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  • FOGGING
    FOGGING
    HORTON LUKE
    ISBN: 9781925849592
    Title: FOGGING
    Author: HORTON LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A compelling tale of the slow disintegration of a relationship and the unravelling of a man.

    Tom and Clara are two struggling academics in their mid-thirties, who decide to take their first holiday in ten years. On the flight over to Indonesia, Tom experiences a debilitating panic attack, something he hasn't had in a long time, which he keeps hidden from Clara. At the resort, they meet Madeleine, a charismatic French woman, her Australian partner, Jeremy, and five-year-old son, Ollie, and the two couples strike up an easy friendship. The holiday starts to look up, even to Tom, who is struggling to get out of his own head. But when Clara and Madeleine become trapped in the maze-like grounds of the hotel during 'the fogging' - a routine spraying of pesticide - the dynamics suddenly shift between Tom and Clara, and the atmosphere of the holiday darkens.

    Told with equal parts compassion and irony, and brimming with observations that charm, illuminate, and devastate, The Fogging dives deep into what it means to be strong when your foundation is built on sand.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FRESH FROM POLAND : New Vegetarian Cooking From the Old Country
    FRESH FROM POLAND : New Vegetarian Cooking From the Old Country
    KORKOSZ MICHAL
    ISBN: 9781615196555
    Title: FRESH FROM POLAND : New Vegetarian Cooking From the Old Country
    Author: KORKOSZ MICHAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most people associate Poland with kielbasa sausage and other rich, heavy meat dishes, often served with cold vodka. But there's so much more to Polish cuisine. In this refreshing approach, food writer Michal Korkosz presents a new take on traditional Polish dishes, with over 80 comforting, vegetable-forward recipes. Korkosz displays his stunning photographs in this unique cookbook to bring an oft-ignored cuisine to the forefront in a new and inventive way. The vibrant recipes, like Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs and Creamy Cucumber Salad, make Polish cooking relevant and delicious for anyone, anywhere. His passion for the food of his homeland shines through, as he reveals a new side of Poland through its beautiful fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs, while still evoking the beloved traditions of his mother and grandmother.

    The vegetables are the stars, but Korkosz does not shy away from using butter, gluten, or sugar, because, he says, "life is too short." The result is a selection of mouthwatering recipes, like Buckwheat Bliny with Sour Cream, Sourdough Rye, with Cultured Kefir Butter, Salt-brined Dill Pickles, Orange Apple Pie with Meringue and Streusel, and of course, pierogi of all kinds. Paired with Korkosz's award-winning photography, this unique and fresh book redefines Polish cuisine as we know it.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GALILEO AND THE SCIENCE DENIERS
    GALILEO AND THE SCIENCE DENIERS
    LIVIO MARIO
    ISBN: 9781982147167
    Title: GALILEO AND THE SCIENCE DENIERS
    Author: LIVIO MARIO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history's greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. "We really need this story now, because we're living through the next chapter of science denial" (Bill McKibben).

    Galileo's story may be more relevant today than ever before. At present, we face enormous crises-such as the minimization of the dangers of climate change-because the science behind these threats is erroneously questioned or ignored. Galileo encountered this problem 400 years ago. His discoveries, based on careful observations and ingenious experiments, contradicted conventional wisdom and the teachings of the church at the time. Consequently, in a blatant assault on freedom of thought, his books were forbidden by church authorities.

    Astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio draws on his own scientific expertise to provide captivating insights into how Galileo reached his bold new conclusions about the cosmos and the laws of nature. A freethinker who followed the evidence wherever it led him, Galileo was one of the most significant figures behind the scientific revolution. He believed that every educated person should know science as well as literature, and insisted on reaching the widest audience possible, publishing his books in Italian rather than Latin.

    Galileo was put on trial with his life in the balance for refusing to renounce his scientific convictions. He remains a hero and inspiration to scientists and all of those who respect science-which, as Livio reminds us in this gripping book, remains threatened even today.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • GRAND STRATEGY OF THE HABSBURG EMPIRE
    GRAND STRATEGY OF THE HABSBURG EMPIRE
    MITCHELL A WESS
    ISBN: 9780691196442
    Title: GRAND STRATEGY OF THE HABSBURG EMPIRE
    Author: MITCHELL A WESS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Habsburg Empire's grand strategy for outmaneuvering and outlasting stronger rivals in a complicated geopolitical world

    The Empire of Habsburg Austria faced more enemies than any other European great power. Flanked on four sides by rivals, it possessed few of the advantages that explain successful empires. Yet somehow Austria endured, outlasting Ottoman sieges, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon. A. Wess Mitchell tells the story of how this cash-strapped, polyglot empire survived for centuries in Europe's most dangerous neighborhood without succumbing to the pressures of multisided warfare. He shows how the Habsburgs played the long game in geopolitics, corralling friend and foe alike into voluntarily managing the empire's lengthy frontiers and extending a benign hegemony across the turbulent lands of middle Europe. The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire offers lessons on how to navigate a messy geopolitical map, stand firm without the advantage of military predominance, and prevail against multiple rivals.

