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  • BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781473695986
    Title: BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS is a profound, accessible and timely reflection on the biggest questions in science.

    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A Brief History of Time leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.

    How did the universe begin? Will humanity survive on Earth? Is there intelligent life beyond our solar system? Could artificial intelligence ever outsmart us?

    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

    A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF ITALY
    BRIEF HISTORY OF ITALY
    BLACK JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781472140890
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF ITALY
    Author: BLACK JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A concise and very readable history of what we know today as Italy, from prehistory right up to the present day.

    Despite the Roman Empire's famous 500-year reign over Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East, Italy does not have the same long national history as states such as France or England. Divided for much of its history, Italy's regions have been, at various times, parts of bigger, often antagonistic empires, notably those of Spain and Austria. In addition, its challenging and varied terrain made consolidation of political control all the more difficult. This concise history covers, in very readable fashion, the formative events in Italy's past from the rise of Rome, through a unified country in thrall to fascism in the first half of the twentieth century right up to today.

    The birthplace of the Renaissance and the place where the Baroque was born, Italy has always been a hotbed of culture. Within modern Italy country there is fierce regional pride in the cultures and identities that mark out Tuscany, Rome, Sicily and Venice to name just a few of Italy's many famous regions. Jeremy Black draws on the diaries, memoirs and letters of historic travellers to Italy to gain insight into the passions of its people, first chronologically then regionally.

    In telling Italy's story, Black examines what it is that has given Italians such cultural clout - from food and drink, music and fashion, to art and architecture - and explores the causes and effects of political events, and the divisions that still exist today.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD
    BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD
    FELLOWES JESSICA
    ISBN: 9780751567205
    Title: BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD
    Author: FELLOWES JESSICA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book'

    The Pool on The Mitford Murders

    As the glamour of the Bright Young Things crashes into the world of the Mitford sisters, their maid Louisa Cannon finds herself at the scene of a gripping murder mystery.

    Meet the Bright Young Things, the rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s whose treasure hunts were a media obsession. One such game takes place at the 18th birthday party of Pamela Mitford, but ends in tragedy as cruel, charismatic Adrian Curtis is pushed to his death from the church neighbouring the Mitford home.

    The police quickly identify the killer as a maid, Dulcie. But Louisa Cannon, chaperone to the Mitford girls and a former criminal herself, believes Dulcie to be innocent, and sets out to clear the girl's name . . . all while the real killer may only be steps away.

    PRAISE FOR THE MITFORD MURDERS SERIES

    'A lively, well-written, entertaining whodunit'

    The Times (Crime Fiction Book of the Month)

    'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable'

    Anthony Horowitz (best crime novels of the year)

    'An extraordinary meld of fact and fiction'

    Graham Norton

    'A must-read series. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one'

    Susan Hill

    'Keeps the reader guessing to the very end. An accomplished crime debut and huge fun to read'

    Evening Standard

    'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery'

    Daisy Goodwin

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BROADSHEET ITALIAN COOKBOOK
    BROADSHEET ITALIAN COOKBOOK
    ISBN: 9780646988443
    Title: BROADSHEET ITALIAN COOKBOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook is a collection of 80 recipes from the best Italian restaurants and chefs in Australia, as well as those whose menus have been inspired and influenced by our deep Italian heritage.

    Its pages tell the story of Italian food institutions and pioneers in five cities around Australia; of the red-pasta joints and delis that feed us Italian everyday, and the fine diners that push the cuisine forward every night. You'll find osso bucco and tiramisu alongside miso-strone and pita pockets filled with chinese Bolognese and mozzarella. This is a book for the home cook and entertainer, filled with perfect mid-week dishes alongside inspiring weekend projects.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    DYER GEOFF
    ISBN: 9780141987620
    Title: BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    Author: DYER GEOFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where Eagles Dare is both a thrillingly realized Alpine Second World War adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, infantilizing the central disaster in Europe's modern history in favour of huge explosions and camp SS officers.

    Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood and in 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' he twists and turns very entertainingly to both extoll and denigrate the acme of the late 1960s action movie. Like his earlier Zona - on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker - this is a scene-by-scene reaction to watching the film. The book might have as an ideal reader somebody who has not even seen Where Eagles Dare, but who will enjoy it simply as a comic tour-de-force. But for the film's legions of fans, whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune and the opening shots of a snow-camouflaged Junkers Ju-52, this book will be the fulfilment of a dream.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BUILD YOUR OWN DINOSAUR MUSEUM
    BUILD YOUR OWN DINOSAUR MUSEUM
    BLUE BEATRICE
    ISBN: 9781788681278
    Title: BUILD YOUR OWN DINOSAUR MUSEUM
    Author: BLUE BEATRICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We've just received a new crate of dinosaur fossils - and they need assembling! As the museum's resident dino expert, you'll have to pick the correct room for each skeleton, then get building! There are five pop-up skeletons to construct, including a Triceratops, Stegosaurus and T-rex, plus lots of prehistoric facts to discover.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Pond   -   BumbleBunnies, Book 1
    BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Pond - BumbleBunnies, Book 1
    BASE GRAEME
    ISBN: 9781460753941
    Title: BUMBLEBUNNIES : The Pond - BumbleBunnies, Book 1
    Author: BASE GRAEME
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A BRAND-NEW SERIES FROM THE CREATOR OF THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PICTURE BOOK, ANIMALIA

    Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are playing happily in the garden. But when disaster strikes, who will save the day?

    From the award-winning bestselling creator of Animalia comes a new series to delight young readers

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BURDEN : A Preacher A Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South
    BURDEN : A Preacher A Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South
    HARGRAVE COURTNEY
    ISBN: 9781408892626
    Title: BURDEN : A Preacher A Klansman and a True Story of Redemption in the Modern South
    Author: HARGRAVE COURTNEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of the friendship between African American reverend David Kennedy and Michael Burden, a Grand Wizard in the KKK, goes to the heart of the strand in American life that voted in Trump.
    For all its quaint, small-town charm, Laurens, South Carolina, has a troubled history. A town of bleak unemployment and poverty, it has a dark legacy of race riots and lynching. Its resistance to rolling back Apartheid-type laws was so fierce that federal military intervention was required.
    In March 1996, Michael Burdens opened up a new business- The Redneck Shop and KKK Museum. It was a fiery African American preacher, David Kennedy, who led the protests against it yet it was also Kennedy who, in Burden's hour of need, extended the hand of friendship and charity to him and his family. From there, an unlikely friendship sprang.
    Burden is a moving portrayal of this friendship, and the rocky path towards it. But it goes beyond just these two men. As a town, Laurens reflects the America that voted in Donald Trump. Courtney Hargrave provides a thoughtful and insightful exploration of Laurens and its inhabitants, examining both the deep fractures and troubles at its heart and the hope, warmth and humanity.



    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUS ON THURSDAY
    BUS ON THURSDAY
    BARRETT SHIRLEY
    ISBN: 9781760632250
    Title: BUS ON THURSDAY
    Author: BARRETT SHIRLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    That's when I literally had thoughts of becoming a nun, because I thought, Well, I'm never going to have sex again. If I become a nun, I would at least have somewhere to live.

    It wasn't just the bad break up that caused Eleanor's life to unravel. It was the cancer. And the demons that came with it.

    Freshly single and thoroughly traumatised from the ordeals of breast cancer, Eleanor Mellett starts a new job as a teacher in a remote mountain hamlet. It's certainly peaceful enough, almost too peaceful. But what's become of the previous teacher, the saintly Miss Barker, who has disappeared abruptly under mysterious circumstances? And what's with all those locks on the door? And what the hell is that bus doing idling outside her house late, late at night?

    When the local priest offers to exorcise Eleanor of her 'cancer demon', she probably should have declined. Because that's when all her troubles start in earnest. That's when the visitors come a-knocking.

    Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in Twin Peaks. Darkly funny, deeply unsettling and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday is a strange wild ride for all fans of Helen Fielding, Maria Semple, David Lynch and Stephen King.



    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    ISBN: 9780141983387
    Title: BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Brutal World of Victorian Medicine
    Author: FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

    Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers. And in squalid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors remained baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

    At a time when surgery couldn't have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward- Joseph Lister, a young Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection - and could be treated with antiseptics - he changed the history of medicine forever. With a novelist's eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly conjures up the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain's greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES : American Crises (and Essays)
    CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES : American Crises (and Essays)
    SOLNIT REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781783784974
    Title: CALL THEM BY THEIR TRUE NAMES : American Crises (and Essays)
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beginning with the election of Donald Trump ('The Loneliest Man in the World') and expanding back and forth into American history, surveillance, violence against the individual, the denormalizing of misogyny and the rehumanizing of public space. The ultimate focus of the book is climate and feminist activism, bringing Solnit's trademark deep analysis to bear on a range of contemporary crises.

