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  • 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: $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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: $19.99
  • 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: $9.99
  • 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: $19.99
  • 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: $24.95
  • MY NEW ROOTS : Irresistible Natural Food That Happens to be Good for You
    MY NEW ROOTS : Irresistible Natural Food That Happens to be Good for You
    BRITTON SARAH
    ISBN: 9781447290940
    Title: MY NEW ROOTS : Irresistible Natural Food That Happens to be Good for You
    Author: BRITTON SARAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Delicious veg-based recipes from Sarah Britton, author of the hugely popular healthy food blog My New Roots.

    Sarah Britton shares 100 gorgeous, all-new plant-based recipes in her debut cookbook, inspired by her wildly popular blog My New Roots. Every month, half a million readers - vegetarians, vegans, paleo followers, and gluten-free gourmets alike - flock to Sarah's adaptable and accessible recipes that make powerfully healthy ingredients simply irresistible. My New Roots is the ultimate guide to revitalizing your health and palate, one delicious recipe at a time. Whether you are newcomers to natural foods or are already devotees, you will discover how easy it is to eat healthfully and happily when whole foods and plants are at the centre of every plate.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $16.95
  • 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
  • PATISSERIE : MASTER THE ART OF FRENCH PASTRY
    PATISSERIE : MASTER THE ART OF FRENCH PASTRY
    DUPUIS MELANIE
    ISBN: 9781743790946
    Title: PATISSERIE : MASTER THE ART OF FRENCH PASTRY
    Author: DUPUIS MELANIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark volume, patissier Melanie Dupuis and molecular gastronomist Anne Cazor demystify the techniques and traditions of France's grand patisseries.

    Patisserie gives readers all the technical know-how required to become an expert in the art of French patisserie and invent their own masterpieces.

    Each of the 100 recipes features a full-colour cross-section illustration, step-by-step photography and a beautiful hero image in order to both inspire the reader and demystify some of France’s most iconic desserts.

    Patisserie includes the basic building-block recipes needed to understand the fundamentals of French patisserie, from the pastry itself (shortcrust pastry, sweet pastry, puff pastry, choux pastry and more) to fillings (custards, creams, butters, mousses, ganaches and pastes) and embellishments (meringue, chocolate, sauces and sugar art).

    From simple treats like madeleines, financiers and cookies to more complex creations, like black forest cake, éclairs, croissants, macarons, lemon meringue pie, l’opera, mocha, croquembouche, charlotte, rum baba and more, Patisserie covers all of the French delicacies you could ever dream of.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.95
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