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  • A IS FOR AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
    A IS FOR AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
    LESSAC FRANE
    ISBN: 9781760650940
    Title: A IS FOR AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS
    Author: LESSAC FRANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A factastic tour of Australian animals, by award-winning author-illustrator Frané Lessac.

    Australia is full of the most amazing animals on the planet! What animal has six thumbs? What animal produces square poo? What animal is made up of 95 per cent water and is highly venomous?

    Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic tour of Australian animals.

    Companion to A is for Australia, which was a Notable Book for the 2016 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, CBCA Awards and Winner of the 2016 Crystal Kite Members Choice Award.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • AEGEAN
    AEGEAN
    LEIVADITAKI MARIANNA
    ISBN: 9780857838070
    Title: AEGEAN
    Author: LEIVADITAKI MARIANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A delicious evocation of place and memory from one of my favourite cooks.' Allan Jenkins, Editor of Observer Food Monthly

    'This book is so much more than a cookbook, it's a love song to a very special place and we are lucky to have the brilliant Marianna as our guide.' Itamar Srulovich, co-founder of Honey & Co.

    'I want to make everything in this beautiful book. An absolute treasure.' Rosie Birkett, author of THE JOYFUL HOME COOK

    Marianna Leivaditaki is a natural storyteller. She grew up in Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, and spent her childhood helping out in the family-run taverna. After school, she carried around her blue notebook, writing down all the recipes she would like to cook, helped by the Greek grannies' kitchen wisdom. Marianna's love for the food of her heritage flows off every page, but she also has a contemporary take on it. As head chef of Morito in Hackney, she has championed high-quality ingredients, presenting them in simple, stunning sharing plates, and has been critically acclaimed for doing so.

    These inspirational recipes derive from the SEA, the LAND and the MOUNTAINS. We all know the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts, fish and whole grains, as well as the importance of how you eat and appreciate your food. Marianna offers achievable, yet delicious dishes celebrating seasonal, fresh food that you can take time to enjoy with friends and family.

    Imprint: Kyle Books
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • ALL ABOUT HAIRY MACLARY
    ALL ABOUT HAIRY MACLARY
    DODD LYNLEY
    ISBN: 9780143775119
    Title: ALL ABOUT HAIRY MACLARY
    Author: DODD LYNLEY
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A shaped board book about Lynley Dodd's most delightful canine character that's perfectly pitched for babies and toddlers.


    Hairy Maclary is a rascally dog,
    he's a playful dog
    and a hungry dog.

    Wherever Hairy Maclary goes, trouble is never far away! Find out all about the raggedy rascal in this delightful introduction to the bestselling Hairy Maclary and FriendsTM series by Lynley Dodd.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ALL ADULTS HERE
    ALL ADULTS HERE
    STRAUB EMMA
    ISBN: 9781405921602
    Title: ALL ADULTS HERE
    Author: STRAUB EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coming of age isn't just for kids.

    In a small town in upstate New York, Astrid Strick - mother to three grown-up children - is keeping the kind of secret that once upon a time would have rocked the very foundations of her careful, suburban life. But thankfully the world is changing and, with it, her family. The time has come for Astrid to confront past mistakes and present truths. But is it too late to set things right?

    Astrid's youngest son, Nicky, is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her single daughter, Porter, is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence in time to greet a daughter. And her eldest, Elliot, seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which were the mistakes that mattered? It might be that only Astrid's thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Cecelia, and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

    Emma Straub's unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in this deeply satisfying story about how to survive inside a family, no matter what follows us into adulthood. Whether you are the eldest, the youngest, the middle, the only - this is a book for the adult hiding in you.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    BOOTH OWEN
    ISBN: 9780008380243
    Title: ALL TRUE ADVENTURES (AND RARE EDUCATION ) OF THE DAREDEVIL DANIEL BONES
    Author: BOOTH OWEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gloriously moving and entertaining, picaresque debut novel, about a young man's sentimental education in late 19th-Century Europe; inspired by a real historical figure: ‘Captain' Paul Boyton – the ‘Fearless Frogman'

    ‘“But who among you might assist me on this adventure?” the Captain shouts.

