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  • 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: $19.99
  • 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
  • FASHION : THE FIRST 50 YEARS
    FASHION : THE FIRST 50 YEARS
    THOMAS DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9780642278470
    Title: FASHION : THE FIRST 50 YEARS
    Author: THOMAS DEBORAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the elegant outfits of the 1930s to the Hollywood-inspired evening gowns of the 1950s, from the psychedelic patterns and micro-minis of the 1960s to the bold and bohemian styles of the 1970s, this book charts the evolution of Australian fashion through the pages of Australian icon The Australian Women’s Weekly. This trip through The Weekly’s first 50 years reveals how the evolution of fashion in Australia was also a reflection of changing times. Featuring beautiful illustrations from the magazine on every page, this book is for anyone who loves fashion. Listen to Deborah Thomas interviewed on Radio National life matters here.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $12.95
  • 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
  • FLORENTINE : FOOD AND STORIES FROM THE RENAISSANCE CITY
    FLORENTINE : FOOD AND STORIES FROM THE RENAISSANCE CITY
    DAVIES EMIKO
    ISBN: 9781743790038
    Title: FLORENTINE : FOOD AND STORIES FROM THE RENAISSANCE CITY
    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: $24.95
  • 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
  • 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: $12.95
  • GREAT BARRIER REEF : A Journey Through the World's Greatest Natural Wonder
    GREAT BARRIER REEF : A Journey Through the World's Greatest Natural Wonder
    ZELL LEN
    ISBN: 9781743361795
    Title: GREAT BARRIER REEF : A Journey Through the World's Greatest Natural Wonder
    Author: ZELL LEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Great Barrier Reef really is like nowhere else on earth. For many of us, the thought of it conjures up images of beautiful azure waters teeming with colourful fish against a background of coral of every shape, colour and form imaginable. Yet there is so much more to the Great Barrier Reef than this. It is a massive, complex ecosystem, and one that has gone through enormous changes throughout the history and evolution of our planet. Produced in partnership with the BBC's The Great Barrier Reef television series, the book takes you on a journey along 2,300km of Australia's north-eastern coastline, through the diverse range of habitats that make up this extraordinary water world. Along the way, discover how the Great Barrier Reef was formed, learn about life on the Reef and meet the plants and animals that inhabit it. The Great Barrier Reef also looks at the environmental challenges facing this incredibly delicate ecosystem, and what the future may hold. Illustrated in spectacular full-colour photography throughout, The Great Barrier Reef also features hints and tips on how to make the most out of any trip to the Reef, making it the ultimate guide to one of the most treasured natural wonders of the world.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $16.95
  • 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
  • HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN 100 OBJECTS
    HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN 100 OBJECTS
    CRESWELL TOBY
    ISBN: 9780670077892
    Title: HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN 100 OBJECTS
    Author: CRESWELL TOBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The History of Australia in 100 Objects is a fresh, accessible take on Australian history. It explores both well- and little-known stories through the objects of the time and the people who made and owned them. Some stories are of pivotal moments in Australia's past, including the Rum Rebellion, World War I, Federation and the birth of the Native Title Act. And yet sometimes these big events are most powerfully told through a small object belonging to someone long forgotten- a gold locket, a boomerang, a cup and saucer from the Country Women's Association. Former Rolling Stone editor Toby Creswell takes each object as a starting point to tell the stories that make up our national history, exploring and celebrating key technological, social, political, artistic and sporting moments. From Ned Kelly's armour to Henry Lawson's pen and Julia Gillard's glasses, Creswell's objects are sometimes iconic, sometimes unexpected and quirky; but the mix creates a compelling, multi-layered story.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HOW TO DEVELOP A BRILLIANT MEMORY TOOLKIT
    HOW TO DEVELOP A BRILLIANT MEMORY TOOLKIT
    OBRIEN DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9781780289717
    Title: HOW TO DEVELOP A BRILLIANT MEMORY TOOLKIT
    Author: OBRIEN DOMINIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this highly original publishing package Dominic O'Brien reveals the secrets of mastering the art of memory and provides us with a basic tool kit for boosting our skills of memorization and recall. The kit consists of three components: a 88-page introduction to memory techniques that reveals the what, the why and the how of Dominic's proven methods; a pictorial memory journey map to be used in conjunction with the Journey Method, a basic and highly versatile memorization procedure that exploits the power of mental association to provide unforgettable cues for recall; and, lastly, a deck of 50 flash cards providing tips and techniques (and self testing exercises) on one side, and, on the other, numbers and drawn objects to practise on, using the journey map or other tricks of the trade described in the book.

