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  • BOB DYLAN : Outlaw Blues
    BOB DYLAN : Outlaw Blues
    SPENCER LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780857162052
    Title: BOB DYLAN : Outlaw Blues
    Author: SPENCER LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bob Dylan: Outlaw Blues by Spencer Leigh is a fresh take on this famous yet elusive personality, a one-man hall of mirrors who continues to intrigue his followers worldwide. It is an in-depth account with new information and fascinating opinions, both from the author and his interviewees. Whether you are a Dylan fan or not, you will be gripped by this remarkable tale.

    Imprint: MCNIDDER AND GRACE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BODY ATLAS : A Pictorial Guide to the Human Body
    BODY ATLAS : A Pictorial Guide to the Human Body
    ISBN: 9780241412770
    Title: BODY ATLAS : A Pictorial Guide to the Human Body
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reveal the inner workings of the human body with this illustrated atlas.

    How well do you know your body? What happens under your skin? Where exactly is your stomach? What does your liver do? How can ears help your balance? The Body Atlas answers all these questions and many more.

    This unique visual guide approaches a body as if were a map, divided into "continents" (such as parts of the body) and "countries" (such as organs). You can see inside your body and examine it region by region - for example, the head and neck or the upper torso. These regions enclose vital structures, such as the brain, lungs, and heart, just as continents contain countries. Body systems such as the circulatory system (blood) and nervous system, link the body regions just like mountains and rivers range across countries.

    The detailed illustrations carefully pull back the layers of the body so you can see inside the hidden interior. All bones, muscles, and organs are clearly labelled with scientific and common names; and there are photos of parts you wouldn't normally be able to see, such as your vocal cords.

    Packed with amazing facts and illustrations, The Body Atlas takes you on a top-to-toe tour through your own anatomy. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, this book has been refreshed for a new generation of budding biologists and doctors-in-the-making.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOX 88
    BOX 88
    CUMMING CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780008200374
    Title: BOX 88
    Author: CUMMING CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An organisation that doesn't exist.A spy that can't be caught. 1989: The fall of the Berlin Wall is imminent and the Cold War will soon be over. But for BOX 88, a top secret spying agency known only to an inner circle of MI6 and CIA operatives, the espionage game is heating up.Lachlan Kite, recruited straight from an elite boarding school, is sent to France – the frontline of a new secret war. Kite is tasked with gathering intelligence on a mysterious Iranian businessman implicated in the tragic Lockerbie bombing. But what he uncovers is even more deadly…2020: MI5 hear rumours of BOX 88's existence and go after Kite – only for Iranian intelligence to get to him first. Taken captive and subjected to torture, Kite is presented with a simple choice: reveal the truth about what happened in France thirty years earlier – or watch his family die.Past and present merge, as MI5 and BOX 88 are caught up in a race against time to save Kite.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS
    BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS
    PINCKNEY DARRYL
    ISBN: 9781529413748
    Title: BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS
    Author: PINCKNEY DARRYL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    '[Pinckney] reveals himself to be a skilful chronicler of black experience in literary criticism, reportage and biography' The New York Times

    In these twenty-five essays, Darryl Pinckney has given us a view of our recent racial history that blends the social and the personal and wonders how we arrived at our current moment. Pinckney reminds us that "white supremacy isn't back; it never went away." It is this impulse to see historically that is at the core of Busted in New York and Other Essays, which traces the lineage of black intellectual history from Booker T. Washington through the Harlem Renaissance, to the Black Panther Party and the turbulent sixties, to today's Afro-pessimists, and celebrated and neglected thinkers in between.

    These are capacious essays whose topics range from the grassroots of protest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the eighteenth-century Guadeloupian composer Joseph Bologne, from an unsparing portrait of Louis Farrakhan to the enduring legacy of James Baldwin, the unexpected story of Black people experiencing Russia, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, and the painter Kara Walker. The essays themselves are a kind of record, many of them written in real-time, as Pinckney witnesses the Million Man March, feels and experiences the highs and lows of Obama's first presidential campaign, explores the literary Black diaspora, and reflects on the surprising and severe lesson he learned firsthand about the changing urban fabric of New York.

