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  • 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
  • 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214808
    Title: 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, top edge a little foxed in a near fine dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on a fledgeling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen. This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • 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: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 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
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND / THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - 2ND HAND
    ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND / THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - 2ND HAND
    CARROLL LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780747556886
    Title: ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND / THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - 2ND HAND
    Author: CARROLL LEWIS
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Near fine copies in near fine dust jackets, housed in a marked slipcase.




    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    MCCARTHY CORMAC
    ISBN: 9780394574745
    Title: ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCCARTHY CORMAC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised; a place where dreams are paid for in blood. All the Pretty Horses is an acknowledged masterpiece and a grand love story: a novel about childhood passing, along with innocence and a vanished American age. Steeped in the wisdom that comes only from loss, it is a magnificent parable of responsibility, revenge and survival.Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this is one of the essential Picador novels reissued in a beautiful new series style.


    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    SETH VIKRAM
    ISBN: 9780767902915
    Title: AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: SETH VIKRAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st US 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: BROADWAY BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 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
  • 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 near fine copy in a very good, bright & clen, 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
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • 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: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like 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 affairs of one Doll Sneerpiece, an 18th century bawd, and into the world of painful beauty where language has the power to heal. Art & Lies is a question and a quest: How shall I live?

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224062527
    Title: ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, previous owners name to FFE, in a near fine dust jacket. First 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: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • AUSTRALIAS QUARTER ACRE : The Story of the Ordinary Suburban Garden - 2ND HAND
    AUSTRALIAS QUARTER ACRE : The Story of the Ordinary Suburban Garden - 2ND HAND
    TIMMS PETER
    ISBN: 9780522851854
    Title: AUSTRALIAS QUARTER ACRE : The Story of the Ordinary Suburban Garden - 2ND HAND
    Author: TIMMS PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket.First edition.

    This is numer 78 in the second numbered series of the Miegunyah volumes.

    A spirited defense of the home garden, this fascinating study explains how Australia became the world's first great suburban nation, why Aussies are so passionate about roses and gladioli, how social and economic developments have altered the layouts of front and back gardens, and reasons for the slow decline of the manicured lawn and the productive home vegetable-garden. The designs, plantings, and hidden meanings of the ordinary garden are thoroughly explored, and the book offers unique new perspectives on everything from fruit trees and woodsheds to rotary clotheslines and illuminated Santas at Christmas.



    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
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