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  • ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    KOVAL WALLY
    ISBN: 9781409197393
    Title: ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON
    Author: KOVAL WALLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wes Anderson's beloved films announce themselves through a singular aesthetic - one that seems too vivid, unique, and meticulously constructed to possibly be real. Not so - in Accidentally Wes Anderson, Wally Koval collects the world's most Anderson-like sites in all their faded grandeur and pop-pastel colours, telling the story behind each stranger than-fiction-location.

    Based on the viral online phenomenon and community of the same name, Accidentally Wes Anderson celebrates the unique aesthetic that millions of Anderson fans love - capturing the symmetrical, the atypical, the unexpected, the vibrantly patterned, and distinctively coloured in arresting photographs from around the world.

    Authorised by Wes Anderson himself, and appealing to the millions who love his films, this book is also for fans of Cabin Porn and Van Life - and avid travellers and aspiring adventurers of all kinds.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • AENEID
    AENEID
    VERGIL (BARTSCH SHADI-TRANS)
    ISBN: 9781788162678
    Title: AENEID
    Author: VERGIL (BARTSCH SHADI-TRANS)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On his deathbed in 19 BCE, Vergil asked that his epic, The Aeneid, be burned and not published. If his wishes had been obeyed, western literature - and maybe even western civilisation - might have taken a different course.

    The Aeneid has remained a key text of university courses since the rise of universities, and has been invoked at key points of human history - whether by Saint Augustine to illustrate the fallen nature of the soul, by settlers to justify manifest destiny in North America, or by Mussolini in support of his Fascist regime.

    In this fresh and fast-paced translation of the Aeneid, Shadi Bartsch brings the poem to the modern reader. Along with the translation, her introduction will guide the reader to a deeper understanding of the epic's enduring influence.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    STEELE ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781526608291
    Title: AGELESS : The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
    Author: STEELE ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ageless is a guide to the science driving biology's biggest story- why we get old, and how we can stop it.
    Ageing o not cancer, not heart disease o is the world's leading cause of death and suffering. We accept as inevitable that as we get older our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate, and we are increasingly likely to be struck by dementia or disease. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask- is it necessary?

    Biologists, on the other hand, have been investigating that question for years.

    Ageless introduces us to the cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine. It takes us inside the laboratories where scientists are studying every aspect of the cell o DNA, mitochondria, stems cells, our immune systems, even age genes that have helped animals to a tenfold increase in lifespan o all in an effort to forestall or reverse the body's decline.
    Computational biologist Andrew Steele offers reality-based hope, explaining what is happening as we age and practical ways we can help slow down the process. He reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine o one that has the potential to improve billions of lives, save trillions of dollars, and transform the human condition.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS
    AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS
    ALSTON B B
    ISBN: 9781760505882
    Title: AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS
    Author: ALSTON B B
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A 13-year-old girl from the housing projects discovers her brother was more than he seemed … And so is she. A gripping, fun, heartfelt new fantasy for an upper middle-grade audience.

    Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood City low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

    Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside – if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarfs, aliens and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate. Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like ‘Which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean?’ and ‘How old is Merlin?’ Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson for Amari, with signs like Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it? If all that wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent that is enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari’s talent, when it’s revealed, is illegal. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

    With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ANIMALS BRAG ABOUT THEIR BOTTOMS
    ANIMALS BRAG ABOUT THEIR BOTTOMS
    SAITO MAKI
    ISBN: 9781771647106
    Title: ANIMALS BRAG ABOUT THEIR BOTTOMS
    Author: SAITO MAKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Age range 3 to 9

    All bottoms are wonderful! Don't you agree? Each animal in this adorable book has a different reason for loving their behind - from cute and round to fashionable and striped. Maki Saito makes readers laugh out loud with playful illustrations of the backsides of hippos, zebras, pandas, mandrills, and more. Her traditional Japanese art techniques add a sophisticated, beautiful feel. Charming and whimsical, this book encourages self-love and body positivity, as well as a whole lot of laughter and fun.



    Imprint: GREYSTONE PRESS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARREST
    ARREST
    LETHEM JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781838952167
    Title: ARREST
    Author: LETHEM JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arrest isn't post-apocalypse. It isn't a dystopia. It isn't a utopia. It's just what happens when much of what we take for granted - cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters - stops working...

    Before the Arrest, Sandy Duplessis had a reasonably good life as a screenwriter in L.A. An old college friend and writing partner, the charismatic and malicious Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. That didn't hurt.

