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  • BILLY AND THE MINPINS
    BILLY AND THE MINPINS
    DAHL ROALD
    ISBN: 9780141377506
    Title: BILLY AND THE MINPINS
    Author: DAHL ROALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast?

    From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children's imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl's very last story (originally published in 1991), is just as magical.

    Imprint: PUFFIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BIRDMANIA : A Remarkable Passion for Birds
    BIRDMANIA : A Remarkable Passion for Birds
    BRUNNER BERND
    ISBN: 9781760631352
    Title: BIRDMANIA : A Remarkable Passion for Birds
    Author: BRUNNER BERND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself"
    - Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

    There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.

    In addition to well-known enthusiasts, such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin, and Helen Macdonald, Brunner introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of ""bird rooms"" and lover of the Australian budgerigar, who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realised who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; Ambrose Pratt who leaves us a beautiful example of a devoted relationship between a lyre bird and an Australian hermit; Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum in Tring; and Tibbles the 19th century cat, who belonged to the lighthouse keeper on Stephens Island in New Zealand, and who collected many of Lord Walter Rothschild's bird samples.

    As this book illustrates, people who love birds, whether they are amateurs or professionals, are as captivating and varied as the birds that give flight to their dreams.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOAT RUNNER : A NOVEL
    BOAT RUNNER : A NOVEL
    MURPHY DEVIN
    ISBN: 9780062658012
    Title: BOAT RUNNER : A NOVEL
    Author: MURPHY DEVIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.

    Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem.

    On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.

    When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life-and his life's mission-forever.

    Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    BALKAN GABRIELLE
    ISBN: 9780714875118
    Title: BOOK OF BONES : 10 Record-Breaking Animals
    Author: BALKAN GABRIELLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

    Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood - and humorous - explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BOOK OF DIRT
    BOOK OF DIRT
    PRESSER BRAM
    ISBN: 9781925240269
    Title: BOOK OF DIRT
    Author: PRESSER BRAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Book of Dirt is a love story, a riveting survivors' tale, and a grandson's quest to learn about his grandparents' extraordinary lives. The author's family built myths around them- Jakub was a teacher in the camps, keeping the children busy until it was their turn to be killed; Dasa laid the railway sleepers on the tracks that brought her fellow Jews to their deaths. When they died, their stories went with them.

    Then came the cracks.

    Everything the author thought he knew was wrong. In this story of two unlikely survivors, Bram Presser brilliantly imagines the fate of Jakub, deported to Auschwitz and to Theresienstadt, where it was rumoured after the war that he had sorted through thousands of Jewish texts confiscated for a so-called Nazi Museum of the Extinct Race. The Book of Dirt is also the story of Frantiska, her fraught marriage in Prague, and how she and her two eldest daughters, Dasa and Irena, miraculously survived the camps.

    The Book of Dirt is a completely original, page-turning novel about family myths and Jewish myths. And it is a heart-warming story about a grandson's devotion to the power of writing, storytelling and his family's legacy.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One
    BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780857561084
    Title: BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

    Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua .

    Imprint: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $26.99
  • BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One   **Special Price**
    BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One **Special Price**
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780385604413
    Title: BOOK OF DUST : La Belle Sauvage Volume One **Special Price**
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.

    Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua .

    Imprint: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    FOWLER CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781786484895
    Title: BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS
    Author: FOWLER CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    99 forgotten authors, their forgotten books, and their unforgettable stories.


    Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead.

    So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.

    Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye.

    These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.

    This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BORDER DISTRICTS
    BORDER DISTRICTS
    MURNANE GERALD
    ISBN: 9781925336542
    Title: BORDER DISTRICTS
    Author: MURNANE GERALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo’s publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a collaboration with the distinguished New York publisher Farrar Straus Giroux.

    Conceived as Gerald Murnane’s last work of fiction, Border Districts was written after the author moved from Melbourne to a small town on the western edge of the Wimmera plains, near the border with South Australia. The narrator of this fiction has made a similar move, from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is a time for exploring the enduring elements of his experience, as these exist in his mind, images whose persistence is assured, but whose significance needs to be rediscovered. Readers of Murnane’s earlier work will recognise some of these images: the dark-haired young woman at a window; the ancestral house set in grasslands; coloured glass, marbles, goldfish, the outfits of jockeys. Murnane’s images often draw their power from the light that falls upon them from a distant or mysterious source. But he also considers the possibility that the mind casts its own light, imbuing the images in the observer’s mind with the colours of his soul.

