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  • ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    PEDERSEN PETER
    ISBN: 9781742667232
    Title: ANZAC TREASURES : THE GALLIPOLI COLLECTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
    Author: PEDERSEN PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautifully produced, lavishly illustrated commemorative volume drawing on the Memorial's unique collection of Gallipoli-related objects, photographs, artworks, diaries, letters, maps and personal memorabilia.

    This landmark publication commemorates the centenary of the Great War's Gallipoli campaign, 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916. ANZAC Treasures approaches the subject of Gallipoli not only from a military perspective but also in terms of its social impact and its role in commemoration and nation building. It does so through the Memorial's immensely rich and varied National Collection, which provides a tangible link to ANZAC and gives an unparalleled insight into its many facets. The legend and reality of ANZAC are encapsulated within the relics, photographs, artworks, documentary records, personal diaries and letters that are displayed to dramatic and moving effect in a beautifully designed and produced commemorative volume.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND   **Special Price**
    ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND **Special Price**
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9780734411471
    Title: ARRIVAL AND SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND **Special Price**
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The internationally acclaimed graphic novel THE ARRIVAL, and a new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, SKETCHES FROM A NAMELESS LAND.


    The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.


    In Sketches from a Nameless Land, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist s creative journey.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $19.95
  • AUSTRALIAN BUSH SUPERFOODS   **Special Price**
    AUSTRALIAN BUSH SUPERFOODS **Special Price**
    ALICE LILY / OQUINN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781741175400
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BUSH SUPERFOODS **Special Price**
    Author: ALICE LILY / OQUINN THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia's unique native ingredients boast nutritional and medicinal benefits that cannot be found anywhere else. From the Kakadu plum with its unmatched vitamin C content, to Bunya nuts that contain natural antibacterial properties, knowledge of these superfoods has been passed down in Aboriginal cultures for thousands of years.

    This cookbook features Australia’s most interesting and beneficial bush superfoods, with beautiful illustrations and information on where they grow, traditional Indigenous uses, nutritional benefits, and advice on how to use them in your home kitchen. You can then follow an easy plant-based recipe, such as Sweet Potato Toast with Finger Lime Guacamole, or Spiced Apple and Riberry Chia Pudding, to enjoy the health benefits yourself!

    No matter whether you live in the city or the outback, you too can discover the foods that nourished the first peoples of this land.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $15.95
  • AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY   **Special Price**
    AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY **Special Price**
    OLSEN PENNY
    ISBN: 9780642278562
    Title: AUSTRALIAN PREDATORS OF THE SKY **Special Price**
    Author: OLSEN PENNY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Our relationship with the birds of prey has always been conflicted. Raptors are admired for their strength and independence, but despised for their depredations on livestock and favourite garden birds, while the owls are at once respected for their wisdom and watchfulness and feared for their mournful cries and association with darkness and ill-omen.

    Australian Predators of the Sky comprises over 200 striking paintings, lithographs and engravings of all 34 Australian species—25 diurnal birds of prey and nine owls. From odd-looking first depictions to stunning, detailed portrayals of the species, the illustrations cover more than two centuries of bird art, selected from the National Library of Australia’s collection. The artists include George Raper and John Hunter (First Fleet naval officers), Sarah Stone, John and Elizabeth Gould, Henry Constantine Richter, Henrik Grönvold, Ellis Rowan, Neville Henry Cayley, Lionel Lindsay, Lilian Medland, Ebenezer Edward Gostelow, and, more recently, Betty Temple Watts, Frank Knight and Jeff Davies.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.95
  • 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: $10.00
  • CELESTIAL EMPIRE : Life in China 1644-1911   **Special Price**
    CELESTIAL EMPIRE : Life in China 1644-1911 **Special Price**
    WOOLLEY NATHAN
    ISBN: 9780642278760
    Title: CELESTIAL EMPIRE : Life in China 1644-1911 **Special Price**
    Author: WOOLLEY NATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911 provides a unique insight into the diversity of life in China during the last imperial dynasty. Through the lives of the Chinese people-from the Dowager Empress to the humble market seller; from the mountains of the interior to the cities of Beijing and Shanghai; from the early years of the Kangxi Emperor to the Boxer Rebellion-the book examines nearly 300 years of Chinese life, culture and tradition that provided the foundations of modern China. This collection includes material from the National Library of Australia and the National Library of China-the largest and most important library in the People's Republic of China.


