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  • TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES
    TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES
    CONNOLLY BILLY
    ISBN: 9781529361339
    Title: TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES
    Author: CONNOLLY BILLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Coming from Glasgow, it's weird, I don't really tell jokes, like Irish jokes and all that. I tell wee stories. And some of them don't even have punchlines. But you'll get used to it as the night goes on, and on, and on, and on and on...'

    In December 2018, after 50-years of belly-laughs, energy, outrage and enjoyment, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career.

    When he first started out in the late Sixties, Billy played the banjo in the folk clubs of Glasgow. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he worked. In the process, he made all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own exaggerated body movements to the power of speaking explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling too. Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his generation.

    Billy's routines always felt spontaneous. He improvised, embellished and digressed as he went: a two-minute anecdote could become a 20-minute routine by the next night of a tour. And he brought a beautiful sense of the absurd to his shows as he riffed on holidays, alcohol, the crucifixion, or naked bungee jumping.

    But Billy's comedy could be laced with anger too. He hated pretentiousness and called out hypocrisy where ever he saw it. He loved to shock, and his startling appearance gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased about sex, politics or religion. It was only because he was so likeable that he got it away. Billy had the popular touch. His comedy spanned generations and different social tribes in a way that few others have ever managed.

    TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES brings together the very best of Billy's storytelling for the first time and includes his most famous routines including, THE LAST SUPPER, JOJOBA SHAMPOO, INCONTINENCE PANTS and SHOUTING AT WILDEBEEST. With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, it is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • TARTINE : A Classic Revisited : 68 All-New Recipes 55 Updated Favorites
    TARTINE : A Classic Revisited : 68 All-New Recipes 55 Updated Favorites
    PRUEITT ELISABETH / ROBERTSON CHAD
    ISBN: 9781452178738
    Title: TARTINE : A Classic Revisited : 68 All-New Recipes 55 Updated Favorites
    Author: PRUEITT ELISABETH / ROBERTSON CHAD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This brilliantly revisited and beautifully rephotographed book is a totally updated edition of a go-to classic for home and professional bakers—from one of the most acclaimed and inspiring bakeries in the world. Tartine offers more than 50 new recipes that capture the invention and, above all, deliciousness that Tartine is known for—including their most requested recipe, the Morning Bun. Favorites from the original book are here, too, revamped to speak to our tastes today and to include whole-grain and/or gluten-free variations, as well as intriguing new ingredients and global techniques. More than 150 drop-dead gorgeous photographs from acclaimed team Gentl + Hyers make this compendium a true collectible and must-have for bakers of all skill levels.


    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • TEMPEST
    TEMPEST
    ELLIANAS GEORGHIA
    ISBN: 9781406376852
    Title: TEMPEST
    Author: ELLIANAS GEORGHIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A captivating picture book retelling by Shakespeare's Globe for very young readers.

    William Shakespeare's dazzling play about magic, revenge and forgiveness is unforgettably re-imagined by Shakespeare's Globe as a picture book for very young readers. The story is told from the perspective of Ariel in language that is true to the original play but accessible to all. With shimmering, exquisite illustrations by the acclaimed artist Jane Ray, this captivating retelling is a magical way to introduce children to the one of the best-loved works of the world's greatest playwright.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THERE WAS STILL LOVE
    THERE WAS STILL LOVE
    PARRETT FAVEL
    ISBN: 9780733630682
    Title: THERE WAS STILL LOVE
    Author: PARRETT FAVEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small, brown suitcases.

    Prague, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city - the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. His whole world.

    Melbourne, 1980: Mala Li ka's grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mana and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.

    Favel Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • THESE TRUTHS : A History of the United States
    THESE TRUTHS : A History of the United States
    LEPORE JILL
    ISBN: 9780393357424
    Title: THESE TRUTHS : A History of the United States
    Author: LEPORE JILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A “sweeping, sobering account” (New York Times Book Review) from one of our leading historians, These Truths “is nothing short of a masterpiece of American history” (NPR). The challenge of retelling five hundred years of American history in a single volume has been so daunting that hardly any historian has attempted it in decades. When Jill Lepore’s New York Times best-selling These Truths appeared in 2018, critics quickly hailed it as a classic?appealing not only to academics, but to thousands of astonished general readers. Picking up the book out of a feeling of civic duty, they opened its pages to discover a different kind of writing, and what the Washington Post called “an honest reckoning with America’s past”?a story filled with women and men and people of every color and religion, one that wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. With These Truths, Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come. 70 illustrations

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • THINGS WE SAY IN THE DARK
    THINGS WE SAY IN THE DARK
    LOGAN KIRSTY
    ISBN: 9781787301535
    Title: THINGS WE SAY IN THE DARK
    Author: LOGAN KIRSTY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    So here we go, into the dark.

