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  • BEAUTY
    BEAUTY
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: BEAUTY
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    ISBN: 9781529112825
    Title: BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    Author: MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE ACCLAIMED NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

    Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

    Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time.

    Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer 'LOL' or 'lol', why -sparkly tildes- succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.

    'McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject - that I began to marvel at the flexibility of the online language she describes, with its numerous shades of subtlety.' New York Times

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEYOND BARBARISM : A Manifesto for a Planet on Fire
    BEYOND BARBARISM : A Manifesto for a Planet on Fire
    LAWRENCE MATHEW
    ISBN: 9781788738774
    Title: BEYOND BARBARISM : A Manifesto for a Planet on Fire
    Author: LAWRENCE MATHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    The environment is collapsing at a rapid rate, and in increasingly unpredictable ways. Everyone knows that this is happening, and yet the only politics that is emerging to tackle it are coming from the increasingly nativist far-right. How should the left respond?
    In Beyond Barbarism, two rising stars of the British left lay down a set of proposals for a fundamental re-shaping of the global economy and offer a roadmap for tackling climate breakdown. Building on the debates surrounding the Green New Deal, debates that both authors have been central to, Lawrence and Laybourn argue that it is not enough merely to spend our way out of the crisis. Instead we need to rapidly reshape the shape and purpose of the economy, away from the emphasis on endless growth and towards creating a healthy and flourishing environment for everyone. This must be based on the principles of internationalism and the democratic ownership of the economy. Beyond Barbarism is a radical and achievable manifesto for a new politics and a new economics capable of tackling climate breakdown.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    GOW IAN D / KELLS STUART
    ISBN: 9781863959964
    Title: BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    Author: GOW IAN D / KELLS STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

    Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

    Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, or contemplating joining a professional services firm.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    GEORGE ROSE
    ISBN: 9781846270703
    Title: BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    Author: GEORGE ROSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rose George confronts the last taboo and takes us on an unprecedented tour through a world knee-deep in pestilential sewage - which remains the most significant global issue about which few talk or think.


    Prepare to embark upon an eye-opening tour through the world of human waste. With a journalist's nose for a story, and a campaigner's desire for change, Rose George is our undaunted guide through this fascinating and little travelled terrain. She takes us underground into the Victorian brick sewers of London and New York in the company of flushermen, and overground to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement. We examine the hi-tech Japanese revolution in toilet engineering; we investigate whether re-naming sewage sludge 'biosolids' might provide an eco-friendly alternative to petrol; and we stand right in front of the single biggest unsolved public health problem on the planet.

    Witty, serious and original, The Big Necessity proves that shit doesn't have to be a dirty word.

    Imprint: PORTOBELLO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    LEWIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780141043531
    Title: BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    Author: LEWIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible . . . if you want to know how a nation lost it financial mind - and have a good laugh finding out - this is the book to read' SUNDAY TIMES

    From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short tells the outrageous story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a killing.

    'Magnificent . . . a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject' GUARDIAN

    'He is so good everyone else may as well pack-up' EVENING STANDARD

    'A triumph . . . riveting . . . The Big Short reads like a thriller' THE TIMES

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLACK UNICORN
    BLACK UNICORN
    LORDE AUDRE
    ISBN: 9780241396865
    Title: BLACK UNICORN
    Author: LORDE AUDRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic'

    Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde's most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal and revenge, goddesses and warriors, ancient magic and contemporary America. These are fearless assertions of identity, told with incantatory power.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    MISHRA PANKAJ
    ISBN: 9781788737333
    Title: BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most acclaimed essayists writing today on the political hysteria plaguing the West. Decades of violence and chaos have generated a political and intellectual hysteria—ranging from imperial atavism to paranoia about invading or hectically breeding Muslim hordes—that has affected even the most intelligent in Anglo-America. In Bland Fanatics, Pankaj Mishra examines this hysteria and its fantasists, taking on its arguments and the atmosphere in which it has festered and become influential. In essays that grapple with colonialism, human rights, and the doubling down of liberalism against a background of faltering economies and weakening Anglo-American hegemony, Mishra confronts writers from Jordan Peterson and Niall Ferguson to Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. With a newly written introduction, these essays provide a vantage point from which to look seriously at the current crisis.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    HOPE BRADLEY
    ISBN: 9781529347883
    Title: BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    Author: HOPE BRADLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair and WME Chairman Ari Emmanuel flew out to meet with the Crown Prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere. He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia's restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley.



