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  • ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
    ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
    COLLODI CARLO
    ISBN: 9780062905277
    Title: ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
    Author: COLLODI CARLO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The enduring children's tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, retold for a new generation in this spectacular full-color deluxe gift edition, packed with beautiful artwork and seven interactive features created by the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima.

    Originally published in 1883, The Adventures of Pinocchio is one of the best known and beloved children's classics. Written by Italian political satirist Carlo Collodi, it is the story of Geppetto, a poor puppeteer who uses an enchanted piece of wood to carve a marionette boy he calls Pinocchio.

    The impish Pinocchio does not want to be a puppet; he yearns to become a real boy. Soon, his curiosity, mischievousness, and naivete lead him away from his father's shop and into a series of perilous encounters with vicious puppet masters, cunning animals, and other magical characters. Along this perilous journey, the magical puppet learns how much turmoil, heart, and hard work it takes to become a "real boy." With a nose that grows larger with each lie he tells, Pinocchio has become an enduring icon in children's literature, and now his story is brilliantly reimagined in this stunning gift edition.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio includes specially commissioned artwork and exclusive interactive features, including:



    A Pinocchio puppet with clothing
    Additional finger puppets
    A small theatre for a puppet show
    A court deck with Pinocchio behind sliding bars
    A fold out shark revealing Pinocchio and Geppetto inside

    This wondrous edition will enchant readers of every age an become a treasured keepsake passed down for generations.

    Imprint: Harper Design
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AN ALICE GIRL
    AN ALICE GIRL
    HEASLIP TANYA
    ISBN: 9781760529772
    Title: AN ALICE GIRL
    Author: HEASLIP TANYA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An Alice Girl is Tanya Heaslip's extraordinary story of growing up in the late 1960s and early 70s on a vast and isolated outback cattle property just north of Alice Springs.

    Tanya's parents, Janice and Grant 'the Boss', were pioneers. They developed the cattle station where water was scarce, where all power was dependent on generators and where a trip to town for supplies usually meant a full day's journey. Grant was determined to teach his children how to survive in this severe and isolated environment and his lessons were often harsh.

    Tanya and her siblings led a childhood unimaginable to many Australians. Whether working the mobs of cattle with the stockmen, playing cattle-duffing on horseback or singing and doing lessons at their School of the Air desks, the children were always aware of the demands of the land.

    But while her sister and brothers loved riding and working stock, Tanya's heart longed to be back at the homestead with her books and stories.

    In a childhood that many would consider very tough, Tanya tells of this precious time with raw honesty, humour, love and kindness. This is the story of an Alice girl.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    MATTHEWS OWEN
    ISBN: 9781408857816
    Title: AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    Author: MATTHEWS OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The most formidable spy in history' IAN FLEMING

    'His work was impeccable' KIM PHILBY

    'The spy to end spies' JOHN LE CARR
    Born of a German father and a Russian mother, Richard Sorge moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. In the years leading up to and during the Second World War, he became a fanatical communist o and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy.

    Combining charm with ruthless manipulation, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society. His intelligence proved pivotal to the Soviet counter-offensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war itself.

    Drawing on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives, this is a major biography of one of the greatest spies who ever lived.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    COLE-ADAMS KATE
    ISBN: 9781922268747
    Title: ANAESTHESIA : The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
    Author: COLE-ADAMS KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the-
    -and then you wake.


    This book is about what happens in between.

    Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible.

    But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Can we hear what's going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don't remember it afterwards? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked? And how can we help ourselves through it?

    Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience to bring an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANDY WARHOL
    ANDY WARHOL
    SHORE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781786276100
    Title: ANDY WARHOL
    Author: SHORE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Somewhere within the iconic images, carefully-made personae, star-studded milieu, million-dollar price tags and famous quotes lies the real Andy Warhol. But who was he? Robert Shore unfolds the multi-dimensional Warhol, dissecting his existence as undisputed art-world hotshot, recreating the amazing circle that surrounded him, and tracing his path to stardom back through his early career and his awkward and unusual youth. After Warhol, nothing would be the same - he changed art forever. Find out how with his remarkable story.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART SEX MUSIC
    ART SEX MUSIC
    TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    ISBN: 9780571359776
    Title: ART SEX MUSIC
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE

    A new edition as part of the Faber Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.

