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  • FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments   **Special Price**
    FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments **Special Price**
    HAMILTON MAURICE
    ISBN: 9781781317082
    Title: FORMULA ONE : The Pursuit of Speed - A Photographic Celebration of F1's Greatest Moments **Special Price**
    Author: HAMILTON MAURICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With over 300 photographs - from the 1950s to the present day - all from The Cahier Archive and many previously unpublished, The Pursuit of Speed is the ultimate celebration of Formula One.

    Imprint: AURUM PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $19.95
  • 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: $10.00
  • 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: $10.00
  • GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY   **Special Price**
    GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY **Special Price**
    CAPOMOLLA FABIAN
    ISBN: 9781743538968
    Title: GROWING FOOD THE ITALIAN WAY **Special Price**
    Author: CAPOMOLLA FABIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In mid-2014, passionate grower and gardening author Fabian Capomolla decided to up stumps and move to Italy for a year with his young family in tow. From his time living in Lucca, and from watching as a child his nonno grow his own food, Fabian discovered that growing food the Italian way is defined by how they approach the task: with simplicity and without overcomplicating it.

    This book will show you - in simple, Italian-style terms! - how to set up and maintain your veggie patch, and the extensive A-Z plant guide will help you decide what to grow in it. There's a chapter on problems you might encounter and remedies to fix them, along with handy tips scattered throughout. Some of these tips have been expanded into easy-to-follow activities like how to build your own barbecue or make your own insect repellent. You'll also find a selection of simple and delicious recipes so you can cook just like Nonna, and a glossary to help decode common gardening terms.

    In Italy the most important things are family and food. Growing your own food is about providing for yourself and your family. It is a celebration of food, which is a celebration of life. To grow the Italian way is to enjoy life. Nothing else really matters. Basta!

    Imprint: PLUM
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase   **Special Price**
    GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase **Special Price**
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781447270058
    Title: GRUFFALO AND THE GRUFFALOS CHILD - Gift Slipcase **Special Price**
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: SLIP CASE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The award-winning stories about a clever little mouse outwitting the creatures of the deep dark wood have been delighting children and adults the world over for more than fifteen years. Created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the most successful picture-book partnership ever, they have been translated into over fifty languages and made into sell-out stage shows and Oscar-nominated films. Now these modern picture-book classics are available together as one very special gift.

    This specially designed slipcase is covered in shiny foil and features stunning new silhouette artwork from Axel Scheffler. Inside are two high quality hardback editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, with extra-thick paper, deluxe finish and brand new cover artwork. This beautifully designed package is the perfect introduction to the Gruffalo - an ideal Christening or birthday gift.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $24.95
  • HENRY AND BANJO   **Special Price**
    HENRY AND BANJO **Special Price**
    KNIGHT JAMES
    ISBN: 9780733633614
    Title: HENRY AND BANJO **Special Price**
    Author: KNIGHT JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today most of us know that Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson were famous writers. We know about Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and the Man from Snowy River; The Drover's Wife, While the Billy Boils and Joe Wilson and his mates, but little else.

    Here, in a compelling and engaging work, James Knight brings Henry and Banjo's own stories to life. And there is much to tell. Both were country born, just three years and three hundred kilometres apart, Henry on the goldfields of Grenfell and Banjo on a property near Orange, but their paths to literary immortality took very different routes - indeed at times their lives were ones of savage and all too tragic contrasts. Banjo, born into a life of comparative privilege, would rise from country boy to Sydney Grammar student, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and revered man about town. Henry's formal education only began when his feminist mother finally won her battle for a local school but illness and subsequent deafness would make continuing his lessons difficult, seeing him find work as a labourer, a coach painter and a journalist, all the while wrestling with poverty, alcoholism and mental illness. Both men would become household names during their lifetimes. Both would have regrets.

    HENRY AND BANJO details two incredibly fascinating lives and delves into the famous (and not so famous) writings of the two men who had the power to influence and change Australia.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $16.95
  • HOUSE OF NAMES   **Special Price**
    HOUSE OF NAMES **Special Price**
    TOIBIN COLM
    ISBN: 9781760551421
    Title: HOUSE OF NAMES **Special Price**
    Author: TOIBIN COLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.

    I HAVE BEEN ACQUAINTED WITH THE SMELL OF DEATH.

    Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter - her beloved Iphigenia - to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king's return...

    Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, watches Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches, as they walk the gardens and corridors of the house of Atreus. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother's return...

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $13.95
  • HUE 1968
    HUE 1968
    BOWDEN MARK
    ISBN: 9780802127006
    Title: HUE 1968
    Author: BOWDEN MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    By January 1968 the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which 'the end begins to come into view.' The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the Tet Offensive included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Hue, the country's cultural capital. At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.

    The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

    With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple points of view. Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American war in Vietnam.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $24.99
  • HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS   **Special Price**
    HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS **Special Price**
    SMITH DODIE
    ISBN: 9781405281652
    Title: HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS **Special Price**
    Author: SMITH DODIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    No Marketing Blurb

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $10.95
  • IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups   **Special Price**
    IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups **Special Price**
    HARRIS CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781509881048
    Title: IM JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups **Special Price**
    Author: HARRIS CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. Chris Harris's I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein.

    This entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner, from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking verse, to a poem that is 100% genuinely infinite. Adding to the fun: Lane Smith, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for There Is a Tribe of Kids, has spectacularly illustrated this extraordinary collection with nearly one hundred pieces of appropriately absurd art. It's a mischievous match made in heaven and the perfect gift for kids age seven and up.

    Imprint: TWO HOOTS BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.95
  • IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    LEWIS-JONES HUW
    ISBN: 9781844861378
    Title: IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH POLE
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred years after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heroic Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, writers and scientists, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs, Ranulph Fiennes and Borge Ousland. Stunning images by Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts, illustrate the hardships of life on the ice. The authors have woven together the narrative of this enduring human quest with individual stories to place the Scott-Amundsen race in historical context and consider its legacy in the manhaulers, extreme skiers and adventure tourists of today. In the 21st century the South Pole remains an international stage for ambition and personal endeavour. For anyone who has felt the pull of this magnetic place - this is the book for you.

    Imprint: CONWAY MARITIME PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    JOSE NICHOLAS (ED)
    ISBN: 9780393072617
    Title: LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA : An Anthology
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The result of a collaboration between Sydney's Macquarie University and International PEN Sydney Centre, and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council, The Literature of Australia gathers the most distinctive and most significant of the nation's writing. Highlights include: Coverage of over two hundred years of literature in all genres, from the 1700s to the present, and over 500 entries from 307 different authors, including writing by Aboriginal authors from the early colonial period to the present. Work from contemporary authors of international renown, including Shirley Hazzard, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Alexis Wright, and Kate Grenville. Biographical details about the authors of the works selected, an introductory essay, major essays setting the works in their historical context, and suggestions for further reading.

    The Literature of Australia offers readers of all kinds a window into the myriad ways of being Australian.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    PATERSON A B
    ISBN: 9780642278128
    Title: LOOKING FOR CLANCY
    Author: PATERSON A B
    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: $19.99
  • 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
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