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  • 30 MINUTE VEGAN RECIPES
    30 MINUTE VEGAN RECIPES
    SADD MEGAN
    ISBN: 9781624147210
    Title: 30 MINUTE VEGAN RECIPES
    Author: SADD MEGAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you’re committed to a vegan diet or simply looking to enjoy more plant-based meals in your dinner routine, this cookbook is a must-have weeknight resource. Megan Sadd, founder of the vegan food blog Carrots and Flowers, which has nearly 280k likes on Facebook, shares 75 new and amazing recipes that work on multiple levels for busy home cooks. Each recipe is kid-friendly and easy to prepare, featuring easy-to-find, real-food ingredients and no highly processed meat or dairy substitutes. Most recipes are gluten free, or include a gluten-free option. Many are also made in one pot, making for less cleanup and fuss. Readers won’t groan at the thought of preparing dinner after work when they have such quick, easy and delicious options as Cauliflower Romanesco Tacos, Dynamite Poke Bowls, Salisbury Portobello TV Dinner, Creamy Pesto Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes and 20 Minute Vegan Mac ‘n’ Chz. Before you know it, you’ll be whipping up nourishing, nutrient-dense, feel-good dinners every night of the week like you were born for it! There will be 75 recipes and 75 photos.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $9.99
  • BOOK OF RAM
    BOOK OF RAM
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9780143424604
    Title: BOOK OF RAM
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $5.00
  • CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    CAMPBELL LANCE
    ISBN: 9781743054130
    Title: CITY STREETS : Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On
    Author: CAMPBELL LANCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by his work, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, City Streets is progressive Adelaide today. This is a unique book about a unique city. For all time.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $79.95

    Price: $32.99
  • DISPLACED : A rural life
    DISPLACED : A rural life
    KINSELLA JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925760477
    Title: DISPLACED : A rural life
    Author: KINSELLA JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Kinsella's memoir of his rural life takes us deep into the heart of what it means to belong and unbelong. The joys and travails of childhood, adult addictions, missteps and changing directions are acutely captured in poignant and poetic detail. While centred on Jam Tree Gully in rural Western Australia, the memoir also moves between Ohio, Schull and Cambridge, mixing regionalism with an international sense of responsibility. What will strike the reader are the detailed observations of daily life, the engagement with topography and flora and fauna that embody the author's conviction that ‘all is in everything and that every leaf of grass is vital’.

    In his most intimate prose work to date, Kinsella never shies from writing about the violence and intolerance of those scared of difference, and the ways in which his ethics have sometimes been met with disdain or outright hostility. But with nuance and humour he also celebrates rural community and its willingness to lend a hand.

    At once tender, urgent and intelligent, Displaced is ultimately a call to personal action. ‘We all have choices to make.’ It argues through it vivid accounts of small acts of living for the values of pacifism, veganism, environmentalism and justice for First Nations peoples — the principles we just might need to heal our world.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DOMINION : A History of England Volume V
    DOMINION : A History of England Volume V
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781509880027
    Title: DOMINION : A History of England Volume V
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd’s masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901.

    In it, Ackroyd takes us from the accession of the profligate George IV whose government was steered by Lord Liverpool, who was firmly set against reform, to the reign of his brother, William IV, the 'Sailor King', whose reign saw the modernization of the political system and the abolition of slavery.

    But it was the accession of Queen Victoria, aged only eighteen, that sparked an era of enormous innovation. Technological progress – from steam railways to the first telegram – swept the nation and the finest inventions were showcased at the first Great Exhibition in 1851. The emergence of the middle classes changed the shape of society and scientific advances changed the old pieties of the Church of England, and spread secular ideas across the nation. But though intense industrialization brought boom times for the factory owners, the working classes were still subjected to poor housing, long working hours and dire poverty.

    It was a time that saw a flowering of great literature, too. As the Georgian era gave way to that of Victoria, readers could delight not only in the work of Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth but also the great nineteenth-century novelists: the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Mrs Gaskell, Thackeray, and, of course, Dickens, whose work has become synonymous with Victorian England.

