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  • WOODY
    WOODY
    EVANIER DAVID
    ISBN: 9781250047267
    Title: WOODY
    Author: EVANIER DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Woody Allen is not only one of the great movie directors but one of the foremost creative artists of our time. In over forty-five movies, from Annie Hall to Midnight in Paris, and through a career that's included stand-up, play-writing, screenwriting, directing, and acting, Woody has evolved more than reinvented himself. In the first biography of Allen in over twenty years, David Evanier writes about Allen's private life as well as his very public career. He untangles fact from rumor about Allen's relationship with Mia Farrow as well as the great scandals that surfaced in the 1990s and recently resurfaced, and makes thoughtful connections between Allen's romantic relationships and the characters in his movies.

    In fresh interviews with collaborators, boyhood pals, family and friends, Evanier fills in fascinating details about where Woody came from, how he got his start, and how he has been able to be moral in his business dealings and make exactly the movies that interest him most with the people who interest him most, from Diane Keaton to Cate Blanchett to Michael Caine.

    Even the closest Allen-watcher will be riveted by Evanier's rich portrait: detailed but sweeping, Woody is the biography of an artist who has never lost his passion, talent and capacity to break new artistic ground, who has always been swept up in the creative act of becoming.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    GLASS PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780571323746
    Title: WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    Author: GLASS PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether recalling Philip Glass experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, this book affirms the power of music to change the world.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORK I DID : A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels
    WORK I DID : A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels
    POMSEL BRUNHILDE
    ISBN: 9781408894484
    Title: WORK I DID : A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels
    Author: POMSEL BRUNHILDE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE

    'I know no one ever believes us nowadays – everyone thinks we knew everything. We knew nothing. It was all a well-kept secret. We believed it. We swallowed it. It seemed entirely plausible'

    Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins'. How are we to reconcile this description with her chosen profession? Employed as a typist during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017. Her life, mirroring all the major breaks and continuities of the twentieth century, illustrates how far-right politics, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships can rise, and how political apathy can erode democracy.

    Compelling and unnerving, The Work I Did gives us intimate insight into political complexity at society's highest levels – at one of history's darkest moments

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WORKING CLASS BOY
    WORKING CLASS BOY
    BARNES JIMMY
    ISBN: 9781460753415
    Title: WORKING CLASS BOY
    Author: BARNES JIMMY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or cliche that doesn't apply to Jimmy Barnes. But long before Cold Chisel and Barnesy, long before the tall tales of success and excess, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan - a working class boy whose family made the journey from Scotland to Australia in search of a better life.

    Working Class Boy is a powerful reflection on a traumatic and violent childhood, which fuelled the excess and recklessness that would define, but almost destroy, the rock'n'roll legend. This is the story of how James Swan became Jimmy Barnes. It is a memoir burning with the frustration and frenetic energy of teenage sex, drugs, violence and ambition for more than what you have.

    Raw, gritty, compassionate, surprising and darkly funny - Jimmy Barnes's childhood memoir is at once the story of migrant dreams fulfilled and dashed. Arriving in Australia in the Summer of 1962, things went from bad to worse for the Swan family - Dot, Jim and their six kids. The scramble to manage in the tough northern suburbs of Adelaide in the 60s would take its toll on the Swans as dwindling money, too much alcohol, and fraying tempers gave way to violence and despair. This is the story a family's collapse, but also a young boy's dream to escape the misery of the suburbs with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join a rock'n'roll band and get out of town for good.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WORKING CLASS MAN   **Special Price**
    WORKING CLASS MAN **Special Price**
    BARNES JIMMY
    ISBN: 9781460752142
    Title: WORKING CLASS MAN **Special Price**
    Author: BARNES JIMMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE SEQUEL TO THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER WORKING CLASS BOY

    It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book. Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan. In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

    A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction; this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story. But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab, across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try and put things right.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WORKSHY
    WORKSHY
    GRANEY DAVE
    ISBN: 9781925584325
    Title: WORKSHY
    Author: GRANEY DAVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Legendary Australian showman Dave Graney returns to the page and reveals the lengths he has gone to avoid anything that really feels like work. In his inimitable style, Graney veers from a feckless childhood in blue-collar South Australia, to the punk rock scene of 1980s London, and beer-soaked nights touring Australia where he worked very hard at not working at all.

    But in slacking off, Graney became one of the hardest working musicians in the industry, constantly evolving, reinventing, staying one step ahead of everyone – even himself. Workshy is half written by Dave Graney the consummate and tireless performer, and half-written by Dave Graney the bludge. The magic is that you’re never sure which is which.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    MCCULLOUGH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781471150388
    Title: WRIGHT BROTHERS : THE DRAMATIC STORY BEHIND THE STORY
    Author: MCCULLOUGH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the brothers who taught the world how to fly.

    On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
    Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

    David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, who encouraged their studying.

    As individuals they had differing skill sets and passions but as a team they excelled in any given task . That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no patron to open doors to their desires, never stopped them in their goal to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed, or, at the very least, maimed.

    In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    REYNOLDS NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780062440143
    Title: WRITER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY : Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures 1935-1961
    Author: REYNOLDS NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE

    In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid-twentieth-century spycraft - a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. Now Reynolds's meticulously researched and captivating narrative, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, "looks among the shadows and finds a Hemingway not seen before" (London Review of Books), revealing for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life: his troubling recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD, the forerunner to the KGB, followed in short order by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA.

