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  • ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    BELLOS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781408817773
    Title: ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS : HOW LIFE REFLECTS NUMBERS AND NUMBERS REFLECT LIFE
    Author: BELLOS ALEX
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop.

    Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR  -  ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR - ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    SNICKET LEMONY
    ISBN: 9781742972961
    Title: ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1 : WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR - ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS #1
    Author: SNICKET LEMONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $10.00
  • ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781455502776
    Title: ARGUABLY : ESSAYS
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in the New Statesman where he worked alongside writers such as Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, through to his pieces for Salon, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, these articles display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language. World figures from Clinton to Mother Teresa, Kissinger to Benazir Bhutto go under his unforgiving microscope. Issues from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan to Iran and literary musings on the leading writers of the last fifty years form the richest tapestry a reader could ask. 'Don't mince words' is the title of one of these pieces. Nor does he, nor has he over the course of a dozen books of which the most recent are the best selling God is not Great and Hitch-22, and hundreds of articles of which the cream of the crop is here.

    Imprint: TWELVE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $35.00
  • AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    BALDWIN MYLES
    ISBN: 9781742666204
    Title: AUSTRALIAN COASTAL GARDENS
    Author: BALDWIN MYLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The coastal gardens of Australia are as varied as the geography of this vast continent itself. Join Myles Baldwin as he travels around the country, from the gentle landscape of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Sydney's Dover Heights to an old copper mining town in South Australia and beyond.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $39.95
  • CHANGI BOOK
    CHANGI BOOK
    GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781742231617
    Title: CHANGI BOOK
    Author: GRANT LACHLAN [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of The Anzac Book comes this fascinating collection of accounts of life inside the notorious Shangi prison camp. The camp is synonymous with suffering and hardship, and the Australian prisoner of-war experience in the Second World War. But the Changi story is also one of ingenuity, resourcefulness and survival. With cartoons, paintings, essays and photographs from POWs, The Changi Book provides a unique view of life in the camp: Medical innovation Machinery and tools made from spare parts and scrap Black markets Sports and gambling Entertainment A library and university Seventy years after its planned publication, material for The Changi Book was rediscovered in the Australian War Memorial archives andappears here for the first time along with insights from the Memorial's experts.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $10.00
  • DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    ONEILL HELEN
    ISBN: 9780732299200
    Title: DAFFODIL : BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER
    Author: ONEILL HELEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The daffodil is the beautiful first flower of spring, the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, rebirth, eternal life and misfortune. Over centuries, the daffodil has been so many things to so many people: it was called 'Narcissus' by the Greeks and prized by the Romans as guarantee of passage to the Underworld; it was used by medieval Arabs and ancient Chinese for its medicinal properties and it has inspired poets, lovers, artists and scientists down the ages.

    But in telling the story of the daffodil, what award-winning, best-selling writer Helen O'Neill is really telling is the story of humanity. It's a narrative of progress from superstition and myth, taking in politics, greed, religion, science, chance, redemption and love. But, appropriately enough for a flower that is now used on a worldwide basis to raise funds for cancer research, it is, above all, a story of hope.

    Moving, fascinating, eloquent, and also beautiful.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $19.99
  • DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    KIRTON MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9781742660998
    Title: DIG DEEPER : SEASONAL SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIAN GARDENING
    Author: KIRTON MEREDITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener. Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    CHANG JUNG
    ISBN: 9780307271600
    Title: EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI : THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA
    Author: CHANG JUNG
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor's numerous concubines and sexual partners.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EXTINCT BOIDS
    EXTINCT BOIDS
    STEADMAN RALPH
    ISBN: 9781408178621
    Title: EXTINCT BOIDS
    Author: STEADMAN RALPH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Ceri Levy asked Ralph Steadman to produce one piece of art representing an extinct bird for a recent exhibition, Ghosts of Gone Birds, Ralph said 'yes'. Then 'yes' again ... and again ... and again.

    An astonishing 100 paintings later, Extinct Boids was born.

    Ralph got carried away by the birds, taking Ceri with him ... this book details the discoveries they made on their travels through the savage seas of extinction. After stumbling on the previously hidden Toadstool Island,
    where the extinct birds of the world live on in secretive harmony, the duo spent nearly a year in close proximity
    to a host of fantastical avian creatures.

    Ralph documents them all in this series of remarkable paintings, featuring unique interpretations of well-known
    birds such as the Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon and Dodo, along with less familiar members of the feathersome firmament - Snail-eating Coua, for example, or the Red-moustached Fruit Dove - and a variety of bizarre beasts including the Gob Swallow, the Long-legged Shortwing and the Needless Smut. All are captured in a riot of expression and colour, with a slice of trademark Steadman humour.

    Based on emails, diary entries and phone conversations, Ceri's accompanying text provides a running commentary, detailing the unfolding madness behind the creation of each piece in Ralph's extraordinary work. Things got tough as the pair discovered just how many amazing birds have been lost from our world forever.

    "But," as Ralph said "it did, after all, make a nice change from drawing politicians".