    Now, post-Arrest, nothing is what it was. Sandy, who calls himself Journeyman, has landed in rural Maine. There he assists the butcher and delivers the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm. But then Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor. Todbaum has spent the Arrest smashing his way across a fragmented and phantasmagorical United States, trailing enmities all the way. Plopping back into the siblings' life with his usual odious panache, his motives are entirely unclear. Can it be that Todbaum wants to produce one more extravaganza? Whatever he's up to, it may fall to Journeyman to stop him.

    Written with unrepentant joy and shot through with just the right amount of contemporary dread, The Arrest is speculative fiction at its absolute finest.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    CAMERON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781788164290
    Title: ARTISTS WAY : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    Author: CAMERON JULIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since its first publication, The Artist's Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides readers in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to open up opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery.

    The program begins with Cameron's most vital tools for creative recovery: The Morning Pages and The Artist Date. From there, she shares hundreds of exercises, activities, and prompts to help readers thoroughly explore each chapter.

    A revolutionary programme for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.

    Imprint: SOUVENIR PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL
    ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL
    MCKINSTRY LEO
    ISBN: 9781848876613
    Title: ATTLEE AND CHURCHILL
    Author: MCKINSTRY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chosen as a Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail

    'A masterpiece' - Frederick Forsyth

    'Beautifully written... unlikely to be surpassed' - Simon Heffer

    'Superb' - Daily Mail, Book of the Week

    'Terrific' - Observer

    Throughout history there have been many long-running rivalries between party leaders, but there has never been a connection like that between Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill, who were leaders of their respective parties for a total of thirty-five years. Brought together in the epoch-making circumstances of the Second World War, they forged a partnership that transcended party lines, before going on to face each other in two of Britain's most important and influential general elections.

    Based on extensive research and archival material, Attlee and Churchill provides a host of new insights into their remarkable relationship. From the bizarre coincidence that they shared a governess, to their explosive wartime clashes over domestic policy and reconstruction; and from Britain's post-war nuclear weapons programme, which Attlee kept hidden from Churchill and his own Labour Party, to the private correspondence between the two men in later life, which demonstrates their friendliness despite all the political antagonism, Leo McKinstry tells the intertwined story of these two political titans as never before.

    In a gripping narrative McKinstry not only provides a fresh perspective on two of the most compelling leaders of the mid-twentieth century but also brilliantly brings to life this vibrant, traumatic and inspiring era of modern British history.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIA DAY
    AUSTRALIA DAY
    GRANT STAN
    ISBN: 9781460759974
    Title: AUSTRALIA DAY
    Author: GRANT STAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away.'

    Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.

    In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about our country, about who we are as a nation, about the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and what it means to be Australian.

    A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO
    BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO
    GAITSKILL MARY
    ISBN: 9780241464144
    Title: BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO
    Author: GAITSKILL MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in the late 1990s and a bestseller at the time, this incisive collection of short stories explores connection and disconnection in families, between ex-lovers and friends. From a father reflecting on the daughter whose lesbianism he cannot accept, to two people who were once young together stumbling over the foundations of their past, inside are twelve portraits of heart-rending emotional intimacy and the delicacy of relationships. Because They Wanted To is a perfectly formed set of stories about alienation in modern times.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEOWULF
    BEOWULF
    HEADLEY MARIA DAHVANA
    ISBN: 9781925713886
    Title: BEOWULF
    Author: HEADLEY MARIA DAHVANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Nearly twenty years after Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf - and fifty years after the translation that continues to torment high-school students around the world - there is a radical new verse translation of the epic poem by Maria Dahvana Headley, which brings to light elements never before translated into English.

    A man seeks to prove himself as a hero. A monster seeks silence in his territory. A warrior seeks to avenge her murdered son. A dragon ends it all. These familiar components of the epic poem are seen with a novelist's eye toward gender, genre, and history. Beowulf has always been a tale of entitlement and encroachment - of powerful men seeking to become more powerful and one woman seeking justice for her child - but this version brings new context to an old story. While crafting her contemporary adaptation, Headley unearthed significant shifts lost over centuries of translation; her Beowulf is one for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BERLIN : The Story of a City
    BERLIN : The Story of a City
    WHITE-SPUNNER BARNEY
    ISBN: 9781471181542
    Title: BERLIN : The Story of a City
    Author: WHITE-SPUNNER BARNEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Telling the story of its people and its rulers, from its medieval origins up to the present day, Berlin is a fascinating and informative history of an extraordinary city from the author of the international bestseller Partition.

