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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: $19.99
  • 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: $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: $5.00
  • 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: $24.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 : DECADE 1970-1980
    RENNIE ELLIS : DECADE 1970-1980
    ELLIS RENNIE
    ISBN: 9781742705330
    Title: RENNIE ELLIS : DECADE 1970-1980
    Author: ELLIS RENNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Decade: 1970-1980 is a photography book showcasing Rennie Ellis' (1940-2003) contribution to photography and social history. The photographs in the book are edited by multi-award winning photographer, Stephen Dupont and are introduced by Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography at the NGV, and Ellis' contemporary, award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Paul Cox. Decade highlights Ellis as one of Australia's most important chroniclers of the seventies. The photographs, predominantly black and white, are drawn from a core selection originally made by Rennie for his own unpublished book, and are supplemented by other significant and iconic images from the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and the State Library of Victoria's collection. Many of the photographs are accompanied by extended captions written by Rennie Ellis and are published here for the first time. Decade, published in association with the State Library of Victoria, explores the cultures and sub-cultures of the seventies: the political upheavals, alternative lifestyles and counter culture, the women's movement, gay liberation, the new religions and cults, pop festivals, Vietnam and other protests, massage parlours, the disco scene, the blossoming of Australia's film industry, the new sexual freedom, Aboriginal rights, street festivals, the new theatre, fashion, drugs and the emergence of a decadent and hedonistic society that would come to characterise the eighties.


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: $19.99
  • 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: $16.95
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