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  • FRIENDSHIP POEMS OF RUMI
    FRIENDSHIP POEMS OF RUMI
    RUMI / KHALILI NADER [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9781577152194
    Title: FRIENDSHIP POEMS OF RUMI
    Author: RUMI / KHALILI NADER [TRAN]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by renowned Rumi expert Nader Khalili, over 120 poems on friendship from the Persian mystic poet and Sufi master have been carefully collected and curated in this beautifully illustrated edition.

    For more than eight centuries, Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi Rumi-commonly referred to simply as Rumi-has enchanted and enthralled readers from every faith and background with his universal themes of love, friendship, and spirituality, which he seamlessly wove into resplendent poetry. The verses perfectly express the universal importance of friendship in its many forms. A perfect gift to celebrate a special friendship, allow Rumi to exquisitely express the deeper meanings of being, and having, a friend in your life.

    With intricately designed and richly colored covers that mirror the beauty of the words within, the Timeless Rumi series presents themed collections of poems from the great Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi Rumi that serve as cherished tools for self-reflection.

    'Find Yourself a Friend': find yourself a friend who is willing to tolerate you with patience / put to the test the essence of the best incense by putting it in fire / drink a cup of poison if handed to you by a friend when filled with love and grace / step into the fire like the chosen prophet the secret love will change hot flames to a garden covered with blossoms / roses and hyacinths and willow spinning and throwing you a true friend can hold you like God and his universe

    Imprint: WELLFLEET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    DENT MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781760787776
    Title: FROM BOYS TO MEN : Guiding our teen boys to grow into happy, healthy men
    Author: DENT MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For boys, adolescence can be a confusing minefield and parents can be bewildered as how to best guide their precious sons.

    Many parents wake one day to find that their beautiful little boys have grown into silent, withdrawn, sometimes angry and often unmotivated tweens and teens.

    Well-known Australian author, parenting and resilience educator, and 'boy champion' Maggie Dent, offers parents and guardians a compassionate and practical guidebook, packed with advice and ground-breaking techniques on how to stay calm and:

    - Communicate effectively and defuse conflict
    - 'Unstick' an unmotivated son
    - Teach them to cope with loss and failure, and how to recover
    - Help them foster healthy friendships and intimate relationships
    - Navigate technology and the digital world.

    From Boys to Menempowers parents with insight, tips and a common-sense approach to help all boys - and their families - thrive as they progress through adolescence, offering hope for their bright futures as happy, healthy men.

    Featuring a Foreword by Michael Gurian

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • FUNNY KID #8   -   Belly Flop
    FUNNY KID #8 - Belly Flop
    STANTON MATT
    ISBN: 9780733340604
    Title: FUNNY KID #8 - Belly Flop
    Author: STANTON MATT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Laugh your head off with the new Funny Kid adventure from million-copy bestseller Matt Stanton

    Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.

    Max and Abby hardly ever agree on anything ... until now! They are both desperate to get out of this Friday's swimming carnival.

    Max is the funny kid, and there's a swimming carnival that needs cancelling!A sea-monster, the maths olympiad, spotty rashes, good twin vs bad twin and a swimming instructor named Chad are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure.

    FUNNY KID is the mega-bestselling series from author-illustrator Matt Stanton that's got everyone laughing!

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • GENES THAT MAKE US : Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    GENES THAT MAKE US : Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    KIRK EDWIN
    ISBN: 9781925849394
    Title: GENES THAT MAKE US : Human Stories from a Revolution in Medicine
    Author: KIRK EDWIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Genes - we all have them and we're all affected by them, often in unknown ways.

    Whether directly inherited or modified by our environment, genes control or significantly influence almost every aspect of our lives, from the success of our conception and the development of our sexual characteristics, to the colour of our skin, hair, and eyes; our height and weight; our health; and, unfortunately, an untold number of diseases. For many, the first time that genetics truly matters to them is in a doctor's office as they learn about a condition that may affect them, their unborn children, or even their wider family. Yet from the first laborious survey of the human genome twenty years ago to the commercial machines that now sequence 6,000 genomes per year, a revolution is taking place in medicine.

    Navigating this world of heartbreaking uncertainties, tantalising possibilities, and thorny questions of morality is Professor Edwin Kirk, a rare doctor who works both in the lab and with patients, and who has over two decades of experience. In The Genes That Make Us, he explains everything you need to know with clarity, insight, and great humanity.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • GENESIS QUEST : The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    GENESIS QUEST : The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    MARSHALL MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781474611428
    Title: GENESIS QUEST : The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth
    Author: MARSHALL MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The story of the quest to understand life's genesis is a universal one, in which everyone can find pleasure and fascination. By asking how life came to be, we are implicitly asking why we are here, whether life exists on other planets, and what it means to be alive. This book is the story of a group of fragile, flawed humans who chose to wrestle with these questions. By exploring the origin of life, we can catch a glimpse of the infinite.'

    How did life begin? Why are we here? These are some of the most profound questions we can ask.

    For almost a century, a small band of eccentric scientists has struggled to answer these questions and explain one of the greatest mysteries of all: how and why life began on Earth. There are many different proposals, and each idea has attracted passionate believers who promote it with an almost religious fervour, as well as detractors who reject it with equal passion.