    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • GRIFFITH REVIEW 69 : The European Exchange
    GRIFFITH REVIEW 69 : The European Exchange
    HAY ASHLEY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781922212504
    Title: GRIFFITH REVIEW 69 : The European Exchange
    Author: HAY ASHLEY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Europe has been thrown into sharp relief by the impact of a devastating pandemic. As country after country succumbs to the contemporary plague, deeply buried memories of death and destruction resurface.


    But Europe has emerged from devastation before, and become stronger and more connected. A year ago French president Emmanuel Macron declared that Europe must be understood as a project - a vision of the best sort of global community. Although the COVID-19 crisis has profoundly challenged the idea of Europe as interconnected, and as accessible to Australia, the rich exchange between peoples and continents will eventually resume.

    Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange explores the deep and complex relationships between Europe and Australia and shows how Australians of many backgrounds have contributed to a long-standing dialogue that enriches both continents.

    In coming months both Europe and Australia will have much to learn from each other as the overwhelming pain of loss from COVID-19 gives way to a new reality in which diverse cultures work together to create a richer and more resilient globe.

    Contributors include: Christos Tsiolkas, Robyn Archer, Julienne van Loon, Mat Schulz, Sanja Grozdanic, John Armstrong, Gabriella Coslovich, Christian Thompson, Hans van Leeuwen, Eugen Yiu Nam Cheung, Stuart Ward, Susan Varga, George Megalogenis, Anna Haebich, Anthony Macris, Jaya Savige, Tim Bonyhady, Irris Makler, Michael Cooney, David Morris and Natasha Cica.

    This edition is published in partnership with the Australian National University.

    Imprint: Griffith Review
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • GRUG    -  40th Anniversary Celebration Book and Plush Box
    GRUG - 40th Anniversary Celebration Book and Plush Box
    PRIOR TED
    ISBN: 9781760851521
    Title: GRUG - 40th Anniversary Celebration Book and Plush Box
    Author: PRIOR TED
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrate 40 years of Grug with an exclusive hardback and soft cuddly toy in this gorgeous box set

    Once the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground ... and the grassy top began to change.
    It became Grug.

    Join your favourite bush character on his adventures with an exclusive hardback edition of the original Grug story and a cute and cuddly soft toy.

    Ted Prior's bestselling Grug series is beloved by early readers and parents alike and has sold more than a million copies in Australia alone. His first story was published in 1979 and Ted went on to write 33 more stories featuring Grug and his adventures with his other bush friends, Cara and Snoot.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GUWAYU -  FOR ALL TIMES : A Collection of First Nations Poems
    GUWAYU - FOR ALL TIMES : A Collection of First Nations Poems
    LEANE JEANINE (ED)
    ISBN: 9781925936544
    Title: GUWAYU - FOR ALL TIMES : A Collection of First Nations Poems
    Author: LEANE JEANINE (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Guwayu, For All Times is a collection of First Nations poems commissioned by Red Room Poetry over the past 16 years, and is a radical literary intervention for its breadth of representation, temporal depth and diversity of language.

    This fiercely uncensored collection features 61 poems from First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, and together they are an exquisite expression of living First Nations culture.

    Journey through a range of poetic forms from lyric, confessional, protest, narrative and song, showcasing new voices and established poets.

    Guwayu is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry, a leading arts organisation committed to making poetry in meaningful ways, and published by Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher.

