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  • JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    TAYLOR SUE
    ISBN: 9780642277657
    Title: JOHN GOULDS EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: TAYLOR SUE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1838, John Gould, the father of Australian ornithology visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species. Goulds words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were propheticthe last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. John Goulds Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Goulds eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australias copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each birds European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $14.99
  • KILLING HOUR
    KILLING HOUR
    ISBN: 9781741668537
    Title: KILLING HOUR
    Author: CLEAVE PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: -
    Price: $29.95
    Temporarily out of stock


    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    Price: $29.95
  • 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
  • LUKE NGUYENS FRANCE
    LUKE NGUYENS FRANCE
    NGUYEN LUKE
    ISBN: 9781742707181
    Title: LUKE NGUYENS FRANCE
    Author: NGUYEN LUKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Luke Nguyen’s France follows acclaimed chef Luke Nguyen as he discovers the flavors, ingredients, and dishes of France that have influenced Vietnamese cooking.

    From classics to traditional recipes with a modern twist, Luke meets chefs and locals along his journey, learning the secrets behind these one hundred much-loved French dishes and their regional specialties.

    Alongside French classics such as Niçoise salad and gâteau Basque, Luke shares his own interpretations of French-Vietnamese fusion food: from Vietnamese steak tartare and salt-and-pepper squid to crispy-skin chicken with master stock and pan-fried baby sole.

    Filled with beautiful location and food photography throughout, and complemented by a stunning design that is signature to Luke’s books, Luke Nguyen’s France celebrates the flavors of these two cuisines with exciting, inspired recipes.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • PARIS IN STYLE : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS FASHION DESIGN AND STYLE DESTINATIONS
    PARIS IN STYLE : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS FASHION DESIGN AND STYLE DESTINATIONS
    MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    ISBN: 9780522866995
    Title: PARIS IN STYLE : A GUIDE TO THE CITYS FASHION DESIGN AND STYLE DESTINATIONS
    Author: MCCULLOCH JANELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paris always seems to keep something slightly hidden: those intriguing ateliers and fashion museums, enticing boutique hotels, secret gardens, enthralling bookstores, irresistible antique stalls...

    Having written three bestselling books about Paris, journalist, author and photographer Janelle McCulloch thought she knew most of the best places in which to stay, wander and explore. But the more time she spent in Paris, the more she realised how much there was still to discover.

    Paris in Style reveals this city's most surprising and fascinating fashion, design and style destinations. It is the ultimate insider's guide for travellers seeking style, creative inspiration and unforgettable experiences.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $19.99
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