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  • ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    MSIMANG SISONKE
    ISBN: 9781925603798
    Title: ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY : A Memoir of Exile and Home
    Author: MSIMANG SISONKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood - a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.

    Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland - and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics - in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    IDLE ERIC
    ISBN: 9781474610285
    Title: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
    Author: IDLE ERIC
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable 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 involving Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart.

    In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian which has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humour that has delighted his audiences for five decades. This is a memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9780330418812
    Title: ALWAYS UNRELIABLE - UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS / FALLING TOWRDS ENGLAND / MAY WEEK WAS IN JUNE
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Clive James sharp, brilliant and outrageously funny memoirs together in one volume.In Unreliable Memoirs we meet a very young Clive James. One dressed in shorts. His hilarious adventures growing up in post-war Sydney are deliciously recounted in this, the first volume of his memoirs. Next our hero sets sail for London where he hopes to find Success without compromising his Ideals. Falling Towards England tells how, having happily failed to land a suitable job, Clive moves into a little bed and breakfast in Swiss Cottage where he thoughtfully practises the Twist, anticipates the poetical masterpieces yet to be composed, and worries a little about his wardrobe. May Week Was in June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in a wide variety of pursuits (so long as they arent on the syllabus and happen to be female). Then during May week – not only in June but also two weeks long – he marries... and the rest is history.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    ISBN: 9781786890979
    Title: AMATEUR : A True Story About What Makes a Man
    Author: MCBEE THOMAS PAGE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of modern masculinity by the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Garden.

    In this ground-breaking new book, Thomas Page McBee, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence.

    Through his experience of boxing - learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body - McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a way forward: a new masculinity, inside the ring and out of it.

    A graceful and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting and healing, in Amateur we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    NICHOLLS FREDA MARNIE
    ISBN: 9781760296193
    Title: AMAZING MRS LIVESEY : The Remarkable Story of Australias Greatest Imposter
    Author: NICHOLLS FREDA MARNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The truly remarkable life of the notorious Ethel Livesey, a serial fraudster and confidence trickster who became a media sensation after she ran out on her society wedding in 1945 and was later arrested for obtained goods by false pretences.


    Ethel Livesey was quite a gal.

    An attractive young woman from a respectable middle-class family in Manchester, she had over 40 aliases, eight official marriages, four children and five divorces. Her story stretches from industrial England to the French Riviera, from Ireland to New York, Shanghai, New Zealand, the Isle of Man and across Australia. Ethel claimed she was a cotton heiress, wartime nurse, casino hostess, stowaway, artist, opera singer, gambler, spy, close friend of the King, air raid warden, charity queen and even wife of Australian test cricketer Jack Fingleton.

    When her career imploded (with the abandonment of her glittering society marriage in post-war Sydney just two hours before the guests were due to arrive), the story of the Amazing Mrs Livesey was blazoned across newspapers around the world. But what was fact and what was fiction?

    With a prologue by Ethel Livesey's granddaughter, this extraordinary and constantly surprising story of the woman who was possibly Australia’s greatest fraudster is told for the first time in rich and fascinating detail.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Title: AMBULANCE DRIVERS : Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    Author: MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key WestTHE AMBULANCE DRIVERS tells the story of two aspiring writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who met in World War I and forged a twenty-year friendship that produced some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a generation shaken by war.

    In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a nasty public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. This is not only a biography of the turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers but also an illustration of how war inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    ROLLYSON CARL
    ISBN: 9781250043443
    Title: AMERICAN ISIS : The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    Author: ROLLYSON CARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith College, she had a conflicted relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted—and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. At age thirty she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept on the floor above in rooms she had sealed off from the poisonous gas. Ariel, a collection of poems she wrote at white-hot speed during her final months, became a modern classic. Her novel, The Bell Jar, has become a part of the literary canon, appearing on student reading lists worldwide. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Carl Rollyson gives us a new biography of Plath that shows her as a powerful figure who embraced both high and low culture to become the Marilyn Monroe of modern literature, a writer who wanted nothing less than to become central to the mythology of modern consciousness. American Isis is the first biography of Sylvia Plath to use materials newly deposited in the Ted Hughes archive at the British Library—including forty-one letters between Plath and Hughes—to create a fresh and startling look at this American icon.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $9.99
  • AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    BUTTERSS PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781743052877
    Title: AN UNSENTIMENTAL BLOKE : THE LIFE AND WORK OF C J DENNIS
    Author: BUTTERSS PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are famous characters in Australian popular culture, but their creator deserves to be better known. C.J. Dennis transformed the larrikin from a street thug into a respectable image of Australian identity, and helped shape the Anzac legend. He was more popular than Banjo Paterson or Henry Lawson ever were.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.99
  • AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    GALE MARY-ANNE
    ISBN: 9781862547308
    Title: AND THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN : THE LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF KAURNA ELDER UNCLE LEWIS YERLOBURKA OBRIEN
    Author: GALE MARY-ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of Kaurna man Uncle Lewis O'Brien and his family, beginning with his great, great grandmother Kudnarto - the first Aboriginal woman to marry a white man in South Australia.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    SPURLING HILARY
    ISBN: 9780141030791
    Title: ANTHONY POWELL : Dancing to the Music of Time
    Author: SPURLING HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peerless literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times' list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

