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  • TEACHING A STONE TO TALK : Expeditions and Encounters
    TEACHING A STONE TO TALK : Expeditions and Encounters
    DILLARD ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781782118855
    Title: TEACHING A STONE TO TALK : Expeditions and Encounters
    Author: DILLARD ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard fixes her entrancing gaze and powerful sense of wonder on the natural world. Whether watching a sublime lunar eclipse or locking eyes with a wild weasel, Dillard captures the grand and miniature miracles of our universe. Annie Dillard is one of the most respected and influential figures in contemporary non-fiction and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. With Teaching a Stone to Talk, she illuminates the world around us with a new and glowing light.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TENNESSEE WILLIAMS : MAD PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH
    TENNESSEE WILLIAMS : MAD PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH
    LAHR JOHN
    ISBN: 9781408831458
    Title: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS : MAD PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH
    Author: LAHR JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 31 March 1945, at The Playhouse Theatre on Forty-Eight Street the curtain rose on the opening night of The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams, the show's thirty-four-year-old playwright, sat hunched in an aisle seat, looking, according to one paper, 'like a farm boy in his Sunday best'. The Broadway premiere, which had been heading for disaster, closed to an astonishing twenty-four curtain calls and became an instant sell-out. Beloved by an American public, Tennessee Williams's work - blood hot and personal - pioneered, as Arthur Miller declared, 'a revolution' in American theatre.

    Tracing Williams's turbulent moral and psychological shifts, acclaimed theatre critic John Lahr sheds new light on the man and his work, as well as the America his plays helped to define. Williams created characters so large that they have become part of American folklore: Blanche, Stanley, Big Daddy, Brick, Amanda and Laura transcend their stories, haunting us with their fierce, flawed lives. Similarly, Williams himself swung high and low in his single-minded pursuit of greatness. Lahr shows how Williams's late-blooming homosexual rebellion, his struggle against madness, his grief-struck relationships with his combustible father, prim and pious mother and 'mad' sister Rose, victim to one of the first lobotomies in America, became central themes in his drama.

    Including Williams's poems, stories, journals and private correspondence in his discussion of the work - posthumously Williams has been regarded as one of the best letter writers of his day - Lahr delivers an astoundingly sensitive and lively reassessment of one of America's greatest dramatists. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is the long-awaited, definitive life and a masterpiece of the biographer's art.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    MUNSON RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780393635447
    Title: TESLA : Inventor of the Modern
    Author: MUNSON RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Though Tesla’s inventions transformed our world, his true originality is shown in the visionary ambitions he failed to achieve.

    Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American, invented the radio, the induction motor, the neon lamp and the remote control. His breakthrough came in alternating current, which pitted him against Thomas Edison’s direct current empire and bitter patent battles ensued. But Tesla’s technology was superior and he prevailed. He had no business sense, could not capitalise on this success and his most advanced ideas were unrecognised for decades.

    Tesla’s personal life was magnificently bizarre. Strikingly handsome, he was germophobic and never shook hands. He required nine napkins when he sat down to dinner. In later years he ate only white food and conversed with the pigeons in Bryant Park. This authoritative and highly readable biography takes account of all phases of this remarkable life.


    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • TESTIMONY
    TESTIMONY
    ROBERTSON ROBBIE
    ISBN: 9780099510956
    Title: TESTIMONY
    Author: ROBERTSON ROBBIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robbie Robertson's singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Up on Cripple Creek’, he and his partners in the Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians.

    In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie employs his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild, early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire of 'going electric' with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history’s most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese’s great movie The Last Waltz.

    This is the story of a time and place - the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley crisscrossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when the Beatles, Hendrix, the Stones and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the '60s and early '70s and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship among five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.

    Testimony is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE
    THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE
    DALTREY ROGER
    ISBN: 9781760528348
    Title: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE
    Author: DALTREY ROGER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I've always resisted the urge to 'do the memoir' but now, finally, I feel I've enough perspective. When you've spent more than half a century at the epicentre of a band like The Who, perspective can be a problem. Everything happened in the moment. One minute, I'm on the factory floor in Shepherd's Bush, the next, I'm headlining Woodstock.