    And then the Captain's eyes fall on me, as was his plan all along, and he points me out, making sure just so's everyone can see.

    “What about you, sir?”

    “Me?”

    “A strong young man to journey with me across the wild continent, to support me in my life-saving work, and take the name of his village to the farthest corners of civilisation – and paid a wage, of course!”

    “Of course!” everyone shouts.'


    The 1880s are drawing to a close, and 14(-maybe-15)-year-old Daniel Bones fears that the prospects for him and his younger brother Will may be dimming with the century.

    For the motherless sons of a drunken blacksmith, life on a barren spit of land reaching into the Essex estuary holds little promise. Until one evening, from out of the water, there emerges the astonishing figure of Captain Clarke B: cigar-smoking daredevil adventurer, charlatan, casanova and inventor of the world-famous life-saving inflatable suit.

    As the Captain embarks on his ramshackle promotional tour of Europe, Daniel is sucked into his wake, on an adventure that will carry him through the waterways of the continent, encountering Kings and Princesses, wealthy widows, irate husbands, anarchists, arms dealers and shadowy power-brokers. It's an education beyond Dan's wildest imaginings, across countries undergoing the convulsions of all kinds of revolution, and one that will open his eyes, and his heart.

    But as he travels further into the dazzle of notoriety and the darkness that lies behind it, Dan's promise to return and rescue Will seems ever harder to keep. For in the Captain's world of smoke and mirrors it is all too easy to lose sight of who he is, or the man he ought to be…

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTKIND : A Novel
    ANTKIND : A Novel
    KAUFMAN CHARLIE
    ISBN: 9780008319489
    Title: ANTKIND : A Novel
    Author: KAUFMAN CHARLIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar (R)-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.

    B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and underappreciated film critic (failed academic, filmmaker, paramour, shoe salesman who sleeps in a sock drawer), stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider – a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its reclusive auteur ninety years to complete. Convinced that the film will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core, that it might possibly be the greatest movie ever made, B. knows that it is his mission to show it to the rest of humanity. The only problem: the film is destroyed, leaving him the sole witness to its inadvertently ephemeral genius.

    All that’s left is a single frame from which B. must somehow attempt to recall the work of art that just might be the last great hope of civilization. Thus begins a mind-boggling journey through the hilarious nightmarescape of a psyche as lushly Kafkaesque as it is atrophied by the relentless spew of Twitter. Desperate to impose order on an increasingly nonsensical existence, trapped in a self-imposed prison of aspirational victimhood and degeneratively inclusive language, B. scrambles to re-create the lost masterwork while attempting to keep pace with an ever-fracturing culture of “likes” and arbitrary denunciations that are simultaneously his bête noire and his raison d’être.

    A searing indictment of the modern world, Antkind is a richly layered meditation on art, time, memory, identity, comedy, and the very nature of existence itself – the grain of truth at the heart of every joke.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ASPECTS OF THE NEW RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
    ASPECTS OF THE NEW RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
    ADORNO THEODOR W
    ISBN: 9781509541454
    Title: ASPECTS OF THE NEW RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
    Author: ADORNO THEODOR W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 6 April 1967, at the invitation of the Socialist Students of Austria at the University of Vienna, Theodor W. Adorno gave a lecture which is not merely of historical interest. Against the background of the rise of the National Democratic Party of Germany, which had enjoyed remarkable electoral success in the first two years after its formation in November 1964, Adorno analysed the goals, resources and tactics of the new right-wing nationalism of this time. Contrasting it with the ‘old’ fascism of the Nazis, Adorno gave particular attention to the ways in which far-right movements elicited enthusiastic support in sections of the West German population, 20 years after the war had ended.

