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  • 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: $14.99
  • MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects   **Special Price**
    MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects **Special Price**
    MURRAY VANESSA
    ISBN: 9781741175240
    Title: MADE TO LAST : A Compendium of Artisans Trades and Projects **Special Price**
    Author: MURRAY VANESSA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world full of mass production and copyright infringement, there is a movement emerging that is focused on sourcing unique and independently created products that are made to last. This title is a celebration of these unique products and the tradespeople behind their creation.

    Made to Last showcases some of the weird and wonderful products being created today – from whiskey tumblers to mushroom knives, men’s shoes and bamboo bikes – with profiles of their makers and related DIY projects that invite readers to act on their inspiration and get making themselves. These DIY suggestions are as varied as the products themselves, from how to treat and care for wood furniture to making your own canvas lunch bag. The book’s own beautiful design ensures that it, too, is truly made to last.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book   **Special Price**
    MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book **Special Price**
    ISBN: 9781921759369
    Title: MIFFY : A First Lift-the-Flap Book **Special Price**
    Format: BOARD BOOK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book is a great introduction to Miffy's world!

    Find out who Miffy's friends are, what mother and father bunny look like and how they spend their day together! Lots of Miffy moments to share.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $12.95
  • MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space   **Special Price**
    MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space **Special Price**
    GRANT JASON
    ISBN: 9781742709925
    Title: MODERN RETRO HOME : A Practical Guide to Styling Your Space **Special Price**
    Author: GRANT JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Modern Retro Home is the third book from celebrity stylist and designer Mr Jason Grant.

    This book is your key to unlocking the secrets behind a thoroughly contemporary home that takes inspiration from the past, particularly from the '60s and '70s. Organised into chapters according to each room of your house, Mr Jason Grant takes you inside many homes that exemplify this aesthetic and highlights why each room styling works. But don't expect to find tired-looking rooms here, Jason's fresh and accessible style shines through in the bright, colourful pages. No matter the size of your budget or living space, or whether your belongings are sourced from eBay or high-end vintage stores, the tips in this book can be applied to create your own modern retro home.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures   **Special Price**
    MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures **Special Price**
    BESLEY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781853759741
    Title: MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS : Hidden Treasures **Special Price**
    Author: BESLEY ADRIAN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures is the complete, authorised history of Monty Python, with bits in. Never before has the story of the Pythons been so brilliantly told, in words, rare and unseen photographs and fascinating examples of removable and on-the-page facsimile memorabilia.

    The 'Dead Parrot' sketch. 'The Lumberjack Song'. 'Argument Clinic'. 'Spam'. Monty Python's Flying Circus was packed with famous skits and classic one-liners, many of which are still globally recognized from the Hollywood Bowl to the University of Woolloomooloo. Their irreverent humour is the yardstick by which others are judged and the adjective 'Pythonesque' has been part of the English language for years. This book delves into the official Monty Python archives for the first time and tells the Monty Python story through photographs, text and props in the shape of removable facsimile memorabilia, including hand-scribbled scripts, never-before-published cue sheets, postcards, programmes and more.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    BIRMINGHAM KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781594203367
    Title: MOST DANGEROUS BOOK : The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
    Author: BIRMINGHAM KEVIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A great story how modernism brought down the regime of censorship told as a great story. Kevin Birmingham's imaginative scholarship brings Joyce and his world to life. There is a fresh detail on nearly every page." Louis Menand, Pulitzer prize-winning author of"The Metaphysical Club"
    For more than a decade, the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. James Joyce s big blue book, "Ulysses, " ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But the genius of "Ulysses "was also its danger: it omitted absolutely nothing. All of the minutiae of Leopold Bloom s day, including its unspeakable details, unfold with careful precision in its pages. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice immediately banned the novel as obscene, lewd, and lascivious. Joyce, along with some of the most important publishers and writers of his era, had to fight for years to win the freedom to publish it. "The Most Dangerous Book" tells the remarkable story surrounding "Ulysses," from the first stirrings of Joyce s inspiration in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
    Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce s years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain. The long struggle for publication added to the growing pressures of Joyce s deteriorating eyesight, finances and home life.
    Salvation finally came from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random House, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties lawyer. With their stewardship, the case ultimately rested on the literary merit of Joyce s master work. The sixty-year-old judicial practices governing obscenity in the United States were overturned because a federal judge could get inside Molly Bloom s head.
    Birmingham s archival work brings to light new information about both Joyce and the story surrounding "Ulysses." Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, "The Most Dangerous Book" is a gripping examination of how the world came to say yes to "Ulysses.""

