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  • ABUNDANT GARDEN : A Practical Guide To Growinga Regenerative Home Garden
    ABUNDANT GARDEN : A Practical Guide To Growinga Regenerative Home Garden
    KAY NIVA AND YOTAM
    ISBN: 9781988547718
    Title: ABUNDANT GARDEN : A Practical Guide To Growinga Regenerative Home Garden
    Author: KAY NIVA AND YOTAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Niva and Yotam Kay of Pakaraka Permaculture, on the Coromandel Peninsula of Aotearoa New Zealand, share their long experience of organic gardening in this comprehensive book on how to create and maintain a productive and regenerative vegetable garden.

    Taking care of the soil life and fertility provides plants with what they need to thrive. This is grounded in the latest scientific research on soil health, ecological and regenerative practices.

    Vegetable gardening, in this way, repeatedly demonstrates that every loved garden bed can produce high-yielding, resilient, nourishing and delicious vegetables year after year.

    The Abundant Garden has simple, reliable strategies and techniques to help maximise your ability to feed yourself and share the abundance with those around you. With information on growing a wide variety of vegetables, there are also helpful charts to help you plan and plant your garden year-round. In addition there are details on how to grow microgreens, and great recipes for ferments, preserves and pickles to stock the pantry with your garden's bounty.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN UGLINESS
    AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN UGLINESS
    STEAD NAOMI ET AL
    ISBN: 9781760761899
    Title: AFTER THE AUSTRALIAN UGLINESS
    Author: STEAD NAOMI ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After The Australian Ugliness is a contemporary response to Robyn Boyd’s iconic text, commemorating 60 years since publication of The Australian Ugliness

    Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness was published in 1960 and quickly took its place as a key work of architectural and cultural critique in the nation’s canon. This new book responds to Boyd’s most well-known text with new critical and creative writing by authors from a range of disciplines. Through different styles and approaches, each author makes Boyd’s work live in the contemporary moment, exploring enduring questions about the elusive, sometimes lucky and sometimes ugly character of Australia today.

    Richly illustrated with new photography by David Wadelton and drawings by Oslo Davis, After The Australian Ugliness is a provocative reflection on how Australia sees itself today, and how others see it.

    Imprint: NAT GALLERY OF VICTORIA
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • AFTERSHOCKS
    AFTERSHOCKS
    OWUSU NADIA
    ISBN: 9781529342871
    Title: AFTERSHOCKS
    Author: OWUSU NADIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I have lived in disaster and disaster has lived in me. Our shared languages are thunder and reverberation. When Nadia Owusu was two years old her mother abandoned her and her baby sister and fled from Tanzania back to the US. When she was thirteen her beloved Ghanaian father died of cancer. She and her sister were left alone, with a stepmother they didn't like, adrift. Nadia Owusu is a woman of many languages, homelands and identities. She grew up in Rome, Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kumasi, Kampala and London. And for every new place there was a new language, a new identity and a new home. At times she has felt stateless, motherless and identity-less. At others, she has had multiple identities at war within her. It's no wonder she started to feel fault lines in her sense of self. It's no wonder that those fault lines eventually ruptured. Aftershocks is the account of how she hauled herself out of the wreckage. It is the intimate story behind the news of immigration and division dominating contemporary politics. Nadia Owusu's astonishingly moving and incredibly timely memoir is a nuanced portrait of globalisation from the inside in a fractured world in crisis.

    Imprint: Hodder and Stoughton
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AN ORDINARY WONDER
    AN ORDINARY WONDER
    PAPILLON BUKI
    ISBN: 9780349701257
    Title: AN ORDINARY WONDER
    Author: PAPILLON BUKI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An Ordinary Wonder is a story of the courage needed to be yourself.

    When fourteen-year-old Oto starts at a boarding school and falls in love with his roommate, fear of shame forces him to hide his love and true self.

    Back home, weighed down by the expectations of their wealthy and powerful family, the love of Oto's twin sister wavers, causing Oto to make drastic choices that will alter the family's lives for ever.

    Richly imagined with art and folk tales, this moving and modern novel follows Oto through life at home and at boarding school in Nigeria, through the heartbreak of living as a boy despite their profound belief they are a girl, and through a hunger for freedom that only a new life in the United States can offer.

    An Ordinary Wonder is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores complex desires as well as challenges of family, identity, gender and culture, and what it means to feel whole.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ANIMAL DREAMS
    ANIMAL DREAMS
    BROOKS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781743327470
    Title: ANIMAL DREAMS
    Author: BROOKS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Animal Dreams collects David Brooks' thought-provoking essays about how humans think, dream and write about other species. Brooks examines how animals have featured in Australian literature and culture, from The Man from Snowy River to Phar Lap to contemporary debates about horse-racing, live animal exports, veganism, and the culling of native species such as kangaroos and sharks.

