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  • KINGS OF THE GRAIL : Tracing The historic Journey of the Holy Grail From Jerusalem to Spain
    KINGS OF THE GRAIL : Tracing The historic Journey of the Holy Grail From Jerusalem to Spain
    SEVILLA / ORTEGA DEL RIO
    ISBN: 9781782433453
    Title: KINGS OF THE GRAIL : Tracing The historic Journey of the Holy Grail From Jerusalem to Spain
    Author: SEVILLA / ORTEGA DEL RIO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An extraordinary investigation, beginning with ancient parchments in Egypt and ending in Spain, casts an entirely new light on the fascinating mystery of the Holy Grail.Recently discovered parchments in Egypt have finally made it possible to identify the current location of the Holy Grail. This extraordinary discovery led Margarita Torres Sevilla and Jos Miguel Ortega del R o on a three-year investigation as they traced the Grail's journey across the globe to its final resting place in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Le n, Spain. * Traces the history of the Grail from Jerusalem in the eleventh century, to the caliph of the Fatimid dynasty, the Muslim prince of D nia (in Spain) and finally to Ferdinand I of Le n and Castile.* This definitive book on one of history's most sought-after treasures, the object of both Arthurian myth and Christian legend, has made headlines worldwide.* The culmination of a meticulous three-year investigation and supported by historical and scientific research.* Includes fascinating facts about the history of Judaism and early Christianity, the significance of the Last Supper, and the other cups previously identified as the Holy Grail.Meticulously researched, this is a fascinating and unique guide to history of the Grail.

    Imprint: MICHAEL OMARRA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
  • LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK
    LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK
    NORTH ANNA
    ISBN: 9781474603072
    Title: LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK
    Author: NORTH ANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For fans of Karen Joy Fowler, Maria Semple and Jennifer Egan, a compulsively readable look at one woman's life seen through six people's eyes.

    Who is the real Sophie Stark?

    THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK is the story of an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most. Brilliant, infuriating, all-seeing and unknowable, Sophie Stark makes films said to be 'more like life than life itself'. But her genius comes at a terrible cost: to her husband, to the brother she left behind, and to the actress she can't forget.

    With shades of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, it combines a uniquely appealing sensibility with a compulsively page-turning plot.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $5.00
  • LITTLE LIFE
    LITTLE LIFE
    YANAGIHARA HANYA
    ISBN: 9781447294825
    Title: LITTLE LIFE
    Author: YANAGIHARA HANYA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light.

    When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome-but that will define his life forever.

    In a remarkable and precise prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $15.95
  • LONELY PLANETS WILD WORLD
    LONELY PLANETS WILD WORLD
    ISBN: 9781743607480
    Title: LONELY PLANETS WILD WORLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel guide publisher, Wild World, the follow-up to the super-sized bestseller Beautiful World, is a vivid and compelling portrait of the world in which we live.

    Featuring breath-taking images of the natural world, this gorgeous collection of full-page photographs, carefully curated by Lonely Planet's photography experts, brings the world's wildest corners into your home. Incredible and majestic wildlife spectacles and natural phenomena are spellbindingly on display in this beautiful, no-expense-spared hardback.

    Imprint: LONELY PLANET
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $29.99
  • LOOK I MADE A HAT : COLLECTED LYRICS 1987-2011
    LOOK I MADE A HAT : COLLECTED LYRICS 1987-2011
    SONDHEIM STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780307593412
    Title: LOOK I MADE A HAT : COLLECTED LYRICS 1987-2011
    Author: SONDHEIM STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his life's work.

    Picking up where he left off in Finishing the Hat, Sondheim gives us all the lyrics, along with excluded songs and early drafts, of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins and Passion. Here, too, is an in-depth look at the evolution of Wise Guys, which subsequently was transformed into Bounce and eventually became Road Show. Sondheim takes us through his contributions to both television and film, some of which may surprise you, and covers plenty of never-before-seen material from unproduced projects as well. There are abundant anecdotes about his many collaborations, and readers are treated to rare personal material in this volume, as Sondheim includes songs culled from commissions, parodies and personal special occasions over the years—such as a hilarious song for Leonard Bernstein's seventieth birthday. As he did in the previous volume, Sondheim richly annotates his lyrics with invaluable advice on songwriting, discussions of theater history and the state of the industry today, and exacting dissections of his work, both the successes and the failures.

