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  • AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    MORRISSEY
    ISBN: 9780141394817
    Title: AUTOBIOGRAPHY
    Author: MORRISSEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades. Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv. It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AVALANCHE
    AVALANCHE
    LEIGH JULIA
    ISBN: 9781926428758
    Title: AVALANCHE
    Author: LEIGH JULIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals. Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment; the grip of yearning and desire; the toll on her relationships; the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. Along the way she navigates the science of IVF; copes with the impact of treatment; and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion-dollar IVF industry with reality. Avalanche is the book that's finally been written on IVF treatment: a courageous, compelling and ultimately wise account of a profoundly important and widespread experience. At the heart of this work is an exploration of who and how we love. It's a story we can all relate to - about the dreams we have, defeated or otherwise, for ourselves, our loves and relationships.

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU
    BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU
    HAMMER JOSHUA
    ISBN: 9781760294489
    Title: BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU
    Author: HAMMER JOSHUA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity.

    The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers. In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    LYONS JOHN
    ISBN: 9781460752562
    Title: BALCONY OVER JERUSALEM : A Memoir of the Middle East
    Author: LYONS JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gripping memoir of life in Jerusalem from one of Australia's most experienced Middle East correspondents.

    Leading Australian journalist John Lyons will take readers on a fascinating personal journey through the wonders and dangers of the Middle East. From the sheer excitement of arriving in Jerusalem with his wife and eight-year-old son, to the fall of dictators and his gripping account of what it feels like to be taken by Egyptian soldiers, blindfolded and interrogated, this is a memoir of the Middle East like no other.

    Drawing on a 20-year interest in the Middle East, Lyons has had extraordinary access - he's interviewed everyone from Israel's former Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert to key figures from Hezbollah and Hamas. He's witnessed the brutal Iranian Revolutionary Guard up close and was one of the last foreign journalists in Iran during the violent crackdown against the 'Green Revolution'. He's confronted Hamas officials about why they fire rockets into Israel and Israeli soldiers about why they fire tear gas at Palestinian school children. By telling the story of his family travelling through the region, this book is extremely readable and entertaining, full of humour, colour. It is sometimes dazzling in its detail, sometimes tragic. Lyons says he has written it in a way that readers can feel they are there with him - so they can smell the wonderful markets of the Middle East and feel the fear of what it is like to be blindfolded and have your hands bound with electrical cord. Lyons also looks at 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank - the mechanics of how this works and the effect it now has on both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Lyons explains the Middle East through every day life and experiences - his son's school, his wife's friends and his own dealings with a range of people over six years. If you only read one book on the Middle East, this is it.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BARBARA HANRAHAN : A BIOGRAPHY
    BARBARA HANRAHAN : A BIOGRAPHY
    STEWART ANNETTE
    ISBN: 9781862548244
    Title: BARBARA HANRAHAN : A BIOGRAPHY
    Author: STEWART ANNETTE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This authoritative biography illuminates the life of a great Australian writer and artist. The story starts with Barbara Hanrahan's childhood in Adelaide, travels with her to 'swinging London' of the 1960s, and recounts her remarkable achievements in Britain and Australia in the following decades.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    FINNEGAN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472151414
    Title: BARBARIAN DAYS : A SURFING LIFE - Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016
    Author: FINNEGAN WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2016

    Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii.

    Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa, Peru and beyond. Finnegan describes the edgy yet enduring brotherhood forged among the swell of the surf; and recalling his own apprenticeship to the world's most famous and challenging waves, he considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water.

    BARBARIAN DAYS is an old-school adventure story, a social history, an extraordinary exploration of one man's gradual mastering of an exacting and little-understood art. It is a memoir of dangerous obsession and enchantment.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BARNEY GREATREX
    BARNEY GREATREX
    VEITCH MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733637230
    Title: BARNEY GREATREX
    Author: VEITCH MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The incredible untold World War II story of Australian hero BARNEY GREATREX - from Bomber Command to French Resistance fighter.