    But 'MBS' began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company. The allegations of excess and about the brutality of his regime began to slip out. Then there was the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While stamping out dissent in the Saudi royal family by holding three hundred members in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for months, he continued to exhibit his extreme wealth, including the purchase of a $70 million chateau in Europe and one of the world's most expensive yachts. It seemed that he did not understand nor care about how the outside world would react to his flexing of autocratic muscle.



    BLOOD AND OIL is a gripping work of investigative journalism about the precipitous ascent of one of the world's most decisive and dangerous new leaders, and the simultaneous fraying Western-Saudi relations. Caught in his net are well-known U.S. bankers, Hollywood figures, and politicians, all eager to help a charming Crown Prince with extraordinary powers, hunger for lucre, a tight relationship with President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner, and an apparent willingness to break anything -and anyone - that gets in the way of his vision. If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and magnet for Islamic extremists. And if his bid to transform his country succeeds, even in part, it will have consequences around the world.

    Imprint: John Murray
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    MADDOW RACHEL
    ISBN: 9781847926364
    Title: BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    Author: MADDOW RACHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    Corrupt? Yes. Unimaginably lucrative? Of course. But the enemy of democracy? Blowout is the oil and gas industry as we've never seen it before.

    Blowout is a blackly comic switchback journey with America's most incisive political journalist, from Washington to Siberia and Equatorial Guinea, from deep within the earth's crust to the icy Arctic seas. We witness the underground detonation of a nuclear bomb, an inept Russian spy ring, an international financial crisis, and murdered cows. And what it reveals is not just the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas but why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election.

    Because Russia's rich reserves of crude have in fact stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbours, and the West's alliances.

    The oil and gas industry has polluted oceans and rivers but also polluted democracy itself - in developing and developed countries. It has propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, 'like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.'

    Blowout is our final wake-up call- to stop subsidizing oil and gas, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world's most destructive industry. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, 'Democracy either wins this one or disappears.'

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    HARDY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780992584504
    Title: BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    Author: HARDY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images - of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride.

    They include prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby. Many of the stories are by ordinary and extraordinary people who may be Indigenous, born overseas, or live in cities or small towns across Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland. David Hardy presents diverse stories to unsilence lives and put them in print. They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark.

    'I hope this book helps people understand who LGBTI people are and who we are not, ' says David. 'We are not invisible. This collection of stories celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. I hope these stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.'

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    SENNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141022116
    Title: BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    Author: SENNETT RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third in a series of three books about the ways in which we can reform society by reconnecting with different forms of self-expression.

    In this sweeping study, one of the world's leading thinkers about the urban environment traces the anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. Richard Sennett shows how Paris, Barcelona and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of MedellYn, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan. Through it all, he shows how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled - has spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the 'open city,' where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope.

    Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling draws on Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    GRAEBER DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141983479
    Title: BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    Author: GRAEBER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society- bullshit jobs. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BUNKER : Building for the End Times
    BUNKER : Building for the End Times
    GARRETT BRADLEY
    ISBN: 9780241336014
    Title: BUNKER : Building for the End Times
    Author: GARRETT BRADLEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Since prehistory, bunkers have been built as protection from cataclysmic social and environmental forces, and as places of power and transformation. Today, the bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears- from pandemics to climate change and nuclear war. And once you look, it doesn't take long to start seeing bunkers everywhere.

    In Bunker, acclaimed urban explorer and cultural geographer Bradley Garrett explores the global and rapidly growing movement of 'prepping' for social and environmental collapse, or 'Doomsday'. From the 'dread merchants' hustling safe spaces in the American mid-West to eco-fortresses in Thailand, from geoscrapers to armoured mobile bunkers, Bunker is a brilliant, original and never less than deeply disturbing story from the frontlines of the way we live now- an illuminating reflection on our age of disquiet and dread that brings it into new, sharp focus.

    The bunker, Garrett shows, is all around us- in malls, airports, gated communities, the vehicles we drive. Most of all, he shows, it's in our minds.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    FAHS BREANNE
    ISBN: 9781788735384
    Title: BURN IT DOWN : Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution
    Author: FAHS BREANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark collection spanning three centuries and four waves of feminist activism and writing, Burn It Down! is a testament to what is possible when women are driven to the edge. The manifesto raging and wanting, quarreling and provocative has always been central to feminism, and it's the angry, brash feminism we need now.
    Collecting over 75 manifestos from around the world, Burn It Down! is a rallying cry and a call to action. Among this quarrelsome sisterhood, you'll find-
    Breanne Fahs argues that we need manifestos in all their urgent rawness their insistence that we have to act now, that we must face this, that the bleeding edge of rage and defiance is where new ideas are born.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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