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  • SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN   **Special Price**
    SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN **Special Price**
    RICKARD SUZANNE
    ISBN: 9780642277770
    Title: SAILING WITH COOK : Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN **Special Price**
    Author: RICKARD SUZANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with Captain Cook on the Resolution and then on the Adventure between 1772 and 1773. This book features facsimile pages extracted from the private journal and is beautifully illustrated with maps, portraits, contemporary documents and artefacts, including information text boxes on people and issues. It follows the successful format of other books such as In Bligh's Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $16.95
  • SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE   **Special Price**
    SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE **Special Price**
    HARROLD A F
    ISBN: 9781408853368
    Title: SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE **Special Price**
    Author: HARROLD A F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman


    Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks.

    And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever.

    But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $9.95
  • SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    HUGHES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781400044450
    Title: SPECTACLE OF SKILL : Selected Writings
    Author: HUGHES ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A superb, concise introduction to Robert Hughes for new readers; and longtime Hughes lovers will glean something new from seeing these pieces gathered in one place.

    "I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it's an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails…I don't think stupid or ill-read people are as good to be with as wise and fully literate ones. I would rather watch a great tennis player than a mediocre one…Consequently, most of the human race doesn't matter much to me, outside the normal and necessary frame of courtesy and the obligation to respect human rights. I see no reason to squirm around apologizing for this. I am, after all, a cultural critic, and my main job is to distinguish the good from the second-rate."

    Robert Hughes wrote with brutal honesty about art, architecture, culture, religion, and himself. He translated his passions—of which there were many, both positive and negative—brilliantly, convincingly, and with vitality and immediacy, always holding himself to the same rigorous standards of skill, authenticity, and significance that he did his subjects. There never was, and never will be again, a voice like this. In this volume, that voice rings clear through a gathering of some of his most unforgettable writings, culled from nine of his most widely read and important books. This selection shows his enormous range and gives us a uniquely cohesive view of both the critic and the man.

    Most revealing, and most thrilling for Hughes's legions of fans, are the never-before-published pages from his unfinished second volume of memoirs. These last writings show Robert Hughes at the height of his powers and can be read only with pleasure and a tinge of sadness that his extraordinary voice is no longer here to educate us as well as to clarify and define our world.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $35.00
  • STORY OF BABAR   **Special Price**
    STORY OF BABAR **Special Price**
    DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    ISBN: 9781405291811
    Title: STORY OF BABAR **Special Price**
    Author: DE BRUNHOFF JEAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste,” writes A. A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, in his preface to The Story of Babar. “And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now.” After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants.

    Jean de Brunhoff’s tales of Babar have charmed readers around the world for 80 years. His stories have followed the king of the elephants as he builds a city, founds a family and even meets Father Christmas. Tested by difficult trials – from snakes to fire to runaway prams – he always comes out on top, with the help of patience, determination and, on one memorable occasion, a flight of winged elephants. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children’s books and on TV.

    Beautifully illustrated, this edition is an ideal gift for children aged 3 and up.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $10.95
  • TALES FROM A TALL FOREST   **Special Price**
    TALES FROM A TALL FOREST **Special Price**
    MICALLEF SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760129590
    Title: TALES FROM A TALL FOREST **Special Price**
    Author: MICALLEF SHAUN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Once upon a time being, forever and ever ago, there lived a forest tall of tales...?

    When an innocent princess wanders into the forest, she finds herself trapped between a wolf with a ravenous appetite and a sweet little house with a secret. Meanwhile, a desperate fisherman enters into a very bad bargain with a power-hungry monkey. And meanerwhile still, a tiny tricksy tailor promises a promise that not even the most magic of beanstalks can help him escape.

    In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures. Illustrated by award-winning artist Jonathan Bentley, this subversively silly trilogy will captivate parents and children alike – and indignant fairytale authors too.

    More grim than Grimms', less soppy than Aesop.

    Imprint: EGMONT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $12.95
  • TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA   -   Book and Jigsaw Puzzle   **Special Price**
    TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle **Special Price**
    TAN SHAUN
    ISBN: 9781760294410
    Title: TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA - Book and Jigsaw Puzzle **Special Price**
    Author: TAN SHAUN
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street? Or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?

    Shaun Tan reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students, the unexpected edge of the world and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.

