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  • ACCIDENTAL WEATHERMAN
    ACCIDENTAL WEATHERMAN
    MAC SAM
    ISBN: 9780733645976
    Title: ACCIDENTAL WEATHERMAN
    Author: MAC SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Accidental Weatherman is the story of what happens when a hilarious Adelaide boy who knows nothing about meteorology scores the coveted weatherman gig on the highest rating breakfast TV show in Australia.

    As the Sunrise weatherman, Sam Mac has bungee jumped, swum with sharks, got his cat on the cover of Pussweek magazine, taken his mum to the Logies when he was nominated for gold, stripped naked for The Real Full Monty and even recorded a song with The Wiggles. But, ultimately, his job is about people - from primary schoolers to pensioners, Sam's gift is how he connects with them all. He uses heart and humour in his role on Sunrise to introduce viewers to the true characters of Australia. He prides himself on bringing awareness to causes such as mental health and animal rescue, and on championing underdogs who might need a hand up or a shout out. His genuine nature and open-book approach to social media has won him hundreds of thousands of fans along the way - although even he would admit that many of them only like him for his cat Coco (who is rapidly catching up to him in Instagram followers).

    After presenting more than 25 000 minutes of live TV in over 800 different Australian towns, Sam really has seen the absolute best of Australia, and it's brought out the best in him.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS
    ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS
    ODONOGHUE CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781406393095
    Title: ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS
    Author: ODONOGHUE CAROLINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dark and supernatural contemporary teen debut by multi-talented author and journalist Caroline O'Donoghue.

    "So gripping, so intriguing, so layered – All Our Hidden Gifts feels like a book that should have always existed." Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    "A seductive and brilliant book. Fiercely, furiously good." Melinda Salisbury

    "The most authentic teenage voice I've read in ages... I was utterly bewitched." Holly Bourne

    "Grim, gripping and gorgeous. I devoured it." Deirdre Sullivan

    Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her. Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last. Things are looking up – until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn't be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-best friend to have a reading, Lily disappears.

    Can Maeve, her new friend Fiona and Lily's brother Roe find her? And will Maeve's new gift be enough to bring Lily back, before she's gone for good?

    Imprint: Walker Books Australia
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    LIPPMAN LAURA
    ISBN: 9780571354092
    Title: AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD
    Author: LIPPMAN LAURA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Heloise is a single mum, who runs her own business and keeps herself to herself.

    But Heloise's business is one that takes place in discreet hotel rooms. For the right money, she can be the woman of your dreams.

    But now her accountant is starting to ask questions, her long-time bodyguard is hinting at new dangers, and in the local news, a so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car.

    With nothing as it seems, how will Heloise secure the safety of herself and her son?

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANIMAL FARM
    ANIMAL FARM
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780571366705
    Title: ANIMAL FARM
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

    When the animals overthrow the oppressive Mr. Jones, they think their problems are over, but in Orwell's great indictment of the Russian Revolution, they find that power corrupts and they have merely swapped one form of tyranny for another.

    With an exciting new cover and inside illustrations by superstar Chris Mould.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    GREEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781529109887
    Title: ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED : Essays on a Human-Centered Planet
    Author: GREEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mind-expanding essays on modern life and the human experience in the first non-fiction work by #1 internationally bestselling author John Green - one of the world's most beloved novelists.

    A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green

    The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet - from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar - on a five-star scale.

    Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene's reviews have been praised as 'observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy', with over 10 million lifetime downloads. John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection about the shared human experience; it includes beloved essays along with six all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ANTS : Workers of the World
    ANTS : Workers of the World
    RICE ELEANOR SPICER
    ISBN: 9781419748493
    Title: ANTS : Workers of the World
    Author: RICE ELEANOR SPICER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Ants, photographer Eduard Florin Niga brings us incredibly close to the most numerous animals on Earth, whose ability to organize colonies, communicate among themselves, and solve complex problems has made them an object of endless fascination. Among the more than 30 species photographed by Niga are leafcutters that grow fungus for food, trap-jaw ants with fearsome mandibles, bullet ants with potent stingers, warriors, drivers, gliders, harvesters, and the pavement ants that are always underfoot. Among his most memorable images are portraits-including queens, workers, soldiers, and rarely seen males-that bring the reader face-to-face with these creatures whose societies are eerily like our own. Science writer Eleanor Spicer Rice frames the book with a lively text that describes the life cycle of ants and explains how each species is adapted to its way of life. Ants is a great introduction to some of the Earth’s most successful creatures that showcases the power of photography to reveal the unseen world all around us.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    RATCLIFFE AMY
    ISBN: 9781419750120
    Title: ART OF STAR WARS : GALAXYS EDGE
    Author: RATCLIFFE AMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the only book to provide an inside look at the magic behind the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge themed lands at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, documenting the art and innovations that led to the creation of Galaxy's Edge. Featuring hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, the book will reveal Walt Disney Imagineering's creative process.

    Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge invites guests to explore Black Spire Outpost, located on the remote Outer Rim planet Batuu-a spaceport bustling with First Order and Resistance activity where guests can interact with droids, creatures, and fan-favorite characters. Alongside Black Spire Outpost's vibrant cantina and marketplace, a new and original score composed by John Williams accompanies guests as they seek out the land's two major attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which allows guests to commandeer the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, in which guests find themselves in the crossfire of a ferocious battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

    Exclusive interviews with the key creative minds who shaped the lands' design provide commentary on what it's like to dream and then build a life-size Star Wars adventure.

    Plus, the book offers an inside look at the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience, a first-of-its-kind immersive two-night adventure.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • AS BEAUTIFUL AS ANY OTHER : A Memoir of my Body
    AS BEAUTIFUL AS ANY OTHER : A Memoir of my Body
    WILSON KAYA
    ISBN: 9781760984885
    Title: AS BEAUTIFUL AS ANY OTHER : A Memoir of my Body
    Author: WILSON KAYA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    <i>Trans is not trauma, no more than surfing is trauma or life, or families. Trauma is the mark left by the rocks hit or thrown. Our body responds, heals and grows with it. It does what it can to stop you from hitting the same rock again.</i>

    When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness, violence and shame.

    <i>As Beautiful As Any Other </i>weaves this legacy together with intimate examinations of the forces that have shaped Wilson's life, and his body: vulnerability and power, grief and trauma, science and narrative.

    In this powerful and lyrical memoir, Wilson makes a case for the strength we find when we confront the complexities of our identity with compassion. <i>As Beautiful As Any Other </i>is a trailblazing debut of remarkable beauty, insight and candour.


    <b>Praise for <i>As Beautiful As Any Other</i></b>

    'Transformative, sentimental, witty, and wonderfully authoritative. An intimate and stirring account of experiences at once universal and unique, from a perspective that's crucial to our understanding of ourselves, our relationships and our culture.' Amy Middleton, editor of <i>Archer</i>.

    'There is so much more to this book than meets the eye. Wilson is able to do that rare thing, fuse the personal with universal, the scientific with the emotional, without losing the impact of either. Instead, they are enhanced. An intimate portrait of family, transition and trauma, with fascinating digressions to marine science and climate change, crossing continents and themes with ease.' Fiona McGregor

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • AXIOMATIC
    AXIOMATIC
    TUMARKIN MARIA
    ISBN: 9781761043581
    Title: AXIOMATIC
    Author: TUMARKIN MARIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms-
    'Give Me a Child Before the Age of 7 and I'll Give You the (Wo)Man', 'History Repeats Itself...', 'Those Who Forget the Past are Condemned to Repeat It', 'You Can't Enter The Same River Twice', 'Time Heals All Wounds'.

    These beliefs - or intuitions - about the role the past plays in our present are often evoked as if they are timeless and self-evident truths. It is precisely because they are neither, yet still we are persuaded by them, that they tell us a great deal about the forces that shape our culture and the way we live.

    The past shapes the present - they teach us that in schools and universities. (Shapes? Infiltrates, more like; imbues, infuses.) This past cannot be visited like an ageing aunt. It doesn't live in zoo enclosures. Half the time, this past is nothing less than the present's beating heart. How to speak of its aliveness? Stories are not enough, history and psychology - not enough.
    Maybe this is how.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BAD GUYS 13 : Cut to the Chase
    BAD GUYS 13 : Cut to the Chase
    BLABEY AARON
    ISBN: 9781760668686
    Title: BAD GUYS 13 : Cut to the Chase
    Author: BLABEY AARON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A MYSTERIOUS DOORWAY! (Sure, it’s in a restaurant that serves poop, but that doesn’t make it any less mysterious. OK?) Behold! What lies beyond?! An evil centipede? An alternate universe? A few decent explanations? VRRRING! NING! NING! NING! Hey, was that a CHAINSAW?! Let’s see if you can read and run at the same time... GO! It’s the BAD GUYS EPISODE 13.

    Imprint: Scholastic Australia
    RRP: $15.99

    Price: $15.99
  • BAD PEOPLE AND HOW TO BE RID OF THEM
    BAD PEOPLE AND HOW TO BE RID OF THEM
    ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781761042423
    Title: BAD PEOPLE AND HOW TO BE RID OF THEM
    Author: ROBERTSON GEOFFREY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Twenty years ago Geoffrey Robertson inspired the global justice movement with his ground-breaking book, Crimes Against Humanity. Since then, the movement has stalled, as nationalism takes hold and populist governments retreat from international courts and refuse to comply with their rulings.

    But there is an alternative. The Plan B for human rights looks back to national laws to name, blame and shame abusers. It strips them of their right to enter democratic nations, and of ill-gotten funds they seek to deposit in global banks; and it bars them and their families from schools and hospitals in these countries.

