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  • DIG DUMP ROLL   -   Gift Set
    DIG DUMP ROLL - Gift Set
    SUTTON SALLY
    ISBN: 9781760651725
    Title: DIG DUMP ROLL - Gift Set
    Author: SUTTON SALLY
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Guess what kind of truck is at work in this interactive book by the bestselling creators of Roadworks, packaged with a plastic excavator that rolls and moves.


    Crash-a-rumble
    Smash-a-grumble
    What's at work? Here's a clue:
    It will clear the ground for you.

    Bulldozer! Coming through!

    This is the follow-up to Roadworks that will delight tiny truck enthusiasts. It's an engaging, interactive text that asks readers to guess what kind of vehicle is at work. Visual clues alongside the text help ensure that our readers are challenged but can still be successful with their guesses. In the end, the vehicles work together to build a surprise.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DIVERS GAME
    DIVERS GAME
    BALL JESSE
    ISBN: 9781922268266
    Title: DIVERS GAME
    Author: BALL JESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, a novel about an unsettlingly familiar society that has renounced the concept of equality-and the devastating consequences of unmitigated power.

    The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavour. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with their lives.

    The Divers' Game is a thinly veiled description of our society, an extreme case that demonstrates a truth- we must change or our world will collapse. What is the effect of constant fear on a life, or on a culture? Brilliantly constructed and achingly tender, The Divers' Game shatters the notion of common decency as the binding agent between individuals, forcing us to consider whether compassion is intrinsic to the human experience. With his signature empathy and ingenuity, Jesse Ball's latest work solidifies his reputation as one of contemporary fiction's most mesmerising talents.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • DOGS IN SPACE : A Film Archive
    DOGS IN SPACE : A Film Archive
    LOWENSTEIN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925556445
    Title: DOGS IN SPACE : A Film Archive
    Author: LOWENSTEIN RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In May 1984, young Australian film director Richard Lowenstein took his first feature film, Strikebound, to the Cannes Film Festival.

    There, after a night partying in Nice with INXS lead singer and rising rock star Michael Hutchence, an idea that had been percolating through years of life in a Melbourne share house, watching Countdown, punk rock gigs and friends lose it to drugs finally erupted into existence. The result was the cult film, Dogs in Space, with Hutchence in the lead role.

    Dogs in Space- The Diaries presents for the first time the candid (and entertaining) 'shoot diary', kept by Lowenstein over the course of conceiving, funding and making the film between 1984 and 1987. The highly illustrated volume showcases never-before seen contact sheets, wardrobe polaroids and a stunning collection of images from on set and behind the scenes featuring Hutchence, Saskia Post and other cast (including Deanna Bond and a young Noah Taylor) and crew, storyboards, fragments of the shooting script and continuity logs. In addition, the book features a selection of ephemera, memorabilia - including fan mail sent to Lowenstein by Dawn Cave (Nick's Mum) - and extracts from previously inaccessible reviews and articles about the film.

    With energetic humour and a distinct understanding of music, fashion and Melbourne in the early 1980s this book provides rare insights into the processes involved in actually making a film. It concludes with a brief reflection from Lowenstein, fresh from completing Mystify, his searing documentary on the life of Hutchence, on what has changed in filmmaking and what hasn't over the past thirty years.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781509881321
    Title: DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd’s masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

    In it, Ackroyd takes us from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, who was firmly set against reform, to the reign of his brother, William IV, the 'Sailor King', whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

    But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, aged only eighteen, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress – from steam railways to the first telegram – swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas across the nation. But though intense industrialization brought boom times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty.

    It was a time that saw a flowering of great literature, too. As the Georgian era gave way to that of Victoria, readers could delight not only in the work of Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth but also the great nineteenth-century novelists: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell, Thackeray, and, of course, Dickens, whose work has become synonymous with Victorian England.

    Nor was Victorian expansionism confined to Britain alone. By the end of Victoria’s reign, the Queen was also an Empress and the British Empire dominated much of the globe. And, as Ackroyd shows in this richly populated, vividly told account, Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    ORPIN BECI
    ISBN: 9780734419408
    Title: DRESSING YOUR FAMILY
    Author: ORPIN BECI
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My grandma wears a cardigan.

    My step-brother wears a jacket.

    My family wears many different types of clothes.

    Let's learn about family relationships and the clothes we wear in this stylishly illustrated board book from one of Australia's leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • DUSKLANDS
    DUSKLANDS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268082
    Title: DUSKLANDS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You must listen. I speak with the voice of things to come. I speak in troubled times and tell you how to be as children again.

    J. M. Coetzee's debut novel is actually two stunning novellas- 'Vietnam Project', about a researcher investigating US propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam; and 'The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee', the story of an eighteenth-century Boer frontiersman and his quest for revenge on a local tribe. Both are concerned with power-who wields it, who is subject to it-and its often catastrophic consequences.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DUTCH HOUSE
    DUTCH HOUSE
    PATCHETT ANN
    ISBN: 9781526614957
    Title: DUTCH HOUSE
    Author: PATCHETT ANN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve- Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room.