    The book covers works on Chinese opera, art, calligraphy, epigraphy, religion, social economics, medicine, astronomy, government, commercial treaties, Anglo-Chinese relations, travel and popular fiction. Experience China as it entered the modern age, with all the diversity of lived experience and cultural attainment brought vividly to life.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.95
  • DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women   **Special Price**
    DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women **Special Price**
    HANNAH SOPHIE [ED]
    ISBN: 9781784975463
    Title: DEADLIER : 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women **Special Price**
    Author: HANNAH SOPHIE [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 of the best crime stories written by women, selected and introduced by award-winning author Sophie Hannah.

    From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts. Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples. Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART   **Special Price**
    DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    MILLER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9781743054086
    Title: DOGS IN AUSTRALIAN ART **Special Price**
    Author: MILLER STEVEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. His book is also a study of how the various dog breeds have been depicted from colonial times until the present. It features over 80 dog breeds.

    This fully revised and expanded edition of Steven Miller's beautiful bestselling doggie book features many new paintings. A rich journey through Australia's art history via the lens of man's best friend.



    Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has published widely on art, with his book on Australian culture between the two world wars (Degenerates and Perverts) winning the NSW Premier's Australian History Award in 2006. He lives in Sydney and is the proud owner of Finbar, a Welsh Terrier.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $14.99
  • DYNASTY : The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    DYNASTY : The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    HOLLAND TOM
    ISBN: 9780385537841
    Title: DYNASTY : The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
    Author: HOLLAND TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon--his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic--with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors.

    Dynasty continues Rubicon's story, opening where that book ended: with the murder of Julius Caesar. This is the period of the first and perhaps greatest Roman Emperors and it's a colorful story of rule and ruination, running from the rise of Augustus through to the death of Nero. Holland's expansive history also has distinct shades of I Claudius, with five wonderfully vivid (and in three cases, thoroughly depraved) Emperors--Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero--featured, along with numerous fascinating secondary characters. Intrigue, murder, naked ambition and treachery, greed, gluttony, lust, incest, pageantry, decadence--the tale of these five Caesars continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EARLY AUDEN
    EARLY AUDEN
    MENDELSON EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780571197835
    Title: EARLY AUDEN
    Author: MENDELSON EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This acclaimed critical study of Auden's writings up to 1939 is now being reissued in paperback. It is based on Professor Mendelson's exceptional gifts as a critic and expositor, and as Auden's friend and literary executor. He has an unrivalled knowledge of the published texts, the manuscripts, drafts, private papers and the innumerable essays and reviews. His book remains the most penetrating, detailed and informative examination of Auden's pre-war poetry and ideas yet published.


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $19.99
  • FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments   **Special Price**
    FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments **Special Price**
    HAMILTON MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781781317082
    Title: FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments **Special Price**
    Author: HAMILTON MAURICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With over 300 photographs - from the 1950s to the present day - all from The Cahier Archive and many previously unpublished, The Pursuit of Speed is the ultimate celebration of Formula One.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $19.95
  • GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST   **Special Price**
    GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781509812356
    Title: GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading À la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel in two different languages. Gate of Lilacs is the unique product of James's love and engagement with Proust's eternal masterpiece.

    With À la recherche du temps perdu, Proust, in James's words, 'followed his creative instinct all the way until his breath gave out', and now James has done the same. In Gate of Lilacs, James, a brilliant critical essayist and poet, has blended the two forms into one.