    This very special book and jigsaw puzzle set includes the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Tales From Outer Suburbia and a jigsaw of the 'The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group'. The 700 mm x 500 mm jigsaw comprises 750 pieces.

    'Tan's work overflows with human warmth and childlike wonder. But it also makes a perfect adult bedtime story, a little something to shake loose your imagination from the moors of reality right before your own dreams kick in.' - The New York Times

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $16.95
  • TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters   **Special Price**
    TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters **Special Price**
    ELBOROUGH TRAVIS / RENNISON NICK
    ISBN: 9780711237605
    Title: TRAVELLERS YEAR : 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries Journals and Letters **Special Price**
    Author: ELBOROUGH TRAVIS / RENNISON NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration.


    A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration. The extracts convey men and women's experiences of travel and discovery throughout the centuries from classical times to the early twenty-first century, with an emphasis on the period 1750 - 1950, the classic era of both European exploration and diary-writing. The authors of the pieces range from famous explorers such as Captains Cook and Scott to modern travel writers journeying through the contemporary world, from people who pushed back the boundaries of geographical knowledge to people who wrote about what they did on their summer holidays.

    The book includes an introduction, explanatory notes and mini-biographies of all the contributors.

    Imprint: FRANCES LINCOLN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $14.95
  • VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent   **Special Price**
    VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent **Special Price**
    MCDONALD NEIL WITH BRUNE PETER
    ISBN: 9781742235172
    Title: VALIANT FOR TRUTH : The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent **Special Price**
    Author: MCDONALD NEIL WITH BRUNE PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chester Wilmot (1911–1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Covering the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track, the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout WWII.

    Following the war he continued reporting and broadcasting, and published The Struggle for Europe, his classic account of the Normandy invasion and its aftermath. He was tragically killed in the crash of the BOAC Comet over Greece in 1954, returning from Australia where he had been covering the Royal Tour.

    Valiant for Truth charts Wilmot’s exceptional life as he reported key events of the twentieth century. It contains the most complete account to date of the command crisis in New Guinea in 1942 and his extraordinary feud with Australian Commander-in-Chief General Sir Thomas Blamey. Bestselling authors Neil McDonald and Peter Brune unite to tell the story in this, the first full biography of one of the most important correspondents of WWII.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $12.95
  • VICTORIA : The Queen    **Special Price**
    VICTORIA : The Queen **Special Price**
    BAIRD JULIA
    ISBN: 9780732295691
    Title: VICTORIA : The Queen **Special Price**
    Author: BAIRD JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of the world's most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.

    When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall. Her subjects were fascinated and intrigued; some felt sorry for her. Writer Thomas Carlyle, watching her gilded coach draw away from the coronation, said: 'Poor little Queen, she is at an age at which a girl can hardly be trusted to choose a bonnet for herself; yet a task is laid upon her from which an archangel might shrink.'

    Queen Victoria is long dead, but in truth she has shaped us from the grave. She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children. Suffrage, anti-poverty and anti-slavery movements can all be traced to her monumental reign, along with a profound rethinking of family life and the rise of religious doubt. When she died, in 1901, she was the longest reigning monarch in English history. Victoria is truly the woman who made the modern world.

    A fascinating, provocative and authoritative new biography of Queen Victoria which will make us see her in a new light, from one of Australia's most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird.


    'It's Baird's gift as a storyteller, her knack for human detail and the idiosyncrasies of the era, that make this book so superb. Through her eyes, the stolid Victoria we thought we knew comes thrillingly alive. An extraordinary story, told with brilliance and tenderness by one of Australia's most perceptive writers.' Annabel Crabb

    'Victoria was young enough when she assumed the throne to consult with her prime minister about her eyebrows (were they too thin?), confident enough when she married to excise the word 'obey' from her vows. Julia Baird vividly captures her in every light, at once bold and sentimental, stubborn and deferential. Victoria: The Queen is a crisp, sparkling account of the extraordinary woman whose reign was as long as her legacy is vast.' Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra

    'A stunning achievement . . . Neither sanitized nor mythologizing,Victoria: The Queen is a remarkably lucid, endlessly engaging account of Queen Victoria's life and rule.' Amanda Foreman, author of the prize-winning best seller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and the 2016 chair of The Man Booker Prize.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $22.99
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