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  • 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.

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    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
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742237060
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    *INCLUDES NEW AFTERWORD* Any place you have experienced first-hand is a museum of memory, one whose exhibits conjure up, in widening ripples of association, a whole city: a red paddle-boat, a photograph of three children on a hot day, a marble Venus fetchingly half-naked in the shade. Kerryn Goldsworthy's acclaimed Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of objects, iconic and everyday. Goldsworthy navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They paint a lively portrait of her home city – as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors – as it exists in her memory and imagination. In a new afterword, Goldsworthy ponders changes and revelations since Adelaide was first published in 2011 including, inevitably, the record-breaking heat of a 46.6-degree day.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AGE OF ISLANDS : In Search of New and Disappearing Islands
    AGE OF ISLANDS : In Search of New and Disappearing Islands
    BONNETT ALASTAIR
    ISBN: 9781786498120
    Title: AGE OF ISLANDS : In Search of New and Disappearing Islands
    Author: BONNETT ALASTAIR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2021 New Release

    'Extraordinary... A fascinating and intelligent book.' - Sunday Times

    New islands are being built at an unprecedented rate whether for tourism or territorial ambition, while many islands are disappearing or fragmenting because of rising sea levels. It is a strange planetary spectacle, creating an ever-changing map which even Google Earth struggles to keep pace with.

    In The Age of Islands, explorer and geographer Alastair Bonnett takes the reader on a compelling and thought-provoking tour of the world's newest, most fragile and beautiful islands and reveals what, he argues, is one of the great dramas of our time.

    From a 'crannog', an ancient artificial island in a Scottish loch, to the militarized artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea; from the disappearing islands that remain the home of native Central Americans to the ritzy new islands of Dubai; from Hong Kong and the Isles of Scilly to islands far away and near: all have urgent stories to tell.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780006547754
    Title: AGE OF KALI : TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS IN INDIA
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    William Dalrymple, who wrote so magically about India in 'City of Djinns', returns to the country in a series of remarkable essays. Featured in its pages are 15-year-old guerrilla girls and dowager Maharanis; flashy Bombay drinks parties and violent village blood feuds; a group of vegetarian terrorists intent on destroying India's first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet; and a palace where port and cigars are still carried to guests on a miniature silver steam train. Dalrymple meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he witnesses the macabre nightly offering to the bloodthirsty goddess Parashakti - She Who Is Seated on a Throne of Five Corpses; he experiences caste massacres in the badlands of Bihar and dines with a drug baron on the North-West Frontier; he discovers such oddities as the terrorist apes of Jaipur and the shrine where Lord Krishna is said to make love every night to his 16,108 wives and 64,732 milkmaids. 'The Age of Kali' is the fourth fascinating volume from the author of 'In Xanadu', 'City of Djinns' and 'From the Holy Mountain'.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9780143790990
    Title: AMERICAN JOURNEYS
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek's 50 'What to Read Now and Why' titles.

    Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a series of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other.

    Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens- long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves.

    Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting- he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.

    Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty.

    Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States- its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AMNESIA ROAD : Landscape, Violence and Memory
    AMNESIA ROAD : Landscape, Violence and Memory
    STEGEMANN LUKE
    ISBN: 9781742236728
    Title: AMNESIA ROAD : Landscape, Violence and Memory
    Author: STEGEMANN LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'At both ends of the world, I have found confusion and profound disagreement about how to read the story of the past, about who should write or speak it, and what parts of it should be written or spoken about at all.'

