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  • 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: $24.99
  • 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
  • OBSESSIVE CREATIVE
    OBSESSIVE CREATIVE
    DINNIGAN COLLETTE
    ISBN: 9781921383298
    Title: OBSESSIVE CREATIVE
    Author: DINNIGAN COLLETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this much-anticipated book from Collette Dinnigan, the Australian designer and fashion icon provides an intimate insight into her life and work.
    For the first time, this intensely private woman opens up about what makes her tick. What inspires her to create clothes worn by the most glamorous women in the world, from film stars to royalty? How has her bohemian childhood shaped her? What has made her so successful? What drives her creativity and her famed attention to detail? How does she unwind? How does she juggle the roles of mother and businesswoman?
    Obsessive Creative takes you behind the scenes of the world of high fashion, from the studio where Collette's sublimely beautiful clothes are made, to backstage at the Paris shows, from the red carpet to a beading factory in India. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from top international fashion photographers and from Collette's own family albums, this is an intensely personal account of her life and times.

    The name Collette Dinnigan conjures up images of romance, style, luxury and femininity – meet the woman behind the name.

    'When I design a collection there is always a story. I imagine the mood, the time, the place, who will be wearing the clothes, who else might be there. Anything might inspire me - fields of flowers, a flock of birds, old mosaics, or even a row of striped deckchairs.'

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • PEOPLEQUAKE
    PEOPLEQUAKE
    PEARCE FRED
    ISBN: 9781905811397
    Title: PEOPLEQUAKE
    Author: PEARCE FRED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wherever we look, population is the driver of the most toxic issues on the political agenda. But the population bomb is being defused. Half the world's women are having two children or fewer. Within a generation, the world's population will be falling. And we will all be getting very old. So should we welcome the return to centre stage of the tribal elders? Or is humanity facing a fate worse than environmental apocalypse? Brilliant, heretical and accessible to all, Fred Pearce takes on the matter that is fundamental to who we are and how we live, confronting our demographic demons.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $9.99
  • PURITY
    PURITY
    FRANZEN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780374239213
    Title: PURITY
    Author: FRANZEN JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of FREEDOM and THE CORRECTIONS

    Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she’ll ever have a normal life.

    Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

    Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters – Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers – and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    KEENS LETA
    ISBN: 9781742663470
    Title: RURAL AUSTRALIAN HOMES
    Author: KEENS LETA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Most Australians live in cities, clinging to the coast and looking outwards towards the ocean. Yet almost all of us feel closely connected to the country, even if we hardly ever visit it. Many of us dream of moving to rural areas - there's a harshness to much of the Australian landscape and yet we still feel a sense of romance about it. For Rural Australian Homes, Leta Keens travelled around Australia to find the 18 homes featured in the book - a wide-ranging and appealing selection that includes a sheep station that has been in the same family for 100 years, a converted general store, an adapted shed, and award-winning architect-designed contemporary houses. Covering every state and the Northern Territory, Rural Australian Homes gives a compelling insight into contemporary life in rural Australia, and offers a glimpse into some of the history that has defined it.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $39.95
  • SHED
    SHED
    GRIFFITHS SIMON
    ISBN: 9781921383397
    Title: SHED
    Author: GRIFFITHS SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peek inside some of Australia's most intriguing sheds with photographer Simon Griffiths, who brought you the very popular Shack. From evocative abandoned ruins to fabulously cluttered artists' studios overflowing with creativity and inspiration, these sheds will make you look at your own in a new light.