    Nor was Victorian expansionism confined to Britain alone. By the end of Victoria’s reign, the Queen was also an Empress and the British Empire dominated much of the globe. And, as Ackroyd shows in this richly populated, vividly told account, Britannia really did seem to rule the waves.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $9.99
  • ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    LE HUNTE BEM
    ISBN: 9781925760484
    Title: ELEPHANTS WITH HEADLIGHTS
    Author: LE HUNTE BEM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An encounter with Elephants with Headlights is a collision between east and west, modernity and tradition — between driverless cars and ancient lore — and a world that needs revolutionary reappraisal. In this world, Savitri, named after a Goddess, refuses outright to marry anyone. Her brother, Neel is intent on marrying an Australian girl called Mae, much to the displeasure of their mother, Tota, and father, Siddarth. But do they have the power to command love or destiny? Only the family astrologer, Arunji, knows, yet his truth is tempered by obligations to the family that transformed his life.

    Characters we come to love and care for teeter on the brink of a radically altered future, leaving questions in their wake. What is the generative legacy of tradition? Can spiritual values survive amidst personal challenges, the tragedy of a death foretold, and the momentous changes of our times? A warm and engaging novel touched with love, wisdom and soulfulness, Elephants with Headlights is a breathtaking story for the threshold era we all navigate.

    Imprint: Transit Lounge
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ENGLISH MONSTERS
    ENGLISH MONSTERS
    SCUDAMORE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781787331860
    Title: ENGLISH MONSTERS
    Author: SCUDAMORE JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An explosive, but beautifully evocative story exploring the hidden horrors of the English school system and the friendships that endure.

    When ten-year-old Max is sent to boarding school, his idyllic childhood comes to an abrupt end. Away from the magical freedom of his grandfather's farm, a world of unfathomable rules and arbitrary punishment awaits. But so too does the companionship of a close-knit group of classmates.

    Years later, as Max and his friends face down adulthood, a dark secret from their schooldays is revealed, drawing them together in unforeseen ways. Who knew what, and when? And who is now willing to see justice done, regardless of the cost to themselves?

    Spanning several decades, English Monsters is a story of bonds between men - some nurturing, others devastating. It explores what happens when care is outsourced in the name of building resilience and character, and presents a beautiful and moving portrait of friendship.

    'James Scudamore is now a force in the English novel' Hilary Mantel

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $19.99
  • EVERYTHING UNDER
    EVERYTHING UNDER
    JOHNSON DAISY
    ISBN: 9781910702345
    Title: EVERYTHING UNDER
    Author: JOHNSON DAISY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn't seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though - almost a lifetime ago - and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature.

    A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel's isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too- the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water - a canal thief? - swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.

    Daisy Johnson's debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $9.99
  • FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    PALMER JAMES
    ISBN: 9780521387804
    Title: FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    Author: PALMER JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $5.00
    Price: $5.00
  • GETTING OF GARLIC : Australian Food from Bland to Brilliant with Recipes Old and New
    GETTING OF GARLIC : Australian Food from Bland to Brilliant with Recipes Old and New
    NEWTON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742235790
    Title: GETTING OF GARLIC : Australian Food from Bland to Brilliant with Recipes Old and New
    Author: NEWTON JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The white colonisers of Australia suffered from Alliumphobia, a fear of garlic. Local cooks didn’t touch the stuff and it took centuries for that fear to lift. This food history of Australia shows we held onto British assumptions about produce and cooking for a long time and these fed our views on racial hierarchies and our place in the world. Before Garlic we had meat and potatoes; After Garlic what we ate got much more interesting. But has a national cuisine emerged? What is Australian food culture?

    Renowned food writer John Newton visits haute cuisine or fine dining restaurants, the cafes and mid-range restaurants, and heads home to the dinner tables as he samples what everyday people have cooked and eaten over centuries. His observations and recipes old and new, show what has changed and what hasn’t changed as much as we might think even though our chefs are hailed as some of the best in the world.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $9.95
  • HEALED : How Cancer Gave Me a New Life
    HEALED : How Cancer Gave Me a New Life
    KOIRALA MANISHA
    ISBN: 9780670091973
    Title: HEALED : How Cancer Gave Me a New Life
    Author: KOIRALA MANISHA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PENGUIN INDIA
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $5.00
  • HIGHER WORLD : SCOTLAND 1707-1815
    HIGHER WORLD : SCOTLAND 1707-1815
    FRY MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781780272337
    Title: HIGHER WORLD : SCOTLAND 1707-1815
    Author: FRY MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Michael Fry here applies his uniquely wide-ranging procedures of Scottish historical analysis to the eighteenth century, which gave this small nation its one era of truly global significance. He adds: 'Never again was it to be so exemplary: unless, perhaps, in the twenty-first century.' In his journey from the Union of 1707 to its centenary and beyond, Fry takes in vivid scenes from all over the country, ranges up and down the social scale from peeresses to prostitutes, from lairds to lunatics, and covers every major aspect of national life from agriculture to philosophy. Most other Scottish histories published in recent times concentrate on social and economic history, but Fry insists that any true understanding of the nation, in the past as in the present, needs to pay at least as much attention to politics and culture. The social history and the economic history show us how Scotland was integrated into Britain. The political history and the cultural history show us why the integration was never complete. In this book readers will see both sides surveyed. In that way they will come also to understand how the nation's rebirth in our own day remained possible.

