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  • 100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    CHRISTIANSON SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781849944519
    Title: 100 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    Author: CHRISTIANSON SCOTT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A chronological survey of the world's most influential books.

    Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?

    In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a sweeping, chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.

    Entries include: Iliad and Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Qur'an (AD 609-632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), Roget's Thesaurus (1852), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).

    Imprint: BATSFORD
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 1788 : THE BRUTAL TRUTH OF THE FIRST FLEET
    1788 : THE BRUTAL TRUTH OF THE FIRST FLEET
    HILL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781741668001
    Title: 1788 : THE BRUTAL TRUTH OF THE FIRST FLEET
    Author: HILL DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An extraordinary narrative history of the First Fleet, by the bestselling author of The Forgotten Children.

    Never before or since has there been an experiment quite as bold as this. Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, of short-sightedness, of tragedy but above all of extraordinary resilience. It is also, of course, the story of the very first European Australians, reluctant pioneers who travelled into the unknown - the vast majority against their will - in order to form a colony by order of the King's government.

    Separated from loved ones and travelling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, they suffered the most unbearable hardship on arrival on Australian land where a near-famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. But why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place? Who were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation? How did the initial skirmishes with the indigenous population break out and how did the relationship turn sour so quickly?

    Using diaries, letters and official records, David Hill artfully reconstructs the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, combining narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past.

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DONT EXIST
    AN ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DONT EXIST
    MIDDLETON NICK
    ISBN: 9781447295273
    Title: AN ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DONT EXIST
    Author: MIDDLETON NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on a magical tour of countries that, lacking diplomatic recognition or UN membership, inhabit a world of shifting borders, visionary leaders and forgotten peoples.

    Most of us think we know what a country is, but in truth the concept is rather slippery. From Catalonia to the Crimea, and from Africa's last colony to the European republic that enjoyed just a solitary day of independence, the places in this book may lie on the margins of legitimacy, but all can be visited in the real world.

    Beautifully illustrated by fifty regional maps, each shadowy country is literally cut out of the page of this book. Alongside stories, facts and figures, this Atlas brings to life a dreamlike world of nations that exist only in the minds of the people who live there.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ANIMAL : The Definitive Visual Guide, 3rd Edition
    ANIMAL : The Definitive Visual Guide, 3rd Edition
    ISBN: 9780241298848
    Title: ANIMAL : The Definitive Visual Guide, 3rd Edition
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A million copy (globally) best-selling exploration of the animal kingdom, featuring facts and beautiful photos of over 2,000 wild animals from all habitats on planet Earth. Animal- The Definitive Visual Guide brings together the expertise of over 70 natural history specialists and the beautiful images of wildlife photographers from around the globe to illustrate, describe, and explain the incredible range of creatures in the animal kingdom. This fully up-to-date edition covers fascinating animals from across the globe including the newly discovered Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, Jumping Spider, and Piglet Squid. From the smallest invertebrates to the mighty blue whale, Animal is a truly unrivalled look at life on planet Earth. Previous edition ISBN 9781405362337

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE : Birds and Books
    AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE : Birds and Books
    PRESTON ALEX
    ISBN: 9781472152244
    Title: AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE : Birds and Books
    Author: PRESTON ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Alex Preston was 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars, leave behind the hides and the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds didn't disappear though. Rather, it went underground, and he began birdwatching in the books that he read, creating his own personal anthology of nature writing that brought the birds of his childhood back to brilliant life.

    Looking for moments 'when heart and bird are one', Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Moving from the 'high requiem' of Keats's nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner's THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN, from Ted Hughes's brooding 'Hawk in the Rain' to the giddy anthropomorphism of JONATHAN LIVINGSTONE SEAGULL, this is a book that will make you look at birds, at the world, in a newer, richer light.

    Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY  /  FIFTH EDITION
    AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY / FIFTH EDITION
    MOORE BRUCE [ED]
    ISBN: 9780195568868
    Title: AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY / FIFTH EDITION
    Author: MOORE BRUCE [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary provides an authoritative description of Australian and international English that is unrivalled by other concise dictionaries. This fifth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with hundreds of new words you won't find in any other dictionary. It provides unmatched coverage of Australian English for a dictionary in this format.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY  /  FIFTH EDITION
    AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY / FIFTH EDITION
    MOORE BRUCE [ED]
    ISBN: 9780195568882
    Title: AUSTRALIAN CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY / FIFTH EDITION
    Author: MOORE BRUCE [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Also available in a handy paperback format, the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary provides an authoritative description of Australian and international English unrivalled by other concise dictionaries. This fifth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with hundreds of new words you wont find in any other dictionary. It provides unmatched coverage of Australian English for a dictionary in this format. The paperback 5th edition of Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary is the perfect companion at home, study or office for all lovers of Australian and International English. It presents those words that are current and relevant in the Australian context. No other Australian dictionary can claim its authority. This authority has two bases: the Australian and the international. The dictionary was fully edited at the Australian National Dictionary Centre in Canberra. Through Oxford University Press, the editor, Dr Bruce Moore, had access to the most comprehensive database of the English language as it is used worldwidethe same database that informs the twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionaryand to the most recent distillation of it in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Through the Centre, the editor also had access to the largest citation database of Australian English, the source of Oxfords Australian National Dictionary. The fifth edition of the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary is another product of this union, and heralds a new era in Australian lexicography.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $57.99

    Price: $57.99
  • AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DICTIONARY : AUSTRALIAN WORDS AND THEIR ORIGINS
    AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DICTIONARY : AUSTRALIAN WORDS AND THEIR ORIGINS
    MOORE BRUCE
    ISBN: 9780195550269
    Title: AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DICTIONARY : AUSTRALIAN WORDS AND THEIR ORIGINS
    Author: MOORE BRUCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Australian National Dictionary (AND) is a dictionary of Australianisms. It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency within Australia than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history. Whereas the first edition of the dictionary, published in 1988, contained about 10,000 headwords, compounds, idioms, and derivatives, this second edition contains over 16,000. The AND differs from general dictionaries in being based on historical principles, in the manner of the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The aim of AND2 is to chart the historical development of Australian words the definitions begin with the oldest sense and move through to the most recent sense. As part of this history, it includes all obsolete words and all obsolete senses; because it is concerned with the complete history of a word, the historical dictionary places more emphasis on the etymology of a word than does the general dictionary.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $175.00

    Price: $149.95
  • AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK DICTIONARY
    AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK DICTIONARY
    5TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9780195578638
    Title: AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK DICTIONARY
    Author: 5TH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The fifth edition of the Australian Paperback Oxford Dictionary includes many new words and meanings, including many from the realms of sport, health, society, the environment and electronic communication. All Australian words and meanings are labelled with an Aust marker. The definitions are straightforward with guidance provided where word usage is controversial. Up to date encyclopaedic entries for the names of famous people, places, events, and institutions are provided.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $40.99

    Price: $40.99
  • AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK THESAURUS
    AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK THESAURUS
    KNIGHT ANNE [ED]
    ISBN: 9780195510584
    Title: AUSTRALIAN OXFORD PAPERBACK THESAURUS
    Author: KNIGHT ANNE [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Australian Paperback Oxford Thesaurus is the most easy to use Australian thesaurus available for adults easier to find the word you are looking for, and to use its synonym or a related word correctly.

    A to Z formatover 150,000 alternative and opposite wordsclear cross-references to words with opposite and related meaningsexample phrases and sentences show how a word is used in its correct contextusage labels provided when care needs to be taken using a particular word

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BENDABLE LEARNINGS : THE WISDOM OF MODERN MANGAEMENT
    BENDABLE LEARNINGS : THE WISDOM OF MODERN MANGAEMENT
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9781741669053
    Title: BENDABLE LEARNINGS : THE WISDOM OF MODERN MANGAEMENT
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Mission statements are everywhere: you have to have one, whether you're a Fortune 500 company, a hedge fund, a primary school, a church or a hockey club. Without a mission statement, who would know what your values are, or what your culture is? And how then, going forward, will you get buy-in on your strategy and uptake of your brand?

    The language of modern management has triumphed, transforming clear, everyday communication into meaningless sludge. To sound professional, you must express everything in abstract nouns, and each noun in terms of another one; you must talk about synergy and strategy, uptake and outcomes and outputs and inputs, key performance indicators and drivers and customer experience - even if your 'customers' are in fact patients in your hospital. This language is deliberately obscure and falsely scientific; what is more worrying, those who use it have lost the very ability to think clearly.