    A school and university cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for RAF Bomber Command in 1941, eager to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. Bombing Germany night after night, Barney's 61 Squadron faced continual enemy fighter attacks and anti-aircraft fire - death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Very few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.

    But his war was far from over. Rescued by the French Resistance, Barney seized the opportunity to carry on fighting and joined the Maquis in the liberation of France from the occupying German forces, who rarely took prisoners.

    Later, Barney was awarded the French Legion of Honour, but for seventy years he said almost nothing of his incredible war service - surviving two of the most dangerous battlefronts. Now, aged 97, Barney Greatrex has revealed his truly great Australian war story to acclaimed bestselling author Michael Veitch.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    EDMOND MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781922146687
    Title: BATTARBEE AND NAMATJIRA
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Battarbee and Namatjira is the biography of two artists Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, one white Australian from Warrnambool in Victoria, the other Aboriginal, of the Arrernte people, from the Hermannsburg Mission south of Alice Springs.

    From their first encounters in the early 1930s, when Battarbee introduced Namatjira to the techniques of water-colour painting, through the period of Namatjiras popularity as a painter, to the tragic circumstances leading to his death in 1959, their close relationship was to have a decisive impact on Australian art. This biography, illustrated with photographs, makes extensive use of Battarbees diaries for the first time, to throw new light on Namatjiras life, and to bring Battarbee, who has been largely ignored by biographers, back into focus. Some of its findings will be controversial.

    By moving between the artists and their backgrounds, and looking closely at the nature of their friendship, Edmond is able to portray the personal and social complexities the two men faced, while at the same time illuminating larger cultural themes the treatment of the Arrernte and Indigenous people generally, the influence of the Lutheran church, the development of anthropology, and the evolution of Australian art.

    Imprint: GIRAMONDO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BENNER ERICA
    ISBN: 9781846147074
    Title: BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavellis Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Author: BENNER ERICA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating new biography of Machiavelli, which explores his true character and contradictions as never before.

    One needs to be a fox to recognize snares, and a lion to frighten the wolves.

    Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely competitive world, one where brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters seemed to carry off all the prizes; where the wealthy elite grew richer at the expense of their fellow citizens. In times like these, many looked to crusading religion to solve their problems, or they turned to a new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties like the Medici or military strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outside the old ruling classes. In the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries faced a choice: should they capitulate to these new princes, or fight to save the city's democratic freedoms?

    Be Like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom through his own eyes. Masterfully interweaving his words with those of his friends and enemies, Erica Benner breathes life into his penetrating, comical, often surprising comments on events. Far from the cynical henchman people think he was, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound ethical thinker who refused to compromise his ideals to fit corrupt times. But he did sometimes have to mask his true convictions, becoming a great artist of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    TURNER STEVE
    ISBN: 9780062475589
    Title: BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    Author: TURNER STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    YALOM IRVIN D
    ISBN: 9781925322385
    Title: BECOMING MYSELF : A Psychiatrist's Memoir
    Author: YALOM IRVIN D
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry's most important figures.

    Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. In this profound memoir, he turns his writing and his therapeutic eye upon himself. He opens his story with a nightmare- He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, 'Hello, Measles!' But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson.

    As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply one man's life story - Yalom's reflections on his life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEING A BEAST
    BEING A BEAST
    FOSTER CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781781255353
    Title: BEING A BEAST
    Author: FOSTER CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lyrical exploration of what it is really like to 'be a beast', from swimming with otters to burrowing with badgers, and what this can tell us about the beast inside us all.

    Charles Foster wanted to know what it was like to be a beast: a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, a swift. What it was really like. And through knowing what it was like he wanted to get down and grapple with the beast in us all.

    So he tried it out; he lived life as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms, he came face to face with shrimps as he lived like an otter and he spent hours curled up in a back garden in East London and rooting in bins like an urban fox.

