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  • HUMAN BODY SURVIVAL GUIDE
    HUMAN BODY SURVIVAL GUIDE
    IVANOFF GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781760896744
    Title: HUMAN BODY SURVIVAL GUIDE
    Author: IVANOFF GEORGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What's the biggest organ in the human body?
    Does your nose continue to grow after you die?
    What does a healthy poo look like?

    Don't worry, The Human Body Survival Guide has the facts and advice you need to survive living in your body!

    Our bodies, inside and out, can seem disgusting. There are blood and guts, burps and farts. We secrete spit and snot and sweat. Everywhere we go, we're shedding bits of ourselves. Skin. Hair. Nails. And our bodies are a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, fungus, lice and more.

    The Human Body Survival Guide will take you on a weird and wonderful journey, and teach you just how amazing and complex your body is.

    Hold on to your insides . . . Here we go!

    Imprint: Puffin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HYSTERIA : A memoir of illness, strength and women's stories throughout history
    HYSTERIA : A memoir of illness, strength and women's stories throughout history
    BRYANT KATERINA
    ISBN: 9781742236773
    Title: HYSTERIA : A memoir of illness, strength and women's stories throughout history
    Author: BRYANT KATERINA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Katerina Bryant suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she mmersed herself in books, reading her way through her own complicated diagnosis and finding a community of women who shared similar experiences.


    In the tradition of Siri Hustvedt's The Shaking Woman, Bryant blends memoir with literary and historical analysis to explore women's medical treatment. Hysteria retells the stories of silenced women, from the 'Queen of Hysterics' Blanche Wittmann to Mary Glover's illness termed 'hysterica passio' a panic attack caused by the movement of the uterus - in London in 1602 and more. By centring these stories of women who had no voice in their own diagnosis and treatment, Bryant finds her own voice:
    powerful, brave and resonant.

    'Hysteria is a timely and exciting work, keenly interested in the long history of women being treated - and mistreated - by the medical system, and the ways in which their complicated legacy is still being felt today. At once deeply personal and broadly political, it is a touching and tender examination of what it means to live in a body and with a brain that is aberrant or unwell, and how we might find a shape for our selves and our experiences in these circumstances. Bryant is a careful and intelligent writer, and this is a book that will have a great impact on many people.' - Fiona Wright

    'At once devastating, hopeful, comforting and bold. Bryant captures precisely, beautifully what it is to be made uncertain by illness.' - Anna Spargo-Ryan


    'Katerina Bryant explores the disorienting and distressing phenomenon previously known - and denigrated - as 'hysteria' with compassion and insight.' - Meera Atkinson

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • I AM HUMAN : A Book of Empathy
    I AM HUMAN : A Book of Empathy
    VERDE SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781419746734
    Title: I AM HUMAN : A Book of Empathy
    Author: VERDE SUSAN
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A celebration of love and connection for young readers Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds continue their collaboration with the fourth book in their bestselling wellness series. A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves by practicing selflove.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • I AM ONE : A Book of Action
    I AM ONE : A Book of Action
    VERDE SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781419742385
    Title: I AM ONE : A Book of Action
    Author: VERDE SUSAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One seed to start a garden, one note to start a melody, one brick to start breaking down walls: Every movement and moment of change starts with just one. From the New York Times bestselling team behind I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Human, and I Am Love comes a powerful call to action, encouraging readers to raise their voices, extend a hand, and take that one first step to start something beautiful and move toward a better world. Includes a guided meditation and selfreflection activity.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • I GIVE MY MARRIAGE A YEAR
    I GIVE MY MARRIAGE A YEAR
    WAINWRIGHT HOLLY
    ISBN: 9781760789008
    Title: I GIVE MY MARRIAGE A YEAR
    Author: WAINWRIGHT HOLLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    <b>How far would you go to save your marriage?</b>

    Lou and Josh have been together for 14 years. They share two kids, a mortgage, careers and plenty of history. Now, after a particularly fraught Christmas, Lou is ready to ask herself: is this marriage worth hanging on to?

