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    ISBN: 9781529355277
    Title: 99% INVISIBLE CITY
    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.


    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% 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
    ISBN: 9781742237060
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    *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
    ISBN: 9781786498106
    Title: AGE OF ISLANDS : In Search of New and Disappearing Islands
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    But it is also, Alastair Bonnett believes, a spectacle which is imprinting itself on our hopes and anxieties. From a 'crannog', an ancient artificial island in a Scottish loch, to the militarized artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea, he sets out to explore some of the world's newest, most fragile and beautiful islands to find out why they have such a hold on our imaginations.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9780006547754
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    ISBN: 9781787014305
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines.

    We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites.

    Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
    ISBN: 9780143790990
    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
    ISBN: 9781742236728
    Title: AMNESIA ROAD : Landscape, Violence and Memory
    Publishing status: March 2021 New Release

    '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
  • ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    ISBN: 9781780601397
    Title: ARABIA : Through the Looking Glass
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Into Jonathan Raban’s familiar Earls Court neighbourhood after the 1970s oil boom came new visitors from the Arab world, dressed in floor-length robes and yashmaks. A people apart, little known, Raban wanted to get behind the myth and the rumour to discover the reality of their lives and world. His journey took him through Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. What he discovered was a far cry from the camel, tent and sand dune archetypes of early European explorers. Oil wealth had seeped into almost every corner, and Bedouin encampments had been replaced by cosmopolitan boomtowns, camels by Range Rovers. The sons of Bedouin nomads were now studying medicine in Europe and engineering in New York. Yet in this fast-moving world, old certainties remained – and cultural innovation lagged miles behind economic change.

    Raban’s gift for friendship introduces us to a series of memorable individuals – rich and poor – set against the feel, the smells, the sounds and the nuances of Arabia.

    Imprint: ELAND
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9780099583455
    Author: LOPEZ BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    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
    ISBN: 9780241970065
    Title: ART OF TRAVEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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. "Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed". (Sunday Telegraph). "Delightful, profound, entertaining, I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life' Jan Morris 'An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling". (Colin Thubron, The Times). Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    ISBN: 9780804848718
    Title: AT HOME IN JAPAN : A Foreign Woman's Journey of Discovery
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would it be like to move to Japan, leaving everyone you know behind, to become part of a traditional Japanese household? At Home in Japan tells an extraordinary true story of a foreign woman who goes through an amazing transformation, as she makes a move from a suburban lifestyle in California to a new life, living in Japan. She dedicates 30 years of her life as a housewife, custodian and chatelaine of a 350–year–old farmhouse in rural Japan. This astonishing book traces a circular path from were Rebecca began, to living under Japanese customs, from the basic day to day details of life in the house and village, through relationships with family, neighbors and the natural and supernatural entities with which the family shares the house.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATLAS OBSCURA   -   2nd Edition : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
    ATLAS OBSCURA - 2nd Edition : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
    ISBN: 9781523506484
    Title: ATLAS OBSCURA - 2nd Edition : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
    Author: FOER JOSHUA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. The second edition, revised and updated with 20% new material, reveals more hidden wonders. Among them: The Glowing Termite Mounds of Emas Brazil, The secretive FBI Spy House in Washington DC, the spooky Pirate Cemetery in Madagascar, and in Whitehorse, Canada, the The World's Largest Weathervane.

    Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras (the founders of Atlas Obscura) and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvellous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

    Imprint: WORKMAN PRESS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • AUSTRALIA   -   Beautiful World
    AUSTRALIA - Beautiful World
    ISBN: 9781788682985
    Title: AUSTRALIA - Beautiful World
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Immerse yourself in Australia with this stunning collection of photographs and discover the nation’s extraordinary range of landscapes and environments, cultures, creatures and people – from world-famous wineries and white-sand beaches to buzzing cities and ancient rainforests.

    Beautiful World Australia is the perfect way to lose yourself in the country. Striking photos fill each page, while special gatefolds open to reveal magnificent panoramas. If you've been, retrace your steps and relive the time you spent there. If you haven't, this book is the perfect way to start planning an adventure.

    We’ve divided the contents into states and territories. On your journey across Australia you’ll explore the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands and their impossibly white beaches, the Great Ocean Road and its star attraction, the 12 Apostles, snow-covered mountains, hip and happening Melbourne with its street art-filled laneways, migrating humpback whales and east coast surfing communities.

    As you continue further, you’ll discover the Great Barrier Reef and the incredible variety of life it harbours, as well as indigenous animals like the Tasmanian devil. You’ll then discover the cowboys of Queensland cattle country, Aboriginal culture and craftwork, vineyards adorning the southern hills, the vast emptiness of the Outback and much more.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.95
    ISBN: 9781925847697
    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
    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
    ISBN: 9781860468247
    Title: BARCELONA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Robert Hughes has been visiting Barcelona since the 1960s and he has written an epic tribute to a city he loves. He tells the story of the growth of this Mediterranean metropolis from its origins as a Roman colonial town to the twentieth century, examining its relationship to the rest of Catalunya, to Spain and to the wider European world. Much of Barcelona's history is reflected in its architecture and Hughes builds his history around the stones of the city but his account is also rich in political and military drama and the actions of remarkable personalities. He introduces the reader to Barcelona's painting, poetry, folklore, language, food and much more. He also addresses the paradoxical question of Catalan identity, a people simultaneously so Spanish and yet so un-Spanish. Hughes's Barcelona has become, as it deserves to be, the standard work on the city in English.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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