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  • 100 YEAR LIFE : Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
    100 YEAR LIFE : Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
    GRATTON LYNDA / SCOTT ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781526622839
    Title: 100 YEAR LIFE : Living and Working in an Age of Longevity
    Author: GRATTON LYNDA / SCOTT ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *A new edition of the international bestseller (a #1 bestseller in Japan), featuring a new preface*

    Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?
    Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives- education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse o life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.
    The 100-Year Life is here to help.
    Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.
    How can you fashion a career and life path that defines you and your values and creates a shifting balance between work and leisure?
    What are the most effective ways of boosting your physical and mental health over a longer and more dynamic lifespan?
    How can you make the most of your intangible assets o such as family and friends o as you build a productive, longer life?
    In a multiple-stage life how can you learn to make the transitions that will be so crucial and experiment with new ways of living, working and learning?
    Shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and featuring a new preface, The 100-Year Life is a wake-up call that describes what to expect and considers the choices and options that you will face. It is also fundamentally a call to action for individuals, politicians, firms and governments and offers the clearest demonstration that a 100-year life can be a wonderful and inspiring one.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 2021 V AND A Desk Diary
    2021 V AND A Desk Diary
    ISBN: 9781851779871
    Title: 2021 V AND A Desk Diary
    Format: DIARY
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Yhis beautifully illustrated week-to-view diary has been published to accompany the V&A's 2020 exhibition Kimono- Kyoto to Catwalk.
    Kimono are revered in Japan as the embodiment of national culture. Featured here are stunning examples from the V&A's prestigious Japanese collection, illustrations of traditional kimono designs, and depictions of kimono in colourful woodblock prints.

    Imprint: Victoria and Albert
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    MACDONALD BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786276520
    Title: 666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    Author: MACDONALD BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring 666 standout metal songs from 1960 to the present day and illustrated with sleeves, flyers, posters and magazine ads, this is a feast for fans who love it loud.

    666 Songs to Make You Bang Your Head Until You Die delves into the dark corners of hard rock and metal, unearthing hidden treasures and shining fresh light on old favourites.

    From pioneers like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, through million-sellers like Van Halen and AC/DC, to skull-crushers like Pantera and The Prodigy, and young bucks like Bring Me The Horizon and Paramore, the selection charts the evolution of the genre over the last 60 years. Each entry is packed with reviews from contemporary musicians, quotes from bandmates and fascinating trivia.

    Written in an informed, entertaining and irreverent style, 666 Songs to Make You Bang Your Head Until You Die is a must-have for metal lovers.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ABSTAINER
    ABSTAINER
    MCGUIRE IAN
    ISBN: 9781471163609
    Title: ABSTAINER
    Author: MCGUIRE IAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the widely acclaimed author of The North Water comes an epic story of revenge and obsession set in 19th century Manchester

    The Abstainer is truly terrific – a can't-put-down book. It's no less than a tight 'n spare 'n suspense-filled noir novel, masterfully set in 1860s Britain and America. And like all superb historical novels, it seems as modern and as contemporary as this morning.’ Richard Ford

    The rebels will be hanged at dawn, and their brotherhood is already plotting revenge.

    Manchester, 1867: Stephen Doyle, an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War, arrives from New York with a thirst for blood. He has joined the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland by any means necessary. Head Constable James O'Connor has fled grief and drink in Dublin for a sober start in Manchester. His job is to discover and thwart the Fenians’ plans whatever they might be. When a long-lost nephew returns from America and arrives on O’Connor’s doorstep looking for work, he cannot foresee the way his fragile new life will be imperilled – and how his and Doyle's fates will be intertwined.

    In this propulsive tale of the underground war for Irish independence, master storyteller Ian McGuire once again transports readers to a time when blood begot blood. Moving from the dirt and uproar of industrial Manchester to the quiet hills of Pennsylvania, The Abstainer is a searing novel in which two men, haunted by their pasts and driven forward by the need for justice and retribution, must fight for life and legacy.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGENT SONYA
    AGENT SONYA
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780241408513
    Title: AGENT SONYA
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the quiet Cotswolds village of Great Rollright in 1944, a thin, and unusually elegant, housewife emerged from her cottage to go on her usual bike ride. A devoted mother-of-three, attentive wife and friendly neighbour, Sonya Burton seemed to epitomise rural British domesticity.

    However, rather than pedalling towards the shops with her ration book, Sonya was heading for the Oxfordshire countryside to gather scientific secrets from a nuclear physicist. Secrets that would enable the Soviet Union to build the atomic bomb.

    Far from an obedient homemaker, Sonya Burton was a dedicated communist, a decorated colonel and a veteran spy who risked her life to keep the Soviet Union in the nuclear arms race.

    In Mrs Burton, Ben Macintyre reveals the astonishing story behind the most important female spy in history.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALBERT EINSTEINS THEORY OF RELATIVITY
    ALBERT EINSTEINS THEORY OF RELATIVITY
    WILKINSON CARL
    ISBN: 9781786277503
    Title: ALBERT EINSTEINS THEORY OF RELATIVITY
    Author: WILKINSON CARL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Understand how Einstein came to write the most famous equation in history and see how the world was changed forever.

