Block of Books
  • COVID-19 : The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One
    COVID-19 : The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One
    ISBN: 9780349128368
    Title: COVID-19 : The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a gripping, accessible narrative, a veteran science journalist lays out the shocking story of how the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic happened and how to make sure this never happens again

    Over the last 30 years of epidemics and pandemics, we learned every lesson needed to stop this coronavirus outbreak in its tracks. We heeded almost none of them. The result is a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. In this captivating, authoritative, and eye-opening book, science journalist Debora MacKenzie lays out the full story of how and why it happened: the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that paved the way, the failure to contain the outbreak, and most importantly, what we must do to prevent future pandemics.

    Debora MacKenzie has been reporting on emerging diseases for more than three decades, and she draws on that experience to explain how COVID-19 went from a potentially manageable outbreak to a global pandemic. Offering a compelling history of the most significant recent outbreaks, including SARS, MERS, H1N1, Zika, and Ebola, she gives a crash course in Epidemiology 101--how viruses spread and how pandemics end--and outlines the lessons we failed to learn from each past crisis. In vivid detail, she takes us through the arrival and spread of COVID-19, making clear the steps that governments knew they could have taken to prevent or at least prepare for this. Looking forward, MacKenzie makes a bold, optimistic argument: this pandemic might finally galvanize the world to take viruses seriously. Fighting this pandemic and preventing the next one will take political action of all kinds, globally, from governments, the scientific community, and individuals--but it is possible.

    No one has yet brought together our knowledge of COVID-19 in a comprehensive, informative, and accessible way. But that story can already be told, and Debora MacKenzie's urgent telling is required reading for these times and beyond. It is too early to say where the COVID-19 pandemic will go, but it is past time to talk about what went wrong and how we can do better.

    Imprint: The Bridge Street Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    ISBN: 9781925700534
    Title: CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    Author: DUGGAN TIM
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enough has been written about huge cult brands founded last century - Nike, Apple, Red Bull. What will the cult companies of tomorrow look like? Who is amassing the kind of passionate community that makes a brand a massive, long-term, sustainable success?

    Tim Duggan, co-founder of one of Australia's most innovative and awarded new media companies, has studied hundreds of successful entrepreneurs and change makers over the last decade to uncover what they all have in common.

    Learn from the founders of modern brands like Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Zoe Foster Blake (Go-To), Tim Brown (Allbirds), Daniel Flynn (Thankyou), Lucy Moss (SIX), Oscar McMahon (Young Henrys) and more. In this book you'll discover-

    The 7 Steps to building a business with cult statusThe one thing you should do before starting something newWhy every business of the future needs to balance profit and purpose togetherHow to have just as much impact working inside a company as you can from outsideThe leadership trait every new leader needsHow to create a passionate community around you and your work14 practical exercise you can do today to set up for success tomorrow
    Armed with this book, anyone from anywhere can help create the next business with serious cult status.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE : Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
    DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE : Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
    ISBN: 9781472958211
    Title: DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE : Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling author of A is for Arsenic
    William Shakespeare found dozens of different ways to kill off his characters, and audiences today still enjoy the same reactions o shock, sadness, fear o that they did more than 400 years ago when these plays were first performed. But how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the knowledge to back them up?
    In the Bard's day death was a part of everyday life. Plague, pestilence and public executions were a common occurrence, and the chances of seeing a dead or dying body on the way home from the theatre were high. It was also a time of important scientific progress. Shakespeare kept pace with anatomical and medical advances, and he included the latest scientific discoveries in his work, from blood circulation to treatments for syphilis. He certainly didn't shy away from portraying the reality of death on stage, from the brutal to the mundane, and the spectacular to the silly.
    Elizabethan London provides the backdrop for Death by Shakespeare, as Kathryn Harkup turns her discerning scientific eye to the Bard and the varied and creative ways his characters die. Was death by snakebite as serene as Shakespeare makes out? Could lack of sleep have killed Lady Macbeth? Can you really murder someone by pouring poison in their ear? Kathryn investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. Death by Shakespeare will tell you all this and more in a rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781787332201
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense

    While on her daily walk with her dog in the nearby woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body.

    Shaky even on her best days, she is also alone, and new to this area, having moved here from her long-time home after the death of her husband, and now deeply alarmed. Her brooding about the note grows quickly into a full-blown obsession, as she explores multiple theories about who Magda was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But is there either a more innocent explanation for all this, or a much more sinister one - one that strikes closer to home?

    In this triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, we must decide whether the stories we tell ourselves guide us closer to the truth or keep us further from it.

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DETAILS : On Love, Death and Reading
    DETAILS : On Love, Death and Reading
    ISBN: 9781760855253
    Title: DETAILS : On Love, Death and Reading
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A long and intimate relationship with reading has taught acclaimed writer Tegan Bennett Daylight that - in life as in books - the delight is in the details.

    Tegan Bennett Daylight has led a life in books - as a writer, a teacher and a critic, but first and foremost as a reader. Reading has been her inspiration and solace, her recreation and profession, her poison and her medicine.

