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  • ILLUSION OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE : Exposing the crisis of credibility in clinical research
    ILLUSION OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE : Exposing the crisis of credibility in clinical research
    JUREIDINI JON
    ISBN: 9781743057247
    Title: ILLUSION OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE : Exposing the crisis of credibility in clinical research
    Author: JUREIDINI JON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exposé of two highly influential trials, closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry, that affected how we treat paediatric and adolescent depression.

    In a transpacific collaboration based on ten years of research, two university researchers from Australia and California, Jon N. Jureidini and Leemon B. McHenry, expose the scientific misconduct of two infamous studies. Both of these trials were highly influential in prescriptions of paroxetine (Paxil) and citalopram (Celexa) in paediatric and adolescent depression, yet both trials (Glaxo Smith Kline’s paroxetine study 329 and Forest Laboratories citalopram study CIT-MD-18) seriously misrepresented the efficacy and safety data.
    The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine provides a detailed account of these studies and argues that medicine desperately needs to re-evaluate its relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. Without a basis for independent evaluation of the results of randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trials, there can be no confidence in evidence-based medicine.

    Science demands rigorous, critical examination and especially severe testing of hypotheses to function properly, but this is exactly what is lacking in academic medicine.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • INSIDER
    INSIDER
    PYNE CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780733643422
    Title: INSIDER
    Author: PYNE CHRISTOPHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Christopher Pyne has been many things and called many things throughout his long career in politics. Member for Sturt. Minister for Defence. Manager of Opposition Business. Leader of the House. 'The Fixer'. Any Canberra story he doesn't know isn't worth telling.

    Now, after 26 years, the ultimate insider is outside the House and ready to burst the Canberra bubble with his trademark sharp wit. His revelations of dealings, double dealings, friendships and feuds shine a light on the political processes of those in power: the egos, the sacrifices, the winners, the losers, the triumphs and the failures. From Howard to Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison, Christopher Pyne has seen and heard it all. THE INSIDER is one of the most brilliant, funny, engaging books by an Australian public figure you'll ever read.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • INTIMATIONS : Six Essays
    INTIMATIONS : Six Essays
    SMITH ZADIE
    ISBN: 9780241492383
    Title: INTIMATIONS : Six Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more

    'There will be many books written about the year 2020- historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those - the year isn't half-way done. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are above all personal essays- small by definition, short by necessity.'

    Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans, and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • INTOXICATING : Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia
    INTOXICATING : Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia
    ALLEN MAX
    ISBN: 9781760761004
    Title: INTOXICATING : Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia
    Author: ALLEN MAX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fiery burn of rebellion rum, a thirst-quenching gulp of ice-cold beer, the medicinal tang of restorative bitters... What did the drinks that shaped Australia first taste like?

    In search of answers, award-winning writer Max Allen takes us on a personal journey through Australia's colourful and complex drinking history, glass in hand.

    We taste the fermented sap of the Tasmanian cider gum, enjoyed by Indigenous people long before European invasion, sip 'claret' and 'sherry' in the cool stone cellars of the country's oldest wineries, sample 150-year-old champagne rescued from a shipwreck and help brew an iconic 1960s Australian lager. Allen also shares recipes for historic cocktails to try at home (Blow My Skull, anyone?), introduces many of the characters from Australia's boozy history and offers a glimpse of how our drinking culture might evolve in the future.

    Whatever your pleasure, Intoxicating illuminates the undeniable place alcohol has in Australia's history.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL
    JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL
    CLARKE SUSANNA
    ISBN: 9780747579885
    Title: JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL
    Author: CLARKE SUSANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

    Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award

    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

    'Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years ... Funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical' NEIL GAIMAN
    The year is 1806. centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains- the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician- the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms that between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LADIES IN WAITING
    LADIES IN WAITING
    SOMERSET ANNE
    ISBN: 9781529410662
    Title: LADIES IN WAITING
    Author: SOMERSET ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ladies in Waiting chronicles the lives of famous and infamous ladies who served royalty, casting a fresh, intimate angle on four hundred years of monarchy.

