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  • CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES
    CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES
    LACEY CATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781783782208
    Title: CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES
    Author: LACEY CATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Certain states are hard to shake, or so Catherine Lacey's characters find in these twelve tales of love, loss and longing.

    A grieving wife gives away the shirts her husband has left behind. A flirtatious widow takes a honeymooning couple to see her husband's grave. A businessman working for a shadowy organization known as 'The Company', checks-in to a room in a strange and remarkable hotel.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHARLES DARWIN : Little Guide to Great Lives
    CHARLES DARWIN : Little Guide to Great Lives
    GREEN DAN
    ISBN: 9781786272942
    Title: CHARLES DARWIN : Little Guide to Great Lives
    Author: GREEN DAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution caused both outrage and wonder, and quickly made him one of the most famous men in history. From his five-year voyage across the high seas to 20 years of research, follow Darwin on his adventure to prove a theory that would change the world.

    Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way.

    From Curie to Kahlo and Darwin to Da Vinci, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colourful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CHARLES DARWIN : Victorian Mythmaker
    CHARLES DARWIN : Victorian Mythmaker
    WILSON A N
    ISBN: 9781473620971
    Title: CHARLES DARWIN : Victorian Mythmaker
    Author: WILSON A N
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A radical reappraisal of Charles Darwin from the bestselling author of VICTORIA: A LIFE.

    Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?

    In this bold new life - the first single volume biography in twenty-five years - A. N. Wilson, the acclaimed author of The Victorians and God's Funeral, goes in search of the celebrated but contradictory figure Charles Darwin.

    Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.

    But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of Nature's grand plan?

    Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CHERRY : A Novel
    CHERRY : A Novel
    WALKER NICO
    ISBN: 9781787330948
    Title: CHERRY : A Novel
    Author: WALKER NICO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin.

    Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and Ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York and he flunks out of school and joins the Army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an Army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at--robbing banks.

    Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CHILDRENS HOUSE
    CHILDRENS HOUSE
    NELSON ALICE
    ISBN: 9780143791188
    Title: CHILDRENS HOUSE
    Author: NELSON ALICE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Marina, 'the gypsy scholar', a writer and academic, and her psychoanalyst husband, Jacob, were each born on a kibbutz in Israel. They meet years later at a university in California, Marina a grad student and Jacob a successful practitioner and teacher who has a young son, Ben, from a disastrous marriage. The family moves to a brownstone in Harlem, formerly a shelter run by elderly nuns.

    Outside the house one day Marina encounters Constance, a young refugee from Rwanda, and her toddler, Gabriel. Unmoored and devastated, Constance and Gabriel quickly come to depend on Marina; and her bond with Gabriel intensifies.

    When out of the blue Marina learns some disturbing news about her mother, Gizela, she leaves New York in search of the loose ends of her life. As Christmas nears, her tight-knit, loving family, with Constance and Gabriel, join Marina in her mother's former home, with a startling, life-changing consequence.

    Alice Nelson skilfully weaves together these shared stories of displacement and trauma into a beautifully told, hope-filled, outstanding novel.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CHURCHILL : Walking With Destiny
    CHURCHILL : Walking With Destiny
    ROBERTS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780241205631
    Title: CHURCHILL : Walking With Destiny
    Author: ROBERTS ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winston Churchill dominates our view of the history of Britain in the twentieth century - the brash, brave and ambitious young aristocrat who sought out danger in late Victorian wars, the mercurial First Lord of the Admiralty who was responsible for the Dardanelles disaster in 1915, the Colonial Secretary who rode with T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell at the Pyramids, the Chancellor who took the country back to the Gold Standard and crushed the General Strike in 1926, and then spent more than ten years in the political wilderness - and who, finally, was summoned to save his country in 1940. 'I felt that I was walking with destiny, and all my life had been but preparation for that hour.'