    But the quest to unravel life's genesis is not just a story of big ideas. It is also a compelling human story, rich in personalities, conflicts, and surprising twists and turns. Along the way the journey takes in some of the greatest discoveries in modern biology, from evolution and cells to DNA and life's family tree. It is also a search whose end may finally be in sight.

    In THE GENESIS QUEST, Michael Marshall shows how the quest to understand life's beginning is also a journey to discover the true nature of life, and by extension our place in the universe.

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GHOST BEAR
    GHOST BEAR
    MCDERMOTT PAUL
    ISBN: 9781760669225
    Title: GHOST BEAR
    Author: MCDERMOTT PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where have all the brave bears gone? Under the bright, shining stars, a young cub lost in the snow searches for the ones he loves.

    Embarking on a surprising journey, and warmed by memories, he finds a new friend...and reunites with old ones. A moving and redemptive tale from performer, writer and artist Paul McDermott.

    Imprint: Scholastic Australia
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785043543
    Title: GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In hardback for the first time, this 10th anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new creative journal and a new foreword.

    For over a decade, Brene Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveller. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what's now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold over two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe.

    What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.

    Brene writes, "This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, 'My story matters because I matter.' Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance."

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • GOOD GERMANS : Resisting the Nazis 1933-1945
    GOOD GERMANS : Resisting the Nazis 1933-1945
    CLAY CATRINE
    ISBN: 9781474607889
    Title: GOOD GERMANS : Resisting the Nazis 1933-1945
    Author: CLAY CATRINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After 1933, as the brutal terror regime took hold, most of the two-thirds of Germans who had never voted for the Nazis - some 40 million people - tried to keep their heads down and protect their families. They moved to the country, or pretended to support the regime to avoid being denounced by neighbours, and tried to work out what was really happening in the Reich, surrounded as they were by Nazi propaganda and fake news. They lived in fear. Might they lose their jobs? Their homes? Their freedom? What would we have done in their place?

    Many ordinary Germans found the courage to resist, in the full knowledge that they could be sentenced to indefinite incarceration, torture or outright execution. Catrine Clay argues that it was a much greater number than was ever formally recorded: teachers, lawyers, factory and dock workers, housewives, shopkeepers, church members, trade unionists, army officers, aristocrats, Social Democrats, Socialists and Communists.

    Catrine Clay's ground-breaking book focuses on six very different characters: Irma, the young daughter of Ernst Thalmann, leader of the German Communists; Fritzi von der Schulenburg, a Prussian aristocrat; Rudolf Ditzen, the already famous author Hans Fallada, best known for his novel Alone in Berlin; Bernt Engelmann, a schoolboy living in the suburbs of Dusseldorf; Julius Leber, a charismatic leader of the Social Democrats in the Reichstag; and Fabian von Schlabrendorff, a law student in Berlin. The six are not seen in isolation but as part of their families: a brother and sister; a wife; a father with three children; an only son; the parents of a Communist pioneer daughter. Each experiences the momentous events of Nazi history as they unfold in their own small lives - Good Germans all.

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GOODY
    GOODY
    CHILD LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781408347584
    Title: GOODY
    Author: CHILD LAUREN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chirton Krauss is a good child - the very goodest. He does everything he is told, when he is told. He even does good things without being told. He eats his broccoli, he goes to bed on time and he never, ever sticks his finger up his nose.

    Meanwhile, Chirton's sister, Myrtle, is NOT a good child. She stays up late, she never cleans out the rabbit's hutch and she drops her choco puffs all over the carpet!

    But what will happen when Chirton Krauss decides that being THE GOODY isn't so good after all?

    A charmingly funny story about the importance of kindness, and allowing children the freedom to be themselves. From Lauren Child, multi-award-winning creator of Charlie and Lola and Waterstone's Children's Laureate 2017-2019.

    Imprint: Orchard Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • GOVERNMENT OF NO ONE : The Theory and Practice of Anarchism
    GOVERNMENT OF NO ONE : The Theory and Practice of Anarchism
    KINNA RUTH
    ISBN: 9780141984667
    Title: GOVERNMENT OF NO ONE : The Theory and Practice of Anarchism
    Author: KINNA RUTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Often associated with chaos or disorder, anarchy defies definition and routinely gets a bad press. And yet from Occupy to Pussy Riot, Noam Chomsky to David Graeber, this philosophical and political movement is as relevant as ever. Contrary to popular perception, different strands of anarchism - from individualism to collectivism - do follow certain structures and a shared sense of purpose- a belief in freedom and working towards collective good without the interference of the state.

    In this masterful, sympathetic account, political theorist Ruth Kinna traces the tumultuous history of anarchism, starting with thinkers and activists such as Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman and through key events like the Paris Commune and the Haymarket affair. Skillfully introducing us to the nuanced theories of a range of anarchist groups from around the world, The Government of No One reveals what makes a supposedly chaotic movement particularly adaptable and effective over centuries.