    In this deeply intimate and insightful work, Daylight describes how her rich storehouse of reading has nourished her life, and how her life informs her reading. In both, she shows us that it's the small points of connection - the details - that really matter: what we see when someone close to us dies, when we give birth, when we fall in love, when we make friends. The details are what we can share and compare and carry with us.

    Daylight writes with invigorating candour and compassion about her mother's last days; her own experiences of childbearing and its aftermath (in her celebrated essay 'Vagina'); her long admiration of Helen Garner and George Saunders; and her great loves and friendships. Each chapter is a revelation, and a celebration of how books offer not an escape from 'real life' but a richer engagement with the business of living.

    The result is a work that will truly deepen your relationship with books, and with other readers. The delight is in the details.

    'Daylight is simply a superb writer. Her prose is supple, discursive, funny, restrained and loving. On finishing The Details, I felt as I do at the end of every great book: washed clean and scoured out; unmade and remade. Like all great art, The Details is about many things at once: among them birth and death, laughter and misery, mothers and children, the body and the spirit - and informing and transforming all this, of course, it is about reading and the creation of a sustaining inner life. It reminds us that in life as in writing, it's the illuminating detail that reveals the truth of who we are. If you love reading, you'll cherish this book for showing you why.' Charlotte Wood, author of The Weekend and The Natural Way of Things

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
    ISBN: 9781471195716
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spellbinding, moving-evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world-this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

    One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls-sisters, eight and eleven-go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

    Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty-densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska-and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

    In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781788163149
    Author: KO-EUN YUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately she tries to complain, and in an attempt to bury her allegations, the company make her an attractive proposition: a free ticket for one of their most sought-after trips, to the desert island of Mui.

    She accepts the offer and travels the remote island, where the major attraction is a supposedly-dramatic sinkhole. When the customers who've paid a premium for the trip begin to get frustrated, Yona realises that the company has dangerous plans to fabricate an environmental catastrophe to make the trip more interesting, but when she tries to raise the alarm, she discovers she has put her own life in danger.

    Imprint: Serpent's Tail
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DO YOU READ ME? : Bookstores Around the World
    DO YOU READ ME? : Bookstores Around the World
    ISBN: 9783899559941
    Title: DO YOU READ ME? : Bookstores Around the World
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lose yourself in the pages of this showcase of some of the most beautiful, innovative, and successful bookshops around the world. Bookshops are powerful places with the -freedom to deep-dive into their niche, from -cooking to cartoons, architecture to anarchy. - Do you read me? reconsiders the bookshop as a cornerstone of the community, where subcultures have the physical space to thrive. Bookshops are universally recognized as marketplaces of knowledge, curiosity, inspiration, and entertainment. They also promote communication and tolerance across cultures and have become destinations for both local communities and travelers. Within a changing media environment their role has been shifting, leading their overseers to pursue different ways to engage with their customers and build local--and sometimes even regional--support for their businesses. Do you read me? seeks out the most innovative and beautiful bookshops achieving this, sharing their concepts and celebrating book culture in all its glorious forms.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $95.00

    Price: $95.00
  • DUE NORTH : An expedition through Australia from Tasmania to the Gulf
    DUE NORTH : An expedition through Australia from Tasmania to the Gulf
    ISBN: 9781760637293
    Title: DUE NORTH : An expedition through Australia from Tasmania to the Gulf
    Author: VILES JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is award-winning chef James Viles' photographic journal of his road trip due north, from Tasmania to the Gulf of Carpentaria. His focus is real food, where it comes from, how it's grown, tended and harvested, and how it sometimes flourishes in the most hostile and breathtakingly beautiful parts of Australia. James describes the people he meets along the road and the conversations he has with foragers, food producers, fishermen, tribal elders, local farmers, all of whom are knowledgeable and passionate about Australia and Australian ingredients. James also discovers that sleeping in a swag under the stars reminds him about what matters and reconnects him to his creative self. With exquisite imagery from Adam Gibson, this is an extraordinary portrait of a country.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
    ISBN: 9781526614971
    Title: DUTCH HOUSE
    Author: PATCHETT ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An unforgettably powerful new novel of the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go o from the Number One New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto

    'The book of the autumn. The American author of Commonwealth (brilliant) and Bel Canto (even better) releases perhaps her finest novel yet' - Sunday Times
    'The buzz around The Dutch House is totally justified. Her best yet, which is saying something' o John Boyne

    "'Do you think it's possible to ever see the past as it actually was?' I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer."
    Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve- Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings.
    Then one day their father brings Andrea home. Though they cannot know it, her arrival to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. The siblings are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own exile is that of their mother's- an absence more powerful than any presence they have known.
    Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of humour, rage and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale and story of a paradise lost; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EDIES EXPERIMENTS 2 : How to Be the Best
    EDIES EXPERIMENTS 2 : How to Be the Best
    ISBN: 9781760891763
    Title: EDIES EXPERIMENTS 2 : How to Be the Best
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I'm Edie and I'm obsessed with science.

    So I was sure that Annie B and I would win the Eco Fair competition.

    Then Dean Starlight arrived and started sabotaging our project.

