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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
  • 12 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - 2ND HAND
    12 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - 2ND HAND
    BRAGG MELVYN
    ISBN: 9780340839805
    Title: 12 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRAGG MELVYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. ist Edition. Signed

    When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book. In his fascinating new book accompanying the ITV series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. Twelve Books that Changed the World presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters. Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton and Shakespeare - but we also discover the stories behind some less well-known works, such as Marie Stopes' Married Love, the original radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - and even the rules to an obscure ball game that became the most popular sport in the world. Definitive, always illuminating and sometimes controversial, the hidden story of these twelve books demonstrates the enduring impact of one of the world's great inventions ---- THE BOOK.


    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • 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
  • A LONG LONG WAY - 2ND HAND
    A LONG LONG WAY - 2ND HAND
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780670033805
    Title: A LONG LONG WAY - 2ND HAND
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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


    Irish author and playwright Sebastian Barry has created a powerful new novel about divided loyalties and the realities of war. In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side. Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie?s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - A History of the People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern World - 2ND HAND
    A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - A History of the People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern World - 2ND HAND
    WATSON PETER
    ISBN: 9780297840756
    Title: A TERRIBLE BEAUTY - A History of the People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern World - 2ND HAND
    Author: WATSON PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    In this extremely ambitious book, Peter Watson has achieved a noteworthy success. Weaving together so many ideas and so many people responsible for them, this story of the 20th century is both informative and stimulating. It unfolds in a way that captures the reader's attention and never relinquishes its grasp. The range of topics, from the arts and sciences through philosophy and ideas, renders this work a colossal and intricate chain of events. The links are cleverly interwoven between the century's unimaginable horrors and extraordinary developments. From the characters and events which shaped Vienna for the arrival of art student Adolf Hitler in 1907, to the ongoing conflicts of the computer age, Terrible Beauty, as its title implies, demonstrates the Jekyll and Hyde nature of modern civilisation. An excellent work of reference and an exciting read.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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 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: SECOND HAND

    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 PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9780670883479
    Title: ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Author's second novel, originally published in Australia as 'Cleave' in a soft cover only.

    A legacy from her grandmother sends Phillipa "Snip" Freeman, a tough-minded artist and wanderer, on a personal odyssey through the vast outback of Australia in search of her long-lost father and answers to some of her unexplained questions about her troubled childhood.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $10.00

    Price: $10.00
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - 2ND HAND
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - 2ND HAND
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9781894965002
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND - 2ND HAND
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket

    Ghiuselev, like many illustrators before him, has responded to the siren song of a certain English schoolgirl and her trip down the rabbit hole. Like his Pinocchio (2002), this interpretation showcases his painterly style, mixing full-color scenes with vignettes reminiscent of the burnt sienna drawings in an old master's sketchbook. The twist is that every full-color illustration hails from one painting, reproduced on the cover, that incorporates most of the major episodes into one Escher-inspired dreamscape. Parlaying a single painting into enough artwork for Carroll's unabridged text presents obvious challenges. Readers may be bothered by the frequent repetition and sometimes awkward manipulation of key visuals, and the page design seems more focused on decorative effects than a strong correspondence between text and art. Nonetheless, Ghiuselev's ambitious vision and startling perspectives--such as a dramatic overhead view of the Mad Hatter's tea party--will delight children's literature enthusiasts and aspiring fine artists alike.

    Imprint: SIMPLY
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • ANCIENT LIGHT - 2ND HAND
    ANCIENT LIGHT - 2ND HAND
    BANVILLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780670920617
    Title: ANCIENT LIGHT - 2ND HAND
    Author: BANVILLE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    In a small town in 1950s Ireland a fifteen-year-old boy has illicit meetings with a thirty-five-year-old woman - in the back of her car on sunny mornings, and in a rundown cottage in the country on rain-soaked afternoons. Unsure why she has chosen him, he becomes obsessed and tormented by this first love. Half a century later, actor Alexander Cleave - grieving for the recent loss of his daughter - recalls these trysts, trying to make sense of the boy he was and of the needs and frailties of the human heart.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • 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
  • ANNIE DUNNE - 2NDHAND
    ANNIE DUNNE - 2NDHAND
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780670031122
    Title: ANNIE DUNNE - 2NDHAND
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Annie Dunne and her cousin Sarah live and work on a small farm in a remote and beautiful part of Wicklow in late 1950s Ireland.
    All about them the old green roads are being tarred, cars are being purchased, a way of life is about to disappear. Like two old rooks, they hold to their hill in Kelsha, cherishing everything. When Annie's nephew and his wife are set to go to London to find work, their two small children, a little boy and his older sister, are brought down to spend the summer with their great-aunt.
    It is a strange chance for happiness for Annie. But against that happiness moves the figure of Billy Kerr, with his ambiguous attentions to Sarah, threatening to drive Annie from her last niche of safety in the world. The world of childish innocence also proves darkened and puzzling to her, and she struggles to find clear ground, clear light - to preserve her sense of love and place against these subtle forces of disquiet.


    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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 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
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