    Every month for a year, Lou sets a different test for their relationship - from daily sex to brutal honesty - to help her decide if she should stay or go. Secrets are exposed, old wounds reopened and a true-to-life suburban love story unfolds.

    <b><i>I Give My Marriage a Year</i></b> paints a sharply accurate, often hilarious picture of a modern Australian marriage. Lou and Josh are a couple on the edge, and their efforts to bring their relationship back from the brink will resonate with anyone who has ever asked themselves: is this enough?

    Whose side will you take? Who deserves a second chance? And will Josh and Lou stay together or split for good?

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • I LIKE TO WATCH : Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
    I LIKE TO WATCH : Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
    NUSSBAUM EMILY
    ISBN: 9780525508984
    Title: I LIKE TO WATCH : Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
    Author: NUSSBAUM EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From her creation of the "Approval Matrix" in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prizewinning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued that we've been looking at TV all wrong. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path. She explores the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president. There are three big profiles of TV showrunners as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The book also includes a major new essay written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster.

    More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the "idiot box," even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylized). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of "prestige television," searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition-one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It's a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ICONIC AMERICAN HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks since 1900
    ICONIC AMERICAN HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks since 1900
    BRADBURY DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9780500022955
    Title: ICONIC AMERICAN HOUSE : Architectural Masterworks since 1900
    Author: BRADBURY DOMINIC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of the world’s greatest architects, including Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, have used their talents to create groundbreaking innovations in American residential architecture over the past 120 years. Though wide-ranging in style, these houses share a remarkable sensitivity to site and context; appreciation of local materials; experimentation with form, materials, and technology; and understanding of clients’ needs. Spanning the length and breadth of the United States, The Iconic American House features fifty of the most important, timeless, and recognizable houses designed since 1900.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • IKARIA
    IKARIA
    VALLE MENI
    ISBN: 9781743796153
    Title: IKARIA
    Author: VALLE MENI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of recipes and stories from the Mediterranean island of longevity.

    In the Aegean Sea lies the Greek island of Ikaria, where blue Mediterranean waters lap against a mountainous coastline and rocky trails lead to quaint villages, and where the locals seem to hold a secret.

    Ikaria is known worldwide for its incredibly high life expectancies and low rates of chronic disease, much of which can be attributed to diet. Born to Greek parents, Meni Valle has always been fascinated by her family's traditions of cooking and eating. In Ikaria, Meni collects traditional recipes from across the island that encapsulate the best of Mediterranean food: vegetables, beans, whole grains, small amounts of meat and fish, a couple of glasses of wine, and plenty of olive oil. But she also tells the stories that make up Ikaria, where life is all about taking time: time to cook, to eat, to nap, to spend with family and friends, to enjoy and to appreciate.

    With intimate glimpses of the island’s festivals, produce, kitchens and people, Ikaria is a cookbook that will transport and transform you.

    Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • INHERITORS
    INHERITORS
    CAYRE HANNELORE
    ISBN: 9781760642662
    Title: INHERITORS
    Author: CAYRE HANNELORE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She had been dead now for four days and I had become rich. Unimaginably rich.

    Blanche de Rigny has always considered herself the black sheep of the family. And a black sheep on crutches at that. But it turns out her family tree has branches she didn't even know existed. And many of them are rotten to the core. As Blanche learns more about the legacy left by her wealthy Parisian ancestors, she decides a little family tree pruning might be in order.

    But great wealth also brings great responsibility - a form of richesse oblige, perhaps - and Blanche has a plan to use her inheritance to cure the world of its ills.

    Spanning two centuries, from Paris on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War to the modern day, this unforgettable family saga lays bare the persistent and poisonous injustice of inequality. In her trademark razor-sharp style, Hannelore Cayre again delivers the sardonic humour and devilish creativity that made The Godmother an international bestseller.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • INVENTION OF SOUND
    INVENTION OF SOUND
    PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    ISBN: 9781472155481
    Title: INVENTION OF SOUND
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chuck Palahniuk returns with the chilling tale, in classic Palahniuk tradition, of a father in search of his daughter, a young woman with a secret, and a malicious recording that can make "the whole world scream at the exact same time."

