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  • 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    ROBERTSON REBEKAH
    ISBN: 9780143785156
    Title: ABOUT A GIRL : A Mother's Powerful Story of Raising her Transgender Child
    Author: ROBERTSON REBEKAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2000, Rebekah Robertson gave birth to twin boys, George and Harry. But as they grew older, their preferences began to show, and by the age of three it was clear Georgie was drawn to anything that was pretty or had a skirt that could swirl.

    Before long Georgie began to insist that she was a girl and became distressed that she had to hide who she really was when she started school. Soon the bullying started and she would come home in floods of tears, begging her mother to help her.

    Rebekah and her husband, conflicted about how to proceed and overwhelmed by fear, united in their determination to help her live freely and fearlessly. To ensure Georgie had access to medical support they sought permission for her to begin puberty-blocking medication. Their case was the start of the long road to justice for transgender children in Australia and became the basis of the 2013 landmark decision to remove the Family Court's jurisdiction.

    Georgie would go on to become one of the brightest stars of the Australian youth leadership landscape through her advocacy work. And Rebekah would found Transcend, a support network for transgender kids and their families in Australia.

    Part memoir and part inspirational message of hope for those navigating a similar path, About a Girl is a thought-provoking and profoundly moving true story. Above all, it is a celebration of family and the values that unite us all.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ABUNDANCE
    ABUNDANCE
    DILLARD ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781782117735
    Title: ABUNDANCE
    Author: DILLARD ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    Author: FLEA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolizing musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.

    But the family soon fell apart, "I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household," Flea later said. "I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life." He began smoking weed at 13, and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They form a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.

    Imprint: Headline
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACTVIST LIFE
    ACTVIST LIFE
    MILNE CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780702259814
    Title: ACTVIST LIFE
    Author: MILNE CHRISTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An Activist Life is the story of an apparently ordinary woman - a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania - who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.

    In it, Christine Milne tells her story through the objects that have symbolic meaning in both her personal and political life, from the butter pats in her kitchen that represent her journey from farm girl at Wesley Vale to environmental and human rights activist at the national and global level, to the Pride t-shirt she wore walking in Mardi Gras next to her son, after years of fighting for the legal reform of gay rights in Tasmania. She describes how politics actually works- the deals, the promises kept and broken, the horse-trading and treachery involved in some of the most controversial and difficult issues of our time, including the attempts to forge a workable and effective climate change policy for Australia, and our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

    This is a fascinating insider's account of what it means to be a woman in politics- the sacrifices of family life and relationships, the relentless misogyny and sexism that must be endured, the gritty conviction that you must never, ever give up the pursuit of the greater good. It is the story of Australian politics and the fight to save the world, and essential reading for anyone who cares about either.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ACUTE MISFORTUNE : The Life and Death of Adam Cullen
    ACUTE MISFORTUNE : The Life and Death of Adam Cullen
    JENSEN ERIK
    ISBN: 9781760640873
    Title: ACUTE MISFORTUNE : The Life and Death of Adam Cullen
    Author: JENSEN ERIK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2008, the artist Adam Cullen invited journalist Erik Jensen to stay in his spare room and write his biography.
    What followed were four years of intense honesty and a relationship that became increasingly claustrophobic. At one point Cullen shot Jensen, in part to see how committed he was to the book. At another, he threw Jensen from a speeding motorbike. The book contract Cullen used to convince Jensen to stay with him never existed.
    Acute Misfortune is a riveting account of the life and death of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, the man behind the Archibald Prize-winning portrait of David Wenham. Jensen follows Cullen through drug deals and periods of deep self-reflection, onwards into his court appearance for weapons possession and finally his death in 2012 at the age of forty-six.
    After much critical acclaim, Acute Misfortune was developed into a full-length feature film, receiving The Age Critics Award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018.
    The story is by turns tender and horrifying- a spare tale of art, sex, drugs and childhood, told at close quarters and without judgement.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    NORMAN JESSE
    ISBN: 9780141987118
    Title: ADAM SMITH : What He Thought And Why It Matters
    Author: NORMAN JESSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics' and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness?

    This exceptional book, by a writer who combines to an unusual degree intellectual training and practical political experience, dispels the myths and caricatures and gives us Smith in the round. It lays out a succinct and highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. Finally, it shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781473664968
    Title: ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST : The Zoo Quest Expeditions
    Author: ATTENBOROUGH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1954, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expeditions for the BBC. His name was David Attenborough, and the programme, Zoo Quest, not only heralded the start of a remarkable career in broadcasting, but changed the way we viewed the natural world forever.

    Written with his trademark wit and charm, Zoo Quest is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.

    Imprint: TWO ROADS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760890957
    Title: AGAINST ALL ODDS : The inside account of the Thai cave rescue, and the courageous Australians at the heart of it
    Author: CHALLEN CRAIG / HARRIS RICHARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.'

    In June 2018, for seventeen days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boar soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost impossible odds, by an international cave-diving team which included Australians Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen.