    As Zadie Smith writes in her introduction to the book: "How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past, like a Sankofa bird, for our present examination. These days Sankofas like Darryl are rare. Treasure him!

    Imprint: Riverrun Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CABIN PORN : Inside
    CABIN PORN : Inside
    KLEIN ZACH
    ISBN: 9780141990194
    Title: CABIN PORN : Inside
    Author: KLEIN ZACH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Initially created by a group of friends as an online scrapbook, Cabin Porn became an international sensation following the publication of the first volume of photographs of hand-made homes in breath-taking natural landscapes around the world. In this book, its creators delve deeper into the best-loved homes featured on the blog over the last ten years, offering close-ups of the stunning architecture and interior design that make them truly remarkable. With more timeless photography and new design stories, Cabin Porn- Inside brings fresh inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    JONES OWEN
    ISBN: 9781839760921
    Title: CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    Author: JONES OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule.
    In this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from "salt of the earth" to "scum of the earth." Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.
    This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN : My Unlikely Year in Poland
    CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN : My Unlikely Year in Poland
    AITKEN BEN
    ISBN: 9781785786266
    Title: CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN : My Unlikely Year in Poland
    Author: AITKEN BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'One of the funniest books of the year' - Paul Ross, talkRADIO

    WARNING: CONTAINS AN UNLIKELY IMMIGRANT, AN UNSUNG COUNTRY, A BUMPY ROMANCE, SEVERAL SHATTERED PRECONCEPTIONS, TRACES OF INSIGHT, A DOZEN NUNS AND A REFERENDUM.

    Not many Brits move to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop.

    Fewer still come back wanting to be a Member of the European Parliament.

    In 2016 Ben Aitken moved to Poland while he still could. It wasn't love that took him but curiosity: he wanted to know what the Poles in the UK had left behind. He flew to a place he'd never heard of and then accepted a job in a chip shop on the minimum wage.

    When he wasn't peeling potatoes he was on the road scratching the country's surface: he milked cows with a Eurosceptic farmer; missed the bus to Auschwitz; spent Christmas with complete strangers and went to Gdansk to learn how communism got the chop. By the year's end he had a better sense of what the Poles had turned their backs on - southern mountains, northern beaches, dumplings! - and an uncanny ability to bone cod.

    This is a candid, funny and offbeat tale of a year as an unlikely immigrant.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY A TO Z : An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places
    CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY A TO Z : An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places
    GIESECKE ANNETTE
    ISBN: 9780762470013
    Title: CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY A TO Z : An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places
    Author: GIESECKE ANNETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide, this beautifully illustrated volume offers hundreds of rich, fascinating definitions of 700 major and minor characters, creatures, and places of classical mythology.

    Classical Mythology A-to-Z is a comprehensive and engrossing guide to Greek and Roman mythology. Written by Annette Giesecke, PhD, Professor of Classics and Chair of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Delaware, this brilliant reference offers clear explanations of every character and locale, and captures the essence of these timeless tales.

    From the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus and the heroes of the Trojan War to the nymphs, monsters, and other mythical creatures that populate these ancient stories, Giesecke recounts, with clarity and energy, the details of more than 700 characters and places. Each definition includes cross-references to related characters, locations, and myths, as well their equivalent in Roman mythology and cult.

    In addition to being an important standalone work, Classical Mythology A-to-Z is also written, designed, and illustrated to serve as an essential companion to the bestselling illustrated 75th-anniversary edition of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, including 10 full-color plates and 2-color illustrations throughout by artist Jim Tierney.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • COLLECTED STORIES OF SHIRLEY HAZZARD
    COLLECTED STORIES OF SHIRLEY HAZZARD
    HAZZARD SHIRLEY
    ISBN: 9780349012957
    Title: COLLECTED STORIES OF SHIRLEY HAZZARD
    Author: HAZZARD SHIRLEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Collected Stories includes both volumes of National Book Award-winning author Shirley Hazzard's short story collections - Cliffs of Fall and People in Glass Houses - alongside uncollected works and two previously unpublished stories.