    Private detective Foster Gates is a father is in search of his missing daughter, and sound engineer Mitzi harbors a secret that may help him solve the case. It's Mitzi's job to create the dubbed screams used in horror films and action movies. She's the best at what she does.

    But what no one in Hollywood knows is the screams Mitzi produces are harvested from the real, horror-filled, blood-chilling screams of people in their death throes--a technique first employed by Mitzi's father and one she continues on in his memory--a deeply conflicted serial killer compelled beyond her understanding to honor her father's chilling legacy.

    Soon Foster finds himself on Mitzi's trail. And in pursuit of her dark art, Mitzi realizes she's created the perfect scream, one that compels anyone who hears it to mirror the sound as long as they listen to it--a highly contagious seismic event with the potential to bring the country to its knees.

    Imprint: Corsair
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ISLANDS OF MERCY
    ISLANDS OF MERCY
    TREMAIN ROSE
    ISBN: 9781784743321
    Title: ISLANDS OF MERCY
    Author: TREMAIN ROSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She was 'The Angel of the Baths', the one woman whose touch everybody yearned for. Yet she would do more. She was certain of that.

    In the city of Bath, in the year 1865, an extraordinary young woman renowned for her nursing skills is convinced that some other destiny will one day show itself to her. But when she finds herself torn between a dangerous affair with a female lover and the promise of a conventional marriage to an apparently respectable doctor, her desires begin to lead her towards a future she had never imagined.

    Meanwhile, on the wild island of Borneo, an eccentric British 'rajah', Sir Ralph Savage, overflowing with philanthropy but compromised by his passions, sees his schemes relentlessly undermined by his own fragility, by man's innate greed and by the invasive power of the forest itself.

    Jane's quest for an altered life and Sir Ralph's endeavours become locked together as the story journeys across the globe - from the confines of an English tearoom to the rainforests of a tropical island via the slums of Dublin and the transgressive fancy-dress boutiques of Paris.

    Islands of Mercy is a novel that ignites the senses, and is a bold exploration of the human urge to seek places of sanctuary in a pitiless world.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    AKUTAGAWA RYUNOSUKE
    ISBN: 9784805314500
    Title: JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    Author: AKUTAGAWA RYUNOSUKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the uncontested master of the short story in modern Japanese literature, the stories in this anthology are perfect examples of the decadent aesthetic, with the gorgeous and the grotesque, the splendid and the sordid intertwining in highly polished prose.

    Among them are 'The Hell Screen' a story comprising qualities of horror, the grotesque, and the macabre; 'A Clod of Soil,' a provocative tale of the relationship of an old woman and her ambitious daughter-in-law; 'Nezumi-Kozo (The Japanese Robin Hood)', a humorous and delightfully sardonic account of an experience on Kyoto Road one stormy nights; 'Genkaku-Sanbo,' a psychological study of an old man's acceptance of the inevitability of death and his striving to speed it along; 'The Spider's Thread,' a delicately written fable illustrating the Buddhist concept of the state of harmony which exits between Nature and Gautama Buddha in Paradise; and 'The Nose,' in which a Buddhism monk finds life difficult with his oversized nose.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • JUST IGNORE HIM
    JUST IGNORE HIM
    DAVIES ALAN
    ISBN: 9781408713303
    Title: JUST IGNORE HIM
    Author: DAVIES ALAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of a life built on sand. In the rain.

    In this compelling memoir, comedian and actor Alan Davies recalls his boyhood with vivid insight and devastating humour. Shifting between his 1970s upbringing and his life today, Davies moves poignantly from innocence to experience to the clarity of hindsight, always with a keen sense of the absurd.

