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  • 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    BOXALL (ED)
    ISBN: 9780733316548
    Title: 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BOXALL (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in likes dust jacket.

    n the style of the phenomenally successful '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', this is a bold, bright and incisive guide to the books and writers that have had real impact - whether in the form of critical acclaim or as cult classics. This wide-ranging selection by a superb international team of writers and critics contains classics as well as those books that are hot in contemporary fiction. This must-have book is the perfect reference for everyone who loves to read.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781846559181
    Title: ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.1st Edition

    An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor.

    ‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.'

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

    Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.

    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • AFTER FIRE : A Biography of Clifton Pugh - 2ND HAND
    AFTER FIRE : A Biography of Clifton Pugh - 2ND HAND
    MORRISON SALLY
    ISBN: 9781740666114
    Title: AFTER FIRE : A Biography of Clifton Pugh - 2ND HAND
    Author: MORRISON SALLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, previous owners name(in pencil) to coloured FFE in a very good, bright and clean dust jacket.1st Edition

    Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1924, Clifton Pugh rose to prominence as a portrait and landscape painter, winning the Archibald Prize three times and an Order of Australia medal in 1985.

    After attending the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, and serving as a soldier in the Australian Imperial Forces in New Guinea and Japan during the 1940s, he moved to Cottles Bridge and established his bush property home called Dunmoochin. Here, his art was inspired by the natural beauty of the Australian landscape, and he in turn helped to establish local conservation and environmental groups in the area.

    Written in a sweeping, almost literary style, this detailed biography of Clifton Pugh is a landmark volume that offers an alternative perspective to the biography of Clifton's former wife Judith Pugh's Unstill Life.

    Sally Morrison draws on archival research and interviews with Pugh's family and friends to create a picture of a man damaged as much by love as by war in his personal life, and at the same time a bold and innovative artist and environmentalist.



    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    WILSON A N
    ISBN: 9780091794842
    Title: AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON A N
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    When this book begins, in the reign of Edward VII, Great Britain commands the mightiest empire the world has ever seen. By the time it ends, with the coronation of Elizabeth II. Britain has emerged victorious from a world war , but ruined as a world power. How did Britain's power and influence decline? This is one of the questions A.N.Wilson seeks to answer in his masterly follow -up to the Victorians.



    Imprint: Hutchinson
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • AGE OF KALI : Indian Travels and Encounters - 2ND HAND
    AGE OF KALI : Indian Travels and Encounters - 2ND HAND
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780002555104
    Title: AGE OF KALI : Indian Travels and Encounters - 2ND HAND
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    William Dalrymple, who wrote about India in "City of Djinns", returns to the country in a series of essays. Featured in the pages this work are 15-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train. In the course of his travels, Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan, Ismail Merchant, Benazir Bhutto and Baba Sehgal, the Indian Gary Glitter; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti - She Who is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences civil war in Kashmir and caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar, and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur (only brought to book when the municipality began impregnating their bananas with opium); and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids.


    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • ALL THAT I AM - 2ND HAND
    ALL THAT I AM - 2ND HAND
    FUNDER ANNA
    ISBN: 9780062077561
    Title: ALL THAT I AM - 2ND HAND
    Author: FUNDER ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st US Edition

    Anna Funder, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and author of Stasiland, offers a thrilling tale and powerful love story that tells the heroic and tragic true story of the German resistance in World War II in All That I Am.When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they must flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless, her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller, her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take breath-taking risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it to be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart...'The strengths of Funder's writing are emotional and imaginative. In what she has to say about love, loss and betrayal there is profound truth' The Times'An often pacy and exciting read ... Funder captures perfectly the sense of her characters' deprived and dangerous lives' Daily Mail'A superb novel that transcends its setting. This book is a wonder. Do, please, read it' SpectatorAnna Funder is the author of the international bestseller Stasiland, which won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages. She is the recipient of numerous awards, and a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow


    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    SETH VIKRAM
    ISBN: 9781861591173
    Title: AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: SETH VIKRAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition

    While a music student in Vienna, violinist Michael Holme falls in love with pianist Julia McNicholl. They play together in a string trio, but when Michael has a nervous breakdown because of tensions with his stern and demanding violin teacher he abruptly leaves Vienna–and Julia–without warning. When, after some months pass, he tries to contact Julia again, he gets no reply. Ten years later, still in love with her, he meets her again in London when she attends a concert he is giving with his string quartet, the Maggiore. Still a performing pianist, she is now married to an American banker, has a child, and because of an auto-immune disease, is gradually going deaf. Unable to resist the power of their past, they begin to see each other again, this time under the shadow of Julia’s marriage and her tragic hearing loss. Julia agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael and the Maggiore Quartet and for a brief, magical time everything seems possible.

    A tour de force of poetic, impassioned writing, An Equal Music is an unforgettable tale of love lost and nearly regained, its events unfolding in the dramatic settings of contemporary London, Vienna, and Venice. Brilliantly interweaving themes of loss, longing, and the power of music, Vikram Seth has created a deeply moving story about the strands of passion that run through all our lives.

    Imprint: Phoenix Publishers
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • ANGEL ESMERALDA : 9 STORIES - 2ND HAND
    ANGEL ESMERALDA : 9 STORIES - 2ND HAND
    DELILLO DON
    ISBN: 9781447207573
    Title: ANGEL ESMERALDA : 9 STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: DELILLO DON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    The stories here, collected from all five decades of DeLillo's career, show an acknowledged master of the novel in complete command of the short form. In The Angel Esmeralda, DeLillo finds the freedom to represent the wide range of human experience in contemporary America – and forces us to confront the uncomfortable shadows lurking in the background.

    His characters are exposed to their own deep, often unconscious, longings: one man exploits the vulnerability of a woman he's just met, following her home to her apartment and pushing her too far; another finds himself deceiving his wife and beginning an affair. They are subjected to shocking violations, unexpected acts of terror: a woman lives in constant fear of the earthquakes happening all around her; people bear witness to the mysterious abduction of a child from a small park by a stranger.

    No matter whether he is focused upon the slums of New York or astronauts in orbit around the earth, DeLillo chooses not to turn away from the unsettling manner in which humans are often brought together, or the disquieting truth behind their emotional interactions. DeLillo's world is a timeless present, eerily perceptive and prophetic, in which he creates powerful stories of lust and obsession, of loss and remorse, of grief and ecstasy.



    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701128517
    Title: ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, slightly foxed, in a very good, bright & clean, lightly scuffed dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    ANTIPODES - stories which pinpoint the contrast between the old world and the new, between youth and age, love and hatred and even life and death itself. . . David Malouf is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed and popular poets and novelists. Now, with his first stunning collection of stories, which has won both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, he establishes himself as one of the most accomplished and provocative short-story writers of our time.


    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • ARRIVAL : Sketches From a Timeless Land - 2NDHAND
    ARRIVAL : Sketches From a Timeless Land - 2NDHAND
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9780734411464
    Title: ARRIVAL : Sketches From a Timeless Land - 2NDHAND
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good box.


    This special boxed set of the internationally acclaimed graphic novel "The Arrival" and its new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, "Sketches from a Nameless Land", will fascinate anyone who has fallen under the spell of Shaun Tan's timeless story, and offers a revealing insight into the craft of one of Australia's most compelling author-illustrators.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • ART : A New History - 2ND HAND
    ART : A New History - 2ND HAND
    JOHNSON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780297829287
    Title: ART : A New History - 2ND HAND
    Author: JOHNSON PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Paul Johnson turns attention to a subject that has enthralled him all his life: the history of art. Art, he believes, was central to human development, more so than writing and even language. This history begins with the earliest rock paintings around 30,000 BC and takes us right up to the present day. Whilst highlighting all the celebrated periods in art history, the author also details some wonderful but unjustly neglected artists, periods and styles, especially in Scandinavia, Germany, Russia and the Americas.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9780224031455
    Title: ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, security sticker attached to rear paste-down, in a very good dust jacket. First edition.

