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  • 100 REMARKABLE FEATS OF XANDER MAZE
    100 REMARKABLE FEATS OF XANDER MAZE
    COMBER CLAYTON ZANE
    ISBN: 9781460759455
    Title: 100 REMARKABLE FEATS OF XANDER MAZE
    Author: COMBER CLAYTON ZANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Xander Maze is a list-maker. But can his list of 100 Remarkable Feats really save his nanna?

    Xander Maze loves lists, and his grandmother is #1 in his list of People I Love Most in the World. But now that Nanna has stage 4 cancer, can a new list of 100 Remarkable Feats really save her life? Particularly when his list contains difficult things like #2 Make a Friend and #3 Make a Best Friend.Funny, moving and with a protagonist you can't help but fall in love with, 100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze

    is

    #1 Heartbreaking

    #2 Heartwarming

    and a book about defying the odds, not accepting the unacceptable, and one boy's unconditional love for his nanna.

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AESOPS FABLES
    AESOPS FABLES
    AESOP
    ISBN: 9781851245376
    Title: AESOPS FABLES
    Author: AESOP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For twenty-five centuries, the animal stories that go by the name of Aesop's Fables have amused and instructed generations of children and adults alike. The tales are still as fresh and poignant today as they were to the ancient Greeks who composed them. This beautifully illustrated edition contains some of the best-loved fables, including The Boy who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, The Hare and the Tortoise, and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, alongside many of the lesser-known tales. These timeless stories are illustrated with thirty-seven woodcuts by Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980), one of the greatest British wood engraving artists of the twentieth century. Parker's distinctive work is strikingly stylised and deceptively simple. Commissioned in the 1930s by the fine press publisher Gregynog Press for their edition of the work, these exquisite engravings are among Parker's finest work.

    Imprint: Bodleian Library
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • AFTER THE DEATH OF DON JUAN
    AFTER THE DEATH OF DON JUAN
    WARNER SYLVIA TOWNSEND
    ISBN: 9780241476079
    Title: AFTER THE DEATH OF DON JUAN
    Author: WARNER SYLVIA TOWNSEND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don Juan, that notorious libertine, has disappeared. Has he been dragged down to hell by demons, as rumoured - or has he escaped? Dona Ana, the woman he tried to seduce, will stop at nothing to discover the truth. Set in a rural eighteenth-century Spain rife with suspicion and cruelty, and featuring a glorious cast of peasants, aristocrats and vengeful ghosts, this moving, surprising tragicomedy is also Sylvia Townsend Warner's response to the dark days of the Spanish Civil War.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    RHODES BEN
    ISBN: 9781526642042
    Title: AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    Author: RHODES BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? Ben Rhodes, bestselling author of The World As It Is, speechwriter to Obama and co-host of Pod Save the World, investigates the extent to which America sowed the seeds of discord we see across the world today - and what can be done about it.

    In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outwards. Over the next three years, he travelled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spends time with is poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he comes to know see their movement snuffed out, and America itself reaches the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance.
    After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. Throughout, Rhodes comes to realize how much America' s fingerprints are on a world it helped to shape- through the excesses of the post-Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism, post-9/11 nationalism and militarism, mania for technology and social media, and the racism that shaped the backlash to the Obama presidency. At the same time, he learns from a diverse set of characters - from Obama to rebels to a rising generation of leaders - how looking squarely at where America has gone wrong only makes it more essential to fight for what America is supposed to be - for itself, and for the entire world.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    JAHNER HARALD
    ISBN: 9780753557877
    Title: AFTERMATH : Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 - 1955
    Author: JAHNER HARALD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How does a nation recover from fascism?

    1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade poised between two eras that proved decisive for Germany's future - and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today. Post-war Germany found itself occupied over four zones by the victorious Allied forces. More than half its population was displaced, 10 million newly released forced labourers and several million prisoners of war returned to an uncertain existence in a country that found itself politically, economically and morally bankrupt.

    Aftermath is the first history of Germany's national mentality in the immediate post-war years. Using major global political developments as a backdrop, Harald J hner weaves a series of life stories into a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. Accompanied by expertly selected black and white photographs - some beautiful, some revelatory, some shocking - Aftermath evokes an immersive portrait of a society corrupted, demoralized and freed - all at the same time.

    Imprint: W H ALLEN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AGENT SONYA
    AGENT SONYA
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9780241986950
    Title: AGENT SONYA
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the quiet Cotswolds village of Great Rollright in 1945, an elegant housewife emerged from her cottage to go on her usual bike ride. A devoted wife and mother-of-three, Mrs Burton seemed to epitomise rural British domesticity.