    Imprint: LANTERN BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    UNDERHILL NANCY
    ISBN: 9781921410888
    Title: SIDNEY NOLAN : A LIFE
    Author: UNDERHILL NANCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Digging through the myths around Australias most famous artist, many of which he created himself as a masterful self-promoter, this book is the biography that Sidney Nolan deserves.In an authoritative, insightful and often irreverent biography that fully charts Nolans life and work, Nancy Underhill peels back the layers from a complicated, expedient and manipulative artistic genius. She carries the story from Nolans birth in 1917 to his death in 1992, tracing his early life, his experience as a commercial artist, his involvement in the Angry Penguins magazine, his painting and set design, his difficult marriages and friendships with some of the twentieth centurys most famous figures: Patrick White, Albert Tucker, Benjamin Britten, Robert Lowell, Stephen Spender and Kenneth Clark.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    GROOM LINDA
    ISBN: 9780642277077
    Title: STEADY HAND : GOVERNOR HUNTER AND HIS FIRST FLEET SKETCHBOOK
    Author: GROOM LINDA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    History looks back on John Hunter with mixed reviews. Some biographers are critical of his leadership style as the Governor of Port Jackson (Sydney). Others say he was a failure at sea. Linda Groom, however, disagrees on both counts, claiming that Hunter was an outstanding seaman whose mere survival as governor was an achievement for his time. Hunter grew up in Leith, near Edinburgh. In 1754 he joined the Royal Navy and in 1768, when Hunter was 30, he was made master. By 1786 he was captain, and appointed by Lord Howe to the Sirius, flag ship of the First Fleet. In October 1788 Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the Sirius to sail from Port Jackson to Cape Town for supplies. Hunters decision to take the easterly route past Cape Horn made for a record fast passage, even though the Sirius had to dodge icebergs, lost men to scurvy and was nearly wrecked in violent weather off the south of Tasmania. Hunter began his sketchbook in the same year he made his life-saving journey to Cape Town. Twenty-six of Hunters paintings in his sketchbook were copied from paintings by one of his midshipmen, George Raper. This was not only a compliment from the captain to his midshipman but demonstrates his willingness to learn from his work, quite a reversal of the usual naval hierarchy. Although many of the works in the sketchbook are copies, Hunter brings his own (often humorous) interpretation to them.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $14.99
  • STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    RINKER SHERRI DUSKEY
    ISBN: 9781452128252
    Title: STEAM TRAIN DREAM TRAIN - SOUND BOOK
    Author: RINKER SHERRI DUSKEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The New York Times bestselling team behind Steam Train, Dream Train returns with the sounds of a train headed off to dreamland!

    The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls.

    Lightly abridged and revised from the original text, this playful board book includes a sound bar with five sounds - whistle, chugga, hiss, giggle, yawn - that bring interactive fun to the setting of the hit picture book.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $13.95
  • STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    JOHNSON VIVIEN
    ISBN: 9781742232430
    Title: STREETS OF PAPUNYA : THE REINVENTION OF PAPUNYA PAINTING
    Author: JOHNSON VIVIEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary art comes from the daughters of the ground-breaking Papunya Tula artists of the 1970s, the founding fathers of the desert art movement. Streets of Papunya is the story of the women painters of Papunya today, rising stars of a new art centre called Papunya Tjupi Arts. Among them are some of the first women in the desert to join the original Papunya art movement, who continue Papunya’s rich history as the birthplace of contemporary Indigenous art. Western Desert art expert Vivien Johnson reveals the whole history of Papunya as a site of art production, from Albert Namatjira’s final paintings, executed in Papunya days before his death in 1959, through Papunya’s glory days of the 1970s and ‘80s, the dark time when it was known as ‘carpetbagging capital of the desert’ to its inspirational renaissance, as its leading painters reinvent Papunya painting for the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TELLING ROOM : A TALE OF LOVE BETRAYAL REVENGE AND THE WORLDS GREATEST PIECE OF CHEESE
    TELLING ROOM : A TALE OF LOVE BETRAYAL REVENGE AND THE WORLDS GREATEST PIECE OF CHEESE
    PATERNITI MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780385337007
    Title: TELLING ROOM : A TALE OF LOVE BETRAYAL REVENGE AND THE WORLDS GREATEST PIECE OF CHEESE
    Author: PATERNITI MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 2000, the author listened as Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras of the picturesque Spanish village of Guzman spun an odd and compelling tale about a cheese made from an ancient family recipe. Reputed to be among the finest in the world - one bite could conjure long-lost memories. In this book, the author relates his experience.

    Imprint: DIAL BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TENNISON
    TENNISON
    LA PLANTE LYNDA
    ISBN: 9781471140518
    Title: TENNISON
    Author: LA PLANTE LYNDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.

    In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $13.95
  • VANILLA ICE CREAM
    VANILLA ICE CREAM
    GRAHAM BOB
    ISBN: 9781406350098
    Title: VANILLA ICE CREAM
    Author: GRAHAM BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food.

    He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's.

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $27.95

    Price: $10.00
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