    In his piercing, elegant, widely celebrated style, he considers how private and public conversations about animals reflect older and deeper attitudes to our own and other species, and what questions we might ask to move these conversations forward.

    For readers interested in animal welfare, conservation, and the relationship between humans and other species, Animal Dreams will be an essential, richly rewarding companion.

    Imprint: SYDNEY U P
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    LETWIN OLIVER
    ISBN: 9781786496881
    Title: APOCALYPSE HOW? : Technology and the Threat of Disaster
    Author: LETWIN OLIVER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Entertaining and insightful' - Evening Standard
    'One of the most important books of the year... Compelling' - Jamie Bartlett, Literary Review
    'Timely' - New Statesman

    As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology, the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether it's a hostile state striking the national grid (like Russia did with Ukraine in 2016) or a freak solar storm, our systems have become so interlinked that if one part goes down the rest topple like dominoes.

    In this groundbreaking book, former government minister Oliver Letwin looks ten years into the future and imagines a UK in which the national grid has collapsed. Reliant on the internet, automated electric cars, voice-over IP, GPS, and the internet of things, law and order would disintegrate. Taking us from high-level government meetings to elderly citizens waiting in vain for their carers, this book is a wake up call for why we should question our unshakeable faith in technology. But it's much more than that: Letwin uses his vast experience in government to outline how businesses and government should respond to catastrophic black swan events that seem distant and implausible - until they occur.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARCHITIZER : The World's Best Architecture 2020
    ARCHITIZER : The World's Best Architecture 2020
    ARCHITIZER
    ISBN: 9781838662714
    Title: ARCHITIZER : The World's Best Architecture 2020
    Author: ARCHITIZER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive collection of this year's most inspiring - and acclaimed - new buildings and spaces around the world

    The Architizer A+Awards honor the year's most extraordinary architecture and building products from across the globe. The winners, a diverse group of established and emerging architects and designers, are carefully chosen by more than 400 international luminaries from ?elds such as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and technology - and are also voted on by the public. Each year, the awards are celebrated in a fully-illustrated compendium and on Architizer.com, the largest online architecture community on the planet.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $120.00
    Price: $120.00
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLANTS
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLANTS
    DRORI JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781786272300
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLANTS
    Author: DRORI JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An inspirational and beautifully illustrated book that tells the stories of 80 plants from around the globe.

    In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. From the seemingly familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish 'moss' of Louisiana, each of these stories is full of surprises. Some have a troubling past, while others have ignited human creativity or enabled whole civilizations to flourish. With a colourful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, this is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES
    DRORI JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781786276063
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES
    Author: DRORI JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bestselling author and environmentalist Jonathan Drori follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg as he tells the stories of 80 magnificent trees from all over the globe.

    In Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India’s sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

    Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees’ soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water.

    Each of these strange and true tales – populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts – is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful. The book combines history, science and a wealth of quirky detail – there should be surprises for everyone.

    Perfect for fans of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, this new book will certainly whet the appetite of any tree lover to take an around-the-world trip, or simply visit your local botanic garden. The perfect travel guide for nature enthusiasts.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    LEBLANC MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781398706248
    Title: ARSENE LUPIN GENTLEMAN THIEF
    Author: LEBLANC MAURICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES, LUPIN.

    The year is 1905. Meet Arsene Lupin: a gentleman and a thief.

    An enemy to the rich and powerful; a friend to the poor - Arsene Lupin will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

    When Arsene Lupin is arrested, the police think it's all over. But the most dangerous place for Lupin is to be behind bars...

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARTICHOKES AND VILLAGE GREENS : Treasured Vegetarian Recipes from a Greek Mothers Kitchen
    ARTICHOKES AND VILLAGE GREENS : Treasured Vegetarian Recipes from a Greek Mothers Kitchen
    GOURLAS FOFI
    ISBN: 9780645056709
    Title: ARTICHOKES AND VILLAGE GREENS : Treasured Vegetarian Recipes from a Greek Mothers Kitchen
    Author: GOURLAS FOFI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A handbook for Greek home-style cooking, Artichokes and Village Greens is a treasure trove of vegetarian recipes from home-cook Fofi Gourlas.

    Showcasing a variety of Greek dishes from spanakopita, horiatiki salata and soupa avgolemono, to traditional Greek biscuits, sweets, cakes and deserts, these recipes encourage readers to experiment with traditional cooking techniques.

    Family and community is the common thread that holds these 72-vegtable-focused recipes together. The importance of sharing food, of handing down recipes through generations of family and friends, is paramount to Gourlas, who learned to cook in her mother’s home kitchen. She describes the book as her way of “honouring the wealth of tradition that has been passed down to me through cooking and sharing food and is a means of preserving my Greek heritage.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AUSTRALIA : The Cookbook
    AUSTRALIA : The Cookbook
    DOBSON ROSS / BENSON ALAN
    ISBN: 9781838662417
    Title: AUSTRALIA : The Cookbook
    Author: DOBSON ROSS / BENSON ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A celebration of Australian cuisine like never before - 350 recipes showcasing the rich diversity of its landscapes and its people.

