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  • 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
  • AUSTRALIANS : Origins To Eureka -2ND HAND
    AUSTRALIANS : Origins To Eureka -2ND HAND
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781741750690
    Title: AUSTRALIANS : Origins To Eureka -2ND HAND
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    In this volume of a unique history of Australia where people are always centre stage, bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story.

    Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers, it is from their lives and their stories that he has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colourful nature of our unique national character.

    The story begins by looking at European occupation through Aboriginal eyes as we move between the city slums and rural hovels of eighteenth century Britain and the shores of Port Jackson. We spend time on the low-roofed convict decks of transports, and we see the bewilderment of the Eora people as they see the first ships of turaga, or 'ghost people'. We follow the daily round of Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo, and the tribulations of warrior Windradyne. Convicts like Solomon Wiseman and John Wilson find their feet and even fortune, while Henry Parkes' arrival as a penniless immigrant gives few clues to the national statesman he was to become. We follow the treks of the Chinese diggers - the Celestials - to the goldfields, and revolutionaries like Italian Raffaello Carboni and black American John Joseph bring us the drama of the Eureka uprising.

    Were the first European mothers whores or matriarchs? Was the first generation of Australian children the luckiest or unluckiest on the planet? How did this often cruel and brutal penal experiment lead to a coherent civil society? To answer these and many more questions Thomas Keneally has brought to life the high and the low, the convict and the free of early Australian society.

    This is truly a new history of Australia, by an author of outstanding literary skill and experience, and whose own humanity permeates every page.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS - 2ND HAND
    AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS - 2ND HAND
    HESS HERMAN
    ISBN: 9780374107338
    Title: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: HESS HERMAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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


    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE : The Life of Helen Gurley Brown - 2ND HAND
    BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE : The Life of Helen Gurley Brown - 2ND HAND
    SCANLON JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9780143118121
    Title: BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE : The Life of Helen Gurley Brown - 2ND HAND
    Author: SCANLON JENNIFER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, remainder mark to bottom edge.

    Helen Gurley Brown called herself a 'mouseburger: a young woman of average looks, with some intelligence, more likely working in a job then pursing a career.' But as the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Brown changed the way women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. Jennifer Scanlon offers a mesmerizing picture of an often overlooked figure, relating Brown's escape from her humble beginnings in the Ozarks to her eyebrow-raising exploits as a young woman in New York, and her late-blooming career as the world's first 'lipstick feminist.'

    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • BE NEAR ME - 2ND HAND
    BE NEAR ME - 2ND HAND
    OHAGAN ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780571216024
    Title: BE NEAR ME - 2ND HAND
    Author: OHAGAN ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    When an English priest takes over a small Scottish parish, not everyone is ready to accept him. He makes friends with two local youths, Mark and Lisa, and clashes with a world he can barely understand. The town seems to grow darker each night. Fate comes calling and before the summer is out his quiet life is the focus of public hysteria.Father David looks back to find a Lancashire childhood. He remembers a lost father and a grand school for Catholic boys. He finds 1960s Oxford in the heat of student revolt and recalls a choice he once made in the orange groves of Rome. Be Near Me is a story of art and politics, love and change, and a book about the way we live now. Trapped in class hatreds, threatened by personal flaws, Father David begins to discover what happened to the ideals of his generation. Meanwhile a religious war is unfolding on his doorstep .

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories - 2ND HAND
    BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories - 2ND HAND
    RANKIN IAN
    ISBN: 9780316296830
    Title: BEAT GOES ON : The Complete Rebus Stories - 2ND HAND
    Author: RANKIN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    There is no detective like Ian Rankin's Detective Inspector John Rebus, a man The New Yorker calls "the ideal sleuth."

    Brilliant, irascible and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. THE BEAT GOES ON collects all of Ian Rankin's Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before published tales written specifically for this collection.

    From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in "Dead and Buried," right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in "The Very Last Drop," Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction's most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family's darkest secrets to light.

    THE BEAT GOES ON is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove--a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.


    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    NORTH JUSTIN
    ISBN: 9781740664028
    Title: BECASSE : INSPIRATIONS AND FLAVOURS - 2ND HAND
    Author: NORTH JUSTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    ustin North is the rising talent behind Sydney restaurant Becasse, and at the heart of his food is a love of great produce. In this sumptuous collection of recipes, photographs and travelogue, Justin visits a blood orange orchard in the Riverina, a squab pigeon farm in Victoria, a fishing village on the east coast of Tasmania and many places in between. He follows truffles, tuna, goat's cheese and wagyu beef around the country and meets the people and landscapes behind his favourite produce. Chapter by chapter, Justin creates mouth-watering recipes on each theme. Becasse is set to change your approach to food.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS - 2ND HAND
    BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS - 2ND HAND
    WELSH IRVINE
    ISBN: 9780224075879
    Title: BEDROOM SECRETS OF THE MASTER CHEFS - 2ND HAND
    Author: WELSH IRVINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy. Signed

