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  • ANIMALS
    ANIMALS
    TAKEUCHI CHIHIRO
    ISBN: 9780648397342
    Title: ANIMALS
    Author: TAKEUCHI CHIHIRO
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chihiro Takeuchi creates another original and innovative book with her intricate papercut artwork.

    Find different animals from each continent. Hours of fun and engagement for children of all ages.

    Imprint: BERBAY PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    MOLKENTIN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781742379197
    Title: ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    Author: MOLKENTIN MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He was courageous. He was ambitious. He was skilled. He was visionary. He could be ruthless. He was someone born of a new nation. But he was of a time now long past. And yet in the language of a later generation it could be said he had the "right stuff"... Michael Molkentin captures [Ross Smith] brilliantly.' - Andy Thomas, NASA Astronaut (Retired)

    In November 1919, a year after the Great War, four Australian servicemen made a unique and epoch-making journey home. In the open cockpit of a twin-engine Vickers Vimy bi-plane, brothers Ross and Keith Smith and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim completed the 18,000 kilometre flight from Britain to Australia. The 28-day journey, part of a competition sponsored by the Australian government, made the Smith brothers internationally famous and marked Australia's emergence into the air age. Ross Smith's fame would be short lived: he would be killed in an air accident less than three years later on the eve of an attempt to make the first ever circumnavigation of the world by air.

    Born on a South Australian cattle station, Smith had a relatively privileged and cosmopolitan upbringing. He was, nonetheless, working as a warehouseman in Adelaide 1914 where he would have no doubt eked out a quiet and unremarkable life were it not for the war's outbreak. Enlisting in the light horse at 22 years of age, Smith survived arduous campaigns at Gallipoli and in the Sinai Desert before volunteering for the Australian Flying Corps. Smith's feats in the skies above Palestine during 1917-18 earned him a reputation as one of the great fighter pilots of the war. By the armistice he had received the Military Cross twice and the Distinguished Flying Cross three times; he was one of only three British Empire airmen to do so during the war. Smith's skill in the cockpit also saw him assigned the Middle East theatre's only twin-engine bomber during the war's final year, a machine he used to support T. E. Lawrence 'of Arabia's' campaign against the Turks in the Jordan and, after the war, survey an air-route between Cairo and Calcutta.

    Anzac and Aviator is the story of Ross Smith and the fascinating era in which he lived, one in which aviation emerged with bewildering speed to comprehensively transform both warfare and transportation. Born a decade before powered flight and going off to war on horseback, Smith finished the conflict in command of a bomber, the weapon that would come to symbolise the totality of warfare in the 20th Century.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    BALCHIN LANCE
    ISBN: 9781760404147
    Title: AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    Author: BALCHIN LANCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to future Earth. Our oceans have become polluted to such an extent that all marine life is now just a memory. Rising from the murky depths stirs new mechanical life, created by humans and now evolving outside any control.

    These new species have grown to threaten humanity as we know it. Welcome to the world of Aquatica.

    Filled with inventive and awe-inspiring images and details, this book is sure to spark readers' imaginations! Kids will marvel at the steampunk-inspired renderings of mechanical aquatic creatures! 



    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    SHEDDEN FLORA
    ISBN: 9781784883102
    Title: ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    Author: SHEDDEN FLORA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    aran (Scottish Gaelic)

    From the Old Irish arán

    Noun

    bread, loaf (masculine noun, nominative case)


    Aran is a beautiful cookbook from an artisan bakery in the heart of Scotland with the same name. In it, Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden shares her simple, modern recipes and a window onto a picturesque life below the highlands, with stunning location photography and stories about the people and the place that inspire her creations.

    With a clean and fresh design, Aran is both whimsical and contemporary, and would be a perfect gift or self-buy for beginners, established bakers, armchair travellers or any lovers of baked goods!

