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  • 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 BOOK OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    BIG BOOK OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    MACINNIS PETER
    ISBN: 9780642279491
    Title: BIG BOOK OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
    Author: MACINNIS PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 9+

    Drawing on the impressive collections of the National Library of Australia,
    this comprehensive book provides children with an interesting and engaging
    overview of the history of Australia. It covers many of the main events and
    people in the nation's history.

    Packed with colourful
    images and interesting facts, The Big Book
    of Australian History
    introduces children to the many people and events
    that have made Australia what it is today. It also encourages them to think
    about how Australia has evolved as a nation.

    This is a book to dip
    into and savour. Author Peter Macinnis's enthusiastic retelling of Australia's
    story is infectious. It includes the latest happenings in several areas, such
    as the election of Scott Morrison as prime minister in 2019, the rise and rise
    of women in professional cricket and football, and the shining of Australian
    stars in the Oscars, to mention a few. Among the big events
    and the great moments that have shaped the country, Macinnis also includes
    lesser-known, interesting details that bring Australian history to life.




    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • 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: $29.99
  • 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: $39.99
  • BOLD TALES FOR BRAVE HEARTED BOYS
    BOLD TALES FOR BRAVE HEARTED BOYS
    MCFARLANE SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781760524715
    Title: BOLD TALES FOR BRAVE HEARTED BOYS
    Author: MCFARLANE SUSANNAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bold: typically describes one who is willing to take risks; who is brave in heart as well as deed.

    Boys can be pretty handy at dragon-felling and tower-climbing, but there is so much more to them than brawn and bravado: they have a lot to say and feel as well, as these tilted tales will tell...

    Cheer along as the sometimes unexpected heroes in these retellings of Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor's New Clothes and Prince Leo and the Sleeping Princess create their own happily ever afters in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book.

    A glorious treasury for young boys - and girls - featuring artwork from four leading Australian illustrators: Simon Howe, Matt Huynh, Louie Joyce and Brenton McKenna.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BONE INK
    BONE INK
    CRAIG RICO
    ISBN: 9781760801090
    Title: BONE INK
    Author: CRAIG RICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'These vivid poems meld wild energy with meticulous crafting. They trace the tactile, the remembered and the sensuous, tracking young lives as they unfold under a 'deadpan sky'. With their exquisite music, fresh and startling images, they are variously evocative, mournful and vibrant. They witness the gritty, the violent and the intense with unflinching focus, probing atonement and resolution as their histories rise and subside. This is an exceptionally assured and original debut' Felicity Plunkett

    'Urban, decadent, dystopian; in Rico Craig's Western Suburbs there are many countries, caliphates, Terracotta warriors and Arctic shelves. With 'the taste of a derelict future', his working class songs and spells have a political consciousness that is unafraid to be mythopoetic. Bone Ink is a fine debut from a poet to watch, whose work has already crossed national borders' Michelle Cahill



    Imprint: University of WA Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BOURBON CURIOUS
    BOURBON CURIOUS
    MINNICK FRED
    ISBN: 9780760364901
    Title: BOURBON CURIOUS
    Author: MINNICK FRED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The world has been waiting for this book.' -Jeffrey Morganthaler, author of The Bar Book and Drinking Distilled

    In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting journey that helps you select barrel-aged bourbons based on your flavor preferences. Using the same tasting principles he offers in his Kentucky Derby Museum classes and as a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Minnick cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and judging only the flavor of this all-American whiskey.
    Bourbon Curious groups bourbon into four main flavor profiles-grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. While many bourbons boast all four flavor notes, one delicious sensation typically overpowers the rest. This book reveals more than 50 bourbon brands predominate tastes and suggests cocktail recipes to complement them. In addition, Minnick spends some time busting bourbons myths; unraveling its mysteries; and exploring distiller secrets, disclosing the recipes you wont find on a bottles label. This updated edition contains all the best new bourbons and revised tasting notes on any bourbons that have undergone a substantial change since the original edition. And like good-tasting bourbon, Bourbon Curious is approachable to all!