    For centuries, the most beautiful, able and aristocratic women in England competed for positions at court. Some who came to serve were remarkable for their learning and exemplary virtue, but others were notable for promiscuity and lack of scruple, drawn to court by a lust for money and power. Several ladies-in-waiting became royal mistresses, showing few qualms about betraying the queen consorts they ostensibly served. If bedding the King was not an option open to all, many ladies came to court in hope of finding husbands, only to succumb to constant assaults on their virtue or to find themselves denied permission by their sovereign to marry.

    Drawing on an enormous variety of sources, Anne Somerset provides an illuminating guide to the character, profligate or pious, of each court.

    Contained within the stories of the individual women is a consistently entertaining commentary on the manners, morals and shifting mentality of the royal, the rich, and the prominent throughout the centuries, resulting in social history at its most enjoyable and vibrant.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • LADY IN WAITING
    LADY IN WAITING
    GLENCONNER ANNE
    ISBN: 9781529359107
    Title: LADY IN WAITING
    Author: GLENCONNER ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I couldn't put it down. Funny and touching - like looking through a keyhole at a lost world.'

    RUPERT EVERETT

    'Lady Glenconner's life story is a combination of royal magic, personal tragedy and resilient survival. With humour, courage and preternatural poise, she at last tells the story of her uniquely fascinating life.'

    TINA BROWN

    'Anne Glenconner has written a remarkable memoir - containing, at last, a genuine portrait of Princess Margaret from one who knew her well. But this book is poignant too, and through the pages shine her courage and good-humoured acceptance of her demons and tragedies.'

    HUGO VICKERS

    The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.

    Anne Glenconner has been close to the Royal Family since childhood. Eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester, she was, as a daughter, described as 'the greatest disappointment' by her family as she was unable to inherit. Her childhood home Holkham Hall is one of the grandest estates in England. Bordering Sandringham the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were frequent playmates.

    From Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation to Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner is a unique witness to royal history, as well as an extraordinary survivor of a generation of aristocratic women trapped without inheritance and burdened with social expectations.

    She married the charismatic but highly volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who became the owner of Mustique. Together they turned the island into a paradise for the rich and famous, including Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and it became a favourite retreat for Princess Margaret.

    But beneath the glitz and glamour there has also lurked tragedy. On Lord Glenconner's death in 2010 he left his fortune to a former employee. And of their five children, two grown-up sons died, while a third son had to be nursed back from a coma by Anne, after having suffered a near fatal accident.

    Anne Glenconner writes with extraordinary wit, generosity and courage and she exposes what life was like in her gilded cage, revealing the role of her great friendship with Princess Margaret, and the freedom she can now finally enjoy in later life. She will appear as a character in the new series of The Crown this autumn.

    Imprint: Hodder Headline
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • LANDSCAPE OF OUR HEARTS : Reconciling People and Environment
    LANDSCAPE OF OUR HEARTS : Reconciling People and Environment
    COLLOFF MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781760761028
    Title: LANDSCAPE OF OUR HEARTS : Reconciling People and Environment
    Author: COLLOFF MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On this ancient continent, waves of people have made their mark on the landscape; in turn, it too has shaped them.

    If we look afresh at our history through the land we live on, might Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians find a path to a shared future?

    An epic exploration of our relationship with this country, Landscapes of Our Hearts takes us from the Great Barrier Reef to the Central Desert, the High Country to Canberra's Limestone Plains. It is a book of hope and offers the possibility that a renewed connection to the landscape and to each other could pave the way towards reconciliation.

    It will change the way you see this land.


    'We are locked in a dance with landscapes - moulding their contours as they shape our souls. This book will take you into the heart of Australia's relationship with the natural world. Put it in your backpack, hike to your favourite place, and drink in its wisdom.'