    Imprint: BIRLIN
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IF I WAS A PRIME MINISTER
    IF I WAS A PRIME MINISTER
    FEINER BECK AND ROBIN
    ISBN: 9780733338953
    Title: IF I WAS A PRIME MINISTER
    Author: FEINER BECK AND ROBIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER?

    The Prime Minister's job is to make our country as good as it can be. But every Prime Minister Australia has ever had has been a grown-up!

    What if the grown-ups weren't in charge? What would kids do if they ran the country?

    We could have submarines to scoop garbage out of the sea ... or teach koalas how to do karate ... and hang giant rainbows in the sky to make everyone happy.

    What would YOU do if you were Prime Minster?

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $9.99
  • JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 1 : Folly is Not Always Folly
    JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 1 : Folly is Not Always Folly
    WALKER WAL
    ISBN: 9780646903996
    Title: JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 1 : Folly is Not Always Folly
    Author: WALKER WAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jane Austen, a lively, headstrong and determined girl, lived a very full and exciting youth. In her thirties, she published four wonderful novels, but did not disclose her name. After she died, in 1817, her family destroyed most of her letters, and they steadfastly refused to discuss her life. One of her nieces wrote, a memoir of Miss Jane Austen has often been asked for, and strangers have wondered that the family should have refused to supply the necessary materials.

    Fifty-two years after her death, her nephew, Rev. James Edward Austen-Leigh, responded to growing public interest with a Memoir of Jane Austen. He said very little about her youth, and he admitted the family had suppressed her early stories, describing them as ridiculing the improbable events and exaggerated sentiments which she had met with in sundry silly romances. He stated that Jane’s life was, singularly barren: few changes and no great crisis ever broke the smooth current of its course; and declared he had no definite tale of love to relate.

    Most, if not all, of Jane Austen’s readers simply didn’t believe him.

    Virginia Woolf wrote, I prefer to present her, not in the modest pose which her family determined for her, but rather, as she most frequently presented herself, as rebellious, satirical and wild.

    After more than two hundred years, Jane & D’Arcy reveals the story of the enduring love of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth.

    Over time, the Austen’s secrecy was reinforced by D’Arcy’s silence. A tall, handsome young Irish surgeon, after being tried, and found not guilty of highway robbery at the Old Bailey, he left England for New South Wales, on the other side of the world.

    The day before he sailed, Jane’s brother, Henry, reflecting his family’s sentiments, applauded the world for getting rid of its superfluous inhabitants, all those who have too much cunning or too little money, shipped off with the very first cargo of Convicts to Botany Bay. Despite time and distance, D’Arcy was to remain the fixed star in Jane’s firmament.

    Imprint: ARCANA TRUST
    RRP: $36.95

    Price: $10.00
  • JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 2 -  Such Talent & Such Success
    JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 2 - Such Talent & Such Success
    WALKER WAL
    ISBN: 9780646965109
    Title: JANE AND D'ARCY : VOLUME 2 - Such Talent & Such Success
    Author: WALKER WAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Such Talent & Such Success continues the story of Jane Austen and D'Arcy Wentworth, it begins in 1806, where Folly is not always Folly ends. Jane is still in Southampton, D'Arcy has returned to Sydney from Norfolk Island, awaiting approval to return to England, to be reunited with Jane.

    Imprint: ARCANA TRUST
    RRP: $36.95

    Price: $36.95
  • KILLING TIME : Short stories from the long road home
    KILLING TIME : Short stories from the long road home
    BARNES JIMMY
    ISBN: 9781460759486
    Title: KILLING TIME : Short stories from the long road home
    Author: BARNES JIMMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the rock legend turned master storyteller, this collection of non-fiction short stories is vintage Jimmy. Stories of adventure, misadventure, love and loss from the #1 bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man.

    Outrageous, witty, warm and wise, Killing Time shares more than 40 yarns from an epic life - a dazzling collection of tall tales, out-takes and B-sides from one of Australia's finest storytellers.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $24.99
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