    Imprint: HARVARD COMMON PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    HALL JANE
    ISBN: 9780714879277
    Title: BREAKING GROUND : Architecture By Women
    Author: HALL JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Would you still call me a diva if I were a man?' asked Zaha Hadid, challenging as she did so, more than 100 years of stereotypes about female architects. A century in which women were refused entry to architecture schools, were denied degrees when they had completed courses, a century in which even now, women occupy just ten per cent of the highest-ranking jobs in architecture firms. In contrast, BREAKING GROUND is a pioneering, even essential, celebration of incredible architecture designed by women. Featuring more than 150 architects and buildings, and spanning the last 100 years, BREAKING GROUND is both a glorious visual manifesto and a timely record of the extraordinary contribution female architects have made to the profession.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $49.95
  • BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS   -   Puzzle Edition
    BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS - Puzzle Edition
    HAWKING STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781529362756
    Title: BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS - Puzzle Edition
    Author: HAWKING STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NEW LIMITED EDITION OF THE SUNDAY TIMES No.1 BESTSELLER

    'A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind' DAILY TELEGRAPH

    'Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and - where it matters - witty' GUARDIAN

    The world-famous cosmologist and #1 bestselling author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work. This limited edition features the 'Big Questions Puzzle' devised by Josh Kirklin, a PhD student in Stephen Hawking's department at the University of Cambridge, and is inspired by the ten big questions in the book:

    Is there a God?

    How did it all begin?

    Is there other intelligent life in the universe?

    Can we predict the future?

    What is inside a black hole?

    Is time travel possible?

    Will we survive on Earth?

    Should we colonise space?

    Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

    How do we shape the future?

    Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen Hawking expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. But even as his theoretical work on black holes, imaginary time and multiple histories took his mind to the furthest reaches of space, Hawking always believed that science could also be used to fix the problems on our planet.

    And now, as we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth - from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence - Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind.

    Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BROTHERS YORK : An English Tragedy
    BROTHERS YORK : An English Tragedy
    PENN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781846146909
    Title: BROTHERS YORK : An English Tragedy
    Author: PENN THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In early 1461, a seventeen-year-old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches, and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York. The country was in need of a new hero. Magnetic, narcissistic, Edward found himself on the throne, and alongside him his two younger brothers- the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Charismatic, able and ambitious, the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty, one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power. Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them, generating a destructive sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation and regicide. The house of York's brutal end came on 22 August 1485 at Bosworth Field, with the death of the youngest brother, now Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor. The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became. Its tragedy was that it devoured itself.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BRUNY
    BRUNY
    ROSE HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760875169
    Title: BRUNY
    Author: ROSE HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How far would your government go?

    A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane.

    Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.

    Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.

    Praise for The Museum of Modern Love:

    'A glorious novel, meditative and special in a way that defies easy articulation.' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

    'Audacious and beautiful.' Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

    'I adored it, and it is my book of the year so far.' Amanda Rayner, Readings Reviews

    '... coruscates with captivating energy ... Incisive, beautiful, and precise.' Foreword Reviews, starred review

    'Captivating ... a gem of a novel.' Library Journal, starred review

    'Deeply involving ... profound ... emotionally rich and thought-provoking.' Booklist, starred review

    'With rare subtlety and humanity, this novel relocates the difficult path to wonder in us all.' The Christina Stead Prize 2017

    'Profound ... a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.' Bustle

    'An unusual and lively work of fiction.' Newsday

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRUTE
    BRUTE
    SKAJA EMILY
    ISBN: 9781472155238
    Title: BRUTE
    Author: SKAJA EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

    'Taut, ferocious . . . This is a book about survival, and a welcome, confident debut' New York Times Book Review

    Emily Skaja's debut collection is a fiery, hypnotic book that confronts the dark questions and menacing silences around gender, sexuality and violence. BRUTE arises, brave and furious, from the dissolution of a relationship, showing how such endings necessitate self-discovery and reinvention. The speaker of these poems is a sorceress, a bride, a warrior, a lover, both object and agent, ricocheting among ways of knowing and being known. Each incarnation squares itself up against ideas of feminine virtue and sin, strength and vulnerability, love and rage, as it closes in on a hard-won freedom.

    BRUTE is absolutely sure of its capacity to insist not only on the truth of what it says but on the truth of its right to say it. 'What am I supposed to say: I'm free?' the first poem asks. The rest of the poems emphatically discover new ways to answer. This is a timely winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and an introduction to an unforgettable voice.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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