many others of his plays. Also included is 'Short Organon for the Theatre', Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $43.99

    Price: $43.99
  • BRIDGE OF CLAY
    BRIDGE OF CLAY
    ZUSAK MARKUS
    ISBN: 9781743534816
    Title: BRIDGE OF CLAY
    Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let me tell you about our brother.
    The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
    Everything happened to him.
    We were all of us changed through him.


    The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

    It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

    A miracle and nothing less.

    Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

    Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRIDGE OF CLAY
    BRIDGE OF CLAY
    ZUSAK MARKUS
    ISBN: 9781760559922
    Title: BRIDGE OF CLAY
    Author: ZUSAK MARKUS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let me tell you about our brother.
    The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
    Everything happened to him.
    We were all of us changed through him.


    The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

    It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

    A miracle and nothing less.

    Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

    Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $27.99
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