    Featuring:

    Ethan Bell, John Muk Muk Burke, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Claire G Coleman, Paul Collis, Joel Davison, Joel Deaves, Lionel Fogarty, Declan Furber Gillick, Stiff Gins, Daniel Hansen, Matthew Heffernan, Steve Dibirdi Hodder Wass Bunbajee, Yvette Holt, Gayle Kennedy, Jeanine Leane, Carissa Lee Godwin, Lola McKickett, Jacob Morris, Lorna Munro, Melanie Mununggurr, Maureen O’Keefe, Bruce Pascoe, Nick Paton, Ryan Prehn, Celestine Rowe, Brenda Saunders, Nicole Smede, Lyndsay Urquhart, Sam Wagan Watson, Adrain Webster.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • HAPPY PEAR : Vegan Cooking for Everyone
    HAPPY PEAR : Vegan Cooking for Everyone
    FLYNN DAVID AND STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781844884872
    Title: HAPPY PEAR : Vegan Cooking for Everyone
    Author: FLYNN DAVID AND STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you have decided you want to be vegan, where do you start? Or if you are an experienced cook how do you make plant-based meals that are delicious and full of variety? And if you are already vegan but looking for inspiration are there simple principles to help you come up with your own dishes?

    The Happy Pear - The Essentials of Vegan Cooking for Everyone is the answer to your questions. David and Stephen Flynn understand that the idea of vegan cooking can be daunting. But after twenty years of plant-based cooking, they have developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of how it works and how to make it simple, creative and totally irresistible.

    Dave and Steve's new book distils all their knowledge into ten chapters that are full of master recipes, step-by-step guides, fun variations and top tips, and an approach to plant-based eating that will inspire you to become the best cook of vegan food you can possibly be.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • HAS CHINA WON? : The Chinese Challenge To American Supremacy
    HAS CHINA WON? : The Chinese Challenge To American Supremacy
    MAHBUBANI KISHORE
    ISBN: 9781541768130
    Title: HAS CHINA WON? : The Chinese Challenge To American Supremacy
    Author: MAHBUBANI KISHORE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The twenty-first century's great geopolitical contest has begun. A major trade war has broken out. American and Chinese naval vessels are having close encounters in the South China Sea. American congressmen and businessmen are cheering their government's public attacks on China. China is standing firm and resolute. Who will win this contest? What is at stake? And who will judge the winner?In this book, Kishore Mahbubani evaluates the two sides, and shows how China has been thinking on a global scale, launching ambitious initiatives under some of the world's most pragmatic and competent leaders. Most critically, the Chinese people have regained their cultural confidence. Chinese society is now infused with innovation and dynamism. Meanwhile, America has seen the power of its economic model badly damaged by the 2008 financial crisis. To many it is no longer the indispensable nation but an awkward interloper.The global rise of China and the relative strategic decline of the US presents a political challenge that the US has never faced before. American policymakers must shake off their complacency and launch a major strategic reboot of both domestic and foreign policies that have weakened the nation's social foundations and global standing. Otherwise, the start-up nation, barely two hundred and fifty years old, with only a quarter of China's population, cannot expect to defeat the world's oldest continuous civilization. With his trademark candor, Mahbubani delivers impartial and incisive insights on the strategic stakes and mistakes in this new great game.

    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • HEAVEN MY HOME
    HEAVEN MY HOME
    LOCKE ATTICA
    ISBN: 9781781257708
    Title: HEAVEN MY HOME
    Author: LOCKE ATTICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. A sudden noise - and all goes dark.

    Ranger Darren Mathews is trying to emerge from another kind of darkness; his career and reputation lie in the hands of his mother, who's never exactly had his best interests at heart. Now she holds the key to his freedom, and she's not above a little blackmail to press her advantage.

    An unlikely possibility of rescue arrives in the form of a case down Highway 59, in a small lakeside town. With Texas already suffering a new wave of racial violence in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, a black man is a suspect in the possible murder of a missing white boy: the son of an Aryan Brotherhood captain.

    In deep country where the rule of law only goes so far, Darren has to battle centuries-old prejudices as he races to save not only Levi King, but himself.

    Imprint: Serpent's Tail
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS : A 21st-Century Memoir
    HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS : A 21st-Century Memoir
    ALBRIGHT MADELEINE
    ISBN: 9780062802255
    Title: HELL AND OTHER DESTINATIONS : A 21st-Century Memoir
    Author: ALBRIGHT MADELEINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Six-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright-one of the world's most admired and tireless public servants-reflects on the final stages of one's career, and working productively into your later decades in this revealing, funny, and inspiring memoir.

    In 2001, when Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America's first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. "I don't want to be remembered," she answered. "I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last."

    In that time of transition, the former Secretary considered the possibilities: she could write, teach, travel, give speeches, start a business, fight for democracy, help to empower women, campaign for favored political candidates, spend more time with her grandchildren. Instead of choosing one or two, she decided to do it all. For nearly twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers, learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail-and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background, or age.

