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  • ASK HERCULES QUICK
    ASK HERCULES QUICK
    DUBOSARSKY URSULA
    ISBN: 9781760296827
    Title: ASK HERCULES QUICK
    Author: DUBOSARSKY URSULA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'How much money do I have in my piggy bank?' asked Hercules.
    'Actually,' said Aunt Alligator, 'I don't think you have a piggy bank, Hercules.'

    Hercules sighed. No piggy bank, no money. I need a job, he thought. That's what I need.

    He got out his paints, his paintbrush and a big piece of plain paper. On the paper, he painted some words.

    NEED SOMETHING DONE?
    ASK HERCULES QUICK!

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATLAS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN HOUSES
    ATLAS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN HOUSES
    BRADBURY DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9780714876740
    Title: ATLAS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN HOUSES
    Author: BRADBURY DOMINIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating collection of more than 400 of the world's most glamorous homes, the Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses showcases work by such icons as Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, and Oscar Niemeyer alongside extraordinary but virtually unknown houses in Australia, Africa, and Asia.

    A thoroughly researched, comprehensive appraisal, this book is a must-have for all design aficionados, Mid-Century Modern collectors, and readers looking for inspiration for their own homes.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $200.00

    Price: $159.99
  • AUSTRALIA SURVIVAL GUIDE
    AUSTRALIA SURVIVAL GUIDE
    IVANOFF GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780143796572
    Title: AUSTRALIA SURVIVAL GUIDE
    Author: IVANOFF GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Oh no! You've been bitten by an inland taipan?

    Don't worry, The Australia Survival Guide has the first-aid advice you need!

    What's that? You're lost in the bush and need to know how to collect your own water?

    The Australia Survival Guide has got you covered.

    Our amazing country has its fair share of dangers- sharks, snakes, cyclones and crocodiles can be a serious threat to your life! But don't worry. This book will help you by providing the knowledge you need to survive in all kinds of Aussie conditions - in the bush, in the desert or even at the beach!

    So get out there and look around! Even if you think Australia is trying to kill you, The Australia Survival Guide can save your life!

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE
    AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE
    CHUN MATT
    ISBN: 9781760504694
    Title: AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE
    Author: CHUN MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this stunning companion to Australian Birds, Matt Chun takes to the oceans to explore Australia's most fascinating sea creatures, from the great white shark to the tiny soldier crab.

    Matt Chun's unique way of rendering our natural world will spark young readers' imaginations and evoke awe in all nature enthusiasts.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BAD GUYS 10 : The Baddest Day Ever
    BAD GUYS 10 : The Baddest Day Ever
    BLABEY AARON
    ISBN: 9781742993720
    Title: BAD GUYS 10 : The Baddest Day Ever
    Author: BLABEY AARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All hail Crown Prince Marmalade! SURRENDER to his evil magnificence! KNEEL before his butt-handed glory! Or... like... DON’T!

    The BAD GUYS and even BADDER GIRLS might have been knocked down, but does that mean they’ll stay down?
    NO WAY, CHICOS! Whip out your war cry and pull on your party pants.

    It’s the ULTIMATE BATTLE between BAD and BAAAAAAD! It’s season finale time, playas!

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BALTIC : New and Old Recipes : Estonia Latvia and Lithuania
    BALTIC : New and Old Recipes : Estonia Latvia and Lithuania
    BAJADA SIMON
    ISBN: 9781743795279
    Title: BALTIC : New and Old Recipes : Estonia Latvia and Lithuania
    Author: BAJADA SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Baltic showcases the unique culinary landscape of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Bringing the Baltics’ answer to New Nordic to your kitchen, nearly seventy recipes celebrate this wholesome, creative and intensely seasonal cuisine. As well, stunning photography captures the colour and vibrancy of the produce, culture and landscapes as these unique countries reconnect with the past and embrace new promise for the future.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • BEAST FEAST
    BEAST FEAST
    YARLETT EMMA
    ISBN: 9781406386639
    Title: BEAST FEAST
    Author: YARLETT EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A charming story about a quick-thinking child and a soft-hearted beast, with letters to open.