    Now the competition has become an epic science battle of robotic spider attacks, exploding foam and sneaky spying.

    Dean thinks he's the best scientist of Class 5Z, but we'll show him ...

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
    ISBN: 9781509868773
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Meticulously researched and vividly written, Eight Days at Yalta is a remarkable work of intense historical drama.

    In the last winter of the Second World War, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin arrived in the Crimean resort of Yalta. Over eight days of bargaining, bombast and intermittent bonhomie they decided on the conduct of the final stages of the war against Germany, on how a defeated and occupied Germany should be governed, on the constitution of the nascent United Nations and on spheres of influence in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Greece.

    Only three months later, less than a week after the German surrender, Roosevelt was dead and Churchill was writing to the new President, Harry S. Truman, of ‘an iron curtain’ that was now ‘drawn down upon [the Soviets’] front’.

    Diana Preston chronicles eight days that created the post-war world, revealing Roosevelt’s determination to bring about the dissolution of the British Empire and Churchill’s conviction that he and the dying President would run rings round the Soviet premier. But Stalin monitored everything they said and made only paper concessions, while his territorial ambitions would soon result in the imposition of Communism throughout Eastern Europe.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781406387629
    Author: GRAHAM BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No friendship is imaginary.

    When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie's mum and her teacher can't see her fiery friend, but all her friends can - and, over the years, Ellie's dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too...

    A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia's most revered bookmakers.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ENID
    ISBN: 9781760296544
    Title: ENID
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enid Lindeman stood almost six feet tall, with silver hair and flashing turquoise eyes. The girl from Strathfield in Sydney stopped traffic in Manhattan, silenced gamblers in Monte Carlo and dared walk a pet cheetah through Hyde Park in London on a diamond collar.

    In early twentieth century society where women were expected to be demure and obedient, the grand-daughter of Hunter Valley wine pioneer Henry Lindeman waltzed through life to her own drum beat. She drove an ambulance in World War I and hid escaped Allied pilots behind enemy lines in World War II, played bridge with Somerset Maugham and entertained Hollywood royalty in the world's most expensive private home on the Riviera, allegedly won in a poker game.

    Enid bedazzled men with her beauty, outlived four husbands - two shipping magnates, a war hero and a larger-than-life Irish Earl - spent two great fortunes and earned the nickname Lady Killmore. From Sydney to New York, London to Paris and Cairo to Kenya, Robert Wainwright tells the fascinating story of a life lived large on the world stage.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FIRE : A Brief History
    FIRE : A Brief History
    ISBN: 9781742236964
    Title: FIRE : A Brief History
    Author: PYNE STEPHEN J
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What does a full-blown Fire Age look like? We are about to find out, and Australia will feel the looking-glass transition from an ice world to a fire world more fully and suddenly than elsewhere.

    Over vast expanses of time, fire and humanity have interacted to expand the domain of each, transforming the earth and what it means to be human. In this concise yet wide-ranging book, Stephen J. Pyne – named by Science magazine as ‘the world’s leading authority on the history of fire’ – explores the surprising dynamics of fire before humans, fire and human origins, aboriginal economies of hunting and foraging, agricultural and pastoral uses of fire, fire ceremonies, fire as an idea and a technology and industrial fire.

    Speaking directly to humanity’s ancient alliance with fire – at once a mutual-assistance pact and a Faustian bargain – this revised and expanded second edition looks to the future of fire as a constant, defining presence on earth in which megafires have become routine, large swathes of landscape suffer a fire famine and unremitting industrial combustion promises to create the fire-informed equivalent of an ice age – an epoch that Pynes calls the Pyrocene.

    In this Australian edition, Pyne discusses in a new preface how the Aboriginal firestick has become an emblem of cultural recovery, and how it may now find itself as a lever of resilience amid the Pyrocene.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781472267078
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE




    'This is the novel of the summer . . . There is no one that this book isn't for. I can't believe it's a first novel. Pure brilliance' INDIA KNIGHT, THE SUNDAY TIMES

    'Could be one of the books of my entire lifetime. I've never felt so seen' GRACE DENT, GUARDIAN

    'Sharp and wicked, insightful and funny, and then suddenly so touching' DAVID NICHOLLS

    'This book is a work of utter perfection' ELIZABETH GILBERT

    Finally free from his nightmare marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of online dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future that is wildly different from the one he imagined, his life turns upside-down as his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears.

    While Toby tries to find out what happened - juggling work, kids and his new, app-assisted sexual popularity - his tidy narrative of a spurned husband is his sole consolation. But if he ever wants to really understand where Rachel went and what really happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen it all that clearly in the first place . . .


    'So sharp' GUARDIAN

    'The most astonishingly brilliant Trojan horse of a novel' DOLLY ALDERTON

    'Wonderful. Utterly blistering . . . A wildly entertaining, moving story' MARIAN KEYES

    'Brimming with wisdom and utterly of this moment . . . Taffy Brodesser-Akner's debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page turner with heft' MARIA SEMPLE

    'It is a Great Novel . . . It has depth, wit, nuance and life. Heartbreaking and funny' NIGELLA LAWSON

    Imprint: Headline
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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