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  • 100 POSTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    100 POSTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    SALTER COLIN
    ISBN: 9781911641452
    Title: 100 POSTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    Author: SALTER COLIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Classic posters from the last 300 years and the stories behind them.

    Posters have always been designed to seek an immediate response. From the time when paper was first affordable, the poster has been used to provoke a direct reaction, whether a public appeal, a legal threat, a call to arms, or the offer of entertainment. Newspapers might have the advantage of ubiquity in spreading the word, but a poster could be tightly targeted by its location.Organised chronologically, 100 Posters That Changed the World charts the history of poster design from their earliest forms as a means of information communication to the more subtle visual communication of the 21st century.

    As printing became cheaper, posters were used for more than just promoting the capture of local villains or announcing government decrees. Advertisements took over, citing up-and-coming events, auctions, public meetings, political rallies, sports games, lectures and theatrical performances.The technological leaps from engraving to aquatints to lithography, chromolithography and the offset press, all had their impact on what could be advertised by poster, and the art form took off spectacularly in the late 19th century with the influence of Lautrec and the Paris nightclubs. From then on, the poster became a sophisticated means of visual communication.In the West it was used to sell products - in the East it was used to sell regimes and control behaviour.

    Along with historic moments in poster evolution, 100 Posters That Changed the World charts the most impactful designs of the last 300 years - images that communicate a message whether commercial or political, images that sell a film, a musical, a cause or used for decoration, inspiration, motivation and affirmation. The affirmation for teenagers in the 1970s that Farah Fawcett was looking at you.

    Imprint: PAVILLION
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 100 YEARS OF FASHION
    100 YEARS OF FASHION
    BLACKMAN CALLY
    ISBN: 9781786276827
    Title: 100 YEARS OF FASHION
    Author: BLACKMAN CALLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 Years of Fashion documents in pictures the most exciting and diverse period in fashion: from 1900 to today, covering high society, uniforms, sportswear, streetwear and couture. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in fashion as well as students.

    The last hundred or so years bore witness to the transformation of women's fashion. The restrictive corsetry of the early twentieth century gave way to looser styles such as those made fashionable by French fashion designer Paul Poiret. As women's lives changed dramatically under the shadow of two World Wars, so the style of female dress was altered beyond recognition. From home dressmaking to couture, from rationing to 'The New Look', from the birth of the teenager to mass manufacture, from high society to celebrity culture.

    Over 400 photographs and illustrations, many published for the first time, tell the stylish story of a fashion revolution. This is the third in Cally Blackman's series of fashion titles, previously publishing 100 Years of Fashion Illustration and 100 Years of Menswear with Laurence King Publishing.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 123 SERIOUSLY SMART THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLIMATE
    123 SERIOUSLY SMART THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLIMATE
    MASTERS MATHILDA
    ISBN: 9780500296035
    Title: 123 SERIOUSLY SMART THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLIMATE
    Author: MASTERS MATHILDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did you know that:

    • Deserts provide food for fish?

    • 70% of all birds on the planet are chickens?

    • Climate change was the reason why humans began to talk?

    • Cows emit harmful methane when they burp or fart?

    Filled to the brim with 123 astonishing facts about the environment and climate, this accessible book explores the history of climate change and offers suggestions on how we can keep our planet liveable.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760786168
    Title: 130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry have added 13 new levels to their treehouse and now it's even more out of this world than before! There's a soap bubble blaster, a GRABINATOR (it can grab anything from anywhere at any time), a time-wasting level, a toilet paper factory (because you can never have too much toilet paper), a room full of mechanical grandparents, a super long legs level, an extraterrestrial observation centre and the best bookshop-in-a-treehouse-in-a-tree-in-a-forest-in-a-book in the whole world!

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781760786892
    Title: 130 STOREY TREEHOUSE
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Andy and Terry have added 13 new levels to their treehouse and now it's even more out of this world than before! There's a soap bubble blaster, a GRABINATOR (it can grab anything from anywhere at any time), a time-wasting level, a toilet paper factory (because you can neverhave too much toilet paper), a room full of mechanical grandparents, a super long legs level, an extraterrestrial observation centre and the best bookshop-in-a-treehouse-in-a-tree-in-a-forest-in-a-book in the whole world!

    Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    STREET BEN
    ISBN: 9781786276933
    Title: 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT ART
    Author: STREET BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you have ever felt at a disadvantage when joining in a conversation on a subject that you aren't confident about? If yes, this new book series is for you. Each book features definitions of two hundred words frequently used to describe and discuss a smart subject.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Art is designed to demystify jargon-based art language and make you at ease holding a conversation on the topic. Art can be intimidating to the uninitiated, but with Ben Street's help you'll know your Dada from your diptych in no time. The book is written with digestible text enabling a quick and easy understanding of various topics while broadening your artistic vocabulary.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Art is one of two new titles beginning a series of smart subjects, also including philosophy, psychology, and music.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT PHILOSPHY
    200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT PHILOSPHY
    STEINBAUER ANJA
    ISBN: 9781786276940
    Title: 200 WORDS TO HELP YOU TALK ABOUT PHILOSPHY
    Author: STEINBAUER ANJA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have you have ever felt at a disadvantage when joining in a conversation on a subject that you aren't confident about? If yes, this new book series is for you. Each book features definitions of two hundred words frequently used to describe and discuss a smart subject.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Philosophy is designed to demystify jargon-based philosophic language and make you at ease holding a conversation on the topic. Philosophy can be baffling, as well as fascinating, to the best of us. Let Anja Steinbauer guide you through doubt, dialectic, Dao, and much more. The book is written with digestible text enabling a quick and easy understanding of various topics while broadening your philosophical vocabulary.

    200 Words to Help You Talk About Philosophy is one of two new titles beginning a series of smart subjects, also including art, psychology, and music.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 99% INVISIBLE CITY
    99% INVISIBLE CITY
    MARS ROMAN / KOHLESTEDT KURT
    ISBN: 9781529355277
    Title: 99% INVISIBLE CITY
    Author: MARS ROMAN / KOHLESTEDT KURT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is 99% Invisible.

    __________

    A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast

    Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean?

    Or stopped to ponder who gets to name the streets we walk along?

    Or what the story is behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships?

    99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with intriguing tales of both designers and the people impacted by their designs.

    Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.

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    You are about to see stories everywhere, you beautiful nerd. Now get out there.

    'If you've ever wondered why our world is the way it is, this show has your answers' The Hustle

    '99% Invisible...is completely wonderful and entertaining and beautifully produced...' Ira Glass, This American Life

    'The hugely inventive 99% Invisible treats the design of everyday things like a forensic science.' WIRED

    Imprint: Hodder and Stoughton
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • ACCOMPLICE
    ACCOMPLICE
    KANON JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781471162688
    Title: ACCOMPLICE
    Author: KANON JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

    Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz-nor the face of Dr Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max's family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America. There, leaders like Argentina's Juan Peron gave them safe harbour and new identities.

    With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley-an American CIA desk analyst-to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him and bring him back to Germany to stand trial.

    Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto's alluring but wounded daughter, whom he is convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, Aaron hunts for Otto-a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered.

    Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230836
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    Author: FLEA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.

    Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 16, 1962. His more famous stage name, Flea, and his wild ride as the renowned bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers was in a far and distant future. Little Michael from Oz moved with his very conservative, very normal family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother's free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend - trading in rules, stability, and barbecues for bohemian values, wildness, and Sunday afternoon jazz parties where booze, weed, and music flowed in equal measure. There began Michael's life-long journey to channel all the frustration, loneliness, love, and joy he felt into incredible rhythm.

    When Michael's family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. He sought out a sense of belonging elsewhere, spending most of his days partying, playing basketball, and committing petty crimes. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis, who quickly became his soul brother, the yin to his yang, his partner in mischief. Michael joined some bands, fell in love with performing, and honed his skills. But it wasn't until the night when Anthony, excited after catching a Grandmaster Flash concert, suggested they start their own band that he is handed the magic key to the cosmic kingdom.

    Acid for the Children is as raw, entertaining and wildly unpredictable as its author. It's both a tenderly evocative coming of age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity

    Imprint: Headline
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ADELAIDE HILLS
    ADELAIDE HILLS
    MCNALLY SHANE
    ISBN: 9781925556544
    Title: ADELAIDE HILLS
    Author: MCNALLY SHANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For visitors, the experience is breathtaking as these low-lying hills go from rolling farmland and natural bushland to sweeping vineyards, cherry farms and apple orchards. Then every few minutes, there's a town that offers a history lesson, photo opportunity, coffee or tea break, wine tasting and world-class dining and accommodation. The Adelaide Hills rise only 700 metres at the highest point. What they lack in height, though, they more than make up for in depth. They start just over five kilometres from the Adelaide CBD but take in more than 1000 square kilometres - making them ideal for a quick visit, a Devonshire tea, a drive to a local winery for lunch or an entire week lost in pristine valleys with access to busy country towns and tiny villages that have barely changed in more than 150 years. From Hahndorf which seamlessly blends tourism and culture to the restaurants and art of Stirling, the thriving rural centre of Mount Barker and dozens of townships established in the mid 1800s, the Adelaide Hills has a built heritage and lifestyle that matches its natural beauty. The rich history of the Adelaide Hills can be seen in every town and most of the roads that link them. Country cottages buried in thick woods and farmland are there for the observant traveller, so are stately mansions off the main road and even the odd ruin that's been kept in its original form for posterity. The living heritage continues to evolve, with the Adelaide Hills reviving an almost lost winemaking history to become a thriving wine district boasting some of Australia's best and most popular wineries and around 50 cellar doors. This book looks at what makes the Adelaide Hills an Australian treasure, with just enough words to inform and entertain without getting in the way of hundreds of images of the stunning landscape. It looks at the significant towns and the features that draw people to visit the Adelaide Hills - the wineries of course but also the walking trails, the conservation parks and a rich calendar of traditional, multicultural, artistic, sporting and culinary events that run throughout the four distinct seasons.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADELAIDE HILLS GARDENS
    ADELAIDE HILLS GARDENS
    MCCABE CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9781760760601
    Title: ADELAIDE HILLS GARDENS
    Author: MCCABE CHRISTINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Adelaide Hills charts the evolution of gardening in Australia. And though anchored deeply in history, many of its gardens have their sights set firmly on the future.

    Old oak, elm and ash trees, planted long ago after memories of English gardens, live alongside stringybark eucalypts and native bush gullies, fruit-bearing orchards and wineries. All have thrived on the region's good rainfall, cool climate and natural springs.

    Over time, the Hills has weathered storms, droughts and fires. In response to these changing conditions, gardens, too, have changed. Heavily forested slopes have, in many cases, given way to veggie patches, free-ranging chickens and sheep, while Victorian rose and rhododendron hordes have made room for climate-compatible native flora.

    Encompassing twenty gardens, taking in grand Victorian estates and repurposed municipal water tanks alike, with evocative stories by Christine McCabe and sublime photography by Simon Griffiths, this book is a testament to the power of gardens to adapt, delight and restore.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    PERLMAN ELLIOT
    ISBN: 9780143786382
    Title: ADVENTURES OF CATVINKLE
    Author: PERLMAN ELLIOT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can't be friends - can they?

    A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter - and remind you that if you aren't open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • AFTERLAND
    AFTERLAND
    BEUKES LAUREN
    ISBN: 9780718182816
    Title: AFTERLAND
    Author: BEUKES LAUREN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They'll call her a bad mother.

    Cole can live with that. Because when she breaks her son Miles out of the Male Protection Facility - designed to prevent him joining the 99% of men wiped off the face of the Earth - she's not just taking him back.

    She's setting him free.

    Leaving Miles in America would leave him as a lab experiment; a pawn in the hands of people who now see him as a treasure to be guarded, traded, and used. What kind of mother would stand by and watch her child suffer? But as their journey to freedom takes them across a hostile and changed country, freedom seems ever more impossible.

    It's time for Cole to prove just how far she'll go to protect her son.

    Afterland is an addictive new thriller from the Arthur C Clarke winner Lauren Beukes - coming soon.

    Imprint: Michael Joseph
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    LE CARRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780241986547
    Title: AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN
    Format: 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: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    DALTON TRENT
    ISBN: 9781460753903
    Title: ALL OUR SHIMMERING SKIES
    Author: DALTON TRENT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic.

    Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.

    A story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves, All Our Shimmering Skies is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies. It is a love letter to Australia and an ode to the art of looking up - a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel, abrim with warmth, wit and wonder.

    All Our Shimmering Skies is the follow-up to Boy Swallows Universe we could have never imagined, but the one Dalton was destined to gift us. It's a story of heroes and villains, foxes and water buffalo, fighter planes and birds of prey, real magic and real love, epitaphs and aphorisms, lost treasure and lost life. It's a love letter to the nation. It's your favourite childhood adventure story dictated by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and William Shakespeare, with a score by Franz Liszt. It's dead serious. It's completely ridiculous. It's all of these things and more.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $26.99
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