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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 Australia
    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
  • 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
  • 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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    BRYSON BILL
    ISBN: 9780552779906
    Title: BODY : A Guide for Occupants
    Author: BRYSON BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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    'A directory of wonders.' - The Guardian

    'Jaw-dropping.' - The Times


    'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson...an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' - The Sunday Times


    'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.' - The Daily Telegraph
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    'We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it.
    The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.'

    Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body- A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

    A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.

    'What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.' Bill Bryson

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF PORTUGAL
    BRIEF HISTORY OF PORTUGAL
    BLACK JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781472143587
    Title: BRIEF HISTORY OF PORTUGAL
    Author: BLACK JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a comprehensive history of Portugal that covers the whole span, from the Stone Age to today. An introduction provides an understanding of geographical and climatic issues, before an examination of Portugal's prehistory and classical Portugal, from the Stone Age to the end of the the Roman era.

    Portugal's history from ad420 to the thirteenth century takes in the Suevi, Visigoths and Moors. Then, a look at medieval Portugal, covers the development of Christian Portugal culminating with the expulsion of the Moors, with a focus on key sites.

    A subsequent section on Spanish rule, between 1580 and 1640, explains why Spain took over and why Spanish rule collapsed.

    There is a significant focus on Portugal's global role, particularly during the age of exploration, or expansion, in the fifteenth century to 1580: Manueline Portugal, Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama and Belem. Portugal was the first of the Atlantic empires, with territory in the Azores, Madeira, West Africa and Brazil, and it remained a major empire until the 1820s, retaining an African empire until the 1970s. It's empire in Asia - in Malacca, Macao, Goa and Timor - continued even longer, until the 1990s. Black shows how Portugal had a global impact, but the world, too, had an impact on Portugal.

    Baroque Portugal, between 1640 and 1800, is explored through palaces in Mafra, Pombal and elsewhere and the wealth of Brazil.

    The nineteenth century brought turmoil in the form of a French invasion, the Peninsular War, Brazilian independence, successive revolutions, economic issues and the end of the monarchy.

    Republican Portugal brought further chaos in the early years of the twentieth century, then the dictatorship of Salazar and its end in the Carnation Revolution of 1974. Portugal's role in both world wars is examined, also its wars in Africa.
    From the overthrow of autocracy to a new constitution and the leadership of Soares, contemporary, democratic Portugal is explored, including the fiscal crisis of recent years.

    Throughout Black introduces the history and character of the country's principal regions, including the Azores, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands. He looks at key national sites, at Portuguese food and wine and the arts, with special sections devoted to port, Portugal's famous tiles and the university established at Coimbra in 1290.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CARAVAN : Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad
    CARAVAN : Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad
    HEGGHAMMER THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780521765954
    Title: CARAVAN : Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad
    Author: HEGGHAMMER THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Abdallah Azzam, the Palestinian cleric who led the mobilization of Arab fighters to Afghanistan in the 1980s, played a crucial role in the internationalization of the jihadi movement. Killed in mysterious circumstances in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, he remains one of the most influential jihadi ideologies of all time. Here, in the first in-depth biography of Azzam, Thomas Hegghammer explains how Azzam came to play this role and why jihadism went global at this particular time. It traces Azzam's extraordinary life journey from a West Bank village to the battlefields of Afghanistan, telling the story of a man who knew all the leading Islamists of his time and frequented presidents, CIA agents, and Cat Stevens the pop star. It is, however, also a story of displacement, exclusion, and repression that suggests that jihadism went global for fundamentally local reasons.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $52.99

    Price: $52.99
  • CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    FARROW RONAN
    ISBN: 9780708899281
    Title: CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    Author: FARROW RONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

    All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington and beyond.
    This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse - and it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

    Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, CATCH AND KILL breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power - and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CONSTANT RABBIT
    CONSTANT RABBIT
    FFORDE JASPER
    ISBN: 9781444763638
    Title: CONSTANT RABBIT
    Author: FFORDE JASPER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Knox lives quietly in one of those small country villages that's up for the Village Garden of the Year award. Until Doc and Constance Rabbit move in next door, upsetting the locals (many of them members of governing political party United Kingdom Against Rabbit Population), complicating Peter's job as a Rabbit Spotter, and forcing him to take a stand, moving from unconscious leporiphobe to active supporter of the UK's amiable and peaceful population of anthropomorphised rabbits.

    Imprint: Hodder and Stoughton
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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