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  • 1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    DIMERY ROBERT (ED)
    ISBN: 9780733316531
    Title: 1001 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    Author: DIMERY ROBERT (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book first published in 2005 by Universe Publishing. It compiles writings and information on albums chosen by a panel of music critics to be the most important, influential, and best in popular music between the 1950s and the 2010s.[1] The book was edited by Robert Dimery, an English writer and editor who had previously worked for magazines such as Time Out and Vogue.[2]

    Each entry in the book's list of albums is accompanied by a short essay written by a music critic, along with pictures, quotes, and additional information (such as the album's running time and producer). Only albums consisting fully of original material by a particular artist were included, which meant that compilations by various artists, including film soundtracks, were also excluded.



    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 1968 : The Year That Rocked The World - 2ND HAND
    1968 : The Year That Rocked The World - 2ND HAND
    KURLANSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9780224062510
    Title: 1968 : The Year That Rocked The World - 2ND HAND
    Author: KURLANSKY MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    It was the year of sex and drugs and rock and roll; it was also the year of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, Prague Spring, the Chicago convention, the anti-war movement and the Tet Offensive, the student rebellion that paralyzed France, Civil Rights, the generation gap, the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union, and the birth of the women's movement. With 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, award-winning journalist Mark Kurlansky has written his magnum opus-a cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval, when television's impact on global events first became apparent, and where simultaneously, in Paris, Prague, London, Berkeley, Chicago, New York and all over the globe uprisings spontaneously occurred. 1968 encompasses the worlds of youth and music, politics, war, economics, assassinations, riots, and demonstrations-and the media, and shows us how we got to where we are today. 1968 is destined to be Mark Kurlansky's most important and most fascinating book yet.



    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 2666 : 2ND HAND
    2666 : 2ND HAND
    BOLANO ROBERTO
    ISBN: 9780374100148
    Title: 2666 : 2ND HAND
    Author: BOLANO ROBERTO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    The epic novel that defined one of Latin America's greatest writers and his unique vision of the 20th century.Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border, is an urban sprawl that draws in lost souls. Among them are three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; and a police detective in love with an elusive older woman.But there is darker side still to the town. It is an emblem of corruption, violence and decadence, and one from which, over the course of a decade, hundreds of women have mysteriously, often brutally, disappeared...Conceived on an astonishing scale, and & in the last years of Roberto Bolano's life with burning, visionary commitment, 2666 has been greeted around the world as his masterpiece, surpassing even his previous work in inventiveness, imagination, beauty and scope.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ABYSSINIAN CHRONICLES - 2ND HAND
    ABYSSINIAN CHRONICLES - 2ND HAND
    ISEGAWA MOSES
    ISBN: 9780375406133
    Title: ABYSSINIAN CHRONICLES - 2ND HAND
    Author: ISEGAWA MOSES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, signed and dated by the author (5/03/08 Adelaide), in a near fine dust jacket. First Edition.

    Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children" and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting story of twentieth-century Africa that is passionate in vision and breathtaking in scope.
    At the center of this unforgettable tale is Mugezi, a young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society: he withstands his distant father's oppression and his mother's cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of war, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and yet he is able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally amusing outlook on life. Mugezi's hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by untold losses.




    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ADELAIDE : A SENSE OF DIFFERENCE - 2ND HAND
    ADELAIDE : A SENSE OF DIFFERENCE - 2ND HAND
    WHITELOCK DEREK
    ISBN: 9780875606576
    Title: ADELAIDE : A SENSE OF DIFFERENCE - 2ND HAND
    Author: WHITELOCK DEREK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy of the revised third edition. Signed.

    Renowned for its Victorian stone architecture, green belt parklands, international Festival of Arts, Mediterranean climate, and fine wines the city of Adelaide has always been admire. Now, historian and environmentalist, Dr Derek Whitelock tells his story of Adelaide, and includes 12 essays by eminent Adeladians.