    As Murnane’s narrator declares, ‘the mind is a place best viewed from borderlands’. In this work, Border Districts also refers to the border country between life and death; and there is another meaning, in the narrator’s discovery of others who might share his world, even though they enter it from a different direction, across the border districts which separate, or unite, two human beings.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    LAURENT ANNA
    ISBN: 9781781573327
    Title: BOTANICAL WALLCHART : ART FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY
    Author: LAURENT ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning collection of botanical wall charts from all around the world, ideal for naturalists, botanists, scientists and anyone with a love of plant life.

    Botanical charts are experiencing a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of scientific and historical significance, and Wall Flower documents this extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

    Europe was enjoying a golden age of botanical illustration, naturalists were exploring the globe, and there was a clamour for knowledge of the natural world. Intellectual curiosity was no longer limited to the few; education was now considered a right afforded to all, in classrooms across the continent. And thus the botanical wall chart was born, a synthesis of art, science and education. This collection of wall charts from all over the globe, each accompanied by text explaining its historical and botanical contexts, has been put together by botanist Anna Laurent, and will delight anyone with an interest in the natural world.

    Imprint: ILEX
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
  • BOURKE STREET BAKERY : All Things Sweet
    BOURKE STREET BAKERY : All Things Sweet
    MCGUINNESS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781743369319
    Title: BOURKE STREET BAKERY : All Things Sweet
    Author: MCGUINNESS DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the easiest of foolproof cakes, to the crumbliest of pastries and pies, and the most buttery, flaky croissants and danishes - All Things Sweet represents years of testing, adapting and refining secret recipes.

    A companion to the definitive and international bestselling bread bible, Bourke Street Bakery, here at last is the comprehensive guide to baking cakes, sweet pastries, tarts and more, with the Bourke Street twist.

    There's a reason this tiny iconic store in a corner of Sydney is now opening kitchens internationally - and that reason is irresistibly delicious baking.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $49.99
  • BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785041754
    Title: BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

    ‘True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.’ Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy.
    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

    Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, ‘True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.’ Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.
    Brown writes, ‘The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.’

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    STEER DUGALD A
    ISBN: 9781925381702
    Title: BUILD THE DRAGON : Create your own moving Dragon
    Author: STEER DUGALD A
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enter the magical realm of dragons with this interactive guide. Build a spectacular 3D moving model of a Western dragon, then wind up the motor and watch it come to life! Find out everything you need to know about dragons from around the world with the 32-page book, from myths and legends to anatomy, behaviour and supernatural powers.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BURDEN OF LIES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    BURDEN OF LIES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    BEASLEY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781925368154
    Title: BURDEN OF LIES : A Peter Tanner Thriller
    Author: BEASLEY RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cocaine. Construction. Corruption.

    The unholy trinity of Sydney


    Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business.

    When maverick lawyer Peter Tanner is brought in to represent Tina, he bends the law to learn the truth. Was the real killer employed by the bank to silence Randall, who knew too much about their corrupt clientele and business dealings?

    As Tanner digs deeper the truth is harder and harder to find. Drug dealers and dodgy cops are a breed apart from corrupt corporate bankers, who’ll do anything to keep their names in the clear.

    Who really silenced Randall? Tanner gets more than he bargained for as he tangles with craven bent banks and a client who can't talk, and danger lurks far too close to home.

    Richard Beasley's latest sharp-edged, gritty Peter Tanner thriller

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers   **Special Price**
    BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers **Special Price**
    FITZSIMONS PETER
    ISBN: 9780733634109
    Title: BURKE AND WILLS : The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's most Famous Explorers **Special Price**
    Author: FITZSIMONS PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels.

    Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people.

    In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills, Charley Gray and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale.

    Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    ISBN: 9780241262498
    Title: BUTCHERING ART : Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    Author: FITZHARRIS LINDSEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

    Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive the experience. This was an era when a broken leg could lead to amputation, and surgeons were still known to ransack cemeteries to find cadavers. And in squalid, overcrowded hospitals, doctors remained baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high.

    At a time when surgery couldn't have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: Joseph Lister, a young Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection - and could be treated with antiseptics - he changed the history of medicine forever. With a novelist's eye for detail, Fitzharris brilliantly conjures up the grisly world of Victorian surgery, revealing how one of Britain's greatest medical minds finally brought centuries of savagery, sawing and gangrene to an end.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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