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  • 15 MINUTE VEGAN : On a Budget : Fast, modern vegan food that costs less
    15 MINUTE VEGAN : On a Budget : Fast, modern vegan food that costs less
    BESKOW KATY
    ISBN: 9781787132559
    Title: 15 MINUTE VEGAN : On a Budget : Fast, modern vegan food that costs less
    Author: BESKOW KATY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Vegan food that costs less and tastes great, all ready in under 15 minutes!

    15 Minute Vegan: On a Budget features 100 recipes for home cooks who want to create effortless, fast and delicious vegan food, without the price tag often associated with vegan cooking. All of the ingredients can be purchased in supermarkets and every recipe is ready in 15 minutes or less.

    Katy Beskow challenges the perception that vegan cooking is expensive, and shows that veganism is for all by using ingredients that are readily available and need no specialist equipment. This is a book for both non-vegans and vegans who want to try reduce food costs without sacrificing flavour.

    Chapters include: Leftovers (Potato peel crisps, Panzanella, Pitta chips); From the Cupboard (Spanish chickpea stew, Thai slaw, Black bean mole); Fresh food (Aubergine caponata, Mango gazpacho, Korean bibimbap); Family Favourites (Lentil ragu, Kedgeree with paprika yoghurt); and Sweet Treats (Cinnamon sugar tortillas, Sesame brittle thins, Apple fritters). There is also plenty of advice on eating seasonally and shopping wisely.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    ROBERTSON REBEKAH
    ISBN: 9780143785156
    Title: ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    Author: ROBERTSON REBEKAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2000, Rebekah Robertson gave birth to twin boys, George and Harry. But as they grew older, their preferences began to show, and by the age of three it was clear Georgie was drawn to anything that was pretty or had a skirt that could swirl.

    Before long Georgie began to insist that she was a girl and became distressed that she had to hide who she really was when she started school. Soon the bullying started and she would come home in floods of tears, begging her mother to help her.

    Rebekah and her husband, conflicted about how to proceed and overwhelmed by fear, united in their determination to help her live freely and fearlessly. To ensure Georgie had access to medical support they sought permission for her to begin puberty-blocking medication. Their case was the start of the long road to justice for transgender children in Australia and became the basis of the 2013 landmark decision to remove the Family Court's jurisdiction.

    Georgie would go on to become one of the brightest stars of the Australian youth leadership landscape through her advocacy work. And Rebekah would found Transcend, a support network for transgender kids and their families in Australia.

    Part memoir and part inspirational message of hope for those navigating a similar path, About a Girl is a thought-provoking and profoundly moving true story. Above all, it is a celebration of family and the values that unite us all.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    NORMAN JESSE
    ISBN: 9780141987118
    Title: ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    Author: NORMAN JESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics' and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness?

    This exceptional book, by a writer who combines to an unusual degree intellectual training and practical political experience, dispels the myths and caricatures and gives us Smith in the round. It lays out a succinct and highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. Finally, it shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    EVERITT ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780425286524
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    Author: EVERITT ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More than two millennia have passed, but Alexander the Great is still a household name. His life was an adventure story and took him to every corner of the ancient world. His memory and glamour persist, and his early death at thirty-three has kept him evergreen in our imaginations with a legacy that meant something different to every age- in the Middle Ages he became an exemplar of knightly chivalry, he was a star of Renaissance paintings, and by the early twentieth century he even came to resemble an English gentleman. But who was he in his own time?

    In Alexander the Great, Anthony Everitt judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his own age and considers all his contradictions. We meet the Macedonian prince who was naturally inquisitive and fascinated by science and exploration, who enjoyed the arts and used the poet Homer's great epic, the Iliad, as a bible. As his empire grew, stretching from Greece and Macedonia to Ancient Egypt and Persia and all the way to India, Alexander exhibited respect for the traditions of his new subjects and careful judgment in administering rule over a vast territory. But his career also had a dark side. An inveterate conqueror, who in his short life built the largest empire to that point in history, Alexander glorified war and was known to commit acts of great cruelty.