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PACIFIC : The Oceean of the Future
    PACIFIC : The Oceean of the Future
    WINCHESTER SIMON
    ISBN: 9780007550753
    Title: PACIFIC : The Oceean of the Future
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future.

    The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future.

    The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.


    Imprint: HARPER U S
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART   **Special Price**
    PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART **Special Price**
    MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    ISBN: 9781742610627
    Title: PARIS : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS CREATIVE HEART **Special Price**
    Author: MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's hard not to be smitten by Paris. The city of love and light is one of the most enchanting in the world, but it also has a tendency to keep its best spots well hidden.

    After spending the last 20 years exploring the city, journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch has discovered all of Paris' secret gems and shares them in this beautiful guide. From the stylish boutiques on Champs-Elysees to the irresistible cafes, tea salons and patisseries that make up the fabric of the city, you will find everything you need to know to have a true insider's experience of Paris.Paris begins with an atmospheric guide to the arrondissements, each with their distinct personality, like the sophisticate 1st with its magnificent architecture and perfectly clipped trees, or the hipster 3rd with its avant garde artisans and cool cafes. Janelle leads you on a wander through each area, taking in architectural and design features and discovering secret side streets, tucked-away gardens and beautiful neighbourhood squares.In the second half of the book Janelle shares her very favourite places to visit in Paris, with over 150 reviews of the most incredible and unusual shops, museums, markets, cafes and food stores. There's Laduree, the city's prettiest patisserie, or the stylish Calligrane, a store that elevates paper into a work of art, along with a whole raft of amazing ateliers, inspiring bookstores, secret design museums, stylish clothing boutiques and even fantastical shops filled with taxidermied animals.

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RENNIE ELLIS : DECADENT 1980-2000
    RENNIE ELLIS : DECADENT 1980-2000
    ELLIS RENNIE
    ISBN: 9781742705347
    Title: RENNIE ELLIS : DECADENT 1980-2000
    Author: ELLIS RENNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating snapshot of the wild, opulent, sometimes tacky and always decadent 1980s in Australia by a true original. Decadent: 1980-2000 is a photography book showcasing Rennie Ellis' (1940-2003) contribution to photography and social history. With an introduction by photographer and Rennie contemporary William Yang and an essay by photographer and art critic Robert McFarlane, Decadent highlights Ellis as one of Australia's most important chroniclers of the 1980s. The photographs, both colour and black and white, are drawn from the Rennie Ellis PhotographicArchive and the State Library of Victoria Rennie Ellis collection. Decadent explores the rise of the hedonism that we now associate with the 1980s. Ellis' boundary-pushing, racy and sometimes voyeuristic works capture a society that seems to be revelling in its abandonment of the politically charged 1970s documented in Decade.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $24.99
  • RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook   **Special Price**
    RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook **Special Price**
    FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL HUGH
    ISBN: 9781408869253
    Title: RIVER COTTAGE LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS : Recipes for the resourceful cook **Special Price**
    Author: FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL HUGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 imaginative recipes for making the most of every potential ingredient in your kitchen

    We all occasionally suffer a guilty conscience about those languishing ingredients that stay untouched in the fridge or cupboard for days: the bendy carrots, the wilting salad, the foil-wrapped roast chicken, the rock-like bread and that little nugget of Cheddar.

    In this new pocket bible, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall offers nifty and creative ideas to transform leftovers into irresistible meals. Hugh starts by giving practical advice for cooking on a weekly basis with leftovers in mind - helping to save money and avoid waste - and provides tips on how best to store your ingredients to make them last for as long as possible.

    Hugh then gives handy recipe templates that can be applied to all kinds of leftover ingredients, and provides simple and flexible recipes. He shows, for instance, how you can transform leftover meat into Chilli beef noodles, Stew enchiladas, Spicy chicken salad with peanut butter dressing; surplus root vegetables into Roast root hummus, Quick lentil and parsnip curry and Beetroot and caraway seed cake; spare eggs into Hazelnut remoulade and easy Macarons. He also gives ingenious ideas for Christmas leftovers, shows how to assemble a delicious meal in under ten minutes, and how to make simple store-cupboard suppers.

