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  • 1946 : The Making of the Modern World
    1946 : The Making of the Modern World
    SEBESTYEN VICTOR
    ISBN: 9781101870426
    Title: 1946 : The Making of the Modern World
    Author: SEBESTYEN VICTOR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire comes a powerful, revelatory book about the year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. Victor Sebestyen reveals the events of 1946 by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads of state that would profoundly change the old order forever. Whether it was the July 22 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the July 25 Bikini Atoll underwater atomic bomb test, or the August 16 Great Calcutta Killings in India, 1946 was a year of seismic and dramatic events.
    Sebestyen begins with the Moscow Foreign Ministers Conference the week before Christmas 1945, when Stalin announced that the USSR would not withdraw its troops from Iran by March 1946, and ends with the morning of November 3, 1946, when Emperor Hirohito officially unveiled Japan s new constitution before the National Diet. The year 1946 would see the map of Eastern Europe redrawn, Chinese communists gaining decisive victories in their fight for power, and the birth of Israel.
    Though Truman, Stalin, Churchill, MacArthur, Ben-Gurion, Hirohito, and Menachem Begin are part of the story, Sebestyen also writes about the enormous suffering and ongoing persecution of civilians in the aftermath of the war: the pillaging and rape; the ethnic cleansing of the German population from Czechoslovakia and Poland; the rise of a violent new anti-Semitism; the civil wars in China and Greece; the mass starvation in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Germany on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages; the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis and diphtheria; and such total desolation that schools, government, and transportation were nonexistent and currency was worthless.
    Drawing on personal testimonies and new archival research, Sebestyen has written a vivid and compelling narrative that brilliantly evokes the beginning of the Cold War set against a devastated landscape of dystopian horrors.
    (With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.)"


    Imprint: PANTHER BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BATTLE ROYAL : The Wars of Lancaster and York 1440-1462
    BATTLE ROYAL : The Wars of Lancaster and York 1440-1462
    BICHENO HUGH
    ISBN: 9781781859650
    Title: BATTLE ROYAL : The Wars of Lancaster and York 1440-1462
    Author: BICHENO HUGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    England, 1454. A kingdom sliding into chaos.

    The mentally unstable King Henry VI, having struggled for a decade to contain the violent feuding of his magnates, loses his mind. Disgruntled nobles back the regal claims of Richard, Duke of York, great-grandson of Edward III. The stage is set for civil war.

    The first volume of an enthralling two-part history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York, Battle Royal traces the conflict from its roots in the 1440s to the early 1460s – a period marked by the rise and fall of Richard of York, the deposition of Henry VI following the Lancastrian defeat at Towton, and the subsequent seizure of his throne by Richard's son Edward. Populating this late-medieval saga of ambition, intrigue and bloodshed are such fascinating characters as the vacillating Henry himself, his indefatigable queen Marguerite of Anjou, Richard of York (father of kings but never king himself), his opportunist ally Richard Neville, 'the Kingmaker', and the precociously virile Edward of York.

    Charting a clear course through the dynastic and factional complexities of fifteenth-century power politics, and offering crisply authoritative analysis of the key battles of the Wars of the Roses, Battle Royal is a compelling and rigorously researched account of England's longest and bloodiest civil war.


    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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: $24.99
  • BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    LEYSER HENRIETTA
    ISBN: 9781781853870
    Title: BEDA : A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEVEN KINGDOMS IN THE AGE OF BEDE
    Author: LEYSER HENRIETTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Pevsner-like guide to the remains of Bede's England.

    Written by the Oxford historian Henrietta Leyser, Bede's England is a gazetteer to the remaining Anglo-Saxon ruins in England, many of them from the time of the Venerable Bede.
    For those who have bought Simon Jenkins' 100 Best Churches and now want something different, this is an invaluable window onto the world of the author of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Concentrating on Bede himself (our most valuable historical source on Anglo Saxon England, and author of books that played a key role in the development of English national identity),
    BEDES ENGLAND is an accessible history and a guidebook simultaneously, illustrated with maps and photographs. Since Sr Benedicta Ward's book on Bede, with its endorsement by Rowan Williams, general interest in Anglo-Saxon Britain has been growing.

    BEDE'S ENGLAND serves as a perfect introduction to the subject, and is the only book of its kind.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    CHILD LAUREN
    ISBN: 9781408350485
    Title: CHARLIE AND LOLA : Classic Gift Slipcase - A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories
    Author: CHILD LAUREN
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This beautiful box set contains two classic Charlie and Lola picture books, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. A perfect gift to introduce this much-loved pair to a new generation of fans!

    Contains the Kate Greenaway Medal winning I Will Not Never Eat a Tomato. An innovative and fun-filled book about fussy eating - guaranteed to make dinner time fun.

    Lola will not eat peas. In fact, she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots are really orange twiglets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate . . .

