Block of Books
    ISBN: 9781742236124
    Author: NEWTON JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.

    This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.

    'This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.' — Bruce Pascoe

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781760524739
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Let Copenhagen Cult Recipes take you on a journey to the heart of Copenhagen's culinary traditions, to find out why the Danes embrace their food heritage so passionately, and why their way of life continues to be adopted enthusiastically around the world. This cuisine centres around 'hygge', the cosy atmosphere for which the Danes are famed - shared tables, outside eating, simple local produce, eaten in company. It's about keeping things simple and tasty, and using space wisely by growing fresh herbs and greens on rooftops, in window boxes and small vegetable patches. Featuring iconic location shots and food photography that showcases traditional dishes with a modern twist, together with recipes from some of the most influential contemporary restaurants Copenhagen has to offer.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781925381931
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A book about a special relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter who tries to see life through his eyes

    When you are very, very young or very, very old, you can see things out of the corner of your eye. In between, all you can see is all you can see. Unless you are very, very lucky. Then the corner of your eye stays awake forever.

    The story of an ageing man who has lost something. But what and where? His granddaughter, Sally, helps him find it. Subtle and touching, this is an emotional response to people trying their best to live in an imperfect world.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    ISBN: 9781742236421
    Title: COSMIC CHRONICLES : A Users Guide to the Universe
    Author: WATSON FRED
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining?

    In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.

    Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
    ISBN: 9780571350445
    Title: COVENTRY
    Author: CUSK RACHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold.

    The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CREATIVE PARIS : Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators
    CREATIVE PARIS : Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators
    ISBN: 9782080204004
    Title: CREATIVE PARIS : Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the past decade, French online phenomenon My Little Paris has divulged the city’s best kept secrets in fashion, food, housewares, and lifestyle to almost four million subscribers. Now, this creative young team takes us inside their personal homes and workplaces, sharing Paris’s freshest interior inspiration.

    The view from an 11th arrondissement apartment reveals slate rooftops and open sky, while a pair of silver Margiela designer boots, plush orange bomber jacket, and hot pink visor pepper the furniture, in fashion-showroom style. The My Little Paris workspace in an old carousel factory in Montmartre has a “dream room” vegetal wall, and rooftop terrace overlooking the Sacré-Coeur. In a relaxed apartment on the edge of the Canal Saint Martin, an aquamarine wall complements a matching Smeg fridge and coffee mugs, all in the same vibrant, yet soft hue. Bird cages, vinyl records, colorful kimonos, vintage photographs, flashy African wax cushions, and contemporary art all coexist harmoniously.

    More than forty spaces — each brimming with parisian life — provide Instagram-ready inpiration for interior decoration, and are rich with ideas for sparking creativity.

    Imprint: FLAMMARION
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CRICKETERS AT WAR : Cricket Heroes Who also Fought for Australia in Battle
    CRICKETERS AT WAR : Cricket Heroes Who also Fought for Australia in Battle
    ISBN: 9780733339929
    Title: CRICKETERS AT WAR : Cricket Heroes Who also Fought for Australia in Battle
    Author: GROWDEN GREG
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aussie cricketing heroes who also fought for Australia during wartime 'That's nothing. Pressure is having a Messerschmitt up your arse.' Keith Miller, when asked if he felt under pressure while captaining the NSW cricket team. Numerous heroes of Australian cricket have also proved themselves on the battlefield, from Gallipoli to Vietnam and beyond. Among them are some of Australia's most illustrious cricketing names: Donald Bradman, Keith Miller, Keith Carmody, Jack Fingleton and, in more recent years, Doug Walters. In this sport/history page-turner, veteran sports journalist Greg Growden tells their extraordinary stories of bravery, hardship, courage and human endeavour.

    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    ISBN: 9781788686198
    Title: DARK SKIES : A Practical Guide to Astrotourism
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Discover the best stargazing destinations with Lonely Planet's Dark Skies, the world's first guide to astrotourism. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky parks, where to see the aurora, total solar eclipses, how to view rocket launches and the lowdown on commercial space flight.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    ISBN: 9781760895198
    Title: DEAR GIRLS : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
    Author: WONG ALI
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mum comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.

    The sharp insights and humour are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life offstage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781922268280
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee completes his trilogy with a new masterwork, The Death of Jesus.

    David has grown to be a tall ten-year-old. He is a natural at soccer, and loves kicking a ball around with his friends. His father Sim n and Bolivar the dog usually watch. His mother Ines works in a fashion boutique.

    David still asks lots of questions. In dancing class at the Academy of Music he dances as he chooses. He refuses to do sums and will not read any books except Don Quixote.

    One day Julio Fabricante, the director of a nearby orphanage, invites David and his friends to form a proper soccer team. David decides he will leave Sim n and Ines to live with Julio. Before long he succumbs to a mysterious illness.

    In The Death of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee continues to explore the meaning of a world empty of memory but brimming with questions.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781510106918
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Gothic, intoxicating, feminist and romantic - this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

    They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

    On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

    Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

    They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate...

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    ISBN: 9781925849981
    Title: DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants.

    The reason is Thucydides' Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece, the historian Thucydides explained- 'It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.' Over the past 500 years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times. War broke out in twelve of them.

    Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries 'great again', the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China is willing to scale back its ambitions or Washington can accept becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyberattack, or accident at sea could soon escalate into all-out war.

    In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides' Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past - and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DIG DUMP ROLL   -   Gift Set
    DIG DUMP ROLL - Gift Set
    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.

    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
    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
    ISBN: 9781925556445
    Title: DOGS IN SPACE : A Film Archive
    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
    ISBN: 9781509881321
    Title: DOMINION : The History of England Volume V
    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
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