    With more than 100 recipes, gorgeous photographs and illustrations, this is the ultimate companion for everyone's kitchen - and you'll never be bored of leftovers again.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $16.99
  • ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    CONNORS JANE
    ISBN: 9780642278708
    Title: ROYAL VISITS TO AUSTRALIA
    Author: CONNORS JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Out of Australia’s total population of around nine million, an estimated seven million people turned out to catch a glimpse of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. Sixty years later, in April 2014, television news bulletins, newspapers and social media were awash with stories of the royal visit of Prince William, his wife Catherine and their baby son George. The frequent, whirlwind royal tours of today are a far cry from those to Australia between 1867 and 1954. These stretched over months, bursting with events such as civic receptions, state banquets, military reviews, cricket matches, agricultural shows, processions, schoolchildren’s pageants and the laying of foundation stones. Occasionally shambolic, quarrelsome and raucous affairs, they were always intensely patriotic. While most of the visits described in this book are from the British Royal Family, royals from other countries appear too, including ‘Our Mary’ of the Danish Royal Family, proudly claimed by Australians as their own.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $5.00
  • SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN   **Special Price**
    SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN **Special Price**
    RICKARD SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9780642277770
    Title: SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN **Special Price**
    Author: RICKARD SUZANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with Captain Cook on the Resolution and then on the Adventure between 1772 and 1773. This book features facsimile pages extracted from the private journal and is beautifully illustrated with maps, portraits, contemporary documents and artefacts, including information text boxes on people and issues. It follows the successful format of other books such as In Bligh's Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $16.95
  • SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE   **Special Price**
    SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE **Special Price**
    HARROLD A F
    ISBN: 9781408853368
    Title: SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE **Special Price**
    Author: HARROLD A F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman


    Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks.

    And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

    But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $9.95
  • SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781400044450
    Title: SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb, concise introduction to Robert Hughes for new readers; and longtime Hughes lovers will glean something new from seeing these pieces gathered in one place.

    "I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it's an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails…I don't think stupid or ill-read people are as good to be with as wise and fully literate ones. I would rather watch a great tennis player than a mediocre one…Consequently, most of the human race doesn't matter much to me, outside the normal and necessary frame of courtesy and the obligation to respect human rights. I see no reason to squirm around apologizing for this. I am, after all, a cultural critic, and my main job is to distinguish the good from the second-rate."

    Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion, and himself. He translated his passions—of which there were many, both positive and negative—brilliantly, convincingly, and with vitality and immediacy, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance that he did his subjects. There never was, and never will be again, a voice like this. In this volume, that voice rings clear through a gathering of some of his most unforgettable writings, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books. This selection shows his enormous range and gives us a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man.

    Most revealing, and most thrilling for Hughes's legions of fans, are the never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of memoirs. These last writings show Robert Hughes at the height of his powers and can be read only with pleasure and a tinge of sadness that his extraordinary voice is no longer here to educate us as well as to clarify and define our world.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $35.00
  • TALES FROM A TALL FOREST   **Special Price**
    TALES FROM A TALL FOREST **Special Price**
    MICALLEF SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760129590
    Title: TALES FROM A TALL FOREST **Special Price**
    Author: MICALLEF SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once upon a time being, forever and ever ago, there lived a forest tall of tales...?

    When an innocent princess wanders into the forest, she finds herself trapped between a wolf with a ravenous appetite and a sweet little house with a secret. Meanwhile, a desperate fisherman enters into a very bad bargain with a power-hungry monkey. And meanerwhile still, a tiny tricksy tailor promises a promise that not even the most magic of beanstalks can help him escape.

    In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures. Illustrated by award-winning artist Jonathan Bentley, this subversively silly trilogy will captivate parents and children alike – and indignant fairytale authors too.

    More grim than Grimms', less soppy than Aesop.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.95
  • TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA   -   Book and Jigsaw Puzzle   **Special Price**
    TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle **Special Price**
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760294410
    Title: TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle **Special Price**
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street? Or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?

    Shaun Tan reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students, the unexpected edge of the world and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.

    This very special book and jigsaw puzzle set includes the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Tales From Outer Suburbia and a jigsaw of the 'The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group'. The 700 mm x 500 mm jigsaw comprises 750 pieces.

    'Tan's work overflows with human warmth and childlike wonder. But it also makes a perfect adult bedtime story, a little something to shake loose your imagination from the moors of reality right before your own dreams kick in.' - The New York Times

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $16.95
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