    Berlin is Europe’s most fascinating and exciting city. It is and always has been a city on the edge – geographically, culturally, politically and morally. The great movements that have shaken Europe, from the Reformation to Marxism have their origins in Berlin’s streets. The long-time capital of Prussia and of the Hohenzollern dynasty it has never, paradoxically, been a Prussian city. Instead it has always been a city of immigrants, a city that accepts everyone and turns them into Berliners. A typical Berliner, it is said, is someone who has just arrived at the railway station.

    With its unique dialect, exceptional museums, experimental cultural scene, its liberated social life and its open and honest approach to its history, with monuments to the Holocaust as prominent as its rebuilt royal palace, it is as challenging a city as it is absorbing. And it has always been like that, since its medieval foundation as twin fishing villages. Too often Berlin is seen through the prism of Nazism and its role on the front line in the Cold War. Important, frightening and interesting as those periods are, its history starts much further ago than that.

    As approachable for the casual visitor to Berlin as it is informative for those who enjoy reading history, Berlin: The Story of a City is as fascinating as its subject.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEWARE OF DOGS
    BEWARE OF DOGS
    FLANN ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781460759035
    Title: BEWARE OF DOGS
    Author: FLANN ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Banjo Prize for Fiction

    She's isolated. Trapped. Hunted. An almost unbearably tense Australian survival thriller.

    Not much daylight left now.

    So begins the field diary of Alix Verhoeven, whose impulsive acceptance of an offer to spend Easter on a remote island has turned into a terrifying ordeal. Hiding in a tiny cave, she carefully rations out her meagre supplies, while desperately trying to figure out how to escape the men hunting her. She is determined not to be a victim.What do they want with her? She knows it's nothing good - she overheard enough on that first night to flee. But now she's got little food or water, no way of calling for help, and only her skills as an exploration geologist and memories of Atkinson's Guide to Bushcraft to survive. By day she is disciplined and lives by strict plans, but at night she finds herself haunted by questions about her life that she has never wanted to face, and slowly this begins to unravel her. With time running out, she is forced to take tremendous risks in order to stand even the slightest chance of getting away.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BONHOEFFER : Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
    BONHOEFFER : Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
    METAXAS ERIC
    ISBN: 9781400224647
    Title: BONHOEFFER : Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
    Author: METAXAS ERIC
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The runaway New York Times bestseller, revised and with a new introduction from the author.

    Who better to face the greatest evil of the 20th-century than a humble man of faith

    As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and author. In his blockbuster New York Times bestselling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer's life-the theologian and the spy-and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil. Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer's heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler's Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer's involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland. In a deeply moving narrative, Metaxas uses previously unavailable documentsincluding personal letters, detailed journal entries, and firsthand personal accountsto reveal dimensions of Bonhoeffer's life and theology never before seen.

    Imprint: THOMAS NELSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BRITISH ARE COMING : The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
    BRITISH ARE COMING : The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
    ATKINSON RICK
    ISBN: 9780008303334
    Title: BRITISH ARE COMING : The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
    Author: ATKINSON RICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In June 1773, King George III attended a grand celebration of his reign over the greatest, richest empire since ancient Rome. Less than two years later, Britain’s bright future turned dark: after a series of provocations, the king’s soldiers took up arms against his rebellious colonies in America. The war would last eight years, and though at least one in ten of the Americans who fought for independence would die for that cause, the prize was valuable beyond measure: freedom from oppression and the creation of a new republic.

    Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about the Second World War has long been admired for his unparalleled ability to write deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative history. In this new book, he tells the story of the first twenty-one months of America’s violent effort to forge a new nation. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1776–77, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force and struggle to avoid annihilation.

    It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes one of America’s greatest battle captains; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves himself the nation’s wiliest diplomat; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost.

    Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of America’s creation drama.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BURNING GIRLS
    BURNING GIRLS
    TUDOR C J
    ISBN: 9780241371312
    Title: BURNING GIRLS
    Author: TUDOR C J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Reverend Jack Brooks is looking for a fresh start.

    Chapel Croft appears the perfect place, but the village has a dark and dangerous history - and the ghosts of its past refuse to stay buried.

    Decades ago, two girls disappeared. And just months ago, the last vicar committed suicide - but not before leaving a message for Jack.

    Jack must uncover the truth, or risk sacrificing the village to the evils that lie within.

    But the truth is hard to find, when everyone has something to hide. And as long buried secrets of Jack's own resurface, faith alone will not save them . . .

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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