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  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $9.99
  • ATLAS OF ADVENTURE   **Special Price**
    ATLAS OF ADVENTURE **Special Price**
    ISBN: 9781786577597
    Title: ATLAS OF ADVENTURE **Special Price**
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don't just walk on the wild side - hike, climb, cycle, surf and even parachute. This encyclopedia for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies features the best outdoor experiences, country-by-country, across the world - making it the ultimate introduction to an exciting new world of adventure.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET   **Special Price**
    AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET **Special Price**
    FEINER BECK
    ISBN: 9780733338946
    Title: AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET **Special Price**
    Author: FEINER BECK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this vibrant look at Australian cultural icons, A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke and C is for Cathy Freeman. Forget Alpha, Bravo, Charlie ... Meet the ultimate A to Z of amazing Aussies who make this country legendary. Sometimes irreverent, always charming and vividly brought to life by Beck Feiner.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $9.99
  • AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES  -  NEW EDITION   **Special Price**
    AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES - NEW EDITION **Special Price**
    ALLEN RICHARD / BAKER KIMBAL
    ISBN: 9780522866599
    Title: AUSTRALIAS REMARKABLE TREES - NEW EDITION **Special Price**
    Author: ALLEN RICHARD / BAKER KIMBAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Elephantine Boabs dot the Kimberley region of Western Australia; cattle rub against giant Bottle Trees and Ironbarks in Queensland, and Strangler Figs with 40-metre girths thrive in our northern rainforests.

    Snow Gums and Shining Gums eke out their lives on our icy mountain tops and prehistoric-looking Bunya Pines, which once looked down on the dinosaurs, grow in a few isolated places in Australia's north-east. Australia's Remarkable Trees explores the extraordinary lives of fifty of Australia's oldest, largest and most unusual trees. Richly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker went to the far reaches of Australia; travelling more than 60 000 kilometresandmdash;to photograph them and tell their stories.

    Australia's Remarkable Trees is not just a celebration of Australia's great trees. It also prompts us to look to the future to see what lies in store for them. It is a call to arms to preserve and protect our oldest and most magnificent living things, and the forests and wilderness in which they live.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    WARREN EMMA
    ISBN: 9781925418842
    Title: CATALAN KITCHEN : From Mountains to City and Sea - Recipes from Spain's Culinary Heart
    Author: WARREN EMMA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catalonia has come to global attention this year in its quest for independence, but there is much more to this beautiful region situated on the west coast of the Mediterranean and blessed with one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Although Catalonia is still geographically and politically connected to Spain, Catalans consider themselves independent with their own language, history, culture and cuisine. Its food is considered unique in Spain, and it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world – including being the original location for the famed El Bulli.

    Unlike in other parts of Spain, Catalan cuisine does not centre around tapas, and although pintxos do feature heavily, they are not the mainstay of the region and most dishes are larger, stand-alone meals. Dishes are heavily influenced by pork and fresh seafood with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that varies from recipes as simple as crushed tomatoes smeared on bread to hearty, slow-cooked stews. Famous dishes include calcots – large salad onions cooked on a coal barbecue and then dipped into nutty and addictive Romesco sauce, a unique paella made without saffron and the addition of vermicelli noodles, myriad types of Catalan sausage served with white beans, sauces such as aioli and picada, and multiple pastries and desserts including the crème Catalan (a version of crème brûlée). Beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography, The Catalan Kitchen is the ultimate cookbook for lovers of Spanish and Mediterranean food.

    Imprint: SMITH STREET BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    RAPPAPORT HELEN
    ISBN: 9781250056641
    Title: CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World On The Edge
    Author: RAPPAPORT HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.

    Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil - felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.

    Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.

    Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action - to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a "red madhouse."

    Imprint: St Martin's Press
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA   **Special Price**
    COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA **Special Price**
    MCVICAR JEKKA
    ISBN: 9781925750294
    Title: COMPLETE BOOK OF HERBS IN AUSTRALIA **Special Price**
    Author: MCVICAR JEKKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive sourcebook for growing, harvesting and cooking herbs in Australia.

    Jekka McVicar is passionate about herbs and this passion permeates her authoritative and immensely practical book.

    Here she covers over 150 herbs - from the most common such as mint and basil to the more exotic, such as turmeric and lemon grass. For each herb she outlines various species, its history, cultivation, propagation and harvesting and then looks at cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses, with over 250 recipes.