    As debates continue about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains an unsolved mystery. Did he die of natural causes, felled by a fever, or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ALL ABOUT MERMAIDS
    ALL ABOUT MERMAIDS
    QUINN IZZY
    ISBN: 9781760504151
    Title: ALL ABOUT MERMAIDS
    Author: QUINN IZZY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dive into the world of mermaids and discover everything there is to know about the ocean’s most mysterious creatures. From where they are found to how they sleep, from what they eat to how they raise their young, All About Mermaids is overflowing with fascinating facts that are sure to enchant and enlighten readers. 

    With spellbinding artwork from Vladimir Stankovic and absorbing text by mermaid expert Izzy Quinn, All About Mermaids is the ultimate book for young mermaid enthusiasts. 



    Imprint: LITTLE HARE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ALMOST HUMAN
    ALMOST HUMAN
    FIDJESTOL ALFRED
    ISBN: 9780733642791
    Title: ALMOST HUMAN
    Author: FIDJESTOL ALFRED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ALMOST HUMAN tells the remarkable story of Julius the chimpanzee, born in the Kristiansand Zoo in Norway, and rejected by his mother at just six weeks old. The zoo director and his family fostered Julius with the aim of returning him to his tribe, but Julius wasn't in any rush to reconnect and the tribe repeatedly snubbed him. Despite regular attempts to reintroduce Julius to zoo life, he often returned to his human home.

    Julius' story soon caught the imagination of the Norwegian people and he became the star of his own TV show - the nation following his story as he grew up. Finally, after twenty-five turbulent years that saw daring escape attempts, failed relationships, rejection and injury, Julius was settled into a different chimpanzee tribe. Today, at almost forty years old, he enjoys life as a contented alpha chimpanzee with two of his own offspring.

    ALMOST HUMAN explores more than this unique chimpanzee's life - it examines how our treatment of animals in captivity has changed over the decades, how the mind of a chimpanzee works, and how much we have in common with the primates who share 98.6% of our DNA. This powerful story shows how Julius was faced with the very same challenges we humans experience - the need for food and safety, the desire for love and sex, how to negotiate status and power, and finding ways to deal with loneliness, sorrow and death. It reminds us that what we all require is very simple: a loving family and a place to call home.

    'Alternately joyous and heartbreaking, ALMOST HUMAN is more than just a biography of a confused chimpanzee. It is also a fascinating, well-researched book that provides excellent information about wild and zoo chimpanzees, the history of trafficking live chimpanzee infants out of Africa, and the dramatic change in the way animals have been perceived and treated in zoos over the past century.' Jane Goodall

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AMERIKA
    AMERIKA
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372586
    Title: AMERIKA
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann.

    'He had almost forgotten he was in the uncertain hold of a ship moored to the coast of an unknown continent'

    Karl Rossmann has been banished by his parents to America, following a family scandal. There, with unquenchable optimism, he throws himself into the strange experiences that lie before him as he slowly makes his way into the interior of the great continent. Although Kafka's first novel can be read as a disturbing allegory of modern life in all its alienation, it is also a novel infused with blitheness and exuberance.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMNESIA FINDINGS
    AMNESIA FINDINGS
    JACOBSON ANNA
    ISBN: 9780702262586
    Title: AMNESIA FINDINGS
    Author: JACOBSON ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Now I knit myself back into a human. It's hard work relearning the steps - slip-stitch, drop-stitch, pick-up stitch, loop. I get into a rhythm. The pattern is complex - I drop a few stitches. The holes form gaps in my memory.

