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  • BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    ISBN: 9781472142139
    Title: BARBARIANS : Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire
    Author: KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'And now what will become of us without barbarians?

    Those people were a sort of solution.'

    'Waiting for the Barbarians'

    C. P. Cavafy

    History is written by the victors, and Rome had some very eloquent historians. Those the Romans regarded as barbarians left few records of their own, but they had a tremendous impact on the Roman imagination. Resisting from outside Rome's borders or rebelling from within, they emerge vividly in Rome's historical tradition, and left a significant footprint in archaeology.

    Rome's history, as written by the Romans, follows a remarkable trajectory from its origins as a tiny village of refugees from a conflict zone to a dominant superpower, before being transformed into the medieval and Byzantine worlds. But throughout this history, Rome faced significant resistance and rebellion from peoples whom it regarded as barbarians.

    Gibbon saw the Roman Empire as one of the highest points of human achievement destroyed by barbarian invaders: Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Goths, Vandals, Huns, Picts and Scots. To others, as Rome was ravaged, new life was infused into an expiring Italy. Gibbon's 'decline and fall' has been reappraised as transformation, through religious and cultural revolution.

    Based both on ancient historical writings and modern archaeological research, this new history takes a fresh look at the Roman Empire, through the personalities and lives of key opponents of Rome's rise, dominance and fall - or transformation. These include: Brennus, the Gaul who sacked Rome; the Plebs, those barbarous insiders and internal resistors; Hannibal; Viriathus, the Iberian shepherd and skilled guerilla; Jugurtha and the struggle to free Africa; the Germanic threat from the Cimbri and the Teutones; Spartacus, the gladiator; Vercingetorix and rebellion in Gaul; Cleopatra; Boudicca, the Queen of the Iceni and the scourge of Rome; the Great Jewish Revolt; Alaric the Goth and the Sack of Rome; Attila the Hun, 'Born to Shake the Nations'; and the Vandals and the fall of Rome.

    Imprint: ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BEAR THE PIANO AND LITTLE BEARS CONCERT
    BEAR THE PIANO AND LITTLE BEARS CONCERT
    LITCHFIELD DAVID
    ISBN: 9780711247246
    Title: BEAR THE PIANO AND LITTLE BEARS CONCERT
    Author: LITCHFIELD DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You probably remember the story of the bear who found the piano in the woods and grew up to become a huge star. He played his music in front of millions of adoring fans and all of his wildest dreams came true. But now, the audiences are smaller, the pianos less grand, and the applause is dying away. So Bear decides to retire. Back in the woods, he is sad that his dream is over but he soon has something to distract him: Little Bear! When Little Bear stumbles upon his piano in the woods, she can't believe it when her father says that no one wants to hear his music anymore. So she comes up with a plan to prove him wrong.

    The final book in the award-winning, best-selling trilogy shows that while fame and fortune might be temporary, the best songs stay in your heart forever.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BECOMING BEAUVOIR : A Life
    BECOMING BEAUVOIR : A Life
    KIRKPATRICK KATE
    ISBN: 9781350168435
    Title: BECOMING BEAUVOIR : A Life
    Author: KIRKPATRICK KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "One is not born a woman, but becomes one", Simone de Beauvoir
    A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir's unconventional relationships inspired and scandalised her generation. A philosopher, writer, and feminist icon, she won prestigious literary prizes and transformed the way we think about gender with The Second Sex. But despite her successes, she wondered if she had sold herself short.
    Her liaison with Jean-Paul Sartre has been billed as one of the most legendary love affairs of the twentieth century. But for Beauvoir it came at a cost- for decades she was dismissed as an unoriginal thinker who 'applied' Sartre's ideas. In recent years new material has come to light revealing the ingenuity of Beauvoir's own philosophy and the importance of other lovers in her life.
    This ground-breaking biography draws on never-before-published diaries and letters to tell the fascinating story of how Simone de Beauvoir became herself.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BETTY
    BETTY
    MCDANIEL TIFFANY
    ISBN: 9781474617536
    Title: BETTY
    Author: MCDANIEL TIFFANY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'NOT A STORY YOU WILL SOON FORGET' Karen Joy Fowler, author of Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    'A girl comes of age against the knife.' So begins the story of Betty Carpenter.

    Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence - both from outside the family and also, devastatingly, from within. When her family's darkest secrets are brought to light, Betty has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters in her rural town of Breathed, Ohio.

    Despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters and her father's brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all she bears witness to, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write.

    A heartbreaking yet magical story, BETTY is a punch-in-the-gut of a novel - full of the crushing cruelty of human nature and the redemptive power of words.

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIRD A DAY
    BIRD A DAY
    COUZENS DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9781849945868
    Title: BIRD A DAY
    Author: COUZENS DOMINIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The beauty and fascination of birds is unrivalled. Every day of the year, immerse yourself in their world with an entry from A Bird of Day, where Dominic Couzens offers an insight into everything from the humble Robin to Emperor Penguins, who are in the midst of Arctic storms protecting their young on 1 July. Or discover the fate of the Passenger Pigeon which became extinct through overhunting on 1 September 2014. If you ever visit the Himalayan uplands, go in late November when you can see a flock of the cobalt blue Grandala birds, which is one of the wonders of the natural world.