    Twenty-eight works of short fiction in all, Shirley Hazzard's Collected Stories is a work of staggering breadth and talent. Taken together, Hazzard's short stories are masterworks in telescoping focus, 'at once surgical and symphonic' (New Yorker), ranging from quotidian struggles between beauty and pragmatism to satirical sendups of international bureaucracy, from the Italian countryside to suburban Connecticut.

    In an interview, Hazzard once said, 'The idea that somebody has expressed something, in a supreme way, that it can be expressed; this is, I think, an enormous feature of literature'. Her stories themselves are a supreme evocation of writing at its very best: probing, uncompromising and deeply felt.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • COMEBACK SUMMER : When Smith and Stokes got the magic back
    COMEBACK SUMMER : When Smith and Stokes got the magic back
    LEMON GEOFF
    ISBN: 9781743796696
    Title: COMEBACK SUMMER : When Smith and Stokes got the magic back
    Author: LEMON GEOFF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Geoff Lemon takes on The Comeback Summer of cricket, in this gripping follow-up to the multi-award-winning Steve Smith’s Men.

    At the height of the 2019 season, the biggest names in Australian and English cricket faced off for sporting glory – and public forgiveness. It was always going to be a summer to remember. Steve Smith, captain of the Australian team, a batsman with a shot at rivalling the greatest of all time. Ben Stokes, star of the English team, an all-rounder with a knack for moments of genius. Both disgraced in scandals of very different kinds. Both attempting a tough comeback trail through the most crucial contests in cricket: the World Cup back-to-back with the Ashes.

    Geoff Lemon was there, in the commentary boxes and on the boundaries, for this season of unparalleled drama on the field. The Comeback Summer is an insightful, lively and sharp take on the cricketing world, which asks why we’re so obsessed with the idea of sport as a means of redemption.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COMMITTED WRITINGS
    COMMITTED WRITINGS
    CAMUS ALBERT
    ISBN: 9780241400401
    Title: COMMITTED WRITINGS
    Author: CAMUS ALBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This volume contains some of Camus's most powerful political writing as he reflects on moral responsibility and the role of the artist in the world. 'Letters to a German Friend' was Camus' first wartime intervention, written in 1943 in order 'to make our battle more effective'. 'Reflections on the Guillotine' is his impassioned polemic against the death penalty. And in his Nobel Speeches, Camus argues against 'art for art's sake' and brilliantly sets out his vision of the artist's responsibilities.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COMMONWEALTH OF CRICKET : A Lifelong Love Affair With The Most Subtle And Sophisticated Game Known To Humankind
    COMMONWEALTH OF CRICKET : A Lifelong Love Affair With The Most Subtle And Sophisticated Game Known To Humankind
    GUHA RAMACHANDRA
    ISBN: 9780008422516
    Title: COMMONWEALTH OF CRICKET : A Lifelong Love Affair With The Most Subtle And Sophisticated Game Known To Humankind
    Author: GUHA RAMACHANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of India's finest writers, thinkers and commentators, a memoir of a love affair with cricket.

    As a fan, player, writer, scholar, controversialist and administrator, Ram Guha has spent a life with cricket.In this book, Guha offers both a brilliantly charming memoir and a charter of the life of cricket in India.

    He traces the game across every level at which it is played: school, college, club, state and country. He offers vivid portraits of local heroes, provincial icons and international stars.

    Following the narrative of his life intertwined and in love with the sport, Guha captures the magic of bat and ball that has ensnared billions.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • COMPLEX PRESENTS : Sneaker of the Year: The Best Since '85
    COMPLEX PRESENTS : Sneaker of the Year: The Best Since '85
    COMPLEX MEDIA INC
    ISBN: 9781419745799
    Title: COMPLEX PRESENTS : Sneaker of the Year: The Best Since '85
    Author: COMPLEX MEDIA INC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1985, Nike released Michael Jordan's first sneaker, the Air Jordan 1, and sneaker culture was born. Now thousands of people wait in line at Supreme, and companies throw millions of dollars at Kendrick Lamar to keep him in their marketing plans. The trend that saw steady growth for decades with the emergence of sports, hiphop, and sportswear advertising has exploded into a phenomenon. And no one has watched that phenomenon more closely than Complex Media.