    - Andrew Leigh, MP

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • LEFTOVERS
    LEFTOVERS
    ATHERTON CASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9780648782506
    Title: LEFTOVERS
    Author: ATHERTON CASSANDRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Atherton's treatment of the prose poem in Leftovers creates a synaesthesia-like experience. Her inventive regard of ordinary things triggers a breadth of sensations and memories, blurring in and out of her real world and her other 'real' world of literary fiction.

    Imprint: Gazebo Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LIVING ON STOLEN LAND
    LIVING ON STOLEN LAND
    KWAYMULLINA AMBELIN
    ISBN: 9781925936247
    Title: LIVING ON STOLEN LAND
    Author: KWAYMULLINA AMBELIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present’. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly original way. It pulls apart the myths at the heart of our nationhood, and challenges Australia to come to terms with its own past and its place within and on ‘Indigenous Countries’.

    This title speaks to many First Nations’ truths — stolen lands, sovereignties, time, decolonisation, First Nations perspectives, systemic bias and other constructs that inform our present discussions and ever-expanding understanding.
    This title is a timely, thought-provoking and accessible read.

    Imprint: MAGABALA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LODESTAR   #5
    LODESTAR #5
    MESSENGER SHANNON
    ISBN: 9781471189456
    Title: LODESTAR #5
    Author: MESSENGER SHANNON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities-but the Lost Cities have changed.

    The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

    The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

    A mysterious symbol could be the key-if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • LONELY GIRL IS A DANGEROUS THING
    LONELY GIRL IS A DANGEROUS THING
    TU JESSIE
    ISBN: 9781760877194
    Title: LONELY GIRL IS A DANGEROUS THING
    Author: TU JESSIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jena Chung plays the violin. She was once a child prodigy and is now addicted to sex. She's struggling a little. Her professional life comprises rehearsals, concerts, auditions and relentless practice; her personal life is spent managing family demands, those of her creative friends, and lots of sex. Jena is selfish, impulsive and often behaves badly, though mostly only to her own detriment. And then she meets Mark - much older and worldly-wise - who bewitches her. Could this be love?

    When Jena wins an internship with the New York Philharmonic, she thinks the life she has dreamed of is about to begin. But when Trump is elected, New York changes irrevocably and Jena along with it. Is the dream over? With echoes of Frances Ha, Jena's favourite film, truths are gradually revealed to her. Jena comes to learn that there are many different ways to live and love and that no one has the how-to guide for any of it - not even her indomitable mother.

    A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing unflinchingly explores the confusion of having expectations upturned, and the awkwardness and pain of being human in our increasingly dislocated world - and how, in spite of all this, we still try to become the person we want to be. It is a dazzling, original and astounding debut from a young writer with a fierce, intelligent and fearless new voice.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOST CITY
    LOST CITY
    HOCKING AMANDA
    ISBN: 9781529001303
    Title: LOST CITY
    Author: HOCKING AMANDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to a world in the shadow of our own, a fairytale land where the dangers are very real . . . In this first book in the Omte Origins trilogy, Amanda Hocking creates a fantastic adventure in her much-loved Trylle universe.

    Can she unlock the secrets of her past?

    Ulla Tulin was abandoned in an isolated Kanin town as a baby. Taken in by strangers and raised hidden away like many half-blood trolls, she has never stopped searching for her parents, or wondering about them.

    When Ulla hears of a project to help half-blood trolls, in the beautiful city of Merellä, she seizes the chance to discover her true heritage. She enlists the help of Pan Soriano, who is both handsome and resourceful – a half-human with telekinesis powers. And she must also contend with Eliana, a mysterious girl who claims she’s being pursued. Though Ulla suspects there’s rather more to the story.

    Ulla and Pan work to unravel the truth about themselves and Eliana. But in the process, they realize that someone – or something – is determined to stop them. And they face a force that will do anything to keep certain secrets.