    Sweet and savoury recipes take you from breakfast, through elevenses, through to your afternoon tea and after-dinner sweet treats, and include Poppy morning rolls, Twice baked almond croissants, Peach, chocolate and almond brioche, Poached quince porridge, Pork apple and sage sausage rolls and Banana, date and chocolate loaf cake.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ARTISTS GARDEN
    ARTISTS GARDEN
    BENNETT JACKIE
    ISBN: 9781781318744
    Title: ARTISTS GARDEN
    Author: BENNETT JACKIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Artist's Garden will feature up to 20 gardens that have inspired and been home to some of the greatest painters of history. These gardens not only supplied the inspiration for creative works but also illuminate the professional motivation and private life of the artists themselves - from Cezanne's house in the south of France to Childe Hassam at Celia Thaxter's garden off the coast off Maine. Flowers and gardens have often been the first choice for artists looking for a subject. A garden close to the artist's studio is not only convenient for daily material and ideas, but also has the advantage of changing through the seasons and over time. Claude Monet's Giverny was the catalyst for hundreds of great paintings (by Monet and other artists), each one different from the one before. Sometimes a whole village becomes the focus for a colony of artists as at Gerberoy in Picardy and Skagen on the northernmost tip of Denmark.
    This book is about the real homes and gardens that inspired these great artists - gardens that can still be visited today. The relationship between artist and garden is a complex one. A few artists, including Pierre Bonnard and his neighbour Monet were keen gardeners, as much in love with their plants as their work, while for others like Sorolla in Madrid, his courtyard home was both a sanctuary and a source of ideas.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • 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
  • BAKE AUSTRALIA GREAT
    BAKE AUSTRALIA GREAT
    SABBATH KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781760637781
    Title: BAKE AUSTRALIA GREAT
    Author: SABBATH KATHERINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This mad-cap collection of edible Australiana will win over anyone with a love for the land of the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House and Big Banana. Style maven Katherine Sabbath's deliciously witty cakes range from kitsch and cute, to stylish and sophisticated.

    Start at Chapter One, Easy As, for beginner baking heaven. Enter stage left: the giant Fairy Bread Cake, Flamin' Galah Cupcakes and Opal Cookies.

    Progress to Chapter Two, She'll Be Right, to create a Jaw-some man-eater from a dark chocolate sea salt cake. Engineer your own Sydney Opera House Pavlova or decorate a Dame Edna Koala.

    Chapter Three, Advanced Australian Fare, is where you bust out a Mining Magnate (it's rich!), build your own Great Aussie Dream Home or knock everyone's socks off with Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert.

    Sydney cake queen Katherine Sabbath is one of the coolest creatives around, loved for her cutting-edge cake designs and quirky personal style. This baking legend will teach you the tips and techniques to create maximum effect with every cake. Go ahead: bake her day.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    MCPHERSON GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9780753553930
    Title: BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    Author: MCPHERSON GRAHAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The band's first official book.

    North London. The 1970s. Amid a grim landscape of bomb sites, squats, public baths and rough pubs, a loose gang of misfits and outsiders started making music together - riding freight trains, spraying graffiti, stealing records, clothes and musical instruments. Escaping the fringes of criminality, they formed a band...

    These lairy but charismatic chaps became Madness, one of the most successful pop groups ever, in the UK and beyond. In Before We Was We, their first official book, they tell us the story of how they became them. It's a journey full of luck, skill and charm, as they duck and dive by day and make the name in London's exploding music scene by night, zipping around the capital in their Morris Minor vans.

    Their formative years, 1970-79, provided inspiration for many Madness classics, including 'Baggy Trousers', 'The Prince', 'Our House' and 'My Girl'- songs that four decades later still soundtrack weddings and funerals and inspire mass singalongs in concert halls.

    This is the riotous coming-of-age tale of seven unique individuals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor basement to the Top of the Pops studio.

    In their own words, they each look back on their past and how during those shared adventures, they formed a bond that's lasted forty years.

    Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
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