    Imprint: ARCADIA BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • ADELAIDE : A Sense of Difference - 2ND HAND
    ADELAIDE : A Sense of Difference - 2ND HAND
    WHITELOCK DEREK
    ISBN: 9780702214011
    Title: ADELAIDE : A Sense of Difference - 2ND HAND
    Author: WHITELOCK DEREK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, previous owners name to FFE, in like dustjacket. First thus.

    A fully revised, updated and substantially enlarged retelling of the story of Adelaide and its evolution through a century and a half from colonial settlement to a famous Festival City enjoying its Jubilee.


    Imprint: SAVVAS PUBLISHING
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PASTRY CHEF - 2ND HAND
    ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PASTRY CHEF - 2ND HAND
    FRIBERG BO
    ISBN: 9780471359265
    Title: ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PASTRY CHEF - 2ND HAND
    Author: FRIBERG BO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    Up-to-date, advanced techniques for the professional pastry chef and serious home baker The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef brings up-to-date coverage of the latest baking and pastry techniques to a new generation of pastry chefs and serious home bakers. This book covers advanced material and - like chef Bo's classic The Professional Pastry Chef: Fundamentals of Baking and Pastry, Fourth Edition - contains contemporary information to meet the needs of today's pastry kitchen. This volume contains nearly 500 recipes, which emphasize the techniques and presentations offered in top restaurants and bakeshops today. Topics covered in depth include:* Decorated cakes* Modernist desserts* Wedding cakes and holiday favorites* Sugar work* Marzipan figures* Chocolate decorationsIllustrated step-by-step instructions demystify even the most complex techniques and preparations, while over 100 vivid color photographs bring finished dishes to life

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • AFTER THE VICTORIANS - 2ND HAND
    AFTER THE VICTORIANS - 2ND HAND
    WILSON A N
    ISBN: 9780091794842
    Title: AFTER THE VICTORIANS - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON A N
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a very good, lightly scuffed , dust jacket. First edition.

    The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson has charted, in vivid detail, Britain's rise to world dominance, a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest, richest country on earth, reigning over much of the globe. Now in his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians, he describes how in little more than a generation Britain's power and influence in the world would virtually dissolve.

    In After the Victorians, Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era, stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the dawn of the cold war in the early 1950s. He offers riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world-altering upheaval of the Communist Revolution. He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East. And he casts a bright new light on the World War II years: Britain played a central role in defeating Germany but at a severe cost. The nation would emerge from the war bankrupt and fatally weakened, sidelined from world politics, while America would assume the mantle of dominant world power, facing off against the Soviet Union in the cold war. Wilson's perspective is not confined to the trenches of the battlefield and the halls of parliament: he also examines the parallel story of the beginnings of Modernism-he visits the novelists, philosophers, poets, and painters to see what they reveal about the activities of the politicians, scientists, and generals.

    Blending military, political, social, and cultural history of the most dramatic kind, A.N. Wilson offers an absorbing portrait of the decline of one of the world's great powers. The result is a fresh account of the birth pangs of the modern world, as well as a timely analysis of imperialism and its discontents.


    Imprint: HUTCHINSON PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • AFTERLIFE AND OTHER STORIES - 2ND HAND
    AFTERLIFE AND OTHER STORIES - 2ND HAND
    UPDIKE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241135013
    Title: AFTERLIFE AND OTHER STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: UPDIKE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: "A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig, each reed of thatch in the cottage roofs, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass". All twenty-two of the stories in this collection - John Updike's eleventh, and his first in seven years - in various ways partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own particular wonders, from omniscient golf caddies to prescient sexual rumors, from the deaths of mothers and brothers-in-law to the births of grandchildren. As death approaches, life takes on, for some of these aging heroes, a translucence, a magical fragility; vivid memory and casual misperception lend the mundane an antic texture, and the backward view, lengthening, acquires a certain grandeur. Travel, whether to England or Ireland, Italy or the isles of Greece, heightens perceptions and tensions. As is usual in Mr. Updike's fiction, spouses quarrel, lovers part, children are brave, and houses with their decor have the presence of personalities. His is a world where innocence stubbornly persists, and fresh beginnings almost outnumber losses.



