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  • MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION   **Special Price**
    MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION **Special Price**
    6TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781876429898
    Title: MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION **Special Price**
    Author: 6TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sixth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of Australian English


    Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia's national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world. The Sixth Edition features: - the complete record of English as it is used in Australia, from the colourfully colloquial to the highly technical - thousands of new words and senses, such as apera, bladerunner, dramality, frape, yarn bombing, urban homesteading, virtual choir, mummy blog, and many more - words relating to the environment and climate change, such as blue revolution, envirocrime, flood pulse, green tape, novel ecosystem, rock fillet, and many more - illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context - words and phrases from regional Australia as chonks for "lollies" from Victoria, gent for a "maggot" from South Australia, and anchovy for "whitebait" from Tasmania - words and phrases from other varieties of English which impinge on Australian English, as British English and American English, and English in Southeast Asia, India, and China - extensive usage notes - etymologies of words and phrases



    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $99.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MILK MADE : A Book about Cheese - How to Make it and Eat it   **Special Price**
    MILK MADE : A Book about Cheese - How to Make it and Eat it **Special Price**
    HADDOW NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791356
    Title: MILK MADE : A Book about Cheese - How to Make it and Eat it **Special Price**
    Author: HADDOW NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Milk. Made. is an elegant and comprehensive tour of the art of cheese-making and eating - from selecting cultures, to the practices of production right through to the best recipes to enjoy them.You will find sections on the key types of cheese (and other dairy products) as well as how to make the cheese, store the cheese, serve the cheese, and the history of the cheese itself. For those who don’t want to make it but simply love to eat it, Milk. Made. includes 75 comprehensive recipes such as croque monsieur, onion soup with grilled cheese croutons, beetroot and feta tart, sour cream scones, classic fondue and many more. Nick Haddow owns and opperates the successful Bruny Island Cheese Company in Tasmania.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    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: $24.99
  • 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
  • PRAGUE PICTURES : Portraits of a City
    PRAGUE PICTURES : Portraits of a City
    BANVILLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781632863744
    Title: PRAGUE PICTURES : Portraits of a City
    Author: BANVILLE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From one of the foremost chroniclers of the modern European experience, a panoramic view of a city that has seduced and bewitched visitors for centuries.


    Prague is the magic capital of Europe. Since the days of Emperor Rudolf II, "devotee of the stars and cultivator of the spagyric art", who in the late 1500s summoned alchemists and magicians from all over the world to his castle on Hradeany hill, it has been a place of mystery and intrigue. Wars, revolutions, floods, the imposition of Soviet communism, and even the depredations of the tourist boom after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 could not destroy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful, proud, and melancholy city on the Vltava.

    John Banville traces Prague's often tragic history and portrays the people who made it: the emperors and princes, geniuses and charlatans, heroes and scoundrels. He also paints a portrait of the Prague of today, reveling in its newfound freedoms, eager to join the European Community and at the same time suspicious of what many Praguers see as yet another totalitarian takeover. He writes of his first visit to the city, in the depths of the Cold War, and of subsequent trips there, of the people he met, the friends he made, the places he came to know.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • ROBERT HANNAFORD : NATURAL EYE   **Special Price**
    ROBERT HANNAFORD : NATURAL EYE **Special Price**
    NEYLON JOHN
    ISBN: 9781862547773
    Title: ROBERT HANNAFORD : NATURAL EYE **Special Price**
    Author: NEYLON JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robert Hannaford is one of Australia's foremost portrait artists, but this is only one aspect of his work. Robert Hannaford: Natural eye, the first book to be published on this acclaimed artist, reveals a richer, fuller story: of an artist who deliberately places representation over abstraction, producing art that celebrates the visual world in all its variety while interrogating its place in the human imagination. Hannaford has been a finalist in every Archibald Prize exhibition since 1991, and winner of the Archibald People's Choice Prize on three occasions. His subjects include Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Edward Woodwards, Hon. Paul Keating, Jean Blackburn, Hon. Bob Hawke, Sir Gerard Brennen, Professor Rolf Prince and Hugh Stretton.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    FROST MARK
    ISBN: 9781447293866
    Title: SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS
    Author: FROST MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but readies fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $10.00
  • SPIDER AND THE FLY : A Reporter a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder
    SPIDER AND THE FLY : A Reporter a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder
    ROWE CLAUDIA
    ISBN: 9781760296285
    Title: SPIDER AND THE FLY : A Reporter a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder
    Author: ROWE CLAUDIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I'll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you're honest, as honest as any reporter... You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past. I want a peek into yours. It is only fair, isn't it?' - Kendall Francois

    In September 1998, young reporter Claudia Rowe was working as a stringer for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, when local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite twenty-seven-year-old community college student, shared with his parents and sister.

    Growing up amid the safe, bourgeois affluence of New York City, Rowe had always been secretly terrified of the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois. She was consumed with the desire to understand just how a man could abduct and strangle eight women-and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims' rotting corpses. She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil. Reaching out after Francois was sent to Attica, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four-year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control; an unusual and provocative relationship that would eventually lead her to the abyss, forcing her to see herself and her own past-and why she was drawn to danger.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $5.00
    Price: $5.00
  • YEAR OF LEAR : Shakespeare in 1606
    YEAR OF LEAR : Shakespeare in 1606
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9781416541646
    Title: YEAR OF LEAR : Shakespeare in 1606
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn--King Lear--then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. It was a memorable year in England as well--and a grim one, in the aftermath of a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry that had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation's political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom. It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $24.99
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