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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: $32.99
  • 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
  • BUCKLEYS CHANCE
    BUCKLEYS CHANCE
    LINNELL GARRY
    ISBN: 9780143795742
    Title: BUCKLEYS CHANCE
    Author: LINNELL GARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He fought Napoleon's army and survived.

    He was sent to the gallows and escaped the noose.

    Now he is in chains and on his way to the other side of the world. What happens next will become one of the most remarkable survival stories in history.

    The 19th century has just begun. The world is at war. England, ruled by a mad king, is exiling thousands of criminals to an old land that has become its newest dumping ground.

    One of those prisoners is William Buckley, barely 21, a former soldier sentenced to life for stealing two small pieces of cloth. He's a giant for his times. But it's not just his towering frame that sets him apart. It's his desire for freedom that will make his story so unique - even in an era famous for outrageous acts of bravery and heroism.

    On a moonlit night Buckley escapes and disappears into the Australian bush. Discovered and adopted by an aboriginal tribe who regard him as a ghost, he is initiated into their rich and complex culture. Given up for dead by his white captors, he will not be seen again for more than 30 years until he emerges one day...carrying a spear, dressed in animal skins and having forgotten the English language.

    Buckley's Chance is a profound journey into a turning point in history where cultures clash, bitter rivals go to war and the body count mounts.

    It's also the story of a man who refuses to be held down.

    A man prepared to defy all odds and take a chance.

    Buckley's chance.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CABIN PORN : Inside
    CABIN PORN : Inside
    KLEIN ZACH [ED]
    ISBN: 9780241388549
    Title: CABIN PORN : Inside
    Author: KLEIN ZACH [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Initially created by a group of friends as an online scrapbook, Cabin Porn became an international sensation following the publication of the first volume of photographs of hand-made homes in breath-taking natural landscapes around the world. In this book, its creators delve deeper into the best-loved homes featured on the blog over the last ten years, offering close-ups of the stunning architecture and interior design that make them truly remarkable. With more timeless photography and new design stories, Cabin Porn- Inside brings fresh inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CAN YOU HEAR THE TREES TALKING : Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest
    CAN YOU HEAR THE TREES TALKING : Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest
    WOHLLEBEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781771644341
    Title: CAN YOU HEAR THE TREES TALKING : Discovering the Hidden Life of the Forest
    Author: WOHLLEBEN PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 9 to 12

    A walk in the park will never be the same after kids discover this awe-inspiring book.

    Meet Peter Wohlleben - but you can call him Peter the Forester!

    With his groundbreaking, internationally bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben established himself as a global advocate for forests and our relationship with trees. Now, Peter shares his famous imagination and storytelling style with children, asking surprising questions about trees with exciting quizzes, photographs, and hands-on activities to help even the most reluctant learners discover the answers.

    Did you know that trees have parents, and tree grandparents with wrinkles? That tree kids go to school for hundreds of years? That there is such a thing as the forest internet? And that trees make us healthy and strong? Sometimes, even trees get sick, but we can help them heal.

    Can You Hear the Trees Talking? shares the mysteries and magic of the forest in language kids will love and understand.

    'Children were talking with trees for centuries before scientists proved that trees communicate. What better guide to kids' conversation with our leafy neighbours than Peter Wohlleben, who revealed to adults the hidden lives of trees? This splendid book is bursting with exciting science. Better yet, Can You Hear The Trees Talking? fosters reverence and wonder for a forest far more magical than even fairy-tales claim.' -Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Sibert Medal

    Imprint: GREYSTONE PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    GREENSPAN ALAN / WOOLDRIDGE ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780141989310
    Title: CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    Author: GREENSPAN ALAN / WOOLDRIDGE ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where does prosperity come from, and how does it spread through a society? What role does innovation play in creating prosperity and why do some eras see the fruits of innovation spread more democratically, and others, including our own, find the opposite? In Capitalism in America, Alan Greenspan, legendary Chair of the Federal Reserve, distils a lifetime of grappling with these questions into a profound assessment of the decisive drivers of the US economy over the course of its history. In partnership with Economist journalist and historian Adrian Wooldridge, he unfolds a tale of vast landscapes, titanic figures and triumphant breakthroughs as well as terrible moral failings. Every crucial American economic debate is here - from the role of slavery in the antebellum Southern economy to America's violent swings in its openness to global trade.

    At heart, the authors argue, America's genius has been its enthusiasm for the effects of creative destruction, the ceaseless churn of the old giving way to the new. Although messy and painful, it has lifted the overwhelming majority of Americans to standards of living unimaginable even a few generations past. At a time when productivity has again stalled, stirring populist furies, and the continuing of American pre-eminence seems uncertain, Capitalism in America explains why America has worked so successfully in the past and been such a gigantic engine of economic growth.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    FARROW RONAN
    ISBN: 9780708899267
    Title: CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    Author: FARROW RONAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

    In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington, and beyond. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse - and it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

    Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, CATCH AND KILL breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power - and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CATHERINE THE GREAT : Portrait Of A Woman
    CATHERINE THE GREAT : Portrait Of A Woman
    MASSIE ROBERT K
    ISBN: 9781789544534
    Title: CATHERINE THE GREAT : Portrait Of A Woman
    Author: MASSIE ROBERT K
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history. The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies – vividly and triumphantly to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great, and HBO/Sky Atlantic will be releasing a four-part series starring Helen Mirren as Catherine in the autumn of 2019.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHESTNUT MAN
    CHESTNUT MAN
    SVEISTRUP SOREN
    ISBN: 9781405939768
    Title: CHESTNUT MAN
    Author: SVEISTRUP SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The debut novel from the creator and writer of The Killing.

    On a blistery autumn morning Rosa Hartung returns to her job as Minister for Social Affairs, a year after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve year-old daughter. Linus Berger, a mentally disturbed young man, confessed to her killing, but claims he can't remember where he buried her dismembered corpse.

    That same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young mother is found murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen - she's been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Detectives Thulin and Hess, sent to investigate the crime, arrive to find a figure made of chestnut hanging from a nearby playhouse.

    When yet another woman is murdered, and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect that there's a connection between the previously closed Hartung case and the new recent victims.

    Thulin and Hess are drawn into a race against time, as the murderer is on a mission that is far from over.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHINA DEPENDENCE : Australia's New Vulnerability: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 7
    CHINA DEPENDENCE : Australia's New Vulnerability: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 7
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781760641665
    Title: CHINA DEPENDENCE : Australia's New Vulnerability: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 7
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs explores Australia's status as the most China-dependent country in the developed world, and the potential risks this poses to its future prosperity and security.
    China Dependence examines how Australia should respond to the emerging economic and diplomatic challenges as its trade - for the first time - is heavily reliant on a country that is not a close ally or partner.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHRONICLE OF WESTERN COSTUME : From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century
    CHRONICLE OF WESTERN COSTUME : From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century
    PEACOCK JOHN
    ISBN: 9780500284476
    Title: CHRONICLE OF WESTERN COSTUME : From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century
    Author: PEACOCK JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Here, in more than one thousand full-colour illustrations, is the history of Western costume, from ancient Egypt to Paris fashion. John Peacock’s meticulous drawings are organized in chronological sections and accompanied by detailed descriptions of each figure, including the individual items of costume shown and the many types of fabric, cut, pattern and colour that have been used over the centuries. An illustrated glossary gives additional information on technical terms.

    The Chronicle of Western Costume is the unrivalled reference work on its subject. No student or designer in the performing arts, costume and fashion enthusiast, collector or social historian will want to be without it.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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