    Then one day their father brings Andrea home- Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. Her arrival will exact a banishment- a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives.

    For all that the world is open to him, for all that he can accumulate, for all that life is full, Danny and his sister are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own enforced exile is that of their mother's self-imposed one- an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.

    Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    WOO EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781760785741
    Title: EDDIE WOOS MAGICAL MATHS
    Author: WOO EDDIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fun and absorbing maths activity book from one of Australia's most recognisable mathematicians will delight and inspire young readers.

    Maths is all around us.
    It's in the leaves on the tree and our DNA.
    It's in the patterns on our footpaths and the shape of the stars.

    Draw, doodle, colour in, code, decode, make a snowflake, count the stars, meet an octagon, map out a mystery, discover why a cyclone and a nautilus are alike ....
    Be a-mazed by maths.

    Eddie Woo is the author of Woo's Wonderful World of Maths.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    WEST PAUL
    ISBN: 9781760558109
    Title: EDIBLE GARDEN COOKBOOK AND GROWING GUIDE
    Author: WEST PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is a book about growing food wherever you may be and however much space you have. It is about cooking simply with fresh, seasonal produce and about celebrating life through sharing food with friends and family and the community around you.

    The book has lots of practical gardening advice, with information on how to set up a garden using a sunny windowsill, courtyard, backyard and even no yard! There are step-by-step guides to building a no-dig garden and the best way to compost depending on the space you have, as well as an A-Z guide for growing the most popular veg. Paul then shares more than 70 simple, produce-driven recipes that are bursting with freshness and flavour. And finally, Paul looks at how to develop relationships around food and shares some wonderful ideas for various events, from throwing a pickle party and hosting a harvest festival to building a mud-brick oven in your backyard and inviting your neighbours over for a wood-fired pizza night!

    The Edible Garden Cookbook & Growing Guide is for everyone who is interested in food and community. It will inspire and give you confidence to try your hand at growing your own produce and making more of your own food, and help you to find real meaning in everyday life.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $34.99
  • EIGHTH LIFE    (For Brilka)
    EIGHTH LIFE (For Brilka)
    HARATISCHVILI NINO
    ISBN: 9781925713329
    Title: EIGHTH LIFE (For Brilka)
    Author: HARATISCHVILI NINO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.'

    At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified- this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste . . .

    Stasia learns it from her Georgian father and takes it north, following her new husband Simon to his posting at the centre of the Russian Revolution in St Petersburg. But Stasia's will be but the first of a symphony of grand, but all too often doomed romances that swirl from sweet to sour in this epic tale of the red century.

    Tumbling down the years, and across vast expanses of longing and loss, generation after generation of this compelling family hears echoes and sees reflections. Great characters and greater relationships come and go and come again; the world shakes, and shakes some more, and the reader rejoices to have found at last one of those glorious old books in which you can live and learn, be lost and found, and make indelible new friends.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS : The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
    FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS : The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
    KASHNER SAM / SCHOENBERGER NANCY
    ISBN: 9780062364999
    Title: FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS : The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
    Author: KASHNER SAM / SCHOENBERGER NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else-Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill-from the authors of Furious Love.

    When sixty-four-year-old Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in her Fifth Avenue apartment, her younger sister Lee wept inconsolably. Then Jackie's thirty-eight-page will was read. Lee discovered that substantial cash bequests were left to family members, friends, and employees-but nothing to her. "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime," read Jackie's final testament.

    Drawing on the authors' candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of twentieth-century fashion, design, and style.In life, Jackie and Lee were alike in so many ways. Both women had a keen eye for beauty-in fashion, design, painting, music, dance, sculpture, poetry-and both were talented artists. Both loved pre-revolutionary Russian culture, and the blinding sunlight, calm seas, and ancient olive groves of Greece. Both loved the siren call of the Atlantic, sharing sweet, early memories of swimming with the rakish father they adored, Jack Vernou Bouvier, at his East Hampton retreat. But Jackie was her father's favorite, and Lee, her mother's. One would grow to become the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. As they grew up, the two sisters developed an extremely close relationship threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.

    For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of these larger-than-life sisters. Drawing on new information and extensive interviews with Lee, now eighty-four, this dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FACE IT
    FACE IT
    HARRY DEBBIE
    ISBN: 9780008229429
    Title: FACE IT
    Author: HARRY DEBBIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A MULTILAYERED MEMOIR FROM A MULTIFACETED ARTIST

    As a musician, an actor, a muse, an icon, the breadth of Debbie Harry's impact on our culture has been matched by her almost Sphinx-like reticence about her inner life. Through it all – while being acclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, prized by a galaxy of leading photographers and fashion designers, beloved by legions of fans for her relentless, high-octane performances, selling 50 million albums or being painted by Andy Warhol – Debbie Harry has infused her perennial Blondie persona with a heady mix of raw sexuality and sophisticated punk cool.