    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND - 2ND HAND
    AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND - 2ND HAND
    BANKS IAIN M
    ISBN: 9781857230314
    Title: AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND - 2ND HAND
    Author: BANKS IAIN M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilisation based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her. Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.


    Imprint: ORBIT
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • AGAINST THE DAY - 2ND HAND
    AGAINST THE DAY - 2ND HAND
    PYNCHON THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780224080958
    Title: AGAINST THE DAY - 2ND HAND
    Author: PYNCHON THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, minor foxing in a very good, foxed dust jacket. First edition.

    panning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, "Against the Day" moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the revolution, Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses and hired guns. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx. As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them.
    Meanwhile, Thomas Pynchon is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they're doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-fact occurrences occur. Maybe it's not the world, but with a minor adjustment or two it's what the world might be.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    MILLER HENRY
    ISBN: AIRCONDITIONED
    Title: AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    Author: MILLER HENRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, foxed and rubbed, in a very good, price-clipped and sunned dustjacket.

    His stories and essays celebrate those rare individuals (famous and obscure) whose creative resilience and mere existence oppose the mechanization of minds and souls.
    In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate, Henry Miller returned to the United States with a keen desire to see what his native land was really like?to get to the roots of the American nature and experience. He set out on a journey that was to last three years, visiting many sections of the country and making friends of all descriptions. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is the result of that odyssey.

    Imprint: HEINEMANN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED ALWAYS OUTGUNNED - 2ND HAND
    ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED ALWAYS OUTGUNNED - 2ND HAND
    MOSEY WALTER
    ISBN: 9781852425180
    Title: ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED ALWAYS OUTGUNNED - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOSEY WALTER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, pages tanned, illustrated boards. First UK edition

    Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles-- and finding the miracle of survival.

    "I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Working for the Bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art In America - 2ND HAND
    AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art In America - 2ND HAND
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781860465338
    Title: AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art In America - 2ND HAND
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy.

    Beginning where American art itself began - five centuries ago, with the native Americans and the first Spanish invaders in the Southwest - this book travels through to the late 1990s. It tells the story of how American artistic tradition was created: by public taste; by a landscape of unparalleled variety and richness; by a culture that stretched into dozens of foreign lands; and by a gallery of brilliant and idiosyncratic painters, sculptors and architects. Biographies, critical commentaries and anecdotes are included.


    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art in America - 2ND HAND
    AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art in America - 2ND HAND
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781860463723
    Title: AMERICAN VISIONS : The Epic History of Art in America - 2ND HAND
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, showing signs of use, in a very good dust jacket. First edition.

    Beginning where American art itself began - five centuries ago, with the native Americans and the first Spanish invaders in the Southwest - this book travels through to the late 1990s. It tells the story of how American artistic tradition was created: by public taste; by a landscape of unparalleled variety and richness; by a culture that stretched into dozens of foreign lands; and by a gallery of brilliant and idiosyncratic painters, sculptors and architects. Biographies, critical commentaries and anecdotes are included.


    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • ANASTASIA : THE LIFE OF ANNA ANDERSON - 2ND HAND
    ANASTASIA : THE LIFE OF ANNA ANDERSON - 2ND HAND
    KURTH PETER
    ISBN: 9780712662673
    Title: ANASTASIA : THE LIFE OF ANNA ANDERSON - 2ND HAND
    Author: KURTH PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy. Pages tanned.

    In 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were shot in the Russian Revolution. In 1920, a woman who many believe was the Grand Duchess Anastasia was rescued from a canal in Berlin. This is her story.



    Imprint: PIMLICO
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
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