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  • 100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    SALTER COLIN
    ISBN: 9781911641087
    Title: 100 CHILDRENS BOOKS THAT INSPIRE OUR WORLD
    Author: SALTER COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 100 Children's Books That Inspired Our World, author Colin Salter brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking children's books - from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer to the graphic novels of Dr. Seuss. All the classic children's authors are represented with one stand-out book, plus mentions for their best-known works.

    Entries include: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Charlotte's Web, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Matilda, Watership Down, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, Grimms Fairy Tales, Peter Pan, A Bear Called Paddington, The Snowman, The Secret Garden, How to Train Your Dragon, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, The Gruffalo, Mr Men, Coraline, Herge's Adventures of TinTin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Finn Family Moomintroll, Swiss Family Robinson, Heidi, The Hobbit, The Red Balloon, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, His Dark Materials, The Railway Children, Noddy, The House at Pooh Corner, The Sheep Pig, Stig of the Dump, Fungus the Bogeyman, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Black Beauty, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Artemis Fowl and many more who lived happily ever after.

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACCIDENTAL DICTIONARY : The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
    ACCIDENTAL DICTIONARY : The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
    JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781783964383
    Title: ACCIDENTAL DICTIONARY : The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words. Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past. Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table...

    Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.

    "A real delight ... hidden gems nestle on every page" -- JaffaReadsToo

    "The Accidental Dictionary is certainly worth adding [to a bookshelf]... I knew very few of these, which is a good thing, and now I know more, which is a better one" -- Marcus Berkmann, Spectator Christmas books 2016

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE   -   Revised Edition
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    MENKHORST PETER
    ISBN: 9781486311934
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE - Revised Edition
    Author: MENKHORST PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Winner of the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Adult Book of the Year Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s 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. This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia’s birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, 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. A new easier-to-use index is also included. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD NAMES : Origins and Meanings
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD NAMES : Origins and Meanings
    FRASER IAN / GRAY JEANNIE
    ISBN: 9781486311637
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD NAMES : Origins and Meanings
    Author: FRASER IAN / GRAY JEANNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    This Second Edition of Australian Bird Names is a completely updated checklist of Australian birds and the meanings behind their common and scientific names, which may be useful, useless or downright misleading! For each species, the authors examine the many-and-varied common names and full scientific name, with derivation, translation and a guide to pronunciation. Stories behind the name are included, as well as relevant aspects of biology, conservation and history. Original descriptions, translated by the authors, have been sourced for many species.


    As well as being a book about names, this is a book about the history of the ever-developing understanding of birds, about the people who contributed to this understanding and, most of all, about the birds themselves. This Second Edition has been revised to follow current taxonomy and understanding of the relationships between families, genera and species. It contains new taxa, updated text and new vagrants and will be interesting reading for anyone with a love of birds, words or the history of Australian biology and bird-watching.




    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $54.99
    Price: $54.99
  • BAGELS BUMF AND BUSES : A Day in the Life of the English Language
    BAGELS BUMF AND BUSES : A Day in the Life of the English Language
    HOROBIN SIMON
    ISBN: 9780198832270
    Title: BAGELS BUMF AND BUSES : A Day in the Life of the English Language
    Author: HOROBIN SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where do our everyday words come from?

    The bagel you eat for breakfast, the bumf you have to wade through at the office, and the bus that takes you home again: we use these words without thinking about their origins and how their meanings have changed over time. Simon Horobin takes the reader on a journey through a typical day, showing how the words we use to describe routine activities - getting up, going to work, eating meals - have surprisingly fascinating histories.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BEATS : A Literary History
    BEATS : A Literary History
    BELLETTO STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781107176683
    Title: BEATS : A Literary History
    Author: BELLETTO STEVEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Kerouac. Ginsberg. Burroughs. These are the most famous names of the Beat Generation, but in fact they were only the front line of a much more wide-ranging literary and cultural movement. This critical history takes readers through key works by these authors, but also radiates out to discuss dozens more writers and their works, showing how they all contributed to one of the most far-reaching literary movements of the post-World War II era. Moving from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, this book explores key aesthetic and thematic innovations of the Beat writers, the pervasiveness of the Beatnik caricature, the role of the counterculture in the post-war era, the involvement of women in the Beat project, and the changing face of Beat political engagement during the Vietnam War era.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • 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
  • BIRD BY BIRD
    BIRD BY BIRD
    LAMOTT ANNE
    ISBN: 9781786898555
    Title: BIRD BY BIRD
    Author: LAMOTT ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    Bird by Bird is the bible of writing guides - a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was first published in the United States in the 1990s. Bestselling novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott distils what she's learned over years of trial and error. Beautifully written, wise and immensely helpful, this is the book for all serious writers and writers-to-be.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BLUEBLOOD
    BLUEBLOOD
    BLACKMAN MALORIE
    ISBN: 9781784876418
    Title: BLUEBLOOD
    Author: BLACKMAN MALORIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Malorie Blackman retells 'Bluebeard'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

    'Please don't even try to get down to the basement. Just leave it alone - okay? Otherwise you'll ruin things for both of us...'

