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  • AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    ISBN: 9781910701638
    Title: AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    Author: KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I want to show you our world as it is now- the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees. You will come to see it in your own way, you will experience things for yourself and live a life of your own, so of course it is primarily for my own sake that I am doing this- showing you the world, little one, makes my life worth living.

    Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.

    This tender and deeply personal book is beautifully illustrated by Vanessa Baird, and is the first of four volumes marvelling at the vast, unknowable universe around us.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    MANNING ANNEKA
    ISBN: 9781743365717
    Title: BAKECLASS : LEARN TO BAKE BRILLIANTLY STEP BY STEP
    Author: MANNING ANNEKA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Take a personalised master class with baking expert Anneka Manning.

    Whether you're a beginner or already baking with confidence, Anneka will guide you through a unique step-by-step lesson sequence to help you master the 10 fundamental mixing methods that provide the foundation for all baking recipes.

    This must-have reference features over 90 sweet and savoury fail-safe recipes that will build your know-how and confidence in a progressive and practical way, and help you become the baker you want to be.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $16.95
  • BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    DREWE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780642278807
    Title: BEACH : AN AUSTRALIAN PASSION
    Author: DREWE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe’s lyrical examination of Australian beach culture combines imagery from some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers with his personal anecdotes of a favourite boat, a capsicum-strewn beach, a summer holiday with teenagers and an unwelcome great white. Drewe looks at the sunny, salty sexiness of the beach that first enticed the crusading Mr William Gocher into the ocean at Manley in

    1903, defying authorities in his neck-to-knee bathing costume. We’ve come a long way from sunbathing in stockings and pantaloons to the unabashed display of sun-kissed bodies of all shapes and sizes at any beach in the country today. But the beach also has a dark side as a place of tragedy, violence and danger, a place where sharks attack prone surfers and prime ministers disappear.

    This is a book for the weary wage-slave who has felt the revitalising power of plunging into the water on a summer evening or the seachanger dodging Dobermans and stingers on a morning beach walk. And it’s a book for Australians dreaming of the beach—that is, those of us not there right now.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $16.95
  • BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    THE BEATLES
    ISBN: 9780297608127
    Title: BEATLES LYRICS : THE UNSEEN STORY BEHIND THEIR MUSIC
    Author: THE BEATLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Never before has anyone attempted to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs, many of which have never yet been published. These documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world at museums and universities.

    Hunter Davies knew and worked with the Beatles during their heyday, and wrote their first and only authorised biography. In this collection, he has tracked down and reproduced over 100 original handwritten manuscripts of their songs, reproduced here - and, in almost every case, for the very first time. For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime and anywhere - songs might begin as a scribble on the back of an envelope, a napkin or on hotel stationery. From them we gain a unique insight into the remarkable creative process of the greatest songwriters of all time; what they were thinking, how they changed their minds, and then came up with the words which are now known the world over - complete with all the scribbles and crossings out. Each song is given its context: what the Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and record it, how the original version differs from the final one.

    Almost every Beatles song has a great story behind it, whether it is 'Yesterday', 'Eleanor Rigby' or 'Yellow Submarine'. Many books have appeared about the Beatles, but in the end what really matters - and will always matter most - is their music. Their music comes out of their lives, just as their lives and emotions are reflected in their music. The Beatles Lyrics is the definitive story of their lives, as uniquely told through their music.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
  • BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    YALOM IRVIN D
    ISBN: 9781925322385
    Title: BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    Author: YALOM IRVIN D
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry's most important figures.

    Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye upon himself. He opens his story with a nightmare- He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, 'Hello, Measles!' But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson.

    As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply one man's life story - Yalom's reflections on his life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    SCHAMA SIMON
    ISBN: 9781847922816
    Title: BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents, from the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope.

    It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon’s ruined army.