    Having grown herbs for over 30 years, Jekka knows the most common pitfalls to avoid. She offers plans for planting herb gardens, be it for aromatherapy or cooking, and guidance on propagation, harvesting, herbs in containers, pests and diseases as well as a yearly calendar.

    This definitive sourcebook is the herb gardener's essential companion.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $12.99
  • EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    SNYDER LAURA J
    ISBN: 9781784970246
    Title: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER : Johannes Vermeer. Antoni van Leeuwanhoek and the Reinvention of Seeing
    Author: SNYDER LAURA J
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The remarkable story of how a painter and a scientist in 17th-century Holland transformed the way we see the world.
    By the early 17th century the Scientific Revolution was well under way. Philosophers and scientists were throwing off the yoke of ancient authority to peer at nature and the cosmos through microscopes and telescopes. In October 1632, in the small town of Delft in the Dutch Republic, two geniuses were born who would bring about a seismic shift in the idea of what it meant to see the world. One was Johannes Vermeer, whose experiments with lenses and a camera obscura taught him how we see under different conditions of light and helped him create the most luminous works of art ever beheld. The other was Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, whose work with microscopes revealed a previously unimagined realm of minuscule creatures. By intertwining the biographies of these two men, Laura Snyder tells the story of a historical moment in both art and science that revolutionized how we see the world today.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness   **Special Price**
    FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness **Special Price**
    INGRAM NADINE
    ISBN: 9781925640892
    Title: FLOUR AND STONE : Baked for Love Life and Happiness **Special Price**
    Author: INGRAM NADINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A luscious celebration of baking for life, love and happiness

    Flour and Stone is a petite bakery in inner-city Sydney with a large and devoted following for its panna cotta lamingtons, flaky croissants, chewy cookies, dreamy cakes and delectable pastries of every kind.

    Nadine Ingram and her dedicated team bake with finesse and love to bring pleasure to the city. In this book Nadine shares her signature recipes, all carefully explained and rigorously tested for the home kitchen.

    Family, in every sense, is at the heart of Flour and Stone, this recipe collection is given in the hope that you will nurture your own loved ones with the timeless, comforting art of baking. These are the treats you’ll want to eat for the rest of your life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $19.99
  • HARE
    HARE
    GREAVES ZOE
    ISBN: 9781910646038
    Title: HARE
    Author: GREAVES ZOE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This picture gift book celebrates the natural history and mythology of the hare.
    With story pages and factual information.


    This Hare ain't no bunny rabbit!

    The elusive majesty of the hare has inspired human imagination for centuries. This book celebrates the natural history and mythology of this beautiful and playful creature. Hare opens a window onto the natural world for young children. Little ones will join the hunt for the hare and enjoy reciting the ancient poacher's names for him. Older children will be fascinated by the legends and facts included at the end.



    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $9.99
  • HENRY AND BANJO
    HENRY AND BANJO
    KNIGHT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780733633614
    Title: HENRY AND BANJO
    Author: KNIGHT JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today most of us know that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson were famous writers. We know about Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the Man from Snowy River; The Drover's Wife, While the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his mates, but little else.

    Here, in a compelling and engaging work, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's own stories to life. And there is much to tell. Both were country born, just three years and three hundred kilometres apart, Henry on the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a property near Orange, but their paths to literary immortality took very different routes - indeed at times their lives were ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born into a life of comparative privilege, would rise from country boy to Sydney Grammar student, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and revered man about town. Henry's formal education only began when his feminist mother finally won her battle for a local school but illness and subsequent deafness would make continuing his lessons difficult, seeing him find work as a labourer, a coach painter and a journalist, all the while wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and mental illness. Both men would become household names during their lifetimes. Both would have regrets.

    HENRY AND BANJO details two incredibly fascinating lives and delves into the famous (and not so famous) writings of the two men who had the power to influence and change Australia.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $5.00
  • IN MINIATURE : How Small Things Illuminate the World   **Special Price**
    IN MINIATURE : How Small Things Illuminate the World **Special Price**
    GARFIELD SIMON
    ISBN: 9781786890771
    Title: IN MINIATURE : How Small Things Illuminate the World **Special Price**
    Author: GARFIELD SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Miniature takes a big look at small things. It is a celebration of the obsessive, eccentric and meticulous, and welcomes us into the world of collectors, modellers and fans. Simon Garfield is a master of finding delight and fascination in unlikely places and here we discover flea circuses, 1,000 tiny Hitlers, miniature crime scenes, model villages and railways, minuscule food and a dozen more intricately examined pursuits. Each object considered plots the course of a new miniature byway, and in unexpected ways lets us see our world in a whole new light.