    Bloomsbury is proud to publish this unique title. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/extinct-boids-9781408178621/#sthash.TmIm9S39.dpuf

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $29.99
  • FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    HOLMES RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780007476510
    Title: FALLING UPWARDS : HOW WE TOOK TO THE AIR
    Author: HOLMES RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FALLING UPWARDS is a vivid group biography and adventure that tells how men and women first felt as they rose towards the clouds into a new dimension - of science, exploration, warfare, literature, discovery. Romantic biographer Richard Holmes floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s. Dramatic sequences move from the early Anglo-French balloon rivalries, the crazy firework flights of beautiful Sophie Blanchard; the revelatory ascents over sprawling Victorian industrial cities of Northern Europe; and the astonishing long-distance voyages of the American entrepreneur John Wise, and the French photographer Felix Nadar. Later we find balloons used to observe the horrors of battle during the American Civil War (including a memorable flight by General Custer); the tale of sixty balloons that escaped Paris during the Prussian siege of 1870; and the terrifying seven mile high flight - without oxygen - of James Glaisher, helping to establish the science of meteorology and the environmental notion of a 'fragile' planet. Readers will also discover the writers - from Mary Shelley to Edgar Alan Poe, Dickens to Verne - who allowed the imaginative impact of flight to soar in their work. In exploring the interplay between technology and science fiction, the understanding of the biosphere, and the metaphysics of flight itself, Holmes offers another of his subtle portraits of human endeavour, recklessness and vision.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $9.99
  • FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    DE SEGUR COMTESSE
    ISBN: 9780731815227
    Title: FLEURVILLE TRILOGY
    Author: DE SEGUR COMTESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SOPHIE'S MISFORTUNES: Sophie is a naughty little girl who delights in disobeying her mother and engaging in mischievous pranks. Why can't she be as well behaved as her cousin Paul and her two sensible friends, Camille and Madeleine?

    CAMILLE AND MADELEINE: Camille and Madeleine are perfect little girls, beautifully behaved and wise beyond their years living with their mother at Chateau Fleurville. Another little girl, Margeurite, and her widowed mother come to stay and Sophie, now orphaned, is 'adopted' into the family. Soon all four girls become firm friends. Through their adventures all four learn steadfast loyalty and how to take responsibility for their actions.

    THE HOLIDAYS: Camille, Madeleine, Marguerite and Sophie are waiting excitedly for their cousins to arrive for the summer holidays. The children fill their days building cabins, having picnics and playing games. Sophie is involved in another misadventure when she hides in a hollowed out tree trunk and cannot climb out! The highlight of the holidays is the unexpected return of Sophie's mother and cousin Paul. They had escaped the shipwreck in which they were thought to have drowned and had made their way to a foreign land. The children are enthralled by the Crusoe-like tales of survival and adventure. children are enthralled by the Crusoe-like tales of survival and adventure.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $10.00
  • GALLIPOLI
    GALLIPOLI
    CARLYON LES
    ISBN: 9781743534229
    Title: GALLIPOLI
    Author: CARLYON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The international best-seller about the men and battle that forged the legend of Anzac in 1915.

    Les Carlyon's Gallipoli is the epic story of the fighting men who forged the legend of Anzac in 1915. Taking the reader behind the lines and into the trenches, Gallipoli not only brings an infamous battlefield to vivid life but puts poignant breath in the bones of the ordinary heroes who lived and died there. War stories are rarely this personal but Carlton's meticulous research and mesmeric storytelling take readers up-close with the conflict like never before, poetically evoking an ancient landscape rooted in myth, a theatre for Alexander the Great, St Paul and the Trojan Wars, and then intimately populating it with soldiers, generals and politicians from the Allied and Turkish forces.

    A century on from the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915, Les Carlyon's Gallipoli endures, a masterpiece every bit as haunting and heartbreaking as the events it records. Once read, it is never forgotten.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.99
  • GREAT WAR
    GREAT WAR
    CARLYON LES
    ISBN: 9781743534236
    Title: GREAT WAR
    Author: CARLYON LES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the best-selling author of Gallipoli comes this epic and emotive chronicle of World War 1.

    Les Carlyon's The Great War is the epic story of the fighting men who wove themselves into legend as part of the largest tragedy in Australian history - 179,000 dead and wounded - leaving a nation to mourn its fallen heroes in 'one long national funeral' into the 1930s and, now again, a century later. As he did with the best-seller Gallipoli, Carlyon leads the reader behind the lines, across the western front and other theatres of battle, and deep into the minds of the men who are witnesses to war. Having walked the fields of France, Belgium and Turkey on his quest for a truth beyond the myth, Carlyon weaves us a mesmerising narrative that shifts seamlessly from the hatching of grand strategies in the political salons of London and St Petersburg to the muddy, bloody trenches of Pozieres and Passchendaele where ordinary soldiers descended into a maelstrom unimaginable.
    The Great War is history at its best - a brilliant account of the most vital event in Australian history.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HOTEL FLORIDA : TRUTH LOVE AND DEATH IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
    HOTEL FLORIDA : TRUTH LOVE AND DEATH IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
    VAILKL AMANDA
    ISBN: 9780374172992
    Title: HOTEL FLORIDA : TRUTH LOVE AND DEATH IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
    Author: VAILKL AMANDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amid the rubble of a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, the Hotel Florida on Madrid's chic Gran Via has become a haven for foreign journalists and writers. It is here that six people meet and find their lives changed forever.Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and a new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious young journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic and ground-breaking young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing moder photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of the Republican government's foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with their loyalty to their sometimes-compromised cause - a struggle that places both of their lives at risk.Hotel Florida traces the tangled wartime destinies of these three couples - and a host of supporting characters - living as intensely as they had ever done, against the backdrop of a critical moment in history. It is a narrative of love and reinvention that is, finally, a story about truth, finding it, telling it - and living it, whatever the cost.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $24.99
  • HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    STANTON BRANDON
    ISBN: 9781250038821
    Title: HUMANS OF NEW YORK
    Author: STANTON BRANDON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 2010, the author set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The result of these efforts was "Humans of New York," a vibrant blog in which he featured his photos alongside quotes and anecdotes. Inspired by the blog, this book features four hundred colour photos.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $24.95
  • JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    TAYLOR SUE
    ISBN: 9780642277657
    Title: JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: TAYLOR SUE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1838, John Gould, the father of Australian ornithology visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species. Goulds words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were propheticthe last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. John Goulds Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Goulds eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australias copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each birds European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $14.99
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