    Much has changed since then, but some elements have remained the same or resurfaced in new forms, 50 years later. Adorno’s penetrating analysis of the sources of right-wing radicalism is as relevant today as it was five decades ago. It is a prescient message to future generations who find themselves embroiled once again in a struggle against a resurgent nationalism and right-wing extremism.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Mia by the Jetty
    AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Mia by the Jetty
    BRIAN JANEEN
    ISBN: 9781760893668
    Title: AUSSIE KIDS : Meet Mia by the Jetty
    Author: BRIAN JANEEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hi! I'm Mia
    Jim is coming to stay with us soon.
    I want to show him the jetty, beach and island.
    But I don't want my bossy sister Alice to take over.
    So I have a plan . . .

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BABY ANIMALS
    AUSTRALIAN BABY ANIMALS
    LESSAC FRANE
    ISBN: 9781760651763
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BABY ANIMALS
    Author: LESSAC FRANE
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A classic showcase of Australian baby animals and their families for very young children from a consummate author/illustrator.

    With one animal baby featured on each double page spread, this colourful introduction to iconic Australian creatures groups them according to their baby names: joeys, hatchlings, fry, chicks, puggles, pups and platypups. The animals cover the full gamut of family groups: from marsupials to monotremes and reptiles to birds,

    Each baby animal is described by one line of text (in bold type). And there's a special additional fact for extra interest.

    Imprint: WALKER AND CO
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    ISBN: 9781925847697
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An inspirational guide to Australias best walks selected by Australias most trusted destination magazine.

    There are so many incredible walks in Australia but how do you know which are the best ones? Our free time is precious and few people have the time to survey a range of walks – it can years to find a handful of good ones. Over 150 issues and 33 years Australian Geographic has explored Australian landscapes. Our editors, writers and photographers have the energy, expertise and contacts to know where all the most exciting and exhilarating walks are to be found. In this much anticipated book, we reveal our best 100 with detailed descriptions and stunning photography to inspire both walkers and armchair travellers. The Australian Geographic guide to Australia’s Best 100 Walks will have walkers itching to lace their boots up with this showcase of the sheer beauty and diversity of our landscapes and wildlife. With this book, walkers can set out knowing they’re going to have an incredible day outdoors. A great walk can be an exhilarating experience that will stay with you forever. Perhaps you’re stirred by endless mountain views or soothed by stepping into a living green cathedral. Maybe the challenge drives you harder and farther than you thought possible. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in the presence of a rare creature and feel a jolt of connection. There’s always magic to be found when walking but the very best walks will do all of these things. Fortunately, Australia is full of extraordinary walks – here’s our collection of the best to be found in every corner of this country.

    Imprint: Australian Geographic
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780008245122
    Title: BAD BOY OF ATHENS : Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past three decades, Daniel Mendelsohn's essays and reviews have earned him a reputation as ‘our most irresistible literary critic' (New York Times). This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn – a classicist by training – uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.

    There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the ‘bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed with the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.

    In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    IYER PICO
    ISBN: 9781526611512
    Title: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    Author: IYER PICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year 2020
    How does a sushi bar explain a Japanese poem?
    Why do Japanese couples plan matching outfits for their honeymoon?
    Why are so many things in Japan the opposite of what we expect?
    After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer knows the country as few others can. In A Beginner's Guide to Japan, he dashes from baseball games to love-hotels and from shopping malls to zen temple gardens to find fresh ways of illuminating his adopted home. Playful and surreptitiously profound, this is a guidebook to a Japan few have ever seen before.
    'Rarely in any writing on Japan is provocation so elegantly and surgically performed' Financial Times