    Andrew Roberts' titanic new biography re-interprets all these events, especially Churchill's leadership during the Second World War, which he sees through the prism of all Churchill's earlier life. He gives full visibility to Churchill's flaws, and brilliantly explains his genius. He has used over forty collections of papers not available to Churchill's previous biographer Roy Jenkins (2001) and he is the first Churchill biographer to be granted access by the Queen to the private diaries of King George VI. This is the Churchill biography for our times.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    NAYMAN ADAM
    ISBN: 9781419727405
    Title: COEN BROTHERS : This Book Really Ties the Films Together
    Author: NAYMAN ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From such cult hits as Raising Arizona (1987) and The Big Lebowski (1998) to major critical darlings Fargo (1996), No Country for Old Men (2007), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognizable voice in modern American cinema. In The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, “some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness.” The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • COLOUR OF TIME : A New History Of The World 1850 - 1960
    COLOUR OF TIME : A New History Of The World 1850 - 1960
    JONES DAN
    ISBN: 9781786692689
    Title: COLOUR OF TIME : A New History Of The World 1850 - 1960
    Author: JONES DAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant artist, working with a bestselling historian, uses digital techniques to bring vividly to life 200 photographs of the defining events and personalities of the modern world.

    The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace, and the lives of men and women who made history.

    The book is a collaboration between a gifted Brazilian artist and a leading British historian. Marina Amaral has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions. Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that we live in today.

    A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen words, The Colour of Time offers a unique – and often beautiful – perspective on the past.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • COMPLICATED KINDNESS
    COMPLICATED KINDNESS
    TOEWS MIRIAM
    ISBN: 9780571341009
    Title: COMPLICATED KINDNESS
    Author: TOEWS MIRIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We're Mennonites. As far as I know, we are the most embarrassing sub-sect of people to belong to if you're a teenager.

    Sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel longs to hang out with Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull in New York City's East Village. Instead she's trapped in East Village, Manitoba: a town with no train station, no bar, and where job prospects consist of slaughtering chickens at the Happy Family Farms abattoir.

    Since her mother and sister have left home, Nomi lives with her father, Ray, a sweet yet hapless schoolteacher. Fighting against the restraints of the town, Nomi's longing for a future of opportunity and hope sets her on course towards a climax at once startling and inevitable.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONSTANT GARDENER
    CONSTANT GARDENER
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241322307
    Title: CONSTANT GARDENER
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared.

    Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died.

    On his way Justin meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COOKS APPRENTICE : Tips Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies
    COOKS APPRENTICE : Tips Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies
    ALEXANDER STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 9780143788485
    Title: COOKS APPRENTICE : Tips Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies
    Author: ALEXANDER STEPHANIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Cook's Apprentice is the essential teaching cookbook for the younger cook who's just starting out. This wonderful book is full to the brim with everything new foodies need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen.

    Arranged alphabetically, The Cook's Apprentice includes 56 ingredient chapters - from Apples to Zucchini - and more than 300 achievable recipes ranging from classics every cook will want to try to exciting new dishes that reflect our diverse nation. Stephanie takes you into her kitchen as she explains more than 100 important techniques in straightforward language, discusses the kitchen tools she likes to use, and describes ingredients you might not know- How do I whisk eggs to soft peaks? What does it mean to 'make a well' in dry ingredients? Why should I roast spices? How do I prepare fresh chillies safely? What is 'resting meat' and why should I do it? How do I prepare a mango? What flavours work well together? What is fresh mozzarella? How do I say 'quinoa'?

    The Cook's Apprentice gives all you new cooks the inspiration you need for a lifetime of enjoyment in the kitchen.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    FRANGIONI DAVID
    ISBN: 9781683833048
    Title: CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    Author: FRANGIONI DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From snares to cymbals, drums are taking over the stage in this first-ever collected look into some of the most famous drum kits of rock and roll history.