    From sibling dynamics, to his voiceless, misunderstood progression through school, sexuality and humiliating 'accidents', Davies inhabits his younger mind with spectacular accuracy, sharply evoking an era when Green Shield Stamps, Bob-a-Job week and Whizzer & Chips loomed large, a bus fare was 2p - and children had little power in the face of adult motivation. Here, there are often exquisitely tender recollections of the mother he lost at six years old, of a bereaved family struggling to find its way, and the kicks and confusion of adolescence.

    Through even the joyous and innocent memories, the pain of Davies's lifelong grief and profound betrayal is unfiltered, searing and beautifully articulated. JUST IGNORE HIM is not only an autobiography, it is a testament to a survivor's resilience and courage.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • JUST MONEY
    JUST MONEY
    KURMELOVS ROYCE
    ISBN: 9780702262753
    Title: JUST MONEY
    Author: KURMELOVS ROYCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ***Join Royce in conversation about Just Money with our own Ben Brooker. Zoom, Wednesday 7 October 2020. See our website for more details***

    The debt business is booming. Millions of Australians grapple with credit cards, mortgages and student debt repayments each day. As the result of a car crash without insurance, investigative journalist Royce Kurmelovs finds himself among them. When a debt collector knocks on his door, he embarks on a journey through the underbelly of the Australian financial system. Though friends tell him not to worry, that it's 'just money', he learns the opposite is true- our relationship with debt is a convergence of class and power, making it an urgent social justice issue for a growing number of people.

    Just Money is a timely and important book that reveals how years of political opportunism and rapacious business practices in the 'Lucky Country' have forged a nation that is leaving the next generation to pick up the tab.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • JUSTINE
    JUSTINE
    DURRELL LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9780571356065
    Title: JUSTINE
    Author: DURRELL LAWRENCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Walking slowly home through the dark avenue of trees, tasting the brackish harbour wind, I remembered Justine saying harshly as she lay in bed: 'We use each other like axes to cut down the ones we really love'.

    Alexandria: the great winepress of love. Trams, palm trees, and watermelon stalls lie honey-bathed in sunlight; in darkened bedrooms, sweaty lovers unfurl. But in a world trembling on the brink of war, passion and death are inextricable. When a penniless Anglo-Irish schoolteacher begins an affair with Justine - a married Egyptian lady of unparalleled glamour - their partners, Melissa and Nessim, are sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and violence.

    One of the twentieth century's greatest romances, rich in political and sexual intrigue, Lawrence Durrell's scandalous 'investigation of modern love' set the world alight in 1957, and - as Andre Aciman reveals - it seduces readers to this day.

    'A masterpiece.' - Guardian

    'One of the great works of English fiction.' - Times

    'Triumphant [in its] beauty, cruelty, menace, mystery, decadence... ' - Spectator

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KINFOLK TABLE : Recipes for Small Gatherings
    KINFOLK TABLE : Recipes for Small Gatherings
    WILLIAMS NATHAN
    ISBN: 9781579655327
    Title: KINFOLK TABLE : Recipes for Small Gatherings
    Author: WILLIAMS NATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Kinfolk magazine-launched to great acclaim and instant buzz in 2011-is a quarterly journal about understated, unfussy entertaining. The journal has captured the imagination of readers nationwide, with content and an aesthetic that reflect a desire to go back to simpler times; to take a break from our busy lives; to build a community around a shared sensibility; and to foster the endless and energizing magic that results from sharing a meal with good friends.

    Now there's The Kinfolk Table, a cookbook from the creators of the magazine, with profiles of 45 tastemakers who are cooking and entertaining in a way that is beautiful, uncomplicated, and inexpensive. Each of these home cooks-artisans, bloggers, chefs, writers, bakers, crafters-has provided one to three of the recipes they most love to share with others, whether they be simple breakfasts for two, one-pot dinners for six, or a perfectly composed sandwich for a solo picnic.

    Imprint: ARTISAN
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
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