    However, rather than pedalling towards the shops with her ration book, she was racing through the Oxfordshire countryside to gather scientific intelligence from one of the country's most brilliant nuclear physicists. Secrets that she would transmit to Soviet intelligence headquarters via the radio transmitter she was hiding in her outdoor privy.

    Far from a British housewife, Mrs Burton - born Ursula Kuczynski, and codenamed 'Sonya' - was a German Jew, a dedicated communist, a colonel in Russia's Red Army, and a highly-trained spy. From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, and helping the Soviet Union build the atom bomb, Sonya conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century. Her story has never been told - until now.

    Agent Sonya is the exhilarating account of one woman's life; a life that encompasses the rise and fall of communism itself, and altered the course of history.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    LEMAITRE PIERRE
    ISBN: 9780857059000
    Title: ALL HUMAN WISDOM
    Author: LEMAITRE PIERRE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "A really excellent suspense novelist" Stephen King

    The second volume of Pierre Lemaitre's enthralling, award-winning between-the-wars trilogy

    February, 1927. The great and the good of Paris gather to attend the funeral of the powerful millionaire, Marcel Pericourt. His daughter, Madeleine, is poised to take charge of his financial empire, but it seems fate has other plans for her. Her young son, Paul, with one unexpected and tragic act, will place Madeleine on the path to ruin and degradation.

    Faced with the adversity of men, the greed of her time, the corruption and the ambition of her associates, Madeleine will have to deploy reserves of intelligence, determination and also a Machiavellian instinct to survive and rebuild her life. This task is made all the more difficult in a France that can only watch, helpless, as the first flames of the inferno that will soon ravage Europe begin to take hold.

    Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

    From the reviews for The Great Swindle

    "The most purely enjoyable book I've read this year" Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

    "The vast sweep of the novel and its array of extraordinary secondary characters have attracted comparisons with the works of Balzac. Moving, angry, intelligent - and compulsive" Marcel Berlins, The Times



    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AMBER AND RYE
    AMBER AND RYE
    ZAK ZUZA
    ISBN: 9781760525538
    Title: AMBER AND RYE
    Author: ZAK ZUZA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "It is such a joy to finally see a cookbook on beautiful Baltic cuisine, done with so much sensitivity and respect by Zuza Zak, one of my favourite authors. It is making me pine to travel to the region more than ever. Before I can do that, I will enjoy reading and cooking from this wonderful book." Olia Hercules

    In the Baltics, two worlds meet: the Baltic Sea joins Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, bringing with it culinary influences and cultural exchange. All three Baltic capitals, Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, steeped in history and culture. Amber & Rye explores this exciting part of Eastern Europe, guiding you around the capitals, sharing stories and discovering a dynamic, new style of cooking. Contextualized within the Baltics' rich history and culture, the food is a doorway to a deeper understanding of the region and what makes it tick.

    The recipes explore new culinary horizons, are grounded in Baltic tradition, yet inspired by contemporary trends, making them modern, unique and easy to recreate at home. And in addition to the recipes and travel stores, there are snippets of poetry, literature, songs and proverbs, adding a rich layer that makes Amber & Rye a cultural reference point for travellers as well as a showcase for the vibrant new cuisine of the Baltic States.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AMNESTY   -   Miles Franklin Shortlist 2021
    AMNESTY - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2021
    ADIGA ARAVIND
    ISBN: 9781509879052
    Title: AMNESTY - Miles Franklin Shortlist 2021
    Author: ADIGA ARAVIND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Man Booker prize-winning author of The White Tiger

    Danny - Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

    But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognizes a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair. Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANIMAL
    ANIMAL
    TADDEO LISA
    ISBN: 9781526630933
    Title: ANIMAL
    Author: TADDEO LISA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first novel from Lisa Taddeo, author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Three Women

    Meet Joan.
    I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig.
    That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man.
    Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way.
    I am depraved. I hope you like me.
    Animal opens with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head of an unrequited lover and becomes a road-trip to California, centring on a woman who is driven to kill by the violence of her past. It recalls the work of James Ellroy, Elena Ferrante, Ottessa Moshfegh, Emma Cline and David Lynch, told with the relentlessness of A Little Life and the pace and bite of a Stephen King novel.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK  -   Man Booker International Prize 2021
    AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK - Man Booker International Prize 2021
    DIOP DAVID
    ISBN: 9781782277538
    Title: AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK - Man Booker International Prize 2021
    Author: DIOP DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alfa diaye and Mademba Diop are two of the many Senegalese tirailleurs who fight in the Great War under the French flag. Whenever Captain Armand blows his whistle they climb out of their trenches to attack the blue-eyed enemy. But one day Mademba is mortally wounded, and without his friend, his more-than-brother, Alfa is alone amidst the savagery of the trenches, far from all he knows and holds dear. He throws himself into combat with renewed vigour, but soon he begins to scare even his own comrades in arms.