    Crash is the definitive Illustrated history of the drum kits of rock ’n’ roll legends. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the makes and models, each kit is accompanied by commentary about the history of the kit, its special characteristics, as well as its significance to rock history. Including photographs of Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and many more, Crash is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rock ’n’ roll’s most famous drum kits.

    Imprint: INSIGHT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CRICKET BALL : The Heart of the Game
    CRICKET BALL : The Heart of the Game
    COX GARY
    ISBN: 9781350014589
    Title: CRICKET BALL : The Heart of the Game
    Author: COX GARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The cricket ball is the swinging, bouncing, spinning heart of the glorious game that gives it its name. This entertaining journey through the history of cricket draws on philosophy, science, history, politics, literature, biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe itself to bring you the weird and wonderful story of this legendary leathern orb. What precisely is a cricket ball' What is it made of and how is it made' How has it evolved over the centuries along with the game itself and what is likely to be its multi-coloured future' Cricket Ball expertly answers all these questions and many more with a highly readable mixture of deep insight and light hearted humour.
    Cricket Ball tells the complex, multi-faceted life story of the cricket ball in its many guises- in play, as new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. It untangles the mysterious complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal) and the drama that creates fools and villains along the way.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
    CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
    CONLON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925481501
    Title: CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
    Author: CONLON MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In recent years, we've come to realise that the gut is pivotal to a healthy metabolism, a healthy brain and a healthy immune system.

    The explosion of scientific research in this field - with CSIRO at the forefront - has also led to the discovery that feeding our gut bacteria with a particular type of fibre called resistant starch is a major piece in the gut health puzzle.

    Collectively, gut problems account for a disproportionate number of GP visits and hospitalisations. Rates of bowel cancer and other intestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise.The good news is that simple lifestyle changes to ensure a healthy high-fibre diet with lots of resistant starch and tailored to your needs, coupled with regular exercise, can significantly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer and other gut conditions.

    This book provides information on how the gut functions and what can go wrong, along with advice and lots of delicious recipes that are high in fibre and resistant starch. Written by a team of experienced CSIRO researchers, including nutritional scientists and dietitians, many of whom are internationally recognised authorities in nutrition and gut health, it contains simple, practical advice and a wide range of tasty, easy-to-make recipes designed to benefit the gut and overall health.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CURSE OF ASH AND EMBERS
    CURSE OF ASH AND EMBERS
    SPURRIER JO
    ISBN: 9781460756331
    Title: CURSE OF ASH AND EMBERS
    Author: SPURRIER JO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dead witch. A bitter curse. A battle of magic.

    Some people knit socks by the fire at night. Gyssha Blackbone made monsters.But the old witch is dead now, and somehow it's Elodie's job to clean up the mess.When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she'd find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep.

    Gyssha's final curse left Aleida practically dead on her feet, and now, with huge monsters roaming the woods, a demonic tree lurking in the orchard and an angry warlock demanding repayment of a debt, Aleida needs Elodie's help, whether she likes it or not.

    And no matter what the old witch throws at her, to Elodie it's still better than going back home.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • D DAY : The Soldiers' Story
    D DAY : The Soldiers' Story
    MILTON GILES
    ISBN: 9781473649026
    Title: D DAY : The Soldiers' Story
    Author: MILTON GILES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive soldier-on-the-beach account of the greatest invasion in history

    D-Day was the greatest invasion in history. An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June was, above all, a story of individual heroics - men who were driven to keep fighting, until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured.

    In D-DAY Giles Milton paints a dazzling canvas of the opening day of battle, exploring the momentous events through the prism of those who took part. Sweeping from the principal architects at Supreme Command to the graphic testimonies of the men who struggled ashore on the morning of 6 June, his narrative lays bare the absolute terror of those on both sides trapped in the frontline massacres of Operation Overlord.

    In an overview that is both meticulous and vast, 'the longest day' is revealed as never before - less a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face - told through the eyes of those who took part, as we approach the 75th anniversary of the battle in 2019.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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