    The author is a world expert on birds and particularly bird behaviour and he reveals endless fascinating stories of birds from all over the globe to give a rich tapestry of avian life with stunning photography, illustration and arresting art. All of bird life is covered, from nesting, migration, and courting to birdsong and curious bird behaviour.

    From the promiscuous Fairywren of Australia, who gives petals to his mistresses, to the singing instructions of the female Northern Cardinal in North America, this is a delightful dip-in-and-out book for any nature lover.

    Imprint: BATSFORD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    HOPE BRADLEY
    ISBN: 9781529347883
    Title: BLOOD AND OIL : Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power
    Author: HOPE BRADLEY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair and WME Chairman Ari Emmanuel flew out to meet with the Crown Prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere. He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia's restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley.



    But 'MBS' began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company. The allegations of excess and about the brutality of his regime began to slip out. Then there was the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While stamping out dissent in the Saudi royal family by holding three hundred members in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for months, he continued to exhibit his extreme wealth, including the purchase of a $70 million chateau in Europe and one of the world's most expensive yachts. It seemed that he did not understand nor care about how the outside world would react to his flexing of autocratic muscle.



    BLOOD AND OIL is a gripping work of investigative journalism about the precipitous ascent of one of the world's most decisive and dangerous new leaders, and the simultaneous fraying Western-Saudi relations. Caught in his net are well-known U.S. bankers, Hollywood figures, and politicians, all eager to help a charming Crown Prince with extraordinary powers, hunger for lucre, a tight relationship with President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner, and an apparent willingness to break anything -and anyone - that gets in the way of his vision. If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and magnet for Islamic extremists. And if his bid to transform his country succeeds, even in part, it will have consequences around the world.

    Imprint: John Murray
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOOD OF THE CELTS : The New Ancestral Story
    BLOOD OF THE CELTS : The New Ancestral Story
    MANCO JEAN
    ISBN: 9780500295878
    Title: BLOOD OF THE CELTS : The New Ancestral Story
    Author: MANCO JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The heritage of the Celts turns up from Portugal to Romania, from Scotland to Spain. Yet debate continues about who exactly were the Celts, where ultimately they came from, and whether the modern Celtic-speakers of the British Isles and Brittany are related to the Continental Celts we know from ancient history. So a fresh approach is needed. Blood of the Celts meets this challenge, pulling together evidence from genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics in an accessible and illuminating way, taking the reader on a voyage of discovery from the origins of the ancient Celts to the modern Celtic Revival, with some startling results.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BLUE IN CHICAGO AND OTHER STORIES
    BLUE IN CHICAGO AND OTHER STORIES
    HOWLAND BETTE
    ISBN: 9781529035827
    Title: BLUE IN CHICAGO AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: HOWLAND BETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The work of a woman who has invested her life in her art, and who will, I think be remembered as one of the significant writers of her generation.' Saul Bellow

    Blue in Chicago collects together the sharp, bittersweet stories of Bette Howland and restores to our bookshelves an extraordinarily gifted writer, who was recognized as a major talent before all but disappearing from public view for decades, until nearly the end of her life.

    Bette Howland was an outsider: an intellectual from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago; a divorcée and single mother, to the disapproval of her family; an artist chipped away at by poverty and perfection. Each of these sides of her life plays a shaping role in her work. Mining her most precarious struggles for her art in each of these stories, she chronicles the fears and hopes of her generation.

    Blue in Chicago, and other stories introduces UK readers to a wry, brilliant observer and a writer of great empathy and sly, joyous humor. Published in the US under the title Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage.

    'If there's a Howland bandwagon (and there should be), hold me a seat, or I'll stand. No problem, I'll stand.' Paris Review

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLUEBIRD
    BLUEBIRD
    KNOX MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9781760877422
    Title: BLUEBIRD
    Author: KNOX MALCOLM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A house perched impossibly on a cliff overlooking the stunning, iconic Bluebird Beach. Prime real estate, yet somehow not real estate at all, The Lodge is, like those who live in it, falling apart.

    Gordon Grimes has become the accidental keeper of this last relic of an endangered world. He lives in The Lodge with his wife Kelly who is trying to leave him, their son Ben who will do anything to save him, his goddaughter Lou who is hiding from her own troubles, and Leonie, the family matriarch who has trapped them here for their own good.

    But Gordon has no money and is running out of time to conserve his homeland. His love for this way of life will drive him, and everyone around him, to increasingly desperate risks. In the end, what will it cost them to hang onto their past?

    Acclaimed writer Malcolm Knox has written a classic Australian novel about the myths that come to define families and communities, and the lies that uphold them. It's about a certain kind of Australia that we all recognise, and a certain kind of Australian whose currency is running out. Change is coming to Bluebird, whether they like it or not. And the secrets they've been keeping and the lies they've been telling can't save them now.