    Beast has found a tasty dinner, and he's written to all his friends to invite them to a feast. Unfortunately, Dinner is a child who very much does not want to be eaten. As Beast's friends send their instructions for cooking Dinner, is there any way Dinner can convince Beast to change his menu? A vibrant and charming interactive book with hilarious letters to open.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    KAWAGUCHI TOSHIKAZU
    ISBN: 9781529029581
    Title: BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD
    Author: KAWAGUCHI TOSHIKAZU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

    In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café's time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

    But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold ...

    Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • BERLIN FINALE
    BERLIN FINALE
    REIN HEINZ
    ISBN: 9780241245590
    Title: BERLIN FINALE
    Author: REIN HEINZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Storms of steel and carpet-bombing have transformed the city's lively face into the grimace of a death's head'

    April 1945, the last days of the Nazi regime. While bombs are falling on Berlin, the Gestapo still search for traitors, resistance fighters and deserters. People mistrust each other more than ever. In the midst of chaos, a disparate group - a disillusioned young soldier; a trade unionist and saboteur; a doctor helping refugees - continues to fight back. And in Oskar Klose's pub, the resistance plan their next move, hunted at every step by the SS. Published in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Berlin Finale is an unforgettable portrait of life in a city devastated by war.

    Translated by Shaun Whiteside

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BETWEEN WORLDS : Folktales of Britain & Ireland
    BETWEEN WORLDS : Folktales of Britain & Ireland
    CROSSLEY-HOLLAND KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781406383096
    Title: BETWEEN WORLDS : Folktales of Britain & Ireland
    Author: CROSSLEY-HOLLAND KEVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive collection of British and Irish folktales from master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland.

    Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley-Holland. Dark and funny, lyrical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring historical tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Described by Neil Gaiman as the "master", Crossley-Holland's unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • BEVERLY RIGHT HERE
    BEVERLY RIGHT HERE
    DICAMILLO KATE
    ISBN: 9781406391633
    Title: BEVERLY RIGHT HERE
    Author: DICAMILLO KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Revisiting once again the world of Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana's Way Home, twice winner of the Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo turns her focus to the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly Tapinski.

    Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted – what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away ... it’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mum, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her – and, gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes. In a touching, funny and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    CHANG JUNG
    ISBN: 9781910702796
    Title: BIG SISTER LITTLE SISTER RED SISTER : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
    Author: CHANG JUNG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that 'One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history.

    Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang's unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China's richest women - and her husband Chiang's prime minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' world.

    Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
    is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey, from Canton to Hawaii and New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BLACK BEAUTY
    BLACK BEAUTY
    SEWELL ANNA
    ISBN: 9781760651862
    Title: BLACK BEAUTY
    Author: SEWELL ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This enchanting story of the bravery of a horse in Victorian Britain has captivated and enthralled so many generations of readers. Step back in time and see the world through Black Beauty's gentle and patient eyes, as he enjoys the pleasures and endures the hardships that fell to horses living in the 19th Century. Christian Birmingham's stunning new colour edition of Anna Sewell's classic tale is complete and unabridged, and the narrative voice of Black Beauty as fresh as the day the story was first published in 1877. Meet the compassionate heroes and hard-hearted rascals who Beauty encounters during his life and, above all, experience what it is to be a horse – to gallop on the soft grass and to hear a kind word in a moment of great need. It is truly a story you will never forget.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLACK FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    BLACK FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    DOLIN ERIC JAY
    ISBN: 9781631496226
    Title: BLACK FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    Author: DOLIN ERIC JAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters is “rumbustious enough for the adventure-hungry” (Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle).

    Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” - spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s - when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. “Deftly blending scholarship and drama” (Richard Zacks), best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them the towering Blackbeard, the ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters is a “tour de force history” (Michael Pierce, Midwestern Rewind) of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life. 100 illustrations; 8 pages of color illustrations

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLUEPRINT
    BLUEPRINT
    CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A
    ISBN: 9780316423915
    Title: BLUEPRINT
    Author: CHRISTAKIS NICHOLAS A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.

    In BLUEPRINT, Nicholas A. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.

    In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, BLUEPRINT shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, and are still shaping, our genes today.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9780857522405
    Title: BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe.

    Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body- A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

    A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.

    Imprint: Doubleday Publishers
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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