    Through Schama’s passionate telling of this second chronicle in an epic tale, a history emerges of the Jewish people that feels it is the story of everyone, of humanity.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    DAVIES NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781846148316
    Title: BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    Author: DAVIES NORMAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beneath Another Sky is Norman Davies's account of a global circumnavigation, of the places he visited and the history he found there, from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, the settlement of Tasmania to the short-lived Republic of Texas. As in Vanished Kingdoms, Davies's historical gaze penetrates behind the present to see how things became as they are, and how peoples came to tell themselves the stories which make up their identities. Everywhere, it seems, human beings have been travelling - pushing out others or arriving in terra nullius - since the beginning of recorded time. To whom is a land truly native? As always, Norman Davies has his eye on the historical horizon as well as on what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $59.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN ESSAYS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN ESSAYS 2017
    GOLDSWORTHY ANNA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863959605
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN ESSAYS 2017
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANNA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best Australian Essays showcase the nation's most eloquent, insightful and urgent non-fiction writing. In her first time as editor, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy chooses brilliant pieces that provoke, unveil, engage and enlighten, and get to the heart of what's really happening in Australia and the world. Previous contributors include Helen Garner, J.M. Coetzee, Karen Hitchcock, Tim Flannery, Robyn Davidson, Richard Flanagan, Clive James, Don Watson, Tim Winton and Caroline Baum.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863959629
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POEMS 2017
    Author: HOLLAND-BATT SARAH [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Best Australian Poems reveal the impressive depth, diversity and boldness of this country's poetic talent. For the second year in a row, award-winning poet, critic and academic Sarah Holland-Batt selects Australia's finest poems, from both rising stars and well-known figures, presenting a dazzling array of themes and styles. Previous contributors include Judith Beveridge, Stephen Edgar, Fiona Wright, Clive James, Lisa Gorton, Robert Adamson, Dorothy Porter, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Cate Kennedy and Les Murray.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    ISBN: 9781925322286
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL CARTOONS 2017
    Author: RADCLIFFE RUSS [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists. With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Bill Leak, Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Bruce Petty, David Pope, David Rowe, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more . . .

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2017
    SLEZAK MICHAEL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742235554
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE WRITING 2017
    Author: SLEZAK MICHAEL [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The annual collection celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing.

    From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating, or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that underlies it. Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing brings together knowledge and insight from Australia’s brightest thinkers as they explore the intricacies of the world around us. This lively collection of essays covers a wide range of subjects, and challenges our perceptions of the world and how we exist within it.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEST AUSTRALIAN STORIES 2017
    BEST AUSTRALIAN STORIES 2017
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781863959612
    Title: BEST AUSTRALIAN STORIES 2017
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Best Australian Stories, acclaimed writer Maxine Beneba Clarke brings together our country's leading literary talents. An award-winning short-story writer herself, Clarke selects exceptional stories that resonate with experience and truth, and celebrate the art of storytelling. Previous contributors include Fiona McFarlane, Kate Grenville, Tony Birch, David Malouf, Kirsten Tranter, Anna Krien, Georgia Blain, Peter Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Harrower, Ryan O'Neill and Romy Ash.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE
    ISBN: 9780733338687
    Title: BETOOTAS AUSTRALIA : A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australias Oldest Newspaper
    Author: THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Betoota Advocate's guide to Australia Australia's oldest newspaper, which has a readership that tops the Australian's and is never hamstrung by editorial standards, presents a comprehensive full-colour guide to Australia today - the places, the people, the politics, the language, the sport, and much more.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BETWEEN A WOLF AND A DOG
    BETWEEN A WOLF AND A DOG
    BLAIN GEORGIA
    ISBN: 9781925321111
    Title: BETWEEN A WOLF AND A DOG
    Author: BLAIN GEORGIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn.

    Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to be able to let herself fall in love again. Meanwhile, April and Lawrence are battling through their own messy lives, and Ester and April's mother, Hilary, is facing the most significant decision she'll ever have to make.

    Taking place over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a novel about dissatisfactions and anxieties in the face of relative privilege. Yet it is also a celebration of the best in all of us — our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous recognition of the profound beauty of being alive.



    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BIG EARTH BOOK   **Special Price**
    BIG EARTH BOOK **Special Price**
    ISBN: 9781787012776
    Title: BIG EARTH BOOK **Special Price**
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. We take kids on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography and science to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640279
    Title: BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own – one that looks after Australia’s interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.’ –Paul Keating

    Australia’s top thinkers on foreign affairs address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting Australia today, including the rise of China and the election of Donald Trump. The world is changing, and so is Australia’s place in it. What do we need to know? What do we need to think about?

    Paul Keating discusses changes occurring in the United States, Europe and Asia and how Australia should respond.

    Allan Gyngell looks at the collapse of long-held beliefs underlying Australian foreign policy and the need to prepare for growing uncertainty.

    George Megalogenis analyses Australia’s changing demographics and the rapid increase in migrants from China and India – a development that comes with both challenges and benefits.

    Linda Jakobson examines China’s evolving reach and ambitions under Xi Jinping and what this could mean for Australia and the region.

    The Big Picture is an essential exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

    ‘There has never been a more critical time for Australia to contemplate its place in the world. My intention is that Australian Foreign Affairs will serve as a forum for our most adventurous and deepest strategic thinkers to interrogate foreign policy’ —Morry Schwartz, Publisher, Australian Foreign Affairs

    ‘Australia is increasingly affected by events beyond its borders, especially as global power and wealth shifts towards Asia. The challenges facing Australia and the region are varied and complex, but they are also fascinating. There is a strong need and appetite for a publication that explores these challenges and debates the ways Australia should respond.’ —Jonathan Pearlman, Editor, Australian Foreign Affairs

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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