    And I Am Not Sleepy and I will Not Got To Bed - a brilliantly original story about the problem of tricky bedtimes.

    Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her to go to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late. Lola says, "I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10, 11 and 12 and I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning."

    Imprint: ORCHARD BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COLLECTED LYRICS : 1970-2015
    COLLECTED LYRICS : 1970-2015
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9780062345011
    Title: COLLECTED LYRICS : 1970-2015
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To honor the fortieth anniversary of her seminal album Horses, a revised and updated version of the iconic artist's collected lyrics.

    This extraordinary collection from "rock and roll's poet laureate" is a testimony to the fierce passion and uncompromising originality of Patti Smith's music and writing. Building on the collection originally published in 1998, this new edition features more than thirty-five new songs, new artwork, and an introduction from Patti Smith herself.

    As relevant, fresh, and searing as when they were originally written, Smith's lyrics capture her unique voice, raw in beauty, grace, and authenticity. Sharing a message of dedication, love, and compassion that speaks across the ages, Smith's words empower fans and reveal the strong yet vulnerable heart of woman defined by her art.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    LEAVITT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781632863751
    Title: FLORENCE : A Delicate Case
    Author: LEAVITT DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? (At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand.) Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here? What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating--and so repellent--to artists and writers over the years?
    Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy. Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history--the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War--are contrasted with images of Florence today (its vast pizza parlors and tourist culture). Leavitt also examines the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City   **Special Price**
    FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City **Special Price**
    DAVIES EMIKO
    ISBN: 9781743790038
    Title: FLORENTINE : Food and Stories from the Renaissance City **Special Price**
    Author: DAVIES EMIKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Florentine is a collection of recipes and photographs from Tuscany’s capital.

    Emiko Davies draws on her lived experience of traditional Florentine cuisine to share recipes that transport readers to the piazzas of Florence. From her torta di mele – a reassuringly nonna-esque apple cake – to ravioli pera e ricotta – mouthwateringly buttery pear and ricotta ravioloni – allow yourself to be taken on a culinary tour through the city.

    Florentine is a unique stroll through the city's streets, past pastry shops bustling with espresso-sippers, hole-in-the-wall wine bars, busy food vans and lunchtime trattorias, to reveal why the people of Florence remain proudly attached to their unchanging cuisine – a cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish.

    From the morning ritual of la pasticceria (the pastry shop) and il forno (the bakery), the tantalising fresh produce of il mercato (the market) and il maccellaio (the butcher) through to the romance of la trattoria, Davies expertly guides food lovers through the Renaissance city. Be swept up in the atmosphere of Florence’s street food scene with a few bites of crunchy crostini with fig compote and prosciutto, or savour a silky gelato of hazelnut and crema.

    With a nod to Florence’s rich history, Florentine offers some much-loved traditional dishes, such as schiacciata fiorentina (orange and vanilla cake), apricot jam crostata (apricot jam pie), piselli alla fiorentina (peas cooked in tomato sauce) and cinghiale con le olive (stewed wild boar with olives).

    Seasons and long-held food traditions play an important role in the Tuscan kitchen and this is reflected in every Florentine menu, bakery window or market stall. Davies says that one of the things living in Tuscany has taught her is that there is no such thing as Italian cuisine; rather, Florentine is about offering readers a local's perspective on one of the country's 20 regional cuisines. In this case, the one that has won her heart.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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: $10.00
  • 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
  • IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    LEWIS-JONES HUW
    ISBN: 9781844861378
    Title: IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred years after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heroic Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, writers and scientists, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs, Ranulph Fiennes and Borge Ousland. Stunning images by Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts, illustrate the hardships of life on the ice. The authors have woven together the narrative of this enduring human quest with individual stories to place the Scott-Amundsen race in historical context and consider its legacy in the manhaulers, extreme skiers and adventure tourists of today. In the 21st century the South Pole remains an international stage for ambition and personal endeavour. For anyone who has felt the pull of this magnetic place - this is the book for you.

    Imprint: CONWAY MARITIME PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    JOSE NICHOLAS (ED)
    ISBN: 9780393072617
    Title: LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The result of a collaboration between Sydney's Macquarie University and International PEN Sydney Centre, and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council, The Literature of Australia gathers the most distinctive and most significant of the nation's writing. Highlights include: Coverage of over two hundred years of literature in all genres, from the 1700s to the present, and over 500 entries from 307 different authors, including writing by Aboriginal authors from the early colonial period to the present. Work from contemporary authors of international renown, including Shirley Hazzard, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Alexis Wright, and Kate Grenville. Biographical details about the authors of the works selected, an introductory essay, major essays setting the works in their historical context, and suggestions for further reading.

    The Literature of Australia offers readers of all kinds a window into the myriad ways of being Australian.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $29.99
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