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  • 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
  • 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
  • CILKAS JOURNEY
    CILKAS JOURNEY
    MORRIS HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760686048
    Title: CILKAS JOURNEY
    Author: MORRIS HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

    Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other w omen prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

    After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

    In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

    Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

    'She was the bravest person I ever met' - Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Imprint: ECHO PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CLANCY THE QUOKKA
    CLANCY THE QUOKKA
    MUTTON ALISON
    ISBN: 9781760634711
    Title: CLANCY THE QUOKKA
    Author: MUTTON ALISON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Here's Clancy the quokka. So friendly and charming.
    His innocent face is entirely disarming.

    Clancy the Quokka is super cute, but also has a super cheeky habit of raiding picnic food, so when he spots a magnificent birthday cake, how can he resist? After the mayhem he creates, will Clancy learn his lesson?

    A funny and thoroughly entertaining picture book featuring one of Australia's most loved animals.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COCKROACH
    COCKROACH
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9781529112924
    Title: COCKROACH
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan

    That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.

    Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain - and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way- not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy.

    With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka's most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • COLD FEAR
    COLD FEAR
    NORDBO MADS PEDER
    ISBN: 9781911231301
    Title: COLD FEAR
    Author: NORDBO MADS PEDER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The standalone sequel to the critically acclaimed thriller The Girl Without Skin.

    When journalist Matthew Cave's half-sister disappears, leaving behind a trail of blood in an abandoned hut, he realises that they are both pawns in a game of life and death. As a young US soldier stationed in Greenland, their father took part in a secret experiment with deadly consequences. Accused of double homicide, Tom Cave fled. Now his case is reopened, and the demons of the past are unleashed. Is the father Matt's been searching for his entire life a cold-blooded murderer? And can Matt track him down before the US military does?

    Tupaarnaq Siegstad, a young Inuit woman, returns to Nuuk to help her only friend save his sister's life-and settle a few scores of her own. But as the pressure mounts, Matt starts to wonder- is Tupaarnaq really who he thinks she is?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    ROLLO JOE
    ISBN: 9781760760410
    Title: CONCRETE HOUSES : The Poetics of Form: The Poetics of Form
    Author: ROLLO JOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Concrete has conviction, strength and directness. It has plasticity, too, which makes the possibilities for form-making almost endless.

    Concrete Houses explores the sculptural possibilities of concrete as the material of choice in landmark contemporary houses across Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA, from the hands of major international architects including Sou Fujimoto, Tom Kundig, Valerio Olgiati and Marcio Kogan, and Australians such as Peter Stutchbury, Alex Popov, Ian McDougall and Neil Durbach.

    Illustrated throughout with exceptional colour photography, and selected plans and drawings, Concrete Houses celebrates the incontrovertible fusion of concrete’s versatility and brute force to make timeless architecture of lyric beauty.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $69.99
  • CONFESSION
    CONFESSION
    BURTON JESSIE
    ISBN: 9781509886159
    Title: CONFESSION
    Author: BURTON JESSIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.

    Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie's imposing house in search of a confession...

    From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    BYTHELL SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781788162302
    Title: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOKSELLER
    Author: BYTHELL SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?'

    Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.

    Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.

    The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760528669
    Title: CONVICT COLONY : The remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It was truly remarkable that the early colony in Sydney actually survived.

    Today we take it for granted that the colony not only survived but thrived to become the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies. The motley crew of alcoholic marines and bedraggled convicts, which arrived in 1788 at Botany Bay, nearly starved to death and could easily have been murdered by the natives, been overwhelmed by an attack from French or Spanish explorers, or brought undone by one or other of the civil uprisings which punctuated those early years.

    David tells the story of the first two decades of Britain's first colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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