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  • 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    These remarkably candid and previously unpublished letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his mother, dating from 1867 until her death in 1921, paint a fascinating portrait of one of Britain's most beloved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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket, spine a little faded. 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
  • AUSTRALIANS: Volume 2 : Eureka to the Diggers - 2ND HAND
    AUSTRALIANS: Volume 2 : Eureka to the Diggers - 2ND HAND
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781742374482
    Title: AUSTRALIANS: Volume 2 : Eureka to the Diggers - 2ND HAND
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    In this companion volume of Thomas Keneally's widely acclaimed history of the Australian people, the vast range of characters who have formed our national story are brought vividly to life. Immigrants and Aboriginal resistance figures, bushrangers and pastoralists, working men and pioneering women, artists and hard-nosed radicals, politicians and soldiers all populate this richly drawn portrait of a vibrant land on the cusp of nationhood and social maturity.

    From the 1860s to the great rifts wrought by World War I, an era commenced in which Australian pursued glimmering visions: of equity in a promised land. It was a time of social experiment and reform, of industrial radicalism and women's rights. We were a society the world had much to learn from, or so we believed. But as much as we espoused we were a special people and celebrated a larrikin anti-authoritarianism, we retained provincial objectives that saw ultimate respect for society's structures. There was no Australian revolution.

    With a rich assortment of contradictory, inspiring and surprising characters, Tom Keneally brings to life the people of a young and cocky nation. 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 BIRTHSTAIN : The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era - 2ND HAND
    AUSTRALIAS BIRTHSTAIN : The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era - 2ND HAND
    SMITH BABETTE
    ISBN: 9781741146042
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BIRTHSTAIN : The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era - 2ND HAND
    Author: SMITH BABETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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


    Why is it that Australians are still misled by myths about their convict heritage? Why are so many family historians surprised to find a convict ancestor in their family trees? Why did an entire society collude to cover up its past?
    Babette Smith traces the stories of hundreds of convicts over the 80 years of convict transportation to Australia. Putting a human face on the convicts' experience, she paints a rich picture of their crimes in Britain and their lives in the colonies. We know about Port Arthur, Norfolk Island, chaingangs and floggings, but this was far from the experience of most. In fact, most convicts became good citizens and the backbone of the new nation. So why did we need to hide them away?
    Australia's Birthstain rewrites the story of Australia's convict foundations, revealing the involvement of British politicians and clergy in creating a birthstain that reached far beyond convict crimes. Its startling conclusion offers a fresh perspective on our past.
    'Babette Smith's arguments will be hotly debated, but there is no doubting the fascination or drama of this study of the stain we pretend is not there.'
    Thomas Keneally, Booker prize winning novelist and author of The Commonwealth of Thieves
    'Australia's Birthstain explodes many myths of the past and gives us a much better understanding of what actually happened, and the effects of this on the Australian community...should be read by everyone interested in Australian history.'
    A.G.L. Shaw, author of Convicts and the Colonies and formerly Professor of History, Monash University, Victoria
    'A thoughtful, challenging and well-researched study, this book shows how Australians have viewed their convict past. Through a sample of 1100 convicts it also brings to life some of the men and women who were transported here.'
    Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher, University of Sydney

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • 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
  • AZTECS - 2ND HAND
    AZTECS - 2ND HAND
    CLENDINNEN INGA
    ISBN: 9780521400930
    Title: AZTECS - 2ND HAND
    Author: CLENDINNEN INGA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, notes(in pencil) to rear paste down, in a very good dust jacket. Reprint.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS - 2ND HAND
    BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS - 2ND HAND
    SIJIE DAI
    ISBN: 9780701169824
    Title: BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS - 2ND HAND
    Author: SIJIE DAI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages tanned , in a very good dust jacket. Reprint.

    n 1971 Mao's campaign against the intellectuals is at its height. Our narrator and his best friend, Luo, distinctly unintellectual but guilty of being the sons of doctors, have been sent to a remote mountain village to be 'reeducated'. The kind of education that takes place among the peasants of Phoenix Mountain involves carting buckets of excrement up and down precipitous, foggy paths, but the two seventeen- year-olds have a violin and their sense of humour to keep them going. Further distraction is provided by the attractive daughter of the local tailor, possessor of a particularly fine pair of feet. Their true re-education starts, however, when they discover a comrade's hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature - Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy and others, in Chinese translation. They need all their ingenuity to get their hands on the forbidden books, but when they do their lives are turned upside down. And not only their lives: after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, the Little Seamstress will never be the same again. Without betraying the truth of what happened, Dai Sijie transforms the bleak events of China's Cultural Revolution into an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and the magical power of great storytelling.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • 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
  • BEYOND CATEGORY : The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington
    BEYOND CATEGORY : The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington
    HASSE JOHN EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780306806148
    Title: BEYOND CATEGORY : The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington
    Author: HASSE JOHN EDWARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy.

    "The analyses of both Ellington's music and his enigmatic personality are delineated with rare insight."--Leonard Feather, author of The Encyclopedia of Jazz
    One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Duke Ellington (1899-1974) led a fascinating life. Beyond Category, the first biography to draw on the vast Duke Ellington archives at the Smithsonian Institution, recounts his remarkable career: his childhood in Washington, D.C., and his musical apprenticeship in Harlem; his long engagement at the Cotton Club; the challenging years of the depression; his tours to Europe and into America's deep South, where he helped lower racial barriers; the postwar years when television and bebop threatened to eclipse the big bands; Ellington's own triumphant comeback at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival; his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, and Ella Fitzgerald; as well as five decades of hits and masterpieces that constantly broke new ground.
    The art of Duke Ellington was a musical expression of the African-American experience, in all its pain, pride, and glory. He composed his music as he composed his life-with flair, passion, and individuality-and no book reveals the man and his artistic evolution more brilliantly than Beyond Category.
    Foreword by Wynton Marsalis


    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • 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
  • BLAKE - 2ND HAND
    BLAKE - 2ND HAND
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781856192781
    Title: BLAKE - 2ND HAND
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Poet, painter, engraver and visionary, Blake's was a radical spirit fired by genius. Yet his life has remained an enigma.In this magnificent biography Peter Ackroyd discloses the true nature of William Blake's life and art.

    Imprint: SINCLAIR STEVENSON
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
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