    Imprint: PELICAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GRANTA 151 : MEMBRANES
    GRANTA 151 : MEMBRANES
    DASGUPTA RANA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781909889323
    Title: GRANTA 151 : MEMBRANES
    Author: DASGUPTA RANA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Membranes - porous biological interfaces which regulate flows between one zone and another - are the foundational image for an issue guest-edited by Granta contributor and best-selling novelist Rana Dasgupta. Featuring new poetry from Andrew McMillan and Tishani Doshi, photography from Ruchir Joshi, Arturo Soto Gutierrez, Monica de la Torre and Anita Khemka, as well as cutting-edge fiction and thought-provoking essays: Fatin Abbas on the border between Sudan and South Sudan Lydia Davis on faultlines in families Mark Doty on homelessness in New York City Anouchka Grose on infidelity and the idea of the unwanted third Daisy Hildyard on membranes in the human body Adam Jasper on Christian Enzensberger and 'smut' Kapka Kassabova on lakes and Europe Anita Roy on the newt Eyal Weizman on contemporary architectural strategies for repelling and dividing people

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GREAT OFFSHORE GROUNDS
    GREAT OFFSHORE GROUNDS
    VESELKA VANESSA
    ISBN: 9781474614276
    Title: GREAT OFFSHORE GROUNDS
    Author: VESELKA VANESSA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'IT BLEW ME AWAY' Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM

    'LARGE IN SCOPE AND HEART' Patrick deWitt, author of THE SISTERS BROTHERS

    'UNFORGETTABLE' Nathan Hill, author of THE NIX

    'A BLAST' Karen Russell, author of SWAMPLANDIA!

    On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half-sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two have seen each other - Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle after a failed marriage, Livy works refinishing boats - but the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what's theirs.

    Except: instead of money, their father gives them information - a name - that reveals a stunning family secret. In the face of their new reality, the sisters each set out on journeys that will test their faith in each other, as well as their definitions of freedom.

    Moving from Seattle's underground to the docks of the Far North, from the hideaways of the southern swamps to the storied reaches of the Great Offshore Grounds, this is an epic tale told with boundless verve, linguistic vitality and undeniable tenderness.

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • HACKING THE CODE OF LIFE : How gene editing will rewrite our futures
    HACKING THE CODE OF LIFE : How gene editing will rewrite our futures
    CAREY NESSA
    ISBN: 9781785786259
    Title: HACKING THE CODE OF LIFE : How gene editing will rewrite our futures
    Author: CAREY NESSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A focused snapshot of a brave new world.' - Nature

    In 2018 the world woke up to gene editing with a storm of controversy over twin girls born in China with genetic changes deliberately introduced by scientists - changes they will pass on to their own offspring.

    Genetic modification (GM) has been with us for 45 years now, but the new system known as CRISPR or gene editing can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago.

    But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes 'biohacking' - perhaps of one's own genome - a real possibility?

    Nessa Carey's book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a cutting-edge technology that will radically alter our futures and the way we prevent disease.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HALF LIVES : The Unlikely HIstory of Radium
    HALF LIVES : The Unlikely HIstory of Radium
    SANTOS LUCY JANE
    ISBN: 9781785786075
    Title: HALF LIVES : The Unlikely HIstory of Radium
    Author: SANTOS LUCY JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The discovery of radium in the late 19th century prompted a flurry of experiments to scope the limits of its potential applications.

    Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item - a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in-the-dark dance costume, a boon to the housewife, and an ingredient in a startling host of consumer products - to its role as a cure-all in everyday 20th-century life.

    Finally, it details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear it.

    Half Lives is an enjoyable journey into the odd areas where science and consumerism meet, telling the tale of the entrepreneurs and consumers in radium's history who have until now been considered quacks, or fools, or both.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • HAPPY HIPPO
    HAPPY HIPPO
    SANTOSO CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781760273262
    Title: HAPPY HIPPO
    Author: SANTOSO CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hippo was a hippo.

    Nothing more, nothing less. 'I'm so plain...' he sighed.

    Hippo wishes he had something a little extra... like a long trunk or a fancy mane.

    So what happens when Hippo stumbles upon a turtle that can make all his wishes come true?!

    Imprint: Scholastic Australia
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • HAVOC! : The Untold Magic of Cora Bell (Jinxed, #2)
    HAVOC! : The Untold Magic of Cora Bell (Jinxed, #2)
    MCRITCHIE REBECCA
    ISBN: 9781460757659
    Title: HAVOC! : The Untold Magic of Cora Bell (Jinxed, #2)
    Author: MCRITCHIE REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the talented author of Whimsy & Woe comes a series about Cora Bell, who is magical - but could she also be a Havoc?

    When magic darkens ...

    Cora Bell has discovered she is full of magic. But without her protection bracelet, she is struggling to hold onto all the powers she has gained, especially the dark magic she took from the warlock, Archibald Drake.

    When Cora begins to have nightmares and visions, and unusual cracks appear on her skin, it is a race against time for Cora and her fairy friends to not only find a way to fix her magic, but also escape the hunters now chasing Cora, and search the magical world for her family.

    Can Cora do it all before her magic takes control? Will she find her family? Or will she become . . . a Havoc?

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
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