    With a subtle nod to Shea Serrano's The Rap Year Book, The Greatest Sneakers of All Time explores the past 35 years of sneaker culture with the expertise, authority, and passion that only Complex can offer. With vibrant photographs and illustrations throughout and input from some of the sneaker world's most important voices, this compilation is a musthave for hypebeasts and sneakerheads everywhere.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CONQUISTADORES
    CONQUISTADORES
    CERVANTES FERNANDO
    ISBN: 9780241242148
    Title: CONQUISTADORES
    Author: CERVANTES FERNANDO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The 'conquistadores', the early explorers and settlers of Spanish America, have become the stuff of legends and nightmares. In their own time, they were glorified as heroic adventurers, spreading Christian culture and helping to build an empire unlike any the world had ever seen. Today, they stand condemned for their cruelty and exploitation, as men who decimated the ancient civilizations of the Aztecs and the Incas, and carried out horrific atrocities in their pursuit of gold and glory.In Conquistadores, Mexican historian Fernando Cervantes cuts through the layers of myth and fiction to immerse the reader in the world of the late-medieval imperialist. It is a world as unfamiliar to us as the Indigenous peoples of the New World were to the conquistadores themselves. Drawing upon a wide range of sources including diaries, letters, chronicles and treatises, Cervantes reframes the story of the Spanish conquest of the New World, set against the political and intellectual landscape from which its main actors emerged. At the heart of the story are the conquistadores, whose epic ambitions and moral contradictions defined an era.From Columbus to Cortes, Pizarro and beyond, the explorers we think we know come alive in this thought-provoking and illuminating account of a period that irrevocably altered the course of world history.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $69.99
    Price: $69.99
  • CRUCIBLE : The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924
    CRUCIBLE : The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924
    EMMERSON CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781784703691
    Title: CRUCIBLE : The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924
    Author: EMMERSON CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Petrograd a fire is lit. The Tsar is packed off to the Urals. A rancorous Russian exile crosses war-torn Europe to make his triumphal entry into the capital. 'Peace now!' the crowds cry... German soldiers return from the war to quash a Communist rising in Berlin. A former field-runner trained by the army to give rousing speeches against the Bolshevik peril begins to rail against the Jews... A solar eclipse turns a former patent clerk from Switzerland into a celebrity, shaking the foundations of human understanding with his revolutionary theories of time and space... In Paris an American reporter in search of himself writes ever shorter sentences and discovers a new literary style...

    Lenin and Hitler, Einstein and Hemingway, Sigmund Freud and Andre Breton, Emmaline Pankhurst and Mustafa Kemal - these are some of the protagonists in this dramatic panorama of a world in turmoil.

    Emperors, kings and generals depart furtively on midnight trains and submarines. Women are given the vote. Artistic experiments flourish. The real becomes surreal. Marching tunes are syncopated into jazz. Civilisation is loosed from its pre-war moorings. People search for meaning in the wreckage. Even as the ink is drying on the armistice that ends the war in the west in 1918, fresh conflicts and upheavals erupt elsewhere. It takes six years for Europe to find uneasy peace.

    Crucible is the collective diary of an era- filled with all-too-human tales of exuberant dreams, dark fears, grubby ambitions and the absurdities of chance. Encompassing both tragedy and humour, it brings immediacy and intimacy to a moment of deep historical transformation - with consequences which echo down to today.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DANCER
    DANCER
    MCCANN COLUM
    ISBN: 9781526617361
    Title: DANCER
    Author: MCCANN COLUM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This novel opens on a battlefield- trudging back from the front through a ravaged and icy wasteland, their horses dying around them, their own hunger rendering them almost savage, the Russian soldiers are exhausted as they reach the city of Ufa, desperate for food and shelter. They find both, and then music and dance. And there, spinning unafraid among them, dancing for the soldiers and anyone else who'll watch him, is one small pale boy, Rudolf. This is Colum McCann's dancer- Rudolf, a prodigy at six years old, who became the greatest dancer of the century, who redefined dance, rewrote his own life, and died of AIDS before anyone knew he had it.
    This is an extraordinary life transformed into extraordinary fiction by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. One kind of masculine grace is perfectly matched to another in Colum McCann's beautiful and daring new novel.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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