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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    '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
  • 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
  • FENTANYL INC :  How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opiods Epidemic
    FENTANYL INC : How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opiods Epidemic
    WESTHOFF BEN
    ISBN: 9781925849523
    Title: FENTANYL INC : How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opiods Epidemic
    Author: WESTHOFF BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A riveting and deeply human examination of the synthetic-drug epidemic - and in particular the rise of fentanyl, the newest and most deadly wave of the opioid crisis.

    A new crop of chemicals is radically changing the recreational-drug landscape. Known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), these chemicals include replacements for known drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and heroin. They are synthetic, made in a laboratory, and are much more potent than traditional drugs - and, all too often, they are tragically lethal. Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic, ravaging communities and overwhelming and confounding the government agencies that are challenged to combat it.

    Drugs like fentanyl, with arcane acronyms like 4-ANPP, K2, and NBOMe, were all originally developed in legitimate laboratories for proper medicinal purposes. Their formulas were then hijacked by rogue chemists, largely in China but increasingly in other places, too, who change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, a process that makes the drugs' effects impossible to predict. Westhoff has infiltrated this shadowy world. In Fentanyl, Inc., he recounts how he tracked down a mysterious drug baron in New Zealand who unintentionally sparked one aspect of the synthetic-drug revolution. He visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China's vast chemical industry operates. He chronicles the lives of addicts and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug-awareness organisers in the U.S. and Europe.

    Together, they provide the shocking full picture of a calamity we are only just beginning to understand. And yet from its depths, as Westhoff relates, are emerging new strategies that may provide essential long-term solutions to the drug crisis that has affected so many.


    'This is an exceptionally useful and well-timed book. I hope anyone concerned about this era's new addiction epidemic will read it and put its messages to use. Ben Westhoff very skilfully combines pharmacology, politics, law enforcement, and gripping international intrigue in his account of America's number-one public health problem. I hope Fentanyl, Inc is widely read and influential.'
    -James Fallows, award-winning journalist and author of China Airborne

    'A necessary and sobering look at the opioid crisis and how it is not as simple as it appears on the surface. Well-researched and user-friendly for all readers. An important book.'
    -Debra Ginsberg, Bay Books


    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    MAYOR THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781741176728
    Title: FINDING THE HEART OF THE NATION : The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice Treaty and Truth
    Author: MAYOR THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book for all Australians.

    Since the Ulur_u Statement from the Heart was formed in 2017, Thomas Mayor has travelled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. He’s visited communities big and small, often with the Ulur_u Statement canvas rolled up in a tube under his arm.

    Through the story of his own journey and interviews with 20 key people, Thomas taps into a deep sense of our shared humanity. The voices within these chapters make clear what the Uluru Statement is and why it is so important. And Thomas hopes you will be moved to join them, along with the growing movement of Australians who want to see substantive constitutional change.

    Thomas believes that we will only find the heart of our nation when the First peoples – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – are recognised with a representative Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • FLAG BOOK
    FLAG BOOK
    ISBN: 9781788683098
    Title: FLAG BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that flags are actually pictures that send a message to everyone who sees them? In The Flag Book you'll uncover the hidden meanings of flags - from country and state colours to flags used in sports, on ships and aeroplanes, and by the most dastardly of Caribbean pirates.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FLY ALREADY : Stories
    FLY ALREADY : Stories
    KERET ETGAR
    ISBN: 9781925713893
    Title: FLY ALREADY : Stories
    Author: KERET ETGAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A brilliant new collection of stories from Etgar Keret, a master of the genre.

    There's no one like Etgar Keret. His stories take place at the crossroads of the fantastical, searing, and hilarious. His characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love. These stories never go to the expected place, but always surprise, entertain, and move ...

    In 'Arctic Lizard', a young boy narrates a post-apocalyptic version of the world where a youth army wages an unending war, rewarded by collecting prizes. A father tries to shield his son from the inevitable in 'Fly Already'. In 'One Gram Short', a guy just wants to get a joint to impress a girl and ends up down a rabbit hole of chaos and heartache. And in the masterpiece 'Pineapple Crush', two unlikely people connect through an evening smoke down by the beach, only to have one of them imagine a much deeper relationship.

    The thread that weaves these pieces together is our inability to communicate, to see so little of the world around us and to understand each other even less. Yet somehow, in these pages, through Etgar's deep love for humanity and our hapless existence, a bright light shines through and our universal connection to each other sparks alive.



    ' Fly Already touches the heart of the experience of global disruption. The existence of Israel becomes a crumb of being in a world without hierarchies that has no single centre, and has no controlling point of view. Through the language and seeming lightheartedness of Etgar Keret emerges a very deep sadness. The different characters are connected to each other through alienation, loneliness, and a strong feeling of abandonment in the world. Keret has turned the genre of short stories into the refined and necessary literary expression of this time.'
    -Sapir Prize Judges' Notes


    Praise for Etgar Keret-
    "If I could get you to read one writer, it would be Etgar Keret. His impossible blend of humor and tragedy, cynicism and empathy as well as big-hearted narratives that occupy the tiniest of page counts make him one of my favourites. Maybe one of yours."
    -Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

    "A brilliant writer...completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation."
    -Salman Rushdie

