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  • 488 RULES FOR LIFE
    488 RULES FOR LIFE
    FLANAGAN KITTY
    ISBN: 9781760875305
    Title: 488 RULES FOR LIFE
    Author: FLANAGAN KITTY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules.

    But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it ... where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ... where middle aged men don't have ponytails ...

    What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

    What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:

    'You're welcome everyone.'

    'Thank god for me.'

    'I'd rather be sad and lonely, but right.'

    'There's not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it'.




    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    MOODY MARY
    ISBN: 9781925791358
    Title: ACCIDENTAL TOUR GUIDE
    Author: MOODY MARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Eat, Pray, Love meets The Year of Magical Thinking in this powerful memoir of love, loss and taking risks from a true adventurer

    The irrepressible Mary Moody knows better than anyone the joy of breaking new ground and discovering new frontiers. She is the bestselling author of Au Revoir and Last Tango In Toulouse, and her life as a journalist, TV and radio presenter, popular gardening guru and inveterate traveller has been an inspiration to thousands of women for decades.

    But when Moody loses two of the people she loves most - her beloved husband and the half sister she had only just been reunited with - her world is turned upside down. Part of her journey to recovery is her decision to boldly go where she has never been before - both in her travels as a tour guide and in her everyday life. This leads to exploring uncharted territories in Morocco and a wrenching move from her beloved mountain home and garden to make a fresh start while rediscovering her passions - travel, gardening, food, family and the joy of new adventures. A warm, heartbreakingly moving and thoroughly entertaining story of how to rebuild your life without the people who matter most.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ACT OF GRACE
    ACT OF GRACE
    KRIEN ANNA
    ISBN: 9781863959551
    Title: ACT OF GRACE
    Author: KRIEN ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games.

    Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father's dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks to escape his father Toohey's tyranny and heal its wounds.

    These characters' worlds intertwine across time and place, in a brilliant story of fear and sacrifice, trauma and survival, and what people will do to outrun the shadows. Crossing the frontiers of war, protest and cultural reconciliation, Act of Grace is a meditation on inheritance- the damage that one generation bestows upon the next, and the potential for transformation.

    This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer. It will leave you changed.

    'Act of Grace is extraordinary. What a voice Anna has ... visceral, haunting and each word so carefully chosen.' -Catherine Drayton

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AFTER THE FLOOD
    AFTER THE FLOOD
    MONTAG KASSANDRA
    ISBN: 9781460757819
    Title: AFTER THE FLOOD
    Author: MONTAG KASSANDRA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Life is about more than just surviving...An unforgettable, inventive, and riveting epic saga about a mother, her daughter and their struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic flooded world, which signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent. It's 2031, and the world has been utterly transformed. After years of rising floodwaters, all that's left is an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water. Civilization as it once was is gone. Bands of pirates roam the waters, in search of goods and women to breed. Some join together to create a new kind of society, while others sail alone, barely surviving.Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, survive by fishing from their small boat, visiting small hamlets and towns on dry land to trade for supplies and information. The sole purpose of Myra's existence is to protect Pearl, while mourning the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was kidnapped during the last terrifying storm surge.For eight years Myra has searched for the girl that she knows, in her bones and her heart, still lives. In a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra hears that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment of raiders on the coast of what used to be Greenland. Throwing aside her usual caution, she and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas to rescue her.A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, exhilarating, action-packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder - an affecting and wholly original saga, both redemptive and astonishing.'The searing, often brutal story of a mother's terrifying quest to find her missing daughter in a post-apocalyptic world. Haunting and shocking.' Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish'[A] brilliantly imagined novel about love and desperation, set in an astonishing new world ... utterly gripping' Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author of The Last Widow'An intriguing and innovative woman-centered swashbuckling quest narrative' Publishers Weekly

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGE OF IRON
    AGE OF IRON
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268112
    Title: AGE OF IRON
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I am falling, I think, I am falling- welcome sweet sleep. Then at the very edge of oblivion something looms up and pulls me back, something whose name can only be dread.