    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream. Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUGUST
    AUGUST
    WINK CALLAN
    ISBN: 9781847088116
    Title: AUGUST
    Author: WINK CALLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    August is an average twelve year old - he likes dogs and fishing, and doesn't even mind early morning chores on his family's farm. When his parents' marriage falls apart and he has to start over in a new town, he tries hard to be an average teen - playing football and doing his homework - but he struggles to form friendships, and when a shocking act of violence pushes him off course once more, he flees to rural Montana. There, as he throws himself into work on a ranch, he comes to learn that even the smallest of communities have secrets and even the most broken of families have a bond. Beautifully written and unfolding against an epic American landscape, August is a compelling, authentic and poignant story of the joys and traumas that irrevocably shape us all.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AURORA BURNING : The Aurora Cycle 2
    AURORA BURNING : The Aurora Cycle 2
    KAUFMAN AMIE / KRISTOFF JAY
    ISBN: 9781760295745
    Title: AURORA BURNING : The Aurora Cycle 2
    Author: KAUFMAN AMIE / KRISTOFF JAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The ferociously hot sequel to the international bestseller Aurora Rising, which sees the return of Squad 312 in an explosive battle to save the galaxy. By the award-winning authors of the Illuminae Files.

    Our heroes are back. Kind of. First, the bad news: an ancient evil - you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal - is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They've just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who'd like to rearrange their favourite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who'll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there's Kal's long-lost sister, who's not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it's time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them - but time is short, and if Auri can't learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV. Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion's most unforgettable heroes - and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BAD GUYS 11 : Dawn of the Underlord
    BAD GUYS 11 : Dawn of the Underlord
    BLABEY AARON
    ISBN: 9781760668662
    Title: BAD GUYS 11 : Dawn of the Underlord
    Author: BLABEY AARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Bad Guys I mean, Shadow Squad-Ghave saved the world from butt-handed evil and now its time to PARTY! But Mr Snake doesnt feel like partying. Ohhh, no. Hes WAY too powerful for that. Mr Snake would rather mess with things that could RIP OPEN A DOORWAY into a whole new world of horror, mayhem and... BLOOD-CURDLING BADNESS. Better put your party pants on ice. Its the Bad Guys Episode 11!

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    COLLINS SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9781743836811
    Title: BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES : A Hunger Games Novel
    Author: COLLINS SUZANNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. On returning to the world of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins said, "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival. The reconstruction period ten years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days-as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet-provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity."

    Imprint: SCHOLASTIC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLE OF BRITAIN : The Pilots and Planes the made History
    BATTLE OF BRITAIN : The Pilots and Planes the made History
    PEARSON SIMON / GORMAN ED
    ISBN: 9781529378078
    Title: BATTLE OF BRITAIN : The Pilots and Planes the made History
    Author: PEARSON SIMON / GORMAN ED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    While the Battle of Britain and the iconic Spitfire remain a source of great pride to the average Briton, it is remarkable how little is known and understood about this episode in our history.

    In THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Ed Gorman and Simon Pearson paint a vivid picture of the men and their machines as the battle for air superiority over Britain is played out across the skies of Europe from western Ireland to the German capital.

    They tell remarkable stories involving hitherto unknown airmen from across the world who flew aircraft that will be new to many readers: the New Zealander who "borrowed" a seaplane from the Royal Navy to set up a freelance air-sea rescue service that saved the lives of dozens of British and German pilots; the Swiss baron who destroyed nine British fighters in a day; the vainglorious Dane whose RAF squadron was wiped out trying to disrupt Nazi invasion plans; and the German bomber pilot who fought the last battle involving foreign troops on British soil since Culloden - before repairing to a pub in Kent for a pint in with soldiers from the Irish Rifle, who had taken him prisoner.

