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  • ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    MILES BARRY
    ISBN: 9780753522523
    Title: ALLEN GINSBERG : BEAT POET
    Author: MILES BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Allen Ginsberg occupies a significant and enduring position in American literature. Following Ginsberg's death in 1997, Barry Miles has drawn on both his long friendship with the poet and on Ginsberg's journals and correspondence to produce an immensely readable account of one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary poets.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • 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
  • 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: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • AMBITIONS OF JANE FRANKLIN : VICTORIAN LADY ADVENTURER
    AMBITIONS OF JANE FRANKLIN : VICTORIAN LADY ADVENTURER
    ALEXANDER ALISON
    ISBN: 9781760292546
    Title: AMBITIONS OF JANE FRANKLIN : VICTORIAN LADY ADVENTURER
    Author: ALEXANDER ALISON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A genius at publicity before the term existed, Jane Franklin was a celebrity in the mid-19th century. This is her remarkable life, including her extensive travels, her years in Tasmania as the governor's wife, and her very public battle to save her husband, the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, from accusations of cannibalism.


    Winner of the 2014 National Biography Award


    'An engrossing biography of a fascinating and fearless modern woman.' - Professor Marilyn Lake, La Trobe University

    In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world, and was probably the best travelled woman of her day.

    Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late eighteenth-century London, her marriage to Sir John Franklin, the famous Arctic explorer, and her many trips to far-flung locations.

    Arriving in Tasmania, Australia, in 1837 when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes; establishing a scientific society; adopting an Aboriginal girl, and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria.

    When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she single-handedly turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued travelling well into her 70s and died at age 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Title: AMBULANCE DRIVERS
    Author: MORRIS JAMES MCGRATH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West--THE 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: PERSEUS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • AMERICAN HEIRESS : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
    AMERICAN HEIRESS : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
    ISBN: 9780385536714
    Title: AMERICAN HEIRESS : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • 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: $19.99
  • AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    KAAG JOHN
    ISBN: 9780374154486
    Title: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY : A LOVE STORY
    Author: KAAG JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In American Philosophy, John Kaag--a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career--stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy--self-reliance, pragmatism, the transcendent--and sees them in a twenty-first-century context.

    Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy. After studying under Harvard's Philosophical Four--William James, George Santayana, Josiah Royce, and George Herbert Palmer--he held the most prestigious chair at the university for the first three decades of the twentieth century. And when his teachers eventually died, he collected the great books from their libraries (filled with marginalia) and combined them with his own rare volumes at his family's estate. And there they remained for nearly eighty years, a time capsule of American thought.

    Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is an invigorating investigation of American pragmatism and the wisdom that underlies a meaningful life.

    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE - INCLUDES ALL THREE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
    AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE - INCLUDES ALL THREE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
    FRAME JANET
    ISBN: 9781741666052
    Title: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE - INCLUDES ALL THREE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
    Author: FRAME JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Gathered here in a single edition are the three parts of Janet Frame's autobiography. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a materially poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student and years of incarceration in mental hospitals (essentially for wanting to pursue a career as a poet), followed eventually by her entry into the saving world of writers and the 'Mirror City' that sustains them. This is not just the records of a life but also the flourishing of a writer's career. Janet Frame accomplishes 'the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors'.

    All three volumes of this autobiography - TO THE IS-LAND (1983), AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (1984) and THE ENVOY FROM MIRROR CITY (1985) have won major literary prizes. Internationally lauded director Jane Campion made a film of AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE that won international jury prizes at Venice, Toronto and other film festivals. Janet Frame died in January 2004.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN EYE FOR ETERNITY : THE LIFE OF MANNING CLARK
    AN EYE FOR ETERNITY : THE LIFE OF MANNING CLARK
    MCKENNA MARK
    ISBN: 9780522868135
    Title: AN EYE FOR ETERNITY : THE LIFE OF MANNING CLARK
    Author: MCKENNA MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Manning Clark was a complex, demanding and brilliant man. Mark McKenna's compelling biography of this giant of Australia's cultural landscape is informed by his reading of Clark's extensive private letters, journals and diaries many that have never been read before.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;An Eye for Eternity paints a sweeping portrait of the man who gave Australians the signature account of their own history. It tells of his friendships with Patrick White and Sidney Nolan. It details an urgent and dynamic marriage, ripped apart at times by Clark's constant need for extramarital romantic love. A son who wrote letters to his dead parents. A historian who placed narrative ahead of facts. A doubter who flirted with Catholicism. A controversial public figure who marked slights and criticisms with deeply held grudges.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;To understand Clark's life is to understand twentieth century Australia. And it raises fundamental questions about the craft of biography. When are letters too personal, comments too hurtful and insights too private to publish? Clark incessantly documented his lifeandamp;mdash;leaving notes to the biographers he knew would pursue his story. He had a deep need to be remembered and this book means he will now be understood in an unforgettable way.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • AND YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF
    AND YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF
    DALGARNO PAUL
    ISBN: 9780994287915
    Title: AND YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF
    Author: DALGARNO PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Dalgarno is a man in the busy throes of life, trying to work out what is important to him and how to find the time to enjoy it. And You May Find Yourself is an hilarious memoir of a man in his first year in Melbourne, having just emigrated from Scotland, in search of a job so that his young family can live. In the interim, they are living in his in-laws’ lounge room. As the second baby is born, they are cramped and poor, and struggling to find a way out of their situation. In many ways, this book is unique – Paul has had a fascinating life and his relationship with his father, who has never hugged him, and his mother and grandparents – key figures in his upbringing – are clues as to the way in which he wants to bring up his two young sons. But in other ways, this is an everyman’s journey through that decade of the thirties, after the decadence and youth of the twenties and while the responsibilities of a home, a family and a career loom. As deputy editor of The Conversation, Paul can write, and this book has many moments of laugh-out-loud funny.

    Imprint: SLEEPERS PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780753828632
    Title: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ARCHITECTURES ODD COUPLE : FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND PHILIP JOHNSON
    ARCHITECTURES ODD COUPLE : FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND PHILIP JOHNSON
    HOWARD HUGH
    ISBN: 9781620403754
    Title: ARCHITECTURES ODD COUPLE : FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND PHILIP JOHNSON
    Author: HOWARD HUGH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    A vibrant dual portrait that chronicles the lives of and volatile relationship between the two most iconic figures in American architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.


    In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867-1959) began it with his romantic prairie style; Johnson (1906-2005) brought down the curtain with his spare postmodernist experiments. Between them, they built some of the most admired and discussed buildings in American history.

    Differing radically in their views on architecture, Wright and Johnson shared a restless creativity, enormous charisma, and an outspokenness that made each man irresistible to the media. Often publicly at odds, they were the twentieth century's flint and steel; their repeated encounters consistently set off sparks. Yet as acclaimed historian Hugh Howard shows, their rivalry was also a fruitful artistic conversation, one that yielded new directions for both men. It was not despite but rather because of their contentious--and not always admiring--relationship that they were able so powerfully to influence history.

    In Architecture's Odd Couple, Howard deftly traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers readers a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs. Featuring many of the structures that defined modern space--from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, from the Glass House to the Seagram Building--this book presents an arresting portrait of modern architecture's odd couple and how they shaped the American landscape by shaping each other.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ARGONAUTS
    ARGONAUTS
    NELSON MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781925355604
    Title: ARGONAUTS
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
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