    Troubled Environmental Health Officer Danny Skinner is engaged on a quest to uncover what he refers to as 'the bedroom secrets of the master chefs'. He regards the unraveling of this classified information as the key to learning genetic facts about himself and the crippling compulsions that threaten to wreck his young life. The ensuing journey takes him from Europe's festival city of Edinburgh to the foodie capital of America, San Francisco. But the hard-drinking, womanizing Skinner has a strange nemesis in the form of model-railway enthusiast Brian Kibby. It is his unfathomable, obsessive hatred of Kibby that takes over everything, threatening to destroy not only Skinner and his mission but also those he loves most dearly. When Kibby contracts a horrific and debilitating mystery virus, Skinner understands that his destiny is inextricably bound to that of his hated rival, and he is faced with a terrible dilemma. "The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs" is a gothic parable about the great obsessions of our time: food, sex and minor celebrity, and is a brilliant examination of identity, male rivalry and the need to belong in the world.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • BEE MAN OF ORN - 2ND HAND
    BEE MAN OF ORN - 2ND HAND
    STOCKTON FRANK
    ISBN: BEEMAN
    Title: BEE MAN OF ORN - 2ND HAND
    Author: STOCKTON FRANK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, previous owners name in a very good, chipped and torn dust jacket.
    1st Edition

    In the ancient country of Orn there lived an old man who was called the Bee-man, because his whole time was spent in the company of bees. One day a Junior Sorcerer stopped at the hut of the Bee-man. The Junior Sorcerer told the Bee-man that he has been transformed. "If you will find out what you have been transformed from, I will see that you are made all right again," said the Sorcerer. Could it have been a giant, or a powerful prince, or some gorgeous being whom the magicians or the fairies wish to punish?

    The Bee-man sets out to discover his original form.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY - 2ND HAND
    BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY - 2ND HAND
    SCHNAKENBERG ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781594748011
    Title: BIG BAD BOOK OF BILL MURRAY - 2ND HAND
    Author: SCHNAKENBERG ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy.

    He's the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie's Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film.

    Bill Murray's extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Live and the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translation and Moonrise Kingdom).

    And now you can get your fill of Bill: part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills, extraordinary fan art, and behind-the-scenes photography.


    Imprint: QUIRK BOOKS
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS - 2ND HAND
    BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS - 2ND HAND
    DE BERNIERES LOUIS
    ISBN: 9780436205491
    Title: BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: DE BERNIERES LOUIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages tanned in a near fine dust jacket. 1st Edition

    Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia - a town in which Christian and Muslim lives and traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries. When war is declared and the outside world intrudes, the twin scourges of religion and nationalism lead to forced marches and massacres, and the peaceful fabric of life is destroyed. Birds Without Wings is a novel about the personal and political costs of war, and about love- between men and women; between friends; between those who are driven to be enemies; and between Philothei, a Christian girl of legendary beauty, and Ibrahim the Goatherd, who has courted her since infancy. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in its sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.'A mesmerising patchwork of horror, humour and humanity' Independent

    Imprint: SECKER & WARBURG
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BLACK DOGS - 2ND HAND
    BLACK DOGS - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224035729
    Title: BLACK DOGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very goos copy, spine rolled , previous owners name to FFE in a very good dust jacket.
    1st edition.

    In 1946 a young English couple set off on their honeymoon. In a gorge in the mountains of southern France they encounter a vision of darkness so impenetrable that it alters their lives for ever. This work was nominated for the 1992 Booker Prize.


    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • BLACK SWAN GREEN - 2ND HAND
    BLACK SWAN GREEN - 2ND HAND
    MITCHELL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781400063796
    Title: BLACK SWAN GREEN - 2ND HAND
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys' games on a frozen lake; of "nightcreeping" through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigre who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason's search to replace his dead grandfather's irreplaceable watch before his parents discover he has smashed it; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher's recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons.



    Imprint: Random House United States
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • BLOODFATHER - 2NDHAND
    BLOODFATHER - 2NDHAND
    IRELAND DAVID
    ISBN: 9780670820740
    Title: BLOODFATHER - 2NDHAND
    Author: IRELAND DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages a little tanned, in a very good dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Davis Blood is born on the wooden butcher's block at Bellbird Corner. A precocious child, he asks questions and looks fir answers to the mysteries of the world,

    Bloodfayjer unfolds concentrically, each part revealing another dimension in the development of young Davis Blood. The novel plumbs the depths of the creative consciousness of the young artist at a turning point.


    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BOADICEAS CHARIOT : The Warrior Queens - 2ND HAND
    BOADICEAS CHARIOT : The Warrior Queens - 2ND HAND
    FRASE ANTONIA
    ISBN: 9780297794868
    Title: BOADICEAS CHARIOT : The Warrior Queens - 2ND HAND
    Author: FRASE ANTONIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens are those women who have both ruled and led in war. They include Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I, Isabella of Spain, the Rani of Jhansi, and the formidable Queen Jinga of Angola. With Boadicea as the definitive example, her female champions from other ages and civilisations make a fascinating and awesome assembly. Yet if Boadicea's apocryphal chariot has ensured her place in history, what are the myths that surround the others? And how different are the democratically elected if less regal warrior queens of recent times: Indira Ghandi and Golda Meir? This remarkable book is much more than a biographical selection. It examines how Antonia Fraser's heroines have held and wrested the reins of power from their (consistently male) adversaries.


    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
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