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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: $15.95
  • 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
  • ADELAIDE NOIR
    ADELAIDE NOIR
    FRAYNE ALEX
    ISBN: 9781743053171
    Title: ADELAIDE NOIR
    Author: FRAYNE ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three years ago photographer Alex Frayne set about reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Adelaide Noir was born. Alex's images of factories, playgrounds and shopping centres give voice to his darkly comic vision, seeking beauty in the mundane, and art wherever it may be found.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • DOUBLE BILL : PRIYA AND PARO
    DOUBLE BILL : PRIYA AND PARO
    GOKHALE NAMITA
    ISBN: 9780143441830
    Title: DOUBLE BILL : PRIYA AND PARO
    Author: GOKHALE NAMITA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Magnificent gin-drinker Paro, heroic temptress, glides like an exotic bird of prey through the world of the rich in Bombay and Delhi. She lives life recklessly, caring about nothing and nobody. Not even Priya, eternal voyeur and diarist, who views this femme fatale with wonder, trepidation and jealousy?until she comes into her own. Two unforgettable women bring a glittering, toxic world of power, money and greed to life, with the scandalous cult classic Paro: Dreams of Passion. Priya: Take Two continues this ride through a world best viewed through a glass of Scotch, as Priya battles social vertigo and learns lessons in survival on her spirited journey to the top.
    Published in 1984 and 2011 respectively, Paro and Priya remain incisive and witty commentaries on the movers and shakers of the business and power capitals, invoking all the contradictions of urban India. Namita Gokhale's pioneering debut and its sequel span a generation and an era, moving from the eighties to the post-millennial Indian society. Wicked, hilarious and utterly amusing, with echoes of Dorothy Parker ringing through their vigorous prose, for the first time the two novels come together in one classic volume, taking the liberated, brazen and all-too human Paro and her natural counterpart, the more timorous Priya, to new readers and old.

    Imprint: PENGUIN INDIA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $5.00
  • 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
  • FACE IT
    FACE IT
    HARRY DEBBIE
    ISBN: 9780008229429
    Title: FACE IT
    Author: HARRY DEBBIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A MULTILAYERED MEMOIR FROM A MULTIFACETED ARTIST

    As a musician, an actor, a muse, an icon, the breadth of Debbie Harry's impact on our culture has been matched by her almost Sphinx-like reticence about her inner life. Through it all – while being acclaimed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, prized by a galaxy of leading photographers and fashion designers, beloved by legions of fans for her relentless, high-octane performances, selling 50 million albums or being painted by Andy Warhol – Debbie Harry has infused her perennial Blondie persona with a heady mix of raw sexuality and sophisticated punk cool.

    In Face It, Debbie Harry invites us into the complexity of who she is and how her life and career have played out over the last seven decades. Upending the standard music memoir, with a cutting-edge style keeping with the distinctive qualities of her multi-disciplined artistry, Face It includes a thoughtful introduction by Chris Stein, rare personal photos, original illustrations, fan artwork installations and more.

    Peppered with colourful characters, Face It features everyone from bands Blondie came up with on the 1970s music scene – The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie – to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovi and H.R. Giger of Alien fame. It explores her successful acting career (she has starred in over 30 film roles, including David Cronenberg's Videodrome and John Waters's Hairspray), her weekends with William S. Burroughs and her attempted abduction by serial killer Ted Bundy. Ranging from the hardscrabble grit and grime of the early New York City years to times of glorious commercial success, interrupted by a plunge into heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy and Blondie's break-up as a band, an amazing solo career and then a stunning return with Blondie, this is a cinematic story of an artist who has always set her own path.Inspirational, entertaining, shocking, humorous and eye-opening, Face It is a memoir as dynamic as its subject.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $18.95
  • FINDING RADHA : THE QUEST FOR LOVE
    FINDING RADHA : THE QUEST FOR LOVE
    GOKHALE NAMITA
    ISBN: 9780143441458
    Title: FINDING RADHA : THE QUEST FOR LOVE
    Author: GOKHALE NAMITA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PENGUIN INDIA
    RRP: $19.99
    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: $29.99
  • HOBART
    HOBART
    TIMMS PETER
    ISBN: 9781742233727
    Title: HOBART
    Author: TIMMS PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Timms leads us on a journey through his adopted city of Hobart, Australias smallest, most southerly, least prosperous, but arguably most beautiful state capital. He reveals a city in transition, shaking off its dark and troubled past to claim its special place in the contemporary world: going boutique, nice and slow, as one overseas visitor notes. From Hobarts convict legacy, its spectacular natural setting, heritage architecture and climate, to crime-rates, economic hardship and the recent disfigurements of the developers, Timms brings a wealth of fresh insights, exploring the city with a mixture of affection, admiration, frustration and sadness, interviewing a wide range of residents along the way. Those who have experienced Hobart as tourists will be surprised and intrigued by the lively, complex society this book reveals. Those who live here will surely discover their city anew.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $9.99
  • 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: $12.95
  • INVENTING THE INDIVIDUAL : THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN LIBERALISM - 2ND HAND
    INVENTING THE INDIVIDUAL : THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN LIBERALISM - 2ND HAND
    SIEDENTOP LARRY
    ISBN: 9780141009544
    Title: INVENTING THE INDIVIDUAL : THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN LIBERALISM - 2ND HAND
    Author: SIEDENTOP LARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where do the ideas on which modern western states are built - equality and individual freedom - really come from? What does 'liberalism' mean? Why does it matter? Larry Siedentop's sweeping history offers a radical new perspective on the surprising origins of the beliefs that made us who we are.

    'One of the most stimulating books of political theory to have appeared in many years . . . a refreshingly unorthodox account of the roots of modern liberalism in medieval Christian thinking.' John Gray, Literary Review

    'A brave, brilliant and beautifully written defence of the western tradition.' Paul Lay, History Today

    'An engrossing book of ideas . . . illuminating, beautifully written and rigorously argued.' Kenan Malik, Independent

    'A most impressive work of philosophical history.' Robert Skidelsky



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $12.00
    Price: $12.00
  • 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: $19.99
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