    Master novelist, well-connected socialite and keen-eyed social observer, Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography from one of our generation's greatest biographers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANTI COOL GIRL
    ANTI COOL GIRL
    WATERLAND ROSIE
    ISBN: 9781460750643
    Title: ANTI COOL GIRL
    Author: WATERLAND ROSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dark, funny and subversive memoir about surviving the very worst that life can throw at you, Rosie Waterland's story of her coming of age is a blackly comic Australian memoir for our times and a clarion call for all anti-cool girls everywhere.

    Rosie Waterland is the survivor of one of the most appalling childhoods since Augusten Burroughs. There were rehab stays and AA meetings. there were overdoses, dramas, suicide attempts. There were narrow escapes from drug dealers, not to mention a numerous round of dodgy men in and out of her mother's life. They endlessly moved houses, countries, schools, squats. There was neglect, endless DOCS workers and the occasional abusive foster parent. Rosie and her sisters became Mormon, Catholic, Wiccan, Christian. There was a second marriage and divorce. Rosie watched as her dad passed out/was arrested/vomited/cried. There were frustrated family members with no time for kids. Rosie had to talk her mum out of killing herself and watched as her dad's coffin was lowered into the ground.

    But Rosie is far more than the sum of her parts.

    The quality that lies at the heart of Rosie's appeal is her straight-up, unaffected directness - her ability to say what she really thinks, to call it as she sees it. She's kind of an Everygirl. the Anti-Cool Girl that we all want to be. She's funny, honest and inspirational. She is our Caitlin Moran, our very own Lena Dunham, and she will tell a uniquely Australian story, in only the way that a straight-talking Australian girl can say it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    GIDLA SUJATHA
    ISBN: 9781911547204
    Title: ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS
    Author: GIDLA SUJATHA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was.

    Her mother and uncles were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. The Independence movement promised freedom.

    Yet for untouchables and other poor people, little changed. In rich, novelistic prose, Ants Among Elephants tells Gidla's extraordinary family story detailing her uncle's emergence as a poet and revolutionary and her mother's struggle for emancipation through education.

    Imprint: DAUNT BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    SALES LEIGH
    ISBN: 9780143789963
    Title: ANY ORDINARY DAY : What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life?
    Author: SALES LEIGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

    In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.

    Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARGONAUTS
    ARGONAUTS
    NELSON MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781925355604
    Title: ARGONAUTS
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language and family

    Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce and timely thinking about desire, identity and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its centre is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes the author's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family making.

    Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry for this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ART OF ASKING
    ART OF ASKING
    PALMER AMANDA
    ISBN: 9780349408095
    Title: ART OF ASKING
    Author: PALMER AMANDA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'When we really see each other, we want to help each other' - Amanda Palmer

    Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter.

    For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses. And because she had learned how to ask, she was able to go to the world to ask for the money to make a new album and tour with it, and to raise over a million dollars in a month.

    In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use these same principles in our own lives.

    Imprint: PIATKUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    SMEE SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9781925240351
    Title: ART OF RIVALRY : Four Friendships Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art
    Author: SMEE SEBASTIAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Genius, friend, rival: this is the story of four pairs of artists whose intense relationships spurred and shaped their art.

    Matisse and Picasso. Manet and Degas. Bacon and Freud. De Kooning and Pollock. Eight of the most significant modern artists; four pairs linked by friendship and a shared spirit of competitiveness. But in each case the relationship had a flashpoint, a damaging psychological event that seemed to mark both an end and a beginning, a break that led to audacious creative innovations.

    Absorbing, informed and provocative, Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry takes us to heart of each of these relationships. It offers revelatory insights into the ways in which these major artists influenced and changed each other—and into their ultimate quest ‘to be unique, original, inimitable; to acquire the solitude, the singularity, of greatness’.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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