    Knitting visions and memories, Anna Jacobson's collection traces the skeins of lost histories and the spaces of dropped stitches. Exquisite and whimsical, these poems bear witness to the broken and healed. Gentle but robust, these are poems of personal resilience, framed by explorations of Jewish culture and family and fuelled by a boundless and exhilarating imaginativeness.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864371
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY
    AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY
    NESS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781406385861
    Title: AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY
    Author: NESS PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Mind-bendingly brilliant and fearlessly strange." – Frances Hardinge "A haunting, lyrical fable." – The Bookseller "Awe-inspiring." – The Times, Children's Book of the Week

    From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down. The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99
    Price: $17.99
  • ANIMAL FARM   -   Graphic Novel
    ANIMAL FARM - Graphic Novel
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241391846
    Title: ANIMAL FARM - Graphic Novel
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another . . .

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANIMOLOGY
    ANIMOLOGY
    COOTE MAREE
    ISBN: 9780992491796
    Title: ANIMOLOGY
    Author: COOTE MAREE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These remarkable illustrations capture animal body-language and likeness with accuracy, charm and wit, while simultaneously spelling the animal's portrait! It's the missing link between word and image.

    A stunning new collection of illustrations paired with delightful not-so-nonsense verse. This book is deliciously large, and rich enough in glorious colour and detail to immerse young readers in letter shape and design. These ingenious animal portraits link letter and image in a totally new way, creating a connection between word and picture that will help improve letter recognition, spelling and design skills.

    Did you know that the octopus has nine brains? Can you make a portrait of an octopus from the letters of its name? Did you know you could make a swan with just four beautiful letters? If you rearrange the letters of an armadillo, do you still have an armadillo?

    Discover a world where letters and nature meet. Discover the kooky connections between letter shapes and animal body language.



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE : My Life in Photos and Musci
    ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE : My Life in Photos and Musci
    STARR RINGO
    ISBN: 9781905662586
    Title: ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE : My Life in Photos and Musci
    Author: STARR RINGO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Another Day In The Life is introduced and narrated by Ringo Starr, with forewords by legendary movie director David Lynch and rock photographer Henry Diltz. Ringo shows us the world as seen through a Starr’s eyes, in more than 500 observational photographs and rare images from the archives, and an original text of nearly 13,000 words. From Los Angeles to Tokyo and everywhere in between, Ringo’s photographs celebrate his life in music and offer a glimpse behind the scenes. Many are taken during historic events, such as Ringo’s acceptance of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and his return to New York’s Plaza Hotel, 50 years after The Beatles first visited the USA.

    Imprint: GENESIS PUB LTD
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    LEWIS-JONES HUW
    ISBN: 9780500022566
    Title: ARCHIPELAGO : An Atlas of Imagined Islands
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    `Think of this atlas as the beginning of a journey and a kind of island guidebook, a rough guide to far-flung places, a Baedeker of make-believe, and a new page waiting to be filled. The cycle of Crusoes continues' Huw Lewis-Jones

    Islomania is a recognized affliction. But what is it about islands that is so alluring, and why do so many people find these self-contained worlds completely irresistible? Utopia and Atlantis were islands, and islands have captured the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. Venetian sailors were the first to make collections of them by drawing maps of those they visited in their isolari - literally the `island books'. Then in 1719 Daniel Defoe published his tale of a castaway on a desert island, Robinson Crusoe, one of the first great novels in the history of literature and an instant bestseller. Defoe's tale combined the real and the imagined and transformed them into a compelling creative landscape, establishing a whole literary genre and unleashing the power of an island for storytelling.

    To celebrate the tercentenary of Robinson Crusoe's publication, a truly international range of leading illustrators imagine they too have been washed up on their own remote island. In a specially created map they visualize what it looks like, what it's called and what can be found on its mythical shores. In a panoply of astonishingly creative and often surprising responses, we are invited to explore a curious and fabulous archipelago of islands of invention that will beguile illustrators, cartographers and dreamers alike.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    STEIN GARTH
    ISBN: 9780008347666
    Title: ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
    Author: STEIN GARTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Soon to be a major motion picture, this heart-warming and inspirational tale follows Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together.

    A captivating and moving story of an extraordinary family, how they almost fell apart, and how they were brought back together again by the wisest and most loyal member – Enzo the dog.

    Heart-wrenching but deeply funny, The Art of Racing in the Rain is an uplifting tale about the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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