    Australia is a true melting pot of cultures and this is reflected in its cooking. As an island of indigenous peoples alongside a global panoply of immigrants with different culinary influences and traditions, its foodways are ripe for exploration. As well as the regional flora and fauna that make up bush tucker, there are dishes from all over the world that have been adopted and adapted to become Australia's own - making this recipe collection relevant to home cooks everywhere.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $65.00
    Price: $65.00
  • BANKSIAS   -   Second Edition
    BANKSIAS - Second Edition
    COLLINS KEVIN / COLLINS KATHY / GEORGE ALEX
    ISBN: 9780992290047
    Title: BANKSIAS - Second Edition
    Author: COLLINS KEVIN / COLLINS KATHY / GEORGE ALEX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Banksias are Australia’s most iconic plants after Eucalypts – known for thousands of years to Australians and – through writing and art – to many more who have never visited this land.

    This extensively revised edition includes the most recently discovered Banksia, vincentia, with descriptions and illustrations of all 79 known species with many new photographs and updated species descriptions. It provides the history of their discovery, evolution, how to find and grow them and how they have inspired artists and artisans. With some 400 beautiful colour illustrations it is the comprehensive, up-to-date guide to these unique and fascinating plants.

    Tables list which Banksias to grow for particular purposes and the three authors have between them, studied and grown all 79 species of Banksia, their combined experience totalling over a hundred years.

    Imprint: BLOOMINGS BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BARBIZON
    BARBIZON
    BREN PAULINA
    ISBN: 9781529393033
    Title: BARBIZON
    Author: BREN PAULINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WELCOME TO THE BARBIZON, NEW YORK'S PREMIER WOMEN-ONLY HOTEL

    Built in 1927, New York's Barbizon Hotel was first intended as a home for the 'Modern Woman' seeking a career in the arts.
    It became the place to stay for ambitious, independent women, who were lured by the promise of fame and good fortune. Sylvia Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and over the years, its 688 tiny pink 'highly feminine boudoirs' also housed Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly (notorious for sneaking in men), Joan Didion, Candice Bergen, Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith, Ali McGraw, Cybil Shepherd, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Eudora Welty, The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, and writers Mona Simpson and Ann Beattie, among many others. Mademoiselle boarded its summer interns there - perfectly turned-out young women, who would never be spotted hatless - as did Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School its students - in their white-gloves and kitten heels - and the Ford Modelling Agency its young models.

    Not everyone who passed through the Barbizon's doors was destined for greatness - for some it was a story of dashed hopes and expectations - but from the Jazz Age New Women of the 1920s, to the Liberated Women of the 1960s, until 1981 when the first

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BATTLEFIELD OF IMPERISHABLE MEMORY : Passchendale and the ANZAC Memory
    BATTLEFIELD OF IMPERISHABLE MEMORY : Passchendale and the ANZAC Memory
    HAULTAIN-GALL MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781922464064
    Title: BATTLEFIELD OF IMPERISHABLE MEMORY : Passchendale and the ANZAC Memory
    Author: HAULTAIN-GALL MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ypres salient 'was the favourite battle ground of the devil and his minions' wrote one returned serviceman after the First World War. Few who fought in the infamous third battle of Ypres – now known as Passchendaele – in 1917 would have disagreed. All five of the Australian Imperial Force's (AIF) infantry divisions were engaged in this bloody campaign. Despite early successes, their attacks floundered in front of the devastated Belgian Passchendaele's when autumn rains drenched the battlefield, turning it into an immense quagmire. By the time the AIF withdrew, it had suffered more casualties over 38,000 casualties, including 10,000 dead, far outweighing Australian losses in any other Great War campaign. Given the extent of their sacrifices, the Australians' exploits in Belgium ought to be well known in a nation that has fervently commemorated its involvement in the First World War. Yet, Passchendaele occupies an ambiguous place in Australian collective memory. Tracing the commemorative work of official and non-official agents—including that of C.E.W. Bean; the Australian War Memorial; returned soldiers; battlefield pilgrims; and, more recently, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, working in collaboration with Belgian locals— The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory explores why these battles became, and still remain, peripheral to the dominant First World War narrative in Australia: the Anzac legend.

    Imprint: Monash University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE
    BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE
    STONE SHARON
    ISBN: 9781760879969
    Title: BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE
    Author: STONE SHARON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world-until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn't accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

    Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family's reconciliation and love.

    Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent but for her candour and her refusal to "play nice", and it's those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded and a book for the survivors; it's a celebration of women's strength and resilience, a reckoning and a call to activism. It is proof that it's never too late to raise your voice and speak out.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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