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  • WHY YOU SHOULD READ CHILDRENS BOOKS EVEN THROUGH YOU ARE SO OLD AND WISE
    WHY YOU SHOULD READ CHILDRENS BOOKS EVEN THROUGH YOU ARE SO OLD AND WISE
    RUNDELL KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781526610072
    Title: WHY YOU SHOULD READ CHILDRENS BOOKS EVEN THROUGH YOU ARE SO OLD AND WISE
    Author: RUNDELL KATHERINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Katherine Rundell Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author of five novels for children explores how children's books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children's fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world. This delightful and persuasive essay is for adult readers.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • WIFE AND THE WIDOW
    WIFE AND THE WIDOW
    WHITE CHRISTIAN
    ISBN: 9781925712858
    Title: WIFE AND THE WIDOW
    Author: WHITE CHRISTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

    Brilliant and beguiling, THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $27.99
  • WITTGENSTEINS ANTIPHILOSOPHY
    WITTGENSTEINS ANTIPHILOSOPHY
    BADIOU ALAIN / BOSTEELS BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781844672240
    Title: WITTGENSTEINS ANTIPHILOSOPHY
    Author: BADIOU ALAIN / BOSTEELS BRUNO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alain Badiou takes on the standard bearer of the "linguistic turn" in modern philosophy, and anatomizes the "anti-philosophy" of Ludwig Wittgenstein, in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Addressing the crucial moment where Wittgenstein argues that much has to be passed over in silence-showing what cannot be said, after accepting the limits of language and meaning-Badiou argues that this mystical act reduces logic to rhetoric, truth to an effect of language games, and philosophy to a series of esoteric aphorisms. in the course of his interrogation of Wittgenstein's anti-philosophy, Badiou sets out and refines his own definitions of the universal truths that condition philosophy. Bruno Bosteels' introduction shows that this encounter with Wittgenstein is central to Badiou's overall project-and that a continuing dialogue with the exemplar of anti-philosophy is crucial for contemporary philosophy.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WOMAN WHO CRACKED THE ANXIETY CODE : The Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes
    WOMAN WHO CRACKED THE ANXIETY CODE : The Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes
    HOARE JUDITH
    ISBN: 9781925713381
    Title: WOMAN WHO CRACKED THE ANXIETY CODE : The Extraordinary Life of Dr Claire Weekes
    Author: HOARE JUDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Panic, depression, sorrow, guilt, disgrace, obsession, sleeplessness, low confidence, loneliness, agoraphobia . . . The international bestseller Self-Help for Your Nerves, first published in 1962 and still in print, has helped tens of millions of people to overcome all of these, and continues to do so. Yet even as letters and phone calls from readers around the world flooded in, thanking her for helping to improve - and in some cases to save - their lives, Dr Claire Weekes was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment. Just who was this woman?

    Claire Weekes was driven by a restless and unconventional mind that saw her become the first woman to earn a Doctor of Science degree at Australia's oldest university, win global plaudits for her research into evolution, and take a turn as a travel agent, before embarking on a career in medicine. But it was a mistaken diagnosis of tuberculosis that would set her heart racing and push her towards integrating all she'd learned into a practical treatment for anxiety - a tried-and-true method now seen as state-of-the-art 30 years after her death. This book is the first to tell her remarkable story.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    DAVIS ANGELA Y
    ISBN: 9780241408407
    Title: WOMEN RACE AND CLASS
    Author: DAVIS ANGELA Y
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Black women were equal to their men in the oppression they suffered; they were their men's social equals within the slave community; and they resisted slavery with a passion equal to their men's'

    Ranging from the age of slavery to contemporary injustices, this seminal history of race, gender and class inequality by the radical political activist Angela Davis offers an alternative view of female struggles for liberation. Tracing the intertwined histories of the abolitionist and women's suffrage movements, Davis examines the racism and class prejudice inherent in so much of white feminism, and in doing so brings to light new pioneering heroines, from field slaves to mill workers, who fought back and refused to accept the lives into which they were born.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WONDERS OF NATURE
    WONDERS OF NATURE
    HOARE BEN
    ISBN: 9780241386217
    Title: WONDERS OF NATURE
    Author: HOARE BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning gift book filled with the real stories behind the beauty of our natural world.