    Some things can't be spoken about in the light of day. But we can visit our fears at night, in the dark. We can turn them over and weigh them in our hands and maybe that will protect us from them. But maybe not.

    The characters in this collection find their aspirations for happy homes, happy families and happy memories dissected and imbued with shimmering menace. Alone in a remote house in Iceland a woman is unnerved by her isolation; another can only find respite from the clinging ghost that follows her by submerging herself in an overgrown pool. Couples wrestle with a lack of connection to their children; a schoolgirl becomes obsessed with the female anatomical models in a museum; and a cheery account of child's day out is undercut by chilling footnotes.

    These dark tales explore women's fears with electrifying honesty and invention and speak to one another about female bodies, domestic claustrophobia, desire and violence. From a talented writer who has been compared to Angela Carter, Things We Say in the Dark is a powerful contemporary collection of feminist stories, ranging from vicious fairy tales to disturbing horror and tender ghost stories.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THIS BUILDING LIKES ME
    THIS BUILDING LIKES ME
    JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS
    ISBN: 9780500500774
    Title: THIS BUILDING LIKES ME
    Author: JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Building Likes Me offers an engaging account of the recent work of one of Australia’s most significant architectural practices, John Wardle Architects (JWA). They are fascinated by those who experience their buildings and spaces – by those who live or work in them, or simply walk past. These are the people the buildings like!

    This monograph captures the award-winning practice’s commitment to people, cities and places, the collaborations with makers, builders and artists, and their continual inventive exploration of scale, site, landscape and narratives of memory. It presents 36 recent buildings and projects in pairs, and features photographs, drawings and images of JWA’s distinctive models. Alongside the projects are short critical essays and images of life within the practice. The result is a compelling insight into contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • THIS IS MY WORLD
    THIS IS MY WORLD
    ISBN: 9781787012943
    Title: THIS IS MY WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you were asked to tell someone on the other side of the world about yourself, where would you start? In this fascinating and fun collection, 84 children from incredibly diverse backgrounds share their stories and photos of what's unique about their lives.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE : The Rise and Rise of Australian Feminism
    THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE : The Rise and Rise of Australian Feminism
    MAGUIRE EMILY
    ISBN: 9780642279453
    Title: THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE : The Rise and Rise of Australian Feminism
    Author: MAGUIRE EMILY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Women must quit their jobs when they marry.
    They are barred from trade unions and universities.
    Their husbands can legally rape them.
    And they are not allowed to vote.


    This could be the reality in Australia today — if it weren’t for the many women who, over more than a century of activism, fought for change.

    In this passionate and timely account, Emily Maguire charts a course through the history of Australian feminism — from the First Wave to the Fourth, from suffragists to Riot Grrrls, from equal pay to #metoo. Along the way, she pays tribute to those who’ve spoken up and taken action in the face of ridicule, dismissal and violence.

    This Is What a Feminist Looks Like shows us how we got to where we are today — and reminds us that some battles must be fought over and over again.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • THIS TASTE FOR SILENCE : Stories
    THIS TASTE FOR SILENCE : Stories
    OCALLAGHAN AMANDA
    ISBN: 9780702260377
    Title: THIS TASTE FOR SILENCE : Stories
    Author: OCALLAGHAN AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A marvellously accomplished debut collection from QLA Writers Fellowship winner Amanda O'Callaghan.

    The balance of power in a marriage shifts, with shocking consequences. An elderly woman recounts a chilling childhood memory on the family farm. A taxi driver with a missing wife reveals unexpected skills. An inherited painting brings an eerily troubling legacy.

    Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan's stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a 'taste for silence'.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • TIL WRONG FEELS RIGHT : Lyrics and Pictures of Iggy Pop
    TIL WRONG FEELS RIGHT : Lyrics and Pictures of Iggy Pop
    POP IGGY
    ISBN: 9780241399873
    Title: TIL WRONG FEELS RIGHT : Lyrics and Pictures of Iggy Pop
    Author: POP IGGY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Iggy Pop hasn't simply left a mark on music; he's left blood stains all over it.