    Here David Diop captures the tragedy of a young man's mind hurtling towards madness and tells the little-heard story of the Senegalese who fought for France on the Western Front.

    Imprint: Pushkin Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    GARDNER KERRY
    ISBN: 9780522877366
    Title: AUSTRALIA AT THE VENICE BIENNALE
    Author: GARDNER KERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Before the winds of World War I blew Europe apart, a rowdy and radical group of Australian artists would gather in the salons of Paris and London to embrace new ways of painting and seeing the world. By 1914 twelve of them had shown their works at the Venice International Exhibition, now known as the Venice Biennale. Bundled in with the British, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Thea Proctor were represented alongside legendary artists Corot, Rodin, Klimt and Renoir.

    Four decades later Australia sent its first official delegation of artists- Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and William Dobell; the works of Rover Thomas, Howard Arkley, Patricia Piccinini and Shaun Gladwell continued the story of bold Australian art in Venice.

    With the support of the Australian art community, the Venice Biennale today remains an aspiration and career highlight for contemporary artists and Australia's love affair with the exhibition thrives. Discover the untold stories of the world's most important art event through one hundred years of Australian modern art.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • BAKED TO PERFECTION : Delicious gluten-free recipes, with a pinch of science
    BAKED TO PERFECTION : Delicious gluten-free recipes, with a pinch of science
    CERMELJ KATARINA
    ISBN: 9781526613486
    Title: BAKED TO PERFECTION : Delicious gluten-free recipes, with a pinch of science
    Author: CERMELJ KATARINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From proper crusty bread, pillowy soft cinnamon rolls and glorious layered cakes to fudgy brownies, incredibly flaky rough puff pastry and delicate patisserie everything that once seemed impossible to make gluten-free can now be baked by you.

    Baked to Perfection begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics- how different gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how to mix your own to suit your needs. Covering cakes, brownies, cookies, pastry and bread in turn, Katarina shares the best techniques for the recipes in that chapter, and each recipe is accompanied by expert tips, useful scientific explanations and occasional step-by-step photography to help you achieve gluten-free perfection.

    Recipes include classic bakes like super-moist chocolate cake, caramel apple pie and chocolate chip cookies, the softest, chewiest bread, including crusty artisan loaves, baguettes, brioche burger buns and soda bread, and mouth-watering showstoppers like toasted marshmallow brownies, coffee cream puffs and strawberries + cream tart.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BALLAD OF MELODIE ROSE
    BALLAD OF MELODIE ROSE
    GORDON KATE
    ISBN: 9780702263217
    Title: BALLAD OF MELODIE ROSE
    Author: GORDON KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Melodie Rose is abandoned on the doorstep of Direleafe Hall, she realises she must be a ghost. Strangely, she is not sad. With the three other ghostly girls who haunt the school and a gloomy crow on her shoulder, Melodie has never felt more at peace. Finally there is a place for her to call home.

    So when a lady in white arrives with plans to flatten her beloved school, Melodie Rose must act fast to save all she holds dear. But what can one powerless ghost do?

    The Ballad of Melodie Rose is a life-affirming tale of belonging, being brave and being seen.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BARCELONA DREAMING
    BARCELONA DREAMING
    THOMSON RUPERT
    ISBN: 9781472153531
    Title: BARCELONA DREAMING
    Author: THOMSON RUPERT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set on the eve of the financial crash of 2008, Barcelona Dreaming is made up of three stories that are linked by time and place, and also by the moving, unexpected interactions of a rich cast of characters.

    The stories are narrated, in turn, by an English woman who runs a gift shop, an alcoholic jazz pianist, and a translator tormented by unrequited love, all of whose lives will be changed forever. Underpinning the novel, and casting a long shadow, is a crime committed against a young Moroccan immigrant.

    Exploring themes of addiction, racism, celebrity, immigration, and self-delusion, and fuelled by a longing for the unattainable and a nostalgia for what is about to be lost, Barcelona Dreaming is a love letter to one of the world's most beautiful cities and a powerful and poignant fable for our uncertain times.

    Imprint: Corsair
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BARON IN THE TREES
    BARON IN THE TREES
    CALVINO ITALO
    ISBN: 9781784874223
    Title: BARON IN THE TREES
    Author: CALVINO ITALO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends' Salman Rushdie

    From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond, living up in the trees. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

    'The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists' The Times

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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