    Mrs Curren, a Cape Town classics professor, is an opponent of the apartheid regime who has nonetheless been sheltered from its worst horrors. Now she is dying of cancer. In her final days she must confront the violence, chaos and injustice of her own society. Then Mr Vercueil, a homeless alcoholic, is found sleeping beside her garage. Who is he, and why has he come to her?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    ISBN: 9781781256855
    Title: AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM
    Author: ZUBOFF SHOSHANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller

    'Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense.' - Naomi Klein, Author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough

    The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us.

    The heady optimism of the Internet's early days is gone. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape our values and define our future?

    Shoshana Zuboff shows that we are at a crossroads. We still have the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in, and what we decide now will shape the rest of the century. Our choices: allow technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it and distribute its benefits.

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities and ensure we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241401217
    Title: AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

    Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age- the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AKIN
    AKIN
    DONOGHUE EMMA
    ISBN: 9781529019971
    Title: AKIN
    Author: DONOGHUE EMMA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his long-awaited first trip back to Nice, but he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of his eleven-year-old great-nephew and he urgently needs someone to take him in.

    Plagued by guilt and a feeling of duty to his dead sister, Noah agrees to foster the kid 'just for couple of weeks' and takes him along on his visit to Nice. This unlikely duo, both feeling adrift in their lives and suffering from culture shock, argue about everything from steak frites to Snapchat.
    Noah is disappointed by how much Nice has changed since he left. When sharp-eyed Michael identifies the historic Hotel Excelsior in one of Noah's photographs, they decide to check in - but once inside their luxury suite, Noah's perception of his ancestral heritage starts to crack.

    Shocking stories of the Nazi occupation surface: a hotel re-purposed for torture, a secret resistance movement, and Noah's mysterious mother on the front lines of history. As dark truths about this famous tourist mecca come to light, Noah learns to appreciate Michael's street-smart wit and ease with technology. He finally grasps the great risks people in all ages have taken for their kin.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    BELL DAVINA
    ISBN: 9781760501457
    Title: ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTORS
    Author: BELL DAVINA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else - cars, planes, cranes, trains - anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors - but will he be able to bring his mum around?

    With irresistible rhyming text by award-winning author Davina Bell and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family.

    Imprint: Little Hare Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMERICAN PASTORAL
    AMERICAN PASTORAL
    ROTH PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781784875541
    Title: AMERICAN PASTORAL
    Author: ROTH PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    New to Vintage Classics, this is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exposed the American psyche. Still profoundly resonant today, it confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

    'Swede' Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, lucrative business, sporting prowess and good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until one sunny day in 1968, when Swede's daughter, Merry, commits an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism and the Levov family is plunged into mayhem. This is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and that still profoundly resonates today.

    'A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years' Financial Times

    'A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel' The Times

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780500252352
    Title: AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A quirky yet hugely informative global guide to the magnificently designed and engineered structures that lie deep underground beneath our feet.

    Lose yourself in the vast sewer networks that lie beneath the world’s great cities – past and present. Let detailed archival plans, maps and photographs guide you through these subterranean labyrinths – previously accessible only to their builders, engineers and, perhaps, the odd rogue explorer. This execrable exploration traces the evolution of waste management from the ingenious infra-structures of the ancient world to the seeping cesspits and festering open sewers of the medieval period. It investigates and celebrates the work of the civil engineers whose pioneering integrated sewer systems brought to a close the devastating cholera epidemics of the mid-19th century and continue to serve a vastly increased population today. And let’s not forget those giant fatbergs clogging our underground arteries, or the storm-surge super-structures of tomorro


    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANATOMICUM
    ANATOMICUM
    WIEDEMANN KATY / PAXTON JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781787414921
    Title: ANATOMICUM
    Author: WIEDEMANN KATY / PAXTON JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore...

    Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to uncover the mysteries of anatomy, expertly curated to give you the experience of a museum exhibition from the comfort of your own home.

    The 2019 offering from Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series, Anatomicum guides readers through the organs and systems of the human body, from the muscles w e use to show emotion, to the delicate w orkings of the brain. With sumptuous artwork by Katy Wiedemann and expert text by anatomy professor Dr Jennifer Z Paxton, this encyclopaedic tome is a feast of anatomical know ledge.