    Broken into 10 bite-sized chapters, this step-by-step journey through Einstein’s mind takes his original manuscripts and makes them accessible to budding scientists everywhere.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALEXANDRIA QUARTET
    ALEXANDRIA QUARTET
    DURRELL LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9780571283934
    Title: ALEXANDRIA QUARTET
    Author: DURRELL LAWRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lawrence Durrell was one of the best-selling, most celebrated English novelists of the late 20th century. The Alexandria Quartet is unquestionably his most admired work, at heart a sensuous and brilliant evocation of wartime Alexandria. In this world of corrupt glamour, L. G. Darley attempts to reconcile himself to the end of his affair with the dark, passionate Justine Hosnani - setting alight a beguiling exploration of sexual and political intrigue that the author himself described as 'an investigation of modern love'.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE   #16
    ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE #16
    PENNY LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780751579277
    Title: ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE #16
    Author: PENNY LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabes' THE TIMES

    'Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times' DENISE MINA

    Louise Penny's much loved hero confronts a dark plot lurking beneath the elegant facades of Paris - lose yourself in the breathtaking new crime thriller by the #1 bestselling author

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    On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather for a family dinner with Armand's godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. But the evening ends in horror when Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Armand is convinced is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on an elderly man's life.

    When a strange key is found in Stephen's possession it sends Armand on a desperate search for the truth that will take him from the top of the Tour Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives.

    And as Armand begins to uncover the secrets his godfather has kept hidden for decades, he finds himself ensnared in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything - and everyone - he holds dear.

    For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide . . .

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    Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:

    'Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium' The New York Times

    'The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous' Washington Post

    'Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings' Ann Cleeves

    'Supremely satisfying' Observer

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • AMERICAN SPY
    AMERICAN SPY
    WILKINSON LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780349700984
    Title: AMERICAN SPY
    Author: WILKINSON LAUREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A BARACK OBAMA SUMMER READING PICK

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CENTRE FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

    'A whole lot more than just a spy thriller, wrapping together the ties of family, of love and of country'
    BARACK OBAMA

    'There has never been anything like it' MARLON JAMES (GQ)

    'A compelling read' MAIL ON SUNDAY

    'Pacy and very exciting' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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    What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love?

    It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War. Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant and talented, but she's also a black woman working in an all-white boys' club, and her career has stalled with routine paperwork - until she's recruited to a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention.

    In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately, have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, and a good American.

    'A stunning book' PAUL BEATTY

    'Intelligent and propulsive' GUARDIAN

    'A spy thriller like you've never read before' TIME



    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864395
    Title: ANARCHY : The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
    THE TIMES HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2019

    A FINANCIAL TIMES, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, WALL STREET JOURNAL AND TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

    'Dalrymple is a superb historian with a visceral understanding of India A book of beauty' o Gerard DeGroot, The Times
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to establish a new administration in his richest provinces. Run by English merchants who collected taxes using a ruthless private army, this new regime saw the East India Company transform itself from an international trading corporation into something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business.

    William Dalrymple tells the remarkable story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    ISBN: 9781786275714
    Title: ANATOMICA : The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy
    Author: EBENSTEIN JOANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For centuries, humankind has sought to know itself through an understanding of the body, in sickness and in health, inside and out. This fascination left in its wake a rich body of artworks that demonstrate not only the facts of the human body, but also the ways in which our ideas about the body and its proper representation have changed over time.

    At times both beautiful and repulsive, illustrated anatomy continues to hold our interest today, and is frequently referenced in popular culture. Anatomica brings together some of the most striking, fascinating and bizarre artworks from the 16th through to the 20th century, exploring human anatomy in one beautiful volume.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781847925640
    Title: ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would a fair and equal society look like?

    Imagine it is now 2025 and that years earlier, in the wake of the world financial crisis of 2008, a new post-Capitalist society had been born. In this ingenious book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis draws on the greatest thinkers in European culture from Plato to Marx to offer us a dramatic and tantalising glimpse of this brave new world, where the principles of democracy, equality and justice are truly served.

    But in setting out what would be needed to forge such a society, he identifies a painful but important truth- that the greatest obstacles to making such a vision a reality lie within each of us.

    This book offers answers to some of the most pressing questions of today. It also challenges us to consider how we might answer them in our lives.

    It is a book to return to, time and again, for ideas and provocation, for solace and inspiration.

    Imprint: Bodley Head
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    FELDMAN NOAH
    ISBN: 9780691207902
    Title: ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    Author: FELDMAN NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

    Why the conventional wisdom about the Arab Spring is wrong.

