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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
  • 30 DAYS IN SYDNEY - 2ND HAND
    30 DAYS IN SYDNEY - 2ND HAND
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9780747555001
    Title: 30 DAYS IN SYDNEY - 2ND HAND
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st edition. Signed.

    After living in New York for ten years novelist Peter Carey returned home to Sydney with the idea of capturing its ebullient character via the four elements. 'I would never seek to define Manhattan by asking my New York friends for stories of Earth and Air and Fire and Water,' he writes, 'but that is exactly what was in my mind as I walked through immigration at Kingsford Smith International Airport.'

    But Carey's friends turn out to be anarchic characters each of whom has had his own very individual ways of story-telling. Carey draws the reader helplessly into a wild and wonderful journey of discovery and re-discovery.

    Reading this book is a very physical experience, as bracing as the famous Southerly buster that sometimes batters Sydney's beauteous shores. Famous visual extravaganzas such as Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all take on a strange new intensity when exposed to the penetrating gaze of Peter and his friends.

    30 Days In Sydney offers the reader a private glimpse behind the glittering facades and the venetian blinds. It will exhilarate and enchant all who visit.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    OSTLER NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780007221752
    Title: AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    Author: OSTLER NICHOLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    The Latin language has been the one constant in the cultural history of the West for more than two millennia. It has defined the way in which we express our thoughts, our faith, and our knowledge of how the world functions, its use echoing on in the law codes of half the world, in the terminologies of modern science, and, until forty years ago, in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. In his erudite and entertaining "biography," Nicholas Ostler shows how and why Latin survived and thrived even as its creators and other languages failed. Originally the dialect of Rome and its surrounds, Latin supplanted its neighbors to become, by conquest and settlement, the language of all Italy, and then of Western Europe and North Africa. After the empire collapsed, spoken Latin re-emerged as a host of new languages, from Portuguese and Spanish in the west to Romanian in the east, while a knowledge of Latin lived on as the common code of European thought, and inspired the founders of Europe's New World in the Americas. E pluribus unum. Illuminating the extravaganza of its past, Nicholas Ostler makes clear that, in a thousand echoes, Latin lives on, ad infinitum.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    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: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ALIAS GRACE - 2ND HAND
    ALIAS GRACE - 2ND HAND
    ATWOOD MARGARET
    ISBN: 9781408892060
    Title: ALIAS GRACE - 2ND HAND
    Author: ATWOOD MARGARET
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    A stunning new hardback edition of Margaret Atwood's classic work of true crime 'an explosive mixture of murder, sex and class conflict' (Daily Mail) soon to be a major Netflix original series

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
    Shortlisted for the Orange Prize

    1859. Sixteen years have passed since teenaged Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his lover, Nancy Montgomery. Saved from the gallows where her alleged accomplice was hanged, Grace claims to have no memory of the events which changed her life for ever.
    Dr Simon Jordan is an expert in the field of amnesia. His objective is to unlock the dormant part of Grace 's mind and discover the truth behind one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of all time.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780747548652
    Title: ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, top edge a little foxed in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    Anil's Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of the civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka sent by an international human rights group as a forensic anthropologist to investigate the campaigns of organised slaughter engulfing the island. What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past - a story driven by a riveting mystery.


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • 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
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