    It's taken three years to unpick the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon's 21st birthday.

    I hope the result is more than just another autobiography. I've been lucky enough to live in interesting times. I've witnessed society, music and culture change beyond recognition. That I'm still here to tell my tale when so many others around me didn't make it is nothing short of a miracle.'
    Roger Daltrey

    As immediate as Keith Richards' autobiography and as frank and honest as Springsteen and Clapton, Thank You Mr Kibblewhite is candid, self-deprecating and full of humour (the title refers to his music teacher at school who told him he'd never amount to anything) as Roger takes us through his early life and 50 years with The Who and their incredible 100 million selling career. His autobiography is a must-have not just for The Who fans worldwide, but also for any lover of rock music.

    Born in the heart of the Blitz in March 1944, Roger fought his way (literally) through school and from poverty. His story is one of hard work, resilience and breathtaking energy. His accounts of the rock 'n' roll excesses for which The Who became notorious - the guitar smashing, the fistfights, the mayhem - are as entertaining as they are shocking. But as compelling as the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are Roger's honest reflections on the relationships that have defined an incredible life and career - notably the bittersweet memories of his friendship with Keith Moon, and his tumultuous relationship with Pete Townshend which has defined one of the greatest creative partnerships of our age and given rise to so many unforgettable hits. Not only is this Roger's personal story, this is the definitive history of one of the world's biggest bands.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • THAT WOMAN : THE LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
    THAT WOMAN : THE LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
    SEBBA ANNE
    ISBN: 9780753827390
    Title: THAT WOMAN : THE LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
    Author: SEBBA ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One of Britain's most distinguished biographers turns her focus on one of the most vilified women of the twentieth century. Historian Anne Sebba has written the first full biography by a woman of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.'That woman', as she was referred to by the Queen Mother, became a hate figure for ensnaring a British king and destabilising the monarchy. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she nevertheless became one of the most talked-about women of her generation and she inspired such deep love and adoration in Edward VIII that he gave up a throne and an empire for her. Wallis lived by her wit and her wits, while both her apparent and alleged moral transgressions added to her aura and dazzle.Based on new archives and material only recently made available, this scrupulously researched biography sheds new light on the character and motivations of a powerful, charismatic and complex woman.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • The Letters of T. S. Eliot  Volume 1: 1898-1922
    The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume 1: 1898-1922
    ELIOT, T. S.
    ISBN: 9780571235094
    Title: The Letters of T. S. Eliot Volume 1: 1898-1922
    Author: ELIOT, T. S.
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Covers the period from T S Eliot's childhood in St Louis, Missouri, to the end of 1922, by which time he had settled in England, married and published "The Waste Land".

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $89.99
    Price: $89.99
  • THEFT BY FINDING : Diaries: Volume One
    THEFT BY FINDING : Diaries: Volume One
    SEDARIS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780349119434
    Title: THEFT BY FINDING : Diaries: Volume One
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new roundup of personal essays from the #1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.


    The point is to find out who you are and to be true to that person. Because so often you can't. Won't people turn away if they know the real me? you wonder. The me that hates my own child, that put my perfectly healthy dog to sleep? The me who thinks, deep down, that maybe The Wire was overrated?

    For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From the family home in Ralegh, North Carolina, we follow Sedaris as he sets out to make his way in the world. As an art student and then teacher in Chicago he works at a succession of very odd jobs, meeting even odder people, before moving to New York to pursue a career as a writer - where instead he very quickly lands a job in Macy's department store as an elf in Santaland...

    Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation's greatest comic geniuses.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • THIRTY DAYS : A Journey to the End of Love
    THIRTY DAYS : A Journey to the End of Love
    BAKER MARK RAPHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925498653
    Title: THIRTY DAYS : A Journey to the End of Love
    Author: BAKER MARK RAPHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Thirty Days is a portrait of grief, of a marriage and of a family. It is the moving memoir of Mark's wife of 32 years, Kerryn Baker, who died ten months after her diagnosis, aged 55, from stomach cancer.