    From fronting the legendary proto-punk band The Stooges to collaborating with an eclectic mix of artists including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Jack White and Josh Homme, Iggy has proved himself to be one of punk's most iconic, outrageous and enduring music artists.

    In this beautifully illustrated collection, he shares his lyrics and reflections on a genre-defining music career that spans five decades.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • TILLY
    TILLY
    GODWIN JANE
    ISBN: 9781760663728
    Title: TILLY
    Author: GODWIN JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tilly’s found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined…

    Jane Godwin and Anna Walker have created a wistful, enchanting and timeless story about an old house, a young girl, and how the small things we hold dear stay with us always.


    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TINY STAR
    TINY STAR
    FOX MEM
    ISBN: 9780670078127
    Title: TINY STAR
    Author: FOX MEM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once upon a time, although this happens all the time, a tiny star fell to earth . . .

    This touching and timeless story combines, for the first time, the talents of world-renowned author Mem Fox with the heartwarming illustrations of Freya Blackwood. These two luminaries craft a truly unique and moving story about the journey of life, to be cherished and shared for generations to come.

    'Mem Fox's books are like a warm blanket; they have a way of making the world seem a little cosier.' Sunday Age

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TLV : Tel Aviv: Recipes and stories from Israel
    TLV : Tel Aviv: Recipes and stories from Israel
    KRANT JIGAL
    ISBN: 9781925811230
    Title: TLV : Tel Aviv: Recipes and stories from Israel
    Author: KRANT JIGAL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book proves it: nowhere on the planet do you eat better than in Tel Aviv.

    This lavishly photographed cookbook focusses on the colourful streets of the foodiest city in the Middle East. Find recipes for Tel Aviv's unsurpassed fast food like hummus, falafel, shakshuka and sabich, the popular Israeli sandwich. On these pages you'll also see dishes common to the city's infinite restaurants, where chefs make poetic use of the eating traditions of their immigrant population and Arab neighbours. The result of this creative freedom is a fusion kitchen without rules and taboos.

    Nowhere is life celebrated more exuberantly than in Tel Aviv, the happiest and most progressive city in the Middle East. This coastal city is paradise on earth: great weather all year round, beautiful beaches, leading museums, unique architecture and a flourishing economy. The inhabitants are handsome, young, creative, and radiate an unbridled zest for life. This zest is captured in the incredible location photography throughout TLV.

    This is a cookbook, narrative and photo essay in one beautiful volume. One day with this book in your possession, and you'll be booking a ticket to TLV as soon as humanly possible.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $49.99
  • TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    MEEK JAMES
    ISBN: 9781786896766
    Title: TO CALAIS IN ORDINARY TIME
    Author: MEEK JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three journeys. One road.

    England, 1348. A gentlewoman is fleeing an odious arranged marriage, a Scottish proctor is returning to his monastery in Avignon and a handsome young ploughman in search of adventure is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers. All come together on the road to Calais.

    Coming in their direction from across the Channel is the Black Death, the plague that will wipe out half of the population of Northern Europe. As the journey unfolds, overshadowed by the archers' past misdeeds and clerical warnings of the imminent end of the world, the wayfarers must confront the nature of their loves and desires.

    A tremendous feat of language and empathy, it summons a medieval world that is at once uncannily plausible, utterly alien and eerily reflective of our own. James Meek's extraordinary To Calais, In Ordinary Time is a novel about love, class, faith, loss, gender and desire - set against one of the biggest cataclysms of human history.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TONY WHEELERS ISLANDS OF AUSTRALIA
    TONY WHEELERS ISLANDS OF AUSTRALIA
    WHEELER TONY
    ISBN: 9780642279477
    Title: TONY WHEELERS ISLANDS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: WHEELER TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Not just an island continent, Australia is a continent of islands. With over 8,000, it has more than the entire Caribbean. Join seasoned traveller Tony Wheeler on a journey around the Australian coast and beyond to discover the stunning natural features, unique wildlife and chequered histories of Australia’s remarkable (and remarkably diverse) islets, cays, atolls and archipelagos. Find out why the Whitsundays should have been called the Whitmondays, encounter Australia’s only known pirate, witness mutiny and murder on the Bounty and Batavia, meet giant lizards and friendly quokkas, and discover rich Indigenous cultures. Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, a simple sun-seeker or an armchair tourist, Islands of Australia will have you itching to visit.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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