    Filled with even more behind-the-scenes photographs and illustrations from Sondheim's original manuscripts, Look, I Made a Hat is fascinating, devourable and essential reading for any fan of the theater or this great man's work.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $74.99

    Price: $34.99
  • LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    PATERSON A B (BANJO)
    ISBN: 9780642278128
    Title: LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    Author: PATERSON A B (BANJO)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1889 the revered Australian folk poet, A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, first published his ballad, Clancy of the Overflow. The verse achieved immediate popularity and, with the creation of his legendary character, Clancy a free-spirited stockman Paterson had summed up the essence of the Australian outback.To mark the 150th birthday of Banjo Paterson, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has journeyed into the Australian outback, exploring the myth of Clancy through words and illustrations, to find what it is that has made Clancy such an enduring figure in Australian folklore.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MAISYS PIRATE SHIP : A Pop-Up-and-Play Book
    MAISYS PIRATE SHIP : A Pop-Up-and-Play Book
    COUSINS LUCY
    ISBN: 9781406358025
    Title: MAISYS PIRATE SHIP : A Pop-Up-and-Play Book
    Author: COUSINS LUCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set sail in search of treasure with this brand new title in Maisy's Pop-up-and-Play Book series!

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $10.00
  • MOVIDA SOLERA
    MOVIDA SOLERA
    CAMORRA FRANK / CORNISH RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781921383366
    Title: MOVIDA SOLERA
    Author: CAMORRA FRANK / CORNISH RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Journey with Frank Camorra through sun-drenched Andalusia: a landscape of ancient cities, white villages nestled into steep mountains, and plains planted with olive groves and vineyards. Take in colourful spring festivals and lively markets, then venture into the rugged high sierras and the stone-lined bodegas of the sherry triangle.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MOZART : A LIFE
    MOZART : A LIFE
    JOHNSON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780670026371
    Title: MOZART : A LIFE
    Author: JOHNSON PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As he's done in Napoleon, Churchill, Jesus, and Darwin, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here offers a concise, illuminating biography of Mozart. Johnson's focus is on the music - Mozart's wondrous output of composition and his uncanny gift for instrumentation. Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer's health, wealth, religion, and relationships.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MR FELTONS BEQUESTS
    MR FELTONS BEQUESTS
    POYNTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780522855524
    Title: MR FELTONS BEQUESTS
    Author: POYNTER JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alfred Felton in 1904 left his substantial fortune in trust, the income to be spent by a committee of his friends, half on charities, and half on works of art for the National Gallery of Victoria. This title gives an account of Felton's life and the story of his Bequests that also covers most of Melbourne's history.

    Imprint: MIEGUNYAH PRESS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $10.00
  • NEW THAI FOOD : RECIPES FOR HOME
    NEW THAI FOOD : RECIPES FOR HOME
    BOETZ MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781742708201
    Title: NEW THAI FOOD : RECIPES FOR HOME
    Author: BOETZ MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New Thai Food celebrates the delicious and unique flavours of Thai food – and always with a keen eye on the balance of the essential taste senses of sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Recipes cover starters, salads, soups, curries, seafood, meat and poultry and desserts – as well as a handy section on the basics of this cuisine. Although not everything might be found in a domestic fridge or cupboard, the ingredients and techniques are not complicated – they’re pitched to an adventurous cook keen to explore the vibrant tastes of Thailand. Get started with some good fish sauce, chillies and sugar – and you’re almost done. Starters include Betel Leaves with Smoked Trout, Galangal & Trout Roe, and Fish Cakes, while salads include Beef Salad with Apple Eggplan and the classic Green Papaya Salad but with the addition of Coconut Rice. The curry chapter includes the familiar – Red Duck Curry – and more adventurous options, including Spiced Curry of Spatchcock with Chilli. Seafood, meat and poulty dishes are all flavoursome and straightforward to prepare. The desserts play on the familiar tastes of Thailand – durian, palm sugar, tapioca and mango – for a deliciously sweet ending.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NEXTINCTION
    NEXTINCTION
    STEADMAN RALPH
    ISBN: 9781472911681
    Title: NEXTINCTION
    Author: STEADMAN RALPH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Boids are back in town .The follow-up to the award-winning EXTINCT BOIDS, this book features more of the incredible art of cartoonist Ralph Steadman. This time the focus is not on the birds that are gone, but the ones that there's still time to save. These are the 192 Critically Endangered birds on the IUCN Red List, species such as the Giant Ibis, the Kakapo, the Sumatran Ground-cuckoo and the iconic Spoon-billed Sandpiper - these, along with a number of classic Steadman creations such as the Unsociable Lapwing, are the NEARLY-EXTINCT BOIDS.Woids are again by author, conservationist and film-maker Ceri Levy. Together, Ceri and Ralph are THE GONZOVATIONISTS.A proportion of the proceeds from this book goes to BirdLife International, to help them prevent the Nextinction.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $29.99
  • OUR MAN ELSEWHERE : IN SEARCH OF ALAN MOOREHEAD
    OUR MAN ELSEWHERE : IN SEARCH OF ALAN MOOREHEAD
    MCCAMISH THORNTON
    ISBN: 9781863958271
    Title: OUR MAN ELSEWHERE : IN SEARCH OF ALAN MOOREHEAD
    Author: MCCAMISH THORNTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A world-famous Australian writer, an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James, a legendary war correspondent who also wrote bestselling histories of exploration and conservation . . . and yet forgotten? In this dazzling book, Thornton McCamish delves into the past to reclaim a remarkable figure, Alan Moorehead.