    It is also a study in how we construct our own version of the past, after Mark discovers a cache of Kerryn's letters in the laundry cupboard and has to rethink their relationship. It is a book about memory and its uncertainties, as Mark sifts through photos and home movies, as his wife gets sicker, and his search for clues about their relationship grows more desperate.

    In her last days, Kerryn reveals her traumatic childhood to Mark for the first time. She emerges as the rock of the family, a brave and wise woman, clear-eyed about her treatment, focused on finding the path to a peaceful death. Paradoxically, her dying brings the couple back to the intensity of their first love.

    In the tradition of Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air and Cory Taylor's remarkable memoir, Dying, Mark Baker's Thirty Days is an inspirational book about death and dying.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • THIS IS GOING TO HURT : Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
    THIS IS GOING TO HURT : Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
    KAY ADAM
    ISBN: 9781509899470
    Title: THIS IS GOING TO HURT : Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
    Author: KAY ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .

    Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

    Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • THIS LONG PURSUIT : Reflections of a Romantic Biographer
    THIS LONG PURSUIT : Reflections of a Romantic Biographer
    HOLMES RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780008168728
    Title: THIS LONG PURSUIT : Reflections of a Romantic Biographer
    Author: HOLMES RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A confessional chronicle and pilgrimage that takes biographer Richard Holmes across three centuries, through much of Europe and into both his intellectual passions as well as the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to his book is a powerful evocation of the lives of women - both scientific and literary.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9781846144295
    Title: THOMAS CROMWELL : A life
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thomas Cromwell is one of the most famous - or notorious - figures in English history. Born in obscurity in Putney, he became a fixer for Cardinal Wolsey in the 1520s. After Wolsey's fall, Henry VIII promoted him to a series of ever greater offices, such that in the 1530s he was effectively running the country for the King. That decade was one of the most momentous in English history: it saw a religious break with the Pope, unprecedented use of parliament, the dissolution of all monasteries, and the coming of the Protestantism. Cromwell was central to all this, but establishing his role with precision has been notoriously difficult.

    Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography is the most complete life ever written of this elusive figure, making connections not previously seen and revealing the channels through which power in early Tudor England flowed. It overturns many received interpretations, for example that Cromwell and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their common religious sympathies, showing how he in fact destroyed her. It introduces the many different personalities contributing to these foundational years, all worrying about the 'terrifyingly unpredictable' Henry VIII, and allows readers to feel that all this is going on around them. For a time, the self-made 'ruffian', as he described himself - ruthless, adept in the exercise of power, quietly determined in religious revolution - was master of events.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS : THREE SISTERS AT THE HEART OF POWER
    THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS : THREE SISTERS AT THE HEART OF POWER
    RENTON CLAUDIA
    ISBN: 9780007544912
    Title: THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS : THREE SISTERS AT THE HEART OF POWER
    Author: RENTON CLAUDIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This is a book about 'those wicked wicked Wyndhams' - three beautiful, cultured aristocratic sisters born into immense wealth in late Victorian Britain.
    Rich historical biography to appeal to readers of Georgiana and Stella Tillyard's Aristocrats from brilliant debut writer. Mary, Madeline and Pamela - the three Wyndham sisters - were painted by John Singer Sergeant in 899.