    Imprint: BIG PICTURE BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • ANIMALS
    ANIMALS
    TAKEUCHI CHIHIRO
    ISBN: 9780648397342
    Title: ANIMALS
    Author: TAKEUCHI CHIHIRO
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chihiro Takeuchi creates another original and innovative book with her intricate papercut artwork.

    Find different animals from each continent. Hours of fun and engagement for children of all ages.

    Imprint: BERBAY PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    MOLKENTIN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781742379197
    Title: ANZAC AND AVIATOR : The remarkable story of Sir Ross Smith and the 1919 England to Australia air race
    Author: MOLKENTIN MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He was courageous. He was ambitious. He was skilled. He was visionary. He could be ruthless. He was someone born of a new nation. But he was of a time now long past. And yet in the language of a later generation it could be said he had the "right stuff"... Michael Molkentin captures [Ross Smith] brilliantly.' - Andy Thomas, NASA Astronaut (Retired)

    In November 1919, a year after the Great War, four Australian servicemen made a unique and epoch-making journey home. In the open cockpit of a twin-engine Vickers Vimy bi-plane, brothers Ross and Keith Smith and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim completed the 18,000 kilometre flight from Britain to Australia. The 28-day journey, part of a competition sponsored by the Australian government, made the Smith brothers internationally famous and marked Australia's emergence into the air age. Ross Smith's fame would be short lived: he would be killed in an air accident less than three years later on the eve of an attempt to make the first ever circumnavigation of the world by air.

    Born on a South Australian cattle station, Smith had a relatively privileged and cosmopolitan upbringing. He was, nonetheless, working as a warehouseman in Adelaide 1914 where he would have no doubt eked out a quiet and unremarkable life were it not for the war's outbreak. Enlisting in the light horse at 22 years of age, Smith survived arduous campaigns at Gallipoli and in the Sinai Desert before volunteering for the Australian Flying Corps. Smith's feats in the skies above Palestine during 1917-18 earned him a reputation as one of the great fighter pilots of the war. By the armistice he had received the Military Cross twice and the Distinguished Flying Cross three times; he was one of only three British Empire airmen to do so during the war. Smith's skill in the cockpit also saw him assigned the Middle East theatre's only twin-engine bomber during the war's final year, a machine he used to support T. E. Lawrence 'of Arabia's' campaign against the Turks in the Jordan and, after the war, survey an air-route between Cairo and Calcutta.

    Anzac and Aviator is the story of Ross Smith and the fascinating era in which he lived, one in which aviation emerged with bewildering speed to comprehensively transform both warfare and transportation. Born a decade before powered flight and going off to war on horseback, Smith finished the conflict in command of a bomber, the weapon that would come to symbolise the totality of warfare in the 20th Century.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    BALCHIN LANCE
    ISBN: 9781760404147
    Title: AQUATICA : A Beginners Field Guide
    Author: BALCHIN LANCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to future Earth. Our oceans have become polluted to such an extent that all marine life is now just a memory. Rising from the murky depths stirs new mechanical life, created by humans and now evolving outside any control.

    These new species have grown to threaten humanity as we know it. Welcome to the world of Aquatica.

    Filled with inventive and awe-inspiring images and details, this book is sure to spark readers' imaginations! Kids will marvel at the steampunk-inspired renderings of mechanical aquatic creatures! 



    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    SHEDDEN FLORA
    ISBN: 9781784883102
    Title: ARAN : Recipes and Stories from a Bakery in the Heart of Scotland
    Author: SHEDDEN FLORA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    aran (Scottish Gaelic)

    From the Old Irish arán

    Noun

    bread, loaf (masculine noun, nominative case)


    Aran is a beautiful cookbook from an artisan bakery in the heart of Scotland with the same name. In it, Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden shares her simple, modern recipes and a window onto a picturesque life below the highlands, with stunning location photography and stories about the people and the place that inspire her creations.

    With a clean and fresh design, Aran is both whimsical and contemporary, and would be a perfect gift or self-buy for beginners, established bakers, armchair travellers or any lovers of baked goods!

    Sweet and savoury recipes take you from breakfast, through elevenses, through to your afternoon tea and after-dinner sweet treats, and include Poppy morning rolls, Twice baked almond croissants, Peach, chocolate and almond brioche, Poached quince porridge, Pork apple and sage sausage rolls and Banana, date and chocolate loaf cake.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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