    "Read him, and the world will never look the same again."
    -Claire Messud

    "One of my favourite Israeli writers."
    -John Green

    "Etgar Keret's stories are funny, with tons of feeling, driving towards destinations you never see coming. They're written in the most unpretentious, chatty voice possible, but they're also weirdly poetic. They stick in your gut. You think about them for days."
    -Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life

    "Etgar Keret possesses an imagination not easily slotted into conventional literary categories. His very short stories might be described as Kafkaesque parables, magic-realist knock-knock jokes or sad kernels of cracked cosmic wisdom."
    -A.O. Scott, New York Times

    " Keret's writing testifies to the power of the surreal, the concise and the fantastic ... O blique, breezy, seriocomic fantasies that defy encapsulation, categorisation and even summary."
    -Washington Post

    "It's astonishing what he can do in just two pages- go from funny to bizarre to touching to satiric to meta to surprising and surreal... A master storyteller, creating deep, tragic, funny, painful tales with scarcely more words than you've read in this review."
    -Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FOE
    FOE
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268105
    Title: FOE
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world of chance is there a better and a worse? We yield to a stranger's embrace or give ourselves to the waves; for the blink of an eyelid our vigilance relaxes; we are asleep; and when we awake, we have lost the direction of our lives.

    In this extraordinary novel J. M. Coetzee asks his readers to re-imagine Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. It is the early 1700s. A young woman, Susan Barton, washes ashore on a remote island, populated only by Cruso and Friday, his mute slave. It will finally fall to Barton, having been rescued, to tell their tale of survival-but in order to do that she must confront and grapple with the nature of storytelling itself.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FOOD OR WAR
    FOOD OR WAR
    CRIBB JULIAN
    ISBN: 9781108712903
    Title: FOOD OR WAR
    Author: CRIBB JULIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ours is the Age of Food. Food is a central obsession in all cultures, nations, the media, and society. Our future supply of food is filled with risk, and history tells us that lack of food leads to war. But it also presents us with spectacular opportunities for fresh human creativity and technological prowess. Julian Cribb describes a new food system capable of meeting our global needs on this hot and overcrowded planet.

    This book is for anyone concerned about the health, safety, affordability, diversity, and sustainability of their food - and the peace of our planet. It is not just timely - its message is of the greatest urgency. Audiences include consumers, 'foodies', policymakers, researchers, cooks, chefs and farmers. Indeed, anyone who cares about their food, where it comes from and what it means for them, their children and grandchildren.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • FRENCH EXIT
    FRENCH EXIT
    DEWITT PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781526601193
    Title: FRENCH EXIT
    Author: DEWITT PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A tragedy of manners from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers

    'My favourite book of his yet' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    'Pure joy' Mail on Sunday


    'Buoyantly insane' New Yorker
    Frances Price is in dire straits. Scandals swirl around the recently widowed New York socialite, and her adult-aged, toddler-brained son Malcolm is no help.
    Cutting their losses, they grab their cat, Small Frank, and head for the exit. Paris becomes the backdrop for a giddy drive to self-destruction, helped along by a cast of singularly curious characters.
    Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FUTURE OF CAPITALISM
    FUTURE OF CAPITALISM
    COLLIER PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141987255
    Title: FUTURE OF CAPITALISM
    Author: COLLIER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies- thriving cities versus the provinces, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries. As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit and the return of the far right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.

    In a passionate and polemical book, celebrated economist Paul Collier outlines brilliantly original and ethical ways of healing these rifts - economic, social and cultural - with the cool head of pragmatism, rather than the fervour of ideological revivalism. He reveals how he has personally lived across these three divides, moving from working-class Sheffield to hyper-competitive Oxford, and working between Britain and Africa, and acknowledges some of the failings of his profession.

    Drawing on his own solutions as well as ideas from some of the world's most distinguished social scientists, he shows us how to save capitalism from itself - and free ourselves from the intellectual baggage of the 20th century.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GEORGE SEDDON : Selected Writings
    GEORGE SEDDON : Selected Writings
    GAYNOR ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781760641627
    Title: GEORGE SEDDON : Selected Writings
    Author: GAYNOR ANDREA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Seddon, one of Australia's most revered environmental scholars, was renowned for championing 'a sense of place'. He was a connoisseur of landscapes - from the rugged Snowy River Mountains to the humble domestic backyard - who explored the contested relationship between metropolitan suburbs, agricultural hinterlands and wilderness areas, and the dynamics of everything from resource extraction to tending our own gardens. He sought to radically rethink our relationship with nature.

    Seddon's work anticipated the new fields of urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental conservation, but he was also an irrepressible polymath. A professor in four distinct disciplines - English, geology, the history and philosophy of science, and environmental sciences - he also carved out a career in community, regional and government consultation, wrote practical guides to gardening, heritage walks and house restoration, and the first Australian suburban history.

    Collected here are highlights of Seddon's groundbreaking writing, selected and edited by Andrea Gaynor, a leading scholar of environmental history, and with a lively introduction from leading historian Tom Griffiths.

    'Seddon . . . contributed to creatively embracing - and sometimes overturning - the predicament of the antipodean. He has been one of the people who has generated the new environmental narratives that indigenise Australia, and which undermine the dominant imperialist, diffusionist, one-way accounts of origins.' - Tom Griffiths

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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