    Amnesia Road is a compelling literary examination of historic violence in rural areas of Australia and Spain. It is also an unashamed celebration of the beautiful landscapes where this violence has been carried out. Travelling and writing across two locations – the seldom-visited mulga plains of south-west Queensland and the backroads of rural Andalusia – award-winning Australian Hispanist Luke Stegemann uncovers neglected history and its many neglected victims, and asks what place such forgotten people have in contemporary debates around history, nationality, guilt and identity.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AMUR RIVER
    AMUR RIVER
    THUBRON COLIN
    ISBN: 9781784742881
    Title: AMUR RIVER
    Author: THUBRON COLIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas


    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ANOTHER BANGKOK
    ANOTHER BANGKOK
    KERR ALEX
    ISBN: 9780141987170
    Title: ANOTHER BANGKOK
    Author: KERR ALEX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2021 New Release

    The essential book for anyone visiting Bangkok - a wonderful mixture of history and culture - from the author of Lost Japan

    One of Asia's most extraordinary cities, Bangkok is also one of the most baffling. It is filled with remarkable people and glittering golden palaces and temples, but is also a maze of concrete and twisting overhead utility wires. Alex Kerr has spent over thirty years of his life living in Bangkok and is uniquely qualified to write about it. As with his bestselling books on Japan (Lost Japan and Another Kyoto), he revels in the secret, tucked-away corners, the great contemporary artists and the sheer wonder of so many aspects of Thai dance and design. While deploring the loss of much of old Bangkok, he is never merely nostalgic for a past but finds inspiration in Thailand's dynamic modern fusions.

    Another Bangkok will delight both those who think they know the city well and those visiting for the first time. Kerr is a uniquely wry and eloquent guide to everything from ceramics to puppetry, from flower patterns to old houses.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARCTIC DREAMS
    ARCTIC DREAMS
    LOPEZ BARRY
    ISBN: 9780099583455
    Title: ARCTIC DREAMS
    Author: LOPEZ BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT MACFARLANE

    Lopez’s journey across our frozen planet is a celebration of the Arctic in all its guises. A hostile landscape of ice, freezing oceans and dazzling skyscapes. Home to millions of diverse animals and people. The stage to massive migrations by land, sea and air. The setting of epic exploratory voyages.

    In crystalline prose, Lopez captures the magic of the Arctic – the essential mystery and beauty of a continent that has enchanted man’s imagination and ambition for centuries.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARMCHAIR EXPLORER
    ARMCHAIR EXPLORER
    ISBN: 9781838694487
    Title: ARMCHAIR EXPLORER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2021 New Release

    Calling culture lovers: sample music, films and books from 120 countries without leaving your armchair. Perfect preparation for travellers or simply a satisfying journey into the unknown, this book lists the five most interesting books and movies from each country, plus its top ten tunes. Be introduced to Ethiopian jazz, French new wave cinema, Irish poetry and more. Discover a little of each countries’ life and soul through each recommendation by Lonely Planet’s experts as well as dedicated sections that dive deep into special topics that range from South Korean K-Pop to Belgian graphic novels.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AROUND AUSTRALIA AT 80KS
    AROUND AUSTRALIA AT 80KS
    SCHOFIELD MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781922419545
    Title: AROUND AUSTRALIA AT 80KS
    Author: SCHOFIELD MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2021 New Release

    Mez, Sean, their rescue pup, Bandit, and their beloved yellow kombi, Etta, are on an epic road trip around Australia. And they're taking you with them.

    Around Australia at 80ks follows this motley quartet's adventures and misadventures as they make their way around our great southern land. Bursting with inspiration, insider tips, dog-friendly travel advice and stunning photography, this book is the holiday we all need.

    Imprint: Affirm Press
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ART OF TRAVEL
    ART OF TRAVEL
    DE BOTTON ALAIN
    ISBN: 9780241970065
    Title: ART OF TRAVEL
    Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

    The Art of Travel is Alain de Botton's travel guide with a difference.

    Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling- taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so.
    With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.
    The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    ISBN: 9781925847697
    Title: AUSTRALIAS BEST 100 WALKS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An inspirational guide to Australias best walks selected by Australias most trusted destination magazine.