    Starting with Hemingway's sympathy to antifascist forces during the 1930s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway's immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway's influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting in East Asia with communist leader Chou En-Lai, the future premier of the People's Republic of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway's participation in various roles as an agent for the United States government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the "Crook Factory" that reported to the American embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the U.S. infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II.

    As he examines the links between Hemingway's work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway's secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer's block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years - a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway's greatest works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide.

    A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America's most legendary authors.

    *William Doyle

    Imprint: MORROW
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    DIDION JOAN
    ISBN: 9780007216857
    Title: YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
    Author: DIDION JOAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life - in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill. At first they thought it was flu, then pneumonia, then complete sceptic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later – the night before New Year's Eve –the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LA airport, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Centre to relieve a massive hematoma.

    This powerful book is Didion's ‘attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness … about marriage and children and memory … about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself'. The result is an exploration of an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    CRAWFORD ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780099554950
    Title: YOUNG ELIOT : FROM ST LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND
    Author: CRAWFORD ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published simultaneously in Britain and America to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of T. S. Eliot, this major biography traces the life of the twentieth century's most important poet from his childhood in the ragtime city of St Louis right up to the publication of his most famous poem, The Waste Land.

    Meticulously detailed and incisively written, Young Eliot portrays a brilliant, shy and wounded American who defied his parents' wishes and committed himself to life as an immigrant in England, authoring work astonishing in its scope and hurt.

    Quoting extensively from poetry and prose as well as drawing on new interviews, archives, and previously undisclosed memoirs, Robert Crawford shows how Eliot's background in Missouri, Massachusetts and Paris made him a lightning conductor for modernity. Most impressively, Young Eliot shows how deeply personal were the experiences underlying masterpieces from ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' to The Waste Land. T. S. Eliot wanted no biography written, but this book reveals him in all his vulnerable complexity as student and lover, stink-bomber, banker and philosopher, but most of all as an epoch-shaping poet struggling to make art among personal disasters.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    HAM PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143786559
    Title: YOUNG HITLER : The Making of the Fuhrer
    Author: HAM PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, aged 25, he lived through what he would later call the 'most stupendous experience of my life'. Twice decorated for bravery, the future dictator thrilled to battle, relished violence and was willing to give everything for his beloved Fatherland.

    He heard of Germany's defeat as he lay immobilised in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded from mustard gas. He opened his eyes on a terrible new world, of Germany’s loss and humiliation, the flight of the Kaiser, a Marxist uprising in Bavaria and the destruction of his beloved army.

    Hitler would never accept Germany's defeat or the terms of the peace settlement. Out of his fury arose an unquenchable thirst for revenge, against the 'November criminals' who had signed the armistice; against the socialists whom he blamed for stabbing the army in the back; and, most violently, against the Jews, on whom he would load the blame for all Germany's woes and whom he considered a direct threat to the German master race of his imagination.

    The seeds of that hatred lay in Hitler’s youthful experiences, growing up in Linz, Vienna and Munich, and as a young soldier in the Great War.

    By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, war record and early political career, Paul Ham's Young Hitler: The Making of the Führer conjures the ordinary man beneath the myth and seeks to solve the riddle behind the enigma of the Nazi leader.

    What turned 'a Viennese bum', as Göring later damned him, into one of the most brutal dictators in human history? How had Hitler's first war, the defining years of his life, affect his rise to power?

    In a broader sense, was Hitler a freak of history? Or rather an extreme example of a recurring 'type' of demagogue, who thrives in chaos, revolution and economic collapse? Who will do and say anything to seize power? And who personifies in his words and actions the darkest prejudices of humankind?

    Imprint: WILLIAM HEINEMAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    SATTIN ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781848549111
    Title: YOUNG LAWRENCE : A PORTRAIT OF THE LEGEND AS A YOUNG MAN
    Author: SATTIN ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A biography of Lawrence of Arabia in the years that formed him.

    T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet this was not the first book to carry that iconic title.

    In 1914 the man who would become Lawrence of Arabia burnt the first Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a manuscript in which he described his adventures in the Middle East during the five years before the war.

    Anthony Sattin uncovers the story Lawrence wanted to conceal: the truth of his birth, his tortuous relationship with a dominant mother, his deep affection for an Arab boy, the intimate details of the extraordinary journeys he took through the region with which his name is forever connected and the personal reasons that drove him from being a student to becoming an archaeologist and a spy.

    Young Lawrence is the first book to focus on the story of T. E. Lawrence in his twenties, before the war, during the period he looked back on as his golden years. Using first-hand sources, museum records and Foreign Office documents, Sattin sets these adventures against the background of corrosive conflicts in Libya and the Balkans. He shows the simmering defiance of Arabs, Armenians and Kurds under Turkish domination, while uncovering the story of an exceptional young man searching for happiness, love and his place in the world until war changed his life forever.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • YOUNG STALIN
    YOUNG STALIN
    MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG
    ISBN: 9780753823798
    Title: YOUNG STALIN
    Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stalin remains, like Hitler, the personification of evil.This enthralling biography reads like a thriller and reveals the extraordinary journey of the Georgian cobbler's son who became the Red Tsar

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ZEALOT : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    ZEALOT : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    ASLAN REZA
    ISBN: 9781760296131
    Title: ZEALOT : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    Author: ASLAN REZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the 'Kingdom of God'.

    The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a complex figure: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious King of the Jews, whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime. Aslan explores why the early Church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary, and grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself.

    This is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel, and a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time and the birth of a religion.

    'riveting biography' - The New Yorker

    'compulsively readable' - Publishers Weekly

    'A vivid, persuasive portrait of the world and societies in which Jesus lived and the role he most likely played in both' - Salon

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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