    These two men were chosen for their medical expertise and cave diving knowledge, but this dangerous rescue asked so much more of them. They had to remain calm under extreme pressure and intense scrutiny, adapt to constantly changing circumstances and importantly, build trust among the rescue team and with the young boys and their coach, whose lives were in their hands.
    Here is the story of these two Australian men who became international heroes - it is a story of determination, cunning and triumph that will long be remembered.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE
    AGATHA CHRISTIE
    THOMPSON LAURA
    ISBN: 9781472269560
    Title: AGATHA CHRISTIE
    Author: THOMPSON LAURA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    'Laura Thompson's outstanding biography . . . is a pretty much perfect capturing of a life' - Kate Mosse

    It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

    Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

    First published in 2007 as 'Agatha Christie: An English Mystery', this is a fully updated edition with a new introduction by the author

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AGENT MOLIERE : The Life of John Cairncross, the Fifth Man of the Cambridge Spy Circle
    AGENT MOLIERE : The Life of John Cairncross, the Fifth Man of the Cambridge Spy Circle
    ANDREWS GEOFF
    ISBN: 9781788311304
    Title: AGENT MOLIERE : The Life of John Cairncross, the Fifth Man of the Cambridge Spy Circle
    Author: ANDREWS GEOFF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Cambridge Spies continue to fascinate - but one of them, John Cairncross, has always been more of an enigma than the others. He worked alone and was driven by his hostility to Fascism rather than to the promotion of Communism. During his war-time work at Bletchley Park, he passed documents to the Soviets which went on to influence the Battle of Kursk. Now, Geoff Andrews has access to the Cairncross papers and secrets, and has spoken to friends, relatives and former colleagues. A complex individual emerges a scholar as well as a spy whose motivations have often been misunderstood. After his resignation from the Civil Service, Cairncross moved to Italy and here he rebuilt his life as a foreign correspondent, editor and university professor. This gave him new circles and friendships which included the writer Graham Greene while he always lived with the fear that his earlier espionage would come to light.

    The full account of Cairncross's spying, his confession and his dramatic public exposure as the 'fifth man' will be told here for the first time, while also unveiling the story of his post-espionage life.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    CHERNOW RON
    ISBN: 9781786690036
    Title: ALEXANDER HAMILTON
    Author: CHERNOW RON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for the hugely successful Broadway show Hamilton.

    Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    EVERITT ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780425286524
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : His Life and His Mysterious Death
    Author: EVERITT ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    More than two millennia have passed, but Alexander the Great is still a household name. His life was an adventure story and took him to every corner of the ancient world. His memory and glamour persist, and his early death at thirty-three has kept him evergreen in our imaginations with a legacy that meant something different to every age- in the Middle Ages he became an exemplar of knightly chivalry, he was a star of Renaissance paintings, and by the early twentieth century he even came to resemble an English gentleman. But who was he in his own time?

    In Alexander the Great, Anthony Everitt judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his own age and considers all his contradictions. We meet the Macedonian prince who was naturally inquisitive and fascinated by science and exploration, who enjoyed the arts and used the poet Homer's great epic, the Iliad, as a bible. As his empire grew, stretching from Greece and Macedonia to Ancient Egypt and Persia and all the way to India, Alexander exhibited respect for the traditions of his new subjects and careful judgment in administering rule over a vast territory. But his career also had a dark side. An inveterate conqueror, who in his short life built the largest empire to that point in history, Alexander glorified war and was known to commit acts of great cruelty.

    As debates continue about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains an unsolved mystery. Did he die of natural causes, felled by a fever, or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ALFRED STIEGLITZ : TAKING PICTURES MAKING PAINTERS
    ALFRED STIEGLITZ : TAKING PICTURES MAKING PAINTERS
    ROSE PHYLLIS
    ISBN: 9780300226485
    Title: ALFRED STIEGLITZ : TAKING PICTURES MAKING PAINTERS
    Author: ROSE PHYLLIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Alfred Stieglitz was an enormously influential artist and nurturer of artists even though his career is often overshadowed by his role as Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband. This new book from celebrated biographer Phyllis Rose reconsiders Stieglitz as a revolutionary force in the history of American art.


    Born in New Jersey, Stieglitz later studied in Germany, where his father, a wool merchant and painter, insisted he would get a proper education. After returning to America, he became one of the first American photographers to achieve international fame. By the time he was sixty, he gave up photography and devoted himself to selling and promoting art. His first gallery, 291, was the first American gallery to show works by Picasso, Rodin, Matisse and other great European modernists. His galleries were not dealerships so much as open universities, where he introduced European modern art to Americans and nurtured an appreciation of American art among American artists.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    IDLE ERIC
    ISBN: 9781474610292
    Title: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    Author: IDLE ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Best known for his unforgettable roles in Monty Python, from the FLYING CIRCUS to THE MEANING OF LIFE, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this brilliantly entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.

    Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout that involve other close friends and luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and Mike Nichols - let alone the Pythons themselves - Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal hilarity and heart. In ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE, named after the song he wrote for LIFE OF BRIAN that has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the off-beat humour that has delighted audiences for decades.

    A legend in his own lunchtime, Eric is the author of many books, some not half bad, some not even a quarter bad. Now he enters his anecdotage as the last word in Python memoirs, and the last of this extraordinary group to tell his story. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is celebrating the occasion with this laugh-out-loud memoir, chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life that features everyone from Princess Leia to the Queen.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AMERICAN DUCHESS : THE REAL WALLIS SIMPSON
    AMERICAN DUCHESS : THE REAL WALLIS SIMPSON
    PASTERNAK ANNA
    ISBN: 9780008297305
    Title: AMERICAN DUCHESS : THE REAL WALLIS SIMPSON
    Author: PASTERNAK ANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    The intimate biography of one of the most misunderstood women in British royal history.Life has always been made difficult for those marrying into England's royal family. In 1936, just months into his reign, King Edward VIII proposed to Wallis Simpson, a divorced American woman. Gossip ran wild, and that cacophony of speculation and distrust both hid the real Wallis, and forced Edward into abdicating so that he might marry the woman he adored.In this intimate biography Anna Pasternak seeks to understand Wallis – and her relationship with Edward and The Crown. Using testimony from her closest friends, she shows the warm, loyal, intelligent woman who was written off and undermined by the powerful, often manipulative men of the Establishment. This is Wallis Simpson's story as it has never been told before.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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