    <i>The Lost City</i> by Amanda Hocking is the terrific first book in the Omte Origins trilogy.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • LOST COMPANIONS : Reflections on the Death of Pets
    LOST COMPANIONS : Reflections on the Death of Pets
    MOUSSAIEFF MASSON JEFFREY
    ISBN: 9781922351159
    Title: LOST COMPANIONS : Reflections on the Death of Pets
    Author: MOUSSAIEFF MASSON JEFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Our society is still learning how to dignify the relationship between a pet and their human with proper mourning rituals. We have only recently allowed the conversation of how to grieve for our non-human family members to come front and centre. In examining the special bond between pets and their people, Jeffery Moussaieff Masson validates the grief that we feel when a special pet dies. Lost Companions is full of poignant stories about dogs, cats, horses, birds, wombats and other animals that beautifully illustrate the strong bond humans form with them. A heartfelt exploration of human grief after the loss of a pet by the New York Times bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love, Lost Companions is a thought-provoking book on pet loss. Masson takes a personal approach, allowing readers to explore their own responses, suggesting ways through and out of grief, as well as meaningful ways to memorialize our best friends.

    Imprint: Murdoch Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOUVRE : All The Paintings
    LOUVRE : All The Paintings
    KING ROSS
    ISBN: 9780762470648
    Title: LOUVRE : All The Paintings
    Author: KING ROSS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Louvre Museum houses many of the world's most celebrated and important art of all time -- from da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Vermeer's The Lacemaker -- making it also the most visited art museum in the world. THE LOUVRE: ALL THE PAINTINGS allows you to experience every painting currently on display in the permanent collection in Paris, without ever having to step on a plane.

    Divided and organized into the four main painting collections of the museum -- the Italian School, the Northern School, the Spanish School, and the French School -- the paintings are then presented chronologically by the artists' date of birth. Four hundred of the most iconic and significant paintings are illuminated with 300-word discussions by art historians Anja Grebe and Vincent Pomarede on the key attributes of the work, what to look for when viewing, the artist's inspirations and techniques, biographical information on the artist, the artist's overall impact on history, and more.

    Immerse yourself in the wonder and dazzling display of the Louvre without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. Learn more about each artist and painting, and tour the realms of sensational masterpieces with this new paperback edition.

    Imprint: RUNNING PRESS
    RRP: $69.99
    Price: $69.99
  • LOUVRE : The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum
    LOUVRE : The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum
    GARDNER JAMES
    ISBN: 9781611856347
    Title: LOUVRE : The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum
    Author: GARDNER JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Almost nine million people from all over the world flock to the Louvre in Paris every year to see its incomparable art collection. Yet few, if any, are aware of the remarkable history of that location and of the buildings themselves, and how they chronicle the history of Paris itself - a fascinating story that historian James Gardner elegantly tells for the first time.

    Before the Louvre was a museum, it was a palace, and before that a fortress. But much earlier still, it was a place called le Louvre for reasons unknown. People had inhabited that spot for more than 6,000 years before King Philippe Auguste of France constructed a fortress there in 1191 to protect against English soldiers stationed in Normandy. Two centuries later, Charles V converted the fortress to one of his numerous royal palaces. After Louis XIV moved the royal residence to Versailles in 1682, the Louvre inherited the royal art collection, which then included the Mona Lisa, given to Francis by Leonardo da Vinci; just over a century later, during the French Revolution, the National Assembly established the Louvre as a museum to display the nation's treasures. Subsequent leaders of France, from Napoleon to Napoleon III to Francois Mitterand, put their stamp on the museum, expanding it into the extraordinary institution it has become.

    With expert detail and keen admiration, James Gardner links the Louvre's past to its glorious present, and vibrantly portrays how it has been a witness to French history - through the Napoleonic era, the Commune, two World Wars, to this day - and home to a legendary collection whose diverse origins and back stories create a spectacular narrative that rivals the building's legendary stature.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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