    Hell and Other Destinations reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate, and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
  • HEX
    HEX
    KNIGHT REBECCA DINERSTEIN
    ISBN: 9781526611413
    Title: HEX
    Author: KNIGHT REBECCA DINERSTEIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Wise, funny, suspenseful' JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

    'Reads like a botanist's cross-breeding of The Secret History and Department of Speculation' Emma Straub

    Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in Biological Science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell's heart. Nell frequently finds herself standing in the doorway to Joan's office despite herself, mesmerized by Joan's elegance, success, and spiritual force.

    Surrounded by Nell's ex, her best friend, her best friend's boyfriend, and Joan's buffoonish husband, the two scientists are tangled together at the center of a web of illicit relationships, grudges, and obsessions. All six are burdened by desire and ambition, and as they collide on the university campus, their attractions set in motion a domino effect of affairs and heartbreak.

    Meanwhile, Nell slowly fills her empty apartment with poisonous plants to study, and she begins to keep a series of notebooks, all dedicated to Joan. She logs her research and how she spends her days, but the notebooks ultimately become a painstaking map of love. In a dazzling and unforgettable voice, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight has written a spellbinding novel of emotional and intellectual intensity.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOMER STREET
    HOMER STREET
    DUGGAN LAURIE
    ISBN: 9781925818468
    Title: HOMER STREET
    Author: DUGGAN LAURIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrated poet Laurie Duggan’s first collection with Giramondo.

    Laurie Duggan’s new collection begins with poems written during his last year in Britain, in Faversham, a market town in east Kent, with others written on a visit to Australia in 2016 and after his return in October 2018. They contribute to two on-going sequences, Allotments, and Blue Hills, which alludes to the long-running domestic radio serial of the same name.

    These are made up of the brief haiku-like poems that Duggan has made his own: impressions, mysterious conjunctions, oddities and contradictions, the small details that express large forces, as in his observations of the landscape, the weather, domestic and suburban settings. In the final section, Afterimages, Duggan offers descriptions of paintings and comments on artists, and sometimes imaginary constructions of what a particular artist might have done, but the real point is to create poems which stand like art works in their own right.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.00

    Price: $24.00
  • HOW TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
    HOW TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
    HUNTLEY REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781760525361
    Title: HOW TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
    Author: HUNTLEY REBECCA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The antidote to climate anxiety is action. Make your first action reading this book.' OSHER GUNSBERG

    Why is it so hard to talk about climate change?

    While scientists double down on the shocking figures, we still find ourselves unable to discuss climate change meaningfully among friends and neighbours - or even to grapple with it ourselves.

    The key to progress on climate change is in the psychology of human attitudes and our ability to change. Whether you're already alarmed and engaged with the issue, concerned but disengaged, a passive skeptic or an active denier, understanding our emotional reactions to climate change - why it makes us anxious, fearful, angry or detached - is critical to coping on an individual level and convincing each other to act.

    This book is about understanding why people who aren't like you feel the way they do and learning to talk to them effectively. What we need are thousands - millions - of everyday conversations about the climate to enlarge the ranks of the concerned, engage the disengaged and persuade the cautious of the need for action.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HUG   -   Board Book
    HUG - Board Book
    ALBOROUGH JEZ
    ISBN: 9781406388572
    Title: HUG - Board Book
    Author: ALBOROUGH JEZ
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celebrate 20 years of Bobo and his friends in this special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite!

    Ever feel like you need a hug? A really big hug from someone who loves you? That's how Bobo, the little chimp in this classic first story book, feels. Walking through the jungle he passes lots of creatures enjoying a cuddle together: elephants, chameleons, lions, giraffes, hippos – even the snakes have got someone special to squeeze. But poor Bobo is alone. Will he ever find the hug he needs? Using only three words throughout the book, this simple, endearing story is told through Jez Alborough's gorgeous, detailed artwork.

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • IF I CANT HAVE YOU
    IF I CANT HAVE YOU
    LEVIN CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781529032383
    Title: IF I CANT HAVE YOU
    Author: LEVIN CHARLOTTE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What if the problem with your love life is you?

    If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin is an all-consuming novel about loneliness, obsession and how far we go for the ones we love. Samuel, the day we met I knew I’d finally found what I’ve been waiting for. You. Happiness, at last. Then you left me. And now I am alone. Everyone I love leaves in the end. But not this time. I’m not giving up on us. I’m not giving up on you. When you love someone, you never let them go. That’s why for me, this is just beginning.

    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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