    And again, and spectacularly, she shows us how to hope.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    JONES ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781408885925
    Title: CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    Author: JONES ALLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You 've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press.

    By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected here include encounters with some of rock 's most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CASE OF THE LEFT HANDED LADY : Enola Holmes 2
    CASE OF THE LEFT HANDED LADY : Enola Holmes 2
    SPRINGER NANCY
    ISBN: 9781760637392
    Title: CASE OF THE LEFT HANDED LADY : Enola Holmes 2
    Author: SPRINGER NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sherlock Holmes's sister, Enola, is back on another case!

    Enola Holmes is being hunted by the world's most famous detective - her own brother, Sherlock Holmes. But while she is on the run in the world's biggest, darkest, dirtiest city, she discovers a hidden cache of charcoal drawings and feels as if she is a soul mate to the girl who drew them. But that girl, Lady Cecily, has disappeared without a trace.

    Braving the midnight streets, Enola must unravel the clues to find this left-handed lady, but in order to save her, Enola risks revealing more than she should. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret and find Lady Cecily, or will the one thing she is trying to save - her freedom - be lost forever?

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CASE OF THE MISSING MAQQUESS : Enola Holmes 1
    CASE OF THE MISSING MAQQUESS : Enola Holmes 1
    SPRINGER NANCY
    ISBN: 9781760637385
    Title: CASE OF THE MISSING MAQQUESS : Enola Holmes 1
    Author: SPRINGER NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers-all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother's strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    WARREN EMMA
    ISBN: 9781925418842
    Title: CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    Author: WARREN EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catalonia has come to global attention this year in its quest for independence, but there is much more to this beautiful region situated on the west coast of the Mediterranean and blessed with one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Although Catalonia is still geographically and politically connected to Spain, Catalans consider themselves independent with their own language, history, culture and cuisine. Its food is considered unique in Spain, and it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world – including being the original location for the famed El Bulli.

    Unlike in other parts of Spain, Catalan cuisine does not centre around tapas, and although pintxos do feature heavily, they are not the mainstay of the region and most dishes are larger, stand-alone meals. Dishes are heavily influenced by pork and fresh seafood with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that varies from recipes as simple as crushed tomatoes smeared on bread to hearty, slow-cooked stews. Famous dishes include calcots – large salad onions cooked on a coal barbecue and then dipped into nutty and addictive Romesco sauce, a unique paella made without saffron and the addition of vermicelli noodles, myriad types of Catalan sausage served with white beans, sauces such as aioli and picada, and multiple pastries and desserts including the crème Catalan (a version of crème brûlée). Beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography, The Catalan Kitchen is the ultimate cookbook for lovers of Spanish and Mediterranean food.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CEDAR VALLEY
    CEDAR VALLEY
    THROSBY HOLLY
    ISBN: 9781760630560
    Title: CEDAR VALLEY
    Author: THROSBY HOLLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He strolled down Valley Road, only briefly, past the hairdresser and a small cafe. A warm wind stirred, carrying with it the faint smell of pies and horses, and the man paused for just a moment before he sat down. Benny Miller would have driven right past him in her station wagon on that bright and brimming day.'

    On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley.

    One is a calm looking man in a brown suit. He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Oldwares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.

    The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller. Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died. Vivian's mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.

    Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny's quest to learn more about her mother? Holly Throsby is the perfect guide as Cedar Valley and its inhabitants slowly reveal their secrets.

    Praise for Goodwood:

    'The kind of big-hearted, emotionally bruising story that reminds you why you love fiction... Goodwood is many things: a satisfying and conscientiously constructed mystery, an affectionate but clear-eyed portrait of a time and a place, and a darkly lovely coming of age story. But most of all, it's a complete revelation, the conjuring up of a sad, beautiful, indelible little world of its own' - The Sydney Morning Herald

    'It has been a while since I lost a weekend to a debut novel... There is so much to enjoy about this book; my tip is that it will become a firm book club favourite. Five stars!' - Good Reading Magazine

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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