    The Arab Spring promised to end dictatorship and bring self-government to people across the Middle East. Yet everywhere except Tunisia it led to either renewed dictatorship, civil war, extremist terror, or all three. In The Arab Winter, Noah Feldman argues that the Arab Spring was nevertheless not an unmitigated failure, much less an inevitable one. Rather, it was a noble, tragic series of events in which, for the first time in recent Middle Eastern history, Arabic-speaking peoples took free, collective political action as they sought to achieve self-determination.

    Focusing on the Egyptian revolution and counterrevolution, the Syrian civil war, the rise and fall of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the Tunisian struggle toward Islamic constitutionalism, Feldman provides an original account of the political consequences of the Arab Spring, including the reaffirmation of pan-Arab identity, the devastation of Arab nationalisms, and the death of political Islam with the collapse of ISIS. He also challenges commentators who say that the Arab Spring was never truly transformative, that Arab popular self-determination was a mirage, and even that Arabs or Muslims are less capable of democracy than other peoples.

    Above all, The Arab Winter shows that we must not let the tragic outcome of the Arab Spring disguise its inherent human worth. People whose political lives had been determined from the outside tried, and for a time succeeded, in making politics for themselves. That this did not result in constitutional democracy or a better life for most of those affected doesn't mean the effort didn't matter. To the contrary, it matters for history — and it matters for the future.

    'Noah Feldman offers an interpretation of the meaning of the Arab spring and its aftermath in the Arab winter in his superb new book.' - Joseph Richard Preville, Informed Comment

    'An ambitious and thought-provoking study.' - Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times

    'Fascinating and persuasive.' - Robert F. Worth, New York Times Book Review



    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ARTISAN KITCHEN : The science, practice and possibilities
    ARTISAN KITCHEN : The science, practice and possibilities
    STRAWBRIDGE JAMES
    ISBN: 9780241399774
    Title: ARTISAN KITCHEN : The science, practice and possibilities
    Author: STRAWBRIDGE JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spark your creativity with a more mindful way of cooking.

    Giving a modern twist to age-old techniques, this book shows how to master 25 preserving and cooking processes, from fermenting to cheese making, hot smoking to sourdough baking.

    Discover how to brew perfect sweet-sour kombucha; make a fresh-tasting chutney; dry cure bresaola; create your own sourdough starter; and slow roast over an open wood fire. Be inspired to experiment with more than 150 recipe ideas.

    Each culinary project is explored in three stages to spark your creativity- "The Science" explains the science and technical know-how; "The Practice" gets you started on an enticing recipe, with action shots of tricky techniques; and "The Possibilities" provides further recipe ideas plus the tools and inspiration to devise your own recipes.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AWAKENING : The History Of The Western Mind AD500 - AD1700
    AWAKENING : The History Of The Western Mind AD500 - AD1700
    FREEMAN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781789545623
    Title: AWAKENING : The History Of The Western Mind AD500 - AD1700
    Author: FREEMAN CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A popular telling of the story of the revival of European intellectual life after the collapse of civilisation that followed the fall of the Roman empire in the West.

    A monumental and exhilarating history of European thought, from the fall of Rome in the fifth century AD to the Scientific Revolution thirteen centuries later.

    The Awakening traces the recovery and refashioning of Europe's classical heritage from the ruins of the Roman Empire. The process of preservation of surviving texts, fragile at first, was strengthened under the Christian empire founded by Charlemagne in the eighth century; later, during the High Middle Ages, universities were founded and the study of philosophy was revived. Renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought provided the intellectual impetus for the Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, whose ideas – aesthetic, political and scientific – were disseminated across Europe by the invention of the printing press. Equally momentous was Europe's encounter with the New World, and the resulting maritime supremacy which conferred global reach on Europe's merchants and colonists.

    Vivid in detail and informed by the latest scholarship, The Awakening is powered not by the fate of kings or the clash of arms but by deeper currents of thought, inquiry and discovery, which first recover and then surpass the achievements of classical antiquity, and lead the West to the threshold of the Age of Reason. Charles Freeman takes the reader on an enthralling journey, and provides us with a vital key to understanding the world we live in today.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    LEVINGSTON STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780316487894
    Title: BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    Author: LEVINGSTON STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Their affinity was not predestined. Obama and Biden began wary of each other: Obama an impatient freshman disdainful of the Senate's plodding ways; Biden a veteran of the chamber and proud of its traditions.

    Gradually they came to respect each other's values and strengths and rode into the White House together in 2008. Side-by-side through two tension-filled terms, they shared the day-to-day joys and struggles of leading the most powerful nation on earth. They accommodated each other's quirks: Biden's famous miscues kept coming, and Obama overlooked them knowing they were insignificant except as media fodder. With his expertise in foreign affairs and legislative matters, Biden took on an unprecedented role as chief adviser to Obama, reshaping the vice presidency. Together Obama and Biden guided Americans through a range of historic moments: a devastating economic crisis, racial confrontations, war in Afghanistan, and the dawn of same-sex marriage nationwide. They supported each other through highs and lows: Obama provided a welcome shoulder during the illness and death of Biden's son Beau.

    As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, BARACK AND JOE offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media. This is the first book to tell the full story of this historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
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