    As a reporter, Moorehead witnessed many of the great historical events of the mid-20th century: the Spanish Civil War and both world wars, Cold War espionage, and decolonisation in Africa. He debated strategy with Churchill and Gandhi, fished with Hemingway, and drank with Graham Greene, Ava Gardner and Truman Capote. As well as being a regular contributor to the New Yorker, in 1956 Moorehead wrote the first significant book about the Gallipoli campaign.

    With its countless adventures, its touch of jet-set glamour and its tragic arc, Moorehead's story is a beguiling one. Thornton McCamish tells it as a quest - intimate, perceptive and superbly entertaining. His funny, ardent book reveals an extraordinary Australian and takes its place in a fresh tradition of contemporary biography.

    'Full-hearted, free-striding - this is a book that sings' - Helen Garner



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $19.99
  • RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    KEENS LETA
    ISBN: 9781742663470
    Title: RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    Author: KEENS LETA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most Australians live in cities, clinging to the coast and looking outwards towards the ocean. Yet almost all of us feel closely connected to the country, even if we hardly ever visit it. Many of us dream of moving to rural areas - there's a harshness to much of the Australian landscape and yet we still feel a sense of romance about it. For Rural Australian Homes, Leta Keens travelled around Australia to find the 18 homes featured in the book - a wide-ranging and appealing selection that includes a sheep station that has been in the same family for 100 years, a converted general store, an adapted shed, and award-winning architect-designed contemporary houses. Covering every state and the Northern Territory, Rural Australian Homes gives a compelling insight into contemporary life in rural Australia, and offers a glimpse into some of the history that has defined it.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $39.95
  • SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    UNDERHILL NANCY
    ISBN: 9781921410888
    Title: SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    Author: UNDERHILL NANCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Digging through the myths around Australias most famous artist, many of which he created himself as a masterful self-promoter, this book is the biography that Sidney Nolan deserves.In an authoritative, insightful and often irreverent biography that fully charts Nolans life and work, Nancy Underhill peels back the layers from a complicated, expedient and manipulative artistic genius. She carries the story from Nolans birth in 1917 to his death in 1992, tracing his early life, his experience as a commercial artist, his involvement in the Angry Penguins magazine, his painting and set design, his difficult marriages and friendships with some of the twentieth centurys most famous figures: Patrick White, Albert Tucker, Benjamin Britten, Robert Lowell, Stephen Spender and Kenneth Clark.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    GROOM LINDA
    ISBN: 9780642277077
    Title: STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    Author: GROOM LINDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    History looks back on John Hunter with mixed reviews. Some biographers are critical of his leadership style as the Governor of Port Jackson (Sydney). Others say he was a failure at sea. Linda Groom, however, disagrees on both counts, claiming that Hunter was an outstanding seaman whose mere survival as governor was an achievement for his time. Hunter grew up in Leith, near Edinburgh. In 1754 he joined the Royal Navy and in 1768, when Hunter was 30, he was made master. By 1786 he was captain, and appointed by Lord Howe to the Sirius, flag ship of the First Fleet. In October 1788 Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the Sirius to sail from Port Jackson to Cape Town for supplies. Hunters decision to take the easterly route past Cape Horn made for a record fast passage, even though the Sirius had to dodge icebergs, lost men to scurvy and was nearly wrecked in violent weather off the south of Tasmania. Hunter began his sketchbook in the same year he made his life-saving journey to Cape Town. Twenty-six of Hunters paintings in his sketchbook were copied from paintings by one of his midshipmen, George Raper. This was not only a compliment from the captain to his midshipman but demonstrates his willingness to learn from his work, quite a reversal of the usual naval hierarchy. Although many of the works in the sketchbook are copies, Hunter brings his own (often humorous) interpretation to them.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $10.00
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