    A passionate naturalist, Foster realises that every creature creates a different world in its brain and lives in that world. As humans, we share sensory outputs, lights, smells and sound, but trying to explore what it is actually like to live in another of these worlds, belonging to another species, is a fascinating and unique neuro-scientific challenge. For Foster it is also a literary challenge. Looking at what science can tell us about what happens in a fox's or badger's brain when it picks up a scent, he then uses this to imagine their world for us, to write it through their eyes or rather through the eyes of Charles the beast. An intimate look at the life of animals, neuroscience, psychology, nature writing, memoir and more, it is a journey of extraordinary thrills and surprises, containing wonderful moments of humour and joy, but also providing important lessons for all of us who share life on this precious planet.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEING ELVIS
    BEING ELVIS
    CONNOLLY RAY
    ISBN: 9781474604567
    Title: BEING ELVIS
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis.

    On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. To his fans he seemed to have it all. He was Elvis. With his voice and style influencing succeeding generations of musicians, he should have been free to sing any song he liked, to star in any film he was offered, and to tour in any country he chose.

    But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability. Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Though he daydreamed of becoming a serious film actor, instead he grew to despise his own movies and many of the songs he had to sing in them. He could have rebelled. But he didn't. Why? In the Seventies, as the hits rolled in again, and millions of fans saw him in a second career as he sang his way across America, he talked of wanting to tour the world. But he never did. What was stopping him?

    BEING ELVIS takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame.

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    CALLOW SIMON
    ISBN: 9780008105693
    Title: BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    Author: CALLOW SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Simon Callow plunges headlong into Wagner's world to discover what it was like to be Wagner, and to be around one of music's most influential figures.

    A hundred and thirty-five years after his death, Richard Wagner’s music dramas stand at the centre of the culture of classical music. They have never been more popular, nor so violently controversial and divisive. His music is still banned in Israel – the only classical composer whose music is banned in the western world. His ten great mature masterpieces constitute an unmatched body of work, created against a backdrop of poverty, revolution, violent controversy, critical contempt and hysterical hero-worship.As a man, he was a walking contradiction, aggressive, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, heroic, visionary and poisonously anti-Semitic. At one point, he had four lengthy operas written with no hope of being performed when, as if in a fairy-tale, he was rescued by a beautiful young king with limitless wealth which he bestowed on the composer. When one of those works, Tristan and Isolde, was at last performed, it revolutionised classical music at a stroke. Finally he fulfilled his lifelong dream of creating a vast epic to rival the work of the great Greek playwrights, a music drama in four massive segments, ushering gods and dwarves, heroes and thugs, dragons and rainbows onto the stage, the apotheosis of German art as he saw it, so extreme in its demands that he had to train a generation of singers and players to perform it, and erect a custom-built theatre to house it. Wagner died, exhausted, after creating one final piece – Parsifal – that seems to point to an even more radical new future for music.Simon Callow recalls the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner worked, recording the almost superhuman effort required to create his work, and evoking the extraordinary effect he had on people – this composer like no other who ever lived, extreme in everything, creator of the most sublime and most troubling body of work ever known.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    IZZARD EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781405922029
    Title: BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love Death and Jazz Chickens
    Author: IZZARD EDDIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world. Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen, and raised in Ireland, Wales and post-war England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy--lines such as "Cake or Death?" "Death Star Canteen," and "Do You Have a Flag?" have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed "Executive Transvestite," Izzard broke the mold performing in full make-up and heels, and has become as famous for his advocacy for LGBT rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from street busking to London's West End, to Wembley Stadium and New York's Madison Square Garden. Still performing more than 100 shows a year--thus far in a record-breaking twenty-eight countries worldwide--Izzard is arguably one of today's top Kings of Comedy. With his brand of keenly intelligent humor, that ranges from world history to pop culture, politics and philosophy, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by unutterable loss, sexuality and coming out, as well as a life in show business, politics, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard's Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    BYRNE PAULA
    ISBN: 9780007542727
    Title: BELLE : THE TRUE STORY OF DIDO BELLE
    Author: BYRNE PAULA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the conventions of 18th century England.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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