    The key to improving your memory is two-fold: knowing the expert methods devised by one of the most retentive and focused brains in the world, and practising them until you see marked improvements in your performance. This tool kit is all you'll need to train yourself to be a memory maestro.

    Imprint: WATKINS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $14.95
  • 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
  • ID DIE FOR YOU AND OTHER LOST STORIES   **Special Price**
    ID DIE FOR YOU AND OTHER LOST STORIES **Special Price**
    FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781471164705
    Title: ID DIE FOR YOU AND OTHER LOST STORIES **Special Price**
    Author: FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bold, fascinating and hitherto unseen: this beautiful Scribner collection brings together unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the icon of twentieth-century American literature.

    I'd Die for You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, iconic author of The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.

    All eighteen short fictions collected here were lost in one sense or another: physically lost, coming to light only recently; lost in the turbulence of Fitzgerald's later life; lost to readers because his editors sometimes did not understand what he was trying to write. These fascinating stories offer a new insight into the arc of Fitzgerald's career, and demonstrate his stylistic agility and imaginative power as a writer at the forefront of Modern literature.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $17.95
  • JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA
    JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA
    FORD FRED
    ISBN: 9780642278616
    Title: JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED MAMMALS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: FORD FRED
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How poignant it is to look at some of Gould's beautiful images of our animals and know that some are no longer with us, and some are fighting for their lives?

    In this book, author Fred Ford compares Goulds world, and the world that the animals live in at that time, with the world today. John Goulds Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia includes 46 Australian mammal species that, today, are threatened or extinct and that were portrayed in the lavish colour plates in John Goulds 1863 publication, The Mammals of Australia. Accompanying the pictures are accounts of the animals as they lived in the relatively untouched Australia that John Gould knew, and evidence of the attitudes of European settlers towards the native fauna.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $16.95
  • KEATING
    KEATING
    OBRIEN KERRY
    ISBN: 9781760111625
    Title: KEATING
    Author: OBRIEN KERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The life of one of Australia's most intriguing public figures, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, as told to the country's most influential political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien. This long awaited collaboration is a biography unlike any other.


    Paul Keating is widely credited as the chief architect of the most significant period of political and economic reform in Australia's history. Twenty years on, there is still no story from the horse's mouth of how it all came about. No autobiography. No memoir. Yet he is the supreme story-teller of politics.

    This book of revelations fills the gap. Kerry O'Brien, the consummate interviewer who knew all the players and lived the history, has spent many long hours with Keating, teasing out the stories, testing the memories and the assertions.

    What emerges is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders we have known-a man who either led or was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor government that changed the face of Australia.

    This is a man who as prime minister personally negotiated the sale of a quarter of the government-owned Qantas in his own office for $665 million, then delighted in watching the buyer's hand shake so much that champagne spilt down his shirtsleeve. He tells of his grave moment of doubt after making one of the riskiest calls of his political life, and how he used an acupuncturist and a television interviewer to seize the day.

    There are many stories of this kind. The revealing inside stories and even glimpses of insecurities that go with the wielding of power, from a man who had no fear collecting his share of enemies and ended up with more than enough, but whose parliamentary performances from 25 years ago are watched avidly on YouTube today by a generation that was either not yet born or in knee pants when he was at his peak.

    We'll never get an autobiography or a memoir from Keating. This is as good as it gets-funny, sweeping, angry, imaginative, mischievous, with arrogance, a glimmer of humility and more than a touch of creative madness. Keating unplugged.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $16.95
  • LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    BUTCHER BLEDDYN
    ISBN: 9781760110680
    Title: LITTLE HISTORY : Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013
    Author: BUTCHER BLEDDYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A stunning visual record of the amazing career of Nick Cave, one of the world's coolest musicians, by one of the rock world's most brilliant photographers and writers.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.95
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