    There are so many incredible walks in Australia but how do you know which are the best ones? Our free time is precious and few people have the time to survey a range of walks – it can years to find a handful of good ones. Over 150 issues and 33 years Australian Geographic has explored Australian landscapes. Our editors, writers and photographers have the energy, expertise and contacts to know where all the most exciting and exhilarating walks are to be found. In this much anticipated book, we reveal our best 100 with detailed descriptions and stunning photography to inspire both walkers and armchair travellers. The Australian Geographic guide to Australia’s Best 100 Walks will have walkers itching to lace their boots up with this showcase of the sheer beauty and diversity of our landscapes and wildlife. With this book, walkers can set out knowing they’re going to have an incredible day outdoors. A great walk can be an exhilarating experience that will stay with you forever. Perhaps you’re stirred by endless mountain views or soothed by stepping into a living green cathedral. Maybe the challenge drives you harder and farther than you thought possible. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in the presence of a rare creature and feel a jolt of connection. There’s always magic to be found when walking but the very best walks will do all of these things. Fortunately, Australia is full of extraordinary walks – here’s our collection of the best to be found in every corner of this country.

    Imprint: Australian Geographic
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUTUMN LIGHT : Japan's Season of Fire and Farewells
    AUTUMN LIGHT : Japan's Season of Fire and Farewells
    IYER PICO
    ISBN: 9781526611468
    Title: AUTUMN LIGHT : Japan's Season of Fire and Farewells
    Author: IYER PICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We cherish things, Japan has always known, precisely because they cannot last; it's their frailty that adds sweetness to their beauty.


    Returning to his home in Japan after his father-in-law's sudden death, Pico Iyer soon picks up the steadying patterns of his everyday rites: going to the post office in the day and engaging in spirited games of ping-pong in the evenings. But in a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honouring the dead, he soon finds himself grappling with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love even though we know that they - and we - are dying.

    As the maple leaves begin to turn and the heat starts to soften, Iyer shows us a Japan we have seldom seen before through the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    IYER PICO
    ISBN: 9781526611512
    Title: BEGINNERS GUIDE TO JAPAN : Observations and Provocations
    Author: IYER PICO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the Edward Stanford Travel Memoir of the Year 2020
    How does a sushi bar explain a Japanese poem?
    Why do Japanese couples plan matching outfits for their honeymoon?
    Why are so many things in Japan the opposite of what we expect?
    After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer knows the country as few others can. In A Beginner's Guide to Japan, he dashes from baseball games to love-hotels and from shopping malls to zen temple gardens to find fresh ways of illuminating his adopted home. Playful and surreptitiously profound, this is a guidebook to a Japan few have ever seen before.
    'Rarely in any writing on Japan is provocation so elegantly and surgically performed' Financial Times

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BERLIN : The Passenger 6
    BERLIN : The Passenger 6
    ISBN: 9781787702820
    Title: BERLIN : The Passenger 6
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    'Essential in these times of narrowing national horizons.' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

    'When the Circus Came to Town: The Resurrection of Postdamer Platz' by Peter Schneider
    'Berlin Suite' by Cees Nooteboom
    'An Author Recommends' by David Wagner
    Plus: the controversial reconstruction of a Prussian castle, Berlin's most transgressive sex club, a green urban oasis, suburban neo-Nazis and much more.

    'Berlin is too big for Berlin' is the curious title of a book by flaneur Hanns Zischler who jokes about the low population density of this polycentric, extensive city. But 'Berlin is too big for Berlin' in another sense: how to live together and keep alive the myth of 'Berlin, the trendy city'? To understand it, it is necessary to go on a journey to its origins, the nineties: the scars of war were everywhere, coal stoves, dilapidated buildings, basic supermarkets...

    Today, however, the search for abandoned ruins, the hunt for heirlooms in markets and illegal parties in basements no longer exist. That era of urban archaeology is over: almost all the old buildings have been renovated, houses cleared of squatters and typical DDR style shops closed. Without the wounds of the past the city may be less dramatic but it is stronger and healthier. Even the inhabitants have lost something of that yearning, of that romantic and self-destructive streak that defined the Berlin of the past. But Berlin remains a young city. Indeed, to cite one who knows it well, Berlin is, and always will be 'pure potential'.

    Imprint: Europa Editions
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
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