    For The Times it was, quite simply, 'the greatest picture of modern times'. These beautiful, rich fin de siecle women clad in white came to epitomize a vanished world. The languor of their pose reflects the leisured, gilded, existence of the late Victorian aristocracy that was to be dealt a deathblow by the impact of the First World War. Yet the lives of these three Wyndham sisters were far more turbulent than their air of calm suggests. Brought up in artistic and liberal circles, their childhood was freedom loving and filled with romance medieval fantasies. All three girls were intimate friends with the Pre-Raphaelites and grew to become leaders of the aesthetic movement.
    Bowing to convention, all three made excellent marriages but only one was happy. All three found emotional support from others - Mary with Arthur Balfour and the artist Wilfrid Blunt; Pamela with Edward Grey All three sisters were central to 'the Souls' - an unconscious and accidental grouping of brilliant, sincere and loyal friends. Devoted to aesthetics and culture, the Souls also treated women with absolute equality to men and believed in liberated morals and a freedom of behaviour which shocked society. This book is the first ever biography of these extraordinary sisters. Their lives and times are brought to life by the many letters they have left behind. All three were consummate, compelling and humorous letter writers which illuminate their markedly different and enchanting personalities. The First World War brought devastation to their families and their way of life.

    This brilliant debut by Claudia Renton captures them and their age in an unforgettable piece of historical and political biography.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • THREE CROOKED KINGS
    THREE CROOKED KINGS
    CONDON MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780702238918
    Title: THREE CROOKED KINGS
    Author: CONDON MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Three Crooked Kings is the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. At its core is Terence Murray Lewis, deposed and jailed former police commissioner. From his entry into the force in 1949, Lewis rose through the ranks, becoming part of the so-called Rat Pack with detectives Glendon Patrick Hallahan and Tony Murphy under the guiding influence of Commissioner Frank Bischof.

    The next four decades make for a searing tale of cops and killings, bagmen and blackmail, and sin and sleaze that exposes a police underworld which operated from Queensland and into New South Wales. This gripping book exposes the final pieces of the puzzle, unearths new evidence on cold cases, and explores the pivotal role that whistleblower Shirley Brifman, prostitute and brothel owner, played until her sudden death.

    Based on extensive and unprecedented access to Terry Lewis and his personal papers, as well as hundreds of interviews with key players and conspirators, Three Crooked Kings is the first of two explosive books. Awarded journalist and novelist Matthew Condon has crafted the definitive account of an era that changed a state and is still reverberating to this day.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE : The Life and Stories of William McMahon   **Special Price**
    TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE : The Life and Stories of William McMahon **Special Price**
    MULLINS PATRICK
    ISBN: 9781925713602
    Title: TIBERIUS WITH A TELEPHONE : The Life and Stories of William McMahon **Special Price**
    Author: MULLINS PATRICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. This biography tells the story of his life, his career, and his doomed attempts to recast views of his much-maligned time as Australia's prime minister.

    After a long ministerial career under Menzies, McMahon became treasurer under Harold Holt, and fought a fierce, bitter war over protectionism with John McEwen. Following Holt's death in 1967, McEwen had his revenge by vetoing McMahon's candidature for the Liberal Party's leadership, and thus paved the way for John Gorton to become prime minister. But almost three years later, amid acrimony and division, McMahon would topple Gorton and fulfill his life's ambition to become Australia's prime minister.

    In office, McMahon worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled with the profound changes reshaping Australia. He withdrew combat forces from Vietnam, legislated for Commonwealth government involvement in childcare, established the National Urban and Regional Development Authority and the first Department of the Environment, began phasing out the means test on pensions, sought to control foreign investments, and accelerated the timetable for the independence of Papua New Guinea. But his failures would overshadow his successes, and by the time of the 1972 election McMahon would lead a divided, tired, and rancorous party to defeat.

    A man whose life was coloured by tragedy, comedy, persistence, courage, farce, and failure, McMahon's story has never been told at length. Tiberius with a Telephone fills that gap, using deep archival research and extensive interviews with McMahon's contemporaries and colleagues. It is a tour de force - an authoritative, compelling, and colourful account of a unique politician and a vital period in Australia's history.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $49.99
  • TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    LESER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760110338
    Title: TO BEGIN TO KNOW : WALKING IN THE SHADOWS OF MY FATHER
    Author: LESER DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A deeping moving and searlingly honest memoir about fathers and sons. More than a decade ago, journalist David Leser started writing a biography of his famous father, legendary magazine publisher, Bernard Leser.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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