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEWARE ! Ralfy Rabbit and the Secret Book Biter
    BEWARE ! Ralfy Rabbit and the Secret Book Biter
    MACKENZIE EMILY
    ISBN: 9781408892091
    Title: BEWARE ! Ralfy Rabbit and the Secret Book Biter
    Author: MACKENZIE EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ralfy Rabbit LOVES books. He loves nothing more than finding a quiet spot and reading.
    But things aren't so quiet anymore...... Rodney, Ralf' s new baby brother, is making sure of that. And when Ralfy discovers a huge bite-mark hole in one of his favourite books, things go from bad to worse. Who could be behind the biting? Ralfy Rabbit is determined to find out!
    A gorgeous story about how reading can overcome even the most chompsome of problems. From the creator of the internationally successful Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • BIRD WAY
    BIRD WAY
    ACKERMAN JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781925713763
    Title: BIRD WAY
    Author: ACKERMAN JENNIFER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds - how they live and how they think.

    'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' This is one scientist's pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains- two ways to make a highly intelligent mind. But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries. What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They're also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own - deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also, ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play.

    Some of these extraordinary behaviours are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of- well - birdness- A mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own. Young birds that devote themselves to feeding their siblings and others so competitive they'll stab their nestmates to death. Birds that give gifts and birds that steal, birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves, birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call - and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter.

    Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska's Kachemak Bay, Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behaviour, birds vary. It's what we love about them. As E.O Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BLACKTOP WASTELAND
    BLACKTOP WASTELAND
    COSBY S A
    ISBN: 9781472273741
    Title: BLACKTOP WASTELAND
    Author: COSBY S A
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    IT'S A CRIME THAT HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.

    'Sensationally good - new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. ' LEE CHILD

    'Every once in a while a writer comes along with an incredible voice. Think Elmore Leonard, or Chester Himes...add S. A. Cosby to that list." STEVE CAVANAGH

    Beauregard "Bug" Montage: honest mechanic, loving husband, devoted parent. He's no longer the criminal he once was - the sharpest wheelman on the east coast, infamous from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida.

    But when his respectable life begins to crumble, a shady associate comes calling with a clean, one-time job: a diamond heist promising a get-rich payout. Inexorably drawn to the driver's seat - and haunted by the ghost of his outlaw father - Bug is yanked back into a savage world of bullets and betrayal, which soon endangers all he holds dear...

    Like Breaking Bad in a high-speed collision with Drive, this stunning debut holds up a cracked mirror to the woozy ideals of the American dream - a dazzling, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race and a scarred, self-destructive masculinity.

    'Blacktop Wasteland is an urgent, timely, pitch-perfect jolt of American noir.' DENNIS LEHANE

    '...S. A. Cosby reinvents the American crime novel. Blacktop Wasteland thrums and races - it's an intoxicating thrill of a ride'. WALTER MOSLEY

    The perfect page-turning read for fans of acclaimed writers such as Don Winslow, Attica Locke, Bill Beverley and Thomas Mullen.

    Imprint: Headline
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    STERN GERALD
    ISBN: 9781324002338
    Title: BLESSED AS WE WERE : Late Selected and New Poems, 2000-2018
    Author: STERN GERALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For over four decades, Gerald Stern has been writing his own brand of expansive, deep-down American poetry. Now in his nineties, this “sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary” (Edward Hirsch) engages a lifetime of memories in his poems, blending philosophical, wide-ranging intellect with boisterous wit.

    Memory unites the poems in Blessed as We Were, which reach back through seven collections written over almost two decades. Stern explores casual miracles, relationships, and the natural world in Last Blue (2002); offers a satirical and redemptive vision in Everything Is Burning (2005) and Save the Last Dance (2008); meditates on the metamorphosis of aging in In Beauty Bright (2012); and captures the sensual joys of life—even when they are far in the past—in the wistful love poems and elegies of Galaxy Love (2017). The volume concludes with over two dozen new poems that combine the metaphysical with the domestic, from the passage of time and the cost of love to the profound banality of cardboard and its uses.

    With his characteristic exuberant, oracular voice animating every line, Stern reminds us why he is one of the great American poets, one who has long “been telling us that the best way to live is not so much for poetry, but through poetry” (New York Times Book Review).

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $41.99

    Price: $41.99
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