    This compendium of amazing animals, plants, rocks and minerals, and microorganisms will wow children and many adults, too. With 100 remarkable items from the natural world, from orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, everyone will find something to be captivated by. Each plant, animal, and rock is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images.

    The storybook descriptions let you discover the myths and legends surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. Find out how the prowling jaguar uses spots to avoid being spotted, why a sticky sundew means big trouble for insects, and what on Earth a radiolarian is. This beautiful treasury lets you find the things that interest you and uncover new favourites along the way. With reference pages packed with information you'll go away knowing something you didn't before, and you'll return time and again.

    An attractive gift for children who can't get enough of nature, The Wonders of Nature is perfect for kids to explore by themselves or for bedtime stories.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WONKEY DONKEY AND OTHER STORIES   -   10 Year Anniversary
    WONKEY DONKEY AND OTHER STORIES - 10 Year Anniversary
    SMITH CRAIG
    ISBN: 9781775436096
    Title: WONKEY DONKEY AND OTHER STORIES - 10 Year Anniversary
    Author: SMITH CRAIG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A special anniversary edition celebrating Wonkys 10th birthday!

    Five hilarious stories and songs from international bestseller Craig Smith!

    Featuring: The Wonky Donkey Willbee the Bumblebee My Daddy Ate an Apple Square Eyes The Scariest Thing in the Garden. ...who could resist this value-packed, bumper treasury?

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    HOFFMAN ALICE
    ISBN: 9781471185830
    Title: WORLD THAT WE KNEW
    Author: HOFFMAN ALICE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    `Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman's exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us - it is a glorious experience. The book builds and builds, as she weaves together, seamlessly, the stories of people in the most desperate of circumstances - and then it delivers with a tremendous punch. It opens up the world ... in a way that is absolutely unique. By the end you may be weeping' Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

    In Berlin in 1941 during humanity's darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.

    In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

    Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.

    What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters That Changed the World
    WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters That Changed the World
    MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG (ED)
    ISBN: 9781474609197
    Title: WRITTEN IN HISTORY : Letters That Changed the World
    Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL

    WRITTEN IN HISTORY celebrates the great letters of world history, creative culture and personal life. Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects over one hundred letters from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling; some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal, coarse and frankly outrageous; many are erotic, others heartbreaking. The writers vary from Elizabeth I, Rameses the Great and Leonard Cohen to Emmeline Pankhurst, Mandela, Stalin, Michelangelo, Suleiman the Magnificent and unknown people in extraordinary circumstances - from love letters to calls for liberation, declarations of war to reflections on death. In the colourful, accessible style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these letters are essential reading: how they enlighten our past, enrich the way we live now - and illuminate tomorrow.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9781526614759
    Title: YEAR OF THE MONKEY
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

    Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with no design yet heeding signs, including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible- after all, it's the year of the monkey." For Patti Smith - inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre- with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
    Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places - this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader- her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope of a better world.
    Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM   #1
    YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM #1
    STANTON ANDY
    ISBN: 9781405293693
    Title: YOURE A BAD MAN MR GUM #1
    Author: STANTON ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Completely hilarious . . . kind of The League of Gentlemen for kids' Zoe Ball

    Shabba me whiskers! It's a bold new look for Mr Gum, the best-selling cult classic, ready for a new generation of nibbleheads. ‘It’s time for action,’ said Mr Gum to nobody in particular. ‘Nasty action.’ Good evening. Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob. This book’s all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly. And there’s heroes and sweets and adventures and EVERYTHING.

    You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! is the first book in the internationally best-selling series by Andy Stanton, which has sold over 3.6 million copies in the UK, has been translated into 34 languages and won everything from the Blue Peter Book Award (twice) to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

    Imprint: Egmont Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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