    Savage, funny, revelatory and brilliant, Bluebird exposes the hollowness of the stories told to glorify a dying culture and show how those who seek to preserve these myths end up being crushed by them.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    HENSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9781788792868
    Title: BOHEMIAN MODERN : Creative and free-spirited contemporary homes
    Author: HENSON EMILY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emily Henson explores the elements that come together to create this eclectic, colourful and contemporary look and draws inspiration from an array of real-life Bohemian Modern homes.



    Imprint: RYLAND PETERS & SMALL
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BURNING ISLAND
    BURNING ISLAND
    SERONG JOCK
    ISBN: 9781922330086
    Title: BURNING ISLAND
    Author: SERONG JOCK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Eliza Grayling, born in Sydney when the colony itself was still an infant, has lived there all her thirty-two years. Too tall, too stern-too old, now-for marriage, she lives by herself, looking in on her reclusive father in case he has injured himself while drunk. There is a shadow in his past, she knows. Something obsessive. Something to do with a man who bested him thirty-three years ago.

    Then Srinivas, another figure from that dark past, offers Joshua Grayling the chance for a reckoning with his nemesis. Eliza is horrified. The plan entails a sea voyage far to the south and an uncertain, possibly violent, outcome. Out of the question for an elderly man-insanity for a helpless drunkard who also happens to be blind.

    Unable to dissuade her father from his mad quest, Eliza begins to understand she may be forced to go with him. Then she sees the ship they will be sailing on. And in that instant, the voyage of the Moonbird becomes Eliza's mission too.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BURNING THE BOOKS : A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    BURNING THE BOOKS : A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    OVENDEN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781529378764
    Title: BURNING THE BOOKS : A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Author: OVENDEN RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Opening with the notorious bonfires of 'un-German' and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, BURNING THE BOOKS takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it.

    Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship.

    At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, BURNING THE BOOKS is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters -- and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril.

    Imprint: John Murray
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BUSHFIRE BOOK : How to Be Aware and Prepare
    BUSHFIRE BOOK : How to Be Aware and Prepare
    MARSDEN POLLY
    ISBN: 9780734420077
    Title: BUSHFIRE BOOK : How to Be Aware and Prepare
    Author: MARSDEN POLLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An accessible and reassuring picture book that teaches children what they need to know about bushfires so they can understand what's happening and be smart and prepared, not scared.

    Australia is a big country with all sorts of weather. And sometimes extreme weather like bushfires. Bushfires can make a real mess of things. The air fills with smoke. The skies turn red. Ash falls. Precious things burn. But we don't need to be scared, we just need to know all about bushfires and prepare for them. This book will help you understand what causes bushfires, introduce you to all the clever people who are keeping an eye on them, and teach you how to be prepared and not scared.

    A practical and reassuring book for children to help them understand bushfires and what action they can take to feel less anxious and more prepared as Australia faces longer and more intense bushfire seasons.

    Imprint: Lothian Children's Books
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • CADAVER DOG
    CADAVER DOG
    BEST LUKE
    ISBN: 9780702262999
    Title: CADAVER DOG
    Author: BEST LUKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When an inland tsunami floods the foothills of a mountain city, a woman survives the inundation of her home, alone. This edgy, potent verse novel circles the scene like the cadaver dog whose work it is to search for those who are missing. Reimagining traditions of bush gothic and outback horror, Luke Best crafts a terrifying and acute psychological portrait of grief and guilt. Loss, cowardice and trauma pulse through this singular and uncompromising narrative of ecological and personal disaster.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CALL OF THE REED WARBLER     -      Revised and Updated Edition
    CALL OF THE REED WARBLER - Revised and Updated Edition
    MASSY CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780702263224
    Title: CALL OF THE REED WARBLER - Revised and Updated Edition
    Author: MASSY CHARLES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fully updated and featuring a new author's note addressing recent, major progress in regenerative agriculture.

    Call of the Reed Warbler will change the way we farm, eat and think about food. In this groundbreaking book Charles Massy explores regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health.

    Using his personal farming experience as a touchstone, he tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows how innovative farmers are finding a new way, regenerating their land and witnessing astounding transformations. Evocatively, he captures what it truly means to live in connection with the land.

    For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a clear vision of a sustainable future for our food supply, our landscape, our health and our Earth. It offers hope and a powerful affirmation of our potential for change. Now is the time for a grassroots revolution.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CARBON CLUB
    CARBON CLUB
    WILKINSON MARIAN
    ISBN: 9781760875992
    Title: CARBON CLUB
    Author: WILKINSON MARIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    As the climate crisis threatens more extreme bushfire seasons, droughts and floods, many Australians are demanding their leaders explain, 'Why didn't you do something?' This book answers that question.

    The Carbon Club is the story of how influential climate science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia's response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation's wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.

    Central to their strategy was an international campaign to undermine climate science and the urgency of climate crisis. The more the climate science was questioned, the more politicians lost the imperative to act. The sustained success of the carbon club over two decades explains why Australian governments failed to deal with the challenge of climate change. But at what cost to us and the next generation?

    One of Australia's most respected investigative journalists, Marian Wilkinson has tracked the rise and rise of the Australia's carbon club in brilliant detail with extraordinary access to key players on all sides. The result is a book that is both essential and disturbing reading.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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