    'There is no such thing as autobiography, there is only art and lies'. Set in a London of the near future, its three principal characters, Handel, Picasso and Sappho, separately flee the city and find themselves on the same train, drawn to one another through the curious agency of a book. Stories within stories take us through the unlikely love

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ART OF AMERICAN BOOK COVERS 1875-1930 - 2ND HAND
    ART OF AMERICAN BOOK COVERS 1875-1930 - 2ND HAND
    MINSKY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780807616024
    Title: ART OF AMERICAN BOOK COVERS 1875-1930 - 2ND HAND
    Author: MINSKY RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in original red cloth with decorative floral gilt title design to upper board, issued without dust jacket, Profusely illustrated with lushly produced color . Reprint


    At the turn of the twentieth century book design was more than a craft. It was a labour of love at the forefront of art. Readers accustomed to today's more utilitarian book covers will find breathtaking images here - gold leaf patterns intricate enough to replicate the shimmer of feathers, forests rendered in rich colour and silver, and elegant allusions to Asian art. The diversity and ingenuity of these books will capture the imagination of book lovers and collectors - and anyone who enjoys engaging design. Selecting beautifully crafted and influential pieces, author Richard Minsky, the internationally exhibited artist, collector, and founder of the Center for Book Arts, uncovers the world behind a lost art. Richard discusses the role of women, technology, the use of silhouettes, pattern, poster style and more. He also reveals key artists, their signature designs and flourishes, the designs they inspired and the designs that inspired them. "The Art of American Book Covers: 1875-1930" is a beautifully embossed hardback, filled with gorgeous colour reproductions.

    Imprint: GORGE BRAZILLER
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE :  A life in Letters - 2ND HAND
    ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE : A life in Letters - 2ND HAND
    LELLENBERG/STACHOWER/FOLEY (EDS)
    ISBN: 9780007247592
    Title: ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE : A life in Letters - 2ND HAND
    Author: LELLENBERG/STACHOWER/FOLEY (EDS)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    These remarkably candid and previously unpublished letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his mother, dating from 1867 until her death in 1921, paint a fascinating portrait of one of Britain's most beloved authors and a complex man who both embodied and defied the conventions of his time. More than seventy-five-years after his death, Arthur Conan Doyle remains one of Britain's best-loved authors. Famed as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was a fascinating man in his own right -- physician, sportsman, crusader for social justice, war correspondent and military historian. From his early whale-hunting days to his later celebrity, Conan Doyle's life was as gripping as any of his own adventure tales. Throughout, his mother Mary Foley was Conan Doyle's principal confidante, the recipient of a stream of startlingly frank letters from her devoted son. Over a thousand letters between them survive from the time Arthur was sent away to boarding school in 1867, aged eight, until her death in 1920.
    They reveal a man whose early career was marked by a distinct lack of success as Conan Doyle struggled to establish a medical practice of his own, filling long, patient-less days by scribbling short stories that would result in the creation of Holmes. To Conan Doyle's chagrin, the detective would remain his most famous creation, vastly overshadowing the historical novels, plays and other writings on which he pinned his literary aspirations. In later years, Conan Doyle evolved into an impassioned public figure and highly opinionated commentator on the important issues of the day. A deeply moral man of uncompromising political convictions, he nevertheless spent much of his married life passionately in love with another woman. His Catholic mother, with whom he discussed the affair, approved and encouraged the relationship. And yet despite their close bond neither she nor public ridicule could convince him to abandon the eccentric spiritualist beliefs he embraced in later life. This stunningly candid volume of never-before-published letters sheds fascinating light on a man who has remained largely hidden behind his most famous character.
    Gracefully written and consistently revealing, these letters illuminate his life, character and career as never before.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ATLAS SHRUGGED - 2ND HAND
    ATLAS SHRUGGED - 2ND HAND
    RAND AYN
    ISBN: 9780525948926
    Title: ATLAS SHRUGGED - 2ND HAND
    Author: RAND AYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy , owners name to FFE, in a very good dust jacket. Reprint


    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world, and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers to these questions become clear when the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book is uncovered . Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, "Atlas shrugged" is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, and a premier moral apologia for Capitalism.

    Imprint: DUTTON PUB
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780385503952
    Title: ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition. Signed

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen- year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

    Imprint: NAN A TALESE
    RRP: $125.00

    Price: $125.00
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