    Nia has met the man she wants to marry. Marcus is kind, clever and handsome, with a beard so dark it is nearly blue-black. Nia demands a single promise from him - that Marcus will never enter her study in the basement, her private space.

    But when Marcus's curiosity begins to mount Nia feels more and more uneasy. Will he betray her? Can he accept that no means no? Can a woman ever have a room of her own?

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BRIGHT BOOK OF LIFE
    BRIGHT BOOK OF LIFE
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780525657262
    Title: BRIGHT BOOK OF LIFE
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    In his first book devoted exclusively to narrative fiction, America's most original and controversial literary critic and legendary Yale professor writes trenchantly about fifty-two masterworks spanning the Western tradition.

    Perhaps no other literary critic but Harold Bloom could--or would--undertake a project of this immensity. And certainly no other critic could bring to it the extraordinary knowledge, understanding, and insight that are the hallmark of Bloom's every book. Ranging across centuries and continents, this final book of his career, gives us the inimitable critic on Don Quixote and Book of Numbers; Wuthering Heights and Absalom, Absalom; Les Miserables and Blood Meridian; Vanity Fair and Invisible Man; The Captain's Daughter and The Reef. He writes about works by Austen, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, James, Conrad, Lawrence, Wolff, Le Guin, Sebald, and many more. Whether you have already read these books, or intend to, or simply care about the importance and power of fiction, Harold Bloom serves as an unparalleled guide through the pages of these 52 masterpieces of the genre.

    Imprint: Doubleday Publishers
    RRP: $62.99
    Price: $62.99
  • CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A Yearbook of Forgotten Words
    CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A Yearbook of Forgotten Words
    JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781783964390
    Title: CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A Yearbook of Forgotten Words
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Open the Cabinet to leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language.

    1 January quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year's Day
    1 April dorbellist (n.) a fool, a dull-witted dolt 12 May word-grubber (n.) someone who uses obscure or difficult words in everyday conversation
    25 Septembertheic (adj.) an excessive drinker of tea
    24 Decemberdoniferous (adj.) carrying a gift

    Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of strange and forgotten words: illuminating some aspect of the day, or simply telling a cracking good yarn, each reveals a story. Written with a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a captivating historical miscellany. Dip into this beautiful book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year.

    "Cracking open its beautifully crafted cover is like peeking into an old, mysterious cabinet ... The book's conceit is brilliant, the writing is crisp, and the tales are well-chosen and captivating" - Mashed Radish

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CINDERELLA LIBERATOR
    CINDERELLA LIBERATOR
    SOLNIT REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781784876197
    Title: CINDERELLA LIBERATOR
    Author: SOLNIT REBECCA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rebecca Solnit retells 'Cinderella'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

    'She looked like a girl who was evening, and an evening that had become a girl...'

    In the kitchen, in her rags, Cinderella, longs to go to the ball. After all, there is nothing worse than not being invited to the party. Enter her fairy godmother...

    But that is where the familiar story ends. Cinderella's transformation turns out to be much less about ballgowns, glass slippers and carriages, and much more about finding her truest self. Finally free from the kitchen cinders, who will she turn out to be?

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CONSOLATION
    CONSOLATION
    DISHER GARRY
    ISBN: 9781922330260
    Title: CONSOLATION
    Author: DISHER GARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Winter in Tiverton.

    Constable Paul Hirschhausen has a snowdropper on his patch. Someone is stealing women's underwear, and Hirsch knows enough about that kind of crime-how it can escalate-not to take it lightly.

    But the more immediate concern is a high school teacher worried about one of the students.

    A little girl in danger. A family on the edge. An absent father who isn't where he's supposed to be.

    The cold, seeping feeling something is very, very wrong.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $26.99
  • COVER
    COVER
    MENDELSUND PETER
    ISBN: 9781576879535
    Title: COVER
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed years as a much-sought-after book cover designer and art director. Among the many recognizable jackets he has created are those for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; collections of the works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more. All have greatly benefitted from the care and touch Mendelsund gave them.

    Cover abounds with Mendelsund's completed book jackets along with ephemera from his previously unseen creative method, including jacket sketches, interior art and editorial illustrations, and scores of rejected drafts. These images are punctuated by Mendelsund's reflections on his work and his process, as well as by texts from writers with whom he has worked and designed for.

    Cover is a compendium of beautiful design and a beautiful design object itself; a profile and celebration of one of the publishing world's most talented and prolific contemporary creators, and a brilliant showcase of his deft touch for balanced and innovative design.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781910200964
    Title: DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.

    In over 30 essays written over 20 years, one of the worlds great storytellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philips own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to Philip. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.

    Imprint: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781910989548
    Title: DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Inspired meditations on storytelling from one of the worlds finest, most accomplished and adored writers.

    Pullman is a master of fiction and shares his thoughts on the origin of his own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to him. The art of storytelling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and storytelling.

    Essential reading for anybody with a hunger and a heart for truly great stories.

    Imprint: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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