    I had always thought the critical essay and the poem were closely related forms . . . If I wanted to talk about Proust's poetry beyond the basic level of talking about his language - if I wanted to talk about the poetry of his thought - then the best way to do it might be to write a poem.There is nothing like a poem for transmitting a mental flavour. Instead of trying to describe it, you can evoke it.

    In the end, if À la recherche du temps perdu is a book devoted almost entirely to its author's gratitude for life, for love, and for art, this much smaller book is devoted to its author's gratitude for Proust.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $10.00
  • GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY   **Special Price**
    GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY **Special Price**
    CAPOMOLLA FABIAN
    ISBN: 9781743538968
    Title: GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY **Special Price**
    Author: CAPOMOLLA FABIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In mid-2014, passionate grower and gardening author Fabian Capomolla decided to up stumps and move to Italy for a year with his young family in tow. From his time living in Lucca, and from watching as a child his nonno grow his own food, Fabian discovered that growing food the Italian way is defined by how they approach the task: with simplicity and without overcomplicating it.

    This book will show you - in simple, Italian-style terms! - how to set up and maintain your veggie patch, and the extensive A-Z plant guide will help you decide what to grow in it. There's a chapter on problems you might encounter and remedies to fix them, along with handy tips scattered throughout. Some of these tips have been expanded into easy-to-follow activities like how to build your own barbecue or make your own insect repellent. You'll also find a selection of simple and delicious recipes so you can cook just like Nonna, and a glossary to help decode common gardening terms.

    In Italy the most important things are family and food. Growing your own food is about providing for yourself and your family. It is a celebration of food, which is a celebration of life. To grow the Italian way is to enjoy life. Nothing else really matters. Basta!

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase   **Special Price**
    GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase **Special Price**
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781447270058
    Title: GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase **Special Price**
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The award-winning stories about a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood have been delighting children and adults the world over for more than fifteen years. Created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the most successful picture-book partnership ever, they have been translated into over fifty languages and made into sell-out stage shows and Oscar-nominated films. Now these modern picture-book classics are available together as one very special gift.

    This specially designed slipcase is covered in shiny foil and features stunning new silhouette artwork from Axel Scheffler. Inside are two high quality hardback editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, with extra-thick paper, deluxe finish and brand new cover artwork. This beautifully designed package is the perfect introduction to the Gruffalo - an ideal Christening or birthday gift.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $24.95
  • HENRY AND BANJO   **Special Price**
    HENRY AND BANJO **Special Price**
    KNIGHT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780733633614
    Title: HENRY AND BANJO **Special Price**
    Author: KNIGHT JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today most of us know that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson were famous writers. We know about Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the Man from Snowy River; The Drover's Wife, While the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his mates, but little else.

    Here, in a compelling and engaging work, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's own stories to life. And there is much to tell. Both were country born, just three years and three hundred kilometres apart, Henry on the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a property near Orange, but their paths to literary immortality took very different routes - indeed at times their lives were ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born into a life of comparative privilege, would rise from country boy to Sydney Grammar student, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and revered man about town. Henry's formal education only began when his feminist mother finally won her battle for a local school but illness and subsequent deafness would make continuing his lessons difficult, seeing him find work as a labourer, a coach painter and a journalist, all the while wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and mental illness. Both men would become household names during their lifetimes. Both would have regrets.

    HENRY AND BANJO details two incredibly fascinating lives and delves into the famous (and not so famous) writings of the two men who had the power to influence and change Australia.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $16.95
  • HOUSE OF NAMES   **Special Price**
    HOUSE OF NAMES **Special Price**
    TOIBIN COLM
    ISBN: 9781760551421
    Title: HOUSE OF NAMES **Special Price**
    Author: TOIBIN COLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.

    I HAVE BEEN ACQUAINTED WITH THE SMELL OF DEATH.

    Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter - her beloved Iphigenia - to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king's return...

    Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, watches Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches, as they walk the gardens and corridors of the house of Atreus. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother's return...

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $13.95
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