    It is a wide-ranging exploration of the history, psychology and fanaticism attached to working and playing in tiny worlds of our own making. We bring things down to size to understand and appreciate them. This book does the same.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $9.99
  • IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking   **Special Price**
    IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking **Special Price**
    CURTIS MICHELE / CAMPION ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781743793060
    Title: IN THE KITCHEN : The New Bible of Home Cooking **Special Price**
    Author: CURTIS MICHELE / CAMPION ALLAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Kitchen is an updated version of the beloved original 2008 cookbook of the same name. Across 17 chapters are more than 700 recipes (plus more than 400 recipe variations), offering cooks a definitive guide to meals for every occasion and a fresh look at everyday favourites.

    This new edition includes some sugar-free and gluten-free recipes, quinoa and kale, and a chapter dedicated to basics.

    Chapters include: breakfast and brunch; bite-sized; soup; bowl food (pasta, seafood, rice and noodles); 30-minute dinners (chicken, duck, quail, beef, lamb, pork, seafood and vegetarian); roasts; spice; slow cooking; vegetables; salads; pastry (savoury and sweet); desserts and puddings; cakes; cookies and slices; bread; preserves; and the pantry (including basics from stocks, sauces and dressings to custards, icings and frostings).

    It's as definitive as definitive gets for the home cook who wants to extend their repertoire – or for someone who is just starting out and wants to establish a foundation for good cooking and experimentation in the kitchen.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $14.99
  • JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye   **Special Price**
    JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    ISBN: 9781682615744
    Title: JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    Author: LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive book on iconic cult hero Jeff Buckley, the singer who made just one record but inspired a generation of rock musicians. Written by his manager Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley includes interviews with others who worked closely with him who have never spoken before.

    For the first time since Jeff Buckley's untimely death on May 29, 1997, his manager Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work with one of rock's most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Jeff, from the release of his debut EP Live at Sin-e to the second album Buckley never completed.

    Jeff Buckley includes testimony from the many people who worked closely with Jeff both on and off stage and includes never-before-shared intimate scenes that only Lory witnessed, including what went down immediately after Lory got that fateful call, "Jeff is missing."

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $19.99
  • JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History   **Special Price**
    JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    ISBN: 9781743794746
    Title: JOURNEY THROUGH WINE : An Atlas : 56 Countries, 100 Maps, 8000 Years of History **Special Price**
    Author: GRANT SMITH BIANCHI ADRIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful cartographic history of the world of wine, from 6000 BC until today, with detailed maps and incredible facts about wine making, growing and drinking across the globe.

    Welcome to your tour of the wine-growing world.

    Wine has rolled its barrel from the shores of the Black Sea to the mountains of the Andes, following humans and their dreams. But just how did a Pyrenean grape variety end up in Uruguay? And by what means were grapevines able to reach Japan?

    This book goes back through time to retrace the grape’s conquest of the world, stopping in each winemaking country, from the oldest to the most recent, to discover wines past and present, while also looking to the future.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $29.99
  • PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA   **Special Price**
    PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA **Special Price**
    MANDELA NELSON
    ISBN: 9781631491177
    Title: PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA **Special Price**
    Author: MANDELA NELSON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.

    Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and most memorably, to his wife Winnie and his five children.

    Now, 255 of these letters, the majority of which were previously unseen, provide the most intimate portrait of Mandela since Long Walk to Freedom. Painstakingly researched, authenticated and catalogued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the letters have been drawn from the Foundation’s archive as well as from public and private collections held by the Mandela family and South African government archives.

    Mandela’s letters are organised chronologically and divided by the four prisons in which he was incarcerated. Each section opens with a short introduction to provide a historical overview of each of these periods and the collection features a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.

    Whether writing about the death of his son Thembi after a request to attend the funeral was ignored, providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary human punishment. Ultimately, they confirm Mandela’s position among the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
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