    Illustrated with contemporary photographs of the pilots and their aircraft, and in-depth technical drawings, these are stories from both sides of a conflict that shaped the outcome of the Second World War and which continue to fascinate people in Britain and all over the world. They are full of courage, endeavour and above all, humanity.

    Imprint: Hodder and Stoughton
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    SUCHET JOHN
    ISBN: 9781783964963
    Title: BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    Author: SUCHET JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You know the music... but do you know the man? Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's best loved and most influential composers. His life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses - is played out in his music. Now John Suchet shows us the man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him faithfully and vividly to life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    DONNELLY GARY
    ISBN: 9780749025212
    Title: BLOOD WILL BE BORN
    Author: DONNELLY GARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    DI Owen Sheen vowed never to return to Ireland, but he needs answers to the questions he has surrounding his brother's death. On loan from the Met to the PSNI, he is meant to be setting up a new Historical Offences Team, but instead he finds himself partnered with DC Aoife McCusker to work on her first murder investigation.

    As the investigation begins to unravel into chaos, its roots deep in the dark past of the Troubles, will Sheen be able to put his personal agenda aside? And will McCusker keep her career long enough to crack the case and prove herself as a detective?

    Imprint: ALLISON AND BUSBY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLOODY OKINAWA : The Last Great Battle of World War 2
    BLOODY OKINAWA : The Last Great Battle of World War 2
    WHEELAN JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9780306903229
    Title: BLOODY OKINAWA : The Last Great Battle of World War 2
    Author: WHEELAN JOSEPH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The last great battle of World War II began on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, when more than 184,000 began landing on the only Japanese home soil invaded during the Pacific war. The island of Okinawa was just 350 miles from mainland Japan and the Allies planned to use it as its forward base for its invasion.

    On the island, nearly 140,000 Japanese and auxiliary soldiers resisted the US-led assault with suicidal tenacity from a Gibraltar of hollowed-out, fortified hills and ridges. Under constant fire and in the rain and mud, U.S. troops fought ferociously, battered the Japanese with artillery, aerial bombing, naval gunfire, and every infantry tool. The battle also marked the apotheosis of kamikaze air attacks, which sank 36 warships, damaged 368 others and killed almost 5,000 seamen.

    When the brutal slugfest ended, more than 125,00 enemy had been killed - and 7,500 American ground troops had died. And tragically, at least hundred thousand Okinawa civilians died violently while trapped between the battling armies. The Japanese had succeeded in preventing invasion but the bloody campaign had convinced US leaders that only an atomic bomb could end the war.

    Utilising vivid accounts written by US combatants, along with previously unused Japanese sources, Joseph Wheelan brings a strong human dimension to this rich story of the war's last great battle waged against an determined enemy and extreme conditions.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • BLUES FOR OUTLAW HEARTS AND OLD WHORES
    BLUES FOR OUTLAW HEARTS AND OLD WHORES
    CARLOTTO MASSIMO
    ISBN: 9781787702134
    Title: BLUES FOR OUTLAW HEARTS AND OLD WHORES
    Author: CARLOTTO MASSIMO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Acclaimed as one of today's best contemporary noir writers, Massimo Carlotto reaches new heights in the most complex "Alligator" novel to date. Rich with biting humour, humanity, and psychological insight, this is an exemplary noir novel from a crime writer at the top of his game.

    Marco Buratti, aka the Alligator, and his partners have fallen into a trap laid by their worst enemy, Giorgio Pellegrini, a wanted man who has no intention of living as a fugitive and turns police informer. To survive, some rules will have to be bent, and others broken.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BRAIDING SWEETGRASS : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    BRAIDING SWEETGRASS : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    KIMMERER ROBIN WALL
    ISBN: 9780141991955
    Title: BRAIDING SWEETGRASS : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    Author: KIMMERER ROBIN WALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on "a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert).

    Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings-asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass-offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument- that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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