    This book explains the background and potential of these laws, which have been called Magnitsky Laws, after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Russian jail after exposing state corruption. Early versions of them have been introduced in the US, Canada and Britain, and they are now being considered in Australia.

    Geoffrey Robertson argues in this book that the Magnitsky movement offers a potent solution to crimes being committed against humanity, whether in America, Russia, China or Belarus. These abuses are a concern for all human beings, and good people are no longer prepared to tolerate them, in their own country or elsewhere in the world. The Magnitsky laws can show the way forward for the global justice movement in the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BAD TRIP : Dark Omens New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
    BAD TRIP : Dark Omens New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
    RILEY JAMES
    ISBN: 9781785785948
    Title: BAD TRIP : Dark Omens New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
    Author: RILEY JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A history that makes perfect sense when the sky is falling down.' - The Sunday Times

    The Sixties, for many, was a time of new ideas, freedom, and renewed hope - from the civil rights movement to Woodstock. But towards the end of 1969 and the start of the 1970s, everything seemed to implode. The Manson murders, the tragic events of the Rolling Stones concert at Altamont and the appearance of the Zodiac Killer all called a halt to the progress of a glorious decade. At the end of the Sixties, the hippie dream died - or so the story goes.

    In The Bad Trip, James Riley descends into the underworld of the Sixties to reveal the dark side of the counterculture. He explores the seam of apocalyptic thinking that had lain hidden beneath the decade's psychedelic utopianism all along. Moving between Britain and America, this is a magical mystery tour that shows just how different our concept of 'the Sixties' is from the reality of the period.

    A brilliant and trenchant cultural history published 50 years after the action - drawing on interviews with key figures from the music, art, and film scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s in the US and UK.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BAIT AND SWITCH
    BAIT AND SWITCH
    EHRENREICH BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781783787524
    Title: BAIT AND SWITCH
    Author: EHRENREICH BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Middle class executives are the people who've done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills and build up impressive resumes - yet they have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. In Bait and Switch, Ehrenreich enters a shadowy world of Internet job searches, lonely networking events and costly career-coaching sessions, a world in which 'professional' mentors and trainers offer pop-psychology and self-help mantras to desperate would-be employees.

    Poignant and blackly funny, Bait and Switch delivers a stark warning about the future that faces corporate employees everywhere and calls for collective action to guard against it.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BARBAROSSA
    BARBAROSSA
    BINNS STEWART
    ISBN: 9781472279637
    Title: BARBAROSSA
    Author: BINNS STEWART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing on remarkable and never-before-seen material, the extraordinary story of one of the most horrific and devastating encounters of the Second World War.

    'This is a truly astounding book, packed with searing hitherto-unpublished testimony about what it was like to endure, and ultimately defeat, the most formidable invasion in the history of Mankind. The sheer endurance of the Russian people between 1941 and 1945 will leave readers utterly staggered. It is a debt that we in the West should do more to acknowledge.' - Andrew Roberts, author of CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY

    Sunday June 22nd 1941: almost 4 million Nazi troops marched on Moscow, with a brutal scorched-earth tactic that saw millions of Soviet citizens massacred. A level of brutality only paralleled after the Soviet's triumphed at Stalingrad, and took mindless revenge as they marched back into Berlin.

    Beginning with Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, to the appalling circumstances of the Fall of Berlin in April 1945 and told from the perspective of the people of Russia and Eastern Europe, Barbarossa is a heartrending story of tragedy, suffering and heroism.

    Stewart Binns draws on Russian archives to paint a uniquely intimate picture of the war from the Soviet side of this terrible conflict - presenting this dark moment in history in panoramic detail, matching sweeping accounts of tactical manoeuvres with harrowing personal stories of civilian hardship and bravery.

    'A masterful narrative, deeply enriched by extraordinary research and a profound analysis of the soul of Russia.' - Nick Hewer

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • BASS ROCK   -   Stella Prize Winner 2021
    BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Winner 2021
    WYLD EVIE
    ISBN: 9781761045301
    Title: BASS ROCK - Stella Prize Winner 2021
    Author: WYLD EVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *Winner of the 2021 Stella Prize*

    In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son get lost in the forest, transporting a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village.

    In the sad, slow years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower and stepmother to his two young boys, installed in a huge house by the sea and haunted by those who have come before.

    Fifty years later, Viv is cataloguing the valuables left in her dead grandmother's seaside home, when she uncovers long-held secrets of the great house.

    Three women, hundreds of years apart, slip into each other's lives in a novel of darkness, violence and madness.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAR AND RAT
    BEAR AND RAT
    CHENG CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781760896287
    Title: BEAR AND RAT
    Author: CHENG CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bear and Rat are the best of friends who do everything together,
    but Rat wonders if Bear will always be there to hold her hand,
    no matter what happens ...

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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