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  • AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    DALTON ROBIN
    ISBN: 9781925240641
    Title: AUNTS UP THE CROSS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: DALTON ROBIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.

    Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney's bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder. Raised by a bevy of idiosyncratic aunts and a revolving door of unconventional houseguests, Dalton recalls a time when children had real adventures in a world not easy but perhaps less complicated than today's.

    With a gentle warmth and wicked wit, Robin Dalton brings to life all the colour, glamour and charm of Australian society between the wars. Steeped in nostalgia, Aunts Up the Cross is a delightfully funny memoir of family, childhood and an Australia of yesteryear.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
  • 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
  • AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    ISBN: 9781910701638
    Title: AUTUMN : (Seasons Quartet 1)
    Author: KNAUSGAARD KARL OVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I want to show you our world as it is now- the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees. You will come to see it in your own way, you will experience things for yourself and live a life of your own, so of course it is primarily for my own sake that I am doing this- showing you the world, little one, makes my life worth living.

    Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.

    This tender and deeply personal book is beautifully illustrated by Vanessa Baird, and is the first of four volumes marvelling at the vast, unknowable universe around us.

    Imprint: HARVILL
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • 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 : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    BENNER ERICA
    ISBN: 9780141974859
    Title: BE LIKE THE FOX : Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom
    Author: BENNER ERICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

    They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

    The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966-the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. 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. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

    By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar-and the Beatles themselves-Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

    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: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    BUCHANAN ANDREA
    ISBN: 9781760640682
    Title: BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING : The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself
    Author: BUCHANAN ANDREA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Andrea Buchanan lost her mind while crossing the street one day. Suffering from a horrible cough, she inhaled the cold March air, and choked. She was choking on a lot that day. A sick son. A pending divorce. The guilt of failing, as a partner, as a mother. Relieved when the coughing abated, she thought it was over. She could not have been more wrong.


    When Andrea coughed that day, a small tear was ripped in her dura mater, the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. But she didn't know that yet. Instead, she went on with her day, unaware that her cerebrospinal fluid was already beginning to leak out of that tiny tear.


    What followed was nine months of pain and confusion as her brain–no longer cushioned by a healthy waterbed of fluid–sank to the bottom of her skull. There was brain fog and cognitive impairment to the point where she could not even make sense of the most basic concepts. At a time when she needed to be as clear-thinking as possible, she was trapped by her brain.


    The mind-brain connection is one of the greatest mysteries of the human condition. In some folklore, the fluid around the brain is where consciousness begins. Here, in the pages of The Beginning of Everything, Andrea seeks to understand: Where was “I” when I wasn't there?

    Imprint: NERO BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
    BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
    IZZARD EDDIE
    ISBN: 9781405922012
    Title: BELIEVE ME : A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
    Author: IZZARD EDDIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Marathon runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how he broke through.

    His relentless optimism has led him to always do things his own way, even if it didn't work first time, and his incredible self-belief has pushed him to keep on trying, even if it didn't work the second or third time either.

    Whether he was putting on teddy bear shows in boarding schools or swordfighting on the streets of London, Eddie never stopped trying to achieve his dreams of becoming a performer.

    Brimming with his distinctively surreal humour and disarming candour, Believe Metells the story of a boy who never took no for an answer.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    BERESFORD BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781925603101
    Title: BEST FILM I NEVER MADE : And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts
    Author: BERESFORD BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world. Alongside unsung heroes from behind the camera and producers of dubious repute are Madeleine St John and Clive James, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, as well as a particularly seductive 1963 EH Holden - and Bruce Beresford's father, whose strange and startling decline in old age is charted in a brilliant, poignant essay. Opinionated, wry and engaging, The Best Film I Never Made will provoke and delight in equal measure. It is the ideal gift not only for cinema buffs but for anyone interested in music, art or literature.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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