    In Face It, Debbie Harry invites us into the complexity of who she is and how her life and career have played out over the last seven decades. Upending the standard music memoir, with a cutting-edge style keeping with the distinctive qualities of her multi-disciplined artistry, Face It includes a thoughtful introduction by Chris Stein, rare personal photos, original illustrations, fan artwork installations and more.

    Peppered with colourful characters, Face It features everyone from bands Blondie came up with on the 1970s music scene – The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie – to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovi and H.R. Giger of Alien fame. It explores her successful acting career (she has starred in over 30 film roles, including David Cronenberg's Videodrome and John Waters's Hairspray), her weekends with William S. Burroughs and her attempted abduction by serial killer Ted Bundy. Ranging from the hardscrabble grit and grime of the early New York City years to times of glorious commercial success, interrupted by a plunge into heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy and Blondie's break-up as a band, an amazing solo career and then a stunning return with Blondie, this is a cinematic story of an artist who has always set her own path.Inspirational, entertaining, shocking, humorous and eye-opening, Face It is a memoir as dynamic as its subject.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • FAIRIES : A Dangerous History
    FAIRIES : A Dangerous History
    SUGG RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781789141207
    Title: FAIRIES : A Dangerous History
    Author: SUGG RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How dangerous were fairies? In the late seventeenth century, they could still scare people to death. Little wonder, as they were thought to be descended from fallen angels, and to have the power to destroy the world itself. Such beliefs, along with some remarkably detailed sightings, lingered on well into the twentieth century.

    In literature and art fairies often retained this edge of danger. From the wild magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, through the dark glamour of Keats, to the improbably erotic poem Goblin Market or the paintings inspired by opium dreams, the amoral otherness of the fairies ran side-by-side with the newly delicate or feminized creations of the Victorian world. In the past thirty years the enduring link between fairies and nature has been robustly exploited by eco-warriors and conservationists, from Ireland to Iceland.



    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FALLOUT : Conspiracy Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb
    FALLOUT : Conspiracy Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb
    WATSON PETER
    ISBN: 9781471164514
    Title: FALLOUT : Conspiracy Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb
    Author: WATSON PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Between December 1943 and August 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill ignited the Cold War, a superpower rivalry that would dominate the world over half a century, by building an atomic bomb and excluding their Russian allies. Peter Watson tells the pulse-pounding story of how two atomic physicists tried to counter this in two very different ways. While Niels Bohr sought to convince President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill to share their nuclear knowledge with Joseph Stalin, nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs, a German Communist emigre to Britain, was leaking atomic secrets to the Soviets in a rival attempt to ensure parity between the superpowers. Neither succeeded in preventing the World War II allies from unleashing the atom bomb on the world.

    Fallout proves that the atomic bomb was not needed, and was made as a result of a series of flawed decisions. The Americans did not tell the UK that the atomic research was compromised by Soviet spies; the British did not tell the Americans that in 1943 they knew for sure that Germany did not have a nuclear bomb program. Neither country admitted to the scientists developing the bomb that it would never be used to counter the (non-existent) German nuclear threat. Had the scientists known, many of them would have refused to complete work on the bomb.

    This story shows how politicians fatally failed to understand the nature of atomic science and, in so doing, exposed the world needlessly to great danger, a danger that is still very much with us.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    EWENS HANNAH
    ISBN: 9781787132412
    Title: FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    Author: EWENS HANNAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Beatlemania in the early 1960s to the Directioners and Beyhive of today, female music fans have long driven the objects of their affection to the dizzying heights of life-changing fame. But marginalized fan groups are never given appropriate credit. Frequently derided, their worlds and communities are self-contained and rarely investigated by cultural historians and commentators.

    Yet without these people, in the past, records would have gathered dust on shelves, unsold and forgotten. Now, concerts wouldn't sell out and revenue streams from merchandising would disappear, changing the face of the music industry as we know it.

    In Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture, journalist Hannah Ewens is on a mission to give these individuals their rightful due. A dedicated music lover herself, she has spoken to hundreds of fans from the UK to Japan to trace their path through recent pop and rock history. She's found the untold stories behind important events and uncovered the ups, the downs and the lengths fans go to, celebrating the camaraderie and lifelines their fandoms can provide.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FATE OF FAUSTO : A Painted Fable
    FATE OF FAUSTO : A Painted Fable
    JEFFERS OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780008357917
    Title: FATE OF FAUSTO : A Painted Fable
    Author: JEFFERS OLIVER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers. There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his.“You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea…Working for the first time in traditional lithography, world-renowned talent, Oliver Jeffers, combines spectacular art with powerful prose, hand set using traditional lead type, to create a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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