    From Don Watson, the author of Death Sentence and Weasel Words, comes this new assortment of noxious management drivel and financial market blather. Read them aloud - then try the exercises. The disease may not yet have run its course, but Watson's acerbic wit restores hope in the power of well-chosen words to entertain and to inspire.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK THIEVES : The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    BOOK THIEVES : The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    RYDELL ANDERS
    ISBN: 9780735221239
    Title: BOOK THIEVES : The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    Author: RYDELL ANDERS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves—Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books. When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe’s libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned. Instead, the Nazis began to compile a library of their own that they could use to wage an intellectual war on literature and history. In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners. But when the war was over, most of the books were never returned. Instead many found their way into the public library system, where they remain to this day.

    Now, Rydell finds himself entrusted with one of these stolen volumes, setting out to return it to its rightful owner. It was passed to him by the small team of heroic librarians who have begun the monumental task of combing through Berlin’s public libraries to identify the looted books and reunite them with the families of their original owners. For those who lost relatives in the Holocaust, these books are often the only remaining possession of their relatives they have ever held. And as Rydell travels to return the volume he was given, he shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BOOK TOWNS
    BOOK TOWNS
    JOHNSON ALEX
    ISBN: 9780711238930
    Title: BOOK TOWNS
    Author: JOHNSON ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.

    Around 40 semi-official 'Book Towns' now exist around the world, with most concentrated in Europe, South-East Asia, North America and Australia, but until now, there has been no directory of their location, history and charm. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.

    The so-called 'Book Towns' of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognised literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.

    Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urena in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial 'book cities' such as Buenos Aires.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    SCHWALBE WILL
    ISBN: 9781444790788
    Title: BOOKS FOR LIVING : A Reader's Guide to Life
    Author: SCHWALBE WILL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of how reading guides us, comforts us and helps us make sense of the world and our place in it.

    From the author of the best-selling and beloved THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB - a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives.

    'I'm on a search and have been all my life: to find books to help me make sense of the world, to help me become a better person, to help me get my head around the big questions that I have, and figure out the answers to some of the small ones while I'm at it' Will Schwalbe

    'I've always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book', writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking, heart-felt, and often inspiring new book about books.

    In each chapter he makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours. He talks about what brought him to each book - or vice versa; the people in his life he associates each book with; how each has led him to other books; how each is part of his understanding of himself in the world.

    And he relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example: Melville's BARTELBY, THE SCRIVENER speaks to quitting; 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics; James Baldwin's GIOVANNI'S ROOM to the power of connecting with people face to face; Anne Morrow Lindbergh's GIFT FROM THE SEA to taking time to recharge; Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD to being sensitive to the surrounding world; THE LITTLE PRINCE to finding friends; Elie Wiesel's NIGHT to choosing to do something in the face of injustice; Paula Hawkins's THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to trusting.

    Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne Du Maurier, Murakami, Edna Lewis, E.B. White and Hanya Yanagihara, among many others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: 'What have you been reading lately?'

    In an age where we can Google the answer to everything, Will Schwalbe has always believed that the answer to everything can actually be found in a book if we just slow down enough to find out and then take the time to think about it and share with others. BOOKS FOR LIVING is a wide ranging exploration of what books can teach us in the modern age.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    THOMPSON DAMIAN
    ISBN: 9781849758994
    Title: BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    Author: THOMPSON DAMIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Books fulfil myriad functions in our lives. They provide essential information, foster enthusiasms and spark memories. But these personal treasures also add colour and a true sense of personality to our homes.

    Books Make a Home explores the important role they play as decoration, as well as functional items. Author and bibliophile Damian Thompson tours the rooms of the home in turn, discovering a host of techniques for stacking, shelving and closeting volumes, and illustrating how each space can be brought to life by books. Alongside inspirational photography is a wealth of practical design solutions for each space and every size of collection. You will learn how to make the best use of existing storage and create new space for an ever-growing collection; how to combine books with other personal effects to create eye-catching displays; and helpful feature spreads will illustrate how to organize and care for your books.

    Beautifully presented and elegantly written, scattered with quotes from famous readers throughout, Books Make a Home is an insightful guide to enjoying books with the eye as well as with the mind.

    Imprint: RYLAND PETERS & SMALL
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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